Day 158: Gaurābda 532, Nārāyaṇa Māsa – Tritīyā 09 Jan 2019 – Wednesday

Bhakti Bullets

Bhakti Bullets

Devotee: When we are practicing, doubts are coming. Is it that we are not sincere, those who are practicing? Or is it a lack of advancement in the practitioner?
Śrīla Gurudeva: You are not hearing in the proper way; anarthas have not gone fully.
Devotee: Because of our nature, will we only achieve a certain level? Or will we advance from one
level to the next level?
Śrīla Gurudeva: By hearing, qualification comes and greed will come. Though a person may be bad —that in him so many anarthas are there, bad character even—but by hearing, like Bilvamaṅgala, you will have some greed to serve. Then your taste will be to hear those who are following like that, or those who are expert. By hearing, gradually it will come.Spoken by Srila Gurudeva, January 09, 2008 Auckland

Prema Flame

Prema Flame


Rasa Varsa

Srila Jiva Gosvami’s Appearance Day

Today is Srila Jiva Gosvami’s appearance day. By our great fortune we are present in ksetra-dhama, which is Mahaprabhu’s very dear place, His manobhista-sthana, the place where His heart’s desire was fulfilled. By Srila Gurudeva’s and Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s causeless mercy, we are present here.

Today, we shall remember the glories of His priya parisada, His dear associate Srila Jiva Gosvami. This mahaprasada is bhagavat prasada, and by taking this we can consider our lives successful. Bhagavan’s prasada means His priya bhaktas, His dear devotees. Those who are God’s atyanta priyas, who are very dear to Him and the recipients of His mercy, are Bhagavat-prasada. They appear in this world to benefit the conditioned souls by connecting them to God. To take shelter of these devotees and hear their glories is only possible for those who are extremely fortunate. Bhagavan Himself is yajnesvara-hari—He appears from yajnas to distribute causeless mercy. Those people who received God’s blessings can help the world. One who has not received God’s blessings and is not a dear associate of God cannot give welfare to others. Therefore you should look for somebody who is dear to God, bhagavat-priya. Then you should try to receive his association, blessings, and mercy, and once you understand the welfare they have given to you, you will naturally want to glorify them.

If someone gave you food or a place to live, then you would not forget this person, and you would glorify him. It is hard to forget somebody who has helped one so much. A person who does this is called ungrateful. There is a guru-drohi, one who is ungrateful to his guru, a pitri-drohi, one who is ungrateful to his ancestors, and a bhakta-drohi, one who is ungrateful to the devotees. If you do not glorify the devotees, Vaisnavas, and bhaktas, then Bhagavan says that you are an enemy in this world. No one will be the friend of such a person, and one who favors this person will as well be the enemy of the world, because he has not glorified the Vaisnavas, who are the sevakas and sevikas of Bhagavan. How much do the sevakas and sevikas serve God? If we do not hear and speak their glories, then we are akrtajna – ungrateful, adrohi – an enemy, and aguna – full of bad qualities. We do not forget someone who has helped us with one roti or one paisa. The vaisnavas who eternally help us, who pull us out of this hell of samsara, where we have been for millions of lives, and who bring us to the lotus feet of God, are our greatest benefactors. If we do not glorify them, then we are extremely ungrateful. They give us the food for our soul that helps us transcend this world and go to the spiritual world. A person who does not glorify them is a pasandi, or an atheist. They are asuras, raksasas, or demons. It is very difficult for such people to get benefit in this world. In sastra it is said:

krsna gurudvaya bhakta sakti avatara prakasa
krsna ei chaya rupe karena vilasa

Caitanya-Caritamrta, Adi 1.32

Bhagavan appears in six forms in this world. Kaviraja Gosvami explains this in Caitanya-Caritamrta. Krsna guru dvaya—Krsna appears in this world in the forms of siksa-guru, diksa-guru, and His incarnations, the avataras: manvantara, gunavatara, avesavatara, saktyavesavatara, who are all His prakasa, His manifestations. One who is grateful glorifies them, but one who is ungrateful wastes time and does not glorify the guru-varga and Bhagavan. Whose property is the soul?

This soul is the separated part and parcel of God. It is not the separated part and parcel of any demigod or goddess. No one can say, “The soul is mine.” But Bhagavan says to Arjuna, “The jiva is mine. I created the Earth, and all the people, and the 330 millions of demigods. A person who thinks himself to be independent brings suffering into his own lap, but for a person who surrenders to Me and accepts Me as his life and soul, I will take responsibility, and even still I will give him independence. It is everyone’s own choice whether they want to act correctly or incorrectly.”

