Vrndavana, India: October 17, 2005
Tridandisvami Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja
Thus, just as Srila Rupa Gosvami fulfilled the mano-'bhistam of Mahaprabhu,
in the same way my Gurudeva completely fulfilled the mano-'bhistham
of his spiritual master. He preached all over India, especially all
the villages of Bengal, like Medinapura and Caubis Pargana.
He was also responsible for the sannyasa of Sri Abhaya Caranaravinda
Prabhu, Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja. Parama-pujyapada Srila
Swami Maharaja had taken harinama and diska from Srila Bhaktisiddhanta
Prabhupada, but he took sannyasa from Gurudeva. Don't think this was
an accident. He did this with full knowledge, accepting Gurudeva as
his sannyasa-guru. He did not want to take sannyasa from anyone else.
We pray on this day for the mercy of Srila Gurudeva, so that we may
have unprecedented guru-nistha like him. By such guru-nistha, one
will definitely achieve all perfection.
Today is the disappearance day of our Gurudeva, nitya-lila pravistha
Srila Bhakti Prajnana Kesava Gosvami Maharaja. He was a mahatma, a
Practically from the time of his birth he used to go with his father
to any place where there was a recitation of Srimad-Bhagavatam, Ramayana
or any hari-katha. He was always attracted to hearing hari-katha.
His family came in this parampara. His father and mother were disciples
of Sri Vijaya-krsna Gosvami.
When his father went to the spiritual world, his mother became in
charge of the household. She was very, very strict. She came from
a family of land holders, and she had a very strict character. One
day her son Vinoda did not return to the house on time, and she therefore
stood outside with a big stick in her hand, waiting. At eleven pm,
her son had still not returned, and when he finally came she demanded,
threatening him with the stick, “Where have you been?!”
She threatened him two or three times, but he did not answer. Finally
he said, “Oh mother, I have formed a committee in the village.
We collect the money that we receive for buying our lunch. With that
money we perform service to the poor people in the village, by supplying
medicine, food and clothing. There is an old lady in the village who
has become struck with cholera, and who has no other family members.
Therefore, spending our own money, we have called a doctor and arranged
for medicine and food. Now she is doing okay and therefore I have
returned.” When his mother heard this, the stick dropped from
her hand and she said, “You are very, very kind and very merciful.”
From that day on, she never chastised him again.