Kite Without Thread

30th Oct 2017
Sudarshana devi dasi

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.

Once a father and son went to the kite flying festival. The young son became very happy seeing the sky filled with colorful kites. He too asked his father to get him a kite and a thread with a roller so he can fly a kite too. So, the father went to the shop at the park where the festival was being held. He purchased kites and a roll of thread for his son.
His son started to fly a kite.  Soon, his kite reached high up in the sky.  After a while, the son said, "Father, It seems that the thread is holding up a kite from flying higher, If we break it, It will be free and will go flying even higher. Can we break it?" So, the father cut the thread from a roller.  The kite started to go a little higher.  That made a son very happy.

But then, slowly, the kite started to come down. And, soon it fell down on the terrace of the unknown building. The young son was surprised to see this. He had cut the kite loose of its thread so it can fly higher, but instead, it fell down. He asked his father, "Father, I thought that after cutting off the thread, the kite can freely fly higher. But why did it fall down?"

The Father explained, "Son, At the height of life that we live in, we often think that some things we are tied with and they are preventing us from going further higher. The thread was not holding the kite from going higher, but it was helping it stay higher when the wind slowed down and when the wind picked up, you helped the kite go up higher in a proper direction through the thread.  And when we cut the thread, it fell down without the support you were providing to the kite through the thread." The son realized his mistake.

Moral:  Many a times we feel that rules and regulations laid down in the scriptures are preventing us from reaching greater heights in life. But actually it is not true. The rules and regulations laid down by Guru, saadhu and shastras are always meant for our ulimate benefit in life.

In Srimad Bhagavad Gita verse 2.64 Lord Krishna very nicely says,

rāga-dveṣa-vimuktais tu  viṣayān indriyaiś caran
ātma-vaśyair vidheyātmā  prasādam adhigacchati

But a person free from all attachment and aversion and able to control his senses through regulative principles of freedom can obtain the complete mercy of the Lord.

In the above verse vidheyātmā means "one who follows regulated freedom." When we act according to our own rāga and dvesha, likes and dislikes we are prone to make lots of mistakes. But when we take shelter of elders who are more experienced than us in this world and act according to their instructions, then we are in a safer position. If we wrongly think that we are losing our independence by listening to the advice of elders, then we will face the consequence of our actions. Just like the kite without thread, we may also appear temporarily to soar up to great heights, but our fall down is also guaranteed. Srimad Bhagavatam 10.4.46 warns us

āyuḥ śriyaṁ yaśo dharmaṁ  lokān āśiṣa eva ca
hanti śreyāṁsi sarvāṇi  puṁso mahad-atikramaḥ

My dear King, when a man persecutes great souls, all his benedictions of longevity, beauty, fame, religion, blessings and promotion to higher planets will be destroyed.

"mahad-atikramah" means "tresspassing against great personalities" - So understanding that the guidance provided by great souls are like thread on whose support the kite of our life is flying, we should always abide by them and never wrongly consider them as hindrance to our progress.

Hare Krishna.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Sudarshana devi dasi.