Gurudeva Katha 1997 Lectures The Sweet Relation of Swami Prabhupada, Param Gurudeva, and Gurudeva - 1997...

The Sweet Relation of Swami Prabhupada, Param Gurudeva, and Gurudeva – 1997 May 15 New Braja

Srila Gurudeva: I want to begin hari-katha, Bhagavata katha from Narada Rsi, but at once I will come to the tenth canto of Bhagavatam, from the birth of Krsna. There are so many basic principles of bhakti and in the Bhagavatam, the service of Krsna has been established. Anywhere it was not established in Vedas, Puranas, Upanisads and in the Gita or Mahabharata. By the mercy of Narada, Vyasa realized why he was not happy and then he compiled the Bhagavatam. How did this come to be? First, I will explain all of these things. First of all, you should know that Srimad-Bhagavatam is not simply a book made from paper and ink. It is more important than all the Vedas and Upanisads. It is Krsna Himself. The Bhagavatam is the embodiment of Krsna. The twelve parts of Krsna’s body are the twelve cantos. Especially, His heart is the tenth canto. And in His heart, there are five types of [life] airs, like pranas, are there. Without prana, a body cannot live. The five pranas are the five chapters in the tenth canto, from chapter twenty-nine to thirty-three. These are called rasa-pancadhyaya, they are the panca prana, especially. So, we will explain all of these things.
First, I will touch on a very brief description of the relation with my Gurudeva and Swamiji. Our Guru Maharaja left the [material] world, his worldly relations with his mother, brother and everything in 1916, and came to Mayapura and met with Srila Prabhupada Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Gosvami Thakur. He was very beautiful, soft, but very energetic and intelligent. He used to serve Srila Prabhupada and he became very pleased with this new energetic boy. He gave first initiation, that is harinama. Later on, our Guru Maharaja left his college and gave up his studies because he saw that the professors and principals could not understand the philosophy of Caitanya Mahaprabhu.

Although in the [college’s MA] Caitanya Caritamrta, Srimad-Bhagavatam, etc. were subjects, they could not understand the meaning of vadanti tat tattva vidas tattvam yaj jnanam advayam, brahmeti paramamatmeti, bhagavan eti sabdhyate. Also, in Caitanya Caritamrta, they could not understand the verse: jivera svarupa haya krsnera nitya dasa, jivera tatastha sakti bhedabheda prakasa. What is called bhedabheda prakasa, what is tatastha sakti, and what is advaya jnana? They could not explain this. [The professors] used to come to our Gurudeva. He was a student, but they used to come to him and said, “You should explain all these things.” He thought there’s no use of reading in these schools and colleges. So, he left college and joined the movement of his Gurudeva, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Gosvami Thakur.

Now we see that although many have served Swamiji for more than twenty-four years and have taken the renounced order, they feel that they should take up studies in college. In America, I am seeing that so many senior Vaisnavas of Swamiji are now joining colleges and learning all bad kinds of philosophies, impersonal philopsophies and other things. I think they have no complete belief in Swamiji, their Gurudeva. So [my Gurudeva] left the college and joined the mission of his Gurudeva forever, serving him. Bhaktivedanta Swamiji met his Gurudeva in 1922. He was also so intelligent. Especially, he was very qualified in English Literature, so Prabhupada told him to write articles in the Back to Godhead, that was the Harmonist. You should serve and you can preach in English. From then, they (my Guru Maharaj and Swamiji) became friends. Swamiji joined in Calcutta and became the manager of the Bengal Chemical company. Gurudeva was serving in Mayapura and Calcutta, always living with Gurudeva (Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Prabhupada). Once there was a parikrama in Navadvipa. About a thousand pilgrims were there. They were doing parikrama with Srila Prabhupada Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Gosvami Thakur. In front of all the pilgrims, a very big elephant was there, and Gaura-Nityananda Prabhu or Radha-Krsna were on the back of that elephant, which was so decorated. All were singing kirtan, Sri Krsna Caitanya Prabhu Nityananda Sri-Advaita Gadadhara Srivas-adi gaura-bhakta-vrnda and ‘Hare Krsna’ and all kirtans. They crossed the Ganges and came to the middle of Navadvipa.

