Our lineage is one of form breakers. Srimati Radharani is the Chieftess of that line. Sriman Mahaprabhu established Her as such, prepared the ground for Bhagavata-vidhi and revealed the supremacy of Radha-dasyam above all other transcendental relationships.
Srila Saraswati Thakura appeared as the modern-day reformer of Gaudiya Theism. He broke the form created by the imitationists by giving emphasis to preaching the precepts of Sri Rupa through a spiritually vital institution of his own creation. He then used it to collapse the false ego of the caste goswamis and brahmans by proving the superiority of bhagavata-vidhi over pancharatrika-vidhi on the basis of Sri Rupa’s siddhanta. With similar prowess he tore asunder the philosophies of the mayavadis and the voidists. He broke into pieces all forms of religion, and even all transcendental conceptions, that did not admit the super position of Sri Radha’s service to Krishna, and placed them into the dustbin of history.
Srila Sridhara Maharaja, proud to be known as a “form breaker”, due to continuing the work of his Divine Master, reminds us that we also came out for that. He instructs us to faithfully continue on that course, which will “take us towards radhesha-dhani. By that, to worship, to serve, where Radharani is serving Her own Lord.”
The following provides the encouragement and context needed for us to follow in that line.
—Swami B.K. Giri
The Krishna Nama and Krishna, one and the same, that vibration, that sort of sweet vibration anyhow taken down to this miserable ocean of the world. That is where all, they do not understand their own interest, own self, or the environment, but they’re madly dancing. As a drunkard they dance without caring or knowing about who are they or where are they, what for they’re dancing. Just as they, these people are madly engaged in their self-killing attempt. But there, that vibration of the highest type of love divine brought in, and with that sankirtana, disinfecting this atmosphere and also creating some influence which can attract them, passing so many stages towards Vrndavana, the place golokera prema dhana, to Goloka, Vrndavana conception of the highest position of reality or consciousness, spiritual world. Which is above justice, above knowledge, above calculation, above morality. The mercy, the affection, the love, the beauty, charm absolute. That is the type there.
I wrote a poem about my Guru Maharaja, long ago, it runs in this way; Nikhila-bhuvana-maya-chinna-vichinna-kartri.
vilasatu hrdi nityam bhaktisiddhanta-vani
“Slashing and smashing the illusion of the whole mundane plane, Dealing the deathblow to the scholars’ manic search for liberation’s throne; Relaxing calculation, for the realm of Pure Devotion in Love of Sri Radha’s Lord Supreme: O Abode of Divine Love – Divine Message of Sri-Bhakti-Siddhanta, May you dance and play and sing your song within my heart forever.”
Our Guru Maharaja’s name was Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati. Saraswati means vani, words, expressions, his talk, his speech, vani, Saraswati means vani, speech. In his speech is the source of… store, storehouse of which I am. Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati. What does it mean? This name, what does it mean? Saraswati means vani. That is, his words, surcharged with what? The first thing is nikhila-bhuvana-maya-chinna-vichinna-kartri. We can find in his speech that he’s cutting asunder all the ties and attraction of all the people in this world for mundane purpose, the world of exploitation. His speech is always cutting asunder, demolishing, smashing everything in this misconceived world. All the misconceptions are being smashed by his words, this is the first effect of his words.
And the next, vibudha-bahula-mrgya-mukti-mohanta-datri, the second result we find from his speech, that he puts to deplorable end all the different attempts of the great theological scholars to search for liberation. Bhukti means enjoyment, mukti means liberation, emancipation from enjoyment. He puts a stop to all scholarly investigation of all different kinds of conception of liberation. That is the second result of his speech, his words. This effect, first stops enjoyment and second stops liberation. So this is nothing, mere liberation is nothing. That is, we must get something positive and not only liberation from the negative, that is not the highest acquisition, so vibudha-bahula-mrgya, vibudha means scholars, bahula means their various and deep attempts for the solution of the liberation, the attempt. That is smashed also by his words.
And the third, sithilita-vidhi, loosening the strictness of the rules and regulations, raga, which is our inner earnestness and faith and attraction, affection, love; only through that, to take us towards radhesha-dhani. By that, to worship, to serve, where Radharani is serving Her own Lord; takes us there.
