Inspirational JPS Disciples - Her Grace Premapadmini Devi Dasi

How did you hear of Guru Maharaj? 

I had come on a holiday to Mumbai from the Middle east in 1988 and was very eager to find a Guru.Up until then, my association with ISKCON was mainly through Srila Prabhupada's books. I requested the then Juhu Temple President Mandapa das to help me. He suggested that since we were going to Bangalore, we could meet up with the Bangalore Temple President and he could help me and my husband Vijay Venugopal das.We were able to take part in donating for the land of the Hare Krishna hill and so the Temple President wrote about us to Guru Maharaja. We were given some of the books published for the Vyasa puja  of Guru Maharaja in some previous years.Reading those made me have some appreciation for Guru Maharaja. .I also wrote a letter to him asking for the shelter of his lotus feet and he so mercifully replied that he was accepting both my husband and me as his shelter candidates!

What made you choose Him as a Guru?

In Bombay when I was going to meet him for the first time, I was praying to Krishna that please let me have a clear indication whether he is going to be my Guru. After going on  a tour with Guru Maharaja  around the campus of  the Bombay Temple, I thought I will return home as Guru Maharaja was going to go up to his room and I felt shy to also go up with all the senior devotees.Guru Maharaja was just entering the lift and just as I was having these thoughts, he just turned around and gave me such a merciful, compassionate and penetrating glance that my my eyes welled up with tears and I decided to follow him up!

Then when inside the room,as I sat gazing at his effulgent form, seeing his calm and loving dealings with all the devotees, I could not beleieve my eyes that such a great and wonderful person like him existed on this planet! I felt so overwhelmed by his kindness, goodness and love that I started crying. Guru Maharaja asked me why I was crying and he gave me one of his deep penetrating glances which touched my very soul. I felt the world stop completely during those seconds and they seemed to last forever. I got the conviction that the spiritual world actually exists at that moment.

Then I asked Guru Maharaja how I can serve him and he just told me that I can show the people I know some Krishna Conscious videos or something. I had just finished reading the book "Servant of the servant" by HHTamal Krishna Maharaja and so desired some connection with Guru Maharaja through some instruction! As I paid my obeisances to him, my mind was in those thoughts and there was no way for Guru Maharaja could have even seen my face. But right when I stood up, he gave me prasadam for me and my family and he said to me, "You do whatever you are doing and Krishna will help you!" I was so amazed how he could read my mind so well!

 

What three qualities of Guru Maharaj you most admire?

1)His oozing goodness and love that just seems to keep pouring out of his heart, his words, his actions and eyes.

2) His genius in explaining the most complicated things especially Krishna conscious philosophy in such a simple, clear, understandable and personal way that we can realize it from the heart.

3) His unflinching dedication to Srila Prabhupada. His words to Srila Prabhupada on his Vyasa puja day, "Jayapataka's life is not his own. It belongs to Your Divine Grace to do with it as you like" just bowled me over. We see that all the time in action. Even after the stroke, he is so eager to fulfill all the instructions recieved from Srila Prabhupada! This is sheer poetry or classic- something like out of Srimad Bhagavatam!

 

Which words of Guru Maharaj inspires you most?

All his words urging us to preach and give out mercy to others.He keeps saying how preaching burns up our offenses and karmas so fast, and he encourages everyone no matter what their age, gender or status in life to share the jewel of Krishna Consciousness with whosoever they meet. He keeps asking us to help him fulfill the mission that Srila Prabhupada has given him. The very first time, we invited him to come to our place in the Middle east, he said, "I will not come to simply to eat Idly and chutney. That I know you can cook well. I ill come only if you preach and bring people!"
How do you serve Guru Maharaj?

1) I along with my husband take care of the Mathuradesh and a Bangalore Congregation.

2)We are travelling to different yatras all over the world to set up Bhakti Vriksha based communities.

3)We are the ambassadors for the Congregational Ministry of ISKCON.

4) We are the members of the Devotee care committee attached to the GBC.

5)We train leaders from all over the world to expand the Bhakti Vriksha program.

