Param Pujya Shri Shyam Lal Saxena ji Maharaj, was the youngest disciple of Param Pujya Lalaji Maharaj. After the demise of Pujya Lalaji Maharaj in 1931, Pujya Babuji worked tirelessly to spread the spiritual beliefs of his Guru in the northern part of India and beyond. He embodied a very intense personal divine-human encounter, gaining his greatest following primarily as a powerful spiritual visionary.
Param Pujya Babuji Maharaj was born in a very small village ‘Katiya’, district Badayan, UP. He was the eldest son of his family and his father, Munshi Pyaare Lal, a kayastha by caste, was a notable zameendar and a devotee of Shri Hanuman ji. His mother, Dal Kunwar, was a simple religious woman. It was a God fearing family into which he was born where Daan to the needy was encouraged as
a necessary ethical teaching of their faith and practice. Thus, at a very tender age, Shri Shyam Lal ji was inculcated with the traditions of bhakti. Even his childhood was characterized by the pursuit of something more special than the interests of children of his age. Little did they know that this little child would usher in a new fluidity of spiritual awakening and show the path of salvation to whoever came under his fold. His life was never a bed of roses yet he always preached that “he is happy whose circumstance suits his temper, but he is even better who controls his temper in every circumstance”.
Pujya Babuji Maharaj had three younger brothers and three sisters, who were greatly inspired by his quest for the Divine. His marriage was solemnized on 9th June 1916. Param Pujya Babuji was blessed with seven sons and two daughters. His elder sons, Dr. R.K. Saxena (Pujya Seth Bhai Sahab) and Dr. V.K.Saxena (Pujya Dinnu Bhai Sahab), were declared Adhyaksh (The Head) of Shri Ramashram Satsang by Param Sant Dr. Shyam Lal Saxena ji Maharaj. Smt Saroj Saxena, the eldest daughter of Pujya Babuji Maharaj, married to late Dr. B.N. Saxena and Smt Kusum Saxena, his younger daughter, got married to Dr. Raj Kumar Saxena.
Pujya Babuji Maharaj came in contact with Pujya Lalaji Maharaj in October, 1915. The circumstances which led to this defining moment have been recorded by Pujya Babuji Maharaj in his diary and a translated version of the same is presented here for the readers:
“I and my brother-in-law were in the seventh standard. History class was in progress in which it was being debated that King Janak was a Videh. The teacher was trying very hard to explain the meaning of the term Videh to the students, but without much success. One of our class mates Pandit Mata Charan requested the teacher to let him try and explain the meaning of Videh to the students. The teacher smiled and permitted him. Pundit Mata Charan explained that ‘Videh is one who performs all his worldly duties with perfection, and yet his thoughts are never devoid of the presence of GOD. Neither the pursuit of God, nor the worldly responsibilities prove to be a distraction’. As I have already said earlier, I, being an arya-samaji, at once started arguing that it is impossible that the two can co-exist. Pundit Mata Charan, without arguing much, intimated me about a person who being a government servant has been able to withstand the material world and is steadfast in his path to enlightenment. I showed my eagerness to meet this mysterious mystic man and a time was fixed in the evening.
That evening, the landlord of Lalaji Maharaj had invited him to a mushaayera at his home. So Pundit Mata Charan showed me Pujya Lalaji Maharaj from a distance. Since the Mushaayara was a long affair, so I returned home and again went to see him the next evening. Pundit Mata Charan introduced me to Lalaji Maharaj. Instantly Lala ji Maharaj asked “Kya Puja Karne Aaye Ho? (Have you come here to pray to GOD?)”. His words were filled with so much love that I could just reply that “it is your kindness or compassion that has brought me here, otherwise I have no standing.”
Param Pujya Babuji Maharaj started regularly interacting with Param Pujya Lalaji Maharaj since 1915 and was blessed with the love of Lalaji Maharaj and his whole family. Lalaji treated all his disciples as his own children. On an auspicious day in 1921, Lalaji Maharaj asked Babuji Maharaj to bring some sweets of 5 paise. Then he gave Diksha to Babu Ji Maharaj at the hands of his revered guru Param Pujya Maulvi Fazal Ahmad Khan Sahab. Babuji Maharaj was at the tender age of 20 then.
Param Pujya Babu Ji Maharaj passed his school examinations in 1919 with very good grades. Soon after this, once his father fell ill and a doctor was called to see him. The doctor’s rude and unkind behaviour stung Babuji Maharaj so much that he decided to become a doctor. By that time, Pujya Lala ji Maharaj had become an indispensable part of his life and he did all things with the consent of Lalaji Maharaj only. He took four rupees from his father and went directly to Fatehgarh. In his conversation with Lalaji Maharaj he asked him about the direction of his future. Lalaji Maharaj replied that he could think of two noble professions, one being a doctor and the other being a teacher. Lalaji Maharaj was of the opinion that if a teacher is inspiring enough he/she can contribute significantly towards the character formation of a student, leading to a transformed society. A doctor, on the other hand, has the capacity to relieve a person of physical pain and serves a patient even when their own kin desert them, like in case of dreaded infectious diseases. All other professions, he asserted, are just a means of earning one’s livelihood. He encouraged him to pursue medicine since this also enables one to aid the sick and the needy.
Henceforth, Pujya Babu Ji Maharaj went to Agra Medical School to study medicine and came out with flying colours in 1923 with a degree of L.M.P (Licentiate Medical Practitioner). Pujya Babuji Maharaj initially started his private practice two miles away from his birth place Katia in Alaapur in Badayun district. Within a span of six month’s he became quite famous in that area. But Param Pujya Lalaji Maharaj had other plans for him. Pujya Lalaji Maharaj was of the opinion that in private practice of medicine a person is restricted to a certain area and he wanted Babuji Maharaj to spread his divine and spiritual message to all and sundry. So on the behest of his Gurudev, Pujya Babuji Maharaj joined a government job in July 1923 for a monthly salary of Rs 120 as opposed to the six to seven hundred rupees of his private practice. Such was his obedience and love for his Guru. This decision of his was also against his father’s will who wanted him to stay in his hometown and look after his zameendari.
Pujya Babuji Maharaj retired in 1956 at the age of 55, but due to his commendable work the government honoured him and extended his tenure for another two years. Pujya Babuji Maharaj retired finally from his medical profession in Hapur. During his tenure he was honoured by the government for his excellent work several times.