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Shrila B.V. Narayana MaharajShrila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami (birth name: Narayana Tiwari, February 16, 1921, Tivaripur — December 29, 2010, Puri) is a Hindu Vaishnava religious figure, theologian, writer, senior student and successor of Shrila Bhaktipragyana Keshava Gosvami (1898-1968); founder of the "International Pure Bhakti Yoga Society." Being in old age Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami traveled around the world more than 30 times, having been preaching Gaudiya Vaishnavism in many countries of the world. According to data for 2002, the Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami had more than 40,000 students.

Шрила Бхактиведанта Нараяна Госвами (имя при рождении — Нараяна Тивари; 16 февраля 1921, Тиварипур — 29 декабря 2010, Пури) — индуистский вайшнавский религиозный деятель, богослов, писатель, старший ученик и преемник Шрила Бхактипрагьяна Кешавы Госвами (1898-1968); основатель «Международного общества чистой бхакти-йоги». Пребывая в преклонном возрасте Бхактиведанта Нараяна Госвами объехал вокруг света более 30 раз, побывав с проповедью гаудия-вайшнавизма во многих странах мира. По данным на 2002 год, у Бхактиведанты Нараяны Госвами было более 40 000 учеников.

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In Glorification of Shrila Prabhupada

Shrila B.V. Narayana Maharaj

SP.jpgShri Shrimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaj
May 16, 2004

[Below is an excerpt from Shrila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja’s classes, which he gave in October 5th, 2004, glorifying Shrila Prabhupada:]

The Same Mission

Why are devotees from so many countries assembled here? I think it was the desire of Shri Krsna, in the form of Shri Sacinandana Gaurahari and Shri Nityananda Prabhu.

prthivite ache yata nagaradi-grama
sarvatra pracara haibe mora nama
(Caitanya-bhagavata Antya 4.126)

["In every town and village, the chanting of My name will be heard."]

This was the mission, but why? What was the reason for their coming?

Shrila Maharaj interjects a request: If any senior devotees, disciples of Shrila Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj are sitting or standing at the back, they should come and sit in front.

What was the mission of Shri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, Shrila Rupa Gosvami, Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada and Shrila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada? They all had the same mission, and I am also coming for this same preaching mission. I am very grateful to Shrila Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj that he gave me service. I have known him since 1946. I think most of you here were not yet born. I have been serving him since that time. As you may know, he and I have so many relationships. He was my transcendental siksa-guru, he was junior in sannyasa to me, and we were bosom friends. We have so many transcendental relations and you can read about this in the book called "My Siksa Guru and Priya Bandhu", compiled by Mula-prakrti didi. Our mission is the same.

Perhaps you all know this, but there are some newcomers who do not. In his last days, in Vrndavana, Shrila Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj called me to see him. At that time he had stopped talking to anyone. When he saw me, however, he took my hands in his and at once sat up from his bed and wanted to give me a seat there. I requested him to stay as he was.

Pure devotees are so humble. He told me, "I have committed many offenses to you and to my god-brothers, saying that they only sleep and take prasadam. I said they do nothing but ring bells in the temple. This was wrong. I know that you are most qualified. I have not taken sannyasa from your Gurudeva (Shrila Bhaktiprajnana Kesava Gosvami Maharaj) as a formality, but for bhajana-sadhana."

There were so many seniors, like Pujyapada Bhakti Raksaka Shridhara Maharaj and Shrila Vana Maharaj and others, but Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada sprinkled so much mercy on Shrila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada by telling him, "Your English is perfect, you are a poet and preacher, you play mrdaìga and you can do everything. You are qualified to preach this mission in the West."

Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada thus sent his own "hand" to Western and Eastern countries. In a couple of years your Shrila Prabhupada established preaching centers in American cities like New York, New Jersey, Los Angeles and San Francisco, European countries, Australia and everywhere – in the mountains, on islands in oceans, and perhaps in every atom. You are spiritual atoms.

spcamara.jpgHe told me on that day, "Please excuse me; I have committed some offenses. Please tell my god-brothers that they are very qualified, and in some sense they are more qualified then I am. I have preached Shriman Mahaprabhu's mission everywhere and I have collected thousands of disciples throughout the world; but due to their lack of capacity to receive, I could not fully train them." And in Bengali he said, "I have collected some monkeys." He told me this in Bengali, so that certain disciples would not understand and thus become upset but the tape recorder captured every word.

I told him, "You did not commit any kind of offense. You told this to your neophyte disciples, because that was what they needed at the time, for their inspiration to serve and preach. There is nothing to excuse." He then ordered me, "You should give me samadhi with your own hands. I want it done by you not by anyone else." And I did so. He told me at that time to help his devotees, and for that reason I have come here to the West. I have come especially to help the senior-most devotees of Shrila Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj. There are so many hundreds, like Padmanabha Maharaj, Bhudhara, Bhagavata and Krparama, and so many ladies. They are all directly related to him.

I told him not to be worried, because I would fulfill his order. I am coming to the West to please him, to serve his order and to see his glory – how he preached this mission all over the world in a couple of years - in oceans, on the tops of mountains and hills, in forests and in so many other places. I think that you have come to me by his mercy – through reading his books and hearing hari-katha from any of his disciples. I am successful in preaching because I have a relation with him and he has accepted my service. In a couple of years I have circled the world sixteen times. He circled the world fourteen times. By the mercy of the father, the son and disciple can appear to do more than him.


Why Special Times?

Shrila B.V. Narayana Maharaj

lecture20030615b_sm.jpgBirmingham, UK: June 15, 2003 (Darshan)
Shri Shrimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaj

There are several sastric reasons behind rules and regulations. Here are a couple, given by Parama-pujyapada Shrila Narayana Gosvami Maharaj in a short darsana to newcomers.

Devotee: Why do we receive the gayatri mantras at special times? What is the significance of that?

Shrila Narayana Gosvami Maharaj: In this world we see the same thing. Why do people begin their financial month in April? In this world everything is organized in relation to some auspicious day. According to the graha-naksatra (arrangement of stars and planets) certain times become auspicious. It has therefore been told that we should choose a special time for each and every activity.

Devotee: Why are those times auspicious?

Shrila Narayana Gosvami Maharaj: According to a person's janma-naksatra (arrangement of stars at the time of one's birth) and other things, certain times are auspicious for him. Similarly, Diksa should be given on an auspicious day.

Devotee: And regarding the times for saying the diksha mantras - why at those particular times?

Shrila Narayana Gosvami Maharaj: There are some reasons. In the morning, at the time of brahma-muhurta (one and a half hours before sunrise until sunrise), our minds and hearts becomes cool. There is less anxiety at that time; we haven't yet heard anything from the world. It is a very peaceful time. In midday also, when the sun is overhead and there is a meeting between morning and afternoon, that time is also auspicious. So we should try to concentrate at that time, as concentration may come easily at that time. This is also true at sunset, the time between night and day. These times have been discovered by our rsis (sages). We cannot explain all the details now, but there are so many things that are known and considered in India. In other places people do not care for this, but Indian scientists, the rsis, used to know all these things.

We should not take eggplant during Caturmasya or on Ekadasi, because some germs automatically go inside them at that time. What we avoid during Kartika month and during Caturmasya is partly due to this. Our rsis have discovered the reasons that at what time, in what plant, in what fruit, what will come. During the month of Bhadra (August-September) you should not take yogurt. So many germs enter at that time. In India these are Indian germs and outside India the germs are of another nationality In America they will be American germs that enter the eggplants and yoghurt.

Transcriber: Vasanti dasi
Typist: Anita dasi
Editor: Shyamarani dasi

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