nama oṁ viṣṇu-pādāya gaura preṣṭhāya bhūtale śrī-śrīmad-bhakti-prajñāna-keśava iti nāmine atimartya-caritrāya svāśritānāṁ ca pāline jīva-duḥkhe sadārtāya śrī-nāma-prema-dāyine
[I offer praṇāmas unto the most worshipable lion-like ācārya, jagad-guru oṁ viṣṇupāda aṣṭottara-śata Śrī Śrīmad Bhakti Prajñāna Keśava Gosvāmī Mahārāja, who nurtures with extreme, divine affection as a parental guardian those who take shelter of him, who is always genuinely unhappy to see the suffering jīvas who have turned away from Kṛṣṇa, and who is bestowing upon them śrī nāma along with prema. (Śrī Gauḍīya Gīti-guccha: Śrīla Bhakti Prajñāna Keśava Gosvāmī praṇāma)]
vāñchā-kalpa-tarubyaś ca kṛpā-sindhubhya eva ca patitānāṁ pāvanebhyo vaiṣṇavebhyo namo namaḥ
[I offer praṇāmas unto the Vaiṣṇavas, who are just like wish-fulfilling desire trees, who are an ocean of mercy, and who deliver the fallen, conditioned souls. [Śrī Gauḍīya Gīti-guccha: Śrī Vaiṣṇava vandanā)]
namo mahā-vadānyāya kṛṣṇa-prema-pradāya te kṛṣṇāya kṛṣṇa-caitanya-nāmne gaura-tviṣe namaḥ
[I offer praṇāma unto Śrī Kṛsṇa-Caitanya, who is Śrī Kṛṣṇa Himself. Having assumed the golden hue of Śrīmatī Rādhikā, He is munificently bestowing kṛṣṇa-prema, the rarest of all gifts. (Śrī Gauḍīya Gīti-guccha: Śrīman Mahāprabhu vandanā)]
gurave gauracandrāya rādhikāyai tadālaye kṛṣṇāya kṛṣṇa-bhaktāya tad-bhaktāya namo namaḥ
[I offer my obeisances time and again unto Śrī Guru, Śrī Gauracandra, Śrīmatī Rādhikā, Her associates and Her abode Śrī Vāndāvana Dhāma, and unto Śrī Kṛṣṇa and all of His devotees. (An Unknown Vaiṣṇava Śrī Ślokāmṛtam: Maṅgalācaraṇa)]
aṅga-śyāmalima-cchaṭābhir abhito mandīkṛtendīvaraṁ jāḍyaṁ jāguḍa-rociṣāṁ vidadhataṁ paṭṭāmbarasya śriyā vṛndāraṇya-nivāsinaṁ hṛdi lasad-dāmābhir āmodaraṁ rādhā-skandha-niveśitojjvala-bhujaṁ dhyāyema dāmodaram
[I meditate upon that Śrī Dāmodara – whose dark bodily luster is millions of times more beautiful than the blue lotus flower, whose brilliant yellow garments rebuke the radiance of golden kuṅkuma, whose residence is Śrī Vṛndāvana-dhāma, whose chest is beautified by a swinging vaijayantī garland, and whose splendorous left hand rests upon the right shoulder of Śrīmatī Rādhikā. (Śrī Stava-mālā, Rādhā-dāmodara-dhyāna,(2) Rūpa Gosvāmī)
tavaivāsmi tavaivāsmi na jīvāmi tvayā vinā
iti vijñāya devi (radhe) tvaṁ naya māṁ caraṇāntikam
[I am Yours! I am Yours! I cannot exist without You! O Devi (Rādhikā), please understand this and bring me to Your lotus feet. (Śrī Stavāvali, Vilāpa-kusumāñjali 96, Raghunātha dāsa Gosvāmī]
Śrīla Gurudeva: By the causeless mercy of Guru and Gaurāṅga we are now in Varṣāṇā. I think you know that so many pastimes, sweet pastimes, and powerful pastimes of Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa conjugal took place from here; very near Nandagaon, Saṅket, Jāvaṭa Grāma—all are here. That is why in Dāmodarāṣṭakam Satyavrata Muni has told in the last śloka:
namas te 'stu dāmne sphurad dīpti-dhāmne tvadīyodarāyātha / viśvasya dhāmne namo rādhikāyai tvadīya priyāyai namo 'nanta-līlāya devāya tubhyam
[O Dāmodara! I offer praṇāma to the effulgent rope binding Your waist. I also offer praṇāma to Your belly which is the source of the Brahman effulgence and the mainstay of the entire universe. Time and again I offer praṇāma to Śrīmatī Rādhikā, Your dearmost beloved, and I also offer praṇāma hundreds of times unto Your wondrous, unlimited pastimes.(Śrī Dāmodarāṣṭakam 8)]
namas te 'stu dāmne sphurad dīpti-dhāmne
Oh, first he is doing namaskāra to sat-cit-ānanda rūpa, Kṛṣṇa, who was in Gokula. How beautiful was He. Charming he was; even naked and weeping He looks very beautiful and sweet, very beautiful. To do namaskāra is dāsa–rāsa; only in dāsa–rāsa we can do praṇāma, or in śānta–rāsa; in sākhya, vātsalya, and mādhurya–rāsa no namaskāra. Nothing (unknown). Oh, so many things; defeating Kṛṣṇa and so many things.
