Our Great Fortune

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Adhivas of Srila Sridhar Maharaj's appearance
Kolkata—Worldwide, 8 November 2020, part 1

 

Jay Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj ki jay
Visva-varenya Srila Guru Maharaj ki jay
Jay Om Vishnupad Paramahamsa-kula-churamani Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj ki jay
His appearance day adhivas maha-mahotsav ki jay
Jay Om Vishnupad Bhagavan Sri Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Thakur Prabhupad ki jay
Rupanuga-guru-varga ki jay
Namacharya Haridas Thakur ki jay
Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math ki jay
Tandiya sakha Math samuha ki jay
Sri Mather sevak vrinda bhakta-vrinda ki jay
Ananta-koti Vaishnav vrinda ki jay
Sri Gaudiya Acharya vrinda ki jay
Tridandi-pad-gan ki jay
Saparsada Sriman Nityananda Prabhu ki jay
Saparsada Sriman Mahaprabhu ki jay
Samagata Sri Gaura bhakta-vrinda ki jay!
Bhakta-prabara Prahlad Maharaj ki jay
Suddha-bhakti-vighna-vinasankari Bhagavan Nrisinghadev ki jay
All the assembled sannyasi-vrinda ki jay
All the worldwide devotees ki jay
Harinam sankirtan ki jay
Nitai Gaura premanande Hari bol

Today is a very auspicious day because tomorrow is the appearance day of our Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math's Founder Acharya—our Param Gurudev, Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj. It is on the day of Krishna-navami tithi in the month of Kartika and Damodar, the favourite month of Lord Krishna. Tomorrow is also the appearance day of Lord Nityananda Prabhu's sakti, Sri Virachandra Prabhu (materially, Virachandra Prabhu is Lord Nityananda Prabhu's son, but he is actually His non-different energy). We can also say that our Param Gurudev Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj's appearance day is non-different from Sri Virachandra Prabhu's. Today is the auspicious adhivas (eve) of this great day.

I am giving my full humble obeisance at the lotus feet of my beloved Gurudev, Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, and at the lotus feet of our Param Gurudev, Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj. They preach in this world for us, they gave their entire life for the devotees.

ISKCON Founder Acharya, Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Srila Prabhupad, also said that, although he had taken initiation from Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad, he had spend only, perhaps, ten days in the association of his guru, but when he met Srila Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, when he got his association, he thought that he was getting the association of his Guru (Srila Saraswati Thakur)—he felt it was the same experience. These are Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Srila Prabhupad's words. He also said he was very happy because Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur, his Gurudev, had given us Srila Sridhar Maharaj for our real benefit. Even a great world guru like Srila Swami Maharaj Prabhupad admitted that. Moreover, he said, "I see Srila Sridhar Maharaj as Srila Prabhupad's murtta-vigraha [embodiment]. When he gives lectures, I feel that my Gurudev, Srila Prabhupad, himself is giving lecture, speaking Hari-katha." Even senior godbrothers (Srila Madhav Maharaj, Srila Bon Maharaj and others) also said that they appreciated and respected Srila Sridhar Maharaj very much because Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur, their Gurudev, had given him the power to preach about Sri Rupa-Raghunath line through the song Sri Rupa Manjari-pada.

Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur wanted to hear this song from Srila Sridhar Maharaj prior to his departure, and through that song he transmitted his internal power and bestowed much mercy to his disciple Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj for preaching Krishna consciousness. He thought, "I am very pleased and I am very peaceful now that I know that I have left at least one person (Srila Sridhar Maharaj) in this world who can serve and look after all my followers after me—who can carry the flag of Krishna consciousness movement, Sri Chaitanya Mahapabhu's movement and the movement of proper Vedic knowledge, who can carry on this movement after me." Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur said this about Srila Sridhar Maharaj in his lifetime.

Therefore, we are also very fortunate because Srila Sridhar Maharaj also left our Gurudev for us—to rescue such fallen souls like us, to rescue us all from this material world and to take care of all the Eastern and Western devotees. Srila Sridhar Maharaj left for us Srila Gurudev, Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj. This is our great fortune.

 

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