UNIQUENESS OF SADGURU – DEEKSHA PROMULGATED
BY HIS HOLYNESS SADGURU BIJOYKRISHNA GOSWAMI
A BRIEF LIFE SKETCH OF SADGURU: BIJOY KRISHNA GOSWAMI
Almost five centuries ago a love incarnate god head Prabhu Adwaityacharya of Shantipur, traveled far and wide on foot with a burning desire to bring forth god Himself for the salvation of the mankind. He succeeded in his almost impossible task with the advent of Lord Krishna in the form of Sri Krishna Chaitanya who drenched India in the nectar of chanting god’s NAME.
About three hundred years later a great devotee of Lord Krishna in the lineage of Prabhu Adwaityacharya took a dangerous vow to travel on DANDEE *1 from the same Shantipur to Jagannath Puri with a burning desire to get Lord Jagannath as his son. After a year’s penance when he reached the Lord’s temple at Puri in an emaciated and bleeding body, he heard Jagannath in a tranced state saying that he is coming to him as his son. A beacon of light came from Jagannath and entered into his bosom. He fainted in rapture.
He was none but Bhagawat Acharya Ananda Kishore Goswami a great exponent of Bhagawan (God Sri Krishna). He would go into trance quite often while listening to any discourses on Bhagawan) and God Sri Krishna’s ‘Leela’ descriptions. While listening to these descriptions sometimes blood oozed out of his eyes along with tears. One day he went into deep rapture during one of his discourse on Bhagawan (God Sri Krishna) from which he did not return to outer sense and relinquished his mortal frame on the very spot.
Dandee is a kind of penance in which a pilgrim traverses a distance by prostrating on the ground with stretched forward arms and stands up again at the point where his palm’s touched the ground and prostrate again from that point, thus proceeding towards the temple two yards at a time.
Gosaiji’s Birth and Early Life:
Lord Jagannath’s promise was fulfilled when a son was born to Ananda Kishore and Swarnamoyee in 2nd August 1841, whom they named Bijoy Krishna (Lord Krishna won by love).
Alike other messiahs who are born in peculiar situations Bijoy Krishna was born in a wild thicket of arum plants where his mother hid herself when a gang raided their house. Bijoy Krishna, the second son of Ananda Kishore and Swarnamoyee was quite different from others in his childhood. He would talk to the tutelary deity Shyam Sundar (Krishna), play ball game with Him and feed Him the milk meant for him.
One day Bijoy refrained from taking food because Shyam Sundar did not return the ball thrown to Him. When every body failed to force him to take his dinner, his food was kept in the dining room. The mother also remained without food and slept. At the dead night Swarnamoyee heard a dialogue from the dining room. She woke up to find Bijoy was not in his bed. She heard Bijoy saying (to Shyam Sundar);”I was angry and vowed not to take food until you return my ball but why did you not take your dinner?”…. after a minute silence Bijoy replied,”Oh! You love me so much. Alright let us share the food, we both are hungry.” After some time when silence prevailed the mother entered the room to see that Bijoy was asleep on the floor and the dishes empty. She fainted.
Gosai ji’s deeds of Kindness and compassion for others:
One day Bijoy’s friends told him that the landlord was beating a man for not paying the annual revenue. Bijoy rushed to the spot while his friends fled away and shouted furiously to the landlord “You are not a human being, you are a rogue. Had you been a human being you could not have treated another human being like a beast. “The landlord was known to be a notorious goon and everybody was scared of him. The man threw off his hunter and stared at the little boy with a burning eye and enquired from his body guards as to whom the boy was. Knowing that he was in the lineage of Prabhu Adwaityacharya he controlled his anger and asked the boy to come to his house. He said that he was stunned to see a little boy as he was dare to utter such strong words to him. Later when they met the landlord the landlord asked Bijoy,” How did you dare to scold me, didn’t you ever think of the dire consequences?” Bijoy said he knew nothing, someone spoke from within. It is said that the tyrant became softer to his subject henceforth.
His mother was a kindhearted lady. Her financial state dropped to low ebb after Ananda Kishore died. One day while she was coming home after a bath in the river Ganga she came across a sick prostitute begging for food and clothes. The mother asked to wait. She went home and packed up the only sari (garment) along with the meal she had kept for herself and sent it through Bijoy to the woman. Bijoy came to tears to see the kind- heartedness of her mother. Bijoy would henceforth often secretly give away his clothes and meager food to the needy and remain in worn out clothes without food. Bijoy’s mother in tears would praise him for his deeds and say, “Our well wishers will give us new clothes if they find us wearing torn ones, but there is nobody to help these wretched people. Shayam Sundar bless you my child!” Both would hug each other and weep.
Gosai Ji’s devotion and love as a Child:
One day a roaming monk on his way to Gangasagar for holy ablution took a day’s halt at Bijoy’s residence. The monk took out his ‘Shalgram’ (round stone as a symbol of Lord Narayana) and worshipped Him. Bijoy a small boy then, wanted to worship the way the guest was doing. To quiet down the boy the monk gave him a piece of stone and subsequently proceeded toward Gangasagar.
On his return from the journey he came to Bijoy and asked him casually how his worship was going on. Bijoy fetched the piece of stone and worshipped it in front of the monk. The monk was surprised to see that bright aura of light started emitting out of the stone! Bijoy was in his meditation the monk called his mother and said, “This boy is going to be a great man in the years to come. In symbol worship, what took me long years to behold god’s luminous aura, this little child did the miracle within a few days and that too over a piece of stay stone!” He saluted Bijoy and went away.
In the local school he learnt his lessons within a short period of time as compared to other boys. However he was very mischievous in his boyhood. One day he wanted to ride a horse. He chose to ride the local Magistrate’s black horse. At night he along with his friend stole the horse from the stable and kept it tied to a tree near the bank of the river. In the early morning the caretaker reported the magistrate that the horse was missing. In the meantime Bijoy rode the horse from a horizontal branch of tree and started enjoying the ride on the sands. The police caught the horse along with Bijoy and brought before the Magistrate. The magistrate was amused to see that the handsome boy who did the mischief belonged to the Adwaityacharya family. "Why didn’t you tell me that you wanted to ride the horse?" he asked. The boy’s straight forward answer was, “You would not give me permission to ride.” The magistrate laughed loudly and said,” Alright henceforth whenever you want a ride, tell me, I shall ask my men to put the harness and bridle and let you have a joy ride. Without these riding is dangerous".
A pirate in guise of a fisherman lived in the outskirts of Shantipur. He was charmed at the personality of the little boy Bijoy who would often acted "BalKrishna Leela" (Lord Krishna’s childhood actions) along with other youngsters. One day when Bijoy along with her mother and other family members were coming home from a remote place on a boat, it took longer time than usual due to tides in the water and as the boat was sailing slowly it became dark. Suddenly a gang of pirates raided their boat. The young ladies were scared, the bodyguards took position. Suddenly Bijoy heard a known voice and came out of the shelter to find the leader who was none but the aforesaid man. Seeing his beloved Bijoy the leader fell down at his feet and cried,” Oh dadabhai pardon me! You saved me from committing a great blunder.” The pirate fled away with his gang immediately to be never seen henceforth.
