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What is more logical?

People may challenge that how do you know the soul is eternal, how do you know there is a God? Because unless we have faith in these principles, how will we strive to live for that when there is so much opposition, philosophically, logically, socially. The scriptures and the great saints of every spiritual path, of every religion throughout history, they have lived and died for this truth. Recently, someone asked, “how do you know there is God?” The obvious question to ask such a person is, “how do you know there is no God?” “Can you prove there is a God?” “Can you prove there is no God?” Can anyone actually prove that there is no God. There are so many theories, but what really is the evidence. Was anyone there to actually eye-witness with a video machine the Big Bang? It is just a concept born in peoples’ minds which seems to make sense due to certain things, certain phenomenon that they are witnessing today, but the obvious question, is it more logical that everything comes from nothing or that everything comes from something. If it is more logical that everything comes from something, that something is God, janmädy asya yataù. This is the definition of Vedänta-sütra that the absolute truth is whom everything emanates from or as Kåñëa says in Gétä ahaà sarvasya prabhavo mattaù sarvaà pravartate, “I am the source of all spiritual and material worlds.”

H H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

Who are the greatest people?

Throughout history who are the greatest people that ever lived? Are they the politicians? Are they the atheistic scientists? Are they the athletes, or are they the saints who dedicated their lives, their souls, everything to truth, who were willing to sacrifice their whole lives to enlighten people, to love God. The saints of India, the saints of Christianity, the saints of Islam, study their lives. The actual åñis, they lived completely pure. They were completely peaceful. They were completely intoxicated; intoxicated with love for God; and they spoke their realizations of God with such illuminated hearts, with such realization that they transformed millions and millions of peoples’ lives. Is Rüpa Gosvämé a liar? Is Jesus a liar? Is Abraham a liar? Is Moses a liar? Is the prophet Mohammed a liar? Is Lord Chaitanya and all of these great personalities liars? They lived the most resplendent lives of pure integrity as did their followers, millions and millions of them. Are they all in illusion? They are telling us that they are seeing God, they are feeling God, they are tasting God, they are loving God. So, who to believe? People taking sleeping pills, smoking cigarettes, addicted, and saying there is no God or people who are living the most pristine lives of compassion and sacrifice of love for all living beings without discrimination? It is for each of us to decide, and especially the great åñis of India spoke with such deep philosophy and profound knowledge the science of God consciousness, not just some sentimental belief, but presented the truth, the existence of God in his three features, Brahman, Paramätmä, and Bhagavän in such deep, sound, scientific, philosophically, logical ways.

H H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

Sadhu sanga is most important …

With realization, in the association of people who have faith, the natural faith, which is within our heart awakens. Real faith is not something that is imposed upon you. Real faith is awakened from within in the proper environment like a seed. A seed if it is watered properly, it grows into a beautiful flower. So, in order to have such confidence in which we are actually willing to take the great apparent risk of dying to live, sädhu saìga is most important. Sädhu saìga means association of devoted people. Otherwise, the campaign of mäyä or illusion which is all around us is directly or indirectly speaking, ‘better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven, better to be the proprietor and the enjoyer in this world of illusion than to be a servant in the ecstatic realm of dedication and devotion to the Lord’. Sanätana Gosvämé had very, very painful itching sores all over his body due to drinking some bad water when he was traveling in the forest, and it was causing him so much pain. When he came to Jagannäth Puré, he came before Lord Chaitanya. Now, in his mind, he was thinking that my body is totally useless, it is covered with all these diseases. “During the Ratha-yäträ festival, I will throw my body under the chariot of Lord Jagannäth in the presence of Lord Chaitanya and his devotees and die, and then perhaps I will get a better birth in my next life.” He did not speak his thoughts to anyone, but Lord Chaitanya understood his heart and spoke. He said, “Sanätana, you are a criminal. You are a criminal. You want to destroy someone else’s property. You have already surrendered your body to Me, so how can you kill what is Mine?” Then he told Sanätana Gosvämé, “if just giving up this body or killing this body will bring us to Kåñëa,” he said, “I would have already killed this body tens and tens and tens and millions of times, but it is not by killing this body, it is not by the death of this body that anyone can go to God. It is by purifying the heart. It is by dying of the ego to live eternally.”

H H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

Die to live …

The way devotees dress, it is to help us with this conception of identity. It is not that you have to do these external things, but those who do, it should be understood in its proper context. Why do some of us shave our heads? Shaving the head is symbolic. It represents death to the ego because beautiful hair is something that gives people beauty and prestige. To shave the head in all great religions, whether it is Christian monks or Buddhist monks or Hindu monks or Vaiñëava monks, it is an expression of death to the ego so that my real life as a servant of God, I am identifying myself like that. And also we put on this tilaka for the same principle. People are using this body to exploit and enjoy, but tilaka means we do not want any part of that, die to live. Tilaka represents that this body is a temple of God. God is living in this body, the soul is living in this body. This body is a place of worship of God. According to the religious institution, there are so many buildings in the city, some have a star of David, some have a crucifix, some have a trident, some have a cakra, some have a crescent moon and star--what does all that mean. That means this is a place of worshipping God, but why just the building, our body is a place, a temple to worship God. Therefore, this tilaka has very, very great significance---- die to live.

