29. THE DISCIPLES OF THE SAINT
Kanwarram like Gadge Baba never made any formal disciples or named
anybody to get the Gaddi (the nomination as his heir or spiritual heir).
Somebody asked him who after you? Name some of your heir. Even somebody
asked him about his son Bhai Pesuram to succeed after his death. He
unhesitatingly replied- "it is Saint Satramdas's garden, I am just a
Mali (Gardener). I am a slave at the door of my Master! So how does the
question of successor arise? I am not concerned with my son or anybody
after my death."
Few of the people who had lot of faith in Saint Kanwarram they made him
Guru on their own with their inner heart's direction and full dedication
and they got blessings and grace. People like Bhai Ratanram who served
Kanwarram day and night like a servant thus got the highest grace. Being
around all the time with the Saint, serving like Hanuman who served
Rama, thus got the vibrations of grace from the Saint automatically and
became one with the Master. It is not the man of letters like a doctor,
lawyer or engineer or a rich man receives the grace, but it is the real
unlettered, so called rustic, but brim with faith and Shradha gets the
grace. It is the poor and meek, humble and soft whom God and Guru love
more because they have no ego. They are just at the mercy of Lord. A
beautiful story is reminded here, when Lord Rama wanted to cross the sea
to conquer Lanka and kill Ravana and get back Sita - the divine concert
of Lord Rama. As we know Hanuman is the greatest disciple of Lord Rama,
so naturally Hanuman with his army of monkeys started building the
bridge with stones. The squirrels started there little work by filling
the small cracks with small chips of stones. When Hanuman saw this he
admonished the small creature like squirrels - how the hell you people
can make bridge the small creatures? The squirrels got embarrassed and
wept. They decided to meet Rama and went to narrate the story. Rama was
God - incarnate, he could understand the crux of the matter - he is
suffering from 'Ahankar' (Ego). Rama called Hanuman. Hanuman came with
due Pranams (Prostrations), he sat at the Holy feet of Lord Rama. Lord
Rama scolded Hanuman - "you are powerful and mighty, no doubt - you are
building the bridge for me to cross over but you are neglecting the
small work of these small creatures that are also doing my work, Rama's
work. However small it may be, actually they are helping you in making
the bridge 'pacca' (Hard) by filling the cracks. So you are suffering
from ego. I prefer the small work of these small, tiny creatures than
your work full of ego." Hanuman wept and apologized Lord Rama and Rama
in turn asked Hanuman to apologize squirrels, let all should work
together as it is God's work and all creatures of God are small or big.
The moral value of the story is that everybody should work sincerely, as
God's work without thinking small or big or having any type of ego. The
rich and fabulist people give lacs of Rupees in charity for the good
work and noble causes but they put their names on the institutions, they
get the reward of their charity in this world as they get name and fame.
The God likes the charity of the poor, of a few coins, earned with
physical labor and truthfulness with toil and moil. Lord Krishna ate the
grams of his childhood friend poor Sudama with great love and affection.
Lord Rama ate the Berries of Bhilani with love and reverence.
"He who offers me a leaf, a flower, water I
accept it, if given with Sharma (devotion)".
It is said that Saint Kanwarram had graced Diwan Karamchand Ahuja (Baba
of Indore) - the spiritual Guru and guide of author. Diwan Karamchand
was a staunch devotee of Saint Kanwarram. It is said when Diwan
Karamchand was seriously ill at Jarwar - the birth place of Saint
Kanwarram, Saint Kanwar worked miracle for him and got him revived from
the clutches of death. Diwan Karamchand lived a long life of 99 years.
Two years back, he left his mortal coil and left for the heavenly abode,
the abode of Kanwar and Krishna. He lived as a house holder and true
Braham Gyani, perfect with divine knowledge. He was drenched with the
love of Guru and God. He was a God intoxicated man. He used to go into
Samadhi - spiritual trance many a times. He lived aloof and secluded. He
believed the words of Christ - 'First seek the Kingdom of God and
everything else will be added unto it'. He used to preach to me as
follows: my son, keep the following points in mind, mediate and work
sincerely and truthfully:-
1. Shama and Dama
2. Uprati - not thinking about sensory objects
3. Titiksha - without feeling of hatres or anger
4. Shradha - faith
5. Samadhana - constant practice to hold mind on God
6. Mumukshutava - intense desire to be free
7. Nirvikalpa Samadhi - face to face with the God
Saint Karamchand lived a very simple and fully renunciated life. He
stressed on silence. Silence your thoughts. He said ask yourself who am
I? This external body consciousness', should vanish and internal
spiritual - I - consciousness should reveal. That is the self
I quote hear from Dnyanneshwar - "My speech has silenced my silence.
This action is like drawing a picture on water. Self realization has
deepened into the nectar of self revelation there is nothing more to
know than that has been told in Upnishdas."
- Amrut Anubhaza
Baba Hardasram - so called "Godriwala Baba" or "Baba of Jalgaon"
followed the foot steps of his Guru Saint Kanwarram. He served the
community, the poor, blind and crippled. He has an Ashram at Jalgaon,
Maharashtra. Three years back he dropped his mortal cage. Saints never
die; they live by their teachings and the perfume, the name and fame
they leave by their selfless service to the community. There is a
beautiful Samadhi of Baba Hardasram situated at Kanwar Nagar, Jalgaon.
Bhai Gobindram, Nagpur also followed the teachings of Saint Kanwarram.
He established a big Dharmashala named Saint Satramdas Dharamshala at
Jaripatka, Nagpur. He built Narishala, home for the crippled aged and a
hospital at Nagpur. He died last year at Jaripatka colony. Nagpur
Minicipal Corporation has given Jaripatka as Govind Nagar to perpetuate
the memory of Saint Govindram.
Saint Kashiram was a great devotee of Saint Kanwarram. He was a house
holder, did 'Ramasimran' and served the poor and needy, the animals and
birds. He was married to daughter's daughter of Sai Sabhagchand, the
elder brother of Saint Satramdas - Guru of Saint Kanwarram. He had many
spiritual experiences. He even worked miracles but remained hidden
without pomp and show.
Other devotees of Saint Kanwarram were Bhai Khemchand Jethwani, Bhai
Manghir, Bhai Sital and so many.
May the blessings of Saint Kanwarram and Lord Krishna be showered upon
"Where is Krishna, the Lord of Yoga, wherever is Partha, the weilder of
the blow, there are prosperity, victory, expansion and such is my
Om ! Peace ! Peace ! Peace be to all !
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