Day 162: Gaurābda 532, Nārāyaṇa Māsa – Saptamī 13 Jan 2019 – Sunday

Bhakti Bullets

Bhakti Bullets

Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura has said that to chant Kṛṣṇa’s name, to chant the mahamantra, is non-different from taking darśana of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. You need not worry about when darśana will come. Try to take darśana of Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa, Mahāprabhu, and Nityānanda Prabhu in Their names. The holy name is more powerful and merciful than even Kṛṣṇa Himself. So why worry? We worry because we have no faith.

Spoken by Srila Gurudeva, January 13, 2001 Singapore

Prema Flame

Prema Flame

Rasa Varsa

The History of Sri Giriraja-Govardhana – 10 June 1996

Hari-katha by Paramadhyatama Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja, spoken on 10 June 1996, in Houston, published by

[The following transcription contains conversations between Srila Gurudeva Nitya Lila Pravista Om Visnupada Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja and the devotees when they were on a morning walk on 10 June 1996 in Houston, USA]

Guest: A beautiful temple is there in Trivandrum, Kerala.

Srila Gurudeva: Sankaracarya appeared in Kerala. We went with our Gurudeva to many of the temples in South India. We were about 500 pilgrims.

Guest: You went by foot?

Srila Gurudeva: We went by train and then, we would walk visiting different temples. The Adi Kesava temple is also there in Kerala. It is situated on the seashore. It is a very beautiful temple and Adi Kesava is worshiped there.

Guest: The Guruvayur temple is not the Adi Kesava temple?

Srila Gurudeva: No.

Guest: Guruvayur temple is also Krsna’s temple?

Srila Gurudeva: Yes.

[Break of audio]

Srila Gurudeva: Narada gave him sabda-brahma. Krsna and His name are the same. There is no difference at all. Krsna has given all His powers, attributes, and energies in His names. Krsna’s name is more merciful than Him. But, you will have to go and surrender at the lotus feet of Gurudeva. But we cannot manage on our own. Both are needed—Krsna’s mercy and our efforts. So, we will inquire from a bona fide guru and Vaisnavas; they will help us. And, the mercy of Krsna will also come automatically. When our efforts and Krsna’s mercy meet, then we can have a bona fide guru; otherwise not. One more thing is essential—your past birth impressions. If you have done something devotional in your previous lives, then Krsna will automatically arrange for you to have a bona fide guru.

You will think, “Oh Gurudeva is himself coming to me.” But really, your actions from your previous lives will add something and then, Gurudeva will come. So, both are needed.

It is stated everywhere—in the Vedas, Upanisads, and Puranas like Visnu Purana and other Puranas that the whole creation is coming from Krsna. A seed has the potency of becoming a tree. If there is no potency in the seed, then a tree will not grow from that seed. So, we are not realizing that potency, which is in the seed. Everything about the tree—its trunk, branches, fruits, leaves, and flowers are in the seed. But we are not seeing anything at that time. But actually, the seed has this potency although we are not realizing it. So, if Krsna Himself doesn’t have a form, then how can everyone come from Krsna? We see that all qualities are found in Krsna and Krsna has a form. There is this word called, “Arupa.” Arupa is not the root word. Rupa is the root word. The negative form of rupa is arupa. So, from the word rupa, arupa has been created. Rupa has not come from arupa.

I want to speak on this during class or else my harinama will be disturbed.

[Break of audio]

Srila Gurudeva: But action will be there.

Guest: It means we are focusing on Krsna?

Srila Gurudeva: There are many considerations. Krsna is not just by Himself. Everything is there. Vrndavana is there. These pastimes will automatically come; like a chain.

Guest: If we meditate.

[Break of audio]

Guest: There can only be one God, one everything.

Srila Gurudeva: But who are you? Are you God?

Guest: I am an atma with a body. That’s all I know.

Srila Gurudeva: But you cannot create. Our knowledge is very limited. So, how can you speak of advaitvad? There are so many trees. How can they be one? How can the creator and His creation become one?

Guest: Yes. They cannot be one.

Srila Gurudeva: Even in advaita, there is dvaita. There is dualism even in this supposed non-dualism.

Guest: But what I feel is that irrespective of any theories or gunas, we should do guna-gana.

