Once a devotee asked Bhagavan Yogiramsuratkumar, 'How do I see God?'
Yogi replied, 'NO NAME, NO FAME, NO SELF-INTEREST -- Only with these, it is possible!'
The Power of Nama Kirtan - 3 - 'Yogiramsuratkumar'
As we continue to enjoy the bliss of Nama Kirtan and chant the Maha Mantra regularly, we are starting a new series of articles -
'The Power of Nama Kirtan'. This is a series of articles of short anecdotes, stories and facts by Sri Sri Swamiji Himself, at different occasions.
What is special?
In addition to the textual stories, we bring to you video clippings of Sri Sri Swamiji Himself narrating these stories.
The second episode focuses on the glory of our Motherland - the past, present and future....
"A story in the Puranas goes thus—
An elephant named Gajendran was struck in the mouth of a crocodile as it went to drink water. In spite of help from a thousand other elephants, it could not get relieved. It was then that it called out to the Lord and He came down to help.
In Tiruvannamalai lived a Mahatma by name Yogiramsuratkumar. He was then in Tirukkovilur where is located the ‘Tapovanam’ of Swami Gnanananda. River Pennaiyar flows through this town. Next to the river is the Samadhi of another Mahan called Ragottama Swami. It was his Aradhana day and thousands of devotees were gathered there.
A little boy who went to take bath in the Pennaiyar river, got struck in between two huge rocks in the river. The river was flooded and no one could save him. Panicked, people rushed to Swami Gnanananda and surrendered unto him, requesting him to save the boy.
Saying that there was another powerful person carry out that task, Swami Gnanananda summoned Yogiramsuratkumar to save him.
Yogi went to the banks of the river, and swaying his hand-fan, uttered ‘Sri Ram, Jaya Ram Jaya Jaya Ram!’ and behold! The rock broke into a thousand pieces!
Later, Yogi used to live under a peepul tree in Tiruvannamalai. One night he was sleeping under the tree with other devotees. At about midnight, suddenly Yogi arose saying, ‘this beggar has an important job’ and started walking as others followed him. A mile or two away, there was a large farm land, and in the center was a huge well that irrigated the land. The well did not have walls, and a horse had fallen into it.
We need to save the horse, said Yogi. Looking at the sheer size of the fallen horse, the people around said, ‘Let us call the fire station’.
Yogi replied, ‘If you can save the horse, go ahead. Otherwise, leave it to this beggar.’
Puranas say that the elephant Gajendran who was in pain, cried out to the Lord and the Lord arrived from Vaikunta to save it.
Now, it was this horse, and no one knew how it cried out, and Yogi was there to save it!
Yogi went around the well twice and then, swaying his hand-fan, chanted, ‘Om Sri Ram! Jai Ram! Jai Jai Ram!’ and then, just as we watch it in a movie, the horse gently jumped out and ran away!
This is not a built-up story! Even today, there are people who have witnessed this event.
People asked Yogi, 'Bhagavan! you are capable of doing such miracles!’
Yogi replied, ‘No No! This beggar is not capable of doing any miracles. Only Ram Naam is doing miracles!’
In our life we enjoy or suffer depending on our 'paapa' and 'punya'. The imprints of our past deeds (‘prarabda’) follow us.
No one's life is filled with just happiness or just sorrow. Life is a mix of both happiness and sorrow.
In such a life, when we encounter misery, instead of wailing, if we cry out the name of the Lord, irrespective of the condition and situation, He comes down to help us.