Thursday, April 24, 2008

Diary 5 of Divine Great Saint Ushaji: 10am to 11am

Usha Bahenji Fondly Called Bobo

Earlier I had dwelt upon Great Saint Ushaji activities from 10am to 11am when She was at home or Saints would drop in. On certain days She spent this hour in the following fashion.

The Srimad Bhagavat

i) Once in a while she went to listen to Srimad Bhagawat Katha or Ramayana by a Saint in Vrindaban. A particular incident comes to my mind. While in Delhi, I was a regular listener to Pandit Trilokmohanji's Ramayana in R.K. Mission on Saturday and at different temples on Sunday. One day he was to deliver a lecture at Vrindaban in the famous Ram Jiwai Satsang Centre and I made it a point to inform Saint Ushaji by post. And soon enough by next week I received a pleasant inland letter from Her confirming that She actually went to Ram Jiwai Satsang Centre at the scheduled time and listened to Pandit Trilokmohanji! I was dumbfounded at Her commitment ,even though She did not know Him she had made an effort to go and listen to his sermon.

Sripad Baba

ii) Occasionally She utilised this hour to welcome Guru Saints like poojya Maharajji Ananddass Baba, Sripad Baba who could drop in all of a sudden to have Thakurji's darshan.

At times poojya Maharajji {18th Feb,2008 is jayanti} of Swami Ramkrishan Paramhansa fame, Ananddass Baba of A Great Sriram - Hanumaan Devotee fame, Sripad Baba would also visit Saint Ushaji 's home during this time slot. Saint Ushaji was very modest and used to bow at the holy feet of these saints. She personally looked into the milk and fruit which was offered to them, examining the minutest details.

Since Saint Ushaji lived on a pittance, sometimes an awkward situation arose when there was no milk or fruit at home to serve them. So either an Auntie, Vijayji or me would rush secretly to market for fetching the necessary items. Now I may have a lopsided smile while writing this piece, but in those days under such a condition it was certainly unnerving. Perhaps Saint Ushaji wanted us to pass through an agni-pariksha or so it seems. In the sweltering heat of June or the bitterly cold winds of January trudging on foot was an ordeal indeed.

But the foremost point to remember is how modest She was regarding all Saints. Tremendous respect She had for each one of them and employed all the possible resources available at Her command to serve them. Her persona spoke volumes of Her pristine dedication to Saints.

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