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your Divine Appearance anniversary Sri Vyasa Puja Celebration Brazil 2010
by Syamarani dasi The painting you are viewing is entitled "Veda Vyasa" (“By the Mercy of Vyasa”).
This painting, Veda Vyasa, was created for Srila Narayana Maharaja‟s translation and commentary of Bhagavad-gita. In it, Srila Vyasadeva is giving transcendental vision to his disciple Sanjaya. By his mercy, Sanjaya was able to see what was happening on the battlefield of Kuruksetra, which was ninety miles away from where he speaking to King Dhrtarastra. The scene in the painting takes place outside Srila Vyasadeva‟s asrama. Srila Prabhupada translates and comments on Sanjaya‟s gratitude in the following verse and purport: Bhagavad-Gita - Chapter 18.75 - Conclusion--The Perfection of Renunciation VERSE
vyasa-prasadac chrutavan etad guhyam aham param yogam yogesvarat krsnat saksat kathayatah svayam
vyasa-prasadat--by the mercy of Vyasadeva; srutavan--heard; etat--this; guhyam--confidential; aham--I; param--the supreme; yogam--mysticism; yoga-isvarat--from the master of all mysticism; krsnat--from Krsna; saksat--directly; kathayatah--speaking; svayam--personally.
TRANSLATION By the mercy of Vyasa, I have heard these most confidential talks directly from the master of all mysticism, Krsna, who was speaking personally to Arjuna. PURPORT Vyasa was the spiritual master of Sanjaya, and Sanjaya admits that it was by Vyasa's mercy that he could understand the Supreme Personality of Godhead. This means that one has to understand Krsna not directly but through the medium of the spiritual master. The spiritual master is the transparent medium, although it is true that the experience is still direct. This is the mystery of the disciplic succession. When the spiritual master is bona fide, then one can hear Bhagavad-gita directly, as Arjuna heard it… Narada is the direct disciple of Krsna and the spiritual master of Vyasa. Therefore Vyasa is as bona fide as Arjuna because he comes in the disciplic succession, and Sanjaya is the direct disciple of Vyasa. Therefore by the grace of Vyasa, Sanjaya's senses were purified, and he could see and hear Krsna directly. One who directly hears Krsna can understand this confidential knowledge. If one does not come to the disciplic succession, he cannot hear Krsna; therefore his knowledge is always imperfect, at least as far as understanding Bhagavad-gita is concerned. It is to be understood, however, that as Arjuna was fortunate enough to understand Krsna directly, so, by the grace of Vyasa, Sanjaya was also able to hear Krsna directly. Actually there is no difference between hearing directly from Krsna and hearing directly from Krsna via a bona fide spiritual master like Vyasa. The spiritual master is the representative of Vyasadeva also. Therefore, according to the Vedic system, on the birthday of the spiritual master the disciples conduct the ceremony called Vyasa-puja. [Bhagavad-gita 18.75]
First of all I would like to thank to my beloved Srila Gurudeva Om Vishnupada Paramahamsa Parivrajakacarya Asttotara-sata Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja who descends in this world like a very special gardener. All of we are like flowers, some are blossoms, some are flourished, some are fragrant, some are big and some smalls, exotics, perennials, fragiles, exuberants… we are made of infinitial combination of colours. And Srila Gurudeva is here to pick up and use us to make a very beautiful decoration to Sri Sri Radha and Krsna. He is taking care, protecting and watering us (sadhu sanga). Our nuturing depends of our own efforts (sadhana and bhajana). And we have the merciful help of his assistants who kindly take out the weeds. Without Your inspiration and causeless mercy certainly we would dryed up. Without You we would be only one more whitered and useless flowers wretched in the fields of ignorance and misery. The initiative to make the Vyasa Puja Book 2010 had arisen from my personal necessity and desire to do some Guru-Seva and Vaishnava-Seva. With humility I pray for You, Srila Gurudeva and all devotees to forgive my mistakes and forgive if I have committed many offenses. I confess I had the impudence to do something that certainly I am not able or qualified to do, but somehow I took the risk of. Thanks, from the core of my heart to all devotes of Sri Sri Radha-Vinod Bihariji, who gave me permission to be the instrument through all of we could give pleasure to Srila Gurudeva. Thanks to the encouragement given by my husband, Mahesh das and by my dear friends from Cochabamba, Bolivia Yatra, specialy Sriman Hari Rasa dasa, Srimati Mamatamayi dasi, Srimati Navalatika dasi, Srimati Manjulali dasi and Sriman Syamal Krishna das. Thanks to Srimati Candrakala devi dasi for web services. Special thanks to Bhaktin Claudia for a donation. Thanks to my dear sisters Srimati Acyuta Priya dasi and Srimati Nava Latika dasi who kindly helped me with English translation. And special thanks to Srimati Syamarani dasi and Srimati Anita dasi for assist me with the art works. Gaura Prema Anande!! Haribol!! Trying to be servant of the servants, Lilavati devi dasi
Paintings “Veda Vyasa” (pg 01) and “Seva Kunja and Manjaris” (pg 116) © Syamarani dasi used with permission. Srila Prabhupada Photograph © Bhaktivedanta Book Trust International used with permission Cover design by Lilavati devi dasi Copyright © Gaudiya Vedanta Publications 2009 Photos are courtesy of Sriman Subal Sakha das,.Srimati Vasanti Anita, Gurudeva Krpa, Manju, Sripad Sajjan Maharaja and others. Photos of Flowers were courtesy of Photo 01 – courtesy of Sektordua * taken in Ubud, Bali http://www.flickr.com/photos/sektordua/3597421281/in/set-72157594553435588/ Photo 02 – courtesy of Uwe Hermann - Blooming white flower http://www.flickr.com/photos/uwehermann/3631170176/ Photo 03 – courtesy of Uwe Hermann - Strange blue flower http://www.flickr.com/photos/uwehermann/3893012689/in/photostream/ Photo 04 – courtesy of Uwe Hermann - Hanging flowers http://www.flickr.com/photos/uwehermann/3893012695/in/photostream/ www.flowerpictures.net www.FreeBeautifulPictures.com www.e-Cobo.com www.coolfreeimages.net
TABLE OF CONTENTS
UnderCover Flowers of Love……………………………………………………………………….…………… Painting “Veda Vyasa” by Syamarani dasi ………………..………………………………………….. Painting description by Syamarani dasi ………………………,,………………………………………. Acknowledgements …………………………………………………………………………………………….….. Table of Contents …………………………………………………………………..……..…………….………… Introduction By Sripada Bhaktivedanta Vana Maharaja……………………………………………………………… Mangalacarana………………………………………………………………………………………….…..………… Sri Gurudeva Arati …………………………….……………………………………………………………….….. Gurudeva Pranams by Sripad Madhava Maharaja ………………………………………………. Gurudeva Pranams by Pujiapad Premananda brahmacari…………………………….……… Offering Sripad Bhaktivedanta Sajjan Maharaja……………………………………………………. Appearance Day of Srila Bhakti Prajnana Kesava Gosvami Maharaja By Tridandisvami Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja ……….. Disappearance day of Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada By Tridandisvami Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja……….. African Offerings…………………………………………………………………………………………………….. Asian / Australian Offerings……………………………………..…………………………………………….. European Offerings………………………………………………………………………………………………….. Central American Offerings………………………………………………………………………….…….….. North American Offerings…………………………………………………………………………….………... South American Offerings……………………………………………………………………………….……... Description of Flowers Decoration (Sri Sri Radha-Krsna-Ganoddesa-Dipika) By Srila Rupa Gosvami…………………………………………………………………………………………… Lotus-Clad Radha and Krishna – Watercolor on paper………………………………………….. Web Direction………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. Pg 01 Pg 02 Pg 03 Pg 04 Pg 05
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By Śrīpāda Bhaktivedanta Vana Mahārāja
This book, composed by the loving and sincere messages of many vaiṣṇavas from all parts of the world, is a humble offering unto the lotus feet of oṁ viṣṇu-pāda paramahaṁsa parivrājakācārya aṣṭottara-śata Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedanta Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja in the occasion of his auspicious Vyāsa-pūjā, in January 2010, in Brazil. The debt of Śrīla Nārāyaṇa Mahārāja‟s disciples is eternal, because the spiritual gift given by him to everyone in the world is the highest state of love for God. This supreme love, the pure devotional service, is achieved by the association of a bona fide spiritual master, and is described in the sacred scriptures as follows: anyābhilāṣitā-śūnyaṁ jñāna-karmādy-anāvṛtam ānukūlyena kṛṣṅānu-śīlanaṁ bhaktir uttamā “Uttama-bhakti, pure devotional service, is the cultivation of activities that are meant exclusively for the benefit of Śrī Kṛṣṇa. It is the uninterrupted flow of service to Śrī Kṛṣṇa, performed through all endeavors of body, mind and speech, as well as through expression of various spiritual sentiments (bhavas). It is not covered by jñāna (speculative knowledge aimed at impersonal liberation), karma (reward-seeking activity), yoga or austerities; and it is completely free from all desires other than the aspiration to bring happiness to Śrī Kṛṣṇa”. (Bhakti-rasāmṛta-sindhu 1.1.11) Even not being able to express their gratitude to him through mere material words, his disciples know that pure devotees are able to taste the language of love, and this is the encouragement to this humble offering of Love of Flowers. May these inspiring messages invite all people to surrender unto the lotus feet of Śrī Guru, who is our everwell-wisher. The eternal and complete happiness rests at his lotus feet, which are accessible to every souls who are seeking for divine Love. dhyana mulam guru murti puja mulam guru padam mantra mulam guru vakhyam moksa mulam guru krpa “The source of all types of meditation is the form of Guru. The source of all types of worship is the lotus feet of Guru. The source of all types of mantras is the instructions of Guru. The source of all types of liberation is the mercy of Guru”. (Guru-Gita (¹)) All glories to Śrīla Gurudeva! Praying for a particle of the mercy of Śrī Hari, Śrī Guru and the Vaiṣṇavas,
Śrīpāda Bhaktivedanta Vana Mahārāja
Appearance of Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedanta Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja, 2010 -Brazil
vande‟haṁ śrī guroh śrī-yuta-pada-kamalaṁ śrī-gurun vaiṣṇavāṁś ca śrī rūpaṁ sāgrajataṁ saha-gaṇa-raghunāthānvitaṁ taṁ sa-jīvam sādvaitaṁ sāvadhūtaṁ parijana-sahitaṁ kṛṣṇa-caitanya-devam śrī-rādhā-kṛṣṇa-pādān saha-gaṇa-lalitā-śrī-viśākhānvitāṁś ca
I offer praṇāma to the lotus feet of Śrī Gurudeva (who includes śrī dīkṣā-guru and bhajana śikṣā-guru), guru-varga (our entire disciplic succession) and all other Vaiṣṇavas, to Śrī Rūpa Gosvāmī, his elder brother Śrī Sanātana Gosvāmī, Śrī Raghunātha Dāsa Gosvāmī, Śrī Jīva Gosvāmī and their associates, to Śrī Advaita Prabhu, Śrī Nityānanda Prabhu, Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya Mahāprabhu and all His other associates, and to the lotus feet of Śrī Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa accompanied by Śrī Lalitā and Viśākhā and all the other sakhīs.
oṁ ajñāna timirāndhasya jñānāñjana śalākaya caksur-unmīlitaṁ yena tasmai śrī-gurave namaḥ
O Gurudeva, you are so merciful. I offer my humble praṇāma to you and am praying from the core of my heart that, with the torchlight of divine knowledge, you open my eyes which have been blinded by the darkness of ignorance.
namaḥ oṁ viṣṇupādāya rādhikāya-priyātmane śrī-śrīmad-bhaktivedānta nārāyaṇa iti nāmine
I offer praṇāma to oṁ viṣṇupāda śrī - śrīmad-bhaktivedānta nārāyaṇa Mahārāja, who is very dear to Śrīmatī Rādhikā.
śrī-kṛṣṇa -līlā-kathane sudakṣaṁ audārya-mādhurya guṇaiś ca yuktaṁ varaṁ varenyaṁ puruṣaṁ mahāntaṁ nārāyaṇaṁ tvaṁ śirasā namāmi
Śrīla Nārāyaṇa Mahārāja is expert in describing kṛṣṇa - līlā. He is endowed with the qualities of magnanimity and sweetness, and he is the best of the great souls. Because he is always relishing Kṛṣṇa‟s sweetness, he is able to freely distribute that sweetness to others. I bow down and place my head at his lotus feet.
tridaṇḍīnāṁ bhakta-śiromaṇim ca śrī-kṛṣṇa padābja dhṛtaika-hṛdi caitanya-līlāmṛta-sāra sāraṁ nārāyāṇaṁ tvam satataṁ prapadye
Tridaṇḍī-sannyāsī Śrīla Nārāyaṇa Mahārāja, the crown-jewel of devotees, always keeps in his heart the lotus feet of Rādhā y Kṛṣṇa, especially when Kṛṣṇa serves Śrīmatī Rādhikā. He deeply meditates on Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu and the internal reasons for His descent. I bow down to the lotus feet of Śrīla Nārāyaṇa Mahārāja, who possesses innumerable transcendental qualities.
Sri Gurudeva Arati
by Sripada Bhaktivedanta Madhava Maharaja jaya jaya gurudevera aratika sobha yamuna-tata vraja-vane bhakta-mano-lobha (1) All glories, all glories to the splendid arati of Srila Gurudeva, being performed in a forest of Vraja on the bank of the Yamuna, attracting the minds and hearts of all the devotees. raga-marga siddhantera murtimanta ati kesavera priya tumi narayana yati (2) Gurudeva, you are the embodiment of the philosophy of raga-marga, the path of spontaneous love, and you are extremely dear to your Gurudeva, Sri Srimad Bhakti Prajnana Kesava Gosvami Maharaja. gaura-vani dhupa tava sri vedanta dipa pascatya pracarakera tumi hao bhupa (3) We perform your arati with the incense of gaura-vani, the teaching of Sri Gaurasundara, and with the ghee lamp of vedanta, the philosophical conclusions of the Vedas. You are a monarch among preachers in the Western world. (Bhu also refers to Bhudhara Prabhu, while pa means palana kara, or “the maintainer”. Thus, this line also means Gurudeva is travelling to the Western world and maintaining the devotional creeper of Bhudhara Prabhu. sarasvata-kesava dhara jala sankha dhara palya-dasi madhu-snehe mugdha caracara (4) The conchshell water used in your arati is the pure conception coming in the line of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura and Srila Bhakti Prajnana Kesava Gosvami Maharaja. You have struck with wonder the entire world with your moods of palya-dasi, or servitude to Srimati Radhika, and madhu-sneha, the feeling that Krsna is yours, this mood is belongs to Srimati Radhika and her group (as opposed to ghrita-sneha, the feeling that you are Krsna‟s, which is present in the heart of Sri Candravali and her group). tila phula jini nasa sri-anga sundara desi videsi bhakta tava puspa sambhara (5) Your nose defeats the beauty of the sesame flower, and your limbs are very charming. The Eastern and Western devotees are the flowers used in your arati. ura pura vraja tirthe bajaya jhanjhara dama bhajana suro candra bajaya kansara (6) „Ura‟ means Sripada Padmanabha Maharaja (formerly known as Urukrama Prabhu), „pura‟ refers to Purandara Prabhu, „vraja‟ Vrajanatha Prabhu and „tirthe‟ refers to Sripada Tirtha Maharaja, all these devotees play the large cymbals, while „Dam‟ Sripada Damodara Maharaja, „bhajana‟ Sripada Sajjana Maharaja (formerly known as Krsna-bhajana Prabhu), „su‟ Subala Sakha prabhu (and other devotees who serve in the Publication Department, publishing the Sri Sri Bhagavata Patrika and other devotional books) and 'ro' Rohini Nandana Prabhu „candra‟ Ramacandra Prabhu (who are both spreading Gurudeva‟s glories in Northern India). sevanande premananda camara dulaya madhu-kanthe krsna-dasa nirajana gaya (7) Sripada Premananda Prabhu, who takes pleasure in performing service, is fanning Srila Gurudeva with a camara, while sweet-voiced Krsna-dasa Prabhu is singing this arati song.
(Here 'madhu' also refers to Madhumangala Prabhu, Madhuvrata Prabhu, Madhukara Prabhu, Madhusudana Prabhu.) krsna amala sundara bajaya mrdanga madhava vana akatare mage tava sanga (8) Krsna-krpa Prabhu (and all the devotees whose names contain the word „Krsna‟, including Dvija Krsna Prabhu, Tamala Krsna Prabhu, Krsna-karunya Prabhu, Hare Krsna Prabhu and Kisora Krsna Prabhu), Amala Krsna Prabhu, and all other devotees of beautiful character who are too numerous to name (including Sripada Akincana Maharaja, Sripada Asrama Maharaja, Sripada Avadhuta Maharaja, Sripada Bhagavata Maharaja, Sripada Bharati Maharaja, Sripada Dandi Maharaja, Sripada Govinda Maharaja, Sripada Harijana Maharaja, Sripada Muni Maharaja, Sripada Nemi Maharaja, Sripada Niskincana Maharaja, Sripada Parivrajaka, Maharaja, Sripada Sruvak Maharaja Sripada Srauti Maharaja, Sripada Tridandi Maharaja, Sripada Vaikhanas Maharaja, Sripada Visnudaivata Maharaja, Sripada Yati Maharaja, Gopavrindapala Prabhu, Gopinatha Prabhu, Nirguna Prabhu, Nrihari Prabhu, Prana-kisora Prabhu, Tamopaha Prabhu, Radha Kanta Prabhu, Ramesha Prabhu, Yasodanadana Prabhu, Vrajendranandana Prabhu, Vrndavana Prabhu, Srimati Syamarani Didi, and Vishnu Dasa, Aruna Verma Sushila Agrawal, Tarun Krsna, Krsna Dasa, who were the first organisers of Gurudeva's preaching in the USA, and all the devotees who are engaged in preaching and publication and all other services which are too innumerable to mention) are playing the mrdanga, or the large drum of book publishing and distribution. (Sundara also refers to Sundarananda Prabhu, the former personal servant of Srila Gurudeva (Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja) and Srila Guru Maharaja (Srila Bhaktivedanta Vamana Gosvami Maharaja), and to Sundara-gopala Prabhu.) Meanwhile, Madhava-priya Prabhu, Sripada Vana Maharaja and the composer of this kirtana, Sripada Bhaktivedanta Madhava Maharaja, are humbly hankering for your association.
Srila Bhaktivedanta Madhava Maharaja
āvirbhūtau sakāruṇayau śrī vāmana-nārāyaṇau rūpānuga-pravarau dvau śrī-keśavapriyau bhaje
I worship Śrīla Bhaktivedānta Vāman Gosvāmi Mahārāja and Śrīla Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmi Mahārāja who have both appeared in this world by their causeless mercy. They are the topmost followers of Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmi and are very near and dear to Śrīla Bhakti Prajñāna Keśava Gosvāmi Mahārāja.
yugācārya prabhum vande nārāyaṇa karuṇālayaṁ rāgamārga bhaktiṁ dattva tārayati bhuvantrayam
I worship Śrīla Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmi Mahārāja who was awarded the title of yūga-acārya and is the abode of mercy. He shows the path of rāganuga bhakti and thus delivers the three worlds.
vande śrī pādpadmāḥ śrī vāmana-nārāyaṇa-trivikramāḥ yeṣaṁ kṛpā prasādena bhakti hṛdi prakaṭisyati
I worship the lotus feet of Bhaktivedānta Vāman Gosvāmi Mahārāja, Śrīla Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmi Mahārāja and Śrīla Bhaktivedānta Trivikrama Mahārāja. By their causeless mercy bhakti will manifest in the hearts of those who follow them.
Pujyapad Premananda das Brahmacari
vande „ham śrī guru varaṁ śrī rūpānuga pravaraṁ vraja-rasa-rasikaṁ ca nārāyaṇam taṁ prapannam
I worship (vande'ham) in humble submission (taṁ prapannam) Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedanta Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja (nārāyaṇaṁ), who is my best Spiritual Master (śrī guru varaṁ), the foremost member of the Rupanuga dynasty (śrī rūpānuga pravaraṁ), and (ca) who is always relishing the mellows of Vraja (vraja-rasa-rasikaṁ).
śrī guru-caraṇaṁ vande ramaṇa-preṣṭhaya bhūtale rūpānuga bhaktidaṁ ca kṛpāmūrti nārāyaṇam
I worship the lotus feet of Śrīla Gurudev (śrī guru caraṇaṁ vande) Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedanta Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja (nārāyaṇaṁ) who in this world is very dear to his worshipful Lord Śrī Rādhā -raman Biharijiu (ramaṇa-preṣṭhaya bhūtale), who is the distributor of rupanuga bhakti (rūpānuga bhaktidaṁ) and (ca) who is the embodiment of mercy (kṛpāmurti).
sevākuñje vraje-ramye govardhana-girau sadā rādhā-kuṇḍe rasānande tat tat sevā-pradāyakam guruṁ nārāyaṇākhyaṁ taṁ vande ramaṇapreṣṭhakam yat pāda-smṛtimātreṇa dāmodaraḥ prasīdati
Sripad Bhaktivedanta Sajjan Maharaja
My Dearest Srila Gurudeva, On this most auspicious transcendental occasion of your divine appearance day, I prostrate myself unlimited times at the dust of your divine lotus feet.
“vairagya-yug bhakti-rasam prayatnair apayayan mam anabhipsum andham krpambhudhir yah para-dukha-dukhi sri srimad bhaktivedanta narayanam tam prabhum asrayami”
You, my dear Srila Gurudeva have induced me to drink the nectar of suddha-bhakti. This nectar is also containing complete renunciation of this world and the fantamsmaghoric, illusionary, so called happiness, which brings only suffering and heartaches. Had you not come into my life, or my external existence of breathing like a bellows in a blacksmith‟s shop, how would I have ever come to know anything about the transcendental realm of Goloka Vrndavana, where you are an eternal associate of Srimati Radharani, Krsna‟s most beloved who controls him by her madanakya mahabhava prema. I have no power to digest any of what you give in your Harikatha and your bhavas that you shower on those who are benedicted by your sanga. But seeing my destitute and bereft existence of any bhakti or even any good qualities, you are personally assisting my digestion in the form of your sweet guidance, patience, loving words, and encouragement. I never was fortunate to have any personal close relationship to my diksa guru-maharaja, Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Now he has brought me to you for the much needed nurturing to take the powerful elixir of suddha-bhakti, with the bhava that he and you have in every atom of your transcendental bodies. I never was fortunate to have any personal close relationship to my diksa guru-maharaja, Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Now he has brought me to you for the much needed nurturing to take the powerful elixir of suddha-bhakti, with the bhava that he and you have in every atom of your transcendental bodies. Now with your shelter, I have a more closer and deeper relationship with my Srila Prabhupada than I ever imagined. And I know that he is so happy with your assistance to his mission, the mission of all our previous Acaryas, and your mission as well. You are continuing the translation and presentation of so many Vaisnava literatures that he did not have time to give us. Your Bhaktivedanta purports shine the deep meanings of these literatures. Please help me Srila Gurudeva, to completely surrender my total prana, words, senses, body, and heart to your service. I have no hope in this lifetime or any in the future to attain one drop of bhakti-rasa without your guidance. I also have insufficient greed to approach the destination to where you are beckoning me to go. I have complete conviction however that in the association of those who are surrendered to you, and by serving them, I will gradually be lifted into the region where I can behold your true suddha-sanga.
