All Glories to Sri Guru and Gauranga
All Glories to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga

Sri Bhakti Sundar Divya-vani
Sri Bhakti Sundar Divya-vani

Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj's
Divine Message of Devotional Love and Beauty

Sri Bhakti Sundar Govinda Maharaj, 1996.05.19., Soquel

Issue Number I

The Highest Development of Love and Affection

Compiled from the lecture given on the evening of the installation day of Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Gandharvika-Giridhari on the final day of Srila Govinda Maharaj's visit to the Soquel Seva Asram, May 19th, 1996.

Honorable devotees, ladies and gentleman, beloved children, I have spent a few days here in that presence of you all by the grace of Srila Guru Maharaj and the Vaisnavas. My health may not be well but I am feeling the merciful glance of you all so much. You have given me the chance to practice my spiritual life. By your association I have received much encouragement and mercy from my Guru Maharaj. This is my feeling. Sripad Bhakti Ananda Sagar Maharaj and Sripad Janardan Maharaj are saying many things about me and I am digesting that very happily. Actually, I cannot disrespect their vision. But I also have some feelings,

atmaiva hy atmano bandhur
atmaiva ripur atmanah
(Srimad Bhagavad-gita: 6.5)

And I feel I must say, "I want to do good for myself, I do not want to cheat myself. No doubt they are not cheating me but I also do not want to cheat myself." This is my feeling.

Krsna is so merciful. In His Sweet Absolute play everything within the transcendental and the mundane environment is playing. Sometimes He is playing with liberated souls and sometimes with conditioned souls. Also, those souls cannot feel that they are playing by the sweet will of Krsna. In a very simple way we have been taught since our childhood by our guardians that if we consider ourselves to be benefitted by the Lord's will, then we are actually benefitted by it. Before we wrote something in school we always wrote on our letterhead, "God is good." Or we would learn simple phrases like, "Its all the for the best." We learned many short phrases like these in our childhood.

Now the days have come to us in which we are considering that the Lord's will is not only good for us, but that it is great for us. Our guardians have given us the consciousness that everything is actually playing by the sweet will of Krsna and that play benefits us in many ways. And today we have received the feeling that a supremely beneficial day has come to us. Reality the Beautiful, the Supreme Personality of Godhead Krsna, has manifested in this Soquel Asram in His own non-different form, with His paraphernalia and with His power, through the devotional mood of the all the devotees here. All the devotees are very happy. We are seeing their mood and we can understand just how happy they are.

The forms of the Deities have become manifest but in no way are They dolls. We know the truthful history of the Pastimes of several Deities, like the Deity who bore witness, Saksi-Gopal, or the Deity who lived in a cave, Sri Gopal, or the Deity who stole ksir, the sweetened condensed milk preparation, for His devotee Sripad Madhavendra Puri, or the Deity who personally accepted food from the very young devotee-child Raghunandan. We know many histories like these of Deities' Pastimes. The Deity can walk, the Deity can eat, the Deity can do everything in His Pastimes. This is recognized by many devotees, even devotees who are not in the line of Krsna consciousness but may be Narayan's devotees, or Ramachandra's devotees, or Nrsimhadev's devotee. There are many evidences such as these of a Deity personally taking food from His devotees and bestowing His mercy upon the conditioned souls by giving them a chance to worship Him. You know that I am very poor in English but you can correct my words in your heart and continue hearing my lecture.

Anyhow, the manifestation of the Deity is a great chance for everyone, not only for us. Everyone will feel that. Many times the feeling that, "I have good fortune," came to me in Nabadwip Chaitanya Saraswat Math when I was with Srila Guru Maharaj. There is also another cause for this,

durdaive sevaka yadi yaya anya sthane
sei thakura dhanya tare chule dhari' ane
(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrta: Antya-lila, 4.47)

"If by chance a servant falls down and goes elsewhere, His glorious master will not leave him but will certainly rescue him from the illusory environment." When a Deity wants to take your seva you cannot avoid it. This is also a cause for our feelings of good fortune.

But when you will get more and more spiritual wealth, your attention will go to the service of the Deity's servitors. When you are highly qualified you will always want to satisfy the servitors of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. That is a more natural mood of service. In this mundane world we know one phrase, "If you love me, love my dog." It is a very general phrase but Krsna wants to see, "How much attraction does he have to Me? How much attachment does he have to Me?"

