CC Adi 1.4 V1
May that Lord who is known as the son of Shriimatii Shaciidevii be transcendentally situated in the innermost chambers of your heart. Resplendent with the radiance of molten gold, He has appeared in the Age of Kali by His causeless mercy to bestow what no incarnation has ever offered before: the most sublime and radiant spiritual knowledge of the mellow taste of His service.
CC Adi 1.4 V2 improved by HG Dravida Prabhu.
May the Supreme Lord who is known as the son of Shriimatii Shacii-devii be transcendentally situated in the innermost chambers of your heart. Resplendent with the radiance of molten gold, He has appeared in the Age of Kali by His causeless mercy to bestow what no incarnation has ever offered before: the most sublime and radiant mellow of devotional service, the mellow of conjugal love.
Chances are the first statement is not even true. Just see CC V1 claims to deal with the Absolute Truth but contains in fact false statements!!! What a paradoxal situation!!! Many incarnations have offered the taste of devotional service to the Supreme Personality of Godhead before the appearance of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Sri Krishna, for example, has done so, when He almost orders us in BGAII 18.66: “Abandon all varieties of religion and just surrender unto Me. I shall deliver you from all sinful reactions. Do not fear.” This defects however are entirely the responsibility of the editors. They do not affect at all our perception and estimation of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, a spiritual genius and supremely towering figure in the landscape of service to Sri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
In practical life we see that police persons, tree cutters, gutter and windows cleaners are all expert in their fields of activity, carry well honed equipment and risk serious injury or even death every day. The onus of perfection on those who claim to be servants of the Supreme Personality is even greater, because the task is much more important and the scope of activity is global. It is above all greater because their leader Sri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead IS THE GEATEST as He claims in BGAII 15.18, wherein He says: “Because I am transcendental, beyond both the fallible and the infallible, and because I am the greatest, I am celebrated both in the world and in the Vedas as that Supreme Person.”
We must also ensure that our training is always very rigorous according to the instructions of the Founder-Acarya of ISKCON: chanting minimum 16 rounds of Japa mala, following the four regulative principles very strictly and also raising from bed by four AM, at the latest and possibly attending Mangal Aratik at 04.30. This is a MUST for temple residents. Even Sri Krishna Himself set this example, as we learn from Krishna book, chapter 70, Lord Krishna’s Daily Activities; “Although Shriimatii Rukminiidevii, the first queen of Lord Krishna, knew that braahma-muhuurta is the most auspicious time in the entire day, she would feel disgusted at the appearance of braahma-muhuurta because she was not very happy to have Krishna leave her side in bed. Despite Shriimatii Rukminiidevii’s disgust, Lord Krishna would immediately get up from bed exactly on the appearance of braahma-muhuurta. An ideal householder should learn from the behavior of Lord Krishna how to rise early in the morning, however comfortably he may be lying in bed embraced by his wife.” This principle of early rising before 04.00 hours applies to all Ashrams indeed – sanyasi, vanaprastha householder and brahmacari and represents the spearhead for overcoming the influence of three modes of material nature. Because of the lure of sense gratification, it may be more difficult for the householder.
These elements will ensure success as the processus of Krsna consciousness itself is infallible.
All glories to Sri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead!!!
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu introduced indeed the mellow (to use Srila Prabhupada’s word) of conjugal love. And so did Srila Madhavendra Puri, the param Guru of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, whose appearance day we celebrated just two days ago on Sunday May 19th 2019.
Here is Dravida Prabhu’s reasoning as to cause and effect for the improvement:
“The change in Adi 1.4 is pretty simple. We have Prabhupada’s synonyms at Adi 1.4: samarpayitum — to bestow; unnata — elevated; ujjvala-rasam — the conjugal mellow. In the translation this is rendered as “the most sublime and radiant spiritual knowledge of the mellow taste of His service.” But in Prabhupada’s translation of the same verse at Adi 3.4 this same phrase is rendered “the most elevated mellow of devotional service, the mellow of conjugal love.” The same translation appears at Antya 1.132. In consultation with my Sanskrit editor, and with the backing of 2 out of 3 of *Prabhupada’s own translations”, I made the change at Adi 1.4 so it would conform with the others.
Dravida Prabhu (ACBSP) is such an important and essential link in the Sankirtan movement!!!