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Tiny Miracles Of Lahiri Mahasaya


Like many others, I have been mesmerized by Sri Paramahansa Yogananda's Autobiography of a Yogi. In his book, Yogananda talks about the legendary spiritual master Sri Lahiri Mahasaya who had performed miracles for his devotees, and who received enlightenment from the immortal sage Babaji. Long after I finished reading this classic, I couldn't get Lahiri Mahasaya out of my mind, enchanted by his life experiences.

Later, three incidents happened in my life, or should I say "tiny miracles", which I believe to be the blessings of Lahiri Mahasaya.

I had been regularly feeding a cute stray kitten that frequented our house. One night, I forcibly opened my room door, not realizing the kitten was inside and lying near the door. It's leg got caught underneath. Screaming, it dragged it's leg away for a few centimeters and stopped. It couldn't move further and meowed piteously. My heart broke and tears welled my eyes. Hysterical, I slumped on the carpet right in front of the kitten. Closing my eyes, I sobbed inconsolably and prayed to Lahiri Mahasaya to heal the kitten being injured for no fault of its. I cried & cried for nearly five minutes. Suddenly, I heard a whoosh, like something darting away. Opening my eyes, I found the kitten missing! I found it in a dark corner staring at me with a puzzled look. What happened? How could it run? Why was it surprised? Did it see an apparition? I was left speechless.

Second incident. I was in an interview room of a billion dollar MNC. The HR personnel looked grim as he handed back my degree certificates and said, "Sorry, I cannot accept this. You can leave." I was rejected on the assumption that my genuine certificates were fake. I couldn't apply for the job until I get a letter from my university attesting my certificates to be real. That would take at least a month or much more and I was already financially down. I left the room, sad and hopeless. Walking on the road, I thought I would collapse on the pavement as I couldn't bear what happened. It felt so unfair to me. Again, with wet eyes, I prayed to Lahiri Mahasaya to lift me from my despair. A few minutes later, I received a call from a job consultant. "Congratulations, you have been selected to join IBM. You can collect your offer letter tomorrow from our office." she said. What?! I didn't apply in IBM. Anyway, my anguish disappeared in a second and I became my buoyant self again. Later, I found out that the consultancy lied. They were tricking me to visit their office and try my luck in IBM. It didn't matter. The hoax call served its purpose. A higher purpose of healing my wounded soul, when I needed it the most.

Third incident. I was unemployed yet again, and at home. I recall saying something to my dad and getting a response which I felt to be cynical. That did it. All the frustration & depression of being jobless and hearing comments from relatives lashed out immediately. In a demonic rage, I threw my mobile on the floor with all my strength. It shattered into four pieces, flying in all directions. I stormed upstairs and crashed into bed. At that moment, all I wanted to do was commit suicide. "Lahiri Mahasaya, help me. Please help me. I don't know what to do. I just want to die.", I kept repeating to myself. After a while, I mopped my face and came down resigning myself to the fate that I can never use my mobile again and miss valuable job calls. My mum had picked up the broken pieces and laid them on the table. Amazingly, I could attach them and then switched on my mobile. It worked! It just worked. I never felt more humbled in my entire life.

In the nine years I have read about this great personality, I have called upon him only three times. Times when I felt the utmost despair and powerless to do anything. And I got my answer promptly which may not be as expected (the mobile still has broken edges, a reminder of my follies) but was right anyway. The message that a faithful and sincere prayer will never be ignored and we will be helped in mysterious ways.

