quinta-feira, 6 de agosto de 2009

A letter from Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada to Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja

Sri Guru Gauranga Jayatho

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ACARYA: SWAMI A.C. BHAKTIVEDANTA Sept 28, 1966.


Sripada Narayana Maharaja,

I received your letter dated 20,9,66 on time. Our relationship is certainly based on spontaneous love. That is why there is no chance of us forgetting one another. By the mercy of Guru and Gauranga may everything be auspicious for you. This is my constant prayer. From the first time I saw you I have been your constant well-wisher. At his first sight of me Srila Prabhupada also saw me with such love. It was in my very first darsana of Srila Prabhupada that I learned how to love. It is his boundless mercy that he has engaged an unworthy person like me, in fulfilling some of his desires. It is his causeless mercy to engage me in preaching the message of Srila Rupa and Sri Raghunata.
The preaching work is going very well here. I sent a copy of my description of this along with the letter. You may try to print it if you can, and you can copy it and give this news to different newspapers. Here the government is very cautious about preaching any other religion except for Christianity. Therefore I am ordered to leave after only staying here for a year. I am also ready to return, but my disciples do not want me to go. They are arranging to file a suit against this order of the government. Five hundred dollars will be spent, about Rs 4000/-. They are prepared to spend that much money. The above American gentlemen will hold a meeting tonight, and within twenty-four hours they will arrange a lawyer to be paid. So it seems I have to stay here longer, to fulfill the desire of Srila Prabhupada. Even though they keep me in all kind of comfort and convenience, still my mind is anxious to return to Vrndavana, and I am enthusiastic to see you all.
My room is locked in Delhi. If you or any of your faithful preachers want to preach in Delhi, let me know. If you want to work in Delhi, you can use that room and preach. If you continue going to Delhi, then my publication work can be taken care of, under your observation.
You wrote to me, “You can engage me in any preaching work in India according to my ability. I shall always be ready to do so.” So I can preach whole heartedly by your good wishes.
Here, fifteen educated boys have accepted discipleship from me (sishawatho). They have given up whine wine, meat and intoxication, marijuana, tea, coffee, eggs etc., and are honoring krsna-prasadam given by me everyday. They never knew how to take dahl, capati, rice, spinach, milk and fruits, but now by eating such prasada they are quite happy and are always attentively doing their service. Therefore, when these boys are fully ready, vast preaching will take place in these Western countries through them. I always remind them that I am old. “At any time I may have to say namaskara to Yamaraja, so you all try to understand this Krsna consciousness philosophy properly.” I think that they are trying to take this up properly. Otherwise, why would spend Rs 4000/- to Rs 5000/I to file a suit to try to keep me here? Anyway, by mercy of Krsna and your good wishes and blessings, I feel no inconvenience. My health is also good. My only concern is that due to my absence from India my printing work is held up. Regarding this, if you can supervise a little, then I will have no worry. In Delhi, I have a householder disciple and there are also one or two others, but they have no experience with printing. If you can supervise, then Sriman Candrasekhara and his son Candra Mohana will help you.

Here the high-ranking people consider Bhagavans devotees to be insane. In the beginning I tried to associate with them. I became acquainted with secretary of the governor and others; but seeing their demoniac nature I have focused my attention on the middle class especially towards the young and educated. Here the young educated sampradaya are disgusted with Western civilization. They are being ruined by taking marijuana and associating woman. The governor does not care for them. They are sent to the Vietnam War by force. The political situation here is not good. This means that their future is not bright. Because of this condition, Sriman Mahaprabhu has come to this country. I am trying to give them the dust of His lotus feet and those who are accepting are feeling joy. They are accepting me with love, thinking that I can give them life. You will come to know this news in the Joint Report.
A crosscheck is being sent. It will not be difficult to cash it if you have a bank account. Otherwise you can collect money with the help Bon Maharaj or other friends. Please reply to me as soon as you receive my letter.
Nivedana
(I offer myself to you)


Sri Bhaktivedanta Swami

P.S. There is no need for any professional mrdanga player. If there is any good devotee who wants to come, send me his name address.

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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!