गायों के प्रति इतना प्रेम !

गायों के प्रति इतना प्रेम !

गौ-प्रेम से जुड़े पूज्य बापूजी के कुछ प्रेरणाप्रद हृदयस्पर्शी प्रसंग

गोपाष्टमी (4 नवम्बर) पर विशेष

पूज्य बापूजी ने न केवल गौ-महिमा जन-जन तक पहुँचायी है बल्कि गौ-सेवा के अनेक कार्य भी किये हैं । आज पूज्यश्री के मार्गदर्शन में देशभर में 45 से अधिक गौशालाएँ चल रही हैं, जिनमें 9000 गायें हैं ।

अपनी अति व्यस्त दिनचर्या में से भी समय निकालकर गायों के चारा-पानी, रखरखाव आदि का ध्यान रखना, कई बार गौशालाओं में जाकर स्वयं अपने हाथों से गायों की सेवा करना, गौ-पालकों को प्रोत्साहित करना आदि कार्य बापूजी के गौ-प्रेम को दर्शाते हैं । संतश्री का यह दैवी कार्य सभीके लिए अत्यंत प्रेरणाप्रद साबित हुआ है । पूज्य बापूजी के साधक एवं बापूजी को जानने-माननेवाले समस्त अनुयायी सदैव गौ-सेवा के लिए तत्पर रहते हैं ।

यहाँ ऐसे ही कुछ प्रसंग बता रहे हैं श्योपुर गौशाला के गजानंद भाई, जो सन् 2000 से गायों की सेवा में रत हैं तथा जिन्हें सन् 1986 से पूज्य बापूजी का सत्संग-सान्निध्य प्राप्त होता रहा है :

‘‘एक भी गाय कत्लखाने नहीं जानी चाहिए’’

सन् 2000 में राजस्थान में भीषण अकाल पड़ा था । उस समय निवाई (जि. टोंक, राज.) व आसपास के गाँवों के लोग पानी एवं घास के अभाव में गायों को छोड़ देते थे तो कत्लखानेवाले उन्हें ले जाते थे । निवाई के कुछ साधकों व अन्य लोगों ने जब गायों की ऐसी स्थिति देखी तो उनसे रहा न गया । वे यहाँ-वहाँ घूमनेवाली बेसहारा गायों को लेकर एक जगह रखते और उनके खाने-पीने की व्यवस्था करते । गायों की संख्या रोज बढ़ते-बढ़ते 1460 तक पहुँच गयी । इतनी सारी गायों की व्यवस्था करना व इतना खर्च करना उनके लिए सम्भव नहीं था । इलाज आदि के अभाव में कई गायें मर भी जाती थीं ।

पूज्य बापूजी तक जब यह बात पहुँचायी तो गुरुदेव ने तुरंत गायों की सेवा में लगने का आदेश दिया । उस समय मैं दोंडाईचा (महा.) आश्रम में था । गुरुदेव ने मुझे बुलवाया, बोले : ‘‘तुम लोग जाकर गायों की सेवा में लग जाओ । एक भी गाय कत्लखाने नहीं जानी चाहिए । पैसा जितना चाहिए भेज देंगे । अच्छे-से-अच्छा डॉक्टर लाओ । पशु-आहार लाओ और गायों को खिलाओ ।’’

गुरुदेव के निर्देशानुसार हम कुछ भाई निवाई पहुँचे और गायों को चारा-पानी व चिकित्सा उपलब्ध करायी । आगे चलकर निवाई में एक भव्य गौशाला का निर्माण हुआ, जिसका उद्घाटन 14 जून 2000 को पूज्य बापूजी के करकमलों से हुआ ।

बारिश के रूप में बरसी गुरुकृपा

निवाई में करीब 2100 गायें हो गयी थीं और एक ही बाड़ा था । इतनी गायों को एक साथ रखकर व्यवस्था करना मुश्किल होता था । पता चला कि निवाई से 210 कि.मी. दूर श्योपुर के पास के जंगल में गायों को रखने की व्यवस्था हो सकती है तो हम 8-10 आश्रमवासी भाई निवाई से 1400 गायें लेकर वहाँ के लिए निकल पड़े । हम हर रोज 20 से 25 कि.मी. चलते और शाम होने पर किसी गाँव में रुक जाते । कई जगह गाँव के लोगों को चिंता होती कि ‘ये यदि गायों को छोड़कर चले गये तो हमारा क्या हाल होगा !’ तो वे रुकने का विरोध करते, रात में हम पर नजर रखते । सुबह जब हम आगे बढ़ते थे तो उन गाँवों के लोग भी अपनी गायें हमारी गायों में मिला देते । इस प्रकार गायों की संख्या बढ़ते-बढ़ते 2400-2500 हो गयी ।

