Shri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa (Thakur) had an old-aged disciple, Manimohan. One day, he lost his promising young son. After performing the last rites of his son, he came straight to Thakur’s satsang and started listening to it sitting in a corner. He had heard in an earlier satsang that in case of death of a near and dear, one should not abandon satsang; rather one should listen to satsang purposely. Satsang is the ultimate medicine that cures all sorrows. Sadguru’s satsang solves many a complex problems of life and Sadguru’s darshan gives solace to a despondent heart.
After some time, Thakur happened to look at him and asked him, “Why is it that you are looking sad and despondent today?”
Manimohan was overwhelmed with sorrow and he said in a crying broken voice, “Today, my young son has died.”
As the old man cried, all present began to console him. But Shri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa kept on looking and hearing calmly. Suddenly, he stood up like a warrior ready to fight and addressing Manimohan, he sang a song in Bengali language, the meaning of which was, ‘O man! Be ready for the battle. See, Death clad in a warrior’s dress is entering your house. Ride the chariot of virtue; let it be driven by the two horses of spiritual discipline and devotional practices; and fix the infallible divine arrow of Bhakti on the bow of Knowledge to shoot at him.’
As they heard the song, Manimohan and the others were relieved of sorrow and delusion. Manimohan became calm and composed. After singing the song, the great soul was absorbed in the state of Samadhi. All present sat engrossed in love and devotion. After some time, Shri Ramakrishna came out of the Samadhi and striking at Manimohan’s delusion with the axe of discrimination, he said, “Oh! Is there any tragedy in the world more painful than the death of one’s son? How long does the relationship with son etc. last! In the hope of getting happiness, one marries; then he begets children. They are grown up and married off. Some happy days pass. Then one of them may fall ill; another may die or take to a wrong path. Then he (the father) is afflicted by all kinds of worries. But those who hold on to Sadguru’s words are saved from being drowned in the ocean of samsara.”
Thus Shri Ramakrishna enlightened him that the world is transient and without substance and that taking refuge with Sadguru is the only way to happiness. And he tactfully applied the ointment of Love Divine to the heart wounded by the loss of his son. Manimohan attained equanimity and expressing his adoration and gratitude to the Guru, he said, “I knew that none but the Sadguru would be able to douse the fire of worldly delusion that scorched my heart. Therefore, I ran towards you. Who else can give the medicine of Knowledge to worldly men suffering from the deadly disease of delusion?”
‘Even if millions of Moons or thousands of Suns shine in the sky,
In spite of all their light there is pitch darkness without the Guru who gives the Light of Truth.’
श्री रामकृष्ण परमहंस (ठाकुर) का एक गृहस्थ वृद्ध शिष्य था मणिमोहन । एक दिन उसके होनहार जवान पुत्र की मृत्यु हो गयी । पुत्र की अंतिम क्रिया करके वह सीधे ठाकुर के सत्संग में आ गया और प्रणाम करके एक कोने में बैठकर सत्संग सुनने लगा । उसने सत्संग में सुना था कि किसीकी मृत्यु होने पर सत्संग का त्याग नहीं करना चाहिए बल्कि यत्नपूर्वक उसे करना चाहिए । सत्संग दुःखों को दूर करनेवाली परम औषधि है । सद्गुरु के सत्संग से जीवन की जटिल गुत्थियाँ खुल जाती हैं तथा उनके दर्शन से गिरता हुआ दिल भी सँभल जाता है ।
कुछ क्षणों बाद ठाकुर की दृष्टि उस पर पड़ी तो उन्होंने सहजता से पूछा : ‘‘आज तुम दुःखी व उदास क्यों दिखायी दे रहे हो ?’’
मणिमोहन का दिल भर आया और उसने कम्पित स्वर से रोते हुए कहा : ‘‘आज मेरे जवान बेटे की मृत्यु हो गयी है ।’’
उस वृद्ध का करुण रुदन सुनकर सारे लोग उसे सांत्वना देने लगे किन्तु रामकृष्ण परमहंस शांत भाव से सब देखते-सुनते रहे । कुछ समय बाद ठाकुर सहसा ताल ठोककर खड़े हुए और मणिमोहन को लक्षित करके बंगाली में गीत गाने लगे, जिसका भावार्थ था कि ‘हे जीव ! युद्ध के लिए तैयार हो जाओ । यह देखो रणवेश को धारण कर काल तुम्हारे घर के अंदर प्रविष्ट हो रहा है । महापुण्यरूप रथ में चढ़कर, साधन-भजन के दो घोड़ो को उसमें जोत के, ज्ञानधनुष में टंकार देकर भक्तिरूप ब्रह्मबाण का संयोग करो ।’
भजन सुन के सभी लोगों के साथ मणिमोहन का भी शोक-मोह दूर हो गया । वह शांत, निश्चल व गम्भीर हो गया । गीत समाप्त हुआ और वे महापुरुष शांत-समाधिस्थ हो गये । सभी लोग उस भजन को सुनकर भावविह्वल हो के बैठे रहे । कुछ देर बाद रामकृष्णदेव की समाधि भंग हुई, मणिमोहन के मिथ्या मोह पर विवेक का कुल्हाड़ा मारते हुए वे बोले : ‘‘आहा ! पुत्रशोक के समान क्या और कोई दूसरा दुःख है ? संसार में कितने दिनों के लिए पुत्रादि के साथ संबंध है ! सुख की आशा से प्रेरित होकर मनुष्य विवाह करता है, संतान होती है, बड़े होने पर उसका विवाह करता है । इस तरह कुछ दिन अच्छी तरह से बीत जाते हैं, उसके बाद कोई बीमार पड़ता है, किसीकी मृत्यु होती है, कोई बुरा रास्ता पकड़ लेता है तब नाना प्रकार की चिंताओं से चित्त विचलित हो उठता है । किन्तु जो सद्गुरु के वचनों को पकड़े रहते हैं, वे इस भयानक शोक में डूबते नहीं ।’’
इस तरह ठाकुर ने युक्तिपूर्वक ‘संसार अनित्य व असार है और एकमात्र सद्गुरु की शरण ही सुख का स्रोत है’ – ऐसा ज्ञान देकर उसके पुत्रशोक से घायल हृदय पर प्रभुप्रेम का मरहम लगाया । मणिमोहन समत्ववान हुआ तथा गुरुदेव के प्रति कृतज्ञता व अहोभाव प्रकट करते हुए बोला : ‘‘मैं जानता था संसारी मोह से पीड़ित इस हृदय की ज्वाला को सद्गुरु के सिवाय अन्य कोई शांत नहीं कर सकेगा । इसीलिए तो मैं दौड़कर आपके पास चला आया । संसार के मोहरोग के पीड़ितों को ज्ञान-औषधि सद्गुरु के सिवा भला और कौन पिला सकता है !’’
