The unique wisdom of Śrīla Bhakti Vigyan Bharati Maharaj

(By Srila Shyam Das Baba)

Such an wise personality is rare in our Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava society

Such an wise (knowledgeable) personality like Śrīla Bhakti Vigyan Bharati Gosvāmī Maharaj is rare in our Gauḍīya-sampradāya. We can remember about Sanatan Gosvāmīpad, Śrīman Mahāprabhu said that— “Such a wise personality like Sanatana is rare in these three worlds.” 

iṅhāra ye jyeṣṭha-bhrātā, nāma — ‘sanātana’
pṛthivīte vijña-vara nāhi tāṅra sama

(C.C. Antya Chapter One , sloka 200)

Sriman Mahaprabhu speaking in front of Svarup Gosai and Rai Ramananda that–“The elder brother of Śrīla Rūpapad, who´s name is Sanātana, such a wise personality cannot be found in the whole world like him.

Similarly, I would like to say that such a wise and experienced guru-sevak like Śrīla Bhakti Vigyan Bharati Gosvāmī Maharaj is really rare, who could see past-present and future (trikal darshi). If we can make a comb operation all over the world, then we cannot find such a unique personality like Śrīla Bhakti Vigyan Bharati Gosvāmī Maharaj. Any problem in our Vaiṣṇava society (samaj) could find a perfect solution by the advice and guidance of Śrīla Bhakti Vigyan Bharti Gosvāmī Maharaj.

His causeless mercy on me

Even in my own life I could realize his divine highness. If I claim that he used to love me very much, than this is nothing but one kind of self-advertisement, which is really improper, rather I should say that this was his own divine highness by the help of which always i could reach his lotus feet without any hesitation to get his full cooperation to accomplish any seva (specially vani-seva) without any fault, because due to small age-that time my experience was limited, I mean enough maturity was not there with me.

Specially I can remember when I wanted to categorize all the writings of my paramahaṁsa Gurudeva Śrīla Bhakti Promode Puri Gosvāmī Maharaj (by that time all those writings were already published in Śrī Caitanya Vani patrika) into three categories, like sambandhatattva, abhidheya-tattva and prayojanatattva, then he was the main adviser to me, except that what all I wrote in my life–time to time, be it a protest note or any documentary book or any other writings like special articles etc. etc. , then he was the first person to go through all those writings to give me inspiration to go ahead with such perfect–fire like siddhānta vichars of Śrīla Prabhupāda. I can never forget his unalloyed affection, so what I am today. Śrīla Bhakti Vigyan Bharati Maharaj was known as a living encyclopedia of Gauḍīya Sarasvat Vaiṣṇava society.

Especially the two jewels of Śrī Caitanya Gauḍīya Maṭha, like Śrīla Bhakti Vigyan Bharati Gosvāmī Maharaj and Śrīla Bhakti Ballabha Tirtha Gosvāmī Maharaj, both of them can never be forgotten by the whole Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava-sampradāya for their exclusive mood of Śrī Caitanya vani-seva, under the guidance of Śrīla Bhakti Pramode Puri Gosvāmī Maharaj and the founder president ācārya of Śrī Caitanya Gauḍīya Maṭha—Śrīla Bhakti Daitya Madhava Gosvāmī Maharaj. Also, many times I got the opportunity to go on a preaching mission with Śrīla Bhakti Vigyan Bharati Gosvāmī Maharaj and Śrīla Bhakti Bhallabha Tirtha Gosvāmī Maharaj, according to their desire. At that time really, I used to feel very shy to speak hari-katha in front of them. Of course, that kind of shyness was not due to my weakness but was due to their divine highness.

The outstanding Guru-Vaiṣṇava seva mood of Śrīla Bhakti Vigyan Bharati Gosvāmī Maharaj

Externally there can be so many disciples of a Sad-Guru, but whom he can approve from heart, surely he is a snigdha-śiṣya. In a snigdha-śiṣya all the achar – acharan and siddhānta vichars of Śrīla Gurudeva can be seen reflected totally. So was the case with Śrīla Bhakti Vigyan Bharati Gosvāmī Maharaj. Śrīla Bhakti Daitya Madhava Gosvāmī Maharaj very often used to say openly that—“Narotamma Prabhu is an ideal brahmacārī  and he never feels tired.” Really due to his tireless efforts- it was possible to re-establish the āvirbhāva place of Śrīla Bhakti Siddhānta Sarasvati Gosvāmī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda at Śrī Purushottam dham.

