In the Kaṭha Upaniṣad(1.3.14), Yama employs the expression, “ the razor’s edge ”( kṣurasya dhārā), when he describes to Nachiketa the delicate and dangerous path to the supreme Reality. In spiritual life every moment we face, every step we take, is fraught with implicit pitfalls. Only a constantly watchful pupil can avoid these possible risks and forge ahead. Indeed a little slip can shoot us crashing down, and it may take quite a while to heal the injuries, to rise up, and to renew our trip.
troubles come at both the situations, gross and subtle. Nārada’s story, described by Gosvāmī Tulasīdās in his Rām- carit- mānas, shows the kinds of hurdles spiritual campaigners are likely to face at some stage or other. The story is largely instructional. It holds before us a glass in which we can see our own faces and our own lives reflected. It awakens us and exhorts us to be always on the alert.