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Yatha Drishti, Tatha Srishti- HG RSP Speaks



 Vedic affirm says “ yatha dristi, tatha sristi”. Dristi means our sight, sristi means creation. Whatever our vision is, accordingly whole world appears. It’s like glass with a tint, if I have glass with brown tint, everything looks brown. Similarly whatever my state of consciousness is , based on that I see the world. For example- One of you got distinction, but you expected only 1st class. Naturally you are in happy state. You feel “God is merciful and so kind”. You feel so festive and everything looks colourful. You don’t walk, just dance. Everything looks nice, you offer obescences to all! This world turns to spiritual world. When you are in this state of mind, even if someone scolds, we speak very nicely, because we are happy.

                                                                                                                        

                          

                                                                                          

    On the other hand, if you get very poor results, barely you survived. You are looking at everyone with big face. Even somebody comes and says you “Prabhu, I have kept sweet rice for you”. You say “what sweet rice! Nothing is sweet in this world”. So we all go by mind in this world. State of mind reflects in everything. That’s why we shouldn’t become mentally situated. We should detach ourselves from mind. Mind will sometimes like something and sometimes doesn’t like something. But as soul we have to act on platform of intelligence which has to be strengthened by knowledge. Say we got poor results, we have to know whether we tried our best or not. If we have not studied properly, why to blame others for that. One should avoid identifying with mind and one should nourish intelligence by spiritual knowledge and not get swayed with mind. 

Appearance of Radha Kunda - Bahulastami


Appearance of Radha Kunda, Snana Dana

Sri Radha-Kundastakam 
by Srimad Raghunatha dasa Gosvami
"After the killig of Aristasura, Srimati Radhika and Her sakhis exchanged 
many joking words with Sri Krsna concerning the necessary atonement for 
one who has committed the offence of killing a bull. As a result, the 
Queen of Vrndavana, Srimati Radhika, and Her sakhis joyfully excavated and 
filled Sri Radha-kunda with their own hands. May that immensely fragrant 
Radha-kunda be my shelter.

"In the land of the hearts of those who bathe in Radha-kunda, a desire 
tree of the superlative prema, which is not attainable even for Krsna's 
principal queens in Dvaraka, will arise. May that supremely charming Radha-
kunda be my shelter.

"For the pleasure of Srimati Radhika, even Sri Krsna Himself, yearning to 
attain Her merciful sidelong glance, regularly bathes in Radha-kunda, 
carefully observing all the appropriate rituals. May that supremely 
enchanting Radha-kunda be my shelter.

"May that supremely enchanting Radha-kunda, which the moon of Vraja, Sri 
Krsna, loves as much as He loves the crown-jewel amongst the sweet girls 
of Vraja, Srimati Radhika, and which He has made known by the name of 
Radhika Herself, be my shelter.

"The mercy obtained by serving Radha-kunda makes the desire-creeper of 
prema for the prince of Vraja sprout and is celebrated for bearing the 
flower of service to my svamini Srimati Radhika. May that supremely 
charming Radha-kunda be my shelter.

"Gloriously manifest on the banks of Radha-kunda are eight kunjas named 
after Radhika's principal sakhis. Acting as stimuli for the amorous 
pastimes of the Divine Couple, these kunjas are filled with the sweet 
humming of bumblebees and are desired by everyone. May that supremely 
enchanting Radha-kunda be the shelter of my life.

"Situated on an exquisite dais on the bank of Radha-kunda and accompanied 
by Her beloved sakhis, our svamini Srimati Radhika charmingly engages in 
sweet, joking words with Sri Krsna, the moon of Vraja. These playful 
verbal exchanges are enhanced by the suggestion of so many innuendoes. May 
that Radha-kunda be the shelter of my life.

"May that very charming and especially fragrant Radha-kunda, where 
intoxicated with love the Divine Couple and the sakhis daily sport with 
great joy in the water so fragrant with exquisite lotus flowers, be the 
sole shelter of my life.

"To that devotee who, in a resolute mood of aspiring to serve Srimati 
Radhika, reads this charming prayer describing Sri Radha-kunda, even in 
their present body Sri Krsna will quickly grant them darsana of not only 
His beloved Radhika, but also of Their many variegated amorous pastimes. 
Witnessing these pastimes and envisioning himself serving Yugala-kisora in 
various ways, such a devotee will feel immense jubilation. This astaka is 
recited in the poetic meter known as 'Malini'." 

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Bahulastami
On the eighth day of the waning phase of the damodara month the appearance 
day of Radha Kunda is celebrated by the residents. Bathing in Radha Kunda 
is especially benefical on this day. By this one gains the favor of Radha, 
by which one gains the favor of Krsna. Radha Kunda appeared at midnight. 
People go to Radha Kunda and offer prasadam, garlands and pumkins (gords) 
into the water, then at midnight take bath in Radha Kunda and then bathe 
in Syama Kunda. Many people like to bathe at a ghat where Lord 
Nityananda's sakti, Jahnava Mata used to bathe. But wherever you go you 
better get there early as thousands of people/devotees will be there. And 
bring some warm clothing for afterwards, as it is sooooo "cooling".

The holy place known as Mathura is spiritually superior to Vaikuntha, the 
transcendental world, because the Lord appeared there. Superior to Mathura 
puri is the transcendental forest of Vrndavana because of Krsna's rasalila 
pastimes. And superior to the forest of Vrndavana is Goverdhana Hill, for 
it was raised by the divine hand of Sri Krsna and was the site of his 
various loving pastimes. And, above all, the superexcellent Sri Radha 
Kunda stands supreme, for it is overflooded with the ambrosial nectarean 
prema of the Lord of gokula, Sri Krsna. Where, then, is that intelligent 
person who is unwilling to serve this divine Radha Kunda, which is 
situated at the foot of Goverdhana Hill?

Srila Rupa Goswami's Nectar of Instruction (Upadeshamritam)

The Origin of Radha-kund

After killing a bull-demon named Aristasura, Krishna approached Radharani 
to engage in loving affairs. However, She rebuked Him, stating He was 
impure because of committing the sin of killing a bull, the symbol of 
religion. She suggested that to counteract this sin He should bathe in all 
the sacred rivers.

Krishna, being eager to engage in loving affairs with Srimati Radharani, 
immediately shoved His lotus foot into the ground, making a large hole, 
and called all the sacred rivers to enter into it. They appeared before 
Him and formed Syama-kunda (the bathing place of Syama--one who is the 
color of a dark rain cloud).

