Audio Katha Kamada Ekadasi, Ramayana - Prabhuji 4 Apr 2020

Kamada Ekadasi, Ramayana – Prabhuji 4 Apr 2020

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Once while staying in Hawaii at the ocean-side home of Vṛndāvana Prabhu, Śrīla Gurudeva went outside to the liu garden and began plucking weeds and picking up twigs. Not seeing Gurudeva inside, his sevakas thought, “Where has Guru Mahārāja gone?” They went to search outside and were surprised to see him, although advanced in years, squatting and tending the garden. When his sevakas approached and spoke to him, Śrīla Gurudeva startled and returned to external awareness. He then returned inside. Internally, Gurudeva was with the sakhīs making sure there were no thorns on the pathway Kṛṣṇa would take through the forest. Śrīla Gurudeva explained that when one enters the bhāva-rājya—the realm of ecstatic spiritual service—while in one’s physical body, it is like a wild

Śrī Guru as a Manifestation of Kṛṣṇa

The love and affection of Śrīmatī Rādhikā is higher than that of Śrī Kṛṣṇa. Although Śrīla Bilvamaṅgala Ṭhākura indicates that Kṛṣṇa is superior to Rādhikā, those in the line of Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī, Śrīla Raghunātha dāsa Gosvāmī, and Śrīla Prabodhānanda Sarasvatī desire that Rādhikā be always victorious over Kṛṣṇa – and it actually happens that way...

By His Prayers

After the disappearance of Venkata Bhatta, Prabhodananda Sarasvati left his home and came to Vrndavana. He lived in Kamyavana and in all the twelve forests of Vrndavana, in a separation mood used to call out, "O, where is Srimati Radhika? Lalita, Visakha, where are you?" He was always weeping and rolling down on the earth...

The Topmost Love – San Francisco 05 1996 July

You must know that Śrīmatī Rādhikā’s love and affection is the topmost among all the gopīs. We cannot imagine Her love and affection. The nature of the soul is also to have love and affection for Kṛṣṇa, though it is not as ‘vibhu’ (great) as that of Śrīmatī Rādhikā and the gopīs, since we are not the bodily expansions of Kṛṣṇa or Śrīmatī Rādhikā. We are separated part and parcels of Kṛṣṇa. So our love and affection is also of a part and parcel nature. So we should give our hearts to Kṛṣṇa. We should not be pleased to live in this world and collect many things; after all we will have to leave everything behind. Where to go we don’t know. So we should try more and more to develop our love and affection for Kṛṣṇa from śraddhā to niṣṭhā, ruci, āsakti, bhāva, prema, sneha, māna, praṇaya, rāga, and anurāga, following the footsteps of the gopīs. This is the only requirement. The only way to fulfill our deepest desires is to follow the footsteps of the gopīs. If you want liberation, you can exercise your mental faculties and arrive at the conception, “I am Brahmā.” This is the process to achieve the goal of liberation. Or if you want to serve Śrī Nārāyaṇa then you can practice the limbs of vaidhī-bhakti. If you want to go higher than that, than you can serve Śrī Rukmiṇī, Satyabhāmā and Dvārkādhīśa, and you can serve Śrī Jagannātha, Baladeva, and Subhadrā in Śrī Jagannātha Purī. If you want to be a sakhā (friend) of Kṛṣṇa, then you can follow Śrīdāma, Subala, Madhumaṅgala, and the other sakhās. If you want to serve Kṛṣṇa as a parent, then you should follow in the footsteps of Śrī Nanda and Yaśodā. If you want to have the love and affection of the gopīs, then follow their footsteps and then you can have it. We will explain more on another day.

Krsna is the Controller – 12 July 1996, Vancouver

Srila Gurudeva: The first aparadha is satang-nindha. The first offense to the holy name is to criticize the sadhus who are engaged in chanting harinama and in doing bhajan. These Vaisnavas should not be criticized. A man doesn’t offend guru as easily. He will respect his guru who gave him harinama and diksa. Only a degraded person will criticize his guru; or else no one will offend their guru. They know the glories of Sri Guru. But a person thinks of a Vaisnava to be like him. Although the Vaisnava is on the same platform as one’s guru, or although he may be even more advanced than one’s guru; but still, people consider him to be an ordinary person and thus, they criticize him. Hence it is said, “The first offense to the holy name is criticizing the Vaisnavas. You should be very careful to avoid this offense.” What to speak of criticizing a Vaisnava, you should not even criticize a person who is in samsara, who doesn’t chant, and who is of bad character. You should not criticize him, or else all his bad qualities will enter your heart. Therefore, don’t criticize the Vaisnavas, or else you will suffer in hell for millions of lives. And bhakti will not be had. Devotee: Shouldn’t we tell a man if he is doing something wrong? Srila Gurudeva: You should be silent. You should speak to him if he is acting against bhakti. Or else, you should be silent. Devotee: You seem to make a difference between a Vaisnava and a Suddha Vaisnava? Srila Gurudeva: It is very difficult to become a Suddha Vaisnava. Actually, it is not that difficult. I never criticize anyone. I have never criticized anyone. So, you should never criticize anyone. But, if a fault is seen in someone, then just be silent because his previous karma is like a fangless snake. This karma will not bite him. api cet su-duracaro bhajate mam ananya-bhak sadhur eva sa mantavyah samyag vyavasito hi sah —Bhagavad Gita 9.30 [Even if one commits the most abominable action, if he is engaged in devotional service he is to be considered saintly because he is properly situated in his determination.] Sripad Madhava Maharaja: A person’s present karma will end very soon when he is engaged in Bhagavan’s bhajan. A burnt rope looks like a real rope, but in reality, by the faintest of touches, it will crumble and fall to ashes. A snake that has its fangs removed cannot kill anyone by its poison. Srila Gurudeva: Similarly, one who is engaged in Bhagavan’s one-pointed bhajan; who worships only Krsna and who chants and listens to hari-katha; yet if he commits an abominable action like theft or looking at a woman, or any other form of ill behavior—even so, this should not be considered. You should still consider that person a sadhu, because his actions will not bear fruit. All his inappropriate tendencies have been done away with because of practicing bhakti. All the reactions to his karma have been burnt. Sripad Madhava Maharaja: When you stop a fan, it doesn’t stop immediately. It runs for some time and then stops. Similarly, even a sadhu does something inappropriate, he cannot be punished for that. Bhagavan will Himself correct that devotee. The devotee will automatically be rectified.

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