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Departure of Srila Gaura Kishor Das Babaji Maharaj

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama, Day One
Evening class, 23 March 2021, part 5
Translated from Bengali


We have visited today the samadhi-mandir of Srila Gaura Kishor Das Babaji Maharaj. When Srila Gaura Kishor Das Babaji Maharaj left his holy body, all the babajis of Nabadwip started to fight for his body as he was a great sadhu. At first, Srila Gaura Kishor Das Babaji Maharaj was not so much known, but when Srila Prabhupad Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur took initiation from him, then everybody could understand that he was not crazy. People used to throw pieces of stone at him, but what did he say? He would say, "Gopal, I will complain to Mother Yasoda! Do not mess with me!" He saw it that it was Krishna Himself doing this. Later, when Srila Gaura Kishor Das Babaji Maharaj left his body, he showed a very beautiful pastime.

When all the babajis began to fight over his dead body, one said, "He is my Gurudev!", another one said, "He is my Gurudev!", somebody else said, "He is my Gurudev!" and so on. When he was alive, nobody thought he was anyone's Gurudev, nobody served their Gurudev. Then, Srila Prabhupad got to hear the news from Kunja Babu (at that time he was the secretary of Chaitanya Math, later he took sannyas and his name became Srila Bhakti Vilas Tirtha Maharaj). Kunja Babu asked Srila Prabhupad to come quickly to the place where Srila Gaura Kishor Das Babaji Maharaj's body was kept. Srila Prabhupad is so powerful! Do you know what he said?

"Go away from here, all of you! You are all lying! 'My Gurudev', 'My Gurudev'—he is not a Gurudev of any of you! He is only my Gurudev."

The police came there and asked Srila Prabhupad, "How will we know that you are his disciple and they are not?"

"How will you understand? Wait, I will show you." Then, Srila Prabhupad turned to all the babajis and said, "So many babajis have come, but can you tell me who of you have not had any female association for the past six months? Raise your hand."

Nobody raised their hand.

"Who of you has not had any female association within the past three months? Is there anyone here?"

Nobody said anything, and gradually the crowd began to disperse.

The police asked, "What if they lie and say they have not had any female association?"

Srila Prabhupad replied, "I am a life-long strict brahmachari, nobody can lie front of me."

In this way, Srila Prabhupad kept asking them and came down to, "Who has not had any female association for the past day?" Everybody left. Then, Srila Prabhupad took Srila Gaura Kishor Das Babaji Maharaj's body and made his samadhi. We have visited his samadhi-mandir today.

Such is the pure nature of Vaishnavs. Tomorrow we will go to the bhajan-kutir and samadhi-mandir of Srila Jagannath Das Babaji Maharaj, we will take his darshan last tomorrow. It is by his mercy and by the mercy of Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur, that we have Yogapith, Mahaprabhu's birthplace, today...


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