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Srila Gurudeva glorified the Govinda-Damodara-Madhaveti kirtana countless times in his lectures in India and the West, over the years. During his preaching in the West, he focused on infusing the devotees around the world with the mood of the Vrajavasis, specifically by his singing and encouragement of the singing of Govinda-Damodara-Madhaveti...

Second Part: Leaving Home and Services in the Gaudiya Matha (pt.1)

Guru-sevaka Śrī Vinodabihārī Brahmacārī, the foremost amongst the disciples of Śrīla Prabhupāda, later became well-known by the name Oṁ Viṣṇupāda Śrī Śrīmad Bhakti-prajñāna Keśava Gosvāmī Mahārāja, and he preached the words of Śrī Gaurasundara all over the world, fulfilling Śrīla Prabhupāda’s manobhīṣṭa (inner desire). (Some Vaiṣṇavas say that the incident at Kuliyā was an excuse for Śrīla Prabhupāda to give his dear disciple the tridaṇḍa sannyāsa dress, even though his sannyāsa ceremony was held later in Kaṭvā, after Śrīla Prabhupāda’s disappearance.) For such guru-sevā, Śrī Vinoda-bihārī Brahmacārī’s name will be written in gold in the annals of the Sārasvata Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇavas.

HOW DID SANATANA GOSVAMI BUILD THE MADAN MOHAN TEMPLE? AND WHAT WAS HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH THE DEITY?

One morning in Mathurā, Sanātana Gosvāmī came across a brāhmaṇa lady, who was cooking in a most unusual manner. While she brushed her teeth with a neem stick, she used the other end to stir the porridge. After cooking, she would say, “Madana and Sadana, come and eat.” Sanātana Gosvāmī witnessed Madana descend from the altar and eat with great relish, as a young boy, along with the son of the brāhmaṇi. Sanātana Gosvāmī witnessed these exchanges everyday. One day, he said, “Mother, you cook everyday for your children. Why do you bathe after cooking and cleaning the pots? And why do you use the same twig to brush your teeth that you use to stir the khicari. This is not proper.” “What can I do? The children are very hungry. I don’t have time to bathe before I cook.” Sanātana Gosvāmī then went on his way to do Govardhana parikramā. When he came again the next day, he saw that the boys were crying while their mother was just preparing to cook. The boys said, “Bābā! You are old and cannot digest what you eat. You don’t suffer from hunger. But we are children. Why did you disturb our mother? Now she is cooking very late. Why don't you arrange something for us to eat!” The boys caught hold of Sanātana Gosvāmī’s hands and began crying. Sanātana Gosvāmī requested the brāhmaṇi, “Please continue what you were doing before. I have committed a fault. I will not say any­thing. The Vrajavāsīs have natural love. Bhagavān is happy by your service. Kṛṣṇa cannot be attained without such love.” Kṛṣṇa is only controlled by love. The brāhmaṇi would always do kīrtana and thus bring great joy to Madana-mohana. She would weep and sing. When Madana and Sadana would play gilli-daṇḍa, they would make a wager that the loser would have to carry the winner on his shoulders. Although Sadana would carry Madana when he lost, Madana would not do the same. When He lost, He would run onto the altar and assume His deity form. Sadana would angrily say, “I carried You when I lost. But why are You not carrying me? You are a great cheater!” The pūjārī would chastise Sadana and say, “Where are you going? Why are you shouting at Ṭhākuraji?” He didn’t have the eyes to see. Madana would gleefully laugh while their mother would cook and do kīrtana. Sanātana Gosvāmī saw how these two boys were playing with each other. One day, Madana told Sanātana Gosvāmī, “I will go with you.” “Where will You go? I reside under a different tree every night.” “Still, I will stay wherever you stay.” “I have nothing nice to eat.” “I will eat your mādhukarī.” “The people of Mathurā will be very angry with me.” “I am present here as a Deity. So carry Me on your shoulders.” “I cannot.” “I am a Deity, how can I walk?” “If You can talk, then You can walk as well.” Thus Madana-mohana came with Sanātana Gosvāmī to Vṛndāvana. They stopped near Dvādaśa-Ṭīlā. Sanātana Gosvāmī bathed the Lord with Yamunā water and begged for some flour. With this, he would make dough balls, cook them in coals, and offer it to Madana. After a few days of such bhoga, Madana began to plead with Sanātana, “There is no salt, sabjī, butter, or sweets. How can I eat just this dough ball?” “Even Yaśodā Māiyā could not satisfy You,” Sanātana Gosvāmī replied. “Neither could the gopīs, although they would prepare more then 56 items daily for You. You still ran away from Vraja. So how will I ever satisfy You?” “Can I make My on arrangements then?” Madana asked. “Certainly,” Sanātana replied with a smile. In the meantime, a ship was traveling from Āgrā to Delhi along the Yamunā. The merchant was startled when the ship became stuck on the riverbed. He came and pleaded to Sanātana Gosvāmī, “Bābā! Do something! My ship is stuck. I will donate as much wealth as I can if the ship is let loose.” “I will ask Madana.” By the desire of Madana, the ship broke free, and the merchant was able to make a large profit selling his goods. He soon returned, wanting to render some service. Over time, he sponsored the construction of a large temple for Madana-mohana, with full time priests to serve the Lord. Madana-mohana, offering him delicious items, said to Sanātana, “Bābā, take this prasāda.” “No, I am leaving,” Sanātana Gosvāmī replied. “Staying only under the guidance of Rādhikā, I will live in Vraja. I only want to serve with the Vraja-devīs under Her guidance.” Sanātana Gosvāmī traveled on darśana of Vraja, while calling out the names of Śrīmatī Rādhikā and the gopīs. He would come regularly for darśana of Madana-mohana and there would read Madana-mohan his writings. (see more)

