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Um dia especial para nós que fomos tocados por Srila Prabhupada.
Certa feita, antes de Srila Prabhupada vir para o ocidente, Ele se encontrou com Dr. Kapur (em Vrindavana Dhama) e Dr. Kapur comentou que seria muito difícil satisfazer esse desejo de Srila Bhaktisidantha de vir ao ocidente trazer a Consciência de Krsna, que não sabia que “louco” poderia fazer isso.
Srila Prabhupada retrucou dizendo que “certamente algum devoto tolo de Srila Bhaktisidhanta o faria”.
Hoje sabemos que Srila Prabhupada humildemente se referia a si próprio e graças a Ele tivemos a oportunidade de descobrir valores, descobrir um mundo que, aqui no ocidente, nascidos dentro dessa cultura judaico cristã jamais teríamos acesso, a não ser pelas informações distorcidas e preconceituosas de agentes de kali.
Devemos homenagear Srila Prabhupada hoje e todos os dias de nossas vidas, devemos ouvir as palavras de Devotos verdadeiramente discípulos de Srila Prabhupada, tal qual Srila Goura Govinda Maharaja e nossa irmã espiritual Didi Mula Prakriti Devi Dasi, que em seu livro “Nosso Srila Prabhupada, A Friends to All”, escrito antes de deixar fisicamente esse mundo comentou:
Sripada Hrdayananda Babaji Maharaja was born in Radha Kunda and has been a pujari for 78 years. He lives next to the Radha Damodara Temple.
At the beginning of the interview, upon being asked if he knew Srila Prabhupada, Babaji Maharaja began to cry.
“Never have I seen anyone do sadhana like he did. I have lived all my life in Vraja and I have never seen anyone like him. Prabhupada did many arduous things, he worked very hard there at the Radha Damodara Temple. At that time it was austere, underdeveloped, and very muddy and dirty with no facilities.”
Weeping, Babaji Maharaja quoted a sloka from Caitanya-caritamrta, from Sanatana Goswami, about the importance of sadhana. Then, quoting Svarupa Damodara and Ramananda Raya, he said, “Without sadhana one can never attain krsna-prema. Also, prthivite ache yata nagaradi-grama… Many years later, when I heard that it was actually he who had been chosen by Caitanya Mahaprabhu to spread the Hare Krsna maha-mantra around the world, I was not surprised.
“Prabhupada spread this Krsna consciousness by the mercy of Rupa Goswami. Prabhupada used to pray to Rupa Goswami, ‘You please give me your mercy.’ And then he got that mercy. I know this because I saw some things he did at the Radha Damodara Temple. My room is still located in the same place as it was then, in 1964 or 65. Many times in the middle of the night, at midnight or one or two in the morning, I would hear a voice crying from inside the courtyard by Rupa Goswami’s Samadhi-mandira. That voice was calling out and crying but I did not know what it was because I was trying to take rest.
“But one night, on the full moon, I heard that voice again, so I climbed up to the roof of our house and looked down into the Radha Damodara courtyard. I saw something very amazing, Srila Prabhupada was sweeping the courtyard of Rupa Goswami’s Samadhi. He was bending down with a small broom and, as he swept the ground by the Samadhi, he was crying out, ‘He Rupa! He Sanatana! He Gurudeva! Please give me your mercy. Without your mercy I cannot do anything. Give me the mercy. Give me the strength that I may fulfill your orders.’ Then I realized that it was he who almost every night was calling out as he was sweeping like this.
“Living next door to him, I would often visit as he sat on the veranda in the mornings and evenings. He was a very attractive personality and many Vaisnavas were eager for his association. When he gave pravacna from the books of the Gosvamis or Srila Bhaktivinoda or his gurudeva, many scholars and elevated saints would come to hear. I noticed that people were frequently coming for his sanga and for his counsel also. He was kind to everyone and was very popular. Sometimes, if too many people had visited and he wanted his private time to chant or write in his room, then he would ask me to sit there in his place on the veranda and tell anyone inquiring that he was no available now.
“Because I felt great affection for him, I asked if I might do any service for him. Sometimes he let me sweep the room and the veranda, remove trash, wash clothes or other small things. One day, I clearly remember I was cleaning his room and I saw some cobwebs hanging from the ceiling. With the broom I swept them down. Then I saw the spiders crawling on the floor. I was just noticing this when Srila Prabhupada came inside. Immediately he looked to the floor and saw the spiders, then he looked up to the ceiling. ‘Why have you disturbed?’ he asked. I apologized, feeling ashamed, saying that I had made a mistake, but that the spiders were not killed and would be all right. Then he told me that we should never cause disturbance to residents like these of the holy dhama. He said that we ourselves are actually newcomers and that they have been residing here for countless generations and must be respected. When he gave me this instruction he was very grave. Since that day I have not disrupted any spiders or other creatures anywhere in Sri Virndavana.
“We often went together to the Yamuna for sankirtana in the late afternoons. He would bring karatalas for chanting. I played the mrdanga. Many local devotees became accustomed to his beautiful parikrama and joined him there on the bank of the river. He engaged all in singing the Hari Krsna maha-mantra and Panca Tattva mantra and dancing very joyfully.
“To fulfill Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s prophecy, Srila Prabhupada came here to Vrindavana first. The Lord has utilized such an empowered person to spread His mission. Anything like this has to be done with a heavy, strong sadhana. Krsna rewarded him because he had so much nistha and sraddha. I have never seen such sadhana and feeling as his. If you want to take anything, the hand has to go and pick it up. So, like that, you have to steal prema-dhana, steal the wealth, one can take it.
“Prabhupada is here right now, but we have to find him out because Krsna has hidden him as if behind a curtain. His lila is still going on. He is still chanting at the Radha Damodara Temple and sweeping the courtyard – doing these wonderful pastimes. Like tying up camphor in a cloth, after the camphor is gone the smell in the cloth still remains. So Srila Prabhupada is certainly there. We have to endeavor to see Prabhupada; he has not gone anywhere, and if we feel the separation then we can be with him. With strong endeavor, utkantha, everything will be revealed. Like a chaste wife, with chastity all these things will come. Like parents who have so much affection and put their hands on their child’s head, similarly if we go to Srila Prabhupada he will embrace us with so much feeling. Like the Lord does.”
AS TRÊS GRANDES ONDAS DE SRI CAITANYA MAHAPRABHU NO BRASIL
(História do Movimento Hare Krsna no Brasil - por Vyasa Dasa)
Relato Histórico do Inicio do Vaisnavismo no Brasil em 1973, com A.C. Bhktivendanta Swami Prabhupada, e os demais momentos importantes que se seguiram com a continuidade evolutiva do Estabelecimento de Grandes Acaryas Vaisnavas, sendo Srila Sridhara Maharaja a partir de 1.980 e atualmente Srila Narayana Maharaja.
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