Shri Radharaman’s Ghrishm Kalin Nikunj-Sewa comes to an end – courtesy Vrindavantoday. org – Sri Vrindavan Seva

Posted in Uncategorized on July 11, 2017 by padmanabhdas

The rainy season has come. The kadamb flowers are blooming, ghevar is being sold in the sweet shops, and the sky has wrapped her soft blanket of deep blue clouds tightly around Vrindavan.
It is so cool; so fresh and fragrant. The summer scorched us, but it also gave us the most gorgeous jasmine flowers, ripe yellow mangoes and juicy lychees to offer to our Beloved. And best of all, it brought our pran Radharaman out into his jagmohan for this grishm kalin (summer) seva.
By the blessings and inspiration of nitya leela pravisht jagadguru Shri Purushottam Goswami Maharaj, Shri Radharamanji’s nikunjas, also known as phool banglas (flower palaces) have been absolutely spectacular during this summer festival.

Each nikunj has a special theme, for example the shopan (stairway) nikunj which was offered on June 23rd. This kunj is carefully crafted from fragrant flowers and slices of banana tree trunks, which shimmer elegantly like mother-of-pearl. Its five steps represent the five sacred moods devotees offer to the Lord: shant (a peaceful mood), dasya (servanthood), sakhya (friendship), vatsalya (the love of a parent) and madhurya (romantic love).
On June 29th, Radharamanji enjoyed a “peacock-throne” kunj. The banana stems and flowers of this kunj are arranged and sculpted in such a way that Radharamanji appears to be surrounded by a peacock’s tail feathers. The bhav is that the peacocks have offered this special nikunj, endowed with their own beauty,to their Beloved Radharaman, and they are passionately dancing for him.

But the highlight of these days was the Ratha Yatra. On this day, Radharamanji wore a stunning new red dress and sat in a charming chariot made of silver, complete with silver charioteers. Devotees vied with each other to catch a glimpse of the Darling of Vrindavan as he sat on the rath with Radharani. Shaligram shila was taken on a small procession around Radharmaanji’s jagmohan (the outer part of his altar).

July 4th featured a very special kunj made of hundreds of mangoes! And on July 5th, the official final day of the seva’s transition, Radharamanji stunned the devotees in a vibrant sparkling green dress which perfectly evoked the special sweetness of monsoon.

Sri Mudiya Puno and Abhishek of SriSri Radha Madanmohanji – courtesy

Posted in Uncategorized on July 11, 2017 by padmanabhdas

Braj’s most popular festival, Mudiya Puno (Guru Purnima), was celebrated on Sunday. This year an estimated six and a half million pilgrims attended the festival.
Across India, Guru Purnima is a day for worshipping one’s spiritual teachers. But in Braj this day coincides with the disappearance day of Sanatan Goswami, the seniormost of the famous Six Goswamis who rediscovered the lost holy places of Braj about five hundred years ago. Sanatan Goswami is considered to be the incarnation of a gopi named Lavang Manjari and his temple, the Shri Radha-Madanmohan Temple, is the oldest temple in Vrindavan. The word “mudiya” itself refers to the practice of mundan or shaving ones head, which the devotees perform to mourn Sanatan Goswami’s passing.

Filled with eagerness for Girirajji’s darshan, devotees literally risked their lives to attend the festival. Indian Railways added extra trains in an attempt to meet the demand of pilgrims journeying to Braj, but it was not enough. Devotees held on to the outsides of over-packed trains and busses, and many even rode on the roof shouting Giriraj Maharaj ki Jai!

In Vrindavan, the occasion was celebrated at Shri Radha-Madanmohan Temple where Shri Sanatan Goswami’s samadhi (tomb) is located. A beautiful new deity of Sanatan Goswami was installed this year along with an abhishek or ritual bath, and Sanatan Goswami’s suchak kirtan (a kirtan that tells the story of Sanatan Goswami’s life through song). A twenty-four hour naam sankirtan, chappan-bhog (an offering of 56 types of food) and prasad distribution were also organized by the temple. Devotees also enjoyed a dance drama on Sanatan Goswami’s life.

