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SUCH INDEED IS MAYA!

ONCE Narada besought the Lord of the universe,
“Lord, show me that Maya of Thine which can
make the impossible possible.” The Lord nodded
assent. Subsequently the Lord one day set out on a
travel with Narada. After going some distance, He
felt very thirsty and fatigued. So He sat down and
told Narada, “Narada, I feel much thirsty; please
get me a little water from somewhere.” Narada at
once ran in search of water.
Finding no water nearby, he went far from the
place and saw a river at a great distance. When he
approached the river, he saw a most charming
young lady sitting there, and was at once captivated
by her beauty. As soon as Narada went near her,
she began to address him in sweet words, and ere
long, both fell in love with each other. Narada then
married her, and settled down as a householder. In
course of time he had a number of children by her.
And while he was thus living happily with his wife
and children, there came a pestilence in the
country. Death began to collect its toll from every
place. Then Narada proposed to abandon the place
and go somewhere else. His wife acceded to it, and

ONCE Narada besought the Lord of the universe,

“Lord, show me that Maya of Thine which can

make the impossible possible.” The Lord nodded

assent. Subsequently the Lord one day set out on a

travel with Narada. After going some distance, He

felt very thirsty and fatigued. So He sat down and

told Narada, “Narada, I feel much thirsty; please

get me a little water from somewhere.” Narada at

once ran in search of water.

Finding no water nearby, he went far from the

place and saw a river at a great distance. When he

approached the river, he saw a most charming

young lady sitting there, and was at once captivated

by her beauty. As soon as Narada went near her,

she began to address him in sweet words, and ere

long, both fell in love with each other. Narada then

married her, and settled down as a householder. In

course of time he had a number of children by her.

And while he was thus living happily with his wife

and children, there came a pestilence in the

country. Death began to collect its toll from every

place. Then Narada proposed to abandon the place

and go somewhere else. His wife acceded to it, and

they both came out of their house leading their

children by the hand. But no sooner did they come

to the bridge to cross the river than there came a

terrible flood, and in the rush of water, all their

children were swept away one after another, and at

last the wife too was drowned. Overwhelmed with

grief at his bereavement, Narada sat down on the

bank and began to weep piteously. Just then the

Lord appeared before him, saying, “O Narada,

where is the water? And why are you weeping?”

The sight of the Lord startled the sage, and then he

understood everything. He exclaimed, “Lord, my

obeisance to Thee, and my obeisance also to Thy

wonderful Maya!”

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ENMESHED IN MAYA, BRAHMAN WEEPS!

VISHNU incarnated Himself as a sow in order to
kill the demon Hiranynksha. After killing the
demon, sow remained quite happy with her young
ones. Forgetting her real nature, she was suckling
them very contentedly. The gods in heaven could
not persuade Vishnu to relinquish His sow’s body
and return to the celestial regions. He was
absorbed in the happiness of His beast form. After
consulting among themselves, the gods sent Siva to
the sow. Siva asked the sow “Why have you
forgotten yourself?” Vishnu replied through the
sow’s body, “Why, I am quite happy here.”
Thereupon with a stroke of his trident Siva
destroyed the sow’s body and Vishnu went back to
heaven.
Everyone is under the authority of the Divine
Mother, Mahamaya, the Primal Energy. Even the
Incarnations of God accept the help of Maya to
fulfil their mission on earth. Therefore they
worship the Primal Energy.

VISHNU incarnated Himself as a sow in order to

kill the demon Hiranynksha. After killing the

demon, sow remained quite happy with her young

ones. Forgetting her real nature, she was suckling

them very contentedly. The gods in heaven could

not persuade Vishnu to relinquish His sow’s body

and return to the celestial regions. He was

absorbed in the happiness of His beast form. After

consulting among themselves, the gods sent Siva to

the sow. Siva asked the sow “Why have you

forgotten yourself?” Vishnu replied through the

sow’s body, “Why, I am quite happy here.”

Thereupon with a stroke of his trident Siva

destroyed the sow’s body and Vishnu went back to

heaven.

Everyone is under the authority of the Divine

Mother, Mahamaya, the Primal Energy. Even the

Incarnations of God accept the help of Maya to

fulfil their mission on earth. Therefore they

worship the Primal Energy.

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SUCH IS THE PRIDE THAT MONEY BEGETS

A FROG had a rupee, which he kept in his hole.
One day an elephant was going over the hole, and
the frog, coming out in a fit of anger, raised his
foot, as if to kick the elephant, and said, “How dare
you walk over my head?”
Such is the pride money begets!

A FROG had a rupee, which he kept in his hole.

One day an elephant was going over the hole, and

the frog, coming out in a fit of anger, raised his

foot, as if to kick the elephant, and said, “How dare

you walk over my head?”

Such is the pride money begets!

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MONEY IS ALSO A GREAT UPADHI

MONEY is also an Upadhi and that too of a very
strong nature. As soon as a man becomes rich he is
thoroughly changed.
A brahmana who was very meek and humble
used to come here12 every now and then. After
sometime he stopped coming and we knew
nothing of what had happened to him. One day,
we went over to Konnagore13 in boat. As we were
getting down from the boat we saw the brahmana
sitting on the bank of the Ganges, where, in the
fashion of big folks, he was enjoying the pure air of
the river. On seeing me he accosted me in a
patronising tone with the words, “Hallo Thakur!
How are you doing now?” At once 1 noticed a
change in his tone and said to Hriday who was
with me, “I tell you, Hriday, this man must have
come by some riches. Can’t you see what a great

MONEY is also an Upadhi and that too of a very

strong nature. As soon as a man becomes rich he is

thoroughly changed.

A brahmana who was very meek and humble

used to come here12 every now and then. After

sometime he stopped coming and we knew

nothing of what had happened to him. One day,

we went over to Konnagore13 in boat. As we were

getting down from the boat we saw the brahmana

sitting on the bank of the Ganges, where, in the

fashion of big folks, he was enjoying the pure air of

the river. On seeing me he accosted me in a

patronising tone with the words, “Hallo Thakur!

How are you doing now?” At once 1 noticed a

change in his tone and said to Hriday who was

with me, “I tell you, Hriday, this man must have

come by some riches. Can’t you see what a great

change has come over him?” And Hriday burst

into a loud laughter.

The possession of money makes such a difference

in a man!

12 Refers to Dakshineswar temple garden, where Sri Ramakrishna used to live.

13 A place not very far from Dakshineswar

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