I heard a very heart-touching pastime of Srila Guru-Maharaj from Sri Gobindadas Prabhu, a disciple of Srila Bhakti Pramode Puri Goswami Maharaj, in August of 2012 in the Kolkata Sree Chaitanya Gaudiya Math. He recounted:
“My parents were both disciples of Srila Bhakti Dayita Madhava Goswami Maharaj. One day, my mother told me an amazing pastime of her Godbrother, Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj, whom she held in great esteem. Knowing this story, we can have an idea of what a transcendental personality he is. This pastime also reveals what can happen if we receive the pure name from a pure devotee with full surrender and devotion.
Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaja took Harinam initiation from Srila Bhakti Dayita Madhava Goswami Maharaj in 1948 in the Kolkata Sree Chaitanya Gaudiya Math. That time his name was Sri Kamakhya Charan Guharay (Sri Krishna Ballabh Brahmacari after mantra-diksa.)
After hearing the Maha-mantra from the divine lips of his Gurudeva in the Kolkata Math, Sri Kamakhya Charan entered a state of deep trance. For three continuous days, he didn’t sleep and was often unaware of his surroundings. At one point, his ecstasy was so intense, that he just went and knocked on his Gurudeva’s door – in the middle of the night at 1:30 AM! Srila Madhava Maharaj opened the door and let him inside. Seeing his beloved Gurudeva, Sri Kamakhya Charan immediately fell on the floor, embraced his feet with both of his arms and wept in a state of great ecstasy.”
When I heard this beautiful pastime from Gobindadas Prabhu I was very touched, especially because it was my cherished seva to serve Srila Guru-Maharaj when he daily worshiped the holy padukas of his beloved Gurudeva. Despite his high age of almost ninety years, Guru-Maharaj continued to daily offer obeisances to the holy padukas of Srila Param Gurudeva. These padukas are kept right in front of his bhajan kutir – the very same entrance where Srila Gurudeva embraced his Gurudeva’s lotus feet that night.