CHANGDEV AND GYANESHWAR

CHANGDEV AND GYANESHWAR

Bhau Kalchuri

"Once there was a yogi named Changdev, who was living in Pune and Ahmednagar.  He had many followers.  He would perform miracles, and more and more people followed him.

"There was another person, Gyaneshwar.  He was not a yogi, but a jivan mukta.

"A jivan mukta is a person who is God-realized and comes down to Creation consciousness.  He does not have the work of a Perfect Master.  He can make one person a jivan mukta like himself, and that is the duty he does.  It is a most blissful state.  The jivan mukta knows what is happening in Creation, but at the same time, he has no headaches to look after.

"Gyaneshwar was staying a few miles from Pune, in a place called Alandi.  He would live quietly and not perform any miracles.

"One day, a man from Changdev came to Gyaneshwar and said, 'There is a yogi named Changdev who performs many miracles, and many people follow him.  Why don't you perform some miracles, so that people may also follow you?'

"Gyaneshwar did not say a word.

"The man felt very disappointed.  He returned to Changdev and told the yogi, 'There is a man named Gyaneshwar.  He does not do anything.  He keeps quiet.  He does not perform miracles.  Why don't you write him and tell him that if he has no power, he should not call himself a jivan mukta?'

"Changdev heard this and sent a messenger to Gyaneshwar asking whether the latter had any power.  If he did have powers, why did he not perform any miracles?

"The messenger delivered the message to Gyaneshwar, who remained quiet for some time.  In reply, he sent a blank paper to Changdev.  When Changdev received the blank paper, he became very upset.  'Gyaneshwar is insulting me,' he said.  "But now I must show my power to him.'

"He called his followers and ordered them, 'You all get ready.  We have to go to Alindi.  I will ride a tiger, and you follow me.  Gyaneshwar has insulted me.  Now, when he sees me riding the tiger, he will run away.  I must show my power to him.'

"A very big procession assembled and started towards Alindi.  Changdev, full of pride, was riding a tiger.

"What did he see in the sky?

"Gyaneshwar was flying, standing on a slab of stone!

"When he saw this, Changdev could not believe it.  He dismounted from the tiger and was looking at Gyaneshwar.  Gyaneshwar came down upon the earth and embraced Changdev, whose pride disappeared.  Gyaneshwar sent Changdev to his sister, Muktabai, who was a Perfect Master.

"And Muktabai gave Changdev God realization.

"Yogic power can only work on the animate; it doesn't work on the inanimate.  When Gyaneshwar was flying on the slab of stone, Changdev realized that Gyaneshwar had real power.  He could influence the inanimate, too.

"Yogic power can only work on the animate; it doesn't work on the inanimate.  When Gyaneshwar was flying on the slab of stone, Changdev realized that Gyaneshwar had real power.  He could influence the inanimate, too.  

(Bhau’s awakening, 28th August, 2002, part I)