English Translation of G T Sreedhara Sharma’s
Shridhara Smarane – Part 1
By Ms.Vijaya Bhatta & Adya Bhatta USA
Whenever Shrī Shrīdhara Swamīji was in Sajjanagaḍa, He was always engaged solely in the services of Shrī Guru Samartha. During such time, He would be impervious to hunger, thirst etc. Once, when Shrī Shrīdhara Swamīji was in Sajjanagaḍa, a sādhakā1 named Nārāyaṇ Buvā Muḷey came there, and in addition to the services of Shrī Guru Samartha, he was also doing meditation and chanting. Along with him, two other sādhakās, Aṇṇā Buvā and Kalyāṇasevaka, also joined. Shrī Shrīdhara Swamīji had immense love and respect for all such sādhakās. Having experienced the state of being in sādhanā2 Himself, Shrī Shrīdhara Swamīji helped all such sādhakās however much was possible.
The devotees who came to see Shrī Shrīdhara Swamīji knew that the Madhukari3 was not enough for everyone there. Those devotees lovingly gave Him peanuts, jaggery, fruits, and so on. But Shrī Shrīdhara Swamīji immediately distributed all the food He received to all the sādhakās there. He even distributed the food to the poor people who came.
One of the devotees arranged for milk for Shrī Shrīdhara Swamīji–to reduce the burning sensation in His stomach and to quench His thirst. Being an ocean of compassion, Shrī Shrīdhara Swamīji reserved even that for the sādhakās! Thus Swamīji, who already knew that His entire life was for others, used to show that in practice. A devotee who observed all of this closely asked, “If you distribute everything to the sādhakās, what will you have left for yourself?” Unmoved and without any hesitation, Shrī Shrīdhara Swamīji replied, “My only wish is that the sādhakās’ sādhanā should proceed very smoothly.”
- Sādhakā is one who is engaged in Sādhanā.
- Sādhanā is the act of spiritual practice; It includes a variety of disciplines and austerities that are followed to achieve various religious and spiritual goals.
- Madhukari is the practice of begging for food from many houses (similar to a bee that gathers honey from many flowers), just enough to sustain oneself while pursuing spiritual upliftment.
|| Jaya Jaya Shrīdharāya Namaḥ ||
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