I offer my humble obeisances unto the lotus feet of my spiritual
guru, nitya-lila pravista om visnupada Sri Srimad Bhaktiprajnana Kesava
Gosvami Maharaja; and the same unto the lotus feet of my siksa-guru,
nitya lila pravista om visnupada Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja.
Parama-pujyapada Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja has bestowed so
much mercy upon me. In his last days he called me to his side, took
my hands and placed it in his hands, and weeping, he told me, I
have collected so many devotees from Western countries, Eastern countries
and here and there. I am worried because I could not train them fully.
They were not ready to be trained fully. You are so qualified; you
must help them. This is my first request. Also, you should give me
samadhi with your own hands, and perform my viraha mahotsava (separation)
festival. The purpose of my visit to all countries is to help
his devotees, and to also help new devotees.
Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja was the biggest arm of Srila Prabhupada
Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami Thakura. He was his long arm. He
went to Eastern and Western countries, and it was a miracle that in
a couple of years he preached everywhere and established so many preaching
centers. I think that all who are now becoming devotees and coming
to me, are coming because of him through reading his books,
and through his preaching and other activities. I have no credit in
this, but I served him since 1946 and that is why he has inspired
me. By his power I am going here and there preaching, and so many
are attracted and listening.
The goal of his preaching and my preaching is the same. I am not telling
you anything different from him. Someone may propagate that our preaching
is different, but I think we are the same. He came to Western countries
and tried to clear away the jungles of so many unwanted philosophies
and activities. He kept a field for me and said, On this field
you can plant bhakti to Krsna like that of the gopis. Though he generally
did not preach openly that this is our aim and object, he wrote about
it in his books and it is his inner mood. Otherwise why would all
his songs and prayers be in that mood, like Radhe, Jaya Jaya
Madhava Dayite and Jaya Radha Madhava, Jaya Kunja-vihari?
Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja prayed and taught his disciples:
laksavrtesu surabhir abhipalayantam
govindam adi-purusam tam aham bhajami
(Sri Brahma Samhita 5.29)
I worship Govinda, the primeval Lord, the first progenitor,
who is tending the cows, yielding all desires, in abodes built with
spiritual gems and surrounded by millions of purpose trees. He is
always served with great reverence and affection by hundreds and thousands
of goddesses of fortune.
The innumerable Laxmis (goddesses of fortune) are none other then
the gopis, and the main gopi is Srimati Radhika. Why was Srila Swami
Maharaja preaching about this? The goal of our preaching is the same
what was taught by Srila Rupa Gosvami:
anarpita-carim cirat karunayavatirnah kalau
samarpayitum unnatojjvala-rasam sva-bhakti-sriyam
sada hrdaya-kandare sphuratu vah saci-nandanah
[May the Supreme Lord who is known as the son of Srimati Saci-devi
be transcendentally situated in the innermost chambers of your heart.
Resplendent with the radiance of molten gold, He has appeared in the
Age of Kali by His causeless mercy to bestow what no incarnation has
ever offered before: the most sublime and radiant mellow of devotional
service, the mellow of conjugal love. (Caitanya-caritamrta Adi-lila
What was Srila Rupa Gosvami teaching? What is the aim and object of
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhus coming to this world? Karunaya
by His mercy, Lord Krsna has taken the intrinsic mood and beauty of
Srimati Radhika, and come to this world.
Only Srimati Radhika has madanakya-bhava. Krsna does not have it.
He wanted to enjoy this mood, and that is why He came in the form
of Sacinandana, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. He gave unnatojjvala-rasam
sva-bhakti-sriyam, the highest mood, the mood of the gopis in madhurya-rasa.
Among the gopis, the mood of Srimati Radhika is the topmost, but Her
mood cannot be given, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu did not come to give
that mood. He came to give sriyam unnatojjvala-rasam sva-bhakti-sriyam.
Sva means Srimati Radhikas bhakti to Lord Krsna, from prema,
to sneha, maan, pranaya raga, anuraga, bhava, mahabhava, rudha, adhiruddha,
mohan, modan and then madana. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu wanted to give
the beauty of unnatojjvala-rasa.
What is the beauty of unnatojjvala-rasa? We can compare it with a
plant, like the tulasi plant. If there are no leaves or manjaris,
what is the beauty of that plant? There is no beauty it is
dry. The beauty of a plant is in its being full with leaves, fruits
and flowers. It is especially beautiful if there are manjaris on the
top of the plant and with heartfelt happiness those manjaris blow
and sway this way and that. That manjari is the beauty of the plant.
Similarly when Krsna approaches a manjari (maidservant of Srimati
Radhika) to personally enjoy pastimes with her, she waves her hand,
indicating, No, no. Absolutely not. This is the
mood of the manjaris headed by Rupa Manjari, Lavanga Manjari, Rati
Manjari and others.
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu came to give this mood through nama-sankirtana.
You should not think that what we are doing is nama-sankirtana. Rather
it is the beginning stage of nama-sankirtana. When our chanting will
mix with the mood of the manjaris, then it will be real sankirtana.
I have come to clarify this point. Srila Swami Maharaja explained
this in his books, but he did not elaborate on it in his general preaching.
The world, and also the world of devotees, was full of jungles of
philosophical misconceptions and anarthas; so how could explanations
of manjari bhava be heard?
His Gurudeva, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Takura has said, I
have come to give this mood:
sri caitanya-mano bhistam sthapitam yena bhutale
svayam rupah kada mahyam dadati sva-padantikam
[When will Sri Rupa Gosvami give me the shelter of his lotus
feet? Because he understood the innermost desire of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu,
he was able to establish His mission in this world and is very dear
to the Lord. (Sri Prema-bhakti-candrika, Narottama dasa Thakura)]
adadanas trnam dantair idam yace punah punah
srimad rupa-padambhoja-dhulih syam janma-janmani
[Clasping a straw between my teeth, I repeatedly beg to attain
the dust of the lotus feet of Srimad Rupa Gosvami birth after birth.
(Sri Mukta-carita, Raghunatha dasa Gosvami)]
Srila Rupa Gosvami was the first to declare that Sri Sacinandana is
Krsna. When Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu heard this from Rupa Gosvamis
lips, He became shy and said, Dont tell this. The
mission of Srila Rupa Gosvami and Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu was only
to give this manjari mood, but we cannot give it to ordinary devotees
because they cannot understand its value. In fact, some hate it.
At first, Srila Prabhupada Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura also
cut the jungles of mayavada, sahajiya, sakhi-beki and other philosophical
misconceptions. Later, however, when he was at Radha-kunda with thousands
of devotees during Vraja-mandala parikrama, he said, Dont
think that our final aim and object in bhakti is what I am telling
you now. It is not this. Our goal is Radha-kunda and the service of
the gopis to the divine couple Sri Sri Radha-Krsna. You should always
remember this, otherwise you will only be a karmi.
So our mission is the same. I have come to help you; to remind you
of the mission of Srila Swami Maharaja, Srila Rupa Gosvami and Sri
After Srila Swami Maharaja departed from this world, some of his sannyasis
and other devotees became weak. So many sannyasis married. I think
at that time all of you here who are his disciples were brahmacaris,
and now you are all are married only due to weakness. If he
were physically present now, this would not be. So I thought it best
to come and help you to fulfill the order of my siksa-guru.
That is why I have come.
Editorial Advisors: Sripad Madhava Maharaja and Sripad Brajanatha
Editor: Syamarani dasi
Transcriber: Vasanti dasi
Typists: Anita dasi and Jai Sri dasi