A few years back, Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji visited the Indian state of Chattisgarh. On the first day of his four-day trip he landed in the capital city of Raipur. We had organized Sri Sri’s night stay in the house of a devotee. It was a tall building and Gurudev’s room was on the 7th floor. After a small satsang, Sri Sri went to his room. Having spent a long hectic day in travel and attending to people and calls, he eventually retired for the night.
Next morning I woke up early, finished my sadhana and went to Gurudev’s room at 7:30 am hoping to spend some exclusive time with him. Nobody was around; Gurudev smiled at me & suddenly got up from his seat and came near me. He appeared to zoom before my eyes and put something in the upper pocket of my kurta.
I often find it easy to write poems and give them to Gurudev rather than speaking out my feelings like many others. I thought, may be this time Gurudev has written a few lines as Diving Love cannot be expressed freely. It was a big surprise for me when I looked into my pocket and saw a currency note of Rs 1,000.
Gurudev said, “Listen! you take this money and give it to the woman sitting at end of pandal (a temporary structure that was put up to accommodate people who thronged to take blessings from Sri Sri). She was praying last night when I was sleeping.”
“I was surprised! My mind was racing with confusion and questions – 7th floor? sleeping? Prayed from ground floor?? But my heart leapt up with firm conclusion, “SHUT UP! Anything is possible! We do not know the ways of Masters!”
I replied, “Okay Gurudev. I will go and give this to the lady.”
I came down and searched at the end of the Pandal as instructed by Gurudev. But couldn’t find any woman. Then I started searching for her in the front part of the pandal where many women were sitting. I scanned everyone’s face looking for someone with a sad face. But every face was in bliss.
I did not dare to ask an unknown lady whether she had prayed for money! Feeling totally clueless, I finally decided to ask Sri Sri again. I went up to the 7th floor & asked Gurudev to give more details of the lady to whom the money was to be given.
Gurudev held my hand, took me to the gallery and pointing below said, “Can you see that small hut at end of pandal? In that hut there is a well-built lady in red saree. Give her this money.”
Equipped with precise details, I went down to accomplish this graceful mission. I took one of the members of Art of Living Chattisgarh Apex Body with me. The small hut was just outside the pandal. We went and requested the lady to come out. The lady became anxious at the sight of two strangers at her door. When she came out we put the money in her hands. I said, “Gurudev has sent this prasad for you as you were praying for it last night.”
Her eyes opened in amazement & tears of gratitude started flowing from her eyes. She said “Unho ne sun liya!! (He heard my prayers). Witnessing the compassion of the Master on one side and gratitude of the devotee on the other, our eyes were also filled with tears.
Over the years, I have witnessed many such miracles. And, every time I am amazed. How does He hear the smallest of the prayers of everyone!
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