H H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

The process in which we die to live …

"G u r u m u k h p a d m a v a k y a"

The process in which we die to live ………………………Nectarean Mellows

At the same time, when we take initiation or dékñä, we are taking a new birth. We are given a new name, and every name ends with däsa, servant, or devi däsi, servant. Kåñëa däsa, Gauräìga däsa, Çivaräma Däsa, Rüpa Gosvämé Däsa, these are all not just name, it is a very, very sacred act of surrender if we understand it in its proper context. When we are given this name of the servant of God, that is the process in which we die to live. I am now leaving behind my false ego, all of my temporary designations, and I am identifying myself and living according to the principle of my eternal identity as the servant of the Lord. The spirit soul is infinitesimal, it is only a tiny little spark of the supreme sun of Kåñëa or God. Çaraëägati or surrender, the spirit of dying to live means to wholesale offer, offer everything that we have for the pleasure of the Lord.

H H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

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

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What is meaning & expression of true love?…

"G u r u m u k h p a d m a v a k y a"

What is meaning & expression of true love?………………………Nectarean Mellows

So, this is the idea people have, surrender means to lose. Surrender is something that is very, very undesirable, by force. But in Sanskrit, the word Çaraëägati is something very different. Çaraëägati means-----when Kåñëa says, sarva-dharmän parityajya, surrender, it is the most positive of expression, of our gratitude and our love. It is the ultimately the most joyful experience of the heart. There cannot be love without surrender. Love is not selfish. Love is self-less. Love is for the beloved. Bhägavatam explains, sa vai puàsäà paro dharmo yato bhaktir adhokñaje /ahaituky apratihatä yayätmä suprasédati that the supreme occupation for all humanity is loving service to the supreme. Such love must me unconditional and unmotivated to complying satisfy the self. Is that not what every living being is looking for, longing for, and searching for in every aspect of their life? They are looking for pleasure. There is pleasure to the senses. There is pleasure to the mind, but there is only one thing that can give pleasure to the heart, and the heart is the sitting place of the self, the soul, and that is love; to love and to be loved, but what is the meaning of love? This is described in Çré Caitanya-caritämåta: Käma is affection in which we try to enjoy for ourselves, that is called käma. It is the material principle, and it can never be satisfied because as long as we are trying to enjoy ourselves, that burning desire for enjoyment is like fire, the more you feed it, the hungrier it grows. But, what is love or prem. It is the complete giving of the heart for the pleasure of the object of our love. Even in this world, the most satisfying, loving relationships are not the romantic affairs that you see in the movies because it does not last. The real pleasure of the soul….. the real pleasure of the heart, let us say…. comes through sacrifice and dedication. The love of a good father or good mother for the child, it does not matter what the child does…. my mother and father, they gave me everything, and they expected so much of me, and then I told them I am going to Europe and I will be back in 3 months, and they did not hear from me for 5 months, and then they got a letter from Iran that I am on my way to India to search for God, and I have no idea if I will ever come back. And then they get letters from me from the jungles of the Himalayas while I am living in caves. How much pain, and then I came back a personality that was utterly inconceivable and mysterious to them. They felt that there was nothing in common anymore, but still they loved me. They would do anything for me. They were striving and struggling and everything to somehow or other understand me. Now, anybody else seeing me so absolutely different, who is actually living in opposition to everything that they hold sacred and stand for in life, there would be no love, but as mother and father, they never gave up. They would do anything, everything; and ultimately when they understood really what was the substance I was living for, not only were they blissful and happy, but they personally accepted it and became very proud and that was the greatest bliss of their life, they told me, when after years of being disappointed because of mystery, they could actually be proud and pleased with what I was doing. That was the happiness, the most elated moment of their life. In this world, real love is not selfish, real love is self-less, willing to make sacrifices for the beloved and that love actually satisfies the heart because there is some reality to it. Why… because that is the nature in its perfect state of the soul’s love for the absolute truth, the supreme soul or Kåñëa, the origin of love. Kåñëa is all-attractive, the source of all beauty, all knowledge, all strength, all wealth, all renunciation all beauty; therefore, he is the ultimate object of all the people’s love. So, to surrender to Kåñëa is the expression of true love and is actually the source of the greatest shelter and the greatest happiness.

H H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

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

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Mercy comes in proportion to our service attitude…

When we chant the names of the Lord, we are invoking the divine presence of the Lord. In fact, Kåñëa says in Gétä…… ye yathä mäà prapadyante täàs tathaiva bhajämy aham….. “that according to how you approach me, that is how I reveal Myself to you.” So not only do we try to chant the names of the Lord, but we try to chant in a service attitude that will please the Lord. That service attitude attracts Kåñëa to actually reveal himself through His holy names. Rüpa Gosvämé describes what happens when we taste even a drop of the nectar of the sweetness of the holy name. He states, “when the holy name of Kåñëa dances upon my tongue, I desire many, many, many tongues; and when that name enters into my ears, it is so sweet, it is so beautiful that I desire millions and millions and millions, unlimited ears; and when that name enters into my heart, my conscious is conquered by the beauty and sweetness of Kåñëa.” We are not speaking about the aspect of God in his wrath and his punishment upon sinners. We are speaking about the essential glory of the Lord in the spiritual world, who is all-attractive. When He enters our hearts, He is Hari, He steals our love…. steals our love by His unlimited beauty, sweetness, and His own love. That is the ultimate experience, but there is only one way to achieve that love and that is by the mercy of the Lord which comes in proportion to our service attitude, our desire to give to God and to give to others without selfishness, without egotism.

