In this regard we present three classes given
by Srila Narayana Maharaja. The first is a discourse given in Vrndavana, India,
knew that he would soon be going to his Master, and therefore he gave some
final instructions to his disciples. Our Guru Maharaja, Srila Bhakti Prajnana
Kesava Gosvami Maharaja, was there, as were Gosvami Maharaja, Bhakti Vilasa
Tirtha Maharaja and others.
"He told those in attendance, 'I am unhappy. I have
come for a mission to give the things that
came to give. He has ordered me to give the teachings of vipralambha (the mood
of separation) and gopi-prema. He ordered me to teach the reasons that He came
to this world, and to share His gifts.
"'However, most of my time was spent in cutting the
"jungles" of mayavada, sahajiya-vada, sakhi-bekhi
and all other non-devotional ideas. If there is a mayavada jungle, the seeds of
bhakti will not sprout. I therefore had to cut so many jungles, and still there
are so many jungles left throughout the world. Most of my time was spent in
clarifying philosophical points.'
"Saying this, his mood changed and his face became
reddish. Then he spoke the following verse:
'stu vrsabhanu-bhuvo dise 'pi'
to the direction that faces
daughter. When the breeze coming from that direction playfully moves the
edge of His garment, Lord
who cannot be attained by even the kings of yogis, thinks that His life has now
become a great success." (Sri Radha-rasa-suddha-nidhi, text 2)]
"SrilaPrabhupadaSarasvatiThakura then explained how Krsna
is obedient to SrimatiRadhika. He said, 'There is a nice
verse by SrilaRaghunatha dasa Gosvami:
bibhrati tena sardham
mama radhe netram anandaya tvam'
Radha, who, without going anywhere else stays on the couch of amorous pastimes,
talking for a long time with Lord Krsna and embracing Him so strongly that Your
two forms appear to become one, please, for even a moment, delight my
is very obedient to SrimatiRadhika. She is always full of
pride, because Krsna is Hers. She has
madiya-mayi-bhava, which means that She always thinks,
"Krsna is Mine." Candravali has the mood of tadiya-bhava: "I am
Krsna's." Krsna is controlled by Radhika only,
because of Her madiya-bhava.
"'SrimatiRadhika is svadina-bhartrika. This
is controlled by Her. Svadina bhartrika is of two
kinds: maitri and sakhya. Madiya and tadiya are two parts of madhurya-rasa or
paramour love, and they are each divided into two
parts: maitri-mood and sakhya-mood. When love is slackened
by sincerely requesting something, as in a prayer, that is called maitri. When
priti (love) becomes prominent and prayer becomes secondary, that type of
svadina-bhartrika is called sakhya. Candravali becomes
svadina-bhartrika with maitri as the prominent mood (bhava), whereas Radhika
becomes svadina-bhartrika with sakhya-bhava. At that time,
can order anything She likes from Krsna, and He will
carry out those orders He will do so even if He gets a hint of an order. He
will always be ready to carry out an order, even if there is only a hint of it.
Regarding Candravali's order however, He will only carry out Her
prominent orders; she must tell Him what she wants. In this way, Radhika is
most prominent among all the gopis.'
was ordered by Sri
CaitanyaMahaprabhu to help all devotees
understand that SrimatiRadhika is the most powerful among
all the gopis, and that in order to become Her dasi
(maidservant), we will have to become rupanuga. Without being rupanuga
without the guidance of Sri
we cannot serve Radhika.
priya-narma sakhas (His most intimate of cowherd friends) like Subala and
Sridama are inclined towards
SrimatiRadhika. They are pleased when
Radhika and Krsna meet. There are also some priya-narma-sakhas who facilitate
Candravali's relationship with Krsna, but
PrabhupadaSarasvatiThakura was greatly inclined to
in favor of rupanuga. He was rupanuga. He wanted to distribute this idea of
we want to be the servants of
so that we can serve Sri SriRadha and Krsna not Candravali
and others like her.
"SrilaSarasvatiThakuraPrabhupada's idea was to preach
rupanuga-bhakti. Actually it was not to preach it, for rupanuga is not preached. His idea was to inspire devotees for this
service to SrimatiRadhika. At the end of his
manifest stay in this world, however, he told his followers, 'I could not do
this, so I am unhappy. You should all gather and come under the shelter of
asraya-tattva (the principle of the pure devotee the reservoir of love for
Krsna). Who is asraya-tattva? Guru is asraya-tattva. Living in such shelter,
you should serve the Divine Couple Sri Sri Radha and
Krsna under the guidance of
This was the root motive for all his activities to give this to the
The following is excerpted
from another class by Srila Narayana Maharaja, given on
appearance day, February 21,
2003, in Olpe, Germany:
"His (SrilaBhaktisiddhantaSarasvatiThakuraPrabhupada's) pranama-mantra
addresses him as gaura-vani sri-murtaye, the embodiment or personification of
gaura-vani, just as Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja is gaura-vani pracarine.