After bathing, Krishna stated that He had become pure by bathing in Syama-
kunda, but that the gopis had become impure, having sided with a demon, 
even though he appeared in the form of a bull. Radharani, along with some 
of Her gopi friends, broke their bangles and dug a hole with the broken 
pieces. But there was no water - so Krishna laughed. The gopis then formed 
a line to the Manasi Ganga and started to fill the hole with water that 
was passed from one gopi to another. At that time, all the sacred rivers 
again arrived in person and requested permission to enter into Radharani's 
kunda, which they did after receiving Radharani's blessing.

A story told by the main Jagannath pujary at Raja Pura in Mayapur


A story told by the main Jagannath pujary at Raja Pura in Mayapur

Haribol prabhujis, please accept my humble obeisances and all glories to Srila Prabhupada. My name is Bhadrasena Das and I am the main pujary for Jagannath in Raja Pura, Mayapur for the last 12 years. I wanted to share with your a real story in relation with Lord Jagannath.

Since the last 12 years there was a water leak in the Deity room, it was because the domes were cracked and it let the water go through. The problem was intolerable especially during the rainy season; a lot of water used to get into the temple area and sometimes drops of water used to fall on the Deities too.  One day I prayed to Jagannath: “Please Lord, let me fix this problem, I cannot tolerate any more how your temple is in such condition. You know very well that I have no money, so how am I going to fix this problem if you do not give me money. Lord of my heart, I am not going to go outside to collect because I am your pujary, so please send someone who can give me some money and I promise You that in one month I will fix this problem”.

The very next day one man came to take darshan and I served him prasadam. After prasadam he approached me and said that he wanted to do some service for Jagannath. Please give me any service and I will do it he said.

I asked him: Are you sure you will do any service I tell you to do? And the man replayed affirmatively. I explained him the leaking problem and he immediately offered me some money to fix the problem. He gave me 45.000 rupees just like that.

 Here in this area it is difficult to get good workers, but for this work very good expert workers came. While fixing the domes, the workers discovered that it was a bigger problem than thought, so I needed more money. Somehow, devotees came forward and donated for the work and in exactly one month the work was done. This rainy season, 2008, for the first time in 12 years no water leaks could be noticed , so I feel very happy for having done some service for Jagannath. Lord Jagannath is so powerful and merciful, you can pray and He will bless you even when you are far away from Mayapur.  

First Measure To Conquer Envy - HG Gaur Lila Pr Speaks

We may say I am practicing spiritual life nicely, I am strong in Sadana, and so I am not envious. But there is a simple formula to judge with whom we are envious and to what to degree.

  1. Whom I wouldn’t like to accompany when I am asked to go with?
  2. How I feel on someone’s failure and success?
  3. How I feel when someone is appreciated or chastised?

We have to see what kind of feelings come in our heart. Because we are in material world we have envy within our heart. We have to remove this envy by process of Krishna Consciousness in association of Devotees. As it is said, whatever becomes obstacle in our Sense Gratification, that object of obstacle becomes object of envy for us. 

Sense Gratification is root cause of envy.

In one of the verses of Srimad Bhagavatam it is said,

anviksikya shoka mohau

dambham mahad upasaya

yogantarayan maunena

himsam kamady anihaya

By discussing spiritual knowledge one can conquer lamentation and illusion, by serving a great devotee one can become pride less, by keeping silent one can avoid obstacles on the path of mystic yoga, and simply by stopping sense gratification one can conquer envy.

Whenever we see envy in our heart, try to find out what sense gratification objects, we are interested in and try to curb those objects. This is first measure we should take.  

Whatever You Give to Others, You Will Get The Same Back- HG RSP Speaks

Nobody could make Buddha angry very easily. Once when He was passing by, one man wanted to incite anger in Buddha’s heart. He went to Buddha and shouted at Him scorching, painful words of insult. Buddha still appeared to be smiling. It’s said there is aura around Buddha. Even if tiger and deer come into that circle, they would forget the enmity. He is so powerful. When the person is giving all these harsh words, He (Buddha) didn’t take it seriously. After sometime, this man felt great pain in this heart. He was surprised “I am giving such words to Buddha, instead of He feeling pain, why I am feeling pain?”. 

Buddha asked him “Do you ever get guests in home?. He said “yes”. “So when they come, do you offer some gifts to them?”. He said “yes”. “What will you do if they don’t accept?”. That Person said “who cares? I will keep with me only.” Buddha said “That’s what I did with you also; you offered me something(harsh words) which I didn’t accept”.

 

So Life is like a mirror. The words which you give will come back to you. We should be careful about what we give to others. Now somebody may say “I gave so much love to some person, still that person is rude with me”. No! If you give love to someone, don’t expect love from same person, it may come from somebody else. For example- Dhruva Maharaj is gentle to his step mother. But He is mistreated by her. He didn’t get love from his step mother, but he got love from Krishna later. His mother told him “Supreme Lord can give you so much love that millions of mothers like me cannot give”. Similarly in our life also, if we become vehicles of love n give love, we will get that love back.

Sri Radharamanji triumphantly rides on a very large silver elephant








Rama Vijayotsava or the day that Lord Rama killed Ravana,
also
popularly know as Dasshera. Every year on this evening in Radharama Mandir,
Sri
Sri Radharamanji triumphantly rides on a very large silver elephant. I am
sending a few pictures for you all to relish this wonderful once-a-year
darshan
of the Deity served by Gopal Bhatta Goswami.

For those who have never been to Vrindavan or are unfamiliar with Sri
Radharamanji, He was originally one of twelve Salagram Shilas that Gopal
Bhatta
Goswami accidently picked up when he scooped up water with his lota to take
bath in the Gandhaki River in Nepal and Muktinatha, the place where all such
shilas originate. He returned with Them to Vrindavan and was worshipping
Them
and lamenting that the other Goswamis had beautiful Deities to worship with
clothes, crowns, and jewelry. Then one of the shilas known as Damodara self
manifest as the exquisitely enchanting Deity of Radharamanji.

