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His Divine Plans for Our Greatest Welfare

In 2010, when I joined in the personal service of Srila Gurudev, I had come with a predetermined intention to stay only for a period of 6-8 months only. I faced challenges and failed to understand that those circumstances are meant for my own purification. Therefore, I felt unsettled and I was not able to do my basic devotional activities properly. My determination to leave the math and the services of Srila Gurudev was only increasing, and the process only seemed to speed up.

I had given an interview at a few universities for a faculty position while lying to Srila Gurudev and other sevaks that I am going to my native place. I was so much blinded by my intense desire to leave the Math that I did not consider this act as a severe offense to Srila Gurudev. I was depriving myself of the true mercy, and ultimately the highest welfare. I knew it, but I had no strength to overcome my conditioned thinking.

When I conveyed my heart to Sri Bhaktiranjan Prabhu (disciple of Srila Bhagavat Mahar…

Accepting His Grace

In reality, separation grief is felt only by those who had experienced union. First comes union and then comes separation grief—they are related subjects. One who has no relation, what can he understood or experienced in separation?

Second point is; I do not like the idea of glorification of Gurudev because what can we speak? Like a child speaks about his mother, or uncle's home, a disciple or a follower will speak. Whatever we speak will be wrong only, because our foundation is wrong. Our position is like that of a tiny fish which is trying to cross over the ocean and how much ever it tries it cannot reach the other end of the ocean.

Scriptures say like a little bird cannot know the limit of the sky under any circumstances by any amount of its efforts, so it is said about Guru and the Supreme Lord. But one formula comes, there is no need for us to go far, in our short life we have no qualification to know Bhagavan or Bhagavat Bhakta, one who has humility in him he can real…

He Knows Everything Before it Happens

So many devotees came to attend the 2012 appearance anniversary of Gurudev.  First, we came to Kolkata and Guru Mahārāj was here.  We offered prostrated obeisances to him.

Guru Mahārāj asked, “Why are you going today?

I told, "My tickets are booked, I have to go back."
So, then we took a taxi and went to the station.  After that, we heard an announcement that the train is delayed by one day and we would have to go the next day.  We came back to the maṭh.

Guru Mahārāj said, “You lost so much money, you had to go to the station and come back.  Shall I give you some money?”

We told, "Guru Maharaj, “Everything is yours.”
So many devotees came, and to each and every devotee, he told, "You take some money, you take some money."  He showed so much affection to each and everyone and knows everything before it even happens.
-Sharmaji, Delhi



His Expertise in Service to the Vaishnavas

One time we went for preaching in Assam. There was one disciple of Prabhupada, Madhavananada Vrajavasi, along with Krishnaballabh Brahmachari, myself, Narottam Das, and another one younger than us named Kanai Bramhachari.

We were in Sarbhog for preaching and there was heavy rain for five days and no sun was seen at all, so we were unable to go out. Krishnaballabh Brahmachari (later Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Maharaj) used to cook for the devotees over there. Everybody used to like his cooking. That day he cooked something delicious with potatoes only. It was raining heavily, so we could not go outside to purchase vegetables. There were only potatoes in the math.

He was expert, because the qualities of Vaishnavas is they are expert in anything and everything— whatever is related to the service of Vaishnavs. So he was expert in so many different ways to serve the lotus feet of Vaishnavas.


He was very grave in hearing Harikatha and speaking srauta vani and always engaged himself in se…

Accepting His Son With a Smile

In 1986 when I was a college student, I went to our Agartala temple at noon. Guru Maharaj was there for Ratha Yatra festival and was available in His room. He was alone, chanting Hari Nam. When I entered His room without permission, I thought I may have disturbed Him, making an offense, but at the same time, I could not resist myself to have his darshan and see His calm, mild smile and feel his presence as a parent, guardian, well-wisher, and true friend—a real master of life.

In my childhood age, I called Him "Baba," which means father. When He saw me, he accepted me immediately as a son with a smile, with love and affection. He started Harikatha and at the end told me, "No fish can survive without water, as Guru Maharaj cannot stay without Hari Kirtan." This is still alive in my memory.

Since my childhood and until today I have realized my life depends on Srila Gurudev for support when I am in danger or any sorts of problems.

—Gautam Bhowmik


Holding Danda, He Travelled Around the World (Devotional Poetry from China)

大古鲁颂

(1)一钵即生涯,(2)随缘度岁华。
(3)是山皆有寺,(4)何处不为家。
(5)执杖飞寰宇,(6)足香圣地花。
(7)荣耀遍三界,(8)恩慈洒天涯。
The glories of Srila Gurudeva:
(1) One danda is His life.
(2) He stays at ease under all circumstances;
(3) If there is mountain, there must have temple,
(4) Where is not His home?
(5) Holding danda, He traveled around the world,
(6) His lotus feet make the flowers in the holy dhama fragrant;
   (7) His glories spread in the three worlds,
   (8) His mercy spreads throughout the whole universe

(9)青山不墨千秋画, (10)流水无弦万古琴。
(11)大爱希声红尘动,
(12)隠迹无语寰宇惊。
(9) A green mountain is a beautiful picture without having been painted; (10) A flowing river is a musical instrument without a string; (11) Sri Guru’s universal divine love is so deep and nourishing that it moved the whole world (12) His samadhi and disappearance surprised the whole universe without any word.
—Shyamasundar Das, China
translated by Radhika Dasi




The Year He Arrived in New York on Guru Purnima

His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj arrived at John F. Kennedy Airport Wednesday, July 28th, 1999 at ll:00 AM. Immediately upon arriving at the Brooklyn home of Sriman Ramesh Naudiyal, (Bensonhurst, Brooklyn NY), a warm Sankirtan arati welcome was accorded to His Divine Grace. His arrival in America marked the auspicious day of Guru-Purnima, the advent day of Sri Krishna Dvaipayan Vyas Dev, as well as the disappearance day of Srila Sanatan Goswami. The U. S. tour of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj has begun on a very auspicious note.

Last night, Maharaj spoke on the importance of Guru Purnima and Guru-tattva. Though fatigued from a long 28-hour journey from India, Srila Maharaj still insisted on honoring the day and holding an evening program which began at 8:30 PM. Rousing bhajan led by Bhutbhavan das preceded his talk on the importance of guru, guru-tattva and the significance of Guru Purnima. After he was prompted to finish his …

He Bestows the Blessings of Lord Narasinghadev

Around 2012 when Kartik month was being celebrated in Mayapur, I was attending the festival with my whole family by the mercy of Gurudev. My son Krishna’s tithi birthday was there on the appearance day of Srila Bhakti Srirupa Siddhanti Maharaj. The day before his birthday, I asked one of the sevaks of Gurudev whether he could get darshan of Gurudev on his birthday. The sevaks agreed.

That same evening when I was sitting with my kids in the temple hall and listening to Harikatha, one stranger came and sat with my son. That man had some toys and he was talking with my son. I did not know him and felt that he was not really staying in the math for any good reason.

When we were moving for prasadam, I asked my son, "Why were you talking with that man?"

He replied to me, "Mother, that man was telling me take these toys in to your room and bring all the money from your bags. I will give you some more toys and if you will not bring anything, then tomorrow I will take you from …

His Pastimes with Lord Jagannath (2010)

Excerpted from a report dated July 19, 2010:

Our Most Revered Srila Gurudev Om Vishnupad 108 Sri Srimad Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj attended the Annual Ratha Yatra Festival of Lord Baladev, Subhadra and Jagannath in Sri Kshetra Puri Dham for the first time in 5 years.

While in Puri Dham, Srila Gurudev initiated 46 devotees in to Harinam and 12 devotees took diksha on the day of Rath Yatra. Later in the afternoon, he had seen devotees pulling the carts of Baladev, Subhadra and Jagannath with devotion. We observed tears rolling down His cheeks on a few occasions.

The next day, His Divine Grace went to Gundicha Mandir to have darsan of the Deities on the carts. One Brahmin named Sri Ram Panda took Srila Gurudev close to the Rath and cleared the crowd in front of Sri Jagannath. Devotees shouted "Hari Bol, Jai Jagannath" after getting His Darsan.

A day after that, Srila Gurudev went to the seashore to take darsan. He offered His respects to the ocean, sprinkled some wat…