Saint Haridas

This is one of the classic stories in the life histories of Indian Saints. A Guru will go to any extent for his pet disciple

Saint Haridas was one of the very close disciples of Shri Krishna Chaithanya Mahaprabhu. His enemies got complex over of his fame. Hence they sent a prostitue to Haridas and asked her to seduce the great saint. They thought that it would be an easier way to tarnish the divine image of this ‘Sadhu’.

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But Haridas explained the prostitute about the ugly nature of her life though she was beautiful externally. Upon realising the facts, she started crying and pleaded Haridas to forgive her sins. Saint Haridas instantly accepted her as a disciple without any hesitation and initiated her with the ‘Maha Manthra’. Haridas also told her that ’Bhagawan Naama’ will purify even the greatest sinners. After getting the realization from Haridas, that female went to solitude and started chanting the ‘Maha Manthra’. She was doing the chanting till her life end. Finally she attained the lotus feet of Lord Krishna.

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After a few years, Haridas went to Puri, as per the instructions of Maha Prabhu and lived there in a simple hut. Prabhu too lived in Puri at that time and he used to visit Haridas quite often. As usual in Puri also Santh Haridas chanted the Mahamanthra in every breath of him. When he gave up his body, Prabhu took “Biksha’ in the market of Puri and collected money for the ‘Vijaya Yathra’ of his disciple. When other disciples wanted to bear the holy body of Haridas on their shoulders with great eager, Prabhu didn’t give them that opportunity and he alone carried the holy body of the very great Haridas to the ‘Rudra Bhoomi’. Prabhu’s love for Haridas is immeasurable.