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Shri Guru-Parampara

Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami Prabhupada

 

krishna hoite catur-mukha, hoya krishna-sevonmukha,

brahma hoite naradera mati

narada hoite vyasa, madhva kohe vyasa-dasa,

purnaprajna padmanabha-gati (1)

 

In the beginning of creation Shri Krishna spoke the science of devotional service to fourfaced

Lord Brahma, who in turn passed these teachings on to Narada Muni, who

accepted Krishna Dvaipayana Vyasadeva as his disciple. Vyasa transmitted this

knowledge to Madhvacarya, who is also known as Purnaprajna Tirtha and who was

the sole refuge for his disciple Padmanabha Tirtha.

 

nrihari-madhava-vamshe, akshobhya-paramahamse,

shishya boli’ angikara kore

akshobhyera shishya jaya-tirtha name paricaya,

ta’ra dasye jnanasindhu tore (2)

 

Following in the line of Madhvacarya were Nrihari Tirtha and Madhava Tirtha, whose

principal disciple was the great paramahamsa Akshobhya Tirtha. He in turn accepted

as his disciple Jayatirtha, who passed his service down to Jnanasindhu.

 

taha hoite dayanidhi, ta’ra dasa vidyanidhi,

rajendra hoilo taha ho’te

tahara kinkara jaya-dharma name paricaya,

parampara jano bhalo-mate (3)

 

From him the line came down to Dayanidhi, then to his disciple Vidyanidhi, then in

turn it was introduced to Rajendra Tirtha, whose servant was the renowned Jayadharma,

also known as Vijayadhvaja Tirtha. In this way the guru-parampara is properly

understood.

 

jayadharma-dasye khyati, shri purushottama-yati,

ta’ ho’te brahmanya-tirtha-suri

vyasatirtha ta’ra dasa, lakshmipati vyasa-dasa,

taha ho’te madhavendra-puri (4)

 

The great sannyasi Shri Purushottama Tirtha was a renowned disciple in the service of

Jayadharma; from Shri Purushottama the line descended to the powerful Brahmanyatirtha,

then to Vyasatirtha. He was succeeded by Shri Lakshmipati, who passed the line down

to Shri Madhavendra Puri.

 

madhavendra-puri-vara-shishya-vara shri ishvara,

nityananda, shri advaita vibhu

ishvara-purike dhanya, korilena shri chaitanya,

jagad-guru gaura mahaprabhu (5)

 

Shri Ishvara Puri was the most prominent sannyasa disciple of the great Shri Madhavendra

Puri, whose disciples also included the avataras Shri Nityananda Prabhu and Shri

Advaita Acarya. Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the Golden Lord and spiritual preceptor

of all the worlds, made Ishvara Puri greatly fortunate by accepting him as diksha-guru.

[Nityananda Prabhu took diksa from Lakshmipati Tirtha and was actually Madhavendra

Puri’s godbrother but He accepted Madhavendra as His shiksha-guru. Thus, we follow

Bhagavat parampara, the line of shiksha rather than diksa.]

 

mahaprabhu shri chaitanya, radha-krishna nahe anya,

rupanuga-janera jivana

vishvambhara-priyankara, shri svarupa-damodara,

shri gosvami rupa, sanatana (6)

 

Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, who is Radha and Krishna combined, is the very life of the

rupanuga Vaishnavas who follow Shri Rupa Gosvami. Shri Svarupa Damodara Gosvami,

Shri Rupa and Shri Sanatana Gosvamis were the dearmost servants of Vishvambhara (Shri

Chaitanya).

 

rupa-priya mahajana, jiva, raghunatha hana,

ta’ra priya kavi krishnadasa

krishnadasa-priya-vara, narottama seva-para,

ja’ra pada vishvanatha-asha (7)

 

Dear to Shri Rupa Gosvami were the great saintly personalities, Shri Jiva Gosvami and

Shri Raghunatha dasa Gosvami, whose intimate disciple was the great poet Shri Krishnadasa

Kaviraja. The dearmost of Krishnadasa was Shrila Narottama dasa Thakura, who was

always engaged in guru-seva. His lotus feet were the only hope and aspiration of Shri

Vishvanatha Cakravarti Thakura.

 

vishvanatha bhakta-satha, baladeva, jagannatha,

ta’ra priya shri bhaktivinoda

maha-bhagavata-vara, shri gaurakishora-vara,

hari-bhajanete ja’ra moda (8)

 

Prominent among the associates of Shri Vishvanatha Cakravarti Thakura was Shri Baladeva

Vidyabhushana. After him the line descended to Shrila Jagannatha dasa Babaji Maharaja,

who was the beloved shiksha-guru of Shri Bhaktivinoda Thakura. Bhaktivinoda was the

intimate friend of the great maha-bhagavata Shrila Gaura-kishora dasa Babaji Maharaja,

whose sole delight was hari-bhajana.

 

shri varshabhanavi-vara, sada sevya-seva-para,

tahara dayita-dasa nama

prabhupada-antaranga, shri-svarupa-rupanuga,

shri keshava bhakati-prajnana

gaudiya-vedanta-vetta, mayavada-tamohanta,

gauravani-pracaracara-dhama (9)

 

The most distinguished Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura, whose initiated

name was Shri Varshabhanavi Dayita dasa, was always engaged in divine service to Hari,

Guru and Vaishnava. An internal and intimate disciple of Prabhupada following in the

line of Svarupa Damodara and Rupa Gosvami was Shri Bhakti Prajnana Keshava

Gosvami.

 

Having full knowledge of Vedanta philosophy according to the Gaudiya sampradaya,

Shrila Keshava Maharaja annihilated the darkness of all mayavada arguments. He has

served Navadvipa Dhama so much, and his life is an example for both practicing and

preaching Mahaprabhu’s message.

 

ta’ra pradhana pracaraka, shri bhaktivedanta nama,

patita-janete doya-dhama

 

His foremost disciple-preacher was Shri Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, who has

spread the message of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu throughout the world and is thus a

reservoir of mercy and compassion for all fallen souls.

 

keshava-priya-mahajana, vamana, narayana hana,

gauravani ta’dera prana-dhana

 

Most dear to Shri Keshava Gosvami were the saintly personalities Shri Vamana Gosvami

and Shri Narayana Gosvami, whose life and soul are the teachings of Mahaprabhu.

 

or: ta’ra shishya aganana, ta’ra madhye preshtha hana,

shri bhakti-prajnana keshava

ta’ra shishya aganana, ta’ra madhye anyatama,

shri bhaktivedanta narayana (9)

 

or: Out of Prabhupada’s countless disciples, Shri Bhakti Prajnana Keshava Gosvami was

his dearmost. And out of the countless disciples of Shri Bhakti Prajnana Keshava Gosvami,

one of the most prominent is Shri Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja.

 

ei saba harijana, gaurangera nija-jana,

ta’dera ucchishte mora kama (10)

 

It is my desire to honor the remnants (ucchishta) - their maha-prasada and their

instructions - from the lotus mouths of all these personal associates of Shri Krishna and

Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.