Skip to main content

He Gives Bliss to Devotees Even in the Midst of Fearful Surroundings

Devotees from all over India had arrived at GNRC hospital in Guwahati after Gurudev was admitted there. There were many who did not worry about their job or family responsibilities and just left. We were very anxious and worried about Gurudev's health. That tension was seen on the faces of devotees and his sevak team.

Gurudev responded to each and every person who had come there. I had seen the line for Gurudev's darśan in the maṭh previously, and I was reminded of that when I saw the line in GNRC hospital. While we were waiting, we heard that Gurudev has come to external consciousness and is giving darśan.

I saw this as if Gurudev was reciprocating with the devotees who had come there. One devotee who had come from Bombay went in to have darśan and came out. His name was Bunty. He was so happy. He said that Gurudev's face was so bright. The darśan that he had was seen on his shining face. He was so happy.

Jyoti Mātājī was the next to have darśan. When she came out, she was also so happy. I thought Bombay devotees have a different kind of mood, a different kind of feeling –it must be their special fortune that they are getting this kind of darśan. I wondered what kind of darsan I would have.

The next person to come out was Ashok Prabhu from Bangalore. He was so happy!

He said, "Gurudev's face is so bright, he is like a newborn baby."

He is a practical person, he doesn't come in a mood of bhāv very easily. If you prepare a dish for him, if he doesn't like it he says it is not good, so I thought, he is also saying!

Finally, it was my turn to have darśan of Gurudev. I will never forget that darsan. It was like he was the rising sun – a soothing color, but without giving strong waves. It was a very reassuring darśan. His lotus face was turned toward the devotees who were coming for darśan. His eyes were open, and his lotus hands were moving. It was altogether a different darśan we all had, and then I came to understand what the three devotees must have been feeling.

I understood that darsan as a reciprocation with all the devotees who had come there, and an acceptance of the service offered by the devotees from their hearts.

—Nanda Dulal Das, Kolkata

Popular posts from this blog

His Life of Service is a Brilliant Light in a World of Darkness

His Holiness Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaja, 

I bow my head and prostrate my body at your lotus feet. 

Upon being invited to share my heart on the holy occasion of your Vyasa Puja, I am grateful.

I am remembering the precious times that we spent together, sometimes in the hills of Sri Brajabhumi or at other times in the hills of Marin County, California. Wherever in the world you are, you are ever absorbed in dispelling materialistic and impersonal misconceptions while sharing your heart's love for the divine service of Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga.

We have all been blessed by your heartfelt humility, deep wisdom of the Bhakti Sastras, and profound compassion to all beings. 

Your lifetime of loving service is a brilliant light that reveals, for people in this world of darkness, the infinite flow of grace that is forever descending from the hearts of Sri Sri Radha Gopinath and floods the world through the merciful Acaryas of our Gaudiya Parampara. On this sacred day of your…

A Great Fortune to Be in His Care

I had the good fortune to have the association of Srila Bhakti Ballabha Tirtha Maharaja. His spiritual master, His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Dayita Madhava Maharaja was kind enough to allow me to stay in his ashram in Kolkata. He personally 
put me in the care of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Ballabha Tirtha Maharaja while I was there.

Later, His Divine Grace Bhakti Dayita Madhava Maharaja was made a trustee of AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Charity Trust. After his departure to the spiritual world, His Divine Grace Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Maharaja was kind enough to continue the role of being a trustee of the AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Trust.

It was customary that he would speak some Harikatha on the occasion of our meeting of those meetings He would speak so that we would all be reminded of our primary purpose of Krishna Consciousness to serve the Pancha Tattva with words, thoughts, and deeds.

From then on, year after year, I met with him to work out strategies on how to preserve the holy places o…

Remembering His Guwahati Lila as a Precedent for These Current Sickness Pastimes

The following observations and divine incidents related to Srila Gurudeva's sickness pastimes in Guwahati, 2013 were noted by Prahlad Das and sent out to those on the mailing list. We have compiled them here:


atah sri krishna namadi na bhaved grahyam indriyaih
sevonmukhe hi jihvadau svayam eva sphuratyadah

The pastimes of Supreme Lord and His dear associates are beyond the comprehension of a material mind. But only to a surrendered soul performing loving devotional service, They are revealed.

Pure devotees descend from the Lord's Abode by Their own will and perform many extraordinary and seemingly ordinary pastimes. In the course of their every activity,  they instruct and inspire the souls of the world diseased with material vanity to perform loving devotional service to the Supreme Lord. But by playing the special pastimes of sickness they intensify the mood of loving exchange of surrendered disciples.

Srila Gurudev spoke volumes and enchanted many, especially those wh…