Audio Katha 2020 Vaisnava-tithis Rupa Gosvami glories, Jhulan-yatra, Pavitraropani Ekadasi - Prabhuji 31 July 2020

Rupa Gosvami glories, Jhulan-yatra, Pavitraropani Ekadasi – Prabhuji 31 July 2020

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If this rasa - transcendental nectar, is achieved, then all material rasa will have no worth to us. We will have no tension and our vairagya will be real and not any type of show. We see people  go to the beauty parlor and dress very opulently, but how long will this last? How long will the makeup stay on? However much makeup we put on in this world, or if we change our self to a man or change our self to a woman, or become a husband or a mother, this is all a drama for only 2 or 3 days. There is no value to this kind drama or theater. If you make a transcendental relationship with the Krsna then your hearts will always be singing and dancing in ecstasy, you will be so filled with happiness and joy. All your conceptions will become transcendental and spiritualized. You will be completely absorbed in transcendental thoughts and then no one will be able to control you, or make you subordinate to them and their material conceptions. Instead those who come to you and try and disturb and engage you, will also become attracted towards spiritual life.  Like we see with Haridas Thakur and the prostitute. People may come to fight with you, try and control you, try and change you with their bad tendencies. However when they come into sadhu-sanga then all of that will be finished. Acarya Ramanuja had a wonderful temple in south India and a famous dacoit, Dhanurdhara, once came there. And who did he come with? The most prominent and famous prostitute of the whole city. She was so beautiful. The prostitute had faith in the deity form of the Lord, and was going to the temple for darsana. She waited at the altar for darsana and Dhanudara stood in front of her with his back to the altar. The pujari was about to open the curtains and said to Dhanudara; “Please move so we can open the curtains, because you cannot keep your back to the Deity.”  Dhanudara replied; “This is only a stone. Look how beautiful this lady is. Look at her beautiful face, she is effulgent like the sun.” The pujari said; “Oh you are just looking at flesh and blood of the material body. Look at the beautiful form of the transcendental Lord.” Dhanudara said; “You are crazy. Why would you look at this piece of stone over this beautiful woman? What is in that stone?” The pujaris thought that the dacoit would not listen, so they went to Acarya Ramanuja who was nearby and requested his help. The pujari said to Ramanuja Acarya; “Some crazy dacoit has come. He is crazy after the flesh of this world. He has lost his intelligence. He is like a drunk man running after a prostitute’s beauty.” Ramanuja Acarya said, “I am coming.” Then he went to Dhanudara and said to him; “Oh my son come here, come here.” He called him nearby. He indicated to the lady to move a little aside, in front of the altar, and Dhanudara had to come back a bit. So that when the altar opened Dhanudara would be able to see the Deity. When he came back a bit, he was no longer facing the wrong way and then they opened the curtains.  Ramanuja Acarya said; “Look at the beautiful form of the Lord.” Dhanudara said; “What is this stone?” Then Ramanuja Acarya put his hand on Dhanudara’s head, and by that gave him spiritual potency. He immediately forgot all his attachment to skin, flesh and the prostitute and he had darsana of the real transcendental spiritual form of the Lord. He saw the Lord’s supreme and sublime beauty, which is unlimitedly more beautiful than any material flesh and blood body. He lost all his lust and material attachments that had been with him since millions of lives and by the mercy of Ramanuja Acarya, had a beautiful darsana of the transcendental Lord. (CLICK ON THE TITLE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE)

The Glory of Sri Guru

Śrī Guru uses everything for the service of Śrī Hari. He doesn’t cheat those who come to him, he only teaches the glories of Hari. He not only gives a chance for the service of Kṛṣṇa, He gives attachment for God and His loving service. If you come near Guru and Vaisnavas, your previous nature automatically changes...

