20 February 2020 Sincere prayers never go unanswered! Hari Hari! Sri Krisna Chaitanya Prabhu Nityananda Sri Advait Gadadhar Srivasadi Gaur Bhakta Vrinda. Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Ram Hare Ram Ram Ram Hare Hare We have participants from 450 places chanting with us today. Those who are joining many of them if not all keep offering obeisances. They keep writing in the chat. This is a sign of humbleness. They also beg for alms when they offer obeisances. What is the alms ( bhiksha)? vancha-kalpatarubhyash cha kripa-sindhubhya eva cha patitanam pavanebhyo vaishnavebhyo namo namaha Transalation- I offer my respectful obeisances unto the Vaishnava devotees of the Lord. They are just like desire trees and can fulfill the desires of everyone, and they are full of compassion for the fallen conditioned souls. I am fallen . Ami murkh as Chaitanya Mahaprabhu has said, we heard when yesterday we were hearing the Katha. Guru amar karil Shasan……. This way he explained to Prakashanand Sarswati. I am fallen. Patitanam pavanebhyo vaishnavebhyo namo namaha. You are the Vaishnav who uplift and purify those who is fallen, so please accept my humble obeisances. Everyone's prayer could be little different. One can pray differently. There can be various prayers. There could be different prayers of each one. Each person prays according to the level at which he has reached in his devotion , as per own realisations and emotions and bhava. I was also praying in a light mood. Yesterday we were listening to liberation (uddhar) of Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya. How Chaitanya Mahaprabhu modified the thinking process of Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya. Sarvabhouma Bhattacharya explained vedanta sutra to Chaitanya Mahaprabhu for 7 days. But Chaitanya Mahaprabhu didn't hear, or even if he had heard he had not changed. He didn't become mayavadi. Sarvabhouma Bhattacharya was thinking the sampradaya in which you have accepted initiation is not that good. I will make you first class sanyasi. Whatever knowledge I have of Vedant, I will explain that to you and by that you will become a disciple of first class sampradaya. With this objective he was teaching Him for seven days. But then Chaitanya Mahaprabhu modified him, to Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya. There was a review of the seven days. Scriptures written by Shri Vyas Dev were reviewed by Shri Narad ji and after that he explained whatever were the shortcomings of those & faults in them. yatha dharmadayas cartha muni-varyanukirtitah na tatha vasudevasya mahima hy anuvarnitah Translation-. Although, great sage, you have very broadly described the four principles beginning with religious performances, you have not described the glories of the Supreme Personality, Vasudeva. ( S.B. 1.5.9) You have written so many things, you have talked about 4 purushartha, but where is the glorification of Lord Vasudev? It's very less in these writings. You have written Puranas, Mahabharata, Vedant Sutra, but there was scarcity of glorification of Lord Vasudev. Narad Muni pointed this out after review. Shri Vyasdev understood the shortcomings and he revised his work and wrote another scripture which is Srimad Bhagavatam. All glories to Srimad Bhagavatam!! Similarly Sri Krisna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu liberated Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya. He not only liberated him but he made him devotee. Sri Krsna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu stayed for 2 months in Jagannath Puri. Immediately after accepting the renounced order of life he first went to Jagannath Puri and stayed there for 2 months. Main objective or homework for Him that time was to liberate Sarvabhouma Bhattacharya. Krishnadas Kaviraj Goswami has said Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in his first visit to Jagannath Puri he only did liberation of Bhattacharya. For two months he taught, made him understand & uplifted him from his concepts. From myavad he lifted him to the level of 'Achintya Bhedabhed tatva.' Sarvabhouma Bhattacharya was not very attached to Prasad as they considered eating Prasad is also a Maya. I was also affected by such Maya. We all are affected by it at some stage. In 1972 when I had not completely turned as devotees and still I was attending college wearing pants and shirts, that