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Ditulis oleh Ananta Vijaya dasa

Awalnya sebelum Sripada Maharaj datang ke Bali atas karunia Guru dan Krishna saya mendapatkan pergaulan dari HDG Goura Govinda Swami Gurudev. Dari awal perasaan saya telah terpupuk untuk mendapatkan diksa dari Beliau. Namun apa boleh buat, pada tahun 1996 Srila Gurudev mendadak meninggalkan kita, pulang kepada Krishna. Dari sejak itu penyembah dari line-nya (murid dan pengikut-ed) Srila Gurudev kebingungan siapa yang bisa melanjutkan untuk memberikan pergaulan kepada kami. Akhirnya melalui seorang penyembah yang tulus hati, Prabhu Chaitanya Candra memerintahkan Murid-murid Gurudev untuk mengundang Srila Sripada Maharaja untuk datang ke Bali memberikan pergaulan. Dari sejak itulah kami sering mencari-cari segala sesuatu yang berhubungan dengan Beliau (Sripada Maharaj-ed), seperti foto-fotonya, tembang-tembang bhajan beliau dan lain sebagainya. Read the rest of this entry »

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by  dr. Putu Benny  (Dasan Rangaraja)

om ajnana-timirandhasya jnananjana salakaya
caksur unmilitam yena tasmai sri gurave namah

namah om vishnupadaya krishna-presthaya bhu-tale
srimate bhaktisvarupa damodara svamin iti namine

namah sad-bhakta-manaye manipura-udbhavaya ca
prabhupada lasad-vani pracara niratayate

babhruvahana-vamsadbhi somaya subha drstye
sunyavadi madebhendra singhaya bhagavata namah

abhayadi gunadaya sad-vijnana ghanaya ca
navya vaijnana tamas suryaya te namah

hareh katha-yata-samasta-yamo
romanca-kampasru mudabhiramah
srimad-radha-kunda-vasa-yatnah
pasyema kim tam srimad sripada-padam?

Srila Sripada Maharaja
would spend all eightyamas (divisions of the day)
glorifying topics of Sri Hari,
and thus he would become overwhelmed
by the manifestation of asta-sattvika transformations
headed by hairs standing erect, trembling, and tears of joy.
He would become extremely happy
when he resided in the most beautiful Sri Radha Kunda.
Will I ever again have darsana
of the most beautiful lotus feet of that Srila Sripada Maharaja?

We always pray to Srimati Radhika’s lotus feet by chanting Sri Radha-kripa-kataksa Stavaraja, for Her Divine Glance upon us. But now we have to fully grateful since our prayers have been fulfilled by the auspicious presence of our beloved Om Vishnupad Ashtottara-sata Tridandi-yativara Parampujyapadapadma Paramahamsa Parivrajakacaryavarya Sri Srimad Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami Srila Sripada Maharaja in the midst of our lives. He is the crest-jewel of The Lord’s pure devotees (sad-bhakta siromani) descend to this planet out of his causeless mercy, took birth in The Land of Jewel, Manipura, for the welfare of the whole world. Therefore I pay my most respectful obeisance unto him, the nayantara, shining stars of the lotus eyes of Srimati Radha, who is everything for Lord Sri Krishna. Let me bow to him, which is a magnificent eternal intimate associate of Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu and Sri Sri Radha Krishna, and the only friend, shelter, and the life of the fallen souls. All glories to Srila Sripada Maharaja, our Gurudeva, adore eternally in our heart, as the only shelter of all suffering souls, the most graceful, the limitless ocean of love and compassion. All glories unto the very embodiment of wish-fulfilling gem that meet all the desires (cintamani svarupa), the intimate associate of Sri Radhika and Sri Gaura (gaura radhika nija-jana), which is decorated by all glorious spotless nature of a Vaishnava, never take into consideration any discrepancy in other (adosa -darsi), and the best friend of the fallen (dina-bandhu). May he bestow his merciful glance toward us. By greatness of his glorious nature, he was willingly gave atonement for so much sins of a degraded being such as myself, and allowed me to have some opportunity to take part in his eternal glorification. This is my only desire and prayer that I always submit unto his divine lotus feet.

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By Ananta Prabhu Das (Ananta Raman)

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Mumbai, India.
His Holiness Sripada Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami disappeared from this world on the holy day Vijaya Dasami, October 2, 2006. Srila Sripada has been  known as a very dear disciple of Srila Prabhupada whose presence always made Srila Prabhupada happy.
Mumbai disciples of Srila Sripada celebrated his auspicious tirobhava tithi on September 28, 2009 (Dussera day) at Sri Sri Radha Rasabihari Mandir, Juhu. During mangala-arati Sriman Devakinandan Das announced the day’s Tirobhava festival program, and, on behalf of the disciples of Srila Sripada, invited all the devotees to participate in the same.
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By Prema Vilasini DD

Nama Om Visnupadaya Krsna Prestaya Bhutale

Srimate Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Svamin Iti Namine.

All glories to Srila Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami Sripada maharaj,

All glories to Jagat-Guru Srila Prabhupada,

All glories to Sri Sri Gaura Nitai,

All glories to Sri Sri Radha Damodara.

Diksa Pertama adalah Di Banyuwangi

Pertama kali Srila Sripada Mendiksa di Indonesia adalah pada tahun 1998. Diksa waktu diadakan di Sri Sri Radha Damodara Ashram Banyuwangi dan Krishna Balaram Ashram Padanggalak-Denpasar. Namun secara kronologis Diksa Di Banyuwangi lebih duluan dari pada di Krishna Balaram. Jad Diksa Pertama Srila Sripada Di Indonesia adalah Di Banyuwangi.

GM datang pertama kali ke Banyuwangi pada bulan November 1997. Pada waktu  itu, sudah berdiri ashram di Banyuwangi, hanya saja belum terdapat arca yang dipuja disana. Kegiatan hare krishna sendiri di Banyuwangi sudah berjalan sejak tahun 1994. Saat GM akan kembali ke Bali dari kunjungan beliau ke Banyuwangi, beliau berkata kepada prabhu Arunambhara dan prabhu govinda (yang saat itu belum di diksa): “I am in touch with you” dan enam bulan lagi saya akan kembali ke sini dan mendiksamu.

Kemudian pada bulan April 1998 dalam kunjungan yang kedua kalinya ke Banyuwangi, GM mengadakan diksa I (sekaligus menjadi diksa pertama kali beliau di Indonesia). Peserta diksa saat itu tidak hanya dari Banyuwangi saja, ada beberapa penyembah dari Bontang dan Lombok.

Merupakan suatu karunia yang sungguh luar biasa bagi kami peserta diksa I khususnya dan penyembah-penyembah Banyuwangi pada umumnya menerima kunjungan GM maupun karunia diksa dari beliau.

Beberapa Lilamrita Srila Sripada di Banyuwangi:

Berikut adalah kenangan dari beberapa penyembah Banyuwangi tentang kegiatan dan petuah Rohani Srila Sripada Maharaj ketika berada di Banyuwangi mulai dari Diksa Pertama, Penstanaan Arca Vigraha, berkunjung ke rumah penyembah dan berbagai lila rohan lainnya. Sekelengkapnya dapat dilihat dalam kutipan-kutipan berikut ini:

Arunambhara Chaitanya dasa, “Pada saat penyelenggaraan pendiksaan Pertama di Banyuwangi, GM membawakan dan menginstall (mengistanakan) langsung arca Gaura Nitai. Hal Ini juga merupakan pertama kalinya di Indonesia, beliau sendiri yang mengistanakan arca secara langsung.

Pada kunjungan GM yang kedua, beliau mengistanakan arca Radha Damodara. Setelah mengistanakan arca, beliau berkata “Setiap kali saya selesai mengistanakan arca, biasanya akan turun hujan”. Kemudian pada malam harinya setelah pengistanaan arca, GM kami antar ke Surabaya. Selama perjalanan dari Banyuwangi hingga daerah Wongsorejo turun hujan lebat dan sepanjang jalan banjir. Di dalam mobil beliau berkata “Ini seperti sungai gangga”. Sepanjang perjalanan disaat yang lain tertidur, GM terus bhajan dengan suara yang nyaring seperti suara seorang wanita (Gopi Voice-ed). Saat tiba di Situbondo, beliau berkata “Aruna, hujannya sudah berhenti dan kemudian beliau langsung tertidur”.

Kundalata devi dasi, “Saat pertama kali GM datang ke Banyuwangi, ada seorang murid beliau dari Amerika yang juga ikut. Saat itu murid tersebut berkata bahwa dia sudah mencari GM kemana-mana dan berkata ‘Anda semua di Banyuwangi sungguh beruntung karena beliau sendiri yang langsung mendatangi dan meminta menginap di rumah anda’. GM suka sekali dipijat selama berada di Banyuwangi. Beliau mempersilahkan anak-anak kecil penyembah untuk ikut memijat beliau.

GM menyempatkan untuk mengunjungi rumah-rumah semua penyembah selama beliau berada di Banyuwangi. Dan beliau pun sempat berkunjung ke beberapa pura di Banyuwangi, termasuk pura Blambangan yang merupakan pura terbesar di Banyuwangi.

Purna Avatara dasa, “Lila GM yang paling berkesan di Banyuwangi adalah saat beliau mengistanakan arca Sri Sri Gaura Nitai dan Sri Sri Radha Damodara yang langsung beliau bawa dari Banyuwangi, saat beliau bersedia berkunjung ke pura Blambangan, dan saat beliau membawakan grup penari dan pemusik dari Manipuri untuk pentas di Banyuwangi.

Priya Darshan Dasa, “Lila GM yang paling saya ingat adalah ketika beliau berkunjung ke pura, beliau selalu menunjukkan sikap tunduk hati dan hormat pada ista dewata yang melinggih/beristana di Pura tersebut. Hal ini terlihat di setiap kali GM memasuki area dalam Pura, beliau langsung menuju padmasana seraya menaruh tangan padma beliau di padmasana untuk beberapa saat. GM pun menunjukkan sikap toleransi beliau dengan menggunakan udeng saat ke pura seperti halnya yang digunakan umat hindu pada umumnya.

Arjuna putra dasa, “Saya tidak pernah menyangka saya akan diksa di Banyuwangi, karunia GM sungguh luar biasa bagi saya. Sehari setelah GM mengistanakan arca Radha Damodara, berkat karunia Radha Damodara dan GM, entah mengapa saya diajak beliau ke Kalimantan. Pada saat di Kalimantan, rombongan kami menempuh perjalanan jauh selama sehari penuh. Saat itu saya merasa sangat kasihan pada GM, karena beliau harus jalan kaki menaiki jalan tanjakan dan melewati semak-semak disepanjang jalan yang jauh. Tapi beliau tampak sangat bersemangat. Selama di Kalimantan beliau menghadiri pertemuan dan mengundang tokoh-tokoh hindu disana, yang juga tampak antusias mendengarkan ceramah GM”

Prema vilasini devi dasi, “Lila GM yang paling saya ingat adalah setiap GM menginap dirumah, biasanya tiap pagi hari saya akan terbangun karena mendengar suara GM bhajan sembari beliau berkeliling di taman yang ada di halaman rumah. Beliau selalu memberi makan ikan-ikan yang terdapat di kolam sambil bhajan, setelah kunjungan beliau pasti ada saja ikan yang mati (dan di setiap kunjungan beliau berikutnya, GM pasti tahu jika ikannya berkurang).”

“Saat beliau menginap di rumah, beliau setiap pagi suka duduk-duduk di kursi goyang yang ada di halaman depan rumah sembari bhajan dan menggunting kuku beliau. Kemudian saat beliau mengunjungi semua rumah-rumah penyembah di Banyuwangi dan sempat berfoto bersama keluarga yang dikunjungi. Dan saat beliau bersama rombongan penari menampilkan pertunjukan sendratari Ramayana di acara piodalan pura Giri Waseso, semua masyarakat yang hadir sangat antusias menonton pertunjukan ini.”

Lila dari GM yang paling berkesan dan diingat oleh seluruh penyembah Banyuwangi adalah ketika beliau dengan tangan padma beliau mengepel langsung lantai setelah upacara diksa dimana beliau disini sekaligus mengajarkan pada para penyembah bagaimana cara membersihkan kunda setelah yajna berlangsung dan beliau juga pernah melayani persad para penyembah dengan membagikan langsung prasadam kepada para bhakta yang hadir saat itu di Sri Sri Radha Damodara Ashram.

Bersambung ….

Prema- vilasini adalah interviewer/reporter sripadanectar.com di Banyuwangi.saudara kita di Banyuwangi dan sekitarnya yang mau bercerita pengalamannya dapat menghubungi dia.

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Continuation from Part 1

by ISKCON Manipur

INGA (June):

On the day of full moon of the month of Inga (June), the Vigrahas of Sri Sri Jagannatha, Balabhadra and Subhadra are taken out in the Prangal (verandah) of the Mandir. The brahmanas and pujaris of the temple will perform seva puja and snana of the Vigrahas. The day is called snana yatra day. Countless number of vaisnavas will attend the snana yatra festival and have darshana of Sri Sri Radha Govindaji.

INGEL (July):

On the second day of the bright fortnight of Ingel (July) Sri Jagannatha, Balabhadra and Subhadra will move out in a Ratha specially designed for the Ratha yatra festival. Before the Vigrahas are taken out of the temple, They will be properly decorated with beautiful garments. After that, the pujari will offer arati to the Vigrahas. Then the three Vigrahas will be shifted from the temple to the Ratha by using three well designed palanquins, to be carried by the selected pujaris and devotees involving the Gvala arati. Many sankirtana palas of Sri Govindaji will come in procession for offering devotional service while shifting the deities from the temple to the Ratha, kept ready for being pulled by the vaisnavas on the main road of the Govindaji palace complex. Seven groups (dals) of sankirtana palas will perform sankirtana during the Ratha yatra procession.
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Srila Prabhupada’s Affectionate Remarks About Sripada Maharaja

The spiritual master is always concerned about the wellbeing of the disciples. The affection and care of the spiritual master for his disciple are clearly visible in the relationship between Srila Prabhupada and Sripada Maharaja. Srila Prabhupada’s remarks about Sripada Maharaja made during the period from 1970 to 1977 collected from conversation volume and other volumes are a garland of blessings and confidence of the spiritual master to his disciple. Read the rest of this entry »

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by Srila Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Svami Sripada Maharaja

Bedugul, Bali, Indonesia, Dec 28, 2005

Hare Krsna, I d like to thanks all of you for your coming from different great planets…

So, Bhaktivonoda Thakur says, that in most people sleeping, so therefore it is good to understand that we are waking up from deep slumber…slumber mean sleep. So by the blessing of Prabhupada that so…we given this wonderful understanding that we have to get up from this deep sleep. To wake up means…what do we do when we wake up? just like the sun rising in early in the morning and then …we see everything is look up a beautiful life and we can see around, also we can remember the beautiful  birds and so many wonderful things happening when we wake up in the morning. So this understanding of waking up of from deep sleep, deep sleep means one completely in the mood of ignorance, darkness, tamoguna.  When tamoguna is influenced the individual, we just like in a deep slumber or deep sleep. But Read the rest of this entry »

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Sesa Prabhu: I take it as a very great honor that I can sit before you today to speak a little bit about His Holiness Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami. As I do so, I remember my godbrother, His Grace Bhojadeva Prabhu. I want to mention his name because he was actually our godbrother, Srila Prabhupada’s disciples’ godbrother, that was very, very close to His Holiness Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Maharaja. Actually he was sitting on the stage on Janmastami in Manipur when the terrorist attack happened and the bomb blast took place. Bhojadeva is a rather big person. He took a lot of the shrapnel from those bombs shielding His Holiness Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Maharaja and preventing more serious injury from happening to him. Of course he himself was very seriously injured. Fortunately now, by the grace of Lord Krsna, he is recovering. I know he would like to be here today to speak about Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Maharaja, so I hope that I can do some service to him and Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Maharaja by saying a few words here today.

