Anugatya — How one should serve Sri Guru: A humble offering on the 51st Vyasapuja of Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Goswami Maharaja (6th October, 2013)

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All Glories to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga.

Dandavat Pranams Srila Acharyadev.

I am a most fallen soul and when I see the consciousness within my heart I feel that I have no hope to approach the divine service plane of Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. However, I find some hope when I hear about the glories of merciful Sadhu, Guru and Vaisnavas. Therefore, I pray at your lotus feet that you may forgive my offenses.

By the great mercy of Supreme Lord Hari, I could meet my Gurumaharaja His Divine Grace Srila Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Goswami Maharaja. I was having many plans in my own life during my Ph.D. and after meeting my Gurudev all my plans changed. Gurudev gave me so much love and affection that I have forgotten all my plans and I became a servant of Gurudev. After meeting my Gurudev, I was determined to practice a strict spiritual life. To attain that I was thinking that, I should give up all my scientific knowledge and I should sit in the temple, take prasadam and do bhajans and kirtans. However, I was surprised to see my Gurudev’s own example. He was always travelling and meeting scientists and students in different universities and colleges. He was presenting the teachings of Sriman Mahaprabhu in scientific language and had changed the heart of many big scientists including several Nobel Prize winners. Seeing this I have inquired Gurudev: “Gurudev, you are always speaking about science, but following the modern scientific approach one cannot realize God. Can you kindly clarify this doubt coming in my mind?” Then Gurudev explained me that “There will be a new science.” Later he further clarified by showing the explanations of his Gurudev, Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. It is explained in Srimad Bhagavatam 1.5.22:

idam hi pumsas tapasah srutasya va
svishtasya suktasya ca buddhi-dattayoh
avicyuto ‘rthah kavibhir nirupito

Translation: Learned circles have positively concluded that the infallible purpose of the advancement of knowledge, namely austerities, study of the Vedas, sacrifice, chanting of hymns and charity, culminates in the transcendental descriptions of the Lord, who is defined in choice poetry.

In the purport of this verse of Srimad Bhagavatam Srila Prabhupada says,

When advancement of knowledge is applied in the service of the Lord, the whole process becomes absolute. The Personality of Godhead and His transcendental name, fame, glory, etc., are all nondifferent from Him. Therefore, all the sages and devotees of the Lord have recommended that the subject matter of art, science, philosophy, physics, chemistry, psychology and all other branches of knowledge should be wholly and solely applied in the service of the Lord. Art, literature, poetry, painting, etc., may be used in glorifying the Lord. The fiction writers, poets and celebrated litterateurs are generally engaged in writing of sensuous subjects, but if they turn towards the service of the Lord they can describe the transcendental pastimes of the Lord. Valmiki was a great poet, and similarly Vyasadeva is a great writer, and both of them have absolutely engaged themselves in delineating the transcendental activities of the Lord and by doing so have become immortal. Similarly, science and philosophy also should be applied in the service of the Lord. There is no use presenting dry speculative theories for sense gratification. Philosophy and science should be engaged to establish the glory of the Lord. Advanced people are eager to understand the Absolute Truth through the medium of science, and therefore a great scientist should endeavor to prove the existence of the Lord on a scientific basis. Similarly, philosophical speculations should be utilized to establish the Supreme Truth as sentient and all-powerful. Similarly, all other branches of knowledge should always be engaged in the service of the Lord. In the Bhagavad-gita also the same is affirmed. All “knowledge” not engaged in the service of the Lord is but nescience. Real utilization of advanced knowledge is to establish the glories of the Lord, and that is the real import. Scientific knowledge engaged in the service of the Lord and all similar activities are all factually hari-kirtana, or glorification of the Lord.

