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Hearing and Chanting Srimad-Bhagavatam and the Mahamantra by Narasimha dasa

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Hearing and Chanting Srimad-Bhagavatamand the Mahamantra

By Narasimha das

The tenth offense to the holy name is to “become disinterested” in the holy name of the Lord and to remain attached to material desires. After having so many negative experiences in this mundane world, and after hearing many instructions regarding the value of renunciation and the glories of Krishna’s holy names, intelligent persons begin chanting Hare Krishna with determination. (See: SB.2.1.11, Purport) Often in Vedic prescriptions the most important instruction comes last. Without becoming disinterested in material existence, we may become inattentive or “disinterested” in chanting Hare Krishna.

Material desires make it difficult for us to chant the divine names with faith, humility and attention. This is described by Queen Kuntidevi in her prayers to Lord Krishna.

The First Result of Chanting and Hearing:

Hearing and chanting Krishna’s holy names with careful attention is the only means of attaining perfection in this age. Real devotional service, or bhakti, begins when we are freed from false ego and its associated false ambitions. Inattentive chanting is said to be the mother of offenses in chanting the holy names because it gives rise to the other offenses. Fully attentive and pure chanting is not possible without careful renunciation of material desires. Such renunciation helps lead us to pure chanting of the holy names, and this is also the first step to understanding Srimad-Bhagavatam. “The effect of chanting the holy name of the Lord is perceived by the chanter as liberation from the conception of false egoism.” (SB. 2.1.11, Purport) Material desires are born and breed due to “false egoism”.

Sri Sukadeva Gosvami, a genuine paramahamsa, has indicated that other Vedic proponents and students in the realm of karma, jnana and yoga are barred from understanding the real purpose and essence of Srimad-Bhagavatam. He mentioned that his father, Srila Vyasadeva, rejected His own disciples because they remained attached to these pursuits. Srila Vyasadeva apparently didn’t consider them qualified to receive the transcendental realizations offered by the Bhagavatam. Our first qualification for deep understanding of Srimad-Bhagavatam is our willingness to renounce material ambitions.

Srila Vyasadeva Rejects His Disciples:

It appears that among the disciples of Sri Vyasadeva, not all were pure devotees—not all were free from material desires. Not all were on the same level, and not all were qualified to understand Srimad-Bhagavatam.

Srila Sukadeva Gosvami has explained, “…The incarnation of Godhead Vedavyasa, rejecting his disciples, headed by Paila, instructed Srimad-Bhagavatam to me because I was free from all material desires…”

“O King Pariksit, mainly the topmost transcendentalist, who are above the regulative principles and restrictions, take pleasure in describing the glories of the Lord.” (Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.1.7)

Srimad-Bhagavatam is especially meant for paramahamsas. It’s real meanings and purposes can’t be understood or appreciated by materialistic persons.  Without the special assistance and mercy of the great devotees in the line of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, no one in this age is qualified to understand the Bhagavatam, which is described by Srila Prabhupada as the “post-graduate” study of Vedic literature. Srimad-Bhagavatam is best studied daily according the sadhana Srila Prabhupada established for his temples. In this way, by regular attendance in classes of Srimad-Bhagavatam all that is “inauspicious in the heart” becomes almost completely vanquished.

The best way for hearing Srimad-Bhagavatam is in association with non-duplicitous devotees, following the format Srila Prabhupada prescribed. A similar format was shown by great devotees when Srila Sukadeva Gosvami first spoke it to Maharaja Pariksit on the banks of the Ganges, and again when Sri Suta Goswami spoke it to the assembly of great sages in the sacred forest of Naimisaranya. (We should always hear and chant Srila Prabhupada’s translations and purports found in his original, authorized editions.)

Chanting Hare Krishna is the Only Way:

Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu has said that there are “no hard and fast rules” for chanting the Hare Krishna mahamantra. Chanting the holy names can be effectively done anywhere and everywhere by all persons in all times and all places. In a series of classes on Nectar of Devotion in Vrindaban (Nov. 12 and 13, 1972), Srila Prabhupada mentions that anyone can attain perfection— “even if he doesn’t read any scripture”—simply by chanting the Hare Krishna Mahamantra.

“O King, constant chanting of the holy names of the Lord after the ways of the great authorities is the doubtless and fearless way of success for all, including those who are free from all material desires, and also those who are desirous of all material enjoyment, as well as those who are self-satisfied by dint of transcendental knowledge.” (Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.1.11)

It mentions above that even those “who desire all material enjoyment” should chant Hare Krishna for success. Such materialists may achieve their desired objectives by chanting, but they can never attain liberation or prema-bhakti. Gradually, however, by chanting Hare Krishna for a long time and associating with devotees, materialists may learn to detest material desires. The problem for materialists, however, is that it is hard for them to associate with devotees or chant regularly and attentively.  

What is the solution for offensive chanting? Chanting Hare Krishna is the way to become freed from the reactions of all kinds of offenses, but what is the solution for one who chants offensively? According to great authorities, there is no remedy for offenses to the holy name—other than constant chanting. We can save time and suffering by chanting Hare Krishna and avoiding the 10 offenses in chanting. In this we can quickly arise to the level of pure chanting with full attention, by the mercy of Sri Sri Gaura-Nitai and Srila Prabhupada. At this stage, pure devotional service really begins and becomes truly effective. Srimad-Bhagavatam assures us that this the “doubtless and fearless way of success for all”.

March 28,2021 Sunday [Mayapura, West Bengal, India time] Gaura Purnima- Divine Appearance of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu

March 29, 2021 in Articles by Laksman dasa

Subject: Srila Prabhupada glorifies Sri Gaura Purnima- Divine Appearance of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu

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Srila Prabhupada re: the rarity of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s avatara on this planet. Devotee (8): Śrīla Prabhupāda, does Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu also appear every day of Brahma. Srila Prabhupāda: Yes, following Kṛṣṇa. Kṛṣṇa comes in the Dvāpara-yuga. There are four periods of each yuga: Sattva, Tretā, Dvāpara, Kali. So Kṛṣṇa comes at the end of Dvāpara-yuga, and Caitanya Mahāprabhu comes in the Kali-yuga. So almost about the same year, same circulation. Just like the sun appears after so many hours. It is like that. And the sun does not disappear. Sun is already there in the sky. It may not be in Australia’s vision, but it may be in other country’s vision. The sun is not dead. Similarly, Kṛṣṇa appears by rotation in this universe after so many years, eight billion and billion years. So next He goes to another universe. Just like the sun, after disappearance from Australia, it goes to another country. Similarly, Kṛṣṇa, after finishing His business in this universe, He goes to another universe. In this way the rotation takes eight million, nine billion years. Just imagine how many universes are there. He stays in one universe for 125 years. Everything is there, calculation, in the śāstra. Now we can imagine how many universes are there. That is, altogether, material world… Lectures : Srimad-Bhagavatam Lectures : Canto 6: Lectures : SB 6.1: Lectures : Srimad-Bhagavatam 6.1.3 — Melbourne, May 22, 1975 ….  
Srila Prabhupada explains the real nature of the form of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu is none other than the combined form of Śrī Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa. He is the life of those devotees who strictly follow in the footsteps of Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī. Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī and Śrīla Sanātana Gosvāmī are the two principal followers of Śrīla Svarūpa Dāmodara Gosvāmī, who acted as the most confidential servitor of Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya Mahāprabhu, known as Viśvambhara in His early life. A direct disciple of Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī was Śrīla Raghunātha dāsa Gosvāmī. The author of Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Śrīla Kṛṣṇadāsa Kavirāja Gosvāmī, stands as the direct disciple of Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī and Śrīla Raghunātha dāsa Gosvāmī.Adi lila.Sri Kavi Karnapura glorifies the divine appearance of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.

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Sri Kavi Karnapura explains the esoteric reason for the appearance of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.Sri Vrindavana bhuvi pura sac cid ananda sandrogaurangibhih sadrsa rucibhih syama dhama nanartatasam sasvad drdhatara parirambha sambhedatah kimgaurangah san jayati sa navadvipam alambamanah The dark complexioned Sri Krsna, whose form is eternal, blissful and full of knowledge (sac-cid-ananda), formerly danced with the golden-compexioned Gopis in the land of Vrindavana. By intently embracing them, He attained a golden complexion like theirs. In this golden form He has now appeared in the town of Navadvipa. Sri Kavi Karnapura in Sri Gaura-Ganoddesa-Dipika Text 1 (Translation by Sriman Kusakratha dasa) 

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Sri Prabhodhanda Sarasvati explains why Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu appeared in this world.stumas tam caitanyakrtim ati-vimaryada-paramadbhutaudaryam varyam vraja-pati-kumaram rasayitumvisuddha-sva-premonmada-madhura piyusa-laharimpradatum canebhyah para-pada-nabadvipa-prakatam ” Let us glorify the boundless merciful Suipreme Personality of Godhead, the prince of Vraja.  To taste the intoxicating sweet waves of the nectar of transcendental love for Krsna as well as to give that nectar to others, He has now appeared in the transcendental abode of Navadvipa as Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu.” Sri Caitanya-Candramrta, Chapter One, Text One (Translation by Sriman Kusakratha dasa) 

