Bad Antogast, Germany
You have heard of many Guru stories, isn't it? So now I am going to tell you a Devotee story.
In the last week of November, I was touring in some of the remote places in the state of Maharashtra. Some villages and districts that I have never been to. There were a lot of people who came to meet me.
In one village, I told my secretary, ‘Three people have lost their mobiles and they are very poor people. So put three new cell phones in my bag.'
When I went there, there were 2,000 to 2,500 volunteers and a crowd of around 200,000 people.
In the volunteers meet after the program, I said, ‘Three of you lost your mobile phones. I know about it. Those of you who have lost your mobile phones, please stand up’, and only three people stood up.
There was a lady who had stood up, and I told her, ‘Look, you were crying in front of my picture last Thursday. You did not know what to do, how to face your family because an expensive mobile phone was lost, which must have been worth two to three months of earnings. Here, take a new one.'
I tell you, we should give miracles a chance to happen in life. Nobody’s life is devoid of miracles. Only we don’t believe in them. We think miracles are a thing of the past. I tell you, it can happen even today, in the present.
When I was doing this, one boy from the group came up to me and he shared his story. He was in an advanced course and his wife was at home, and he had to talk to her. There was no battery on his phone and he had forgotten the charger at home. So he put the phone in front of my picture and asked, ‘Gurudev, let the phone be charged.'
The next morning, when he woke up, the phone was fully charged.
This boy showed me his phone and said, ‘Look, for one and a half years I have thrown away my charger, and now I only keep my phone in front of your picture and it gets charged.’
He threw his charger away!
I said, 'This is really something. Even I need a charger for my phone, and my devotee charges his phone by keeping it in front of my picture.'
See how powerful devotees can be.
I thought this is a very exciting story. So I came back to Bangalore and there were about 150 people from Russia, Poland and all over Europe, and I shared this story with them, ‘Look I can’t charge my phone without a charger and see this devotee threw away his charger and he is charging his phone every day keeping it in front of my picture.'
So the 150 people there said, 'Yes, it happens for us also.'
My saying this did not surprise them at all.
One Russian said, ‘It happened to me also. One day, I too put my phone and prayed that it should get charged, and it indeed did get charged!’
Devotees from Poland and Scandinavia also shared the same experiences.
Another person shared their experience and said, ‘My car ran out of petrol and the fuel marker had come to zero showing me that the tank was empty. But I kept driving, and drove 117 kilometers on an empty tank.'
How is it possible? This seems to break all apparent laws of nature.
I tell you, we should give miracles a chance to happen in life. Nobody’s life is devoid of miracles. Only we don’t believe in them.
All the cultures and philosophy in this world are based on miracles. In fact they thrive on miracles.
Just remove all the miracles from the Bible and you will feel as if the Bible does not exist.
Similarly, if you take any scripture in the world, it is full of miracles. But we think miracles are a thing of the past and not of the present. I tell you, it can happen even today, in the present.
Once, I was at Boston airport and a devotee bought food for me, and for the four others who were travelling with me. Do you know how many people were with me? A large number of around 60 to 70 people, and the food which was meant for four people was shared between 60 people. Everybody ate food.
It makes you wonder - how is this possible?!
When you are in a state of love and devotion, your energy is so strong, that what you think impossible starts happening. When your heart and mind are pure and clear, then positive energy rises in you. But if your mind is full of negativity; or if you are complaining, then no miracle is possible.
There is a scientific explanation for this also.
The whole world is nothing but vibrations; everything is vibrations. Matter is nothing but vibrations. Matter and energy are the same, they are just vibrations.
See, when you go near an automatic glass door, immediately the glass door opens.
Just imagine if this was a phenomenon that would have happened 100 to 200 years ago. People at that time would have gone crazy. They would wonder as to how this is happening. You simply go and the door opens.
Today, we know that this is because of bio energy. There is energy emitting from our body.
Do you know, there are locks that can be opened only by one person.
