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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The Mercy of Sri Guru

Srila Bhakti Promode Puri Maharaja

Below is a short excerpt of Sripad Bibuddha Bodhyan Maharaja's class about his Srila Gurudeva - Srila Bhakti Promode Puri Maharaj when he was in Malaysia. 

“In 1983, Srila Bhakti Promode Puri Maharaja used to stay in Sri Caitanya Gaudiya Math. He used to give initiation to a few people at that time. He was 82 years old. One lady disciple who was initiated for 6 months found out she had terminal cancer. She had only 3 weeks to live. So she came to Srila Gurudeva to take his darshan and his foot bath water and to die eventually.
Sripad Bhakti Bibuddha Bodhyan Maharaj

Usually from 3:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m., Srila Gurudeva used to chant. The devotee came to visit Srila Gurudeva. After Srila Gurudeva finished his prayers and chanting by 11:00 a.m., she told him everything.

Srila Gurudeva said, “Let us get Sri Krsna’s direct caranamrita.”

Srila Gurudeva ordered the devotee to go to Kesi Ghat at 3:00 a.m. to get the caranamrita and foot dust of Krsna. Then she was ordered to go to Nidhuvan at 12:00 p.m. to take the foot dust of Krsna. She did everything as instructed.

That lady devotee is still alive with sound health.”                                                           

This is the glory of a bona-fide Sri Guru. One should never look upon him as an ordinary human being. Our lineage or guru-parampara is not an ordinary one. We are very fortunate to be in this line of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Sri Nityananda Prabhu.

Jay Srila Gurudeva!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Sri Guru is Always Perfect

Lately a disciple of Srila Prabhupada and sannyas disciple of Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja visited Malaysia. His name is Sripad Bhaktivedanta Avadhuta Maharaja (see picture below). He gave a very sweet class on how Sri Guru is perfect in every way.

Sripad BV Avadhuta Maharaja Below is the excerpt of the class:

"Once Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja's (Srila Prabhupada) ordered his disciple to post a letter. The disciple took the envelope and noticed it was not sealed. 

He went back to Srila Prabhupada and pointed out the unsealed envelope. Srila Prabhupada simply said, "Post it."

The perplexed disciple did not know what to do. He went out of Srila Prabhupada's room but thought hard that an unsealed envelope will never get delivered. He went back to Srila Prabhupada and told his Guru what he thought. 

Again, Srila Prabhupada simply said, "Just take the envelope to the post office."

Now, the very confused disciple came out of the room feeling even more lost. He thought perhaps he must articulate himself better to make Srila Prabhupada understand. So he went back to Srila Prabhupada's room and told his Guru once again about the unsealed envelope. 

This time, Sripa Prabhupada became somewhat annoyed and slammed his hands on the armchair and said, "You don't know Sri Guru! Whatever Sri Guru says is perfect. Do as I have told you to do so!"

Without wasting a moment, the disciple immediately headed towards the post office . The clerk at the counter took the envelope, sealed it and placed the envelope with the other envelopes of the same destination.

Moral of the Story
Whatever our Srila Gurudeva has said or ordered is always perfect. We are not to question it. We cannot use mere logic and our material senses to understand Sri Guru. It is only by Sri Guru's mercy, can we realize who He is.

Jay Srila Gurudeva!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Krsna - The Supreme Thief


Below is an excerpt of a sweet hari-katha spoken by Srimati Uma didi during her stay here.
"Once there lived a young thief. One day, the thief heard a sadhu (holy man) was giving hari-katha about a very beautiful Boy with lovely curling locks, with dark bluish complexion. And the Boy wears many types of ornaments. This beautiful Boy goes cow grazing everyday with His friends. Sometimes He is with all His friends and sometimes He is alone.

So now the thief thought of becoming the friend of this beautiful Boy. And later he will be able to steal all His ornaments. Then, he would not have to steal anymore and live a very comfortable life.

So, the thief went to Vrindavan. He was searching everyday for this beautiful Boy. Many days passed. The thief's eagerness grew immensely strong. He was so determined in wanting to meet this Boy with the ornaments. 

After some days had passed, the thief saw the Boy who is after all Krsna. Beautiful Krsna was decked in His ornaments and called out, "O I was waiting for you for a long time."

The thief thought, "This is going to be easy. I was thinking of becoming His friend and now He has befriended me instead."

Soon Krsna and the thief went everywhere together. The thief's heart was completely purified and forgot all about stealing the ornaments. 

