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Divine Intoxication (The Life and Love of Srila Akincana Krsna Dasa Babaji Maharaja)

Divine Intoxication (The Life and Love of Srila Akincana Krsna Dasa Babaji Maharaja)
Item Code: NAW112
Author: Babhru Dasa
Language: English
Edition: 2019
ISBN: 0965578445
Pages: 258 (12 colored Illustrations)
Other Details: 8.50 X 5.50 inch
weight of the book: 0.3 kg

Today I am very delighted because I am able to present this second edition of "Divine Intoxication" which reveals at least a portion of the life of the exlusive mahabhagavata devotee known as Sri Krsna Dasa Babaji Maharaja to the public. This edition has a significant increase in content as well as pictures. I hope you will find as much joy in reading this biographical work as I did in writing it!

At first, my appreciation for this dear most contemporary of Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada was sparked by hearing just a few anecdotes about him, which were being commonly circulated throughout ISKCON and the greater body of the S17 Gaudiya Math. Age with most young devotees, I heard these pastimes with interest, but at the time I did not emotionally attach myself to them in any way or even slightly realize their deep import.

However, as time went on in my devotional life, became increasingly interested in hearing all about the inspirational acaryas and saints of the gaudiyavaisnava parampara (guru-disciple lineage). I began to relish reading about the life of my own dear-most paramgurudey, Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and some of his more prominently known god brothers such as $17 Srimad Bhakti Rakshaka Sridhardev Goswami, Sri Srimad Bhakti Prajnana Keshava Goswami, Sri Srimad Bhakti Promote Puri Goswami, and Sri Stimad Bhakti Vaibhava Purj Goswami.

I also read as much as | could about Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura Prabhupada, Srila Gaura Kishore Dasa Babaji, Sri Vamsi Dasa Babaji, Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, and Srila Jagannatha Dasa Babaji. Going back even further into the historical] record, I also eagerly relished the stories of Srila Narottama Dasa Thakura, Srila Srinivasa Acarya, Srila Syamananda Prabhu, as well as the, "The Six Goswamis of Vrndavana" and al] of their contemporaries.

As you could probably imagine, I also very much had an affinity for hearing about S17 Caitanya Mahaprabhu and His direct associates. The otherworldly spiritual epics of their lives as detailed in Sri-Caitanya-charitamrta, Sri Chaitanya-Bhagavata, and other similar biographical works, all acted as very strong devotional impetuses for me.

And they still do to this day! Actually, there are simply too Many saintly vaisnavas and their stories to list here. Fortunately for us, many of their lives have been recorded by their associates and eventually organized into biographies, which in due course were translated into English and other languages. Readers interested in these saints’ lives may find many of them online for free.

Soon after I began reading these biographies, I found myself deeply infatuated with the superbly mystical, otherworldly devotional character of these uncommon Vaisnava "goliaths." Along with reading Sri-Caitanya- charitamrta and Sri Chaitanya-Bhagavata, I also started getting into books such as Sri Bhakti-ratnakara, Prema-vilasa, Narottama-vilasa, etc. similarly became enthralled by modern works such as Sri-Bhaktisiddhanta- Vaibhava, Acharya-Kesari, The Six Goswamis, The Seventh Goswami, Two Beyond Duality, Lives of the Vaisnava Saints, etc.

At this time in my life, I remember very eagerly searching for every possible gaudiya biographical work that I could. I also thoroughly enjoyed reading about Sri Ramanuja Acarya, Sri Madhvacarya and other Vaisnava saints who are not directly related to Caitanya vaisnavism.


I can’t say for certain when ] first heard about Srila Krsna dasa Babaji. Maybe I had heard some of his soul- stirring kirtanas first, then some stories here and there ! about his extraordinary character and his friendship with my beloved spiritual master, His Divine Grace A. | C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. It’s no surprise, though, that Babaji Maharaja easily became something of a hero among the devotees who heard about him. After po all, we were all immersed in the sankirtana movement, and he was all about kirtana. And his kirtana was , thrilling, enthralling, coming so clearly from the core of his heart.

Because I visited India only twice, in the early 1980s, I only met Babaji Maharaja briefly on a couple of occasions. I do remember how delighted I was to encounter him when he joined us on parikrama in Jagannatha Puri in 1980. Another day during that visit a friend and I decided to visit the §ri Caitanya Gaudiya Math located where Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura, our grand spiritual master, was born. As we crossed the courtyard toward Srila Sarasvati Thakura’s - room, we heard the sound of a mrdanga. Then my hair stood on end as I recognized Krsna Dasa Babaji’s voice chanting the Hare Krsna mantra. I stopped, looked at my friend, and whispered, ‘""That’s Babaji Maharaja." He nodded back in assent. And there he was, sitting at the foot of his spiritual master’s bed, eyes closed, playing mrdanga and chanting like no one else could. We struggled with competing impulses: enter the room and join him, or, fearing we may disturb his mood, stay outside and just listen, drinking in that mood from a distance. We chose the latter, sitting outside the door, just out of Babaji’s sight, until he was done. Only then did we dare to enter, but only to offer obeisance, thank him, and take our leave.

When I heard he had passed from this world a couple of years later, I felt particularly sad because I wouldn’t be able to have his company again. Every devotee I have met who had any contact with Babaji Maharaja treasured every minute spent with him; every single one was deeply impressed by his immersion in the chanting of the Hare Krsna mantra, his unbounded good humour, and his affection for all devotees of Lord Caitanya. Over the years, I would hear anecdotes about his life and his interactions with Western devotees and I’d get copies of snippets of his kirtanas and bhajans on cassette tape. Eventually my friend Agnideva gave me a couple of CDs full of Babaji Maharaja’s kirtanas, in which I have often found solace, much as I have in Srila Prabhupada’s.

I was happy to hear from Babhru Dasa that he had undertaken the task of compiling and curating as comprehensive an account of Babaj1 Maharaja’s life and character as possible. I am grateful for the trouble he has taken to produce this volume, and I have found it a pleasure to offer some assistance in his effort. I hope that many vaisnavas will find inspiration in reading about Krsna Dasa Babaji Maharaja as a result of this work. I hope further that others who had the good fortune of his company may feel inspired to come forward and share their experiences for future editions.

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