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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 understand Bhajan Rahasya, mysteries of devotion is the one who is a very intimate servant, that is one who is totally surrendered to and serves his Gurupadpadma incessantly.  This can be seen in our Guru Maharaj.  

In Bhakti Rasamrta Sindhu, Srila Rupa Goswami mentions the qualities of: ksanti, avyartha kala haranam, virakti, mana sunyata, asha-bandha, samutkantha, nama gane sada ruci, avyakta kala haranam, virakti, manashunyam, asa bandh, samutkantha, nama gane sada ruci, asaktis tad gunakhyane, pritis tad vasati sthale iti adayo anubhavah syur, and jata bhavankure jane

In what manner one is engrossed in Krishna prema—in whatever manner and to whatever degree our Gurudev has engaged himself in the service of his Gurupadapadma, we can witness it in him.  

Ksanti means as mentioned in Bhagavat tivrena bhakti yogena, intense devotion—this can be found in Gurudev. He would engage all his time in the service of his Gurudev and Sri Sri Radha Krishna, and not waste time in any other activity, not having an attachment to any material activities. He had no expectations of any respect from anyone, never considered himself an acharya, and to be respectable— his only desire is to serve his Gurupadapadma. If anyone would offer to donate a math or mandir, he would decline politely, explaining that his only desire was that the maths established my Gurudev are served well. 

This ashabandh and samutkant in singing the glories of Mahaprabhu’s nama in kirtans— all these are found to be seen in Gurudev.  There are many more glories of Gurudev.  

—Sri Radhanti Maharaj

excerpt translated from Hindi, Viraha Sabha, Bhatinda, (Punjab) 2017


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