We must contemplate deeply to uncover the inner meaning of this. Gaura-vani
refers to that which Lord
(SacinandanaGaurahari) preached, and what He
inspired in the heart of SrilaRupaGosvami
the glorification of the mood of the gopis and
told His associates, 'Oh Nityananda, Oh Haridasa Prabhu, go
from door to door and preach: bolo krsna, bhaja krsna, karo krsna: chant the
names of Krsna, worship Krsna and serve Krsna.' This is gaura-vani.
"Gaura-vani is also what
discussed with Sri
in the Gambhira, especially His hidden revelation of the meaning of the first
and last two verses of Sri
is also the love and affection explained by
SrilaRupaGosvami in Sri
and Sri Lalita-Madhava.
"Our entire disciplic succession descended to this
world from GolokaVrndavana, and SrilaBhaktisiddhantaSarasvatiThakura
is one of the most prominent acaryas. If he had not come,
mission would have turned into sahajiyaism, wherein all philosophy is
asat-sampradaya (outside any bona fide disciplic succession). If one is not
serving his Gurudeva, if he does not have strong belief in him and is not
following his line of thought, such a person is a sahajiya. This is taking
place nowadays. Because the actual message of our parampara is being preached,
such persons are somewhat stopped. But I do not know what will happen after I
leave this world. A very dangerous stage is coming.
"Many devotees left their Guru, Srila Bhaktivedanta
Swami Maharaja, and went to Radha-kunda. They wanted to remember
asta-kaliya-lila, the pastimes whichLord Krsna performs with
His associates in the eight periods of the day and night not as gopis, but 'goopis' and for this offense they have gone to hell. They
became 'babajis', keeping two, three, or four widows, and they began to relish
their so-called 'parakiya-bhajana.' They wanted to jump over the authorized
process; they did not want to practice bhakti-yoga, the path of spiritual
realization through devotional service to
Krsna. They wanted to be gopis by paying
two pennies to any bogus person who would 'give' them siddha-deha (ones perfected
spiritual identity) and tell them, 'You are such and such gopi.' Such cheaters
give a name and other information about that so-called gopi,
and after some time their disciples imagine themselves absorbed in
most confidential pastimes in the kunjas (secluded forest groves). Do not go in
"Some persons of ill character who were rejected
from the GaudiyaMatha also go to Radha-kunda to
become babajis in that asat-sampradaya. Such loose-character and unqualified
persons imagine themselves absorbed in meditating on the asta-kaliya-lila of
Radha and Krsna in Their
and end-of-the-night pastimes. At those times Radha and Krsna meet alone in a
kunja, half naked and kissing each other. What will that 'meditator' think?
Material ideas will come to him. He is bound to see such pastimes as material,
and this is wrong.
of Sri SriRadha-Krsna
are transcendental. Only saintly persons like
who was a brahmacari (a celibate, unmarried student) from his birth, Narada
Muni who is a liberated soul, or
who is an ideal personality can properly think of asta-kaliya-lila.
"Offer obeisances to such pastimes and try to
practice bhakti-yoga as our predecessor acaryas have taught us. Begin from
the root of the tree, become qualified to climb, and then gradually reach the
top. At that time you can relish the fruits of the tree. Otherwise, you will
have nothing but false ideas. Try to follow
our Gurudeva Srila Bhakti Prajnana Kesava Gosvami Maharaja and Srila
Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja."
THE GIVER OF
Based on an explanation of
pranama mantra, Srila Narayana Maharaja gave a discourse on his appearance day.
This discourse was given in Singapore, on the evening of
February 13, 2001:
"This is the appearance day of Jagad-Guru Srila
Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura, and therefore we should discuss his glories.
" Namah om visnupadaya krsna-presthaya bhutale,
srimate bhaktisiddhanta-sarasvatiti-namine. In this pranama mantra it is stated: bhaktisiddhanta sarasvati.
SrilaBhaktivinodaThakura has given birth to the
murtiman-vigraha of bhakti-siddhanta, the personification of the doctrines of
bhakti. In BhaktisiddhantaSarasvatiThakura
there is all the knowledge that Krsna gave to Brahma, Brahma gave to Narada,
Narada gave to Vyasa, and thus, by disciplic succession, came through the
rupanuga Vaisnavas down to
and SrilaGaurakisora dasa Babaji Maharaja. All the
philosophical truths, of the Vedas, Upanisads, and all other scriptures, were embodied in
SrilaBhaktisiddhantaSarasvatiGosvamiThakura. If any person came to
argue philosophy with him, that person was at once defeated and was bound to
accept all his teachings.
"Namah om visnupadaya
krsna-presthaya bhutale. He was very near and dear to Krsna very near
and dear in that male form. But who is he really? In the second sloka of his
pranama mantra it is stated: sri varsabhanavi-devi-dayitaya.