One day Krsna did not come as usual. The thief waited and waited in separation for Krsna. His heart was burning in intense separation. The next day Krsna came and again Krsna took the thief here and there in Vrindavan.

Some days passed and Krsna told the thief, "O my friend, I want to give you my ornaments. Here, take all My ornaments."

The thief said, "I don't want your ornaments. I only want You as my friend forever!""

When you hear very high class hari-katha from bona-fide high class Vaishnavas, then greed will come into your heart. Greed is the only qualification to attain Krsna. 

We must first hear all these hari-katha from a bona-fide Sri Guru. Give your ears and then take darshan of the holy places. Otherwise if you were to go to Govardhan, you will think of Govardhan as a rock. You won't know the glories of Govardhan. 

By hearing all these top most hari-katha from bona-fide Vaishnavas, you will develop greed.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Our Very Own Website

Sripad Bhaktivedanta Vana Maharaja gave wonderful nectarean Hari-Katha during His Holiness's trip here in Malaysia. On the last day, 9th October 2013, Maharaja did a soft launch of the preaching centre's website which will be fully ready and made available to all soon.

Sripad Bhaktivedanta Vana Maharaj viewing the website of the preaching centre

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Reconciling Apparent Differences

(excerpt taken from Facebook - Editor)

On the divine appearance day of Srila Bhakti Vijnana Bharati Maharaja, Syamarani didi had this incredible darsan with him last year in Vrndavana:

In Honor of the Appearance Day of Srila Bhakti Vijnana Bharati Maharaja – July 19th

Reconciling Apparent Differences

"Ever since I received the order from Srila Gurudeva to publish an art book consisting of the paintings I did for Prabhupada and the paintings I did for him, I have been experiencing a great dilemma that no one I spoke to could help me solve. Although for the most part the instructions of Prabhupada, my diksa-guru, and Srila Gurudeva, my siksa-guru matched up perfectly, on a couple of art occasions there seemed to have been a difference. 

This apparent difference would make it impossible for me to know how to publish the art book properly. I finally went to beg the help of Srila Bhakti-vijnana Bharati Gosvami Maharaja, who is a close friend of Srila Gurudeva and who had also rendered services to Srila Prabhupada. I figured that he would know how to reconcile and harmonize their statements. After all, guru is one. 
I was so satisfied with that darsana. 

The following is a transcription of that discussion between Srila Bhakti Vijnana Bharati Gosvami Maharaja and me, held on October 6, 2012. Srila Maharaja sometimes spoke in Hindi and sometimes in English. When he spoke in Hindi, his disciple translated his words into English."

Syamarani dasi: As an artist for both Srila Prabhupada Bhaktivedanta Svami Maharaja and Srila Gurudeva Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja, I am wondering why, on rare occasions, I received apparently contradictory instructions from them. 

Srila Prabhupada never corrected me about the peacock feathers on Lord Nrsimhadeva, Lord Narayana, and other incarnations, whereas Srila Gurudeva was very specific – that only Vrajendra-nandana Sri Krsna wears peacock feathers. Also, Prabhupada said to paint Mother Yasoda with a golden complexion, and Gurudeva said to make her bluish like Krsna. 
[*See Endnote 1] 
How do I reconcile this?

Srila Bharati Gosvami Maharaja: When your Srila Prabhupada did not ask you to remove the peacock feather, that is not incorrect, and when Narayana Maharaja requested you to take it out, that is also not incorrect. 
When we accept that all these avataras are non-different from Krsna, whether we place the peacock feather or not, it is not a problem. When we place it, it is justified.

Syamarani dasi: Kesava dhrta nana-vidha rupa – All incarnations are none other than Krsna, who has assumed those forms. Like that?

Srila Bharati Maharaja: Yes, there is no difference, so what is the problem that he didn’t say to remove it? 

Later, when we grow up in bhakti, we consider, “Krsna did not manifest His pastime as Nrsimhadeva wearing a peacock feather, so better not to keep it.” So, both are correct. With his (Srila Prabhupada's) vision there is no difference at all. When Srila Narayana Maharaja is asking to remove it, there is also no problem, because he was specifically focusing on rasa-vicara. 
[*See Endnote 2] 

When somebody is a small child, the teacher says, “The sun rises in the East and sets in the West.” Then, when the student grows up, the teacher says, “The sun is always present – twenty-four hours daily. It never sets and never rises.” Both are true. It depends on one's qualification for hearing and understanding. 

