Day 156: Gaurābda 532, Nārāyaṇa Māsa – Pratipat 07 Jan 2019 – Monday

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Bhakti Bullets

If you want to catch someone, then you need to run faster than that person. Yaśodā Mātā caught Kṛṣṇa, but Brahmā cannot catch Kṛṣṇa—even with the speed of the mind. How could Yaśodā Mātā catch Kṛṣṇa? Kṛṣṇa has love and affection for all souls and especially for His associates. If the love and affection of Yaśodā Mātā is equal to that which He has for her, then she could not have caught Him. The love of mother Yaśodā is thus more than even Kṛṣṇa’s love to His mother.
Spoken by Srila Gurudeva, January 07, 2001 Maui
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Tarry and Tete-a-Tete – Govinda-lilamrta

Yaśodā Mātā along with svarūpa-śakti and Her expansions always serves Śrī Kṛṣṇa in the eternal world with great love. They make unlimited loveful preparations for Kṛṣṇa. How tasteful are those things? Kṛṣṇa, the Supreme Lord Himself, is now very eager to relish those things. God creates and manifests so many things in this world but everything is not offered for God. People are thieves and steal and enjoy whatever they can. But no one can create anything. God creates everything. Yet people cheats others and say, “This is mine. I made this.” And they do not offer anything to God.

īśāvāsyam idam sarvaṁ
yat kiñca jagatyāṁ jagat
tena tyaktena bhuñjīthā
mā gṛdhaḥ kasya svid dhanam
(Śrī Īśopaniṣad)

“Everything animate or inanimate that is within the universe is controlled and owned by the Lord. One should therefore accept only those things necessary for himself, which are set aside as his quota, and one should not accept other things, knowing well to whom they belong.”

The Vrajavāsīs know how to use everything properly. Mundane people hide something, keeping it for themselves, or using it for their own followers, lovers, friends and relatives.

However, Yaśodā Mātā and the Vraja-devīs show how to properly serve, using everything for Kṛṣṇa.

Once, Acyutānanda Prabhu was a small baby in the house of Advaita Ācārya. Everyday his mother went in the early morning to bathe in the Gaṅgā. She had prepared many fruits and flowers for worship. She came back and performed abhiṣeka, and then offered some bhoga for the Deity. One day she was late and Acyutānanda was a little disturbed because his mother had not yet returned.

He thought, “Why is she late?”

When his mother returned she saw Acyutānanda was eating a banana and she was very upset. She said, “I had put this banana aside to offer to Thakurji. Ripe bananas are very sweet and tasty, but why have you eaten it?”

“I offered it and then ate it,” Acyutānanda said.

She said, “You don’t know any mantra or process, how could you offer it?”
Acuyatananda said, “I offered it with a mantra.”

“What mantra do you know?”

“The gaura-gopāla-mantra,” he said. “I offered this banana with that mantra, then Mahāprabhu and Kṛṣṇa Themselves came and ate it and gave Me the prasādam, and I also ate.”

“Who gave you the gaura-gopāla-mantra?” his mother asked. “Where did you get it from? Who is your Guru?”

“Guru?” Acyutānanda said. “Gaurahari is all-in-all. He is our Guru. He came to our house and I offered Him obeisance and was very dear to Him, and with His love, His power and mantra came to me.”

If anyone properly respects Vaiṣṇava ācāryas, they are very affectionate and become close to one. There is no need to write a paper, saying, “I’m yours, you are mine.”

Any dog or cat does not sign any paper or deed, saying, “He is my owner.” The owner of the dog doesn’t give his dog a mantra. How does the dog stay nearby his guardian? How does the dog follow his guardian’s footsteps? In the western countries, do rich men give mantras to the dogs? Do they make the dogs write, “I am your disciple and follower?” The man will give all his property and wealth for the service of his dog because the dog is close to him.

Does this love and affection have any value, or is only outward acceptance of a mantra or dīkṣā the most important thing? One thing is pāñcarātrika, according to formality, and one is svārasikī, natural and spontaneous. Where there is natural love and affection, there is no need of a mantra or anything else.

Śrī Gaurahari never gave anyone dīkṣā-mantras, but the whole world follows Him. Rūpa and Raghunātha did not give mantra and dīkṣā, but now still everyone follows their footsteps. Why is this? They have eternal love, and anyone who comes near them, respects and offers them obeisances, their love comes to him. When the Sun rises he doesn’t give mantra and dīkṣā to the world, but everyone takes the energy from the sun. Then the whole world is the Sun’s disciples. Without the Sun no one would have any life.

If anyone respects Guru and Vaiṣṇavas, mercy comes from them.
When you have respect and love for ordinary people, then some relationship is established, and one becomes close to them. How can one achieve this intimate friendship? There is no need of any payment—respect is enough.

Yaśodā Mātā checks on all the services going on in Nanda-bhavana. She goes to the kitchen, and then comes and out looks towards the cowshed. She goes to Kṛṣṇa’s room to see if everything is ready for His bath. She then comes back out and sees many servants carrying in many pots filled with milk.

She asks, “Where is Kanhaiyā and Dāū Bhaiyā? Why are They late?”

Someone replied, “They saw many fruits ripe up in the trees. They went to the top of a tree on very thin branches to pick the fruits.”

Yaśodā Mātā became worried. “What if They fall and break Their limbs?” She asks.

She sends people to bring Kṛṣṇa down, but He doesn’t listen. He next climbs a mango tree and plays there and collects so many mangoes, distributing them to His friends. He collects bael fruits and gives them to the monkeys. But they don’t how to open them. Kṛṣṇa breaks open the bael fruit and gives it to the monkeys. They eat it and all their hair and face becomes covered in the juice, and when it dries, it becomes stiff and spiky.

Kṛṣṇa next collects jackfruits and coconuts, and so many other fruits.

Kṛṣṇa thought, “In my pastimes as Rāma, I did not give My friends the monkeys and other animals anything nice. I could not repay them. Now everything is available in Vraja-maṇḍala. In Nanda-bhavana, there’s a big garden with so many fruits. I will give this to all My friends.”

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