The earlier diaries from 1 to 9 roughly narrate the activities of Great Saint Ushaji at the holy Dham of Vrindaban. However, every year religiously She went on a pilgrimage after Janmashtmi to Nandgaon for a span of three to four days to facilitate Her reaching Vrindaban around the Navratras.
Very unlike Her Barsana sojourn, merely Saint Sheelaji , Vijayji and an Auntie would accompany Her in the tour to Nandgaon. One fine day in 1991, She had asked all of us to assemble at Nandgaon after Sri Radhashtmi Utsav, which enabled most of us to have a glimpse of the Divinity She enjoyed there. Often She guided us to nearby Leela-sthalis including the famous Sadhan-sthali of Balkrishnadassji Maharajji ( Guru of Manohar Bhaiyaji .....Affectionate Saint : Sri Manohar Baba ) )
Saint Ushaji's active schedule while in Nandgaon can be summed up as under:---
- A morning kirtan was followed by a holy dip in the Nandgaon-Pokhar instead of Yamunaji. Later on there was a similar schedule up to 10 am as the one in Vrindaban , explained in the 1, 2 and 3rd diaries earlier.
- More often than not after 10 am , She went for a darshan of the well-known Lord Krishna -Balramji temple .
- Soon after paying Her respect to Lord Krishna -Balramji temple Saint Ushaji would return to Thakurji for the lunch-Bhog and other responsibilities as stated in the 11 am to 4 pm diary 6 of Divine Great Saint Ushaji .
v) Another quaint characteristic of Saint Ushaji's Nandgaon stay was the total absence of the 4 to 6 pm assembly otherwise so regular a feature at Vrindaban ( 4pm to 8 pm diary 7 ). Incidentally, sometimes all by Herseld, She ventured to nearby Leela-sthalis and experienced several Divine Leelas from Sakhaji.
Now you will obviously ask who is Sakhaji ? He is a divinity of Gaulok , who had first appeared before Saint Ushaji Bahinji on Her birthday ( 30th July , 1954 ) and instantly began imparting Lord Sri Krishna leelas to the innermost circle of devotees popularly called the parikar. In fact, her divine encounters with Thakurji reveal that a sort of ancient Acharya Vallabhachryaji on GITAJI -Goswami Tulsidassji- Soordass Bhakti-yuga was re-enacted in the Bobo era too ( 30th July 1925 to 20th Feb 1992 ). Before Teacher's Day. when great devotees of the Lord are incarnated, they generally come together in a parikar or divine group so that their time on Earth is not wasted on worldly people but fruitfully spent in spiritual satsang . To quote from The Divinised Humanity : Saint Ushaji :
"Her birth on 30th July, 1925 ------surprisingly, it is the Sravan month, which had the privilege to bring Rev. Ushaji on this corporeal land. And again, it is the same day and month when Sakhaji- a divine personality in celestial form, advents in the life of Ushaji to reveal esoteric secrets of Golokdham" .
As for Great Saint Ushaji, Thakurji-sewa was always sacrosanct, way above anything else . Her activities after 7 pm Bhog were usually the same as in Vrindaban ...8 pm to 9.30 pm diary 8 illustrates this.
The above account in brief, sums up Her short stay in Nandgaon every year. While in Nandgaon several Braj denizens would bring bhiksha for Her. Hence many a times a full-time kitchen like the one at Vrindaban was not required; only a make-shift one for tea in the morning or milk at night would do. Brijwasis were bursting with pride when they got food for Her as they very well knew that such a genre of great Saints was virtually impossible to come by.
Though a great sage Herself and thus always in favour of simple or saatvic food , She would not rebuff the innocent Brajwasis who brought spicy bhiksha or offerings for Her! Highly commendable was Her commitment for Braj and its residents --- BRAJWASIN TE HARI KI SHOBHA .......
BOLO NANDGAON AUR WAHAN KE Lord Krishna -Balramji temple KI JAI !
