"Surrender"
(Author Unknown)

2-23-2000 SOW Seeds Service from Church Within #72
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Welcome
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Greetings my Dearest Sisters and Brothers, and welcome again to The
Church Within Story of the Week ["SOW Seeds]

This week's SOW Seeds - #72, contributed by: Pastor Daniel

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Story of the Week
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“Surrender”
(Author Unknown)

Two devotees of Lord Vishnu always meditated together under a large banyan tree. One day they spotted Narada Muni, the companion of Vishnu, walking nearby.

They hailed Narada and asked of him a favor. Each of the devotees wanted to know from Vishnu whether their meditation would bear fruit so that one day they might be blessed to enjoy the eternal bliss of oneness with Vishnu. Narada agreed to ask Vishnu on their behalf, promising to return with any reply after one week.

Seven days later, Narada came again. He told the two spiritual aspirants that Vishnu had been pleased to respond to their question.

Turning to the first man, he remarked: "Vishnu said that your wish will be granted after only ten years more meditation." The man was shocked. He exclaimed: "Ten years more! I have already been meditating for ten years. I cannot wait so long again." Saying that, he departed.

To the second aspirant, Narada said: "I am sorry, but Vishnu's reply to you is that you will have to go on meditating for as many years as there are leaves on this banyan tree." The second devotee started dancing in ecstasy.

Narada was confused. He said: "Perhaps you did not understand what I said. There are thousands of leaves on this tree, and therefore you will have to perform meditation for many, many lifetimes before your heart's desire will be attained."

The devotee said: "I understand, but I do not mind. At least Vishnu has been kind enough to tell me that one day I will be with Him."

Vishnu happened to be watching this scene at that very moment. Pleased with the response of the second devotee, Vishnu gave him salvation then and there.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,        
        One day I may fully Understand You. In the Mean time... I am enjoying each little Discovery!

You ALL are Within the Infinitely Loving Embrace of our Universal
Parent,

The Creator's Eternal Love, through me, to all of You,
Pastor Daniel

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