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Shri Gusainji blessed the poet Chaturbhujadas with the divine vision of Shree Krishn’s Lila and brought the Muslim poet Raskhan before ShreeNathji. He liberated a ghost, turned a snake into a god, and by making Chita Swami’s rotten coconut ripe, inspired him toward grace filled devotion. Shri Gusainji’s chewed betel nut transformed the mute Gopaldas into an ocean of poetic verse. With his blessing, the songs of the court singer Tansen became devotional. He initiated the Muslims Alikan and his daughter Pirajadi and made their devotion to Shree Krishna so exalted that Pirajadi danced with Krishn while her father played the drum. All that was needed was his blessing. Shri Gusainji knew what each disciple required, and the bhakti master was ever intent on connecting divine souls to their blissful source.

Shri Gusainji also had great love for satsang – sacred discourse with his followers. Late one night when Shri Gusainji came out into his courtyard, his disciple Chachaji happened to be standing there, and they began to discuss some secret devotional matter. They both became so absorbed in Krishna bhava that they were unaware of their physical existence. Shri Gusainji forgot about the heavy pitcher of water he was holding, while Chachaji was unaware that he should have taken the pitcher from his guru’s hand. The next day Shri Gusainji remained completely immersed in the bhava of their satsang, while Chachaji did not return to his bodily senses for three days!

Shri Gusainji brought souls to the Path and granted them divine experiences. Often, all that was required was the sight of the bhakti master. When Muraridas saw Shri Gusainji taking his bath at Mani Kiran ghat, he was so enchanted that he stood perfectly still for twenty minutes just gazing at him. Shri Gusainji knew him to be a divine soul and accepted him as a disciple. When his disciples realized Shri Gusainji’s true divinity, his Lila form, their devotion flourished.

Most of all, Shri Gusainji loved the bhaktas who had pure devotion. It was more important than practice or even purity. Even the simple-minded found the exalted position.

Shri Gusainji filled the Path of Grace with profound Lila bhav. He was not only a protector of dharma, but also a poet, musician, artist, and profound bhakti teacher. He elaborated Shree Krishn’s divine worship with music, exquisite food offerings, ornamentation and other arts. He taught that only things of the highest quality should be offered to Shree Krishn, the Lord of refined enjoyments. He showed the world how to worship Shree Krishn with opulence and grace. His seva teachings became the very heart of the Path of Grace, and the modes of seva observed today in temples like ShreeNathji’s, as well as in the homes of his followers, are the result of his genius. His inspiration flowed into every aspect of the grace filled worship.

The following account demonstrates Shri Gusainji’s love for the bhakts. One day he joyfully mentioned to his wife, Shri Rukminiji that his bhaktas represented all the various parts of his own body. She questioned, “Which part of your body is your disciple Chachaji?”

Shri Gusainji responded, “Chachaji is the pupil of my eye.” Later, when Chachaji stubbed his toe, Shri Gusainji’s eyes began to hurt. When Rukminiji asked him why his eyes hurt, he replied, “Chachaji is in pain.” Shri Gusainji’s eyes recovered once Chachaji’s toe was better. Shri Gusainji was a brilliant devotional teacher whose approach to bhakti was refined and unique. He taught one follower, “If the black bee cannot make it to its beloved water lotus, it remains content. Its love for the lotus enables it to withstand every pleasure and pain. Yet when the black bee that is full of bhav reaches the water lotus, the infinite bliss it receives at that moment is indescribable.” Shri Gusainji’s followers composed many poems in his honor. Manika Chanda praised,

In the four eras, You protect the words of the Vedas.

Whenever dharma weakens,

You take on a divine form.

In the Satya age You were the divine boar

who killed the demon Hiranyaksha.

In the Treta age You appeared as Rama

and dispatched Ravana.

In Dwarpa, You appeared in Vraj as Krishna,

and Indra fell at Your feet.

You killed Kamsa and removed

the burden of the world.

Now You have appeared as Vallabh’s son

and disproved the Mayavadan philosophy.

Manika Chanda says, “I gaze upon Krishna,

now appearing as Shri Gusainji.”

There was no telling where Shri Gusainji’s blessings would fall. When Shri Gusainji first came to his disciple Bhaila’s house, he initiated everyone in the family. When he was about to give the mute boy Gopaldas mantra, Shri Gusainji asked Bhaila who he was. At that time Gopaldas was nine. Bhaila answered, “He is the husband of my daughter Gomati.”

Shri Gusainji laughed and said, “Gomati is a river, and her husband is the ocean. This boy cannot even speak! What type of match is this?”

Bhaila prayed, “Through your grace he will become an ocean.”

Shri Gusainji placed Gopaldas on his lap and put some of his chewed betel nut into the boy’s mouth. Gopaldas’ mind was immediately purified; the young boy bowed to Shri Gusainji and sang:

I bow to Shri Gusainji,

who is beautiful like a fresh rain-filled cloud,

lovely as a Tamal tree.

Shri Gusainji then said, “Gopaldas, sing of Shri Mahaprabhuji.” The boy again bowed to Shri Gusainji and began.

