Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja
For Aksaya Trtiya
[Respected Hari-katha Readers,
This year, 2020, Aksaya Trtiya is April 25 and 26 (in America and India). For the observance on Aksaya-trtiya, we are sending Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami’s lecture from Honolulu, Hawaii: May 6, 2000. Below the endnote to this lecture is an excerpt from Srila Narayana Gosvami Maharaja's biography of Srila Bhakti Prajnana Kesava Gosvami Maharaja:]
Today is a very auspicious day – Aksaya-trtiya. We will observe it tomorrow, however, because today there are three tithis (time periods, like days) in one day. Today the door of Bhadri-narayana will be open, and therefore a festival will be observed in Puri with Lord Jagannatha. Candana-yatra will also begin on this auspicious day.
Especially, anyone who will begin anything on this day, that endeavor will be successful. Aksaya means ‘not perishable.’ If you are sincerely taking diksa initiation today, your bhakti will be very successful.
Today, on Aksaya-trtiya the universe was created by Brahma. The universe took its shape today, so today is the first day of Creation. Also, Brahma created barley, which is like a medicine, and which is the root of all the corn and other foodstuffs. Barley is given today to Krsna.
Today is the birthday of our Gaudiya Vedanta Society. On this day Sri Abhaya Carana Bhaktivedanta Svami Maharaja became one of the founder members of Gaudiya Vedanta Samiti.
Devotee: Not many devotees realize this.
Brajanath dasa: The Gaudiya Vedanta Samiti was founded by Srila Bhakti Prajnana Kesava Gosvami Maharaja in 1941. Srila Prabhupada was present there.
Srila Gurudeva: He was one of the founding members. Krsna Consciousness and Gaudiya Vedanta Samiti are the same thing. This Krsna Consciousness movement is actually coming from Brahma, Narada, Vyasa, and Sukadeva Gosvami, who are all members of ISKCON. To serve Krsna is ISKCON. Srila Bhaktivedanta Svami Maharaja is not the establisher of ISKCON, but the re-organizer. He himself has said this. *[See endnote]
ISKCON is transcendental. All Those who serve Krsna, and all those who wish to serve Krsna, are ISKCON. So, we are all in ISKCON.
[Endnote: “Thus Brahma was initiated by the Krsna mantra, by Lord Krsna Himself, and thus he became a Vaisnava, or a devotee of the Lord, before he was able to construct the huge universe. It is stated in the Brahma-samhita that Lord Brahma was initiated into the eighteen-letter Krsna mantra, which is generally accepted by all the devotees of Lord Krsna. We follow the same principle because we belong to the Brahma sampradaya, directly in the disciplic chain from Brahma to Narada, from Narada to Vyasa, from Vyasa to Madhva Muni, from Madhva Muni to Madhavendra Puri, from Madhavendra Puri to Isvara Puri, from Isvara Puri to Lord Caitanya and gradually to His Divine Grace Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati, our divine master.” (Srimad-Bhagavatam, 2.9.6 Purport)
In another verse, Rupa Gosvami says, krsna-bhakti-rasa-bhavita matih kriyatam yadi kuto 'pi labhyate. (I have translated the words Krsna consciousness from krsna-bhakti-rasa-bhavita.) So here Rupa Gosvami advises, "If Krsna consciousness is available, please purchase it immediately. Don't delay. It is a very nice thing." (Srila Prabhupada’s Journey of Self Discovery)]
From the Biography
[From Acarya Kesari Srimad Bhakti Prajnana Kesava Gosvami Maharaja (Part 111).
Sri Gaudiya Vedanta Samiti and Aksaya-trtiyaOn 22 April 1958, a special festival was observed for Aksaya-trtiya and for the anniversary of the inauguration of Sri Gaudiya Vedanta Samiti. Besides the lecture and kirtana, a special religious assembly was organized that day in Sri Uddharana Gaudiya Matha in Chunchura. Paramaradhya Srila Gurudeva addressed the assembly as follows.
“Aksaya-trtiya is the first day of Satya-yuga. It is on this day that the road to Sri Badri-narayana is opened every year, and on Aksaya-trtiya, Sri candana-yatra also takes place in Sri Jagannatha Puri. Sri Jagannathaji’s whole body is smeared with Malayan candana and Sri Madana-mohanaji, the vijaya-vigraha of Sri Jagannatha-deva, is seated in a well-decorated boat in Sri Narendra-sarovara to perform His boat-pastimes. Sri Gaudiya Vedanta Samiti was inaugurated on this very day in 1940. Paramaradhya Srila Gurudeva [Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada] established Srimad-Bhagavatam as Gaudiya Vedanta, following the verse from Garuda Purana, ‘artho ’yaṁ brahma-sutranam – Srimad-Bhagavatam is the purport of the Vedanta-sutra.’ Gaudiya-vedantacarya Srila Baladeva Vidyabhusana also composed Govinda-bhasya following this same verse.”
Srila Gurudeva went on to point out by comparative study that Sri Govinda-bhasya is the topmost commentary on Vedanta, and that after Govinda-bhasya, Sri Madhva Acarya’s commentary, Anu-bhasya, is superior to all the other commentaries. He further established that Sankara Vedanta is insubstantial and useless.