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I've been keeping busy I'm afraid, and have only managed an occasional dip into LOOK WITHIN. Still, each time I come away soothed and's balm for the mind worn raw with anxiety, worry, etc. --- Elka Charren, Oro Valley, Arizona USA (11:33 minutes) Bruce Kell from Strathfield, Australia, made this 1975 recording of Dadaji singing Sanskrit Sloka song during the Utsav Celebration in Calcutta India.
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Part IV
On Dadaji

21 Who is Dadaji?

The following article titled "Dadaji" is by Maco Stewart, an American NBC television journalist, who went to India and met Dadaji at his home in Calcutta. Maco describes his meeting with Dadaji and captures some of Dadaji's philosophy in an entertaining and gripping personal account.

"I am no guru. I have no religion. I am an ordinary family man with a wife, two children, and grandchildren. I have a toy shop in Calcutta.

"From the time of my boyhood, I love Him, because I know that other than Him, I am nobody. God is Govinda (tranquil bliss of existence), He is everything. I am full of Him.

"I am not a guru, I am an elder brother."

--- Dadaji (1910-1992)

21 Who is Dadaji
by Maco Stewart
* Reprinted by permission: Sen, N.L., ed. On Dadaji, Vol V, Bhavnagar, India 1982

A. Roy Chowdhury is the owner of a toy shop, about 80 years of age, has two children, grandchildren, and lives with his wife in Calcutta. He doesn't have an ashram, western followers, cosmetics, flowing saffron robe, or a Mercedes. Roy Chowdhury is called Dadaji (elder brother) by many thousands of Indians who have realized God in his presence. Among these are half the Indian cabinet and many of the leading industrialists, scientists, intellectuals, movie producers and actors.

This mild and loving elder brother has provoked a storm of controversy by his simple attacks upon traditional religions and the modern gurus. About traditional religions Dadaji says:

"God is not religious. He cares not for Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Muslims, Sikhs or Hindus. He loves and blesses the atheist also...why the temples, churches and ashrams? No scriptures ask for them. They are the business of people, exploiters. Don't make a business out of God."
In the same vein he feels that all the traditional paths to self-realization and God-realization are so much humbug. He states that in each of these paths, be it acrobatic mental performances during meditation; the acrobatic torturing of the body by yogic posture; the finer points of scholarship of the scriptures; the numbing repetition of mindless ritual; the masochistic deprivation of senses; or, the grace of spiritual guidance of the guru, each is humbug and at best different forms of ego attachment. As varying forms of ego attachment that are temporarily substituted for other ego attachments, these practices are often strong hindrances to enlightenment.
"In remembering God and realizing His Love, there is no room for mental and physical acrobatics. Give up all outer appearances of religious attitude to realize Him. He decides the right time for an elevation to higher states. Do not force anything...let it all happen naturally."
Dadaji insists that he is not a guru because the only Guru is God. Only God is the Doer of all things, everyone else is an actor. Dadaji says,
"Wisdom is knowing you are only an actor. Ignorance is when you think you are not."
Dadaji has a great emphasis upon work as karma yoga (actions taken in unity with God). The essential thing about work is to start and become immersed in it as God's way of the world, but do not become attached to it by expecting worldly results or by feeling that you are the creator or doer of the project.
"Work itself is God, if it works of itself and you are a passive spectator...just perform the duties with which you are entrusted, faithfully, accepting His Will. Don't worry, for worry makes you the doer. Penance (work) is necessary for existence in this world, but not for Him."
What Dadaji is saying is that we don't have to torture our minds or bodies to find God. Just doing our best in our daily lives is rough enough. Self-punishment of any type is some type of ego trip and has nothing to do with God.
"Being a saint or monk has not to do with God but acceptance by tradition."
For Dadaji and those who have become God-realized in his presence, the experience is difficult to describe. The God within you is the sound of God's Name repeating in your heart, which they call the Mahanam, the Great Name. Dadaji advises,
"Recite Mahanam casually in the midst of your daily life. The rest leave to Him, the Doer."
The way you arrive at the Name of God within you is not particularly important to Dadaji. The experiences as written by hundreds of Dadaji's own fellow travellers are quite similar to my own. Other observers write that they produced a piece of paper of their own, which Dadaji had requested, and then with their own two hands held the paper on which miraculously appeared the Great Name, Mahanam, in red handwritten ink in any language or languages or scripts that might appeal to them.