When Srila Gurudev explained this, I could understand my mistake. I was thinking to renounce while modern scientists are using their scientific knowledge to exploit the resources. Both are unfavorable to pure devotional services. Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur also explained renunciation (tyaga) and exploitation (bhoga) tendencies as ‘passive hostility’ and ‘active hostility’ towards Absolute. With a hostile consciousness towards Absolute one may claim himself/herself as a devotee but in reality he/she is in opposition to devotion. After realizing that I could understand the pure devotional services that Gurudev is rendering following the order of his Gurudev Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Srila Prabhupada asked my Gurudev to use his scientific knowledge to defeat the atheistic propaganda of scientists and thereby establish the movement of Mahaprabhu as a scientific movement. Srila Gurudev also asked us to carryout the same services under the guidance of Sripad Bhakti Madhava Puri Maharaja.

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Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Goswami Maharaja – Representative of Pure Devotion in the line of Sri Rupanuga Sampradaya.

Srila Acharaydev, this experience of my own life came to my mind when I heard a lecture that you gave very recently during your visit to our Siliguri center. We have recorded the video and are making it available online for worldwide devotees on the eve of your divine grace’s 51st Vyasapuja (06th October, 2013). In this lecture you had narrated a pastime of Srila Bhakti Hriday Bon Maharaja with Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupada. One day when Srila Bhakti Hriday Bon Maharaja went on collecting alms, he all of a sudden found himself in the midst of a prostitute street. Some prostitutes in that street gave him some donations and he submitted that donation at the lotus feet of Srila Saraswati Thakur Prabhupada. Thereafter, Srila Bon Maharaja asked for forgiveness from Srila Saraswati Thakur Prabhupada, that he unknowingly went towards the prostitute street and this was the donations that he had received form a few prostitutes. Listening to that Srila Saraswati Thakur Prabhupada asked him, “Am I doing wrong?” Srila Saraswati Thakur Prabhupada told, I have many Sanyasi and Brahmachari disciples and they have left their family and householder life, just like one passes stool without any attachment towards it. But I am again sending these souls to the householders to preach the message of Mahaprabhu. By doing that am I doing wrong? Listing to this explanation of Srila Saraswati Thakur Prabhupada, Srila Bhakti Hriday Bon Maharaja immediately understood that what he had done is not wrong.

Srila Acharaydev, your explanation of these principles of pure devotion gave much encouragement to my heart and our scientific preaching mission. Sripad Bhakti Madhava Puri Maharaja also many times explained to us that Sri Arjuna wanted to renounce by giving up the fight and he wanted to do Bhajan in forest. But his Gurudev, Supreme Personality of Godhead Lord Sri Krishna reminded him the principles of pure devotion and explained how he can use even the task of killing people in the service of the Absolute. Following the same mood Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada wanted his scientist disciples to use their scientific knowledge to perform scientific sankirtan, i.e., to spread the teachings of Sriman Mahaprabhu in the scientific language. When, Srila Prabhupada guided his disciples and followers to obtain further spiritual guidance from Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaja, Srila Sridhar Maharaja affectionately nourished those sincere souls and thereby encouraged their dedication towards the mission of Sriman Mahaprabhu. Srila Sridhar Maharaja, instructed Srila Damodara Maharaja and Sripad Puri Maharaja to build a temple over the tomb of Darwin. Srila Sridhar Maharaja said to Srila Damodara Maharaja that it is very easy to construct a temple with bricks and cement but that was not the mission that was given to him by Srila Prabhupada.

Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada told, “You have to spend or waste gallons of blood before you can convert a person to Krishna consciousness.” Your Divine Grace have also reminded us the same message in your recent lecture. Several difficulties are constantly coming after the disappearance of Srila Gurudev Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Sundara Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaja, but despite that your divine grace is giving us an example how one must be fixed in the service of Sri Guru under all circumstances. We offer our humble dandavats at your lotus feet and we again and again pray that you may forgive our offenses. By your grace we may develop an atom of dedication that you have towards our Guruvarga.

Jay Om Vishnupad Paramahamsa Parivrajakacharya Sri Srimad Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Goswmi Maharaja ki Jay.

Your humble dasanudas
Bhakti Niskama Shanta