Connecting disciples of His Holiness Jayapataka Swami
by HG Manoram Chaitanya das
Dear God Brothers and Sisters,
Dandavats Pranams !
Jai Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev.
Today is a very important day for all of us as it is the appearance day festival of our spiritual mentor, God father, Our Lord, Master and deliverer Srila Acarya pada.
We may be in different places but our hearts are together in celebrating this great day.
We all love gurumaharja and to love gurumaharaja means to love his children and that is none other than us. The best service we can all do for gurumaharaja is to love and feel for each other from deep within our hearts and that is the best offering for Vyasa Puja. Our movement is bonded not with laws and rules but only framed with human relationships, love and compassion.
Our God Brother in Mayapur once approached Guru Maharaj and asked him, "If you have free time, what will you teach your disciples?" probably, Prabhu expected him to say that gurudev would teach deep aspects of Radha Krishna Bhakti and secrets of the Bhagavatam and pastimes of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Surprisingly, Guru Maharaj's answer was very different. He said, "If I have time to teach my disciples, I would teach to respect their parents, elders, friends and Vaishnavas, teach them to help, serve and assist others in their service, teach them to forgive and forget others mistakes, teach them to show love, affection and compassion to their God Brothers and Vaishnavas, teach them to have a big heart to accept everyone without any conditions."
Gurumaharaj further continued and said if you love someone, someone will love you. If you show mercy, someone will be merciful to you. If you judge someone, someone will judge you. If you have trust and faith in someone, someone will have trust and faith in you. If you insult someone, someone will insult you. If you encourage someone to serve Guru and Krishna to their ability, someone will encourage you in this regard. If you harm someone, someone else will harm you too. If you show compassion on the face during another devotees sorrow or falldowns and secretively enjoy his state at heart, someone also will do the same to you.
Prabhu said that this was all worldly and materialistic aspects. Guru Maharaj immediately said that this is the problem with our devotees. We talk high principles of Bhakti and preach extensively about Krishna Consciousness, but fail to realize and imbibe these so-called simple but great human qualities, which are the very foundation of Vaishnava character.
Guru Maharaj also said the main impediment which retards the growth of a Vaishnava is his envy and ill feelings towards other Vaishnavas who are contributing their mite to serve Guru and Krishna. Prabhu understood the in-depth feelings of Guru Maharaj and thanked him for enlightening him on this very important but most fundamental aspect.
So, Let us all begin with love for each other, respect for each other and compassion for each other and genuinely feel for each other's welfare. We need to cry when other devotees are in sorrow and deviate from the path. We must extend our support to everyone to the best of our ability.
All our programs should be defined with love, bhakti, and concern for others. We all know that Srila Prabhupada said that he made a house where the whole world can live in. Let us fulfill Srila Prabhupada's dream by building a strong family relationship, which will build a magnificent house.
Charity begins at home. Before we reach out to the people with our preaching, let us revolutionize ourselves with the teachings of Guru Maharaj to prabhu.
At the end of the day we have no one else other than devotees to cry and feel for us. Relationships between god brothers and god sisters become strong and simple when we start to think that we are nobody and good for nothing.
Kindly beg at the dust of your lotus feet not to take any offence from my offering. The world we live needs a positive change and it starts from us.
Many thanks for taking time to read my email.
Your worthless servant and godbrother,
Manoram Chaitanya das