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Timfaraos (131 posts)
9 years ago (2015-02-17)
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NaturalScience (3 stories) (110 posts)
13 years ago (2010-12-14)
"Remain sane enough to survive in daily life AND remember God? The biggest challenge of my life"... No, not of yours but of everybody. Haidakhan Babaji says the highest yogic path to-day is Karma Yoga and Nam-Japa, and this is exactly what I said, just other words.
See, Yoga originally meant paths to give "siddhis" to humans, i.e., supernatural powers which can bring about miracles.
And to-day we can change the whole face of Earth if we are industrious and honest and have respect for each other and for the Planet. This is a real big miracle, greater than apparitions of deities, murtis that drink milk as it is said to have happened in 1998 in many Hindu temples of India, or healers making lame people walk again by laying their hands on them. For this miracle is useful and visible for all of us, while those other signs of God's Power meet with only a few at one time.
And this miracle is wrought by Karma Yoga. All the goodwilled and industrious among us have been, to-day, given the siddhi of making a Garden of Eden out of Earth; and God Himself by His prophet Haidakhan Babaji has blessed this work, and those who do it. Down here they thus gain health, wealth, offspring, and honor; and in the Beyond they will see the Angels and Deities.
Let us not give up work and righteousness - no matter how many stupid and bad people try to sabotage this great project of God.
Soon there will be more and more supernatural support for the good side. This too has been promised by Master Babaji, and by prophets who can "channel".
manojharisree (2 stories) (10 posts)
13 years ago (2010-12-09)
NaturalScience, you can call me Manu:) Remain sane enough to survive in daily life AND remember God? The biggest challenge of my life truly.
NaturalScience (3 stories) (110 posts)
13 years ago (2010-12-07)
Hi Mano (may I abbreviate this way?), I am glad you do not feel attacked by my rejection of Fatalism. I am very aware how little any of us can change on his/her own. In fact I can't do much more than tell the truth as I know it here in WWW, and remain sane enough to survive in daily life and to remember God. It is Him who has to give the goodwilled among us a new start - no matter if in India or in Germany. Circumstances have become so complicated, and so enslaving!
manojharisree (2 stories) (10 posts)
13 years ago (2010-12-07)
NaturalScience, very well said by you. I pray to implement the same in my life 😊
NaturalScience (3 stories) (110 posts)
13 years ago (2010-12-05)
Hi Mano-and-so-on "it is not a perfect world we live in" and "I can only change meself" are sentences which could have been invented by some MNC manager to keep his employees quiet, if they had not existed before. Fatalism is not the future - it is the past, it is Pisces Age. Thus let us no longer make religion, or Spirituality, a kind of "opium for the people" - otherwise the Cynicists would be RIGHT to triumph over us. Spirituality is about living in harmony with the Planet and its Creator, not just in obedience to some mortal human society with all its collective bad karmas. And mystical experiences no matter if they can fulfill all needs a person has, or thinks to have, to me seem to exist only to exhort us to do good and praise God - to Pray and Work, here in this ordinary world, within our daily-life consciousness with its thoughts, wishes, plans, values, errors etc. The stories about holy people gaining supernatural powers and becoming totally independent from society and even from material world can be only exceptions - and how could those super-souls, as Lahiri was one, become what they are? By many lifes of doing right and having devotion to God. But what is doing right nowadays when the crimes of Theft, Robbery, Fraud etc are done by MNCs as collectives, no longer by single persons or pursued "gangs" only? Mahatma Gandhi knew. He preached to whole India Swadeshi, which is "buy nothing on which bad karmas as theft and murder adhere". Thus I mentioned his spinning-wheel, and the salt tax story. He taught both these practical things because of the Swadeshi principle. We Westerners have lots of wise thinkers about the same themes that Gandhi had to reflect, for example, Henry David Thoreau in 19. Century, and the couple Helen and Scott Nearing in the 20th; the books which the latter wrote about "living a good life" are still available, it is simple English that everyone understands to-day, also in India. I refer to them for practical hints for all those courageous, or angry, enough to have the impact to REALLY change their lives. In recent years also Charles Prince of Wales wrote very important things about this change we all need - we humans, and Earth. If you try to adopt from those wise ones what is practicable in your daily life, you will see the Divine help you readily in this respect too.
manojharisree (2 stories) (10 posts)
13 years ago (2010-12-05)
Federicodelca, thank you for your comment. Autobiography of a Yogi is still a popular book and regarded as a treasure in India. Even if I keep moving houses, I'll ensure this book remains with our family always. I'm sure you'll be enriched reading it.
manojharisree (2 stories) (10 posts)
13 years ago (2010-12-05)
NaturalScience, yes it's indeed tough for me to continue working in MNCs where I'm daily facing situations that goes against my integrity. To keep calm, I say to myself, "it's not a perfect world we live in." Anyway I can only change myself. Although difficult, I am somehow holding onto the faith that we can influence others through our own example, one person at a time.
NaturalScience (3 stories) (110 posts)
13 years ago (2010-12-05)
Shiva bol! Greetings to a reverer of Lahiri from a reverer of Haidakhan Babaji. Read my money miracle story, it is like yours. Shiva likes to help in undemonstrative ways which, nevertheless, are recognizable as divine interventions by anyone who does not refuse to believe in God, who is not a cynicist yet. The Lord does this for you to keep you from becoming a cynicist. KaliYug is CynicalYug.
Perhaps the pressure to abandon our true nature which is spiritual will even grow; then perhaps one day you will be called to throw your mobile to the floor again - but then you will smash it before the feet of some chief of yours, saying "I'd better be jobless than do what you want from me, I want to stay honest!" You work in a MNC that's why I say this. MNCs I think are a weapon of the Demons to spread KaliYug customs from NorthPole to SouthPole and to make us forget Gandhi's teachings and his symbolic spinning wheel. But we will not forget, just wait and act as if we sleep, and at the very moment when the MNCs show they are failing we will all dig out our spinning-wheels, and our prayer-beads, and I hope we will BLOW THEM ALL OFF EARTH without a single shot.
federicodelca (2 stories) (5 posts)
13 years ago (2010-12-04)
Your story is really inspiring on how the divine is willing to guide us through all our lives. I will get the book you recommend and start reading it. Thanks for sharing! Bless.

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