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Who Is The Best Kīrtanīyā?

Do you know who is the best kīrtanīyā in the entire world—from ancient times to the present day? Do you know who sings the most powerful and sweet kīrtanas? It is not necessarily the person who is expert at playing violin, harmonium, tablā, and vīṇā. Śrīla Śukadeva Gosvāmī is the best kīrtanīyā; all our ācāryas are the best kīrtanīyas. Understand this deeply and try to become kīrtanīyas like our ācāryas. Do not think that you are unqualified if you do not know how to play the harmonium or if your voice is not very flexible for singing ragas. Even if you have a very raspy voice, this is not an impediment. Simply chant with feeling, “Hey Kṛṣṇa, Hey Kṛṣṇa.” It is the spiritual qualification to describe the pastimes of Kṛṣṇa that makes one the most high-class kīrtanīyā—not a very fine voice.

Kīrtana is that process by which the transcendental sound of Kṛṣṇa’s name and glories enters the ears and purifies the heart. We should try to be like that: melting others’ hearts, melting our own hearts, and always weeping for Śrī Śrī Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa.

June 25, 1997 France

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WHAT HAPPENED WHEN KRSNA WENT TO CANDRAVALI'S KUNJA?

Kṛṣṇa plays His flute everywhere around Girirāja Govardhana, and He meets with the Vraja-devīs in Govardhana’s kuñjas. Sometimes He goes to Candra-sarovara, to the kuñja of Candrāvalī. There she offers Him a garland of mallikā flowers.Later, Kṛṣṇa comes to Rādhā-kuṇḍa, still wearing that garland. But He sees that no one talks with Him, meets with Him, or even looks at Him. He then feels dry and despondent.“Oh, this garland is very wicked,” He says in disgust and casts aside the gift from Candrāvalī. He then bathes in Śyāma-kuṇḍa and Rādhā-kuṇḍa, and feels a little better. He then comes before the gopīs and prays at their feet for mercy and for Rādhārānī’s darśana. Feeling a breeze that has touched Rādhārānī and come to Him, He experiences great bliss and His heart is cooled.In his Rādhā-rasa-sudhā-nidhi, Śrīla Prabhodānanda Sarasvatī glorifies Śrīmatī Rādhārānī as follows:yasyāḥ kadāpī vasanāṣcala-khelanottha-      dhanyāti-dhanya-pavanena kṛtārtha-mānīyogīndra-durgama-gatir madhusūdano ‘pi      tasyā namo ‘stu vṛṣabhānu-bhuvo diśe ‘pi Rādhā-rasa-sudhā-nidhi 2Obeisances to the direction that faces Śrī Vṛṣabhānu’s daughter. When the breeze, coming from that direction, playfully moves the edge of Her garment, Madhusūdana, who cannot be attained by even the greatest yogīs, thinks that His life has become a great success.By some sly process, Candrāvalī’s followers brought Kṛṣṇa to their kuñja. There they offered Kṛṣṇa a nice outfit and decorated Him. He thought, “If I go like this to Rādhā-kuṇḍa everyone will be pleased with Me.” But when He reached Rādhā-kuṇḍa He found that no one was pleased at all. It seemed that even Girirāja Govardhana neglected Him. Why? Girirāja is Śrīmatī Rādhārānī’s follower. Therefore he also ignored Kṛṣṇa. Every kuṇḍa and kuñja-kuṭīra at Govardhana is cold to Kṛṣṇa and Kṛṣṇa cannot find anyone there, not even any animals.He looked around and thought, “I must have done something quite wrong.”He looked down at His outfit and became saddened. “Because of these garments Rādhārānī’s gopīs have become angry and have hidden from Me? Where have they gone?” Then He prays deeply.Suddenly, from the north side of Rādhā-kuṇḍa, where Śrīmatī Rādhārānī is sitting with the sakhīs, a breeze touches Śrīmatī Rādhārānī’s lotus feet and takes their fragrant message to the south side of Rādhā-kuṇḍa, where Kṛṣṇa is present. When Kṛṣṇa smells this, He comes to His senses.