Shri Gusainji said, “Gomati’s husband has become an ocean.” He blessed him again, and the young boy composed the famous set of nine poems called the Vallabhakhyan.

Shri Gusainji brought souls to the Path and granted them divine experiences. Often, all that was required was the sight of the bhakti master. When Muraridas saw Shri Gusainji taking his bath at Mani Kiran ghat, he was so enchanted that he stood perfectly still for twenty minutes just gazing at him. Shri Gusainji knew him to be a divine soul and accepted him as a disciple. When his disciples realized Shri Gusainji’s true divinity, his Lila form, their devotion flourished.

Most of all, Shri Gusainji loved the bhaktas who had pure devotion. It was more important than practice or even purity. Even the simple-minded found the exalted position. In the accounts of his 252 followers we find this interesting account about the younger Patel brother.

The younger Patel brother was so simple-minded that he did not even know Shri Gusainji’s name. One day he thought, “I will sit next to my guru, but I do not even know his name. I wonder if I should bow to him?”

At that moment, Shri Gusainji’s third son, Shri Bal Krishnaji came before his father and respectfully requested, “Uncle, come for your meals.”

Hearing Bal Krishna’s words, the younger brother bowed before Shri Gusainji and said, “Today I have learned your name. Your name is ‘Uncle.’”

            Shri Gusainji was pleased and only saw his straightforward and pure bhava. Everyone was amused with Patel. Shri Gusainji mentioned to his bhaktas, “I have a new nephew, and he has come here to call me Uncle.”

            Whenever the younger brother came to Shri Gusainji he called out to him, “Uncle!” before bowing. When Shri Gusainji saw him, he would say, “He is coming here just to call me ‘Uncle.’”

            One day another bhakta told Patel, “The man you call ‘Uncle’ is Shri Vitthalnathji Gusainji. Use his proper name.”

Patel replied, “I don’t believe you. What you have just told me will upset my uncle.”

            On the following day, when Patel came to see Shri Gusainji, he bowed to him and called out, “Uncle, this bhakta told me not to call you Uncle. I can’t remember the name he told me; it was so long my tongue could not say it, so I will just call you ‘Uncle.’”

            Shri Gusainji replied, “Patel, call me the name you can pronounce.”

Once during the height of North Indian summer, Shri Gusainji was travelling between Gokul and Jatipura by palanquin at mid-day. Suddenly, the retinue came to a stop and there were muffled sounds of an argument at the front. Impatient to be with ShreeNathji, Shri Gusainji ordered the nearest servant to go and investigate the cause of the hold-up. The man soon returned and with due humility reported, "Maharaj, there is an old muslim woman sitting in the middle of the road and she refuses to move. She says she is very thirsty and too parched to move on."

Instinctively, Shri Gusainji said, "If the woman is thirsty, give her some water!!" With folded hands, the servant replied, "But we do not have any water in a separate disposable cask for her." Being Muslim, the high caste Brahmin and Brajvasi servants of Shri Gusainji felt they would be defiled if they helped her move bodily (touch of non-Hindus and low caste people was considered to be impure) and, if they gave her one of their own water bottles/ casks, that item would be defiled too and could not than be reused by them.

Shri Gusainji immediately picked up a jhariji at hand and got out of the Rath. He walked over to the old woman and gave her with his own hands. He spoke kindly to her and seeing that there was still some water left in the jhariji, he left it with the woman so that she would not suffer from thirst till she got home.

Having sated her thirst, the woman moved on, but as the retinue passed her, she asked one of the servants who the kind person was that helped her. Upon finding out it was the great acharya from Gokul himself! The woman said, "Ajatak Gopal sune thai. Aja dekhi hai." (Till now I had heard of the Lord Gopal (Krishn as a cow-heard), today I have actually seen him."

After reaching Jatipura, Shri Gusainji first went to meet his beloved ShreeNathji and then set down to converse with the vaishnavs there. Puzzled by the earlier incidence, one of the servants asked, "My lord, please explain to me why you gave away the Lord's own gold jhariji, and that to a poor old muslim woman?"

With a smile, Shri Gusainji replied, "You saw a "poor, old, muslim, woman." I saw the Lord sitting in the middle of the road, and He was thirsty. Every soul is imbibed with the Lord's spirit. Our Vishudhadvait philosophy teaches us that every particle of this universe is a part of the Lord. How can I than see the old woman in the road as anything other than the Lord Himself ?"

As the man mused over this, Shri Gusaiji continued, "The jariji is inconsequential in this. I did not even notice that it was made of gold. (It was the jhariji of Shree Navnitpriyaji who was travelling with Shri Gusainji in his Rath.) My main concern was that a soul was suffering from thirst in the middle of the afternoon, and that too during the summer! What is the cost of a life compared to the cost of a jhari?”

It was this boundless compassion that was the trademark of our beloved Shri Gusainji. His wit, common sense and intelligence were beyond compare.

This page on Shri Gusainji was released on Magshar Vad Navam, Vikram Samvat 2069,
Sunday January 6th, 2013, "Shri Gusaiji-Vitthalnathji Pragatya Utsav"


Author : Abha Shahra Shyama

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