Maharajji's Grace

neem karoli babaMaharajji first came to me through Krishna Das' powerful chanting in my very first yoga classes I took whilst in university back in 2007. 

It didn't take long for me to start searching his albums and I found Pilgrim Heart, which has KD and Maharajji on the cover.

To be honest with you, I didn't know what Krishna Das or Maharajji looked like at that point, so I had trouble telling who was who!

As time went on, I began to come into contact with the music of more people associated with Maharajji, like Bhagavan Das and Trevor Hall.

About four years ago I also began to dive into Ram Dass' teachings and that's where I started really hearing about Maharajji's lilas and miracles 

and things. 

For me, Maharajji has come to life because of the stories his devotees tell with all of that love, faith and fervor. I can't help but feel close to him and like 

he's guiding me, loving me and helping me too, just like he does for everyone else. I can't help but cry and be overwhelmed by a love and an open heart that I can't really explain, all because of his grace. Now more than ever, I have come to realize that he is truly everywhere, and the more my faith grows, the more I see him--especially when I was in India...his pictures seemed to be showing up in moments where I just happened to look up instead of passing the moment by. 

Three years ago, I decided to learn the Hanuman Chalisa, because I'd heard from a friend that it gave him strength during a very difficult time in his life. For me, it simply felt like it was time to learn it after hearing it and hearing about it. I was so completely overwhelmed by the task, and asked for Maharajji's blessing to learn it with ease. What should've taken me six months or more to learn took me roughly two months, practicing 10 verses progressively at a time, night and day. Every time I sat down to work on it, I felt like I was getting into a boat and floating down a river. I feel that taking it on as a practice and even chanting it now on the daily has invited so many opportunites and people into my life and has changed it for the better.

Maharajji's grace really shows up for me when I dissolve in tears--whether I'm looking at his photos, hearing one of Krishna Das' chants or stories about him, or chanting to Hanuman myself. Anything that has been weighing on my mind or heart completely goes away in the moments where his shakti overtakes my consciousness. I have grown to pay attention to how I've become a part of his giant lila--how we as devotees are all a part of it, so that we may remember God and love and serve each other in every moment. There are no accidents or coincidences--it's all God's grace, and God is One. 

One lila I will never forget is when it was my last full day in Rishikesh a couple months ago. I walked across Laxman Jhula to go to this vegetarian cafe that I'd come to love in my short stay, and noticed that the little Hanuman temple stall I always gazed at but passed by, was actually open that morning. I entered and saw a sadhu sitting to my right and just wanted to pranam to Hanuman and be on my way. The sadhu stopped me as I was getting up and showed me the string that he was about to tie around my wrist whilst saying a mantra, to protect me on my long airplane journey home, he said. He then offered me prasad of water and golden raisins, but I put the water on my head instead of in my mouth and he got super angry. "THIS IS PRASAD--IF YOU DONT TAKE IT, WHAT ARE YOU EVEN DOING HERE?!" he shouted with wide, fiery eyes. I ditched my fear of drinking the water (which I thought might be Ganga water and heard it wasn't safe to drink) and took all the prasad and said, JAI HANUMAN. He seemed pleased that I finally had my prasad. He then began to speak to me and without  missing a beat he said, "Many forms--Maa, Hanuman, Shiva, but God is ONE!" with his index finger prominently pointed up to the sky, but close to my face--much like a photo of Maharajji I'd seen before. That was the giveaway for me--the finger. Maharajji I felt had entered his sadhu's body and acted out the whole lila with me. To further appease him, I asked him if we could chant the Chalisa together, as it was a Tuesday (Hanuman's day). He told me I could sit on the other side and look at Hanumanji with heart as I chanted and as he continued to bless people who continued to come and go. He had me chant it twice, and kept telling the Indian people who came that I actually knew the whole thing (without looking at a book)! After I sat for a very long time after chanting, he told me that I was lucky. I pranamed once more and said goodbye to the sadhu, and floated to the cafe I was originally trying to go to on a cloud, and remained in that very high, transfixed state for most of that morning.

