Divine Assistance ~ Swami Chidanand

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Post by Sarveswara on Mon Jun 09, 2008 9:29 am

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Swami Chidanand
Saraswatiji Maharaj (Muniji)


Divine Assistance

There was once a man who was a great devotee of God. He always believed that God would take care of him, regardless of the circumstances.

One day a great flood came to the town in which he lived. All the neighbours began evacuating their homes. However, this man was not worried. “God will take care of me,” he assured himself.

Soon, the flood waters began to rise and water filled the first floor of the man’s home. “No problem,” he thought and moved to the second floor. At this time a boat came by, and the men in the boat shouted to him through the window, “climb in, we’ll save you.”

“No,” the man replied calmly. “That’s alright. God will save me.”

The men in the boat urged him to evacuate his home. “The waters are rising and rising, they cried. But, the man was undisturbed and sent them away, firm in his conviction that God would come through for him.

However, the rain continued and the waters rose and rose. The second and then third floor of his house filled with water. “No problem,” he thought as he moved onto his rooftop. Sitting on the rooftop, wrapped in a rain jacket, the man saw a helicopter fly over head. From the helicopter, a life preserver dropped down into the man’s lap. “Grab on,” the pilot yelled. “I’ll save you.”

But the man would not grab on. “God will save me,” he yelled back. “I don’t need your life preserver.” So, eventually, the helicopter flew away.

The flood rose and soon the man drowned. When he entered Heaven, he said to God, “What happened? How could you let me drown? I thought you said you’d always save me. I had such faith in you.”

God looked at the man sadly and said, “I sent you a boat; I sent you a helicopter. What else could I do?”


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How many times in life do we avoid taking advantage of the situations which present themselves, instead holding tenaciously to our belief on karma, or fate, or divine will/intervention? God will not always come to you draped in saffron dhoti, flute in hand and whisk you away from unfortunate situations. He is more subtle, less obvious. He sends us the life preserver, but it is our choice whether to recognise it as “God sent” and grab on, or to cling to the belief that something better and easier will come along shortly.

Karma does not mean that we have no choice or no free will. IT means we are handed a certain set of circumstances due to past lives, sankaras, and so many other factors. However, what we do with that set of circumstances is only partly determined by “fate;” the rest is determined by our own free will. Fro example, let’s cay our karma in this birth is to be given a cow. Okay, the cow comes from God – that is “His will.” But, what we do with the cow is up to us. If we drink its milk and use its manure in our fields, then we will have radiant health and rich, fertile crops. However, if we eat the manure and spill the milk on the ground, our health will suffer and our crops will be weak and unproductive.

So many times we blame God for the situations in our lives, or we simply conceded that it “must be our karma.” However, if we are given the cow, is it our karma to be sick and have weak crops, or is that due to our own ignorance?

We must realize that everything comes from God, that everything’s is due to His will, and simultaneously we must understand that He has choices. It was the man’s karma to have a flood destroy his home; it was God’s kindness and compassion that sent the boat and the helicopter; but it was the man’s own ignorance and obstinacy that led him to drown.

So, when a flood comes in our lives, no problem. Perhaps that was meant to happen. But, when boats and helicopters come to save us, we must recognize them for what they are – God sent.


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