Audio Katha Baladeva Rasa Yatra expl tithi special - Prabhuji 7 Apr 2020

Baladeva Rasa Yatra expl tithi special – Prabhuji 7 Apr 2020

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Vaisnava-darsana and Aparadha

You cannot understand or control Vaisnavas with your ideas and principles. Whether a Vaisnava is a family-man, a brahmacari, a sannyasi, or anything—this is not important. Whoever chants and serves and continuously distributes the glories of Guru-Gauranga is not ordinary. He is a great Vaisnava...


Hearing the captivating sounds of His ankle bells, and flute playing, which are like the call of a male swan, the female swan-like Vraja-devīs cannot stay anymore in their houses. Their religious principles get left far behind when their attraction for Śrī Kṛṣṇa in their hearts swells uncontrollably, and they run to meet Him like a chaste wife runs to meet her husband. The anklebells on Kṛṣṇa’s lotus feet are singing. Whoever hears or remembers this beautiful sound is attracted by Kṛṣṇa’s sweetness and can never forget Him. Kṛṣṇa’s beauty, glories, pastimes, and sweetness are the wealth of the sādhaka. This pastime has been described in Śrī Rāsa Pañcādhayī:

Protecting Our Bhakti Through Prayer and Respect

It is not our duty to correct those who have faults. Our duty is nāma-sevā, vaiṣṇava-sevā, guru-sevā, and dhāma-sevā. We are not authorities. If we are sad to see wrong behavior, we can pray to Kṛṣṇa to help this person and change him. We can request Nāma Prabhu to help them, but we should personally not be against them or take sides. Being against means that we are becoming involved. Then we will think about it and forget our harināma. By this, material things come and acquire our hearts, and we will become the followers of this misbehaving person because we gave him a place in our hearts and minds. Then we will become crazy and depressed, and thus distance ourselves from Kṛṣṇa. If we do not have the power to change people, we should not think about their faults...


Dressed as a sādhu I wonder around and give others advice. Yet I myself cannot follow anything in my own life. I am thus a great hypocrite. I am dividing my senses and mind from God to satisfy my own selfish purposes and for the happiness of others. I will go to them acting as a teacher, but only with desire for name and fame. The end result of this deceitful practice will be that my love and energy is going to ordinary persons. Eventually that person will become my authority and guardian. He will then give me advice and instructions and by hook and crook he will enjoy me.

Glories of Srila Narottama dasa Thakura

Who can fathom the activities of Vaiṣṇavas? Nonsense people have no common sense. How can they understand? Therefore, never insult or dishonor Śrī Guru and Vaiṣṇavas: kaha na re karo ninda krsna krsna boli, ajaya caitanya se jinibe khele. Don’t fill your heart with garbage. Don’t think, “I am a Vaiṣṇava, now I am capable and worthy of insulting all others. All are bad, only I am good. I am the authority. All others’ opinions are wrong.” This is the philosophy of rascals! This is not Vaiṣṇava philosophy. Vaiṣṇavas collect only goodness. Honeybees only collect nectar from flowers and turn it into honey. They may even collect nectar from a poisonous flower and turn that into honey, but honeybees will only collect nectar, never poison, and it will be helpful for all. The dharma of Vaiṣṇavas is never to insult others. Vaiṣṇavas give proper respect to all. Even if one has no good qualities, if he is very bad and sinful, why should I collect the bad qualities from him and bring them into my heart? At the time of leaving his physical body and entering nitya-līlā, Śrīla Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura went to the Ganga surrounded by his disciples and sat in the water. He asked his dear and near disciples to massage his body and as they did so, he melted away into the river, leaving behind a pool of milk. We have come in this gauḍīya paramparā. If we pray with the bhajanas of Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura, Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura and the other ācāryas, we will be close to them. They have written these songs for us to show us the pathway to achieve prema-bhakti. The ācāryas are present with us in their prayers. Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura prayed: kabe kṛṣṇa-dhana pābo, hiyāra mājhāre thabo, juḍāibo tāpita-parāṇ sājāiyā dibo hiyā, vāsaibo prāṇa-priyā, nirakhibo se candra-bayān “When will I gaze on the moonlike face of Śrī Kṛṣṇa, the treasure more dear to me than mylife? When will I decorate Him and seat Him in my heart, relieving my sinful life?” Our ācāryas have reserved this transcendental wealth for us. This is our spiritual food and shelter. If we leave that aside and go to collect mundane film songs and so forth, we are the disciples of film stars and singers. But if we sing, remember and pray with the songs of our guru-varga, we will be in their line, as their followers. Therefore, out of their great kindness, the guru-varga have saved this property of heartfelt love for us. If we neglect these bhajanas, feeling we have no time to remember or sing them, how can we progress and approach our guru-varga? We will only collect māyā. Then we will suffer, and feel great tension and depression. This is our identity. This is the result of our exam. Where am I? Why am I disturbed? What is the problem? I do not sing these bhajanas. I do not go near the guru-varga. I never pray. Now I am the founder. I do not need to sing kīrtana. I don’t need to chant harināma. I don’t need darśana of Guru and Vaiṣṇavas, because I am now the founder. But what is the founder? What have I found? Am I the founder of māyā? Am I the founder of a sewage plant? This is all useless! Therefore— choḍata dhana-jana kalatra-suta-mita choḍata karama-geyāna rādhā-pada paṅkaja madhurata-sevana bhakativinoda paramāṇa Give up everything and come to the guru-varga! Then your life will be successful. Otherwise, everything is useless, useless, useless, bogus, bogus, bogus. Many people run, I will also run. Śrīla Gurudeva collected the songs of Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura. He sang these and taught them to his followers.

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