Excerpts from a discourse by our Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji
When we encounter misery, instead of wailing, if we cry out the name of the Lord, irrespective of the condition and situation, He comes down to help us.
Yogi used to live under a peepul tree in Tiruvannamalai. One night he was sleeping under the tree with other devotees. At about midnight, suddenly Yogi arose saying, ‘this beggar has an important job’ and started walking as others followed him. A mile or two away, there was a large farm land, and in the center was a huge well that irrigated the land. The well did not have walls, and a horse had fallen into it.
We need to save the horse, said Yogi. Looking at the sheer size of the fallen horse, the people around said, ‘Let us call the fire station’.
Yogi replied, ‘If you can save the horse, go ahead. Otherwise, leave it to this beggar.’
Puranas say that the elephant Gajendran who was in pain, cried out to the Lord and the Lord arrived from Vaikunta to save it.
Now, it was this horse, and no one knew how it cried out, and Yogi was there to save it!
Yogi went around the well twice and then, swaying his hand-fan, chanted, ‘Om Sri Ram! Jai Ram! Jai Jai Ram!’ and then, just as we watch it in a movie, the horse gently jumped out and ran away!
This is not a built-up story! Even today, there are people who have witnessed this event.
People asked Yogi, 'Bhagavan! you are capable of doing such miracles!’
Yogi replied, ‘No No! This beggar is not capable of doing any miracles. Only Ram Naam is doing miracles!’
In our life we enjoy or suffer depending on our 'paapa' and 'punya'. The imprints of our past deeds (‘prarabda’) follow us.
No one's life is filled with just happiness or just sorrow. Life is a mix of both happiness and sorrow.
In such a life, when we encounter misery, instead of wailing, if we cry out the name of the Lord, irrespective of the condition and situation, He comes down to help us.