[Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja]: Today is the disappearance day
of our holy master, Nitya-lila-pravista-om-visnupada Sri Srimad
Bhaktiprajnana Kesava Gosvami Maharaja. Today is Saradia-purnima.
You know that on this very sacred day our reverend holy master
entered into the pastimes of Goloka Vrndavana. On that night
there was a lunar eclipse and the moon was coming in like a
reddish color. At that time Radha and Krsna called him and he
entered that. So this rasa, saradia rasa purnima, from this day
rasa was given. I have told you that all the sweet pastimes of
Krsna especially, they were in this month, Kartika month. Krsna
killed Kamsa in this month. [Hindi] All the special pastimes,
prominent, sweet pastimes of Krsna were held in this month.
Our president and acarya of our Gaudiya Vedanta
Samiti, parama pujyapada Vamana Maharaja could not come. He's in
Navadipva dhama. We offer puspanjali in his lotus feet.
The Western devotees, they requested me so many
times that, "We have a very large book about Swamiji,
Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja, but we don't know about Srila
Bhaktiprajnana Kesava Gosvami Maharaja, and he's the
sannyasa-guru of our reverend gurudeva, but we don't know
anything about him." And also the devotees of all parts of India,
and those who live in foreign countries, they requested me to
make a translation or book glorifying our gurudeva. So I tried.
By the mercy of my gurudeva and my elder godbrothers pujyapada
Vamana Maharjaa and pujyapada Trivikrama Maharaja. They are so
much senior to me. You know Vamana Maharaja joined Gaudiya Matha
perhaps in 1913 when he was a very little baby like of 8 or 9 or
12 years. His mother gave Vamana Maharaja in the hands of our
gurudeva, and from then he's serving all and especially our
gurudeva. So Vamana Maharaja is very qualified. I have offered my
Hindi edition of the Life and Precepts of my gurudeva, and I have
given to them in their hands so that they can give in the hands
of my gurudeva. [Hindi]
Today we have published this in
English also, now the English edition has come. And I think in
Western countries it will be very much honored and all will try
to collect this book. It is like Jaiva dharma. In it there is so
much glory of our gurudeva, his teachings also, very strong
teachings. So you must collect this book and read this book. You
will know so many important things about our sampradaya, and how
he served his Gaudiya Vaisnava sampradaya, especially Sarasvata
dhara. So I'm offering this book to his beloved, my elder
gurubrother, parama pujyapada Trivikrama Maharaja.
can give this book in the hands of my gurudeva, our gurudeva, and
he will be very much happy to have this book. So I am giving,
handing over this book to parama pujyapada Trivikrama Maharaja
who will give this book in the hands of my gurudeva.
Now I will request parama pujya pada Trvikrama Maharaja to speak
because he knows so many things more than, better than me, about
Guru Maharaja. I joined Gaudiya Vedanta Samiti nearly two years
or three years after his coming, joining. If parama pujyapada
Vamana Maharaja was here, oh, he can glorify Gurudeva so much.
But we will sent this book where he is, and I know that he will
be very happy, very happy. So I am requesting parama pujyapada
Trivikrama Maharaja to tell something about our gurudeva.
[BV Trivikrama Maharaja speaks]: Glorification is possible by
the pure devotee. [Hindi]. A pure devotee can glorify the glory
of his divine master or Lord Krsna. Who is not honest and pure
cannot glorify him. So pujyapada Srila Narayana Maharaja has
ordered me, but I am not proper devotee to glorify our divine
master. But it is the duty of all disciples to glorify their
divine master. But I wish that maybe gradually I may acquire the
qualification of glorification. I will try, but I know that my
glorification will not reach, will not be sufficient. I was
living in the material world, I had no connections, no knowledge
of the spiritual world. But by their grace or boon I have been
able to understand a little of the spiritual line.
