Abandonment

Date: 3/13/17

Subject: Abandonment

My dandavats Sriman Uddharan Prabhu,

I know he [Gaura Krishna/Bhakti Chaitanya Giri Maharaja] didn’t accept Srila Govinda Maharaja but was he really a sworn enemy?

My immediate reaction to your question was: what’s the difference. That was my “heart’s feeling.”

More objectively: It seems to me you are asking about a distinction without a difference.

And from there I will try to put myself in a neutral position and answer the question with a view to the history (itihasa) and siddhanta of the line of Srila Saraswati Thakura.

Just a few days ago I was thinking about the position of Prabhu Gaura Krishna when I read this:

And you know this Sripada Gaura Krsna Brahmacari, he was the very close servant of Srila Guru Maharja than me. I can say. Everybody knows I am the very intimate servant of Guru Maharaja, but I think so intimate than me, he was the servant of Guru Maharaja. And he is tirelessly, he is not sleeping day and night, and always trying to serve Guru Maharaja and happy, very happy with all the vaisnavas. But sometimes he cannot keep his temper with others when he is making some wrong going there. Sometimes he cannot tolorate, but he is trying hear and soul, and he is very affectionate with all the godbrothers and sisters. And specially he was the very intimate servant of Guru Maharaja. Day and night not sleeping. When Guru Maharaja showing himself as a patient, that time he was only servitor of Guru Maharaja who Srila Guru Maharaja can believe fully. And he is my worshipable godbrother. I know he is very my junior but I am worshipping his lotus feet always to looking Guru Mahharaja’s service, what he is giving there.

From a tape labeled: “GM Lecture Gaura Purnima ’90”

And there is more, wherein Srila Govinda Maharaja is extensively glorifying other devotees of Srila Guru Maharaja. In summary, his opinion about them is “I am thinking I am blessed by them.” An extended textural reference is included after my signature. The transcript is very rough, but it is easy to catch the gist of what Srila Govinda Maharaja wants to say about his Godbrothers, friends, followers, etc.

I’m not sure exactly when Gaura Krishna left the Math or the myriad of reasons he gives, or has given for doing so. Paribrajaka Maharaja explains them as being noble:

I can categorically state that Sripada Giri Maharaja is in no way offensive to Srila Gurudeva or SCS Math. A long time ago, Srimati Jrsnamayi didi left SCS Math due to I’ll treatment, and so Sripada Giri Maharaja and Jahnava didi followed her, because she was such an elderly lady, they couldn’t abandon her.

Perhaps you accept Paribrajaka Maharaja’s statement as authoritative when he says “I can categorically state that Sripada Giri Maharaja is in no way offensive to Srila Gurudeva or SCS Math.” I do not. I see him as being extremely naive and ignorant of many facts.

The noble reason for leaving was “A lady was ill treated. She left and Gaura Krishna “followed her” so that she would not be “abandoned.”

In black and white terms the explanation looks like this “Gaura Krishna abandoned Srila Govinda Maharaja and his position of seva to the devotees, Deities and other services to the Math in order to look after a lady who abandoned all the same things.” To do so they had to abandon something else. They had to abandon the instructions of Srila Sridhara Maharaja, which were these:

“Those who have any regard for me should give this respect and position to Govinda Maharaj as my successor. As much as you have faith in my sincerity, then with all sincerity I believe that he has got the capacity of rendering service in this way.”

I may be wrong but as I remember it, Gaura Krishna was standing near to Srila Sridhara Maharaja when he spoke those words. Earlier in the same talk Srila Guru Maharaja said this (emphasis added):

Dr. Asthana: Some do not consider him as a direct successor; they consider him only as a ritvik.
Srila Guru Maharaj: More than ritvik.
Dr. Asthana: Eh?
Srila Guru Maharaj: More than ritvik. Whatever it may be, I am giving power. Just as “yauva-raja”. When the King installs his son as King and retires himself, what will be the result? As Dasarath wanted to do with Ramachandra. The King gives all the authority of a king to the son and retires to go to the jungle although he is living with full power and glory.
Dr. Asthana: Many people I have talked to do not consider the ritvik to be the direct Guru. They say the ritvik is ritvik.
Srila Guru Maharaj: ritvik is ritvik, but if such transfer of power is done then what harm? For those that have got no Sraddha, they may go away. They may not accept. I do not care. I don’t accept them.

