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His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur's disappearance
Nrisingha Palli, 3 January 2021, part 5

 

Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj spoke about Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur's disappearance describing what happened in 1937. I would like to speak a little about what happened that day.

[His Divine Grace reads from Bengali translation of the article 'On Srila Prabhupad's Disappearance' transcribed from an informal conversation spoken at Nabadwip, Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, on 4 January 1983.]

Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj also wrote Sri Sri Dayita Dasa Dasakam after Srila Prabhupad's disappearance (after Srila Prabhupad left his body).

nite yasmin nisante nayana-jala-bharaih snata-gatrarvvudanam
uchchair utkrosatam sri-vrsakapi-sutayadhiraya sviya-gosthim
prthvi gadhandhakarair hrta-nayana-manivavrta yena hina
yatrasau tatra sighram krpana-nayana he niyatam kinkaro 'yam

"At the end of the night of Sri Sri Vrisabhanu Nandini, She suddenly took him to her entourage, withdrawing him from the company of throngs of grief-stricken souls. A great cry of lamentation arose, their bodies were bathed by their tears. When he was thus stolen away, this world was plunged into the deep darkness of one whose eyes have been stolen away. O Dina-nayana, wherever that great soul may be, please quickly take this servitor there."

Srila Sridhar Maharaj wrote so many things, but I do not want to take more of your time today. I spend a lot of time in zoom today—Gaudiya Vaishnav Association made a programme on behalf of ISKCON, and I was there in zoom from 4 until 6:30 p.m.. All the leading Gaudiya Vaishnavs, all the Gaudiya acharya-vrinda joined this programme in honour of Srila Prabhupad's disappearance festival. I saw that everybody is doing OK, it was a nice programme.

I remember *** always sends me some poems at every festival, but this time I did not get any poem from him for Srila Gurudev's festival. [Addressing one of the devotees.] I do not know his email, but you can send him an email, tell him on my behalf, "How are you, Maharaj? I am very worried about you. Where are you? How are you?" Ask. Sometimes they get lost, and I have to search them out. I must search where they are hiding and reach out to them. They may kick me, but I will go to them again and again. I do not mind it. "Sata ganjana, sata lanchana"—so many problems, so many dangers will come, but we are not to leave Krishna consciousness. We must always remember Krishna. This is the main thing.

...I know some devotees are trying to send some money, and they have already sent something for me to buy a new land in Nrisingha Palli. I am going to make a prasadam hall (a place for taking prasadam). I have got the money you sent, thank you for that. Actually, I am not only giving 'thank you'—to say 'thank you' is a simple matter. When somebody told 'thank you' to Gurudev, Gurudev would often ask, "Oh, only 'thank you'?" So, I do not want to say thank you—to say 'thank you' is a simple thing, we only say it out of courtesy and tradition. From my heart, I am giving my love and affection to you, and I am engaging you in service. I have just said that where there is service, there is relation; no service—no relation.

Everybody may not have the capacity to help with money. Somebody can help with their money, and somebody can help through their mind, through their heart. Many devotees come from Bokaro, from all over Bengal—they cook, help in many ways, serve prasadam, clean, decorate the temple, clean the Deities' room. Devotees come and do so many services. You have seen the nat mandir here, this year they made all the decorations anew. All old decorations were taken down and thrown away, and Kamalendu Prabhu, Sripad Sadhu Maharaj, Krishna Sundari Didi, Sudevi Didi did so much service decorating everything again. You can see Srila Gurudev's vyasa-asan has turned out very powerful—they made an amazing decoration. I heard that they had worked all night until 4 a.m., then they went to sleep at 4 a.m. and woke up again at 7:30-8 a.m.—after that, they cooked, etc. They served very nicely in every way, and they did so much service. Even those who are far also send some money for Gurudev's festival and to buy a new land, they also serve in this way.

This year I had to make a pandal again for prasadam. It is very difficult to give a class and serve prasadam at the same place (in the nat mandir), that is why I am trying to make some arrangement for Indian devotees—next week I want to buy a small land of five thousand square feet in the middle and make there a place for prasadam. I have heard that many devotees have been collecting money for it and have sent their donation. Those who have capacity and those who want to do some service, they send. I am very happy with them, I am happy to see that everybody is serving happily. Srila Gurudev has given so many good souls in my hand...

We have here Krishna Sundari Didi from Australia—even though she is an old lady, she is also helping out with her pension! Gurudev said, "When one door closes, another door will open." She is staying here and she is helping so much—she is doing a lot of service. You know, all banks were closed here on 31 December and 1 January—I was a little short of cash money at that time, and Krishna Sundari Didi gave me some money and did so much service here. She did so much, it is unforgettable. We do not know who Krishna and Gurudev take service from—only those who have some sukriti, who have some great fortune, can participate in service in their life. There are so many rich people, there are so many big people, but only a fortunate soul can do service. Even poor ladies, even poor people sometimes send two dollars, five dollars, ten dollars, and they are helping in their own capacity. I know that in Mexico, Colombia, and Venezuela, the situation is very difficult (their dollar rate is the worst), but they still serve their Gurudev's mission. It is unimaginable.

Anyhow, by the mercy of Gurudev we hope that 2021 will be good for us all, that some very nice things are coming in future for everybody. I do not want to take more of your time now. I am going to Kolkata tomorrow, then I must visit Ekachakra to make some arrangements there, and after that I will start village preaching again.

Dandavat pranam. Please accept my humble obeisance, please forgive my offence.

Jay Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj ki jay.

 

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His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj is reading from Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, chapter 22: 'Somebody wants material enjoyment and worships Krishna, but when they get the taste of Krishna's nectar, they leave all their desires and aspire to become a servant.'

 

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