Tuesday, January 18, 2011

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

Shri Manohar Baba
Bajpai ji enthused, “You are worried about my financial status. But you have no inkling that ever since you came home my income has increased considerably and this was never the case ealier. Just have a look at my earnings, as of today.” Exulting so, he kept his wallet before Baba. Recollecting the spontaneous grace of the Supreme Being, Baba began weeping. Seeing him cry, the Mandakini (stream of the celestial Ganges) of affection flowed down the cheeks of his entire family, as tears. Later on, Baba left for Vrindavan.

When revered Manohar Baba was asked to vacate his kutiya he readily accepted the decision.He stayed for some days at the house of Gitavanti Mata ji, where Shri Usha Bahenji used to live earlier. Meanwhile Shri Usha Bahen ji lived in Barhi Kunj during this time span.

The Festival of Holi

From there Manohar Baba went to Lalit Bahen ji's place so that Usha Bahenji could celebrate the festival of holi at Gitavanti Mata ji's house. Later on he stayed at the residence of Shri Kamla Baba as well. Shri Darshan Bahenji and Shri Uma Bahenji used to live in a room right there.

River Yamuna in Vrindavan

Both of them followed a regime of going for darshan of river Yamuna, early in the morning. One fine day when they returned home from the Yamuna they saw that some person had thoroughly cleaned the entire house with a broom. Apart from Baba, no one used to live there in those days. When they came to know that this work had been done by Baba, the duo were dumbfounded. Manohar Baba was such an unassuming, simple and modest person. The very next day after this incident, both these bahens went to the sacred Yamuna in the afternoon instead of early morning. Thereafter they began to clean the residence themselves.

There is an event which occurred in the year 1962. Manohar Baba had dropped in at the kutiya of revered Santosh Bahenji which was located in Gopinath Bazar. Shri Lalit Bahen ji had come over from Kashmir along with Shri Kamla Baba. Apart from revered Shri Usha Bahenji and Shri Vimla Bahen ji, several other bahens were also present.

It was Bhaiya Dooj (the second day of the bright half oif the Kartik Month when sisters pay symbolic respects to brothers). Absorbed in singing the glories of Thakur ji (a svarupa or form of the living Krishna), everyone was busy sharing their sensitive perceptions.

All of a sudden, Shri Usha Bahenji coaxed Baba, “Bhaiya, it is Bhaiya-Dooj. The bahens must certainly get a gift today.”

Lord Krishna Rescuing 16,000 princesses from Narakasura

(According to a legend of Hindu mythology, after slaying Narakasura, Lord Krishna visited his sister Subhadra who gave a warm welcome with sweets and flowers, and affectionately applied tilak on Krishna's forehead. Ever since, sisters pray for their brothers' long and happy lives by performing the teeka ceremony, and brothers give their sisters gifts in return.) Hearing this demand, Manohar Baba had a hearty laugh. Simultaneously, Thakur ji actually appeared there in person. All the people present at the spot, could strongly feel his living presence. Everyone was wonder struck and delightfully astonished. A certain numbness pervaded the scene for quite some time. Reaching the heights of elation and ecstasy, everybody was quiet. Manohar Baba had reached such a zenith of spiritual awareness.

Manohar Baba by the Side of Shri Maharaj ji

Manohar Baba had immeasurable reverence for Shri Maharaj ji who he considered as his guru or spiritual preceptor. Many a time he had to go through a tough test but Baba's dedicated devotion towards his guru was unshaken. He stayed like a shadow by Shri Maharaj ji's side for several years.(page 376 of 'Smriti Kaumudi, memoirs of Shri Manohar Baba)

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