24th February 2020 Be Bharatiya, Not Indian! panca-tattvatmakam krishnam bhakta-rupa-svarupakam bhaktavataram bhaktakhyam namami bhakta-saktikam We all are fortunate. With great fortune it becomes possible even to hear the name Mayapur. And you all have actually reached here in this dhama so your fortune has crossed all the boundaries. bhārata-bhūmite haila manuṣya janma yāra janma sārthaka kari' kara para-upakāra Translation: One who has taken his birth as a human being in the land of India [Bharata-varsa] should make his life successful and work for the benefit of all other people. ( Caitanya-caritamrita Adi 9.041) Those who come in contact with the dhama get established with the dhama. They are fortunate. It is explained in the scriptures that every Dhama has a Dhami, as I also keep telling you from time to time. For sharir (body) there is shariri. If you are staying in a sharir then you are shariri. One who stays in a nivas ( house) is called a nivasi. We keep hearing this is Sant-nivas or some other nivas. Nivas - Nivasi, Sharir - Shariri, Deha - Dehi. For any dhama, a dhami can be termed as the first citizen. This Mayapur dhama is Gauranga Dhama. Radha said in Goloka as the time for Their appearance was approaching, “I will not go to a place where Yamuna is not there. I will not go to a place where there is no Govardhana. I will not go to a place where there is no Vrndavana. I like to stay in Vrindavan only. Vrindavan is my Dhama. I am Dhami of Vrndavana.” Then Krsna said that everything had been made ready. “Vrindavan is there. Yamuna is there.” First Krsna appeared and then later on Radharani also appeared. Radha and Krsna became anadi of Vrindavan. This thing we are talking about is Prakat-lila. It's not that, once upon a time Vrindavan was not there and then suddenly it appeared. Vrindavan is eternal. All the Dhamas are eternal - Mayapur, Ayodhya, Jagannatha Puri. There was no time, when they didn't exist. The way we were talking about the soul - that there was no time when the soul did not exist, nor God and so also there was no time that the dhamas didn't exist. We have to make these connections. Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare We souls have an eternal relationship with the Lord and also with the Dhama. The way we belong to a particular country then we are from this particular country - vasi. We are Vrndavana vasi or Mayapur vasi where rivers like Ganga and Yamuna are flowing. If we are somewhere else in Delhi or Kanpur or Moscow then we are termed as pardesi. But which is our 'matrabhumi', motherland or fatherland? It is Vrndavana or Mayapur. Mayapur is non-different from Vrndavana. Returning here means coming back home. It’s returning to your own motherland. It's termed as coming back home. In English there is a saying, "Your home is where your heart is." Our heart is in Mayapur, so we have come here. It's our motherland. In Uttar Pradesh they sometimes use the term, 'ghar-vapasi'. When people had accepted other religions and become Christians or Muslims and when they are re-converted to Hinduism, it is termed as ghar-vapasi. You had gone astray and had become a Christian or Muslim, but now you have come back to your senses and come back home. This ghar-vapasi is correct to some extent. When we become Krsna conscious or Gauranga Mahaprabhu conscious, and then we physically reach Their Dhama. By becoming a Hindu we go to Tulajapur Bhavani, but heaven is not our home. Returning to heaven is not equal to returning home, because all the demigods and goddesses themselves are pardesis. There are also some other so called dhamas. Durga-dhama, Chandi-dhama and Ganesh-dhama. Returning there cannot be termed as ghar-vapasi as the Hindus term it. There are various dhamas like Devi-dhama, Mahesh-dhama , Saket-dhama, Goloka-dhama or Vaikuntha-dhama. Some are Vaikuntha vasi , or someone may be Ayodhya vasi. Some may be devotees of Sri Rama like Murari Gupta. He was Hanuman. Hanuman incarnated 500 years back in Mayapur and became Murari Gupta. He was a worshipper of Sri Rama. Others tried to bring him back home. They advised him to become a devotee of Krsna. He accepted it prima faci, but that was not possible for him and he couldn't sleep at night. The next day he met Gauranga Mahaprabhu and apologised, 'I am sorry. I did give it a try, but I can't leave Raghunatha. Please forgive me.' Returning to Ayodhya is also ahar-vapasi. bhārata-bhūmite haila manuṣya janma yāra janma sārthaka kari' kara para-upakāra This is Caitanya Mahaprabhu's order for the jīva. What he should do? If you are born in Bharat bhumi and if you want to reach complete perfection of the situation, then what should you do? kari' kara para-upakāra. We should understand what is para-upakāra. How will you show favour on others? If we help them meet Krsna then we are doing them a favour. When these words of Caitanya Mahaprabhu are spoken, then those who are not born in India, they think Oh! We are born in Brazil. We are residents of Moscow. We belong to this place and that place. Does this mean that Caitanya Mahaprabhu expected only Indians to be preaching? The thing is that whoever starts becoming Krsna conscious, even though they may not have fully fledged become so, it may take their whole life to become Krsna Conscious. bahūnāṁ janmanām ante jñānavān māṁ prapadyate vāsudevaḥ sarvam iti sa mahātmā su-durlabhaḥ Translation After many births and deaths, he who is actually in knowledge surrenders unto Me, knowing Me to be the cause of all causes and all that is. Such a great soul is very rare. ( Bhagavad-Gita 7.19) As we attempt to become Krsna conscious with that itself we become Bharat-vasis. Bharatiyas. Every Indian is not a Bharatiya. In India there are too many Indians, but very few Bharatiyas. In ISKCON all the devotees wherever they may have taken birth, are all Bharatiyas. cātur-varṇyaṁ mayā sṛṣṭaṁ guṇa-karma-vibhāgaśaḥ tasya kartāram api māṁ viddhy akartāram avyayam Translation: According to the three modes of material nature and the work associated with them, the four divisions of human society are created by Me. And although I am the