Advaita Saptami

Today is Advaita Saptamī, the appearance day of Śrī Advaita Prabhu. In kali-yuga, on the order of God, Lord Śiva came as Śaṅkarācārya and preached advaitavāda, thus cheating the foolish jīvas and making them into māyāvādīs. Lord Shiva is always ready to follow the order of God, and he assists the Supreme Lord in all other yugas. Advaita Ācārya Prabhu came before the advent of Caitanya Mahāprabhu. He thought, “Previously, I taught māyāvāda and sent everyone very far away from God. Now they do not believe in the Deities of God, or the śāstras.” “They think, ‘I am Brahma.’ They repeat the words, ‘Sarvaṁ khalv idaṁ brahma—there is nothing without Brahma,’ and cite the verse, śloka dhenu pravakṣyāmī yad aktaṁ yānti koṭibhiḥ brahma satyaṁ jagan mithyā jīva brahmaiva na paraḥ (Śaṅkarācārya) “In half a verse, I am summarizing the truth that has been expressed by volumes and volumes of scripture. Within only half a verse I shall give the essence of all truths: brahma satyam, jagan mithya. Brahman, spirit, is true - this world is false. And the jīva is nothing but Brahman. This is the substance of all the scriptures.” “Brahma is truth, everything else is false.” “As Śaṅkarācārya, I taught them this. Now, how can I make up for this? How can I bring all jīvas back to God?” “In kali-yuga, the living entities have very short lifespan, they cannot perform austerity, and they are always cheated by māyā. Even now, everyone is attached to māyāvāda philosophy and has lost everything. The jīvas have become very hard and cruel. They don’t respect each other and perform all kinds of heinous sins. How can I bring them back to the lotus feet of God?” Advaita Ācārya appeared in kali-yuga as the son of Kuvera Paṇḍita and Nābhā Devī. Everyone in their area placed their faithin Durgā, Kali and other forms of Devī. Kuvera Paṇḍita, however, worshipped Śālagrāma and Madana Gopāla and some people were not happy with him because of this. The king, however, respected him very much and personally requested him to be his head priest. “Will you help me worship Devī?” the king asked. “I will send other priests for this worship,” Kuvera Paṇḍita replied, for he was attached to serving his Śālagrāma and Madana Gopāla. After sometime, Kuvera Paṇḍita and Nābhā Devī came and resided near Śāntipura. On the bank of the Gaṅgā, many sādhus and sages resided there. It was the place of their austerities. The area was peaceful and quiet and they performed bhajana there. They worshipped the Supreme Lord and respected all of His devotees, and had good relation with the Gītā and Bhāgavata. One day, Nābhā Devī revealed some thoughts to her husband. “You are the king’s priest.” She said. “He asked you to worship Devī Durgā, but you did not. I think it is because of a curse from Devī that we have no children. She must have become angry with us.” “Don’t worry,” Kuvera Paṇḍita said, “Devī has no authority. God is the supreme authority. Await His desire.” Many years ago, in satya-yuga, on this very day, Lord Viṣṇu and Mahā Lakṣmī appeared in this world to give blessings and help to the jīvas. This day is called Ratha-saptamī, or Makara-saptamī. Today, in South India they have car festival and the Deities come out of the temple sanctorum to give darśana freely to all. Kuvera Paṇḍita and Nābhā Devī surrendered to Lord Viṣṇu. Sadā Śiva and Mahā Viṣṇu are non-different. If Shiva’s post is ever empty, Viṣṇu comes to fill the post of Sadā Śiva and performs his universal duties. Advaita Ācārya appeared as Kuvera Paṇḍita’s son this day of Makara-saptamī and was given the name Kamalākṣa. The name Kamalākṣa does not only mean that he has eyes as beautiful as lotus petals. In the book Advaita Prakāśa it is explained that Advaita Ācārya is kamalākṣa, meaning his eyes are always fixed on śāstra, sādhus, Śrī Guru and worshipable persons. He doesn’t use his eyes for any other purpose. When a lotus blossoms everyone becomes pleased and attracted by its beauty. In he same way, whoever came near Kamalākṣa began to follow the rules and regulations of śāstra and to worship God. When Advaita Ācārya was a boy, Madhavendra Puripada came to his house. Kuvera Paṇḍita properly respected Madhavendra Purī along with the devotees who had accompanied him, such as Īśvara Purī and Paramānanda Purī. They were traveling to all the holy places of India and they stayed in the home of Kuvera Paṇḍita for some time. Kuvera Paṇḍita never knew what was being said during the long meetings of Madhavendra Purī and Kamalākṣa that took place during their stay. It came to pass that the king got news Kuvera Paṇḍita’s brilliant son, who was said to be fully knowledgeable in veda and vedānta, as well as the past, present and future. He sent a message to Kuvera Paṇḍita. “Please bring your son to my palace one day. I wish to meet him.” This was his request. Kuvera Paṇḍita took Kamalākṣa along with him to the palace one day, and the king was very happy to see the young boy. He respected them both and then began to ask many things to Kamalākṣa, who gave very direct and sweet answers. Many other paṇḍitas were present in the king’s court and they became very jealous. “Please come every week with your father,” the king said to Kamalākṣa, “We will be pleased to receive your teachings.” Kamalaksa began to come with his parents to the king’s court. He gave intelligent answers to any questions asked to him by the priests, paṇḍitas and the king. Everyone was very happy. Their hearts were cooled in his presence. The king was especially pleased. At that time, the brāhmaṇas were all generally smārtas who worshipped Kali and performed taṅtra-upāsanā, dark worship. “The Śrīmad Bhagavad-gītā is the most important scripture,” Kamalākṣa said. The king agreed, and when Kamalākṣa came next to the court, he began to give lectures on the Bhagavad-gītā.