time Hare Krishna devotees used to call me to take Prasad. Please come! Have Prasad. While taking the Prasad so much glorification of the Prasad used to occur, that, it is so nice! It's sweet! I used to think these devotees are glorifying the food so much!! In their thoughts there is so much glorification of the food and they are also telling that to me, this is Maya. What is this? There is also Vairagya-vidya. Mayavadis are renunciates. Brahma sattya jagat mithya' jagat mitthya means everything is mitthya. Even the food is mitthya. I was also impressed by such thoughts, that why these devotees are doing so much glorification of the Prasad. We should not do that. When Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu reached the house of Bhattacharya, he was was there itself. Sarvabhouma Bhattacharya didn't have any attachment for Prasad. Just that we have to eat it. Without it we can't survive. Annad bhavati bhutani….. We have to eat , but there are no emotions, love, attachments for it. But when Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was honouring the Prasad, & this was the time when Sarvabhouma Bhattacharyas reformation is going on. One day Chaitanya Mahaprabhu had gone to Jagannath in the temple , may be for mangal Aarti. After attending the arati pujari over there offered garland of the lord and some Prasad to Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Chaitanya Mahaprabhu remembered Sarvabhouma Bhattacharya and then he just ran towards the house of sarvabhauma Bhattacharya. It was a early morning time. Sarvabhouma Bhattacharya was just getting up & Chaitanya Mahaprabhu also heard Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Ram Hare Ram Ram Ram Hare Hare Chanting of names of the Lord was also going on immediately after getting up. He saw that Chaitanya Mahaprabhu has arrived to his house, he then came out. Then Chaitanya Mahaprabhu put the garland of Jagannath around his neck and gave him Jagannath Prasad. On receiving the Prasad Bhattacharya immediately honoured it. He had not even washed his mouth or cleaned his teeth. He didn't do maha-prasade govinde nama-brahmani vaisnave svalpa-punya-vatam rajan visvaso naiva jayate (Prasadam prayers by Krsna Dwipayan Vyas in Mahabharata) Translation - O brothers! This material body is a network of ignorance, and the senses are one's deadly enemies, for they throw the soul into the ocean of material sense enjoyment. Among the senses, the tongue is the most voracious and verily wicked; it is very difficult to conquer the tongue in this world. Maha prasade means in Mahaprasad, Govinde means in the Govind , nama brahmani means in the name there is Brahma & vaishnave means in Vaishnavas, those people don't have faith, who are they? Swalpa punyavatam - who's pious credits are very less. They haven't done much pious activities either in this birth or previous births. Their accumulation of pious credits are very less, and so they don't have any faith in the Prasad. In the beginning Sarvabhouma Bhattacharya didn't have any faith in Prasad. But when Chaitanya Mahaprabhu gave him his anaga-sanga ( physical association) , & he was getting sat-sang by that. Punta sravan kirtan was also going on, then Hari mukhe mhana Hari mukhe mhana Punyachi ganana kon Kari. Saint Dnyaneswar used to say this, to hear Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Har Hare Ram Hare Ram Ram Ram Hare Hare This in itself is a very pious activity. To hear Bhagavatam daily is also very pious activity. Sarvarvabhaum Bhattacharya was gaining such pious credits in association of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. This way Chaitanya Mahaprabhu reformed Sarvabhouma Bhattacharya. Lord himself became devotee-director, counselor and mentor. SarvabhaumbBhattacharya was mentee and Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was mentor , are you getting this? Councilor & councilee. Chaitanya Mahaprabhu took charge of Bhattacharya. Hari Hari!! My prayer which I was mentioning in the beginning was , O Lord ! The way You reformed Sarvabhouma Bhattacharya, you reformed his sadhana or spiritual practises. Sadhana bhakti also has two parts. Vaidhi sadhana & Raganuga sadhana. Chaitanya Mahaprabhu made Sarvabhouma Bhattacharya follow both ways, initially of the Vaidhi sadhana & then of the Raganuga sadhana. Me too ! Me too!! Lord you have reformed Sarvabhouma Bhattacharya. He