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His Preaching is Non-different from His Conduct

The founder acharya of Gopinath Gaudiya Math, Srila Bhakti Pramode Puri Goswami Maharaj, who is considered an outstanding personality of this world once commented, “All the Gaudiya Vaishnavas, sannyasis, and saints are parts of my body, but Srimad Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Maharaj is the core of my heart.”

We are compelled to think how he has won the heart of this ideal. It is only due to his dedicated service attitude since his early life till date. 
Guruji gives emphasis to practise the instructions of the scriptures before preaching to others. He says, ‘Don’t follow me, follow my lecture only’ is applicable in politics.

Regarding preaching of dharma, he would say that our words will became impactful only to the extent we follow them in our own lives. Preaching without conduct is lifeless. It will only be an entertainment, and no one will be benefitted from it.
—Sri Bhakti Bibudh Muni Maharaj (2015)











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No Interruption in His Service

All day Gurudeva would spend time writing lectures of Param Gurudeva and keep himself busy with service. Sometime around 9 in the morning he would take some rest. Once Param Gurudeva called for one brahmachari in the morning around 9 o clock but the brahmachari was sleeping. Later when asked for an explanation he said, "Tirtha Maharaj also sleeps that time..."

Param Gurudeva did not say a thing to him, but later in Hairkatha, he said, "A surrendered devotee's any activity is seva, even sleeping also is seva. But our following should not be imitation." He had so much love for Gurudeva and that day in the whole Harikatha he spoke on his beloved disciple—our Gurudeva.

When doing kirtans, our Gurudeva goes to a different plane altogether, he would be so engrossed in the kirtan that he would not have any awareness of his clothes or anything else around him. He is avadhuta— completely unbound by this world. Once in kirtan, his dhoti fell off he didn't even notic…

His Loving Accountability

Once devotees from Punjab requested Guruji to come there.  Then Guruji asked to make arrangements and book tickets after speaking with Srila Bhakti Prasad Puri Goswami Maharaj. In those days it used to be a big trip, some 15 days here, some 10 days there like that, and in total some 2-3 months.

One night at 1 o’clock, Guruji came to my room and was waking me up. He said, "Get up, get up."

I opened my eyes and saw Guruji.  I paid obeisances all the time thinking I am dreaming that Guruji has come to my room.  Then Guruji told me to go to send a telegram.  It was 1 o’clock night.  I knew one post office from where we can send a telegram. I took cycle from Paresh Prabhu and went.

Guruji did not sleep until I came back.  He was doing japa, Harinam in the library balcony.  He was seeing outside every now and then whether I was coming or not and he continued chanting.

One policeman stopped me and asked, "Where are you going Pandit ji?"  Seeing my kantihar and anga vast…

His Spiritual Solution for Every Problem

One time when Srila Gurudev was in abroad for preaching activities and to bestow mercy on some fortunate souls there, I had the opportunity to speak to him over the telephone when he was New Jersey.

Gurudev told that the doctors diagnosed a heart problem and gave some allopathic medicines to him.Those medicines were causing weakness and hence a disturbance for the performance of Nrityakirtans (dancing while performing kirtans).So he stopped taking the allopathic medicines and started on Homeopathic medicines.After that, he could perform Nrityakirtans.
I am of the opinion that through this Gurudeva instructed me that if any hindrance comes in the way of service to Supreme Lord, then without worrying about this temporary body we have to give up the thing that is causing hindrance.
On another occasion, one of our godsister’s health was not good.Sometimes evil spirits would possess her.Once when she and her husband were in Dehradun Math for the annual function, there also the evil spirit ent…

His Constant Example of Gentleness

It was in Bhatinda Math during Kartik in 2004. One devotee was engaged to remove flies from Srila Gurudeva's transcendental body with a small fan during first Yam session. On one day that devotee didn't come, so I was requested to do this service. When I sat next to Srila Gurudeva on the stage I saw how He was completely sincerely performing His devotional practice as a practitioner, as a disciple of His Gurudev, not having any kind of false pride of being "Guru, sitting above of so many disciples," not in the least.

So, I was removing flies with the fan, then at one time two of them came on different parts of Srila Gurudeva's shining transcendental body. With a bit of dissatisfaction on them and with a desire to remove them both at the same time I used a little bit more force to remove them, perhaps even with harshness or hostility. Srila Gurudev noticed it and looked at me with a bit of dissatisfaction. Almost immediately after that, that original devotee came…

The Joy of Hearing His Glories

Recently I visited Bagbazaar Gaudiya Math in the evening and I had a very nice conversation with a senior bramhachari who started to speak about the glories of Srila Gurudev (Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaja) when learned that I am His disciple.

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. 
In the meantime, Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Maharaja entered (he was young and very strong that time) and immediately Bhakti Hriday/ Rakshak Hrishikesh Maharaj (disciple of Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura) proposed Srila Tirtha Maharaj to speak about the Gaudiya Vaishnava Philosophy in the English language. After that Srila Tirtha Maharaj started to speak profoundly about the Gaudiya Vai…

Although Grave, He is Also Very Humorous

Pūjyapāda Tīrtha Mahārāja was also very rasika, which in Bengali means ‘humorous.’ In Sarbhog, there was one young boy who visited us regularly and would always refer to pūjyapāda Tīrtha Mahārāja as peṭa moṭā sādhu, or a fat-bellied saint. Śrīpāda Mādhavānanda Prabhu was chubbier than pūjyapāda Tīrtha Mahārāja, who was in fact not so chubby, and so we were quite surprised to hear the boy use this term for pūjyapāda Tīrtha Mahārāja and not Śrīpāda Mādhavānanda Prabhu.

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.

Although pūjyapāda Tīrtha Mahārāja was usually very grave and busily engaged in attentively hearing hari-kathā and serving the Vaiṣṇavas, he also had a sense of humor.

 Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta (Madhya-l…

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.

Not only this, Guru Maharaj does not even consider his own disciples as disciples, but as friends. Therefore in his conversations, he addresses them very respectfully. Having great regard for di…