He is really the eternal maidservant of
He is so very dear to Radhika in his form as Nayana-manjari. As Mahaprabhu's
associate he is BhaktisiddhantaSarasvatiGosvami,
and as the associate of Radha-Krsna Conjugal he is Nayana-manjari. What is the
meaning of the name Nayana-manjari? As one's eyes are very dear to one,
Nayana-manjari, who is the personification of the eyes of
is so near and dear to Her. She is always serving
has two forms. One form is as
CaitanyaMahaprabhu's associate, not only
in this world but also in GolokaVrndavana, in Svetadvipa.
And, in Vrndavana also, as Nayana-manjari she serves
You have seen in SrilaRaghunatha dasa Gosvami's Vilapa-kusumanjali how the manjaris serve Radha-Krsna
Conjugal. Nayana-manjari serves Them in those same
" Krpabhdaye. He is not called an ocean of mercy only because he gave us
harinama. He gave so much more. He brought
He brought the love and affection of the gopis to this world. If he had not
brought all these things, we would never have heard of them. He is therefore an
ocean of mercy.
" Krsna sambandha-vijnana dayine prabhave namah. In
this world we have a relationship with our father and mother and our immediate
family. We think, 'She is my mother, he is my father, and he is my brother.'
But we are not satisfied with that. We want to be a husband or wife, girlfriend
or boyfriend. But still we are not satisfied.
"From where have these relationships come? They come
from GolokaVrndavana. There is actually only one
relationship with Krsna. He is not a father there. He is like a friend, like
a baby, or like a beloved. In the constitutional form of our soul, there is a
relationship with Krsna. We have now forgotten this due to Maya, but we have a
relationship. All the relationships of these bodies are false and temporary.
They remain only for some days, but the relationship in our constitutional form
"We want love. We want something. We first loved our
mother, then our father, then our brothers, then other relatives, and then our
neighbors. But we were never satisfied. Then we collected wives or husbands,
and when we were not satisfied, we got divorced and changed the old ones for
new ones. But still we were not satisfied. You cannot be satisfied. No
one can ever be satisfied. When you meet with Krsna and serve Him, then you
will be satisfied. This is a transcendental relationship, and this relationship is given by Guru. Prabhupada gave
this, and this relationship will be forever. It was for this end that he gave
the mantra 'klim krsnaya govindaya.'
"Madhuryojjvala premadya sri
rupanuga bhaktida. He explained all these truths. He actually came only
to give this madhuryojjvala-prema, this gopi-prema, which
SrilaRupaGosvami has written about in his
books and which CaitanyaMahaprabhu came to this world only
to give. 'Krsna is our beloved' he came to give this and nothing else.
has written in his articles: 'I came only to give this, but my whole time was
spent in cutting jungles.' Pujyapada Srila Swami Maharaja also did this in
Western countries. He came to this world to give love and affection for Krsna,
but to whom could he give it? He was preaching to unqualified people, and
therefore he wanted to make a platform for this love, by cutting the jungles of
atheist and mayavada misconceptions. He thus fertilized the field by plowing and
cutting jungles, and most of his time went in this. He could not preach as he
wanted, but he stored so many deep truths about gopi-prema in his books.
also did this. In Radha kunda, in his last days, he said that if anyone is only
cutting jungles, cutting the arguments of mayavadis and so on, and not
accepting the mood of the gopis as taught by
not worshiping Radha-Krsna Conjugal, not following the line of
then even their chanting will not be sufficient to help them. After some time
they will become weak and give up all devotional practices. Then they will
become nirvisesavadis and mayavadis, as so many are
bhaktida. SrilaPrabhupada descended to this
world, and all our disciplic acaryas also came, only for preaching this
rupanuga Vaisnavism. But they had so little time.
the beginning, therefore, I was very alert to avoid cutting jungles because
our guru-varga had already cut them down. I considered that I must do something
affirmative. I therefore accepted this and I preached it from the beginning.
Now, however, coming to the Western countries I began to think, 'To whom shall
I tell this?' Now I also have to cut down some jungles. When I am in Vrndavana
or Navadvipa, however, I mainly speak about the high class of sweet pastimes of
CaitanyaMahaprabhu and Radha and Krsna.
SrilaPrabhupada was like an ocean of
madhuryojjvala-prema. He wanted to distribute it, and he distributed it. If he
did not, then from where have we collected these things? All glories to
All glories to all his associates. All glories to Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami
Maharaja. All glories to all the assembled devotees."
IN REPLY TO THE VIDEO/DOCUMENTARY STATEMENTS
Paderborn, Germany, April 2006, Srila Narayana
Maharaja was presented with the video/documentary statements 1 and 2, and
"You should know that when they were doing Vraja
Mandala parikrama at Radha-kunda,
gave a talk which is quoted in The Gaudiya. He said, 'Up until now I have spent much of my time cutting the
jungles of mayavada and all other philosophical misconceptions. But you should
not think that my hari-katha is only up to there. I want to tell you that what
our Gosvamis have described, what
enacted in the Gambhira, what Mahaprabhu discussed with
and SvarupaDamodara, Rasa-lila and other related
topics are the main objective of our life. Don't think that defeating mayavada
philosophy is my main preaching. Try to come to this line.'"