Day 150 – Saphala Ekadasi

Day 150 – Saphala Ekadasi

Day 150: Gaurābda 532, Nārāyaṇa Māsa – Ekādaśī 01 Jan 2019 – Tuesday

Bhakti Bullets

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If someone is a pure devotee or a rasika-vaiṣṇava then, without question, ever-flowing glories of the Lord will emanate from his lips. And if anyone bathes in that stream of sacred words glorifying the Lord, he will forget about what to eat and when to sleep, and he will have no fear of death. Rather you will find him weeping and calling out, “How can I meet Kṛṣṇa!”
Spoken by Srila Gurudeva, January 01, 1999 Murwillumbah
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Saphala Ekadasi

By the causeless mercy of Guru-pada-padma and the Rupanuga Vaishnavas we are present in the holy dhama. Ekadasi-devi comes every 15 days with special glories and help. She knows what the jivas require. She is the embodiment of Krishna’s mercy. In the winter season, someone gives blankets, and warm clothes, and in the summer season, they give coolers, and so forth. Krishna kindly sent Ekadasi-devi to help all souls. If the soul is weak and sick, and has no help, he can never come to Krishna, and become satisfied. He cannot have a happy life. If someone is happy in this world, others are very disturbed, and think, “Why are you happy in this world? Why are you famous?” Everyone wants to break our legs out from underneath us. They will taunt us, and try in with enemies to destroy us. The soul is the part and parcel of God, and is a particle of the Supreme Consciousness. Where does bad nature come to them from and how can they be free of this? The living beings think that whatever they do is correct, to disturb others is good. Para-sukha duhkhi and para-duhkha sukhi.

When someone is suffering, people are very happy, and when someone is happy, others say, “Why is he happy? Let us attack him, and cause him misery.” And when they are successful, they dance and celebrate. Where are these bad habits collected from? This is present everywhere, not only in England, America, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, and so forth. All conditioned souls have the same nature, whether in tamo-guna, rajo-guna, or sattva-guna. It is very rare to find spiritual guides, who actually desire our welfare. Most people only come to cheat us, do not give us any chance to associate with pure Vaishnavas, guru and the holy dhama. They only try to force us to work so hard, but for whom? In the Gita, Krishna said:

karmany evadhikaras te
ma phaleshu kadacana
ma karma-phala-hetur bhur
ma te sango ‘stv akarmani
Bhagavad-gita 2.47

[You are eligible only to perform your prescribed work, but you have no right to the fruits. You should not consider yourself to be the cause of the result of your actions, nor should you become attached to neglecting your duties.]

You have the right to work for only one person, Me. I am the Supreme Personality. Karmani eva, work and do everything for My pleasure.

Now, today is Saphala Ekadasi.

One time Mundaka Rshi went to Yama-loka and said, “Maharaja, I have tried to do bhajana in my life, and did not waste one moment. I chanted my mantra, Gayatri, performed japa and vrata, only took dry leaves and water, and would not harm any being. I would try to filter out any insects from the water, and would even filter air before I breathe so as not to hurt anything. I would control my breath for many minutes before breathing, trying not to disturb any other living beings. I would perform my gayatri-mantra with great concentration, meditating on Parabrahma. Why have you punished me? What is my fault?”

Yama Maharaja asked, “O Citragupta, look at your reports of his life. Look at his past karma.”

Mundaka Rshi said, “In my life I have performed bhajana, and you sent the king’s soldiers, who came and bound me, saying I was a thief. They said, “You stole the king’s property.”

They put me on top of a pointed poll, trying to bifurcate me. Why did this punish come to me, when I always used my body for God’s service?

Then they looked in the report and said, “In your childhood, you grabbed a firefly and pushed a thorn into his backside, and then tied him on a rope, and when he flew, you were very happy.”

“At that time, I was younger than five years of age. I had no intelligence. Why did you punish me like this? You should also go to mrityu-loka, the abode of death. You will then understand the situation there. Here you are Yamaraja, the king, and do not understand the worries of the people on Earth.”

Being cursed by Mundaka RIshi, Yamaraja took birth on Earth as the son of Vyasadeva, Vidura.

He looked to find where dharma was present, and who was following it. He thought, “Dhritarashtra says he is the supreme ruler, and he has arranged for the Pandavas to be killed in so many ways, such as by poison, trying to deceitfully burn them in a flammable palace as they slept—he is always engaged in politics to kill his brother’s children, desiring his own sons to be most famous. He is against dharma. He is like their father, in the absence of his brother, their father. And he’s always tormenting them.”

Vidura tried to advise his brother Dhritarashtra, but he would not listen.

Vidura was very unhappy to see the situation of Kunti and her sons. Kunti took care of Gandhari’s hundred sons with the mood of a mother to them. Kunti thought that she had 105 sons, not only five, and she would serve the sons of Gandhari, with such great affection. Still, they had no love or sympathy for the Pandavas. And when Vidura helped the Pandavas in any way, the Kauravas became very upset. Even if Bhishma Pitamaha were to show favor to the Pandavas, then the Kauravas were so upset. People in this world are always ready to destroy anyone they see to be a competitor, or rival.

Duryodhana stole the kingdom of the Pandavas through gambling, and sent them to the forest. He gave them so much pain. Now, one day, all her sons came to her and asked, “O mother, our life has been very strange. We have never been peaceful. We try to follow God, be honest, and always remember Him, but are always assailed by troubles.”

Yuddhishthira Maharaja would always call his cousin Suyodhana, not Duryodhana. He would always describe him as a very good person, and never insult him. He perfectly followed dharma.

When sickness comes, one’s mind becomes disturbed, and he always thinks about how to fix the body, without being able to meditate on God and the soul. Many problems assault us throughout life. It makes us very disturbed and restless. How can we properly follow dharma?

Kunti said, “Your uncle Vidura is the embodiment of dharma. Take his advice, and follow it, then you will be detached from all disturbances of this world, and will be always protected and absorbed in your proper duty.”

The Pandavas came to Vidura, who was worshiping Lord Krishna in the morning. He was always equipoised, and never disturbed by any external event. He saw anything that came or went as a natural occurrence, and would not be agitated. When the Pandavas came and offered him obeisances, he said, “I know you have come to me with some questions that you want to solve. You are honest and always follow dharma, but still, so many troubles torment you. I am present in service of God. He is your Krishna, Devaki-nandana.” He would not say Yasoda-nandana.

“Devaki-nandana is God. I worship Him and will call Him to help you.”

Vidura had love. With love, he remembered Krishna, gave Him a seat and flowers, and arranged for His worship. He had the faith that when he called Krishna, Krishna would come. His straw hut was very simple, but he gave down a simple seat and called for Krishna. Krishna came, and the Pandavas were very happy. They exclaimed, “Oh, You have come.” Vidura then offered Him pranama, as well as the Pandavas.

We must have respect and love in our heart. Vidura prayed to Krishna, “O Lord, this world is very strange. I came to this world having been cursed, and when I go to help anyone, as my duty in this world, people say, ‘You are trying to cheat us? Why are you giving me advice?’ They do not accept my advice, and they also insult me. If I try to help them, or give them something, they think it is only a bribe and part of my cheating. How can people in this world perform sadhana? In this martya-loka, people are always made restless by the three miseries born of the mind, from the body, and external forces and other living beings. How can we not be attached to all these different troubles?”

When anyone comes to me, whether senior or friend, I do not want to give him any pain or trouble. When a friend comes, even if I have pain, I try not to show this to him, I try only to please and serve him. This is real friendship. When a husband comes from outside, his wife begins to say, “This is bad, this is bad, this is not good. You do not take care of me and buy me nice things.” She nags him so much, that he cannot sleep at night, becomes weak and sick, and does not eat. Then she says, “You have bad character, therefore you are suffering, and frail.” She always gives him tension, and then abuses him when he is under stress.

We must do everything for God’s pleasure. Then He will think about our welfare. If we offer Him only rubbish from the beginning, this will be poisonous, and our love will be only temporary. It is actually only cruelty. We may call Gopala, Radha, Krishna, and Mahaprabhu, and then day and night we tell Them, “I have no house, I have no children, I have no car, I have no business, I have no job, I have problems with my eyes, problem with my teeth, problem with my stomach,” we only have problems, problems, problems, this is the bhoga that we offer Krishna. From the morning, while chanting our Gayatri mantras, we offer him our problems, saying, “Ha Gurudeva! Ha Gurudeva! Hey Krishna, hey Nanda-nandana, ha Yasoda-nandana, I have this problem, I have this problem, no one respects me. Everyone insults me. I am suffering so much. O Krishna, please help me.” This is our worship. We offer this as bhoga. We do not offer laddus, or halava. Only black laddus. We are dark and dirty, and offer that to Krishna. We collect anarthas day and night, and during our bhajana, we offer this to Krishna.

Krishna thinks, “What can I do? They call me by force, and then beat and punish me. They do not shower Me with milk and ghee and honey, instead they bathe Me in all their problems, like drain water. They have so many bad desires, and they offer this to Me.”

