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Srila Gurudev's mood

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Caracas, Venezuela
27 September 2009


[Preface: In his earlier days at the Math, His Divine Grace did the service of a night guard, and one time he heard somebody talking near the temple. When he went to the temple, His Divine Grace saw Srila Govinda Maharaj talking to somebody at the samadhi mandir of Srila Sridhar Maharaj.]

I asked Gurudev, "What are you doing here?" and Gurudev explained, "Whenever some problem or something happens, I always come here at a quiet time when everybody is sleeping and nobody is around, to consult with my Guru." At that time I was only a new brahmachari and I could not understand it, I thought, "Srila Sridhar Maharaj is in the samadhi, who is he talking to?"

You see the sloka "Gurvvabhista-supurakam guru-ganair asisa-sambhusitam..." "Gurvvabhista" means that he always successfully fulfils all desires of Srila Sridhar Maharaj. One time, when I was in Russia with Gurudev (it was 2000), Gurudev went to the bank of the Baltic Sea (our Saint Petersburg temple stands near a sea called Baltic Sea), and there were many steps leading from the bank to the sea. Gurudev said at that time,

"I want to make the steps around Govinda Kunda like this, but who will do? I have no manpower..."

"If you order to me, I can do it," I said to Gurudev.

"You can?"

After that, when I came back to Nabadwip, I started making the steps. When the construction had already started, Gurudev said, "If you can make a temple inside Govinda Kunda, it will be even better." And I started making the temple, but when I was making the foundation, the foundation did not come—all sand, all bricks, all stones, everything went down, I do not know who was eating it. I had tried to make that foundation for fifteen-twenty days—after 10-15 trucks of sand, 10-15 trucks of stone chips all went down, I began to feel helpless and think that maybe I could not do it...

Then, one night, it was about 3 a.m., I was in the bathroom when my phone rang. I came out of the bathroom and answered the call. It was Gurudev. He was calling me, "Come immediately!" I went as I was—without clothes, only in one napkin. When Gurudev saw me, he asked,

"What is this?"

"Gurudev, you said to come immediately and I came."

"Today is your last day!"

"What last day?"

"If today early in the morning you first offer some good sweet rice bhog to the Deity of Kurmadev and start your works today, then it will happen, otherwise you will never be able to do it in your life."

I did that. Then, I hired about 300-400 workers and started the construction works from the morning, and the next morning the foundation was started.

Devotees: JAY!

Gurudev's mood is like this...


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