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Who is Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakur?

Did you watch this morning's class? Given by His Grace Maitreya Rsi Prabhu, Bliss London's temple president, we explored the specific teachings and contributions of the abovementioned spiritual master in our disciplic succession, to mark his disappearance day. Vishnavatha Cakravati Thakur



The sloka: Srimad Bhagavatam 1.1.8Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakur


vettha tvaṁ saumya tat sarvaṁ

tattvatas tad-anugrahāt

brūyuḥ snigdhasya śiṣyasya

guravo guhyam apy uta


Word for word - improve your Sanskrit comprehension! Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakur


vettha — you are well conversant; tvam— Your Honor; saumya — one who is pure and simple; tat — those; sarvam — all; tattvataḥ — in fact; tat — their; anugrahāt — by the favor of; brūyuḥ — will tell; snigdhasya — of the one who is submissive; śiṣyasya — of the disciple; guravaḥ — the spiritual masters; guhyam— secret; api uta — endowed with. Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakur


Translation


And because you are submissive, your spiritual masters have endowed you with all the favors bestowed upon a gentle disciple. Therefore you can tell us all that you have scientifically learned from them.


Purport by His Divine Grace A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada


His Divine Grace A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, who is “kindly preaching the message of Lord Chaitanyadeva and delivering the Western countries, which are filled with impersonalism and voidism”- Srila Prabhupada Pranama Mantra
His Divine Grace A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, who is “kindly preaching the message of Lord Chaitanyadeva and delivering the Western countries, which are filled with impersonalism and voidism”- Srila Prabhupada Pranama Mantra

The secret of success in spiritual life is in satisfying the spiritual master and thereby getting his sincere blessings. Śrīla Viśvanātha Cakravartī Ṭhākura has sung in his famous eight stanzas on the spiritual master as follows: “I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of my spiritual master. Only by his satisfaction can one please the Personality of Godhead, and when he is dissatisfied there is only havoc on the path of spiritual realization.” It is essential, therefore, that a disciple be very much obedient and submissive to the bona fide spiritual master. Śrīla Sūta Gosvāmī fulfilled all these qualifications as a disciple, and therefore he was endowed with all favors by his learned and self-realized spiritual masters such as Śrīla Vyāsadeva and others. The sages of Naimiṣāraṇya were confident that Śrīla Sūta Gosvāmī was bona fide. Therefore they were anxious to hear from him.


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