Gurudeva Katha 1996 Lectures The Topmost Love - San Francisco 05 1996 July

The Topmost Love – San Francisco 05 1996 July

Now we will hear from Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta. This is sādhana. We are going to establish what the goal of our bhajana is and then we should determine the process to achieve the goal. Once our goal is fixed, we should begin to practice sādhana-bhajana. If you want a rāsagullā, then you should go to the sweet shop. If you want vegetables, then you should go to the vegetable market. You cannot have a rāsagullā in a vegetable market nor can you procure vegetables in a sweet shop. If you are going to a medical or engineering college to purchase this, you cannot have it. You will have to go to the rāsagullā shop and easily you can get it there. But, if you have no money what will you do? Seeing the rāsagullā, water will shower down from your mouth. You will then return back.

We are going to determine what the goal of our sādhana-bhajana is. What do we want? Once this is determined, we will discuss the means and the suitable practice to attain our desired goal. I have told up to:

nāyaṁ śriyo ‘ṅga u nitānta-rateḥ prasādaḥ
svar-yoṣitāṁ nalina-gandha-rucāṁ kuto ‘nyāḥ
rāsotsave ‘sya bhuja-daṇḍa-gṛhīta-kaṇṭha-
labdhāśiṣāṁ ya udagād vraja-vallabhīnām

Śrīmad Bhagavatam 10.47.60


[When Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa was dancing with the gopīs in the rāsa-līlā, the gopīs were embraced by the arms of the Lord. This transcendental favor was never bestowed upon the goddess of fortune or other consorts in the spiritual world. Indeed, never was such a thing even imagined by the most beautiful girls in the heavenly planets, whose bodily luster and aroma resemble the lotus flower. And what to speak of worldly women who are very beautiful according to material estimation?]

Śrī Rāya Rāmānanda Prabhu is telling that the love and affection of the gopīs to Kṛṣṇa is the highest goal. Mahāprabhu requested Śrī Rāya Rāmānanda Prabhu to go on further if there is anything. Śrī Rāya Rāmānanda Prabhu then said, “The love and affection of Śrīmatī Rādhikā is the best of all.” So the sādhya is Śrīmatī Rādhikā’s love and affection to Kṛṣṇa. Kṛṣṇa also has love and affection for Śrīmatī Rādhikā and the gopīs, but this is not our goal. The reason being that Śrīmatī Rādhikā’s love and affection to Kṛṣṇa is ultimate, much more than that of Kṛṣṇa’s love and affection to Her and the gopīs. Śrī Rāya Rāmānanda Prabhu then narrated the glories of the love and affection of Śrīmatī Rādhikā and the gopīs from the Srimad-Bhāgavatam.

Kṛṣṇa played on the flute on the full moon day in the evening. The whole forest was blossoming so much. The sky was reddish, at that time Kṛṣṇa played on His flute. All the gopīs came there. All were charmed. There were so many persons, male and female, but they were unable to listen to Kṛṣṇa’s flute song. Only the gopīs were able to and they came there. Kṛṣṇa told the gopīs, “You should return home and serve your husbands. Whether he is lame, wretched, poor, ugly, or makes no money, no harm. You should serve your husbands. This is our Vedic culture. Even if a husband is doing wrong, the wife should serve him. You should serve your husband even if he is afflicted by leprosy. So you should return to your homes.”

Kṛṣṇa told the gopīs so many examples to support his claim, but the gopīs never returned home. I have told how the gopīs cut the arguments of Kṛṣṇa and the rāsa-līlā began. At last, Kṛṣṇa was doing rāsa, singing and dancing with the gopīs. Kṛṣṇa became thousands and thousands of Kṛṣṇa’s to pair with the thousands and thousands of gopīs. He began to dance with each gopī. One of Kṛṣṇa was on either side of each gopī, and in this way all were dancing. In the middle Śrīmatī Rādhikā was dancing with Kṛṣṇa. He was moving and dancing so fast. If you could take a burning stick and whirl it, then the whirling would create a firebrand like effect. You will see that a round light is emerging from the burning stick.