It is like we mix coal, petrol, and acid, and pour it on the Deity. People have this nature. If someone chants Gayatri and mantra, he should not try to give pain to his worshipable Deity.

Once, I told in Mathura, how many complaint letters would come to Srila Gurudeva. And how many people offer their heartfelt love to Srila Gurudeva? They always offer complaints. People think that Guru and Vaishnavas are their garbage pots. They always throw their rubbish on top of Gurudeva. How can we progress? How can we serve him? We must learn this from the representatives of God. We must remain fixed in our service, and not be restless and agitated by our senses.

We disturb everyone for the sake of our senses, from the topmost personality, to even insects. In human life, people are very wretched. They are always complaining to the government, to families, society, and then they come to priests, gurus and acaryas, and always offer these complaints.

Draupadi never gave pain to Krishna. Once, when she was in great distress, being disrobed in the assembly of the Kuru elders, she called out to Krishna:

he govinda, raksha saranam, apta jivana hare

Then she lamented, “Oh, I have caused Krishna pain.”

Arjuna thought, “I will ask Krishna to be my chariot driver.” Later on he lamented for doing this. This is not real friendship. This is making God our slave. This is not bhajana, it is our bhoga. We try to make God and Guru and Vaishnavas our servants. Because of this, we are punished. We get bodies like pigs, buffaloes, camels, and we are born in the Western countries, and then our bodies are put in hot boxes, or steam boxes, and while we are alive, we are steamed and then everyone eats us. Before, we give pain to everyone with our bodies, and then, as animals, we are tortured, and our souls exit our bodies. Then, the priests in the churches eat our flesh. This is our punishment. We must understand:

tat te ‘nukampam su-samikshamano
bhunjana evatma-kritam vipakam
hrid-vag-vapurbhir vidadhan namas te
jiveta yo mukti-pade sa daya-bhak
Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.14.8

[A person is entitled to the treasure of serving the lotus feet of God, who redeems us of our worldly bondage, if he lives with his heart, speech and body submitted to Him and if, through his good vision, he truly sees the mercy of God in the sufferings he brought about by his own deeds. There is no other way of being delivered from this world. Whatever God does is for our good. We can be redeemed if we behold His mercy in every event and in every activity. But if we notice any defect in His work, or realize any cruelty therein, it is sure to result in evilness and difficulty.]

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Day 149 – SRILA GURUDEVA’S FINAL PASTIMES -JUNE to DECEMBER 2010

Day 149 – SRILA GURUDEVA’S FINAL PASTIMES -JUNE to DECEMBER 2010

Day 149: Gaurābda 532, Nārāyaṇa Māsa – Daśamī 31 Dec 2018 – Sunday

Bhakti Bullets

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Ananya means one-pointed bhakti will be there, and no neglecting of Caitanya Mahāprabhu. When you will do like this, one day, like a dāsya-bhāva to Mahāprabhu, then when your bhakti will be matured, you will see Caitanya Mahāprabhu in the form of Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa Conjugal. So, let anyone, he’s doing separate, separate arcana of Mahāprabhu and Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa, let them do. Don’t disturb them because they are qualified up to this point. But those who have some taste and greed to serve in the way of gopīs like Rūpa-mañjarī and all others, they should not do. What should they do? What I told—Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura has told.
Only a realized person, whose bhajana has come up to bhāva, can understand these things. I am giving only a line, outline, only for those who want to advance. They have no worldly desires, always thinking like this. So, for their help I’m telling all these things. This is called association. A man who is always engaged in making money, name, fame, and all worldly desires, he’s always busy in maintaining his life, oh, they cannot understand all these things. But I’m telling. I know that very rare devotees are of this class, but yet I’m telling that you should hear, and in the future you should be so fortunate to go up to that place.

Spoken by Srila Gurudeva, December 31, 1998 Murwillumbah

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SRILA GURUDEVA’S FINAL PASTIMES -JUNE to DECEMBER 2010

On June 14, at the end of what was to be Śrīla Gurudeva’s final class in New Braja, he announced, “This is my last journey to America.”
Then, to the great dismay of the over eight hundred devotees gathered, Śrīla Gurudeva left the festival a day before its scheduled conclusion.

Śrīla Gurudeva held his final program in the US on June 19th, at the Rose Temple in Los Angeles. Hundreds of devotees packed into the temple, anxious to hear and for darśana of Gurudeva. Gurudeva appeared grave and majestic as he spoke. He was bathed in golden light streaming in from the stained glass church windows behind him, and garlanded by fragrant white flowers. When Gurudeva left that evening, all the devotees surrounded his car, blocking the whole street in their eagerness for one more merciful glance from their beloved master. Onlookers approached, also eager for a view of the great personality. As he was driven away, Gurudeva blessed the crowd with his beautiful smile and raised hands. The devotees then bowed down on the pavement with tear-filled eyes in the direction of Gurudeva’s departing car.

From July 2 to 7, Śrīla Gurudeva stayed in Marina di Massa, Italy, a west coast town between the Marble Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea. Devotees were present from over twenty-five countries, including Russia, Poland, Brazil, Argentina, USA, England, India, Costa Rica, Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, Canada, Iran, Mexico, and various parts of Africa. Guru-tattva had been a regular theme that devotees asked questions about. In Italy during Śrīla Gurudeva’s morning walks, some of his sannyāsīs asked him about the qualification to be a guru: if there was any benefit to the conditioned souls if a kaniṣṭha-adhikārī gave initiation to them, because in many devotional societies this practice was going on. Śrīla Gurudeva replied that the result of such initiations would be nothing, and that what to speak of being kaniṣṭha-adhikārīs, most gurus around the world were not even on that platform.

From Italy, Śrīla Gurudeva returned to India for Guru-pūrṇimā. After this annual festival, despite the manifestation of his illness and the hesitation and request for him to stay in India by his close associates, Śrīla Gurudeva went to Russia as scheduled. On August 8, Śrīla Gurudeva arrived in Moscow, where he would stay until the 12th. On the first day of the 2010 Moscow Hari-kathā Festival, Śrīla Gurudeva began discussion on the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam. He began with the opening of the First Canto, and by the last day he was up to the Tenth Canto. During his last class in Russia, on August 11, Śrīla Gurudeva discussed the pastime of Kṛṣṇa accepting prasādam from the wives of the brāhmaṇas in Mathurā.

When Śrīla Gurudeva returned to India, his health seriously declined and he went directly to a Delhi hospital. On the request of his doctors, Śrīla Gurudeva stayed in Delhi to regain his health. Therefore, for the first me in fifty-six years, he was not in Mathurā or Vṛndāvana for the celebrations of Jhulana-yātrā; his annual three-day conference honoring Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī on his disappearance day; Śrī Baladeva Pūrṇimā;
Śrī Kṛṣṇa-janmastami and Śrī Nandotsava. Words cannot describe how Srila Gurudeva lamented not being able to be there. In his tearful speech on Janmastami Srila Gurudeva said that he had not missed the celebrations for Janmastami and Nandotsava in Matura for over 50 years. He said that, although he was in Delhi by body, his heart and soul were in Matura with the devotees there.

While Śrīla Gurudeva stayed in the Śrī Ramaṇa Bihari Gauḍīya-maṭha and received treatment, local devotees and devotees arriving from all corners of the world would perform nāma-sankīrtana outside his bhajana-kuṭīra for many hours everyday. And to pray for Srila Gurudeva’s good health, many devotees performed regular parikramā, abhiṣeka with pancamta and worship of Śrī Girirāja. Besides this, Nṛsiṁhayajñas, Sudarśanayajñas, and other ceremonies were organized in India and abroad on a daily basis with the prayer for Śrīla Gurudeva’s full recovery.
The devotees were worried about Śrīla Gurudeva’s health and many wanted to remain in Delhi to be near him. However, once Kārtika started, Śrīla Gurudeva did not usually encourage this. On many mornings and evenings, Gurudeva would come to the screen door of his bhajana-kuṭīra, either to sit for a few minutes or to stop briefly as he walked, aided by his attendants. If he saw devotees waiting for his darśana in the courtyard, often he would ask them why they were there, and he would instruct them to go to Vṛndāvana to participate in Vraja-maṇḍala Parikramā. “Your life will become successful by vising these pastime places,” he would say. “I am only unable to attend parikramā because of my ill health, but I order all of you to go and participate. Gradually, I am improving, and I will try to join the parikramā as soon as possible.”

One day, in the middle of Kārtika, Śrīla Gurudeva told his servants that he now desired to go to Govardhana. Upon hearing his request, they immediately made all arrangements to take him there. On the morning of his departure, the crowd of devotees in the Delhi temple was so large that it took half an hour for Śrīla Gurudeva to travel in his wheelchair from the elevator exit to the ambulance, forty meters away.

