His Divine Grace Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada His Divine Grace Srila Gour Govinda Swami Srila Gurudeva
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The Mercy Potency of Gauranga Mahaprabhu

Srila PrabhupadaBy Gurudeva’s mercy we can realize what is his real svarupa, how he is a maha-bhagavata. Guru means heavy not light. If someone gets the darsana of Sri Guru or sad-guru, it is to be understood that good fortune has arisen for him. We are not speaking of seeing the external body constituted of blood, flesh and bones. Darsana does not mean to see the external form of Guru. To see the Guru’s real form, his real svarupa, that is Guru darsana. To see how he is dear to Krsna. That vision is not material vision, that is transcendental vision, transcendental darsana, spiritual darsana, aprakrta-darsana. If someone can see how the gaura-karuna-sakti, the mercy potency of Gaura is moving within him then that is the darsana of Guru. One who can have this vision, he is a fortunate jiva. That is truly good fortune for him.

Mercy of Sri Guru

By nature Guru is very merciful. He is very tolerant. He always excuses our innumerable aparadhas, offenses. He is very, very merciful to all jivas. He is very dear to Krsna, a most dear and intimate associate of Krsna. He has come down here to give us Krsna. He gave us Krsna.

He gave us faith in Krsna, Krsna-sraddha, and taste in hearing the nectarean katha of Krsna, Krsna-katha-ruci, and the invaluable wealth of Krsna-prema. That is the real darsana of Guru. He is always looking at us with merciful eyes. He has taken up the resolution to deliver us from our most fallen position. Prior to the darsana of Guru we were ill-fated. We had only bad fortune. The day we met Guru, Sri Guru, sad-guru, good fortune arose. If someone gets an opportunity to meet such a Guru then his material bondage will be destroyed. When his material bondage is destroyed then he will get the opportunity to have the darsana of Sri Guru, a real mahatma, maha-bhagavata. Such a jiva is bhagyavan, really fortunate. Having already wandered through lakhs and lakhs of brahmandas, the ill-fated jiva experiences only misfortune. But now he has become fortunate, he has gotten the darsana of a maha-bhagavata, Krsna-prestha, a dear devotee of Krsna.

In this material world if one meets the president of the state, chief minister or prime minister and gets some of his material desires fulfilled, he thinks, “Oh, I am very fortunate.” No, this is not fortune. We are not speaking of this fortune. What fortune arises after meeting Guru? One can not speak, there is no language to describe. Until now he had been a karmi or jnani or bhogi or tyagi, but now he becomes Krsna dasa. This is good fortune. He will be situated in his constitutional position and become Krsna dasa. This is good fortune, this is bhagya, good fortune. This evolution of the cycle of birth and death, stops now. This is good fortune.

Real Darsana of Sri Guru

As one can see the sun only by the help of the sunshine, similarly, only by the mercy of the sadhu-guru-mahajana, the Vaisnava Thakura can one see the svarupa of Guru. Otherwise, nobody can see the svarupa of Guru with material eyes. Seeing the Guru does not mean seeing the photo of the Guru or his external body. That is not real darsana. Real darsana means to see the real form of Guru, how he is a maha-bhagavata, a very dear devotee of Krsna. The Katha Upanisad says, nayam atma pravacanena labhyo na medhaya na bahudha srutena. You cannot understand this paramatma-tattva by hearing so many lectures from so many karmis, jnanis, pandits and yogis. Who is there in the heart as caittya-guru, Paramatma, when He assumes a body and appears before us and then speaks paramatma-tattva then you’ll be able to understand. To have the darsana of such a Guru means to get a completely new life, new enlivenment comes.

Guru-krsna-prasade paya bhakti-lata-bija. (Katha Upanisad, 1.2.23). By the mercy of Guru and Krsna a fortunate jiva gets the seed of bhakti creeper.

Sri Krsna as the Supersoul

krsna yadi krpa kare kona bhagyavane
guru-antaryami-rupe sikhaya apane
(CC. Madhya 19.151)

“Krsna is situated in everyone’s heart as the caittya-guru, the spiritual master within. When He is kind to some fortunate conditioned soul, He personally gives him lessons so he can progress in devotional service, instructing the person as the Supersoul within and the spiritual master without.”

If Krsna showers his mercy on some fortunate jiva then he appears before him as Guru and teaches. That is mercy. So Gurudeva is known as the embodiment of krsna-krpa, mercy of Krsna, krsna-krpa-sri-murti. To get Guru means to get the mercy of Krsna. That one should understand. Gurudeva is the embodiment of the mercy of Krsna. Krsna-prasada. If someone gets Guru he gets good fortune because he gets the seed of bhakti creeper.

Getting material enjoyment, liberation, gold, kamani (woman), name, fame and prestige, these are not good fortune. Do you consider all these are good fortune? Many consider these are good fortune. But they are not real good fortune. Maya-drasta-jiva, the conditioned soul thinks, “O these are good fortune.” But this is not real good fortune. What is good fortune? Good fortune means to get bhakti, the seed of bhakti creeper. What is the seed of bhakti creeper? Sraddha, faith, unflinching faith, sastriya-sraddha, faith in sadhu-sastra-guru-vakya. That is the seed of bhakti creeper. What is the seed of sraddha? The seed of sraddha is sadhu-guru-krpa, the mercy of sadhu-guru.

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By nature Guru is very merciful. He is very tolerant. He always excuses our innumerable aparadhas, offenses. He is very, very merciful to all jivas. He is very dear to Krsna, a most dear and intimate associate of Krsna. He has come down here to give us Krsna. He gave us Krsna.

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Darsan of Sri Guru

By Gurudeva’s mercy we can realize what is his real svarupa, how he is a maha-bhagavata. Guru means heavy not light. If someone gets the darsana of Sri Guru or sad-guru, it is to be understood that good fortune has arisen for him. We are not speaking of seeing the external body constituted of blood, flesh and bones. Darsana does not mean to see the external form of Guru. To see the Guru’s real form, his real svarupa, that is Guru darsana. To see how he is dear to Krsna. That vision is not material vision, that is transcendental vision, transcendental darsana, spiritual darsana, aprakrta-darsana. If someone can see how the gaura-karuna-sakti, the mercy potency of Gaura is moving within him then that is the darsana of Guru. One who can have this vision, he is a fortunate jiva. That is truly good fortune for him.

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