Similarly Kṛṣṇa is One, but He was dancing so fast that all the gopīs were thinking Kṛṣṇa is dancing with them only with the most enchanting gestures and postures. Each gopī was thinking, “Kṛṣṇa is only with me, not with anyone else. He is dancing only with me.” Kṛṣṇa was dancing so wonderfully and serving the gopī He was dancing with at the same time. He would tell each one of them, “Oh, are you tired? May I massage your lotus feet?” “Oh, your ankle bell has been loosened, may I tighten it?” In this way Kṛṣṇa took the ankle bell and tied it on the ankle of the gopīs. He took His pītāmbara and wiped away the pearl like drops of sweat that had collected on the lotus face of the gopīs.

Śrīmatī Rādhikā saw this pastime of Kṛṣṇa’s and thought to Herself, “Oh, He is so clever! When He is with Me, I feel He is only with Me. But then I see Him dancing with another gopī, the gopī is also so clever.”

Śrīmatī Rādhikā was a little angry and decided not to take part. Sensing Śrīmatī Rādhikā’s desire, Kṛṣṇa led Śrīmatī Rādhikā away by the hand from the rāsa arena to the forest. Meanwhile all the gopīs were thinking, “Where is Kṛṣṇa, where is Kṛṣṇa?” The gopīs didn’t know that Śrīmatī Rādhikā had also left along with Kṛṣṇa. Kṛṣṇa had taken Śrīmatī Rādhikā away. So all the gopīs were weeping searching for Kṛṣṇa here and there, becoming as if mad. But they were not searching for Śrīmatī Rādhikā. In their state of divine madness, the gopīs began to ask the trees, “Have you seen my beloved Kṛṣṇa?”

When the trees did not reply, the gopīs said, “Oh, the tree is also a male, so he is taking the side of Kṛṣṇa. He will not tell, but he is so happy.”

The gopīs then went to any creeper and noticed that the creeper was blossoming fully with flowers. The gopīs said, “O she (the creeper) is so pleased, surely Kṛṣṇa has touched her and gone this way.” The gopīs then asked the creeper, “Have you seen our beloved? He was with us but now He has gone anywhere else. Have you seen Him?”

When the creepers didn’t reply, the gopīs said, “Oh, they are laughing. Kṛṣṇa has told them not to disclose His hiding place to us. That is why they are laughing, that is why they are not speaking. They are also overjoyed, for just see, honey drips from them.”

Moving like this, the gopīs were weeping bitterly and going here and there in search of Kṛṣṇa. They were most piteously calling out to Kṛṣṇa, “O Kṛṣṇa, O Kṛṣṇa, where are You?”
Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu tells Śrī Rāya Rāmānanda Prabhu, “Kṛṣṇa stole Śrīmatī Rādhikā away from the council of the dancing gopīs, but He didn’t take Her away clearly in front of everyone. It seems only apparently He took Her away.”

Śrī Rāya Rāmānanda Prabhu explained to Mahāprabhu that Śrīmatī Rādhikā is the best of the gopīs, and that is why Kṛṣṇa took Her away. But He didn’t do so in front of everyone because Kṛṣṇa feared from all the gopīs, because He had promised to each gopī that, “You are most beloved to Me, I only have love for you.” Each gopī felt that Kṛṣṇa loved her more than anyone else. So if Kṛṣṇa took Śrīmatī Rādhikā away in front of everyone than Śrīmatī Rādhikā’s pre-eminence would be clear and the gopīs would think, “Oh, He is a cheater.” So Kṛṣṇa stole Śrīmatī Rādhikā away discreetly and went elsewhere.

Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu said to Śrī Rāya Rāmānanda Prabhu, “From your exposition it is not apparent or clear that Śrīmatī Rādhikā is superior to all the gopīs. You should lucidly make this truth of Śrīmatī Rādhikā’s superiority to all the gopīs clear.”

Rāya Rāmānanda Prabhu then replied by quoting another verse:

kaṁsārir api saṁsāra-
rādhām ādhāya hṛdaye
tatyāja vraja-sundarīḥ

Gīta-govinda 2

[Śrī Kṛṣṇa, the enemy of Kaṁsa, remembered the intimate love expressed previously by Rādhā, He realized that it was the very essence of the highest devotion. His heart was bound by the chain of desire, embodied in the form of Rādhā. Therefore, considering the love of the other beautiful maidens of Vraja to be insignificant, He abandoned them all.]