In my case, Dadaji took a piece of white paper from a pad on his own table into the next room. There I held the blank paper while touching it to my forehead as I prostrated on the marble floor. When Dada directed me to, I looked at the paper and in the upper left corner in red ink were written two words which were for me Mahanam. After reciting Mahanam, with an inhalation of the first word (Gopal) and exhalation of the second (Govinda), several times, Dadaji requested that I again look at the paper and the writing was gone. He then requested that I should not disclose this Mahanam to anyone. I agreed. I inhaled a marvelous musk spicy Fragrance which filled the air around me, both then and throughout the entire day at various intervals.

Having read of this experience had by others, I had mentally requested the magical message to be in Swahili, since this was a language that I was relatively sure would not be familiar to Dadaji, nor would it ordinarily be associated with me. The fact that the piece of paper was not a piece that I had brought from the Oberoi Hotel, and the fact that the Mahanam did not appear in Swahili but in Hindi, was just fine by me. I had no expectation and the experience was immensely rewarding and stays with me a very great deal of the time.

After our first encounter, I planned to leave that morning, without television crew, to go to Madras for another interview. Dadaji requested that I come to his house again that evening rather than go to Madras. Dadaji said that he did not wish to have my entire television crew, with our bulky equipment, film what was personal between us, but that it was okay if I brought along a silent movie camera. I said fine, that I was looking forward to being with him again, but would appreciate an interview at the crack of dawn the next morning with full television crew, since in Calcutta power fails at 9 am (scheduled "load shedding"; sharing of electric power). This was agreed to by both of us in good spirits.

That evening I returned to his house with Mr. Bhasker, the Indian NBC cameraman, from Bombay. Dadaji met us in the heat of the evening wearing only his lungi (ankle-length, wrap-around attire), bare from the navel up. I was still in great spirit, flowing with the Mahanam, and had experienced this Fragrance many times during the day.

Dadaji called me closer. While sitting at his feet, he stroked my back, my chest, and then from under my beard produced a beautiful watch that I am now wearing. It certainly is unique looking with bevelled glass crystal, purple and silver face with gold marking and hands. My eyesight is so poor I couldn't read the original markings on the watch, which were read by Mr. Bhasker to me as "Nino, Swiss Made". Dadaji then took the watch and touched it, whereupon the inscription was supposedly changed to "Sri Sri Satyanarayan, Made in Dreamland." Miracle or magic matters not to me. It is the holograph I have of my experience that is all-important.

I can understand well the feeling of those who have had the same experience as I, that is,

"Reaching a divine orgasm when you are reunited with yourself...His secret footprints, His secret Fragrance, His secret music follows in your heart and everywhere. God is the sound of your heartbeat, making love twenty-four hours a day."
Dadaji is very clear about the incompatibility of ego and self-realization. Unlike the other gurus and religious thinkers, he believes that the ego can just drop away without any conscious effort or retraining. Dadaji sees the ego as the main thing separating an individual from God, and looks at gurus and religion as manmade ego creations that keep one from seeing God. Your mind is attached to what you think others are thinking about you. Ego is the basis of many other blinding ailments. The "I" becomes most important and God is not thought of. Someone gets their feelings hurt when criticized or is flattered when praised, that is ego. A criticism or praise is nothing but a word or sound, yet it affects deeply some center inside us. And, that is the seat of the ego. Unless you are shorn of ego and are beyond your mind, you cannot be in tune with Him.

