Once, when Lord Rama was together with his wife Sita and brother Laxman, Laxman reflected over their long ten years of forest life and talked about those hermits whom they met there and some of whose names they had forgotten. Rama told them that their presence is a blessing in disguise for the world and remembering their names is not as important as experiencing their presence.
Sita took no time to ask Rama, “How does being alone in the woods support humanity?” Here is the summary of Ram’s answer.
With a wide smile on his face Rama replied.
“It is just like how the Sun heats us. The closer the saints are the more those bright rays of their inner knowledge and strength enrich our subtle body. Even though they don’t speak much, we get more than we deserve. Only if we keep all the doors of our mind and wisdom wide open and sit at their feet, we get access to their self. Once we approach them in the humility of a beggar and open our mind, they share with us their power which they had obtained through continued penance.” Further, he turned to Laxman and said, “Laxman, only a few fortunate get chances to see such saints.”