You must have heard of biometric locks. If it is your energy that is embedded in that lock, then nobody else can open it. Only when you touch it, will it open.
That means that everyone is emitting energy.
When you are in a state of love and devotion, your energy is so strong, so big, that when you want a cell phone to get charged, it simply gets charged.
It is just like an intense energy of the biometric lock. When you move near the door, the door opens because your energy is caught by that little box above the door.
Similarly, the entire universe is just made up of energy. It is all energy. So give a chance for miracles to happen.
When is all this possible? It can happen when you are hollow and empty.
When both, your heart and mind are pure and clear, then positive energy rises in you. But if your mind is full of negativity, and if you are stressed out; or if you are complaining about this and that, and grumbling and griping, then no miracle is possible. Even regular work which has to happen does not happen. Simple things do not happen because energy is low and negative.
When energy is high, what you think is impossible starts happening.
Even from a scientist’s point of view, miracles are indeed possible.
Nothing is impossible. You simply need to know the mechanics of how it all works, and in what state of consciousness can all this happen.
How many of you here have had that experience of a miracle? (Many raise their hands).
See! All of you here have experienced some miracle or another. So when we feel that deep connection, when we feel that love and devotion, it all happens effortlessly.
Now, if you were to ask me, 'How do I increase my devotion?'
I tell you, there is no way to increase. Do not try to do that, just relax.
This is the problem actually.
Many people ask me, ‘How do I surrender? How do I increase my devotion?’
I tell you, there is no way to do that. But, if you ask me, ‘How I can get rid of my negativity?’ I would say, ‘Yes there is a way.'
How? Just wake up and see! Wake up! Let go of the negativity. Think, ‘So Hum and So What!' These two things are there.
First, when faced with a problem or with negativity, just think, ‘So what? It is okay.’ And then, ‘So Hum’ (literally meaning ‘I am That’; it refers to the individual self identifying with the Divine Supreme Consciousness).
This way you can get rid of negativity and keep your spirit high.
When faced with a problem or with negativity, just think, 'So what? It is okay.’ And then, ‘So Hum’ This way you can get rid of negativity and keep your spirit high.
You know when someone is not feeling good, they pull everybody down around them. And if you talk to them, you will see that not only are they feeling down themselves, they try to pull everyone else down as well. This is their job.
If you do not like a person, you go on blaming them, and if someone else likes them, you tell them also, ‘Look that person is no good.'
Also, there are people who say it in such a different way that you may fall prey to their negativity. They say, ‘Look, I do not want to create a bad opinion about that person, so I do not want to talk about them. I do not want to spoil your idea or impression about them.' But the harm is already done.
Do you see what has happened? The doubt has already been put in your mind.
So people who do not have high energy try to pull everybody down when they are miserable, and then they feel happy seeing everybody else is unhappy.
They do this unconsciously. They are not conscious about this, they do not know they are doing it.
There is a story in the Ramayana.
The monkeys in Lord Rama’s army wanted to make a bridge between India and Sri Lanka and all the troops were preparing for it. So what they did is, they would write ‘Sri Ram’ on every stone and then put the stone in the water, and the stone would float.
Now, when Lord Rama himself arrived, he was surprised to see that all these people were writing his name on these stones and putting them into the water, and they were floating. So he wanted to try whether he can do it. So, he took a stone and wrote ‘Sri Ram’ on it, and put it in the water, but that stone sank, it did not float.
So the devotees told him, ‘You do not know what devotion is. You cannot do what we can do.’
So it is said that devotees are one step higher, and they have huge power.
Love is the most powerful thing on the planet. Do not let anybody, any situation, any cause, any reason destroy that.
Our love is so fragile and we make it so vulnerable that simply by listening to some people’s negative talks, their negativity gets into our head and we start destroying our own high energy.
Now that does not mean you have to be blind. We need to be intellectually sharp and logically correct, and at the same time, maintain that beautiful gift that one gets, called love. This we need to protect, just like how you protect a child.