I think that all of us should realize the significance of the loss that we are experiencing by the departure of His Holiness Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Maharaja. He was, and his relationship with His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada was very, very special. It taught us a very, very special lesson about the relationship between Guru and disciple.

Srila Prabhupada was very, very fond of His Holiness Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Maharaja. Of course, the spiritual master is very fond of all his disciples, that is not to be questioned, but sometimes we see a very, very special relationship that exists between the spiritual master and one of his disciples. In ordinary material life, such a special affection is the cause of envy for others, but in spiritual relationships, the matter is different.

Whatever pleases the Lord, whatever pleases the spiritual master is the life and soul of all the disciples, of all the devotees. So if one can be pushed forward that offers special pleasure to the spiritual master, that is everyone’s pleasure. In my mind, His Holiness Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Maharaja had this type of a relationship with Srila Prabhupada.

Srila Prabhupada would actually call for him, “Where is our scientist?” Whenever he wanted to have some fun debating about smashing the scientists, he always wanted His Holiness Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Maharaja to be there. “What do they say?” he would always ask him, call him very affectionately.

Of course we know that Srila Prabhupada, his point in discussing the scientists and their belief system and how they’ve gained control in the world was more than just a mere joking session. It was a very, very key essential part of his preaching Krsna consciousness all over the world to destroy the hold, the grip that these materialistic scientists have on the minds and hearts of modern civilization.

Therefore, when he got a disciple like His Holiness Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Maharaja, who was a scientist, who was trained by them, who could understand their arguments, and who was so surrendered to His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada, he was very, very pleased by that.

He therefore called him, trained him, grilled him, provided all the instruction, all the support that he needed to be a key player in Srila Prabhupada’s plan to change this world. They had a very, very special relationship. And all of us whose life and soul it is to please His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada have lost something with the departure of His Holiness Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Maharaja.

So the question now becomes, how do we go forward? This is more and more becoming the unfortunate task of those of us who remain behind as our beloved Godbrothers one by one depart to serve Srila Prabhupada in other places. Our task is to remain faithful to His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, his mission, his vision, and to try to support that and participate in that mission in whatever way that we can.

Clearly, Srila Prabhupada wanted this materialistic science to be defeated. Clearly and very affectionately, he trained His Holiness Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Maharaja to do that. Clearly, it is our duty to try to further that work which was so dear to both of them.

I know that during the last year of his presence with us here in this material world, His Holiness Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Maharaja became more and more and more determined and fixed on the instructions, the very specific instructions, that Srila Prabhupada had given him about this type of scientific preaching. I had the great fortune to be involved in debate with him about such instructions. Of course, that is very insolent of me to feel that I can debate with my senior godbrother, sannyasi, but somehow or other, by Krsna’s arrangement, I was put in that situation. The great lesson I learned from that was that I should be so fixed to instructions given by Srila Prabhupada as Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Maharaja was fixed to the instruction given to him by Srila Prabhupada.

I think that none of us will be prepared at any time for such a wonderful Vaisnava to depart, but if we can separate ourselves from the feelings of anguish at his departure and we can look at it objectively–I don’t know that looking at it objectively is what we’d want to do, we’d rather look at it in a more heartfelt way–but if we did try to look at it objectively, if we could do that, we would have to say that he, no matter what the circumstances were, was fixed, irremovably fixed, at the lotus feet of Srila Prabhupada and that such departure was indeed timely. Timely in the sense that he was so fixed.

We can only pray to Srila Prabhupada, Sri Sri Radha Madhava, that at the time we leave this world, we can be as fixed in the determination to serve Srila Prabhupada as His Holiness Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Maharaja was when he left this mortal world.

Hare Krsna.

Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Maharaja ki jai!

taken from

http://mayapurlectures.blogspot.com/2007/02/memorial-program-for-hh-bhaktisvarupa.html

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by Dasan Rangaraja

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ananda-sac-cid-baladeva-murttih
brahmanda-sammandita-suddha-kirttih
samsara-sindhuttaranaika-potah
pasyema kim tam srimad sripada-padam?

His blissful, eternal and cognizant form is the embodiment

of Sri Baladeva, the akhanda-guru-tattva.

His immaculate supra-mundane fame has adorned the universe,

and he is the boat to deliver all living beings from samsara,

the ocean of material existence.

Will I ever again have darsana of the most beautiful lotus feet of that Srila Sripada Maharaja?

Rupa rohaninya yang kekal, mahasadar, dan penuh kebahagiaan, adalah merupakan pengejawantahan dari Sri Baladeva, sang akhanda-guru-tattva. Kemuliaan adiduniawinya yang tiada bernoda menghiasi alam semesta. Beliau adalah perahu yang menyelamatkan semua insan dari samudera samsara. Oh akankah hamba akan memperoleh darsana kedua belah kaki padma Srila Sripada Maharaja yang mahaindah itu lagi?

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pratapta-camikara-gaura-rupah
sad-bhakti-svarupa-vicara-bhupah
parivrajakacarya-paramahamsavaryah
pasyema kim tam srimad sripada-padam?

His form is beautifully fair like molten gold,

he is the monarch of analyzing and discerning the real nature of pure bhakti,

and he is one of the best among highest enlightened personality

and preaching spiritual masters.

Will I ever again have darsana of the most beautiful lotus feet of that Srila Sripada Maharaja?

Rupanya begitu indah secemerlang emas cair, beliau adalah rajanya dalam menganalisa dan menyimpulkan sifat sejati dari pengabdian suci. Beliau adalah salah satu yang terbaik di antara pribadi-pribadi yang memiliki pencerahan sempurna dan para guru yang mengajar berkeliling. Oh akankah hamba akan memperoleh darsana kedua belah kaki padma Srila Sripada Maharaja yang mahaindah itu lagi?

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vaisnava-gosthi-gana-prana-bandhuh
prapanna-duhkhartta-prasada-sindhuh
vitandi-pasandi-dambha-darpa-haranah
pasyema kim tam srimad sripada-padam?

He is the friend who revives the lives of the Lord’s devotees.

He is an ocean of mercy to surrendered souls, who are afflicted by material miseries,

and he is a destroyer of pride and arrogances for the sophists who indulge in unreasonable, irrational arguments – the so-called followers of religion – and for the atheistic scientist.

Will I ever again have darsana of the most beautiful lotus feet of that Srila Sripada Maharaja?

Beliau adalah sahabat yang mengembalikan gelora kehidupan para penyembah Tuhan. Beliau adalah samudera belas kasih bagi para jiva yang menyerahkan diri, yang disiksa oleh duka derita keduniawian, dan beliau adalah penghancur kesombongan dan keangkuhan orang-orang modern yang sibuk hanya dalam memperdebatkan argumen-argumen yang tidak masuk akal, yaitu mereka yang namanya saja umat pengikut suatu agama dan juga para ilmuwan yang tak percaya akan Tuhan. Oh akankah hamba akan memperoleh darsana kedua belah kaki padma Srila Sripada Maharaja yang mahaindah itu lagi?

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sri-radhika-prema-tadaga-hamso
hamsa-vira-prajna-kulavatamsah
sankirttana-prema-madhu-pramattah
pasyema kim tam srimad sripada-padam?

He is a swan swimming in the pond of Srimati Radhika’s prema,

and he is the crest jewel within the dynasties of paramahamsas,

the brave-class ksatriyas and scholars.

He is intoxicated by the sweetness of the prema-nama-sankirtana –

the universal broadcasting of Sri Caitanya’s message of prema.

Will I ever again have darsana of the most beautiful lotus feet of that Srila Sripada Maharaja?

Beliau bagaikan seekor angsa yang berenang-renang dalam telaga cintakasih Srimati Radharani. Beliau adalah permata mutu manikam dalam keluarga besar para paramahamsa, ksatriya yang pemberani, dan para sarjana. Beliau dimabukkan oleh manisnya prema dari nama sankirtana, yaitu penyebarluasan semesta amanat cintakasih Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Oh akankah hamba akan memperoleh darsana kedua belah kaki padma Srila Sripada Maharaja yang mahaindah itu lagi?

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candala-sudradhama-bhakti-samdah
sarvvam sahavandya-padaravindah
premabdhi-candro bhajana-dru-kandah
pasyema kim tam srimad sripada-padam?

He offered the auspicious blessing of bhakti to those who took lower births,

such as sudras and candalas, and his lotus feet are worshipable for the whole world. Appearing like the moon he made the ocean of prema swell,

and indeed, he is the root of the tree of our bhajana.

Will I ever again have darsana of the most beautiful lotus feet of that Srila Sripada Maharaja?

Beliau menganugerahkan berkat bhakti yang mahasuci kepada mereka yang berkelahiran rendah seperti sudra dan candala, dan kaki padmanya layak dipuja oleh seluruh dunia. Terbit bagaikan rembulan, beliau membuat air samudera prema menjadi pasang, dan sesungguhnyalah beliau merupakan akar dari bhajana kita.

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gauranga-govinda-varenya-bhakto
visuddha-sad-dharma-pracara-raktah
radha-yaso-gana-sahasra-vaktrah
pasyema kim tam srimad sripada-padam?

He is the most exalted nitya-siddha associate of Sri Gauranga and Sri Govinda,

and he is always deeply attached to the preaching of pure vaisnava-dharma

that is free from the coverings of jnana and karma.

As if he possessed a thousand mouths he would speak the glories of Sri Radhika.

Will I ever again have darsana of the most beautiful lotus feet of that Srila Sripada Maharaja?

Beliau adalah rekan nitya-siddha Sri Gauranga dan Sri Govinda yang termulia, beliau senantiasa khusuk dalam mewejangkan vaisnava-dharma yang murni, bebas sepenuhnya dari selubung jnana dan karma. Tampaknya bila saja beliau memiliki ribuan mulut, beliau akan menggunakannya hanya untuk membicarakan kemuliaan Sri Radhika. Oh akankah hamba akan memperoleh darsana kedua belah kaki padma Srila Sripada Maharaja yang mahaindah itu lagi?

(7)
veda-vedanta-nava-vaijnana-dakso
vikhandita-prajna-kutarka-laksah
santa-prasantoparatatma-nisthah
pasyema kim tam srimad sripada-padam?

He is fully expert in all Veda-sastras, Vedanta, and also modern scientific knowledge.

With his divine wisdom he would easily smash the multitude of faulty conclusions

presented by deluded logicians and mundane scholars.

He is calm and equitable, self-satisfied,

detached from sense pleasure and fixed in his service to Sri Sri Radha-Govinda.

Will I ever again have darsana of the most beautiful lotus feet of that Srila Sripada Maharaja?

Beliau ahli dalam Veda-sastra, Vedanta, dan juga ilmu pengetahuan masa kini. Dengan kebijaksanaan rohaninya beliau dengan mudah dapat menghantam kesimpulan-kesimpulan salah yang dihadirkan oleh para pemikir yang berkhayal dan para sarjana duniawi. Beliau senantiasa tenang, damai, dan berpuas hati, terlepas dari segala kenikmatan duniawi dan teguh dalam pelayanannya kepada Sri Sri Radha Govinda. Oh akankah hamba akan memperoleh darsana kedua belah kaki padma Srila Sripada Maharaja yang mahaindah itu lagi?

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hareh katha-yata-samasta-yamo
romanca-kampasru mudabhiramah
srimad-radha-kunda-vasa-yatnah
pasyema kim tam srimad sripada-padam?

He would spend all eight yamas (divisions of the day) glorifying topics of Sri Hari,

and thus he would become overwhelmed by the manifestation of asta-sattvika transformations headed by hairs standing erect, trembling, and tears of joy.

He would become extremely happy

when he resided in the most beautiful Sri Radha Kunda.

Will I ever again have darsana of the most beautiful lotus feet of that Srila Sripada Maharaja?

Beliau menghabiskan kedelapan yama dalam memuliakan Sri Hari, dengan demikian beliau luruh dalam bentuk-bentuk perubahan asta-sattvika terutama roma merinding, gemetaran, dan mencucurkan airmata sukacita. Beliau begitu bahagia ketika bersemayam di Sri Radha Kunda yang mahaindah. Oh akankah hamba akan memperoleh darsana kedua belah kaki padma Srila Sripada Maharaja yang mahaindah itu lagi?

(9)
ha kvasi mat-prana-prabho kva gupto
ati dina-dasas tava duhkha-taptah
prapanna-bhaktartti-haras tvam eva
draksyami kim candra-mukham sakrt te?

O master of my life, where are you? Where have you suddenly hidden?

Your most fallen servant is afflicted by pangs of separation from you.

Only you can remove the sufferings of your surrendered devotees.

Will I ever be able to look upon your moonlike face again?

Tuan bagi hidupku di manakah Engkau? Ke manakah engkau tiba-tiba bersembunyi? Hambamu yang paling hina ini tersiksa oleh derita perpisahan dengan dirimu. Hanya engkau saja yang dapat menyingkirkan penderitaan para hambamu yang menyerahkan diri ini. Akankah hamba dapat melihat wajahmu yang bagaikan rembulan itu lagi?

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he dina-bandho! karunaika-sindho!
kuru prasadam mayi manda-mudhe
laksaparadhe bahu-papa-gadhe
tat-pada-padme ‘stu matis ca krsne

O friend of the lowly, O Gurudeva, you are the vast ocean of mercy.

I am a dull fool and have committed hundreds of thousands of offenses.

I have fallen into a dense myriad of sins; therefore grace me with your mercy

so that my mind may be fixed on your lotus feet and on Sri Krishna.

Wahai sahabat bagi mereka yang hina, oh Gurudeva, engkau adalah samudera belas kasih yang mahaluas. Hamba hanyalah seorang yang bodoh dungu dan telah melakukan ratusan ribu kesalahan. Hamba telah terjatuh dalam kelamnya dosa-dosa. Karena itu berkatilah hamba ini dengan karuniamu, agar pikiran hamba dapat senantiasa terpusat hanya pada kaki padmamu dan Tuhan Yang Maha Esa Sri Krishna.

sri-bhakti-svarupa-damodaraya pujitam sarvam

rangaraja-dasa-kulena ati-vilapatmika-dasakam

viraha-soka-samudram sloka-candra-avirbhavam

srimad sripadad carana-kamala-dvandvarpanam

These all glorifying words in ten extremely sorrowful moonlike stanzas arises from the miserable ocean of separation, was spoken (as based on beautiful prayer called Prabhupada Viraha Dasakam) by a member of Rangarajadasakulan, family lineage of servants of The Lord of Enchanting Stage, King of Palatial Aranga-mandiram, dedicated unto His Divine Grace Parampujyapadapadma Om Vishnupad Ashtottara-sata Paramahamsa Parivrajakacaryavarya Sri Srimad Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Svami Srila Sripada Maharaja, as a humble offering to His Two Lotus like Divine Feet.

