11 NOVEMBER 2019
MAYA OR KRSNA!
Hare Krsna !
Today we have 437 participants. I won't talk about thoughts of my mind, but of my heart.
So the count has increased to 442. Please stop chatting. Don't type anymore. Translator will type in English, so that the English speaking devotees can read, hear and understand. Don't type the thoughts in your mind and heart and also don't send reports. When I will start the japa talk in Hindi Santaram Prabhu from Sangli will translate it into English.
On Saturday, the day before yesterday, a few people worship Shani dev. In Bangalore, Rakhi Ganesh got 2650 people to offer lamps. Shani dev devotees became Damodara devotees. There is more benefit in worshiping Lord Damodara. Wonderful! It's like a headline, "More than 2000 people did Damodara deep daan in Shani dev temple".In Nandagaon more than 100 people did deep daan. This is late news. Yesterday he reported this and today there are so many reports related to Vrindavan and also to Damodara and Giriraja. Many devotees from Noida had gone to Vrindavan in 2 buses and performed Govardhan Parikrama. Govardhan Parikrama is itself Govardhan Puja. Some of those devotees are attending our Japa talk. Ladali Radhika, do you understand Hindi? A little bit? You could read the transcription. Perhaps you could learn Hindi also. In North India, Bengal, we have Keshav Lila, who speaks Hindi.
Many devotees have arrived in Vrindavan and are doing Vrindavan Parikrama and many other devotees who stay near Vrindavan are neighbours of Krsna. They are fortunate that they stay in Vrindavan. Ladali Radhika stays in Vrindavan. Few are also fortunate to stay in Mayapur, which is non-different from Vrindavan. They have become Vraj vasis, Vrindavan vasis or Mayapur vasis. Only two days are remaining of Kartik, today and tomorrow. So, many devotees from Noida, Delhi and other places are running towards Vrindavan, doing Parikrama and chanting more. They are following Damodara Vrata (fast) by going to Vrindavan. Srimati Radhika had written that she has done 3 days Parikrama, but she is not satisfied with it that's why she is taking an oath that she will do the complete Parikrama next year.
There are many places or Lilas in Vraj which are the LordHimself to be seen and which are supposed to be seen again and again, thousands of times. There is nothing to be seen in Noida, Delhi, Moscow, New York, Bangalore, etc. They are
useless. Don't see them. Don't pay attention to it. There is the Lord, devotees of the Lord, many forests, (dwadasa-kanan). They are all to be seen in Vrindavan. There are many places to be seen in Vraj as stated in the scriptures. There is nothing to be seen in this world. Vrindavan is full of scenic spots. Go there and see those
spots. Hear their glories and if you can't go there. At least read books like Srimad-Bhagavatam, Lila Purusottam Sri Krsna book by Srila Prabhupada, or my Vraja-mandal darsana. Then, there is a saying sastra caksusa. When you wear the glasses of these scriptures, then you can see Vrindavan and all scenic spots at a distance. Wherever you are, in Delhi, Moscow or Bangalore, you can see Vrindavan from a distance. It will be like visiting Vrindavan.
We had gone to Sadhana Bhakti devi's house in Nagpur. There a satsanga was happening. A television was also there. I said a few things over there which were harsh and unpalatable words to them.I said that television is not worth watching. This television is an Idiot. I asked them if they want to see something, then see Radha Krsna, have darsana of Radha Krsna, who are the residents of Gokula and Vrindavan. Vrindavan and Gokula are quite far away. This is a real television. Mumbai or Bollywood is not so far away - just hundreds or thousands of kilometres away. Hollywood is also not so far away, only ten thousand kilometres. Naked dances of Bollywood and Hollywood, Idiot actors or actresses, lust or hatred are not so far away, then why do you call it Door-darsana. Radha Krsna's residence is so far in Goloka Vrindavan. Go and see Them, have darsana of Goloka. Then you can say you are watching television or someone at a distance.
Those people understood what I wanted to say. After few months, they had invited me again to their place for Satsanga and when I went back there, I saw they had placed an altar for Radha Krsna instead of the television. It is called a Dev Ghar in Marathi. A Puja room for Radha Krsna. They kicked out the bad people of Mumbai and Hollywood and placed Sri Sri Radha Krsna. I was very surprised and pleased also because this family is now having darsana of Radha Krsna. Vrindavan is worth seeing. Radha Krsna and Their Madhurya Lila's over there are sweet and worth seeing.
adharam madhura vadanam madhuram
nayanam madhura hasitam madhuram
hrdayam madhuram gamanam madhuram
madhuradhi-pater akhilam madhuram
His lips are sweet, His face is sweet His eyes are sweet, His smile is sweet His heart is sweet, His gait is sweet—Everything is sweet about the Emperor of sweetness! (Madhurastakam Verse 1)
As we can read in the Madhurastakam composed by Sri Vallabhacarya, this darsana and hearing is significant to life.
