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His Strength in Humility

Guru Maharaj [Srila Bhakti Dayita Madhav Goswami Maharaj] did not leave us with his intentions written only in his heart. Already during his manifest pastimes, even two years before his disappearance, he declared and broadcast everywhere:

“If I die, or if for some reason any other difficulty occurs, Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Maharaj shall sit in my position. I am seating him as my successor. No one can have any objection to this.”

As Guru Maharaj is antaryami (inward-knower), having received Prabhupad’s mercy, he also foresaw that in his absence, Srila Tirtha Maharaj would have no difficulty running the math. For this reason, Guru Maharaj declared Srila Tirtha Maharaj as the next acharya before his own departure.

When our Gurudev disappeared, dark clouds in the form of adversities or misunderstanding were cast over the math, but the way that Srila Tirtha Maharaj has preserved Srila Guru Maharaj’s vani (instructions) is beyond words. We have been with him and witnessed that he did not deviate even one bit from any of Srila Gurudeva’s words.

He said, “As long as I live, I won’t cross one letter of Guru Maharaj's vani, whether you all are satisfied or angered.”

The way Srila Tirtha Maharaj has foregone eating and sleeping by personally staying in the middle of disturbances from all corners to preserve Guru Maharaj’s vani in its original and perfect form—no one can match.

The sloka trnad api su-nichena taror api sahisnuna amanina mana-dena kirtaniyah sada harih" is often repeated; I myself repeat it and tell it to others. We cannot act according to the sloka, but Srila Maharaj is the direct embodiment of that sloka. He is beyond our imagination of human capacity.

Every now and then, I have appealed to him, “Maharaj, please give some response to all this! If this can be done it would be good—in this way what needs to be handled can be handled.”

Maharaj said, “No! I won’t say anything! What Gurudev will do will put them in their place. No one should tell me anything in this regard.”

How many can have such courage? Is it possible for an ordinary human being? Impossible. In such a way, he has preserved Guru Maharaj’s vani.

—Sripad Bhakti Niketan Turyasrami Maharaj
















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