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Vol. 1 / Issue 36 / October 14 1999

Contents of this issue

Editorial
Life Story of Chandra Lila Sadhuni
Praise Him......

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Through the Valley of Death & other Books
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Editorial

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. (1 Tim 6:10)

Many think that money is every thing. One of my friends who owns a big company once said to me, "I love money and I work hard to gain so much money. If you have money, you will have peace, if you have money you will have status, if you have money you can live a good, peaceful and joyous life." We argued for more than 3 hours and finally I asked, "If you have millions of $$ in your bank account but if your Dr. says that you have cancer and you have to live only 6 months, can you live peacefully and joyfully?" I never got an answer for that question. Yes, you can not live a peaceful life until you have the assurance of eternal life.

Very often I hear people talking about love but their eyes are on the money always, how to raise money, what you call it, "fund raising"... I have seen many churches where they change seats and cushion every year, remodel their churches very often just to make money.. I am not telling that you should not do that but why should you spend money unnecessarily when thousands of souls are dying without knowing Jesus.

If you have real love, your eyes will not be on the money of people but you will have concern for their souls because life is very short and after death there is no chance of repentance or going to heaven. As the Bible says in Hebrews 9:27, "And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment."


God is not looking into your church buildings but God's eye is on your heart. He does not want to make you perish in hell fire but He wants to give you a totally new life. That's why He came in this world and shed His precious blood for you and me, not for church building. Jesus said in John 5:24, "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life."

If you say that you are a servant of God but have no compassion for perishing soul, no love for the dying soul, then something is wrong with you and you need to check up your life and make everything right before God. Yes, wake up my friend, time has come to cry out before God for perishing souls and save them from hell fire. No time to waste your precious time and money in unnecessary things. May God help you!

Life Story of Chandra Lila Sadhuni

Chandra Lila was born in Nepal in a family of the Hindu priest in the house of the king. It was a prestigious position in the sight of all the people. When she was seven years old she got married but 2 years later they got the news that girl's husband died. Oh, she became a widow at the age of nine and so an unfortunate woman in society. Remember in the old days, if Indian women became widows, they had no chance to get married again, but now values are changing. Well, she lived in her parent's house till the age of 13 and gained knowledge from her father. She learned her own language and also Sanskrit.

When she was thirteen she went to Jagannath temple (a Hindu Shrine). It was a very long and painful journey. There her father died, as many thousand pilgrims die on the way. He died suddenly and before he died, he called her daughter and said, "I am separating from you for eternity. Take this bunch of keys and when you reach home open all the boxes. whatever money, gold, precious stones and every thing you find there is yours. It is yours because your husband left all these things for you." Saying all these things, he died and people took him into cemetery and according to Hindu custom they cremated him. Now the girl was alone and an orphan. After some days she came to her home with the other pilgrims and spent her time in reading Hindu scriptures. She read all about pilgrimages and Holy places. She also read about how a person can get remission of sins, that if a person goes to the four main pilgrimages of Hindus, they could get rid of their sins. At that time Chandra Lila was searching for answers why she become a widow. She wanted to know the cause for becoming a widow and she wanted to get rid of that sin which made her a widow. So she decided to go on pilgrimages and to get rid of her sins.

She took all her jewelry and money and tied to her waist and she asked her two servant girls whether they are interested in coming with her. Both agreed to go with her. Finally she left her house to seek the true God. She walked miles and miles and all the time she used to jup mala (moving the wooden bead chain by one hand and devout repetition of the name of god, or a scripture). She also used to repeat the Hindu scriptures whatever she had in her memory. Whenever she reached a holy river or lake, she would take a dip in that and worshipped in temples. She also used to take vows of gods and goddesses and gave money to brahmins as offering. As a pilgrim she reached Calcutta where she worshipped in the temple of Kali. She came across many hardships on the way and many a time she got upset but still she did not break her journey. Then she reached Jagannath temple in Orrisa where she came the previous year with her father. She stayed there for 15 days and worshipped Jagannath (a Hindu god). She gave a cow as offering to brahmin and two times she offered Rs. 25 to idols. When she finished all the rituals, then she started her journey to the next temple that was far away.

She reached Ramnath temple. This temple is very famous among the four temples of India. Ramnath temple is in south India, near Lanka and made in an island. Since coming out from her home as a pilgrim it was not months, but years passed by. She purchased an idol of Ramnath so that she may keep that with her in her journey, so that she may be protected from all the sorrows and troubles and she used to worship this idol as a main god.

Then again she started her journey and reached the western side of India where she went to worship in Dwarikanath. People believe that this temple was made by Krishna himself and if a person comes as pilgrim at this place, he/she should get the remission of sins. So Chandra Lila applied sandal wood on her body and stayed fifteen days and worshipped and gave offerings and money to brahmins.

After completing her three pilgrimages she started her journey for the fourth and the last pilgrimage at Badrinath which is situated in north India. She was totally tired and troubled in her heart but with much hope she started walking with her two servants. After some days her bare foot became numb because of snow and cold weather and because of snow and stones her feet started bleeding. She took her old clothes and wrapped her leg with those clothes and started her journey again. The more she went ahead the more she shivered in biting cold, but she did not stop there. It was a very narrow road and after much difficulty she reached the temple. She stayed there for 5 days and she believed that because she suffered a lot on her way, god will bless her more than others. But when she was returning her heart was filled with sorrow and sadness, because after seven years of long journey she could not find peace and joy and also she could not get the remission of her sins.

Finally she decided to go to Kedarnath and Haridwar and take a dip in Ganges because people believe that if a person take bath in Ganges he or she can be holy. She journeyed a lot and wherever she found a temple she worshipped and gave offerings to brahmin but she could not see or find any peace but the more she did all the rituals she felt more comfortless and restless. Meanwhile her two friends got sick and she tried to save them but could not. She felt more comfortless and became sad.

She reached the age of twenty-eight but peace was far-far away from her....
To be continue....

Praise Him......

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Through the Valley of Death & other Books

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