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Citing Sri Prabhodhananda Saravati, Srila Prabhupada explains the power of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s mercy upon His devotees.kaivalyaṁ narakāyate tri-daśa-pūr ākāśa-puṣpāyate
durdāntendriya-kāla-sarpa-paṭalī protkhāta-daṁṣṭrāyate
viśvaṁ pūrṇa-sukhāyate vidhi-mahendrādiś ca kīṭāyate
yat-kāruṇya-kaṭākṣa-vaibhavavatāṁ taṁ gauram eva stumah
 Lectures : Bhagavad-gita Lectures : Bg 4: Lectures : Bhagavad-gita 4.26 — Bombay, April 15, 1974 : 740415BG.BOM : There is another verse written by Prabodhānanda Sarasvatī. He said, kaivalyaṁ narakāyate tridaśa-pūr ākāśa-puṣpāyate durdāntendriya-kāla-sarpa-paṭalī protkhāta-daṁṣṭrāyate. Protkhāta-daṁṣṭrāyate. Just like dentist, when there some pain in the teeth, they extract. That is called protkhāta, extracted. So the indriyas have been compared with kāla-sarpa, kāla-sarpa, means a venomous snake. As soon as the kāla-sarpa or snake touches in any part of your body, because the venomous teeth is there, death is there immediately. Therefore they’re called kāla-sarpa. Kāla means death. Kāla-sarpa. Therefore we are so much afraid of a snake. So but if the kāla-sarpa’s poison teeth is taken away, then it is no more, I mean, fearful. It is no more dangerous. Therefore Prabodhānanda Sarasvatī says that “By the mercy of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, our indriyas, the senses, which are compared with the kāla-sarpa, may be kāla-sarpa, but the poison teeth is extracted.” Durdāntendriya-kāla-sarpa-paṭalī protkhāta-daṁṣṭrāyate Lectures : Bhagavad-gita Lectures : Bg 4: Lectures : Bhagavad-gita 4.26 — Bombay, April 15, 1974 : 740415BG.  Lectures : Srimad-Bhagavatam Lectures : Canto 1: Lectures : SB 1.8: Lectures : Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.8.18-19 — Bombay, April 9, 1971 : 710409SB.BOM : So yoga-siddhi, jugglery, yoga-siddhi magic, captivates foolish persons. So they want yoga-siddhi. If some foolish persons gather, then he gets sense enjoyment. That is another type of sense enjoyment. So therefore in the Caitanya-caritāmṛta it is said that bhukti-mukti-siddhi-kāmī sakali aśānta. They are not paramahaṁsas. Paramahaṁsa… Here it is stated that bhakti-yoga-vidhānārtham. Tathā paramahaṁsānāṁ munīnām amalātmanām [SB 1.8.20]. Amalātmanām means when there is no more dirty things. The karmīs, they have got dirty things, sense enjoyment. The jñānīs, they have got also dirty things. One may say that “Mukti is dirty thing?” Yes. According to Vaiṣṇava calculation it is dirty thing, because Prabodhānanda Sarasvatī Ṭhākura, he said, kaivalyaṁ narakāyate. Kaivalyam means to become one with the Supreme, mukti. He said, “It is exactly like hell.” Kaivalyaṁ narakāyate tri-daśa-pūrākāśa-puṣpāyate. “And these heavenly planets,” the domain or the objective of the karmīs, “that is like flower in the sky.” And durdāntendriya-kāla-sarpa-paṭalī protkhāta-daṁṣṭrāyate. Durdāntendriya-kāla-sarpa-paṭalī. The yogis, their first business is… They get so much yoga-siddhi because first business is indriya-saṁyama. Yoga-siddhi is not obtained easily. One has to practice it. And the first practice is controlling the senses. Durdāntendriya-kāla-sarpa-paṭalī protkhāta-daṁṣṭrāyateSrila Prabhupada elaborates and describes the benefit of surrendering to the lotus feet of Sri Caitanya MahaprabhuSakalam eva vihāya dūrād caitanya-candra-caraṇe kurutānurāgam. You just try to submit yourself on the lotus feet of Lord Caitanya. By His mercy you’ll find that, kaivalyaṁ narakāyate, you’ll find that to become one with the Supreme, it will appear to you just like hell. To merge into the Supreme, that is the highest ambition of the impersonalists. But if you submit yourself to the lotus feet of Caitanyacandra, then you’ll find that this conception is just like hell. Kaivalyaṁ narakāyate. Naraka means hell. You’ll find kaivalyam, to become one. And tridaśa-pūrākāśa-puṣpāyate. Tri-daśa-pūra means the planets, higher planets where demigods live. Thirty-three million demigods, there are at least thirty-three million planets. Tri-daśa-pūrākāśa-puspayateLectures : Srimad-Bhagavatam Lectures : Canto 1: Lectures : SB 1.5: Lectures : Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.5.8-9 — New Vrindaban, May 24, 1969   

 Lectures : Srimad-Bhagavatam Lectures : Canto 1: Lectures : SB 1.5: Lectures : Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.5.8-9 — New Vrindaban, May 24, 1969 : 690524SB.NVdentist, when there some pain in the teeth, they extract. That is called protkhāta, extracted. So the indriyas have been compared with kāla-sarpa, kāla-sarpa, means a venomous snake. As soon as the kāla-sarpa or snake touches in any part of your body, because the venomous teeth is there, death is there immediately. Therefore they’re called kāla-sarpa. Kāla means death. Kāla-sarpa. Therefore we are so much afraid of a snake. So but if the kāla-sarpa’s poison teeth is taken away, then it is no more, I mean, fearful. It is no more dangerous. Therefore Prabodhānanda Sarasvatī says that “By the mercy of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, our indriyas, the senses, which are compared with the kāla-sarpa, may be kāla-sarpa, but the poison teeth is extracted.” Durdāntendriya-kāla-sarpa-paṭalī protkhāta-daṁṣṭrāyate Lectures : Bhagavad-gita Lectures : Bg 4: Lectures : Bhagavad-gita 4.26 — Bombay, April 15, 1974 : 740415BG.  Lectures : Sri Isopanisad Lectures : Sri Isopanisad, Mantra 13-15 — Los Angeles, May 18, 1970 : 700518IP.LA : The idea is that Kṛṣṇa planet or the Vaikuṇṭha planets, they are beyond this Brahman effulgence, and those who are devotees, they are permitted to enter into these spiritual planets. Those who are not devotees, simply jñānīs or demons… The jñānīs and demons, they are offered the same place. The jñānīs… Āruhya kṛcchreṇa paraṁ padaṁ tataḥ [SB 10.2.32]. They practice severe austerities, penances, to enter into the Brahman effulgence. But the demons, simply by becoming enemy of Kṛṣṇa, they immediately get that place. The demons who are killed by Kṛṣṇa, they are immediately transferred to this Brahman effulgence. So just imagine, the place which is given to the enemies of Kṛṣṇa, is that very covetable thing? Suppose if somebody comes who is my enemy, I give him some place, and somebody, my intimate friend, I give him some other place. Similarly, this Brahman effulgence is not at all covetable. Therefore Prabodhānanda Sarasvatīpāda, he has composed a verse, that Brahman… Kaivalyaṁ narakāyate. Kaivalya means the Brahman effulgence, simply spiritual light. So kaivalyaṁ narakāyate. He says that this Brahman effulgence is just like hell. For a devotee, this Brahman… The jñānīs who are trying to merge into the Brahman effulgence, for devotee it is stated as hell. Kaivalyaṁ narakāyate. Tri-daśa-pūr ākāśa-puṣpāyate (Caitanya-candrāmṛta 5). And tri-daśa-pūr means the planets of the demigods within this material world. People are very much anxious to go into the heavenly planet. That is called tri-daśa-pūr or tri-daśa-pūr, the residential quarters of the demigods. And for a devotee it is understood as will-o’-the-wisp, ākāśa-puṣpāyate. And durdāntendriya-kāla-sarpa-paṭalī protkhāta-daṁṣṭrāyate. And the yogis, they are trying to control the senses, which are considered as venomous serpents, the senses. That’s a fact. So the bhakta says that “We are not afraid of the senses.” Why? Protkhāta-daṁṣṭrāyate. Because we have extracted the poison teeth. The senses has got a poison teeth. As soon as you indulge in sense gratification, immediately you become degraded. Immediately. So it is just like a venomous serpent. As soon as touches you, little biting, finished your life. So it is like that. Durdānta-kāla-sarpa-paṭalī, indriya. But these venomous snakes, if their poison teeth is taken away, then it may be fearful for the boys and children. But if an elderly person knows that his poison teeth has been taken away, nobody’s afraid of it. So this Kṛṣṇa consciousness means that we take away the poison teeth of the senses. So that even Kṛṣṇa conscious persons are allowed for sense gratification, the poison teeth is broken. So therefore they are not gliding down to the hellish condition of life. So in this way, either the karmīs or the jñānīs or the yogis, they are always… They are, every one of them, trying to elevate. And above them is the devotees Lectures : Srimad-Bhagavatam Lectures : Canto 1: Lectures : SB 1.8: Lectures : Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.8.18-19 — Bombay, April 9, 1971 : 710409SB.BOM : So yoga-siddhi, jugglery, yoga-siddhi magic, captivates foolish persons. So they want yoga-siddhi. If some foolish persons gather, then he gets sense enjoyment. That is another type of sense enjoyment. So therefore in the Caitanya-caritāmṛta it is said that bhukti-mukti-siddhi-kāmī sakali aśānta. They are not paramahaṁsas. Paramahaṁsa… Here it is stated that bhakti-yoga-vidhānārtham. Tathā paramahaṁsānāṁ munīnām amalātmanām [SB 1.8.20]. Amalātmanām means when there is no more dirty things. The karmīs, they have got dirty things, sense enjoyment. The jñānīs, they have got also dirty things. One may say that “Mukti is dirty thing?” Yes. According to Vaiṣṇava calculation it is dirty thing, because Prabodhānanda Sarasvatī Ṭhākura, he said, kaivalyaṁ narakāyate. Kaivalyam means to become one with the Supreme, mukti. He said, “It is exactly like hell.” Kaivalyaṁ narakāyate tri-daśa-pūrākāśa-puṣpāyate. “And these heavenly planets,” the domain or the objective of the karmīs, “that is like flower in the sky.” And durdāntendriya-kāla-sarpa-paṭalī protkhāta-daṁṣṭrāyate. Durdāntendriya-kāla-sarpa-paṭalī. The yogis, their first business is… They get so much yoga-siddhi because first business is indriya-saṁyama. Yoga-siddhi is not obtained easily. One has to practice it. And the first practice is controlling the senses. Durdāntendriya-kāla-sarpa-paṭalī protkhāta-daṁṣṭrāyateSrila Prabhupada cites Sri Prabhodhananda Sarasvati explaining the glorious appearance and golden form of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.ananda lilamaya vigrahayahemabha-divya-cchavi-sundarayatasmai maha-prema-rasa-pradayaIn the year 1407 of the Śaka Era (A.D. 1486), Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu appeared, and in the year 1455 (A.D. 1534) He disappeared from this worldcaitanyacandraya namo namaste O Lord Caitanyacandra, O Lord whose form is full of blissful pastimes, O Lord whose complexion is as splendid gold, O Lord who gives incharity the nectar of pure love for Krsna, I offer my respectful obeisances unto You. I offer my respectful obeisances unto You. Sri Caitanya-Candramrta 2.11. (translation by Sriman Kusakratha dasa) Lectures : Srimad-Bhagavatam Lectures : Canto 1: Lectures : SB 1.8: Lectures : Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.8.21 — New York, April 13, 1973 : 730413SB.NY : So ānanda-līlāmaya-vigraha. Ānanda-līlā, Kṛṣṇa’s līlā, pastimes are all jubilant. Ānanda-līlāmaya. Ānandamayo ‘bhyāsāt (Vedānta-sūtra 1.1.12). He is by nature ānandamaya. Kṛṣṇa, you’ll never find Kṛṣṇa is very unhappy. Kṛṣṇa is never unhappy. Kṛṣṇa is always happy. Therefore nanda-gopa-kumārāya govindāya [SB 1.8.21]. He is happy, and whoever, whoever associates with Him, he’s also happy. Govindāya. We are after sense gratification. Go means senses. So if you associate with Kṛṣṇa, you enjoy your senses affluently. Just like the gopīs are dancing with Kṛṣṇa. So there is no scarcity of sense gratification also. But that is not this sense gra…, gross sense gratification. That is spiritual sense. That is spiritual sense. Ānanda-cinmaya-sad-ujjvala-vigrahasya [Bs. 5.32]. We chant every day. That sense, you get, sense gratification is ānanda-cinmaya, cinmaya, in the spiritual world. Not this third-class ānanda with these bodily senses. This is not ānanda. This is an illusion. This is illusion. We are thinking that “I’m enjoying,” but that is not ānanda. This ānanda is not fact, because we cannot enjoy this material sense pleasure for long. Everyone has got experience. It is finished. It is finished. But spiritual enjoyment does not finish. It increases. That is the difference. Ānanda-cinmaya-sad-ujjvala-vigrahasya govindam ādi-puruṣam [Bs. 5.32

