[March 20, 2010
Acyutānanda dāsa (from Spain): Can you give us one instruction on how to stop being greedy with food.
Śrīla Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja: By chanting the holy name. Don’t give any time for the tongue to chatter-patter.
Śrīpāda Śrautī Mahārāja: One devotee from East Europe, a disciple of Śrīla Bhakti Ballabha Tīrtha Mahārāja, asked me through the internet how to develop firm attachment to Kṛṣṇa.
Śrīla Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja: By always chanting the holy name and having attachment for Vaiṣṇavas and guru.
Devotee: What should be our meditation while preaching and distributing books?
Śrīla Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja: You are doing good for others. Always be absorbed in that understanding, and in chanting.
Śrīpāda Dāmodara Mahārāja: Gurudeva, is there any relation between the form of gurudeva that we see in this world and his form in Mahāprabhu’s līlā?
Śrīla Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja: Here his form is vivid; his form is obvious. In aprakaṭa-līlā he will have any good form, as a very qualified, very beautiful, and attractive gopī lady.
Śrīpāda Dāmodara Mahārāja: What about in mahāprabhu-līlā?
Śrīla Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja: [Pointing to his chest] Like that.
Śrīpāda Mādhava Mahārāja: But young.
Brajanāth dāsa: Like Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī.
Śrīpāda Nemi Mahārāja: Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu is Kṛṣṇa with the mood of Rādhārāṇī – śrī kṛṣṇa caitanya rādhā-kṛṣṇa nahe anya. So, does this mean that Rādhārāṇī is fully present in Mahāprabhu?
Śrīla Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja: Yes, in Mahāprabhu.
Jayadeva dāsa (from Delhi): What are the symptoms of a fully surrendered soul?
Śrīla Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja: He will always be happy. He knows that, “I am always with my Prabhu.” He has no fear at all.
Tamāla-kṛṣṇa dāsa: You have explained that as we progress in bhakti, in our next birth we may go to Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura, and then we may go to Śrīla Viśvanātha Cakravartī Ṭhākura, and then we may go to Śrīla Rūpa-Raghunātha Gosvāmī Prabhupāda and so on, for our training to increase. You have explained that the relationship between guru and disciple is eternal, but also that guru-tattva is one. So, I have some doubt – that when our perfection comes, do we have an eternal relationship with you specifically? Will we always be under your guidance and association in gaura-līlā and kṛṣṇa-līlā?
Śrīla Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja: Guru is akhanda-tattva (an indivisible truth or principle). Nityānanda Prabhu and Baladeva Prabhu are akhanda-guru-tattva (the undivided principle of guru), so guru can be seen in them. Do you understand?
Tamāla-kṛṣṇa dāsa: But my question, my fear…
Śrīla Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja: Guru is akhaṇḍa-tattva, Nityānanda Prabhu is akhaṇḍa-tattva, Baladeva Prabhu is akhaṇḍa-tattva. So we can see our gurudeva as a manifestation of Kṛṣṇa, or Baladeva Prabhu, or akhaṇḍa-guru-tattva.
Tamāla-kṛṣṇa dāsa: But your personality is unique and wonderful. Will we always have the fortune of your personal connection?
Śrīla Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja: You should think like that.
Brajanāth dāsa: Our gurus tell us that there we will know everyone – who is Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī, who is our Guru Mahārāja, who is everyone.
Tamāla-kṛṣṇa dāsa: In one group?
Brajanāth dāsa: Yes, in one yūtha (group).
Acyutānanda dāsa: When chanting harināma, if any realization comes, how will we know if it is coming from guru and Kṛṣṇa, or if it is coming from our own speculation?
Śrīla Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja: If you are genuine and sincere, you will know; otherwise not. It depends on you – how sincere you are and how you have surrendered.
Mādhava dāsa: Gurudeva, how do we chant the holy names? Do we chant silently or loudly?
Śrīla Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja: Both. You can chant without mālā also.