Smaran Utsav

Om Vishnupad 108 Tridandi Swami Sri Srimat Bhakti Sravan Tirtha Goswami Maharaj ki Jai !!

Here is a wonderful anecdote recounted by one of Baba’s dear disciples. Once in the early days when Baba had come to live in Bhubhaneshwar, he was sitting in his room and there was only one of his sevaks and the temple priest around.

All of a sudden, Baba said with some urgency to both the persons near him, “Go, go at once and stop that funeral processing out in the street. Bring them to me…!”

Startled but knowing better than to question Baba, the men ran out and sure enough saw a funeral processing just passing in front of the ashram gate with some 10-12 mourners, carrying the body of a young boy about 13-14 years of age.

They explained that the holy man living in the Ashram wanted to meet with them urgently. The group entered the ashram and the father of the dead boy together with couple of other men, went to meet with Baba.

Baba said to bring the body of the dead boy. Saying, “No, no….his time hasn’t come yet ,,,”  Baba sprinkled some water from his kamandalu on the face and body of the boy.  Lo and behold, the “dead” boy opened his eyes and with a startled look, sat up.

There was utter commotion thereafter. All the family members wept with joy and offered countless pranams to Baba. Baba laughed heartily and said, “Okay go now …. Go back to your house”.

This is just one of the many anecdotes disciples of Baba share when we get together.

Celebrate in Remembrance

When the Guru departs, there is perhaps no greater sense of despair that is experienced by a sincere disciple.  The guru is mother, father, sister and brother as well as the nearest and dearest Friend. The sense of void is terrible and impossible to fill. 

The selfless and unconditional love of a sadguru for his family of disciples/ devotees is something unprecedented in the history of relationships.

But something amazing happens when Gurudev is no longer to seen physically. It is a subtle truth that Sri Guru breaks free from the limitation of the human body and comes to dwell in the hearts of the loving devotees.  In their homes and in their hearts.

Commonplace incidents in everyday life trigger the memory of Sri Guru and what he said in that context, how he acted in such and such situation and so on.

Oover a period of time, it happens that the Guru is “living” with the disciple, in all their thoughts, words and actions. There is a continuous dialogue going on internally in the sincere disciple’s mind.

Time is a great healer. So while the pain of separation may become less acute over a long period of time, the memories of times spent with the Guru, become thick and sweet as honey and very precious.

Observing disappearance days and other festivals started by the Guru are very important in cementing the Guru’s circle of devotees after his departure, as it serves as a meeting point to exchange experiences and share stories together.

The Guru is eternal in essence. Their presence beyond the concepts of time and space is a fact. Just as the Sun is in the sky, but sometimes it becomes covered by a cloud and at other times it is visible, so it is with Gurudeva.

This is explained very nicely by one of the Gaudiya Acharyas:

"Sri Gurupada-padma possesses eternity and beyond our mortal conception. No matter whether it is manifested lila or unmanifested lila, His complete presence is a true fact. His Appearance and Disppearance are having the same essence. Therefore, on His appearance – a feeling for separation and on His disappearance – a festival of union could simultaneously be observed."

Srila Bhakti Prajnan Keshav Goswami Maharaja

On this 10th anniversary of Baba’s disappearance let us remember him by recalling his opening words before any pravachan:

Namo maha-vadanyaya krishna-prema-pradaya te
krishnaya krishna-caitanya-namne gaura-tvishe namah


Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Jayate !!
Jai Sri Radhey !