Well over a thousand devotees gathered for Śrīla Gurudeva’s darśana upon his arrival at Śrī Giridhārī Gauḍīya Maṭha. During the remainder of his stay in Govardhana, his health fluctuated from day to day and he remained in internal consciousness most of the time. Devotees were very eager to meet with Śrīla Gurudeva in his quarters, as he did not come out of his room. Because  it would not be possible to receive so many people in Gurudeva’s quarters, a monitor was placed in the temple hall and during evening programs, devotees could see Śrīla Gurudeva from a camera in his room and Gurudeva could likewise see them on a monitor. Śrīla Gurudeva gave his merciful glance upon the devotees assembled in the temple hall, and encouraged them to do kīrtana with upraised arms. After two weeks of great concern over Śrīla Gurudeva’s condition, where it seemed he could depart any day, on the mornings of November 20 and 21, having miraculously recovered to some extent, Śrīla Gurudeva came out of his quarters and spoke to the assembled devotees. On the 20th he said, “I have brought you all here from many different parts of the world. You have all been hearing hari-kathā and doing parikramā of Vraja-maṇḍala for the past month. You are all extremely fortunate to be here. What more can I say? Tomorrow is pūrṇimā, and you will all go back to your countries. I am inviting you all to come again next year for Kārtika. Please also come to Navadvīpa Parikramā.”

From Govardhana, on the day of Navamī, after Kārtika, Śrīla Gurudeva traveled to Jagannātha Purī. There, on Wednesday, 29 December 2010, on the cusp of niśānta-līlā, at three a.m., the end of the night, on the auspicious kṛṣṇa-navamī-tithi of the pauṣa-(Nārāyaṇā) Māsa, the appearance day of oṁ viṣṇupāda aṣṭottara-śata Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktedānta Vāmāna Gosvāmī Mahārāja, in the Jayaśrī-Dāmodara Gauḍīya Maṭha, which is located at Śrī Cakra-tīrtha, the sacred appearance place of Śrī Jagannātha, Baladeva, and Subhadrā in Kṣetra-maṇḍala, Jagannātha Purī, he who is an inmate associate of nitya-līlā praviṣṭa aṣṭottara-śata Śrī Śrīmad Bhakti Prajñāna Keśava Gosvāmī Mahārāja; he who is best among the one-pointed followers of Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmīpāda, who fulfils the innermost desire of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, the savior of the most fallen in this age of Kali; he who is the crown jewel of the rasika Vaiṣṇavas in present times; he who was acclaimed Yugācārya; oṁ viṣṇupāda paramahaṁsa svāmī Bhaktabāndhava Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja, by his own sweet desire, entered Śrī Śrī Rādhā-Ramaṇa-Bihārījī’s eternal pastimes, thus submerging those servants who had taken shelter at his lotus feet in an ocean of intense separation from him.

When Śrīla Gurudeva first arrived in Navadvīpa, Śrī Śrīmad Bhakti Prajñāna Keśava Gosvāmī Mahārāja sent Śrī Bhaktivedānta Vāmāna Gosvāmī Mahārāja to the train station in the middle of the night to receive him and bring him to the maṭha. Deep in his heart, Śrī Gurudeva desired that through the medium of Śrīla Vāmāna Gosvāmī Mahārāja he would again meet his beloved Gurudeva in the eternal abode. Approving that desire, Śrī Śrīmad Bhakti Prajñāna Keśava Gosvāmī Mahārāja arranged for Śrīla Bhaktivedānta Vāmāna Gosvāmī Mahārāja to again appear in this world at three a.m., on śrī kṛṣṇa-navami-tithi, 29 December 2010—his own appearance day—to bring Śrīla Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja back to his eternal home. The next day, Śrīla Gurudeva was brought to Śrī Śrī Keśavajī Gauḍīya Maṭha, in Koladvīpa, Śrī Navadvīpa-dhāma, which is non-different from Girirāja-Govardhana. There, thousands of heartbroken bhaktas assembled from the world over and witnessed as their beloved Divine Master, an inmate associate of the Divine Couple, Śrī Śrī Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa, was placed in Mahā-samādhi.

Srila Gurudeva ki Jaya! (Excerpted from a Bhaktabandhav book publication, “Sri Guru Darshan”. Available from: [email protected] )

Day 148 – Gurudeva Appears to Devoted Disciples

Day 148 – Gurudeva Appears to Devoted Disciples

Day 148: Gaurābda 532, Nārāyaṇa Māsa – Navamī 30 Dec 2018 – Sunday

Bhakti Bullets

Bhakti Bullets

In this iron age, Kali-yuga, all have a short life, all are unfortunate, not intelligent, no fortune, always problems—like waves. One after another—problems are coming. And they have to do so many things. Very busy life. How busy life? Like dogs! Very busy running on four wheels on the highway; like animals on four legs. Where are they going? “I have no time to speak to you, I am very busy!” And they will run up to a milestone and pass urine. And then they will run again. “Where are you going?” “Oh, I have no time to answer you.”
What you are earning in this life by this body and this intelligence, you should know, they all will be in this world, this body also. But transformation will be there, it will be ashes or stool of animals. So, what to do? You should realize this.
What you are doing all day long, can you take it with you after death or not? If anyone will take, they can raise their hand. Can you, your father, your mother, your friends? You cannot take anything, even a particle of dust, from here. Then why are you doing all these things? To be happy! Oh, you cannot be happy by this. More problems will come. How our soul will be happy?
This world is made of problems only. If you want to be happy in jail, you are foolish. All foolish. Jail was made to punish stupid, nonsense persons who are violating rules and regulations. You can only be happy by what? You can only be happy by chanting, remembering, singing the glories of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. This is our constitutional function, not these other things.
But I tell you, even one round you should do, no harm. I tell you not to take cigarettes, meat, beef, wine, all these bad things, it will spoil you. You should realize these things. You should know all these things. And then try to do accordingly. Very soon, otherwise you cannot be happy, you cannot realize transcendental things.

Spoken by Srila Gurudeva, December 30, 2000 North Shore, Oahu

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28 Dec 2018 PM – A Bullet Proof Vest Against the Attacks of Maya (English and Hindi)

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Rasa Varsa

Gurudeva Appears to Devoted Disciples

We are present at this place known as Cakra-tīrtha. It is from here that Śrīla Gurudeva chose to set out on his journey to the eternal realm, being invited by Sudarśana. Sudarśana came with all his pārṣadas and took Śrīla Gurudeva to Goloka Vṛndāvana. Śrīla Gurudeva appeared on Maunī Amāvasyā, in 1921. And when he left, he was here with Cakra Sudarśana. Anybody that comes here, Sudarśana gives them su-darśana, auspicious vision, not ku-darśana, or inauspicious vision. He helps everyone in their spiritual life, even after one quits their present body. Śrīla Gurudeva taught this by his choosing to depart from here for eternal Navadvīpa-dhāma and nitya Vṛndāvana.

Śrīla Gurudeva arranged for his divine departure many times. He had arranged to leave in Govardhana, but the devotees did not let him. He could not leave them at that time. He tried to go other times after that. But in the end he waited for the appearance day of my Guru Mahārāja. My Guru Mahārāja came and took Śrīla Gurudeva by the hand. They are now both serving in nitya-līlā.

There is one thing that can give us suffering jīvas hope. Wherever Śrīla Guru-pāda-padma is in the eternal realm, he is looking at his followers, his disciples, the visitors, and everyone that comes together and follows his appearance day.

There is room for many things in our hearts, and many things have acquired space there. We cannot clean these things from our hearts. How can we be clean? Now many people want to acquire our hearts, saying, “I will be here. I will be present in your heart.” But I cannot clean my heart. I cannot renounce. I cannot be pure.

Many cheaters want to appear in our hearts. Our heart should have place only for Śrī Guru and his iṣṭadeva. How is this possible? The process of ceto darpaṇa mārjanam purifies the heart. Mahāprabhu has taught this. Śrīla Gurudeva said:

śṛṇvatāṁ sva-kathāḥ kṛṣṇaḥ
punya-śravaṇa-kīrtanaḥ
hṛdy antaḥ-stho hy abhadrāṇi
vidhunoti suhṛt satām

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.2.17

[By hearing the līlā-kathā of Śrī Bhagavān, all misfortunes of the jīvas are dispelled. Those who possess an ardent desire to obtain unalloyed prema-bhakti at the lotus feet of Śrī Kṛṣṇa must certainly hear His līlā-kathā repeatedly and incessantly.]

Listen! Śṛṇvatāṁ! How can you hear hari-kathā? If you do not invite the Guru-varga in your heart, if you are not near the Guru-varga, then what will appear in your heart? If only ghosts and witches are in the heart, you will have many bad moods and ideas. Therefore, śṛṇvatāṁ, hear. What should we listen to? Sva kathā—kṛṣṇa-kathā. Who gives kṛṣṇa-kathā? Only the gopīs, mañjarīs, Vraja-devīs, and the Vrajavāsīs.

Gurudeva has come from the eternal world only to distribute kṛṣṇa-kathā for us, not any other kathā. He spread only this vraja-kathā, or kṛṣṇa-kathā.

