True Devotion Can Accomplish the Impossible
says: “My palm holds the power to transform earth into sky, and
sky into earth.” Swami's devotees, the world over, accept this
statement as an undisputed truth, nay a gospel. Yet, when faced
with difficulties, we become fearful and anxious. Swami's palm
holds that much power, but who holds Swami in the heart? We
devotees, don't we? Swami is the resident of our hearts, so if
Swami can do anything, we devotees too can accomplish the
impossible with His grace.
just take my word; history is replete with examples of devotees
being able to perform the most difficult of feats due to God's
grace. During the Ramayana era, monkeys, by invoking the Lord's
name, could make rocks float on water and build a bridge of
floating rocks across an entire ocean. If apes had that much
faith in God's name, can't we humans do much better?
Mirabai was, once, under the guise of consecrated food, served
poisoned pudding. With firm faith in God's name and an intense
devotional fervor, she devoured the pudding. Lo and behold, the
pudding was instantly transformed into divine ambrosia, much to
the disappointment of her enemies.
contend that great saints are different and they are beyond the
ordinary. Very true. Great saints are indeed a different genre,
but true devotion transcends the illusory barrier of being a
saint or sinner. Ask any Sai devotee about her/his experiences
and each devotee will have their own book of experiences to
narrate. These experiences demonstrate beyond doubt that Swami’s
love transcends the labels of saints and sinners.
author, during his student days in India, was once walking past
a locked door. The day being a national holiday, the commercial
business hosted in the premise was observing a holiday. From
within, however, distinct cries of a trapped kitten could be
heard. Unable to bear the moaning, and yet utterly helpless, the
author stood at the gate, not knowing the way to save the
kitten. Swami was very new in the author's life, and faith in
Swami's divinity was not yet firmly rooted. The helplessness of
an innocent soul, however, stirred a cry from the depths of the
heart and Swami's grace was fervently invoked. Chanting Swami's
name, the author touched the big lock that bolted the door. To
his surprise, the lock opened in a snap and the door was made
accessible to facilitate the rescue of the suffering soul.
do the impossible and He can work out a miracle if necessary.
What is needed on our part is faith and patience.
us believe in the power and glory of God, but lack the patience
to await His response. We often give up hope half way or lose
faith if there is a delay in His response. God answers every
prayer, but His response manifests when He thinks the time is
appropriate. Living in the day and age of fast foods and instant
dinners, we have lost a very important virtue: patience.
Patience is such a great virtue and if we back faith with
patience, we can transcend the illusion of mortality and enter
the gates of immortality. With Swami’s grace we can do the
impossible. With such a powerful Lord on our side what is there
to fear. The impossible will become possible in a moment.