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Srila Prabhupada cites Krsna dasa Kaviraja Goswami in His Caitanya-Caritamrta description of the details of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s avirbhava (appearance)

śrī-kṛṣṇa-caitanya navadvīpe avatari āṭa-calliśa vatsara prakaṭa vihari Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, adventing Himself in Navadvīpa, was visible for forty-eight years, enjoying His pastimes.  CC adi Lila 13.8,9,10,  In the year 1407 of the Śaka Era (A.D. 1486), Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu appeared, and in the year 1455 (A.D. 1534) He disappeared from this world. CCai-Lila 13In the year 1407 of the Śaka Era (A.D. 1486), Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu appeared, and in the year 1455 (A.D. 1534) He disappeared from this world.9  I offer my respectful obeisances unto the full-moon evening in the month of Phālguna, an auspicious time full of auspicious symptoms, when Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu advented Himself with the chanting of the holy name, Hare Kṛṣṇa. I offer my respectful obeisances unto the full-moon evening in the month of Phālguna, an auspicious time full of auspicious symptoms, when Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu advented Himself with the chanting of the holy name, Hare Kṛṣṇa CC Adi-Lila 13.19 On the full-moon evening of the month of Phālguna when the Lord took birth, coincidentally there was also a lunar eclipseCC Adi-Lila 13.20 In jubilation everyone was chanting the holy name of the Lord-“Hari! Hari!”-and Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu then appeared, after first causing the appearance of the holy nameCC Adi-Lila 13.21  
   “…Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu is none other than the combined form of Śrī Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa. He is the life of those devotees who strictly follow in the footsteps of Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī. Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī and Śrīla Sanātana Gosvāmī are the two principal followers of Śrīla Svarūpa Dāmodara Gosvāmī, who acted as the most confidential servitor of Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya Mahāprabhu, known as Viśvambhara in His early life. A direct disciple of Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī was Śrīla Raghunātha dāsa Gosvāmī. The author of Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Śrīla Kṛṣṇadāsa Kavirāja Gosvāmī, stands as the direct disciple of Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī and Śrīla Raghunātha dāsa Gosvāmī.Adi lila. So we are spreading the mission of Sri caitanya mahaprabhu, this mission. Radha-Krishna mission it is practically. Sri Krsna Caitanya radha krsna nahe anya. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is combination of Radha -Krsna. Radha-Krsna pranya-vikrtitir hladini saktir asmad. Krsna and Radharani, the same absolute truth. Radharani is the pleasure potency of Krsna.and when Krsna wants to enjoy, He expands His pleasure potency in the form of Radharani. And when He wants to spread he lovig affairs of Radha and Krsna, He takes the form of Caitanya Mahaprabhu, and very kindlyHe gives the love of Krsna. Srila Prabhupada talk at Radha Govinda-Mandita, Calcutta, West Bengal, India. March 24, 1976 

Sripad Madhavendra Puri Tirobhava tithi [Disappearance day ]- Friday,March 26, 2021 [Mayapura, West Bengal, Bharata Bhumi time]

March 29, 2021 in Articles by Laksman dasa

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Sripad Madhavendra Puri Tirobhava tithi [Disappearance day ]-
Friday,March 26, 2021 [Mayapura, West Bengal, Bharata Bhumi time]
Srila Prabhupada explains the exalted position

of Madhavendra Puri in the Gaudiya Sampradaya
 compiled by Damaghosa dasa and Yasoda nandana dasa

1) Kṛṣṇa, 2) Brahmā, 3) Nārada; 4) Vyāsa, 5) Madhva, 6) Padmanābha, 7) Nṛhari, 8) Mādhava, 9) Akṣobhya, 10) Jayatīrtha, 11) Jñānasindhu, 12) Dayānidhi, 13) Vidyānidhi, 14) Rājendra, 15) Jayadharma, 16) Puruṣottama, 17) Brahmaṇyatīrtha, 18) Vyāsatīrtha, 19) Lakṣmīpati, 20) Mādhavendra Purī, 21) Īśvara Purī, (Nityānanda, Advaita), 22) Lord Caitanya, 23) Rūpa (Svarūpa, Sanātana), 24) Raghunātha, Jīva, 25) Kṛṣṇadāsa, 26) Narottama, 27) Viśvanātha, 28) (Baladeva) Jagannātha, 29) Bhaktivinode, 30) Gaurakiśora, 31) Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī, 32) His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda

Books : Bhagavad-gita As It Is – Macmillan 1972 Edition : Bg: introduction :

When Lord Brahmā was perplexed about how to construct the material manifestations in the universe and went down within the water to find out the means and the source of his lotus seat, he heard the word tapa vibrated twice. Taking the path of tapa is the second birth of the desiring disciple. The word upāśṛṇot is very significant. It is similar to upanayana, or bringing the disciple nearer to the spiritual master for the path of tapa. So Brahmājī was thus initiated by Lord Kṛṣṇa, and this fact is corroborated by Brahmājī himself in his book the Brahma-saṁhitā. In the Brahma-saṁhitā Lord Brahmā has sung in every verse govindam ādi-puruṣaṁ tam ahaṁ bhajāmi **. Thus, Brahmā was initiated by the Kṛṣṇa mantra, by Lord Kṛṣṇa Himself, and thus he became a Vaiṣṇava, or a devotee of the Lord, before he was able to construct the huge universe. It is stated in the Brahma-saṁhitā that Lord Brahmā was initiated into the eighteen-letter Kṛṣṇa mantra, which is generally accepted by all the devotees of Lord Kṛṣṇa. We follow the same principle because we belong to the Brahmā sampradāya, directly in the disciplic chain from Brahmā to Nārada, from Nārada to Vyāsa, from Vyāsa to Madhva Muni, from Madhva Muni to Mādhavendra Purī, from Mādhavendra Purī to Īśvara Purī, from Īśvara Purī to Lord Caitanya and gradually to His Divine Grace Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī, our divine master. Books: Srimad-Bhagavatam: Canto 2: “The Cosmic Manifestation”: SB 2.9: Answers by Citing the Lord’s Version: SB 2.9.6: PURPORT:

