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His Hug is Like Being in the Arms of Divinity

One devotee came to me and asked if I knew any pure devotee. I said with Srila Tirtha Maharaj, you cannot go wrong. Dandavat pranams. Please bless us to become a worthy servant of our siksa Guru.

The grace of his divine grace cannot be imagined. Arriving in Mayapur, I met him as he came out from the samadhi of Srila Bhakti Dayita Madhava Maharaj.

Seeing him gave my heart a jolt of home-feeling. But then he recognized my presence and came over to me to give me a hug. I felt in the arms of divinity itself. No proper words can describe it —a  hug from above for a fallen soul. I could only feel that tears were pressing on my eyes. We remember many moments like this where we felt his deep love and concern for all.

Srila Tirtha Maharaj is a leader in his own style—one- pointed devotion to dedicated service for the one and only Lord of love and his surrendered servitor. I also remember his eloquence and style to pronounce the prayers and to give pranams after the kirtan.

He is unique. Love and care are his trade mark. Once I met Krishna Murti Prabhu from Venezuela with a large group of devotees in Mayapur who came to take shelter of his divine grace.What a joy! Now Guru Maharaj had entered South America.

My love and respect to all his disciples and god-brothers. I bow at their feet. Gurudeva's pastimes to be with us these days are deeply touching. He is giving us freedom while watching us from within.

Special dandavat pranams to all those souls who are with Gurudeva and help him in all personal services. Please bless us to become worthy servants of you, our beloved siksa Guru.

— Srila Bhakti Aloka Paramadvaiti Maharaj, founder of VRINDA Mission and Facilitator of World Vaishnava Association.

from his Vyasa Puja offering in 2015.

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