5th March 2020
SADHANA - A TASTY SANDWICH!
Hare Krishna !
Regarding Navadvipa Dhama, today is the last day of Navadvipa-mandala Parikrama. There are 7 different kirtana parties on Parikrama. Today they will return to Mayapur Chandrodaya Temple. Before that, they will gather at Yogapitha and the 10,000 devotees will perform kirtana together in a maha-sankirtana. They will meet and embrace each other.
kripa-sindhubhya eva cha
vaishnavebhyo namo namaha
They will be offering obeisances. There will be a festival of reunion of Parikrama devotees and also a festival of kirtana mela just like Kumbha-mela.
Navadvipa is famous for kirtana. Caitanya Mahaprabhu always performs kirtana in Navadvipa. kirtaniyah sada harih. Caitanya Mahaprabhu is constantly chanting the holy name of the Lord.
siksharthamekah purushah puranah
To teach and inspire the whole world, Caitanya Mahaprabhu always performs kirtana and He is performing kirtana today also.
adhyapi ha lila kare gaurara, kon kon bhagyawan
Today Caitanya Mahaprabhu is also performing kirtana and dancing. There is a possibility that Caitanya Mahaprabhu's kirtana party and the Navadvipa-mandala Parikrama party would have combined together. I hope the Parikrama party has experienced that Gauranga Mahaprabhu has come. Parikrama devotees are also giving darsana on the zoom conference.
We could have made this japa talk available to the Parikrama devotees, but couldn't.
This is the time of kirtana of Caitanya Mahaprabhu as we hear in:
Udilo aruna pūraba-bhāge,
dwija-mani gorā amani jāge,
bhakata-samūha loiyā sāthe,
When the rising sun appeared in the East, the jewel of the twice-born, Lord Gaurasundara, awakened, and taking His devotees with Him. He went all over the countryside, towns and villages. (Verse 1, Udilo Aruna, Arunodaya kirtana song)
Caitanya Mahaprabhu, who is best among the brahmanas, goes out for kirtana as the sun rises. We need to realise this. Wherever kirtana goes on, the Lord appears there. His party keeps on chanting and His eternal pastimes keeps on going.
Lord has also said:
naham vasami vaikunthe yoginam hridaye na cha
mad-bhakta yatra gayanti tatra tishthami narada
Neither do I reside in Vaikuntha nor in the hearts of the Yogis, but I dwell where my devotees sing my name, O Narada.(Conversation between Lord Visnu and Narada Muni)
Wherever Gauranga’s devotees sing His glories, all of you are Gauranga devotees, at all such places, the Lord resides. When we chant then we should understand that the Lord is with us. The goal of chanting is to get the association of the Lord. Yoga means when we, bewildered humans, reestablish our lost connection with the Lord.
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare
We will experience intimate association with the Lord when we chant or hear with this mood.
kathayantaś ca mām nityam
tusyanti ca ramanti ca
The thoughts of My pure devotees dwell in Me, their lives are fully devoted to My service, and they derive great satisfaction and bliss from always enlightening one another and conversing about me.( BG. 10.9)
This is the identity of a devotee. We might not be like that or durdaivam idrisham ihajani nanuragaha (Verse 2, Siksastakam) we might not be having that attraction for the Lord's holy name.
The Lord said, “One whose intelligence and life is focussed on Me, and They keep on discussing about Me and enlightening each other, They get satisfied by doing so.”
guhyam akhyati prcchati
bhunkte bhojayate caiva
Offering gifts in charity, accepting charitable gifts, revealing one's mind in confidence, inquiring confidentially, accepting prasadam and offering prasadam are the six symptoms of love shared by one devotee and another. (Upadesamrta,4)
Such souls get satisfied and become calm.
sa vai pumsām paro dharmo
yato bhaktir adhoksaje
The supreme occupation (dharma) for all humanity is that by which men can attain to loving devotional service unto the transcendental Lord. Such devotional service must be unmotivated and uninterrupted in order to completely satisfy the self. (SB. 1.2.6)
While practicing devotional service, if one doesn't have any ulterior motive (mukti, bhukti and siddhi i.e. salvation, dedication and enlightenment) and interruption, then from such devotional service, our soul experiences bliss. Lord is saying this in the 10th chapter of Bhagavad-Gita also. Devotees get absorbed in katha, kirtana, Nabadvipa-mandala Parikrama, morning evening program, services, taking prasadam or yāre dekho tare kaho 'krsna' upadeśa. (CC Madhya 7.128)
Some devotee was pointing this out. That morning and evening program is like a sandwich. Just like we have 2 slices of bread and there is butter, tomato, cheese, e.t.c. in between 2 slices of bread. In the same way, there is a morning and evening program, Deity worship and lots of services in between. This combination of the morning and evening sadhana with services in between is just like a tasty sandwich. Devotees relish in this way. Don't you like this kind of sandwich? This complete sandwich is similar to complete life which is full of bliss.
We will stop now. There are 465 participants. If possible, please see if you can hear Gaura katha in morning 8 am and evening 6 to 9 pm in YouTube and Facebook.
Gaura premanande Hari Haribol!