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The Truth About Advaita Prabhu

maha-visnur jagat-karta
mayaya yah srjaty adah
tasyavatara evayam

            Lord Advaita Acarya is the incarnation of Maha-Visnu, whose main func-
tion is to create the cosmic world through the actions of maya. (Cc. Adi 6.4)

advaitam harinadvaitad
acaryam bhakti-samsanat
bhaktavataram isam tam
advaitacaryam asraye

            Because He is nondifferent from Hari, He is called Advaita, and be-
cause He propagates the cult of devotion, He is called Acarya. He is the
Lord and the incarnation of the Lord's devotee. Therefore I take shelter of
Him. (Cc. Adi 1.13)

Mahavisnu is the Efficient Cause and
Advaita is the Material Cause of Mundane Creation

apane purusa visvera 'nimitta'-karana
advaita-rupe 'upadana' hana narayana
'nimittamse' kare teoho mayate iksana
'upadana' advaita karena brahmanda-srjana

            Lord Visnu is the efficient cause (nimitta) of the material world, and
Narayana, in the form of Sri Advaita, is the material cause (upadana). Lord
Visnu, in His efficient aspect glances over the material energy, and Sri
as the material cause, creates the material world. (Cc. Adi 6.16,17)

Advaita is Sadasiva

bhaktavatara acaryo 'dvaita yah sri sadasivah

            He who was Sri Sadasiva is the bhakta-avatara, Sri Advaita Prabhu.
(Gaura-Ganoddesadipika, 11)

The Meaning of the Name Advaita

maha-visnura amsa advaita guna-dhama
isvare abheda, teni 'advaita' purna nama

            Sri Advaita, who is the reservoir of virtues, is the main limb of
Mahavisnu. His full name is Advaita, for He is identical in all respects
the Lord. (Cc. Adi 6.26)

Advaita Acarya is a Preacher of Krsna-bhakti

jiva nistarila krsna-bhakti kari' dana
gita-bhagavate kaila bhaktira vyakhyana

            He delivered all living beings by offering the gift of krsna-bhakti. He
explained Bhagavad-gita and Srimad-bhagavatam in the light of devotional
service. (Cc. Adi 6.28)

He is the Avatara of Mahavisnu and a Devotee of Lord Caitanya

advaita-acarya-gosani saksat isvara
prabhu guru kari' mane, tinho ta' kinkara

            Lord Advaita Acarya is directly the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
Although Lord Caitanya accepts Him as His preceptor, Advaita Acarya is a
servant of the Lord. (Cc. Adi. 5.147)

Advaita and Nityananda are Servants of Lord Caitanya

eka mahaprabhu, ara prabhu duijana
dui prabhu sebe mahaprabhura carana
            There is one "Mahaprabhu" and two prabhus. The two prabhus serve
the lotus feet of Mahaprabhu. (Cc. Adi 7.14)

Two Branches Among the Followers of Advaita

advaitanghry-abja-bhrogams tan sarasara-bhrto 'khilan
hitva 'saran sara-bhrto naumi caitanya jivanan

            The followers of Sri Advaita were of two kinds. Some were real followers
(saragrahi) and the others were false (asaragrahi). Rejecting the false
followers, I offer my respectful obeisances to the real followers of Sri Advaita
Acarya, whose life and soul was Caitanya Mahaprabhu. (Cc. Adi 12.1)

The Saragrahi Followers of Advaita are Devotees of Gauranga

prathame ta' eka-mata acaryera gana
pache dui-mata haila daivera karana
keha ta' acarya ajnaya, keha ta' svatantra
sva-mata kalpana kare daiva-paratantra
acaryera mata yei, sei mata sara
tanra ajna langhi' cale, sei ta' asara

            At first all the followers of Advaita Acarya shared a single opinion, but
later they followed two opinions as ordained by providence. Some of the
disciples strictly accepted the orders of the acarya, and others deviated, in-
dependently concocting their own opinions under the spell of daivi-maya.
The opinion of the acarya is essential. Anyone who disregards his order is
useless (asara-grahi). (Cc. Adi. 12.8-10).

The Useless Followers of Advaita Acarya Were cut off
From Gauranga's Mercy

ihara madhye mali pache kona sakha-gana
na mane caitanya-mali durdaiva karana
srjaila, jiyaila, tanre na manila
krtaghna ha-ila, tanre skandha kruddha ha-ila
kruddha hana skandha tare jala na sancare
jalabhave krsa sakha sukaiya mare

            After the disappearance of Lord Caitanya, the gardener of the tree of
love of Godhead, some of the sub-branches of the Advaita branch, for un-
fortunate reasons, deviated from His path. Some branches did not accept
the trunk that vitalized and maintained the entire tree When they thus be-
came ungrateful, the trunk was angry at them. Thus Lord Caitanya did not
sprinkle upon them the water of His mercy, and they gradually withered and
died. (Cc. Adi 12.67-69)

Thus ends the Sixth Jewel of Gaudiya Kanthahara, entitled Advaita-tattva.

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Guru Position Paper

Dear devotees,

Please accept our dandavat pranams. All glories to Sri Guru and Gauranga.

Since the departure of our beloved Gurudeva, Nitya-lila pravista Om Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja, the Sannyasa Council in consultation with the members of the Bhakti Trust International, senior math commanders and eminent preachers, has begun the process of developing and codifying the principles and aims of our sanga, known as the International Pure Bhakti Yoga Society. Sri Guru is always present in his instructions and within the hearts of sincere disciples. We pray fervently that Srila Gurudeva guide us in our humble attempts to fulfill his mano bhista. Our discussions thus far have resulted in two papers that are being presented for your consideration.

Our Society, as envisioned by Srila Gurudeva, has many responsibilities and yet has a distinctive inclination towards encouraging individual initiative and decision making on the local level. The institution or society has as its primary responsibility, the preservation and teaching of the eternal spiritual principles conveyed by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu through our guru-parampara . The form that our society takes and any guidelines and bylaws that we may adopt, are meant to follow and uphold those principles.

Thus you will see in the two papers that are presented, that there is little in the way of rules and regulations. The topic is mostly guru-tattva and how we are responding to the complexities of that issue now that there are multiple devotees taking on that role within the same society. The emphasis is to clarify our spiritual relationships and our mutual goals. The processes by which we achieve these may be adjusted according to time, place and circumstance, as long as the original principles remain fixed as our guiding beacon.

The first paper on guru-tattva was written to be presented at the Vraja-mandala Parikrama of 2011. There were some issues that had not yet been discussed by the international body of sannyasis and senior devotees. We waited for those meetings to be concluded so that a summary of those discussions could be given at the same time. These meetings addressed the practical application of the guru-tattva paper based on the experiences gained and input received from members of the world-wide sanga over the last 9 months. The second paper is a summary of the meetings held in Govardhana during the parikrama in November, 2011.

These papers will certainly stimulate discussion and responses from devotees around the world. That is a good thing. Please keep the discussions philosophical and respectful. The discussions may center around guru-tattva or they may explore other areas of personal and sanga development. This is a challenging and exciting time. Let your voices be heard.

Aspiring for the service of Hari, Guru and Vaisnavas,

Swami BV Vaikhanas