The Voice of Sri
By His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda
Affectionate Guidance, Chapter 22
|'We must be ever cautious to follow
the principle of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami
As described by Srila Vrndavan Das Thakur, Mahaprabhu has said,
prthivite achhe yata nagaradi grama
haibe mora nama
"My Name shall be preached in as many towns and villages that be
in the world."
As predicted by Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, we can now see devotees
chanting and dancing all over the world in the Name of Nitai-Gauranga.
The Hare Krsna Mahamantra has spread all over the world. No doubt, this
knowledge is transcendental, but it is necessary to properly follow the
line of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur. Otherwise, after a few
years, or fifty or a hundred years, all will fall into the pit of
'sahajiyaism' (imitation). We must be ever cautious to follow the
principle of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Thakur Prabhupad.
We have also seen that our Guru Maharaj could never accept
anything but pure Vaisnavism. Many compromises have been seen in
so-called Vaisnavism, but Guru Maharaj would never mix such 'alloys.'
His talks were always completely straightforward, in the line of the
pure, unalloyed devotion that was distributed in the world by Sri
Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Thus, it is clear that Guru Maharaj purely
distributed unalloyed devotion all over
We have all seen that when Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad
toured all over the world for preaching, he would regularly return to
India and meet with Guru Maharaj. Guru Maharaj was his very intimate
friend, and he also took Guru Maharaj as his Siksa-guru. He would come
to see how Guru Maharaj was keeping, and give him a report about the
progress of his preaching work. And Swami Maharaj said to Guru Maharaj,
"I am bringing raw materials from the West -- you please purify and
use these materials for the service of Mahaprabhu and Lord Krsna."
For the general preaching, Swami Maharaj distributed the Hare Krsna
Mahamantra all over the world. That is general preaching. But it is
not that he did not know what good preaching is -- he
well knew. But he had to check himself, like Mahaprabhu. When many people
came to see Mahaprabhu's dancing in His intoxication of Divine Love,
He would come to bahya-dasa, that is, He would check Himself.
So we see that Swami Maharaj brought many fortunate souls, from
many countries, to Krsna consciousness. He thought that a special group
would necessarily require higher spiritual education. He mentioned this
to Guru Maharaj. "I am bringing raw materials -- you please rectify them
and use them for Mahaprabhu's Service."
Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami came into this world and
distributed real Vaisnavism. And by his grace, we have our Guru Maharaj.
He is the Guru of both Srila Swami Maharaj and Srila Guru Maharaj. We
can never come to the end of singing the glories of such great souls.
How can we fully glorify the character of the supreme Vaisnavas? It
is impossible to do them justice. We try, but time checks us.
Anyway, today, this day of Sri-Krsna-panchami is most
auspicious. We can only pray at the lotus feet of Srila Prabhupad Bhakti
Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Thakur that he may be pleased with us - and
no doubt he is always pleased with us, otherwise how could we have a
place in his sampradaya? Especially in the line of his very
dearmost Srila Sridhar Maharaj.
We have come under the guidance of Srila Guru Maharaj, so we have
no doubt that we are very, very fortunate. But that is not the end of
our work. We must proceed towards our destination. The blessings of
Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Thakur and the Vaisnavas are
always necessary. Everybody's well-wishes are necessary for our
practising spiritual life.
Sriman Mahaprabhu has said,
trnad api sunichena taror iva sahisnuna
kirttaniyah sada harih
Mahaprabhu has very kindly given us three rules. "Trnad api
sunicena: do not disturb anyone -- consider yourself lower than
a blade of grass; taror iva sahisnuna: like a tree, tolerate
everything in this mundane world; amanina manadena: the life
of service is the eternal property of the exalted jiva-soul,
or the liberated soul, and that is also the property of everyone - so
you must respect everyone, without expecting respect in return. By following
these principles, always sing the glories of the Supreme Lord Hari."
We have received these instructions by the grace of Sriman Mahaprabhu
Chaitanyadev and Prabhupad Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami
The purport of such teachings has its own subtle connotation,
which must be in the proper line. We
cannot follow the proper line of thought without taking shelter in the
lotus feet of a genuine Guru. Such are the teachings of Srila Bhakti
Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami. Previously, many sastras, many types of
Vaisnavas and religions were to be seen in the world, but only after the
appearance of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami was it openly clarified
that the only necessity is a life of service to Krsna, under the
guidance of the genuine Guru and Vaisnava.
May Srila Prabhupad Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur be gracious
upon us. Srila Guru Maharaj wrote many Sanskrit verses about him. They
are so exalted that if we enter into the purport of only one of them,
hours can pass unnoticed. After the departure of Srila Prabhupad, Srila
Guru Maharaj wrote this sloka about him:
vilasatu hrdi nityam bhakti-siddhanta-vani
"May that bhaktisiddhanta-vani dance eternally
within the core of your heart."
Explanation of this verse by Srila Bhakti Rakshak
Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj:
"With his first step, he vigorously cut asunder the whole
plane of exploitation, and with his second, he put a stop
to all the calculations of the different scholars with
their different conceptions of salvation, liberated
stages. With his third step, he minimized the hardness and
stiffness of the rules and regulations of calculative
devotional service, by a touch of the Divine Love:
crossing Vaikuntha, he gave us the worship of Sri Sri
Radha and Govinda."
Calculation, the rules and regulations, awe,
reverence, all these things are minimized, checked,
slackened with the softness of Vrindavan within, and with
the hardness of a devastator without, he created havoc in
the materialistic world, fighting with one and all.
Single-handedly fighting against the whole world, and
cutting asunder everything -- that was his external
attitude. And his second attitude was to put a stop to all
scholarly researchers and doctorates of different
departments, and to stop their boasting research; and
third, to minimize, to slacken the grandeur of the worship
He caused the domain of love to descend into this
plane with the service of Radha-Govinda, establishing the
flow of Divine Love from the heart as all in all. With
that we come to serve our object of worship, and he
represented the service of Radha Govinda as the highest
attainment. That was his history.
The real existence of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta
Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad is in
bhaktisiddhanta-vani, his divine teachings. May
that bhaktisiddhanta-vani dance eternally within
the core of your heart.
Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj:
(Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami) 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."
Maharaj himself said that if Srila Prabhupad were present to hear this
sloka, he would have said that his entire personality had been
embraced in only four lines. Revealing his own identity, Guru Maharaj
pranamami sada prabhupada-padam
eternally bow unto the lotus feet of Srila Prabhupad, who is the dearmost
attendant of Vrsabhanu-nandini. By taking the dust of his lotus feet
(charanasrita-renu-dharas) I have now become Sridhar Maharaj.
The dust of his lotus feet is so glorious -- it purifies everything
in an astonishing and miraculous way: mahad adbhuta-pavana-sakti-padam
-- glorious, wonderfully purifying lotus feet."
siddhanta-sarasvatiti viditau gaudiya-gurv-anvaye
"In the great Gaudiya Vaishnava teachers' line,
as Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati he is renowned. Like
the radiant sun in the morning sky, he appeared to rescue
all souls swallowed by the all-devouring impersonal philosophy.
By spreading the teaching of Lord Gauranga to
sing the holy name of Lord Krishna, he gave all the chance
to dive in the ocean of love for Sri Krishna, the Supreme
Person. Srila Bhakti Siddhanta, my lord, divine master,
at his feet do I pray to serve him forever."
bhato bhanur iva prabhata-gagane yo gaura-sankirtanaih
mayavada-timingilodara-gatan uddhrtya jivaniman
krsna-prema-sudhabdhi gahana sukham pradat prabhum tam