Audio Katha Baladeva Rasa Yatra special - Prabhuji 8 Apr 2020

Baladeva Rasa Yatra special – Prabhuji 8 Apr 2020

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The Philosophy of Materialism

In these many ways the philosophy of Materialism is refuted even by ordinary logic. Only very unfortunate people accept the ideas of Materialism. They have no idea of spiritual happiness. Their desires are...

SRILA GURUDEVA Early Years – POLICE INSPECTOR TO JOINING THE MATHA Part 1

In 1945, a group of Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava sādhus came to the place where Gurudeva was serving as a police officer. Amongst them were Śrīpāda Narottamānanda Brahmacārī (known as Bhaktikamala), Tridaṇḍisvāmī Bhaktikuśala Nārasiṁha Mahārāja, and Śrī Rādhānātha Prabhu. Śrīpāda Narottamānanda Brahmacārī was a disciple of Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda. He was one of the prominent preachers who served under the guidance of his senior godbrother, the renowned Ācarya Kesarī Śrīla Bhakti Prajñāna Keśava Gosvāmī Mahārāja, who is one of the dear­most disciples of Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura. Śrīpāda Narottamānanda Brahmacārī preached vigorously in the cities and villages throughout Bihar and Bengal, such as Paṭnā, Dumkā, Rājmahal, and Bhāgalpura.

Glories of Madhvacarya

Madhvācārya preached by speaking hari-kathā, distributing mahā-prasāda, and serving the Vaiṣṇavas. These three things are very important. Now people think, “There are no Vaiṣṇavas. All are ordinary karmīs.” This is a bogus idea. If anyone came to serve God, and God and Gurudeva accept that person and give him the holy name and that person performs kirtana and engages in bhajana, then he is a Vaiṣṇava. If you desire to progress in your life, respect and serve the Vaiṣṇavas, chant harināma, listen to hari-kathā, and honor mahā-prasāda. There is no need of anything more. By this process you will become free of anarthas. But if you have no respect or faith for Vaiṣṇavas, you will never advance. Therefore Prabhupāda Sarasvatī Ṭhākura called all Prabhu. Our Lord is Mahāprabhu, and all His followers are Prabhu. They are masters in this world. They teach and help the jīvas. If you don’t respect those Vaiṣṇavas, how can you progress? If you think they are ordinary, how can you progress? ārcye viṣṇau śilā-dhīr guruṣu nara-matir vaiṣṇave jāti-buddhir viṣṇor vā vaiṣṇavānāṁ kali-mala-mathane pāda-tīrthe ‘mbu-buddhiḥ śrī-viṣṇor nāmni mantre sakala-kaluṣa-he sabda-sāmanya-buddhir viṣṇau sarveśvare tad-itara-sama-dhīr yasya vā nārakī saḥ [One who thinks the worshipable Deity form of Lord Viṣṇu is a stone, the bona-fide spiritual master an ordinary man, the Vaiṣṇava belongs to a caste in the varṇāśrama system, the water that has washed the feet of Lord Viṣṇu or the Vaiṣṇavas, and that actually removes the sins of the Kali-yuga, is ordinary water, the name of Lord Viṣṇu, which is a sacred mantra that removes all sin, is an ordinary sound, or the Supreme Lord Viṣṇu is the same as other persons, is a resident of hell.] If you think God's Deities are stone and Vaiṣṇavas belong to a caste, you destroy your own life. Vaiṣṇavas have no caste. They are God's direct family members. They are beyond the castes and jurisdiction of this world. Madhvācārya went to Dharmastalam where many so-called followers of dharma were. He changed everyone into Vaiṣṇavas, taught them to serve the devotees, take mahā-prasāda, and follow the rules and regulations of bhakti. From that time, people would not eat anything other than mahā-prasāda, and would not pass a single day without singing kirtana and serving the Vaiṣṇavas. Now people think, “I am a Vaiṣṇava, my disciples are Vaiṣṇavas, and especially my lady disciples are Vaisnavis, but no others are Vaiṣṇavas. I will not share anything with anyone else.” What is this? How can people progress? Respect and faith is most important. Ordinary conditioned souls always look, “Who is my footstep follower? Who licks my toes? Who is my slave?” This is not Vaisnavism. Vaiṣṇavas are neutral. They are respected and they respect God's followers. Prabhupāda Sarasvatī Ṭhākura said, “I will expend hundreds of gallons of blood to save one person from bondage in material existence.” Madhvācārya always worshipped God's Deities. He did not pass a single day without worshipping the Lord. In his temples, he gave duty to his sannyāsīs to serve Thakuraji there. They come in the morning, bathe, shower, chant mantra and then offer 1008 Tulasī leaves with kṛṣṇa-mantra at Gopāla’s feet. Then they do ārati every hour on the hour. The sannyāsīs also cook with their own hands and offer bhoga to Gopāla. Paid or ordinary cooks will think, “I will take some extra paneer, and will hide ten, twenty pieces of rasa malai for my lover.” Such a mentality is like boarding the railway express to hell. One should be solely dedicated to the service of God without any selfishness. Madhvācārya taught the meaning of śāstra to his disciples and wrote many commentaries. He preached all over India, in all directions, making many disciples and converting followers of Śaṅkara and Buddha. He established everyone in their true identity and gave them qualification for eternal service.

