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The Meaning of Vyasapuja

In this beautiful cintamani lecture, Srila Gour Govinda Swami Maharaja, through careful analysis of the manifestation of Lord Nityananda as Sri Guru establishes the importance of worshipping such Vaisnava Acaryas and the true meaning of Vyasapuja. Furthermore, the Acarya also presents how bhakti-tattva is revealed to the disciple who hears the kirtan of the Sri Guru Acarya.

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audio "The Meaning of Vyasapuja" by Srila Gour Govinda Swami Maharaja. A class delivered on 10th March, 1995, on the Caitanya-caritamrta, Adi-lila, 17.16-18 in Bhubaneswar, India. 1:06:00 mins



(Text 16)
tabe nityananda-gosanira vyasa-pujana
nityanandavese kaila musala dharana

(Text 17)
tabe saci dekhila, rama-krsna - dui bhai
tabe nistarila prabhu jagai-madhai

(Text 18)
tabe sapta-prahara chila prabhu bhavavese
yatha tatha bhakta-gana dekhila visese
[Cc. Adi 17.16-18]

TRANSLATION (Text 16)

“Nityananda Prabhu then arranged to offer Vyasa-puja, or worship of the spiritual master, to  Lord Sri Gaurasundara. But Lord Caitanya carried the plough-like weapon called musala in the ecstacy of being Nityananda Prabhu.”

PURPORT BY SRILA PRABHUPADA

"By the order of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, Nityananda Prabhu arranged for Vyasa-puja of the Lord on the night of the full moon.  He arranged for the Vyasa-puja, or guru-puja, through the agency of Vyasadeva. Since Vyasadeva is the original guru (spiritual master) of all who follow the Vedic principles, worship of the spiritual master is called Vyasa-puja. Nityananda Prabhu arranged for the Vyasa-puja and sankirtana was going on, but when He tried to put a garland on the shoulder of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, He saw Himself in Lord Caitanya. There is no difference between the spiritual positions of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Nityananda Prabhu, or Krsna and Balarama. All of Them are but different manifestations of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. During this special ceremony, all the devotees of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu could understand that there is no difference between Lord Caitanya and Nityananda Prabhu."

TRANSLATION (Text 17 and 18)

"Thereafter Mother Sacidevi saw the brothers Krsna and Balarama in Their manifestation of Lord Caitanya and Nityananda. Then the Lord delivered the two brothers Jagai and Madai. After this incident, the Lord remained in an ecstatic position for twenty-one hours, and all the devotees saw His specific pastimes."

Commentary
His Divine Grace
Srila Gour Govinda Swami Srila Gurudeva

Avatari-Avatar

From this verse we can understand Caitanya Mahaprabhu showed His Nityananda form. Nityananda is Balarama. Caitanya Mahaprabhu is svayam bhagavan.

brajendra-nandana jei,
saci-suta hoilo sei
balarama hoilo nitai
[Prarthana, Srila Narottama Dasa Thakura]

Caitanya Mahaprabhu is the son of Maharaja Nanda, Krsna. Krsna is Caitanya and Nitai is Balarama. So Krsna is avatari whereas Balarama is avatara. Understand my language? Avatari means the source of all incarnations. Balaram is avatara. But there is no difference between Krsna and Balarama, as there is no difference between avatar and avatari. 

Brahma-samhita also says, giving the example of the lamp. One original lamp is there and many lamps are being lit from it. All the lamps have the same potency of giving light. So there is no difference between avatar and avatari.  

It is manifested, Mahaprabhu showed this, nityanandavese kaila musala dharana. 'Lord Caitanya carried the plough-like weapon called musala in the ecstasy of being Nityananda Prabhu.' Sri Nityananda Prabhu was going to put a garland on the shoulders of Caitanya Mahaprabhu when He saw Himself in Caitanya Mahaprabhu.

There is no difference between avatara and avatari, no difference between Caitanya and Nityananda and no difference between Krsna and Balarama. This is the siddhanta and this gaura-avatara is purna-avatara, complete avatara not an amsara avatara, partial incarnation. Srila Prabodhananda Sarasvati-pada has said like this in Sri Caitanya-candramrta:

yadi nigadita-minady-amsavad gauracandro
na tad api sa hi kascic chakti-lila-vikasah
atula-sakala-sakty-ascarya-lila-prakasair
anadhigata-mahattvah purna evavatirnah
[Sri Caitanya-candramrta, Text 141]

"If someone says that Lord Sri Caitanya is an amsa-avatar like Lord Matsya or if not that, then a lila-avatar, or a saktavesa-avatara then he does not understand the actual glory of Lord Sri Caitanya, the original Personality of Godhead who's full of all perfect and incomparable potencies and wonderful pastimes."

An Ocean of Mercy

"Sri Caitanya is full of all perfect and incomparable potencies." Saktiman is energetic. Atula-sakti means incomparable. Therefore through His incomparable potency, He has manifested a wonderful lila, a wonderful lila. One cannot understand this lila-tattva through ones material knowledge or scholarship. From this we can understand, Gauranga Mahaprabhu is purna-avatara not amsa-avatara, and it's not an easy thing to understand Him.

na yoga na dhanam na ca japa-tapas-tyaga-niyama
na veda nacara kva nu bata nisiddhady-uparatih
akasmac caitanye 'vatarati daya-sara-hrdaye
 pumarthanam maulim param iha muda lunthati janah
[Sri Caitanya-candramrta, Text 111]

"Now that Lord Sri Caitanya, His heart filled with mercy, has descended to this world, those living entities who had formerly never practiced yoga, meditated, chanted mantras, performed austerities, followed various Vedic restrictions, studied the Vedas, performed spiritual activities or refrained from sins have all become able to easily plunder the crest jewel of all goals of life."

