Monday, December 13, 2010

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

Dark-hued Krishna Roaming in Vrindavan
On his return to Vrindavan it was learnt that Maharaj ji had lived in Radhanpur (Gujarat) during this long span of six months. Actually speaking he had taken this course of action to distance himself from Manohar Baba.

Baba & Devi ji with Shri Balkrishan Das ji Maharaj

In the year 1955, a programme of Shri Maharaj ji going on a pilgrimage to Rameshwaram along with his religious family was made. After a period of 20 long years, Shri Maharaj ji also visited his home at that point of time. Manohar Baba went along on this religious sojourn apart from revered Devi ji, Thakur ji, Kusum ji and Krishna ji.

Manohar Baba clicked several photographis of this journey with his camera. At Shri Maharaj ji's house when his mother asked Baba to, “Look after Kumar (her young prince) who was her wealth”, Baba's eyes streamed with tears and his throat became choked with emotion.

After having darshan of


Tirupati Balaji

The Meenakshi Temple

and other pilgrimage sites along with Shri Maharaj ji,Baba returned to Vrindavan after some days. On his return from the pilgrimage to Rameshwaram, Shri Maharaj ji left Ganga Mandir and began living in Shri Lalu Goswami's Gopal Mandir situated on Yugal Ghat, along with his entire parikar (inner circle of devotees), in the year 1955.

Sri Krishna & Balaram Leaving for Mathura

Once Manohar Baba went along with highly revered Shri Maharaj ji to see the raas lila .The Uddhava Lila was going on there.This divine play touched his heart strings so deeply that Baba felt as if Lord Sri Krishna has actually abandoned Braj and gone, and would never return as of now. Simultaneously tears began to flow from Baba's eyes which went on streaming constantly for a span of three days. Day in and day out, Baba would keep sitting in one fixed posture in the Gopal Mandir.

Vasudeva Escaping with Baby Krishna

Seeing this pitiable condition of his, Shri Maharaj ji asked, “Manohar ji! Why do you weep, after all ? Above all, where did the Sri Krishna of Braj step out of Braj? Vasudev ji had got the divinely majestic form of Sri Krishna, the son of Vasudev, which merged with the sweet form of Sri Krishna, the son of Yashoda. And He was the one who triumphed over the demonic forces which continually attacked the area. The very same Sri Krishna who was an embodiment of majestic grandeur went along with Akroor ji to Mathura once again.

Whereas the Lila Bihari (one who playfully dallies) stayed on in Braj and will do so forever. 'Vrindavan parityajya paadmekan na gachati,' and that is when Baba was somehow pacified.

The Shrimad Bhagavat

Once a desire to study the 'Shrimad Bhagavat' as per the prescribed rules, arose in Manohar Baba's mind. He arranged to read it extensively for this very reason. One fine day as Manohar Baba took his volume and was about to go for study, revered Shri Maharaj ji intervened, “Manohar ji, I feel like having tea today.' The instant Maharaj ji made this plea, Baba kept his edition on the table and began to make tea.

Sri Hari

Thereafter, the two of them began singing the glories of Sri Hari and finally Baba could not go for studying the scripture. The next day when Baba was again ready to leave for the sake of reading the 'Srimad Bhagavad',Shri Maharaj ji quizzed, “Will you not make me have tea today?” (Page 365 of 'Smriti Kaumudi',the memoirs of Manohar Baba)

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