First of all, anartha-nivṛtti. You are accustomed to so many bad habits–SP.

January 24, 2023 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

June 23 1976 New Vrndavana conversations

Devotee (1): Śrīla Prabhupāda, when one returns to his svarūpa, his natural form, how does…
Prabhupāda: First of all, anarthanivṛtti. 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. Anarthanivṛtti, that is anarthanivṛtti. Then svarūpa will come. That is the bābājīs. In Vṛndāvanayou have seen? Siddha-praṇālī.
Pradyumna: Ah, siddha-praṇālī, siddhadeha?
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 anarthanivṛttiḥ syāt. Ādau śraddhā tathaḥ sādhu-saṅgo ‘tha bhajanakriyā tato anarthanivṛttiḥ 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 anarthanivṛttiḥ syāt, you‘ll be free from all these…. These are the stages. There is…. Up to anarthanivṛtti, you have to struggle very hard with determination, and then automatically everything will come. Tato niṣṭhā tato rucis tataḥ, athāsaktis tato bhāvaḥ. So before svarūpaanarthanivṛtti, don’t expect all these
 
Some Conclusions-We can see over time who wants Krsna Prema but does not want to do  any actual “work”  There are so many as Prabhupada mentions here about the Radha Kunda  bogus babajis as well as among his disciples.
Work now…….. samadhi later or, as Sriman Jayananda once said when asked how does one make spiritual advancement? 
He said I dont know I am too busy working for Srila Prabhupada!!!  The process is real and bona fide because it is given by our acaryas, we just have to stick with it being patient and continue to beg for Krsnas mercy as an ongoing activity.
 
Hare Krsna
damaghosa das

Reciprocal love right now-not later–SP

January 24, 2023 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

Hare Krsna-It seems there is a mood these days by some, of understanding that this bhakti yoga is somewhat mechanical, and that we dont have any present day love for Prabhupada or Krsna.  They think this love will come sometime in the “future” if we just follow enough rules and regulations..  
 
This is a wrong conception as one can see below in the numerous letters sent by Srila Prabhupada to his numerous loving disciples. These exchanges of love between Srila Prabhupada and us are in the present day, right now, if we want them. We dont have to wait for further “realizations” until we have some” love” within us. This love is always within us, it just has to be uncovered by the process of sadhana bhakti, beginning and ending with chanting Hare Krsna. It may not be full blown Krsna Prema, but it is still some vestiges of real love. Otherwise to say we have no love at all is to say we dont exist since love is the basis of our being. It is called cid-vilasa, means to give spiritual pleasure or love to others.
 
damaghosa das
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July 14 1975 letter
Yes everybody says like that, that I am incarnation of Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Actually Krsna and Krsnas’s representative are not different. Anything that is Krsnas’s is not different from Krsna. Therefore it is said saksad-dharitvena samast sastrair: the spiritual master is accepted by all advanced devotees as Hari.
July 27 1971

So whatever is offered in devotion and love is all right. It is our duty to offer the very best to Krsna and the spiritual master. That is reciprocal love. 

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