Gurudeva Katha 1996 Lectures Krsna Defeated by the Gopis - Radlett, U.K. - 15 May 1996

Krsna Defeated by the Gopis – Radlett, U.K. – 15 May 1996

“You have said, ‘sarva-dharmān parityajya mām ekaṁ śaraṇaṁ vraja,’ (Bhagavad-gītā 18.66) You proclaim to be the husband and brother of all. You say, ‘I am all-in-all.’ The two ślokas, ‘īśvaraḥ paramaḥ kṛṣṇaḥ sac-cid-ānanda-vigrahaḥ anādir ādir govindaḥ sarva-kāraṇa-kāraṇam,’ (Brahma-saṁhitā 5.1) and, ‘ye yathā māṁ prapadyante tāṁs tathaiva bhajāmy aham (Bhagavad-gītā 4.11),’ were also spoken by You. You say, ‘Those who serve Me, I reciprocally serve them. If they serve me by only a fraction of their hearts, I also serve them by only a fraction of My heart.’ ”

The gopīs continued, “Now, You are going back on Your words, You should not do so. You must follow what You have proclaimed. Now, You are our guru, and guru must be worshiped before anyone else. So, we will worship and serve You first, and You must accept our service. Otherwise, You will be guilty of committing sin and You will face difficulties. We know that You are the husband of all. Hence, You are our husband also. So, we should serve You even if you are lame, ugly, or black. We must serve You.”

So, Kṛṣṇa was defeated by the gopīs’ arguments.

Kṛṣṇa told the yajña-patnīs (the wives of the brāhmaṇas of Mathurā), “Return to your husbands,” and the yajña-patnīs went away. But, the gopīs did not return to their husbands.

So, Śukadeva Gosvāmī has spoken directly at times, and indirectly at other times. Only the bona fide devotees who sincerely serve their holy master and rasika-vaiṣṇavas, can understand and follow the import of his statements. Or else, they will be unable to understand. And for many lives, they will be in the same class of devotion and their bhakti will turn dry. Consequently, they will give up the line of devotion. Bhakti is like a current, if a dam is made and placed before this current, the current will be checked and stopped. So, our bhakti should always flow like a forceful current and this current should not be stopped by any obstacles.

Svāmījī and our Guru-varga embody this dynamic current of bhakti. This current originated from Kṛṣṇa who passed it down to Brahmā and this current culminates in the presence of our guru. If we want to control this current by many rules and regulations, then the current will be stopped. Bhakti is not bound by any artificial rules and regulations. Bhakti is bound by her own rule and regulation—love and affection. By control, everything will be spoiled. Bhakti is not controlled by any artificial rules and regulations, she is controlled by her own transcendental rules and regulations. If this current of bhakti is unchecked, it will flow and reach the lotus feet of Śrīmatī Rādhikā and Kṛṣṇa. We see in the pastimes of Kṛṣṇa that no one could control the gopīs. People think that the gopīs went in the opposite direction of morality, because they left their husbands, children, and Vedic dharma. They even gave up their shame. But, no rules and regulations could control them. They were determined to meet Kṛṣṇa and although the forest had no path; they found their way through and reached the spot where Kṛṣṇa was present.

So, bhakti should never be controlled. We should only be careful to not let any water of misconceptions adulterate this pure flow of bhakti. There is nothing else there for us to control. We will only need to facilitate this flow of bhakti. What is this water of misconceptions that we should protect our bhakti from? This bad water symbolizes the misconceptions of karma, jñāna, and other false ideologies. These detrimental ideologies should never be entertained by the devotees. Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī and Jīva Gosvāmī have done marvelous sevā. They never checked bhakti, but rather, protected her embankments. Śrīla Viśvanātha Cakravartī Ṭhākura, Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura, Śrīla Prabhupāda Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura, Śrīla Bhaktivedānta Svāmī Mahārāja, and our Guru-varga are so generous! Before he took sannyāsa, Śrīla Bhaktivedānta Svāmī Mahārāja was often residing in Mathurā. There, he would sit with me, and engage in kīrtana with me. We would engage in many services together.

He told me once, “If I go to the Western countries, I will build boarding houses. There, I will accommodate students and I will allow them to do anything, but they should engage themselves in harināma-saṅkīrtana also. If they want to consume eggs, meat, and wine, or anything else; they may do so, but I know surely that by the transcendental effects of harināma, after some days, very soon, after a two or three days, they will forsake these deplorable habits. They will quit these habits by their own accord; there will be no need to order them around or control them. They will join the Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement and they will all be very good devotees.”

Svāmījī was so liberal! These are some of the specialties of bona fide ācāryas. You cannot have these transcendental qualities if you try to control everyone. You try to control your divine master also. You tell your Gurudeva, “Oh don’t go there! You should be situated here and do this. You should not associate with those devotees.” These are not the services of a bona fide disciple. A pure devotee has not come to make a sectarian group, he has only come to strengthen the Kṛṣṇa consciousness of the devotees that will enable them to go to Goloka Vṛndāvana. He has only come to help them. He has not come to impose rules and regulations over devotees and to rule over them.