Segala kata-kata pujian ini yang tersusun atas sepuluh bait syair mengharukan, terbit dari samudera derita kerinduan yang tak tertahankan, digubah oleh seorang hamba yang begitu rendah dan hina yang terlahir dalam keluarga para hamba pelayan Tuhan Atas Panggung Yang Mempesona, Sang Raja yang bertahta di istana Aranga-mandiram (Sri Ranganatha), diperuntukkan hanyalah bagi Yang Mahaberkarunia Parampujyapadapadma Om Vishnupad Paramahamsa Parivrajakacaryavarya Sri Srimad Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Svami Srila Sripada Maharaja, sebagai sebuah persembahan yang remeh, ke hadapan kedua belah kaki sucinya yang bagaikan kembang seroja.

virahaaksepa satata-vilapam

para-dina-hina-dasanudasam

sri guru-vaishnava karunya-bhiksum

(the lowest servant of servants,

who always crying and lamenting in separation,

a beggar of Sri Gurudeva and all Vaishnavas mercy)
Dasan B.P.B. Rangarajan

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An interview recorded in Singapore on 7 January 1995

Devotee: This initiation was conducted with full fire sacrifice?

Srila Sripada: Yeah so we went upstairs and Ramananda introduced me to Prabhupada saying that I am such and such, come from Manipur, and I’m a student at the university, doing my PhD. in chemistry. When Prabhupada heard that I am from Manipur, then he started saying about the temples in Navadvipa by the kings of Manipur, Vrndavana, Jagannatha Puri, Radha Kunda, that are established by the kings of Manipur, and he started saying about BabHruvahana. Babhruvahana was the son of Arjuna. When Arjuna came to Manipur, he  married Citrangada, the Princess of Manipur. He said that Manipur had been a Vaisnava kingdom for thousands of years – more than 5000 years ago when the Pandavas ruled the planet, the Vaisnavas existed. He said that all Manipuris are descendents of Babhruvahana. Prabhupada knew about the temples in Navadvipa built by the Kings of Manipur. In the process of talking with Prabhupada, who was asking about my background, my family, who my parents were, devotees, he said, “why did you come here to the United States? A Vaisnava,” Prabhupada was humorously saying “A Vaisnava generally is not supposed to cross the ocean. Why did you come here?”

(Interruption).

So to wind my narration, I came up to, yeah, Prabhupada asked me, told me that that all the people in Manipur are descendants from Babhruvahana.

Devotee: How do you spell that name – Arjuna’s son?

Srila Sripada: B.a.b.h.r.u.v.a.h.a.n.a. It is there in the Srimad Bhagavatam in the 9th canto, see the index for “Manipur”. There are about two slokas. Prabhupada also writes about Manipur in the Srimad Bhagavatam, in the 9th canto.

Devotee: 9th canto, Manipur. Srimad Bhagavatam?

Srila Sripada: Yes. In two slokas, Prabhupada explained about Manipur and also about Babhruvahana. What happened is that Arjuna came to Manipur…must be Mahabharat time…during the Asvamedha Yajna being performed by Yudhistira Maharaja. Arjuna was going that side, and when he reached Manipur, and the King of Manipur at that time he did not have any sons, but he had a daughter, this princess, that Citranganda. So the King of Manipur, since he was old, he could not combat with or challenge Arjuna. So he tried to surrender to Arjuna. But his daughter, Citrangada, wanted to fight with Arjuna (laughter). She wanted to challenge, she wanted to challenge. So Arjuna got very inspired. So somehow he got married to Citrangada (laughter). So this Babhruvahana was born between Citrangada and Arjuna. Prabhupada wrote in the Bhagavatam that when he was 15 or 16 years old, he became the King of Manipur. And later on when Arjuna again visited (Manipur), there was a challenge between his son Babhruvahana and Arjuna. When Babhruvahana was told that Arjuna was his father, he didn’t want to fight—didn’t want to challenge. Then Arjuna told him, “If you are the King of the country, and a ksatriya, .whether it’s your father or a relatve, if you don’t respond to the challenge of the other person, then you are not worth it.” So then Babhruvahana decided to fight. In fact Arjuna was defeated by his son in Manipur. He became unconscious. So Krishna had to come and revive Arjuna again…so that is Mahabharata. [inaudible] chapter. That’s how Babhruvahana became very famous. So Prabhupada was narrating that story from Mahabharat.

In the process of discussion he said all the Indian young scholars and students are coming to the United States for either begging money, dollars, or begging science and technology. Prabhupada was saying like that. “So you are all coming like that,” Prabhupada said, “But I did not come like that. I came here to give something. I came here to give, not to take. Why don’t you give something? Why are you simply taking? Why don’t you give something?” (laughter). This was his conclusion. Prabhupada was saying that we should give something. Why should we take? Just give something or do something like that, Prabhupada said…like preaching. And so I got very inspired by that…(Interruption). So basically that’s how I met Prabhupada.

Devotee: And he asked you to come?

Srila Sripada: Since then I had been going almost every day. Whenever Prabhupada comes, I used to go to Los Angeles. It was almost one hour’s drive.

Devotee: That was the time when the morning talks started? And…

Srila Sripada: Yes. That was in ’69, ’70. The talks were mostly, let’s see, around ’72, ’73.

Devotee: After initiation?

Srila Sripada: Yes, yes. Whenever I used to go, Prabhupada would always want to talk about something about different aspects of science.

Devotee: So when did you get your initiation? Which year was it that you got initiated by Prabhupada?

Srila Sripada: I got formal initiation in ’71. And I was just about to be initiated within one week after (first) meeting Prabhupada. But then Prabhupada was leaving for India and he gave me this mala, and he said it was as good as initiation…because that was a rush period, with Prabhupada’s plans for India. 1970, he came back. You see that year, 1969, yes 1970 there was a ratha yatra in San Francisco, and for the Ratha Yatra, Prabhupada invited me and Ramananda to come and participate in the festival in San Francisco. So we went. We were with Prabhupada in the ratha yatra in 1970 in San Francisco. Oh yes, after the ratha yatra, Prabhupada left for India. I was supposed to be initiated at that time. Then when he came back the next year, 1971, I think it was ’71, that’s correct, a proper initiation was done in Los Angeles temple. Whenever Prabhupada came to LA, I used to work in the university, trying to finish my Ph.D. and one time I told Prabhupada that this Ph.D. is taking too much time for me, and I should stop. But Prabhupada said, “No, no. you should finish it, and use that for preaching.”

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An interview recorded in Singapore on 7 January 1995

(Sent by Rupachandra das of Singapore)

Srila Sripada: ..try to use one’s intelligence properly. That’s the meaning of understanding one’s guna, karma and application. Its not only understanding one’s guna karma but how to apply that guna karma in Bhagavat seva, Krishna consciousness. Prabhupada used to quote that very nice sloka in the Bhagavatam:

idaḿ hi puḿsas tapasaḥ śrutasya vā

sviṣṭasya sūktasya ca buddhi-dattayoḥ

avicyuto ‘rthaḥ kavibhir nirūpito

yad-uttamaśloka-guṇānuvarṇanam1

There was a narration by Narada Muni to Vyasadev. Vyasadev was feeling very unhappy inspite of his tremendous scholarly work, compiling all the Vedic literatures.  In that connection, Narada Muni was replying  to Vyasadev that the reason for his unhappiness in spite of so much achievement, scholarly work, compiling the Vedic literatures was that he hasn’t specifically glorified the pastimes of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krishna. So in that connection it is mentioned in the sloka, first canto. So every piece of ability that a person has, unless that ability is specifically utilized in glorifying or in seva, Bhagavata seva, promoting and glorifying the activities and pastimes of the Supreme Lord one cannot be happy. But when it is utilized properly in the service of the Lord, then it becomes glorifications, uttama sloka. uttma sloka gunanuvarnanam. When we use the choicest words to praise the Lord and His activities, then the intelligence, the ability and the service one is performing, that becomes properly engaged. So that way one will be happy.

That was the instruction given by Narada Muni to Vyasadev. Our Prabhupada quoted this verse many times, idam hi pumsas tapasash. When he saw any scholarly person who came to see him he used to say that you have to, if you are scientist, you have to prove about the existence of God by your scientific knowledge. If you are a lawyer, you have to show by your legal intelligence that Krishna is the Supreme lawyer. If you are businessman you have to show that Krishna is Lakshmipati so that whatever results are coming, you use in the service of the Lord. So you see, all aspects we have to show that Krishna is the supreme proprietor and by serving Him, by engaging all our senses and intelligence a person will be able to develop proper understanding of the [inaudible].

Prabhupada used to say like that especially when meeting scholarly group of people. You do not have to sacrifice anything. Sometimes people will wonder, suppose if I became a devotee, whether I should be able to continue my work and you know get in anxiety. Or whether I could go and stay in the temple or whether I (should) get my head shaved and some temporary anxiety comes in. If it is understood properly that the function of Krishna consciousness, is that we have to learn how to apply our ability and intelligence and [inaudible] work in the service of the Lord. So in that sense, everything has to be engaged in the service of the Lord. With the proper understanding we’ll be able to apply it properly then it becomes Bhagavata Seva. Otherwise it becomes sense gratification. If one is just trying to satisfy one’s senses, that’s a different thing. If the senses are engaged in the service of the Lord and all the activities that one is performing is engaged in how to please the Lord and His servants, then it becomes properly [inaudible].

So therefore one has to be able to see the broader, the wider perspective of Krishna consciousness. It is required especially in preaching to the scholars and scientists – this is a technique that can be applied. We cannot say immediately you have to shave off your head and you have to do such things immediately. That comes you know, slowly, slowly, certain places according to the nature of that person one will be able to give Krishna consciousness in doses. Maybe at the beginning small dose, then it becomes bigger dose, then later on full dose (laughter). So if it is done like that you’ll find that you can preach to everyone. Even the most uneducated [inaudible] people, let say so called [inaudible] people, all sections of society. So if we, by our preaching skill give some message of Krishna consciousness according to time and place, according to time and circumstances, and according to also the quality of the other person, his ability to take up some Krishna consciousness…[Inaudible]. This is the technique that we try to apply by Prabhupada’s mercy.

Devotee: When you first came to Krishna consciousness you met Prabhupada first or were you already a Vaishnava in your family in your young days?

Srila Sripada: Yes. My parents were already devotees of Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Just like the king of Manipur is a devotee of Caitanya Mahaprabhu, so all the subjects, for generations were all in the Gaudiya Vaisnava line…my parents and their parents before. My father was a sankirtana singer.

Devotee: So that’s where you got your singing talents from (laughter).

Srila Sripada: When I met Prabhupada – that was in 1969. That was the period. Actually I met (Prabhupada) through one of my friends. My friend was also doing his work; he was also a scientist, a chemist.

Devotee: You had already obtained your Ph.D. then?

Srila Sripada: No, I was in the middle of my Ph.D. I haven’t finished my Ph.D. yet. I was just starting. I started taking some course. But my friend was already a Ph.D. He was a professor at (inaudible) University – a doctor of Chemistry- Ravindra Rao, and he was working on cancer – making medicine for cancer – and he was there. And it  so happened that I was at the university. Oh, the university mentioned as University of Southern California – actually it is called University of California, Irvine. The university in Southern California is a different university.

Devotee : So it should be University of California?

Srila Sripada: Yes, University of California, Irvine; Irvine is the name of the place. The name is correct, but the ‘USC’ should be ‘U Cal’- University of California. California has about 19 campuses. It is very interesting how I met Prabhupada. It so happened that I got a message when I was at the University. A telegram came saying that my mother had expired in India. So I got a little…I got some separation…and I was not feeling very enthusiastic about life, temporarily, momentarily. So because that summer I wanted to go to India and see the family members, like that.

Devotee: You knew she was not well?

Srila Sripada: I didn’t have that knowledge also. They did not send me that message. And so when the message came that she left her body, I was not very enthusiastic about my activities for some time. And I was planning to go to India to do the sraddha ceremony. Like that.

Devotee: You are the eldest?

Srila Sripada: Yeah, in fact I am the only son. And then I got a letter from one of my uncles saying that a – the letter says like this- that a Vaisnava is never lamenting about the living being leaving the body, and a Vaisnava is always thinking that when somebody leaves, then that is kind of arranged by the mercy of the Lord.  “So you should not come. You should not come just for that matter. You should finish your PhD as soon as possible and concentrate on your work. Don’t worry about the death.”  So I had already arranged for the ticket by borrowing some money from the university, because as a student, I had no money. The University loaned me some money for my round trip to India and back. And when I got that letter, I cancelled my trip. So I didn’t go.  In the process of doing that, I met this, Dr. Rao,  Ravindra Rao. He was brought by one of my friends, he’s also from Kerala. There was one doctor [inaudible name]  who was also doing his Ph.D. in the same department, chemistry department. He was from Kerala. There were only about two-three Indian students in that science department. So then he, this Dr. Ravindra Rao came one day and he said, “Lets go for a drive along the beach”. Laguna Beach is not very far. It is only about 15 minutes drive along the coast highway, you know, the Pacific Ocean, California.  He had a car. I didn’t have any car at that time. So I said “Let’s go”. So in the process, in the evening, we saw some devotees walking on the street chanting Harinama. About five-six of them. One was a black devotee. We were seeing for the first time in America, like that, especially in California. It was in the end of 1969. So this friend of mine, Dr. Ravindra Rao, was very enthusiastic. He said, “Let us see what these people are doing.” So we didn’t want to be very close to them, but we were following from a distance (inaudible). Then one devotee saw that we were following them.

Devotee: You were following in the car?

Srila Sripada: No, no. We had parked the car and we were walking slowly.

Devotee: Long distance…

Srila Sripada:  But making sure we didn’t lose them. We wanted to know what they were doing (laughter). So one black devotee, his name is actually Sukadev. He’s still there in Seattle, Los Angeles. So he stopped by and he was kind of waiting for us, to talk to us. So then he stopped and gave us cards and said they had a temple in Laguna Beach, and every Sunday they have this Love Feast, chanting and feasting with nice prasadam, taste, like that. So he said we should come the following Sunday to the temple and participate in the program. So when that Sunday came, this Dr. Rao said, “Let’s go and see the temple and see what they are doing.”  But I told Dr. Rao, “You see, I’m busy. I’m doing my PhD, and I really do not have the time.  So you go and let me know how or what you think about that.” So I didn’t go with him, I let him go alone. We were not staying together. I was staying at the university campus, and he was staying in an apartment.

So then he came, saying that it was a very nice program, lot of people came, they were chanting, and then (they) served nice halva (laughs). He was very enthusiastic, saying it was a nice program. Then he said that I should go. I should accompany him the following day, after work, in the evening, say at about 5 o’clock, and drive and go to the temple. So he started going every day, every evening, after the work. He was working nearby, at the Cancer Institute and I was in the university, and so every day he would say I should come  with him, and everyday I told him that I am not ready and I don’t have the time, and so I can’t go this time. So everytime  I could not accept his proposals. So, like that about four- five days passed by.

Then he asked where is Guru Maharaja from the devotees there in Laguna Beach, and he found out from them that their Guru Maharaja, Prabhupada was in LA, Los Angeles, where he was staying at that time. So he got the address for Los Angeles, Watseka and with that he came with the proposal: “Let us go and see Swami Maharaja. Let’s go and see Swamiji. He is in LA.” He was all set and he proposed that I should accompany him. Then I told him that, “I’m very busy, Dr. Rao, and not free. You go first and let us know how Swamiji looks like and what does he do.” Like that. So he kept quiet just like that (laughs). I let him go alone. So he went one day, actually in the evening, and then he came back and told me how he met Prabhupada.

