Day 184: Gaurābda 532, Mādhava Māsa – Tritīyā 08 Feb 2019 – Friday

Bhakti Bullets

Bhakti Bullets

An ācārya’s duty on his birthday: an ācārya should worship his Gurudeva and the whole paramparā,
Vaiṣṇavas, and all others. So, whatever you have given to me, it is not to me. What are you giving?
You are giving a flower. And I am placing it at the lotus feet of my Gurudeva. So, false ego should not
come like: “I am guru.” I want to be saved from this false ego. I want to be guru-sevaka. What I have—
I have only by guru-sevā. I gave my whole heart and everything else to the lotus feet of my Gurudeva.
If you also surrender to your Gurudeva then you will be like that. No learning is needed. You should
have strong faith. Don’t be bewildered.Spoken by Srila Gurudeva, February 08, 2005 Hilo

Kripa Wave

Rasik P. Govardhan P. English – The School of Vraja – And Prabhuji Hindi – 06 Feb 2019

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Perfection of Life Through Guru’s Grace – 06 Feb 2019

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Karunya P. Vasanta P. Gurudeva’s Sweet Glories and Prabhuji Hindi – Feb 05 2019

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Glories of Avirbhava-tithi – 05 Feb 2019 PM

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Srila Gurudeva Avirbhava Vyasa Puja – Prabhuji am ENG – 04 Feb 2019 pm

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Vyasa-puja – Sravan P. Amal P. And Prabhuji Hindi – 04 Feb 2019 pm

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04 Feb 2019 PM – Nama Seva kunj and Entrance (English)

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Prema Flame

Prema Flame

Rasa Varsa

ARE THE VRAJADEVIS SUPERIOR TO LORD BRAHMA? WHAT IS SO SPECIAL ABOUT KRSNA’S FEET AND FLUTE?

The Guru-varga and Rūpānuga Vaiṣṇavas continuously serve Kṛṣṇa in Vraja-maṇḍala under guidance of the Vraja-devīs. Everything they do is perfect. If one serves according to one’s own desire, or the injunctions of śāstra, Kṛṣṇa will not necessarily be happy.

ājñāyaivaṁ guṇān doṣān

mayādiṣṭān api svakān

dharmān santyajya yaḥ sarvān

māṁ bhajeta sa tu sattamaḥ

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 11.11.32

Those who render service unto Me, having abandoned all types of dharma, and having understood the inherent positive and negative aspects of the prescribed duties instructed by Me in the Vedas, are counted among the best of sādhus.

Kṛṣṇa said, “I gave many orders in śāstra that are favorable for the conditioned souls. But even better is if they cross and neglect these orders of Mine, forgetting about the conception of wrong and right, and instead take the guidance of the Vraja-devīs and only follow in their footsteps.” Kṛṣṇa likes this. He likes everything indirect. Kṛṣṇa doesn’t like things direct. He is very happy by indirect and tricky service.

Brahmā was suffering because of his offense, so he came to Vraja-maṇḍala and prayed to Kṛṣṇa many times for forgiveness. The sakhās said, “Where did this strange animal come from with four mouths and eight eyes. And what kind of exercise is he doing? Going up and down, offering praṇāma, praying and rolling.”

Brahmā thought, “What can I do?” Then he said:

naumīḍya te ’bhra-vapuṣe taḍid-ambarāya

guñjāvataṁsa-paripiccha-lasan-mukhāya

vanya-sraje kavala-vetra-viṣāṇa-veṇu-

lakṣma-śriye mṛdu-pade paśupāṅgajāya

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 10.14.1

O Prince of Vraja, You are worshipable for the whole world. O Nava-Ghanaśyāma, Your yellow upper garment beautifies Your dark, fresh raincloud-colored limbs like a steady streak of lightning. Your ears are decorated with ornaments made of guñjā berries, and Your head with a crown of peacock feathers. A garland of forest flowers and leaves adorns Your neck, a morsel of rice mixed with yogurt is in Your hand, Your eyes are shaped like lotus petals, and Your appearance with Your flute and buffalo horn is exquisitely beautiful. Your lotus feet, which are the shelter of Lakṣmī-devī, are very soft and full of affection for Your devotees. You are always moving here and there in Vṛndāvana forest with Your soft lotus feet to enjoy Your pleasure pastimes. All glories unto You, son of Nanda Mahārāja, who tend the cows. Please accept my obeisances. Brahmā said, “Oh! In Vraja-maṇḍala, Mahā Lakṣmī sweeps and cleans everywhere. She tries to decorate, but the Vrajavāsīs don’t give her a chance. They say, ‘If we give you a chance, you will cover all Vraja-maṇḍala with your stone, granite, gold, diamonds, and jewels. There will be no more green gardens, flowers, fruits, and creepers.’”