Perhaps statements like these are pills that are too hard to swallow. In my opinion we must swallow them or be left in this position: “They may not accept. I do not care. I don’t accept them.”

I believe it is also fair to extrapolate from this statement: “For those that have got no Sraddha, they may go away.”; that those who “go away” “have got no sraddha.”

This is the position I see B.C. Giri Maharaja to be in. He is one about whom Srila Sridhara Maharaja has delivered the verdict “I don’t accept them.” and he “has got no sraddha.”

Now, you ask if such a person is the “sworn enemy” of Srila Govinda Maharaja and I am left to wonder what difference it makes whether you describe him as a “sworn enemy” or simply one who has been rejected by Srila Sridhara Maharaja and has “no sraddha”, no faith in him or his instructions.

You might recall some correspondence I had with Sriman Brahma dasa, which I posted on our website. He tried to make essentially the same argument with respect to himself, Sripadas Tripurari Maharaja, Paramadvaiti Maharaja, Nrsingha Maharaja, and so on, as your propose with regard to Gaura Krishna. I completely rejected those arguments. You will find the article on our website.

What is it about Srila Govinda Maharaja that we value so highly? Is it not his unswerving faith [in his] spiritual master? [He often said:] “I am a fanatic to my guru.” Some disparaged him for such faith. Srila Gurudeva wore it as a badge of honor for it is the most praiseworthy quality a disciple can have. Yasya deve para bhaktir. . .” This is the all-in-all, there is nothing more than this.

So now, in the case of B.C. Giri, as with Tripurari and others, those that have no real faith in Srila Sridhara Maharaja are presenting themselves as being faithful to him and attracting followers who must believe it is better to follow them than one who has proven to be the most faithful to Srila Sridhara Maharaja.

The continuation of Srila Sridhara Maharaja’s sampradaya rests wholly and solely with Srila Govinda Maharaja. When asked if those who preach otherwise are his sworn enemy, my response must be yes. Otherwise, there are no enemies to the line of Sri Rupa and everyone, be he sahajiya, or otherwise, is someone we should take as one with us, our friend, not enemy.

Now that the sahajiya topic has been introduced, it is a good time to examine another bit of history that will shed some light on your question.

Suppose someone, say Lalita Prasada dasa, was once working with Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakura, but leaves him do to a difference of opinion. How should we take it? Should we think “Both are vaishnavas and therefore equal, they are entitled to such difference of opinion?” Or, should we accept the opinion of Srila Saraswati Thakura, who considered Lalita Prasada to be his “sworn enemy”?

Srila Swami Maharaja Prabhupada and Srila Sridhara Maharaja were both uncomfortable in pronouncing Lalita Prasada as an enemy to them:

Sept. 1971 —

P.S. Whenever our men go to visit Lalita Prasad Thakura they must take some presentation, cash or kind, worth not less than Rs. 50/- at least. Some nice presentation should be always given. Not that you go empty handed. It is customary to make a presentation to the Deity and Spiritual Master. Lalita Prasad Thakura is son of Bhaktivinode Thakura and younger brother of Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati so he is considered my spiritual master.


>>> Ref. VedaBase => Letter to: Jayapataka — London 2 September, 1971

March, ’72 —

His Divine Grace Lalita Prasad Thakura
Bhaktivinode Institute
Ulla-Birnagar, Nadia dist., W. Bengal

My dear Uncle Prabhupada Lalita Prasad Thakura,
Kindly accept my humble obeisances at your Lotus Feet. The whole day spent at your Temple on Thursday was so pleasant, and happy that all my disciples felt celestial blessings in your association. Personally, I am so much encouraged by you, that I appreciate this as the blessings of Bhaktivinode Thakura through his living representative.
Now you can expedite the lease agreement immediately so that before returning to U.S.A. in about three weeks’ time I may advise my assistants to take up the work seriously and begin construction and other things.
Next time when I go to you I shall stay not less than one week.
Hoping this will meet you in the very best health and happy mood.
Yours affectionately,
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami
ACBS/sda

