(off-shoot link from Lily's "Nice Books" thread above. Isn't it great Nik how Master inspires us to the right story!?)
Okay Nik ol pal of lifetimes gone by, here's the story I promised. And part of it will be old, and part of it will be new. The person on the series of these books in Lily's thread, Swami Ramdass, is a swami who Bro. Turiyananda met in Switzerland about 1954 while the Swami was doing a tour of Europe. This Swami had renounced the world and started walking all over India, totally dependent on Sri Rama to provide. By this rememberance and faith, daily miracles would follow.
Brotherji, then Marcel Calet, was a Swiss restaurant owner who rode his BMW motorcycle at break-neck speeds throughout the alps. One day he was sitting in his restaurant reading a book when his friend Brother Santoshananda (then Roger Dumont) found him. He sat down across from Brother who was enjoying a cigar and a libation. Brother Santoshananda noticed that Brother was happy and reflective. Bro. T said, "I have found my Guru." He was reading "Autobiography of a Yogi." After that Bro. Santoshananda read it and joined SRF also. They both applied to become monastics.
Later, this Swami Ramdass came on tour and both future SRF Brothers attended the satsanga. Brother T said that the Swami had attained a high state and was a true man of realization. He granted Brother a very beautiful blessing. Brother was in tears and told the Swami that he wanted to follow him back to India, anywhere. Swami Ram Dass said, "but you already have a Guru." Bro. T replied: "My Guru is dead." Swami Ramdass said firmly, "YOU ARE DEAD; YOUR GURU IS ALIVE!"
One day after that high experience, which seemed to have changed Brotherji and galvanized his determination to renounce the world and become an SRF Brother, Bro. T became lost in the Swiss alps - in the wilderness. For hours and miles Brother walked, becoming exhausted and frozen. Just when was about to give up, he prayed to the Swami for help. He heard a voice calling him. In his delerium, he followed that sound and found a farm house.
That Swami later came to the United States and was given a banquet of honor by Sri Daya Mata at Mt. Washington. Funny how far faith can take you... all the way I'd say.
in divine Christ-mass fellowship,
PS: Bro. T passed away in his room high in the Lake Shrine Windmill chapel on June 10, 1990.
Edited by blue cowboy, 09 December 2005 - 12:58 PM.