Srila Gurudeva: But, Brahma, Sankara, and we are not one.

Guest: The creator cannot be one with His creation.

Srila Gurudeva: Yes. We have come from the power, the energy of Krsna, who is God. But we are not actually God. We may be like God i.e. we have some of His qualities.

Guest: If a man understands that this is his ultimate goal, he should realize that this world is full of misery.

Srila Gurudeva: But for whom is this world miserable? For Krsna, for God? Or for the jivas? If the jivas are Brahma, then there is no misery. Why? Who is feeling these miseries? The conditioned soul is. Krsna cannot be conditioned. We will have to realize and think.

sarva-dharman parityajya
mam ekam saranam vraja

—Bhagavad Gita 18.66

[“Abandon all varieties of religion and just surrender unto Me.”]

For whom has Krsna said this? For Himself? If Arjuna was not different from Krsna, then for whom did He speak the Gita?

Guest: Correct. There are many paths.

Srila Gurudeva: There are many paths but one day they will have to meet at one point. And that point is bhakti.

sarva-dharman parityajya
mam ekam saranam vraja

Ekam is told here. All the paths will meet at this point.

brahma-bhutah prasannatma
na socati na kanksati
samah sarvesu bhutesu
mad-bhaktim labhate param

—Bhagavad Gita 18.54

[One who is thus transcendentally situated at once realizes the Supreme Brahman and becomes fully joyful. He never laments or desires to have anything. He is equally disposed toward every living entity. In that state he attains pure devotional service unto Me.]

The conditioned souls are ignorant. They don’t know what the atma is or where the atma is. We are not realizing Brahma. If we are Brahma ourselves, then why are we not realizing it? If there is no illusory maya, then they say, “We are Brahma.” But actually this is not true. There are some hidden teachings behind all these things. Ramanuja and Sankara are in one line. They don’t have different opinions. But we think that they were of different opinions. A student of class four may think that M.A. or Ph.D. students are different from lower class students. But, we know that the students are in one line.

A question comes, “Who has this illusory maya caught?”

Maya cannot catch Brahma because He is satyam-jnanam-anantam-brahma. He has full knowledge, so maya cannot catch Brahma.

Guest: Maya can go only where there is ignorance.

Srila Gurudeva: So who is in ignorance? Those, who are separate from Krsna, from Godhead, are in ignorance. Otherwise, maya cannot them. So, they are different. But different means they are non-different. How? I will try to make you understand this.

Guest: The sun and the heat are non-different.

Srila Gurudeva: Yes, like this. But they cannot be different.

Guest: Wherever there is the sun, there is heat.

Srila Gurudeva: We are one but we are also different. But if the clouds come, then it may be that we will not realize the sun’s heat.

Guest: The sun is shielded.

Srila Gurudeva: Krsna has said in the Gita that “I am within and without.” This is called acintya-bhedabheda. There is bheda—difference and abheda—non-difference. But we cannot decide.

Guest: Here they say, “If you have any bright thoughts, then apply them to do something.”

Srila Gurudeva: This is called practice. To practice is bhakti.

Guest: You have studied all the scriptures like Brahma Samhita?

Srila Gurudeva: I have heard from my Gurudeva, more than reading the scriptures. Realization cannot come by only reading.

[Break of audio]

Srila Gurudeva: We were about thirty of us and we would always be engaged in serving, cooking, washing clothes and hearing. We would do everything.

Once, some guests came to the house of Sankaracarya when he was a boy. He was studying in school. His mother was a widow.

His mother told him, “Some guests have come. I have to cook for them. Go bring some brinjals from the garden.”

Sankaracarya went to that garden and only took one brinjal. His mother asked him, “Why have you brought only one brinjal? It will not do. There are so many guests. Why didn’t you bring more brinjals?”

He replied, “There was only one brinjal there.”

His mother said, “Last evening, I saw thousands of brinjals. They were so beautiful and big. Did anyone take them all? What have become of them since you saw only one brinjal?”

Sankaracarya said, “I saw only one brinjal and I took it.”

The mother then took her son and they went to the garden. She saw that there were lakhs and lakhs of brinjals hanging from their twigs. The mother asked, “Son, why did you lie? Why did you tell me that there was only one brinjal?”

