First of all we offer our innumerable dandavats pranams to our most worshipable, most merciful Spiritual Master, Param Pujyapada Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja, Srila Gurudeva.
We also offer our innumerable dandavats pranams to the many sincere devotees who follow Srila Gurudeva’s innermost desires.
All Glories to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga and all Glories to the Supremely Merciful Sri Nityananda Prabhu. All glories to Sri Sri Radha Vinode Bihariji.
Today, 5th of May in Vancouver, on the auspicious occasion of Aksaya Tritiya, we remember how Srila Gurudeva started his preaching in Western Countries exactly 15 years ago. He landed in Holy Land on 5th of May 1996 and was welcomed by over 60 devotees. All were eagerly waiting to receive the most precious, transcendental jewels that Srila Gurudeva desired to donate to one and all.
The next day Srila Gurudeva gave 3 lectures in which he especially glorified Srila Prabhupada Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja:
1996-05-06 morning program in Holland:
Srila Gurudeva speaks about Swamiji in Holland:
1996-05-06 evening program in Holland:
Although Srila Gurudeva is the embodiment of selfless, pure devotional service, so many agents of Kali tried to create obstacles so that his preaching would not be successful. Prominent sannyasis, who previously pretended to be his surrendered followers, showed their real colors and tried by all means to stop Srila Gurudeva from traveling and helping the sincere devotees. Intoxicated by money, false pride, position and the cheap adoration of followers, they lodged a whole lot of accusations and even slandered Srila Gurudeva’s spotless character. But Srila Gurudeva, armed with complete protection and the transcendental blessings of our illustrious Guru Parampara, easily triumphed and established the true philosophical conclusions regarding Pure Vraja Bhakti, who is a real guru, what is the constitutional position of the Jivatma, and what is his transcendental, loving relationship with Sri Krsna.
From India beautiful messages arrived from Param Pujyapada Srila Bhakti Kumuda Santa Gosvami Maharaja:
Recipient of Auspiciousness, Object of my Affection, Narayana MaharajaParam Pujyapada Srila Bhaktivedanta Vamana Gosvami Maharaja wrote as follows in March 1997:
Receiving your letter of January 10th, 2000, I was extremely pleased. Ample preaching is going on, and knowing that makes me even more happy. You have remembered me even in the midst of so much engagement; therefore I am praying to Sri Sri Guru Gauranga that They will transmit even more sakti into you for the preaching of hari katha. Some obstacles will come in the performance of virtuous acts, but you should not worry for them and continue your preaching service fearlessly. If in every respect we can preach the katha of Srila Prabhupada along with practicing it, then our lives will be successful. What else to write? Please accept my blessings and pass them on to all.
Blessings from Sri Kumuda Santa
Every being in the Universe and everything within the Universe are servants of Bhagavan and instruments to be used in the service to Him. But, because a certain group of foreign devotees are not established in this statements meaning, solely due to fearing a loss of profit, adoration and prestige they are creating obstacles in your preaching of Sri Gaura’s Divine Message.
‘Karindre bhrajamane ‘pi stuyamane supuruseh, vukkanti saremeyasca ka ksatistasya jayate’ – what harm can the barking of the street dogs do to a person who is brilliantly situated upon a royal elephant and extolled by virtuous personalities?
Wise persons are gradually becoming enlightened regarding the essence and purpose of your preaching of amnya-vani, so the hubbub raised by those who are opposing you is proved to be fruitless’
To conclude, may your life be long and may you remain in excellent health, so that you can preach the eternal message of the Sri Brahma Madhava Gaudiya Sarasvata Sampradaya, as it is, all over the world. This alone is my fervent prayer at the lotus feet of Sri Gaura Radha Vinode Bihari, Sri Giriraja and Sri Lakmsi Nrsimhadeva.
Sri Vaisnava dasanudasaToday we remember Srila Gurudeva’s greatest gift of Love and Affection:
Sri Bhaktivedanta Vamana
Love and AffectionKrishna is love, and love is Krishna. The aim and object of the teachings of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Srila Rupa Gosvami is simply to know this. Sri Radha and Sri Krishna have combined to become Sri Sacinandana Gaurahari (Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu), who is more merciful than either of Them. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu traveled throughout India, from north to south, from east to west, preaching love and affection everywhere He went. This was also the mission of Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Svami Maharaja and our entire guru-parampara. We want to associate with everyone on the platform of love and affection, not by controlling others. You cannot bring others to Krishna’s service by manipulating them or controlling them. You cannot even control your own mind, what to speak of controlling others’.
Dear Srila Gurudeva, we sincerely pray and petition that you continue to bestow your heartly blessings upon all of us, that we will always be under your transcendental protection and guidance.
Aspiring to become a particle of dust at the lotus feet of our supremely munificent spiritual preceptors
Gurudeva’s Vishrambhena Seva Team
Swami B.V. Madhava
Vrinda Devi dasi