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Title: Disciples of Shrila Bhaktishastri Parampada Dasa Maharaja
User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2007-09-18 11:08:45
Nityananda, Gauranga, Hare Krishna!
Jaya Guru Parampara! Jaya Swamiji Gaurangapada!
Dandavats to all the Vaishnavas.
My dearest Swamiji Gaurangapada,
Would You please tell us something more about the disciples of Shrila Bhaktishastri Parampada dasa? Where do they live and chant the Holy Names? Is it tradition that disciples from the same Diksha Guru keep contact with one another or are there disciples who go their own way - living a quiet life in retreat/in an ashram? I suppose this is a difficult question which can not be answered that easily...
Aspiring to be a humble yet true devotee of the Holy Names,
Damodara Svarupa dasa
Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna! Jaya Shri Guru Parampara! My Shrila Gurudeva was greatly reluctant to accept any disciples because he desired to always remain absorbed in Naam Bhajana and Smarana without the burden of disciples and also because of his advanced humility, he considered himself unworthy to accept any disciples which is the true symptom of a great Vaishnava. Since Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Prabhupada instructed him to enter into the grihastha ashram so that he can serve his exalted devotee parents till the end of their lives, my Gurudeva did not get a chance to preach like a sannyasi. Thus, he faithfully discharged the instructions of his Gurudeva and decided to remain absorbed in his own Naam Bhajana due to his extreme humility and simplicity even after the disappearance of his parents and wife. He did not care at all for name, fame or following. He was only dedicated to the order of his own Gurudeva. He used to say "Shrila Prabhupada" (addressing Shrila Sarasvati Thakura) with so much devotion and inspiration due to his intense devotion for his Gurudeva right from his very childhood.
Thus he accepted very few disciples, maybe handful or even less. There are a couple of my godbrother devotees in Kolkata and a godsister in a South American country and they are very sincere and humble devotees. Thus the tradition is that disciples follow the instructions of Shrila Gurudeva and remain in whatever position Guru and Gauranga wants them.
Daaso'smi, Swami Gaurangapada.