Slightest deviation from the track of Gurupāda-padma can throw you away from bhajan

Gauḍīya Goṣṭhī Pati Śrī Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Gosvāmī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda Paramahaṁsa Guru said that said— “Those who are misguiding people in the name of hari-kathākīrtana—this has become at present yuga-dharma of those common people that they want to be cheated by them.”

We can find the following ślokas from Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam

idaṁ bhāgavataṁ nāma

yan me bhagavatoditam

saṅgraho ’yaṁ vibhūtīnāṁ

tvam etad vipulī kuru                          (ŚB 2.7.51)

O Nārada, this science of God, Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, was spoken to me in summary by the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and it was spoken as the accumulation of His diverse potencies. Please expand this science yourself.

yathā harau bhagavati

nṛṇāṁ bhaktir bhaviṣyati

sarvātmany akhilādhāre

iti saṅkalpya varṇaya                         (ŚB 2.7.52)

Please describe the science of Godhead with determination and in a manner by which it will be quite possible for the human being to develop transcendental devotional service unto the Personality of Godhead Hari, the Super soul of every living being and the summum bonum source of all energies.

Gauḍīya Goṣṭhī Pati Śrī Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Gosvāmī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda Paramahaṁsa Guru said that said: “If I seek the path leading to the ultimate goal then I must ignore the countless voices of the popular wisdom and listen only to that of the realized soul”.  Śrīla Prabhupāda also said that in the name of hari-bhajan and hari-kathā, people are being cheated. Those who are running to listen here and there are automatically cheated. Why? Because they want to be cheated, that’s why they are being cheated.

Two types of things we can find–tattva-vid and tattva-vadi. Tattva-vadi means those who can speak about tattva nicely but cannot realize, but tattva-vid means those who have direct realization of tattva and they are established in acharan and speaking. Such Guru-Vaiṣṇava has the power to inculcate the feeling (bhakti) inside the heart of a genuine disciple. It is the duty of a Sad-Guru to inculcate sevā bhāva (śuddha-bhakti) inside the heart of a genuine disciple. Automatically after receiving dīkṣā they can feel power. They can develop sambandhajñāna together with sevā mood.

In Gauḍīya Maṭha especially we have to follow “ekayan panthā”, which means all should be channelized through authentic guru-paramparā line. Those ṛṣimunis they always have different opinions from each other, but we in Gauḍīya Maṭha we have ekayan patati , one pointed devotion, we must not have different kinds of mood and conceptions or siddhānta vichar etc., but only we must depend upon śrauta panthā which is coming through one authentic channel approved by our guru-varga by the help of which our success is a must.

When Śrīla Bhaktivinod Ṭhākura was asked the question— “Can the path of spiritual life be FRESHLY CREATED?” His answer was— “A path cannot be manufactured. Whatever path is there should be accepted by sādhus. Those who are proud and want fame try vigorously to discover new paths. Those who have good fortune from past lives give up pride and respect the established path. Those who are unfortunate walk on a new path and thus cheat the world.”

(Taken from SajjanaTosani 10/6, by Śrīla Bhaktivinod Ṭhākura)

He further said that— “Our mahājanas path is that which was shown by Śrīla Vvasadeva, Śukadeva Gosvāmī, Prahlad Mahārāja, and Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu and His associates. We are not to leave aside that path to follow the instructions of new, puffed-up devotees.

(Taken from Sajjana Tosani 10 /10, by Śrīla Bhaktivinod Ṭhākura)

Gauḍīya Gosthi Pati Śrī Śrīla Bhakti Siddhata Sarasvatī Gosvāmī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda Paramahaṁsa Jagad Guru said that— “Slightest deviation from the track of guru pāda-padma can throw you away from bhajan.” It is of utmost importance that we all are being loyal unto the lotus feet of Śrīla Vyāsadeva, who is the source of śrauta vani vaibhāva. Gurudeva is the representative of Śrīla Vyāsadeva or we can say that Śrīla Gurudeva is no other than Vyāsadeva. Gurudeva can never make any mistake.

