Bapuraya, you support and help in the direst circumstances

– Amita Chogale, Borivali

Once a Shraddhavan faces difficulties, relatives question them about Bapu. They ask about the benefits of attending his discourse. However, a real Shraddhavan is capable of answering these people directly. They have a firm belief that their Bapu is much mightier than their difficulties. In the nick of time, Bapu provides the much-needed support and helps pull the Shraddhavan from the direst circumstances.  

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Once a Shraddhavan faces difficulties, relatives question them about Bapu. They ask about the benefits of attending his discourse. However, a real Shraddhavan is capable of answering these people directly. They have a firm belief that their Bapu is much mightier than their difficulties. In the nick of time, Bapu provides the much-needed support and helps pull the Shraddhavan from the direst circumstances.

Once we become followers of Bapu, we wish to know only about Bapu and nothing else. We have been steadfast on the path that Bapu has shown us. Regardless of the circumstances, our faith on him has never shaken. We know that he there for us in our lives. Several people from our immediate family have hurt us because they do not like us following him. However, nothing is more important for us than Bapu. Non-believers are only vocal, but Bapu helps us. One would know that from the following experience.

My husband had a brain haemorrhage due to high blood pressure. He also had a paralytic attack. One side of his body was paralysed completely. His treatment and medical bills emptied our entire savings. Our only earning source was driving the autorickshaw. My son was in his second-year-degree college at that time. I could not manage his college expenses, instalments of the autorickshaw and house maintenance. We struggled hard to make ends meet, and it was not easy to manage daily meals.

I got a job. Despite that, we found it hard to make ends meet. Sometimes, my son and I would sleep on an empty stomach. Several relatives would visit us, but we never expected anything from anyone. They never extended a helping hand on their own. They would belittle us by talking about Bapu. They would ask us how Bapu was helping us. Where is he now, they would taunt us.

We never listened to anyone. We would simply ask them to mind their own business. We asked them not to speak inappropriately about Bapu. We also told them that if they wished to continue with it, they should rather not visit us.

Eventually, a day came when we had no money to buy any food. I could not think of anything. All of a sudden, I remembered my husband’s aunt. She would send us foodgrains despite our refusal to accept help.

As a last resort, I asked my husband if I could partially pay her and ask her to send us some food supplies. However, my husband did not know her whereabouts.

We discussed it at home. It must have been 4 pm, and the doorbell rang. My husband’s aunt was at the door with her grandson and her daughter. We were awestruck! Just some time back, we thought about her, and she was here now.

She stepped in. She inquired about my husband’s health. Her daughter then instructed her son to accompany my son to their storeroom and asked them to get foodgrains, biscuits, etc., from there. She had arranged for a tempo too. In about 10 minutes, we had foodgrains at home, and they were abundant to suffice for us for almost two years.

I was unable to think of anything. I went and stood in front of Bapu’s picture. Bapu had done the unimaginable for an ordinary Shraddhavan like me. Tears were welling up. We never had to stay hungry from that day onwards.

This did not stop here, the real amazing thing unfolded soon after.

Bapu does all of this for his Shraddhavan friends. He does all this but he also pretends to have not done anything.

My son happened to visit the same area as the storeroom about a year later after the incident. He decided to visit his aunt. Her grandson was sitting right there. My son asked him, “Did you recognize me? You had come to our house along with your grandmother and mother? Do you remember that we both came here and took plenty of grains to my home at that time?”

But he said that he had never seen my son earlier. He further said that it had almost been two years since his grandmother had shifted to her native town. On hearing this, my son was stunned. He wondered who those people were, who had visited us. However, he later realized that this unbelievable support and help was given by none other than our beloved Bapu.

He came home and narrated the incident to us. Our eyes began to well out on realizing this intervention of Bapu in our lives.

Bapu, I just want to let you know that I want to be at your lotus feet at each birth. I do not want anything in my life. Let me always chant your name.

Hari Om!

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