creator of this system, you should know that I am yet the non doer, being unchangeable. ( ( Bhagavad-Gita 4.13) Just because one has taken birth in a Brahmin family, does not mean he can claim to be a brahmin. It will not then be in line with the scriptural injunctions as explained by sadhus. They say their name as Caturvedi, but ask them the names of the four Vedas and it will be difficult for them. They are not even aware of the names of the four Vedas. Someone is Trivedi and Dvivedi but if we go to see, most of them are Nirvedis. No one can claim that he is a Brahman just because he has taken birth in a Brahmin family. Similarly just because someone is born in Bharat he cannot claim to be Bharatiya. One person was addressing a gathering. He introduced himself, 'I am not Indian, I am Bharatiya.' He had developed so much hatred to being called Indian. He did not like to be called Indian. Once Ekalavya Prabhu while we were discussing exclaimed, “I am Indian! I am Indian! My initiation took place in Vrindavan in Bharat, so wherever I was initiated that was my birth. This way my birth was in India. Second birth, I became dvija. First birth was in France, but as my initiation was in India so I am Bharatiya.” Be Indian. Buy Indian!That’s way they say. In Bharat we have our own culture, dress codes , diet, musical instruments with different emotions. If tomorrow there is some Indian girl wearing jeans, can we call her Bharatiya? She is wearing jeans and even came to Mayapur like that. The diet is not like that , dress is not like that , thinking pattern is not like that, education is not like that . We have the Vrindavan Institute for Higher education, Mayapur Institute for Higher Education. But those who are Indians want to go to Canada, Australia to study going there. Study what? Just dead matter. Somethings are matter (jad) and some are live (chetan) . Whenever there is Kali-yuga , they study the gross in great detail. Those who are Brahmin or Vaisnavas study the subtle things. One studies matter, the other one studies living things about the soul and paramatma, about dhamas. They take training for that. Srila Prabhupad's Hare Krishna movement is preaching Krsna conscious and Bharatiyata all over the world. Bha means prakash. One who gets light is called Bhaskar. One of the names of the Sun is Bhaskar, one who gives light. Bha-rat, rat means get engrossed. Those who are engrossed in light , whose lives are enlightened. Tamaso ma jyotir gamay. ma means one which is not. Don't remain in the darkness but move towards light. Prakash or light….. kṛṣṇa — sūrya-sama; māyā haya andhakāra yāhāṅ kṛṣṇa, tāhāṅ nāhi māyāra adhikāra Translation: “Krsna is compared to sunshine, and maya is compared to darkness. Wherever there is sunshine, there cannot be darkness. As soon as one takes to Krsna consciousness, the darkness of illusion (the influence of the external energy) will immediately vanish. ( Caitanya -caritamrita, Madhya 22.31) The source of light is the Lord. Only those who move towards the Lord or get engrossed in the Lord can be termed as Bharatiya. With this understanding we will have to accept that all the members of the Hare Krishna movement all over the world are really by quality if not by birth but practically they are Bharatiyas. Most of the Indians have not crossed this stage. Srila Prabhupada propagated this Krishna Consciousness movement everywhere. British Raj was also going on for 150 - 200 years. They had made Bharat their slave. But they didn't recognize the real Bharat. When Srila Prabhupada went all over the world, he also went to London. Once in a press conference he was asked, why he had come there. That time Prabhupada answered, “You people had also come to our country, so I have also come. Isn't it similar?” Then further Prabhupada said, “You came to our country and all of your viceroys robbed our country by taking all the valuables from our country to your country. But the real wealth of our country was not taken and not even recognised by you. Because you have asked , I am telling that I have come here to do a home delivery of the real wealth of Bharat.” When he was asked Which is that wealth he explained , the culture of Bharat , scriptures of Bharat like Vedas, Puranas, Bhagavad-gita, Bhagavatam, Ramayan. This is the wealth of our country. Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare I have come here to deliver this real wealth of Bharat. Then Prabhupad delivered and then they accepted this wealth in their lives all over the world. Thus they are becoming Bharatiyaa and Krsna conscious. With that their love is getting established with different Dhamas like Vrndavana, Mayapur, Jagannatha Puri . They are developing a relationship with the Dhamis over there. They are accepting the lifestyles of these places. No meat eating! No intoxication! No illicit sex! No gambling! They are observing these rules. Kali has tied up the entire world, but these devotees are becoming free from such ties. Our devotees don't say we are from this nation or that nation, but they feel where do we belong to? We are Vrndavana vasi, Brajvasi, Mayapur vasi . Many devotees come to Delhi or Kolkata and from there where do they go? They go to Vrndavana, Mayapur for darsana, Parikrama and then where do they go? Back to airports. Back to their temple. They don't come as tourists to see Taj Mahal. Devotees of ISKCON must be spitting looking at Taj Mahal. Trump is also coming and they will take him with pride to show the Taj Mahal. What do they want to show the world leaders! Taj Mahal. They will not take him to Mathura to show Krsna Janmasthan but they will take him to kabrasthan to show a tomb which is a landmark of someone's kama. Shahajahan who made tomb of his wife. All glories to Srila Prabhupada who recognised the real Bharat. Then he introduced that identity of Bharat all over the world. His representatives , his followers all of you who are hearing from 440 places , all of us we should say , 'garva see kaho hum Hindu hai? This Hindu business is all khichadi. 'Garva se kaho hum Mayapur vasi hai'. 'Garva se kaho hum Vrndavana vasi hai'.