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A message from Srila Bodhayan Maharaj on His Appearance Day

All Glories to Sri Brahma Madhva Gaudiya Saraswata Sampradaya (lineage). All Glories to my beloved Grand Spiritual Master, His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Siddhanata Saraswati Goswami Thakur PRABHUPADA, and my beloved Spiritual Master, His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Pramode Puri Goswami Maharaj.

 

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The ultimate controller of the entire universe(s), the eternally worshipable forms for all Gods and Goddesses (the Devas and Devis), and the ultimate Guru (Spiritual Master) of our lineage (Parampara) is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krishna. In order to deliver people from the influence of this age of quarrel and hypocrisy, known as Kali-Yuga, Lord Sri Krishna appeared in the form of Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu with His intimate associates and abode here in this material world in order to spread the glories of the Hare Krishna Mahamantra throughout every town and village. The Hare Krishna Mahamantra is the one and only mantra which exists here in this world that can transport all living entities from the material world to the eternally blissful spiritual abode, GolakaVrindavan.

 

Each of us are actively engaging every moment of our lives in trying to achieve the taste of eternal bliss. However, due to the influence of illusion (maya) we are attacked in every conceivable way, and consequently we then give in to laziness and intentionally convince ourselves with so many excuses to avoid chanting the Hare Krishna Mahamantra. Instead of focusing on chanting throughout our day we all dedicate ourselves to chasing after material name, fame, and distinction. The influence of illusion(maya) tells us again and again that material name, fame, and distinction are the pathway to reaching eternal bliss. As a result of this influence, we are wholeheartedly engaging all of our endeavors to satisfy these materialistic ambitions.

 

A traveler in the desert becomes extremely thirsty and finds himself running towards a distant mirage in hopes of drinking water only to discover that in fact there is no water and that he is running towards an illusion. In this way, eventually due to lack of water he is at risk of suffering the loss of this invaluable life, which is a rare and precious opportunity for each and every one of us. Similarly, almost all of us are in this desert of illusion (maya) and we are all chasing the fleeting mirage of name, fame, and distinction.

 

The Hare Krishna Mahamantra preaching movement of Lord Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is intended to inundate our dry and desert-like heart with a flood of transcendental nectar. The mellow of this nectar is only available to a person who has the tendencies of a Chaatak bird (Pied Crested cuckoo bird). The Chaatak is a peculiar Indian bird who is known by the fact that it will only drink rainwater which decends from the heavens. This is analogous to one who is connected with the Gaudiya lineage and is dedicated exclusively, without any hidden agenda for material gain (name, fame, and distinction), to continuing to chant the Hare Krishna Mahamantra, by which he can reach the spiritual world.

 

Such a devout soul who is optimistic about returning to the spiritual abode, Sri Goloka-Vrindavan, by maintaining extreme tolerance with respect to the varieties of material obstacles is much like the Chaatak bird who is always waiting for rainwater exclusively despite being surrounded by so many terrestrial sources of water such as rivers, lakes and ponds.

The founder of the entire Gaudiya Math and all of its branches, my Grand Spiritual Master, His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Thakur Prabhupada, and one of his dearest and most affectionate disciples, His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Pramode Puri Goswami Thakur, established Sri Gopinath Gaudiya Math in 1989 in Mayapur. As soon as we are able to serve all the members of our lineage with complete enthusiasm then we can achieve the mellow of Harinam Nectar. In this way we should pray to our Gurudeva, and by extension Lord Sri Krishna, from the bottom of our heart, then soon Lord Sri Krishna will appear to us in the form of Guru and scriptures (Shastra) and inform us as to how to recieve the mellow of Harinam Nectar into our hearts.

 

guru krsnarupa hana sastrera pramane guru-rupe krsna krpa karena bhakta-gane. Cc. Adi 1.45

 

 

The literal meaning of the above sloka/verse is: As per scriptures, Krishna will appear to us in the form of Guru, and that form of Krishna bestows His mercy onto all of us.

