July 2, 2010
Devotee: Guru is one. He is everywhere, omniscient, and omnipresent.
Śrīla Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja: If they are in the line of Nityānanda Prabhu, then they have those qualities. Different gurus are in different categories; it is not that all gurus are equally qualified, even if they perform the actions of guru or play the role of guru. Those who are not qualified should not play that role. Bona fide gurus are those who are strictly following Nityānanda Prabhu, who is akhaṇḍa-guru-tattva (the complete, undivided principle of guru).
Śrīpāda Āśrama Mahārāja: Śrīla Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura has prayed, “Cakṣu-dāna dilā jei, janme janme prabhu sei – You are my master birth after birth.” Guru is one. Guru is coming birth after birth. In what stage does the devotee have to be, in order to have that particular manifestation of guru-tattva come back to him for a relationship birth after birth?
Śrīla Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja: There is no certainty that it will be the same guru. But Nityānanda Prabhu is akhaṇḍa-guru-tattva, so a bona fide guru, one who is in His line, will come.
Rāmanātha dāsa: I read in an article in The Harmonist that a pure rasika devotee doesn’t worship Nityānanda Prabhu as akhaṇḍa-guru-tattva, but rather he worships Rādhārāṇī as akhaṇḍa-guru-tattva.
Śrīla Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja: No, no, no, no. This is not right.
Śrīpāda Mādhava Mahārāja: Do you have that Harmonist with you?
Rāmanātha dāsa: No, but I think it is an article written by Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura.
Śrīpāda Āśrama Mahārāja: I think the point of the article is that one cannot achieve the mercy of Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa without the mercy of Nityānanda Prabhu. One has to go through Nityānanda Prabhu.
Although Nityānanda, as Balarāma, is not present in a pastime where there is Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa, still, without His mercy one cannot attain Their mercy?
Śrīla Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja: Oh, you should know that just as Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu is Kṛṣṇa, in the same way Nityānanda Prabhu is Baladeva. Baladeva can appear in all forms, and thus He can serve in all rasas. He manifests as Anaṅga Mañjarī, and thus we can worship Nityānanda Prabhu in the form of Anaṅga Mañjarī. Do you understand or not?
Śrīpāda Sādhu Mahārāja (from Lithuania): Many devotees worship the Deities of Śrī Gaura-Nityānanda Prabhu. Is it possible to achieve the same result in worshiping Nityānanda Prabhu as Anaṅga Mañjarī and Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu as Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa, as is achieved when worshiping Deities of Śrī Śrī Rādhā-Vinodabihari?
Śrīla Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja: This is okay. The devotees can think, “I am worshiping Nityānanda, but in His form as Anaṅga Mañjarī.”
Balarāma dāsa: At what stage does our siddha-svarūpa (internally contemplated spiritual form) manifest?
Śrīla Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja: At the time of bhāva.
Kanhaiyā-lāla dāsa: Śrīla Gurudeva, it is very easy for devotees to commit aparādha (offenses) if they are not very advanced – and then advancement is not possible. What is the best way to stay free from aparādha?
Śrīla Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja: Each person must be alert not to commit aparādha. If someone thinks, “I must do that,” then what can I do? It depends on that person. He should always be alert.
Dāū-dayāla dāsa [at that time Giri Mahārāja]: Yesterday, Āśrama Mahārāja explained this verse in his class:
pratyavāyo na vidyate
svalpam apy asya dharmasya
trāyate mahato bhayāt
[In this endeavor there is no loss or diminution, and a little advancement on this path can protect one from the most dangerous type of fear.]
What kind of fear does this refer to?
Śrīla Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja: Kṛṣṇa has told about bhakti in the madhyama (intermediate) stage. [The mature madhyama-adhikārī, who is at least on the level of madhyama-madhyama, is free from committing offenses.] If one is not doing anything wrong – not committing any aparādha – then he will gradually develop in his bhakti. But:
yadi vaiṣṇava-aparādha uṭhe hātī mātā
upāḍe vā chiṇḍe, tāra śukhi’ yāya pātā
Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta (Madhya-līlā 19.156)
[If the devotee commits an offense at the feet of a Vaiṣṇava while cultivating the creeper of devotional service in the material world, his offense is compared to a mad elephant that uproots the creeper and breaks it. In this way the leaves of the creeper are dried up.]
So, we should be alert in this regard.
[Excerpted from the Gaudiya Vedanta Publication “Walking With a Saint 2010”]