Post Author: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2007-11-03 03:12:22
Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna! Jaya Shri Guru Parampara! Pranams! There has been lot of discussion about placing Shrila Prabhupada in the Center for solving all problems. I would humbly suggest that we place all our three Prachara Senapati Acharyas in the center: Shrila Sacchidananda Bhaktivinoda Thakura, Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Prabhupada, and Shrila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, according to the desires of Shrila Prabhupada himself.
Shrila Prabhupada desired to have the Deity of his own Gurudeva Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Prabhupada along with his Deity, worshiped in his temples. I suggest that the books, teachings and open-minded non-critical sincere followers of all of these three Acharyas should be given equal respect as they are our principal heritage. No discrimination should be made between the teachings of these three Acharyas and one should not claim that one is higher or more relevant than the other. One should not reject the teachings of any one of these Acharyas in favor of the other or give less importance to the teachings of any one of them. One cannot just accept our father and reject or ignore our grandfather or our great great grandfather. If we emphasize only one of them and ignore the others, then we may end up going a little away from the flow of mercy descending from our Parampara. No one should consider that reading and preaching from the holy books of Shrila Thakura Bhaktivinoda and Shrila Sarasvati Thakura is jumping over Shrila Prabhupada.
Devotees should be instructed to study the teachings of all of these three Acharyas and not just one of them. Shrila Prabhupada wanted all of the books of Shrila Sacchidananda Bhaktivinoda Thakura translated and published for the great benefit of this world. Once when Gaudiya Math had a shortage of resources, Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Prabhupada organized a big Vyasa Puja celebration for Shrila Sacchidananda Bhaktivinoda Thakura on His Appearance Day and the next day immediately all the shortages of resources were miraculously supplied. So all these three great Acharyas and Intimate Associates should be worshiped together in the right mood and Lord Gauranga Krishna will shower His mercy abundantly on us very miraculously in a manner which He has never done before. Yes, believe me or not, there would be miracles if this were to happen. :)
Problems will always be there in this material world but they will be greatly minmized if all these three Acharyas are worshiped together. After the disappearance of Lord Gauranga, the great trinity of Acharyas: Shrila Shrinivasa Acharya Thakura, Shrila Narottama Dasa Thakura and Shrila Shyamananda Pandit advented in this world to spread the mission of the Lord. Similarly, this great trinity: Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Prabhupada and Shrila Bhaktivedanta Prabhupada have appeared in these modern times on the desire of the Lord to strenghten, establish and effectively spread this same mission. So imho we cannot just give prominence to only one and not to the other two because the mercy descended equally through all three of them.
In my ideal temple (imho), I would personally desire to see worship of the Deities of all three of them and deep studies, discussion, katha and preaching from the books, teachings and writings of all three of them. Devotees can be taught to equally accept, respect and worship all three of them as our primary Shiksha Gurus. We should associate with and give proper respect to the followers and devotees of all of these three Acharyas if they are humble, sincere and non-critical minded, in whichever group they are situated. We should talk and preach from the holy books and writings of all of these Acharyas and not consider one Acharya's teaching higher than the other.
Anyway, these are some of thoughts on this subject which I would like to humbly present to the devotees for further thought, deliberation and meditation. I am not interested in any challenging debate or argument against these thoughts of mine though on our site since they are very internal realizations. If you find these suggestions worth, then take them or try them and if you don't just leave them. :)
Daaso'smi, Swami Gaurangapada.
Post Author: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2007-11-03 12:33:18
This is a wonderful explanation Igor, except the last paragraph about me. :) Nityananda Gauranga Naam are self-effulgent and self-revealing. They are the eternal omnipotent truth. They descend due to Their own desire. They don't need anyone to reveal Them to the world. I am only a very insignificant servant of the Acharyas who desires to do what they want me to do. :) All credit goes to Shrila Sachidananda Bhaktivinoda Thakura for revealing the glories of Nityananda Gauranga Naam Tattva to the world on the order of his Lord Nityaananda Raama.
