Giving class in Badger
[Bhajanas at Sri
Kesavaji Gaudiya Matha in
At 8.15 Srila Narayana Maharaja led the Western and Indian devotees present in offering arati and puspanjali to Prabhupada, and then the devotees partook of an opulent feast in his honor. Soon after that the temple devotees began serving Nanda Maharaja's feast to over 10,000 guests.
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accept this lecture below. Srila Maharaja spoke the following glorification of
I have known him personally since 1946, and I never saw him like that. I know personally that he has not only come only to give vaidhi-bhakti. He has come to preach rupanuga-bhakti.
One special quality
I saw in him was that he was very simple, and always smiling. Before him, other
He always used simple words, and his method of giving Krsna consciousness was like that of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. When Mahaprabhu was traveling to Vrndavana He chanted "Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna." Or, He chanted:
krsna krsna krsna krsna krsna krsna krsna he.
krsna kesava krsna kesava krsna kesava pahiman
rama raghava rama raghava rama raghava raksaman
He continually wept,
and it appeared as though the
So Srila Swami Maharaja went to the West and began to chant:
sri krsna caitanya prabhu nityananda
sri advaita gadadhara srivasadi gaura bhakta vrinda
At first he did not try to explain many deep philosophical topics. He spoke very simply and told his audiences, "Chant Lord Krsna's name." From there he began. He used to love everyone, whether they were qualified or not; and those who met him became his.
This is one speciality of a qualified guru: all his disciples will think, "My Gurudeva loves me more than anyone." Srila Swami Maharaja was like this. I think that all his disciples used to consider, "My Gurudeva loves me most." He would joke and be jolly with anyone, even his disciples, and even children used to love him – automatically. In big, big assemblies and meetings he very simply taught the truths of Krsna Consciousness.
When I went to the Western countries I followed in his footsteps. I did not discuss very complex Vedanta philosophy. I only gave simple Harikatha, and by his mercy and the mercy of my Gurudeva, so many were charmed.
Previous to his
coming to the West, big scholars of the Gaudiya mission went to
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