Some qualification was there with you when you were with Srila Svami Maharaja. There were also things that he mentioned to you to help your gradual understanding, and there were things that you were not ready to understand at that time. So later, when you became more ready, Srila Narayana Maharaja could make you understand.

Here is another way to see it. When Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu was in Jagannatha Puri, He saw Jagannatha-deva, but He saw Him as Vrajendra-nandana Krsna. He saw Him with a flute and peacock feather, but Jagannatha has no flute or peacock feather. In the same way, if Srila Svami Maharaja saw in that vision, it didn't matter whether he was seeing Nrsimhadeva or anyone else. He saw Vrajndra-nandana, so there is no problem at all. 

Syamarani dasi: And what about Mother Yasoda?

Srila Bharati Maharaja: When Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu was on the bank of Godavari with Sri Raya Ramananda, Raya Ramananda saw Mahaprabhu as a sannyasi first, and then saw that He was Krsna. He saw that His complexion was Syama, bluish-black, and then he saw that He was covered with the complexion of Srimati Radhika. So, even though he saw Mahaprabhu, he also saw all these things as well. 

In the same way, this applies to Mother Yasoda. The pure devotees seem to be seeing and describing in a different way because different pastimes are manifesting in front of them. If a particular pastimes manifests, they speak according to that. 

For example, my siksa-guru Srila Bhakti-Prajnana Kesava Maharaja always installed white Krsna Deities in his temples. This is because of his mood, since Krsna is generally always Syama-complexioned. When it is expressed clearly why he chose to show Krsna with a white complexion, then we can understand. 
[*See Endnote 3]

Syamarani dasi: When is Mother Yasoda golden? What pastime could that possibly be? 

Srila Bharati Maharaja: There is a pastime. Mother Yasoda sometimes becomes absorbed in thinking, “I cook so many preparations for Krsna, but my preparations are not up to the standard of Radharani’s. When She will come, She will cook for Krsna. By that He will have so many good dishes, and He will be much healthier.” Then, if for some reason Srimati Radhika is delayed in coming to Yasoda’s palace to cook, Yasoda becomes absorbed in thinking, “When is She coming? When is She coming?” Thus, by such deep contemplation, she adopts Radhika’s golden complexion. 

[Endnote 1 – regarding Mother Yasoda’s complexion]: 
“There is another description of mother Yasoda in a devotee's prayer: ‘Let me be given protection by mother Yasoda, whose curly hairs are bound with thread, whose hair is very brightly beautified by the vermilion placed in the part, and whose bodily frame derides all her ornaments. Her eyes are always engaged in seeing the face of Kåñëa, and thus they are always filled with tears. Her complexion, which resembles the bluish lotus flower, is enhanced in beauty by her dressing herself with many colorful garments. Let her merciful glance fall on all of us, so that we may be protected from the clutches of maya and smoothly progress in our devotional service!” (Srila Prabhupada’s NOD. Ch. 47) 

mata gopa-yaso-datri yasoda syamala-dyutih
murtta vatsalatevasau sakra-capa-nibhambara (28)

Because she gives (da) fame (yasa) to the society of the cowherds, Sri Krsna's mother is called Yasoda. Her bodily complexion is blackish blue (syamala). She is the very personification of parental love and her attire is colorful like the rainbow. (Srila Rupa Gosvami’s Radha-Krsna ganodesadipika)

“The silk cloth on Mother Yasoda’s somewhat full, bluish limbs fluttered as she swiftly ran, and the beautiful fragrant flowers that were woven into her braid began to fall as if to say, ‘Mother, you are not alone; we also are with you. Catch Him, quickly!’ Mother Yasoda’s pace exceeded Krsna's, and thus she caught Him from behind.” (Srila Sanatan Gosvami’s commentary (called Dig-darsini tika) to the Damodarastakam prayers)] 

[*Endnote 2: There are two considerations: rasa-vicara (the extent and completeness of loving relationships and pastimes) and tattva-vicara (philosophical truth). In relation to rasa-vicara, the peacock has specific reference and relevance in the pastimes of Vraja, and not so anywhere else. 
Also, for the sake of separation pastimes (as in the Ratha-yatra pastimes when Krsna and the gopis meet) Gurudeva was stressing that there is a difference between Vrajendra-nandana Krsna and Dvarakadisa Krsna. The gopis didn’t want Krsna to remain in Dvaraka, and they didn’t want Him to think that He is the son of Devaki and Vasudeva. The gopis told Him with their heart’s emotions that if He wants to come back to Vrndavana, He had better not think of Himself as the son of Devaki. He had to dawn His peacock feather and flute. 
Also, there is a difference between Krsna and His incarnations in the sense that He is the whole and they are His plenary parts and portions of the plenary parts. Although they are one with Him in tattva, fundamental established truth, they are different by rasa, or the mellows of relationships in the pastimes.