I was telling you that many devotees are trying to relish this in the last two days. Purnanandi Radhika, where are you? Vraja-mandala? So, Purnanandi Radhika is doing Parikrama and going to Radha Rani's Village. Today our Vraja-mandala Parikrama devotees will have the last halt at Radharani's birthplace. They are going from Raman reti in Goloka to Radha Rani's birthplace. Devotees are attending the zoom conference also while doing Parikrama. Purnanandi Radhika is going to Radharani's Village while chanting. Her life is successful as she is in Vrindavan and chanting …
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna,
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare,
Hare Rama Hare Rama,
Rama Rama Hare Hare
… and going to Radharani's village. She is not alone, but with 1500 devotees doing Parikrama. Benefit of Parikrama is also there. What is that? Ujjawal Madhavi and many devotees are doing Parikrama. Ujjawal Madhavi, Are you chanting?Are you doing Parikrama? It's a morning walk.
Devotees who are doing Parikrama will get the benefit of the Parikrama. What is that? While doing parikrama, they will reach the village of Radharani. Do you know Radharani's Village? Who knows?
Radha Rani ki jai! Maharani ki jai!
Barsane wali ki jai jai jai!
Some people think Barsana is the Village of Radharani. Barsana is also a village where Radharani grew up. Her upbringing was done in Barsana, but her birthplace is Rawal which is on the bank of the Yamuna. There is no Yamuna in Barsana. Rawal is situated on the bank of the Yamuna which is not far away from Gokula.
Gokula and Rawal Village, both are situated on the bank of the Yamuna, not far away from each other. It's similar to Nandagrama and Barsana. They are not far away from each other. Today the Parikrama party is going to arrive at Rawal. They are on the way and the whole afternoon that is Aparan, which comes after Madhyan in the afternoon and then Sandhya kaal after Aparan among Ashta kala (the eight periods of the day). Likewise, Pradosh kaal then Sandhya kaal then today's Ratri kaal and then tomorrow's Ushah kaal. All this time, devotees will stay in Radharani's village, Rawal and will lie down and get the dust of the lotus feet of Srimati Radharani. They will touch that dust. Vraja vasis pray to Her that if they get the dust of Her lotus feet then their destiny will change. It will rise their fate. They will be having a revolution in spirit. They will get love of Radha Krsna. There is no end to the fortune of our Parikrama devotees. Aho Bhagyam, Aho Bhagyam, it is said in the Bhagavatam. Avrajoksam- no end of the fortune of Vraja vasis and the Parikrama devotees. Today they will be arriving at Radharani's Village and will stay
itidrk sva-lilabhir ananda-kunde
sva-ghosam nimajjantam akhyapayantam
tadiyesita-jnesu bhaktair jitatvam
punah prematas tam satavrtti vande
By such childhood pastimes as this He is drowning the inhabitants of Gokula in pools of ecstasy, and is revealing to those devotees who are absorbed in knowledge of His supreme majesty and opulence that He is only conquered by devotees whose pure love is imbues with intimacy and is free from all conceptions of awe and reverence. With great love I again offer my obeisances to Lord Damodara hundreds and hundreds of times. (Damodarastakam Verse 3)
It's Her Lila and not only Damodara Lila. Every Lila of Hers creates an ocean of bliss. In Rawal also devotees will immerse themselves in the ocean of bliss of the pastimes of Radha Krsna. There are only two oceans of bliss, as a statement by Prabhodanand Sarasvati states-
avatirne gaura-candre vistirne prema-sagare,
yena majyanti majyanti te maha anartha sagare
(Prabhodananda Sarasvati, Caitanya Candramrta)
He said that Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Radha Krsna appeared and They created an ocean of bliss of Lila for all of us to dive into it. Sarvatma-snapanam which cleans the heart and soul of all the dust accumulated for years, but those who don't dive into this, those who do not throw themselves into the middle of this ocean of bliss, for them (maha anartha sagare) is there. There is another ocean which is known as maha anartha sagare which means ocean full of sins. There are two oceans - the first ocean of bliss or Lila bliss and the second ocean full of sins.
You think about this. Every person has this choice - Maya or Krsna. There exists only two things, first is Maya and second is Radha Krsna and we, the living entities are third. There is no fourth thing in the world. One there is the internal potency, which is Radha Krsna and Their spiritual world and other is the external potency, which is Maya and her material world and then the third are the living entities known as the marginal energy. There is no fourth energy. We are tathasta - in the middle. We have only two choices. On one side we have Krsna while on another side we have Maya. So, take a pick and think. By the way, you have already decided, but think more about this and decide with determination. So, become nistavan, not only sraddhavan. Nistavan is that state from which a person never takes a
U-turn. He will be fixed and focused.
Two days are remaining of Kartik month. Follow Kartik Vrata according to the Vedas (scriptures) and appeal to everyone to follow. Do it together.
Okay See you again Hare Krsna!