There is a sri vigraha of Yogamaya named Proda-maya. She came from the upper side of Mayapura. Vrdda-Siva and this Proda-maya were at first in Mayapura, but a flood came and destroyed everything, and took so much of Mayapura, except the birthplace of Caitanya Mahaprabhu. All the inhabitants came to the other bank of the Ganga, and she was brought to this Navadvipa town, that is called Koladvipa. So Srila Prabhupada was there. His preaching was very solid and strong. He used to speak the truth without any compromise with the sahajiya, sakhi-bheki, smarta-brahmanas and all others. All the enthusiastic youth were following Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Gosvami Thakur. So many. He was of the opinion of daivi-varnasrama dharma. Do you know daivi-varnasrama dharma? Now in India smarta-brahmanism is there, meaning those who are born in a brahmana family are brahmanas, [even though] they are not following the rules and regulations of Brahmanism. Those who know Brahma or Krsna are brahmanas actually. This is the rule. But those who are not following this, coming only in the vamsa, the dynasty of brahmana, then he is a brahmana, whether he does not know a, aa, e, ee, anuswara or visarga or anything. They have no belief in Krsna or any manifestations of Krsna, but yet they call them brahmanas, who are the highest in all castes. Prabhupada told that those who have come in the vamsa or dynasty of brahmans, and are not acting as brahmanas, are actually not brahmans. They are sudras. And those who have taken birth anywhere or in any caste but are bhakta devotees are actually brahmanas, more than brahmanas. They should be honored, instead of all the bogus persons that come in brahmana families but actually do not know Brahma or do any bhakti.

Also, the [caste] Gosvamis are not actually doing devotion of Krsna. They are not worshipping Krsna. They take wine, flesh, fish and all these things but still they think that they are gosvamis, in the line of Rupa Gosvami. Prabhupada was strongly opposed to this and told, “Anyone who is coming the family of these gosvamis are not gosvamis. Sanatana Gosvami has no family. Rupa Gosvami has no family. Any of the six gosvamis have no family. Caitanya Mahaprabhu left this world with no son, daughter or family. Advaita Acarya rejected His eight sons. Only Acyutananda he accepted, and Acyutananda did not marry. Nityananda Prabhu after Virachandra, He had no son or anything. From where did these gosvamis come? Actually, they are not following the rules and regulations of the Gosvamis. They have no devotional services, no chanting, and taking flesh and worshipping durga devi. They are not Vaisnavas and they are not actually Gosvamis.” [Hearing this] all became against Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Gosvami Thakur, and attacked there with soda bottles, stones, and warm water, and they wanted to kill Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati.

Don’t sleep. Sit like this. Don’t sit easily, like this or this. Then you will do like this and be flat. Give ten days for me. One hour is mine. Don’t think it is for tasting easiness and rest. You can sleep twenty-three hours but one hour should be given to me. Pukka. Pukka means 100%. Don’t sleep, don’t do anything. Very patiently you should hear me. If you hear me, it is guaranteed you will have bhakti. It is guaranteed. Your krsna-bhakti will be improved, and you will never fear for anything. You will be like Pariksit Maharaja. Try to hear all these things like Pariksit Maharaj. I am not Sukadeva Gosvami, but I have sat on the same asana. I also have no desires like him. My only desire is to serve Radha-Krsna and Gaura-Nityananda Prabhu.

So, they wanted to kill him. All ran away from there, seeing how to save themselves. None were thinking that Prabhupada was there. But there was one disciple who was standing by him always. When he saw that so many glass soda bottles, stones and water were coming towards them, he protected Srila Prabhupada, taking all stones and bottles. He knew one devotee who was nearby. He took Srila Prabhupada with him and entered the house. They shut the door and there that disciple, Vinod Bihari bramacari, our Gurudeva, he prayed to him, “You should give your clothes to me and take my clothes and I will try to easily take you away to Mayapura at once, otherwise we cannot save you.” Prabhupada anyhow accepted [his request] and he took the clothes of our Gurudeva, which was a white dress. Our Guru Maharaj used to wear very fine dress, like a babu from a zamindar family, a landlord family, carrying a stick in his hand. He was very beautiful. He used to ride on horse, a very beautiful horse. Prabhupada used to love him so much, so he took the white dress of our Gurudeva and he gave his red cloth, his danda and everything to our Gurudeva, and thus he was saved and returned safely to Mayapura.

