18th April 2019
YOU DO AS I DID!
Hare Krishna! All participants have one target, not a big one. Just get one more. Each one of you get one more, your godbrother, godsister, your devotee friends, your near and dear ones to attend the conference and we will be able to achieve the target of this month. Remember that is also our target - to encourage others to join.
I am on the way to Mumbai. I was going to travel by train this morning, but then I would have missed this japa session, so I cancelled my train travel, instead I am here at Surat airport, so that I can fly to Mumbai later after attending the conference with you. I made this change, just to chant with you.
I am just sitting here in a park on a bench. This situation reminded me of Srila Prabhupada sitting
in New York, also in some park on a bench. Of course that time Srila Prabhupada was not surrounded by any followers. When he sat in Tompkins Square Park, there was no one to sit and chant with him. One day one gentleman was sitting on the same bench and Prabhupada was talking , ‘I have so many temples all over the world and so many followers all over the planet.’ Prabhupada was sharing his vision as he was 'trikalajnana' ( knower of past, present and future).
Prabhupada was sharing the future of the Hare Krishna movement. Gentleman sitting there asked ‘ Where are the temples?’ Prabhupada said, ‘Only time separates me from those temples and my followers. In due course of time there will be temples and followers all over the world.’ Now in Surat also there is temple and followers of Prabhupada. My thought was in the Bhagavatam, it's a long story.
satyam vidhatum nija-bhrtya-bhasitam
vyaptim ca bhutesv akhilesu catmanah
stambhe sabhayam na mrgam na manusam
To prove that the statement of His servant Prahlad Maharaj was substantial - in other words, to prove that the Supreme Lord is present everywhere, even within the pillar of an assembly hall - the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Hari, exhibited a wonderful form never before seen. The form was neither that of a man nor that of a lion. Thus the Lord appeared in His wonderful form in the assembly hall.(Srimad Bhagavatam, 7.8.17)
Lord Narasimha appeared to make the statement of his devotees true . He was asked, where is your Lord? He replied everywhere.
“Is he present in this pillar?”
“Yes! Why not , in this pillar also” Prahlad replied this way. In order to make statement of His devotee true, the Lord appeared as Narasimha from the pillar. Right out of the pillar! Brahma had also said, that you will not die inside the house , outside the house , in the sky or on the land, not in the morning or at night..,.... and on and on there is a big list. Lord had to appear to do the vinasaya ch duskrutam. ( B.G. 4.8) So the Lord appeared. He fulfilled all the conditions agreed upon by Brahma. The Lord kept all those conditions intact to keep Brahma's boon given to Hiranyakasipu intact and still did the killing also.
Sattyam vidhatum Prabhupada said , “Oh! I have temples everywhere! “ So the Lord in order to make Srila
Prabhupada's statement true that there are temples everywhere, devotees everywhere and books are being distributed, prasada is being distributed. . Prabhupada said this, so to make his statement true this Hare Krishna movement is spreading, and the Lord is getting everything done.
The Lord is behind this. Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu is getting it done. He is behind the Hare Krishna’ movement and with the Hare Krishna movement. He is making sure, whatever Prabhupada said , is being made a reality.
HARE KRISHNA HARE KRISHNA KRISHANA KRISHANA HARE HARE HARE RAMA HARE RAMA RAMA RAMA HARE HARE
But originally, it is the prediction of Caitanya Mahaprabhu that My name will reach everywhere. Srila Prabhupada made his mission to make Caitanya Mahaprabhu's prediction true. Prabhupada also knew that if Caitanya Mahaprabhu has said , that My name is going to be chanted everywhere, then there are going to be temples and Bhagavatam recitation and prasada distribution and Ratha -Yatras. So not only holy name is going to reach everywhere, but there will be temples, Ratha-Yatras and book distribution. This was the vision and prediction. Prabhupada shared the Lord's vision and in order to realize the Lord's vision , he was working hard. He established the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.
Srila Prabhupada made the Lord's will his will. He became the executer of the will of the Lord. Father's will is executed by the children, so Prabhupada is a good son of the Lord, as Jesus was the son of the Lord. Prabhupada was a good son who worked on bringing the will of the Lord true. So the Lord is cooperating. Now we the followers of Prabhupada have to make Srila Prabhupada's will our will and we have to work on execution of the will of the Lord and Srila Prabhupada. Prabhupada would say,“ You do as I did.” So we are eternally indebted to Srila Prabhupada. To become free from this debt, he said, “ You do as I did.”
So let's all push on this movement of Srila Prabhupada for the welfare of society. We will have to
stop now. I have to catch flight, and have to reach lotus Feet of Sri Sri Radha Rasbihari. So see you another day.