6th March 2020
Time is Krsna
We are beginning the japa talk early and ending early.
I don't know how many of you are listening to Gaura Bhagavat katha from 8 am to 9.30am. In the evening, it takes place between 6 to 9pm.
I am very busy. Telecast is happening on Youtube and Facebook. This japa talk and then morning and evening sessions are keeping me engaged. Preparing a presentation of what to say and then to present it. This way I am engaged 24 hours. I also have my sadhana besides the japa talk. I chant my extra rounds too. Also, communication, correspondence, meeting devotees, answering their questions and giving comment is also there. In this way, by the Lord's mercy time is going on. Srila Haridas Thakur has said, ‘Either you do anything or not, Time will go on.’ Time and tide waits for none. Time keeps on progressing. Whether you are sleeping or chanting the holy name, time is going on. It's good that we remain with time. Stay on time and with time. Also, we should make the right use of time as time is also the Lord. The Lord has said, 'Kalosmi’. Kala means time. If we abuse time, then the Lord will appear as kala or death.
akala mrityu haranam
sarva vyadhi vinashanam
vishnu paadodakam pitva
Lord can appear in two forms. As the form of death since He is the superintendent of death. On behalf of the Lord, Yamaraja does the duty or Lord Himself comes. It depends on how we utilise the time. (Charan'amrit Mantra)
vinash kale vipreet buddhi
When faced with destruction, our minds often become abnormal.
Srila Prabhupada would say, ‘Stay busy 24 hours a day in devotional service of the Lord.’ We need to plan out our day. We call it time management. Isn't time valuable? Few people say time is money. They say that if you don't utilise your time in earning money, then you are wasting your life. For some people time is money. They relate time with money. But those who are Krishna Conscious or want to be Krishna Conscious, they understand time is Krsna. Some think that time is money and Hare Krishna devotees or sadacaris think that time is Krsna and It should be engaged in earning Krsna or the wealth of Krsna. Like when we chant, we earn Krsna.
golokera prema-dhana, hari-nama-sankirtana
The treasure of divine love in Goloka Vrindavana has descended as the congregational chanting of Lord Hari's holy names. (Verse 2, Hari Hari Bifale)
We start depositing this treasure early in the morning compared to those money makers, who start earning from 10 or 11 am. Hare Krishna people are very smart. Their earnings begin early in the morning like at 4 o'clock.
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare
This way, They start earning immediately. One’s time is money and another’s time is Krsna. Understand this. When we go away from home and develop renunciation, then we get knowledge or wisdom.
Utilise time in the right way. It's fine to earn money But it can be purusārtha only if it is used for dharma. There are 4 purusārthas:
1. Dharma (righteousness)
2. Artha (prosperity)
3. Kama (pleasure)
4. Moksha (liberation).
If one utilises earned wealth for dharma, it is purusārtha then it's fine. Then you have not wasted your time. But if someone utilises earned wealth for sense gratification or pleasure, then it is a waste of time.
hari hari! bifale janama gonainu
manushya-janama paiya, radha-krishna na bhajiya,
janiya suniya visha khainu
O Lord Hari, I have spent my life uselessly. Having obtained a human birth and having not worshiped Radha and Krishna, I have knowingly drunk poison. (Verse 1, Hari Hari Bifale)
If one gets the human form of life and do not become devotees of Radha Krsna and misuse the wealth for shopping and fulfilling lusty desires, then it's wrong.
Think about this. This is food for thought. Keep chanting and make others chant. Hear Gaura Bhagavat Katha and distribute books.
Earn wealth. We are distributing Caitanya-caritamrta sets these days. Utilise earned wealth to purchase Bhagavad-Gita, Bhagavatam, Caitanya-caritamrta. Rightly use your wealth and go on yatra or a spiritual retreat. Use it to purchase vegetables and offer that to the Lord and honour prasada. If we utilise earned wealth for seeing movies, eating meat, then we are wasting our life, time and money. This is going on everywhere. They are not just wasting some time or a few minutes or a few hours or a few days but their whole lifetime from beginning to finish. Come to the senses.
jiva jago, jiva jago, gauracanda bole
kota nidra jao maya-pisacira kole
Lord Gauranga is calling, "Wake up, sleeping souls! Wake up, sleeping souls! How long will you sleep in the lap of the witch called maya? (Verse1, Jiva Jago, Jiva Jago)
Gauracandra is calling us as Gaura Purnima is approaching. How long are you going to sit in the lap of a witch named Maya? Wake up! This human form of life is a blessing and it's very rare. Understand and realize this and use every moment of your life in devotional service of the Lord and also making others devotees which include family members also. Charity begins at home. It can be neighbours, friends, bosses or servants.
yāre dekho tare kaho, 'krsna' upadesa
Instruct Everyone to follow the orders of the Lord Srī Krsna. (CC Madhya-lila 7.128)
āmāra ājñāya guru haña tāra' ei deśa
One should become a guru and spread Krishna Consciousness all over the world, simply by preaching the teachings of Bhagavad-gītā. (CC Madhya 7.128)
Ok… I will leave you alone. I have to get ready.
Gaura prema nande hari haribol!