Brahmā is the direct recipient of Vedic knowledge from the Personality of Godhead, and anyone discharging his entrusted duties in disciplic succession from Brahmā is sure to gain fame in this life and salvation in the next. The disciplic succession from Brahmā is called the Brahma-sampradāya, and it descends as follows: Brahmā, Nārada, Vyāsa, Madhva Muni (Pūrṇaprajña), Padmanābha, Nṛhari, Mādhava, Akṣobhya, Jayatīrtha, Jñānasindhu, Dayānidhi, Vidyānidhi, Rājendra, Jayadharma, Puruṣottama, Brahmaṇyatīrtha, Vyāsatīrtha, Lakṣmīpati, Mādhavendra Purī, Īśvara Purī, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, Svarūpa Dāmodara and Śrī Rūpa Gosvāmī and others, Śrī Raghunātha dāsa Gosvāmī, Kṛṣṇadāsa Gosvāmī, Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura, Viśvanātha Cakravartī, Jagannātha dāsa Bābājī, Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura, Gaurakiśora dāsa Bābājī, Śrīmad Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī, A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami.  Books: Srimad-Bhagavatam: Canto 3: “The Status Quo”: SB 3.13: The Appearance of Lord Varaha : SB 3.13.8 : PURPORT :

This is the method of paramparā, or disciplic succession. Similarly, Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam explains that Kṛṣṇa imparted knowledge into the heart of Brahmā, the first created creature within the universe. Brahmā imparted those lessons to his disciple Nārada, and Nārada imparted that knowledge to his disciple Vyāsadeva. Vyāsadeva imparted it to Madhvācārya, and from Madhvācārya the knowledge has come down to Mādhavendra Purī, to Īśvara Purī, and from him to Caitanya Mahāprabhu Books: Sri Caitanya-caritamrta – 1975 Edition: Cc. Introduction:

Śrī Mādhavendra Purī is one of the ācāryas in the disciplic succession from Madhvācārya.

 Mādhavendra Purī had two principal disciples, Īśvara Purī and Śrī Advaita Prabhu. Therefore, the Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava-sampradāya is a disciplic succession from Madhvācārya. This fact has been accepted in the authorized books known as Gaura-gaṇoddeśa-dīpikā and Prameya-ratnāvalī, as well as by Gopāla Guru Gosvāmī. The Gaura-gaṇoddeśa-dīpikā clearly states the disciplic succession of the Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇavas as follows: “Lord Brahmā is the direct disciple of Viṣṇu, the Lord of the spiritual sky. His disciple is Nārada, Nārada’s disciple is Vyāsa, and Vyāsa’s disciples are Śukadeva Gosvāmī and Madhvācārya. Padmanābha Ācārya is the disciple of Madhvācārya, and Narahari is the disciple of Padmanābha Ācārya. Mādhava is the disciple of Narahari, Akṣobhya is the direct disciple of Mādhava, and Jayatīrtha is the disciple of Akṣobhya. Jayatīrtha’s disciple is Jñānasindhu, and his disciple is Mahānidhi. Vidyānidhi is the disciple of Mahānidhi, and Rājendra is the disciple of Vidyānidhi. Jayadharma is the disciple of Rājendra. Puruṣottama is the disciple of Jayadharma. Śrīmān Lakṣmīpati is the disciple of Vyāsatīrtha, who is the disciple of Puruṣottama. And Mādhavendra Purī is the disciple of Lakṣmīpati.Books : Sri Caitanya-caritamrta – 1975 Edition : Cc. Adi-lila : Adi 6: The Glories of Sri Advaita Acarya : Adi 6.40 : PURPORT

Srila Prabhupada explains the appearance of the associates of Lord Caitanya like Madhavendra Puri

mādhava-īśvara-purī, śacī, jagannātha

advaita ācārya prakaṭa hailā sei sātha

SYNONYMS

mādhava—Mādhavendra Purī; īśvara-purī—Īśvara Purī; śacī—Śacīmātā; jagannātha—Jagannātha Miśra; advaita ācārya—Advaita Ācārya; prakaṭa—manifested; hailā—were; sei—this; sātha—with.

TRANSLATION

Mādhavendra Purī, Īśvara Purī, Śrīmatī Śacīmātā and Śrīla Jagannātha Miśra all appeared with Śrī Advaita Ācārya.

 PURPORT

 Whenever the Supreme Personality of Godhead descends in His human form, He sends ahead all His devotees, who act as His father, teacher and associates in many roles. Such personalities appear before the descent of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Before the appearance of Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya Mahāprabhu, there appeared His devotees like Śrī Mādhavendra Purī; His spiritual master, Śrī Īśvara Purī; His mother, Śrīmatī Śacīdevī; His father, Śrī Jagannātha Miśra; and Śrī Advaita Ācārya. Books: Sri Caitanya-caritamrta – 1975 Edition: Cc. Adi-lila : Adi 3: The External Reasons for Lord Caitanya’s Appearance : Adi 3.95 : TRANSLATION :

Śrī Mādhavendra Purī, also known as Śrī Mādhava Purī, belonged to the disciplic succession from Madhvācārya and was a greatly celebrated sannyāsī. Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu was the third disciplic descendant from Śrī Mādhavendra Purī. The process of worship in the disciplic succession of Madhvācārya was full of ritualistic ceremonies, with hardly a sign of love of Godhead; Śrī Mādhavendra Purī was the first person in that disciplic succession to exhibit the symptoms of love of Godhead and the first to write a poem beginning with the words ayi dīna-dayārdra nātha, “O supremely merciful Personality of Godhead.” In that poem is the seed of Caitanya Mahāprabhu’s cultivation of love of Godhead.Srila

Books: Sri Caitanya-caritamrta – 1975 Edition: Cc. Adi-lila : Adi 9: The Tree of Devotional Service : Adi 9.10 : PURPORT

Prabhupada explains how Srila Madhavendra Puri rediscovered Gopala ji

yasmai dātuṁ corayan kṣīra-bhāṇḍaṁ

gopīnāthaḥ kṣīra-corābhidho ‘bhūt

śrī-gopālaḥ prādurāsīd vaśaḥ san

yat-premṇā taṁ mādhavendraṁ nato ‘smi

SYNONYMS

yasmai—unto whom; dātum—to deliver; corayan—stealing; kṣīra-bhāṇḍam—the pot of sweet rice; gopīnāthaḥ—Gopīnātha; kṣīra-corā—stealer of a pot of sweet rice; abhidhaḥ—celebrated; abhūt—became; śrī-gopālaḥ—Śrī Gopāla Deity; prāduḥrāsīt appeared; vaśaḥ—captivated; san—being; yat-premṇā—by his love; tam—unto him; mādhavendram—Mādhavendra Purī, who was in the Madhva-sampradāya; nataḥ asmi—I offer my respectful obeisances.

 TRANSLATION

 I offer my respectful obeisances unto Mādhavendra Purī, who was given a pot of sweet rice stolen by Śrī Gopīnātha, celebrated thereafter as Kṣīra-corā. Being pleased by Mādhavendra Purī’s love, Śrī Gopāla, the Deity at Govardhana, appeared to the public vision.

 PURPORT

 Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura annotates that this Gopāla Deity was originally installed by Vajra, the grandson of Kṛṣṇa. Mādhavendra Purī rediscovered Gopāla and established Him on top of Govardhana Hill. This Gopāla Deity is still situated at Nāthadvāra and is under the management of descendants of Vallabhācārya. The worship of the Deity is very luxurious, and one who goes there can purchase varieties of prasāda by paying a small price Books: Sri Caitanya-caritamrta – 1975 Edition: Cc. Madhya-Lila: Madhya 4: Sri Madhavendra Puri’s Devotional Service: Madhya 4.1: TRANSLATION:

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Sri Kavi karnapura explains the unique position of Sri Madhavendra Puri in the Brahma-Madhva-Gaudiya-Sampradaya

srimal laksmipatis tasya    sisyo bhakti  rasasrayah

 tasya sissyo madhavendro   yad dharmo,yam pravartitah

kalpa-vrkshasyavataro    vraja dhamani tisthgitah

prita preyo vatsalato    ujjvalakhya phala dharinah (Text 22)

Lakshmipati’s disciple was Madhavendra Puri, a great preacher of devotional service. Madhavendra Puri was the incarnation of a kalpa-vriksha tree in the abode of Vraja.

This tree bears as its fruits the mellows of servitude to Lord Krsna, friendship with Lord Krsna, parental love for Lord Krsna, and conjugal love for Lord Krsna. Gaura Ganodesa Dipika (22) 

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Madhya 4.95–purport–Today many scholars defend the science of religion, and they have some conception of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, but religion without practical experience of the Supreme Personality of Godhead is no religion at all. Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam describes this as a form of cheating. Religion means abiding by the orders of Kṛṣṇa, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. If one is not qualified to talk with Him and take lessons from Him, how can one understand the principles of religion? Thus, talks of religion or religious experience without Kṛṣṇa consciousness are a useless waste of time.

