Srila Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj Tirobhava 2023 - Part 18

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. All glories to Srila Gurudeva.

This is in continuation of the previous offering titled, "Srila Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj Tirobhava 2023" wherein we were hearing the glorification offered by the devotee to Maharaj in the recent Tirobhava celebrations in Bangalore. Now let us see further.

HG Bhupati Krishna Prabhuji: The substantial thing which I can remember about Maharaj is in 2009 when Maharaj was very sick in Nasik, and I could stay with him. That time his health was really in difficult condition and he was struggling. I was assisting Sevananda Prabhuji who was serving Maharaj at that time. Maharaj was very generous to spend his excessive amounts of time, giving us his association. I was just visiting him. I didn't know much philosophy or anything, but he was very kind to me. I have also seen the other side of Maharaj - the contrast with which he was dealing with other devotees - At that time Madanmohan prabhuji was also visiting him. He would not tell anything to me. But I remember this that whenever I was in his presence, he would somehow try to engage me, try to talk about something. It was never like, I was just there and he was doing his own things. Even though he could have done something himself, he was kind enough to engage me. He would ask me to bring Bhagavatam book and read from it or talk something to keep me engaged. It was always very warm feeling with him. I always looked forward to be with him, because it would always be surprising to hear what he would talk about. 

Even in those days when he was struggling a lot, it was just mystical to see just the way he moved about with his sadhana - morning mangala-arati etc. So even that Nasik home was like a temple. He had his own mini temple set-up there. Sevananda Prabhu knew how to work around Maharaj, but still Maharaj would be overseeing things. We might think sometimes that Maharaj is in the room and is not observing what is happening around the place. But somehow or the other he would know. Once I cleared the garden and later he was mentioning -"Son, you cleared the garden very nicely."

He had his other family members in Nasik and they would visit him sometimes - especially his younger brother Mathura Prabhuji. For a long time, his family had been inviting Maharaj to Mathura Prabhuji's house. And I think at one point Maharaj decided to have it as a program. So in the evening when we were getting ready, I could see how Maharaj was really struggling to even get to that program. To get him out of the door and make him sit in the car itself took 10 minutes. Travel was also tough. The program was happening in the terrace and so we had to carry him all the way. Then he began teaching Bhagavad Gita and there were few children there who came to Maharaj and started reciting shlokas. It was a very informal program. 

Another great quality which I observed in Maharaj was at that time - he had the nature's call. He informed Sevananda Prabhuji, but it was difficult situation as we were on the terrace. We really struggled to bring him to the top. Somehow they tried to find an alternate way for it. But it was quite amazing to see that how it should have been a very embarrasing situation for him, in between a program. But he came back and continued the class. And the way back was also quite a struggle. But all the way Maharaj was just joking and talking. At one point Maharaj even said, "What is stopping Krishna from taking me?" It was just very..painful..... Just wanted to share this."

HG Kalacakra Prabhuji: Yes. In many conversations towards end of 2009, we can see Maharaj was telling, "Sometimes I feel like just stop eating and let this life-air go away. It's like neither here, nor there. Why Krishna is neither taking me, nor allowing me here." In Nasik also Maharaj was telling in one of the discussions, "Eventually this breath will stop." So it was pretty clear that Maharaj was prepared to leave.

Krishna willing we shall continue to hear the glorification done by devotees in the subsequent offering.

Hare Krishna.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev
Sudarshana devi dasi.