In Govardhan, the main attraction was the Mudiya Shobhayatra, a procession in honor of Sanatan Goswami. Following a centuries-old tradition, the Gaudiya Vaishnavs shaved their heads in remembrance of Shri Sanatan and paraded through the streets around Mansi Ganga to the beating of drums and small cymbals, as they sang songs of longing for their Guru. The procession began near Sanatan Goswami’s bhajan-sthali at Chakleshwar and continued through Dasbisa, Saunkh Adda, Danghati, Deeg Adda, Bada Bazar, Hathi Darwaza and back. Many of the millions of devotees who were performing Govardhan Parikrama tried to get a glimpse of the beautiful procession, with the chitrapat (picture) of Sanatan Goswami leading the way.
The Uttar Pradesh Tourism Department also chose Mudiya Puno weekend to test their Helicopter Parikrama service. A number of devotees sampled the ten-minute helicopter ride, at a cost of Rs. 2,499.

Abhishek of Madan Mohan on the Eve of Mudiya Puno

On the eve of his disapperance day, which is now known as “Mudiya Puno”, Shri Sanatan Goswami performed the abhishek of Madan Mohan. The tradition continued today as Madan Mohan’s abhishek was performed in a grand way.

The abhishek was administered by Acharya Shrivatsa Goswami of the Shri Radharaman Temple and performed by Shri Sanatan Kishori Goswami of the Shri Radha-Madan Mohan Temple. Vijay Kishor Goswami, Ajay Kishor Goswami, Arun Goswami, Prateek Goswami and other Goswamis also participated.
According to the Goswamis of Shri Madan Mohan Temple, the abhishek was done according to Haribhakti Vilas, Govind Abhishek Paddhati and Bhagwat Bhakti Vilas by Roop Goswami, Sanatan Goswami and Gopal Bhatt Goswami. A small Giriraj Shila which Shri Sanatan Goswami used to keep in his mala jholiwas also offered abhishek.
Celebrations will continue this evening with katha by Shri Premdas Shastri, and kirtan by Madhukar Ji.
The abhishek marks the second day of the festival. Yesterday Adhivas Kirtan was held, and tomorrow a special pooja and suchak kirtan will be held at Sanatan Goswami’s samadhi. A new murti of Sanatan Goswami will also be installed.

Mudiya Puno is Guru Purnima and the disappearance day of Sanatan Goswami. It is by far the largest festival in Braj. Millions of pilgrims are expected to perform Govardhan Parikrama and visit Sanatan Goswami’s bhajan kutir at Chakleshwar and his samadhi at Shri Radha-Madanmohan Temple in Vrindavan.

