Hilo, Hawaii: February 8, 2005 (am)
Tridandisvami Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja
For me, today is Vyasa-puja. Actually, the meaning of Vyasa-puja
on the birthday of an acarya who is sitting on the seat of Vyasa and
preaching everywhere, he will worship his gurudeva and his entire
guru-parampara. My duty was to first worship my own Gurudeva and
guru-parampara, Sri Sri Radha-Krsna, and all the other panchakas.
are seven panchakas: Vyasa-pancaka, Krsna-panchaka, guru-panchaka,
acarya-panchaka, upasya-panchaka, sanakadi-panchaka and panca-tattva
panchaka. These groups include worship of the acaryas of the four
sampradayas, the four guru-paramparas: Ramanujya, Madhvacarya, Visnusvami,
Nimbaditya and the four Kumaras (Sanaka, Sanatana, Sanat-kumara and
Sanandana). These groups include Sri Panca-tattva, and especially
Gaura-Gadadhara, Sri Sri Radha-Krsna and Sri Gurudeva. This worship
performed in our parampara, or disciplic succession. My Guru Maharaja
to do this, and I also used to do it. Here in the West, however, I
not do this elaborately. I wanted to, but I could not.
Moreover, today I could not first perform worship of my Guru and
guru-parampara, because all the devotees were coming and doing my
(worship). I could not understand. I thought that only one person
coming up to the Vyasa-asana.* [see endnote 1] I have done something
Anyway, it is an acaryas duty that on his birthday he worships
gurudeva, the entire parampara, and all Vaisnavas. Whatever you have
to me, is not for me. You are offering me flowers, and I am giving
my Gurudevas lotus feet. The false ego of thinking, I
am now guru
should not come. I want to be free from false ego. I want to be a
guru-sevaka, a pure, unalloyed servant of guru. Whatever I have is
the result of guru-seva.
I was not a learned person. Whatever I have, I have received by the
special mercy of guru and Vaisnavas. I gave my whole heart and everything
I possessed at the lotus feet of my Gurudeva. When I joined the matha
mission at the gurus temple), I told my Gurudeva, I am
giving my heart
to you. I am giving you the love and affection I had for my wife,
children, father and everything else. I am taking it from them, and
totally surrendering and placing that love at your lotus feet.
He accepted this and began to weep. He said, Up to now, no
one else has
ever told me this. Tears came in his eyes and I received his
mercy. Now people all over the world are hearing from me only
that mercy. If you surrender to your Gurudeva, you will have everything
required for perfection of life, and for making others perfect. No
material learning is needed.
Srila Gaura-kisora dasa Babaji Maharaja was illiterate; he could
write his own name. When he would speak, however, he would do so with
Vedic references. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada
the greatest scholar of his time, and he accepted Srila Gaura-kisora
Babaji Maharaja as his Guru.*[see endnote 2]
There was a certain disciple of Sripada Sankaracarya who was illiterate.
Sankaracarya used to give class on the bank of the Ganges, on the
Bhagirathi River in Badarikasrama, and there was such a strong current
that part of the river that even an elephant could not cross. Sankaracarya
used to give class daily, and all his disciples in attendance were
learned and eager to hear his teachings. He especially had four very
scholarly, renounced and famous disciples.
That illiterate disciple used to engage in many menial services,
washing his Gurus clothes and cooking his meals. He was once
clothes on the opposite side of the Ganges from Sankaracaryas
Class-time came, and except for him all disciples were present.
Sankaracarya was waiting, not speaking, and all the scholarly disciples
asked him, Gurudeva, why are you waiting? He replied,
I am waiting for
that disciple. They said, He is not literate. He will
what you say anyway. Please begin class. We do not want to waste our
time. Still, Sankaracarya continued to wait.
Soon that illiterate disciple came, very quickly running, and bowed
to the lotus feet of Sankaracarya. At once, he began to pray to him
very elevated philosophical stava and stuti (hymns and verses). His
prayers were so scholarly, in fact, that the four highly qualified
disciples could not understand what he was saying.
They now realized the glories of their Gurudeva. Sri Guru is not
thing. By the mercy of the bona fide gurudeva, an illiterate person
become a very high-class, learned devotee, knowing all siddhanta
(established philosophical conclusions).
You should have strong faith in this truth. Dont be bewildered.
Some devotees, and even sannyasis, may think, We should create
Trust, because we have no trust in Gurudevas Trust. This
is wrong. They
can do this at any time. They can start their own Trust, but that
bad. They will lose everything even the mercy of Guru and Krsna
they will be lost forever. Dont think that Gurudeva is an ordinary
acaryam mam vijaniyan
[One should know the acarya as Myself, and never disrespect
him in any
way. One should not envy him, thinking him an ordinary man, for he
representative of all the demigods. (Srimad-Bhagavatam 11.17.27)]
It may seem like guru is going to the bathroom, or he is eating something
because he is hungry. Dont see him as you would see an ordinary
otherwise you will be cheated forever. Have strong faith in guru,
than in Krsna. Srimati Radhika and Krsna have sent him as Their own
messenger. We should always remember this, especially on the auspicious
day of Vyasa Puja.
