28 December 2020
Live to Give Krsna - the Supreme Personality of Godhead
Today we have devotees chanting from 744 locations with us. Hari Bol!
Are you ready? Actually you are always ready. Probably your chanting is not completed, still you have to attend the japa talk. After Japa talk you may continue your chanting again. Early morning hours are free for chanting. It is the best time of the day to chant. It is better to complete your chanting in the morning. Actually Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu has told us that we do not have any strict rules for chanting, but still the morning hours are favourable for chanting. Brahma muhurta is the time for worshiping the Lord. If you begin in the early morning, it is better.
Yesterday evening we were discussing the current book distribution marathon from 7:00 pm till 9:30 pm. It was like an ishtagoshti of various devotees across the globe who are participating in the book distribution. In this meeting many book distributors and those who enjoy and love book distribution participated. Many other leaders, GBCs, sannyasis, spiritual masters were present in the meeting. Mostly all of them were book distributors. In this ishtagoshti we were discussing that those who attend the morning program in the early morning hours ; like chanting , mangala aarti, sravanam ,kirtanam and Bhagavat katha, reading of Bhagavad Gita is always charged up.
The devotees who are charged up in the morning will continue their Bhakti in Krishna consciousness throughout the day. In yesterday’s discussion it was stated that devotees who follow strong morning program or who have completed chanting in the morning or who have studied scriptures in the morning will distribute many, many books. They will be charged with devotion and they will have more effective and powerful speech that will influence whoever comes in contact with them , who wishes to buy books. Thus they will succeed in book distribution.
Another topic in the meeting was about the theme of this year’s book distribution program which is 'Live to Give'. It means you should be alive to give something to others. You should spend this time of Gita Marathon for giving, distributing Gita. You live to distribute Gita. You dedicate your life for Gita distribution. I mentioned that to give is our prime duty. It is our dharma. In the same way as Kṛṣṇa has given us Bhagavad Gita. Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu is famous and popular for His generous distribution of love of Kṛṣṇa. I said, ‘namo maha vadanyaya’.
namne gaura-tvishe namah
O most munificent incarnation! You are Krishna Himself appearing as Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. You have assumed the golden color of Srimati Radharani, and You are widely distributing pure love of Krishna. We offer our respectful obeisances unto You. (Pranam mantra of Caitanya Mahaprabhu)
Srila Rupa Goswami has taught us this pranam mantra and has shown us that this is the way we should offer our pranams. This is the pranam mantra of Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu. The mantra begins by offering obeisances and at the end also again we offer our obeisances. Why do we offer our obeisances to Caitanya Mahaprabhu? One of the reasons is because Caitanya Mahaprabhu is maha vadanyaya. He is extremely generous and compassionate. Sri Kṛṣṇa Caitanya Mahaprabhu is popular for distributing love of God.
sri-krsna-caitanya prabhu doya koro more
toma bina ke doyalu jagat-samsare
My dear Lord Caitanya, please be merciful to me, because who can be more merciful than Your Lordship within these three worlds? (Verse 1, Prarthana, Lalasa Song by Narottam Das Thakura)
Caitanya Mahaprabhu was extremely merciful and He has distributed Kṛṣṇa prema. Namo maha vadanyaya krsna prem pra-da. This could easily be one of Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s names - 'Krsna prem prada' like Narada. da means the giver or distributor. Narada gives Narayana so he is known as Narada. Caitanya Mahaprabhu distributes Kṛṣṇa prema so He is 'Kṛṣṇa prem prada'. Then we are offering obeisances so Kṛṣṇa prema praday. Namo maha vadanyaya - He is actually maha vadanya so to offer obeisances and then the word vadanya becomes vadanyaya. Like Ramaya, Krshnay, Caitanyay, Shivay. When we offer obeisances to Shiva we say, 'om namah shivay'. Caitanya Mahaprabhu is known for distributing His all the pastimes based on Kṛṣṇa prema. Yesterday I was mentioning that our disciplic succession is famous for distribution. That is why we should perform this duty of distribution. When Srila Prabhupada was preaching in the Western countries he would say, ‘I have not come here to take anything. I have come to give.’ When Indians go abroad they go there to buy and bring something back. But Prabhupada said that he have come to give.
