Kathmandu Conquered by Krsna-Kathamrta
Golden Award Presented to
Visva Bandhu (Friend of the World) BV Madhusudana Maharaja
A Preaching Report from Kathmandu, Nepal
By the unbounded mercy of Sri Sri Guru-Gauranga and our Rupanuga-guru-varga, from 2nd to 8th August 2013, hundreds of fortunate people representing many nations were inundated with the nectar-monsoon of Srimad Bhagavat-kathamrta for seven days in the famous Kotesvara Mahadeva Mandira of Kathmandu, Nepal. Prapujyapad Srimad Bhakti Vedanta Madhusudana Maharaja’s 309th Srimad-Bhagavat-saptaha-mahotsava, this seven-day festival offered in remembrance of our beloved Srila Gurudeva nitya-lila-pravistha om visnupada 108 Sri Srila Bhakti Vedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja, was attended by dignitaries, scholars and faithful followers of sanatana-dharma from all over the world. In attendance were the President, Vice President, and all main cabinet members of the World Hindu Federation; former Nepali Government ministers and the former Prime Minister’s father; some 200 scholars of Vedic scripture; the fifteen pujaris of Sri Kotesvara Mandira, including the Head Pujari who took shelter of Srimad Madhusudana Maharaja via mantra-diksa; lawyers, doctors, engineers and other distinguished personalities; and many faithful devotees from India, Nepal, Russia, Europe, United States, Latin America, and South-east Asia.
When we first arrived at the open courtyard of the Mandira, it was hard to imagine how this Bhagavat-saptaha-yajna could be performed in the conditions provided – outdoors in the peak of heavy monsoon season, with only one or two small tents and nothing more than a feeble old wooden platform for Maharaja to speak from. However, Maharaja was adamant that we neither move to an indoor hall nor to an alternative pandal, which though elaborate, would have taken him away from Mahadeva’s lotus feet. He insisted to remain under the affectionate shelter of Kotesvara Mahadeva in this open, public arena where anyone and everyone could easily hear Srimad Bhagavatam and make their life successful. And that even if no one but Kotesvara Mahadeva himself were to hear the hari-katha, that would be sufficient.
Being struck by the brilliance and beauty of Srimad Madhusudana Maharaja’s katha, and deeply impressed with his impeccable character, affection and simplicity, the leaders of the World Hindu Federation offered Maharaja a formal Honorary Reception and abhinandan glorification inscribed on a gold plaque. They also offered garlands, chadars, and coconuts to both him and Srimad Bhakti Vedanta Damodara Maharaja, and to each foreign devotee in our party. In additon, the Nepali Government made a donation of 25,000 Rupees.
For the local people, including the scholars, of Kathmandu, it was a cause for surprise and spiritual invigoration to find such superexcellent recitation of Srimad Bhagavatam being performed in the open air, with the very simplest of arrangements – and no request for donations whatsoever. As Kotesvara Mandira is the heart of the community, many Bhagavatam recitations had been performed there in the past and many political rallies and important public events held, but never before had such a crowd been seen as during Srimad Madhusudana Maharaja’s katha. Maharaja and his team, the local people, scholars and government officials – all were amazed at the miraculous success of this historic spiritual event.
One particularly miraculous event stands out in our memory. On the fourth day, as we had feared, a heavy deluge of monsoon rainfall came during the program. Rain was flooding the area and coming between and through the tents, but everyone was so deeply absorbed in the flow of krsna-katha that they could not be deterred from hearing. Umbrellas went up everywhere in the audience, and people just huddled together somehow or other and continued to listen with unbroken concentration.
