These three stories are historical facts that really took place during World War II. They are woven with mystical threads and shared.
Translated from Russian by Chaim Zehavi.
At the beginning of WWII, when the truth about the fate of the Jewish people was discovered, and when there were still ways to save them, a few hundred rich Jews bought a ship in order to get their families on board and escape to America. But they needed visas, so they approached the American Ambassador in London. It was not difficult for him, but he refused the visas. The Jews, in order to save their families, went to USA without the visas.
When the Ambassador found out about it, he contacted Washington, advising them that a ship with illegal immigrants is approaching America. The Jews managed to overcome the horrors of war and reach America, but were not permitted into America. These unlucky people were ordered to turn around and return to burning Europe. and all burnt in the camps.
When the tragedy was revealed, the Rabbi of London came to the American Ambassador and said: “Your deeds do not befit your post, but you are not fit to be called ‘a human’. And now, since you caused hundreds of people’s death, YOU AND ALL YOUR DESCENDANTS generations down from now on, will be cursed!”
The name of the American Ambassador was, JOE KENNEDY, the later President, Jack Kennedy’s father. (JFK)
Again, WWII. Lithuania.
The Japanese Ambassador, who was a compassionate and noble person, disagreed with the Nazi crimes, and was concerned with the future of the European Jews. He used his status and helped them with visas to Japan. From Japan, they later immigrated to America. Thus he saved the lives of thousands of Jews.
When the Germans found out, they demanded that the Ambassador be removed. The Japanese, allies of the Nazis, followed the request. But he still had 2 weeks until his return, and he used those 2 weeks, and worked around the clock, days and nights, and recruited people to help him issue more visas. The lives of many more Jews got saved this way.
This was a very dangerous act, but still deserving of admiration.
Prior to his leaving a mission of Jews from the Vilna Synagogue came to thank him.
“What you have done for the Jewish People will never be forgotten, and we will pray to God to bless you and your descendants.”
This wonderful person returned to Japan, and miraculously all his punishment was that he was fired and lost his pension.
In order to help his family, he started a small workshop.
His name was Mitsubishi.
In the centre of the city of Kiev, there’s a statue in memory of the all-powerful leader of the Ukraine, Bogdan Khmelnitsky. He is shown sitting on the back of a beautiful horse, his right hand holding a sword and pointing up, towards the sky. He is the epitome of Ukraine’s independence. Khmelnitsky is the pride of the Ukrainians, and all visitors are impressed by the beauty of the statue of the great leader. But many do not know that Khmelnitsky was a beastly anti-Semite ( anti Jews). On his conscience were many pogroms against the Jews, burning down of towns and villages, and the blood of many innocent Jews. How many future-geniuses, who could have been great achievers, were lost to the world. His ruthless thugs had no mercy for women or children.
These are historical facts. A lot sorrow brought the accursed Khmelnitsky to the land of Ukraine.
But in one town, the pogrom was especially horrible. Khmelnitsky and his thugs, drunken on Jewish blood, robbed and destroyed all the homes of the Jews. The boys and the girls were taken to the Synagogue and were all burnt without mercy.
All that was left of this town was its name, and not one living Jew.
But centuries later the punishment came!
The name of this town is Chernobyl, and in the exact place that the Synagogue used to be, was the Nuclear Plant # 4 of the infamous power plant known in the tragedy that occurred in this town, was wiped out in hours.
The message is, do good things, your next generation will get the fruits !
KARMA AND FREEDOM
Learn to become wise. Learn to discriminate. Learn to control thoughts and desires. Watch your thoughts carefully. Do not allow any evil thought to enter the gates of the mental factory. Nip it in the bud. Always entertain holy, sublime thoughts and desires. Renounce unholy thoughts and unholy desires. Develop passion for Self-realisation. This one strong and holy desire will annihilate all other worldly desires. Understand well the theory of Karma. Cut the three knots of Avidya and realise Satchidananda. Then you are beyond the operation of the law of Karma. Then you are a Jivanmukta or a liberated sage even while living. This is the highest goal of life. This is your highest duty. All other duties are secondary and self-imposed through Abhimana, ignorance and delusion (Excerpts from, “Practice of Karma yoga” by Sri Swami Sivananda).
Let us consciously energise only good thoughts by GF’ Grace and practice the presence of the Lord every moment to experience the highest Bliss or Ananda, which is our True nature.