Sri Krishna Chaitanya AngarangRas ASWADAN MANDIR PRATHISTHAPAK ACARYA: SRI SRI SHACHINANDAN JI MAHARAJA SRI KRISHNA CHAITANYA ANTARANG RAS ASWADAN MANDIR is the FIRST Bonafide Gaudiya Vaisnavism- Ragamarga Preaching Movement in the history of mankind, having an unbroken Parampara (Lineage) coming directly from Sriman Gauranga Mahaprabhu. Sri Sri Shachinandan Ji Maharaja is the Divine Messenger, Truth and Wisdom Personified and the Torch-Bearer to the entire humanity.
His Appearance and Initiation- Sri Sri Shachinandan Ji Maharaja gifted this mortal world with His Appearance on 10th February in 1977 in New Delhi, India. Sri Gurudeva always had an ardent spark of acquiring knowledge about Absolute truth and a natural inclination towards reading Scriptures. It is very common to find Him spending 8-10 hours at a stretch, associating with the Scriptures. Sri Gurudeva remains in His room for days and days, sometimes for months at a stretch, without meeting anyone.
Just sitting at one place for such a long duration is next to impossible for any ordinary person, while composed at one place. It really requires a very high level of purity to practice this. In mid 1990s, Sri Gurudeva got associated with a renowned spiritual society based on spreading Krishna Consciousness. Sri Gurudeva, from delivering Lectures to personally talking on one to one basis, from giving after-Lecture Counselling (s) to regularly following them up, did anything and everything while selflessly rendering this humble service of making people, devotees. And thus the temple became one of the most active preaching centers of Vedic Education and Culture, in whole world, taking care of thousands of devotees connected to the temple.
The milestones in the Temple History – formation of Congregation Groups, boys’ group, girls’ group – were laid down by Sri Gurudeva’s strenuous Efforts. Thus, mere a Temple building (where no one used to come) became an eminent platform for the spiritual development of devotees – girls, boys, married couples and everyone could grow there individually and flourish together as a family.
But as the saying goes- “Whatever happens, happens by the Divine Will of The Lord”, the time had come for a Renaissance. Certain facts of the institution were revealed, which were being practiced without any scriptural basis. Moreover, it did not commensurate to fulfil for what Sriman Gauranga Mahaprabhu had especially descended, to bestow to all the people of this Kaliyuga. Sri Gurudeva remained undeterred and principled for the path of pure devotion as He, along with other few devotees left the institution , the opulence , lavish culture , only and only to attain The Highest- The Manjari Bhava. Sri Gurudeva associated with Sri Sri Ananta Dasa Babaji Maharaja’s Granthas (Babaji is widely recognized as the foremost teacher of Gaudiya Vaisnava Tradition) – for about a year, even before He got His Darsana. Finally, on Aksaya Trtya of 2009 Sri Gurudeva took initiation from Him at Sri Radhakunda. This marked for a new beginning, the Beginning of the Era which would change the entire humanity forever. That would submerge and drench the humanity/mankind, into the Ocean of Selfless Reciprocated Love.
The True Acharya– Sri Gurudeva’s uncompromising Approach to the Principles of Devotion, Purity and extraordinary Saintly qualities were exemplified as Sri Gurudeva remained composed and unflinching for The Truth even in the face of adverse circumstances. Sri Gurudeva is the true Gaudiya Acharya. He is the 17th Guru, in an unbroken bonafide lineage, belonging to Lord Nityananda, Ma Jahnava Parivara, which is coming directly from Sriman Gauranga Mahaprabhu, and is carrying on the rich traditions of the previous Acharyas in worshipping Sri Sri Radha-Madhava in the mood of a manjari, the dear most friend and servant of Srimati Radharani. Sri Gurudeva is passing on the same to the next generation of disciples, thus bestowing upon them the greatest boon which Sriman Mahaprabhu Himself came to give to the fallen jivas of this very special Kaliyuga.
This particular type of mood/bhava of worship is called manjari bhava, and is the highest relishment to which a jiva can ever ascend to, in both the spiritual as well as the material world… there is NOTHING higher than this(Bhava). The True Disciple – Sri Gurudeva is the living example of Srila Visvanatha Cakravartipada’s, (a leading Acharya) saying- “Spiritual Master’s Instruction should be my life and soul.” After Initiation, Sri Gurudeva had thought of living a life of solitude and settling down in Sri Radhakunda for bhajana.
But His Guru Nistha, a single Instruction of His Spiritual Master, Sri Sri Ananta Dasa Babaji Maharaja, brought 360 degrees change in Sri Gurudeva’s Life. In 2009 itself, on the Tirobhava Utsava, the Disappearance Day of His Parama Gurudeva, Sri Sri Kunja Bihari Dasa Babaji Maharaja, (the Spiritual Master of Sri Sri Ananta Dasa Babaji Maharaja), Sri Sri Ananta Dasa Babaji Maharaja Instructed Him in an assembly of devotees- “O Shachinandan! Distribute my Granthas all over, even after my departure.” Without even any mental ‘if’ or ‘but’, Sri Gurudeva humbly agreed. He dropped His own inner desire to lead a life of solitude and started making preparations to fulfil the desire of His Gurudeva.
