Shri Ghanshyam Das ji Thakur ji
Shri Ghanshyam Thakur ji With Saint Manohar Baba
Pandit Gaya Prasad Ji
The three brothers were quite young when their father passed away. The house faced financial contraints. Therefore his mother made him and Shri Ram join the rasa mandali of Shri Chetramji, their maternal uncle.
The Rasa Lila
Shri Shri Radha Baba
Lord Krishna Resides in Ghanshyam Thakur ji
Radha Baba had thought he was a mere child; but an incident made him change his mind. Once Ghanshyamji had come to (Gita Vatika) where the rasa was to take place. He went towards the car to go home but Baba had stopped Shriji Svarupa and got talking. Ghanshyam ji became impatient, " Sriji does not belong to him." When Baba came to know of this, he fondly said, " Sriji is first ours and then Thakurji's. I am going to give him two slaps when I meet him. "
For some reason, revered Baba asked Bhaiji to go to Thakuri Babu's place where the rasa mandali was staying. As the car reached the residence, Ghanshyam ji who was strolling alone outside, went to open the car's door himself. As soon as Baba stepped out he held both his hands. When Baba walked ahead, Thakurji stopped him and said, "Slap me first and then move on." Radha Baba was flabbergasted. Until this moment Baba had considered considered him to be just a young boy but understood now that Thakur ji (Lord Krishna) resided in him, for certain.
Once Shri Baba thought that if the musician begins the rasa by singing the pada 'Banyau Mor Mukut' , he would consider Ghanshyam to be the true Thakur. And that is precisely what happened. At another time Baba thought that if Ghanshyamji personally called him to the rasa he would go there. Amazingly while dancing in the rasa Ghanshyam ji said-'Go and call Baba!' This incident made Baba ecstatic.
The Sapt Sarovar in Haridwar
After a few day the rasa mandali went to Sapt Sarovar in Haridwar. There are several ashrams of sanyasis here. The rasa was enacted for some days but there was a definite change in the mindset of Shri Ghanshyamji. He became disinterested in rasa, unattached to the mundane world and longed to stay in isolation. After the rasa he would go and sit by himself on the banks of the Ganga or in the forest. Seeing his plight, Banwari Sharan ji was pained but what could he do.
He would often go to the Garud Chatti in Rishikesh and sit in seclusion for hours together. Banwari Sharan ji would accompany him. A couple of times he ran to the mountains on top and had to be coaxed to come down.
Ghanshyam ji Thakur ji is Passionately Drawn by Dark-hued Krishna
A Rasa Mandali
Shri Hanuman Prasad Poddar
Bhaiji wanted to educate Ghanshyamji and had also put aside some money for his future. Ghanshyam ji had just completed six months of stay in Calcuta when Vaidhji became disinterested in mundane matters and wished to stay in Vrindavan.
He came along with Ghanshyam ji to live in Vrindavan. As a matter of chance Vaidhji took a house on rent very near to the Ganga Mandir. Hearing the name of Shri ji (Balkrishan Das ji Maharaj) from someone he began coming for darshan. At times Ghanshyamji would also accompany him.
Ghanshyam ji had come to know that he was the same saint whose divine experiences he had read in sections of Rameshwar ji's book in Reewan. Gradually his attraction towards Shri ji increased and he lost interest in studying and working in Vaidhji's clinic. Shriji also did not like this work of his.
Shri Balkrishan Das ji Maharaj
Shri Narsinh Mehta
He would prance around Shri ji (Balkrishan Das ji Maharaj) like a child for coming close to God. Shriji would also shower Ghanshyam ji with full affection. This was the daily regime for three to four years.
With the passage of time Shri Ghanshyam Das ji Thakur began taking great care of Balkrishan Das ji Maharaj when he would reach the heights of religious rapture.
Our Yugal Sarkar
The Programme is as Follows:
Shrimad Bhagavad Katha
Shrimad Bhagavad Katha
7th to 14th August, 2012
Speaker: Brajrasik Pandit Shri Ramesh ji Upmanyu
Shri Bhaktmal Katha
12th to 14 th August, 2012
Speaker: Jagadguru Shri Rajendradas ji Maharaj