“This attire is not good for Me,” He thinks, and He takes off His outfit and ornaments. He purifies Himself by bathing in Śyāma-kuṇḍa and Rādhā-kuṇḍa. “Yes,” He says, “now I’m feeling better.”Then He sees some mañjarīs have approached. “Your body has a horrible smell,” they say, “clearly You have gone to the abode of many buffaloes. Perhaps You didn’t herd cows today and played with buffaloes instead. Has Brahmā come and stolen Your cows again? Has Viśvāmṛta given You buffaloes to herd in their place? Buffaloes are very dirty; they like to sleep in drains and bathe in foul water. But cows are always neat and clean. You have definitely been with buffaloes, for Your body has such a foul scent.”The mañjarīs bring candana, sugandhi, arbaṭa, and other fragrant substances and ask Kṛṣṇa, “Shall we clean You?”“This will not do,” Kṛṣṇa says, “only the dust of Vraja will suffice.”“Yes, Rādhārānī’s footdust will purify You,” the manjarīs respond. “You should beware of the other side. Your desire and nature will change if You go to the other side. If You interact with Candrāvalī’s party then Rādhika’s group will shun You.”“I was not happy with Candrāvalī,” Kṛṣṇa said, “so I came to drink the sweet honey of Rādhārānī’s affection. I left Candrāvalī and came to Rādhā-kuṇḍa and cleansed Myself in the pure nectar of the water that bathed Śrīmatījī. Now will She accept me?”samastād unmatta-bhramara-kula-jhaṅkāra-nikarair      lasat-padma-stomair api vihaga-rāvair api paramsakhī-vṛndaiḥ svīyaiḥ sarasi madhure prāṇa-patinā      kadā drakṣyāmas te śaśi-mukhi navaṁ keli-nivahamVilāpa-kusumāñjali 75O sweet, moon-faced one, when will I witness Your ever-fresh water-sports with the Lord of Your heart and Your friends in Your sweet lake, which is filled with a host of splendid lotuses and is surrounded by chirping birds and humming bees?Śrīmatī Rādhārānī is present at Rādhā-kuṇḍa, where atop splendid lotuses, there are many honeybees that hum sweetly and feast on nectar.There are also many birds in all directions that sing happily. Why are they so happy? Receiving Your darśana, the hearts of the sakhīs, mañjarīs, birds, and animals are filled with happiness.”Kṛṣṇa has left Candrāvalī’s kuñja and Śrīmatī Rādhārānī’s victory is celebrated in bliss. The sakhīs sing, dance, and joke with Kṛṣṇa. Everyone waits for that darśana. How is that rasa? It is like when the full moon rises and everyone becomes naturally joyful. Kṛṣṇa, the lord of the Vraja-devīs’ hearts, has come and now the gopīs celebrate. There is a great assembly of birds singing. Bees are drinking nectar amidst the swirls of fragrant lotuses and their buzzing adds to the birds’ musical performance.Dāsa Gosvāmī prays to be present during that occasion, waiting to see what happens next. He is ready, “What orders will come to me? I will arrange everything needed. When inspiration comes, I will quickly perform my service for Rādhārānī.”This wonderful program on the bank of Rādhā-kuṇḍa starts in the morning. There are many types of flowers in the kuñja-kuṭīras surrounding Rādhā-kuṇḍa, and an ocean of bliss pervades the whole atmosphere. The sakhīs and mañjarīs are very busy there, decorating the kuñjas.When