Srila Prabhupada once said in 1969: “We are spreading this Krsna consciousness movement because there is a great need of this consciousness throughout the world. And the process is very easy — that is the advantage.”
In December while on a travelling preaching tour, HH Lokanath Swami Maharaja thought of a way in which Maharaja would be able to chant with devotees and lovers of the Holy Name from all around the world. This gave birth to the ‘Let’s Chant Together’ sessions.
They last for about an hour, roughly from 6am to 7am IST. The session includes chanting followed by instructions, realisations and answering of questions.
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30th June 2019
Hari Katha and Hari Nama go hand in hand
Srila Prabhupada always said, chant Hare Krsna and be happy. The very name Krsna the two syllables Krs-meaning the Lord attracts us closer to Him and na- means He gives ananda, happiness to us.
ya karsati sa krsna
He attracts us closer and closer and gives us joy. He is source of happiness. As we chant more and more, we go more closer to Krsna and we get more and more pleasure of association of Krsna. So keep chanting and keep getting closer and closer to Krsna and distant yourself more and more from worldly things and establish spiritual relations with others around you. Relationship with Krsna is developed and you are getting closer and closer to Krsna. You are a jiva, your vision of looking at others changes. You began to see others and even your family members as spirit souls. Try to develop spiritual relations with others as spirit souls. Then over time, as we grow, we get closer to Krsna. We get closer to souls around us, be friendly with them. Try to bring them closer to Krsna.
Lord Krsna gave darshan to Muchukunda Maharaja in the cave. Muchukunda Maharaja asked, “Who are you?”. Lord Krsna responded, “I am Vasudev and I stay in nearby town Mathura or Vrindavan and I have so many names. Lord introduced Himself to Muchukunda Maharaja. Lord is unlimited. He has so many names, so many pastimes, so many abodes, this Vaikuntha, that Vaikuntha, Golok. Like that Lord is unlimited with so many names and so many pastimes and so many qualities and so many abodes. Krsna is Supreme Personality of Godhead. He is a person, He has His own abode. This is a Gaudiya Vaisnava siddhanta or understanding. Impersonalist do not believe in form they do we believe in the form. His form exists and it is eternal. Today morning I heard Allah ho akbar was going nearby. They go to the mosque and there is no form there is just a wall. They try to pay obeisances but they do not believe in the form. We believe in the form as Lord has eternal form, eternal names. .
So there is lots of propagation, preaching and talks against the Lord. The very existence of Lord is challenged. Lord has no form, He has no name, no abode, no pastimes that’s impersonalism. Then there is voidism and like that there are so many isms. They are kind of against what we do. We chant and we worship Krsna in the temple,
We go to Jagannath Puri, we go to Vrindavan, we go to Pandharpur. These are abodes of the Lord, they are eternal. But there is so much propagation against the name of Krsna, form of Krsna, abode of Krsna unfortunately. Such propaganda goes on and we are influenced by such propaganda. For many births we were hearing such philosophy or isms or philosophy. As a result we have become faithless. We have little faith in form, little faith in abode then we end up offending the holy dhama. There are 10 offences against the holy dhama. In order to defeat our faithlessness we have to hear.
bhaktir bhavati naiṣṭhikī
We have to keep regularly hearing Bhavagatam, Bhagavad Gita, Chaitanya Charitamrita. We should read Srila Prabhupada’s books for proper understanding, proper knowledge. We could get out of this faithlessness. We could increase faith more and more in the holy name, more faith in the form of the Lord, more faith in the abode of the Lord and more faith in devotees. So we have to keep chanting hare Krsna hare Krsna.
And at other times we have to do nityam bhagavata sevaya. It is strongly recommended in Bhagavatam itself and by Srila Prabhupada. Prabhupada stressed Harinama and Hari katha go hand in hand.
gita bhagavat karati sravan akhanda chintan vithobache
When Krsna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu arrived first time in Jagannath Puri and he was staying at Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya’s residence. He was a staunch impersonalist. He was leader of mayavadis. He was rajaguru also. He was strongly recommending Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, “You are young sannyasi, and not learned you should read Vedanta” Chaitanya Mahaprabhu said, “ok but who will teach Me?” Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya said, “I will teach You” and Chaitanya Mahaprabhu agreed. For seven days in Jagannath Puri there was Vedantasutra katha, Vedantasutra saptaha. Sri Krsna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was very humbly sitting at the feet of Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya and listening to Vedantasutra katha or interpretations from Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya.
Towards the end of 7 days Sarvabhauma Bhattacaya said, “Are You understanding what I am talking about? You are only listening silently You are not saying anything You are not commenting anything, please comment something after hearing Vedantasutra commentary from myself.” Chaitanya Mahaprabhu said, “When you were reciting Vedantasutra, I was understanding Vedantasutra. There is knowledge and the light of knowledge that we derive from Vedantasutra was brilliant. I was grasping Vedantasutra, I was understanding Vedantasutra in its original form. But when you were making commentary, that was like you were creating illusion. You were blocking the rays of knowledge coming from Vedantasutra. You are covering knowledge in other words you were covering the face of the Lord. You were covering the pastimes of the Lord with false interpretation that you were delivering unto me.
mayavadi-bhasya sunile haya sarva-nasa
Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was talking to Sanatana Goswami. He cautioned, don’t listen to these Mayavadis. Everything will be destroyed; your devotion for the Lord will be destroyed. Because they try to destroy the form of Lord, destroyer of the name of the Lord.
mayavadi krsna aparadhi
Mayavadis are Krishna aparadhi. Mayavadis are offenders against Krsna, at the lotus feet of Krsna. So don’t listen to their interpretations.
Srimad Bhagavatam is natural commentary on Vedantasutra. The same author of Vedanta sutra is Srila Vyasa Dev. Vedantasutra means they are codified or very condensed hence they can be difficult to understand. Hence Srila Vyasadev compiler of Vedantasutra, he wrote a commentary, and that commentary is Bhagavatam. That’s we should be hearing, studying, reading to understand Vedantasutra. So mayavadis they are aparadhis. They are against the name and form of Krsna.
Most of the discussion that goes in India is mayavada interpretation of Hinduism like karmakanda and jnanakannd. Karmakanda is rituals and jnanakanda is for impersonalist, they have becomes followers of Shankaracharya. They preach impersonalism and that is what is practiced all over India. These arya samjis they have become against the form of the Lord. So be aware.
Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya had further dialogue. One should study that dialogue in depth and get convinced how personalism is real and the topmost. We get lots of tips and hints, ideas of how to defeat this impersonalism that is hiding within us to defeat ourselves also. Then once there is personal private victory then we could become victorious by presenting the same personalist philosophy. And establish Krsna consciousness, establish name of the Lord, pastimes of Krsna, to establish dharma.
From Chaitanya Charitamrita Madhya lila the beginning chapter- Liberation of Bhattacarya. This is the first task or lila of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu as He arrived Jagannath Puri, He defeated Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya. Defeated impersonalism and Bhattacarya became topmost personalist to such an extent that there is slok in Bhagavatam in 10th canto 14th chapter Stuti of Brahma, say mukti pade. But Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya had become such a great personalist that he said, no it should be bhakti pade and not mukti pade. He was proving now he had become staunch follower of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and a staunch personalist.
Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu had dialogues with Sanatan Goswami, there also He was giving tips, how to defeat Mayavadi. Specailly when He was talking to Sanatana Goswami in Varanasi , Chaitanya Mahaprabhu said Lord Krsna’s form is Nara-vapu. He has a form and that form is like a Nara. He is not Nirakar but he Narakar. That is what Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was talking to Sanatana Goswami.
Keep reading, studying Bhagawad Gita, Bhagavamt and Chaitanya Charitamrita, Srila Prabhupada books and chant Hare Krsna. Chaitanya Mahaprabhu Himself regularly heard and discussed Bhagavatam with Svarupa Damodar whole night long. Also commentary on Sikshastakam or Jaidev Goswami’s Govind Bhasya and Krsna Karnamrita of Bilvamangal Thakur like that other scriptures, glorified pastimes, form, abode of the Lord and same time He was well known for sankirtana, chanting, dancing, propagating holy name and relishing the holy name also. Hari Katha and Hari Nama go hand in hand. Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu who is siksastakam, He appeared to set example for all of us. So Lord’s own example is for all of us to practice.
29th June 2019
Ekadasi is review day for devotees
More than 1000 devotees form different places are chanting. We have people chanting from Canada, Australia, Russia etc. Seems like whole world is chanting with us, which is very inspirational. We can say confidently that Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s prediction has come true, the holy name has reached so many towns and villages, all over the world.
As I said today is a very special day, today is Yogini ekadasi.
Every ekadasi has a name and there is a pastime related to it. So today is Yogini ekadasi, last one was Nirjala ekadasi and next one would be Sayani Ekadasi like that very ekadasi has its own mahatmya and significance.
Bhakti janani, this ekadasi is described as mother of devotion or the giver of the devotion. Also called
madhava-tithi, bhakti-janani, prema-latikara mula
Bhakti Vinoda Thakur has sung the glories of ekadasi like this. Ekadasi is mother of devotion and gives a bhakti lata or mula, source the seed of bhakti. So vaisnavas celebrate this ekadasi always and everywhere. Especially here in Pandharpur, ekadasi is celebrated. So, like that every ekadasi is a festival or utsava. It is a special occasion. It is not only for devotees of Vithhal, Panduranga, but for everyone. Not only devotees fast on ekadasi but they do a lot of chanting and hearing all day and all night.
I remember when I was just young boy, we use to have bhajan kirtana all night long, every ekadasi and till this date this goes on. Lot of singing chanting, reading, recitation of scriptures is done on this day, satsanga etc goes on this special day.
Sri Krishna Caitanya Mahaprabhu also encouraged His mother to follow the ekadasi fasting and celebrations. I forgot every saturday we have devotees from Australia chant with us, at Prabhupada Quarters in Melbourne Australia. We also have been reminding you about what Srila Bhakti Vinoda Thakur has recommended on what to do on ekadasi. That is to review the performance of your sadhana bhakti, review from past two weeks, how did I perform? How was my chanting? How was my reading? How, were my other devotional services? So, this is time to review and make resolutions, in this area I am going to improve, this area I am going to do better. So ekadasi is that day and Bhakti Vinod Thakur wanted us to review our performance.
Avalokan and Simhavalokan, Simha means lion, the way lion reviews his performance, lion the king of the forest is going somewhere, he has some target some vision, he stops from time to time and looks around and see how far I have come and where I am right now and where I have to go. So Simha, the lion king of the forest is known for that whereas monkeys and jackals and other creatures don’t do such a thing, they go round and round up and down and here and there, they just keep wandering and jumping but the king of the forest the lion is known for his sinhavalokan. He reviews his performance so likewise we should also be following in the footsteps of the king of the forest.
So, I had been receiving communication and I know some of you are doing some sort of sinhavalokan and making decisions to improve your chanting and devotional service, which I appreciate very much. One chanter said or wrote to me, while chanting in past he use to have his mobile phone next to him and phone rang he rushed quickly to attend to that calls but now he has made up his mind not to do so anymore, not to answer the phone or may be lock it away somewhere during chanting and just concentrate on calling Krishna, this chanting of Hare Krishna is also calling Krishna, and not to interrupt this call by receiving some other calls on your mobile. So, this kind of review and decision is much appreciated.
I was in Vrindavan and I know some of you have joined Bhakti Sastri course with VIHE in Vrindavan, you should study sastra and you are taking this study of Srila Prabhupada’s books seriously. You have to improve your study of sastra, so this is also a very welcoming step. Of course, everyone may not be able to go to Vrindavan or Mayapur and do Bhakti Sastri but you could always study wherever you are, hearing and chanting has to be increased.
Two weeks from today, we will begin the Caturmasya so you can take some resolution or sankalpa to do some extra study of sastra during Caturmasya. One devotee mataji Lalita Madhava form Mayapur, she wrote to me that during chanting she use to mix her chanting with sleeping but now that is not happening more as she has taken a resolution of not sleeping while chanting. Or be attentive while chanting, so many of you or some of you can take some resolution if that applies to you, if you are too sleepy during your japa time.
Yet another devotee, Keshav prabhu’s son. He has sometime in the morning for spiritual sadhana, so he was utilising that time for deity worship or puja in his shop or his home but he has no time for chanting and he was chanting at night after closing his shop. So 9 pm he was beginning his chanting, we advised him and he has taken resolution to chant in the morning. We also told him that you don’t have to spend so much time in deity worship, this is not Dvapara yuga this is Kali yuga. In Dvapara yuga was the time for worshiping,
kalau tad dhari-kīrtanāt
In Kali yuga you have to chant Hare Krishna. So, we asked him to minimise or cut worshipping deity worship time into half and chant for the rest of the half time in the morning itself and not leave all the chanting to be done in the evening. So, some improvements like that or settling the priorities.
So, like that I am just sharing some examples of reviews and improvement that devotees are undertaking to improve their sadhana, their services and chanting. So, each one of you on the day like this ekadasi review or have istagosthi with family and devotees at temple can have istagosthi and look over your activities in past few weeks. Identify your strengths and weaknesses and make changes accordingly for betterment of your Krishna consciousness.
So, review the past and improve in the future as it is already mentioned two weeks from today it will be Sayani ekadasi and Lord Vitthal gave me birth on this day or Ekadasi so there is a festival celebration planned at Pandharpur and I am looking forward to see many of you there. Those who have not made up their mind can consider and see if they can manage to join us of Sayani ekadasi festival and also inauguration of Srila Prabhupada ghat.
Ok so see you there. We will stop here and hopefully see you all soon in person.
Gaura Premanande hari haribol.
Lord is waiting in Pandharpur, the special feature the mood of Lord of Pandharpur Lord Panduranga Vitthal is He is waiting there to see the devotees, this is meeting with His devotees, that is all of us He is eagerly waiting for us with hands on His hips.
“kara kata vari theuniya”
He is eagerly awaiting arrival of His devotees. I just wanted to let you know that Pandharpur is such a place where Lord is waiting to take darsana of His devotees. So, we are inviting you to such a place, don’t keep the Lord waiting and let us full fill His wish to see His devotees.
See you there
27th June 2019
Avoid ten offenses against the holy name
Radha Kunjabihari ki jai!
smartavyah satatam visnur vismartavyo na jatucit
sarve vidhi-nisedhah syur etayor eva kinkarah
[Bhakti Rasamrit Sindhu 1.2.8]
This statement, which is about gopis, gopis always remember Krishna, they never ever forget Krishna. There are two things. One is to always remember Sri Krishna, that is one item and another is never forget Krishna, vidhi and nishedha.
vidhi nisedhah syur etayor eva kinkarah
Vidhi and nisedhah are servants of the siddhanta- ‘martavyah satatam visnur vismartavyo na jatucit’- always remember Krishna and never forget Krishna.
As we chant,
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare
That is sravanam and kirtanam, we also say Hare Krishna. We say so that we could hear or we say so that others could also hear. During chanting japa and during kirtan, during dindi we do kirtan, so as we chant, then we also hear and then we remember the Lord. We chant, so that we could remember the Lord or as we chant and we remember the Lord.
So, in case of chanting there is vidhi and nishedha. There are do’s and dont’s. The process and prohibition. So,what is that process and what is that prohibition? What is do and what is don’t? What is vidhi and what is nishedha?
Vidhi is chant,
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare
This is the process, vidhi. Harer namaiva kevalam, there is no other way no other way, this is the only process. Then what is nishedha? In case of chanting of Hare Krishna mahamantra what is nishedha? What is prohibition? And there are ten offenses against the holy name of the Lord. You are not supposed to do. Do chanting, but don’t do these other things. So chanting lot of people do. We have to understand vidhi and nishedha both. In case of chanting, chant Hare Krishna, that is vidhi and then avoid 10 offenses against the holy names, this is nishedha, this is prohibition.
That is why in Hare Krishna temple only, in the whole world, there is reminder of ten offenses of the holy name. These ten offenses are mentioned in Padma purana. These are eternal principles. So, from the beginning of creation they have existed and learned chanter, they have always taken note of these prohibitions, ten offenses and then had also tried to avoid these ten offenses.
They chant Hare Krishna and they try to avoid ten offenses. This is the specialty of Hare Krishna movement or this is the specialty of Gaudiya Vaisnavism that we follow the process completely. We pay attention to the process, we pay attention to the prohibitions also.
So, like that we are trained by the founder Acarya A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada ki Jai!
Chanting lot of people do, but they do not pay attention to this other part. This is very important.
Today is the beginning of our dindi procession. From Pune it has already started.
So those ten offenses, I am reminding to those who are going on the dindi today. Many of you are doing this. So, we should be practicing, make sure that you are avoiding these ten offenses and you could kindly remind others also.
yare dekho tare kaho Krishna upadesha
(CC Madhya-lila 07.128)
We are on the preaching mission also, different kinds of pilgrims. We are on preaching mission, so you should remind these ten offenses and encourage everyone to avoid these offenses. Follow chanting and avoid offenses. To all those you ask to chant Hare Krishna, you could also tell them to avoid ten offenses. The ten offenses, we could see how we could apply, preach, remind these prohibitions, ten offenses. Then only you can derive full benefit of chanting.
So, the first offense is to avoid committing offense at the feet of the vaisnavas. They also had dedicated their lives in the propagation of the holy name of the Lord. Each one of us, may be some are dedicating their lives, some dedicating part of their lives. Some are fully and some are partially, but everyone is dedicating. So do not offend vaisnavas, sadhus, do not offend anybody in fact; that we have learned from the Mrigari the hunter. He did not want to hurt even an ant. So that’s the standard, not that I will not offend vaisnavas but I will offend others. That’s also not fair.
name ruchi, jiver daya, vaisnava sevan
Serve vaishnavas, that is positive here, do not offend vaisnavas, we even don’t have to say this, we could only serve vaisnavas, then not offending is taken care of.
Second offense is to consider the names of God, so many of them are there 33 crore to be equal to or independent to the name of the Lord Krishna, Rama, Vitthal. To explain this to those who are in America, Europe, in western countries is not difficult. This offense, they even don’t know the demigods and how many they are and how to offend, but here in India this is difficult. While trying to avoid this offense, we may end up doing offense at the feet of demigods also. So, we have to be very careful, while trying to avoid second offense we may end up committing offenses.
Third offense is gurur avagya, disobeying spiritual master. The offenders at the feet of spiritual master, so many ways that one could offend spiritual master. One may think that, ‘I better not accept anyone as my spiritual master, it is better than accepting spiritual master and disobeying. I don’t want to disobey. My policy is not to accept spiritual master.’ Is that right thing to do? Sastras say tasmat gurum prapadyeta, you must accept the spiritual master. If you become guru sevi then everything else is taken care of, otherwise some practitioners, some followers may be, they are guru bhogi, guru tyagi, guru drohi. And the best thing only or only thing is become guru sevi. This is not time to elaborate or comment on this point. There is way out, you will not listen, you will sleep and snore during the time spiritual master is giving instructions, you could fall asleep. Then you can say I have not heard instructions so I am not disobeying.
The 4th offenses is , blaspheming the vedic literatures. So best thing is to read Srila Prabhupada’s books and distribute Srila Prabhupada’s books. Sruti sasra nindanam, then there will not be blaspheming. To give interpretation is mayavad bhasya.
The 5th one, harinam vikalpanam. To consider glories of the holy name exaggeration. Just like nama abhasa kind of chanting, you could attain moksa. Gopal Chakravarti in Satyagram, Bengal, ‘no, I don’t accept this.’ And by not accepting, he offended Namacarya Srila Haridas Thakur and he also committed fifth offense. As a result, he got into big trouble. He had leprosy and his nose melted. He lost his nose. In comparison with getting bhakti, getting devotional service unto the Lord and to become competent, eligible to go back to Krishnaloka, Goloka, this attaining moksa is nothing.
Next one misinterpretation of the holy name. There are so many ways people do interpretation to the Holy name. Someone was chanting Coca Cola and someone soham soham hare hare. I was in Vrindavan few days ago and they were chanting Hare soham hare soham soham soham hare hare. So mayavadis also chant. They also chant, but what are they chanting, Hare is Radha and at place of Krishna, sah aham, sah, that one, that Krishna is myself. That is me. Or aham brahmasmi, same thing. So Hare and myself, Hare myself, myself myself Hare Hare. Anyways, this is mayavada. So mayavadis also, everyone has their interpretation of chanting of the Holy name, which is misleading. So, there are so many ways to misinterpret, to mislead and this is offense. Gaudiya Vaishnavas have also given interpretation; Jiva Gosvami has given interpretation on the holy name of the Lord.
Gopal guru Gosvami and other acaryas 500 years ago also have given their interpretations. That is right, correct interpretation. So we should be studying there interpretations. So interpretation is okay, but wrong interpretation is misleading interpretation.
7th is on the strength of holy name of the Lord one commit sins. Whole world is taking advantage of power of holy name, strength of the holy name. I am going now on dindi and finally on Dashami, day before Ekadashi, I am going to take bath in Chandrabhaga. Chandrabhaga maiya ki Jai!
I will become free from all the sins. I can commit some sins. This is all arranged, all part of the strategy. When I will reach Pandharpur, I am going to take holy deep, and then I am free, free from all the sins committed on the way during dindi. So that is okay, either river is powerful or holy name is powerful. So, take advantage of the power of the Holy name, power of the river Chandrabhaga, Ganges or power of what, power of association, power of sadhusang; we also understand that way, not just Holy name. This will not work, trying to be smart, trying to take advantage of the power of this process of Krishna consciousness which is of course,
Krishna sakti bina nahi tara pravartana
8th offense is to consider karma kanda section and those activities to be equal to as a process of chanting or devotional service. This is one and same thing. This is again interpretation or misunderstanding. So, this is also not right. So punya karma is punya karma and bhakti karma is bhakti karma. Going to heaven is not the goal. Going to God, Krishna, why should we go to heaven, because we can’t meet Krishna or Rama or Pandurang is not there. Why should I go anywhere any place if I am not going to find or meet the Lord of my heart? I am going to Pandharpur because I am going to meet my Lord there. So I will not go to Ahamadnagar. I will go to Pandharpur.
yato yato yami tato narasimho, yato yato yami tato
wherever I go I want to meet my Lord Narasimha, my Sri Krishna, Panduranga, Panduranga, Panduranga!
So, we don’t perform this karmakanda business section or the vidhi vidhan and they will not give the same result as performance of sankirtan, chanting of Hare Krishna gives, which is attainment of Vaikuntha, Goloka.
You are all right, I am all right. Prabhupada said, no, you are wrong. I am all right. You are representing Maya, letting Maya to speak, then how that could be right? I am letting Krishna to speak to me. So I am right.
So, the 9th offense is to preach the faithless. There is like sowing the seed in the field that has not been cultivated by the farmer and it has also not rained. So, that land is not ready, is not favorable if you sow some seeds, they will not grow, could turn into popcorn.
And 10th offense is not to have faith in chanting the Holy name of the Lord and maintaining attachment after hearing so many instructions on this subject matter. So not to have faith in chanting, you will not derive benefit from chanting if you have no faith in chanting. So we have to hear the glories of the Holy name more and more and more. We should read and study the Ajamila episode of Bhagavatam to increase our faith in the Holy name of the Lord. Do something. Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu has done so many many things, so that people’s faith will increase.
So avoid all these offenses against the Holy name of the Lord.
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare!
vancha kalpa tarubhyasccha kripasindhubhya evacha
patitanam pavanebhyo vaishnavebhyo namo namah!
26th June 2019
ADDICTED TO THE HOLY NAME
Some of you are unstoppable you don’t want to stop chanting, you are going on and on. Sorry for the interruption! Hari Hari! We wish you become addicted to the chanting and that you would not like to stop chanting. Like drug addicts or the drunkard, they cannot stop. Some devotee said ‘My mother she has given up lot of things but she is unable to give up tea.’ So when we have developed similar kind of attraction, addiction, affection, attachment, sambandha, relationship with the holy name we would not like to stop it or interrupt it.
One time someone asked Srila Prabhupada how to become addicted to the holy names of the Lord. They were talking of the addiction, so how to become addicted?
Pratiksana svadhana lolupasya!
Have to become lolupasya or addicted to chanting the holy name. So Srila Prabhupada asked a kind of counter question, how does one become addicted? He doesn’t become addicted or develop addiction overnight! He drinks a little bit sometime in the beginning, then he drinks it again and then he likes it and he drink more and he drinks more often, and he drinks more frequently and he also drinks in the company of others or he gets in touch with those who are drunkards and as soon as he joins them the drinking begins.
So, in this way one becomes a drunkard or whether that’s tea or wine or whatever kind of addiction or smoking, so many bad habits or addictions. So Srila Prabhupada was making this point by drinking and drinking from time to time more often. By smoking and smoking one eventually becomes addicted so similarly by chanting and chanting and chanting and chanting everyday day after day, day after day, you are expected to become addicted to chanting the holy names of the Lord. How to become addicted to chanting is to keep chanting everyday, whenever or everywhere.