Srila Narayana Gosvami Maharaja is teaching us that Srila Prabhupada really wants us to be particularly one-pointed, to make our goal Vraja, the highest and most complete abode of the Lord, and to take advantage o the gift offered by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, to become the direct servants of Radha and Krsna, with a leaning towards Srimati Radhika. (An editorial note)]

[*Endnote 3 – (from Acarya Kesarai Sri Srimad Bhakti Prajnana Kesava Gosvami, His Life and Teachings, by Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja) 

“In the second prakoñöha (section) of sri mandira, Sri Gaura Radha-Vinodabihariji are installed. Here the supremely wonderful and mysterious white luster of Sri Vinodabihariji, who is absorbed in thinking of Sri Radha, defeats even the bhajananandis’ bhajana secrets. Even the bhajananandis cannot understand this highest secret, but Srila Acaryadeva has personally explained it. 
“Sriman Mahaprabhu is Himself Radha-Krsna Yugala and Sri Radha-Kåñëa are worshiped by Sri Gaura mantra. People may ask why the three Deities in this temple (Sri Krsna, Srimati Radharani and Sri Gaurasundara) are all white in color. The answer is that They are not white, but rather have the golden luster of Srimati Radhaji. By accepting Srimati Radhika’s bodily luster, Sri Kåñëa has taken on a golden (gaura) complexion. The bodily luster of Sri Gaurasundara is as fair as pure gold, which is why these three have the same complexion. Here we must understand that the apparently white complexion is actually gaura (golden). 

“Why did Sri Krsna take on Sri Radha’s gaura complexion? Srimati Radhika has a natural contrary mood (vamya-bhava) towards Sri Krsna, but only for increasing the ever-fresh variety of krsna-seva. Once Srimatiji became angry with Krsna and exhibited mana, and at that time Krsna became so absorbed in thinking of Srimatiji that His syama-complexion changed and became like Hers.

radha-cinta-nivesena yasya kantir-vilopita
sri krsna-caranam vande radhalingita-vigraham

“We refer to this deep mystery in the first verse of Sri Radha-Vinodabihari-tattvañöakam. The word radha-lingita has two meanings; 1) radhaya lingita, and 2) radhayaalingita. 

“In the first of these meanings (radhaya lingita), the word lingita means ‘having the appearance of.’ Sri Krsna lost His own complexion and assumed Srimati Radhika’s due to being very absorbed in thinking of Her in separation. This is the deep meaning of radha lingita vigraha. It is this sri vigraha that has been brought to light here. The meaning of this deep tattva has been illuminated by the crest-jewel of rasika Vaiñëavas, Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Öhakura in his Sri Svapna-vilasamrta. This tattva has been manifested to the world by my Srila Guru-padapadma from the core of his heart.

“The second meaning of radha-lingita is radhaya alingita or ‘embraced by Radha.’ The confidential meaning of this has been spoken by Sri Raya Ramanandaji to Sriman Mahaprabhu on the banks of Godavari.

pahile dekhilun tomara sannyasi-svarupa
eve toma dekhi muni syama-goparupa
tomara sammukhe dekhi kancana-pancalika
tanra gaurakantye tomara sarva anga òhaka
tabe hasi’ tanre prabhu dekhaila svarupa
‘rasaraja’, ‘mahabhava’—dui eka rupa
(Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya 8.268, 269, 282)

“Raya Ramanandaji asked Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, ‘I first saw You as a sannyasi, and now I am seeing You as the gopa Syamasundara. At the same time I am seeing a golden-complexioned Deity in front of You, whose golden luster fully covers Your Krsna-luster.’ Upon hearing this, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu laughed and gave darsana of Krsna in His distinctive gaura complexion as ‘Rasaraja-Mahabhava’ combined. Sri Raya Ramananda fainted in bliss when he saw this unprecedented sweet form. 

“So this is another explanation of the deep mystery of Sri Krsna's golden complexion. The syama complexion of Krsna has been completely covered by Srimati Radhika’s embrace, and He is manifesting Her bodily luster.

