Motherly Love of Goddess Parvathi
Goddess Parvati has motherly affection for her devotees. She is auspicious and blesses her devotees by removing their delusion and protecting them.
Once a Brahmin boy named Narendranath was bathing in the river Yamuna.
Suddenly there came a crocodile and caught hold of the boy. The boy began to call the Goddess Parvati. He cried in such a sympathetic tone, that the Goddess on Kailash Mountain was moved. She came rushing to the spot.
She showered all Her strength, knowledge and auspiciousness upon him in order to save the boy. The strength of her austerity was so great that it made the boy shine with effulgence which the crocodile could not stand. The crocodile left Narendranath and disappeared in the water.
We are all like Narendranath caught by the crocodile of delusion, while trying to swim the waters of the worldly ocean. If we pray to Goddess Parvati, who is auspiciousness, mercy and bliss, then she bestows upon us such strength that helps us to escape the delusion and to get liberation.
[Illustrations by Selvi. Sainee, Sri Sathya Sai Balvikas Student]
[Source: Sri Sathya Sai Balvikas Guru Handbook Group I ]