After that, Gurudeva put his life in his hands, anyhow, the police came and saved him and anyhow he [survived]. All thought that he was Prabhupada and they wanted to kill him. So, Prabhupada became so happy and satisfied with our Gurudeva. He was in Mayapura serving his Gurudeva, like Rupa Goswami served. He became the manager of the Patrika periodical, the Dainika Nadiya Prakash (daily newspaper), and the Gaudiya. He was a very learned person, a poet. You can see his tulasi arati and other things. [Madhava Maharaja adds, “Mangala Arati and Prabhupada Arati.”] But after the disappearance of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur, a dark period came in our Sarasvata Gaudiya Vaisnava [line]. So many devotees returned to their homes, got married and accepted worldly life. Like when Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja left, so many devotees returned to their homes and got married. Some of them were here and there, not inspired – nothing. Some left this practice of bhakti-yoga also. Everything was upset. [After the disappearance of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur] all articles and papers and the monthly papers like the Gaudiya, Harmonist and Bhagavata were stopped. Parikrama was stopped. Everything was stopped. Srila Prabhupada told our Gurudeva when he was a bramachari….He gave sannyasa before as I told (when they exchanged clothes). This was real sannyasa. But anyhow in a dream, Prabhupada said, “Why have you not taken sannyasa? Everything is going to be upset. You should at once take sannyasa.”

So our Gurudeva left the Gaudiya mission at that time and he came to Bhag bazaar Calcutta and established Gaudiya Vedanta Samhiti in 1941 and one of the prominent persons was Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja, who was Abhay Caranaravinda at that time. At that time, Vaisnavas had already given him the Bhaktivedanta title. So, our Guru Maharaj established Gaudiya Vedanta Samhiti. Vedanta is not Sankaracarya’s Vedanta. Vedanta is especially for bhakti. To establish this in this world, he established Gaudiya Vedanta Samhiti. Swamiji Maharaj has written this fact to us in a letter, saying, “I was also one of the three prominent persons who established Gaudiya Vedanta Samhiti, and since then I am serving in Gaudiya Vedanta Samhiti…” He was the chief editor in charge of our Gaudiya Patrika and Bhagavat Patrika, in which I was an editor. In both, I was an editor. He was the chief editor, and he used to write so many articles in two papers. He was a very famous person. He met me very early on, in 1947. After our Navadvipa parikrama was done, I went with my Gurudeva to Calcutta. Guru Maharaj was so much pleased to keep me as his personal servant. I used to always cook, wash his clothes and do so many services, always noting everything that he uttered. At that time, I did not know Bengali. I learned Bengali to read Jaiva Dharma and Caitanya Caritamrta. I served him in so many ways. He was so much pleased with me. After some time, he gave me sannyasa. I met Swamiji in Calcutta, at Bhag Bazaar on Bhospara lane. Swamiji came there. He was a very big personality and shared joking moods with my Gurudeva. They sat on the same asana. Guruji was a sannyasa and he was a grhasta, but yet they both were sitting on the same platform, and if they were very bosom friends, I saw them joking with each other. They were so much immersed in hari-katha.

From that beginning, I was well known to Swamiji. He asked me, “From where have you come and what is your name?” And so on. So many questions. He was very much happy with me. After that when we would meet, he used to show so much love to me. After that, Swamiji met me in Mathura in 1954.

At that time, he was telling me, “When I went to Srila Prabhupada, he used to love me, but I was so fearful to read one of the slokas in Srimad-Bhagavatam. Harisya tad dhanam sanai. If anyone takes shelter of Krsna, then Krsna will make him a street beggar. So I was thinking of this and was so fearful that if I am chanting and remembering Krsna, and hearing hari-katha, doing all of the services to Krsna, then I will have to be poor. I was fearing this. Suddenly, I saw that I lost my job in Bengal Chemical. I resigned from there and came to Allahabad and established another medical factory. But it fell again after one year.”

