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Story: Va'madeva Form of Baba

Date: 19 May 2008 22:59:31 -0000 From: "Srikant Mathur" To: Subject: Story: Va'madeva Form of Baba Baba "Priyatama ama'r ghare eso a'loy purn' kare..." - P.S. 3776 Purport: O' my dearmost Baba, please come to me and fulfill my age-old longing. Please grace me and satiate my desire. Please come with Your sweet smile and with Your heart-rending most attractive lips. Please grace me and fill my heart. Baba, I do not want anything from You; I want to surrender everything unto You. I only want to offer everything to You. I want to ensconce myself in Your tune and melody. I want to move on that path which is the most pleasing for You. Baba, by Your grace I want to involve in Your shravan, manan, japa, niddhidhyasana, japa and dhyana. In the past I wasted a lot of time running after imaginary things-- mirages. I was running after many dogmas-- temporary and ephemeral things, thinking that they are my permanent shelter. Thinking that someone is low and someone is high, and created disparity and differentiation, giving unnecessary importance of temporary and worldly things, I was involved in spreading various dogmas. By this way so much time and money went in vain. My whole life went in this way. Now by Your grace I have understood that only You are eternal truth. Baba please come to me; I want to surrender...
Namaskar, As we all know, Baba is that great Sadguru who benevolently guides His devotees in all situations and in all circumstances. Sometimes that guidance comes in the form of sweet words and affection; and, sometimes that guidance comes in the form of strong scolding and abuse. That is the way of Sadguru: To both love and punish. Yet both ways are wholly grounded in the spirit of welfare. And by this dual approach, He hastens our journey towards that Supreme stance-- towards Him. It happens, however, that some may misunderstand His severe punishment-- His form of Va'madeva-- as being something really bad & terrible. But it is not like that. For His punishment and scolding can never exceed the love and closeness which He has for that sadhaka. Rather, He can only strongly punish those who are extremely close to Him. That is the special point to always remember. So ultimately, whether He is using affectionate words or harsh scolding, it is all an expression of His boundless love for us-- whereby He is bringing us closer to Him.
Here following is one beautiful story which perfectly encapsulates the above ideal. It is an account of one of Baba's visits to Jaipur, Rajasthan. By His grace, I was personally present on this magnificent occasion. The date was 12 October 1964 and we were blessed by Baba to receive Him in the evening time. Previously He had just been in Allahabad and Agra. And on Monday, the 12th of October, Baba traveled via train from Agra to Jaipur. And many of us were fortunate to receive Him that evening in Jaipur. The next day, Tuesday October 13, Baba graciously gave DMC. It was a grand event and we were all ensconced in His flow and divine aura. And then at midday on Wednesday, October 14, Baba was making His departure from Jaipur in order to take a plane journey to Bombay. And it is this momentous occasion that I am going to rely to you now in full detail.
Firstly, it should be stated that during Baba's stay in Jaipur He showered immense grace and He was also quite stern and strict with the margiis as well. Some became affected by His scolding. By His grace, at the time of His farewell, Baba beautifully cleansed our minds and erased any doubts we may have had. Here then is a word for word rendition-- from my journal of that day-- of Baba's farewell from Jaipur on 14 October 1964. Baba spoke the following: 'There are some great devotees who want to remain with Parama Purusa always and while with Him they want serve the society. Wherever Parama Purusa goes and takes form as Taraka Brahma, then those devotees always want to accompany Him and perform service.' 'And some other great devotees just want to become one with Parama Purusa. They do not have any desire to live in the world and serve the society.' 'So it is up to the devotees's desire and accordingly Parama Purusa will bless them with what they want.' 'But the true enjoyment is to be with Parama Purusa and serve the society. That is great and I also want that service to be done to the society. Ultimately though, it is up to the devotees to decide what they want.' Then the margiis told, 'Baba, we want to serve the society and be with You'. And Baba replied, 'Yes that is also what I want'. Then Baba said, 'There is another point I want to tell'. Referring to Himself, Baba explained, 'Baba sometimes can become very tough. He sometimes plays a very tough role. And also in this DMC, a few margiis were thinking that Baba is really tough. So we have to think, is it that Baba is really being tough, or is it that He is just playing to show His toughness. Is He just adopting a role of toughness. The answer to this is only known to Baba because otherwise people would not be afraid or take it seriously.' Then, with everyone still around Him and addressing one and all, Baba faced towards another margii and started talking. 'You know I am your gula'm (servant) and when I see any wrong or negative thing in your mind then it is my duty to clean that. It is just like a servant who wipes up the dirt from the house to make it clean. Similarly it is my duty to clean your mind. So I do my duty.' Then Baba cited one Urdu poem: 'I am your servant and you are my master...'. 'So it is my duty to clean you'. Then Baba told: 'Having a human body and an animal mind, doing great work is not possible. You are sadhakas; you have to do something great-- something meaningful. And a sadhaka can do anything and everything.' Then Baba graciously emanated a very strong devotional vibration. And everyone present started crying like babies and the air was filled and flooded with devotion and longing for Parama Purusa. The margiis all felt so blissful and they could not control their tears. And they started singing one song: 'Baba, please do not go, You are mine. Please remain permanently mine...' Baba was sitting there and listening-- smiling the whole time. Then, in that highly devotional and charged atmosphere, Baba took leave of us and went to catch His plane for Bombay.
