A Tapasvi's Determination
Many people in india perform austerities to please God. A tapasvi
was performing austerities under an ambali tree to please the
Lord. He thought if he could please the Lord then he would earn
His darshan. The tapasvi lived on leaves and all day devoutly
ciircumambulated the tree. Because of this continuous walking
around the tree there was a furrow a hand deep. One day Naradji
was going to Vaikunth.
He saw the tapasvi
and approached him. The tapasvi bowed down to him and said,
''Naradji, as you are going to Vaikunth, ask the Lord on my
behalf when He will grant darshan to me, as I've been performing
austerities for many years, eating only leaves.'' Naradji went
to Vaikunth and by and by asked the Lord. ''A tapasvi is performing
austerities under an ambali tree for you to grace him with your
When will you grace
him? The Lord said, ''Tell him that for my darshan he will still
have to perform austerities for as many years as there are leaves
on the ambali tree!'' Who wouldn't give up on hearing this?
Naradji felt weak in the legs. He felt defeated! He thought,
''What shall I say to the tapasvi. He is sure to lose determination.''
Naradji left Vaikunth and was making his way back across the
sky. The tapasvi saw him and so called him. Hearing that Naradji
had met the Lord the tapasvi was overjoyed. So he asked, ''What
is God's message for me?'' Naradji replied sadly, ''I cannot
tell you what the Lord has said. And if I do tell you, you will
lose courage and give up your austerities.''
The tapasvi replied, ''No matter what the Lord has said, at
least I'll hear His divine words. So tell me, what did He say.''
Even then Naradji was doubtful. ''Shall I tell him,'' he wondered.
The tapasvi again urged him, ''Please tell me.'' So Naradji
said, ''The Lord said that, ''even though you have performed
austerities for many years, but you will still have to perform
austerities for as many years as there are leaves on the ambali
tree. Only then will He grace you with darshan." The tapasvi
was overjoyed! He began to sing and dance, ''How lucky I am.
God has sent me a divine message! Now it is certain that in
the future God will grace me with His darshan. The extra years
will pass in no time!''
Seeing the tapasvi's love and courage, the Lord instantly appeared
before the tapasvi wearing a peacock crown and blessed him.
The tapasvi's happiness knew no bounds. He was in ecstacy. Naradji
asked God, ''Lord! You told me that you would grace him with
darshan only after he had performed many more years of austerities.''
The Lord explained, ''Look at his devotion and determination!
He didn't lose courage despite the many extra years! To such
a person I have to give darshan.'' If the tapasvi had lost faith
he would have lost hope. Then would he have had the Lord's darshan?
Of course not! Never! Always have faith in the words of the
great. A determined person reaches his goals early. In daily
life and for salvation courage is required, then only does God
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