With A Sense Of Brotherhood

Posted on November 2, 2013 by Raghava

[During Śrīla Gurudeva’s conversation with Śrīla Prabhupāda Bhaktivedānta Svāmī Mahārāja just before his divine departure from the vision of this world in November of 1977, Śrīla Prabhupāda requested Śrīla Gurudeva to help his disciples. The following is an excerpt of Śrīla Gurudeva’s remembrance of that conversation, as published in his book, My Śikṣā-guru & Priya-bandhu:]

Then he told me, “I want you to help take care of my disciples. I want them to be good and qualified devotees. If they come to you, please care for them.” Many of his disciples were nearby, so he softly whispered in Bengali, “When I went to the West, I caught so many monkeys in my net. Really, they are very expert in quarreling among themselves like that. They are still very young and untrained. So I request you that after my departure you will help them in every respect.”

Then I told him, “I want to say something to them.” He at once became inspired and called to them, “Oh, all of you, come near and hear Nārāyaṇa Mahārāja. Please take into your hearts what he is speaking.”

Then I told them all, “Don’t think that Śrīla Bhaktivedānta Svāmī Mahārāja is leaving this world. Gurudeva is eternal. You are fortunate to have such a bona fide guru and Vaiṣṇava. You should try to preach his mission more and more enthusiastically. If you are after  material things, you will find yourselves quarreling over name, fame, and worldly gain. You will not be following his teachings. You will not be following his mission; you’ll be doing wrong. So don’t pursue your own self-interest. Give up all these things. To serve Śrīla Svāmī Mahārāja and to preach his mission, you should be united with all the devotees. Don’t quarrel with others over a small point. Don’t expel anyone from this mission by finding small faults. Try to behave like friends, with brotherhood, and then you can preach. If you have difficulty with any of these things, then, as Śrīla Svāmī Mahārāja has requested me, you can come to me and I will try to help you from the core of my heart.” They all listened to me then, and this was recorded on a cassette tape.

Śrīla Svāmī Mahārāja turned his head slowly, looking over the devotees as they gathered in closely. Then he slowly lifted his hand, as if to call them to attention, and said, “Listen to Nārāyaṇa Mahārāja. Don’t fight amongst yourselves. I have given all direction in my books.” Then he lowered his hand.