I want to please you in some small way by my service that you lovingly guide me to perform. Thank you for tolerating me and not kicking me away. Thank you for sometimes mercifully kicking me instead. When, oh when, will I have visrambena-guro-seva…
“radha-sanmukha samsaktim sakhi-sanga-nivasinim tam aham satatam vande guru-rupam param sakhim”
Please help this fallen and decrepit soul to someday enter into the realm where you eternally reside. There, I will wash with my tears, your delicate lotus feet as I embrace them to my heart…. I have no qualification for this prayer but you are the condensed mercy of Srimati Radharani and the giver of real life to the lifeless. I hope and pray, to someday in this world, be able so speak your Harikatha in a way that will please you. Traveling tirelessly in this world, as you mercifully are doing. I don‟t want to waste a moment of time that I could use to study your Harikatha and books and the books of my Guru Maharaja and all our Acaryas. By this, I hope to get a feeling of your „manabhista‟ and dedicate my life to fulfill that desire. Begging to remain an insignificant piece of dust at your lotus feet, Swami BV Sajjan…. Aka Durjana
Offering to his beloved diksa-guru Srila Bhakti Prajnana Kesava Gosvami Maharaja
BY SRILA BHAKTIVEDANTA NARAYANA GOSVAMI MAHARAJA
Singapore, February 11th, 2001 Today is the very sacred anniversary of the birth of my spiritual master, nitya-lila pravistha om visnupada Sri Srimad Bhakti Prajnana Kesava Gosvami Maharaja. He appeared in this world, on this day, to fulfill the needs of his dearmost Radha-Krsna Conjugal, GauraNityananda Prabhu, and Gaura-Gadadhara. He came to help all the conditioned souls to come out of this jail. We are in jail - all of us. He came to save us from the jail of this world. Who is he? Our Gurudeva is the manifestation of jagad-guru Srila Vyasadeva.It may also be said that he is a manifestation of akanda-guru-tattva Baladeva Prabhu or Nityananda Prabhu. Since Vyasadeva is Narayana Himself, we can surely say that Sri Gurudeva is a manifestation of Vyasadeva. He sits on the vyasasana, the 'vyasa seat', the seat on which Vyasadeva used to sit. In other words, he sits on the seat from which Vyasadeva preached the glory of Radha and Krsna Conjugal all over the world. Today we should glorify him; we will also glorify guru-tattva and explain how guru-tattva descends from Goloka Vrndavana. Although we do not have much time - only 2 hours and we will explain all these truths today. I request all the speakers to speak only 15 to 20 minutes, and glorify guru-tattva. Syamarani will speak something about guru-tattva and my Gurudeva. [Syamarani dasi explained how Srila Bhakti Prajnana Kesava Gosvami Maharaja soundly and successfully defeated the opponents of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, who tried to discredit Him by saying that He was not in the Brahma-Madhva Sampradaya. She concluded by saying that Srila Narayana Maharaja wants his disciples to follow the same line to preach and defeat opposing philosophies. Sometimes we don't preach because we are afraid of being defeated, but this is not good logic. By being 'defeated' we will understand what we have yet to learn. Srila Narayana Maharaja then commented on this final point:] [Srila Narayana Maharaja:] Don't think that this bhakti philosophy is useless. Don't think in this way; otherwise you will be very weak and give up the bhakti line. I am hearing about this problem daily, daily, and daily. So many disciples of Srila Swami Maharaja and others are giving up bhakti and becoming weak. They are leaving Krsna consciousness and accepting worldly family life. Why? It is because they don't know this philosophy. You should try to know all these truths. If you do not know them now, one day you will have to know them. It may be after thousands of lives, but one day you will have to know all these philosophical conclusive truths. Don't think it useless to know them. If you don't want to fall down, then know all the philosophical truths and arguments very, very deeply. [Srila Maharaja then requested Sripad Bhaktivedanta Aranya Maharaja to speak. Sripad Aranya Maharaja discussed several pastimes of Srila Bhakti Prajnana Kesava Gosvami Maharaja in his youth, first in his family life, and then when he moved into the matha and lived with his Guru Maharaja, Srila Prabhupada Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura. Then Srila Narayana Maharaja commented:] My Guru Maharaja rendered so many direct services to Srila Prabhupada, like massaging him, and he was always with him for as long as he was present in this world. His glory is like an ocean. You have heard so many prabhus glorify him, but we can never complete His glorification. You should know that the backbone of krsna-bhakti is guru-nistha, unalloyed faith in Sri Guru. If one has no guru-nistha, he has no bhakti at all. In Indian Vedic culture it is the tradition that one should accept a Gurua transcendental Guru. If he or she has not accepted Guru, no one will take any food that he has prepared. No one will even drink the water which as been offered by him - not even his father or mother. Do you understand what I am telling? Even if a son or daughter is married, if he or she has not accepted a Guru, then his or her cooking or offering will not be accepted by that family. First one will have to accept a high class of Guru. Then he or she can cook and perform all related services. In Indian tradition, in Vedic culture, from ancient times up to now, it was essential to accept a bona fide Guru. Nowadays, however, the Western breeze is also coming
towards India, and thus India is rejecting all these principles. We are especially rejecting Guru. Instead we think, "What is Gurudeva? Gurudeva is nothing. There is no need of Gurudeva." Minute by minute people are changing their wives and husbands. They are divorcing so many in one life, and therefore no one is happy. If you want to be happy you should accept a high class of qualified Guru and guru-parampara. If you do not do so, you will have to experience the miseries of old age and death. When you die, whatever you have collected in your life cannot be taken with you. Always remember that death is sure. No one can save you from death. What, then, will become of these palatial buildings and the many other things you have collected? Try to understand this. By guru-bhakti our lives will be changed and we will be happy forever. What is vyasa? The line that touches the opposite sides of the circumference of a circle, by going through the central point, is called the diameter or vyasa. What is the meaning? Krsna is the center of all. Not only this one world, but so many universes - crores and crores (hundreds and hundreds of thousands) and kotis and kotis (hundreds of millions) of universes are in this circle. Vyasa is touching Krsna and going to all the innumerable ends of material existence. Who is Vyasa? He who is preaching the glories of Krsna to all, teaching everyone: "You should serve Krsna; otherwise no one can save you from this endless chain of birth and suffering." Vyasa is he who is always serving Krsna from one point to another - everywhere in this world. Vyasa took birth in between Mathura and Vrndavana, on an island in the Yamuna. Parasara Muni was his father, and his mother was Srimati Matsyodhari. Parasara was going somewhere and wanted to cross the Yamuna. He called the boatman, but that boatman was very tired and he sent his adopted daughter in his stead. Because his daughter had been born from the womb of a fish, a fishy odor emanated from her, but at the same time she was very beautiful. He ordered her, "Oh, you should take the ferry boat and help that Rsi Parasara". Ordered by her father, Matsodari took the boat and told Parasara, "You can come. I will take you across." When she reached the island in the middle of the Yamuna, Parasara looked upon her. At once she became pregnant, and in a moment she gave birth to a very tall, beautiful, blackish youth of sixteen years. Who was he? Vyasa. He had come by the mercy of Krsna through Parasara, but he was actually Narayana. He thus immediately renounced this world. After some time he divided the Vedas in four - Rg Veda, Sama Veda, Yajur Veda and Atharva Veda. After that he wrote the essence of all the Vedas, and that was called Brahma Sutra, Sarika Sutra, or Vedanta Sutra. After that he wrote thirty-six kinds of Puranas: Puranas, Upa Puranas and Sakha Puranas. Then, for all persons: for ladies, sudras, and for all those who always lament and who are entangled in worldly intoxications, he wrote the Mahabharata; and in that he gave the jewel-like Gitopadesa. Prior to this he gave the catura-sloki Bhagavatam which Narada had taken from Brahma. There was yet no Srimad Bhagavatam, however, and so he was not satisfied with his life. Narada came to him and asked, "Why you are so upset"? Vyasadeva replied, "Gurudeva, I don't know." Narada then told him, "You have not glorified Krsna and His pastimes of Vrndavana and you have not discussed how the gopis and all the Vrajavasis serve Him. You should glorify Him, and especially His many devotees, His preyasis, the gopis, and His beloved Radhika." Vyasadeva then saw all the pastimes of Krsna and His associates in his trance, and thus he wrote Srimad Bhagavatam and became happy. The essence, therefore, of all Vedic literature - Upanisads, Puranas, and Bhagavatam - is Vraja-prema or gopi-prema, and especially the love and affection of Srimati Radhika, who controls Krsna and always keeps Him in Her heart. A Guru can give these truths; otherwise it is not possible to understand them. Otherwise we cannot know all these truths - all these mysterious truths. A Guru gives all this to the sisya so that he can be happy. You know that Ravana had so much opulence, and so many lakhs and lakhs of servants who lived in palaces made of gold and jewels. All kinds of opulences were present in Lanka and there were no poor people there. Ravana had ten mouths and ten heads, twenty eyes, and twenty ears, and he had conquered the whole world. But he was not happy. He could not control his heart. He could not control his mind. He could not control his lust. Therefore, who is greatest and strongest person? He who can control his six urges:
vaco vegam manasah krodha vega jihva-vegam udaropastha-vega etan vegan yo visaheta dhira sarvam apimam prthivim sa sisita 15
["A sober person who can tolerate the urge to speak, the mind's demands, the actions of anger and the urges of the tongue, belly and genitals is qualified to make disciples all over the world."] If one cannot control his anger, his words, his tongue, and his mind, he cannot do anything to help himself. You know the ex president of America - Clinton. He was so famous, and he was a very strong personality, but he could not check his heart and he became entangled with an office girl. Such persons cannot do anything productive. Therefore, if you want to be happy in this world, try to follow Vyasadeva - try to follow a real Guru. Previous to writing Srimad Bhagavatam, Vyasa made four disiples: Paila, Sumanta, Jaimini, and Vaisampayana; and he trained each of them in one of the four Vedas. Especially in South India, the Vedas, Upanisads and Sanskrit sastras are followed. Nowadays, however, especially those outside of India have gradually left their traditions. Something is in their blood; they believe in God, but they have given up all religious principals and instead take meat, eggs, wine and so on. They cannot control the six urges. Understanding the future, therefore, Vyasa gave one Veda to each of these four disciples, and he gave the Mahabarata and Puranas to Ugrasrava Suta. Vyasa served his Gurudeva. He followed the teachings of Narada and he preached the glory of Radha Krsna Conjugal everywhere. This is guru-bhakti, the tradition of guru, and the supremacy of Krsna and Radha's love and affection throughout the whole world. This is Vyasa. A diciple is he who can serve his Gurudeva as more than his own life and soul. He is not a disciple who is simply satisfied with the thought, "Oh, Gurudeva has given me a name"; but he does not chant, he does not realize anything, and especially he is not following the principles of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu which is the essence of all the Vedas:
trnad api su-nicena taror iva sahisnuna amanina manadena kirtaniya sada harih
["One should chant the holy name of the Lord in a humble state of mind, thinking oneself lower than the straw in the street; one should be more tolerant than a tree, devoid of all sense of false prestige and should be ready to offer all respect to others. In such a state of mind one can chant the holy name of the Lord constantly."] If you want to be a disciple of a Guru, you should be tolerant. If you do not have this tolerance, then when a mosquito comes, you will make a hydrogen bomb to kill it. You will think, "How shall I save myself from this?!" The whole day and night you will be thinking about this, and krsna-bhajana will disappear. To protect and maintain our life is essential, but why is it essential? Not for living like dogs, hogs or pigs. If anyone is spending his whole time maintaining himself, his is like a dog and other nonsense animals. These animals can do more than you. You are very worried about one child, but dogs can have fifteen or sixteen. Two times in a year they can have so many children, and there are many other animals who can have still more than this. So don't think you are more advanced than animals in this way, or that you are so intelligent. No. They are more intelligent than you. If you want to be actually intelligent, then always remember your death and your old age. Always remember that you cannot take anything with you at death, and, if you are not doing bhajana, you will be crushed by maya - thoroughly crushed. At that time you will lament, "Why could I not do bhajana? I've failed." Vyasa writes:
labdhva sudurlabham idam bahu-sambhavante manunyam arthadam anityam apiha dhira turnam yateta na pated anumrtyu yavan nihsreyasaya visayah khalu sarvatah syat
["After many births we have attained this human form; therefore before death comes, we should engage ourselves in the transcendental loving service of the Lord. That is the fulfillment of human life."] The main object of this human life is to try at once, immediately, to realize who is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. We should realize, "Who am I? I am not this body." This is the teaching of Vyasa.
sa vai punsam paro dharmo yato bhaktir adhoksaje ahaituky apratiha yayatma suprasidati
["The supreme occupation (dharma) for all humanity is that by which men can attain to loving devotional service unto the transcendent Lord. Such devotional service must be unmotivated and uninterrupted to completely satisfy the self"]. The purpose of this life is to serve the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krsna, as stated in these two slokas which were preached widely by my Guru Maharaja:
aradhyo bhagavan vrajesa tanayas tad dhama vridavanam ramya kacid upasana vrajavadhu vargena va kalpita srimad-bhagavatam amalam puranam sri caitanya mahaprabhor matam idam tatradarah na param
["The Personality of Godhead Sri Krsna, Who is known as the son of the King of Vrajadhama, Sri Nanda Maharaja, is the ultimate worshipful Lord of all Lords. Similarly His residential abode, the holy place of Vrndavana, is as worshipful as the Lord Himself. The ways of His worship may be various, but the one which was conceived by the damsels of Vrajadhama is unsurpassable by any other devotee. Srimad-Bhagavatam Purana is the unalloyed guidance for approaching the worshipful Lord, which is the ultimate goal of life. This is the sum total opinion of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. We shall bow down our heads before His opinion, and not accept another."]
amanayaha praha tattavam harim iha paramam sarva saktima rasabdhima tata bhinansansa ca jivan prakritir kavalitan tada vimuktansa ca bhavada bhedabheda prakasam sakalampi harch sadhanam sudha bhaktim sadhayam tata pritim eva iti upadesayati janan gauracandra savayam saha
["The authoritative knowledge of Vedas received through the bona fide disciplic succession, establishes the following fundamental truths: 1. Hari is the supreme absolute truth. 2. He is omnipotent. 3. He is the reservoir of all mellows. 4. The living entities are His separated parts and parcels. 5. The conditioned souls are covered by Maya. 6. The liberated souls are beyond the influence of Maya 7. The entire cosmic manifestation is simultaneously one and different from Him. 8. Suddha-bhakti is the only means to achieve love of Godhead. 9. The goal is to attain love of Godhead. These teachings have been instructed by Gauracandra Himself."] If anyone is going on this path, he must be happy. No one will be able to check his happiness. Hiranyakasipu was like an immortal person. He had so much opulence. He used to control Vayu, the god of air, Indra, and all other gods and goddesses, but he could find no happiness. A new being - animal plus man came to him, and in a moment He pulled out his intestines. If you do not follow this principal, then from the
beginning of your life, day and night, you'll only be thinking, "Money, money, money." And, after death you will become money. Realize this. It is to give you this message that we have come here. We have come to tell you that you should always remember your death. You should always remember Vyasadeva. Especially those of you who are Indians should remember the place from which you have come. India was previously known as Bharata. What is the meaning of Bharata? 'Bha' means illumination, or light. What is that light? Tattva-jnana. You come from that land where Narada Rsi, Brahma, Sankara, and all the acaryas were present. Transcendental knowledge is everywhere in Bharata. I have come to help you. And for those of you who are Indian, I have come to remind you that you are coming from Bharata. Don't forget this knowledge. You can make some money for your maintenance, but what is the purpose of maintaining yourselves? It is to follow the teachings of Srila Vyasadeva. In relation to Vyasa, there are four personalities who founded the four sampradayas: Brahma, Rudra, Sri and Sanaka. From them came the four sampradaya-acaryas, Madhva, Visnu Swami, Ramanuja, and Nimbaditya respectively, and they all made commentaries on Vedanta-sutra, or Brahma-sutra. Sri Sankaracarya wrote an explanation of Brahma-sutra called Sariraka-bhasya, or Brahma-sutra-bhasya, and his philosophy was known as advaita-vada, or kevaladvaita-vada. He claimed that brahma has no shape, and He is avyakta-anadi. He has no sakti, power. He has no visesa, speciality, and therefore He is nirvisesabrahma. Sankaracarya gave all these negative ideas, but he never gave any positive explanation. He said that brahma satya jagan mitya. This entire world is false, and only brahma is truth ÷ but that brahma is powerless. There is nothing in him. Sankaracarya's philosophy was therefore called advaita-vada or mayavada. After Sankaracarya, Ramanujacarya came and defeated all his arguments. He taught that these are not the ideas of Vedas. Rather, these ideas are against the Vedic principles. We should not follow this. Only demons can follow these ideas. No Vedic person can accept the theory that the Supreme Personality of Godhead has no shape, no attributes, no power ÷ nothing. Ramanujacarya defeated all of the arguments of Sankaracarya and called his philosophy visista-advaita-vada (specific monism). There are lakhs and lakhs of jivas and lakhs and lakhs of worlds. The Supreme Personality of Brahma has attributes. Crores and kotis (innumerable) jivas have come from Him, and this world also comes from Him. The Supreme Personality of Brahma exists along with this world and the jivas. What was the abhideya, practice, described in Ramanuja's philosophy? It was bhakti. What was the prayojana, the goal? It was service to the lotus feet of Narayana. Ramanuja accepted the form of Narayana, His attributes, His power, and also His bhakti. He rejected the mayavadi philosophy of advaita-vada. After Ramanuja came Madhvacarya. He established a certain portion of the Vedas, and his philosophy is called visuddhadvaita or dvaitadvaitavada. In this philosophical understanding there are five differences. You should explain the five differences. [Sripad Aranya Maharaja:] Madhvacarya established the philosophy that there is a difference between brahma and maya, there is a difference between jiva and maya, there is difference between jiva and jiva, and between different manifestations of maya and maya there are also differences. These five types of differences are called dvaitavada. [Srila Narayana Maharaja:] His practice was bhakti and his prayojana was the service of the Supreme Lord in the form of Vasudeva. Which Vyasudeva? He who has a churning rod in His hand. This form was accepted by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. After Madhva came Nimbarka, or Nimbaditya, and his philosophy was visuddha- vedaveda, but svabhavika (natural). He preached that brahma has vikrit, transformed, and it is from brahma that the whole world is coming. Brahma is alone, but still there are so many jivas and so many associates, like His father and mother. His dhama is there, but advaita. Caitanya Mahaprabhu did not like this. He took the essence of all the Vedas - not only part of the Vedas. He fully took all the moods of the essence of the Vedas, Veda's sarvavesa-bhava, and discovered acintya-bhedabheda-tattva. It is not directly from Krsna that this world and jivas have come, but rather from His energy. This is called sakti-parinama-vada, transformation of sakti, energy. Caitanya Mahaprabhu adopted this philosophy because it asserts that everything has not come from Krsna Himself, but from the power of Krsna. Thus, Mahaprabhu defeated the arguments of Nimbarka's bhedabheda svabhavika and founded acintya-bhedabheda. We can not imagine this truth by our mental speculation. It can only be understood through words or the Vedas ÷ by amnaya, the Vedic literature which has been accepted by our guru-parampara. He established the service of Radha-Govinda, Radha-Gopinatha, and Radha-Madana Mohana. What was the sadhana, practice? That practice begins with vaidhi-bhakti and then changes to raganuga- bhakti. By that practice one can achieve Vraja-prema, and this is the supreme goal of life. If anyone accepts this practice or goal he is in the line of Vyasa. We should try to realize all this. Somehow you should know the essence of krsnaöbhakti, that bhakti which Caitanya Mahaprabhu brought from Goloka
Vrndavana ÷ gopi-prema. This is the goal of our life. If we accept this, then our Vyasa puja is complete. The followers of Sankaracarya 'worship' Vyasa, but they don't follow him. They say Vyasa was ignorant because he wrote that brahma is anandamaya-bhyasa, blissful. The followers of Sankaracarya reject this. They say that brahma is 'bliss', but He is not 'blissful'. In other words He is not a person. This is not service to Guru. A disciple must obey his Gurudeva and serve his Gurudeva. Serving Gurudeva outwardly by worship, and at the same time cutting the arguments and teachings of Gurudeva, is not duty or service of a disciple ÷yet Sankaracarya did that. Why did he do so? It was because Narayana ordered him in that way, to save Himself from being disturbed by demons who came to Him in the name of bhakti but who really only wanted Him to fulfill their selfish desires. Narayana told Sankaracarya, "You should preach in this world, 'You are brahma. aham brahmasmi. sarvam kalvidam brahma. tat-tvam-asi.'" There are so many things to discuss, but somehow try to know this: If you want to be happy in this world, then accept a high class of transcendental Guru who knows Gita, Bhagavatam, the Puranas, and Veda sastra, who can remove all doubts, and who practically chants harinama sankirtana following trnad api sunicena taror iva sahisnuna. He practices bhakti as received from Vyasa, Narada, and all other bona fide spiritual masters. He serves and glorifies his Gurudeva throughout the world, as we see in the lives of Srila Bhaktisiddanta Saraswati Gosvami, Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, Srila Bhaktividanta Swami Maharaja, my Gurudeva, and so on. If you want to follow, you can be happy. Gaura Premanande Hari Hari Bol! Typists: Kalindi dasi, Sulata dasi, and Kanaka Manjari dasi Editor: Syamarani dasi
Offering to his beloved siksa-guru Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Lecture given in Bombay, 1994 for the occasion of the disappearance day of Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada By Tridandisvami Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja At the time of his divine departure from this world, Parama-pujyapada Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja ordered me, "You should serve me by performing my samadhi ceremony." He knew the meaning and significance of entering samadhi, as well as the proper procedures to be performed at that time. Samadhi is a Sanskrit word consisting of the two syllables, sama-dhi. Sama means "the same" and dhi means "intelligence." When the pure devotee takes samadhi, it means that upon departing from this world he enters the same level, position and spiritual mood as the personal associates of his worshipful Deity. He is serving in that realm according to his own svarupa (constitutional form), with equal qualities, intelligence and beauty as those associates. Srila Swami Maharaja‟s worshipful Deity is Srimati Radhika, and he serves Her under the guidance of Her personal associates, the manjaris. Your Srila Prabhupada has preached about Lord Jagannatha-deva, Sri Krsna-Balarama and various manifestations of Sri Sri Radha-Krsna. But from his writings, books and personal meetings and visits, I am absolutely sure that his worshipful Deity is Srimati Radhika, and he sees Sri Krsna as Her Beloved. The Complete Conception At the time of Srila Swami Maharaja‟s entering samadhi, his desire was to assist Srimati Radhika in that very place where She renders Her services to Sri Krsna. He was one with the mood of Her maidservants, and he requested my service at that time. The leader of the manjaris, Sri Rupa-manjari, serves Srimati Radhika when Radhika wants to meet with Krsna. In the dark of night she dresses Radhika in black clothes, and ties Her ankle-bells in such a way that they will not make any sound. At the time of dressing Radhika, she may decorate Her with a necklace, with the Syamantaka jewel as its centerpiece. At that time she may say, "This jewel is the friend of Sri Krsna‟s Kaustubha jewel." In this way, Radhika is reminded of Her pastimes with Lord Krsna and bestows all Her mercy upon Sri Rupa-manjari, who always gives so much uddipana (inspiration) to Her bhava. If one has the mood to assist in his Guru‟s service to Sri Rupa-manjari or Srimati Radhika, he renders the best service. I do not know why Srila Swami Maharaja gave me the mercy of giving him uddipana as he entered samadhi. I performed this service by decorating him with tilaka and by writing certain sacred mantras with sandlewood paste on his chest. These decorations indicated his personal services to his worshipful Deity, Srimati Radhika. Just before his departure from this world, he requested me to sing Sri Rupa-manjari-pada:
sri rupa-manjari-pada, sei mora sampada, sei mora bhajana-pujana
The lotus feet of Sri Rupa-manjari are my dearmost treasure. They are the topmost object of my worship and inner devotional practices. (Sri Rupa-manjari-pada 1)
sei mora prana-dhana, sei mora abharana, sei mora jivanera jivana
Her lotus feet are my most cherished wealth, more dear than my own life. They are the exquisite ornament of my life, and indeed, the very essence of my existence. (Sri Rupa-manjari-pada 2) This is the best sankirtana of Sri Rupa-manjari, who can lead us to Radhika‟s service. While I sang this bhajana, I saw that Srila Swami Maharaja‟s face was sometimes colored with one transcendental mood and
sometimes with another. I requested my brahmacari, Sesasayi prabhu, to sing with me as I personally performed this kirtana for him – just as I did for my Gurudeva at the time of his entering samadhi. There were many similarities between my diksa-guru, Srila Bhakti Prajnana Kesava Gosvami Maharaja, and Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja. I did what Srila Swami Maharaja ordered me to do for him, and I feel so fortunate that he gave me this service. Also just before his departure, he ordered me: "You should advise and help my disciples, all GBC (Governing Body Commision) devotees, and all devotees connected with me." I did not think I could help them at that time, for I considered them higher in rank than myself. I thought, "They have so much guru-nistha, faith in the lotus feet of their Gurudeva. They are far more advanced than I am. They know the conclusive truths of the Krsna Consciousness philosophy better than I. How can I help them?" But my siksa-guru gave some inspiration in my heart. By Srila Swami Maharaja‟s inspiration I came to know that many disciples were misunderstanding his real identity. They were guessing that his constitutional form is that of a cowherd friend of Krsna. When I heard this, I experienced so much pain in my heart for them – they did not have accurate knowledge or feelings about him. I realized that it is my duty to give them faith in the complete conception of him, that he is in madhurya-rasa. Sakhya-rasa is included within madhurya-rasa, so sakhya-bhava is also within him. How Deep is the Mountain There are two ways to see our Gurudeva, and in this connection an analogy can be given of the Himalayan Mountains. The height of the Himalayas is one thing and its depth is another. We can somewhat see its height, but we cannot see what is hidden deep within the ground. We saw that Srila Swami Maharaja collected a large number of disciples throughout the world in practically no time; we saw all varieties of his height. He loved everyone, and everyone felt, "He loves me so much." We also saw this in our Guru Maharaja. However, we cannot know how deep Sri Guru is. Srila Swami Maharaja used to sing Sri Gurvastakam with a profound mood and tears in his eyes – in samadhi. He did not see who was looking at him and who was not, who was taking part and who was not. He was simply absorbed in singing and playing his karatalas. The first four verses of Sri Gurvastakam contain very high subject matter that we can realize and see. But at present we cannot realize the next two verses:
sri-radhika-madhavayor apara madhurya-lila-guna-rupa-namnam prati-ksanasvadana-lolupasya vande guroh Sri caranaravindam
At every moment Sri Gurudeva is experiencing intense greed in his heart to taste the unlimited sweetness of the holy names, forms, qualities, and pastimes of Sri Sri Radha-Madhava in Vrndavana. I offer my prayers unto the lotus feet of Sri Gurudeva. (Sri Gurvastakam, verse 5)
nikunja-yuno rati-keli-siddhyai ya yalibhir yuktir apeksaniya tatrati-daksyad ati-vallabhasya vande guroh Sri caranaravindam
Sri Gurudeva is always present with the sakhis, planning the arrangements for the perfection of Yugalakisora‟s amorous pastimes (rati-keli) within the kunjas of Vrndavana. Because he is so expert in making these tasteful arrangements for Their pleasure, he is very dear to Sri Radha and Krsna. I offer my prayers unto the lotus feet of Sri Gurudeva. (Sri Gurvastakam, verse 6) Only one who is equal to his self-realized Guru can understand his depth. A kanistha-adhikari (novice devotee) and a madhyama-adhikari (intermediate devotee) cannot guess how deep his feelings are. They cannot begin to imagine the fathomless moods of krsna-prema and radha-prema in their Guru‟s heart. Without being an uttama-adhikari, a topmost pure devotee, one cannot understand. Kanistha- and madhyama-adhikari devotees can see his height, his aisvarya (opulence), the way in which he collected disciples and very quickly preached all over the world. But it is more valuable to see his depth. He
has not collected disciples just so we can experience his height. Ultimately, he brought us to him with the sole aim of giving us his deep thoughts. Of course this will take time; it could take many births to realize this. When I look towards him and remember his orders, I become moved, knowing that he is engaged in nikunja-yuno rati-keli-siddhyai. The main reason he came was to give this very same service. He came to obey the orders of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, Nityananda Prabhu and Sri Sri Radha and Krsna, but he had to spend a great deal of time laying the groundwork for this. His Gurudeva was in a similar situation. Srila Prabhupada Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura has said, "I came to give some valuable conceptions in raganuga-bhava, but I could not do so in the way I desired. Most of my life was spent in sweeping and cutting jungles." This type of preaching is essential. Without preaching vaidhi-bhakti the main thing cannot be given, because vaidhi-bhakti is a prerequisite for further advancement. Srila Sarasvati Thakura also used to say that when the Mayavada philosophy is present, there can be no preaching of bhakti. We will therefore have to cut the jungles of atheism, Mayavada, sahajiyaism and other non-Vedic philosophies. We will have to spend time defeating their arguments. Now I think that by obeying Srila Swami Maharaja‟s orders, I have been fortunate to play a small role in this deeper mission. If I can inspire raganuga-bhakti in the hearts of devotees, I will see that I have fulfilled the orders he gave me. This is the best service I can render to his lotus feet. When you are situated in raganuga-bhakti, you will be able to factually see his relationship with Sri Sri Radha and Krsna in gopi-bhava. Then you can deeply think of his services to the Divine Couple in nikunjayuno rati-keli-siddhyai He used to sing daily, "Jaya radha-madhava jaya kunja-bihari gopi-jana-vallabha jaya giri-vara-dhari." Srila Swami Maharaja has so much transcendental greed to serve Kunja-Bihari. A cowherd boy does not have these sentiments and exalted conceptions. The reference to gopi-jana-vallabha in this song is also in our gopala-mantra, and it filled his heart. He desired to give the service of gopi-jana-vallabha as performed by the gopis. He saw that there were only a few in this world who were qualified for this; the number could be counted on one‟s fingers. Thus, in order to gradually bring his audiences to a level of understanding, he preached about Lord Jagannatha-deva and established Deities of Sri Sita-Rama and Sri Krsna-Balarama. The gopis also spoke about Rama-Krsna in Srimad-Bhagavatam, but they were not referring to Balarama. Balarama is sometimes called Rama, but the gopis were indicating Ramaniya-Krsna, that is, Sri Krsna the enjoyer of Sri Radha. The gopis‟ Rama is Krsna. Qualified devotees, who have actually received the mercy of their Gurudeva, will understand this. The best service I can render to his lotus feet is to give even an atom of the feelings of these exalted conceptions to his disciples and followers.
from South Africa
My Dearest Srila Gurudeva Kindly accept my most sincere dandavat pranams at your lotus feet.
I will always remember the day that I met His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in Pietermaritzburg South Africa at the Sanathan Vedh Dharam Sabha and was totally moved by His holy presence. I was young, searching and by then, had the opportunity of meeting many saintly and holy persons through my association, most of whom I have forgotten, He were different. My second meeting with Him was at the evening program at the City Hall when He boldly spoke of the power of the holy name. My mind was cleansed of all doubt that I had about religion & spirituality. I found the purpose of being born as a human. It seemed as if he had spiritually “brain washed” me and sowed the seeds of divine knowledge and wisdom which is what I was seeking all along. I am now very blessed to have taken shelter of your lotus feet and to be guided back home, back to Godhead through your firm yet kind instructions. I am unable to estimate your glorious position and qualities but I do know that undoubtedly you have been chosen by the Lord to spread His name in the footsteps of the great acharya‟s and to save man from the degradation of this material birth. When I associate with your form, your books, your temples and devotees I feel your divine presence in them and I am every so grateful that you have chosen me to be part and parcel of this parampara. Had it not been for your mercy and kindness I too would have been engrossed in total ignorance. O! Srila Gurudev! Please help me to chant the glories of the Lord like you do so perfectly. Please help me to serve and love others as you do so perfectly. Please help me to remember the pastimes of the Lord as you do so perfectly. Please help me to render service to the Vaishnava‟s and the spiritual movement that you have created and do so perfectly. Please help me to remember the Lord at the time of my death and never return to this material world of suffering. Begging to be your servant Rohininandana das – South Africa
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Anjli devi dasi,
from New Zealand
Dear Srila Gurudeva Dandavat pranams in the dust of your lotus feet. Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Gandarvika-Giridhari RadhaVinoda bihariju ki jaya!
saksad-dharityena samasta-sastrair uktas tatha bhavyata eva sadbhih kintu prabhor yah priya-eva tasya vande guroh sri-caranaravindam
Dear Gurudeva, you are the embodiment of spiritual happiness and thereser voir of compassion for the destitute souls. You enlighten us in bhakti, bhava and prema and you are the saviour of the fallen. Without your mercy we have no strength in our sadhana. Dear Gurudeva, please consider me a particle of dust affixed to your lotus feet and accept me forever as your purchased servant. Let me take shelter at your lotus feet, for you are my only hope in this material prison. Please give me the strength to remain steadfast and disciplined in devotional service so I may never fall again. Aspiring for your mercy, service and dust of your lotus feet. Your servant,. Anjli devi dasi
from New Zealand
My dear Srila Gurudeva of love so sweet Koti pranama at your lotus feet Heavy as a thunderbolt, soft as a rose Destroying doubts and dissolving woes Traveling the world again and again Ever propagating the holy refrain Each year they say you'll be slowing down Each year we see you break new ground Hundreds and thousands of people you meet Irresistibly attracted to your lotus feet Thousands of disciples coming your way Never do you turn anyone away Giver of profound love to all Ever echoing the acaryas' call Yuga-acarya, that you are Embodiment of Gaudiya parampara Sold-out servant of your own guru Dedicated follower of Prabhupada too Illuminating clearly what Prabhupada taught The sweet love of Radha that Caitanya brought With thousands of devotees gathered around You impart sastra and transcendental sound With the salve of bhakti you anoint Lifting us up from the kanistha point Clearly establishing Rupa Gosvami Completely intolerant of deviant folly Always speaking of Vraja so fine Kindling attachment for the islands nine Dweller of the groves of Vrndavana-dhama Dearest friend of Radhe-Syama Profuse distributor of harinama Demons-lurking-in-hearts' alarm Humbler than grass, more tolerant than trees Showing the world how to practice these Ambassador of love, we fall at your feet Begging to serve your servants, we weep Staunchest of bhaktas, most mighty of our time Thank you for bringing the message sublime O pure servant of Gaura, please don't leave our sight None but you can save us from our Kali-yuga plight By great fortune I found a heart of gold Gurudeva, more intimate than my soul Humbled I am that you've accepted me Given me ability to really see I pray someday I will qualify to be The dust at your sweet feet eternally Your most wretched and unworthy follower, Bhadra dasi (from New Zealand)
Isvara Puri das, Mitravinda didi, Narottama das and Janavi didi , from Philippine
Dear Srila Gurudeva, As we offer prostrated obeisances with a straw between our teeth, hands and feet tied with rope allow us to smear our body with the dust from Your Lotus Feet and in this way we will be able to form into words Your Glorious Qualities regardless of our fallen conditioned state. To glorify such great personality as You are it is hard for us to find the most appropriate description being such insignificant jivas struggling in this material existence. But Your mercy is unfathomable that You accepted us, giving us the chance to serve You ... that is a LOT Of Mercy. And this is not so difficult of You Srila Gurudeva because You are the most munificent expansion of the Lord of the Heart Sri Hari and the embodiment of Pure Love Srimate Radhika. You take this mission by heart to come and rescue the budding seeds Srila Swami Maharaja Prabhupada kindly sow in this barren land of mayavadis.Because of Your attachment to Him and to your loving Spiritual Master Srila Bhakti Prajnana Kesava Goswami Maharaja you patiently watered the heart of the young bhakti practitioners so that somehow they would improve and make advancement. Your coming is just in time when everybody were in confusion, desolate and drying up. We were one of those practitioners who were gasping for breath. To whom we could turn to? Sri Krishna seemed to be very far regardless of our sadhana. Somebody even commented that why is everyone falling away after doing all those austerities and regulative principles? Doing huge book distribution and collections, big programs, impressive preaching arrangements yet why everything ended just like that? And then you came with the siddhanta explaining that one should not just be attached to externals activities or to show to people that we are fired up and that we are fully Krishna Conscious. What matters most is if our hearts are not becoming soft for the Divine couple to enter and sit? If what we are doing externally is making our hearts thicker in false ego or instead it is ready to offer respect to others and also it is ready for accept if we commit mistakes? Gurudeva, we are far from real devotion. And we realized that we can never have it not unless we will have your mercy.At this point in our spiritual lives we are so grateful that we were connected to You and this fact make the things easier for us.And we would like to proclaim to the three worlds that Srila Narayan Gurudeva has that power to make our hearts softer,keeps our bhakti watered and continously growing and always keeping us free from fear.That is your power and greatness Srila Gurudeva and kindly keep us always in Your fold or else literally speaking and we really realized the lines of GURUDEVA Song which it is said that we could not maintain our lives any longer... that thin line of your merciful glance keeps us breathing in this jungle of material existence until such time we are fully purified and would come to that stage of Pure Bhakti! Thank You for Your Kindness and thank you to your most dedicated senior disciples namely Syamarani didi and Vasanti didi,HH BV Padmanabha Maharaja, HH Damodara Maharaja and your most generous Radha Kanta Prabhu whose heart resides in the Philippine Yatra! All glories to Your most Auspicious Appearance Srila Narayan Gurudeva Ki Jai! Jai Sacinandan Gaura Hari Ki! Jai Nityanada Rama Prabhu Ki! .. Sri Sri Radha Vinoda Bihari Ki Jai! dasanudasa, Isvara Puri das, Mitravinda didi, Narottama das, Janavi Didii
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Manohar das & Manmohini dasi,…….. from Austria
108 Dandavats to our dearest Srila Gurudeva! Please accept the humble offering of our hearts at Your lotus feet. By Your causeless mercy our lives have been completely transformed. No words can contain the deep and silent gratitude we feel in our hearts every day! Without Your blessings, we would have continued wasting our existence pursuing useless activities. We pray that some day we may become worthy of serving You in some way. Until then we will continue trying to serve Your servants. Forever Your unworthy children, Manohar das & Manmohini dasi, Austria
Radha Kanta das, Vrinda devi dasi, Yudhisthir Ras Bihari das, Parikshit Adi devi dasi and Vichitra Ashesa Lila dasi, from Mauritius and Champigny sur Marne in France
jaya Om Viṣṇupāda Paramahaṁsa Privrājakācārya Aṣṭottara-śata Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyana Gosvāmī Mahārāja namaḥ oṁ viṣṇupādāya rādhikāya-priyātmane śrī-śrīmad-bhaktivedānta nārāyaṇa iti nāmine mantra guru arayata siksha gura gana tanhara carane agé kariyé vandana” « First of all I offer my humble Obeisances, Dandavat Pranaam to the Lotus feet of my Diksha Guru, His Divine Grace Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Goswami Maharaja and then to all my others Siksha Gurus specially our Beloved Eternal Jagat Guru Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Prabhupad Swami Maharaj ».
Our Most Beloved Patita Pavan Gurudev, This is my first offering to You as my Spiritual Father, on this occasion of Your Sri Vyas Puja, after having received Diksha in Germany in 2007. I have been in Krishna Consciousness since the last 28 years and following thoroughly the teachings of Our beloved Swami Maharaj. I, Radhakanta das, have chosen a Grhasta life to continue my devotional life with Bhakti and Sadhana in the love for Radha and Krishna. With the association of my Dharam Patni, Vrnda devi dasi, who also received initiation from You in Germany, we have three children namely Yudhisthir Ras Bihari das, Parikshit Adidev das and Vichitra Ashasa Lila dasi, all Your disciples. We all pay, our humble obeisances and beg You for excuse all offences and aparadhas committed in our life towards the vaisnavas and we are seeking Mercy from You. Gurudev, I was a fervent servant of Srila Prabhupad and after so many years He has been so Mercyful to have driven me and my family to a Diksha Guru. Thanks a lot to H.H. Bhativedanta Vana Maharaj, who visited our home in Paris and convinced us to accept a Diksha Guru in our life. He also told us that serving Srila Narayan Maharaj was none different from serving Srila Prabhupad. He assured us not to change anything in our services at home, but just to accept Diksha from a bonafide Guru and continue serving Srila Prabhupad. He invited us to come to the Festival of Germany. When we arrived there we were so happy to meet so many of our French devotees, so many Prabhupada‟s disciples who knows us well and they all welcomed us with so much love. We were emotionned and we thanked Srila Prabhupad to have driven us till You Gurudev.
Your Darshan was like if we are meeting Swami Maharaj Himself after so many years of services in His Iskcon. I also think that having You as our shelter is the fruits of our acts. Bestowed by the Mercy of Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga and the Pure Vaisnavas, our eldest son Yudhisthir has started his Bhakti practice very young. At the age of 3, he was already chanting Vaisnavas songs. At seven, he started reading Bhagavat Gita, performing Aratis and leading kirtans in the Iskcon temples and he even did a Bhagavat Gita lecture on the MBC TV in Mauritius. His brother Parikshit and sister Vichitra have followed his path in Glorifying the Supreme Lord Sri Krishna and Sri Radharani and the Gurus. Little Vichitra has got the opportunity to sing for You in Italy in 2008 and Yudhisthir welcomed You with his young voice in France in 2009 by chanting the Guru Pranama. Our children, a new generation devotees, have really received an invaluable mercy « Gurudev Kripa » from You. Since two years we celebrate Your Vyasa Puja at my place in such an auspicious way that we feel Your presence among us. Our children glorifies their Gurudev in every programs that we participate whether in Mauritius or in France. And they give a good image of their educations in Krishna Consciousness. We all need Your protection and Mercy to continue in this way. I beg You, Dearest Guruvar that we remain for ever, under the shelter of Your Lotus feet and desire Your protections on our whole family and continue to guide us on the path to our ultimate destination, Back to Godhead. Your most insignificants servants, Dasdasanudas Radha Kanta das, Vrinda devi dasi, Yudhisthir Ras Bihari das, Parikshit Adidev das et Vichitra Ashesa Lila dasi from Mauritius and Champigny sur Marne in France.
Dear Srila Gurudeva Narayana Maharaja. Please accept my most humble obeisances at the dust of your lotusfeet. Srila Gurudeva, please accept me as your aspiring disciple. Your insignificant servant Bhakta Rune from Denmark:)
Manasa devi (Melissa Hornung),
The secret of the steady prayer
Like the breathing is the steady prayer, ever-shining from the inside of the soul. The light of the Creator that never goes.
from Berlin, Germany
The indelible light gleams unalteredly as if God's breath would blow in the inside of the praying one and this human would see God in all big and small miracles. This praying beams full of joy, it happens without words, ostentation, without external cognition but only in silence, in the depth and beyond all thoughts A real prayer stops asking because the Lord never forgets one of His creatures. A sincere prayer is grateful for sorrow and joy because it sees that every moment of life is a present from God.
Melissa Hornung, July 2006
Carefully I wanted to start to be close to YOU. But then I saw: Long ago You have already been with me. Hesitantly I tried to go the way of love. But already YOUR warm protecting hand has found mine. While I realised how much worldly suffering there is still in my mind YOU said: My child, always you are loved by me. To YOU my GURU I wanted to devote myself but YOU gave YOURSELF to me and on top of it true life. Melissa Hornung, 15 December 2006
God´s true goblets
As unique goblets He created us out of earth. So that each one becomes a goblet of pure love. But a useful goblet must go the way through fire. It burns in true love only so it can come into new existence. The will of the lover becomes the will of the beloved alone. Only a fired goblet will be useful for the water from the source of mercy. Melissa Hornung, 20.05.2007
Radha Mohana dasa,
from Essen, Germany
oṁ ajñāna timirāndhasya jñānāñjana śalākaya caksur-unmīlitaṁ yena tasmai śrī -gurave namaḥ
Hare Krishna my sweet Gurudeva! Thousand thanks to you for the shelter of your lotusfeet and giving me drop of mercy to get an idea of the service to Sri Sri Radha-Krishna! Some day I will throw my false ego away to reach pure prema. Dandavats pranam thousand times your inferior Radha Mohana dasa
Indurekha didi, Satyavati, Madhu Mangal and Madhukar das,
Dandavat pranams Srila Gurudeva, All Glories to Sri Guru, Gauranga and SriSri Radha-Govinda-ji! Dear Srila Gurudeva, Many congratulations on your Vyasa-Puja! We'd like to take this opportunity to thank you many thousands of times for the blessings and inspiration that you bestowed upon us, as a family, in Italy this summer. Together with Premalata-mataji and Haridas prabhu we continue to work on a Dutch translation of Jaiva-Dharma and we also try to bring more people in contact with Krishna consciousness through the Sri Chaitanya Community in Amsterdam (founded by Hayesvar Prabhu). Without your mercy and inspiration, this would not be possible. Again, many congratulations and we hope to be celebrating many more Vyasa-Pujas together with you! Radhe Radhe!
from Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Indurekha didi, Satyavati, Madhu Mangal and Madhukar das from Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Raghava Pandit das and Bhanumati devi dasi ,
Dear Srila Gurudeva, Jai Sri Radhe! Please accept our dandavat pranams and humble obeisances. We offer our hearts to you and pray we will be able to keep serving you. With love and affection from both Raghava Pandit das and Bhanumati dd from Holland.
Jayanta Sanyal ,
from Dublin, Ireland
Please accept my humble obeisances. It's impossible to progress without the blessings of beloved Gurudev. So, please, yes! Put my name "Jayanta" at the lotus feet of Srila Gurudev. May we exert our sincere service to Radha Krishna by chanting 16 rounds (without fail) daily and following the 4 regulative principles. So, this is serious business. Let us not fall down.. Your humble servant, Jayanta Sanyal
Please accept my humble obeisances, All glories to Srila Prabhupada, All glories to Guru Parampara, All glories to all Vaisnavas.