H H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

VERY GOOD ARTICLE

In Hari-bhakti-vilasa, verse 2.147, Srila Sanatan Goswami quotes Sammohana-tantra:

gopayed devatam istam gopayed gurum atmanah
gopayec ca nijam mantram gopayen nija-malikam

One should hide one's ista-deva, one should hide one's guru, one should hide one's mantra, and one should hide one's japa-mala.

Wise persons keep their valuables in a confidential place. Similarly, an intelligent sadhaka does not advertise his or her guru, nor do they broadcast themselves as disciples of their guru. Considering themselves as low, fallen, and unfit to be considered disciples, sincere devotees do not want to advertise who their guru is.

Srila Thakur Bhaktivinode has described that there are two types of disciples, the antarmukha-sisyas and the bahirmukha-sisyas. Antarmukha literally means "inward-facing". It refers to someone who is introspective.

Bahirmukha literally means "outward-facing", and refers to someone who is absorbed in external things.

Antarmukha-sisyas are desirous of bringing pleasure to their guru. Their focus is on following the guru's instructions. The antarmukha-sisyas practice gopayed gurum atmanah. They keep their guru and their relationship with him confidential. An antarmukha-sisya is not interested in advertising himself as a disciple of his guru, but prefers to follow the guru's instructions. His meditation is to try to understand what will please his guru. The antarmukha-sisya is anartha-mukta-avastha, he is free from anarthas. His vision of guru is known as sevya-darsana. He sees that guru should be served and pleased.

Bahirmukha-sisyas are disciples who practice the opposite of gopayed gurum atmanah. They are absorbed in advertising their guru and in making a show of themselves as being big or intimate disciples. Such a disciple is also known as guru-giri, or one who makes a business out of guru and one's relationship with guru. They are not absorbed in the inner intention of guru. Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur has described persons who act on such an external platform as dharmadhvajis ("religion flag-wavers"), meaning those who make a hypocritical or pretentious show of religiosity.

Following the logic of atmavan manyate jagat (everyone thinks like I do), the bahirmukha-sisyas consider that their guru thinks like they do. Because they are motivated by the desires for fame and adoration they think that their guru also wants such things. The bahirmukha-sisyas are anartha-yukta-avastha, they have anarthas, material desires, in their hearts. Because of those anarthas they only see guru in terms of their own pleasure. This vision is known as bhogya-darsana. They think that making a big show of devotion will impress their guru and enable them to come close to their guru. Their idea of guru-bhakti is to loudly proclaim to the world, amar guru jagad-guru - "My guru is the best or the only one and any other guru is lesser." They think that such publicizing will please their guru.

For some devotees, pushing their guru is an easy way to avoid facing the reality of their own lack of advancement. They want respect, and they think it is easier for them to get it by broadcasting themselves as a disciple of a great personality than for themselves to manifest the qualities of a vaisnava. However, this kind of cheating mentality will never attract the attention of saintly persons. They are not impressed with whom we have taken initiation or instructions from. Rather, they want to see what is our own level of realization.

Since such neophytes equate the showing of respect to themselves with the showing of respect to their guru, when they become chastised or fail to receive the honor and recognition they want, they accuse the devotees, "You have offended my guru!" In this way, Kali, the personification of this age of quarrel and hypocrisy, is able to enter the movement of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and cause dissension, distracting them from their real business of chanting and distributing the holy names.

So Srila Sanatan Goswami's instruction gopayed gurum atmanah - "One should hide one's guru" - is advising devotees to go deeper in their relationship with guru by basing that relationship on following the instructions about service and bhajan that their guru has given.

Simple

reading mails is simple, replying is difficult.......ha ha ha ha

sleeping is simple, getting up early is difficult

honouring prasadam is simple, cooking is difficult

sitting in SB class is simple, remaining awake (attentive) is difficult

quarelling is simple, cooperating is difficult

leading alone is simple, taking everyone along is difficult

reading junk mails is simple, reading SP books is difficult

becoming bosanuboss is simple, becoming dasanudas is difficult

attening prorams is simple, doing service is difficult

prajalpa is simple, Krsna katha is difficult

sense gratification is simple, following 4 regulative principles is difficult

preaching is simple, practicing is difficult

blaming is simple, appreciating is difficult

counting is simple, chanting is difficult

Sincerely aspire to chant the Holy Name……

"G u r u m u k h p a d m a v a k y a"

Sincerely aspire to chant the Holy Name………………………Nectarean Mellows

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

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Humility alone pleases Krishna …

"G u r u m u k h p a d m a v a k y a"

Humility alone pleases Krishna ………………………Nectarean Mellows

Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is teaching us how to aspire for trinadpi sunicha: to be humble like a straw in the street, the tree in the street. What is its significance? No one cares for it, people step on it, spit on it, ultimately some body sweeps it away but the straw on the streets remains very humble, let be more tolerant than the tree, ready to offer all respects to others and to expect none in return. These are the qualities that attract Krishna. Chaitanya Mahaprabhu told Sanatana Goswami it is humility alone that pleases Krishna. Krishna does not care how much money you give Him, Krishna does not care how many beautiful offerings you give Him, Krishna does not care how artistically you dress Him, He does not care how profoundly you can speak His philosophy, He does not care how many delicious preparation you can make for Him in your kitchen, He cares for the humility with which it is being offered because it is this humility that gives flavor and pleasure to the service we are rendering.

