Vrindavan, August 27, 2004
Shri Shrimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaj
[August 27, 2004 was the divine disappearance day of Shrila Rupa Gosvami, under whose supervision the Krishna consciousness movement is conducted. Shrila Narayana Maharaj took about 400 devotees to the Samadhi and bhajana-kutira of Shrila Rupa Gosvami, located in the courtyard of the Shri Radha-Damodara Temple.
After speaking about Rupa Gosvami’s contribution, and performing his worship, and after offering obeisances to Shri Radha-Damodara and the other Deities on the grand altar, Shrila Maharaj entered Shrila Bhaktivedanta Svami Prabhupada’s bhajana-kutira. This was where Shrila Prabhupada had spent much of his time before coming to America in 1966, and it was here that he completed his First Canto Shrimad Bhagavatam and had it printed, to take with him to begin his mission in the West.
After offering his obeisances and prayers at Shrila Prabhupada’s lotus feet, Shrila Maharaj stood on the platform just between Shrila Prabhupada’s room and kitchen, and spoke the following worlds:]
Here is the place of Shrila Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj, just off the courtyard of Shri Shri Radha-Damodara. Shrila Svami Maharaj took sannyasa in Mathura, and then he moved near to here and would sometimes go to Delhi. At last he came to this place – the place of Shrila Rupa Gosvami’s samadhi and bhajana kutira. Here, he used to write books.
I would often come here from Mathura to be with him. He was penniless. He did not have any provision for his material comfort. I would give my chaddar to him and, sitting there, we would discuss many things. While preparing prasadam, we’d make the chapattis together – he would roll them, I would put them on the fire, and then he would put on the ghee. I would then offer the bhoga to Radha-Damodara. We used to sit and take prasadam right here.
By the grace of Shrila Rupa Gosvami, his Gurudeva Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura, and also Shri Shri Radha-Damodara, he went to the Western countries. In no time – in a couple of years – he established preaching centers and beautiful temples over the whole world. By his mercy Lord Jagannatha Deva appeared and Ratha-yatra was established in most major cities. Most importantly, he wrote and translated so many books – more than one hundred – and they were translated in most languages of the world.
So many ladies, even though in their youth, very beautiful teenagers, would distribute his books everywhere, all in a couple of years.
He accomplished a miracle in his last ten years. In the midst of oceans, in forests and cities, on the tops of mountains and almost everywhere else, his glory is manifest. But I think his real glory is that he has established the same mission that Shrila Rupa Gosvami established, which came from the very heart of Shri chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Everything he said came from Shrila Rupa Gosvami, and his mission would have not existed, had he left out Shrila Rupa Gosvami.
He wanted to reveal all the confidential topics given by Shrila Rupa Gosvami Prabhupada, and he kept those truths in his books. He saw that at that time there was a lack of qualification in his disciples and others, and therefore, in general, he could not reveal those truths openly. He kept that service for his disciples.
Now we will return to Shri Rupa-Sanatana Gaudiya Matha. I think you should all be there in the evening at 4:30, for glorification of Shrila Rupa Gosvami.
Transcriber: Janaki dasi
Typist: Janaki dasi
Editor: Shyamarani dasi