Day 182: Gaurābda 532, Mādhava Māsa – Pratipat 05 Feb 2019 – Tuesday

Bhakti Bullets

Bhakti Bullets

Even if you don’t know what is fire, if you put your hand in fire it will burn your hands. Similarly,
the names of Kṛṣṇa are so powerful that—even by not knowing anything—if you chant, very much
power will come and you will be liberated from this world.
If you don’t believe me then you can practice. I am responsible for this. If anyone is chanting for only
10 days—Hare Kṛṣṇa Hare Kṛṣṇa…—they must change and so many good qualities will come and
they will be happy. If not, then I am responsible.Spoken by Srila Gurudeva, February 05, 2001 Bali

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Prema Flame

Rasa Varsa

Srila Gurudeva’s Vyasa-puja

Today is Mauni-amavasyā, the appearance day of Śrī Śrīla Guru-pāda-padma. I will try to remember his life and glories. If the Vaiṣṇavas bestow their causeless mercy then this is possible. His līlā and character is mahā-prasāda. If we accept and distribute this, it will be his mano-bhīṣṭa-pūjā, and very pleasing to God. By the order and desire of God, the guru-varga come into this world. When they come, anyone who waits to welcome them and prays to them will realize their unlimited glories and mercy.

janmādy asya yato ‘nvayād itarataś cārtheṣv abhijṣaḥ svarāṭ

tene brahma hṛdā ya ādi-kavaye muhyanti yat sūrayaḥ

tejo-vāri-mṛdāṁ yathā vinimayo yatra tri-sargo ‘mṛṣā

dhāmnā svena sadā nirasta-kuhakaṁ satyaṁ paraṁ dhīmahi

Śrīmad-bhāgavatam 1.1.1

The appearance place of God and His associates will be in that place free from the contaminations of material nature.

dharmaḥ projjhita kaitavo ‘tra paramo nirmatsarāṇām sataṁ

Śrīmad-bhāgavatam 1.1.2

That place where there is no kapaṭatā, no desire to cheat others or one’s own soul; that place that is free from dharma, artha, kāma and mokṣa; that place that is situated in nirguṇa-tattva—in such a place God or God’s associates will appear.

sattvaṁ viśuddhaṁ vasudeva-śabditaṁ

yad īyate tatra pumān apāvṛtaḥ

sattve ca tasmin bhagavān vāsudevo

hy adhokṣajo me namasā vidhīyate

Śrīmad-bhāgavatam 4.3.23

“The state of viśuddha-sattva, purely transcendental goodness, is also known as vasudeva, for in the same way that Mahārāja Vasudeva gave birth to Vāsudeva Kṛṣṇa, practice in unadulterated, pure goodness will pull the curtain of māyā away and reveal the transcendental svarūpa of Śrī Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa’s amorous pastimes in one’s heart. Kṛṣṇa consciousness is always pure consciousness, in which Kṛṣṇa, known as Vāsudeva, is revealed without any covering. I offer my obeisance to Adhokṣaja Kṛṣṇa. Although He is beyond the range of my imperfect senses, let Him be the object of my worship and bhajana.”

Vasudeva Mahārāja’s heart was pure, and transcendental to the modes of material nature, therefore Lord Kṛṣṇa Himself appeared in his heart.

nandas tv ātmaja utpanne

jātāhlādo mahā-manāḥ

āhūya viprān veda-jṣān

snātaḥ śucir alaṅkṛtaḥ

Śrīmad-bhāgavatam 10.5.1

The hearts of Nanda Bābā and Yaśodā Mātā were supremely pure, therefore Kṛṣṇa appeared as their son.

This principle is even more applicable for the beloved associates of God. They only appear in that place, or heart, which is nirguṇa. Therefore, janmādy asya—their birth is not possible in any ordinary place near any ordinary person.