Sri Sanatan Goswami’s Love for the Brajwasis

Posted in Uncategorized on June 20, 2017 by padmanabhdas

The following excerpt from Bhakti Ratnakar shows Sanatan Goswami’s great love for the Brajwasis (the people of Braj-Vrindavan) and the Brajwasis’ love for him.
“Whenever Sanatan Goswami moved from one village to another, all the villagers would run behind him. All the people, young and old alike, were overwhelmed with feelings of separation from him. They cried, and tears fell from Sanatan Goswami’s eyes too, as he asked them to go back to their houses. As the villagers walked home, weeping, Sanatan Goswami would hurry off to the next village. And when the villagers from the new village saw him coming, all the people would say with delight, ‘Look! It’s Roop-Sanatan!” (1346-1351)
The great saint Shri Roop Goswami was Sanatan Goswami’s younger brother. They were so spiritually connected, that the Brajwasis called Sanatan Goswami ‘Roop-Sanatan”
“When they saw only Roop Goswami, the Brajwasis would also call him “Roop-Sanatan.” Such a wonderful love they had! When they saw Sanatan coming, they would run to greet him, like a poor man who had found a treasure of jewels. The old ladies and men cuddled him like a child, and asked, ‘Oh my son! For so long you have forgotten us. But how did you pass your days without our love and care? We die to think of it!’ Speaking thus, they would look at Sanatan’s face in joy, considering themselves blessed. (1352-1357)
The young adults, men and women alike, thought of Sanatan Goswami as their brother. Some would tease, with tears flowing from their eyes, “How have you been, brother? I can understand you never think of us! That’s why we have not seen you in so long! Why are you so merciless towards us?” Meanwhile, the little boys and girls would touch his feet. The newly-married young wives of the village would watch him happily from some distance.” (1358-1362)
“When they saw Sanatan, no one thought of bowing to him or acting formal. The villagers would hold his hand and embrace him tightly. They would seat him at the base of a tree, and sit down in a circle around him. They would feed him milk, yoghurt and butter from their homes, and after he had finished eating, they would talk with him in bliss. (1363-1367)
Although Sanatan Goswami was very renounced, his love for the Brajwasis transcended all his rules of renunciation. Out of great love for them ,he would speak about worldly subjects with them all night long.
“With great affection, Sanatan Goswami would ask the Brajwasis about their welfare. ‘How many sons and daughters do you have?’ he would ask. ‘What are their names, and how are they doing? How much harvest have you brought in this year, and how much ploughing have you done? Do you have any health problems? How do you feel mentally?” The Brajwasis felt very happy when Sanatan Goswami asked about their lives, and they answered his questions in detail. Any pain or stress they felt was healed by talking with Sanatan Goswami. Sanatan Goswami and the Brajwasis would pass the whole night talking in this way.” (1368-1373)
“As the sun rose, Sanatan Goswami would quickly go to do his morning practice. After bathing, the villagers fed him a delicious breakfast of homemmade milk products. First they served him, then he made them sit Like before, the Brajwasis were very upset when he left their village. It is impossible to fully describe how much they loved Sanatan Goswami, and Sanatan addressed each one sweetly, according to their relationship.” (1374- 1378)
“The village folk would follow him for a long time, until he promised to return. In this way, Sanatan Goswami wandered from village to village until he arrived at Baithan. Sanatan asked the villagers about their welfare and spent one day and night there with a happy heart. Everyone knew that Sanatan had taken a vow to stay for only one day and night in any place. But still they begged him, ‘Everyone would be so happy if you just stay with us for some days more. Please stay; don’t be cruel. According to your vow you have to go, but please give up your vow to save our lives!’ When the villagers spoke this way and cried, Sanatan Goswami agreed to stay on for some days. All the villagers of Baithan and the surrounding area were always immersed in the glories of Sanatan Goswami.’ (1379-1387)

Braj Bhasha prayers describe the glories of Shri Vrindavan The translations are by Krishnaa Kinkari Dasi, published in her book Dhanya Dhanya Vrishabhanu Dulhari.

Posted in Uncategorized on June 15, 2017 by padmanabhdas

The following traditional Braj Bhasha prayers describe the glories of Shri Vrindavan. These centuries-old verses are still popular amongst the Brajwasis. The translations are by Krishnaa Kinkari Dasi, published in her book Dhanya Dhanya Vrishabhanu Dulhari.
वृन्दावन धाम नीको ब्रज कौ विश्राम नीको
श्यामा श्याम नाम नीको मंदिर आनंद को
कालीदह न्हान नीको यमुना पयपान नीको
रेणुका को खान नीको स्वाद मानो कंद कौ
राधाकृष्ण कुंड नीको संतन को संग निको
गौरश्याम रंग नीको अंग जुग चंद को
नील पीतपट नीको बंसीवट तट नीको
ललित किशोरी नीको नट नीको नन्द को

vrindavan dhaam neeko brij kau vishram neeko
shyaamaa shyam naam neeko mandir aanand ko
kalideh nhaan neeko yamunaa pay-paan neeko
renuka ko khaan neeko swaad maano kand ko
radha-krishn kund neeko santan ko sang neeko
gaur-shyam rang neeko ang jug chand ko
neel peet-pat neeko bansivat tat neeko
lalit kishori neeko nat neeko nand ko

