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His Pastimes Have No End

One time during one of the internet webcast darshans, Dinabandhu Prabhu was doing Mahamantra kirtan and many of our god-brothers were there. All were very enlivened, and I was watching from my home and I was also feeling enlivened. Then I started regretting, thinking, why will this have to finish?

While I was regretting, I got a message from Gurudev from within my heart that said, no, why should we finish? This will never finish. I am eternal, all these god-brothers are eternal, all our relationships are eternal. Vrindavan is eternal, so if you want to serve, this will always go on. This transcendental realm will always go on.

Such revelation and encouragement I got from Gurudeva at that time. And there are so many other instances; there is unlimited Guru-katha.

—Madan Gopal Das, Slovenia

His Loving Responses to the Desires of Devotees

On Utthana Ekadasi at the end of Kartik in 2013, I found myself alone in our daily online early morning satsang, as many of our godbrothers and godsisters were either in Kolkata Math or in Chandigarh Math celebrating with Gurudeva and Vaishnavas.

I offered Mangalacharan and later read from Gurudev's teachings. Then I remembered a webcast was announced by Chandigarh Math to begin shortly, and I hoped to join there at least. No luck was with me as I found there was some problem with my internet connection. I felt very dejected.

Being alone at home that day, I tried to log into the math website for the webcast of celebrations from Kolkata, but to no avail. I registered my complaint with BSNL and waited. I spent the whole day chanting, and I read Srila Gurudev's article on Param Gurudev from Sri Chaitanya: His Life and Associates.

Somehow that day I had a strong feeling that Gurudeva would speak Harikatha and break his pastime of silence. At almost 9 pm, before going to bed, I aga…

Our Acharya Considers Himself an Ordinary Disciple

Once in 2005, Srila Bhakti Kumud Santa Goswami Maharaj and other Vaishnavas were invited to our Mayapur math. Guruji went to the main gate to welcome all the Guruvargas. There was a crowd of devotees and Guruji was standing among them. He showed that he is like any other disciple welcoming his Guruvarga.

That day, Guruji was not seen to be the Acharya of the math. All the Vaishnavas were warmly welcomed and were made to sit on the asan (seat) spread on the stage. Srila Santa Gowami Maharaj and Srila Trivikram Maharaj sat on the asan and told Guruji to come and sit with them, but Gurudev sat on the floor facing them. He did not even accept the asan put for him on the floor.

Guruji is the Acharya of our math and is respected by all the revered Vaishnavas, but he sat on the floor in front of his Guruvarga just like an ordinary disciple. This is maanshunyataa, (no desire for respect from others). Whether he gets respect from anyone or not, it doesn't make any difference to him. These…

Recalling His Gurudeva's Mystical Pastimes

Once Srila Gurudeva mentioned to me that His Gurudeva, His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Dayita Madhav Goswami Maharaj is not an ordinary human being. He is a personal associate of Supreme Personality of Godhead Sri Krishna.

He said that my Gurudeva, Paramaradhyatam Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Dayita Madhav Goswami Maharaj was once engaged in preaching programs across Assam (a state in India.) One of our Godbrothers requested Him to come and perform shraddha (ceremony ritual to pay homage to departed souls) of his deceased father. Although his father was not a devotee, his son felt he would be greatly benefited if his Gurudeva conducted this ceremony.

Gurudeva replied after referring to His schedule that He would be in Kolkata at that time, where preaching programs would be going on. He said that He will send some competent person or devotee for the ceremony. Again, the disciple politely requested to his Gurudeva to personally attend the ceremony.

Srila Gurudeva explained that during the prea…

His Playfulness with Disciples

I cannot forget my first darshan of Srila Gurudev. By the mercy of the devotees, I had been attracted by the unalloyed devotion expressed in his kirtans and books. Before I knew it, I took a train from Vrindavan and arrived in the Sree Chaitanya Gaudiya Math in Kolkata.

On the way, I remembered the rule of thumb that the Guru and the disciple should test each other for at least one year before initiation. After the devotees had introduced me to Srila Gurudev, he looked at me with affection and asked: “Have you taken initiation?”

