Shri Shrimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja
April 9, 2006
[ The week-long Harikatha Festival in Germany – April 3-9, 2006 – was attended by about 600 devotees from around the world. During that week, Shrila Narayana Maharaja spoke in the temple room each evening. On the first night he discussed the first canto Shrimad-Bhagavatam, and on the subsequent nights he discussed the five kinds of pure devotees as described in Shrila Sanatana Gosvami's Brhat-bhagavatamrtam. He discussed the glories of Shri Prahlada Maharaja, Ambarisa Maharaja, Hanuman, the Pandavas, and finally the glories of Shri Uddhava and the gopis. At the end of his final class he spoke the following closing words:]
Depend on Shri Krishna. At least develop saranagati, practicing the six types of surrender – always consider that Shri Krishna is your protector. No other person can protect you. Depend on Krishna, not anyone else. Be like Gangamata Thakurani* [See endnote 1], whose life history we saw in the drama last night, and thus make your lives successful.
Don't be weak. Don’t give up chanting. Remember your guru-mantra and gayatri mantras daily – three times a day. Don't take alcohol or marijuana or things like that. Be strict. Always remember to read my books and the books of Shrila Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja, and try to understand them. Hear hari-katha from superiors. Don't criticize any Vaisnava. If you don't like someone, don't associate with him; but don’t criticize him. Always be strong.
Also, distribute my books. Read, take the essence, follow, and distribute my mission. My mission is not different from that of Shrila Rupa Gosvami or Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. You should help me in preaching all over the world – as Mahaprabhu’s mission was preached at the time of Shrila Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja. At that time all the devotees used to go to airports, railway stations, shop to shop and door to door to preach His mission; and thus it spread all over the world. Again you should inspire all – but first inspire yourselves.
My heartly blessings to all the devotees – to the audience. If there was no audience, to whom would I speak hari-katha? I want you to be strong, and preach my mission throughout the world.
[Endnote 1: The following is a lecture given by Shrila Narayana Maharaja on the subject of Shrimati Gangamata gosvamini, in January of 2000, in Murwillumbah, Australia. It was this lecture that was used as the script for the drama referred to above:
The Glories of Shrimati Gangamata Gosvamini