Same rule, same law the way you become addicted, well not you! others, those who have become addicted to drinking, or smoking or whatever. So in the same way, one can become addicted to the chanting of the holy name of the Lord, doing more frequently then you’ll become addicted.
We just opened a museum in Noida and one of the scenes or diorama is Hanuman opening his chest and when you look inside, you see Sita Ram inside the heart of Hanuman. So what happened? Why did he break open his chest and show someone Sita Ram in his heart is an interesting episode?
One time there was one jeweller, like we have Keshav Prabhu who is a jeweller who deals with not only gold and some silver but diamonds also. One beautiful diamond pearl necklace which was offered to Sri Ram by the jeweller which was offered to Hanuman by Sri Ram. When Hanuman had this necklace, he did not get ready for selfie photograph but what he started doing was biting each diamond pearl on the necklace and he was kind of chew one and the next one spoiling that beautiful necklace. So, the jeweller who had donated this was not very happy. He asked why did I give this necklace? I made a mistake by giving this necklace.
He started asking hanuman the question, why are you doing this? Spoiling, breaking this pearl necklace? I am making sure whether Sri Ram is in these pearls, in this necklace. If He is there then I have interest in these pearls otherwise I don’t care for the pearls so I am just testing these diamonds or pearls.
So the jeweller he asked, “Hanuman now you are trying to check each pearl each diamond whether Sri Ram is there then only you will wear this otherwise you will reject this or throw it away or crush this into pieces? If this is your philosophy you have this giant size body, Is Ram in your body, inside your body? Prove it?”
So when Hanuman was challenged like that of course by this time he had thrown away and rejected this pearl garland and then he opened his chest. When the jeweller looked inside, Hey! Sita Ram Laxman ki jai! When the jeweller, looked inside he began offering obeisances to Sita Ram and Laxman in the heart of Hanuman. He was convinced and realized yes! yes! there is Lord in the heart of Hanuman.
Hanuman realised the Lord is with me, within my heart and that he is in the heart of Lord Ram. The Lord is in everybody’s heart but we hear that is jnana, knowledge part. But everyone does not have the realisation that the Lord is in our heart. That is the speciality of Hanuman. He realised that Ram was with him and that he was with Ram.
So, I was thinking that we are also given the garland of tulsi beads. But don’t call it garland call it mala, japa mala, mala for, garland for chanting and you should also be checking out extra chanting that we are doing.
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare
It’s Krishna in here, the mantra that I was chanting is Krishna Radha. Lots of things also, other things also. In this name that I’m chanting is a form of Krishna included. His form, His qualities of the Lord in this holy name and the pastimes. My chanting leading me to the pastimes of the Lord and I’m also going to see and realise the greatness of the devotees of the Lord and this chanting, within this maha mantra is the abode of the Lord or will this name bring me to the Lord from Nama se Dhama -from the name to the abode of the Lord. So, while chanting, like Hanuman, you’re checking out whether my Ram is here. Is my Sita Ram inside this? So likewise, we should be, while chanting Hare Krishna we should be steady trying to understand and realise is my Krishna here? Is my Radha Krishna here?
So that pearls, diamonds, Ram wasn’t in there. Mundane object made up of matter. Hanuman was not finding Ram in that pearl necklace but certainly the necklace we’re given, the mala we’re given at the time of initiation, we’re given mala for chanting and we’re chanting on each bead. We should be taking out and for sure this name,
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare
Not that Krishna is inside this mantra but, this mantra is Krishna. The mantra is the form, the mantra is the pastime, the mantra is the qualities, the mantra is equal to the abode of Krishna. This is Svarup of the Lord.
We’ve to realise this.
“nama cintamani krsna caitanya rasa vigraha purna shudo nityamukta abhindnata naamina”( Padmapurana)
So that’s the glories of the holy name. That is the identity of the holy name. That is- nama cintamani. Cintamani, it’s not ordinary. This is nama cintamani caitanya, this is full of caitanya. The pearls were mundane, the garland hanuman had was mundane but the holy name is full of juice, full of nectar. It is purna. It is complete, it is nitya, it is eternal, it is shudda- meaning it is pure and mukta is all liberated. The holy name is like that. The holy name is purna, nitya, shudda and mukta. The final part of the statement is abhindanat namino. Nama and nami, name and Krishna, person and abinha is not different. The nama is Nami, Nami is Nam! The Hare Krishna nama is Krishna. So we’ve to accept the Lord and Lord’s name by rejecting whatever is jada or mundane we reject as Hanuman was rejecting and we accept what is Chetana, full of chetana full of consciousness that we accept.
Jada we reject, chetana we accept.
In other words, maya we reject and Krishna we embrace. That is Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu said.
na dhanam na janam sundarim kavitam va jagad isa kamaye mama janmani janmanisvre bhavatad bhaktir ahaituki tvayi (siksastakam sholka 4)
He is rejecting mundane wealth or wealth for My own sense gratification. I will not earn the wealth which will be used for gratification that My mind, or the senses of My body. This kind of dhanam I do not want. Na janam, the followers, associates, colleagues, na dhanam na janam na sundarim or the beautiful women! I’m not interested to enjoy or exploit women and kavitam, name, fame and glory same old story!
So Chaitanya Mahaprabhu says I’m not interested in all of these things. I reject this. This way one develops vairagya detachment from worldly things.
mama janmani janmani isvare,
name fame glory same old story
O I’m not interested in mukti that is what Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is talking about this in this Siksastakam. na dhanam na janam na sundarim, this is mukti mundane gratification and neither am I interested in mukti-; mama janmani janmani. I do not mind taking birth after birth You don’t have to give me liberation either, what I’m interested in is bhaktir ahaituki tvayin
no bhukti no mukti I want bhakti i want devotional service of Your Lotus feet O’ Lord.
So that is what we ask for as we chant the holy name of the Lord, we are begging for bhakti, begging for devotional service. Of course, we are begging for the Lord, we want the Lord! And that Lord is attained by bhakt, the chanter, by chanting. That the bhakti, the devotional service that’s how we attain the Lord Bhagavan.
So, we should have faith in holy name. Not having faith in the holy name of the Lord is one of the offenses. So, we should have faith that by chanting the holy name of the Lord one will attain Krishna. Or in this chanting this is full of Krishna, this name is Krishna mai or Radha Krishna mai is full of Radha and Krishna mai. That faith we must have. With that kind of faith, we should chant the holy name and with attention and a bit of detachment or attention will have potential in the spirit of detachment.
So keep chanting in fact first comes asakti in the holy name and the result of that is the when you have asakti in the Lord’s holy name then you can develop asakti in whatever is worldly it’s not that you become detached first and then you become attached to Krishna, it is the other way around. Only when you’re attached to Krishna or when we’re performing bhakti, I should say vairagya and attachment is developed.
So this is homework for you all. We are getting ready for Dindi festival in Maharashtra which is famous in Pandharpur. 5000 pilgrims will be here and they’ll be leaving for Pandharpur and the Dindi is reaching Pune today and they’ll proceed towards Pandharpur tomorrow morning. We’re doing the inauguration of the Dindi. We’re participating in this big grand harinam procession. This is the biggest grand walk of dancing and chanting in procession. We’re preparing for the inauguration function tomorrow and we’ll be talking about the Dindi padayatra , that Hare Krishna devotees also take part and go to Pandharpur for the big festival. You’re welcome to join the procession.
25th June 2019
Raghunath Das Gosvami & his renunciation
I am here in Pune today. We were talking yesterday about Raghunath Das Gosvami, Namacarya Haridas Thakur and offenses against holy name. So that was topic yesterday and everyday we have a new topic, but today I wish to remember Raghunath Das Gosvami and talk more about Raghunath Das Gosvami. He is our acarya. So, remembering our acaryas like six Gosvamis is very auspicious. So, Raghunath Das Gosvami, he had a darshan of Lord Sri Krishna Caitanya Mahaprabhu in Shantipur, when Sri Krishna Caitanya Mahaprabhu had come there after sanyaas. So that’s another thing. So there, Sri Krishna Caitanya Mahaprabhu advised Raghunath – he was not Gosvami that time. He was just Raghunath. Caitanya Mahaprabhu said “You go return to family and lead a family life and Krishna will make arrangement for you to relieve and you could be able to break all the bonds and join Me at some stage.”
So by now he was married and his father was trying to bind him to the worldly life or keep him at home. So, he thought the wealth is there, he was trying to bind him with the wealth and then another bond is okay here you go. We will bind you further. He was married to young beautiful girl. So, his father was doing his best to keep Raghunath Das Gosvami at home.
He was attempting to break the bonds, go away from the family, go to join with Sri Krishna Caitanya Mahaprabhu in Jagannath Puri. But he was not becoming successful. He thought I don’t have blessings of my guru and that is Nityananda Prabhu. Nityananda Prabhu is the spiritual master of the whole world. So, then he had gone to meet Nityananda Prabhu. That meeting took place at Panihati at the banks of Ganges. I think I am going too slow. I need to go fast to cover kind of entire life of Raghunath Gosvami. I will not contemplate or dwell on each episode but I will just make a mention and proceed.
So here at Panihati,he was blessed by Nityananda Prabhu and then he returned to Saptagrama, his home town and then finally after many many attempts, he succeeded breaking all the bonds and reach Jagannath Puri and be in association of Sri Krishna Caitanya Mahaprabhu and His associates. So, while he was in Jagannath Puri, Caitanya Mahaprabhu asked Svarupa Damodar to take care or look after, advice Raghunath Das. So Svarupa Damodar Gosvami became kind of counselor and Raghunath Das was counselee and this was nice team and Raghunath Das became known as ‘Svarupera Raghu’, he was Raghu of Svarupa Damodar.
So then as you know he was in his previous ashram, at home he was a big landlord and all opulences was at his disposal and all the dishes were cooked for him, but now here at Jagannath Puri he started begging alms. He would stand at the entrance of the Simha dvara with the begging bowl and whatever alms would be offered he would just survive with those alms. He also at one point, he was thinking, this is not good that I am begging here and some people offer me something, some alms, something to eat or give paisa and I think ‘oh this is a nice person. Thank you!’ and so many others give me nothing and I think, ‘oh these are not good people. They have not given me some little bit.’ So, he was thinking, ‘I am thinking these are good people, these are bad people and I am doing this kind of discrimination and I am caught in the dvandva, dual nature, dvidha and this is not proper on my part to think of good and bad.
ei bhāla, ei manda,’— ei saba bhrama (CC Antya 4.176)
This is good, this is bad, this is good person, this is bad person. I should give it up. So, he gave up this begging activity.
So, he started to go behind the temple. He used to stand in front, so he decided to go behind the temple. This where they used to throw extra prasad and the leftovers and which was eaten up by dogs or cows or crows. So, Raghunath Das Gosvami was collecting that prasad. Sometimes it’s rotten, it was mixed with mud. He used to take that and wash it, little cleaning and then he used to eat that prasad. He used to enjoy that prasad, relish that prasad.
Sri Krishna Caitanya Mahaprabhu noticed, ‘Oh! How come he is not begging at the entrance. Where is he? Where does he go and what does he do at the back of the temple?’ So, Sri Krishna Caitanya Mahaprabhu had found out that Raghunath Das Gosvami was collecting some remnants, rotten prasad cleaning and eating. So Caitanya Mahaprabhu one time, He watched Raghunath Das Gosvami and he even went forward, closer to him and He started begging ‘Me too. Me too! Give some of that Prasad to Me. Why are you eating by yourself? Greedy! Share it with Me.’ And then Raghunath Das Gosvami was thinking, ‘no, no! This kind of prasad for you my Lord? No, no! You should not eat this.’ So, Raghunath Das Gosvami got up and he was running away, escape kind. So that Lord does not eat that kind of rotten or old or smelly or mixed with mud kind of food, Prasad. But Raghunath Das Gosvami was not successful. Caitanya Mahaprabhu caught him from behind and took some morsels from ‘Jagannather bhat jagat pasare hat’ and Caitanya Mahaprabhu started enjoying that Jagannath mahaprasad. Of course, this is greatness of, mahatmya of Jagannath prasad also as we hear this pastime.
So, Raghunath Das had an opportunity to associate with Sri Krishna Caitanya Mahaprabhu and His associates for many many years in Jagannath Puri. So, one thing that Raghunath Das Gosvami did and not many did this what Raghunath Das Gosvami did and that was he was keeping a diary. He was writing journal kind of, when he used to be with Caitanya Mahaprabhu or witnessing different pastimes of Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Raghunath Das Gosvami used to be himself part of those pastimes. So, at the end of the day or middle of the day he used to write it down what he had seen, what he had experienced. So, he was keeping notes, diary of Sri Krishna Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s different activities, different pastimes, different lilas.
So unfortunately and eventually Sri Krishna Caitanya Mahaprabhu wind up His pastimes in Jagannath Puri by entering into the vigraha of Tota Gopinath and everyone there was devastated as Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s darshaa was no more available. So, at that point Raghunath Das Gosvami, he left Jagannath Puri. He went to Vrindavan and was planning to give up his life as he thought, ‘what good is this life without Sri Krishna Caitanya Mahaprabhu?’ So Narottam Das Thakur has also expressed his sentiments, ‘ye anilo prema dhan’, that song. So, like that Narottam Das Thakur was also thinking that ‘how could I survive now in His absence? Look this devotee has left, that devotee has left, that devotee, of course Gauranga eka kale, Caitanya Mahaprabhu also has left. So, I could only break my head against the rock that I don’t have association of this and that and all those vaisnavas who have departed. Or I should enter the fire and finish my existence. Narottam Das Thakur sings that song, has expressed his emotions. So, Raghunath Das Gosvami also was feeling like that, that Narottam Das Thakur’s feelings.
As also we know, Namacarya Sri Haridas Thakur when he found out or realized that Sri Krishna Caitanya Mahaprabhu is preparing to depart, preparing to wind up His pastimes, then he also said, ‘no, no Lord, I want to go first because I will not be able to manage, tolerate my existence that You have gone first and I am behind. I won’t be able to handle those kinds of circumstances that you have departed and I have stayed behind. So please arrange that I go first while You are still with me or in front of my eyes.’ And of course, Sri Krishna Caitanya Mahaprabhu kindly granted that benediction to Namacarya Sri Haridas Thakur and one day Sri Krishna Caitanya Mahaprabhu came with big number of devotees, performing kirtan at Siddha Bakul. At one-point Namacarya Sri Haridas Thakur, he held the lotus feet of Sri Krishna Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Namacarya Haridas Thakur’s eyes were drinking the beauty of lotus like face of Gauranga and he uttered ‘Sri Krishna Caitanya!’ and this was last thing he uttered and with that he departed. This way Lord fulfilled the wish, desire of Namacarya Sri Haridas Thakur.
Raghunath Das Gosvami had arrived in Vrindavan and he used to be contemplating on giving up his, ending up his life and he was thinking, ‘how and where I could give up my life. He was thinking I should climb up Govardhan hill and from top of the hill I will jump in the valley. And this is how I will end up my life.’ Rupa, Raghunath, other Gosvamis, other devotees of Gauranga those who were residing in Vrindavan- there was one team in Jagannath Puri, but there was another team in Vrindavan. So, some of them found out, Rupa Gosvami we could say found out what Raghunath Das Gosvami was contemplating on. So, they sat with him and told him, ‘no, no you can’t do this. This is not your body. This body is property of Mahaprabhu. And you should continue to live in this body and use this body in service of Gauranga.’ So, they were talking to him and dispreading him and they finally succeeded and Raghunath Das Gosvami- now he has become Raghunath Das Gosvami here- he stayed on here in Vrindavan for another 40 years or so.
So, residents of Vrindavan, especially residents of Radhakunda or the senior associates, followers of Gauranga Mahaprabhu were greatly benefited by association of Raghunath Das Gosvami, because Raghunath Das Gosvami had witnessed all the pastimes of Gauranga in Jagannath Puri and he also had taken the notes. So now regularly on the banks of Radhakunda, Shyamakunda, Raghunath Das Gosvami was sharing all the pastimes of Sri Krishna Caitanya Mahaprabhu in Jagannath Puri with residents of Vrindavan and Radhakunda residents who were deprived of all those pastimes. They had no idea what different pastimes Lord had performed. Now Raghunath Das Gosvami was sharing all those pastimes day after day after day.
Amongst the listeners in the audience there was one very special person, so many were very special, but one was very very special and that was Krishnadas Kaviraj Gosvami Maharaj. Krishnadas Kaviraj in fact he became a neighbor, staying next door to Raghunath Das Gosvami and he was listening and he was the one, Krishnadas Kaviraj Gosvami, he compiled Caitanya Caritamrita. He had never ever met or seen Caitanya Mahaprabhu, but vaisnavas had asked him, Krishnadas Kaviraj Gosvami, to compile Caitanya Caritamrita. So, he was able to do so with the help of Raghunath Das Gosvami as he was listening to the pastimes of Gauranga Mahaprabhu in Jagannath Puri and Raghunath Das Gosvami was also sharing his notes, his diary with Krishnadas Kaviraj Gosvami. With the help of these talks of Raghunath Das Gosvami and his Caitanya diary, Krishnadas Kaviraj Gosvami was able to compile, especially the antya lila part of Caitanya Caritamrita.
So, Raghunath Das Gosvami amongst the other Gosvamis, he was known for his renunciation, his vairagya. So now here in Vrindavan at the banks of Radhakunda where he was residing, he hardly ate anything. He used to just take one cupful of buttermilk. That is what all that he was eating and of course hardly he was sleeping, one two hours and hardly eating. So, all the Gosvamis especially Raghunath Das Gosvami is known for his renunciation, vairagya vidya nija bhakti yoga.
Time is up. Then Raghunath Das Gosvami attained Samadhi in Vrindavan at the banks of the Radhakunda. Right at the banks of Radhakunda in fact there is Samadhi of Raghunath Das Gosvami. We could also think that way that acharyas are also accessible, they reside in there samadhis, so whenever next time you go to Radhakunda, don’t miss the Samadhi mandir darsana and offer your prayers to Raghunath Das Gosvami on the banks of Radhakunda.
May Raghunath Das Gosvami bless you, but blessing is ‘Krishner mati astu’. Caitanya Mahaprabhu used to bless like that. All the acaryas used to bless like that. I am also blessing like that. That’s nice blessing. ‘Krishner mati astu’, let your mati reside in Sri Krishna and may you all become fully Krishna conscious. Gauranga! Raghunath Das Gosvami ki jai!
24th June 2019
Life of Raghunatha Dasa Goswami and effect of Vaisnava Apradha
So, I was in Vrindavan and I was also remembering Raghunatha Dasa Goswami and Namacarya Srila Haridas Thakur and I was also remembering some of the nama-aparadha, offences. So, this will be the theme and we will talk about these personalities and basically about nama-aparadha. One or more than one of the nama-aparadha.
There lived a Majumdar family of two brothers Govardhana Majumdar and Hiranya Majumdar in Bengal in a town called Saptagrama. Raghunatha dasa Goswami was the son of Govardhana Majumdar who was a zamindar and he was a very wealthy person. But he was also a very charitable person and the recipients of his mercy in the form of wealth were practically all the brahmins who were receiving dakshina, financial assistance from Govardhana Majumdar. Raghunatha Dasa Goswami was the son of such a wealthy landlord. All the wealth of his father, of course was his wealth which he eventually had renounced and had run to Jagannath Puri to join Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
‘Tyaktva turnam asesa-mandala-pati’ (Sri Sri Shad Goswami ashtakam)
All the six Goswamis, especially Raghunatha Dasa Goswami, were ashesh mandalpati, owners and possessors of mandala, so much land and so much wealth which they renounced. So that is how we understand this son of Govardhana Majumdar. But he was not attracted to the wealth of his father. He was attracted by Gauranga and attracted by the Holy name of the Lord more than the wealth. Or he had no attraction for the wealth or the wife.
So how did he develop this kind of vairagya, detachment from all worldly wealth and how did he also develop attraction for the Holy name of the Lord? Or he was going for Gauranga, why was he attracted to Gauranga and Gaura nama?
Especially during his childhood days, Raghunatha Dasa Goswami had association of Namacarya Srila Haridasa Thakur. There is a place called Benapol, where he had encountered that prostitute for three nights and he had become victorious in converting the prostitute into his followers. So, he left that place Benapol and travelled to another part of Bengal. Benapol is now in Bangladesh but that time it was part of Bengal, before that there was only one Bengal, no east Bengal and west Bengal.
So, from Benapol, he travelled to Saptagrama, where the father of Raghunatha Dasa Goswami was residing. Govardhana Majumdar was hosting him and had made all the arrangements for Namacarya Srila Haridas Thakur to stay in his town in a secluded place where Namacarya Haridasa Thakur was doing his
Hare Krsna Hare Krsna
Krsna Krsna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare
Not just one time but three hundred thousand times in a day.
So, Govardhana Majumdar, father of Raghunatha Dasa Goswami was a very pious and religious person. He also had a priest called Balaram Acharya who was also taking care of Namacarya Srila Haridasa Thakur. Raghunatha Dasa Goswami would also go and associate with Namacarya Srila Haridasa Thakur while the Namacarya was chanting. You can imagine next to Namacarya Srila Haridasa, Raghunatha dasa Goswami is sitting and chanting, and what kind of powerful association of those pure vibrations he was acquiring! So Raghunatha Dasa Goswami was greatly benefitted by the association of Namacarya Srila Haridasa Thakur; in those days.
“Namacarya Srila Haridasa Thakur ki, Jai!”
So, Govardhana Majumdar would organize satsangs. So, one day, there was a satsang and through Balaram Acharya, he invited Namacarya Srila Haridas Thakur to also come and attend the satsang festival. So, he had kindly come. Normally he would just prefer chanting and chanting and chanting. But today, he had come to also speak if there is an opportunity for him to do so during the satsang.
There was a big gathering and many pandits, learned personalities were in the gathering and the discussion began and they were talking about ‘Harinam Mahatmya’, the greatness of the Holy name of the Lord. This was the topic of discussion. So, one of the pandits said, “By chanting the Holy name of the Lord Papakshaya hoya.” You become free from the reactions of all the sins you have gathered. Another pundit said, “No, no, Moksha hoya.” You can attain liberation by this chanting of the Holy name of the Lord. Then Srila Haridasa Thakur said, “No, no, not just papakshaya, moksha hoya, these are not the real benefits. Ultimate benefit of chanting is premodaya.” You attain prema, love of Godhead, that is the principal and ultimate benefit. Becoming free from the reactions of the sins and attaining liberation is benefit of secondary nature.
So, like that there was a discussion and sort of debate was on, about the glories of the Holy name. They were not able to come to a conclusion. Namacarya Srila Haridasa Thakur was asked to throw some more light, explain how Premodaya is the topmost benefit of chanting of the Holy name of the Lord. He started talking, glorifying the Holy name and how there are different phases. We don’t know the details of the talk, we know something but we could say, he must have explained offensive chanting; the three phases of chanting; the three kinds of chanting.
The first is offensive chanting. Second, as one chants and chants, then there is a clearing stage which is also called Namabhasa stage. Third, the final topmost stage; phase of chanting is Shuddha nama japa, the pure chanting. And there are different benefits of chanting at various different levels or grades or phases. Amongst all of those, Shuddha nama japa is the topmost and that kind of chanting gives rise to premodaya. Love of Godhead is aroused or attained by offenceless and attentive chanting.
So, he was comparing offensive chanting to the night time and it is dark all around. The nights are very scary, jungle animals are around, snakes are crawling trying to find someone to psshhh. Dacoits are there, thieves are there going all around. When there is dark, they take advantage of this and cause all the trouble during the night time. But during dawn before sunrise; the sun has not risen but the rays are there, they are appearing, and darkness is getting cleared and somethings are visible now. Then, it is safe to go around; there is no fear of dacoits. They wind up their stealing business because as soon as there is light, they will get caught. They stop, so that is a good time. You have become free from fear. You have attained moksha from all the troubles of the night during dawn; this is compared to namabhasa.
Namabhasa is, moksha, you are becoming free from the reactions of the sins. So, that clearing stage, where no more troubles, no more reactions caused by sinful activities and you have attained moksha, you are relieved, you are liberated from the troubles of the night time caused by sinful acts. So that is namabhasa stage. Just by namabhasa chanting, nama-bhasa, like Surya Abhasa, Abhasa here means sun has not risen, but you could feel the presence of the sun, some experience the sun before sunrise. That is called abhasa.
Like the chanting of Ajamila, he said “Narayana, Narayana.” That chanting was of the Namabhasa stage. And that resulted in him becoming mukta, moksha. The Yamadutas had to go emptyhanded. So that way, he was freed, and that was the outcome of chanting at namabhasa or clearing stage.
