Audio Katha Vaisnava tithis audio About sannyasa - Sripad Premananda Prabhu - 18 November 2019 pm

About sannyasa – Sripad Premananda Prabhu – 18 November 2019 pm

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WHAT IS SRILA GURUDEVA'S INTERNAL SEVA?

“When I am going on my morning walk, I am present with Rādhikā and the mañjarīs. My skirt is rose pink and my shawl and blouse are light yellow—the color of a campaka flower. People are seeing me on a morning walk in some place in this world, but this is only in my external form. Daily, at this me, I go with Rādhikā to Nanda-bhavana. I place the fresh butter made by Rādhikā in the hand of Yaśodā Mātā. Kṛṣṇa is sleeping in His bed. Yaśodā Mātā quietly enters Kṛṣṇa’s room. Kṛṣṇa opens His eyes slightly as Yaśodā Mātā washes His face with a warm, damp towel and places the butter with sugar-candy in His mouth. Kṛṣṇa takes the mākhana-miśri, and then closes His eyes and smiles, savoring the nectarean butter churned by the hand of His beloved. Yaśodā Mātā leaves His room and tells the boys and animals waiting outside the house, ‘Don’t make any noise; Kanhaiyā is sleeping.’ “Yaśodā Mātā then enters the kitchen,” Śrīla Gurudeva continued, “where I am cleaning the stoves and preparing ingredients—honey, ghee, rice, dāls, various grains and flours, vegetables and fruits—for Rādhikā to cook. While Yaśodā Mātā looks over the cooking, she sends me to fan Kṛṣṇa. She says, ‘Nīlimā, Kanhaiyā is still resting. Go fan Him and make sure no one disturbs Him.’ I enter His room and begin to gently fan Him. Kṛṣṇa sits up to see who is there and playfully tries to catch my hand, but I run out of His reach. “Shortly after, the sakhās enter the room and, with them, Kṛṣṇa goes to milk the cows. When He returns, the cooking is complete and Śrīmatī Rādhikā says to Yaśodā Mātā, ‘We will bathe and dress Kṛṣṇa while you prepare His breakfast.’ “According to her bhāva, Yaśodā Mātā sees Kṛṣṇa as her small baby boy and Rādhikā and the gopīs as young girls. So, without hesitation, she arranges Kṛṣṇa’s morning meal in the kitchen, giving the kiśorīs a chance to intimately serve kiśora Kṛṣṇa. Śrīmatī Rādhikā bathes Kṛṣṇa with pitchers of fragrant water that I fill for Her. When Kṛṣṇa is touched by Rādhikā’s hand, He shivers uncontrollably in bliss.

