Devotees maintain that Shri Radhe Maa is an ansh avatar (partial incarnation) of the great Goddess Durga. She has however steadfastly refuted all claims to divinity made on her behalf. She rarely speaks and when she does she urges those who seek her blessings to pray to Lord Shiva instead. Shri Radhe Maa considers Mukerian as her karma bhumi (area chosen for divine work), which was also the site she chose for erecting a grand temple that houses images of several deities, including Goddess Durga and Lord Shiva. Devotees have sought Shri Radhe Maa’s permission to erect a temple dedicated to her, which she has repeatedly turned down. She asks her devotees to consecrate her image in the sanctum sanctorum of their hearts instead. After all, she has reasoned, answering the big questions in life and solving the problems of devotees is more important than creating temples and ashrams.
Shri Radhe Maa is addressed as Devi Ma by all her devotees including members of her family.
Devotees who lines up for darshan are offered tokens by volunteers called sevadars. The devotees await their turn on the ground floor of the Bhavan which also doubles as an auditorium where live musical tributes to Goddess Durga are paid in the form of bhajans.
When she is not giving darshan, Shri Radhe Maa spends her time in partial or complete seclusion in her ‘gufa’ or cave, which is a space inside the Bhavan where she grants darshan. Devotees are not expected to donate towards Shri Radhe Maa's darshan. The food served at her gatherings, the musical performances and the darshan are free. Shri Radhe Maa nevertheless accepts offerings big and small from devotees. She also gives part of what is offered to her to devotees as a mark of her affection. Her devotees believe that Shri Radhe Maa channels her grace to devotees through her glance or ‘Drishti’ at the time of the darshans.
Those desirous of Shri Radhe Maa’s guidance for particular problems are directed to her attendant Talli Baba (A name given to him by Shri Radhe Maa.) Talli means ‘temple bell’ in Punjabi, Maa’s mother tongue.
Leading singers, including Anup Jalota, Vinod Agarwal, Arvinder Singh, Sardool Sikander, Master Salim, Panna Gill, Lakhbir Singh Lakha, Anuradha Paudwal, Roopkumar Rathod, Narendra Chanchal Bhojpuri superstar Manoj Tiwari have sung bhajans or bhets for Shri Radhe Maa.
Bhajans or bhets are musical offerings made to a deity or guru. The songs are mainly in Punjabi and Hindi.
As mentioned earlier, Mamtamai Shri Radhe Maa does not give spiritual discourses. She speaks but sparingly. Her words are therefore highly valued by her followers. Shri Radhe Maa emphasises on the need for surrender to God, humility, truthfulness, self-discipline and self-restrain. While she holds that all traditions, teachers, deities and scriptures should be respected, she says it helps if one surrenders to a particular manifestation of divinity/guru/deity of one’s choosing and directs all of one’s devotional energies in that direction.
Vachans are words uttered by a guru, avatar or deity for the illumination of devotees/ bhaktas.
• Seek what you wish from the Great Giver – Lord Bholenath.
• It is not really necessary to keep visiting me for darshan. Pray from where you are.
• Address your prayers to the power that governs the universe and all your wishes will be granted
• Don’t chase money for money’s sake.
• Do not bank on mere mortals. Place your faith in the Almighty.
• Trust the One who will never fail you.
• Refrain from criticizing those who have renounced the world for God.
• Do not gossip about monks and speak ill of spiritual teachers.
• The least among the sadhus, saints and monks and other people of God is worthier than you. Never speak ill of them.
• Pray with a pure heart and pray from where you are. He will answer your prayers. There is no need to abandon the world or retreat to a jungle.
• I am where my children are. My cave of retreat (gufa) is their heart.
• Even Lord Yama, the god of death, does not take you before he seeks the permission of your satguru.
•The celestial world has its own rules, its officers and its board of directors just like the corporate world.
• Recognise your shortcomings and also pat yourself on the back for the good that you have within you.
• Praise the one who speaks ill of you. Before long he will become a friend.
• Discipline is imposed from the outside. Self-disciple is a matter of personal effort.
• Speak every word as if it is your last. Always be sweet in your speech.
• When you become friends get as completely involved in furthering the welfare of each other as water mixes with milk.
• My Lord, grant me two wishes: the gift of living gracefully and art of dying with grace.
• He who bears hardships with a smile acquires the respect of others.
• The guru’s grace is the supreme antidote.
• The art of prayer is the art of living.
• Be truthful. Forgive those who wrong you
• Why be lowly when you can be great?
• Offering sincere service is the secret of acquiring all riches.
• One falls in the very ditch one digs for others.
• The true value of a gift is the thought behind the gifting.
• Cut the cords of attachment and expand the circle of love.
• To live without aim is to wander in a wilderness.
• Laughter and anger are enemies of each other.
• The brightest stars emerge out of the blackest darkness.
• When your aims are lofty, your achievements are bound to be great.
• Become more and more forgiving as age creeps up on you. Quit criticizing.
• He who hears bitter words and speaks sweetly in his old age attains to nobility.
• Utter the name of Shri Narayan thrice before you embark on a new venture.
• Ask before you begin a venture – will the Lord be pleased with what I am about to do?
• Look at yourself, not at what others are up to.
• All suffering comes from false pride.
• Bow to all deities but give the pride of place in your heart to one.
• Controlling the tongue is the first step on the ladder of spirituality.
• A saint is one who has the power to retaliate but chooses not to.
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