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Srila Gaura Kishor Das Babaji Maharaj's Samadhi Mandir


By Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj


At Sri Chaitanya Math, there is one more very important place—Srila Gaura Kishor Das Babaji Maharaj's samadhi mandir.

Babaji Maharaj came to Nabadwip from Vrindavan. Everybody thought that he looked like a madman—he could not see very well, he did not wear good clothes, and he did not care for anything. Some naughty boys sometimes threw stones at him, but Srila Babaji Maharaj simply got a little annoyed and said, "Hey Gopal! What are You doing? I will complain to Your Mom, Yasoda, and Your Dad, Nanda Maharaj!" He would say like this, but people threw stones, spat at him... It was too much. Nobody recognised him at that time.

One time, Srila Gaura Kishor Das Babaji Maharaj went from Champahati to the house of Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur in Godrumdwip (Svananda Sukhada Kunja). He was almost blind and could not walk well, and besides that it was amavasya, a dark moon night. There was no electricity in those days, so it was pitch dark outside. When Srila Gaura Kisor Das Babaji Maharaj came there and called out to Bhaktivinod Thakur. Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur came out and was surprised, "Maharaj, you? You have come on such a dark night? How did you come here?"

"Oh, somebody helped me."

"Who? I cannot see anyone, you are alone here!"

"Oh, am I? No, somebody took my hand and brought me here. He was here just now..."

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Srila Gaura Kishor Das Babaji Maharaj's nature was astonishing. He took some cloth from a dead body at a burning ghat, washed it, tied knots on it and chanted the Holy Name on that instead of a Tulasi mala. He would sometimes take some rice, but he did not cook it: he soaked it in some water and ate it three-four days later when it got softer. That was his only food...

At some point, he lived in a public latrine for six months, and when somebody asked him, "Maharaj, how can you tolerance this stench here?" Srila Babaji Maharaj replied, "I do not mind this stench here, but what I cannot understand is how you can tolerate the stench that comes from the minds of materialists!"

When Srila Gaura Kishor Das Babaji Maharaj lived in a small kutir on the bank of the Ganges, somebody came there and started living next to him imitating Babaji Maharaj. Srila Babaji Maharaj generally showed respect to him, but one day he remarked about that man, "If a lady enters into a labour house and imitates some pain as if giving birth to a child, will the child come by mere imitation? First, she must have some baby in her womb, then labour pain comes naturally in due time, and then only the child comes out. If one imitates labour pain without being pregnant, will the child come out? This is ludicrous. In the same way, imitating the dress of a babaji cannot give you the position of a real babaji."

Srila Gaura Kishor Das Babaji Maharaj advised the married people, "** Babu has got married, it is good. Now he can himself cook an offering for the Lord every day and having offered it to the Lord, serve the prasad to his pious wife seeing her as a Vaishnav, and after she takes prasad, he can take it himself. Instead of thinking of her as an object of enjoyment, he must think that he can serve her in various ways always thinking about his guru—in this way he can get spiritual benefit. This entire world— all wealth, jewels, women, men of this world are meant only for Krishna's enjoyment. He must use Krishna's property for the service of Krishna—likewise, he must not see his wife as his maidservant, rather he must respect her as a maidservant of Krishna."

Once, Srila Gaura Kishor Das Babaji Maharaj was sitting inside a big palm tree's hollow on the bank of the Ganges, chanting, and when some naughty people walked past, they heard that he was talking with somebody: it was a lady's voice. They thought that some lady came to him at night, and they decided to watch the place in the daytime to see who the lady was when she would come. They had kept guard outside the tree for two days but did not see anybody, although they could still hear Babaji Maharaj talking with a lady. In the end, they broke in but saw that nobody was there. As they went away they could again hear the lady's voice, but they did not know who was talking and what they were talking about. Then, you can understand: Srimati Radhika came there. Gaura Kisor Das Babaji Maharaj was Her svaparsad, close associate.

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At some point, when Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur was a brahmachari, he decided to take initiation. He came to his father, Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur, and told him about his desire, but Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur sent Srila Prabhupad (at that time, his name was Bimala Prasad) to Srila Gaura Kishor Das Babaji Maharaj for initiation.

Srila Prabhupad came to Srila Gaura Kishor Das Babaji Maharaj and asked him to give him initiation, but Babaji Maharaj chased him away, "Get out from here! Go away!" Srila Prabhupad was astonished, "A boy comes for initiation and Gurudev says, 'Get out!' What is this?"