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Letter to: Lalita Prasad Thakura — Calcutta 4 March, 1972

May, ’72 —

Regarding Lalita Prasad Thakura’s proposal, merging is possible in two ways: They become merged in our institution and we make it as one of our branches. In that case, as we are supplying all necessities to our branches, similarly, this branch will be also supported. When there is scarcity of money, everything will be provided by us. So in that case the management will be under our direction. Otherwise, if they want to keep their own identity then there is no other alternative than to take the land on lease. They can keep aside their portion independently, and the land which is given to us on lease, we keep ourselves independently. So far our relationship is concerned, even though we keep independent of one another, there will be no misunderstanding, because the central point is Bhaktivinode Thakura. Our only ambition is that the birthsite of Bhaktivinode Thakura must be gorgeous and attractive so that people may come to see from all parts of the world. Bhaktivinode Thakura is no longer localized. His holy name is being expanded along with Lord Caitanya’s. So let them understand this point. They are occupying the place for more than 50 years and none of their men could fulfill the desire of Bhaktivinode Thakura in the matter of preaching in foreign countries. With this spirit we should combine.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Letter to: Jayapataka — Honolulu 17 May, 1972

July, ’72 — The relationship begins to deteriorate–

My Dear Acyutananda,
Please accept my blessings. I am in due receipt of your letter dated June 16, 1972, along with two tapes and one book. The book contains some derogatory remarks about my Guru Maharaja, therefore we shall having nothing to do with printing it. In fact, since Lalita Prasad Thakura has not fulfilled his promise to give us that Birnagar land for our ISKCON center, so we shall not have any more to do with printing any books by Bhaktivinode Thakura or anyone. Try to induce him to fulfill his promise, otherwise we want nothing more to do with the whole business.

They tried their best to show some respect towards Lalita Prasada due to his being a son of Srila Bhakitvinoda Thakura and younger brother of Srila Saraswati Thakura. But such dealings can only go so far. They have their limit.

July, ’72 — “Animosity against Guru Maharaja is going on. . .”

Regarding Gitar Gan, do it conveniently. Regarding Lalita Prasad Thakura, as I have advised Acyutananda above, unless he keeps his promise than we are not interested to publish any of Bhaktivinode Thakura’s books. That animosity against Guru Maharaja is going on, so we shall have nothing to do with it.

July, ’72 — “no one else should go there. . .”

One thing is, Sriman Lalita Prasad Thakura has not fulfilled his promise to give us that place in Birnagar for our ISKCON Temple. So I don’t want you to mix with him further. I have just got one letter from Acarya das, wherein he requests to live with Lalita Prasad Thakura for taking instruction from him. I do not like this idea, I don’t know where these ideas are coming from. No one should go there any more. Let Yadubara take his photos as he has taken so much trouble and they may be valuable for the future, but besides Yadubara no one else should go there, and Acarya das should not go there either.

Later on Srila Prabhupada was even more direct in saying that Lalita Prasada was the enemy of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati, or words to that effect. I do not have the time to find that reference for you. It is in the Vedabase, so maybe you can locate it.

Srila Sridhara Maharaja was also clear on the point (emphasis added):

Srila Sridhar Maharaja “True Wealth and Poverty”
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Regarding Lalita Prasada:
“We read in Nadia Prakasha [BSST’s daily paper] article, that he [Lalita Prasada] has, in the beginning Lalita Prasada was living with Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati. But, gradually difference came between them and he left our Guru Maharaja and went straight to Bhakti Vinoda Thakura’s birth place, his maternal uncle’s village, where he was born, and he attended there to found a separate Math for his own center. And at that time our Guru Maharaja wrote, that he has gone to worship Udai Chandi, Udai is the name of the village. And, that there the specific Deity was Kali, shakti, chandi [the material energy]. That he has gone to serve Udai Chandi, instead of Krishna.”

