Today (11/5) is disappearance day of Srila Gaura Kishor das babaji Maharaj (fast till noon)

Dear Devotees,

Hare Krsna.
Dandvat pranam. Jai Srila Prabhupad.

Today is the disappearance day of Srila Gaura Kishor das babaji maharaj, the spiritual master of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur. We should try to glorify this great personality who is renunciation personified. Srimad Bhagavatam says that devotees like Srila Gaura Kishor das Babaji Maharaj are like places of pilgrimage…tirtha bhutani swayam vibho…and what they do – tirtha kurvanti tirthani…they turn any place they visit into a place of pilgrimage…why? because svantha sthena gadabratha..they carry the The Supreme Lord Sri Krsna in their heart all the time. So this tirtha, our Guru parampara is mercifully residing in most of our houses. Let us all pay our obeisances, repeatedly to them. The mountain has come to Mohammed….our Acharyas are so merciful, they know how fallen we are…so instead of Mohammed going to mountain, mountain itself has come to Mohammed…despite of us living in Kaliyug, in the US, the Guru varga has come to us in form of pictures and are staying in our house. A picture is also considered official deity according to Srimad Bhagavatam. Please fall flat humbly like a rod today in front of our Guru varga, our Guru parampara..in front of Srila Gaura Kishor das Babaji Maharaj and his Guru varga – Srimad Bhaktivinod Thakurji and Srimad Jagannath das babaji maharaj…and to the disciple of Srila Gaura Kishor das Babaji Maharaj, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur Srila Prabhupad, our Srila Prabhupad and our Guru Maharaj and vaishnav thakur.

Day before yesterday I read a nice incident with Srila Gaura Kishor das babaji maharaj and Srila Bhakti Prajna Keshav Goswami Maharaj, the sanyas guru of Srila Prabhupad. When Srila Bhakti Prajna Kesav Goswami maharaj was very young, about 18, he along with other bramcharis went to take darshan of Srila Gaura Kishor das babaji Maharaj. At that time Srila Gaura Kishor das babaji maharaj used to live in the government outhouse. At that time many other govt officials had come to meet Babaji Maharaj but he had locked himself from inside and said that he is not feeling well and is unable to open the door to the outhouse…he did not let them meet him. Then Srila Bhakti Prajna Kesav Maharaj and other bramcharis knocked on the door and asked permission to have darshan of Babaji Maharaj. But they also got the same reply. Then Srila Bhakti Prajna Kesav Maharaj said that they are bramcharis from Gaudiya Math and are disciples of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur Srila Prabhupad…Babaji Maharaj’s disciple…on hearing this, he immediately opened the door and asked them to come inside. The inside of outhouse was not a great place…after all it was a government outhouse…it was filthy and smelling a lot. So the bramcharis asked Babaji Maharaj as to why does he prefer to live here and have locked himself in here…Babaji Maharaj replied that when he comes outside, the smell of people trying to enjoy Maya, running after sense gratification is worse than this smell…so he prefers to stay here and chant the Holy Names as not many people would come to place like this to disturb him. Then he looked at young Bhakti Prajna Kesav Maharaj and said – "go and preach fearlessly the message of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, I will personally protect you". Can you imagine the fortune of the personality receiving this kind of blessings from a pure Vaishnav. Srila Bhakti Prajna Kesav Goswami Maharaj has recounted various incidents during his preaching work where he can see his eternal grandfather Srila Gaur Kishor das babaji maharaj protecting him and helping him preach like a lion.

So Srila Gaur Kishor das babaji Maharaj is a blessings from Lord Chaitanya to all of us. It is up to us as to how much of that blessings we partake by following the principles laid out. As Sri Yashomati Nandan Prabhu was saying yesterday in our Friday program…Srila Prabhupad is still with us by his vani…a Guru is served in Vani and Vapu…so similarly Srila Gaur Kishor das babaji Maharaj is also present in his instructions and in his picture form. It is we who fail to realize his presence and fail to take his mercy. I have a nice soft copy book which describes in detail about the life of Srila Gaura Kishor das babaji maharaj. Please let me know if you would like to read that book and I will email it to you.

Attached below is an article I got from a nice devotee which I am pasting below for all to read and see…it has nice pictures from Srila Babaji Maharaj’s samadhi. Many of you might have seen this earlier also but it is always nice to take darshan of personalities like Srila Gaura Kishor das babaji Maharaj.