He said when he went to the temple, the devotees didn’t allow him to see Prabhupada because he was a stranger and nobody knew him. So he told me in the beginning he was very upset when the devotees did not allow him to see Prabhupada. So he said he just decided to pray to Krishna that something happens. So was he was parking his car just infront of the temple and he was just sitting in the car, sitting and praying to Krishna  (laughs), so he can see Prabhupada. When he was sitting for a little while, one devotee came and he said “Prabhupada wants to see you” (laughter). So he was very happy and he went upstairs – you know Prabhupada stays in the first floor inside the temple. So Prabhupada told him that “in the past few years, I have always been praying to Krishna to kindly send me one Indian boy who can do the translation in Hindi. So I was praying to Krishna so He can send me some Indian boys because the American devotees did not know Hindi and other things.” Alot of letters came from India in Hindi, and required to be replied in Hindi but Prabhupada did not have the time to do that. “So I have been praying to Krishna to send me some nice Indian boys to help me.” So then Prabhupada told him that “You were just sent by Krishna.” (laughter). So this is how he narrated it to me. He added that Swamiji was wonderful and very nice and compassionate, with all the good qualities.

So he came with this story to me and he said the next day I should accompany him and see Swami Maharaj, Guru Maharaj. So I told him that “I’m not so prepared for these things and I’ve got all these assignments and projects. I’ve got to help the students…and I’ll be very busy, and so I can’t go at this time.” So that also I avoided, so I did not go. But then, he was going everyday for about five- six days, going alone. Everyday he will come back and give me a report, and everyday he will insist that I must come and see Prabhupada. Everyday I rejected saying I’m very busy…and all these things. But one day, one evening, he came with a very strong proposal, saying that the following morning, early morning, I should accompany him. He said we should get up at 3.30 in the morning, and after a shower, we can then go to the service, to see Swami Maharaja. And he said that if I did not agree this time, then he would never see me again in life and he will never come, and our friendship is finished (laughter). He would never see me in my life! (Laughs). He was saying it with seriousness…not joking or anything like that. Then I told him, “Why you make things so serious? What has happened with you?” He didn’t tell me what was going to happen, but he was telling me like that. Then I said  “Well, if you are really that serious, I will accompany you the following morning,”  (laughs). Then he said he’d like to stay in my apartment because we had to get up early in the morning, and he had the car, and he would drive. It was about one-hour-drive from our place to Los Angeles temple on the highway. So we got up early in the morning, took bath, then we were on the road- highway. In the car he told me that he would be initiated that morning from Prabhupada . He was going to take initiation.

Devotee: That morning?

Srila Sripada: Yes but he did not tell me that before (laughs). He was only telling me on the road. He was already prepared, but he did not tell me that. It was only about a week (since he met Prabhupada)..in a week’s time. I said, because I knew alittle bit about the background,  said, “Will you shave your head this morning?” I asked him.  (Because) he was working at this American Research Institute where there were lots of people, and I asked him, “Will you go like that to your office with your shaven head? (laughs)….This is in America.” He said, “Why not? It would be a pleasure, ” (laughs). He was very determined, and I said, “Will you also change your clothes and dress in saffron?”, because, at that time everybody was dressed in saffron.

Devotee: Immediately after initiation?

Srila Sripada: Yes, at the beginning stages. He said, “why not? It should be something that I like to do.” So he was kind of very enthusiastic. And I admired him because he was so enthusiastic, so determined, and he did not care for anything else.

So we reached Los Angeles, and we saw Prabhupada was coming out for the morning walk at 6 o’clock. He walks 6 to 7 in the morning. At the time when I saw, he had a car, a Maverick- a white-bodied Maverick. So we waited, when he comes back in one hour. And at the time of Prabhupada’s returning to the temple in those days, the devotees would line up on both sides and Prabhupada would get down to the roadside and then walk. And then, the exchange of flowers: Prabhupada give one flower, then the devotees would give him one flower, then Prabhupada would give flowers to the devotees. After finishing that, this is before entering the temple, just infront of the temple, everybody rushes into the temple. I was just observing that. I had the camera, taking some pictures. I had a regular [inaudible word].

Then everyone went in the temple and Prabhupada was having darshana of the deities and went to his vyasasana and Prabhupada started singing “Jay Sri Krishna Caitanya, Prabhu Nityananda..” and I heard for the first time. Prabhupada was singing. I was quite far, near the deities, and Prabhupada was on the opposite side. I felt that Prabhupada was in a devotional mood, and his voice was very sweet and inspiring, and it penetrates to your heart. I was very impressed just by his singing alone, without knowing much. So I felt very happy and comfortable. After that, the ceremony, initiation started.  Dr. Rao, Ravindra Rao, he was given “Ramananda Raya”- his name was given. The initiation was for one or two people only. It was specially done for Dr. Rao. And after that, Prabhupada went to his room…inside there is a small doorway. Then Ramananda said, “Lets go and see Prabhupada upstairs,” (laughs). And I became very enthusiastic (laughter) after this incident. He was very fond of having darsana of Prabhupada.

To be continued in Part 2.

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I wrote This report about four years ago. this is the first report I made of  Sripad Srila Sripada Preaching program. My english is very poor and I feel there are many grammatical mistake in the report. If there some mistake please tell and correct me. The tour begin from Jakarta and end in Surabaya on 13th of july and end on 23th of july 2005.

Jakarta.

Fortunately I joined Srila Sripada tour to some provinces of Java island. Srila Sripada’s journey start from Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia. Now, we have a new centre in Jakarta, some of Sripad’s disciple, like Sudhir Krishna Prabhu, Sesa Prabhu, Visvaksena Prabhu, some brahmacarinis, etc in charge there (now the composition bit change except Sudhir Krishna Prabhu still exist there-ed). The building locate in the central Jakarta, Sripada Srila Sripada very like the location. The building is ex-school of Gandhi School and now freely lent to the devotee.

In Jakarta we also have devotee like Tattva Darsi Prabhu, Hari Guru Prabhu and his wife, and some bhakta like bhakta Nyoman sastra and friends. The Devotees of Jakarta arranged a seminar for Srila Sripada (in Cooperation with Yayasan Kota Kita) entitle “Science and Spirituality for World Peace’. The title of the seminar taken from Srila Sripada essay in the just Released book of Bhaktivedanta Institute. The Seminar held in Indonesian Library Building on 14th of july 2005. Actually there will be 4 (four) speaker including Srila Sripada, only 3 (three) speaker could come. All the Speaker has Doktorate degree.

There were some devotees from Bali accompany Srila Sripada tour, they had arrived there a few days before the day of seminar. I myself came there just a few minute before the seminar began, So I can not give report detailly Sripad Srila Sripada program the day before the seminar, but some devotee told me that the day before seminar Srila Sripada also spoke to the Indian Community and some hindus from Bali who work in the departement of finanace of Republic Indonesia.

The day when the seminar was held, was a holyday, so there was no many student campus came, but many elder people come, they came from various spiritual community include muslim community. Of course our Srila Sripada was the star of the seminar. Srila Sripada got many nice questions from the audience. Unfortunately the time was limited so that not all the questions could be answered. I cannot give the detail here. Hari Narayan Prabhu from Bali and Radhakanta Prabhu from France record the seminar,. I hope the video of the seminar can be published soon.

There was one importance and uniqe thing should be noted in this seminar that was before and after the seminar also there bhajan performance by the brahmacary, and interestingly after the seminar finished, Guru Srila Sripada himself led the bhajan by singing The Srita Kamala Song (Song Composed by Jayadeva Goswami). The audience liked very much Srila Sripada song, they listen it carefully while they were eating the vegetarian meal prepared by the devotees.

After the program finish, almost the audience including the muslims and cristians man approached Srila Sripada, saying their happiness and thank to Srila Sripada, they sake Srila Sripada hand and ask some questions. Some of them also said  “Even we are muslims but we are like to read Bhagavad gita.” Some of them asked for Srila Sripada name card. Especially, the moderator, a muslim lady, very happy to meet Srila Sripada, she said that DR. Singh (Sripad Srila Sripada) is very funny and Peacefull person. He not olny talk about peacefullness but he himself live a peacefull daily life.

The participant of the seminar also bought some Krishna concious books like Bhagavad gita, Life come from life. Not only Books in indonesian languange was sold but also Srila Sripada english Publications like Scientific magazine “Savijnanam” was also sold.

Sripad Srila Sripada in Jakarta, also met some importance persons like the headmaster of International Gandhi School. Srila Sripada present some of his Books to him. In Jakarta Srila Sripada also announced that he has just realesed new book about peace entitle “Toward  a culture of Harmony and Peace” the book published by Bhaktivedanta Institute as we now Srila Sripada is the director of The Institute. This book written by some the nobel laurate and also Srila Sripada is one of the writer and the editor. Srila Sripada hope that this book soonly can be translated into indonesian languange. This is a great task for us in order to satisfy sri guru, so we should cooperate each other to execute this service, maybe by forming the translations team(?)!.

After the seminar Srila Sripada back to the hotel nearby the centre. At that evening Srila Sripada back to the centre (Sri Nilachala Ksetra dhama asram) to take prasad, but before Srila Sripada took prasad, Srila Sripada gave darshan to some of us and also we had  a nice discussion with Srila Sripada about how to present Krishna Conciousness Scientificlly, and also we discuss about Spiriton, Moleccule and Cloning (from vedic perspektif).

Srila Sripada has a great optimsm about the future of Jakarta centre, he said there will be no lack of laksmi (money) and there are fast or big field of preahing there. Bhakta Nyoman sastra asked “What will be our most obstacle in Jakarta ?” Srila Sripada answered “Only lack of enthusiasm will be the obstacle otherwise there will no obstacle actually” so Srila Sripada requested all the devotee to keep their enthusiasm by genuinely develop a culture of humility and we also have a culture of introspection. We should ask ourselves, have our heart as pure as our cloth?. So maharj has empazise about introspection.

GO To PUNCAK (West Java)

So the day after seminar we (Srila Sripada and devotees) went to Bandung to visit our new centre there. We go to Bandung by car and bus through puncak. Puncak lay between Jakarta and Bandung. So on the way to Bandung we Visit Radha Govinda Mandir in Puncak. We Arrived in The Radha Govinda Asram around 14.00 pm. We received very well by the devotee there.  Radha Govinda Mandir is a very nice asrham because the weather is very cold and locate on the hills, and the place is a seclude place. Srila Sripada very happy to see the devotee and Deity there. There are some pair of deities like Sri Sri Radha Govinda, Sri Sri Gaura Nitai, Sri Sri Laksmi Nrsimha, and some Salagram Sila. The asrham also has their own cow.

After arrived Srila Sripada soonly began the bhajan. Now Srila Sripada chose the song of Bhaktivinod, entitle “Suddha Bhakata” (Srila Sripada also instruct us to memorize this nice song)  the song that he sang when he arrived at the first day in bali a few days before. And then Srila Sripada explain the meaning of the song gave short speech. And then suddenly Srila Sripada stand up and began a kirtan, the devotee join the kirtan joyfully. The kirtan began with “Radhe Radhe Radhe Govinda Radhe………” with Srila Sripada uniqe and special melody. The kirtan was very very ecstatic, every body jumped highly and dance around Srila Sripada.  Srila Sripada keep led the kirtan, like a lion roaring in the jungle, make the birds of our sins go away. Srila Sripada led the kirtan almost one hour.

After the kirtan we honored the prasadam prepared by the host, Matsya Prabhu. After the meal, Srila Sripada talked with the Matsya prabhu-president temple of Radha Govinda and to other senior devotee. And in the after noon, we took permission to the host to continue our journey to next planet, Bandung.

Sri Sri Radhe Shyam ( Bandung centre)

Bandung is the capital city of West Java (Jawa Barat). Not like Jakarta which the weather is very hot, Bandung is enough cold, Srila Sripada very like it. Because of the traffic jam we arrived rather late in Bandung. We arrived quite evening. Srila Sripada greeted by the devotee of Bandung who mostly are student.

After the welcoming ceremony, Srila Sripada did bhajan. Srila Sripada sing the “Gurudev” with deep mood of devotion. And then Srila Sripada  didn’t give any speech because it was very late in the night. Srila Sripada took rest in one of indian man name Prem Kumar. The day after that the devotee of Bandung also held a seminar entittle “The Principle of Reincarnation.”

Srila Sripada present the idea of reincarnation very scientificly qouting the words of some prominent scientist of the world. The seminar in Bandung including culture and art performance like balinese dance, indian dance, and  bhajan by the brahmacary of bali.The seminar run around four hours with enthusiatic questions and answers. The audience are mostly student of university and some are hindu proffesional who live there and some few are from other religion. We also hope that the devotee soonly realesed the video cd of the program.

The day after the seminar, the devotees of Bandung like amala Krishna prabhu, hadai Pandit prabhu, Arcana dasi, etc., took Srila Sripada to Ciater, a hot spring centre, there we had relaxation for some hours, and then we back to Bandung city.

At that time I and some devotee left early to Yogyakarta before Srila Sripada. Srila Sripada had  a house prgram at the night in one of indian people.

Fly To Yogyakarta (the City Of Education)

Yogyakarta are very famous city in indonesia. The are many big universities there and of course there are many student who are studying there. And also Yogyakarta also famous because of it’s culture, we can still see today some yogyakarta people still apply the hindus ritual in their daily life even they are muslims and we can see from the art and culture which are there that it is a Hindus or vedic heritage.

Nrsimha Caitanya Prabhu has open a new centre in yogyakarta, the centre name Sri Sri Radha Giridhari Ashram. Some of Sripad Srila Sripada diciples aslo in charge there, like Ananta Wijaya pranhu, etc.

I, manisi Prabhu, Panca-tattva Prabhu (our brother from malaysia), Suvikram, etc arrived in Yogyakarta a few minute before Srila Sripada landed there. The devotees of Yogyakarta greeted Srila Sripada in the airport and then took Srila Sripada to the asram. And after the welcoming ceremony, Srila Sripada took prasad and rest for a couple of hours.

Go to Jivan Village

Thet day Guru Srila Sripada landed in Yogyakarta was a ekadasi day. In the evening Srila Sripada Visit a village named Jiwan Village, a Village that inhabited by about three thousands people in which about six hundreds of them following the Hindu tradition.

Nrsimha Chaitanya Prabhu, Ananta Wijaya Prabhu had Preached there and now there are about one hundreds villager has chanted the Hare Krishna Maha mantra. JaY!! Harinam Sankirtan Ki Jaya!

At that time Srila Sripada would meet the people in one of the Hindu temple in the Jivan Viilage.The devotees and the villager greeted Srila Sripada enthusiasticlly in front of the temple, they sang “Jaya Sripad Srila Sripada, Jaya Sripad Srila Sripada”, “Jaya Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami,” and of course they also sang the Hare Krishna Maha mantra as thaught by their mentor.

Jivan mean live, Sripad Srila Sripada said in the lecture. Srila Sripada Speak for some minute to the Villager, he spoke about the History and the glory of harinam sankirtan, the vedic cosmology, the regulative principle, the danger of kali yuga (present age), etc. the villager listened to Srila Sripada very attentively. And also Srila Sripada encourage them to apply Krishna Concoiusness in their daily life.

After the lecture Srila Sripada did bhajan. The bhajan ran very melodiously, and in the middle the bhajan turn to ecstatic kirtan, every body stand up, raise their hand, and of course some times jumping while shouting the holynname led by Srila Sripada.

