Srila Gurudeva’s Glories & Teachings Distributed Magnanimously

Posted on April 17, 2012 by Raghava

A report by the devotees of Sri Kesavaji Gaudiya Math, Mathura

This year in Navadvipa, Gaura Purnima day, the appearance day of the most munificent incarnation, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, witnessed a most munificent event.

By Srila Gurudeva’s mercy, the GVP sponsorship program, headed by Syamarani didi and her team, facilitated the wide distribution of the pure message of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu in the form of the pristine literature of our beloved Srila Gurudeva.

The GVP stalls in Sri Kesavaji Gaudiya Math, Navadvipa, distributed almost all of the English, Hindi and Bengali publications in stock, for whatever donation devotees could give – in some cases even providing books free of charge. This special offer, subsidized and sponsored by various devotees worldwide, was specifically made to those who were willing to distribute the books to others. The stalls were brimming with devotees, even those from neighbouring mathas. In this way, all were able to avail themselves of this opportunity to take Srila Gurudeva’s message and distribute it to people in their respective areas.

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A few months before parikrama, on the first disappearance anniversary of Srila Gurudeva, 19 December 2011, the special Tirobhava edition of the Rays of The Harmonist was published. Its Bengali counterpart, Smaranika (“Memorial”) was also printed, along with a Bengali booklet Sriman Mahahaprabhura-avadan-vaistya (The Speciality of the Gift of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu), which was originally penned in Bengali by Srila Gurudeva in honour of the 500th anniversary of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s advent.

In a mood of service in separation from Srila Gurudeva, the GVP Sponsorship Program, provided complimentary copies of both Smaranika and Sriman Mahahaprabhura-avadan-vaistya to be given to the leading sannyasis and heads of various Gaudiya Mathas who participated in Srila Gurudeva’s disappearance festival there, as well as to other prominent Vaisnavas from Sridhama Mayapura and Navadvipa.

Upon receiving the Bengali magazine Smaranika, the Bengali devotees were awestruck, commenting that never before in Bengali had such a beautiful and colourful spiritual magazine been printed in honour of any acarya in our line. They said that to publish the glories and teachings of one’s gurudeva and then to distribute those publications magnanimously is certainly a wonderful way to serve his vani (instructions).

One month after that, on 23 January 2012, the appearance day of Srila Gurudeva, complimentary copies of those same books – the Bengali magazine Smaranika as well as Sriman Mahahaprabhura-avadan-vaistya – were presented to the sannyasis and devotees attending festivals in his honour in Vrndavana, Puri, Govardhana and Delhi.

Sripad Bhakti Piyusa Avadhuta Maharaja is a disciple of nitya-lila-pravista Sri Srimad Bhakti Vaibhava Puri Gosvami Maharaja and lives in Puri. Upon receiving and reading Bengali magazine Smaranika as well as Sriman Mahahaprabhura-avadan-vaistya, he was astonished. He commented that he had never read such an unprecedented, systematic presentation on the speciality of Sriman Mahaprabhu and that he will base all his forthcoming speeches on this topic, on this booklet. He humbly requested that an Oriyan version be made available as soon as possible, and by the blessings of Srila Gurudeva, and with the help of the devotees who contributed towards the printing,the Oriyan edition was printed soon after and offered to Srila Gurudeva during Sri Navadvipa parikrama.

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During Navadvipa parikrama this year, Srila Gurudeva engaged the GVP sponsors in subsidizing the Bengali magazine Smaranika, so that devotees coming from the villages of Bengal, where Sripad Tirtha Maharaja and his party had travelled and preached, were able to easily and happily afford it. A complimentary copy of the “Bengali Gift” (Sri Mahahaprabhura-avadan-vaistya) was given to whoever purchased Smaranika. Complimentary copies of Smaranika were widely distributed to the many many Vaisnavas of various mathas in Sridhama Mayapura. Thus Srila Gurudeva’s glories and his transcendental message were magnanimously distributed to the Bengali speaking people.

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After Gaura-purnima, on 11 and 12 March, Sripada Premananda Prabhu organized trips to the various places in Sri Gaura-mandala, with four buses of devotees visiting places like Ula gram (the appearance place of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura), Shantipura, Kalna, and so on. Sripada Madhava Maharaja and Sriman Brajanatha Prabhu also accompanied the party on both days. Sripada Madhava Maharaja spoke hari-katha at almost every place and head pujaris of each temple were gifted Smaranika and other small Bengali books of Srila Gurudeva. All graciously accepted them.

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Upon our return journey to Mathura, we were lucky to travel on a train that comes through Mathura once a week (thanks to the Indian railways). We were therefore fortunate that a lot of our fellow passengers were devotees from various Gaudiya Maths in the Mathura-Vrindavan area – many of whom we knew – who were returning from Navadvipa, having performed parikrama with their respective mathas.

Our large group of devotees performed evening aratika followed by an enlivening kirtana that lasted for more than an hour. The enthusiasm of devotees in our group reflected something of the wondrous potency of Srila Gurudeva, which seemed to be apparent to all present. And when Srila Gurudeva’s disciples and followers began to distribute his books, the other devotees as well as the other people on the train were most enthusiastic to receive them.

May the glories of Srila Gurudeva, nitya-lila-pravista om visnupada Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja, be broadcast throughout the three worlds!

Srila Gurudeva ki jaya!

GVP sponsorship programme ki jaya!