The 'crest jewel of the goal of life' means prema-dhana. Those who have nothing, who are very, very sinful persons, no yoga, no jnana, no tapasya, no Vedic study, bereft of Vedic knowledge, no vrata, no tapasya, no sadacara, all asadacar, Mahaprabhu is so wonderfully merciful. He is an ocean of mercy, an unlimited ocean of mercy. He offers this prema indiscriminately. When Mahaprabhu appeared, all were drowned in this ocean of prema. But who gets it? That's another question. Though Mahaprabhu offers who gets it?

patrapatra-vicaranam na kurute
na svam param viksyate,
deyadeya-vimarsakah na hi
na va kala-pratiksah prabhuh,
sadyo yah sravaneksana-pranamana-
dhyanadina durlabham,
dhatte bhakti-rasam sa eva bhagavan
 gaurah param me gatih
[Sri Caitanya-candramrta, Text 77]

"He does not consider whether a person is qualified or not. He does not see who is His own and who is an outsider. He does not consider who should receive and who should not. He does not consider whether it is the proper time. The Lord at once gives that nectar of pure devotional service that is difficult to attain even by hearing the messages of the Lord, seeing the Deity, offering obeisances, meditating or following a host of spiritual practices. That Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Gaurahari is my only shelter."

My only shelter. He so wonderfully, indiscriminately gives this prema. Without the mercy of Gauranga Mahaprabhu nobody can understand Bhagavata-tattva.

srimad-bhagavatasya yatra
paramam tatparyam utenkitam,
sri-vaiyasakina duranvayataya rasa-prasange 'pi yat,
 yad radha-rati-keli-nagara-
rasasvadaika-sad-bhajanam,
tad vastu prathanaya gaura-vapusa
 loke 'vatirno harih,
[Sri Caitanya-candramrta, Text 122]

"Because they are difficult to understand, Srila Sukadeva Goswami had only briefly hinted at the sweet amorous pastimes of Sri-Sri Radha and Krsna in his description of the rasa dance in Srimad-Bhagavatam. Now Lord Hari has descended to this world in a golden form to reveal the truth of these pastimes."

Gaurahari therefore descended to reveal the truth of this rasa-lila prasanga. Nobody can understand rasa-lila. That is the essence of BhagavataBhagavata-prema. Nigama-kalpa-taror galitam phalam, [SB 1.1.3] the most ripened, sweetest, nectarean juicy fruit of the Vedic tree is the Bhagavata. The essence is rasa-lila. Sukadev Goswami very precisely, indirectly has said, not directly.

Why? Because nobody can understand it, nobody can relish that mellow. Such bhaktas are very, very rare. Who can relish such mellow? Therefore Sukadev Goswami indirectly has said.

So in order to elaborately reveal to the world, this Radha Krsna madhurya-rasa, prema-lila, the conjugal loving affairs between Radha and Krsna, which are very, very confidential, Mahaprabhu appeared. He is prema-purusottama.

Therefore, He appeared. Without Mahaprabhu's mercy nobody can understand this tattva. Therefore, in other words, without the mercy of Mahaprabhu, nobody can understand Srimad-Bhagavatam, bhagavata-tattva.

yaha, bhagavata pada vaisnavera sthane
ekanta asraya kara caitnaya-carane
[Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Antya-lila 5.131]

Therefore we say,

"Go, approach such a Vaisnava, gaura-priya, who is a very dear devotee of Gauranga Mahaprabhu, go to him and read Bhagavata and study Bhagavata and hear Bhagavata from him and completely take shelter at the lotus feet of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.”

Without Mahaprabhu's mercy nobody can understand Srimad-Bhagavatam.

The Custodian & Door-Keeper

Mahaprabhu is prema-purusottama, who gives krsna-prema. That prema is like an unlimited ocean, the storehouse of prema. Who is the custodian of that storehouse of prema? And who is the door-keeper of that storehouse? Without Their mercy how can you get it? That's our question!

Devotee:  Nityananda Prabhu.

Srila Gour Govinda Swami: Nityananda Prabhu is the custodian of that storehouse, yes. Therefore, here in the verse you see, Mahaprabhu manifested in the form of Nityananda Prabhu. Nityananda Prabhu is the custodian of that storehouse and Sanatana Goswami is the doorkeeper of that storehouse. Nityananda Prabhu is more merciful, more munificent, more magnanimous than Gauranga Mahaprabhu. Nityananda Prabhu distributes prema with two hands, with two hands! Not with one hand. He's always intoxicated with that prema-madira, prema-like-liquor, liquor-like prem. Always intoxicated, avadhuta dharana. He is more indiscriminate than Gaurasundara, yes.

The doorkeeper of that storehouse is Sanatana Goswami. Prior to that there was a very strong door and bolts on that door on that storehouse. But when Mahaprabhu appeared and gave this custodianship to Nityananda Prabhu and engaged Sanatana Goswami as the doorkeeper, They opened the door. They broke it open!

So, Sanatana Goswami wrote that book, Brhat Vaisnava Tosani, thereby he opened the door, unbolted it and calling everybody, "Oh my brothers, please come now! Come now! The door is open! It is unbolted now! Now come and take this mellow! Now you come and drown yourself in this unlimited ocean of prema! If you have it, if you'll drown yourself in this unlimited ocean of prema, the position of Brahma will be felt to be very, very, very, very insignificant!"

Mahaprabhu knows the nature of these two Personalities, therefore He appointed Them in these positions.

The Crooked & The Envious

Nobody can understand Bhagavata-dharma-tattva without the mercy of such Vaisnavas. Nirmatsaranam satam vedyam, [SB 1.1.2] those who are nirmatsara, non-envious, the Vaisnavas, bhaktas, devotees, only they can understand Bhagavatam-dharma-tattva, otherwise nobody can understand Bhagavata-dharma-tattva. Bhagavata will never reveal Himself before them. Never be revealed.

Bhagavata will never be revealed to those who are very crooked persons. Nirmatsara, the non-envious and those free from crookedness, kapatya, only they can understand Bhagavat-dharma-tattva, otherwise nobody can understand Bhagavata dharma tattva.