One day his elders were out of station. Bijoy a teenager then had joined Sanskrit College under the Calcutta University. An old lady came from a distant place and not finding any elder person in the house fell down at the feet of Bijoy and prayed for a Mantra that would free her from the bondage of recurring birth. Bijoy was shocked to see the blind faith of the lady and said,” I myself am not liberated mother. How can a blind show path to another blind.” The lady did not believe that anyone in the lineage of Prabhu Adwaityacharya couldn’t be a liberated soul. They only come down to earth to liberate others. She fell into tears that Bijoy deprived her. For Bijoy the lady represented the prevailing blind faith of the society and he himself was the representative of the hypocrisy. His heart revolted against the system. The whole night he couldn’t sleep.
Gosai ji’s Career as a Medical Student:
He decided to forego the easy going path of deceitful earning and earn his livelihood by taking the profession of a medical practitioner. He joined the Calcutta Medical College. One day he heard Professor, Dr Cheebers scolding a student with an allegation of theft which was not true. But what aroused Bijoy’s anger was that he took the name of all the Indians as a whole. He protested against the misbehavior of the professor and called for a hunger strike. Under his leadership the other students also joined. Ultimately a settlement was reached after the professor accepted his mistake. This may be recorded as the first organized student’s movement in Indian history.
Bijoy left Medical college without completing his graduation but was given a practicing license on homeopathy. He came back to Shantipur and opened a chamber to earn his livelihood practicing as a homeopath. He would charge a nominal fee from those who could afford but provided free treatment to the economically underprivileged. His heart cried to see the wretched condition of these people. An instance is stated here under to throw light on his career as a practitioner. A seriously ill patient unable to pay fees came from the other side of Ganges. He gave him medicines for the day and asked his guardian to report after that. It may be stated here that Dr Bijoy Krishna used to get instructions and tips on treatment from a spirit (soul) of a renowned homeopath, late Dr Durgadas Banerjee.
In this case also he had instructed one unusual medicine to the aforesaid ailing person. The next day it started raining incessantly and the river swelled up. No one came from the other side to report the patient’s condition. After closing his chamber Bijoy decided to go to the patient’s home to give the required medicine. He found the ferry (boat) service was closed due to inclement weather. Dr Bijoy K. Goswami, a good swimmer decided to swim across. He tied the glass ampoule of medicine on a head gear and plunged into the turbulent river and reached the patient’s house. It was dark by that time. The patient’s father heard a thump on the door. He opened the door to be surprised beyond imagination that an angel was standing with a smile with a life saving nectar in his hand. The helpless parents were in a traumatic state as the condition of the patient had deteriorated. The old man was almost fainted to see an unbelievable miracle happening before him. He was spellbound. Bijoy attended the patient till he recovered.
The history of mankind has rarely come across such a doctor. One may guess how successful this doctor might have been as a bread earner for the family.
Gosai Ji’s exposure to Brahma Samaj: The new wave:
In the meantime his knowledge in Sanskrit College opened the door of the vast treasure of Upanishads and the doctrines of Monotheism as professed in his own way by Shankaracharya. It says that the only truth is the omnipresent, all pervading formless attribute less “Brahma” and the manifest of the universe is an illusion and hence false.
‘Brahmo-Samaj’ along with Christian and Muslim school of thoughts accepted the monotheism of Upanishad and Shankaracharya. It was an era of renaissance in India. The younger generation educated in the western system was eager to come out of the stagnated medieval thoughts. Brahmo Samaj came to them as a fresh tide. Erasing their caste barrier they started joining the new religion.
During his stay in Calcutta, Bijoy Krishna Goswami came in touch with the Adi Brahmo Samaj. It was like coming out of cage and flying in the vast open sky. He came closer to revered Maharshi Devendranath Tagore, the head of the institution and got initiated by him. He joined as propagandist of the doctrines of the Brahmo religion. Bijoy Krishna traveled far and wide often on foot, sometimes without food and shelter and confronted tigers, snakes and malaria while preaching in deep interiors. The only burning desire that propelled him was, infusing the heart of ignorant masses the message of the ultimate truth that he had realized within. Bijoy was outcast and also ousted from the ancestral residence for joining a different religion. His family came to Calcutta to stay with him. They smilingly faced extreme poverty.
Gosai Ji’s perfect spouse: Yogmaya Devi
Yogmaya, the teenage wife of Bijoy was a partner in its true sense. Days after days she had to remain without proper meals. One day when she was just about to have her meal when a monk came to the door step and asked for some food. The young lady took her dish and gave it to the monk. All others including her mother had finished their lunch by then. The old lady came to tears and exclaimed.” You gave away even the last bit of your share! Now what about you. ” Teenager Yogmaya answered with a smile,” what can I do mom, if HE who had given by one hand asks it back by the other hand.”
Gosai ji’s work for Brahma Samaj:
More than 20 years had lapsed in this struggle. The Brahmo Samaj grew into a large family all over Bengal and outside. BijoyKrishna Goswami by now was the revered head priest of Brahmo Samaj. He along with his family stayed in the Samaj temple complex. An honorarium provided the maintenance of the family and thus Bijoy Krishna devoted full time in meditation, organized mass prayer, went to open different centers of worship and delivered lectures as well as wrote book and sent articles in religion journals. He introduced devotional songs as a part of prayer and invited spiritual leaders from different sects. Thus Brahmo Samaj under his guidance became a truth seeker’s paradise.
One midnight when he was in deep meditation he heard a thump on the entrance door. He came back to external sense and opened the door. He found three persons with luminous aura around them. An old person in white robe and white long hair with long beards introduced himself as Adwaityacharya, his tenth forefather and other two as Mahaprabhu SriKrishna Chaitanya and Prabhu Nityananda respectively.
Bijoy Krishna hurriedly took them inside and gave them mat (Asan) to sit on and prostrated at their feet. Adwaityacharya said, “Bijoy you take a bath. Mahaprabhu appeared here to initiate you.” Bijoy hurriedly took bath wore fresh clothes and came back as if in a hypnotic state. The room was flooded with celestial light. Mahaprabhu gave him a Mantra (name of god to repeat constantly). Bijoy prostrate at the feet of Mahaprabhu and fainted. In the dawn he came back to external sense to find himself on a prostrated state on the ground. He remembered all the sequences of the dream (he took it to be a dream). Then he found that the three mats were there and he wore different clothes.
He ran towards the well to find wet clothes on the floor. Mother Yogmaya was by that time near the well. He narrated the whole sequence to her. Mother Yogmaya replied that she often had the good luck to see Adwaityacharya in the said robe when they stayed at Shantipur. She enquired,” Didn’t you see him earlier?” Bijoy replied that he had turned into a monotheist and did not believe in manifest forms, that was why his forefather did not appear before him.
The Incident that changed the direction of his Life:
His firm footing on monotheism took a somersault as the incident reinforced by evidence could not be disregarded. Henceforth his ancestral deity Shyam Sundar (Krishna) also started playing. One evening when he was meditating on Brahma (the formless attribute of god) Shyam Sundar (God Sri Krishna) appeared before him and asked to adorn him with gold ornaments. Bijoy replied,” I do not believe in manifest form”.