Please pray to Srila Gaura Kishor das Babaji Maharaj for real humility, to get real taste in Hari Naam, to get real taste for the service of Vaishnavs, to get real taste for renunciation, for help towards anything else which we think is hindering our growth in Krsna Consciousness and for his blessings.

Srila Gaura Kishor das Babaji Maharaj ki Jai !!! Sri Acharya Vrinda ki Jai !!! Sri Guru Parampara ki Jai !!! Sri Vaishnav Thakur ki Jai !!!

SRILA GAURA-KISORA DASA BABAJI

RENUNCIATION PERSONIFIED

Srila Gaura-kisora dasa Babaji Maharaj is the spiritual master of Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura. He was born in a vaisya family in a small village beside Padma River in Bangladesh. Following his father, he earned his livelihood by selling grains. He was devotionally inclined from childhood and spent many hours singing bhajans and hearing Krishna-katha. He was married very young but when his wife died in 1849, he immediately left home and went to Vrindavan. For the next 30 years he lived in Vrindavan wandering around the forests and pastime places of Srimati Radharani and Lord Sri Krishna while absorbed in chanting Holy Names: HARE KRISHNA HARE KRISHNA KRISHNA KRISHNA HARE HARE/ HARE RAMA HARE RAMA RAMA RAMA HARE HARE. He would lie prostrate, offering his humble obeisances to the residents of Vraja, considering them as embodiments of Lord Krishna. During this time he took babaji initiation from Bhagavata dasa, a disciple of Srila Jagannatha dasa Babaji Maharaj.

Gaura-kisora dasa Babaji Maharaj was a renunciation personified. He chanted 200,000 names of Lord each day and stayed in isolated places, eating only what would come of its own accord and sleeping wherever he found himself at night time. He had very few possessions: Tulasi-mala (Tulasi beads) around his neck; another Tulasi-mala on which he chanted; and a few books such as Narottama Dasa Thakura’s Prarthana and Prema Bhakti Chandrika. He refused service from anyone and would not let anyone serve him, though many tried. In 1894, he heard that Lord Caitanya’s birthplace has been discovered and so he came to Navadvipa-Mayapur Dhama, knowing the two Dhamas are non-different. In Navadvipa-Mayapur, he again wandered around the places of the Lord’s pastimes absorbed in ecstasy of separation. His renunciation was intense and genuine. He would dress himself in the discarded cloth used to dress corpses, beg rice from householders, and cook with discarded earthen pots. He would dance on the banks of the Ganges chanting the Holy Names of Krishna; at other times he would lie on the ground unconscious. Others tried to imitate Gaura-kisora dasa Babaji’s renunciation wanting to gain fame for themselves, but they all fell away into disgrace.

In 1908 Gaura Kisora Dasa Babaji Maharaja lost his sight. He refused attempts to take him to an eye specialist, preferring instead to chant and worship Lord Krishna. He stopped travelling at this point. He would sit in his bhajana-kutir deeply absorbed in Krishna’s pastimes.

ANYTHING TO AVOID MATERIALISTS

Babaji Maharaj encountered many disturbances to his Hari-bhajana from the materialists who sought benedictions from him. They all received heavy instructions from Babaji Maharaj, but very few were able to understand that these instructions were actually for their eternal benefit. One time Babaji Maharaj arrived at the house of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura dressed in very expensive clothes. When asked about this, he explained people would think he is bogus and so not come to him for benedictions. At other times he sat on the porch of a prostitute’s house to avoid people, and lived under an upturned boat hoping no one would find him there. During the last 6 months of his life, he resided in an abandoned latrine (converted into a room) in a dharmasala to avoid the materialists and concentrate on chanting the Holy Names: HARE KRISHNA HARE KRISHNA KRISHNA KRISHNA HARE HARE / HARE RAMA HARE RAMA RAMA RAMA HARE HARE. He left this world at this dharmasala on 19 November 1915 on Utthana Ekadasi, at the end of the Kartika vrata.