I want to thank You, that there are still so merciful souls, who are coming here to teach us how to love. Your disciples are very nice and they inspired me how to be patient and tolerant. Please pray for me to Sri Krishna and Sri Radha, that they will teach me how to love other devotees and how to satisfy my Guru Maharaja. Your servant Vaisnavi dasi
Sri Sri Guru Gourangau Jayatah! All glories to Sri Sri Radha Vinodha Bihari Ki Jay My dearmost Srila Gurudeva, I want to give my deepest and gratefulness for let me and my son Syama come to you for the first time in Italy where we became devotees. You gave us a seed which were plant in our hearts to grow. It is not always easy to take care of our seeds and plants and let them grow as they should do, because they need care and love every day. You taught us how to nourish this seed in order to let it grow up through our devotion to Sri Krishna and Radharani. I thank you for being part of our lives, giving us hope when we needed it most in order to see the truth, and for always be there for all of us. Syama send his love. Srila Gurudeva Ki Jay! Your daughter Puspalata dasi, Norway
Charu Krishna das ,
oṁ ajñāna timirāndhasya jñānāñjana śalākaya caksur-unmīlitaṁ yena tasmai śrī -gurave namaḥ namaḥ oṁ viṣṇupādāya rādhikāya-priyātmane śrī - śrīmad-bhaktivedānta nārāyaṇa iti nāmine
from Warsaw, Poland
Dearest Srila Gurudeva, One and half year ago I didn‟t know yet that I would meet you. I didn‟t even think that I could meet such a pure person. I thought the disciples of Srila Prabhupada, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja, had this rare opportunity to meet him because they are more pious than me, what is certainly true, and I thought that it was impossible for me. At this time I was completely perplexed. Despite of reading Srila Prabhupada‟s books and talking to the devotees I didn‟t really know who bona fide guru was, what real bhakti was and what I should really do to gradually for come to this point. I couldn‟t find real answers to my essential questions from anywhere and I began to search answer to the question „what I should do‟ in astrology. Simply chanting of Hare Krishna maha-mantra, what I have been doing for more than fifteen years was not enough for me. Something was missing. When your disciple and my friend came to me at this time and gave me your two books, I hesitated to take them with me because of my foolishness and ignorance but I couldn‟t refuse saying “no, thank you”. I felt it would be improper. When I came to my home I simply put these two books (Śri Manah-śiksa and Śri Śiksastaka) on the shelf and I didn‟t even look them inside. Time was passing by and I was still trying to find answers to my questions but this time through the medium of internet. I was finding your lectures and they were interesting for me. I also found some video on youtube titled: “Narayana Maharaja blasphemes Śrila Prabhupada”, and I was really impressed how wonderfully Śrila Narayana Maharaja was commenting on the verse 9.32 from Bhagavad-gita. In the meantime there was some discussion going on on one of the Polish internet forum about Śrila Narayana Maharaja and I was disgusted because of its form of talking. This inclined me to find real truth: who Śrila Narayana Maharaja was and why I could not hear from him being in ISKCON and What he is really teaching? Then I begun to read these books which were given to me by my friend and……...I was REALLY IMPRESSED. With every page I felt more and more peace of mind and begun to get answers to my essential questions. Next I begun to read some books and pamphlets from the purebhakti.com and light of real knowledge fell over me. What really shocked me was your explanation of the word “guru-devatatma”. You wrote in your book “Guru-devatatma”: “first, we must think that guru is our atma, our life and soul”. At that time I decided to take initiation from your wonderful and really unique person, in front of whom the real meaning of the Śri Guru Pranama verse started to manifest before me, because till that time it was simply meaningless. I spoke to my wife that you really answered to my previous questions and doubts and she said: “you have found your real guru”. Gradually I begin to understand that without your guidance in every second of my life I can‟t truly say that I am really living. Without it there is only pain and suffering and not real life, therefore I pray to you to guide me always, in every moment of my life. Meeting you in my life is simply a miracle. Aspiring for the real service of Sri Guru and Vaisnavas Charu Krishna das (Warsaw, Poland)
Gunamala devi dasi,
from Warszawa, Poland
Please accept my most respectful obeisances onto your lotus feet. On this occasion of would like to thank you 2009 you accepted me gave me diksha mantras your Vyasa-puja I heartily that in June as your disciple and in Venice.
Now I belong to your sanga and I feel myself much much better.
I feel new quality of my spiritual life, also as I would just started. I am not able to understand the real value of your mercy and your greatness but I feel something great and inscrutable. I believe in you, your greatness and power, and I am convinced that many good will come to my life because of you although I do not know what it will be. Thank you heartily for your faith and new quality of spiritual feelings. Yours Gunamala devi dasi Warszawa Poland
Please accept my humble obeisances onto your lotus feet. namaḥ oṁ viṣṇupādāya rādhikāya-priyātmane śrī-śrīmad-bhaktivedānta nārāyaṇa iti nāmine My name is Premdas, I was recently initiated by your grace on Venice Festival in June 2009. I live in Poland with my family near to Warsaw (the capitol of Poland in the central part of country). On this auspicious day of your Vyasapuja I would like to wish you all good fortune in following and serving your beloved Deities Sri Sri Radha Vinoda Bihari in the mood of Srimari Radharani. Also I would like to say thank you for your preaching in the western countries which brings prema-bhakti to such poor souls as me that lives with the spiritual hope and happiness and loving emotions that coming only from the relationship with you and your nearest associates. I came to Krishna Consciousness throught Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami's books. Than I was looking for the meaning of his books in ISKCON but I was constantly unsatisfied and restless there because I could not find the path of prema-bhakti. Because of my experiences there I even lost my faith in the possibility of finding a bona fide spiritual master in this very lifetime, although I knew, that I needed him very much. Somehow there was some conviction within my heart telling me that I should accept my Gurudev only by heart and not by any other means. Later, by my unexpected good fortune, I meet you and it was like spiritual illumination. In fact I understood in my soul for the very first time in this life the meaning of this verse: oṁ ajñāna timirāndhasya jñānāñjana śalākaya caksur-unmīlitaṁ yena tasmai śrī -gurave namaḥ When I saw you for the first time in my life in association of your nearest disciples with my own eyes, and when I heard you with my own ears, my stone like heart completely melted with joy, love and devotion. Than I already knew that I was looking for you always knowingly or unknowingly, both in my material conditioned life and in my conscious spiritual search. In this very moment I saw in my heart that all of my experience, these good and bad, I was going through in my life, led me to meet up with you and to accept your grace as grace of the bona fide spiritual master. You are the embodiment of Mahaprabhu and Nityananda Prabhu giving mercy upon me. You are the manifestation of all my expectations in my spiritual life. You gave me the meaning of my life. By your grace I understood that now I can be my really self. So in this auspicious day of your Vyasa puja looking for be always near to you, let me glorify you with this words: Long live Gurudeva! Let me always keep you in my heart! Although I do not understand your position and your greatness truly, I attempt to set my heart onto your lotus feet. Your's Premdas
Puspasara dasi ,
from Warsaw, Poland
oṁ ajñāna timirāndhasyajñānāñjana śalākaya caksur-unmīlitaṁ yenatasmai śrī -gurave namaḥ vāñchā-kalpatarubyaś ca kṛpāsindhubhya eva ca patitānāṁ pāvanebhyo vaiṣṇavebhyo namo namaḥ
Dearest Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja Please accept my humble obeisances at your holy lotus feet. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and to all vaisnavas. Dear Maharaja, thank you so much for appearing in this material world and spreading the glories of pure bhakti all around. Some criticize that you and your „agents‟ are preaching to the devotees from ISKCON, but I bow down to you again and again being grateful for that and hope you never stop. I also want to thank you for your books, especially for your wonderful commentary on Śrila Prabhupada‟s „Nectar of Instruction‟ which was a big revolution for me. I felt like Śrila Prabhupada is speaking himself. It was so unpopular to admit that I did not have full faith in my guru, and I was unhappy thinking that having doubts is only the result of my impurity. Now I am the same unqualified and full of anarthas person but by some good fortune I have got in contact with you (through books, videos and your wonderful disciples) and I am convinced that you are the real pure representative of Lord Śri Krsna in this world. For the first time in my life the verse:
saksad-dharitvena samasta-śastrair uktas tatha bhavyata eva sadbhih kintu prabhor yah priya eva tasya vande guroh śri-caranaravindam
Make sense. I am so happy about it, I feel like my life has started again. I got harinama initiation in 1995 from Śrila Indradyumna Swami Maharaja, to whom I am very much in debt, and I pray to be blessed by getting diksa initiation from you, dear Maharaja. Now I have one son he is 2 years old and I chant only 6 rounds of Maha Mantra a day, but in a few months I hope to improve. In this auspicious day of your Vyasa-puja I pray for your blessing that I become more serious in my efforts in spiritual life and have taste for hearing Krsna-katha and chanting holly Name. Aspiring to be your servant Puspasara dasi (Warsaw, Poland)
Tarun Krishna das,
from Warsaw, Poland
My dearest Srila Gurudeva! Please accept my most humble obeisances at the dust of your lotus feet. All glories to you at your auspicious Vyasa Puja day! namaḥ oṁ viṣṇupādāya rādhikāya-priyātmane śrī-śrīmad-bhaktivedānta nārāyaṇa iti nāmine śrī - kṛṣṇa -līlā-kathane sudakṣaṁ audārya-mādhurya guṇaiś ca yuktaṁ varaṁ varenyaṁ puruṣaṁ mahāntaṁ nārāyaṇaṁ tvaṁ śirasā namāmi tridaṇḍīnāṁ bhakta-śiromaṇim ca śrī -Kṛṣṇa padābja dhṛtaika-hṛdi caitanya-līlāmṛta-sāra sāraṁ nārāyāṇaṁ tvam satataṁ prapadye Srila Gurudeva! Although it is impossible for me fully understand your glories I will try humbly express my feelings. I am so thankful to you for changing my life. You offered me a chance to gradually move from materialistic ignorance to the divine couple Sri Sri Radha Krsna. In this way I can fulfill the mission of human life. I am so fortunate that your disciples empowered by Your Divine Grace brought me to your lotus feet. Now I got real understanding what sadhusanga means and what is taste of Krsna katha. Thanks to your mercy, after many years, I got so much realization what Krsna consciousness really is. Although I am completely useless one I approached you with faith because you are adhama janara bandhu. Now my desire is to understand what it means to be your disciple. If some day you will consider me as your servant it will be the greatest achievement in my life. Dear Srila Gurudeva! Please accept once again my humble obeisances at your lotus feet. Yours insignificant, begging for your mercy Tarun Krishna das Warsaw, Poland.
Bhakta Manuel Chouciño Rivero,
from Madrid, Spain
Please accept my humble obeisances, Expecting to be blessed by Your Grace Sri Srimad Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Goswami Maharaja and having been touched by the Nectar of the Holy Name, desirous always to serving Krsna and all devotees. HAPPY VYASA PUJA BELOVED GURUDEVA !!!!! !!! HARIBOL!!!! your eternal bhakta Manuel Chouciño Rivero...from Madrid
HARE KRSNA HARE KRSNA KRSNA KRSNA HARE HARE HARE RAMA HARE RAMA RAMA RAMA HARE HARE
from Barcelona, Spain
Initiated name: Gopa-murti Dasa (grhastha asram) (Given by Bhagavan prabhu-ISKCON-1977 First and 2nd Initiations given by Srila Narayana Maharaja in 2003 Civil name: Jordi Salvat - Living in Barcelona (Spain) Dear Gurudeva: I offer my humble pranama to Om Visnupada 108 Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja, who is very dear to Srimati Radhika. Srila Narayana Maharaja is expert in describe Krishna-lila. He is endowed with the qualities of magnanimity and sweetness, and he is the best of the great souls. Because he is always relishing Krishna‟s sweetness, he is able to freely distribute that sweetness to others, I bow down and place my head at his lotus feet. Tridandi-sannyasi Srila Narayana Maharaja, the crown-jewel of devotees, always keeps in his heart the lotus feet of Radha and Krishna, especially when Krishna serves Srimati Radhika. He deeply meditates on Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and the internal reasons for His descent. I bow down to the lotus feet of Srila Narayana Maharaja, who possesses innumerable transcendental qualities. I bow down my head onto all vaisnavas feet. Only by their inspiration and example, life is possible in this breathless world and depredated planet.
ei kali-kale ara nahi kona dharma vaishnava, vaishnava-sastra, ei kahe marma
In this Age of Kali there are no genuine religious principles other than those established by Vaishnava devotees and the Vaishnava scriptures. This is the sum and substance of everything. (M.L. 9, 362) This is the verse I had tried to learn when I was getting association with BV Srauti Maharaja. Due to my inability, after a couple of years, I am still trying to learn the same verse. I am sure that Maharaja would not do good business keeping me as his servant. Now, after the cerebellum tumour operation, I keep serving the translation of your books according to my ability. For the same healthy reasons, I cannot travel to obtain your darsan, dear Gurudeva, but I keep listening to your classes, festivals and Bhakti news to the net. I am conscious that I am missing the most important point: the mercy of a living sadhu, your darsan and your direct association. I pray Nitai-Gauranga to be merciful giving me closest association with His Divine Grace anywhere we go.
So, I appreciate very much the sannyasis tours. I am looking for having soon BV Sajjan Maharaja association back in Barcelona.
BV Van Maharaja comes each year to Spain; he was the first sannyasi who preached me at Ananda-dhama Mandira (Vrindavana). Sincere gratefulness to Syamarani Devi Svamini and Bhakti art team who help with their paintings to illustrate the wonderful books. His gracious mood of preaching, his classes by videos like “Every day is Vyasa Puja” are very inspiring, I enjoy BV Damodara Maharaja Hari katha. I want to mention now the most humble of your servants, who guided me from Krsna-Balaram mandira to Ananda-dhama and Gaudiya Vedanta Samiti Matha, giving me the opportunity to serve your lotus feet, Mathuranatha dasa Prabhu (from Murwillumbah). A million of dandavats pranamas to all guru-Parampara as your diksa-guru Srila Bhakti-Prajñana Kesava Maharaja and your dear siksa and friend Srila Svamiji Maharaja. All glories to His Divine Grace Srila Goura Govinda Maharaja and Srila Bhakti Damodara Maharaja (Dr. Singh). Million of thanks to all sannyasis, vanaprasthas, grhasthas, vaishnavis and vaishnavas, your personal servants as BV Madhava Maharaja, your secretary Brajanatha prabhu and wife, and all of those who take care of you, dear Gurudeva, with love and devotion. All glories to the Acharya-cooks who prepare maha-prasada for the deities and the devotees. Lakhas of gratitude to all of them. I think that only bhakti can repay the bhakti received.
vancha-kalpa-tarubhyas ca kripa-sindhubhya eva ca patitanam pavanebhyo vaisnavebhyo namo namah
Maheshvara Prasada dasa,
My obeisances to Srila Gurudeva Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Prabhupada to whom I consider my Siksha Bhakta Guru. I am chanting his Guru mantra in my Sadhana, to improve my Chant of Hare Krishna and to get happy association of the devotional service and pratice Bhakti Yoga. Thanks Gurudeva Narayana, Sridharadeva and Puri Gosvami by helping me to understand our Jagat Guru Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the origin of my humble path in Sankirtana and thanks to your inspiration and philosophical concreteness Bhagavata I have been able to taste a drop of true Goura-Bhakta nectar. Mahéshvara Prasada dasa, España"
Xavier Vidal Bueno,
from Barcelona, Spain
To Sri Narayana Gosvami Maharaj: To you I offer my humble obeisances, infinite pranams. I offer my mind, my intellect, my body, senses. The very air I breathe I offer unto you. Every movement I do, every pleasure I feel. I am such a wretch that I am not able to perform sadhana properly, and I forget about Radha Krishna again and again. I am full of anxiety, running hither and tither without finding satisfaction in this material world. May I, by your grace, be able to enjoy pure bliss chanting the holy name of Hari, and hearing His Katha, may my mind be always flowing towards Radha Krishna like a river flowing towards the sea. I wish some day I will be able to behold you personally and take initiation from you. Thank you for being so merciful Jaya Sri Radhe! Jaya Sri Krishna!! Jaya Gaura Nitay!!
Dear Srila Gurudeva, my heartfelt dandavat pranams at your lotuslike feet. I wish to offer you the flower you like the most... Please accept my humble offering to you on this auspicious day of your appearance:
To establish your mission on earth, we give up personal striving for mirth, We hand out these books, to even bandits and crooks, Awaiting nothing else, than what the cause itself avails: the awakening of true joy in the hearts, of the people, and what then starts,... will be a real change of the mode of life ended! - all violence, war and strife. Simultaneously pursuing our practice of chanting, following your guidelines - all illusion dismantling. Then, lovingly approaching Your Grace, and you mercifully revealing our real face... On this Day we sing with love Your praise, and in every jiva real happiness will raise! Your Kalindi dasi
My Dearest Gurudeva,
from Wales, United Kingdom
By surrendering to Gurudev we can understand things beyond material conception. By surrendering to Gurudev we can understand the mysteries of the revealed scriptures. By surrendering to Gurudev we can be freed from the entanglement of the material world. By surrendering to Gurudev we advance on the path of transcendental realization. By surrendering to Gurudev we become free from lamentation, illusion and suffering. Without the mercy of Gurudev we cannot advance in devotional service. By being faithful and devoted to Gurudev we can transcend the modes of material nature. Gurudev is the Captain of the boat of the human form of life for crossing the ocean of nescience. Just as a cloud pours water on a forest fire to extinguish it, so Gurudev delivers the materially afflicted world by extinguishing the blazing fire of material existence.
Oh Gurudev I am an evil materialist, always addicted to worldly desires, and I do not have any good qualities. I do not know what devotion is and my materialistic mind is absorbed in fruitive activities. I am certainly very foolish and I do not know what is good for me. I have taken shelter at your lotus feet and I surrender unto you. You are my only hope. Please bestow a drop of mercy unto me and make me more humble than a blade of grass and more tolerant than a tree. Please give me the strength to bear all trials and tribulations with patience and free me from the desire for name and fame and desire for wealth and honour. Your most humble servant, Jagannath dasa
Jiva Pavana dasa,
Dear Srila Gurudev
from United Kingdom
Please accept my dandavat pranams millions of times at your lotus feet on this most auspicious day of your divine appearance. I know that my Srila Prabhupada is very happy that I have approached you but I also know that he is displeased with my practical lack of surrender and service. Somehow I have allowed myself to become completely entangled in the struggle to maintain family life and the weeds of my anarthas have grown very high and their roots run very deep.
If I could possibly muster up even the dimmest reflection of sincerity I pray that I could be engaged in interrupted constant and pure devotional service. You deserve no less than that. I know that this will only be possible when I am constantly in pure sadhu sanga but I'm kept at a distance because of my offensive nature. Yet I will never give up up hope as you have ordered us not to and I promise that one day, very soon I will stop waisting time and give you, Srila Prabhupada and the entire parampara my full time attention and dedication. Srila Gurudev thank you for being so sweet and so kind and so patient. Your glories will forever spread throughout all spiritual and material worlds. With all of my love Jiva Pavana Dasa UK Book Import and Supplier
Mathura Prakasa dasa,
from London, England
oṁ ajñāna timirāndhasya jñānāñjana śalākaya caksur-unmīlitaṁ yena tasmai śrī -gurave namaḥ O Gurudeva, you are so merciful. I offer my humble praṇāma to you and am praying from the core of my heart that, with the torchlight of divine knowledge, you open my eyes which have been blinded by the darkness of ignorance. namaḥ oṁ viṣṇupādāya rādhikāya-priyātmane śrī - śrīmad-bhaktivedānta nārāyaṇa iti nāmine I offer praṇāma to oṁ viṣṇupāda śrī - śrīmad-bhaktivedānta nārāyaṇa Mahārāja, who is very dear to śrīmatī Rādhikā. śrī - kṛṣṇa -līlā-kathane sudakṣaṁ audārya-mādhurya guṇaiś ca yuktaṁ varaṁ varenyaṁ puruṣaṁ mahāntaṁ nārāyaṇaṁ tvaṁ śirasā namāmi Śrīla Nārāyaṇa Mahārāja is expert in describing kṛṣṇa - līlā. He is endowed with the qualities of magnanimity and sweetness, and he is the best of the great souls. Because he is always relishing Kṛṣṇa‟s sweetness, he is able to freely distribute that sweetness to others. I bow down and place my head at his lotus feet. tridaṇḍīnāṁ bhakta-śiromaṇim ca śrī -Kṛṣṇa padābja dhṛtaika-hṛdi caitanya-līlāmṛta-sāra sāraṁ nārāyāṇaṁ tvam satataṁ prapadye Tridaṇḍī-sannyāsī Śrīla Nārāyaṇa Mahārāja, the crown-jewel of devotees, always keeps in his heart the lotus feet of Rādhā y Kṛṣṇa, especially when Kṛṣṇa serves Śrīmatī Rādhikā. He deeply meditates on Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu and the internal reasons for His descent. I bow down to the lotus feet of Śrī la Nārāyaṇa Mahārāja, who possesses innumerable transcendental qualities. I would like to refer to you as my Gurudeva even though I am not iniciated by you. It has been many years since I first saw you in New Mayapur in France. At the time I was living with my wife in the community where we served Sri Sri Gaura Nitay, Sri Sri Radha Govinda Madhava and Sri Sri Krishna Balarama. Your visit to New Mayapur back in 1996 marked many changes in my life. I have learned so much by your causeless mercy. You helped me to better understand teaching of Srila Prabhupada. I do know so many Vaishnava songs which are pure en nectar. I chant the holy name of the Lord which for me is merged in transcendental knowledge by your mercy. I find each and every one of your books a precious and rare piece of infinite beauty. So great is your popularity that you are serounded by large group of people wherever you go to meet you and to listen to your preaching. So great is your glories! Wherever you are on this planet, I want to seek your mercy following close to the feet of your folowers who love you from the core of their heart. The day of your Vyasa Puja is very auspicious. May your Vyasa Puja be nice and wonderful transcendental bliss and may you stay with us forever inspiring us in Krishna Consciousness. I pray that I will always be with you so that I may serve you without condictions. Thank you for giving us pure happiness by your transcendental association. your humble servant, Mathura Prakasa Dasa
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Citra devi dasi,
from San José, Costa Rica
All Glories to Sri Sri Guru and Gauranga! Sri Sri Radha Vinote Bihari ki jai!! Gurudeva, Thank you for be the reservoir of the mercy of Mahaprabhu. You are so sweet and tolerant to protect us with kindness like a father. You are so sweet and tolerant to protect us with kindness like a father. We have nothing to pay for your big gift: pure love to Radha-Krsna and the dham. Please, excuse my offenses, and make me strong with the Harinama, and give me association with your eternal associates. Your aspirant a servant, Citra devi dasi from San José, Costa Rica
Lilavati devi dasi,
from San José, Costa Rica
ALL GLORIES TO SRI SRI GURU AND GAURANGA SRI SRI RADHA VINODE BIHARIJI KI JAI!!!!!!!!!!!! My dear Srila Guru Maharaj, please accept my humble dandavats pranamas again and again to your merciful and sweet lotus feet. Dear Srila Gurudeva, I just want to say all unlimited glories to Srimati Radharani and Sri Krsna, to Sri Sri Gauranga and Nityananda prabhu and all Their associates, for mercifully sending you to this fallen planet full of miseries and sufferings, but They have sent to you to give all of us, around the world the association of such high class devotee and eternal associate, I can‟t even describe with words what do I feel for you my dear Gurudev... I just pray to your lotus feet that please, that I can have your association eternally as well your sincere service, to develop pure sraddha, pure guru-nistha for you, to become a sincere and honest follower of you, following your foot-steps as well of the Guru-Parampara. Praying to all of them that please, just bless me forever with the association of Vraja-Rasa-Rasika Vaisnavas. Aspiring for the sincere and eternal service of Sri Sri Guru, Vaishnavas and Hari. Lilavati devi dasi, from San José, Costa Rica
Rohini Nandana dasa and Rasa Keli dasi . Children: Krishna Kishore ,Purnima ,and Radha Priya, from Mexico
oṁ ajñāna timirāndhasya jñānāñjana śalākaya caksur-unmīlitaṁ yena tasmai śrī -gurave namaḥ namaḥ oṁ viṣṇupādāya rādhikāya-priyātmane śrī - śrīmad-bhaktivedānta nārāyaṇa iti namine śrī-kṛṣṇa-līlā-kathane sudakṣaṁ audārya-mādhurya guṇaiś ca yuktaṁ varaṁ varenyaṁ puruṣaṁ mahāntaṁ nārāyaṇaṁ tvaṁ śirasā namāmi
Dear Srila Gurudeva Although Today we are suffering the disease state of conditioned life; know with all our heart that our lives are successful. This is not happening for any personal effort, but fully and only because you have giving us your full causeless mercy. We have not the slightness doubt that we are most fortunate for been able to have your holy association, and that only a fraction of a second of been in contact with you the whole world can and will be deliver, that is the only hope of this wretched souls. Gurudeva, Please be merciful to us , Please be kind and ignore our faults, please be kind and teach me the way to you , please hold us with your effulgent, kind and soft Lotus hand. You well know that we are not even one of those monkeys that Swamiji had refers too. Well you know how devoid of qualities We are, but you know also that even though we love you with all our hearts and although when we have no spiritual strength we have a great desire to satisfy you, to serve you, to be able to associate eternally with you. And always preach your glories. Please allow us to do so, allow us to always serve you and make us understand in the core of our hearts, your instructions and most important than that, please teach us how to serve you, how to please you, so that you will be present always in our lives. Most dear Gurudeva ,we do not know how to thank you for having brought us to you, without qualification we are at your Lotus feet remembering you everyday ,we are so fortunate that we read daily your most wonderful explanations and purports , that are not different from Srila Vyasadeva himself also. We are remembering those short but marvelous moments when we were so fortunate to have your dharsan. At the same time we are so disqualified that we have no sukriti to be so close to you but you are so Powerful that as the rays of the sun heat the planet on the gelid northern impious regions, your instructions as millions of suns reach our stone frozen hearts, and melt them with your sweet hari katha. Oh Yugala Acharya o Srila Gurudeva! Please be kind to us and allow us to be present once again before you, this is our only sole goal and purpose of life .to have your holy association to have you Vapu to always follow your Vani for the rest of our miserable lives bereft the opportunity to be close to you and have your most holy association. Please ignite the fire of devotion in our hearts and kindle the flame with your most beautiful presence. .
