He Came Back To Me

twenty fiveSiddhi Ma had been sitting in Maharaj-ji’s room. When she saw me through the window, she sent somebody to get me. I thought, “Oh why don’t they just leave me alone and let me die? I can’t stand anymore.” But I couldn’t say no. “Yeah, okay, coming.” I got up and walked through the back door, across the courtyard, and into Maharaj-ji’s room. As I came to the door, I saw Ma sitting on the floor at the foot of his bed. Nobody else was in the room. As I crossed the threshold, I was struck by a thunderbolt right in the center of my chest. I fell to the ground like a tree that had been hit by lightning. My heart cracked open, and I felt the incredible sweetness of Maharaj-ji’s presence. I was crying uncontrollably and couldn’t stop. He had come back to me…

I was still lying there on the floor, sobbing, and Siddhi Ma was still sitting there quietly. I kept thinking, “she must think I’m out of my mind.” I tried to stop crying but I couldn’t… Still sobbing, I went back to the swahas and the puja. I was totally out of my mind with bliss. Every cell was dancing. The devotee who was sitting next to me doing the ceremony kept looking over at me and finally asked, “Krishna Das, are you all right?” I couldn’t stop crying…

Later in the day, another great devotee of Maharaj-ji’s named Mrs. Soni saw me walking across the courtyard, crying. She also asked if I was alright. I looked at her and tried to say something, but I couldn’t speak. Holding back tears, I barely managed, “Maharaj-ji…!” At this, her eyes rolled up all the way back into her head. She stood in front of me shaking like a leaf for about a minute before they rolled back down. She looked at me and said, “Exactly!” and then floated off across the courtyard.

[- from Krishna Das, “Chants of a Lifetime,”]

Handwritten: Maharajji's "Fun" Note to Suraj

maharajji and men IMG 5627 250x250 with handwriten note by Maharajji webIn April 2017 we uncovered two notes written by Maharajji's hand. Other than Maharajji's Rams and one signature, this is the first time that a note written in Maharajji's handwriting has been posted on maharajji.com.

The upper note (faded) includes the names Prem Lal and Vasant Lal Sahu. The text on the right side is clearly Maharajji's handwritten Ram japa. The text on the left side has not been translated.

The lower note is translated as follows:

"Babaji's blessings for Suraj.
You will have fun.
Your boys will have fun.
One boy sends application.
Get him a job.
[Signed] Baba Neeb Karori."

About Maharajji’s Durbar

maharajji neem karoli babaLovingly addressed as Maharaj, Baba was a master of the spiritual world. Some compared the gathering of devotees around him to the court of a king surrounded by his courtiers. Unlike a king's court, however, no one held a position in Baba's durbar nor did it have a set venue, time, or duration. Everyone could sit wherever they liked, and there was no obligation for visitors to bow to Maharaj. The durbar would assemble anywhere - in the ashram, by the side of the road, under a tree in the forest, or in the house of a devotee. It was always open to everyone. One of the remarkable features of Baba's durbar was that although it assembled and dispersed, its continuity was maintained. One durbar would end, but another would assemble in no time, wherever Baba went. His great love for people and their love for him assured an unbroken sequence of visitors.

The subject of conversation in Baba's durbar arose spontaneously and was never prearranged. Baba usually asked the new visitor three questions : What is your name? Where have you come from? What do you do ? It was often from these three questions that a conversation would ensue. Once, Baba put the third question as follows, "You, lawyer, what do you do?" Everybody burst into laughter, for Baba had revealed his omniscience. Maharaj just smiled.

Krishna Das - About Maharajji

Krishna Das Tels of Maharajji's Love and his love for MaharajjiBecause we're physical beings, and because we are identified with our physical bodies, we seem to think that a Guru, a real Guru, is also a physical body. But it's not that way.

And even though He has left that particular physical body, His presence is stronger than ever. And for me, He is that presence. You know. He's a living presence in my own heart and when I remember myself, I'm remembering Him. When I'm aware..., I'm aware of that presence that He is; that's what He is for me. It's almost as if He is the air. And the space that we live in.

And He never goes anywhere. We don't look. When ever we look, He's there. So, even when we're not looking, He's there. But we don't look. So, my whole spiritual practice is to keep aware and to keep seeing Him all the time. You know. As much as I can. And when the heart is charged up and turned on, you know, that's when you're aware of His presence. That's who He is for me now – become the whole universe.

Mukunda: About Sri Neem Karoli Baba Maharajji

Sri Neem Karoli Baba MaharajjiEven the beggar becomes a king, the lame persons are able to walk or even fly, the blind is able to see this universe, and many of the difficult writings of the destiny which are at the forehead of a person can be wiped out. Even the fundamental essence of a person or a personality or a being can be made to change.

A poet has said while comparing the river and a saint that the river actually flows from higher to the bottom because that is the very nature of a river and she is tied by that, not for her personal pleasure, but because that is her personal nature to be pure, to be graceful, and to become compassionate for the well-being of others. And, that is precisely what the saints do.