According to the above instruction from the Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita, we can understand that we should keep a clear understanding that Guru is non-different from Krishna, and is in fact a direct manifestation of Krishna. The importance of Guru as described in the above verse is that he is showing us by example that he is the servant of the servant of our lineage. If he is not, then Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Thakur Prabhupada said that the word Guru’s second syllable, ‘u,’ should be replaced with‘a’ and spelled ‘Garu.’ In the Bengali language ‘Garu’ means cow. This indicates the inferior quality of consciousness of such a person.

Today is the fourteeth waxing moon cycle day (Gour-Chaturdasi). Whoever assembles to offer due respect towards me and is praying for my spiritual well being and observing my birth day ceremony, I am humbly requesting that you all please remain on schedule to worship all the members of the Guadiya lineage, which is called ‘Vyasa-Puja’. Also, on my behalf, please pray to all members of our lineage that they allow me to be a real servant of my Guru, the real servant of Srila Bhakti Pramode Puri Goswami Thakur, as well as the entire parampara.

The Founder of Sri Gopinath Gaudiya Math, my Spiritual Master, has an exemplary quality – humility, the ornament of all Vaisnava qualities. Nowadays, the entire Gaudiya world shows deep respect for my Spiritual Master as an embodiment of the third sloka of Sikshastakam, which is composed by Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. The Present Acharya of Sri Chaitanya Gaudiya Math, His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti BallabhaTirtha Goswami Maharaj, as well as all other Vaisnava-Acharyas agree that the rare and bright Vaisnava quality of my Spiritual Master is the above opinion about his deep sense of humility.

Third Sloka of Sikshastaka is as follows:

trinad api sunicena

taror api sahishnuna

amanina manadena

kirtaniyah sada harihi

 

Translation: One should chant the holy name of the Lord in a humble state of mind, thinking oneself lower than the straw in the street; one should be more tolerant than a tree, devoid of all sense of false prestige and should be ready to offer all respect to others. In such a state of mind one can chant the holy name of the Lord constantly.

The four most prominent Vaisnava qualities are humility, tolerance, respect for all (even to people not deserving of respect from others), and blissfully chanting Hare Krishna Mahamantra constantly.

Whoever is representing that they are followers of Sri Gopinath Gaudiya Math should demonstrate these four qualities in every aspect of their life. This was taught and shown to us by my Spiritual Master in his life. As soon as we are able to establish these principles in our lives, only at that time can we be qualified as the real followers or servants of Srila Gurudeva, His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Pramode Puri Goswami Thakur.

Due to the influence of the present age, Kali-Yuga, we are all more or less unable to maintain the principles which our Srila Gurudeva showed to us by his example. We know from the instruction of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Thakur Prabhupada that as much as we distance ourselves from the lotus feet of Srila Gurudeva, that same level of material attraction will disturb us.

Today my humble prayer to all of you is to see that your main goal for observing the ceremony is to satisfy Sri Sri Radha Krishna only, and make me happy.

Please excuse me for any mistakes you may see in my writingm and bless me to carry the loving Mission of Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu with purity for the rest of my life.

Haribol

Yours in the service of Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga

B.B.Bodhayan

Sri Gopinath Gaudiya Math (President)

www.GopinathGaudiyaMath.com

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For HH Srila Bodhayan Maharaj’s Appearance Day

According to our lineage (Parampara), the Brahma Sampradaya, The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krishna is our ultimate ‘Guru’. We know that Sri Krishna explained the synopsis of Bhagavatam, the ‘Chatuh-Shloki’, the main four Sanaskrit texts of Srimad Bhagvatam to ‘Brahma’; then Brahma explained the same messages to ‘Narada’, a great sage in our lineage. Once, regarding Narada,  Sri Krishna explained in ‘Bhagvata Gita Upanishad’ that amongst the sages, He is ‘Narada’; then ‘Narada’, explained the same messages to Vyasa Deva, then Vyasa Deva expanded the Chatuh Shloki with eighteen thousands Shlokas, twelve cantos and three hundred forty five chapters.  In this manner, the teachings of Srimad Bhagvatam come down to us from ‘Sri Krishna’. Therefore, we can say that our ultimate Guru is Sri Krishna, and that presently, all qualified initiating Spiritual Masters are the representatives of Sri Krishna.

