BABAJI’S DISCIPLE PASSES A DIFFICULT TEST ~ Yogananda, AY

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THE TEST OF OBEDIENCE AND TRUST IN THE GURU

BABAJI’S SACRED CIRCLE was disturbed by the arrival of a stranger. He had climbed with astonishing skill to the nearly inaccessible ledge near the guru’s camp.

“Sir, you must be the great Babaji.”  ’The man’s face was lit with inexpressible reverence. “For months I have pursued a ceaseless search for you among these forbidding crags. I implore you to accept me as a disciple.”

When the great guru made no response, the man pointed to the rock-lined chasm below the ledge. “If you refuse me, I will jump from this mountain. Life has no further value if I cannot win your guidance to the Divine.”

“Jump then,” Babaji said unemotionally. “I cannot accept you in your present state of development.”’

The man immediately hurled himself over the cliff. Babaji instructed the shocked disciples to fetch the stranger’s body. After they had returned with the mangled form, the master placed his hand on the dead man. Lo! he opened his eyes and prostrated himself humbly before the omnipotent guru.

“You are now ready for discipleship.” Babaji beamed lovingly on his resurrected chela. “You have courageously passed a difficult test.[5] Death shall not touch you again; now you are one of our immortal flock.”

Then he spoke his usual words of departure, “Dera danda uthao”; the whole group vanished from the mountain.”

[5] FOOTNOTE: The test concerned obedience. When the illumined master said: “Jump,” the man obeyed. Had he hesitated, he would have disproved his assertion that he considered his life worthless without Babaji’s guidance. Had he hesitated, he would have revealed that he lacked complete trust in the guru. Therefore, though drastic and unusual, the test was a perfect one in the circumstances.

Paramahansa Yogananda, Autobiography of a Yogi, “Babaji, Yogi-Christ of Modern India”

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