This is a story about the mind
(the wishfulfilling and ever restless Genie) and the way to
controll it by repetition of a mantra or japa
A merchant who was vacationing in a small village
went to see the village market. He was fascinated to see people
from the vicinity selling in their small stalls whatever they
had - and people buying whatever they needed. No big signboards,
no structured shops, yet everything was available in abundance.
At one place he saw a man with a Ginie and he
asked, "What are you selling my friend?" "My
Ginie," replied the man. "What does it do?"
"Everything you want gets done. It makes impossible possible."
"Then why do you sell it?" "Because I have
no ambitions left." "And what you ask for it?"
"One who can keep it?" "Is it difficult?"
"Yes. Very difficult. It is a wish-fulfilling Ginie,
but it is very exhausting. It cannot stay idle and all the
time needs a new job, a new project, otherwise it destroys
thrice of that it creates. I bought it because I was ambitious.
I wanted everything and it brought everything I wanted, but
I could not provide him any job when my ambitions were fulfilled
and it destroyed everything I asked him to create for me.
It ruined me and now it creates problems because I have no
job, no project for him. I have undertaken the job of disposing
it off as soon as I find a buyer to keep him busy."
"I have lots of ambitions, lots of jobs
to be done. I have thousands of persons working for me round
the clock in different parts of the world. Maybe I can employ
your Ginie, what do I have to pay if I buy it?" "I
will take whatever you will give me." "O.k. then
I buy it," said the merchant.
At that moment the Ginie opened its' mouth and
said, "You have heard the condition on which I can accept
to work for you." "Yes, I did," said the merchant.
"Think about it once more before you finalize the deal,"
said the Ginie. I will do whatever you will like me to do,
but if you fail to provide me some engagement I will destroy
you, your wealth, and your family - everything
"I agree to it. I have enough jobs for you. You will
not be disappointed."
And the merchant got hold of the Ginie who obediently
followed him. When they reached the place where the merchant
stayed the Ginie said,"Now, Sir, tell me what I can do
for you." "Yes, I have to tell you your job. There
is so much to be done that you will get tired. I have lots
of land in different countries, which needs to be properly
guarded by a boundary wall and each one of those plots of
land need to be marked with labels of what they are sites
off - I will have to show it to you on the map."
"No use," said the Ginie. "Why?
How otherwise you will know about their location? And how
will you reach there to work?" asked the merchant. "I
work with the map of those places in your mind. I do not need
any outside assistance or visual aid to know about their location
and the purpose for which they are bought by you," replied
the Ginie. "Wonderful, wonderful," said the merchant.
"Do you know all which I have in my mind?" "Yes,
I do. But I will only do what you will ask me to do. You have
to say it clearly in the least possible words. The details
of it I will know through your mind. You will see for yourself
that everything I do for you will correspond hundred percent
with your specification. Your satisfaction is guaranteed,
but before enjoying it you have to tell me the next job. Whenever
you fail to do so it will be your last day or my last day
to work for you."
"That is very clear, now listen, your first
job, as I told you, is to build boundary walls and mark the
sites. When you have finished the job assigned to you I will
give you further instructions," said the merchant.
"That's all," said the Ginie and it
clapped and said, "All your sites have been enclosed
safely within the boundary walls of your choice and each one
has been marked with labels like 'Site of the Supermarket
','Site for Theatre Hall' etc. as you wanted. Now tell me
the next job."
The merchant did not know the speed with which
the Ginie worked. It did not have to personally go near those
places where it was supposed to work. The job was done in
such a small fraction of time that the merchant got shocked.
He could not think of any thing except that when the Ginie
can construct boundary walls in such a short span of time
it also could build factories, theatre halls, swimming pools
and big hotels on those sites which were meant for them. The
merchant after having decided the next job for the Ginie said,
"you are really a wishfulfilling Ginie, I am happy to
have you. Now your next job is to create the buildings on
these sites for which they are marked. Arrange and organize
them and let them start functioning. You will need some money
to organize them, buy raw material and furnishing material
"I do not need anything, only your orders,"
said the Ginie and clapped again and said, "It is done
my master. The factories are running with the help of very
competent staff. The theatre halls are making very good business.
The swimming pool and the market complexes are crowded with
people. Your farms are under the supervision of well informed
hard working farmers. Very soon you will be the richest person
of the planet earth."
"Fantastic," said the merchant with
joy. "Now I want to become also the most powerful man
of the age. I will like you to make me the king of this world.
Build for me a unique palace, better then any palace which
has existed so far. Make it beautifully decorated by fine
art work of the great masters. When all countries accept me
as their solemn monarch, organize for a nice and big celebration
for my coronation. Prepare special dresses for me, my wife
and my son. Invite poets, musicians, entertainers, cooks and
make a big feast. Invite the important persons of all my subordinate
countries and build nice guest houses where anyone gets what
they need in their own settings. Let poets compose verses,
musicians sing and make music, let the dancers dance and entertainers
entertain. I want everything absolutely new and original -
that is your next project."
