STORY ABOUT GURU RAVI DASS JI, MOTHER GANGES & THE BRAHMIN
a Brahmin was about to set out for Haridwar to have a ritual
purificatory bath there.Guru Ravidassji approached him with
a ?damari?( small ancient indian coin) that he had saved from
his righteous earnings and requested him that he may offer this
coin to Ganga Mai (Mother Ganges) only when she stretches out
her hands seeking the offer. The Brahmin took it as a joke,
but still he accepted the coin and left for Haridwar. It is
said that as the Brahmin was having his bath, mother Ganges
stretched out her hands and asked the brahim to to give what
Guru Ravidassji had sent. The Brahmin was surprised and he put
the coin on her hands. Mother Ganges was pleased on receiving
an offering from her devotee, and in return she gave a golden
bangle to the Brahmin for Guru Ravidassji.
The Brahmin was tempted by this beautiful and costly object.
On his return he did not give the bangle to Guru Ravidassji,
but instead gave it to a King and earned a good wealth in lieu
of it. The King's wife was happy to receive a wonderful gift.
She requested the King that he should order the Brahmin to bring
another similar bangle for her so that she has at least a pair
of such bangles. The King ordered the Brahmin to bring one more
bangle of the same quality and beauty.
The Brahmin now found himself in a difficult situation and was
not able to get a solution to this situation.At last, he went
to Guru Ravidassji. He admitted his deceit and narrated the
whole story to him. He further told Guru Ravidassji that his
life could only be spared if Guru Ravidassji will help him to
get another bangle for the queen. He fell prostrate before Guru
Ravidassji and made a humble request with folded hands that
he should be kind enough to help him out and thus save his life.
Ravidas asked him to have patience and to look into the bowl
which was full of water used to dip the leather into it to make
it soft, in the shoe-making process. The Brahmin looked intently
into the bowl. He saw the Ganges flowing therein and also lying
such bangles at the bottom. The Brahmin was puzzled. Ravidas
told him to put his hands into the bowl and take out a bangle
to fulfill his need. Thus, he came to know the spiritual position
of Guru Ravidassji. Those were the intellectually blind and
ego-ridden who looked upon him as a low-caste man.
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