The next day, however, when Srimad Madhusudana Maharaja came to give the recitation of Govardhana-dharana-lila – when Indra becomes enraged at the Vrajavasis for denying him the customary sacrifice and then sends the Samvartaka clouds of universal destruction to finish them – a massive bank of black monsoon clouds was seen rolling toward us. These clouds were far more ominous than any we had seen all week (and every day the streets had been turned to rivers by the ordinary rain). The first little drops began falling, the audience started to murmur, umbrellas started sprouting up like mushrooms, and many people became restless – no doubt thinking, “these flimsy tents can’t protect us this time, but if we run right now we might make it home before the flood.” Seeing the situation, Maharaja smiled and joked, “Don’t worry. Sri Kotesvara Sivaji will protect us with his whirling trident, just as he protected Giri-raja and the Vrajavasis.” And sure enough, there and then, the incomparably dense, black monsoon clouds somehow began to disperse. The downpour never came and the rest of the Bhagavata-katha was completed without disturbance.
Sri Kotesvara Mahadeva ki jaya!
Grantha-Raja Maha-Purana Srimad Bhagavatam ki jaya!
Sri Rupanuga-Gaudiya-Guru-Varga ki jaya!
(English Translation of Golden Award)
Having renounced the attraction of the material world; being fully dedicated to the service of God (Madhava-seva) and humanity (manava-seva); being self-reflective and thoughtful; grasping the essence of scripture; aware of the paths of karma, jnana, and upasana; truthful; one-pointed in mind, speech and action; possessing external and internal purity; peacefully absorbed in the splendor of the Self, yet abounding with mellows and smiles; eloquent, expert, and poetic; accepting the whole of humanity as his family; absorbed in his own transcendental mood; confident that peace can only be found within; universal ambassador of peace; the personified confluence of knowledge, renunciation and devotion; fixed in Brahman; celibate from birth; tridandi-sannyasi Srila Bhakti Vedanta Madhusudana Gosvami Maharaja, on 2nd February 1980, appeared in the Bel-ghati village of the holy Gaya district on the auspicious Vasanta-pancami-tithi, on Brhaspati’s day (Thursday), the day signified of divine knowledge.
From the age of eleven years, Srila Madhusudana Maharaja renounced the material world and took shelter of Sri Vrindavan Dham. Srila Maharaja received diksa, siksa and sannyasa from his divine masters Srila Bhakti Jivana Janardana Gosvami Maharaja, and Srila Bhakti Vedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja. By their mercy, following the essence of the Vedas “sarve bhavantu sukhino sarve santu niramaya, sarve bhadrani pasyantu ma kaschit dukha bhag bhavet,” from the tender age of thirteen he not only tasted the nectar of Srimad Bhagavatam, but began to cause others to taste that nectar as well. Srila Maharaja has already spoken Srimad Bhagavata-kathamrta-saptah-yajna 308 times. This 309th Bhagavata-saptaha, performed in Sri Kotesvar Mahadeva Mandira, organized by Sri Sri Radha-Govindaji Gaudiya Matha, Nepal, offers a rare opportunity for the devotees of Kathmandu. Srila Maharaja’s conviction is that the treasure of Bhagavatam can give friendship, affection, peace and prema-bhakti to all living entities within the universe.
The religious land of Nepal, the only Hindu Nation in the world, has strictly followed Sanatana-dharma since Satya-yuga with faith and devotion. Recently, however, due to foreign and demonic influences, the government of Nepal abandoned the glory of being the world’s only Hindu Nation, and has become a secular state. The followers of Sanatana-dharma of Nepal and India believe that Nepal can be reinstated as a Vedic nation, and we find that Srila Madhusudana Maharaja is of the same opinion.
We pray that all of Srila Maharaja’s spiritual qualities and uninterrupted devotion to the lotus feet of Sri Krishna always increase. We, the World Hindu Federation, National Committee of Nepal, of Bansbari, Kathmandu, never tire of glorifying Srila Maharaja’s transcendental qualities and divine knowledge. We are jubilant and proud to have this great opportunity to offer Honorary Welcome to Guruji, Srila Bhaktivedanta Madhusudana Gosvami Maharaja.
8 August 2013 (Brihaspati-var) Nila-prasada Bhandari
World Hindu Federation
National Committee of Nepal, Bansbari, Kathmandu
Submitted by Tamala-krsna dasa Brahmacari