Ashram in Vrindavan, India
Maa Vaishno Devi is believed to grant all four boons to her devotees, namely, Dharma (Righteousness), Artha (Material Pursuits), Kaama (Contentment) and Moksha (Enlightenment).
Sh. J C. Chaudhry is the Managing Trustee and the founder of Maa Vaishno Devi Ashram at Vridavan. With his staunch belief in Maa Vaishno devi, who has always acted as a source of support and inspiration for him, he set out to establish an Ashram which will give all the devotees of Maa Vaishno Devi an opportunity to worship their Goddess and serve the poor along side.
His idea of an Ashram for devotees could not have been complete without a magnificent Maa Vaishno Murti (standing at an impressive height of 141ft from ground level), Devi Mandir, Darshan Gufa, Langar Hall, Free Dispensary, Dharamshalas, Spritual Hall, Meditation Hall, Yoga Hall and Library etc. In his quest to reciprocate to the Goddess for all her love, care and blessings, Sh. Chaudhry built a Maa Vaishno Ashram in Vridavan. The place of Ashram is itself a very holy place because of it being credited with the place of Lord Krishna childhood. This grand contribution by Sh. Chaudhry's is his endevour to relinquish it back to society through his religious involvements.
MAKING OF ASHRAM & MANDIR
The Goddess, Maa Viashno devi is one of the leading goddesses of the Indian Pantheon, which has a following of over a 1 Billion (Hindus) across the world. It is with the supreme devotion towards Maa Vaishno in the mind that this statue has been created. Jay Kay Trust, headed by its Managing Trustee Sh. J C Chaudhry, runs the Ashram and Temple. Creation of this grand shrine is to enable access of Maa Vaishno's darshan to millions of her disciples in the entire north of India. The beauty and galore of the Ashram does not stop at the famous Maa Vaishno's Murti. The Ashram houses beautiful Statues, Temple, Dharamshalas (Guesthouses), Langar hall, Yoga & Meditation Halls, etc. for the comfort and devotion of its followers. Sh Chaudhry has created this distinct monument with clean and virtuous objectives of providing goddess Vaishno's disciples a place where they can not only come and worship their deity but also experience a supernal aura of calmness, full of an incredible mix of elements which makes the visit to this holy shrine a fulfilling episode.
LOCATION MAP OF ASHRAM11, Maa Vaishno Devi Ashram,
Bhaktivedanta Swami Marg,
Chhatikara, Mathura (UP)
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The wonderful Neeb Karori Baba Vrindavan Ashram is located in Krishna’s holy city of Vrindaban on the plains of Uttar Pradesh. The first temple was inaugurated in 1967. This ashram is on Parikrama Marg a short ways from Mathura Road. It was in Vrindaban that Maharaj-ji chose to leave His body in 1973.
Within this ashram is the Mahasamadhi Mandir of Neem Karoli Baba / Neeb Karori Baba. This is the site of Maharaj-ji's Mahasamadhi Bhandara in September. This ashram has experienced a lot of growth, including addition of a Ram-Sita-Laxshman-Hanuman Mandir, new ashram rooms, new paint, an excellent new kitchen, and large meeting hall.
Maharajji's Vrindavan Ashram has Beautiful Gardens during several months of the year.
Some westerners are permitted to stay at this ashram. A letter of introduction and prior arrangement with the ashram are a must if you wish to stay in the ashram.
For more information, contact the Ashram Manager. Address: Baba Neeb Karori Ashram, Parikrama Marg Goshala, Vrindaban, Dist: Mathura, UP 281121, India, Telephone: (0565) 2443111 (IMPORTANT NOTE: This telephone number was corrected Sept 26, 06. The previous number had a 7 instead of a 2.)
Because we're physical beings, and because we are identified with our physical bodies, we seem to think that a Guru, a real Guru, is also a physical body. But it's not that way.
And even though He has left that particular physical body, His presence is stronger than ever. And for me, He is that presence. You know. He's a living presence in my own heart and when I remember myself, I'm remembering Him. When I'm aware..., I'm aware of that presence that He is; that's what He is for me. It's almost as if He is the air. And the space that we live in.
