Volume 5 - Issue 09
Sai Krishna – The Enigmatic Enchanter
By Sri Jagdish Chandra,
With humility I offer myself at the Lotus Feet of my Beloved Bhagavan, respected elders, dear sisters and brothers, Sai Ram to one and all.
And the moment Mother Yashoda saw Him; she even forgot to chide Him! She forgot to shout at Him. She only acted upset a little but the best part comes now. She took back Krishna; and for the butter for which He was supposed to be chided, He was offered the very same butter by Mother Yashoda!
God Breaks Our Mould
Let me begin with the first part – breaking of the pot. When God decides to enter our life, He does so in a magnificent fashion, whosoever it may be! Let us consider the case of the highway robber Ratnakara. He was so proud of his achievements. He felt that people would support him – his mother, his father, his wife, and his children. To an extent that even the things that he knew were wrong; he did not believe in them; he thought that his family would support him; but then God decided to break the pot! And at that moment He used Narada as His Instrument.
When the question was put forth as to who would stand testimony to his actions; nobody was ready! Each of them showed a clean chit and said: “We are not responsible for the deeds that you do!”
The pot was broken! Ratnakara became the great Valmiki (who penned the epic “Ramayana”)! But sometimes this is not enough. God spills the butter and tramples on it! The process might sometimes be very painful.
The Guru Enlightens
I would like to quote my own experience. It was the year 2000 – the first grama-seva. I was sitting right next to this pillar in the first line. And that day we were supposed to go to a particular village. A brother sitting next to me asked: “Which village are you going?” I just nodded and said: “I don’t know. I only know the truck number. I just go in the truck and which ever village it takes me to, I do my service”. He said: “If Swami asks you, what are you going to say?” I thought, “Swami? Will He ask me?”
But anyhow, curiosity got the better of me. I ran all the way to the old boy’s hostel; saw the list and there the name of the village was displayed. I will never forget that village! It read – Guruvayur Reddy Palli. I quickly ran back and took my place in the Mandir.
It seemed such a small thing that Swami speaking to somebody turns back and speaks to somebody else – a few words – and just walks away. But what an experience it was to me – my heart knows!
The Perfection of His Creation
Once there were disciples around a Master and he was saying: “God looks at each and every one of His creation as perfection!” Then suddenly one disciple rose and said: “Master, what about the gardener who is working in the monastery?” People looked out and saw that the gardener was a hunch-back. In that pin-drop silence, the master replied: “God looks at that gardener as the perfect hunch-back He ever made and He loves him most!”
Each and everyone with our own draw-backs; with our own faults – God accepts us. Swami loves us! People say that He uses many as instruments to work on us – No! He uses only Love!
There may be a hundred people around us who may tell us: “You are bad. You need to change…you need to do this…you need to do that.” But Bhagavan says: “I love you as you are!” That one statement makes us change! Why? Because He loves us!
The next stage – the curds are spilt and there the person searches for the footsteps of the Lord. Many a times there are situations in our lives – we know not what is happening! We are in utter chaos. We don’t know where to search for and what to search for. The only person who can come to our rescue is Bhagavan.
He Writes the Programme
I would like to narrate here an experience of a student. He finished his MBA and he was working in a very reputed company. As part of his work, he was asked by some other company to write a computer program that could enable the printing of codes on the various cargoes that were placed on a conveyor belt. So the moment the button was pressed, things had to be printed onto the cargoes and this program was responsible for all the work.
And immediately the boy opened the third window. Bhagavan said: “Scroll up! Scroll up! See at the top of the page! The parameters that you have fed in the program are nonsense! Change them!”
Each and every parameter was as if dictated by Bhagavan! Each and every parameter was changed. And then the moment he pressed ‘Enter’ he doubted! He thought whether it was true or hallucination? Within three seconds, the phone rang and then there was a call from the company boss. He said: “Stop! Stop! The conveyor belt is running too fast! I think all the cargo will get exhausted this day itself!”
They say it beautifully: “Bhagavan jab deta hai toh chappar phaad kar deta hai!” that is, “When He decides to give; He showers in all bounty!” The receiver is not even able to receive the Love that the Lord showers! But then there are occasions in life when we search for God. We try to find Him but we are unable. We cry out and then in some way; in a miraculous way the Lord responds and He shows what it means to surrender!
The same butter for which the maakhana chora was to be chided turns out to be the chitta chora!
Divine Intervention for Emancipation
A fortnight back I got news from my house that my aunt was to be operated at Raipur. And I was asked that if possible, please pray to Bhagavan. I said: “I will try to do my best.” And suddenly two days later when I was working in the lab, I received a message: “The condition is very critical; please do something. At least write a letter to Bhagavan!”
Immediately, I came running directly to the Mandir from the lab. It was three o’clock. I waited and waited. Bhagavan came at four. But there was a small tragedy. I waited until 3:55 and I decided that as I was coming directly from the lab at least let me have a wash and come back again. The moment I stepped out at 3:55, Bhagavan came to the Mandir at four! I missed the occasion; I missed the chance to communicate!
And then from nowhere Bhagavan appeared in the operation theater with a mask and just made one statement. He said: “I am there.”
And then the operation began. The best part was that the doctors could not locate where the artery was! And my aunt could see that Bhagavan was mysteriously guiding the doctors in locating the place where the artery was cut. Though the surgeons could not see Him, they could feel Him.
The chief surgeon could not believe what was happening. All she could remember was there were tears in her eyes and she did not even know how the operation was performed!
Needless to say, the operation was a success. And within those remaining few minutes blood was organized. People came on their own to donate blood. And I think that it was yesterday that my aunt was discharged. She is hale and hearty and she is recovering.
And then when I had a chance to speak to her, I asked her: “How do you feel about it?” She made only one statement. She said: “This life has been given to me by Bhagavan; what can I do other than surrendering it at His Lotus Feet?”
The very life; the very achievements which are so dear to us – at the end we surrender it back. There might be our qualities – our ego, our problems - we might like to surrender and offer it at His Lotus Feet so that He can burn them. But the greatest surrender is to surrender one’s own life! Can there be anything greater?
Sometimes looking at all these events I feel what a predicament it is to be God! When He breaks the pot and steals the butter, we call Him maakhana chora (stealer of butter)! When He runs away from the place, we call Him runn chor; (thief on a run) when He hides somewhere, again we call Him a thief and when we know that He is the Lord of our hearts, we still call Him chitta chora (stealer of our heart)! At each and every place the Lord is called a thief!
And at the end it is the Lord who has this to say. Let me narrate here the beautiful poem composed by Sri Surdas describing the enchanting childhood pranks of Lord Krishna:
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