July 2015 By Jamuna Rangachari The helping hand of the Divine is always there with us. We only need to be receptive and grateful to its presence, says Jamuna Rangachari All through our life, God takes care of us, and shows his presence in the most inexplicable ways. We may never see his hand, but can notice it in events that we call coincidences, serendipity or miracles. Actually, such events happen all the time. We only need to notice them and be grateful for always living under God’s armour of protection. “There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; or you can live as if everything is a miracle,” said Albert Einstein. My late mother-in-law, though not as articulate as Einstein, was an epitome of this attitude. She played badminton, indoor games, and sang songs of all genres till the last day of her life despite several health challenges. Her energy and vigour was such that even the doctors who treated her often wondered whether their diagnosis of her ailments was really correct. All through her life, help came to her from unexpected quarters. Sometimes, it would be the grocery vendor rushing to help her reach the doctor, and sometimes a stranger dropping her home when she got lost. She believed ardently that the hand of God was always with her. Of late I have met several people whose life is a testimony to the protective hand of the Divine, guiding and ruling our lives. I feel motivated to share their inspiring stories with you. The Divine armour Nitu Channa (right) with the daughter she was carrying in her womb on that fateful day. “She needs to be awarded a medal of bravery,” said an army officer while introducing Ms Nitu Channan to me and my husband. When I heard her story, I could not help nodding with awe. In September 1997, Nitu was in the last stage of pregnancy and travelling with her husband and three-year-old son in a Gypsy van with a group of people. Suddenly they came under an ambush planted by the militants in a small town of Thoubal in Manipur. The vehicle came to a sudden halt and their son fell off the seat. Nitu felt something hard piercing her thigh. She later realised that she had been hit by a bullet. Everyone else in their vehicle and other vehicles near them dismounted. She could see people firing at them from the first floor of buildings on both sides of the road. She could not get off due to her condition. When she saw blood gushing down her son’s head, both she and her son screamed with fright. She did not know that it was her own blood that was spilling over her son. Her husband with two other soldiers rescued them while the firing was still on. By then she had started losing consciousness. She found herself lying on the road with her husband tearing her sari to plug her wound and stop the bleeding. She could hear only one thing repeatedly resounding in her ears, her husband’s voice telling her that she needed to fight and save her life for their children. An inner voice told her that if she closed her eyes, she would probably never open them again. She was taken to a hospital that was almost three hours away from the place of the incident. Her inner strength helped her fight and remain conscious till they reached there. Now, she smiles on recounting the whole story, “I thank the Power that protected the entire family. Looking at the Gypsy van that had been sieved with holes from both sides, it is unbelievable that people inside it could have survived. My daughter was born, completely healthy. She had to come into this world hence I had to live. I got four bullet injuries but not one hit the womb. Nothing happened to my son and husband. I strongly believe miracles do happen after this miraculous escape.” She smiles concluding, “As is so rightly said in Kabir’s doha “Jako rakhe saiyann, Maar sake na ko” (The one who is protected by God, cannot be killed by anyone) I met 30-year-old Archana Singh (name changed) from Mumbai recently. She shared with me an incident in her life that took place a few years back. She was out of town for Raksha Bandhan in August 2010. The day she returned, her older brother was to leave for two nights to a village in Karnataka. Something made her feel a bit concerned for him. As she watched him walk to the end of the lane, she did reiki protection for him. The whole night, she prayed for his well-being. Next morning she discovered that the car in which her brother was travelling along with her cousin, their uncle and a friend, had met with a horrible accident. The accident proved fatal for her cousin. The uncle was severely injured and did not survive for more then a week post the accident. Her friend was severely injured too. Her brother somehow survived this accident with just three scratches on his shoulder and his elbow. Whether you call this power of faith or the power of reiki, Archana feels that she was guided all along to use her power to protect her brother. Another experience of such guidance and protection is that of Dr Barnali Chaklader. A teacher of finance in one of the management institutes in Delhi, she was nominated by her organisation to attend a workshop in Shanghai, China, in January 2011. It was freezing winter. After the workshop Barnali and her colleague busied themselves shopping and looking at the traditional city. Soon it started drizzling, and they took shelter in one of the shops. Slowly it grew dark and snow started to fall. They looked for cabs but could not find any. It grew darker and the shop owners started drawing their shutters. Both of them tried hard to stop the cabs but in vain. They became nervous and began to consider contacting the Shanghai police for help.In the meantime she remembered her husband’s guru from Shri Ramchandra Ashram in Lucknow. She closed her eyes requesting her husband’s guru, Babuji Maharaj, to help them. Though there were no taxis in sight, a taxi slowly approached them as if it had been parked somewhere nearby. She asked him if he would take them to Shangrila Hotel. He nodded in affirmation. Both of them reached the hotel safely. Dr Barnali is convinced that it was Babuji Maharaj who made this happen. New directions Not only does The Divine protect us, he also guides us on ways to solve our problems. We realise His compassion when serendipitously help and answers arrive in our lives. Anita Rajani, a mother of two, had faced emotional trauma and financial crises for 10 years and even wished to end her life at one stage. She kept wondering if God had abandoned her. At that time, in 2000, a teacher of one of her children, Nina Sawhney, spoke to her about the past life she had seen in her hypnotherapy sessions. Anita was intrigued. This led her to a beautiful group who channelled every Sunday at a school for the blind in Mumbai. On the second Sunday, Shirdi Sai Baba came through Ellaeenah Niloufer, a channel, and guided her on how to take charge of her life. Anita began to perceive life from a higher perspective and started taking the responsibility of her life conditions. She learnt tarot, reiki, hypnotherapy and inner child healing. She began to meet all the people she needed to meet. She is now deeply appreciative of her family, her friends and her spiritual partner, Devanshi Kapadia, whom she met while learning hypnotherapy. In retrospect, she can see the hand of God in all her previous tests for it led her to meet these amazing mentors who helped her heal her life, and aided her in becoming a healer herself. Sheela David (name changed) from Chennai, was 20 years old when she went to Singapore in 2012 with her father who was a closet alcoholic. He promised not to drink but like all alcoholics, could not keep his word. One day, he became drunk and Sheela did not know what to do since she was alone. She did not want to worry her mother by calling her. As she sat with her father in a park praying for guidance, a Chinese gentleman approached her and gently told her about Alcoholics Anoynomous (AA), the meeting of which was being held in a church nearby. He shared that he too had grappled with this issue earlier. Meeting the Chinese gentleman turned out to be a turning point in their lives. Her father went with him to AA in Singapore, and later became a regular member of the organization in Chennai. He recovered from his addiction and later became a volunteer at AA. Sheela too helps by talking to families of alcoholics. She looks back in deep gratitude to the Divine for using a crisis to show her and her family a new direction and path in life. When challenges or crises confront us, can we look beyond them to see the loving and guiding hand of God, not only sending us help and succour but also seeding the situation with potential for our growth? Let us repose our faith in our ever-loving Creator and safely surrender ourselves into Her loving arms.
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