Then, His Gurudeva Instructed Him for Temple construction in Delhi, about the Deities, guided about location of Temple etc. Fulfilling His Guruji’s Desire, “jiva- kalyana hetu” (for the welfare of all jivas), Sri Gurudeva laid down the foundation of first KARM Mandira in New Delhi, capital of India with the Blessings of His Spiritual Master, Sri Sri Ananta Dasa Babaji Maharaja. KARM is actually an offering of a True Disciple unto the Lotus Feet of His Spiritual Master. Sri Gurudeva is also writing Granthas for all walks of people, so as to realize the dreams of His Spiritual Master turn into reality, at the earliest. His Wisdom: through Unheard Lectures, Granthas- It is stated in Mahabharata- “Life is useless without Dharma/Bhagavata.” And to understand The Scripture Bhagvata, one needs Living Bhagvata. In other words, Scriptures cannot be understood without the One who is actually living Scriptural Teachings. Sri Gurudeva personifies this (Scriptural Teachings).
Infact, there is nothing as pure as the Real Knowledge, and Sri Gurudeva is bestowing it on upon all. From a long time, with His unalloyed and unflinching faith on Rasa Sastras, “Sastriye Sraddha”, Sri Gurudeva, being “sabda brahma and parabrahma nisnat” (insert inverted comma), has been inculcating the same faith in the devotees through numerous unheard Spiritual Discourses. These are not only confined to elaborating on Bhagavad Gita, Srimad Bhagavatam slokas, but extend to the teachings of Gaudiya Vaisnavism, subtle topics. They unravel the mysteries of the Scriptures like the Vedas, Upanisads, Bhagavad Gita, Bhagavatam, Gaudiya literatures and many others, thus providing Spiritual solutions to all the problems of life and befitting them to be called as ANANDA SUTRAS. Sri Gurudeva’s Unparalleled and Unprecedented ANANDA SUTRAS are straight forward and uncompromising in bringing forth the truth and pierces through the layers of contaminated consciousness of various births. Whosoever hears these Ananda Sutras, though not live and even from far a distance cannot help being attracted to the profound wisdom and simplified understanding inherent in them, and desires to hear them again and again. Sri Gurudeva makes the deepest scriptural truths accessible to everyone in the simplest language, enabling aspiring sadhaka to blossom spiritually very quickly. Sri Gurudeva is divine in every aspect. His words are just not mere words. It is Sri Gurudeva’s self-realized knowledge. They are mercy-laden and full of mercy.
His Ecstatic Kirtana carries Love for The Lord. It directly touches the heart arousing from deep within the pure consciousness of The Lord and servitude to Him. As it is well known that it is difficult…rather impossible for a Ph. D qualified person to teach ABC to a nursery student…but for the really Compassionate and Affectionate “su-snigdha mehtar” like Sri Gurudeva, it is very natural to revive the natural consciousness of eternally krishna-bahirmukha jiva by infusing the stream of selfless loving service into the devotees under His shelter. This humble service of Sri Gurudeva has not been confined to a particular section of people but He has been nurturing all- brahmacaris and sannyasis, girls and boys, married and unmarried- everyone by enriching them with the Essence of Scriptures, clarifying all their doubts, guiding them individually and constantly inspiring/ encouraging them, Sri Gurudeva is thereby uplifting them spiritually.
It has not only been the Knowledge enriched with profound wisdom and enlightenment, but the Selflessness and the Purity of Sri Gurudeva which always attracts one and all! Very soon the Supremely Pure, the Real Knowledge will be delivered by Sri Gurudeva through the Books, thereby enlightening the humanity and uprooting their darkness of ignorance forever!! His Vision: Selfless Loving Culture- In the present age of Kaliyuga ‘The age of quarrels’, it is next to impossible to find people from different walks of life, of different ages and having no blood relation being happily unified under one shelter. But through KARM, Sri Gurudeva has turned this into a reality by establishing a culture of selflessness built on a steady foundation of bonafide Scriptural Injunctions. Bhakti is generally considered to be full of austerities, penances and sacrifices. But under Sri Gurudeva’s Divine Shelter, it becomes so spontaneous and effortless.
Sri Gurudeva is not only bestowing Spiritual Teachings but also giving the Environment for everyone to learn, the platform to practice and the much needed aspiration to grow. Many devotees from different parts of the world have also taken Shelter. Birthdays, Anniversaries find new meanings. They are taken up as the opportunities to develop deep loving relationships through serving devotees. Srila Rupa Goswami’s Teachings are preached in many spiritual societies, but is practiced to the highest limit on planet earth in KARM as foremost priority by all devotees. These teachings are given to all those who are Rupanugas (in allegiance of Sri Rupa Goswami) but its real essence gets revealed only to the devotees who receive the benediction of Sri Gurudeva Association. Through Sri Gurudeva’s own conduct, one can learn how to remain immersed in the flavours of devotional service following these six priti laksana, guhyam akhyati pacchati in particular, and thus to remain in the realm of ecstasy day and night, relishing Lord’s sweetness.
Exchange of gifts, serving and accepting Prasada is a tradition of KARM Devotees. His Directive: ‘Love all, Respect all, Serve all’- Sri Gurudeva believes in loving all, respecting all and serving all living entities. Whoever gets the opportunity to have Sri Gurudeva’s Darsana even once, can feel His charismatic effulgence and magnetic attraction. It is said- ‘The highest expression of happiness is love, and the highest expression of love is to take living entities closer to The Lord’. Through KARM, Sri Gurudeva is not only bringing everyone closer to The Lord, but also enabling all to enter into the innermost chamber ( Nivrita-Nikunja) of The Lord as a dear manjari, in this life only! Readers has to be requested to contact through mail for further details of deep Gaudiya Tattva.