LORD HAS APPEARED FOR 'ME’
Remember your friends, next door neighbours, god brothers, devotee friends , inspire them to join the conference. Teach them how to do japa on the conference. Yesterday although we conducted the conference many of you were becoming the host instead of me and they were seeing you chanting. You could also become the host in such conference and get the devotees in your area, members of the congregation and Bhakti-vriksha members to chant with you. You can become the host.
Some of you were writing, ‘ Where is Guru Maharaja?’ as you were not able to see me. Then I was thinking, I would like you to think or we should be thinking, “ Where is Krsna? Where is Krsna?” Looking for Guru Maharaja is okay , but I will like you to search for Krsna.
he radhike braj devike ca lalite he nandsuno kutha ( Ref.??)
Shad Goswamis of Vrindavan were always in this mood, ‘Where is Krsna? Where is Krsna?’ In that mood they were wandering, running all over Vrindavan hither and thither. Around the bank of Jamuna or on the top of Govardhan Hill, where are you ? So that's how we should be looking for Krsna. But then Krsna could also respond - ‘ I am here, I am here. You are looking for Me, I am here.‘ He is everywhere but if we are chanting, and we are uttering
HARE KRISHNA HARE KRISHNA
KRISHNA KRISHNA HARE HARE
HARE RAMA HARE RAMA
RAMA RAMA HARE HARE
And this is Me. This Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, this is me. In the form of sound, it's Me. So we have to meditate on the holy name of the Lord. CHANT, HEAR and REMEMBER the holy name of the Lord. Realise the Lord.
I was reading Srimad Bhagavatam seventh canto and read there how Lord Narasimha appeared for Prahlada Maharaja, to protect Prahlada Maharaja. Lord took Prahlada Maharaja on his lap and Narasimha - simha part of him was licking Prahlada Maharaja. He was expressing the affection. So then I was thinking Lord appears for Prahlada Maharaja, Lord appears for Dhruva Maharaja, He appears for this devotee and that devotee but what about me? Will He appear for me also? Or why is He not appearing for my sake or for me? What have I done wrong? So the answer to this question is that it is a big answer , but it could also be a short answer. Bhaktivinoda Thakur writes:
jiva jago jiva Jago gauracanda bole
Caitanya Mahaprabhu has appeared and He is calling “Oh! Living entity, wake up Oh! sleeping souls.”
tomar late ami hoinu avatar ami vina bandhu ke ace tomar
He is saying - tomar! tomar laite ami hoinu avatar. I have appeared for you. For each one of you I have appeared. Lord is also saying ami vina bandhu ke ache tomar. - Apart from me, besides Myself who is your friend? Do you have any real friend? Or friend like me? I am your friend. I have appeared. I am your friend. Then in that song he further says
Kenechi aaushadhi maya nashibar lagi Harinaam mahamantra laho Tumi magi
and the song continues and the Lord says, now I have come with a medicine. You are diseased. You are Bhavarogi - mayarogi. I have come with the medicine. This holy name is a medicine. Ask for this. So this song reminds us or convinces us , “Lord has appeared for my sake.” For each one of us Lord has appeared. As Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu and also has appeared as the holy name. So take full advantage of the Lord in the form of the holy name. Lord has appeared and reached you , has touched you. He is with you.
I am here in Nasik. It is north-east of Mumbai, a few hundred miles from Mumbai. I arrived here yesterday for celebration of 8th Appearance day of Deities here. Sri Sri Radha Madana Gopal were installed eight years ago. So there was a grand celebrations. There were almost five thousand devotees in this festival. There was a big Pushpabhishek and Kirtana Mela yesterday and today also the celebrations will continue. HH Bhakti Charu Maharaja also will be arriving today, so together we will be celebrating along with the local devotees.
Nasik is a big holy place. Rama’s pastimes and Caitanya Mahaprabhu's pastimes and Srila Prabhupad also had visited Nasik, so maybe we will talk about it tomorrow morning.
Today also we have an initiation ceremony. I have to get ready. So we will stop here.