I’ll tell you once how I worked on a really great soul called Gagangarh Maharaj. It’s an interesting story. This Gagangarh Maharaj used to live on a hilltop and he would never see people. He was a very angry type of a man. He’s John the Baptist and all his legs and hands were broken and he travels on a tiger. Very hot-tempered. Went to see him and every Sahaja Yogi was saying, "Why are you going to a guru?" I said, "See his vibrations."
So I climbed all the way see him and it was raining heavily and he’s supposed to be in charge of rains, he can control the rains, you see. He’s a very big, powerful man and the rain would not stop. It was pouring and pouring and pouring. I got completely drenched by the time I reached there, he was very angry, you see, sitting on a block of stones. He was just going on like this, with anger. I was smiling at him and I went and sat in his little cave till he came back.
He said, "Mother, why did you not allow me to control the rain? Was that to kill my ego?"
I said, "No, not at all. I never did that."
He said, "But why didn’t you stop the rain? Why didn’t you allow me to stop the rain? You are all drenched."
So now see how I played the compassion on him. I said, "See you are a sanyasi, isn’t it? And you have bought a sari for me. I can’t take a sari from a sanyasi, so I had to get drenched otherwise I’ll have no excuse." And the whole temper went away, you see, just, he just fell at my feet and started crying and said what love!
And I said, "There’s another point, that the water was flowing on my body and was completely covering all these beautiful hills and dales and tomorrow we’ll have all the greenery lush there for you to enjoy, isn’t it? What does it matter for me? Rain or no rain, makes no difference to me, I’m quite all right."
And he brought out a beautiful sari for me there. He said, "You knew about the sari."
I said, "I knew."
He said, "How?"
I said, "Love knows everything, doesn’t it? Love gives you eyes, ears, everything."
(H.H.Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, Q+A after Talk at Shri Krishna Puja, New York, 18/8/84)
Born in 1906 at Patan in south Maharashtra, this yogi visited Gagangad in 1935 and by 1940 had made it his abode. That is how he got the name Gagangiri. In the early 1970s he sent seekers to Shri Mataji with the comment, "the Adi Shakti is in Bombay, why have you come to me?" He passed from this life on Monday, February 4, 2008.
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