Importance of Celebrating Kartikka in Vraja - Hari Bhakti Vilasa


"mantra-dravya-vihenaa ca vidhi-henaa ca pujanammanyate karttike devo mathurayaa yad-arcanam

Even if it is performed without the proper mantras and offerings and without following the rules and regulations, Lord Krishna considers worship of him in Mathura during Karttika to be the most perfect kind of worship. (Text 159)

yasya papasya yujyeta maraeanta vininkatiutac-chuddhy-artham idaa proktaa prayashcittaa su-nishcitam karttike mathurayaa vai shre-damodara-pujanam

”Worship of Lord Damodar in Mathura during the month of Karttika is the proper atonement

for a lifetime of sins. (Text 160)

yani sarvaei terthani nada nadyau saraasi cakarttike nivasanty atra mathure sarva-maeoale

During the month of Karttika, all holy streams, rivers, and lakes reside in the circle of Mathura. (Text 164)

karttike janma-sadane keshavasya ca ye narausakat pravinoau shre-kaneaa te yanti param avyayam

They who once enter Lord Keshava’s birthplace in Mathura in the month of Karttika will enter the spiritual world and meet Lord Krishna, the eternal Supreme Personality of Godhead. (Text 165)

"paropahasam uddishya karttike hari-pujayamathurayaa labhed bhaktya kia punau shraddhaya narau

A person who as a joke worships Lord Krishna in Mathura during Karttika attains the Lord’s supreme abode. What, then, can be said of they who worship the Lord during Karttika with faith and devotion?” (Text 166)

Sri Damodarashtakam


Quotes from Skanda Purana

"A person who offers a lamp to Lord Krsna during Kartika attains the eternal spiritual world where there is no suffering."

"Even if there are no mantras, no pious deeds, and no purity, everything becomes perfect when a person offers a lamp during the month of Kartika.

"A person who offers a lamp during the month of Kartika attains a result that cannot be obtained with even a hundred yajnas or a hundred pilgrimages.

Sri Damodarashtakam

(found in the Padma Purana of Krishna Dvaipayana Vyasa, spoken by satyavrata Muni in a conversation with Narada Muni and Shaunaka Rishi)

"In the month of Kartika one should worship Lord Damodara and daily recite the prayer known as Damodaraishtaka, which has been spoken by the sage satyavrata and which attracts Lord Damodara. "

(Shri Hari-bhakti-vilasa 2.16.198)

(1) namamishvaram sac-cid-ananda-rupam
lasat-kundalam gokule bhrajamanam
Yashoda-bhiyolukhalad dhavamanam
paramrishtam atyantato drutya gopya



To the supreme Lord, whose form is the embodiment of eternal existence, knowledge, and bliss, whose shark-shaped earrings are swinging to and fro, who is beautifully shining in the divine realm of Gokula, who [due to the offense of breaking the pot of yogurt that His mother was churning into butter and then stealing the butter that was kept hanging from a swing] is quickly running from the wooden grinding mortar in fear of mother Yashoda, but who has been caught from behind by her who ran after Him with greater speed—to that supreme Lord, Shri Damodara, I offer my humble obeisances.

(2) rudantam muhur netra-yugmam mrjantam
karambhoja-yugmena satanka-netram
muhu shvasa-kampa-trirekhanka-kantha-
sthita-graivam damodaram bhakti-baddham



[seeing the whipping stick in His mother’s hand,] He is crying and rubbing His eyes again and again with His two lotus hands. His eyes are filled with fear, and the necklace of pearls around His neck, which is marked with three lines like a conchshell, is shaking because of His quick breathing due to crying. To this supreme Lord, Shri Damodara, whose belly is bound not with ropes but with His mother’s pure love, I offer my humble obeisances.

(3) itidrk sva-lilabhir ananda-kunde
sva-ghoisham nimajjantam akhyapayantam
tadiyeishita-gyeishu bhaktair jitatvam
puna prematas tam shatavrtti vande



By such childhood pastimes as this He is drowning the inhabitants of Gokula in pools of ecstasy, and is revealing to those devotees who are absorbed in knowledge of His supreme majesty and opulence that He is only conquered by devotees whose pure love is imbued with intimacy and is free from all conceptions of awe and reverence. With great love I again offer my obeisances to Lord Damodara hundreds and hundreds of times.

(4) varam deva mokisham na mokishavadhim va
na canyam Vrine ’ham vareishad apiha
idam te vapur natha gopala-balam
sada me manasy avirastam kim anyai



O Lord, although You are able to give all kinds of benedictions, I do not pray to You for the boon of impersonal liberation, nor the highest liberation of eternal life in Vaikuntha, nor any other boon [which may be obtained by executing the nine processes of bhakti]. O Lord, I simply wish that this form of Yours as Bala Gopala in Vrindavana may ever be manifest in my heart, for what is the use to me of any other boon besides this?

(5) idam te mukhambhojam atyanta-nilair
vrtam kuntalai snigdha-raktaish ca gopya
muhush cumbitam bimba-raktadharam me
manasy avirastam alam lakisha-labhai



0 Lord, Your lotus face, which is encircled by locks of soft black hair tinged with red, is kissed again and again by mother Yashoda, and Your lips are reddish like the bimba fruit. May this beautiful vision of Your lotus face be ever manifest in my heart. Thousands and thousands of other benedictions are of no use to me.

(6) namo deva damodarananta viishno
prasida prabho dukha-jalabdhi-magnam
krpa-drishti-vrishtyati-dinam batanu
grhaneisha mam agyam edhy akishi-drshya



O Supreme Godhead, I offer my obeisances unto You. O Damodara! O Ananta! O Vishnu! O master! O my Lord, be pleased upon me. By showering Your glance of mercy upon me, deliver this poor ignorant fool who is immersed in an ocean of worldly sorrows, and become visible to my eyes.

(7) kuveratmajau baddha-murtyaiva yadvat
tvaya mocitau bhakti-bhajau krtau ca
tatha prema-bhaktim svakam me prayaccha
na mokishe graho me ‘sti damodareha



O Lord Damodara, just as the two sons of Kuvera—Manigriva and Nalakuvara—were delivered from the curse of Narada and made into great devotees by You in Your form as a baby tied with rope to a wooden grinding mortar, in the same way, please give to me Your own prema-bhakti. I only long for this and have no desire for any kind of liberation.

(8) namas te ’stu damne sphurad-dipti-dhamne
tvadiyodarayatha vishvasya dhamne
namo radhikayai tvadiya-priyayai
namo ’nanta-lilaya devaya tubhyam



O Lord Damodara, I first of all offer my obeisances to the brilliantly effulgent rope which binds Your belly. I then offer my obeisances to Your belly, which is the abode of the entire universe. I humbly bow down to Your most beloved Shrimati Radharani, and I offer all obeisances to You, the supreme Lord, who displays unlimited pastimes.

A friend in need is a friend in deed

Chetana, the festival of awakening was celebrated on Saturday, 4th October at Sri Sri Radha Gopinath Mandir. Around 200 enthusiastic girls participated in the festival.

The programme commenced with the topic for the evening given by H.G.Kalindi Mataji. She lucidly presented the lecture by first explaining how friendship is a wonderful relationship which happens without any barriers and class distinctions.

