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Title: Footprints In The Sand

User: Nitaipada_Maharaja   Date: 2006-07-16 06:37:49

 

FOOTPRINTS IN THE SAND

 

 

Imagine you and Lord Chaitanya are walking down the road

together. For much of the way, the Lord's footprints go along

steadily, consistently, rarely varying the pace.

 

 

 

But your footprints are a disorganized stream of zigzags,

starts, stops, turnarounds, circles, departures, and returns.

 

 

 

For much of the way, it seems to go like this, but

gradually your footprints come more in line with the Lord's, soon

paralleling His consistently.

 

 

 

You and Lord Chaitanya are walking as true friends!

 

 

 

This seems perfect, but then an interesting thing happens:

Your footprints that once etched the sand next to Lord Chaitanya's

are now walking precisely in His steps.

 

 

 

Inside His larger footprints are your smaller ones, you and

Lord Chaitanya are becoming one.

 

 

 

This goes on for many miles, but gradually you notice

another change. The footprints inside the large footprints seem to

grow larger.

 

 

 

Eventually they disappear altogether. There is only one set

of footprints. They have become one.

 

 

This goes on for a long time, but suddenly the second set

of footprints is back. This time it seems even worse! Zigzags all

over the place. Stops. Starts. Gashes in the sand. A variable

mess of prints.

 

 

 

You are amazed and shocked.

 

Your dream ends. Now you pray:

 

"My dear Lord Chaitanya, I understand the first scene, with

zigzags and fits. I was a new devotee; I was just learning. But You

walked on through the storm and helped me learn to walk with You."

 

 

"That is correct."

 

 

"And when the smaller footprints were inside of Yours, I

was actually learning to walk in Your steps, following You very

closely."

 

 

 

"Very good.. You have understood everything so far."

 

 

When the smaller footprints grew and filled in Yours, I

suppose that I was becoming like You in every way."

 

 

 

"Precisely."

 

 

"So, my dear Lord Chaitanya, was there a regression or

something? The footprints separated, and this time it was worse than

at first."

 

 

 

There is a pause as the Lord answers, with a smile in His

voice.

 

 

"You didn't know? It was then that we danced!"

 

Title: Re: Footprints In The Sand

User: candrika         Date: 2006-07-16 11:54:51

 

This is one of my favourite poems, thanks Nitaipada for reminding me of it! I wanted to post and credit the original version of this poem by Mary Stevensen  who spoke this poem as comfort for the suffering, and it really is a very comforting poem, I like your version Nitaipada Maharaja.

 

In the original version the time when there is only one set of footprints, the Lord says "My son, my precious child,

I love you and I would never leave you.

During your times of trial and suffering,

when you see only one set of footprints,

it was then that I carried you."

 

 

  One night a man had a dream. He dreamed

he was walking along the beach with the LORD.

 

 

Across the sky flashed scenes from his life.

For each scene he noticed two sets of

footprints in the sand: one belonging

to him, and the other to the LORD.

 

 

When the last scene of his life flashed before him,

he looked back at the footprints in the sand.

 

 

He noticed that many times along the path of

his life there was only one set of footprints.

 

 

He also noticed that it happened at the very

lowest and saddest times in his life.

 

 

This really bothered him and he

questioned the LORD about it:

 

 

"LORD, you said that once I decided to follow

you, you'd walk with me all the way.

But I have noticed that during the most

troublesome times in my life,

there is only one set of footprints.

I don't understand why when

I needed you most you would leave me."

 

The LORD replied:

 

 

"My son, my precious child,

I love you and I would never leave you.

During your times of trial and suffering,

when you see only one set of footprints,

it was then that I carried you."

 

written by Mary Stevenson

 

 

 

 

Title: Re: Footprints In The Sand

User: Matus  Date: 2006-07-16 12:10:26

 

Dear Nitaipada Maharaja,

Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna!

 

Thanks a lot for sharing this wonderful story. Such a nice and all-saying illustration! And what a conclusion at the end! i feel like my heart wants to burst out into Gauranga prema and i desire to eternally swim and dance in the nectar ocean of the Holy Names of Nityananda Gauranga and Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare.

 

Yours thankful,

Matus

 

Title: Re: Footprints In The Sand

User: candrika         Date: 2006-07-19 08:00:24

 

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