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(C) 1995 by Richard S. Brown
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Mayapura's "Adbhuta Mandira" Rejected By
By Richard Shaw Brown
Vande gurun isha bhaktan! The prediction was made 500 years ago that
in the future an "Adbhuta-mandira" or a wonderful temple would
appear in Mayapura. And now, five centuries later, that wonderful "Adbhuta
mandira" has manifest itself by the mercy of paramahansas Srila Bhaktivinode
Thakura and his son Srila Sarasvati Prabhupada. This great, powerful,
and beautiful temple is named Sri Yoga-pith Mandira and it is located
right where Lord Sri Krishna-Chaitanya appeared on Earth.
I first beheld this Great Temple in late 1968. We (some brahmacari's and
sannyasi's) accompanied Tridandi Swami B.H. Vana Maharaj and Krishnadas
Babaji Maharaj to Mayapura for the "Golden Anniversary" celebration
marking 50 years since Srila Sarasvati Prabhupada first established his
transcendental Gaudiya Math mission. We stayed as guests of Srila B.V.
Tirtha Maharaj at the 4 Vaishnava Acaryas (1st ever) Gaudiya Matha located
near to Sri Yoga-pith Mandira.
We slept on the kirtana hall floor next to Srila Yati Maharaj. He wrote
a wonderful English translation and commentary of Sri Krishna Karnamrita
that is completely free of Karma or Jnana. He now heads the original Sri
Gaudiya Matha as passed down to him from his Gurudev, Srila Tirtha Maharaj,
after a few other important disciples of Srila Sarasvati Prabhupada, including
Srila Sraman Maharaj and Srila Vana Maharaj, had passed away. Foolish
Iskcon people, as usual, speak ill of Srila Yati Maharaj. Just remember
that he is the transcendental spiritual master of thousands of jivatma's
who regard him as siddha and worship Lord Krishna through him. He is "guru-tattva"
so how can one speak ill of him? He is at least a great, bona fide and
life-long Vaishnava! To speak ill of him would be serious SATAM NINDA
or the "mad elephant" offense most feared by all Hari bhaktas.
During the Golden Anniversary celebrations we joined with 1 lakh of devotees
dancing around Sri Yoga Pith Mandira; there were hundreds of mridangas
and it was a radical and over-whelming experience. All the disciples of
Srila Sarasvati Prabhupada, with the exception of Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta
Goswami Maharaj, had joined together in one place from all over India.
Because I was the only "sahib" present and by the mercy of Srila
Vana Maharaj I could meet almost all his Godbrothers and offer them my
THE MAIN POINT is that the "Adbhuta Mandira" or Wonderful Temple
predicted for Mayapura is already there. It already exists! Anyone can
visit Sridham Mayapura to respect and gain strength from this great temple.
It's spiritual power is unlimited. It is the Lord's birth place and it
was established by the exalted Srila Thakura Bhaktivinode and Srila Sarasvati
Prabhupada, both of whom are eternal associates in Lord Krishna's "nitya
lila," known as Kamala Manjari and Nayana Manjari respectively.
I feel very disappointed when I am told by Iskcon leaders that Sri Yoga
Pith Mandira is NOT Adbhuta enough; it is NOT the Adbhuta Mandira predicted
500 years ago. The REAL Adbhuta mandira is going to be built by Iskcon
at a cost of "one BILLION dollars!" Rather than show their respect
to Sri Yoga Pith Mandira they think that they must surpass the temple
of Lord Chaitanya's birthplace!?
Iskcon leaders told me they would make theirs physically "bigger"
(a completely mundane consideration), "more beautiful and materially
grand" (a completely mundane consideration), and it would attract
more people to the Iskcon organization (a completely mundane consideration).
Not to mention all the collecting of Iskcon "laxmi points" that
would be endlessly required of one and all who believe that the proof
of Hari bhakti is measured by the amount of money collected, with full
attachment to the material results!
CONCLUSION: From a spiritual view-point and at the feet of Lord Chaitanya's
devotees I would like to say that in my 1/10,000th tip of a hair opinion,
Iskcon's proposal to 'materially' surpass the Lord's Adbhuta Mandira is
both Jati-buddhi and OFFENSIVE. Just because Sri Yoga Pith Mandira is
run by the original and bona fide Gaudiya Math institution (the opposing
party fell down, remember!) in stead of the Iskcon institution, that is
no reason to deny it or neglect it and over-endeavor to collect endless
money in order to far surpass this Great Temple with a 'materially bigger'
temple controlled by Iskcon.
Please be sensible, non-sectarian and non envious: All who are blessed
please worship Mayapura's Adbhuta Mandira, Sri Yoga Pith Temple, which
is already firmly established by the predecessor Acaryas.