Every story told and untold has a spiritual life message. One has to sift through the debris and intuitively and vigilantly pick the gold nuggets and gems as they become apparent.
In the story after Snow White is born, the queen dies and the King takes a new wife, who is beautiful but also unutterably supercilious and proud. The new Queen possesses a magical mirror, which she asks every morning: “Mirror, mirror in my hand, who is the fairest in that land?”
Spiritually speaking the queen is so vain about her beauty that she is egoistically convinced that she is most beautiful in the entire land, until she met Snow White. Her magic mirror is her own ego. However after she met Snow White who was beautiful inside and out, her inner conscience, which is the sixth sense or her intuition, begins to gnaw at her ego. It constantly keeps reminding her that her step daughter is more beautiful in every way than herself. Since the queen had no humility and was not aware of her true self which is the spirit or light of true knowledge (i.e. God) was so offended by her own conscious that she was willing to kill Snow White instead of killing her own ego or attachment to her physical body. If she was willing to listen to her conscience the story of Snow White would have taken a different course leading to self-realization and enlightenment.
Just like Valmiki who wrote the “Ramayana”- one of the greatest Indian epics.
In Sanskrit, mara means “death” or “evil.” There is a story about Valmiki, the saint. Valmiki was a thief- Ratnakar- who preyed upon both saints and kings. One day he tried to rob a holy man named Narada. But Narada was a renunciant who owned nothing but a cloth wrapped around his loins, and he had nothing to give the thief Valmiki. Valmiki threatened to kill Narada, so Narada said, “I will give you a mantra that will make you the richest man in the world, if only you will repeat it constantly, day in and day out.” Narada told Valmiki to repeat the word mara over and over again, and Valmiki agreed. Valmiki knew that mara was an evil word, which agreed all too well with his greedy personality. Valmiki sat beneath a tree and began to chant, “Mara mara mara mara…” However, Valmiki did not realize that he had been tricked – as the syllables of “Mara mara mara” began to run together, Valmiki instead found himself chanting, “Rama, rama, rama”! As he chanted Rama, the divine name of God, over and over again, Valmiki’s heart became purified, and his heart filled with the presence of God – in short, he became the wealthiest man in the world. Prior to chanting the mantra the sage had asked him “My friend, your family partakes in the fruits of your bad deeds, will any member of your family partake of your sin also ? Go and ask them, and bring back their reply.” Ratnakar’s family refused to share his sins. He realized that he alone was responsible for all his sins no one else would share his sin.
There is another instance of humility in the story of Snow White:
Snow White explains what happened and the Dwarfs take pity on her, saying: “If you will keep house for us, and cook, make beds, wash, sew, and knit, and keep everything clean and orderly, then you can stay with us, and you shall have everything that you want.”
Snow White’s purity shone through, convincing the dwarfs of her credible story. Her humility shone through, as she agreed to earn her keep by doing all the chores asked of her. She did not flaunt her status of being a princess arrogantly. She could have refused the dwarf’s conditions. The story may have taken a different course. The story also reveals that true help can be found in every form and shape. Physical appearance can be misleading.
God may extend his protection through any of his varied creations. All one has to do is seek God’s grace and accept it without reservations and with total humility. With humility the hard shell of ego can be cracked. When ego is cracked the inner true self which is the spirit of God is revealed. When the light engulfs the darkness of ego the mirror of your soul reflects your pure self. In the darkness of your ego the mirror in your soul reflects your flaws of your mortal coil. The flawless mirror of the soul is just the knower of the physical self which sends messages of your actions through your conscience-your intuition or your inner voice. If you are fortunate to hear your voice and heed to it, you can become a Valmiki, if not your fate may meet that of the vain queen mother- Metaphorically speaking!!!!!!!
As a punishment for her attempted murders, a pair of glowing iron shoes are brought forth with tongs and placed before the Queen. She is then forced to step into the iron shoes and to dance until she drops dead.
Quoting my older son, “Mom you don’t have to go all chinese fortune cookie on me!” He said that to me the other day when I was explaining the importance of listening to his inner voice to make the right decision when he is faced with conflicts in life…………………………………
So here is my ‘Chinese Fortune Cookie’ message: “One’s wrong actions leads one to their own doom sooner or later.”
Quoting my younger son, “Adults are more egoistically influenced in their actions than children.” “Always travel on the path of light.” He did not even know the ultimate truth in each of his messages when he had one of the “Out of the mouths of babes.” moments…………………………………………..
As I was quoting earlier, “God’s message is everywhere one has to be humble enough to recognize it.”