So, first he began from dāsa–rāsa but by the mercy of his Gurudeva, and Kṛṣṇa, by this stava, at once Dāmodara, Rādhā–Dāmodara, became so much merciful to him. And then inside him sakhya–rāsa and then vātsalya–rāsa and in (the) fourth śloka he has told…what?
varaṁ deva! mokṣaṁ na mokṣāvadhiṁ vā na cānyaṁ vṛṇe 'haṁ vareśād apīha idaṁ te vapur nātha! gopāla-bālaṁ sadā me manasy āvirāstāṁ kim anyaiḥ
[O Deva! Although You are capable of granting any boon, I do not pray to You for liberation, eternal life in Vaikuṇṭha, or for any other benediction [which may be obtained by executing the nine processes of bhakti]. O Nātha! May Your form as a cowherd boy forever remain manifest in my heart – besides this what is the use of any other benediction? (Śrī Dāmodarāṣṭakam 4)]
So, this vātsalya–rāsa came and after that, then at once he was inspired (by) the sweet pastimes of Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa conjugal; and then he is praying in the last:
namas te 'stu dāmne sphurad dīpti-dhāmne sphurad dīpti-dhāmne means...?
Oh, that rope was not merely a rope; it was not merely a rope. What it was? sphurad dīpti-dhāmne. Brahma, who is the manifestation of Kṛṣṇa, (unknown) jyotiḥ, he is the (effulgence), that is called brahma. So, jyotiḥ, he is the root of all the jyotis. That dhāma; it looks like a dhāma but (it is) not a dhāma: sphurad dīpti-dhāmne. (indistinct) that rope was thinking that this was a rope sphurad dīpti-dhāmne; sphurad dīpti-dhāmne means vātsalya–rāsa: coming from the heart of Ma Yaśodā that unparalleled, this vātsalya, became that rope so that rope was prema; and what prema? Vraja prema (and) in Vraja prema what prema? Vātsalya of Mother Yaśodā. So, this is sphurad dīpti-dhāmne and by that rope Kṛṣṇa was Himself tied. No need of anything. Very easily, to show yogis, atmas, jñānis, and to other bhaktas, that I can be only controlled by vātsalya bhāva.
nāyaṁ sukhāpo bhagavān dehināṁ gopikā-sutaḥ jṣānināṁ cātma-bhūtānāṁ yathā bhaktimatām iha
[The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Kṛṣṇa, the son of mother Yaśodā, is accessible to devotees engaged in spontaneous loving service, but He is not as easily accessible to mental speculators, to those striving for self-realization by severe austerities and penances, or to those who consider the body the same as the self. (Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 10.9.21)]
So, he showed that. And then:
namas te 'stu dāmne sphurad dīpti-dhāmne tvadīyodarāyātha
He is doing namaskāra to his stomach. What is that? viśvasya dhāmne Mother Yaśodā, she peeked in the mouth of Kṛṣṇa; millions and millions of brahmāṇḍas. She saw Himself; whole Vraja was there. So, all world, universe, millions and millions (of) universes are in the stomach of Kṛṣṇa. That stomach has no end. No right side or left side or inner. Ananta—unlimited. And viśvasya dhāmne, viśya mane sarva — what sarva? All rāsa, ocean of rāsa. This:
namo rādhikāyai tvadīya priyāyai
Certainly came inspired by Dāmodara's rope. I should inspire Him. In a Rādhā dāsyam, the best thing. And then he inspired Rādhā dāsyam. And then he began to pray with, oh, very full of joy and happiness:
namo rādhikāyai tvadīya priyāyai
Not Kṛṣṇa—he has done before. He has done. Now he is doing namo rādhikāyai tvadīya priyāyai; tvadīya priyāyai means "controlled by Rādhikā;" Rādhikā means Rādhiko Kṛṣṇena; Kṛṣṇena ārādhiko, so She is the ārādhya, devī, of Kṛṣṇa. Or She (is) always doing ārādhana of Kṛṣṇa and controlling. Even Kṛṣṇa can keep his flute and peacock feather on the lotus (feet of Śrīmati Rādhikā) and beg, "Oh, you should kindly give (up) your māna and burning, burning by viraha. So, be merciful to me.”
