Acaryas Quotes Gurudeva said today There are Six Things

There are Six Things

There are six impediments, six urges: the tongue, the mind, the stomach etc… So, there are six things that bring us down and there are six activities that bring us forward in devotion: enthusiasm, patience, conviction, associating with pure devotees, following the regulative principles, and hearing, chanting, remembering, and serving the Lord and His devotees.

June 20, 1996 Placentia, California

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Your Cāturmāsya-vrata will be successful when you adopt the vow not to accept any food other than the mahā-prasāda of the bhaktas. When you are thus determined, your character will be purified. You will no longer want to go to the cinema and play on a laptop. Your mind will not automatically run to the internet. This is the power of the pure devotees’ remnants. Nārada was a small child but by the mercy of the mahā-bhāgavata ṛṣis he became determined to also become a fully devoted servant of Bhagavān.

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Appearance of Sri Varahadeva

Today is Varāhadeva’s appearance day. We are here in Vṛndāvana-dhāma, at the lotus feet of Vṛndā-devī. We are very fortunate to be here. But I am a useless and bogus person. Anything I say, I think this is not correct. I am speaking with hope that the guru-varga will correct me. May the Vaiṣṇavas take the essence, and throw out my rubbish and garbage. If I don’t speak anything, I cannot purify myself. If my faults and guilt don’t come out, then the Vaiṣṇavas will not purify my anarthas. If I hide anything, it is a problem. Therefore I am speaking. May the guru-varga and Vaiṣṇavas purify me. Today is the appearance day of Varāhadeva. How did He appear? All know this. Śāstra has told many different things. Brahmā created the Earth by the mercy of God. She was present on top of the ocean. Brahmā thought, “This Earth has nothing. There is no grass, animals, trees, creepers, plants, men or women… only earth. What can I do?” He was thinking and praying to God, and he sneezed. Then a very small creature came out of his nose and took on a colossal form, and jumped in the ocean. He is Sveta Varāha. He shook His neck, and many hairs fell. When these hairs touched the earth, the hairs sprouted and grew into kuśa grass. This grass is very strong and will never be extinguished. If it is in water for thousands of years, it will not be destroyed… nor in fire or in the desert. Why? This hair was from the neck of God. This is pure. When this touched Pṛthivī Devī, she got the power for creation. Then everything began to grow, like sugarcane, many grains for the living entities to eat, and many medicinal herbs. When Varāhadeva touched Pṛthivī Devī, that was enough for her. The Earth Goddess had some desire. When she was touched by Varāhadeva, a slight change came in her, and Narakāsura was born from her womb. On one side, all grains, medicines, fruits and all nectar came; and on the other side, it was like a big anartha came out and was born as Narakāsura. He is like God’s son and was born from the womb of Earth. But how was his nature? Pṛthivī Devī had a little desire to enjoy, then this created a great problem. We have come near Hari, Guru and Vaiṣṇavas, but if we have a little impure desire, will the result of that be very sweet? Our desires are very strong. We pray, “I want this. -Ggive this to me.” God gives us many things, but we are not happy with that; we want more. This son of the Earth was very strange. He went to modern Assām and made friendship with other demons there. He was also as if immortal. Now he began to do everything wrong. He also had desires to enjoy. Anywhere he went, he would steal others’ wives. He stole apsarās from demigods and would steal the wives of gandharvas from Gandharva-loka. He would go to the places of the demons and steal their women as well. He was very strong and had a very strange nature. This went on through satya-yuga and tretā-yuga in the sveta-kalpa. In dvāpara-yuga, Kṛṣṇa came. Narakāsura’s nature had not changed. He captured thousands of princesses by force and put them in his jail. He gave them time: “If you accept me by then, you can be my mistresses; otherwise, I will kill you all.” Now, if we pray for good things from Guru and Vaiṣṇavas, they will fulfill our desires. If we pray for bad things, will they give us those as well? They won’t give. But if our desires won’t change, punishment is therefore also necessary. Pṛthivī Devī suffered so much from the activities of her wicked son. Kṛṣṇa himself came and killed him, and brought all the princesses out of jail. What do you want? Artha or paramārtha? Paramārtha or anartha? On one side there is anartha, and one side there is paramārtha. Varāhadeva steals the anarthas of all jīvas and gives paramārtha. He gave kuśa that is very pure. Any place you use kuśa will be pure. By sitting on kuśa mats, the mind and body will be pure. No strange nature will come. Without kuśa, no yajña or tapa will be pure. When Bali Mahārāja was going to give charity to the Lord, Vāmanadeva said, “First take kuśa and water, and make a promise on that.” If you use kuśa when Rahu and Ketu cast their effects, contaminating and making everything poisonous by their shadow, you can have some protection. The anarthas and power of demons cannot affect one because of the purifying influence of kuśa. This is very pure. Anywhere kuśa grows in this world will be a yajña bhūmi, a pure place of sacrifice.