She said friends usually share the same values and have similar interests. But during testing times, they either turn their back against you or they are insensitive to your needs. And this is a very painful situation to be in, which questions the trust and foundation of our friendship. Therefore we see in few countries, they usually trust animals more as their closed ones. For example, in USA people generally trust their dogs more than even their family members.

At present, with the ubiquitous presence of technology and internet, there are various means to network, make new friends and meet interesting people. But all these dealings are on a very superficial level.

She beautifully explained citing examples from the Shastra, real friendship is based on tolerance and forgiveness. Whenever your friend hurts you should learn to forgive and forget, but when your friend helps you, you should be extremely grateful. Your true friend will always be concerned for helping your soul and support you in achieving your goal of life which is science of self realization.

To explain real friendship, a short skit was presented on the pastime of Krishna and Sudama, which graphically and emphatically depicted how Krishna is our real friend and doesn't make any distinctions. Sudama was a very poor brahmana, whereas Krishna was a King. Without his asking anything of Krishna, the Lord fulfilled all his desires because he was devoted to Him.

She said that Lord Krishna is our only dear friend and eternal well-wisher. She explained how when the Pandavas were in midst of difficulties and problems, Krishna never left them.

Quoting a shloka from the Bhagavad Gita, she said that even saintly persons are well-wishers of all living entities, as they see them equally without any distinctions. She concluded by saying, in the end we have to decide what we want to become and what we want out of the relationship. Relationships are the best when they are centered around the service of the Lord.

The Chetana festival ended with an enthralling kirtan, which was followed by scrumptious prasadam.

PREACHING AND PURITY


His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada It is my firm conviction that this Krishna consciousness movement of Lord Chaitanya’s will be successful in all parts of the world if our students kindly continue their enthusiastic endeavors
to distribute this message freely to all persons. Our movement is now appreciated all over the world and is gradually coming to the attention of the important leaders of the present society. Therefore, it is incumbent upon us to keep our spiritual strength by rigidly following
the regulative principles. Then we can deal adequately with all facilities offered by the Lord for expediting his holy mission. I am confident that all our sincere, intelligent young devotees like your good self will carry this program to a fruitful conclusion, namely delivering the holy name to all the fallen souls suffering in varieties of conditional misery and material happiness. Therefore, please execute your program for distribution of literatures and saìkértana with increased vigor, and may Krishna bless your sincere efforts to serve him faithfully.It is very good news that you are introducing courses in Krishna consciousness in the universities
and yoga institutes. As you know, this is the only real yoga, bhakti-yoga, and is the only practical means for God realization in this age.
Therefore, you are doing the greatest good for your countrymen and the world at large by introducing this sublime movement for regaining
our lost position as eternal servants of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna.Please continue to distribute our books; that is a very important business. Your idea for film distribution is also good, so do it nicely in cooperation with the GBC. I am very anxious that at the same time as you carry out all these outside activities you are maintaining a strict schedule of temple activities.
Such regular activities, like attendance at ärati, chanting of rounds, and study of literatures in the class, will keep you fit for effective outside preaching work. We must maintain our standard of purity, otherwise there will be a loss of spiritual strength and subsequent fall down. You should all be thoroughly convinced of the power of the Hare Krishna mantra to protect you in all circumstances, and chant accordingly at all times without offense. Then advancement will be swift and you will gradually come to see everything clearly so that you may act for the pleasure of the Lord without uncertainty. When one is spontaneously engaged in this way, always in the service of the Lord and anxious to avoid all mundane activities, he is actually experiencing the taste of bliss in Krishna consciousness. ·— Letter to Damodara Das, 10 January 1971.

The only safe place to be in …..………......


The more power you have to do the right thing, the more you are held responsible when you do not do it; as they say the bigger you are, the harder you fall; the higher you go up, the more it hurts when you hit the ground…. So whenever we get something, there is also a responsibility that comes with us, materially that is the karmic law and spiritually that is the law of God. Therefore a devotee does not want a high position. We were explaining yesterday Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thaukra said do not try for a higher position, just always try to take a low position…….when you are always trying to take a low position then that attracts Krsna and it attracts vaishnavas and then they put you in a high position, when you are always trying for low position and you get into the higher position you will never fall down, but if you are trying for a high position then you will be a victim of false pride, because why does any one try for a high position - name, fame and all the bags that come with it. Mahaprabhu said offer all respects to others, expect none in return, be the servant of the servant of the servant, that is the only safe place to be in, it is to be in this consciousness of das, das, das, anu das.

H H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

guru-mukha-padma-väkya, cittete koriyä aikya, är nä koriho mane äsä

Remember Lord Rama …..………......


Dassera is the celebration of the grand victory of Lord Ramachandra over the mighty demon Ravana and of course this is a factual historical event that took place in Sri Lanka, during the Treta Yuga. But know that it is also a lila that can take place within your heart when you take shelter of Lord Ramachandra. And therefore on this day, in preparation for this day, we should truly meditate on what this lila truly means to us. What it means to our life. The symbol of kama, ravana who is dwelling in the heart of all living souls, and is the single deadly enemy of every living being can all be defeated by the mighty glory of Rama. By remembering Rama, He appears within our heart. By remembering Him, He kills all the demons within our heart.

H H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

guru-mukha-padma-väkya, cittete koriyä aikya, är nä koriho mane äsä

Durga Puja- A deep insight!

While Durga puja is celebrated in pomp and splendor all over Bengal
and other parts of the world, read through HG Jananivasa Prabhu's
wonderful class on the real meaning of Durga puja. Class was on the
Bhagavad Gita verse 17.14, where Lord explains about the austerity of
the body. In the purport, Prabhupada writes one should not do anything
which is not sanctioned by the scriptural injunctions. Following is
the transcription of the class on Durga puja.

As long as we are in this material world, it is understood that we are
in prison and the head of this prison is Durga devi. As prisoners are
given a particular type of uniform, similarly this body, the material
body, be it an animal body, plant body or human body, but we have a
material body means we have a uniform. This body is like uniform of
the prisoners. As long as we have this body, we are under the realm of
Durga devi , that means, we are all prisoners. As most of the prison
uniforms have stripe marks, similarly, if we mark stripes i.e. tilak
marks in this body, which is our uniform, and then we will be
prisoners of Krishna and no more of Durga.