I will discuss related topics in this evenings class. Be ready
about guru-tattva, from the core of your heart. Try to follow what
will be telling, with the core of your heart. Dont be a disciple
Ekalavya, who gave his thumb but not his heart. He did not obey his
and that is why Dronacarya rejected him and took his thumb. Dronacarya
knew that he was against Krsna, and later, Krsna cut off his head
We should remember all these things and try to be one-pointed. Life
very short. I especially fear that sometimes false ego comes in the
of learned disciples and they think, I am more than my Gurudeva.
a very dangerous offense, and such offenders are ultimately lost forever.
Dont have false ego regarding any aptitude you may have. Always
servant of Gurudeva. There are so many examples of pure servants,
Srila Isvara Puripada, Srila Rupa Gosvami, Srila Sanatana Gosvami
Srila Jiva Gosvami.
My Gurudeva kept his life in his hands for his Gurudeva, Srila
Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada. Of course nobody was
do any harm to his Gurudeva, but externally it seemed that a crowd
non-devotee smarta brahmanas were trying to kill him. Guru Maharaja
his Gurudeva in someones house, took his Gurudevas sannyasa
gave him his own white cloth, and then came out of the house wearing
Gurudevas clothing. In this way the crowd would think he was
Gurudeva. [For the details of this history, you may read Srila Narayana
Maharajas books, Secret Truths of the Bhagavatam and Life and
of Srila Bhaktiprajnana Kesava Gosvami Maharaja.] He had no fear of
We should try to be like him whole-hearted disciples, obedient
[Then, after kirtana and guru-puja:]
On this special day, I pray to my Gurudeva and our entire guru-parampara
up to Lord Brahma, to all the associates of Sri Sri Radha-Krsna and
the associates of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Sri Nityananda prabhu.
pray that they will sprinkle their mercy upon all of you.
I pray that they will also be merciful to all the devotees in the
wherever they may be, who are giving their puspanjali (offering their
moods, in the form of flowers and beautiful words of praise) today.
to that they will bestow their mercy, even to those who are not giving
puspanjali, but simply remembering, wherever they are. I pray to all
associates of the Lord, that they will be merciful and take away the
entirety of your anarthas, that they will place vraja-prema, vraja-bhakti,
in your hearts, and that they will sprinkle upon you our goal of life.
Jaya Jaya Sri Radhe!
Now you can offer prasadam to Thakurji and distribute it to all present,
you can give some remnants to me also.
[*Endnote 1: Generally, every year at the beginning of the observance
Srila Narayana Maharajas appearance day, the assembled devotees
in elaborate worship of his diksa-guru, Srila Bhaktiprajnana Kesava
Gosvami Maharaja, his siksa-guru, Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja
Prabhupada, and his whole guru paramapara. He offers them full arati.
After that is completed, the devotees perform his guru-puja. Flowers
passed out for the devotees to offer, the men coming on a line from
side and the ladies form a line on the other side. He accepts their
through their offerings of flowers and gifts, and offers whatever
receives to his Gurudeva and guru paramapara.
This year, as soon as he sat down on the vyasasana, while kirtana
still going on, one devotee came with a presentation which Srila Maharaja
graciously accepted. Then a second devotee came, then a third and
and then all of a sudden there was a line of hundreds of devotees,
offering their flowers, presentations and prayers. Many disciples
handed him cell phones, because devotees in other countries were waiting
on the phone line to speak with him. He also took those calls,
intermittently, one after another, and spoke long distance to each
these devotees for a few moments.
After the last person offered his obeisances and prayers at Srila
Maharajas lotus feet, Srila Maharaja spoke the above-mentioned
Then he began his worship of our guru paramapara.]
[*Endnote 2: What to speak of others, Gaura-kisora dasa Babaji
Gaura-kisora dasa Babaji Maharaja, he was illiterate. He could not
even his name. But he was so spiritually elevated that my spiritual
master, who was the topmost scholar of his time, he accepted him as
spiritual master. What is the reason? The reason is that this
transcendental science does not depend on academic qualification.
it is not that because one is very, academically very qualified, hell
become a devotee. No. The secret is... That is given in the Vedic
literatures: yasyasti bhaktir bhagavaty akincana No:
yasya deve para bhaktir
yatha deve tatha gurau
tasyaite kathita hy arthah
[The transcendental knowledge becomes revealed. To whom it
revealed? It becomes revealed to such person who has got unflinching
for Krsna and for the spiritual master. (Svetasvatara Upanisad
Caitanya-caritamrta also says: guru-krsna-krpaya paya bhakti-lata-bija
[Cc. Madhya 19.151]. One can come to the spiritual perfectional stage,
come to the spiritual platform, by the mercy of Krsna and the spiritual
master. (Srila Prabhupadas lecture of June 10, 1969)
It is a great science. It is not a bluff, that anybody can
something spiritual. No. It is a great science. One has to study the
science from bona fide spiritual master. Study means... It does not
that one has to be very highly qualified in academic education. Spiritual
science does not depend on ones academic education. Youll
to know that my grandspiritual master, my spiritual masters
master, he was illiterate. And my spiritual master was the learned,
greatest learned scholar of his age. Now, how he became the disciple
illiterate man? So, but that Gaura Kisora dasa Babaji Maharaja...
was Gaura Kisora dasa Babaji Maharaja, my spiritual masters
master, my grandspiritual master. So he was illiterate, but
asked him some question, some intricate question of spiritual
significance, hell answer you immediately very nicely. That
realization. (Srila Prabhupadas lecture of Jan., 1968)]
Editorial advisors: Sripad Madhava Maharaja and Sripad Brajanatha
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