Valentine Cookies

[Listen to Asha read this story]

A devotee prayed to his Guru, Paramhansa Yogananda, “How can I thank Swami Kriyananda for all he has done to help me?”

The thought came: “It will soon be Valentine’s Day. You could make him some cookies.”

“It was just a small thing, a plateful of cookies,” she said.  “But I felt the inspiration came from Yogananda and that it was important to me that I do this for Swamiji.” 

In her little cabin, she had only a hotplate, so she arranged to use the oven at the community market. Early in the morning on Valentine’s Day, she gathered her supplies and went to do her baking.

But there had been a misunderstanding and the oven was in use. Several hours later, she returned, but the oven still wasn’t available. When the same thing happened a third time, she decided sadly, “I guess it wasn’t meant to be. The whole day has passed and I have nothing to give Swamiji. Master, you’ll have to find a way to thank him for me.”

Two days later, she received a note from Swamiji which began, “Thank you for the Valentine cookies...”

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