We should understand that Durga devi is working under the direction of
Krsna. As, we see in Brahma Samhita,

sristi stithi pralaya sadhana saktireka
chayeva yasya bhuvanani bibharti durga
icchanurupam api yasya ca cestate sa
govindam adi-purusam tam aham bhajami

TRANSLATION
The external potency Maya who is of the nature of the shadow of the
cit potency, is worshiped by all people as Durga, the creating,
preserving and destroying agency of this mundane world. I adore the
primeval Lord Govinda in accordance with whose will Durga conducts
herself.

So, she is not independent or the controller but simply she acts under
the direction of the Supreme Lord just as shadow follows the
substance.
She has two sons-Ganesh and Kartikeya- represents mundane success and
beauty and that's why people who wish to be materially successful
worship Ganesha. She is seen as standing along with lakshmi and
saraswati who represents mundane knowledge and opulence. She carries
20 weapons in her arms, which represents various pious activities
enjoined in Vedas. She holds a snake in her hand. This represents the
beauty of destructive time. She tramples over the demon Mahisasura.
This represents how she tramples over the vices in this world.
When Jiva forgets eternal relationship with Krsna, he is put into
Durga's realm and the veil of Karma acts as the instrument for
punishing rebellious jivas. Durga's business is to punish all these
rebellious jivas. This is not actually punishment. It is meant for
reformation. When somebody is sent into prison, it is not really meant
for punishment but for reformation. So, Durgadevi is also having a
trident-the Trishul. Trishul represents the threefold material
miseries-adhytamika

, adibautika and adidaivika.miseries. Every moment
in life and everyone without any exception suffers due to one, two or
all the three of these miseries. So these miseries are not but trishul
of Durga. She is constantly pricking up the jivas with her trishul.
But the idea is to wake up the jiva and not punishing.
'Why am I suffering so much in this material world? Why am I forced to
be in womb, packed up for nine months, in the upside down position in
darkness with worms biting me every moment?'
There was a report in Australia two years ago, when a baby was born
and he actually spoke-"No, not again!not again!". The doctors were
surprised and rushing towards the baby to know what is happening!
(laughter)
Anyway, Krsna reminds us the misery of this world- old age is coming,
disease ,death and it's always suffering! So, the living entity comes
to the point, 'Why am I suffering'! How can I find solution to this
problem? Then he turns to Vedas, brahmanas and Guru to whom he can
inquire.
Sanatana Goswami, our sambandha guru, when he approached Sri Caitanya
Mahaprabhu, he inquired, 'why am I suffering'? When someone asks this
question, human life starts at this point. Then, Vedas and spiritual
master can give us knowledge. You are not this body. You are the Soul.
Soul is eternal, full of bliss and knowledge.
Jiva asks, 'Why am I suffering in this material world? This is not my
place and where is that situation where I can live my eternity, bliss
and knowledge?'
Then spiritual master says, it is not this material world, dear son,
it is the spiritual world-back home back to Godhead where you
originally belong to. There is no disease, old age and death.
Guru Maharaj, how can I get that?
Guru says, 'Yes, you have to perform devotional service.'
How can I perform devotional service?
'Just Chant Hare Krishna and be happy '(Jai!)

Guru says chant Hare Krsna, be happy and go back to Godhead. So, this
is the situation.
So, Durga devi, when that person becomes devotee of Krsna, she becomes
so happy. Let me help him go back to Godhead.
Then that personality who is keeping you here becomes instrument to
help you transcend this material world. How? We have all the 33 crores
of demigods and they are all present everywhere in the body
controlling and she is their mother. When she is happy, seeing the
jivas advancement in Krishna Consciousnees, she orders all the devatas
to clear from the route. This is what she wants. She doesn't want to
keep anyone imprisoned in this world forever.
Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur once commented, 'Durga Puja is
not dancing for hindi songs, taking intoxication and having fun', as
we see nowadays in puja pandals.
Real Durga puja is to become a Krishna Bhakta. Then Durga will be
really happy. But if we worship her in anyway we like, whimsically,
Srila Prabhupada says they are fools. This body is her property. So,
ultimately she is going to take over your body. So, they are
worshipping her means they are worshipping their own death. So, they
are fools.

We do not want to do Durga puja as fools but do Durga puja by becoming
a Krsna bhakta!

A Call For Spiritual Heroism - HG CCP Speaks


The Ramayana gives us a glimpse of heroism and villainy, of selfless love and selfish lust. Lord Rama and His consort, Sita, are the eternal hero and heroine. Hanuman, the godly hero, personifies the tendency to selflessly assist the Lord in His divine love, whereas Ravana, the godless villain, personifies the tendency to selfishly grab the Lord’s property for our own lust. The godly hero aspires to enjoy with God, whereas the godless villain wants to enjoy like God.

On the other hand, in a typical movie all the main characters—the hero, the heroine, and the villain—have the same evil mentality of wanting to enjoy without caring for God. In the hero and heroine, the guise of romance masks that mindset, whereas the villain expresses it without reservation. But they are all Ravanas, the difference being merely in the shades of gray.

Our selfish attempts to be imitation heroes and heroines, whether in the movies or in real life, are intrinsically evil, and they fuel and fan all the greater evils we dread. Ultimately our evil boomerangs on us, for it perpetuates the illusion of our bodily misidentification, and our body subjects us to the tortures of old age, disease, death, and rebirth—again and again and again.

Of course we do not have to choke our natural urge for specialness. Like Hanuman we can all be heroes too—in service to the supreme hero.

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Quotes


A sincere soul is not trying to make a show. His enthusiasm is an act of service.

The joy of bhakti is experienced to the degree we are selfless in our efforts.

Fulfillment comes from reciprocation of Krishna being pleased within.

To the degree we expect respect; to that degree we will be quarrelsome.

In this world when we lament with separation from a lost loved one, we simply lament, because that person is not factually present within his remembrance. That person is gone. But the Supreme Lord can fully reciprocate with us in the very thought (Krishna) that enters into our mind, because Krishna is manifested within our heart.

Disappearance days of great acaryas are a great fortune to the devotees to cultivate sublime feelings of separation by longing to be in their divine association.

What is envy? Envy means, "I want to be seen as important and great” and if anyone is a threat to my own egoistic ideas, then there is negativity towards that person.

Ultimate culmination of all transcendental knowledge……..…....