Also:
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“So, shakti vada is fossilism. So our Guru Maharaja’s remark to Lalita Prasad was of that type. That he referenced towards Bhakti Vinoda Thakura, and through him towards Mahaprabhu, that is, the origin of that is material connection of Bhakti Vinoda Thakura. It is baba, badha, radha. There was one article in “Gaudiya” [The Gaudiya magazine]. Bhakti Vinoda. I see, that was the opinion of Prabhupada. Bhakti Vinoda Thakura should be seen as Radha. But he could not see as Radha, there came some badha, means hinderance, and the next baba [baabaa], father.

So his endeavors towards Bhakti Vinoda Thakura, and through him towards Mahaprabhu, the basis was his physical connection. That was stressed by Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakura, and we are followers of him.

Our Sriman Gokulananda recently directed our attention to some important points we should also consider:

Everything depends on the mood of the devotee. Someone may go for collection, someone else may cook, another may clean, but everything depends on the individual’s mood whether it will be karma or bhakti. If someone will follow his Guru’s instructions in a surrendered mood, it will be bhakti, otherwise it will be pious karma. If anyone will follow the instructions of the Scriptures and Guru he will always receive a good result, but that is not necessarily bhakti. It is a big difficulty for everyone if they are not conscious of their purpose.

. . .

This is the main thing for everyone, but circumstances can take us in many ways and to many places. We must try to proceed steadily within our track and not allow ourselves to go out of the track. [Srila Govinda Maharaja, Divine Guidance, pg. 26]

— Vyasa Puja Offering From Gokulananda das

Those that did not follow Srila Sridhara Maharaja’s direction: “Those who have any regard for me should give this respect and position to Govinda Maharaj as my successor.”, have left the track. They have taken another track and whoever follows them will be taken away from the track of our Divine Preceptors. Does it matter whether they do so as a “sworn enemy”, or as someone who has no sraddha when the fact is Srila Sridhara Maharaja has said “I do not accept them.” or, in other words, “I reject them.”

Those who are faithless are the sworn enemies of the faithful and, more especially, those of little faith, the newcomers, the neophytes, etc., who are more easily led astray. The faithless can easily dissuade those of little faith and carry them to the camp of the faithless.

Thesis, antithesis and synthesis. What is the antithesis to faithful? Faithless. Theism and atheism. Are these two not sworn enemies of each other? And faith is a very difficult thing to establish in the conditioned soul. We are immersed in an environment of faithlessness, and we are trying to establish faith. Anti-theism, atheism is the norm and theism is the outsider, the foreigner from another land who is trying to establish residence here. It is a very difficult environment for anyone who wants to take up the cause of the foreigner.

Who is the atheist? Does he wear a mark on his forehead that shows himself to be an atheist? If he does, he is not the real danger. The real danger is the atheist in the guise of a theists. Someone like Lalita Prasada and Hiranyagarbha:

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SSM: “That is to be kept above. That is there. We don’t want to be atheist overnight like this Lalita Prasada and this Hiranyagarbha. Not so easy thing. First conversion, wholesale, to Krishna Consciousness, that is Krishna’s service. That must be finished. Wholesale conversion, transformation by cultivating Krishna Consciousness. Every atom of my physical, mental, spiritual body should be converted into that. Then, the specification, the differentiated, via madhura rasa service distribution will be possible, to enter into that domain. Otherwise, it will be, one will fall into this mundane world. It will be very deep to them.

Srila Saraswati Thakura “declared totalitarian war against maya, and even all other existing conceptions of religion.” And there is the clash. Otherwise, one may say, as some said about those of us who were ousted from ISKCON due to our faith in Srila Sridhara Maharaja, “You are all brothers. Naturally bothers will fight.” They could not see anything deeper than the surface differences, the mundane differences. The real differences were of a spiritual nature, between those who had faith in Srila Prabhupada’s direction to go to Srila Sridhara Maharaja after his disappearance for further guidance, and those who had no faith in those instructions. The gulf widened when those who followed Srila Prabhupada’s direction developed faith in Srila Sridhara Maharaja that was on a par with their faith in Srila Prabhupada, something that may be understood from Srila Krishna Dasa Kaviraja’s verse “śrī-rūpa-raghunātha-pade yāra āśa, caitanya-caritāmṛta kahe kṛṣṇadāsa.