Shyam Sundar said,” Well you need not believe in my manifest form but where is the harm in making ornaments for me?” Bijoy again said,” I neither possess gold nor rich enough to procure.” Syam Sundar dwelt on like an insistent child and Bijoy negated time and again. Ultimately Shyam gave the clue that his aunt had gold coins in her custody and specified the spot where the coins were hidden. Now Bijoy Krishna became curious to verify the clue given by Shyam Sundar. He went to Shantipur and asked his aunt that Shyam wanted ornaments from her. Aunt ridiculed Bijoy and said,” Oh! Shyam did not get a better person than a nonbeliever like you to convey it to me.” Now Bijoy declared the secret place where the aunt kept the gold coins as indicated by Shyam. The aunt was taken aback and started weeping. She now believed, agreed to make the ornaments for Shyam. Bijoy came back to Calcutta.
After some days Shyam appeared again in jovial mood and said," Bijoy come to Shantipur and see how beautiful I look in new ornaments!” Bijoy again protested that he does not believe in dualism, but Shyam insisted again and said, "You need not believe in me as god’s manifest but what is the harm in appreciating the ornamental outfit". Shyam disappeared. Bijoy tried to concentrate on the blank but every time Shyam appeared instead. Ultimately he started for Shantipur but the last train had departed. He went to Ranaghat station by train and traversed on foot the rest of the distance to reach Shantipur at dead end night. He wanted to see Shyam Sunder. This time nobody objected and opened the temple door.
Bijoy saw his onetime play mate Shyam Sundar smiling at him in new ornaments. The monotheist’s heart melted. In tears he said." If you had this in mind then why did you turn me astray?
"Shyam Sundar replied". Well, that’s what I wished. Nothing is wasted. Don’t you know how it glitters when an old ornament is remodeled? "saying so Shyam Sundar disappeared in the stone idol. Bijoy Krishna went into rapture. The next day he came back to Calcutta to resume his duty.
Gosai Ji’s Return to Devotional path and retiring from Brahma Samaj:
He was conducting a mass prayer. While he was quoting from Upanishad suddenly Adwaityacharya appeared and said, "Your work in Brahmo Samaj is over, now take shelter under Mahaprabhu". Leave Brahmo Gnyan (a path of pure knowledge) and utter Krishna Naam (repeat the name of Krishna, the incarnation of god) to return back to the devotional paths.
Bijoy Krishna fell unconscious and remained in trance for a long time. The mass gathering waited spellbound till he recovered and resumed his speech. But Bijoy Krishna came down the pulpit and said that he can no more conduct the prayer in the line of pure monotheism (absolute). Every time I speak of only the absolute Brahma, His manifest forms (gods, goddesses) appear before me. I now believe that Brahma, the formless, attribute less God and manifest gods both are true. Monotheism and duality both are true. Only difference is that Brahma is the absolute truth and His manifestation is a transient truth. Bijoy Krishna from his childhood was fond of going to saints and religious persons. He did not stop this habit even after holding the high post of Acharya (preacher) in Brahmo Samaj.
He had introduced prayer songs and loud chanting of god’s name (Naam Keertan) along with drum and accompanying instruments. He had to face stiff resistance who thought it as disturbing the somber environment of meditation, but ultimately was able to prove the merits, i.e. the ecstasy of devotion and love that could be aroused among thousands so easily by chanting was not to be achieved through deliverance and lecture.
One day an unknown saint on request attended the prayer conducted by revered Bijoy Krishna. At the end Bijoy met him and asked as to how the occult visions and tranquil state of mind could be made to stay longer. The saint replied,” Ask your Guru (God head). He is the best person to reply.
Gosai Ji’ quest for finding his SADGURU:
Bijoy Krishna said that he did not believe in the need of a God head. We learn from all spiritually advanced persons through their discourses.
The saint was shocked to know that. He affirmed that no spiritual advancement was possible without coming in direct contact with a SADGURU. Bijoy Krishna prayed to him to be his Guru but the saint said that every person no matter however enlightened cannot be a Sadguru unless authorized by God and His representative God head. The saint said that his Guru would appear before him when the time is ripe for him.
This revelation was another great jolt for Bijoy Krishna. He till this time knew of the sterile KULGURU cult in which he himself was born.
Bijoy Krishna took leave for sometime and started roaming in search of Sadguru. Whenever he saw a revered saint he fell at his feet and requested him for his initiation (Deeksha). Everybody said the same thing - Your Sadguru is waiting for you.
Bijoy Krishna traveled all along the foothills of Himalayas, remote forests, river coasts of Ganges, Narmada. He joined the sittings of Ramaits, Baul, Kabir, Lamas, Yogis, Tantric, Aghori cults in search of Guru. Sometimes he had to flee to see the ghastly practices.
He went to Kashi and met Trailanga Swami, “the roaming Shiva” as he was called. Swamiji gave him Mantra on the insistence of Lord Shiva which Bijoy took unwillingly. Unwillingly because he saw Swamiji sprinkling his own urine on the goddess Kali saying”Ganga-Ganga”. Although the urine and revered Ganga water was same for Trailanga Swami but it was not acceptable to Bijoy who was born and brought up in a sanctified environment.
Gosai Ji finding his SADGURU
Then he went to Gaya hills and stayed at the foot of Akaash Ganga hill in the ashram of a Ramait saint Raghuwardas Baba. One morning a boy informed that a powerful saint is seen on the hilltop. Bijoy Krishna climbed up the hill where he found his long cherished Sadguru revered Brahmananda Paramhamsa.
Sadguru embraced Bijoy Krishna and uttered a power impregnated Mantra. On hearing the Mantra, Bijoy Krishna lost his consciousness.
Resignation from Brahmo Samaj:
To frame the rules and regulations to be observed and followed by a resident preacher but I express my inability to follow them. I, therefore decided to stay away from Brahmo Samaj premises and profess in my way the truth as ever. I need your blessings in pursuit of truth.
With loving regards!
Yours, Bijoy Krishna Goswami.
6th June 1887
Even after coming out of the Brahmo Samaj premises Gosaiji was requested by the elder member to preside over and conduct mass prayer in their annual function. Gosaiji accepted. While he was in his prayer he got the vision of great ancient saints – Narod, Valmiki, Chaitanya, Nityananda and also Late Rammohan Roy and Ramakrishna in their finer bodies. He uttered aloud their names in praise instead of Brahma. This antagonized the militant Brahmos. There was a lot of hue and cry that Gosai was promoting idol worship instead of the formless god.
That was Gosaiji’s last official prayer. The next day he gave a formal resignation and thus the 26 years old bondage (1861-87) with the Brahmo Samaj was severed for good.
Gosaiji was happy that his Guru’s wish has been fulfilled before coming out of Brahmo-Samaj. The exodus caused by his lectures was abated and a large number of Brahmos had started coming back to the old faith being initiated by him.
Foundation of a hermitage in Gendaria (Dhaka) on 31st Aug. 1888 :
On the birthday of Lord Krishna Gosaiji’s disciples established a hermitage in the jungles of Gendaria in Dhaka. It was one time a place of prayer of the Muslim Fakirs. Goswami Prabhu entered the ashram with his extended family-the mother, mother-in-law, wife Yogmaya Devi, son, daughters and many disciples. His hut was on a remote from the hub at the northern corner where he kept his seat facing southward.
Gosai ji’s Daily Routine:
He spent whole day and night in a routine manner. In the morning he used to get up at 5’o clock. After washing and changing he fed the birds and sprinkle water to shrubs. After taking tea at 7’o clock he listened to devotional scriptures, devotional songs and then himself read “Guru Grantha Shahib” (sacred Sikh scripture) and other religious books. At 11’o clock he took a bath and printed (Tilak) sandal paste on the forehead and limbs. At 12.00 he took midday meal (Prasada) offered to god. Then up to 4pm he meditated. From 4pm to evening talked to visitors who came from distant places and thronged around him.