Veda Vyas is Krishna Himself. He descended and wrote the Vedas. It was Veda Vyas, with the help of Ganapati, who wrote the entire Mahabharat, which includes the Bhagavad Gita, at Badrik ashram. It was him who wrote the 4 vedas – rg, yathur, atharva and the sama. He worte the Upanishads, puranasa, itihasas, the various histories, the Vedic literatures that are meant to elevate the consciousness of humanity to its ultimate perfection. And after this most extensive and exhaustive expression of his mercy to humanity by writing all these scriptures, he was not satisfied. In his ashram in Badrinath, sitting in the banks of saraswati, Narada muni approached him and told him you have not exclusively presented a scripture which speaks nothing but pure unalloyed devotion to the supreme lord Krishna. That is the ultimate culmination of all transcendental knowledge. So the last written statement of Veda Vyas was the Srimad Bhagavatam. The most perfect, spotless purana, the culmination of all knowledge. His own commentary on the Vedanta Sutra, the essence of the Vedas. And after describing the pure devotion of so many great devotees, mahajans, and then describing the personal lila of Krishna in Vrndavan, in Mathura, in Dwaraka … Krishna’s instructions to Uddhava … The last verse of Veda Vyas

nama-sankirtanam yasya sarva-papa pranasanam

pranamo duhkha-samanas tam namami harim param

In this age of Kali Yuga, the chanting, the congregational chanting of the holy names of Krishna will relieve you of all sinful reactions and award you the perfection of life. Srimad Bhagavatam ends, concludes, culminates with this glorification of the Sankirtan movement and in the Gaudiya Vaisnava sampradaya we understand that how Chaitanya Caritamrita begins where Srimad Bhagavatam ends.

H H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

guru-mukha-padma-väkya, cittete koriyä aikya, är nä koriho mane äsä

Criticizing the devotees is very dangerous…....


You have so many faults, we all do. If the sadhus would only see your faults, would you have ever had the chance to become devotees? The sadhus see a little bit of goodness in you and try to fan that. But if you start finding faults with others, then Krishna is going to take away the privilege from you, He is going to take away the opportunity to make any spiritual advancement because what He has overlooked for you, to help you become a devotee, if you are not going to do that for others, He will withdraw His mercy. And therefore the No. 1 reason for falling down away from Krishna Consciousness is criticizing devotees. A person, who has such mentality, generally cannot last very long.

H H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

guru-mukha-padma-väkya, cittete koriyä aikya, är nä koriho mane äsä

Sambhog and Vipralambha…....


In the lilas of Krishna there is Sambhog - Vipralambha. Sambhog means when Krishna meets the Gopis, Vipralambha is when He is separated from the Gopis. They are both essential for the Rasa to be complete; because when there is separation it makes the meeting sweeter than ever before. If you are always with someone, there is happiness, but when you are away and there is a reunion, there is even greater happiness. So separation makes the meeting more beautiful. And at the same time without meeting there is no meaning to separation. If you think that I’ll never see him again or never be with him again then that separation is hopeless. Han! But if you know that the meeting will come, then the meeting makes the separation more beautiful, and the separation makes the meeting more beautiful. This is Sambhog and Vipralambha.

H H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

guru-mukha-padma-väkya, cittete koriyä aikya, är nä koriho mane äsä

What is better …....


What is better? What is better is that which is done with humility. You think the great acharyas who’ve started this movement to create efficient materialists? You go to so many training schools and colleges and institutions to learn to be an efficient materialist. This movement is to teach people how to be surrendered to humble devotees. So whatever your authority is telling you, it is the best thing to teach you how to be a surrendered humble devotee, it may not be the best thing to be efficient materialist. So therefore if you think you have a better way, it is your service to very humbly present your alternative, but then whatever the decision is, you should accept and surrender, and understand that I may not understand this but I will become purified if I just surrender. And Krishna ultimately wants that. He does not want your efficiency, He wants your humble devotion.

H H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

Tears of love …....


We don’t make emphasis on a show of crying. He is speaking in terms of a state of ecstatic love. He is praying to Krishna. He is not simply talking about trying to attract cheap followers. This is a direct prayer to Krishna Himself. He is talking about not just tears from the eyes. He is talking about tears of love coming down from the core of the heart from the very soul. Ah! That type of crying. We’re supposed to learn to cry for Krishna like that. But even Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in most cases when He would exhibit His ecstatic symptoms when common people were present, He would become very equipoised and restrain them. Only at Srivas thakur’s house would He really exhibit such ecstatic symptoms and there, there were only the highest most purified Vaishnavas who could understand the true significance. Ah! He would’nt so do among neophyte devotees or even Raganuga bhakti is only amongst those who have attained the highest states of Prema. And He would’nt exhibit it for their pleasure. He would exhibit because he would just allow to be just completely uncontrolled in His love, ecstacies of love. But to the common people He would become very composed, to not mislead them.

H H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

guru-mukha-padma-väkya, cittete koriyä aikya, är nä koriho mane äsä

Learn to cry for Krsna………..…....

This should always be our prayer, to learn to cry for Krishna. But not tears of the eyes; the tears of the heart. Ah! Because any actor can make tears come from his eyes. If your mother dies, tears come from your eyes. Is that a transcendental ecstacy? Out of sentiments. If somebody crashes into your car, tears will flow from your eyes. Right? So many sentimental reasons we can cause tears to come into our eyes. But are those tears exhibitions of ecstatic love? It is the tears of our heart that a devotee is praying to shed for Krishna, upon chanting His name. And we understand that the only person who could really shed those tears of love from the heart is one who is the most humble loving servant of the Lord. As long as there is ego in our heart, as long as there is material attachment in our hearts, then whatever tears are falling from our eyes are superficial. Therefore when we are looking at another devotee, rather than looking at the tears in his eyes, we should look for the humility of his heart. And even if there are no tears you can understand that there are tears inside. He must be crying for Krishna, such a humble soul. And may be they will come out through the eyes, may be they will not. But otherwise anybody can put up a dramatic performance. That we are not attracted to. And for this reason we need the association of Gurudev and Vaishnavas of our line, our sampradaya to teach us what is true and what is not true, what is good for us and what is not good for us. That is very important. But in our own life we should be calling out for Krishna that when will that day be mine when those tears of love will spring from the core of my heart upon chanting your name, and then let them fall from my eyes if you so desire my Lord. But let them be tears of love!

H H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

guru-mukha-padma-väkya, cittete koriyä aikya, är nä koriho mane äsä

Krsna Consciousness is a practical process………


Unless you inquire submissively and hear attentively, you cannot preach the message of Godhead. Actually no one is guru except Krishna, everyone is disciple, everyone is servant and it is our service being disciple to teach others and take position of guru. So here we find, Lord Brahma humbling himself before Vishnu, "I do not know please philosophically explain, who I am, who are You? What is this material world? And what is happiness? Arjuna asked Krishna the same question, Sanatana Goswami asked Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu this same question, Lord Chaitanya asked Ishwar Puri the same question. This is Parampara, to inquire submissively, to serve. What we hear, Krishna consciousness is not a radical process, it is a practical process. We must inquire submissively, we must hear from proper authorities. Otherwise we do not know what is to be done and what is not to be done. But then it is essential we must put those understandings into practice in our life. Through that process, practicing in a spirit of humility and devotion, in a spirit of a servant of the servant, we get realization.

