21.3.17

A Great Fortune to Be in His Care

I had the good fortune to have the association of Srila Bhakti Ballabha Tirtha Maharaja. His spiritual master, His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Dayita Madhava Maharaja was kind enough to allow me to stay in his ashram in Kolkata. He personally 
put me in the care of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Ballabha Tirtha Maharaja while I was there.

Later, His Divine Grace Bhakti Dayita Madhava Maharaja was made a trustee of AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Charity Trust. After his departure to the spiritual world, His Divine Grace Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Maharaja was kind enough to continue the role of being a trustee of the AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Trust.

It was customary that he would speak some Harikatha on the occasion of our meeting of those meetings  He would speak so that we would all be reminded of our primary purpose of Krishna Consciousness to serve the Pancha Tattva with words, thoughts, and deeds.

From then on, year after year, I met with him to work out strategies on how to preserve the holy places of our culture.

It was interesting to see and very enlivening how Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Maharaja was preaching in many parts of India and overseas as well. He had his followers in Punjab and other faraway states of India and he was also preaching in Russia and other places.

It was so nice to see that he had very active preaching spirit. I was fortunate to visit His Divine Grace Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Maharaja on the occasion of his fiftieth anniversary of taking sannyasa and also on other occasions he would welcome me in his private quarters to discuss bhakti yoga, the development of Navadvipa Dham, and the expanding of Gauranga’s culture all over the world.

Having his association left a big impression upon me. You could see that he was very much dedicated to spreading the message of Lord Caitanya. It is with great respect and great enthusiasm that I am offering this at his lotus feet on the occasion of this Vyasa Puja Celebration.



-Vaisnavadasanudas
 tridandi bhikshu Jaypataka Swami

(transcribed by EGD-JPS-SEC)

It may be noted that Srila Gurudev honored Paramgurudeva's order to care for Jaypataka Swami throughout his life. He also continued to serve on the committee of the Sri AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Charity Trust right up until his recent pastimes of withdrawing from external interaction. Sri Jayapataka Swami Maharaj also still visits Srila Gurudev on occasion at Kolkata math.