This is a personal story I found online on a forum. Please read it. It’s truly amazing.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada!I offer my humble obeisances unto him.
I just read an article posted by a devotee explaining his experience. I got inspired by reading his story. So i thought i could post my experience as well, if it can inspire someone else.
Iam from India, from the southern part of India. Here there are more Siva followers than Krishna, at least this is my experience. My experience in Krishna Consciousness started rather in a bizarre fashion. I was born a Saivaite(follower of LordSiva) especially my parents are strict Saivites and my father does not like praying LordKrishna.Anyway, when I was 23years old(1998),it all started. Up until then I was frustrated with life and i know I was heading for a big fall.I was a college medical college drop out and my father despised me because of that. At that period of my life from 20-23years, i stopped believeing in GOD and turned into an atheist, inspite of my parents being strict Siva followers. I thought praying GOD was a waste of time and went to the extent of ridiculing people who were sincere devotees. I used to smoke a lot and drink as well. In short i was a total brat and leading a life of a hippie in India. Frustrated with myself, did not know what to do, I knew i was going down.I was foolish enough that I challenged GOD that i will never come to HIM for help. I blasphemed HIm many times due to my own frustration. In january 1998, it all started, I went blind in one eye due to internal bleeding and slowly lost both my eyes. I was totally blind and was rendered useless. After dropping out from medical school,i joined B.Arch(bachelors in architecture) and for being an architect, one needs his eyes. I thought this was the end as I lost both my eyes. My vision would get better temporarily and would drop completely every 1-2months. Doctors guaranteed that I will get ok in 2months. But, was never the case. Meanwhile, my parents decided me to take me to a tour of Siva temples of south India. I went with them with partial vision. My father being a strict Siva follower, never enocuraged Vaisnava philosophy. We were in down south of India, inside a Siva temple. After offering our prayers, myself and my dad came out to the entrance crossing the temple shops. We crossed almost every shop and were heading to our car. Suddenly, my dad, out of no where again went back inside the temple to a guy selling spiritual books. My father, being a strict Siva follower, decided to buy Bhagavad Gita.I was amazed as he never does this. This shop was very small and the shop had no roof over it.It was small with some books.Among the books, there was Bhagavad Gita As it Is by Srila Prabhupada. Looking back now, Iam amazed how Prabhupada’s book reached that small town especially in down south of India which is predominantly a Saivite area.Anyways,my father decided to buy Prabhupada’s book inside a Siva temple. We bought the book and were heading home. I went through the book and liked the pictures, i thought i never would read this book as I had no strong faith in GOD anyways. The tour of the temples were over, and my frustration was growing to an extent that I was going crazy. My vision would get better and again would go blind. This was the state and 6 months passed like this. I thought I will never gain my vision and in total depression, I sat on the balcony of my apartment, looked up at the skies,God broke my ego and arrogance and made me fall to my knees. I begged for His mercy to relieve me from my pain. The next day, as usual with frustration,not knowing what to do, saw Prabhupada’s book on the table. For some reason, that book was out as I did not see the book all these days. I thought to myself,attracted by the colorful psictures, why dont I read this book? It was about 7.00pm in the night and started reading the Bhagavad Gita As it is from the cover page. Everything started coming back. I felt the presence of God(Krishna) that He will take care of me. I started to realize the potency of Prabhupada’s book. It was amazing. generally for my eye to regain some sort of vision took 2full months. But by the grace of Krishna, I almost finished half the Bhagavad Gita and was 3.00am in the morning. I decided to sleep, to my amazement, both my eyes regained complete vision and the bleeding inside stopped. I almost cried in disbelief as this was a complete miracle. It says in the Gita, Abandon all Kinds of religion and surrender unto me, i will take care of you. I did that and Krishna took care of me with an immediate effect.All these days i was a rut and all i asked was His mercy and that too only once and krishna immediately gave it to me. I consider myself the luckiest person. Later in the year I operated both my eyes and now Iam good doing my Masters in the US. From then on, to this day, I have been following Krishna and Prabhupada and have decided to serve Krishna and Prabhupada in the future by spreading Krishna COnsciousness.
I always consider this a miracle of Srila Prabhupada as he is merciful enough to accept me.
How wonderful is Krishna. Just how merciful can he be? Hari Hari bol! Here is the actual link in case anyone wants to see the original post: http://www.indiadivine.org/audarya/hare-krishna-forum/15778-srila-prabhupadas-miracle.html