 Madhya 4.137-purport- One cannot understand Kṛṣṇa simply by reading Vedic literature. Although all Vedic literature is meant for understanding Kṛṣṇa, one cannot understand Kṛṣṇa without being a lover of Kṛṣṇa. Therefore along with the reading of Vedic literature (svādhyāya), one must engage in devotional worship of the Deity (arcanavidhi). Together these will enhance the devotee’s transcendental understanding of devotional service. Śravaṇādi śuddhacitte karaye udaya (Cc. Madhya 22.107). Love of Godhead is dormant within everyone’s heart, and if one simply follows the standard process of devotional service, it is awakened. But foolish mundane people who simply read about Kṛṣṇa mistakenly think that He is immoral or criminal.

ayi dīna-dayārdra nātha he

mathurā-nātha kadāvalokyase

hṛdayaṁ tvad-aloka-kātaraṁ

dayita bhrāmyati kiṁ karomy aham

Madhya 4.197-TRANSLATION

“O My Lord! O most merciful master! O master of Mathurā! When shall I see You again? Because of My not seeing You, My agitated heart has become unsteady. O most beloved one, what shall I do now?”

PURPORT

The uncontaminated devotees who strictly depend on the Vedānta philosophy are divided into four sampradāyas, or transcendental parties. Out of the four sampradāyas, the Śrī Madhvācārya-sampradāya was accepted by MādhavendraPurī. Thus he took sannyāsa according to paramparā, the disciplic succession. Beginning from Madhvācārya down to the spiritual master of Mādhavendra Purī, the ācārya named Lakṣmīpati, there was no realization of devotional service in conjugal love. Śrī Mādhavendra Purī introduced the conception of conjugal love for the first time in the Madhvācārya-sampradāya, and this conclusion of the Madhvācārya-sampradāya was revealed by Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu when He toured southern India and met the Tattvavādīs, who supposedly belonged to the Madhvācārya-sampradāya.

When Śrī Kṛṣṇa left Vṛndāvana and accepted the kingdom of Mathurā, Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī, out of ecstatic feelings of separation, expressed how Kṛṣṇa can be loved in separation. Thus, devotional service in separation is central to this verse. Worship in separation is considered by the Gauḍīya-Mādhva sampradāya to be the topmost level of devotional service. According to this conception, the devotee thinks of himself as very poor and neglected by the Lord. Thus he addresses the Lord as dīna-dayārdra nātha, as did Mādhavendra Purī. Such an ecstatic feeling is the highest form of devotional service. Because Kṛṣṇa had gone to Mathurā, Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī was very much affected, and She expressed Herself thus: “My dear Lord, because of Your separation My mind has become overly agitated. Now tell Me, what can I do? I am very poor and You are very merciful, so kindly have compassion upon Me and let Me know when I shall see You.” Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu was always expressing the ecstatic emotions of Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī that She exhibited when She saw Uddhava at Vṛndāvana. Similar feelings, experienced by Mādhavendra Purī, are expressed in this verse. Therefore, Vaiṣṇavas in the Gauḍīya-Mādhva sampradāya say that the ecstatic feelings experienced by Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu during His appearance came from Śrī Mādhavendra Purī through Īśvara Purī. All the devotees in the line of the Gauḍīya-Mādhva sampradāya accept these principles of devotional service.

 Madhya 4.212–TRANSLATION

One who hears this narration with faith and devotion attains the treasure of love of Godhead at the lotus feet of Śrī Kṛṣṇa.

Srila Prabhupada says — Because, what is secret? “As it is,” that’s all. No change.

March 29, 2021 in Articles by Laksman dasa

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.Srila Prabhupada says — Because, what is secret? “As it is,” that’s all. No change.

  • The law of interpretation is like this: when the things are not distinct, then you can interpret in your own way, I can interpret in my own way. But when the things are distinct, there is no question of interpretation.
  • Prabhupāda: That’s all. (break) Before this, before this movement I started ten years ago, so many svāmīs, philosophers came in the Western country. Not a single person became a devotee of Kṛṣṇa. That is our challenge. And now you’ll find thousands and thousands. Because, what is secret? “As it is,” that’s all. No change.
  • Prabhupāda: Eh? You cannot. If you have own design, don’t touch Bhagavad-gītā. You make your own design and preach otherwise. Why you take advantage of the Bhagavad-gītā? This is criminal. If you have got a different philosophy, you preach. Everyone has got the right. But why you misinterpret Bhagavad-gītā? When you take advantage of the popularity of Bhagavad-gītā and you speak nonsense, that is not good. That has murdered the whole thing. And practically we see that. Bhagavad-gītā as it is, you try to understand, you get the benefit and your life is successful. Besides that, interpretation when it is required. When things are understood directly, there is no question of interpretation. The law of interpretation is like this: when the things are not distinct, then you can interpret in your own way, I can interpret in my own way. But when the things are distinct, there is no question of interpretation.
  • Ali: What is the meaning of “as it is.”

    Prabhupāda: “As it is” means Kurukṣetra is Kurukṣetra, dharma-kṣetra is dharma-kṣetra. That is “as it is.”

    Ali: Kṛṣṇa is Kṛṣṇa.

    Prabhupāda: Kṛṣṇa is Kṛṣṇa, Pāṇḍava is Pāṇḍava. That is “as it is.”

——————————————————————————————————–Prabhupāda: Eh? No difficulty. If you chant Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa, Hare Kṛṣṇa, Hare Kṛṣṇa, where is the difficulty? That is man-manā. Apply your mind to Kṛṣṇa. Where is the difficulty? The difficulty is that we’ll not do it. That is our determination. We shall do everything, but not this. That is the difficulty. Otherwise, there is no difficulty. Everyone will teach about Bhagavad-gītā. So many things they will speak, but nobody speaks that you surrender to Kṛṣṇa. Rather, they will say Kṛṣṇa is fictitious, there was no Kṛṣṇa, there was no . . . they mislead, that’s all. And he becomes a big scholar. The more he deviates you, misguides you, he becomes a big scholar. This is going on. Is it not? There are so many scholars, politicians, philosophers, they are talking of Bhagavad-gītā. Nobody is talking that Kṛṣṇa . . . surrender to Kṛṣṇa. Am I right or wrong? They’ll say: “We have got different meaning of Kṛṣṇa.” Now, this is the position. Why different meaning of Kṛṣṇa? All the sages, all the saintly persons, they have accepted Kṛṣṇa. Just like Arjuna, when he understood Bhagavad-gītā, he immediately accepted Kṛṣṇa: paraṁ brahma paraṁ dhāma pavitraṁ paramaṁ bhavān (BG 10.12). This is understanding of Kṛṣṇa. Sarvam etad ṛtaṁ manye yan māṁ vadasi keśava (BG 10.14): “Keśava, whatever You have spoken, I take it altogether as it is.” Sarvam etad ṛtaṁ manye. All fact. And they are manufacturing some meaning. How they’ll understand Kṛṣṇa? This is going on. And our this movement has become little successful . . . people give me such credit, “Swāmījī, you have done wonderful.” But I do not know what wonderful. I do not know any magic. I simply say that you accept Kṛṣṇa or Bhagavad-gītā as it is. That’s all. That is my magic. And they are accepting it. We are presenting Bhagavad-gītā as it is. We do not make any interpretation that, “Kṛṣṇa means this, Kurukṣetra means this, Pāṇḍavas means this.” No. We are presenting Bhagavad-gītā as it is. You have seen our Bhagavad-gītā?

Mr. Sahani: Yes.

Prabhupāda: That’s all. (break) Before this, before this movement I started ten years ago, so many svāmīs, philosophers came in the Western country. Not a single person became a devotee of Kṛṣṇa. That is our challenge. And now you’ll find thousands and thousands. Because, what is secret? “As it is,” that’s all. No change.

Mr. Sahani: But as it is, it is in Sanskrit, and it is very difficult to understand in the…
Prabhupāda: Not at all. What is the difficulty? Suppose

dharma-kṣetre kuru-kṣetresamavetā yuyutsavaḥmāmakāḥ pāṇḍavāś caivakim akurvata sañjaya(BG 1.1)

So dharma-kṣetre kuru-kṣetre. Kurukṣetra is still there, and it is a dharma-kṣetra. From Vedic order, Kurukṣetra is dharma ācaret. Still, people go there by thousands and by millions as pilgrimage. So where is the difficulty dharma-kṣetre kuru-kṣetre (BG 1.1)? Unless you make difficulty. But as the literature is, dharma-kṣetre kuru-kṣetre (BG 1.1), where is the difficulty to understand it? Kurukṣetra is there and it is dharma-kṣetra. Where is the difficulty? Unless you make it difficult.

Ali: What is the meaning of “as it is.”

Prabhupāda: “As it is” means Kurukṣetra is Kurukṣetra, dharma-kṣetra is dharma-kṣetra. That is “as it is.”

Ali: Kṛṣṇa is Kṛṣṇa.

Prabhupāda: Kṛṣṇa is Kṛṣṇa, Pāṇḍava is Pāṇḍava. That is “as it is.”

Ali: Kṛṣṇa explains who is.

Prabhupāda: No, first of all you have to understand. So Kṛṣṇa is explained Himself, “I am this.” Mattaḥ parataraṁ nānyat kiñcid asti dhanañjaya (BG 7.7). “There is no more superior authority than Me.” We accept it. Why you accept another authority to understand Kṛṣṇa? Kṛṣṇa says mattaḥ parataraṁ nānyat (BG 7.7). So there is no difficulty as it is. But we create difficulty. If somebody asks me, “Where is your nose?” if I say, “Here is my nose.” And if I say, “No here,” (laughter) then it is difficulty. If I say directly, “Here is my nose,” then there will be no difficulty. But if I want to do like this, then it is difficulty. There is no difficulty. We have created difficulty. That is our folly. Therefore there is no result. That is the present position, that we have created difficulty in understanding Bhagavad-gītā and we Indians are now practically out of our own culture.

Mrs. Sahani: Those who don’t understand Kṛṣṇa, it’s difficult for them.