There are three types of crooked persons, three types, understand? dhana-kapati, bala-kapati, prema-kapati.

A dhana-kapati is a person or persons who have much wealth but they never spend that wealth for the propagation of Bhagavat-dharma. They never give donations to bhakta-bhagavatas or Vaisnavas, those who are propagating Bhagavat-dharma. They are the number one kapati, crooked persons. They never spend their wealth in the seva, in the service of Guru, Krsna, or the service of the Vaisnava. They never spend their wealth for the pleasure of bhakta-bhagavata or grantha-bhagavata. They are krpana, misers. Rather, they spend so much money in other ways. Yes! So they are the number one kapati. They are known as dhana-kapatis. They cannot understand this Bhagavata-dharma and they cannot get the mercy of Mahaprabhu. No! They cannot get prema though Mahaprabhu is offering.

Second type of kapati, crooked person is bala-kapati. He has strength, Mahaprabhu's kirtan is going on, Gaura-kirtana, tumultuous kirtana! But he is not dancing in the kirtan! He has strength, he is not a crippled fellow like me. I am dancing in my mind. He has strength, but he doesn't dance, in gaura-kirtana, so he is known as the second type of kapati, bala-kapati.

Third type of kapati is prema-kapati. He has not gotten prema, but develops this abhimana, [conceit, false ego] "Oh, I am a Vaisnava! I am a great devotee!" He is prema-kapati, yes.

So these three types of kapatis cannot get Mahaprabhu's mercy. They cannot understand bhagavata-dharma-tattva. They cannot get prema unless they give up their kapatya, gives up this dupliciousness, enviousness and serve sadhu-guru-vaisnava. They should render service without duplicity and get their mercy, niskapata-seva, otherwise they cannot get the mercy of Mahaprabhu, they cannot get prema at all, though Mahaprabhu is giving prema, indiscriminately.  Understand?

Nityananda Prabhu is the custodian of that storehouse of prema, therefore Mahaprabhu gave that post to Him.

All Gaudiya-Vaisnava-Acaryas

So in the Vyasa-puja ceremony mentioned here, “Sri Nityananda Prabhu arranged for the Vyasa-puja and sankirtan was going on. When He tried to put a garland on the shoulder of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, He saw Himself in Sri Caitanya.” Then, Vyasa-puja means, here it says, ‘Guru-puja,’ Vyasa-puja means, “Guru-puja through the agency of Srila Vyasadeva. Since Srila Vyasadeva is the original guru, (spiritual master) of all who follow the Vedic principles worship of the spiritual master is called Vyasa-puja." It is called Vyasa-puja.

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Goswami Prabhupada Maharaja, has introduced this in our line. On the Fiftieth Anniversary of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Goswami Maharaja Srila Prabhupada the first Vyasa-puja was performed. From that day it has been introduced. From that day, every year it has been going on, it is going on.

So, on his Fifty-Second Anniversary Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Goswami Prabhupada Maharaja gave a lecture on the Srimad-Bhagavatam. So in conclusion he said, "What is Vyasa-puja? Vyasa-puja means the puja of all gaudiya-vaisnava-acaryas." That he expressed. So what is the purport of Vyasa-puja? We can understand from this statement, it's not only the puja of Srila Vyasadeva, not only the puja of Krsna, not only the puja of Gaurasundara or the puja of Guru, that is not the real Vyasa-puja. Vyasa-puja means the puja of all suddha, pure gaudiya-vaisnava-acaryas, that is real Vyasa-puja. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Goswami Maharaja said in his lecture on that Fifty-Second Anniversary of the Vyasa-puja performance.

So we'll find a mantra in this Bhaktivinoda-dhara Vyasa-puja. Vyasa-puja in Sri Bhaktivinoda-dhara we find a mantra:

sri-damodara-svarupa, sri-rupa, sri-sanatana,
sri-ragunatha, sri-jiva, bhatta-yuga,
sri krsnadasa-kaviraja adi
sri-srimad-bhaktivinoda
srimad-gaura-kisora-dasa
srimad-bhaktisiddhanta-saraswati
srimad-bhaktivedanta-swami
padanta sarvebhyo gurubhyo namo namah

This mantra we'll find. This is the puja for all these gaudiya-vaisnava-acaryas. That is Vyasa-puja.

Observe Their Appearance Days

Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura has said, whatever the gaudiya-vaisnava-siddhanta, these are the opinions of all the gaudiya-vaisnava-acaryas, mahajanas.

What is the gaudiya-vaisnava-siddhanta that we have gotten? It is the merciful gift of all gaudiya-vaisnava-acaryas, guru-vargas dhana. That is their lila-vaisistya, wonderful characteristics of that lila of the guru-vaisnava-acaryas. It is their krpa-vaisistya, special characteristics of Their merciful lila. 

Unless we observe this festival, unless we glorify those gaudiya-vaisnava-acaryas, unless we remember, then it will be a great disservice towards them. Disservice, yes. Unless we discuss their vaisistya, their wonderful characteristics and we observe the appearance day of such acaryas, mahajanas, then it will be a great injustice - anyaya. If you won't observe their appearance day and disappearance day and you remain inactive, it will be a great injustice. It will be a great injustice.

Without Their mercy we cannot understand this gaudiya-vaisnava-siddhanta at all. We cannot get the mercy of Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Though Mahaprabhu is wonderfully merciful, indiscriminately He gives krsna-prema, still we cannot have it without their mercy.

 No Compromise

Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura is a great acarya in our line. He has said, “If you want to develop pure bhakti then you should not compromise with abhakti at all.”

Our revered spiritual master Srila Prabhupada also said, “There is no compromise. There is no compromise. Where is the question of compromise? No compromise at all.”

Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura says, “It is better to have an empty cowshed than to have a very wicked cow! - Dusta-go.” Understand what he says? That means there is no compromise at all, no compromise. In Srila Bhaktivinoda-dhara it is said, the flow cannot be checked, its flow is unchecked. That means, in this dhara, in this flow, there is no question of impurity or kapatya. Crookedness and enviousness are not allowed at all. We should not compromise with it, no. Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura says emphatically, “It is better to have an empty goshala than to have a wicked goru.” Understand?

Worship My Devotee

‘amara bhaktera puja - ama’ haite bada’
[Sri Caitanya Bhagavata, Adi-lila 1.8]

mad-bhakta-pujabhyadhika
sarva-bhutesu man-matih
[Srimad-Bhagavatam 11.19.21]

Krsna says to Uddhava in the Eleventh Canto Srimad-Bhagavatam, mad-bhakta-pujabhyadhika.

“Uddhava, the worship offered to My bhakta, dear devotee is a better type of worship than worship offered directly to Me.”

That is mad-bhakta-pujabhyadhika.

In Sri Caitanya Bhagavata also Mahaprabhu says,

‘amara bhaktera puja - ama’ haite bada’
sei prabhu vede-bhagavate kaila dadha
[Caitanya Bhagavata, Adi-lila 1.8]

It is Mahaprabhu's words also, ‘amara bhaktera puja - ama’ haite bada’.

“The puja – the worship offered to My devotees is superior to the worship offered directly to Me.”

Sri Nityananda is Guru

Therefore, when Nityananda Prabhu was offering Vyasa-puja, Mahaprabhu appeared in the form of Nityananda Prabhu because Nityananda Prabhu is bhakta, Balarama. 

anera ki katha, baladeva mahasaya
yanra bhava – suddha-sakhya-vatsalyadi-maya

tenho apanake karena dasa-bhavana
krsna-dasa-bhava vinu ache kona jana
[Caitanya caritamrta, Adi-lila 6.76-77]

What to speak of others, even Lord Baladeva, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, is full of emotions like pure friendship and paternal love.

He also considers Himself a servant of Lord Krishna. Indeed, who is there who does not have this conception of being a servant of Lord Krishna?

What to speak of others, even Sri Balarama, who's mood is suddha-sakya-vatsalya, pure brotherhood and because He is the elder brother, parental love is there also. He says, “I am Krsna dasa. I am Krsna dasa.” He says,

anera ki katha, baladeva mahasaya
yanra bhava – suddha-sakhya-vatsalyadi-maya
tenho apanake karena dasa-bhavana
krsna-dasa-bhava binu ache kona jana

He says, “I am Krsna dasa,” Balarama says, “I am Krsna dasa.” What to speak of others.

krsna-dasa-bhava binu ache kona jana

Is there anybody who is not Krsna dasa? That Balarama is Nitai.

guru krsna-rupa hana sastrera pramane
[Caitanya-caritamrta, Adi-lila 1.45]

According to the deliberate opinion of all revealed scriptures, the spiritual master is nondifferent from Krishna. Lord Krishna in the form of the spiritual master delivers His devotees.

It is sastrera praman that Krsna appears as Guru, therefore Nityananda Prabhu offered Vyasa-puja to Gaura because He is svayam-bhagavan. But when He was going to put the garland on the shoulders of Gauranga Mahaprabhu, He saw Himself there. That means it became Nityananda's puja. This is because Nityananda is Guru. Nityananda is Guru. He is bhakta. bhakta-rupa bhakta-avatara.

panca-tattvamakam krsnam
bhakta-rupa-svarupakam
bhaktavataram bhaktakhyam
namami bhakta-saktikam
[Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Adi-lila 1.14]

I offer my obeisances unto the Supreme Lord, Krishna, who is nondifferent from His features as a devotee, devotional incarnation, devotional manifestation, pure devotee and devotional energy.

Bhakta-rupa is Caitanya, bhakta-svarupa is Nityananda. Bhakta-rupa-svarupakam bhaktavatarm bhaktakhyam namami bhakti-saktikam, the panca-tattva. So, bhakta-svarupa is Nityananda.

Serve the Vaisnavas

Therefore Mahaprabhu said,

‘amara bhaktera puja - ama’ haite bada’
sei prabhu vede-bhagavate kaila dadha
[Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Adi-lila 1.8]

I surrender unto the lotus feet of Sri Nityananda Rama, who is known as Sankarshana in the midst of the catur vyuha [consisting of Vasudeva Sankarshana Pradyumna Aniruddha]. He possesses full opulences and resides in Vaikunthaloka, far beyond the material creation.

Mahaprabhu says, "My bhakta-puja is superior type of puja to My puja." Therefore, Sri Caitanya manifested His Nityananda form. Because Nityananda is Guru, the manifestation of Guru. The manifestation of Nityananda is Guru. Se prabhu vede-bhagavate kaile dadha, this evidence you will find in Veda, in Bhagavata.

If you want prema-bhakti, it is the only means. You should offer worship without duplicity and serve such pure Vaisnavas and get Their mercy, then you'll get the mercy of Mahaprabhu, then you'll get prema, otherwise you cannot get prema.

This is the only means. Worship pure Vaisnavas, glorifying the Vaisnavas, nama-guna-lila kirtan, serving the Vaisnavas. Taking dust from the lotus feet of Vaisnavas, padamrita, tasting the remnants of prasada of Vaisnavas, taking the caranamrta, the feet washing water of the Vaisnavas. These three things are very powerful. Nobody can estimate, nobody can evaluate the potency in these three things. Therefore they are considered amulya-vastu, invaluable.

Srila Narottama Dasa Thakura therefore has sung like that,

vaisnavera pada dhuli,tahe mora snana keli,
tarpana mora vaisnavera nama
vicar koriya mane,     bhakti-rasa asvadane

vaisnaver uchistha,     tahe mora mana nistha,
vaisnavera namete ullasa
vrndavane cabutara,     tahe mor mana ghera,
kohe dina narottam dasa
[“Dhana Mor Nityananda", vs 2-3]

Devotee: [reading song translation] "The dust of the devotees lotus feet is my bathing water."

