Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Sri Srila Bhakti Raksak
Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, Founder Acharyya of
Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.
Maharaj is a great devotee of Krishna, and when
he leaves this mundane world, really, the jewel
of the garland must fall down, like a star from
What is favourable for the practitioner's life, we
shall take that happily, and what is non-favourable, we must leave
that. Most favourable is: suddha-bhakata-charana-renu, bhajana-anukula.
We always try to take the dust of the lotus feet
of the devotee who is a real devotee of Krishna. If we take shelter
of him, and if we follow his guidances, we must be benefited. And
it is said, that 'I am your servant, please give me instruction and
service to Krishna under guidance of you.' Suddha-bhakata-charana-renu,
bhajana-anukula. That is the most favourite of the practising
And: bhakata-seva, parama-siddhi, prema-latikara
mula. That is, Krishna will be happy if we serve the devotee
of Krishna. All the transcendental benefit we will get through the
service of the devotee. Bhakata-seva, parama-siddhi - means
extreme benefit we will get through the service of the devotee
And: prema-latikara mula. That means if
we can satisfy the devotee, Krishna will be merciful to me and Krishna
will bestow His mercy upon my head; and I will get the affectionate
service of Krishna, also service mood of Krishna more exclusively,
and that is Krishna- prema. That also I may get, through
the service of the devotee. This is first.
Second: Madhava-tithi, bhakti-janani, jatane
palana kori. Madhava tithi. "Madhava," this word. Ma means
Laksmi Devi, dhava means the husband, that is Narayana. Another
way that we can express it is, ma means Radharani and dhava
is paramour lover: Krishna. Then what is dear to Krishna, that
tithi, that lunar date, if we worship Krishna on that day,
Krishna will be more happy. In this way, Ekadasi, Janmastami, Radhastami,
the Appearance Day of Mahaprabhu, the Appearance Day of Nityananda
Prabhu, the Appearance Day of Adwaita Prabhu, Rupa, Sanatana, Svarupa
Damodar, all these tithi are called Madhava tithi,
that is, dear to Krishna.
Sri Sri Guru Gauranga
Gandharva Govindasundara, Sri Nabadwip Dham
"My heart was very
sad, but looking at the form of the Deities....
I could feel some peace in my mind. Oh, Guru Maharaj
was with us and the Deities were suffering because
of that, and now Guru Maharaj has gone to join the
Pastimes of Radha-Krishna and Mahaprabhu, and They
I can remember one thing, and that day I was very
surprised. We were very sad, extremely sad that day when Guru Maharaj
disappeared, 12th August 1988. But when Guru Maharaj disappeared,
before that we have seen many symptoms in this Earth. An earthquake
came, a very heavy earthquake, heavier than I have seen in my life
of sixty years. And many other symptoms came, very suddenly! After
seeing them I told my Godbrothers, "Now Guru Maharaj must leave this
world, and within three to four days this will happen. And after leaving
this world, also within three to four days again this type of symptom
will come in this Earth."
That is, Guru Maharaj is a great devotee of Krishna,
and when he leaves this mundane world, really, the jewel of the garland
must fall down, like a star from the sky. Then some disturbance and
symptoms must come again. And it happened.
And we were arranging the samadhi of Guru Maharaj, Sripad
Sagar Maharaj was there. When I came to the Deities for paying dandavats
and I stood to see the Deities' faces - very effulgent, very glorified,
extremely glorified and very effulgent, and smiling like man, eyes
like man's eyes especially Radharani and Krishna and Mahaprabhu. It
was beyond my thinking, and I could not understand why on this day
the Deities were very happy and They cannot hide Their heart's expression.
And after seeing that I thought that Guru Maharaj has joined his Nitya-lila,
eternal Pastimes of Krishna, Radharani and Mahaprabhu, and this
symptom coming out from the form of our Deities. My heart was very
sad, but looking at the form of the Deities I was stunned and I could
not imagine that form, and I could feel some peace in my mind. Oh,
Guru Maharaj was with us and the Deities were suffering because of
that, and now Guru Maharaj has gone to join the Pastimes of Radha-Krishna
and Mahaprabhu, and They are happy.
We need that and we shall try to make the Deities
happy. And like a man, but it is very effulgent, I cannot speak it,
never have I seen in my whole life such beauty in the Deities.
This is Madhava tithi. When Krishna, Radharani,
and His associates are appearing in this mundane world, and when disappearing,
all these days are very auspicious for the devotee - that is called
Madhava tithi. That is, Madhava is getting the happiness.
That day we must try in a more glorifying way to give our service
to our Lordship and with great care we shall try to give honour to
|devam divya-tanum suchanda-vadanam-balarka-chelanchitam
sandrananda-puram sad-eka-varanam vairagya-vidyambudhim
sri-siddhanta-nidhim subhakti-lasitam sarasvatanam varam
vande tam subhadam mad-eka-saranam nyasisvaram sridharam
(by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj)
"I fall at the feet of Srila Sridhar-Dev,
who with charming expression sings his songs of sweet nectar.
Dressed with fine garments like sun newly-risen,
he's the true saint the devotees have chosen.
His detachment and knowledge are just like an ocean,
the treasure-house of complete, perfect conclusion.
Radiant in Pastimes of loving devotion,
the abode of pure ecstasy, bestower of good fortune;
foremost true follower of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta,
foremost great general of the whole renounced order,
my lord and my master, my only shelter, I worship his feet, Srila