‘Devotee Diaries’ Series
Devotees from India and around the world reminisce about Yatras, Kathas and magical milestone moments in their life journey with Pujya Bhaishri.
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Jitendrabhai Pancholi from Leicester, United Kingdom, shares—
Jai Shri Krishna. I first met Guruji in 2002 at the Leicester Katha. Before this, I hadn’t heard any Kathas or even his voice. I was asked to look after him by Bharti Bhen Acharya on the Pothi Yatra. I couldn’t believe it. I was quite nervous and early in the morning of the Katha, I packed my rucksack with fruit and bottles of water for him in case he got hungry or thirsty. At that time I had no idea of his strict routine. Along the route I kept thinking to myself “Shall I ask him?” Finally I plucked up the courage and he smiled and politely shook his head.
When he stepped off the Yatra lorry, he held my hand as he came down. During the Katha, I don’t think he carried Kirtals with him so I used to sit at the side of the stage and he would make a hand sign as if he was playing them. Bharti Bhen would give me some Kirtals and tell me to go and run into the stage and give them to him. I was so nervous. One day we had darshan and when my turn came, I gave him a carrier bag and said, “I’ve got something for you.” He asked, “What is it?” I replied, “Please take a look inside.” He looked inside and gave me a beautiful smile. There was a new set of Kirtals for him.
In 2016, I was blessed to have been involved in the Krishna Speaks Katha again in Leicester. That event was truly life changing. Guruji did padhramni at my house. It was such a beautiful day.
In 2017, I was lucky to be able to visit Sandipani. What an amazing trip. I recommend it to everyone to go there at least once in your life.
Guruji has had a enormous positive impact on my life. Not a day goes by where I don’t think about his teachings, his quotes, and hear his tremendous voice.
I look forward to the day I see my Guruji again in person. May Shri Hari protect him and keep him in good health.
Jai Shri Krishna.