लख चंदा चढ़े, चाहे सूरज चढ़े हजार ।
ऐते चांदण ना होंदा, गुरु विण घोर अंधार ।।
हजारों सूर्य प्रकाशित हो जायें, लाखों चंद्रमाओं की चमक हो जाय फिर भी सच्चा प्रकाश तो गुरु के बिना नहीं मिल सकता ।
Expression of Strong Feelings by Maiya Lakshmideviji – the Embodiment of Simplicity & Gentlemanliness & Mother of Crores of Devotees
All the allegations leveled on Pujya Bapuji are false and baseless. My Bapuji is a real saint and an embodiment of self-restraint. Everyone knows that the lives of crores of people have changed for the better due His proximity and the lesson of self-restraint taught by Him. This fasle propaganda will not stay for long against Pujya Bapuji. Just as clouds can’t obscure the sun for long; similarly; the clouds of bad publicity will not be able to obscure the real image of Pujya Bapuji. I’m fortunate enough to have Pujya Bapuji as my husband; and now I worship Him as my Guru.
Pujya Bapuji had left home just 8 days before our marriage; and he was found out in Ashok Ashram after a prolonged search by His family members. His elder brother and other people requested and convinced Him for marriage. They promised Him to let Him live the life of self-restraint, celibacy and holiness. And they will not become obstacle on His way to lead the life of His choice after marriage. But if you don’t marry now; it will be a big problem in the marriage of our sons and daughters. Soon after marraige our Gurudev; Pujya Bapuji; started to live the same life of self-restraint. His mother and sister-in-law put pressure on Him to bring Him into worldly life like others; otherwise He will become an ascetic or a sage. So better you go into His room and convince Him for consummation of marriage. Even my parents, brother and sister-in-law had told me everything about Him that he wants to remain a celibate; and wants to become an ascetic; so; you take Him into a cinema hall to watch a film to bring Him back into worldly life of an ordinary man. When I asked Him to take me out to watch a movie on a Sunday; instead He took me to a satsang along with his Punjabi satsangi (virtuous) friend Hargovind. He requested Hargovind to convince his wife to make me also virtuous. Due to Mrs. Hargovind’s wife’s pious company; all the petty thoughts of films; drilled in my mind by my family people; went out of my mind. This was His first grace on me. It awakened devotion and the aspiration of Self-realization or God-achievement in me. I came to know that only God-achievement is the epitome of life; rest is all waste and useless. These were the first sacred impressions; which awakened in me due to God’s grace. Thinking that if I stay in home; I might some day slip into married family life; so He went to stay in a Neelkanth Mahadev religious resthouse and to help his brother in the shop in day time from there only. He said these words and left for the religious resthouse. From there only he was attending a sanskrit intitute to study Sanskrit. During the course of His study; He came across one couplet in ‘Hitopadesh’ book during his examination days; which means:
‘He who has forsaken all his desires; and has taken refuge of desirelessness; he has studied, listened and completed all his studies; and he has passed all exams of life as well.’ (1.146)
He; who has become desireless after forsaking all his passions and desires; has completed all his studies; and completed all his religious exercises and ritual ceremonies. What examination such a great man needs to take? He came home and told me very clearly that if you love anything other than God; you will certainly end up weeping only. He left home saying ‘I am going for God-achievement.’ He remained under the guidance and patronage of Pujya Leelashahji Maharaj for seven long years.
I was really very impressed with His (Pujya Bapuji’s) devotion, self-restraint, steadfastness and allegiance. His Gurudev was told about my gentlemanliness and He happened to come to Ahmedabad. Sadguru Sai Shri Leelashahji Maharaj kept His hand over my head; and that added feathers to my cap; and since then my life blossomed like a flower. How much happy, satisfied and pious I have become due to spiritual favour and freedom from passions among lakhs and crores of women; either I know it myself; or God and our Gurudev (Pujya Bapuji) know it. I am very-very fortunate that I got such a great man as my husband; who helps me spiritually as a Guru.
You need the knowledge of Shastras; and pious and virtuous intellect or wisdom to understand saints. The people who are doing our bad publicity; such poor people hardly know what we get out of satsang. Along with the bright future; there must not be any other woman in my family and caste; who has been blessed with a life like me; and the lives of crores and crores of children’s have also become blessed due to Pujya Bapuji’s pious nearness and satsang. How beautifully Lord Shiva has said: VERSE
All the allegations levelled on my daughter Bharati are false, concoked and made up stories. I have full faith in her conduct and behaviour. She is very self-restrained; and several girls have also become self-restrained due to her pious company and nearness. Can you believe such a thing any wife can do for her husband or a dughter can do for her father; as we have been blamed of? Never! Never!!