Select verses from the Hanuman Chaleesa:
sukshma rupa dhari siyahi dikhaavaa
bikata rupa dhari lanka jaraavaa.
sukshma – tiny
rupa – form
dhari – assume
Siyahi – to Sita
dikhaavaa – to show
bikata – terrifying
rupa – form
dhari – assume
Lanka – Lanka
jaraavaa – burn
Assuming a tiny form you appeared to Sita, and in awesome guise you burned Lanka.
Seeing a host of sentinels guarding the city, Hanuman thought to himself: “I must assume a very tiny form and slip into the city by night.” So Hanuman assumed a form as small as a mosquito and invoking the Lord in human semblance, headed towards Lanka.
-Sundarakanda of Tulasidas’ Ramacharitamanasa
Tularam Sah, Sri Ma, Nandan Mai, Girish, and some other devotees went from Nainital to Allahabad to have Baba’s darshan. When with Baba, Tularam would sometimes recite, “The monkey took the form of a mosquito,” from the Ramayana. Maybe this was his way of saying that Baba was Hanuman. One day after the distribution of the morning prasad, Baba walked across his own room and went into a small adjacent room, where he got his bed made on the floor. He said that he was not well. He also said that no one should come to see him and that he wanted to take some rest alone. He got the room closed on all sides. It was then locked on the outside, and the key was given to Tularam Sah so that the room could not be opened by anyone else.
At noon Sri Ma looked out and saw Maharaj ji on the road outside going towards Allenganj. She immediately told the others. Tularam Sah was compelled to unlock the door to see whether Baba was in the room. He was not. Tularam Sah and Girish followed Baba and saw him climbing up the stairs of Prakash Chandra Joshi’s house. Joshi Ji came out and welcomed everyone. Later, while food was being offered to Baba, the mothers and other devotees arrived from Church Lane. Baba smilingly looked at Tularam and hummed, “The monkey took the form of a mosquito”.
-Rajida, “The Divine Reality of Sri Baba Neeb Karori Ji Maharaj
saba sukha lahai tumhaari sharanaa
tuma rakshaka kaahu ko daranaa
saba – all
sukha – happiness
lahai – take
tumhaari – your
sharanaa – shelter
tuma – you
rakshaka – protect
(ko) dara –far
naa – not
Taking refuge in you, one finds all delight. Those you protect know no fear.
One day after a very busy day at work I reached home around 8 pm and lay down on my bed, too tired even to eat. Just then I got word that Baba had arrived. By the time I had attended to him and given him a takhat to sleep on it was around 10. I lay down on the ground beside the takhat and after hardly half an hour’s sleep, Baba woke me up and told me to get out the car. He expressed his desire to go to Kainchi and in a state of complete drowsiness in which my body and mind were hardly under my control we began the drive. The farther we drove, the drowsier I felt and after passing Bhumiadar I became helpless to fight sleep. I rested my head on the steering wheel and slept soundly. Kainchi is about 12 kilometers from Bhumiadar along a difficult drive through the hills and I have no recollection of passing through any of it. Suddenly Baba woke me up with a violent jerk and said, “You are sleeping.” I raised my head from the steering wheel and hit the brakes in alarm. I was stunned to see the gate of the ashram. In fact Baba had been driving the car all along.”
-Yogendra Prakash Goel, Bareilly (adapted from “The Divine Reality of Sri Baba Neeb Karori Ji Maharaj” by Ravi Prakash Pande)
naasai roga hare saba piraa
japata nirantara hanumata biraa.
naasai – cured
roga – disease
hare – removed
saba – all
japata – repeated
nirantara – unceasing
Hanumata – Hanuman
biraa – brave
All disease and pain is eradicated, brave Hanuman, by the constant repetition of your name.
The daughter of the police inspector of Rampur was dying of typhoid, and the only treatment they had in those days was to take away all food. They hadn’t fed her for about forty days, so she was on the very edge of death. A letter came from Rampur to Nainital asking Maharajji to come and give darshan to the girl. Actually, the day before the letter arrived, Maharajji had said, “Come, we have to go to Rampur.” They went. In the bedroom he said, “They are starving my daughter. What’s going on! I’m very hungry. Make me food.” Then he ate and said to the girl, “Here, eat this chapatti. Get up and eat this.” She managed to get up and eat a bit of it. Then he said, “I’m tired. I have to rest. You sit in the chair and I’ll sleep on the bed.” The girl did as he instructed. For about an hour he was completely silent, apparently asleep. Then he got up and left, and she recovered.
