25th July 2019
Give Krsna to others and make your life perfect
We have been chanting for 6 months together, so I hope you must have developed the habit, practice of chanting in the early morning hours.
Next week I will be travelling overseas for 45 days. So I am concerned how we can continue chanting. You can form groups, each country devotees or each city group counselee groups or bhakti vriksha member group. If you are temple president you can chant with temple devotees. Some kind of group formation. Someone can take leadership and lead the group. As we had been continuing, I would not be there, someone else would take that position. And you all can chant together. This was one suggestion, if you have some other suggestion you can share.
So, when Lord was getting ready to leave this planet Uddhava came to know, he said ‘No no you have to take me also, I can't stay behind.’ But Lord wanted Uddhava to stay behind. Lord said, ‘I will stay behind, I will go and I will not go. How did Lord manage that? I will stay in form of My pastimes, My vigraha, My name, My abode at Dwarka and Vrindavan.
Dwarkadhish made this proposal to Uddhava then Uddhava said ‘Ok I will stay behind and I will take advantage of your presence in form of Your name, in form of Your pastime, in form of Your abode, in form of Your qualities.
Then Uddhava agreed to stay behind only when Lord stayed behind in some form. The other day also we had heard Brahma talking in association of all the demigods, on the behalf of all the demigods. He also thanked Lord for His appearance and performing pastimes of killing the demons, pastimes of protecting devotees and pastime of ‘dharma-saṁsthāpanārthāya ‘(BG 4.8). Brahma also said, ‘Lord You may leave now’ because this world has received You in form of Your names, form, quality and abode. Even if You go this world has taken note or Srila Vyasadev will be noting the description of Your form, Your pastime. So, world will be benefiting by presence of Your pastimes, Your name, Your form or Your abode.
So, form presentation of Brahma or Uddhava we can say Lord is assessable, Lord is omnipotent. He is present everywhere. Wherever we are, we can feel His presence. We could access the Lord through His holy name and like Lord is so kind He is so far and He is so near. So, the Lord wanted Uddhava to stay in this world. Just before His departure Lord gave His personal association to Uddhava and recited Uddhava Gita, as Lord wanted Uddhava to continue to represent His presence in this world. Lord wanted Uddhava to go to Badrikashram. Why Badrikashram? Because many saints come there and reside there. So, Lord wanted Uddhava to talk to them, preach to them on behalf of the Lord. So preach and propagate.
Generation after generation people will be reminded of the Lord. Lord further empowered Uddhava and kept him in the world so that he would do, ‘bodhayantaḥ parasparam’ (BG 10.9) with the people, sadhakas, practitioners, pilgrims, the seekers of truth will be benefited by the presence and teachings of Uddhava. So, Lord had given extra association to Uddhava.
anugrahaya bhavayani bhutani.
Bhagavatam says great devotees, mahabhagavats, representatives of the Lord they wander everywhere and travel everywhere for those who are suffering, they are benefited by the travelers and preachers like Uddhava.
I was also benefited. As I arrived here in Juhu Hare Krsna today morning, I was reminded of me coming in contact with Srila Prabhupada. Many memories were arising and reminding my encounter with Srila Prabhupada. I was feeling very emotional and expressing my gratitude to Srila Prabhupada for talking to me on Lord’s behalf. As Lord talked to Uddhava, in my case Prabhupada talked to me, brought me to senses, opened my eyes. For all that Prabhupada did for me, I was thanking Srila Prabhupada for giving me instructions to serve Radha Rasabihari.
Also, I am reminded of Kurma brahman, he was a grihasta and Caitanya Mahaprabhu had become his guest. He took such a nice care extending all hospitality towards Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Caitanya Mahaprabhu also extended & gave him all anga–sanga association. When Caitanya Mahaprabhu was ready to go to next nagar next gram, brahman said, “No Lord I want to come with you.” As Uddhava wanted to go. I want to come, take me along.
āmāra ājñāya guru hañā tāra' ei deśa
yāre dekha tāre kaha 'kṛṣṇa'-upadeśa (CC Madhya 7.128)
Caitanya Mahaprabhu said, ‘no stay back’. You stay in this country or town village or community and you become guru as Lord Krsna wanted Uddhava to play role of a guru. Lord also wanted Kurma brahman to play role of guru. This was very famous prime instruction of Caitanya Mahaprabhu. This instruction was given to a brahman. But we understand Lord was giving such instructions to each and every host where Caitanya Mahaprabhu was being hosted. Lord did not allow that person to sentimentally get attached and come along. No, you stay behind and propagate or tell everyone about Krsna. Lords name, His pastimes, His abode, His glory has to spread. So, this is instructions to all of us. Lord instructed that to Uddhava, also to Kurma brahman and He was instructing like wise to so many residents or house holders and all the acarya’s coming in the parampara.
evam parampara praptam (BG 4.2)
This instruction is for all of you. Uddhava played that role, acarya’s played that role, Kurma brahman played that role. There is long list to pure devotees, mahabhagavats, they are also expected to play the role of propagating about the Lord to the people around them in their circle. Those who do this Lord is very pleased with them. I am just reminding what is Lord’s instruction for all of us, which Prabhupada also reminded us to propagate the holy name. and practice.
bharat bhumite manusya haila janma yara
janma sarthaka kare karo parupakara (Cc. Ādi 9.41)
Those born in Bharta varsha make their life perfect. Prabhupada used to remind us this statement about Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Prabhupada used to quote this verse again and again so many times. Kare karo paropakar, and what is parupakara? Propagating about Krsna, giving them Krsna in differnt forms, giving them prasadam, give them Srila Prabhupada’s books. Invite them for festival, get them involved in Krsna conscious movement. Give them Krsna in this form or that form and as we do that that's called parupakara. You also become guru give Krsna to your friend your neighbors and make your life perfect.