I don't know if this confidential truth about the offenseless and sublime Nityananda Gauranga Naam would ever be understood and practiced by the mass of people and the sincere devotees chanting the Hare Krishna Mahamantra but I surely hope your positive prediction comes true one day. Maya will try her very best to keep the secret of Nityananda Gauranga Naam as unnoticeable as possible. She knows that Nityananda Gauranga Naam impart the chanter with suvimala Krishna Prema or pure love for the Lord irrespective of the chanters' state of mind. And she also knows that Nityananda Gauranga Naam are so rare and only manifested in this Kali Yuga when Lords Nityananda Gauranga actually appear. They many not even be known in the next 2000 cycles of the four Yugas (1000 cycles in the day of Brahma and the time corresponding to another 1000 cycles in the night) until They advent again. So she just has to stop the souls from chanting Nityananda Gauranga Naam in this Kali Yuga and she will continue to have the souls in her net of illusion for many more thousands and millions of years. This is confirmed by Shrila Krishnadasa Kaviraja Goswami: tanra koti kalpe nahika uddhara..."Those souls who don't accept Lords Nityananda and Gauranga in this Kali Yuga may not be delivered from next ten million kalpas (days of Brahma, 1 day = 8,640,000,000 earthly years) at least." This is because they may not be born again as a human being in the same Kali Yuga in which Lords Nityananda Gauranga would appear for the next millions of kalpas. Our birth is this special Kali Yuga is due to unlimited past spiritual credits and we should not simply waste it by neglecting the supremely causeless mercy of Lords Nityananda and Gauranga. Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna!
Daaso'smi, Swami Gaurangapada.
Post Author: Bhakta Igor Date: 2007-11-03 11:25:44
Nityananda Gauranga Hare Krsna
All glories to Srilla Bhaktivinoda Thakura! All glories to Srilla Bhaktisiddhantha Sarasvati Thakura! All glories to Srilla Prabhupada! All glories to Swami Gaurangapada!
Yes, this understanding is sidhantha of understanding guru-tattva and our guru varga. Nityananda! Gauranga! We can, by causeless mercy of Lord Nityananda, easily understand that this realization is fully in order with final conclusion of teachings of Lord Gauranga. Lord Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu empowered Sri Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya to explain the conclusions of His teachings according to three principles - -Sambandha, Abhideya and Prayojana.
By causeless mercy of Lord Nityananda, to practically widespread teachings of Lord Gauranga according to this highest principe, three most glorious spiritual masters appeared in this world just to give us this knowledge and prema-phala, fruit of devotion.
First, in order to fulfill desire of Lord Gauranga, Srilla Bhaktivinoda Thakur gave to this world many books and on that way established siddhantha about Lord Gauranga Mahaprabhu. On that way, all misconceptions were destroyed, and path of pure devotion was established. All our teachings are based on teachings of Srilla Bhaktivinoda Thakura and his work is so great that we are all members of Bhaktivinoda-parivara. Jivas of this age of Kali, simply by reading books of Srilla Bhaktivinoda Thakura may understand all truths and therefore realize relationship with Supreme Lord Gauranga Krsna. That is sambandha.
Srilla Bhaktisidhantha Sarasvati Thakura practically presented teachings of Srilla Bhaktivinoda Thakura actively preaching, opening many Maths, initiating disciples etc. On that way desire of Lord Gauranga and pure devotional service were put into action like never before. Srilla Bhaktisidhantha Thakura showed to us how we should practically apply teachings of Srilla Bhaktivinoda Thakura in order to attain highest perfection. That is abhideya.
Srilla Bhaktivinoda Thakura explained all truths and gave highest knowledge to this world in his books. At that time fulfillment of Lordís desire of spreading harinam sankirtana was only like flame of candle, pulsating only in hearths of few devotees. Srilla Bhaktisiddhantha spread harinam sankirtana all over India, practically demonstrating highest standards of devotional teachings. Fulfillment of Lordís desire at that time was like forest fire, but desire of Lord was not completely fulfilled.
Prayojana means goal. His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada appeared in this world to mercifully widespread harinama sankirtana and to fulfill Lordís desire ?His message finally reached modern civilization like blazing wildfire! On that way desire of Srilla Bhaktivinoda Thakura and Srilla Bhaktisiddhantha Sarasvati Thakura were accomplished! Gaura-vani ?pracharine?Teachings of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu and chanting of Hare Krsna Maha Mantra can now be heard all over world only by causeless mercy of Srilla Prabhupada. How glorious is that! That is prayojana ?or final goal.