Shri Vrindavan Dham is most charming, and spending time there is delightful! The amazing Names of the Divine Couple Shri Shyama-Shyam are bring bliss in all the temples. It is so good to bathe at the place where Sri Krishna pacified the black snake Kaliya, and how lovely it is to sip the waters of the Sri Yamuna River. Braj is a splendid treasure trove of dust and each grain of it tastes like a sugar lump! Radhakund and Shyamkund are stunningly beautiful, and the company of saints is very gratifying. The contrast of the Divine Couple’s fair and dark forms is most beautiful; together they look like two resplendent moons. Their blue and yellow contrasting dress is very attractive and wonderful is the Bansivat tree near the Sri Yamuna River where Shri Krishna sits and plays the flute. The poet Lalit Kishori sings, “How magnificent is Sri Krishna’s form as he plays as the Very Best Divine Dancer!”
एक रज रेणुका पै चिंतामणि वारि डारौं
वारि डारौं विश्व सेवाकुंज के विहार पै
लतान की पतान पै कोटि कल्प वारि डारौ
रंभा हू कौ वारि डारौ गोपिन के द्वार पै
बृज की पनिहारिन पै रती सची वारि डारौ
वैकुण्ठ हू वारि डारों कालिंदी की धार पै
कहै अभे राम एक राधा जू को जानत हैं
देवन कौ वारि डारो नन्द के कुमार पै

ek raj renuka pai chintamani vaari daro
vaari daro vishwa sevakunj ke vihar pe
lataan ki pataan pe koti kalp vaari daro
rambha hu ko vaari daro gopin ke dwaar pe
brij ki panihaarin pe rati sachi vaari daro
vaikunth hu vaari daro kalindi ki dhaar pe
kahe abhay ram ek radha ju ko jaanat hai
devan ko vaari daro nand ke kumar pe

The wish-giving Chintamani gem bows down to one grain of Braj’s sand. The whole wide world takes shelter of Shri Krishna’s pastimes in the Seva Kunj garden. The heavenly Kalpa Vriksh tree that grants so many favours surrenders itself to the twining creepers whilst the heavenly damsel Rambha remains humbly surrendered at the doors of the Gopis’ homes. Rati, the wife of the love-god, and Sachi, wife of Indra, humble themselves before the Braj girls as they carry their water from the river, and the whole of the heavenly realm of Vaikuntha pays respect to the River Yamunaji. The poet Abhay Ram says, “I know none other than Shri Radhaji, and every single god bows down in submission to the son of Nand, Shri Krishna.”
कीरत सुता के पग-पग पै प्रयाग यहाँ
केशव की कुँज केलि कोटि कोटि काशी हैं
यमुना में जगन्नाथ रेणुका में रामेश्वर
तरु तरु तरे यहाँ अयोध्या निवासी हैं
गोपिन के द्वार-द्वार हरिद्वार बसत यहाँ
बदरी केदार यहाँ फिरत दास दासी हैं
स्वर्ग अपवर्ग बृथा ही लै करेंगे कहा
जानि लेहु हमें हम वृन्दावन वासी हैं

keerat sutaa ke pag-pag pe prayaag yaha
keshav ki kunj keli koti koti kaashi hai
yamuna mein jagannath renuka mein rameshwar
taru taru tare yahan ayodhya niwasi hai
gopin ke dwar dwar haridwar basat yahan
badari kedar yahan phirat das dasi hai
swarg apavarg brithaa hi lai karenge kaha
jani lehu hame ham vrindavan vasi hai

