A dear friend, Nayaswami Devarshi, is a longtime Ananda member who is now serving in India as the head of our Monastic Order. He sent this letter to us last week.
“A very miraculous save by the Guru here at Mumbai airport, on our way to Singapore. As Aditya [a fellow monk] and I were standing in line to leave the country, I realized I didn’t have an additional document that I needed in order to show residency in India, which is required for me to be able to leave and return, because of the type of visa I have.
“As Aditya [a native speaker] said later, one of the immigration officials said to the other, ‘Take a careful look at these two. They are disciples of Yogananda.’ He had been at your recent talk in Mumbai, and he recognized Aditya and me!!! He’s still reading Autobiography of a Yogi and other books, and preparing to take classes in Mumbai.
“To remember us, in our civilian clothes, and that we ran into him in a city of 20 million . . . even then, I was barely allowed through. Will try to get a scanned copy for the return.”
Divine Mother and the Guru are constantly looking out for us. A few years ago, I had a reading from a book of ancient prophecies. The pundit giving the reading told me, “The Guru is watching over you moment by moment and second by second.” This is true for all his sincere disciples.
It is thrilling to have his protection demonstrated in a “miraculous save.” Knowing Devarshi as I do, I am sure that afterward he expressed his gratitude mentally in this manner: “Thank you, Divine Mother and Master, for your protection and your grace. I will do my best to learn from this experience.”
But if we are grateful for only the pleasant things, we are missing the point. We must be grateful for everything. One time someone said to Swami Kriyananda, referring to one of his many illnesses, “It doesn’t seem fair of Divine Mother.” Swamiji corrected her, immediately and strongly: “I am grateful for whatever Divine Mother gives me. I know that everything that comes is an expression of Her love.”
So, what if Devarshi had been sent back? What if that official had said something like, “You are a disciple of Yogananda and should not be so careless as to have forgotten your papers. I’m sure he wants me to teach you a lesson!”?
If that had happened, what should Devarshi’s prayer have been? Knowing him, I suspect that it would have been the same: “Thank you, Divine Mother and Master, for your protection and your grace. I will do my best to learn from this experience.”
Everything that comes to us, the pleasant and unpleasant, is an expression of divine love and protection. Unwavering gratitude is how we become aware of God’s constant blessings and protection.
Here is an affirmation that I wrote many years ago and still often repeat:
Download the gratitude affirmation graphic above for print here.