I pray to the lotus feet of that person in whose heart Gurudeva is present. They are lucky and very qualified. From within the heart of his pure disciples, Śrīla Gurudeva will travel all over the world, purifying and collecting the hearts of the living entities. He will make a center in their hearts and invite the Vrajavāsīs, Kṛṣṇa and the Vraja-devīs to all come there. Therefore, Vyāsadeva writes janmādy asya.

After appearing in any heart, the guru-varga begin their program to serve God. The guru-varga are sat-svarūpa, sandhinī śakti, the expansions of akhaṇḍa-guru-tattva. They endeavor to bring us to Kṛṣṇa, the Vrajavāsīs and Vraja, where they establish us in our souls’ eternal service.

Caitanya Mahāprabhu would go to the birthplace of Īśvara Purī and collect the dust at the holy site. He would eat a small part of this dust daily and smear some on His body. He revered this deeply, knowing how the appearance place of the guru-varga is more auspicious than any other location.

Śrīla Guru-pāda-padma appeared on this dark moon night. Scripture explains: tamaso mā jyotir gamayaḥ, how the living entities can go from the darkness into light. God sends His own rays of light into the dense darkness of this world to help the living entities. He sends His near and dearest loveful associates to this world to save souls suffering in māyā.

If God directly sent His own expansions, it would not be so helpful to the conditioned souls. Therefore He prays to svarūpa-śakti, “If Your expansions go to the material world, they will liberate the entire universe. Please send them. They are very powerful and are more than capable to bring the lost souls to Me.”

Tamaso mā jyotir gamayaḥ—how to bring the jīvas out of darkness into the light? This is only possible by the power of svarūpa-śakti. Hence, by the desire of Kṛṣṇa, Śrīla Gurudeva appeared in this world today, on the dark moon night. In the month known as Māgha, Kumbha Melā takes place. Millions of people come and bathe in the conjunction of Gaṅgā, Yamunā and Sarasvatī at this time, hoping to receive nectar.

Narottama Däsa Öhākura sings, glorifying the pure devotees:

gaṅgāra paraśa hoile paścate pāvana

darśane pavitra koro—ei tomāra guṇa

“After bathing in the waters of the sacred Ganges many times, one becomes purified, but just by the sight of you, the fallen souls are purified. This is your great power.”

hari-sthāne aparādhe tāre hari-nāma

tomā sthāne aparādhe nāhiko eḍāna

“The holy name delivers one who has committed an offense to Lord Hari, but if one commits an offense to you, there is no means of deliverance.”

tomāra hṛdoye sadā govinda-viśrāma

govinda kohena—mama vaiṣṇava parāṇa

“Your heart is always the resting place of Lord Govinda, and Lord Govinda says, “The Vaiṣṇavas are in My heart. (Prārthanā)”

How are the pure Vaiṣṇavas, God’s beloved associates? By bathing in the Gaṅgā, one will gradually be cleansed, but when? There is no guarantee. Simply by darśana of mahā-bhāgavata Vaiṣṇavas, one becomes purified from the sins accumulated in millions of lives.

When Mahāprabhu appeared, it was the time of a lunar eclipse, and millions of people came to bathe in the Gaṅgā being afraid of the inauspicious effects of Rāhu and Ketu, who come to spread poison and destroy previous pious merit. At such times people go take shelter of Gaṅgā Devī for protection and they chant harināma. Similarly, when Śrīla Gurudeva appeared it was during the time of year of Kumbha Melā. He did not bring any mundane nectar that helps one eat, drink and be merry. He brought the nectar of vraja-rasa and bhakti-rasa.

Millions of people bathe in the Gaṅgā during Kumbha Melā. From North, South, East and West, they come to the bank of the Gaṅgā to bathe, and of these millions of people, many thousands would assemble in Buxar, Bihar, where the Gaṅgā is especially revered.

Many sādhus would stay in the village of Tiwaripura, where Śrīla Gurudeva was born. Śrīla Gurudeva’s father would give charity to the poor and distribute prasādam daily. Every evening there would be a saṅkīrtana festival and hari-kathā in the Tiwari’s house.

