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Srimad Bhakti Dayita Madhav Goswami Maharaj's Sri Chaitanya Gaudiya Math


By Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj


By the mercy of our Sri Gurupadpadma we have continued our parikrama and have now come to the first holy place for today, that is Sri Chaitanya Gaudiya Math of Pujyapad Om Vishnupad Sri Srimad Bhakti Dayita Madhav Goswami Maharaj. Srila Bhakti Dayita Madhav Maharaj was a very dear godbrother of the Founder Acharya of our Math, Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj. Before taking sannyas, Srila Madhav Maharaj's name was Sri Hayagriva Brahmachari. We have heard about him from the lotus mouth of our Srila Guru Maharaj.

Srila Bhakti Dayita Madhav Maharaj was a very strong and strict Vaishnav. We have heard that when the temple bell went off for prasadam, all the brahmacharis would immediately come to the prasadam hall, and the hall would be full. Seeing this, Srila Madhav Maharaj thought, "What is this? When I give lecture only five-six brahmacharis are there, but when it is prasadam time there are twenty!" Then, without saying a word to anyone, he came to the prasadam hall, sat at a vyas-asan and took Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita out saying: "Do not mind me. You take prasadam with your mouth, and I will read to you, you can listen to me with your ears." All disciples became shy. Such was Srila Madhav Maharaj's character.

There is also one story that happened before Srila Madhav Maharaj took sannyas. At that time, Prabhupad Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur had to go to Mathura, and before he went there, he sent Srila Madhav Maharaj to Delhi to rent some suitable accommodation. It happened so that Srila Madhav Maharaj had to travel on Janmastami day. Generally, we fast the whole day until midnight on Janmastami, and take some 'anukapla' prasad (fruit, curd, potato, etc.) at night. However, Srila Madhav Maharaj had to go to Delhi on that day, so Srila Prabhupad thought, "He will have to take a tedious journey, and if he fasts, he will have no energy, but he has got an important duty to fix a house there, so he must take proper prasadam (rice, etc.)." So, Srila Prabhupad ordered his own cook, "Hayagriva is going to Delhi tomorrow, arrange some prasadam for him—feed him rice, dal, etc." The cook was surprised, "Perhaps, Prabhupad forgot that it is Janmastami (fast) tomorrow... Should I remind him?" Then, somewhat hesitating, the cook said, "Prabhupad, tomorrow is Janmastami..." Srila Prabhupad immediately replied, "I know that!! You do not need to teach me!" Hearing Srila Prabhupad's shout, the cook got scared and ran away. He arranged everything as Srila Prabhupad had ordered. However, Srila Madhav Maharaj was very strict—although he knew it was Srila Prabhupad's order, he still hesitated and did not take rice that day. He went to the kitchen and told the cook, "If I have to take something, I will take some sago, some subji, curd. Rice, dal, etc. are not necessary." Srila Prabhupad had another famous disciple, Prof. Nisikanta Sannyal (Bhakti Sudhakar Prabhu), and his mood was different. If he was in the place of Srila Madhav Maharaj—if Prabhupad told him to take rice on Janmastami—he would say, "Srila Prabhupad said I must take rice, then I must take rice!" He was extremely adherent, submissive to Srila Prabhupad's order. However, Srila Madhav Maharaj hesitated, "It is not necessary, I am strong enough, I shall do the duty. If Srila Prabhupad wants me to eat something on this day, let me have some anukalpa (non-grain prasadam)."

Srila Guru Maharaj (Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj) also told about Srila Madhav Maharaj that one day there was a festival at Sri Gaudiya Math. Because he was busy the whole day with the arrangement of the festival, Srila Madhav Maharaj (Hayagriva Prabhu at the time) did not get time to do his mala, so at midnight, after the festival, he went up to the roof and started doing his mala. Srila Sridhar Maharaj heard somebody chant on the roof and went upstairs, and when he saw Srila Madhav Maharaj there, he said, "Prabhu, go to sleep. You have to wake up early for mangal arati tomorrow. How many rounds have you done?" Srila Madhav Maharaj said, "Five." Srila Guru Maharaj said then, "It is enough. Go to bed. If you take rest, then tomorrow you will get strength to do even more service. If you try to finish your rounds now, you will have no strength and you will not be able to do anything tomorrow."

