5th May 2019
TOPMOST SOCIAL SERVICE!
Today in spite of being Sunday, our scores are good. Thank you for sacrificing your sleep, duties & obligations. You are with us on Sunday and also chanting.
Bhaja Gauranga kaha Gauranga laha Gauranger naam re.
(Song by Srila Krishnadas Kaviraj Goswami. )
I was remembering that song, chant Gauranga's name, utter Gauranga's name & keep singing Gauranga's name. Song also says -
je Jana Gauranga bhaje sai aamar pran re.
All those who are chanters of Gauranga, lovers of Gauranga, they are my life & souls. That means I love Gauranga's devotees. Not only I love but, I also love to serve, Gauranga's devotees. Service unto Guru & Gauranga, Vishnu & Gauranga go on simultaneously. In this song, there is an inspiration, how we should serve Guru & Gauranga or Vishnu & Gauranga. That's one thought.
I am getting messages that at various places, devotees are gathering for Harinam sankirtan. Murali Mohan Prabhuji has reached Chinchwad, & is getting ready for one day padayatra over there. We all are chanting japa, that's nice. But this chanting is considered for our own benefit. But nagar sankirtan is for benefit of ourselves & for benefit of others.
Srila Prabhupada gave us Krishna, gave ISKCON, gave me this program of padayatras, which is extended as nagar-sankirtan. You go on doing kirtan in one nagar & then next village, next nagar on & on, then that is padayatra. It's an extended nagar sankirtan.
So, we all chanters followers of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, & Srila Prabhupada & may be myself also, should be following in footsteps of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu who went on padayatra for six years, which is known as 'Madhya-lila'. All that He was doing was padayatra, doing extended nagar-sankirtan, in so many towns & villages. For us to prove to be true followers of Guru & Gauranga or the founder acharya of ISKCON & Gauranga, we also have to get on to the streets & participate in nagar- sankirtan. If you could do extended Nagar-sankirtan, then nothing like it.
When we go on Padayatra or nagar-sankirtan then that is also expression or exhibition of, 'you being kind to fellow living beings.' That way nagar sankirtan, padayatras are for the benefit of the whole world & others. This is how we serve the humanity, serve the nation, serve the colony people where you are residing. Serve your neighbours, by sharing ' Hare Krishna' with them.
I had a desire to serve humanity, from very beginning, the time I had not even joined ISKCON. I didn't know how & where to begin. Then as I came in contact with Prabhupada in 1974, his formula was " By serving Krishna you could serve whole world." So I had been trying to fulfil my desire of serving people, serving country, serving humanity by practicing & propagating Krishna consciousness. I would like you to also assist me, assist ISKCON. Continue kind of my mission, which is everybody's mission I can say, to serve the public, serve the world.
Srila Prabhupada used to say propagating Krishna consciousness is a topmost welfare program. The topmost service for social reform. I don't want to get in discussion of what kind of world is around us. It's a bad & mad world.
I am residing here. Just yesterday kind of event that was taking place around the corner. Some kind of music, loud crazy music. There was bombardment! It was too much. That is this world. Sounds were introducing, okay, this is me! this is this world! Then we are talking of something, out of this world. Things to do, so that we can get out of this world & go to another world.
Srila Prabhupada used to say that, ' This world is not for a gentleman. This is for the ruffians'. He also say, 'We don't spend much time in a toilet.’ Least amount of time we would like to spend in a toilet & get out of toilet. So like that, world is like a prison, it's mad, bad we describe it in so many ways, & we want to get out of here. Some of you are coming to the senses by God's grace or by grace of vaishnav parampara. But we should not be satisfied with the thing, that now we are safe or we have been saved. That's why, we have to remember others in this world & try to reach out to those souls, those brothers. They are our God-brothers. If they are children of spiritual master, we call them as God-brothers but if they are children of God then what we are God brothers or Bhagwan-bhai.
So go out & do nagar sankirtans, padayatras. Of course, when we go out, we distribute Srila Prabhupada's books. So we do japa conference, you also should distribute Srila Prabhupada's books to friends, neighbours may be in vacations or Sundays or in free time. Go in groups & distribute books. Distribute prasad. Specially Grihastha can do that. They are kitchen holders. They have kitchens, matajis are in charge of kitchen. They should cook big quantities of prasad & not just gobble yourself, but share with neighbours & friends. Or call them over to your home.
Make 'Hare Krishna' party & chant & dance. Teach them philosophy in Bhakti-Vriksha program. Then Lord is pleased with you, while chanting Japa, that is nice. However, when you share Krishna with others by distributing books, prasadam, bringing them to temples & this & that then also Lord is very much pleased. More & more you get easy with this, sharing Krishna, propagating Krishna consciousness with others, then result of that is, it will be preparation for your japa. Result of that will be, your japa will get better. And as we endeavour to chant better with more attention, & devotion, reducing offenses then as a result, our chanting improves & we get inspired to do devotional service more & more. So when our sadhana improves our seva improves, our sadhana improves, our chanting improves, like that they compliment each other & we make an overall progress in Krishna consciousness.
Okay thank you for your attention. We will talk & hear another day, meanwhile you do homework, when our sadhana improves our seva improves, our sadhana improves, our chanting improves, like that they complement each other & we make a overall progress in Krishna consciousness.
So go out of house. Utilize Sundays.