Telescopic System

Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami MaharajDo not have disgust towards the sadhu, thinking: “O, he’s just a man. Why should we do service to him, why should we do vaisnava-seva? Why is it recommended so much in different places, in different scriptures? It is always said, ‘You are to be dependent on sadhu’; but I want God, Himself! Why will he come between me and God?” Do not think like that. Rather, you can understand the importance of the sadhu by the example of the telescope: in a telescope, there are so many lenses coming between myself and the object of my search, but they help my vision. The guru-parampara, the disciplic succession, is working in this way, like a ‘telescopic system’.

His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Dev Goswami

What is the infinite?

Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar MaharajDivine Words of His Divine Grace
Srila Bhakti Raksaka Sridhar deva Goswami

“We are teeny souls. How much can we accommodate with our faith? How wide and how broad is our faith? What can we catch within our faith? What we are seeking is infinite, and we are very much afraid; “Oh, if I rely on faith, something may go wrong. I may be deceived.” But within our teeny hearts, how much faith can we contain? Only by analogy with the sky or the ocean may we understand anything about the infinite, but what is that in comparison? Nothing.

And what is the infinite? That from which everything is coming, by which everything is maintained, and into which everything is ultimately entering; the all-comprehensive, all-permeating, all-controlling, all-attracting, all-feeling Absolute.

So everything is all right with the infinite and the environment. We have only to correct ourselves, to adjust ourselves. This is the conclusion – ”Try to adjust yourself; everything is all right with the environment. We must leave everything to the Supreme Lord and conduct ourselves accordingly.” That will bring us real peace and progressive realization in spiritual life.”

Loving Search for the Lost Servant

Idea Behind The Sound

Divine Words of Srila B.R. Dev Goswami

Idea Behind The Sound

And where do we start? Through nama, divine sound, it is easy to begin the spiritual quest. The most subtle thing in our experience here is sound. And it is cheap, much easier than dravya, yajna and so many other things which are to be gathered. Sound comes freely and without any expense. So our research can begin with sound, but that sound must be of divine characteristic.

Just as the medicine in a homeopathic globule cannot be shown by the outer figure, so also only when sound, the name Krishna comes from the proper person, then Krishna’s will is there within. In other words, Krishna from the mouth of a sadhu and Krishna from the mouth of an ordinary person is not one and the same. Just like the potency of the homeopathic globule depends on the medicine within. The idea behind the sound, from where it comes, whether from Vaikuntha, Goloka, or some particular rasa, to that place the sound will gradually assert itself and take you there. The sound, Vaikuntha nama grahanam, must come from the infinite world, Vaikuntha, not from any mundane origin. So the inner potency is to be discerned and detected. To a certain extent, I am able to give some idea.

See the light

I am grateful to those who help me in my spiritual understanding in a real sense, in the true sense of the word, not in a formal way. In a real sense, in a real sense, the one who cuts the bonds, who helps to free myself from bondage, who allows me to see the light and helps me to satisfy my thirst for inner understanding or achieving , fullness of life, that is my Guru.

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Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar MaharajOur inner aspiration for rasa, is buried within our hearts which are tied down and sealed. But hearing and chanting the glories of Krishna breaks the seal on the heart and allows it to awaken and open to Krishna, the reservoir of pleasure, ecstasy Himself.

What is bhajana? It is a transaction of the heart, not of any formality. In Krishna devotion, Krishna-bhakti, the only consideration is the dedication of the heart. Krishna wants that, and not any external formality of the civilized or non-civilized world.

In the deepest plane of Reality, the deepest wave of Krsna consciousness is moving, and there so many jiva-souls are dancing. And that dance is the Absolute Dance wherein everything surrenders to Krsna in the mood of Vrndavan.

We may have erected high walls on all sides to protect ourselves so that Krsna consciousness may not enter, but Krsna is a thief, and a thief requires no invitation. No preparation is necessary for His welcome. He will enter for His own interest, and that is our consolation. Our solace is that Krsna is a thief. Maya has erected her high walls on all sides, but nothing is sufficient to stop Krsna consciousness. Krsna is a thief, and stealthily He will enter one day.

The innermost hankering of every living soul is for Beauty, Love, Affection, and Harmony; not for power, knowledge, or anything else. This is the diagnoses of the whole creation in time and space; their common cause is one. There is only one end – many are not necessary – only one, the one, that very one we want, is a relationship of Divine Love with Krsna.

A show of humility has no value; imitation has no value anywhere. Proper humility can only occur when one feels his connection with the autocratic Lord, his Master. Then only can he feel humble.