The holy pilgrimage spot Prayag takes shelter of every single footstep of Shri Kirti’s daughter, Radhaji, whilst thousands of the holy city Varanasi cannot equal the forest groves where Shri Krishna plays. Shri Jagannathji resides within the Yamuna River and Rameshwarji can be found in every single grain of sand of Braj. Haridwaar stands humbly at the door of every Gopi’s home, and Badrinath and Kedarnath wander around in Braj as male and female servants. The rewards of heaven and liberation are useless compared to life here. Know that what I say is true, for I am a Brajwasi.
बृज ही में मोरन के पच्छन कौ मुकुट धार्यो
बृज ही में रस केलि करन हुलासते
बृज ही में जूरा दै बनायौ नटवर वेष
बृज ही के लोगन कूँ बाँधे प्रेम पासते
बृज ही के फूलनि सिंगारे रहत द्यौस निसि
बृज ही के नागर कहावै गुन रासते
बृज संबंधी रूप लीला सब जग गाई
पाई परमेसुर हू शोभा बृज वासते

brij hi mein moran ke pachhan ko mukut dhaaryo
brij hi mein ras keli karan hulaaste
brij hi mein joora dai banayo natavar vesh
brij hi ke logan ku bandhe prem paas te
brij hi ke phoolani singare rahat dhyos nisi
brij hi ke naagar kahavai gun raas te
brij sambandhi roop leela sab jag gaai
paai paramesur hu shobha brajvaas te

Only in Braj, Shri Krishna wears a crown of peacock feathers and here alone He enjoys the Raas Lila. Only here in Braj does he play as the best of dancers, and it is here alone that he ties everyone up with the bonds of love. It is with the flowers of Braj that He decorates himself day and night, and here he manifests a treasure store of fine qualities. The whole world sings about his form and pastimes as they are in Braj, and it is through connection to this magnificent Braj land that our Shri Krishna is famed as the most beautiful One.
छबि थी छबि रासि के सन्मुख जो वह दीखती है छबि आज यहाँ
बन बीथिया वृक्षलता द्रुम है सब सुन्दर साज समाज यहाँ
अति पावन प्रेम का भाव लिए रहता नित ही रसराज यहाँ
बहती रस की सरिता बृज में रहते अब भी बृजराज यहाँ

chhabi thi chhabi ke sanmukh jo vah deekhti hai chhabi aaj yaha
ban beethiya vriksh-lata drum hai sab sundar saaj samaaj yaha
ati paavan prem ka bhaav liye rahataa nit hi rasaraaj yaha
bahati ras ki saritaa brij mein rahate ab bhi brijraaj yaha

The beauty of Braj Dham is far beyond any other beauty. All the narrow paths and lanes here are decorated with gorgeous trees and creeping vines. The Lord of all divine loving pastimes always resides here in Braj, generating the most pure mood of heartfelt love. The River of Nectar flows here and Shri Krishna has his home here.
नेम करो तुम कोटिन हू पै प्रेम बिना नहि काज सरैगो
बारिद कोटिन बूँद परौ बिन महन सूखौ ताल भरैगो
प्रियदास जु ज्ञानरु योग करौ बिनु राधिका नम न दुख टरैगो
याते प्रपंच कौ दूर करौ बसौ बृजवास तौ पूरौ परैगो

nem karo tum kotin hu pai prem binaa nahi kaaj sarego
baarid kotin boond paro bin mahan sookho taal bharego
priya daas ju gyaan aru yog karo binu radhika naam na dukh tarego
yaate prapanch ko door karo baso brajwaas to puro parego

You can perform many types of spiritual practices, but without love in your heart they will never bring the reward you seek. From a moving cloud may fall millions of droplets, but until there is a concentrated rainfall, the parched lake cannot be restored. The poet Priya Das says, “No matter how much knowledge you acquire, or how much yoga you practise, none of it will truly deliver you from grief until they are linked to Sri Radha’s Name. If you wish to remain far from the wranglings of the world, then you must truly live in the heart of Braj.
जाति के है हम तो बृजवासी सु नहि और जात की बाधा
देश है घोषन चाहत मौख कौं तीरथ श्री यमुना सुख साधा
संतन कौ सत्संग आजीविका कुंजबिहार अहार अगाधा
नगर के कुलदेव गोवर्धन मोहन मंत्ररु इष्ट है राधा

jaati ke hai ham to brajwasi su nahi aur jaat ki badha
desh hai ghoshan chaahat maukh ko teerath shri yamunaa sukh sadha
santan ko satsang aajeevikaa kunj-bihaar ahaar agaadhaa
nagar ke kuldev govardhan mohan mantr aru isht hai radha

