Nama Article 6th January 2015
Pipaji was the ruler of a small principality called Mangalvat in the Gangetic plain. He was a keen student of the Bhagavad Gita, a good soldier, liberal and generous and lived in prosperity by the Grace of Mother Kali. He worshipped the Deity in sincere devotion every morning, and Kali Herself would appear in person and partake of the food offered by him in loving faith, and leave some in the plate to be taken by the devotee as Her Prasad.
One day she delayed appearing. Pipaji was much upset about it. Kali however answered his entreaties and intimated to him that a band of selfless and desireless Sadhus had come into the town, and as long as they had been without food she could not think of taking any. It was a privilege to serve them as they were the Lord's own, and were worthy of all respect and love.
The King immediately took leave of the Mother, and hastened to the Sadhus and fell at their feet. He invited them all to the palace. Pleased with the hospitality and the loving manner he had given them food, the Sadhus blessed the King and directed him and the Queen to proceed to Benaras and seek the loving grace of Saint Ramanand, and he could get also the company of Mahatma Kabir.
Pipaji abdicated his throne and with his devoted wife proceeded to Banaras where the great Saint Ramanand lovingly received him and the Queen, and permitted their residing in the Ashram. The saint gave them Upadesh and initiated them into the Taraka Mantra. Ramanand congratulated the loving pair on their good luck in having had Mother Kali Herself as their first Guru, and exhorted them to have Universal Love, see the Lord in every object, and constantly meditate on the Lord and on the Mantra which would expand their vision. Pipaji stayed with the saint for a month and then proceeded on a pilgrimage to Dwarka, where they had a hearty Darshan of the Lord Sri Krishna, and spent a most blissful time in Bhajan and meditation.
As they were returning to the Ashram of Ramanand on foot, which lay across a dense forest, a most ferocious looking tiger confronted them. The queen got terrified, but Pipaji had been meditating on the Lord as being the same occupant of the heart of every living being and that the tiger was none other than the Lord Himself. So he allayed the fears of his wife and in love accosted the tiger and called him near. The tiger ran to him like a pet dog and laid his head at Pipaji's feet. Pipaji stroked his head in great affection, and whispered into his ears the Name of the Lord and advised the tiger to give up bloodlust or any cruel method he had been accustomed to till then. Tears ran down the eyes of the tiger. Pipaji lovingly told the tiger that the Lord was the sole Master and He would provide for every one of His children. The tiger sped away into the forest greatly happy and changed. He gave up his craving for blood and was occupied with the thoughts of the Divine Providence. Without food he sat near the base of a tree for over a week, and gave up his life.
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