 

The real Spiritual Masters (Acharyas) teach us to serve Sri Krishna by example. We know that in Vrindavan, Srimati Radharani serves Sri Krishna by example. In this context, we can say that Spiritual Masters are actually the representatives of Srimati Radharani. We know from scripture that Sri Krishna and Srimati Radharani are non-different from each other. Sri Krishna is the object of pleasure and Srimati Radharani is pleasure potency of Sri Krishna. Through this explanation, we can come to the conclusion that Srimati Radharani and our real Spiritual Master (Guru) both show us how to serve Sri Krishna by example, only for Sri Krishna’s pleasure. With this knowledge, we can then say that present real initiating Gurus are the representatives of Srimati Radharani, not Sri Krishna.

 

From the above explanation, we come to understand that in order to serve Sri Krishna, the role of initiating Guru and Srimati Radharani are both non-different. Also, Sri Krishna and Srimati Radharani are both non-different. In regards to Sri Guru, Sri Radha and Sri Krishna, these three personifications are non-different amongst each other.  Therefore Srila Vishwanath Chakravati Thakur, a ‘Rasika Acharya’ (teacher of Divine sweet mellow) composed a line in one of his sanskrit texts, “ Sakshada Dharitena Samasta Shastrai”. The inner meaning of this line is – as per the message of all scriptures; Guru is non-different from Lord Hari (another name of Sri Krishna).

 

In order to teach us the importance of serving ‘Guru’; the ultimate Guru, Sri Krishna manifested a pastime, while He was in the Gurukula (home of His Gurudeva) to study different subjects.  Once the Guru of Sri Krishna, Sandipanimuni, sent Sri Krishna and Sudama both into the deep forest to collect fire wood. Sudama was one of the students in the Gurukula and he was friend of Sri Krishna. While Sri Krishna and Sudama were collecting wood in the forest suddenly a huge storm with  rain, lightening and thunder came upon them and these natural calamities did not allow them to return to the Gurukula. They were stuck in the forest for an entire day and night.  In order to protect the dry fire wood from rainwater, Sri Krishna kept the bundle of wood on his head under the protection of a big tree. The Guru, Sandiponi Muni became worried and went to search for them. Saniponi Muni was astonished to see Sri Krishna’s faith in performing His service. Sri Krishna’s whole night was spent keeping the bundle of dry wood on His head.

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We may think, it is not important to render service in this modern Age; but the motive of our service is the most important to please the object of our service. The dry fire wood was needed to make a fire. If the bundle of dry wood were to become wet from rainwater, then it would be impossible to make a fire to cook with.  Therefore, in order to keep the wood dry, Sri Krishna did not make any excuses because of the natural calamities of storm and rain. Here, Sri Krishna shows us the example of sincerity to maintain the words of Guru to  “bring back the dry wood”. If we are able to follow this example of Krishna’s sincerity with our own present service, which we are getting from Guru’s instructions, then most definitely our Guru will be happy; and by extension we can be the cause of Krishna’s happiness as well.

 

In the above context, we have seen the sincerity of the ultimate Guru, Sri Krishna, in pleasing His Guru. Now we will see the sincerity of Srimati Radharani in pleasing Krishna. Actually, Radharani is the real Acharya of our lineage. Acharya means one who is teaching us how to serve Krishna by example. Here Radharani is serving Sri Krishna with the proper example of tolerance. Abhimanyu’s mother-in-law, Jatila Devi and sister-in-law, Kutala Devi (the Mother and Sister of Srimati Radharani) took a vow to dismantle Radharani’s chastity in the name Sri Krishna’s association. Although they tried to do this in a rough manner, nevertheless, Radharani never thought to leave Krishna’s association. In Vrindavan, Sri Krishna stays with Srimati Radharani eternally.

