Practice English Speaking&Listening with: My best friend | Experiences with the Master

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Hi, I'm Bhagyshri, I'm 35 years old

and I've known Paramahamsa Vishwananda for 13 years

if one can say that you know Him.

And I've been living here in the ashram for the last 12 years.

When I met Him, it was really love at first sight.

I fell deeply deeply in love with Him and I knew, I was someone who...

I just knew right away, this is it it.

Yeah, I came to the ashram and I was clear that I really wanted to

be as close as I could to Him.

And also just find any way that I could to make His work lighter.

I never really felt like I am part of the things as far as... I felt like,

'Okay, He has His mission, His job, His work, whatever you want to call it.

Um, and I have my job, my work and things that I want to do,

or to try to do just to make His life,

like, a tiny bit easier because He has so much to do.

And so I started working in the kitchen

which for me was very very beautiful because I always had the feeling of wanting to

have a big home and to cook for people I love and so that's what I got to do.

So in the early years, Guruji used to come down off into the kitchen,

um, before things got more busy and more big.

He had more time and it was beautiful.

He would cook with us and He would joke with us and we would laugh.

And, I think this was maybe 10 years ago, I remember one experience with Him

that actually for me was just like just a normal experience with Him

because around Him is so many miracles and so many things that are extraordinary

but with Guruji it's just like, 'Okay, it's just another day with Him.'

So we were cooking together and...

I don't know if there's any cooks there watching,

but you know this sort of dehydrated soy that's like really dry?

And you have to hydrate it again before you cook it.

So I had boiled water in the pot myself, I had the boiling water in a pot

and we had this big, two big containers of this dehydrated soy

and I poured the boiling water over these two containers of soy.

And it hydrates very very quickly, so within about 30 seconds you have hydrated soy.

And Guruji, He started to take the soy out of one of the containers,

so into the boiling water with His hands and taking the soy and squeezing it out.

And I'm watching Him do this and I think, 'Oh my God, how are you doing that?',

you know, and the atmosphere was just light and I said to Him,

'Guruji, I want to do that too.'

And He said, 'Okay, yeah, okay do it.'

And I said, 'Okay, but I don't know how.'

And He said, 'Okay, just don't look at your hands, okay?

That's all you have to do, just don't look at your hands.'

And I looked at Him and I said, 'Okay.'

And so, we're standing side by side and so I decide, 'Okay I'll look at Him.'

So I turned to Him and I'm looking at Him and He's looking at me

and we're laughing and I plunge my hands into the boiling water

and I start squeezing the soy like He is, and He starts to laugh

and I start to laugh and we're just like, 'Okay, this is cool!

We're just squeezing this soy, cool!' and He's like, 'Yeah you see, it's nothing.'

And I was like, 'Yeah, I don't even know why I was even scared of that, it's really easy to do.'

And so we're going along for about two minutes like that

and then of course my mind got curious,

'How is it that I'm putting my hands right now in boiling water

and I don't feel anything, nothing?'

And I forgot that He said, 'Don't look at your hands.'

And so I looked at my hands. I looked away from Him

and I looked at my hands and in that moment, as I began to look at my hand,

suddenly all of this heat starts traveling at my fingers

and I'm like, 'Oh my God!' and I said a bad word maybe.

And I pulled my hands out of the boiling water and I'm like, 'Guruji, it's hot!'

and Guruji looks at me and He's laughing and He said, 'Well I told you... don't look at your hands.'

And then I turned to Him and I said, 'Oh yeah, I forgot'

and He looked at me like, 'Whatever' and then we went on with our day.

He had to finish the soy because I was already like, 'Okay, now it's finished, I go on with my life.'

and He goes on with His.

And that was just one, like, small story with Him

of just life where the impossible becomes possible.

You know, things that you think you can't do, they're just commonplace

and they're so normal around Him that we didn't even question it.

It was like, for me was being like with my best friend or playing.

He shows me a new trick, it's no big deal and... yeah.

But of course later, when you think about it, you're like, you know what?

I never had a best friend before who could show me a trick like that.

You know, or all of these things that He can do.

What can you really say, I mean, living with your best friend,

your guru, your teacher, your lover, your everything.

Yes, it's amazing and I think so many people, I hope many people have that chance

to have that also outside.

But of course, having a best friend that can do anything, anything!

I've never seen anything that He couldn't do.

It's something different, I can't even, I can't describe it.

Having a best friend like that and that's Paramahamsa Vishwananda.

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