So, in the audience there was one smart brahmin, vaisnava aparadhi. He could not tolerate this kind of glory. He could not digest, just at namabhasa stage, you could attain moksha? Just by chanting, just some clearance is there and at namabhasa stage, you are in the middle of chanting stage, you have not reached the topmost level. Even at namabhasa level, as he had heard from Haridas Thakur one could attain moksha, he said, “No, no, how could this be possible? I can’t stand this; I can’t accept this.” He said according to his understanding that “Caitanya Caritamrita has described, it takes ‘koti koti janma’ for a Jnani, a learned person to attain moksha. You have to be learned, knowledgeable, read this shastra, that shastra, vedanta study, and then you attain this ‘moksha’. But you are saying just by chanting
Hare Krsna Hare Krsna
Krsna Krsna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare
one quickly attains this moksha. No, I don’t accept your stand.” He was making those offensive statements, offending, counteracting or trying to counteract Haridas Thakur’s stand or statement; he was doing apamaan, insult of Namacarya Srila Haridas Thakur. He was committing vaisnava aparadh by opposing Namacarya Srila Haridas Thakur.
Namacarya Srila Haridas Thakur said, “This is not just my statement but throughout the shastra, this has been proven that by chanting at Namabhasa stage, one could attain moksha, liberation.” But this gentleman named Gopal Chakravarti, the smart brahmin said, “No, no, you have to prove. I do not accept this. I challenge your statement Haridas Thakur, and if you can’t prove your statement that by chanting of
Hare Krsna Hare Krsna
Krsna Krsna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare
one could attain moksha, liberation, then we will cut your nose”. So it was very offensive statement. The other learned, devotee type persons were trying to shut up Gopal Chakravarti, “You shut up, you are offending namacarya Srila Haridas Thakur with whatever you said that his nose should be cut off. You are offensive”. They were not happy with what Gopal Chakravarti had said and gradually the satsang was concluded and everyone went to their respective homes. But in a few days, Gopal Chakravarti developed leprosy with flies all over, pus, blood and smell. And his nose melted, he lost his nose and he was suffering.
Krsnadasa Kaviraja Goswami said,
bhakta-svabhāva, — ajña-doṣa kṣamā kare
kṛṣṇa-svabhāva, — bhakta-nindā sahite nā pāre(CC Antya lila – 3.213)
The nature of devotee and the nature of Lord is described. The nature of a devotee is that he doesn’t take other’s, ignorant person’s offences seriously. But Lord takes it very seriously and He takes action. The devotee doesn’t take action, one who has been offended doesn’t take action, he tolerates and ignores. But, the Lord takes action, so that is what lord did; causing the leprosy and Gopal Chakravarti losing his nose.
So, in this case there were two kinds of offences committed by Gopal Chakravarti. One is vaisnava aparadh. He committed vaisnava aparadh towards the great vaisnava Namacarya Srila Haridas Thakur and the other aparadh is Harinam nikalpanam, to consider the glories of the Holy name as exaggeration. Gopal Chakravarti was saying, “You are exaggerating the glories. No, no, how come just by chanting you could attain moksha”? Namacharya Haridas Thakur was saying, “This is nothing, getting moksha is nothing, you could get much more than moksha”. Gopal Chakravarti said “No, this is too much, just by chanting you can’t get moksha”. So, this is exaggeration, this is Harinam nikalpanam. So that offence he was doing, he was considering the glories of the Holy name to be exaggeration. Of the ten offences against the Holy name, Vaisnava aparadh is the first, worst one, and Harinam nikalpanam is the fifth one. He committed these two offences and as a result, you know what the outcome was. Better be aware and not commit these kinds of offences. Otherwise you know what happened. You know what Lord did to Gopal Chakravarti, that could very much be the treatment the offender could get, does get. So better be careful. Avoid offences.
Make all endeavor to chant purely, offenselessly and systematically and try to come to the level of shuddha naam japa which is moksha and much more Krsna prema which is the love of Godhead, the goal of human form of life.
23rd June 2019
Marriages in ISKCON are united nation of the spiritual world
I attended marriage of Harikirtan’s daughter last night, and you may be wondering, “Oh! sannyasi and attending marriage!” But this was a different kind of marriage and I want to share some experiences of attending this marriage.
Last night – marriage of Gaurangi and Tamal Govind. But I had seen Srila Prabhupada performing marriages. I did share this last night also, that in 1971, there was a big pandal, Hare Krishna festival in Mumbai and Srila Prabhupada performed marriage on a stage, right before thousands of visitors and guests, and I also was a college student those days. I also was in the audience, witnessing Prabhupada performing this marriage ceremony. So, I was following the footsteps of Srila Prabhupada. So, that time Prabhupada had declared that marriage is, “This is united nation of the spiritual world” because the husband, the groom was from Sweden, the bride was from all the way from Australia and they were getting married in Mumbai. So, Prabhupada said, “this is united nation of the spiritual world.”
So, last night also, the groom was all the way from South India and the bride was from North India, Noida. So, it was something similar and wonderful thing and they were getting united, getting married in Vrindavan dhama and that was a very special feature of that marriage, last night, which I did like. And I had attended some other marriages in the past but the marriage ceremony last night was something different and welcome kind of standard were being set. There was basically lots of kirtan, talk, I spoke, some other devotees also, Sacinandana Prabhu spoke, Prasanta Mataji, Vamshidhara Prabhu, temple President of Noida temple spoke. So, there was kirtan, there was talk and then more kirtan and then prasad. That’s all. So, the whole thing was a satsanga, was a festival, was a Hare Krishna festival we could call. Like that, I had witnessed, seen in Mumbai in the 1971.
So, something similar was happening last night on the stage and it was all happening here, in Vrindavan. Hari Hari!
So, Harikirtana Prabhu has set a new standard, if you all or anyone has to, or is wishing to perform marriage in future, either your own marriage or marriage of your daughter and son or relative can perform marriage like the one that took place here, in Vrindavan. Of course, I am not asking or insisting that each one of you get married. There are some brahmacaris also from Greater Noida, Rasraja Gaura and Vaikuntha Nayak is listening to me and there are some other brahmacaris. So, don’t get encouraged or inspired to get married. But Prabhupada did say that all brahmacaris, all boys should stay single and all the girls should get married. This, Prabhupada said this, one time. The girls referring to the brahmacarinis in his ashram, in his institution and boys referring to the single brahmacaris. So, boys should stay single and girls all should get married. Anyway, how would that work, I am not going to talk more about this. You may be wondering, ” Oh! All the boys stay single and all the girls have to get married, so, who are they going to marry?” You worry about that, I don’t have any comments about that one. Hari Hari!
So, I also felt that now there is a big gathering and lot of them were ISKCON devotees, ISKCON followers attending that marriage. There is a thought that when you are, when you join Hare Krishna or Hare Krishna Movement, you leave some people behind. That I have also left my brothers, sisters behind and friends behind. But Prabhupada say, and it’s true and we could all experience that we left few brothers and sisters behind but as we come to Krishna consciousness movement, we end up getting so many, ten times as many, hundreds times as many brothers and sisters. So, there is no loss in joining Hare Krishna Movement, coming to Hare Krishna Movement, there is no loss but there is a gain.
I was experiencing this last night that Hari Kirtan had joined Hare Krishna Movement and so has the bride groom, Tamal Govind, he also has joined. There are lot many bigger families that had attended the ceremony last night. And so, there is no loss.
You gain and end up getting a better quality of brothers, better quality of sisters, better quality of friends, better quality of neighbours, spiritual quality. So, and then you could also have a spiritual social life, varnasrama dharma life, which includes grihastha asrama, marriage, marriage ceremony attended by so many more devotees. I observed and said last night that many marriages take place in hotels and wherever they take place, and the attendees – those who attend the marriage – for them there is veg or nonveg, not only patram pushpam kind of food but there is a muttonam, chickenam and this and that and all sorts of drinks and fine wines and those who consume that non-veg or that drinks, I was calling them, these are rakshasas because they do this abhaksha bhakshan.
So, what kind of blessings they are going to give to the couple getting married if they are, this is their tendencies, their kind of food and drinks are this sort, mundane, non-veg and they are expected to bless the couple. What kind of blessing, what would they bless, what would they offer, what well wishes would they have if they are like that, their mentality is like that, their lifestyle is like that, their diet is like that or their drinks are like that, their association like that? Hari, Hari!
On the contrary, last night, I blessed the couple and others were coming on the stage and were blessing and at one point, I asked everyone to raise their hands, which they did. And I said, “You all repeat Hare Krishna mahamantra after me and say out loud this Hare Krishna mahamantra and this is going to be your prayer; the chanting of Hare Krishna is going to be your blessings, and you are going to offer blessings to the new couple; the Hare Krishna mahamantra chanting is your blessings”, which they did. They all chanted after me, and they all chanted and we were offering our blessings. So, then, I was thinking last night, how did we bless them? Okay, we chanted Hare Krishna. What does that mean? What did we do? So, we offered Krishna. Our blessings here is Krishna, you take Krishna, we are offering you Krishna, accept this Krishna in the form of the holy name. So, that is how the new couple were blessed. They were given Krishna and that’s the best blessings, matchless blessings. So, that the blessings were same as the blessings Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu had given to Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya and others in Jagannath Puri, He had, while blessing them, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu said, “krsne matih astu, krsne matih astu,” that your matih, your intelligence be fixed in or on Krishna. In other words, may you always think of Krishna, may you always remember Krishna. So, that was krsne matih astu. Could you all say, ‘krsne matih astu’? So, this is the best blessings. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur also, if someone asked for a blessing, he also would say ‘krsne matih astu’. So, whenever you have a reason to or an opportunity to bless others, you could say krsne matih astu. Of course, we may or may not every time say krsne maih astu, but we kind of translate this into action or we demonstrate this blessing krsne matih astu, this kind of blessing by asking others to chant
Hare Kṛṣṇa Hare Kṛṣṇa
Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Hare Hare
Hare Rāma Hare Rāma
Rāma Rāma Hare Hare
You are not only saying but thinking krsne matih astu but you are practically translating or offering blessings by giving them holy name. And if, they hear the holy name and think, their thoughts would be Krishna conscious thoughts or there would be Krishna on their intelligence or in their mind and their heart, krsne matih astu. They’ll become Krishna conscious by, they’ll ask others to chant Hare Krishna to others. So, that is what we are doing, krsne matih astu, this is the kind of blessings we are offering, giving Krishna in the form of the holy name.
So, Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu has asked all his followers to do yare dekha tare kaha krsna upadesa. He instructed them, by instructing He blessed them, by either Krishna upadesha or Hare Krishna upadesha, talked to them about Krishna or repeat Krishna’s instructions and, especially, repeat and share and give Hare Krishna Mahamantra to others.
So, take this opportunity where every now and then and whenever and wherever you have this opportunity to benedict people around, including your family members, neighbours, friends, colleagues. You give Krishna to them in the form of the Holy name, you could give them Krishna in the form of Srila Prabhupada books, you could give Krishna to them in the form of Krishna prashad, you could give Krishna in the form of festivals – you invite them to Jagannath ratha yatra festival or you could give them Krishna by showing them Krishna – come to Hare Krishna temple and take darshan of Jagannath or Radha Shyamsundar or Krishna Balarama or Gaura Nitai.
So, you are giving Krishna to them, you are blessing them with Krishna in these various manifestations, forms, features and aspects of Krishna, Krishna consciousness and doing this is the topmost welfare activity. Not only samaaj seva or serving the society but you could serve your family, family members – the obligations to serve them. This is how you serve them by giving Krishna to your family members, wife giving Krishna to husband or husband giving Krishna to wife or parents giving Krishna to their children or also giving Krishna to their neighbours and like this, to the society, to the country, to the whole world and this is then best thing you could do.
If, of course, you do not give Krishna then you going to give maya. Instead of giving nectar, you are going to feed them poison. So, do not do this anymore, I know you have stop doing this. So, just give Krishna, give nectar so that people would be happy. Okay. So, otherwise, “quote,” people are, they are not sanmukh they are vimukh, they are turned against the Lord or turned their backs towards the Lord and are facing maya. So, you, us, the followers of Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu or followers of Srila Prabhupada, would like to see how you could turn people around from vimukh – facing away from the Lord, to the position of sanmukh – facing the Lord, and that is done by yare dekha tare kaha krsna upadesa, giving Krishna to them in different forms. They turn around, 180 degrees and now they face Krishna, they keep going towards Krishna, they’ll think of Krishna. They will become Krishna Conscious and happy.
Okay. So, take this opportunity. Today is Sunday, you could also do this homework and of course, do it every day, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, all the days.
Okay, so I’ll have to stop here. We are proceeding to Noida; to start from Greater Noida. Then to Noida, where we are opening Krishna Expo – we are calling it. We’ve added a dimension to our Noida projects – a museum, is a diorama museum and is one of the opening of the diorama project this afternoon. So, we’ll be leaving Vrindavan, unfortunately or fortunately, leaving Vrindavan to proceed for Delhi, Noida.
My Radha Govind dev is waiting there, my services are expected there.
22nd June 2019
Garlands remind us of pastimes of Radha and Krsna
Hare Krsna everybody!
Happy to see Padmavati from Holland who has been regularly chanting with us. Holland is about three and half hours behind us, she managed to get up early. I am really happy to see Padmavati chanting with us. Hari Hari!
Today is the birthday of Harimurari prabhu . He is a very regular chanter on this conference. He does not chant alone. He is joined by his good wife Padmaradha and their two children Ankit and Prerna. Harimurari is a very responsible grihasta, to have his entire family chanting so early in the morning, every single day. To such a chanter we wish him a very happy birthday.
So, I have been thinking of talking about something but when I received this beautiful garland, I changed the topic to talk about garlands and flowers, and the relationship between Radha and Krsna in Vrindavan. There is a prayer of Rupa Goswami that I at times recite during mangala caran.
kada draksyami nandasya balakam nipa malakam
palakam sarva sattvanam lasat tilaka bhalakam
When will I see Nanda’s son? He is the protector of the devotees. He is garlanded with kadamba flowers, I would prefer to see Krsna garlanded with Kadamba flowers and His forehead is decorated with glistening tilaka.
Why kadamba flowers? If you have a close look at these flowers, they are very beautiful and have a golden complexion, a golden hue. Krsna loves the garland of kadamba because the colour of this flower reminds Him of His beloved Radharani. He holds the garland close to His chest thinking that it is Radharani. He holds it close to His heart.
Also as you know, Krsna is known as “pitambar”. He wears the clothes of a golden complexion because it is the complexion of Radharani, and He feels closer to Radha as He wears clothes that have a golden hue. Radharani likes to be reminded of Krsna and She wears sari of the same complexion as Krsna, which is bluish. Her sari is bluish –so She is known as Nilambari because of Her “nila”, the bluish colour. And Krsna is known as Pitambar.
The flowers and garlands play a significant role in Radha Krsna’s pastimes. Generally, the gopis go to Kusum Sarovar (kusum meaning flower), and make varieties of garlands including vyjayanthi mala. They go to Radhakund around noon time (one of the pastimes), both Radharani and the gopis. There pastimes of Radha Krsna take place there. They offer garlands to Radha Krsna.
Kusuma-sarovara is located on the holy Govardhan hill between Govardhan and Radha Kunda in the district of Uttar Pradesh. It is on the right of the parikrama path, about one-and-a-half miles south-west of Radha-Kunda.
Here one would find a forest of flowers (kusuma) and a full of varieties of trees, creepers and flowers like bell, cameli, juhi, yuthi, mallika and campaka. Radharani would come here on the pretext of picking flowers with her sakhis, but Her real intent was to meet Krsna, with whom She would have love-quarrels and sarcastic exchanges full of rasa.
One morning, Radharani and Her sakhis came to the bank of some sarovara to pick beli, cameli, juhi, kanera, campaka and other flowers that bloomed here. Krsna was sitting on a tree branch and by doing so the branch swung very low. Radharani saw a tree with a branch full of flowers. Knowing that she was coming to Kusuma-sarovara to pick flowers, Krsna had playfully climbed that very tree. Using all His weight, He pushed the branch down and remained hidden in the foliage so that Sri Radhika could not see Him. Radhika pulled down that branch with one hand, and was absorbed in picking its flowers with the other hand when suddenly Krsna jumped onto another branch. The branch sprung up, lifting Radharani up. She cried out for help. Sri Krsna leapt out from the tree and caught the hanging Radharani in His arms. The sakhis began clapping and laughing loudly, but Radharani released Herself from Sri Krsna’s embrace and scolded Him.
They had a good time as Krsna performed this act. He was laughing and enjoying the scene. Jai Radhe jai Krsna!
Rupa Goswami, who is a Rupa Manjari knows a lot about Krsna. He explains how Krsna wears garlands. He sees Krsna all the time. He says that sometimes Krsna would wear it like how I am wearing it- straight down. That is one way in which His garland is worn.
vaijayantim ca malam
Vaijayanti mala is made up of five different flowers. It is so long that it reaches His knees.
The second way is, when He puts the garland on one of His shoulder so that He can easily play His flute. The third way in which he wears His garland is on His head like a crown or as part of a decoration. These are the three ways and you can visualise Krsna wearing the garland in three different ways while chanting. There could a lot more to talk about the flowers and garland of Krsna but unfortunately we don’t have a lot of time. The temple is scheduled for gurupuja and kirtana and I will be giving a Srimad Bhagavatam class.
Just to wind up this topic a couple of things are still lingering in my mind. It is recommended, its part of commentary of Siksastakam the third verse.
trinad api sunicena taror api sahishnuna
amanina manadena kirtaniyah sada harihi
It is said that one should wear a garland made up of this verse, put that around your neck and the chest that is where the heart is. Very close to your heart meaning, you should remember this verse while chanting and at other times.
One should chant the holy name of the Lord in a humble state of mind, thinking oneself lower than the straw in the street; one should be more tolerant than a tree, devoid of all sense of false prestige, and ready to offer all respect to others. In such a state of mind one can chant the holy name of the Lord constantly.
Something that you wear around your neck is considered very, very dear to you because it is close to your heart. Wear this garland feeling lower than a straw on the street and more tolerant than a tree and offering respectful obeisances to all vaisnavas – we should chant with such a state of mind.
There was another garland that I was reminded of once when Srila Prabhupada was visiting America. At that time Tamal Krsna Maharaj was managing the Damodar sankirtan travelling party. He was thinking of offering a garland to Srila Prabhupada. On that particular visit, Srila Prabhupada was to join Tamal Krsna Maharaj who was known for making newer and newer devotees through the sankirtana process. He planned to make a garland of 108 devotees – his target for this garland was to enrol 108 brand new devotees. When Srila Prabhupada joined the travelling party, Tamal Krsna Maharaj offered the 108 souls at Srila Prabhupada’s feet as we offer flowers. He offered a garland of 108 souls. That was the best ever garland Srila Prabhupada had ever received, and Srila Prabhupada was most pleased with the garland. Gauranga!
See you on another day or at the temple.
21st June 2019
Tomorrow Gaurangi mataji’s marriage ceremony is there in Vrindavan. I am also attending the marriage you can also join if you are in Vrindavan.
So, today’s participants are 618, we have still not reached our target. We have to reach 700. Real host is Hari kirtan. Bless the couple with your prayers from where ever you are. Shower your blessings in advance a big Gauranga for Gaurangi.
Today is yoga day. Somebody reminded me, so I will talk about real yoga and then proceed further. Yoga day, it’s nice. I would be happier if it would be bhakti yoga day.
ISKCON Vrindavan devotees are participating in yoga day program conducted by in Krishna Balaram temple. You could also participate, its good. It is Prime minister’s initiative. United Nation has announced it as yoga day. Demonstrate yoga today, so this is also glory of Bharat Varsha.
There is some remote connection with the yoga, bhakti yoga. Bhakti yoga or another name is also ‘Ashtanga yoga’. It has 8 parts resulting in mediation on the Lord, that goes on the name of yoga, two parts ‘asana’ and ‘pranayam’. So, instead of yoga for remembering the Lord or yoga for God, now days yoga is targeted toward body. Complete care of body and mind ‘ashtanga yoga’. We could practice yoga asana. I also do yoga. ISKCON health minister also practices yoga it keeps your body fit. If this yoga helps that’s also good. You do yoga or this yoga is part of bhakti yoga. Its ansh and not anshi, it’s just part of bhakti yoga.
The time is running out. Gauranga!
I am here in Vrindavan . It is known for lot of things. You know the glories Radha Krishna -pastime rasa dance.
Jagannath is not well, soon there will be ratha yatra. Chaitanya Mahaprabhu used to dance and the same Lord dances here in rasa dance. So there was a time that Chaitanya Mahaprabhu would divide whole kirtan party in seven different parties and Chaitanya Mahaprabhu would dance in each kirtan party. So like that, in Vrindavan Krishna dances with each gopi, He expands and as many gopis many Krishna the same Krishna expands and dance in each kirtan party in Jagannath Puri. Then each gopi would think Krishna is dancing only with me. I am His favorite gopi. Like that each kirtan party would think, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is dancing only with us, we are very special. That was not the case. He was dancing in each kirtan party and Krishna was dancing with each gopi.
So rasa lila in Vrindavan, sankirtana in Mayapur, dancing kirtan festival same mood or quality devotion,s emotion is taking place on sankirtana performance “Hare. . name nache. .’
Everyone is dancing in Jagannath Puri.
‘So sei Gaura sei’ that is also understanding. Compare, the dancer of rasa lila is dancing in sankirtana jei Gaura sei Krishna, Krishna is dancing in Vrindavan.
5000 years back and same Krishna is dancing in sankirtana “Sri Krishna Chaitanya Radha Krishna nahi anya”. We should realize Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is same Krishna, that Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu gives sankirtana to whole world. So, we are blessed. Sankirtana has reached us ‘sankirtana andolan’. I have to take your leave it’s time for Krishna Balaram darshan and then there will be Bhagavatam class in Hindi.
20th June 2019
Hare Krishna my prayers and best wishes to you all from Vrindavan, where I am stationed now and from where I am chanting now. Today the number of participants is 612. Let’s hope the number increases as we begin our japa talk here.
Many devotees appreciating the chanting on this zoom conference. On zoom conference I am getting so many communications of appreciation. And how devotees are being greatly benefited by this japa conference, I am happy to hear.
One devotee said he had been chanting since 25 years and then he has been chanting on this conference, ‘let’s chant together’ for since last 6 months. And he says, there is a vast difference between his previous chanting and the chanting now he has been doing with us with this zoom conference. He says there is a vast difference as his chanting has improved and revolutionized. And I’m happy to know.
I think that is also the experience of many if not most of you, chanting on this conference.
And hence, I would encourage you to continue chanting with us and try to get others, more devotees to join us so that they benefit.
621 are participants now. Hari! Hari!
The number has increased.
I’m in Vrindavan. It’s not easy to be in Vrindavan to enter the spirit of Vrindavan. We have to develop ‘bhava bhakti’ of Vrindavan, I am in Vrindavan. I hope, I am in Vrindavan.
We were remembering Dukhi Krishna, while he was sweeping Seva Kunja, he had found the ankle bell of Radharani. Then we were concluding ‘just see he has entered Vrindavan, he has entered pastimes of Radha Krishna.’ Otherwise, how could he find the ankle bells. Yes! yes! he had entered. We did not find the ankle bells of Radha’s anklets. We did not find but Radharani sent us garland. That is some indication that Radha has taken cognizance or noted that we are here in Vrindavan. So, some indication that we are in Vrindavan or we have somewhat entered Vrindavan.
And you are also able to take darshan and appreciate ‘oh beautiful garland, beautiful garland.’ First things is garland is so beautiful, how beautiful Radharani must be. So beauty of garland reminds us, reminds you of the beauty of Radharani. And as I was smelling. Can you smell? Try to smell the garland. I am smelling on your behalf. That fragrance as Krishna says,
punyo gandha prithivyam ca
The fragrance of the earth and the earth’s fragrance enters the flowers. That fragrance is Krishna, that fragrance is Radharani.
This way we also realize Radha Shyamsundar by seeing the beautiful garland and by smelling the beautiful fragrance of that beautiful garland. We are drawn closer to Radha and Krishna.
If someone is depressed and not in good mood if he could smell the fragrance [Maharaj smells the flower] everyone feels that something opens you up and you go higher. And the depression goes away just by smelling the fragrance. So, that fragrance that you smell that is Krishna or Radharani. Radha Krishna inspires you, gives you boost, lifts you up from your sometimes lower nature depressed state. Radha Krishna [as he smells], that fragrance that you smell that is also Radharani. That fragrance is from personality of Radha Krishna. That fragrance is non-different from Radha and Krishna. So we haven’t seen or met Radha and Krishna in front of our eyes but fragrance is there. And Krishna says, that fragrance is Myself. So we should realize ‘Oh this is Radha and Krishna, this fragrance is Radha Krishna, oh I am meeting Radha Krishna.’
