The Voice of Sri
Affectionate Guidance, Chapter 22
by His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj
anyera hrdaya - mana, mora
mana - vrndavana
'mane' 'bane' eka kari' jani
tomara pada-dvaya, karaha yadi udaya,
tabe tomara purna
environment is always attacking and disturbing the jiva-souls in
so many ways. But Prabhupad Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati started
the cleansing process, like Gundicha-marjjan, the cleansing of
the Lord's Temple. This was his first work in this world.
that time Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur appeared as the divine
grace of Sriman Mahaprabhu in the mundane world as a transcendental
sampradaya purifier and re-establisher. Whole-heartedly
with his full energy he tried to re-establish the pure Mahaprabhuís
conception by his melted heart prayers. He was paradukha
dukhi, extremely sorrowful to see the pain of the conditioned
souls. As much as possible by him he tried to remove and
clean the obstacles from our vision of the spiritual sky.
He prayed to Mahaprabhu, ìPlease send Your merciful glance
in the form of a Vaisnava Acharyya.î
his divine prayer we have got Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati
Thakur as an illustrious, exalted, unique sampradaya Acharyya
of Sriman Mahaprabhu.'
Guidance, Section 4
must be made like Vrndavan. It won't do to keep a jungle in the heart.
Many disturbing elements are in the jungle, but there is nothing like
that in Vrndavan. Everything in Vrndavan is perfectly pure. So we must
worship the Supreme Lord purely. To mix with maya for our sense
pleasure and invite God in our heart is gross hypocrisy. With great
force, Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur and Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati
Thakur did everything in their power to smash such hypocrisy.
work was to preach the Name. In Bengal so many would chant the Name,
but in a hashish-smoking party. Some would chant for hours on end. There
was no dearth of such Harinama in Bengal, but the qualification
of real purity was absent. Because of this, Mahaprabhu's Sampradaya
or religious succession became completely adulterated. People uttered
the name 'Vaisnava' with hatred. The groups known as Neda, Darabesa,
Sani, Aul, Baul, Karttabhaja, etc. -- they all made such a hodgepodge
of Mahaprabhu's high and confidential teachings of divine perfection,
that Mahaprabhu was no
longer respected by the people. If anyone said, "A Vaisnava is at the
door," the head of the family would say, "Oh, give him a little rice
and send him off." Such was the conception the common people had of
real Vaisnava-dharmma is jaiva-dharmma, the nature
of the soul, the divine life of the soul. Bhaktivinod Thakur wrote his
book Jaiva-dharmma to bring genuine Vaisnava religion out to the
'svarupa' haya -- krsnera 'nitya-dasa'
krsnera 'tatastha sakti',
(Chaitanya-charitamrta: Madhya-lila, 20.108)
Chaitanya Mahaprabhu has taught, "The real identity of the soul is as an
eternal servitor of Krsna. He is Krsna's marginal potency, present
simultaneously distinct yet non-distinct from Krsna." And it was this
type of transcendental knowledge that Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati
Goswami brought here. That was already present but hidden in the
Scriptures or holy books, and he revealed it. Srila Bhakti Siddhanta
Saraswati Goswami's unique contribution was the
daiva-varnasrama-dharmma, or Godly socio-religious society,
according to the proper interpretation of the Scriptures:
daiva-varnasrama-dharmma, hari-bhakti yara marmma, sastra yukti
karila nischaya. The so-called 'religion' that goes on in the
material world is demoniac or asura-varnasrama, but the
daiva-varnasrama-dharmma always strives to worship the Lord.
There are many devotional duties, but their aim is exclusively the
satisfaction of the Lord.
Sravanam kirttanam visnoh smaranam pada-sevanam, or
hearing, chanting, remembering, etc., are all duties for no other
purpose but worshipping the Lord. The execution of these functions is
known, in its primary stage, as daiva-varnasrama. The bodily
calculation of considering a brahmana's son a brahmana, or
a sudra's son a sudra, etc., is false.
chatur-vvarnyam maya srstam
social divisions are created by Me, and divided according to man's
qualities and works."
Prabhupad Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur showed us that genuine
socio-religious organisation of varnasrama-dharmma must worship
the Lord, and above varnasrama-dharmma is Vaisnavism or jaiva-dharmma,
the divine life or religion of the soul. This is the line by which Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami established
real Vaisnavism in the world. A Vaisnava is never inferior to a brahmana.