The evening prayer songs would drench the listeners in rapture. Gosaiji often danced in ecstasy. At 9pm he would take light dinner and sit for the whole night in meditation without sleep, from 4:30 to 5am take a brisk nap and get up to resume the usual activities. Deeksha was given during the interval between reading and midday meal or at night.
Certain unique behavior patterns observed in Gosai ji’s daily routine:
If we look at his daily routine carefully the following uncommon features came evident.
Gosaiji spent the morning hours in reading and listening to devotional scriptures and songs, whereas these precious hours are spent by others in prayer, meditation and worship.
He does not sleep and takes only half an hour rest at the dawn.
He sits in a position that faces south in contrary to other persons during religious activities, the usual practice is to face east or north.
His physical work has been reduced to bare minimum.
He only reads, listens the devotional books and songs such as Guru Grantha Shahib(Sikh scriptures), Imitation of Christ by Thomas Kempis, Bhaktamal(life of saints), Chaitanya Charitamrita, Bhagwat Ram Charit Manas, Mahabharata and occasionally Geeta. He was not seen reading or chanting from Upanishads, Brahma-Sutra and Geeta known as Prasthan Trayee or the trio that promote salvation-(devotional love is a state achieved after salvation).
He has adopted the ‘Akash Vrittee’ (full dependence on god for daily needs of the enlarged family, including the disciples).
Reasons for those unique behavior patterns:
Let us try to analyze the reasons behind these unusual activities:- Regarding the first, a devotee once asked him, ”Prabhu, we know that reading and listening elevates us as the roaming mind concentrates on higher thought but why do you need it for so long hours? "Gosaiji answered, “My child, reading and listening keeps my mind on the surface otherwise the blank mind (chitta) goes into deep trance (samadhi) and gets out of this grasp frame. Long hours of trance make it difficult to sustain this body. By reading together you elevate and I come down".
2nd – Gosaiji said, "One needs sleep to give rest to the body and mind. My body is mostly at rest these days. At night the mind gets complete rest during meditation and trance, more than one gets in sleep".
3rd – The scriptures say, "A spiritual aspirant should either face east or north, eastward when he is desire bound (Sakam) and northwards when desire less (Nishkam)". A saint who has attained salvation, all directions is the same to him. But when the saint after attaining salvation becomes a benevolent donor of spiritual power to aspiring disciples under the authority of god, he is known as ‘Dakshina Moorthy’. Sadguru faces southward (Dakshin), the recipient disciples face the Guru i.e. north as usual.
4th &5th – Lord Krishna says, “The person who aspires to come back home has to travel through a five fold path i.e. Karma (selfless work), Gnyan (knowledge), Yoga (union) and further to it Bhakti (devotion) and Prem (love), if he longs to relish the joy of becoming my playmate.
Goswami Prabhu has already shown to the world the first three fold path of Nirvana and now proceeds further to show the path of devotion and love for god to those who are non desirous of dissolution(nirvana) and possess an intense longing to be a party to the eternal play (Leela) of god along with his mates.
6th – Goswami being a renunciate himself live with a still enlarged family and that too on ‘Akash-Vrittee’ to prove the truth that god takes care of his devotees if one surrenders to Him. ’Akash -Vrittee’ does not even permit saving for the next day and yet nobody starves.
It may be said here that once a rich person (Kali Krishna Thakur) came to Gosaiji with a purse of hundred thousand rupees and requested him to accept the gift. Gosaiji politely regretted that that he will not be able to spend the amount within a day as he is on’ Akash Virtee’ neither he is on a state of mind to search out needy persons and give away the wealth. He advised the generous person to donate it to a charitable trust or a mission directly instead of giving it through his hands.
He is the same Bijoy Krishna Goswami who as a British social reformer went from door to door collecting donations for the welfare of the poor and the spiritually ignorant and bears all outrages on his health, mind and family for the noble cause.
However it does not mean that he shunned from rendering his services to mankind. Only the nature and the stratum of service changed from physical, moral and intellectual to spiritual upliftment and that too for those desirous of finding path for salvation.
Sri Krishna’s Play:
Sri Krishna warns to refrain from influencing an undesirous person. He says," I dwell in the heart of all beings and drive them as I wish to play. Who can interfere in my 'play'?" Gosaiji after enlightenment by his Guru changed his course of action. Instead of going to people now people come to him.
Essential Instructions for AJAPA SADHANA:
So he wrote on the wall of his hut “the essential instructions following which may silently transform the mind of the visitors who aspire for spiritual upliftment. These are:-
THE DAYS WILL NOT REMAIN THE SAME AS NOW.?
DO NOT INDULGE IN SELF PRAISE.?
DO NOT SLANDER OTHERS.?
NONVIOLENCE IS THE GREATEST VIRTUE.?
HAVE PITY ON ALL CREATURES.?
HAVE FAITH ON SCRIPTURES AND NOBLE SOULS.?
DISCARD UTOPIA THAT DOES NOT CONCUR WITH THE SCRIPTURES AND THE NOBLE SOULS.?
THERE IS NO ENEMY GREATER THAN VANITY.
The immemorial words of the Muslim saint poet Hafiz coined by Gosaiji that, “The days will not remain the same …………” carries a universal message to the mankind. It can be interpreted as -
A warning to the imprudent, proud and the cruel.
An alert to the casual believer that the hey days are passing without prayer.
A reminder to the mighty that senility is awaiting.
A great hope for the religious aspirant struggling and grasping in the dark.
Regarding his commandments it may be mentioned here under -
That Goswami Prabhu’s way of life in itself is a lesson to the mankind.
That His behavior to others was always polite irrespective of friends and foes. He prostrated at the feet of even his disciples with reverence rather than as a Guru.
That His adherence to nonviolence was so deep that he would not allow even ants and pests to be killed, rather feed them. Snakes would stroll in the body, rats take shelter in his matted hair whenever chased, plants and trees pray for life when at stake. We will come to it later.
That born with the blessings of Lord Jagannath he possessed natural communication with the God incarnated Shyam Sundar(Krishna) from his childhood. Such cherished communication occurs rarely to persons who follow the path of devotional love for years. Yet Goswamiji relinquished the inherited path of duality and communication with the manifest God (Krishna) and accepted the path of Karma Yoga (selfless service), Gnyan Yoga (spiritual knowledge for salvation) and then the path of incessant prayer (Ajapa) that had him back to the path of devotional love and communication with Shyam Sundar. This he did only to show the sequential ascend on the path of yoga as shown in Geeta.
That during the course of his tenure in Brahmo Samaj he also rejected many dictates of the ancient scriptures to be accepted only after testing by trial the truth behind them. “Now and then”, he said,” The scriptural commandments appear before him in golden words and as living entity and explain the underlying truth behind them. Often the ancient saints also did the same.
Ultimately his faith on scriptures reaffirmed. This is what Lord Shyam Sundar had declared,
"How it glitters when gold is remodeled into new ornaments".
He proclaimed in his 6th and 7th instructions to have faith on scriptures which are firmly footed on saints’ lifelong experiences and discard utopian concepts that contradict the scriptures of the saints, lest his followers waste their time and energy in ascertaining the established truths.