6)We do counselling for devotees from all over the world.

7)We counsel Grihasthas.

8)We publish books on Bhakti Vriksha .

9) We publish Guru Maharaja's transcriptions from lectures as books.

10)We have made a manual for all the shelter and initiation candidates and hope to present the entire book on this website in the coming weeks.

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Comment by ANURAG GUPTA on December 13, 2016 at 7:46am

Hare Krishna Mata ji

Dandvat

Reading your blog it is inspirational to know that in this small life you are doing a lot and contributing to Guru Maharaj's mission.

Wish we could add our bit in the service of the lord.

Regards

Hari Bol

Achyut Anuragi Das

Comment by Kamala Gopi Devi Dasi on July 22, 2015 at 3:07am

HARIBOL!!!

HAREKRISHNA Mathaji,PAMHO,AGTSGG,AGTSP!!!

AGTYG!!!!

A moving experience indeed! A fully empowered Divine Soul!!! One of the greatest disciple soldiers of our Dearest GURUDEV!!!!! and my very own Dearest SIKSHA GURU!!! I still remember years back I was such a stubborn fool with no intelligence what so ever, Your Grace,  with your causeless mercy, patience and love held me by your Divine hand and took me to OUR Most Beloved GURUDEV!!!!! and our Most Beloved SRILA PRABUPAD!!!!! Now  I just cant imagine life without THEM!!! I and my family are eternally indebted to Your Grace!!! We can never repay what Your Grace have done and continue doing for fallen souls like us. We pray that OUR DEARESTGURUDEV, OUR DEAREST SRILA PRABHUPAD, PANCHATATTVA DETIES, SRI NARASIMAH DEV, SRI SRI RADHAMADHAV And ASHTA SAKHI DETIES Shower On Your Grace And Family THEIR Choicest Blessings And Be With You All Now And Always!!! We Wish YOU  A Very Long And Healthy and Peaceful Life So That YOU Continue To Guide Millions Of Fallen Souls Like Us!!!

With love

Your Humble servants

Sanathan sevak das, Kamala Gopi Devi dasi, Bhakthin Anjana and Bakthin Archana

HAREKRISHNA 

Comment by Bhavamalini dd on August 26, 2014 at 8:41am

Hare Krsna Mathaji

I never knew all these years about how you got connected to our loving Guru Maharaj. Such a melting experience and I love you so much Mathaji. You are very simple, humble, straight forward and a strong devotee of the Lord. There is a lot to learn from you Mathaji. Please give me your strength and determination in serving Guru Maharaj.

Lovingly

Your spiritual daughter

bhavamalini dd

Comment by Kishore Kumar Kola on June 10, 2014 at 4:47pm

Hare Krishna Mtj,

HG Vijay Venugopal Pr and you are inspiring us so much.

Thank you very much for this nice blog post.

Your Humble Servant,

Kishore

Comment by Sumadhuri Radhika on May 19, 2014 at 6:21pm

Hare Krishna mtji,

please bless us 2 follow in ur foot steps.

yr servant

Sumadhuri Radhika Devi Dasi

 

Comment by Saciputra Avatar Das on January 3, 2014 at 11:35am

please accept our humble obeisance .me and my wife are trying to preach in a new place in bangladesh by namhatta and vakti briksa program.please please blessed for us so that we can pleased our beloved Guru Maharaj

Comment by JPS Nantha Kumar on November 30, 2013 at 1:34pm

hare krsna

thanks for information about GURU MAHARAJ

Comment by JPS Nantha Kumar on November 30, 2013 at 1:34pm

hare vkrsna

Comment by Gitaindro Nath Adhikary(J J DAS) on November 29, 2013 at 10:54am

very fine realization, hare krishna

Comment by Venkata Rao Annepu on October 21, 2013 at 10:36am

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna Hare Hare!

Hare Rama Hare Rama, Rama Rama Hare Hare!!

Dear mataji. Please accept my humble obeisances.

Yours in Service to Guru Maharaj

Venkata Rao A, Hyderabad

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