Prabhupāda: How he will understand? He creates difficulty to understand Kṛṣṇa. Kṛṣṇa says, “I am the supreme authority,” and the person who heard from Kṛṣṇa, he says paraṁ brahma paraṁ dhāma pavitraṁ paramam (BG 10.12). He accepts Kṛṣṇa as the supreme authority, Arjuna. And why we deviate? The speaker says that He is the supreme authority, and the listener, Arjuna, accepts Him. Now why we interpret? What right you have got interpretation?

Mrs. Sahani: We interpret it according to our own design.

Prabhupāda: Eh? You cannot. If you have own design, don’t touch Bhagavad-gītā. You make your own design and preach otherwise. Why you take advantage of the Bhagavad-gītā? This is criminal. If you have got a different philosophy, you preach. Everyone has got the right. But why you misinterpret Bhagavad-gītā? When you take advantage of the popularity of Bhagavad-gītā and you speak nonsense, that is not good. That has murdered the whole thing. And practically we see that. Bhagavad-gītā as it is, you try to understand, you get the benefit and your life is successful. Besides that, interpretation when it is required. When things are understood directly, there is no question of interpretation. The law of interpretation is like this: when the things are not distinct, then you can interpret in your own way, I can interpret in my own way. But when the things are distinct, there is no question of interpretation.

Mrs. Sahani: If that’s so, then we don’t understand because we don’t want to understand.

Prabhupāda: Yes. That is the folly. You don’t want to understand.
[Evening Darsan — August 10, 1976, Tehran]

Srila Prabhupada writes – “Don’t be disappointed. Krishna will act through His movement and kill them, these demons. How it will be done, that you cannot know now, but it will be done.”

March 29, 2021 in Articles by Laksman dasa

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Srila Prabhupada Speaks Out – “Don’t be disappointed. Krishna will act through His movement and kill them, these demons.How it will be done, that you cannot know now, but it will be done.”

“So this will give impetus to Krishna consciousness movement. Yada yada hi dharmasya glanir bhavati [Bg. 4.7]. Don’t be disappointed. Krishna will act through His movement and kill them, these demons. How it will be done, that you cannot know now, but it will be done.”(Evening Darshan, February 15, 1977, Mayapur)”If we remain sincere, even we are feeble, new-born, nobody can kill us. That is a fact. Just like Krishna when He was three months old, attempt was made by Putana to kill Him, but the Putana was killed”. (Room Conversation, May 3 1976 Honolulu)

Editing Srila Prabhupada’s Books

March 29, 2021 in Articles by Laksman dasa

Editing Srila Prabhupada’s Books

By Narasimha das

Before Srila Prabhupada’s first revised editions of Srimad-Bhagavatam were complete, we used to study and have classes from Srila Prabhupada’s India editions of the first three cantos. The devotees loved these editions, even though it seemed they were “irregularly composed” and contained some obvious typos. We thought Srila Prabhupada’s English was exotic and beautifully poetic, but perhaps dated or influenced by British prose from the 1800s. We later learned that these editions were edited by an old man in India connected with Srila Prabhupada’s first book publisher in New Delhi. This man must have been a great soul to be blessed by Srila Prabhupada with this service. Srila Prabhupada had obviously wanted to engage him, by His causeless mercy. Yet, as we later learned, Srila Prabhuapda’s English was perfect, even from a contemporary American point of view. This became clearly obvious when devotees discovered His early writings in Back to Godhead Magazine, His poems, and His first editions of Sri Isopanisad and Easy Journey to Other Planets.  Thus, it would seem, there may have been another reason why Srila Prabhupada allowed an unqualified man in India to edit or proof His first editions of Srimad-Bhagavatam: to glorify the prediction of Srila Vyasadeva Himself.

Srila Prabhupada very humbly writes in His Preface to Srimad-Bhagavatam: I must admit my frailties in presenting Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, but still I am hopeful of its good reception by the thinkers and leaders of society on the strength of the following statement of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.5.11:

tad-vāg-visargo janatāgha-viplavo
yasmin pratiślokam abaddhavaty api
nāmāny anantasya yaśo ‘ṅkitāni yac
chṛṇvanti gāyanti gṛṇanti sādhavaḥ

‘On the other hand, that literature which is full with descriptions of the transcendental glories of the name, fame, form and pastimes of the unlimited Supreme Lord is a transcendental creation meant to bring about a revolution in the impious life of a misdirected civilization. Such transcendental literatures, even though irregularly composed, are heard, sung and accepted by purified men who are thoroughly honest.’ ” (Srimad-Bhagavatam, Preface, 12/15/1962)

Srila Prabhupada later engaged some of His educated disciples for the sake of making some of His books technically more presentable for the wider academic community (“the thinkers and leaders of society”), and under His direct supervision, they engaged in this service. Srila Prabhupada accepted their service and finalized those authorized editions.

On the other hand, when Lord Chaitanya was playing His pastimes of being a scholar, before He manifested His pastimes of pure devotional service, He used to try to debate devotees on topics of philosophy, grammar, and logic. These pure devotees, although competent to debate these topics, would run away because they did not like discussions not directly about Krishna. Then one day Nimai Pandit happened to meet Srila Isvara Puri in Navadvipa and offered him obeisance. Isvara Puri stayed in Navadvipa Dhama at the house of Gopinatha Acharya for a few months, and Nimai Pandit would go regularly to see him. Srila Isvara Puri then began to teach Nimai Pandit his book, Sri Krishna-lilamrita. After a while, Srila Isvara Puri requested Nimai Pandit to point out the mistakes in his book (Sri Krishna-lilamrita) and indicated his desire to correct the mistakes under Nimai’s guidance.

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saravasti Thakura comments as follows: “Hearing his words, The Lord condemned mundane scholarship and spoke the following invaluable nectarean words: ‘First of all, this book is composed by such a pure devotee as Puripada, and, moreover, it is full of topics about Krishna. Therefore, whoever finds faults in this book is certainly an offender. The poetry of a pure devotee, in whatever form it may be, is always pleasing to Krishna. There is no doubt about it. The Supreme Lord never sees any grammatical faults in the statements of His devotees. A person who finds faults in the statements of a devotee is himself full of faults. No one is so audacious as to find faults in the descriptions of the Supreme Lord by a pure devotee like Puripada.’” (Sri Chaitanya-Bhagavata, Summary of Chapter 11)

 In 1977, Srila Prabhupada noticed some changes in his Srimad-Bhagavatam that he did not authorize. He therefore instructed devotees to go back to printing the original ISKCON editions he had previously authorized. He also several times instructed that no additional editing or changes were needed in any of his books. Leaders of the present-day iskcon have repeatedly ignored his instructions in this regard and continue to promote and sell unauthorized versions of his books, some with numerous changes done without Srila Prabhupada’s approval.]

last 3 Gaura Purnima festivals

March 28, 2021 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

Last 3 Gaura Purnima festivals here at Sri Sri Gaura Nitai mandir Sedro woolley Wa

Sri Gaura Purnima 2019

Gaura Purnima 2020-despite the  covid virus
class for Gaura Purnima 2020
Gaura Purnima morning 2021
Hare Krsna-I think everyone will be in bliss when this covid  business– has passed over us
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The Lord Caitanyas dancing at Ratha Yatra description–SP

March 27, 2021 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

Madhya 13.208–Anyone who hears this description of the car festival will attain Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu. He will also attain the elevated state by which he will have firm conviction in devotional service and love of Godhead.
Madhya 13.82–TRANSLATION-When Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu danced and jumped high, roaring like thunder and moving in a circle like a wheel, He appeared like a circling firebrand.
PURPORT-If a burning cinder of a firebrand is whirled about very swiftly, it gives the appearance of a circle of fire. This is called alāta-ākāra, or a firebrand circle. This whole circle is not actually made of fire but is a single fire in motion. Similarly, Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu is a single personality, but when He danced and jumped high in a circle, He appeared like the alāta-cakra.
Madhya 13.83-Wherever Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu stepped while dancing, the whole earth, with its hills and seas, appeared to tilt.
Madhya 13.84-When Caitanya Mahāprabhu danced, He displayed various blissful transcendental changes in His body. Sometimes He appeared as though stunned. Sometimes the hairs of His body stood on end. Sometimes He perspired, cried, trembled and changed color, and sometimes He exhibited symptoms of helplessness, pride, exuberance and humility.
Madhya 13.85-When Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu fell down with a crash while dancing, He would roll on the ground. At such times it appeared that a golden mountain was rolling on the ground.
Madhya 13.86-Nityānanda Prabhu would stretch out His two hands and try to catch the Lord when He was running here and there.
Madhya 13.101–When Caitanya Mahāprabhu danced and jumped high, eight wonderful transformations indicative of divine ecstasy were seen in His body. All these symptoms were visible simultaneously.
Madhya 13.102-His skin erupted with goose pimples, and the hairs of His body stood on end. His body resembled the śimulī [silk cotton tree], all covered with thorns.
 
Madhya 13.103-Indeed, the people became afraid just to see His teeth chatter, and they even thought that His teeth would fall out.
Madhya 13.104-Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu’s whole body flowed with perspiration and at the same time oozed blood. He made the sounds “jaja gaga, jaja gaga” in a voice choked with ecstasy.
 
Madhya 13.105-Tears came forcefully from the eyes of the Lord, as if from a syringe, and all the people surrounding Him became wet.
 
Madhya 13.106-Everyone saw the complexion of His body change from white to pink, so that His luster resembled that of the mallikā flower.
 