Transformation of Sakti

In one sense we can see that the jivas are not different from Krsna, but at the same time they are different. The jivas have come from sakti, they are a transformation of sakti; they are not full manifestations like svamsa. There is some difference and some non-difference. The jivas have some qualities of parambrahma, but not all. They cannot create...

CAN KRSNA STAY AWAY FROM SOMEONE EXPERIENCING EXTREME SEPARATION?

From a distance some Gopis were looking at Him with red, crooked, and angry eyes. Some were biting their lips, and some were scratching the ground with their toes. Some were speaking very quickly. Then with all their different moods they began to have darsana of Sri Krsna. Sukadeva Goswami is saying here, that the Gopis became so absorbed in happiness and bliss, that Krsna was forced to come back. Some Gopis suddenly stood up as if their body had been filled with extreme life potency. Previously they had been lamenting and experiencing so much pain. They were on the brink of death and without enthusiasm. They were as if dead. But when they finally had darsana of Sri Krsna, by that vision these abala-Gopis (very weak Gopis), immediately received full strength and energy. They all stood up before the Lord with new life energy and they had divine effulgence coming from their bodily limbs. Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhu says aghatam and swaghatam are different. Here there was no need for them to swaghat, to have a royal welcoming for Krsna. There was no need for padhya, arghya, achaman and paraphernalia for worshiping Him. There was no necessity to perform praise or stutis (prayers) because Krsna cannot stay away from someone who is lamenting in extreme separation for Him, and who has great eagerness to offer themselves at His lotus feet. But if one does not have this mood and wants to conquer or control Krsna then the Lord will be very far away. Krsna can only be conquered by pure love and devotion as exhibited here by the Gopis. The Lord observes everything, and seeing a person’s eagerness, He will personally appear before them as long as they are not misusing their independence or using their strength to try and conquer or control Him. They will be in a surrendered state having given up everything for Him (saranagata). In the Vishnu Purana it is stated that the Vraja-devis finally saw Krsna’s extremely beautiful, sweet, smiling face. Before this they were crying so much and lamenting. They were completely bewildered as to what to do, not knowing if He was coming or not. They felt like they could die at any moment. They had become so weak from separation, that they did not have the energy or ability to stand or even move. When Krsna finally appeared before them, they instantly stood up to welcome their beloved. They were thinking, “Is this a dream? Is this a hallucination? Is this really real?” We have heard on “Baladeva Purnima,” how Baladeva Prabhu can give us a divine vision, spurti or glimpse of Paramatma (God in the heart). God is present in the hearts all jivas (souls), and Baladeva, and or Sri Guru, has the potency to bring Paramatma from the heart and have Him appear as a glimpse or spurti. Currently we have turned away from Paramatma and are always separated from Him due to the various coverings of maya. Guru can give us sakti (transcendental potency) to chant harinama and mantra. When we get the mercy and power of a sad-guru, then the natural tendency to do bhajan, chant harinama, and have a service tendency arises. This is the first opportunity. Afterwards when we follow His desire of saranagata (being surrendered) then we can cross the different coverings of the material and subtle elements of maya, and become established in our constitutional spiritual nature and form. Then we can have vasta-vadas-darsana, the actual transcendental realization of the Lord. Then tattva-jnana (transcendental knowledge) arises, dispelling ignorance, material attachment and bewilderment. Then pure sattva, one’s constitutional spiritual position, becomes fixed and anandini-sakti and kriya-vrtti, the spiritual tendency from Srimati Radhika, who is the Lord’s pleasure potency, arises. In the hot season people suffer so much from the heat. They work 8, 10 even 12 hours or more a day to maintain their families in worldly existence. They work so hard. However in spiritual life, when one receives this potency, anandini-sakti and kriya-sakti, from Srimati Radhika, then they can blissfully and enthusiastically engage in the Lord’s service. This is transcendental, not forced service, and will immerse one in the ocean of ananda, pure bliss. (CLICK ON THE TITLE TO READ THE COMPLETE ARTICLE)

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