domingo, 19 de julho de 2009

JHANSI

I went twice to visit Abhaya Caranaravinda Prabhu while he was preaching in Jhansi. The first time I traveled on the train with some of the brahmacaris; the second time I went there to see him with my Gurudeva. We stayed four or five days each time. He had made some connections earlier during his frequent travels there for business. Some people had a building which was suitable for a manha. Prabhu invited us to consider it for one of our manhas, but our Gurudeva was not prepared to settle there. He didn't have enough brahmacaris, and he also favored a larger city like Mathura. The gentleman who had originally invited him, icarya Prabhakara Misra, became his initiated disciple. I don't know whether he gave diksa to him or not, but he said that he had accepted this man. I think that he had given harinama only. At that time Abhay Caranaravinda Prabhu was translating Sri Caitanya-caritamrta and this disciple would help him to correct his Hindi because it was mixed with Bengali.

During his stay in Jhansi, Abhay Caranaravinda Prabhu personally brought a large and very beautiful murti of Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu from Bankura (near Mednapore, West Bengal). This is where many Deities are made especially for the Gaudiya Vaisnavas. He had first ordered the Deity, and then brought Mahaprabhu to be established in that temple.

Prabhu invited Gurudeva and we came to visit there for the installation. Although we arrived for the program, the installment did not happen. This was because Guru Maharaja discussed with Prabhu about the manner in which those sponsors were allowing him to use the mandira. When he told us that they could kick him out, Gurudeva said he thought it might be better if a document was received. There was a discussion between Gurudeva and the sponsors and before all those people present he made a condition, "If you give the mandira to Pujyapada Abhay Caraaaravinda Bhaktivedanta Prabhu, then he will be the master of all these things. He will do everything according to our sampradaya." They, however, were in the mood that the temple should be in their charge and he would be like a priest. Both Prabhu and Guru Maharaja rejected their conditions.

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They then brought that uninstalled vigraha here to Kesavaji Gaudiya Matha in Mathura. Prabhu had been doing some regular puja alone there in Jhansi, but the Deity was not yet officially installed. My Gurudeva and I came back first from Jhansi to Mathura on the train. Prabhu didn't come with us then, but after some days he returned with the Caitanya Mahaprabhu vigraha and put Him in the care of my Gurudeva. Then Gurudeva installed that very beautiful Caitanya Mahaprabhu here on the altar in our manha where He is still being served to this day.

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Sri Guru-vandana

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The Worship of Sri Guru
(from Prema-bhakti-candrika)
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1
sri-guru-carana-padma, kevala-bhakati-sadma,
bando mui savadhana mate
jahara prasade bhai, e bhava toriya jai,
krsna-prapti hoy jaha ha'to

2
guru-mukha-padma-vakya, cittete koriya aikya,
ar na koriho mane asa
sri-guru-carane rati, ei se uttama-gati,
je prasade pure sarv asa

3
cakhu-dan dilo jei, janme janme prabhu sei,
divya-jnan hrde prokasito
prema-bhakti jaha hoite, avidya vinasa jate,
vede gay jahara carito

4
sri-guru karuna-sindhu, adhama janara bandhu,
lokanath lokera jivana
ha ha prabhu koro doya, deho more pada-chaya,
ebe jasa ghusuk tribhuvana

TRANSLATION

1
The lotus feet of our spiritual master are the only way by which we can attain pure devotional service. I bow to his lotus feet with great awe and reverence. By his grace one can cross the ocean of material suffering and obtain the mercy of Krsna.

2
My only wish is to have my consciousness purified by the words emanating from his lotus mouth. Attachment to his lotus feet is the perfection that fulfills all desires.

3
He opens my darkened eyes and fills my heart with transcendental knowledge. He is my Lord birth after birth. From him ecstatic prema emanates; by him ignorance is destroyed. The Vedic scriptures sing of his character.

4
Our spiritual master is the ocean of mercy, the fiend of the poor, and the lord and master of the devotees. O master! Be merciful unto me. Give me the shade of your lotus feet. Your fame is spread all over the three worlds.

Maha Mantra

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare



LOTUS

Jaya Srila Gurudeva , Srila Prabhupada Ki Jay !

All glories to Sri Guru and Gauranga!

All glories to Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada !

Gaura premanande Haribol!