Memories and Dasya-prema – 03 July 1996

By past impressions and new impressions like having the association of a bona fide tattva-vit, rasika, bhāvuka-bhakta; the sādhaka can be qualified for rāgānuga-bhakti. The rāgānugā-sādhakas will begin from the stage of ruci, whether there is initiation or not. For them dīkṣā and puraścaryā is not necessary, whereas for those who are now starting to tread the path of rāgānuga-bhakti, dīkṣā is absolutely essential. For those like Śrīla Haridāsa Ṭhākura, Śrīla Rāya Rāmānanda, and Śrīla Śrīvāsa Paṇḍita, and for any most exalted personality, these things are not required. We do not know the dīkṣā-guru of Śrīla Haridāsa Ṭhākura. We also do not know the dīkṣā-guru of Śrīla Svarūpa Dāmodara Gosvāmī who went to Kāśi when Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu left His home. Śrīla Svarūpa Dāmodara Gosvāmī went and adopted the designation ‘Svarūpa’ which is an upādhi, or designation, of the impersonalists, and when he heard that Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu came to Śrī Jagannath Purī, he left everything and came to join Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu’s movement. He was the first bona fide associate of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu. Therefore, in this case, we should not think that initiation is essential for them, but for us initiation is most essential.

Taster of Love – Govinda-lilamrta

When the devotee takes dīkṣā from Śrī Guru, it means he is receiving relationship, sambandha-jñāna. The knowledge that, “I am Kṛṣṇa's, I am Gurudeva's.” But one who gives nothing to Śrī Guru and Kṛṣṇa is not a real disciple. If one does not give anything by body, at least he should give something by mind. But even this is rare nowadays. Now if a disciple is asked, “Can’t you give one tulasī leaf to God?” he will say, “This is not possible for me.” Such a person’s chanting of harināma and mantra is dry. It as if they simply run like a tape recorder saying, “Hare Kṛṣṇa Hare Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Hare Hare...” and “He Gopinātha, Hey Gopijana-vallabha,” but without any affection or mood of any kind. Why do you call Gopijana-vallabha? Is He your servant? Can you not serve Him? This is not the proper process. If a mother has affection for her baby, she will tend to him without bathing and without having to be asked. We have heard the story of Sanatana Gosvāmī and the brāhmaṇi who cooked daliā for Madana Mohana. She was stirring the daliā with the back end of the stick she was using to brush her teeth. Her two boys Madana and Sadana were crying, "Give me breakfast, give me breakfast," She put it on their plates piping hot and the boys lips were burning as they tried to eat it very fast. If you have no love how can you have relationship. How can you expect to enter aṣṭa-kālīya-līlā or asta-kaliya-smarana? The dry chanting of mantra does not work. Service is necessary. The gopīs have love, Yaśodā Mātā has love. Therefore they always serve. Crazy people are lazy and inactive. Karmīs, yogīs, bhogīs and jñānīs, who have no relation with svarūpa-śakti or līlā-śakti, have no affection, attachment, or attraction for God. They run here and there devoid of love. The sadhaka, at least by mind, must serve in the way that Yaśodā Mātā and the gopīs serve Kṛṣṇa. If you cannot do this practically, then do it by mind. Bhajana is very deep. You must have a do or die mentality. Who will do or die? Will the body do or die or the soul do or die? The soul never dies. And tomorrow or the day after the body will have to be discarded. Therefore, like candana, you should grind and paste the body on the stone slab of loving service. Then you will be fortunate. Your life will be successful. If you don't do this, though you might have a big body like an elephant’s, many jackals and dogs will bite and have a huge festival of eating your body slowly. Therefore, use this body for the sake of God. This is the first instruction. If one does not do this, he will never cross māyā nor enter the eternal world. Caitanya Mahāprabhu said to Raghunātha das Gosvāmī— eka kuṅjā jala āra tulasī-mañjarī sāttvika-sevā ei—śuddha-bhāve kari dui-dike dui-patra madhye komala mañjarī ei-mata aṣṭa-mañjarī dibe śraddhā kari Mahāprabhu said, “Give eight tulasī-mañjarīs to Girirāja, and bath him with a clay pot of water. Start this practice, then everything will run on nicely." Another time during breakfast, Yaśodā Mātā noticed that many peacocks, parrots, cuckoos and other animals were all waiting outside the window to offer something to Kṛṣṇa. They had all collected something from the forest. Some brought fresh dates, grapes, cherries and other fruits. There was a small rabbit that had come with small green leaves.

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