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Remembering Him in Sri Vraja Mandal (Videos)

—edited by Radha Priya Dasi

Sharing His Darshan of Sri Vraja Dham

It was my greatest fortune that Most Revered Gurudev gave me the golden opportunity of being in His company during Kartik from the year 1983 onwards. In 2002, Brajamandal Parikrama, I had published few pastimes in www.vnn.org and other websites. I am quoting here as follows:

His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj reached Vrindavana on 14 October 2002 for the one month long Vrajamandala Parikrama.

Speaking on the subject "Who will show us Vraja-dhama?", Srila Guru Maharaji said that only a tatvik-vrajavasi like Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Sarawati Goswami Thakur Prabhupad can give us the knowledge of Vraja-dhama. Quoting from Srila Prabhupad's discourses of the 1932 Parikrama of Vrajamandala, Srila Guru Maharaj explained the significance of doing circumambulation (Parikrama) of Braja dhama:

"This world is a perverted reflection of the spiritual world. All act as purushas and want to enjoy and lord it over others. If we want Sri Krishna to appear in …

He Reveals the Mysteries of Devotion

I have seen Gurudev perform his parikramas, Navadvip Parikrama, Vraj mandal parikrama always on foot, walking. So many other devotees and sanyasis who participate will return taking some conveyance to end their parikrama, but Gurudev would return along with the kirtan party only, even if it may be 8 o'clock, 9 o'clock or even 10 o'clock...

And when the kirtans slowed down, Gurudev would go to the front and would infuse such energy into those kirtans and take them further.  I have even heard Srikant Prabhu say he would get tired, but Guru Maharaj would never feel tired.Another thing is even after so much endeavor, Gurudev would come and sit for Harikatha and after speaking Harikatha would announce about the next day's parikrama details at the end of the session and then retire, and again in the morning during mangal arati, you will get darshan of Gurudev.

When he would take rest, nobody knows.Prabhupad says who can understandBhajan Rahasya, mysteries of devotion is the on…

No Interruption in His Service

All day Gurudeva would spend time writing lectures of Param Gurudeva and keep himself busy with service. Sometime around 9 in the morning he would take some rest. Once Param Gurudeva called for one brahmachari in the morning around 9 o clock but the brahmachari was sleeping. Later when asked for an explanation he said, "Tirtha Maharaj also sleeps that time..."

Param Gurudeva did not say a thing to him, but later in Hairkatha, he said, "A surrendered devotee's any activity is seva, even sleeping also is seva. But our following should not be imitation." He had so much love for Gurudeva and that day in the whole Harikatha he spoke on his beloved disciple—our Gurudeva.

When doing kirtans, our Gurudeva goes to a different plane altogether, he would be so engrossed in the kirtan that he would not have any awareness of his clothes or anything else around him. He is avadhuta— completely unbound by this world. Once in kirtan, his dhoti fell off he didn't even notic…

His Loving Accountability

Once devotees from Punjab requested Guruji to come there.  Then Guruji asked to make arrangements and book tickets after speaking with Srila Bhakti Prasad Puri Goswami Maharaj. In those days it used to be a big trip, some 15 days here, some 10 days there like that, and in total some 2-3 months.

One night at 1 o’clock, Guruji came to my room and was waking me up. He said, "Get up, get up."

I opened my eyes and saw Guruji.  I paid obeisances all the time thinking I am dreaming that Guruji has come to my room.  Then Guruji told me to go to send a telegram.  It was 1 o’clock night.  I knew one post office from where we can send a telegram. I took cycle from Paresh Prabhu and went.

Guruji did not sleep until I came back.  He was doing japa, Harinam in the library balcony.  He was seeing outside every now and then whether I was coming or not and he continued chanting.

One policeman stopped me and asked, "Where are you going Pandit ji?"  Seeing my kantihar and anga vast…