We have often heard that believers are never let down. Some years ago, I experienced this myself. A large family group of all ages planned a trip to the Vaishno Devi shrine.
I am somewhat obese and suffer from diabetes and arthritis. Riding a horse and walking were difficult for me. Nevertheless I had a strong desire to walk. But, my family insisted that I should go on horseback and I bowed to their opinion.
When I sat on the horse, its owner refused to take my bag, as the combined weight of the bag and my body would not be acceptable to his animal. I insisted and offered extra money to carry my bag.
He agreed, but his horse did not. He threw both my bag and me on the road. Though it hurt I was happy, now I could walk, though slowly. It took me several hours to reach the midpoint, Adhkawari. My son and husband walked with me a few steps, went ahead and waited for me.
Soon, walking became very difficult. Around four in the evening, when I did not join them, my husband asked my son if I could be sighted behind, but he could not see me anywhere. Suddenly, they were shocked to see me about a km ahead. What had happened was that when walking became too difficult, I stood by the wall, tired and in tears. I whispered, “Ma, do I have to abandon my yatra here?” Suddenly, I felt a soft touch on my shoulder. It was an old lady with grey hair. In very soft voice she asked me not to cry. She said, “Chant Jai Mata Di non-stop, hold my hand and come on”.
She brought me to Sanjhi Chhat, which is almost the highest point in the yatra. I looked around for my family. But when I turned towards her, she had gone. The whole thing appeared to be a dream. When I walked with her I did not see my family nor did anyone see me. And I was not even tired at all!