Although Dadaji lives in a world of business and the family, he is still aware of human love as a possible attachment. Whenever there is the feeling that "I" possess another person there is ego attachment. In America we are well aware of the romantic love centered syndrome where someone's true love has been "lost" or stolen like any other possession. Dadaji says,

"Human love is fickle and fragile and imbued with egoism. Remember Him. His Love is pure and everlasting."
For Dadaji the ego is not destroyed, but drops away when there is Self-realization, which becomes manifest through the Mahanam within. The immediacy of time does not seem important to Dadaji.
"This time of the body is temporary. We are actors and are paid according to our performance."
To Dadaji there are two forms of truth: the temporary changing truths of scientific theory and the Truth of God which is One with all things. It is this identity of Truth, Self and God, beyond scientific measurement or demonstration, that makes miracles part of reality according to Dadaji. God can cause inexplicable things to happen since He is beyond the limitations of time and space. Dadaji attributes any of the so-called miracles that happen in his presence not to himself as a doer or agent or instrument of God, but simply as an open witness to what God does on specific occasions.

Many miracles of all types, from materialization of objects, filling sealed rooms with drops of fragrant water on the floor and Fragrance in the air, to curing the incurable and bringing people back into their bodies after death, are all attributed to Dadaji. According to the writings about such instances, one of the most common occurrences is for Dadaji to heal by long distance telephone calls. According to voluminous testimony, when Dadaji receives a call in Calcutta from even London or the United States, he asks the caller to place a cup of pure water before the phone receiver and it changes through the Mahanam into holy water. When the critically ill person tastes the water many thousands of miles away, the water has the holy Fragrance associated with the presence of Dadaji. According to Dadaji, what distinguishes this type of miracle-working from that of others is that he does not wish to be seen as the doer of such a miracle, but merely the actor-spectator in a drama written by God.

Dadaji's criticism of the modern guru phenomena to gain material wealth, fame, and worship by devotees, questions the motives of all gurus.

"No person can be a guru. Each person has within the Guru, who is God. Don't look to gurus (spiritual preceptors), yogis (those people who claim to be accomplished in esoteric mental/physical powers), babas (holy fathers) and saints, look person can initiate you into God. This is all humbugism and exploitation. As soon as you say, 'I am the guru, I am the doer,' you are an egoist. When those who sell God realize Him, they will be out of business."
Dadaji advocates the full use of all your senses as having been put into the human body as part of God. As long as one keeps repeating the Name of God to oneself, one's senses will never usurp one's being. Sex, like the other senses, like eating and drinking are things of the body which are fed by the Spirit so that all of life should become a continuing celebration.
"Remember Him, do your duty, enjoy."
Editor's Note: Following his visit to India early in 1979, Mr. Stewart suffered a series of heart attacks. During July, 1979, while Dadaji was visiting Los Angeles, Mr. Stewart asked Dadaji to undergo a test. Medical specialists and a camera crew would record and videotape Dadaji's bodily functions (pulse, brain waves, temperature) in Los Angeles while simultaneously, Stewart, himself in Houston, Texas, underwent medical procedures to locate specific arterial heart blockages. When the blockages were located, Mr. Stewart would call Dadaji by phone and see if, as a result, the blockages would clear up. Dadaji agreed.

In a letter sent to Dadaji prior to the test, Mr. Stewart wrote, "If I am cured, that will be very beautiful, and if I am not, that's okay, too, and will in no way interfere with my love and faith in our witnessing the Mahanam. Don't be frightened by all the gadgetry as the love and faith we have is what is important. Technology as part of the wisdom can be an aid and not an enemy of all that we can show."

Many people were gathered in the private Los Angeles residence of Dr. Khetani where reclining on a couch, Dadaji was connected to monitoring devices. Stewart and his doctors were in the operation theater in Houston. Then Dadaji's Fragrance filled the hospital room and out of nowhere appeared an elderly man offering Mr. Stewart coffee.

Dr. James Hardt, who was conducting the test in Los Angeles, was so flabbergasted with the events he dropped the phone. While Dadaji casually talked with those around him in Los Angeles, His Aroma manifesting in the Houston hospital operating room, proved that for Dadaji there is no difference between Houston and Los Angeles, no time or space. Maco Stewart was cured and later came twice to India to visit Dadaji.

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