Anyhow, Srila Prabhupad came back to his father and said that Babaji Maharaj had told him to get out. Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur said, "Go to him again tomorrow."

Next day, Srila Prabhupad again came to Srila Babaji Maharaj, and this time Srila Babaji Maharaj said, "You again? Your father is a great personality and an exalted Vaisnav. Why do you not take initiation from him?"

"My father has sent me to you."

"All right, but I shall first ask Gora Hari. If He likes to grant it to you, then I will give you initiation."

Then, another day Srila Prabhupad came to Srila Gaura Kishor Das Babaji again. Srila Babaji Maharaj said, "Oh, you? I forgot, I have not asked yet." Srila Prabhupad again did not get initiation.

After that, Srila Prabhupad began thinking, "I have come on recommendation of my father, and he says he will ask Mahaprabhu, but he has forgotten to ask. What is the cause?" Then Srila Prabhupad understood, "I have some goal. I think that I am of a pure moral character, that I am a good scholar and I have an indomitable strength of mind. This is all ego, this is not a qualification. My attitude should be that I am unfit, I am a beggar of his grace. I have come to beg for his grace. I am helpless, I am the poorest of the poor. I must approach him with humility, 'Without your grace, my life is going to be spoiled. I am quite helpless, Maharaj. I want your kindness.' Unless I have such an attitude, he will not initiate me. My pride is crushed now. I am so disqualified that he actually ignored me and did not think it was necessary to tell about me to Mahaprabhu—my words did not even enter his ears!" In this way, feeling shameful and self-deprecating, Srila Prabhupad again came to Srila Gaura Kishor Das Babaji Maharaj. This time Srila Babaji Maharaj said, "Yes, Mahaprabhu has accepted you." He initiated Srila Prabhupad and gave him the Holy Name, the Hare Krishna maha-mantra.

Later, when Srila Gaura Kisor Das Babaji manifested the pastime of his disappearance, a big story happened that day. Hearing the news that Srila Babaji Maharaj had left this world, all the smarta babajis, goswamis of Nabadwip wanted to take the body of Srila Babaji Maharaj. There started much fighting and argument. When Prabhupad Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur heard what had happened, he came there to the bhajan kutir of Srila Babaji Maharaj with his disciple Kunja Babu. He saw that many people were fighting over the body and the police were already there, but they could not decide who should take the body. Everybody claimed that Srila Babaji Maharaj was their Guru.

In the end, Srila Prabhupad said to everyone,

"Everyone is saying they are disciples of Babaji Maharaj, but actually none of them are his disciple! When he was alive, no one cared, and now everybody is saying, 'He is my Guru.' They are all liars! They are dressed as sadhus, but none of them are sadhus. I am a naistik brahmachari (a life-long strict celibate), no one can tell a lie in front of me. So, there are many babajis here, but I say they are all doing stri-sanga (associate with ladies). Let those who have not associated with a lady for the past six months raise their hands."

Some left, either of fear, or of shame. Then, Srila Prabhupad said again,

"Let those who have not associated with a lady for the past three months raise their hands."

A few more people left.

Then, "One month."

More left.

"Who has not done any stri-sanga for the past three days?" (There are eight types of stri-sanga, it can be also thinking of a woman, etc.)

Hearing this, all of them went away. A policeman who was present there asked Prabhupad, "How would you know it if they had said they had not done any stri-sanga?"

Srila Prabhupad explained, "I said I was a naistik brahmachari—none can tell a lie in front of me."

Then, Srila Prabhupad took the body his Gurudev, Srila Gaura Kishor Das Babaji Maharaj, and made his samadhi with his own hands...

Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur entered his eternal pastimes in 1914, and the next year, in 1915, Srila Gaura Kishor Das Babaji Maharaj passed away too. Having lost both of his gurus and feeling grief-striken, Srila Prabhupad said, "I am helpless. Devoid of a guardian, all burden has now come to me."

Srila Prabhupad indicated that Srila Gaura Kishor Das Babaji Maharaj was an eternal and dear associate of Srimati Radharani and that his name is Guna Manjari. Srila Prabhupad told about him, "My Gurudev may not have been able to write his own name, but we never thought that he was foolish or uneducated. The entire knowledge, the entire scope of education was contained within his faith. Moreover, there is no such learning in this world, no such sound reasoning in all the fourteen worlds, no man-gods, that can weigh more than a solitary particle of the dust of the lotus feet of my Gurudeva."

Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj composed a poem in glorification of Sri Gaura Kishor Das Babaji Maharaj called Sri Srimad Gaura-Kishora-Namaskar Dasakam:

guror guro me paramo gurus tvam
varenya! gauranga-ganagraganye
prasida bhrtye dayitasrite te
namo namo gaura-kisora tubhyam [1]

O Divine Master of my Divine Master, my most venerable preceptor, you are supremely worshippable in the group of the foremost associates of Sri Gauranga. May you be gracious upon this servitor surrendered unto your loving servitor (Dayita Dasa). O Gaura Kishor, again and again do I make my obeisance unto you.

prabhum jagatyam patitaika-bandhum
tvam eva deva! prakati-chakara
namo namo gaura-kisora tubhyam [2]

O worshipful one, you alone revealed my Lord and Master, who is renowned throughout the universe as Sri Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati, and who is the only friend of the fallen souls of the world. O Gaura Kishor, again and again do I make my obeisance unto you.

hrdi vraja-dvandva-raho-vilasi
bahir viragi tv avadhuta-vesi
namo namo gaura-kisora tubhyam [3]

Living in solitude at Vraja Dham, your heart was absorbed in the most secret pastimes of the Divine Youthful Couple of Vraja, whilst externally you maintained the strictures of a renunciate; and sometimes you appeared to transcend all recognised strictures. O Gaura Kishor, again and again do I make my obeisance unto you.

kvachit punar gaura-vanantachari
namo namo gaura-kisora tubhyam [4]

Sometimes you roam about the edge of Gauravana (the boundary of Sri Navadvip Dham), wandering along the beach near the banks of the Ganga. O Gaura Kishor, who wears the holy loin-cloth and carries the mendicant's water-pot, again and again do I make my obeisance unto you.

sada harer nama muda ratantam
grhe grhe madhukarim atantam
namanti deva api yam mahantam
namo namo gaura-kisora tubhyam [5]

Ever singing the holy name of Sri Hari with great ecstasy and accepting alms from house to house like a bee collecting honey from flower to flower, you are the great soul unto whom even the demigods bow to. O Gaura Kishor, again and again do I make my obeisance unto you.

kvachid-rudantan cha hasan natantam
namanti gayantam alam jana tvam
namo namo gaura-kisora tubhyam [6]

Becoming overwhelmed with love for your worshipful Lord, sometimes you dance, sometimes you cry, sometimes you laugh; and again, you sing aloud. The people profusely offer their respects unto you, O Gaura Kishor, and again and again do I make my obeisance unto you.

aho jagannatha-dayaspadendo!
namo namo gaura-kisora tubhyam [7]

O friend of the glorious Thakura Bhaktivinod, O matchless ocean of the nectar of loving devotion for Mahaprabhu Sri Chaitanyadev, O moon that received the grace of Vaishnav Sarvabhauma Sri Jagannath, O Gaura Kishor! again and again do I make my obeisance unto you.

samapya radha-vratam uttamam tvam
avapya damodara-jagaraham
gato 'si radhadara-sakhya-riddhim
namo namo gaura-kisora tubhyam [8]

Completing the great holy vow of Urjja-vrata, you selected the day of the awakening of Sri Damodara to achieve the cherished treasure of your internal identity as a sakhi devoted to the service of Sri Radhika. O Gaura Kishor, again and again do I make my obeisance unto you.

vihaya sangam kuliya-layanam
pragrhya sevam dayitanugasya
vibhasi mayapura-mandira-stho
namo namo gaura-kisora tubhyam [9]

Forsaking the company of the residents of Kuliya town to accept the service of your servitor Sri Dayita Das, your divine presence is now found in a holy temple at Sri Dham Mayapur. O Gaura Kishor, again and again do I make obeisance unto you.

sada nimagno 'py aparadha-panke
hy ahaitukim esa krpan cha yache
dayam samuddhrtya vidhehi dinam
namo namo gaura-kisora tubhyam [10]

Although I remain deep in the mud of offenses, I (a fallen soul) am begging you for your causeless mercy. Please be gracious and deliver this soul bereft. O Gaura Kishor, again and yet again do I make my obeisance unto you.