After the kirtan the jivan villager offerred  an prayer song to the devotees. The song composed in traditional tune of java. After hearing the tune, Srila Sripada told them to make javaness tune of hare krishna like we have balinese tune that has intoduced by world to devotees around the world. At that time Srila Sripada told the balinese brahmacaru to perform bhajan with hare krishna balinese tune. And all again sing ecstaticly. And after that the villager aslo try to apply the javanese tune to the maha mantra, and the result, very sweet, it was very uniqe and sweet tune of Maha-mantra. Srila Sripada simle satisfied.

anted hare Krishna.

And also that time there was questions and answer between Srila Sripada and the villagers. After the program finished, we back to yogyakarta and Srila Sripada invite the villager to come to the Sri sri Radha Giridhari asram for the program there.The day after after we breakfast, we went to the Borobudur. Borobudur is a shirne of Budhism and it is one of the seven greats of the world.

Intersetingly after sightseeing and observe the building, Srila Sripada led a small prayer, he sang the dasa avatar prayer by jaya deva gosswami. And he explained the meaning and told the devotee for beg the blessing of lord Buddha.

In the afternoon we back to asram and At the night Srila Sripada, after the sandhya arati,  met the inter-relligious dialogue component thar come from various back ground like muslim, christian, chatolic. and gave a short specch on the importance of interfaith dialogue to build apeace bridge of peace.

Srila Sripada also showing the newst book Of Bhaktivedanta Institute to the sutdent, and Srila Sripada plan to give them some of the copy. After Srila Sripada gave the short speech, there was Questions and anwsew with the student and then Srila Sripada require them, each religion represent by one student to say some word of prayer there in the asram and at last Srila Sripada represent the hindu to give the prayer. After that we had prasadam.

The day after that Srila Sripada go to Prambanan, one of the hindu heritage. In prambanan there are some Vedic Deities Like Lord Vishnu, Brahma and Siva. Srila Sripada did praikram and and kirtan. Srila Sripada has a great vision about prambanan that we can use that place for annual meeting in indonesia like the kumba mela in india. Srila Sripada suggest his idea to the hindu parisad.

The day after that, Srila Sripada had a importance meeting with proffesor of  University of Gajah Mada. This Profesor is Srila Sripada friend when he was a student in america, and also his friend in the matter of interfaith dialogue. That was a importance meeting to arranged next program of Sripoad Srila Sripada in the one of Most Prestigious University in Indonesia.

Surabaya (Student centre)

Srila Sripada frequently says that he want to make a strong Student Centre in surabaya, because most of the devotee of Surabaya are Student. So Srila Sripada a great hope the can preach and serve nicely the so that we can build a strong centre of Bhagavata culture there.  Srila Sripada also plans more strong scientific preacing in the college or university of surabaya like  Three days seminar, in the future.

This time the devotees of Surabaya arranged a Seminar on Vedanta and Science entitle “Human Life and Evolution Of Concioussnes” for Srila Sripada. It was the first seminar of Srila Sripada in Surabaya (last Visit in Surabaya, Srila Sripada held a interfaith program there). The audience come from indian community and balinese student, and including another people from various religions and backgrounds.

The day after that Srila Sripada Met some Indian people like mister narain and mr. Hari kissin. They are bussiness men. Srila Sripada hope that they can help the devotees in the future especially to make a permanent centre in surabaya. Srila Sripada encourage them to study more about indian literature lika Bhagavad gita.

Night bhajan and speaks

The devotess did the sandhya arati sambil menunggu kedatangan Srila Sripada di cnetere. Then Srila Sripada arrrived around  eight o clock and led nrsimha prayer. After that Srila Sripada led the melodious bhajan glorifying Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu, and devotees folowing by saying the last word of the song : “Tam pranami ca Sri sacitanayam” in the end o the bhajan Srila Sripada turnd to sing Radhe Radhe Radhe Gopinatha Radhe….. (the name of the centre is Sri Sri Radhe Gopinath) Srila Sripada sang Ecstaticly wioth deep mood, may be mood of seperation with his beloved Sri Sri Radha Gopinatha. Srila Sripada showered full mercy the the assembled devotees by that nice bhajan. In the middle of bhajan, the devotee stood up and jumped in ectasy, they couldn’t stand for the bliss in their heart in the Association of a Pure Devotee like Sripad Srila Sripada.

So the kirtan last about one and a half hour. An after that Srila Sripada gave short speech qoutting one verse from bhagavad gita:

Yad karosi yad asnasi  yaj juhosi dadasi yat

Yat tapasyasi kaunteya tat kurusva mad arpanam

Bhagavad Gita 9.27

“Whatever you do, whatever you eat, what ever you over or charity you give and whatever austerity you done—do it as an offering unto Me .”

Srila Sripada told the devotee student to keep enthusiastic in Krishna Conciousness and keep cooperate each others, and gave proper respect to the visitors, and always seek good association and take advice from the senior devotees. Srila Sripada hope that the student to arranged the daily activites as nice as possible by make an agenda how long we should study, how long should we chant, how long should we do service, what service we can do in the asram, etc. And of course finished the study in the university nicely. Behave nicely. And so on. Srila Sripada has a great visison for the centre in Surabaya, he said that Surabaya and East Java is a great field to Preach Krishna conciousness.

The day before the seminar and after the greeting ceremony in the house of Dinanath Prabhu, Srila Sripada Had a short Discussions with a reseacrh scientist whoese wife also had chanted the hare krishna mahamantra. They discuss about Science and religion, the nature of reality, ultimate reality, The scientific Evidence of God, etc. the discussion based on Srila Sripada new issue of Savijnanam magazine.

Go to Sulawesi

Surabaya is the last city visited by Sripada Srila Sripada on this tour. From Surabaya, Srila Sripada flight to Central Sulawesi to meet his loving devotees there. Srila Sripada went to sulawesi just accompanied by few devotee, like Premadhana Prabhu, Sridhara Prabhu, Radhanath Prabhu, Brajamani and Of course Sundaranda Prabhu, Srila Sripada translator.

How the program ran in sulawesi may our Radhanath Prabhu could share here.

Lombok Island Indonesia August 13th 2005

Your Servant,

Dvibhuja das

Notes: :
1. Srila Sripada has  a plan to take some importance people to bali.

2. there will be great growth on harinam sankirtan in ten years later in bali, Srila Sripada said.

3. Srila Sripada Plan to open Bhaktivedanta Institute in Indonesia and also school for childrens with english languange medium..

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Kepergianmu yang begitu cepat dan mendadak membawa dampak yang sangat besar. Karena kehadiran fisikmu sangat berpengaruh. Banyak murid dan penyembah yang mengatakan kepada hamba, “Jangankan Guru Maharaj sudah hadir atau tiba di Bali, baru mendengar saja GM akan segera datang kami begitu bersemangat dan sungguh mendebarkan menanti kedatangan GM”. Adalah sangat benar, wahai Dear Gurudev, apa yang disampaikan oleh para penyembah itu. Segala duka dan kesedihan raib entah kemana, segala murung dan sedih menguap entah kemana, begitu melihat kehadiranmu.

Oleh karena itu ketidakhadiran fisik Anda memberikan pukulan yang begitu berat, walaupun secara teori kami tahu bahwa seorang Guru Kerohanian selalu ada dalam ajaran-ajarannya. Pada salah satu kesempatan kami kumpul-kumpul di Jagannath Shop di Lombok, ada beberapa penyembah, Dayanidhi Pr, saya, dan beberapa penyembah lainnya. Dayanidhi prabhu mengatakan kurang lebih sebagai berikut, “Dulu kalo dengar Guru Maharaj akan datang, kita begitu bersemangat padahal masih beberapa hari atau minggu sebelumnya, sekarang Guru Maharaj tidak ada, kita merasa tidak ada yang menyemangatkan dan terasa sepi dunia ini” walaupun saya juga persis merasakan apa yang dirasakan Dayanidhi pr. dan penyembah lainnya, tetapi waktu itu saya pura-pura tidak bersedih dan mengatakan, “Tenang saja Prabhu, Beliau pasti menjaga kita, Beliau masih bersama kita kok, dan Beliau akan selalu melindungi kita, jika kita ingat dan berlindung kepada beliau” ya secara teori kami tahu hal itu dari sastra bahwa seorang vaisnava tidak pernah mati.

Tetapi di dalam hati, saya tidak bisa membohongi diri, ada perasan sedih, kesepian, dan hilangnya gairah hidup tanpa kehadiran fisik Anda, sama seperti apa yang dirasakan oleh Dayanidhi Pr dan penyembah lainnya. Yang menyebabkan kami merasa begitu terpukul adalah karena kami berpikir sebagai berikut;

“Siapa yang akan membimbing kami lagi, dimana kami dapat merasakan kirtan yang begitu dahsyat lagi?,

Dengan siapa kami keliling dan merasakan damai dan joy-nya hidup ini lagi?,

Darimana kami mendapatkan senyum yang memikat itu lagi?

Darimana kami mendapatkan dasar-dasar Kesadaran Krishna yang begitu segar lagi?, Dimana kami mendapatkan humor-humor sederhana tetapi penuh hal-hal spiritual itu lagi?, Dimana kami akan mendapatkan rasa damai-hanya dengan memandang wajahmu dan duduk manis di dekatmu, lagi?.

Dimana kami mendapatkan semangatmu-dengan program-progammu yang kreatif lagi?. Darimana kami mendapatkan perhatian yang begitu besar dari seorang Ayah rohani seperti lagi?.”

Perpisahan ini begitu menyakitkan

Kepergianmu begitu tak terduga

Kedatanganmu adalah obat

Gersangnya kehidupan duniawi

Namun engkau menghilang tiba-tiba

Jadi pantaslah kami sangat sedih dan kehilangan, sungguh sangat sulit menginsyafi bahwa engkau tidak meninggal, sunguh sulit memahami bahwa engkau masih ada disini, jadi wajar banyak diantara kami kehilangan semangat. Jadi begitulah diskusi malam itu intinya kami tidak dapat menerima engkau pergi begitu saja.

Tetapi seperti kata sastra bahwa Guru tahu hati murid! Bahwa guru memperhatikan muridnya! Bahwa Guru benar-benar selalu ada!, malam harinya saya bermimpi, mimpi yang begitu nyata, dimana saya dan para penyembah lainnya bisa mendengar kata-katamu, wahai GM, tetapi engkau berada dibalik layar sebuah wayang. Ya wayang yang biasa dipakai untuk mementaskan Ramayana dan Mahabharata di Bali. Dalam mimpi itu kami melihat engkau tetap menjawab doa dan pertanyaan para murid yang berada di depan layar wayang dan Engkau menjawab setiap doa dan pertanyaan yang diajukan oleh para penyembah dan murid.

Jadi setelah hamba bangun hamba menyadari bahwa engkau mengerti hati kami engkau menghibur kesedihan kami dan yang paling penting adalah Engkau Menegaskan eksistensimu bahwa “Aku Masih di Sini” ya hamba merasakan engkau ingin mengatakan hal itu kepada semua murid dan pengikutmu bahwa engkau masih ada di sini, bersama kami, menjaga kami, menuntun kami, tentunya jika kami menginginkan bimbinganmu itu.

Atas karuniamu kami semakin diyakinkan bahwa “Engkau masih di dini, masih ada bersama kami” hal itu terbukti melalui cerita beberapa penyembah berikut, (yang kami dapatkan lewat interview yang kami lakukan):

  1. Sudhanidhi prabhu di datangi olehmu, oh GM, lewat mimpi, engkau menyuruhnya potong kuku. Dan ternyata memang benar kukunya sudah panjang, engkau sangat perhatian Oh GM, Engkau ingin mengajarkan setiap murid dan penyembah selalu berpenampilan bersih bahkan untuk urusan sekecil potong kuku pun engkau memperhatikan penyembah itu.
  2. Dayanidhi prabhu disuruh bergaul ber-sadhu-sangga ketika Subhag maharaj datang ke Bali. “Mengapa kamu tidak datang ke Bali” katamu, oh GM, dalam mimpi Dayanidhi pr, wahai GM engkau sangat memperhatikan muridmu, memang betul waktu itu Dayandi Pr, tidak ada rencana datang ke Bali karena ingin/habis melayani seorang brahmacari yang datang ke Lombok, tetapi Engkau memaksa ”Tinggalkan tugasmu, ada yang lebih penting” dan engkau juga memberikan ajaran yang diperlukannya dengan mengatakan, ”Ini dokumen-dokumen untukmu” dan ternyata dokumuen itu ada DVD yang bersi class-class-mu yang lama engkau telah berikan melalui seorang murid untuk Dayanidhi pr. Engkau begitu perhatian engkau tidak hanya menitipkan dokumen itu, tetapi juga engkau memperhatikan bahwa penyembah itu belum membaca dokumen yang engkau titipkan itu, maka itu engkau mengingatkannya, dan betul saja ketika Dayanidhi prabhu membuka DVD itulah dokumen yang dimasukkan oleh GM dalam mimpinya, dan atas karuniamu Dayanidhi pr., mendapatkan pergaulan Subhag Maharaj waktu Beliau terakhir datang ke Bali.

Demikianlah beberapa cerita yang membuktikan Engkau masih ada, Engkau menjaga dan melindungi kami dan masih banyak cerita “Sripada Nectar”[1] lainnya dan kami mohon karuniamu agar kami bisa meng-complile-nya, untuk bisa kami persembahkan pada kaki-padmamu, seperti halnya orang mempersembahkan air gangga kepada ibu gangga, maka hamba juga akan berusaha  mempersembahkan “Sripada Nectar” ini, kepadamu wahai paduka Srila Sripada Maharaj.


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Pada tahun 2005 GM ‘mendadak’ datang ke Bali untuk melaksanakan sebuah tugas dan misi yang penting, yaitu mendirikan Bhaktivedanta Institute (BI) secara resmi di Indonesia. BI merupakan sebuah wadah untuk mengajarkan atau menyajikan Kesadarn Krishna atau Pengetahuan Spiritual Veda dan Vedanta secara ilmiah atau menggunakan terminology atau istilah-istilah ilmiah, dengan tujuan Kesadaran Krishna lebih mudah diterima dikalangan Akademisi, Ilmuwan dan Intelektual. Karena kalangan ini merupakan para pemimpin dalam masyarakat jadi merupak sesuatu yang penting untuk mengajarkan pengetahun spiritual dikalangan mereka. Karena menurut Bhagavad-gita apa yang dilakukan oleh orang besar akan diikuti oleh orang biasa.

Sebenarnya pengajaran ilmiah BI sudah ada sebelumnya di Indonesia, karena sejak kedatangan GM berbagai program Preachingnya, beliau sudah banyak mengadakan preaching atau menyajikan Kesadaran Krishna ini secara ilmiah baik dengan seminar atau acara lainnya. Tetapi untuk melaksanakan program ini lebih serius diperlukan sebuah organisasi yang absah di mata Hukum dan Negara, maka pada tahun ini GM datang ke Bali khusus untuk tujuan itu. Dari kejadian ini kita dapat merasakan bahwa betapa GM ingin murid-muridnya dan para penyembah lainnya untuk semakin serius dan bekerja keras melakukan usaha ini.

Setelah penyambutan yang meriah di Radha Rasesvara Ashram, akhirnya beliau menginap di Rumah pr. Ramvallbha untuk lebih konsentrasi merumuskan draft BI. GM mengundang beberapa penyembah senior dan beberapa murid lainnya terutama yang memiliki latar belakan akademik untuk datang mendiskusikan hal ini bersama-sama.

