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Lilas of Maharajji

The Lilas of Maharajji Section of contains book reports, stories from books about the lilas (Play of the Gods) of Neem Karoli Baba / Neeb Karori Baba, and stories about Maharajji's lilas that are not in any books.

The Old Man Will Not Die Now

Kanhaiyalal Srivastava of Allahabad was lying on his back at home, eating an unpeeled apple, when a piece of it got stuck in his windpipe. He started to have difficulty breathing, and the more he tried to get it out, the deeper into the windpipe it went. He was taken to Medical College Hospital, where the doctors decided to operate. In tears members of Kanhaiyalal's family went running to Maharaj, who was staying nearby at Church Lane, and they asked him to save the old man's life. Baba said, "The old man will not die now." They did not believe what Baba said and were afraid of the operation. Meanwhile Kanhaiyalal experienced a violent fit of coughing back in the hospital, and by Baba's grace the piece of apple came out. When the members of his family arrived at the hospital, they found him cured.

Favors to Rani Bhadri

When my late husband, Raja Bhadri, went to Pantnagar University as its vice chancellor, I went with him. During our stay there my mother became seriously ill. I was crying in distress when Baba arrived and relieved me of my worry by saying, "Don't cry, your mother will be alright."

Baba's Central Jail

The watchman at Vrindavan ashram was making money on the sly by selling bags of cement while the ashram was under construction. Baba, knowing all, feigned ignorance, but when someone made a complaint to him, he called the watchman and asked him, "How much have you sold the cement for?" He replied, "Two hundred and fifty rupees." Giving him two hundred and fifty rupees more, Baba turned him out of the ashram. The man became jobless, and after wandering here and there for some time, he returned to Baba. He apologised with a heavy heart for his misdeeds and asked Baba to take him back into his service. Baba appointed him watchman at Sankat Mochan Hanuman temple in Lucknow. The manager at the temple was his devotee Bhushan Chandra Joshi, the former superintendent of Central Jail in Agra. Baba told people that he sent the watchman to Central Jail.

Grace Unasked

Baba was sitting in a house in Nazarbag, Lucknow, where a large crowd of devotees had gathered outside. Suddenly Baba asked Pooran Chandra Pande to call a rickshaw to go to someone's house in Mahanagar, even though there was a car standing outside. When the rickshaw arrived, Baba got in and took Pande with him. On the way Baba addressed the rickshaw puller, who he had not met before, saying, "Rahim, is your wife very ill?" He replied that she was seriously ill. Baba very politely said, "Come, take us to your house." Rahim took them to his house. Baba glanced at the patient and said, "Don't worry, she will be alright." Baba then returned to the house in Nazarbag

A Winning Ticket

One day a man named Gangadhar Padhalni from the Kumaon hills came to meet Baba at Kainchi ashram. He had a minor job with Roadways and was concerned about his inability to meet his family's expenses. Although he did not say anything about it to Baba, Baba asked a devotee to give Gangadhar five rupees. Then Baba said to him, "Buy a lottery ticket in your wife's name." Gangadhar's wife was from Kerala. He followed Baba's instructions, and they won 500,000 rupees. His wife purchased property with the money, and they lived confortably for some time. Later the woman became emotionally upset by her husband's extravagance and returned to Kerala. Baba made sure she was provided for.

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