These three steps, by first step he drives away all our moha, our ignorant attraction for this mayic, this attraction for the enjoyment of this material world in the misconceived area. And the second also he discourages only to search for liberation or emancipation from this enjoyment. That also he discards, he offers something positive. And what is the nature of that positive? If we make much attention towards the shastra, the rules regulations, calculation, according to that if we approach towards our achievement, then that will be less gaining, less gaining. But if we neglect any calculation, and from the heart of our heart, we, with much earnestness, without caring for rules regulations, shastra, mahajana, sadhu, we can offer our heart for the charming Lord, beauty, and where Radharani is serving in that, through that divine love, Her consort, Her Lord, that he really wants us to gain. Our Guru Maharaja’s words are surcharged with such things. First smashing this misunderstanding and neglecting mere liberation and also discouraging the calculative devotion. And finally he’s giving us the unlimited beauty and domain of love and to approach through the love of our hearts, sincere love of our hearts. That is his gift. His words are a storehouse of such things. Firstly, neglecting all these three stages, this brahmanda, then the Brahmaloka, and Paravyoma, neglecting, enters into Goloka. And there, that sort of wealth he come to distribute to all.
Neglecting the formality but with the heart’s spirit, proper spirit, and love, the searching for Krishna, he gives us, encourages us, that thing within us; and that can lead us to the domain where Radharani has been, through Her highest love, is worshipping or serving Her Lord Krishna. That he gives us, in a very short, one sloka.
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The form and the ideal. So Kirtanananda [Swami] came: “Do we not care for form?”
Form breaker. You are also all of that type. You were already in some formality, either Christianity, or Islam, or Jewishism, or something, you were there within the form. Why you have broken that form and come, joined Swami Maharaja? For the ideal. If the form can distribute the proper ideal then that is alright. But mere form cannot be respected. As long as it’s doing service to the highest ideal, so long the form should be encouraged, and that should have recognition. Otherwise deviating from the ideal that form is abusing itself. So we are not worshippers of form, we are worshippers of the ideal. sarva-dharman parityajya – sva dharme nidhana Sriyau:
sarva-dharman parityajya, mam ekam saranam vraja
aham tvam sarva-papebhyo, moksayisyami ma sucah
“Totally abandoning all kinds of religion, surrender exclusively unto Me. I will liberate you from all kinds of sins, so do not despair.” (Bhagavad-gita, 18.66)
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Sreyan sva-dharmo vigunah, para-dharmat svanusthitat
sva dharme nidhanam sreyah, para-dharmo bhayavahah
“It is better to carry out one’s own duties a little imperfectly rather than faultlessly perform another’s duties. Know that even death is auspicious in the discharge of one’s duties appropriate to his natural position in the ordained socio-religious system, because to pursue another’s path is perilous.” (Bhagavad-gita, 3.35)]
That is also to make too much for the form. We must die in our own position where we are born. But again, sarva-dharman parityajya, the revolutionary advice is there. No risk no gain. If you are caught by the high ideal you must leave the formalities outside you, around you, and march boldly towards the ideal. Especially in this human form it is very rarely to be found and, if we lose this chance, then again when we shall get that on another occasion, such a chance, we are not sure of that. So this most valuable time in human body we shall try our best, utmost, to march towards the goal recklessly and boldly so that our, with the great devotees, the agents of Krishna on our head, they will help us, guide us. Those unknown, and who are para-duhkha-duhkhi, always feeling pain for other’s suffering. Those magnanimous guides are on the way, they will help us to take towards our goal. We shall try our utmost. He is there, He is everywhere. Na hi kalyana-krt kascid, durgatim tata gacchati:
partha naiveha namutra, vinasas tasya vidyate
na hi kalyana-krt kascid, durgatim tata gacchati
“O Arjuna, son of Kunti, the unsuccessful yogi does not suffer ruination either in this life or the next. He is not deprived of the pleasures of the heavenly planetary systems in this universe, nor is he denied the chance to personally see the Supersoul in the divine realm. This is so, O dear one, because a person who performs virtuous actions never becomes ill-fated.” (Bhagavad-gita, 6.40)
If I am making an attempt for higher things, then how can I be disturbed by the agents of Satanic clan. He is there. I must be sincere in my search, that is what is necessary, I must be friendly to my own self. That is sufficient. Others cannot do anything on us much injury, much harm others cannot do. We are our own enemy. We must have control of our own house, that is what is necessary. And with the help, heart within, God overhead. He’s everywhere with His full mercy. He’s eager to receive us as His friend and we must prepare ourselves wholeheartedly to make advancement towards Him, that is what is necessary. He’s everywhere, He’s hearing everything. Only we have built a wall against Him, our own built wall must be broken down. That is misconception in the form of exploitation, that is enjoyment, and renunciation, mere liberation. Not positive participation into His service. So cruel, so hard hearted we are. But when that wall is broken we can find His self everywhere, everywhere, His assurance. man-mana bhava mad-bhakto, mad-yaji mam… mam evaisyasi satyam. yo mam pasyati sarvatra, sarvam ca mayi pasyati, tasyaham na pranasyami, satanam [sic]
man-mana bhava mad-bhakto, mad-yaji mam namaskuru
mam evaisyasi satyam te, pratijane priyo ‘si me
“Think of Me, serve Me, worship Me, offer your very self unto Me, and surely you will reach Me. Sincerely, this is My promise to you because you are My dear friend.”