From this story we can understand that as a Guru Baba loves and scolds-- all done for our welfare. And in His teachings Baba describes how Parama Purusa has 5 faces or 5 personalities. From left to right they are Va'madeva, Kalagni, Kalyan Sundaram, Iishana, and Daksineshwar. And all needed. And it is His face or form as Va'madeva that He strongly scolds and rebukes us. Whereas other times He is just a little bit angry, or more gentle, or more calm, or extremely sweet and charming etc. So He has various approaches yet all are needed-- and all are grounded in His deep and infinite love. So it is that in the above story about Baba's departure from Jaipur, He is explaining the inner beauty and working of Va'mdeva.
Some may think that, 'I did not get a chance to see Baba physically so I missed out on such an opportunity'. But it is not like that. Still now and up to eternity, Baba is guiding and will be guiding devotees in all the ways-- including that of va'madeva. And here is the proof. Recently-- just a few years ago around 2000 or so-- one elderly lady of Purnea district in Bihar was strongly against AM. She was stuck in her Hindu dogma of doing idol worship and she would outrightly criticise and abuse the Marga. Then one night Baba appeared in her dream and scolded her-- verily Baba beat her on her back and told her that she should sing Baba Nam Kevalam. Then in that same dream she began singing Baba Nam Kevalam. And then in the middle of the night she woke up from her dream and started singing kiirtan. Her family also woke up and immediately thought that she is crazy. Because during the daytime she accuses AM and then when no one is watching she sings kiirtan during the night time. When the lady regained her senses and became aware of what was going ont hen she explained her entire dream to her family members. After that experience she has always had a soft corner for AM. This story was also written about in one of our Delhi sector magazines. This all goes to show that Baba still appears in His Va'madeva form and by beating devotees He brings them closer to Him. His beating and abuse has a positive affect. So in a sadhaka's mind Guru's presence never dies; always He is present and guides in various ways in order bring devotees closer to Him. Thus even though one may not have been seen Baba those days when HE was physically performing in His roles as Va'madeva & Kalayan Sundaram etc, but still those divine expressions are ever available to all His devotees in their dreams and dhyana etc. Because He remains forever with all.
By Baba's grace, we are all His bhaktas and through His tender love and harsh scolding He continues to bring us ever closer to Him--onto His divine lap. Baba says, "Victory is yours. You are the dear ones of God. Move on and achieve the Goal." (AMIWL-6) Namaskar, Srikant
Nowadays there is a myth in AM that really Baba's scolding was something terrible and that it should not be talked about. Some think that those who faced Baba's form of va'madeva really did a horrible mistake-- if not a crime against the society. But that is not true. Actually, what they got was Baba's divine blessing. Because Baba can only punish those who already have a high degree of love for Him. To experience Baba's form in Va'madeva shows that one has reached a certain qualification as a devotee. Because to get His punishment, one must be deserving to get it-- one must love Him dearly. And we all know that side by side Baba loves those whom He punishes and the more He punishes them the more grace He has to bestow in His role as Kalyan Sundaram. Baba says, "Va'madeva is terrible – rudra, rudra'tirudra, rudro'pirudrah – 'one who teaches others by making them shed tears'. But the underlying purpose is to teach people, not to harm them...the main purpose is to teach them, to promote their welfare. Now here also, the two roles of Va'madeva and Ka'la'gni are controlled by the central face, Kalya'n'asundaram. He is sundaram, beautiful, because He promotes kalya'n'a [welfare]: hence, “Kalya'n'asundaram”. He is terrible, but at the same time superbly calm and tranquil. Yet behind His apparent dreadfulness and tranquility lies the kalya'n'asundaram bha'va." (NSS, Disc: 1) So those who experienced His Va'madeva form really got His special blessing. And those who could not get scolded by Baba were not up to the mark so Baba had to resort to other ways to reform them. Because He only scolds those who were really close to Him. That is the inner secret of His scolding. And still this is liila is going on. Thus it is not that stories should only be written about those sweet experience with Baba. Also those who faced His wrath and scolding should also come forward and share their tales. Because all of Baba's five faces-- all of Baba's five forms-- are highly important and meaningful. And all five faces are expressions of His divine love, including that of Va'madeva.
Here below is Baba's special guideline that a true Guru was scold as well as love. Only scolding and only showering grace will not do. Both sides are needed.
Nigraha'nugrahe shakto gururityabhidhiyate
Baba says, "One who only punishes a person is not a Guru, and one who only loves is also not a Guru...excessive love and affection spoils a person. Only one who does both these things is a real Guru. That is why people should be trained with both love and punishment. Where love fails, punishment helps." (AFPS-5)
*************************************** Those who run to Jamalpur and Tiljala in search of Baba, they are...
Baba says, "One who is devoted to Parama Purus'a, who meditates Parama Purus'a with madhura bha'va, need not go on a pilgrimage for he remains constantly with Parama Purus'a. Such a person will say:
Nitya a'chi Vrandavane... sa'r'a'
'I am always in Vrindavana, I am never without Hari, the Lord. If I call Him, He comes near. If I call, He will respond'." (NKS, 97 Edn, p. 117)

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