Those with mundane vision see the differences between Saraswati Thakura and Lalita Prasada the same way “Oh, it is brothers fighting.” No. It is not that. The difference is; who is the real disciple of Srila Bhakti Vinoda Thakura and who is his disciple in name only.” When that question comes, we must answer it as Srila Sridhara Maharaja did:

“So his endeavors towards Bhakti Vinoda Thakura, and through him towards Mahaprabhu, the basis was his physical connection. That was stressed by Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakura, and we are followers of him.”

If we are to be counted as followers of Srila Govinda Maharaja we cannot agree that those who left him did so as equals, as brothers who simply disagreed and could no longer work together. Working together in that way was never the idea of Srila Sridhara Maharaja. His idea was simple and clear. Srila Govinda Maharaja will be his successor and the next acharya of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math:

Srila Guru Maharaj: More than ritvik. Whatever it may be, I am giving power. Just as “yauva-raja”. When the King installs his son as King and retires himself, what will be the result? As Dasarath wanted to do with Ramachandra. The King gives all the authority of a king to the son and retires to go to the jungle although he is living with full power and glory.

In our spiritual kingdom, no one can be forced to accept the authority of the king, the acharya. But those who do not can only be considered as outcasts who, by rejecting the authority of the king, show themselves to be his enemies because they betrayed him, they committed treason against him. And if they behaved in such a way towards the previous king, how are they not enemies of the newly installed king, his successor acharya?

Srila Govinda Maharaja once spoke about a disciple of Srila Sridhara Maharaja that left the Math after his disappearance and took sannyasa from Sripada Puri Maharaja. He didn’t use the name, but I’m sure he was speaking of Nimai dasa. He said (paraphrasing) “He left the sampradaya of Sridhara Maharaja.”

That someone presents themselves as a neutral party, someone who is not inimical to Srila Govinda Maharaja but does not have faith in him, is not surprising. It is clever, or perhaps cowardly. This is the way the faithless, those with “no sraddha” behave. They do not want to be known as inimical to Saraswati Thakura, Srila Sridhara Maharaja or Srila Govinda Maharaja. But they are inimical, they just try to hide their animosity. But they can only hide it so long. If pressed, it always comes to the surface. That is my experience.

It is not easy for us to accept any authority, much less one who can easily be seen as our equal, such as a Godbrother. But it is not impossible. Others did it, why not Gaura Krishna?

I gave examples of Srila Govinda Maharaja’s glorification of many devotees of the Math, including Sriman Gaura Krishna. In light of such affection and appreciation where can there be any fault in Srila Gurudeva? And yet those that left found some fault which they used as justification to leave.

Gaura Krishna left to protect the ill treated lady? Or he left because he, as she must have, blamed Srila Govinda Maharaja, the acharya of the Math for not looking after her properly? And, again, not everyone left. Other elderly ladies remained in the Math. I assume they did so because they believed the spiritual protection they would gain by doing so outweighed any material inconvenience they might suffer caused by the mind and senses.

It would be better, in my opinion, for anyone who felt the necessity to leave the Math or Srila Govinda Maharaja’s supervision to say openly and honestly “Srila Sridhara Maharaja declared that whatever faith we had in him should be placed in Srila Govinda Maharaja. I tried to do that, but my faith was not strong enough. I could not do it. But you should not make the same mistake. You should save yourself from such a calamity as has befallen me.”

Tripurari Maharaja and others like him that I mentioned, do not present themselves as inimical to Srila Govinda Maharaja. They present themselves as equals who accept Srila Sridhara Maharaja as their siksha guru and Srila Govinda Maharaja as one of many gurus and acharyas that received recognition from Srila Sridhara Maharaja to perform the function of acharyas. True, as far as it goes. But Srila Gurudeva’s case is obviously different.

