ShreeNathji’s most favorite place – His Personal gaushala is situated about 3 km from His Haveli. Surrounded by hills it is a very picturesque place; with a lot of open grounds. It was planned and built with the Haveli. It houses about 2000 cows with a staff of 50 guwals to take care of them.
Any visit to ShreeNathji is incomplete without a visit here. It is as important as the Mandir. Shreeji likes staying here – in the midst of His beloved ‘Gaumata’-as He calls them.
Shreeji’s Personal cow is Lalitha today; her mother was Rukmani who died about 5-6 years back. Three of the very old staff who having here for ever are – Bansi kaka; Chagni Bai (Ma); Kashi Ramji (chacha ).
This personal cow is in direct lineage of the original herd of the Nand-vansh. She had appeared in Jatipura when the Ardh-Bhuja of Shreeji first appeared from the Gowardhan hill. ShreeNathji Himself confirmed this to Shri Vallabhacharya. This cow also recognized her Gopal and would go on top of the Gowardhan daily and feed her milk to Shreeji. (Cows can feel the vibrational levels and the fragrance of their loving Govinda, more than any of us humans). Since then the hierarchy has been maintained very strictly, and the cow came here when Shreeji moved from Mathura to Nathdwara.
At this time, Lalitha is called the wish fulfilling cow – any wish whispered in her ear after doing the aathada in full faith will give guaranteed results. The whispered words are received directly by Shreeji Himself in the presence of His devoted bhakt - gurushree; provided the shraddha is there!!
I was here first time with gurushree in February-2005 – did the aathada under his guidance and supervision. The aathada done in the presence of a Sadhya is totally clearing of all negativity of the past – our spine crosses totally through the surya bindu of this sacred cow. At the same time gurushree stands there with his mantra shakti and blessings – he granted me total mukti on this day from all the past births and the movement towards merging with the Divine Thakurjee. When I asked him why – “it is in your naseeb (destiny), you deserve it; that’s why”; is the answer I received.
Since then I have been lucky to visit Nathdwara 7-8 times with my gurushree; each yatra has opened me, taking me closer and deeper to Divine ShreeNathji and my own true reality and identity.
Gurushree likes to spend the maximum time here. The gaushala is in a circular shape. We normally sit in the centre area which is the dot of the gaushala. Hours are spent in just being there. Gurushree has told me of many divine anubhuties of Thakurji’s leelas he has had here. I too at various times have had the krupa of being the witness to the Divine Presence here and some are there with me as photographs. We all know and believe that the Divine Presence and vibrations cannot be photographed specially with a normal digital camera. It is only when this Divine Energy and Urja want to let you take His Pictures, will He come willingly in the pictures.
Many times I feel Shreeji likes to be away from His mandir, especially when gurushree is in Nathdwara; and He spends time with us at the gaushala. This I can feel at times when His sweet voice tells us about some incident at His gaushala, and how much He loves being here with His beloved Gomata, as He calls them.
There is daily one thuli offered here from the mandir to the gaushala. (Since the past six months it has been increased to two thulis. The reason was Shreeji wanted His old cows also to be included in the thuli; so miraculously it became two). This can be sponsored if one is lucky enough to get the required date; as only two people get the opportunity daily. This as I witnessed is cooked in the most ancient manner at the gaushala itself. Apart from this if any vaishnav wishes to offer food they can do so directly here by buying grains from the shops. But this is also monitored as extra feeding would have a bad effect on the health of the gaumata.
MyGurushree and Mahagurushree, both take delight in watching the gaumata feed in perfect discipline. Without any fight they come and stand in the designated spot and finish their food totally. No grain is wasted. “Perfect discipline is to be learnt from these gaumata”; both tell me every time I am there. “Humans should learn the value of sharing and not wasting precious grains”.
“They should also take a lesson of not pushing around when doing My Darshans and take care to follow a proper queue; then all will get a chance to do proper Darshans”; Shreeji’s voice echoed.
Another thing which gurushree made me aware of is that whatever offering made to Shreeji Himself in whatever form, He returns back savaya (25% more) to the doner. Finally nothing is actually kept by Shreeji. Shreeji Himself says that it is a miracle that in spite of returning 25% more than is received; His treasury never runs empty. So in the ultimate He does not keep anything from any vaishnav. It is only at the gaushala bhent that He accepts all totally and nothing is returned to the giver. Gurushree tells me that Shreeji does the karm of taking His cows to graze; if anyone helps Him in this karm of His, He is the happiest and only blessings are returned. Not that we do this offering for return of blessings, it is with the bhao of doing some work for Shreeji; as ultimately in devotion to Thakurji it is only the purity of bhao that matters. Nothing else will help you get closer to Him.
(This is the extract from the book Zero 2 Dot – Chapter-6)
This instance is from the year 2003 September, when Sudhir bhai was in Nathdwara with his wife Pragna bhabhi for two days. It was soon after Janmashtami the day they were supposed to return back to Bombay, after the mangala darshans. ShreejiBaba’s Gaushala is located about 2 km away from the mandir. On the way to the airport Sudhir bhai suddenly asked Chimanbhai - the driver and who is also a sevak at the mandir- to stop at the Gaushala. He was surprised as there was no program to stop and they would be delayed for the flight. Here they two were to witness an amazing spectacle.
The cow Sudhir bhai had gone to visit was ‘Rukmani’, the main cow of Nand Vansh, whose milk goes straight for Thakurji’s seva. When he inquired about her found that she was very sick and in no position to even get up. (This cow always without fail came from where ever she was, when Sudhir bhai entered the Gaushala in any of his visits-she just smelled his fragrance and came out to greet him. He also is very fond of her and always spends time with Rukma, as he lovingly calls her)
So he went up to where she was and gave her the darshan of the “Energies” which manifested instantly. The cow looked up to him with tears in her eyes, did darshans, and placed her head at his feet in love and surrender, as if she had been waiting for his moment.
Pragna bhabhi and Chiman bhai were very surprised as no one had any idea Rukmani was so sick. Any way even after spending so much time here they did reach the airport on time and returned safely. Three days later they received news of Rukmani passing away. She never got up from the spot where she had laid her head in surrender to Thakurji’s energy.
This may appear very ordinary unless one goes into it deeper.
- HOW did Sudhir bhai know she was sick, as there was no previous program of stopping there; the distance between the mandir and Gaushala is hardly few km.
- WHO informed him in those few km, to stop and give darshan to the cow?
- WHO wanted to give darshan to the ailing cow, and WHOSE darshan did she receive and THROUGH WHOM?
- She was ShreejiBaba’s Personal cow, and we all know how devoted Shreeji is to His cows, so how close Sudhir bhai must be to Shreeji?
- How does the cow ( jeev) recognize the Divine energy, when we as humans miss out the Divine flow?
- The “Energies” which manifested there instantly were ‘WHOSE’ energy giving darshan to the sick cow?
There are some unexplained going on of the mysterious forces of God all around us, if we care to try and understand it with the right bhao and feelings.
Also I have seen and experienced how, on important occasions when completing some kadl or seva, the time factor becomes unexplainable. The in between time just disappears and things are completed on time; for example – if the required time is 45 minutes, at times it happens the journey is completed in less than half the time. Even after reaching the destination the driver is astonished as to how did he reach in the limited time? At such times if I question Sudhir bhai, he answers with another question, “Who do you think was actually driving”?