This mood of deep attachment is expressed by Srila Raghunath Das Goswami in his high expression to his worshippable Mistress, Srimati Radharani, who is the Supreme Servitor as the Supreme Power of Sri Krsna. You cannot detach the Power and the Powerful in any way. But the transcendental Power and Powerful Themselves can play and that is called the play of the Sweet Absolute. If you will get some part in that play, then how fortunate are you? You can think that when They are dancing, jumping, eating, embracing, and doing many things in Their Pastimes, you are also getting the chance to experience Their infinite and full play. You will get a chance to fully serve that Sweet Absolute with His Sweetest Power when the desire to serve His servitors come to you. Srila Das Goswami prayed to Srimati Radharani,

asa-bharair amrta-sindhu-mayaih kathanchit
kalo mayati-gamitah kila sampratam hi
tvam chet krpam mayi vidhasyasi naiva kim me
pranair vrajena cha varoru bakarinapi
(Vilapa Kusumanali 102)

"You are my Mistress and I have been waiting on the bank of Radha-kunda for such a long time hoping that You will bestow Your mercy upon me. I have spent so long waiting that I am now going to die. He Radharani! When will You bestow Your mercy upon me? I do not want anything except Your mercy, I do not even want Krsna's mercy. Your mercy is my only hope. Without You, without Your mercy, Krsna's mercy is useless to me. I do not want Krsna to bestow His mercy upon me in an independent way. What will I do with Him? I do not want anything directly from Krsna. Your lotus feet are my only shelter, I only want Your service. I want that only through You my service will be offered to Krsna. That is my desire. If You do not accept me, if You are not merciful to me, then what will Krsna be for me? His position will then be like Bakari, the killer of Putana and other asuras. What will I do with Krsna in His form of as a demon-killer?"

Here also is another type of divine feeling found in the advanced devotees. They are not counting how much mercy they are getting, they are only hankering to get more and more. In that mood Srila Das Goswami prayed to Radharani, "Without Your mercy I do not want Krsna." This type of fanatic mentality to serve the Lord's servant comes to a servitor when their devotional mood has advanced to a very high position.

Indra, Chandra, Vayu, Varun, everyone's power comes from that All-Powerful. But when that Powerful is playing with His eternal Power, how sweet must that be? We cannot believe it. The Sweet Absolute's play is described in Srimad Bhagavatam and because of that the Srimad Bhagavatam holds the highest position among the Vedic Scriptures. Anywhere you go within the whole of India you will see that the Srimad Bhagavatam is worshipped as Lord Krsna Himself. Why? Because the Pastimes of Krsna, Krsna-lila, are described very authentically there.

So the Pastimes of the Deities are expressed everywhere in the Scriptures. It is only necessary to have the vision to see them, to open our transcendental eyes. Then everything will be clear in front of us. Krsna mercifully gives us that transcendental vision in the His form of Sri Gurudev. One sloka from Srimad Bhagavatam states,

bhayam dvitiyabhinivesatah syad
isad apetasya viparyayo 'smrtih
tan-mayayato budha abhajet tam
bhaktyaikayesam guru-devatatma
(Srimad Bhagavatam: 11.2.37, Sri Chaitanya-charitamrta: Madhya-lila, 20.119, Madhya-lila, 24.137, Madhya-lila, 25.138)

Here it is expressed, "We are living in the plane of exploitation under the control of Maya and because of that we are always fearful. At any time death can come to us. We can lose everything at any moment: our health, our wealth, our property, our relatives, our son, our father or our mother. We are thinking, "Everything is mine," but we know none of it is really ours and because of that we are always fearful here in this mundane world. This is because of our attachment. Isad apetasya viparyayo 'smrtih, our attachment is what produces that fear. But our attachment is also the illusion of Lord Krsna. Actually, everything exists within consciousness but when consciousness is avrta, covered by illusion, we cannot see anything properly. It is necessary to remove that illusory covering and for that it is necessary to do some bhajan. Bhajan means bhaj dhatu sevaya, "Do some seva (service)." And who's seva? Krsna's seva. How can we do that? Bhaktyaikayesam guru-devatatma.

gurudeva, devata, atma, isvara-presthas cha
(Srimad Bhagavatam: 11.2.37 Sarartha-darsini Commentary)

"We can serve Krsna by serving Sri Gurudev, the Deity, the Supersoul and those who are most dear to the Lord." This is the commentary of Srila Visvanath Chakravarti Thakur who is the highest commentator on Srimad Bhagavatam. Gurudeva, devata, atma, isvara-presthas cha, serve them with hankering, love and your full mood of devotion. When devotion joins together with love and charm it gives more benefit to us in our practicing life.

The manifestation of the Deity gives us love for the Lord because the Deity's manifestation is very near and very close to our mental position. Within this mundane environment we are habituated to be with our relatives. Now the Lord, in His manifestation as the Deity, is present here among us in the form of our relative. The Lord is so attractive and so sweet and so beautiful and so ecstatic and He is very near and very dear to human society, human beings and human experience.