Daily, Śrīla Gurudeva’s parents went to the Gaṅgā with a saṅkīrtana party. After bathing in Gaṅgā, they returned home, applied tilaka on their bodies and worshipped the Lord. If any sādhus or brāhmaṇas came to the Tiwari’s house, Śrīla Gurudeva’s parents gave them prasādam and lodging.

Today, on Maunī Amāvasyā, from morning to evening many people fast and observe a vow of silence. In the evening after performing this vrata, people break silence by speaking the names of God.

Lord Śiva cleans the living entities sins and wicked desires, but then again they commit sin. Living entities are enjoyers. They can’t stop or change their nature. Śiva’s duty is to take away the weight of the universe by purifying the living entities. This task can only be accomplished by hari-kathā and hari-kirtana.

Śrīla Gurudeva appeared in this world in the midst of hari-saṅkīrtana. How can we cast of darkness and enter into light and, how can this change be permanent? How can we attain svarūpa-siddhi or realization of the soul’s constitutional position and how can we learn to serve God eternally? Śrīla Gurudeva arranged this program.

At the time of his appearance, everyone was chanting “Srīman nārāyaṇa hari hari! Govinda nārāyaṇa hari hari! Kṛṣṇa nārāyaṇa hari hari!”

The Tiwaris were worshipers of Lord Nārāyaṇa in the Rāmānuja sampradāya. They all chanted the glories of Nārāyaṇa. Sometimes they would chant mahā-mantrā, but they would first start with “hare rāma,” and then “hare kṛṣṇa.”

They had no knowledge of Vraja-bhakti. Until people meet with God’s associates, they will not have any idea of the highest transcendental knowledge. Anything they do will be their own speculation or worldly conception.

Even by doing nāma-kīrtana for millions of lives, one does not change. Why?

hena kṛṣṇa-nāma yadi laya bahu-bāra

tabu yadi prema nahe, nahe aśrudhāra

tabe jāni, aparādha tāhāte pracura

kṛṣṇa-nāma-bīja tāhe nā kare aṅkura

Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta 8.29-30

“If one chants the exalted holy name of the Lord again and again and yet his love for the Supreme Lord does not develop and tears do not appear in his eyes, it is evident that because of his offenses in chanting, the seed of the holy name of Kṛṣṇa does not sprout.”

bahu janma kare yadi śravaṇa, kīrtana

tabu ta’ nā pāya kṛṣṇa-pade prema-dhana

Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta 8.16

“If one is infested with the ten offenses in the chanting of the Hare Kṛṣṇa mahā-mantra, despite his endeavor to chant the holy name for many births, he will not get the love of Godhead that is the ultimate goal of this chanting.”

A person can do nāma-saṅkīrtana and hear hari-kathā for millions of lives, but not change. Why? As long as one has a relationship with the illusory potency Māyā he cannot cross beyond her.

The guru-varga comes from the spiritual world, and they make relationship with the living entities. By trickery and cheating they bring them back to God’s lotus feet. They give knowledge, and the idea that this world is not enough for us and that it is not permanent. When the jīvas receive this knowledge they can begin their escape. However, they need help for they do not have any strength because they are weak from accepting the objects of māyā. Therefore, the guru-varga also give spiritual strength by connecting them to Kåñëa’s internal potency, svarūpa-śakti.

The day before Śrīla Gurudeva’s birth, the people of the village were very happy and said, “We will stay here and do kīrtana day and night.” They danced and sang and forgot, “Today is Maunī Amāvasyā; we are not meant to speak.”

The next day Gurudeva was born, and they saw him after returning from bathing in the Gaṅgā. He was a bright golden infant and very large for a newborn. He was given the name Śréman Nārāyaṇa. “He has come to help us,” the villagers said. “Lord Nārāyaṇa is certainly present within him.”

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