And He never goes anywhere. We don't look. When ever we look, He's there. So, even when we're not looking, He's there. But we don't look. So, my whole spiritual practice is to keep aware and to keep seeing Him all the time. You know. As much as I can. And when the heart is charged up and turned on, you know, that's when you're aware of His presence. That's who He is for me now – become the whole universe.
Even the beggar becomes a king, the lame persons are able to walk or even fly, the blind is able to see this universe, and many of the difficult writings of the destiny which are at the forehead of a person can be wiped out. Even the fundamental essence of a person or a personality or a being can be made to change.
A poet has said while comparing the river and a saint that the river actually flows from higher to the bottom because that is the very nature of a river and she is tied by that, not for her personal pleasure, but because that is her personal nature to be pure, to be graceful, and to become compassionate for the well-being of others. And, that is precisely what the saints do.
"He appeared and disappeared for years, being known by different names in various parts of India. His western devotees knew him as Neem Karoli Baba, but to the Indians he was simply Maharajji,” writes Baba Ram Dass of his guru in his book Miracles of Love. Ram Dass, formerly Richard Alpert, professor of psychology and colleague of LSD guru Timothy Leary, met Neem Karoli Baba in 1967. During that time, Alpert was quite a firm believer in the mysticism of psychedelic drugs. However, one meeting with Maharajji changed his whole view of life. And after Neem Karoli Baba left his body on September 11, 1973, Ram Dass, along with some other disciples, compiled stories and anecdotes about the sage. The result was Miracles of Love—an attempt, in the words of Ram Dass, “to give Maharajji’s darshan to all”.
MaharajjiIt is clear that Maharajji has left us many names by which to remember Him.
Maharajji left two names by which He is best known worldwide.
These names are "Baba Neeb Karori" and "Neem Karoli Baba". In India, there are often many ways of pronouncing the same word(s). The village of Neeb Karoli, where Maharaji resided for some time in the 1930s is the principal source of the name. In essence, the meaning is "the baba from Neeb Karori." However, the village name is alternately pronounced "Neeb Karori" or "Neem Karoli" in common daily speech. So, you can see "it's complicated'. Ram Dass and the Westerners picked up on the "Neem Karoli Baba" version and that name was brought to the West. More properly, Maharajji's name would be pronounced (and written) as "Baba Neeb Karori". However, there is also the case that at the time Maharajji was called Lakshman Das when He lived in Neeb Karoli village. Maharajji's birth name is Lakshmi Narayan Sharma.
In this manner Maharajji has encompassed a greater area of names. These create more ways for His devotees to find Him.
Maharajji was born in the village Akbarpur (Firozabad district) of Uttar Pradesh (India) in a wealthy Brahmin jameedar (landlord) family. He was born on Shukla Paksh Ashtmi in the month of Margsheersh and was named Laxmi Narayan Sharma by his father Shri Durga Prasad Sharma. From early childhood Maharajji was detached from worldly attachments. At the age of eleven he was married to a girl from an affluent Brahmin family.
Immediately after his marriage Maharajji left home and went to Gujarat. He roamed around various places in Gujarat and the entire country. After around 10-15 years (this is approximate and is as told by elders from village of Akbarpur) his father was informed by someone that he had seen a sadhu (ascetic) who was a lookalike of his son in the village of Neeb Karori (misspelt as 'Neem Karoli' at times) in the Farukkhabad district in Uttar Pradesh
In 1935 I was on vacation from school and went to Dakshineshwar on a religious pilgrimage. When I reached the place where there were many Shiva temples, a man appeared before me whom I had not noticed to be there before.
"My son," the man said, "You are a Brahmin? I shall give you a mantra."
"I will not take it," I said, "I do not believe in it."
"You must take it," he insisted and so I relented.
Thereafter I faithfully recited the mantra daily. Many years passed.
It was June 1955. I had some close friends who were like members of the family. Every Sunday we'd chat in the evening at our house.
Around 9:00 p.m., I saw my wife, aunt, and mother going out. I asked them where they were going, and they said just to an adjacent house, that some baba was visiting. One of the fellows with me said cynically, "Does he eat? I can arrange food for him."(This fellow was a hunter)
My wife said, "You should not say things like that."