Krsna’s Abhiseka – Govinda-lilamrta

How can living entities cross beyond mundane existence and enter the eternal world? For this purpose, the gosvāmīs in Mahāprabhu’s movement manifested strong connections to the spiritual world. Anyhow, from morning to evening, if one is absorbed in Kṛṣṇa's name, the holy dhāma and Kṛṣṇa’s pastimes there, remembering this day and night, he will automatically achieve great benefit, becoming connected to spiritual power. Mahāprabhu came to distribute vraja-prema, vraja-rasa, and vraja-bhakti. There is a barrier between Māyā and Yogāmāya, or the mundane world and Vraja-maṇḍala. It is as if there is a great dam separating the material and spiritual worlds. How can the flow of love from the spiritual world come into the mundane world? Mahāprabhu requested Nityānanda Prabhu to break this dam and freely distribute pure love. Nityānanda Prabhu went everywhere and distributed this vraja-prema, rasa and bhakti. All Mahaprabhu’s associates distributed this in their own unique way. Gadādhara Paṇḍita, Śrīvāsa Paṇḍita, Vakesvrara Paṇḍita, Haridāsa Ṭhākura—all had specialties. The line is not different, but the process of distribution is unique. With the saṅkīrtana movement, Nityānanda Prabhu went to everyone and took all anarthas from them, and then gave this vraja-prema. Gadādhara Paṇḍita served Gopinātha and anyone who came to him, he gave entrance into the service of Gopinātha and vigraha-sevā. Śrīvāsa Paṇḍita distributed saṅkīrtana rasa. Adavita Ācārya Prabhu gave the conclusions of śāstra, and all spiritual knowledge. He collected the living entities and offered them to the lotus feet of Mahāprabhu. Making them related to Mahāprabhu and giving them respect for Him. The Gosvāmīs, having understood fully the movement of Mahāprabhu, distributed pure love by describing the pastimes of Kṛṣṇa. If there is no relation with Kṛṣṇa's pastimes, then attachment will remain for mundane pastimes and activities. Hence, the Gosvāmīs began to distribute vraja-līlā, and vraja-bhakti. Do not think this is mundane or any worldly conception or speculation. If anyone passes along this way, their family members generally do not make their lives into a biography and save it. Kṛṣṇa-līlā, vraja-līlā, is not like this. The Gosvāmīs collected all of Kṛṣṇa's pastimes in Vraja, from dawn to dawn, and distributed it in the form of literature. When one drinks a little bit of this nectar, he realizes how powerful it is and how much benefit comes. Kavirāja Gosvāmī distributes the eternal pastimes of the spiritual world. If anyone wants to enter the holy dhāma and make relationship with the Vrajavāsīs, they must take shelter of līlā-śakti. Līlā-śakti doesn't look at any qualification or disqualification. If a person has greed to enter the dhāma and the eternal pastimes of Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa then She will give it without condition. If you humbly offer yourself to līlā-śakti, she will not look to see if You have anarthas, or are a sanyasi, Bābājī, brahmacārī or gṛhastha. She does not think about any of this. Līlā-śakti looks only to see if you have some respect. If She sees your desire is pure then She will take you to that world. Therefore, the guru-varga did not give so much emphasis on a person being qualified or unqualified. Once, when Śrīla Gurudeva was the west, some people asked him, "Why did you give dīkṣā to this new person? Why did you not wait for some time to see if he was qualified?" Śrīla Gurudeva said, "The living entities have been moving in this world for millions of lifetimes. They are disconnected from the Lord and their eternal relationship with Him. If they are connected to svarūpa-śakti and līlā-śakti, then they will be pulled out of this endless sea of misery and brought to Kṛṣṇa." If someone bathes in the Gaṅgā or Yamunā, they will feel clean and well. Similarly, the guru-varga brings one to the lotus feet of līlā-śakti. Līlā-śakti comes directly from svarūpa–śakti and svarūpa-śakti has unlimited power, being the personal energy of the Unlimited Himself. By drinking and bathing in the holy waters of the Lords pastimes, automatically one changes. This is the power of līlā-śakti. By one’s own sādhana he cannot cross māyā and come to God. The living entities have no strength. They may have good desire, but they have no strength. Mercy is required. Once, a paṇḍita was speaking on the tenth canto of Śrīmad Bhagvatam before a faithful assembly. The paṇḍita spoke of Kṛṣṇa’s amazing power, His sweet pastimes and also his enchanting svarūpa, decorated by His mother with many ornaments and precious jewels such as the Kaustubha-maṇi. In the large assembly there was a thief who was thinking to steal from anyone who fell asleep or lost themselves in the sweet hari-kathā. “I will steal their necklaces, and their gold right from their pockets,” he thought. This was his nature. However in the course of the thief plan, he heard so much description of Kṛṣṇa’s valuable ornaments that his greed became fixed on those riches alone. Now all he could think was, “How can I steal Kṛṣṇa's wealth?" His clever mind formulated a plan and he suddenly began to cry loudly in the middle of the assembled listeners.

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When the jīva engages all his time and energy in bhakti-yoga, then he also conquers over material karma. Working or doing karma is not bad in itself, but it becomes bad if it is done selfishly for one’s own material enjoyment. People do so many things throughout the whole day, but if they are asked to do some service for Hari, Guru and Vaiṣṇavas, they claim to have no time or to be weak and sick. But for their own enjoyment, they have the strength to work eighteen hours a day...

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