Srila Gour Govinda Swami: The dust of the what?

Devotee: "The dust of the devotee's lotus feet."

Srila Gour Govinda Swami: Write ‘Vaisnavas,’Dust of the Vaisnavas lotus feet.’ Not good translation.

Who is a Vaisnava?

Vaisnava ke? Then another question comes. Vaisnava ke? Who is a Vaisnava? You should understand, Vaisnava ke? Who is a Vaisnava? Otherwise you'll be confused. 

'kanaka kamini,' 'pratistha baghini,'
chadiyache jare sei to' vaisnava
sei 'anasakta,' sei 'suddha-bhakta,'
samsara tatha pay parabhava

yatha-yogya bhoga,nahi tatha roga,
'anasakta' sei, ki ar kahabo
'asakti-rohita,' 'sambandha-sahita,'
visaya-samuha sakali 'madhava'

se 'yukta-vairagya,'     taha to' saubhagya,
taha-i jadete harir vaibhava
kirtane jahar,     'pratistha-sambhar,'
tahar sampatti kevala 'kaitava'

[“Vaisanava ke?” Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura Srila Prabhupada, Verses 11, 12, & 13]

Who has given up this desire of kanaka, kamini, pratistha, baghini, desire for possessing, kanaka - gold, kamini - women. Give up that desire, you should have no tinge of desire of possessing wealth or kamini - women. Pratistha baghini, do not run after name, fame, adoration and prestige, yes. One who is not attached to or attached towards kanaka, kamini, pratistha is a pure devotee. Completely detached from it. He is pure. His only attachment is the lotus feet of Krsna, no other attachment he has. Samsara tatha pay parabhava, the samsara, the material world, maya is completely defeated there.

yatha-yogya bhoga, nahi tatha roga,
'anasakta' sei, ki ar kahabo

He has everything but is not attached at all, ‘yukta-vairagya’, ‘anasakta,’ Completely indifferent. He utilizes everything for the enjoyment, and loving service of Krsna, Guru and Gauranga.

'asakti-rohita,' 'sambandha-sahita,
'visaya-samuha sakali 'madhava'

He is not attached to this material wealth, name, fame, prestige, adoration, nothing. He has developed pure relationship, eternal loving relationship with Krsna. He is fixed in it, he is established in it. He understands this thing, everything. Whatever you see and find here these are all paraphernalia for Krsna's enjoyment. Nothing for my enjoyment. Nothing for jivas enjoyment, everything is for Krsna's enjoyment. Krsna is the only visayi.

Visayi means one who has material wealth, land, property, money, all these things. He is a visayi. Krsna is the only visayi, it all belongs to Him. One who knows this is yukta-vairaghi. He is yukta-viraghi. Not phalgu-vairaghi.

kirtane jahara, 'pratistha-sambhara,'
tahar sampatti kevala 'kaitava.'

One may be doing kirtan! Dancing! Chanting! Playing mrdanga, Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding Daa! Hitting the cymbal, Daa! Daa! Daa! For name, fame and prestige. For name, fame and prestige he's doing. Whatever he gets, sampatti, that is kaitava, it is only cheating, dupliciousness, crookedness and enviousness. He is not a Vaisnava. He is not a Vaisnava. He is not a Vaisnava.

So, one should understand, who is Vaisnava? Yes. Read the translation, we are reading that translation, [Dhana Mora Nityananda], yes.

Devotee: Srila Narottama Dasa Thakura?

Srila Gour Govinda Swami: Yes, Srila Narottam Dasa Thakura's.

Devotee:

Text 1:  "The dust of the devotee's [Vaisnava's] lotus feet is my bathing water. My mantra for oblations, tarpana, is the names or the Lord's pure devotees. Considering the merits of all Vedic literatures in the light of devotional service, I have concluded that the Srimad-Bhagavatam is the best of all scriptures."

Text 2: "My mind is firmly convinced of the spiritual benefit obtained by eating the remnants of foodstuffs left by the devotees. Chanting the names of the devotees is my happiness."

Srila Gour Govinda Swami: Names of those ‘Vaisnavas,’ write 'Vaisnavas,' not devotees - 'Vaisnavas.' Then that will be correct and one should know who is a real Vaisnava. Yes.

Worship The Vaisnava

So Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhu in Bhakti Sandharba, quoting Padma Purana the Supreme Lord Krsna says, “One may offer puja, worship to Me with gandha, puspa - flower, incense, lamp, etc. to Me but never offers worship to My dear devotees with all this paraphernalia. I am not pleased with it at all.”

Therefore, He says, mad-bhakta-pujabhyadhika. Eleventh canto, says to Uddhava, Nineteenth chapter, twenty-first verse.

adarah paricaryayam
sarvangair abhivandanam
mad-bhakta-pujabhyadhika
sarva-bhutesu man-matih

mad-arthesv anga-cesta ca
vacasa mad guneranam
mayy arpanam ca manasah
sarva-kama-vivarjanam
[Srimad-Bhagavatam 11.19.21-22]

"My dear devotees, Vaisnavas take great care and respect in rendering Me service. They offer obeisances to Me with all their bodily limbs. They worship My devotees and Deities with greater worship than Me and they find all living entities related to Me, for Me They engage the entire energy of their bodies. They engage the power of speech in glorification of My qualities and form. They also dedicate Their minds unto Me and try to give up all kinds of material desires, thus My dear devotees are characterized."

They are Vaisnavas, mad-bhakta-pujabhyadhika.

"The worship offered to Them is a better type of worship than worship offered to Me directly."

That is Vyasa-puja, the puja of all gaudiya-vaisnava-acaryas, pure gaudiya-vaisnava-acaryas. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Goswami Prabhupada expresses that is Vyasa-puja.

