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The Sweet Sound of Murali

Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj
explains the inner meaning of the Gayatri Mantra
in a recording of January 1982

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Devotee: Maharaj, the flute of Krishna, Venu,...

Srila Guru Maharaj, Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj: The flute is of different types. Venu, Murali and Vamsi. They are of three types, in length, also perhaps in volume or sweetness of the tune there are different kinds. Some are very small to keep always with Him. Murali is perhaps the longest. Vamsi, Venu, Murali – that is given in?

Devotee: Bhakti Rasamrita Sindhu.

Srila Guru Maharaj: Bhakti Rasamrita Sindhu? Maybe. Murali. Gayatri Muralista-Kirttana-dhanam Radhapadam dhimahi. What is Murali? The tune, the sound of Murali, attracts to one's highest duty: "Engage yourself, the chance has come. Come to serve Me."

The sweet sound of Murali attracts us to engage. It offers the chance of engaging ourselves in His service, confidential service. Murali. That is the highest fulfilment of life. And Gayatri – what is the meaning? That by singing which we can get liberation, and the liberation in the positive sense: to be engaged in service. Liberation in the negative self is only to get out from the negative side. But that is not liberation of the positive conception. The positive conception of liberation is self determination, svarup-siddhi, to be located in one's highest duty, service, function, in the organic whole.

So, by singing the song which gives us liberation proper. And the Murali sound is also a song. Gayatri means the song of the Vedas which gives us the highest form of liberation. So Gayatri is leading toward Murali, that is also sweet sound which attracts and engages us in the highest form of service.

The beginning is Gayatri, Sama-gan, Veda-gan, and the highest object, the Murali is attracting: "Engage yourself in the service of similar thing." Do you follow?

So, Gayatri and Murali. Murali in its highest form, and Gayatri in the beginner form. Ganat trayate, the song which gives us liberation, emancipation. And there also Murali attracts: "Come to serve Me here." Similar thing.

And Kirttan, Mahaprabhu's, is also, Nam Kirttan in the middle combining the two. Gayatri Muralista-Kirttana-dhanam. 'Ista' means 'abhipreta,' means what is the real object, the real purpose. What is the purpose of Murali, that is the Muralista-Kirttana, that is wealth of Gayatri. What is that? Murali is connected with whom? The highest pleasure of Krishna is in the company of Radharani, so the Gayatri is guiding us really, if we can follow, towards that Radha-dasyam.

That meaning has been drawn from Gayatri by myself by the grace of my Guru Maharaj. I heard that Jiva Goswami Prabhu has also given such sort of meaning to Gayatri, but I did not come across it. He has also given a positive meaning of Gayatri. I don't know, it might be something like this, because, vedais ca sarvair aham eva vedyo (and) srutibhir vimrigyam*, that is the leading instruction that will guide us everywhere. Whenever we shall read anything, our seeking tendency, characteristic, must be of such order to have its fulfilment.

Nitai Gaura Haribol. Nitai Gaura Haribol.

Govinda Maharaj kothai? (Srila Guru Maharaj asking, "Where is Srila Govinda Maharaj?")

* Vide: 'Loving Search for the Lost Servant' page 50.

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