Then he established a very good shop of medicine where Jawaharlal Nehru, the prime minister of India, and Indira Gandhi used to come. But after some time, he lost that shop. He became more fearful. He wanted to begin other jobs, but everywhere he failed. He was telling me, “Oh, Srimad-Bhagavatam is true.” Then his wife and children also kicked him, because he was not giving money to them. He came to Mathura, in our Kesavaji Gaudiya Matha. I served him because I knew that he was a very bosom friend of my Gurudeva. I served him by cooking myself and giving all kinds of services to him. He was writing Caitanya Caritamrta. He has written this in his letter also. He was also doing Back to Godhead. After this, I had a proposal for him. “Your wife and children have rejected you. You have lost everything. Why are you waiting for all of these things? What do you want? I pray to you that you should take sannyasa.” Then he told this story, “I was fearing for this. I think that by the wish of God, Guru and Gauranga, I will perhaps have to take that which I have been fearing for so long.” He has also accepted in his letter that it was Narayana Maharaja who constantly told him to take sannyasa.

At last, Gurudeva came at that same time and I requested my Gurudeva, “Please request Abhaya Carana Prabhu to take sannyasa.” Then he agreed and on the Visvarupa day, he took sannyasa. I made his danda, and all things and I was the priest. After that, he came to America, Boston perhaps. After that he came to New York at 22nd Avenue, and he began to preach. Very soon he preached all over the whole world. If there was no power of Krsna, no one can preach like that. He was not an ordinary person. He used to love me also because when he returned from England for the first time, I was the only person to receive him at the airport. I would take prasad with him. It was the first time Kirtanananda was there and Acyutananda came from Calcutta. He ordered me to preach and so I went to so many homes in Delhi to preach. After that he ordered me to send all of his books to New York. On the last day, when he was about to go from this world, he called me very honorably and took my hands in his hands and said, “You should help my mission and all of the disciples. And one thing I request you is that with your own hands you will give me samadhi and after the samadhi the viraha mahotsava will be done by you also. After that, you should always try to help my devotees.” I did this to my best capacity. Still I am in the same way.

I want that ISKCON should flourish. I want to help. Though they don’t want to take my help, but I am seeing if they are not taking help from good devotees, they cannot live long. They will lose their faith. Only the association of a very bonafide and good Vaisnava can save anyone. It is so important. Sadhu sanga sadhu sanga, sarva sastre kaya, lava matra sadhu sanga, sarva siddhi haya. I told all these things, only to tell that I am a very unworthy servant of Swamiji. I have so much relationship with him. Though I was unworthy he accepted me and I accepted him like my siksa guru. I honored him and for his whole life I served him and helped him in so many ways. So, some things are coming from the devotees of ISKCON that I have not actually served him and have no relation with him at all. These false and bogus things have come, but I don’t care for it. I am still in the same mood to serve them. I have come also. I came for the first time also. I took the dust of Swamiji’s lotus feet everywhere he went. But by this, some problem came for ISKCON and they told me not to go anywhere in their mathas. I know they are not their mathas. All are Swamiji’s and I have a right to go anywhere because I think of myself as his first disciple. No one can take this away. No one can take away any godbrother’s mood. They cannot control. They can say, “You should not come.” But how can anyone take the respect that he has for his Gurudeva and say, “You cannot serve him.” No one has the right to take this. All disciples have this right to strongly serve their Gurudeva, whether being in any matha or outside the matha. In this temple they can serve their Gurudeva no harm.

So again, perhaps he has dragged me here. I want to help the devotees as much as I can. I think that in these eleven days, beginning from today, we will always glorify Srimad-Bhagavatam, Gita and all other things. Krsna-katha from the tenth canto. Now we will do any kirtan.

[Audio cuts]

Kali-yuga was coming. About 5,000 years and some, about forty or fifty years. All were afraid, especially the devotees, the rsis and maharsis. Do you know the rsis and maharsis? They are very learned persons always remembering Krsna. So, they were all afraid of this. They were thinking what to do. In Kali-yuga, all of the persons will give up good qualities, they will be materialistic. All will enjoy material happiness, especially wealth, wine, women or men. They will have no belief in Krsna. They will try to develop so many things. They will have so much progress in worldly life, especially in communication and transportation. In the medical lines, a very wonderful change will come, they were thinking. The wives and women will be quite free. They will be characterless, having no good qualities, always changing husbands and involved in material things. And also, the men will have no bhakti, no Vedic culture. They will always be involved in worldly things. Sons will not honor their fathers and mothers. Fathers and mothers will be the same, always engaged in tasting worldly things. The brahmanas will give up their brahmanism, their devotion and everything. The persons who are called learned will speak false things, chattering and pattering worldly things. The women will think that, “If we decorate our hair, we will be so beautiful.” They will follow no rules and regulations. They will color their lips and think to use many artificial things to give them beauty, but the beauty of the inner self will go away. Men will always cheat others and be very selfish.