The Śrīmad Bhāgavatam describes the symptoms of a nirmatsara sādhu. The Bhāgavata says many things. Śrīla Gurudeva would say, “Hear me! You do not have to perform such strenuous sādhana. Just hear my kathā.” Śrīla Gurudeva would say, “Hear my kathā. Come to my classes.” But whose kathā was this? Would he tell his own glories? No. He only gave kathā of Kṛṣṇa and the Vrajavāsīs. Without this—hṛdaya stha abhadrāṇi—the anarthas, false ego, sins, and offenses will go by no other process.

Therefore, it is said:

kṛṣṇa-bhakti-janma-mūla haya ‘sādhu-saṅga’
kṛṣṇa-prema janme, teṅho punaḥ mukhya aṅga

Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta Madhya-līlā 22.83

[The root cause of kṛṣṇa-bhakti is sādhu-saṅga. Even when one’s dormant kṛṣṇa-prema awakens, sādhu-saṅga is still most essential.]

Kṛṣṇa-bhakti comes from sādhu-saṅga. Who is a sādhu? The Vrajavāsīs are real sādhus, everyone else are svāḍus, tasters and enjoyers.

Guru-pāda-padma appears today. Real disciples will make a place for his appearance in their hearts. Mahāprabhu mentioned three places He would always be present, even after His disappearance pastime. He said, “If My bhakta has affection for Me and the strong desire to be with Me, and is always chanting My names, then that bhakta’s tongue will be My birthplace and I will forever dance and distribute harināma from there. If anyone makes My Deity and worships Him with love, I will appear there directly and accept everyone’s service. And I will be present in the body of that bhakta who constantly meditates on Me and serves Me internally and externally. From there, I will help everybody.”

How many people have love for Guru-pāda-padma? How many have room for him in their hearts? How many like him? Who understands his specialties? Who is serious? Some people think that their nourishment can come from any farmhouse, where they will eat and become fat and healthy. But this is impossible. That food is not helpful for you.

One who always drinks filtered, purified water will not and cannot drink drain water or ordinary tap water. The glories of the Vrajavāsīs are rarely available. Without a Vrajavāsī, the Vrajavāsīs cannot be glorified.

What Śrīla Gurudeva explained to us is very rare, and is the wealth of our lives, and the wealth of this line. Param Gurudeva said to him, “I am very fortunate. My paramparā will not stop. You are a Vrajavāsī, so you will continuously distribute vraja-rasa.”

Śrīla Gurudeva appeared on this day of the dark moon, on the bank of the Gaṅgā. Many follow bhakti, but mixed bhakti. People do not know what is pure bhakti. They have no idea. They perform worship, service, and do vratas, but all for the maintenance and prosperity of the body. They have no idea about the soul and how the soul is spiritually born.

You cannot simply sow any seed in any place at any time of the year, give it some water, and expect it to grow. The expert gardener knows exactly when, where, and how to plant the many different seeds, and what care and nourishment they need.

Śrīla Gurudeva came to distribute rāgānugā, rūpānuga-bhakti. He was sent by the Divine Couple to fulfill Their desire for this line of rūpānuga-bhakti to be spread throughout the world. This was Mahāprabhu’s desire when He appeared in this world:

prema-rasa-niryāsa karite āsvādana
rāga-mārga bhakti loke karite pracāraṇa
rasika-śekhara kṛṣṇa parama-karuṇa
ei dui hetu haite icchāra udgama

Caitanya-caritāmṛta Ādi 4.15-16

[The Lord’s desire to appear was born from two reasons: He wanted to taste the sweet essence of the mellows of love of God, and He wanted to propagate devotional service in the world on the platform of spontaneous attraction. Thus He is known as supremely jubilant and as the most merciful of all.]

Mahāprabhu said, “I came to taste prema-rasa and distribute the rāga-mārga.” The soul is only satisfied by anurāga. Without anurāga, the soul will never take birth. The seed of our eternal identity will remain like a small dormant seed forever, suffering within the prison of material bodies. The soul will not even be satisfied by liberation from bondage. How will they cross everything and go to the Vrajavāsīs in eternal Vṛndāvana? Śrīla Gurudeva was the embodiment of the mercy that makes this possible. He had the power to take people from whatever standard they were present, and to give them entrance into the path of rāgānuga-bhakti.

Now, people are trying to make many kinds of mixtures. Do not run from this line! If you do, you will only find dryness. You may even be harmed and injured. You could be paralyzed if you run from the shelter of this line of Śrīla Gurudeva. No one will be able to give you this vraja-bhakti-rasa. This is for certain. If you ask this of others, they will never give it. They do not distribute this vraja-rasa. You should cry and beg for this from Śrīla Gurudeva. This is much better, for Guru-pāda-padma will definitely hear your crying and will come and lift you up. He will surely give you vraja-rasa, vraja-bhakti.

There are so many running for some new shelter. They will get everything, but they will not get vraja-bhakti! Other things will come to them. They will become followers of vaikuṇṭhīya-bhakti; the rules and regulations of vaidhī-bhakti, but not the rules and process of rūpānuga-bhakti. They will not attain vraja-rasa. Why? Others are not continuously following the Vraja-devīs. They are not one-pointed. They do not think about the Vraja-devīs. Śrīla Gurudeva openly and boldly spoke the glories of the Vraja-devīs and mañjarīs. He declared that he was their devoted follower and that his followers would only aspire to Śrīmatī Rādhikā’s kiṅkarīs, maidservants.

yat-kiṅkarīṣu bahuśaḥ khalu kāku-vāṇī,
nityaṁ parasya puruṣasya śikhaṇḍa-mauleḥ
tasyāḥ kadā rasa-nidheḥ vṛṣabhānu-jāyās
tat-keli-kuñja-bhavanāṅgana-mārjanī syām

Śrī Rādhā-rasa-sudhā-nidhi 8

[O daughter of Vṛṣabhānu Mahārāja, ocean of rasa, that beautiful boy who wears a gracefully tilting peacock feather in His hair is actually the original Personality of Godhead. Still, He is always falling at the feet of Your maidservants and pitifully begging them with many humble words to gain entrance into Your kuñja where the two of You engage in Your playful loving pastimes. My life would be successful if I could even be one stick in the broom Your maidservants use to clean Your delightful kuñja.]

How many Vaiṣṇavas sing these prayers and are absorbed day and night in the moods of the Vraja-devīs, like Śrīla Gurudeva? Who else prays like this daily? Who teaches this? Everyday Śrīla Gurudeva would pray and distribute this mood to everyone.

You may go anywhere, but these things will not be available. There are many markets and big shops. There is a ‘Big Bazaar’, but this rasa is not there. No one prays like Gurudeva during the maṅgalācaraṇa before every class:

tavaivāsmi tavaivāsmi na jivāmi tvayā vinā
iti vijñāya rādhe tvaṁ naya māṁ caraṇāntikam

Śrī Vilāpa Kusumāñjali 96

[I am Yours! I am Yours! I cannot live without You! O Rādhe, please understand this and bring me to the service of Your lotus feet.]

How many people pray like this? How many people teach this mood? They say, “You are an anādhikāri. You are not qualified for this.” But who is an adhikārī? Will the birth of the soul come about without vraja-rasa? Impossible! Will the seed of the soul sprout by any other mundane rasa? Is there any evidence? Can anyone make such a thing possible? No!

Saṁvit and sandhinī are more commonly available, but hlādinī is not available. Only hlādinī-śakti’s followers, svarūpa-śakti’s followers—the mañjarīs and Vraja-devīs—are the distributers of this hlādinī-śakti. No one else has this property. If a person does not follow the Vraja-devīs, they are out of our rūpānuga Gauḍīya line. They cannot be called Gauḍīyas. Why are they afraid? Why don’t they distribute this? Gauḍīyas are the sole followers of Gaurī, Śrīmatī Rādhikā, and aspire to be Her maidservants.

How will one get qualification for this if he does not go to school and attend classes and the step-by-step process to attain this? How will one be trained for this? Therefore, we pray to Gurudeva as follows:

sevā kuñja vraja ramye govardhana girau sadā
rādhā kunde rasanande tat tat sevā pradayakam

Where is he present? He is always at Sevā Kuñja, Govardhana, and Rādhā-kuṇḍa. Without these places, he has no regard for anything. His hari-kathā always culminated with the glories of Vraja-maṇḍala, the Vrajavāsīs, and the Vraja-devīs. This was the case, whether he was in India, America, Australia, Russia, or anywhere. Wherever he was, he gave this vraja-rasa.

Therefore, we pray to him:

vande ham śrī guru varam śrī rūpānuga pravaram
vraja-rasa rasikam ca nārāyaṇam tam prapannam

Even till his very last moment, he gave no other instruction or inspiration that did not pertain to vraja-bhakti. It is our great fortune to have come in contact with such a rāgātmika Vrajavāsī. But if we do not remember and follow him now, striving to fulfill his desire for us by practicing ‘tad-anurāgi-janānugāmī,’ then we are cheaters and hypocrites. We are not worthy of the title ‘disciples of Śrīla Gurudeva’.