So as I was coming to Vrindavan yesterday, I was reminded of Prabhupada’s recommendation that while coming to Vrindavan you should follow the footsteps of Akrura, the way Akrura went to Vrindavan. The kind of manoratha that he was doing he was hoping and praying for darshan of the Lord. The kind of mood that he was having. So, one should try to cultivate that mood, following the footsteps of Akrura. The mood wise, consciousness wise or the eagerness wise or anticipation, while coming to Vrindavan. So, I was trying to do some practice like that as I was coming in the direction of Vrindavan. While coming I was chanting and at the same time thinking and remembering how Akrura was coming to Vrindavan, cultivating that mood following the footsteps of Akrura. I was chanting and I was also trying to get into that mood.
And then finally I reached Vrindavan, there were some greetings. Devotees were there, chanting of Mahamantra and I was welcomed and greeted. As I entered my residence there was surprise, there were Krishna Balarama Govardhana shila darshan waiting for me and that also what happened to Akrura. So finally, when Akrura arrived Vrindavan 5000 years ago whom did he meet?
Krishna and Balarama that was pratyaksha, that was the time Lord’s prakat lila was on. Krishna and Balarama were personally, physically, spiritually, tangibly were there. Akrura his manoratha, all that he was aspiring, dreaming and visualizing on the way all that he was realizing on reaching Nanda bhavan.
Darshan of Krishna and Balarama in shila form. Akrura was taking Krishna and Balarama darshan. I thought, ‘oh I am experiencing something similar’’. Akrura was getting Krishna Balarama darsana and I’m also taking Their Krishna Balarama darshan. Sri Krishna Balarama ki jai!
HARE KRISHNA HARE KRISHNA
KRISHNA KRISHNA HARE HARE
HARE RAMA HARE RAMA
RAMA RAMA HARE HARE
We chant Hare Krishna mantra, each mantra has mantra devata. Each mantra has its mantra devata whichever mantra it is. Worshipable deity is worshiped by some particular mantra. So, Hare Krishna mahamantra has Radha Krishna as devata.
The mantra as we chant, devan deva-yajo yanti
There are devatas [Demigods] mantra as we chant, the devatas are pleased and we end up getting their blessings and we end up going to heaven.
There are mantras to worship the pitras –forefathers we chant that mantra and forefathers are pleased and we end up going to those planets. And there are mantras for bhuta pishacha [ghosts and spirits] like that there are many mantras.
yanti mad-yajino ‘pi mam
But those who chant My mantra they come to Me.
Those who chant Hare Krishna mahamantra, Radha Krishna are pleased and then we are blessed by Radha and Krishna.
They are our ishtadevata and one ends up returning or going to that abode where Radha and Krishna reside and that is Vrindavan. That’s Gokul Vrindavan or Golok Vrindavan there is no difference.
So, chanters of Hare Krishna, by chanting Hare Krishna mahamantra they are worshipping Radha and Krishna . And then they go to the abode of Radha and Krishna that is Vrindavan.
That is where I have come, I hope I have reached Vrindavan.
I am welcomed here and I am allowed to enter. I thought of it and I also shared this with assembled devotees. Then we remember Krishna, while we are remembering Krishna, has Lord taken note that such and such person remembering Me? Certainly, if someone is remembering wherever he is remembering, immediately Lord takes note. Oh! such and such person is remembering Me as he is chanting. And his chanting has resulted in as sravanam kirtanam vishnuh smaran. Chanting and hearing attentively and offencelessly results in remembrance of the Lord.
Someone is remembering the Lord, is that person away from the Lord? Has Lord taken note of that person’s remembering Him? The answer is certainly. Anyone who is on the level of remembering the Lord, he is busy remembering the Lord, he is with the Lord. That is union, that is yoga.
Through the process of sravanam kirtanam that results in remembrance, which is dhyana that’s also meditation.
That’s also ‘chintan manana’ contemplation, nididhyasana. So, that’s the meeting point. Lord and living entities are meeting as remembrance takes place. Lord has taken note of that chanter or specially of that chanter who is praying to the Lord, who is chanting with the remembrance of the Lord.
We have to chant, that results in remembrance of the Lord. All the sravanam kirtanam that we do or hearing chanting that we do, it always does not result in remembrance of the Lord. We are spaced out, we are thinking of something else, our mind is somewhere else. So, I am talking of hearing and chanting with all your efforts you are making, sure it results in remembering the Lord.
And if you are remembering then Lord has taken note of your chanting and He is pleased with your chanting. He is very much there and you are connected with Him. You are chanting, hearing and remembering, Lord has taken note of that. Lord knows this chanting is done with remembering Me and this chanting is done with not remembering Me. We should make sure that our chanting is with remembrance of the Lord. With dhyana, remembering name, qualities, pastimes of the Lord, abode of the Lord. Lord knows both the chanting and both the chanters and Lord is pleased with one kind of chanter but not with the other. So, we should do right kind of chanting. Sravanam kirtanam vishnuh smaranam is our goal.
Good luck and success in your chanting and remembrance.
19th June 2019
So, number of participants 604, it is Wednesday. It’s Lord’s day because Krishna appeared on Wednesday. In Pandharpur, every Wednesday is very special day, it is appearance day of Sri Krishna.
Lord continues to be unwell, Jagannath Swami. Are you all looking after the deities of Jagannath, taking special care of Him?
In Noida here devotees are taking good care, bedrest and special diet, no visitors and that is also happening in Jagannath Puri right now.
Getting sick is a pastime of Lord Jagannath and that gives us opportunity to think of Jagannath. When someone is not well you kind of think of him, you would like to know how is he? How is he feeling etc. Your mind goes to that person. So, for us also Lord is not well not just somebody is not well but here our Lord, Lord of our heart is not well. Certainly, we must be thinking of Lord. And thinking of what I can do so that Lord becomes well very soon.
500 years ago, when they used to hear news of Jagannath not being well, devotees from all over Bengal would leave their respective towns and move towards Jagannath Puri to see Lord Jagannath. I think they knew that darshan are closed and there is no possibility of having darshan of Jagannath during that period of illness. But they also would know that before Jagannath ratha yatra day, there is Netra utsava. Darshan opens one day before ratha yatra in Jagannath Puri and that day is called Netra utsava din. Netra Utsava- festival for your eyes. Finally, you could see the Lord getting better or He is almost well now.
So, devotees would come to Jagannath Puri to take part in ratha yatra of Jagannath. Number of devotees would be led by Sivananda Sena, they are all heading towards Jagannath Puri and now they are about to enter Jagannath Puri town. They are very very anxious as they could see Jagannath and at the same time they are even more anxious to see Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu who is also in Jagannath Puri. Now party is about to enter Jagannath Puri town, devotees lead by Sivananda Sena.
Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu comes to know that devotees are about to enter, then He used to send Govinda and Svarupa Damodhar to greet all these devotees. Mahaprabhu would send “Ok take these garlands, take this chandan-sandal wood paste, offer them these garlands and smear their foreheads with chandan paste and offer them obeisances, greet them welcome them in Jagannath Puri.”
Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is taking interest in welcoming receiving His devotees and He used to send small team of receptionists to see the team coming from Bengal. So, now they have been greeted by Govinda and Svarupa Damodhar and now the party has entered.
Jagannath Puri dhama ki jai! Devotees are dancing in ecstasy and nice kirtan and they are proceeding. The party has arrived in front of the palace of king Prataprudra, the king of Jagannath Puri and as he hears the sound of kirtan and the excitement and exciting scene in front of his palace, the kirtan procession passing by in front of his palace. King Prataprudra has climbed up to the rooftop of his palace; there is Gopinath Acarya and Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya accompanying King Prataprudra. From rooftop of his palace he is looking down. He sees many devotees, he does not know them but Gopinath Acarya and Sarvabhaum Bhattacharya know the devotees coming from Bengal. King Prataprudra is interested to know who is that one with the beard and wearing white clothes, looks very elderly? Oh! he is Advaitacarya, that is the reply of Sarvabhauma Bhattaharya. And who is that one with bluish garments next to Advaitacarya? Oh! That is Nityananda Prabhu. Who is that person all the way back? Oh! He is this one, like that who is in the front? Who is next to him? King is very curious to know who is this one. Who is that one? He wants to be acquainted with all those personalities those who have come from Bengal and they are all associates of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. The kirtan which was happening in front of his palace, the King was amazed! I have heard kirtan before and this kirtan party has similar kind of mridanga and kartals and they are chanting same mantra.
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare
I have not heard this kind of kirtan, it is really out of this world. It’s very enchanting, it’s getting my attention, it is arousing and stirring up my emotions deep within. What is this kirtan? What kind of kirtan they are performing?
The response from Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya was, ‘My dear king this is called prem kirtan, name of this kirtan is prem kirtan that’s the difference. Others may be doing kirtan but it may be kama kirtana or kama mishra kirtana or yoga mishra kirtan or isvarya mishra kirtan. But this is pure nama kirtan they are performing, prem kirtan they are performing.’
King Prataprudra was satisfied to take darshan of all those devotees and to understand that the kind of kirtan they are performing is prem kirtana. But then the king was curious to know or he was wondering, why is everyone going to Kasi Mishra bhavan? Where Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is residing these days? These pilgrims have just now come to Jagannath Puri and the first place they should be going is Jagannath temple and that’s what they should have done, taken darsana of Jagannath first before doing anything else or before taking any other darshan. But that’s not happening they are all going to Kasi Mishra’s place. This is not right etiquette instead of taking darshan of Jagannath they are going to Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. So this was also question of King Prataprudra to Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya. I can see people carrying loads of Jagannath prasad and all running to Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s residence as if they are going to have festival, darshan, prasad, kirtan why is that? This is because King Prataprudra had no understanding or realization of,
Jei Gaura sei Krishna sei Jagannath
One who is Gauranga Mahaprabhu, He is Krishna and He is also Jagannath. Krishna, Jagannath and Gauranga are one and the same person. King Prataprudra did not have this realization during those days, hence out of ignorance he was enquiring like this and wondering why everyone is going to Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and not to Jagannath temple.
Then there was ratha yatra day and Chaitanya Mahaprabhu saw King Prataprudra dressed like a king with sword and crown. Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was amazed and pleased that such a king he had a broom in his hand and he was sweeping the street in front of Jagannath’s cart on the ratha yatra day. When Chaitanya Mahaprabhu saw this, He realized this person deserves to know My identity, who I am. I should give him darshan. This thought aroused in mind of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Darshan which was concealed before was revealed by seeing his ‘trinad api sunichena ‘ his humility.
I am going to tell one more pastime, another time king Prataprudra was taking darshan of Lord Jagannath inside the temple on the altar. As king Prataprudra looked at Jagannath Swami deity, there was no Jagannath, there was someone else there. And that someone else was Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu standing.
visvambharau dvija-varau yuga-dharma palau
vande jagat-priyakaro karunavatarau
That Karunavatar was standing in the altar in place of Jagannath. When he saw Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in place of Jagannath, he was wondering is this true what I am seeing? There were pujaris, he asked one of the pujari. Oh! pujari Baba look at Jagannath, what are you seeing? Iam seeing Jagannath. So while everyone was seeing Jagannath, to King Prataprudra Jagannath was giving darshan as Chaitanya Mahaprabhu proving the same fact,
Jei Gaura sei Krishna sei Jagannath
Jagannath is non- different from Chaitanya Mahaprabhu
Jai jai Jagannath, Sacinandan
All glories to Jagannath who is Sacinandan, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. This is how Chaitanya Mahaprabhu blessed King Prataprudra by revealing His true identity to him. May that Lord Chaitanya be with us.
18th June 2019
I am in Noida today at Radha Govind Dev temple, many devotees are chanting with me. Yesterday, I was very fortunate to have darshan of Jagannath Baladev Subhadra during snana yatra of Jagannath at Jagannath Puri. I was watching through doordarshan. They were giving commentary of Jagannath in Oriya language, something I could understand.
One thing that they were emphasizing was, today is ‘janam divas’ of Jagannath. Today is the appearance day of Jagannath, Haribol!
Yesterday was ‘janam divas’ of Jagannath. On snana yatra day Krishna becomes Jagannath. He transforms as Jagannath on snana yatra day. During commentary they were emphazing, today is ‘janam divas’, appearance day of Jagannath, so its confirmed, Krishna appeared as Jagannath, Jai Jagannath!.
I had the opportunity to witness darshan of Jagannath, so that was preparation, as we always say, preparation for next morning chanting. It helps me. I had darshan,I was remembering some of those things during my japa this morning.
I offered mangal arti and became pujari of Radha Govinddev, Gaura Nitai and Jagannath here in this temple. Jagannath here was not giving darshan, the curtains were closed because they were taking rest. As doctor’s prescription ‘bed rest for Jagannath’ for next week or so. I was surprised, we did not disturb Jagannath while worshipping Radha Govind dev and Gaura Nitai.
So, for next two weeks from snana yatra to ratha yatra you could remember this pastime of Jagannath being not well. Lord is getting recuperated. We serve special diet to Lord Jagannath also lot of juices. He is only with Laxmi and selected servants and care taker.
As you know in Jagannath Puri all the temples gates are closed and there is no darshan. Don’t go to Jagannath Puri now, you will not be allowed to enter temple, there is no darshan. So we need to meditate on Jagannath who is not well. We should also be concerned oh! Lord is not well. Oh! What could we do, how could we recover Him. These should be our thoughts towards the Lord, so its meditation. You know or you have heard these pastimes.
The subject came to my mind the devotee are bathing Jagannath and this is month of jyeshta. There is cool breeze, this morning. So, while Lord was being bathed there was cool breeze coming through the window of His shower bathroom and He is affected with that and He gets sick. Then His pastimes of becoming sick begins, that is His pastime.
When we get sick it’s not pastime but when Lord gets sick that is His pastime. We get to remember that pastime meditate on that pastime of not being well.
Jai Jagannath! I am sure many of you have Jagannath on your altar. You are looking after Jagannath, taking special care of diet and no public darshan of Jagannath. So like that you have to take all those precautions while taking care of Jagannath.
Then today we have done announcement this morning, today is disappearance day of Shyamananda Prabhu or Shyamananda Pandit. Shyamananda Pandit ki jai!
He is also ‘Pratah Smarana’ worth remembering in morning. Again I was thinking to talk about Shyamananda Pandit to you. Again during my japa I was chanting I was recalling and remembering Shyamananda Prabhu and some of his life and teachings. While chanting I was doing this, it’s perfectly alright to remember devotees during chanting. They are fully Krishna consciousness, their activity were in relationship with the Lord. So when we remember such devotees we are remembering Krishna. So it is fine perfectly alright. We could remember such devotees, their life and teachings during chanting of Hare Krishna.
Some 500 years ago his mother had given birth to many children some sons, some daughters. But they did not survive they died and this happened repeatedly many many times. So, his parents were very unhappy, suffering. So they were Dukhi. Now another child was born, Shyamananda so they named him Dukhi. Your name is Dukhi, when anyone wants to call he said ‘Dukhi is born’. That was his first name. Infact, Dukhi made his parents sukhi as he survived and he turned out to be a brilliant boy. And he became very learned studying Sanskrit and shastras. Specially, he was fond of hearing Gaura Nityananda pastime. He used to hear with great pleasure and he used to share pastimes of Gaura Nityananda to everyone around him.
Then,as he was becoming more and more serious student and making progress in Krishna consciousness, then he had aspiration of initiation from some bonafide spiritual master. So his parents encouraged him. Very rare I wish all of you had parents like Dukhi Prabhu’s [laughter]. So they encouraged him . He was told to go from Orissa to Bengal to Ambika Kalan and find his spiritual master there.
So Hridaya Chaitanya was residing at Ambika Kalan and he took initiation from Hridaya Chaitanya. He was disciple of Gauri Das Pandit who was Subal sakha in Krishna’s pastimes. You could understand what kind of acaryas, associates were there on the earth at the time of Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
So Gauri Das Pandit, his disciple Hridaya Caitanya and now his disciple Shyamananda Pandit. When he received initiation his spiritual master named him Krishna das. People started calling him Dukhi Krishna das. Not only Krishna das but Dukhi Krishna das. So, later after spending some time in Ambika Kalan, he was instructed to go to Vrindavan.
Vrindavan dhama ki jai!
and take instructions from Jiva Goswami in Vrindavan .
So Jiva Goswami was kind of Gaudiya Sampadaya rakshak, caretaker, protector. Chaitanya Mahaprabhu had left and Shad Goswami were also getting old. And one by one all of them were leaving the planet. Jiva Goswami was head of Gaudiya Sampradaya. Everyone was then directed to Jiva Goswami for taking instructions. Dukhi Krishna das had become student of Jiva Goswami.
Srinivas also had come from Bengal side and Narrotam was also there. Amongst others these three special students were studying under Jiva Goswami. Shyamananda,, Srinivas and Narottam. So at one point, Jiva Goswami gave a very unique assignment to Dukhi Krishna to sweep Seva Kunja .
Seva Kunja is part of Vrindavan where there is Radha Damodar temple. Not far from there all that area is Seva Kunja, where it is said and confirmed that Radha and Krishna perform Their pastime including rasa dance. Jiva Goswami told him ‘you go every morning and sweep Seva Kunja’.
Svacha Vrindavan campaign, you become sweeper. So he was doing it religiously.
So one morning Dukhi Krishna das was doing his sweeping service in Seva Kunja. He was surprised to find an ankle bell which was dazzling and shining. He picked it up and he realized it would possibly be from Radharani’s anklet. He wanted to return to the owner to Radharani. May be he went to Lailta or Vishaka ‘Oh! I found some ankle bells I think it’s from Radharani’s anklet please take and give it to Her.
When that happened , he had honestly, he did not hide it or steal it. So they were pleased getting the ankle bells back. Then as a reward, made a permanent sign of ankle bell tilak by Radharani on the forehead of Shyamananada. Now as he received special benediction he began to be known as Shyamananda Pandit.
There is whole parampara which originates from Shyamananda with very special tilak even to this day. You go to Vrindavan you will find the followers of Shyamananda Pandit, Shyamanada sampradaya with special tilak on their forehead.
Nitya lilapravista ,Shyamananda Pandit entered pastimes of Radha and Krishna. So finding that ankle bell was part of nityalila. Shyamananda was not supposed to be part of nitya lila, he was part of another lila. But still he was part of nitya lila because of his devotion. Finding the ankle bell was the proof that he was part of that lila. Finding ankle bell or coming in contact with ankle bell then going to Lalita and Vishaka this is all part of antaranga lila, nitya lila. He had entered the pastime.
Nitya lila pravista Shyamananda Prabhu ki jai!
Then as we were talking, 500 years, back time was passing yet another personality departed. Krishna das Kaviraj Goswami disappeared and then Jiva Goswami made samdhi of Krishna das Kaviraj Goswmai in Radha Damodhar temple. And followed by that departure called isthagosti of all the Gaudiya vaisnava acaryas, followers. Big istagosti was held at Radha Damodhar. What to do? Let us make some strategy of spreading Krishna consciousness. So during that time these three personalities were given title. Narottam das became Thakur.
So first generation was Shad Goswamis. After six Goswamis, Jiva Goswami was incharge. Then there were Acarya traya, there were three acaryas of Gaudiya Vaisnava sampradaya. They were Shyamananda Prabhu , Srinivas acarya and Narottam Das Thakur.
So they were empowered like this then they were given special instructions by Jiva Goswami. To print Gaudiya Vaisnava shastra. Then these three Acarya- traya were send to Bengal. There journey began from Radha Damodar temple. They were heading towards Bengal to distribute literatures in East India, Orissa and Bengal. As they were very close to Bengal, a tragedy took place, all the Goswamis shastras were stolen by dacoits which was arrangement of the king. Srinivas Acarya said ‘I will take care , I will handle this situation.’ Shyamnanda ended up in Orissa back in his home state. Narottam goes to East Bengal Kheturi gram and both of them did lot of preaching, propagation, establishing temples, making devotes and establishing Gaudiya Vaisnava Sampradaya. Let us take inspiration from these acaryas and keep practicing and propagating Krishna consciousness and specially chanting.
HARE KRISHNA HARE KRISHNA
KRISHNA KRISHNA HARE HARE
HARE RAMA HARE RAMA
RAMA RAMA HARE HARE
Shyamananda Pandit tirobhava mahotsava ki jai!
Srila Prabhupada ki Jai!
17th June 2019
We are in Noida. Yesterday we celebrated snana yatra here. Official snana yatra festival is today in Jagannath Puri, Jagannath Puri dhama ki jai.
They must be getting ready for maha maha bathing abhsihek- snana yatra of Jagannath Baladev Subhadra today.
Today, as I said snana yatra as I said earlier, leading later in two weeks time there will be ratha yatra festivals. Series of yatras and festivities and today is beginning of those festivities in Jagannath Puri, snana yatra of Lord Jagannath.
Why snana yatra done on this day in Jagannath?
Reason being today is the day when Krishna manifested as Jagannath. We expect you to know the pastime which took place in Kurukshetra. When Dwarkavasis and Vrindavanvasis had assembled and Rohini was narrating to the Dwarkavasis about the state of affairs of devotees of Vrindavan specially how they had been missing Krishna. This she has been narrating to residents of Dwarka.
Rohini, of course, the mother of Balarama was sharing the realizations, the experiences on this day to Dwarkavasis in Kurukshetra. As she was about to begin her narration, she did not want Krishna Balarama to hear this narration. She appointed Subhadra at the door, and was told not to allow Krishna and Balarama. Rohini was thinking that Krishna and Balarama They will not be able to handle or tolerate. They could be disturbed hearing the transcendental suffering of Vrajavasis. This would be too much for Them to hear this. So Rohini never wanted that Krishna Balarama to hear these pastimes.
So Rohini’s was addressing and Subhadra was at the door Krishna and Balarama for sure came at the door. Subhadra did try to stop Them but They overpowered her. They said ‘ok We will not go inside but We could stand at the door.’
And Krishna Balarama and Subhadra heard about the residents of Vrindavan. Now all the three are hearing the pastime as Rohini had predicted They could not handle that was too much for Them to digest. There was agitation in Their hearts. Externally, They were getting transformed there was change in Their whole personality and form. Krishna becoming Jagannath with Balarama and Subhadra.
So, this form They assumed as They heard Rohini speak about devotees in Vrnidavan. And that transformation as I said earlier happened today.
Krishna assuming form of Jagannath, we could say it’s lila of Krishna appearing as Jagannath took place today. Hence, snana yatra takes place today. So, this was just one pastime one episode that was briefly narrated to you and that happened today and lasted for a while then They assumed Their normal regular forms.
The form that Krishna Balarama and Subhadra had assumed as They were hearing Rohini that became immortalized as it’s said every lila of Lord is eternal. This was one lila that took place on this day. Lord Krishna is worshipped in Jagannath Puri as Jagannath.
And by the arrangement of Srila Prabhupada and Hare Krishna movement, Jagannath Swami is remembered and worshipped all over the world. We all are devotees of Jagannath, worshippers of Jagannath because Caitanya Mahaprabhu worshiped Jagannath, Baladev, Subhadra or He preferred to perform His last pastimes in Jagannath Puri.
So, when we of course, whole world takes darsana and then Gaudiya vaisanavas take darsana. Caitanya Mahaprabhu takes darsana. What do we see when we take darsana of Jagannath? What is that darsana reminding us of?
The whole world does not understand but Jagannath gives the darsana or true darsana to Gaudiya vaisanavas, as we take darsana or try to understand Jagannath through the vision of Sri Krishna Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
To understand Jagannath or as we take darsana what reminders He is giving to us?
He loves His devotees so much. The other day we were talking, Lord was saying to Duravasi Muni,
sādhavo hṛdayaṁ mahyaṁsādhūnāṁ
hṛdayaṁ tv aham
mad-anyat te na jānanti
nāhaṁ tebhyo manāg api
The pure devotee is always within the core of My heart, and I am always in the heart of the pure devotee. These are feelings of the Lord. And these feelings are exhibited, manifested in the form of Jagannath. This is what is in our minds as we take darsana of Lord, who is He is thinking of?
So, we say I love the Lord, you all love the Lord but as we take darsana, Lord is showing us or expressing us communicating that I love My devotees. This is two way traffic, this love this exchange. It’s not that living entity only loves Krishna but Lord doesn’t love us. No!Lord is showing I love My devotees. He says I love My devotees. So this is the darsana we are getting on Jagannath Puri.
So, when we take darsana of Jagannath His feets they have entered the truck. His main body but half of the hands are still out from elbows. So, when we take darsana, why is He is extending His hands forward. Some realizations of the acaryas, Lord is trying to pick the child, embrace the child, kiss the child. Lord is extending His hands to love us, accept us and embrace us.
Those Gaudiya vaisnavas who chant, chanting this Hare Krishna maha mantra this revives our love for Krishna resulting in understanding Jagannath, understanding the form of Jagannath, understanding heart of Jagannath, understanding what is on the mind of Jagannath thus having two way communication or reciprocation with Jagannath. This is the result of chanting and hearing about Jagannath.
prema pumartho mahan
Attaining love of Godhead is goal of human form of life that is achieved by chanting Hare Krishna, worshipping Jagannath, serving Jagannath, performing snana yatar of Jagannath and performing ratha yatra of Jagannath. Thus, by chanting and worshipping Jagannath we achieve love of Godhead.
So you may be taking part in snana yatra wherever you may be. Some devotees must have reached Jagannath Puri or at your homes if you have Jagannath deities take part in snana yatra. Hear the pastime, perform snana yatra.
Today we have 627 devotees are chanting with us. Congratulations and best wishes on snana yatra. Every snana yatra, ratha yatra is incomplete without chanting of Hare Krsna mantra. Chanting accompanies all other activities.
Jagannath snana yatra mahotsava ki jai!
16th June 2019
Today’s participants are 527 cannot be very proud with this number. You did lot of chanting on Nirjala Ekadasi and now it’s declined. You thought ‘we did it, we did it, we chanted 108 rounds, we chanted 64 rounds we are fine.’ Some of you are from hero to zero, so far this conference is concerned. Those who are chanting like Yugadharma is chanting from Kaundanyapur, those who are chanting are still heroes and those who are not chanting they are kind of zeros, proving to be zeros. Don’t do this.
So what should we talk about today? Yesterday, we were remembering dahi chida festival of Panihati. Not far from Panihati there lived a very special associate of Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, called Narasimhananda brahmachari. Sivananda Sena also lived there. Of course, all the associates of Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu were liberated souls. Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is performing pastimes with all these unlimited number of devotees. It’s like spiritual world has descended on earth in Navadvipa or where ever these different disciples were residing. When we hear these lilas or pastimes of Gauranga we get glimpse of spiritual world and some experience also.
And the way, Lord deals with His devotees and reciprocates with them or exhibits different pastime is also meant to teach us lessons or to reveal Lord’s intimate relationships with His devotees.
I was trying to philosophise or setting the scene. What I want to share was that Narasimhananda brahmachari, he said to Sivananda Sena ‘you know I am going to get Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu to our town. He will be here in three days time.’ When Sivananda Sena heard this, he said ‘If Lord is going to here in our town, I want to cook for Him, I want to feed Him.
Infact, Narsimhananda through his meditation on the Lord, he was inviting Lord to his town. He was telling, “Oh! now Lord is this far, He is now in Panihati today by tomorrow He will there in our town.” Like that there was no prior communication with the Lord with any other means, no correspondence or no telephonic, no sms and Lord had agreed to come to this town. Nothing of that sort had happened. But Narsimhananda knows and he is appealing to Lord, he is dragging the Lord to his town. And these two prabhus Narsimhananda and Sivananda Sena are preparing for the reception of Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
And finally, as Narsimhananda brahmacari has scheduled or predicted, there He was. They saw Chaitanya Mahaprabhu coming in the direction of their town. He was coming closer and closer and He was right there. They both fell flat as His lotus feet. He was received and He was brought to Narsimhananda brahmacari’s house. And there was time for madhukari, bhiksha-lunch of Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
There madhukari meant lunch, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was not going door to door. He was going to eat His lunch at Narsimhananda brahmacari’s residence. So Sivananda Sena had cooked big feast for Gauranga Mahaprabhu. He had prepared three plates because on the altar of Narsimhananda brahmacari there were three deities. There were Lord Narsimha, Lord Jagganath and Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was also personally present today.
So, for the three Lords Sivananda Sena had prepared three plates.
So when finally Lord was made to sit and honor lunch prasad what happened was Lord Gauranga ate all that prasad. He ate His own plate and He also ate Lord Narsimha’s plate and Lord Jagganath’s plate. Narsimhananda brahmacari was surprised. Oh! Lord! how would other two Lords eat? You ate Their food also. He was kind of complaining or expressing displeasure.
Narsimhananda brahmacari said ‘I understand you are non-different from Lord Jagannath, so you ate His plate understandable, but why did You eat Lord Narsimha’s plate of prasad also?
Narsimhananda brahmacari was a great devotee of Lord Narsimha. He used to have dialogue with Lord Narsimha and reciprocate with Him.
Seeing this Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu had changed Narsimhananda brahmacari’s name. His official name was Pradumnya brahmacari. Seeing devotion of Pradumnya brahmacari and his realization for Lord Narsimha, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was the one who changed his name from Pradumya brahmacari to Narsimhananda brahmacari. Chaitanya Mahaprabhu always addressed him Narsimhananda brahmacari. So, Narsimhananda brahmacari was not happy that Chaitanya Mahaprabhu had eaten Lord Narsimha’s prasad or bhoga.
Krsnadas Kaviraj Goswami writer of Chaitanya Craitamrita makes comment that Narsimhananda brahmacari was not sure about Narsimha tattva or Bhagavat tattva. He was considering ok, Lord Chaitanya and Lord Jagannath are same. Jei gaura sei Krsna sei Jagannath
That’s fine but Lord Narsimha He is different. He is not same as Lord Jagannath or Lord Gauranga. So, Narsimhananda brahmacari had this doubt. So Krsnadas Kaviraj Goswami has explained that is why, that’s the reason Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, He not only ate the plate of Lord Jagannath but also Lord Narsimha to clear that I am not only non-different from Jagannath but also non different Lord Narsimha. To clear his doubt a lesson is taught to us also.
This is my comment Lokanath Swami’s comment that this ignorance exhibited by Narsimhananda brahmacari is for our sake, may be Lord has put some kind of illusion into the head or heart or thoughts of Narsimananda brahmacari. Through him, Lord is making him instrument or middle person, Lord is clearing this doubt not necessarily Narsimhananda brahmacari’s doubt but our doubt, my doubt or your doubt whole world’sdoubt has been cleared. The question has been answered by Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu by displaying this particular pastime.
There is another significant pastime in connection with Narsimhananda brahmacari. After Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, visited Narsimhananda brahmacari’s home and honored prasad and spent some time. He travelled on. He has come from Jagannath Puri and He wants to visit devotees of Navadvipa so He leaves for Navadvipa goes to Kuliyagram from there He had gone to Ramkeli.
He had met Rupa and Sanatana. Chaitanya Mahaprabhu wanted to go from Kuliya to Vrindavan that time Kuliya was in Navadvipa. So He wanted to go from Navadvipa to Vrndavan. Narsimhananda brahmacari again he had this realization that Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is going to be traveling from Kuliya present day Navadvipa was called Kuliya. From Kuliyagram He is going to travel to Vrindavan, he knew this so he immediately started constructing road for Chaitanya Mahaprabhu mentally including he was spreading flower petals without stem.
Chaitanya Caritamrita states, so that when Chaitanya Mahaprabhu would walk on it, He would not get hurt. He was building that road ahead of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s travel or journey to Vrindavan. While he was in the middle of constructing the road as he had started construction 10 miles, 20 miles but at a point he came to the conclusion that he came upto Kanai Natashala then he was not able to construct further. He had built road from Kuliya gram to Kanai Natshala, which is considered kind of Bengal – Bihar border he was not able to construct further. Then he meditated and he realized that Lord is not going to go to Vrindavan this time.
So, what is going to happen is that when the news spreads that Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is going Vrndavan then thousands and thousands of Navadvipavasis are going to be join Him. And Lord is not going to be happy with the big crowd travelling with Him, so He is going to drop this plans to go to Vrindavan.
So, instead of going to Vrindavan He will just return to Jagannath Puri. So Narsimhananda brahmacari had realized this in advance, no one knew what is going to happen whether Lord is going to Vrindavan or not going to Vrindavan. But Narsimhananda knew he told everybody “You will see, Lord is not going to go to Vrindavan, He will only go to Kanai Natshala. And from there He will go to Jagannath Puri, you will see.”
Infact that is what happened Mahaprabhu did not go to Vrndavan He went back to Jagannath Puri.
Ok I stop here. Will leave for airport I am going to Noida Delhi.
15th June 2019
Panihati Chidha Dahi Utsava
Today is Panihati Dahi Chida Festival. Some of you are a bit sleepy or tired but as soon as there is Prasadam, ‘Maha-prasade govinde’ and everyone wakes up. This is a wakeup call. They want to talk about Prasad, Dahi Chida Mahotsva.
Everyone is focused now on prasad, eager. Now this could be prasad for your ears, shravan utsava. Not necessarily jivah utsava but Shravan utsava.
Okay, so Dahi Chida you understand Dahi Chida? Yogurt and chipped rice, flat rice they call it, chivda, we call poha in Marathi. So Dahi and Chida mixed and there was a festival- Dahi Chida. There was also Dudha Chida, there were two kinds of Chidas. Some rice was mixed in yogurt and some flat rice was mixed in the milk and all the participants there were given two clay pots. One with Dahi Chida, one with Dudha Chida but the festival is known as Dahi Chida and they do not normally say Dudha Chida but there was also Dudha Chida during that festival.
So, this festival took place at Panihati which is on the banks of Ganga and not far from Kolkata, so that you know where is Panihati.
Today is a Panihati Dahi Chida festival and thousands gather there. There is also ISKCON at Panihati now. Now there’s ISKCON Panihati, just now started and devotees from Kolkata as well as from Mayapur, they go to Panihati Festival and hold a big Dahi Chida festival. Big Dahi Chida distribution today, to thousands.
I’m sure all our ISKCON temples around the world are going to celebrate Panhati Festival and you are all welcome to join in Panhati Festival in your temples, your respective temples. You could also hold this festival at home, invite family and friends, neighbours and enjoy Panihati Dahi Chida Festival.
And this one time when Nityananda Prabhu was asked by Gauranga Mahaprabhu. He asked that in Jagannath Puri, “You please go to Bengal and You preach. What are You doing here? Go to Bengal”
yare dekha, tare kaha krsna- upadesa
amara ajnaya guru hana tara ei desa
(Cc. Madhya 7.128)
You know then Nityananda Prabhu took some special devotees, His associates called Dvadash Gopalas and left for Jagannath Puri for Panihati.
So chanting and dancing on the way Nityananda Prabhu’s sankirtana party arrived at Panihati and the next two months they had amazing, nonstop, ecstatic chanting and dancing festivals. So, on this day Nityananda Prabhu was sitting underneath a big banyan tree and many of His associates and devotees were sitting around Him and in front of Him was Raghunatha Das also in the crowd, but in the back.
Raghunatha Das, he was attempting to leave the family, get out of the family and go to Gauranga. Go to Jagannath Puri but all his attempts of going to Jagannath Puri had failed because his father was keeping a constant watch and stopping Raghunatha from going to Jagannath Puri. So, that Raghunatha Das Goswami had now come today to Nityananda Prabhu to Panihati to get His blessings so that he could succeed in leaving family and join Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in Jagannath Puri.
So when Nityananda Prabhu noticed that in the crowd at the back Raghunatha Das was sitting, Nityananda Prabhu started “Hey you thief! What are you doing in the back there? Come forward!”
And then Raghunatha Das came forward. He bowed down before Nityananda Prabhu. Still at the lotus feet of Nityananda Prabhu while Raghunatha Das Goswami was still on the ground doing sastang dandvat pranam unto Nityananda Prabhu, Nityananda placed His lotus foot (He must have kept one foot) on the head of Raghunatha Das and blessed Him. “May your desires be fulfilled.”
Of course, Nityananda Prabhu also wanted to punish Raghunatha Das. Punishment for what? Because he was kind of hiding in the back. He had not stepped forward. He was a backbencher. Nityananda Prabhu thought he must be punished for hiding in the back. So what was the punishment.
Nityananda Prabhu said that “You should feed all the devotees assembled here with Dahi Chida and that is the punishment and of course they are going to be more and more people coming and as many would gather, as many would get the smell of Dahi Chida, wherever they are going, to be attracted and come to this spot. All of them must be fed with Dahi Chida.”
This was order of Nityananda Prabhu or a punishment to Raghunatha Das. So Raghunatha Das, you know, he arranged or organized a big Dahi Chida festival. He was very wealthy person, son of a landlord, so there was no dearth of wealth. So, he managed to have big quantity of chipped rice and all the yogurt available around there, he purchased and he started feeding devotees Dahi Chida and also Dudha Chida.
Soon the first quantity or whatever he prepared of Dahi Chida/Dudha Chida exhausted then he managed to get/buy more, more Dahi and Chida. More and more merchants were coming and setting up their shops and Raghunatha Das was purchasing and that was being made into Dahi Chida/Dudha Chida and was being distributed and more merchants were coming to sell. And more people were coming, more and more people were coming to honour prasad.
Merchants after they had sold their Dahi and Chida, they got lot of money for it, from Raghunatha and they were enjoying free food for life. Prasad was free. Raghunatha Das was purchasing Dahi Chida. He had to pay for Dahi Chida, shopping. But those shopkeepers were enjoying Dahi Chida, free Dahi Chida. There were lots of people enjoying Dahi Chida festival.
Yeah, so there’s a description, very wonderful pastime you could read in the Chaitanya Caritamrta. There were devotees honouring prasadam on the banks of Ganga, there were devotees everywhere. When there wasn’t enough space to stand and eat on the banks of Ganga, then the eaters who were honouring prasadam, they were entering into the waters of Ganga and the water was knee-deep and waist deep and they were chest deep. They were in the water and they were holding their cups in their hand and they were trying to eat. So there were people everywhere, on the bank of the river, in the river, big Mahotsav Dahi Chida Festival.
Everyone was experiencing that they were in Vrindavan on the bank of Yamuna and there’s Balarama here.
Nityananda Prabhu is Balarama and all those, who are eating prasad were like cowherd boys and Nityananda Prabhu here, Balaram in the middle and everyone is sitting or standing around and honouring prasadam. It was like being in Vrindavan and enjoying Krishna prasad in association of Krishna and Balaram there.
And in seeing this scene, thousands eating, honouring prasadam, they were happy. They were delighted. Nityananda Nitya, He is full of ananda. He is ecstatic and He is dancing and then you know what happened, when Nityananda Prabhu dances, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu makes His appearance. Wherever Nityananda Prabhu dances, immediately Chaitanya Mahaprabhu joins and that is what happened in Panihati. Gauranga appeared and both of Them were there now.
So Nityananda Prabhu welcomed Gauranga and Nityananda Prabhu is showing Chaitanya Mahaprabhu around. “Look so many people! See how they’re relishing, enjoying Dahi Chida festival.”
And then Nityananda Prabhu was taking few grains of Dahi Chida from devotee’s clay pots or from their plates. Some are sitting and some are standing and Nityananda Prabhu is throwing it in the mouth of Gauranga.
All those who are honouring prasadam, those Dahi Chida eaters, they were seeing only Nityananada Prabhu, they weren’t seeing Gauranga-Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. So, they were seeing Nityananda Prabhu picking up few morsels of Dahi Chida and throwing it into the mouth of Gauranga, so they were seeing the hand of Nityananda Prabhu then they were seeing some grains being thrown but then they were seeing that those grains were not falling on the ground. There was someone gobbling up. Someone was eating them. Someone was taking them. They were all surprised. “What is going on?”
They were seeing only Nityananda Prabhu and He was feeding someone but they were not seeing who that person to whom Nityananda Prabhu was feeding. Devotees were surprised, amazed. The food offered or prasad offered to that unseen person, that was not falling anywhere but just disappearing.
So like this, the amazing festival of Dahi Chida on this occasion today, we had a feast just now as we heard this pastime and this is food for your soul.
Nice prasad right? You like this prasad, prasad in the form of this lila, this katha is prasad. So did you all enjoy this prasad? I hope so!
So please keep contemplating on this lila and the taste of this prasad and during the day you could please hear this pastime again and again. And why not? You should for sure host Dahi Chida festival at your home or go to ISKCON temple and join Dahi Chida Mahotsav on this occasion.
Some countries are celebrating today, some will celebrate tomorrow, but at the end of the day there will be celebration of this Dahi Chida globally. That’s how we take part and enjoy.
And also hear this Dahi Chida mahotsav katha or pastime then you’ll relish prasadam. Then you should have more. By chanting and by hearing, it will taste very sweet. And when you taste very sweet Dahi Chida then you’ll also begin relishing the holy name more and more.
So then both become sweeter. You chant
HARE KRISHNA HARE KRISHNA
KRISHNA KRISHNA HARE HARE
HARE RAMA HARE RAMA
RAMA RAMA HARE HARE
And then prasadam becomes sweeter and you relish sweeter prasad and then the holy name sounds more sweet. They compliment each other and hence, their beauty and sweetness.
Farewell. Nice day, sweet day.
14th June 2019
Dvadasi, the day after Nirjala Ekadasi
Lots of reports are still coming through, but I do not think we can take note of these reports now. We are talking. Some devotees did not only chant their japa, they read Bhagavad Gita and studied Bhagavatam. All reports are amazing and very pleasing. Some matajis are hearing this report and they’re clapping their hands, expressing their joy and congratulating all the chanters.
Noida had a very special celebration yesterday because they managed to gather more than a 100 devotees and they were all chanting together. I’m sure most of them chanted their 64 rounds and that’s a very unique gathering and celebration which others can also plan in the future.
Other ISKCON centres and temples in our zone should organize and get the congregation and initiated devotees together. It is easier to chant and complete your sankalpa. It is now too late for this year, but for next year you can make such a plan.
Someone reported that it is also very special that there is no internet all day. No Facebook all day.
Someone reported fasting from Maya and we said, “Actually, is very special report.”
12th June 2019
Glories of Ganges, Gangamata Gosvamini and Baladeva Vidyabhushan
Today is a very auspicious day. Today is Ganga puja. It’s appearance day of Ganga, Ganga Maiya ki jai!
Today is also appearance day of Gangamata Gosvamini ki jai! And today is also disappearance of Baladeva Vidyabhushan. He departed in Vrindavan. There is Samadhi of Baladeva Vidyabhushan in Vrindavan. So these are the three most auspicious occasions, they coincide with this day. So we remember these personalities.
Ganga Maiya ki.Jai!
We could also say, Gangayai namah! Don’t say Gangaya namah, its wrong. So we say Gangayai like Radhayai, Sitayai. That is different from Ramaya, Sivaya, this is Sanskrit pronunciation, grammar which is also associated with the name of Ganges. While offering our obeisances we are going to say Gangayai namah! So remember Ganges and offer your obeisances. Ramaya is okay, Sivaya is okay, but we can’t say Radhaya. Radhayai, Sitayai, Gangayai, like that, this is how it works.
So just don’t commit offenses by pronouncing this pranam mantra wrongly. If you are residing at the bank of Ganges you should go, take holy dip in Ganges today or at least try to manage to get Ganga jal (water) and drink few drops of Ganga jal today, on her appearance day or at least we should remember and we are trying to remember her by talking, remembering about Ganga Maiya.
Glories of Ganges are unlimited and glorious. Jai Ganges!
This is how you address, when you are addressing Ganges you should say Jai Ganga! or Hey Ganga! Thus, you offer obeisances and say Gangayai namah!
pada nakha nira janita jana pavana keshavadrta vamanrupa jai jagadish hare
Jayadeva Gosvami also has glorified Lord Vaman and Ganges in his Dashavatar sotra. Water of Ganges emanate or originate from the lotus feet of the Lord or toenails of the Lord and that water that has washed the lotus feet of the Lord that is Ganges. Ganga is also out of this world, not part of this world. It is also considered perspiration from the body of MahaVishnu and that is Karanodak Jal and some of that jal (water) has entered this universe when Vaman deva becomes Trivikrama.
As He takes second step,His lotus feet touch the covering of the universe and that thick covering of universe was punctured, there was a hole made by Lord’s lotus feet, touch and the water. Karanodak jal started dripping in and that’s how Ganges appeared in the universe. Thus Ganges was then flowing in the svarga, in heaven only. Then king Bhagirath, he made lot of efforts. So many stumbling blocks were there in his attempt in bringing Ganges from heaven to the earth. And because he became responsible for bringing Ganges on earth from heaven, Ganges has another name called Bhagirathi, the person who made all attempts to bring Ganges here on the earth. And by his efforts only today Ganges reached, touched this earthly planet and that place is Gomukha which is on the top of the Himalayan Mountains.
So, today is also called as Ganga puja day, as Ganges was welcomed on this Bhumi planet. She was welcomed and worshiped on this day, Ganga puja day. And then Bhagirath was to bring Ganges to West Bengal, where his forefathers 60,000 of them, sons of king Sagara and their ashes were lying and waiting to be liberated or immersed in Ganges all the way to Ganga sagar, so he had to bring that Ganga from Gomukha to Ganga sagar and Bhagirath did that.
And then Ganges is flowing through Bengal, Ganges is flowing through Navadvip dhama and Ganges is integral part of Navadvip Dhama and Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu performed His lilas at the banks of Ganges. Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu treated and worshiped Ganges as mother Ganges or He had two mothers, mother Saci and mother Ganges. Ganga Maiya ki jai!
Gangamata Gosvamini, you could see her name is also Gangamata and she appeared on Ganga puja day. On the day Ganges appeared on the earth, that day another great personality appeared and her name was Saci initially and later on she was given name Gangamata Gosvamini. This is great personality, Gangamata Gosvamini is considered Acharya, and she is one of our Gaudiya Vaisnava Acharya. There are not so many ladies or women Acharyas in our parampara. One is Nityananda Prabhu’s wife, Jahanva mata and then Gangamata Gosvamini and they were Acharyas and they were initiating disciples.
Gangamata Gosvamini was kind of born devotee and her life was type of renunciation from the childhood, although she was born as a daughter of a king. She was a princess and she had no interest in the kingdom, specially she had no interest in getting married to some mortal, she wanted to marry Krishna only. And her parents wanted her to marry, but she had no interest. So they were appealing to her and hoping that she would get married but she did not. As a result, her parents left the bodies and she continued as a princess or in charge for a while, which also later on she renounced that. And she moved to Jagannath Puri. After spending little time in Jagannath Puri she moved to Vrindavan and she came in contact with Haridas Pandit, exalted devotee of Vrindavan and she was being trained under tutorship of Haridas Pandit in Vrindavan. She was wearing simple clothes, although she was princess and she had certainly lots of wealth at her disposal but she did not wanted some expensive banarasi saris though she could have done so, but she was happy with simple clothing and no ornaments, no golden bangles and jewelry. Very simple renounced life she was leading and Haridas Pandit wanted her to do madhukari, go door to door and beg for alms. Again although she was princess, she was going around, begging for alms. And by seeing all this, these kind of activities, this kind of sadhana, life style of renunciation & devotion Haridas Pandit was pleased and finally she was initiated by Haridas Pandit in Gaudiya parampara. Then after some time in Vrindavan she was asked to go to Jagannath Puri and propagate Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s cult or Gaudiya Vaisanavism. So, she came to Jagannath Puri and she started residing in Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya’s home. You know where Chaitanya Mhaprabhu also had stayed for some time, same house of Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya now Gangamata Gosvamini was residing in Jagannath Puri.
When we were in Jagannath Puri, during yatra last year, all our devotees were brought to Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya’s home and the pastimes or activities of Gangamata Gosvamini also recited or reminded to all the pilgrims that time. When Gangamata Gosvamini was residing at Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya’s residence, the king of Puri, he donated property, just across from where she was residing, that property or place was sacred, well known place, known as Sveta Ganga, there Ganges is present in Puri, donated that land to Gangamata Gosvamini. So one time there was special occasion to go to Ganges and take Ganga snana and every one was going from everywhere including Jagannath Puri pilgrims were going to take bath in Ganga.
Gangamata Gosvamini could not go although she wished to go, she wanted to go , but as she was instructed by Haridas Pandit never ever leave Jagannath Puri, so she could not go to Ganga river and take bath that one day. And then what happened was that day or towards the end of that day late in the night river Ganges appeared in Jagannath Puri and Gangamata Gosvamini was immersing in Ganges water, she was floating and the water of Ganges was rising and rising and there were waves in the water and as a result eventually Gangamata Gosvamini ended up swimming and floating, she ended up in Jagannath Puri temple in the middle of the night. And pujaris were wondering, now they were hearing some sound, Jai Gangamaiya ki Jai, Har Har Gange!
They were hearing so many sounds coming from inside Jagannath temple, so they opened and were surprised to see Gangamata Gosvamini there with Jagannath, Baladeva, Subhadra in the Garbhagriha. And they thought, what are you doing here? Do you want to steal some ornaments of Jagannath, that’s why you came in the middle of the night?
So all those pujaris were accusing her and all those false allegations that she was a thief and causing those entire disturbance and this is time for Lord Jagannath to sleep. What are you doing here? And then she was arrested and imprisoned. Pujaris complained to the king and king ended up in putting her behind the bars. Then Jagannath appeared in the dream of king of Puri. He said, ‘no, no, she is not a thief. She is My pure devotee. And I am the one who made all these arrangements, even bringing Ganges in Jagannath Puri, so that she could take bath in Ganges on this auspicious occasion. And I am the one who brought her in front of Me. You are offenders, you all pujaris and the king, you should release her immediately. And accept her as your spiritual authority. She is Acharya of Gaudiya Vaishnava sampradaya.’
