We’re in India and recently had lunch with Indu Bhan, whom you may remember as the man who told us the fascinating story of how he and his companions found Babaji’s Cave. Indu is a font of amazing and inspiring stories, and he asked us if we would like to hear about the most memorable talk he had ever attended. Seeing the twinkle in his eye, we were eager to hear the tale.
“I had to pay a small amount to attend,” he began. “First there were fifteen minutes of kirtan, or devotional chanting. Then the teacher came on stage and said, ‘Everything that happens to you is a blessing from the Divine meant for your spiritual evolution.’ Then he walked off!
“Another fifteen minutes of kirtan ensued, and again he came on stage and repeated, ‘Everything that happens to you is a blessing from the Divine meant for your spiritual evolution,’ and walked off a second time. Another fifteen minutes of kirtan, and out he came again and repeated the very same sentence. Then he left, and that was the end of the evening.”
Indu concluded by saying that even though he was a youth at the time, and many decades have passed, he has never forgotten the evening or the talk.
Devi and I are practicing this lesson in our own way. We’ve been in the Himalayas helping to lead two consecutive weekend pilgrimages to Babaji’s Cave. In the intervening week, we were also fortunate to take seclusion at a retreat near Lohaghat, and visit some other sacred spots associated with our line of gurus. During this period we are accepting everything, every detail, as a blessing from the Divine in the form of Babaji.
Some remarkable things happened on the pilgrimages. There were several people who felt that their being able to come at all was a miracle in itself. One had been having dizzy spells and couldn’t even walk across a room a week before. Another man had had a serious knee injury that mysteriously vanished. Yet a third had a broken kneecap, and another was having upper spinal problems and was wearing a neck brace. The latter two had both been warned by their doctors that it was madness to attempt such a vigorous trek.
However, not only did everyone make the steep climb to reach the cave, but they were glowing by the end. The woman with the neck brace kept repeating Babaji’s name the whole way, until she realized that he was inside her taking every step. She felt so deeply blessed and blissful that she was unable to sleep that night.
Is everything that happens to us a blessing? Yes! Everything!! Even though some things may seem hard, still they are lessons meant for our spiritual evolution.
You might try this: In the morning when you get up, mentally say, “Everything that will happen today will be a blessing from the Divine, meant for my spiritual evolution.” Then sometime during the day say, “Everything that is happening is a blessing from the Divine, meant for my spiritual evolution.” And, before sleep, with gratitude, say, “Everything that happened today was a blessing from the Divine, meant for my spiritual evolution.”
If you do this for one week, with deep belief, it will change your life.
In the flow of divine blessings,