During this period at Gendaria Ashram, the brilliance of his aura unfolded boundlessly.
Let us share this joy of discussing some of them within the limitation of space.
Goswami ji’s Mother and her kindness:
An instance of the saying “Like mother like son” sows the seed that germinate in Goswami Prabhu in the form of self emulation for the sake of mankind. One morning Goswamiji’s mother went to take a bath in a nearby brook. At midday the disciples noticed that the old lady had not returned as yet. They ran to search her whereabouts. A disciple heard the voice of the grandmother calling him from the hiding of a bush. On coming near she asked him to give her a piece of cloth. The disciple opened his wrapper and threw it towards the bush. Wearing that wrapper the old grandma came out of her hiding and narrated her story.
While on her way back home to ashram after bathing she found a poor young lady whose only garment was so torn down that it did not cover her youth. The wicked people were licking her with their lustful eyes. She immediately took her near that bush and gave away her garments to the lady as she being young needed it more than herself. The disciple remained spellbound and in the evening gathering said to Goswami Prabhu, “Gurudev, I have come across a person who is even more kindhearted than you.” Smilingly Gosaiji enquired as to who he was. The disciple said, “She is your mother.” Tears rolled down the cheeks as Goswami prabhu approvingly nodded his head and with a choked voice said,” You are right. Whatever little of it I got, it is from my mother. She is a living idol of kindness.
"Goswamiji’s spectrum of kindness, like the rays of sun, neither differentiated between a man and a woman, literate and an illiterate, disciple and non-disciple nor even between mankind and animals or between lesser creatures and plant world or even between animate and inanimate objects.
He had said, “Previously I thought the creation of god is divided into two distinct entities - the conscious creature and the inert matter, but now I behold that there is nothing as inert. CONSCIOUSNESS PREVAILS IN EVERY BIT OF GOD’S CREATION" - Sri Krishna (Geeta).
Here are some instances that prove what is said.
Gosaiji helping out animals and plants: (Narrating a few)
One day Goswami Prabhu was sitting in his room, suddenly he asked one of his disciples to search out a person who was shivering with cold. After sometime a person was found in the street. It was the month of December, Gosaiji had a woolen shawl wrapped around his body and yet shivering. As soon as the disciple informed of the person on the streets, Gosaiji hurriedly opened the shawl and asked his disciple to wrap it around the body of the shivering man. As soon as the man on the street felt comfortable, Gosaiji also stopped shivering and delve within.
On another day Gosaiji was reading when he asked a disciple to search in the northern direction whether any stray cow or goat is grazing on the leaves of a tender sapling, if found so he should drive away the animal after it has eaten five leaves. The Gendaria jungle was not a small one but the direction being given; the disciple found a goat within a short time and turned it away. A fence was erected to protect the jungle plant as per instruction from the Guru. Now it is the disciple’s time to get his queries clarified.
His first question was: how did Gosaiji know the scene while staying within the confine of the four wall?
Gosaiji’s Answer: "The tender sapling gave me a distress call that its’ life was at stake and asked for protection. The second question was-why the goat was allowed to gulp five times? Gosaiji answered-leaves are the food for a goat and five gulps are the minimum to quench its immediate need. The third question was – why a fence around that particular plant? The answer-that plant sought protection and it was not an impossible task for us.
Still on another day a large mango tree complained-“Few days ago a big nail was driven in my body and I am suffering from great pain since then, please relieve me of the pain.” On Gosaiji’s insistence disciples searched in the jungles but in vain and at last the news spread. A boy said that they had put a nail to hang a portrait for worshipping. He accompanied with them and found that they had forgotten to remove the nail. The same was removed and the tree was relieved.
It was often seen that a large snake used to climb on Gosaiji’s body when he was deeply engrossed in Ajapa. He looked like Lord Shiva in meditation. The residents were scared. The snake sometimes touched its spreading head on the forehead, chest and neck as if listening something. As Gosaiji’s breathing became gross the snake used to climb down and go away.
One day Gosaiji called his disciple Vrindavan babu and asked him to touch his ears on his chest. After sometime Vridavan babu lifted his ears and exclaimed,”I have never heard such a soothing sound in my life.” Gosaiji allowed many others to listen to the sound. Then he said that the sound heard was “Anahata Nada” the unhurt sound or the ethereal sound. The serpents are fond of listening to this high frequency low pitch sound. As soon as the outer breathing becomes insignificantly subtle or stops for sometime the internal sound becomes eminent and audible. As the mind comes back to external senses the gross air breathing starts and the internal sound fades out.
Gosaiji further assured that there is nothing to be scared. When a person becomes completely non-aggressive and spites less, in that state of passivity, snakes and tigers also see them with the same attitude as they see a tree or a block of stone.
In this reference another incidence can be sighted. At the dead of night Muslim Phakeers often came to see Goswami Prabhu. They often came, riding on tiger’s back. One night Kuladananda Brahmachari was in a need to go out in the open courtyard and at that time a Phakeer was coming on a tiger. Gosaiji asked him to stay within as the tiger may become violent after seeing him. Scared Kuladananda stayed behind the doors but was skeptic whether a man could ride a tiger!
In the early dawn he came out to examine if there were any sign of footprints of the tiger. He was astonished to find the footprints of a tiger on both directions from the entrance gate to Goswami prabhu’s hut. Brahmachari dwelled into introspection of the state of attainment that deterred him from confronting the tiger.
Gosaiji’s mother was once found lying on the ground with her head on the belly of a tiger.
Kuladanandaji’s "Shalgram Shila":
Brahmachari Kuladananda, a revered disciple of Gosaiji, used to worship “Shalgram Shila” (a pebble like stone with good signs worshipped as a symbol of Lord Narayana) following the standard practice of bathing, adorning with tulsi(basil leaves), sandalwood paste, then offer the food prepared by himself. One day he was in a hurry. He offered hot porridge to Shalgram and without delay took the same as “Prasad” (left out remaining food after offering to manifest God is known as Prasad).
He put the Shalgram in a small box and went to Gosaiji to read a scripture. Gosaiji suddenly started sweating profusely. He found out the reason and asked the Brahmachari to open the small box. Gosaiji instead of fanning himself turned it towards Shalgram. To the astonishment of all it was found that Shalgram was sweating profusely. After fanning for sometime Shalgram became dry and so was Gosaiji. Then he said to Brahmachari that he had offered steaming hot porridge to Shalgram.
He was unable to eat at all, neither had he fanned Him. Gosai said emphatically-nursing of idol, on which you confer God, should be done with the same touch of love and care as you do to a small child. Then only yours nursing and service turn into worship and the idol becomes alive, otherwise it is a futile stone worship and waste time.
Gosai ji’s Vrindavan Stay:
In 1889 he was asked by his Guru Brahmananda Paramhansji to go to Vrindavan (the land of Lord Krishna’s childhood) and stay there at a stretch for one complete year. During his stay at Vrindavan he attained the highest state of devotional love for Radha-Krishna.
Lord Govinda’s Darshan in Vrindavan:
One day he went to see the Lord Govinda. The worshiper in- charge of the deity did not allow him to see the deity as he had once deserted the religion of Vaishnavism (worship of Krishna) and joined the Brahmo Samaj.