So, Lord Jagannath warned the king and all the pujaris like that. And of course she was released and she stayed on and on in Jagannath Puri. And in the dream also, that ‘you accept her as your spiritual master’ and then Gangamata Gosvamini started giving initiations. Residents of Jagannath Puri and pujaris were getting initiated by her. And like that this is the wonderful life and teachings of Gangamata Gosvamini. She was one of the rare souls, great souls, mahatmas and this is her appearance day today.
Baladeva Vidyabhushan is known as Gaudiya Vedanta Acharya. Gaudiya, Vedanta Acharya and Baladeva Vidyabhushan. What a name! Wonderful name and title of Baladeva Vidyabhushan! Vidya was his bhusan, vidya was his decoration, vidya was his alankar and vidya was beautifying him.
AchintyaBhedabheda tattva of Gaudiya Vaishnava was presented by Baladeva Vidyabhusan and he was born in Remuna Orissa, where Khirachora Gopinath is worshiped in that area his birth took place.
Today is his disappearance day. Then he moved from Orissa to Vrindavan. In Jaipur, Radha Govind was not being worshiped properly as per Gaudiya Vaisnava siddhanta. Even the king was disturbed. There were Ramanandis, followers of Sri sampradaya, Ramanuja sampradaya, they were in charge of worship and they were not allowing Gaudiya vaisnavas to worship Radha Govind. They had separated Radha from Govind. They were thinking, no no, Radha cannot be worshiped with Krishna, with Govind, because they didn’t understand Radha tattva. Gaudiya understand Radha and Krishna. They thought, Gaudiya vaisnavas cannot worship Radha Govind. You are not authorized. Your sampradaya has not written commentary on Vedanta. Where is your bhasya, commentary on Vedanta sutra? If you don’t have commentary on Vedanta sutra then you are not authorized. You cannot be accepted as authorized parampara. So the king of Jaipur also was not happy with the disturbance caused by Ramanandi, the followers of Sri sampradaya. Then he sent message to Vrindavan and Baladeva Vidyabhushan then contacted Vishvanath Chakravarti Thakur. He was Gaudiya Vaishnav protector, but he was too old to go to Jaipur. So he sent Baladeva Vidyabhushan to Jaipur and Baladeva Vidyabhushan had shastrarth dialogue, debate with Ramanandis and he defeated them all by proving the supremacy of Gaudiya Vaishnavism and their siddhanta.
Then Govind did the prompting, the dictation and Baladeva Vidyabhushan was taking notes. This was the commentary on Vedanta sutra. The commentary on Vedanta sutra was revealed unto Baladeva Vidyabhushan by Govinda, Govind Deva.
So when that commentary was ready and this was the first ever commentary of Vedanta sutra of Gaudiya sampradaya, so Baladeva Vidyabhushan named this commentary as ‘Govinda Bhashya’. This bhashya, commentary of Vedanta sutra, who is author of this? Govinda! Govinda! Govinda Himself has written this commentary, so he gave the credit to Govinda and commentary became as Govinda Bhashya.
So, once Gaudiya vaisnavas had their own commentary on Vedanta sutra and then they were accepted as authorized, authentic. Then Gaudiya vaisnavas were allowed to worship, take charge of worship of Radha Govinda and they also brought Radha which was by now placed elsewhere and now Radha and Govinda were being worshiped on the same altar in Jaipur and the Gaudiya vaisnavas were worshipping Radha Govinda.
So this is the glory of Baladeva Vidyabhushan. Baladeva Vidyabhushan ki jai!
He settled the situation and also made our parampara authentic. This is respectable and superior, in fact the super most siddhanta called Achintya Bhedabheda tattva, this is the great contribution of Baladeva Vidyabhushan. We are eternally indebted to Baladeva Vidyabhushan for this commentary and this authenticity.
11 June 2019
Austerity: to advance in Krishna consciousness
When we undergo austerities like we do on Nirjala Ekadashi, that means we are minimizing our bodily needs or demands of our mind, body, demands of the family, so many demands, we minimize them. Live simple life with few facilities, bare minimum, most minimum and think high, remember Krishna, chant Hare Krishna, simple living high thinking, that’s the life of tapasya- life of austerity of devotees of Sri Krishna.
We should not be doing one day but we should be doing every day. This austerity, this tapasya is purifying and that’s how we make advancement in Krishna consciousness.
This land of Bharat varsha is land of tapasya, ‘tapobhumi’, rest of the world is ‘bhogabhumi’. There is svarga, heaven or hell, there is some kind of bhoga, enjoyment or suffering. Suffering is also bhoga, there is reaction for sinful activity. But here in Bharat varsha, this is tapobhumi, land of austerity and purification. So, by hearing this the devotees from Ukraine or Russia or from America or Mauritius, they think, oh this does not apply to us. We are not Bharatvasis. We are not Indians, so this is not meant for us. This is wrong thinking. Don’t think like that. By studying Krishna consciousness in different countries or wherever Krishna consciousness has reached and practiced, those lands are Bharat varsha. That is Bharat varsha and those who are practicing Krishna consciousness they are in true sense Bharatvasis, residents of Bharat.
So you are part of Bharat varsha. You are Bharatiyas by the action.
So performing austerities is one and all for us wherever we are. This chanting of Hare Krishna is big tapasya we are doing, and not to think of anything else. And for this to get up early and begin chanting, this is tapasya. And to sit down and chant Hare Krishna is a big tapasya, not running around, walking and going here and there, no, sit in one place. Or sit down and only hear holy name and not to hear other topics, this is tapasya of the body as well as tapasya of the mind. We need our mind very austere in order to chant.
Tapasya for the body, tapasya for the mind, tapasya for the tongue.
Lord Sri Krishna has described tapasya of three kinds, three different levels, bodily, mentally, vocally, ‘kayena manasa vacha’. This world has seen amazing tapasvis, austere practitioners of Krishna consciousness; this was very common like in Treta yuga, Satya yuga, they used to do meditation, sitting in one place, like Valmiki. He was instructed, Okay stop this killing or looting people. Just sit down and chant Rama Rama Rama! Then he practiced like that, followed the instructions of his guru maharaja, Narada Muni by sitting in one place and chanting for long time. He sat down and he was not moving here and there, and of course there was,
sita atapa bata barisana e dina jamini jagi re
[Bhajau re mana by Govinda Dasa]
He kept sitting through winter season and rainy season and all kinds of seasons. And all the attacks, wind was blowing and showers of rain and he just tolerated, just kept chanting in all odd situations. And he was not defending, eating stopped. Sleeping, I don’t know how they manage sleeping. They use to sit down and meditate for years, long time. There is no eating, only air and only Hari nama, only Rama nama he was drinking and no question of mating and no defense. They used to be in the middle of the forest. The tigers and snakes and jackals are all around, but they are not scared. They are not defending, instead depending on the Lord and not defending and just in their business, activity of chanting the Holy name of Lord and remembering the Lord and they have forgotten whereabouts.
vyavasayatmika buddhih ekeha kurunandana [BG 2.41]
Their buddhi, their determination, great determination, fixed determination, it is called vyavasayatmika buddhih ekeha and just fix on the Lord, Lord’s Holy name or Lord’s pastimes, they are fully focused. Of course, the tigers would not eat them up but the ants are coming and crawling all over the body and eating and as a result there was an ant hill around the body of Valmiki Muni. So they are tolerating all the biting of worms and germs and ants and they were fix on the Lord, totally oblivious to the surrounding and what is happening to their body, inconvenience to the body, they are tolerating, they are beyond the body. They are just absorbed in Krishna, in Sri Rama. And doing some pranayam, deep breathe, slowly breathing in, slowly breathing out, long deep breathes also extends one’s life; he lives long one who takes long deep breathe. And this is done in mode of goodness and in passion you will run and fast breathing and that minimizes your life span. So take deep breathe and chant,
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare
That deep breathing, pranayam also helps to concentrate. So this yogi, Valmiki Muni is doing this, taking air in, besides the Holy name only the air, surviving on air.
Of course, you know this also that we cannot imitate those yogis of Satya yuga or Dwapar yuga, or we cannot imitate Valmiki Muni, same thing with Dhruva Maharaj.
So yogi, either they sit in padmasan or they stand on one foot, that is also one asana. Stand on one foot means you are not going to move around, because so many demands are arousing in you, oh I want this, I want that, so many desires, so many pushing’s, ashapash and then for that the body has to be sent ‘go there, go shopping, go travel, make money, all these things’ for this run around has to be done.
So the yogis used to minimize all this pushings.
vacho vegam manasa krodha vegam jivha vegam udaropastha vegam [NOI Verse 1]
There are six pushings mentioned in Upadeshamrita, the mind is pushing and anger is pushing and making you run around and belly is pushing and genitals are pushing, all these pushings and then passion is there and then running around, busy with the ugra karma and no time for Hare Krishna Hare Krishna.
So we cannot imitate those yogis from the past, meditaters from the past, but whatever austerities we could manage, whatever type of simple living that can be practiced that we must do. So, we cannot imitate those yogis from past, from Satya yuga, Treta yuga, but at the same time we should not imitate the present day materialists, the way they are busy, in their simple thinking and high living. High livings, but thinking simple or no thinking, just do it!
So we should not imitate or become the followers of the present day materialists or scientists or all those folks.
The materialists are trying to, high living life style, death style, live in a style and die in a style, so we don’t take inspiration from those materialists and their leaders. Some people from west, also coming to senses and they are changing their lifestyle.
Last time I was in America and there was one group of people, they said, ‘Swamiji we follow the formula called KISS formula’. I said, ‘I am a Swami. I have nothing to do with this Kiss. What is this Kiss?’ They said, ‘No, No, not that kind of kiss.’ Then I said, ‘what is this Kiss formula you are following?’ And they said, ‘Keep It Simple Stupid formula! Kiss, so this formula we are following. Simple living high thinking!’ So India is trying to lead smart life and smart cities, they are also saying, ‘don’t work hard, work smart’, like that. But if there are anyone smart, that are the devotees, devotees are smart.
Jeyi Krishna bhaje seyi bada chatur
One who worships Krishna, he is chatur (smart), everyone else is fool number one or number two or number ten or they are all not smart. Devotees are smart.
Okay! so be wise, be smart and chant Hare Krishna and be devotees of the Lord.
Hari Hari! Gauranga!
9th June 2019
Chant with focus and concentration
Today we have 586 participants, 17 from Nashik road, we must spread the word around. We must get more devotees from Nashik and Nashik road. Noida has 45 participants, Mauritius has 45 participants, and numbers have dropped. I don’t see so many on the screen. Numbers are dropping. In Mauritius there were several hundred devotees, so please pass the message, and take advantage of this opportunity. I am happy to see all of you here doing japa.
“Jyot se jyot jagate chalo. Prem ki ganga bahate chalo.”
You could ask others to join, you are fired up you could touch other prabhus and lit them up, wake them up. That’s all meaning of “jyot se jyot jagate chalo, prem ki ganga bahate chalo.” Let the Ganga of prem flow and let everyone take advantage of this. Let everyone be part of it. Let everyone drown and absorbed in drinking the nectar of the holy name.
So, I think today must be Sunday, number is smaller under 600. Today less participants, so it is understood that it’s Sunday.
”jiva jago ,jiva jago gaurachandra bole”
Gauranga is calling jiva jago, body is awake now awaken the soul. We wake up and we just never sleep. The body needs sleep, because we work hard for Krishna (laughs), body is resting, maybe for 6 hours. Prabhupada also says about 6 hours sleep. Elderly people sleep for 6 hours but the soul is not sleeping. When we have rested, the body wakes up, the soul is ready to go again to serve Krsna. He is ready to attend mangal arati, chant our rounds and the soul is now awake, it is nourished.
Once we wake up we are searching, maybe something in the past, someone wakes you up, shakes you up, or you come into contact with a devotee or spiritual master.
om ajyana timirandhasya jnananjana salakaya
caksur unmilitam yena tasmai sri guruve namah
Spiritual master is waking you up giving you ‘jnananjan’, some knowledge. Uttishta Jagrata, the vedic statement also says. Once you are spiritually woken up, you should stay awake, become Krishna conscious, chanting and doing other devotional practices.
I see many of you sleeping while chanting, chanting half mantra and then sleeping for 30 seconds or sometimes longer. And then you wake up and start chanting again. So, you have not really woken up? You are not chanting in full consciousness. Yesterday we made reference to the archer, how the whole activity of chanting is compared to the shooting or an archer. How he holds his bow, how he is focused. He poises his body, his mind, and soul to focus on his target. So, we need to practice our chanting and be focused, chanter is the jiva and is the archer and the arrow is the body, mind and intelligence. Target is the Lord’s abode, Lord’s lotus feet. The atma, the archer, the soul reaches back to Godhead. This is a wonderful illustration, chanter follows the example of the archer, just copy him, look at him how he is focused and his concentration.
Yesterday after the japa talk we continued the discussion here with the devotees chanting with me in Nagpur, talking about the archer. The archer he is holding the arrow in his hand, fixes it to the bow and then pulls the string from the back with all his strength, he must be focused and conscious to perform this action, he cannot be distracted from the target. Then he shoots. So, one archer can be totally focused.
And another archer he does archery with no concentration, he does everything mechanically, no focus. He may just carry the bow and arrow not doing anything. Some of us can be compared to this archer, we perform the act of chanting only for the sake of doing it, chanters just hold the japa mala, moving back and forth, relaxed mood, watching television, engaging in gossip, reading the newspaper while chanting, this is not what Bhagavatam is teaching. Our acaryas have not taught us like this. It is not like the ideal archer.
We get instructions from the scriptures and sastras like viddhi – you do this and nishedha- don’t do that. When King Parikshit in the very beginning as soon as he met Shukadeva Goswami he enquired.
yac chrotavyam atho japyaṁ
yat kartavyaṁ nṛbhiḥ prabho
smartavyaṁ bhajanīyaṁ vā
brūhi yad vā viparyayam [SB 1.19.38]
He wants to know, what we should worship? And what we should not worship? What should we chant? And what we should not chant? What should we do? And what we should not do? Tell me, what is right and what is wrong.
Be like the ideal archer in action that is how you should be, this is the “do part”; what we are talking about here today is the don’t part. Unfortunately, we do not have much time now, just started the topic, what not to do. How to chant, things not to do while chanting and chanting should not be done in this way.
Few years ago, the devotees did a drama in the Krishna Balarama hall in Vrindavan, they depicted one character, one mataji on her style of chanting, and they demonstrated this on stage. This mataji she could never sit and chant. She was all over the place chanting, and whilst chanting she was very busy doing other stuff. While chanting if the phone rang, she would drop the chanting and answer the call. She had this big bead bag, in the bead bag her keys would be there, the phone and all little accessories. The bead bag was like a little office, everything will go in there, letters, telephone bills etc. She would be really busy and very distracted whilst chanting. She would chant, snik snik hare hare.
So, this group chanting is helpful, we get you all to sit down on the asana and chant. So, if you join this conference there is no chance of chanting casually like the lady in the drama.
Devotees are also writing to share their experience, realizations and benefits of this group chanting. So, we should take advantage of this conference. There is this devotee from America Hardik Patel, he used to be chanting like that moving from here to there. I got him to sit down and focus. Once you sit down to chant, you have more control better vibes. More focused. Many of you are writing about the benefits of this group chanting, no time to read all now, but I will read it.
The lady we talked about is like a gossip manager, can open a dialogue in the middle of chanting, just like that I could see some devotees from Nashik having a chat. That mataji from the drama, using her chanting bag as an office, used to mechanically chant, not focused. So, one day while chanting she looked in her bag for her japa mala, there was no beads there, she lost her beads. You can just imagine the style of chanting, her mind, and intelligence just chanting with no concentration- she did not realize the beads were no longer there. No focus, she was lost.
Between yesterday and today we tried to demonstrate the right way of chanting like the archer, not like the lady who lost her beads. The do’s and the don’ts. Chant with focus and concentration.
8th June 2019
Be focused like an Archer while chanting
Our devotees from Melbourne they have been chanting with us on Saturdays. Are you there today also? Identify yourself. We chant everyday but some chant only on Saturdays.
I was wondering about Mauritius devotees, their numbers have gone down, can someone check? I see Vrsabanu Prabhu. Numbers have gone down from 50 to 30 now. Otherwise we chant every day Saturday, Sunday or Monday we chant every day.
We have to chant the prescribed number of rounds “kritanya sadha hari” prescribed number of rounds.
sankhya-purvaka-nama-gana-natibhih kalavasani-kritau [Shad Goswami Ashtakam]
The six goswamis of Vrindavan they have set this standard. Our Acarya Namacarya Srila Haridas Thakur had prescribed 47 rounds, but he chanted big number 300000 names of Lord every day . Even in his old age he struck to his prescribed rounds. I asked Srila Prabhupada on one morning walk why we chant 16 rounds, he replied 16 is minimum, you can chant 16,000 who can stop you.
So we need to chant, this is “yuga dharma” in this age we have to chant the Hare Krishna maha mantra.
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare.
There is a statement in Bhagvatam that compares this activity of chanting or recitation of mantra to the activity of shooting bow and arrow using bow and arrow,Dhanur vidya. So there in the statement it is explained that Pranav, the mantra that we chant is the bow, is danush. The living entity jiva, is the arrow baan, and the laksha, the destination the target of this arrow is the Lotus feet of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
It is a Bhagvatam statement so it certainly truth, a statement the fact, just to understand this we also say that chanting of Hare Krishna mantra is sadhan and sadhya. It is means and the goal.
The Lord comes in this world or as we chant Hare Krishna the Lord makes His appearance, so He becomes the means sadhan and that Lord carries the jiva or living entity back with Him back to Krishna or back to Godhead. The living entity is brought to the lotus feet of the Lord. Sadhan and sadhya which is mantra is non- different from the Lord. The holy name is non -different from the Lord.
Fixing the arrow to the bow that is quite an act and expertise and there is art, it is a science. Putting the arrow and bow together and also be focused on the target. Dronacharya was teaching his students this Dhanur vidya and they had to shoot at the sky, the mountain, the bird hanging from the tree.
And there is a boatman in his boat riding through the ocean and the target is Boston and the captain of the boat has to focus on his target, his guide is the light house, this is where the Boston is and he is thinking, I have to get there. In order to get to his target, he must ensure that that the engine is right and he remains on the right course even the winds are blowing unfavorably. His boat may be going this way sometimes that way. But he must steer his boat in the right direction towards the light house. He must make sure that the course is right. This is what we call as attentive chanting. To throw this living entity in the direction of the Lord. Because we don’t want to hit the Lord. Srila Prabhupada has explained in the purport, we should not think in the term of bow and arrow and we are shooting and the destination is the lotus feet of Lord. We should not be attacking violently; shooting should be like a flower. We are making offering of ourselves, the living entity at the lotus feet of the Lord.
Then of course there is the baan the arrow is ready, that’s why it is said,
jiv jago, jiv jago, gaurachandra bole
Gauranga from spiritual sky is calling come, come in My direction. So, Gauranga is calling you or He has come as you have addressed Him by calling His name. Gauranga is very merciful, He is magnanimous. You are receiving His ahaituki -causeless mercy, you don’t deserve but the Lord is so kind. He comes and calls you wake up, wake up sleeping souls. The soul has to wake up if you are talking of bow and arrow activity. The arrow is there and you have to be aware and it has to be willing to reach the destination and reach the lotus feet of the Lord or abode of the Lord- going back home, back to Godhead.
So the bow, the arrow and the lakshay, the destination make sure that they are perfectly aligned and in good shape, the right mantra, which we have we have the best mantra the maha-mantra. Other mantras are there. Every devi and devata have their mantras. Mantras are there to please different Gods and Goddesses.
In karma kanda section of the Vedas, different mantras are there, you could chant and go to heaven, pitri lok depends what you pray for. Some pray for bhuta and pischas, written in karma kanda section of the Vedas. If our desire is to go all the way to Vaikuntha to Goloka then we must chant the corresponding mantra to go back to Vaikunta. By the Grace of Gauranga and the parampara we have the best mantra- The maha mantra.
The bow, the arrow and the destination. The bow we have is the best.The mantra, the bow is perfect .The arrow is the living entity, the jiva is willing and ready and wants the Lord’s lotus feet. With devotional service and we have really woken up and we must also not cause offenses, Nama apradha are there. We are committing offenses against the holy name. The mantra is a personality, the mantra is Krishna Himself but if the living entity is committing offenses against the holy name, then what hope is there for the living entity.
Focus on the target In dhanur vidya, the string is pulled and is released as a result the arrow gets a boost from behind and if it is done with full attention full focus then that arrow will reach the destination and the target. Something that must give the boost is the holy name but if we are offensive and do not have faith in the holy name then the living entity will not be going towards the Lord.
So remember the successful archer always successfully hits his targets and his whole act of shooting, his mind, his body, his intelligence and his focus is on his target and when everything is aligned, the arrow the bow and the target and then he becomes successful . So remember that when we are chanting we should remember the successful archer, his mind, body and soul is focused. Like that there is a bow, arrow and the target the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Keep this in the mind when chanting always remember the archer and his focus, if he is not aligned and focused he will not hit his target. Stay focused on the chanting remembering how the archer aligns everything to hit the target. Remember the Bhagavatam and the activity of bow and arrow – keep this in mind when chanting.
Question: who is the archer?
Answer : Who is the dhanudari here, the arrow is there, the bow is there, the destination. The archer is the living entity. Thinking of the one who is chanting, he is dhanudari he is the archer, you are the archer and you are also the bow at the same time. Good question. Bow and arrow focus on the target. Archer is the chanter of the holy name.
yatra yogeshvarah krishno yatra partho dhanurdhara
tatra shirr vijayo buthirdhruva nitir matir mama [BG 18.78]
In the case of Arjuna battling on the battlefield of Kurukshetra, Arjuna is the archer, living entity is archer and the Lord has come. His bow is the mantra and who is giving him the mantra? Sri Krishna is right there giving the mantra, Lord is even driving the chariot, the Lord is acting like the danusha, Lord is acting like mantra.
Oh! You have some mantra for me? Arjuna is getting confused in the middle of the battle, the Lord is giving intelligence from within.
In our case, dadami buddhi yogam. Lord gives advice in the form of mantra. So there was a team, Arjuna is archer, Lord is dhanusha which is physically Gandiv is the hand of Arjuna, but the real bow is the Lord. In the case of Arjuna the Lord is personally there, to give him a boost so that his arrows can reach the target, that time his enemies they are stumbling blocks so they had to be removed.
Arjuna was hitting the enemies, as they were getting hit, they were getting killed and they were all getting liberated, they were all going back to Godhead. They were becoming associates of the Lord. Arjuna the archer was not only bringing himself to the lotus feet of the Lord but all those whom he was killing they were also becoming bhan/arrow and going to the Lord.
Okay so another question.
Question: Who is the Lord and who is the living entity?
Answer: Bow is the Lord and the destination is the Lord and the living entity is you, the chanter. Holy name is the bow the holy name is the destination, means and the goal. The holy name brings living entity back to the form of the Lord. Living entity is entering the past times of the Lord and the holy name brings the living entity back to the Lord, back to spiritual sky back to their eternal action of serving the Lord.
No more questions are coming up only comments, I will read them. If there are other questions you can discuss it among yourselves. If there are very difficult questions and you have no answers then refer it to us. Otherwise keep chanting.
7th June 2019
Do meditate, but meditate upon Krishna
Hari Bol to you all!
637 participants today! I am very happy and enjoying this conference and chanting with you all. Especially when I see you chanting, I do not hear, but I do see you chanting. Your lips are vibrating or moving, so that seems very pleasing. You all are doing right thing at right time. Right thing is we know, I am sure you also know, that you are and we all are spirit souls and for all living entities our occupation is, our dharma in this kali-yuga is chant Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, that we are doing.
As I see you practicing dharma, doing the right thing, that gives me great pleasure.
So, you are doing the right thing, that is chanting Hare Krishna. You and we all have to just do it rightly or correctly. You are doing the right thing, but do it in right way, correct way. So we always say, we meditate upon Lord’s Holy name and Lord’s pastimes, Lord form etc. This is mantra meditation, it’s time for dhyana, time for meditation. So do it dhyanapurvak, with attention, in a meditating way. That is the right thing to do, right way to do.
In fact, everyone in this world meditates, get absorbed in, concentrates,contemplates, everyone in this world does that. Every living entity does that, dhyana or contemplation or meditation. So worldly people also do dhyana all the time and they do dhyana of maya and devotees also do dhyana or they are expected to do dhyana, meditate upon Sri Krishna. So we do not say, ‘do not meditate, do not think or contemplate or concentrate, but we only say, devotees of Krishna say, meditate upon Krishna. Do meditate, but meditate upon Krishna.
