Guru Mayi, the leader of the Siddha Yoga Foundation tells this simple story which is fitting for a time when we are practicing accepting the best and worst in ourselves.
The ruler of a prosperous kingdom sends for one of his messengers. When he arrives the King tells him to go out and find the worst thing in the entire world, and bring it back within a few days. The messenger departs, and returns days later, empty-handed. Puzzled, the King asks, ‘What have you discovered? I don’t see anything.’ The messenger says, ‘Right here, Your Majesty,’ and sticks out his tongue. Bewildered, the King asks the young man to explain. The messenger says, ‘My tongue is the worst thing in the world. My tongue can do many horrible things. My tongue speaks evil and tells lies. I can overindulge with my tongue which leaves me feeling tired and sick, and I can say things that hurt other people. My tongue is the worst thing in the world.’ Pleased, the King then commands the messenger to go out and find him the best thing in the entire world.