7वें दिन की घटना है । ‘वर्धा का खुरा’ नाम का एक गाँव आया, वहाँ पर हमने भोजन किया । हमको लगा कि आगे पानी मिल जायेगा । 10-12 कि.मी. चले होंगे । चारों तरफ जंगल-ही-जंगल था । कहीं पर भी पानी का कोई साधन नहीं दिख रहा था । मोबाइल की व्यवस्था थी  नहीं । बकरी  चरानेवाले  लोग मिले, उनसे  पूछा तो उन्होंने बताया कि ‘‘यहाँ से 8-10 कि.मी. दूर तालाब है ।’’

सूर्य आग बरसा रहा था । गला सूख रहा था और गायें भी प्यास से व्याकुल हो रही थीं । हालत बहुत गम्भीर थी । 1-1 कि.मी. रास्ता पार करना भी टेढ़ी खीर था । ऐसे में 8-10 कि.मी. चलना असम्भव था । हमको एक गुरुदेव का ही सहारा दिख रहा था । हमारे हृदय से प्रार्थना निकल रही थी कि ‘गुरुदेव ! अब नहीं चला जाता, अब आप ही बचा सकते हैं ।’

थोड़ी ही देर में जो चमत्कार हुआ, उसकी हमने कल्पना भी नहीं की थी । वहाँ बारिश होने लगी और इतनी हुई कि गड्ढे आदि पानी से भर गये । हम लोगों ने पानी पिया और गायें भी तृृप्त हो गयीं ।

हम सभी भाई गुरुदेव का गुणगान करते हुए आगे बढ़े और वहाँ ऐसा कुछ देखने को मिला कि उसे देखकर आश्चर्य को भी आश्चर्य हो जाय । मात्र आधा-पौना कि.मी. के बाद एकदम सूखी जमीन थी । अर्थात् जहाँ-जहाँ गायें थीं वहीं पर बारिश हुई थी, उसके अलावा के क्षेत्र में एक बूँद भी पानी नहीं गिरा था ! उस समय मैंने बापूजी की सर्वव्यापकता व सर्वसमर्थता का प्रत्यक्ष अनुभव किया ।

इतना ही नहीं, गुरुकृपा ऐसी बरसी कि हम गायों को ले के आगे जिस-जिस गाँव से गुजरते वहाँ-वहाँ बारिश होने लगती ।

आखिर 11वें दिन हम गंतव्य-स्थल पर पहुँच गये । वहाँ पर आसपास के गाँवों के 40-50 लोग आये और गायें रखने का विरोध करने लगे लेकिन उन्हींके गाँवों के कुछ लोगों ने जब कहा कि ‘जब से बापूजी की गायें यहाँ पर आयीं तभी से तो अपने यहाँ बारिश शुरू हुई है !’ तो उन्होंने भी इस सच्चाई को स्वीकार किया और गायों को रखने की स्वीकृति दे दी ।

इतनी सारी गायों को 210 कि.मी. दूर पहुँचाना हमारे लिए असम्भव था लेकिन गुरुदेव ने कैसे उसे सम्भव बना दिया, वह हमारी समझ से परे की बात है ! कुछ गायों को यहाँ से आश्रम की अन्य गौशालाओं में भेजा गया । आज श्योपुर में 1800 गायों की सेवा का भगीरथ कार्य पूज्यश्री की कृपा से अविरत चल रहा है ।

गायों के प्रति इतना प्रेम !

2004 के आसपास की घटना है । बापूजी सत्संग करने श्योपुर पधारे थे । अपनी गायें श्योपुर आश्रम से 50 कि.मी. दूर जंगल में रहती थीं । सत्संग पूरा हुआ, बापूजी बोले : ‘‘गजानंद ! गायों को देखना है । जंगल में चलते हैं, चल !’’