Fools are forgiven, but those who are intelligent and still commit offenses are punished. Those who are udanda, the greatest rascals, will receive the biggest punishment. Those who are connected to the devotees of God and do sravana and kirtana of their glories are siddha or suddha.

Today is a supremely auspicious day, because we are present in the dhama, in the vaisnava mandali, and are hearing the guna gana of the Vaisnavas. This life will be completely auspicious if we surrender ourselves to the guru-varga. By doing kirtana and sravana of Bhagavan’s qualities, we immediately become connected to God.

“O Lord, if You are not pleased, then what is the benefit of me doing anything? And if You are pleased by my actions, then the whole world will receive auspiciousness.”

The Lord Himself hears the glories of the bhaktas, and the bhaktas hear the glories of God. Bhagavan is pleased by this. You must do guna gana kirtana of the bhaktas, and then Bhagavan dances in joy. Why? This is rasa for Him. This is vraja-rasa, to hear and speak the glories of the Vrajavasis. Krsna Himself appears in Vraja to taste this rasa.

How does Bhagavan perform pastimes with the bhaktas? This is the bhagavatam. Bhagavat is of two kinds – bhakta-bhagavat and granta-bhagavat. Lila katha sikarini, this is rasa, this is present in the bhakta-bhagavat and in the granta-bhagavat.

Today, we are hearing the glories of bhakta-bhagavat Srila Jiva Gosvami through whom the rasa-flow is coming to us. By our great fortune we endeavor to attain this, and thus make our lives successful. Today, we shall go forth to do kirtana of the Vaisnavas. There is no benefit in doing yatra tatra, here-and-there-katha like and owl. There is no need to do kirtana here and there. We should do kirtana with the Vaisnavas, the bhaktas, and Bhagavan. Bhakta-guna-gana should be done with Hari and in sadhu-sanga because Bhagavan will then be satisfied. Bhagavan and the Vaisnavas will then taste this rasa and become very happy. Now, we are going to glorify Srila Jiva Gosvami.

Today, I will do kirtana of what little I have heard from the guru-varga, and offer this as pranami. By doing sravana and kirtana one both gets mercy and becomes the object of mercy. Both kirtana and sravana are very important.

Caitanya Mahaprabhu left everything and became a sannyasi. He left Navadvipa, His wife, mother and everything. He even left the bhaktas behind in Navadvipa and went to Jagannatha-Nilacala-Ksetra-dhama. Here in Ksetra-dhama Mahaprabhu entered the Gambhira. But Caitanya Mahaprabhu had no peace or happiness.

Mahaprabhu went to South India to meet with Ramananda Raya, Gopala Bhatta Gosvami, Benkata Bhatta Gosvami, Bimala Bhatta, and Prabhodanandana Sarasvati. One time, He left Puri saying, “I will go to Vrndavana.” But, instead of this, He went towards Ramakeli. He went to kanaya vatsala, and from there, instead of proceeding further towards Vrndavana, He came to Ramakeli. Why? Rupa and Sanatana Gosvami were there. They were occupying the posts of private secretary and prime minister in the palace of the Muslim king. There were three brothers – Rupa, Sanatana, and Anupama, who is otherwise known as Sri Vallabha. Rupa and Sanatana were formerly known as Amala and Santosa. The Muslim Ruler gave them the names Dabira Khasa and Sakira Malek. Caitanya Mahaprabhu went there to meet them and give them their real identity as Rupa and Sanatana. He gave them these names. The younger brother Anupama was given the name Sri Vallabha by Mahaprabhu.

Caitanya Mahaprabhu gave darsana to these three brothers and met with them. Mahaprabhu was full of sarasa, He was completely satisfied. This katha is well-known. One evening, the three brothers went to meet Mahaprabhu. Sanatana Gosvami said, “It is not the proper method to go to Vrndavana accompanied by lakhs of people.”

If we want to go to Vrndavana, we should go with a few people who are bhava anukula, favorable to our mood. Otherwise, your consciousness will become restless and you will not be able to taste Krsna-rasa.

At the time of Caitanya Mahaprabhu the Mogul dynasty was ruling most of India. Rupa and Sanatana were prime minister and secretary of the Muslim King. When Mahaprabhu reached there, He told them both, “Quit your work here. You should not do this work for the mlecchas. Go to Vrndavana.”

At that time Vrndavana was called Fakirabad and Mathura was called Mamirabad. Other places were called Ghaziabad and Faridabad. The Muslims changed the names of all places to Urdu names.

