All Glory To Sri Sri Guru Gauranga
Vol: E-22  
Sept. 2, 2005

Avoid Nam-Aparadha–Then You Will Get Everything

When a message came from his disciples, asking him to name their newly born daughter, Srila Govinda Maharaj commented on how wonderful it was to see people progressing in their lives. Some years back they had asked him for some affeectionate guidance and he was amazed with their affectionate acceptance. He gave the name Brajeshvari. He said it is a name of Yasodamayi and it was given by Srimati Radharani and revealed by Srila Kaviraj Goswami. He then quoted from one of his favorite section of Sri Chaitanya Caritamrta.
Sri Radha said, “I don't count my own suffering, but when I see the sad face of Brajeshvari, (mother Yashoda) and the afflicted hearts of the people of Braja, I wonder if you are trying to kill them. Perhaps you want to rescue them by coming here? Why let them live only to suffer without you?"


One morning when there were no initiations, Srila Gurudev began to speak about avoiding the ten offenses. Naturally, he mentioned in detail the first offense, sadhu-ninda, the offense to the dear devotees of Sri Krishna and although he mentioned all ten offenses, he spoke specifically about gurvajna. He said neglect of the guru, offense to the guru disrespect to the guru and then summed it up by saying , "Anything to the Guru." Fortunately for us, the sat Guru does not consider the offenses of those trying to serve him, just as a loving parent does not accept the offenses of their dependant child. Otherwise, where would we be and what hope would we have? We sing, bahu-janme aparadhi, doya koro he!" for so many lives I have been an offender, now I am taking shelter of you, please be merciful to me. This prayer, if sincere, will always bring the desired result.



hari-nama mahamantra sarva-mantra-sar
jader korunabale jagate pracar
sei namanrayan sadhu mahajan
tahader ninda na koriha kadacan

brajendranandana krishna sarveshvareshvar
maheshvar adi tar sevana-tatpar
nama-cintamani krishna-caitanya-swarup
bhedajñan na koribe lila-guna-rup

"guru krishnarup han sashtrer pramane
gururupe krishna kripa kore bhagyavane"
se gurute marttya-budhi avajñadi tyaji
ishtalabh koro, nirantara nam bhaji

shruti shrutimata-saha satvata puran
shrinam-carana-padma kore nirajan
sei shruti shastra jeba koroye nindan
se aparadha sanga koribe barjjan

namer mahima sarvva-shastrete bakhane
atistuti han kabhu na bhaviha mane
agastya, ananta, brahma, shivadi stata
je nam-mahima-gatha sankirttana-rata
se nam-mahima-sindhu ke paibe par ?
atistuti bole jei–sei duracar

krishna-namaboli nitya goloker dhan
kalpita, prakrita, bhave–aparadhijan

name sarvvapapa-ksoy sarvva-shastre koy
sardin pap kori sei bharasay
emota durbudhi jar sei aparadhi
maya-prabancita, duhkha bhunje nirabadhi

atulya srikrishna-nam purna-rasa-nidhi
tar sam na bhaviha sp shubha-karma adi

name shradha-hin jan–bidhatta bancita
tare nam dane apradha sunishcita

shuniyao krishna-nam-mahatmya apar
je priti-rahita, sei naradhama char
ahamta mamata jar antore bahire
shudha krishna-nam tar kabhu nahi sphure

ei dash aparadh koriya barjjan
je sujana kore harinama sankirttan
apurva srikrishna-prem labhya tar hoy
nam-prabhu tar hride nitya bolishoy

tridandi bhiksu–sri bhakti sundar govinda


Ten Offenses To Be Avoided

The maha-mantra we receive from Sri Gurudev is the essence of all divine sound and by the merciful power of the name itself, it is spreading throughout the world. The sadhus (devotees ) are the reservoirs of the divine name and at no time should they be offended.

The son of the king of Braja, the lord of lords, Sri Krishna is served by all the Devas, headed by Maheshvar Shiva and is always superior to them. The divine form of the name of Krishna is non-different from him, as are his qualities, pastimes, associates and divine form and should never be considered to be separate from him.

Krishna appears to us in the form of Sri Guru and this is evidenced in all the scriptures. In this form of Sri Guru, Krishna bestows his mercy on the fortunate souls. Therefore, one should never consider the sat Guru to be an ordinary person. Serving him will fulfill all of our spiritual desires.

The holy scriptures guide us on the proper path and are revealed through pure goodness. We should always be careful not to slight these revealed scriptures because with the help of the saints, every syllable guides to the divine name of Krishna.

All of the holy scriptures directly declare the glories of the divine name. One should never think these glories to be exaggerated. All of the great Rishis and Devatas like Agastya, Ananta, Brahma, Shiva and all others are always engaged in the sankirtan of the divine name.

