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Devotion as Attention to Fine Details

When I was serving in the math, I sometimes worked in the outside room on my laptop.

Gurudev saw me and asked, "Do you know any typing? Can you type a letter for me?

I told him I could do it, and he dictated a letter to me. It was about some land next to Dehradun maṭh that was belonging to one of our Godsisters. Gurudev wanted to purchase that land and our Godsister also wanted to sell it.

When he was dictating, I was shocked. He knows not only spiritual matters, but also all the legal matters, the financial matters, every aspect. He was a spiritual CEO. Each and every instruction was spiritually and materially perfect. He was explaining how you can get the land, how you can give the funds to that Mātājī – everything.

Once I was translating Dasavatar. The Hindi translation is slightly tough – a little cryptic. I translated with a little whim.

Gurudev told, "You have to understand this concept. When they were churning the ocean, Kurma felt it was scratching his itch. He took deep breaths as if he were sleeping. The waves you see in the ocean today, they are the after effect of Kurma's deep breaths."

Then there was the translation of Nṛsiṁha avatār, and again I translated incorrectly. Gurudev called me and he explained to me, correcting my English.

"Each avatār is Kṛṣṇa's incarnation, yet they have an eternal dhām also. All the avatāras have an eternal position."

Gurudev was putting a very fine emphasis on each and every thing. The philosophical meaning should not be changed.

—Hari Prasad Das, Delhi



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