Hilo, Hawaii: February 4, 2005 (Part 1)
Shri Shrimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja
I offer my humble obeisances unto the lotus feet of my spiritual guru, nitya-lila pravista om visnupada Shri Shrimad Bhaktiprajnana Kesava Gosvami Maharaja; and the same unto the lotus feet of my siksa-guru, nitya lila pravista om visnupada Shri Shrimad Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja.
Parama-pujyapada Shrila Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja has bestowed so much mercy upon me. In his last days he called me to his side, took my hands and placed it in his hands, and weeping, he told me, “I have collected so many devotees from Western countries, Eastern countries and here and there. I am worried because I could not train them fully. They were not ready to be trained fully. You are so qualified; you must help them. This is my first request. Also, you should give me samadhi with your own hands, and perform my viraha mahotsava (separation) festival." The purpose of my visit to all countries is to help his devotees, and to also help new devotees.
Shrila Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja was the biggest arm of Shrila Prabhupada Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami Thakura. He was his long arm. He went to Eastern and Western countries, and it was a miracle that in a couple of years he preached everywhere and established so many preaching centers. I think that all who are now becoming devotees and coming to me, are coming because of him – through reading his books, and through his preaching and other activities. I have no credit in this, but I served him since 1946 and that is why he has inspired me. By his power I am going here and there preaching, and so many are attracted and listening.
The goal of his preaching and my preaching is the same. I am not telling you anything different from him. Someone may propagate that our preaching is different, but I think we are the same. He came to Western countries and tried to clear away the jungles of so many unwanted philosophies and activities. He kept a field for me and said, “On this field you can plant bhakti to Krsna like that of the gopis. Though he generally did not preach openly that this is our aim and object, he wrote about it in his books and it is his inner mood. Otherwise why would all his songs and prayers be in that mood, like “Radhe, Jaya Jaya Madhava Dayite” and “Jaya Radha Madhava, Jaya Kunja-vihari”?
Shrila Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja prayed and taught his disciples:
laksavrtesu surabhir abhipalayantam
govindam adi-purusam tam aham bhajami
(Shri Brahma Samhita 5.29)
“I worship Govinda, the primeval Lord, the first progenitor, who is tending the cows, yielding all desires, in abodes built with spiritual gems and surrounded by millions of purpose trees. He is always served with great reverence and affection by hundreds and thousands of goddesses of fortune.”
The innumerable Laxmis (goddesses of fortune) are none other then the gopis, and the main gopi is Shrimati Radhika. Why was Shrila Swami Maharaja preaching about this? The goal of our preaching is the same – what was taught by Shrila Rupa Gosvami:
anarpita-carim cirat karunayavatirnah kalau
samarpayitum unnatojjvala-rasam sva-bhakti-Shriyam
sada hrdaya-kandare sphuratu vah saci-nandanah
[“May the Supreme Lord who is known as the son of Shrimati Saci-devi be transcendentally situated in the innermost chambers of your heart. Resplendent with the radiance of molten gold, He has appeared in the Age of Kali by His causeless mercy to bestow what no incarnation has ever offered before: the most sublime and radiant mellow of devotional service, the mellow of conjugal love.” (Chaitanya-caritamrta Adi-lila 1.4)]
What was Shrila Rupa Gosvami teaching? What is the aim and object of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s coming to this world? Karunaya – by His mercy, Lord Krsna has taken the intrinsic mood and beauty of Shrimati Radhika, and come to this world.
Only Shrimati Radhika has madanakya-bhava. Krsna does not have it. He wanted to enjoy this mood, and that is why He came in the form of Sacinandana, Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. He gave unnatojjvala-rasam sva-bhakti-Shriyam, the highest mood, the mood of the gopis in madhurya-rasa. Among the gopis, the mood of Shrimati Radhika is the topmost, but Her mood cannot be given, Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu did not come to give that mood. He came to give Shriyam – unnatojjvala-rasam sva-bhakti-Shriyam. Sva means Shrimati Radhika’s bhakti to Lord Krsna, from prema, to sneha, maan, pranaya raga, anuraga, bhava, mahabhava, rudha, adhiruddha, mohan, modan and then madana. Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu wanted to give the beauty of unnatojjvala-rasa.
What is the beauty of unnatojjvala-rasa? We can compare it with a plant, like the tulasi plant. If there are no leaves or manjaris, what is the beauty of that plant? There is no beauty – it is dry. The beauty of a plant is in its being full with leaves, fruits and flowers. It is especially beautiful if there are manjaris on the top of the plant and with heartfelt happiness those manjaris blow and sway this way and that. That manjari is the beauty of the plant.
Similarly when Krsna approaches a manjari (maidservant of Shrimati Radhika) to personally enjoy pastimes with her, she waves her hand, indicating, “No, no. Absolutely not.” This is the mood of the manjaris headed by Rupa Manjari, Lavanga Manjari, Rati Manjari and others.
Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu came to give this mood – through nama-sankirtana. You should not think that what we are doing is nama-sankirtana. Rather it is the beginning stage of nama-sankirtana. When our chanting will mix with the mood of the manjaris, then it will be real sankirtana. I have come to clarify this point. Shrila Swami Maharaja explained this in his books, but he did not elaborate on it in his general preaching. The world, and also the world of devotees, was full of jungles of philosophical misconceptions and anarthas; so how could explanations of manjari bhava be heard?
His Gurudeva, Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Takura has said, “I have come to give this mood:
sri caitanya-mano ’bhistam sthapitam yena bhutale
svayam rupah kada mahyam dadati sva-padantikam
[“When will Shri Rupa Gosvami give me the shelter of his lotus feet? Because he understood the innermost desire of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, he was able to establish His mission in this world and is very dear to the Lord. (Shri Prema-bhakti-candrika, Narottama dasa Thakura)”]
adadanas trnam dantair idam yace punah punah
Shrimad rupa-padambhoja-dhulih syam janma-janmani
[“Clasping a straw between my teeth, I repeatedly beg to attain the dust of the lotus feet of Shrimad Rupa Gosvami birth after birth.” (Shri Mukta-carita, Raghunatha dasa Gosvami)]
Shrila Rupa Gosvami was the first to declare that Shri Sacinandana is Krsna. When Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu heard this from Rupa Gosvami’s lips, He became shy and said, “Don’t tell this.” The mission of Shrila Rupa Gosvami and Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was only to give this manjari mood, but we cannot give it to ordinary devotees because they cannot understand its value. In fact, some hate it.
At first, Shrila Prabhupada Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura also cut the jungles of mayavada, sahajiya, sakhi-beki and other philosophical misconceptions. Later, however, when he was at Radha-kunda with thousands of devotees during Vraja-mandala parikrama, he said, “Don’t think that our final aim and object in bhakti is what I am telling you now. It is not this. Our goal is Radha-kunda and the service of the gopis to the divine couple Shri Shri Radha-Krsna. You should always remember this, otherwise you will only be a karmi.”
So our mission is the same. I have come to help you; to remind you of the mission of Shrila Swami Maharaja, Shrila Rupa Gosvami and Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
After Shrila Swami Maharaja departed from this world, some of his sannyasis and other devotees became weak. So many sannyasis married. I think at that time all of you here who are his disciples were brahmacaris, and now you are all are married – only due to weakness. If he were physically present now, this would not be. So I thought it best to come and help you – to fulfill the order of my siksa-guru. That is why I have come.
Editor: Shyamarani dasi
Transcriber: Vasanti dasi
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