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Sri Guru Darsana as it is (Govardhana Giri-Nikunja Samadhi Center in Sri Navadvipa - Dhama )

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Item Code: NAM345
Author: Srila Narayana Maharaja
Publisher: Gaudiya Vedanta Publications
Language: English
Edition: 2016
Pages: 180 (50 Color Illustrations)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 8.5 inch x 5.5 inch
Weight 240 gm
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When sri guru appears in this world, it is called prakata-tithi, or prakata-prakasa. At that time, mundane people are able to see him, meet with him, and talk to him. According to their own capacity, each person will try to understand who he is, but only someone who has sufficient sukrti will be able to cross over maya and realize sri guru's real, eternal svarupa. Such a person will be able to truly come close to sri qurupada-padma and establish a relationship with him that will develop, step by step, into a permanent connection. Then there will be no more distance between the two.

When sri guru disappears from this world, it is called aprakata-tithi, or aprakata-prakasa. At that time, it is impossible for mundane people to perceive sri guru in the eternal spiritual world by their mundane senses, subtle body, or mind. They cannot enter that place. They may try, by meditation or any other process, but their attempts will be fruitless.

Sriman Mahaprabhu told Sri Sarvabhauma Pandita:

atmaramas ca munayo
nirgrantha apy urukrame
kurvanty ahaitukim bhaktim
ittham-bhuta-guno harih
Sri Caitanya-caritamrta (Madhya-lila 6.186)

[All those who are atmarama, who take pleasure in their self, as well as munis, who are absorbed in contemplating the atma, are free from anger, false ego, and other anarthas. Still they render selfless, unmotivated loving service, or bhakti, to Sri Krsna who performs amazing activities. He possesses such wonderful qualities that He can attract everyone, even those who are already liberated.]

When we will cross over our mundane senses, subtle body, mind, intelligence, and heart, and instead connect with our soul body, then will we be able to understand aprakata-prakasa, or aprakata-lila. As long as we are arrested by maya, we can only attain some mundane knowledge and realization of the things of this material world. But one who is atmarama and aptakama can understand aprakata-prakasa, or aprakata-lila. He will be able to realize samadhi-tattva.

Sri Sukadeva Gosvami is a brahma-jnani, and thus he is able to give realization of aprakata-lila, aprakata-prakasa, krsna-lila, and vraja-lila to Pariksit Maharaja. He can give the pastimes of Dhruva, Prahlada, and all the other bhaktas of the Lord. It is only possible to understand and realize aprakata-prakasa, or aprakata- lila, when we rise above maya. We need to connect with yogamaya instead. Then the Lord's lila-sakti will give us entrance into the Lord's eternal pastimes.

At the time of their prakata-lila, sri qurupada-padma and all the maha-bhagavata Vaisnavas give training to the conditioned souls. Anyone who seriously follows their program will become qualified, just like Acarya Ramacandra Kaviraja realized both the prakata and aprakata-lila of his gurupada-padma. Sri gurudeva will accept that disciple or follower who continuously engages his mind and all of his senses in guru-seva. He will take away that disciple's attachment to his material body and mind, and replace it by an attachment to his svarupa-anubandi and the Lord's prema-lila. There is a big difference between these two types of attachment. The first is temporary and mortal, whereas the second is eternal and never perishes.

This acarya-lila is serious and very important. If a disciple or follower does not complete his training course in this life, he will not be able to understand sri guru. He may be advanced, smart, respected, regarded, and divine, but he will not be present with sri gurupada-padma in his aprakata-lila. Name, fame, and respect of this world do not give entrance into the eternal world, into the eternal aprakata-prakasa, or aprakata-lila. Guru-lila, krsna-lila, and vraja-lila will only appear in the heart of that disciple whose heart is completely clean.

In his book Gopala-campu, Srila jiva Gosvami explains how the sons of Kuvera, Nalakuvera and Manigriva, came to Vraja- dhama by the causeless mercy of Narada Rsi. By the mercy of the Vrajavasis, they became very strong and serious, and at last, by the causeless mercy of Krsna and the unlimited mercy of the sakhas, they attained their permanent post and position in the eternal Vraja-dhama. Now their names are Snigdha-kanta and Madhu-kanta, and krsna-lila is continuously flowing in their heart. Every morning and evening, they narrate this lila to all the Vrajavasis. Krsna is also present there, and so is Srimati Radharani, and all the sakhas and sakhis. All are hearing from them and all are amazed. This is called 'eternal connection and relationship: When we reach that stage, lila-sakti will always be present with us and we will never be able to forget the pastimes of the Lord. Rather, we will no longer remember anything else, just like in Vraja-dhama, Snigdha-kanta and Madhu-kanta never remember their father, Kuvera.

Srila Gurudeva often explained damodara-lila, but how many people understood his advice, instructions, and eternal mood? He desired to take everybody to the eternal Vraja-mandala and give svarupa-siddhi to all. He collected living entities from all over the world and invited them yearly to come to Vraja-dhama. There, for one month, he would continuously distribute the nectar of vraja- lila. But how many people were seriously drinking this nectar? How many were truly present with him. If anyone was with him at that time, they will also be with him now, and understand all the pastimes he is performing at this moment. They are themselves connected and related with Srila Gurudeva, and distribute his lila to others as well. That unbroken flow will never stop. Lila-sakti is eternally present with them, and her mercy flows continuously, eternally.