Śrī Jayadeva Gosvāmī has written a very wonderful book called ‘Śrī Gīta-Govinda’ which is very near and dear to Kṛṣṇa. ‘Jaya Jaya deva hare’ is the first song of the book. In this book Śrīla Jayadeva Gosvāmī has realized and written of the pre-eminence of Śrīmatī Rādhikā most clearly. When rāsa-līlā was being performed at Candra-sarovara near Śrī Girirāja Govardhana, the moon was still not moving an inch from his position, being entirely captivated by the rāsa dance and watching the rāsa dance. When the rāsa ended, the moon-god went on his way. So this place is called Śrī Candra-sarovara. Rāsa was not performed for only twelve or six hours, but was performed for the entire night of Brahmā, such a long period, for lakhs and lakhs of years.

So when the dance was going on Śrīmatī Rādhikā thought to Herself, “Kṛṣṇa has the same love and affection that He has to the other gopīs for Me also.” She became angry and went away, leaving the rāsa dance. Seeing this, Kṛṣṇa left all the gopīs and He followed Śrīmatī Rādhikā.

When Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu heard this, He said, “Oh, now Śrīmatī Rādhikā’s pre-eminence among all gopīs is most clear.” Among all gopīs eight gopīs are most prominent, and among the eight two are most prominent, Candrāvalī and Śrīmatī Rādhikā. Between Candrāvalī and Śrīmatī Rādhikā, Śrīmatī Rādhikā is topmost. But you should not think that Candrāvalī and the other gopīs are separate gopīs. All are the bodily expansions (kāya-vyūha) of Śrīmatī Rādhikā. For the purpose of pastimes, Śrīmatī Rādhikā has become many gopīs. So we should know that Śrīmatī Rādhikā is topmost among all the gopīs.

Kṛṣṇa has said:

na pāraye ‘haṁ niravadya-saṁyujāṁ
sva-sādhu-kṛtyaṁ vibudhāyuṣāpi vaḥ
yā mābhajan durjara-geha-śṛṅkhalāḥ
saṁvṛścya tad vaḥ pratiyātu sādhunā

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 10.32.22


[I am not able to repay My debt for your spotless service, even within a lifetime of Brahmā. Your connection with Me is beyond reproach. You have worshiped Me, cutting off all domestic ties, which are difficult to break. Therefore please let your own glorious deeds be your compensation.]

During the rāsa-līlā Kṛṣṇa told the gopīs not to be angry with Him. He told them, “Don’t think that being ungrateful I disappeared from the rāsa dance. There were some reasons why I did so.”

The gopīs asked Kṛṣṇa a question after He appeared: “O beloved, we want to ask You a question which You should duly answer. You should properly answer our questions. There are so many persons loving each other and having so much love and affection for each other. What if one loves another person only if he or she loves him or her back? And another kind of lover will love irrespective of his or her lover’s love towards him or her. The third class of lover will be ungrateful and will not love the person, who has offered his heart to the lover.”

The gopīs asked Kṛṣṇa, “Which category do You belong to?”

The gopīs wanted to make Kṛṣṇa fall in their trap. They wanted to make Kṛṣṇa feel guilty. They wanted to determine His guilt by making Him accept a category.

Kṛṣṇa replied, smiling very gently, but with a sense of shame, and with His pītāmbara wrapped around His neck. Kṛṣṇa said, very humbly, “Love which is based on mutual exchange is not actually love. That love is just like business. To make money they sell anything and walk away. So those who want to love anyone with the expectation that, ‘he should also love me, she should also love me,’ are nothing but businessmen. No religion, truth, or qualities are present in this kind of love. They are only businessmen.”

Kṛṣṇa said, “I am not in this category.” Regarding the next category, Kṛṣṇa said, “Those who love Me irrespective of the love of their loved ones are guru, father, and mother. The sons love their children but not their parents.”

Worldly love spirals downwards, while transcendental love goes upwards, towards Kṛṣṇa. So there is a vast gulf of difference between worldly and spiritual love.

Kṛṣṇa told the gopīs, “Guru, father, and mother love their disciples and children, irrespective of their loved ones’ consideration. I know that you gopīs are in that category for you loved Me despite My apparent indifference. This love is most truthful and really the most exalted love and affection. But I am not in this category also.

“And regarding the third category, four kinds of persons characterize it. The first kind of person will not love you, whether you love him or not. Those who are āptakāma (whose desires have been fulfilled and who stand to gain nothing from this world) have no worldly desires at all, so they will not love whether you love them or not.”