By continuously following the anugatya of the mañjarīs, we can make our hearts Śrīla Gurudeva’s appearance place in his eternal form. He has given such a good opportunity. This is anarpita-carīṁ cirāt. This vraja-rasa has not been openly given in millions and millions of years. Mahāprabhu came to taste and distribute this, and Śrīla Gurudeva was the first to openly and fearlessly spread this all over the world.

If any bhakta makes a place for Śrīla Gurudeva in his heart, and invites others for festivals to remember Śrīla Gurudeva, then both that bhakta and everyone else involved will be cleaned of all unwanted things in the heart—hṛdy antaḥ-stho hy abhadrāṇi—this does not refer just to material sins and offenses. Such things are only committed by the material body and mind. What is abhadra and amaṅgala, inauspicious? We do not know about our soul and soul service. We are separated from the reality of our souls. We are bound in bodies made of the five material elements. Who can bring us back from there? Who will show us our guru-paramparā? Who will instruct us to take shelter of them?

After the disappearance of Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura, Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Prabhupāda held great festivals on his appearance and disappearance days, inviting all the Vaiṣṇavas to come, and then illuminating the glory of that great preceptor, the Saptama-Gosvāmī. He taught everyone in his line to follow these appearance and disappearance festivals of our Gosvāmīs and ācāryas.

Wherever we are, we should arrange festivals in honor and remembrance of Śrīla Gurudeva. We should invite all devotees, and fearlessly describe Śrīla Gurudeva’s mood and desire for all of us. If you do this, you will feel how pleased Śrīla Gurudeva is with you. You will be inspired in the heart and will feel great happiness.

I saw something very beautiful once in Vraja-maṇḍala. There was a disciple of Prabhupāda Sarasvatī Ṭhākura named Bhakti Prakāśa Araṇya Mahārāja. Bhakti Prakāśa Araṇya Mahārāja had one disciple. He was not actually his direct disciple. I had offered this young devotee to him to be his servant. The boy was half pāgala, but he very faithfully served his Gurudeva his entire life.

When Pūjyapāda Bhakti Prakāśa Araṇya Mahārāja disappeared, this boy, although alone, and half-mad, somehow invited all of Vraja-maṇḍala for a viraha festival. There was kīrtana and hari-kathā in glorification of his Guru Mahārāja and a big feast. Oh, how much love he had for his Guru Mahārāja!

From then on, he yearly arranged two festivals in honor of his Guru Mahārāja, one on the appearance day, and one on his disappearance day. I asked him, “From where do you collect the money to do this? Who gives it to you? You are pāgala.” He really was crazy. There was no telling when he would stand, walk, sit, or do any eccentric act. He did not know anything and had only little control over himself. Often, when he was given something to eat, he would not eat it, and would walk around absorbed in his own world. But despite this, he always followed and properly honored his Guru-pāda-padma. He had such deep faith and such a strong relationship with his Guru-pāda-padma.

If the devotees follow Śrīla Gurudeva, glorify him, and remember his moods, no matter which far off corner of the world they may be in, Kṛṣṇa’s and the Vraja-devī’s hearts will melt, and the devotees will gallop along the path of vraja-bhakti. The Vraja-devīs will say, “This jīva has no realization, but he has great love for his Guru-pāda-padma.” Without difficult sādhana, and without any condition, we will receive our svarūpa-siddhi.

One time, I was joking with one of Śrīla Gurudeva’s disciples, a young boy of fifteen or sixteen years. My nature is to tease people when they come near me. I asked the boy, “What kind of bhajana are you doing? Pāgala! Don’t you know? Sakhya-rasa is the best. Why do you chant Hare Kṛṣṇa? You should chant, ‘Hanumān, Hanumān, Vajrangawalli,’ and then you will become very strong.”

“No,” he said, “My Guru Mahārāja told me that I will only be a pālya-dāsī of Śrīmatī Rādhārānī.”

I cannot forget this. Just see his determination and dedication. If anyone makes a place for Śrīla Gurudeva, his advice, and his instructions in his heart, then will Śrīla Gurudeva’s heart not melt? Will the hearts of the Vraja-devīs not melt?

Every morning, Śrīla Gurudeva prayed to Rādhārānī and Her kiṅkarīs. Gurudeva taught by his example. He taught that service must be done with anurāga. Everything should be done with love. Śrīla Gurudeva opened Sevā Kuñja, a training center to enter the service of the Divine Couple. A teacher, guide, or master like Śrīla Gurudeva is very rarely available.

We are all very fortunate. Let us all, even those who are newly coming, make a place in our hearts for Śrīla Gurudeva. Let no one else acquire space there. Let us not fall victim to cheaters that want us to call them our own. Everything must be for Śrīla Gurudeva. Sarvasvaṁ gurave dadyāt—offer everything to him. Anyone that does this will be always connected to Gurudeva, and his heart will be Gurudeva’s appearance place.

Śrīla Gurudeva’s appearance day and disappearance day are both very helpful. Gurudeva is now in the eternal world. I explained before that previously, Gurudeva gave us darśana within the five elements. He has now manifest outside of these elements and is thus everywhere. Śrīla Gurudeva is now present in a subtle form and knows all that we are doing.

Kṛṣṇa says:

ye yathā māṁ prapadyante
tāṁs tathaiva bhajāmy aham
mama vartmānuvartante
manuṣyāḥ pārtha sarvaśaḥ

Śrīmad Bhagavad-Gītā 4.11

[O Pārtha! In whichever way a person renders service to Me I serve him in that very same way. Everyone follows My path in all respects.]

Kṛṣṇa measures our worship of Him with a scale and reciprocates accordingly. If someone remembers the name of Śrīla Gurudeva, Kṛṣṇa fills one with the desire to perform bhajana.

Therefore, we are very lucky. This good chance comes every year. Do not lose this good fortune. If you are in a train, a plane in the air, a boat in the water, or anywhere, respect this day. How? If there are no flowers, cloth, or sweets, does this mean we cannot honor Gurudeva on this day? The real way to follow this day in a way pleasing to Gurudeva is to follow Gurudeva’s desire for us. What does he like? He always woke early in the morning and recited beautiful prayers. You should remember how Gurudeva would pray, and follow in his footsteps.

Gurudeva would daily offer prayers in the morning. He first prayed to Yogamāyā:

rādheśa-keli-prabhutā-vinoda
vinyāsa-vijñāṁ vraja-vanditāṅghrim
kṛpālutādyākhila-viśva-vandyāṁ
śrī-paurṇamāsīṁ śirasā namāmi

[I bow my head and offer praṇāma unto Śrī Paurṇamāsī-devī, who is completely adept at arranging the most elevated varieties of enjoyment for the master of Śrīmatī Rādhikā; whose lotus feet are worshiped by the Vrajavāsīs; and who, due to possessing the entirety of transcendental qualities starting with kindness, is worshipable to everyone in the entire universe.]

He then prayed:

vṛndāvanāvani-pate! jaya soma soma-maule
sanaka-sanandana-sanātana-nāradeḍya
gopīśvara! vraja-vilāsi-yugāṅghri-padme
prema prayaccha nirupādhi namo namas te

Sankalpa Kalpadruma 103

[O gatekeeper of Vṛndāvana! O Soma, all glories to you! O you whose forehead is decorated with the moon, and who is worshipable for the sages headed by Sanaka, Sanandana, Sanātana and Nārada! O Gopīśvara! Desiring that you bestow upon me prema for the lotus feet of Śrī Śrī Rādhā-Mādhava, who perform joyous pastimes in Vraja-dhāma, I offer praṇāmas unto you time and again.]

He then prayed to Śrīmatī Rādhikā and all the Vraja-devīs. Afterwards, he went everywhere in Vraja-maṇḍala, and offered prayers, praṇāma, and puṣpāñjali to those places. He daily went to Vraja-maṇḍala, Kṣetra-maṇḍala, and Gaura-maṇḍala, in his mind, and offered service there to the Guru-varga.

By such activity Guru and Vaiṣṇavas automatically are with you and give you blessings. Just look. Yesterday, who invited so many Vaiṣṇavas? We did not send cars and cards. And yet, over a thousand people came for the festival. How is it that all Vaiṣṇavas came here? This is Śrīla Gurudeva’s attraction power. He pulls everyone. He likes everyone. This is his desire. He says, “This is my family.” He is never outside of his family. He never leaves his family.

But we do not like this. We run here and there, to other families. This is the Western method. So many disciples have taken a divorce from Śrīla Gurudeva and now seek relation with other ācāryas. Śrīla Gurudeva is very happy to see his family members and his children. But if our heart has no room for him, then we will feel dry and will suffer. If you have just a little bit of respect for him, then pray every day, as he would:

vṛndāvane viharator iha keli-kuñje
matta-dvipa-pravara-kautuka-vibhrameṇa
sandarśayasva yuvayor vadanāravinda-
dvandvaṁ vidhehi mayi devi! kṛpāṁ prasīda

Śrī Gāndharvā-Samprārthanāṣṭakam

[O Devī Rādhike! You and Śrī Kṛṣṇa are constantly enjoying Your ambrosial amorous pastimes in the leafy pleasure-groves of Vṛndāvana, like the intoxicated king of elephants sporting with his queen elephant. Therefore, O Gāndharvike! Be pleased with me and mercifully grant me darśana of Your and Your beloved Kṛṣṇa’s lotus-like faces.]