Lord Sri Krishna talked about this dhyana in Bhagavad Gita, very famous statement.
dhyayato visayan pumsam sangastesupa jayate
sangat sanjayate Kamah, kamat krodhobhi jayate
krodhat bhavati sammoha, sammohat smrti vibhramah,
smrti bhramsat buddhi naso, buddhi nasat pranasyati [BG 2.62]
So Lord has talked how to do meditation, if it is visaya or objects of senses, meditation on the objects of senses, then that leads to attachments, one gets attached to those objects of senses.
sangah tesu upajayate, the attachment is developed.
This principle applies to both kinds of meditation, the mundane meditation and spiritual Krishna consciousness meditation. If your objects of senses are mundane objects and you meditate upon them then you develop attachment to those mundane objects of senses, mundane places, mundane personalities, mundane objects of eating or sleeping or mating or defending. So likewise, if we meditate upon Krishna, the spiritual objects of our senses, the senses of spirit, spirit also has senses, the body also have senses, so the body’s senses contemplate, meditate on the objects of mundane senses, then that kind of attachment. The spiritual senses of the spirit soul, they contemplate on the spiritual objects and that’s Krishna, then we develop attachment to Krishna. So we develop detachment to maya and we develop attachment to Krishna by meditating upon Krishna or meditating upon the spiritual objects of our spiritual senses.
Then Krishna says,
sangastesupa jayate sangat sanjayate kamah, and then if we are attached to the objects of senses, we are contemplating on the objects of senses, then it gives rise to kama, the lust. While you contemplate on the spiritual objects of our senses that is Krishna, even Krishna’s devotees, Krishna’s pastimes, then we develop attachment to those spiritual objects and then we revive our prema for the Lord. In other case kama, sangat sanjayate kamah, but there is also sangat sanjayate premah. Prema also could be revived by the contemplation and attachment to the spiritual objects of the senses.
As another statement from Chaitanya Charitamrita, that clarifies this point,
atmendriya priti vancha tara bale kama (Cc. Ädi 4.165)
atmendriya priti, if we are busy in gratifying mundane senses, contemplating on mundane objects of senses or relishing mundane objects then the outcome is kamah upajayate, kama is developed.
While,Krsnendriya priti tara bale prema, but if our senses are engaged in serving the Lord’s senses or Lord’s form or Lord’s pastimes, then that would result in prema, love of Godhead.
Yeah, so moving forward Krishna has said, we are referring Bhagavad Gita,
dhyayato visayan pumsam, sangastesupa jayate
sangat sanjayate kamah, kamat krodhobhi jayate
And if our lusty desires are not fulfilled, there is some hindrance or some delay, etc. then we become angry, kamat krodhobhi jataye.
If we are frustrated, this is what goes on all over the world, exhibition of kama and that’s why there is quarrel and there are wars and battles and fighting and all that goes on because of kamat krodhobhi jayate. Your desires are not fulfilled and then you exhibit this anger and this whole world is angry, terrorists are angry, everybody is angry here, develops anger.
So kamat krodhobhi jayate, or we could also say, premat krodhobhi jayate, if our spiritual desires are not satisfied, if there is some hindrance, some delay, we may also be feeling frustrated and become angry, but that is spiritual anger and devotees like Hanuman, and like that, so devotees also may take action for fight with those who are against Vishnu and Vaisnavas or their plans, Vishnu’s plans, Vaisnavas plans, if someone is causing hindrance then devotees also become transcendentally angry as Hanuman became angry on Arjuna.
In fact, Krishna was inspiring Arjuna, so that he will become angry for battling, fighting. So this anger, this krodha, this spiritual anger like Lord Narasimha becomes angry, so that’s spiritual anger is there.
So moving forward, what Krishna has said in Bhagavad Gita so kamat krodhobhi jayate, krodhat bhavati sammoha, if you are in angry state then you become bewildered, you cannot think straight and you are illusioned and you end up taking wrong decisions. Then Lord also has said,
sammohat smrti vibhramah
smrti bhramsat buddhi naso
And gradually you forget your real identity and that result in loosing intelligence, there is loss of intelligence. You cannot act any more intelligently. On the contrary the spiritual practitioners, they may become angry also, as Prabhupada said preaching is fighting but that anger, the spiritual anger, the devotees, they do not loose intelligence, however devotees are given intelligence. Lord says that in Bhagavad Gita,
tesam satat yuktanam bhajatam priti purvakam dadami buddhiyogam (BG 10.10)
Those who are always practicing Krishna consciousness, always chanting Hare Krishna, always engage in devotional services, reading Prabhupada books, performing nama sankirtana and like that, distributing prasadam, holding festivals, doing jare dekho tare kaho krsna upadesa, as devotees remain engaged in all these activities then Lord guarantees to such a devotee I give intelligence, dadami buddhiyogam.
So, the materialists, they lose intelligence in this process of contemplation, this that and objects of senses, but devotees they end up getting intelligence, they become intelligent. Lord provides them very sharp intelligence, they become equipped with.
So in these two ways, two kinds of meditations, one is meditating on maya or worldly objects, at every step there is step down, you are coming down, you are declining and you are falling down, one from dhyayato visayan pumsah, sangastesupa jayate, there is fall down, sangat sanjayate kamah, you developed lust, fall down, you become angry you fall down, you are bewildered, you fall down, further fall down and Lord finally says in that statement that buddhinasat pranasyati, when you have lost your intelligence, pranasyati, you are destroyed. You really fall down, go deep down into the hell and lower regions. There is regression at every at every step and total fall down.
So while devotees, new devotees, you are the chanters of the Holy names and contemplates upon the Lord and Lord’s pastimes Lord’s devotees, you are studying their life and teachings, you keep doing this specially, chant,
HARE KRISHNA HARE KRISHNA
KRISHNA KRISHNA HARE HARE
HARE RAMA HARE RAMA
RAMA RAMA HARE HARE
And you are doing that right way, and you are contemplating and meditating deeply meditating upon the Lord then the outcome end result is progression. Other side other ladder, there is regression, they are coming down, down, down into the hell. And here you are going up and up and you are going higher and higher and now you are blessed with intelligence. Lord has given you intelligence, dadami buddhiyogam, then what happens, yen mam upayanti te, then those chanters of the Holy name, devotees, practitioners of Krishna consciousness, they are endowed with spiritual intelligence and how do they use that spiritual intelligence?
Mam upayanti te, mam means Myself, upa means near, they come near to Me, near where I am that is where they come. They come back to Me, come back to home. So then they achieve the goal of human form of life, achieve Krishna and attain Krishna.
So what we talked just now about is applicable to each and every one of us, regardless of which country, continent, nation, religion, gender, economic status, regardless of all these considerations and this principle that Krishna has talked about, they are applicable and that is why the whole world is following,
mama vartmanu vartante manusyah partha sarvasah
Krishna has declared that mama vartmanu vartante, I have set this system and there is no way, they can do things independent of Lord, independent of the system of the Lord. Every single person, every single human being on this planet is following this program, this system that Lord has created and so then they are either following the mundane path, mundane contemplation, mundane entertainment, trying to acquire objects, trying to relish those, then we know what the outcome is, end result is, the fall down.
So as Lord has said, surrender unto Me, give up all other varieties of mundane activities or even some kind of mundane religion or mix bhakti or jnanamisra bhakti or karmamisra bhakti, give all that out,
sarva dharman parityajya mam ekam saranam vraj (BG 18.66)
And that is what we do, we chant Hare Krishna, we take shelter of Krishna. And then He also says do not fear, I will take care of rest, I will make you free from all sins.
Nāmāśraya kori’ jatane tumi thākaha āpana kāje [Gītāvalī 6].
So take shelter of Holy name, meditate by chanting and be happy.
6th June 2019
Blessings to you all who are in this conference! I remember, Anandamayi Radha whose father was just sitting and today we see you chanting, so we are happy. He was not chanting yesterday, he is chanting today. He is one of the participants. We are very happy with this development.
Good morning news to you all. So welcome sir and welcome to you and all the new participants. I am sure they must be inspired, that is why our number has gone up and we have 650 participants today. Target is 700 at the end of this, you know this, we are getting there day by day.
Padmamali is making some special efforts also, to increase the number of participants. Of course, why Padmamali alone? We all have to, yeah? We should be making efforts and endeavors to increase the participants to have more association. More the merrier as they say.
So, the Holy name of the Lord which we chant everyday directs us to the Lord and gives indication of the Lord, implies the Lord that meant Lord’s form also. So, as we say Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, then Lord says, ‘oh! you are chanting My name. This is how I look like and look at Me, take My darshan’ and of course there are pastimes also as we chant.
Hare Krishna, reminds us the pastimes of the Lord. Basically we are talking about the form of the Lord to begin with, reminded us as we chant.
Unfortunately we are engrossed in bodily concept and all that we care and love is our own form or some forms around us, other persons, worldly forms. So,as Kunti Maharani said ‘janma aishvarya sruta srivih’, the living entities, conditioned souls are falsely proud of their janma, the birth, aishvarya, their opulence, their wealth, their studies or even overseas studies, higher studies, education and specially their beauty, their form, the way they look like, the people are intoxicated, this Kunti Maharani said.
Yesterday here in Nagpur, some devotees were sorting out the photographs of my visits of different temples and what I did in this temple, during that visit and there were photos of me worshipping the Deities or doing kirtan melas. And as they were sorting out and they wanted my involvement or my judgment while selecting some of those photos to use for upcoming Vyasapuja festival. And I was seeing how they were inclined to select more of my photos and less of Deities photos and I was expressing my disappointment over this. The photographs of the Deities were so beautiful, out of this world as they say and were enchanting. As I was talking darshan of those Deities, Deities of Radha Govinddev in Noida, Deities of Radha Pandharinath from Pandharpur and like that Radha Damodar in Solapur or even Radha Shyamasundar in Vrindavan like that.
So I had fallen in love with the photos of the Deities more than my own photos. I was not so much interested. And I was contemplating how the beauty of the Lord is eternal as Their form is eternal; while our beauty is temporary. May be it is here today while you are young, some sort of beauty is there, but wait for some more years and you will not even want to look at your face, ugly face or wrinkled face.
I was also reminded of one statement of Prithu Maharaj when he was addressing the citizens and citizens were trying to glorify Prithu Maharaj. But Prithu Maharaj was responding saying ‘why? the glory of the Lord exists, it is here in the present, the glories of the Lord, why you would you like to glorify me? Just be happy! Just be contended glorifying the Lord! Why are you mixing up that glory or diluting that glory with my glory, or talking of or glorifying me. Lord’s glory is enough. It exists, it is here. Just be happy with Lord’s glory and don’t talk of my glory.
So talking of, the body is ever changing, I was looking at the photographs, even me worshipping different Deities, my thought was that, the worshipers keep changing. Now someone is worshipping the Lord, tomorrow someone else will worship, next year or fifth year from now the same Deity will be there, worshipable Deity, worshipful Deity. But there will be different pujaris, worshipers will be different, worshipable would be there forever, hundred years from now, then thousand years from now the Deity the Lord continue to be there, but the worshipers will be changing as their bodies change, their forms change.
Talking about the changing of body, I am sure it is not difficult to understand our body is changing, the change is so gradual, we do not notice the change on day to day basis but if you could go back to 20 years from now then you could look at the form of your body, it is different from the body which you have now. And of course, when you were baby body and your parents had taken photographs of baby body and they are hanging on the walls, you will not recognize. You will wonder who is this one? Is that me really? Because the body has changed, it is so simple thing that the body is ever changing, our bodies are changing.
Some years ago, devotees, they were publishing my article how I came into Krishna Consciousness. They had selected some photographs to be included in that article and there was one photograph of my college days, it was group photo, myself and my other friends. And devotees, the designers said, ‘Maharaj we have selected this photo to go in that article’ and I was looking at that photograph and it took quite some time for me to find out which person from that photograph is myself? Is that me? No! What about this? No, no! I mean it took some time for me to recognize my own form, my own photograph in that photograph.
Some years ago in my Vyasapuja book, devotees had printed a photograph which devotees normally do, devotees worshiping the feet, they call it lotus feet and there was photograph of feet and I took objection, these are not my feet. This is wrong. This is someone else’s feet, may be feet of some other spiritual master and these are not my feet. And there was whole debate going on, whether they are my feet or someone else’s feet. And devotees somehow convinced me. They were right, they were my feet. So the feet are changing and face is changing, heart is changing, body is changing. While all this is changing, the form of the Lord is eternal, eternally constant, never changing. We are ever changing and Lord is never changing.
As we chant Hare Krishna mahamantra, we are reminded of the form of the Lord and that form is sat-chit-ananda, that form is eternal-sat, chit- full of knowledge, ananda- full of bliss, while our form is asat-achit and nirananda. Our body is temporary, our body is full of ignorance and our body is full of misery. Hence we prefer the form of the Lord, His eternal form we prefer to worship.
HARE KRISHNA HARE KRISHNA
KRISHNA KRISHNA HARE HARE
HARE RAMA HARE RAMA
RAMA RAMA HARE HARE
Srnvanti gayanti grnanti sadhavah
(SB 7.5.23 24)
sadhus are always busy in srnvanti-hearing, gayanti- singing, and grnanti- by accepting the Lord and realizing the Lord that is called God realization, Krishna realization. But at the same time there is self realization-we are spirit souls, that realization also takes place simultaneously. God realization, self realization and our relationship with the God which is attained by the performance of bhakti, by chanting the glories of the Lord.
So, we are also beautiful and we are also eternal as spirit souls, we are parts and parcels of Krishna, children of Krishna. So as Krishna is beautiful, we parts and parcels are beautiful, souls are beautiful, soul is eternal, that we have to realize. Our body is temporary, body is source of misery.
hitva anyathe rupam svarupen vyavasthitih (SB 6.1.58)
Then we give up this ever changing bodies, finally we have nothing to do with this body, tyaktva deham punar janma naiti(BG 4.8)
We give up this present body and we don’t accept another body and we get situated in svarupa, svarupena vyavasthitih, our original eternal form we realize and we get situated in that form. And this is called final or ultimate liberation, that is you realize that you are eternal form and that eternal form keeps serving the lotus feet of the Lord all the time to come. And then there is Lord’s form, then we have our spiritual form, spiritual personality and that spiritual personality keeps serving the Lord and attain eternally. From materiality we attain eternality as we chant Hare Krishna Hare Krishna!
Of course we don’t have to wait till we go back to spiritual sky and serve the Lord. There is also situation, sthiti called ‘jivan mukta ca uchyate,’ we also start serving the Lord here and now. In this world and in this body we spirit soul could be active, be interactive with the Lord through devotional service. And that is what we do by the nine processes of devotional service, navavidha bhakti.
Srila Prabhupada has given us engagements for 24 hours of the day. We are expected to serve Krishna in this body in this world Person who serves is a soul, body is just an instrument. Soul is serving, soul is chanting, soul is worshipping, soul is surrendering, ‘atmanivedanam.’
Body just goes along and then the so called body also gets spiritualized as soul is serving the Supreme Soul.
Okay, stay busy 24 hours till we get together again next day.
5th June 2019
Lords beautiful form is described as 24 and half chandras
Today we have 636 participants. I am happy that more and more japa participants are joining. Anandamayi Radha mataji’s father has joined us today. And I am sure there are some other new faces. Don’t remain new faces, become old faces by keep doing chanting and become familiar faces. Introduce yourself, let Krishna acknowledge your presence and show yourself to the Lord, present yourself to the Lord, ‘I am here Oh Lord! I had turned my face away from You for such a long long time, but now I am here facing You. I am sanmukh now. Please accept me Oh Lord.’ You could pray like that.
Of course you could also begin, facing the devotees first or the gurujans, the spiritual master first. You face them and they will also introduce you to the Lord. They will recommend your case to the Lord, ‘Here is someone my dear Lord. He has turned his face towards You, please accept him.’ So that also could be there. You begin facing devotees and then they would turn you towards the Lord, introduce you to the Lord.
So chanting stirs up our thoughts and we think and we remember as we chant, the expected remembrance of the Lord.
I had some thoughts as I was chanting this morning and I was remembering dialogue between Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Sanatana Gosvami. And this is something, the way Sri Krishna Caitanya Mahaprabhu was remembering Krishna, He was sharing that with Sanatana Gosvami. And that sharing was going on and on for almost two months. Then just cross section of that dialogue or just one or two statements of that, we are going to talk about. I am trying to share something which Sri Krishna Caitanya Maghaprabhu was thinking. Srila Krishnadas Kaviraj Gosvami has kindly presented that dialogue between Sri Krishna Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Sanatana Gosvami in Caitanya Caritamrita.
So Sri Krishna Caitanya Mahaprabhu although He is Lord Himself, but He is thinking this way in the mood of the devotee of the Lord and Sri Krishna Caitanya Mahaprabhu at one point during that dialogue with Sanatana Gosvami, He was more ecstatic and more excited when He said something that I am going to share. So Sri Krishna Caitanya Mahaprabhu is talking of the beauty or beautiful form of Sri Krishna. That we always hear and say and write that Lord is Sri Krishna or Caitanyacandra or Ramachandra or Krishnachandra is compared with the Chandra. Lord is called as Chandra, Ramachandra, Krishnachandra. The reason why we call or address Lord as Ramachandra or Krishnachandra, because They are, some parts of Their body are compared with Chandra. They act like chandra- moon, shining, dazzling, and effulgent; rays emanating from certain parts of Lord’s body.
So Sri Krishna Caitanya Mahaprabhu is talking of Sri Krishna having 24 and half chandras, 24 and half moons in the Personality of Krishna. Beginning with the Lord’s face, this is the main principle. Moon face of the Lord is moon like face. So, that is the main principle moon of the Lord. He describes the moon like face, this moon is principle Chandra and other chandras are subsidiary chandras.
So this moon like Chandra, mukhachandra or shashimukha, makes whole body of the Lord, full form of the Lord like His asana, like His seat and He takes the main seat and He represents the face of the Lord. And the description goes on, the counting of 24 and half moons, which ones are 24 and half; so the face is one. And the cheeks, these are the two additional moons, so three moons. Then tilak Lord wears, this is yet another moon, say fourth moon. The forehead of the Lord is half moon. It doesn’t make complete round, astami’s moon, Chandra chakor. Then the fingernails of the Lord, ten more moons are the reddish complexion, dazzling moons are the fingernails of the Lord. And the toe nails which are again ten in numbers those are additional ten moons, nakhachandra.
In Bhagavat Mahatyma it is also described as Chandravali, it is awali like dipavali (rows of lamps) there is chandravali (rows of moons), all those chandras, each toenail is one Chandra and another Chandra and another. Even Chandravali gopi, presence is felt on the toenail of the Lord. The yogis do meditation and lot of time they meditate on this effulgence which is emanating from the form of the Lord, coming from His face or His toenails or fingernails, specially from the toe nails, that effulgence becomes the object of meditation, but unfortunately their realization is incomplete and they consider this effulgence complete in itself and they do not understand source of that light- Effulgence (jyoti) is the form of the Lord. So that is unfortunate!
Vaishnavas, of course, they understand the effulgence, Brahmajyoti and the source of Brahmajyoti is form of the Lord, the moons of the Lord are the source.
And Sri Krishna Caitanya Mahaprabhu is talking with Sanatana Gosvami and He goes on and states that when Lord Sri Krishna plays His flute then His fingers and fingernails are dancing, so it’s just like moons are dancing as He is playing flute. Similarly, Nataraja Sri Krishna, ‘natavarvapuh karnikaram’, that ‘Natavara’, as He dances then the moons on the toenails of the Lord, those moons are dancing. So while playing the flute those fingernails moons are dancing and while Lord dances, the toenails moons, Chandravali they dance.
Sri Krishna Caitanya Mahaprabhu goes on and on and on to describe in great detail and then He says the flute playing, those moons are glorifying Sri Krishna, the sound, the murali-dhvani, the vibration emanating from the flute of Sri Krishna, those moons are singing the glories of the Lord. And while the Lord is dancing, the ankle-bells, nupur around the ankles of the Lord, that sound and the moons on the toenails, they are talking, they are glorifying the Lord.
These 24 and half moons, this has the connection with one of the Gayatri mantra called Kama Gayatri. That 24 and half letters in Kama Gayatri and each one of them represents moons in the form of the Lord and as one chants Kama Gayatri, he meditates on the form of the Lord- Lord’s form with 24 and half moons.
Srila Vishvanath Chakravarti Thakur gave commentary on Kama Gayatri called, I think Mantradipika, that’s his bhashya, commentary on Kama Gayatri. So in the middle of writing commentary, in Vrndavan, on the banks of Radhakunda, he had questions. So he was trying to understand the 24 and half moons represented by 24 and half letters or syllables of Kama Gayatri. He was not able to ascertain, come to conclusion, which one is half letter in this Kama Gayatri, half letter representing half moon in the form of the Lord, which letter? So he was thinking it should be only 24 moons, or 24 syllables or maybe 25. I don’t see which one these is half letter or half moon. Is Krishnadas Kaviraj Gosvami who has mentioned, talked about 24 and half-moons, is Krishnadas Kaviraj wrong in mentioning 24 and half? He should have mentioned 24 or maybe 25, but not 24 and half. So he was confused and not able to come to conclusion what is right, what is wrong. When he was thinking and thinking and he was not coming to right conclusion, right realization and he was also thinking if Krishnadas Kaviraj could he wrong, or my thinking may be offensive as I am thinking that Krishnadas Kaviraj may be wrong and it is described in the life of Vishvanath Chakravarti Thakur that he was even considering, I should give up my life if I could not understand what is reality, what is the fact. And Radharani kindly appeared to Vishvanath Chakravarti Thakur and Vishvanath Chakravarti Thakur was face to face with Radharani and Radharani gave all the explanation and also explained which letter is half letter and certainly Krishndas Kaviraj Gosvami couldn’t be wrong in stating 24 and half moons and they are not 24 or 25 but they are 24 and half. Krishnadas Kaviraj was right, Radharani was insisting, emphasizing and clarifying this in person. The forehead which is half moon, which is difficult to understand, which one is half, ‘lalatapatale kasturi tilakam, so kasturi tilakam’ is one full moon, but the whole lalata, forehead is half moon. And the last letter of the Kama Gayatri mantra is ‘halanta’ but that is considered as full letter, but then which one is half letter? It was explained that the fifth letter of the gayatri mantra is Kamadevaya, that one is half and not the last one is half. Middle one, fifth letter is half! So Radharani, kindly revealed all the truths and facts and saved the life of Vishvanath Chakravarti Thakur with Her darsana. She blessed him.
So while chanting Hare Krishna, this could be very useful, substantial thing to think about. Thu, Sri Krishna Caitanya Mahaprabhu is revealing the form of the Lord, the beauty of the Lord, this is one Chandra, this is another Chandra, 24 and half chandras. So this is a nice topic, wonderful topic for our meditation as we chant Hare Krishna- the great detail of Personality of the Lord reveals. Lord is chanting and talking also, japa, ajapa, japa that we always do, the formal way of chanting with the beads we chant prescribed number of rounds, but then there is state of life or practice of Krishna consciousness, which is called ajapa, they are not chanting japa, but the chanting is going on. It becomes so natural, unknowingly you are chanting, so Sri Krishna Mahaprabhu is doing japa, ajapa. And while doing japa and ajapa, He is thinking and talking. So it is authorized, while chanting Hare Krishna Hare Krishna to think like this, remember like this.
4 June 2019
Reading and hearing about Lord helps us in chanting
Keep chanting and keep dancing, let your soul dance.
Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura says,
nama nache jiva nache nache prema dhana
When there is chanting, the name is dancing, living entity is dancing, love of Godhead is dancing, everyone is dancing. Now if we could come to that stage of chanting or that evolution that sort of revival has taken place in our heart and soul, that our soul is chanting then we are free from all sort of distractions, totally, fully absorbed in our own world where singing soul is dancing and enjoying. If your soul is dancing whilst dancing the soul would not be thinking about anything else in the world, soul is enjoying chanting and dancing while chanting.
Your tongue must vibrate; you should be able to hear what you are chanting. So, when we are doing just kind of mental japa then we are kind of absorbed in so many other thoughts, absorbed in thinking and contemplating. So, in order to stop that, we need to say
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna and hear what we are saying and get our mind off from other thoughts which are going through our mind so distract our mind and get our mind to listen to the holy names instead of listening to other thoughts.
We always say that attentive chanting or dhyana purvak japa, so we have to be attentive while chanting of Hare Krishna Hare Krishna.
Be attentive pay attention to Hare Krishna, if you are not saying how could you hear and be attentive. How could you do contemplation or meditation? Sometimes when we are at some function some VIPs are there, we check that who is attending to that person and making sure the VIP is taken care of. Who is giving him seat to sit, who is giving him drink who is attending him? So like that when we are chanting Hare Krishna, Krishna has come and we are attending to Krishna. Who is attending? We are attending. Our mind focused on that Krishna. So, when we chant, we are hearing, our mind is busy hearing that Hare Krishna Hare Krishna.
