"Without the mercy of Nityananda Prabhu
I will not get Mahaprabhu's mercy."
"The incarnation of Nityananda Prabhu is Gurudev."
Divine Trinity of Gurus: Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Dev-Goswami
Maharaj, Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj and
Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabupada.
By His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda
From The Divine Servitor, Part
to the Guru and Vaisnava is our life, and we must try to perform that
service. No doubt we cannot always satisfy Guru and Vaisnava, but the
main thing is to have the tendency and inner desire to satisfy them.
Transcendental power comes down through the channel, and if we want
it, we must try in this way. Through the Guru and the Vaisnavas, transcendental
power comes to us and gives us devotional strength. That strength is
the service to Guru and Vaisnava. Narottama Das Thakur wrote nitaiyer
karuna habe, vraje radha krsna pabe. When we can please Guru and
Vaisnava, they will give their mercy and then we must surely get service
to Radha-Govinda andMahaprabhu. This is very clear. In this
karuna mage trikala vilase gandharvvika-giridhari seva-matra
'Past, present, and
future - for all eternity, we beg your mercy. Only by your
mercy will one receive devotional service to Sri-Sri
way Nityananda Prabhu is very
merciful and He takes the conditioned souls from the very low level up
to the high level: that is the power of Nityananda Prabhu. The
incarnation of Nityananda Prabhu is Gurudev. Always He distributes the
mercy of Mahaprabhu and He gives entrance to the lila of Radha-Krsna. He
is actually the first treasurer of the whole of the transcendental
world. He is the master of the whole of that realm, and when we may get
entrance to Goloka, Vraja-dham, we shall receive the mercy of
Radharani's servitors. But first, to serve Nityananda Prabhu is most
necessary; we must satisfy Nityananda Prabhu.
Chaitanya-Charitamrta it is related that Raghunath Das Goswami many
times tried to go to join with Mahaprabhu's mission in Jagannath Puri,
but he was always unsuccessful and could not meet with Him. Many times
he tried to go to the lotus feet of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu but his
father tried to keep him in household life and therefore Raghunath was
One day he heard that
Nityananda Prabhu had come to Panihati near Raghunath Das Goswami's
father's house. Immediately he went to see Nityananda Prabhu thinking,
"Without the mercy of Nityananda Prabhu I will not get Mahaprabhu's
So he went to Nityananda
Prabhu. Seeing him Nityananda Prabhu was happy and said, "You are a
thief. Always you are trying to go to Mahaprabhu in the manner of a
thief, but first you arrange a festival to feed all the devotees
gathered here for My satisfaction. If you can satisfy Me in this way, I
shall give you direct entrance to Mahaprabhu's lotus feet."
At that time wherever
Nityananda Prabhu went He was accompanied by many devotees; also on that
occasion in Panihatigram many were present.
Raghunath Das was very
happy to hear Nityananda Prabhu's order and said, "Yes Prabhu, I shall
try." So from many villages he collected large quantities of yoghurt,
milk, flat rice, bananas, sandesh and many other eatables in order to
feed the devotees. He made all arrangements. Nityananda Prabhu with His
associates, servitors and devotees all very happily took that
maha-prasadam. Nityananda Prabhu said, "Yes, now you have finished your
grhasta life. Your household life is now finished, and you will attain
to Mahaprabhu's lotus feet."
am fully indebted to Sri Gurudev"
By His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar
From Sri Guru and His Grace, Chapter
To get the grace of Nityananda
Prabhu, we should try as far as possible to study the character of Sri
Gauranga Mahaprabhu, to serve Him, to serve His dhama, and His
devotees. That will easily help us attain the grace of Nityananda
Prabhu. And there will always be so many practical dealings in our
present stage, but we must always keep the highest ideal over our heads.
With this ideal we shall be able to make progress. Our ideal, our
highest model - that is our all in all in life. To be acquainted with
the conception of the highest ideal and to be on the path of realization
of that goal is the greatest wealth in one's life.
Srila Raghunatha Das Goswami
prays, "I only aspire after one thing. I cherish the hope that one day I
may be welcomed into the plane where Radhika and Madhava are in Their
glory, sitting and playing." That should be our prospect. This is found
in Raghunatha Das Goswami's prayer to his Guru. He says:
"I am fully indebted to Sri
Gurudev. Why? He has given me so many things. He has given me the
highest conception of the holy name of Krsna, the highest form of sound
which contains the highest form of thought, aspiration, ideal,
everything. And next he has given me the mantra." The name is there
within the mantra. Without the name, the mantra is
nothing. If the name of Krsna is withdrawn and replaced with another
name, the mantra will give the opposite result. The name of Krsna is all
in all. And within the mantra, the name is couched in a
particular way as a sort of prayer.
manum api saci-putram atra svarupam
rupam tasyagrajam uru-purim mathurim gostavatim
radha-kundam giri-varam aho radhika-madhavasam
prapto yasya prathita-krpaya sri gurum tam nato 'smi
And then he says, "He has given me the
service of that great savior, the son of Mother Sachi, Sri Chaitanya
Mahaprabhu, who is like a golden mountain standing to show the direction
of krsna-lila. And Gurudev has brought me to the lotus feet of
Mahaprabhu's most favorite personal assistant, Svarupa Damodara, who is
the representation of Lalita-devi, the most favorite friend of Radhika.
has brought me in connection with Sri Rupa, who was ordered to distribute
the highest kinds of devotional love, rasa." Vaidhi-bhakti,
the worship of the Lord in awe and reverence, is of a lower order. But
raganuga-bhakti, spontaneous love, the hearts innermost dealings,
through Srila Rupa Goswami. Mahaprabhu considered Sri Rupa the best
to deal with raganuga-bhakti.
sundara deva prabhu siromani gosvami govinda jaya anandera
'All glories to
Sri Bhakti Sundar Govinda Goswami, who is our supreme master
and is like a reservoir of
says, "Then, by his grace, I have achieved the association
of Srila Sanatana Goswami, who adjusts our position in relation to raganuga-bhakti.
He explains the path
of vaidhibhakti, and gives us sambandha-jnana: the knowledge
of what is what, a proper acquaintance with the environment." Then he
has given me Mathura Mandala, where Radha and Govinda
have Their pastimes; where the forest, the hills, every creeper, shrub,
and grain of sand, everyone is bearing the acquaintance of Radha-Krsna
lila, and wherever I shall cast my glance they will help me in
my remembrance of Radha
and Govinda. I have received all these things from my Gurudev:
Vrndavana, where the cows
and the milkmen have their village
constructed. I am becoming acquainted with their association, their
nature, and their feelings of love for Krsna.
grace of Gurudev, I have become acquainted with Radha-kunda, the favorite
place of Radha and Govinda for Their pastimes, and this great Govardhana. And lastly
he has given me the hope that one day I can get the service of Sri Sri
Radhika and Madhava. I have been given all these assurances by my Gurudev,
so I bow my head with all my respects to his lotus feet."
So, if we are conscious of all these
spiritual matters, then we can think that we have approached our Gurudev
properly. What is our Guru? What is his mission? It is filled with all
these things. Devoid of that, what is our interest?
Only Hope is Dayal Nitai"
By His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda
From The Divine Servitor, Part
our intention they must surely help us by giving guidance
as to which way we can go and what will be beneficial for
Here where we are living is
the mundane plane where in a cyclic way we are receiving birth after
birth throughout the fourteen worlds. But our goal is to cross over this
environment to Paravyoma Dham and to Goloka Dham: that is our
destination. By repeatedly trying, one day we must be successful in
reaching that goal. Another way for us to go is by the merciful
blessings of Guru and the Vaisnavas. They are not blind, but seeing our
intention they must surely help us by giving guidance as to which way we can go and what will be beneficial
for us. What we may get by way of inspiration is received from the
caittya-guru, the internal Guru. Other directives we receive from
the mahanta-guru, the external manifestation of Sri
Guru.Therefore our future is very
bright no doubt, but we must follow the directives of Srila Guru Maharaj
and try to go to our transcendental destination. This is our only duty;
there is no other duty.
It is very fortunate when the
opportunity to engage in direct service to Krsna comes for the
jiva souls, and Krsna gives that through Guru. Therefore
Nityananda Prabhu, that is Sri Guru, is the only hope in our lives.
Lastly we have seen how Srila Guru Maharaj was always chanting "Dayal
Nitai, Dayal Nitai, Dayal Nitai." He said, "My only hope is Dayal Nitai,
Nobody could understand the
meaning within that, but by the mercy of Srila Guru Maharaj I
immediately guessed it. Srila Guru Maharaj is showing us the proper
line. He has crossed over all the stages of practising life; that is
called paramahamsa, and now he is showing us our fortune, that is
Dayal Nitai. By the mercy of Nityananda Prabhu we must be successful,
therefore our practising life must go in that direction. This is my
advice to you all and also I am trying, and praying to Sri Guru and the
Vaisnavas, "Please give me that type of increasing inspiration and power
to preach to others and be successful as a servitor myself."