हम गाड़ी से जंगल के लिए निकले । बारिश के दिन थे । लगभग 40 कि.मी. चले होंगे । दलदल होने से गाड़ी के पहिये उसमें धँसने लगे ।

मैंने कहा : ‘‘गुरुदेव ! गाड़ी आगे जाना सम्भव नहीं है ।’’

बापूजी : ‘‘फिर कैसे पहुँचेंगे ? हमको तो गायों को देखना है ।’’

‘‘जी, पैदल जाना पड़ेगा ।’’

शाम के साढ़े सात-आठ बजे होंगे । अँधेरा हो गया था । बापूजी हमारे साथ 7-8 कि.मी. पैदल चलते हुए जंगल में वहाँ पहुँचे जहाँ गायें थीं ।

एक टेकरी के पास हमने तम्बू लगाया हुआ था । उसमें फटा-पुराना कम्बल बिछा हुआ था । सहजता की मूर्ति पूज्य बापूजी उसी पर विराजमान हो गये । पूज्यश्री ने पूछा : ‘‘गजानंद ! गायें कहाँ हैं ?’’

‘‘जी, यहाँ कीचड़ है इसलिए आसपास में अच्छी जगह ढूँढ़कर बैठ जाती हैं ।’’

‘‘कब आयेंगी ?’’

‘‘जी, सुबह आयेंगी ।’’

हमारे तम्बू में एक ग्रंथ रखा था । उसे देखकर बापूजी बोले : ‘‘यह ग्रंथ कौन-सा है ?’’

‘‘जी, योगवासिष्ठ महारामायण है ।’’

‘‘पढ़ो ।’’

मैं पढ़ने लगा और बापूजी उसी कम्बल पर लेटे-लेटे सुनने लगे । 2-5 मिनट पढ़ा, मैंने गुरुदेव की आँखें बंद देखीं तो मुझे लगा कि गुरुदेव सो गये होंगे । मैंने पढ़ना बंद कर दिया । इतने में गुरुदेव ने फिर से पूछा : ‘‘गायें कहाँ हैं ?’’

‘‘जी, जंगल में ।’’

‘‘पढ़ो ।’’

मैं फिर से पढ़ने लगा । 2-5 मिनट बाद फिर से बापूजी की आँखें बंद दिखाई दीं तो मैंने पुनः पढ़ना बंद कर दिया ।

फिर से पूज्यश्री बोले : ‘‘गायें कहाँ हैं ?’’

ऐसा लगभग 5 से 6 बार हुआ होगा । रात के करीब 11-12 बजे थे । गुरुदेव बोले : ‘‘गायों के पास जाना है ।’’

मैंने कहा : ‘‘जी, अभी जाना है ?’’

‘‘हाँ-हाँ !’’

वहाँ इतना कीचड़ था कि पैर रखो तो धँस जाय । मैं और 2-3 भाई मिलकर बापूजी को पैर रखने के लिए एक-एक पत्थर आगे डालते जा रहे थे । बड़ी मुश्किल से वहाँ पहुँचे जहाँ गायें बैठी थीं । हमारे सामने कुल गायों में से लगभग 1000-1100 गायें उपस्थित थीं । जंगल में रहनेवाली हमारी गायें रात के समय बहुत चौकन्ना रहती हैं । थोड़ी भी कुछ आहट होती है तो रक्षा हेतु तुरंत भागकर इधर-उधर हो जाती हैं लेकिन आश्चर्य कि उस दिन ऐसा नहीं हुआ !

आज भी मुझे उस रात का अनोखा दृश्य याद है । अँधेरी रात... बिजली चमक रही थी... मेघ गरज रहे थे... पहले तो गायें हमको देखकर चौंक गयीं लेकिन जैसे ही बापूजी की दिव्य दृष्टि गायों पर पड़ी तो वे झुंड बनाकर पूज्यश्री के पास आ गयीं । गुरुदेव ने गायों को सहलाया, उनकी पीठ पर हाथ घुमाया । गायें भी बापूजी के प्रति अपना प्रेम प्रकट करते हुए पूज्यश्री को चाटने लगीं । फिर गुरुदेव बोले : ‘‘अब चलो, मेरा संकल्प पूरा हो गया ।’’ फिर पूज्यश्री तम्बू में आये और बाकी रात बितायी । सुबह उठे तो गायें तम्बू के सामने ही थीं । बापूजी को देखकर फिर से

सभी गायें पास में आ गयीं । पूज्यश्री ने सब पर दृष्टि डाली । गायों ने भी गुरुदेव को निहारा ।

पूज्यश्री हम लोगों से बोले : ‘‘तुम्हारा तो यहाँ पर ऋषि-जीवन है ।’’

सुबह फिर से बापूजी कुछ कि.मी. पैदल चले फिर गाड़ी से श्योपुर आश्रम के लिए निकल गये । पूज्य बापूजी के गायों के प्रति इतने प्रेम को देखकर मेरा हृदय गद्-गद् हो गया !  

