Krti-Ratna (Jewel Among Guru Sevakas)
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Krti-Ratna (Jewel Among Guru Sevakas)

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Item Code: NAP508
Author: Sri Narayana Gosvami Maharaja
Publisher: Gaudiya Vedanta Publications
Language: English
Edition: 2018
ISBN: 9781633161733
Pages: 172 (Throughout B/W Illustrations)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 9.0 inch X 7.0 inch
Weight 320 gm
Editors’ preface

We were privileged to witness time and again how Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Goswami Maharaja (Srila Gurudeva) was always extremely eager to extol the superlative character and precepts of his beloved gurudeva, Sri Srimad Bhakti Prajnama Kesava gosvami Maharaja, one of the foremost disciples of Sri Srimad Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada.

It is therefore with the since hope of bringing Srila Gurudeva joy that we present Krti-ratna: Jewel among Guru-sevakas on the occasion of the 50th disappearance day of his gurudeva, who is the object of his deepest love and highest veneration.

The book is divided into four parts. Parts 1 and 2 consist of articles and letters by Sri Srimad Bhakti Prajnana Kesava Goswami Maharaja (hereafter referred to as Paramagurudeva. Or our “grandfather guru“). Part 3 consists of words of tribute by his godbrothers and a godsister, and Part 4 consists of homage’s by his own disciples.

A word of explanation about the letters: most of them were published in Sri Gaudiya-patrika (in Bengali); letter 43 was published in Sri Bhagatava-patrika (in Hindi); and letters 28 and 40 were submitted separately to Paramagurudeva’s Patravali (a Book of his letters). Published by Gaudiya Vedanta Samiti, and were not published in the patrikas. In those publications, names of recipients and persons discussed were for the most part omitted.

In his letters, Sometimes Paramagurudeva referred to Bengali calendar dates and sometimes to English dates. Jyestha refers to May –June; Asadha to June-July; Sravana to July-August; Bhadra to August-September , Asvina to September-October, Karika to October-November; Pausa to December-January; Magha to January-February; and Caitra to March- April.

We pray to all Sarasvata Vaisnavas, the immeasurably powerful and merciful commanders of Sri Caitanya Mahapravh’s army, that they forever give us shelter at their lotus feet. We beg the reader to forgive us for any inadvertent errors.

Aspiring to serve Sri Guru and the Vaisnavas, The Rays of The Harmonist team.

Contents

Editor's preface ix
PART ONE:
 
Articles and Discourses by Sri Srimad bhakti Prajnana Kesava Goswami Maharaja  
An Invocation in Separation 3
A True Experience of Separation 6
Pangs of Separation from a Disciple 14
Sri Radha-Vinoda-Bihari-Tattvastakam 15
PART TWO:
 
Letters by Sri Srimad Bhakti Prajnana Kesava Goswami Maharaja 21
On initiation and spiritual practiceIn cordial opposition to Mayavada 23
A Firm stance on education 24
Can Sri Nityananda and Srimati Radharani be on the same altar? 27
On fortitude in the face of adversity 28
Fault-finding results from apathy to service 30
Bhakti is beyond nationalism 31
Instructions for married Vaisnavas 32
On agriculture and farming 33
Speak the truth fearlessly 34
who is a mahajana? 35
W follow the Vaisnava mahajanas, not the smartas 36
Sat-sanga is more important than accumulating wealth 38
The siksa-guru is to make one attached to one's diksa-guru 39
Bhagavana personally aids those who have the courage to speak the truth 40
No adversity must stop our hari-kirtana 41
Bhakti is not for the weak, timid and cowardly 42
perform vratas with devotion 43
Surrender your attachment to Bhagavan 44
Unconditional charity 45
Observing Ekadasi, Ratha-yatra, etc. on the correct day 45
The word 'vijnana' 47
Abandon the company of those who have deviated from the conduct and ideology of Srila prabhupada 48
For a servant of Hari, trials and tribulations are a source of auspiciousness 50
Solitary prictice is opposed to hari-bhajana and leads to sense gratification 51
Eat only what you cook and offer 52
Reinstallation of the deity 53
The matha cannot be under the control of the general public 54
preacher are educators of the public and therefore need to set and example 55
Householder devotees are to be cremated rather than interred 56
Do not donate in such a way that it puts you into hardship 57
It is impossible to progress in life if one does not heed discipline 58
Follow the precepts and conduct of Sriman Mahaprabhu 59
Knowledge is one thing, title is another 60
The Vaisnava's consideration of impurity 61
The duties of Sri Hari's is devotees in a demoniac society 62
Encouraging a childhood friend in hari-bhajana 64
The smartas' misconception about asuca(impurity) 65
Tenacity in maintaining Vaisnava standards 69
The necessity of a constitution to bring discipline to the matha 70
In opposition to those proclaiming themselves to be bhagavan 71
Specific instrucuctions on manging a spiritual institution 72
Yukta-vairagya-holistic renunciation 73
PART THREE:
 
Words of Tribute from Disciples of Sri Srimad bhaktisiddhana Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada  
Some Opinions on Sri Gaudiya-patrika 77
Condolence Speech 79
Letter of Condolence 82
A younger Godbrother's Expression of Distrees in Separation 86
His all encompassing Seva 88
A lowly Servant's Grief-stricken Offering 97
In Praise of the Patrika 102
A Glimpse of His Early life and Pilrimages 106
PART FOUR:
 
Words of Tribute from Disciples of Sri Srimad Bhakti Prajnana Kesava Gosvami Maharaja  
The Transcendental Character of Sri Guru-Padapadma 131
Reminiscing a Drop of his glories 142
Your fallen Servant's Humble offering 144
A collection of Flowers 147

 

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