Day 160: Gaurābda 532, Nārāyaṇa Māsa – Pañcamī 11 Jan 2019 – Friday

Bhakti Bullets

Bhakti Bullets

Parā-bhakti is the continuous, uninterrupted flow of activities performed by our body, mind, words, and bhāvas which are executed only for the benefit of Kṛṣṇa. Such activities are not disturbed or covered by jñāna and karma and are performed under the guidance of guru-tattva. If there is a lack of the above symptoms in a devotee’s activities, but bhakti is there to a small degree, we can still call it bhakti—but not parā-bhakti.

Spoken by Srila Gurudeva, January 11, 2003 Hilo

Kripa Wave

10 Jan 2019 am – How Does a Saint Talk the Talk and Walk the Walk – Bhagavad Gita 2.54

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09 Jan 2019 pm – Stories of Srila Jiva Gosvami

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07 Jan 2019 pm – Love Quarrels, Letters, Mantras, Mischief, and Meeting – Krsna-bhavanamrta

English translation:

07 Jan 2019 – Jains, Vegans, and Beyond Good and Evil – Bhagavad Gita 2.55-57

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Prema Flame

Prema Flame

Rasa Varsa

WHY WAS KRSNA MERCIFUL TO GANGA? WHY DID HE SUMMON HER TO BRAJA?

One time, as the day of Makara Saṅkrānti was approaching, the Vrajavāsīs, headed by Parjanya-ṛṣi and Nanda Bābā, were sitting and discussing about going and bathing in the Gaṅgā. ‘Sab tīrtha bār bār gaṅgā sāgara ek bār—in one’s life one should bathe in the holy places again and again, but bathing once in Gaṅgā-sāgara is sufficient.’

Nanda Bābā said, “Makara Saṅkrānti is already tomorrow. How will it be possible to go all the way to Gaṅgā-sāgara? It takes at least one month on foot and by horse cart it is not possible to pass through the jungles.”

Parjanya-ṛṣi, Kṛṣṇa’s grandfather, said to Nanda, “Your son, Kṛṣṇa, has mystic power. He will arrange everything. Somehow or other I want to go and bathe in the Gaṅgā. I am getting old now and I don’t know when I will leave this world. Please make all arrangements.”

Nanda Bābā called Kṛṣṇa and said, “Do You know how we can go there? Baḍa-Bābā has a keen desire.”

“Oh my dear grandfather,” Kṛṣṇa said, “all tīrthas reside in Vraja-maṇḍala—Gaṅgā-sāgara, Kedarnātha, Badrinātha, Gaṅgotrī, Hṛṣikeśa, Rāma-jhūlā, and Harakī-pauḍī. Why leave Vraja-maṇḍala? Come with me and I will call Gaṅgā-devī and you can all bathe in her waters.”

The Vrajavāsīs became excited. They thought, “We need to prepare some presentation to offer to Gaṅgā-devī and all the ṛṣis. On this day we have heard that a large crowd of people come to bathe.”

Nanda Bābā arranged many horse and bull carts and many sweets. “Where are we going?” they asked Kṛṣṇa.

“To Girirāja Govardhana; he will fulfill all our desires.”

Everyone arrived at Govardhana in the evening and spent the night there. Early morning at four o’clock, Kṛṣṇa woke.
He meditated and summoned Gaṅgā-devī. He then spoke, “Bābā, come, call all the Vrajavāsīs. It is time to bathe in Gaṅgā-sāgara.”

Everyone awoke and saw a huge current of water, surrounded by thousands and millions of people, all chanting Gaṅgā-devī’s glories.

Brahmā, Śiva, and Nārada were all bathing in the Gaṅgā. Nanda, Yaśodā, Parjanya, and all the Vrajavāsīs began to bathe. All the sakhās and sakhīs swam very happily in the sweet and
cool waters of the Gaṅgā.

After bathing, they all offered puṣpāñjali and bhoga. What did they pray? “May my Kṛṣṇa always be happy. May He never be sick or tired, or leave us.” They prayed to Gaṅgā-devī with many verses for Kṛṣṇa’s protection.

Then the sakhās came and asked Kṛṣṇa, “Sakhā, tell us, where did this Gaṅgā come from? We can’t believe this is the real Gaṅgā. You are very clever. Instead of sleeping last night, You made a dam and stocked water from all the drains and nearby ponds, and in the morning, opened the dam and are now telling us this is the Gaṅgā. You are cheating everyone. Gaṅgā is the water from the feet of Bhagavān. Show us the flow from Bhagavān’s feet, and then we will believe You are speaking the truth. You can cheat the old men of Vraja, but
not us.”

“Fine,” Kṛṣṇa said. “You want to see, come with me.”

Kṛṣṇa went with the Vrajavāsīs to the top of the hill and showed them Harideva, present with four hands. From His feet, Gaṅgā was flowing down into Brahma-kuṇḍa and from there to Mānasi-gaṅgā.

At that time, Girirāja Govardhana was twenty-one kilometers long and seven kilometers high. Taking the opportunity,
Girirāja Govardhana also took bath, sinking down at that place into the water of Mānasi-gaṅgā.

Seeing Gaṅgā-devī, a doubt came in Śrīmatī Rādhikā’s mind. “From where did Kṛṣṇa bring her?” She thought. The sakhīs angrily came to Kṛṣṇa and said, “You are a big cheater!”

“How did I cheat? What did I do wrong? Did I not satisfy everyone by arranging for Gaṅgā to come?”

“Where has she come from? She has many names and forms, so what is her name here?”

“Her name is Mānasi-gaṅgā,” replied Kṛṣṇa.

“Oh, now we understand,” the gopīs said. “Your mind is very restless. You have room for Gaṅgā in Your mind, but not for us.”

A girl is jealous seeing her lover being attracted to another girl. Similarly, Śrīmatī Rādhikā and the gopīs now felt great jealousy, for which there seemed to be no solution.

The gopīs said, “Your mind has place for another and not
for us. You have cheated us all.”

“No, I like you,” Kṛṣṇa replied. “You are all My beloveds.”

“These are just words. Your mind had room for Gaṅgā and therefore she manifested from Your mind. Thus You have called her Mānasi-gaṅgā.”

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