At that time the rsis were thinking in this way, “What shall we do?” At once, Brahma suggested to them to go to Naimisaranya and do anything they could for Kali-yuga. They assembled there and were thinking what to do. They were doing fire sacrifices. They did so many that the whole environment became black and their bodies also became black. Their inner and outer body became black. In the meantime, Baladeva Prabhu came. Romaharsana-suta was there and he was reading the Puranas and all the rsis were doing fire sacrifices when Baladeva Prabhu came. All the rsis, who were very learned, stood up and welcomed Baladeva Prabhu, but this fellow reading the Puranas, sitting on the asana of Vyasa, he could not honor Baladeva Prabhu, not even stand up. So by His hand, Baladeva cut his neck and his head fell to the ground there. He was dead. The rsis were weeping, “Why did you do this? You are God Himself.” Baladeva replied, “He is not qualified to read the Bhagavatam or Puranas, or to be a teacher. If he is not honoring Guru or Vaisnavas, thinking himself so learned in the Bhagavatam and Puranas, then he is not qualified. He should not sit on the chair of any Vaisnava. What do you want? If you want I can give life back to this person.” The rsis answerd, “No we don’t want that, but we want that there should be someone who can read the Puranas in our society.” Romaharsana-suta had a very young son. His name was Ugrasrava-suta. At that time, he was only five years old. Baladeva put his hand on that boy and mercifully inspired him. He began to recite all Vedas, Upanisads and Puranas–everything. He made him sit on the throne and speak the Puranas. This Ugrasrava-suta was fortunate to have attended the hari-katha in the council of Pariksit Maharaj spoken by Sukadeva Gosvami. All the rsis were present and he began reading Srimad-Bhagavatam. He first did pranam to his gurudeva, Sukadeva Gosvami:

yam pravrajantam anupetam apeta-krtyam
dvaipayano viraha-katara ajuhava
putreti tan-mayataya taravo ‘bhinedus
tam sarva-bhuta-hrdayam munim anato ‘smi
–Srimad Bhagavatam 1.2.2


[Srila Suta Gosvami said: Let me offer my respectful obeisances unto that great sage [Sukadeva Gosvami] who can enter the hearts of all. When he went away to take up the renounced order of life [sannyasa], leaving home without undergoing reformation by the sacred thread or the ceremonies observed by the higher castes, his father, Vyasadeva, fearing separation from him, cried out, “O my son!” Indeed, only the trees, which were absorbed in the same feelings of separation, echoed in response to the begrieved father.]

[Audio cut.]

He is praying to his Gurudeva that when he took birth, at once [he left]. There was no samskara. Do you know samskara? If anyone has a this sacred samskara of upanaya (thread giving ceremony), he can read Srimad-Bhagavatam and Upanisads or he can utter any mantra. So, he had not cut his link (umbilical cord) with his mother. He was not pure. Coming from the womb of his mother, he at once ran to the forest. His father Vyasadeva was calling, “Oh son, oh son! Where are you going?” He did not reply anything in return, but instead of him, the forest echoed back, “O son, o son.” There was no relation of father and son here. Who is father, who is son, who is husband? All of these relationships are false. Why are you calling for your son? [Vyasadeva] was running and entered into the deep forest. He saw that there was some naked ladies taking bath in a very sacred pond. Vyasa was persuing his son and Sukadeva Gosvami was going. The girls were naked. They did not care for Sukadeva Gosvami. He was like a boy, sixteen years old. He was in his mother’s womb for sixteen years and now he was beautiful and young, naked and was quiet. The ladies saw him, but there was no effect. They remained as usual, taking their bath. But when Vyasa came, he was an old person with a big white beard and long white hair. When he came, the ladies became ashamed and came out of the water and took their clothes and in a simple way they began to apologize to Vyasadeva. Vyasadeva said, “I wonder that when my son was going through, he is very young, sixteen years ago, but you did not have any shame towards my son. I am so old that you are like the daughters of daughters of daughters to me. I am so much older than four hundred years, but you have shame towards me.”

