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Bhai SahajiyaBhāi Sahajiyā (Part One)
By Published On: January 26, 2024Tags: 3.8 min read

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The following is a short talk given by Śrīpāda Bhakti Kiśora Araṇya Mahārāja in Śrīla Prabhupāda’s rooms at Rādhā-Dāmodara Temple on the occasion of Śrīla Bhakti Gaurava Narasiṅgha Mahārāja’s disappearance on 17th January 2024

(After Gaura Gopāla Dāsa Brahmacārī had read the latest chapter of 🔗 Śrīla Narasiṅgha Mahārāja’s biography, Śrīpāda Araṇya Mahārāja spoke as follows:)

It is unfortunate that the biography of Narasiṅgha Mahārāja has waited for so long to come out. It would have been better if it had come out in Mahārāja’s manifest pastimes, but Kṛṣṇa and Prabhupāda had their plan. Mahārāja’s intense dedication to Prabhupāda – and not only his dedication, but the feeling and the inspiration that he got for carrying out Prabhupāda’s instructions – is a hallmark of one who actually has the blessings of his guru – and that we should aspire for. We should aspire for the blessings of those who have the blessings of their spiritual master – dāsa-dāsānu-dāsa, and to distribute that.

We were reading last night in Caitanya-caritāmṛta how those who are inspired to distribute what they have received from their gurus are actually truly in that line. And that was Mahārāja’s mood – to distribute. There is seemingly a plurality of gurus, but in essence the guru is one, as Prabhupāda himself explained in his Vyāsa Pūjā address in Bombay (1936). And in the higher sense, we see that it is Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī. It is by Her blessings.

This is Vṛndāvana and it is Her domain. And Prabhupāda resided here at Rādhā-Dāmodāra Temple and he took his inspiration here at the feet of Rūpa Gosvāmī, who in our estimation is the most intimate servitor of their Lordships, Radha-Govinda and Mahāprabhu.

We should come here on a regular basis to derive inspiration – inspiration internally and for distribution, so that we can also disseminate that which Mahārāja invites in relation to Śrīla Prabhupāda, Śrīla Śridhara Mahārāja, and Śrīla Bhakti Pramoda Purī Mahārāja. So many stalwart devotees have derived their inspiration from this place. But we should not become a point of contention, meaning we shouldn’t create any disturbance here. We should come in quietly with kīrtana, and we should leave, feeling that we have all been very blessed by having the opportunity to serve here during Narasiṅgha Mahārāja’s manifest līlā. And we can continue to do that service, because the essence of that service is the propagation of Kṛṣṇa consciousness. Mahārāja’s whole mood was to disseminate the message of his guru-varga. Just as we read today in his biography, during Prabhupāda’s Vyāsa Pūjā, when Prabhupāda touched that cake and everyone took the opportunity to take prasāda. And how Mahārāja ran to open the gate for Prabhupāda. Mahārāja was like that. Whenever he saw the opportunity to get that prasāda, he went for it. And we should be anxious like that – anxious for that type of service because that will increase our sentiments, and those who come in contact with us also will be benefited by that. That was Śrīla Prabhupāda’s mood.

Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī is the one who thinks most intensely about Kṛṣṇa, constantly. There is no break for Her. So that is also the mood of our ācāryas. They show that – no break, continuous! That means service, sevā. There’s no dearth of sevā when you want it. It just keeps on coming. Sometimes we may think, “Well, I can’t manage,” but that is actually their blessing on us. If all of a sudden we find ourselves with no association and no service, then we should feel ourselves to be cursed. Service is due to their compassionate nature. I can only say that in relationship to myself, that they are the most compassionate.

Narasiṅgha Mahārāja was very nourishing and very compassionate to this fallen soul, what to speak of Śrīla Prabhupāda, Śrīla Śrīdhara Mahārāja and others? We have to be grateful for what they have given us. We should not become ingrates, but we should become grateful. We must appreciate it.

Jaya Oṁ Viṣṇupāda Paramahaṁsa Parivrājakācārya Aṣṭottara-śata Śrī Śrīmad Śrīla Bhakti Gaurava Narasiṅgha Mahārāja ki jaya!

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Bhai SahajiyaBhāi Sahajiyā (Part One)

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Śrīla Bhakti Kiśora Aranya Mahārāja is a disciple of Śrīla A.C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda and Śrīla B.R. Śrīdhara Deva Gosvāmī. In the 1970s he served Śrīla Prabhupāda as one of the foremost book distributors in North America and in 1981 he met his śikṣā guru Śrīla B.R. Śrīdhara Deva Gosvāmī who he served under for many years. In the 1990s he permanently took up residence in Vṛndāvan and became an Indian citizen. He has re-established the Rupanuga Bhajan Ashram in Vṛndāvan in connection with the disciples of Śrīla Bhakti Gaurava Narasiṅgha Mahārāja.
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