H H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

guru-mukha-padma-väkya, cittete koriyä aikya, är nä koriho mane äsä

The heart that is not attracted by chanting ……….


All this transcendental potencies, the potencies of the Lord are perfect and all attractive. When the soul comes in contact with all attractive qualities of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the soul experiences inconceivable ecstasy of love which cannot be contained by material means. We cannot understand what is ecstatic love with our intelligence, with our mind. We can only understand it in truth by the mercy by the pure devotee when we see the grace of Krishna. So if Krishna is non-different in His name then why is it that as we chant the holy name we do not feel ecstasy of love. Chaitanya Mahaprabhu has prayed nam nam akari bahuda nij sarva shakti- Your name is all-attractive. You have many names and You have endowed upon all Your opulences. But Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, explains, I am so unfortunate that I have no attraction for Your name. Although all are attracted to You I have no attraction for You. Yet like a magnet naturally attracts a particle of metal or iron. But if that particle is covered by dirt and other forms of contamination, then the attraction is not manifested. But when we clean the piece of iron it comes to its natural state. It must be attracted to the magnet irresistibly. So the heart that is not attracted by ecstatic love chanting of Krishna’s name, must be covered with so many material contamination, must be covered with offenses to the name of the Lord.

H H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

guru-mukha-padma-väkya, cittete koriyä aikya, är nä koriho mane äsä

Why are we not experiencing nectar while chanting……….


Srila Rupa Gosvami has prayed in his pure state of karma that Krishna's name : we do not know how much attractive power it possesses. When we chant the name our tongue is so unlimitedly blissful with the taste of the name which we desire many many times and when the sound vibration which is sweeter than any other sweet, enters into our ears, we desire millions and millions and billions and billions of ears, we want to share it more and more and when it enters into our heart, it conquers our mind. It captures our life. This is what Rupa Gosvami has experienced with the recitation of the two syllables Krishna. What nectar it has produced. But in the neophyte position of Krishna Consciousness, we sing the name of Krishna, over and over again, but our mind is wandering to so many affairs of this material world. Our mind is considering it a great austerity to chant the holy name. When will my rounds be complete for the day so that I can do something else? Something that can give more pleasure to my mind and my senses. This is the condition. How is it possible, why are we not experiencing such feelings like Rupa Gosvami in this regard. It is because we are chanting the holy name with offenses.


H H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

guru-mukha-padma-väkya, cittete koriyä aikya, är nä koriho mane äsä

Do not chant mechanically……


There are ten offenses to the holy name which we recite every morning before beginning our japa period. It is very important to understand these ten offenses and very attentively and carefully guard them throughout the entire day. When we actually chant the holy name of Krishna, in a state of mind, in which we are pleasing Krishna, then Krishna manifests Himself within His name. The holy name has its own independent free will, because the Holy Name is Krishna Himself and Srimati Radharani Herself and They appear according to the particular state of consciousness we approach Them. Therefore we cannot chant mechanically. It is not just a program, our mind, just like a tape recorder and our mouth you repeat the sound vibration that we will get the same results. No doubt if we are doing it under the instructions of the spiritual master even if it is in a very clumsy way, there will be benefit. There will be purification. But it is gradual. We should come to the stage of sincerely aspiring to chant the holy name in a way that is pleasing to Krishna.

H H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

guru-mukha-padma-väkya, cittete koriyä aikya, är nä koriho mane äsä

Universal principal of true spirituality………


It is explained that a person should receive the dust of the feet of the Lord’s pure devotee on his head. Otherwise such a person is compared to a dead body. If we want to serve the holy name, we must understand we cannot approach Krishna directly. This is very important. Universal principal of true spirituality. We cannot approach Krishna directly, Krishna will not be pleased, we are so full of offenses, so full of contamination and Krishna is all-pure. We approach Him through serving and pleasing His devotees- yasya Prasadad bhagavat prasado Yasya aprasadad na gati kutopi. If one pleases guru then one pleases Krishna. When one does not please his guru, one can make all wonderful grand arrangements but Krishna will never be pleased. And what pleases guru is when we serve the vaishnavas in proper state of humility and devotion.

H H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

guru-mukha-padma-väkya, cittete koriyä aikya, är nä koriho mane äsä

Enthusiasm and patience=True surrender ……


But if we are simply patient and we are not enthusiastic then we are simply lazy. Spiritual life is not for lazy persons. In India, people, the laziest people; think that this is the best occupation, to become a sadhu. All you have to do is lay around in the temples all day, beg for some chapattis, let people touch your feet and say "God's blessings are on you' and that's all you do. We have seen many such persons.

But actually spiritual life is defined in the Gita, Krishna is impelling Arjuna, not to be lazy, but give all of his energy to fight for the sake of Krishna. And this is a real saintly person. He is willing to give all of his life's energies, exhaust everything he has, for the betterment of mankind in the service of God. That is a saint. Not someone who lays, and sleeps and eats some chapattis.

So we have to be patient, but at the same time we have to work very hard with great enthusiasm in the service of the Lord. And if we are very enthusiastic and patience, which is based on faith in the word of God, faith in the mercy of God then the combination of those two is surrender.

H H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

guru-mukha-padma-väkya, cittete koriyä aikya, är nä koriho mane äsä

Letter from H H Bhakti Tirtha Swami Maharaj


ei baar karuna karo vaisnava gosai...


23/04/05, Bhakti-Tirtha Swami sets the stage for his
final offering

Dear Maharajas, Prabhus and disciples

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to
Srila Prabhupada.

