Audio Katha Gopal campu Gopal-campu - Prabhuji 11 July 2020

Gopal-campu – Prabhuji 11 July 2020

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WHO ARE YOUR REAL FAMILY MEMBERS?

Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura has written, “Artha-lābha ei āśe kapaṭa vaiṣṇava veśe bramiya bhulaya ghare ghare—desiring wealth I took the attire of a Vaiṣṇava, disguised myself, and began moving door to door.” Laya sādhu veśa anya upadeśa. 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. Prahlāda says that they are dacoits and cheaters. These are not real family members. The attachment for viṣāya-bhoga is a disease for which there is no cure. This poison will affect us life after life, bringing constant lust, darkness, and hellish conditions. Anyone who is not God’s followers, who will not help me in the service of God, they are my so-called family members. I have no affiliation with them. They are of no value to me. They may die one hundred times over and over and I will not have any problem. Those who are mahat, great devotees, can connect me to greatness and are thus my real family members. I pray to God, “May I never forget my true family.”

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...

A Special Form of Love

Vairāgya or real renunciation stems from vīśeṣa-anurāga, or a special form of love. If you have any desire for this anurāga then you must take shelter and pray to those personalities who possess that love. This we see in the sixth verse, vairāgya-yug-bhakti-rasaṁ prayatnair...

Srila Gurudeva Janmastami Katha 1999

We are very lucky to be in Mathura, near Gokula, on the banks of Yamuna for observing this festival Janmastami. But today is a special occasion. A very dear and eternal associate of Krsna was sent by Him today. Especially on the Nandotsava, it is very rare. It is the appearance day of Om Visnupada Srila Swami Maharaja...

The Disappearance Day of Sri Srimad Bhakti Prajnana Kesava Maharaja

Today is the disappearance day (tirobhava-tithi) of our Gurudeva, nitya-lila pravista Srila Bhakti Prajnana Kesava Gosvami Maharaja. Where was I? I was born in the place of the demon Jarasandha [*See Endnote 1]. By the infinite mercy of my Guru-maharaja, he attracted this unqualified person and gave me a place at his lotus feet. By his mercy he made me qualified to understand the mission of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, and to preach it all around the world. I had the good fortune to be able to perform his service without any duplicity. Once, the personal servant of my Gurudeva named Ananga-mohana prabhu was afflicted with tuberculosis. At that time I approached my Gurudeva and said, “You go and preach. I will take the responsibility to look after Ananga-mohana prabhu.” Years later, Srila Trivikrama Maharaja told me, “The reason you are preaching so successfully all around the world is because you gave your life for the service of the servant of your Gurudeva. Therefore our Gurudeva has completely empowered you in every way.” It is only by my Gurudeva’s mercy that I was able to translate Jaiva-dharma from Bengali to Hindi. Now, by his mercy only, Jaiva-dharma and other books of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, like Sri Bhajana-rahasya, are being translated in so many languages, like English, French, German, Spanish and Chinese. This is all his mercy. By his mercy so many hundreds of Bengalis, Delhi devotees and foreigners have come here, and by his mercy some of them are even becoming qualified to take sannyasa. It is our good fortune that Sri Ananda prabhu, the personal cook of my Gurudeva, is here today. He was so dear to Gurudeva. He knew when Gurudeva was hungry or thirsty, and according to Gurudeva's desire he would manifest whatever was necessary. It is our good fortune that of all my god-brothers, Ananda prabhu could come here. How my Gurudeva was prepared to give his life for the service of his Gurudeva, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada! Once, when Srila Prabhupada Bhaktisiddhanta was performing Sri Navadvipa-dhama parikrama, the sahajiyas and the Jata-gosais, those who are against the preaching of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura and Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura) assembled at Praudhamaya to kill him. They gathered in large groups, throwing soda bottles, glass and rocks. Everybody ran to save their own lives, including even the sannyasis and the main disciples of Srila Prabhupada. But, our Gurudeva took Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Prabhupada into one room, and begged with great concern, “Please, give me your sannyasa-cloth. I will wear it, and you can wear my white cloth.” Srila Prabhupada gave his sannyasa cloth and danda to my Gurudeva. We think this was his real sannyasa initiation. Many years after Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Prabhupada disappeared from this world, he appeared to my Gurudeva in a dream and gave him sannyasa. This happened three times. He would say, “Oh Vinoda, you have not taken sannyasa, and therefore my preaching has completely stopped.” He gave Gurudeva sannyasa three times in dream. Later, that sannyasa was formalized by Sri Srimad Bhakti Raksaka Sridhara Maharaja in Katva. What was the speciality of my Gurudeva? He was very philosophical, with complete knowledge of all the sastra, and at the same time he was also a great rasika (relisher of ecstatic love of Krsna, and knower of all rasas) Vaisnava.

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