Our Lord and Master Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu has predicted that the Holy Name of Krishna will be preached in every town and village on earth:
prthivite ache yata nagaradi grama
To futher the above prediction of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu the devotees at Gosai Publishers, located in Sri Rangapatna, South India have decided to publish an electronic magazine, "Saranagati."
The inspiration for the name of this publication was derived from an origional collection of songs and compositions of Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura, the founding father of the Krishna consciousness movement in the 20th century. For that original collection of songs, which was named Saranagati, the Thakura wrote an introductory song, and in that song he explained the very gist of saranagati as being the indispensable necessity of the true devotees - sikhaya saranagati bhakatera prana.
sri-krsna-caitanya prabhu jive doya kori'
atyanta durlabha prema koribare dana
dainya, atma-nivedana, goptrtve varana
bhakti-anukula-matra karyera svikara
sad-anga saranagati hoibe jahara
rupa-sanatana-pade dante trna kori
kandiya kandiya bole ami to' adhama
The very basis of pure devotional life is saranagati which in a word means surrender. The prerequisite for pure devotional service is surrender. First surrender, then pure devotional service begins. There are many varieties of devotional services performed under the names of karma misra-bhakti and jnana misra-bhakti (fruitive activity and philosophical speculation). However, these are not to be confused with suddha-bhakti or pure devotional service. Both karma and jnana are selfishly motivated desires culminating in material enjoyment and liberation respectively. Therefore, the devotees (bhaktas) in the stages of karma or jnana are not considered pure devotees.
The pure devotees of the Lord are distinguished from others due to their following the six intrinsic principles of exclusive surrender to the Supreme Lord mentioned above by Bhaktivinode Thakura and which are also found in the Vaishnava-tantra as follows:
A pure devotee is sometimes called a saranagata-bhakta or a surrendered soul. Literally saranagati means to take complete shelter or refuge in Sri Nanda Kumar, the youthful son of Nanda Maharaja, who has appeared at Sri Navadwip as Sri Krishna Caitanya.
The necessity of surrendering to Sri Krishna was indeed the essence of the teachings of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. The same has been confirmed by Sri Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita.
The conclusion of Bhagavad Gita is surrender, wherein Sri Krishna advises Arjuna to abandon all varieties of religion and simply surrender unto Him.
Arjuna is herein advised to abandon all varieties of religion - particluarly those mixed with karma and jnana. By such surrender Krishna promises that His devotee will come to Him. The confidentiality of surrender is revealed in this verse by the use of the word 'vraja'. When the rule of Sanskrit grammar known as Alankar is applied to this verse it is shown that Sri Krishna is saying that by exclusive surrender unto Him Arjuna will attain the land of Vraja, the Supreme Abode of Godhead. It may also be understood through this instruction to Arjuna that exclusive surrender is the only method of achieving the Lord's eternal association.
To obtain the shelter of the lotus feet of Sri Krishna one must surrender to the lotus feet of Sri Caitanya. This is also the conclusion of great acaryas.
samsara-sindhu-tarane hrdayam yadi syat
editoral policy of "Saranagati" is to present sastra
(scripture), writings of previous Acaryas, and essays by contemporary
Vaishnavas (sadhus) that will inspire one toward a life of self
surrender and pure devotion at the lotus feet of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
Saranagati is indeed the indispensable necessity of the true devotees.