Divine words of His grace
Srila Bhakti Rakshaka Sridhar Dev Goswami


Divine Words of His Divine Grace
Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Dev Goswami Maharaj

Faith should be developed with the help of scriptures and saints. They will help us understand that the spiritual world is real and this world is unreal. At that time, this material world will be night to us, and that will be day.
Presently, the eternal world is darkness to us, and we are awake in this mortal world. What is night to one is day to another. A saint is awake in some matter, and a dacoit [thief] is working in another plane. They are living in two separate worlds. A scientist is living in one world; a rowdy is living in another. One’s day is night to another. The ordinary persons cannot see what Einstein and Newton have seen, and what the ordinary man sees is ignored by a great man. So, we have to awaken our interest in that plane, and ignore the interests of this plane.

–An excerpt from Srila Sridhar Maharaj’s The Search for Sri Krishna: Reality the Beautiful (50-51).

God is seeing everything

Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami MaharajSrila Bhakti Rakshaka Sridhara Deva Gosvami Maharaj

“If you always remember that God is seeing everything you do, you can’t do anything wrong. You won’t be able to venture to do anything offensive to the Lord as long as you remember that through everything, the searching eye, the all-knowing, omniscient eye of the Lord is always watching over you. This remembrance cannot but purify your heart and understanding and the whole of your mental system, and help you to approach Divinity in the right way.

It is not that you can do anything and everything without His knowing; not that you are the master wire-puller of both your own life and of the world; not that you are going to exert your mastery, your influence over the environment in a selfish attempt. Always remember that one big eye is spread over your head seeing everything like the searching light of a strong x-ray. What even you do not know about yourself, He knows. What is underground in the innermost subconscious region of your heart, He can also see.

If you remember this as you move and live, you cannot but be purified. Just as cancer can be removed from the body by a laser ray, the whole disease of material [worldly, self-centered] existence will vanish from our hearts by this purifying influence of the divine rays of light from the holy feet of God.”

(excerpt from the book ‘Loving Search for the Lost Servant’, page 33)

Our only solace

Krishna cannot dismiss the guardian very easily, because the guardian has a solid position in the Lord’s relationship. If we enter into the domain of our guardian’s care, our position will be assured. Our only solace is that we are going through His agent. He is so kind and benevolent that He has sent His agent to recruit us, and that is our hope. We must be thankful for that, and not become traitors to His agent. We must be cautious to see that we do not betray His agent, for thereby we betray ourselves..

Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami

Light the fire the air will come

His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Raksaka Sridhar deva Goswami Maharaj

“Svayam asiddhm katham anyann sadhayet” – far bigger than the previous statement is the following-“ Jare dekho tare kaho Krishna upadesa /Amar agnaya guru haiya tara ei desa.”

For those who are Gosthanandi sadhakas ( devotional aspirants who prefer to perform bhajan together with others ), they are oblivious of how much they get benefitted or harmed. Mahaprabhu has assured them by this sermon. In this order of Mahaprabhu they see their own and others real benefit. Even when you have not attained perfection you should still preach the holy name of Krishna. In this very instruction Mahaprabhu has given the right of preaching to the sadhaka (practicing devotee). During the time of Sripada Jajavar Maharaj’s sannyasa Srila Prabhupada has bestowed fearlessness on him by saying – Are you fearful? Why are you fearing? You are going to take shelter of the feet which bestows fearlessness, ’jadvibheti svayam bhayam’. To offer ourselves in the sankirtana yajna of Sriman Mahaprabhu is the only way in which each and everyone can be delivered. The one which we are practicing will cure all of our own diseases along with curing the material disease of the materialistic person. Die to live. The right to live is our birthright and we need to live with all the dignity a life should have. The fire of sankirtan can only revive our soul. ‘Bhashmi bhavanti rajendra mahapataka kotayom’. If you perform real Krishna kirtan then you will have no fear. The need is the fire of spirituality. To benefit oneself and other living entities “Amar agnaya Guru haiya tar ei desh”. The very listener will fan the fire of your sankirtan.
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Pure Chit Vilas

Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar MaharajŚrīla Bhakti Rakṣak Śrīdhar Dev-Goswāmī Mahārāj explains the basis of his angle of vision.

My nature is non-interfering, from the beginning. So much so that I am called an ease-lover. I am not aggressive in a preaching mood, but only to know. The knowing aspect, the listening aspect, the aspect of inquisitiveness, predominates within me: to find new light from the scripture, from the words heard from my Guru Mahārāj. Every day, I can see, I can feel, new colour. Everything is infinite. Every word, every letter, is of infinite characteristic. I am internally busy with that in my last days.

Prabhu has written in his letter, “Your Prapanna-jīvanāmṛta and your tapes will enliven, will supply deeper roots, to the international society of devotees. If people come across this book and these tapes, their faith will be more consolidated in that society.” That is his conception, and I also conceive like that. After the departure of a general, there may come a general depression, but these things will help them, will give them similar food.
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