Don't Take The Inconceivable Under the Jurisdiction Of Reason
Don't take the inconceivable under the jurisdiction of reason. When it will be extended to you, you will be astounded to find only a peep into that. Na tams tarkena yojayet: don't try to drag that into the zone of reason.
"Beyond Viraja river is the Holy Dham Vaikuntha,
above that is Sri Gokula, known as Vrindaranya.
Vrndavana, jewel of our hearts, Mine of Divine Gems,
what a joy to see that Holy Beauty!
In the middle a miracle, Dark Lord of forest trees,
appearing like a sapphire Tamal.
The Golden Volcano of Divine Love
A Tragedy Of Seperation
This chapter, "A Tragedy of Separation," is excerpted from The Golden Volcano of Divine Love, a book by Srila Sridhar Maharaj that was published in 1983 to commemorate the Five Hundredth Anniversary of the Appearance of Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. It describes (and gives some of the reasons for) the seemingly cruel and heart-wrenching sannyasa ceremony of the young Nimai Pandit [the Golden Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu] wherein He enters into the renounced order of life -- and the intense anguish of separation felt by His devotees, family, and friends.
The Benedictine Tree of Divine Aspiration
Excerpt: Life's Destination
Bound by affection
My coming to the Math — Sri Nrsimha Chaturdasi 1947
His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj reflects on the events that surrounded his first days at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math at the lotus feet of His Divine Master, Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj. This talk was given 50 years after the event, here at the Math.
This is a lecture by His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Maharaj to students at a college in Mauritius. His Divine Grace visited that tropical island off the east coast of Africa as part of his 1992/1993 World Tour. This lecture is taken from Chapter 5 of The Benedictine Tree of Divine Aspiration, published in November 1993.
Srila Bhakti Vijay Trivikram Maharaja - "The first miracle for me, which I heard from Sripad Tapasvi Maharaj (at that time he was known as Bhuvana Mohan Prabhu), occurred when he was driving Srila Govinda Maharaj in his car from the airport to the Ashram."
In this world we are always playing with fire. Mayadevi is very powerful. She always wants to take our time for her service. But Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu has shown us that the path of our life is the practising of Krishna consciousness. That is necessary for our transcendental super-benefit. And we can cross over the illusion of Maya only if we practice Krishna consciousness under the guidance of a good Vaisnava who is giving twenty-four hours a day to Krishna for His Service; with his association we must get our super-benefit.
We need good association. Then affection will grow. Otherwise, the fitness will not come for us to progress in the higher plane. First, a relationship will come through association, and when a relationship is formed affection may come. It is first necessary to have a relationship with Guru and Vaisnava, the devotee of God; otherwise affection cannot be ours.