FAITH, DEVOTION AND RESIGNATION
A MILK-MAID used to supply milk to a Brahmin priest living on
the other side of a river. Owing to the irregularities of the boat
service, she could not supply him milk punctually every day.
Once, being rebuked for her coming late, the poor woman said,
"What can I do ? I start early from my house, but have to wait for
a long time at the riverbank for the boatman and the passengers."
The priest said, "Woman! They cross the ocean of life by uttering
the name of God, and can't you cross this little river ?" The
simple-hearted woman became very glad at heart on learning this
easy means of crossing the river.
From the next day the milk was
supplied in the morning. One day the priest said to the woman,
"How is it that you are no longer late nowadays ?" She said, "I
cross the river by uttering the name of the Lord as you told me to
do, and I don't stand now in need of a boatman." The priest could
not believe this and said, "Can you show me how you cross the
river ?" The woman took him with her and began to walk over the
water. Looking behind, the woman saw the priest in a sad plight
and said, "How is it. Sir, that you are uttering the name of God
with your mouth, but at the same time with your hands you are
trying to keep your cloth untouched by water? You do not fully
rely on Him." Entire resignation and absolute faith in God are at
the root of all miraculous deeds.