In this world, any country, or any group, will be strong as long as they have connection and a mood of gratitude towards their elders, superiors, authorities, culture, history, and ancestors. Similarly, in our Gaudiya Vaisnava line, as long as we have a relationship and are aware of our Guru-varga´s selflessness and munificence, we will have a natural taste to engage in devotional services and programs.
So, our Vaisnava calendar is our great wealth. We have this rare opportunity to hear from Vaisnavas about God´s glories, and the glories of His associates, Holy Dhama, and His paraphernalia. We must try our best to lend our ears and consciousness to hear hari-katha very carefully. We must strive to carry the hari-katha we have heard in our hearts.
The sastras, and our Acharyas have glorified Bhagavan´s abode so much. But, they have especially glorified the Samadhi of Bhagavan´s dear associates. And this glorification is the life and soul of a disciple. During the period of five hundred odd years, Nityananda Prabhu was safeguarding the land that later came to be known as the residence of
Sri Keshavji Gaudiya Matha.
Seva-kunje vraja-ray govardhana girau sada, radha-kunda rasanande tat-tat seva-pradayakam
Our beloved Srila Gurudeva revealed to us that the island of Koladvipa is non-different form Sri Giriraj-govardhana. And now, in the form of this Samadhi-kunja, he resides in the beautiful groves of Giriraja-Govardhan.
If you have ever visited Dana-ghati, then you must have surely notices how the Govardhana-silas are covered in red, the color of anuraga. This color of anuraga signifies Giriraja-Govardhana to be hari-dasa-varya (the best of Sri Hari´s servants). He is the heart of Srimati Radharani.
The disappearance of a pure devotee in one place heralds his appearance in another place. Thus, a great festival has manifested in Nitya-Vraja. There Srimati Radharani Herself says, “Oh My dear sakhi! You have returned! You have glorified all the Vrajavasis so much. You have suffused everyone´s hearts in the mortal world with Vraja-prema.”
aslisya va pada-ratam pinastu mam
adarsanam marma hatam karotu va
Yatha tahta va vidadhatu lampato
mat-prana-nathas tu sa eva naparah
(Sri Siksastakam 8)
[I know no on but Krsna as My Lord, and He shall remain so even if He handles Me roughly by His embrace or makes Me broken hearted by not being present before Me. He is completely free to do anything and everything, for He is always My worshipful Lord, unconditionally.]
Asam aho carana-renu-jusam aham syam
Vrndavane kim api gulma-latausadhinam
ya dustyajam sva-janam arya-patham ca hitva
bhejur govinda padavim srutubhir vimrgyam
[The gopis of Vrndavana have given up the association of their husbands, sons and other family members, who are very difficult to give up, and they have forsaken the path of chastity to thake shelter of the lotus feet of Mukunda, Krsna, which one should search for by Vedic Knowledge. Oh, let me be fortunate enough to be some of the bushes, creepers or herbs in vrindavan, because the gopis trample them and bless them with the dust of their lotus feet.”]
We pray to the dust of the Vaisnava´s feet everyday. Kirtans provide inconceivable help in this regard, this dust of the Vaisnavas empowers a sadhaka, and fills his heart with anuraga. A sadhaka only aspires to be a particle of dust at the lotus feet of Sri Guru-Vaisnavas. Thus, he avails himself of the association of Srila Gurudeva and his family.
Srila Gurudeva resides near the lotus feet of Srimati Radharani, which is:
asoka vriksa vallari vitana madapa sthite
pravala bala pallava prabharunanghri komale
varabhaya sphurat kare prabhuta sampada alaye
kada karisyasiha mama kripa kataksa bhajanam
(Radha Kripa Kataksha stava-mala 2)
[She rests upon a flower throne beneath a canopy of creepers and Ashoka boughs. Her lotus feet are lustrous red like coral, yet as soft as new-sprouted leaves. Her hand is eager to give the blessing of fearlessness. She is the abode of abundant opulences. O when will She shower upon me Her sidelong glance of over-flowing grace?]
Her feet are decorated with kunkum. Threfore, the color of Srila Gurudeva´s Samadhi signifies his residence near the lotus feet of Srimati Radharani. Srila Gurudeva fully dedicated his life to Srimati Radhika. Therefore, his golden complexion signifies his servitude to his Svamini.
The eyes are the mirror of the soul. So, his eyes reflect his vision of seeing Srimati Radharani covered by a blue shawl. Therefore, his eyes are blue.
In the Sri sampradaya, a red line in the middle marks the tilaka they apply. This red line signifies the bhakti and the vermilion that Srimati Sita Devi applies on the parting of her hair. And the adjoining lines represent Bhagavan´s lotus feet.
The appearance of Srimati Sita Devi is well-known. She appeared from a pot that contained the blood of the Rsi-maharsis. The Rsi maharsis had spent the entirety of their lives in sadhana-bhajana. Therefore, the blood embodied their austerities, and penances that they had observed for Bhagavan´s pleasure. Similarly, all the disciples, followers, and well-wishers of Srila gurudeva laboriously worded and placed themselves as mediums for the manifestations of Srila Gurudeva´s Samadhi.
Everyday we sing, “Sri Guru canana padma, kevala bhakti sadma.” We also sing, “Sri Guru-vaisnava pada padma kori asa, nama sankirtana kahe narottama dasa.”
By taking shelter of Srila Gurudeva´s lotus feet, we shall also become fragrant and nectarean. We will be as beautiful and soft as a lotus flower.
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