The Way of Eternal Happiness – 1997 Jan 28 Malaysia

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ARE SADHU'S HOLY PLACES PERSONIFIED?

During Vraja-maṇḍala Parikramā, Śrīla Gurudeva, who at that time would go everywhere personally, left me behind in Mathurā to cook and arrange whatever was necessary. One day, the party went with two buses to Govardhana, and somehow or another Tīrtha Mahārāja pulled me unto the bus by force and made me sit. “Come with us for darśana!” he said. But when Śrīla Gurudeva looked back from the front and saw me sitting, he immediately got off the bus, which had not yet started, and walked toward the temple. I thought, “Oh! He is going to cut sabjī and cook in the maṭha.” Immediately I got off the bus and ran to him. I quickly ran back to the temple and began all my services. When Śrīla Gurudeva saw me cleaning pots, sweeping, and cooking, he again got on the bus and went for darśana. So, what is important? Our own pleasure or the pleasure of Śrī Guru? How can we please Gurudeva? When will that day come, when Guru and Vaiṣṇavas will engage us in their service and thus manifest the holy places in our heart. In earlier years, we used to do Vraja-maṇḍala Parikramā on foot and with one or two bullock carts. We would set up kitchen and camp wherever we went. Gurudeva told me, “Even if you are sick, I will not let you go.” One time I was so sick but Gurudeva did not let me leave the parikramā and go to the hospital. He said, “If you will die here? I will bury you here and if you become ghost, I will take your ghost with me on parikramā. I will not let you go to the hospital. You must come with me. You cannot give up this Vraja-maṇḍala Parikramā and you cannot give up your sevā.” I had such a high fever but I cooked anyhow. When I needed to do service I would have some strength. Then as soon as I finished cooking or serving I would fall ill once more, hardly able to move. Śrīla Gurudeva taught us that this body becomes sick and one day will die. It will be burnt or eaten by worms. But if we are engaged always in service and if we always stay in the company of Guru and Vaiṣṇavas, then our anarthas and our attachments will go away. Leaving Guru and Vaiṣṇavas is easy, but once we have left them we can never come back. If you are sitting in a car or in a fast chariot, then you can go so far, so quickly, but if you fall off the chariot, then you can never run and catch-up with it because it is going much faster than you. Guru and Vaiṣṇavas are like a transcendental chariot blazing through the material universe. If you take up their association you will travel with them at great speed. It is like being on a train. But if you jump off the train you will never be able to catch up to the train. We must therefore do anything for the attainment of sādhu-saṅga. If you are with Guru and Vaiṣṇavas then nothing in this world can harm you. But if you give up the association of Guru and Vaiṣṇavas so many problems will come. Now I understand the glories of association with Śrī Guru, therefore, I have no attraction, no worries, and no disturbance. My heart and mind is always connected with Gurudeva and in thoughts of him. Who will manifest the holy places in our hearts? Only Śrī Guru can do that. Sādhu-saṅga is extremely rare. It is the most valuable thing imaginable. You should know that sādhus themselves are holy places personified. Śrīla Gurudeva used to take us to Jagannātha Purī. We were staying at Nīlācala Gauḍīya-maṭha. Śrīla Gurudeva took us to all the special sites there and engaged us in hari-kathā and kīrtana.

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