Kirtan of Sri Gurudeva Essential

Without the puja, the worship of such gaudiya-vaisnava-acaryas, Gurus, mahanta-gurus, without their mercy nobody can understand this gaudiya-vaisnava-siddhanta, nobody can understand it, gaudiya-vaisnava-siddhanta.

Asraya-vigraha-acarya, you understand asraya-vigraha? Krsna is visaya-vigraha. Guru Vaisnava is asraya-vigraha. Their only activity is hari-kirtan, no other activity they have.  Only activity is hari-kirtan. Unless this asraya-vigraha-avatara acarya, Sri Gurudeva, unless he does kirtan, how can you understand the tattva of visaya-vigraha?

Nama-rupa-guna-parikara lila, the tattva of the nama-rupa-guna-parikara lila of visaya-vigraha. How can we understand? We cannot understand, unless the acarya, Srila Gurudeva does kirtan, nobody can understand sastra-avatara, Srimad-Bhagavata, grantha-avatara, nobody can understand Srimad-Bhagavatam.

Srimad-Bhagavatam is sastra-avatara, the incarnation of all sastra. Srimad-Bhagavatam is the vani incarnation of Lord Krsna. Nobody can understand the purport of this sastra-avatara bhagavata-tattva unless the acarya, Srila Gurudeva who is asraya-vigraha does kirtan. Understand me?

Sri nama, and sri mantra, They have appeared here as sabda-avatara in this material world, but unless acarya-avatara does kirtan in the ears of sisya, it will never be effective at all! It will never be effective at all.

You'll find the mantra is there in sastra, grantha. The holy name is there in grantha, it is written there! But unless mahanta-guru, asraya-vigraha acarya does kirtan, it will never be effective at all! Never be effective, yes.

One may think, "Mantra is written here so I'll chant it." But it will never be effective, unless asraya-vigraha acarya does kirtan in the ears of the sisya; it is absolutely necessary, yes. Sri nama, sri mantra, grantha-bhagavata, these are all visaya-vigraha but without the kirtan of asraya-vigraha They cannot be manifested, They will never manifest. Understand my language? Try to understand. Mahaprabhu will help you and Nityananda Prabhu will help you, yes.

One may be engaged in worshiping the Deities there, in the temple, arcana-seva, yes. One may think, "I'll do arcana, so I understand everything." No! You cannot understand the adhoksaja. Visaya-vigraha will never manifest without the kirtan of asraya-vigraha - acarya-avatara, Guru Vaisnava. This is absolutely necessary. Therefore their puja is better type of puja. Separate type of puja, mad-bhakta-pujabhyadhika. Therefore this is Vyasa-puja.

Only Do Kirtan

Nityananda Prabhu did it and Mahaprabhu manifested Himself in the form of Nityananda. "I am Nityananda." That is His puja, guru-puja, Vyasa-puja. This is the purport here. Mahaprabhu's own words, kirtaniyah sada harih.

Srila Jiva Goswami the tattva-acarya, in his Sandharba has written:

yadyanya bhaktih kalau kartavya tada
kirtanakhya bhakti-samyoga-naiva ityuktam
[Srila Jiva Goswami's, Krama Sandarbha, commentary to Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.5.23-24]

That means in kali-yuga though other types of bhakti is there, still one should understand this bhakti-tattva only with kirtanakhya bhakti. Though other types of bhakti are there: smaranam, arcanam, vandanam, dasyam, sakyam... There are nine types of bhakti, navada-bhakti. Out of these we accept sravana-kirtan. Other types one may cultivate and observe but the tattva-acarya, Srila Jiva Goswami says:

yadyanya bhaktih kalau kartavya tada
kirtanakhya bhakti-samyoga-naiva ityuktam

That means, though in Kali-yuga other types of bhakti are there, still one should understand bhakti-tattva with kirtanakhya bhakti.  Understand? It should be accompanied with kirtan, one must accept such sadhu-guru-acarya-vaisnava and hear kirtan from him! Without that, nobody can understand this bhakti-tattva, though it is there. Understand? You try to understand. Kirtanakhya bhakti -  kirtan is required! 

Who Does Kirtan?

Who does kirtan? Asraya-avatara, asraya-vigraha, acarya-vaisnava-guru, he does kirtan! Without his kirtan you cannot understand this bhakti-tattva. This is what Srila Jiva Goswami says, kiranakhya bhakti-samyoga-naiva, this is kirtanakhya bhakti.

This is our siddhanta. One must approach such a guru-acarya-vaisnava, who is asraya-vigraha, who's only activity is hari-kirtan, no other activity he has. His only activity is hari-kirtana, he does kirtan. If his sisya will never hear his kirtan, he cannot understand it. Therefore he says, kirtanakhya bhakti-samyoga-naiva. Understand?

Devotees: Yes, yes ...

Srila Gour Govinda Swami: Yes, unless asraya-vigraha, acarya-guru-vaisnava does kirtan bhakti-tattva cannot be understood. It cannot be revealed to you. Do you understand? Though, in Kali-yuga other processes of bhakti are there, it cannot be revealed to you, it cannot be understood without the kirtan of asraya-vigraha-acarya-guru-vaisnava. Therefore it says, kirtanakhya bhakti-samyoga-naiva.

The Top-Most Puja

Srila Gour Govinda Swami: Clear? Yes. So his puja, that asraya-vigraha, acarya-guru-vaisnava puja is topmost puja, it is topmost puja, therefore that is Vyasa-puja. That is known as Vyasa-puja.

