Right from his childhood Maharajshri had a very sharp intellect and was blessed with insight. He completed his education in the cities of Jabalpur and Kashi. He was of a shy and peaceful nature; was intensely sober as compared to boys of his age and always preferred to be aloof and was always contemplative in his approach. In addition, he was creative and extremely talented which made him an easy favorite among his teachers at high-school and college. His maturity was such that he started writing at an early age. He was influenced by the many writings on philosophy from both the east and the west. As a matter of genetic transfer, he was blessed with spiritual knowledge which were the high points of his parents. He never made a conscious decision to take up his father’s occupation of rendering spiritual discourses, although.
With passage of time, in the course of his days in college, there was an interesting episode in the life of Maharajshri which changed the course of his life. At the age of 18, Maharajshri was once blessed with the divine vision of their familial deity Sri Hanumanji Maharaj. In that vision he saw that Hanumanji placed Maharajshri under a massive and ancient banyan tree and blessed him after applying “tilaka” (तिलक) or the holy vermillion on his forehead. Hanumanji Maharaj then gave instructions to Maharajshri to render spiritual discourses following the footsteps of his father. On one such occasion, Maharajshri accompanied his father to Bilaspur, while on vacation. Maharajshri’s father was delivering a spiritual discourse at that place. By the will of the Supreme Lord, there was a demand by the audience that Maharajshri should also deliver some discourse as part of the week long program. So for a couple of days, that week, Maharajshri was presented the opportunity to deliver the spiritual discourse. This was the first time that Maharajshri delivered his first public discourse at the tender age of 18. The whole audience was enthralled from the word go, as Maharajshri delivered his discourse in his unique style. Maharajshri’s words were like golden music to the ears of the audience. Everyone was immersed in an ocean of bliss as many spiritual aspects were presented as gems to the audience through the discourse, decorated by words of purity that oozed out directly from Maharajshri’s heart. That was the beginning of the series on the Ramcharita Manas. The lectures left a deep and lasting impact on the audience. People became one with Maharajshri’s words and character and nobody could separate themselves from the truths that were presented before them.
At the age of 20, Maharajshri had another vision. The vision created such a massive impact on Maharajshri that from that day onwards he delivered lectures and discourses only on the works of Goswami Tulsidas, the greatest ever devotee of Lord Rama, to have walked this earth. Other than the Goswami’s work, Maharajshri never spoke on any other work or scripture. Lord Rama was the one and only central theme of Maharajshri’s discourses, which he continued to deliver all throughout his life. It is a well-established truth that whatever is carried out following the direct instruction or inspiration of the Supreme Lord, goes along unabated, without any break. The work stays put both in terms of its high-quality content and regularity, since it is non-different from the Lord. Maharajshri’s oratory skills and his depth of thought established him at the pinnacle spot of India’s spiritual map. His popularity as a profound speaker on Ramcharita Manas stays unparalleled in the annals of Indian spirituality, even to this day.
Maharajshri became a well-established and a respected name in the domains of knowledge and wisdom, as one of the most scientific thinkers of his times. His hold on logic could not be matched by most of his contemporaries. Even so, his very life was a living example of a pure devotee, a Bhakta (भक्त). His life was one which had spiritual discipline at the fore-front and every action of his, reflected the power of immaculate spiritual might. He was so humble that he never shared his spiritual experiences and his tryst with the divine, fearing that he shall be hailed and glorified. Maharajshri shied away from limelight and praise and never sought claim over prestige and possession. However, it is also a fact that clouds are incapable of obscuring the sun for a long time. His glory was inherent in him, it was the very rays of the divine that lit up the place around him and hence he could never go unrecognized or unnoticed.
There is an event in his life, during his stay in Uttarakhand. He was blessed with the physical presence of Sri Hanumanji Maharaj, at the culmination of an “Anooshthan” (अनुष्ठान), a spiritual undertaking. On being asked about this experience, Maharajshri preferred to be silent. Thus Maharajshri consciously avoided topics that revolved around his spiritual trysts with the Divine.
-To be continued
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