This is probably the penultimate special message of
wisdom from the ground hog aka the beggar aka
spiritual warrior. So let this prepare you for the
ultimate message. (smile) You can see that this kind
of communication that I am doing must actually come to
a stop. Firstly because it is natural, for I
definitely have to get out of this body sometime in
the near future, but also because if I am not careful,
this sort of communication could become my biggest
failure. Just consider how every time I send out some
of these messages, so many nice devotees all around
the world write and call and offer me kindness and
praise. Yes, this is wonderful but can you see all the
danger in this? One of Maya's most special tricks is
to get the devotee who has acquired some little
achievement to start thinking, 'just see, I am an
advanced devotee.' For instance, if I'm not careful
and if I let myself start thinking in this way, then
when the helpers come to take me out of the body
they'll take me straight to Brahmaloka or some place
of this nature. They'll say, 'this was your final test
and you accepted certain adoration and glorification
as your own, therefore go ahead and enjoy now for 311
trillion years managing your own planet or universe.'
Isn't Maya just so tricky? (Smile) When Vasudeva the
leper was healed by Krishna he prayed very intensely
'please do not let me become proud'. When the great
devotee Madhavendra Puri was called out by the pujari
and the deity Ksira-Cora Gopinatha he was so eager to
avoid praise. We've never heard of devotees like
Narottama Dasa Thakur, Bhaktivinode Thakur or our
Srila Prabhupada (we can go on and on and on), being
in a mood of arrogance. They were constantly writing
and praying, addressing how they do not have love of
God and how they are unqualified in so many areas etc.
Anyway, what I'm writing now is for my own edification
and purification and maybe for yours as well. Devotees
like me, in one sense have no qualification in
practically any area but have received blessings by
causeless mercy. However, pride manifesting as
pratistha (a desire for fame) is a serious enemy.

When I had my amputation I offered up a sacrifice. I
offered that a substantial quantity of pain that some
of the women, children, elders, brahmins, and cows etc
in our movement had suffered, could be absorbed in my
extremely deteriorated leg and that when the leg was
amputated, as it was thrown away from my own body,
that there would also be some elimination of this
unhealthy karma from the body of our institution. So
now today in a similar spirit I want to offer in
sacrifice all the rest of what remains with this body.
In other words, I fully want to present myself to the
Lord in the mood of Saranagati - full surrender. 'Thy
will be done, so please use me in this last way to
make an ultimate sacrifice for those devotees, saints
and sadhus who are having seemingly insurmountable
obstacles in their own spiritual journey.' I would
like to also make it specific, particularly focusing
on forgiveness.

The duty of a brahmana is to culture the quality of
forgiveness, which is illuminating like the sun. The
Supreme Personality of Godhead, Hari, is pleased with
those who are forgiving. (SB 9.15.40)

All of us have so many people who we've interacted
with who have hurt us in different ways. Just to
exist, or to be engaged in any type of relationship
means we're going to be hurt by someone and we're
going to hurt someone. We all have people who we need
to forgive and there are so many people who need to
forgive us. Sometimes the person we have the greatest
difficulty forgiving is ourselves. Why am I bringing
up forgiveness and resentment? Because I am noticing
that it is a very serious issue. I am especially
sending this message out to those children who've been
abused. In the USA for example, the statistics show
that 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 5 boys have been sexually
abused and unfortunately most of these kinds of abuse
are done by the people who are actually supposed to be
their protectors or overseers etc. So this is a global
problem of people being abused and hurt by their
fathers, uncles, brothers, mothers, sisters, Doctors,
counsellors and all other types of mentors. In other
words this is so unfortunate and is never to be
justified, but it has gone on everywhere on this
planet. And surely each institution, community and
family must find more ways to minimise so much of the
suffering that people are experiencing through these
abuses and traumas. Some may say what right do I have
to ask others to forgive, but I can assure you that by
being born in a minority body, (without the active
presence of my father) and going through all the ranks
of ISKCON, I surely have my history of all kinds of
abuses. Let's get right to the point.

A) Forgiveness does not mean:

i) That what happened to you was your fault

ii) It doesn't mean that you allow those who hurt you
or any others to continue the abuse

iii) It doesn't even mean that you have to forget as
sometimes we have to remember the past so that it
doesn't repeat itself and often we have to learn from
the past while we look and plan for the future.

iv) That what happened as horrible as it was, really
wasn't so bad after all

B) Forgiveness does mean:

i) That you stop allowing whoever hurt you so much to
continue to daily hurt you by carrying this around in
your mind everyday and therefore being attacked,
disappointed and hurt everyday again and again.

ii) That you now live for the present and the future
and you stop bringing a wounded you into all of your
present encounters. It is not right for you to hurt
yourself or those who come around you, who you really
want to give your greatest love, attention and full
presence to. But when you do not forgive you keep
dropping a wounded you on others day after day.

iii) That you're ready to stop giving up, denying your
power everyday and being so faithless, for Krishna can
use us and help us in so many ways if we do not keep
shutting ourselves down with resentment.

iv) That in spite of whatever else may be happening
you are ready to keep looking for and accepting
Krishna's mercy which cannot happen without accessing
a deeper level of compassion and sensitivity
ourselves. Isn't is true that the greatest achievers
have had to deal with the greatest obstacles, and in
some cases they particularly turned their obstacles
into opportunities

C) When we do not forgive


i) It is like carrying around in your hand a bunch of
hot coals and waiting for a chance to throw them at
the person who hurt you. But look how you burnt you
own hand waiting for the opportunity. In essence
forgiveness actually does more for your own well being
than for another

ii) We have to ask ourselves how much suffering do
those who hurt us the most have to undergo before we
can release them? Must they be run over by 10 trains,
chopped in to a hundred pieces or even eaten up by a
pack of lions?

Let's just be honest, if we look at the lives of all
the great personalities in our sastra we will see the
amazing ways in which they forgave. If any of you have
time, I gave a course in Mayapur in 2003 on forgiving
those who hurt you the most and we talked about over
40 or so great personalities in our Vaisnava history
and examined what we learnt from the amazing ways they
forgave. So the groundhog aka the beggar aka spiritual
warrior is praying that the ultimate sacrifice he
makes in having to walk away from his body will act
somewhat as a catalyst for helping us all to look
closer at resentment and forgiveness. The sad thing is
that most of the time we're prone to think that we
have already forgiven others. It can be a gradual
process which has many levels. For example, think of
the person who has hurt you the most, and now think of
all the most wonderful things you can imagine
happening to this person. If you are very
uncomfortable with this, or if you feel too angry or
uneasy hearing or seeing them, then more than likely
you haven't released this person from your
consciousness. Remember that to see a Vaisnava and not
be happy is an offence. (Skanda Purana)

So that this beggar does not engender pride thinking
that he has some special sacrifice to make or some
very special wisdom to offer he will try to
particularly use some of these points to look deeper
at the subtleties in his own consciousness. Hopefully
if you listen to the seminar on forgiveness, the
wonderful pastimes about our great acaryas and how
they forgave and the amazing honest sharing amongst
the seminar participants, it will help you to help
yourself to help others.

Yours in Srila Prabhupada's Service With Love
Bhakti-Tirtha Swami

Chant Hare Krishna and Be Happy

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