My only true identity is that I am a Brajwasi; the obstacles associated with birth or caste cannot restrict me. This land is a place where we live with the cows, not a spot for seeking liberation. All the acts of pilgrimage are satisfied just by being in the presence of Shri Yamuna River. For souls on the path of love, it is a land where they can have saintly company for the rest of their lives, have darshan of Shri Krishna’s divine lilas, and survive exclusively on prasad (blessed food). The poet Nagari Das says, “My Lord is Shri Govardhan, my mantra is Shri Krishna’s Name, and my Divine Heroine is Shri Radha.”

SriSri Radha Ramanlal

Posted in Uncategorized on June 13, 2017 by padmanabhdas

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Posted in Uncategorized on May 23, 2017 by padmanabhdas

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एक बार निकुंज में स्वामिनी जू के मन इच्छा जाग्रत हुई कि प्रियतम चलो लुका-छिपी खेलेंगे, खुला मैदान है, कहीं कोई तरु कहीं कोई लता निकटवर्ती कोई दृष्टिगोचर नहीं होती। अब ऐसे खुले मैदान में कहाँ खेलेंगे, कहाँ छिपेंगे, पर स्वामिनी जू की आज्ञा है, प्रियतम ने कह दिया – जो आज्ञा प्रिया जू! अब आधी सखियाँ प्रियाजी की ओर हो गयी, और आधी सखियाँ लाल जी की ओर हो गयी। प्रियाजी ने कहा – प्यारे! पहले आप छिपिये, आँख बंद किया प्रियाजी ने और प्रियाजी की ओर की सब सहचरियों ने, और आँख खोला तो देखा क्या? कि जहाँ देखो, तहां लालजी हीं खड़े दिखाई दे रहे हैं, लाल जी और लाल जी की और की समस्त सहचरियां, लालजी का स्वरूप हो गयीं। प्रियाजी ने नेक (थोड़ी) देर लगाई और स्पर्श करके, प्रियतम का कर थाम के कहा – प्रियतम! बाहर आ जाईये। श्री लाल जी बड़े आश्चर्य में पड़ गये, प्रियाजी आपने कैसे पहचान लिया? प्रियाजी ने कहा – यह बाद में बताउंगी, अब हमारी बारी है, हम छिपेंगे । अब लाल जी और लाल जी की ओर की समस्त सहचरियों ने आँख बंद की। फिर आँख खोला तो, क्या देखते है, दूर मैदान में दूर-दूर तक मोगरे की कलियों के ढेर पड़े हैं, प्रियतम बहुत देर तक कभी यहाँ जाएँ, कभी वहाँ जाएँ , कभी इधर देखे, कभी उधर देखें, फिर एक ढेर के पास आकर प्रियतम ने कहा – प्यारीजू! आप भी बाहर आ जाओ। प्रियाजी बाहर आयीं, पर प्रियाजी का आश्चर्य अधिक था, क्योंकि स्वामिनीजू ने तो स्पर्श करके प्रियतम को पहचाना, पर प्रियतम ने बिना स्पर्श किये। बोली – प्यारे! आपने कैसे पहचान लिया? तो लाल जी ने कहा – प्यारीजू! आपका तो स्वरूप और प्रभाव, सुभाव ही ऐसा है कि आप कहीं छुप ही नहीं सकतीं। आपकी समस्त सहचरियां जिन मोगरे की कलियों के ढेर में छिपी, वे तो सब कलियाँ ही रह गयीं, पर आप जिन मोगरे की कलियों के ढेर में छिपी थीं, वह सब कलियां आपके श्री अंग का स्पर्श पा के फूल बन गयीं। उससे मैंने झट पहचान लिया। अब दोनों जीते, तो ललिता जी को न्याय करना है, कि दोनों में से कौन जीता? अब देखिये कायदे से तो लाल जी जीते, क्योंकि प्रियाजी ने स्पर्श करके ढूंढा, और लाल जी ने बिना स्पर्श किये। पर ललिता जी बड़ी चतुर हैं, और बोली – लालजी ने खोजने में बड़ी देर कर दी, इसलिए जीतीं तो प्रियाजी।
लेकिन यहाँ सहचरियों का पक्षपात देखिये, प्रियाजी को जिताया पर लाल जी को हराया नहीं- क्यों? जब सहचरियों ने कहा – स्वामिनीजू आप जीती हैं, हारने वाले को दण्ड मिलना चाहिए। तो, प्रियाजी ने ललिता जी से कहा – तू ही दण्ड निधारित कर दे, तो ललिता जी ने कहा दण्ड यह है कि लूका – छिपी का खेल खेलने से प्रियाजी श्रमित हो गयी हैं, इसलिए अब लाल जी प्रियाजी की चरण – सेवा करेंगे, और लाल जी को अपना मुंह माँगा मनोरथ मिलता है। यहाँ देखिये श्री प्रियाजी जीतकर भी रसका दान करती हैं, और श्री लाल जी हारकर भी रस का पान करते हैं, यही सहचरियों का मनोरथ है, यही श्री राधा चरण उपासना है, जो केवल श्री वृन्दावन की रस-रीति से, और श्री वृन्दावनेश्वरी के चरण हृदय में धारण करने पर हीं स्फूर्त होती है। जय जय श्री राधे

