Hare Krishna.
PAMHO. AGTSP & GM.

Just wanted to pen down a small experience I had with Gurumaharaj, back in 2008, in Madikeri, Karnataka, INDIA.

GM was staying in a hotel at Madikeri, getting ready for the first big ratha yatra what was being organized in that town. Many disciples and aspirants were around Gurudeva in his room, performing various sevas. There also happened to be some devotees getting prepared for initiation and were waiting outside the room to meet Gurudev and interact with him before the initiation ceremony.

I had recently done a small music project for a school and had earned some laxmis part-time and wanted to give that as an offering to Gurudeva completely. So I saved up the money and placed it carefully in a beautiful gift envelope, which had a 1 Rupee coin stuck on the outside of the envelope.

Just when I got the opportunity, I walked into Gurudeva's room and paid my obeisances and slowly crawled towards Gurudeva, as there were many devotees in the room at that time. Gurudeva noticed and asked me, "What is that?"... I then replied that I wanted to give him a Guru Dakshina offering as a token of my love and gratitude. I also mentioned that it was what I earned from a recent music recording project that I had done.

Gurumaharaj accepted the offering and looked at the one rupee coin and said, 'So you are giving me a 1 rupee offering?'... Such a sense of humor Gurumaharaj had that the entire room burst out laughing immediately. I was a bit shy and I said, "No Gurumaharaj, there is more inside the envelope".

A few moments passed, and all the laughter subsided. Gurumaharaj then immediately said, "Metal has more value than paper!"

This came out of nowhere, and really made a lot of sense to everybody, and the reason as to why people usually give donations along with a coin. I also realized how compassionate Gurudeva was to me, accepting whatever I had given.

It also made me realize that Gurumaharaj was actually making me feel better immediately, as everyone had laughed when Gurudev had asked me if I were giving him a one rupee coin, just previously. By mentioning that metal had more value than paper, he was actually accepting even that one rupee on the envelope as a part of the offering.

All I can say is that Gurumaharaj is just an ocean of mercy, and I'm sure just as this small incident has made a big difference in my life, there are many others out there who have received wonderful instructions and experiences with His Holiness. Eager to know the experiences of others... please share!

Gurumaharaj Ki Jaya! Srila Prabhupada Ki Jaya!

In your service
Shabda Hari Das

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Comment by Damana Krishna dasa on July 7, 2011 at 8:17pm
There is nothing what can not be archieved by the dust of lotus feet of our GM. Great stories. Thanks to all. You are so fortunate.
Comment by Sivatma Govinda Dasa on July 4, 2011 at 9:16pm
Jai.....
Comment by sujay on November 7, 2010 at 10:21pm
hare krishna pr. very nice pr. such experiences make us realize the importance of guru maharaj .also we get to understand GM better.we expect more from u pr
Comment by Gunanidhi caitanya dasa on July 11, 2010 at 3:57pm
Jai Gurudev...meeting gurumaharaj is a very blissfull moment,it is a gift and mercy of gauranga that one gets the association of gurumaharaj....hari bol.
Comment by Damana Krishna dasa on July 4, 2010 at 12:26pm
Pamho.You have shown great faith in the power of spiritual master.You have shown that one giving to Guru what ever he has will be getting much more.
Comment by Sumadhura Gopal Das on May 19, 2010 at 9:46am
Jai GuruMaharaj!
Comment by indulekha prabha devi dasi on May 19, 2010 at 8:49am
this reminds me of a similar pastime of Gurumaharaj!
it was a day after Radhashtami 2006.Gurumaharj returned from Mayapur to Kolkata and was about to give a lecture at Gurusaday Road ISKCON House,Kolkata. Since i was unable to attend Radhashtami at Shridham Mayapur,that year,i at once, grabbed the chance to meet Him,bunking my tuitions.

when i reached there,Gurumaharaj was in a meeting with some important prabhus,so i waited outside the room. After a while,He came out,evidently the meeting was over, and stood in front of me with His eyebrows raised...i was almost expecting Him to say "what are you doing here?"!

but he just stood like that and after a few seconds He gave a wide smile and asked my name. i wasn't initiated that time,so i told Him my karmic name and also that,i was aspiring to be His Spiritual Daughter.He seemed very pleased with that and touched my head with His "Danda". i was ecstatic and offered Him my obeisances..

but i was feeling a bit uneasy,because i wanted to give Gurumaharaj something,but didnt have anything with me. all i had was a 5 rupees coin,which was the bus fare, i needed to return to my home. Nevertheless, i decided to give that to Gurumaharaj, as i heard in a lecture that one should not go to temple or to meet Gurudev or some Vaishnava in an empty hand.we must donate atleast something..

i was feeling very embarassed , that i was to give Gurumaharaj a mere 5rupees...still i managed to whisper to Him "Gurumaharaj,i dont have anything else at the moment..will you please accept this?" to my utter amazement, Gurumaharaj took the coin,examined it and said to me"You gave me a Silver Coin!"

i didnt know what to say...i just grinned at Him and again lowered down to offer my dandavats..as i got up i saw Gurumaharaj smiling and He put one of His Lotus feet forward..i thought that maybe He was trying to stand more comfortably..then Ratnavali Mataji,who was standing nearby,told me that "Gurumaharaj wants you to touch His Lotus Feet"...

i was dumbstruck! how could possibly Gurumaharaj want ME,a girl, to touch His Lotus Feet???seeing me so confused Gurumaharaj put His foot a little more forward,and this time did i finally fell down and touched His Lotus Feet!!!!!

that day,even though i came home,walking, i felt elated!!! the 5KM walk seemed a negligible price to pay for touching Gurumaharaj's Lotus Feet!!!

This is our Loving Spiritual Father...Benevolent,Extremely Merciful, yet, at the same time Transcendentally Funny!!!

ALL GLORIES TO SRILA PRABHUPADA!
ALL GLORIES TO OUR DEAR GURUMAHARAJ!!!!
Comment by indulekha prabha devi dasi on May 19, 2010 at 7:50am
Hariiiibol!
Comment by Jagannatha Kirtanananda das on May 16, 2010 at 1:02pm
Hare Krsna prabhu, such a sweet pastime, showing how Guru Maharaj is sooo funny and more important sooo compasionate. Thank you for sharing.
Comment by Sukanti Radha dasi on May 1, 2010 at 3:30am
What a wondeful lila! Thank you for sharing.Jai Gurumaharaj!

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