This is our line. Srila Prabhupad says that we need to engage in service. Service mood can give you everything. "Etat sarvam gurau bhaktym puruso hy anjasa jayet. We cannot control our senses, but we can control them easily through the service to our Guru and Vaishnavs. This is what all scriptures say. In the time of Mahaprabhu, all rules and regulations were very strict. Mahaprabhu said, "I will take prasadam only in the house of a millionaire—I will take prasadam only in the house of those who chant one hundred thousand Holy Names (sixty-four rounds) every day." Mahaprabhu said this, but even in those days not everybody chanted one hundred thousand Holy Names. Later, Srila Swami Maharaj Prabhupad came and said, "You must chant sixteen rounds," but even then not everybody chanted sixteen rounds. It is necessary to chant the Holy Name, but it is necessary to chant through service,

atah sri krsna namadi na bhaved grahyam indriyaih
sevonmukhe hi jihvadau svayam eva sphuraty adah

"Although Krishna's Name, Form, Qualities, Pastimes, etc. cannot be grasped by the material senses, they appear of their own accord on the tongue of those who have service mood." It is necessary to do service. First of all is service, and it must be true service otherwise your attempt can go in a wrong way also. If ego comes to you, you will go down. So, you must try to satisfy your Guru and Vaishnavs without any ego, then you will get a proper result.

In his brahmachari days, Srila Madhav Maharaj (Hayagriva Prabhu) went for preaching with Srila Srihdar Dev-Goswami Maharaj. They went to Madras together, they discovered Sri Ramananda Gaudiya Math on the bank of the Godavari. Srila Madhav Maharaj was always very affectionate, very loving towards Srila Sridhar Maharaj, he always respected him as his elder brother. Sometimes, Srila Madhav Maharaj also visited our Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math in Nabadwip.

After Srila Prabhupad's disappearance, Srila Madhav Maharaj told Srila Guru Maharaj many times that Srila Guru Maharaj should take charge of Sri Gaudiya Math, but Srila Guru Maharaj did not want it. He said, "They all wanted me to become the acharya, but if I had become the acharya, then Madhav Maharaj, Keshav Maharaj, Jajavar Maharaj and others would have never become acharyas. Because I did not take disciples, they started taking disciples themselves. Later, Madhav Maharaj told me that I was not a king, but rather more of a minister. He said that I could give good advice, I had the foresight, but I would not be able to work as a king." Also, Srila Madhav Maharaj initially wanted to take sannyas from Srila Sridhar Maharaj, but when he came to Srila Guru Maharaj, he fell at his feet and said, "Maharaj, I wanted to beg you for sannyas, but I cannot give up Sri Chaitanya Math in Mayapur. I know that you will not come back there, that is why I cannot take sannyas from you, but please give me your mercy, you can tell my sannyas name." Then, Srila Guru Maharaj gave him the name 'Srila Bhakti Dayita Madhav Maharaj.'

In front of his disciples, Srila Madhav Maharaj was always very strict in his conduct and practice—he wanted to show his disciples a very strict ideal of a guru without any defect. However, when he used to come to visit Srila Sridhar Maharaj, he would act like a child, or a pet. There was no restriction in him, even if his disciples and followers were there too. He had no independence in the association of Srila Sridhar Maharaj. He would sleep on the floor, sometimes he would take some fried rice and pakoras, etc. He would become free in his dealings. Yet, when he was separate, he was a very strict acharya observing many practices, etc. so that his disciples may not mistake him to be in an enjoying mood.

I have also heard that once, one of the disciples of Srila Madhav Maharaj grabbed a man by his neck and brought him to Srila Madhav Maharaj saying, "Gurudev, do you see? This man is distributing leaflets against you!" Srila Madhav Maharaj said, "OK, OK, leave him. Can I see the paper? Give it to me." Then, Srila Madhav Maharaj read the paper and said, "Oh, what he is writing is nothing. I am worse than that! Please, go and bring a packet of gulab jamuns, rasagullas. Bring some sweets." Srila Madhav Maharaj fed sweets to that man. This is what is called "pratihimsa tyaji anye karabi palana: giving up envy, nurture others." Our Guru-varga teaches all this to us, and we must learn from their example.

Following our Gaudiya Calendar, every year we observe Srila Madhav Maharaj's appearance and disappearance days, and we pray at the holy lotus feet of this Vaishnav Thakur: wherever he may be, we pray that he may please bestow his mercy upon us.

Jay Srila Bhakti Dayita Madhav Maharaj ki jay


Entering Srimad Bhakti Dayita Madhav Goswami Maharaj's Sri Chaitanya Gaudiya Math during Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama