Gaurakisora Dasa Babaji Maharaj is a well-known Gaudiya Vaishnava and is regarded as ‘siddha baba’ by followers of his lineage. Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Prabhupada was his disciple and famous for his unorthodox avadhuta like behaviour as a sadhu.
We cannot understand Srila Gaura-Kishora Dasa Babaji Maharaja’s renounced high standard of bhajana, but we may be able follow a few key principles that he had established. After making sufficient spiritual progress, we may be able to understand the higher things.
Birth and Early Life
He was born on 17 November 1838 in a simple mercantile family in the village of Vagyana, near to Tepakhola in the district of Faridpur, East Bengal (now Bangladesh). When he was about 29 years old, his wife died. He accepted the life of a Babaji in the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition from Bhagavat Dasa Babaji under the tutelage of Jagannatha Dasa Babaji. He became a mendicant, staying in the holy cities of Vrindavan and Navadwip, deeply absorbed in singing and chanting the sacred names of Hare Krishna.
Life in Vrindavan and Navadwip
Srila Gaura-Kishora Dasa Babaji Maharaja performed bhajana in Vrindavana at Surya-kunda, Radha-kunda, Nandagrama, Varshana and many other places. After sometime he went to Navadvipa. He was such a mahatma that he didn’t even construct himself a hut. In order to avoid having to come in contact with people, he lived in a toilet. He felt that if he lived in a temple, many people would come and disrupt his bhajana. People would come seeking his blessings for the purpose of attaining some material benefit, but he considered the stench of the toilet to be preferable to the stench of such people’s wishes. For ordinary person it is difficult to comprehend his line of thinking.
Babaji Maharaja vowed that he would never accept any disciples, however, he to break his vow and accepted Prabhupada as his disciple. In the early 20th century, Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura received initiation from Gaurakisora Dasa Babaji and received the name ‘Varsabhanavi Devi Daitya Dasa’. Many of our previous acaryas lived in Navadvipa. As long as we have not attained the mercy of Shri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, Nityananda Prabhu and Navadvipa-dhama, we will not be able to enter into Vraja.
Bhaktivinoda Thakura’s ashrama was situated on the banks of the Ganga. Babaji Maharaja used to come to the ashrama and listen to Shrimad-Bhagavatam and other krishna-katha from Bhaktivinoda Thakura. Babaji Maharaja didn’t associate with other babajis.
In 1915, Utthana Ekadashi, Srila Gaura-Kishora Dasa Babaji Maharaja left this world.