Our Prayers Are Heard

If you put a thousand people in the same room and asked them, 'How do you experience God?' you would be certain to receive a thousand different answers. Each will have their own experiences of faith, love and trust. They will have their own way of knowing and relating to God.

Sometimes He comes to us in seemingly small ways, offering us moments when we can feel His presence so clearly. Other times He comes to us in seemingly big ways and we call it a miracle. Just as He comes to us, He asks us to take a step towards Him, to put our effort into the relationship too - much like we see in the following story of one of our resident pujaris and his love for Krishna.

Bhakti Marga temple Krishna's Feet miracle

If you put a thousand people in the same room and asked them, 'How do you experience God?' you would be certain to receive a thousand different answers. Each will have their own experiences of faith, love and trust. They will have their own way of knowing and relating to God.

Sometimes He comes to us in seemingly small ways, offering us moments when we can feel His presence so clearly. Other times He comes to us in seemingly big ways and we call it a miracle. Just as He comes to us, He asks us to take a step towards Him, to put our effort into the relationship too - much like we see in the following story of one of our resident pujaris and his love for Krishna.

Mukundananda shares:

‘Before Katyayani day of Navaratri, I happened to be reading a chapter about the Rasa-lila and about the penance and the prayers the gopis did to Katyayani-devi so she could bring Krishna to them. I was really inspired by the gopis, as this is also my deep romantic desire, but what could I possibly do as a penance to obtain such a blessing? The next day, on Katyayani day, Swami Keshava’s satsang in morning prayers about the gopis and about their prayers was really inspiring for me and made me decide right away to fast on that day. I had never fasted before and I had no intentions of ever fasting in my life, so I did it for her and I did it for Krishna. At night, I went to the tent to receive darshan of Katyayani and I offered my fasting to her and to me. That was all I wanted. 

The night finished and the following day I often thought to myself that maybe my prayer was not truthful and maybe my fast was not good enough or not done in a proper way. The next morning, Krishna’s feet appeared in front of our eyes! These were clear footprints in the puja towel I was using right there in the Bhutabhrteshwarnath Mandir, and I immediately associated it with my prayer to Ma. But of course, without Guruji’s confirmation, would not make any further conclusions. When Guruji said the feet were not from Ma but from Krishna, I told Him about my prayer to Ma and He told me that yes, Katyayani had answered my prayer and revealed Krishna! It is beautiful what our love for Them can do, the barriers it can break. Ma is ever so merciful and does answer all our prayers. I hope this experience inspires everyone as my love for Krishna inspires me to pray for Him.’

Our relationship with God has such depth and intimacy that in such closeness He cannot be even distanced away from His bhakta

Paramahamsa Vishwananda

Maybe therein lies the mercy of the Lord. He responds directly and quickly to our most innocent, simple and honest prayers. 

Mukundananda’s story was originally published in the Radha-Krishna Serve a Deity newsletter.