Honey and the Foolish Bumblebee
A Story by Srila Bhaktisidddhanta Saraswati Thakur about Honey and the Foolish Bumblebee
Once a bumblebee saw a transparent glass bottle full of honey, and it wanted to enjoy the contents. Without realising that the honey was covered by the glass bottle, the foolish bee tried again and again to relish it.
Sitting upon the bottle, the bee concluded finally that it had relished the honey. In fact, it could not even touch the honey, not to speak of relishing its sweetness. The bee was simply self-deceived.
The materialistic persons and commonplace so-called vaisnavites believe that they have relished the nectar of devotion. In fact, they can not even discover the source of transcendental mellows of devotion, Lord Krishna.
In modern times, some people while listening to chanting and performing musical recitations of the compositions of such stalwarts like Candidas, Vidyapati and the like on the pastimes of Lord Shri Krishna, believe that they have relished the transcendental mellows of love from Lord Shri Krishna. In fact, they never reach the province of Lord Shri Krishna’s pastimes or His transcendental mellows.
Some awful religious renegade and turbulent heretic like Kalapahadh, the notorious iconoclast, may think that they can demolish and destroy Deities and temples of the Supreme Godhead, or some egotistic so-called preachers may boast of finding out quite a good number of faults and discrepancies in the holy scriptures like Shrimad Bhagavatam and Shrimad Bhagavad Gita!
Even Ravana, the great king of demons, intended to abduct Sita Devi with an idea of enjoying her. In fact, they could not even have a look at the object of their lust and desire, not to speak of touching them. Ravana simply deceived himself by abducting only the shadow-form of Sita Devi and failed in his attempt to enjoy her.
If anyone tears up a map of India in anger and jealousy, and thinks that he has destroyed the entire state of India, then it is nothing but his foolishness. Similarly, people who are inclined to go against Shri Hari and the spiritual masters including all Vaishnavas, under the illusory materialistic knowledge, simply expose themselves as the most foolish entities on this earth.
Shri Chaitanya deva has said:
aprakrta vastu nahe prakrta gocar /
vede puranete ei kahe nirantar //
“Spiritual substance is never within the jurisdiction of the material
conception. This is always the verdict of the Vedas and Puranas.”
(Cc Madhya Lila 9.195)