 

Here, I am trying to communicate a passtime in order to make you understand how Sri Krishna stays with Srimati Radharani eternally, as follows:

 

Once, Krishna was in a state of acute separation from Srimati Radharani, and he went to Javata in the guise of a mendicant, to the house of Jatila, in order to meet with Radharani. Usually Radharani, playing the role of a faithful wife, would never meet with any other man except her husband. Nonetheless, Jatila was not going to offend a mendicant guest, therefore she ordered to Srimati Radharani to go and offer some vegetables, fruit and grains to Him. Srimati Radharani with her face dutifully covered by a veil, went out and offered articles to the disguised mendicant form of Krishna. But a smile came to Her face when the mendicant declared that he was not interested in the food, but wanted her reciprocation. She quickly uncovered her veil and emptied the entire contents of the tray on the head of Sri Krishna. Krishna walked away, satisfied that he had seen his Srimati Radhika.

 

One more pastime which we have seen and relished is as follows.

In order to make Jatila feel comfortable, and free to send Radharani over to Nanda Bhavan, the palace of Nanda Maharaj, mother Yasoda was packed a lot of ornaments, fragrant creams, perfumes and precious stones in a box to send to Srimati Radharani. However, Krishna noticed her actions and quizzed her about it, and she remarked that when Abhimanyu came around, it was to be handed to him as a gift for Srimati Radharani. Soon after, Krishna and His friend Subal opened the box whilst His mother was immersed in her household chores, and removed all the costly perfumes and precious stones.  Krishna crept into the box and Subal carefully closed the box. When Abhimanyu came, he was delighted to know that many precious stones had been gifted and he joyfully carried the box to Srimati Radharani. Later, when the Gopis opened the box, all of them became overwhelmed with surprised laughter when Sri Krishna emerged from the box, thus adding to Their bliss of Divine association.

 

It was not easy for Radharani to assist Sri Krishna in the eyes of Vedic society, but she showed us lots of tolerance in her rendering of service to Sri Krishna. Here, in the material world, we have no opportunity to serve Sri Krishna directly; but Radharani’s representative, in the form of ‘Guru’ (Spiritual Master) is with us to advise us as to how we can render service to Sri Krishna. Nowadays, our tendency is not to face any trouble for serving Guru; but we are ready to accept all types of trouble for continuing to support our sense enjoyment objects. We should keep in mind that anything that is spiritually beneficial for us can be filled with many obstacles.  According to the instruction of ‘Guru’, serving Sri Krishna is the most beneficial for all of us; because Krishna will become very happy to see the mood of our service. Therefore, my humble request is for the reader to establish this service mood and make his or her life spiritually successful.

 

My spiritual master, His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Pramode Puri Goswami Maharaj showed us such many examples for teaching us to serve ‘Guru’; even when he was physically unfit to render service on to his Gurudeva, His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Thakur Prabhupada.

My Spiritual Master, His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Pramode Puri Goswami Maharaj showed us many examples teaching us how to serve ‘Guru’, even when he was physically unfit to render the services of his Gurudeva, His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Thakur Prabhupada (Srila Prabhupada). Once Srila Gurudeva’ s hand was shaking due to his advanced age (96-years old). Still, he wanted to continue his services, editing Gaudiya publications, a service he was given after taking initiation from his Gurudeva, Srila Prabhupada. Due to his shaking problem, he was unable to understand his own handwriting. Once, I requested him to dictate what to write to me, then to check my writing later; but immediately he said, “This seva to write for Gaudiya publication is given by my Gurudeva, Srila Prabhupada. If he  was not telling me to dictate, then how can I give you the dictation! If I am unable to understand my handwriting, then it is better for me to stop my writings.” After such an expression, his eyes were full of tear and out of separation, again he expressed with a soft voice, “ Oh! Gurudeva, Srila Prabhupada, now I am unable to do any seva for your mission; what is the use to be here with this useless body; please allow me to leave from here.”