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Posted in Uncategorized on March 13, 2017 by padmanabhdas

CC Ādi 1.47śikṣā-guruke ta’ jāni kṛṣṇera svarūpa
antaryāmī, bhakta-śreṣṭha, — ei dui rūpa

One should know the instructing spiritual master to be the Personality of Kṛṣṇa. Lord Kṛṣṇa manifests Himself as the Supersoul and as the greatest devotee of the Lord.Purport:
Śrīla Kṛṣṇadāsa Kavirāja Gosvāmī states that the instructing spiritual master is a bona fide representative of Śrī Kṛṣṇa. Śrī Kṛṣṇa Himself teaches us as the instructing spiritual master from within and without. From within He teaches as Paramātmā, our constant companion, and from without He teaches from the Bhagavad-gītā as the instructing spiritual master. There are two kinds of instructing spiritual masters. One is the liberated person fully absorbed in meditation in devotional service, and the other is he who invokes the disciple’s spiritual consciousness by means of relevant instructions. Thus the instructions in the science of devotion are differentiated in terms of the objective and subjective ways of understanding. The ācārya in the true sense of the term, who is authorized to deliver Kṛṣṇa, enriches the disciple with full spiritual knowledge and thus awakens him to the activities of devotional service.
When by learning from the self-realized spiritual master one actually engages himself in the service of Lord Viṣṇu, functional devotional service begins. The procedures of this devotional service are known as abhidheya, or actions one is dutybound to perform. Our only shelter is the Supreme Lord, and one who teaches how to approach Kṛṣṇa is the functioning form of the Personality of Godhead. There is no difference between the shelter-giving Supreme Lord and the initiating and instructing spiritual masters. If one foolishly discriminates between them, he commits an offense in the discharge of devotional service.
Śrīla Sanātana Gosvāmī is the ideal spiritual master, for he delivers one the shelter of the lotus feet of Madana-mohana. Even though one may be unable to travel on the field of Vṛndāvana due to forgetfulness of his relationship with the Supreme Personality of Godhead, he can get an adequate opportunity to stay in Vṛndāvana and derive all spiritual benefits by the mercy of Sanātana Gosvāmī. Śrī Govindajī acts exactly like the śikṣā-guru (instructing spiritual master) by teaching Arjuna the Bhagavad-gītā. He is the original preceptor, for He gives us instructions and an opportunity to serve Him. The initiating spiritual master is a personal manifestation of Śrīla Madana-mohana vigraha, whereas the instructing spiritual master is a personal representative of Śrīla Govindadeva vigraha.Both of these Deities are worshiped at Vṛndāvana. Śrīla Gopīnātha is the ultimate attraction in spiritual realization.