1 NOVEMBER 2019
416 participants are present right now. Some of the regular participants are also present. Some devotees are visiting Mayapur or Vrindavan dhama or maybe about to reach the dhamas. Some are doing Parikrama. Someone has brought devotees for yatra from different places. These are the possibilities due to which participants are less in number. There may be other reasons. When we started this Japa conference in the month of Kartik there were more than 600 participants present. We had even reached 650. But now use your intelligence and think what is happening and make some arrangements to increase the number of participants.
Also reports regarding offering lamps to the Lord(deep daan) have also dropped in number. Deep daan which is done in the Kartik month is not to be done only by yourself. We have to do it ourselves , but we also have to promote deep daan. That is important. You were doing this job for so many years, but arranging Deep daan for a number of students or ordinary people or prisoners is also important. I was getting such reports, but as of now we are not getting reports. We were getting reports from Amravati and Solapur, but it has stopped now. Where are the reports from Solapur? Are you listening? From the other places also. What has happened? Last night I reached Noida. The temple was houseful. So many devotees were present. We have to consider everyone who does Deep daan a devotee. I was about to say that there were so many devotees, guests or visitors who did Deep daan. Ultimately Deep daan must be in progress but it is not getting reported. Look into this matter if anything can be done.
Yesterday morning I was with the devotees doing Parikrama. Approximately 2000 devotees were gathered on the occasion of Srila Prabhupada's Disappearance Day celebration. Many Srila Prabhupada disciples like Dina-bandhu Prabhu, Basu
Ghosh Prabhu originally from Chicago America were present. They narrated events in Hindi. Even Dina-bandhu narrated Prabhupada's remembrance in Hindi.
Sarva Bhauma Prabhu had also come with some other disciples. Some Matajis were also there. Remembrance of Srila Prabhupada was done by narrating memories about him. He also spoke during the early morning hours, during the japa talk how we were singing with choked voices and tears the day when Srila Prabhupada departed from among us. What else could we do? Others were also crying. I prayed at the Lotus Feet of the Lord, “Please keep us in close association of Srila
Prabhupada". Others must have prayed the same. I do not remember now what I was thinking and what were the thoughts arising in my mind. We were just crying and crying. Crying like babies. We were praying that everyone should get Srila Prabhupada's association as much as possible.
During the day I said how Prabhupada remained the chief commander devotee, senapati bhakta, of the great Krishna consciousness movement. How Prabhupada traveled around the globe 14 times. That is why he was called jet age parivrajakacarya. He sat in jumbo jets and was traveling around the globe. How he made the predictions declared by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu long ago come true.
He had to visit many countries and places so he traveled in jumbo jets so that he could travel to as many places as possible in as little time as possible. He was the representative of the Gaudiya Vaisnava parampara, but also a representative of Sri Caitanya. Mahaprabhu - namas te sarasvate deve gaura-vani-pracarine.
He preached according to Gaura vani. He propagated the teachings of Gauranga. He preached Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna and Harinama which is also Gaura vani. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu predicted that, "My names will be broadcasted all over in every town and village.” These were the words of Gauranga Mahaprabhu. He was preaching as the representative of Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
Also that the preaching of Gaura Vani means preaching of dharma(religion) and Kaliyuga's dharma is Harinama kirtana.
vinasaya ca duskrtam
sambhavami yuge yuge
To deliver the pious and to annihilate the miscreants, as well as to reestablish the principles of religion, I Myself appear, millennium after millennium. (BG 4.8)
So The Lord appears to establish religion. He appeared, but religion was not established everywhere. Wherever it was not established for that he appointed Srila Prabhupada to do the remaining.
