Day 186: Gaurābda 532, Mādhava Māsa – Pañcamī 10 Feb 2019 – Sunday

Bhakti Bullets

Bhakti Bullets

I want to engage you again in your Gurudeva’s service. You should not be weak. Don’t waste your
time in only maintaining your life. Try to develop the stated aim and object of your life. That same
aim which Caitanya Mahāprabhu came to preach and which Rūpa Gosvāmī explained in his books.
Don’t be engaged only in maintaining your life—thinking about plans here and there. What you are
planning? Try to realize this: what is the goal of life which your Gurudeva came to give? You should
try to develop this thing. No one knows when we will die. So, at once stop giving importance to
maintenance. All creatures of this world are maintaining themselves. If you are not trying then even,
by the results of your past activities, it will come.

Spoken by Srila Gurudeva, February 10, 2005 Hilo

Prema Flame

Prema Flame

Rasa Varsa


Kṛṣṇa’s name is our life and soul. How is this? Śrīmatī Rādhārānī is in Uddhava Kyārī, lying on a bed of lotus petals. The sakhīs fan Her and sprinkle water on Her face, while chanting the holy name of Kṛṣṇa. They offer Her this nectar. Sometimes She opens Her eyes, but Her body is as if senseless. Regularly they check with a piece of cotton to see if She is breathing or not. They check Her pulse, and serve Her in so many ways. While fanning Her they think, “May we not disturb Her body.” They want to massage Her but are afraid that it will disturb Her more. Then they rub Her feet with oil and smear sandalwood paste on Her Divine Form. In this position, kṛṣṇa-nāma is Her only drink.

The Vraja-devīs drop kṛṣṇa-nāma in Rādhārānī’s ears. They sing very carefully—with a pathetic, romantic tone—and while doing so, the sakhīs themselves experience aṣṭa-sāttvika-vikāra. At times, when hearing Kṛṣṇa’s name, She opens Her eyes and tries to say something, but no sound comes out. Lalitā and the other sakhīs go nearer to try and understand what Śrīmatī Rādhārānī wants to say.

Vṛndā-devī cannot tolerate the situation. She thinks, “I will fly to Dvārakā and bring Kṛṣṇa back by any means.” But the next minute, she sees that many svarūpas of Kṛṣṇa are everywhere in Uddhava Kyārī under the kadamba and tamala trees. Kṛṣṇa is always present to hear and drink the nectarful words of Rādhārānī, like fog has many very small particles dropping all over. What does Rādhārānī say? Kṛṣṇa is very eager to hear how the gopīs are remembering Him, or insulting Him.

Even after attaining siddhi, the sādhaka cannot understand these moods of the Vraja-devīs, unless the nitya-siddhas instill within one’s heart that same anurāga which is in their hearts by their causeless mercy. Many may think, “Śrīmatī Rādhārānī is sick, and lying on Her deathbed.” But this is not the case. It is not Her last moment. How is this separation for Kṛṣṇa? How is the position of someone who feels it? This is only possible to understand by the mercy of the Vraja-devīs.

Wherever devotees go, they remember Kṛṣṇa’s beauty, glories and followers. Everywhere, they perform nāma-saṅkīrtana and remember Kṛṣṇa’s nāma, rūpa, guṇa, and līlā. If any person watches them and is disturbed, they are not affected. Why? Their eyes never see this. When the sun rises in the early morning, a light reddish color comes. They think, “Kṛṣṇa is definitely coming and showering us with his anurāga.” If they see anything against Him, like Śaṅkhacūḍa or anyone with a demonic nature, they think, “Surely Kṛṣṇa will come soon to protect us. Murāri will definitely speak something very sweet. He will ask, ‘Why have you gone some distance to Me? Why have you forgotten Me? You have gone far away, therefore many demons come and attack you.’”

The bhaktas always remember Kṛṣṇa’s beauty, and this gives them pride and hope. They remember Kṛṣṇa’s face and unparalleled love. The bhaktas offer puṣpāñjali to Kṛṣṇa with their moods. They remember the glories of Kṛṣṇa and offer this. Nothing bad can come in their heart. They never offer Kṛṣṇa any complaint. This is not the standard of bhaktas. This is the nature of lower-class, tāmasika people. They always complain and blame others. The devotees continuously kiss Kṛṣṇa’s face and serve Him. Kṛṣṇa’s face is very sweet. After kissing Him, His beauty comes in their heart, and they sing, dance and offer many sweet verses as gifts to Kṛṣṇa.

sarva-jñātve ca maugdhye ca
sarva-bhaumam idaṁ mahaḥ
nirviśan nayanaṁ hanta
nirvāṇa-padam aśnute
Kṛṣṇa-karṇāmṛta 83

Glory personified Kṛṣṇa has attained all excellence, both in His omniscience and His innocence. Having entered my eyes, He is enjoying great bliss. This is a great wonder!

puṣṇānam etat punarukta-śobhām
uṣṇetarāṁśor udayān mukhendoḥ
tṛṣṇāmburāśiṁ dviguṇī-karoti
kṛṣṇāhvayaṁ kiñcana jīvitaṁ me
Kṛṣṇa-karṇāmṛta 84

With the rising of His moon-like face this certain personality known as Kṛṣṇa is nourishing the faded luster of the cooling moon and doubling the ocean of my thirst to see Him. He is my very life and soul.

tad etad ātāmra-vilocana-śrī-
muhur murārer madhurādharoṣṭhaṁ
mukhāmbujaṁ cumbati mānasaṁ me
Kṛṣṇa-karṇāmṛta 85

Again and again I mentally kiss Murāri’s lotus face, with its sweet lips and its beautiful, slightly reddish eyes, which graces all His humble devotees.

karau śaradijāmbuja-krama-vilāsa-śikṣā-gurau
padau vibudha-pādapa-prathama-pallavollāṅghinau
dṛśau dalita-durmada-tribhuvanopamāna-śriyau
vilokaya vilocanāmṛtam aho mahaḥ śaiśavam
Kṛṣṇa-karṇāmṛta 86

Behold this nectar for the eyes, the luster of this young boy Kṛṣṇa! His hands teach graceful gestures to the autumn lotuses, His feet excel freshly grown desire-tree sprouts in tenderness, and the beauty of His eyes destroys the pride of all comparable things.
One Vraja-devī watches Kṛṣṇa from a long distance away and declares, “This naṭavara Nanda-kiśora is like an effulgent light. Watching Him, our eyes are infused with so much power.”

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