will that Rādhā-kuṇḍa give us Rādhikā’s darśana and admission into eternal service? Dāsa Gosvāmī says, “Without the mercy of Rādhā-kuṇḍa one will not be able to enter the camp of Rādhārānī and follow Her footsteps, nor will one understand the secrets of Kṛṣṇa’s service.”Rādhā-kuṇḍa is the place in Vraja-maṇḍala where all favorable things are present for Śrīmatī Rādhārānī’s service.sarovara-lasat-taṭe madhupa-guñji-kuñjāntare      sphuṭat-kusuma-saṅkule vividha-puṣpa-saṅghair mudā ariṣṭa-jayinā kadā tava varoru bhūṣā-vidhīr      vidhāsyata iha priyaṁ mama sukhābdhim ātanvatāVilāpa-kusumāñjali 76O beautiful-thighed one, when will the ocean of my bliss expand to see Kṛṣṇa, the victor over Ariṣṭāsura, happily decorate You with many kinds of flowers in a kuñja, filled with blossoming flowers and humming bees, on the splendid bank of Your lake?In Rādhā-kuṇḍa, if anything contrary enters, Kṛṣṇa destroys it. Like when Ariṣṭāsura came to Vraja, Kṛṣṇa destroyed him. What does this mean? If a person comes to Rādhā-kuṇḍa and sits on Her bank, at the lotus feet of Rādhārānī, then any ariṣṭa, demonic mundane desire, will not be able to come and cheat that sādhaka, pulling him away from service to Śrīmatījī. Kṛṣṇa is present there with a strong mood, ready to destroy any opposition. Any anarthas or unwanted desires will be unable to disturb one. The sādhaka will have no further troubles. Kṛṣṇa will give him a sweet nature and good desires.At Rādhā-kuṇḍa, the sakhīs are busy serving Rādhārānī. Some are painting designs on Her hands and feet, and some are combing Her hair, which they decorate with small flowers.The mañjarīs say, “Collect peacock feathers here. Kṛṣṇa likes them so much.” Then they collect peacock feathers and make crowns with them and give these to the sakhīs. Then they make dresses. After Kṛṣṇa bathes, they will decorate a nd dress Him. The sakhīs and mañjarīs are ready to perform this service.On the other side, the sādhakas see that the gopīs are busily engaged in serving Śrīmatī Rādhārānī. Kṛṣṇa has come Himself and is waiting for a chance to serve Rādhārānī. He prays to the sakhīs and mañjarīs, “When will you give Me chance to comb Rādhārānī’s hair? I will separate Her hairs and will gently braid them. How will I make a sweet relation with Her hair? I will massage oil into Her hair, made fragrant with kastūrī, and then I will place flowers and pollen in Her charming locks.”Kṛṣṇa prays to the gopīs and waits with trembling hands. He cannot control Himself. It is as if all His strength has left and He is filled with fear, feeling within, “What will happen if I do something wrong?”Kṛṣṇa sees Śrīmatī Rādhārānī’s form in the water of Rādhā-kuṇḍa. He sits on the bank of Rādhā-kuṇḍa and watches Her pastimes and interaction with the sakhīs and mañjarīs in the reflection of the water.“How can I serve Her? How can I get permission?” Kṛṣṇa prays to the sakhīs and mañjarīs in a choked voice, with hairs standing on end and tears gently falling from His cheeks. The sakhīs come from another side and offer Kṛṣṇa peacock feathers and guñjā-mālā. Kṛṣṇa had fallen into an internal state of meditation. At the sound of the gopīs’ words, His external sense returns and He feels, “I am very lucky today. Certainly they will give Me permission to serve and they will teach Me the proper process.”At this Radha-kunda, all special training, power, and taste is given to serve Rādhārānī. (click on the Title to see more)

