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His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Gosvami Maharaja is presently one of the foremost spiritual leaders of the mission of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and His associates in the world today. He is the dearly beloved disciple of Srila Bhakti Dayita Madhava Gosvami Maharaja, who is in turn the equally beloved disciple of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Gosvami Prabhupada.

His Divine Grace Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Gosvami Maharaja appeared in 1924 in Assam, India, on Rama-navami, the most auspicious appearance day of Supreme Lord Krishna in His form as Ramacandra. Having been brought up in a pious environment, he developed a strong inclination to search for the ultimate goal of life, which led him to take up the study of philosophy at Calcutta University. While studying at the university, he came in contact with his spiritual master, His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Dayita Madhava Gosvami Maharaja, and immediately became attracted by his transcendentally powerful personality. After completing his Masters Degree in Philosophy in 1947, Srila Tirtha Maharaja wholeheartedly and unreservedly dedicated his life to the service of his spiritual master.

His service attitude was so exemplary that soon Srila Madhava Maharaja established him as the Secretary of the devotional institution known as ‘Sree Chaitanya Gauòiya Math’, which has over twenty asramas (monasteries) in India alone. He was awarded sannyasa, the order of renunciation, in 1961. Eventually, Srila Madhava Maharaja, seeing his disciple’s degree of dedication and sincerity combined with an astute and practical mind, selected him as his worthy successor. After the disappearance of his beloved spiritual master Srila Madhava Gosvami Maharaja in 1979, Srila Tirtha Maharaja was appointed as President-Acarya of the Math. He has received the fortunate blessings and great affection of many of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta’s prominent followers such as: Srila Bhakti Rakshaka Sridhara Deva Gosvami Maharaja, Srila Bhakti Promode Puri Gosvami Maharaja, Srila Bhakti Hridaya Vana Gosvami Maharaja, Srila Bhakti Akincana Krishna Dasa Babaji Maharaja, Srila Bhakti Kumud Santa Gosvami Maharaja and many others.

For the last five decades, Srila Tirtha Maharaja has been engaged in the propagation of the all-embracing doctrine of transcendental divine love of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, to counter the present trend of violence and cruelty and to bring about unity of hearts among all, irrespective of caste, creed or religion. ‘Example is better than precept’ is his way of preaching. He has always practiced what he preaches. Srila Tirtha Maharaja is known for never deviating even one inch outside the four corners of the prescripts of the holy scriptures. His Divine Grace is a renowned authority on Gauòiya Vaishnava philosophy, and is beloved by thousands of devotees throughout the world as the very embodiment of humility and spiritual affection.

Now at the age of 80, inspired by the grace of his gurudeva, Srila Tirtha Maharaja is always on the move, going from towns to villages in India and also abroad, propagating the divine message of Bhagavad-gita and Srimad-Bhagavatam.

At the behest of his beloved siksha-guru (instructing preceptor), His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Promode Puri Gosvami Maharaja, Srila Tirtha Maharaja is preaching the message of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu throughout the world, having started with a tour of the United States in 1997.

His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Gosvami Maharaja is the present President-Acarya of Sree Chaitanya Gauòiya Math devotional institution and is also the Founder-Acarya of GOKUL (Global Organisation of Krishnacaitanya’s Universal Love). He also serves as President of the World Vaishnava Association (WVA).

His Divine Grace is always engaged in writing articles and books of a profoundly spiritual nature in several native languages as well as English, for the eternal benefit of the conditioned souls of the world. To date, his books in English include: Suddha Bhakti, Sages of Ancient India, A Taste of Transcendence, Sri Chaitanya: His Life and Associates, The Holy Life of Srila B.D. Madhava Gosvami Maharaja, Guru Tattva, Affectionately Yours, Hari Katha and Vaishnava Aparadha and Dasavatara.

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