Saya masih ingat waktu itu, di ruang sannyasa, di Radha Rasesvara Ashram, ketika selesai acara penyambutan, ada beberapa penyembah darsan. Dan tentunya pembicaraan mengenai kerja yang akan dilaksanakan di rumah pr Ram. Pada waktu itu salah satu yang ada di sana yang saya ingat adalah Nityanada Ram pr, setelah “basa-basi” sebentar akhirnya GM mengatakan kepada Nitnyanda Ram pr, “Kamu datang ntar ya, ke rumah Ramavallabha, saya akan berikan banyak perintah padamu”. Akhirnya besoknya (atau malam itu juga) rumah Pr Ram. berubah menjadi temple-setidaknya selama lima hari berturut-turut- hawanya sangat lain, sungguh berbeda dari biasanya, sungguh-sungguh menjadi temple, begitu rohani dengan kehadiran seorang sadhu, sungguh beruntung Pr Ram beserta keluarga.

Akhirnya pada salah satu harinya, mungkin satu hari sebelum keberangkatan beliau ke India. Seperti hari-hari bisanya Pada waktu itu, Guru Maharaj (GM) dan para penyembah yang mengkonsep draft BI tersebut begadang sampai larut malam bahkan subuh. Saya tidak tahu persis karena saya tidur duluan di lantai satu sekitar jam 12 lebih dan saya mendengar GM bekerja bersama tim BI yang lain sampai jam empat pagi lebih.

Paginya setelah mandi saya langsung naik ke lantai atas dimana GM berada. Waktu itu saya berpikir GM masih istirahat karena baru jam empat pagi selesai bekerja dan kemungkinan besar baru jam setengah lima atau jam limaan beliau baru bisa tidur  oleh karena itu pukul 7 wajar saja GM masih istirahat, saya pikir begitu. Tetapi ternyata GM sudah bangun duluan daripada saya. Woww… ketika saya tiba di atas, setelah sujud, di depan altar saya bertanya kepada para penyembah GM dimana. Ohhh ternyata GM sedang dipijit oleh beberapa penyembah di ruang belakang lantai 2, di rumah Prabhu Ramavallabha.. Kalo tidak salah inget beberapa penyembah yang ada pada waktu itu adalah Pr. Vidhu, bapaknya Pr. Maharasika dan Adikarta prabhu-anak prabhu Ram.

Setelah sujud, saya ikut mijit GM bersama dengan penyembah-penyembah yang lain. Setelah beberapa waktu GM menceritakan pada waktu beliau selesai kerja lembur sepanjang malam dan baru selesai subuh, dan ketika beliau keluar kamar beliau mendengar burung yang menyanyikan suatu lagu, suatu lagu yang persis sama yang pernah beliau dengar sekitar sepuluh tahun yang lalu di Bombay, India, ketika beliau sedang menjalani operasi batu ginjal. Saya tidak begitu ingat waktu itu, apakah ada burungnya juga pada jam tujuh itu atau tidak. Tetapi yang pasti pas beliau selesai kerja itu ada suara burung menyanyikan suatu lagu, suatu lagu yang sama seperti apa yang pernah disampaikan oleh burung ketika beliau berada di rumah sakit Bombay. GM mengatakan burung itu mengatakan atau menyampaikan sebuah pesan rohani yang berbunyi, “Krishna adalah Pribadi Tuhan Yang Maha Esa.” Pada waktu GM menceritakan hal ini saya hanya manggut-mangut saja, saya begitu bodoh tidak  berani menjawab atau bertanya sesuatu, padahal mungkin kalo saya bertanya akan ada nectar lain yang akan keluar dari bibir-padma beliau. saat itu karena waktu sudah menunjukkan pukul tujuh, matahari sudah muncul di ufuk timur dan memang ada kebetulan beberapa burung yang sedang hinggap di dahan pohon di depan rumah Pr Ramvalaba (saya tidak begitu ingat pohon apa, mungkin pohon kamboja. Pohon ini karena tinggi dapat dilihat dengan mudah dari lantai dua, dimana GM dan kami berada). Pada waktu itu disamping karena bahasa ingris pas-pasan dan pikiran bodoh, jadi saya tidak begitu mengerti apa yang diceritakan oleh GM, saya sempat berpikir, apakah burung ‘biasa’ yang sedang rame itu yang dimaksud’ ah bukan karena jelas GM mengatakan, tadi pagi ketika selesai bekerja, ahh apa maksudnya, ah saya hanya manggut-manggut saja. Saya baru menyadari bahwa ini adalah cerita yang menarik dan luar biasa ketika GM mengulangi cerita pagi itu di Bedugul (GM dan para penyembah siang itu pergi ke bedugul piknik dan bhajan,) tiba-tiba disana beliau mengatakan hal yang sama:

“….When I came to Bali, in the morning I always heard a beautiful music from a little birds that always come near me and sing a beautiful song that reminds me the Vaikuntha planet. In another day when we working a whole night…we re left  after four o’clock in the morning, and when I come out from the door I saw a beautiful bird singing  little far and he was singing; “Swamiji….in the birds song but the song says in English that, “Krsna is The Supreme Personality of Godhead”. So, I heard the same song, the same music about 10 years ago when I had a little operation a removement of stone and I spend some days in Bombay. But in Bombay by next of my room there’s was a coconut tree, Bombay is also like Bali. And in that coconut tree, this little bird come every day, every day early in the morning I heard the same song, “Swamiji…Krsna is The Supreme Personality  of Godhead”. So what I heard the same song another day in Bali, o…this is a message…message, a bird from Vaikunta planet. Therefore, that Krsna Consciousness is the culture of Vaikuntha, people in Vaikunthaloka.”[1]

Besokmya lagi burung yang sama datang pas ngetik di rumah Pr Ram, waktu itu di ruang kerja PR Ramvallabha, Nityananda Ram Pr dan Trata Pr, sedang melayani GM ketik Draft BI Foundation. Pada waktu itu GM mengatakan kepada mereka berdua, “Kalian dengar suara burung itu, burung itulah yang saya ceritakan kemarin”. Wah ternyata saya baru menyadari ketika kami memijit GM itu ternyata benaran, wah saya baru terharu ternyata sempat mendengar cerita yang luar biasa, tadinya saya berpikir itu adalah cerita iseng-iseng GM, ahh dasar otak ini masih penuh dengan kotoran. Ternyata burung itu, burung yang diceritakan pertamkali pagi-pagi itu adalah burung yang membawa pesan dari Vaikuntha.

Setahun kemudian GM pulang ke Angkasa Vaikuntha, ke Planet Goloka Vrindavan. Itukah makna dari nyanyian burung itu, itukah pesan yang menandakan Radha dan Krishna akan segera memanggil pelayan kesayangannya, untuk segera pulang?


[1] Dikutip dari dari ceramah GM di bedugul, yang direkam dan ditrancribe oleh Nityananda Ram Pr.

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Sri-Srimad Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Svami Sripada Maharaja

Pesraman Sri-Sri Radha-Rasesvara, November 28, 2003

ahimsaya paramahamsya-caryaya

smrtya mukundacaritagrya-sidhuna

yamair akamair niyamais capy anindaya

nirihaya dvandva-titiksaya ca

ahimsaya—dengan tanpa kekerasan, paramahamsya-caryaya—dengan cara mengikuti langkah-langkah para acarya yang mulia; smrtya—dengan mengingat; mukunda—Kepribadian Tuhan Yang Maha Esa; acarita-agryta—semata-mata mengajarkan tentang kegiatanNya; sidhuna—dengan minuman kekekalan; yamah—dengan mengikuti prinsip-prinsip yang mengatur; akamah—tanpa keinginan-kieinginan material; niyamah—dengan mengikuti peraturan secara ketet; ca—juga; api—pasti; anindaya—tanpa menghina; nirihaya—hidup secara sederhana, bersahaja; dvandva—dualitas; titiksaya—dengan toleransi; ca—dan

TERJEMAHAN

Seorang calon yang ingin maju dalam kerohanian, harus 1) tanpa sifat kekerasan, 2) mengikuti langkah-langkah para acarya yang mulia, harus senantiasa mengingat kegiatan Tuhan Yang Maha Esa yang bagaikan minuman kekekalan, harus mengikuti prinsip-prinsip yang mengatur, tanpa keinginan material dan sambil mengikuti prinsip yang mengatur, ia tidak boleh menghina orang lain. Seorang penyembah harus hidup dengan sangat sederhana dan tidak terganggu oleh dualitas unsur-unsur yang bertentangan. Ia harus belajar untuk mentolelirnya. (SB. 4.22.24)

Penjelasan

Ahimsa = Tanpa Kekerasan

Para penyembah sebenarnya adalah orang suci, sadhu. Kualifikasi pertama  seorang sadhu, atau penyembah adalah ahimsa, atau tanpa sifat kekerasan. Orang-orang yang tertarik kepada jalan pelayanan bhakti, atau tertarik pulang ke dunia rohani, kembali kepada Tuhan, pertama-tama harus mempraktekkan ahimsa-sifat tanpa kekerasan. Seorang sadhu dijelaskan sebagai titiksayah karunikah (Bhag. 3.25.21). Seorang penyembah harus selalu bersifat toleransi dan kasih sayang terhadap orang lain. Sebagai contoh jika ia sendiri mengalami penderitaan pribadi ia harus mentolerirnya. Seluruh dunia dipenuhi dengan kekerasan dan urusan pertama seorang penyembah adalah menghentikan kekerasan ini termasuk pemotongan binatang yang tidak di perlukan. Seorang penyembah adalah kawan bukan hanya bagi umat manusia tetapi juga seluruh mahluk hidup, karena ia melihat seluruh makhluk hidup sebagai anak-anak dari Tuhan Yang Maha Esa. Ia tidak menganggap dirinya sendiri sebagai anak tunggal dari Tuhan dan membiarkan yang lainnya dibunuh, dengan berfikir bahwa mereka tidak mempunyai roh. Filsafat seperti ini tidak pernah disetujui oleh seorang penyembah-murni Tuhan. Suhrdah sarva-dehinam: seorang penyembah sejati adalah kawan bagi seluruh makhluk hidup. Krsna menyatakan dalam Bhagavad-gita bahwa DiriNya adalah Ayah semua jenis makhluk hidup, maka itu seorang penyembah Krsna senantiasa sebagai teman bagi semua makhluk hidup. Itulah yang di namakan ahimsa. Sikap tanpa kekerasan seperti itu hanya akan bisa dipraktekkan apabila kita mengikuti langkah-langkah para acarya-acarya yang mulia dari empat sampradaya, atau garis perguruan.

Paramahamsa Caryaya

Berusaha untuk maju dalam kehidupan rohani diluar garis perguruan adalah lucu atau menggelikan saja. Oleh karena itu dinyatakan, acaryavam puruso veda: orang yang mengikuti garis perguruan para acarya mengetahui hal-hal dengan sebenarnya (Candogya Up. 6.14.2). Tad-vijnartham sa gurun evabhigacchet: untuk bisa mengerti ilmu pengetahuan rohani, orang harus mendekati guru kerohanian yang dapat dipercaya (Mundaka Up. 1.2.12). Kata smrtya adalah sangat penting dalam kehidupan rohani. Smrtya berarti mengingat Krsna senantiasa. Hidup harus diatur sedemikian rupa sehingga orang tidak bisa tahan tanpa berpikir tentang Krsna. Kita harus hidup di dalam Krsna sehingga ketika sedang makan, sedang tidur, berjalan dan bekerja kita akan tetap berada hanya di dalam Krsna. Masyarakat kesadaran Krsna kita menasehatkan supaya kita mengatur kehidupan kita sehingga kita bisa selalu mengingat Krsna. Dalam masyarakat ISKCON kita para penyembah sambil sibuk membuat dupa Dunia Rohani, juga sibuk mendengar tentang kemuliaan Krsna dan para penyembahNya. Sastra menganjurkan, smartavyah satatam visnuh: Tuhan Visnu harus senantiasa diingat secara terus menerus. Vismartavyo na jatucit: Visnu tidak boleh dilupakan. Itulah cara hidup rohani. Smrtva, ingatan kepada Tuhan ini bisa terus-menerus apabila kita mendengar tentang Beliau senantiasa. Oleh karena itu disarankan dalam ayat ini: mukundacaritagrya sidhuna. Sidhu berarti “minuman kekekalan”. Mendengar tentang Krsna dari Srimad Bhagavatam atau Bhagavad-gita atau kitab suci yang asli yang serupa adalah hidup dalam Kesadaran Krsna. Konsentrasi dalam Kesadaran Krsna seperti itu bisa dicapai oleh orang-orang yang mengikuti prinsip-prinsip yang mengatur secara ketat. Kita telah menganjurkan dalam gerakan masyarakat Kesadaran Krsna kita agar seorang penyembah mengucapkan nama suci Tuhan sebanyak enam belas putaran japa mala dan mengikuti prinsip-prinsip yang mengatur. Itu akan membantu penyembah menjadi mantap dalam kemajuaan rohani di dalam hidupnya.

Yama = Mengendalikan Indria-indria

Di dalam ayat ini juga dinyatakan bahwa orang akan bisa membuat kemajuan dengan cara mengendalian indria-indria (yamaih). Dengan mengendalikan indria-indria, orang bisa menjadi svami atau gosvami. Oleh karena itu orang yang memperoleh gelar luar biasa, svami atau gosvami, harus mengendalikan indria-indrianya dengan ketat sekali. Sesungguhnya, ia harus menjadi penguasa indria-indrianya. Hal ini mungkin jika seseorang tidak menginginkan kenikmatan indria-indria material. Jika secara tidak di sengaja, indria-indrianya itu ingin bekerja secara bebas maka ia harus mengendalikannya. Jika kita semata-mata berlatih menghindari kepuasan indria-indria, pengendalian indria-indria akan secara otomatis tercapai.

Anindaya = Tidak Mengkritik

Hal penting lainnya yang disebutkan dalam hubungan ini adalah anindaya, kita tidak boleh mengkritik cara-cara keagamaan orang lain. Ada beraneka macam sistem keagamaan yang bekerja di bawah sifat-sifat alam yang berbeda-beda. Sistem-sistem keagamaan yang bekerja di bawah sifat-sifat kebodohan dan nafsu tidak bisa sesempurna sistem keagamaan dalam sifat kebaikan. Dalam Bhagavad-gita segala sesuatu telah dibagi menjadi tiga bagian menurut sifat-sifatnya, oleh karena itu sistem keagamaan di golong-golongkan dengan cara yang serupa. Apabila orang-orang kebanyakan berada dibawah sifat-sifat nafsu dan kebodohan maka sistem keagamaan mereka akan tergolong ke dalam sifat yang sama. Seorang penyembah, daripada mengkritik sistem-sistem keagamaan seperti itu, sebaliknya ia akan menyemangatkan para pengikut sistem keagamaan itu untuk terikat kepada prinsip-prinsipnya sehingga secara berangsur-angsur mereka akan sampai pada tingkat sistem keagamaan yang dalam sifat kebaikan. Semata-mata dengan mengkritiknya pikiran penyembah akan bergejolak. Jadi seorang penyembah harus menahan dan belajar untuk menghentikan gejolak itu.