They answered, “You are asking this to us that why we are shameful and you are seeing that we are girls, but he has nothing to do with us. He has no question. He thought we were like dry wood and he went away.”

Vyasa was so worried. He returned to his home, his cottage, and thought how he could get his son. “I want to call my son because I have completed Srimad-Bhagavatam. In this world, I am seeing that no one is qualified to read or study this. This boy is actually very qualified. Nothing. He has no attachment for worldly things. No attachment. He does not know that I am his father and he doesn’t know his mother. No attachment. He has no cloth, he is quite naked and he has no shame at all. He is a realized soul. So, if anyhow I can charm him, I will manage to bring my son and return him to my cottage. Then I can try to teach him Srimad-Bhagavatam. One day he was seeing that some hunters were going in the forest. He called them.

“Why are you going to the forest?” They said, “We are hunters. We go to take any birds, parrots, and deer. We hunt them and take their flesh, or we can take parrots and other birds and sell them to others to maintain our lives.”

Vyasa then said, “I will give you a mantra. You should try to be my disciple and I will give a very powerful mantra that easily you will be successful in catching birds and doing all things.” He wrote some verses and told them, ‘You should remember and recite this verse.’

barhapidam nata-vara-vapuh karnayoh karnikaram
bibhrad vasah kanaka-kapisam vaijayantim ca malam
randhran venor adhara-sudhayapurayan gopa-vrndair
vrndaranyam sva-pada-ramanam pravisad gita-kirtih
SB 10.21.5


Wearing a peacock-feather ornament upon His head, blue karnikara flowers on His ears, a yellow garment as brilliant as gold, and the Vaijayanti garland, Lord Krsna exhibited His transcendental form as the greatest of dancers as He entered the forest of Vrndavana, beautifying it with the marks of His footprints. He filled the holes of His flute with the nectar of His lips, and the cowherd boys sang His glories.

He taught them how to pronounce [the words] very affectionately. Their voices were so sweet. He selected some hunters who were young and taught them this sloka and he said, “You should go and in the forest you should loudly sing this mantra. Automatically, all birds and parrots will come.”

They went to the forest and loudly sang this sloka in which Krsna’s highest beauty is told. How beautiful Krsna is, like a very Kishor boy, having the flute, and very affectionately searching, watching anything, and calling on His vamsi; having a peacock feather here, and a vaijayanti mala here, from His neck to His feet, and one karnika flower. Karnika is one yellow flower. The mouth of the flower is always towards the sun. Always. So if you move it, the mouth of the flower will also move towards the sun. It is yellow. Krsna’s body is like syama and this flower is yellow. So, it is very beautifully matching. Keeping one flower here and sometimes that same flower here, like a beautiful young personality, surrounded by so many sakhas. All are telling Him, “Sadhu Sadhu!” hearing His flute playing. All are charmed. Not only men and women but all the animals everywhere.

When they were uttering this mantra, at once they saw that so many parrots and birds were in their trap. They became so pleased. At once this Sukadeva Gosvami came and asked, “From where have you gotten this sloka? Who has taught you this?” One hunter answered, “There is a rsi and his name is Vedavyasa. He has taught me this.” Sukadeva Gosvami said, “This is the beauty of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. What are His qualities. You should ask him and tell me another sloka, another day.” When they returned, they were so happy and told Vyasadeva, “One suka, a beautiful boy of sixteen came, and he has asked us, ‘You have told the beauty of Krsna, but can you tell us the qualities of Krsna. What are His qualities?” Then Vyasadeva again taught one sloka. And that sloka was:

aho bakī yaṁ stana-kāla-kūṭaṁ
jighāṁsayāpāyayad apy asādhvī
lebhe gatiṁ dhātry-ucitāṁ tato ‘nyaṁ
kaṁ vā dayāluṁ śaraṇaṁ vrajema
SB 3.2.23


Alas, how shall I take shelter of one more merciful than He who granted the position of mother to a she-demon [Pūtanā] although she was unfaithful and she prepared deadly poison to be sucked from her breast?

