When Śrī Guru departs, he looks to see who among his followers wants his further association. He thus arranges a place for them to be with him. Those devotees read his teachings and glories. One who serves guru for his pleasure, not his own selfish desires, will soon meet with Śrī Guru again, even after his disappearance. The material and spiritual worlds are distinct and separate. Śrī Guru is transcendental, and one should endeavor to meet him on that plane through earnest prayer and meditation. He will then accept such service and will protect and maintain such devotees. Impersonalism or voidism has no connection with Śrī Guru; he is eternally present in his spiritual form and he is worshipful and worshiped when manifest in this material world as well as when unmanifest. Śrī Guru does not manifest in that place where disciples do not respect and worship their spiritual master. For this reason, just as the Deity of Bhagavān is established and worshiped in this world, so is the deity of Śrī Guru. Guru accepts worship and prayers of his disciples through his deity form and always protects and supports them. But a disciple who sends off his guru by never thinking of him or serving him becomes a spiritual orphan and an offender to God. Moreover, Śrīla Gurudeva has an eternal relationship with his God family—his godbrothers and disciples—and if one tries to separate them from Śrī Guru or his place, then it is a grave offense. Guru is made glorious by the glories of his followers. He has love and relation with them all, hence they should be highly regarded and honored.

THE SPECIALITY OF PARAKIYA-RASA IN THIS WORLD

Through the method of worship in the mood of parakīya performed in Vraja-maṇḍala, Gauḍa-maṇḍala, and Kṣetra-maṇḍala, living entities are attracted to the Supreme Person, Kṛṣṇa. Śrīla Gurudeva established the super-excellence of parakīya-rasa. Śrīla Gurudeva taught: in this worldly life we have mother, father, siblings, relatives, and friends—yet affection for them binds us to material existence. The essence and goal of all knowledge and rules and regulations of scripture is to develop love for Kṛṣṇa and to serve Him. A person who possesses this love and can give this love to others is the best teacher. In this world, love for Kṛṣṇa manifests as parakīya-rasa. When we are amidst all our worldly relations and affairs, bound by so many social dues and customs, and yet we develop the sentiment that this material display is worthless, and love and relation with Kṛṣṇa is the supreme purpose of life, and we live every moment as an offering to our Eternal Beloved, we approach the true nature of parakīya-rasa. For although there are others who have claims to our love and attention, our mind is attracted at every moment to Kṛṣṇa. Those who think that this world and its people and responsibilities are superior and that Bhagavān and loving service to Him is secondary can never achieve the highest goal of life—pure love in parakīya-rasa.

Even though one may be forced by circumstance to remain in worldly life, if that person there feels that relation with Kṛṣṇa is of supreme importance, yet he still cannot escape his conditions, but aspires to and endeavors with the best of his ability to develop a connection with God—Kṛṣṇa will then surely soon bring His devotee to the transcendental realm and initiate him into parakīya-rasa-sevā.

para-vyasaninī nārī vyagrāpi gṛha-karmasu
tad evāsvādaya antar nava-saṅga-rasāyanam

Caitanya-caramrta, Madhya 1.212

A devotee should remember his relation with God like a wife who works hard to please the relatives at home so that they do not suspect her of infidelity, while all the time she remembers her paramour and longs to be with him. When there is an intense desire to serve and love Kṛṣṇa and to always be with Him, and one prays always thus for His mercy, then Kṛṣṇa accepts that devoted soul as His beloved and offers her to Śrīmatī Rādhikā to serve Him under Her guidance. This is Śrīla Gurudeva’s essential teaching.

Srila Gurudeva ki Jaya! (Excerpted from the Bhaktabandhav book publication, “Sri Guru Darshan”. Available from: [email protected] )

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