“No, Maharaj”, I answered. Guru Maharaj smiled softly and said: “You should take initiation.”

My heart understood. It was racing, and I could not speak. I could hardly believe it. An hour had not passed—what to speak of a year—and he had already accepted me. He didn’t give me a second to think. Before my mind could ponder if he is my Guru, he made it clear: “You are mine!” His immediate acceptance was like an overwhelming army breaking into the fort of my cond…

His Sweet Prasad Distribution Pastimes

When I first came in late 2008, there was darshan in the evening. I would come every day and stand in the doorway, seeing how Srila Gurudev would sweetly distribute prasad to everyone. I would go last in the queue.

One day Srila Gurudev looked at me smilingly and asked, “Did you take prasad?” I said, “No, I will take it after everyone else has taken.” Then he called me inside and gave me prasad. That was so sweet. Sweeter than the sweetest.

In the afternoon, Srila Gurudev would come out to worship Tulasi Devi after most devotees had taken prasad. All the devotees present there were paying their obeisances to him before he would go inside his room. I also went to pay obeisances and after that, he asked me, "Prasad pawa hoeche?" Did you take prasad?

I would reply, “No, Gurudev, I will take now,” and immediately he would get worried and would say, “If you do not go now, you will not get anything, everything will be finished.” It would captivate my heart seeing Gurudev's love …

A Drum Shattering Kirtan

We would like to offer our unlimited prostrated dandavat pranams to Srila Guru Maharaj, His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj. 
In 1998, by the mercy of Sri Sri Radha-Krsna, we were able to have the most wonderful darshan of Srila Guru Maharaj.  
“Krsna krpate Guru mile,   Guru krpate Krsna mile”
In this manner, we met His Divine Grace. Srila Guru Maharaj is a personification of love and affection and treated everyone as his own.   Subsequently we were fortunate to have his darshan on several occasions and finally had the opportunity to serve Srila Guru Maharaj at our place. 
The most amazing pastime that will always be in our hearts is Srila Guru Maharaj’s ecstatic kirtans. Most importantly, Lord Nrsimha’s kirtan. In our experience, we had never heard such an overpowering and heart rendering kirtan. It was as though the Lord Himself descended, and Srila Guru Maharaj was completely absorbed. 
Srila Guru Maharaj got up from the Vyasasan and climbed up on it with his…

His Affection to All

One time Guru Maharaj was on the balcony in the winter season to get some sun. He was observed to be staring at a particular nearby tree for a long time, seemingly lost in some thought.

I was sitting in front of him when he asked a question. ”These birds, they are going here and there. They bring food and they come back to the same place to the nest. They have some small babies, so they go and they bring some nice food for them and they come here again. They don't have any house.”
I said, “Yes, Guru Maharaj.”

Then he inquired very innocently. “When it rains, how do they fly? Their wings get wet. Where do they get food from? They have to fly. We are using umbrellas, but they have no umbrellas. So in the rainy season, where will they go? How will they find food?”

I said, “Actually, I don't know,” because I had never thought of it. People like us are only considerate of our own selves, whether I am okay or not, whether I have sufficient foodstuffs for me in my storehouse or not, w…

His Love is More Than a Mother and Father Combined

I was very young, around 14 or 15 years old, when I went alone without my parents on a Punjab tour with Guruji. Guruji gave me so much love. Every once in a while, he would send some devotee to check if I was doing well.

During that tour, there was a program in our Gurubhai's house in Mansa, near Bhatinda. I was feverish, so I lay down. After some time, someone came and kicked me, saying, “You are sleeping! Why? Guruji will have prasad here.”

Feeling sad, I was leaving the room, and immediately Guruji came from the other side. When he held my hand, he felt it was hot and said, “You have fever.” As one feels comfortable with his father, I complained about the incident. He made me lie behind Him while he was honoring prasad. He caressed me and told me, "Do not cry. He is a Vaishnava, so forget about it.”

During Harikatha that same night, Guruji mentioned that if anyone hits a Vaishnava or even his chappals (footwear) then it is very inauspicious. If by mistake also one touches…