SRILA GURUDEVA’S MEETING WITH ISKCON’S GOURA GOVINDA MAHARAJA

Śrīla Gour Govinda Mahārāja lamented to Srila Gurudeva about the jīva-tattva resolution in ISKCON. “Now they are voting on siddhānta,” he said, “and they are turning Prabhupāda’s mission into an apasampradāya. But it cannot last. Śrīla Gour Govinda Svāmī then said, “Mahārāja, I would like to discuss with you in detail about rāgānuga-bhakti and rūpānuga-bhakti.”

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SRILA GURUDEVA’S MEETING WITH ISKCON’S GOURA GOVINDA MAHARAJA

Śrīla Gour Govinda Mahārāja lamented to Srila Gurudeva about the jīva-tattva resolution in ISKCON. “Now they are voting on siddhānta,” he said, “and they are turning Prabhupāda’s mission into an apasampradāya. But it cannot last. Śrīla Gour Govinda Svāmī then said, “Mahārāja, I would like to discuss with you in detail about rāgānuga-bhakti and rūpānuga-bhakti.”

HOW TO RESIDE IN VRAJA?

If we desire prema-sevā, divine loving service, we will make a firm vow to Śrīmatī Rādhikā and Her prominent sakhīs like Lalita-devi, Viśākhā, Rūpa Mañjarī, and so forth. We will pray, “I will not take shelter of any other. I only seek and wait for Your blessings and mercy. I will only associate with those who similarly seek Your shelter and who have vraja-niṣṭha. I will sternly avoid any other association.”

Proper Use of Time: Manasi-seva

Where does the day pass by? Time is only running. In your mind, go to Giriraja Govardhana, offer pranama and bhoga, perform parikrama, offer obeisance, take prasadam and share it with others. What do you have to spend? The only thing you need is a little time to engage your mind. If you do not give this time to yourself, then the day is passing, the years are passing, and your life will pass by uselessly…

The Glories of Paurnamasi-devi

My Guru Maharaja would never tell anyone where he would go; he would go to any bhakta’s house without any prior notice. He would never announce this. Once, he went to Laksmi-Janardanapura in Sundarvana. The area is a jungle. Many poor people live there in straw-huts nearby the river. In the morning and evening all the villagers did kirtana and worshiped their Guru Maharaja. On their Guru Maharaja’s birthday, they desired to make a big feast…

HOW CAN WE REALIZE THE ESSENCE OF RADHA-KRSNA’S SWEETNESS AND BEAUTY?

We can be connected to Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa through these books of our Guru-varga. By honoring our ācāryas, their books, and their instructions, we can realize the essence of Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa’s sweetness and beauty. Even if you cannot understand these books, you must respect them and try to memorize and repeat even just one or two words from them. This is called puṣpāñjali.

You Have Also Eaten Jackfruit?

What to do? His hair and his beard were filled with the glue of the jackfruit. He had to go to court in the morning, but how could he go in this state? At night, he tried to comb his hair out, but he could not. Finally, he cut all his hair and beard with a razor. He was completely shaved clean. In the morning, he went to the court. The convict came before the judge, also completely shaven. The judge said, “Oh, you have also eaten jackfruit..?”

HAVE EXCLUSIVE DEVOTION FOR VRNDAVAN AND THE VRAJA-DEVI’S!

“An old Bābājī Mahārāja once lived in a village called Raṇavāḍī in Vraja-maṇḍala more than a hundred years ago. At one point, the desire awakened in him to have darśana of Dvārakā. A brāhmaṇa family came who were going to Dvārakā and offered to take the Bābājī along, paying the full cost of travel. The Bābājī agreed and they took him along with them.

What is Bhaktabandhav

Sri Krsna says:

asmakam bandhava bhakta
bhaktanam bandhava vayam

“I am the dearmost friend of the devotees, and the devotees are My dearmost friends.”

The title ‘Bhaktabandhav – dearmost friend of the devotees’ was given to our Srila Gurudeva, Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja, by his spiritual master. Bhakta means devotee and bandhav is the Sanskrit word for superlative friendship, indicating a loving bond that cannot be broken.

Krsna teaches that serving the devotees is more important than His own worship. Moreover, that those who consider themselves His devotees are not His real devotees, but those who are the devotees of His devotees, they are the real devotees. Therefore, our focus at Bhaktabandhav is serving the devotees and helping all people attain their true, spiritual identity, as pure loving devotees of the absolute, loving reality, the Divine Couple, Sri Sri Radha-Krsna.

Our Mission

We help people develop their ultimate, spiritual potential, by personal guidance in applying the principles of pure bhakti-yoga. Our mission is not to change or save the world, but to help the individual transcend it. The world is a training ground, the university of life. We help people graduate to a higher ground, the spiritual plane of existence. Once we’ve trained the next generation of spiritual leaders, we guide them in training the next generation of spiritual aspirants, helping them transcend bondage to materialism. Thus, the mission of the world is fulfilled.

 

Our Headquarters and Daily Schedule

People of over a dozen nationalities and disciples of a dozen gurus reside harmoniously together in our mission headquarters, Sri Radhe Kunj, Vrindavan, India.

Our doors are always open, welcoming everyone for daily free feasts and programs full of illuminating classes, japa, meditation, guided pilgrimage, singing and dancing in kirtan, and courses on existential truths, the process of spiritual progress, and attainment of the ultimate goal of life, pure love of the absolute, loving reality.

Our morning services began at 4:30 a.m. with a half hour of prayers to the saints and the Divine Couple, Sri Sri Radha-Krsna, followed by the first of five daily aratis. Senior monks wake hours before this, and go on daily pilgrimage of various holy sites, returning in time for the 4:30 prayers and mangala-arati.

After the pre-dawn arati in the temple, residents and guests perform their morning meditations, gayatri-mantras, and japa chanting of the mahamantra: Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare.

From 6 to 7 a.m. the monks sing kirtans, followed by the morning class until 8 a.m, and the arati to the ascended line of pure gurus. After breakfast, the monks attend to their various duties and services, including outreach work, preparation of a free lunch feast for our hundreds of daily guests, publication work, temple maintenance, and so forth. In the evening, we have a program of kirtana, class, and aratis, beginning from 5:30 p.m. and ending at 9:30 p.m.

 

“Rasik Mohan Das and the Bhaktabandhav team are doing an invaluable service publishing the hari-katha of Sripada Premananda Prabhu, Srila Gurudeva B.V. Narayana Gosvami Maharaja, and the books of the acaryas. Books like Sri Guru Darsana, Krsna-karnamrta, Radha-rasa-sudha-nidhi, and so on, provide a wealth of information and purification: these volumes make one feel as though they are in Gurudeva’s presence, imbibing pure bhakti as only he could provide it.”

— Steven J. Rosen, Satyaraja Dasa (acbsp), author of 30 books on Gaudiya Vaishnavism, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Vaishnava Studies, and associate editor of Back to Godhead

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Bhaktabandhav, the Loving Reality, is a Bhakti Movement founded on the principles of love, compassion, and service. We are a worldwide community of disciples and followers of Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja, Bhaktabandhav Srila Gurudeva, who was the greatest exponent of Bhakti in the 21st century.