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His Holiness Srila Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj was born in the outskirts of Mumbai in 1919 on the auspicious day of Dattātreya Purnima in the month of mārga-śīra [November-December]. He appeared in an eight generation Vaishnava family. At the tender age, he began studying the holy scriptures of Srimad Bhagavat-gita and Srimad Bhagavatam in earnest. He is highly educated having obtained a masters degree in both Sanskrit and English and is equally conversant in Marathi, Gujarati, Hindi, Urdu and the Gujarati dialect Kachhi. His burning desire to realize God was finally answered, when he met Srila Prabhupada, the founder acharya of the International Society of Krsna Consciousness (ISKCON). Maharaj first took darshan of Srila Prabhupāda in 1973 when, as President of the London Gujarati Community Society, he invited Prabhupäda to be guest-of-honour at the society’s annual function. There Srila Prabhupada’s lecture marked the turning point in Maharaj’s life. Srila Prabhupāda had stated that whenever we meet our friends, we ask them so many material things, like how is your business, your family etc. But this is simply a waste of time. If we really cared for them, then when we meet them, we should ask them how far they have progressed, since we last met, in the matter of stopping the repetition of the cycle of birth and death. Since that profound meeting, H H Mahāvishnu Goswami Maharaj has dedicated his life to the rigorous study of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam.

His Holiness Srila Mahāvishnu Goswami Maharaj, is a brilliantly divine personality and such kind of personalities are rarely seen on the stage of human life. Anybody who has come in touch with Maharaj experienced that he was not just a spiritual master, but a sweet loving father, who, by his loving dealings with everyone, made them experience the love of Kṛṣṇa. He is an embodiment of all the exalted qualities. His deep serenity, the vast limitless wellspring of knowledge he possessed, the beautiful sobriety he exhibited, his gentle, sweet and simple demeanor, the soft expressiveness of his features and the natural flow of all his actions could capture everyone’s heart.

Maharaj could relate even the most ordinary event to the scriptures and for even a seemingly ordinary subject matter, Maharaj could offer a spiritual perspective. He was a genuine guide in our struggle to carry on the material life, as well as for understanding the transcendence. His presentation of the scriptures and especially Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam which is his life and soul was not a dry academic subject to be theorized and armchair philosophized about. Maharaj spoke and lived the essence of the scriptures and made everyone understand that the scriptures are not in the cloud or in the sky but very much on the ground, intimately related to our day-to-day life. That way he was a practical Maha Bhagavata and a down to earth Paramahamsa. The humility which Maharaj exhibited is a conclusive proof of his greatness.

Maharaj is simultaneously grave and jolly and often he laughed and joked and brightened the whole atmosphere with his effulgent Vaikuntha smile but even his lighter mood was fully Kṛṣṇa conscious and not frivolous. Maharaj’s every movement, every word and every action had a transcendental purpose in it. Throughout his whole life and at the time of leaving the world, Maharaj showed us how not to be bewildered by the inevitable miseries of the material existence and always remain aloof simply by remembering the lotus feet of the Lord. (saṁsāra-dharmair avimuhyamānaḥ smṛtyā harer bhāgavata-pradhānaḥ – SB 11.2.49).

Once His Grace Viraja Kṛṣṇa Prabhuji humbly asked His Holiness Mahāvishnu Goswami Maharaj how he was able to become so famous a devotee all over the world. Maharaj replied with his trademark, uncommon humility that it was because he lived every moment of his life based on the verse 1.6.26 from Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam. This particular verse spoken by Srila Narada Muni reveals the nature of an unflinching servitor of the Supreme Lord.

nāmāny anantasya hata-trapaḥ paṭhan
 guhyāni bhadrāṇi kṛtāni ca smaran
gāṁ paryaṭaṁs tuṣṭa-manā gata-spṛhaḥ
 kālaṁ pratīkṣan vimado vimatsaraḥ

“Thus I began chanting the holy name and fame of the Lord by repeated recitation, ignoring all the formalities of the material world. Such chanting and remembering of the transcendental pastimes of the Lord are benedictory. So doing, I traveled all over the earth, fully satisfied, humble and unenvious.”

