Thursday, May 22, 2008

Two latest books on the lines of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu tradition

Chaitanya Mahaprabhu

Archana Joshi,” While posted in Jaipur, I picked up a copy of ‘MAA MANI’ from Ramavtar Sharmaji and found it to be enchanting and spiritually -elevating. Bhaiya, your update on two new books released recently has aroused my curiosity. Kindly enlighten all devotees about them.”

Sister Archanaji, the first latest book is named ‘SRI SRI VIJAYKRISHNAVACHNAMRI’ Very similar to the Gospel of Swami Ramakrishan Paramhans (1836-1886) it is comprised of divine quotes, sayings, words of wisdom and dialogues of Vijaykrishanji Goswamiji Maharaj .

In fact on the lines of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu tradition, we have a prominent disciple Adwaitacharyaji Maharaj, In Adwaitacharyaji's 10th generation. Great sage Vijaykrishanji Goswami was born on the day of Rakhi ( poornima, 2nd August , 1841) . His contemporary Saints include Swami Ramakrishna Paramhans, Loknath Brahmchari, Lahiri Mahshya , Charandass Babaji and their likes. One of His principal disciples was Maan Mani who under His guidance came to Vrindavan in 1947 for divine Radha-Krishna leelas.

In the above new volume, Goswami Vijaykrishanji Maharaj blesses us, affirming that whoever chants Lord Hari's pious name, observes a saatvic diet and genuinely yearns for Divine love, can attain unique experiences like Him with Shyamsunder or Lord Krishna! The overly famous Sri Hari kirtan is :--

Hare Ram Hare Ram, Ram Ram Hare Hare;
Hare Krishan Hare Krishan, Krishan Krishan Hare Hare

To achieve this state, Goswami Vijaykrshanji opines that control on food and sleep is essential. The ‘Bhagwad Gita’ Lord Krishna asserts:

Naatyashnatastu yogo'sti nachaikaantamanashnatah;
Na chaatiswapnasheelasya jaagrato naiva chaarjuna.

16. “Verily Yoga is not possible for him who eats too much, nor for him who does not eat at all; nor for him who sleeps too much, nor for him who is (always) awake, O Arjuna! “

Yuktaahaaravihaarasya yuktacheshtasya karmasu;
Yuktaswapnaavabodhasya yogo bhavati duhkhahaa.

17. Yoga becomes the destroyer of pain for him who is always moderate in eating ands recreation (such as walking and so on.), who moderately exerts in actions, who is moderate in sleep and wakefulness...Chapter VI of GITAJI has 52 verses

The second latest book is ‘SADGURU KI LEELA’ recounting the divine position Goswami Vijaykrishnaji held in the life of a devotee, Haridas Basuji. If Chaitanya Mahaprabhu totally transformed the life of Jagai-Madhai, Goswami Vijaykrishnaji precisely did the same for severral devotees. The kripa or Grace of Sadguru Goswami Vijaykrishnaji is apparent throughout the lengthy 312 pages volume.

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