 

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Inspiring incidents reflecting Pujya Bapuji’s love for Cows

(4th November: Gopashtami Special)

Pujya Bapuji has not only promulgated the glory of cows; but has also carried out numerous activities pertaining to cow-service. Today, there are more than 45 gaushalas (refuges for cattle) across the country under the guidance of Pujyashri; sheltering around 9000 cows in total.

Bapuji’s activities, like taking the time out of His hectic schedule to ensure the requirements of cows – like fodder, water, along with general maintenance and care; visiting the gaushalas personally and serving the cows (with His own hands), encouraging cowherds; etc., showing His extreme love for cows. This divine work of Santshri (Bapuji) has proved to be highly inspirational to everyone. His sadhakas and entire followers and believers are always keen to serve cows.

Gajananda Bhai of Sheopur Gaushala, who has been engaged in cow-service since 2000, and has been availing the proximity and satsanga (spiritual discourses) of Pujya Bapuji since 1986, shares some reminiscences below:

“Not a single cow should be driven to the slaughterhouse”

In 2000, a severe drought struck the state of Rajasthan. During that period, due to a lack of water and grass fodder, people of Newai (dist. Tonk, Raj.) and other villages around left the cows to wander freely (unattended), they would then be driven to slaughter by butchers. When some sadhakas and other concerned people of Newai came to know about the situation of the cows, they just couldn’t tolerate it. They would bring together all the freely wandering stray cows; and keeping them in a safe place, would arrange for their food & water. The number of such cows increased on a daily basis until it went up to 1460. It was beyond their financial status to arrange for the maintenance of so many cows; and as a result, due to lack of medical treatment, etc., many cows eventually died.

When Pujya Bapuji got to know of this, He immediately ordered sadhakas to urgently engage themselves in service to cows. At that time, I was in Dondaicha (Mah.) ashram. Gurudev called for me, and said, “You people get engaged in the service to cows. Not even a single cow should be driven to the slaughterhouse (by butchers in that region). The required amount of money will be sent. Just make sure that you hire the best cow veterinary surgeons. Buy forage and feed the cows.”

As per Gurudev’s command, some of us sadhaka-brothers arrived in Newai, and arranged for the food (fodder and water) and medical treatment of the cows. Later on, a splendid gaushala was built in Newai, which was inaugurated by the Holy Hands of Pujya Bapuji on 14th June 2000.

The Grace of Guru showered in the form of Rain

The number of cows being sheltered in Newai gaushala reached around 2100; and there was only one pen at that time. It was difficult to tend to that many cows in a single pen. On getting to know that the cows could be tended in the woods near Sheopur (210 kilometers from Newai), 8-10 of us residents of the ashram, set out for Sheopur from Newai with a caravan of 1400 cows. Every day we would walk 20 to 25 kilometers; and then halt in a village at the fall of dusk. In quite a lot of places, villagers would worry – ‘What will happen if these people abandon the cows and leave!’, so they would oppose our halting in their village, and keep a vigil on us. When we set off in the morning, the residents of other villages would add their cows to the herd of our cows. Thus, on our way, the number of cows increased to 2400-2500.

This happened on the 7th day of our journey. We reached a village called ‘Wardha Ka Khura’ where we took our food, assuming that we would get water somewhere nearby on our way ahead. We walked for around 10-12 kilometers when we arrived at a wood. No source of water was to be found anywhere. We didn’t have the facility of mobile phones back then. Then we came across some goatherds, who, on being asked, told us – “There is a pond located 8-10 km from here.”

The sun was scorching and our throats were parched due to thirst; even the cows were getting afflicted with excessive thirst. The situation was quite serious. It was quite challenging to cover the distance of even a single kilometer. Given all this, it was impossible to walk another 8-10 km. All we could rely upon was none but Gurudev. We could see Him as our only saviour. The prayer that was coming out of our respective hearts was – ‘Gurudev! We can’t walk any further, now you are our one and only saviour.’

Shortly thereafter, a miracle took place. It was something that we couldn’t have imagined. It started to rain and it poured so heavily that all the pits around were filled with water. We all quenched our thirst by drinking water, and so did the cows.