Śrī Śukadeva Gosvāmī and the four kumāras are examples of this category. They will not demand even a piece of cloth to cover themselves. They don’t want bread, butter, anything! They are not dependent on anyone. They are always deeply absorbed in the bliss of the soul. They will not take air or milk for lakhs and lakhs of years. Heat and sunshine has no effect on them. If you give lakhs and lakhs of cintāmaṇis to these souls, they will not show even the slightest inclination to them for they have no need for them. All their desires have been fulfilled, they don’t care even if you love them or not.

Āptakāma and ātmārāma: ātmārāma means those who are always satisfied in their ātmā (self), they are always absorbed in their selves and they are very happy. Māyā has no influence on them and they don’t care for this body and its concomitant paraphernalia. They have nothing to do with these material things. They are quite above the fourfold miseries of life: birth, death, old age, and disease. Thus they have nothing to do with worldly love and affection.

After that comes another category which consists of ungrateful persons, or ungrateful creatures. There was once a scorpion that was fighting for its life on the current of the river. Seeing this piteous scene, a sādhu came and rescued the scorpion by taking it out of the water, but as he did so, the scorpion stung him and went back to the water. The sādhu again rescued the scorpion only to be stung again by the ungrateful scorpion. This happened three or four times.

The sādhu’s friend asked, “Why are you doing so?”

The sādhu replied, “If the scorpion will not leave his nature (to sting), how will I leave my nature (to help)? I will save him despite his repeated attempts to bite me.”

And at last the sādhu did save the scorpion.

So Vaiṣṇavas are so merciful. Śrīla Haridāsa Ṭhākura was beaten by his captors in twenty-two market places and even when it seemed that he was about to die, he was continuously chanting the Hare Kṛṣṇa mahā-mantra. So we should be firm in our conviction to follow the mahājanas.

Kṛṣṇa is telling the gopīs, “Those who are ungrateful to their father, mother, and guru or any benefactor will not love even if they are loved and looked after continuously.”

An example of an ungrateful son is when he neglects his aged parents. The son is married and has two or three children. The aged father of the son may be coughing in the night, thus disturbing the sleep of his son, daughter-in-law and their children. The son amassed the entire wealth of his father, but now he is disrespecting and dishonoring his aged father.

He says, “Why is not my father dying? The whole day and night he is coughing and disturbing our sleep. We cannot sleep because of him.”

But the son is not remembering how his father gave everything to him. Such a son is an ungrateful creature, like an animal.

Kṛṣṇa tells the gopīs, “I am also not in this category. If I really was ungrateful I would not have appeared again. But I have appeared. Neither am I ātmārāma or āptakāma because I called you all and now we are about to dance together. I am ready to carry out all your orders. So I am not ātmārāma or āptakāma.”

Kṛṣṇa said, “Why I am not ātmārāma? When My mother didn’t breastfeed Me, I became angry. This is not the symptom of one who is ātmārāma or āptakāma. Sometime I lie to My mother telling her that I have not eaten any earth. Sometimes I become angry and weep. These are not the symptoms of one who is ātmārāma and āptakāma. Now I have appeared before you all, so I am not ungrateful to you, so please be pleased with Me.”

The last kind of ungrateful person is the guru-drohī, one who neglects his Gurudeva, father, and mother. They are guru-drohī. Gurudeva has so much love and affection for them, but they don’t rightfully reciprocate.

Kṛṣṇa tells the gopīs, “I don’t belong to any of these categories; you know that I am your beloved and you are My beloveds. I only went out of sight to observe what you would do in My absence. Now the whole world will know of how you gopīs became mad for Me, being unable to tolerate separation from Me. I only wanted to reveal your glories to the whole world.”

na pāraye ‘haṁ niravadya-saṁyujāṁ
sva-sādhu-kṛtyaṁ vibudhāyuṣāpi vaḥ
yā mābhajan durjara-geha-śṛṅkhalāḥ
saṁvṛścya tad vaḥ pratiyātu sādhunā

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 10.32.22


[I am not able to repay My debt for your spotless service, even within a lifetime of Brahmā. Your connection with Me is beyond reproach. You have worshiped Me, cutting off all domestic ties, which are difficult to break. Therefore please let your own glorious deeds be your compensation.]

“Our meeting is so sacred, I am unable to repay you all even if I had the lifespan of Brahmā, which is lakhs and lakhs of years.”

The gopīs said, “You can repay.”

