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Post by Akindra on Sat Dec 12, 2009 9:30 pm

Yogananda’s Latest Devotee: A Flowering Plant
December 11th, 2009



I want to tell you about my friend, Sanandi Reardon, and her miracle plant.

Sanandi and I have known each other for many years. She is a deeply
devoted disciple and Kriyaban who lives in Carson City, Nevada. She is
unable to visit Ananda that often, though she tries to come at least
once a year. She’s always a bit strapped for income, but she always
gives what she can to the Ananda Annual Appeal.

Sanandi recently was laid off (again) from her job at a health food
store which is having to close its doors because of the economic
downturn. She has raised children of her own and also three step-sons,
and now has grandchildren. All in all, she is a truly great soul and a
good friend.

Through all her life challenges and for as long as I have known her,
Sanandi has continued to send me dozens of letters, cards, notes,
photos, and gifts every year–always upbeat, always brimming with God
and Guru’s love. Recently, in one of her letters she related a truly
remarkable story about a house plant she owns, including a photo to
prove it.

Sanandi has always maintained a beautiful meditation room where she
practices Energization, yoga, and meditation daily. She decorates it
beautifully and loves to spend time there.

Part of the décor of her room are many beautiful house plants. A few
months ago she noticed that her hoya plant had produced a unusually
long flower stem. The stem proceeded to grow out of its pot, turn a
sharp corner and nestle itself right up against her framed color photo
of Yogananda, just below his chin. If she turned the plant in any other
direction, the flower on it’s long stem would return to it’s position
touching the photograph.

A hoya flower is really a lot of smaller flowers all clustered
together, hanging off a single bare stem–looking a bit like a lot of
little pink trumpets grouped together.

So if this event was not miraculous enough, one day, one of the
individual pink trumpet flowerets turned itself in the opposite
direction from the way all the rest of the flowerets were facing, so
that it could reach up and actually “kiss” Yogananda, right on the chin.

Here are the contents of the note she wrote me to accompany the photo:
“July 24, 2009, Dear Savitri, I thought it was special when the Hoya
plant produced a flower for Master (Paramhansa Yogananda), but when the
little flowerets separated from the whole to offer itself to Master, I
was stunned. I couldn’t wait to share this picture with you. I call it
‘Master’s Latest Devotee.’ Love and Blessings, Sanandi”

I was stunned too and asked her if it would be OK to share this
story as a blog on our website. She was happy to say yes. So thank you
to my dear friend, Sanandi and to her special devotee plant, also.

This story reminded me very much of the story told in The New Path,
Swami Kriyananda’s autobiography: “[Paramhansa Yogananda’s] sensitivity
to all living things inspired sensitivity from them in return. Not only
people and animals, but even plants seemed to respond to his feeling
for them. His gardens flourished. Tropical mangoes and bananas grew at
Mt. Washington, where the climate is not conducive to their survival.
Shraddha Mata (Miss Sahly) told of watching one day what she called
a ‘rose devotee,’ which kept turning in its vase to face Master as he
moved about the room. When he was sitting in his chair, she noted that
the rose was facing him. Twice, however, when he was called to the
door, she noted the rose facing in that direction. Several repetitions
of change of directions finally caused this event to surface in her
mind.

‘Sir,’ she said finally, ‘you have a new devotee.’ She indicated the
rose which, now that he was seated again, had turned back toward him.
He looked at it for a moment, then smiled.”
‘Plants,’ Master explained, ‘have a degree of consciousness.’ Above all, like every sentient being, they respond to love.


This article is from http://www.aplacecalledananda.org/savitri/1309/yoganandas-latest-devotee-a-flowering-plant/

By Savitri Simpson


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Post by Sarveswara on Sun Dec 13, 2009 2:28 pm

What a beautiful, and very inspiring story hunny, thanks so much for posting this and sharing it with us. How miraculous that plant looked in the enlarged photo, just awesome.

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