All Glories to Sri Guru & Sri Gauranga
March 15, 2005
Please accept my dandavats. Hare Krishna. In Soquel we had the extraordinary opportunity to witness and serve His Divine Grace Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj during very difficult trials and tribulations. We sat with him when he experienced unbelievable physical pain. We cared for Him when, on more than one occasion, his very life was threatened by what has taken many men from this world. We patiently served Him and nurtured His simple needs, while He all along was nurturing our bhakti creepers. He observed us and shared His beautiful heart with us.
Just as I got to this part of my e-mail, I received a telephone call to me in Santa Cruz from Srila Govinda Maharaj in Calcutta. To me, this is confirmation that what I am to say is important and has some divine authorization, just as a flower garland once fell from the Divine Forms of Sri Sri Radha Madan Mohan upon a humble sage's request for authorization to write the Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita. While my words cannot be compared to those of Srila Krishna das Kaviraj, they may be important to some. Srila Govinda Maharaj describes Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math as a "very beautiful jewel."
Srila Govinda Maharaj desires that all the bhaktas will cooperate with one another in a transcendental way, above the influence of the mundane urges for position, power, wealth, and sense gratification aimed at self-centered illusory existence. His Divine Grace feels the urge to see the beautiful mission of Srila Guru Maharaj flourish, and to see this mission avoid some of the mistaken conceptions that have plagued and threatened the progress of other Vaishnava institutions. Srila Govinda Maharaj is always the first to say "All is dependent upon the Will of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu." This is true, but we have some minute infinitesimal free will with which to attract the Grace and Causeless Mercy of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. This distinguishes each and every jiva soul, and makes willing surrender and love a possibility. It all is dependent upon the jiva soul deepening their faith that the ultimate good will come by placing Krishna's interest, that is to say, His pure devotee's interest, first and foremost. Then, dark illusion will be replaced by the Sun of Sri Krishna's protective shelter.
What bhakta with any sincerity could desire anything else? The manjaris are prime examples of selfless service. They place the satisfaction of Sri Sri Radha Krishna above all else. Neglecting themselves for Their sake, they redeposit all of their joy into the Supreme relationship of Their Lordships. This mentality may be possible to cultivate by the fortunate souls who reject pratishta, kanak, kamini as devices of a foreign world of exploitation which they have no aspiration to be a part of. They aspire for that eternal world of dedication and selfless service for its own sake, and not for any advantage. Love for Love's sake.
Srila Govinda Maharaj has so much affection for all of his disciples and well-wishers. His prayer is that we will all catch the favorable breeze that is being extended by Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. It is capable of carrying the most fallen and undeserving souls of this Kali-yuga to the eternal destination of ultimate well-being and happiness. Therefore, we must individually and collectively cultivate humility over and over and over again, lest anarthas choke the bhakti creeper.
Srila Govinda Maharaj faced death more than once in His visit to the West. He stayed here with us rather than leaving for Goloka because, as He states, all of the wishes of the devotees for Him to remain. We are all so fortunate! He suffered greatly for "us" rather than simply slipping away. He continues to do so and only for this service to Srila Guru Maharaj's mission. Krishna is in each of our hearts. He knows our minds and more importantly our hearts, really.
Now is the time to take shelter of Sri Gurudeva. It is not something that one can say they once did, and now they are beyond that. The shelter of Sri Gurudeva is the eternal position of the fortunate bhaktas. Independence is, as our acharyas have stated, the mentality of the madman. Srila Guru Maharaj would encourage his friends to "dive deep" into Krishna consciousness. Do not tip toe into that unlimited ocean of nectar and return to the desert of this material world to seek pratishta, kanak, kamini. Krishna will never let you down! I believe this firmly. Find it in your hearts to follow Srila Govinda Maharaj with faith and love. His judgement is to be accepted as the judgement of Sri Krishna Himself.
Now, His Divine Grace is with you all in India. He is also with us here in America, and in Mexico, and in South America, Africa and Europe, Australia, and now even in China. Who will capture His Lotus Feet will live as an atom of a particle of dust beneath Him. He is giving real hope for our futures and making our present also clean and joyful. May each and every servitor of the Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math mission hear the pronouncement of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, "Param Vijayate Sri Krishna Sankirtanam"! Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad empowered many of His servitors for various service. It is obvious that He empowered Srila Guru Maharaj, and through Him, Srila Govinda Maharaj, to maintain the spirit of the living teachings of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and the Goswamis. These teachings are not so much ancient dust but living teachings that need to be revisited with every conscious effort we make. So many seekers around the world have now embraced the guardianship of Srila Govinda Maharaj that He is frequently heard to say that Srila Guru Maharaj's prophesy has come to pass, that the sun never sets on the Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. The treasure of all these fortunate souls is their faith in Sri Sri Guru Gauranga.
Please all of you help to tend to the desire of Srila Govinda Maharaj. He has courageously remained and we need Him very, very much. Always consider the ideals that brought you to Krishna consciousness, weed out any anarthas, unwanted things, water your bhakti creeper with plenty of sravanam-kirtanam, serve with a loving and joyful heart. We have much to be thankful for. And, may Srila Govinda Maharaj continue to grace the planet for decades to come, giving us ever-fresh hope and joy in our communal life of Krishna consciousness.
Yours in service,
Pusta Krishna das
Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Nabadwip
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