IS GURU BHAKTI FIRST? Is Guru-sevā the only way?

If one forgets his identity as the servant of guru, he has not taken shelter of guru but, rather, stolen guru’s post. “Who is guru?” “I am guru.” “Then what is your Guru Mahārāja’s post?” “I am now jagad-guru.” If this position comes and one cheats others, then everything will be lost. “Dāso ’ham,” I am the servant. I am guru-dāsa, the servant of Śrī Guru. And anyone who comes, I will collect them and bring them to the shelter of Śrī Guru. This is my duty. If I don’t do this, I will lose everything and will fall prey to brahmavāda, bauddhavāda, or māyāvāda. Here it is written, guru pādāśraya, dīkṣā, then śikṣā, and viśrambheṇa guru-sevā. This means your guru-sevā must continuously go on, and anything that comes to you must be entirely offered to Śrī Guru. “My love, affection, desire, duty, property, wealth, health, and everything I possess is for guru-sevā.” Then everyone who is near you will come inside that channel and flow. If you are independent, then the flow of guru’s mercy will stop, and you will not be helpful to any jīva. Then you are not an authority; you are a cheater. This is called māyāvāda. Water is helpful for people to drink, but when it is very cold, the water becomes ice, hard like a rock and undrinkable. When guru’s śakti comes, a little power, then I think, “I am the master.” ‘Prabhuta pai, mada kahi nahi,’ all become intoxicated with position and authority. Where am I now? Have I crossed māyā? Visvāmṛta Ṛṣi tried to send his unqualified disciple to heaven upon his repeated requests, but the demigods kicked him out, shouting, “Get out! Rascal!” He shouted, “Gurudeva, Gurudeva, I am falling, save me! I will die.” Then Visvāmṛta Ṛṣi shouted, “Tiṣṭha!” (Be fixed where you are!) Then he hung in the sky, legs up and head down. This is like the position of the bogus disciple who tries to steal the post of his guru. Sad-guru always thinks of himself as guru-dāsa, and always performs viśrambheṇa guru-sevā. He continuously serves his Gurudeva, and he brings everyone and gives them to the lotus feet of Śrī Guru. If anyone came to Śrīla Gurudeva, he would offer them to the lotus feet of Rūpa Gosvāmī, saying, “Now you are a rūpānuga.” Guru-sevā is essential! If I try to steal and enjoy guru’s property, I will be a great demon. Gurudeva appears in his śrī-vigraha for the sādhaka. Gurudeva first appears in this world and helps the living entities in one body and then Guru-pāda-padma appears everywhere in thousands and thousands of bodies. If anyone serves him, worships and follows all rules and regulations of bhakti in front of him, then he will be connected to Śrī Guru, and vraja-bhakti-rasa, prema-rasa, and vraja-bhāva will flow to that person. This is the bhajana-rasa-dhara that comes to the sādhaka. The sādhaka will not think, “I am equal to Śrī Guru.” Uddhava asked Kṛṣṇa, “How can I protect myself from māyā when You go?” “Worship My Deity.” śailī dārumayī lauhī lepyā lekhyā ca saikatī manomayī maṇimayī pratimāṣṭa-vidhā smṛtā Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 11.27.12 The Deity, or arca-vigraha of Śrī Bhagavān, is of the following eight kinds: marble or stone, wood, iron, gold or any other alloy, clay, painted, sand, mentally conceived, and made of gems, pearls or jewels. If you have nothing, then you can even draw a picture of Śrī Guru on the wall and worship him there. The Deities of God and Śrī Guru are not different. If you don’t worship guru and perform viśrambheṇa guru-sevā, you will fall down. Prema-sevā is learnt from Guru Mahārāja. By serving Guru-pāda-padma, pure devotion will come in your life.

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WHAT HAPPENED WHEN JIVA GOSVAMI MET SRIPAD NITAYANANDA PRABHU?

