Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj compares the power of Hari-katha to the destructive power of acid.
Giving advice on how to carry on Sriman Mahaprabhu’s preaching movement:
Sincerity of heart is the real capital. If it is found anywhere, then Guru and Krishna will always be on that side. … God willing, one’s endeavours will grow. They will grow according to the sincerity of feeling. … These people will have to begin in a humble way. Their sincerity and goodness will be their capital. They will not have so much grandeur, money, or men. In a mild way, heart within and God overhead, they may launch their missionary work.
hridi kritva harim gehat pravrajet sa narottamah
(Srimad Bhagavatam 1.13.27)
A narottam sannyasi has been qualified in this way: with Hari and Guru in his heart, he leaves the world and connects his individual interest to the cause of the Supreme. Gehat [from home] means from individual consideration. A narottam sannyasi renounces home and devotes himself to the public’s interest, to the distribution of Guru and Hari to one and all.
Divine Words of His Divine grace Srila Bhakti Rakshaka Sridhar Dev Goswami
Devotee: When the environment comes to attack us, how can we see that as Krsna?
Srila Guru Maharaj: When the environment is unfavorable?
Srila Guru Maharaj: We shall try to find out the Supreme Will there. We should feel, “I have done something wrong, so this is coming to control me and to exact the reaction for my offenses. Tat te ‘nukampam susamiksamano. In the perfect vision, we are not to quarrel with the environment. “Not even a straw can move without the Supreme Will, without the order of the Supreme Will. So, whatever is coming to attack me is my necessity. Just that is necessary for me, to correct me.” Just as when the mother is punishing the child, she does so only with the good will to correct the child. Similarly, the Absolute has got no vindictive nature to punish me, but His dealings are only for my correction. We shall have to see and approach in that way.
Tat te ‘nukampam susmiksamano bhunjana evatma-krtam vipakam:
“Whatever undesirable I find here is the result of my previous karma, and by the good will of the Supreme, that previous karma is going to be
finished. I will be relieved. I will be made fit for higher; service to Him, so this has come.” That is the advice in Bhagavatam. Don’t quarrel with the environment.
Try to be adjusted with it; correct your own ego.
DIVINE WORDS OF
THE GUARDIAN OF DEVOTION
Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Dev Goswami
jane prayasam udapasya namanta eva
jivanti sanmukharitam bhavadiya-varttam
Hatefully giving up all intellectual attempts to understand the Supreme Truth, those who want to realize You should completely surrender unto You. They
should hear from self-realized devotees about Your holy name and transcendental pastimes. Whatever situation they may find themselves in, they should progress by fully dedicating their mind, body, and words to You. In this way the infinite, who is never conquered by anyone, becomes conquered through love. ( Bhag. 10.14.3)
From: Sri Prema dhama Deva stotram
— Verse 23 —
prema-dhama-devam eva naumi gaura-sundaram
The famous conversation of Lord Gaurasundar with Ramananda Ray on the banks of the Godavari River is known as the Ramananda-samvad in the Sri Chaitanya-charitamrta. In those discussions, the highest form of dedication is pure love of God in a heart free from fruitive aspirations and scriptural calculation. Also, Lord Krishna, who appeared as the son of Nanda Maharaj, was ascertained as the sole recipient of the sweetness relished in the mellows of parakiya-rasa. I offer my obeisances to that beautiful Golden Lord, Gaurangasundar, the divine form of Krishna prema.
His Divine Grace Srila B.R.Sridhar Dev Goswami Maharaja
Sometimes we may be misguided to believe that we must not study the devotional books, thinking: “To analyze, to know, that is not part of devotion. That is not necessary; it is knowledge, jnana, and that is anti-devotion.” Thinking in this way we will go on taking the Holy Name, and wherever there is some explanation being given about the devotional school, we will try to avoid it. But that is not always best, because by hearing from the proper source we get the kind of knowledge that gives us impetus to go on in our sadhana.
In Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita Srila Krishnadås Kaviraja Goswami says: siddhanta baliya, we should discuss the siddhanta (perfect conclusions of devotion). Sanatana Goswami is the acharya of siddhanta.
One may say, “What is the necessity of knowing siddhanta, what is what? I shall go on chanting the Name and wherever there is any class being given to explain Srimad Bhagavatam or Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita I shall avoid it. That is all knowledge: jnane prayasam udapasya. “One should totally abandon the unnecessary endeavor of gaining knowledge by discussing empirical philosophical truths.” (Srimad-Bhågavatam 10.14.3)
(The Appearance Day of Sri Gaurasundara)
(This Bengali bhajana was composed by His Divine Grace Śrīla Bhakti Rakṣaka Śrīdhara Deva Gosvāmī Mahārāja commemorating the divine appearance of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu).
aruṇa vasane, sonara sūraja
udiche kena re āja
vasanta suṣamā, ujāri āpanā
ḍhāle kena jaga-mājha
On this day, why has the Golden Sun (Śrī Gaurāṅga) arisen wearing red cloth? Why has He descended to the earth in the middle of Spring when everything seems so beautiful and amazing?
taru gulma-latā, apūrva baratā
bahe kena phale phule
bhṛṅga o vihaṅge, kena hena raṅge
saṅgita taraṅga tule
Why are all the trees, shrubs and creepers full of fruits and flowers? Why do the birds and bees sing their songs with such bliss?
Srila Bhakti Raksaka Sridhar deva Goswami
To bring Sri Gauranga nearer to our soul is to get, even unconsciously, a guarantee of our achievement in krsna-lila. For the fallen souls it is more useful to cultivate devotion for Sri Gauranga. That will give us the complete fulfillment of life with the least trouble. Devotion to Gauranga will not lead us to any haphazard or misconceived Krsna consciousness, but real Krsna consciousness. We can have full Krsna consciousness by the help of Gaura consciousness. By developing devotion to Sri Gauranga, we will be able to feel that Sri Gauranga consciousness also includes Krsna consciousness—plus something more. What is that? The distribution of Krsna consciousness.
Do you want to live? Then come to die. We shall have to invite wholesale dissolution of everything in our experience. Hegel’s words help us: “die to live.” What is generally considered a concrete, valuable thing must be cast into the fire, in exchange for some hope that is unknown and unknowable. That is sacrifice. In Vedic ritual, we pour clarified butter into the fire as a sacrifice to please the Lord. Ghee, a valuable foodstuff, is burnt in the fire to create a healthier atmosphere. Of course, to say such a thing is improper and ridiculous according to material understanding, yet the benefit from the unknown quarter is there.
Be disgusted with your known world of knowledge, of pleasure—everything. Die to live. Now it appears to be all risk, no gain. Then, when the destination is reached to a certain extent, it will be all gain, no risk. Actually, what we risk is all concoction, misunderstanding. We only need to throw our misconception into the fire to gain a proper conception of reality. When the unreal is put into the fire, we gain the real. This is what “die to live” means.
martyo yada tyakta-samasta-karma
niveditatma vicikirsito me
mamatma-bhuyaya ca kalpate vaitatraiva
Utterly abandoning desire for worldly enjoyment or liberation, or the desire to become one of the demigods, the souls who embrace the service of Sri Krsna realize their eternal divine identity and attain confidential servitude to the Lord, gaining admission into the group of the followers of Srila Rupa Goswami – “When the mortal being gives up all worldly attempts, completely offers himself to Me, and acts exclusively according to My desire, he attains to the state of nectar or positive immortality. He is then accepted: he becomes qualified to enjoy the acme of divine ecstasy, united with Me as My family member.”