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Saved by the Mahanta

By Tosin, Nigeria

Although a student of Eckankar, I occasionally doubted the constant presence of the Mahanta in my life. I wondered if the Inner Master‘s promise, I am always with you, was really true.

One evening, I was lying in bed, trying to decide whether I should do a spiritual exercise, have dinner, or just go to sleep. All of a sudden, I heard the very clear voice of the Inner Master within me.

“Get up and sing HU!” he said.

The voice was so strong and urgent, it sounded like a command. I promptly got out of bed and began singing HU, Soul‘s love song to God. About five minutes into the spiritual exercise, I heard another clear, inner instruction.

“Get your keys and go for a drive!” the Mahanta said.

“Where to?” I asked. It was already 8:00 p.m.

The only reply I got was a strong urge to leave the house immediately.

Reluctantly, I picked up my car keys, still doubting the wisdom of these instructions.

Shouldn’t I eat something before going on an aimless drive around town? I thought to myself and began walking toward the kitchen. Just then, my cell phone rang. It was my neighbor Gina.

“Can you please give me a ride to the pharmacy?” she asked. “My younger sister is critically ill, and I need to get to the pharmacy to buy some drugs!” It seemed unusual that Gina would call me to help her. She had never asked a favor from me before.

I forgot about dinner and left the house to drive her to the pharmacy. She was already waiting for me outside the gate of our compound.

When we arrived at the pharmacy, she thanked me and told me she didn’t expect me to give her a ride back. But waiting for her seemed like the best thing to do.

While alone in the car, I silently asked the Mahanta if this was the reason I needed to get my car keys and drive away from home. I didn’t get a response.

When Gina was done, she got back in the car and asked me to drop her off at the beginning of our street instead of at home. I decided that as long as I was already out of the house, I would stop at the local video store to pick up something to watch. So I dropped off Gina and went to the video store.

Once there, I chatted with the shopkeeper while searching for a video. I still wondered why the Inner Master insisted I should go for a drive.

I browsed for forty-five minutes, but nothing piqued my interest. Now tired and hungry, I wanted to go home.

I got in my car and sang HU as I drove, still unsure of what this experience was all about. About a quarter mile from my house, the Inner Voice spoke again.

“Stop and go to the barbershop,” the Mahanta said.

I realized I was driving directly past the barbershop. Although I just wanted to go home for some food and rest, I followed the inner guidance and stopped for a haircut anyway.

At about 9:10 p.m., I was done. By now, I was starving and ready to go home. But inwardly, I asked the Mahanta for confirmation.

“Can I go home now?” I asked.

“OK,” was the soft reply.

When I arrived, I found a terrible scene. Eight armed men had broken into the compound and raided our homes. People who resisted had been attacked with weapons. Some of the more seriously wounded were already on their way to the hospital. I learned that the robbers had arrived minutes after I drove away and left shortly before I returned.

I was shocked. Grateful for the Mahanta’s protection, I soberly went inside and sang HU.

I realized the Mahanta’s inner guidance kept me from harm and possibly death. Now I know that the Mahanta, the Inner Master, is truly with me all the time, offering wisdom, guidance, and divine love. I just need to listen and be willing to do my part.

 

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