The suddha-gaudiya-vaisnava puja of all the suddha-gaudiya-vaisnavas is Vyasa-puja. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Goswami Prabhupadji Maharaja has said like this in the conclusion of his Fifty-Second anniversary Vyasa-puja. He gave a lecture that Vyasa-puja day and he said, "The real Vyasa-puja is the puja of all suddha-gaudiya-vaisnava-acaryas.  It's not only the puja of Vyasa, not only the puja of Krsna or Gaurasundara or guru-puja, it is the puja of all suddha-gaudiya-vaisnava-acaryas. This mantra we see in Vyasa-puja padyate in Sri Bhaktivinoda-dhara:

sri-damodara-svarupa, sri-rupa, sri-sanatana,
sri-ragunatha, sri-jiva, bhatta-yuga
sri krsnadasa-kaviraja adi
sri-srimad-bhaktivinoda
srimad-garua-kisora dasa
srimad-bhaktisiddhanta-sarasvati
 srimad-bhaktivedanta-swami
padanta sarvebhyo gurubhyo namo namah

This is Vyasa-puja.

Thank you very much.

Prabhupadaji Maharaja ki jaya!

After Class Darsan

Devotee: Your saying how we should observe the appearance days of the great acaryas, saying like that, we should observe the appearance days and then why should we not read their books?

Srila Gour Govinda Swami: What do you say?

Devotee: We observe the appearance days of the great acaryas but some say we're not supposed to read their books?

Srila Gour Govinda Swami: Yes, you can read their books but without their mercy can you understand? Can you understand what they have written? What Srila Prabhupada said when that question was asked? 'O Srila Prabhupada, by reading your book, your purport can we ...'

Devotee: No, no!

Srila Gour Govinda Swami: What he says? “No, no, no!” Two, three times says, “No! No! No!” You should approach a Vaisnava who knows this tattva, isn't it? Black and white, day and night.

Devotee:  Now they are also saying, Srila Gurudeva, that we should observe the appearance days of the great Vaisnavas but we should not read their books, don't read their books, don't read their books, their books are banned.

Srila Gour Govinda Swami: Then they commit great aparadha, they commit great aparadha at the lotus feet of such great Vaisnavas. Now can you understand?

Devotee: So the previous acaryas accept that kind of worship on their appearance days then?

Srila Gour Govinda Swami: Ah?

Devotee: They're saying, "Worship Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura on his appearance day but don't read his books." So he will accept their worship?

Srila Gour Govinda Swami: It is nonsensical, all nonsensical, rascaldom.

Devotee: Srila Gurudeva, how is it that the potency of the kirtana of the pure devotee is required? What is the, sabda-brahma needs to ... how do we understand? How do we understand?

Srila Gour Govinda Swami: Sabda-brahma descends, descends through such kirtan, yes, when it comes out through the pure lips of such Vaisnavas, otherwise it will never descend. Yes.

Devotee: The sabda-brahman is Krsna in that sound vibration?

Srila Gour Govinda Swami: Yes, sound vibration. Do you understand? One has to hear. It's not that, "Alright, tapes are there. I'll hear the tapes recorded," But sabda-brahma will never descend, baba!

Devotee: It doesn't descend through transmissions of tape?

Srila Gour Govinda Swami: No baba, no, no.

Devotee: Only when your personally there, sitting with…?

Srila Gour Govinda Swami: Yes, yes.

Devotee: Srila Gurudeva, how can we understand then the difference between prakat and aprakat?

Srila Gour Govinda Swami: Now in this material scientific age, so many techniques are there. They say, no more teachers required; through television we'll teach, nonsense! Television will teach. Sabda-brahma will never descend, baba!

Devotee: Srila Gurudeva, suppose… I'm a so-called disciple of yours, so now I'm eating your remnants, I'm taking dust from your feet, so in this life I can achieve prema-bhakti…  So it should be… I mean, if you… suppose you stop your lila, so what should I do?

Srila Gour Govinda Swami: Lila is always there baba! Calo! Sabya procida lila kori gaura bhai kon kon bhagavan dekibara pai. It is said, Gauranga's lila is still going on. 'Oh Gauranga Mahaprabhu has disappeared' Sabya procida lila kori gaura bhai kon kon bhagavan dekibara pai. Gauranga's lila is going on! Who is very fortunate, one if he has vision he can see how Gaura-lila is going on.

Devotee: That means, Guru is there?

Srila Gour Govinda Swami: Yes!

Devotee: He's always there?

Srila Gour Govinda Swami: Always there.

Devotee: Yes.

Srila Gour Govinda Swami: His lila is going on.

Devotee: Just say that, okay, I will take the dust from the lotus feet of my Guru, his remnants, now he's not any more here, so I don't need anymore darsan now?

Srila Gour Govinda Swami: Are baba! Darshan is there, Guru is always there, yes! If you have an eye, if you are sat-sisya you can see, Guru always there, yes. If you have an eye, if you are sat-sisya you can see, Guru always there, how, Guru is there present, yes.

Devotee (1): You have to beg and seek him out?

Devotee (2): How can we see Guru?

Srila Gour Govinda Swami: Blind man, with vision. If you are endowed with that vision you can see, yes, I never lost sight of my Guru, I see my Guru is there always, yes.

Devotee: Don't you have to be a pure devotee to see?

Srila Gour Govinda Swami: Therefore I cannot say nitya-lila-pravistha, so painful to me. No!  He's here.

Devotee: Hmm.  Jaya.

Devotee: Srila Gurudeva, do you have to be a pure devotee to see a pure devotee?

Srila Gour Govinda Swami: Yes, that vision is required, yes. If you have no vision then you are a blind man. How a blind man can see?

Devotee: So one has to be honest?

Srila Gour Govinda Swami: Do you follow? The object is there. To see the object or find the object, what is the requirement? First thing is eye. So you may be endowed with eye, vision but no light, how can you see? Can you see in the darkness?

Devotee: No.

Srila Gour Govinda Swami: Groping in the darkness. So two things are required, first vision; second thing is, light must be there. No light, though you are endowed with eye, you can't see.  What is the light? The enlightenment of mercy potency! Understand! If you are devoid of that, how can you see?

Devotee: And anarthas are like clouds in front of the eye?

Srila Gour Govinda Swami: Yes, anarthas are like clouds covering, the cloud covers the sun, eye is covered.