We have nothing in this world but we want to give all to you. We beg you to take our son Krishna Kishore. Please touch his heart so he can be useful to your mission, so by your mercy he may do what we can not.Our two girls also are yours. On this most auspicious day we beg you for your full mercy, we beg you to give us a drop of strength, protection from Maya and over all to always guide us to be under your shelter and never go ashtray and against the path that you kindly are showing to the world so magnanimously as your own Gurudeva did it. THANK YOU. THANK YOU .THANK YOU and million and Million of obeisances to you ever and in this most auspicious day. Your fallen and unworthy disciples from Mexico Rohini Nandana dasa and Rasa Keli dasi Children: Krishna Kishore ,Purnima ,and Radha Priya
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from Houston, Texas, EUA
Dear Sri Guru-pada-padma, I offer you my pranama unlimitedly.
Since you have filled my eyes with the light of Vraja I have had the intense desire to serve the lotus feet of Sri Sri Radha-Ramana Bihariji. Please show your compassion upon this worthless fool and make me an instrument in your lotus hands. Only then I will able to consider that my life is sucessful. Your ever-aspiring particle of dust at your lotus feet, Abhirama das (Houston, Texas)
from Honolulu, Hawai, EUA
Following, you will find an offering to Srila Gurudeva that was read to Him and the assembled devotees at His arrival to the Badger Festival in 1999. It is an offering that was written by Anantacarya dasa. It was read aloud to the Badger assembly by Gopa Vrndapal dasa.
It is rumored that in your neighborhood there is a transcendental pickpocket who has been imported from a foreign place, far, far away; from a region wherein the inhabitants are accustomed to stealing each other's hearts. When this pickpocket takes from you that which he wants, he does it so nicely, so sweetly, so wonderfully, and with so much love, that when he gets done, you will feel that what he takes actually belonged to him all along, right from the start. That's a fact. The start, in this case, is the morning of November 15th, 1977 in Vrndavana, India, when Srila Narayana Maharaja took charge of the pre-samadhi parikrama and samadhi preparations for my Gurudeva, His Divine Grace, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Srila Prabhupada. Although Swami Prabhupada had departed the evening before, we continued to serve and worship his divine form throughout the night, with a parikrama of Vrndavana and samadhi planned for the next day. The following is an excerpt from the diary of the devotee who is writing this letter. "By 5:00 A.M. everyone is back. As Mangala arotik starts a little later, many devotees turn their backs to Srila Prabhupada in order to pay prostrated obeisances to the Deities. Narayana Maharaj and his associates remain motionless and do not budge. In no time at all, Narayana Maharaj is laying it on the line to Gopal Krishna Das -- the devotees are to stay at the Vyasasan facing Srila Prabhupada, and there is to be a simultaneous arotik for Srila Prabhupada at the Vyasasan while the arotik also goes on for the Deities. Gopal Krishna quickly gets everything arranged nicely, and a nice arotik is held at each of the 3 altars plus at the Vyasasan. Narayana Maharaj leads the kirtan and winds up everything with repeated and resounding "Jaya Gurudevas" one after another. Afterward, there is also an arotik for Tulasi Devi. The Parikram begins at about 6:45 A.M., and the palanquin is lifted from the Vyasasan and carried to the center of the courtyard of the temple room where we circumambulate Srila Prabhupada with more chanting, of course. We then proceed through the front gate of the Mandir, down to the road to Vrndaban, and parikram to each of the (7)? Temples of Vrndaban. Narayana Maharaj is arranging everything nicely, leading the procession, leading the kirtan, and seeing with great attention that everything goes along perfectly for Our Gurudev. Narayana Maharaj is now conducting the parikram, acting on our behalf as our very capable leader, and seeing to it that everything is conducted nicely for Srila Prabhupada. For the next 6 hours, he is indefatigable, watching everything, and continuously providing the devoted and competent leadership needed so that all the details of the parikram and samadhi are executed perfectly." That diary excerpt was written 22 years ago in 1977. So this letter is an offering to His Divine Grace Srila Narayana Maharaja from someone who very much appreciates everything that he did for my Gurudeva and his disciples on that morning "right from the start" and everything that he has been doing for us ever since. Just like my own Guru Maharaja, he is simply wonderful, especially when it comes to sweetly, graciously, and lovingly stealing your heart, and putting it in his pocket. Thank you very much, your servant, Anantacarya dasa Hilo, Hawaii(1999). Honolulu, Hawaii(2009).
Aniruddha das Alachua Atul Krsna,
Jay Sri Sri Radha Vinod Bijaraji. Todas las Glorias a Srila Gurudeva Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaj. Es solo por su misericordia y su Gracia que alguien pueda hacer avance en el camino al encuentro con sus Señorias Sri Sri Radha Vrindavanchandra. Otorgando lo que nunca un Acharya habia dado de una manera tan dulce y misericordiosamente, Srila Gurudeva se ha dedicado a traducir los libros de los Acharyas predecesores preservando así para la eternidad la valiosa joya del ujjuala prema bhakti.
from Tampa, Florida, EUA
Srila Gurudeva me ha dado tanto, pero soy tan desafortunado que no encuentro la manera de agradecerle todo su servicio. Solo imploro su favor por que esta alma caída y llena de tan malas cualidades sea empeñado por usted en estudiar sus obras literarias y se me sea colocado a sus pies de loto, y pueda dedicarme a llevar y expandir su misión por cada pueblo y aldea. Que la Divinidad lo mantenga como siempre reluciente y vigoroso y nos colme de bendiciones a las almas que estamos quemándonos en el fuego de la vida material, Todas las Glorias a Srila Gurudeva en el Divino día de su Advenimiento. El más despreciable y caído de sus sirvientes Recordándolo y venerándolo con mucho amor en este esplendoroso día. Jay Sri Sri Radhe Syam. Your servant, Aniruddha das Alachua Atul Krsna
Gita devi dasi,
from USA, Los Angeles
Hare Krishna, dearest gurudeva, Please accept my humble dandavat at your lotus feet. All glories to Sri Sri Guru and Gauranga. All glories to Sri Sri Radha Govinda. oṁ ajñāna timirāndhasya jñānāñjana śalākaya caksur-unmīlitaṁ yena tasmai śrī -gurave namaḥ "O Gurudeva, you are so merciful. I offer my humble pranama to you and am praying from the core of my heart that, with the torchlight of divine knowledge, you open my eyes which have been blinded by the darkness of ignorance." (Sri Guru-pranama) On this very auspicious day of your appearance on this planet, please accept my unqualified offering to you. We read your comment in "Gopi-gita", Verse Seven: "If a disciple simply remembers his gurudeva's lotus feet, all of that disciple's sins and reactions to those sins are burned. No trace of sin remains in him and all good qualities manifest in him. Even if the disciple does not remember and follow his gurudeva perfectly, his sins dissolve if his gurudeva simply wishes them to be eradicated." What a blessing and benediction to have the association of such a fully qualified guru as you are. Your humble daughter has full faith that you wish her sins to be eradicated.
My initiation, in San Diego 2001, was the time when we first met. Early morning, I had picked fresh flowers and arranged a simple bouquet to offer you. We were all devotees in this room... and I didn't know how to behave in front of such a high class saintly person. Better advanced devotees were giving you fancy bouquets and were talking to you freely, that impressed me very much. Feeling so much unqualified, my crying came out spontaneously. When my sponsor introduced me to you and after offering my flowers little bouquet, you said: "O you give me your heart!" with a beautiful smile - "Yes gurudeva". Your words and attitude were so simple, so different from the other devotees. My surprise was that you accepted my own simplicity. You kept the flowers on the coach to your right side. I was ashamed of crying so much. You stunned me by the beautiful way you accepted me. With time going on, I understand that, giving my heart to you... you took it... and you still keep it like this bouquet 9 years ago. Today, you know that my surrendering to you is still fully complete. You bless me so much. On one of your visit to LA, I asked you: "Gurudeva do you hear me when I'm singing to you?" - You answered: "Krsna hears you!" You perfectly knew my heart.
By your causeless mercy, my continued reading and hearing under you guidance increase the taste and the transcendental greed for more. So this daily practice waters the seed of bhakti that you planted in my heart. Dearest gurudeva, you're my connection to our beloved Radha and Krsna. You're forever present in the "Gita kunja" within my heart, the place where I go for my daily meditation. Thank you sooo much gurudeva! In fact, how can we honor you? We are all so neophytes. So please accept this very in-perfect words as an attempt to glorify your Vyasa Puja. Wish you the best of health so as you keep helping all of your disciples. Again my heartfelt dandavat pranam at you lotus feet. Your very humble daughter, Gita devi dasi - Los Angeles.
Jaga Mohan das,
from Seattle,WA, USA
My Dearest Gurudeva, Please accept my most humble obeisances on this special day. Even though I am a lowly spirit, aspiring to serve Vashnavas, I am honored that you gave me shelter at your lotus feet. It is with the deepest devotion that I offer my best wishes on Your Vyasa Puja. This special day motivates me to try ever harder to honor Your name, doing my best to please You. All Glories to Sri Guru and Gauranga Your devoted servant, Jaga Mohan das Seattle, WA USA
Dr Janardana das and wife Indumati devi dasi,
The Most Auspicious Blessed Event - SRI VYASA PUJA Please accept my humble obeisances, All glories to Srila Prabhupada. All glories to You and Srila Prabhupada!
from USA, South Florida
Once again we are given an opportunity to glorify, and acknowledge all the mercy you are showering on us. Thank you so much Srila Gurudeva, we can never repay you for what you are carefully giving us. You are elaborating on what our Srila Prabhupada gave us, but making it so much sweeter and sweeter. You are that special Mahabhagavata, which is physically present now in vapu form. If only so many of Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja's disciples, would realize that? Oh, how SRI CAITANYA'S MISSION would increase tremendously. You are an ocean of causeless mercy. The real meaning of Patita Pavana, welcoming so many fallen souls to take shelter of Your Strong Lotus Feet. Thank you for counting me among the atoms of Your Lotus Feet, Your mercy is all we are made of. We Love You Srila Gurudeva!!! The Three and a half weeks, You spend with us in May 2008, was the highlight of so many devotees' lives here in South Florida. The initiations, morning walks, private darshans, SRI NRSINGHA CATURDASI PROGRAM FESTIVAL, and even the wonderful time we spent with you at the dentist's office; were all part of You allowing us to get the unlimited blessings of serving Your Lotus Feet. Longing for that intimacy again, Srila Gurudeva. Our sanga is growing, as a result of Your blessings Srila Gurudeva; maybe You can come visit South Florida again in the near future? May this day be a reminder of how much You are loved by so many sincere souls, all over the globe. SRILA GURUDEVA KI JAYA!!! SRILA PRABHUPADA KI JAYA!!! Our RUPANUGA GURU VARGA KI JAYA!!! NITAI GAURA PREMANANDI HARI HARI BOL!!! your servant and son always, Dr. Janardana dasa (South Florida Sanga Leader) and wife Indumati devi dasi
Krishna Vallabha dasi – Krsna Rose,
Dear Gurudeva, Please accept my heart like a flower. I am so grateful to have so many special memories from when I first came to you in Vrindavana, all those years ago. I was a thirsty dried up flower looking for water in the desert.....and you picked me, gave me a true home, and put me in your pocket forever!. I am eternally grateful to Radha and Krishna for sending you to this world to help souls like me find our way through the suffering, to the blissful Kingdom of God, we have sought after for too many births. You have given us all hope. Thank you for your sacrifice. Even though I am flailing around in the ocean of material life, in my heart, I am yours and yours alone. I yearn to be with you, always. It is the great tragedy of my life that I am not so fortunate that I may always be by your side. I pray that my next life I may be so blessed that I meet you from baby-hood, and never am without your great and glorious company until the day this soul leaves this world for the last time.
from USA, Alachua, Florida
You are so beautiful, when I think of all these things, my heart fills up with tears and I am overwhelmed by feelings of gratitude. Please don't delay, sprinkle your magic dust upon this flower, so I may grow in your pocket and become quickly qualified to be held in your blissful hand, and offered to the Divine Couple, as a fragrant new flower, for Their pleasure. Look only to this desire within me, and please ignore my petty weaknesses. This is my only hope, and my only prayer. I love you more than anything of this world Gurudeva. Bless you for being in my life. Happy Birthday! All my heart, Krishna Vallabha dasi- Krishna Rose - http://www.KrishnaRose.com
Krishna Vilasini devi dasi,
Dear Srila Guru Deva:
from Alachua, EUA
Please accept my humble obeisances at Your Lotus Feet! All Glories to His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Prajnana Kesava Gosvami Maharaja and All Glories to His Divine Grace Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. All Glories to Guru Parampara! Hare Krishna! In this very auspicious and special celebration of your Appearance day on Mother Earth, I would like to express all my gratitude to YOU and OUR Beloved Sri Krishna and Srimati Radharani who make everything POSSIBLE, Their Lordships have make this fool (my self) to come to meet YOU and by Krishna's arrangements and by the Mercy of a great Vaishnavi Her Grace Srimati Shyamarani Devi Dasi, who suggested me, I should take shelter at your Lotus Feet and I did, here in Alachua back in 2003. Back in 1993 I was blessed to meet you in Vrindavana Dhama and You were so kind, you took so many devotees along with His Grace Giriraja Swami on a parikrama to Varshana and I was there, (I did not know you were going to be my Beloved Srila Guru Deva). After my daughter Nadia Devi and I met you again in Costa Rica in 1997. And now my Husband Nara Hari Das, my daughter Nadia dd and I we are living at your service; and we thank you for helping us to develop our Sadana Bhakti under your Divine Shelter, and hopefully one day by your Divine Mercy we will become fully Krishna Conscious. Srila Guru Deva! Happy Birthday!!!!! Your humble servant, Krishna Vilasini Devi Dasi
from Alachua, EUA
Dear Srila Gurudeva my koti dandavts to your lotus feet, all glories to Sri Sachinandan Gaura Hari All Glories to Sri Sri Radha Vinode Bihari Ji Srila Gurudeva I have had the unprecedented fortune to have join your prachar lila from the beginning and you have given me shelter and inspiration to practice with great hope and enthusiasm this process of Bhakti. You have made clear the precepts of Rupa and Raghunath and shown a brilliant light on the tika of rasik Acharya Vishvanath Chakravati Thakur. You have delivered the compassion of Thakur Sri Bhaktivinode who worked tirelessly to educate the world In the science of Bhakti. You have manifested the fulfillment of the mission Planted in the heart of Srila Swami Maharaja our Prabhupada by Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Prabhupada. You have rescued those who fell from the boat of mercy that Srila Swami Maharaja our Prabhupada established in the west. You planted the creeper of Bhakti in the soil of the fertile hearts after Swami Maharaja cut the jungle. Sastra declares that Sri Guru is the sum total of all the Demigods but I think this is not as powerful as the fact that Sri Guru is the Sum total of all of the previous Acharyas. In you Srila Gurudeva the power, love, kripa, and all shakti Is present, no this is not just words this is the truth I have seen this fact even with my limited vision devoid of real Guru nishtha, you are the meaning of self effulgent Acharya Guru. I am happy to write this heartfelt glorification because I am yours now and forever I hope what seva I try to render is pleasing to you this is my goal to grow in the arena of faith and one day realize something of sadhu sanga and Guru nishtha then real bhajan will come and anartha will go easily and nishta, ruchi, ashakti, and the sadya bhava will come I don‟t doubt this and I will never give up trying according to your instructions, but ekaki amar nahi pai bala alone I have no strength therefore Srila Gurudeva keep me near your feet.
With my heart and love Your son Mukunda Das
Kishori devi dasi,
from USA, Alachua, Florida
Please, although I may be just a child I ask for your blessings. And................... Happy Birthday! Jay Srila Gurudeva! Please come and visit Alachua soon, because when you are not here with us. I am a stone that has been thrown into the water and is sinking and sinking and when you are here the stone becomes as light as a feather and begins to float. This means that when you are not here everything feels wrong and I have a longing to see you and hear your Hari Katha! it gives me inspiration to chant more deeply and more rounds. Once when my family came to see you in Huston this year (2009), I chanted 113 rounds! you inspire me to chant more. But when you come here, I feel enlightened, I feel joyful, I actually feel happy. It is difficult to be happy in Kali Yuga, but when I see you and hear your Hari Katha. I imagine Goloka Vrndavana and that makes me feel blissful and more than happy. Jay Srila Gurudeva! Your devotee,Nayana devi dasi
Syamali devi dasi,
Happy Birthday dear Gurudeva, I love you very much.
from USA, Alachua, Florida
I hope to come to Vrindavana very soon and serve you there. Love, Your daughter forever, Syamali Sophie Wing age 5.
Radhakanta das and Ratikala devi dasi,
from Martinez, CA, EUA
After years of practicing sadhana-bhakti, a devotee may become stifled for further advancement in Krsna consciousness. Even after receiving the association of a mahabhagavata Vaisnava, who then may depart for the nitya dhama, a disciple‟s siksa is never over. Siksa is a continual process, like Bhakti, even up to and through the elevated stages of prema-bhakti.
Krsna bhakti janma-mula haya „sadhu sanga‟, krsna- prema janme, tenho punah mukhya anga. “Sadhu-sanga
is the root cause of Krsna-bhakti. essential anga of bhakti.” When Krsna-prema is awakened, sadhu-sanga still remains the most
The example is given in those fortunate souls who have achieved perfection in this human form. They take birth in Krsna‟s pastimes going on somewhere in one of the many material universes. There they fortunately receive spiritual instructions from Radha and Krsna‟s eternally perfect associates in the intricacies of premamayi seva, intimate loving service and moods. This is our Gaudiya tattva-siddhanta. We always remain under the shelter of superior, well-wishing, affectionate devotees who have the same mood for which we aspire for.
Srimad bhagavatarthanam, asvado rasikaih saha, sajatiyasaye snigdhe, sadhu sangah svato vare (Sanatan Siksa CC Madhya 22.131).
Shortly after the disappearance of Srila Gour Govinda Swami, by his causeless mercy and the mercy of Krsna, one advanced sadhu came to our home, whom we had never met. Emona durmati samsara bhitare, padiya achinu ami, tava nija-jana, kona mahajane, pathaiya dile tume. That was Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja in 1996. Sweetly relishing the topics of Raya Ramananda Samvada, he brilliantly poured the nectar of this high class hari-katha into our thirsty souls, and gave his beautiful darshan for 5 days. At that time we could not understand everything, but felt naturally attracted to his beautiful Krsna Conscious personality. Of the over 100 devotees attended those classes and ours and many other devotees‟ lives were changed forever. Gurudeva, now at the age of 90 is still travelling the world over, writing and preaching the transcendental Gaura-vani as enunciated by Srila Rupa Goswami and the acaryas following in his line. There may be many preachers in the world, but who can preach so expertly and tastefully? Sri-Krsna-lila-kathane sudaksam audarya-madhurya gunais ca yuktam... Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja ki jaya! May you continue to write, publish books and preach for many years to come! On you divine appearance day we offer my heartfelt prostrated obeisance and heart like flowers at your lotus feet, and pray for your mercy to always flow to us. Please lead us to the lotus of feet of Srimati Radharani as you are one of her confidential servitors in Vraja. Kada karisyasiha mam krpa-kataksa bhajanam. Always cast your loving glance upon us. Jaya Srila Gurudeva! Jaya Sri Radhe-Syama! Radhakanta das & Ratikala devi dasi Martinez, CA 2010
Radha Vallabha das,
from USA, Alachua, Florida
I love you with all my heart! Thank you for being the beacon of light in my life and in my family. I am grateful that you have provided my children with the perfection in spiritual focus in this life. Although I am such an unworthy devotee, I have the utmost knowing that you are mercifully pulling me up and that I will one day reach the goal, and for this I am immeasurably grateful. With all my love, Radha Vallabha das
Raghunatha Bhatta das and Jasoswini dasi,
Dear Srila Gurudeva, Please accept our dandavat pranams in the dust of your lotus feet on this most auspicious day of your Vyasa Puja. Our Guru Maharaja so untimely he left us So to run for your sanga we felt was a must When in Mathura we came to meet You soothed our aching souls as we wept at your feet Sabda brahma giving us new life To cope with life‟s strife When we first met you we wanted you to see “Look here we are, we such a good devotee” Shattering our pride Opening our hearts, you let us look inside It‟s not so clean in there We thought with a stare Anarthas in a pile “I will take them,” you said, with a smile Oh most compassionate General, despite advanced age The whole world is your stage For so many souls living a lie, You‟ve come to remind us that soon we will die Sometimes we wonder why? Are we sincere? to really take what you‟re giving without fear? The same message to us all you tirelessly repeat That one day we may give ourselves to Krishna‟s lotus feet Prompted by Sri Radhika, your dearmost Queen That everything you‟re doing, She‟s already set the scene Giving us a glimpse of the world where we can be If only from our false egos we can be set free We truly want to surrender to you, But our lack of sukrti makes us stuck like glue In a whirlpool of helter skelter We can‟t take the shelter (That we need to set our hearts free) Closing our eyes and walking over the treasure When will we do something that will give you great pleasure? Until you take our atma and make us like yourself To glorify you properly we don‟t have the real wealth But here are some words that came in our mind We know you will accept them being very merciful and kind Raghunatha Bhatta Dasa and Jasoswini Dasi
SOUTH AMERICAN OFFERINGS Argentina Chile Bolivia Brasil Peru
All glories to Sri Sri Radha Krsna.
from Buenos Aires, Argentina
Please accept my humble obeisances. Dearest Gurudeva, I became a devotee recently when I read Srila Prabhupada's Bhagavat Gita and because of Krsna's grace and mercy, my eyes have been opened. I decided not practice my bhakti in Iskcon, then I prayed to Krsna and Srila Prabhupada to please help me and guide me towards my guru, and now I know that you are him. I have surrendered myself unto your lotus feet from the very first time that I saw your face and read your words. You are full of love, mercy, grace, patience, kindness and perfect knowledge. I would feel blessed if I only have one single glance from you. Now I can't make it to Brazil in January and I'm really gutted about this. I'm from and currently residing in Argentina and I pray to Krsna to please open up a temple here so I can follow your directions in a properly way. I also pray to Krsna to please help me meet you next time. Dear Gurudeva, I thank Krsna everyday to put you here on Earth to help us and guide us and love us and teach us. I'm married with two small kids so I can't do my bhakti as well as I'd love to do it but I'll do my best. In my heart you and Srila Prabhupada are my gurudevas. Thank you for everything, I am new at this, so excuse me for not writing a proper letter. I love you with all my heart and soul... Happy Birthday! Hare Krsna! Dolores Pegoraro Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Prema Mayi dasi,…..from Chile
Dear Srila Gurudeva, Please accept my unlimited humble obeisances at your lotus feet. You are the torchlight in this dark cave of ignorance and illusion. Your words and your pressence are like rose petals on this orduous walk of life, soothing me from my pain due to karmic reactions. Your mercy and unconditional love is like a Divine kiss rejoicing my heart, bringing life and purpose to my existance. May I be a flower in your garden and forever reside at your lotus feet. I bow down to you again and again. Your daughter Prema Mayi dasi.
