[Each year during his Vraja-mandala parikrama, Srila Narayana Maharaja
organizes a large festival to honor the disappearance day of Srila
Prabhupada Bhaktivedanta Svami Maharaja. In 1996 the festival was
held in Varsana, Vrndavana, the birthplace of Srimati Radharani. After
calling on Srila Prabhupada's disciples and others to glorify him,
Srila Narayana Maharaja spoke the following few words. (Although this
was spoken several years ago, it has never been published before now.):]
Those who follow strongly the life and teachings of their Gurudeva,
from their heart, are really disciples. Those who have taken initiation
from Parama-pujyapada Srila Svami Maharaja but are not following his
teachings, are not truly disciples. Those who are not following or
practicing may have been outwardly initiated by him, but they are
not real disciples. On the other hand, those who have not taken
initiation from him but are totally following they deserve
the qualities to be true devotees.
There are two kinds of lines of disciplic gurus: bhagavata-parampara
and guru-parampara. We should know what is bhagavata-parampara and
what is guru-parampara. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura followed
bhagavata-parampara.* [see endnote] Guru-parampara is included in
Those disciples who are fully following Gurudevas mood and teachings
are in the bhagavata-parampara. Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura was not
formally initiated by Srila Jagannatha dasa Babaji Maharaja, Sri Baladeva
Vidyabhusana was not initiated by Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura
and Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura was not initiated by Sri Narottama
dasa Thakura. Sri Svarupa Damodara Gosvami was initiated by a mayavadi.
Srila Haridasa Thakura was not initiated by anyone so how did Srila
Haridasa Thakura come into our line? He is in our line because he
accepted Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu as his Guru, and Sri Advaita Acarya
as his Guru, and he followed totally. We will have to reconcile this
by understanding bhagavata-parampara. All the above-mentioned associates
of the Lord are in the bhagavata-parampara.
We are in the line of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura, so
we should know what is bhagavata-parampara. Srinivasa Acarya had a
disciple named Ramacandra Kaviraja, who was always associating with
Narottama dasa Thakura. Did he ever say that he was not the disciple
of Srinivasa Acarya? Was he not serving him? We cannot say this. Rather,
he considered Narottama dasa Thakura to be his siksa-guru. Between
Srila Srinivasa Acarya and Srila Narottama dasa Thakura, who was superior?
Both were the same; this is bhagavata-parampara.
Try to follow the teachings and actions of Srila Svami Maharaja
not following blindly and not imitating. Simply copying will not do.
We should try to deeply follow his siddhanta, behavior and moods.
A disciple cannot fall down. If one falls down, he was not a real
disciple and he has not actually taken initiation. Initiation is a
matter of heart and mood. It is not simply the whispering of a mantra
into an ear.
I was so happy to hear the moods of his disciples in their glorifications,
and I saw that even those who have not received formal initiation
from him have so much honor for him.
Today in Varsana, we are successful in observing the disappearance
day of Parama-pujyapada Srila Svami Maharaja. I pray to him to give
his mercy. I pray that he will shower his mercy to all bona fide followers,
so that they can serve Sri Sri Radha-Krsna and Sri Sri Gaura-Nityanada
I know I cannot be compared to Srila Svami Maharajas lotus feet
dust. My Guru Maharaja can be compared with him, but I have no qualities
that can be compared with his. I honor him as my siska-guru. Diksa-guru
and siksa-guru are the same. I am so fortunate that my diksa-guru
and siksa-guru are bona fide, and you are also fortunate to have Srila
Svami Maharaja as your guru. If you are not directly initiated by
him, but you are initiated by one of his bona fide disciples, then
you are in his line and are so fortunate.
Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami Prabhupada
krsna hoite catur-mukha, hoy krsna-sevonmukha,
brahma hoite naradera mati
narada hoite vyasa, madhva kohe vyasa-dasa,
purnaprajna padmanabha gati (1)
In the beginning of creation Sri Krsna spoke the science of devotional
service to four-faced Lord Brahma, who in turn passed these teachings
on to Narada Muni, who accepted Krsna Dvaipayana Vyasadeva as his
disciple. Vyasa transmitted this knowledge to Madhvacarya, who is
also known as Purnaprajïa Tirtha and who was the sole refuge
for his disciple Padmanabha Tirtha.
nrhari madhava-bamse, aksobhya paramahamse,
sisya boli angikara kore
aksobhyera sisya jaya-tirtha name paricaya,
tara dasye jnanasindhu tore (2)
Following in the line of Madhvacarya were Nrhari Tirtha and Madhava
Tirtha, whose principal disciple was the great paramahaàsa
Aksobhya Tirtha. He in turn accepted as his disciple Jayatirtha, who
passed his service down to Jnanasindhu.
taha hoite dayanidhi, tara dasa vidyanidhi,
rajendra hoilo taha hate
tahara kinkora jaya-dharma name paricaya,
parampara jano bhalo mate (3)
From him the line came down to Dayanidhi, then to his disciple Vidyanidhi,
then in turn it was introduced to Rajendra Tirtha, whose servant was
the renowned Jayadharma, also known as Vijayadhvaja Tirtha. In this
way the guru parampara is properly understood.
