Dear Sriman Jagadananda dasa,
Please accept my blessings and well-wishes.
I pray all is well with you and the Math.
If you have time please let me know how you are and how everything at the math is.
By the grace of Sri Guru and Vaishnavas we are continuing our seva to Srila Gurudeva, as our capacity allows. During my life I have been very fortunate to have the association and confidence of faithful devotees who stand as examples of how to proceed along the path of Krishna Consciousness. I am most unworthy of such association and remain in constant awe that, despite my many shortcomings, I continue to be tolerated and accepted as their servant, friend and well-wisher. Standing so far distant from the ocean of causeless mercy of the Lord’s devotees, yet having been touched by it, I am quite confident that all those who proceed in even the slightest degree towards it will one day find themselves joyfully floating, swimming and playing in its ever rising tide. I attribute the cause of this rising tide to global warming. However, it is not man-made. It is caused by the volcanic eruptions of the “Golden Volcano of Divine Love”, known to us as Sri Krishna Chaitanya. His spewing of divine “love lava” warms the ice cold hearts of the conditioned souls whose natural condition is to thrive and flourish in the warm tropical waters of the mercy ocean.
As their hearts melt, the ocean of mercy expands, causing the entire ocean to rise and overflow its shores, over-flooding the inhabitants. The process continues in a cycle. As more souls are touched, the ocean increases. As it increases, more souls are touched by its waters. This is the science behind Sri Krishna sankirtana. As Srila Narottama dasa Thakura writes:
saṁsāra-viṣānale, divā-niśi hiyā jvale,
juḍāite nā kainu upāya
“My heart is always burning in the fire of material existence. and I have made no provisions for getting out of it.”
golokera prema-dhana, hari-nāma-saṅkīrtana,
rati nā janmila kene tāya
“The only remedy is hari-nāma-saṅkīrtana, the chanting of the Hare Kṛṣṇa mahā-mantra, which is imported from the spiritual world, Goloka Vṛndāvana. How unfortunate I am that I have no attraction for this.”
We may have no attraction for the Lord’s sankirtana. But He is so merciful that He runs after us, begging us to take this wondrous gift:
Nityananda Prabhu traveled throughout Bengal making his humble appeal. Nityananda Prabhu would knock at the door and fall at the feet of his customers, crying, “Please accept this! Don’t dismiss me, don’t drive me away. Please do what I say. Give all your attention to Gauranga and you will be benefited beyond expectation. This is my request to you.” He would shed tears, roll at their door, and say, “You are reluctant to accept this, but have no doubts. I implore you – take it! Believe me. Please accept Gauranga!”
The aim of Sriman Mahaprabhu’s descent was to distribute the devotional service of Vrndavana most generously. On the other hand, Nityananda Prabhu used to sing, “Bhaja gauranga, kaha gauranga, laha gauranger nama, yei jana gauranga bhaje sei amara prana: worship Gauranga, speak of Gauranga, chant Gauranga’s name. Whoever worships Sri Gauranga is my life and soul.” Nityananda Prabhu tried his best to make the people at large accept Mahaprabhu. What did he say? “Come straight to the campaign of Sri Caitanya and you will safely attain Vrndavana.”
— The Golden Volcano of Divine Love
We may waver in our diligence to so many duties and responsibilities that have come to us as a result of our present birth in the land of nescience or, that we have invited by giving our attention to them. If we live for millions of lives we will never be able to attend to all such duties. Nor, even doing so, will we find satisfaction. Neither will renunciation of all the things of this world deliver us to our desired goal. However, if we remain always diligent in serving the Lord’s devotees, always chanting His glories and His holy names, there is no doubt we shall attain our heart’s fullest satisfaction.
I pray this finds you well in all respects. Please convey the same to Srimati Malini Devi and your two children.
Swami B.K. Giri