Devotee: Guru, you can see Guru is appeared in different forms or he comes in dream or ..

Srila Gour Govinda Swami: He may come in dream, he has different forms also, yes, Krsna has so many manifestations. Therefore we are saying that thing, samasti guru, vyasti guru. In Guru-Vandana book, that is guru-tattva, samasti guru, vyasti guru.

Devotee: What are those gurus?  What is that?

Srila Gour Govinda Swami: As krsna guru-rupa hana sastrera pramane, Krsna appears as guru in this sastrera pramane, Krsna is one, guru-tattva is one, yes, Guru is one but he appears in different, different, different, different forms, yes. That is samasti guru and different, different forms that is vyasti guru. Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta, this and that, this is vyasti guru.

Devotee 1: So when Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati left there Guru was gone.

Devotee 2: Guru is always present?

Srila Gour Govinda Swami: Yes, always present, always present, yes.

Devotee: So Gurudeva, if Guru, we understand is not easy position, is a ...

His Divine Grace: Not easy position baba, no.

Devotee: Because guru krsna-tattva, so why is it said that someone may be kanistha he can be also guru, he may be level of madhyam, he can be guru unless he's in that platform, how can..?

Srila Gour Govinda Swami: That guru, all are gurus, it's kanistha guru, madhyam guru, all guru, divisions are there, yes. What you deserve you get, what you deserve you get, that's alright.

Devotee: What can they give?

Srila Gour Govinda Swami: And Sri Krsna knows what you deserve so he makes such arrangement for you, yes.

Devotee: Some are not accepting gurus now, Srila Gurudeva. They are saying, I'll just accept sastra.

Srila Gour Govinda Swami: How can you understand sastra, baba?

Devotee: But we've seen some devotees have just got books in Russia and they are chanting, worshiping Deities, they are preaching ...

Srila Gour Govinda Swami: I say, I say that thing, you cannot understand. In sastra everything, name - mantra is there, nama is there, but if you chant, that will never be effective. Potency will never be there, unless it comes out from the lips of sad-guru, Guru, it will never be effective at all.

Devotee: They are saying the smrti sastra, that is coming out from the lips of Vaisnavas. We are hearing smrti, that's ...

Srila Gour Govinda Swami: Yes, then sastra manifests if it comes out from the lips of such guru - Sri Guru, then manifests, so sastra is there. It will never manifest to you, yes. It's a question of manifestation.

Devotee: So some are saying we can hear from smrti sastra, from the commentaries, from the commentaries of acaryas, Vaisnavas.

Srila Gour Govinda Swami: Therefore,

bhaktya bhagavatam grahyam
na buddhya na ca tikaya
[Cc. Madhya 22.131]

You cannot understand Bhagavata by taking help of the tikas, the commentaries. So many commentators are there, so many commentators are there and they think yes, I am a scholar, all writers in Sanskrit, I know the language, so I can read it and I can understand it, but says, “No!” Bhaktya bhagavatam grahyam, na buddhya na ca tikaya only by bhakti. You cannot understand Bhagavata by dint of your mental, material scholarship, learning intelligence or taking help of the commentaries, No! No!

Devotee: Well one may say, "I'm not saying that by the commentaries alone, just being an academic scholar but we're enthused with bhakti by hearing the commentaries of the acaryas; we develop bhakti by hearing their commentaries."

Srila Gour Govinda Swami: Hear from the acarya then you can develop. Unless you hear… by reading how can you? No, you cannot understand it. Grantha-sabda, grantha-avatara will never manifest to you, yes. It is only paper, black and white, black and white and nothing else.

Devotee: Then what is the meaning of the Brhat-mrdanga sankirtan, what is its meaning then if Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati says, "Our kirtan is Brhat-mrdanga sankirtan printing press."

Srila Gour Govinda Swami: Yes, that will inspire you, that will inspire you. It spreads so… one book is distributed then friend says,  “What you have, let me...” Then it spreads,  “Let me see.” It spreads, so much so. Mrdanga sound goes from there to there but Brhat mrdanga spreads so much further. That will inspire you, “Who is the… what is the source? Let me go and see! And hear from him.” Then you are inspired.

Devotee: If we say, Srila Gurudeva, by practicing daivi varnasrama, sooner or later they'll come to the point of the question, 'Who am I?' And they'll become more elevated.

Srila Gour Govinda Swami: [laughing.]

Devotee: So first you hear and then if you read this same thing in the sastra...

Srila Gour Govinda Swami: Yes, in kali-yuga only books are required. Other yugas no books are there. Once they hear they never forget. But in this yuga, you say so many things, but it just go out again and I'll ask, "How many can repeat?" 90% or 95% is already forgotten, only 5% you may repeat, so?

Devotee: Kali-yuga brain.

Srila Gour Govinda Swami: Kali-yuga brain, therefore books are required. Therefore, Srila Vyasadeva came and wrote books, other yugas no books are there. They will help you to remember, ‘O yes, I have heard, now it is here.’

Devotee: Srila Gurudeva, in your book Guru-Vanadana you are saying that this flow of nectar, this padma madhu, you described it in this way, that it comes through a devotee who's a sincere hearer, someone who's very sincere to hear from Sri Guru and serves Sri Guru, though he may not have physical contact.

Srila Gour Govinda Swami: Greedy, greedy.

Devotee: He's very greedy like we have heard some stories ..

Srila Gour Govinda Swami: Physical contact, hear directly, not by hearing tapes. I said sabda-brahma will never descend. Physically present Guru, one must hear.

Devotee: How about if we were here during a tape and we listen to that tape?

Srila Gour Govinda Swami: That will inspire you. 'Who is that person? I must go and see.’

Devotee: If we were there at that lecture and we listened to that lecture over and over again.

Srila Gour Govinda Swami: Hearing, I heard it from his lips.

Devotees:  All Glories to Srila Gurudeva, ki jaya!


 

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