germs, being unclean, karmis , and liberation

May 22, 2020 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

May 31 1974 geneva.…Let everyone, all over the world, give chance to the people of this śravaṇaṁ kīrtanam. All the problems of the world will be solved. That’s a fact. Anarthopaśamaṁ sākṣāt. Directly you’ll have. And you can realize from your own life how many, how much anarthas were accompanying with you. Now they are all subsided. Sākṣāt.What is the means? This chanting. Now you enjoyed chanting, dancing. But people will not take to it. This is the only means. Because you have been attracted by chanting Hare Kṛṣṇa mantra and dancing, you are no more interested. This morning time, in every house, you can go. Either they are sleeping or they are drinking bed tea, without washing mouth, and all the germs are going within the tea, and they are being infected within the intestines, and they are getting so many diseases. But they will not understand. But here, and the bhakti-yogam, everyone rises early in the morning and then washes himself, takes bath, becomes cleansed, and chant HareKṛṣṇamantra, read book. This is bhakti-yoga. Automatically everything will be… Hygienic principle, health question, economic question, and social, political—everything will be solved. It is not joking. Anarthopaśamaṁ sākṣād bhakti-yogam adhokṣaje [SB 1.7.6].  Why the anartha is created? How? That is explained in the previous verse.
SB 3.25.18-In that position of self-realization, by practice of knowledge and renunciation in devotional service, one sees everything in the right perspective; he becomes indifferent to material existence, and the material influence acts less powerfully upon him.
 PURPORT-As the contamination of the germs of a particular disease can influence a weaker person, similarly the influence of material nature, or illusory energy, can act on the weaker, or conditioned, soul but not on the liberated soul. Self-realization is the position of the liberated state. One understands his constitutional position by knowledge and vairāgya, renunciation. Without knowledge, one cannot have realization. The realization that one is the infinitesimal part and parcel of the Supreme Spirit makes him unattached to material, conditional life. That is the beginning of devotional service. Unless one is liberated from material contamination, one cannot engage himself in the devotional service of the Lord. In this verse, therefore, it is stated, jñāna-vairāgya-yuktena: when one is in full knowledge of one’s constitutional position and is in the renounced order of life, detached from material attraction, then, by pure devotional service, bhakti-yuktena, he can engage himself as a loving servant of the Lord. paripaśyati means that he can see everything in its right perspective. Then the influence of material nature becomes almost nil. This is also confirmed in Bhagavad-gītā. Brahma-bhūtaḥ prasannātmā: [Bg. 18.54] when one is self-realized he becomes happy and free from the influence of material nature, and at that time he is freed from lamentation and hankering. The Lord states that position as mad-bhaktiṁ labhate parām [Bg. 18.54], the real state of beginning devotional service.  

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 Mayapur, West Bengal, Bharata Bhumi time Srila Vrindavana dasa Thakura avirbhava tithi [appearance day]

May 22, 2020 in Articles by Laksman dasa

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 Mayapur, West Bengal, Bharata Bhumi time

Srila Vrindavana dasa Thakura avirbhava tithi [appearance day]

Srila Prabhupada explains the unique position of Srila Vrindavana dasa Thakura, in the Gaudiya Sampradaya
compiled by Yasoda nandana dasa

On the left side, the original Gaura-Nitai deities worshiped by Sri Vrindavana dasa Thakura
On the right side the Radha-Krsna deities installed by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura

Srila Prabhupada: The readers of this small description of the life and precepts of Lord Caitanya will profit much to go through the books of Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura (Śrī Caitanya-bhāgavata) Read the rest of this entry →