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It was in that small diary that Shri Nathji had written a long poem in beautifully shaped Urdu letters. It was the story of the Gopees and Lord Krishna, which Shri Nathji was very fond of telling in his sermons, in narrative form.
The gopees, milkmaids, were devoted to Lord Krishna and knew him to be God, but because of their closeness to Lord Krishna, who played the part of a cowherd, they occasionally forgot his divinity and would begin treating him like a friend.
There was a time when Lord Krishna offered to take them across the waters of a river. The other cowherds gathered there warned the gopees not to board the ship of Lord Krishna saying:
“Anyone who sits in his boat is sure to be drowned! Inki kishtee men jo bhee baithaa hai, usse inhone duboo ke hi chhorraa hai!”
However the gopees had such great love for Lord Krishna that thy cared not for the taunts of the cowherds and got into his boat.
As the boat proceeded across the river, a storm hit the waters. The boat began tossing violently in the raging storm. The gopees were frightened.
When they turned to Lord Krishna, he said to them: “You must throw overboard everything that is heavy. Throw away these pitchers of milk as well as your jewellry!” The gopees were aghast at this suggestion but reluctantly did as they were told. However the storm still continued to rage and the boat appeared to be sinking.
The gopees lost control of themselves and began to cry with fear. Lord Krishna consoled them and said to them:
“Have you lost faith in me? Have you forgotten who I am?”
“O, we have full faith in you, Lord Krishna! But it is our own intellect that fills us with fear and tells us that the storm is powerful, and you are but a frail young pilot, and that there is no hope of survival! It is our intellect that stands in the way of our faith! Ye akal tang karti hai!”
“If your intellect over-rides your faith, then use the same intellect to restore your faith,” said Lord Krishna, “If you take me to be God, then let your intellect tell you that it is God who has created the storm and has sent it, and that it is in His control, and that if it be His Will then no power on earth can drown you! Why must you therefore have fear of the storm?”
“O Lord!” said the gopees, “if our faith had been shaken it must have been you who shook it, because nothing can happen without your will! But now that we have listened to your words, our faith is fully restored.”
However the gopees continued to weep.
“But if your faith has been restored then why do you still cry?” Lord Krishna asked.
“We are not crying because we fear that we will be drowned! We are crying because we are afraid that people might jeer, that the gopees drowned in the ship, which had Lord Krishna for its pilot!
“Koyi ye taanaa ne de de ke gopiyaan uss naav men doob gayeen ke jiskaa khavayiyaa Krishna thhaa!”
Shri Nathji left no room for God to be tardy in answering the prayers of those who believed in Him. It was a warning given by God to Himself. And it was a manifold hope that Shri Nathji had to offer to all the believers of the world.
The manner in which Shri Nathji narrated the story in his lectures made people burst out into tears. Only Shri Nathji was capable of making real, stories and parables which existed in legend only. He was the supreme story-teller, the supreme orator, the supreme author.
The manner in which Shri Nathji had elaborated upon the above story in his book, Atma Vijaya III, had astonished many an intellectual. It was not a mere narration but a revelation in which the exactness of intellectual knowledge and the wisdom of the ages were interwoven with the theme of faith and devotion.