The meaning of this sloka was that Putana was drinking the blood of newborn children, murdering them, sucking their blood and always killing young boys here and there. She was so cruel. She put so much poison on her breast and she wanted to kill Krsna. She came into the courtyard of Nanda Baba and Yasoda Devi and she at once took Krsna in her lap and gave her poisonous breast in His mouth. So beautiful and soft was Krsna. Krsna closed His eyes and He sucked so much poison with her soul and life. And thus, he made her His mother. He purified her soul and forever he made her like His mother. So in this world, there is not anyone as merciful as Krsna. Anyone can go to Him and He will never give him up. He will accept all, whether they will be a demon, not a demon, animal—they may be anything. But those who will go to Krsna, Krsna will purify his heart and give liberation easily. What to speak of liberation, He will give His own service in Vraja.

[Hearing this] Sukadeva at once was attracted and came running to his father, “Where is that old person?” And he came nearby…

[Audio cuts]

So I want to give some krsna-katha from that Srimad-Bhagavatam. From tomorrow, I will try to explain Srimad-Bhagavatam, the characteristics of Krsna. Balya lila, pauganda lila, and kishor lila. In them there are so many teachings of bhakti. You should hear the glories of Caitanya Mahaprabhu patiently and everything will come from that.

Gaura premanande Haribol!

Now you can do a kirtan and then do arati here and after arati you can do parikrama. In the morning, there will also be a class. If I will be okay, I will do ten or fifteen minutes. Otherwise, any devotee like Nirguna Prabhu, Gopavrndapala Prabhu, Syamarani, Urukrama Prabhu, Govinda Bhakta prabhu has come, and our Navadvipa Prabhu, they can speak.

[CC-by-NDNC Bhakta Bandhav]

Must Read


Many people think they have no qualification to follow the rāgānugā-bhaktas or to even hear their teachings. This is like a meat-eater saying he cannot give up flesh and become a vegetarian because he will not have any strength. Or it is like a drug addict saying he cannot give up his addiction because it will drive him mad. We should not be afraid of giving up a lower path for a higher one. Some initial difficulty may be there, but in time, we will feel hundreds of times better than we did under the grip of our vices. Before the awakening of divine love, we are all under the spell of māyā. We are intoxicated by the illusions of material life. To become free of this, we must follow the footsteps of the rāgānugā-bhaktas on the rāga-mārga path.


This letter was originally written in Bengali by Śrīla Bhaktivedānta Swāmī Mahārāja on the occasion of the disappearance of Śrīla Bhakti Prajñāna Keśava Goswāmī Mahārāja. It was addressed to Śrīla Bhaktivedānta Trivikrama Goswāmī Mahārāja, one of the prominent disciples of Śrīla Bhakti Prajñāna Kesvava Mahārāja. It was then translated into Hindi by Śrīla Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Mahārāja and printed in the Śrī Bhāgavata Patrika magazine in December 1968. The following is the English translation of that letter...

Real Love, Opposition, Murder, and Universal Brotherhood – Srila Gurudeva Interview

Srila Gurudeva’s Interview in Australia – Jan 31st, 1997 Srila Gurudeva: We know that the conditioned souls have forgotten that...


