Tridandisvami Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta
Srila Prabhupadas Appearance Day
and Sannyasa Day
This year, 2007, the appearance day of
Srila Prabhupada Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja was on September 6th. Along with
almost 200 devotees, Srila Narayana Maharaja celebrated the anniversary of his
appearance at Sri Kesavaji Gaudiya Matha in Mathura, the temple where he took
sannyasa in 1959. Srila Narayana Maharaja performed his arati ceremony, and
then, before speaking on his divine birth and activities, called on a few of his
disciples to glorify him. Below are a few photos from that celebration.
This year, September 25th is anniversary of the day that Srila Prabhupada took
sannyasa from Srila Bhakti Prajnana Kesava Gosvami Maharaja. Srila Narayana
Maharaja is in Bhubanesvara on that day and will be celebrating there. We will
not be there with him to record his lecture, so please accept the following
excerpts from his class on the same subject, given by him in Mathura on
September 27, 1996:
Sannyasa is taken in order to attain the service of Sri Mukunda. It is not an
ordinary thing. The sannyasa mantra is the mantra of the very sacred gopi-bhava.
By uttering this mantra we are able to give our entire body, mind, soul and
everything we possess to Lord Krsna to serve Him. Srila Swami Maharaja
dedicated himself to his sannyasa-guru, nitya-lila pravista om visnupada
astottara-sata Sri Srimad Bhakti Prajnana Kesava Gosvami Maharaja. They were
god-brothers and very bosom friends.
Next is an excerpt from a discourse given by Srila Narayana Maharaja in San
Francisco on May 31, 1997. This lecture is from a series of classes on Srila
Prabhupadas Nectar of Instruction (a translation of Srila Rupa Gosvamis Sri
Upadesamrta), Srila Maharaja called on devotees to read from Srila Prabhupadas
translations and commentaries, and then he elaborated on Prabhupadas words
Who are rupanuga? Those who are actually following the mood of Srila Rupa
Gosvami. All our acaryas are rupanuga; they are not only raganuga. This is a
very, very important point.
Our Gurudeva, Srila Bhakti Prajnana Kesava Gosvami Maharaja, has composed Sri
Radha-Vindodastakam. The first sloka is:
radha-cinta-nivesena yasya kantir vilopita
sri krsna-caranam vande radhalingita-vigraham
Sri Radha Vinoda-Bihari Tattvastakam (1)
[I worship the lotus feet of Sri Krsna when, due to being thoroughly immersed
in separation from Srimati Radhika (who is displaying mana, Her jealous anger),
His own dark complexion vanishes and He assumes Her bright, golden luster.]
You should hear this meaning; otherwise you will miss this rare opportunity.
Sometimes Srimati Radhika becomes so absorbed in feelings of separation,
weeping so bitterly, that She faints. Srila Rupa Gosvami does not want this, and
neither do our Gurudeva nor any of our acaryas. What will they want?
Radha-cinta-nivesena yasya kantir vilopita. They consider, Krsna should weep in
separation from Srimati Radhika. Krsna should weep. Our Srimati Radhika is so
soft, and Her feet are so soft. She should not walk here and there to search for
Krsna. Krsna should search for Her, because He is a cowherd boy and His feet are
very hard. He should walk far and wide in search for Her.
When Srimati Radhika disappeared from the rasa dance, Sri Krsna searched
throughout the forests for Her. He could not get Her darsana, so He was
continuously searching and weeping. At last He sat down at Imli-tala in
Vrndavana, near Yamuna in Seva-kunja. He was bitterly weeping and absorbed in
thinking, Oh, where can I find Srimati Radhika? Where can I find Radhika? She
has left Me here. Where has She gone? Drowned in these thoughts, Krsna lost His
black complexion and at once became golden. He was still Krsna, but He became
golden like Srimati Radhika, and His mood was changed into Hers. At that time He
began to cry bitterly, Oh Krsna, where are You? Oh Krsna, where are You?
Do you understand this? He was not calling Oh Radhika, Oh Radhika, in Krsnas
mood. Rather, Her color and mood came in Him and He began to call, Krsna, Krsna,
where are You?
In all our Gurudevas temples and preaching centers he established the Deities,
Sri Radha Vinoda-bihari, with this mood: radha-cinta-nivesena yasya kantir
vilopita. Krsnas color and mood became covered with Radhikas. That is Caitanya
Radhalingita-vigraham. I pray to that very form of Krsna, who has been embraced
by Radhika with all Her limbs. Sri Krsnas body has been completely covered by
all the limbs and parts of Srimati Radhikas body. In this way,
radhalingita-vigraha is Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
This is rupanuga: Krsna should weep; Krsna should search for Radhika. Why
should our sweet, innocent, very simple Srimati Radhika go here and there, in
mountains, across rivers and through thorny areas? Why should She go? Krsna
should go everywhere in search of Her.
All rupanuga acaryas think like this, and they have come only to bestow their
mercy upon us so that we may enter their mood.
Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja spent much time cutting the jungles of
atheism and impersonalism, but he did not come only for this. We can see from
his Nectar of Instruction, his broadcasting of Srila Rupa Gosvamis teachings,
that he is giving all these truths. Patiently hear about this, and then you will
be able to understand the mood of this special rupanuga-vaisnava acarya, Srila
Swami Maharaja. *[See endnote 1]
The following is an Excerpt from Srila Narayana Maharajas conversation in Srila
Prabhupadas room at Bhaktivedanta Manor, England, May 17, 1996.
The day was Visvarupa-mahotsava (in September, 1959), and many senior Vaisnavas
and disciples of Srila Prabhupada Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura were present
at Sri Kesavaji Gaudiya Matha. At that time my Gurudeva gave Srila Swami
Maharaja the sannyasa-mantra. Uttering this mantra is not merely a formality. It
is chanted to attain the service of the gopis to enter into the mood of the
gopis. He was really a rupanuga-vaisnava.
[*Endnote 1: In the madhurya-rasa, characterized by conjugal love, one can
become like Srimati Radharani or Her lady friends such as Lalita and Her serving
maids (manjaris) like Rupa and Rati. This is the essence of all instruction in
the matter of devotional service. (Nectar of Instruction, verse 8, purport)]