Mahaprabhu told them to go to Vrndavana to reestablish the hidden places of Radha and Krsna’s pastimes, compose granthas, build temples in which Thakuraji will be installed, and preach bhakti. Why? The rsis, asuras, mleccas, antyajas, and yavanas have attacked Vraja, and afraid of them, all the sadhus hid themselves like mice.

You should not be like this. Bhagavan has given you a life, and therefore you should serve everyday of your life. Why did we come to this world? Did we come to enjoy? How long will we enjoy? We must leave one day. If, by the time we leave, we have not done any service and have not made a relationship with paramatma, the Lord, then our lives passed uselessly. While alive, make a relationship with God. This is the purpose of our lives. If the atma does not make a relationship with paramatma, then what is the use of this life? Then you only eat and pass stool like animals. This is the only purpose of life for somebody who does not endeavor to make a relationship with God.

Mahaprabhu told the three brothers to go to Vrndavana. First, Rupa Gosvami left when Mahaprabhu came to them this first time. When they first came to see Mahaprabhu, they brought a gift that was wrapped up in a cotton cloth.

They knew that if we do not give any gift when we meet Bhagavan, Guru, or the Vaisnavas, then we will not receive anything. Dadati pratigrinati, if we give something, we will receive something. If we give nothing, then what will we receive? If we give and receive from materialists, then our relationship with them will increase, and this would make us more fallen. If we give and receive from sadhus, our relationship with God will be strengthened, because Bhagavan and His devotees are very intimately connected. Therefore, we should offer gifts to the Vaisnavas. This is paramartha. The sadhana of the sadhus is for the help of everyone.

When Caitanya Mahaprabhu received the gift from the three brothers, He opened it and saw that they gave Him a small baby boy. The boy had only been born a few days earlier. Rupa and Sanatana brought him and offered him to Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s lotus feet. Mahaprabhu said, “Whose jiva is this?”

“He is Your jiva.”

“Oh, you are giving him to me?”

“Yes Prabhu, he is Yours. Ganga is worshiped by Ganga. All jivas are Yours. Whatever you give is Yours. All jivas are Your servants. Those who consider themselves as Your dasa are fortunate, and those who do not consider themselves as your servants will suffer. You are the Lord of all, and all souls are Your servants.”

“You have given this soul to Me,” Mahaprabhu said, “but has he agreed with this? All jivas are independent.”

Then Jiva Gosvami as a small baby boy grabbed Mahaprabhu’s feet. Mahaprabhu’s feet are like red, fragrant lotus flowers, and Jiva Gosvami fell on them and began to suck on Mahaprabhu’s toes.

Kavi Karnapura Gosvami also did this. He sucked on the toe of Mahaprabhu when his mother put him on the feet of Mahaprabhu. Mahaprabhu said, “Krsna Krsna bolo.” The baby would not speak. Mahaprabhu said, “I gave everyone Krsna nama, but he does not speak? How is this?”

Svarupa Damodara said, “You have just given him diksa, but diksa should not be spoken out loud.”

When Kavi Karnapura Gosvami was a little bigger, he spoke Sanskrit slokas in the glorification of Mahaprabhu.

Similarly, Srila Jiva Gosvami grabbed the feet of Mahaprabhu and put them to his chest. Whatever children find, they put in their mouth. He reached for Mahaprabhu’s feet and kept them on his chest.

Some people become crazy being independent because they keep trying to enjoy with their senses. But if they find shelter of the sadhus, then they will receive parama-santi. Doctors suggest going to the bank of the ocean or the rivers like Yamuna, because then the blood pressure becomes balanced and the mind fresh. They suggest going to gardens where one can get fresh oxygen. But, they do not know that wherever the sadhus are is the real place of santi. This world is polluted by things like satellites, internet, and people who pollute the atmosphere with envy and hate. But, if you go to sadhus, there is no place for envy, hate, and violence. They are completely pure and peaceful. Bhagavan is present in the hearts of His servants and devotees. And what is short where God is present?

Therefore, Jiva took the feet of Mahaprabhu to his chest. The baby can cry for the milk of his mother’s breast, but now Jiva began to cry. He was shivering and his hair stood on end, and he did not want to give up Mahaprabhu’s feet. Mahaprabhu was very happy. He said, “My coming is successful. Seeing this jiva, I am so happy. You have given me a very good gift. This jiva will help the entire world. He will make everyone filled with happiness. He is very special.”

Mahaprabhu came back to Puri. He did not go to Vrndavana at that time. Therefore, He said, “Where is Vrndavana.”

