glories to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga
His Divine Grace Srila
Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj
the occasion of his holy 108th Appearance Anniversary
|by Sripad Bhakti Kanan
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2003 04:43:49 -0400
Subject: Offering for Sri Vyasa-Puja
A vyasa puja homage to His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Paramahamsa Srila
Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Dev Goswami Maharaj
The light of darkness.
We love drama. We are drawn to it like nothing else. It attracts our
sight, calls us to hear, lures us to touch, entices us to taste and
tempts us to smell. It pulls at our feelings, enthralls our
mind and captures our will. It excites our anger, laughter, tears
and hate, and arouses our love. Would it not then be the most suitable
vehicle to describe the glories of our most dear master our Gurudev?
Pondering this question I recoil in awe with the implications. Could
it be done? Should it be done? Yes, and yes again. But such a task
must be left to those of substance, it cannot be approached by a vacant
man like me cloaked in the facade of a disciple.
It is not so difficult to conceive of a drama of a warrior or king.
Prose, poetry and history are replete with dramas of the training,
discipline, nobility, battles and heroism of great soldiers and monarchs.
The struggles of lovers, rogues, families and nations also find their
way easily into the making of a drama.
In contrast, how do your dramatize introspection, contemplation or
meditation? Are these not the real domain of the pure devotee? And
if you could portray these things in some dramatic fashion, how would
you not cheapen them in the process?
The substance of the pure devotee lies in the depth of his realization
of Krishna and this can only be known through shared experience, not
This is not to say that there is no drama in the life of a pure devotee.
Far from it. But the play is taking place in the plane of faith; far,
far away from the purview of the meager senses by which we have been
conditioned to observe dramas.
No doubt he has shown us many things which entice and enthrall us.
But we must be ever skeptical of what we see and hear lest we be seduced
by the bhushana (the trappings) of the sadhu rather than the sadhu
"I am a form breaker, not a form maker." These were Srila
Sridhar Maharaj's words of Divine revelation piercing through the
darkness of nescience like lighting through a dark rain cloud.
Don't trust your eyes, your ears or even your puppy brain. These were
his lessons to us. Go deeper and deeper and yet again. "The finite
is running after the infinite." But it is all going on underground,
unseen by the lights, the camera and the actions of this external
"No amount of darkness can produce light. No amount of ignorance
can produce knowledge. No amount of lies can produce truth."
Are these truths not self evident? Then why do we not see?
We have been conditioned to see with the light of darkness. What is
this light? It is the light of the sun and the moon, fire and electricity
all products of the form, not the substance, all artificial, all unreal,
We want to see reality, we yearn for it and this yearning is the source
of our vitality. But that seemingly simple, natural and innate ability
to see reality is denied to us. What a mystery, what a marvel.
More wonderful still is the nature of this mystical substance which
stands in front of us, sits next to us, shines with the brilliance
of millions of suns and beckons us to come to Him while remaining
ever obscured from our vision
"I am everywhere, I am nowhere". With this enigmatic declaration
He taunts us. But here is the real drama, the drama of substance.
It is one of thousands upon thousands of mysteries within mysteries,
the play of the sweet Absolute enticing us to pursue Him.
If the drama ended here we might well conclude that such a play is
one of morbid and perverse cruelty. But it does not, and it is not
because it is precisely here that our dear most friend and savior,
our Gurudev, the very substance of the Absolute Himself, intercedes
on our behalf.
The sweet Absolute, mercy incarnate, canvassing on HIs own behalf
appears as His own Divine Agent in the form of Sri Gurudev to distribute
faith and guide the sincere seekers to His own eternal playground.
With the torchlight of Divine knowledge he opens our spiritual eyes
to the light of our own soul which is the only means by which we can
To conclude that any aspect of this transaction, however great or
small, can be observed or encountered through the mundane senses including
the intellect is an error of debilitating consequence.
On this most holy of holy days we pray to His Divine Grace Srila Sridhar
Maharaj, that he mercifully bestow his grace upon us allowing us to
see past the shroud covering his transcendental form so that we may
forever serve his lotus feet.
The lowly and fallen,