śrī śrī guru gaurāṅga jayataḥ!
Year 13, Issue 4
Posted: 14 May 2020
nitya-līlā praviṣṭa oṁ viṣṇupāda
Śrī Śrīmad Bhakti Prajñāna Keśava Gosvāmī Mahārāja
Inspired by and under the guidance of
Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja
Guru is the Hand of God
by Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda
It is, as it were, as a hand attached to the body of God, who is all existence, all intelligence, all bliss. With His hand, God rubs His own feet. The hand of God is His own limb. In this case God is serving Himself. God Himself appears as the Guru in order to teach how to serve Himself. My gurudeva is also, in the same way, one body with God. There is God who is to be served; there is also God who serves – God as object and God as support. Mukunda is God to be served. He is Object-God. The best beloved of Mukunda – śrī gurudeva – is serving-God, God the support. There is no one so dearly owned by God as my gurudeva. He alone is the best beloved of the Lord. Our gurudeva has said:
“O my mind, whether it be religion that has been prescribed or irreligion that has been forbidden by the Vedas, you need perform neither. Placed as you are in this world, propagate the unstinted service of Śrī Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa in Vraja and recollect unceasingly the darling son of Śrī Śacī, Śrī Gaurasundara, knowing Him to be non-different from the son of Nanda, and that great gurudeva, knowing him to be the best beloved of Mukunda.”
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In the goṣṭha – that is, in Navadvīpa-Vaikuṇṭha-Svetadvīpa-Vṛndāvana – never stint in your regard for the denizens of Navadvīpa and Vraja inasmuch as they are the servitors of Gaura-Kṛṣṇa. Do not condemn brāhmaṇas and Vaiṣṇavas. For example, if we sit down to a meal and choose to take insufficient food because of too gentle a manner, we may leave our belly unfilled. If we cheat the smith by providing poor steel for our own job, or if we feel ashamed of confessing our ignorance in calculating sums to the math teacher, no success will be gained.
Adapted from The Gauḍīya, Year 20, Issue 8
By the Rays of The Harmonist team