For Saraswat Gaudiya Mission we have some unique advices by Shri Shrila Prabhupad Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur. Gaudiya Goshthi Pati – Paramahamsa Acharya-Jagat Guru Shri Shrila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Thakur Prabhupad told that – “If I seek the Path leading to the ultimate good (The Absolute Truth) then I must ignore the countless voices of popular wisdom and listen only to that of the realized souls”. The whole world is running in search of self-satisfaction (knowingly or unknowingly), but a real Pandit (Real Sadhu) must know the technique of how to untie the material bondage. Shrila Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad wrote a small booklet name – “Truth Real and apparent”. Life is going but we are playing. Insufficient conscious cannot allow us to realise The Absolute Truth. Truth Real and Apparent both are important, but the Absolute Truth is exclusive by nature. We all are putted into this relative world which can manifest only some apparent truths. But Guru-Vaishnava can reserve the right to of not being exposed to our sense organs, because logical interpretation cannot stand in the way of that Absolute Truth.
Kithi-appo-teja-marut-bom Or mano buddhi chitta ahankar all are material in nature, so what use in Absolute Bhajan! Supreme Lord Shri Krishna speaking in Gita –
bhumir apo analo vayu kham mano buddhir eva ca
ahankara itiyam me bhinna prakritir astadha (Gita 7.4)
Any amount of man power, money power or brain power all useless in The Way of That Absolute Truth.
We should remember that – what is not in my own realization that I cannot preach.
Shrila Shrinivas Acharyapad told that –
“Balovan adoro yasya na shyad Guru Param bhojee
Shrutoier api assya sat sastroi Krishnee bhaktir najayate”.
Without pure devotion all activities are like acting, no use at all. As per scriptural instruction –
“Apriksho upodishtang yat jagat nashayo tad bhabet”
Any advice we are giving to others – if not applied or tested in my own life – then this will ruin The World (this can misled the world). Realization is more and more important than proficiency. But foolish people cannot realise this very simple point. Shrila Prabhupad told that – “In the name of Hari-Bhajan and Hari Katha those who are cheating common people – we common people want to be cheated by them – so we became cheated. Not only that but also this become a chronic disease in our life. To speak about Absolute – I must be Absolute in nature”. So those who are actually established in the teachings of Shriman Mahaprabhu Shri Krishna Chaitanya Dev, only they can go for preaching.” Krishna Shakti vina nohe bhakti pravartan ” (CC)
Some time some foolish can quote from Shri Chaitanya Charitamrita that “Amara ajnaya guru haya tara ei desha”. We should remember that this instruction was issued by The Supreme Lord Shri Krishna Chaitanya Dev – the top most Teacher in this devotional line ever seen in this World History under some & certain condition. Here the main objective should not be ignored. At the time of His passtime in this material world Mahaprabhu incalculated some enormous Power of devotion in them to make them Guru, so that they can preach farther onward. “Guru hoia” – this word means – first become “Guru” then you can preach, this is the instruction of Shriman Mahaprabhu. In this way Shuddha Bhakti (pure devotion) was propagated very fastly. Practically by the mode of actual Guru-Vaishnava Seva those who are enjoying full Kripa, only they can go for preaching. Preaching does not means collection of money and position.
Those who are doing actual Bhajan, for them this is very very cheap thing, because this is an automatic factor. We can find in Krishna Karanamrita, 107 verse:
bhaktis tvayi sthiratara bhagavan yadi syad / daivena nah phalati divya-kishora-murtih
muktih svayam mukulitashjali sevate ‘sman / dharmartha-kama-gatayah samaya-pratikshah
When actual serving mode of devotion is seen there in to the heart of any devotee, then the mystery of that divine conjugal love affair of Shri Shri Radha Govinda Jew automatically manifest without any disturbances. In that case Mukti Devi herself with folded hands waiting to serve that Devotee, then what to speak about chaturvarga – dharma-artha-kama-moksha, because naturally they can come to serve that devotee – without any invitation.
Shrila Prabhupad told that – “To get rid of history and allegory is call actual Hari Bhajan”.
A series of material incidents are called history and what is not – that is called Maya – illusion. Allegory the same. Shrila Prabhupad told that – among all the teachings of Shriman Mahaprabhu we can find four exclusive and most important advices Viz –
1) We must be humbler than the blade of grass.
