Help doesn’t mean that everybody has to go to a home and help this kind of people (like for the blind children in Kenya where Swami had just returned from his trip to Kenya, Africa). -Swami Vishwananda
Swami Vishwananda: Once somebody went to a Saint, and said, “Dear Saint, tell me how would I love the same way you love?" He was a doctor. The saint closed his eyes and thought for awhile and said, “My dear Doctor, I know you treat a lot of people, but all that you do, you treat people but you always take money. So, do one thing: once a week, treat for free whoever comes to you; give your treatment for free."
So the doctor listened to the Saint and he practiced what the doctor said up to two months. The saint approached him again and said, “How are you?" He saw that the doctor was radiating so much joy and happiness, he said to the doctor, “You seem very happy nowadays." And the doctor said to the saint, “Yes, dear Saint, I have taken what you have said to me and I have practiced it. Once a week I have given free treatment to everybody who comes and truly this has opened my heart and this has made me really feel a great happiness inside of me."
You see, when you start to think also of others, God will give you the most important thing. Someone will say, “Yes, many people help.” Yes, there are many people who help, but the help doesn’t come from their heart. Help, which means everything, you can go in nature and do simple help like plant a tree where it is needed…Help doesn’t mean that everybody has to go to a home and help this kind of people (like for the blind children in Kenya where Swami had just returned from his trip to Kenya, Africa).
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The following comment was placed on VBV today. Thinking it a lovely story of the Grace of Divine Mother Lakshmi, we have placed it on the blog entry as well as the comment section:
Kanakadhara Stotram Story and Video Link below:
One day in the sacred Rishi tradition Bhagvadpada Sri Adi Sankarachrya went to one old woman's house for alms (biksha).She was so poor, she was not having a proper dress and anything worth the name to give as biksha. So with the entrance door of her house slightly ajar, she reached out swamiji with her hand stretched and dropped one amlaka fruit (which was the only thing available in her house) into the hands of Sri Sankaracharya.
Sri Sankaracharya was deeply touched at the plight and haplessness of the woman - So he chanted the Kanakadhara Stotram and prayed to Goddess Lakshmi to extend Her Grace on the woman. The giver of wealth, Goddess Lakshmi, showered as rain - Golden Amlaka fruits in the house of the old woman.This Stotram has been acclaimed as Kanaka Dharaa Stavam - and it is sure to bless all devotees who extol Sri Devi with all unflinching devotion. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdSu0wdB81M