Srila Gurudeva gave us only one mantra: govinda damodara madhaveti. But while Srila Gurudeva was present, most people could not understand the meaning of this. If anyone continuously chants this mantra, he will definitely become a Vrajavasi.

govinda damodara madhaveti
gayantam sukhadam sumanoharam
aruna varnam yati-vesa dharam
santam tulasi-mala vibhusitam

Srila Gurudeva wears the saffron dress of a tridandi-sannyasi. He has a fair golden complexion, and is adorned with a tulasi-mala. He is supremely peaceful and his presence bestows peace upon all. By his sweet singing of 'govinda damodara madhaveti; he gives transcendental happiness and attracts the minds of everyone. He brings everybody to Vraja-dhama and establishes their relationship with the Vrajavasis, This is the only way to get the mercy of the Vrajavasis and enter into Vraja-mandala. This 'govinda damodara madhaveti' is more powerful than the maha-mantra and the pranava-mantra 'om'. This vani of the Vrajavasis is extremely dear to Sri Krsna, and He is always anxious to hear it. Wherever this kirtana is being performed, Krsna appears with all His associates and begins to dance.

tara yantam janan sarvam
bhavambhodeh dayanidhim
gurudeva aham bhaje
vraja-dhama bhakta-bandhum

Being a reservoir of compassion, Srila Gurudeva moves everywhere and helps all who are drowning in the ocean of material existence. I worship his lotus feet, which are always situated in Vraja-dhama. He is the friend of the devotees and the Vrajavasis.

vrajavasi vraja-bhumi
vraja-devi anucaram
bhajami satatam gurum
paridhana nilambaram

I perpetually serve Srila Gurudeva in eternal Vrndavana- dhama. He only accepts and wears the remnant blue dress of Srimati Radhika, he is the constant companion of the Vrajavasis, the servant of Vraja-bhumi, and the follower of the Vrajadevis.


1Entering Srila Gurudeva's Samadhi-kunja3
The Ordinary Meaning of Samadhi3
The Spiritual Meaning of Samadhi5
The Process to Enter Srila Gurudeva's Samadhi-kunja6
2How the Samadhi Bestows Mercy upon All19
Gateways to Goloka Vrndavana19
Samadhis Are Vital Spiritual Training Centers20
Prayer at the Samadhi22
3The Importance of the Samadhi29
The Importance of Sri Guru's Vigraha31
The Importance of Sri Guru's Instructions and Sri Guru's Deity35
Sri Guru Is Not an Ordinary Person35
4God's Samadhi Center in this World 41
God and His Deity41
Giriraja Govardhana42
Lord Jagannatha44
5Samadhi-yoga of the Bona Fide Sevaka49
Three Types of Seva49
The Bona Fide Sevaka Can Manifest the Svarupa of His Guru50
Entering in Samadhi-yoga Means Entering into the Spiritual World51
The Samadhi of Sri Guru Is a Training Center for Samadhi-yoga54
Examples of Samadhi-yoga54
Importance of Sri Guru's Transcendental Body56
6The Speciality of Srila Gurudeva's Samadhi 61
Red - the Color of Anuraga61
Gaudiyas Are Followers of Hanuman62
Anuraga Means Presence of Life63
Inner Mood Shapes External Perception65
Srila Gurudeva's Speciality66
7Samadhi Pastimes of the Supreme Lord and His Devotees71
Lord Jagannatha's Samadhi Pastimes71
Svarupa-sakti Srimati Radharani Arranges All of Srila Gurudeva's Pastimes72
Lord Rama's Jala-samadhi74
Chand Kazi's Samadhi Pastime74
Bhagavan dasa Babaji's Samadhi-yoga77
Samadhi Pastimes of the Associates of Sriman Mahaprabhu80
Nrsimhananda Brahmacari's Samadhi-yoga82
Seva in Samadhi-yoga Is Real Seva83
8Relationship with Sri Guru Comes through Guru-seva87
Sabari's Samadhi-yoga87
9Entering the Lord's Eternal Pastimes through Samadhi-yoga95
Bilvamangala's Samadhi-yoga95
10Prthivi-devi, the Safekeeper of Unlimited Spiritual Wealth103
Safekeeper of the Eternal Vigrahas of Our Guru-varga103
Safekeeper of Mother Sita104
Safekeeper of Sri Gopinatha106
11Samadhi Pastimes in Vraja111
Samadhis of Contemporary Vaisnavas in Vraja-mandala111
Svami Haridasa113
12Guru and God Reciprocate with Their Devotees through Samadhi-yoga121
Lord Jagannatha at Cakra-tirtha121
Patita-pavana Jagannatha123
Khira-cora Gopinatha124
Sri Guru Is Always Present in this World by Samadhi-yoga124
13How to Develop Relationship with Srila Gurudeva131
Srila Gurudeva's Continuous Mission to Make Us Qualified131
Ananya-sarana Is Essential133
Srila Gurudeva Is Always with Us137
EEpilogue: Anuraga141
AAppendix: Prayers for Meditation at Srila Gurudeva's Samadhi-kunja149

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