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His Shanta Swabhav (Peaceful Demeanor)


tat te anukampam susamikshamana: most noble, peaceful, even those who act like enemies to them also he is very friendly.

Under any circumstance, Gurudeva is always seen peaceful and smiling, which is an exemplary character of a pure devotee as explained in the verse, tat te anukampam susamikshamana (Brahma Stava 10.14.8)

Once there was a delay of 5-6 hours when Gurudeva and the prachar party reached Bhatinda from New Delhi, reaching around 1 o'clock in the middle of the night instead of the scheduled time 6 in the evening.

Many of the devotees who arrived with Gurudeva were so tired that when they got rooms they simply retired without even waiting to have prasadam. But when Gurudeva was to be offered food, Gurudeva's sevak found to his surprise that all the stuff the Bhatinda devotees had prepared with love were all Punjab foods— fried things like puris and spicy curries and not a single item other than plain rice suitable for Gurudeva's offering.

There was no papaya sabji nor papaya that can be served to Gurudeva and seeing all this, Gurudeva's personal sevak naturally got angry. It was too late to get things from the market or even cook something that time. But Gurudeva, when learnt about it, told him not to get angry and said some plain rice with a little salt will do for me and asked the sevak to not bother the Bhatinda devotees who are all house-hold devotees managing the math there.

—Sri Madanmohan Prabhu



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