Kṛṣṇa replied, “How can I possibly repay? Your love for Me is so great. My love and affection is distributed among all the living beings in the whole world. I have to show love and affection to My innumerable devotees, so My love and affection is divided among all. But your love is one-pointed only for Me. So I cannot repay even I wish to do so.”

The gopīs said, “Why?”

“I cannot repay you because the only benediction you will ask for is My service.”

Understand? If Kṛṣṇa will ever ask the gopīs to ask for a benediction, the gopīs would only ask for His loving service. Then Kṛṣṇa would be more indebted to the gopīs by their service.
Kṛṣṇa tells the gopīs, “I know that you are so qualified. I cannot repay you, but you can free Me from My debt and forgive Me by your magnanimity. My love and affection to you all is not as exalted as the love and affection you have for Me. So you should forgive Me, for I cannot repay you.”

After listening to Kṛṣṇa speaks, the gopīs said, “Oh, we are conquered by You. We are defeated because You have accepted Your defeat. Now we are defeated as You are of the conception that You have been defeated by us. So we are now defeated.”

Kṛṣṇa said to the gopīs, “Please excuse Me. What I have done, I have done only to reveal your glories to the world. None are so great as you.”

So this is the essence of the Srimad-Bhāgavatam. The gopīs have no self-interest or ambition. They never foster the conception that, “Kṛṣṇa should love us.” They only want to love Kṛṣṇa. Kṛṣṇa cannot love the gopīs like they love Him. His love and affection can never be of that standard. The gopīs decorate themselves, ornament themselves, and decorate their braids with flowers, only with the desire that: “Kṛṣṇa will see us and become so happy and glad.” Kṛṣṇa is indeed āptakāma and ātmārāma, but to make the gopīs happy, He becomes happy. They only want each other’s happiness. So the gopīs’ love and affection to Kṛṣṇa is the highest goal.

After listening to Śrī Rāya Rāmānanda Prabhu speak, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu said, “Yes, I am satisfied, but how to have this love and affection for Kṛṣṇa?”

Śrī Rāya Rāmānanda Prabhu then said something which we will explain another day.

You must know that Śrīmatī Rādhikā’s love and affection is the topmost among all the gopīs. We cannot imagine Her love and affection. The nature of the soul is also to have love and affection for Kṛṣṇa, though it is not as ‘vibhu’ (great) as that of Śrīmatī Rādhikā and the gopīs, since we are not the bodily expansions of Kṛṣṇa or Śrīmatī Rādhikā. We are separated part and parcels of Kṛṣṇa. So our love and affection is also of a part and parcel nature.

So we should give our hearts to Kṛṣṇa. We should not be pleased to live in this world and collect many things; after all we will have to leave everything behind. Where to go we don’t know. So we should try more and more to develop our love and affection for Kṛṣṇa from śraddhā to niṣṭhā, ruci, āsakti, bhāva, prema, sneha, māna, praṇaya, rāga, and anurāga, following the footsteps of the gopīs.

This is the only requirement. The only way to fulfill our deepest desires is to follow the footsteps of the gopīs. If you want liberation, you can exercise your mental faculties and arrive at the conception, “I am Brahmā.” This is the process to achieve the goal of liberation. Or if you want to serve Śrī Nārāyaṇa then you can practice the limbs of vaidhī-bhakti. If you want to go higher than that, than you can serve Śrī Rukmiṇī, Satyabhāmā and Dvārkādhīśa, and you can serve Śrī Jagannātha, Baladeva, and Subhadrā in Śrī Jagannātha Purī. If you want to be a sakhā (friend) of Kṛṣṇa, then you can follow Śrīdāma, Subala, Madhumaṅgala, and the other sakhās. If you want to serve Kṛṣṇa as a parent, then you should follow in the footsteps of Śrī Nanda and Yaśodā. If you want to have the love and affection of the gopīs, then follow their footsteps and then you can have it. We will explain more on another day.

Gaura Premānande! Hari Haribol!

Śyāmarānī dīdī: Yesterday night you told Brajanātha Prabhu that you would tell everyone the story of how the gopīs met Śrī Durvāsā muni across the Yamunā.

Śrīla Gurudeva: Perhaps you know? Once the gopīs wanted to meet Śrī Durvāsā Ṛṣi, while he was staying in Vraja. He was first a Brahma yogī and he was so powerful. If he would curse any person by saying, “You should die,” anyone would die; he was so powerful. He used to live across the Yamunā at Durvāsā Ṭīlā. Now that temple which is at least five thousand years has been handed over to us to manage.