Madhya 13.107–Sometimes He appeared stunned, and sometimes He rolled on the ground. Indeed, sometimes His legs and hands became as hard as dry wood, and He did not move.
 
Madhya 13.108-When the Lord fell on the ground, sometimes His breathing almost stopped. When the devotees saw this, their lives also became very feeble.
 
Madhya 13.109-Water flowed from His eyes and sometimes through His nostrils, and foam fell from His mouth. These flowings appeared to be torrents of nectar descending from the moon.
 
Madhya 13.111-After performing His devastating dance for some time, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu’s mind entered into a mood of ecstatic love.
 
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A brief list of various preps to offer to the Lord On Gaura PUrnima

March 27, 2021 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

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Madhya 14.25-.–The prasāda sent by the King had been offered at the Balagaṇḍi festival and included uncooked milk products and fruits. It was all of the finest quality, and there was no end to the variety.
Madhya 14.26-There was curd, fruit juice, coconut, mango, dried coconut, jackfruit, various kinds of bananas and palm fruit seeds.
Madhya 14.27-There were also oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, almonds, dried fruit, raisins and dates.
Madhya 14.28-There were hundreds of different types of sweetmeats like manoharā-lāḍu, sweets like amṛta-guṭikā and various types of condensed milk.
Madhya 14.29-There were also papayas and saravatī, a type of orange, and also crushed squash. There was also regular cream, fried cream and a type of purī made with cream.
Madhya 14.30-There were also sweets like hari-vallabha and sweets made of seṅoti flowers, karpūra flowers and mālatī flowers. There were pomegranates, sweets made with black pepper, sweets made with fused sugar, and amṛti-jilipi.
Madhya 14.31-There was lotus flower sugar, a kind of bread made from urad dhal, crispy sweetmeats, sugar candy, fried rice sweets, sesame seed sweets and cookies made from sesame seeds.
Madhya 14.32-There were sweetmeats made from sugarcane candy in the form of oranges, lemons and mangoes along with fruits, flowers and leaves.
Madhya 14 .33-There was yogurt, milk, butter, buttermilk, fruit juice, a preparation made of fried yogurt and sugar candy, and salty mung dhal sprouts with shredded ginger.
Madhya 14.34-There were also various types of pickles-lemon pickle, berry pickle and so on. Indeed, I am not able to describe the variety of food offered to Lord Jagannātha.
Madhya 14.35–When Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu saw half the garden filled with a variety of prasāda, He was very satisfied.
Madhya 14.36-Indeed, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu was fully satisfied just to see how Lord Jagannātha accepted all the food.
PURPORT-Following in the footsteps of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, a Vaiṣṇava should be fully satisfied simply to see a variety of food offered to the Deity of Jagannātha or Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa. A Vaiṣṇava should not hunger for a variety of food for his own sake; rather, his satisfaction is in seeing various foods being offered to the Deity. In his Gurv-aṣṭaka, Śrīla Viśvanātha Cakravartī Ṭhākura writes:
catur-vidha-śrī-bhagavat-prasāda-svādv-anna-tṛptān hari-bhakta-saṅghān kṛtvaiva tṛptiṁ bhajataḥ sadaiva vande guroḥ śrī-caraṇāravindam
“The spiritual master is always offering Kṛṣṇa four kinds of delicious food [analyzed as that which is licked, chewed, drunk and sucked]. When the spiritual master sees that the devotees are satisfied by eating bhagavat-prasāda, he is satisfied. I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of such a spiritual master.”
The spiritual master’s duty is to engage his disciples in preparing varieties of nice food to offer the Deity. After being offered, this food is distributed as prasāda to the devotees. These activities satisfy the spiritual master, although he himself does not eat or require such a variety of prasāda. By seeing to the offering and distribution of prasāda, he himself is encouraged in devotional service.
Some Conclusions—So far today, the day before Gaura Purnima here is our list of offerings to Sri Sri Gaura Nitai and Others….
Fresh garden salad with dressing, cauly pakoras, fig chutney, sweet and sour subji, basmati rice, pudding, mango slices, dried cranberries, sour cherries, cherry tomatoes, oranges, walmuts, almonds, sunflower seeds, pistachios, pumpkin seeds, raisins, plum syrup, fig preserves, veggie sticks, yogurt with elderberry syrup, plum butter, plum jelly, and more to come for sure tomorrow….
This is nothing compared to the list made in Jagannatha Puri, but we do what we can. Some years ago we always made at least 108 different preps, but now we are older, and there will be no devotee gathering here, so we shall adjust for the new “circumstances” and hope the Lord is satisfied with our humble and meager offerings.
Hare Krsna
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Deity worship introduced among the atheists non believers and mleccas–SP

March 21, 2021 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

Letter Jayatirtha…Nov 10 1975

I have invited Krsna and He may not be insulted by disrespectful behavior. I have introduced this system of Deity worship amongst the non-believers, the atheists, the mlecchas, the yavanas and I pray to Krsna that I am inviting You to come, so please, because You are seated in their hearts, please give them the intelligence how to serve you so that You may not be inconvenienced.

I have introduced this system to the mlecchas, the yavanas and the lowest and the fallen, but still it is successful. I think that you are doing nicely.

                                                     

Deity worship best benediction and essential for incapable devotees

SB 1.12.9 purport–There is no difference between the thumblike Viṣṇu in the womb of Uttarā and the full-fledged Nārāyaṇa in the Vaikuṇṭha-dhāma, the kingdom of Godhead. He accepts the form of arca-vigraha (worshipable Deity) just to accept service from His different incapable devoteesBy the mercy of the arca-vigraha, the form of the Lord in material elements, the devotees who are in the material world can easily approach the Lord, although He is not conceivable by the material senses. The arca-vigraha is therefore an all-spiritual form of the Lord to be perceived by the material devotees; such an arca-vigraha of the Lord is never to be considered material. There is no difference between matter and spirit for the Lord, although there is a gulf of difference between the two in the case of the conditioned living being. For the Lord there is nothing but spiritual existence, and similarly there is nothing except spiritual existence for the pure devotee of the Lord in his intimate relation with the Lord.

 

SB 4.30.27 purport–Deity worship in the form of temple worship is the most valuable benediction given by the Lord to beginners. All neophytes must therefore engage in the worship of the Lord by keeping the arcā-vigraha (arcāvatāra) at home or in the temple.

SB 7.14.39-TRANSLATION–My dear King, when great sages and saintly persons saw mutually disrespectful dealings at the beginning of Tretā-yuga, Deity worship in the temple was introduced with all paraphernalia.

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Without worshiping the arca-vigraha, the form or Deity of the Lord,

one cannot understand such literature as Bhagavad-gita and

Srimad-Bhagavatam.  

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So the temple worship is essential. So those who are against temple

worship, Deity worship, they are not very intelligent class of men,

foolish, mudha.  NoD 35 Neutral Love of God 175614/530501

Madhya 25.278 : PURPORT :-All the devotees connected with this Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement must read all the books that have been translated (Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, Bhagavad-gītā and others); otherwise, after some time, they will simply eat, sleep and fall down from their position. Thus they will miss the opportunity to attain an eternal, blissful life of transcendental pleasure.

 

When we have lost that loving feeling

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Anarthas-get rid of these first then talk of Svarupa-SP

March 19, 2021 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

June 23 1276 New Vrndavana
 
Devotee (1): Śrīla Prabhupāda, when one returns to his svarūpa, his natural form, how does…
 
Prabhupāda: First of all, anartha-nivṛtti. You are accustomed to so many bad habits. First of all try to rectify it, then talk of svarūpa. Where is your svarūpa? Simply wasting time. A man is diseased, he’s thinking, “When I shall be cured I shall eat, go to this hotel, I shall eat like this.” First of all cure, then talk of eating this and that. Svarūpa, when you are cured, that is svarūpa. So long you are not cured, what is the use of talking svarūpa? First business is cure yourself. Anartha-nivṛtti, that is anartha-nivṛtti. Then svarūpa will come. That is the bābājīs. In Vṛndāvana, you have seen? Siddha-praṇālī.
 
Pradyumna: Ah, siddha-praṇālī, siddha-deha?
 
Prabhupāda: They are smoking and having illicit sex with one dozen women-svarūpa. Rascal. This is called sahajiyā, a rascal. Condemned. Where is your svarūpa? Don’t talk unnecessarily. First of all come to svarūpa, then talk of svarūpa.
 
Devotee: So our motivation should be to get free from birth, disease, old age and death.
 
Prabhupāda: That is already explained. But you must be determined how to execute devotional service. Without determined devotional service, how we can attain that position? So what is the use of talking utopian? First business is anartha-nivṛttiḥ syāt. Ādau śraddhā tathaḥ sādhu-saṅgo ‘tha bhajana-kriyā tato anartha-nivṛttiḥ syāt. You adopt this means that you have got full faith that “Kṛṣṇa consciousness will save me.” Then you live with devotees who are similarly determined. Then you execute devotional service. Then anartha-nivṛttiḥ syāt, you’ll be free from all these…. These are the stages. There is…. Up to anartha-nivṛtti, you have to struggle very hard with determination, and then automatically everything will come. Tato niṣṭhā tato rucis tataḥ, athāsaktis tato bhāvaḥ. So before svarūpa, anartha-nivṛtti, don’t expect all these. Read.
 
