From “Man’s Eternal Quest”
Sri Paramahansa Yogananda says
I remember the first time I used dynamic will to help others. My friend and I were just little boys then. One day I said to him, “We are going to feed five hundred people.”
“But we haven’t a paisa! “ he exclaimed. “We are going to do it just the same,” I assured him. “And I think the money is going to come through you.” “That is impossible!” he scoffed. An intuitive conviction prompted me to say: “Don’t offend your mother in any way. Do whatever she asks you to do.” One day later he came running and told me this story.” I was bathing and Mother called me. I was going to say, ‘Don’t bother me now while I am bathing,’ but instead I asked her what she wanted. She told me to go and see my aunt who lived nearby. I said, ‘All right.’
“ When I went to see my aunt, the first thing she said to me was, ‘Who is this crazy boy you are mixing with? Have you lost your mind? What is this I hear about your feeding five hun- dred people?’ I was angry with her. ‘I must leave now,’ I told her, and started to go. But she stopped me, saying, ‘Your friend may be crazy, but his idea is good. Here are twenty rupees.’”
The boy had nearly fainted with surprise. He ran to me at once to tell me the news. When we went to buy the rice and other things, the people in the neighborhood had already heard of our plan, and added more food. In the end we fed two thou- sand people! The same divinely charged will power also brought about the first library I founded, Saraswat Library in Calcutta.