This book, Śrī Guru Darśana, is a revelation or darśana of the life of Śrīla Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja, an eternal associate of Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa sent from Vraja, as well as his darśana or teachings to the world. Śrīla Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja came in an unbroken succession of divine masters, descending from the Supreme Lord Himself, the original Divine Master. Such a spiritual lineage is considered a prerequisite for a bona fide guru by religious authorities throughout India. Śrīla Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja, renowned as Śrīla Gurudeva, embodies all the descriptions of a pure guru of the highest caliber, as evidenced in the Vedic scriptures. He spent five decades serving the mission of his spiritual master. Having fully assimilated his master’s teachings, he then traveled the globe thirty-one times to fulfill the heart’s desire of his Guru-varga (a spiritual lineage of gurus) by broadcasting the message of divine love for Kṛṣṇa.
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Every page of this biography, written by one pure Vaiṣṇava about another, offers enthralling information about the lion-like ācārya, Śrīmad Bhakti Prajñāna Keśava Gosvāmī Mahārāja. It not only describes his glorious life, spotless character and courageous preaching but it also details his lucid and penetrating delivery of Gauḍīya philosophy. It depicts the qualities of a true ācārya, who with his every breath demonstrates the pinnacle of loyalty to guru and who resolutely protects the tenets of his disciplic lineage for the benefit of the souls of this world. This biography is complete in every way and leaves the reader honoured to have come into contact with such a pure and dignified Vaiṣṇava.
Within these pages, Srila Narayaṇa Gosvami Maharaja gives a brief but comprehensive description of Srila Vamana Gosvami Maharaja – his life, his dedication to his gurudeva, his service to Mahaprabhu’s mission, his beautiful example of Vaisnava behavior, and his inner absorption. It also contains some of and some of his Srila Vamana Gosvami Maharaja’s highly instructive writings. He was the acarya of the Gauḍiya Vedanta Samiti and had thousands of disciples, and in line with being a true acarya, he exuded moods of insignificance and service to all. This intriguing quality alone will attract sincere sadhakas to read this enriching booklet.
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“Śrīla Trivikrama Mahārāja was a very qualified Vaiṣṇava. When our guru-mahārāja was in charge of publications, he put Śrīla Trivikrama Mahārāja in charge of organizing all the preaching. His services included sending other preachers to various districts of Bengal. Śrīla Trivikrama Mahārāja would personally go out collecting and preaching, especially in the district of Bardhamāna. Through him, Guru-mahārāja did a great deal of preaching in Medinīpura, Caubīsa-paraganā and other districts of West Bengal.
“From when I first joined, Śrīla Vāmana Mahārāja showed me great affection, but parama-pūjyapāda Śrīla Trivikrama Mahārāja showed me even more familial affection. Our guru-mahārāja placed me in his hands, and we became very close. It was Śrīla Trivikrama Mahārāja who taught me how to perform kīrtana, how to preach, and how to collect donations. Sometimes, in a very loving way, he would also rebuke me. In all the years that I spent with Guru-mahārāja, I was never rebuked by him, but with so much love and affection Śrīla Trivikrama Mahārāja used to do so. We had such a close connection that sometimes, our discussions became very heated. I would counter his arguments and he would counter mine.”
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What are the meanings of the praṇāma-mantra of the world famous ācārya, Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Svāmī Mahārāja (Śrīla Prabhupāda)? Only one who has deeply understood the mission of Śrīla Prabhupāda can explain this. With utmost respect entwined with sweet affection, Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja offers explanations of this mantra that reveal Śrīla Prabhupāda’s heart’s desire and exalted position in our paramparā.
Some of the letters Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Svāmī Mahārāja (Śrīla Prabhupāda) wrote to his dear friend, Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja, in Śrīla Prabhupāda’s first few years in America comprise this tasteful presentation. “Our relationship is certainly based on spontaneous love. That is why there is no chance of us forgetting one another.” [Letter dated September 1966.]
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