A Vaisnava is always superior to a brahmana. That is his real
position. The position of a Vaisnava is never merely 'next' to a brahmana.
The Vaisnava lives in the other world -- the transcendental world of
service, seva-maya-bhumika, or nirguna-bhumika, the transcendental
plane. And varnasrama-dharmma is in the saguna-bhumika,
the plane of mundane qualities. But the attempt to rise above the mayik
plane comes within the purview of varnasrama-dharmma.
purusena parah puman
Visnu is worshipped by the person whose practices conform to the social
and religious duties (varna-dharmma, asrama-dharmma). (In this
world) there is no other way to propitiate Him." (Visnu-purana: 3.8.9)
teaching guides the world toward the worship of Lord Krsna. But
the Vaisnavas live in the transcendental world. For example, if you take
Prasadam, you are not taking mere rice, vegetables, water, etc.
You are taking what was offered to Krsna. You cannot be responsible for
any sin. The devotee offers everything for Krsna's pleasure.
tava mayam jayema
with the garlands, scents and clothing enjoyed by You, and partaking
of Your remnants, O Lord -- we, Your servitors, can conquer Your maya."
way, the eternally living and ecstatic (sach-chid-anandamaya)
element that is present within is again fully manifest. Similarly, Srila
Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami once again revealed to the world that
which is eternal and ever-fresh. Before his appearance, people might
have been chanting the Name of God, but how did they chant it? In his
time, he was the inaugurator of the genuine chanting of Harinama.
prthivite yata katha dharmma-name chale
saga paripuna chhale
Totalitarian war against maya. What passes in this world
in the name of religion -- everything is false. You are jiva-soul.
Krsna is like the great sun, and you are like a sun-ray. The sun-ray
must always be 'attached' to the great sun. That is his nature. Krsna
is like a big exalted magnet, and you are like iron. Therefore, He is
called Krsna, meaning Krs-: to attract, and na: to give
joy. He attracts us, and gives us ecstasy (karsan venu-svanair Gopir
Gopinatha-sriye 'stu nah)
Prabhupad Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur's gift. Many Acharyyas such
as Sankaracharyya, Buddha, Ramanuja, Nimbaditya, Madhvacharyya, came and
distributed the mercy of the Lord, but the supreme position was given by
Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. That was suppressed by the illusory environment,
and Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami came, cleansed and revealed
that divine gem. He clarified to the world the real position of
Vaisnava-dharmma. Now nobody can accuse Vaisnava-dharmma
of being a lower-class religion or conception. It can only be admitted
to be greater than the greatest.
established, especially in Bengal, the renounced order of the Vaisnavas,
tridanda-sannyasa. Previously the custom was
eka-danda-sannyasa of the mayavadis.
'Nityananda Prabhu broke the single sannyasa staff
(ekadanda) into three; that indicates that when taking
sannyasa, the renounced order of life, we should accept
not one, but three dandas, which symbolize the dedication
of body, mind, and words in the service of the Lord. And
Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupada was
also inspired by this action of Nityananda Prabhu's to
give tridanda sannyasa to his followers, in contrast to
ekadanda which was formerly current in Bengal. The system
of tridanda sannyasa was the custom in Southeast India
with the Vaisnavas who follow Ramanujacarya, and Srila
Bhakti Siddhanta introduced it for the modern age.'
- The Golden Volcano of Divine
sa ca kaya-mano-vakyaih sadhya -
vadan vaca, tathaiva manasa vidan
sthanam asritas tanva, modate saranagatah 
Saranagati should be practiced in thought, word,
and deed -
By his power of
speech, the surrendered soul declares, 'I am Yours'; in
his thoughts, he knows the same; and in person, he takes
refuge in the Lord's holy abode. In this way the
surrendered soul passes his life, his heart filled with
- Sri Sri Prapanna-Jivanamritam, Life Nectar of
the Surrendered Souls
many things in a new light, in the pure line. The chanting process,
the preaching process -- he renovated everything and established the
proper line, according to the Vedic culture, to take us to our supramental
with Srila Guru Maharaj, we visited his Godbrother Sauren Babu. A big
pandit who was very much opposed to Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati
Goswami also came to that meeting. Guru Maharaj gave his lecture, and
after that, on the invitation of Sauren Babu, that pandit gave his lecture.
