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That Arati is Not for Me

Once Param Pujyapad Srimad Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj came to our ashram in Haridwar with 500 Punjab devotees. Starting from Har ki Pauri, Maharaj came to our ashram dancing and singing in kirtan.

As I was about to do his aarti, he stopped me and told, “You should do Guruji's aarti, not mine.”

I told him “You are also Guru. Ontologically Guru is one, and Param Gurudev Bhakti Dayita Madhav Goswami Maharaj has whole-heartedly established you as an acharya. He has his complete mercy on you and thus coronate you as Guru. So whose aarti should I do other than yours?”

He told, “No. Perform arati to the portrait of our Gurudev.”

He took the lamp from my hand and started doing Guruji's aarti. I saw then his total dedication to Guruji. According to me, Paramgurudev Srimad Bhakti Dayita Madhav Goswami Maharaj and Param Pujyapad Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj are non-different. They came together to this world from the spiritual plane.

- Srila Bhakti Vedanta Sagar Maharaj (2015)





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