by Swami B.G. Narasingha
In this article 'Ācāryas at Śrī Śrī Rādhā-Dāmodara Temple, Vṛndāvana' from KṛṣṇaTalk, 2014, Śrīla Narasiṅgha Mahārāja explains the importance of Śrī Śrī Radhā-Dāmodara Temple in regards to the various ācāryas who resided there, including Śrīla A.C. Bhaktivedānta Svāmī Prabhupāda.
“Those who stay there (Rādhā-Dāmodara Temple) will realise that those ācāryas (Śrī Rūpa, Jīva, etc.) are still living there. And if one is actually advancing in the spiritual field, they can still take instruction from the ācāryas living there. It is up to the individual, how he realises this by his devotional service. By staying there, you must realise how pure the environment is. The environment itself gives a high taste of consciousness. Rādhā-Dāmodara is there and the great ācāryas’ samādhis are there. There cannot be any other better place to live than at Rādhā-Dāmodara. This corner at the Rādhā-Dāmodara temple is just like the hub of the wheel of the spiritual world — it is the centre”
The above statement is by no means an exaggeration, a concoction or a speculation. It is indeed a paraphrased statement based on the deep realisations of Śrīla AC Bhaktivedānta Svāmī Prabhupāda as expressed to his intimate disciple Kṣīrodakaśāyī Viṣṇu, circa 1972.
Kṣīrodakaśāyī Viṣṇu (later known as Bhakti Kṣīrodakaśāyī Viṣṇu Mahārāja) was also a close friend and godbrother of mine, and on not less than three occasions he expressed the above to me during our conversations about Śrīla Prabhupāda and Prabhupāda’s rooms at the Rādhā-Dāmodara Temple as what Prabhupāda had spoken to him personally.
Śrī Śrī Rādhā-Dāmodara Temple occupies a place near and dear in the hearts of all Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇavas. The temple is the residence of Śrī Śrī Rādhā-Dāmodara vigraha, the place of bhajana and samādhi of Śrī Jīva Gosvāmī and Śrī Rupa Gosvāmī, the samādhi of Bhūgarbha Gosvāmī and puṣpa-samādhis of numerous other Vaiṣṇavas in the paramparā of Śrī Rūpa Gosvāmī Prabhupāda.
The compound of Śrī Śrī Rādhā-Dāmodara Temple also houses the residence and bhajana-kuṭīra of Śrīla Prabhupāda who has also stated, “I live eternally in my rooms at Rādhā-Dāmodara.”
No doubt these are deep and revealing statements by Śrīla Prabhupāda that will charm and enthuse the hearts of all his sincere followers and disciples. Contrary to the beliefs and speculations of some narrow-minded and unrealised persons, these statements are true to the smallest detail and can be experienced by those that approach the Super Subjective Reality at the Śrī Śrī Rādhā-Dāmodara Temple with śraddhā and śaraṇāgati.
We are also happy to mention that the members and sannyāsīs of our humble mission [Śrī Narasiṅgha Caitanya Āśrama/Śrī Rūpānuga Bhajana Āśrama] also have their place of bhajana and service at the Śrī Śrī Rādhā-Dāmodara Temple by the grace of Śrīla Prabhupāda and our revered ācāryas, Śrī Rūpa and Śrī Jīva.
As the holy śloka says:
śravaṇam kīrtanam dāmodara-bhajanam
scubbanam moppanam dāmodara-sevanam
“Hearing and chanting the glories of Śrī Śrī Rādhā-Dāmodara is our bhajana. Scrubbing and mopping is our service.” (Śrī Narasiṅgha-Saṁhitā)
More Articles by Swami B.G. Narasingha
Dīkṣā Names and Feelings of the Heart
“Dīkṣa Names and Feelings of the Heart” was written by Śrīla Narasiṅgha Mahārāja in January 1998 for VNN. Narasiṅgha Mahārāja answers the question that many ask in regards to śikṣā-gurus and “name changes” amongst previously initated devotees.
Sādhu Saṅga’ is an unfinished article written by Swami B.G. Narasingha in 1998. Here, Swami Narasingha explains the prime necessity of associating with advanced sādhus in order to make advancement.
Dāsa Gosvāmī and the Unique Position of Govardhana
“Dāsa Gosvāmī and the Unique Position of Govardhana” is based upon a class by Śrīla Narasiṅgha Mahārāja that he gave in Vṛndāvana at Śrī Śrī Rādhā-Dāmodara Temple on 18th October 2009, on the occasion of Śrī Govardhana Pūjā.