Faith: A Story of Narada Muni, The Cobbler, and The Brahmana
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

In this regard, there is an account of Narada Muni, who was once asked by a brahmana: "Gracious, you will meet the Lord? Will you please ask Him when will I get my salvation?"

Narada agreed. "I shall ask Him," he said.

As Narada continued, he met a shoemaker who was sitting under a tree patching shoes, and the shoemaker also asked Narada, "Gracious, you will see God? Will you please ask of Him when my salvation will come?"
At the point when Narada Muni went to the Vaikuntha planets, he satisfied their demand and asked Narayana (God) about the salvation of the brahmana and the shoemaker, and Narayana answered, "In the wake of leaving this body, the shoemaker might come here to me."

"Whatabout the brahmana?" Narada inquired.

"He should stay there for various births. I don't know when he is coming."
Narada Muni was shocked, and he at long last stated, "I can't comprehend the riddle of this."

"That you will see," Narayana said. "When they ask you what I am doing in My home, them that I am threading the opening of a needle with an elephant."

At the point when Narada came back to earth and moved toward the brahmana, the brahmana stated, "Goodness, you have seen the Lord? What's happening with Him?"

"He was threading an elephant through the opening of a needle," Narada replied.

"I don't accept such nonsense," the brahmana answered. Narada could promptly comprehend that the man had no confidence and that he was essentially a peruser of books.

Narada then left and went ahead to the shoemaker, who asked him, "Goodness, you have seen the Lord? Let me know, what's happening with Him?"

"He was threading an elephant through the opening of a needle," Narada answered.

The shoemaker started to sob, "Goodness, my Lord is so great, He can do anything."

"Do you truly trust that the Lord can push an elephant through the opening of a needle?" Narada inquired.

"Why not?"  The shoemaker stated, "Obviously I trust it."

"How is that?" said Narada.

"You can see that I am sitting under this banyan tree," the shoemaker replied, "and you can see that such a variety of natural products are falling every day, and in each seed there is a banyan tree like this one. In the event that, inside a little seed there can be a major tree this way, is it hard to acknowledge that the Lord is pushing an elephant through the aperture of a needle?

Moral of the story:

So this is called faith. It is not a question of blindly believing. There is
reason behind the belief. If Krsna can put a large tree within so many little seeds, is it so astounding that He is keeping all the planetary systems floating in space through His energy?

Although scientists may think that the planets are being held in space simply by nature alone, behind nature there is the Supreme Lord. Nature is acting under His guidance. As Sri Krsna states:

mayadhyaksena prakrtih
suyate sa-caracaram
hetunanena kaunteya
jagad viparivartate

Translation- “This material nature is working under My direction, O son of Kunti, and is producing all moving and unmoving beings. By its rule this manifestation is being created and annihilated again and again.” (Bg. 9.10)
Mayadhyaksena means “under My supervision.”

Material nature cannot act so wonderfully unless the Lord’s hand is behind it. We cannot give any example of material things automatically working. Matter is inert, and without the spiritual touch there is no possibility of its acting. Matter cannot act independently or automatically. Machines may be very wonderfully constructed, but unless a man touches that machine, it cannot work. And what is that man? He is a spiritual spark. Without spiritual touch, nothing can move; therefore everything is resting on Krsna’s impersonal energy. Krsna’s energy is impersonal, but He is a person. We often hear of persons performing wonderful actions, yet despite their energetic accomplishments, they still remain persons. If this is possible for human beings, why isn’t it possible for the Supreme Lord? We are all persons, but we are all dependent upon Krsna, the Supreme Person.

We have often seen pictures of Atlas, a stout man bearing a large planet on his shoulders and struggling very hard to hold it up. We may think that because Krsna is maintaining the universe, He is struggling under its burden like Atlas. But this is not the case.

(Story narrated by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in book Raja Vdyam )

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