GOD’S GREATEST MIRACLE
Sunday we have the transcript of a talk delivered by a student
of Swami’s Institute, Sri Satyabrata Paul, during the Morning
Prayer session a few days ago.
The sun humbly and gradually slid down, ready to
take the final plunge into the western horizon to give warmth
and light to the other half of the world. I had just completed
my work and was on my way back home. All of a sudden dark
water-laden clouds appeared out of nowhere and they seemed to
cover the entire expanse of the sky. I received these early
warning signals and hurried up my steps. I couldn’t make it in
time. It started as a slight drizzle and in no time it shifted
gears, and then it was a downpour. It was as the cliché goes
“raining cats and dogs”. Nature was at its furious best and it
kept lashing at the face of earth without any mercy whatsoever.
I quickly took shelter in the open arms of a huge banyan tree.
Lightening struck and it was sincerely followed by the
vociferous growl of thunder.
Amidst all this chaos and confusion, a movement in the distance
caught my attention. At some distance I could see a child of
about 7 years struggling on the road in the rain. A closer look
revealed to my horror that he had only one leg and one hand and
one of his eye sockets was empty. On one hand the child was
trying his best to crawl and drag himself to a safer place that
would protect him from the fury of nature. And on the other
hand, nature was tossing him from side to side, whipping,
lashing and pelting him with water, determined not to let him
move! This tussle went on for some time and I could take it no
longer. I screamed out, “God, why did you forget this child of
yours? Why did you forsake him? Did you not do anything for
him?” A deep voice echoed across the sky and in a crystal clear
tone replied’ “No. I did not forget him. I did not forsake him.
I CREATED YOU.” My good old alarm clock brought me back into
this so-called real world!
The dream was over but actually my thought process had just
started. It set me thinking of those three words -“I created
you.” The dream triggered a number of thoughts in my mind. Was I
blissfully walking through life like a dead man? It was then
that I came across a beautiful article that answered so many of
my queries. We always crib about things. We have complains on
almost every possible thing that we can set our eyes upon. In
our childhood we all dream of big things in life. We dream of
castles, palaces, moon, fame, spaceflights, scientists, artists
and so many things. Yet sadly, somewhere down the line all those
dreams remain just dreams! They simply disappear into oblivion.
And then we weep for the lost childhood, we weep for the lost
joy of youth, we weep for our unrealized potential, we weep for
our wasted talent, Oh! We weep for our lost individuality
trampled by the mob…..
Yet we forget the very first words that God whispered into our
ears right after our birth. Into the ears of every new born
child God whispers, “YOU ARE MY GREATEST MIRACLE. YOU ARE THE
GREATEST MIRACLE IN THE WORLD.” And we all begin our earthly
lives in the same fashion, we let out a wail and we cry simply
because we don’t believe the words that God whispers in our
ears. And we all walk through to our graves still disbelieving
Just think of this - God has created each one of us with so much
of thought and just try to imagine how much of hope HE has on
each of us. HE has thought so much before bringing each of us
into this world…..Yet we live as if the only purpose for which
we were born, was to die….We walk through life in a trance. Can
you imagine with what face will we meet our maker at the end of
our lives? For all that HE has done for us, for all the faith
that HE kept in us, in spite of ourselves, what does HE get
back? Even animals have some form of gratitude at least….. If we
while and fritter away our lives then our maker will not have
the face and the desire to meet us….. for who on earth or in the
heavens cares for a lost and destroyed masterpiece?
Let us first of all take inventory of all that we have with us.
Are we blind? Can the sun rise and fall without our
witness? No! We can see. The 100 million receptors that God has
placed in our eyes enable us to enjoy the glitter of the morning
dew on the blade of grass, the scintillating sunrise and sunset,
the beauty of a rose, the innocence in a child’s smile, the
colours of a rainbow and so much more. Are we paralyzed?
No! We are not a tree condemned to the same plot of land while
the wind and the world abuse us. We can stretch, we can run, we
can jump, dance, work, play and do so much. We have everything
in our hands and we can do as we please because God wanted to
grant free will to humans that would help them decide their own
future for themselves…
Is our heart stricken? Does it strain and leak to
maintain us? No! Our heart is very strong. Touch it and we can
feel the rhythm, pulsating, hour after hour, day and night, year
after year, asleep or awake…. Pumping lakhs and lakhs of gallons
of blood every year that too - without a break or rest! Even man
has not been able to make a better machine than that…Are we
feeble of mind? No! Our brain is the most complex structure
in the universe. Within its few pounds are 13 billion nerve
cells to help us file away every perception, every sound, taste,
smell, action that we have experienced since birth. No nation’s
gold is better protected. We have so much with us. Our blessings
overflow our cup. Yet we are unmindful of them, like a child
spoilt in luxury, since God has bestowed on us so much with
Just think of it, from our Father, in a moment of supreme love,
flowed countless seeds of love, more than 400 million in number.
All of them died except for one, and that one searched for its
other half from the mother’s body. Two cells, each containing 23
chromosomes and within each chromosome hundreds of genes. A
simple mathematical calculation will tell us how many
permutations and combinations would have been possible with
those two cells. God could have created over 3,00,000 billion
humans, each different from the other. Yet, HE brought you, you,
you and me. We all arrived in this world bringing with us the
proof that God is not yet disappointed with man. God sent us to
this earth as HIS hope. The problem is that we value ourselves
in pennies when we are worth a king’s ransom. We have to take
pride in the fact that we are not the momentary whim of a
careless creator experimenting in the laboratory of life. We
have been created with a purpose. We have a world to rebuild and
if it requires a miracle...so what? Remember, we are God’s
We have the power to think, to laugh, to will, to imagine, to
dream, to speak, to sing, to dance, to sketch, to paint, to
draw, to pray and to LOVE. However, God gave us one more power,
a power so great that even angels don’t have it. God gave us the
power to choose. With that gift HE placed us even above HIS
angels… for angels are not free to choose sin. We have the
choice to degenerate into the lowest forms of life, or to ascend
the ladder to greater heights. We are capable of great wonders.
Our potential is unlimited.
Never settle down for the crumbs of life. Remember the child who
says…., “When I am a big boy…” Then the big boy says, “When I
grow up…” And then grown up he says, “What’s the hurry? When I
wed…” Then it changes to “When I retire…” And then retirement
comes, and he looks back over the landscape covered, a cold wind
sweeps over it, and somehow he has missed it all.
Half of the people living are dead bodies moving around, waiting
to meet their souls whom they have safely and peacefully buried
in their graves right after birth. God gave us so many talents
and so much of grace. HE did not give everything to each one of
us, because then there would be no fun. The best part is that HE
gave something to each one of us that is unique to us. We have
to find that uniqueness, that specialty. Live this day, the next
day and the day after….taking the days one at a time. Use what
talent you possess - the forest would be very silent if no birds
sang except for those that sang best. Life can be a process of
growing or ageing. Growing involves adding life to one’s years
and ageing involves adding years to one’s life. A few people
grow up in life, the rest just grow old… One of the greatest
secrets of life is that we are all born rich but become beggars.
We keep searching outside when the real treasure is already
within us. Remember, we are GOD’S GREATEST MIRACLE.
Life is God’s gift to us and what we do with our life is our
gift back to God. In the words of the great scientist Albert
Einstein, “There are two ways to live your life… One is as
though nothing is a miracle…. The other is as though everything
is a miracle...”
But even after listening to all the wisdom and experience of our
ancestors, yet the final choice to live our lives is one that
will be ours, ours and our own.
Jai Sai Ram.
With Love and
Source: Sai Inspire 24th June " Sunday