Acaryas Quotes Bhakti Quotes For both Males and Females

For both Males and Females

“This Matha is not a place for sense gratification, and neither have we collected disciples for this purpose. I want all disciples to preach this mission, to realize it and to give this spirit to others. You should realize even one percent, and if you have realized one percent you can preach. You will not be able to repay Sri Gurudeva in millions of lives.

If you are sat-sisya, a disciple in the real sense and you know factually what is krsna-prema and you are drinking that prema, such a disciple can realize the glories of his Guru; otherwise one can never realize it. Keep this spirit in your heart. Don’t be idle – engaging in sleeping, eating and mating like animals. This instruction is for both males and females. Offer your lives and everything you possess to the lotus feet of Sri Guru, and then your life will be successful.”

August 21, 2003

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ARE THE VRAJADEVIS SUPERIOR TO LORD BRAHMA? WHAT IS SO SPECIAL ABOUT KRSNA'S FEET AND FLUTE?

One day Yaśodā Mātā said to Kṛṣṇa, “Every morning You leave and come back in the evening. All the stones and thorns must hurt Your soft feet. I will make shoes for You.” But Kṛṣṇa said, “First make shoes for My cows.” “No,” said Yaśodā, “they serve so much that their hooves are hard and strong.” Kṛṣṇa said, “Will you also make My feet like the cows’ hooves?” “No, I want You to wear shoes.” “I can’t wear shoes,” Kṛṣṇa said. “I will never wear shoes in Vraja-maṇḍala.” “Why not?” “Mother, you don’t know? Ask Bhagavatī Paurṇamāsī. She taught Me that this Vraja-bhūmi is Vṛndā-devī’s heart. Is it good to walk with shoes on one’s own mother’s heart?” Yaśodā Mātā stood speechless. Kṛṣṇa continued, “If Bhagavatī Paurṇamāsī orders, I will wear your shoes.” Yaśodā immediately called Bhagavatī Paurṇamāsī and informed her, “I want to make shoes for Kṛṣṇa.” “Oh, this is not good,” said Paurṇamāsī Devī. “Kṛṣṇa walks step by step in Vraja-maṇḍala, and wherever He goes, everyone and everything drinks His sweet nectar, giving lots of wealth in return—like the grass, the fruits and flowers. If Kṛṣṇa does not touch Vraja-maṇḍala with His feet, it will become like a desert.” That day, as Kṛṣṇa walked, Yaśodā Mātā watched. She saw that wherever Kṛṣṇa stepped, the ground became reddish in color, as if blood came from His feet. Yaśodā Mātā examined Kṛṣṇa’s footprints closer and was surprised. She thought, “Where did this come from?” She wondered, “It seems like kuṁkuma. I did not give this to Kṛṣṇa.” At night, before Kṛṣṇa sleeps, the sakhīs and mañjarīs secretly smear this kuṁkuma on Kṛṣṇa’s feet. But in the morning, does it not come off as He bathes? This love-filled kuṁkuma cannot be removed. Now, as Kṛṣṇa walks, He leaves reddish footprints on the ground everywhere He goes. Yaśodā Mātā sees this and says in amazement, “Really! Nectar does come from Kṛṣṇa’s feet.” She took a little of the kuṁkuma in her hands and smelt it. Immediately her heart felt soothed, and she became full of bliss. Wherever Kṛṣṇa’s footprints are present, that place is cooled and infused with nectar. This is the glory of Vṛndāvana-dhāma and Vraja-maṇḍala. “I will never tell him to wear shoes again,” Yaśodā Mātā decided. But she was still worried. She approached Paurṇamāsī Devī again and said, “There are so many hard rocks in Vraja-maṇḍala.” Bhagavatī-devī smiled and said, “Don’t worry. The rocks do not hurt Kṛṣṇa. When He goes on top of the rocky hill of Caraṇa Pahāḍi, He simply plays His flute and all the stones melt under His feet. His footprints are there now. You can see them.” But how can our hearts melt? Narahari Sarakara Ṭhākura says: narahari hiyā, pāṣāna diyā kemone gaḍiyāche Even though I chant Gaurāṅga’s name, qualities and pastimes, somehow my heart has not melted. How does this body continue to survive? How is it that the body of Narahari has been created with a stone in place of a heart? mana pāṣāna hole gole jeto mana pāṣāna to gole na re If my heart was made of stone it would melt. (Even a rock in Vraja-maṇḍala melts.) But my heart is more hard than a rock or stone therefore my heart does not melt. Paurṇamāsī said to Yaśodā Mātā, “O mother, come to