That is why Śrīla Naradji wanted to put this condition first that one himself must be firmly established in the teachings of Bhagavat Dharma, otherwise all will be like a drama—just like acting on the stage without any background.

Śrīla Vyāsadeva inviting us all irrespective of our position to pray (or meditate) jointly unto the Lotus feet of Bhagavan – satyaṁ paraṁ dhīmahi.  Actually there is no alternative way. Either we have to concentrate on the Supreme Lord or on Maya Devi. To stay in neutral position is not possible. For those who want to cross over this material ocean and swim in the ocean of prema, they all have to take shelter unto the lotus feet of Śrī Caitanya Deva.

saṁsāra-sindhu-tarane hṛdayaṁ yadi syāt

samkirttanamrta-rase ramate manas cet

premambudhau viharane yadi citta-vṛttir

caitanya chandra caraṇe kurute anurāgam

(Śrī Navadvīpa-śatakam , Verse 9, by Śrīla Prabodhananda Sarasvatī Ṭhākura

[“If you cherish the desire in your heart to cross the ocean of material existence, if you have the desire to taste the sweet nectar of harināma sankīrtana, if you have an intense eagerness to swim in the ocean of prema, then you have to grow your tremendous love (anurāga) unto the Lotus Feet of Caitanya Chandra.”]

Śrīman Mahāprabhu wanted to teach us that sankīrtana is the complete bhajanaṅga. By engaging in sankīrtana all other types of bhajan modes can be done automatically.

kṛte yad dhyāyato viṣṇuṁ

tretāyāṁ yajato makhaiḥ

dvāpare paricaryāyāṁ

kalau tad dhari-kīrtanāt                              (ŚB 12.3.52)

Whatever result was obtained in Satya-yuga by meditating on Viṣṇu, in Tretā-yuga by performing sacrifices, and in Dvāpara-yuga by serving the Lord’s lotus feet can be obtained in Kali-yuga simply by chanting the Hare Kṛṣṇa Mahā-Mantra.

Śrīla Bhakti Siddhānta Sarasvatī Gosvāmī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda told that Gauḍīya Devotees must be ready with enthusiastic attitude to spend gallons of blood for the emancipation of the common people of this society. Gauḍīya Devotees are so merciful–especially those followers of Śrīla Bhakti Siddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda and Śrīla Saccidananda Bhaktivinod Ṭhākura, they are the most merciful personalities. We cannot realize the point of what Gauḍīya Maṭha really is. Foolish people are saying that in Gauḍīya Maṭha there are so many problems. But “No”. Where do you find the problem? There are no problems in Gauḍīya Maṭha, because Gauḍīya Maṭha is not the construction of stone, bricks, and sand. Gauḍīya Maṭha means the complete idealism of Śrīla Bhaktivinod Ṭhākura or Śrīla Bhakti Siddhānta Sarasvatī Prabhupāda. All our Gauḍīya Guruvarga like Śrīla Bhakti Pragyan Kesava Gosvāmī Mahārāja or Śrīla Bhakti Pramode Puri Gosvāmī Mahārāja or Śrīla Bhakti Raksak Śrīdhar Dev Gosvāmī Mahārāja etc. they all are the messenger of Gauḍīya Maṭha.

People cannot understand what do you mean by Gauḍīya Maṭha?  Any amount of money power or manpower cannot install a Gauḍīya Maṭha. Śrī Gauḍīya Maṭha is such a divine source from where you can get all the exact teachings of Śrīman Mahāprabhu through sudhā guruparamparā without any change.

Śrīla Prabhupāda told that— “Try to understand the basic difference between bhaktivinod- dhara and non –bhaktivinod-dhara, then you need not join a cheater party in the name of bhajan to get lost in this material world”.

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