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He Speaks and the Pastimes Descend


When Guruji narrates in Harikatha the pastimes of Supreme Lord, he brings that scene before our eyes. When we have heard Guruji speak Druva Charitra and call repeatedly Where is Padma Palash Lochan Hari? we would feel as though Druva is there in person, calling out to Supreme Lord.

When narrating Kurukshetra’s fire sacrifice, he calls, Gopal! Gopal! It is as though mother Yashoda is calling. His harikatha is full of divine mellow overflow with newer and newer sweetness and mellows. In his Harikatha, there is the presence of the Supreme Lord in person and so it is the bestower of extreme bliss. Just listening to his Harikatha one feels cleansed from all dirt within the heart and feels repentant. The mind feels encouraged, renewed in enthusiasm to pursue the devotional path. Hard hearts soften and melt.

We have never heard Gurudeva ever ask why you have arranged so many programs of Harikatha even when you might have fixed many harikatha programs of Guruji in a single day. In Dehradun on Uttana Ekadasi tithi, Guruji even told, “I can do harikatha whole night through, but you will be tired of hearing.”

Guru Maharaj has absolutely no expectation of listeners for his kathas. He does Harikatha purely for the pleasure of the Supreme Lord. His katha and kirtans have such special attraction that a sanyasi of Pujyapad Sridhar Dev Maharaj’s Math told me that, “When your Guruji sings Sri Krishna Chaitanya Prabhu daya karo more….deeply engrossed in Mahaprabhu’s mood, it is as if some wonderful divine current is passing in the body”. He also told that he repeatedly come to hear that kirtan.

 He further told me “Excluding those who have taken shelter of Prabhupad’s lotus feet, at present in the Gaudiya Vaishnav world there is no Acharya like your Guru Maharaj.”

—Sri Krishnananda Dasadhikari (Kuldeep Chopra, Bhatinda) 
Translated from Sri Krishna Chaitanya Sandesh July-Oct, 1997 (Year 17, Issue No.4, Page 27-39)






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