TAKE SHELTER OF THE DEVOTEE OF THE LORD
I have been on tour of the Western countries and we had gone to America , Europe and Russia.
abhira-sumbha yavanah khasadayah
ye 'nye ca papa yad-apasrayasrayah
sudhyanti tasmai prabhavisnave namah
I was reading this a few days ago during the flight. I came across an initiation class by Srila Prabhupada in 1968 somewhere in America. That time Jayapataka Dasa who was not a swami that time was getting initiated. During that initiation lecture Prabhupada quoted this verse. I was surprised as wealth could be the reason why Prabhupada was saying this while giving initiation in America. kirata-hunandhra-pulinda-pulkasa …. The reason could be that some must have taken initiation who were from one of these countries. Then Prabhupada quoted this verse from Srimad-Bhagavatam, that refers to Mahabharata. It explains this is a kirata, the country is mentioned, far beyond Bihar and some countries from India also, Western countries. You know India is also included in chota Nagpur from Central India, that is Kirata, and Andhra is in India. Then hunandhra, that is Russia that is being mentioned. Then there is Germany and China. These countries are also mentioned in the Bhishma-parva of Mahabharata.
Mahabharata is the history of Greater India. That time the whole world was Bharat and the names mentioned were the countries or provinces spread all over the world. The reason why Prabhupada had quoted that verse during that initiation ceremony was that in this verse after mentioning the different countries, the Yavanas or Muslims, mlecchas I mean these races are the lower classes, lower than the sudras, in comparison . These are Kirata and Hunan, Andhra and Pulinda and Pulkasa , Yavanas and Khasad also. They are sudras, but Bhagavatam says wherever you are from, no matter how low class you are, you should take shelter of the devotees of the Lord. One who has taken shelter of the
Lord that is a devotee and if you take shelter of the devotee, such a devotee who has always taken shelter of the Lord then suddyanti - you will be purified. By prabha visnave namaha. Visnu is addressed here as Prabha-Visnu which means powerful Visnu. The Lord is powerful. You should come in contact with devotees of the powerful Lord, then that devotee will bring you to the shelter of Lord’s lotus feet. Then the devotees will explain also that,
mam ekam saranam vraja
aham tvam sarva-papebhyo
moksayisyami ma sucah
Abandon all varieties of religion and just surrender unto Me. I shall deliver you from all sinful reactions. Do not fear.( BG. 18.66) Lord has made that promise if one takes shelter of the devotees of the Lord. That's why Prabhupada was also travelling fourteen times around the world, to this Hunan and Andhra also, to all these countries around the world, and people there were taking shelter of Prabhupada. They got some alternative. They came in contact with Srila Prabhupada, and Prabhupada presented Bhagavat-gita As It Is to them.
Then he had explained this verse, as it is. We have a variety of religions or so called obligations, but surrender unto Krsna - mam ekam saranam vraja. And if you do that what does Krsna say, aham tvam sarva papebhyo moksayisyami ma sucah. Surrender is complete when we do sarva-dharman parityajya. Not that you have given up some false dharmas, only so called dharmas, but all dharmas. Just take note of the word sarva, Lord has said, sarva- dharman parityajya and if you do that, if you leave all varieties of religions, then
aham tvam sarva papebhyo.
sarva-papebhyo moksayishyami ma sucah.
Then you will become free from reactions, of all the sins that you have committed. So this Bhagavatam verse does say this. Srila Prabhupada explained not just sinful people of this country and that verse of Kirata, Pulinda ye anye ca papaha..... and if there are any others which are not mentioned in this verse they also, everybody. There may be some more sinful people of some other country , which are not mentioned in this verse, they also will get purified.
vimuchayate nama tasmai, vishnave prabha namah
Srila Prabhupada was preaching on the strength of this verse, which strongly recommends to one and all to take shelter of devotees of the Lord. Devotees who are like acarya, siksa Gurus, diksa Gurus, Vartma pradarsaka gurus who take us to the siksa Gurus, which in turn introduces us to diksa Gurus. Diksa Gurus come in the parampara of the acaryas and connect us to that parampara. So it was proper that Srila Prabhupada was quoting this verse during the initiation ceremony of Jaypataka Prabhu. He was justifying initiation to someone, who was not born in a
Brahmin family, or ksatriya family. Prabhupada was also mentioning that according to the vedic vidhi, this initiation cannot take place. Yena sruti gochara ha. striyo vaisya tatha sudraha tryo na sruti gocharaha. They cannot be given initiation. We don't give this mantras to women, vaisya or sudras. But there is vaidik vidhi and there is Bhagavata vidhi. We follow the Bhagavata vidhi. Pancaratra. Pancaratiki
vidhi vina bhakti utpat eva ucchyate. So we follow Bhagavata vidhi. We follow Pancharatiki vidhi. But if we stick only to Vedic vidhi, then we cannot extend this initiation. And Prabhupada was also criticised by brahmins as he was giving initiation to Yavanas. He was giving them sannyasa. This all is nishiddha, according to the vedic vidhi. But we follow Bhagavata vidhi or pancaratra vidhi, which Srila Prabhupada preached all over the world. That preaching is continued.
Caitanya Mahaprabhu predicted that this holy name will reach every town and village. He predicted pritvite ace yay nagaradi gram sarvatra prachar hoibe more nama. So this was forecasted by Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Prabhupada worked for that. Till now preaching is going on. First they came in contact with Srila Prabhupada and then they came into contact with the holy name. So this is brahmande bhramite kon bhagyawan jiva guru krsna prasade pay bhaktilata bija. In this world, so many souls are becoming bhagyawan, fortunate as Prabhupada was bringing them in contact with devotees of Krsna.
These devotees are then , inspiring the souls, introducing them to holy name Bhagavat-gita and Bhagavatam. Introducing them to the Deities, Deity form of the Lord. Introducing them to Mayapur Vrndavan dhams, and introducing them to so many more devotees of Lord. Krsna's servants, Krishna's eternal associates.
Gauranga Mahaprabhu's associates. So this way everything is going on as explained in the Bhagavatam. 'Books are the basis', Bhagavatam is the basis, and this is the foundation. Bhagavatam teaches taking shelter of the devotees. These devotees will explain you how to take shelter of Krsna. And when they come in contact with the powerful Lord then - sudhyanti. The holy name is also powerful.
Namnam Kari bahudha nija sarva shaktis Lord has introduced all His energies into this holy name. Poorna sudha nithya mukta abhinavat Nama Namino. Take shelter of the holy name of the Lord as there is no difference between nama and nami. They are one.
So become Krishna conscious and make your life happy by taking shelter of the Harinama, and go back to Krsna.