Śrīla Gurudeva would then pray:

rādhā-mukunda-pada-sambhava-gharma-bindu-
nirmañchanopakaraṇī-kṛta-deha-lakṣām
uttuṅga-sauhṛda-viśeṣa-vaśāt pragalbhāṁ
devīṁ guṇaiḥ sulalitāṁ lalitāṁ namāmi

[I offer praṇāma unto the haughty Śrī Lalitā-devī who is charmingly endowed with many beautiful, sweet qualities (sulalitā). She has natural expertise in all arts (lalitā), thus her sevā self-manifests. She wipes away the glittering drops of perspiration which appear upon the lotus feet of Śrī Rādhā and Mādhava when They meet; and she is perpetually immersed in the most elevated mellow of sauhṛda-rasa, or undivided absorption in fulfilling the heart’s desire of her intimate friend Śrīmatī Rādhikā.]

Śrīla Gurudeva then prayed:

nija-pati-bhuja-daṇḍa-cchatra-bhāvaṁ prapadya
prati-hata-mada-dhṛṣṭod-daṇḍa-devendra-garva
atula-pṛthula-śaila-śreṇi-bhūpa! priyaṁ me
nija-nikaṭa-nivāsaṁ dehi govardhana! tvam

Śrī Govardhana-Vāsa-Prārthanā-Daśakam

[O beautiful Govardhana, matchlessly enormous king of mountains! Please bestow upon me my most cherished desire—residence near your side. You took the shape of an umbrella with the arm of your own Lord as the handle, thus pulverizing the arrogant pride of Indra who was intoxicated by his own opulence.]

kṛṣṇa-prasādena samasta-śaila-
sāmrājyam āpnoti ca vairiṇo ’pi
śakrasya yaḥ prāpa baliṁ sa sākṣād
govardhano me diśatām abhīṣṭam

Śrī Govardhanāṣṭakam

[May Govardhana Hill fulfill my deepest desire—to get darśana of Śrī Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa’s līlās. By Śrī Kṛṣṇa’s mercy Govardhana became the emperor of all mountains, and received the offerings meant for Indra despite Indra’s enmity.]

If we don’t follow Gurudeva’s footsteps, we will go very far away from him; further and further until we cannot come back.

Śrīla Gurudeva endeavored to bring everyone to Vṛndāvana. He wants to make us all Vrajavāsīs. He therefore gave us a place nearby Rādhā-Ramaṇa, Rādhā Govinda, Gopinātha, and Madana-mohana. Gurudeva gave us a place in the shelter of Rūpa-Sanātana. He told us to stay nearby them, but now, all want to run far away. The fire of this desire is disturbing everybody. This is not a good idea. My request is not enough. If it were, then I would catch hold of everyone’s feet and pray for the devotees not to follow this idea and mentality.

I was with Gurudeva and saw what he did. I saw how he gave the jīvas of this world great strength and power to attain svarūpa-siddhi. Jīvas do not understand. Babies do not know the path of their welfare, but Śrīla Gurudeva knows everything. Out of causeless mercy, he tries to bring us forward on the path of vraja-bhakti, which will lead us to our eternal welfare.

If you try to follow Śrīla Gurudeva’s mood from morning to evening, then you will surely see for yourself that you are not distant from Gurudeva. But if you do not follow his footsteps, then aṣṭa-kālīya-līlā, aṣṭayāma sādhana, and eternal vraja-riti will not come into your heart. Only māyā will come and you will run for the business of the body and mind. You will forget about the business of the soul.

Kṛṣṇa said to Arjuna, trying again and again to make him understand:

vyavasāyātmikā buddhir
ekeha kuru-nandana
bahu-śākhā hy anantāś ca
buddhayo ’vyavasāyinām

Śrīmad Bhagavad-Gītā 2.41

[O Kuru-nandana, the intelligence of those who are on this path of bhakti is resolute and one-pointed, but the intelligence of those who are averse to bhakti is many-branched and inconclusive.]

A materialistic businessman is one-pointedly focused on his business. Why not be one-pointed on your soul’s business.

naṣṭa-prāyeṣv abhadreṣu nityaṁ bhāgavata-sevayā
bhagavaty uttama-śloke bhaktir bhavati naiṣṭhikī

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.2.18

If I do not do bhāgavata sevā, if I do not follow my Guru-pāda-padma, if I do not serve this mahā-bhāgavata, then where am I? I have lost everything.

Therefore, do guru-pūjā at every moment. Guru-pūjā does not only mean the rotating of paraphernalia; the offering of ghee, flowers, and incense. This is not pūjā. What is the meaning of pūjā? Pūjā is pṛthivī dāna, pleasing the object of worship. How will Gurudeva be pleased? Our activities should be guided by this mood. When we strive to follow Gurudeva’s advice, rules, line, and everything, then he will give us the strength to do so. We do many things under the dictates of our mind, but we do not perform nityam bhāgavata-sevayā.

Today is Gurudeva’s appearance day. We should all make a serious promise to reserve a place for Guru-pāda-padma in our hearts. If one has the mood, “I will keep a place in my heart only for Śrīla Gurudeva, his beloved Lordships, and eternal associates,” then Gurudeva will be present with us and will give us everything. One will be connected to the flow of vraja-rasa.

Śrīla Gurudeva urged us, “Be a rūpānuga. Follow the footsteps of Rūpa Gosvāmī.” We should ask ourselves, “Are we fulfilling this desire he has for us? Are we praying:

priya-svarūpe dayita-svarūpe prema-svarūpe sahajābhirūpe
nijānurūpe prabhur eka-rūpe tatāna-rūpe sva-vilāsa-rūpe

[Indeed, Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī, whose dear friend was Svarūpa Dāmodara, was the exact replica of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, and he was very, very dear to the Lord. Being the embodiment of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu’s ecstatic love, Rūpa Gosvāmī was naturally very beautiful. He very carefully followed the principles enunciated by the Lord, and he was a competent person to explain properly the pastimes of Lord Kṛṣṇa. Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu expanded His mercy to Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī just so he could render service by writing transcendental literatures.]

ādadānas tṛṇaṁ dantair
idaṁ yāce punaḥ punaḥ
śrīmad rūpa-padāmbhoja
dhūliḥ syāṁ janma-janmani

Śrī Dāna Keli Cintāmani 175

śrī rūpa mañjarī karārcita pādapadma
goṣṭendra-nandana bhujārpita mastakāyāḥ
hā modataḥ kanaka-gauri padāravinda
samvāhanāni śanakais tava kiṁ kariṣye

Vilāpa-Kusumāñjali 72

Śrīla Gurudeva explained this verse in his lectures, as follows:

[When will that day come when Rūpa Mañjarī will call me and order me to do this sevā, when Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa are both tired from walking here and there in Vṛndāvana?” Rādhikā is more soft, so She is more tired. She has put Her head in Kṛṣṇa’s lap, and Her feet in the lap of Rūpa Mañjarī. Kṛṣṇa is gently massaging Her head. And sometimes with His pītāmbara He is wiping Śrīmatī Rādhikā’s face very affectionately. And Rūpa Mañjarī is massaging Her feet very gently, softly and sweetly. Nearby Rati Mañjarī is standing and fanning with a cāmara. Rūpa Mañjarī calls her with her eyes, “Come on, come on. I will give you a remnant of mahā-mahā-mahā-prasādam. You should take these feet and gently massage them. I am going to bring water, very beautiful water because They are thirsty.” Saying this, Rūpa Mañjarī placed those feet in the hands of Rati Mañjarī. “When will I have a chance to serve like this? When will Rūpa Mañjarī and Rati Mañjarī give me this remnant of this mahā-mahā-mahā-prasādam?” This is siddha-rūpeṇa.]

Śrīla Gurudeva always recited these prayers. He taught us this. But how have we forgotten? Why don’t we pray with these moods? Why is this not our meditation? Chant harināma and always pray to Guru-pāda-padma. Consider, “How can I follow his footsteps?” Then you will not be distant from him. Try again and again and again. This is your sādhana. This is your meditation. This is your tapa, japa, and yoga.

śrī rūpa-mañjarī-pada, sei mora sampada,
sei mora bhajana-pūjana

[The lotus feet of Śrī Rūpa Mañjarī are my dearmost treasure. They are the topmost object of my worship and inner devotional practices.]

Why did Śrīla Gurudeva like these kīrtanas so much? He is giving the lesson of our paramparā.

sei vrata, sei tapa, sei mora mantra japa,
sei mora dharama karama
sei vrata, sei tapa, sei mora mantra japa,
sei mora dharama karama

[Her lotus feet fulfill the goal of my vows and austerities, my harināma japa, my actions, and my spiritual practices – all performed with the aim to please Śrī Rūpa Mañjarī.]