The Vrindaban, Goverdhan, Barsana
A) At the holy Dham of Vrindaban ( Mathura ) :---
- 3.30 am to 5 am diary 1 of Divine Great Saint Ushaji
- 5 am to 6 am diary 2 of Divine Great Saint Ushaji
- 6 am to 10 am diary 3 of Divine Great Saint Ushaji
- 10 am to 11 am diary 4 of Divine Great Saint Ushaji
- At times from 10 am to 11 am diary 5 of Divine Great Saint Ushaji
- 11 am to 4 pm diary 6 of Divine Great Saint Ushaji
- 4pm to 8 pm diary 7 of Divine Great Saint Ushaji
- 8 pm to 9.30 pm diary 8 of Divine Great Saint Ushaji
B ) The aforesaid 24 hour diary 1 to 9 of Divine Great Saint Ushaji closely narrates the activities of Great Saint Ushaji at the holy Dham of Vrindaban. However, every year without fail She used to go on pilgrimage after Janmashtmi to
- Goverdhan for 3-4 days ...GOVERDHAN diary 10 of Divine Great Saint Ushaji
- Barsana for 15 days to celebrate Lalita-chhath and Sri Radhashtmi ... BARSANA diary 11 of Divine Great Saint Ushaji
- Nandgaon for 3-4 days so as to enable Her to reach Vrindavan around the Navratras....NANDGAON diary 12 of Divine Great Saint Ushaji
I am certain that the above narrative will throw fresh light on the life of great Saint Ushaji of http://hariharji.blogspot.com fame. Probably it is the direct fruition of the 3 divine scriptures' and their grace or Granth-kripa. Let us bow to the lotus feet of the Bhagwadgita, Ramayana and Bhagwatam with great humility since it is virtually impossible for anyone to truly understand a Saint.
On dredging up old memories I recall, She was already 38 years old when I, Her nephew, took birth in this world . Ever since childhood I closely watched my Bua's or aunt's daily routine .The impressions or sanskars of Her divine life are rather permanently, deeply and poignantly etched in my mindset, heart and soul.
One such observation inspires me to continuously bow to Her holy feet ( Adi Shankracharyaji says Amba twaam i.e. O Mother Gitaji .... ) and keenly imbibe Her sublime actions since Brahmmoohoorat in the morning to Shayan of Her Thakurji or Lord Radha-Krishna Yugal sarkar at 9.30 pm. Be it Swami Vivekananda or Swami Sivanandaji of Divine Life Society, Rishikesh or Swami Ramdevji's tour to USA , UK in July-Aug, 2008 , on every TV channel as of now there is emphasis on getting up early much before sunrise for a better well-being and Saint Ushaji was practicing it since 1931, from childhood.
The 'Gita' says MAHAJANA SA PANTHA . Her followers also developed the same habit of rising early and beginning the day by reciting Lord Sri Hari's names . Chanting of the following Mahamantra day in and day out, without a break, was Her greatest virtue :
"Hare Ram Hare Ram Ram Ram Hare Hare
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare"
Now let all of us bow with deep respect to the Holy feet for our sincere most devotion to Thakurji, His pious name, sewa around the clock, Vrindavan Dham and Yamunaji.
Sometimes you would be wondering what is a parikar ?
In most of the sacred writings, you shall find a mention of the word Parikar. A Parikar is a group of associates who usually accompany a Saint or a Mahatma whenever He is incarnated so that His time in this world is purposefully spent.......January 2007's special edition is beautifully worded: .
i) Whenever our Guru Lord Shiva performs some leela, His Divine Consort Maa Parvatji, Lord Ganesha, Kartikeyaji , Nandi and Mount Kailash are always present .
Revered Great Saint Ushaji firmly believed that Sri Shivji is the Paramguru of all Vaishnavas . One fine day when a person specifically asked Her, who` was her guru, She was absolutely silent. Soon enough Lord Siva appeared before Her and tapped Her forehead with His trident or Trishul, confirming Her deep faith in Him as well as His complete acceptance of Her as a disciple.
It`s Sri Shivji who goes in the garb of a Madari to Ayodhya on Sri Ramjanam or ventures to Gokul as Sadhu Baba on Sri Krishanjanam . Who can possibly be more unassuming as well as superior to Lord Shiva?... As of now let us bow at the lotus feet of the Bhagwadgita , Ramayana and Bhagwatam most humbly.
ii) In Hindu mythology Brahma-Vishnu -Mahesh are Adi-Parikar or the i referred to in all Holy Scriptures since time immemorial. Our 3 divine scriptures, the 'Gita', 'Ramayana' and 'Bhagwatam' are the book-form of Adi-Parikar to show the path to a Godly person and make Lord Sri Krishna ecstatic........ In Lord Vishnu 's Vaikuntha ( total 27 links for Sri Vishnu Sahastranam ) , Goddess Laxmi , Sheshnaag ( Lord Balramji ), the security guards Jai coupled with Vijay are always present. The popular sage Naradji, Sanak-Sananandan and so on often go for Vishnuji's Darshan .to .Vaikuntha, as the third page from Srimad Bhagwatam indicates.
This concept of Adi-Parikar is truly evident when Lord Krishna appears in His Vishroop-Darshan, cosmic form to Arjuna in Chapter XI of the 'Gita' . Arjuna can clearly see:
- 12 types of Sun .... the Godly form of Sun Deity in Gitaji
- 8 types of Vasus ...is the Sanatan Dharma only for Indians ?
