Sparsh – Divine touch

Srila Gurudeva is the empowered form of Sriman Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. His mere presence is transformational. Srila Gurudeva always says that whatever happens in Vraja Bhumi all the time is “Leela” and whatever that happens outside of Vraja Bhumi is “Khela”. Leela refers to divine play of the Lord that endlessly goes on ; that which is full of meaning for one to realize for oneself; to look at oneself ; where there is no question of fault-finding in others; that which entertains ; that which frees. Khela means illusory play that happens once; that which bewilders; that which keeps one bound. However if one carried Vraja within one’s heart once they enter the domain outside of Vraja they still remain connected with Vraja and will not get bewildered by “Khela”. Thus Gurudeva says that one should associate with Vraja Bhumi in the mood of surrender. The more one associates with Vraja Bhumi; the more one gets empowered to connect with the Lord on the road to freedom.

LeelaThe last three days that he spent with his God-Children at Vrindavana cannot be simply described. One could feel the surge of love in one’s heart in his mere presence. Srila Gurudeva gave beautiful lectures on Vaishnava aparadha, the importance of sadhana, Vraja Mahima and other interesting topics. He says that although Shastra is the basis of perfection, the mood and the quintessence of that Shastra was given to us only by Sriman Mahaprabhu. Although for preparation of pudding one may require boiled rice, sugar, milk, processing etc; one should not bother about where the rice has come from, the quality of milk, the type of processing that is carried out, the degree of heat to which the mixture is heated etc if somebody you trust whole-heartedly has tasted the pudding and says that the taste of the pudding is exquisite, one has to simply accept the pudding and consume it without further doubts. Thus in the case of Bhakti , Gurudeva says that one has to accept the methodology given by Sriman Mahaprabhu to attain perfection without bothering about what is said in the Puranas and other elevated scriptures. The reason is that the pudding that Sriman Mahaprabhu is serving is the summum bonum of all Vedic Scriptures that can be. This is the pudding of “Manjari Bhava Sadhana” as also recommended by the eternal associates of Sriman Mahaprabhu like Narottama Thakhura Mahasaya, Srila Visvanath Chakravarthy Thakhura, Srinivasa Acarya, The Six Goswamis of Vrindavana and the “Saints of Vraja”(Reference: Book by O.B.L Kapoor).Whoever accepts a perfected Spiritual master, the Manjari Sadhana process from such a master and practices it with single-pointed devotion will attain the Lotus feet of the divine couple Sri Sri Radha Krishna in their most intimate pastimes on the eternal planet of Sri Goloka Vrindavana.

All of us who have accepted Guru are on the path to Goloka. Yet we see that we are continuously harassed by the six vices of Kama, Krodha, Lobha, Moha, Mada and Matsarya. However when one comes in the benign association of the perfected master; by his mere touch these six vices take to their toes. The three days that we spent with Srila Gurudeva will remain etched in our hearts eternally. The mood of such a Guru is non-different from the mood of Sriman Mahaprabhu Himself. One who is in “Sparsh” (touch) with such a Guru will undoubtedly attain all perfection without any shadow of doubt.

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