The glories of the name are a fathomless ocean. Who can find the end of that ocean? Whomever considers these glories to be imagination is the worst miscreant. This divine name is the treasure of Goloka and one who considers it to be a mundane creation is a criminal.

All the shastras state that the holy name can destroy all sins. One should not therefore, pass his entire day engaged in sinful actions. One who does so is misguided offender and is thus plunged into unending sorrow and deprived of the fruits of the divine name.

The unparalleled name of Krishna is an ocean of the nectar of divine love. The name is the method to attain that ocean. Nothing can be considered equal to it.

One who hears these glories of the divine name but does not develop love for it is the lowest creature. Instead he sees everything through the polluted lens of "I and Mine." The pure name of Krishna is never revealed to such a person.

One should steadfastly rid oneself of these ten offenses. Such an offenseless soul ecstatically takes the divine name and tastes the incomparable fruit of Krishna-prem. The divine name is incessantly resounding in the heart of such a pure soul.

Composed in Bengali by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, April 2, 1992

Every disciple who receives initiation is given a very beautiful book produced originally by Sri Swarupananda Prabhu. It has been translated into 25 languages and anyone who studies this book carefully will be learned in the conceptions of our Guru-varga. Although describing the 10 offenses to be avoided, in the mood of the Sri Chaitanya it is really describing the glories of the holy name, just like this poem.

While reflecting on the Chaitanya-Caritamrta, many things were revealed by Srila Govinda Maharaj. When we were in Vrindaban for the Temple inauguration, he was reading the many verses inscribed on the walls of the Temple and he asked me which was the supreme shloka of Chaitanya-Caritamrta. Being a foolish truck driver, I honestly replied that I had no idea. He then began to recite.....

"Oh Lord of my heart. Oh most merciful friend of the bereft. Oh Lord of Mathura, when will I see you again? My heart is too much afflicted with the pain of your separation. What shall I do now?" This was the expression of Sri Radhika's heart and it was revealed by Sri Madhavendra Puri. Mahaprabhu also tasted this mood, but until the appearance of Srila Sridhar Maharaj, there was no fourth person who could taste it.
Srila Govinda Maharaj expressed his sorrow that this shloka was not inscribed on the Samadhi Mandir of Srila Sridhar Maharaj and he began to contemplate how it would be accomplished.
Then the conversation temporarily switched to Srila Vyasadev and the Srimad Bhagavatam. How Srila Sridhar Maharaj appreciated Srila Govinda Maharaj's analogy of Vyas's dancing elephant shlokas and then some example were given of the heavy shlokas especially, dharma-projita-kaitavo nirmatsaranam satam, but Vyas could then change gears sweetly,

"This ripened fruit of the desire tree of the Vedas, Srimad Bhagavatam, has been made sweeter by the touch of the lotus mouth of Sri Shukadev Goswami. Oh great souls, who are capable of tasting such sweetness, drink the nectar of Srimad Bhagavatam again and again, to your full satisfaction." Then an example was given of the sweetness of the Gopi Gita,

The Gopis lamented that Krishna's soft lotus feet may be injured by the pebbles and thorns as he went to the pasturing grounds and they wanted to place those feet on their breasts, but they thought his lotus feet were too soft even for that. How such a great Rishi like Vyas could write shlokas like "jamadyasya yatah" and then compose "Gopi Gita" this was the dancing of an elephant. (note of warning, we do not have the adhikar for these topics and should not dwell on the Gopi Gita or similar subjects, but what we hear from Srila Gurudev, we consider that to be enough, and if we deal with it like that, it will purify us) Then the conversation switched back to Chaitanya-Caritamrta and the beautiful compositions of Srila Kaviraj Goswami.

In Mahaprabhu's madness of separation from Krishna he spoke in the mood of the Gopis, "My beautiful friend, if this love for Krishna awakens in your heart you will be submerged in the simultaneous sweetness and bitterness of this love. It is working in two ways. it is like the most venomous poison of a serpent, for which there is no cure and it is a shower of unprecedented nectar causing one to drown in that nectar." Then Srila Govinda Maharaj mentioned one of Kaviraj Goswami's last expressions in Chaitanya-Caritamrta and said that he is trying to go to the deeper meaning of that shloka. Obviously, he understands the language, both Sanskrit and Bengali, so he was not in need of a dictionary, but his "deeper meaning" was why did Srila Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami use that particular expression in that particular place?

"The scent of Krishna's lotus feet is filling the world and maddening those devotees who know how to taste the sweetness of their divine relationship with him. Who, having tasted such divine nectar, could give up his attachment for for Sri Krishna, who lifted Govardhan Hill for the protection of his dear devotees."



The sun never sets on the glorious Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, whose flag of victory is always rising and being saluted throughout the world. It is from this place that the glories of the rupanuga sampradaya, the message and pastimes of Sri Guru-Gauranga-Radha-Govinda Jiu are always being transmitted.