Shivnayakji was the father of Sri Ram Kinkar.
gave discourses on the Ramayana. He was a great devotee of
Hanuman. It is believed that it was with Hanumanji's grace
that a son was born to him during the later part of his life.
Shivnayakji named his son Ram Kinkar which means "One who
would serve Sri Rama."
is believed that when Ram Kinkarji was 20 years of age. he had
a dream which inspired him to spread the word and the
interpretation of Tulsidas Ramayana.
Kinkarji has devoted his whole life to the above mission.
Wherever he goes audiences flock to listen to his words In
I hear Ram Kinkarji talk I would imagine Hanumanji talking
times I felt that he was the incarnation of Tulsidas (the
writer of the Ramayana) himself or at any rate he surely had a
direct link with him.
could he otherwise interpret passages with such deep
understanding, as I believe that only an author can comprehend
the purport of his own words In such depths.
the lecture would start I would think that the knowledge
emanated from Ram Kinkarji, then suddenly he would quote
Tulsidas couplets in the context In which he was talking,
thereby removing the due of such great insights from his own
second book Symbolisms in the Ramayana was inspired by his
talks. I gave him the acknowledgment and he gave me the
Foreword to the book together with his divine blessings.
have had the good fortune of meeting Ram Kinkarji when he
would lovingly listen to, and answer, my various queries.
minute I would talk highly about his rhetoric prowess, somehow
the smile would leave his countenance or he would hurriedly
look the other way. It was like he was not accepting the
praise as he probably recognised his talent to communicate, as
a Grace from above. Ram Kinkar cleared my doubts on various
topics on his every trip to Bombay.
have always observed that a spiritually ignorant person
suffers less; then why not just be plain Ignorant, if, as the
saying goes, ignorance is bliss". I put this question, to
Ram Kinkar. He answered me thus, "One who is asleep and
one who is in samadhi (high state of meditation) seem to be in
a similar state in as much that both do not feel pain. However
while the one in samadhi has gone beyond it, the one who is
asleep will have to go through the waking up stage and feel
the pain; until he learns to surpass it."
does one become immune to pain? According to Maharajshree, as
Ram Kinkar is affectionately called, one has to have faith in
the scriptures and believe that the world is a dream, and
nothing is worth fretting over much. The experience that the
world is a dream can be passed on from Guru to disciple, but
for that the disciple has to possess a certain receptivity.
Ramakrishna Paramahansa could awaken the latent powers of
Swami Vivekananda and yet was unable to do much for his
disciples who had served him for several years.
looks upon the karma theory interestingly: He says that when
one sees a tree with a fruit in it one knows that the fruit
comes from that particular tree. However one can see fruit
without necessarily seeing the tree from where it stems —
yet one knows without doubt that the mother tree of the fruit
is how one must see our life — whatever comes to us, be it
good or bad, it owes its birth to our own lines of action,
which may not come from this particular life, but previous
much karma can be cut by good deeds? According to Maharajshree,
medicine can control disease and sometimes get rid of It, but
many factors are involved In the process.
believes that unhappiness is not always due to bad karma - if
unhappiness brings you closer to God, then strangely. it may
be the result of good karma rather than bad.
Kinkar teaches us how to deal with the ego.
explains that when you plant a seed of grain. a lot of
unnecessary weeds sprout alongside, which withdraw the
strength from the soil thereby endangering the main plant.
when we perform good deeds, praise comes in the form of rain,
and the unnecessary weed of ego sprouts.
these weeds are mercilessly removed from the soil they will
eat into our virtues, that is the main plant.
Kinkar is one of the few surviving scholars of Modern India.
Despite his sharp intellect he has a very tender corner in his
heart for the Bhakti Marg or the Path of Devotion and Love.
man of knowledge will probe into the qualities of God but a
devotee (Bhakta) instinctively knows that God can be achieved
Bhakta devotee compares himself to a child who may not be
worthy and is helpless: yet his mother loves him and takes
care of him.
Kinkar says different people go on the religious path for
different reasons. It depends entirely upon what type of
person one is and what kind of perception one has. Different
people can go to the river and look at it from different
points of view.
person who does not know how to swim would like to know how
deep the river is.
person who knows how to swim would like to know how clean the
man who may want to drink the water would like to know how
sweet it is.
a man who takes to the path may do so for different reasons.
Some may go for spiritualism for name and fame as it does not
require a university degree to become a spiritual teacher.
lot of people take to the practice for spiritual powers. This
belief is not without foundation as people can achieve powers
whereby problems can be alleviated.
such people forget that by being truly religious one achieves
the real main miracle" — that the problems of life do
not affect you that much.
few take to the spiritual path for the real reason, i.e. to
know oneself and reach the supreme state of enlightenment.
Kinkar, though a devotee of Sri Rama. decided to hold a
discourse for a week in Vrindavan. Vrindavan is the place
where Sri Krishna grew up, hence the people there generally do
not give that much importance to the discourses on the
Ramayana. They prefer to listen to the exploits of their
beloved child Krishna.
Ram Kinkarji's personality so endeared the residents of
Vrindavan that Ram Kinkar was made to prolong his stay by
was conferred the honour of becoming a visiting professor In
the prestigious Hindu Kashi Vishwa Vidyalaya.
his admirers was the first President of India, Dr. Rajendra
Prasad who was himself a great scholar.
Kinkar has interpreted various works of Tulsidas. To ensure
that the study of Tulsidas works continue, he founded the 'Tulsi
Tatva Anusandhan Kendra".
I asked Maharajshree the validity of some people's belief that
one should not do acts of charity as it can enhance the ego.
answered that, "that is like stating that one must cut
off one's nose in order to get rid of the fly sitting on
it." However he seriously added that one must make a
conscious effort to give up the desire for merit — one must
concentrate on efforts, not the out come.
consider myself blessed by the fact that I have known
Maharajshree — a personality that makes Mother India proud
to call as her son.