SAMADHI TEMPLE OF HIS DIVINE GRACE GAURA-KISORA DASA BABAJI MAHARAJ AT SRI CAITANYA MATH ON “SRI ANTARDVIPA” ISLAND OF NAVADVIPA-MAYAPUR DHAMA

SRILA GAURA KISORA DAS BABAJI MAHARAJ’S BHAJAN KUTIR AT “SVANANDA SUKHADA KUNJA”, THE HOUSE OF SRILA BHAKTIVINODA THAKURA at Godrumadvipa, Navadvipa-Mayapur

THE DISAPPEARANCE OF SRILS GAURA-KISORA BABAJI

On 19 Nov 1915, on Utthana Ekadasi in the Kartika-vrata, Srila Gaurakisora dasa Babaji Maharaja re-entered into his eternal loving pastimes with the Supreme Lord Sri Krishna. After Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Maharaja had heard of his disappearance, he went to the place where Srila Gaura-kisora lived. At that time different persons from different temples in the area began to fiercely argued to claim the spiritual body of Srila Babaji Maharaja. But Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Maharaja obstructed them from doing so. The inspector of the police of Navadvipa arrived at the scene.

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta in a voice as deep as thunder said, "I am the only disciple of Paramahamsa Babaji Maharaja. Even though I have not accepted sannyasa, I am a celibate brahmacari and by the grace of Babaji Maharaja I am not secretly addicted to abominable habits or involved in fornication as some monkey-like people are. If there is someone amongst the people here present who is a renunciate of stainless character, then he can have Babaji Maharaja’s samadhi. We have no objection to that. He, who within the last year, or the last six months, three months, one month or at least within the last three days, has not had illicit connection with a woman will be able to touch this spiritual blissful body. If anyone else touches it he will be completely ruined.

Hearing this, the superintendent of police said, "How is it that he can prove this?"
Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Thakura replied, "I have faith in their word".

At this, one-by-one all the bogus babajis slipped away without a word. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati then claimed the samadhi.

After this, several persons approached Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Maharaja and said, "Before Srila Gaura-kisora disappeared, he requested that his body be bound with ropes and be dragged through the streets of Navadvipa Dhama, and thus, be bathed in the dust of the Dhama. Therefore, we should follow these instructions of Srila Babaji Maharaja."

Then Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Maharaja spoke up and said, "My spiritual master, on whose shoulders reside the Supreme Lord Krishnacandra, has said this in a very, very deep mood of humility in order to destroy the pride of those persons who are opposing the Supreme Lord. Even though we are inexperienced, foolish and offensive, still, I will not let his instruction be misinterpreted. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu took the spiritual body of Srila Haridasa Thakura, when he disappeared, on His lap and began to dance. Just see how his glories have been described. So therefore, we are also following in the footsteps of Lord Caitanya. Place the transcendental body of Srila Gaura-kisora above our heads."

According to the regulations from the Samakara Dipika, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Maharaja with his own hands prepared the samadhi of his spiritual master. Later on, by the desire of Srila Gaura-kisora dasa Babaji Maharaja, the place of his samadhi gradually became engulfed by the changing current of the Ganga. When the samadhi was within very close proximity to Ganga Devi, in 1932, his samadhi was moved under the instructions of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Maharaja, from that place to a place in Sri Mayapur Dhama where the Caitanya Math is presently situated.

Directions:
#1) Srila Gaura-kisora dasa Babaji Maharaj’s Samadhi is at Sri Caitanya Math on Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Marg, which is about 3kms from ISKCON Sri Mayapur Candrodaya Temple or ½ km from Srivasa Angan (the house of Srivasa Pandita).

#2) Sri Caitanya Math is a stopover during “Navadvipa-Mandala Parikrama” which is organized every year about 2 weeks before Guara-Purnima Festival at Sridham Mayapur. One can visit this transcendental place by attending Navadvipa-Mandala Parikrama.

MAYAPUR TV:http://Mayapur.tv

Live Video from Sri Sri Krishna-Balaram Temple Vrindavana: http://www.iskconvrindavan.com/krishnalive.html

HARE KRISHNA HARE KRISHNA KRISHNA KRISHNA HARE HARE |
HARE RAMA HARE RAMA RAMA RAMA HARE HARE ||

your servant,
Padmanabh das

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One Response to “Today (11/5) is disappearance day of Srila Gaura Kishor das babaji Maharaj (fast till noon)”

  1. audarya das Says:

    Yes, please prabhu can you send me the book you mentioned abou Gaura Kishor das babaji

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