15th March 2020
We don't need Maya's corona, but Radha's Karuna
Manupriya, listen now. Your chanting is going on. kirtaniya sada hari. It's difficult to stop you.
We have a Japa talk thereafter we will keep on chanting. We try to hear some inspirational statements which will inspire us to chant. Every day some thoughts arise in my mind which I try to share with you. There are always direct and indirect things related to Harinama. I'm in the countryside. Here cocks woke me up at around 4 o'clock. At least one was on duty. As soon as I leave the city and come to the countryside cocks are doing their natural duty. They get up in Brahma Muhurta and help others to get up also. They do their dharma. Still, some cocks are crowing and waking up the people who are sleeping. God made the country and man made the mess. The Lord created nature and we destroyed it. Cocks are doing their Seva. They keep on getting up and help others to get up also.
This is the dharma of cocks. In the village, people get up like this. It has been mentioned in Krishna Book that in Dvaraka there was space for pet animals such as cocks and dogs in the palaces. When they spoke, Krsna and the Queens also got up with them. Queens did not like the sound of the cocks. For them, it was like a curse. They thought that if the Lord wakes up then they will miss His association as He goes out for Sudharma and daily work. There were so many cocks. And the Lord himself was in the form of the cocks. Now cocks are being killed or made murda. Oh, cock you are disturbing me. I will kill you. Cocks help us to get up early in Brahma Muhurta which is favourable for spiritual advancement. But in this modern world, people are not grateful, They kill the cocks and eat him. He was thinking to help but mankind in Kaliyuga is so ungrateful that they kill and eat such cocks. One thought leads to another.
I had heard in a Western country that a father took his son shopping. The son was looking for various packets with expiry dates. The packets with meat didn't have an expiry date. The son asked his father that the other packets have expiry dates but why not this? The father replied that this is already expired as soon as it was killed. It is not fit for consumption as it is already expired. If you eat such expired products then there are reactions. These meats, fish, chickens are not fit for consumption as they are already expired.
I was traveling from Moscow to Delhi. Air hostess was serving food. She also asked me whether I will eat fish or chicken? Near to me, two ladies were also sitting. One was an elderly lady and another was her daughter. They were Indians. They ate chicken and fish. Then that elderly lady asked me " Swamiji do you see hand".
Can you tell about my future? I did not like someone eating such things near me. I didn't reply immediately but I thought if she asked the same question again then I will answer her regarding her future. My answer would be that the one who ate chicken will become a chicken and one who ate fish will become a fish. Cocks help us to get up and we become ungrateful and kill them. All animals help us in some way or another in our life. If we eat them then we also become animals. Due to such killing, various diseases spread such as the coronavirus. This gives rise to viruses and bacteria. In this way, fancy diseases are being spread.
kaler doṣa-nidhe rājann
asti hy eko mahān guṇaḥ
kīrtanād eva kṛṣṇasya
mukta-saṅgaḥ paraṁ vrajet
My dear King, although Kali-yuga is an ocean of faults, there is still one good quality about this age: Simply by chanting the Hare Kṛṣṇa mahā-mantra, one can become free from material bondage and be promoted to the transcendental kingdom.[ SB 12.3.51]
Kali is an ocean of faults. When we eat a meal here is a fault in it. When we drink water, there is pollution within it. Food pollution is increasing day by day. Food is full of chemicals. We eat what plants eat. We eat chemicals. There is food pollution, water pollution and air pollution. The most dangerous is thought pollution. We are polluted by eating, drinking and taking the air. We keep on eating 3 times a day. Few people keep on eating throughout the day. We drink water 10-15 times a day.
We breathe all the time. But thought pollution is so dangerous. Mental speculation of every individual spreads through the newspapers and social networks, through the high-speed internet which is Maya's naked dance.We keep on eating it day and night. There is thinking, feeling, willing as soon as we think again and again.
dhyāyato viṣayān puṁsaḥ
saṅgāt sañjāyate kāmaḥ
kāmāt krodho ’bhijāyate
While contemplating the objects of the senses, a person develops attachment for them, and from such attachment lust develops, and from lust anger arises.[BG 2.62]
krodhād bhavati sammohaḥ
From anger, complete delusion arises, and from delusion bewilderment of memory. When memory is bewildered, intelligence is lost, and when intelligence is lost one falls down again into the material pool. [ BG 2.63]
Bhagavat Gita 2.62-63 says the same thing. We contemplate on what we hear. The most dangerous pollution is sound pollution. Kali is an ocean of faults. One who controls the sound controls the world. The world is governed by the sounds of the world. Maya controls in this way. In this way we are going to hell. Lusty, anger, greedy thoughts are gates to hell. In conclusion, we can say that Kali has an ocean of faults but there is one best quality and it is kīrtanād eva kṛṣṇasya, mukta-saṅgaḥ paraṁ vrajet.
When we do kirtana, we will become liberated from asat thoughts or you may say bhukti vada, mukti and siddhi vada and then we will reach the topmost planet which is Mayapur or Vrndavana. Keep on chanting. Preach to those who are diseased. Muralimohan Prabhu from Ahmadabad is organising 1-day padayatra to preach against the coronavirus by spreading the Karuna virus. Many ISKCON devotees are saying it as a Karuna virus as I received a letter from Janananda Maharaja. Those who are followers of Gauranga Mahaprabhu can recognize this Karuna of Srimati Radharani.
karuṇāḿ kuru mayi karuṇā-bharite
O You who are filled with compassion! O You whose divine characteristics are described by the great sages Sanaka and Sanatana! O Radha, please be merciful to me![ Radhe Jaya Jaya Madhava Dayite verse 3 by Roop Goswami]
We don't need Maya's corona but Radha's Karuna. Do kirtana and spread the holy name. The whole world needs this. Everyone is suffering from diseases. The only solution is :
harer näma harer näma harer nämaiva kevalam,
kalau nästy eva nästy eva nästy eva gatir anyathä
“In this Age of Kali there is no other means, no other means, no other means for self-realization than chanting the holy name, chanting the holy name, chanting the holy name of Lord Hari.” [ CC. Ädi 17.21]