Bhaktivinod – Gaura – Saraswati Vani Seva
Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Gosvami Thakur Prabhupad told us –“If I seek The Path leading to that Absolute Truth, then I must ignore the countless voices of popular wisdom and listen only to that of the realized soul.”
Our ultimate goal is to do something concrete about Bhaktivinod – Gaura – Saraswati Vani Seva in a massive way to arrest the present perverted tide of negative preaching mode. All thought we all know that the kripapatra of Paramahamsa Jagat Guru Sri Srila Bhakti Pramod Puri Goswami Maharaj – Srila Shyam Das Babaji Maharaj – who is very much in line with His Guru Deva and Parama Guru Deva Sri Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Goswami Thakur Prabhupad never want to make any disciple or any temple, or never he like to go to foreign country, still he is always ready to render perfect Vani -Seva by the order of Sri Gurudeva and Guru Varga.
Bhaktivinod-Gaura-Saraswati-vani is the fully blossomed form of Saraswati Gaudiya shrouta pantha. Transcendental teachings flowing intact way through supremely pure Guru parampara in the form of nonstop Harikatha– Kirtan is shrouta pantha. “Bhaktivinod-dhara can never be stopped” -this is the blessing of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Gosvami Thakur Prabhupada, so still today we can keep hope. Through the process of perfect sravana-pantha eventually Supreme Lord going to sit inside the heart of a sat shisya immediately. All the antaranga parshadas of Sriman Mahaprabhu ( intimate associates)—like Śrīla Svarūpa Dāmodara Gosvāmī, Śrī Rāya Rāmānanda, Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī, Śrīla Sanātāna Gosvāmī, Śrīla Raghunātha dāsa Gosvāmī, Śrīla Kṛṣṇadāsa Kavirāja Gosvāmī, Śrīla Viśvanātha Cakravartī Ṭhākura or all those in the modern era like Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura, Śrīla Prabhupāda Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura, Śrī Śrīmad Bhakti Pramoda Puri Gosvāmī Mahārāja, Srila Bhakti Pragyan Kesava Gosvami Maharaj, Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj etc. they all are the main protectors of this shrouta-vani- vaibhava. The only duty of an Acarya is to give full protection to ‘sampradayik vani vaibhava’, and nothing else, because if ‘sampradayik vani vaibhava’ ( the real secret treasure ) is protected then automatically we can find proper solution everywhere and we can run our mission very smoothly. If all our center point is one and the same, in that case no Question of any infighting. Srila Prabhupada used to speak that–“Neither we are interested about public happiness, nor about private happiness, we are only interested to seek the entire satisfaction (entire happiness) of the Supreme Lord “. Our very cheap self-interest going to put us in trouble, so we are going to lose the center point of devotion (bhakti). Due to the influence of Kali many sense enjoyers and unqualified individuals those who have disregard for the scriptural evidence– they always try to conceal or distort the truth for their personal gain so that none can get the exact message ( information)of that Absolute truth ( about the Supreme Lord). Half truth is not truth– which is more dangerous than lie.
pṛthivīte ĵata kathā dharma-nāme cale
bhāgavata kahe saba paripūrṇa chale
Jaiva Dharma (Phala Śruti 1)
All the philosophical-cults in this world that are celebrated as dharma have been condemned as utterly deceptive by Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam.
Because of the prominency of such fraudulent Ideologists in the world today, we feel it very urgent to present this ‘sampradayik-shrouta-vani’ intact way without any edition and alteration, we think this is the perfect time to render this kind of perfect seva, when many so called followers of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu are preaching chala-dharma( in the name of Bhagavat-dharma they are going to speak something else) in the name of Gaudiya Vaishnavisum. Our aim is to protect and preserve Bhaktivinoda-dhara to the best of our ability. If at all there is any credit to be assigned for the manifestation of the most sublime Vani- Vaibhava given on this Webside that should go into the accounts of our previous Acaryas (Guruvarga). The publisher of this Webside honestly want to present the exact ‘sampradayik-shrouta vani vaibhava.’