This is the meaning of Rādhikā; namo rādhikāyai tvadīya priyāyai namo ’nanta-līlāya devāya tubhyam. What namo ’nanta-līlāya? In Gokula He took birth. Oh, at the same time in Mathurā very wonderful two places. I think that in thousands of millions of universes everywhere in Vraja and Mathurā and there He took birth and Dambandhana-līlā was done in Gokula, that fruit-seller came in that līlā. Then he came to Vṛndāvana, Gopāṣṭamī and other līlās, cow grazing and all these are: Aghāsura, Bakāsura, Pūtanā, and all demons were liberated by Him and given love and affection. And to some, who were not qualified, He took them into His jyotiḥ, they were liberated but, what?
After that He began rāsa in Vṛndāvana; after that he began rāsa (unknown), after that He began rāsa in Govardhana, Candra Sarovara, in Rādhā kuṇḍa, all pastimes. So, everything was inspired, whole Kṛṣṇa līlā, Rādhikā and the līlā which He did from Jāvaṭa, Nandagaon, in Sankheta, here. Here. Today we will go to the places where Kṛṣṇa took the form of Mohinī gopī, Śyāma gopī, and so many things, and begged His mercy, we will go.
So, all: namo ’nanta-līlāya: this is ananta līlā, millions and millions, all the līlās. Rāsa līlā is ananta līlā. Guru Mahārāja has (told). Where dancing, singing, embracing, (unknown verse); all the līlās have been done so he is doing namaskāra.
So, first we should begin from the dāsa rāsa of Caitanya Mahāprabhu and by His mercy all these things will be inspired, from beginning to ending. If you want to do like this, you should try to do like this. Very auspicious day today.
Today is the birthday of param-pūjyapāda nitya-līlā-praviṣṭa oṁ viṣṇupāda Śrī Śrīmad Bhakti-rūpa Siddhānti Gosvāmī Mahārāja. He was a learned scholar, good writer. He was born and brought up in West, East Bengal; and then he joined Śrīla Prabhupāda but then he saw that all are very learned, all brahmacārīs, I am not learned. So, I should go, return back to my home, then I will learn Sanskrit and Law and other things and then I will come and I will serve Śrīla Prabhupāda. He returned back and he began to study Law; but our Guru Mahārāja, his elder godbrothers, and also like father, he went and told him and inspired him, "Oh, what Law will do? Law can not give you love and affection. So, at once you should return back and study love and affection under the guidance of Śrīla Prabhupāda. You are losing your time. It may be that you may die in the meantime. Why you are losing so? At once you should come." By (the) inspiration of our Gurudeva he returned back to Mathurā.
His name was first kept by Śrīla Prabhupāda Bhakti Siddha-svarūpa brahmacārī. Siddha-svarūpa means? Very good name he selected for him. He was so bold. Very, very bold. He went to preach in East Bengal, Dhaka, with Nemi Mahārāja, pūjyapāda Nemi Mahārāja. Nemi Mahārāja was (a) very, very learned person — very good scholar. Śrīla Prabhupāda used to send him learned (indistinct) and Bhāratī Mahārāja was sending to other persons. He may inspire all laughing, weeping, but he was (a) very learned scholar. So, he was there in Dhaka and he was preaching. He told, "Oh, Siddha-svarūpa brahmacārī you should speak something." Because he was a good speaker. So, he began to speak boldly that Rāmachāga will not do here anything. Rāmachāga; and told Vivekananda, Vivekananda no — Vi-veve-ka-nanda, no knowledge at all. He went to Western countries, America, and he gave a class on zero, that (the) world is zero, bogus philosophy, māyāvāda philosophy. So, he is Vi-veve-ka-nanda not Vivekananda. And Rabindranath Tagore, who has received noble prize, he is what? Rāmachāga. Rāmachāga you know? Goat. Having long beard like this. Oh, he should be in (the) kitchen. Better he should be in kitchen. Only the ladies who are working in, cooking in kitchen room they will hear him; but those who want pure bhakti they cannot hear him.
Oh, all the audience became, what? Upset and serious and they left that assembly and they became against (the) whole gauḍīya vaiṣṇavas. At once Nemi Mahārāja sent a telegram to Śrīla Prabhupāda in Māyāpur that my whole preaching has been spoiled (by this boy). Please call him to you and I can not preach here because no one is ready to listen. All are (indistinct). Prabhupāda at once he answered in telegram, "Oh, Siddha-svarūpa brahmacārī is very bold and he has preached what I wanted to tell, so I am coming just now and I will prove that he is OK. Oh, he has done millions of millions rupees preaching here, not a small scale. So, all are attracted and ready and there is (an) effect that all are inspired by his classes. I am very, very happy. I am just coming." And then Prabhupāda came there in Dhaka and he called all the assembly and he proved that what Siddha-svarūpa has done, oh, he has done OK and he is true to an extent. Then all became very inspired.