- 11 types of Rudras .... the divine lap of God Sri Hari or Lord Shiva
- 2 types of Aswinikumars ....For any diseases bow humbly at the holy feet of Doctor Dhanvantri , the 18th incarnation of Lord Sri Hari
- 49 types of wind -Gods ...An independent team of Zee news has also discovered Ramji sites in Sri Lanka
- Arjuna is overawed by many other marvelous forms , weapons , mouths, ornaments , garlands , clothes , gods and so on and so forth ... Krishnaay Vaasudevay Harye Parmatmane , Pranatkleshnashay Govinday namoh namah
iii) During the era of Lord Rama, Bharat,Shatrughan,Laxmanji and Lord Hanuman were also incarnated. Millions of years down the line, sage Yagvalkyaji and Goswami Tulsidassji eulogized Him marvellously as we can gather ,.after listening to the 'Sunderkand' at CHITRAKOOT
iv) One can see that during the era of Lord Krishna ("KRISHNAM VANDE JAGADGURU" ) Lord Balramji, Shukdevji Maharaj, Udhavji , Arjuna and king Parikshit also took birth. The same is true of sage Vedvyasji ; ancient Acharya Ramanujacharyaji; Acharya Madhvacharyaji, Acharya Vallabhachryaji, Acharya Nimbarkacharyaji and Adi Shankacharyaji.
In Vrindaban, God has appeared in the form of Banke Bihariji or He is worshipped as Sri Radhavallabh or revered as Sri Radharamanji .At the Pushti Sampradaya of Acharya Vallabhachryaji, He' s loved as Sri Nathji . Who can even attempt to speak of the greatest glory of Sri Radhaji ? She is the Paramacharya or Rasguru of all Rasik Bhaktas..3 in 1 are Sri Radha Ramanji's darshan .
Sri Vrindaban Dham 's periphery is comprised of Sri Yamunaji, Sri Girirajji, Barsana, Nandgaon , Gokul, Mahavan, Kaamvan and so on, encompassing the entire Braj Bhoomi of 84 kos . Sri Krishna Karnamrit is a Sanskrit stotra of 112 verses in praise of Lord Krishna...Sakhaji's blessings on 30th July , Boboji's b'day
Matter of factly if Sri Rambhaktas found immense pleasure in Chitrakoot , Ayodhaya, Saryuji , Nandigram and the rest, the Shiva devotees deeply cherished Holy Kailash, Ganges, Rishikesh ,Kedarnath, 12 Jyotirlings,Narmadaji and so on. The run of the mill pilgrims enjoyed visiting the four Dhams of Dwarka, Badrinath, Sri Jagannath Puri and Rameswaram .
v) During the time span of Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Nimai-Haridassji , Srivasji and the rest also took birth. His contemporaries include Saint Gyaneshwarji ; Namdevji Maharaj ; Samarth Ramdasji Maharaj ; Saint Meera Bai ;Acharya Vallabhachryaj and so on,.
v) When Swami Ramakrishan Paramhans was alive, the very pious Swami Vivekananda, Brahmananda and others were also incarnated.
vii) In the beginning of the 20 th Century, under the direct heavenly guidance of Lord Vishnuji , Seth Goenkaji , Sri Hanuman Prasad Poddarji and Sri Radha Baba started an institution called the 'Gita Press' or 'Kalyan' , in Gorakhpur. It has such a divine and wonderful set-up that many saints have graduated from it, Swami Ramsukhdassji Maharaj of Gita-Darpan to name one of them.
A flock of contemporary Saints include Sitaram Onkarji Maharaj -- Brahamleen Devaria Baba---Rev. Anandmayi Maa –Raman maharishi ---Hari Baba –Oriya Baba –Bare Baba –Sri Laxmanjoo Maharaj of Kashmir –Sri Gayaprasad Panditji - Sri Sripad Baba ---Bhaktmaliji –Teen Kauri Babaji – Ananddass Baba–Nanagaru-Swami Hitdassji Maharaj---Lalitacharan Goswami---Maan Anandibai .Asaramji--Parthasarthyji
viii) The era of Swami Sivanandaji of Divine Life Society, Rishikesh had His faction of most able disciples like Swami Paramanananda ; Swami Chidananda ; Swami Krishnananda ;Swami Krishnananda ;Swami Venkatesananda;Swami Dayananda;Swami Madhavananda;Swami Vishnudevananda;Swami Chinmayananda;Swami Satyananda;Swami Satchidananda ;Swami Jyotirmayananda;Swami Sivananda-Hridayananda;Swami Premananda;Swami Devananda ;Dr. Devaki.Kutty Mataji and others.
ix) For your information at the time of 20th Century's Lord Chaitanya:Sri Maharajji, His famous disciples like affectionate saint Manohar Baba also took birth on earth.
x) Let me endorse that during the time span of Great Saint Ushaji, Saint Susheelaji , poojya Dharamji,Santoshji, Manohar Bhaiyaji, Lalitji , Pushpa Grover, Vimla Nevile, Lalit Babhuta ,Sheela Bahinji , all Aunties and Vijayji and Bihari Bhai-Banwari Bhai also appeared .
