Story of the Leaf Plates

Neem Karoli Baba MaharajjiThe inauguration of the temple was to be celebrated in the most fitting manner, with pujas, havans, and prasad for everyone.

The news spread over a very large part of that area and people started coming. Everyone worked with a missionary zeal, and was convinced that their preparations for the bhandara, which was soon to begin, were faultless.

There was a sense of jubilation in having managed a difficult task, and a few of them started speculating about the laurels that were awaiting them.

  When Babaji arrived that evening, everyone joined in giving him an account of the work that had been completed. Every detail was given.

The prasad that had been prepared was enough to feed any unknown number of visitors. They then took Babaji around to see for himself all that had been described. Babaji was pleased, and sat and listened with great satisfaction as they talked about their arrangements for feeding people.

The Temple is a Place of God

Neem Karoli Baba Maharajji

Babaji's stand on these issues was very clear: the temple is a place of God, and should be open to every heart.

The utmost care is needed to maintain its sanctity.

The cleanliness of the murti and the decoration with colorful clothes were essential for maintaining the purity and the sanctity of the temple and attracting worshippers and devotees.

If the people whose duty it was to look after these arrangements did not bother about them, the result was that the temples ceased to be places for purification, and people actually came to be repelled by them.

Inner purity cannot come in an unclean and hostile environment.

About the Role of Sadhus

Neem Karoli Baba Maharajji

About the role of sadhus, Babaji was emphatic.

"Their tasks are distinct from those of householders and social workers. It is not for them to enter into your kitchen to prepare food for you and your God, nor to open the cowsheds to attend to sick cows. These works can be easily done by others; sadhus are not needed for them. Their withdrawal from the day-to-day lives of the people is of utmost importance to society.

The real help from sadhus comes when they are all engaged in their own task without getting involved in the quagmire of social life.

 Then and only then can society derive the greatest benefit from sadhus. It is for this reason you have to honor their roles, and allow them to do their work without any interference, not dragging them down to drive your chariot.

Their work is for the good of the whole creation.

The incense stick can give its odor by standing aloof, you need not take it before everyone to inhale its smell."

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About Asking God

Neem Karoli Baba MaharajjiBabaji commented, "How nicely Ojhaji has explained everything to you. He is right when he says that nothing should be asked from God, nor is there anything with which God needs to be acquainted.

When one knows everything, what new thing can you bring to His notice? It is useless to try to do this. Moreover, God is gracious and always shows His mercy to everyone.

When you get what you want without asking Him for it, what is the use of asking? You always ask for useless things, wrong things, and sometimes for harmful things, that is why you do not get them. You ask for things out of ignorance.

 He knows what is useful for you and what should be given, and what is useless and harmful and should be denied. And you people accuse God, without caring to know why your desire was not fulfilled. This is your habit, your practice.

You must have full faith in God; He attends to everything when you have faith and depend on Him.

Maharajji Asks for a Car

Neem Karoli Baba MaharajjiWhile the bandhara was going on, Babaji would encourage everyone to go on with their work even if they could not find time to sit with him.

One day, Babaji asked Shukla to go to the wife of Dan Singh Bisht and ask for her car.

Shukla said, "In order that she will realize that I need the car for you and not for me, I shall have to talk to her about you and say you are here."