How he was, he has regard for his godbrothers. He used to know my Gurudeva śikṣā (indistinct). So, they sometimes used to go to markets to collect vegetables, and vegetables was collected. At that time our Gauḍīya Maṭha was what? Niṣkiñcana — very niṣkiñcana, nothing with them. They used to take sakh, spinach, and all these things, no rice at that time.
When Bhakti-sāraṅga Gosvāmī Mahārāja came then everything was (indistinct). So, Siddha-svarūpa brahmacārī used to go to Howrah market, where is station in Howrah. two-three miles from Ultadanga they used to go collect vegetables and in two big bags, one some less and one some more, heavy, Siddha-svarūpa prabhu he used to run after (the) big one, heavy one; and my Gurudeva also used to run after that, that, "I will take the bigger" and he used to tell, "I will (take the) bigger."
Guru Mahārāja told, "Why you will take?"
"Because you (are) my senior so I must take it."
And Guru Mahārāja told that, "I am elder than you; I am more stronger so I should take (it)."
And thus quarreling like this, prema-kalaha; prema-kalaha you know? Loving quarrel.
Nowadays we see opposite. Now what to tell of godbrother, even disciples and Gurudeva relation has been changed. Gurudeva has to see and fulfill all the desires of disciples, otherwise he may go. He will left him. So, Gurudeva is serving according to the wish, desire, of his disciples; and disciples never care Gurudeva. They don't think what is the desire of Gurudeva. But at the time of Prabhupāda it was, "How to serve Gurudeva." For Gurudeva they used to keep their lives in hands, like my Gurudeva, in parikramā of…you know? So, all like this. Not quarreling among them; but now we see opposite. A Guru has to be very careful, that, "How I can fulfill the all desires of disciples that he may not give up me." And that disciple never cares Guru. He does what Gurudeva never wants. I see, I realize this. Very few disciples are this way that they want to keep their lives and souls for Gurudeva. Very few numbers. You can count their names in fingers. So, I request you all to follow our Gurudeva, disciples of Śrīla Prabhupāda, Gurudeva, to follow Bhakti-rūpa Siddhānti Gosvāmī Mahārāja. To follow Svāmīji. He took his life and everything and by boat he went, he was dying, and he is praying, how, why you are sending me? What can I do for you? So, all the disciples (were) like that. You see that in ISKCON most 95% they have left Gurudeva they have not going to fulfill the desire of Gurudeva, they don't know even the desire of Gurudeva. So, thus was Śrīla Bhakti-rūpa Siddhānti Gosvāmī Mahārāja. He was a very scholar learned person.
Then, what I was telling? He, what our Prabhupāda wanted, and my Gurudeva, he wrote a commentary of Brahmā sūtra; that Śrīmad Bhāgavatam is the meaning of Brahmā sūtra…what bhāgavata…so where is the link of bhāgavata and Brahmā sūtra? And he established. He also published two Gitas. One of Viśvanātha Cakravartī Ṭhākura compiled by Śrīla Bhāratī Mahārāja and second Baladeva Vidyābhūṣaṇa, very, very… And Upaniṣads (unknown) and also the books of Śrīla Viśvanātha Cakravartī Ṭhākura Bindhu, Kiran, Kana, Bhakti-rasāmṛta-sindhu-bindu, Ujjvala-nīlamaṇi, Kiran, and Brhad Bhagavatamrita Kana.
He was a very strong ruler also. And he was a bold to speak true. He was so bold and good controller and manager too. He was also kavi; he has all qualities.
I wanted to speak so much; something Prajātak Mahārāja will speak.
So, today I am warned not to speak so much; so, I am giving puṣpāñjalis in the lotus feet of Śrīla Bhakti-rūpa Siddhānti Gosvāmī Mahārāja. He should be pleased to give us his causeless mercy, that we can follow his footprints.
Gaura premānande! Hari hari bol!
Śrī Śrīla Bhakti-rūpa Siddhānti Gosvāmī Mahārāja; but before that I want to tell that Rāsānanda brahmacārī has spoken very excellent. So, I think that now we have to go there parikramā and returning anyone, Rāmacandra prabhu or anyone, translate in English so that all can enjoy.
Also, I want to give my blessings to Janārdana prabhu of Venezuela. He has translated my five books. The Guru Mahārāja life his precepts and all siddhānta; and Secret Truths of Bhāgavatam; and Upadeśāmṛta of Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī; and Conception Guru tattva; Happiness in a fool's paradise. He has written so my blessings.
And he should now going to translate Śrīmad Bhagavad-gītā that we have done and so many books. So, my heartly blessings to him that in future he may produce so many publications.
Gaura premānande! Hari hari bol!