Loving Offering - Part 4

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis, 
Please accept our humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.

This is in continuation of the previous offering titled "Loving Offering" wherein we were meditating on the different types of examples which our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj had mentioned in his diary for the verse 9.26 of Bhagavad-Gita. In previous offering we saw that Maharaj gave the below examples.

i) Patram - the example of Draupadi satisfying the Lord by giving Him a small bit of leafy vegetable that was stuck in her akshaya patra. Today we will see the next offering. 
ii) Pushpam - elephant Gajendra offering flower to Lord.
iii) Phalam - Shabari and Vidura.

HG Viraja Krishna Prabhuji shared with us the below Gujarati bhajan once lovingly sung and explained by our spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj. This bhajan nicely narrates the loving devotion with which Shabari waited for Lord Ram and offered Him fruits. In spite of being teased by other villagers, Shabari did not lose faith in the instructions of her spiritual master and remained fixed in her devotional service. She is the best example always referred by devotees for waiting unflinchingly for a long period to serve the Supreme Lord. 

sarovara kanthe bethi sabari rate rama nu naama 
ek din aawase swami mhara antar naa ye raam 

Sitting on the banks of pampaa sarovara lake, Shabari chants the holy nama of Lord Rama, eagerly awaiting – 'One day the Lord of my Heart, Lord Rama will come……' 

vad la niche jhopadi eni nathi mata, bandhav beni / ekali eke dhyaane baithi gandi kahe chhe ganm 
sarovar kathe bhilan baithi rate ram nu naam / ek din aawase swami mhara antar naa ye raam 

Her humble hut beneath a banyan tree, she has no mother, no sister nor any relatives – all the villagers call her 'mad'; alone sitting she meditates of her Lord Rama – 'One day the Lord of my Heart, Lord Rama will come……'

rushi na vachano matheraakhi / door door ghani najaro naakhi 
phal phool lave, bhog dharave, karati enu kaam / ek din aawase swami mhara antar naa ye raam

Being obedient and putting the order of her spiritual master ahead of all other considerations, Shabari sets her eyes on the road looking far – she brings fruits, flowers, makes offering and does her devotional work -  'One day the Lord of my Heart, Lord Rama will come...'

Note: Shabari's spiritual master Matanga Rishi had forecasted and told Shabari when she was very young that one day Lord Rama will come and give His audience to her. Having unflinching faith in her spiritual master's words Shabari carries her daily duties as depicted in this song.

rata divasa ne varsho vaighya sabari bai to ghyadya thaigya / jag mag ekaja asha jyoti sukhaya haada ne charm 
sarovar kathe shabari baithi rate ram nu naam / ek sin aawase swami mhara, antar naa ye raam 

Days and nights passed; years went by; Shabari became old and weak; her skin wrinkled and bones brittle; yet alight in her heart a single flame of hope -  'One day the Lord of my Heart, Lord Rama will come……' 

aaje van maa venu wage vasant sena nikali lage 
shital mand sugandhi wayu, wato thame thaam 
ek sin aawase swami mhara, antar naa ye raam

Cool and fragrant breeze flowing, spring season arriving and resounding playing of flute in the atmosphere brings charm in the forest today - 'One day the Lord of my Heart, Lord Rama will come……' 

aaj padharya shabarina swami dhanyata bhiladi aaje paami 
shradhda veli panghari aaje vrutti paami viraam 
ek sin aawase swami mhara, antar naa ye raam

Today arrived Shabari's worshipable Lord Rama, Shabari attained bliss and tranquility. Her long standing faith got fulfilled and her heart attained satisfaction.

sajal nayane roop nihaare prabhuji milayaa lambo gaale / gadgad kanthe romanch thhaye ni sharir thhayu sumsaam 
sarovar kathe shabari baithi rate ram nu naam / ek sin aawase swami mhara, antar naa ye raam

Shabari decorated her eyes lost herself seeing the beautiful form of her Lord Rama; After a long time today she attained her Lord. Hair on her body stood at end and her body became numb. 

chaab bhari ne bhoga ye laavi chaaki chaaki apti avi 
bhava bhari arogya prabhu ye, lidho ghadika visram 
ek sin aawase swami mhara, antar naa ye raam

Shabari brought in Fruits (bera) – tasting the fruits herself first (and picking only the sweet ones) she gave the fruits to Lord Rama who ate to his heart’s content with pleasure – thereafter the Lord took some rest.

pampapoor ni bhiladi aato jag maa eni amar waato 
ram sidharya sita ne sodhva sabari pauhuchi svadham 
ek sin aawase swami mhara, antar naa ye raam 

The resident of Pampapoor, Shabari, became immortalised in this world (through her deed of waiting patiently for the Lord and then feeding her Lord with love and devotion, her already tasted ‘bera’).  Lord Rama went on to search for Sita and Shabari went back home, back to godhead. 

Another significant point is also said about Sabari's devotion. There were some sages in a nearby ashram where Shabari was living. Not knowing the great devotion of Shabari, they criticized her. Considering her untouchable, they did not allow her to enter the lake in which they used to take bath. So Shabari would take bath in another lake. As a result of this offence the sages suffered from leprosy and when Lord Rama met them, He advised them to go and take bath in the same lake in which Shabari would take bath as those waters which are sanctified by the dust of pure devotee like Shabari alone can relieve them of their suffering. They followed His instruction and repented for their mistake and finally got relieved of their disease. 

Krishna willing, we will continue to meditate further on other examples of loving offering in subsequent offering.

Hare Krishna.

Thank you very much. 
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva, 
Kalacakra Krsna das & Sudarshana devi dasi.