Relapsing from the Path


He Walketh Through Dry Places

Matt 12:43 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.

Matt 12:44 Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth [it] empty, swept, and garnished.

Matt 12:45 Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last [state] of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.


Luke 11:24 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out.

Luke 11:25 And when he cometh, he findeth [it] swept and garnished.

Luke 11:26 Then goeth he, and taketh [to him] seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last [state] of that man is worse than the first.


Parallels


The Lesson of the Earth

Uddhava II:37
The man of steady intellect should not, even though oppressed by creatures that are themselves under the sway of destiny, swerve from his path, being conversant with this fact--this is the trait I have learnt from the earth.

The Fallen Yogi

Gita 6:37 Arjuna said: A man who is endowed with faith, but not with steadfastness, and whose mind has wandered away from Yoga--what end does he gain, O Krishna, having failed to find perfection in yoga?

Gita 6:38 Fallen from both, unsupported, and bewildered in the way leading to Brahman, does he not, O might Krishna, perish like a riven cloud?

Gita 6:39 You should completely dispell, O Krishna, this doubt of mine; for no one but You can destroy such a doubt.

Gita 6:40 The Lord said: O Partha, there is no destruction for him either in this world or the next: no evil, My son, befalls a man who does good.

Gita 6:41 The man who has fallen away from yoga goes to the worlds of the righteous. Having lived there for unnumbered years, he is reborn in the home of the pure and the prosperous.

Gita 6:42 Or he is born in a family of yogis rich in wisdom. Verily, such a birth is hard to gain in this world.

Gita 6:43 Then he comes in touch with the knowledge acquired in his former body, O son of the Kurus, and strives still further for perfection.

Gita 6:44 By that former practice alone he is led on in spite of himself...



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