"Your orders will be carried out my master,
"said the Ginie and clapped again and said, "You
have been accepted as the solemn monarch of planet Earth.
All countries have accepted your subordination according to
your terms and conditions. Your palace is there in front of
you in the best location one could imagine. It is well furnished.
The guest houses have been built for the dignitaries of the
different countries and equipped in their traditional design.
Feast is going on. Cooks are preparing the choicest dishes
for the guests. Entertainers are entertaining, musicians are
making music and dancers are dancing. Very soon your coronation
ceremony will take place. Your dress and crown are right here,
dress yourself up and enjoy being the most powerful and important
person of planet Earth. But
before you leave, please
tell me my next job."
The merchant became numb. He had nothing more
all his desires were fulfilled and he remembered
the warning given by the Ginie. He got scared of a very sad
end of his life at the same moment when he is at the peak
of his progress. He felt his heart will jump out of his body
and he felt as if he was going to faint and
fall down. Drops of perspiration started dripping down his
Suddenly he remembered a face which once promised
to help him in an odd time. He told the Ginie , "Before
I become the emperor of the planet Earth I would like to get
the blessings of my teacher by whose grace I found you, who
helped me to acquire what I wanted. Please take me to his
cave in the holy mountains of Himalayas." "As you
wish," said the Ginie and clapped.
The merchant was instantaneously transported
to the cave of the holy man who once met him in his journey
to the holy mountains and had promised to help him. He asked
the Ginie, "And how will I come back to my coronation
place after I have received the blessing and the advice of
the holy man?" "You will be taken back as soon as
you finish. I will stand here and wait for you," said
the Ginie. "No, you should go back and supervise the
preparations. Can't you arrange for some transportation for
me? "asked the merchant. "Nothing is faster then
me," replied the Ginie. "I will supervise all preparations
from here. Just come out and clap and you will find me."
"O.k.," said the merchant and rushed toward the
entrance of the cave.
"Bless me my master, bless me for I am
going to be the crowned emperor of the world from today,"
said the merchant and entered the cave. The holy man was sitting
naked on his straw mat. He greeted the merchant with a big
smile and raised his hands in the gesture of granting fearlessness.
The merchant reached near him and kneeled to touch his holy
feet and said in very low voice," save me, my preceptor,
I am in great trouble because I bought a wishfulfilling Ginie
this morning and within no time all my desires got fulfilled.
Within a short time I became the richest man and now they
are going to crown me. I have everything I want, yet I have
a great problem. I bought this Ginie on a condition that I
will have to keep him engaged. The minute I fail to provide
him with a job he will destroy three times of what he has
created. Now I do not know what job should I tell him to keep
him busy? And very soon he his going to destroy my wealth
and ruin my family. Please help me! You promised me once when
I met you here at this very place to help me whenever I am
in an odd situation. Nothing could be more disastrous then
the situation in which I am now. Now when I have everything
within my reach I am standing on the edge of destruction."
"Don't care, my son. I will help you and
save you from this Ginie. I have controlled all kinds of Ginies;
it is very easy to provide him with a never ending job."
"But I have very less time. People there are waiting
for my coronation ceremony and the Ginie is waiting for a
job. Please tell me the solution of my problem right now."
"I will, but first relax," said the holy man. "I
can not relax," I am agitated, anxious, excited and terribly
disturbed and afraid. I have come to your refuge. Save me
and tell me what I have to tell him," said the merchant.
"Listen carefully, my son. When you reach
your place ask the Ginie to bring the biggest bamboo pole
he can get and then order him to plant it inside the ground
very firm and tight. After the pole is firmly fixed to the
ground ask the Ginie to climb it up and down until further
orders. This will keep him busy and you will enjoy your kingdom
undisturbed and fearlessly."
The merchant was astonished at the presence
of mind of this simple man. The solution he suggested was
also as simple as him. He paid his homage to the holy man
and said, "how stupid I am that I could not think of
such a simple solution." "When one is obsessed by
fear and anxiety one can not think of such simple solutions.
First you were blinded by your ambitions and you bought the
Ginie. When the Ginie became too fast in fulfilling your desires
you got scared by his speed with which he carried out your
orders then you got nervous by the imaginary fear of destruction.
Be relaxed and remember your greatest helper and ask for his
help. The one who helps us all is very near us. You don't
have to cover such a long distance to find him. He will help
you wherever you are stuck. Go now my son and feel free. I
too have a Ginie and here is the pole for my Ginie, said the
holy man and showed the merchant his rosary.
The merchant was released from his fear. He
came out of the cave and walked straight to the Ginie who
was waiting for him and said, "Take me back." "You
are back," said the Ginie after the clapping. "Bring
me the biggest and strongest bamboo pole you can find,"
said the merchant with authoritative voice. The Ginie noticed
the changed in him, clapped and said, "here it is."
"Fix it firmly in the ground," ordered the merchant.
"It is fixed," said the Ginie. "Then just go
up and come down, up and down, until I give you a new job."
The Ginie had no choice. He went up the pole
and came down. It was a never ending job and he was bound
by his contract. The merchant was now free to enjoy his newly