7 NOVEMBER 2019 BUILD THE STRONG FOUNDATION Hare Krishna! Devotees are chanting with us from 477 places. Reporting is going on and we welcome that. Haridas Thakur Prabhu delivered Bhagavata Katha to five hundred devotees yesterday in Gurugram. They also did deep daan and there was prasada distribution. 600 people did deep daan in one of the vegetable markets in Sangli in Maharashtra. In Nagpur some devotees had gathered at Shymalangi Mataji’s place and there was some Hari katha about Damodar Lila. From Pandharpur Bhakta Ganesh is reporting that they distributed 135 Bhagavad-gitas. They also did deep daan and distributed prasada to the assembled people. Those who did the deep daan received prasada, so more than a hundred people received Krsna prasada. Rakhi Ganesh from Bangalore has mentioned that she is reading Vraja-mandala darsana. These are nice reports and you all should also read these. There are only 6 days remaining now of the Kartik month. Devotees are leaving Noida and rushing towards Vrindavan to catch up with Vraja- mandala Parikrama in the last few days. Sita Kisori Mataji from Greater Noida also conducted deep daan in her colony yesterday. So efforts are going on. Many are making a lot of effort on the principal aaram haram hai. And there are some who are doing aaram and not doing much. Murali Vadana from the Middle East, are you doing anything? Do something! Deep daan must be going on in the Middle East as the name of that country itself is Damodara Desh. So deep daan must be going on over there, but they are not reporting. Throughout the day we do our sadhana and also preaching. Whatever service or bhajan we do is of two types. One is sadhana and the other is seva (service). There are many ways in which sadhana can be performed. There are different divisions of sadhana. For the Gaudiya Vaisnavas the primary part of sadhana is kirtana and the chanting of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra. There are many other different types of sadhana. And there are multiple ways in which seva can be done, but the prominent one is preaching. Yare dekha, tare kaha krsna-upadesa (CC Madhya 7.128) is there. Preaching and propagation of devotion unto Krsna can also be done in various ways, as I keep telling you. Lila Madhuri Mataji, are you doing something in Los Angeles? Is deep daan being conducted in New Pandharpur? So I was explaining that there are multiple ways in which preaching can be done. Yare dekha, tare kaha krsna-upadesa is the order given to all Gaudiya Vaisnavas. We have now become Gaudiya Vaisnavas by the mercy of the Lord. Gaudiya Vaisnavas are supreme among all the Vaisnavas. To become a Gaudiya Vaisnava is an achievement in itself. For all the Gaudiya Vaisnavas sadhana and preaching both are important. I was explaining the same thing in other words yesterday or the day before - bhajananandi and gostyanandi. One immerses oneself in Bhajan and others enjoyed the happiness of gosthi. One is happiness derived out of own sadhana, and in other second part happiness is derived out of preaching. The bhajananandi worships mostly for his own benefit and the gostyanandi associates with people in order to guide them in Krishna consciousness. While doing our own sadhana we get some thoughts and realisations in the mind. Sharing that with others is preaching. aachar se prachar. While doing our own sadhana whichever words, sentences from the scriptures we have heard must be shared. This is kirtana. Sravan is for ones own self and kirtana is for ones own self as well as others. sravanam kirtanam visnu smaranam. We do both sravan as well as kirtana. So there is bhajanand as well as gostyanand. In this way only we remember the Lord. sravanam kirtanam visnu smaranam. When we remember the Lord then it is an achievement because from smaranam comes darsanam. All further realisations starts unfolding due to this. man-mana bhava mad-bhakto mad-yaji mam namaskuru mam evaisyasi satyam te pratijane priyo 'si me TRANSLATION Always think of Me and become My devotee. Worship Me and offer your homage unto Me. Thus you will come to Me without fail. I promise you this because you are My very dear friend. (BG 18.65) Krsna has explained this in Bhagavad-gita. What should be done? Man-mana - remember Me. mad-yaji - engage your mind in Me which essentially means remember Me. Man-mana - let your mind be engaged in remembering Me. If we remember the Lord that means we have become Krishna conscious. Remembrance of the Lord is the state we should reach. The Gopis of Vrindavan did not know about various things but they followed: smartavyah satatam visnur vismartavyo na jatucit sarve vidhi-nisedhah syur etayor eva kinkarah TRANSLATION Krsna is the origin of Lord Visnu. He should always be remembered and never forgotten at any time. All the rules and prohibitions mentioned in the sastras should be the servants of these two principles. (CC Madhya lila,22.113) Scriptures have explained two things which we read and understand and that is do's and don’ts. Do this and don't do this. One is explained as vidhi and other as nishedh. Glaring example of this is chant Hare Krishna, follow the four regulative principles. These are all vidhi or do's. Don't eat fish, meat, eggs etc. Don't smoke. Don't gamble. All these things are forbidden and are nishedha. So what is the vidhi? Chant Hare Krishna. Chanting and kirtana is vidhi. This is explained in the verse… sarve vidhi-nisedhah syur etayor eva kinkarah What is the outcome of following all the do's and don'ts? smartavyah satatam visnur vismartavyo na jatucit Remembering the Lord is vidhi or do's. Never forget Krsna is the nishedh or don'ts. It is explained that the Gopis only did this. Gopis are known for doing only two things and nothing else - that is always remembering Krsna and never forgetting Krsna. One should always remember the Lord and never forget Him. Except these principles the Gopis were unaware of any philosophy. Always remember Krsna and never forget Krsna is all they knew. Attaining perfection of our sadhana lies in this principle. Devotees do sadhana and then preaching. The objective and fruit of our sadhana is remembrance of the Lord. Our sadhana is successful or safal when we become Krishna conscious, and remain Krishna conscious, like the Gopis. Whatever I said today, if you do only this much your life will be fruitful and successful. Preaching activities will continue leading you to a successful life. So stay busy. Consolidate and concentrate on sadhana and service - bhajananand and gostyanand, aachar and prachar. The fruit of all this is remembrance of the Lord. vismartavyo na jatucit We should never ever forget the Lord. It's the morning of the day. Morning is the foundation. Build various floors of different activities in a day on a firm foundation. In the morning whatever we discuss like this is food for thought or whatever you study becomes the foundation of our day. You did your chanting in the morning and then heard the Japa talk. You also did mangala aarti etc. Whatever sadhana you performed in the morning builds the foundation of that day. If the foundation is solid and strong then you can build a large building. On a firm and strong foundation you can build skyscrapers which can touch the sky. If the foundation is weak then you have to think and introspect. Whatever activities we perform during the day will not be impactful, whatever we build throughout the day will keep swaying. Even a mild breeze of Maya can destroy and finish it. So we must have strong morning sadhana. Get up in the morning and create a strong foundation for the rest of the day. Have a good day! Hare Krishna!