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In the Vision of God, Volume 1, by Swami Ramdas, pp 224-225


Another day, two European missionaries came in search of him. They could find him out only with great difficulty. In the course of their talk, they emphasized the personal aspect of God as the whole truth. Ramdas confessed his faith in a God who is both personal and impersonal. He added that one could not know the glory of the supreme Person without realizing His impersonal aspect as well. They expressed doubt in the truth of his statement. Without pursuing the subject further, they took their leave and returned to the town.

Now an event occurred which caused a good deal of disturbance among the friends. One morning, as customary, Kallu the cook entered the lower cave to bring out the vessels for cooking. The vessels - a new set of which had, a short time before, been purchased for the use of the sadhus on the hill - were kept in the lower cave which had, of course, no door. All sadhus and friends retired to the upper cave in the nights. Now Kallu discovered that the vessels had disappeared. He ran up to Ramdas in a state of alarm and said:

"Maharai, the cooking utensils have disappeared! Somebody has stolen them away."

"Good," Ramdas replied quietly, "the man who took them is evidently more in need of them than we are. It is all right. Ram gave and Ram has taken away."

He stared at Ramdas with perfect blankness when he heard his cool words. Immediately, leaving the hills, he ran to Mahoba [a nearby town] and spread the news of the lost utensils and Ramdas' comment on the loss. The friends who had supplied the utensils understood what his words meant and at once substituted the lost vessels by some from their own homes for the time being. A police sub-inspector, who loved him greatly, used to come often to see him on the hill. He had also heard the news of the loss of vessels. That afternoon, he specially came to make an enquiry into the matter. He questioned Ramdas on the subject.

"Ramji, nothing is lost or stolen," Ramdas said. "It was Ram who furnished him with vessels. It is Ram again who has taken them back. He took away His own things. So there is no question of loss or theft; therefore no case against anybody."



      In the Vision of God, Vol I - The Continuing Saga of an Extraordinary Pilgrimage