“I am the Vine, and you are the branches” (Jn.15:5)
I was a Hindu Brahmin known as Pandit Janki Das. This tradition we obtained from our ancestors who owned Temples, and were basically Orthodox Brahmins known as “Pandits” serving God and offering poojas on behalf of others as mediators. I was specially selected and dedicated by my family for this purpose in early childhood. My family members still worship their own Gods.
When Jesus called me, I asked him, Lord! You called me, but what about my family members? They have’nt heard about you or seen you, how will they be saved? Jesus answered, “I’ve called you not for your own sake, but for your family members and the whole world. Through you I am going to save many souls. I will entrust you my mission by anointing you powerfully. “I chose you before I gave you life, and before you were born, I selected you to be a prophet to the nations (Jer. 1:5). Thus, one day through your faith, love and prayer I will change the life of your parents and family members. They will come to me and believe in me, accept me as the only Lord, God and Saviour of their life. “Believe in the Lord Jesus, you and your family will be saved” (Acts 16:31). And I believe Jesus Christ is the living God. “ Heaven and earth will pass away but my words will not pass away” “And so, in honour of the name of Jesus all beings in heaven, on earth, and in the world below will fall on their knees”. (Phil. 2:10).
6 years ago I used to go house to house and even in temples for performing poojas, and the builders, film directors and actors believed my every word and acted accordingly. My life was moving smoothly, I earned Rs.15,000/- to Rs.20,000/- per month. Inspite of all this I felt some emptiness within me, and I did not know what it was. As usual at noon, I was passing through near Nana Nani Park, Seven Bungalows, Andheri (W). Suddenly I heard a voice calling my name “Janki Das”. I looked, who it was calling me but there was none. I walked ahead and a second time I heard “Janki Das”, and I looked, who it was calling me but there was none. Again I walked, a third time I heard my name being called “Janki Das” and the words “you are going everywhere, but why are you not coming to me?” I looked back, there was only a Cross and a man crucified on it, the voice repeatedly ringing in my ears which said “Janki Das”……… I did not know who he was. Is he calling me and what’s His name. I went near the Cross and knelt down, and the very first word I uttered unknowingly, and through this my whole life was changed. The very word is “Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia”.
“Before the world was created, the Word already existed; He was with God, and the Word was God Himself” (Jn 1:1). The very word is Jesus Christ which entered my life and filled my emptiness with His Peace. That is why Heb 4:12 is very true … “ The word of God is alive and active, sharper than any double-edged sword. It cuts all the way through, to where soul and spirit meet, to where joints and marrow come together. It judges the desires and thoughts of man’s heart”.
For about half an hour I praised Him with the word “Alleluia”. As a result, my heart was filled with joy which was the first miracle in my life. The word Gal 5:22 – explains “Joy is the fruit of the Holy Spirit”. Next day again I came, I praised God. To my surprise, one man handed me a Bible saying, “Take and read”. I told him, I preach about all Hindu Scriptures, what is your Bible compared to these?. Again he said, “Take and read”. I took and read but understood nothing. I tried to understand with my own wisdom. But Jesus says in 1 Cor 1:27 “God purposely chose what the world considers nonsense in order to shame the wise”.
During this period the Lord worked a lot of miracles in my life. Amidst this, one person told me to attend one prayer service in Mumbai. That day I experienced a great miracle while listening to the word Rom 3:2 “Everyone has sinned and has fallen short of the Glory of God”. Then I thought, if we are all sinners then who can survive in this world. For all those gods whom I worshipped they all came to destroy one another. “The thief comes in order to steal, kill and destroy. I have come in order that you might have life .. life in all its fullness” (Jn 10:10). I pondered deeply and I heard a scripture – Rom 5:8 “while we were still sinners, Christ dies for us” Thus, God has shown us how much he loves us. This verse I heard for the very first time that there is indeed one God who came to save sinners from their sins. Never before did I hear this word. The prayer meeting was going on and constantly my mind’s focus was on two things :
(1)From today Jesus Christ is the only God of my life.
(2) I am a sinner and Jesus is my Saviour. Because Jesus says, Joshua 24:15 “So, today you have to decide as to whom you will worship”.
When I had the true knowledge of God, I stopped worshipping other gods. After this there came a time of test.
“Be glad about this; even though it may now be necessary for you to be sad for a while because of the many kinds of trials you suffer”.
When my parents came to know all about me they rejected me just as people rejected Christ. And so the word is very true, the stone which the builders rejected became the “Corner Stone”.
For those who received him and believed in him, he gave them the right to become God’s children. My own rejected and abandoned me (Is 49:15). So the Lord answers, “Can a woman forget her own baby and not love the child she bore? Even if a mother, should forget her child, “I will never forget you”. Earlier I earned Rs.15,000/- to Rs.20,000/- per month, but now it came to just 15 rupees and I felt like everything is over. But again Jesus answered me through this word (Mt. 28:18-20) “ I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Go, then, to all peoples everywhere and make them my disciples; baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teach them to obey everything I have commanded you. And I will be with you always, to the end of the age”.
Then one person told me to attend a Retreat at Tabor Ashram. I went and attended. Came back. Then I was guided and helped to go to Divine Muringoor for Retreat. In that retreat God gave me one message Lk 24:49 “And I myself will send upon you what my father has promised. But you must wait in the city until the power from above comes down upon you”. In obedience to this message I stayed there and waited in prayer for 6 months. As a result, miraculously I received Baptism. In the Holy Bible how Abram became Abraham, Jacob named Israel, Simon called Peter, Saul known as Paul, in the same way, Janki Das is now known as Mario Das.
From there God led me to Arunachal Pradesh, Assam. I stayed there preaching for 3 months in the hilly area and my eyes could not believe such great miracles Jesus performed – blind could see, deaf hear, lame walk. Those who came with sticks walking across the hills went without any support and the old ones felt their youth restored as that of eagles. Through this, God told me, Mario Das, under the sky and above the earth there is no other God, besides me. I came back to Mumbai and visited those families where I offered poojas earlier, but this time I went with “Message of Salvation”. Hearing my message of conversion many started believing in Jesus Christ, the true God. Now I do not earn Rs.15,000/- to Rs.20,000/- per month, I do not have all what I had before; but what I have now is so precious, so costly, so important which the world cannot buy or get with money i.e. the Living God, Lord of Lords, King of Kings, Prince of Peace, the one and only God Jesus Christ. Thus, God has changed my life not only for me, but also for thousands of others. He takes me to different corners of India …….