This was certainly pre-destined as from 1954 onwards, Sakhaji arrival from Divine Gaulok became a regular feature, so this trio of Ushaji, Susheelaji as well as Dharamji used to enjoy the ethereal bliss of Leelas as friends..... Modern Meerabai : Saint Ushaji
Now you will question who is Sakhaji? Sakhaji is a divinity of Gaulok, who had first appeared before Saint Ushaji -Bahinji on Her birthday ( 30th July , 1954 ) and started imparting Lord Sri Krishna's leelas to the innermost circle of devotees popularly called the Parikar. In fact, her divine interactions with Thakurji reveal that a course of events of the Acharya Vallabhachryaji-Goswami Tulsidassji- Soordass Bhakti-yuga was replicated in the Bobo era too ( 30th July 1925 to 20th Feb 1992 ).
Before Teacher's Day when great Devotees of the Lord are incarnated , they generally come together in a Parikar or Divine Group so that their time on Earth is not idled away with worldly people but purposefully spent in true Spiritual Satsang . To quote from 'The Divinised Humanity: Saint Ushaji ':
"Her birth on 30th July, 1925 ------surprisingly, it is the Sravan month, which had the privilege to bring Rev. Ushaji on this corporeal land. And again, it is the same day and month when Sakhaji- a divine personality in celestial form, advents in the life of Ushaji to reveal esoteric secrets of Golokdham" 10 am to 11 am diary 4 of Divine Great Saint Ushaji.
The above paragraph mentions that Saint Ushaji's birthday was also the appearance day of Sakhaji , a divinity from Gaulok , who became a powerful medium of Lord Sri Krishna leelas to the innermost circle of devotees popularly called the Parikar. Hence on Her 82nd birthday on 30th July , 2007 the following words were movingly recited by our revered Susheela Bahinji before all those present :-----
SADA NAAH KE NEH MEIN , PAGI RAHO DIN RAIN ,
ROOP RASASAV MUTT NIT , RAHHIN PRAN MUN NAIN ,
VE TUM PE RIJHE RAHAIN , TUM UNMEIN SARSAHU ,
PREM NEM RAS REEJH KO , HOHAHINH NITYA NIBHAU
The stanza means may the divine love of Lord Sri Krishna be with us always ! The more interested readers may open page 348 of 'Leela RasTarangini' ( part II ) for more details 21st book is...
Hence we gather that the list can be endless, it all depends on one's bhavna or feelings. Let's be humble and bow to the holy feet of all of them as so beautifully explained in the Holy Granth 'Bhaktamaal' --"Bhakt, Bhagwant, Guru ...................."
The above referred Great Saint Ushaji of http://hariharji.blogspot.com/ fame took renunciation at an early age and lived thereafter throughout Her life span at the holy Dham of Vrindaban. Her Ishtdev was Lord Radha Krishna but Shivji was Her Guru . By launching a site on Her, we propose to bring the entire gamut of Her pious ideals before the devotional world .
Saint Ushaji was affectionately addressed as elder sister or Boboji by Her devotees . She was a rare, unique Mahatma who firmly believed in all branches of Sanatan Dharma. Far more than a Sadhu or Saint, she was an institution by Herself, deeply engrossed in the celestial nectar of Lord Radha-Krishna'a divine play. In class with Goswami Tulsidassji 500 years ago, She was the binding force between Shaivs and Vaishnavas. Ushaji had great reverence not only for the Gita & Bhagavatam but also the Ramayana, Shankracharyaji's stotarams and the rest as described in the. ...Vrindaban-Goverdhan-Barsana
Be it Swami Vivekananda or Swami Sivanandaji of Divine Life Society, Rishikesh or Swami Ramdevji's tour to USA , UK in July-Aug, 2008 ,every TV channel lays emphasis on waking up much before sunrise for better health & wisdom . Saint Ushaji was practicing it since 1931, since childhood. And the 'Gita' says MAHAJANA SA PANTHA .Her followers also adopted the same habit of rising early and began the day with Lord Sri Hari's names. Religiously chanting of the Mahamantra day in and day out without a pause was Her greatest virtue:
"Hare Ram Hare Ram Ram Ram Hare Hare
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare"
Let us all most humbly bow at the Holy feet for dedicated devotion to Thakurji, His pious name, seva around the clock, Vrindaban Dham and Yamunaji .