"We must follow the service mood of Lalitadevi...."

By His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj

...Continued excerpt from 'Divine Guidance'

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"Many times Srila Guru Maharaj explained and praised Krishna-lila, and every time he would give us some clue: we must follow the service mood of Lalitadevi."

"Krishna has many forms, but: Radha-sange yada bhati, tada 'madana-mohitah' When You are with Krishna, we can see that Krishna is in His fully ecstatic form. Therefore, I need Your mercy. My whole time I have spent for Your mercy. My only prayer is, 'Please give Your mercy on my head.' I need to serve Your lotus feet. I do not want the association of Krishna without You; such service to Krishna has no value. Krishna will not be happy without Your service, and I want to do Your service."

In the pastimes of Srila Dasa Goswami we can see:

asabharair-amrta-sindhu-mayaih kathanchit
kalo mayatigamitah kila sampratam hi
tvam chet krpam mayi vidhasyasi naiva kim me
pranair vraje ma cha baroru bakarinapi

Srila Raghunath Dasa Goswami passed his life, some eighty years, in Vrndavan-Dham with this special type of hankering. He showed by his position and through his lila how this mood of hankering can come to the jiva-soul - and in what a super way it can come.

Sriman Mahaprabhu showed all kinds of Bhavas, including Mahabhava, in this mundane world. He tasted it, Krishna Himself tasted it, and the auspicious souls can see it as well as His paraphernalia and His associates. For the auspicious soul, everything shows him in which way he will proceed to his destination.

Dasa Goswami said, "I am only waiting for Your mercy. Oh, Radharani, if You do not give that, I think my life is spoiled in Vrndavan-Dham. Even, I do not want the mercy of Krishna. What shall I do with Krishna if Your mercy is not present there? You are the Supreme Servitor of Krishna and only under Your guidance do I want that service. Without Your connection I will not get it, I know that, and it is one hundred percent sure.

"Krishna has many forms, but: "Radha-sange yada bhati, tada 'madana-mohitah'" When You are with Krishna, we can see that Krishna is in His fully ecstatic form. Therefore, I need Your mercy. My whole time I have spent for Your mercy. My only prayer is, 'Please give Your mercy on my head.' I need to serve Your lotus feet. I do not want the association of Krishna without You; such service to Krishna has no value. Krishna will not be happy without Your service, and I want to do Your service."

Krishna says in the sastra:

ůmad bhaktanam cha ye bhaktas, te me bhaktatamah matah

"My dear Partha, one who claims to be My devotee is not really so. Only a person who is the devotee of My devotee is actually My devotee."

We can see many slokas in Srimad-Bhagavatam, Srimad Bhagavad-gita and other places expressing this point.

So Srila Dasa Goswami says: "Krishna Himself is very pleased with the association of His devotees; therefore I need Your mercy, only this is my hope. One day I must get it. But I have passed my whole life here in Radha-kunda, and still I do not have it!" In this way, Srila Dasa Goswami is praying. His ambition is only to serve Srimati Radharani. And it is by the special mercy of the associates of Srimati Radharani that we may get that kind of hankering.

Srila Narottama Thakura wrote in one song: Nitaiyer koruna habe, Braje Radha-Krsna pabe. Nityananda Prabhu can give us admission there, He can give us the passport. But only the associates of Srimati Radharani can give us the visa to enter into that world, that faithful service world. So we pray to our Srila Guru Maharaj. He is the non-different representation of Srimati Radharani.

acharyyam mam vijaniyan, navamanyeta karhichit
na marttya buddhyasuyeta, sarvva deva-mayo guruh
   (Srimad-Bhagavatam 11.17.27)

Krishna Himself appears in the form of Guru, but when we will see the real form of Guru, then we will understand that he is the Supreme Servitor of Sri Krishna.

Srila Visvanath Chakravarti Thakur in his Gurvvastaka says:

"Srila Prabhupada Saraswati Thakur said that if we realise in a higher way, we can see Gurudev as Srimati Radharani; that means, the Supreme Servitor of Sri Krishna."

yasya prasadad bhagavat-prasado
yasyaprasadan na gatih kuto 'pi
dhyayan stuvams tasya yasas tri-sandhyam
vande guroh sri-charanaravindam

nikunja-yuno rati-keli-siddhyai
ya yalibhir yuktir apeksaniya
tatrati-daksyad ati-vallabhasya
vande guroh sri-charanaravindam

From these slokas we can see the positions of Sri Gurudev. Srila Prabhupada Saraswati Thakur said that if we realise in a higher way, we can see Gurudev as Srimati Radharani; that means, the Supreme Servitor of Sri Krishna. To gain that vision we need the mercy of our Srila Guru Maharaj. Without such mercy we cannot enter the garden of Reality the Beautiful - that transcendental world.

By the mercy of Srila Guru Maharaj we are gathered together here and asking for the mercy of the lotus feet of Gurudev. If Srila Guru Maharaj with his full wave of mercy will break into our hearts, then we must gain admission within that transcendental world.

Many times Srila Guru Maharaj explained and praised Krishna-lila, and every time he would give us some clue: we must follow the service mood of Lalitadevi.

Lalitadevi's mood is twenty-four hours a day continuous service, and such mood spreads throughout her group. Not only that, but all groups are enlightened by the service of Lalitadevi. So, it is necessary to get their mercy and it is possible only by the grace of our Srila Guru Maharaj - and not by any other way. This is because he commands the position of the Holder of the Rupanuga Sampradaya. He is the super servitor of Lalitadevi, and that servitor is Srimati Rupa Manjari. Sriman Mahaprabhu gave charge of His Sampradaya to Srila Rupa Goswami. In this way we are connected, and we must one day fulfil our divine aspiration for their service. This is our only hope.

 

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