Faith is more powerful than empty learning.

Manojjain By Manojjain, 3rd Feb 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/28ki59ad/
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There was once a Saint who lived on the bank of a river. So learned was he that other saints came from far and near to consult with him. They showered him with appreciation.

Faith is more powerful than empty learning.

There was once a Saint who lived on the bank of a river. So learned was he that other saints came from far and near to consult with him. They showered him with appreciation.
On the other side of the bank lived a milkmaid, called Lakshmi, who sold milk to the Saint. Hers was a busy day. She woke up early in the morning, bathed her cows, milked them, then cooked a meal for her old father and then set out to deliver the milk. She had to cross the river on a boat.
One day the saint was waiting for her for a long time. When she finally arrived, the saint said, Ah, Lakshmi you have come at last. I was waiting for you since early morning. From tomorrow I want the milk before sunrise.

The next morning Lakshmi rushed to the riverbank at the crack of dawn but the boatman did not show up until late morning. Hurry, hurry, Lakshmi urged the boatman, knowing that the saint would be waiting for the milk.

The saint complained, You are late again, what happened?
The saint was in a bad mood that day. Don't give me excuses! He shouted. How dare you disregard my wishes! Don't you know who I am?
Lakshmi began to cry.
But the saint continued to boast, Do you know how learned I am? You are just a simple milkmaid. I know so many things. That river is like the river of life. People safely cross the river of life by invoking the name of Hari, another name for Vishnu.
Lakshmi took the saint's words very seriously and happily departed, saying to herself, I wish saint had told me this earlier.
The next day Lakshmi arrived at the saint's house before sunrise. The saint was surprised to see her as he could not see the boatman. How did you cross the river? he inquired.
Lakshmi smiled and said, You taught me to cross the river by chanting the name of Hari and I did.
That is impossible! the saint shouted and ordered her to cross the river again.
Lakshmi crossed the river again without any difficulty, chanting the name of Hari as she did so. She stayed completely dry.

The saint tried to do the same chanting the name of Hari. But as he tried to protect his clothes from getting wet, he fell into the river. Lakshmi was astonished. Oh saint, she said, You were not thinking of Hari at all. You were busy thinking about your Pants. That is why it did not work.
saint marveled at Lakshmi's devotion and accepted that her faith was more powerful than his empty learning. He sincerely blessed Lakshmi.

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Bank, Boat, Cow, Devotional, Empty, Faith, Father, God, Hari, Laxmi, Learning, Milk, Milkmaid, Pandit, Power, River, Saint

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