Once a reporter in London asked Prabhupada, ‘Swamiji, why have you come? Then Prabhupada said, “I have come to give.” Give what? “I have come to give a precious and matchless gift from our country. That matchless gift is Indian culture and the knowledge available in India like Bhagavad Gita.” This was Prabhupada’s intention, to give. “I have come to give the knowledge mentioned in Bhagavad Gita and to distribute the holy name.” In this way Prabhupada continued his distribution. It was an instruction from Sri Kṛṣṇa Caitanya Mahaprabhu to His followers that they keep distributing.
suno suno nityananda, suno haridas
sarvatra amar ajna koroho prakas prati ghare ghare giya koro ei bhiksa
bolo `krsna', bhajo krsna, koro krsna-siksa iha bai arna boliba,
bolaiba dina-avasane asi' amare kohiba
Listen, listen, Nityananda! Listen, Haridasa! Make My command known everywhere! Go from house to house and beg from all the residents, `Please chant Krsna's name, worship Krsna, and teach others to follow Krsna's instructions.' Do not speak, or cause anyone to speak, anything other than this. (Caitanya Bhagavat Madhya-Khanda (13.8-10)
I have explained this many times. Go to each house and ask people to chant Krsna’s name, worship Kṛṣṇa and spread the teachings of Sri Kṛṣṇa. These three things we should do. Actually it is our main dharma to distribute.
Paropakaraya phalanti Vriksha
Paropkaraya duhanti gavah
Paropakarartham idam shareeram
The trees bear fruits to serve others.
The rivers flow to serve others
Cows give milk to serve others.
This human body is meant to serve others.
This human body is to serve others or to give to others. Yesterday Bhima Prabhuji was saying that when you give, you receive also. The policy of always taking from others and keep taking and taking, is not correct. We should always be a giver. Paropakaray idam sariram. You might not be familiar with Bhima Prabhu. He stays in Mumbai. He is a foreigner, but he has been staying in India for the last 40 years. He is trustee of India BBT. He is always motivating others to distribute books. He was sharing his experiences of when he came to India for the first time. For the first time he reached Pandharpur Dhama while travelling with his travelling party, distributing books. It was the time of Ashadi Ekadasi. The pilgrims of various villages and cities had reached Pandharpur Dhama walking in the Dindi. The crowd of dindi is like Kumbha-mela. When Bhima Prabhu along with his team arrived in Pandharpur Bhagavad Gita was in high demand. There was so much demand that his travelling party distributed 1000 Bhagavad Gitas in one day. This was the experience of Bhima Prabhu. He distributed books in Western countries, but he had never seen that 1000 Gitas can be distributed in a single day. Then he was also saying that by distributing Bhagavad Gita we are spreading perfect knowledge. Nowadays in the whole world other philosophies like impersonalists, formless, advaitavad are there and they have many names. These philosophies are not only present in Hinduism, but our Muslim brothers are actually hardcore Mayavadis. When they go in the Masjid they offer obeisances, but they do not know to whom they are offering obeisances. There is no form of the Lord and they always break and destroy deities. A lot of differences of opinion are found regarding the Lord's form in various religions. They are not aware of the Lord’s form, but as we will distribute more and more Bhagavad Gitas then Kṛṣṇa the Supreme Personality of Godhead will be known to all. Whenever Prabhupada wrote Kṛṣṇa in his purport in all his books he always mentioned Krsna as ‘Krsna - the Supreme Personality of Godhead'. How did he describe Kṛṣṇa ? He is undoubtedly supreme, but He is also the personality of Godhead. Kṛṣṇa is a person. He has a name; He has form and He has his abode also. He has family also.
Yasoda jinki maiya hai, Nandji bapaiya hai
Aise sri Gopal ko Barambar pranam hai
He whose mother is Yasoda, and whose father is Nandaji – unto such a cowherd
boy named Gopala, I offer my most humble obeisances, again and again. (Krsna Jinka nama hai , verse 2)
He also has a job.
