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'He called me Akka Saab', recalls Lata about Bhaiyyuji Maharaj

IANS  |  Mumbai 

Indore-based spiritual guru Bhaiyyu Maharaj's sudden suicide on Tuesday has shocked and stunned Asia's Nightingale,

"Yes, I knew him well and had spent a lot of memorable time in his ashram when I had visited some years ago. He seemed so well-adjusted and content. He exuded peace and a harmony with the universe. Someone who gave so much hope to others, how could he lose hope in life like this?" said a baffled Lata.

Recalling thA good times with Bhiayyu Maharaj, she says: "It was during a visit to Our hotel was right in front of his ashram. I spent almost the whole day at his asharam on his invitation. We had a meal together.Then, he too came home to us in a couple of times, had dinner with us on both occasions. It was always a pleasure to meet him. He was dignified, and regal in his bearing. He was relatively young and had a face that exuded tranquility. He always wore a tilak on his forehead with pride and grace."

Lata had a special name for Bhaiyyuji Maharaj. "EverybodyA called himA Bhaiyyuji Maharaj. I called him 'Bhiayyu Dada'. Dada being brother. He took me aside and said: 'How can you call me Dada? That is elder brother. You are like my elder sister. From now on, I will call you 'Akka Saab' (elder sister). Uss din se lekar ant tak, main unka Akka tha (from then till the end I was his elder sister)."

She recalls Bhaiyyuji Maharaaj's last visit to "He rang me up and I invited him home. But he never showed up. Later I came to know he had a very that could have taken his life. He escaped unhurt, only to end his life like this. Why did he do this? He seemed to have it all. A beautiful home, a lovely ashram, a supportive caring family, a spotless reputation and millions of devotees. Unhe kaun si taqleef andar se khaye jaa rahi thi (What was eating him up from inside?). I only hope he is is happy wherever he is now."



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First Published: Wed, June 13 2018. 23:04 IST