Archive for May 5th, 2011

Date: Thu, 05 May 2011 18:22:45 -0000

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From: V. Deva

Subject: Story: Practical Approach to Dhruvasmrti




We all know that one of the most blessed things in life is to remember

the name of the Lord.

Baba says,”He is your everything. You cannot do without Him…try to

remember Him always. This remembering Him always, in all spheres and all

strata of life, is called “dhruva’smrti”. Don’t forget this for a single

moment.” (AV-4)

Yet we all know how difficult this can be in day to day life. Here below

is the story of how one bhakta approached this knotty issue.


Many of you may know Ram Sahay Verma of Wazipur, Rajanthan. He was a

long-time Ananda Margii.

Years and years ago he was contemplating one problem in life: “How to

remember Baba’s name all the time.” He was thinking he should devise one

scheme where others would remind him.

So here’s what he did.

He had his shirts beautifully embroidered with big, artistic letters:

Baba Nam Kevalam.

This was stitched on the front side and on the back side of his shirt.

The lettering was big enough that people could read the writing – Baba

Nam Kevalam – from 20 feet away. And he found that it worked.


Wherever Ram Sahayji went, he would notice that people would either read

his shirt out loud or they would smile. Seeing their smile he understood

that they had read his shirt. By this way he was getting constant

reminder to remember Baba’s name. He was most happy.

But that was not all.

Ram Sahayji would explain that there was a dual benefit:

#1: Yes, most certainly he was getting reminded to remember Baba;

#2: By wearing that shirt he was doing AM pracar and the public was

getting benefited by reciting the siddha mantra, Baba Nam Kevalam.

Such was the very devotional outlook of Ram Sahayji – and that was how

he explained the tremendous value of these shirts.

All in all he was quite pleased, because children would regularly loudly

say, “Baba Nam Kevalam”, plus all the aged people in town would smile

seeing his shirt.


Ram Sahayji would wear his embroidered Baba Nam Kevalam shirts

everywhere, all the time. He was a professor at one college and everyday

he would wear his shirt and it also became his habit to wear exclusively

saffron. The other university lecturers were thinking that he was mad.

But Ram Sahayji had no cares or worries about their opinions.

He just thought since Baba Nam Kevalam was a siddha mantra then everyone

was getting benefited, whether they liked the mantra or not.

Actually Ram Sahayji wore these shirts daily for so long, that Baba Nam

Kevalam became his veritable name. Everyone in town knew him by this:

This is what they called him and this was how they referred to him. He

did not live in a huge city – just a moderate sized town – so when

anyone new arrived in town all they had to do was ask for “Baba Nam

Kevalam” and the residents would direct them to Ram Sahayji’s house.

I know because this is exactly what happened to me. When I arrived in

his town I did not know where to go and I simply said, “Baba Nam

Kevalam” and they brought me to the exact place of Ram Sahayji.

Ram Sahayji was a devotee in all respects. His above plan worked

perfectly. He wanted to be reminded about Baba’s name by others

throughout the day, and his desired goal was beautifully achieved by His



Here is a tale about one other facet of Ram Sahayji’s life. During

Emergency, he was jailed for 2 1/2 years in Jaipur. He was perhaps the

only margii who was jailed throughout the entire Emergency period.

The reason was that due to Ram Sahayji’s dramatic behavior – i.e. always

wearing Baba Nam Kevalam on his shirt and wearing saffron clothes – the

government agencies had identified him as a wholetimer. They thought

there was no way that he was a family man. Hence he was jailed during

the entire Emergency.

And Ram Sahayji was quite happy about this as he was in jail along with

so many Dadas.

Then one other great thing happened. When Emergency was lifted and

Ananda Margiis were cleared of all charges, then Ram Sahayji got his job

back at the government college and he also received 2 1/2 years of

salary. Prior to Emergency, Ram Sahay would regularly donate huge monies

to AM, so he never had much money for himself. After Emergency was over,

then he received a big payment so he was quite happy about that as well.

But the main thing for Rama Sahayji was always hearing Baba’s name

wherever he went. For him, this was the most beautiful thing imaginable.

To be called Baba Nam Kevalam gave him much joy and bliss in life. Then

he could always remember his Ista.


