True Vaisnavas Distribute Mahaprabhu’s Mercy
True Vaiṣṇavas Distribute Mahāprabhu’s Mercy
Without Sectarian Concerns
Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu’s saṅkīrtana movement, as manifest in this world today, seems to be moving into an exciting new era. Our Śrīla Gurudeva, Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Maharaja, gave shelter and spiritual nourishment to everyone, notably, anyone initiated by his dear god-uncles or peers, that is, by the disciples or grand-disciples of Śrīla Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda. Because of his all-encompassing transcendental affection, he was not partial to his own disciples, and because his disciples were so nourished, they were more than satisfied. In this way, he gave an experience of the genuine loving dealings among pure devotees that we read about in Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta.
When, therefore, we see a Vaiṣṇava the calibre of Śrīla Bhakti Vijñāna Bhāratī Gosvāmī Mahārāja bestowing Śrīla Gurudeva’s books upon his disciples at the time of initiation, we get to experience a continuance of this mood and a little of the awe-inspiring reality that Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu’s all-encompassing movement, based on pure spiritual, non-sectarian affection, is unfolding.
Śrīla Bhakti Vijñāna Bhāratī Gosvāmī Mahārāja, one of the most senior Sarasvat Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇavas in the world today (now 90 years of age), has performed tremendous service to his gurudeva, Śrīla Bhakti Dayita Mādhava Gosvāmī Mahārāja, and like our Śrīla Gurudeva, he has served so many of the disciples of Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda.
Like all truly authentic Vaiṣṇavas, Śrīla Bhāratī Mahārāja, is above the conception of I and mine. This extends to his own disciples, whom he never regards as his personal property. In giving them Śrīla Gurudeva’s books and thus introducing Śrīla Gurudeva’s literature into their life, he brings great solace to the heart of devotees craving for unity based on spiritual principles. This is truly in line with the desire of Śrīla Prabhupāda Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura that all of his followers cooperatively preach the message of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu specifically the message of Śrī Rūpa and Raghunātha. His gifting others with Śrīla Gurudeva’s divine publications also reflects his deep inner friendship with Gurudeva, whom he has always regarded as his bāndhava.
Our heartfelt thanks to donors to the GVP book sponsorship program, headed by Śrīmatī Śyāmārāṇī Mātājī, Vasanti and Anita dīdīs, for facilitating this kind of wonderful development of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu’s mission in this world.
The Hindi GVP team