On that way, by causeless mercy of Lord Nityananda, we can understand that devotee should humbly worship our glorious Acharyas and that any attempt to emphasize only one of them and ignore the others is avidya.
Just like sublime chanting of Nityananda and Gauranga Mantrarajas is still great mystery to many devotees who are chanting Krsna Naam, on the same way this true about our glorious guru-parampara is mystery to many followers of any branches that originally emanated in numerous forms from our Acharyas. We should embrace them all and humbly preach glories of Srilla Bhaktivinoda Thakura, Srilla Bhaktisiddhantha Sarasvati Thakura and Srilla Prabhupada. Preaching about Nityananda and Gauranga Naam will in future unite all devotees, from many devotional branches, because that is desire of Lord Nityananda. That is desire of our glorious Acharyas that Holy Names of Lord Nityananda and Lord Gauranga will be spread all over universe.
In Caitanya Caritamrta we can read about main and hidden, secret reasons why Lord Gauranga Mahaprabhu appeared. All truths about Lord Gauranga was not immediately revealed to all devotees and to persons in general. That is described in Caitanya Caritamrta. Evan that main reason ?spreading of harinam sankirtan and chanting of maha-mantra was fulfilled by appearing of our Prachara Senapati Acharyas, secret reasons were still not fulfilled. Lord Nityananda has desire that Gaura Naam should be chanted because only then fallen jives will be able to really chant harinam without offences.
We will not go further in detail at this time, but we want to humbly offer our obeisance to our eternal Gurudeva, Srilla Bhaktiratna Sadhu Swami Gaurangapada, who is jewel of devotional service and who is giving this most precious jewel of Nitaai and Gaura Naam to this world. On this way, most intimate and hidden wishes of Supreme Lord Nityananda will be fulfilled and krsna-prema will finally overwhelm whole creation. Then every jiva will be drowned in ocean of devotional service and final desire of Srilla Bhaktivinoda Thakura, Srilla Bhaktisiddhantha Sarasvati Thakura, Srilla Prabhupada and all previous acharyas will be fulfilled.
Nityananda Gauranga Hare Krsna
Post Author: Bhakta Igor Date: 2007-11-03 13:36:43
Nityananda Gauranga Hare Krsna
Thank you dear Gurudeva for your comment.Your humbleness is example that we should follow. Desire of disciple is to glorify spiritual master and every genuine spiritual master is so humble that he will transfer all credits to his guru-varga.
Yes,Nityananda Gauranga Naam are self-effulgent and self-revealing, but They are revealing via great devotees like our Acharyas because Lord want's to spread glories of His devotees. Lord Krsna accepted to be driver of Arjuna's chariot out of love. He could easily defeat all enemies on the battlefield, but He wanted to establish Arjuna as greatest fighters of all times.
We all are puppets in Lord's hands. All what we can do is try our best to chant His Holy Names. If others accept it that will be His causeless mercy.
All glories to Srilla Bhaktivinoda Thakura! All glories to Srilla Bhaktisidhantha Sarasvati Thakura! All glories to Srilla Prabhupada! Nityananda Gauranga Hare Krsna
Post Author: BhushanNityananda das Date: 2007-11-03 23:11:06
Jaya Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, Jaya Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura Prabhupada, Jaya Shrila Prabhupada,
Jaya Gurudeva Swami Gauraangapada.
Thank you so much Gurudeva for describing Glories of Acharyas and also how to actually serve and worship Them ideally.
Thank you so much Igor prabhuji for wonderful explanation.
your aspiring servant
bhushan nityananda dasa
Post Author: Matus Date: 2007-11-03 19:39:27
Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna! Thank You dear Swami Gaurangapada Gurudeva and dear Igor for this highest nectar glorifying our most revered and beloved Trinity of Gurus in these modern times and for glorifying Nityananda Gauranga Naam. i am very much fortunate to read this nectar and sublime truths. My prayer at Your Lotus Feet is, that You please may bless me, so that i may never abondon the eternal shelter of Nityananda Gauranga Bhaktas as Yourself, our beloved Trinity and Nityananda Gauranga Naam. Jaya Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakura! Jaya Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Prabhupada! Jaya Shrila Prabhupada! Jaya Gaura-Bhakta-Vrinda! Jaya Shri Swami Gaurangapada! Yours in service, Matus