Audio Katha 2020 Vaisnava-tithis Pavitraropani Ekadasi, Jhulan-yatra tithi - Prabhuji 30 July 2020

Pavitraropani Ekadasi, Jhulan-yatra tithi – Prabhuji 30 July 2020

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WHAT DO WE DO NOW THAT SRILA GURUDEVA HAS GONE TO HIS ETERNAL ABODE?

Now, Śrīla Gurudeva has gone to his eternal abode. Before he gave darśana to everyone openly. Now his pastimes are also going on, but only very fortunate souls can witness and be connected to them. Those who are fortunate have seen Śrīla Gurudeva and met with him. Now he has disappeared. But when Śrī Guru disappears, it doesn’t mean that he has died or left this world, nor does it mean that he is no longer able to meet with us. This is a misunderstanding. Ordinary people leave this world and cannot return by their will. They have no power to do so. By their own karma they get this body and then they leave when their scheduled time is finished. They have no strength or power to come back and meet with anyone. It is true that there are those who get ghost bodies and are able to remain. They move in this world in subtle bodies and disturb many people. But when the Guru-varga leave their physical bodies, it is not that they move in this world with subtle bodies like ghosts. Mahā-bhāgavatas come and go from this world in accordance with God’s will. Suffering in separation from them, the devotees bitterly weep. Sanātana Gosvāmī Prabhu, Rūpa Gosvāmī Prabhu, and all the Gosvāmīs give their darśana and help to a soul who cries to them in separation. Why would Gurudeva be an exception from this? He will also come if called in this way. What does this mean? Simply if you desire it, God’s mercy, the service of Śrī Guru, and the help of the Vaisnavas is not far away. But if we neglect them and are happy with everything in this world without them, then there is no need for them to give us darśana. In this world, babies always have eagerness, “How can I meet with my parents?” Other than parents, they don’t think about anyone or anything. But when they become a little older they think that it would be ve good if their parents left for the old-age home. This is the nature of conditioned souls. They learn something from the Guru-varga, and preach it to some other people. After some time, people respect them, and help them in material ways. Then they start to think, “Gurudeva is unnecessary. What will he do? I am all and all. I have all power. I know nice kīrtana. I am a very good cook and I speak such nice hari-kathā. So many people follow me. I am helpful for everyone. I don’t need Gurudeva.” They have no desire for Gurudeva’s darśana or the help he gives. They do not realize that whatever they possess has been given by Śrīla Gurudeva and that if they leave or forget him, it will all be lost. They don’t think of the future. They have gotten some knowledge, have learnt some verses of śāstra, but they have no realization. If they had realization, they would not be distance from Guru and Vaiṣṇavas. They have no realization and therefore have no separation. If you always need help, will you remain alone? If you always cry and weep for help, then how will the Guru-varga stay distant from you? If you cry and weep for them, they will not stay away. They will come and help. Like a mother for her babies, the Guru-varga always help their followers. But now we don’t have any need. Madhyama-adhikārīs are also content in this world. They chant harināma with knowledge of śāstra and can easily achieve anything they desire in this world. Therefore they are not unhappy. Kaniṣṭha-adhikārīs have relation with the Deity and their own followers. They have no deep tension or separation in absence of Śrī Guru. But the high-class disciple, who is at least on the first stage of an uttama-adhikārī, will understand the kindness of Guru Mahārāja, and will cry in separation from him day and night. Madhyama and kaniṣṭhas won’t think so much of Śrī Guru. Sometimes, if there is a problem, they will think of him, but when help comes, they will again forget him. They cannot weep in separation from him morning to evening. Seeing this, Gurudeva will feel, “Oh, they have no need for me,” and he won’t reveal himself to them. Especially on Śrīla Gurudeva’s appearance and disappearance days, we should remember his specialties and glories, and how he magnanimously helped us all. On these days especially, we should cry and call out for his further help and pray to be always connected to him.

World Peace

The soul, not the body and the mind, perceives everything in relation to God. It is only by submitting to the dictates of the soul what we can aspire to attain the world-peace. The world-peace has not hither to been possible only because the politicians have not either cared for, or only shown lip-deep loyalty to the dictates of the soul that remain recorded in our scriptures. A politician must be God-loving first. God-less politics is sure to sow seeds of unrest everywhere.

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Breakfast for the Soul – Govinda-lilamrta