Srila Guru Maharaj: ritvik is ritvik, but if such transfer of power is done then what harm? For those that have got no Sraddha, they may go away. They may not accept. I do not care. I don’t accept them.

Dr. Asthana: Does ritvik mean the direct successor?

Srila Guru Maharaj: ritvik means the representative. It may be temporary or it may be permanent. It may be partial or it may be full, as empowerment is there.

Dr. Asthana: Is the empowerment to Govinda Maharaj now temporary or permanent?

Srila Guru Maharaj: Permanent. Wholesale—both property and the function—transferred. If anyone has no recognition of this opinion of mine, I do not want them to live in the Mission. I drag them out.

Dr. Asthana: But can they operate from outside and still operate as a part and parcel of you?

Srila Guru Maharaj: As a revolt. That is revolt—without sanction—anyone can do. I have deserted them. But they may do anything and everything as they wish and reap the results far from the spiritual world, from God. Unlawful.

Power may be extended and withdrawn also—I want to withdraw myself from them. Those that won’t have faith in my decision, I withdraw from them. It is not a fashion but a question of faith. If they have no such faith in me, I withdraw myself from them.

It is their refusal to acknowledge the differences that makes them dangerous. If it were not so, why did Srila Govinda Maharaja withdraw from them and advise all his followers to do the same?

It seems to me, those who are dangerous, who endanger our well-being may also be considered as inimical to us. A strong immune system will hardly notice the constant attack from the many viruses and bacteria that would cause us to become sick or die. That does not mean they are not our sworn enemies, they simply haven’t had the opportunity to overcome our immunity.

It must be obvious that I am passionate about this subject. I apologize for such a lengthy response. No doubt there are many imperfections as I do not have time to proofread it. If there is any point that is still unclear I hope you will inquire further about it.

You are justified to ask such questions. I hope my passionate response does not cause you to feel otherwise.

I pray this finds you well in all respects.

Your servant,

Swami B.K. Giri

 

Srila Bhakti Sundara Govinda Maharaja: Any how we join in the movement of Krsna consciousness and we promised to our divine master we must follow his directives and declarations and his method for the practicing Krsna consciousness. And if we forgot it that is very unfortunate for us. Otherwise we may got highest chance go to our destiny, life’s goal, that is direct serivce to Gandharva Govindasundara and Mahaprabhu, Nityananda Prabhu, Panca Tattva. And this chance we have got through the guru-vaisnava and from the many country all the vaisnavas, godbrothers, sisters and gentlemen they join in this festival for develop their practicing life. And my prayer to them, may be some disturbance for living here they have got. But they are happy with all the vaisnavas here. And they are giving enthusiasm to me. It is very hopeful for me to run to the destiny with all our followers, disciples, godbrothers to be served to Guru Maharaja direct. It is very hopeful I have got the opportunity and I am thinking I am blessed by them. It is my prayer somebody gone early in the morning or somebody will go after few days. It is true they are going back to…….

 

— The end of this side entitled ‘Day after Gaura Purnima ‘

 

 

Srila Bhakti Sundara Govinda Maharaja: and they will try to cooperate with this transcendental service of this Math and they will be satisfied with the service of Srila Guru Maharaja. They trying to take the opportunity to go back to their own home, that is transcendental home, Goloka Vrndavana . And it is my prayer to them I am not so qualified but Srila Guru Maharaja gave me the heavy task to maintain spiritual life and to look other devotee of Srila Guru Maharaja and his sampradaya. But alone it is not possible to make. Although my all godbrothers is very happy in indeed very happily in helping me fulfill the desire of Srila Guru Maharaja and that is only my hope. I may be unqualified, but many qualified devotee is in our Guru Maharaja’s sampradaya, are in our Guru Maharaja’s sampradaya. Then it is my very hope I can fulfill the desire of Srila Guru Maharaja by the blessings of vaisnavas.