was liberated. He became blessed. He gained so much of the spiritual wealth & ecame the pious soul. He earned Harinam dhan & Prem-dhan. With the help of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, in which Nityananda Prabhu and Gopinath aacharya were also instrumental. Our prayers are also, O Mahaprabhu! Please uplift and liberate us also. We also go on having individualistic views, jata mat Tata path! This isam that isam without any proper dialogue. Chaitanya Mahaprabhu has bestowed lot of mercy on all of us, but receiving of lot of mercy is yet to be done. We do chanting , but still we don't do it like crying of a baby. In the morning our Nimai (son of devotee) was crying & I was thinking 'I wish I could cry like Nimai!'. He was crying for the mother. We also should cry for mother. aparadha-sunya ho'ye loha krishna-nama krishna mata krishna pita krishna dhana prana Translation - Chant Krishna's name without offense. Accept Krishna as your mother. Accept Krishna as your father. Accept Krishna as your wealth and your life. (Verse 3 ,Song - Nadiya Goddrume by BVT) You also will be liberated if you can cry like a baby. Commentry on Hare Krishna Mahamantra says in one of the prayer is Bhajan jnana danen mam mochay…. Mam means to me, mochay means liberate , purify O! Mahamantra. To whom we are praying, to Hare Krishna mahamantra, because Harinam is Harinam Prabhu. While chanting we should pray this way. This is explained by Gopal Guru Goswami, who was associate of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in Jagannathpuri. He has written commentary on Hare Krishna Mahamantra. Please liberate me. How?? Bhajan jnana danen. Bhajan Dan , how one should do bhajan? What are the do's of Bhajan & what are the don'ts in Bhajan? Please give me charity of this Knowledge. Let the opening of this Bhajan-rahasya ( Mistry of bhajans) be done. Then with such wealth of knowledge I can chant perfectly. Give me knowledge. Give me guidance, so that I also can get liberated. Sarvabhouma Bhattacharya was liberated by lord Chaitanya personally. I am also chanting Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Ram Hare Ram Ram Ram Hare Hare. To utter this much is very easy. But how to chant? For this is whole manual. Like manual comes with every instrument, about how to start or stop it, like that there is manual for japa also. So may we become eligible to get that manual. Such prayer we should be doing. In this zoom conference we try to make some such efforts. How to pray to the Lord, bhajan jnana danen… he liberated Bhattacharya personally, but it's not necessary that for everyone lord will do it personally. He can get it done through someone. He will make someone as medium for it. Lord sometimes does on his own and sometimes he gets it done through someone. He has said brahmanda bhramite kona bhagyavan jiva guru-krsna-prasade paya bhakti-lata-bija Translation - “According to their karma, all living entities are wandering throughout the entire universe. Some of them are being elevated to the upper planetary systems, and some are going down into the lower planetary systems. Out of many millions of wandering living entities, one who is very fortunate gets an opportunity to associate with a bona fide spiritual master by the grace of Krsna. By the mercy of both Krsna and the spiritual master, such a person receives the seed of the creeper of devotional service. ( Chaitanya Charitamrita , madhya 19.151) Lord has made those souls fortunate,how? By sending Guru to them. Then where Guru sends them? He sends them to Krsna. This way Guru keeps making efforts to reform us. This attempt is actually of the Lord himself. Srila Prabhupad ki Jay! Shri Prabhupad did these efforts and all the previous aacharyas also did that. Chaitanya Mahaprabhu himself became an acharya. Sri Krisna sarir dhari shikshartham…. Shikshartham to give knowledge, he himself the adipurusha,- govindam adi purusham he appeared in the form of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu as Kripambudhi. He is ocean of Kripa, I surrender unto him. In International Krishna Consciousness Society whatever knowledge we get Bhajan jnanen mam mochay… We should understand that such arrangements have been done by Chaitanya Mahaprabhu & Nityananda Prabhu. Chaitanya Mahaprabhu who is all attractive makes somebody as (Nimitta) immediate cause. He wanted to make Arjun as Nimitta , but who is the one who destroyed all the enemies? He is Lord himself. He himself has explained it in eleventh chapter of Bhagvadgeeta. In Marathi we say , karta-karavita. Karta means the doer & karavita means the one who gets it done. One who does & one who gets it done is who? Lord only!! He did For someone like Sarvabhouma Bhattacharya himself liberated for someone he got it done through somebody. Shad-goswami Vrinda & aacharyas of the parampara uplift others. But in actuality this is done by Lord himself. He wants to uplift more & more souls to get uplifted. He gives them nama, instructs them to chant. Harer naam Eva kevalam… Then there is "tad viddhi praṇipatena pariprasnena sevaya upadeksyanti te jnanam jnaninas tattva-darsinah Translation - Just try to learn the truth by approaching a spiritual master. Inquire from him submissively and render service unto him. The self-realized souls can impart knowledge unto you because they have seen the truth. ( Bhagvadgeeta 4.34) Then there is yare dekha, tare kaha 'krsna'-upadesa amara ājnaya guru hana tara' ei desa Translation- “Instruct everyone to follow the orders of Lord Sri Krsna as they are given in the Bhagavad-gita and Srimad-Bhagavatam. In this way become a spiritual master and try to liberate everyone in this land.” (Chaitanya Charitamrita madhya, 7.128) He wants everyone of you to become Guru. All of you become Gurus. He also says bharata-bhumite haila manusya janma yara janma sarthaka kari' kara para-upakara Translation - bharata-bhumite haila manusya janma yara janma sarthaka kari' kara para-upakara ( Chaitanya Charitamrita adi 9.41) In educating a child , whatever one family can do is not considered as enough. For all round growth or wholesome growth of the child only one family can't do it . Whole village is required for that. Then it is possible to have complete growth physically mentally and in all ways. Gaon Kari the Rav Kay Kari. ( What one person can do , which whole village is required for. ) Similarly , our reform , change,& japa-reform Lord does. But other are also required. We need friends, we need sadhu-sang . We need that atmosphere, so many parameters are required. Either we are gruhasthas or renunciates or Brahmachari. Samsiddhir Hari toshanam Achieving success of Varnashram is in pleasing the Lord Hari. Hari toshanam. When Hari helps. We need spiritual master as well as god-brothers & god-sisters. We need whole society of vaishnavas. International society, if we have whole society of devotees then it is comparatively easy. Such arrangements Srila Prabhupad has done in this ISKCON. Gauranga and Nityananda followers are gathering. Our prayers Lord has listened & is listening. If something's are remaining then uttering of mahamantra is a prayer in itself. We should be thinking this way. If we have some shortfalls, how can we rectify it? Bhajan jnana danen mam mochay…. O lord! O Harinaam Prabhu, Bhajan jnana danen mam mochay…. Mam - to me. There are 5 words. There sequence should be proper & there should be such feelings in the heart. This is prayer. Lord makes such arrangements & we should take advantage of it. In Lords arrangements there is indirectness. We don't observe directly that Lord is distributing bhajan, jnana but indirectly Lord does accepts your prayers if they are offered sincerely. Lord doesn't have any option then . If child is crying, while mother is busy she listens, but then child stops in between, then she remains busy in her household chores. But then child cries she thinks of breastfeeding the child, but then he stops crying again, & then mother has tons of things to do so she keeps doing her household work. This way if child cries & stops in between then she doesn't feel the need to attend to him in hurry. But if child starts crying & doesn't stop only, goes on crying non-stop then mother is not left with any option but to attend to him immediately. Similarly when we pray , if we do it ,& then we stop praying or forget about it immediately , then Lord is not sitting ideal without doing anything. He attends to it. But if someone keeps praying without break then Lord also is not left with any option & he does listen to it. There can be little delay in Lord s response but the prayers will definitely not go unanswered. Lord calculates everything, when to bestow the fruit's of our previous karma's , Hari Hari! Nitai Gaur Premanande Hari Hari bol!