12 August 2020 Unlock yourself and be active on Janmastami Hare Krishna. Welcome all to this Japa talk session. Today we have devotees chanting with us from 1000 locations. You all are welcome on this auspicious day of Sri Krsna Janmastami, especially the devotees of Meerut. They are very enthusiastically celebrating Sri Krsna Janmastami. Janmastami is not only being celebrated in Meerut, but in more than 100 countries today. Today is a very special day. The Lord appeared about 5247/5248 years ago on a Wednesday, and today it is also Wednesday. Let us all welcome Krsna by singing Swagatam Krsna Suswagatam Krsna! and while singing this we should remember little Krsna. We should have this darsana envisioned in our minds. Vasudeva and Devaki were in the prison for many years and now there is a third person present, Sri Krsna. Vasudeva and Devaki are seeing the divine form. We should be thankful and should express gratitude to the Lord for appearing. He has appeared for you and me. Vasudev and Devaki were in lockdown, but as soon as Krsna appeared, they were freed. We are also locked down. I am not talking about this Coronavirus lockdown. We have been locked down for many births, locked down in this cycle of birth and death. punarapi jananam punarapi maranam punarapi jananii jathare shayanam. iha samsare bahudustare kripaya apare paahi murare Translation Born again, death again, birth again to stay in the mother’s womb ! It is indeed hard to cross this boundless ocean of samsara. Oh Murari ! Redeem me through Thy mercy. [Stotram by Sri Adi Sankracaya 21] The Lord has appeared to free us all from this lockdown. Let’s welcome Him whole heartedly. Seek forgiveness for all our mistakes. We must apologize. Today many devotees hold their ears, begging forgiveness. Do not just be apologetic, also promise not to repeat such mistakes ever again. Promise that we will not eat meat. There will be no intoxication, no illicit sex and no gambling. We all should take these vows. Also, in this age of Kali, Krsna appears as His holy name. We need to accept and understand this. We should serve the holy name. kali-kāle nāma-rūpe kṛṣṇa-avatāra nāma haite haya sarva-jagat-nistāra Translation In this Age of Kali, the holy name of the Lord, the Hare Kṛṣṇa mahā-mantra, is the incarnation of Lord Kṛṣṇa. Simply by chanting the holy name, one associates with the Lord directly. Anyone who does this is certainly delivered. [CC Adi Lila 17.22] Singing this name with enthusiasm and playing instruments is one way of serving the holy name. The second way is by chanting. mahapraboh kirtana-nritya-gita- vaditra-madyan-manaso rasena romancha-kampashru-taranga-bhajo vande guroh sri-caranaravindam Translation Chanting the holy name, dancing in ecstasy, singing, and playing musical instruments, the spiritual master is always gladdened by the sankirtana movement of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Because he is relishing the mellows of pure devotion within his mind, sometimes his hair stands on end, he feels quivering in his body, and tears flow from his eyes like waves. I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of such a spiritual master. (Sri Sri Gurvastakam Verse 2) maharsinam bhrgur aham giram asmy ekam aksaram yajnanam japa-yajno 'smi sthavaranam himalayah Translation Of the great sages I am Bhrgu; of vibrations I am the transcendental om. Of sacrifices I am the chanting of the holy names [japa], and of immovable things I am the Himalayas. [BG 10.25] Krsna says, “In all yagnas, I am Japa Yagna.” In the association of pure devotees, a bona fide guru is above all because he brings us to bhakti and engages us in the all perfection of spiritual life. We should engage ourselves in chanting and praying to Krsna to give us association of His pure devotion and to bring us in contact with a bona fide spiritual master. This association of pure devotees and guru is above all as it gives us all perfection of spiritual life. Krsna Prema is the ultimate perfection and that can also be achieved by Sadhu Sanga. Today, as the world is celebrating Krsna Janmastami, we dedicate ourselves for Krsna. We are having a virtual celebration, but still everyone should participate. We don't just have to be a witness, we should be a part of the celebration. - Kayena Vaca Manase - with body, speech and mind. We have to participate in today’s Janmastami Mahotsava. Engage in different services. Srila Prabhupada will be pleased, then Krsna will also be pleased. Nanda ke ghar ananda bhayo! Jai Kanhaiya Lal ki! Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare Hare Krishna.