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He Lets His Gurudeva Do The Chastising

Everyone is aware of the controversies that have prevailed in the math, but not a single word of abuse from Guruji’s mouth was ever heard. During one particular incidence In Kolkata math, an ordinary meeting was called. Everyone expressed their faith in Guru Maharaj and decided to take some stern steps towards envious people. They thought he would attend, but he did not.

My Guru-varga Vaidya Om Prakashji said that he went to Gurudev’s room and prayed to him that he should control the disputing parties, but Gurudev replied, “I have come to the math to perform devotion. Our Gurudev will control or discipline.Whatever is happening here is all by Gurudev’s desire.By this, we should not be disturbed.

—Sri Partha Sarati Das (Om Prakash Lumba), Bhatinda 

Translated from Sri Krishna Chaitanya Sandesh July-Oct, 1997 (Year 17, Issue No.4, Page 56-60)

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The Joy of Hearing His Glories

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He shared one of his experiences with Srila Gurudev when he was in New Delhi. Once there was a spiritual conference in New Delhi Gaudiya Math and the devotees who attended the conference were competent in the English Language but there was no one present who could speak in English to make them understand about the Gaudiya Vaishnava Philosophy. 
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Although Grave, He is Also Very Humorous

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We could not understand why this young boy was repeatedly calling him this name, until one day I saw pūjyapāda Tīrtha Mahārāja alone with this boy. Mahārāja-jī was breathing in deeply to expand his belly, which he would then show to the boy. We then understood why the boy was calling pūjyapāda Tīrtha Mahārāja peṭa moṭā sādhu.

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He Never Complains

I witnessed many times in religious assemblies that Srila Gurudev was speaking Harikatha the whole day through due to the scheduling of so many programs in a day with absolutely no time for him to rest. 

I heard Srila Gurudev say that Vaishnavas have arranged so many programs so that my mind be engaged in thoughts of SupremeLord and so that my mind does not get to think of worldly matters. He never complained nor questioned any organizer as to why so many programs were fixed in a day.I have always seen him converse very patiently.

Considering every activity as Supreme Lord’s will he remained quiet and peaceful always.Never had I heard or seen in my spiritual life that he was in a disturbed state of mind anytime.
—Vishvambhar Das (B. L. Chotani), Manasa 

Translated from Sri Krishna Chaitanya Sandesh July-Oct, 1997 (Year 17, Issue No.4, Page 47-49) 

His Incomparable Contribution to the Vaishnava Family

Dear Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaja,
Please accept my most humble obeiscances and all glories to your most revered Gurudev, Om Vishnupad 108 Sri Srimad Bhakti Dayita Madhava Goswami Maharaj, and all glories to His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad 108 Sri Srimad Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.
You are a first class Vaishnava and one of those who inspire thousands around the world to follow the footsteps of the Sri Pancha Tattva and the chanting of the Maha mantra Hare Krishna.
I have known Your Divine Grace since 1999 and it has been a big fortune for me to see how you and our Guru Maharaj Srila Jayapataka Swami meet and work together, to make the Holy dham and the Vaishnava community better, in tune with the orders of both of your revered Gurudevas. His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Dayita Madhava Maharaja.
At your Gurudeva's ashram, our Gurumaharaja came first upon his arrival to India. This shows the respect and love that S…

He Offers a Seat of Honor to Everyone

During Jhulan festival in Vrindavan, Guru Maharaj was speaking Harikatha in the evening. Suddenly an unknown saint quietly came and sat down to hear Guruji’s Harikatha. He looked like a sanyassi but he was not carrying a tridanda. Guruji did not recognize him. He inquired about the saint and arranged to get him a seat.

Guruji explained that out of fear of an offense, he had to arrange a seat for the saint. In this way, there was a break to his Harikatha. Guru Maharaj then spoke about a similar instance that occurred during the time of Param Gurudev and also advised us to be cautious by always giving respect to others. He told us that we need to give special attention to our devotional practices. If we do not give attention to respecting others, then our devotional practices will be destroyed.

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He Answers Devotee's Questions Without Their Needing to Ask

Whenever any question arises in my mind for which I wish to seek an answer from Guru Maharaj, just by sitting in front of him and without having to ask, the answer to the question is often received.

Once when Guru Maharaj was in Bhatinda, there was a discussion in our house to ask Guru Maharaj whether his coming to math was by running away from home or was it with the permission of parents.While thinking so when we reached Guruji’s room we saw that Pandieji and his wife from Jalandhar were sitting.

Pandeji’s wife was crying because their son Bhagavan Das Prabhu had become math-vasi.  As a mother, she felt that if he stays at home then it is good.Srila Gurudev convincingly told her that there is no reason for her crying and that he had come for the Supreme Lord’s service only.  He continued, "Even I came to math running away from home," and he told his story in detail.

—Partha Sarati Das (Om Prakash Lumba)

Chaitanya Sandesh July-Oct, 1997 (Year 17, Issue No.4, Page 56-60) 

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No Fear When Following in the Steps of His Gurudeva

Most Revered Srila Gurudev, by His causeless mercy, encouraged me and my wife Bosudha Dasi to travel with Him to different places in India on his preaching tour at the end of 2010 and beginning of 2011. After touring North India and Assam we came to Kolkata in Dec. 2010. 

In the beginning of January 2011 there was an ongoing discussion among Srila Gurudeva's sevak team whether Srila Gurudev would be going to Chakdaha Jagannath temple for the annual festival or not as it was very cold there at that time. I was also afraid to go because I had just recovered from  illness.
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Gurudev smiled and then pointing at me He said: "Everything depends on him (me). We will go?" 

I replied that I heard it is cold but that it depends on You (Gurudev). 
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He Loves All Equally

Srila Gurudeva has no enmity towards anybody. We have never seen feelings of hostility towards any human being or towards animals in him.Whenever Guruji’s assistants put ‘good night’ machine (for killing mosquitoes) in Guruji’s room, he would invariably express his disapproval of it.He always uses a mosquito net so that not even small insects also face any difficulty. His efforts are always in this regard.

One time being troubled very much by cockroach menace I went to Guruji to take advice as to how I can get rid of them without committing sin.  Guruji told me that every action has a reaction and its reaction I have to necessarily suffer.Guruji then said, “Sprinkle turmeric power and they run away.”

Guruji’s vision itself is merciful, so he does not carry the feelings like this is good, that is bad.He loves all equally.

—Purushottam Das Sekhari (Punjab)

Translated from Sri Krishna Chaitanya Sandesh July-Oct, 1997 (Year 17, Issue No.4, Page 63-65)