We just finished a beautiful groundbreaking ceremony for Swami Kriyananda’s Moksha Mandir. This lovely building, the final resting place for his mortal remains, will be a place of meditation and inspiration for thousands who will visit here.
Many stories about Swamiji were recounted, but this is the one that touched me the most.
About a year before his passing, Swamiji returned to India, stiff and sore after the long flight. A friend suggested that he have a massage from a therapist who had come to our Gurgaon ashram a few times. After the treatment Swamiji suggested that it would be easier for the young man if he were to use a massage table rather than leaning over the bed.
The man replied, “Yes, sir, it would be better, but I have a wife and young children and have no extra money for such purchases. As it is, I am working two different jobs.”
Swamiji said, “I would be happy to buy the table for you.”
Greatly surprised by such an offer from someone he had only just met, the man protested, “Oh, sir, they are very expensive.” Swamiji asked how much, and, when the young man gave an estimate, told him to find one and he would pay for it.
Returning the next day, the man timidly told Swamiji that the actual price was nearly twice as much as he had estimated. Swamiji insisted that he still wanted to buy it, and asked that the bill be sent to him.
As the young man left the ashram, he was weeping. He told one of the members that he was an orphan and had grown up on the streets of Delhi having to fend for himself. All his life there had been an ache in his heart. He said, “I have prayed to God to let me feel the love of a father. Today, my prayer has been answered, and finally I know that God loves me.”
Swamiji demonstrated many divine qualities for us, but kindness to strangers was among his sweetest. He was also supremely unattached to money, which he saw as belonging to Divine Mother.
We, too, can be such a channel for the Divine simply by choosing to be. Here is a small challenge: God will come to you today, as someone, perhaps a stranger, who is in need of a kind word or act. Be watchful for Him hidden in that form. Then give Him kindness and love. Doing so might change someone’s whole life. It might be yours.
In God’s love,