Monday, November 8, 2010

Baba Shri Manohar Das ji, the Pride of the Spiritual World-VII

Brahma, the Creator

After going for bhiksha (begging for cooked food)Baba was enchanted by Vrindavan forever. And at the same time, he abandoned the thought of going elsewhere from Vrindavan. He sensitively observed that saints are even greater than Brahma,(the Supreme Being in his capacity as creator of the world).


Thereafter, Manohar Baba offered his entire being at the holy feet of Shri Maharaj ji and began the regime of having satsang ( a congregation gathered to worship and sing bhajans) with Shri Balkrishan Das ji Maharaj, after this episode. Maharaj ji explained the particular method of doing bhajan (singing hymns of a devotional nature for a deity) to Baba and strengthened bhakti or religious devotion and asceticism in him, simultaneously.


Nandgaon

Shri Maharaj ji made Baba take a tour of Nandgaon and other sites of the Braj Mandal (the area containing the major Krishna shrines and sites around Vrindavan,U.P.) on foot and explained their majestic glory in detail. He kept showering Baba with constant affection, and sowed the seeds of love for Priya-Priyatam


Shri Radha-Krishna

(There is no greater symbol to denote the longing of the soul in its quest for the divine than the longing of Radha for Krishna, her beloved). In fact, Manohar Baba learnt to relish the rasa of Shri Radha-Krishna's madhurya or sweet romance from Maharaj ji.


Shri Balkrishan Das ji Maharaj, Sakhyahari ji and Manohar Das ji

Meanwhile the health of revered Manohar Baba was on the decline. For this very reason, revered Maharaj ji called Sakhya Hari, Baba's elder brother from Maheshwar, to Vrindavan and sent Baba back home with him. But Baba did not like it at all there. He wrote a letter to Maharaj ji and appealed, “I can not come due to ill health so why don't you oblige me, by giving your darshan.”


The instant he got this letter Maharaj ji, got up and left for Maheshwar precisely as he was.En route, the ticket checker made him get down from the train since he was travelling without a ticket. He walked constantly without a break and steadily advanced ahead on the path.Fatigued due to walking non-stop for a great distance, he lay down beneath a tree.


Banks of the River Narmada in Maheshwar

Lord Krishna who is in the power of his devotees, dwells in the heart of bhaktas and is a repository of affection, transported Maharaj ji to Maheshwar. On waking up, He found Himself sleeping on the ghats of river Narmada.Soon after, Shri Maharaj ji went to Baba's house. That is when Sakhya Hari ji, the elder brother of Baba, attended to the needs of Maharaj ji with due respect. He had blisters and bruises erupting all over his feet due to walking endlessly at a stretch. Sakhya Hari ji massaged his feet with ghee etcetera and looked after him conscientiously.


Vrindavan, where Lord Krishna Forever Dwells

At the other end Baba returned to Vrindavan due to an ardent longing. On arriving at the dham, when he got the news that revered Maharaj ji had left for Maheshwar, he forayed back to Maheshwar once again.


Hari Sankirtan

On Baba's arrival, revered Maharaj ji had a sankirtan (glorifying Shri Hari in a collective recitation) of the mahamantra done and did satsang (a congregation gathered to worship and sing bhajans).


Banks of the River Yamuna in Vrindavan

In the year 1945 revered Maharaj ji left his place of residence situated in Govind Bag and began staying in an extremely ancient temple located in the Ranapati Ghat on banks of the river Yamuna in Vrindavan. An extremely attractive idol of the river Ganges sculpted in white marble and measuring five feet in length, was enshrined there.


Manohar Baba also began staying with Maharaj ji permanently in this set up. Revered Devi ji had taken the shelter of Balkrishan Das ji Maharaj ji and begun living here from the year 1946 onwards.In strict accordance to the orders of revered Maharaj ji, Baba and Devi ji would chant the mahamantra three lakh times every single day of the month.While staying in this very temple, revered Shri Maharaj ji would write compositions for satsang for a span of several hours, without fail. (page 357 of 'Smriti Kaumudi,' the memoirs of Manohar Baba)

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