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Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Mj glories – Prabhuji 20 July 2020

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SRILA GURUDEVA'S MEETING WITH ISKCON'S GOUR GOVINDA MAHARAJA

Śrīla Gour Govinda Mahārāja lamented to Srila Gurudeva about the jīva-tattva resolution in ISKCON. “Now they are voting on siddhānta,” he said, “and they are turning Prabhupāda’s mission into an apasampradāya. But it cannot last. Śrīla Gour Govinda Svāmī then said, “Mahārāja, I would like to discuss with you in detail about rāgānuga-bhakti and rūpānuga-bhakti.”

WHAT DO WE DO NOW THAT SRILA GURUDEVA HAS GONE TO HIS ETERNAL ABODE?

Now, Śrīla Gurudeva has gone to his eternal abode. Before he gave darśana to everyone openly. Now his pastimes are also going on, but only very fortunate souls can witness and be connected to them. Those who are fortunate have seen Śrīla Gurudeva and met with him. Now he has disappeared. But when Śrī Guru disappears, it doesn’t mean that he has died or left this world, nor does it mean that he is no longer able to meet with us. This is a misunderstanding. Ordinary people leave this world and cannot return by their will. They have no power to do so. By their own karma they get this body and then they leave when their scheduled time is finished. They have no strength or power to come back and meet with anyone. It is true that there are those who get ghost bodies and are able to remain. They move in this world in subtle bodies and disturb many people. But when the Guru-varga leave their physical bodies, it is not that they move in this world with subtle bodies like ghosts. Mahā-bhāgavatas come and go from this world in accordance with God’s will. Suffering in separation from them, the devotees bitterly weep. Sanātana Gosvāmī Prabhu, Rūpa Gosvāmī Prabhu, and all the Gosvāmīs give their darśana and help to a soul who cries to them in separation. Why would Gurudeva be an exception from this? He will also come if called in this way. What does this mean? Simply if you desire it, God’s mercy, the service of Śrī Guru, and the help of the Vaisnavas is not far away. But if we neglect them and are happy with everything in this world without them, then there is no need for them to give us darśana. In this world, babies always have eagerness, “How can I meet with my parents?” Other than parents, they don’t think about anyone or anything. But when they become a little older they think that it would be ve good if their parents left for the old-age home. This is the nature of conditioned souls. They learn something from the Guru-varga, and preach it to some other people. After some time, people respect them, and help them in material ways. Then they start to think, “Gurudeva is unnecessary. What will he do? I am all and all. I have all power. I know nice kīrtana. I am a very good cook and I speak such nice hari-kathā. So many people follow me. I am helpful for everyone. I don’t need Gurudeva.” They have no desire for Gurudeva’s darśana or the help he gives. They do not realize that whatever they possess has been given by Śrīla Gurudeva and that if they leave or forget him, it will all be lost. They don’t think of the future. They have gotten some knowledge, have learnt some verses of śāstra, but they have no realization. If they had realization, they would not be distance from Guru and Vaiṣṇavas. They have no realization and therefore have no separation. If you always need help, will you remain alone? If you always cry and weep for help, then how will the Guru-varga stay distant from you? If you cry and weep for them, they will not stay away. They will come and help. Like a mother for her babies, the Guru-varga always help their followers. But now we don’t have any need. Madhyama-adhikārīs are also content in this world. They chant harināma with knowledge of śāstra and can easily achieve anything they desire in this world. Therefore they are not unhappy. Kaniṣṭha-adhikārīs have relation with the Deity and their own followers. They have no deep tension or separation in absence of Śrī Guru. But the high-class disciple, who is at least on the first stage of an uttama-adhikārī, will understand the kindness of Guru Mahārāja, and will cry in separation from him day and night. Madhyama and kaniṣṭhas won’t think so much of Śrī Guru. Sometimes, if there is a problem, they will think of him, but when help comes, they will again forget him. They cannot weep in separation from him morning to evening. Seeing this, Gurudeva will feel, “Oh, they have no need for me,” and he won’t reveal himself to them. Especially on Śrīla Gurudeva’s appearance and disappearance days, we should remember his specialties and glories, and how he magnanimously helped us all. On these days especially, we should cry and call out for his further help and pray to be always connected to him.

The Appearance of Radha-kunda

Mahaprabhu first bathed in Radha-kunda. Afterwards He bathed in Syama-kunda. This is the rule and custom. Mahaprabhu prayed at Radha-kunda, “Just as Srimati Radhika is the nearest and dearest beloved of Krsna, similarly, Her kunda, Radha-kunda, is the nearest and dearest of Krsna, and is non-different from Radharani. All the Vraja-devis in Srimati's group are present at Radha-kunda. That kunda and Radharani are selfsame. Krsna plays with Srimati there at Radha-kunda and performs all srngara-rasa pastimes with Her. If anyone bathes there once he becomes completely pure and achieves bhagavat-prema.” Radharani becomes pleased with those who bathe in Her kunda and She gives them Her shelter and mercy. The madhurena, sweetness and glories of Radha-kunda are limitless. How can these be explained in ordinary words? In Govinda-lilamrta, Kaviraja Gosvami describes the glories of Radha-kunda. “Radha-kunda is the same as Radharani. All Her power is present there. Krsna always plays there, bathes there, and He then feels, 'I have the love of Radharani with Me. She is happy with Me.' By offering pranama to this kunda and bathing there, one receives Radharani's mercy. Then, one becomes energized completely with kriya-sakti and will always remain active in blissful service.” Krsnadasa Kaviraja Gosvami explains this. Mahaprabhu prayed and danced in ecstasy at Radha-kunda. Then He took the clay from Radha-kunda and adorned Himself with tilaka. Many sadhus therefore use Radha-kunda clay for tilaka. Mahaprabhu told His sevaka, Balabhadra, “Collect this clay and carry it with us. I will use this for My tilaka.”

HOW TO DEVELOP SPIRITUAL WEALTH IN ANUGATYA

Everyone must progress through their own sādhana. So without the order of Rādhārānī or Her followers, you should not give this mood or wealth of vraja-rasa to anyone. Let it develop within yourself before you try to give it. Independent actions yield inauspicious results. Sādhakas who are eager to reach the service of Rādhārānī must always act under guidance and wait for confirmation of inspiration.

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