As Śrī Jīva approached Śrī Navadvīpa-dhāma, he offered his obeisance from a distance and fell unconscious. Some time later he composed himself and, with his hairs standing on end, he entered Navadvīpa-dhāma. Upon arriving in Navadvīpa, Jīva met with Vaiṣṇavas whom Nityānanda Prabhu had sent to bring him. Upon hearing Nityānanda Prabhu’s name, Śrī Jīva became unconscious and fell to the ground. The Vaiṣṇavas took Jīva Gosvāmī to Śrī Nityānanda Prabhu, who was in internal consciousness, singing the pastimes of Śrī Kṛṣṇa in the company of the Vaiṣṇavas. Upon seeing Śrī Nityānanda Prabhu’s transcendental form, ecstasies arose in the body of Jīva Gosvāmī, and he fell unconscious. The supremely compassionate Śrī Nityānanda Prabhu lifted Jīva up and accepted him as His own associate. Jīva Gosvāmī, overcome with emotion, prayed to Nityānanda Prabhu. tomāra karuṇā vinā gaura nāhi pāya śata janma bhaje yadi gaurāṅge hiyāya Śrī Navadvīpa-dhāma Mahātmya 5.34 Even if someone worships Gaurāṅga in his heart for a hundred births, without Your kind mercy he will not be able to attain Gaura. Jīva prayed, “Please give me Your mercy and sanction to obtain Gaura’s darśana and develop attachment to Him. Śrīman Mahāprabhu ordered me to study Vedānta and to reveal kṛṣṇa-bhakti as explained therein. Accepting Mahāprabhu as my only shelter, I took His order to heart and studied many subjects as much as I could. However, in Bākalācandradvīpa, I could not find any vedānta-ācārya to my liking. Now I have come to You in Navadvīpa and am surrendering unto Your lotus feet. Whatever You order I will follow. If You give me your blessings, I will go to Jagannātha Purī and study Vedānta from Sārvabhauma Bhaṭṭācārya.” Taking Śrī Jīva on His lap, Śrī Nityānanda Prabhu began to weep and said, “O Jīva, I came here just to meet with you; otherwise I would have stayed in Khardaha. Mahāprabhu has ordered Me to send you to study Vedānta under Śrī Madhusūdana Vācaspati and from there to go straight to Vṛndāvana, to be with Śrī Rūpa and Sanātana. “Under Rūpa’s guidance, perform bhajana of Śrī Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa and preach the spotless Mahā-purāṇa, the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, for it is the essence of all scriptures and the genuine commentary on Vedānta-sūtra. Śrī Gaurahari explained Vedānta to Sārvabhauma Bhaṭṭācārya according to Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam and he in return carefully taught this knowledge to Śrī Madhusūdana Vācaspati in Jagannātha Purī. Madhusūdana Vācaspati now lives in Vārāṇasī and you should go there and meet him.” After thus speaking, Jīva performed saṅkīrtana along with Nityānanda Prabhu, Śrīvasa Paṇḍita, and the other Vaiṣṇavas. Śrī Jīva stayed in Śrīvāsa-aṅgana, and again met with Nityānanda Prabhu in the evening. Jīva enquired about the nature of Śrī Navadvīpa-dhāma. Nityānanda Prabhu explained this highly confidential topic. He said, “As Śrī Kṛṣṇa never leaves Vṛndāvana to go elsewhere, similarly Śrīman Mahāprabhu never leaves Śrī Navadvīpa-dhāma. Only from an ordinary viewpoint does Mahāprabhu take sannyāsa and leave Navadvīpa, but in reality Śrī Gaurāṅga Mahāprabhu never leaves Māyāpura in Navadvīpa-dhāma to go elsewhere. “Devotees still witness Gaurāṅga’s daily eternal pastimes in Navadvīpa, and in time O Jīva, you will too. If you want to see all the pastime places of Śrī Gaura in Navadvīpa-dhāma, then you should perform parikramā.” Hearing Nityānanda Prabhu’s advice, Śrī Jīva replied, “O Lord, please give this poor soul Your mercy and take me on parikramā.” Nityānanda Prabhu, completely free from any pride, happily agreed to be Śrī Jīva’s guide. Nityānanda Prabhu first took Jīva to Jagannātha Miśra’s house, where He said to Śacī Mātā, “O Mother, this supremely intelligent Jīva is a dear servant of Śrī Gaurāṅga. He is very lucky.” Jīva fell unconscious in ecstasy. Upon awakening, he rolled on the ground at Śacī Mātā’s lotus feet. Mother Śacī mercifully blessed Śrī Jīva. Śrīmatī Viṣṇupriyā-devī was also present, but she would always remain inside the house, along with Śacī Mātā, Vaṁśīvadanānda Prabhu, and Īśāna Ṭhākura, who was an aged servant of the household who had helped the family for a few generations. Īśāna Ṭhākura performed his services under the guidance of Vaṁśīvadanānda Prabhu, the incarnation of Śrī Kṛṣṇa’s flute. (see more)

The Gopis’ Prayers and How to Become Like the Gopis – Rasa-pancadhyayi

If you do not do service how can you make a relationship, and how can you break your relationship with maya? Therefore, the Gopis said to Krsna, "We are not qualified to serve You and we have so many bad qualities, Oh Krsna...

More Articles Like This