The History of the Gaudiya Sarasvata Parampara - Seminar Part I

Jun 18 2021 - Video
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Śrīla Narasiṅgha Mahārāja gives a seminar at Śaraṇāgati farm in British Colombia on June 23rd 2001. In this introduction, Mahārāja explains how the agent of Kṛṣṇa must also become a listener to his own words, and those that hear him must be alive and eager for that message from the infinite plane.

He says that it is only our eagerness to understand what is God which brings guru into our midst because guru is a descending process. Even of we are cheated by a so-called guru, we must see that the only defect is in me and this will align us with divinity.

Narasiṅgha Mahārāja says that we have to deepen our understanding of the everyday simple things that we do, and gives an explanation of Sarasvatī Ṭhākura’s verse, “pūjala rāgapatha gaurava bhaṅge” and explains how Mahāprabhu was the Deity of “I am not fit.”

We do not preach in public, or amongst mixed devotees, about Rādhārāṇī.Preaching means nāma-pracāra and Bhagavad-gītā.

Some people claim that Prabhupāda did not teach rāgānuga-bhakti, but this is not the case. One initially has to approach rāgānuga-bhakti through dāsya-rasa, and not mādhurya.

The taste of the disciple should not determine the qualification of the guru. By pleasing guru, we attain Kṛṣṇa.

Narasiṅgha Mahārāja also discusses the significance of Prabhupāda receiving the instruction at Rādhā-kuṇḍa from Sarasvatī Ṭhākura to print books.

Mahārāja also discusses some of the so-called anomalies that Prabhupāda’s detractors bring up. Prabhupada and Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura adjusted the standards - the form may be changed, but the siddhānta should not. However, we should be careful about readjusting what the previous ācāryas have given. Mahārāja discusses changes of dress, and Prabhupāda giving gāyatrī by tape. Mahārāja talks about receiving one’s svarūpa from the guru at the time of initiation, the position of Rūpa Gosvāmī as the head of the sampradāya, and the title ‘Prabhupāda,’ the break-up of the Gauḍīya Maṭha, gaps in the paramparā, parakīya-rasa, Bṛhat Bhāgavatāmṛta, aṣta-kālīya-līlā and service in this world.