9 NOVEMBER 2019
PASTIMES IN GOKUL!
We have 459 participants today chanting with us. Today being Saturday devotees from Melbourne Australia are also chanting with us. Devansh, Puja and Pandav Sevak are chanting with us.
So many reports are received. My voice is hoarse due to a bad throat. We have got the report of deep daan from Yavatmal. Since the month of Kartik is coming to an end with only a few days remaining which is also termed as Bhishma Panchak devotees have increased their sadhana. Some are doing 64 rounds of chanting.
Many devotees on Vraja-mandala Parikrama do fasting during these days by taking only water or by taking fruits. So this way devotees intensify their sadhana as some of you are reporting that you have done 44 or 64 rounds yesterday. Somebody has finished 64 rounds by this time of the day. Some are seeking blessings from me. Srimati Radhika Mataji from Delhi is seeking blessings for chanting attentively.
You are not supposed to type anything during Japa talk as the transcriber is translating my talk in English and typing it. Till the time I am instructing not to write, somebody has already posted the report. Bala Nandini Mataji from Solapur is observing Bhishma Panchak. Radha Chitta Hari had conducted a program in which more than a hundred people did deep daan and received prasada.
As only a few days of Kartik are remaining Vraja-mandala Parikrama devotees have reached Brahmand - ghata there yesterday and they have stayed there. Brahmand - ghata is like the courtyard of Nanda Maharaja. Yamuna is flowing there and this ghata is on the bank of Yamuna. A very special pastime of the Lord took place over here. This is where Kanhaiya opened his mouth and showed it to Yasoda.
Krsna ate mud! Krsna ate mud! Like this the complaint was done by Balarama and other gopas. So tmother Yasoda told Krsna to open His mouth. The Lord then opened His mouth. There was so much of mud over there. You are talking about
eating a little mud, but the mud is not separate from Me. Mud is inside Me or it has been created by Me. Lord did not say this, but he could have said all this. You are complaining that I have eaten some mud even though I am denying that I haven't. But since you are insisting then see the mud in my mouth Yasoda peeped into the mouth and saw whole Brahmand in the mouth of Krsna. So this ghata is named Brahmand - ghata, where Yasoda witnessed Brahmand in the mouth of Krsna. We are singing daily in the month of Kartik
namas te 'stu damne sphurad-dipti-dhamne
tvadiyodarayatha visvasya dhamne
namo radhikayai tvadiya-priyayai
namo 'nanta-lilaya devaya tubhyam
O Lord, the entire universe was created by Lord Brahma , who was born from Your abdomen, which was bound with a rope by Mother Yasoda. To this rope I offer my humble obeisances. I offer my obeisances to Your most beloved Srimati
Radharani and to Your unlimited pastimes. (Damodarastakam Verse 8)
What is the speciality of your belly? It is the abode of the whole universe. Whole of the Jagat or universe resides in your belly. Tvadiya means your tvadiya udaray namaha. I offer my obeisances unto your belly. Speciality to your belly which is - visvasya dhamne. It is the shelter of the whole universe which lies within You. It is in Your mouth or in Your belly, unto such Damodara I offer my obeisances. Krsna is so wonderful and everything about Him is astonishing and surprising. People bow down wherever there are some miracles. Offer our obeisances to such a Kanhaiya who exhibited such miraculous as ]
pastimes. We keep offering our obeisances at Brahmand - ghata. We offer our obeisances to all the pastimes that took place in Gokul. We offer our obeisances to Kanhaiya and His parents.
krsna jinaka nama hai, gokula jinaka dhama hai
aise sri bhagavana ko (mere) barambara pranama hai
He whose name is Krsna, and whose abode is Gokula – unto such a Supreme Personality of Godhead, I offer my most humble obeisances, again and again. We offer our obeisances to Krsna, the Lord. Why we are offering our obeisances to Him? How is He? Whose name is Krsna. krsna jinaka nama hai, gokula jinaka dhama hai . So we offer our obeisances also to Gokul. And our obeisances to those who reside in that Dhama. Then that becomes koti koti dandavats. We will have to offer our obeisances every moment.
yasoda jinaki maiya hai, nanda ji bapaiya hai
aise sri gopala ko (mere) barambara pranama hai
He whose mother is Yasoda, and whose father is Nandaji – unto such a cowherd boy named Gopala, I offer my most humble obeisances, again and again.
Our obeisances to mother Yasoda.nanda ji bapaiya hai. Our obeisances to Nanda Maharaja. aise sri gopala ko I offer my obeisances unto Gopal who looks after the cows.
radha jinaki jaya hai, adbhuta jinaki maya hai
aise sri ghana-syama ko (mere) barambara pranama hai
In Gokul there were no pastimes with Radha as He was very small. But anyway Radha belongs to Krsna. In Gokul Krsna was very small. Pastimes with Radha start when He was Kisor. Bal-lilas took place in Gokul, which were filled with Vatsalya
bhav. When He was small in Balavastha, there was an exchange of Vatsalya Rasa and He executed all the pastimes related to Vatsalya Rasa over there.