-Ram Dass, “Miracle of Love”
sankata te hanumaana churaavai
mana krama bachana dhyaana jo laavai
sankata – dificulties
te – from
Hanumaana – Hanuman
churaavai – free
mana – thought
krama – deed
bachana – word
dhyaana – meditate
jo laavai – who keep
Hanuman releases from affliction those who remember him in thought, word, and deed.
Once an inspector who had been accused of taking a bribe, the Central Excise Commissioner and Maharajji were sitting together. Maharajji asked the inspector, “You take bribes, don’t you?” The man trembled and wept. Maharajji asked the Commissioner, “He will be thrown out and go to jail?” The boss replied, “I don’t know.” Maharajji then said, “If he’s thrown out, his wife and children will die.” The man was acquitted. Maharajji would get people to make confessions publicly, and thereby clear their conscience, and then he would seek compassion for them.
-Ram Dass, “Miracle of Love”
anta kaala raghubara pura jaa-i
jahaa janma hari bhakta kahaa-i
anta – end
kaala – time
Raghubara – Ram’s
pura – place/city
jaa-i – go
jahaa – where
janma – birth
Hari – Lord who destroys material bondage and grants mokshya (Ram)
bhakta – devotee
kahaa-i – called
At death, one goes to Ram’s abode or is born on earth as God’s devotee.
One day at Church Lane, Maharaj was in a happy mood, and only my mother, my wife, and I were sitting by his takhat. In that atmosphere my mother asked him, “Baba, show me God.” At once Baba said, “You will see. You will see. You will see.”
My mother remained ill for a long time and suffered a lot. When her end came we observed many wonderful changes in her. All her suffering disappeared, and a great tranquility was seen on her face. An attractive radiance engulfed her. While she was in this blissful state, I went to the prayer room and fetched the picture of Ram durbar (Lord Ram’s court with Ram, Sita, Lakshman and Hanuman) that she worshipped daily and placed it before her eyes. No sooner did she set eyes on it than she transcended herself. Her eyes were fixed on that picture, and looking at it without blinking, she passed away. My mother’s joyful face and the lustre in her eyes gave us the impression that she saw God personified in that picture. All of us forgot the grief of parting, and overwhelmed by emotion, we chanted the name of Ram.
-Rajida, “The Divine Reality of Baba Neeb Karori Ji Maharaj”
jai jai jai hanumaana gosaa-i
kripaa karahu gurudeva ki naa-i
Jai Jai Jai Hanumaana-victory, victory, victory to Hanuman
gosaa-i – lord
karahu – do
guru – guru
deva – god
ki naa-i – as/like
Victory, victory, victory to Lord Hanuman! Be merciful even as is the Divine Guru.
We were walking around and Baba caught hold of my hand. He was leaning so heavily on me, I was afraid that if I fell down, he would also. I was feeling as if I were suffocating, as if my breathing were coming to an end. My hand was so tight in his grip that there was no question of getting free. Then I saw, not Babaji, but a huge monkey sitting there, long golden hair over the whole body, the face black, the tail tucked under the legs. I saw it clearly. I closed my eyes, but still I saw it. After that, I don’t know what happened.
-Dada Mukherjee, “By His Grace”
tulasidaasa sadaa hari cheraa
kijai naatha hridaya mahaa deraa
Tulasidaasa – Tulsidas
sadaa – always
Hari – Ram
cheraa – servant
kijai – do
naatha – lord
hridaya – heart
mahaa – my
deraa – home
Says Tulsidas, Hari’s constant servant, “Lord, make your home in my heart.”
We are not following the guru; the guru actually is following us. I say this because I have found it in my own life, my personal experience, and I have seen it in the case of others, too. Babaji came to me himself, unsought, unknown. I had no need, no desire, no idea, but still he forced his mantra onto me.
-Dada Mukerjee, “By His Grace”