during the summer course 2000, by Devsen sir -- a
personal experience of his, occurred when he was a
Swami has many times said, whether during discourses
or during private sessions with devotees, that HIS
will is infinite. Baba takes many of His students to
Kodaikanal with HIM. Likewise He has taken some
students to Mysore sanctuary once in their summer
vacations. Devsen sir was lucky to be one of them.
The students had already reached the sanctuary and
it was nighttime. Swami was discussing the secrets
of nature with students assembled at HIS feet. He
was talking about the start of creation from the
primordial sound OMKAR, the emergence of the MILKY
WAY, PLANETS etc. He was describing in detail as to
how the clouds got formed and the emergence of the
SUN, the MOON etc.
Swami was explaining so, He suddenly looked around
and said, "Isn't the night beautiful today.". "Yes,
Swami" replied the students " It is blissful here in
your immediate presence. Even the moon seems to want
to make his presence felt here in your physical
proximity". As soon as this was mentioned Swami
looked upwards at the moon. He kept looking for
sometime and then started explaining the different
features of the moon -- that there were so many
craters on it, He even mentioned that there were
rivers flowing on the moon.
He said this, students started asking "Swami....
Rivers on the moon..." "Yes, Why not, don't you know
rivers existed on moon" asked Swami. "But Swami"
students questioned "Something of this sort has
never been mentioned in any of the documentaries
recorded by astronauts who have visited the moon.".
"Oh that...." replied SWAMI "How can they see ...
They saw with physical eyes ... Can their eyes see
all that divinity has created? They did not see ...
but it is there." So saying Swami stopped.
Swami stopped speaking, there was silence for while
but the friction in the minds of students persisted.
Fully aware of this, Swami asked, "Would you all
like to see all that I mentioned were present on the
moon?" "YES SWAMI" replied the students in one
voice. Swami immediately got up from HIS seat and
pointed towards the moon and waved His hand. In a
moment the moon disappeared from the sky.
Shocked at what they saw, the students wanted to ask
Swami as to what had happened to the moon but before
they could they saw a circular object appear in HIS
hands. "This" Swami said, "is the moon ... (Silence
for a while) ... now clear all your doubts about the
feature of the moon". So saying He started showing
the craters and the rivers on the moons surface. As
long as the 'moon' was there in Swami's hand there
was no 'moon' in the sky. When asked what would
happen when anyone looked up and did not find the
moon present as usual or questioned the
disappearance of the moon all of a sudden, Swami
said, "Nothing happens without my will. As long as
the moon, which I have reduced to a size enough to
fit into my palms, is in my hand, no one in the
world will dare look up in the sky. I have willed
There was silence for a while as the students tried
to grasp the phenomenon they had just witnessed.
Swami then asked" Has everyone seen it. Ok, come
closer and see. Ask for doubts if any". All those
present came closer and looked ... they were all
there. The craters, the rivers, the mountains....
All in the miniature form of the moon in swami's
Swami then said, " OK, now I shall send it back". So
saying Swami let go the 'moon' from His hand by
thrusting it upwards. In a moment it was there ...
again resplendent as before.
students retired for the day, they reminded
themselves of an important lesson they learnt that
day. Everything in this universe is functioning in
full awareness of Swami as per His will.
All we see is HIS will... What doesn't seem to be is
so simply because HE hasn't willed it that way...