2) We must be more forbearing then a tree.
3) We must be beyond of any honour or position.
4) We must learn to honour others without any hesitation.
Together with all those divine (exclusive) qualities one should do HariKirtan all the time, this is called Parama Dharma. Those four divine qualities of my Guru Deva attracted me tremendously unto his lotous feet.”
Shrila Prabhupad again told – “vaishnavi pratishtha, tate koro nishtha, taha na bhajile labhibe raurava”
But for bounded souls pratishtha is very very dangerous, where as for pure Vaishnava this can prove to be most effective in Krishna Bhajan. We always want false pratishtha – that is our chronic disease.
You need not invite those honey bees for honey, because this is an automatic factor. If beautiful flowers are there then they can come automatically to collect honey. It is quite natural.
Now question is that – we need honey (nectar) or poison?
As per economical factor demand and supply goes together. If no demand is there, then how supply can be made? So effective demand for nectar (pure devotion = Bhakti) should be there inside our heart. We always running for personal interest. Again we some time going for collaboration and cooperation but in pure devotional line no question of reconciliation can stand, because in this procedure you will have to come down from your absolute position. It is a must. That is why Shrila Prabhupad was most exclusive by nature to protect pure devotion. He told that – “We Gaudiyas must maintain some speciality always. Speciality regarding Siddhanta or speciality regarding Seva. The only duty of an Acharya is to give full protection to those Siddhanta Vanis. Unalloyed pure devotion is rare. If Siddhanta Vani – the real treasure of Gaudiya Sampradaya is fully protected in reality – then we can save our self and at the same time we can protect the whole world from downfall.
At the time of Shri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu irrespective of any cast and creed all came to serve The Lord absolutely. No questions of any self interest, so no question of any fighting. Love or rupture, both can be accepted as of same significant if the purpose is great, I mean if the question of unique Seva of that Absolute is our ultimate goal – then there is no problem at all.
If the center point is same – then we can draw countless circles, no problem at all, but slightest deviation of the center point can prove to be very very dangerous, because in that case one circle can cut (intersect) the other. In this way our personal interest always can put us in trouble.
But if we like to harmonize with each other, then ultimately we will have to follow to Shri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu – The Supreme Lord. This is the ultimate message of Gaudiya Mission. Shrila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Thakur Prabhupad told that – “To arrest the current perverted tide is the seemingly unpleasant duty of Gaudiya Mission”. What Gaudiya Mission doing?
Common people are in confusion with this question. Like all other missionary activities they cannot find any similarity. Matter and antimatter just opposite of each other in nature. Common people – they cannot find any material activity in Gaudiya Mission – so naturally they are in confusion, but they should know that any material assistance provided by any mission cannot stay for long, but the absolute spiritual assistance provided by Gaudiya Mission can stay forever with them, because soul (atma) is eternal in nature. Not only that but also only Gaudiya Mission can discover their eternal relationship with that Supreme Lord Shri Krishna. This eternal necrarian relationship of seva can give them a permanent solution. Solution forever.
In Srimad Bhagavatam Shri Krishna saying that –
mayi bhaktir hi bhutanam amritatvaya kalpate
dishtya yad asin mat-sneho bhavatinam mad-apanah (SB 10.82.44)
My devotees they can get real nectar (Amrita) because they have love and devotion for Me.
But we should remember that charity begins at home, otherwise all useless.
To love Prabhupad means to follow Him in toto. To love Prabhupad means to love His Mission in reality. His ‘Mission’ means His idealism and message. If at all we have any genuine relationship with Shrila Prabhupad – then we must cry for Shri Chaitanya Math (Akar Math). All our man powder, money power or brain power, everything should applied for the real cause of Shri Chaitanya Math, otherwise all our outside efforts and activities can prove to be a circus only. We must be very very careful because means is justified by the end. Gaudiya Mission is equal to Shrila Sat Chit Ananda Bhaktivinod Thakur, or I mean Shrila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Thakur Prabhupad. An era is over, all our Guruvarga gone, but still there is no change. How funny. That is all, over. Excuse me my offence. Degradation of humanity is really very painful.
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By Shri Shyam’ Baba (Guru-Vaishnava Dasanudas)
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