Shrila Bhaktivedanta Narayan Maharaj enters nitya lila
Today, Sri Krishna Navami Tithi, December 29, 2010, the beloved spiritual master of the Gaudiya Vedanta Samiti, Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayan Goswami Maharaja, entered the eternal pastimes of Sri Sri Radha and Krsna. The event took place at 03.00 AM in Sri Jagannath Puri. He was 89 years old.
This was also the day of the second Acharya-President of the Gaudiya Vedanta Samiti Srila Bhaktivedanta Vaman Maharaj’s appearance day.
Shrila Narayan Maharaj’s body will be taken to Nabadwip Dham where it will be buried according to the Vaishnava rites for samadhi burial.
Affectionate disciples from all over the world are grieving at his departure. Many, including hundreds of from the Braj area, where Narayan Maharaj has three maths–in Mathura, Govardhan and Vrindavan, will be making the trip to Nabadwip to attend the ceremony.
Narayan Maharaj had been affected by cancer over the past few months and left Govardhan after Karttik in the hope that the seaside climate would help him to improve his health.
Shrila Narayan Maharaj spent most of his life in the Braj area, leading one of the most successful 84-kos parikramas for Bengali and foreign devotees. But he will particularly be known for his production of translations and writings in Hindi, which were then translated into English, especially those that are in glorification of the pastimes of Radha and Krishna.
All of us at Vrindavan Today offer our condolences to those who are grieving his departure and hope that they will build on his contributions to attain their goal of prema-bhakti.
Srila Narayan Maharaj was born in Tewaripur near the Ganges in Bihar on February 16, 1921, into a Trivedi brahman family. Throughout his childhood he regularly accompanied his father in his brahminical activities, including kirtan and recounting the Puranic lore.
He met his spiritual master, the founder of the Gaudiya Vedanta Samiti, Shrila Bhakti Prajnan Keshav Maharaj, in February of 1947 in Sri Nabadwip Dham and took initiation from him.
He was given the name Gaura Narayan, and later awarded the title “Bhakta-bandhava”, which means “friend of the devotees.”
He travelled extensively with Srila Keshava Maharaj on preaching tours throughout India over the next five years, and in 1952, on Gaura-purnima, his beloved Gurudeva awarded him initiation into the sacred order of sannyas. In 1954 Srila Kesava Maharaja posted him in charge of the newly opened temple in Mathura named Sri Kesavaji Gaudiya Matha. Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayan Maharaj began to spend part of the year in Mathura and the other part in Bengal, carrying on extensive services in both areas. This went on over the period of the next fourteen years.
He was also appointed by Srila Kesava Maharaja as Vice-President of his institution, the Sri Gaudiya Vedanta Samiti, and Editor-in-Chief of its Hindi publications and the monthly magazine Sri Bhagavat Patrika. In 1968 Srila Kesava Maharaja passed from this world, and Srila Narayan Maharaja performed all the necessary ceremonial rituals for his samadhi burial.
During this time period, Narayan Maharaj began to organize the annual Karttika Braja Mandala Parikrama, which he continues to carry on up to the present day.
Srila Narayan Maharaj also met A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Founder-Acarya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, who was also a close associate of his guru, Keshava Maharaj, in Calcutta in 1948. Narayan Maharaj considered him a senior and a friend. He performed the fire yajna when Bhaktivedanta Swami took sannyas in 1959.
Bhaktivedanta Swami maintained regular correspondence with Srila Keshava and Narayan Maharaj up until 1968 when Srila Kesava Maharaja entered nitya-lila. And after that, he continued to write Srila Narayan Maharaj until his own departure in 1977. He also requested Srila Narayan Maharaj to take complete charge of performing all the rituals for his samadhi burial after his departure.
Since November 1977, Srila Narayan Maharaj took it as a part of his mission to reach out to those who left ISKCON in search of advanced association and satsang. Narayan Maharaj felt that a taste for Vrindavan rasa, heard from rasika devotees, was a necessary step in advancement towards the mood of the Six Goswamis. This was, however, somewhat controversial in both ISKCON and the Gaudiya Math.
In this he was extremely successful and many thousads of devotees from all over the world, both new and old, continued to find inspiration from his deep insights into the literature surrounding Radha and Krishna’s lilas.
The last five verses of Tirupavvai. For word-by-word translation from Tamil, further commentary, etc., see Sripedia. The meanings discovered by the Shri Vaishnava acharyas reveal many hidden things in this song.
26. Oh Lord Vishnu , Oh lord who is like the blue sapphire, if you ask us what we need, in your great grace and great deeds, for our holy bath of Marghashirsha, we ask for conches like the milk-white conch of yours called Panchajanya, very many big drums whose sound can be heard everywhere, several musicians of fame to sing “Pallandu”, several beautiful pretty lamps, several flags and cloths to make tents. Oh, you who sleep on a banyan leaf at time of the deluge, please give us them all, so that we may worship our Goddess Pavai (Parvati).
27. Hey Lord Govinda, known for overcoming your enemies! After singing your glories we will get drums and many gifts and receive praises from all the people. We will wear golden flowers in our hair, golden bracelets, golden ear studs, golden flowers ornaments over our ears and anklets on our feet. We will put on pretty new clothes and eat rice mixed with milk and covered in ghee that drips from our forearms. We will be together and happy, And for this we worship our Goddess Pavai.
28. Belonging to the ignorant family of cowherds, we drive the cattle into the forest where we all eat together. But because you, Govinda, have no shortcomings, we are blessed to have taken birth in the same caste as you. None can ever break the ties that we have with you, Oh Lord. We are but ignorant girls, who do not know the world, and in ignorance and love we have called you by name. So please do not be angry with us, but please give us the drums so that we can worship our Goddess Pavai.
29. Please hear why, in this very early dawn, we have come to worship your golden holy feet. You were born in our family of cowherds, and we are there only to obey your every wish, and have not come only to get the drums from you. Oh Govinda, all we ask is that we be related only to you, and be your slaves for countless births forever. So please remove all our other desires, and help us to worship our Goddess Pavai.
30. He who without error sings these thirty verses in sweet Tamil, recounting how the rich ladies with moon-like faces worshiped Madhava, who is also the Lord Keshava who churned the ocean of milk, and and requested from him a drum to worship Goddess Pavai, as sung by Kodhai (Goda), the dear daughter of Vishnuchitta, the bhattar from the beautiful city of Puduvai, will be happy and forever get the grace of our Lord Vishnu of sweet glances and four mountain-like shoulders.
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