Gosaiji came back with a heavy heart. The same night the worshiper in-charge saw in nightmare that Lord Narasimha (lord Vishnu’s fearful image in the guise of half man half lion) was threatening him to face dire consequences if he did not respectfully bring Gosai to see Him in Govinda temple.
The Lord Narasimha disappeared after putting a long scratch mark on his chest. He ran to revered Vaishnava Gour Shiromaniji in a frightened and shivering state to inform him and take his advice. Shiromaniji advised him to immediately rectify his error. Early morning he rushed to Gosaiji and accepting his mistake escorted him to the temple respectfully and put on his neck the garland of Govindji.
Gosaiji till now avoided to display the Vaishnava marks on the forehead as it was against secularism. However it was customary to have a Tilak in Vrindavan. Hence he decided to have a secular mark consisting of the Vaishnava’s vertical Tilak, Shiva’s horizontal smear, Christ’s cross and Muslim’s new moon all together. This peculiar Tilak annoyed the Vaishnavas. One day his ancestral forefather Prabhu Adwaityacharya (1434-1559 A.D) appeared before him in person and asked him to follow the mark (Tilak) as he had been bearing. He asked him to take a firm look at his forehead.
Henceforth Gosaiji did the same way. Gour Shiromoniji went into ecstasy on hearing the incidence. Tears rolled down his cheeks and he saluted Goswamiji with reverence.
Non violence towards all animals, insects and living beings:
In Vrindavan, a land of non-violence and love, killing of even a mosquito was prohibited. One day Goswami prabhu’s youngest daughter Kutu complained to her father that she was unable to bear the sting of mosquito any more. The compassionate Gosai said-“Then why don’t you request the mosquitoes to refrain from stinging you?” Kutu laughed thinking that her father was joking-“And the obedient mosquitoes will stop biting me”. Gosaiji then said,"Alright I am telling the mosquitoes not to bite you.” Then he reiterated-“Oh mosquitoes Kutu is a small girl, she is unable to bear your stings, please spare her”. Kutu went back satisfied.
A few days later, Brahmachariji who had heard the dialogue enquired from Kutu if the mosquitoes were still biting. Kutu’s innocent yet firm reply was "How could they bite when Baba asked them not to do so?" Brahmachari remained spellbound, not so much to learn about the power of the words of his Guru but more so to see the inborn faith of the girl which he is yet to get despite years of cultivation.
Gosaiji’s participation in Sankeertans:
Mahaprabhu Sri Krishna Chaitanya and his associates danced in ecstasy in the Sankeertan with the rhythm of drums, sometimes for the whole night forgetting the physical existence. In Goswami Prabhu we find the echo of the same.
Whenever the Sankeertan took an inspiring height Gosaiji at first tried to hold back his emotional flare. His face turned red, his limbs trembled, tears started rolling down so profusely that the cloth got wet and in rapture the hair roots of the skin swelled like thousands pimples. Ultimately the huge mass of matted hair stood erect like a dozen snakes raising their hood. Henceforth his joy broke away all efforts to control and he stood erect with a jerk and with a thunderous roar,”Jai Sachinandan, Jai Radhe” started dancing with an indomitable vigor.
The whole atmosphere got electrified that induced into the heart of all present there and in ecstasy they joined in dancing. In the course of ecstatic dance many devotees fainted (go into Samadhi) and remained in that state for hours.
Gosaiji’s Pet Dog: Kalu
KALU, THE DOG: Pet dog Kalu also fainted quite often. Gosaiji used to utter “Hari Naam” into the dog’s ears to bring him back into senses and prostrate at him with reverence. The dog, as Gosaiji said, was a pious soul born as a dog to accomplish certain task and relinquish his frame immediately after his task was over. The dog only ate God’s Prasad, never touched left over food of others or stale food and dance on hind legs during Sankeertan.
The dog would cry if he was not allowed to stay in Sankeertan.
The task that Kalu had performed is stated here under.
Within the lifespan of Prabhu Adwaityacharya (1434-1559A.D) the river Ganges changed its course and devoured Shantipur including the great palatial residence where he lived. The same thing happened to Nadia, the residence of Mahaprabhu Sri Chaitanya. It was a sand field where once stood the residence. Gosaiji since his childhood used to go there and play with his friends. Even in his matured age he came along with his disciples and the pet Kalu.
In Nov 1889 at last Kalu got the opportunity for which he offered himself to lead a dog’s life. The objective was to use the dog’s sixth sense of discovery. He started scratching vigorously on a specific spot repeatedly indicating to dig there. He pulled Gosaiji by his clothes and started weeping. Gosaiji understood the signal and arranged to dig the spot and discovered a sealed copper ware that contained the remains of a book, a wrapper, and a pair of wooden sandals used by Prabhu Adwaityacharya along with a note, “This is the spot where Prabhu used to meditate and pray for the advent of God".
After the assignment was over, Gosaiji asked Kalu to go back to his celestial abode. The next morning Kalu was found dead at the bank of Ganges with hind legs dipped in her water, a cherished death known as ANTARJALI.
Sadguru Gosaiji’s primary gift to his SELECTED INDIVIDUALS is salvation from worldly bondage and also devotional love for God through initiation with Ajapa Mantra with breathing, the process of incessant prayer.
His secondary activity relates to arousing the faith of the common believers who are entangled in pursuit of ephemeral pleasure and yet possess a longing for spiritual upliftment.
After Goswami Prabhu started giving “Ajapa Mantra” to individuals on behest of his Guru, he was further asked by Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and Sri Nityananda Prabhu to promote worship and silently chanting of "NAAM-BRAHMA" for the upliftment of the common believers. Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu himself did the same five centuries ago when he asked the common mass to chant "MAHA-NAAM" and then infused his power into SELECTED INDIVIDUALS in various ways- such as-merely looking at them, giving a memento, through touch, through words and only four of the close associates, whom he allowed to stay with him during the last 12 years of trance and ecstasy at Puri, with AJAPA-MANTRA.
On enquiring he was shown in golden letters the following form as depicted in Bhagawat and other ancient scriptures.
Gosaiji got this vision in 'Radha Baag' bower while he was at Vrindavan. It came to him as a commandment that the whole content be printed on a plate and worshipped in the same manner as an idol or printed image of an incarnate is worshipped, i.e.- offering flowers and basil leaves, Arati(show lamp, incense etc) and then offering food and drink (Bhog) all with devotion. For silent chanting as a ‘Mantra’ one has to be initiated by a revered devotee of 'AJAPA' who is acquainted with the "NAAM-BRAHMA-MANTRA".
The worshipping of "NAAM-BRAHMA":
The PRASAD (offering to Naam Brahma) arouse devotion as the Mahaprasad of Lord Jagannath does. Regular worship and chanting “Naam Brahma” makes a devotee eligible to get AJAPA-SADHAN within a short time. Today we see Naam-Brahma being worshipped in thousands of households.
Significance of "NAAM-BRAHMA":
It is necessary to explain the significance of NAAM-BRAHMA. The ancient Upanishads say that the formless, attribute less, unattached state of God is known as BRAHMA. After millions of years of inertness (sleep) in the darkest of darkness (Brahma’s night) Brahma wakes up starts emitting his energy- SHAKTI to create out of him a new universe to play with (to play- duo is necessary).