Devotees: Haribol!

Śrīla Gurudeva: We will have to repair and construct. So the gopīs wanted to meet Durvāsā Ṛṣi. The gopīs prepared many kinds of milk sweets and other foodstuffs and placed them on golden pots which they carried on their heads. When they arrived at the banks of the Yamunā, they realized that the Yamunā’s roaring current would prevent them from crossing her waters. The boats were not plying as they would drown instantly if they tried to cross over. So the gopīs asked Kṛṣṇa as to how to cross the Yamunā.

Kṛṣṇa said, “Oh, this is a very easy thing! You should tell Yamunā that Kṛṣṇa is a brahmācārī who has never seen the face of any women or had any relation with women throughout His whole life. You should all chant the mantra, ‘Kṛṣṇa Brahmācārī, Kṛṣṇa Brahmācārī. Saying this you can easily cross.”

The gopīs began to smile and prepared to test the efficacy of Kṛṣṇa’s statements. So they went to Yamunā and said, “Oh Yamune, if Kṛṣṇa is a brahmācārī who has never seen the face of a women or had any relation or connection with women, then you should allow us to cross.”

Saying this, they began to walk over the waters of the Yamunā River on foot without any difficulty. They went and paid their respects to Durvāsā Ṛṣi and gave him lakhs and lakhs of dishes full of the most delectable preparations, that they put in front of him. Durvāsā Ṛṣi saw and at once ate everything, in a moment. No remnants of purī or miṣṭī were there.

Everything was almost clean. Then they offered their obeisances to Ṛṣi Durvāsā and told him, “We want to cross the River Yamunā as there is a big current raging in her waters. There are no boats so how can we cross? Kṛṣṇa told us a mantra ‘Kṛṣṇa is brahmācārī, Kṛṣṇa is a brahmācārī, Kṛṣṇa told us to do so to cross the river. So we have done and crossed the river.”

Durvāsā replied, “Oh, you want to cross the Yamunā? Then chant ‘Durvāsā nirāhaya, Durvāsā nirāhaya’, Durvāsā has not eaten anything, even water, for his entire life. Saying this you can cross the river.”

Reciting this mantra the gopīs found themselves walking on the surface of the Yamunā with ease. Then they came to Kṛṣṇa on the other side and began to laugh. They started to clap their hands and they told Kṛṣṇa, “You are a cheater! And we have met Your guru who is also the same. Like guru, like disciple.”


The gopīs asked Kṛṣṇa, “Can you explain how You have never seen the face of a woman? You came from the womb of a woman and we also know that You cannot live anywhere for a moment without the association of a woman. You are always chanting, ‘gopī, gopī, gopī’. We knew what You said could not be true but chanting the mantra You gave us we crossed the Yamunā with all our preparations, where Durvāsā very duly ate and cleaned the dishes without leaving us any remnants. Durvāsā Ṛṣi told us that to cross the Yamunā we should tell her that he has not eaten anything in his entire life. Saying this, we crossed the river. How is this possible?”

Kṛṣṇa replied, “Certainly what we have told is quite true. I have never seen any women. Never. I have no lust; I only have love and affection for all. Durvāsā Ṛṣi is also of the same conviction. What he takes, he gives to Me. He never takes anything for himself. He keeps nothing for himself. What he does, what he takes, what he eats, smells, everything he gives to Me. So when he said that he hasn’t eaten anything, it is true. I have no relation with women or anything.”

The gopīs know this fact, but for our benefit, they are questioning Kṛṣṇa and Kṛṣṇa is answering.

Kṛṣṇa has told in the Gītā, ‘natesu aham’. I am doing everything, fighting, and so on, but I am not entangled in anything. Kṛṣṇa is like the sun who gives heat and light to everyone but is not attached to anyone. Air and water are also not attached to anyone. Without air, water, and sunshine, you will die. But there is no loss or harm on the part of air, water, and sunshine. There is so much heat in the sun that on contact you may die, but the sun has nothing to gain from your position. He is equal and unaffected. So Kṛṣṇa is more than the sun. So we should know all these things and serve Kṛṣṇa pure heartedly.

Gaura Premānande! Hari Haribol!

You should chant the Hare Kṛṣṇa mahā-mantra and be prepared for ārati and Tulasī parikramā.

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