Anyone who comes in touch with His Holiness cannot go away without the impression that Kṛṣṇa consciousness is all common sense, practical, logical and simple. The one shloka which Maharaj had in his heart even till his winding up pastimes was SB 1.5.40, the instruction of Srila Narada Muni to his disciple Srila Vyasadev on the power of the pure subject matter of the transcendental pastimes of the Supreme Lord and how it is satisfying both to the general mass as well as great learned men.

tvam apy adabhra-śruta viśrutaṁ vibhoḥ
 samāpyate yena vidāṁ bubhutsitam
prākhyāhi duḥkhair muhur arditātmanāṁ
 saṅkleśa-nirvāṇam uśanti nānyathā

Please, therefore, describe the Almighty Lord's activities which you have learned by your vast knowledge of the Vedas, for that will satisfy the hankerings of great learned men and at the same time mitigate the miseries of the masses of common people who are always suffering from material pangs. Indeed, there is no other way to get out of such miseries.

Maharaj urged everyone that the preaching of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam with emphasis on its practical aspect is the one and only way to mitigate the miseries of common people who are suffering from the material pangs. His instructions ranged from organizing one’s own shaving kit, washing one’s own clothes, to living a life without a tinge of expectation from anyone. Maharaj firmly emphasized that without organizing our material lives in a perfect manner, there is no question of progressing spiritually.

Maharaj is unflinchingly attached to the lotus feet of Srila Prabhupāda and studied His Divine Grace’s books very deeply. With his compassionate, powerful, intense, pure and earnest preaching and encouragement, Maharaj could impress upon the living entities to translate all the instructions of scripture into real life experiences by changing the behavior for good. Maharaj is of the firm belief that Srila Prabhupāda’s literatures are so powerful that by the force of this literary influence, a revolution can be brought in the lives of the conditioned souls and thus save them from the miserable conditions. Maharaj’s appreciation and attachment to Srila Prabhupāda’s transcendental literature is so much that Maharaj says that if it had been possible, Prabhupāda would have physically taken out his heart and put it in these books.

At about 3:25 pm on 25th January 2010, our beloved spiritual master, H H Mahävishnu Goswami entered into his final pastimes in this mortal world and left us all in great grief of separation at the Bhaktivedanta Hospital, Mira Road, Mumbai, India. Those who had the good fortune of meeting him soon became aware that the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam was indeed his very life and soul. In a very simple and sublime manner he would provide anyone practical guidance in their lives based on the teachings of the Bhāgavatam, and with this he has awakened so many souls to the importance of the amala purana Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam. May he live forever by his divine instructions in the hearts of his sincere followers.

The following verse from Srimad Bhagavatam 2.6.34 spoken by Lord Brahma to Srila Narada Muni reveals to us a glimpse into the transcendental bhakti that His Holiness Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj epitomized in his life.

na bhāratī me ’ṅga mṛṣopalakṣyate
 na vai kvacin me manaso mṛṣā gatiḥ
na me hṛṣīkāṇi patanty asat-pathe
 yan me hṛdautkaṇṭhyavatā dhṛto hariḥ

“O Nārada, because I have caught hold of the lotus feet of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Hari, with great zeal, whatever I say has never proved to have been false. Nor is the progress of my mind ever deterred. Nor are my senses ever degraded by temporary attachment to matter.”

For many, Maharaj is a humble and loving Vaishnava, who has made them follow the teachings of the Supreme Lord and realize the true value of human life. Still others cannot help, but be completely and helplessly touched by Maharaj’s love and compassion. In today’s age His Holiness’s love and humility coupled with his profound wisdom and realization, have brought many fallen souls to the lotus feet of Prabhupāda and the Supreme Lord. We offer our deepest respect unto His Holiness Mahävishnu Goswami’s lotus feet for kindly guiding us on the path back to the Supreme One. Now more than ever, his divine instructions are the only shelter for his disciples and all sincere souls seeking to reunite with the Supreme Lord Kṛṣṇa.

