SRILA GURUDEVA EARLY YEARS – POLICE INSPECTOR TO JOINING THE MATHA Part 2

To his delight a message arrived from Acarya Kesarī saying, “My dear Nārāyaṇa Tīwarījī, why are you attached to saṁsāra? Do you think this will bring you any happiness? Will any of your family or wealth go with you at the time of death? We are concerned for you. Quickly leave everything and come to Navadvīpa.” Wealth is an unending source of distress; it is challenging to acquire, and is essentially death for the soul. What fulfillment does one actually gain from his wealth? Similarly, how can one gain ultimate or enduring happiness from one’s supposed home, children, relatives, and domestic animals, which are all sustained by one’s hard-earned money?”

SRILA GURUDEVA Early Years – POLICE INSPECTOR TO JOINING THE MATHA Part 1

In 1945, a group of Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava sādhus came to the place where Gurudeva was serving as a police officer. Amongst them were Śrīpāda Narottamānanda Brahmacārī (known as Bhaktikamala), Tridaṇḍisvāmī Bhaktikuśala Nārasiṁha Mahārāja, and Śrī Rādhānātha Prabhu. Śrīpāda Narottamānanda Brahmacārī was a disciple of Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda. He was one of the prominent preachers who served under the guidance of his senior godbrother, the renowned Ācarya Kesarī Śrīla Bhakti Prajñāna Keśava Gosvāmī Mahārāja, who is one of the dear­most disciples of Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura. Śrīpāda Narottamānanda Brahmacārī preached vigorously in the cities and villages throughout Bihar and Bengal, such as Paṭnā, Dumkā, Rājmahal, and Bhāgalpura.

HOW TO RELISH KRSNA LILA THROUGH GAURA LILA

We should understand that as long as there are anarthas in the heart, the svarūpa of the living being remains hidden. But when one starts to perform sādhana-bhajana and his unwanted habits begin to disappear, his inherent bhāva becomes evident in the form of some particular ruci. Śrīla Gurudeva, like a desire-tree, makes the siddha-deha appear at that time within the heart of his dear disciple. He helps the disciple realize his siddha-deha by acquainting him with it through the ekādaśa-bhāva. He then also attains the five daśās.

IS YOUR BHAJAN TAKING YOU TO RADHARANI’S SEVA?

“O Śrīmatī Rādhikā, I am always remembering Your attractive and beautiful face. Whoever remembers Your face is supremely fortunate. The essence of all good fortune is simply the remembrance of Śrīmatī Rādhārānī.”
Ordinary people think that they are lucky if they have a nice wife or husband, good cars, big houses, or many followers and temples. But this is not good luck. Real good fortune is to always be with Rādhārānī. The greatest misfortune is to take the fruits of our offered service and run away from Vraja with them. Many people come to guru and receive nāma-dīkṣa. Then they go far away from their guru and practice, but because they lose their connection to guru by not serving him and maintaining a relationship with him then instead of becoming greatly fortunate they fall into deep misfortune. They are so unfortunate because having received the greatest opportunity they wasted their golden chance.

MAKE A VOW TO PERFORM MANASI-SEVA

By the mercy of Śrī Guru and the mañjarīs, all the qualities of Kṛṣṇa and Rādhārānī will come in the heart. Śrī Rūpa Gosvāmī, Kavi Karṇapūra Gosvāmī, Kṛṣṇadāsa Kavirāja Gosvāmī, Viśvanātha Cakravartī Ṭhākura, and others have all described Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa’s līlā-dhyāna,...

SATSVARUPA MAHARAJA HIDES GURUDEVA FROM COPS

On the morning of December 11 Satsvarūpa Mahārāja came on a regular visit to see Śrīla Gurudeva. Aware of the growing tension, he invited Gurudeva to come to his simple private residence off the main road in Vṛndāvana, nearby the Krsna-Balarama temple, until matters settled.

WHAT IS THE MEANING OF TAKING SANNYASA?

Ācharya Kesarī desired to give sannyāsa to his three foremost disciples—Sajjana-sevaka, Rādhānātha, and Gaura Nārāyaṇa. Although he had previously requested Sajjana-sevaka and Rādhānātha to accept sannyāsa, they had humbly declined, feeling unqualified in comparison...

HOW TO LIVE AND SERVE IN THE DHAMA

Many people think they have no qualification to follow the rāgānugā-bhaktas or to even hear their teachings. This is like a meat-eater saying he cannot give up flesh and become a vegetarian because he will not have any strength. Or it is like a drug addict saying he cannot give up his addiction because it will drive him mad. We should not be afraid of giving up a lower path for a higher one. Some initial difficulty may be there, but in time, we will feel hundreds of times better than we did under the grip of our vices. Before the awakening of divine love, we are all under the spell of māyā. We are intoxicated by the illusions of material life. To become free of this, we must follow the footsteps of the rāgānugā-bhaktas on the rāga-mārga path.

DON’T BE ARRESTED BY HEALTH, WEALTH AND HOME

Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura says, “May I not distance myself from bhajana for even one minute. Then who will protect me from Māyā-devī? Therefore, bhajana is my life and soul.” The desire for sense gratification is very dangerous. We should give up this desire at once; or else, we will become greatly disturbed. Mahārṣi Gautama taught everyone this. Bhajana gives us life. We are dead if we don’t perform bhajana.

GURUDEVA DEFENDS PRABHUPADA & ISKCON

Upon his return to Mathurā, Śrīla Gurudeva told the congregation of Mathurā-vāsīs about his travels and experiences in the West. Śrīla Gurudeva said: “Everywhere I went, people welcomed me and were eager to hear hari-kathā; but also some people were opposed. When I...