Rain Rain Go Away
Prof. N. Kasturi
I remember another funny incident. We were in Coorge, where the
rain fall is the highest in the South, and once it starts
raining it goes on for 10-15 days. Baba was there, so there was
a public meeting in the open. I was to translate His Telegu
speech into Kannada, the language of the area. Before Baba
spoke, He asked me to say something. And like a fool, I started
with rain as the subject.
Everyone in the audience, there were about 10, 000 people, were
looking back at the hills in the distance, because they were
conscious that the rain would be coming soon upon them. So I
said in my speech, "Why are you turning back like that all of
you, looking at the mountain ranges in the distance'? There
won't be any rain because wherever Baba is, He has said His
functions will never be disturbed by rain", and I told them a
story that is in the Bhagavad Gita.
The story is that Indra - the God of rain, felt that he was
insulted by Krishna who wanted the Indra worship to be stopped
and he wanted the mountain in that region to be worshipped.
Krishna said, "Why is everyone worshipping God in the sky, we
must worship this mountain because it is full of trees, and it
is this mountain that brings down the rain that grows the grass
for our cattle to feed and therefore we must be thankful to the
mountain and not to some imaginary God who lives in the sky".
Hence, Indra worship stopped and Indra got angry and He poured
tonnes of rain on every square inch of the ground. Krishna
lifted up the hill with one finger, they say, and underneath the
hill, the entire population of man and the cattle were
I told the audience that Swami can stop the rain without lifting
up the hill, as was done in Krishna's time.
When Swami began His speech, I had to translate, so I was
standing by His side. When I looked at the mountain range in the
distance, I saw the rain coming closer. It came down the hills,
it was attacking the plains, it was coming towards the town. It
came very close; the distance was so small that we could feel
the cold wind that was accompanying it, and all the time I was
engaged in praying within my mind, "Swami, please stop that
rain, If it comes here, people will be disillusioned. I am sorry
Swami, I should have asked you whether I could give the story of
You being able to control the rain. I should have asked You! But
I did not, so You have to pardon me for my impertinence".
I was feeling terrible! My mind was in a dither. But I had to
listen to Swami and translate His speech, and so I had to cut
down my fear. I was terribly tortured during that one hour
whilst Swami spoke. I continued to pray to Him in my mind,
"Swami, stop this speech, the rain is coming. Swami please stop,
the rain is coming". But He would not stop; He even spoke for
extra time. And finally He said.
This Kasturi, though he gave the
story of the rain, does not have faith, all the time he worried
in his mind whether I will be able to stop the rain. The rain
will come now. It will be here in about 15 minutes. So all of
you get home".