As Śrī Jīva approached Śrī Navadvīpa-dhāma, he offered his obeisance from a distance and fell unconscious. Some time later he composed himself and, with his hairs standing on end, he entered Navadvīpa-dhāma. Upon arriving in Navadvīpa, Jīva met with Vaiṣṇavas whom Nityānanda Prabhu had sent to bring him. Upon hearing Nityānanda Prabhu’s name, Śrī Jīva became unconscious and fell to the ground. The Vaiṣṇavas took Jīva Gosvāmī to Śrī Nityānanda Prabhu, who was in internal consciousness, singing the pastimes of Śrī Kṛṣṇa in the company of the Vaiṣṇavas. Upon seeing Śrī Nityānanda Prabhu’s transcendental form, ecstasies arose in the body of Jīva Gosvāmī, and he fell unconscious. The supremely compassionate Śrī Nityānanda Prabhu lifted Jīva up and accepted him as His own associate. Jīva Gosvāmī, overcome with emotion, prayed to Nityānanda Prabhu. tomāra karuṇā vinā gaura nāhi pāya śata janma bhaje yadi gaurāṅge hiyāya Śrī Navadvīpa-dhāma Mahātmya 5.34 Even if someone worships Gaurāṅga in his heart for a hundred births, without Your kind mercy he will not be able to attain Gaura. Jīva prayed, “Please give me Your mercy and sanction to obtain Gaura’s darśana and develop attachment to Him. Śrīman Mahāprabhu ordered me to study Vedānta and to reveal kṛṣṇa-bhakti as explained therein. Accepting Mahāprabhu as my only shelter, I took His order to heart and studied many subjects as much as I could. However, in Bākalācandradvīpa, I could not find any vedānta-ācārya to my liking. Now I have come to You in Navadvīpa and am surrendering unto Your lotus feet. Whatever You order I will follow. If You give me your blessings, I will go to Jagannātha Purī and study Vedānta from Sārvabhauma Bhaṭṭācārya.” Taking Śrī Jīva on His lap, Śrī Nityānanda Prabhu began to weep and said, “O Jīva, I came here just to meet with you; otherwise I would have stayed in Khardaha. Mahāprabhu has ordered Me to send you to study Vedānta under Śrī Madhusūdana Vācaspati and from there to go straight to Vṛndāvana, to be with Śrī Rūpa and Sanātana. “Under Rūpa’s guidance, perform bhajana of Śrī Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa and preach the spotless Mahā-purāṇa, the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, for it is the essence of all scriptures and the genuine commentary on Vedānta-sūtra. Śrī Gaurahari explained Vedānta to Sārvabhauma Bhaṭṭācārya according to Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam and he in return carefully taught this knowledge to Śrī Madhusūdana Vācaspati in Jagannātha Purī. Madhusūdana Vācaspati now lives in Vārāṇasī and you should go there and meet him.” After thus speaking, Jīva performed saṅkīrtana along with Nityānanda Prabhu, Śrīvasa Paṇḍita, and the other Vaiṣṇavas. Śrī Jīva stayed in Śrīvāsa-aṅgana, and again met with Nityānanda Prabhu in the evening. Jīva enquired about the nature of Śrī Navadvīpa-dhāma. Nityānanda Prabhu explained this highly confidential topic. He said, “As Śrī Kṛṣṇa never leaves Vṛndāvana to go elsewhere, similarly Śrīman Mahāprabhu never leaves Śrī Navadvīpa-dhāma. Only from an ordinary viewpoint does Mahāprabhu take sannyāsa and leave Navadvīpa, but in reality Śrī Gaurāṅga Mahāprabhu never leaves Māyāpura in Navadvīpa-dhāma to go elsewhere. “Devotees still witness Gaurāṅga’s daily eternal pastimes in Navadvīpa, and in time O Jīva, you will too. If you want to see all the pastime places of Śrī Gaura in Navadvīpa-dhāma, then you should perform parikramā.” Hearing Nityānanda Prabhu’s advice, Śrī Jīva replied, “O Lord, please give this poor soul Your mercy and take me on parikramā.” Nityānanda Prabhu, completely free from any pride, happily agreed to be Śrī Jīva’s guide. Nityānanda Prabhu first took Jīva to Jagannātha Miśra’s house, where He said to Śacī Mātā, “O Mother, this supremely intelligent Jīva is a dear servant of Śrī Gaurāṅga. He is very lucky.” Jīva fell unconscious in ecstasy. Upon awakening, he rolled on the ground at Śacī Mātā’s lotus feet. Mother Śacī mercifully blessed Śrī Jīva. Śrīmatī Viṣṇupriyā-devī was also present, but she would always remain inside the house, along with Śacī Mātā, Vaṁśīvadanānda Prabhu, and Īśāna Ṭhākura, who was an aged servant of the household who had helped the family for a few generations. Īśāna Ṭhākura performed his services under the guidance of Vaṁśīvadanānda Prabhu, the incarnation of Śrī Kṛṣṇa’s flute. (see more)

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