When a person wakes in the morning, feeling rested and refreshed, he completes his duties such as bathing and is soon ready for breakfast. Many people arrange their breakfast the night before. They have tea, snacks, drinks and ice cream ready to quickly take in the morning. But Kavirāja Gosvāmī says that this food and drink is not helpful. It is for the body but not the soul. If you do not give the soul nectar first thing in the morning then it will suffer and become dry. All dealings and experience the entire day will be bitter. Tama, raja, and sattva—the three modes of material nature and any substance comprised of these qualities will disturb the soul. However, by accepting nirguṇa-tattva—by drinking līlā-rasa, the soul is nourished. Even a little of this can make the soul well, happy and strong. This is called soul food and it is very necessary. Food for the body is not everything. Serving this body does not result in any eternal benefit. The body always has desires and demands satisfaction, but really, these desires are endless and their fulfillment can never be had. We must give nectar to the soul. This nectar must be the drink we take upon the coming of each new day. Where can we collect this from? The guru-varga gives this soul nectar. If you are connected to the flow of līlā-śakti then that flow will naturally continue from you to others. All souls that come in contact with līlā-śakti will be very pleased. If you are connected to this flow, then the body will no longer disturb you. The body will know that you only give him or her nectar, and thus become peaceful. Millions of lives have passed and millions more will pass in service to the body and mind. If we take from God but do not serve Him—if we simply take His gifts and use them to serve our body then we will suffer. This is why many our lives are full of diseases and pain. Unless one gets this special mercy of the guru-varga, all of this will not stop. After being dressed and decorated, Kṛṣṇa and Balarama come for breakfast. They meet with the sakhās and together they sit in rows. Yaśodā Mātā brings many golden cups and tells Citrā Devī, "First give them drinks." There is coconut water mixed with sugar cane juice as the first drink. If a person drinks this his throat becomes very smooth. This is followed by many fresh fruit juices and refreshing beverages that cool the stomach. Śrīmati Rādhārānī and the Vraja-devīs have cooked so many preparations that it seem impossible to serve them all in one meal. During breakfast, Rādhārānī looks to see if Kṛṣṇa is eating. She and all the sakhīs are very happy to see Kṛṣṇa eat. They give Kṛṣṇa rice with ghee and on the side they serve, ginger, neem leaves, jute leaves, some more ghee lemon, ginger and salt on the side. Yaśodā Mātā says, "O Kṛṣṇa, this is very healthy prasāda, You should eat a lot.” Kṛṣṇa says, "If I eat too much what will be left for my friends?" As Yaśodā Mātā walks away a little Kṛṣṇa quickly distributed everything from His to His friends. All the sakhās laugh, and Kṛṣṇa says, "Why are you laughing? Just eat." Yaśodā Mātā looks back and sees that Kṛṣṇa was not eating. Then Madhumaṅgala says to her, "Mother, Kṛṣṇa is not eating anything. He distributes anything you give Him." Śrīmatī Rādhārānī sends many kinds of laḍḍus that Ranga-devī and Citrā-devī serve from gold plates and distributed them. Kṛṣṇa’s sakhās continue to joke with Him. "Kṛṣṇa, You must be sick or something,” they say. “Why aren't You eating these nice sweets? We'll call the doctor. That will be good for You. We will tell Yaśodā Mātā to call a doctor who will give very bitter juice. Then will You be happy?" "I'm not sick,” Kṛṣṇa retorts, “You are sick. You should drink neem juice!” “Why don't You eat then?” Then Kṛṣṇa’s plate is re-filled and He eats something. While breakfast is being served, sometimes Madhumaṅgala says, "Kṛṣṇa is very skinny. He cannot digest anything. He has no fire in His stomach. How can He eat rich foods like this, cooked with ghee, butter, and honey? How can He eat these sweets and drinks you are serving Him? These things are for His healthy sakhās like me." When Madhumaṅgala teases Him like this, Kṛṣṇa grabs handfuls of ghee rice from Madhumaṅgala’s plate. Madhumaṅgala then cries out, "Hey! Kṛṣṇa is stealing all my breakfast! O Yaśodā Mātā, I'm so hungry. Give me something more." Then Vrajeśvarī piles Madhumaṅgala’s plate with more prasāda. Madhamangala becomes very happy, but he says, "Eating this rice and dāl is not befitting for brāhmaṇas. Where is the halavā, laḍḍu, barphi, rabaḍi and kṣīra?" Why does Madhumaṅgala speak like this? He wants Kṛṣṇa to eat nicely. When these preparations come, he simply needs to tease Kṛṣṇa to make Him eat with gusto. If Kṛṣṇa is given these things calmly He will be uninterested. If someone gives Him a plate and says, “O Kṛṣṇa, please take this,” He will not want it. He will say, "I'm not hungry." Kṛṣṇa is given so many offerings by His millions and millions of affectionate devotees starting from even before the sun rises. Why would be hungry and thirsty for more? How much will He eat? Furthermore He is ātmārāma, self-satisfied, and āptakāma, without desires.

Admission in Love’s School – 09 Feb 2013 – Govinda-lilamrta

By the prayers of the mahā-bhāgavata rūpānuga guru-varga, Vṛndā-devī helps the sādhakas in this line. She distributes līlā-rasa, bhakti-rasa, vraja-rasa and arranges everything for one to attain prema-bhakti. If anyone follows this program they are very lucky. And if they don’t follow, if they collect many other things, what they think or understand is not my question or answer. Our question and answer now is how can we be present near līlā-śakti? If one is present near līlā-śakti, She will carefully help him progress in spiritual life. She will give treatment, medicine, food, diet, lodge and favorable association. We are very lucky. Our Guru-pāda-padma is glorified throughout the three worlds. He always thinks about us and our eternal spiritual welfare. If a disciple does not remember the causeless mercy of his Guru-pāda-padma he is ungrateful and selfish. Such a person is useless and contemptible. According to one’s own desire and idea he cannot meet with the Vaiṣṇavas and understand the holy dhāma. People like this will only come as tourists for recreation—they will come and go without attaining any benefit. They do not touch the dhāma; the glories and mercy of the dhāma do not manifest in their hearts. Even if they try again and again without following the correct process, they will become hopeless and sick and run away from the holy dhāma. It will be impossible for them to stay in the dhāma and to make relationship with the dhamavāsīs.

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