H H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

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

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Trying to enjoy in a world of suffering………

"G u r u m u k h p a d m a v a k y a"

Trying to enjoy in a world of suffering………………………Nectarean Mellows

We are trying to enjoy and we can’t even properly enjoy. If you take a poll in this world how many people have more enjoyment then suffering? So much suffering!! And even when you are enjoying in this world that enjoyment is simply arranged by material energy to make you more attached to your body and to your forms of enjoyment that you have; why? So that you will suffer more when it is taken away; that is the science of how material energy has created things. Krsna tells us that He is the creator; that the enjoyments of this world are sources of misery, the more you enjoy the more you suffer when the enjoyment is taken away and it will be taken away; it is inevitable, it has to be taken away; the world has been created in that way.

So people who are trying to enjoy in a world of suffering are unfortunate and a civilisation that is based on this principle is most unfortunate; good fortune begins when we discuss the misery of birth, old age, disease and death. Thus these discussions are very important, they actually begin the process of real human existence, to simply discuss the very high topics of the spiritual world are not really going to go deep into our hearts or our consciousness unless preliminary we study the miseries of material existence because as long as we have the enjoying propensity then just like some people try to enjoy a novel about the various ways of how one can enjoy in this material world or some history. Some people little more pious in the mode of goodness they want to enjoy spiritual topics which is good certainly a much higher plain beginning of the transcendental plain but when we realise the miseries of material existence and we are thoroughly acquainted of how suffering is in the material world then we just don’t read the lilä of the Lord, we take shelter of it, we understand that it is our only hope; then; we just don’t chant the holy names, we cry out the holy names.

H H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

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

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Discuss and understand the nature of miseries ……

"G u r u m u k h p a d m a v a k y a"

Discuss and understand the nature of miseries ………………………Nectarean Mellows

When a devotee is thoroughly understanding the imminent dangers and misery of the material existence devotees are humbled but that is because he knows that I cannot protect myself from the sufferings; I can’t; it is impossible, I am a jiva atma and the material energy is pervading you in this existence, she is all powerful in that state. When we chant the holy names we are taking shelter, we are praying for mercy, it is not a ritual anymore, it is not just a regulative principle, it is not just something else in our life, it is our focus, it is our goal, it is the only means by which we can achieve something that is real. If someone puts a gun to your head and said I am going to shoot in five seconds how will you chant in that five seconds, you won’t be thinking about the latest ISKCON gossip, you won’t be thinking about how you are going to decorate your home tomorrow, you won’t be thinking about your children’s education, hopefully you will be thinking Krsna save me; Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare, Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.

So if we are not learning about material existence then when sufferings come, we will be bewildered, we will loose our faith, we will not know what we are suppose to do, why is this happening to me, how is this happening to me and how am I suppose to deal with it. Materialistic people and even a neophyte devotees when they go through tragic crisis which bring about suffering in their lives, they become confused and bewildered by that suffering and what happens when there is no suffering? when you actually have some temporary form of enjoyment then you become even more confused and bewildered about what you are suppose to do what your hopes truly are; so therefore Srila Prabhupada very greatly emphasises we must discuss and understand the nature of the miseries in the material existence so that when we are suffering, we know what is happening and know what we suppose to do about it and when we are enjoying, we understand what is happening and what we are suppose to do about it. So it is very important that we study these books and we understand how this material nature makes us suffer.

H H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

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

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Systematic process of miseries of life ……

"G u r u m u k h p a d m a v a k y a"

Systematic process of miseries of life ………………………Nectarean Mellows

Lord Kapiladeva is explaining in great detail, the systematic process of the miseries of every stage of life, this is Sankhya philosophy, from the time of conception to the time of death and in between birth and death. He describes that too, when the Yamadhutas grab you and start dragging you through these deserts like areas and dogs are eating your flesh and vultures are biting you and you are screaming in pain and saying get me to the destination. We think it is miserable; when we riding on Indian trains third class very crowded compartment, we are thinking when will I get there, it is so hot and people are crushing against me and it doesn’t smell nice; everything else is miserable it is hellish when will I reach the destination, if you are a materialistic person and after you die; first you are taken on your journey, it is really a hellish destination, being dragged, being bitten, being blasphemed by Yamadutas, they have fiery eyes, they are beating you, they are blaspheming you, they have vultures and dogs bitting you, they are dragging you, there is no food, there is no water, you just say - get me to my destination. And then you get to your destination and you wish you could go back to the travelling. Destination is where Yamaraj sentences you and then you are taken to a particular hellish planet according to your sins. Sometimes you are forced to drink burning hot red like substance, molten; you know what is like? when you are drinking some herbal tea & its too hot, it burns your mouth, Hare Krsna. Well this is a different situation - red hot molten liquids, thick liquids pour down your throat, it is burning your whole body and it just goes on for millions of years, Hare Krsna.

