I Consider Him To Be Shaktyavesha-Avatara…
A glorification of Srila Prabhupada by Swami B.R. Sridhara Deva Goswami, compiled from various talks.
Amongst all our Guru Maharaja’s disciples, our Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja’s endeavor is incomparable. For those of us who identify with our Guru Maharaja’s cause, we cannot but be grateful to him for the way he has told the world about this great treasure of Mahaprabhu. This is because the way he has served our Gurudeva is extraordinary. Without being empowered by Krishna’s shakti, it is not possible.
Such a tremendous action in the plane of such a high degree of theology cannot be expected to happen. Some higher divine power worked in him. There is no doubt of this. This is our firm belief.
I consider him to be shaktyavesha-avatara, and it is confirmed by his journey on the ship through the Atlantic and how he landed there and the nature of the beginning of his movement. What was his intense degree of dedication to Krishna? How much he made himself empty to call down Krishna to help him? It is corroborated that Krishna worked on his behalf. He was completely dedicated to that purpose and a divine force came down to help him. Nityananda Prabhu is in charge of preaching Mahaprabhu’s glories, so I took it that Nityananda Prabhu must have some special dedication in him in his last days which helped him to inundate the whole world in such an inconceivable magnitude.
But that does not mean that he was nothing before such delegated power came in him, that he has no value of his own. Does it mean that before the delegation will come, he was some empty thing? Such propaganda will defeat his own objective. This supposition is mischievous and those that think like will do mischief for their own people by falsely propagating in this way. It is very difficult to arouse faith in men and this sort of statement will diminish faith. It will prepare the field for the atheist. It is suicidal to propagate that line.
That delegation may come in a proper place, just as in other shaktyavesha-avataras, the shakti accepts a particular place and that is not anything and everything, an ordinary thing. One must be proper to receive that. Otherwise it is impossible. It is not a thing of the ordinary level that anyone will do. The highest thing has been taken down to the lowest position so extensively.
muktanam api siddhanam narayana parayana
sudurlabhah prasanatma kotishv api maha-mune
(O great sage, among many millions who are liberated and perfect in knowledge of liberation, one may be a devotee of Narayana. Such devotees, who are fully peaceful, are extremely rare – Bhag. 6.14.5)
taspasvibhyo’dhiko yogi jnanibhy’pi mato’dhikah
karmibhyash chadhiko yogi tasmad yogi bhavarjuna
(Such a yogi is superior to the tapasvi (one who performs severe penances) and the jnani (one who tries to achieve the Absolute by intellectual pursuits) and the karmi (one who tries to attain salvation by performing Vedic rituals). This is My conclusion, O Arjuna – therefore become a yogi! – Gita 6.46)
yoginam api sarvesham mad gatenantaratmana
shraddhavan bhakate yo mam sa me yuktatamo matah
(I consider the best of all yogis to be the bhakti-yogi who abides in Me, who meditates upon Me and who worships Me with firm faith – Gita 6.47)
Wealth from the highest plane was taken and distributed by Swami Maharaja so lavishly in the world. As Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura told, “In the near future the westerners will join the Indians here under the common banner of Lord Chaitanya and go on with krishna-kirtana.” After having such a divine vision, Bhaktivinoda Thakura predicted that such a thing would soon become a reality. What our Guru Maharaja began and half fulfilled was completed in a great magnitude by Swami Maharaja. Bhaktisiddhanta Prabhupada gave it a preliminary start and Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja has taken it further ahead. This is completely unbelievable for us!
We are doing a little service to the society in our own way, but what Swami Maharaja has done is like an ocean and we are like so many ponds.
prithivite ache yata nagaradi grama
sarvatra pracar hobe mora nama
(In every town and village of the world, My name and glories will be sung – Chaitanya Bhagavata Antya-khanda 4.126)
With this flag he travelled all across the world. By such an endeavor he has become very adorable to us. What he has done is a supernatural activity of supernatural power. You all represent him, and you are present before me today. I am so happy and I think myself fortunate to be in your midst.