Day 185: Gaurābda 532, Mādhava Māsa – Caturthī 09 Feb 2019 – Saturday

Bhakti Bullets

Bhakti Bullets

What is the duty of a pure disciple towards his god-brothers, Gurudeva, and superiors? Should he
criticize others or not? And should he be humble or not? We should not criticize anyone. Always be
humble and try to respect both superiors and inferiors.
You have been hearing about Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam. If anyone will utter or hear even one verse, half of a
verse, half of a half of one verse, one word or even one letter of a verse, he may attain kṛṣṇa-prema. He
will come in the process to attain pure bhakti.
First, you will attain sādhana-bhakti, then gradually bhāva-bhakti, and at last prema-bhakti. At that time
you will go directly to Goloka Vṛndāvana and serve the Divine Couple Śrī Śrī Radha-Krsna, in the
line of Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī. Try to read, utter, and hear hari-kathā, especially from Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam.

Spoken by Srila Gurudeva, February 9, 2005 Hilo

Prema Flame

Prema Flame

Rasa Varsa

A Playful Gem – Govinda-lilamrta

Kṛṣṇa has now gone out of Nandagrāma with the sakhās and calves and is entering the forest while playing joyously.

Yogamāyā Paurṇamāsī Devī is the giver of good opportunities. She gives everyone potency to serve Kṛṣṇa. For example, if a chief guest or dear relative comes, all necessary arrangements for their pleasure are made in advance. Everything is cleaned, decorated, and nice foodstuffs are prepared. Accommodation is made ready as well as gifts and presentations. In the same way, when Kṛṣṇa goes into the forest, under Vṛndā-devī’s instruction and inspiration all the animate and inanimate beings in Vraja become engaged in loving service.

If orders are merely barked at a servant he will not serve properly. There will be no love in his service. Vṛndā-devī does not force anyone to work. In Vraja Bhūmi, every last plant and creeper has inherent love for Kṛṣṇa and this internal loving mood manifests outwardly as service. Vṛndā-devī does not renew, repair or remind them of their love, but she knows how to properly engage their tendency in service. Even the ants that march in lines, the fireflies, the bumblebees and the honeybees perform loving service to Kṛṣṇa.

In preparation for Kṛṣṇa’s arrival in the forest, the lotuses blossom in the lakes, the bees and birds sing Kṛṣṇa’s glories, the peacocks and parrots sit on the tree branches and welcome Kṛṣṇa with song and prayer. They begin to sing slowly and in low tones, and gradually sing higher, louder and faster. Then again they sing very slowly and sweetly.

There are many fragrant flowers and fruits in the high branches of trees. Large squirrels and monkeys jump tree-to-tree causing these flowers and fruits to fall down in offering to Kṛṣṇa. They also pick ripe fruits and off them to Kṛṣṇa personally.

As Kṛṣṇa proceeds step-by-step into the forest, playing and singing with His friends, the Earth-goddess begins to experience ecstatic symptoms. Grass grows up from the ground as the Earth’s hair standing on end, and the beauty of the forest scenery increases greatly. The air flows in a pleasing breeze and clouds form overhead, giving a cooling shade.

The spring season is prevalent in Vraja. The other seasons have their appearances, but whenever Kṛṣṇa enters the forest, it is spring. Externally, it may be summer and people do not wish to go outside; or it may be deep winter and no one wants to leave their homes, but for Kṛṣṇa in the forest, it is always spring.

The Vrajavāsīs wonder, “How can He go outside in the severe cold and heat?”

But this is the wonderful arrangement of Yogamāyā. When Kṛṣṇa entered the forest, the senses of all His friends became energized.

Kṛṣṇa said, “Vṛnda’s garden is full of potency and when we come here, we all become healthy and strong. He can walk and play without any difficulty.”

The sakhās sometimes climb the trees and jump from branch-to-branch or one tree to the other, just like the monkeys do. Sometimes they catch hold of monkey’s tails swing back and forth.

There are many hills decorated with waterfalls and streams. On the surface of these streams, the reflections of the birds that fly above are visible. The lotus flowers that grow in the waters of the Yamunā attract the presence of the bees. Swans glide atop the water with enchanting grace.

When Kṛṣṇa comes under the shade of the trees that stand on the riverbank it begins to gently rain. The fish become very happy and leap in and out of the water. The lotuses rise up, as if stating, “Dear rain, if you think you can drown us under the water, know that this is not possible. We will always show our faces above the water.”

