Today is Ekadashi so I just thought to share one wonderful experience of my life...
Fortunately Ekadashi has been a part of my life since childhood. Being born in a Krishna conscious family it came naturally to me.I have been doing this ritual since childhood.
But after my marriage, as it happens, I came across lot many new people, new habits etc... I was happy with the change, until the day when my mother in law told me that I would have to leave Ekadashi fast because only widows in their family keep this fast. At first I found it weird, I argued with her but no effect. Sadly then because of their belief I was forced to leave Ekadashi fast
I was not at peace with myself after this decision. Somehow, that sense of completeness in my prayers was missing. I just prayed that somehow I could get back to Ekadashi.
Then one day, something very unusual happened. My mother in law asked me to make Saboodana kichdi for Ekadashi. I was surprised! I asked her that how come she changed her mind, and she told me the very same reasons about Krishna devotion that I have been trying to explain her all this while. She also told me that 2 weeks back she had a vision that she is missing out on a very pure deed by not following Ekadashi. She didn’t pay much attention to it earlier, might have though that me bugging her on this topic has got on her mind. But then, when this thing kept happening every night then she spoke to a guru and he told her that her visions were indeed right. I found this story very hard to believe. But anyways, I was too happy on this transformation!
Then I called up my mother to inform her about this good news. What she told me was even more surprising. She told me that some 2 weeks back she spoke to our Guru Maharaj ji and told him that these days I was very disturbed because my mother in law is not allowing me to follow Ekadashi. On this Guruji said that - ask her to have patience and faith and things will change soon. I was still in state of shock when I kept the phone.
Howsoever unnatural this may sound to you, I do believe that if you truly ask for something then Krishna does listen to you and helps you out!!
All Glories to Krishna!!!