jayadharma-dasye khyati, sri purusottama jati,
ta hate brahmanya-tirtha suri
vyasatirtha ta'ra dasa, laksmipati vyasa-dasa
taha haite madhavendra puri (4)
The great sannyasi Sri Purusottama Tirtha was a renowned disciple
in the service of Jayadharma; from Sri Purusottama the line descended
to the powerful Brahmanyatirtha, then to Vyasatirtha. He was succeeded
by Sri Laksmipati, who passed the line down to Sri Madhavendra Puri.
madhavendra puri-bara, sisya-bara sri-isvara,
nityananda sri-advaita vibhu
isvara-purike dhanya, korilen sri-caitanya,
jagad-guru gaura mahaprabhu (5)
Sri Isvara Puri was the most prominent sannyasa disciple of the great
Sri Madhavendra Puri, whose disciples also included the avataras Sri
Nityananda Prabhu and Sri Advaita Acarya. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu,
the Golden Lord and spiritual preceptor of all the worlds, made Isvara
Puri greatly fortunate by accepting him as diksa guru.
[Nityananda Prabhu took diksa from Laksmipati Tirtha and was actually
Madhavendra Puris godbrother but He accepted Madhavendra as
His Siksa guru. Thus, we follow Bhagavat parampara, the line of Siksa
rather than diksa.]
mahaprabhu sri-caitanya, radha-krsna nahe anya,
rupanuga janera jivana
visvambhara priyankara, sri-svarupa damodara,
sri-gosvami rupa-sanatana (6)
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, who is Radha and Krsna combined, is the very
life of the rupanuga Vaisnavas who follow Sri Rupa Gosvami. Sri Svarupa
Damodara Gosvami, Sri Rupa and Sri Sanatana Gosvamis were the dearmost
servants of Visvambhara (Sri Caitanya).
rupa-priya mahajana, jiva, raghunatha hana,
tara priya kavi krsnadasa
krsnadasa-priya-bara, narottama seva-para,
jara pada visvanatha-asa (7)
Dear to Sri Rupa Gosvami were the great saintly personalities, Sri
Jiva Gosvami and Sri Raghunatha dasa Gosvami, whose intimate disciple
was the great poet Sri Krsnadasa Kaviraja. The dearmost of Krsnadasa
was Srila Narottama dasa Thakura, who was always engaged in guru seva.
His lotus feet were the only hope and aspiration of Sri ViSvanatha
visvanatha-bhakta-satha, baladeva jagannatha,
tara priya sri-bhaktivinoda
hari-bhajanete jara moda (8)
Prominent among the associates of Sri Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura
was Sri Baladeva Vidyabhusana. After him the line descended to Srila
Jagannatha dasa Babaji Maharaja, who was the beloved Siksa guru of
Sri Bhaktivinoda Thakura. Bhaktivinoda was the intimate friend of
the great mahabhagavata Srila Gaura KiSora dasa Babaji Maharaja, whose
sole delight was hari bhajana.
sri varsabhanavi-bara, sada sevya-seva-para
prabhupada-antaranga, sri svarupa-rupanuga,
sri kesava bhakati-prajnana
The most distinguished Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura, whose
initiated name was Sri Varsabhanavi Dayita dasa, was always engaged
in divine service to Hari, Guru, Vaisnava. An internal and intimate
disciple of Prabhupada following in the line of Svarupa Damodara and
Rupa Gosvami was Sri Bhakti Prajnana Kesava Gosvami.
Having full knowledge of Vedanta philosophy according to the Gaudiya
sampradaya, Srila Kesava Maharaja annihilated the darkness of all
mayavada arguments. He has served Navadvipa Dhama so much, and his
life is an example for both practicing and preaching Mahaprabhus
tara pradhan pracarako, sri bhaktivedanta namo
His foremost disciple-preacher was Sri Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada,
who has spread the message of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu throughout the
world and is thus a reservoir of mercy and compassion for all fallen
kesava priya mahajana vamana narayana hana
gaura-vani tadera prana-dhana
Most dear to Sri Kesava Gosvami were the saintly personalities Sri
Vamana Gosvami and Sri Narayana Gosvami, whose life and soul are the
teachings of Mahaprabhu.
or: tara sisya aganana, tara madhye prestha hana
sri bhakti-prajnana kesava
tara sisya aganana, tara madhye anyatama
sri bhaktivedanta narayana (9)
or: Out of Prabhupadas countless disciples, Sri Bhakti Prajïana
Kesava Gosvami was his dearmost. And out of the countless disciples
of Sri Bhakti Prajnana Kesava Gosvami, one of the most prominent is
Sri Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja.
ei saba harijana, gaurangera nija-jana
tadera ucchiste mora kama (10)
It is my desire to honor the remnants (ucchista)their mahaprasada
and their instructionsfrom the lotus mouths of all these personal
associates of Sri Krsna and Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.]
Editorial advisors: Sripad Madhava Maharaja and Sripad Brajanatha
Transcriber and typist: Vasanti dasi
Editor: Syamarani dasi