The Yamunā’s waters begin to form waves and the lotuses rise up even higher. The clouds perform abhiṣeka of Kṛṣṇa and the trees by pouring down rain.

Kṛṣṇa says, “Look, these trees are great sages. They are being bathed by the clouds and their caraṇāmṛta is helpful for everyone.”

As cooling drops of water glide down from the leaves of the many trees, Kṛṣṇa says to His beloved friends, “We are very lucky to be in the forest of Vraja.”

One time as Kṛṣṇa and the sakhās wandered freely and cheerfully through the forest they came to a hill that housed a charming village. The sakhās noted that the land there was very green. There were many flowers and a large amount of kadamba trees. The people that lived in that village were all golden and looked as if they were demigods come down to earth.

This village is called Sunaharā. Sunaharā is graced with the presence of a Devī named Sudevī. She is the reason everyone in the village is bright, fair, and very powerful.

Today this Devī announced, “My dear villagers, today many guests are coming here for lunch. Please make all arrangement for their welcome.”

The villagers prepared many types of preparations like malpuā, halavā, barphi and many other items.

Just outside the village, Kṛṣṇa said to His friends, “The cows can rest here in this kadamba-khaṇḍī, while we go and have something to eat.”

As Kṛṣṇa and His friends approached, dancing, singing and playing all the while, a welcome group came from Sunaharā to greet them.

As a gesture of festive welcome, Sudevī had arranged a competition of song and dance. On one side was Sudevī, Raṅgadevī, Bhūdevī, Citrā, Campakalatā, and other sakhīs and mañjarīs (all in the attire of cowherd boys), and on the other side was Kṛṣṇa and His sakhās. In this type of game the losing team must offer a special gift to the winning team. It was decided that the side that lost would have to give up their richly decorated turbans to the other team.

Then the competition began. Sudevī and her party sang, played many instruments and danced with extraordinary skill. As Kṛṣṇa and the sakhās watched, they were very surprised. They had never heard any kīrtana or singing that beautiful before.

Kṛṣṇa’s side was soundly defeated in the musical competition.

Kṛṣṇa said to His sakhās, “Alright as we agreed. Give your turbans to the Sunaharā team.”

The sakhās all took off their turbans and gave them to the sakhīs and mañjarīs. But Kṛṣṇa’s desire to play was not finished. He declared to the sakhīs, “Now we will play kabaḍi. If we defeat your team, who is clearly a worthy match, then we will get our turbans back. But that is not all. You will also have to give up something. If we win, then you must give us your necklaces.”

“Yes,” the sakhīs agreed, “And if we win, You must give up your necklaces.”

Both sides agreed and they drew up a rectangular in dirt with a line down the middle. In kabaḍi, each team takes turn sending over a member to the other side to try and capture players from the other team. One player runs across the middle line and on one breath of air must try to tag someone and return without getting caught and held back behind the line until he breathes a second time.

While playing Kabadi, Kṛṣṇa ran for the sakhās team. He crossed the middle line, and holding His breath, dashed to tag the sakhīs dressed up as sakhās. Kṛṣṇa grabbed at the front of the sakhīs’ shirts and they shyly covered their chests. He thus easily tagged them and won the game.

The sakhīs gave up their necklaces and returned the sakhās’ turbans. They said, “We will have another match in a weeks time to regain our necklaces.

Kṛṣṇa and the sakhās then entered Sunaharā and were sumptuously fed before they went further into the forest.

Wherever Kṛṣṇa goes, He fills that place and its dwellers with bliss. He visits many villages and makes the people there extremely happy.

One time, He went to Mukharāi and was treated with much affection by the elderly Mukhara Devī, the grandmother of Śrīmatī Rādhārānī. Mukhara had heard that Kṛṣṇa was coming, so she prepared tilaka, candana, some drinks, flower garlands and many gifts for He and His friends.

Mukhara said to Kṛṣṇa, “My dear boy, this village has many cows but no one takes care of them. They are unhealthy, dry and barren.”

“Do not worry,” Kṛṣṇa said, “I am here. I know how to please the cows and make them very healthy.”

“You can make them healthy?”

“Yes,” Kṛṣṇa said, “Arrange for some servants to come with Me. I will take the cows out to bathe and eat luscious grass in the forest.”

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