“Ramji avatar nahi, avatari hai”For the first time, my ista devata was talked about in such glowing terms on the strength of scriptural authority. The affirmation was very reassuring amidst the debilitating talk of Him being an ordinary mortal whose divinity is manufactured by the poets of the old; an ansh (partial) avatar whose divinity is subsumed by a purna avatar of Dwapara yuga; a deserter of His wife; and, such unsavoury words that played havoc in my mind and hurt my devotion. The speaker’s words carried conviction into my heart and cleared all the cobwebs in my mind. Each day the speaker would disseminate the nectar of Ram bhakti that slowly revived my spirits. The picture of the Lord that adorns my pooja pedestal became a living presence, and I began performing my daily pooja with renewed fervour. Later, when I read about Jagadguru Ramanandacharya Swami Rambhadracharyaji on Wikipedia, my admiration knew no bounds. To this day, I wonder whether he is a person or a phenomenon. Sometimes, it is hard to believe that he lives amidst us and breathes the same air that we breathe. He wears his handicap like a jewel. The elusive vision of the Lord that, we are told, yogis grapple with seems to be ever present before his inner eye. My god, look at the joy he exudes when he lovingly calls out the Lord as
‘Raghav’, ‘Raghav bhayya’. ‘Sitaram’sounds so sweet when it issues from his lips. He is indeed Lord’s vibhuti descended to light up the fire of devotion in the hearts of neophytes. It is only because of spiritual stalwarts like gurudev that Ram Naam is proliferating in the world and that Naam sustains its potency. To me, gurudev is faith personified. I am indebted to gurudev for fostering Ram bhakti in my heart and giving me the opportunity, like unto many others, to cherish Ramji’s auspicious qualities through his books!
– Bhakt Amit Durgapal, Pune Published by: Apurv Agarwal