Pointing at the brinjals, Sankaracarya told his mother, “All these are one, one, one, and one. So I brought only one.”

Then his mother twisted his ears and gave a slap. Sankara says, “There is only one Brahma. All are Brahma. Salvam khalv idam brahma.”

But, while quoting statements from the scriptures to support his philosophy, he only quotes parts of the sentences and not the whole sentences. Sankara was ordered by Krsna.

Krsna told him, “You should try to cover Me from the people who want so many things from this world. And for those who are devotees you should preach to them and say, ‘Bhaja govindam bhaja govindam govindam bhaja mudha-mate.’”

The teachings of Ramanuja, Madhva, and all other devotees should be taken in abhyasa, practice. The theory of Sankaracarya makes a foundation that we are not this physical body. If everyone is the same brahma as the mayavadis say then why is everyone quarrelling? Why do the husband and wife quarrel? Why do the children quarrel with their parents? If America is brahma, India is brahma, and Pakistan is brahma; they why do they quarrel among themselves?

[Break of audio]

Srila Gurudeva: Don’t eat onion and garlic. Food containing onion and garlic is never offered to Thakuraji in Vrndavana or anywhere else. Scientists recently stated there are twenty types of poison in onion and garlic. They are in the mode of ignorance. Although they kill the germs; we never use them. We use turmeric powder and black pepper instead. They purify the food. But on eating them excessively, you will become rajasic. Just take them a little. Onion and garlic cannot exist without poison. They will also make a person lusty. They also have some qualities that will influence your mind when you eat them. You are what you eat. If you eat the meat of a goat or a pig, then your mind will also be like these animals.

[Break of audio]

Devotee: Sitaji saw a deer and had Rama chase it.

Srila Gurudeva: When we see a deer, we think, “This deer has come to the lotus feet of Krsna. It has given its heart to Krsna.”

The husband of the deer tells her, “Go near Krsna. I will not give you any problems.”

The form of the deer assumed by Marici will cheat you. But Krsna’s deer will not cheat you. In Vrndavana, we see many lotus flowers blooming on the surface of Yamuna and Radha Kunda. Krsna has a male swan and Radhaji has a female swan. Krsna has a stag while Radha has a deer. It is like this in Vrndavana.

[Break of audio]

Srila Gurudeva: You should not try to cut a tree or kill even an ant. Everyone is the part and parcel of Krsna.

[From this section of the audio file, Srila Gurudeva speaks in English]

barhapidam nata-vara-vapuh karnayoh karnikaram
bibhrad vasah kanaka-kapisam vaijayantim ca malam
randhran venor adhara-sudhayapurayan gopa-vrndair
vrndaranyam sva-pada-ramanam pravisad gita-kirtih

—Srimad Bhagavatam 10.21.5

[“Wearing a peacock-feather ornament upon His head, blue karnikara flowers on His ears, a yellow garment as brilliant as gold, and the Vaijayanti garland, Lord Krsna exhibited His transcendental form as the greatest of dancers as He entered the forest of Vrndavana, beautifying it with the marks of His footprints. He filled the holes of His flute with the nectar of His lips, and the cowherd boys sang His glories.”]

In this sloka of the Srimad Bhagavatam, the marvellous beauty of Krsna is described.

I will speak on one history of Giriraja-Govardhana. Giriraja was in the Himalayas. He is the son of Drona. Drona is one of the friends of Himalaya. He had a beautiful son and his name was Giriraja. Though he was little, he was so beautiful. He was decorated by Tamala trees, Kadamba trees, cuckoos, parrots, and everything else. He was loved so much by his father. When anyone would see Giriraja-Govardhana, they would become so attracted to him. So, when Sri Ramacandra wanted to make a bridge across the ocean to go to Lanka, He ordered Nala, Nila, and all the monkeys to make a bridge. Thus, Rama would cross the ocean, go to Lanka, and bring Sita from there. So, when the bridge was being built, all the monkeys like Sugriva and Hanuman jumped to many places and brought many mountains and stone chips to help build the bridge. So, Hanuman also jumped and went to the Western part of the Himalayas. And he took the son of Drona named Giriraja-Govardhana. When he was returning from there, he received a message from Ramacandra when he was on the boundary of Vraja where Giriraja-Govardhana presently is.

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