My Siksa-guru and Priya-bandhu

My Siksa-guru and Priya-bandhu

This booklet is a collection of Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārājas remembrances of his instructing spiritual master and dear friend, Śrīla A. C. Bhaktivedānta Svāmī Prabhupāda. It is a deep and revealing account of the intimate relationship between the two, from their first meeting in 1947 until Śrīla Prabhupāda’s departure from this world in 1977.

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Our Gurus – One in Siddhanta, One in Heart

Our Gurus – One in Siddhanta, One in Heart

Compiled under the guidance of Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayaṇa Gosvamī Maharaja. Controversies arise in the Vaiṣṇava community to clarify important philosophical points for the benefit of all concerned. Some persons claim that there are differences in the conclusions taught by Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayaṇa Gosvami Maharaja and Śrila A.C. Bhaktivedānta Svāmī Prabhupāda. These authoritative responses to many of the objections will help the reader understand the unity of Srīia Narayaṇa Gosvami Maharaja’s and Srila Prabhupada’s teachings.

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Their Lasting Relation – Srila Gurudeva and Srila Prabhupada

Their Lasting Relation – Srila Gurudeva and Srila Prabhupada

“I learned from him that we should associate with devotees who are more bona fide and advanced than ourselves. We should honor them. We should see that all devotees are in one family, Lord Caitanya’s family. If we do not think in this way, we cannot be devotees. We should think that we are in one family, and there are so many hands. Krsna, Sri Caitanya Mahaaprabhu, and Srila Svami Maharaja have thousands and thousands of hands, and we should honor all their hands; we should honor all those who are chanting the name. I heard him say that those who are chanting the holy name, even if they have not taken initiation, should also be honored. Those who have taken initiation and are chanting should be more honored. And those who are maha-bhagavata should be served by all means. Srila Svami Maharaja has written all this in his translations. So I pray that those who were initiated by Srila Svami Maharaja be very broadminded. They should know that I am actually the first disciple of Srila Svami Maharaja, from before ISKCON was founded.” — Srila Gurudeva

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Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Prabhupada

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Prabhupada

nama oṁ viṣṇu-pādāya kṛṣṇa-preṣṭhāya
bhūtale śrīmate bhaktisiddhānta-sarasvatīti-nāmine

I offer praṇāma to oṁ viṣṇupāda Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Gosvāmī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda, who, in this world, is extremely dear to Kṛṣṇa.

śrī-vārṣabhānavī-devī-dayitāya kṛpābdhaye
kṛṣṇa-sambandha-vijñāna-dāyine prabhave namaḥ

I offer praṇāma to Śrī Vārṣabhānavī-dayita dāsa, the manifestation of an ocean of mercy, who bestows realization of our eternal relationship with Śrī Kṛṣṇa.

mādhuryojjvala-premāḍhya-śrī-rūpānuga-bhakti-da
śrī-gaura-karuṇā-śakti-vigrahāya namo ’stu te

O Śrīla Sarasvatī Ṭhākura, you deliver śrī rūpānuga-bhakti, which is enriched with ujjvala-mādhurya-prema. You are the embodiment of the mercy potency of Śrī Gaurāṅga. I offer praṇāma unto you.

namas te gaura-vāṇī-śrī-mūrtaye dīna-tāriṇe
rūpānuga-viruddhāpasiddhānta-dhvānta-hāriṇe

I offer obeisance to you, the embodiment of Śrī Gaurāṅga’s message. You deliver the fallen and remove the darkness of philosophical misconceptions which are opposed to the precepts taught by Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī.

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Srila Gaura Kisora das Babaji Maharaja

Srila Gaura Kisora das Babaji Maharaja

namo gaura-kiśorāya sākṣād-vairāgya-mūrtaye
vipralambha-rasāmbhodhe! pādāmbujāya te namaḥ

I offer praṇāma to Śrīla Gaura Kiśora dāsa Bābājī Mahārāja, who is the direct embodiment of renun- ciation. O you, who are an ocean of vipralambha-rasa, I offer praṇāma unto your lotus feet.

pūtāvadhūta-vraja-śīrṣa-ratnaṁ
śrī-rādhikā-kṛṣṇa-nigūḍha-bhaktam
sadā vrajāveśa-sarāga-ceṣṭaṁ
vande prabhum gaura-kiśora-samjñam

I worship my eternal master, Śrīla Gaura Kiśora dāsa Bābājī Mahārāja, who is the crest-jewel of supremely pure avadhūtas (personalities transcendental to society). He is the crown-jewel of all the vrajavāsī- bhaktas. He is conversant with all the intimate services rendered unto the lotus feet of Śrī Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa. Being continuously established in vraja-bhāva, he is constantly absorbed in following the practices of rāgānuga-bhakti.

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Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura

Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura

namo bhaktivinodāya sac-cid-ānanda-nāmine
gaura-śakti-svarūpāya rūpānuga-varāya te

I offer praṇāma to you, Śrīla Saccidānanda Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura, the foremost of rūpānugas and the personal manifestation of Śrī Gaurāṅga’s śakti [Gadādhara Paṇḍita].

viśveṣu caitanya kathā pracārī māhātmya śaṁsī guru vaiṣṇavānām
nāma grahādarśa iha smṛtiḥ kiṁ citte bhaved bhaktivinoda-devaḥ

When will that divine personality, Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura, who has propagated the message of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu throughout the whole world, who has proclaimed the glories of Śrī Guru and Vaiṣṇavas, and who has demonstrated the exemplary method for chanting Śrī Nāma, forever be remembered in my heart?

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