H H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

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

The inherent miserable shakti of this material existence ……

"G u r u m u k h p a d m a v a k y a"

The inherent miserable shakti of this material existence ………………………Nectarean Mellows

Then you are forced into a womb and we are learning what’s in the womb and then you are a baby and then Kapiladeva explains the miseries of being a baby, the miseries of being a youth, the miseries of a student life, the miseries of grhasta life miseries of old age, miseries of death and the whole cycle again and again and again. Prabhupada was very, very concerned that we should be convinced of the miseries of the material existence. Unless you are convinced of the inherent miserable shakti of this material existence, there is no escape by any material efforts then we won’t really take to Krsna consciousness, we won’t really chant the holy names of the Lord. So Prabhupada wanted, side by side, read Krsna book, hear the glorious pastimes of the Supreme Personality of Godhead in His eternal abode but also read the teachings of Kapiladeva.

In fact Prabhupada was so merciful when he was in Vrindavana in his last days, last weeks of his life, we can understand through his life and through his ecstatic teachings, that he was on a highest level of ecstatic rasa; he is an eternal resident of Vrindavana and certainly he was listening to the transcendental pastimes of Krsna when he was in Vrindavana but he was also personally ask his devotees to come and read the teachings of Kapiladeva to him and that is a fact, the book ‘The Teachings of Lord Kapiladeva’ that just came out, Prabhupada wanted to be read those not much for himself but for his disciples, it is important to hear these things. Kapiladeva explains the miseries of material existence and he also side by side explains the process of devotionals service. We have to be convinced as long as you have the spirit of material enjoyment, you can’t really hear the subject matter of Hari Katha.

H H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

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

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Prabhupada wants us to end the cycle of birth and death in this life ……

"G u r u m u k h p a d m a v a k y a"

Prabhupada wants us to end the cycle of birth and death in this life ………………………Nectarean Mellows

Kapiladeva explains the miseries of material existence and he also side by side explains the process of devotionals service. We have to be convinced as long as you have the spirit of material enjoyment, you can’t really hear the subject matter of Hari Katha, when we give up all hope that we can be happy in this world then we can really start to hear Hari Katha. So this is very important. I know some of you are thinking when will we get through this section of Bhagavatam just verse after verse after verse of how the embryo suffers, just wait, it just goes on and on and on and Prabhupada when he told us to go to the Srimad Bhagavatam class every day one verse at a time he realised we will be spending months on this subject, it is important, it is essential, we can’t take the pastimes of the Lord cheaply. Prabhupada wants us to end the cycle of birth and death in this life, he doesn’t want us to come back again and again making some gradual spiritual progress, certainly that is better than materialistic existence but Caitanya Mahaprabhu and His associates are giving every single living being a chance to go back to the spiritual world in this very life.

H H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

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

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Love means reciprocation………

"G u r u m u k h a p a d m a v a k y a"

Love means reciprocation…………………………. Nectarean Mellows

Srila Prabhupada's life mission was to be an instrument in the hands of Guru and Gauranga; to give the compassion of the Supreme Personality of Godhead to the whole world by spreading Krishna Consciousness. He gave his life for us. Not only those persons who directly met him, but even people who never saw Srila Prabhupada, even the generation after Srila Prabhupada, knew that he had unconditional love for us. If we are inspired by his books, if we are inspired by his tapes, if we are inspired by his life, if we develop faith in Krishna through his movement that he gave his life to establish, then we have received the unconditional love of His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. How do we make advancement? By reciprocating with that love; Love means reciprocation.

H H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

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

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Glories of Sri Vrndavana Dhama



vṛndāvana ramya-sthāna dibya-cińtāmaṇi-dhāma

ratana mandira manohara

abṛta kālindī-nīre rāja-haḿsa keli kare

tāhe śobhe kanaka-kamal

(2)

tār madhye hema-pīṭha aṣṭa-dale beṣṭita

aṣṭa-dale pradhāna nāyika

tār madhye ratnāsane ba’si āchen dui-jane

śyāma-sańge sundarī rādhikā


(3)

o-rūpa-lābaṇya-rāśi amiyā pariche khasi

hāsya-parihāsa-sambhāṣaṇe

narottama-dāsa koy nitya-līlā sukha-moy

sadāi sphurūk mora mane

1) Beautiful Vrndavana is filled with cintamani gems and many jewel palaces and temples. Many regal swans play in the waters of the Yamuna, and in those waters a splendid golden lotus flower grows.

2) In the middle of that lotus is a golden place surrounded by eight petals. On these eight petals the eight principal gopis reside, and in the centre Lord Syamasundara and beautiful Srimati Radharani sit on a jewel throne.

3) The great beauty of the Divine couple and Their charming joking and laughter continually showers nectar everywhere. Narottama dasa says: I pray that these blissful eternal transcendental pastimes of the Divine Couple may be always manifest in my heart.


WHY GOD ALLOWS PAIN

A man went to a barbershop to have his hair cut and his beard trimmed.
As the barber began to work, they began to have a good conversation.
They talked about so many things and various subjects.
When they eventually touched on the subject of God, the barber said:
"I don't believe that God exists."

"Why do you say that?" asked the customer. "Well, you just have to go out in the street to realize that God doesn't exist.
Tell me, if God exists, would there be so many sick people?
Would there be abandoned children?

If God existed, there would be neither suffering nor pain.
I can't imagine a loving God who would allow all of these things."
The customer thought for a moment, but didn't respond because he didn't want to start an argument.
The barber finished his job and the customer left the shop.