I remember one more incident, it was 1993, and we used to stay at the Sri Chaitanya Gaudiya Math in Kolkata. Srila Gurudeva was 95-years old; I was his personal servant. At that time Srila Gurudeva was the editor of their monthly magazine publication, ‘Sri Chaitanya Vani’; it was the dateline for publishing of the magazine. In order to publish the magazine on time he was kept himself busy the whole night in order to edit the contents of the entire magazine.  In order to prepare his bed I waited for him; but due to my laziness I slept on the floor in his room, then the sound of a bell for Mangal Arati woke me up, and I saw that he was still busy with the editing. I asked Srila Gurudeva, “when are you going to sleep”; then he replied, “let me finish this small part, it will take a few more minutes”. Then I told him it was time for Mangal Arati. Immediately, Srila Gurudeva said, “Oh! Now I have to chant my rounds; tonight there is no time for sleeping.” After that conversation, he got out his chanting beads and started to chant as usual t in the early morning.

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Today I beg all the members of our lineage, please bestow your mercy on me to achieve such sincerity of my beloved Gurudeva’s services; also please bestow the same unto all devotees of Sri Gopinath Gaudiya Math.

All Glories to Nitai & Gour.

An aspiring servant of Brahma Sampradaya (lineage).

B.B.Bodhayan.

Sadhana, a must to get the object of worship

It is emphatically stated in Brihad Naradiya Puran thrice— there is certainly no other way, certainly no other way, certainly no other way except only `Harinam’ in Kaliyuga.

Nikhila-sruti-mauli-ratna-mala-dyuti-nirajita-pada-pankajanta
ayi mukta-kulair upasyamanamparitas tvam hari-nama samsrayami 

— Namastaka written by Srila Rupa Goswami


O Harinam! (Holy Name of Supreme Lord— Hari) The Upanishads— the summit philosophical portion of the entire Vedas— the effulgence of jewels is incessantly worshiping your Holy Lotus Feet by the radiation of waving lamps. You are always worshipped also by renowned realized souls— Sree Narad and Sree Sukdev. The transcendental glory of the Holy Spiritual Name is revealed in the tongues of the realized souls who are inclined to serve Him. Therefore, O Harinam! I take absolute shelter to Thy Lotus Feet whole-heartedly.

Sree Sree Gurur Gaurangau Jayatah!

Devotee: The power of material desires is so much stronger that, even though our intelligence tells us that Krishna is the ultimate object of all devotion, we still find ourselves attracted to these minute pleasures. It is so insignificant. How can we remember Krishna 24 hours a day like you are.

Srila Guru Maharaj: Arjuna has put one question to Krishna,

cancalam hi manah Krishna, pramathi balavad dhrdam

yasyaaham nigraham manya, vaayor iva su duskaram

Arjuna said: The mind is very restless; it is very difficult to control this mind even more than the wind. It is so difficult to control; how can I control this mind?

asamsayam maha-baho, mano durnigraham calam

ahyasena tu kaunteya, vairagyena ca grhyate

“Yes, I admit mind is restless. But it cannot be controlled by your efforts. It can be controlled by abhyasena – repeatedly, you have to concentrate your mind on the object of worship. But those previous bad deeds, previous impressions will misdirect you to other places. Try to meditate on Krishna.” Unknowingly, your mind has gone to some other places – Maui and some other places – New York.

“Oho, I have contemplated to concentrate on my object of worship and my mind has gone to some othet place.” Again you will try; again your mind will go. Because after lakhs of births you have got previous impressions in the store of your mind. When you meditate these thing will come out. But gradually, that will go. You have to perform abhyasena; abhyasena means repeatedly. When a boy tries to walk several times the boy falls down, but that boy does not stop trying. He tries to stand and ultimately, he can stand. So, you have to go on. Without penance, without sadhana, nobody can get the object of worship. And vairagya – we should have indifference and abnegation towards the temperory things of the world; non-attachment – the real meaning of vairagya:

visaya vinivartante, niraharasya dehinah

rasa-varjam raso apy asya, param drstva nivartate

You have got love for, attachment to God – Supreme Lord, who is all bliss. Automatically your attachment towards this world is removed – automatically. It is the positive side of vairagya and the negative side; you have to perform this sadhana – repeatedly you must try.

— His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj