Skip to main content

His Disciples Perform Parikram to Recieve His Mercy

My wife, Smt. Shanta Gupta and I were feeling the necessity of Sadguru for nearly 24 years before we finally took Sri Harinam Mahamantra and diksha.  

We used to live in Government Quarters at Simla’s Nabha House area which is near Railway Station. There is one Sri Radha Gopinath temple there and the saints and speakers of Harikatha continually came there.  hough many people accepted guru mantra from them and we also desired to take, it did not materialize. 

Time passed by and there was pain in the heart that we did not take guru mantra.  Sometimes there used to be arguments between us when one would insist on taking guru mantra from one saint and the other disagreeing.  

In 1993, by the desire of Sri Hari, we got an opportunity to go for 84 Kros Vraj mandal parikrama in the Kartik month.  On reaching Sri Mathura dham, the first thing we did was to have darshan of one saint in a room of dharmashala and seeing others offer shastang dandavat pranams we also offered dandavat pranams.  

When we sat there for a while and were having his darshan I felt a strange thrilling sensation in my body and my heart said, ‘this is my Gurudev.' 

Maharaj glanced at me many times and then asked, “How you happened to be here?”  

I answered, “I need your mercy.”  

To this Maharaj replied “Now perform parikrama.”  

To tell you the truth I do not even know how to talk with the saints. So I would remain quiet, but I would go now and then to Maharaj’s room for his darshan.  

At the end of parikrama, Om Vishnupad Paramahamsa 108 Sri Srimad Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj, the crown-jewel of saints, most merciful and redeemer of the fallen, blessed both of us by Sri Harinam Mahamantra showering his mercy on us at Sri Chaitanya Gaudiya Math, Sri Vrindavan.  Later in 1994 during annual function of Sri Chaitanyta Gaudiya Math at Chandigarh and also Srila Gurudev’s avirbhav tithi, he graced us with diksha too.

After Oct. 1993, every year 3-4 times we have darshan of Sri Gurudev, but because of short durations mind is not satisfied, it desires to have darshan continuously.  

—Sri Pradyumna Das (Om Prakash Gupta), Simla 


Translated from Sri Krishna Chaitanya Sandesh July-Oct, 1997 (Year 17, Issue No.4, Page 50-52) 


Popular posts from this blog

Remembering His Entrance Into Nitya Lila

Srila Gurudev was always intoxicated in Krishna-nama-sankirtan, whether or not externally conscious. He was lying on the bed and was seemingly unaware as he was not communicating with any one of us externally, but inwardly he was relishing Krishna-namasankirtan offered by the devotees and also inspired devotees from within to come and join sankirtan movement.

Those who performed the sankirtans those last days on earth are the true servants of Srila Gurudev. Even though the sevaks were attending to the immediate medical services of Srila Gurudev, one would think that the best service was done by those who performed kirtans. Of this, there is no doubt. 
Srila Gurudev could have concluded his pastimes much before but he chose this way to make us realize that the process of Krishna-nama-sankirtan is the only way by which everyone could stay united for a single purpose. Srila Prabhupad Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Thakur had mentioned in his antim-vani (final instructions) to offer …

He Takes All Blame Upon Himself

After exchanging letters for several times, my beloved spiritual master, Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, has given me the instruction to preach in Singapore. Since then, for decades, one question was burning in my heart: How can I preach nicely? What should be our motivation when we preach? What is real preaching?

When I was going to meet Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Maharaj in Punjab, asking him this question was all that I had in mind. In the Math, devotees were discussing the latest events. The main sevak of Srila Maharaj had left his service, and some devotees were commenting on how that was good because he had done some wrong things.

When I entered his bhajan kutir, another devotee was asking Srila Gurudev why that sevak had left. He replied with genuine humility: "It is not his fault. I have done some wrong, that's why he left."

At that very moment, my question evaporated, before I could even ask. It was answered by this one act of Srila Gurudeva's per…

No Fear When Following in the Steps of His Gurudeva

Most Revered Srila Gurudev, by His causeless mercy, encouraged me and my wife Bosudha Dasi to travel with Him to different places in India on his preaching tour at the end of 2010 and beginning of 2011. After touring North India and Assam we came to Kolkata in Dec. 2010. 

In the beginning of January 2011 there was an ongoing discussion among Srila Gurudeva's sevak team whether Srila Gurudev would be going to Chakdaha Jagannath temple for the annual festival or not as it was very cold there at that time. I was also afraid to go because I had just recovered from  illness.
One day, after Srila Gurudev's Tulsi parikrama, He was going towards His bhajan kutir and looking at my wife He asked her: "We will go to Chakdaha?" My wife responded that it depends on You (Gurudev). 
Gurudev smiled and then pointing at me He said: "Everything depends on him (me). We will go?" I replied that I heard it is cold but that it depends on You (Gurudev). 
Then Gurudev smiled and said:…