Krishna will hear your prayer
- by Paulo Coelho on January 29, 2012
A widow from a poor village in Bengal did not have enough
money to pay for her son's bus fare, and so when the boy
started going to school, he would have to walk through the
forest all on his own.
In order to reassure him, she said:
`Don't be afraid of the forest, my son. Ask your God Krishna
to go with you. He will hear your prayer.'
The boy followed his mother's suggestion, and Krishna duly
appeared and from then on accompanied him to school every day.
When it was his teacher's birthday, the boy asked his mother
for some money in order to buy him a present.
`We haven't any money, son. Ask your brother Krishna to get
you a present.'
The following day, the boy explained his problem to Krishna,
who gave him a jug of milk.
The boy proudly handed the milk to the teacher, but the other
boys' presents were far superior and the teacher didn't even
`Where did you get that jug?'
`Krishna, the God of the forest, gave it to me.'
The teacher, the students and the assistant all burst out
`There are no gods in the forest, that's pure superstition,'
said the teacher. `If he exists, let's all go and see him.'
The whole group set off. The boy started calling for Krishna,
but he did not appear.
The boy made one last desperate appeal.
`Brother Krishna, my teacher wants to see you. Please show
At that moment, a voice emerged from the forest and echoed
through the city and was heard by everyone.
`I can't! He doesn't even believe I exist!'