Audio Katha 2020 Vaisnava-tithis Srila Vyasadeva glories, about Caturmasya - Prabhuji 4 July 2020

Srila Vyasadeva glories, about Caturmasya – Prabhuji 4 July 2020

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Sridhara Swami asks here, what is the nature of the gopis? They became fully absorbed in Sri Krsna and they became maddened in love while searching for Him and they began to re-enact and imitate Sri Krsna’s pastimes. Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhu says in his commentary that because of the sadness of their separation it took on a huge powerful form. Before the gopis were singing  Krsna’s pastimes in loud voices. Now deeply absorbed in Sri Krsna, they also imitated His pastimes being one-at-heart with Sri Krsna or tadatmika. They therefore began to exhibit all of Krsna’s pastimes and gave up their own separate moods. They began to lift up their shawls and exhibit the pastime of lifting Giriraja and they said to one another, “Oh gopis! I am Krsna! Look at me! I am standing in the three-fold bending form below the kadamba tree.” As they imitated the pastimes of Krsna then Krsna’s forms and moods began to reflect within them and they became fully absorbed, like maddened. Some gopis thought, “I am Yasoda Mata and I am feeding Sri Krsna and fondling my beloved Sri Krsna,” and they became absorbed in this mood. One gopi, catching hold of another, began to chastise Krsna. In this way they began to exhibit the different pastimes of the different rasas of Vraja. The different moods of the Vraja-basis filled up their hearts. Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura says that when the creepers who were touched by Krsna did not respond to the gopis, the gopis thought they could not speak because they were so maddened in love having been touched by Krsna. They were like unconscious in love. They asked the creepers but received no response from them. GOPIS MOOD OF DEEP ABSORTION IN KRSNA’S PASTIMES  Then they moved from one place to another and at one point they became unable to search any further because of the their deep powerful affliction of separation, they forgot who they were. Because of their full absorption in Krsna they began to imitate Krsna’s pastimes, meaning they began to think of themselves as Krsna. This is the symptom of extreme separation. They began to experience this in such deep absorption that they forgot their separation and began to experience Krsna-rasa as if they were Krsna themselves. They were so absorbed and in exhibiting Krsna’s pastimes Yogamaya took away any pratikula-bhava - untoward mood - and they developed an anukula or favorable mood. They began to imitate different pastimes like Putana and so forth. Sukadeva Goswami said, “Oh Pariksit Maharaja I am telling you a very secret thing so please listen. You stayed in worldly household life amidst your father, mother, brother, and friends. You also had many uncles, aunts, grandfathers, and grandmothers, that surrounded you. They thought, “I am a soldier,” another thought, “I am a proprietor,” and once they became absorbed in these different roles, then the various moods of the world entered them. But for the gopis who were fully absorbed in Krsna, no material mood or pastime came within them, only Krsna’s pastimes entered their minds and hearts.” “Oh King, in this world, the conceptions and moods will not go far away unless you become tadatmika - one-at-heart in absorption in the Lord. Until you completely submerse yourself in the pastimes of Sri Krsna, being fully absorbed in remembering them, doing kirtan of them, hearing them, then in this way you can be separated from material affairs. When these pastimes manifest in your heart and you begin to imitate them or exhibit them spontaneously, then at that time Sri Krsna is not far away.” One gopi then took the role of Putana and another took the role of Krsna and sat on the other gopis chest. One gopi took the role of baby Krsna crying and another gopi was His mother. One gopi became like Sakatasura and another was like Krsna in the crib. Because of their full absorption in Krsna the gopis were meditating on different pastimes and began to re-enact them. Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhu says that because of their full absorption in Krsna they began to imitate the different pastimes of Krsna and Putana. When Putana came to Vraja, on seeing Krsna she could not leave Vraja. She took Krsna in her arms and left with Him. However Krsna did not want to go with her, He did not want to leave the Vraja-basis. So one gopi climbed on another gopi and began to re-enact this pastime. GOPI’S MOOD SEPARATE FROM ANY MATERIALISM  One gopi began to weep and imitate the other pastimes of Sri Krsna and another gopi began to take the position of Sri Krsna in the cart and the other gopi imitated Sakatasura. One gopi became like baby Krsna and another took the role of Trinavarta and picked up Krsna showing she was stealing Krsna. This was not like some theater performance. One may do like this for some time but if it is not continuous, then again some material mood will come, and you will still be remaining in the material world. But the gopis were in the transcendental world in their spiritual moods and were separate from any materialism. (CLICK ON THE TITLE TO READ THE COMPLETE ARTICLE)

We are One Family – San Francisco 04 July 1996

Kṛṣṇa became so glad to be the son of Nanda Bābā. What austerities have Nanda Bābā and Mother Yaśodā done that Kṛṣṇa has become their son? Cows had Kṛṣṇa as their son for one year only but Yaśodā has Kṛṣṇa as her son for all eternity. She is and will be the mother of Kṛṣṇa forever. Not that when Kṛṣṇa came to this world, then Yaśodā became the mother of Kṛṣṇa. Yaśodā is always the mother of Kṛṣṇa, in all these material spheres and in Śrī Goloka Vṛndāvana. Without mother Yaśodā and father Nanda Bābā, Kṛṣṇa cannot live. This mystery, that Śrī Nanda Bābā and mother Yaśodā are the eternal parents of Kṛṣṇa was revealed to us by the grace of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu. The world thinks of nirviśeṣa-brahma as the root of all causes, but this manifestation is only the fragmental part of the light which emanates from Śrī Kṛṣṇa’s little toenail. Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu and our disciplic succession are telling like so. So we are all so fortunate to come in this line of Mahāprabhu. We should try to be more qualified. You should try to honor all Vaiṣṇavas who are like this, you should always honor them. Don’t try to minimize your minds in false words and sectarian views. Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu is not sectarian; He has nothing to do with hypocrisy.

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