Loot, loot dadhi makhan khayo, Gwala baal sang dhenu cherayo
Aise lila dhama ko Barambaar pranam hai
He who sneaks around to steal yogurt and butter, then hides to eat it, and who
tends the cows in the company of His cowherd boyfriends – unto He who is the
reservoir of playful pastimes, I offer my most humble obeisances, again and again. (Krsna Jinka nam hai, verse 4)
He eats also. He eats, means he has lips also. He tends the cows with His cowherd friends. Hence there is no question whether the Lord exits or not. The Lord is existing and He has a form, a name, abode and work also. Many people of other religions, including some people of Hindu dharma believe in such misinterpretations. Some misinterpretations about Bhagavad Gita has been spread by a few people. It is mentioned in Caitanya-caritamrta - ‘Mayavadi krsna aparadhi’
prabhu kahe, — “māyāvādī kṛṣṇe aparādhī
‘brahma’, ‘ātmā’ ‘caitanya’ kahe niravadhi
Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu replied, “The Māyāvādī impersonalists are great offenders unto Lord Kṛṣṇa; therefore they simply utter the words ‘Brahman,’ ‘ātmā’ and ‘caitanya.’ (CC Madhya 17.129)
Mayavadis and Advaitvadis are offenders of Krsna. Srila Prabhupada wrote that they cut off the hands and legs of the Lord. They believe that the Lord does not have legs. The Lord exists, but He cannot walk. The Lord exists, but He cannot see. He is blind. The Lord exists, but cannot speak. He is dumb. The Lord is never like this. Prabhupada has written in Isopanisad. Bhima Prabhu was saying that the distribution of Bhagavad Gita As It Is will spread the real knowledge about the Lord. Bhima Prabhu is staying in Maharashtra so he is able to speak a little bit of Marathi. While distributing books he talks in Marathi like ‘Bhagavad Gita ghya ‘ means buy Bhagavad Gita. His intention is that as we distribute more and more Bhagavad Gita As It Is many people will read it and they will know the Lord As He Is. People will understand His personality. He also mentioned that many books have been already distributed in Maharashtra. At the time of the installation of Sri Radha Pandharinath in Pandharpur he was also invited for the ceremony. He mentioned that at that time he noticed that many Maharashtrians gathered there for this ceremony. It means that many people have received Bhagavad Gita and they have understood from it that our duty is to become a devotee of the Lord. Therefore he said that many devotees were available full time for the ceremony and many others visited. This is the result of book distribution. As people read Bhagavad Gita As It Is more and more people will become Krsna’s devotees, just as Arjuna became a devotee of Kṛṣṇa. It has been observed throughout the world that many people who have become devotees have received Prabhupada’s books. They have studied those books. Not only in Maharashtra or India, but all over the world people are becoming devotees of Kṛṣṇa. Many souls are taking shelter of the Lord because they understand who the Lord is. Wonderful Kṛṣṇa!
Many reports were submitted. From yesterday’s report we got to know that book distribution is going on very enthusiastically. Many temples have doubled their targets. Actually book distribution depends on our enthusiasm. Gopal Krishna Maharaja always says, ’Success in book distribution depends on the enthusiasm of the distributors.’ Srila Prabhupada also said the same. Enthusiasm is increasing day by day as book distribution is going on. Srila Prabhupada said, ‘Double it’. Prabhupada has a keyword - how ever much you have distributed last year, his year double it. Yesterday we heard how book distribution has increased. In the adverse situation of Coronavirus and in harsh weather conditions book distribution is going on.
Canada is actually very close to the North Pole, closer than America is. There is a city named Calgary. We received a report that there is continuous snowfall. There is snow everywhere - on the roofs of their houses, in their gardens and their cars are submerged under the snow. They have made arrangements that during the day they clean the roads, cars etc. Under these circumstances ISKCON devotees like your god brother, is distributing books. The same experience was shared by Sutapa Prabhu who will be taking sannyasa soon and Jagdananda Prabhu from Bhaktivedanta Manor London. They met a 15 year old boy from Croatia. He was wandering on the streets day and night after he left his house. Due to some reason his father had told him to move out of the house so he was wandering on the streets. The devotees who met him came to know that he was alone; he had no idea where he would stay at night and whether he would get his food that day or not. His situation was very bad. When devotees showed him the Bhagavad Gita and informed him about the glories of Bhagavad Gita he immediately said, “I want the Bhagavad Gita.” He had a few coins left with him. Whatever coins he had, pounds or dollars, he gave to the devotees. Actually when the devotees realised his position at that time they were ready to help him. Sutapa Prabhu was about to give him 5 / 10 pounds. But the boy refused and insisted that they should take whatever he had. “I know it will not be sufficient for the cost of Bhagavad Gita. But please take all this money.” This way he gave all his money and in return he got the Lord in the form of Bhagavad Gita.
The organisers of this marathon have discussed yesterday evening that this marathon will continue till 7 January 2021. You also distribute books till 7 January. Whatever targets you have for your temples or groups you can try to complete it. God helps those who help themselves. The Lord will arrange to help you accomplish your targets by looking at your efforts. Your vows will be accomplished. You may even increase your targets. Hare Kṛṣṇa!