How do you protect a child from falling, and from getting lost? You protect a child by keeping a watch on it all the time, where the child is moving, where it is going, and what it is doing. In the same way we need to protect this inner treasure. Once we have it, we need to protect it. This is very important.
Give a chance for miracles to happen. It is not that you simply sit and make it happen by saying, ‘I want a miracle to happen now.' It is not like that.
I tell you, when you insist on a miracle to happen, it is as foolish as someone trying to impress you with a miracle.
Love is the most powerful thing on the planet. Do not let anybody, any situation, any cause, any reason destroy that.
Never go to somebody who tries to impress you with a miracle and says, ‘I am going to create something out of thin air.' This is not the right thing at all.
Do not run after miracles, but at the same time do not block them from happening.
Someone who is centered, someone who is enlightened, will never try to make a miracle. Miracles simply happen; they are a part of life. Just let them happen.
Do not try to impress somebody or create something, that is no good.
Do you see what I am saying?
It does not show maturity and blossoming of your consciousness.
We do not need to impress anybody at all. If someone tries to do that, they are not where they think they are, or where they are expected to be.
The power of love and devotion is so much. And all this (Satsang, Seva and Sadhana) is just an aid to make that happen. Sit in Satsang and just see how the energy in you rises. There are so many inspiring stories that you get to hear.
You all have had some inspiring stories, and you should write them down and share them because this will inspire others.
Why I am saying this is because when you hear that something good is happening to someone else, it uplifts you too.
In today’s world you hear so many negative stories all the time. You hear of robbery committed, or a rape committed. You hear of someone cheating someone else, and many other crimes being committed around you.
When you hear all this, you lose interest in life. Many young people lose interest in life just listening to negative stories.
In the summer, I was in Canada, and a couple came to see me.
They said, ‘Gurudev, our 18 year old son committed suicide. He was a very brilliant young boy. He left a note in which he wrote, ‘Mum and Dad, I do not find this world the right place to live in. There is so much crime happening every day. I do not want to live in this world and I am fed up with it.''
Do you know how he formed this opinion? Just by watching the news.
In his note, the boy further wrote, ‘I am sorry I am bringing you misery and sorrow, but I do not want to continue living.'
So the boy wrote this note and later killed himself.
We must all resolve to bring positive news to everyone around us because this universe is ruled by love; by the light.
The light brings so many gifts to you and so many miracles are possible.
Our love is so fragile and we make it so vulnerable that by listening to some people’s negative talks, their negativity gets into our head and we start destroying our own high energy. We need to protect this inner treasure, this gift called love.
Every day I receive thousands of e-mails from people across the world expressing gratitude and narrating the wonders happening in their lives.
It does not look good if I put all those letters out, before you; but I tell you, you should write your experiences and share them with others. Bring a ray of hope to all those who are desperately in need of it.
You do not have to make up stories. Creating false stories is altogether another extreme. That is not good. But whatever good that is happening in your life, at least that you must bring to the lives of others. You should make people aware of it.
Write all the wonderful things that are happening in your life.
Keep it short though, not too long. Sometimes people write such long stories that you do not even wish to read it completely. After reading just one paragraph you feel like closing it. So, write your experiences, but it has to be short and crisp.
You should write about any authentic experience of yours that you know and wish to share. That is what can actually inspire.
You know, when we share something authentic, it has a very positive impact on the lives of others. This is how we need to inspire people towards the light, towards life, and towards love.
This is needed much more today than ever before.
Every day I get so many letters from people.
There are stories of doctors who had given up hope, and who had said that somebody is going to die within six months and yet they are alive, years after the incident.
So many healings have happened. There are thousands of such letters.
Today, our mind set has become such that we do not believe in this field of energy any longer. We tend to believe more in chemical tablets that are prescribed to us. However, you must not swing to any extremes. Do not think, ‘Oh, Gurudev has spoken about the field of energy, so I am not going to take any of my medications. I will throw them out.' No! We must not act this way.
We must take the advice of doctors, but at the same time, what I am telling you is, give a chance for miracles to happen.
That is the essence of it.