21 FEBRUARY 2020 Shiva also yerns for Darshan of Krsna! Hare Krishna !! Today we have 418 participants. We welcome you all and we are happy that you are all chanting. Seeing you chanting, my mind and heart gets pleased. Hari Hari! This is the dharma (religion) of living beings. It is nama sankirtana. harer nama harer nama harer namaiva kevalam kalau nasty eva nasty eva nasty eva gatir anyatha (Chaitanya Charitamrita, Adi-lila 7.76) TRANSLATION "For spiritual progress in this age of kali, there is no alternative, there is no alternative, there is no alternative to the holy name, the holy name, the holy name of the Lord." So, when we chant Hare Krishna Mahamantra, then by doing so and also by dancing, we become religious and we truly follow dharma. When Lord sees this, then Lord and Guru get pleased. Gurus and Vaisnavas get pleased knowing that the Lord is getting pleased because of such chanting. Is there Sivaratri today? Vallabhi Mataji from Mauritius is reporting this. There is Ganga talav or lake over there which was created by taking little water from original Ganga. Ganga talav has become a holy place over there. There is not much of population in Mauritius. It is 1.2 million or 12 lakh. They have as many number of people as we have in Solapur. Few of them are becoming Krsna Conscious. There are few Maharashtrians, Christians & Muslims people also. There is Vitthal Temple and Marathi schools over there where Marathi language is being taught. There is Dindi and also MBC, which is Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation which also includes Marathi channels. When I go there, I sing songs of Tukaram Maharaj and give lectures in Marathi on that channel. There is everything over there. When Hare Krsna devotees reach over there in Shivaratri, they do kirtan, book distribution and prasad distribution 'Food for Life' for 3 days. When I went to Ganga talav, I was asked to plant a tree. Few Mauriticean devotees are also listening. Lord Siva's great festival, Maha Shivaratri, is being celebrated today and tomorrow. Bhagavatam asserts that Lord Siva is also an incarnation of the Lord, Gunavatar. Sambhutam gatah. Krishnatam gatah. In the same way, Lord Brahma explained in Brahma-Samhita ksiram yatha dadhi vikara-visesa-yogat sanjayate na hi tatah prthag asti hetoh yah sambhutam api tatha samupaiti karyād govindam adi-purusam tam aham bhajami (Brahmasamhita 5.45) TRANSLATION "Govinda, the supreme personality of Godhead, assumes the form of Lord Śiva for the special purpose of material transactions. Lord Śiva is considered to be like yogurt. Milk changes into yogurt when mixed with a yogurt culture. So, milk is Krsna and yogurt is Śiva. Like yogurt does not have any separate existence. Yogurt comes from milk. In the same way, Śiva comes from Lord Krishna. vasati dasana-sikhare dharani tava lagna sasini kalanka-kaleva nimagna kesava dhrita-sukara-rupa jaya jagadisa hare Translation - 0 Kesava! O Lord of the universe! O Lord Hari, who have assumed the form of a boar! All glories to You! The earth, which had become immersed in the Garbhodaka Ocean at the bottom of the universe, sits fixed upon the tip of Your tusk like a spot upon the moon. ( Dashavatar stotra , verse 3 by Jaydev Goswami) Krishna takes form of Varahadeva to take out earth when it falls in Garbhodaka Ocean. When there is creation, maintenance and annihilation, then it is done by Gunavatars or 3 forms. We call them God. G stands for Generator or Lord Brahma, O stands for Operator or Lord Vishnu and D stands for Destroyer or Lord Śiva. So, the work of Lord Śiva is to destroy the whole universe. When mode of ignorance is active, then the whole universe is destroyed. In this way Śiva's glories are unlimited. We Gaudiya Vaisnavas know him as Vaisnava as it is mentioned in S.B. in 12th canto. nimna-ganam yatha ganga devanam acyuto yatha vaisnavanam yatha sambhuḥ purananam idam tatha (Srimad Bhagavatam 12.13.16) TRANSLATION Ganga is the greatest among all rivers. Primeval Lord Krishna is the greatest among all Lords. Srimad Bhagavad is the greatest among all scriptures. In the same way, Lord Śiva is greatest among all the Vaisnavas. Lord Siva and goddess Parvati are an ideal couple as they are always engaged in discussing the glories of the Lord. Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare There is Rudra dwip in Nabadwip of Lord Siva and there is Bel-vana over there. . There is Harihar Kshetrea also. Half is Hari and Half is Har. Harihar is one and also different. Hari only becomes Har. Then there is Seemanta Dwip where Siva and Parvati keep on hearing the glories of the Lord. They came over there from their abode and performed austerities. Mother Parvati took and applied dust of lotus feet of Gauranga Mahaprabhu in between parting of her hair. That is why it is called Seemantadwip as parting of the hair is called Seemanta. Then Godruma dwip is there which is known for kirtana. Lord Śiva performs kirtana over here. This dwip is also called Mahavaranasi. There is Samadhi of Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur. There is Pancanana talava also. Pancanana, Panca means five and anana means face. One who has 5 mouths is Lord Siva. brahma bole chatur mukhe krishna krishna hare hare mahadeva pancha mukhe rama rama hare hare TRANSLATION Brahma sings "krishna krishna hare hare" in ecstasy with four mouths and Siva ecstatically sings "rama rama hare hare" with five mouths. Lord Siva performs kirtana with his 5 mouths and takes darshan of the Lord with his 15 eyes. That also remains less for him to take darshan of the Lord. Hari Hari! In Vrindavana, we have Gopeshwar Mahadeva, where Lord Siva took the form of a Gopi and was allowed entry in the rasa dance with the Lord. In Mathura, there are 4 places of Lord Siva which is called Kshetrapals. We take darshan of them during Mathura Parikrama. Then in Govardhan, we have Chakreshwar Mahadeva, in Nand Gram, we have Aseswar Mahadeva and in Kamvana, we have Kameshwar Mahadeva. Lord Siva is dikpal in Mathura in all the 4 directions and Kshetrapal in Vrindavana or Braj Mandal. Hari Hari! There is also Asheshwar Mahadeva who was looking forward to have darshan of Yashoda nandan. But Mother Yashoda got afraid of seeing Lord Siva's appearance with garland of skulls, snakes in neck and scorpion in ears. She didn't let him take the darshan of the Lord. Due to which Lord Siva started to lament that he didn't get darshan of the Lord. When Lord Siva had gone from there then Kanhaiya also started to cry. He was not stopping. Then other Gopis started discussing and suggested Yashoda to let Lord Siva take darshan of Krsna and Krsna take darshan of Siva. When they took darshan of each other, Kanhiya stopped crying. In the same way, Nimai also used to stop crying when Hare Krishna kirtana was performed. So, our Lord Siva is like this. We should not commit offences at his feet. We commit offences thinking him as demigod. So, Lord Brahma and Siva are not the same as Krishna but yet they are non different from Krishna also. Hari Hari! So, we should offer obeisances to his feet that may we also get bhakti and similar taste in hearing and chanting as Lord Siva. (Kiba) jaya jaya goracander aratiko sobha jahnavi-tata-vane jaga-mana-lobhā ( Gaura arati, 1 verse) arati koren brahma-adi deva-gane (3 verse) siva-suka-narada preme gada-gada ( 7 verse) Lord Siva and other Mahabhagvats like Lord Brahma, Śukadeva, Narada Muni come when there is Gaura arati. They dance and perform kirtana. Their voices get choked up when they sing arati. Maha Sivaratri Mahotsav ki jai! Harinama sankirtana ki jai! Gauranga! Nabadwip Mayapur Dhama ki jai! Srila Prabhupada ki jai! Nitai gaura prema nande hari hari bol!