Sri Sri 108 Govardhan Das Babaji Maharaj

21 07 2009

Jai Guru! Jai Nitai!

Today is the tirobhava of Sri Sri 108 Govardhan Das Babaji Maharaj. He was an exalted Vaisnava and a close associate and disciple of Sri Radharaman Charan Dev. My gurudev, Sri Sri 108 Hridayananda Das Babaji Maharaj received bhek from him.

~ Sri Sri 108 Govardhan Das Babaji Maharaj ~

Sri Sri 108 Govardhan Das Babaji Maharaj

 Entrance to his purna samadhi at Samaj Bari

Entrance to his pushpa samadhi at Samaj Bari

Purna samadhi

Pushpa samadhi

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Krishna and the Guru are one, but…

26 08 2008

Sri Srimad 108 Hridayananda Das Babaji Maharaj

Sri Gurupremanande Nitai Gaura Haribol!

(Bhaja) Nitai Gaura Radhey Shyam (Japa) Hare Krishna Hare Ram

Vaisnava carane dandabat.  Welcome to our new blog!

I had a desire that the first post in this blog be in glorification of our beloved Gurudev, Kirttanacharya Sri Srimad 108 Hridayananda Das Babaji Maharaj.  I was straightening up my room this morning and came across the book Yogi Sri Krishnaprem by Dilip Kumar Raya.  While thumbing through it I found this quote which I always loved and felt inspired to use it in the first post.

From a letter Sri Krishnaprem wrote to Dilip Kumar Raya dated September 29, 1945

“My Dear Dilip,

I will tell you what is written in burning letters of fire in my heart that carry their own guarantee of truth:

Krishna and the Guru are one, but if I leave Him, Krishna may leave me–at least He may smile His inscrutable (the samo ‘haM sarva-bhUteSu) smile and say, “Well if you don’t care for Me then I don’t care for you either–at least not more than I care for the louse on a monkey’s backside.”  But my Guru will never leave me whatever I do.  I might leave him, but he would never leave me.  I may fall from the Path, and return to the flesh-pots and wallow in their filthy slops for five lives or fifty lives.  I may blaspheme the Sacred Stone within my heart and die cursing God and man–all this and more I may do, but he will never leave my side.  Each separate folly of mine will be a stab of sorrow in the heart of he who is sorrowless, but he will never turn away his face nor cease from trying to assuage the pains that I suffer from my own foolish acts.  Never, never will he leave my side nor cease to guide my steps until I stand in that eternal Braja where he stands now.  God-forsaken and man-forsaken I may be, but Guru-forsaken, never.”

Jai Guru! Sri Guru! Jai Guru! Sri Guru! Jai Guru! Sri Guru!