27th August 2020
Auspicious appearance of Krsna in the form of Bhagavatam
Hare Krishna! Devotees from 733 locations are chanting with us. You all must have celebrated Radhastami yesterday online or in your homes. Festivals and celebrations increase our enthusiasm. It is said,
utsava priya khalu mānava
All people love festivals because the celebrations enable people to forget their sorrow.
Humans like festivals indeed. We become enthusiastic by celebrating festivals. Our Krishna conscious thinking becomes high. But the challenge is, how to stay high forever or how to maintain this level of enthusiasm. It should not be like we are very enthusiastic during the preparations and celebration of the festival, but after the completion of the festival, we are back to the normal, dormant routine. Maintain such enthusiasm.
utsāhān niścayād dhairyāt
saṅga-tyāgāt sato vṛtteḥ
ṣaḍbhir bhaktiḥ prasidhyati
There are six principles favorable to the execution of pure devotional service: (1) being enthusiastic, (2) endeavoring with confidence, (3) being patient, (4) acting according to regulative principles [such as śravaṇaṁ kīrtanaṁ viṣṇoḥ smaraṇam – hearing, chanting and remembering Kṛṣṇa], (5) abandoning the association of non devotees, and (6) following in the footsteps of the previous ācāryas. These six principles undoubtedly assure the complete success of pure devotional service. (3rd verse, The Nectar of Instruction)
Always be enthusiastic, not just seasonally. Yesterday's festival was encouraging indeed. Well, though in Krishna Consciousness, everyday is a festival. There is Śravanotsava, a festival for our ears as we chant and hear the pastimes of the Lord everyday.
bhaktir bhavati naiṣṭhikī
By regular attendance in classes on the Bhāgavatam and by rendering of service to the pure devotee, all that is troublesome to the heart is almost completely destroyed, and loving service unto the Personality of Godhead, who is praised with transcendental songs, is established as an irrevocable fact. (ŚB 1.2.18)
Then there is Netrotsava, a festival for our eyes. We should have darsana of the Lord everyday. When we achieve perfection in hearing the pastimes of the Lord then automatically we will be able to see the pastimes of the Lord and have darsana of the Lord, which is the objective.
santaḥ sadaiva hṛdayeṣu vilokayanti
yaṁ śyāmasundaram acintya-guṇa-svarūpaṁ
govindam ādi-puruṣaṁ tam ahaṁ bhajāmi
I worship Govinda, the primeval Lord, who is Śyāmasundara, Kṛṣṇa Himself with inconceivable innumerable attributes, whom the pure devotees see in their heart of hearts with the eye of devotion tinged with the salve of love. (Śrī brahma-saṁhitā 5.38)
nitya-siddha kṛṣṇa-prema ‘sādhya’ kabhu naya
śravaṇādi-śuddha-citte karaye udaya
Pure love for Kṛṣṇa is eternally established in the hearts of the living entities. It is not something to be gained from another source. When the heart is purified by hearing and chanting, this love naturally awakens. (CC Madhya 22.107)
Hearing the pastimes of the Lord develops our love for the Lord and simultaneously it keeps on growing.
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare
Chanting Hare Krishna, reading, hearing and remembering the pastimes from Śrīmad Bhāgavatam and Bhagavad gīta, develops our love of Godhead.
Gita Bhagawat kariti shravan, akhand chintan Vithobache
Even God is overjoyed about those persons, where there is unceasing reading of Bhagavad Gīta, Bhāgavata and contemplation of Lord Vitthal take place. (Tukaram Gatha Abhanga 4 - Apuliya hita jo ase jagata)
Tukaram Maharāja says, “If we read and hear Śrīmad Bhāgavatam and Bhagavad gīta, then the result is uninterrupted remembrance of Krsna. This will fill our hearts with love for Krsna.
anandale man preme pazarati lochan
Due to extreme bliss & pleasure there are tears in eres. ( Govind Govind mana lagaliya chand. By Tukaram Maharaj.)
Saint Tukaram is saying that we will develop so much love that not only will our hearts be filled, but our love will overflow through our eyes in the form of tears. This is the result of chanting and hearing. We must put in efforts to increase the level of our enthusiasm. We are supposed to start from the level of enthusiasm that we had yesterday. We are not supposed to step down, but step up. Achieve skyscraper levels, and go even beyond the sky to the lotus feet of the Lord.
