Bhagavat Business

One day one renunciate Bābāji, Padmanabha Dāsa, came to Śrīla Gaurkiśora Dās Bābāji Mahārāja and asked for his permission to read from Śrīmad Bhāgavatam to the general public. But Śrīla Bābāji Mahārāja remained silent. When Padmanabha Dāsa saw that Bābāji Mahārāja did not give permission, he thought in his mind, “If I can study Bhāgavata from someone who is dear to him, then perhaps I will get his permission.” So he approached Saraswatī Ṭhākura and humbly requested that he teach him about Bhāgavat.

Śrīla Prabhupāda said, “I cannot say anything without asking Śrīla Bābāji Mahārāja first.” Then Śrīla Prabhupāda asked Śrīla Bābāji Mahārāja about this, and Bābāji Mahārāja said, “This person is an insincere businessman. Even now he keeps a plate for collection when he reads from Śrī Chaitanya-charitāmṛta. Then after he learns Bhāgavat, he will start his Bhāgavat business. This will be very harmful for him. You keep your door closed.” So Śrīla Prabhupāda did not give Padmanabha Dāsa any instruction about Bhāgavat. Eventually Padmanabha Dāsa went away. Śrīla Bābāji Mahārāja called Śrīla Prabhupāda and told him, “Siddhānta Saraswatī Prabhu, come and sit near me. I wasn’t angry with you. If Padmanabha Dāsa had gotten instruction from you and become a businessman, he would invite inauspiciousness to himself and others. I did not want you to support that. That is why I asked you to keep your door closed.” Hearing this, Śrīla Prabhupāda was very happy and offered his obeisances to Śrīla Bābāji Mahārāja.

Śrīla Bābāji Mahārāja gave Śrīla Prabhupāda the dust of his lotus feet and blessed him with great happiness.

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