It is not only within the human species that we see love and affection among relatives. We see this amongst all species. For example, cats have so much affection for their children. Because the cat cannot carry her children on her lap she carries them with her teeth. Her kitten is very happy to be carried in this way. The kitten thinks, "Here is my swing." And those are the same teeth that the cat uses to catch a rat. So we can feel that love, affection and beauty are present within every species. But within the human society and within the human form they are more developed. Why is the highest development of love and affection found only in the human form? Because the human form is the original form of the divine Sweet Absolute.

krsnera yateka khela,sarvottama nara-lila,
nara-vapu tahara svarupa
gopa-vesa, venu-kara,nava-kisora, nata-vara,
nara-lilara haya anurupa
krsnera madhura rupa, suna, sanatana
ye rupera eka kana,dubaya saba tribhuvana,
sarva prani kare akarsana
(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrta: Madhya-lila, 21.101-102)

"Of all the Pastimes of the Supreme Lord Krsna, His Pastimes in His original human-like form are the best and most attractive of all. As an ever-youthful cowherd boy of Vrndavan, the best of dancers, He enjoys His Pastimes, always playing His flute. His human-like Pastimes are most befitting to His all-attractive nature. His beauty is so charming and sweet that the whole universe is flooded by even the tiniest atom of it, and all beings are attracted irresistibly to Him." This is an expression of Srila Krsna Das Kaviraj Goswami. Krsna's original form is like that of a human and He has appeared here in this world many times.

Anyone who has read Srimad Bhagavad-gita knows this.

yada yada hi dharmasya
glanir bhavati bharata
abhyutthanam adharmasya
tadatmanam srjamy aham
(Srimad Bhagavad-gita: 4.7)

"Whenever there is a decline in religious principles and a predominance of irreligion, the Lord Himself personally descends." Why does the Lord descend?

paritranaya sadhunam
vinasaya cha duskrtam
sambhavami yuge yuge
(Srimad Bhagavad-gita: 4.8)

Paritranaya sadhunam, the first cause for the Lord's descent is that the Lord cannot tolerate seeing His devotees suffer in the mundane environment. Secondly, vinasaya cha duskrtam, He appears to destroy the sinful. 'Vinasaya', means, 'destroying', but that vinasa also gives super benefit to those souls. When anyone dies at the hand of their Lord that cannot actually be death. Really, it is a spiritual promotion for them. Dharma-samsthapanarthaya, and finally, the Lord appears to reestablish religion, to distribute Krsna consciousness. He gives this consciousness,

man-mana bhava mad-bhakto
mad-yaji mam namaskuru
(Srimad Bhagavad-gita: 18.65)

"Your religion is to give your mind to Me, become My devotee, worship Me and give all your respects to Me."

aham hi sarva-yajnanam
bhokta cha prabhur eva cha
na tu mam abhijananti
tattvenatas chyavanti te
(Srimad Bhagavad-gita: 9.24)

"I am the only enjoyer and rewarder of all sacrifices. Those who are ignorant of My position fall to take birth again."

yam yam vapi smaran bhavam
tyajaty ante kalevaram
tam tam evaiti kaunteya
sada tad-bhava-bhavitah
(Srimad Bhagavad-gita: 8.6)

"Whatever one has always thought of and absorbed himself in during his life he will remember and attain to after leaving his body."

ye yatha mam prapadyante
tams tathaiva bhajamy aham
mama vartmanuvartante
manusyah partha sarvasah
(Srimad Bhagavad-gita: 4.11)

"As you surrender to Me, I will reward you accordingly. I am the ultimate goal of all paths and the objective to be attained by all. Everyone follows My various paths."

mattah parataram nanyat
kinchid asti dhananjaya
mayi sarvam idam protam
sutre mani-gana iva
(Srimad Bhagavad-gita: 7.7)

"There is nothing superior to Me. All existence depends on Me, like gems strung on a thread." Krsna gives this real consciousness to the conditioned souls when He manifests in this world. And He does not come only once. Krsna manifests Himself in His human-like form age after age. This is called dharma-samsthapanarthaya sambhavami yuge yuge.

We can see that where there is fertile earth farmers are very much interested to cultivate. They are not cultivating the jungle. The Indian earth is very fertile earth for Krsna consciousness and for that reason we are seeing in India the manifestations of the Lord in many varieties of ways. Other countries are also getting the Lord's mercy no doubt but it is especially present in India. In India the earth is very auspicious, that is, the Lord Himself has chosen to appear there.

I heard from Srila Guru Maharaj that one of our religious leaders, Netaji Subas Bose, wrote, "I like India because Bhagavan Himself appears in this country. And even more than India, I like Bengal because the Lord appeared in the form of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu here." To hear this we were stunned! He was a barrister, famous freedom fighter and a very great political personality but later in his life he took to Vaisnavism.