is a fact, a truth, that a godbrother of my divine master Srila
Bhaktiprajnana Kesava Gosvami Maharaja, whose name was Sripad
Bhaktibhavana Madhusudana Maharaja. He was not a sannyasi, he was
a brahmacari. First of all he gave me instructions and he gave me
a little. . . . [Hindi]
tasmad gurum prapadyeta
jijnasuh sreya uttamam
This is the instruction of
Bhagavatam [11.3.21]. [Hindi]
mam eva ye prapadyante
mayam etam taranti te (Gita 7.14)
He who takes
shelter in Me, only he can be free from maya, he can pass away
from maya, no other man can go away from maya. So it is stated
that we should take shelter of Lord Krsna, mam eva ye prapadyante
mayam etam taranti te. What do we mean by mam eva? Eva means
Bhagavan, sastra has declared, that gurudeva is
the dearest one of Lord Krsna. And for that he can give me
everything. By his wish Lord Krsna will be pleased, and anything
will be, may be had. So we have no other alternative than to take
shelter of the louts feet of the divine master who can, by whose
blessing and by whose prayer Lord Krsna maybe be merciful upon
me. This is the bounded duty without the blessing of Srila
Gurudeva, nothing can be had in the devotee's life, in devotional
life. So every disciple should surrender completely to the lotus
feet of the divine master. But I am most wretched one. I am not
able to surrender in the louts feet of my divine master so how
can I glorify him. It is hopeless for me. It is only possible for
him who has completely surrendered, who has sacrificed
everything, body, mind, soul, wealth and belongings to the lotus
feet of his divine master. I know pujyapada Bhaktivedanta
Narayana Maharaja is a person who has devoted everything for the
service of him. I am not a proper servant or bonafide servant so
it is impossible for me to glorify my divine master.
He uttered the name of Krsna, 'Hare Krsna, Hare
Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare,' then he stopped [went into
nitya-lila]. He uttered 'Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna,
Hare Hare.' When Lord Caitanya uttered the spiritual names, He
uttered so that you could hear the image of Lord Krsna. The pure
devotee is uttering 'Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare
Hare. Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare,' tears are
rolling down from their eyes as long as they are uttering. But we
do not take any drop of water from the eyes. So although the
sound is coming it is very dim. So my glorification is like that.
I can express this glorification but it is like material, but my
divine master possesses no material qualification, he is a
possessor of transcendental qualification which cannot be
expressed by a bound soul like me.
My spiritual master
is always with his divine master. Spiritual vision, he's always
living with his spiritual master. So in this separation he
entered into the spiritual service line. This is not true fact.
He entered in the service and joined rasa lila, and he was joined
so long that he did not reappear. I think so. So it is difficult
to express. But as he was in rasa lila, so he must carry from our
side. He is present in the rasa lila, it is true. He was not
present, joined place, and that is the pastime I consider
according to my knowledge I think is true.
trying to waste your valuable time. You may hear everything from
Srila Narayana Maharaja. Thank you.
Maharaja]: Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja came in this math,
here, and took renounced order. And what is the meaning of
renounced order? I have told this in this book and so many times.
So now there is not so much time to explain all these things. And
he gave him sannyasa, and then he went to whole world and
preached very strong, and he got inspiration. He has written in
his letter to Trivikrama Maharaja and myself on this very day,
when I telephoned him in America. He was in Seattle. And I gave
And today he was with all his senior leaders and
all, and he wrote to me of that thing And he wrote one
vairagya-yug-bhakti-rasam prayatnair apayayan
mam anabhipsum andhamkrp ambudhir yah para-duhkha-duhkhi
So his relationship to
our gurudeva was like both his siksa-guru and sannyasa-guru. He
has told so much. So we should know that really he gave
Bhaktivedanta, this name to him. And also to us, Bhaktivedanta
Vamana, Bhaktivedanta Trivikrama, Bhaktivedanta Narayana,
Bhaktivedanta so on, and he kept the name of his society,
Bhaktivedanta society, Gaudiya Vedanta Society. So he's so much
related to our gurudeva. He did not give his sannyasa disciples
the name 'Bhaktivedanta,' but we are 'Bhaktivedanta,'
Bhaktivedanta Vamana, Bhaktivedanta Trivikrama, Bhaktivedanta
Narayana and after that he became Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja.
So it can be said that we are in his line. We can claim that we
are in his claim. So there is no separation between us and him.
It may be that some separation took place.
But he can
glorify our gurudeva, and also we can glorify Swamiji,
Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja. But those who are falling down, how
can they glorify him? They cannot glorify him, never. So we can
glorify him in his line, and he's in our line, in my gurudeva's,
this line, and we are in this line. In true guru parampara. He
was in Gaudiya parampara, we are also. But now they are giving
up. And they are cutting. They are establishing that he was the
founder of ISKON, but I know that he was not founder, he was one
of the members of this in guru parampara. It was founded by
Krsna, and first acarya was Brahma, then Narada, then Vyasa. Only
he has changed the name and he has preached these things in
Western countries. If he had established this and preaching new
one, then it will not be eternal. But he was eternal leader, in
eternal guru parampara. So he was not establisher, but he changed
the name in English, he translated. So it is eternal, ISKCON is
eternal thing. It has been named recently, but this name is what?
