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His Spiritual Solution for Every Problem

One time when Srila Gurudev was in abroad for preaching activities and to bestow mercy on some fortunate souls there, I had the opportunity to speak to him over the telephone when he was New Jersey.

Gurudev told that the doctors diagnosed a heart problem and gave some allopathic medicines to him.Those medicines were causing weakness and hence a disturbance for the performance of Nrityakirtans (dancing while performing kirtans).So he stopped taking the allopathic medicines and started on Homeopathic medicines.After that, he could perform Nrityakirtans.
I am of the opinion that through this Gurudeva instructed me that if any hindrance comes in the way of service to Supreme Lord, then without worrying about this temporary body we have to give up the thing that is causing hindrance.
On another occasion, one of our godsister’s health was not good.Sometimes evil spirits would possess her.Once when she and her husband were in Dehradun Math for the annual function, there also the evil spirit ent…

His Constant Example of Gentleness

It was in Bhatinda Math during Kartik in 2004. One devotee was engaged to remove flies from Srila Gurudeva's transcendental body with a small fan during first Yam session. On one day that devotee didn't come, so I was requested to do this service. When I sat next to Srila Gurudeva on the stage I saw how He was completely sincerely performing His devotional practice as a practitioner, as a disciple of His Gurudev, not having any kind of false pride of being "Guru, sitting above of so many disciples," not in the least.

So, I was removing flies with the fan, then at one time two of them came on different parts of Srila Gurudeva's shining transcendental body. With a bit of dissatisfaction on them and with a desire to remove them both at the same time I used a little bit more force to remove them, perhaps even with harshness or hostility. Srila Gurudev noticed it and looked at me with a bit of dissatisfaction. Almost immediately after that, that original devotee came…

The Joy of Hearing His Glories

Recently I visited Bagbazaar Gaudiya Math in the evening and I had a very nice conversation with a senior bramhachari who started to speak about the glories of Srila Gurudev (Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaja) when learned that I am His disciple.

He shared one of his experiences with Srila Gurudev when he was in New Delhi. Once there was a spiritual conference in New Delhi Gaudiya Math and the devotees who attended the conference were competent in the English Language but there was no one present who could speak in English to make them understand about the Gaudiya Vaishnava Philosophy. 
In the meantime, Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Maharaja entered (he was young and very strong that time) and immediately Bhakti Hriday/ Rakshak Hrishikesh Maharaj (disciple of Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura) proposed Srila Tirtha Maharaj to speak about the Gaudiya Vaishnava Philosophy in the English language. After that Srila Tirtha Maharaj started to speak profoundly about the Gaudiya Vai…

Although Grave, He is Also Very Humorous

Pūjyapāda Tīrtha Mahārāja was also very rasika, which in Bengali means ‘humorous.’ In Sarbhog, there was one young boy who visited us regularly and would always refer to pūjyapāda Tīrtha Mahārāja as peṭa moṭā sādhu, or a fat-bellied saint. Śrīpāda Mādhavānanda Prabhu was chubbier than pūjyapāda Tīrtha Mahārāja, who was in fact not so chubby, and so we were quite surprised to hear the boy use this term for pūjyapāda Tīrtha Mahārāja and not Śrīpāda Mādhavānanda Prabhu.

We could not understand why this young boy was repeatedly calling him this name, until one day I saw pūjyapāda Tīrtha Mahārāja alone with this boy. Mahārāja-jī was breathing in deeply to expand his belly, which he would then show to the boy. We then understood why the boy was calling pūjyapāda Tīrtha Mahārāja peṭa moṭā sādhu.

Although pūjyapāda Tīrtha Mahārāja was usually very grave and busily engaged in attentively hearing hari-kathā and serving the Vaiṣṇavas, he also had a sense of humor.

 Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta (Madhya-l…

He Never Complains

I witnessed many times in religious assemblies that Srila Gurudev was speaking Harikatha the whole day through due to the scheduling of so many programs in a day with absolutely no time for him to rest. 

I heard Srila Gurudev say that Vaishnavas have arranged so many programs so that my mind be engaged in thoughts of SupremeLord and so that my mind does not get to think of worldly matters. He never complained nor questioned any organizer as to why so many programs were fixed in a day.I have always seen him converse very patiently.

Considering every activity as Supreme Lord’s will he remained quiet and peaceful always.Never had I heard or seen in my spiritual life that he was in a disturbed state of mind anytime.
—Vishvambhar Das (B. L. Chotani), Manasa 

Translated from Sri Krishna Chaitanya Sandesh July-Oct, 1997 (Year 17, Issue No.4, Page 47-49)