Do we think like this in regard to Guru-pāda-padma? Sādhana starts when this mood is fixed. The platform will then be made. Now, those that newly come think that they cannot meet with Śrīla Gurudeva. But this is not true. All his followers are present. His books are present. Everything is present.

One time, in Devānanda Gauḍīya-maṭha, when Śrīla Gurudeva had newly joined, he said in his class, “I know Prabhupāda Sarasvatī Ṭhākura.” All of Prabhupāda’s disciples that were there complained to Param Gurudeva about this, saying, “Gaura Nārāyaṇa claims that he knows Prabhupāda, that he has seen Prabhupāda.”

Param Gurudeva called for Śrīla Gurudeva and asked him, “Do you know Prabhupāda? Have you seen him?”

“Yes,” Gurudeva said.

“Why are you saying this?”

“It is the truth. These Vaiṣṇavas have seen Prabhupāda with their eyes, but I have seen him with my ears by your mercy. You have told me all about Prabhupāda. I believe in your words and have faith in you. Thus, you have shown me Prabhupāda.”

In the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, it says:

tvaṁ bhakti-yoga-paribhāvita-hṛt-saroja
āsse śrutekṣita-patho nanu nātha puṁsām

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 3.9.11

[O my Lord, Your devotees can see You through the ears by the process of bona fide hearing, and thus their hearts become cleansed, and You take Your seat there.]

One who has faith in Śrīla Gurudeva should describe his glories and divine nature to everyone and bring people near Śrīla Gurudeva through this method. Then people can be the followers of Śrīla Gurudeva, just as Śrīla Gurudeva instructed us to be the followers of Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī Prabhu. People will see Gurudeva by hearing his glories and teachings. They can meet with him and receive his mercy by remembering him. He has not gone from this world. Before, he was present in one form, but now he is present everywhere, waiting to see who has love for him and wants to follow his mood.

One time I asked Śrīla Gurudeva, “Everyone is chanting the mahāmantra. Is this really helpful for the conditioned souls? Please tell me.”

“Why should I tell you?” he said.

“I am always with you. I am not with anyone else.”

“Do you have faith in me?”

“Yes, please tell me what is most helpful for the jīvas.”

“What do you think?”

“I think chanting guru-mantra and guru gāyatrī is very good. I will chant it all the time. Then I will always be with you.”

Śrīla Gurudeva laughed. He said, “My Guru Mahārāja spoke like this to Prabhupāda.”

Param Gurudeva, at that time Vinoda, had said, “Gurudeva, you have given me kṛṣṇa-mantra, gaura-mantra, and other mantras, but will you not give me guru-mantra? Will I have to go to another guru for guru-mantra?”

Smiling, Prabhupāda gave him the guru-mantra.

Gurudeva gives guru-mantra, but should this become secondary? He gave us the mahāmantra also, but this does not mean guru-mantra is secondary. We chant it a few times a day and then forget about it. Then who do we stay with? Ghosts? Witches? Will Kṛṣṇa so easily come to deliver us?

Are Bābā! Seriously chant guru-mantra! Chant it continuously. Śrīla Gurudeva’s eternal svarūpa will then manifest to you. Why have you lost your Gurudeva? What is the meaning of this? Mantra and svarūpa are non-different. Therefore, Gurudeva gives guru-mantra and says, “Chant this mantra, and I will never be distant from you.”

But we do not chant this mantra and are then naturally always disturbed. If we are always chanting guru-mantra, then all auspiciousness will easily come. The mahāmantra will be revealed to us. We will have darśana of Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa only by Gurudeva’s mercy. Why? Gurudeva is always chanting the mahāmantra. He is chanting śuddha-nāma, but we are not.
Who is the most helpful for us in this world? Is the mahāmantra the most helpful? By which medium did the mahāmantra come to us? Who gave it to us? Did Kṛṣṇa give it to us? Did Mahāprabhu give it to us? Did any other sādhu come and give it to us? Only our Guru-pāda-padma is with us. We must follow only him. We shall chant his mantra.

I said, “If I chant your mantra will you be pleased?”

Śrīla Gurudeva said, “Nityānanda Prabhu will be happy and Baladeva Prabhu will give you cit bala, spiritual strength.”

“But will you not give anything?” I asked.

“Yes…I have some love for my Guru Mahārāja, therefore you will receive love for your Guru Mahārāja.”

This is called guru śakti and guru bhakti. If you have no guru bhakti, you have nothing.

Śāstra says:

prathaman tu guruṁ pūjyāṁ tataś caiva mamārcanam
kurvan siddhim avāpnoti hy anyathā niṣphalaṁ bhavet

Hari-bhakti-vilāsa 4.344

[Śrī Kṛṣṇa says, “One must always worship one’s Guru first and only then worship Me. If one follows this process properly, one will naturally attain all perfection, but if one neglects this process everything will be fruitless.]

Guru-bhakti must come before kṛṣṇa-bhakti. Gurudeva is not only Baladeva Prabhu’s expansion. All gurus are not Baladeva Prabhu’s or Nityānanda Prabhu’s expansion. Some gurus come to this world by the order of Rādhārānī, and they are Rādhārānī and Rūpa-mañjarī and Rati mañjarī’s direct followers. Not all lines are the same. Kṛṣṇa Himself is surprised and marvels at how Śrīmatī manifests Her group in this world and attracts everyone to Vraja to serve Him.

Not all lines are the same. Different lines send people in different directions. Many people came after Nayana-maṇī-mañjarī and Vinoda Mañjarī. Who is a true follower of Śrīla Prabhupāda’s line? The understanding of this is very rare.
We are therefore very fortunate. Guru bhakti is not only the backbone of bhakti, it gives us spiritual strength and bliss.

In śāstra, there are prayers such as:

gurur brahmā gurur viṣṇur guru devo maheśvaraḥ
gurur sākṣād parabrahma tasmai śrī-guruve namaḥ

Does this mean that Guru is Brahmā, Śiva, Viṣṇu, or Sākṣād Parabrahma? What is the meaning of this prayer? A disciple or follower that offers himself completely to Guru-pāda-padma attains the protection and care of Brahmā, Śiva, Viṣṇu, Parabrahma, and all other powerful personalities. These personalities come take you in their lap and bless you. They say, “I will take care of you. Why? Because you have taken shelter of sad-guru! You are very lucky.”

Rāmacandra Kavirāja was the disciple of Śrīnivāsa Ācārya. He stayed with Narottama Ṭhākura, but how strong his was relation with his Gurudeva! His Gurudeva went in samādhi to Rādhā-kuṇḍa to find Śrīmatī’s lost nose ring. Rāmacandra Kavirāja also went there with his siddha-svarūpa and joined his Gurudeva in mānasī-sevā. Together, they searched for the nose ring and when it was found, they came back together. How strong that relation with guru is!

How can we have relation with Gurudeva if we do not chant his mantra and always remember him? If our hearts have no room for him, then we are bogus disciples! I do not like this. I desire that everyone pray to him, chant his name, and follow his footsteps and desire. What does he want for us? What is his line? Let this be our focus.

Śrīla Gurudeva is present now also, protecting us, and helping us move forward in vraja-bhakti. He is preparing us for the birth of our soul in Vraja, where we will blissfully serve Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa under guidance of the Vraja-devīs. Birth from the womb of the mother is birth of the body, but not of the soul. For the birth of the soul, guru is the father, and Gāyatrī is the mother—Guru Pitā, Gāyatrī Mātā. Through saṁskāra, spiritual initiation, Guru Pitā and Gāyatrī Mātā accept one, and give the soul spiritual birth. The soul is now very small, like a seed inside the body, where it is a prisoner, bound by its karma, fruitive activities. When the conditioned soul accepts the shelter of sad-guru and receives the gāyatrī-mantra as its spiritual mother, then Gurudeva and Gāyatrī nourish one and help one develop in spiritual existence. If one gives up Guru Pitā and Gāyatrī Mātā, then one will be like an orphan child. The flow of spiritual life will stop. One will run to accept the offerings of Māyā-devī.

Those who follow Gāyatrī Mātā and Guru Pitā will never be separated from their spiritual life, and will certainly attain svarūpa-siddhi. By remembering Śrīla Gurudeva and Gāyatrī-devī, we receive spiritual strength and knowledge, and will never be attached to mundane objects. Whatever action we do will be beneficial for attaining our svarūpa-siddhi. We will not do anything for this mundane world. And we will not be attracted to mundane objects. But we must seriously chant our guru mantras, gāyatrī mantras, harināma, and always remember Gurudeva and try to follow his line.

In our Gauḍīya-paramparā, there is a great need for such gurus. Śrī Guru never dies or takes birth. He appears in this world to give lessons to the people of this world, and when he performs the pastime of disappearance, then he keeps the jīvas attracted to him, and never lets them go separate from him. The jīvas, however, are independent, and try to separate themselves from guru. If they do so, then the result of their actions is disastrous.

