Now, there is a story. There are many stories. One of them I am citing. It is very interesting. ViÅ›vÄmitra Muni. ViÅ›vÄmitra Muni, he was a great king, ká¹£atriya, but his priest, Vasiá¹£á¹ha Muni, he had great spiritual power. So he renounced his kingdom. He wanted to advance. He was kingly, royal order, but still, he wanted to advance in the spiritual orders. So he adopted yoga process, meditation. That time it was possible for adopting this process, yoga process. So he was meditating in such a way that the Indra, who was the king of heaven, he thought that "This man is trying to occupy my post." As there is competition... This is also... Heaven means that is also material world. So this competition—no businessman wants an another businessman go ahead. He wants to cut down. Competition of price, quality. Similarly, that Indra, he thought that "This man is so strongly meditating, it may be that I may be deposed and he come to my seat."
Then he arranged one of his society girls, MenakÄ, to go there and allure this muni. So when MenakÄ approached that á¹›á¹£i, ViÅ›vÄmitra á¹šá¹£i, he was meditating. And simply by the sound of her bangles, he could understand, "There is some woman." And as soon as he saw there was heavenly, celestial beauty, he was captivated. Then there was a result, that a great... ÅšakuntalÄ. Perhaps some of you may know. There is a book made by KÄlidÄsa, ÅšakuntalÄ. This ÅšakuntalÄ is supposed to be the most beautiful girl in the world, and she was born by this combination of ViÅ›vÄmitra Muni and MenakÄ.
So when this girl was born, then ViÅ›vÄmitra thought, "Oh, I was advancing in my spiritual culture, and again I have been entrapped." So he was going out. At the same time his wife MenakÄ brought this girl before her, and little child is always attractive. She showed that "Oh, you have got such a nice girl, such beautiful girl, and you are going away? No, no. You should take care." So there is a picture, very nice. That is a very famous picture. That MenakÄ is showing ViÅ›vÄmitra Muni the girl, and the muni is like that, "No more show me." Yes. There is a picture. That is... Then he went away. So there are chances of failure. There are chances of failure. Just like a great sage like ViÅ›vÄmitra Muni, he also failed, failed for the time being. But Ká¹›á¹£á¹‡a says that this failure is not, I mean to say, unsuccessful. As we have sometimes the proverb, that "Failure is the pillar of success," so especially in the spiritual life, this failure is not discouraging. This failure is not discouraging.
So Ká¹›á¹£á¹‡a says that "Even one fails in completing his spiritual course, still, there is no loss on his part."
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