Japa Talk- 15/01/2020
Topic- Man vs Money Making Teaching
Hare Krishna. Now be attentive. All of you are welcome and congratulations.Today Gangul Prabhu from Bhiwandi has his birthday. So, we can all loudly chant Hare Krishna for him. Hare Krishna devotees always say, "Chant Hare Krishna and be happy" while material people wish Happy Birthday.
sa vai puṁsāṁ paro dharmo
yato bhaktir adhokṣaje
The supreme occupation [dharma] for all humanity is that by which men can attain to loving devotional service unto the transcendent Lord. Such devotional service must be unmotivated and uninterrupted to completely satisfy the self. [SB 1.2.6]
Do something by which the soul will be blissful . We try to keep our senses and mind happy. We try to pray to get such happiness. But we forget ourselves. If we forget ourselves then how will we or our souls experience bliss. Our devotional service should be free from material contamination and it should be without unmotivated and uninterrupted.
dadāmi buddhi-yogaṁ taṁ
yena mām upayānti te
To those who are constantly devoted to serving Me with love, I give the understanding by which they can come to Me. [BG 10.10]
Devotional service should be free from lust. There is bhukti and bhakti. Both have huge differences. Bhakti should be constant and with love. Chanting Hare Krishna is also bhakti.
śravaṇaṁ kīrtanaṁ viṣṇoḥ
arcanaṁ vandanaṁ dāsyaṁ
Prahlāda Mahārāja said: Hearing and chanting about the transcendental holy name, form, qualities, paraphernalia and pastimes of Lord Viṣṇu, remembering them, serving the lotus feet of the Lord, offering the Lord respectful worship with sixteen types of paraphernalia, offering prayers to the Lord, becoming His servant, considering the Lord one’s best friend, and surrendering everything unto Him (in other words, serving Him with the body, mind and words) — these nine processes are accepted as pure devotional service. [SB 7.5.23]
sravanam kirtanam - Bhakti starts with hearing. Hiranyakasipu asked Prahlada Maharaja what he had learnt in Gurukul because He was sent to Gurukul to become a leader amongst the demons. Prahlada Maharaj replied that he had learnt the 9 types of devotional service. Chanting Hare Krishna, hearing it and then remembering it.
Prahlada Maharaja didn't learn this from Sanda and Amarka. They would teach in the same way as it is being taught in today's schools just to earn money. Today teaching is based on money-making-teaching not man-making-teaching. There is no stress on cultivating character, only money making. What is the purpose of vidya to make money? To earn some livelihood? To get a job in factory? The goal of vidya has become money making. Money is means. But what's the goal? Kama or lust. Then you require roti, clothes, home.
Luckily Prahlada Maharaja by good fortune was already post graduate as he came out of the womb of his mother. At that time, Narada Muni protected his mother in his own asarama as the demigods wanted to kill him. He predicted that Mrs Hiranyakasipu will give birth to a saintly, great soul. He gave a crash course or training that he was self realised by birth. He was God realised from birth. He was Maha-bhagavat . He was not asurya-varya . He learnt everything from Narada Muni.
Srimad-Bhagavatam is supremely authorised which explains devotional service. Chanting Hare Krishna is the devotional service and dharma. Chanting of Hare Krishna maha-mantra is bhakti. śravaṇaṁ kīrtanaṁ viṣṇoḥ smaraṇaṁ Whatever else other than this is bhukti or sense gratification.
In Bhagavad-Gita yogi bhava Arjuna and us are asked to become yogi. We have given this yugala mantra. Yugala means couple or pair - son of Nanda Maharaja and daughter of King Vrisabhanu. In Vrndavana, they are called Yugala Sarkar, Kisor-Kisori, Nanda-Nandini, Nandlala(Krsna)-Vrisbhanu dulari (Radha).
As we chant we become Japa yogis. The whole world says to become a bhogi or sense enjoyer, but they don't know that if we become bhogi then it leads to rogi (diseased). It also leads to mental distress.
Lord Caitanya established this movement and Srila Prabhupada propagated this throughout the world and came back to India. Then in 1971, he came to Mumbai. There was news of "American sadhus in Mumbai.” I was moved by it. I was being taught by teachers like Sanda and Amarka. Then I went to see those American Sadhus and got convinced. I also saw Srila Prabhupada. Then I learnt the Raja Vidya or most confidential knowledge from Srila Prabhupada and began chanting.
In 1972 Srila Prabhupada purchased Hare Krishna land. Earlier it was known as Nairwadi. Then after a lot of struggle he established a palace for Radha Rasabihari. Then in 1977 he didn't stay at the time of the opening 42 years ago as he already had gone back to Goloka. Today we are celebrating 42nd anniversary of Radha Rasabihari Temple.
There will be Guru Puja, then class by Srila Prabhupada. I have also been asked to give a class. There are so many programs in the evening and delicious prasada for all. So, if you are hungry, comets the inauguration and get the mercy of the Lord.