THE 'MURDERER' WHO WAS A GREAT SAINT
“You will never meet a greater man of God than the one I saw only yesterday.”~~

“I see you are crazy about saints! You will never meet a greater man of God than the one I saw only yesterday. My brother officer and I first
encountered him five days ago. We were patrolling by the Ganges, on a sharp lookout for a certain murderer. Our instructions were to capture him, alive or dead. He was known to be masquerading as a sadhu in order to rob pilgrims. A short way before us, we spied
a figure which resembled the description of the criminal. He ignored our command to stop; we ran to overpower him. Approaching his back, I wielded my ax with tremendous force; the man’s right arm was severed almost completely from his body.

“Without outcry or any glance
at the ghastly wound, the stranger astonishingly continued his swift pace. As we jumped in front of him, he spoke quietly.

“‘ I am not the murderer you are seeking.’

“I was deeply mortified to see I had injured the person of a divine-looking sage. Prostrating
myself at his feet, I implored his pardon, and offered my turban cloth to staunch the heavy spurts of blood.

“‘ Son, that was just an understandable mistake on your part.’ The saint regarded me kindly. ‘Run along, and don’t reproach yourself. The Beloved
Mother is taking care of me.’ He pushed his dangling arm into its stump and lo! it adhered; the blood inexplicably ceased to flow.’

“Come to me under yonder tree in three days and you will find me fully healed. Thus you will feel no remorse.’

“Yesterday my brother officer
and I went eagerly to the designated spot. The sadhu was there and allowed us to examine his arm. It bore no scar nor trace of hurt!

“‘ I am going via Rishikesh to the Himalayan solitudes.’ The sadhu blessed us as he departed quickly. I feel that my
life has been uplifted through his sanctity.”
~~~~~~~
Paramahansa Yogananda, Autobiography of a Yogi, “My Interrupted Flight Toward the Himalayas”

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