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The Near and the Dear Stories of Neem Karoli Baba and His Devotees von Mukerjee, Dada (eBook)

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 24.07.2014
  • Verlag: Love Serve Remember Foundation
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The Near and the Dear

As Krishna Das points out in his introduction to The Near and the Dear, 'When you read these stories about Maharaj-ji and his devotees you step into a place and a time that is outside the boundaries of your own memories. You meet people whose lives were forever changed by a word or a look from the great Indian saint Neem Karoli Baba.' In The Near and The Dear, Dada Mukerjee tells his own story of time spent with Maharaj-ji, and relates stories about other sadhus and devotees who came to be with Neem Karoli Baba. For a little while you spend time in another culture unlike the United States but not unfamiliar, because to be on a spiritual path is a journey of opening the heart wherever you live. Mukerjee helps you discover commonalities with others despite cultural differences. Along with the stories of devotees who came to see Maharaj-ji, you read about how Maharaj-ji gave to each what he needed for his own spiritual journey. Mukerjee shows you the endlessly adaptable Guru working with his followers, not through coercion, intimidation, or fear, but with overwhelming compassion, understanding, and acceptance. You'll find yourself marveling at what you can accomplish when you follow your heart. The book also contains rare photos of Neem Karoli Baba and his devotees.

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    Format: ePUB
    Kopierschutz: AdobeDRM
    Seitenzahl: 200
    Erscheinungsdatum: 24.07.2014
    Sprache: Englisch
    ISBN: 9780990631408
    Verlag: Love Serve Remember Foundation
    Größe: 6217kBytes
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The Near and the Dear

Part I

THE SAINT AT WORK

Chapter 1

SAINTS AND DEVOTEES

Dada's mother and his aunt, Maushi Ma

M y first darshan was sudden and unexpected, and came at a time when mentally I was least prepared for it. I lived a carefree social life with friends, mostly from my college days, whose company and friendship I valued. On holidays we used to get together to enjoy our time.

One Sunday evening in June 1955, we were sitting in the courtyard, joking and laughing. My mother, Maushi Ma (my aunt), and Didi (my wife) said that they were going to an adjoining house to see a baba who had come there. Hearing her, a friend asked, "What kind of baba is he? If the baba wants to eat, I could feed him." This friend was referring to the deer and hare he hunted. Mother rebuked him, saying it was a sacrilege to talk that way about sadhus. I mention this to emphasize how ignorant and indifferent we were about the religious and spiritual life.

It was not even half an hour later when they returned. Someone asked about the outcome of their visit. They had seen the baba in a small mud house. He had been lying on a small cot covered with a bed sheet. The room was lit by a flickering candle which gave only a glimpse of him. When they reached the door and said that they were from an adjoining house and had come for his darshan, he sat up on his bed. He greeted them with, " Jao!" (Go), but they did not move even after the repetition of "Jao!" Then he said to Didi, taking her name, "Kamala, go back. Your husband's Bengali friends have come. Serve them with tea. I shall come tomorrow morning."

This was a great surprise for us. How did he know Didi's name, and also that we were sitting here looking for tea? So there must be something with that man. The friends dispersed, saying they would return the next morning to see things for themselves. All of us were excited.

The next morning Didi arranged a room with a spacious bed for him, and we both went to bring him. When we arrived, he was lying on a cot. Seeing us, he almost jumped up and, catching hold of my hand, said, "Chalo." (Let's go.) The distance was short, but he was moving fast and Didi had some difficulty in keeping pace with us. Entering the house, the first thing he said was, "Henceforth I shall live with you." I was so surprised, I could hardly believe what he said. He was a stranger to us. How easily he imposed his company on us unsolicited! I could not see the "grace" he was showering on us. Rather, I was intrigued to think that his intentions were not purely benevolent.

This was the reaction of some of my friends who saw Babaji coming and staying with us frequently. They warned me that I must beware of babas whose intentions were anything but altruistic. I could not disbelieve them in the beginning, but as time went on I was caught and could not come out of it. Ultimately, I had to resign myself to the forces working and free myself from all mental conflicts.

Ma, Maushi Ma and Didi greeted him with all joy and excitement. "How very blessed we are," they said, and went to prepare some refreshments. I was left alone with him. The first thing he said was, "You are a devotee of Shiva?"

"I am not a devotee."

"But you visit Shiva's temple?"

"Well, I might have visited sometime."

Then he said, "You have been given mantra also," which I admitted. It was very striking indeed that I failed to recollect the encounter I had in May 1935 at the Shiva temple in Dakshineshwar, Calcutta. A hefty looking person with a small beard had made me accept mantra from him. It was only much afterwards that I realized it had been Babaji who had given me the man

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