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The Near and The Dear

Stories of Neem Karoli Baba and His Devotees
Paperback Book
Hanuman Foundation
October, 1996
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$27.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Neem Karoli Baba was the “fat guy in the blanket” who became Richard Alpert/Ram Dass’s guru, and was as well the guru of Baba Hari Dass, Bhagavan Das, and many others both well-known and hidden in the West. A previous book by Dada Mukerjee, By His Grace: A Devotee’s Diary, beautifully honoured “Maharajji,” or great king, as he was lovingly called, with heart-touching stories of his life.

Now, in a second book, which will gladden the hearts of many, Mukerjee, who is “recognized as one of the devotees who has been closest to Maharajji... He is our elder brother in Maharajji’s spiritual family.” [Ram Dass] again spills the beans of amazing spiritual love stories of this powerful saint. Reminiscences of various disciples take one deep into the spiritual heart of Mother India.

In a preface, Krishna Das writes:

Reading these stories of Maharaj-ji and his devotees, one can’t help but sense something from a place and time just outside the reaches of memory. So many beings passed through his gates, so many hearts were nourished and so many lives touched by his grace. Where are they now, all these people who were drawn to him, who came to him and then left on the next bus, back to their homes in some distant corner of the world?...

He knows. He knows where each and every one of us is, because even though we may leave him, he never leaves us. For the great Puppet Master, no one is ever lost. In his hands he holds the strings that are attached to the soul of each and every one of us. No matter where we go, what we do, no matter whether in this body or a new one, we are attached to him by cords of love that can never be broken. He fills all space and time and we find ourselves, again and again, where we always were: here, in him.

Publisher’s Description: 

It is said that those who are dear to the ones who are dear to us become dear to us also. Early devotees of Neem Karoli Baba realized the truth of this in the early days when they first gathered together as Babaji’s devotees. They were all included in Babaji’s family, entitled to have their share in everything. The master played his game so skillfully that they learned not to shut anyone out as a stranger, or deny anyone a share and place in the family. The stories portrayed in this book are accounts by Dada Mukerjee, a former professor of Economics at Allahabad University, who is ". . . recognized as one of the devotees who has been closest to Maharajji."

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