27th April 2019 CRY LIKE A BABY! Keep Chanting. What you are doing is a right thing to do. But just do it 'rightly', if we could use that word, verses wrongly Chant it correctly, properly, rightly verses wrongly, inattentively, offensively like that. I think that is the main purpose among others, why we are conducting this japa conference. What is right chanting or correct chanting? What is outcome of attentive chanting? Or in words of Srila Prabhupada, chant like a 'crying of a baby', then that is the right chanting, with a great longing for Krishna, missing Krishna. Realizing all around me is misery & material suffering existence. So that's our goal, that's our target. One may think, we do think, ‘why should I cry like a baby? Why should I cry? When everything is just right around me. I have good health, I have good bank balance, I have good job & good this & good that. Then why? Why should i cry?? Reason for crying is, wherever we are right now, we are not supposed to be there. We do not belong to this place. We are not at home here. This is foreign location. Lord has declared it as dukkhalayam ashashwatam …(BG 8.15). This place is full of misery & it is temporary. We are not at home. We are thrown on the streets. We don't belong to this place. Lot could be said regarding this miserable existence. Sansar davanallidh loka tranay karunya Ghana ghanastvvam. (Gurvastakam verse 1) 'Hare Krishna’ devotees get up in the morning & first thing that comes out of the mouth is -Sansar davanallidh loka…. This sansar is ‘davanal’ & we are caught up in this forest. We die every day, we have died long ago, so we have forgotten that we have died. But every now & then we die. There is a dialogue in Mahabharat. Yaksha had raised so many questions & Yudhisthira maharaj had to reply, ‘ka varta?’ ( What is the news?) Yudhisthira maharaj responds, ‘All the living entities are getting fried, deep fried in a pot. This universe or whole Brahmand is a pot & all the living entities are cut, chopped & they are thrown in the pot. Sun rays are heating it up. Sun rays or Tapatraya. Three kinds of miseries are three kinds of heat & all the living entities are getting deeply fried & cooked up in the pot of this Brahmand. This is the news.'So what happens is in this world, you should understand. Whenever there is some reason for happiness or as it is said, when does happiness come? ye hi saṁsparśa-jā bhogā duḥkha-yonaya eva te ādy-antavantaḥ kaunteya na teṣu ramate budhaḥ (BG 5.22) As soon as senses come in contact with the sense object, there is a bhog. This is enjoyment. In that when living entity is enjoying, in sukh becoming jubilant. There is jubilation. But they forget, dukkhayonaya Eva te… whatever gave you happiness will become cause of your suffering. So, you just have to wait. That's why Lord says, sukha-duḥkhe same kṛitvā lābhālābhau jayājayau tato yuddhāya yujyasva naivaṁ pāpam avāpsyasi (BG 2.38) We are expected to be transcendental in happiness & distress. Don't be jubilant when there is happiness, don't be distressed when there is every reason to be aggrieved or suffering. That's the transcendental position we have to achieve. Ayodhyanath Prabhuji from Mauritius, gave one example other day, which I liked. Someone may say look! I see some mangoes on that mango tree. But as it is not a mango season someone may say , oh! I don't see any mangoes. But then he said, - just hold on, keep looking at the tree for few more months & soon you will see the mangoes hanging down from branches. Right now you are not seeing the mangoes, but they are within the tree. As soon as they will manifest physically, then you will see. So this is what happens. It is also called as “cause & effect’. If effect is happiness, then eventually there will be suffering. The cause is happiness & the outcome, result is suffering. So, like that we have been put into this illusory existence of dual nature. We go between happiness & distress, happiness and distress, distress & then happiness & distress & happiness. This is all distressful, because ultimately there will be distress. You strive for happiness but what you end up getting is distress. This way, the whole world is Dukhalayam. Or what Yudhisthira maharaj said,'ka varta?’ what's the news? What Krishna said ‘Dukkhayonaya Eve te.’ Like this 'Dwandwa’ we have. There are many 'dwandwas’. Distress & happiness is one of them. Lord has said it, so it can't be wrong. Arjuna has said - sarvam etad ṛtaṁ manye yan māṁ vadasi keśava na hi te bhagavan vyaktiṁ vidur devā na dānavāḥ (BG 10.14) Whatever you are saying Lord is all true. Lord has said, it's a place of misery. But the whole world is trying to make it a place of enjoyment. You will never ever be successful. This has been tried & tried from the beginning of creation & no one could change the nature of existence, which is creation of the Lord. We can't go against the will of the Lord. So all parties, all politicians, all scientists, all social welfare workers, all doctors, all engineers, all this all that are trying & endeavouring hard, breaking their brains to change the nature of this world. to make this samsara as 'Sukhalaya’. Prabhupada used to say, they are trying to make it like, kingdom of God, but they will never ever succeed. That is why person should come to the senses & realize where he is stationed right now. Where he situated right now. If he really realizes & looks around, take a stalk of the situation, then he will definitely begin crying, seeing no shelter, no hope. If he has really come to the senses, he will begin crying out for the Lord. He will chant. HARE KRISHNA HARE KRISHNA KRISHNA KRISHNA HARE HARE HARE RAMA HARE RAMA RAMA RAMA HARE HARE It should be like a crying of a baby. Chanting should be like crying of a baby. This was some food for thought for all of you, new chanters. Because all of you are chanting, that's nice. We are happy. But now we have to make sure we are chanting rightly correctly, perfectly, offenselessly, attentively, prayerfully & eventually crying like a baby. When we will realize there is no other help, then we will also turn to Lord for help. We could take help from Lord or we could also take help from those who are representing the Lord, like acharyas, gurus, devotees. As Sukdev Goswami said as soon as he began reciting the Bhagavatam in the second canto he has said: dehapattya kaladishu asat sainyeshu All the people, family members around you , beginning with your deha( body), apattya (children), kalatra (wife or husband) etc. Everyone else is included, so he mentioned, this 'sainya’ is ‘falgu’ or ‘asat’ or are fallible. This soldiers around you that you have gathered & you are so much expectant of getting their help but they are fallible. They will not help you. Don't relay. They are not reliable. When Yamraj comes, everyone is around, even your family-doctor is around or other dear & near ones are around. But they all are going to be helpless. Whenever disease comes, no one could really help. We try to find some relief some patchwork we do, but that doesn't ultimately help. So, don't rely on any of these sources & forces. Depend upon Krishna & devotees of Krishna. Depend upon the holy name. Take shelter of the holy name. Chant 'Hare Krishna’. HARE KRISHNA HARE KRISHNA KRISHNA KRISHNA HARE HARE HARE RAMA HARE RAMA RAMA RAMA HARE HARE Okay,see you another day. Hare Krishna!