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When Srila Gaura Kishor Das Babaji Maharaj entered his eternal pastimes, Srila Prabhupad Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad wrote two articles in Sri Sajjan Toshani (19 Varsha, 5th and 6th Issue). We present here these two articles for the eternal spiritual benefit of this world:

"About My Lord (1)"

I am a conditioned soul, therefore I suffer from various deficiencies. In order to fill these deficiencies, I occupied myself with acquisition of all sorts of material pursuits up to the highest material position of Brahma. I used to think that material pursuits could fulfil my deficiencies. So many times I have acquired much rare material acquisition, but my deficiency did not go away thereby. I have met many persons of great character in this world, but seeing their own various deficiencies, I could not give them respect. Seeing my unfortunate, miserable condition, supremely compassionate Gaurasundar permitted His two dearmost associates to show me their special favour. As I was overwhelmed with mundane ego and praised myself on account of material achievements, I lost my own spiritual benefit, but on the strength of my previously acquired spiritual merit (sukriti), I have got Sri Thakur Bhaktivinod as my auspicious spiritual well-wisher. My Lord often paid auspicious visits to him and often stayed with him. Being compassionate towards me, Srimad Bhaktivinod Thakur showed me my Lord. Upon meeting my Lord, my mundane pride started to subside. Before, I knew that anyone who assumes a human form is as contemptible and vile as myself, but when I observed the character of my Lord, I could gradually understand that a perfect Vaishnav could exist in this world.

By the mercy of my Lord, I too became gradually inclined to appreciate the supra-mundane character of Srimad Bhaktivinod Thakur. My Lord is known as Sri Gaura Kishor Das in this world. He left for transcendental Gaura-dham last year, on Utthan Ekadasi, during the Chaturmasya month. In this world, people are generally known by some chronological description of the events in their lives, but in this sense we will not be able to collect a consistent biography of my Lord. Yet, I have seen some of the events of his life myself and have also heard something from others, so, having recorded these, I am now writing something about Paramahamsa Babaji Maharaj, whose heart is non-different from Srimad Bhaktivinod Thakur and who is a dearmost and closest associate of Gaura Hari. If somebody knows something that I am unaware of in relation to His Divine Grace and lets me know about it, I would be very grateful.

Through the words and pastimes of saintly persons such deficient jiva souls as myself can become enriched in many ways. Hearing about the character of saintly persons and their pastimes can cleanse many unsaintly hearts. With this hope I am writing a few words about Paramahamsa Babaji.

I have heard that he appeared in a vaisya caste in some Gandagram village situated in Faridapur near Padmavati River. His appearance took place approximately 80 years ago [the article was written in 1916]. His father's name is Vamsidas. This great soul (Srila Gaura Kishor Das Babaji Maharaj) accepted a wife and lived in his house for twenty-nine years. After his wife's demise, he left his business of grain brokerage and accepted kaupina (a loincloth, worn by a severely renounced person) from Sri Bhagavat Das Babaji, a vesha disciple of a renowned devotee Sri Jagannath Das Babaji Mahasay. While still in his family life, he had received the second initiation (pacharatrika-mantra) from a descendant of Advaita Acharya Prabhu. Having accepted the kaupina vesh, he lived in different villages of Sri Vraja-mandal for almost thirty years, constantly engaging in his transcendental service (bhajan). During this time, he sometimes travelled to the holy places of North India and especially Gaura Mandal. He met and associated with Srila Svarupa Das Babaji in Sri Puri Dham, with Sri Bhagavan Das Babaji in Kalna, and with Sri Chaitanya Das Babaji in Kuliya. Besides that, he was acquainted particularly with all the great souls who resided in Vraja Mandal. Although he knew everyone, he nevertheless never approved of anybody's material endeavours. He himself would stay alone and, having rejected all association, spent his days in pure bhajan.

The year when Sri Gaura Hari was installed in Sri Mayapur on Phalguni-purnima, that is 1894 (1300, Bengali year), in the month of Phalguna, on the order of Mahatma Srila Jagannath Das Babaji Maharaj, Srila Gaura Kishor Das Babaji Maharaj arrived in Sri Gaura Mandal from Sri Vraja Mandal and from then on stayed in different small villages of Sri Dham Nabadwip until his very demise. From 1905 we noticed that his eye sight had diminished. From 1906 he left the religious practice of a mendicant renunciate and accepted a small house (kutir) as a place of his residence. Prior to that, he collected madhukari in different villages of Sri Dham and maintained himself in every respect by his own effort. Nobody ever received an opportunity to do any service for him. Hearing about his extreme renunciation, the jiva souls are reminded of the Lord's associate Srila Raghunath Das Goswami Prabhu. It is a great fortune to have Paramahamsa Babaji Mahasay as the shelter embodying detachment from the material world and all that is opposed to Lord Krishna; and those who have witnessed the pastimes of this renunciation, no doubt became, to a greater or lesser extent, disgusted with the material world and all that is opposed to the Lord. This is an indisputable truth. The idea of his renunciation from the material world and all that opposes Lord Krishna can melt the hardest of stone hearts. Therefore, I want to have the great fortune to speak about this exalted soul and try to increase the joy of the listeners.