So whatever different activities are done by our senses, all our senses connected with,
manah-sasthanindriyani [BG 15.7]
These six principle senses, all those senses- sense of touch, sense of hearing and seeing, they all do the reporting to the mind. The mind knows which sense is doing what, so as we say Hare Krishna Hare Krishna with our tongue, then that is a topic for mind to attend to or think about or be busy with.
So, we have been talking of this we have heard Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, these are not empty words, these are Persons, and these are Personality of Godhead. So, we hear Hare Krishna we are supposed to be hearing so much and everything reminding ourselves about Krishna. Whose name is Krishna? We are saying Hare Krishna Hare Krishna; question can arise is this someone’s name? Yes, this is of course Krishna’s name, then who is Krishna? How does He look like? Where does He stay? There could be hundreds and thousands of questions like these not only who is He? And answer to that question could be the whole world of the scriptures.
ādāv ante ca madhye ca hariḥ sarvatra gīyate [CC Ādi 7.131]
In the beginning, in the middle and at the end of the scriptures. As we chant Hare Krishna Hare Krishna this results in Smaranam – we remember His form. Lord assumes different forms and they are so many beautiful forms, there are detailed description of these forms of the Lord. Then you are remembering the qualities of the Lord. There are 64 qualities and more qualities can be listed. There are so many topics to think about, Nama, Rupa, Guna and Lila. So, this chanting of Hare Krishna should remind us of all these topics and this is what we think and contemplate upon as we chant Hare Krishna and be absorbed in chanting.
You should also be reading Srila Prabhupada books, that is also sravanam, kirtanam and the smaranam.
nityam bhagavat sevaya
Shravanam is also there as we read Srila Prabhupada’s books or as we read Hari Katha that is also sravanam. And then we say what we heard is kirtanam and then smaranam or as we chant Hare Krishna, we will be reminded of what we read about Hari.
So, this also goes hand in hand or becomes helpful, that kind of studies hearing Hari Katha, nityam bhagavat sevaya, concentrating our minds focusing our minds that would give us a topic to think about when we say Hare Krishna.
Oh! That Krishna, He looks like this, these are His pastimes and He also appeared as Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, He is Jagannath,
Jei Gaura sei Krishna sei Jagannath. They are non-different.
So, in order to be attentive and our mind focused on chanting, the reading and hearing of studies you do is very helpful. We will be more focused, more meditative in chanting. Otherwise we sit down for chanting we will be reminded of other things we have heard and read and that are worldly kind of things, all that has happened prior to chanting your previous days, all those thoughts are going to be hovering over. Me too, me too, think of me, what about me think about me too. So many things come to our mind and distract us.
So, one-time Dronacharya was teaching archery, how to use bow and arrow to his students, all the Pandavas and Kauravas in the forest. They were getting their lessons on how to hit the target. Dronacharya had hung one bird on the branch of a tree and his students had to hit the eye of the bird.
So, one by one students were coming to shoot the bird and as they held their bow and arrow, Dronacharya was asking them, so what are you seeing? So, the first student said, “Well I am seeing the sky, the tree, the leaves.” So Dronacharya said “get out”. So, second student was not seeing everything but still seeing a lot of things other than bird and he was also asked to get out from there. Next one said I am seeing the tree, leaves, so many branches, but he is still not seeing or not focusing on what he is supposed to see the target. So finally, the good student Arjuna came and Dronacharya asked him “Can you see the sky?” Arjuna said no. Can you see the mountain, Arjuna said no, what about lots of tree, no. What about the branches of the tree, no. Can you see the branch where the bird is hanging? no. Can you see the whole bird? no. Then Dronacharya finally asked “What are you seeing?” Arjuna said “I can only see the eye of the bird and nothing else.” Then Dronacharya said shoot now. Now you will hit the target well as you are only seeing the target.
So, I suppose you are learning some lessons from this illustration and that is how while chanting we have to get out the whole world which is in us or on our mind, get that out. So many things to think about and mind does keep thinking about, not this, not this, don’t think of this, don’t remember this and only,
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare
This is all that we are supposed to remember. We say and we hear we keep our mind busy with hearing and as we hear we are reminding ourselves of Krishna, who is Krishna, His names, form, qualities and pastimes. This is the subject matter of our hearing and remembering.
Mind is flickering, mind is not steady, this was also complaint of Arjuna in 6th chapter of Bhagavad Gita. Krishna said you have to do abhyasa- practice of controlling the mind, taming our mind and that has to be done by the spirit of detachment. ‘viragyena abhyasena’, these two things do constant practice with the spirit of detachment, attempting to detach ourselves from the world, separating ourselves from the world and do practice of that day in and day out. And that is what we are trying as we chant Hare Krishna Hare Krishna everyday as chant our prescribed number of rounds.
3rd June 2019
YAMARAJ’S INSTRUCTIONS TO YAMADUTAS
Congratulations to all of you chanters as the score has increased. Yesterday I had said, today’s talk will be by Yamaraja. Have you ever met him? Many times, many many times, but you have forgotten. So, today we will hear from Yamaraja. We will listen to his thoughts. Due to time constraints we can’t make it like storytelling, but some of his thoughts we will present.
This talk of Yamaraj comes in the beginning of sixth canto of Bhagavatam, chapter 3. At end of fifth canto there is description of hellish planets. So, Parikshit Maharaj inquired, whether there is any way, so that suffering could be avoided. In response to that inquiry by King Parikshit, Sukadeva Goswami narrates the glory of the holy name & hence he described this story of Ajamila.
Another way he said, “The way you could avoid going to hell is chanting of the holy names.” Harer nama eva kevalam.
(CC Adi 7.76)
Yesterday, we talked about how first time Yamadutas returned empty handed & they couldn’t bring Ajamila. When Yamadutas returned to Yamaraja their first question was:
kati santīha śāstāro,
jīva-lokasya vai prabho
karma,phalābhivyakti-hetavaḥ (SB. 6.3.4)
Their question was ‘How many controllers are there? We thought you were the only one. But today we had some other experience. Someone intervened & stopped us from bringing Ajamila to you.’
Yamaraja explained, no! no ! I am not the supreme controller.’
paro mad-anyo jagatas tasthuṣaś ca
otaṁ protaṁ paṭavad yatra viśvam
yad-amśato ‘sya sthiti-janma-nāśā
nasy otavad yasya vaśe ca lokaḥ
He admitted. Iam not the supreme controller. He is the Supreme Lord. Yamaraja explains & reveals the fact that, Supreme Lord is superior to him. Then there is long talk in great detail about how He controls.
ahaṁ mahendro nirṛtiḥ pracetāḥ
somo ‘gnir īśaḥ pavano viriñciḥ
āditya-viśve vasavo ‘tha sādhyā
marud-gaṇā rudra-gaṇāḥ sasiddhāḥ.
( SB 6.3.14)
All these parties are governed by the Lord. We may be Ishwara, but Lord is Supreme controller – Parameshwar.
īśvaraḥ paramaḥ kṛṣṇaḥ
anādir ādir govindaḥ
sarva-kāraṇa-kāraṇam (BS. 5.1)
Like that Brahma also has said that, Parameshwar is Krishna.
dharmaṁ tu sākṣād bhagavat-praṇītaṁ
na vai vidur ṛṣayo nāpi devāḥ
na siddha-mukhyā asurā manuṣyāḥ
kuto nu vidyādhara-cāraṇādayaḥ (SB. 6 3.19)
Yamaraja explained, that dharma is given by the Lord. Dharma means laws of the Lord, which governs the world. This dharma is given by the Lord. Yamaraja says, all of you my dutas should understand, that dharma which you follow, that laws are not given by me. They are given by Param niyamak – Parameshwar.
We follow, we abide by the laws given by the Lord, in the form of codes of dharma. Yamaraja is a kind of giving his ID, or introduction. He says there are twelve persons called ‘Bhagvats’. They are the knowers of that dharma given by the Lord. Swayambhuva, Naradha, Shambhu, Kumaro Kapilo Manu Balir Vaiyasaki vayam.
He gives the list of ‘Dwadash – Bhagvats’ or Mahajans. He explains, I am included in those Mahajans & we know dharma & we practice that dharma. Yamaraja is kind of big judge or supreme Court judge, when it comes to judgement. He is not only strict punisher but he is knowledgeable. He has to make so many decisions, about each living entities’ destination. It’s a big responsibility. But he doesn’t take those decisions, whimsically. He follows, the code of conduct given by the Lord.
striyāḥ praviṣṭa udaraṁ
puṁso retaḥ-kaṇāśrayaḥ (SB 3.31.1)
He analyses whether someone has done ‘karma’, or ‘akarma’ means devotional service or vikarma – sinful activities, & taking all that into consideration, he gives the judgement. So, now Yamaraja is giving some special instructions or even warning to Yamadutas, his messengers. Please take note of this, Beware! Yamaraja was giving them job description, or reminding them of do’s & don’ts. You do this! & don’t do this ! Bring such person to me but don’t touch or even look at that person. Then Yamaraj tells
tān ānayadhvam asato vimukhān mukunda-
niṣkiñcanaiḥ paramahaṁsa-kulair asaṅgair
juṣṭād gṛhe niraya-vartmani baddha-tṛṣṇān
Bring those people to me who are vimukha, those who are against Lord. Whom you should bring,
mukund padaravind makarandam
Also those who have not developed attraction for the holy name. But others for whom the holy name has become ‘makarand’ or nectar. Those who are relishing the ‘makarand ‘of holy name, those who are offenselessly chanting so they are relishing the nectarine holy name, those who are attentive, don’t bring them. Those who have not developed attraction for holy name or Krishna or Krishna’s dham or devotees , they have not developed love for them, to all those ‘vimukhan, tan anayadhwam’. Bring those. Then he also says
jihvā na vakti bhagavad-guṇa-nāmadheyaṁ
cetaś ca na smarati tac-caraṇāravindam
kṛṣṇāya no namati yac-chira ekadāpi
tān ānayadhvam asato ‘kṛta-viṣṇu-kṛtyān
( S.B. 6.3.29)
Yamaraj says one whose tongue doesn’t utter the holy name, tan anayadhwam….. who else cetaś ca na smarati tac-caraṇāravindam
Those who doesn’t remember Lord’s lotus feet, tan anayadhwam…… Krishnay yo na namati Shir ekadapi…. Those who had never bowed down in front of Krishna – tan anayadhwam…… akrit Vishnukrtyan……. Those who are not performing devotional service unto the Lord, bring them. Then towards the end he says
tasmāt saṅkīrtanaṁ viṣṇor
mahatām api kauravya
Therefore it is advised, conclusion or instructions to us for our knowledge. Yamaraja says ‘tasmat’therefore, ‘sankirtanam vishnum’ – Vishnu’s sankirtan or Krishna’s sankirtan.
‘Jagan-mangalam’ – it is all auspicious for the world. ‘Ambhasam’ those who are sinful, their lives will become auspicious if they go for sankirtan of Vishnu or Krishnasya sankirtanam, Chaitanya’s sankirtanam so ambhasam, those sinful souls in this world there lives will also receive auspiciousness.
Shreyaha kairav chandruka vitaranam
Vidya vadhu jivanam. ( Shikshastakam verse 1)
Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu also has said, that this sankirtan will spread the rays of moon in lives of those sinful folks.
śṛṇvatāṁ gṛṇatāṁ vīryāṇy
uddāmāni harer muhuḥ
yathā sujātayā bhaktyā
śuddhyen nātmā vratādibhiḥ (SB. 6.3.32)
Yamaraj continues by saying we should always hear, chant, glorify the powers of the Lord, pastimes of the Lord, powers of the Lord, beauty of the Lord, names of the Lord.
muhuhu – again & again & again.
So to summarise, you could study this talk by Yamaraja. Now you know where to find. Sixth canto, chapter 3. There is Yamadutas talk. Then Yamaraja has revealed the facts, including the glories of the holy name. This is a homework. By accepting holy name also, one will not have to go through the ‘Yam-yatana’ or
punarapi jananam punarapi maranam punarapi janani jathare shayanam iha sansare khalu dustare krpaya pahi pahi murare.
Pahi pahi murare.
(‘Bhaja Govindam’ prayers by Adi Shankaracharya)
Hey Murari please protect me.
2nd June 2019
Change of Heart
Today is birthday of Janaksuta Mataji, all the way from Mauritius. Happy birthday Janaksuta Mataji. Let us all shower our blessing on Janaksuta Mataji by chanting Hare Krishna maha-mantra.
As the tradition in ISKCON, we say happy birthday to you and you may never take birth again. May you be very happy eternally. Birth in this life in this body is source or beginning of suffering. We will be only happy as we practice Krishna consciousness, finally we don’t have to take birth again. We survive, thrive or even act just as a soul without body in relationship with Krishna, being with Krishna existing as a soul.
Lord is waiting, ready to welcome all of us let us go back home. Do not come into this material world again that is possible only if we had complete change of heart. Until there is complete change of heart we will keep coming back. Do you all like this world? Do you want to come back again? People don’t even know about the spiritual world and that’s why, ‘jina yaha marna yaha, isake siva jana kaha’.
Then we don’t have any choice and we keep suffering in this body in the material existence. But as we come in contact with Krishna consciousness, you can return to another world, Krishna is waiting for you. There is another eternal world where we can go.
Change of heart, Sukadeva Goswami has talked about diseased heart- hrtrogam. At the end of the Rasa panchadhyay he says, we are rogis, we have disease of the heart. Srila Bhakti Vinoda Thakur has said,
enechi aushadhi maya nasibaro lagi’
hari-nama maha-mantra lao tumi magi’
[Jiva Jago Jiva Jago- Vaisnava Bhajan]
So Sukadeva Goswami says of course we have heart, but it is diseased heart. Srila Bhakti Vinoda Thakur says, “oh there is a medicine for curing this heart.” Harinama is the medicine to cure the heart and purify the heart. We call that as change of heart and it’s possible. Srila Bhakti Vinoda Thakur has also said, who else is your friend other than Gauranga. A friend in need is friend indeed. You are in need of friend and that friend is Gauranga. You needy friend, you diseased friend, you troubled friend here is the cure. Here is the solution for you, take the holy name, change your heart and purify your heart.
I have heard this many time from Srila Gopal Krishna Maharaja, ISKCON temples are like hospital and devotees in hospital are like doctors and specially chanting is medicine. Once a very old Gaudiya vaisnava was ill, doctor had come and he was doing his diagnosis using stethoscope. He was checking the heartbeat and he heard something a kind of sound which he had never heard. He was surprised “What is this? Who is this? He is saying something and he was hearing with his stethoscope. The sound was,
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare
And he looked at the mouth of the elderly vaisnava, he was hardly uttering anything, in fact he was not in position of saying the name out loudly but the soul in the heart was crying for the Lord, calling for the Lord loudly. And that Hare Krishna utterance was heard by the doctor as he was doing the diagnosis.
He was not in a position to chant; he was barely chanting he was not even using his lips and other body parts or the throat to say the mantra. These parts do not have to say the mantra the real chanter is soul. And his soul was chanting. His soul was calling out for the Lord he had a change of heart. Change of heart is change of consciousness.
That is what Srila Prabhupada always said, there is a relation between revolution in consciousness and change of heart. Srila Prabhupada wanted to revolution in consciousness otherwise he used to say ‘oh the world has seen so many revolutions like French revolution, Russia revolution, industrial revolution. So, these revolutions they come and go and provided no solution. But if there is revolution in consciousness there is a permanent change and that change of heart is forever for better.
This revolution in consciousness resulting in change of heart or purity of the heart.
This whole revolution was inaugurated by Chaitanya Mahaprabhu 500 year ago. Gauranga Nityananda they are the inaugurators of this revolution.
visvambharau dvija-varau yuga-dharma palau
vande jagat-priyakaro karunavatarau
(CC Madhya 17.108)
Those two karunavatarau, two Lords- Gauranga and Nityananda they are the founder of this, inaugurator of this revolution in consciousness concept, which leads to ultimate purification of heart.
Srila Prabhupada founded this ISKCON organization and this Srila Prabhupada’s ISKCON is executing the will of the Lord so that the world undergoes transformation and change of heart. This will of Gauranga Nityananda is being executed by the members of International Society for Krishna Consciousness.
That revolution of Gauranga and Srila Prabhupada wanted transformation. What good is information? We would like to see the transformation, change of heart, change of consciousness.
Once we were doing padayatra in England and theme of our padayatra was “Walking for change.” We were walking for the change in that country. Of course, our padayatra is to bring about change in the world, all over the world. This is the one of the strategies of Srila Prabhupada, this padayatra. To change the heart, change the world, to bring about revolution. If you wish to see the world undergoing the change, the change has to begin with our self. Let us have that strong will and great determination to see change within us and then see the change in the world.
The great determination will bring about change then we will be fixed on ekeha kuru-nandana, with great determination.
bahu-sakha hy anantas ca
There are so many ideas this and that because mind always changes, its ever changing, sankalpa –vikalpa.
We have to capture the mind. The intelligence should say what to do and what not to do.
This is a mission of our life this is to be done in rest of our life to achieve the mission of change of heart. We fix our vision to achieve our mission. So always be in this missionary spirit to achieve your goal.
1st June 2019
How lila makes connection with the chanting?
We welcome you all to the japa talk. Of course, you had japa session also and now japa talk. This is japa talk. This is a part of our japa session. Today, we will talk about Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu dancing in front of ratha yatra. We will talk about pastimes of Lord which are sweet , brief and humorous.
Then you will all think what this lila has to do with chanting? Why talk of lila, this is japa talk, what is the connection of chanting and lila? Then I may not end up saying that lila but give explanation, why, how lila makes connection with the chanting. Yes, so it’s very difficult. It’s not possible to say. Ok, this is the name and we stop the name now and we are turning to the lila. This is lila, this is name. No, it is not like that. Name is lila and lila is name. Name is Krishna, lila is Krishna. So, you cannot say, this is name, this is lila this is pastime, this is quality, this is abode and these are some devotees of Krishna. In fact, this all is Krishna. This is Krishna consciousness, all is Krishna.
So, simultaneously you are chanting Hare Krishna Hare Krishna and also the purpose is,
‘shravanam kirtanam visnoh smaranam’(SB 7.5.22-30)
So, while chanting also remembering should be there. So, what are we remembering? We are remembering Krishna and the pastime is Krishna, the pastime is Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. So, it is said, well known fact, ‘harer naam harer naam harer naamaiva kevalam’. Only holy name, nothing else. Holy name is the only way. So that doesn’t mean harinama only and no pastimes, no lila or no archanam, vandanam, sakhyam, dasyam or atmanivedanam. We don’t care for other processes, only nama. That is misunderstanding which Jiva Goswami has clarified.
The way Jiva Goswami explains in one of the sandarbhas is meaning of harer namaiva kevalam. Only Hare Krishna he says, with every process, with smaranam- the chanting of Hare Krishna, with padasevanam -Hare Krishna has to accompany, with atmanivedanam -there has to be Hare Krishna. So that’s the meaning Hare Krishna is associated, has to be associated with all other processes. So, then we could understand with smaranam- there is Hare Krishna.
And deity worship is incomplete without Hare Krishna chanting or some glories of the Lord should be chanted or kirtan. You cannot perform arati if there is no kirtan accompanied during that arati. So holy name is everywhere. When remembering the pastime of the Lord, the holy name is there. Anyway, this is talk of siddhant or philosophy but there is pastime we wanted to talk or remember, one pastime of Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu during ratha yatra.
Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, that pastime when Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is dancing in front of Jagannath’s cart. And He is doing ‘udanda nritya’. He is jumping high in the sky and then suddenly He lands, there is crushing on the ground. He has become center of attraction, of the assembled devotees in particular ratha yatra procession. How could they be thinking of anything else looking at anything else other that Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s dancing? Chaitanya Mahaprabhu begins going round and round on the ground while chanting and dancing. And Chaitanya charitamrita describes or compares Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s dancing with, sometime they hold there is a rope and at the end of the rope there is a fire ball a ball of fire and they move very swiftly, you get the feeling that fire is everywhere that one ball has made the round of fire.
Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was going round and round very swiftly and His body is also golden like fire, fiery flame, all those who were present there they were seeing a circle of fire. Circle of that golden form of Lord like a fire band. Then Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is exhibiting all the symptoms. Tears are coming from His eyes, like torrents of rain. As He is going round and round, the tears are coming out with great force of His eyes and all around devotees all around are getting wet like a shower. With the tears of Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, they are all getting drenched; all drowned with the tears of Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
In the middle of that kirtan, Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, He falls on the ground and begins rolling on the ground. And as He rolls on the ground that is like a golden mountain which is covered with dust, is rolling on the ground. That kind of experience everyone is having those who were watching Chaitanya Mahaprabhu rolling on the ground. Then Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu gets up again and dancing continues. And assembled devotees hundreds and thousands of them are watching Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s dance.
Jagannath in chariot, sitting in the chariot, also fully focused on Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s dancing pastime and the reason Jagannath Swami is looking at Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is, Jagannath considers Chaitanya Mahaprabhu as Radharani. Radharani is dancing in front of Jagannath who is in chariot. So, this is like a Rasa dance going on in the middle of Jagannath ratha yatra. There is Radha and Krishna. Radha on the ground dancing, Gauranga and Jagannath seated in the chariot.
So, procession is on. Everyone is moving forward in the direction of Gundica temple.
Chaitanya Mahaprabhu continues His dance. And there are devotees around, keeping the crowd away from Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. So, in order to keep public away who were also very eager to get closer and possibly touch His lotus feet or embrace Him. So, this public, eager public is to be kept away.
So, Chaitanya Caritamrta describes that there are three circles around Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. There are circles of devotees around Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. These circles are doing the function of fencing against, the fence off, stay away stay away. So, the first circle is created by Nityananda Prabhu. He is next to Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. And wherever Chaitanya Mahaprabhu moves and He moves like lightening. Nityananda Prabhu is right there and Chaitanya Mahaprabhu could fall on the ground. So, it is job of Nityananda Prabhu who is Balarama, He is Anantsesa, to hold or protect Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu from falling down or other people coming near to Him.
The second circle is of very close associates of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu like Kasiswar, Govinda and others who are holding hands of each other and not letting anyone to come near Gauranga Mahaprabhu. They are trying to keep them away. As they are holding the hands and they are also moving in circle around in second circle around Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
The third circle and is the outer most circle is of King Pratap Rudra and his men; he is the king and he has whole battalion around holding again hands of each other and protecting Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu from the public. So, as these three circles are active, all the members in the circles are actively protecting Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
As one-time King Pratap Rudra , he was leaning on shoulder of one devotee called Hari chandan. His name is Hari chandan and King Pratap Rudra is taking close look at Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. He is fully absorbed in relishing the beauty and the dance of Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. And while he was relishing and absorbed in drinking the beauty of Gauranga Mahaprabhu’s form, Srivasa Pandita- he is Narada Muni, Srivasa Pandita came, he was also trying to find a spot somewhere to stand and meditate on Lord’s form. Lord’s dancing and visualizing Him. So he had come and he stood right in front from where King Pratap Rudra was watching the scene and that blocked darshan of Pratap Rudra.
So of course, he had no dehabhan, bodily consciousness, he was just concerned on I want to see I want to see. He did not know where he was standing and he was happily standing wherever he stood but then Hari chandan, one of the assistants of, follower of King Pratap Rudra, he started giving signal to Srivasa Pandit, “aye, aye, move, move King in the back. He wants to see, take a darshan or see the dance of Gauranga, move, move and he was trying to push Srivasa Pandita. So, Hari chandan was giving signals and yelling and trying to move him physically.
Initially Srivasa Pandit was so much absorbed in taking darshan, he did not take note that someone was trying to bring something to his attention. But finally, he did took note that someone from behind is pushing him, trying to get him out of there. And then Srivasa Pandita, a bit annoyed and he turned behind, he gave a slap to this person Hari chandan. Why don’t you keep quiet? Don’t you see I am taking darshan? Hari chandan, he had lost his temper too and he was about to react angrily. But then King Pratap Rudra stopped, pacified Hari chandan. No, no don’t do this. This is Srivasa Pandit. He is Srivasa Pandit and you are very fortunate that you are beaten up by him. I was not as fortunate as you are that he touched you. I wish he had touched me, he had beaten me. Don’t do this. He is Srivasa Pandit let him take darshan.
So then Hari chandan was pacified and then kirtan and dancing of Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is on and they all moving towards Gundica temple. So, while chanting ‘Hare Krishna Hare Krishna’ japa, we should remember this pastime, also pastime of Gauranga which is non-different from chanting. Name is non different from pastime. This is how we chant the mantra meditation. It will be a meditation fully absorbed in chanting.
The holy name brings us to introduce us to realize the name is His form, His name is His qualities, name is His pastime. There is no difference with the Lord or with the soul as we are chanting with the Lord and we will be reunited we will be reconnected; this is Bhakti Yoga