8 OCTOBER 2019
KILL THE RAVANA WITHIN US
Today is the day of Ram-vijay. Many of you are writing or conveying your Dussera greetings. I also greet you
all on this happy auspicious day of Ram-vijay.
I was also thinking someone was killed this day and you are happy. You are expressing your joy on Ravana's
death day. It has become a happy day for you all. How is that?
Whenever a demon is killed by the Lord the demigods appear on the scene and they have a celebration. They express joy as the demon is killed. I was thinking that we are also demons. We have also become demons. Ravan and Kumbhkaran were Jay and Vijay. They had assumed the role of demons. They fell from Vaikuntha and became demons. Likewise, we also are fallen souls. We also have fallen from who knows where - whether Goloka or Saket dham or Vaikuntha, and now we are acting like demons in this world.
When that demon and demonic nature in us will be killed then the demigods would be happy and that would be the happiest day for all of us. We would be really happy when the demoniac nature, asuri- bhav, within us would be finally and fully finished.
So Ram killed Ravana today. What has exactly transpired, is that Ram has liberated Ravana. That was his aim of killing Ravana. But Ram's aim was not just killing Ravana or killing Kumbhkaran and any other demons of those days. They were not the only target. They were not the only ones on Ram's hit list. We all are also on that hit list. Finally we are also getting killed as we have come to the stage of surrendering to Sri Ram, as we are finally surrendering to the holy names of Ram through the chanting of:
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare
This chanting is killing us, not the real us. We are ofcourse souls and souls cannot be killed, but the demon and demonic nature within us is. The lust, the kama-rog in us, the kama- bhav in us, the kama consciousness - those desires in us are the enemies within us. They are the six serpents, kama, krodha, lobha mada, moha and matsarya ( lust, anger, greed, illusion, pride and envy). These are the demons. These are the enemies in us. The leading demon is lust and lust is what Ravana was being harassed by. That is why he was attempting to enjoy Sita alone. The very same kama, not similar, but the same lust is bothering us, grasping us, keeping us busy, and causing this bhav. Desires are aroused in us. We want to enjoy this world. So we pray,”As You kindly killed Ravana, that way Sri Ram, kill the same demon that is
harassing and troubling us.” That would be a further victory of Lord Ram. Ram Vijay, Ram became victorious today, so this could be another victory of Ram when the demon in us would be killed. We pray to Him to kill the demon in us.
Ram Nama Guna, Rupa, Lila, Dhama are the weapons with which the demon in us could be killed. So we should always remember Ram. The devotees make comments like, “Look!, when Hanuman and company were throwing big, big rocks into the ocean to build the bridge, before the rocks were thrown into the waters of the Indian ocean, they were writing the name of Ram on each rock. This was Nal and Neel’s service. They had a big brush and they were stamping the rocks with the names of Ram. As soon as the rocks were stamped with the name of Lord Ram on their body, they were not drowning but floating because of their association with the name of Lord Ram. If this could happen to the rocks which are just dead matter, then why not with us, and we are living beings, if we chant Ram then certainly we will also be floating and not
drowning in the ocean. We will remain above the water and will not be touched by the water if we keep chanting the names of Lord Ram. And we will not only float, but we could be in the boat, going back home.
That is also mahima of Ram Nama. So we should take this chanting seriously and be attached and attracted by the holy names, then we will not drown. We will float and go across this material existence and join Sri Krsna. So keep chanting Hare Krishna.
On this day Ram was in Sri Lanka and he killed Ravana there. This pastime of Ram and Ravana should be remembered . As we remember this pastime, we take part in this pastime. Many devotees of Ram in India especially in North India today gather in big numbers. They burn the statue of Ravana. While he is being burnt those who are assembled sometimes throw rocks at Ravana and sometimes they also come with a bow and arrow. They also keep shooting Ravana with arrows. So in this way as we remember this pastime of Ram killing Ravana, or take part in Ravana being burnt alive then, this will kill the demonic nature within us.
Those lusty desires in us will be eradicated as we remember the pastime of Ram killing Ravana. This is the special benefit of remembering this pastime. That is why this pastime of Ram Vijay Ram killing Ravana is very, very useful, for those who wish to become free from the demonic nature or enemies.
Jay Sri Ram! Ho Gaya kama. Some devotees say this that you say Jai Sri Ram and you will be victorious, as we chant Holy names of Shri Ram.
I am in Delhi temple now but I have to go to Punjabi bagh temple in Delhi to give Bhagavatam class.We will again remember in that Vijaya dasami Katha at 8 o'clock today. Then we also have a Kirtana-Mela, at Radha Parthasarathi Temple in New Delhi. It will be continuing all day long as the temple is celebrating Vijaya dasami. I also have a slot in the evening, sometime around 7 or 8 p.m.
All glories to Ram-vijay. Jay Sri Ram!!
As we remember the pastime of Ram killing Ravana then this will kill the demonic nature within us. Those lusty desires in us will be eradicated. That is why this pastime of Ram Vijay Ram killing Ravana is very useful for those who wish to become free from the demonic nature.
Ram Nama Guna, Rupa, Lila, Dhama are the weapons with which the demon in us could be killed.
Nal and Neel were writing Ram’s name on the rocks being thrown into the ocean to build a bridge to get to Lanka. These rocks were not drowning, but floating because of their association with the name of Lord Ram. If this could happen to the rocks which are just dead matter, then why not with us. We are living beings. If we chant Ram then certainly we will not only be floating, but we could be in the boat, going back home. So we should take this chanting seriously and be attached to the holy names of the Lord. Keep chanting Hare Krishna.