Qualifications for being a liberated soul

August 8, 2020 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

Hare Krsna-For those devotees who want to know- here is a comprehensive list given to us by Srila Prabhupada for the beginning stages of an aspiring devotee and- the already acquired  qualities of a bona fide guru or liberated soul
Hare Krsna

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SB 5.4.5 purport…This is the way of Vedic life. One must stop the process of repeated birth and death and return home, back to Godhead. The words tan-mahimānam avāpa are significant in this regard. Śrīla Śrīdhara Svāmī says that mahimā means liberation in this life. We should act in such a way in this life that after giving up this body, we will become liberated from the bondage of repeated birth and death. This is called jīvan-mukti.Śrīla Vīrarāghava Ācārya states that in the Chāndogya Upaniṣad there are eight symptoms of a jīvan-mukta, a person who is already liberated even when living in this body. The first symptom of one so liberated is that he is freed from all sinful activity (apahata-pāpa). As long as one is under the clutches of māyā in the material energy, one has to engage in sinful activity. Bhagavad-gītā describes such people as duṣkṛtinaḥ, which indicates that they are always engaged in sinful activity. One who is liberated in this life does not commit any sinful activities. Sinful activity involves illicit sex, meat-eating, intoxication and gambling. Another symptom of a liberated person is vijara, which indicates that he is not subjected to the miseries of old age. Another symptom is vimṛtyu. A liberated person prepares himself in such a way that he does not take on any more material bodies, which are destined to die. In other words, he does not fall down again to repeat birth and death. Another symptom is viśoka, which indicates that he is callous to material distress and happiness. Another is vijighatsa, which indicates that he no longer desires material enjoyment. Another symptom is apipātā, which means that he has no desire other than to engage in the devotional service of Kṛṣṇa, his dearmost pursuable Lord. A further symptom is satya-kāma, which indicates that all his desires are directed to the Supreme Truth, Kṛṣṇa. He does not want anything else. He is satya-saṅkalpa. Whatever he desires is fulfilled by the grace of Kṛṣṇa. First of all, he does not desire anything for his material benefit, and secondly if he desires anything at all, he simply desires to serve the Supreme Lord. That desire is fulfilled by the Lord’s grace. That is called satya-saṅkalpa. Śrīla Viśvanātha Cakravartī points out that the word mahimā means returning to the spiritual world, back home, back to Vaikuṇṭha. Śrī Śukadeva says that the word mahimā means that the devotee attains the qualities of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. This is called sadharma, or “the same quality.” Just as Kṛṣṇa is never born and never dies, His devotees who return to Godhead never die and never take birth within the material world.
BG 7.14 purport...Another meaning of guṇa is rope; it is to be understood that the conditioned soul is tightly tied by the ropes of illusion. A man bound by the hands and feet cannot free himself – he must be helped by a person who is unbound. Because the bound cannot help the bound, the rescuer must be liberated. Therefore, only Lord Kṛṣṇa, or His bona fide representative the spiritual master, can release the conditioned soul. Without such superior help, one cannot be freed from the bondage of material nature. Devotional service, or Kṛṣṇa consciousness, can help one gain such release.
Note-this purport is very nicely given to us by Srila Prabhupada so that we wont be cheated by future “gurus” who claim to be bona fide spiritual masters, yet have none of the above mentioned qualities of a liberated soul. If one is bound my material desires, or manifest material qualities, then how can this person who is bound to matter like ourselves, in any way help us who are also similarly bound by the ropes of material nature? Only that person who is not bound with ropes of maya can intie our ropes, and nobody else)

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Lord Nityananda Prabhu-Trouble Maker

August 8, 2020 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

Hare Krsna…..Hare Rama….
Lord Nityananda Prabhu was known as a trouble maker at times. He would throw His clothes around, standing sometimes naked before the devotees, toss His food into other rooms or on the floor, and sometimes reply in ways that made absolutely no sense to all others. When a pot of ghee was stolen by a crow from Mother Malinis kitchen he ordered the bird to return it, which it did.When she offered Him sweets, He would toss them about and then return them to the plate so as not to cause her distress.And yet He was always  bursting forth with divine happiness,  acting like an innocent young boy at times, even when Hewould jump into the Ganga river and chase crocodiles, much to the dismay of all others. He would chase the young gopi girls and ask them to marry Him, even though this was not possible according to the customs.  Nobody knew what He would do from moment to moment. And despite all this ,everyone loved Him just like they loved Nimai pandit, Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu. The Two Lords were inseparable, and They both began the sankirtan movement in Bengal India 500 years ago and predicted it would spread to every town and village on this earth-which has almost been done up to today.
I offer my humble obeisances to these two Divine Incarnations of Lord Krsna and Lord Balarama who have captured the attention of millions of  devotees in this age of kali.

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Some Random Nectar

August 8, 2020 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa


Oct 3 1975 Mauritius
Cyavana: Perfect.Prabhupāda: So don’t be discouraged.Puṣṭa Kṛṣṇa: No, Prabhupāda. I’ll never leave your lotus feet. They asked you about other movements yesterday at the press conference…Prabhupāda: Yes.Puṣṭa Kṛṣṇa: …this movement and that movement. You said, “This is Kṛṣṇa’s movement.” So this should be our line of argument, because especially amongst the Indian community, when they question us about this swami and that swami…Prabhupāda: They replied that in everything there is light. And yes, the light of, what is called, glowworm and the light of sun is not the same. Everything is light; that doesn’t… We haven’t got to accept so-called lights. Even there is light, when there is sunlight, why you should aspire after glow of light? (People chanting in background) Who is chanting Hare Kṛṣṇa?Cyavana: Everyone is saying Hare Kṛṣṇa.Prabhupāda: Hare Rāma Hare Rāma. (laughter)Devotee (2): So all those sinful activities of these people have been eradicted now by saying Hare Rāma?Prabhupāda: Oh, yes. Immediately. That is the special advantage of this age. Kirtanād eva kṛṣṇasya mukta-saṅgaḥ [SB 12.3.51]. Immediately becomes free, mukta-saṅga. Without becoming mukta-saṅga, they cannot chant even. Why others are not chanting, they are chanting?Devotee (2): But the same… That means they will make more sinful activities?Prabhupāda: If he does, that is another thing. Otherwise, for the time being, he is freed from all the reaction of sinful, immediately. Sadyaḥ savanāya kalpate. Sadya, immediately. Immediately he becomes brāhmaṇa.Puṣṭa Kṛṣṇa: Is pious activity on the material platform?Prabhupāda: No, no. It is transcendental, above pious activity. By accumulation of pious activities one may be elevated to the transcendental position. Kṛta-puṇya-puñjāḥ [SB 10.12.11]. Puṇya means pious activities. After doing for many, many years simply pious activities one may be elevated to the transcendental platform. So pious activities cannot be compared with transcendental activities. But it may help in the long runTherefore transcendental activities does not depend on pious activity. It is not dependent. Then it will take long, long years. But automatically he becomes pious, achieves the result of pious activities.Cyavana: [break] …the standard of morality, Arjuna’s activity of killing was immoral.Prabhupāda: Morality, immorality, this is all creation of mind. Real purpose of life, to serve the order of Kṛṣṇa, that is real morality.

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