Give God your power of attorney

Give God your power of attorney

By SWAMI SHANTATMANANDA | 27 August, 2017

Girish Chandra Ghosh was the greatest Bengali dramatist of his time and the father of modern Bengali stage. But, he was a born rebel against God, a sceptic and a bohemian. He came to Sri Ramakrishna under strange circumstances and it took him quite some time to accept the latter as his master or Guru. But once he realized that Sri Ramakrishna was capable of carrying him across the ocean of Samsara, he placed total reliance on him and sought his help for true redemption. One day Girish Ghosh surrendered completely to Sri Ramakrishna and asked him as to what he should do then on. In reply Sri Ramakrishna gave several suggestions. Then he added that at least he should remember God in the morning and evening. Girish Ghosh was overcome with a terrible sense of sorrow and helplessness. He was so deeply engaged in such activities that he didn’t have fixed hours for bathing, eating or sleeping. Hence, he knew that he would certainly forget to remember God both in the morning and evening. When he was not coming forth with any reply, Sri Ramakrishna slightly modified his advice and said, “All right, if you cannot do that, then remember God before meals and at bed-time.” But Girish Ghosh was not willing to promise even that since such was the irregularity of his life that he was not sure that he could fulfil his promise. He was standing silently. Realizing his predicament Sri Ramakrishna said finally, “So you are unwilling to agree to even this. All right, give me your power of attorney. Henceforth, I assume responsibility for you. You need not do anything.” Girish thought it was a wonderful offer and he accepted it thinking that he need not do any spiritual practice or Sadhana. But, as days passed by he started understanding the immensity of the proposition. However, because of his immense faith in Sri Ramakrishna, slowly he was so transformed that people used to marvel at his spiritual stature.

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