Bhakti Manjari devi dasi ,
My beloved Gurudeva, Since I became a devotee, so many wonderful things started to happen in my life. Beautiful dreams show me so much love from the Divine Couple. My Heart feels absolutely happy. Even if I try I will never be able to stop or leave chanting Hare Krishna or remembering the Sweet pastimes of our beloved Radha and Krishna. I have fallen in love of everything about Radha and Krishna.
from Cochabamba, Bolivia
In my life every blessing is becaue of Krishna in everything I do and of course.because of your infinite mercy and your infinite love we love you so much It is such a wonderful blessing to be near You in this auspicious day like your Vyasa Puja. We love you really much dear gurudeva. Even when we feel overwelmed by circumstamces in the life, we pray to your lotus feet to make disappear the sadness and joy comes in our hearts I pray to Nityananda´s lotus feet so someday I become a real devotee, because I am a very simple fallen soul that cries for your mercy. I love you really much my beloved gurudeva. My life is wonderful because of your presence, because of Harinama, because we have bless for found you. Between of the millions of possibilities to meet you we were so fortunate even if we are so fallen; we have been blessed by your presence in our lives. You fill every moment with smiles in our hearts, that making us to remember that we are eternal souls that we are Radhe´s servants, we try to remember crying and crying to your lotus feet. Please make me a real devotee, I am so nothing, I am nothing without you in my life. Please I beg you to make me a devotee someday. Even I am so unqualified, I try and try but I am so silly that I fail and fail but my heart knows that I have to be constant. I have to be perseverant chanting holly names Remembering our beloved Radha and Krishna that make me smile and be happy. I love you my dear gurudeva. My life would be senseless whitout Krishna and whitout you Thank you deeply for this time space that i can chant holly names. Thank you deeply for this opportunity to try to become a devotee Thank you deeply for your mercyful and loving heart With so much love and affection, Bhakti Manjari devi dasi
Govinda Nandini devi dasi,
All glories to Sri Guru and Gauranga! Dear Gurudeva,
from Cochabamba, Bolivia,
: In this so auspicious day of your appearance, please let me humbly prostrate myself at your lotus feet, thanking you for accepting me as your disciple, unworthy as I am. May Sri Radha and Krishna always protect you, as they are the light in your path, being so deeply beloved to them, as you are bestowing much mercy, protection and affection to those seeking your shelter. I am very happy to have found my Srila Gurudeva, who fills my heart with joy and dispels the doubts in my heart just like the sun outcasts darkness. I am infinitely thankful forever. Your daughter that wishes to serve you as you like. Govinda Nandini devi dasi
Hari Rasa das,
from Cochabamba, Bolivia,
Sri Sri Guru Gourangau Jayatah! Sri Sri Radha-Vinoda-bihariji ki jaya! My dear most Srila Gurudeva! In this occasion of your divine appearance day I would like to THANK YOU for coming to this world and show all Your wonderful activities in which I find the inspiration of my life to survive and try to do some seva, You are the living prove of the perfection of bhakti, perfection of love. You gave me the most powerful divine hari-nama, diksa and perfect instructions. Remembering You… I find peace, I find love, I find inspiration. Remembering Your lotus feet I can rest my mind and senses. In this auspicious day, I beg You to give me power to be your real servant and completely realize this sloka from my heart.
trayasva bho jagannatha guro samsara-vahnina dagdham mam kala-dastam ca tvam aham saranam gatah “O Gurudeva, master of the worlds, please rescue me, who am bitten by time and burned by the flames of repeated birth and death, I surrender to you and take shelter of you.”
Your most fallen servant Hari Rasa dasa, Bolivia
Srila Gurudeva Ki Jaya! Srila Gurudeva Ki Jaya! Srila Gurudeva Ki Jaya!
from Cochabamba, Bolivia
With all the great love, I have to say
Gurudeva I hope you are really happy, and Krsna is taking care you. I have the really good and the best ideas in my mind when I think of you. All the inspiration in my life, I dedicate to you. THANKS for everything. Krishna dasi .
from Cochabamba, Bolivia
Please accept my humble obeisances at you lotus feet. Happy Birthday!!!!
Your servant, Krsna Priyoh dasa (8 years old)
from Sucre, Bolivia,
Dandavats Srila Gurudeva
Your humble servant, Lilasuka das
Lila Sundari dd, Janaki dd and Lilavati devi dasi,
Please accept our humble obeisances,
from Cochabamba, Bolivia
We would like to express our deep gratitude for your mercy to accept us under your Lotus feet. These fallen souls, not yet qualified to serve, have little to offer except our voice to cheer filled with joy for Your blessings,
Lilavati devi dasi,
from Cochabamba, Bolivia
My Dear and very sweet Srila Gurudeva, From the core of my heart, please accept my humble obeisances at your lotus feet. Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Gandarvika-Giridhari Radha-Vinoda bihariju ki jaya! It is very difficult to me express in words so much love I have felling for You specially now when I am in the way to see you face to face for the first time. Even You know how deep I am in ignorance, how weakness is my mind, how unqualified I am and how feeble is my sadhana-bhajan … with audacity (because I really know I am not deserve Your mercy) I beg you: Please occupy me in service to your servants of your servants. Give me taste to chant the holy names. Please receive my heart and keep my soul like a small dust near your lotus feet. Oh Srila Gurudeva, you are so magnanimous, so powerful, so self-determinate, so qualified and you are so merciful giving us all these precious books that I love to read. Wonderful books like Sri Bhajana Rahasya ,compiled by Om visnupada Bhaktivinoda Thakura (8 -17): The Gopis Bhavocchvasa (outburst of feeling that expresses the bhava hidden in the heart) when meeting with Krsna is described in Krsna Karnamrta (12): nikhila-bhuvana-lakṣmī nitya-līlāspadābhyāṁ kamala-vipina-vīthī-garva-sarvaṁ kaṣābhyam praṇamad-abhaya-dāna-prauḍhi-gāḍhādṛtābhyāṁ kim apivahatu cetaḥ Kḥṣṇa-pādāmbujābhyām “May my heart attain indescribable bliss at Sri Krsna lotus feet, which are the eternal abode of pastimes of the original goddess of fortune, which thwart heaps of lotus flowers‟ pride in their beauty , and which are deeply respected everywhere for their great power in giving shelter to the surrendered souls.” (Śri
Kṛṣṇa Karṇamṛta- verse 12) by Śrīla Bilvamangala Ṭhākura)
And in the Bhajana Rahasya Vritti, you comment: In describing the speciality of Krsna‟s lotus feet, Sri Lilasuka says that they defeat the pride of lotus flowers. How? The material lotus flower is cooling, fragrant, soft and beautiful for the five senses and the bumblebee becomes mad by drinking its honey. But Sri Krsna lotus feet are intoxicating in a different, exceptional way. These feet are the embodiment of beauty and wealth for all material and transcendental living beings and they are the eternal abode of the pastimes of the original goddess of fortune (nikhila-bhuvana-lakṣmī). The word nikhila-bhuvana-lakṣmī in this Text can also refer to all the Gopis, who offer their everything to these lotus feet. Sri Krsna removes the affliction of their Kama by touching them with Your lotus feet. The young girls of Vraja affectionately keep these lotus feet on their hearts and serve them in every way. All glories to You, my beloved gurudeva, in Your auspicious Vyasa-Puja appearance day. May You, my most worshipfull and sweet gurudeva, give me Your causeless mercy and then I get the chance to fulfill Your inner desires. At Your Lotus Feet, The lowest of the low, Lilavati devi dasi
Dear Srila Gurudeva,
from Cochabamba, Bolivia
Please accept my humble obeisances unto Your Lotus Feet. namaḥ oṁ viṣṇupādāya rādhikāya-priyātmane śrī - śrīmad-bhaktivedānta nārāyaṇa iti nāmine
Now, all your disciples, especially from South America are so blissful, seeing your very presence in this Vyasa Puja Ceremony in Brazil. Everyone is so happy for seeing Your Divine Grace. In this special occasion I am writing a few words, although I do not deserve the dust of Your Lotus Feet. It is an attempt to glorify You and at the same time pray to get the chance of serving and getting your merciful glance. Always thinking in Your Lotus feet and personality, I hope to get the chance to please Your Holly Person. At the same time that I‟m aware of this reality, although under the clutches of the illusory energy of the Lord, I‟m learning to pray to you and Lord Krsna, due to your mercy. It‟s not usual for me to pray, but now I‟m learning something through questioning myself, the Vaishnavas and You: “When will the incredible moment of constant hankering for Your lotus feet will come? When the constant utterance of Your name will cause me to cry for love? When all my desires will be favorable to perform bhajana and work for you and try to please you at all times and places? When am I going to see You everywhere? When am I going to really give my heart to you? When am I going to love you so much that I understand your desires and try to please You? When am I not going to see kama, krodha, and all this desires that keep me apart from you? When will Krsna Katha enter in my heart and when will I do seva with love? When am I going to serve Prasadam? When am I going to chant pure holly names? When am I going to serve you? Where is Goura Nitai and Sri Radha Krsna? Where is Vaisnava Thakura”? Without your mercy I cannot see anything but these foolish and selfish desires... Due to the contact with your great indian and western disciples I am getting inspiration to pray to you, the holly master who changed the direction of my heart. Hare Krsna. Thanks for coming to this place and thanks for giving the chance to change and save us. Srila Gurudeva, Ki Jai!!! Your Wretched disciple, Mahesh das.
from La Paz, Bolivia
Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Gandarvika Giridhari Radha Vinode Bihari ji Ki Jay!
I want to offer my humble obeisances to my beloved Gurudeva Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja; equally I want to offer my humble obeisance to my beloved Param Gurudeva Srila Bhakti Prajna Kesava Gosvami Maharaja and Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja and all the Guru Parampara. Dear Gurudeva I know that I am not qualified but please let me one day be able to be an instrument of your love, to satisfy your sweet heart and be surrendered unto Your divine lotus feet. Thank you, Thank you for save us from this material world, for protecting us and especially for spilling Your causeless mercy into our withered hearts, and make possible that one day we could serve with pure love Sri Sri Radha-Krsna. Waiting for one day be able to be a servant Manjulali dasi, Bolivia
from Cochabamba, Bolivia
The Transcendental Ambassador, All glories to Sri Sri Guru and Gouranga! The karma cannot change while a person is pretending to be the duer and the enjoyer. It would change only when you leave to Him; surrender. Then the light will come and I will see with my eyes wide open to the clearness, to the realness, to the truthness and I will not be involved in this pervert reflex of the material world anymore… I am not always aware and they can attack me anytime. But suddenly I remain in silence and I start to cry without any consolation… if I am alone I lose… A light is approaching towards to me it seems like a star, it is so strong that hurts my eyes. When it is closer I notice that is a warrior like a policeman and he is so perfect that I am astounded… He is so beautiful, that I cannot find words to describe his beauty, even more he is so sublime when he is looking at me with his deep blue eyes, full of compassion, then he says: -“ I came here to help you”- I did not even ask for it, but he came. What kind of person is he? Why he came at the time when I need him the most? At the right time in my war with the sweetest voice that I have never heard before? How does he know about my suffering? Why does he want to help me? He cannot be from this material world… I felt his energy, his vibration in my heart, this love energy boundless, like weaves inundating my anxieties, my pains, my rubbish, the dust in my heart, everything that I used to believe in were dissipate and then he shows me my soul that always was begging for him, but I have tried to find him in the wrong places like my own sense gratification, in my false ego, in my intelligence, in mine mind… But for Radharani´s mercy I really found him. How many times I looked for the true love? How many times I have proclaimed to be the seeker of the pure and real love? But instead I have only found my deficiencies, mine and others faults, but nobody is perfect. Only for the everybodies pursuit: love and happiness… And he says to me:- “I love you. You don‟t belong to this material body because this is perishable, maybe now you are young but one day you will be old and your teeth will fall down, the death will come and you will die, the money don‟t makes you happy because you are more than that, you are a spiritual soul like God is, but you are suffering because you misidentify whith your body, I come to teach you how you can be a really happy person”- when I just heard that I broked up in tears but at the same time I felt unlimited happiness and I know he wants my real happiness, he wants my real welfare not for a minute not for the day not even for this life, he wants my happiness for the eternity, my happiness in the transcendental world. I have finally realized that I found the right person, the person who is the embodiment of all my searches and hopes, he can really fulfill my heart, he is the embodiment of this love that I have always seeked for it. He came to me to give me his company, he came to take me to transcendental world and he is the ambassador of that world so he knows the way very well, because he is the dearest to God, so I cannot miss the way or even miss the opportunity. What a wonderful person I have met!! He has changed my whole life!!! But there is something I have to give him: it is my independency, my free will. It is something so hard for me but what have I done with them anyway? Only sufferment engrossed in these impermanent things that do not satisfies me. He wants to own my soul, everything he says I will do, everything he likes I will like too, his words has to be my life and soul, he repeats to me over over again: “Otherwise you will suffer and I am not joking”My independency, my freedom all that I am so attach, I have to leave it but do they really exist? Do I want to die or live? Or in better words, Do I want to die for live? Do I really want to love? Do I really want to have this unconditional love? If it is yes I have to follow him like a medical prescription…
Now he came as the Trascencental Ambasador of Love, and I want to love him and perceive him in every second that I am alive, with my soul‟s eyes, I want him to make me as he is, but this will be only possible by his mercy. Please Gurudeva accept my humble petition and my life like an offerend at your lotus feet. Yours, Nabalatika devi dasi
Nikunja Kalika dasi,
from Cochabamba, Bolivia
ALL GLORIES TO SRI SRI GURU AND GOURANGA !!
oṁ ajñāna timirāndhasya jñānāñjana śalākaya caksur-unmīlitaṁ yena tasmai śrī -gurave namaḥ Oh Gurudevaj¡Tu eres muy misericordioso Yo te ofrezco mi humilde pranam y oro desde lo mas profundo del corazon para que, con la antorcha del conocimiento divino, abras mis ojos que han estado cegados por la oscuridad de la ignorancia. vancha-kalpatarubyas ca krpa-sindhubhya eva ca patitanam pavanebhyo vaisnaveybho namo Hamah Yo ofresco pranams a los vaisnavas que son como árboles de los deseos, que son un océano de misericordia y que salvan a alas almas condicionadas caídas. namo maha-vandanyaya krsna-prema-pradaya te krsnaya krsna-caintanya-namne goura-tvse namah Yo ofresco pranam a Sri Krsna Caitanya, quien es Sri Krsna mismo .Habiendo asumido el color dorado de Srimati Radhika, El esta misericordiosamente otorgando ese excepcional regalo que es Krsna-prema'' asabharair-amrta-sindhu-mayaih kathañcit kalo mayatigamitah kila sampratam hi tvam cet krpam mayi vidhasyasi naiva kim me pranair vraje na ca varoru bakarinapi
Hay una esperanza que me sostiene y alimenta mi existencia. De una o otra manera, mis dias transcurren con esa esperanza.Pero mi paciencia ha llegado a su fin. No puedo sosportarlo por más tiempo. Si Tú Sri Radha, no me muestras Tu gracia en este momento, habré perdido mi oportunidad para siempre.No tendre deseos de seguir viviendo. Y con Vrindavana a la que quiero más que a mi propia vida, estoy disgustado.Y que decir de cualquier otra cosa,si incluso estoy disgustado con Krishna.Es vergonzoso que exprese tales palabras, pero ni siquiera podré sentir amor Krishna a menos que me aceptes en Tu campo confidencial de servicio.
There is a hope that supports and feeds my existence. Of one or another way, my days pass with this hope. But my patience has come to end I cannot to support it for more time. If You Sri Radha, do not show me Your grace at this moment, I will have lost my opportunity forever. Not will have desires to continue living. And with Vrindavana to which I love more than my own life, I am discontented. And what to say of any other thing, if even I am dislike by Krishna. It is shameful that expresses such words, but I will not even be able to feel love for Krishna until you accept me in Your confidential field of service.
(Srila Raghunath das Gosvami - Vilapa-kusumañjali )
Esta sirvienta llora por tu misericordia.... Nikunja Kalika dasi
Sri Ranga Puri das,
from Cochabamba, Bolivia
Sri Guru Gauranga Gandharvika Giridhari Jayatah! Sri Gaudiya Rupanuga parampara ki jay! Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayan Maharaj Most dear paramahansa vaishnava: Please accept the fallen obeisances at your lotus feet, of an unworthy servant of my beloved Gurudeva, Srila Bhakti Promod Puri Maharaj, of whom I do not deserve even to pronounce his name. This is a most holy and auspicious celebration. The day where light shows up to enlighten the souls of this world of darkness. Here I am, full of dirtiness and shame approaching your lotus feet trying first of all to thank you for helping all boys and girls that have had the fortune to reach your mercy. I see how they get inspired into transcendental life and shine reflecting your glory. I am almost scared to approach you, as vaishnavas like you burn to ashes all dirty attachments that mud my heart. This duck disguised amongst the swans of the vaishnavas has been imitating vaishnavas, although fully aware of being a pseudo-vaishnava and more over, unworthy to be called a servant of your students and the true followers of the devotional path. This intruder wants nonetheless to reach your mercy to beg for a drop of mercy to be able to one day became a true servant of the vaishnavas, as my demonic nature prevents me from tasting devotion. Please protect me from sadhu-ninda as my fault finding mind, mistakes little spects of Vraj dust, for dirt, just to realize it is just the reflection of my lust and my own faults that cover my vision. I was afraid to write a glorification of yours, unable as I am to inspire trust and afraid that my name associated with your servants may bring shame to them and you. Nonetheless I beg for your pardon to have yielded to the temptation to proclaim my unending gratefulness towards my beloved friends and family, who are finding love and truth at your shelter. This much I can say. You are touchstone transforming hearts and attracting like a magician the souls to Vraj bhakti. Aspiring to serve the feet of the vaishnavas Dasanudas Sri Ranga Puri das
Shusila devi dasi,
Jaya Srila Gurudeva!!
from Cochabamba, Bolivia
Da-me tu misericordia para poder oír Harikatha de sus labios y poder verlo aunque solo por un instante y poder tomar su caranamrta y poder servirlo de todo corazón. Tengo todo el deseo de poder viajar para servirlo humildemente y poder sentir sus dulces latidos de su corazón y poder tocar sus delicados pies de loto y poder pedirle bendiciones para avanzar espiritualmente y tener mi corazón humilde rendido a los pies de Radha y Krsna. Su humilde sirvienta, Shusila devi dasi
Tulasi Manjari devi dasi,
from Cochabamba, Bolivia
I am just a fallen jiva Gurudeva, who wants to be your servant, and don‟t know what to say. But I know that without you, my happiness is impossible. I am so fortunate to have you as my Guru even though I don't deserve it. Please Gurudeva, give me your mercy, and teach me how to serve you, because I am very ignorant and I don't know anything. Please give me your blessings, so I can have your association someday... Jay Srila Gurudeva !!!!!!!!!!!! Tulasi Manjari dd
Vrinda devi dasi,
from Cochabamba, Bolivia
All glories to Sri Sri Guru and Gouranga! With all my heart and the most Humble Feeling I offer my dandavat pranam to you, my loved Gurudev. It‟s difficult to for me to express what I really feel, but I‟m going to start offering my heart to you, I know is not much, because is dirty and full of bad feelings, but from the day I knew about you I already belonged you… is Maya who fill us with illusion and make us think our heart just belongs us. I always wanted serve to Srila Swami Prabhupada, but I never found the way, although I couldn‟t find a sincere soul who would teach me how to do it and know his inner feelings. When I started reading your books I realize how you knew intimate and perfectly his heart, and I understood that I finally found who has fulfilled to that great personality my heart wanted serve. My beloved Gurudev, I‟m insignificant but I‟m wrestling to be able, at least, serve you one day and have even the most little of the desires which live in your heart, and in this way fulfill you, hoping you bless me writing the name of my daughter Goura Priyah and mine in your heart to be always with you, and never set apart of vaishnava seva, also I hope your blessings to guide my daughter in the path of Srimati Radhika‟s devotion. Finally I thank from the bottom of my heart to Sri Radha for gave me the most amazing bless of the universe and present Herself in front of me through you, my Srila Gurudev. Always yours Vrinda devi dasi & Goura priyah Cochabamba-Bolivia
Acyuta Priya dasi,
from Brazil Jay Sri Sri Guru and Gauranga! All glories to Srila Gurudeva!
Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja is like the Sun, with his warm rays of love always surrounded his sannyasis and senior devotees. Upon his head are Mahaprabhu and Srimad-Bhagavatam, his eternal objects of worship. He has the power to nurture the creeper of bhakti in the heart of all, which was planted by his causeless mercy. His light illuminates all classes of men, for he does not discriminate against anyone. His divine light reaches the entire universe, and gives the legacy of most confidential love, the intimate and uninterrupted service to Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Who could be so merciful? Only Sri Gurudeva is the best friend, the eternal guide, our ever well wisher. He is the embodiment of mercy, compassion and love. Gurudeva Srila Narayana Gosvami Maharaja is the great messenger of Mahaprabhu. Following the footsteps of Guru Parampara, he distributes the sweetest devotional moods among the fallen souls. Through his tireless preaching, whose weapons are the truth, love, knowledge and courage, he satisfies the desires of all spiritual preceptors. His beautiful complexion is bright as gold, and attracts the minds of souls eager for pure love and affection. His beautiful and deep blue eyes hold the transcendent truths that can save us from illusion. From his bright smile emanates the spiritual power we eagerly long. From his lotus hands sweet purports and translations arise, and the grace of divine knowledge is granted to those who listen or read his Hari Katha. With His arms He invites everyone to jump into the boat of salvation, and His lotus feet always show the path to Absolute Truth. We could not have known such beauty without one of his sweetest rays, Sripad Bhaktivedanta Vana Maharaja, who, as an exemplar disciple, gives us the courage to serve Sri Gurudeva with one-pointed mind and firm determination. May Gurudeva give me the chance to recover my true spiritual identity, which was forgotten by my own falts of enjoying the material world. And being blessed by Him, may I have the chance to get the remanents of service to Sri Guru. My dear Gurudeva, may You have a very very very long life! Happy Birthday! Apiring for the mercy of Sri Guru, the Vaishnavas and Sri Hari, Acyuta Priya dasi, Brazil
Adhoksaja das ,
Om Sri Sri Guru Gouranga Gandarvika Giridhari Radha Vinoda Biharijiu ki jay ho !
namaḥ oṁ viṣṇupādāya rādhikāya-priyātmane śrī-śrīmad-bhaktivedānta nārāyaṇa iti nāmine
Srila Gurudeva please accepts my respectful dandavat pranamas to your lotus feet repeatedly. By the mercy of Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja, our Srila Prabhupada, I had the oportunity to access to the first instructions in Gaudiya Vaisnavism, the mission of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. The years passed and Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada returned to His home, back to the Godhead, leaving in your hands his sons and daughters. I consider myself in the generation of Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada's grandsons, and I am eternaly grateful to you for bestowing me the mercy of accepting me as your disciple. With time, the sweetness of your Hari Katha wich I receive by the internet, by your books and the instructions of your sanyasis like Sripad Bhaktivedanta.Vana Maharaja that you kindly send him to give us association, make ours heart soft, inspires to always keep on chanting the Holy Names, with love and affection, besides any dificulty we may face to. Thanks to your mercy, I could get free from the absurd concept that Krsna counsciousness is resumed to an institution, and see that what Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada brought to us was something even more refined and mercifully even brought You as my Gurudeva. I thank You for your love and affection. I desire deep in my heart that I can become more qualified to serve You. Please bestow upon me Your blessings to be always in Your association, that I always can be in association with high class vaisnavas, and in this way I never forget You my Gurudeva, and my mantras. Jaya Radhe !! Hare Krsna !! Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayan Goswami Maharaja Ki Jay Ho !! vāñchā-kalpatarubyaś ca kṛpāsindhubhya eva ca patitānāṁ pāvanebhyo vaiṣṇavebhyo namo namaḥ Dasa anudasa Adhoksaja Das
Ananda Pradyini devi dasi,
from Rio de Janeiro,Brazil
namaḥ oṁ viṣṇupādāya rādhikāya-priyātmane śrī-śrīmad-bhaktivedānta nārāyaṇa iti nāmine
śrī-kṛṣṇa -līlā-kathane sudakṣaṁ audārya-mādhurya guṇaiś ca yuktaṁ varaṁ varenyaṁ puruṣaṁ mahāntaṁ nārāyaṇaṁ tvaṁ śirasā namāmi tridaṇḍīnāṁ bhakta-śiromaṇim ca śrī -Kṛṣṇa padābja dhṛtaika-hṛdi caitanya-līlāmṛta-sāra sāraṁ nārāyāṇaṁ tvam satataṁ prapadye
Ofereço todas as reverências ao seus pés amados de lótus. Obrigada. Jay Radhe,Jay Krishna. Ananda Pradyini devi dasi & familia
Anuvilash Manjari devi dasi,
oṁ ajñāna timirāndhasya jñānāñjana śalākaya caksur-unmīlitaṁ yena tasmai śrī -gurave namaḥ All Glories to Sri Sri Guru and Gouranga!!! All Glories to Srila Prabhupada!! All Glories to my beloved Srila Gurudeva and His Sri Vyasa Puja!!
Brazil is having a great festivity in order to celebrate such an auspicious day! We are very fortunate to have Your presence in Sri Vyasa puja. Your merciful feet will touch this land spreading the sweetness and love for Sri Sri Radha Govinda. From your sweet voice will flow the highest Hari Katha that it needs to increase the faith for these every conditioned soul like me, whose are attract to enjoy and sense gratification. My beloved master, without your glance upon me I will not be able to go anywhere. Make me your servant. Make the attachment for Your feet manifest in my heart. Make one day that my sadhana, which is so fallen, become high and give to you as an offerend. Forgive my faults as a mother and wife. I pray that You can be the center of our home; only then I will be happy in this dharma. Without Gurudeva‟s mercy, sadhu-sanga and the association of the Lord‟s devotees, I‟m nothing! I pray that my beloved Gurudeva be merciful so that I can extinguish my anarthas. May humbleness and humility manifest in this living entity who is so devoid of good qualities and attached to enjoy the senses. All glories to Pujapada Srila Bhaktiveanta Narayana Maharaja!!!! All glories to Sri Vyasa Puja 2010 - Brazil!! Anuvilasa Manjari devi dasi -Brazil -Penedo (RJ)
Baladeva das brahmacari,
saṁsāra-davānala-līḍha-lokatrāṇāya kāruṇya-ghanāghanatvam prāptasya kalyāṇa-guṇārṇavasya vande guroḥ śrī caraṇāravindam sākṣād-dharitvena samasta-śāstrair uktas tathā bhāvyata eva sadbhiḥ kintu prabhor yaḥ priya eva tasya vande guroḥ śr… caraṇāravindam
dhanyavat murtimanta hari kathamrta Srila Guru Maharaj Ki Jay!
your fall slave, afectionally, Baladeva das brahmacari,Brazil
Bhanumati devi dasi,
My dear and beloved Srila Gurudeva,
from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
I offer my most humble obeisances to the lotus feet of Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja, who is the embodiment of pure love and mercy for all the living entities.
I am the most foolish person in this world and I don't know why I had the fortune to be captured by the tremendous force coming from my wonderful gurudevas, your Divine Grace and Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. I don't know how I keep trying to do some service, chant rounds, hear harikatha because I don't have any taste for those. When I look, I am again doing, with my mind screaming to me to stop. But when I remember the life of my spiritual master and your life, I am again going to hear your sadhus' classes or going to be with you somehow. I can't understand how it happened because I am so stubborn. My heart told me that it happens because you and he are saint, pure and strong and both of you desire us to become saint, pure and strong too. So amazing is your mercy. I hope some day I can realize your desire which is also the desire of my soul. I depend completely on You who is the light of my life, You brought my spiritual master so near and near, each day and each year. You are not bringing just an idea of him, but him in his totality, by every word, conduct and steps. Every time I remember You, my life become renewed, feeling like to have the same age when I read the first book of Srila Prabhupada, which came in my hands, when I was only 14. Now I am 51, with grown up children and grandchildren. We are so fortunate to have you in our life. Nothing is better than this. My dear Srila Gurudeva, today is the most auspicious day, you are completing 90 years old in this planet. Since you arrived the entire world became better, all the flowers became more beautiful, the sky more brilliant, the stars more shining, the Earth happier and all the living entities, animals and human beings more hopeful. I pray to you from the core of my heart that you may stay here for many years, otherwise our lives will have no meaning. Happy birthday to you, our beloved Srila Gurudeva! Bhanumati devi dasi (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Candra Kala devi dasi,
oṁ ajñāna timirāndhasya jñānāñjana śalākaya caksur-unmīlitaṁ yena tasmai śrī -gurave namaḥ namaḥ oṁ viṣṇupādāya rādhikāya-priyātmane śrī - śrīmad-bhaktivedānta nārāyaṇa iti nāmine gurave gauracandraya radhikaya tadalaye krsnaya krsna-bhaktaya tad bhaktaya namo Hamah My Dear Spiritual master, Srila Gurudeva, I‟m here to offer once more my devotional service unto your lotus feet. Please bless me with your mercy. May all the persons who are reading or hearing your classes be purified I‟m very grateful to Sri Krsna for you accepted me, as your daughter and disciple. I‟m very blessed. I only want to thank you and tell you that my life has changed a lot. I‟m another person. I try to be a good person following your example and teachings. I love you very much. Please make my life an offering to your lotus feet, and let me help you to spread your teachings to a lot of people. I feel you with me, inspiring me to serve you. I feel your trust on me. I‟m very fortunate and happy. Please bless me Srila Gurudeva, so that I can be strong in my whole life and never stop serving your lotus feet and Srimatiji Radharani´s too. May I learn more and more about love and devotion. Thank you very much.
vanca-kalpatarubhyas ca krpa-sindhubhya eva ca patitanam pavanebhyo vaisnavebhyo namo namah
Radhe Radhe Radhe Jay Jay Jay Sri Radhe
Candra Kala Devi Dasi - Campinas - São Paulo - Brasil ✿*✿**✿**✿**✿**✿**✿**✿**✿**✿**✿**✿**✿**✿**✿**✿**✿**✿**✿**✿**✿*✿
Caro Gurudeva: Aceite minhas reverências. mais
Todas as glorias a Sri Sri Radha e Krsna. Neste dia especial do seu aparecimento queria lhe agradecer pela sua misericordia. Infelizmente não consegui permanecer na associação dos meus irmãos espirituais, por motivos pessoais, mais foi maravilhoso estabelecer a ligação com o senhor, Gurudeva. Acredito que ninguém abandona um mestre espiritual puro. Segundo o que me foi dito o Devoto puro encontra a gente, e não é a gente que encontra o Devoto puro. Posso concluir então que não é a gente que deixa a sua companhia a não ser que o senhor, gurudev, decida nos deixar; materialmente estou afastado, mas sempre lembrarei no meu coração que o senhor foi capaz de acender novamente a chama da esperança em relação ao movimento da consciência de Krsna. Não estou qualificado para falar das suas glorias, simplesmente posso dizer que lhe guardo com muito carinho no meu coração, e ninguém além do senhor pode saber se poderei ou não lhe servir...algum dia. Dandavats pranamas! Seu servo Damodara das
Gauravani devi dasi,
My dear Guru, Dandavat pranams,
from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
All glories to Sri Sri Guru Gauranga!!!! I offer to you my heart and my soul!!!! I know that I‟m very fallen, but one thing I know is that, I want to attain the love of Srimati Radhika and Sri Krishna, thank you very much for your mercy, love and patient!!!!! I hope that one day I will be able to serve you. Radhe Radhe, Yours, Gauravani Devi Dasi
Gokula Rañjana das ,
oṁ ajñāna timirāndhasya jñānāñjana śalākaya caksur-unmīlitaṁ yena tasmai śrī -gurave namaḥ
Oh dear Gurudeva, what can I offer to You? I am devoid of intelligence and good fortune. The only thing that I have is my sincerity and my heart. I know I'm full of defects and my mind is always attracted by the enjoyment of senses. Even so, I ask Your grace. I beg You to steal my heart once and for all. I wait for this so eagerly birth after birth. I humbly ask you to accept this sincere offering from your stubborn and unqualified disciple. I love you, my dear Param Pujyapada Srila Gurudeva Srila Gurudev Ki Jay Ho! Aspiring to one day be really useful to Sri Guru, the Vaishnavas and to Sri Gauranga, Dasa anudasa Gokula dasa-ranjana
Ó querido Gurudeva, o que posso Te oferecer? Sou desprovido de inteligência e boa fortuna. A única coisa que possuo é minha sinceridade e meu coração. Sei que sou cheio de defeitos e que minha mente está sempre atraída pelo desfrute dos sentidos. Mesmo assim, peço Sua graça. Imploro para que roube meu coração de uma vez por todas. Espero por isso ansiosamente nascimento após nascimento. Por favor, humildemente peço para que aceite essa oferenda sincera de seu discípulo teimoso e desqualificado. Eu o amo, meu querido Param Pujyapada Srila Gurudeva. Srila Gurudev Ki Jay Ho! Aspirando um dia ser realmente útil a Sri Guru, os Vaishnavas e Gauranga, Dasa anudasa Gokula-rañjana dasa
Isvara Puri dasa,
I offer dandavat pranams to the lotus feet of my Dear spiritual master Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja and to the lotus feet of Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada My dear master, All glories to you! Thank you for your appearance in this world. As well as Vasudeva carried the Lord Sri Krishna through the Yamuna River, from Mathura to Gokula and left him to Nanda Maharaja and mother Yasoda and they were taking care of the Lord with love until he grew up. Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada brought Sri Haninama and the knowledge about the absolute truth crossing the ocean to the western countries. He planted the seed of bhakti-lata-bija in the hearts of many bhada-jivas and left them to your care. You are taking care of them with love like mother Yasoda made with the Lord and at the same time planting the seed of bhakti-lata-bija in the hearts of others bhada-jivas and giving them the most elevated feelings for Radha Krishna in their hearts . Please keep me engaged in your service, sharing with others your mercy and please never stop to water my bhakti-lata-bija until I reach the lotus feet of Sri Sri Radha Krishna in Sri Vrindavana-dhama. The most insignificant one between the living entities, Your aspirant a servant, Isvara puri dasa From Brasil, Sao Paulo, Sri Sri Gouranga Radha Govinda Gaudiya Matha
Jaya Deva das and family,
from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Estamos muito felizes em poder ver e sentir de perto Srila Gurudeva. Estamos certos encantamento. que serão momentos de
Estaremos encantados por Sri Krishna na pessoa de nosso Srila Gurudeva. Eu, minha família e todos nós... venha logo para dar as suas bênçãos para todos nós. We are very happy to see and feel close to Srila Gurudeva, I am sure that there will be moments of enchantment. We will be delighted by Sri Krishna in the person of our Sri Gurudeva. I, my family and all of us ... come soon to give his blessings to us all. Jay Deva Das and family. Rio de Janeiro City. – Brazil
Jay Krishna dasa,
Gurudeva, you are the source of crystal light iluminating the surrendered souls of this plantet! My heart is burning with joy and love, lost in such greatness! Grateful for your divine presence in our existence! Jay Krishna dasa Brasília - DF, Brasil
All glories to Sri Sri Guru and Gauranga! Dandavats Srila Gurudeva!
Jaya Gouranga Radha Govindaji!
My dear Gurudeva, is with great respect and all the honors that I glorify You. I am writing sincere words. My name is Kanak Manjari devi dasi. I received initiation through Sripad Vana Maharaj here in Brazil and now I follow with my life trying to be a servant of guru and Krsna. But what steal my heart is that in my humble altar I see your picture that follows me with your eyes and talk to me. My beloved Gurudeva, I ask your blessings so that I may humbly follow chanting the holy names. your daughter and servant, Kanak manjari devi dasi
Krsna Mantra das ,
Jay Radhe! Jay guruji SRILA BHAKTIVEDANTA NARAYANA GOSWAMI MAHARAJA! Please, accept my humble obeisances, dandavats pranamas!
namaḥ oṁ viṣṇupādāya rādhikāya-priyātmane śrī-śrīmad-bhaktivedānta nārāyaṇa iti nāmine śrī-kṛṣṇa -līlā-kathane sudakṣaṁ audārya-mādhurya guṇaiś ca yuktaṁ varaṁ varenyaṁ puruṣaṁ mahāntaṁ nārāyaṇaṁ tvaṁ śirasā namāmi Dear guruji, for a long time I have been cover by a dark cloud that obscured my vision, I could not see the importance of Srila Swami Prabhupada for the vaisnavas and for the whole world. Please, forgive me for such ignorance! I dare to call you my guru even if I am not initiated for you yet but in my heart I already give myself to you in my prayers, because now I understand that you are continuing Srila Prabhupada's mission and helping to all indiscriminately to achieve Sri Mahaprabhu. Then, I ask Sri Krsna give us his grace, and that we can listen Krsna-Katha from your lotus mouth for many years in this planet, and like this, let us some day to be born as a Real servant. Affectionately, His new disqualified servant, KRSNA MANTRA DAS MG/ BRAZIL – 30/11/2009 Querido guruji, durante muito tempo estive iludido e uma nuvem branca ofuscava minha visão, eu não podia ver sua importância para Srila Prabhupada, para os vaisnavas e para o mundo inteiro. Por favor, perdoe-me por tamanha ignorância! Ouso chamá-lo de guruji apesar de não ter sido iniciado por ti ainda, pois meu coração já foi entregue a você em minhas orações, porque agora compreendi que está continuando a missão de Srila Prabhupada e ajudando a todos indiscriminadamente a chegar até Sri Mahaprabhu. Então, peço a Sri Krsna que nos dê a sua graça, e que possamos escutar Krsna-Katha de sua boca de lótus por mais muitos anos aqui neste planeta, e assim, possamos algum dia nascer como um real servo. Carinhosamente, Seu novo servo descalificado, KRSNA MANTRA DAS MG/ BRAZIL – 30/11/2009
Lalita devi dasi,
Todas as glórias sejam a Sri Sri Guru e Gouranga!! oṁ ajñāna timirāndhasya jñānāñjana śalākaya caksur-unmīlitaṁ yena tasmai śrī -gurave namaḥ namaḥ oṁ viṣṇupādāya rādhikāya-priyātmane śrī-śrīmad-bhaktivedānta nārāyaṇa iti nāmine
Guruji, ...não quero iniciar essa carta com aquelas velhas frases de costume, como por exemplo dizer que 'não sou qualificada para te servir'...Não! Se tem algo que não sou é humilde; além de que, tudo o que verdadeiramente há em mim, você conhece e vê melhor que qualquer outra alma; e se nessa minha existência material tive a misericórdia de te reencontrar é porque algum mérito tenho... Mas isso tudo é pouco Gurudeva; eu quero muito mais e sei que só você pode me dar; por essa boa fortuna quero lembrar sempre que não posso te perder de jeito nenhum. Lembro-me sempre que 'tentar' é bhakti e assim quero continuar...tentando, tentando, tentando; tentar até conseguir te enxergar, te ouvir, te adorar, te servir e te seguir com minha mente e coração limpos. Quero aprender, ou melhor, quero relembrar o quanto doce é servir aos seus pés de lótus...quero ser abençoada com a manifestação da sinceridade em meu coração, e assim realizar de fato o que é 'guru seva'. Portanto, Guruji meu salvador...nesse momento, a única coisa que posso oferecer é fé firme em ti e fome de conhecimento espiritual; quero na medida do que penso ser meu possível, continuar tentando seguir suas ordens com muito afeto e sinceridade. Não há dúvidas de que você é muito querido por Srimat Radhika, e que sendo assim, todos nós nessa grande família somos afortunados, pois o Vyasa puja é seu, mas pela misericórdia dEla somos nós os presenteados com sua inesquecível presença. Srimat Radharani ki jay!!! Radhe Syam Radhe Syam Radhe Syam!!! Aprendendo a servir, Lalita devi dasi Itajaí - Sta Catarina - Sul do Brasil. Jay Gurudeva!!!
Madana Gopal das,
Dear Gurudeva, Your shakti changed my life forever.
from Brasilia, Brazil
Yet I don´t meet you personally, I feel every day your divine presence in my mind. You are a waterfall of love that refresh my soul and purifies my heart. Your humble servant, Madana Gopal das Brasil/Brasília
Jay Vyasapuja! Jay Patita Pavana! Jay Gurudeva!
Photo of Srila Gurudeva (August, 1992 at Sri Krsna Balaram Mandir, Vrndavana) courtesy of Maha Vishnu das from Brazil. 101
Maha Vishnu das ,
My dearmost Srila Gurudeva,
from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Please accept my koti koti dandavat pranamas at your lotus feet. All glories to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga! All glories to Sri Sri Radha Vinodabihariji! Since Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja, my Gurudeva, for the first time gave his darshan to me on Sri Balaram Appearance Day, in August 1992, at the Krsna Balaram Mandir, Vrndavana, my life has changed completely because to meet a most near and dear servant of Srimati Radhika. This is a rare opportunity for a destitute and fallen soul like me to encounter such uttama-maha-bhagavata personality. The journey is so long but finally we will reach our destiny by guru-krsna-prasade, or else, by the mercy of the bona fide guru who is a manifestation of Krsna Himself. Sri Guru is asraya-vigraha, the form and abode of divine love who gives the seed of bhakti or the desire to serve Krsna. So, I wish to grasp tightly this chance and make my life successful by your causeless mercy. Furthermore, Srila Bhaktivedanta Vamana Gosvami Maharaja reveals the eternal form of Sri Guru by concealing to us that, “He is a beloved maidservant of Sri Bhagavan. Sri Guru-tattva is the sakti of the Absolute, or in other words, its transcendental feminine aspect. Teaching others to serve Sri Bhagavan is Sri Guru‟s constitutional function. He is a legitimate maidservant under the direction of the sakhis. As such he is a dearly beloved servant-girl, adept in the art of serving in the pastimes of Sri Bhagavan, that supreme enjoyer and object of all loving relationships.” Ultimately, Sri Guru gives sri-hari-nama that is non-different in tattva from sri-nami, He who possesses srinama. It is said in Jaiva-Dharma that, “The conscious, spark-like jiva is qualified to utter hari-nama when he is situated in his pure, spiritual form. However, he cannot perform pure hari-nama with his material senses which are bound by maya.” Due to our weakness of heart and fear, we create many obstacles and impediments to accomplish our goal, which is atma-samarpana, or full surrender unto the feet of Srila Gurudeva. Therefore, our only hope is to obtain the mercy of the hladini-sakti of Srimati Radhika and Her confidential maidservants, in order to realize our svarupa and be able to utter suddha-nama, when He mercifully descends and dances on our tongue purified by the process of bhakti. Unfortunately, we still keep hanging on to the rotten stuff, that Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada called “chewing the chewed”. We found ourselves desperate to get rid of our anarthas, all kind of sins and offenses. So mercifully, you give us diksa and teach that, “The gayatri-mantra gives all kinds of divya-jnana, transcendental knowledge of krsna-tattva and jiva-tattva, and it also gives a relationship with Krsna.” And added, “In our parampara, in order to purify one‟s chanting and to give the chanter a relationship with Krsna, who has kindly taken the form of His holy name, the gopala-mantra is given along with harinama.” I beg at your lotus feet for your compassion and a particle of your mercy, although I have no eligibility to claim for that, still you are my life and soul and my only hope. Your most wretched aspiring servant, Maha Vishnu Das (Rio de Janeiro - Brazil)
Mani Kundala devi dasi and Surya Lila,
oṁ ajñāna timirāndhasya jñānāñjana śalākaya caksur-unmīlitaṁ yena tasmai śrī -gurave namaḥ namaḥ oṁ viṣṇupādāya rādhikāya-priyātmane śrī - śrīmad-bhaktivedānta nārāyaṇa iti nāmine
Os Vedas instruem “Não viva na escuridão, mova-se em direção à luz”.“Luz” refere-se ao conhecimento de nossa verdadeira esencia espiritual, do Senhor Supremo do qual somos partes e parcelas diminutas e da eterna relação de serviço amoroso que temos com Ele “Escuridão” refere-se ao estado de ignorância espiritual. Estar na escuridão ou na ignorância significa estar apegado aos objetos relacionados à energia material. Existe, no entanto uma ciência transcedental, um processo de auto-realização que nos conduz à felicidade eterna. E vós, meu querido Gurudeva, com sua misericórdia sem causa, e movido pela compaixão de Srimati Radharani pelas almas caídas, nos resgatou da escuridão da ignorância material, nos conduzindo em direção a luz de Bhakti. Não possuo qualificações, mas humildemente agradeço-lhe por vosso amor incondicional e peço vossas bençãos para que um dia eu me torne digna e capaz de servi-lo. Dê-me forças para suportar todas as provações e problemas desta existência material. Acolha-me na sombra de seus pés de lótus e purifique-me. Jaya Srila Gurudeva!!! Mani Kundala dd e Surya Lila
Martha Capristano ,
from Brasilia, Brazil
I do not know exactly what to say because I do not know well this "new world" that the Vedas brought before us. What I just know is that everything I hear affects my heart. And today I love your disciples... In my own way, through this chaotic and disorganized manner, I also try to work for the welfare on Earth. I know how hard it is!... The last time I was with Sripad Sajjan Mararaja he gave me the Bhagavad-Gita and this has encouraged me to continue "fighting". Sometimes, I feel weak and afraid of the results because I do not feel able to face many obstacles... At bedtime, just before sleep, I read about Arjuna and Krsna, take a deep breath and ask for courage, inspiration and protection. I breathe again and tell myself that I accept the will of God. Yet, it is not a real surrender but I am closer to it day by day. It is just that I am feeling very afraid for a long time and it is difficult for me to be free from that fear because I know that my part has to be done and do not always know how to do it... Life has brought me such "unimaginable" situations and put me in front of new and giant things... Well, I do not know what to say to you... I just want to add that I am happy because you are coming to Brazil and that your presence and light will make good to all of us! Thank you for coming! Thank you for having compassion towards us. We Brazilians, especially in the major urban centers, are disconnected from the real values. The family is no longer considered sacred and we women and mothers are not being given the real value. Our families are not familiar and it has been a common choice to be "Cain instead of Abel and place gall where it could be just honey." For this, my beloved master, I appreciate your presence and, I would like to ask that my family would be restored and we all come together to work for the welfare of all... There's so much to be done... I have so many plans... See you in Sao Paulo - God allow me to go, of course - but I am delighted by the possibility. So, see you there! And again, thank you, thank you, and thank you! This is my humble prayer at your lotus feet, Martha Capistrano (Brasilia - Brazil)
My most dear Srila Gurudeva.
