Few weeks back was appearance & disappearance day of Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur & Srila Haridas Thakur. Both are exalted, stalwart Vaishnava acharyas in the Brahma Madhva Gaudiya Vaishnva line of disciplic succession.
Any appearance day or disappearance day of our acharyas fills our heart with gratitude and happiness at our good fortune of being connected to a glorious tradition.
The parampara or tradition of ISKCON devotees dates back to Lord Krishna Himself. Even from an objective or historically verifiable point of view, our tradition is at least eight hundred years old, since the time of Srila Madhvacharya who appeared in this world around the twelfth century.
And just knowing that we are part of a thousand year old tradition fills our hearts with faith in the process of Krishna consciousness. How many spiritual organizations do you know that are maintaining their traditions and line of teachings over a thousand years. The invincible time factor obliterates one and all. And when we are committed to spiritual activities that have been honoured for centuries, we feel connected, and sheltered; a power beyond our own uplifts our consciousness, and helps us feel loved.
I remember as a young teenager being impressed by the advertisement of Raymonds, one of India’s largest branded fabrics. Each advertisement that displayed the ‘complete man’ who wore Raymonds, also had in bold a statement, ‘Since 1925’. This was a message to all that ‘we are reliable; we’ve been around since eighty nine years!’ Also I’d stare at my uncle’s vintage Imperial Clock that always declared, ‘since 1792’. Each clock that carries this phrase sends a silent reassurance of being around for over two hundred years. In the same way when we hear about our venerable devotees of the Lord who over the last many centuries, displayed unflinching faith and devotion to Lord Krishna, our faith and devotion to the Lord also swells in the heart. And especially if we are prayerful, and attentive to tune in to their grace, there is nothing like it.
The silent reassurance of our acharyas that Lord Krishna loves us and this process is for real can be particularly felt on their appearance and disappearance days.
Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur ki Jai! Srila Haridas Thakur ki Jai!