A Bona Fide Guru

Guru is he who can take all the moods of the disciple, change them, and offer them unto the lotus feet of Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa. He’ll take away all worldly attachments and transform them into attachment for Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa. A bona fide guru does not think, “I’m the enjoyer.” He thinks, “Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa are the enjoyers.” A guru can change the disciples’ material moods into the moods of service of Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa, and he himself has no enjoying mood.

August 21, 2001 Mathurā

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Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhu describes in his commentary that when the sakhis met with Radharani, they had a mood of friendship between one another, they all had the exact same mood. Radharani then spoke with tears in Her eyes. She said; “I don’t know how I went so far away from all of you. I was with Krsna, but then suddenly I realized I was all alone in the forest. Oh sakhis, what can I tell you? Madhava, who is the master of Laksmi Devi is filled with all good qualities. He is the master of all divine wealth. I don’t even understand how he brought Me aside, and then took Me out of the rasa dance. I couldn’t see that I was not with all of you. I was so absorbed in meeting Krsna, and being with Him.”, When Krsna was dancing and singing with all the Gopis each Gopi felt Krsna was with them alone. Krsna was fully exhibiting His prowess in prema. With each Gopi, He was present and everyone had the mood that, “I am just with Krsna and Krsna is just with Me”. 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Now they began to pray to ‘Dayanidhi Rasika-sekhara’ Sri Krsna.  They began to think; “Meeting Krsna was His supreme mercy. We were not at all qualified, but by His great mercy He gave us His association and affection. Then we became proud and He left us again”. FOREST JUNGLE BECOMES TOO DEEP, DARK, AND DENSE Then Vraja-devis again started searching for Krsna. They saw the forest and jungle was now becoming very dark. They went into a dense area of the jungle and searched there. They thought Krsna must be hidden in the deep grove of the forest. “If we go further, He will go deeper and deeper into the dark forest, therefore we will not go any further to search for Him. They thought, “We will wait here. It is too deep and dark ahead”. The Gopis had previously gone through all the different forests groves and caves, and they had searched everywhere for Krsna. They said; “Oh we have lamented so much in separation. We will now wait here”. Previously they had been ready to continue searching, and since they were now with Radharani, they went just a little ahead and decided to wait there.  In the Visnu Purana it states that when Krsna entered the deep forest grove it was the full moon night and it was very bright everywhere. Krsna thought they would easily find Him so he decided He must hide somewhere.  When the gopis went into the dark forest they saw there were no rays of the full moon there, so they returned to a brighter area of the forest, that was lit by the rays of the moon. They thought Krsna had hidden in the deep dark area of the jungle so they would not continue to search for Him, as it would not be proper. They thought; “We will arrange to somehow bring Krsna out. We will not run behind Him. Instead of going further into the dark forest, we will pray to Him and through that, He will come before us”. Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura states that when they all again searched for Krsna, the rays of the moon were helping them as if they were saying, “Go and search. I am behind you like a searchlight. I am with you and helping you. Don't worry.” Then they went further ahead and the forest became very deep and thick and the rays of the moon could not enter there. They thought, “Ok we will not proceed any further.”  The commentator states that by the color of Syama-Krsna’s limbs, the whole area became filled with darkness, or the Syama color. The light of the moon was not working there, so the gopis did not enter the ‘Syama’, dark area of the forest. Now their mood changed. Why?  They thought, “Krsna’s body is very beautiful and soft and Krsna will feel some suffering and disturbance. 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GOPIS STOP SEARCHING AND RETURN TO THE YAMUNA Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhu states that after the Vraja-devis searched from forest to forest, they thought of Krsna’s very soft feet and how He was wandering everywhere in the forest. And at the same time, we are trying to follow behind Him. He may step on sharp stones or thorns and there are many sharp stones and sharp blades of grass here that He could step on. Since He is barefoot, we should not search anymore. We will not make Him sad or suffer because of our own sadness. Instead we should begin kirtan of Krsna’s glories and meditate on Him. We can never find Him if we continue searching for Him like this, we do not have the strength. If we stay together and from deep within our souls, we meditate on Him, and pray to Him from the bottom of our hearts, then certainly Krsna will return to us, giving us His darsana. In this way the Gopis decided what to do. They went back to the bank of the Yamuna where they were before. 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Therefore, we only need to perform ‘nama-sankirtana’. Krsna and His names are non-different. If you sit in a pure place with others and then all together sing ‘Krsna-kirtan’, then through the power of this kirtan, Krsna will definitely come, because He is non-different from his names.  In this way this chapter of Rasa-pancadhyayi is complete. This is the end of the third chapter of Rasa-pancadhyayi. Sukadeva Goswami described that the Gopis determined this best process to find Krsna which is Krsna-kirtan. (CLICK ON THE TITLE TO READ THE COMPLETE ARTICLE)

Any Art You Know, Use it for Krsna-consciousness – 10 June 1996

The gopis gave their golden bangles to a person who knows the mantras of the serpents. He taught the gopis how a serpent can be controlled by mantras. Citra knows all these mantras. When Srimati Radhika goes to meet Krsna in the night, then Citra controls all the serpents, ghosts, and other beings by chanting mantras. Wild beasts cannot attack by chanting these mantras. So, they use all things in Krsna’s service. But, you should see that these various forms of arts are not used for your sense gratification. They should be used only for Radha-Krsna’s service. Taking money from general people is also an art. Everyone cannot do this. But if by that art, we can collect so much money for Krsna’s satisfaction, then it is good. Otherwise, if you collect one farthing, one pence, and use it for yourself, then this is an offense. So, everything should be used for Krsna. This intelligence should be used for Krsna consciousness. If it is done, it is so good. Svamiji collected so many intellectual giants from every field. He collected such qualified devotees from all sections of society. He sent his scientist-disciples to scientists. He told them, “You should go and preach to the scientists.” For those devotees who were like karmis and business persons, Svamiji said, “Control all these things.” For those devotees who were interested in arts like Syamarani, Svamiji told them, “You should paint very good pictures. They will be used for the Srimad Bhagavatam, Bhagavad Gita, and many other books to attract all the general people.” So, every quality can be used in the service of Krsna. If they are used as such, then very good. But these qualities should not be used for one’s sense gratification.

HOW CAN WE RECEIVE KARUNA-SAKTI FROM SRIMATI RADHIKA?

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