San Francisco: May 23 2003
Tridandisvami Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja
viharati harir iha sarasa vasanti
yuvati samam sakhi virahi janasya durante
Certainly! Krsna is enjoying Spring's vana vihara (forest
pastimes) as He dances with the Vraja Kisoris, but He tortures
those in separation from Him.]
[After the completion of the
song Srila Maharaja spoke the following words:] Srimati Radhika had
determined, "I will have no further relation with Krsna. I will
not go to meet Him." Sri Krsna was upset and He therefore sent a
gopi to Srimati Radhika to pacify Her. The gopi requested Her:
"Sarasa vasante." New leaves have sprouted on all the trees.
Cuckoos are singing in fifth note and peacocks are dancing
beautifully. All have become maddened and all are attracted to
come to Krsna. Please come. Do you know what will happen if you
will not come at this time? So many other gopis want to come to Krsna
and to please Him. He may accept them and betray you. So dont
delay, follow me and come."
Now Srimati Radhika wondered,
"What should I do? What should I do?" Lalita came and instructed
Her, "Dont go. Dont care about Him." Srimati Radhika said, "Oh
Lalita, I cannot obey you, because I am dying in separation.
Whatever must come will come, but I must go." Still, She did not
go to meet with Sri Krsna. She continued to lament and weep. This
is the purport.
Absorption in, and service to, this
lamenting and weeping of Srimati Radhika is the aim and goal of all
our efforts in sadhana and bhajana. The goal of our life is to
attain the high class position of a maidservant of Srimati Radhika
but in this world such attainment is very rare. That is why I am
introducing this progression very slowly beginning from sraddha,
and then coming to sadhu-sanga, bhajana-kriya, anartha nirvrtti,
nistha, ruci, asakti, and then bhava. In the stage of bhava, a
transcendental mood of bhakti, the essence of samvit and hladini
mixed on the platform of sandini, will come into your heart. When
it comes, if you are not distracted by Candravali or any others'
service, you may go to the lotus feet of Srimati Radhika and serve
Her. This is the aim of our life.
Those who have no taste in
hearing topics of the sweet pastimes of Srimati Radhika and Sri Krsna
are bound to fall down. They will never be able to control their
senses. Parama-pujyapada Srila Svami Maharaja wanted all of his
disciples to develop a greed for hearing these pastimes, otherwise
they would be bound to fall down. And, since his departure, so
many thousands fell down. Try to develop your Krsna consciousness.
Most devotees have not even developed transcendental sraddha, nor
have they developed greed.
Try to have a greed to serve
Sri Krsna and Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. You should know the purpose of
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhus appearance in this world. He is Srimati
Radhika and Sri Krsna combined. If you will serve Him, His
associates and His dhama, you can easily attain transcendental
sraddha, and greed will develop in your heart.
know the glories of Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja my
siksa-guru. He was ordered by his Prabhu, as other acaryas in our
guru-parampara have been ordered, to preach the mission of Sri
Caitanya Mahaprabhu in the line of Srila Rupa Gosvami. That is why
"gaura vani pracarine" is written in his pranam mantra. "Nirvisesa
sunyavadi" is also written therein, because he cut the jungles of
mayavada (impersonalism) and sunyavada (voidism). These
philosophies and the Buddhist philosophy are prevalent throughout
the world, whereas true bhaktas are very rare. Mayavadis,
sunyavadis, and sakhi-vekhis (prakrta sahajiyas) are everywhere in
the disguise of devotees.
What is the meaning of gaura-vani
pracarine? Gaura-vani especially refers to that which Sri Caitanya
Mahaprabhu spoke with His own mouth. He taught everything to Srila
Rupa Gosvami in Prayaga. He told him, "This bhakti-rasa is more
endless, boundless, and depthless then an ocean. I'm giving you
only one drop, and this one drop will drown the whole world. It is
so powerful." He taught him santa-rasa, dasya-rasa, vatsalya-rasa,
madhurya-rasa, and everything in relation to bhakti-rasa.
That which Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu inspired in Srila Raya
Ramananda is also gaura-vani. Sriman Mahaprabhu was asking
questions and Raya Ramananda was answering, but actually who was
answering? Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu was asking the questions and He
Himself was also answering. Both these examples are gaura-vani.
Gaura-vani is the highest love and affection of Vraja and ultimately the
love of Srimati Radhika. This is the highest teaching.
Srila Bhaktivedanta Svami Maharaja came to preach this mission. He
preached everywhere, but it was rare to find a real follower. In the end of
his life he requested me, "Oh, I have collected so many disciples. By the
movement of nama-sankirtana there was a revolution. But all in all, I'm not
seeing the fruit of what I wanted to give. Can you help?"
I told him, "I don't know
all the truths of pure bhakti, but if you will inspire me, and if
my Gurudeva, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, and Srila Rupa Gosvami will
inspire me, then I can preach something." So, to remind you all of
his real mission, I have come here. As a laukika sada-bandhuvat (a
bosom friend), I want to tell you that this is the aim and object
of our life. Try to understand. If you'll have a very small particle
of greed or eagerness, you will never deviate and your life will
be successful. Try to remove all your unwanted desires, and try to
First chant, remember, and hear hari-katha. Most important of all is to
hear hari-katha from superiors, and to follow their instructions. Give up
all worldly desires and try to hear very carefully. Don't forget remember.
Note it down carefully in your heart.
Editorial advisors: Sripad Madhava Maharaja and Sripad Brajanatha dasa
Transcriber, typist and editor: Kanta dasi
Assistant editor: Syamarani dasi