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Srila Gurudeva's Vyasa-puja

pray to the lotus feet of that person in whose heart Gurudeva is present. They are lucky and very qualified. From within the heart of his pure disciples, Srila Gurudeva will travel all over the world, purifying and collecting the hearts of the living entities. He will make a center in their hearts and invite the Vrajavasis, Krishna and the Vraja-devis to all come there. ThereforeVyasadeva writes janmady asya. After appearing in any heart, the guru-varga begin their program to serve God. The guru-varga are sat-svarupa, sandhini sakti, the expansions of akhanda-guru-tattva. They endeavor to bring us to Krishna, the Vrajavasis and Vraja, where they establish us in our souls’ eternal service. Caitanya Mahaprabhu would go to the birthplace of Isvara Puri and collect the dust at the holy site. He would eat a small part of this dust daily and smear some on His body. He revered this deeply, knowing how the appearance place of the guru-varga is more auspicious than any other location. Srila Guru-pada-padma appeared on this dark moon night. Scripture explains: tamaso ma jyotir gamayah, how the living entities can go from the darkness into light. God sends His own rays of light into the dense darkness of this world to help the living entities. He sends His near and dearest loveful associates to this world to save souls suffering in maya. If God directly sent His own expansions, it would not be so helpful to the conditioned souls. Therefore He prays to svarupa-sakti, “If Your expansions go to the material world, they will liberate the entire universe. Please send them. They are very powerful and are more than capable to bring the lost souls to Me.” Tamaso ma jyotir gamayah—how to bring the jivas out of darkness into the light? This is only possible by the power of svarupa-sakti. Hence, by the desire of Krishna, Srila Gurudeva appeared in this world today, on the dark moon night. In the month known as Magha, Kumbha Mela takes place. Millions of people come and bathe in the conjunction of Ganga, Yamuna and Sarasvati at this time, hoping to receive nectar. Narottama Thakura sings, glorifying the pure devotees: gangara parasa hoile pascate pavana darsane pavitra koro—ei tomara guna “After bathing in the waters of the sacred Ganges many times, one becomes purified, but just by the sight of you, the fallen souls are purified. This is your great power.” hari-sthane aparadhe tare hari-nama toma sthane aparadhe nahi paritrana “The holy name delivers one who has committed an offense to Lord Hari, but if one commits an offense to you, there is no means of deliverance.” tomara hridoye sada govinda-visrama govinda kohena—mora vaishnava parana “Your heart is always the resting place of Lord Govinda, and Lord Govinda says, "The Vaishnavas are in My heart.” How are the pure Vaishnavas, God’s beloved associates? By bathing in the Ganga, one will gradually be cleansed, but when? There is no guarantee. Simply by darsana of maha-bhagavata Vaishnavas, one becomes purified from the sins accumulated in millions of lives. Millions and millions of people come to bathe in the Ganga during Kumbha Mela. When Mahaprabhu appeared, it was the time of a lunar eclipse, and millions of people came to bathe in the Ganga being afraid of the inauspicious effects of Rahu and Ketu, who come to spread poison and destroy previous pious merit. At such times people go take shelter of Ganga Devi for protection and they chant harinama. Similarly, when Srila Gurudeva appeared it was during the time of year of Kumbha Mela. He did not bring any mundane nectar that helps one eat, drink and be merry. He brought the nectar of vraja-rasa and bhakti-rasa. Millions of people bathe in the Ganga during Kumbha Mela. From North, South, East and West, they come to the bank of the Ganga to bathe, and of these millions of people, many thousands would assemble in Buxar, Bihar, where the Ganga is especially revered. Many sadhus would stay in the village of Tiwaripura, where Srila Gurudeva was born. Srila Gurudeva’s father would give charity to the poor and distribute prasadam daily. Every evening there would be a sankirtana festival and hari-katha in the Tiwari’s house. Daily, Srila Gurudeva’s parents went to the Ganga with a sankirtana party. After bathing in Ganga, they returned home, applied tilaka on their bodies and worshipped the Lord. If any sadhus or brahmanas came to the Tiwari’s house, Srila Gurudeva’s parents gave them prasadam and lodging. Today, on Mauni Amavasya, from morning to evening many people fast and observe a vow of silence. In the evening after performing this vrata, people break silence by speaking the names of God.

The Auspicious Occasion of Vyasa-puja

This knowledge of the bhāgavata or parakīya-paramparā is the most important treasure available in Vyāsadeva’s gurukula. We pray to the Guru-varga for the ability to properly understand and observe vyāsa-pūjā, and we beseech Vyāsadeva to insure our success in following Cāturmāsya-vrata. May our practice of hearing hari-kathā, engaging in saṅkīrtana, and chanting our sāṅkhya-pūrvaka-nāma (fixed number of rounds), be steady as lines in stone. Let us accept the dust from the feet of the Vaiṣṇavas as the goal of our life, and may we never fall victim to māyā’s distractions.

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