Is there a person called “God”?
(The original story was told in Tamil by Thirumuruga Krupananda Varriar . I have modified it slightly and condensed it. Many thanks to that messenger of God)
An elderly devotee with closed eyes was meditating ,
Sitting in the shade of Banyan tree in a village,
A young student happened to come there,
And asked him , “Why are you sitting and sleeping?”
The devotee opened his eyes and told that he was ,
Meditating on God and student laughed loudly and told,
“I am a post graduate and I feel that what you do is foolish,
AS there is no such thing called God as I have not seen it”
He told further , “ I want to know whether you g have seen God.
Or have t you any time heard that God speak to you, or,
Have you at any time , touched that thing which you call god.”
And the devotee told him , “No , is the answer to all your questions”
Then the devotee asked the student “You are carrying a bottle,
In your hand , what s it? “ and the student replied “It is honey?”
The devotee asked, “do you know whether honey is sweet or bitter,”
And the stuent replied”You must be a great fool, all the world knows it is sweet.”
Then the devotee asked the student” what is the colour of sweetness?”
He replied “ Sweetness cannot be seen but only can be felt when you drink honey”
Then that devotee told , “ Similaly God cannot be seen but you can know him by experience.”
Anf then the devotee quoted a verse of poem by a great devotee called THirumoolar.
Is the sweetness inside honey black or red?
Oh fools who search for god in the sky,
Just like sweetness is hidden in side the honey,
God is hiding within your body ,please understand.”
The student wanted to somehow escapt from the devotee,
And said that he was hungry and will return after taking food.
The devotee asked , “you said you are intelligent and educated,
Have you seen this hunger at any time, Jave you heard or touched it.?’
The student said , Answer is “No” for everything” and the devotee said,
“I like you feel that there is nothing called Hunger, you are telling a lie.”
He continued “Just like God you cannot see hunger but you can feel it.”
The student felt that in the words of the devotee there was some truth.
He said , “Yes, I agree with you but I would like to know whether I can see god?”
Then devotee asked “Are you able to see your body? And he replied”Yes . i am able to,
To see it with my eyes” and the devotee asked “Have you seen your entire body?”
He said “definitely” and the devotee asked”Are you able to see your back side?”
The student sheepishly said , “No” and the devotee asked “Are you able to see ,
Your front side completly” and the student with great irritation told “Yes”,
The devotee asked,”Are you able to see your face?” and he said “No”,
Devotee did not leave it at that “ Suppose you want to see your body, what should you do?”
The student said, “Stand in between two full length mirrors and ten I will be able to see”.
“Similarly” said the devotee , you need to have two mirrors to see that God also “
The student said , he would buy them immediately , if he is told where to get them,
And the devotee said,”They are grace of God and grace of teacher and without ,
Grace of teacher you cannot feel or see grace of God which is everywhere.”