Recent Granthraj Messages

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Sudarshana devi dasi
This body itself is temporary. So how can miseries associated with it be permanent? Be courageous and absorb yourselves in study of Srimad Bhagavatam
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Sudarshana devi dasi
"A demigod takes pleasure in seeing someone go back to Godhead. He is always pleased with a devotee of the Lord, so much so that by his adhidaivic powers he may help the devotees in all respects. And by their actions, the Lord is pleased with them. There is an invisible chain of complete cooperation between the Lord, the demigods and the devotee of the Lord on earth.
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Sriveda and Vaishnavi
ISKCON is Prabhupada's heart. Come what may, you stay here in ISKCON. We may fight with each other in ISKCON, doesn't matter. Okay? Fight, you understand? Fight? Little, little fight (laughs). (Pointing to one devotee Maharaj jokes) You create fight (laughter)!
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Sriveda and Vaishnavi
We are all travellers and we are completely troubled and fortunately we have come to our destination, Krishna bhakti. This is our final destination. You please don't leave your final destination. And be very peaceful in your destination. As soon as you leave this platform, there is all trouble.
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Sriveda and Vaishnavi
As it is, you are going to lose the body. This body cannot be yours for long time. Till you have that asset, you please make this goal that you will study this scripture and you will broadcast it as loud as you can. Go to house-to-house, distribute Srila Prabhupada's books, try to have sankirtan, try to distribute prasadam as we are doing, and increase this population
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Sriveda and Vaishnavi
At the time of death, the whole intelligence is gone. So Srila Prabhupada is telling that instead of 10 percent, utilise your 60 percent, 70 percent or 80 percent of intelligence, and try to get into these things. (scriptural study)
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Sriveda and Vaishnavi
We don't want to read only the verse. No, verse is very clear. The equivalents are given, purport is there, translation is there, but we have to have our own realisations. And the more you try, the more you think over these verses, you will have definitely realisations.
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Pearls of Wisdom from Maharaj

Prescribed duty

Devotional service is not limited in chanting alone or studying Bhagavat-gita alone, going through Bhagavatam alone or going to this temple alone, but 24 hours a day, our work also, our prescribed duty also, becomes a devotional service. This is the secret of studying the scriptures.

Maharaj is a living, talking Bhagavat. Never a moment passed by without a verse from the spotless Purana. Sannyasa came naturally, as did devotees inspired by his jolly, pure, uncompromising, witty, knowledgeable and deep preaching!

-- H H Janananda Goswami
Make Your Life Beautiful

If we want to make our own life beautiful and glorious, we have to welcome the Lord daily lovingly, starting with maṅgala-ārati.

We are very thankful to Maharaj for all that he has done and left for Prabhupada's mission. His boldness in establishing ISKCON in Dwaraka despite the threats of the local pandits, fearlessness are all glorious.

-- H H B V V Nrsimha Maharaj
Tongue is a Slaughter House

Our tongue is a slaughter house. We speak so harshly that living entities are troubled. Use your tongue to recite the scriptures, not to harm other living entities.

H H Mahavishnu Goswami's emphatic instruction to always be studying and learning Srila Prabhupada's books will echo in my heart eternally. He was a man of love. He extended his hand of friendship, love and service to every living being that he met.

-- H G Jayasheela Prabhu
Mangala-arati

If we perform maṅgala-ārati it is like bringing the Vedic culture back. Reintroduce maṅgala-ārati in your life.

Like our beloved Srila Prabhupada, he had the ability to present the naked truth in such a way that everyone would be able to laugh at their own foolishness and at the same time be inspired to transform their lives.

-- H G Jayasheela Prabhu
Temporary

We may have so many riches, we may have so many houses. What is the use of it? It is momentary. You have to leave and go. Nobody has taken their house along with them. So many millions of houses are there. And everyone is dying. Have you seen the houses going with them? It is all temporary.

Srila Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj, he has rendered his life and soul and everything to Srila Prabhupada and Sri Sri Radha Krishna. Because he did so, he was constantly, totally absorbed in pure bhakti.

-- H H Radhanath Swami
Inner Frustration

Mostly these criticisms are the outer manifestation of the inner frustration. People are frustrated with themselves for so many reasons. For example, they are not able to perform services like others.

He had deep knowledge and wisdom. When he spoke on Prabhupada’s books of holy scriptures, it was with such deep realization and he had such deep compassion for everyone. His love was really oceanic. He loved everyone always and was so unconditional in his love.

-- H H Radhanath Swami

Books

Granthraj - The King of Scriptures is a collection of articles from Granthraj forum. The articles are written by disciples and well-wishers from across the world based on the teachings and instructions of H H Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj.

Srimad Bhagavatam in Practice is the first volume on the compilation of a series of lectures given by H H Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj on practical application of Srimad Bhagavatam.

Vyasa Puja Book of H H Srila Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj - 1996

Vyasa Puja Book of H H Srila Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj - 1998

Vyasa Puja Book of H H Srila Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj - 2015

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