Emission of His energy wave at the initial state at a low frequency and gradually increased in a sequence as follows—
SONIC WAVE: Ultrasonic, audible sonic range, super sonic etc. known as a Sonic boom or a BIG BANG (OMKAR in Sanskrit language). This SOUND is defined as the earliest manifestation of the intangible BRAHMA - an eternal yet tangible sound wave. This unheard sound is termed in Sanskrit as "ANAAHAT
NAAD" and symbolized as "\" (Om). This eternal sound wave travels far and wide irrespective of a medium. In the lowest audible range it resembles, if at all comparable, to the resonant alarm of a vintage and massive tower clock and spelt as a long drawn sound “O..O..O..U..M..M..M”. In the highest audible range it resembles the sound emitted from a Quasar.
The sound symbol 'O' represents the creative energy, 'U' represents rearing energy and 'M' represents the energy of annihilation, meaning that the seeds of rearing and destruction are inherent in the very inception of tangibility.
Repeating "\" reminds every moment the ephemeral quality of the creation and ultimately leads to detachment of the mind from the affinity of the worldly affairs.
LIGHT WAVE: Infra, visible rays, ultra rays and so on. Light is the source of vision (DRISHTI) and heat (TEJ) and responsible for other tangible creation (the matters and life) God resides in every bit of his creation as consciousness, be it an inert matter or a living being.
The earliest tangible visual form of ‘BRAHMA’, the second cause of creation is designated by the name (NAAM) HARI or Narayana meaning- the one who resides in the infinite causal wave (KARAN-SALIL).
The intangible Brahma becomes tangible to the aspirant’s enlightened mind through the “Son-et-lumiere” i.e. the combination of first ‘sound’ (the name) and the first ‘form’ (Hari) of Brahma who permeated in all His creation so that we understand all inanimate and animate objects through its form and nomenclature.
"NAAM-BRAHMA" is THE NOMENCLATURE OF THE TANGIBLE BRAHMA. Repetition of “NaamBrahma” helps to tranquilize the rippling mind and the calm mind receives the sympathetic resonance of the eternal SOUND and the reflection of the eternal FORM. It can be said with conviction that numerous spiritual aspirants have listened within them the sympathetic resonance of the eternal sound waves, although vision is rare.
Role of NAAM-BRAHMA:
However the aspirant has to put his effort to repeat the ‘Naam Brahma’ because it is not empowered by Sadguru to be relentless. Repetition of ‘Naam Brahma’ prepares the field for SADGURU-SADHAN (initiation).
HARI also means “the one who robs off the worldly passion of a devotee. Thus direct God apart any manifest form of a God whom a devotee worships to get rid of the passion for the ephemerals is HARI for him. In that sense Guru or any God head is Hari for the devotee.
The ‘Naam Brahma’ consists of its base the following line -
"Harer Naam, Harer Naam, Harer Namaiva Kevalam,
Kalaw Nasteva, Nasteva, Nasteva, Gatiranyatha".
"Harer Naam" means constant remembrance of HARI or God (repeated thrice to put an emphasis on the need) and Kevalam means, only the way left, "Kalaw" (in the present era of materialism),"Nasteva" means none-else(repeated thrice again to put emphasis on the word) Gatiranyatha means the only way out for attaining salvation.
The message it carries is, in this era of materialism it is difficult for an aspirant to follow the other paths of penance and strict discipline to attain salvation. The only and the easiest path left is, “constant remembrance of God’s Name (by prayer, reading, chanting etc) and nothing else”.
By repeating these two lines also an awareness in created in the heart of a devotee and the quest for a guided path is generated. On the instruction of Mahaprabhu Sri Krishna Chaitanya and Prabhu Nityananda at Vrindavan, Sadguru Bijoy Krishna Goswami brought to limelight this MANTRA of the scriptures for silent chanting and worship and to be given by a saint only.
This is in addition to the universal Mahanaam spread by Mahaprabhu -
"Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna Hare Hare, Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama Hare Hare"
This is meant for loud as well as silent chanting and for everybody without being initiated.
Mother Yogmaya In Vrindavan: MOTHER YOGAMAYA COMES TO VRINDAVAN: Goswami Prabhu wanted to stay away from Vrindavan till her daughters’ marriage. He knew that the mother’s real self would be unveiled to her as she came to her own land. Gosaiji had seen in her the aura of mother Goddess and worshipped her. She was previously the Lord Krishna’s Sakhi (one of the female mates with whom the Lord Krishna had ‘Leela’ at Vrindavan). She came to Vrindavan six months after Gosai Prabhu came here.
On her insistence Goswami Prabhu took her to the snow clad Himalayas on the invitation of the great saints to attend a sacrificial fire festival. It was impossible to go there in a gross body. Brahmanandaji asked to give her the power to come out of the gross body as her days were limited.
Both of them left their gross body behind closed doors at dead of night and went to snow clad range in finer body, attended the festival and came back to their gross bodies before dawn.
From then on the doors of the finer world unfolded before her as she became inattentive to worldly routine works. A luminous aura spread around her face with inward grazing eyes she became detached even from her teenage daughter.
By now one year’s duration of stay at Vrindavan as prescribed by Brahmananda Paramhansaji was over. Goswami Prabhu including his disciples and others started winding up for their next abode at Prayag Kumbh mela (a national conference of saints). However mother Yogamaya refused to leave Vrindavan.
Mother Yogmaya’s Self Realisation: Gosaiji knew that Yogamaya has come to know her real self yet he insisted her to go back to Dhaka or accompany them but the mother refused strongly.
When she was reminded of her young age (she was only 38 years old then) and the difficulty she would face at Vrindavan if she stayed alone, her straight answer was, “Oh, you are worried about my gross body, well I will relinquish it before you leave Vrindavan.” The mother decided to leave her mortal frame on the auspicious day of only three days ahead of Nityananda Prabhu’s birthday. Her soul winged off for Krishna’s abode on the specified date (22nd Jan-1891).
Her mortal remains were cremated by her son on the bank of river Yamuna. She resurrected in a finer body while in flames to give solace to the broken hearts of the disciples. She appeared with a smiling face adorned in the glittering attire of a “Sakhi”.
Sakhi Attire and Ornaments: Sri Kuladananda Brahmachariji writes in his diary,”………..the state of affairs here are beyond my understanding. Most of the family members who are supposed to be in grief, behave normally while the disciples and devotees are weeping and crying……… The little teenage girl Kutu says why she should cry when she can see her mother whenever she wishes. She looks so beautiful in her ‘Sakhi-attires’ and ornaments. The heart blooms when she smiles at her along with other Sakhis…….”
It may be mentioned here that the mother till now blesses those who come to stay at Vrindavan with a burning desire to get devotional-love and behold the eternal Vraja Leela.
Gosaiji’s revealed the True self of Mother Yogmaya: Goswami Prabhu wrote a letter to his 2nd daughter Shanti at Dhaka. The excerpt of which reads as follows-
"……Yogamaya Devi has attained her cherished immortal state. Non believers call this death, but behold with a believer’s eye how exulted and luminous she looks in the company of other immoral Sakhis……Shanti you should not mourn and be grieved. This is not a moment of grief rather a great moment of joy. Those who have the greatest luck only attain such a high state. So celebrate the cause with joy and feed the poor on 21st Falgun".
