“I need to tell someone here my story.”
The woman had come to Ananda’s guest retreat late one night and had spoken to the only person she could find, a cook in the kitchen prepping food for the next day. She shared this amazing experience:
“I visited here a few months ago just out of curiosity. I don’t follow any path or even know what you folks do. But as I was shopping in your bookstore, I saw a little photo of an Indian man with long hair that looked interesting, so I bought it.
“My life has been hard. I was engaged to a wonderful man, but he died of cancer a few years ago. It took me a long time to recover, but finally I met another man and we were planning to be married. He recently died in a car accident and the grief was more than I could bear. Finally I decided to get into my car and drive off a bridge.
“As I was leaving my house, that man in the little pocket-sized photo became life-sized and stood blocking the door. I had forgotten I’d even put that picture on the shelf, but seeing him there I knew he wanted me to keep living. I’m not sure, but I think he is the man you all follow here. Anyway, I wanted to let someone know what had happened.”
Then she left, and as far as I know, we’ve never seen her again.
If Paramhansa Yogananda can use a mere photo as his instrument, how much more can he do through willing human channels? God made each of us in His own likeness, and, if we choose, we can be a living murti (divine image) of Him.
Swami Kriyananda once told me, “I used to offer every thought to Master. But then I realized that that wasn’t enough. Now I offer everything—every thought, feeling, and activity—to him.” Toward the end of his life he would say, “I no longer know where Kriyananda ends and Master begins. It is all one to me.”
This is the result of a life given to God, of thoughts and feelings turned ever toward Him. This fruit is available to each of us. Give mind and heart to Him and He will shape you into a perfect image of His love, light, compassion, and protection. Then one day He will use you to help someone in their hour of need.
In His light,