Gaudiya Vaisnava sampradaya, Brahma Madhva Gaudiya Vaisnava
sampradaya. So we are all like in a family, like family persons.
Don't see that we are divided here and there.
beginning of my gurudeva's life his everything was so
transcendental. After his birth, so many transcendental things
He was born in a very high cultured and
aristocratic family. From beginning, when he was like a student
in school. He used to attend so many . And his father was in the
line of One very famous yogi, Vijaya Krsna Gosvami, and after
that he became vaisnava. After that he became totally vaisnava
after that. So he in his line, the father of our gurudeva and
mother were vaisnavas. From his beginning he was very bold, he
was kavi, poet, and very good writer. In his student life he
began a patrika, monthly patrika, monthly magazine for school.
When he was in student life, he made, formed a
society to serve any poor and needy persons. [Hindi]
Once our guru Maharaja returned in his home at about 9 or 10 in
the night, and his mother took a stick and was standing at the
door. "Where you were?" [Hindi]. "Where you have gone?" [Hindi -
Kesava Maharaja replied that they had formed a society to help
needy people, collecting whatever money they could from student's
lunch money. They found out some old lady who was sick and had no
money for medicines, so they got medicine for her and were taking
shifts looking after her.].
We are part and parcel of
the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and that is Krsna, so we must
serve Him. We are all unhappy because we are not serving and
forgetting Krsna. [Hindi]
When our Guru Maharaja
established Gaudiya Vedanta Samiti, Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja
was one of the founding members. Pujyapada Trivikrama Maharaja
was there, and so many others were there. So Bhaktivedanta Swami
Maharaja was also in Gaudiya Vedanta Samiti. And from here he
went here and there. [Hindi]
But Swamiji preached
everywhere, but after some time, after his departure we see that
everywhere all are upset now. About 95% of the senior and
renounced order sannyasis have fallen down. Everywhere they are
upset, what to do and what not to do. At that time Swamiji and my
Gurudeva sent me to the West and I went everywhere. And that is
why we see the fruit, that over all world so many sincere senior
vaisnavas are coming, from Australia, New Zealand, Fiji,
Malaysia, Indonesia, America, Brazil, Venezuela, Costa Rica,
England, Germany, France. From all over.
[BVNM]: So I am indebted to all. So this
is the fruit of the tree that they planted, Srila Prabhupada,
Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, and after that water was given by
Srila Gurudeva and Swamiji, and after that they are giving also
now, now also. By their mercy we are doing all. So I am going
there, but pujyapada Trivikrama Maharaja and Vamana Maharaja,
they are so much merciful to me. If they are not merciful I could
not do anything. [Hindi]
[Maharaja addresses Ramacandra
prabhu]: Very brief.
[Ramacandra gives some
translation]: Maharajaji is taking the first instance spoken by
pujyapada Trivikrama Maharaja. He said, and pujyapada Trivikrama
Maharaja also said, that how first they came in contact with
It was a very inspiring instance.
pujyapada Narottamananda Brahmacari, and I think Trivikrama
Maharaja has told his name, Madhusudana Maharaja. He became
sannyasi and his name became Madhusudana Maharaja. He was an
eloquent speaker of Bhagavatam. So when he was reciting
Bhagavatam, pujyapada Trivikram Maharaja heard his Bhagavatam and
he came in touch with Gaudiya parampara. And similarly Maharaja,
Gurudeva, was also saying that he was preached to first of all by
Narottamanada Brahmacari. And Maharaja was also saying that the
first time he went there, at that time three devotees were there
-- Narottamanada Brahamacari, Trivikrama Maharaja and Narasimha
Maharaja. They all went to some place, Sahi Ganja, where Maharaja
first time met them and came in contact with Gaudiya
Maharaja was quoting all these incidences to
give us one very important and serious point, that in order to
offer our offerings to gurudeva, first we are recollecting our
vartma pradaksa guru, the first person who has shown the path
towards our gurudeva. And Maharaja was saying that, "I was so
much fascinated by Narottamananda Brahamacari that I told I want
to take harinama from you." Then he said that, "You are so much
surrendered to me, then follow my instructions. I instruct you
that you should take harinama from pujyapada Kesava Maharaja."