Gosaiji: The liberated Soul: Unperturbed by the bereavement, savior Goswami Prabhu geared up for joining the Kumbha mela where devotees were waiting for deliverance. Bhagwat Geeta defines the sign of such a liberated soul as-
"Elates not in gain, Bereft not rapine.
Calm in praise, Or in malign.
Fearless, peerless, Ever benign.
Know him a sage, Savior divine".
PRAYAG KUMBH MELA (Jan 1894): Goswami Prabhu joined the Kumbh mela, the great conference of the ascetics held in Prayag at the confluence of rivers Ganges and Yamuna. Five great saints who govern the spiritual activities all over India invited Goswami Prabhu and Sri Ramdas Kathiya Baba to confer on them the charge of Bengal and Braja Mandal respectively.
The ex-chief minister of the free state of Gwalior offered a huge tent for Gosaiji and his disciples. Gosaiji for the first time in the history of Kumbh mela started loud chanting “Jai Sri Krishna Chaitanya prabhu Nityananda….” and worshipping Sri Chaitanya and Sri Nityananda as deities and created a controversy among monotheist ascetics.
The Big Discussion in Kumbh Mela: Some of them under the leadership of a Brahmo, who was in animosity with Gosaiji for deserting Brahmo Samaj, called a meeting where five great saints were invited to discuss the following agenda -
1) To determine if worship of Sri Chaitanya and Nityananda is approved by the Hindus as deities.
2) To determine the way of life Goswamiji leads is approved by Hinduism with special reference to his
Wearing Rudraksha and Tulsi together
Wearing ocher robes and allows female devotees to chant aloud under the same roof.
The saint declared that Sri Krishna Chaitanya is revered as the incarnation of Sri Krishna and Sri Nityananda as incarnation of Balaram and worshipped by the Gaudiya-Vaishnavas all over in Bengal and Vrindavan. The scripture “Brahma Vaivarta puran” says that God Vishnu will advent in the east as a roaming on foot ascetic (Sannyasi) in ochre robe with a golden yellow complexion and Gods name and Love as his weapon that will drench the whole world with the devotional love** before finally appearing as the terrifying mass annihilator "KALKI-AVATAR" from the same east and with the same complexion but roaming in high speed and killer weapon in hand.
Sri Krishna Chaitanya’s advent is proved by the sustaining magnitude of power that is increasing day by day.
Regarding the second part great saints said that for the powerful saint like Goswami prabhu standard norms do not apply. All anomalies are burnt away when one comes in contact with fire of such a great saint.
**The message of devotional love and loud chanting of Krishna Naam with the beating of drums is spreading far and wide transcending the boundaries of nationality, language, and way of life, breaking the myth that “east is east and west is west”.
Ancient Vaishnavite scriptures say that it is mandatory to wear Rudraksh and Tulsi beads together. It is only in the recent century that the use of these together has been forsaken.
Opponents failed attempt to Malign Gosaiji: The opponent’s attempt to malign turned into a high praise and the news spread like a jungle fire among the ascetics of different sects. They started joining in hundreds to participate in Sankeertan (loud chanting) and feel the rapture of it.
Thousands of Yogis, Nagas, Adwaitya wadis (monotheists) and even the liberated souls took Deeksha of devotional love for god so far not known to them. Revered Arjun das babu, a bi- centurion liberated Yogi possessing eight fold Yogic powers (astasiddhi) who could traverse thousands of miles within minutes, begged for days from Goswamiji to be initiated with “AjapaMantra” that imbibed him with rapture of devotional love whenever he came near Gosaiji. He vanished as soon as his wish was fulfilled never to be seen again.
Importance of AJAPA Sadhana for seeking devotional love and experiencing: RadhaKrishna Leela
Another great Shaiva-Yogi was Barfan baba, a liberated saint from Kailash (an inhabitable snow clad region of Himalayas where a man has to live without food and fuel). After he attained the highest state of liberation i.e. oneness with the supreme (Parinirvan) he was asked by Lord Shiva-Parvati to go to Vrindavan to relish Radha-Krishna leela. He came down to Vrindavan where he got a vision of love incarnate Sri Radha who asked the baba to go to Sadguru Goswami Prabhu, the deliverer of devotional love and get initiated with Ajapa-Mantra.
Goswami prabhu also got the premonition. Soon after getting the Ajapa-Mantra from Goswamiji the great Yogi who had already attained the highest spiritual state went into deep trance floating in the ocean of rapture which lasted for hours. The somber and revered Yogi turned childish then after. He behaved like a friend of Gopal (young Krishna). Wearing peacock feathers as a head gear on the huge mass of matted hair and playing a flute he used to roam around the bowers and village lanes as if he is in the company of Gopal Krishna and his friends playing around with them. This he did in a trance state.
At other times he sat in the open for hours in Ajapa. He often returned back to the lap of the Himalayas for months during summers to delve in meditation. Whenever he came back to Vrindavan the Vraja Gopies (milk maids, young or old) behaved with him as mother and child, fondling and treating him with butter milk and sweets. They used to address him as “Mayur Mukut Baba” (peacock crowned saint) which the saint accepted as a great honor to him. Later on he became famous as Guru Mayur Mukut Baba. Holi the festival of colours of the ladies would be dismayed without his presence.
These two great saints are shining proof even after reaching the summit of the spiritual attainment that is the state of dissolving in Brahma, the supreme truth. The monotheists, Yogis and enlightened souls often hanker for devotional love of the dualists i.e. live the residual years of life in rapture of relishing the Leela of playful Brahma in His numerous manifest forms. In Kumbha mela “Prabhu Nityananda” ** appeared before him and blessed him with a state of ever alertness which remained till he breathed his last.
Gosaiji’s Sahaj Samadhi State: Goswami prabhu remained seated day and night in a sleepless state, sometimes in deep trance or grazing within the Leela of Vrindavan and other in finer body leaving behind the gross body on his seat, at other times reading or listening scriptures, to retain his outwardly senses as he called it to do away the routine work to give Deeksha and give suggestions to solve the spiritual as well as gross problems of the devotees and disciples while retaining his natural commune with God.
The great roaming Shiva of Kashi, revered Tailanga Swami once said," Bijoy Krishna Goswami remains in the highest state of Sahaj Samadhi Yoga (incessant commune with God) beyond which it is impossible to retain the mortal body".
Gosaiji’s Daughter: Kutu (Prem Sakhi):
The months after the Prayag Kumbha mela, the youngest daughter Kutu (Prem sakhi) was married in March 1894. Only a year after she fell ill and Gosaiji brought her to Calcutta where he was staying then. The beloved youngest daughter died after the renowned doctor failed.
Even when she was gasping, Gosaiji remained seated in his room calm and composed talking to visitors. The old grand mother of Kutu came to Gosaiji hastily. Broken in grief the lady slammed harshly at Gosaiji-Don’t you have a heart. How can you sit like a stone statue while your daughter is gasping her last? Hearing this, the amazed visitors fled away.
Gosaiji stood up saying calmly- mother I know everything but waiting for the right moment. Unless I give permission, no power can take out her soul in advance. Her mother along with other Sakhees has come to receive her. We all are waiting for my Guru’s signal. My presence earlier could divert her attention from the beautiful scene she is looking at. She is also a Sakhee.
Gosaiji came near Kutu and put his right feet on her forehead and Kutu’s soul left the human cage to join the company of Sakhees. Gosaiji came back to his seat and shut his eyes. A serene effulgence radiated from his face.