Chellapa Initiates Two Disciples

a. Following the initiation of his two disciples, Chellap- paswami sent them off in different directions, declaring that you can’t tie two elephants to the same post. b.To prepare Yogaswami for his initiation, Chellappaswami required him, along with a second disciple, to sit on a large stone slab. For 40 days the pair meditated and fasted. To end the fast, the guru prepared a meal, handed a bowl to each and then kicked the bowls from their hands, declaring, “That is all I have for you!”

Image of Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami
Giving a gift begrudgingly in return for another gift is, of course, mere barter. Many families barter their way through life in this way, thinking they are giving. But such gifts are cold, the fulfillment is empty, and the law of karma pays discounted returns.
—Gurudeva