from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
By your causeless mercy only you I have been in your holly association. Why someone will give a so value thing to some one who can not appreciate it? Who can be so merciful? I don‟t deserve to get it; I don‟t know what I am really getting today. I only can suspect that is something that it has so much value that no one can calculate. Like the richest man find some begger in the street and give to him all his fortune, but still the beggar doesn‟t understand that now he is not a beggar anymore, this is my position and this is just an insignificant analogy to show how merciful you are. I can not glorified you properly because I still think that I am a beggar without any fortune, but you know that you alredy gave me everything and in the right time I will come to know. Please always bestow your mercy upon me. Please never take any of my unlimited offenses at your Lotus feet. I need your mercy yesterday, today and forever. Your fallen servant, Mukundananda dasa
Nava Yauvana dasa,
Dear Gurudeva, accept my obeisances even if I am not qualified Despite my insignificant efforts for my spiritual progress, I feel that my life itself is based on a single feeling of hope that will one day make me qualified to serve You. Please Gurudeva, do not forget me because I am completely alone; make me worthy of your mercy. Your eternal servant, Nava Yauvana dasa Brazil.
Querido Gurudeva, aceite minhas reverências mesmo que eu não seja merecedor. Apesar de meus esforços serem insignificantes para o meu progresso espiritual, sinto que minha vida se baseia em um único sentimento de esperanza: o de um dia poder me tornar qualificado para serví-lo. Por favor Gurudeva, não se esqueça de mim porque estou completamente só, me faça merecedor de sua misericórida. Seu servo eterno, Nava Yauvana dasa - Brazil.
Radhanatha das ,
oṁ ajñāna timirāndhasya jñānāñjana śalākaya caksur-unmīlitaṁ yena tasmai śrī -gurave namaḥ namaḥ oṁ viṣṇupādāya rādhikāya-priyātmane śrī - śrīmad-bhaktivedānta nārāyaṇa iti nāmine vāñchā-kalpatarubyaś ca kṛpāsindhubhya eva ca patitānāṁ pāvanebhyo vaiṣṇavebhyo namo namaḥ
“Devemos ofereçer nosso coração para Gurudeva como a lamparina oferecida a Radhakrishna no altar...”
O temor surge quando a entidade viva, devido a absorção na energia externa e ilusória do Senhor, identifica-se erroneamente com o corpo material.Ao afastar-se asssim do Senhor Supremo, a entidade viva também esquece sua própria posição constitucional como servo do Senhor. Essa condição confusa e temerosa é efetuada pela potência ilusória, chamada maya. Portanto a pessoa inteligente deve se ocupar resolutamente no imaculado serviço devocional ao Senhor, sob a guia de um Mestre Espiritual autêntico, a quem ela deve aceitar como sua deidade adorável e como a própria vida e alma. O discípulo está sempre endividado com seu Mestre Espiritual, esta dívida é eterna e tudo que nós possamos fazer nunca pagará tamanha misericórdia. Meu querido Gurudeva eu te peço que me ilumine e me dê forças para levar adiante meu dharma eterno e tentar assim satisfazê-lo. A cada segundo agradeço a Srimati Radhika por ter colocado o senhor em meu caminho, e dessa maneira, poder receber sua misericórdia sem causa. Humildemente peço vossas benção para continuar no caminho de bhakti e nunca me esquecer de Krishna.Eu entrego minha alma e meu corpo a seu serviço. Por favor, imploro, me aceite. Tentando ser seu servo eterno, Radhanatha Das
Radha Priya dasi,
namaḥ oṁ viṣṇupādāya rādhikāya-priyātmane śrī-śrīmad-bhaktivedānta nārāyaṇa iti nāmine
My beloved Srila Gurudeva, Please accept my obeisances at your lotus feet which are the refuge for the souls of this world. I am very happy to know that you will come to Brazil. You are the very mercy of Sri Sri Radhe Shyam who came to melt our hearts and fill them with prema bhakti. From your mouth comes the nectar of pure love of Radhe Shyam. I desire Sri Sri Radha Krishna always bless you in your mission. Your heart is very merciful and I humble ask to take refuge in your lotus feet. Srila Gurudeva, accept my eternal obeisance to You. I will serve You forever. Your eternal servant, Radha Priya dasi
Rama devi dasi,
from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
sri guru caranam vande ramanaprestham bhutale rupanuga bhaktidam ca krpamurti narayanam
I worship the lotus feet of Srila Gurudev Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayan Goswami Maharaja who in this world is very dear to his worshipful Lord Sri Radha-raman Biharijiu, who is the distributor of rupanuga bhakti and who is the embodiment of mercy.
isvara-svarupa bhakta tanra adhisthana bhaktera hrdaye krsnera satata visrama
A pure devotee, constantly engaged in the loving service of the Lord, is identical with the Lord, who is always seated in his heart. [C-c, Adi-lila: 1.61] With my heart melting, with honor, love and extreme submission, I offer thousands of obeisances to the lotus feet of my most worship espiritual master, gurupada-padma om visnupada astottara-sata Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja. All glories to you! My most dear Srila Gurudeva please accepts my offering in this most auspicious day, although I am not qualified to say anything, I understand that without your mercy no one can be happy in this world or anywhere. You are the most merciful Gurudeva. You are a Krsna's pure devotee and, you are in the highest position of all levels of Vaisnavas, undoubtedly you are an Uttama Maha-Bhagavatha, sidha purusha, like all our acaryas of Gaudiya Rupanuga Vaisnava in the line of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.You don't want anything for yourself. Your only desire is for bhakti to increase to serve Krsna more and more. A pure devotee never thinks himself to be the enjoyer of this world, because he knows that Krsna is the enjoyer. Everything you do is to please Krsna. If anyone gives to you a farthing, you will give it to your Gurudeva or Krsna; you will never enjoy it for yourself. You are Krsna Himself (bheda and abheda - different and non-different), you are one of the six manifestations of Krsna but manifested separately from His pastimes (vilasa). You are very dear to Srimati Radhika who is “Hari-mano-vimohana” (She who takes Krsna`s heart, Krsna gives His heart to Her) and you takes all world‟s heart, please take my heart, I am waiting for you to take care of it. I am praying that you give your blessings for I became detached from mundane enjoyment. You are the pure nectar that we always desire. You come to this world only to save us. You can give Krsna prema to us, badhas jivas. I am very fortunate to meet you. Please save me, help me, be merciful with me and forgive all my offenses. I am tired to suffer in this material world. Please give me the good fortune of attain gopi-bhakti, let me develop strong faith in you, and performing devotional services under your guidance with commitment, I want to obey you and follow your instructions nicely, please give me one more chance in this life, and always purify me. I want to thank you, but I never can repay you. With your causeless mercy I will accept the responsibility of translate and publish your books and preaching your mission to the end of my life. I only want to serve and please you. You are my owner, my lord and my lover. Thank you very much! The most sinful, stupid and nonsense aspirating to be your real disciple, Rama Devi dasi
Dear Guru Maharaj, Dandavats pranam. I don't feel any qualification to write at this Vyasa-puja book, since I know that there are many others who are serving better, but they are not writing his realizations here. I recall your harikatha about the true meaning of vyasa-puja saying that “The real Vyasa-puja is to surrender oneself completely at the lotus feet of Srila Gurudeva and to fulfil his desires.”
So, since I don't have surrendered at your lotus feet I just came here to ask for you merciful glance. Before coming to your lotus feet, I had not an idea of the importance of shuddha-bhakti, guru-nishta and other important topics of the philosophy. I had a little desire for raga marga, but I didn't know how to find someone who could guide me. Now I see that trying to fulfil your desires it's the way so that I can really enter at the groves of Vraja, to serve you, our guru parampara and Srimati Radhika. Your fallen servant, Ramananda Das (Brazil)
Ranga devi dasi,
É muito dificil dizer ao Senhor algo que venha a descrever sua missão e sua vida nesta planeta, assim como é muito dificil expressar qualquer sentimento que venha estar a altura do amor que dedico ao seu coração. Por dois anos eu fui beneficiada em receber sua instrução direta e este fato transformou minha vida. Eu agradeço de coração. Nem sempre são seus discipulos somente aqueles que receberam do Senhor sua diksa, existem tambem outros associados que por força do karma nao puderam ser seus filhos diretamente. Ranga Devi dasi
Subhananda das ,
Jay Srila Gurudeva!! You are welcome to Brazil.
Thanks to Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu that he is giving us his mercy by the association of such a soul as you are. Your staying in Brazil oportunity to serve you. is the best
We have no qualification for that but please do not leave us. We look forward to your arrival. Jay my Gurudev!! All glories to your lotus feet that are worshiped by All !!!! Jay gurudeeeeev!!!!
Taruni devi dasi,
namaḥ oṁ viṣṇupādāya rādhikāya-priyātmane śrī - śrīmad-bhaktivedānta nārāyaṇa iti nāmine sri krsna caitanya prabhu nityananda sri advaita gadadhara srivasadi gaura bhakta vrnda
Srila Gurudeva, my words are powerless to describe how great you are for me. I can easily remember my life without you, and I can say: It was very messy, and sad. You brought me happines, faith and hope. I have no idea what my life was going to be without you to guide me. I am not a nice devotee, I am not, but I am gratefull for having You in my life and have the oportunity to get to know all the devotees. I am thankfull, very thankfull. You are the person that keeps me going on in my life. I have no strenght without you. Please never let me go because my life is empty and meanless without you. Thank you for let me serve You, I am very happy from the core of my heart and soul. You are the greatest for me. You‟re truthful inspire me to serve and I am getting strong to be your devotee. Dasa Anudasi Taruni Dasi - São Paulo- Brasil Sri Vyasa Puja 2010 ki Jay
All glories to Srila Prabhupada!
from Nova Gokula, Brazil
By His causeless mercy the gate guiding to real association was opened. His mercy and compasion brought him to this side of the world to save the most fallen and wretched souls. Not being enough, He brings us to the presence of His beloved siksa disciple, Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja that is like a lion, who destroys all kinds of false Bhakti that polutes this Age of deceit and quarrel. He is like a soft lotus which with love gives what no one had given before: the swetness of Sri Sri RadhaKrsna‟s love, especially when Krsna is in deep separation from Radha and assumes Her complexion and is embraced by Her after She gives up Her mana. By the Divine mercy of all Parampara we are now having the chance to receive high class Hari Katha emanating from the lotus lips of Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja. He is like the rare blue lotus coming from the heartlake of fortunate devotees, who like bumblebees, are always buzzing at His divine lotus feet and trying to taste the sweet moods, which are like the honey of Man Sarovar. He makes it possible to enter in this opened Divine market of love even to the most unqualified person He is like Nitay Prabhu, who mercifully walks around the globe with the only interest of giving benefit to all by His powerfull association. He is selling the highest nectar for the simple price of faith. He does not discriminate anyone, not even the miserables, lames, saddened, all are coming and are welcomed at the sweet heart that is the most pure manifestation of Nitay Prabhu. He is full of mercy and can make everyone – even those who do not want to – dive in the flood of His swetness. Srila Gurudeva Narayana Gosvami Maharaj is the ocean of love where the sincere disciples of Srila Prabhupada have found a source of inspiration and have recovered their lives, because after a long time without high class association, we seemed to be agonizing wihout any hope. By the grace of Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja, today we can say that our beloved Srila Prabhupada is more alive then ever, because the eternity of the Vaisnava is present when his instructions are understood and folowed under the guidance of an exalted Vaishnava, who is the only mean able to conect the external mundan world to the confidential truths. The Bhaktiveda purports of Srila Prabhupada have now taken a form and have become abundant through the explanation coming from the lotus mouth of Srila Narayana Gosvami Maharaj. Because of Him, our relationship with Srila Prabhupada is always alive, eternal and everfresh. I eternally fall down at the lotus feet of Srila Bhaktivedhanta Narayana Maharaj and pray that His Divine mercy can let me get out of this miserable condition of thinking that I am this body and then make me be able to taste the divine mellows that He is distributing by His goodness. Aspiring for a particle of dust of His lotus feet, dasanudasa, Tirthanidhi dasi
Vraja Jivan das, Caru Candrika devi dasi and Narottam das,
Hare Krishna !!!
namaḥ oṁ viṣṇupādāya rādhikāya-priyātmane śrī-śrīmad-bhaktivedānta nārāyaṇa iti nāmine
To our Dear Srila Gurudev: Please accept our humble obeisances at your lotus feet. We pray that Radha and Krsna protect you, and continue giving us the association of the merciful and tender devotee that you are. Thank you for your books. Thank you for your being in our lifes. Thank you for your devotees. Vaisnava dasa anudasa…… Vraja Jivan dasa Adhikari, Caru Candrika dd and Narottam das. From Boa Vista, Brasil.
Yasoda Nandana das,
All Glories to Sri-Sri Guru and Gauranga! Dear Srila Gurudeva,
from Guarujá, SP, Brazil)
Please accept my most humble dandavat pranams to your lotus feet repeatedly. All glories to your divine Vyasa Puja! All glories to you! I am eternally grateful to you for accepting me as your disciple. You are the light of my very life, my true hope, live always in my heart. Please forgive my ofenses, I am only a child in this process of bhakti, by your mercy and the kind help of your devotees one day my anarthas will vanish and I will be able to serve you properly. I am very fortunate that today, by your mercy, me and my future wife Amanda can have your divine darshan. I have been waiting so much time for this; these days in your association will be the supermost in my life. Thank you so much for all this. Please, Srila Gurudeva, allow me to live in your lotus feet forever, and birth after birth cultivate this precious seed that you have planted in my heart. Please accept my most humble obeisances, and also from Amanda, my mother Solange, My father Paulo, my brother Raih, and all my family, godbrothers and friends. Srila Gurudeva Ki jay!!! a servant of your servants, Yasoda-nandana Das (Guarujá / São Paulo / Brazil)
Anadi Krsna das,
Dear Srila Gurudeva:
from Lima, Peru
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Sri Sri Guru and Gauranga! Sometimes, when I sing the Holy Names of Supreme Lord and I hear it, I feel how a sweet and smooth voice it also sings from my heart. Feelings of gratefulness, very difficult to explain, appear from this soul towards you. I think more in Your welfare my dear Gurudeva. I think more in Your and Krishna causeless mercy that I can enjoy by having You like an eternal spiritual father. I remember the inconceivable happiness when you put your hand upon my head in the day of my initiation with so much love. The most love hand of God. Kissing your feet, surrendered, Anadi Krsna das from Lima – Perú
Querido Srila Gurudeva: Por favor acepte mis humildes reverencias. Todas las glorias a Sri Sri Guru y Gauranga. Cuando en algunas ocasiones, al cantar los Santos Nombres del Señor Supremo, escucho y siento cómo una dulce y suave voz canta también desde mi corazón, agradecimientos muy difíciles de explicar brotan de esta alma hacia ti. Pienso más en tus preocupaciones querido Gurudeva, en la misericordia sin causa de Krsna que ahora puedo disfrutar por tenerte como un eterno padre espiritual. Recuerdo, entonces, la dicha inconcebible de haber experimentado la amorosa caricia de tu mano entre mis cabellos el día de mi iniciación. La amorosísima mano de Dios. Beso tus pies rendido, Anadi Krsna das desde Lima - Perú
from Lima, Peru
Dear Srila Gurudeva: Dandavats pranams at your lotus feet I wish to express my eternal greatfulness for the magical way that you manifested in my life This year since I accept You as my spiritual master is the best spiritual year in all my life. I wish to meet You soon in Brazil, please give me your blessings for be able to go there. May I become a good disciple for You that can be useful for something Your servant s servant Candramukhi dasi
Damodari devi dasi,
from Lima, Peru
Dear Srila Gurudeva: Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Sri Sri Guru and Gauranga!! In this day of your appearance I would want to express my deep gratefulness to you for take me out of my ignorance. Thanks to you I understand now many aspects of the Supreme Truth that before could not do. Now I understand better the sweet appearance of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and the importance of the parampara succession, as well as the valuable service of Srila Prabhupada and also of your own spiritual master, Srila Kesava Gosvami Maharaja. Thanks to you now I can understand what kevala bhakti really means and for that reason I only request your mercy to be able to serve you totally surrender on your lotus feet. Your aspiring servant, Damodari d.d.
Separation increases the union Out of my inner world I understand even more the energy of the Lord. I only feel, because I prefer to be quited. This separation hurts a lot but it gives me strength to expect the union. Make everything for them inside this world full of passion, ignorance and goodness.
La separación incrementa la union Fuera de mi mundo interno comprendo aún más la energía del Señor. Sólo siento, porque prefiero callar. Esta separación duele mucho pero me da fuerza para esperar la unión. Hacerlo todo por ellos dentro de este mundo lleno de pasión, ignorancia y bondad.
The flower ornaments of the divine couple are 1. Flower crown, 2. Flowers in the hair, 3. Flower earrings, 4. Flowers decorating the forehead, 5. Flower necklaces, 6. Flower armlets, 7. Flower sashes, 8. Flower bracelets, 9. Flower anklets, 10. Flower bodices and many other kinds of flower ornaments. Just as these ornaments may be fashioned from precious jewels, gold or other materials, in the same way they may be made of flowers.
The divine couple's crowns may be made of rangini flowers, yellow jasmine flowers, navamali flowers, sumali flowers, dhrti gems, rubies, gomeda gems, pearls or splendid moonstones. These may be artistically arranged to construct beautiful crowns. The crowns may be made with seven points and they may also have gold ketaki flowers or various flower buds among their colorful and beautiful ingredients. These crowns enchant the mind of Lord Hari. The flower crowns known as puspapara are the best of all and they are more pleasing than even the best jeweled crowns (ratnapara). Lalita-devi learned how to make these puspapara crowns from Srimati Radharani. These puspapara crowns are made with flowers and flower buds of five different colors arranged in five points. This crown is especially used to decorate Srimati Radharani.
A garland of flower buds and similar ingredients closely strung together and placed on the hair is called balapasya.
Skilled craftsmen say there are five kinds of earrings. They are known by the names tadanka, kundala, puspi, karnika and karna-vestana.
A hollow gold post worn in the ear is called a tadanka. This kind of earring is of two varieties. In the first variety the petal of golden ketaki flower is attached to this earring. In the second kind the petal of some other colorful flower is attached.
When an earring is fashioned from flowers in order to resemble a certain object, the earring is called kundala. There are many different kinds of kundala earrings. The flowers may be arranged to resemble a peacock, shark, lotus, half-moon or many other things.
The puspi earring is fashioned from four different kinds of flowers placed in a circle with a large gunja berry in the middle.
The karnika earring is fashioned from the whorl of a blue lotus surrounded by yellow flowers. In the middle are a bhrngika flower and pomegranate flower.
When the flower earring is so large it completely covers the ear, the earring is known as karna-vetsana.
Decoration for the Forehead.
A garland of flowers placed on the upper forehead along the hairline is called lalatika. Such a garland should have flowers of two colors: red in the middle of the garland and the other color flowers on the two sides.
Graivekyaka (flower collar)
Made of a single kind of flower, a necklace strung four times around the neck is called graiveyaka.
A flower-armlet (angada) may be fashioned of three kinds of flowers strung one after another to resemble a little flower creeper.
A sash made of flowers of five different colors, artistically strung together in a gently waving pattern, is called a kanci.
Kataka (flower anklets)
Anklets made of many different flower buds are called kataka. These are of many different varieties.
A bracelet made of flowers of four colors, with bunches of flowers hanging down at three places, is called mani-bandhani.
Hamsaka (flower shoes)
When the decoration of flowers covers the entire top and side parts of the feet and there are bunches of flowers in four places, such a decoration is called hamsaka.
Kanculi (flower bodice)
A bodice made of flowers of six colors, artistically arranged and perfumed with musk and which begins from the neck, is called kanculi.
Made of thin white sticks, decorated with white flowers and with a handle decorated with yellow jasmine flowers, a flower parasol is called a chatra.
The couch is fashioned of campaka and malli flowers and decorated with small bells. It has a large cushion of navamali flowers.
Ulloca (an awning)
An awning is made of a latticework of various colorful flowers, ketaki petals and various leaves. Many malli flowers hang down from this awning.
Candratapa (an awning)
When many sindhuvara flowers as white as pearls decorate the sides and fresh lotus flowers hang down in the middle, the awning is called candratapa.
With reeds as pillars and various colorful flowers as the roof and four walls, a vesma (flower cottage is constructed.
Sri Sri Radha-Krsna-Ganoddesa-Dipika (137 – 163)
[A Lamp to See the Associates of Sri Sri Radha-Krsna] by Srila Rupa Goswami
Lotus-Clad Radha and Krishna
India, Punjab Hills, Basohli, ca. 1730. Opaque watercolor on paper. Lent by the Gursharan and Elvira Sidhu Collection.
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