Jeth Vad 14, Friday 23 Jun 2017

Jeevuba (Jaya)

In the royal home of Gadhada, Abhal Khachar had two daughter's Jeevuba (otherwise known as Jaya) was the eldest and Laduba (otherwise known as Lalita) the younger. They were the devout elder sisters of Dada Khachar. They were more interested in devotion then even the royal riches and normal activites associated with youth. Abhel Khachar's earlier children had all died and hence she was named Jeevuba (one who had survived). She was also known by the names Jaya and Motiba. From a very early age she became firmly and lovingly devoted to God. She took a dislike to luxuries and palatable dishes. She slept on the floor. Jeevuba would spend her time in-front of the idol of Bal Krishna and perform poojan with chandan, pushpa etc. and would chant mantra whilst rotating the mala. She would daily perform arti.

Once Abhal Khachar was passing by Jeevuba's room and noticed her deep in devotion. He question her, "O daughter! Why is it that in your young age you choose to perform such devotion? These are the activities, which you should do when you are elderly. This is the time for luxuries and enjoyment!" Hearing her father comment in such way she remarked, "O father! You are knowledgeable in the scriptures, why is then that you comment in this way? There is no guarantee of the body, who knows what will happen tomorrow? The human form is vary rare and indeed Deva's even yearn for such form. We should use it to firmly devote ourselves to God. Father, in this murti you see before you resides the Almighty himself. There is no question of this!"

Abhal then saw the divine miracles whereby the Lord himself emerged from the murti to dring the milk that Jeevuba had offered! Seeing this Abhal remarked, "Blessed and great is your devotion my daughter! Continue and serve the Lord as you wish. I will never again question your devotion." From that day Jeevuba took the vow of life-long celibacy. She even stopped looking at other men and would not enter places where men frequented.

Seeing the love of such a devout woman for God, Maharaj resided in Gadhpur. She was endowed with the highest qualities. As a result she would have darshan of Maharaj at will.

She lovingly served Maharaj's saints and haribhakta's. She often arranged great festivals in Gadhpur and personally saw to the getting together of necessary items, arranging the meals and preparing the Lord's thaal. In this way she extensively pleased Maharaj with her devotion.