Sage , cowherd and the God
(I read this Tamil story in the post of my facebook friend Rajagopal Srinivasan . My thanks to him)
There was a sage who used to wander .
From place to place in search of God.
Wherever he went , he used to take bath in a river,
Sit below a tree and meditate on God.
One day a cowherd saw him doing that and asked him,
“Sir why are you doing this?” and the sage replied .
“If I do it God will appear before me “ and the cowherd,
Believed him, took bath in the river and started to meditate below a tree.”
After some time God appeared before the cowherd and said,
“I am god , why do you want to see me?” and the cowherd replied,
“How do I believe you are God?” and God said , “I am definitely god”
And the cowherd said .”I j know a sage , who might have seen you and I will ask him.”
Then the cowherd tied God to a nearby tree and went to the sage,
And requested, “I also did like you and one person has come before me,
And he says he is God and can you please identify him for me.”
The sage laughed, “You are a silly boy and how can God come before you?”
When the boy insisted , the sage went with him but could not see God,
But the boy could see him and when the sage started making fun of him,
The boy requested God to show himself to the sage also and as per his request,
God came quickly before the sage and then disappeared and sage fell at his feet.
When the cowherd asked the boy , how come , he did not show himself to sage,
The God said, “You believed the sage and had great faith that you would see me ,
But the sage does not have real faith but is obeying his guru and meditating on me.
I can be seen by only people who have real faith and not by those who act as if they have faith.