There are two stories from history which are similar to this type of

deeply devotional approach.

#1: In one discourse Baba talks about how when Sita was abducted by

Ravana. For Sita, Ram was everything and she did not want to forget him

despite the hardship and troubles she was facing. One interesting

development took place. Ravana ordered the guard to threaten Sita, “Do

not think about Ram”. They would say this to her throughout the day and

by this negative type of reminder she always would remember Ram’s name.

#2: There was also another famous devotee of Ram. And he had one special

trick. He would pretend to be extremely angry if anyone ever mentioned

Ram’s name. The children in town naturally found out about this so they

would run up to him and loudly yell the name of Ram. In turn, the bhakta

would pretend to be so angry and upset. This only made the children yell

the name of Ram more loudly. Plus they would gaily tell all their

friends about this strange man. So wherever this bhakta went so many

children would surround him and repeat Ram and laugh by seeing the man’s

feigned frustration and anger. By this way everyone was happy – the

children and the bhakta.


By Baba’s grace good things always happen to devotees. Baba watches

after all. Living the life of a top grade devotee takes strong desire

and courage. Not everyone could do what Ram Sahayji did. It takes a

certain degree of devotional longing and mental courage – otherwise one

will be embarrassed or self-conscious and swayed by public opinion etc.

That reminds me of one Ananda Margii who would wear a big plackard

around his neck that said Baba’s name and other devotional slogans. He

would walk around town like that. He never cared what other’s said or


It is just purely Baba’s ahetuki krpa that we have come into this world

and become His disciple. We should all remember Him always and strive

for that top most level of devotion. This should be our sole request of


“Whatever you speak or do,

Forget Him never;

Keeping His name in your heart,

Work, remembering it is for Him,

And, endlessly active, drift in bliss.”

(CC-2, ‘Sadhana’, pt #10)




“Tava path dhare, tava na’m kare, toma’r pa’nei cale thaki…” (P.S. 2180)


Baba, by Your grace I am treading on Your path by singing Your name and

moving towards You. You are my Goal.

By Your grace I am moving closer and closer towards You– to reach You.

Baba, except You, in this universe who else is mine– no one. Because of

this I am always calling You for Your shelter.

O’ Lord, in this decorated universe of Yours, You have provided me a

special place according to Your liking. You have bestowed everything; and,

You do not desire anything from anyone. Just You go on pouring Your divine

grace eternally.

The demerits such as lethargy only come from my side. Plus all kinds of

lame excuses I give in self-justification. Hence all the lacuna belong to

me; whereas, You Yourself are ever-gracious.

Baba, You have situated my mind in the corner of Your vast cosmic mind.

And from that corner it receives Your divine vibration. With the

attraction and resonance of Your divine vibration, the lotus of

the love, which has blossomed in my heart, is looking towards You with deep


Baba, singing Your Name, I am moving on Your path. For me, Your grace is



Importance of Sadhana

Baba says, “Numerous rich and beautiful cities of the historic past

are now buried under the earth. Many splendid palaces and mansions, many

churches, temples, mosques and synagogues, and many pyramids have been

reduced to rubble. With the constant change in the flow of time, how many

major changes have occurred in the universe? Similarly, with the change in

time and space, people also change. A small two year old child becomes a

smart and active twenty-five year old youth. And the same energetic youth

becomes an infirm, inactive old person in due course. Thus, nothing in this

universe is permanent. Many gigantic animals of the past have become

totally extinct from the surface of the earth. Royal pomp and opulence, the

pride of power, the vast knowledge of mighty scholars have become things of

the past, thrown into the dustbin of history. Many objects emerged in the

past, remained on earth for a short time, and then disappeared according to

the inexorable law of nature.”

“The only eternal truth is Parama Purus’a. He is Ana’di,

beginningless, endless, all-pervasive; an entity beyond the scope of time,

place and person. He is the only eternal, undecaying, imperishable,

immutable entity. He is the Supreme Source from which the inanimate, plant

and animal worlds have emerged. He is the starting point and the

culminating point of everything. Hence, wise people should utilise their

physical, psychic and spiritual power to realise that supreme

omnitelepathic entity, to become one with Him.” (PNS-18, p.6)

Note: Please read Baba’s above teaching again carefully. It explains



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