And hence this is the way that both of them were showing how we
should offer our offerings to gurudeva. First to the person who
has brought us to this line.
Today is the day that
pujyapada parama gurudeva went into the eternal pastime of Krsna.
And today's eternal pastimes is rasa lila because today is
saradia purnima. This is the day when Krsna performed His rasa,
saradia rasa. So Maharaja was explaining the day. It was about 6
pm or 6.30pm, sunset down and moon was rising. And Maharaja told
that this was the day of moon eclipse also, and moon was quire
red in rising stage. At that time he entered into the eternal
pastimes. Maharaja was also explaining that at that moment it
appeared he was sick, apparently he was sick only, but he was
always absorbed in some mood, and weeping and weeping, tears were
coming out from his eyes.
Maharaja said that he was in
Calcutta, and he was going to Navadvipa, and only two days before
leaving, when he entered into the eternal pastimes, he was in
Navadvipa. And in Navadvipa he showed as if he had no any
problems, he was ok, alright. And during the last night he was
Maharaja said, "I was reciting the
kirtana." And you must have heard so many kirtanas Maharaja was
reciting. And he was very, very absorbed in listening to it. Then
finally when he went into avesa, and they realized that he's
trying to enter into the pastimes, then all of the disciples
started kirtana, loud kirtana of Hare Krsna mahamantra. And he
was also participating in the kirtana in the same rhythm and
melody and in the last moment he halted, Maharaja was saying,
'Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, ' and then in a rolling
voice of 'Hare.' And then finished. It's not finished, because he
entered into eternal pastimes.
Maharaja was saying that
we can understand the extent of his glorification in that even
one of his disciples [attained such an elevated state]. He was a
very beautiful boy. His name was Ananga mohan, and he was a very
good kirtaniya. And such a good kirtaniya, and he also prepared
prasadam for gurudeva. When he fell sick he was admitted to
hospital. At that time Maharaja and one Babaji was serving him.
And when he was leaving this abode, Maharaja was present at that
time in front of him. His state was that, "Oh, Radha-Krsna is
calling me in Vrndavana. O Baba! O Baba!" He used to call
Gurudeva 'Baba.' "O Baba!" 'Baba' means 'father.'
also one of the godbrother of parama gurudeva, he was also
reciting His name. And at that time he was saying that,
"Radha-Krsna is calling me to Vrndavana."
and Nityananda Prabhu.
[Ramacandra]: "Gauranga and
Nityananda Prabhu are calling me to Vrndavana." And Maharaja
says. . . .
[BVNM]: And he was telling like, "Radha
Krsna! Radha Krsna!" like this.
Doctor was telling that,
"How he's speaking? His heart has collapsed, but still he's
[Ramacandra]: This is very, very unbelievable
for the material people. But it was not his body who was
speaking, it was he who was speaking. And Maharaja realized his
presence, and Maharaja was saying that, "I started to render my
prayers to him. 'O Prabhu, you are really in a very special mood,
and you are going to your abode. I now pray at your lotus feet,
also take me with you. You are so fortunate.'" This way he
entered into the real abode.
Then Maharaja compared this
to when Ajamila called his son Narayana and it was namabhasa, and
he could get opportunity to go to Vaikuntha. So when a disciple
who is initiated by such a highly elevated personality like
Bhaktiprajana Kesava Maharaja, and when at the end of his life
he's saying, "O Radha-Krsna, Gaura Nityananda is calling me."
Then what will be his state? He will positively enter into the
eternal abode of Radha and Krsna, that is Goloka Vrndavana. So
when his disciple is like this, then how will be his
So Maharaja has quoted many instances of his
[Maharaja asks Ramacandra Prabhu to stop
speaking. Then Maharaja recites the first sloka of
Damodaraastakama, then Maharaja speaks in Hindi. After this we
all go to Visrama ghat on the bank of the Yamuna to make sankalpa
(vow) for Kartika. Afterwards we return to Kesavaji Gaudiya
Matha. Then at 10am we all gather. There is kirtana, then
Maharaja asks some of his godbrothers to speak, like pujyapada
Giri Maharaja, and Kunja Bihara Brahmacari. They speak in Hindi.
Then Maharaja asks Urukrama and Jnana dasa prabhus to speak in
English. Then Maharaja speaks in English. (Transcript to follow
upon receiving the tape)]