 

Our beloved godbothers Sripada Bhakti Ananda Sagara Maharaja, Sripada Bhakti Pavana Janardana Maharaja, Sripada Bhakti Aloka Paramadvaiti Maharaja, and Sripada Bhakti Kusam Ashrama Maharaja and other also vaisanvas join in this festival and they are giving me very enthusiasm. And who cannot come this time they are also sending enthusiasm through their letters. And through their friends and it is also hopeful for our central mission. And also it is I must name other two special devotee and affectionate servitors, Sripada Yudhamanyu Seva Vikrama Prabhu and Sripada Aravinda Locana Prabhu and Sripada Dayadhara Gauranga Prabhu. They are tirelessly servicing Srila Guru Maharaja from first to up to death. They are trying to develop the mission of our Guru Maharaja . As they can do they doing very heartily and tirelessly.

 

And this is also our very hope of our devotional life, Guru Maharaja’s dear disciples like Sripada Krsna Sarana Prabhu, Sripada Prapana Krsna Prabhu, Sripada Subalsaka Prabhu, they took renuntiation, sanyasa ashrama and trying to preach the conception of Srila Guru Maharaja many ways. It is also very hopeful for us.

 

Sripada Prapana Krsna Brahmacari, who is the secretary of Sri Caitanya Krsna Anusilam Sanga, you know him, very humble vaisnava. He come from very high family, vaisnava family and he tirelessly servicing Srila Guru Maharaja. You have seen it he took now sanyasa. And his name now Tridandi Swami Sripada Bhakti Prapana Titha Maharaja. And he is very enthusiastic to preach all over the world the conception of our Srila Guru Maharaja. And I am also very glad to see his mood, divine mood.

 

And my senior godbrother, Sripada Krsna Sarana Prabhu, he has taken sanyasa to give us very enthusiasm to practice Krsna consciousness. And he is practicing tirelessly Srila Guru Maharaja’s mission and he is also very enthusiastic to preach more and more developed way. And yesterday he took sanyasa you know and now his name, Sripada Bhakti ( ) Aranya Maharaja.

 

And also Sripada Subalsaka Brahmacari, you know, he is very direct servitor of Srila Guru Maharaja. And he is very serious follower of Srila Guru Maharaja’s directives. And I am very fearful from him always. I have now fear from Guru Maharaja but I have fear from him. He is direct and true follower. And what Guru Maharaja given him as order he that carry out must, do or die, like that type of man. But he also took tridandi sanyasa, and name now Sripada Bhakti Advaita Damodara Maharaja.

 

But other brahmacaris they are always tirelessly without hesitation servicing Srila Guru Maharaja’s mission. You know that Hari Carana Brahmacari,( ) Prabhu and Sripada Gaura Krsna Brahmacari Prabhu. Hari Carana Brahmacari Prabhu and myself joined Guru Maharaja’s mission almost same time. And from that day, I joined 1947, and Hari Carana Prabhu also that same year, maybe one year after he joined with Guru Maharaja’s mission. And from that day he is tirelessly and fearlessly servicing Guru Maharaja’s mission. And he is very affectionate with me.

 

And what I am telling Hari Carana Brahmacari Prabhu may be very easy but he is trying to make that perfectly as he knows. This way he always very giving help to serve Srila Guru Maharaja to me. And it is order also of Guru Maharaja to Hari Carana Prabhu what Govinda Maharaja will say you do that. And I am surprised, he is not questioning any time ‘why you are telling to do this?’ If I tell Hari Carana Prabhu he is unhesitatingly he is following that. And in that way I am extremely greatful to Sripada Hari Carana Prabhu.

 

And you know Gaura Krsna Brahmacari Prabhu. Other things also I can tell. This Navadvipa dhama parikrama every year we are collecting some rice, some money from the other villages. And getting the leading part every year, Hari Carana Prabhu. And as much as possible he is trying to collect for the festival. And also all the outside work of this Math like land and negotiation with the villagers and all the citizens, everything he is doing. And he is going in my front always. And I am sending to him for the village of myself. And he is doing very heartily that. His health is not well. His blood presure always staying in 90. But with 90 blood presure nobody can walk, but he is doing that. It is surprising me sometimes. And many things disturbance in his body but he does not care. For the service of Guru Maharaja in this way he is taking the service in this Math.

