All Glories to Sri Guru and Gauranga
The Golden Volcano
of Divine Love
The Life and Precepts of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu
His Divine Grace
Srila Bhahti Raksaha Sridhara Deva Goswami
Guardian of Devotion PRESS
Copyright © 1984 Guardian of Devotion Press
Five Hundredth Anniversary of the Appearance
of Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu
Diving deep into the reality
of His own beauty and sweetness,
Krsna stole the mood of Radharani
And, garbing Himself in Her brilliant luster,
Appeared as Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
For the last twelve years of His manifest pastimes
He was deeply absorbed in union and separation
And shared His heart's inner feelings
With His most confidential devotees.
Volcanic eruptions of ecstasy flowed
From His heart in the agony of separation from Krsna.
And His teachings known as Sri Siksastakam
Appeared from His lips like streams of golden lava.
I fall at the feet of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu The Golden Volcano of Divine Love.
(Prema Dhama Stotram, Verse 54)
Editor in Chief: Bhakti Sudhir Goswami
Srila Sridhara Maharaja is the foremost pure devotee and is the patriarch of the followers of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. He is an intimate disciple and eternal associate of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura, the founder -acarya of Sri Gaudiya Math who masterminded a spiritual revolution to inundate the world with Krsna consciousness. Noted for his uncanny ability to draw out the inner meaning of the scriptures, Srila Sridhara Maharaja once composed a poem describing the ontological positions of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura and the line of disciplic succession stemming from Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati was so pleased with his poem that he remarked, "Sridhara Maharaja is carrying the conception of Bhaktivinoda Thakura. Now, I am satisfied that although I may go, at least one man will remain behind who can represent my conclusions."
As he prepared to leave this mortal world, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati expressed his desire to fix his consciousness on the lotus feet of Sri Rupa Manjari. He called his beloved disciple Srila Sridhara Maharaja to his bedside and requested him to sing the famous song of Narottama Dasa Thakura, Sri Rupa Manjari Pada. At that time, in what has been described as a 'mystic transmission, he gave Srila Sridhara Maharaja entrance into the eternal entourage of Sri Rupa Manjari. According to Srila Sridhara Maharaja's vision, however, he was posted as the gatekeeper, the guardian of devotion (Bhakti Raksaka), to protect the storehouse of conclusive truths about the full-fledged theistic conception of Sri Krsna, Reality the Beautiful as presented in Srimad-Bhagavatam and preached by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and the line of disciplic succession that has descended from Him, known as the Sri Caitanya Saraswata Sampradaya.
Sripada Nityananda Prabhu By the grace of Nityananda Prabhu we develop our attraction for Sri Gauranga. Nityananda Prabhu helps us consolidate the foundation which helps us progress further. His mercy sometimes exceeds the mercy of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. He won't allow even those who want to avoid Krsna consciousness to escape. If someone says, "I don't want it," Nityananda Prabhu won't allow it. He will say, "No! You must want it. I request you earnestly—take it! Use it and you will be able to feel the value of Krsna consciousness." He used to roam about here and there, rolling in the dust with tears in His eyes saying, "Take the name of Gauranga and I will be sold to you." By His mercy, even the most fallen souls can attain the supreme goal. He is the most generous-hearted aspect of guru-tattva, so we must bow down our head to Him, accept His holy feet, and surrender to Him.
Sri Sri Radha and Krsna. Sri Krsna is the fountainhead of all pleasure, ecstasy Himself, and Srimati Radharani is the embodiment of ecstatic love of Godhead. Radha and Krsna are one and the same, but They have assumed two forms. Thus They enjoy each other, tasting the mellows of divine love. The service of Sri Radha and Krsna in Vrndavana can be attained only by unalloyed devotion to the lotus feet of Sri Guru and Gauranga.