He admitted, "We can now understand that we were wrong, and Srila Bhakti
Siddhanta Prabhupad was right. In my youth, I heavily opposed his preaching,
but that was my great wrong. I now can say that he was upholding genuine
righteousness, and all of us who opposed him were wrong. The gosani,
pandits, sahajiya -- all were wrong." At that time so-called Vaisnavism
was very 'low-classism.' But after Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati
Prabhupad it again rose to its high, glorious position.
see two lines of a special song at the front of our nat-mandir:
we shall worship the 'raga-patha,' the path of spontaneous
affectionate service, while we ourselves live within the
is the personification of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami.
What is the worship he showed us? And how is it executed? Both are shown
here. Before, if a Vaisnava came to the door, everybody would think
he was naked but for a kaupin; or at least his cloth must be
dirty. And he wore beads and tilak. Matha neda kopani pada,
nake tilak galay mala. This was how Bhaktivinod Thakur described
the pseudo-Vaisnava. Eho ta' ek kalira chela: like a servant
of Kali, a devil. This whole anomaly was smashed by Srila Bhakti Siddhanta
Saraswati Goswami. He established big maths (monasteries) and mandirs
(temples). He engaged all the fruits of technology and materialism -
motor cars, printing presses and so many things -- for spreading Krsna
consciousness all over the world.
His preaching began at Ulta Dingi Junction Road, in Calcutta. There
was a two-storied building, with only one room upstairs. Downstairs
there were four rooms where four Vaisnava families lived -- all his
disciples -- and with their donations they kept him in the single room
upstairs. I have seen that room personally. His preaching began from
there. Later, he rented another house for preaching. Despite that humble
beginning, the world can now see the result of the preaching of Srila
Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami.
"Kirtana means to preach against
By His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Dev-Goswami
From The Golden
Volcano of Divine
Although outwardly he was like a lion, inwardly
he was very, very sweet -- yet it could be traced only
in his internal sweetness. Outwardly, the way of love
was worshipped by him with grandeur, awe, and reverence,
but his object was the simple and beautiful Divine Love
of Vrindavan, and his temperament in establishing that
in the world was just like a lion's.
-- Srila Bhakti Raksak
Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj
Generally, we think that a saint flies away from this world of
maya and goes to a
solitary place where he can enter into a cave and engage himself
in meditation. Indian saints generally preach, "Give up everything, go
to a solitary place in the jungle, find a cave, and engage yourself
fully in understanding Godhead." But our Guru Maharaj was different.
Like Mahaprabhu and Nityananda Prabhu, he wanted to attack maya
and, like a great general, he declared totalitarian war on illusion and
even all other existing conceptions of religion. "Why is there this
misunderstanding and misconception?" he thought. "Everything belongs to
Krsna: isavasyam idam sarvam. It is plain and simple and
sweet. How can we think, 'This is for me, that is for Him?' Why should
we let this misconception stand here at all? Attack it - and crush the
He told us, "Kirtana means to preach against misconception. As
soldiers, you must go door to door and preach Krsna consciousness -
Krsna's interest -- the Krsna conception. If they understand that everything
is for Krishna, they will be saved. This truth is plain and simple.
Why should they not understand this? Try to capture them, to release
them from the world of misconception and misunderstanding where they
are now suffering from reaction."
In this way, we are not afraid of anything. A Vaisnava who loved
solitary life once asked our Guru Maharaj, "Why do you stay at Calcutta?
That is the place of Satan, where fighting for selfish interest is so
acute. Leave that -- come to the holy dhama." But Srila Bhakti Siddhanta
Saraswati Thakur especially chose that place, saying, "I prefer to represent
Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's creed in an extremely contaminated place."
For this reason, he wanted to send men to the West. "The East is captured
by the glamour of Western civilization," he said, "so Western civilization
must first be crushed. Then, its glamour will vanish and the whole world
will come to join the campaign of divine love of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu."
This was the same spirit with which Nityananda Prabhu canvassed the
fallen souls of this world, in his attempt to take them to the lotus
feet of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.