[CC-by-NDNC Bhakta Bandhav]

Must Read

WHY ARE WE NOT MAKING ANY SPIRITUAL ADVANCEMENT?

“Why do so many fail to develop profound hari-bhakti, even though they reside in the temple and follow the practices of devotion? The mouse performed ārati and the pigeon did parikramā, and through this they both achieved perfection; but many in the temple do ārati and parikramā daily with seemingly no advancement. Why?

Merciful Chastisement

1. Chastisement by guru and vaisnavas is highly beneficial for me. 2. I am willing to be humiliated and beaten by maya thousands of times, but I cannot accept the affectionate discipline of guru and vaisnavas. In this way I commit spiritual suicide...

ANANYATA – EXCLUSIVE DEVOTION – Whats Wrong With Taking the Maha-Prasada of Dvarakadisa?

Srila Gurudeva always served with the moods of the Vraja-devīs. Someone once brought mahā-prasāda from the Dvārakādīśa Temple to Śrīla Gurudeva. Gurudeva respectfully accepted  and distributed  to others, but refused to personally eat the remnants of Rukmiṇī.The person was offended and said, “You accept alms given by low-castes but will not take the mahā-prasāda of Dvārakādīśa!”“We are the resolute servants of the Vraja-devīs,” Gurudeva replied, “and will only accept their remnants. We collect raw ingredients that we prepare and offer to Śrī Śrī Radha-Vinoda Bihārī and we subsist only on Their mahā-prasāda.”Śrīla Gurudeva thus taught his followers how to be uncompromising. Gurudeva advised, “Follow in the anugatya of the Vaiṣṇavas. In an emergency, or to enable your guru-sevā, you can take the prasāda from Lord Rāma or at a Viṣṇu temple. However, you should always strive to be fully committed to Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa in Vraja.”Śrīla Gurudeva recounted a story in this regard:“An old Bābājī Mahārāja once lived in a village called Raṇavāḍī in Vraja-maṇḍala more than a hundred years ago. At one point, the desire awakened in him to have darśana of Dvārakā. A brāhmaṇa family came who were going to Dvārakā and offered to take the Bābājī along, paying the full cost of travel. The Bābājī agreed and they took him along with them. When this Bābājī Mahārāja returned to Vraja, all the sādhus neglected him. He could no longer remember the eight-fold daily pastimes of Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa and suffered immensely.“This Bābājī had a friend named Siddha Kṛṣṇadāsa Babaji, who was always absorbed in service to harināma and Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa. Bābājī Mahārāja visited his friend, but when Siddha Kṛṣṇadāsa saw him come he refused to associate with him, saying; Srimati Radhika would be angered with someone who had taken the brand of Dvāraka and had eaten the remnants of Rukmiṇī’s cooking.’“That Bābājī Mahārāja became greatly distressed and thought,‘This life is useless if the pastimes of Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa do not appear in my heart!’ He went back to his cottage and, locking himself inside, repented and prayed for forgiveness from Śrīmatī Rādhikā. After three days a fire rang from within his body and consumed him. The villagers forced open the door days later and found only a pile of ashes.”Śrīla Gurudeva fearlessly preached the message of Mahāprabhu, the aspiration for mañjarī-bhāva—the service of Śrīmatī Rādhikā as Her confidential maidservant. He continuously read the glories of the Vraja-devīs and explained how this is the line and mood of the Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇavas. Many reputed Gauḍīyas reserve or hide this mood without explaining  to anyone. A dedicated disciple should endeavor to emulate Śrīla Gurudeva’s sentiment. Simultaneously, he should offer respect from a distance to anyone who does not adhere to Śrīla Gurudeva’s mood.Srila Gurudeva ki Jaya! (Excerpted from the Bhaktabandhav book publication, “Sri Guru Darshan”.

Part 3: Preaching in Medinipura and Sundarvana

...Srila Gurudeva extensively preached pure sanatana-dharma, which is also known as pure bhakti-dharma. Accompanied by Sri Nagendra-govardhana Brahmacari and Sri Ganesa dasa, he preached in the towns of Kulabadi, Hamscauda, Pichlada, Jhinukkhali, Naraghata and Terapekhya. From there they travelled by boat with a party of devotees from Puri to Gadamathura Sector 7, Gadamathura Sector 5, 6 and 8, Aiplata Sector 1, Kedarpura, Aiplata Sector 2, Suryapura and various other places. He returned to the matha in Chunchura a month-and-a-half later...

For the Love of God – Srimad Bhagavatam

One could say that if you are female it would be very easy to do upasana of Krsna in the way of kama, lust, but this is a bodily conception of things. Purusa-bhava, the idea that “I am the enjoyer, the dominator,” is detrimental to bhakti. Even those with women bodies, all want to be the enjoyers and controllers. This is purusa-bhava...

More Articles Like This