Day 147 – HOW CAN WE RECIVE KARUNA-SAKTI FROM SRIMATI RADHIKA?

Day 147 – HOW CAN WE RECIVE KARUNA-SAKTI FROM SRIMATI RADHIKA?

Day 147: Gaurābda 532, Nārāyaṇa Māsa – Astamī 29 Dec 2018 – Saturday

Bhakti Bullets

Bhakti Bullets

Seeing the love that Śrīmatī Rādhikā has for Kṛṣṇa, Indrāṇī, Lakṣmī, and Satyabhāmā become hopeless. They think, “Kṛṣṇa is always waiting for Śrīmatī Rādhikā. He is so attached to Rādhikā. So, we will not be so fortunate. She has so many good, sweet qualities.” Candrāvalī and all the other newly married gopīs were so beautiful and had many good qualities, but their pride goes away when they see Śrīmatī Rādhikā. What is this pride? They think, “I am so beautiful. I have many good qualities. I am so beloved to Kṛṣṇa.” This Rādhikā should be served. Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura sings, “I want to be the maidservant of Śrīmatī Rādhikā.”

Spoken by Srila Gurudeva, December 29, 1993 Mathurā

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27 Dec 2018 PM – Powerful Mahamantra Kirtan and the Brahmacaris Speak on Bhaktisiddhanta Prabhupada

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Prema Flame

Rasa Varsa

HOW CAN WE RECIVE KARUNA-SAKTI FROM SRIMATI RADHIKA?

My thoughts dwell on the divine beauty who has the name Rādhā. She is the essence of beauty, the essence of nectar, the essence of joy, the essence of mercy, the essence of charming and beautiful forms, the essence of all intelligence, and the essence of playful pastimes. Indeed She is the essence and the best of everything.

Offering to the Divine Personalities

Śrīmatī Rādhikā manifests as Kṛṣṇa’s karuṇāakti, His mercy potency. Kṛṣṇa need not give instruction or even specify who to help, Śrīmatī Rādhikā help’s the sādhakas as soon as He desires it.

Śrīla Bhaktivedānta Svāmī Prabhupāda resided in Vṛndāvana at the Rādhā-Dāmodara Temple. He had a very sweet relationship with Rādhā-Dāmodara. He would cook there in his small room and offer what he made to Rādhā-Dāmodara. He used to show what he wrote to Rādhā-Dāmodara and the Gosvāmīs.

We have heard how Śrī Madhavacharya wrote his commentary on the Bhagavad-gitā and went to Badrikāśrama and showed it to Śrīla Vyāsadeva and received his blessings. In a similar fashion, Śrīla Svāmī Mahārāja wrote many commentaries, including those on ŚrīmadBhāgavatam and Caitanya-caritāmṛta, and showed them to the Gosvāmīs before publishing them. He would request them to guide him in his writing. He asked, “Is this correct or have I written incorrectly?” He would only eat what he had cooked and offered to Ṭhākurajī and the Gosvāmīs. He was not surrounded by friends or family. He had relation only with Ṭhākurajī, his Gurudeva, and the Guru-varga.

At the time that Śrīla Svāmī Pabhupāda was staying at the Rādhā-Dāmodara Temple, it was dilapidated and few people visited there. It was later that the temple became more developed and popular, by Śrīla Gurudeva’s help.

During his time there, Śrīla Svāmī Mahārāja regularly conversed with the Gosvāmīs whom he would show his books and ask for them to correct. Rūpa Gosvāmī, Jīva Gosvāmī, and the other great ācāryas perused and approved his work.
How beautiful was Śrīla Svāmī Mahārāja’s faith and relationship with the Guru-varga!

We see that Śrīla Svāmī Mahārāja’s Bhagavadgītā As It Is, which he began composing during his stay at the Rādhā-Dāmodara Temple, is now the most renowned, read, and translated commentary on the Bhagavadgītā in the world. This is the power of his connection to the Gosvāmīs and to Śrī Kṛṣṇa. The contents of his books are coming from his connection with the Guru-varga and the inspiration he receives from them.

Nowadays, there are people who collect pieces of other peoples’ work and put them together to make their own books. They have no inspiration of their own and they are nothing but plagiarizers. Their books are not so helpful for the jīvas because they are not based on realization. Because Śrīla Svāmī Prabhupāda’s books are coming from the realization, inspiration, and blessings he received from the Gosvāmīs and Śrī Śrī Rādhā-Dāmodara, everyone loves those books. Wherever those books are present is a holy place because they have been manifest under the guidance of the Guru-varga.

Śrīla Svāmi Prabhupāda was blessed with karuṇāakti and he distributed it everywhere in the world. This flow of mercy can never be stopped. When one is contacted by karuṇā-śakti his heart becomes very soft and sweet. When we honor the books of Śrīla Svāmī Prabhupāda or our Śrīla Gurudeva, we actually honor the Gosvāmīs for they are selfsame.

We can be connected to Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa through these books of our Guru-varga. By honoring our ācāryas, their books, and their instructions, we can realize the essence of Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa’s sweetness and beauty. Even if you cannot understand these books, you must respect them and try to memorize and repeat even just one or two words from them. This is called puṣpāñjali.

What can we offer Rūpa Gosvāmī? We can offer him his own
verses. We can read them or learn them and try to follow the instruc­tions they contain. This is proper puṣpāñjali to Rūpa Gosvami.

There once was a brāhmaṇa who lived in South India and did not know how to read or write. Despite his illiteracy, his guru had told him to daily read the Bhagavadgītā. Everyday he would respectfully flip the pages of Bhagavadgītā, unable to even tell if the book was upside down or not. Because of his sincere determination to follow the instruction that was given to him by his guru, he had the fortune of meeting Mahāprabhu, who gave him self-realization and darśana of Kṛṣṇa.

So we should know that we cannot understand all the imports of the Gosvāmīs’ book with our mundane intelligence, but by the simple process of respecting them and studying them with faith, we can receive karuṇāakti from Śrīmatī Rādhikā. Once we have this, we will be able to see the chavi, or picture, of kṛṣṇa-līlā forever within our hearts. That vision will manifest before us according to our qualification. Presently, we are infants in our spiritual life, but when we mature in our spiritual life then we can hear and perceive deeper and deeper pastimes of Kṛṣṇa. Karuṇāakti is like our spiritual mother. She gives us what we need according to what we can digest and what will gradually develop our spiritual strength. She first gives us as a glimpse of Vṛndāvana and arranges that we have the association of sādhus.

In the initial stages of the sādhakas development, he is unable to properly recognize and respect high-class Vaiṣṇavas, owing to a lack of faith. But Kṛṣṇa is very merciful. He arranges that such people receive the association of kaniṣṭhaadhikārīs, neophyte devotees. By having friendship with kaniṣṭhaadhikārīs and by taking praśāda, dancing, and doing kīrtana and service with them, their enthusiasm will increase and it will lead them to the chance to associate with madhyamaadhikārīs. After staying with madhyamaadhikārīs for a long time, they will develop proper respect for mahābhāgavata uttama-adhikārīs. When such souls develop relationship with uttamaadhikārīs, they will become quiet, composed, and possessed of the mood of the Vraja-devīs, who always conceal their inner feelings within their hearts. They will avoid personal name, fame, and recognition, and will constantly engage themselves in saṅkhyā-pūrvaka-nāma-gāna-natibhiḥ—a fixed amount of harināma-japa as well as nāma-saṅkīrtana. Pure devotees who have the mood of Vraja will offer praṇāma many times in a day to Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa and their bhaktas, but in a hidden place. They will also not announce or reveal how many rounds they are chanting or how much they are praying. They are constantly and secretly engaged in their sādhana like Raghunātha dāsa Gosvāmī. This is how a soul who has been contacted by karuṇā-śakti progresses.

Śrīmatī Rādhārānī is clever and very tricky and so are Her dear associates. Sometimes, general people cannot understand the activities of high-class Vaiṣṇavas and they criticize them, saying, “These people are liars and cheaters.” But the fact is that their trickiness, which some mistake for cheating, is coming from their connection to Śrīmatī Rādhārānī and Kṛṣṇa. In order to carry out their sevā to the Divine Couple in eternal Vraja, they must utilize great cleverness and trickery. Sometimes they must trick Kṛṣṇa or mislead their in-laws. By this they help increase the sweetness of vraja-rasa.

In order to understand the nature and moods of the Vaiṣṇavas one must chant rādhā-nāma, Rādhārānī’s holy names. Only then can one understand the highest truth, which transcends all material dharma and adharma.

When we always chant and remember rādhānamā and meditate on serving Her lotus feet, we will never be disturbed any anything. Our fixed faith will cause us to rapidly progress and we will experience realization of our own transcendental identity and eternal service.

Srila Prabodananda Sarasvati Thakur ki Jaya! (Excerpted from the Bhaktabandhav book publication, “Sri Sri Radha-Rasa Sudha Nidhi”. Available from: [email protected] )