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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) 


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