Singing the glory of Gurudev, we sadhaka-brothers set off again and soon we noticed something that would astonish even astonishment. Just half to three-quarters of a kilometer away, the land was completely dry; which implied that it had rained only around the cows; not a single drop of rain had fallen anywhere else in that region! That’s when I realized the omnipresence and omnipotence of Bapuji.

Not only this, to add to our surprise, the impact of Guru’s grace showering on us was such that it would begin to rain in every village we passed through with the cows.

Finally, we reached our destination on the 11th day. Then came some 40-50 people from neighbouring villages, who started to oppose the idea of us keeping cows in that area; however, when the residents of those villages claimed – ‘It’s only after Bapuji’s cows arrived that rainfall began’, they accepted this fact and allowed us to provide shelter for the cows.

It was impossible for us to drive so many cows a distance of 210 km; yet, how Gurudev made it possible for us is something that is beyond our comprehension! Some cows were sent from here to other gaushalas of the ashram. Today, by virtue of Pujyashri’s grace, the herculean task of tending 1800 cows continues incessantly in Sheopur.

So much love for the cows!

The following incident dates back to somewhere around 2004. Bapuji was visiting Sheopur for a satsang-programme. During that period, our cows resided in a jungle 50 km from Sheopur ashram. On the conclusion of satsang, Bapuji said, “Gajananda, I want to see the cows. Let’s go to the jungle.”

We left for the jungle forest in a car. It was rainy season. We had barely travelled 40 km when we realised that the car tyres were starting to sink and were getting stuck in the mud.

I said, “Gurudev! It’s quite impossible to drive the car further.”

Bapuji, “Then how are we going to make it to the forest? I have to see the cows.”

“Ji, we will have to walk there.”

It was around 7:30 – 8:00 in the evening and dusk had already fallen. Bapuji walked with us for around 7-8 km, and thus, we made it to the place in the jungle where the cows were present.

We pitched a tent near a hillock, in which a worn-out blanket was spread. Pujya Bapuji, an icon of simplicity, took a seat on the blanket; and said, “Gajananda! Where are the cows?”

“Ji, it’s quite muddy here; hence, the cows generally find a suitable place nearby to sit.”

“When will they come back?”

“Ji, in the morning.”

There was a scripture kept in the tent. Looking at it, Bapuji asked, “Which scripture is this?”

“Ji, it is Yoga Vasishtha Maharamayana.”

“Read it.”

I started to read it aloud and Bapuji, laid on the blanket, started hearing. I must have read for 2-5 minutes when I noticed that Gurudev’s eyes were closed, which made me assume that He must have fallen asleep. I stopped reading but Gurudev again asked, “Where are the cows?”

“Ji, in the jungle.”

“OK, continue to read.”

I continued to read and again, 2-5 minutes later, I noticed that Bapuji’s eyes were closed and I stopped reading.

Again, Pujyashri asked, “Where are the cows?”

This was repeated around 5-6 times. Then at around 11.00 to 12.00 midnight, Gurudev said, “I want to go near the cows.”

I said, “Ji, now?”

“Yes, now!”

It was so muddy out there that our feet, on merely placing them, would get stuck in the mud. So, I and 2-3 sadhaka-brothers laid stones ahead, one by one for Bapuji to walk on. With great difficulty, we made it to where the cows were sitting and resting. Around 1000-1100 cows from the total number of cows were present in front of us. Generally, our cows, when inhabiting the jungle, remain very alert. Even the light sound of footsteps was enough for them to run off to seek protection; but to our surprise, this didn’t happen!

Even today, I recall that amazing and peculiar sight of that night. It was a dark and stormy night, with lightning and thunderstorms. Initially, the cows were quite shocked to see us. But as soon as Bapuji cast His divine glance upon them, the cows came together in a herd and flocked around Pujyashri. Gurudev, moving His hand gently on the backs of cows, caressed them. In response, the cows started to lick Pujyashri to express their affection. Then Gurudev said, “Let’s go now, my resolve has been fulfilled.” Then Pujyashri came back to the tent and spent the rest of the night there. When we woke in the morning, the cows were standing in front of the tent. Looking at Bapuji, the cows again flocked to Him in a herd. Pujyashri cast His glance upon them; responding, the cows gazed at Gurudev.

Pujyashri said to us, “Your lifestyle here is like that of Rishis.”

In the morning, Bapuji again walked for some kilometers and then left for Sheopur ashram in the car. Noticing the depth of love that Pujya Bapuji has for cows, my heart was overwhelmed with joy! (To be continued…)

 

[Rishi Prasad - October 2019-ISSUE322]            

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