Caraṇa Pahādī or Bhojana Thālī, or any mountain or hill that Kṛṣṇa has walked on. You will see for yourself that the stones really melt.” Yaśodā Mātā found this hard to believe but said she would go one time. One day, Kṛṣṇa’s head-shaving ceremony was to take place, so His parents took Him to Kedarnātha in Vraja, along with the Vrajavāsīs. When they got there, Kṛṣṇa ran on the stones up to the top of the hill, which shook with His every step. He left His footprints on the stones. Yaśodā Mātā touched one of the footprints. She saw that when Kṛṣṇa touched the hard rocks, they melted. By the time she came to look at them more closely, they were hard again, with Kṛṣṇa’s footprints embedded inside. Wherever Kṛṣṇa goes, everything becomes soft for Him. This is the glory of Kṛṣṇa. Pṛthivī-devī becomes very happy by carrying Kṛṣṇa’s footprints. If anyone carries Kṛṣṇa in their eyes—if they take Kṛṣṇa’s feet with their eyes and put Them in their heart, then their heart will melt. kim idam adhara-vīthī-kṣipta-vaṁśī-ninādam kirati nayanayor naḥ kām api prema-dhārām tad idam amara-vīthī-durlabhaṁ vallabhaṁ nas tribhuvana-kamanīyaṁ daivataṁ jīvitaṁ ca Kṛṣṇa-karṇāmṛta 72 How wonderful, the sound of Kṛṣṇa’s flute is an indescribable flood of divine love, appearing before us! This is rare even among the planets of the demigods. Kṛṣṇa, our darling, our Lord, our very life, delights the three worlds. From both eyes, love flows out in a continuous stream of tears. This is called prema-dhārā. This stream of nectar flows from the eyes without cessation. How? Kṛṣṇa’s flute drinks the nectar from His mouth and then distributes it. Anyone who hears Kṛṣṇa’s flute song, their heart melts. The nectar of this love flows out of their eyes in the form of tears, like a river. A small bird, perched on a branch of a tree, begins to cry, having been touched by this nectar. His tears pour down below him; at the bottom of the tree it seems like it is raining. So much water falls from the tree. How is this possible? Where is all the water coming from? Did the bird melt? Even if he melted, he is so small. Where would so much water come from? Is this imagination? No. This nectar has this power. Kṛṣṇa distributes prema-rasa-dhārā, the flow of love, through His vaṁśī. Anyone who drinks this nectar with his ears—even if in heaven, Vaikuṇṭha, or anywhere—he melts. With tears in his eyes, his heart flows out. He also sweats. Kṛṣṇa is our only vallabha, kānta, and beloved, our life and the very soul of our soul. Kṛṣṇa’s darśana from a distance is not possible. But when the vaṁśī’s message comes, this nectar comes and squeezes the heart like sugar cane, taking out all the love, like juice, causing the Vrajavāsīs to weep incessantly. Aho! How can I understand this? How can I realize this? This is durlabha, very rarely understood. Even the demigods headed by Brahma want to come and stay in Vraja-maṇḍala. But with their austerity, can they ever achieve this prema-bhakti? It is impossible. Kṛṣṇa’s vaṁśī drinks the nectar of Kṛṣṇa’s lips, day and night, and then distributes to others. This nectar reaches heaven and Vaikuṇṭha, and is distributed to all. But can they share it like the Vrajavāsīs do? No. They can’t share it. Like, in the rainy season, the clouds rain down water on the grass, creepers and plants, which drink this rasa. They then show the results with their fruits and flowers. They show how much they took. Similarly, the Vrajavāsīs take Kṛṣṇa’s nectar from His flute and show what they have collected by their own services. The Vraja-devīs ask, “Who is this Person? Where did He come from? We have never seen Him. How surprising! He wanders on the bank of the Yamunā, in the forests and groves. Where did He come from? Does anyone know His address?” They ask, “What is His name? We ­don’t know why this Person is so attractive and sweet. How can we make friendship with Him?” They think, “What gift can we give Him? What will He like? Should we give Him some fruits, or call Him and wait for His welcome. Should we address Him directly? Why did He come here? He disturbs everyone. He has no good personality. He is a very strange person. He has a flute which He likes more than anyone else. 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