Well, yesterday we all celebrated or participated in the celebration of Radhaśtami festival. You must have experienced pleasure and bliss. We also had a beautiful celebration here in Pandharpur. I hope you were a part of it. Some devotees performed a drama in Marathi showing the pastimes of Radha Krsna. I really liked the drama. It was about Radharani getting married to Abhimanyu and going to her in-laws place in Javat. Now Radharani meets Krsna in Parkīya bhāva of love and Abhimanyu in Svakiya bhāva. Jatila, Radharani's mother-in-law and Kutila, her sister-in-law are always spying on Śrīmati Radharani to check if she went to meet Krsna. Krsna always tries to find out a way to enter Abhimanyu's house and meet Radha. This scene was shown by our Brahmacāris. They dressed as Jatila, Kutila, Radha, Krsna, etc.
One day, Abhimanyu was away and he was to return. Someone spread the rumour to Jatila that Krsna is going to come in the form of Abhimanyu to meet Radharani. She had planned to beat Krsna in the form of Abhimanyu and kick him out of the house and so she did. But she did that with the real Abhimanyu. When he entered, she thought he is Krsna in disguise of Abhimanyu. She started hitting him and kicked him out of the house. He tried to convince her that he is the real Abhimanyu, but she didn't listen to him. Sometime later, Krsna in the form of Abhimanyu came at the door. This time she thought, "I had already beaten and kicked out the fake Abhimanyu. This should be my real son, who has just returned from the market." She welcomed Krsna in disguise of Abhimanyu in the house. This way the one who was the hurdle became the supporter in the meeting of Śri Radha and Krsna.
It was indeed a good drama. The story writer of the drama was Dharmaraj Prabhu. All of us in Pandharpur were teleported to Javat and Vrindavan with this drama. One more good scene they showed. Krsna entered the house of Abhimanyu in Javat tactfully to meet Śrīmati Radharani. Now Radha and Krsna were in the room and were talking to each other with love. Jatila heard some noise and doubted, "There is someone in the room with my daughter-in-law. He must be Krsna!" She started knocking on the door. Radharani panicked due to fear of getting caught red handed. Then Krsna said, "Don't worry, I will take the form of Devi Durga and you worship Me. Let her come and see you worshiping Me as Durga." Then this is what They did. When Jatila entered the room, she saw that her daughter-in-law was worshipping Devi Durga with such a devoted mood. Then Radharani said to her mother-in-law, "I am worshiping and you always disturb me." Jatila got so happy and said, "One must have a daughter-in-law like you. This is really nice. You don't need to go out for Surya (sun) Puja. Krsna always comes there. Carry on with Durga Puja instead in the house." Then Jatila went away and got engaged in her household chores. And Radha Krsna continued their loving exchanges. In this way, Jatila's doubt was gone and she was convinced that Radha was not with Krsna. Such sweet pastimes keep happening. Krsna's pastimes are eternal in Vrindavan. It is going on even today, even right now.
ete cāṁśa-kalāḥ puṁsaḥ
kṛṣṇas tu bhagavān svayam
mṛḍayanti yuge yuge
All of the above-mentioned incarnations are either plenary portions or portions of the plenary portions of the Lord, but Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa is the original Personality of Godhead. All of them appear on planets whenever there is a disturbance created by the atheists. The Lord incarnates to protect the theists. (ŚB 1.3.28)
Even the pastimes of all the incarnations of Krsna like Narasimha, Vamana, Rama, were also narrated by Śukadeva Goswami to King Parikshit. Not only pastimes, there are other 10 topics in Śrīmad Bhāgavatam like Sarga, Visarga, Mukti, etc. The main topic of Śrīmad Bhāgavatam is āshray which is Krsna or to achieve Bhakti. There is a lot of other information also given in the different cantos of Śrīmad Bhāgavatam. First Krsna creates this material existence. This is called Sarga and further creation and development is handed over to Brahma. This is called Upsarga. We will discuss these 10 topics some day. It has been mentioned in the last chapter of 2nd canto by Śukadeva Goswami.
