Gosthanandi and Bhajananandi
July 17th, 2006
Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Krishnanusilana Sangha,
Dum-Dum Park, Calcutta, India.
When we join with Srila Guru Maharaj's mission that time Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math was in a very exclusive position, Guru Maharaj met with very special group of friends, devotee, etc. But at present our preaching method has become so big, especially what Sripad Avadhut Maharaj is doing in Russia. It is starting point from the atheistic to theistic world. And for that he takes so much help from this environment.
It was in the time of Srila Prabhupad Saraswati Thakur when Gaudia mission started, before that also Bhaktivinod Thakur did this type of big arrangement for preaching, for preaching in Mayapur, Mahaprabhu's birthplace. Bhaktivinod Thakur has done many things. Prabhupad Saraswati Thakur after that had many things and finally he sent to preach in London, he had his plan here, the programme was very wide. He presented to them, tried to spread primary Vedic culture. And finally Srila Saraswati Thakur has got very good result.
Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad, he has taken into the gist of Krishna consciousness to the West. And again we are seeing a very big arrangement there with Avadhut Maharaj. I have seen that photo here.
There are two kinds of devotees: one is gostanandi and another bhajananandi. Bhajananandi devotees do not want to do so many things, even one glass of water they do not want to give to others. Bhajananandi type is like Lokannath Goswami — he is not keeping any water in his pot. People knew him as a very renounced mentality devotee, and none went to him also, only we can see Srila Narottam Das Thakur, by the grace of Mahaprabhu, was inspired to go him. He was very much attached to Lokannath Goswami. This is bhajananandi type, but gostanandi type is another type of devotee. They want to preach:
yare dekha, tare kaha Krishna upadesa
amara ajnaya guru hana tara ei desa
["Instruct everyone to follow the orders of Lord Sri Krishna as they are given in the Bhagavad-gita and Srimad-Bhagavatam. In this way become a spiritual master and try to liberate everyone in this land."
Chaitanya Charitamrita, Madhya-lila, 7:128]
They are following Mahaprabhu's preaching method — anywhere they go they try to establish Krishna consciousness, everywhere. And in so many varieties of ways they try to do so.
And I am always surprised to see the activities of Avadhut Maharaj. He himself is dancing with that innocent group of young people. They do not know about religion or about dharma, jaiva-dharma, they do not know anything, but seeing his activities they are inspired, and they also chanting Hare Krishna with him,
sanketyam parihasyam va
stobham helanam eva va
["One who chants the holy name of the Lord is immediately freed from the reactions of unlimited sins, even if he chants indirectly [to indicate something else], jokingly, for musical entertainment, or even neglectfully. This is accepted by all the learned scholars of the scriptures."
Srimad Bhagavatam, 6:2:14 ]
Vaikuntha-nama means Krishna-nama. So many name of Lord Krishna, and if you chant any Name, you will see, you will get super benefit in your spiritual life. Connection with Krishna anyway will come to you.
akrstih krta-cetasam su-manasam uccatanam camhasam
acandalam amuka-loka-sulabho vasyas ca mukti-sriyah
no diksam na ca sat-kriyam na ca purascaryah manag iksate
mantro 'yam rasana-sprg eva phalati sri-Krishna-namatmakah
["'The holy name of Lord Krishna is an attractive feature for many saintly, liberal people. It is the annihilator of all sinful reactions and is so powerful that, save for the dumb who cannot chant it, it is readily available to everyone, including the lowest type of man, the candala. The holy name of Krishna is the controller of the opulence of liberation, and it is identical with Krishna. When a person simply chants the holy name with his tongue, immediate effects are produced. Chanting the holy name does not depend on initiation, pious activities or the purscarya regulative principles generally observed before initiation. The holy name does not wait for any of these activities. It is self-sufficient.'"
Chaitanya Charitamrita, Madhya-lila, 7:128]
Who will chant this mantra, Sri Krishna Nama, rasana-sprg eva palati, he will get benefit, and we see this method still in our society, especially in Russia, America — everywhere. Everyday news comes. Sripad Ashram Maharaj also, they are doing so many things with the devotees. And the devotees are very enthusiastic to do so many things. And here in America, Nitya Hari and other group in Salt Lake City. Everywhere they are trying to preach due to their capacity. I am happy to see in the Internet and hear about devotees. At least Srila Guru Maharajis mission is spreading, expanding...
Transcribed and edited by Kundalata dd