Monday, January 14, 2013

The Beauty of Sri Radha Krsna


 Srimati Uma didi is here in Malaysia and she is giving wonderful classes. Below is a very short and powerful excerpt of Didi's class she gave on 11 January 2013

"In this world we are attracted to very beautiful persons. In the beginning a man is very attracted to the face of his beautiful wife. Her face will be like the beautiful moon. After some time, her face will be like the sun. So much heat is coming. After many years her face will be like the volcanoes. This means her beauty fades and she is not as palatable as she was before. 

Miss Universe is very beautiful. But how long her beauty is going to last. This is material beauty. Nothing lasts. Therefore the beauty of Sri Radha and Krsna is forever beautiful. It is transcendental beauty. If one has the good fortune to see Their Beauty, then all material desires will be vanquished.

Once there was a goonda called Dhanurdasa. Everyone was afraid of him. He married a very beautiful girl. Her father had to give her hand in marriage to Dhanurdasa as the father was afraid of the goonda. 

Dhanurdasa was enamored by his wife's beauty. He used to make public affection of his love for his wife. People used to scoff him. But Sri Ramanuja said that a man who is capable of so much love should be directed to the right goal - that is towards the Supreme Personality of Godhead. 

Sri Ramunuja approached Dhanurdasa and asked why he deeply loved his wife. Dhanurdasa said that his wife is so beautiful, with beautiful eyes and none can equal her beauty. 

Then Sri Ramunuja said, " I will show you the One who is more beautiful!"

Dhanurdasa scoffed, "Impossible! If you do then I will be your servant, otherwise you will have to be my servant."

Sri Ramanuja placed his hand on Dhanurdasa's head and took him to have darshan of the Lord. Dhanurdasa was overwhelmed with love of God. Now he knows than none can equal the beauty of the Lord. He immediately became a follower of Sri Ramanuja."

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu's Play

When I started the Kids for Kids Program (Friends of GATE) in Facebook, I wondered how am I to go around collecting stationery for the school children that Srila Gurudeva started in Navadvipa. GATE stands for Golden Avatar Trust Education Initiative and by the order of my Srila Gurudeva, some of my godsisters and godbrothers are doing great service in providing free education besides incorporating kirtans and hari-katha into the school curriculum. 

The strong desire to do some service, kept me going. I told this venture to my students. At first they gave me blank stares. Then a little boy, gave his pencil. Another little girl gave her unused eraser. The ball started rolling from there. From colour pencils to sharpeners, note books and little purses. I know they cannot buy new ones. So my idea was to get them to part with anything that they don't need. Instead of throwing the stationery away, they can give it to others. But it most be in good condition. Children here are very fortunate in material terms. But if they were to help the children of the holy land in Navadvipa, then they are surely accumulating sukriti (spiritual pious activities). 

Besides children, some teacher friends and a nurse chipped in as well. But the best part of all, when the temple sevaks were cleaning the temple one day, they found a box filled with pencil cases. In each pencil case there was a ruler, an eraser, sharpener and pencils. There were 69 pencil cases! The temple sevaks knew of my project, so they gave the box to me. But I was apprehensive at first. First of all we do not know to whom the box belonged to. We asked around and nobody came to make the claim. 

After taking it, the collection of stationery was pretty complete. To make the work faster, someone threw a nice big rope at my husband's office. In fact we were looking for a rope to tie the box. We actually got a nice brown box from a grocery store nearby. When we wanted to take the ones the shop usually puts outside, a worker saw us and said he will give a nice box instead. 

Then it was to the post office. Getting a parking was highly unlikely as the post office is situated near a wet market. But once we were there, it was as though by divine arrangement there was a lot just waiting for us in front of the post office. My husband and I tied the rope tightly around the box. We were afraid the stationery might come out. So we taped and tied everything to the best of our ability. When we weighed the box it was 19.990kgs. What a relief! By sea mail, we were only allowed the maximum weight of 20kgs. The very friendly staff told us that it will take at lease 1 to 3 months to reach the designated address.

Soon I e-mailed the school to inform them about the parcel that is coming their way. It was a big surprise, that within less than a month the school contacted me and said they received the parcel. They gave some stationery to the children and the rest to be distributed during Guru Purnima, where Sripad Bhaktivedanta Madhava Maharaja was there as well. 

From the turn of events that happened, from the rope, the box of stationery, parking etc, it was Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu's big play. Everything was His doing. 

O yes, at the time the parcel was sent, GATE had about 69 to 70 students. Two students of mine gave away their pencil cases to make the number quite complete. 

My only prayer is to be an instrument and a servant in Srila Gurudeva's and Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu's play. 


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