Just after he left the barbershop, he saw a man in the street with long, stringy, dirty hair and an untrimmed beard.
He looked dirty and unkempt. The customer turned back and entered the barber shop again and he said to the barber:
"You know what? Barbers do not exist."
"How can you say that?" asked the surprised barber.
"I am here, and I am a barber. And I just worked on you!"
"No!" the customer exclaimed. "Barbers don't exist because if they did, there would be no people with dirty long hair and untrimmed beards, like that man outside."

"Ah, but barbers DO exist! That's what happens when people do not come to me."
"Exactly!" affirmed the customer. "That's the point! God, too, DOES exist!
That's what happens when people do not go to Him and don't look to Him for help.
That's why there's so much pain and suffering in the world."

BE BLESSED & BE A BLESSING TO OTHERS !!!!!!!
Hare Krishna***

7 Guiding Principles***

Personally these 7 principles are guiding principles in spiritual journey.

1st. padam padam yad vipadam na tesam (from Srimad Bhagvatam) There is danger at every step (in the material world). Danger on all planes. Physical. Subtle/ Mental. Spiritual

2nd. dukhalayam asasvatam (Nature of the material wordl). Temporary & full of miseries.

3rd. avasya raksibe Krsna. Lord Sri Krsna will always protect me. In all circumstances. The Blessed Lord also says in the Bhagavad Gita: yogashema vahamyaham. I preserve what My devotee has & I carry what he lacks.

4th. The Healthy Fear. Srila Prabhupada use to repeatedly instruct this to his disciples, You should always be fearful of maya that she might cause your fall down. That she might dissuade you from your Krsna conscious path.

5th. anukulyasya sankalpa pratikulyasya varjanam. Accept what is favorable for Krsna Consciousness & reject what is unfavorable for Krsna Consciousness.

6th. Advancement in Krsna Consciousness depends on the attitude of the follower – Srila Prabhupada (Introduction to Nectar of Instruction)

And 7th. Always remember Krsna, Never forget Krsna. (This is the most important of all)

Hare Krishna***

Message from the Final Days


This one carries a deep meaning. Very sobering as well.

If death takes place, let it take here (Vrndavana). There is nothing to be said new. Whatever I have to speak, I have spoken in my books. Now you try to understand it & continue your endeavor. Whether I am present or not present, it doesn’t matter. As Krsna is living eternally, similarly, living being also lives eternally. But “One who has done service to the Lord lives forever.” So you have been taught to serve Krsna, and with Krsna we’ll live eternally. Our life is eternal. A temporary disappearance of this body doesn’t matter. Body is meant for disappearance. So live forever by serving Krsna – Srila Prabhupada, Vrndavana, May 17, 1977

64 Qualities of Lord Krishna


64 Qualities of Lord Krishna

Srila Rupa Gosvami, after consulting various scriptures, has enumerated the transcendental qualities of the Lord Sri Krishna as follows:

(1) beautiful features of the entire body;
(2) marked with all auspicious characteristics;
(3) extremely pleasing;
(4) effulgent;
(5) strong;
(6) ever youthful;
(7) wonderful linguist;
(8) truthful;
(9) talks pleasingly;
(10) fluent;
(11) highly learned;
(12) highly intelligent;
(13) a genius;
(14) artistic;
(15) extremely clever;
(16) expert;
(17) grateful;
(18) firmly determined;
(19) an expert judge of time and circumstances;
(20) sees and speaks on the authority of Vedas, or scriptures;
(21) pure;
(22) self-controlled;
(23) steadfast;
(24) forbearing;
(25) forgiving;
(26) grave;
(27) self-satisfied;
(28) possessing equilibrium;
(29) magnanimous;
(30) religious;
(31) heroic;
(32) compassionate;
(33) respectful;
(34) gentle;
(35) liberal;
(36) shy;
(37) the protector of surrendered souls;
(38) happy;
(39) the well-wisher of devotees;
(40) controlled by love;
(41) all-auspicious;
(42) most powerful;
(43) all-famous;
(44) popular;
(45) partial to devotees;
(46) very attractive to all women;
(47) all-worshipable;
(48) all-opulent;
(49) all-honorable;
(50) the supreme controller.

The Supreme Personality of Godhead has all these fifty transcendental qualities in fullness as deep as the ocean. In other words, the extent of His qualities is inconceivable.

As parts and parcels of the Supreme Lord, the individual living entities can also possess all of these qualities in minute quantities, provided they become pure devotees of the Lord. In other words, all of the above transcendental qualities can be present in the devotees in minute quantity, whereas the qualities in fullness are always present in the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

Besides these, there are other transcendental qualities which are described by Lord Siva to Parvati in the Padma Purana, and in the First Canto of Srimad-Bhagavatam in connection with a conversation between the deity of the earth and the King of religion, Yamaraja. It is said therein, "Persons who who are desirous of becoming great personalities must be decorated with the following qualities:

truthfulness, cleanliness, mercy, perseverance, renunciation, peacefulness, simplicity, control of the senses, equilibrium of the mind, austerity, equality, forbearance, placidity, learning, knowledge, detachment, opulence, chivalry, influence, strength, memory, independence, tactfulness, luster, patience, kind-heartedness, ingenuity, gentility, mannerliness, determination, perfection in all knowledge, proper execution, possession of all objects of enjoyment, gravity, steadiness, faithfulness, fame, respectfulness and lack of false egotism."

Persons who are desiring to become great souls cannot be without any of the above qualities, so we can know for certain that these qualities are found in Lord Krishna, the supreme soul.

