Through The Master's Eyes

One day I left the Ashram. Another devotee accompanied me. I think it was Kashi bhaiyaa. So I just left. And nobody came to know where I went. We went to a faraway village. And then I asked the driver to stop the car outside a house. When I went inside the house, there was a man sitting inside the house. The man was a simple farmer, who had just a small farm to himself. But he had a television on which he had watched my programme. And after watching that programme, he had such an intense desire to meet me. He would think, ‘How do I meet Guruji? I can’t afford to travel to Bangalore. I have to meet Guruji in some way or the other.’ And I went and stood at the door of his very house! He got such a shock. He fell on his knees and started crying. He was a simple farmer who only grew tomatoes in his farm. His farm was less than half an acre in area. He had a small family.
 
Similarly, once I went to a certain school one day. I took classes for both the teachers and students there for 1-2 hours. I spoke to them. They got so excited and filled with enthusiasm. You know, villages are the foundation of our country. Listening and implementing this Knowledge in one’s life automatically makes one shine and radiate with joy. So anything is possible at any time!
 
Once Kishor Da (a teacher and a devotee) and I were traveling to Arunachal Pradesh from Assam. As we crossed a village in Assam, I asked the car to stop. I went inside a house and I asked him to pay Rs. 700 to the lady in the house. That lady’s husband was to undergo some operation for which she had to pay Rs. 2100, but she had only Rs. 1400 with herself. She didn’t have enough money for the operation. In her temple altar, she had pictures of Kali Maa (a form of Goddess Durga) and Sri Ramakrishna Paramhamsa (an enlightened saint). She was sitting before them praying and asking God for money. So she got the money that she needed. I also met her and spent some time there. What I am saying is – this entire Nature is created and driven by One power. It is composed of the same One Tattva (element). Just as I am made up of that same element, so are you – the same Tattva. So to whomever you bow to or perform oblations to, it reaches the same source. Now that lady had not known me. And this incident happened 20 years ago. Kishor Da was with me at that time. Oh! Even Bhanu* and Vinod Ji (a teacher and a devotee) were also along with Me at that time. We were just 4-5 people in the car at that time. When we met that lady, we could see she was so strong and deep in her devotion. So when we call and invoke God with a true heart, everything we wish for starts to happen. This must have happened with so many of you. Has it not? So many miracles have happened in so many people’s lives. See! It has happened with everyone here (pointing to the audience). This is not surprising. It keeps happening, its’ not a big thing. If it doesn’t happen, then that is something surprising. If a miracle doesn’t happen sometime then it is wonder actually! Yes, some miracles happen instantly and some take time.

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* Bhanumathi Narasimhan sister of His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.