Audio Katha 2020 Vaisnava-tithis Akash Dip dan, Caturmasya Vrata about - Prabhuji, 22 Oct 2020

Akash Dip dan, Caturmasya Vrata about – Prabhuji, 22 Oct 2020

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Becoming One-pointed to Attain the Goal

Once, there was a poor brāhmaṇa boy who lived in a Gurukula, following the footsteps of his Gurudeva. One day, the boy heard the announcement in the street that the king was going to give his kingdom to anybody who came to his palace the next day, and then was going to retire to the forest to engage in bhajana. The boy told this to his Guru Mahārāja, who advised the boy not to believe it. Upon hearing this, the boy started questioning the view of his guru, saying that without having faith in one’s country, one’s king, or God Himself, one is unable to make progress in one’s life. But his guru insisted that he shouldn’t believe anyone since everyone in this world is a cheater, and would try to capture him and make him his slave. However, the boy could not listen to his guru and decided to go to the king’s palace anyway...

WHY ARE WE NOT MAKING ANY SPIRITUAL ADVANCEMENT?

“Why do so many fail to develop profound hari-bhakti, even though they reside in the temple and follow the practices of devotion? The mouse performed ārati and the pigeon did parikramā, and through this they both achieved perfection; but many in the temple do ārati and parikramā daily with seemingly no advancement. Why?

CAN YOU BE GENEROUS AND OPEN-HEARTED?

Sin is inevitably attached to the wealth you earn by work. If you use that wealth only to fill your own stomach, ill-effects will certainly befall you. If you offer what you have to God and his family members, it is called yajña. And if you only accept the remnants of that yajña for sustenance, then you are partaking in amṛta, nectar. Most of Mahāprabhu’s associates were gṛhasthas. They exemplified perfect householder life. Every year, the devotees from Bengal brought many gifts and edibles for Mahāprabhu, Jagannātha, and the devotees in Purī. This tradition continues today. These Bengali devotees that have come here for Ratha-yātrā are poor, but they still brought mangoes, jackfruits, and coconuts for the temple. Some devotees from Uttara Pradeśa put aside a handful of flour every time they make capatis for their family. They reserve that flour for Gurudeva’s temple and when there is a substantial amount they bring it to the temple as bhikṣā. I used to advise devotees that would come to Keśavajī Gauḍīya-maṭha to put aside one rupee of every hundred rupees they earned and reserve it for donating to the temple. This is mādhukarī. If I were to use that money for myself, my life would be destroyed. But because I used it in the service of Guru and Vaiṣṇavas I was safe. Śrīla Gurudeva told me that 60% of the donations I received were to be given to him, and the remaining 40% were for the temple maintenance and taking care of the brahmacārīs. “None should be for yourself,” he said. “I will worry about your maintenance.”

Heart's Disease – Bhagavad-Gita

The greatest fight in this world is over objects of sense enjoyment. This kind of fight is only over lust. As long as the seed of lust remains present in the heart, the living entities suffer. This is the disease of the heart. The foolish living entities believe that they will become happy by satiating their lusty desires through insignificant sense enjoyment. They do not know that Kṛṣṇa is the transcendental Kāmadeva, who always increases the kāma of His devotees; their inherent pure love for Him. An extremely wealthy man does not fear the expense of a few coins, while a poor man weeps if even one coin is lost or spent. What is the worry for those who have billions and billions of dollars? Kṛṣṇa always increases the love, prema or kāma of His devotees. Then His devotees never have desire to have prema for anyone other than Kṛṣṇa...

WHY HAVE YOU LOST YOUR GURUDEVA?