Anyhow, Krsna has many times mercifully bestowed His glance upon His devotees and we can see this especially in India. Maybe you have heard the name of Mirabai, or the name of Tulasi Das, or the name of Rama Das. Many devotees were born in India. But our line is special. It is a very exclusive line leading us towards satisfying Their Lordships Sri-Sri Radha-Krsna. That is Reality the Beautiful. Krsna's divine form is worshipped everywhere in India but His supreme manifestation with full exclusive devotion can be see in Vrndavan and Gupta-Vrndavan, Sri Nabadwip Dham. Therefore, we are so much attracted to Vrndavan Dham. Krsna has different Pastimes, Dwaraka-lila, Mathura-lila and Vrndavan-lila, but the sweetest Pastimes are in Vrndavan. Because of this Srila Rupa Goswami said,

vaikunthaj janito vara madhu-puri tatrapi rasotsavad
vrndaranyam udara-pani-ramanat tatrapi govardhanah
radha-kundam ihapi gokula-pateh premamrtaplavanat
kuryad asya virajato giri-tate sevam viveki na kah
(Srila Rupa Goswami-Upadesamrta 9)

"Superior to the spiritual realm of Vaikuntha is Mathura, where Sri Krsna first appears. Superior to Mathura is the Vrndavan forest where Krsna enjoyed the rasa dance. Better still is Govarddhan hill, which was the site of even more confidential Pastimes of love. But best of all is Radha-kunda, which is situated at the foot of Govarddhan hill, and holds the supreme position because it is overflooded with the nectar of the highest kind of divine love. Who is acquainted with the science of devotion who will not aspire for the divine service of Srimati Radharani at Radha-kunda?"

We are so fortunate that Giriraj Govarddhan has very mercifully given us shelter at His lotus feet. And we are even more fortunate that Giriraj Govarddhan has given us shelter beneath His divine hidden-form in Koladwip, Nabadwip. And we feel that Giriraj has also manifested here in this Soquel Asram. For this reason the divine Name of Their Lordships has come down from the divine abode, Sri Sri Guru-Gauranga Gandharvika-Giridhari. Gandharvika is always satisfying Krsna with Her dancing and singing. Gandharvika-Giridhari's Pastimes of singing and dancing take place in the rasa-lila. Beyond that, Gandharvika is satisfying Krsna in Radha-kunda. The Pastimes in Radha-kunda are even more beautiful and satisfying to Krsna. All the hidden Pastimes of Krsna are happening around Giriraj Govarddhan, especially in Radha-kunda, radha-kundam ihapi gokula-pateh premamrtaplavanat. There the Divine Couple are always tasting the supreme taste of Their Pastimes in a variety of ways.

We are so fortunate that our grand-guru, Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur, showed Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Gandharvika-Giridhari to be his worshippable Deities in the Pastimes of his bhajan life. Today those Deities have manifested here. We are feeling so fortunate and very comfortable that this is our home. That is our feeling.

Jaya Om Visnupad Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj ki jaya!
Jaya Sri Sri Guru-Gauranga Gandharvika-Giridhari-jiu ki jaya!

Tomorrow I am going to Mexico for my seva. As possible by me I will try to continue my seva of satisfying the devotees of Krsna. I do not know English and I also do not know Spanish. But I have hundreds of Spanish speaking friends who are very much attracted to the Pastimes of Sri Krsna and the devotees of Krsna. They came here in an eager mood and they are proceeding with us on to the Spanish speaking world. I feel this is a very great miracle. We cannot fully understand the will of Krsna but still all this has happened. Srila Prabhupad Swami Maharaj did not know other languages but thousands and thousands of his devotees followed him. The mercy of Krsna can enter into any country in any way. Mahaprabhu has bestowed His mercy upon the whole universe and no one can check it. The various laws of this world and laws of different countries have tried to check the flow of Mahaprabhu's mercy. But His mercy is like fame. If someone runs fearfully away from fame without stopping then his fame only increases. It will not decrease in any way. And like that, Mahaprabhu's mercy flares, blooms, and explodes like a narayanastra before any obstacle in its way. This is Mahaprabhu's divine gift. Srila Guru Maharaj said, "The golden Lord's golden gift."

And if I am not the Lord's instrument to distribute this mercy then someone else will be the Lord's instrument. That is up to the will of Krsna. I am fortunate that I have had even a small chance. So I do not want to consider whether my health is good or bad. I will only try to continue my seva. Please all of you bless me so that I can continue until my death. This is my prayer to the Vaisnavas and to Sri Sri Guru-Gauranga Gandharvika-Giridhari and Their associates.

vanchha-kalpatarubhyas' cha
krpa-sindhubhya eva cha
patitanam pavanebhyo
vaisnavebhyo namo namah

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