Today is also the day
that Srila Visvanatha Cakravartti Thakur departed from this world.
Srila Visvanatha Cakravartti Thakur appeared 180 years after the Advent
of Sri Gaurangadev. He composed a commentary on Srimad-Bhagavatam
and many other books to help the devotees coming later in the
Sampradaya. He was such a great Acaryya. In his own
special way, he has dealt elaborately with many spiritual matters,
giving the proper approach. He was the sastric or Scriptural
dispensation of Sri Rupa-Sanatana etc. By his grace, Sri Baladeva
Vidyabhusana composed the Sri Gaudiya Vaisnava commentary on Vedanta-sutra,
Sri Govinda-bhasya. From such great Masters there is much to
Visvanatha Cakravartti was born in a Brahmana family in Devagram
of Murshidabad district. He was a great scholar of Sanskrit. He came
into the line of Sri Narottama Thakur. He gave us extensive Scriptural
writings to help us very precisely and elaborately to know about the
Pastimes of Mahaprabhu and Radha-Krsna, Vrndavana, Nabadwip, and the
Guru-parampara. The Gurvvastakam we chant daily was
written by him, as well as many other important works. Srila Rupa
Goswami wrote Sri-Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu, 'The Nectarine Ocean
of Devotional Joy,' and Srila Visvanatha wrote Sri-Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu-bindhu
or a drop of that Ocean. And from Sri Rupa's Sri-Ujjvala-nilamani,
'The Brilliant Jewel of the Supernatural World,' or Krsna in Madhura-rasa,
he gave Ujjvala-nilamani-kirana or a ray of that Jewel. In
this way, he has given volumes of books and poems. As Sri Rupa Goswami
gave the Asta-kaliya-lila of Krsna, or twenty-four hour Service
engagement with Sri-Sri Radha-Govinda, he has similarly given Chaitanya-lila
twenty-four hour engagement in the Service of Sriman Mahaprabhu. So
he has done great Service to the Sampradaya and profusely bestowed
his mercy upon us.
5,6. Departure of Tridandi Swamis Srimad
Bharati Maharaj and Srimad Parvvat Maharaj
is also the disappearance day of two of our senior Godbrothers, sannyasi
disciples of our Guru Maharaj, Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Viveka
Bharati Maharaj and Tridandi Swami Srimad Bhakti Svarupa Parvvat Maharaj.
They both preached extensively on the order of Srila Prabhupada. Sri
Bharati Maharaj was very popular; his preaching style was very charming
and engaging. In the beginning we appreciated his preaching very much.
Parvvat Maharaj was also among the earliest disciples of our Guru
Maharaj. He was born at Svarupa Ganja, on the other side of the Ganges
from here (Nabadwip). He was born in the house directly next to Surabhi
Kunja where Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur lived for some time. During
his childhood, he told me, he saw Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur chanting
the Name. In the early morning Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur would chant
the Hare Krsna Mahamantra just as one calling someone from
a distance. A living thing like one man calling another. In this
way, in a living way, he was calling Krsna. He was in his old age,
and his body was somewhat attacked with rheumatism. There was a cement
chair constructed there; he would stroll about at his sweet will,
and when he felt fatigued he would take his seat on that chair. That
chair is still there today.
at a very early age, Srimad Parvvat Maharaj came to Srila Prabhupada
and accepted his shelter. For a long period he was posted as the caretaker
at Bhakti Kutir, the then 'head office,' a small seaside house in
Puri owned by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur. Then, when Prabhupada began
his preaching life, Parvvat Maharaj became a sannyasi. During
the lifetime of Prabhupada he preached throughout the whole of Bengal
and beyond as well. He established a Math in Orissa.
remember, once, when I was a newcomer in the Math, he was telling
one gentleman about how he preached on the East side of Bengal. At
that place, some people challenged him,
have you come to preach here? Don't you know that just nearby on the
bank of the river there is a siddha-mahatma? He has attained
the highest end of life. Have you seen him?"
|"We have come from a great Mahatma to carry you to the
replied to them, "I have seen many
siddha, like aloo-siddha, etc.!"
Siddha may mean 'perfected soul,' but another meaning
of siddha is boiled. So he was saying,
seen many siddha boiled things. Boiled potatoes, boiled
cabbage etc. We already have so
are you saying? You are insulting him."
is no insult. Those who are full of all those siddhas they
know nothing. What Mahaprabhu has brought us is the highest. All other
proposals are trash and nasty things. We have come from a great Mahatma
to carry you to the highest objective, the summum bonum of life
accept Mahaprabhu and Bhagavatam. We hate all those 'siddha'
imposters who are deceiving the people in the garb of religion."
was the great preaching of Sri Gaudiya Math in those days.
my best capacity I have tried to represent to you my humble knowledge
of these Mahatmas, and I pray that they may be propitiated
and give us their favour. With this prayer, I end here:
vancha-kalpa-tarubhyas ca krpa-sindhubhya eva ca,
pavenebhyo vaisnavebhyo namo namah.