Nirhaya = Hidup Sederhana

Ciri lain seorang penyembah adalah nirihaya, hidup sederhana. Nirihaya berarti “sopan”, “lembut” atau “sederhana”. Seorang penyembah tidak boleh hidup secara mewah dan meniru orang-orang duniawi. Hidup sederhana dan berpikir tinggi disarankan kepada penyembah. Ia harus menerima sebanyak yang diperlukan untuk menjaga badan material tetap sehat untuk melaksanakan pelayanan bhakti. Ia tidak boleh makan dan tidur melebihi yang dibutuhkan. Makan semata-mata untuk hidup, bukan hidup untuk makan, dan tidur hanya enam sampai tujuh jam dalam satu hari merupakan prinsip-prinsip yang harus diikuti oleh para penyembah. Selama memiliki badan material, badan itu tunduk kepada pengaruh perubahan-perubahan iklim, penyakit dan gangguan-gangguan alam, tiga jenis kesengsaraan material. Kita tidak bisa menghindarinya. Kadang-kadang kita menerima surat dari penyembah-penyembah baru yang menanyakan mengapa mereka jatuh sakit walaupun telah mengikuti kesadaran Krsna. Mereka harus belajar dari ayat ini bahwa mereka harus menjadi toleransi (dvandva-titiksavah). Ini adalah dunia dualitas. Orang tidak boleh berpikir bahwa karena ia telah jatuh sakit ia telah jatuh dari Kesadaran Krsna. Kesadaran Krsna bisa berjalan tanpa terhambat oleh halangan material apapun. Oleh karena itu Sri Krsna menasehatkan dalam Bhagavad-gita (2.14), tams titiksva bharata: ‘O Arjuna, berusahalah untuk mentolerir segala gangguan ini. Menjadi mantaplah dalam kegiatan Kesadaran Krsnamu.’

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Srila Sripada Maharaj menganjurkan agar semua penyembah membaca sloka ini setiap hari, Brahmacari hendaknya menempel sloka ini di kamar tidur, para Grihasta hendaknya menempel sloka ini di ruang tamu, para penyembah dalam tingkat Vanaprastha dan Sannyasa hendaknya menyimpan sloka ini di kepalanya.

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by Srila Prabhupada


The Following Glories Of Srila Sripada Maharaja was spoken by Srila Prabhupada when he gave Bhagavatam Lecture. This Quote type and sent By Abhimany das.

(Hare Krnsa. I was watching a DVD of Srila Prabhupada giving a Srimad Bhagavatam class (S.B.1.2.17) at New Vrndavan in 1974 and about mid-lecture he was glorifying his disciple Dr. Swarupa Damodara-dasa. I would like to include this excerpt here-Abhimanyu Das)

…”Just like one big scientist,our disciple, Dr. Swarup Damodar-dasa, M.S., Ph.D. He as dedicated his very advanced scientific book, we cannot even utter the words! He is a big scientist, advocated by many universities. Harvard University, Calcutta University. Here in Boston University and then again, California University. He is not ordinary man, but he admits in his dedication that: “I dedicate this book to my spiritual master, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, because he has given me the real knowledge that Krsna is the origin of everything.” Now, I am not a scientist, but I could teach a scientist, or convince him, that Krsna is the origin of everything. Unless he is convinced that Krsna is the origin of everything, how he has written this? So many scientist will challenge him, but he is prepared to accept the challenge. So, how it was possible for me to convince a big scientist? The fact is, as I have stated, that if you understand Krsna then you can teach even the greatest scientist, the greatest philosopher, the greatest politician, everybody. That is Krsna Consciousness. You don’t require to be a great scientist to teach a great scientist. But if you simply understand Krsna, then you’ll be able to teach even the greatest scientist, the greatest philosopher, anyone let them come. We shall teach him. We shall become their teacher. We challenge! Why? Because we know a little of Krsna…….Just like this scientist, he has surrendered. His study of science is perfect……”

Srila Prabhupada Ki Jaya!
Srila Sripada Ki Jaya!
Sri Krsna Bhagavan Ki Jaya!

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A morning discussion WithSrila Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami

at Radha Rasesvara Mandir, Bali. Sekitar Bulan Juli 2005

Sripad Maharaj Menyanyikan Lagu Ohe Vaisnava Thakur karya Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur dan membaca terjemahannya dan memberikan ulasan tentang makna lagu itu.

(1)   ohe! Vaisnava thakura,  doyara sagara,

e dase karuna kori’

diya pada-chaya, sodho he amaya,

tomara carana dhori

(2)   chaya bega domi’,  chaya dosa sodhi’

chaya guna deho’ dase

chaya sat-sanga, deho’ he amare

boshechi sangera ase

(3)   ekaki amara, nahi paya bala,

hari-nama-sankirtane

tumi krpa kori’,  sraddha-bindu diya,

deho’ krsna-nama-dhane

(4) krsna se tomara,   krsna dite para,

tomara sakati ache

ami to’ kangala,   ‘krsna’ ‘krsna’ boli’,

dhai tava pache pache

Sripad Maharaj membaca terjemahan :

(1)

Oh Vaishnava Thakura, Oh Lautan Karunia,

tolong memberi karunia kepada hambamu ini,

sucikan diriku,dengan perlindungan kaki-padmamu.

Aku memegang kaki-padmamu dengan rendah-hati.

(2)

Kendalikanlah enam dorongan ini

sucikanlah diriku dari enam kesalahan.

Berilah hambamu ini enam sifat baik.

Berilah hamba enam jenis pergaulan suci.

Aku duduk disini mengharapkan pergaulanmu.

(3)

Sendirian hambamu ini tidak mempunyai kekuatan,

untuk mengucapkan Nama Suci Sri Hari, Nama Suci Tuhan.

maka itu, tolonglah bermurah hati, dengan sebutir keyakinan,

berikan aku harta-karun-besar berupa Nama suci Krishna.

(4)

Wahai Vaisnava thakura, Krishna adalah milikmu.

Engkau mampu memberikan Krishna kepada-ku.

Begitulah kekuatanmu. Dan aku memang hina !

hanya mengejarmu, seraya berseru, “Krishna! Krishna!”

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Address by HH Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami Srila Sripad Maharaj
18 Sep 2004

(sent by Pranavallabha Prabhu)
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Maharaj recites invocation prayers melodiously and then begins to
speak:

Peace is the birthright of every living entity, not only humans but
also animals and trees, all livng entities.

There are two components of knowledge that must be understood in
order for peace to be possible in human society.

1.

What really is LIFE itself? First of all we have to know what is
life.  The whole culture of Krishna Consciousness is to know what is
the science of life.  Modern science (reductionism) has taken to the
materialistic conception of the origin of life.  This is the
fundamental mistake in modern civilization.  After 9/11, drastic
change in paradigm has taken place.  Scientists now want to know
about God & why religious people behave in this way.  Therefore I
say, a lot of good things are happening as a consequence of the 9/11
tragedy.  It has brought about something good, because the change in
the attitude of scientists has been drastic in my observation.
Therefore now is the opportune moment for us to bring in the
spiritual paradigm about the ultimate nature of reality, the
ultimate spiritual reality behind material nature.  Krishna
consciousness provides the interface between science and
spirituality.  A combined effort of Science and Spirituality will
bring about a new peace to the world.  The definition of knowledge
is given in Ch13 of the Gita – kshetra and kshetra-jna – one must
realize the difference between the field of activites (the body) and
the knower of that field (the soul).  Just like knowing the
difference between a car and a driver.  To know this difference is
the definition of knowledge.  This life particle we shall call a
spiriton – it is the fundamental particle of life.  We have to learn
what are its qualities and properties etc.  In 1944 Schroedinger
pubished a booklet "What is life" and in this book he quoted
profusely from the Upanishads & Vedanta.  In this way, he could see
the importance of VVedic culture/ knowledge.  We have to bring in
the spiritual nature of life within the education systems of the
world.  This is what I propose be called NEW SCIENCE.  Srila
Prabhupada's order to me over the eight years that I had his
wonderful personal association was to hold conferences on Life Comes
From Life.  Thousands of students in universities all over the world
are being misled and therefore there is no real progress of
civilization in the world.

2.

Why has this universe been created?  In modern science, this is
called cosmology, and the most popular idea they have propagated is
the Big Bang theory.  This is absolutely wrong.  If we think we are
just created by a violent explosion of matter, how can we search for
peace and the finer qualities that can elevate a living being and
save him from suffering eternally in the ocean of birth and death?
In opposition to that Big Bang model, we have our "Bhagavata
Paradigm of Cosmology".  It is based on the discussion in the SB
between Maitreya Muni and Vidura.  The Purpose &  Meaning of life is
what we call the `Big Vision'.  Science only deals with `why &
what'.  Briefly, the purpose of life, according to the Big Vision is
this:  The human form of life is the most important thing in
creation, and, by sincere endeavour, the human form of life, by
sincere endeavour, can realize why he is here.  `Bahunaam janmanaam
ante'  - gita says the highest attainment of knowledge brings one to
the point where he can surrender himself fully unto the Supreme
Personality of Godhead; such a soul will never have to be born again
here for he would have thus attained eternal life.  It is for
facilitating this end that the entire creation takes place

So these two items constitute the most important foundational
knowledge for all types of human beings, be they spiritualists, or
religionists or materialists, or professionals or students –
anyone.  It is upon the basis of our understanding the reality of
our condition that all other thoughts and actions in our lives are
planned and enacted.

For 8 years I was fortunate to have the regular personal association
of Srila Prabhupada, be he always spoke mainly about 1 thing to me –
LCFL.  Yes, scientists do wonderful things, and we have seen many
good things their research has produced, but they have also been
responsible for much evil in the world – bombs, drugs, abortion,
weapons, nuclear missiles etc.  Therefore I say that any serious
endeavour to bring peace to the world must involve the scientists.
If it does not involve them, it will never work.  They must be
involved in helping to remove the unwanted activities that are now
plaguing human society.

Towards that end, we, the Bhaktivedanta Institute, are organizing an
International Conference in Rome styled `Life & Its Origin –
Exploration from Scientific and Various Religious/Spiritual
Traditions'.  It will be held in Rome from the 11th till the 15th of
November, 2004.  I selected Rome as the venue for this important

Congress because it is a very important city, both in Europe and in
the world.  I selected it because the spiritual element is very
prominent in Rome, thanks to the presence of the Vatican.  The
discussions at the conference will be focused on the interface
between science & religion.  A new concept I am trying to introduce
is this - Let us try to explain the existing scientific data which
the scientists have observed and recorded, and interpret it from the
spiritual perspective.  In this way we will see how the same set of
data can produce totally different results if the paradigm of the
interpreter is different.  Another topic we will be discussing is
what I like to call the New Biology, one that incorporates the
science of the soul, of life and of the glorification of God.  This
session will be called God and the New Biology.  Altogether this
conference will have 40 – 45 learned speakers, so pls come to Rome
and be one of our delegates.  This conference is different from our
earlier ones, for this will be the first time that we are going to
directly discuss the nature of life mostly from the spiritual point
of view.  On the first day is a public program that is free for all
to attend – it will be in the grand hall of the Angelicum
University.  This hall has been named after the current Pope John

Paul because he was a graduate from this university.  So I hope we
will see many of you in Rome.

Thank you very much.  Hare Krishna.

(notes jotted down by D. A. Das, Zurich, Switzerland)

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Diceritakan oleh Nataraja Prabhu

Srila Sripada adalah Kombinasi yang unik antara, Rohaniawan, Ilmuwan, dan Seniman. Khususnya dalam bidang Seni, beliau sangat lihai dalam menulis dan menyanyikan lagu rohani. Beliau juga sangat pandai dalam memainkan berbagai alat musik sperti mridangga, harmonium, kartal, tambora dan berbagai alat musik lainnya. Mungkin hal ini beliau warisi dari ayahnya, khususnya, dan dari tradisi Gaudiya Vaishnava Manipur pada umumnya. Oleh karena itu tak salah perhatian beliau terhadap dunia seni begitu besar, karena seperti halnya bidang ilmu lainnya, seni dan budaya terlebih lagi, sangat bisa dipersembahkan sebagai persembahan kepada Tuhan. Hal ini sangat dirasakan salah seorang penari kawakan penyembah Bali, Nataraj Prabhu. Nataraj Pr. sangat berkesan kepada Srila Sripada Maharaj. Beliau merasakan Read the rest of this entry »

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by Sri Srimad Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami Srila Sripada Maharaja

(The Following writing of Srila Sripada was originally a Vyasa-puja offering  to Srila Prabhupada Offered on his 97th appearance anniversary. Here we post as lecture, because Srila Sripada always instruct that we should now how to preach the message of the Vedas, the messages of  Krishna Conciousness according to time, place and circumstances. he said that we should learn The Art of Preaching. we also heard that Srila Sripada Maharaj has written a paper with the same title “The Art of Preaching”. Anybody who knows that paper please share with us-dbd)

Om ajnana-timirandhasya jnananjana-salakaya

Caksur unmilitam yena tasmai sri-gurave namah

Nama om visnu-padaya krsna-presthaya bhu-tale

Srimate bhaktivedanta-svamin iti namine

Namas te sarasvate deve gaura-vani-pracarine

Nirvisesa-sunyavadi pascatya-desa-tarine

My dear respected Vaisnavas,

On this most auspicious day of the glorious Vyasa-puja celebration of His Divine Grace  Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, let me speak something about the art and science of preaching Krishna Consciousness to the public at large-scientists, scholars, everyone in the light of the teachings and examples set forth by Srila Prabhupada and parampara.

The goal of preaching is to bring everyone to Krsna consciousness. From the accounts of the preaching encounter of Lourd Caitanya Mahaprabhu with Prakasananda Sarasvati and Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya, we can learn a great deal about how to preach:

prabhura mista-vakya suni sannyasira gana

citta phiri gela, kahe madhura vacana

“After hearing Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, all the mayavadi sannyasis were moved. Their minds changed, and thus they spoke with pleasing words” (Caitanya-caritamrta, Adi-lila 7.99)

In this purport Srila Prabhupada writes:

“The Mayavadi sannyasis met Caitanya Mahaprabhu at Varanasi to criticize the Lord regarding His participation in sankirtana movement, which they did not like. This demoniac nature opposition to the sankirtana movement perpetually exists. As it existed in the time of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, similarly it existed long before that, even in the time of Prahlada Maharaja…..”

“Impersonalist Mayavadis always try to defy Vaisnavas because Vaisnavas accept the Supreme Personality as the Supreme cause and want to serve Him, talk with Him and see Him, just as the Lord is also eager to see Him devotees and talk, eat and dance with them. This personal exchanges of love do not appeal to the Mayavadi sannyasis. Therefore the original purpose of the Mayavadi sannyasis of Banares in meeting Caitanya Mahaprabhu was to defeat His personal conception of God. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, however, as a preacher, turned the minds of the Mayavadi sannyasis. They were melted by the sweet words of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and thus became friendly and spoke to Him also in sweet words. Similarly, all preachers will have to meet opponents, but they should not make them more inimical. They are already enemies, and if we talk with them harshly or impolitely their enmity will merely increase. We should therefore follow in the footstep of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu as far as possible and try to convince the opposition by quoting from the sastras and presenting the conclution of the acaryas. It is in this way that we should try to defeat all the the enemies of the Lord.”

In the Caitanya-caritamrta, Madhya-lila, Chapter Six, starting with verse 123, this is a long discussion between Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya that runs as follows:

Trus for seven days continuously, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu listened to the Vadanta philosophy expounded by Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya. However, Caitanya Mahaprabhu did not say anything and did not indicate whether it was right or wrong. He simply sat there and listened to the Bhattacarya.