Śrīla Gurudeva gives guru-mantra, but should this become secondary? He gave us the mahāmantra also, but this does not mean guru-mantra is secondary. We chant it a few times a day and then forget about it. Then who do we stay with? Ghosts? Witches? Will Kṛṣṇa so easily come to deliver us?Āre Bābā! Seriously chant guru-mantra! Chant it continuously. Śrīla Gurudeva’s eternal svarūpa will then manifest to you. Why have you lost your Gurudeva? What is the meaning of this? Guru-mantra and guru’s svarūpa are non-different. Therefore, Gurudeva gives guru-mantra and says, “Chant this mantra, and I will never be distant from you.”But we do not chant this mantra and are then naturally always disturbed. If we are always chanting guru-mantra, then all auspiciousness will easily come. The svarūpa of the mahāmantra will be revealed to us. We will have darśana of Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa only by Gurudeva’s mercy. Why? Gurudeva is always chanting the mahāmantra. He is chanting śuddha-nāma, but we are not.Who is the most helpful for us in this world? Is the mahāmantra the most helpful? By which medium did the mahāmantra come to us? Who gave it to us? Did Kṛṣṇa give it to us? Did Mahāprabhu give it to us? Did any other sādhu come and give it to us? Only our Guru-pāda-padma is with us. We must follow only him. We shall chant his mantra. I said, “If I chant your mantra will you be pleased?”Śrīla Gurudeva said, “Nityānanda Prabhu will be happy and Baladeva Prabhu will give you cit-bala, spiritual strength.”“But will you not give anything?” I asked.“Yes...I have some love for my Guru Mahārāja, therefore you will receive love for your Guru Mahārāja.”This is called guru-śakti and guru-bhakti. If you have no guru-bhakti, you have nothing.Śāstra says:prathaman tu guruṁ pūjyāṁtataś caiva mamārcanamkurvan siddhim avāpnotihy anyathā niṣphalaṁ bhavetHari-bhakti-vilāsa 4.344Śrī Kṛṣṇa says, “One must always worship one’s Guru first and only then worship Me. If one follows this process properly, one will naturally attain all perfection, but if one neglects this process everything will be fruitless.”Guru-bhakti must come before kṛṣṇa-bhakti. Gurudeva is not only Baladeva Prabhu’s expansion. All gurus are not Baladeva Prabhu’s or Nityānanda Prabhu’s expansion. Some gurus come to this world by the order of Rādhārānī, and they are Rādhārānī and Rūpa Mañjarī and Rati Mañjarī’s direct followers. Not all lines are the same. Kṛṣṇa Himself is surprised and marvels at how Śrīmatī manifests Her group in this world and attracts everyone to Vraja to serve Him.Not all lines are the same. Different lines send people in different directions. Many people came after Nayana-maṇī-mañjarī and Vinoda Mañjarī. Who is a true follower of Śrīla Prabhupāda’s line? The understanding of this is very rare. We are therefore very fortunate. Guru-bhakti is not only the backbone of bhakti, it gives us spiritual strength and bliss.In śāstra, there are prayers such as:gurur brahmā gurur viṣṇurguru devo maheśvaraḥgurur sākṣād parabrahmatasmai śrī-guruve namaḥDoes this mean that guru is Brahmā, Śiva, Viṣṇu, or Sākṣād-Parabrahma? What is the meaning of this prayer? A disciple or follower that offers himself completely to Guru-pāda-padma attains the protection and care of Brahmā, Śiva, Viṣṇu, Parabrahma, and all other powerful personalities. These personalities take you in their lap and bless you. They say, “I will take care of you. Why? Because you have taken shelter of sad-guru! You are very lucky.”Rāmacandra Kavirāja was the disciple of Śrīnivāsa Ācārya. He stayed with Narottama Ṭhākura, but how strong his relation was with his Gurudeva! His Gurudeva went in samādhi to Rādhā-kuṇḍa to find Śrīmatī’s lost nose ring. Rāmacandra Kavirāja also went there with his siddha-svarūpa and joined his Gurudeva in mānasī-sevā. Together, they searched for the nose ring and when it was found, they came back together. How strong his relation with guru is!How can we have relation with Gurudeva if we do not chant his mantra and always remember him? If our hearts have no room for him, then we are bogus disciples. I do not like this. I desire that everyone pray to him, chant his name, and follow his footsteps and desire. What does he want for us? What is his line? Let this be our focus.Śrīla Gurudeva is present now also, protecting us, and helping us move forward on the path of vraja-bhakti. He is preparing us for the birth of our soul in Vraja, where we will blissfully serve Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa under guidance of the Vraja-devīs. Birth from the womb of the mother is birth of the body, but not of the soul. For the birth of the soul, guru is the father, and Gāyatrī is the mother—guru pitā gāyatrī mātā. Through saṁskāra, spiritual initiation, Guru Pitā and Gāyatrī Mātā accept one, and give spiritual birth to the soul. The soul is now very small, like a dormant seed inside the body, where it is a prisoner, bound by its karma. When the conditioned soul accepts the shelter of sad-guru and receives the gāyatrī-mantra as its spiritual mother, then Gurudeva and Gāyatrī nourish one and help one develop in spiritual existence. If one gives up Guru Pitā and Gāyatrī Mātā, then one will be like an orphaned child. The flow of spiritual life will stop. One will run to accept the offerings of Māyā-devī. (CLICK on the Title to read the full article)

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