I have to tell you a story about the dog that got stuck between two trees (in the previous post – “Why some people get stuck?”) Many liked the photo, some were thrilled, and my friend told me that dogs never get stuck like this by themselves – only people can put them in such a position.
Well, this may be true, but not in this case! This dog – which we will call by his upside-down name, God – did this to himself, and he did it with purpose and intention! Actually, in the spirit of the article on yoga and getting stuck business, I have to tell you that we are dealing with an enlightened dog, who was just apparently getting stuck in-between two trees, putting himself in that position to help a so-called yogi who was really stuck underneath that doubletree… Hm, I know, this sounds complicated. But, what can I say; it is how it is and I obviously have to tell the story from the beginning.
God has been enlightened for seven or eight lives since he was in the body and mind of a young girl who wanted to climb the highest mountain on the Earth. She started with this endeavor, just to stop on one plateau where, due to being distracted by one rare flower, she broke her leg. Since there was nobody to help her, she had to… Ok, that doesn’t matter. What is important is that God became enlightened then and there, and from that moment on, he usually spends his time doing two things which bring him the most fun of all: fun… and more fun. However, as time passed by, he realized that he cannot even have fun if there is nobody to join him, nobody free enough to have fun with!
So, he started helping those who were just close to enlightenment or at least showed some intention for that. One, two, three lives… he was doing just fine, and many souls, thanks to him, found their liberation. But, then, just as he was just about to leave the life in which he was a donkey (enlightened donkey, to be precise), he heard about the saint called Nam.
Nam was a respected yogi even at an early age. When he turned eighteen, he sat under the doubletree (yes, yes, this one) and sank into samadhi, nirvana, or whatever it was that he sank into. When God noticed him, Nam had been immovable for twenty years or so, and the place he was sitting on was considered holy.
“How boring – he needs to be shown what the real fun is”, said God while still in between the worlds, and the next sound he produced was weakish “wow” from the dog-like body you saw on the picture.
I will not lose time on God’s childhood, but as soon he was ready to explore the world, he went straight to Nam’s place and started barking at him, jostling him with his muzzle, and all such things. However, he failed to produce any visible result. He even telepathically spoke to Nam, but Nam thought that he was some evil spiritual being trying to talk to him, to unsettle him and to tempt him to give up his discipline. “Go away”, thought Nam in his mind. “I will not give up until I am enlightened.”
“Wow”, said God on this deep wisdom and endless Nam’s discipline. Then he changed his tactics. Behind the doubletree (yes, yes, that’s the one on the photo), the ground was a little elevated. So, he started to jump, and jump, and jump… until he somehow reached the gap wide enough for his body to get stuck in. Then he started to move, buckle, squirm and snake himself around until he got into straight position in which camera caught him. During that process, he emitted sounds of trouble, hardship and a lot of puffing and panting.
Of course, Nam didn’t care about him at all. He was firmly seated, stiffened and nirvanized. However, up to this point, God was also stiffened and immovable. He waited for some time and then started to howl. Firstly, he was very uncomfortable, and secondly, he got thirsty and hungry.
“Wow, wouuuuuuuuuuuuw”, God howled. But, as by some unknown cosmic instruction, there was nobody around the holly man Nam. Not even one lost pilgrim, or worshiper from the West, not even one who would slur the prayers such as “mariska hargitay”.
“Wouw, wouuuuuuuuw”, God did squawk, persistently and adamantly.
One hour passed. Then two, three, and four…
Somewhere at the end of the fourth hour, Nam opened his eyes and inhaled strongly. He was not bothered by God’s waul. O, no, not at all. But, there was something in this poor dog that touched him much deeper than he thought he would ever allow himself to be. “Ok”, Nam said to himself, “it’s not a problem to sit here for another twenty years. But this mad dog will die from thirst and hunger. And there is nobody here to unstick him”.
So, for the first time in twenty years, Nam did something for somebody else and not for his own enlightenment. He stood up, protracted his painful legs and turned to God. God stopped wauling immediately. He tilted his head and crossed his back legs (yes, yes, just as on the photo). And then, in this somehow inopportune moment, Nam started laughing. He laughed, and laughed, and laughed… and couldn’t stop himself.
God curiously looked at him, and when Nam finally stopped laughing and reached gently with his arms to liberate God from his quandary position, God licked him lovingly and said: “Wow.”
After that truly enlightening moment, Nam abandoned his holly place and now, Nam and God wander around the world, mostly spending their time on two things which bring them the most fun of all: fun… and more fun. However, taught by God’s experience, they know that there is no fun if there is nobody to join them; nobody free enough to share their fun with. So, Nam sometimes talks to people. And God – what else can he do? – he barks at them. And, if somebody hears what they are talking and barking about – it’s good!
When they are alone, however, they often wrangle about one little thing. Who, actually, unstuck whom?
“Actually”, says Nam, “I was the one who released you, you have to admit that.”
“Wow, wow”, says God, disagreeing with him completely.
“But I did”, Nam says wilfully. “If there wasn’t for me, you would have yelped on that tree forever.”
“Wouuu, wouuu, wow”, God shakes his head.
“Ok, ok”, admits Nam in the end. “If there wasn’t for you, I would still be sitting there and waiting for the enlightenment to come. Uh.”
“Wow!” God surely reaffirms that statement.
They walk in silence for a while.
“Still, when I think about it”, Nam says very quickly, “it is hard to say who unstuck who, you know…”
“WAUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!” is the usual answer from God, before he starts chasing him around.
They are quite a sight, Nam and God. Really.