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True Bhakti

One day, we asked a Hindu friend to tell us about Bhakti (devotion). Like most Indians, he answered with, “let me tell you a story”

 There once was a man who worshiped Ram and another god. One day he decided he wasn’t going to worship Ram anymore. So he set aside his Ram idol, but continued to worship the other god. He burned incense and sang bhajans (spiritual songs) to the other god. The man didn’t want the Ram idol to think he was worshiping Ram, so he took cotton and put it in the idol’s nose and ears, so the Ram idol could not hear the songs or smell the incense.

Like most Hindu stories I’ve heard, there is usually a weird twist.

Then the Ram idol came alive and said, “now I know that you are truly devoted to me.”

Wait, I’m confused…isn’t that backwards?

Ram continued, “you have shown your devotion to me, because you believe that this idol is real and can hear and smell, and so you have filled the idol’s nose and ears with cotton.”

And there you have it – a story about true devotion…

On the bright side, I think Hindus have an easier time accepting backwards concepts like “the first shall be last,” and “humble yourself, then you will be lifted up.”  Yeshu did say a lot of confusing things like that…


Becky is wife to Duane, mama to "Monkey-girl" and baby "Lioness" aka "PipSqueek." She is the administrative powerhouse for YWAM Bend and keeps our team grounded and organized. Her hope is to inspire and encourage other mamas in their journey to raise healthy, thriving families.
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