“Work now, samadhi later”–SP
 These are the Lords of this land here
this is our greenhouse waiting for all the tomatoes and pepper plants to be put in soon the peas are already coming up

3 Benedictions given by Krsna das Kaviraja– simply for hearing

March 18, 2021 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

Madhya 9.361–Please hear the transcendental pastimes of Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu with faith and devotion. Giving up envy of the Lord, everyone chant the Lord’s holy name, Hari.
Madhya 9.362–In this Age of Kali there are no genuine religious principles other than those established by Vaiṣṇava devotees and Vaiṣṇava scriptures. This is the sum and substance of everything.
PURPORTOne must have firm faith in the process of devotional service and the scriptures that support it. If one hears the activities of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu with this faith, he can be freed from his envious position. Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam is meant for such nonenvious persons (nirmatsarāṇāṁ satām). In this age a person should not envy Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu’s movement but should chant the holy names of Hari and Kṛṣṇa, the mahā-mantra. That is the sum and substance of the eternal religion, known as sanātana-dharma. In this verse the word vaiṣṇava refers to a pure devotee and fully realized soul, and the word vaiṣṇava-śāstra refers to śruti, or the Vedas, which are called śabda-pramāṇa, the evidence of transcendental sound. One who strictly follows the Vedic literature and chants the holy name of the Supreme Personality of Godhead will actually be situated in the transcendental disciplic succession. Those who want to attain life’s ultimate goal must follow this principle. In Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (11.19.17), it is said:
śrutiḥ pratyakṣam aitihyam anumānaṁ catuṣṭayam pramāṇeṣv anavasthānād
vikalpāt sa virajyate “Vedic literature, direct perception, history and hypothesis are the four kinds of evidential proofs. Everyone should stick to these principles for the realization of the Absolute Truth.”
Madhya 9.363–The pastimes of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu are just like an unfathomable ocean. It is not possible for me to enter into them. Simply standing on the shore, I am but touching the water.
1.) Madhya 9.364-The more one hears the pastimes of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu with faith, analytically studying them, the more one attains the ecstatic riches of love of Godhead.

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bona fide and bogus deity worship–SP

March 18, 2021 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

Bona fide and bogus Deity worship explained by SP
 
Nov 3 1973 Delhi BG lectures
…The example, as I gave you the other day, that a soldier is fighting and killing many enemies or killing many persons, but he is not responsible for killing. The same man, when he is not fighting for the country or for the government, if he kills one man, he is hanged. He is to be hanged. Try to understand. So because he is fighting or killing on the order of higher authority, the government, he is not responsible for all those killings. Rather sometimes he is recognized by giving some medal: “Oh, you have killed so many enemies. Very good.” And similarly, if he kills outside the warfield, at home… That is also enemy. Nobody kills nobody unless the other is his enemy. But he will be hanged. If he argues in the court that “In the battlefield I killed so many enemies. I was given recognition. But at home I have killed only one enemy and for which I am going to be hanged. What is this law?” This argument will not stay. So for higher authority’s order, if you do something, you are not responsible.
 
Note–In the above example Srila Prabhupada is explaining the principle of acting under higher authority by which one may even kill others without reactions.
On the other hand when some person acts on his own without obedience to the higher authority of Guru and God, then he is responsible for his actions and his so called spiritual activity has no good consequence-in other words it is not only useless but sinful.
 
Dec 23 1970 Surat conversations
Devotee (3): In regard to worshiping arcā-vigraha form, you have explained that if one receives a mantra from a spiritual master who is not bona fide, that mantra has no effect. So I would like to ask if one is worshiping a Deity and his spiritual master is not bona fide, so that Deity cannot be considered the Supreme Lord?
Prabhupāda: Well, first of all, thing is if the spiritual master is not bona fide, how his mantra can be bona fide? Your statement is contradictory. If you say the spiritual master is not bona fide, then how his mantra becomes bona fide? If he is bona fide, then his mantra is bona fide.
Devotee (3): Then why is he giving instruction to worship the Deity? If the spiritual master is not bona fide, then is the Deity also not bona fide?
Prabhupāda: I do not follow. What does he say?
Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: His idea is that if one receives a mantra from a spiritual master, if the spiritual master is not bona fide…
Prabhupāda: Then there is no question of mantra. There is no question of worshiping Deity. These are all bogus things. If you are not… Just like here is a young medical man. If he has not received instruction from a bona fide medical college, so what is the value of his medical, being… That is… What is called? What is the technical name?
Devotee (4): Quack.
Prabhupāda: Quack! (laughter) (pronounces like “quark”)
Devotees: Quack.
Prabhupāda: A quack is not a medical manhowever he may show all red bottles, white bottles.
 

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How to make spiritual advancement-two ways–SP

March 16, 2021 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

SP explains how to make spiritual advancement-simple –two things only
 
June 27 1976 New Vrndavana
And Caitanya Mahāprabhu said, when He was asked by a gṛhastha devotee what should be the behavior of a Vaiṣṇava, He immediately said asat-saṅga tyāga, ei vaiṣṇava ācāra: [Cc. Madhya 22.87] “Give up the company of all rascals, asat.” Asat means those who are rascals. That is Vaiṣṇava. Do not mix with all rascals, asat. Now how shall I know who is rascal and who is not a (rascal)? Asat eka ‘strī-saṅgī—-eka asādhu, kṛṣṇa-bhakta āra. One who is too much attached with woman, he is rascal. Another rascal, who is not a devotee of Kṛṣṇa. That’s all. So we have got everything test tube. Put the test tube and you understand. If one is strī-saṅgī… Strī-saṅgī means not only the man, the man or woman, one who are very much sexually attached, he is a rascal. One should give up his company. And another rascal who is not a devotee of Kṛṣṇa. That’s all, finished. So if you want to be a Vaiṣṇava, you must give up the company of these two rascals. Then your progress is guaranteed. Everything is there. There is no difficulty to distinguish between rascals and intelligent, guru and bluffer. Everything is there. And to become a perfect Vaiṣṇava, Caitanya Mahāprabhu said asat-saṅga tyāga ei vaiṣṇava. Don’t talk even with these rascals. But sometimes in the preaching work we have to talk with such rascals, but not to take their theory but to teach them our theory. If you become defeated by their theory, then you are not a preacher. Don’t preach, chant Hare Kṛṣṇa. You are not fit for teaching. If you become overcome by their teaching, then you are finished. A preacher is madhyama-adhikārī, advanced devotee. He can preach. Kaniṣṭha-adhikārī should be engaged in temple worship, very nicely, then gradually he’ll come to the madhyama-adhikārī. So the preacher is madhyama-adhikārī. A kaniṣṭha-adhikārī cannot become preacher. He is in the lowest stage of devotional service; he cannot become preacher. He’ll be conquered by the asat. And madhyama-adhikārī, he knows how to deal with asat. At least he does not mix with them. That’s all. If he cannot defeat them, he should avoid them, because that valuable time can be utilized for preaching Kṛṣṇa consciousness to a person who is inquisitive to hear. Bāliśya. Bāliśya means innocent. He wants to know something about Kṛṣṇa. Better deal with him than with the rascals and waste time. Better avoid the rascals. Just like in hospital, emergency cases, the doctor, when they see that this patient hopeless, he does not take care anymore. But when there is hope, they give medicine and try to… So hopeless condition, better not. Don’t talk with them. That’s all. That is vaiṣṇava-ācāra. Then he’ll remain safe. Hopeless person, don’t waste your time talking with them. Īśvare tad-adhīneṣu bāliśeṣu dviṣatsu ca. Four observations. Bhagavān-īśvara; prema-love. And, prema-maitrī, friendship with devotees. And kṛpa, mercy to the innocent person. And upekṣā, no more talking. Don’t waste time, talking with all these nonsense. Better utilize, properly utilize the time by instructing a person who is innocent and eager to hear. Like that.
 
NoteIn this valuable conversation Srila Prabhupada is explaining how to make spiritual advancement-We have to associate with fixed up devotees, who follow the process and who know the sastra, and then avoid those who are not following strictly this line of transcendental thought. Give up those too attached to women and wealth and those who are not actual devotees of God-Krsna.
 
June 28 1976 New Vrndavana conversations
 
Prabhupāda: they do not know what is the aim of life. They think that “they are not racing like dog; therefore, they are lazy.” But they are busy, very busy, from the childhood. But they have no eyes to see what is, business means.
Puṣṭa Kṛṣṇa: The second point is, in connection with this question, that there’s a certain class of people in India—he describes them as being advanced, well-meaning and highly educated people in India today—that they’re accusing Hinduism of inhibiting progress and he wants to know why is this.
Prabhupāda: That is explained. They do not know what is progress. The Vedic civilization is not interested in this so-called false progress. Just like from hut to skyscraper. They think this is progress. But the Vedic civilization thinks how much he is advanced in self-realization. Either he is in cottage or in skyscraper. But if he wastes his time to turn the huts into skyscrapers, then the whole life is finished. And next time he is going to be a dog. He does not know. That’s all.
 
Note-We see today many devotees who are more interested in economic development, collecting money, and building skyscrapers than in spiritual realization. As SP says above they think that going from hut to skyscraper is advancement, but it is not.
I remember when I joined the movement and was out on the streets the very next day distributing books , shaved head and in dhoti. And then years later that “sankirtan” turned into selling candles, then paintings and they (the so called leaders) still called it “sankirtan” but it was simply the business of making money in the NAME of sankirtana. Today we see this in many places or temples. And this is what Srila Prabhupada warns us about NOT doing in the above conversation. What was once Transcendental has now become karma. Even if one is making money for Krsna, that is called karma yoga but not bhakti yoga. Bhakti yoga is the 9 direct processes of devotional service.

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