This is a short explanation of the Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math logo, taken from Chapter 5 of the book by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Maharaj, "Golden Reflections," published in 1992 to celebrate the Golden Jubilee or 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math in Navadwip Dham, West Bengal, India.
Srila Govinda Maharaj, the Math's President Acharya, reflects on the early days of the Mission and its Founder-President Acharya, Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Maharaj, and explains why the Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math is considered to be such a special place.
gayatri muralista-kirttana-dhanam radhapadam dhimahiI have never seen in any book from Mahaprabhu's time right up to Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur's time the type of explanation of Gayatri as given by Srila Guru Maharaj. Actually, Mahaprabhu is our parent, and the seeds came from Krishna. Madhavendra Puri was the sprout of those seeds, Mahaprabhu was the actual tree, and the fruits are Rupa Goswami, Sanatan Goswami, and others. Srila Guru Maharaj is also in the line of the fruits. It is not that the persons are the fruits, but what they gave are the fruits of Mahaprabhu's conception.
Om is the very gist of Gayatri, and from that Om come merciful rays like the rays of the sun. Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, where always Sankirtan is going on, is inside the flute of Krishna, and from there comes this sound Om. Om, the meaning of Gayatri, is coming from Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, and from here the explanation of Gayatri has been given by Srila Guru Maharaj:
gayatri muralista-kirttana-dhanam radhapadam dhimahiThe position of Srila Guru Maharaj is like water; and the servitors of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math are like lotuses; and the position of the worshipful Supreme Personality of Godhead is the Divine Form of Radha-Krishna-Om. Everything is within Om. Om is coming from the flute of Krishna, and the meaning of Om, of Gayatri, is:
gayatri muralista-kirttana-dhanam radhapadam dhimahiKrishna's flute does not make any other tune except the glorification of Srimati Radharani, and that is the real meaning and gist of the Gayatri Mantram.
The sun's merciful rays give nourishment to the lotus, but if there is no water then the lotus will be burnt by the rays of the sun.
The flute is the special symbol of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. Before we adopted the flute as our symbol, it was not to be found anywhere. Now many others also have copied this, but it first came from here, Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.
What is the song of the flute? It is the glorification of Srimati Radharani by Sri Krishna -- and this is depicted in the logo of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.
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