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The Passing of Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja

Submitted by on December 29, 2010 – 12:15 am8 Comments

From backtobhakti.com:

Dear Devotees and dear Friends,

Please accept our dandavats pranams and receive heartly blessings from Srila Gurudeva. All glories to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga and all glories to Sri Sri Radha Vinode Bihariji.

Today, Sri Krishna Navami Tithi, the 29th of December, on the most auspicious day of the appearance of nitya-lila pravista om vishnupada Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Vaman Goswami Maharaja, our most beloved Gurudeva, Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Goswami Maharaja has entered the eternal pastimes of Sri Sri Radha and Krishna at 3:00 AM in Sri Jagannatha Ksetra Dhama, the transcendental residence of Sri Jagannath Deva, Sri Baladeva, and Srimati Subhadra.

We are making arrangements to bring Srila Gurudeva’s transcendental body to Sri Navadvipa Dhama and place it in samadhi.

More news will follow.

Vaisnavadasanudasa & aspirant for the service of Sri Guru and Vaishnavas,

Swami B.V. Madhava & Brajanath das

One should understand Krishna in truth, and this one can do only by serving a pure devotee.
_______________________

Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja joined the mission of his gurudeva, Srila Bhakti Prajnana Keshava Maharaja, in 1947 and joined the sannyasa order five years later. From then until his disappearance he carried out his sannyasa dharma, traveling the world and disseminating Gaudiya Vedanta through his discourses, books, and example. His disappearance weighs heavily on bhaktas worldwide.

8 Comments »

  • Gopakumar das

    Sending all of my thoughts and affection to those devotees who have taken shelter of his divine grace Srila Narayana Maharaja and are left without his divine siksa and unarguable inspirational qualities. My best wishes to his disciples and to the greater Gaudiya community in this transitional time.

  • Kula-pavana

    What a great loss!
    Narayana Maharaja was an enormous inspiration in my spiritual life. His books are pure nectar.
    I am filled with deep sadness and great sympathy for his disciples.
    My deepest respect…

  • Sri Radha Vallabha

    A great loss indeed.
    As for me, without any doubt, Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja has been an example for all descendants of Srila Prabhupada Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati.

    What I very much appreciate about him was his being a stalward preacher, spiritual guide, writer and translator while keeping a very high standard of bhajan based on chanting minimum 64 rounds of japa daily.
    His life is to be admired and aspired for.

  • Kshamabuddhi das

    Narayana Maharaja lived a glorious life, died a glorious death and attained the highest perfection of life. The movement lost a giant personality that wielded lots of influence in the KC movement. It looks like 2011 will be a year of soul-searching in the camp of Narayan Maharaja and re-evaluating the situation now that the leader is gone. I am sure he tried his best to finish up his final will regarding succession and progression after his passing.
    He left the world with my sincere respect and regard despite any differences I might have had with anything he ever said or did.
    I didn’t fully agree with Maharaja on everything, but I certainly respected his right to his own opinion.

  • Shakshi

    Unlimited dandavat pranam at the lotus feet of Nitya Lila Om Visnupada Paramahamsa Parivrajakacarya Paramaradyata Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja the magnanimous and merciful manifestation of Bhagavan Sri Krishna’s causeless mercy on the conditioned jiva
    brahmanda bhramite kona bhagyavan jiva
    Guru Krishna prasade paya bhakti lata bhij
    always begging for forgiveness for my incalculable offences at your divine lotus feet
    always praying and begging for that day when I can serve the servants of your unlimitedly glorious transcendental svarup
    “he reasons ill who says that Vaisnavas die
    when thou art living still in sound
    the Vaisnavas die to live and living spread the Holy Name around”
    always your eternally indebted fallen servant of your servant’s servants,
    shakshi gopal das

  • Nitin Sharma

    It is a very sad news as my wife and I wanted to have his darshan in our lifetime.

  • atchyuta krsna das

    Srila Gurudeva gave me my name, and for that I will be forever grateful of his blessings.

    atchyuta krsna das

  • priyanath das

    I m sadden to hear the passing of my Gurudeva
    My association with Gurudeva has been brief but I thanked my Gurudeva
    for his Mercy for allowing me to have darshans and hear his classes.
    And being so merciful to initiate me even I m so insignificant .

    Jai Gurudeva ki jai!

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