About Shyam Das Baba
Always Srila Maharaj likes to pass away his personal topics. He is speaking-‘What use hearing about a fallen soul like me.’ But still, we think it necessary to introduce Srila Maharaj in front of you all so that there cannot be any complicacy and doubts. Though we know it very well that his “Vani Svarup “is his real identity, because by now he is well known to everybody, still we are trying our best to speak something about him almost near approximation. He took birth near Calcutta Gaudiya Mission at the bank of Sri Gangaji ( Bag Bazar) in a poor vaishya family, though the traditional culture of that family was very very high regarding educational Qualification or Art & cultural prosperity, but he was very fond of sports and game all alone(especially football game), so naturally, he could not pay his full attention to his education, though his brainpower was very high. Anyway, he was a pure science student of Calcutta University. Later on, in life he was very inspired by the life of Einstein the great Scientist, so naturally, he started developing some skills regarding scientific research work. Most people think that he was a scientist, but he says—“Not that, I was not a scientist.” He used to help them (scientists) in their research work in different ways. From childhood, some basic spiritual conciseness was seen in him, and also as per his Horoscope he was supposed to renounce at the age of nine or ten, but due to surrounding nondevotional condition he started living like a crazy boy with playing mood.
His grandfather and grandmother got Harinama- diksha from Shantipur Link, but still, they had great respect for Gaudiya Math, not only that but also their house was just adjacent to the Gaudiya mission at Calcutta Bag Bazar, so naturally, he got the scope to get the association of those pure devotees knowingly or unknowingly in his childhood. His father and mother took diksha from a sahajia. But still, before death his father started doing Harinama cravingly and also started traveling all different pilgrimages including Mathura, Vrindavan, etc., but by that time Srila Maharaj already went from home. Again mother took Harinam-diksha freshly from Bhaktivedanta Vaman Gosvami Maharaja– the great Acarya of Devananda Gaudiya Math, of course, it was after the death of his father. She started hearing Harikatha of Srila Shyam Baba at least eight hours a day if not more up to the last moment of her life.
At his young age due to some material association gradually he was feeling very annoyed (disturbed) and gradually started developing total detachment for this material world. He was searching for a sad Guru for a long time, who would guide him perfectly in his devotional life of Sri Chaitanya shiksa– the transcendental temple of loveful eternity. He started traveling in different pilgrimages like mad, while he was traveling in Vrindavan-Dham with a group of Gaudiya Sadhus, suddenly one day when he took entry into a devotional book store near Sri Radha Damodar Temple, he could easily recognize his nitya Guru on a photo that struck him at first glance.
Really it was a miracle how he got the darshan of Srila sad Gurudeva to take Harinam- diksha and saffron cloth, etc. His name was Sri Shyamal Krsna Brahmachari. Though he always thinks himself unfit still by the causeless mercy of Srila Gurdeva and Srila Bhakti Bibudha Bodhayan Goswami Maharaja he got the rare scope of Vani-seva (printing and publication) through which he was successful to get genuine Guru-kripa. Also the night time seva of Srila Gurudeva was very very important for him to realize the mystery of his sad Guru-tattva. His Gurudeva is really a remarkable milestone of idealism in front of Gaudiya Vaishnava society. Om Vishnupada nitya lila pravisto Sri Srila Bhakti Pramode Puri Gosvami Maharaja is known to all– especially for his exclusive humble attitude.
Actually he was the total embodiment of “trinad api sunica” sloka by Sriman Mahaprabhu. Before leaving this material planet Srila Gurudeva gave him Paramahamsa vesha at the topmost place of Gaudiya Vipralambha rasa-kshetra– Sri Nilachala Dham in the day of Rasa purnima (in the month of Kartik), also predicted something about his future bhajan life. From then he is known to us as Srila Shyam das Baba Maharaja. But why white vesha not Sannyas vesha! This is not only our Question, but it was also the Question of Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj. Srila Gurudeva could realize the heart of his disciple (Srila Shyam Baba), so he was bound to approve this Paramhamsa vesh to him. With this– Srila Gurudeva wanted to indicate him to concentrate on bhajan, and at the same time, he also wanted to make him a perfect preacher (though not openly). That time he received a very important advice from Srila Gurudeva– “ If at all nice flowers are there in a garden then sweet smell going all around, you need not invite honeybees, they automatically going to came to collect honey from those flowers being greedy. Same way if your bhajan is perfect then everybody can come to you to get genuine kripa from you; you need not run here and there without any reason.” Without perfect demand for Harikatha he is always going to avoid invitation. From the very beginning of his spiritual life he has been maintaining a very strict standard of bhajan life, this he has learned from his Gurudeva. Due to some