Besides all of the above-mentioned fifty qualities, Lord Krishna possesses five more, which are sometimes partially manifested in the persons of Lord Brahma or Lord Siva.

These transcendental qualities are as follows:

(51) changeless;
(52) all-cognizant;
(53) ever fresh;
(54) sac-cid-ananda (possessing an eternal blissful body);
(55) possessing all mystic perfections.

Krishna also possesses five other qualities, which are manifest in the body of Narayana, and they are listed as follows:

(56) He has inconceivable potency.
(57) Uncountable universes generate from His body.
(58) He is the original source of all incarnations.
(59) He is the giver of salvation to the enemies whom He kills.
(60) He is the attractor of liberated souls.

All these transcendental qualities are manifest wonderfully in the personal feature of Lord Krishna.

Besides these sixty transcendental qualities, Krishna has four more, which are not manifest even in the Narayana form of Godhead, what to speak of the demigods or living entities:

(61) He is the performer of wonderful varieties of pastimes (especially His childhood pastimes).
(62) He is surrounded by devotees endowed with wonderful love of Godhead.
(63) He can attract all living entities all over the universes by playing on His flute.
(64) He has a wonderful excellence of beauty which cannot be rivaled anywhere in the creation.

Adding to the list these four exceptional qualities of Krishna, it is to be understood that the aggregate number of qualities of Krishna is sixty-four. Srila Rupa Gosvami has attempted to give evidences from various scriptures about all sixty-four qualities present in the person of the Supreme Lord Sri Krishna.

Vibhavari Sesa


This song is sung in our Krsna Balaram Mandir, Vrndavana during Mangal Arotika (4.10am IST). Is written by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura. As this is a morning song, this raga follows the same tune of Samsara Davanala Lidha Loka.

“O mind, obey these words of mine and sing the glories of Sri Krsna in the form of these holy names, which are full of nectarean mellows”

(1)

vibhāvarī śeṣa, āloka-praveśa,
nidrā chāri' ut
̣ho jīva
bolo hari hari, mukunda murāri,
rāma kr
̣ṣṇa hayagrīva

(2)

nṛsiḿha vāmana, śrī-madhusūdana,
brajendra-nandana śyāma
pūtanā-ghātana, kait
̣abha-śātana,
jaya dāśarathi-rāma

(3)

yaśodā dulāla, govinda-gopāla,
vr
̣ndāvana purandara
gopī-priya-jana, rādhikā-raman
̣a,
bhuvana -sundara-bara

(4)

rāvāṇāntakara, mākhana-taskara,
gopī-jana-vastra-hārī
brajera rākhāla, gopa-vr
̣nda-pāla,
citta-hārī baḿśī-dhārī

(5)

yogīndra-bandana, śrī-nanda-nandana,
braja-jana-bhaya-hārī
navīna nīrada, rūpa manohara,
mohana-baḿśī-bihārī

(6)

yaśodā-nandana, kaḿsa-nisūdana,
nikuñja-rāsa-vilāsī
kadamba-kānana, rāsa-parāyan
̣a,
br
̣nda-vipina-nivāsī

(7)

ānanda-vardhana, prema-niketana,
phula-śara-jojaka kāma
gopāńganā-gan
̣a, citta-vinodana,
samasta-gun
̣a-gaṇa-dhāma

(8)

jāmuna-jīvana, keli-parāyaṇa,
mānasa-candra-cakora
nāma-sudhā-rasa, gāo kr
̣ṣṇa-jaśa
rākho vacana mana mora

TRANSLATION

1) The night has come to an end and the light of dawn is entering. O jiva soul, arise and give up your sleep. Chant the holy names of Lord Hari, who is the giver of liberation; the enemy of the Mura demon; the supreme enjoyer; the all-attractive one; and the horse-headed incarnation, Hayagriva.

2) Lord Hari [Krsna] incarnated as the half-man, half-lion, Nrsimha. He appeared as a dwarf-brahmana named Upendra and is the killer of the Madhu demon. He is the beloved son of the King of Vraja, Nanda Maharaja, and is blackish in complexion. He is the slayer of the Putana witch and the destroyer of the demon

Kaitabha. All glories to Lord Hari, who appeared as Lord Rama, the son of King Dasaratha.

3) He is the darling of mother Yasoda; the giver of pleasure to the cows, land, and spiritual senses; and the protector of the cows. He is the Lord of the Vrndavana forest; the gopis' beloved; the lover of Radhika; and the most beautiful personality in all the worlds.

4) As Ramacandra He brought about the end of the demoniac King Ravana; as Krsna He stole the older gopis' butter; He stole the younger gopis' clothes while they were bathing in the Yamuna. He is a cowherd boy of Vraja and the protector of the cowherd boys. He steals the hearts of all and always holds a flute.

5) Lord Krsna is worshiped by the best of yogis and is the son of Nanda. He removes all the fears of the inhabitants of Vraja. He is the color of a fresh rain cloud, and His form is enchanting. When He wanders about, playing His flute, He looks very charming.

6) He is the son of Yasoda and the killer of King Kamsa, and He sports in the rasa dance among the groves of Vraja. Krsna engages in this rasa dance underneath the kadamba trees, and He resides in the forest of Vrndavana.

7) He increases the ecstasy of His devotees. He is the reservoir of all love and is the transcendental Cupid who uses His flowered arrows to increase the loving desires of the gopis. He is the pleasure of the gopis' hearts and the abode of all wonderful qualities.

