"Anyatha Saram Nasti - Other than
You Refuge there is None"
"Hemchand! Are you prepared to
leave for Vijaywada if you get a job?" My husband docilely replied,
"They are staring a new cement
factory there, with an investment running into lakhs of rupees.
All the machinery has already arrived. You may have to report for
He said this as if we might have
to leave the very next day. But that day has yet to come in our
lives. Our compassionate Swami did like this many times. "You may
be wondering why Swami has to lie to his devotees. But those are
not lies! Those are divine blessings intended to keep our morale
high. We are ordinary mortals, and would say "Swami is not doing
anything. It is all empty talk."
That is why He utters such "lies"
to keep us contented. Does He not know that our time is not good,
and that that we may have to put up with that bad phase for some
more time? How much hardship He is enduring for our sake! Whenever,
unable to put up with ordeals of life, we said "Swami! I have no
more strenght to endure this. Please show pity,"
He would reply with a sweet smile,
"You have been saying that and I have been hearing that, for the
last so many years. But time is passing on, no? Do you think you
are getting on without the energy given to you by Swami? Why do
you lose courage about little things like this, even while having
this mighty mountain-sized Swami by your side?"
When I asked Him worriedly, "Do
you mean we will be facing many more difficulties, Swami?" He
laughed, and saying, "You stupid head." He went away. My heart
felt perturbed. I felt dizzy in my head. When I was seriously
thinking, "Won't good days ever come into our lives?" Swami, came
running liker a deer and asking me, with love oozing, "What? Do
you wish to have some money? Shall I give you some?" and began
fumbling in the pocket of his robe, which has no pockets, neither
of us could control laughter. He is our impish Lord Krishna...."
(Excerpt from the book "Anyatha
Saram Nasti - Other than You Refuge there is None", Pages 159-160)