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Only a Real Guru Takes One to the Eternal World

Only a Real Guru Takes One to the Eternal World

by | Jul 23, 2018 | ACARYA SERIES, Chanting, Uncategorized

[July 23, 2018 is the auspicious appearance day of the Founder-Ācārya of Viśuddha Caitanya-vāṇī Pracāra Kendra, Śrī Śrīmad Bhakti Vijñāna Bhāratī Gosvāmī Mahārāja, in Vṛndāvana, India. The following is a bhāva anuvāda of an address by Śrīla Mahārāja on the same tithi on July 8, 2014. Editors’ input: Additional text has been included in square brackets to facilitate the flow of content.]

This human birth is rare because we have received it after wandering through 8.4 million species. However, only receiving this human form of life is not everything in itself. Many lifetimes went by but no one showered their mercy upon us. Although I was born many times prior to this birth, no one gave me such mercy as my guru-pādapadma bestowed upon me. On my janma tithi (appearance day), it is my duty to worship my gurudeva – the one who opened my eyes, in other words, who gave me divine vision, who gave me an opportunity to know Bhagavān, who taught me how to render devotional service unto Bhagavān, as well as all other gurus who have given me [transcendental] knowledge. To remember them all is one’s duty on one’s birthday.

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