Today is Navami (Shukla paksha of Bhadrapad Māsa). Today is the day when Śukadeva Goswami, around the same time as now, started the 7 day narration of Śrīmad Bhāgavatam on the banks of Ganga on the outskirts of Hastinapur. This 7 day narration is starting today and will end on Bhadra Purnima. Today is a very auspicious day. We are not only supposed to read and hear Bhāgavatam on these auspicious days, but we have to make it a part of our daily routine. I will also impart Bhāgavata katha. Bhāgavata means related to the Lord. Hence, all the kathas, as per this definition, are Bhāgavata Kathas. Bhāgavata comes from Bhagavat or Bhagavan (Lord). You can see the virtual background on the screen. Śukadeva Goswami has just arrived. He was welcomed by King Parikshit. Śukadeva Goswami arrived, inspired by the Lord, in the assembly of saints with King Parikshit, where the discussion was going on. What should be done by King Parikshit in the last 7 days of his life? Everyone was giving their opinion. When Śukadeva Goswami arrived, he cleared the confusion that King Parikshit should hear the Bhāgavata Katha from him. Śukadeva Goswami was himself personified Bhāgavata and the authority of Śrīmad Bhāgavatam.
janma-lābhaḥ paraḥ puṁsām
The highest perfection of human life, achieved either by complete knowledge of matter and spirit, by practice of mystic powers, or by perfect discharge of occupational duty, is to remember the Personality of Godhead at the end of life. (ŚB 2.1.6)
Most important is remembrance of Lord Narayana at the time of our last breath. Then our life is successful.
yaṁ yaṁ vāpi smaran bhāvaṁ
tyajaty ante kalevaram
taṁ tam evaiti kaunteya
Whatever state of being one remembers when he quits his body, O son of Kuntī, that state he will attain without fail. (BG. 8.6)
Our next birth is based on the thoughts we have at the time of death. If we want to remember Narayana or Krsna at the time of death, then we have to do hearing, chanting and remembering the pastimes of Krsna. By hearing and remembering the pastimes of Visnu or Narayana, one will certainly remember Krsna. For this Śukadeva Goswami accepted the Vyasasan and began,
Om namo bhagavate vasudevaya
Śukadeva Goswami started his narration from the second canto. In the first canto, Sūta Goswami has described the scenario of Śukadeva Goswami narrating the Bhāgavata katha. We are celebrating the anniversary of the narration of Śukadeva Goswami today.
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare
We will stop here and continue tomorrow.
Chat facility will be enabled for the next few minutes. You can write your questions and comments, you may share some special thoughts and realisations from Radhastami festival. How you celebrated the festival? Or if you wish to write something from Radha Katha Saptah - the week-long hearing festival on Śrīmati Radharani, then you may write.
Next we will have World Holy Name week starting from 17 September. At that time, we also have Adhika Māsa, also called Purushottama Māsa. The whole week will be a festival. Caturmāsa is already going on. It is full of festivals. Humans like festivals. If you also like festivals, then you are a human. Prove that you are a human. Festivals don't bother animals. But for humans, it makes big difference. Just be prepared as the World Holy Name festival is ahead of us beginning on 17 September. We celebrate this festival every year because Śrīla Prabhupāda reached America on 17 September 1965. He distributed the treasure of the holy name to the people which actually made them happy.
rāma nāma ke hīre motī
main bikharāon gali gali
lelo re koi rāma nāma
shor machāo galī galī
śrī rāma jay rāma jay jay rāma
Śrīla Prabhupāda distributed the holy name to every person to make them happy. We need wealth to become happy. Don't you think so? The real wealth is the holy name of the Lord. This is a reminder for you of the World Holy Name festival. You can also actively participate in this festival. You can write yes or no or how will you participate? What all of you think of doing for the festival? We will make you the team members. Some devotees mentioned their challenges. Do you remember? You need to make someone chant the Hare Krishna mahā-mantra one time and send it after recording it. ‘Let’s Make people fortunate' is part of the holy name Sankirtana Ministry. They make a new person chant Hare Krishna. This is their service. We have also prepared a video. You can see it.
Our Muralimohan Prabhu from Ahmedabad took a challenge to make 3000 people chant the Hare Krishna mahā-mantra. This is a very big oath. You can also try to make at least 300 or 30 people chant. You can also contribute the wealth in this sankirtana yajna. We are making plans for this. We will let you know. We are about to close the chat session now. Hope you have written your questions or comments.