Not only that, but also most of their society Maṭhas were possible only because of his tireless efforts. It is a fact that his Guru-Vaiṣṇava seva mood was exclusive. He was selected as the secretary of Śrī Caitanya Gauḍīya Maṭha for a lifetime period by Śrīla Bhakti Daitya Madhava Gosvāmī Maharaj because of his exclusive wisdom and problem-solving capacity.

The desire for labha-puja-pratiṣṭhā can never run together with the divine serving temperament, because this is quite impossible. When someone going to avoid the divine serving mood, in that case surely, he is going to become busy with profit and loss account, because it is a must. So safely we can pass this kind of remark that—in his whole life he (Śrīla Bhakti Vigyan Bharati Gosvāmī Maharaj) was really less interested about labha-puja-pratiṣṭhā, whereas that was not at all a difficult task for him to collect. Thousands of people all around the world were ready to accept him as their spiritual master (Sad-Guru), because of his noble character and idealism. Many times, many people were in confusion, so they wanted to get it confirmed by Śrīla Bhakti Daitya Madhava Gosvāmī Maharaj the actual relationship between he and Śrīla Bhakti Vigyan Bharati Gosvāmī Maharaj, because apparently it seems that they are like father and son.

He was very expert in cooking seva

I can remember one very special incident which happened long ago at Kalna Ananta Vasudeva temple of my Guru-pāda-padma (paramahaṁsa Śrīla Bhakti Pramode Puri Gosvāmī Maharaj), when Śrīla Bharati Maharaj took the complete responsibility of cooking for thousands of people on the occasion of Radhastami festival day, which was the most successful festival as per the opinion of Śrīla Bhakti Vigyan Bharati Gosvāmī Maharaj. No arrangement was there for that great festival, even at the last moment Śrīla Bharati Maharaj was bound to approach Śrīla Bhakti Pramode Puri Gosvāmī Maharaj to speak out the present situation. But Śrīla Maharaj was given assurance by Śrīla paramahaṁsa Gurudeva (Śrīla Bhakti Pramode Puri Gosvāmī Maharaj) that everything can be arranged by the Supreme Lord shortly. Really so, within half an hour all the arrangements of the festival were ready, to start cooking. Śrīla Bharti Maharaj  (Narottama Brahmacārī) was the main sevak of that great Radhastami festival. Everybody could remember the great glories of that Kheturi festival which was organized by Śrīla Narattom Das Takhur. As per Śrīla paramahaṁsa Gurudeva all the varieties of prasādaṁs were so much tasteful, that all the devotees started dancing.

The extreme patency shown by Śrīla Bhakti Vigyan Bharati Gosvāmī Maharaj is the most important factor in the way of Gauḍīya bhajan

Out of my memory I like to quote one or two such exclusive incidents which can prove the above siddhānta vichar. Long ago when at kumbh melā spot Allahabad the preaching party of Śrī Caitanya Gauḍīya Maṭha was almost ready to start their divine preaching course under the guidance of Śrīla Bhakti Daitya Madhava Gosvāmī Maharaj and Śrīla Bhakti Pramode Puri Gosvāmī Maharaj, at that time suddenly one letter came to them bearing the message of coming of Śrīla Bhakti Vichar Jajavar Gosvāmī Maharaj there to attend the function organized by Śrīla Madhava Maharaj. Some brahmacārīs – they started feeling disturbance for his (Śrīla Jajavar Gosvāmī Maharaj) accommodation due to his late coming, but Śrīla Bhakti Vigyan Bharti Maharaj was very very happy to allow his own accommodation place to Śrīla Jajavar Gosvāmī Maharaj to make those brahmacārīs tension free.

              After Śrīla Bhakti Daitya Madhava Gosvāmī Maharaj gone from this material world, due to some internal problem of the society, most of the devotees of the society misunderstood Śrīla Bhakti Vigyan Bharati Maharaj, but Śrīla Bhakti Vallabh Tirtha Gosvāmī Maharaj never misunderstood him, rather he used to say repeatedly that Śrīla Bhakti Vigyan Bharati Maharaj is the fittest person to become ācārya, he is from a pure Brahmin heredity etc. etc. Their mutual love and respect is evergreen to us.

           Once upon a time due to some unusual reason he was held up outside his room from morning to evening without changing wet cloth, because he was just back from bath- room, but still he didn’t lose his patience.

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