I have seen Tulasi beads on his neck, I have seen Tulasi beads in his hand, strung for counting the number of the Holy Names chanted, and I have also seen he had several holy books written in Bengali language. Sometimes, he would wear no neckbeads; sometimes, he would be seen holding a mala made from some torn cloth with knots tied on it instead of Tulasi beads for counting the number of the Holy Names; he would stay naked wearing only an open loincloth (kaupin); he could become repulsed and use very strong language without any apparent reason, etc.—I have seen many of his sides. Many new people, many wide experts, young and old people, scholars and fools, many people who were proud of their devotion could have seen him, but they could not get a darshan (behold the transcendental form) of Paramahamsa Mahasay. Such is the divine power of devotees of Lord Krishna. So many materialists came to him with their material desires to get his advice, it is true, but that advice merely cheated these people. Countless people accept the attire of a saintly person and show some activities like those of a saintly person, but they are situated very far from the position of a true saintly person. There was no such duplicity, no such deceit in my Lord. His activities manifested the truth that produced no pain, no immorality. He may not have been seated in the same manner as scriptural scholars, but he was adept at the gist beauty of all scriptures. As a result of his sincere service to Lord Krishna, he attained all possible knowledge. The aim of this article is not to describe his opulences; besides, his genuine affection is so unparalleled that it only proves the gain of any opulence to be a trifle.

This Paramahamsadev was eternally situated within devotion to Krishna. He was niskinchan (devoid of any material possessions or attachment), therefore desire for pratistha (mundane fame and name) was never able to touch him. He felt no aversion towards those who tried to compete with him or oppose him; neither did he show any particular favour towards those who were recipients of his mercy. He used to say, "I have nobody to feel enmity or love for in this world. For me, everyone is worthy of respect." Another transcendental thing is that Paramahamsa Mahasay was always surrounded by many common people who followed some pseudo-religion that opposed the religion of pure devotion, and these people, declaring themselves recipients of a sadhu's mercy, became intoxicated with vile material activities, but he would never publicly reject them and tell them to go away, neither did he ever accept such people in any way. We were also blessed to see such hypocrites who once opposed devotion being accepted and shown the transcendental religion of Bhagavatam. Thakur Vrindavan Das mentions "amayaya-daya" (genuine mercy, compassion devoid of any deceit)—those who receive such genuine mercy, attain real spiritual benefit, become detached from the material world, and receive transcendental love for Krishna.

The meaning of the word "impartial" is resplendent in the character of Thakur Bhaktivinod and my Lord. Those who nurture an independent mood due to some secondary material pursuits, cannot at all perceive transcendental Vaishnavs, who are great souls situated beyond the three modes of material nature. If we become impartial, we can see that the above mentioned two great saints, being made of one substance and performing various pastimes of one Lord as they please, engaged the whole world in the service of the Supreme Lord.

"About My Lord (2)"

I have written something in the previous article, and here I am enclosing a few more incidents related to that:

(1) One new kaupina-dhari man (a severe renunciate) often visited Babaji Mahasay during several days and then acquired a 33.5 sq.m. (5 cottah) piece of land in Kuliya, Nabadwip, from worker at a landlord estate of XXX Rani. Hearing this, my Lord said, "Sri Nabadwip Dham is transcendental, so how did this local mundane landlord get this land that he can now give five cottah of the land to this novice kaupina-dhari? Even if you give all jewels of this universe in exchange, it cannot compare to the price of a single particle of dust of this transcendental Nabadwip. So, where will any landlord get such a price as to have the right to give the land of Nabadwip to anyone? And what is the strength of the spiritual practice of this new kaupina-dhari that he is able to purchase this land with the 'coin' of his spiritual practice? If one considers the land of Sri Nabadwip Dham mundane, what to speak of being a dham-basi—such people are actually called sahajiyas (imitators) as they regard the supra-mundane world with their mundane knowledge."

(2) One time, knowing my Lord to be the highest Vaishnav, some prominent Bengali landlord called him to join a devotional gathering at his great palace that possessed the opulence like that of Indra. Softened by the ardent prayer of the Vaishnav landlord, Babaji Mahasay instead invited him to engage in exclusive practise of Krishna consciousness by establishing some grassland on the bank of the Ganges beside him and sustaining his life on humble alms (madhukari), and said also that if he submitted his great opulence to the hands of all landlords and resigned from all involvement with the material world, then he could himself become a Vaishnav—then my Lord would be bound to accept the invitation to his courtyard. Otherwise, even if Babaji Mahasay accepts the invitation of a Vaishnav king and comes from transcendental Gaura Dham to the king's palace to humour the king for his hospitality and affection, then, a few days later, he would adopt the king's mentality and also start searching for a great land to acquire. In fact, the result will be that in a few days his practice of Krishna consciousness, being an object of the king's envy, would be reduced to something material. On the other hand, if the Vaishnav king establishes another cottage next to his and starts practising Krishna consciousness sustaining his life on collecting alms at others' houses, then one day, becoming his dearmost friend, he would not become prone to envy. If the Vaishnav friend and king wants to show any mercy to him, then he should mercifully engage in the practice of Krishna consciousness adopting a lifestyle similar to his.

(3) Quite shocked by the internal character of one former resident of Kuliya (Nabadwip), an experienced kaupina-dhari (a severe renunciate) and a respected Pandit Babaji, my Lord one day gave up wearing his kaupina, garbed himself into a fine clean black dhoti and chadar and came like this to the house of Srimad Bhaktivinod Thakur in Svananda Sukhada Kunja. Seeing this play of Babaji Maharaj and his changed clothes, Bhaktivinod Thakur became curious and asked him for the reason of the change. My Lord replied, "We accept the cloth of Chaitanya and, treading the path of deceit, will not shun away even from keeping other ladies, therefore it would be more honest if we accepted the garb similar to those who enjoy material luxuries and have dissolute sinful wives." This clever behaviour of Babaji Mahasay bore a great result among those who engaged in malpractices.

(4) There was one goswami, who was very learned in Bhagavatam, and who, driven by greed for money, was also very anxious to accumulate disciples employing dishonest tricks, and one day, when Babaji Mahasay heard some singing from this goswami, he desired to express something peculiar about the devotional preaching of this man. Having heard how this immature singer, a respected grihastha goswami, always tells, "Gora, Gora" in front of people and how he cleverly amasses countless disciples, Babaji Mahasay said that this Goswami Santan Mahasay did not explain 'goswamis' scriptures (scriptures of those whose senses are controlled)—instead, he explained the 'senses' scriptures (read the scriptures with the purport of sense enjoyment); and he never actually said, "Gora, Gora"—instead, he only shouted, "Money, money, my money!" This can never be a spiritual practice; moreover, being a mere covering of a true religion, this brings nothing but harm to the world.

(5) Many people engage in material pursuits pretending to follow the religion of devotion to the Lord and trying to impress others with their scriptural knowledge and righteous spiritual practice. My Lord compared their material attempts to interpret goswamis' scriptures to stool, and in order to demonstrate this, my Lord personally stayed in a public latrine near a guesthouse in the course of six months. He engaged in this material matter to show the example and teach those who follow the pure lotus feet of Sri Chaitanyadev but invite material stool in their lives by preaching the stench of their own prestige (pratistha). People do not understand the pure religion of Vaishnavism and envoke material pursuits in the garb of Vaishnavs, and my Lord showed everyone by the example of his own life that this is extremely abominable and must be given up.

(6) Many householder Vaishnavs often presented some money and expensive shawls, etc. to Babaji Mahasay. When he got some money, he would tie it in a cloth with two-five knots and keep it in different places showing he was very anxious about wealth. Foolish people who loved money thought that Babaji Mahasay was very greedy for money. Whenever somebody gave him some expensive clothes, he would praise the giver lavishly and explain how insignificant those clothes were.

Bhagavan Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad ki jay
Jay Srila Gaura Kishor Das Babaji Maharaj ki jay
Akar-math-raj Sri Chaitanya Math ki jay
Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math ki jay
Sri Nabadwip Dham parikrama palankari bhakta-vrinda ki jay
Jay Srila Guru Maharaj ki jay


Srila Gaura Kishor Das Babaji Maharaj's Samadhi Mandir