8) Lord Krsna is the life of the River Yamuna. He is always absorbed in amorous pastimes, and He is the moon of the gopis' minds, which are like the cakora birds that subsist only upon moonlight. O mind, obey these words of mine and sing the glories of Sri Krsna in the form of these holy names, which are full of nectarean mellows.

Japa begins at night***

Below is the summary of Sudama Pr’s session:

Japa begins at night – The Intro

Ø Spiritual advancement depends on hearing & chanting

o 99% of our spiritual advancement depends on hearing & chanting & 1% depends on service. But for this 1% seva to be perfect in its execution we have to give our best in the 99% composition pertaining to hearing & chanting.

Ø Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakura: 3 most important things for a Vaisnava: Naam-ruchi, Jiva daya, Vaisnava seva.

o Most important: Naam-ruchi

§ Ex. Srila Prabhupada; Unflinching faith in the Holy Name & the instructions of his spiritual master.

Ø Naam-ruchi won’t come on its own. We have to pay a price. What is the price? Begging!

o We have to beg for it, plead for it, yearn for it, should be willing to do whatever is required for getting Naam-ruchi.

o We have to be determined to get it.

o Determination distinguishes us from animals.

o We should be Beggars of the Holy Name.

Now, all this mentioned above requires thorough Preparation.

Ex. Yasodamayi endeavoring to bind Krsna. Always remembers 2 fingers required for success/victory. 1) Our endeavor. 2) Krsna’s mercy

Why is preparation required? Benefits of Preparation

Ø Creates favorable atmosphere to facilitate effective chanting

o Where/ With whom should we chant?

§ Temple Hall, in front of Tulsi Maharani, amongst the association of spiritually advanced devotees.

§ Choose a place where you feel at home with the Holy Name.

§ Advisable not to chant at your work place.

Ø For all other activities we do immense preparation but we forget to prepare for these 2 most important activities: A) Hearing & Chanting B) Death.

o This is the root cause of all our problems in our spiritual life.

o Life is a preparation, Death is the final exam.

o Remember Krsna or you will have to become a re-member of this material world J

Ø What will attract Krsna’s mercy?

o We have to fly our own plane. No one will fly our plane.

o Our sincerity & loyalty will attract Krsna’s mercy

Ø Examples on why preparation is required

o Raj bhoga offering is a 20mins activity but it requires 12 hours of preparation

o Yatra committee prepares 6-8 months in advance for the annual Yatra

o Students start preparing for exams months before the exam (they are supposed to J!)

o Festival dressing design/ concept decoration, etc of Dieties is done ~6months in advance

o To get a gold medal the person has to prepare for years

o Lord Krsna in Srimad Bhagavad Gita (6.35) abhyasena tu kaunteya. Intense preparation

Ø Japa doesn’t begin the day we sit for Japa

o Ex. From Hitopanishad: What is the use of digging a well when the house is set on fire?

Ø The benefits of preparation/ How does Krsna helps at the time of death?

o Krsna says in the BG “one who remember Me at the time of death, comes back to Me without fail”.

o Remembrance of Krsna is awarded according to one’s preparation.

o Krsna helps us in 2 ways at the time of death:

§ Forceful Hearing.

· Ex. Bhisma Pitamah. The Lord came personally for this great devotee of His.

§ Through His devotees.

· Ex. Stoka Krsna Pr. For those of you who witnessed this marvelous event of Stoka Krsna pr’s passing away, are aware how the entire congregation of over 2k devotees were there for his help.

Ø We have to be sensitive in our relationship with the Holy Name. In other words, we have to make sensitive arrangements for chanting the Holy Names.

Ø Success in spiritual life depends upon our constant organizing (preparation) in tune with chanting Hare Krsna.

Ø No 1 priority

o Srila BhaktiVinod Thakur says, our No 1 priority should be chanting HKMM.

o Doesn’t matter whichever ashram you are

§ Grahe thako vane thako sada hari bole thako

Ø Never give up these 2 things: Chanting Hare Krsna & association of devotees.

Ø We complain “we don’t have time”

o There are many activities which take our time away from chanting.

o But, ultimately we are responsible for this lack of time/ mis-management of time.

o Self created burden

§ Many activities have no utility but we do it simple for our gratification.

§ Ex. Dog barking. No one tells the dog to bark. But he barks on his own. Else no will call him dog.

o The more you give time to material world, the more they will appreciate you; the more you give time to devotional service, the more Krsna will appreciate you. Make your choice.

Ø Our problem:

o Hare Krsna is in the back ground & all other stuff is in the fore ground (Remember the god dog & bad dog example)

Ø By Chanting sincerely, attentively, feelingly, willingly; Hare Krsna comes in the foreground & all junk goes in the back ground.

Ø Consistency

o We say the process doesn’t work. No! That’s wrong. The process is perfect. The problem is we are not consistent.

o Ex. Drop of water falling on rock. The rock melts.

o Ex. Servant serving for 20-30 years is no longer a servant. He is a family member.

Ø Taste will come. But, we have to be committed.

Ø Most important responsibility: Hear attentively all 16 words.

Ø Change your attitude towards Holy Name. Look at chanting as your lifetime career & you will reap the fruits accordingly.


Chant Hare Krishna and Be Happy

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