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Srila Prabhupad's Glory (3):
Current of Pure Devotion

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Disappearance day of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta
Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad
25 December 2010


What did Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur give to the world? Nobody can give what he gave to the world. He is the holder of suddha-bhakti-mandakini, holy Mandakini River of pure devotion (the very source current of pure devotion) and he brings its flow into the world. He carried on what Bhakti Vinod Thakur had begun.

What is pure devotion? What is devotional behaviour and practice? Prabhupad Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur explained it, and Gurudev also explained everything—what is called devotion, what is called bhakti, what is bhajan, and so on.

One time, somebody asked Gurudev about the meaning of one sloka. Suddenly Gurudev said, "I AM VERY HUNGRY! I WANT A CHAPATI! This is the meaning of this sloka." What is this? It means this. Gurudev says, "Give something to me, I am hungry," but you say, "Gurudev, I am cooking so many things for you. I will give it to you later, please wait." You think, "If I cook and offer these things, I will make Gurudev even happier!" So, you are cooking so many things, but Gurudev is hungry now and you are not giving him anything. This is not service, it is karma—following the whims of your mind. This is what Gurudev meant.

Gurudev also said: suppose you see a snake, but Gurudev says, "No, it is not a snake, it is a rope!" and you must think it is a rope. Gurudev told me an even stronger thing. You know that the sun rises in the east, but if your Gurudev says that the sun will rise from the west, you must believe it. These are very strong words. It is very difficult, but we must believe it.

We must follow Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur. When he completed his vow of chanting one billion Holy Names, Gandharva Giridhari appeared before him and ordered him,


"I am alone, how will I preach?" Prabhupad thought.

"Do not worry! I am sending so many scholars to you."

And then, so many scholars came at a time—not after six or five years, not like somebody came in five years, somebody came in ten years, no, they all joined at a time, within only a few months or years—A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj, Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, Keshav Maharaj, Jajavar Maharaj, Madhusundan Maharaj, Goswami Maharaj, Vaikhanash Maharaj, and many others. They all joined at the same time, there was very little time distance. Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Gandharva Giridhari said, "Do not worry, I am sending so many scholars for you to run the preaching movement!" And it happened.

Now you cannot find a village where people do not know about Hare Krishna—somebody may not be initiated, but they know about Hare Krishna.

পৃথিবীতে আছে যত নগরাদি গ্রাম
সর্ব্বত্র প্রচার হইবে মোর নাম

prithivite achhe yata nagaradi grama
sarvatra prachara haibe mora nama

"My Name will spread to every village and town on this earth."

This is how he started preaching.


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Not What They Seem
The only path for us is to surrender and take association of a Vaishnav, but if we cannot recognise Vaishnavs with our eyes, what can we then recognised them with?


Namo namah tulasi maharani
'O Tulasi, you shower mercy upon one who offers you incense, lamps, foods, worship, and flowers.'
নমো নমঃ তুলসী মহারাণি

We cannot see or make out with our eyes who is a Vaishnav—even Brahma cannot recognise who is a great Vaishnav, or who is a servitor.