 

And you know this Sripada Gaura Krsna Brahmacari, he was the very close servant of Srila Guru Maharja than me. I can say. Everybody knows I am the very intimate servant of Guru Maharaja, but I think so intimate than me, he was the servant of Guru Maharaja. And he is tirelessly, he is not sleeping day and night, and always trying to serve Guru Maharaja and happy, very happy with all the vaisnavas.

 

But sometimes he cannot keep his temper with others when he is making some wrong going there. Sometimes he cannot tolorate, but he is trying hear and soul, and he is very affectionate with all the godbrothers and sisters. And specially he was the very intimate servant of Guru Maharaja. Day and night not sleeping. When Guru Maharaja showing himself as a patient, that time he was only servitor of Guru Maharaja who Srila Guru Maharaja can believe fully. And he is my worshipable godbrother. I know he is very my junior but I am worshipping his lotus feet always to looking Guru Mahharaja’s service, what he is giving there.

 

In this way all the godbrothers and all the sisters always trying to pull me up toward my service to Srila Guru Maharaja. I am trying to praise them but it is not sufficent by the language. They know my heart, they know my affection, they know my respect what I am giving to them. Then they must be merciful to me and agian and agian giving me the enthusiasm. Its, I have, its I believe, I know you also are looking my left side seated Bhakti Kiran Giri Maharaja.

 

He is my very old friend and servitor or very close servitor of Srila Bhakti Saranya Goswami Maharaja. And also affectionate disciple, sanyasa disciple of Srila Guru Maharaja. He is very affectionate with me from my childhood. He knows me very much and I know he is very much affectionate with me. And that Maharaja when I am praising I have no way if you once join in this mission for parikrama and Maharaja said “it is my duty, I must come.”

 

And you can understand. And Maharaja always giving me some inspritation to make a center in the name of Guru Maharaja in the Sri dhama Vrndavana. And Maharaja promised me ‘if you make there one center for our devotee, then I shall take their charge. You don’t worry.’ And I am always worried who will take the charge. Sripada Bhakti Prapana Tirtha Maharaja took the charge of the Calcutta mission and I am worry free.

 

Sripada Purnanda Brahmacari, you know very much him, and he is very perfect devotee and true devotee of Srila Guru Maharaja and follower of Srila Guru Maharaja directives and he is in charge of our Puri mission, Puri Math. Puri Sri Caitanya Saraswat Math and there also I am rtvik .

 

Here Hari Carana Prabhu and other brahmacaris and specially Sripada Aranya Maharaja took charge of this Sri Caitanya Saraswat Math, and in that way I am also worry free. And Maharaja wants to make worry free for our Vrndavana mission. And making there a center in the name of Guru Maharaja , Sri Caitanya Saraswata Ashrama.

 

I am very grateful to his holiness. He is very humble and always try to satisfy Srila Guru Maharaja. From the Guru Maharaja’s time he is joining with this mission. But he is staying for the service of his gurudeva’s birthplace in Bhakura. But when he is getting chance he very pleased is comming here to give me the enthusiasm for my service.

 

Then I am always praying to Maharaja; ‘you cannot go, you cannot leave me. In your life please give me your mercy always for the service of my lord, Srila Guru Maharaja.’

And others, brahmacaris and sanyasis I cannot name all, but they are all happy with me and they are giving me inspriation with their services. And also from the Venezuala Sripada Hari Kirtana Prabhu with Jagadisa Prabhu and their party. And so many countries they come and join here from so far away. But for our Guru Maharaja’s mission they are trying heart and soul to spread the conception of Srila Guru Maharaja. And I am very greatful to all the devotees of Guru Maharaja. I do not know English and my English expression also not so good but I am trying to express my heart to the devotees and now I am praying to beg that they must be merciful more and more to me for the service of Guru Maharaja. This is only my desire.

 

— This is the end of the English portion of the second side
of the tape labled ‘the day after Gaura Purnima’
the rest of the tape is in Bengali