Just look at Vṛndāvana nowadays. It is covered in cement, marble, and granite. Now Mahā Lakṣmī has entered. She did austerity in Baelvana. Now everyone likes her and is calling her here, “Please come! Please come!” But in śāstra, Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, Śukadeva Gosvāmī said:

kasyānubhāvo ’sya na deva vidmahe

tavāṅghri-reṇu-sparśādhikāraḥ

yad-vāñchayā śrīr lalanācarat tapo

vihāya kāmān su-ciraṁ dhṛta-vratā

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 10.16.36

The Nāgapatnīs, wives of Kālīya, prayed to Śrī Kṛṣṇa: “O Deva! Śrī Lakṣmī-devī gave up all her desires, took a vrata and performed austerities for a long, long time just to attain the dust of Your lotus feet. Nonetheless, she failed to achieve her heart’s desire. Who knows what pious activities Kālīya Nāga performed to become qualified to receive that same rare footdust.

Lakṣmī-devī is honest and chaste. She came to worship and serve in Vraja-maṇḍala, but no one accepted her. Anyone who likes opulence and has a relation with Mahā Lakṣmī can have no relation with the Vrajavāsīs. Making a relation with things such as earrings, gold chains, rings, platinum, and diamonds, and desiring a nice big house made of granite and special stones, will make the heart hard like a stone. Brahmā said, “Paśupāṅgajāya, Nanda Mahārāja, is the caretaker of the animals in Vraja-maṇḍala, and from his heart, O Kṛṣṇa, You have appeared.”

Brahmā directed his prayer to Nanda Mahārāja and all the Vrajavāsīs, and began to sing their glories. When he took shelter of them in this way, Kṛṣṇa’s heart melted. Kṛṣṇa said, “Yes. Now you understand that My Vrajavāsīs and Vraja-devīs are more respectable than Myself. First you disrespected them, and stole My sakhās and calves. Because of this, I was unable to forgive you. But if anyone has affection for My Nanda and Yaśodā, and My sakhās and sakhīs, then this is actually My pūjā. This is paraphernalia for My worship. You may offer Me many things, but if you don’t like My Vrajavāsīs, I have no interest in you.”

Similarly, what makes Gurudeva happy? When he sees that any of his followers who come into the temple are taken care of—this makes him happy. If we serve Gurudeva’s followers and guests properly, then their appreciation for Śrīla Gurudeva will increase. When they become happy and have more respect in their heart for Guru and God, then Gurudeva will be pleased. If one temple devotee neglects everybody, and says, “Get out. You are stupid, a rascal.” Then who will help them? We were all nonsense. How are you qualified? You are worse, because you kick everyone out.

If you have good qualities, then help everyone. Teach others and give them training. Then you are qualified; otherwise, you are a rascal. If you can’t help anyone, this is not guru-sevā. Guru-sevā means, “How will the whole world come to Guru-pāda-padma, and come to understand his glories and the glories of God.” This help for others is guru-sevā. If I think, “I have a lot of money. I will give Guru Mahārāja so much opulence, and he will be very pleased with me,” will this really please him? No! It is not possible to buy Śrī Guru with your wealth.

Now Brahmā understood, “Before, I kidnapped Kṛṣṇa’s sakhās and calves and put them in a cave for one year. How will Kṛṣṇa be happy with me?” Now he prayed and had the desire to serve the Vrajavāsīs. He observed, Kṛṣṇa has yogurt and rice in His hand. He eats this and also gives to His sakhās. He eats half a pakora and gives half to His sakhā.

This is called pūjā—pure worship by the process of love. Only taking a plate, ringing a bell, giving some ghee, honey and Tulasī, sprinkling water around and saying, “Come, eat.” is not love. Kṛṣṇa will never eat without His friends.

Śrīla Jagannātha dāsa Bābājī Mahārāja ate with puppies, not alone. If I don’t like my godbrothers and godsisters, if I don’t respect the Vrajavāsīs, and only think I will feed my Divine Master, then how can I ever make him happy? Anyone in his āśrama, anyone who comes near him, if I don’t like them or help them, then how will my Guru Mahārāja be happy?

Brahmā understood what is the most important thing now, “If I worship Kṛṣṇa, but disobey and neglect the Vrajavāsīs and animals, then He is angry. If I pray to them, then He becomes happy.”

Then Kṛṣṇa asked, “O Brahmā, what do you want?”

“I want to have a small place in Vraja-bhūmi. Please give me any small place here.”

“This is the place of Vraja-rāja, Nanda Mahārāja,” Kṛṣṇa replied.

“There is place here for cows and animals. I did some wrong. Now please give me some place.” But still Kṛṣṇa did not give it. Finally, Brahmā took shelter of Śrīmatī Rādhārānī and Vṛṣabhānu Mahārāja.

The four brothers—Vṛṣabhānu, Bhānu, Subhānu, and Bṛhadbhānu—gave him a place. Brahmā then took up residence there, and on his four heads he was able to carry the dust of Vṛṣabhānu-rāja-nandinī Śrīmatī Rādhārānī when She played and sat there with Her sakhīs. In these four places—Māna-gaṛh, Bhānu-gaṛh, Dāna-gaṛh, and Vilāsa-gaṛh—there are many nice caves. Śrīmatī Rādhārānī and Śrī Kṛṣṇa play on these hills and in the caves.

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