This month we are starting a new series which will chronicle sweet experiences recounted by the devotees of HH Maharanyam Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji as well as some divine experiences of Sri Swamiji himself. These articles are translations from the series “Madhuramaana Mahaneeyar” that is published every month in Madhuramurali Tamil monthly magazine.
The Moon-Faced Lord
This time the lunar eclipse began early in the morning and lasted till about 9 pm in the night. On such days, one should eat only after the eclipse time passes and the full moon is visible again. Do you know what a disciple – Jagannathan – thought that day?
“Wouldn’t our Swamiji always say that Krishna’s face is like a full moon all the time? Why should we wait to see the full moon after the eclipse? I’m just going to see Krishna’s face and then eat today,” he thought. Thinking thus, he even went on to do the same!
Jagannathan now felt that Sri Swamiji would definitely ask about this during the evening darshan.
When he came for darshan that evening, Sri Swamiji was seated outside on a chair in Premika Bhavanam.
The moment Sri Swamiji saw Jagannathan, he laughed and jokingly asked, “Isn’t it the eclipse today? Did you eat? They are all saying that we should eat only in the night.”
Sri Swamiji then continued, “So you thought that Krishna’s face is equivalent of the full moon, and seeing His face, looks like you have already had your food!”
The moment Jagannathan heard this, his joy knew no bounds. He was not surprised that Sri Swamiji knew of his act, but was thrilled and surprised that Sri Swamiji had also fulfilled his wish that he (Sri Swamiji) would ask about it the moment he saw him!
Translated from Madhuramurali magazine, Dec 2003 issue.