kaleh prathama sandhyayam
laksmi- kanto bhavisyati
In the first part of Kali-yuga, the Supreme Personality of Godhead will come in a gold-like form. First He will become the husband of Laksmi [Srimati Laksmi Devi, Lord Caitanya’s first wife]. Then He will become a sannyasi, near Lord Jagannath who will appear in a divine wooden form. (Garuda Purana)
Whenever there is preaching about religion and all the people utilize it then they are protected. Dharmo rakshiti rakshitah. Whoever tries to establish religion or establishes religion is always protected. So Kaliyuga's dharma is nama sankirtana. Srila Prabhupada was establishing it on behalf of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
In Gita the Lord says
yada yada hi dharmasya
glanir bhavati bharata
tadatmanaa srjamy aham
Whenever and wherever there is a decline in religious practice, O descendant of Bharata, and a predominant rise of irreligion – at that time I descend Myself. (BG 4.7)
dharmasya glanir bhavati that is the guilt of dharma. abhyutthanam adharmasya-When adharma increases and spreads then there is loss or degradation of dharma. Adharma was spreading in Kaliyuga. What is adharma? This Kali itself is adharma. If one follows the symptoms of Kali or becomes a servant of Kali then that person becomes adharmi ( sinful ). According to the Bhagavatam eating meat is adharma. Abhakshan bhakshan This is adharma. Wherever there is adharma, there resides Kali. Srila Prabhupada went with Harinama and Bhagavatam as he wanted to establish Bhagavat dharma. So he took Bhagavatam granth and the legacy of Harinama. Srila Prabhupada as the chief commander devotee headed towards the western countries so he started Harinama sankirtana in the streets and avenues of New York. The first sankirtana program was done in Tompkins Square Park. In this way Srila Prabhupada was establishing dharma. Eventually adharma started getting defeated. Defeat of adharma started due to the strength of the Lord in His names. When strength of Harinama collides with that of Kaliyuga then there is battle between dharma and adharma. As the battle begins and there is the roaring of Harinama…
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare
… and blowing of conch shells. When Srila Prabhupada started the roaring Sankirtana of Hare Krishna maha mantra on behalf was Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, then listening to this roar the ‘American boys and girls’ as Srila Prabhupada called them went ahead and listen to the roar and taught them the roar. Then the battle with many adharmis or Kali began. Kali was challenging in front of the Lord and Kali had to surrender. He made Kali surrender. We cannot say Prabhupada did it. Instead the Lord and His names did it. Prabhupada was the medium(nimita matra). On behalf of the Lord Prabhupada was sent with Harinama. As the prophecy of harinama was started then the people of the western contries -New Yorkers, Americans received the strength of devotion (bhakti)and experienced the highest taste. This was possible to resist Kali in the form of temptation - eat me, hug me. These were the invitations by Kali or effect. This is that we call gram katha. Whoever drinks liquor or eats meat or does gambling are the representatives of Kali. So there was victory for harinama.
Harinama won and Srila Prabhupada experienced it and others experienced as well. I will speak in brief about the special programme which I will be attending. Srila prabhupada had some disciples in New York. One day Srila Prabhupada called some of them who were serious and were requested to help him in the prophecy of harinama or gaura vani prophecy. I am going to establish The International Society for Krishna Consciousness. So would you like to become a member of it? If it is yes then to be part of the Hare Krishna movement you need to follow regular principles. For the first time Srila prabhupada narrated the regular principles.
They asked about these 4 principles and Prabhupada instructed them on the 4 principles:
1 NO MEAT EATING
2 NO INTOXICATION
3 NO ILLICIT SEX
4 NO GAMBLING
He asked if they were ready to follow these principles. On hearing this those present raised their hands and exclaimed, “Yes, I am ready. Yes, I am ready.” Yesterday in Nandagram as we were celebrating the Disappearance Day of Srila Prabhupada we were remembering that these people of the western countries were ready to follow these 4 regulative principles. This was the epic history of the world. So there was the beginning of the end of Kali. This was the biggest win of Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s movement, Srila Prabhupada's movement. Lord sent Srila Prabhupada in front and was backing him up.This whole world is frustrated with Kali, so Srila Prabhupada relieved then with Sri Caitanya’s Krishna Consciousness Movement, by the prophecy of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra with gifts and bhagavata preaching and promoting Krsna prasada.
anandambudhi-vardhanam prati-padam purnamritaswadanam
sarvatma-snapanam param vijayate sri-krishna-sankirtanam
Glory to the Sri Krishna Sankirtana, which cleanses the heart of all the dust accumulated for years and extinguishes the fire of conditional life, of repeated birth and death. This sankirtana movement is the prime benediction for humanity at large because it spreads the rays of the benediction moon. It is the life of all transcendental knowledge. It increases the ocean of transcendental bliss, and it enables us to fully taste the nectar for which we are always anxious. (Sri Siksastakam Verse 1)
This was the vision and promise of Caitanya Mahaprabhu. If sankirtana was not there then is no question of win or loss. Srila Prabhupada was spreading the sankirtana movement and made them realize that there is a victory.
Sankirtana movement was winning.