January 9, 2009
Śrīla Gurudeva: A certain type of devotee does not marry. Rather, he approaches a qualified guru and begins one-pointed bhajana. Who has performed bhakti in this way?
Mādhava dāsa: You have done this, and your Gurudeva has done this.
Śrīla Gurudeva: I am referring to ancient times.
Mādhava dāsa: Kṛṣṇa told Arjuna to do that.
Śrīla Gurudeva: That is okay; but more specifically, Śrīla Śukadeva Gosvāmī left his father and mother and went to do bhajana. Nārada Gosvāmī’s mother was dying, yet he left her and went to the forest to perform bhajana. The sons of Brahmā, namely Sanaka, Sanandana, Sanātana, and Sanat Kumāra all left home for bhajana. Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu renounced His married life and His old mother.
Śrīla Raghunātha dāsa Gosvāmī’s father and mother forced him to get married – to a young lady who was beautiful enough to have won the Miss Universe contest. He was the only son of his father and uncle.
Brajanāth dāsa: He was the only heir to his father’s and uncle’s wealth. They were very wealthy.
Śrīla Gurudeva: Yet he ran away from home.
[To Mādhava dāsa, the son of Tamopahā dāsa]
I am not telling you to give up your father and mother, because they are devotees. You can serve them, as Śrīla Raghunātha Bhaṭṭa Gosvāmī, in his previous āśrama, served his father, Tapana Miśra.