Stories about Faith
Sairam to everyone,
Continuing with yesterdays topic FAITH I have a couple of incidents to
narrate. The first story I have picked up from Bhagawan's interview
John Hislop and the second one happened in Parthi around 20 years
There was a guru and he had a women disciple. The guru worshipped
and he had a Lingam which required daily puja. Each day at the time of
the disciple would bring the required milk. However guru and disciple
on the opposite sides of the river. Heavy rains came, and the river
flood stage, the disciple waited for a boat, and this made her late
milk to puja. Guru became angry that the Puja was not performed at the
proper time and told the disciple, "You are late because of lack of
the sacred name of Krishna. With faith in Him and reciting His sacred
you could walk across the surface of the river and not have to wait
The next day, the disciple, accepting the word of her guru as the word
God Himself, walked across the surface of the river and delivered the
on time. After two or three days of this, the guru became curious and
the disciple how she had arrived on time even though the river was on
The disciple replied that she did as instructed by the guru and walked
across the constantly chanting the name of Krishna.
The guru could not accept this story and secretly followed her as she
departed. To his astonishment, the woman never hesitated, but walked
directly across the river.
Instantly resolving to try himself, he pulled up his dhoti above his
and ventured to step on the water. The water failed to sustain him and
was instantly immersed.
This story illustrates the vital role of faith. The woman enjoyed full
faith, and it never occurred to her to even lift the hem of her sari
fear of the water, where the faith was lacking in guru.
The second story is all about a devotee who was very close to Swami.
20 years back Swami was physically very close to devotees. He used to
devotees houses and eat food with them and take them to Chitravathi (
near Parthi) for moon light play. (I will talk about those in due
One day he was walking along with some devotees behind
campus, which was full of bushes and shrubs. One of the devotees
talking about his family problems and said that he needed lot of money
his daughters marriage and for son's education. Listening to all this
suddenly showed a huge snake near by and told,if you want the money,
go and catch the snake at the tail you get gold. The devotee perplexed.
thought swami was joking. He pleaded Swami saying that he was in dire
of money and hence he needs money sincerely. Bhagawan again with a
said Go and catch the snake you would get the money you need. The
could not belive that Swami was seriously asking him to catch the tail
poisonous snake to get money. Finally Swami told look the snake is
to the hide out. Go and catch it immediately, failing which you will
the money. Reluctantly he went and caught the tail of the snake which
pushed 80% of its body into the anthill. To the astonishment to all
people around the visible part of the snake turned into gold.
The surprised devotee pleaded "Swami get the snake back I want to hold
completely". No use. He had to contend with the small piece of the
There are many instances Swami stressed the importance of developing
faith in God. Certainly, it is not easy to develop unflinching faith
but SADHANA, not meditation, will give the faith.
I would like to narrate another story on
This was narrated to me by an Orissa devotee whose father had
My friend returned to Parthi after a brief stay of two weeks at his
town in Orissa. He was so excited on his return and took our group
his return and started narrating the story his village had witnessed.
In his small village a new school master came. He was a devotee and
to talk about Swami to the people around. He started bhajans and
telling about Bhagawan and His miracles. Days passed by many people
coming to his place and started listening to him talking about
Many of them are illiterate and do not know about outside world. They
God loving people. Few people started learning Bhajans and following
Teacher sang. Meanwhile, Sivaratri came. The teacher narrated some
about Sivaratri and how swami used to created Sivalingam during that
The people started thinking of Sivaratri and all of them wanted to
awake and sing the glory of Lord all through the night. The biggest
was no one knew more than a handful of songs. Still they thought of
AKHANDA BHAJANA (Bhajan all through the night). They started promptly
06:00 pm and continued. Hours passed by the enthu in the people
They kept on singing the glory of Bhagawan and continued the bhajans.
midnight it happened. The God who they were singing manifested Himself
front of the crowd. He appeared infront of the crowd and moved amidst
He sang bhjans along. He talked to those people. He blessed them. He
to all the people calling them by names. He enquired about the people
were absent there at the moment. No one present saw Swami physically
It was a divine experience. They spend talked,joked and pulled Swami
love like the Gopikas of Brindavan. Immersing them in his love for
hour the compassionate Lord disappeared. He vanished into thin air.
This happened in early ninties. Like this there are many instances
Bhagawan had manifested himself for devotees and gave them in immense
happiness. There was an incident where Swami shouldered his devotee
saved him from drowning into water for one whole night. In another
Swami saved His devotee from a car accident. In another place He saved
pilot from fuel less flight and kept the flight afloat for six hours.
are many incidents to narrate. Why is He doing all this. It is only to
underline the fact that He can do anything for the well being of His
devotee. He will never falter in His efforts. What all we need is