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Satara, September 14,1955

 

"I am inspired to mention a lovely experience of a disciple of Narayan Maharaj of Kedgaon, one of the Five Sadgurus, whom Mehera told us about. She had gone with some of the others to see Narayan Maharaj when she noticed this beautiful, woman who, after Narayan Maharaj had passed by, stooped to pick up a rose that had fallen from His garland and which had been trampled under His feet, and press it to her lips. When she later asked about this woman, she was told that the lady had been a singer who had lost her lovely voice and had come to Narayan Maharaj to ask Him to restore it to her. He told her to stay in the ashram for a few days. At the end of that time, she didn't want her singing voice back; all she wanted was to live there and serve Him. She had been awakened to His Divine Love and had stayed on as one of His disciples."

 

 

 

"Baba Ramdas is of the 'Naga' community and loves Baba. ('Naga' means naked, and in the Kumbh Mela of holy pilgrimages these Nagas form part of the procession). After seeing Baba before August first (that is, before His period of 3 months' seclusion was completely over), he felt guilty of having disturbed the rule, and as a penance fasted for a month; the first 15 days on milk curds and the latter 15 on water only! During this last fortnight he sat in a cave on a hillock near the village of A—, continuously repeating God's name day and night. During the last 24 hours a non-stop kirtan of Baba's name was observed in the village. I quote from a letter from Hamirpur about this devotee: 'On his way to Satara that time, he had arranged 24 hours of non-stop kirtan in the village of Malhara, leading the procession with the seven-colored flag* all chanting the kirtan, as above, stopping at some of the houses to continue it inside. It so happened that the small daughter of the man in whose house the kirtan was going on, and who had been ill for days, died during the kirtan. When Ramdas heard this, he asked the villagers not to stop the kirtan in any way, and himself (symbolically associating the incident with the kirtan) fetched the body of the child and with it in his lap sat concentrating deeply on Him and praying to Him, and after a time life was restored to the child. On hearing this people of that town ran in thousands to the spot, and joined in the kirtan of Baba.'

 

* Baba's flag of seven colors .

 

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