Srila Vyasadeva’s Last Contribution
This full moon day in the month of Ashad (July-August) is observed as the auspicious day of Guru-purnima, a day sacred to the memory of the great sage Vyasa. Guru-purnima is the appearance day of Sri Krishna Dvaipayan Vedavyasa, the son of Parasara Muni and Satyavati, who appeared five-thousand years ago in Krishna-Dvipa. All the followers of Sanatana-Dharma are observing Vyasa-Purnima today. All Guru-Parampara, the preceptorial channels are coming from Vedavyas. Srila Prabhupada Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Goswami Thakura, would observe Vyasa-Purnima, by performing guru-puja.
In Kali-Yuga Books Are Needed
“In Kali-yuga, which is the most degraded sinful age, everything is bad. Memory is bad, merit is bad, intelligence is bad, one’s fortune is bad, and there are many kinds of disturbances. If you hear, you forget. As soon as you leave this room, if you will be asked what you have heard, you will not be able to completely recollect it, such forgetfulness is there in Kali-yuga. However in other yugas people had sharp memories. Once they heard, they could remember, and would never forget. Therefore there was no need of books, but in Kali-yuga books need to be written. Therefore Vyasadeva, who is an empowered incarnation, came. Veda comes from the breathing of Krsna, the Supreme personality of Godhead, not from anyone else.” (Excerpt from Paramahamsa-Sangita, a lecture on Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.1.7 delivered by Śrī Śrīmad Gour Govinda Swami Mahārāja on 28th August 1991, UK.)
The period ‘Chaturmas’ (“four months”) begins from this day. In the past, wandering spiritual masters and their disciples would settle down at a place to study and discourse on the Brahma-sutras compiled by Vyasa, and engage themselves in Vedantic discussions.
We present this wonderful lecture by Sri Srimad Gour Govinda Swami ‘Paramahamsa-Sangita’ as an offering on this most auspicious Guru Purnima day, the appearance of Srila Vyasadeva.
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