14 Inspirational Quotes By Dayanand Saraswati Who Revived Hinduism, That Will Fill You With Nationalism.
Once during his visit to the holy city of Hrishikesh, Dayanand met a sage who had attained divine powers through years of penance.
While having a conversation with the sage, Dayanand asked, "What have you gained by doing penance?" To this the sage replied, "I have studied the Ashtang Yog. Ask me what I have not gained! Why do you ask me what I have gained? I have gained many remarkable Divine illuminations and powers."
In a bid to assert his superiority, the sage further added, "I have all the Divine illuminations and powers. You can see the river Ganga in front of your eyes! I can walk on it like on road. I have gained such Divine power with my penance."
At this Dayanand smiled a cryptic smile and asked, "Can you really walk on water?" The sage replied in a snobbish manner, "Son, do you doubt my ability? I will walk on water and show you!"
Dayanand quipped, "Then how will you come back?" At this the great yogi mocked Dayanand's foolishness and said, "Fool, the way I will go walking on the river, in the same way I will come back."
Unperturbed Dayanand fired another query his way, "I think you had to do a lot of penance to attain such Divine power." The sage answered, "Yes! I spent 60 years for this. To achieve this single Divine power I spent 60 years of my life. And you cannot even imagine what my age could be. It is not a child’s play to achieve Ashta-siddhi! It is not at all easy! I was able to achieve all this with many years of worship."
At this Dayanand calmly replied, "You spent 60 years for this – such a long period of your life. I feel sorry for that." Surprised the yogi asked the reason for feeling sorry at his unmatched feat. To which Dayanand replied, "It is very simple. I can swim very well, and if the river is flooded then I will call a boat-man, give him some money and will go across the river."