An Imposter Guru
There was an imposter guru. He regularly faked samadhi and fooled
innocent people in every village he visited. When someone asked
him, ''O Master, can you tell me where my father has gone after
his death?'' the guru would boast of his powers saying, "Wait,
I'll go into deep samadhi and
search for him.''
Then he would stage a show of samadhi and pretend to speak with
a transcendental vision, ''Your father, yes I see him sitting
in the assembly of heaven.'' The gullible neither questioned
nor doubted his hypocrisy. But one day, a sharp young fellow
asked, ''Dear guruji, where has my father gone?'' The guruji
summoned all his energies and entered samadhi, ''Your father,
is sitting in Vaikunth, the abode of Lord Rama.'' ''Will you
please bring him here,'' the young man asked. ''No, no! You
cannot call him here from there.'' ''If you are incapable then
shall I call him?'' So saying the boy shouted, ''Father!'' And
there, sitting alive in the group of people before the guru,
his father stood up,
''Here I am, son!''
The hyprocrisy of the guru was publicly exposed. Lord Swaminarayan
has always condemned hypocrisy. It is better to have little
but true devotion and never fall into the trap of faking virtues.
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