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He Who Has Conquered Sleep

Kartik vrata was going on in Chandigarh. Guruji was the first person to arrive in the sabha (religious assembly) at 3:30 am and start the Jayadhwani and Manglacharan (invocation prayers) as well as being the last to leave at night at 11: 30 pm after the last sabha. There were no signs of tiredness seen on his face. It was amazing. No signs of drowsiness or yawning. He always appeared fresh.

2-3 brahmacharis were given the duty of guarding at night. One night, out of curiosity, I wanted to peep in Guruji's room to see what he does in privacy. I was strolling outside his room and tried to check if any of his windows were open. 

One of the windows was open and from the gap between the two curtains, I saw that only a dim light was on in his room and Gurudev was sitting in the mosquito net. He had a letter in his one hand, which he was reading with the help of a torchlight in his other hand. And then he started writing in that light. 

Once I saw him doing Harinam in his room at night because he had delivered Harikatha and kirtan the whole day in the sabha and he didn't get time to do Harinama in the day time. He exhibited the quality of Gudakesh, one who has won over his sleep. He showed by his example what the importance of this human life is.

—Sri Bhakti Kinkar Damodar Maharaj





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