Acaryas Quotes Gurudeva said today A Wonderful Conversation

A Wonderful Conversation

Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu and Śrī Rāya Rāmānanda are about to have a wonderful conversation on the bank of the Godāvarī, so all should come with me there, by heart, and we should all arrive together at that place.

The ocean has the power to manifest jewels. When the ocean is full of jewels it is called ratnālaya, a repository of precious jewels. When the rain falls at the time of the constellation of stars called svāti nakṣatra, it has a special potency, for the potential of the ocean to manifest jewels becomes realized at that time.

Here, the rain of svāti nakṣatra is Śrī Rāmānanda Rāya’s explanation of all bhakti-siddhānta. When the clouds of Rāmānanda Rāya sprinkled the rain of explanation on the ocean of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, His heart became the repository of jewels.

How can you conquer the heart of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu? Don’t criticize anyone. Have no concern for the nature and activities of others, but rather, always chant harināma without committing offense to any living entity.

August 06, 2004 Purī

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In Vṛndāvana, rasa is present everywhere. It is in all the kuñjas and groves. Kṛṣṇa-līlā is full of rasa. The bumblebees, birds, and butterflies all taste this rasa. In the same way, all the bhaktas who come to Vṛndāvana can taste rasa according to their adhikāra. In Vraja, Vṛndā-devī arranges for everyone to receive rasa according to their qualification. In that transcendental world, the residents do not compete with one-another. They live together harmoniously and they help whoever comes, thinking, “How can we help this person progress?”

WHAT IS THE PROPER MOOD OF SADHAKAS?

Śrīla Bilvamaṅgala Ṭhākura expresses a similar mood. He says, “I will do everything for Kṛṣṇa’s pleasure. He may do with me as He likes, but my only desire is to serve and please Him. Kṛṣṇa likes to play with the vraja-gopīs. I do not drink the nectar of those pastimes for myself, I explain those pastimes and distribute them everywhere. When Kṛṣṇa hears this, He is overjoyed.” How powerful and great the Vraja-devīs are! Kṛṣṇa is overjoyed to hear the glories of the Vraja-devīs, and when many people follow and respect the Vraja-devīs, then Kṛṣṇa will be more and more happy. The Vraja-devīs playful pastimes with Kṛṣṇa are the essence of sweetness. Kṛṣṇa says, “If anyone takes training from them, then they will become My dearest associates.” Otherwise, if people offer many things according to the injunctions of śāstra, or with their own desire, this doesn’t necessarily please Kṛṣṇa. Mahāprabhu came to give sva-bhakti-śrīyam. What is this? He did not give any other kind of bhakti, only sva-bhakti. How will Kṛṣṇa be pleased? Who knows that process? What is His desire? Only Śrīmati Rādhārānī and those engaged in Her service understand that. If they don’t know how to please God, then how can they consider serving Him? If they have no pure knowledge, then any service they perform will be based on speculation. Mahāprabhu came to give sva-bhakti-śrīyam, that is the service of Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa in unnata-ujjvala-rasa. Śrīla Bilvamaṅgala Ṭhākura was with Kṛṣṇa in Vraja-dhāma among the Vraja-devīs. Daily, with his internal vision, he observed the pastimes of Kṛṣṇa with the Vraja-devīs and saw how pleased Kṛṣṇa was with them, and how they did everything for the happiness of Kṛṣṇa. He then described their glories and pastimes with Kṛṣṇa. Kṛṣṇa is kiśora. His face is like a budding lotus, not yet fully blossomed. When the sun rises, the lotus blossoms. When the Vraja-devīs come from a distance, Kṛṣṇa waits to speak with them. Slowly a smile appears on His face. Kṛṣṇa looks at someone and waits to speak. With the sun’s light, the lotus blossoms. All the gopīs are like rays of the sun. The sun is the power of Śrīmatī Rādhārānī. When this power comes, then darkness is dispelled. Light comes, and everywhere, everyone is smiling; pure happiness comes. Svarūpa-śakti is supremely powerful. That power is greater than millions of suns. This gives inspiration to everyone and causes everyone’s hearts to blossom. Kṛṣṇa’s kiśora age is only for the kiśorīs, not for any others. His mercy, līlā-kaṭākṣa, and beauty are not available for any demigods, yakṣas, rākṣasas, or kinnaras; His beauty is only for the Vraja-devīs. Without the Vraja-devīs, He is Brahma and neutral; He is Nārāyaṇa, Viṣṇu. viśvopaplava-śamanaika-baddha-dīkṣaṁ viśvāsa-stabakita-cetasāṁ janānām praśyāma-pratinava-kānti-kandalārdraṁ paśyāmaḥ pathi pathi śaiśavam murāreḥ Kṛṣṇa-karṇāmṛta 56 On every path we see the childlike form of Murāri, whose one fixed vow is to relieve all the afflictions of those whose hearts are blossoming with faith in Him. His soft, bright bluish cheeks glow with ever new effulgence. The devotees have deep faith and love. They take dīkṣā. Does dīkṣā mean only a promise, and to try again and again? Dīkṣā means a firm vow to follow this line with an attitude of do or die. In Caitanya Mahāprabhu’s movement, if anyone takes true dīkṣā, then he becomes a follower of unnata-ujjvala-rasa. This unnata-ujjvala-rasa comes from Śrīmatī Rādhārānī. We accept dīkṣā to attain Her service. We do not take dīkṣā to attain any mundane rasa. How can this bright, clean and powerful rasa come in our heart? This unnata-ujjvala-rasa spreads from the heart of Śrīmatī Rādhārānī to all the Vraja-devīs and Vrajavāsīs and pervades all of Vraja-maṇḍala with its powerful love. The Vrajavāsīs serve Kṛṣṇa with rays of that love. To achieve that love we must have faith. Kṛṣṇa accepts that love; this is the paraphernalia, instrument, and bhoga for offering to Kṛṣṇa. Without this rasa, if you offer anything, this will not be bhoga; Kṛṣṇa will not accept it. During nāma-saṅkīrtana, or while moving anywhere, while cleaning or doing any service, if you have no love, your action is dry and not bhakti. Kṛṣṇa will never accept an offering or any service done without love. Therefore we must have deep faith. If you have faith, then all problems and other attractions and disturbances will not affect you. By taking that dīkṣā, Kṛṣṇa will stay always on the path of one’s eyes in His kiśora form, and then one will not be able to watch anything else. When and how will Kṛṣṇa come, there is no guarantee. 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GIVE YOURSELF ONLY TO BHAKTAS

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