unusual happenings he was bound to do bhajan at different places of BrajaDham like Gokula Mahavan , Sri Vrindavan, Goverdhana, Nandagram, Varshana, Obegaun ( Sherghar) , Suryakunda ( Surya puja lila place of Srimati Radharani) but first, he stayed in Sri Chaitanya math. He was never in favor of solitary bhajan, always he wanted to do Harikatha– Kirtan. When he started staying at Mula-math( Sri Chaitanya math) at the bank of Radhakunda, there also continuous Harikatha—Kirtan was his motto of bhajan life ( spiritual life). This kind of idealism he has learned from the life of Srila Prabhupada Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur. Often he used to speak that- ‘Srila Prabhupda is the spiritual hero and topmost idealism in my life’. At Goverdhan Dhan-ghati there was a small Gaudiya math named—Sri Goverdhan Gaudiya math, where he stayed for a long time at rooftop BhajanKutir, but there also he was always busy with Harikatha—Kirtan, but daily Goverdhan Parikram was a must in his life to complete his Harinama Quota silently. His Braja-dham-vas was under the guidance of Sada-Gosvamis, because it was known to him that without the kripa of Sada Gosvamis nobody can stay at Braja-dham forcefully. Many times he took a vow for koti-nama-yagya along with Bhagavat parayan etc. By the advice of some senior devotees he took final decision to start Vani-seva again in a big way. Till then he has taken shelter at Sri Godrum-Dham near Bhaktivinoda Asan to do Vani-seva (including Harikatha–Kirtan and printing publication seva), so up to now at least sixty books have been published edited by him in different languages and also so many articles written by him were published in different magazines. When Srila Gurudeva was manifesting sick lila to leave this material planet to get proper consolation he was bound to approach Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj at Sri Vrindavan Dham in the month of Kartik-vrata. Rasa purnima day just morning time four o’clock he was informed by Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Maharaj that he will have to go to Sri Dham Mayapur immediately. Because Srila Gurudeva went to nitya lila , without any delay he started running towards Sridham Mayapur to reach the Lotus feet of Srila Gurudeva almost in penniless condition. Up to that time, Srila Maharaj could not realize properly the reason why he was given this white vesha ((Paramahamsa-vesha). Only on the day of the divine departure of his Gurudeva he started crying in front of newly closed Samadhi of Srila Gurudeva to realize the fact. Suddenly he could remember the advice of Srila Gurudeva to read Vedanta sutra properly at the time of Paramhams-vesha diksha. So by now, he started realizing that Srila Gurudeva wanted to protect him from those so-called envious devotees. Also without any prathista he will have to carry out the preaching mission of Sriman Mahaprabhu alone, without the help of others, because most of the weak people want to avoid him for his straightforwardness. Suddenly he could realize that his Gurudeva wanted to make him a real preacher who can have no obligation to travel. Actually white Paramahamsa-vesha implies bhajan nistha door, but when at the same time Paramahamsa Srila Gurudeva wanted to give him direct order or instruction to go through Vedanta-darshan properly—then surely it means that he wanted to make Maharaja perfect preacher, but of course with no obligation to travel with the flag of preaching. To break all those wrong Siddhanta-vicar going everywhere in the name of Sri Gaudiya-darshan already shown by Sriman Mahaprabhu and all of His genuine followers is the main duty of an Acarya ( preacher). To give full protection to sampradayik-vani-vaibhava a very powerful neutral preaching personality is very very important, otherwise sampradayik-vani-vaibhava can get lost due to the nonstop efforts of those traitors. In this way still today he is going to lead his Niskincan bhajan life – staying at Godrumdvip–which is non different from Nanda-Gram. Also a small editorial library he is maintaining somehow. Go-mata seva , Tulsi seva ,Ganga seva, Bhakta seva etc. being ‘tadiya vastu seva’ going to give a very fast result in devotional life and also all these seva already approved by Sri Krsna or Sri Krsna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in different scriptures. So this way he was at all interested to serve Go-Mata from the heart to enjoy Bhagavat -kripa. Also, the special book was written by him on Go-Mata seva to stop cow killing ( Chetana ka Jagaran) enjoying huge responses from different levels of this society including ministerial level. So one nice small Goshala in the name of ‘Sri Shyam Go-dham’ at Suvarna Vihar Kshetra Godrumdvip is being maintained by Srila Maharaj somehow. An astrologer predicted that he is going to leave his body at the age of 62 years. Srila Maharaj is already 60 years old now. Sometimes he is saying that this is the exclusive decision to be taken by Sriman Nityananda and Guruvarga. So how long he will have to stay on this planet is not clear to us. Meanwhile, he has taken the decision to give everyone the spiritual treasure that all he has received from his Gurudeva and Guruvarga. For this reason, he is going to speak very frequently on different topics. We are going to put an open invitation to all.
This much we can say, not more please Excuse