Saranagati

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Daily Journal Note: Soon I will be finishing a small book by nitya-lila pravista om visnupada Srila Bhakti Raksaksa Sridhara “Deva” Maharaja. It is very satisfying to do this and awakens me to the fact how all Gurus work cooperatively. Vaisnavas and shastras go together  whether today or in the future. I experienced a lot of this from a different angle while in India last year. It seems mostly every group of Vaisnava society I went to was very non-sectarian except one person. If all Vaisnavas actually worked together cooperatively, not worrying over who will be the next BIG acarya, then we could do so much to help the world. That would be real peace, and of course, like BG says what is the question of happiness without peace. I wonder if honesty and openness will happen more amongst Vaisnavas. Isn’t that what the debate on Wikileaks is all about, that is, honest in Journalism? All we know is that according to Bhagavatam the cow is standing on one leg, wobbling. Truth is hurting nowadays. But think God for the Internet. It has helped a lot to make things more understandable in this world of maya.

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On Guru

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Separation of Guru is one of the most painful, not simply a personal separation, but it effects the collective of devotees. Who will be the next acarya? The next mahabhagavata? What to do? So many questions and doubts arise. Here is a quote from nitya-lila pravista Srila Bhakti Raksaka Sridhara Maharaja regarding this:

“The guru should be recognized by impartial judgment. Everyone thinks that his own mother is the most affectionate. But when a comparison is drawn between two mothers to see who is more affectionate, an impartial criterion will be applied. This is called tatastha vicara, an impartial comparison of relative and absolute considerations. When the two are weighed, the absolute calculation will always have the greater value.

“The position of acarya is very intricate. It is very difficult to bring an acary under rule. You see, that is our practical experience. You please hear and note this. The position of an acarya is a relative thing, and the position of the disciple is also relative, just like the relationship between mother and child, father and son, wife and husband. Although to his godbrothers a guru will be seen in a relative position, to his disciple, the guru is absolute. So to adjust between the relative and absolute is a difficult thing; it is an eternal problem. Even in Krsna-lila there is ‘enmity’ between madhurya-rasa and vatsalya, but when the absolute consideration comes, both rasas must be included within the fold.” (Sri Guru and His Grace, p. 76)

Radhastami

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Everyone had a wonderful Radhastami I presume. I was sorry I did not get to post the appearance of Srimati Radhika. Her appearance is just as mysterious and transcendental as Krishna’s. When one goes to Raval, then one will hear about it. Right now it is late in the morning and I must chant some japa. If one wants to read about her appearance, read the Lalita Madhava. Nitai Gaura Haribol! and Jaya Sri Radhe! Jaya Sri Krishna!

Appearance of Sri Radhika

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I used to wonder how Sri Radhika appeared even after after I heard two stories. One in that she appeared in Barsana on a lotus flower in the middle of Vrsabhanu kunda, later I heard another story from a devotee  and asked where he got it. He did not know. Then I found it later in one of  Srila Rupa Gosvami’s plays. Also Srila BV Narayana Maharaja said that she appeared out of the left side of Sri Krishna. I am trying to find all shastric references to these statements. Maybe someone could help me? In the meantime, before Radhastami I will write more about my own researches. It is early now, so I am just chanting the mahamantra with emphasis on her name. devi krsnamayi prokta, radhika para-devata / sarva-laksmi-mayi sarva-kantih sammohini para: “The transcendental goddess Srimati Radhika is the direct counterpart of Sri Krsna, and the central figure for all goddesses of fortune. She possesses all the charm to attract the all-attractive Supreme Personality, and she is the primeval internal potency of the Lord.”