13 July 2020
Loving memories HH Bhakti Caru Maharaja
Hari Hari ! We have devotees chanting from 812 locations. You all are welcome. Are you ready for a little talk? Yesterday whatever types of asat-sang you all have conveyed, as per your thinking and suggestions have been compiled and posted. Do read all the types of asat-sang. Take note of that, and do not only take note, but avoid all those types of asat-sang.
asat-saṅga-tyāga,—ei vaiṣṇava-ācāra 'strī-saṅgī'—eka asādhu, 'kṛṣṇābhakta' āra
Translation To remain unattached to the modes of material nature, one should avoid associating with those who are asat, materialistic. There are two kinds of materialists. One is attached to women and sense gratification, and the other is simply a non-devotee. On the positive side is association with mahātmās, and on the negative side is the avoidance of nondevotees and women-hunters. ( CC Madhya 22.87)
This saying which was said by Caitanya Mahaprabhu you must all learn this by heart. There are many things to be talked about today. Tomorrow is ISKCON's foundation or registration day. In 1966 on 14 July, Prabhupada registered ISKCON. There are the seven purposes of ISKCON. Currently there is a discussion going on about each one of these purposes. Today also it will continue. Today from 5.00 to 6.00 pm IST I also will be taking part in the discussion. Today it is about Harinama Sankirtana. Why was Harinama Sankirtana established by Prabhupada? "It was to inspire and teach the world how to chant, which was one of the main objectives". This was one of the 7 objectives, which will be discussed from 5.00 to 6.00 pm today, in conversation with me.
We have made a presentation remembering HH Bhakti Caru Maharaja. Yesterday we had shown this to the disciples of Bhakti Caru Maharaja from Ujjain and other places and also to you all. Many of you must have seen this. But those who were deprived of it, fro them we will show it again.
The following is Gurudev’s commentary to the PPT presentation: Srila Prabhupada gave him the name, Bhakti Caru Maharaja and also gave him sannyasa, told him this is your name now go and change your clothes to the sannyasa cloth.
Bhakti Caru Maharaja cooked for Prabhupada and also for his god brothers and then we honoured prasada altogether. He is seen in this photograph doing Kirtana and giving lectures. Here Bhakti Caru Maharaja is seen as a pujari.
This is Ujjain temple when it was built. Here in this photograph we can view, Bhumi-pujan ceremony of Ujjain temple. Ananta-sesa is being installed by Maharaja and then there is an opening ceremony in a short span of time. There was pran-pratistha of Sri Sri Radha-Madan Mohan, Krishna Balaram, Jagannatha Baladeva Subhadraji , Narasimha Dev. There was a very big festival in Ujjain. We can see the humility of Maharaja.
Then he wrote, "Ocean of Mercy" about Prabhupada. You can all read it.
Next photograph is about Maharaja offering the Vyasa puja book to Srila Prabhupāda. Then the next one is in Durban when there was a Vyasa puja of Maharaja and I was also invited. In ISKCON Surat also he had invited me once for his Vyasa puja and he made me sit on his Vyasasan. He gave lots of respect to devotees.
tṛṇād api sunīcena taror api sahiṣṇunā amāninā mānadena kīrtanīyaḥ sadā hariḥ
Translation One should chant the holy name of the Lord in a humble state of mind, thinking oneself lower than the straw in the street; one should be more tolerant than a tree, devoid of all sense of false prestige, and should be ready to offer all respect to others. In such a state of mind one can chant the holy name of the Lord constantly. ( Siksastakam verse 3)
A few years back we were together In ISKCON Nasik. This is guhyam akhyati prchhati, which is priti laksanam. This is in D-Land, where Maharaja was staying in Florida. It was last year, when I was also in America. He ordered me to do kirtana. This photo is when I was doing Kirtana.
This is one more time we had met and hugged each other. This way many unforgettable meetings kept happening. This is where he is sitting with many of his god brothers. We were invited there for prasada.
This is in GEV, GBC meetings. This is a letter, which I had written to the disciples of Bhakti Caru Maharaja. You read it sometime. It's there on Facebook.
Our last interaction was a telephonic talk before he went to America. He had seen “The Lost Village" documentary which he had liked very much. He came to know about my village. He told me, "By viewing this, I got to know you more." We were talking, and then he inquired where I was currently situated. I had told him, “I am in Pandharpur. You can come over here sometime, take darsana of Lord Vitthala and then we can also go to my village which is not far away from here.” He had accepted my invitation. He can come now, not in his physical body, but in his spiritual body.
Sundar the Dhyan ubhe vitevari Kar katavari thevoniya. (Abhanga by Tukaram maharaj)
I had also told him about Prabhupada Ghata in Pandharpur that we had constructed a Ghata and have named it after Prabhupada. I had invited him to come and see this Ghata also. But now he has entered the eternal pastimes of the Lord.
Those of you who have not seen The Lost village documentary see it. It is available in English as well as in Hindi. It's there on YouTube.
Srila Bhakti Caru Maharaja tirobhav tithi mahotsav ki Jay! Srila Prabhupada ki Jay! Gaur Premanande Hari Haribol!