When He grew up a little Sakhya Rasa was exhibited. In Kumara state there was Vatsalya Rasa, in Pauganda state there was Sakhya Rasa with friends and then in the third state which is Kisor Madhurya Rasa is exhibited with Radha and Krsna. Vatsalya Rasa dominates in all the pastimes in Gokul. So we offer obeisances to all such pastimes also.
Our fortunate devotees of Vraja-mandala Parikrama are witnessing all those places at every step in Gokul. Butter stealing pastime took place over here. And Yasoda saw Brahmand in the mouth of Krsna at this place, like that. Sakatasura was killed over here and the pastime with Trnavarta took place over here. And look! At this place Yamal-Arjun trees where standing which were uprooted by Krsna.
nirmamantha svayam dadhi
yani yaniha gitani
smaranti tany agayata
Sri Sukadeva Gosvami continued: One day when mother Yasoda saw that all the maidservants were engaged in other household affairs, she personally began to churn the yogurt. While churning, she remembered the childish activities of Krishna, and in her own way she composed songs and enjoyed singing to herself about all those activities.
That day was Deepavali when this pastime was performed by the Lord. But in Vrindavan no one recognised Him as Lord. He is recognised as their Kanhaiya, their Son. They are in such consciousness. Damodara pastime took place on the day of Deepavali and so this month is called as Damodara month. That is why we are doing deep daan everyday. This Ukhal - bandhan took place in Gokul. Devotees on Vraja-mandala Parikrama will also take darsana of that motar to which the Lord
was tied up by Yashoda. There were two sons of Kuver, who had become trees known as Yamal-Arjun in the courtyard of Nanda Maharaj due to curse of Narada . They were waiting for thousands of years that when Kanhaiya will appear and
deliver them from this curse. On day of Deepavali in the month of Kartik, when Kanhaiya was 3 years 8 months old, He uprooted these trees. Nalakuvera and Manigriva were given liberation by the Lord and they were delivered. They were
bestowed with special devotion.
kuveratmajau baddha-murtyaiva yadvat
tvaya mocitau bhakti-bhajau krtau ca
tatha prema-bhaktim svakam me prayaccha
na mokse graho me ‘sti damodareha
O Lord Damodara, in Your form as a baby Mother Yasoda bound You to a grinding stone with a rope for tying cows. You then freed the sons of Kuvera, Manigriva and Nalakuvara, who were cursed to stand as trees and You gave them the chance to become Your devotees. Please bless me in this same way. I have no desire for liberation into Your effulgence.
We sing this daily in Damodarastakam. tvaya mocitau, O Kanhaiya you have delivered Kuveratmajau means sons of Kuvera. Why atmajau? Because they were two sons. kuveratmajau baddha because these two sons of Kuver were baddha or entrapped in the body of trees.
tatha prema-bhaktim svakam me prayaccha
na mokse graho me ‘sti damodareha
The way you bestowed Your mercy on the sons of Kuver , taha - similarly, Please Oh Lord Damodara bestow Your mercy on me also. Like that we are praying to Kanhaiya daily. If we sing the prayer understanding its meaning then it will be more fruitful. Vraja- mandala Parikrama devotees have reached today, where this Damodar pastime took place. Kanhaiya had stolen butter in his own house on the day of Deepavali. Parikrama devotees also will steal butter today and eat that butter the way Kanhaiya had eaten butter after stealing. He had also distributed the butter to monkeys. So Parikrama devotees like monkeys honour the butter stolen by Kanhaiya. They will enjoy taking part in the pastime of stealing of butter. You all read this pastime in Vraja-mandala darsana. I have just mentioned where the parikrama devotees have reached today so it will be easy for you to read the chapter from the book. We will stop here.
Many of you have reported about various preaching activities which is good news. But amidst all these news there is one news which is not so good news. Our Syamalata Mataji’s very young (less than one year) daughter Laxmi, who was born
in Mayapur left her body yesterday. She was a very sweet child . She also had attended Vyasa Puja this year. She was the smallest person who participated in my Vyasa Puja. So we all will chant Hare Krishna maha-mantra once for her. She was born in Mayapur and left her body there as well. We hope and pray that she will attain service at the Lotus Feet of Radha-Madhav. We all will chant Hare Krishna maha-mantra once.
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare
All glories to Laxmi Mataji! Pray also for Syamalata Mataji that Radha-Madhav and the Hare Krishna maha-mantra may bestow Their strength on her to bear the loss.
You all also pray for her.