Maharajji is Hanuman incarnate, but he is also very Krishna-like too--running away when we all get too attached to his presence, whether we were with him in the body or not. Through my recent experiences in India and all the lilas in my life thus far, I don't doubt that he is always around and always looking out for me and all of us--but we feel him more at some times than others. I find he always comes when we call (by his own name or by any form we choose). He comes when he look at his photos. He comes when we listen to or read the stories of his devotees. I am very grateful for our sangha and for Maharajji's grace he continues to bestow on me at the exact right time.

Ram Ram

Gina Rodondi

Baba's Protective Grace

neebkaroribabaWe had driven from Rishikesh  to Kainchi Dham in April 2017  for the first time. I have been driving for more than 20 years across cities in India and am an extremely safe driver with no accident records. After settling down  at our hotel  we visited the ashram for the  first time to take the blessings of the Baba.
On seeing Baba's  statue  we were filled with a calming, protective  and reassuring divine energy  which we had never experienced before. Our minds were thoughtless and time ceased to exist in the bliss.
We spent at least one to two hours meditating , opening up and aspiring  to receive all the positive energy.
The next day we again drove down enthusiastically to the ashram, however we thought of taking a detour to see the hanuman temple ahead. Just when we drove passed the ashram door, a few meters away, I saw a car coming recklessly towards us. The road was narrow and it was a certain accident as there was no place to maneuver my car. By some divine intervention the approaching car suddenly veered to the right as though pushed by some invisible hand.
 

भक्तन के हो सदा सहारे

maharajjiENGLISH TRANSLATION AT THE END OF THIS LEELA 

मैं पवन सिंह, बाबा की उपस्थिति का प्रत्यक्ष अनुभव करके लौटा हूँ l  मैं बाबा पर लखनऊ से कैंची धाम तक स्वेच्छा से एक ट्रेवल शो बना रहा हूँ  l

रास्ते भर जो भी मेरी टीम ने अनुभव किया वो अकल्पनीय था मेरे लिए   l   ये अनुभव  5  और 6  अप्रैल  2018  के हैं  l याद करता हूँ तो आँखे नम हो जाती हैं  l

 

 जब लखनऊ से हल्द्वानी पहुँचे तब तक शाम के 7:30 बज चुके थे। भवाली पहुँचते-पहुंचते रात के 12 बज चुके थे।

रास्ते पर चाय-पानी और होटल की दुकानें बंद हो चुकी थीं। मैंने और कैमरामैन ने तय किया कि रात में भी पहाड़ के कुछ नजारे, रात में सोया हुआ शहर और ऊंचाई से रात में बिजली की रौशनी से टिमटिमाते पहाड़ी कस्बों व शहरों को शूट करेंगे।

Unconditional Release from Bankruptcy

kainchi dhamWe had sold our business with all its assets and liabilities to a new buyer and exited from the management of the company. The new buyer was unable to run the business so the bank filed case for recovery of loans on the new buyer as well as us being the initial guarantors for the loans. The court case for recovery went on for several years. Our legal advisors informed us that historically similar case went in favour of the banks and ultimately we would have to declare ourselves bankrupt.
 
Living with the tag of bankruptcy was a huge stigma and burden as we would no longer be able to do business in our names. We knew we were innocent as technically we had sold the company and exited the management but the laws in this case were illogical and we would become its victims.
 
I had heard  Krishna Das recite the Hanuman Chalisa on youtube. That curiosity led me to research his past and trace the name of his guru and the Neem Karoli ashram in Kainchi Dham.
 

Escaped Arrest Due to Maharajii's Grace

Maharajji 870pMy friend Sobran Singh was a devotee of Maharajji. He always consulted Maharajji for any kind of problem.

Once Sobran Singh was being chased by the police due to some court cases pending against him. He approached Maharajji and sought his help.

Maharajji gave him a blazer which is worn by judges of High Court,  and asked him to wear it.

He wore the blazer. The constable who had been looking for him passed by, did not recognize him, took him for a judge and went back.