The March edition of the monthly Hanuman Chalisa Satsang was organized on 27th – the last Sunday of the month. The five days Holi festival was on, and the next day was the main day of Rang Panchami, yet a good number of devoted Hanuman Bhaktas turned up. In Indore on the Rang Panchami day – a big procession is taken out, it is called Ger. It is a huge procession with mechanized sprinklers mounted on trucks etc and it passes through the main city roads felicitating one & all, this is in fact the real Holi day at Indore.
As ususal the Satsang program started with lovely spirited bhajans by the Bhajan Mandali. Later when Poojya Guruji came on the Vyasa Peetha, he was welcomed by Sh Sunil Kumar Oza, and later everyone chanted Hanuman Chalisa and lead by Poojya Guruji everyone did Ram-Naam Sankirtan, and then started the main pravachan. Poojya Guruji continued his deliberations on the 8th chaupayi – राम चरित सुनबे को रसिया। राम लखन सीता मन बसिया।
Poojya Guruji said that this chaupayi tells that Hanumanji loves to hear the Ram-Katha very much. Ram-Katha is indeed very unique & divine, in as much that it caters to all kind of devotees and answers all questions of all kind of students. He co-related the love for listening to Ram-Katha with Navdha Bhakti. Both in Bhagwat and Ramayana, we have nine steps to manifest Bhakti for Ishwar. First a person should have a clear goal that I need to be blessed with Ishwar-Bhakti in my heart, and then comes the sadhana-vivek. He revealed the statements of Goswami Tulsidas wherein he says that ‘O God! please bless me with such bhakti – as intense as the infatuation of an infatuated person, and this should keep growing as the greediness of a greedy man. Once we get such a goal, then comes the question of means. We need to put some concerted efforts to acquire this and this is what Navdha Bhakti is all about. They are nine stages to acquire Bhakti. When a great Acharya of Bhakti is said to love hearing the Katha of Ramji, then between the lines we are being told the path to acquire bhakti. He said Sravana is not merely listening but is discernment of the main message & purport of the scriptures, and requires not only very attentive listening but also subsequent meditation on the nwly acquired knowledge and then singing & sharing our newly acquired wisdom with all – this goes on till complete Atma-Nivedan happens. That is when the true doors of Bhakti opens up.