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yo mam pasyati sarvatra, sarvam ca mayi pasyati
tasyaham na prasasyami, sa ca me na pranasyati
“For one who sees Me in everything and everything in Me, I do not remain unseen and he also is not unnoticed by Me: he never sways in his thought of Me.”
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“Who wants to, tries to see Me everywhere, I always protect him, seeing Me everywhere, and ultimately he sees Me everywhere and while in this life or after, he cannot but be within Me or within My direct consciousness. Try — that I am to be searched.”
Krishnanusandhana (the search for Sri Krishna.) Searching we are always for our little negligent comforts. That must be dismissed, brushed aside. Search for Krishna. Where Mahaprabhu showed: “You, My friends, show Krishna to Me, I can’t stand without having a glimpse of His figure, My Lord’s figure.” Searching, deep hearted searching for Krishna. He’s worth such deep searching, worth deep searching. And the searching as much as it will be deeper so much we’ll be sustained, it will feed us, that sustenance that will feed us, give us strength for searching more and more,
bhaktya sanjataya bhaktya:
smarantah smarayantas ca, mitho ‘ghaugha-haram harim
bhaktya sanjataya bhaktya, bibhraty utpulakam tanum
“Pure devotees manifest spiritual bodily symptoms of ecstatic love simply by remembering and reminding others of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Hari, who takes away everything inauspicious from the devotee. This position is attained by rendering devotional service according to the regulative principles and then rising to the platform of spontaneous love.” (CC Madhya 25.140, from Srimad-Bhagavatam, 11.3.31)
The bhakti will encourage bhakti, devotion will produce devotion, in this way, further we shall go. The capitalist, with a small amount he begins the business, but rolling business, rolling, gradually capital grows and the income also grows. In the beginning with small capital a merchant may begin his business, but in the rolling business the capital also grows, and the income also grows. So in this way, bhaktya sanjataya bhaktya, devotion will breed devotion, devotion will breed devotion, produce devotion, in this way it will go on.
Gaura Hari bol! Gaura Hari bol!
One who has got this sort of higher experience of divine love in their heart, they cannot find any taste anywhere. Nothing is tasteful to them but Krishna, none less than Krishna conception of the Lord, friend, can satisfy them anytime. Who are they?
And who are satisfied with Me: [maya santustamana sadba suka maya do ??] “Whatever direction he will cast his glance he will find: ‘Oh, good news is coming,’ who is satisfied with Me. And who cannot find Me, whatever direction he casts his glance he will find only anxiety and trouble.” Hare Krishna. Hare Krishna.
yasmin tuste jagat
yasmin tuste jagat tunstam prinite prinito jagat
(By satisfying Krishna, the whole universe becomes satisfied,
for one who is dear to Krishna is dear to the whole universe.)
If we can find Him, then we’ll be quite at ease. “Oh, my guardian is everywhere, His hand is everywhere. Everything under His control and He’s my friend, my guardian. Then why should we care for anything else here, I won’t care for anything because everything must have to come through the direction of my guardian’s hand. And He’s friendly.” Suhrdam sarvva-bhütanam:
bhoktaram yajna-tapasam, sarva-loka-mahesvaram
suhrdam sarvva-bhütanam, jnatva mam santim rcchati
“I am the enjoyer of the results of sacrifice performed by the fruit-hunter, as well as the results of austerity performed by the liberation-seeker – I am their only worshippable object; I am Narayana, the indwelling monitor of all planes of life, and the Supreme Worshipable Personality who awards liberation. And I am the well-wisher of all – I am Krishna, the devotee’s most adorable friend. The soul who thus knows My true identity attains the ecstasy of knowing his own original divine identity.” (Bhagavad-gita, 5.29)
“I am the controller of everything but I am friendly to everything, to everyone.” So when you can realise this fact then only you are relieved from all sort of anxiety, no anxiety, because the director and dispenser of everything, I am represented there, well represented, He’s my friend, my well-wisher, my guardian. Then no anxiety.
Suhrdam sarvva-bhütanam, jnatva mam santim rcchati: “He can only find peace, who can see Me everywhere over all.” Hare Krishna. Gaura Hari. Gaura Hari. Gaura Hari. Gaura Hari.
Here I close the class.
End of 83.02.19.B