In ten minutes they returned. They reported that he had been sitting in a dirt hut with an oil lamp and had told them to go. When they didn't go, he said, "Go! Your husband's Bengali friends have come. Go and serve them tea. I shall come in the morning."
In the morning my wife and I went over together. Maharajji was on a small cot in a tiny room. As we entered he sprang up and took my hand, saying, "Let's go." We left so fast that my wife had to remove her sandals to keep up. He took us to our own house and said, "I shall stay with you." When the women from the other house came to take him back he would not go.
Later he questioned me: "You are a devotee of Shiva?"
"You already have a mantra." It was at that moment that I realized it had been Maharajji who had given me the mantra twenty years before.
shri guru arti
Glory to you Gurudev, ocean of compassion, helper of the downtrodden,
the support and well wisher of your devotees. Glory to you !
Glory to you ! Destroyer of ignorance and remover of worldly ties.
Glory, glory, glory to you Gurudev.
Brahma[the creator], Vishnu[the preserver], and Shiva[the destroyer] are all
different forms of the Guru. The Vedas and Puranas all describe the greatness
of the Guru.Om Glory...
One can perform recitation of mantras, penance, go on pilgrimages, do other
kinds of benevolent works and millions and millions of spiritual practices,
but without the grace and support of the Guru one cannot attain realization.
On the morning of September 8, Maharajji called for me and we talked privately for three-quarters of an hour on various subjects. After that I saw him again at four o'clock in his room with two or three others.
He was saying to us, "All those who come into this world must go. Nobody will stay here. They must go. Knowing this, why do people at the time of death go "Whooooo, whooooo" (he feigned great weeping)? Why do they cry ? They should go gladly. They shouldn't cry. After some general talk, he said, "Now I shall go. I won't stay and I won't give darshan anymore to anyone."
One devotee asked, "Maharajji, where will you go that we people will not be able to get your darshan ?"
"Oh, too far! Too far!" Maharajji replied.
"Where?" the devotee asked again.
"Oh, there...near the Narmada River," Maharajji said.(The Narmada River starts in Amarkantak, traditionally from the throat of Shiva.) The bus driver came shortly after that to take away all those people who lived elsewhere. Some man had just arrived and asked for a private darshan, but Maharajji said, "Baba Neem Karoli is dead! Who will you talk to now?"
The man laughed and said, "All right, if you order me to go then I will, but I'll return at eight in the morning and talk with you then!"
Maharajji said, "All right. You come. If I'm alive, I'll talk to you."
Outside in the courtyard the Westerners were singing and had begun to shout in unison the traditional salutation, "Sri Sri Sri One Thousand Eight Neem Karoli Baba Santa Maharaj ki jai!" Inside, Maharajji commented, "Baba Neem Karoli is dead! Now their voices will have to reach there," he said, pointing heavenward.
All the colorful melodrama that transpired wherever maharajji went; all the various ways the devotees thought of and reacted to Maharajji, and his many faces in response; the anger and abuse, the chiding, the tenderness-all of this filled the time and space when we were around him, and yet . . . we knew that this was a part, but not the essence, of the relationship.
It was not act or words or opinions, but something far more subtle that Maharajji was transmitting to us. It was deep within ourselves that Maharajji was gently transforming us.
There was no aspect of life that was not touched by him.
It was at this deeper level that we felt Maharajji to be the shepherd and ourselves to be a part of the flock. Through this unspoken process we developed faith where previously there had been fear.
Our faith was that in the midst of the changing uncertainties of the universe, if we kept Maharajji in our hearts, if we just stayed under his blanket in trust, then it would be all right.
Devotees who had been with Maharajji for many years often reflected a fearlessness in the manner in which they lived, as the result of their faith in his protection. Some he specifically taught to be fearless.
One time I was reported to the officials for packing underweigt fruit boxes. I was innocent, but the charge had me worried. Maharajji chastised me: "Coward! Never be a coward! Be brave! Coward! Why do you fear? Don't you know me? I am with you!"
Then he reminded me of how Ram protected his devotees. He said that he too would always protect his devotees. Even if they committed hundreds of murders, he would give them complete protection.
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