By : Smt. Usha Ranganathan
A poster I recently read got me thinking. It said: “The grass is always greener where you water it.” I thought of what some people speak of as miracles, and some call luck; both groups refer to something desired but kind-of-unexpected. In both instances, one feels a bit surprised. What is often ignored is the ‘background’ to the actual lucky event or miracle.
Of course, miracles sometimes do hit us seemingly out of the blue – that is why we call them miracles. If we believe or have some faith, then we tend to notice these small or big miracles. If we do not or even are pessimistic, we may overlook them. Sri Radhakrishna Swamiji said, “Believe it and you will see it”.
Sri. Narasimha Swamiji was approached by members of a village near Madurai, during a time of great drought. They confessed trying many other approaches before reaching out to him, but with no success, so they now asked if he could help bring rain to their dry fields.
Sri. Narasimha Swamiji agreed and asked for a small hut with a garden that he could tend. For three days, he tended the garden. Much to the surprise of the villagers, he performed no special rituals, chanted no particular prayers, or needed anything more from them. All he did was to plant seeds and carefully work on his garden.
On the fourth day, it started raining on the parched earth.
When asked how he had achieved such a miracle, Sri. Narasimha Swamiji simply smiled and pointed to the photograph of Sai Baba. It was left to the villagers to later recall and recount how, even in that dry spell, he had lovingly cared for the garden as if he expected the rains and complete his task.
Many people consider themselves to be lucky or unlucky. But Sri. Radhakrishna Swamiji gave me a significant message – ‘Luck is what happens when preparedness meets opportunity’. Good luck like good faith works much in the same way as bad luck or lack of faith.