Dipavali

The fault of the jivas is that from the first day to the last, they are enjoyers, and they want to enjoy everything. If you offer something to God, then it is favorable. It is prasada. But, whatever they collect, they try to enjoy. The abundant resources of this world are provided by Maha Laksmi. Maha Laksmi provides everything in this world. To her children, she gives everything. But, people try to enjoy everything selfishly, and they call it theirs. They think of themselves as the masters. Because of this, they are punished. And, because of this enjoying tendency, they get a body that is a source of great suffering. The body is not life, it is dead. The soul, who is living, is placed in the dead body. In this body, there are many other souls who cause the primary soul to suffer. We are in one body, and there are thousands of souls within that body who give us pain. These souls are those we have cheated in the past, who we are indebted to, or who we have killed. When we kill an animal, the soul of that animal enters our bodies, and they start to eat our flesh. They go in our bones, brains, stomachs, or blood, and give us suffering. How can we be relieved? You cannot kill these souls with medicine. They are very strong. These souls will suck our blood because we took theirs from them. Then, this will return to us. By hari-kirtana, and by being surrendered to the Lord and serving God, these souls within our bodies will receive the mercy of God. If they get God’s prasadam and caranamrta, they will get liberation, and they will be connected to the light. Then, they will see the effulgence of their own soul. They will see that within their bodies, there are many souls who are all connected to God, and effulgent like flames. Then, they become our friends, and they will help us. Then, we are not alone. Then, we will not suffer. Why? It is because everyone will help us then. While sleeping, eating, during kirtana, or by performing any devotional service, people will always be enthusiastic.

Siddha Pranali – Bhagavad Gita

Our welfare begins when we become serious, and accept that guru-sevā and vaisnava-sevā are the wealth of our life. By carefully taking up the step-by-step process given by Mahāprabhu and preached by the Guru-varga, starting with mantra-mayī-upāsanā and naturally progressing to svārasikī-upāsanā, we can attain svarūpa-siddhi. If we do not start from the beginning and adhere to the preliminary rules of sādhana, then we cannot hope to become eligible for mānasī-sevā. We must have the mood of ‘do or die’ and carry out our sevā to Guru and Vaiṣṇavas with this determination. Seeing that we have strong faith and desire for service, Hari, Guru, and Vaiṣṇavas will shower us with blessings. They are waiting to see our faith and desire. If we can please them and cause their hearts to melt, then what is attained by millions of lives of sādhana can be achieved in a moment...

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