On the eighth day, Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya said to Caitanya Mahaprabhu: “You have been listening to the Vedanta philosophy from me continuously for seven days. You have simply been listening, fixed in Your silence. Since you do not say whether you thing it is right or wrong, I cannot know whether you are actually understanding Vedanta philosophy or not.”

Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu replied: “I am a fool, and consequently I do not study Vedanta-sutra. I am just trying to hear it from your because you have ordered Me. Only for the sake of executing the duties of the renounced order of sannyasa do I listen. Unfortunately, I cannot in the least understand the meaning you are presenting.”

Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya replied: “I accept that You do not understand, yet even one who does not understand  inquer about the subject matter. You are hearing again and again, yet You keep silent. I cannot understand what is actually within You mind.”

Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu then revealed His mind, saying: “I can understand the meaning of each sutra very cleanly, butyour explanation have simply agitated My mind.’ Thus Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu critized Sankaracarya’s Sarirakabhasya as imaginary, and he pointed out hundreds of faults in it.  To defend Sankaracarya, however, Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya presented unlimited opposition. The Bhattacarya presentsd various types of false arguments with pseudologic and tried to defeat his opponent in many ways. However, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu refuted all these arguments and established His own conviction.”

Thus we can see that the dealings are in friendly manner filled with mutual respect. When this relationship of mutual respect is established, the philosophy can be presented  with full force and without any compromise.

If the preacher has the opportunity to present humbly the science and philosophy of Krsna consciousness, this is the most preferable avenue of approach. This is visible in Prabhupada’s own instructions in the morning walk conversation that follows, which took place in Nairobi, Kenya, on October 28, 1975:

Prabhupada: Wherever you go, you gather people and induce them by flattering them, by falling on their leg-some way or other, induce them, dante nidhay trnakam padayor nipatya [Sri Caitanya-candramrta 8.90]. this is the process shown by Prabhodananda Sarasvati, “Taking a straw in my mouth and falling down on your lotus feet.” kaku-satam krtva: “And I am trying to please you by so many flattering words.” Krtva aham bravimi: “I have got some submission….” This is the process…

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Diceritakan Oleh M.Yohana

Mataji Yohana adalah salah satu Penyembah Krishna dari kalangan etnis Tionghoa di Indonesia. Sekarang ia dan suaminya banyak melakukan pelayanan sebagai pengajar dan konsultan di Bhaktivedanta Dharma School (BDS), Denpasar Bali. BDS didirikan sebagai kelanjutan Perintah Srila Sripada Maharaj.  Mataji Yohana dan suaminya Saksi-Gopal Prabhu adalah pengikut dan pelayan Srila Sripada yang sangat loyal. Mereka sangat banyak merasakan berkat dari Srila Sripada, bahkan pernikahan mereka diberkati secara pribadi oleh Srila Sripada. Khususnya mataji Yohana yang lebih jauh belakangan mengenal ajaran Kesadaran Krishna (Bhakti Yoga) daripada prabunya, namun dedikasinya dan keyakinannya kepada Guru dan Krishna sangat mengherankan kami, sampai suatu saat Mataji Yohana menceritakan pengamalannya yang menyentuh yang banyak mengubah kehidupannya, yaitu berkat karunia seorang sadhu, Penyembah Murni Krishna.

Yohana mtj: “Untuk pertemuan dengan Srila Sripada Maharaja, saya pertama kali darsan dengan beliau di rumah salah seorang penyembah di Singapura. Waktu beliau lewat semua penyembah sujud, tapi saya tidak, saya berdiri karena waktu itu saya baru jadi penyembah dan tidak tahu apa-apa, ketika beliau lewat di depan saya beliau tersenyum dan menyapa saya. kamu dari mana? Dan saya mengatakan saya dari indonesia. Sekarang setelah saya tahu etika vaisnava saya sangat merasa malu saat itu, dan disana saya melihat toleransi beliau yang begitu besar pada saya. Waktu kami ke India, setelah parikram di Jaganatha puri, kami persad, mungkin karena Beliau tahu kami, Beliau sengaja menghampiri kami dan menanyakan bagaimana persadnya? Beliau sangat perhatian…”

Demikianlah Toleransi dan perhatian Sripada Maharaj, sehingga bisa mengubah dan menyentuh hati seseorang.

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Oleh Nritya Rasikani Dasi

Ketika Sripada Maharaja menginjakkan kaki-padma beliau di Bali untuk pertama kalinya, saat itu saya berada di luar Bali. Ayah banyak bercerita tentang Sripad Maharaja. Saya berbagi cerita tersebut pada beberapa penyembah di Krsna Consciousness Centre dekat tempat saya tinggal. Ketika saya menyebut nama Sripad Maharaja, mata mereka berbinar sebagai reaksi spontan, dengan senyum mengembang mereka serta-merta berkata betapa beruntungnya ayah saya dapat bertemu Sripada Maharaja. Reaksi para penyembah tadi yang tampak lebih mirip mendadak berada dalam kebahagian rohani hanya dengan mendengar nama Sripad Maharaja, meninggalkan keheranan dalam benak saya. Hingga suatu saat saya kemudian paham mengapa hanya dengan mendengar nama Sripada Maharaja, kesejukkan terhantarkan bagi mereka yang pernah bertemu dengannya.

Ialah suatu malam pada kunjungan kedua Sripada Maharaja di Bali, ketika satu dari banyak karunia tanpa sebab terjadi, untuk pertama kalinya saya bertemu beliau. Lima belas menit sudah kirtan di pelataran parkir berkumandang sebelum Sripada Maharaja tiba di temple. Para penyembah bersiap dengan bunga di tangan untuk menyambut Sripada Maharaja. Sripada Maharaja pun tiba, turun dari mobil, tidak menampakkan kelelahan di wajah padmanya meski perjalanan ke Bali tentu menguras energi, senyumnya bersahaja, kedua tangannya dicakupkan membalas setiap sujud para penyembah. Saya meleleh seketika, untuk pertama kalinya saya terhenyak begitu rupa oleh kehadiran seorang sadhu, kali ini seorang sadhu tanpa cela. Tidak mungkin mengabaikan kata hati yang mengatakan, inilah jiwa agung yang berkarunia, amat termahsyur dan dimuliakan di tiga bhuwana.

Setiap kali terhenyak melihat kerendahan hati Sripada Maharaja ketika mencakupkan tangan untuk membalas sujud para penyembah, setiap kali tergetar mendengar vibrasi rohani dari bibir-padmanya, setiap kali merasa sejuk yang tak terkira melihat senyum bersahaja dan tutur kata yang meneduhkan, tiap kali itu pula hati selalu berkata Sripada Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Maharaja adalah jiwa agung yang bermurah hati turun dari planet rohani untuk menyelamatkan para jiwa yang jatuh. Betapa setiap inci langkahnya sanggup menentramkan seluruh dunia.

Sehubungan dengan pembauran antara penyembah dengan penduduk tempat ia tinggal maka suatu kali seorang penyembah bertanya kepada Sripada Maharaja, “Apa yang harus kita lakukan ketika odalan di desa tiba? Apa bersembahyang ke pura untuk menyembah para dewa diperkenankan dalam Kesadaran Krsna?” Sripada Maharaja menjelaskan bahwa dewa-dewa juga penyembah Sri Krishna (Tuhan Yang Maha Esa-ed). Menghormati dan menghaturkan sembah sujud kepada penyembah tentu tidak melanggar prinsip dalam Kesadaran Krishna. Adalah Dewa Shiva, yang diberi gelar vaisnavanam yatha sambhu-dalam Kitab Suci Veda, yang berarti Vaishnava yang paling mulia di antara para vaishnava. Kepada Dewa Shiva kita dapat memohon karunia beliau, untuk bermurah hati membimbing kita agar dapat mengikuti jejak beliau sebagai Vaishnava yang agung. Setiap kata dari bibir-padma Sripada Maharaja menjelma nyanyian yang membawa damai yang begitu mudah merembes lalu terserap dalam tiap pori di alam semesta manapun. Jaya Sripada Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Maharaja!

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Diceritakan Oleh Anuradha Dasi

Saat lima hari kedatangan Guru Maharaja, saya dan beberapa mataji membantu mataji Sakkhi-Gamini untuk mempersiapkan prsadam di rumahnya. Karena pada waktu itu, Guru Maharaja (GM) dengan beberapa penyembah sedang mengerjakan draf BI Foundation di rumah Ramavallabha Pr.

Karena saya seorang mataji, jadi saya tidak (begitu mudah) mendapatkan kesempatan untuk dapat kontak langsung dengan beliau. Waktu itu, saya merasa sangat sedih karena tidak dapat dharsan dengan beliau, karena beliau sangat sibuk. Saya merasa GM sangat dekat, GM di lantai dua, sedangkan saya di lantai satu mempersiapkan persad. Tapi untuk dapat darsan dengan beliau sangat sulit, bahkan untuk sujud pun saya melakukannya di luar kamar.

Saya mempersiapkan persad, waktu itu saya sedang memotong kangkung sambil menangis karena saya merasa tidak beruntung, tidak dapat darsan dengan beliau. Saya berdoa Krishna, “GM dekat dengan saya tapi saya sangat tidak beruntung untuk memperoleh darsan dengan beliau.”

Pada waktu sore hari, karena pekerjaan saya untuk mempersiapkan persad sudah selesai, saya pergi ke atas (lantai 2) untuk dapat melihat beliau. Saat saya menaiki tangga, saya melihat GM bolak-balik keluar masuk kamar. Tapi tiba-tiba, pandangan kami bertemu dan bertatapan. GM berhenti dan duduk. Saya degdegan seperti bertemu dengan siapa…

Kemudian beliau bertanya kepada Prb, Trata “Apakah saya harus menyampaikan sesuatu di depan penyembah dan murid-murid saya?” Prb. Trata berkata “Mungkin tidak Maharaj karena kita harus mengerjakan pekerjaan…” Tapi GM melihat ke saya, dan waktu itu saya menangis. Kemudian GM duduk dan berkata, “Oke. Saya akan bicara lima menit. Saya senang berada di sini, saya minta maaf karena saya tidak banyak dapat berbicara terlalu banyak dengan murid-murid dan penyembah di sini, karena saya harus menyelesaikan Draf BI dan besok harus sudah selesai.” Saya menangis, dan kita semua dapat menerima apa yang beliau sampaikan karena akhirnya beliau memberikan kesempatan untuk darsan karena sebelumnya beliau sangat sibuk.

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Diceritakan Oleh Anuradha Dasi

Kita sudah sering mendengar bahwa seorang Guru Kerohanian, seorang Guru yang bonafide, sangat mudah mengerti hati pelayannya. Seorang Guru juga menerima sekecil apa pun pelayanan yang dilakukan oleh para pelayannya. Beliau tidak pernah menilai pelayanan seseorang berdasarkan ukuran materi yang dipersembahkan. Beliau menghargai setiap pelayanan, seperti yang pernah diceritakan oleh Anuradha Dasi sebagai berikut:

“Semua kebersamaan dengan Guru Maharaja (GM) sangat berkesan. Pada waktu saya ngiring beliau ke lombok, saya tahu GM sangat suka dengan jus Guava (jambu biji). Penyembah yang lain tidak tahu itu. Pada saat itu GM akan persad. Dan waktu itu saya dengan Dvibhuja berusaha untuk mencari buah Guava. Pertama kali Dvibhuja datang membawa buah guava yang kecil, layu, kuning. Saya bilang, ‘Prb. Kok kecil-kecil mana bisa dipake untuk buat jus, harus cari yang segar dan besar. Ayo cari lagi, GM sudah akan persad.’ Kemudian Dvibhuja mencari lagi sendirian keliling dan kita komunikasi melalui HandPhone. Dan akhirnya didapatkan buah guava yang besar-besar dan segar.

Beliau (Sripada Maharaj) pada waktu itu, tidak tinggal di rumah penyembah, tapi di rumah seorang dokter kandungan. Sehingga persiapan tidak begitu maksimal. Guavanya kita parut, kita saring dengan kain. Dan pada waktu persad (menyantap), GM bertanya, ‘Siapa yang membuat jus ini?’ kita terkejut dan saling bertatapan saya dan Dvibhuja. Ternyata Maharaja tahu apa yang kita lakukan.

Kemudian Dvibhuja berkata, ‘Mbok ndak sia-sia yang kita lakukan, Beliau tahu Jusnya sangat enak karena biasanya beliau disuguhkan jus yang sudah jadi, tidak fresh. Waktu itu kita banyakin airnya dan disaring dengan kain dan dengan sabar menunggu perasan demi perasan, kemudian ditambah gula batu, pandan yang sudah direbus. Sehingga kita bertekad kita tes rasanya nanti setelah beliau persad. Mungkin yang kita lakukan tidak seberapa, melakukan sesuatu yang kecil tapi saat GM melihat, dan tahu dan respon beliau begitu exciting. GM sangat menghargai sesuatu yang kecil, kita jadi tambah semangat. Banyak persad yang beliau nikmati, tapi beliau hanya mengangkat jus itu. Itu merupakan kenangan yang sangat saya ingat dan tak terlupakan.”

Saya sendiri tidak begitu ingat kejadian di atas. Namun saya berterima kasih kepada Mataji Anuradha karena telah memberikan kesempatan untuk ikut bersamanya melayani GM. (DBD)

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Diceritakan oleh Sacirani Dasi

Gour Mohan Prabhu tinggal di Bhubanesvara dan sehari-harinya melakukan pelayanan (bhakti) disana. Ia memiliki jempol-hijau. Apa saja yang ia tanam, pasti tumbuh. Beberapa tahun yang lalu puteranya terbunuh, ia sangat terpukul dan akibatnya Gour Mohan Prabhu kehilangan keyakinannya pada Krishna (Tuhan). Ia meninggalkan pergaulan penyembah dan meninggalkan foto-foto Sri Krishna dan Srila Prabhupada. Namun ia selalu membawa sebuah foto Srila Sripada (Srila Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami-ed) dan tidak lupa ia mempersembahkan bunga setiap hari (kepada Srila Sripada-ed). Beberapa tahun berlalu seperti itu. Beberapa waktu sebelum berpulangnya Srila Sripada, Srila Sripada tiba-tiba meminta Akincana Prabhu untuk menghubungi Gour Mohan Prabhu. Akincana penasaran mengapa Srila Sripada ingin bicara kepadanya padahal ia tidak berhubungan dengan penyembah manapun selama bertahun-tahun. Namun Srila Sripada meminta lagi  untuk menelepon Gour Mohan, lalu Akincana Prabhu mendapatkan contact informationnya dan pergi menemuinya. Seketika Gour Mohan mendengar (lewat Akincana Prabhu) bahwa Srila Sripada mengingatnya, air mata mengucur dari matanya. Lalu Srila Sripada berbicara kepadanya lewat telepon dan memintanya untuk pergi ke Sambalpur dan membantu proyek disana. Segera, Gour Mohan Prabhu  membereskan barang-barangnya. Setelah berpamitan dengan keluarganya, ia berangkat ke Sambalpur bersama Akincana Prabhu. Sejak saat itu ia tinggal di Sambalpur dan melakukan pelayanan yang luar biasa dengan pelayanan kepada arca, dan menanam berbagai pohon buah, sayur-sayauran dan bunga, untuk dipersembahkan kepada Tuhan. Karena ia tak pernah kehilangan keyakinannya kepada Gurunya, Srila Sripada juga tidak akan pernah kehilangan keyakinan kepadanya.

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