12th July 2019
Lord’s life in Pandharpur
Today there are approximately 7000 devotees chanting with us. I was given birth on this auspicious day; this day is very special for two reasons. Not because it’s my birthday but because it's ekadasi. So today is my birthday. I am grateful that Lord has given me birth on this day. In my last birth I could not go back. So, I thank the Lord for this birth. How could I say thank you to Lord, even if I say unlimited thank you it will not be enough.
The day I was born 70 years ago right, (laughs) it was a Tuesday. It’s Ram’s day. Krsna was born on Wednesday. So, I was given name Raghunath, as it was Lord Ram’s day. So that was one kind of birth.
Getting human birth is very rare, there are 84 lakh species. But there is something rarer, rarest of rarest that is coming in contact with a devotee like Srila Prabhupada. He gave me birth in Vrndavan; I was born in Vrndavan in Kartik month on Bahulastami. It is the appearance day of Radhakunda that was my real birth, birth within birth.
Hitvaanyatha rupam, all other bodies are discarded. Srila Prabhupada gave me a new birth and with that the chanting of Hare Krsna and be happy.
I am sure Prabhupada prayed, every spiritual master prays when he gives initiation. Chant and you may not be reborn anymore. That is the prayer Srila Prabhupada prayed for me. Every spiritual master says this prayer for his disciple.
Hare Krsna means end of the material existence. If you wish to, I also want to end my material existence in order to begin spiritual life. Especially this is achieved in kaliyuga, by chanting,
Hare Krsna Hare Krsna
Krsna Krsna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare
Kabe Ha’be Bolo (from Saranagati)
when will that day come, today is my birthday
You also have a birthday, but you also have two birthdays. How many of you have two birthdays?
Hare Krsna birth, haribol. Maybe in our last life we were born as Hare Krsna but again we have our birth again in Hare Krsna, kabe habe.
Everyday we are born more and more, if we are working on this aparadhe guchi part. The more we are away from apradha, we are born more and more. The more we work on our offences we are born more and more. Every day is our birthday, when we get up, sleep is like short 6 hours death. Something is going on, breathing is going on but almost death. Then when you get up you are born again. So, each day could be better, could be different, more evolved. The day before month, before year, before more, we are born. As we work on aparadha it's a revised version, purified version, so we have to work on aparadhe guchi.
When will that day come when I will be free from aparadha? I was born 70 years ago, it's a long time, so we have to work on Harinama. In ruchi we become free, more and more from offences. It’s not going to happen automatically, no, you need special endeavor. Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur recommends that you review yourself from one ekadasi to the next. Review your performance, as a devotee, how did I perform?
Even drivers want to know how did they perform with their driving, how is my driving please suggest if I require any improvements, so like that we also like to improve. Devotees make special endeavor to rectify the blunders or faults. This does not happen automatically, efforts are required and it takes, time to sit down and review and then after careful review take informed resolution. Going forward I will not do that and improve, so like that we perform Hari name ruchi.
So, keep chanting. Some devotees say I decided to stop chanting, when asked? They reply my chanting is full of offences so in order not to commit any offenses, I have stopped chanting. Is that the right policy, no.! Japa must be done with or without offences, you should always keep chanting, always, then slowly you will be free from offences, sravanadi suddha. By hearing and hearing, Vasudeva bhakti, keep performing devotional service and result will be yours. You will be free from worldly things and will also develop jnana-knowledge.
Vidya vadhu jivanam, which is life, of wife that is vidya. Hare Krsna or wife. Wife gets life and you become more knowledgeable as you chant Hare Krsna. These are two gifts of chanting- jnana and vairagya. They are two sons of Bhakti Devi. Thoughts continue there is so much in knowledge chanting the glories of holy name of the Lord. Glories of the holy name are unlimited. Every day we discuss something, some vidhi nishedha.