Where the Vaisnavas are present and hari-guna-gana kirtan is going on is the place of Bhagavan. That is Vrndavana. Where will you go, walking and walking to all these faraway places? Find the sadhus. That is Vrndavana. You can find temples built with marble or built with bricks, but you will not have Bhagavan’s name arise in your heart and mouth. Bhagavan is never present without his beloveds, and he never speaks anything without his beloveds. You can go anywhere. So many people do that, but what do they gain. God is with whoever has love for Him, and those who have love for duniyadari, or this world, are only absorbed in this world and they collect things of this world, and they make a separate place for God. At a place where no divala, or lamp, is offered to God is no santi. People make room for everyone – their wives, children, mothers, fathers etc. For them, they build guesthouses and hotels, but there is no place for God. People even think the temples to be their place and not the Lord’s place. Therefore, Bhagavan says to the soul, “I put you to on this earth, but what have you done? For whom have you done this? You came empty handed and naked, and you will leave empty handed and naked. What can you take with you? But, have you made any place for me on the Earth?”

Mahaprabhu came back to Puri. What did Jiva do as he gradually got bigger? His father and all left. His uncles left their posts as prime minister and private secretary in a secret manner, without the Muslim king finding out about it. Otherwise, he would have killed them. We heard this pastime already. Therefore, I will not go into this long history. With great difficulties Rupa and Sanatana, and their brother Anupama escaped and went to Vrndavana in the guise of Muslim mendicants. Form Ramakeli, they went through the forests by foot, carrying only a little food with them. When Sri Vallabha, the father of Jiva Gosvami, was near Ayodhya or Sanket dhama, near the ocean, they would walk until they reached the Yamuna. Then, along the Yamuna they would proceed towards Vraja. First, they would go to the ocean, then from the ocean to the Ganga, then from the Ganga to the Yamuna, and then from the Yamuna to Hrsikesa. There were no paths or roads to Vrndavana 550 years ago. So they would follow the ocean and the rivers, and in this way reach Vrndavana. It was difficult to find the directions through the villages, towns, fields, and forests.

When they were near Sanket Ayodhya dhama, then what happened? Before the two brothers would say, “Oh Anupama, we three brothers should worship Krsna. Krsna’s worship is the highest, as described by Mahaprabhu. In Vrndavana, you should worship Radha-Krsna.”

But Anupama said, “No.” The instruction of an elder brother is the same as an instruction of the father, so he would cry and think, “How can I worship Krsna? How can I lift the head that I have offered to Rama and give it to Krsna?” He said:

Siya rama maya saba jaga jani koro pranama kara juda pani

“I see Rama and Sita everywhere. I am Rama maya. How can I leave my Rama?” In his mind, he was very sad. He thought, “How can I leave Ayodhya and go to Vrndavana. I cannot leave.” But both brothers were praying to him so much. Then, he was coming with Rupa Gosvami, and near Ayodhya, remembering Rama he gave up his life. He thought, “I will not go to Vrndavana. I will not leave Ayodhya or Rama.” He left his body, but he did not go to Vrndavana.

Hanumanji says, “I know that Rama and Krsna are non-different. They are both the same, but I have offered my head, my life, and my soul to Rama, and I know nothing but Rama.” This is his istha nistha, his firm faith in his worshipable Lord.

When Anupama left his body, they offered him to the Ganga. Sadhus do not have to perform ostentatious ceremonies. They gave him jala Samadhi, Samadhi in water.

Jiva was at home with his mother. He had no father, uncles, or brothers. He was under the Muslim rule and he was alone with his mother. What to do? His mother was widowed and she was very young and beautiful. Everyone naturally would want to enjoy her. Muslims wanted to make her their baigum, or wife.

Anyhow, Jiva was very small, and he and his mother was alone. In his early childhood, he made clay deities of Krsna and Baladeva. He would sleep with them, and whenever his mother would give him food, he would first offer it to his deities. He would worship them and sit in front of them and do kirtana. Later, the king Vatsa sent Uzia Kazi. He said, “Where are Rupa and Sanatana?” He had gone to Orissa to break all the temples and steal their wealth. When he returned his secretary and prime minister were gone. He would have kept Rupa and Sanatana in jail, but they had disappeared. There was only a small boy, but what could he say to the boy, or take from the mother? The king would not be so cruel as to hurt a child and its mother. But he was very upset that his secretary and prime minister had left. When Jiva was a little older, the king asked him, “Where are your father and uncles?” Jiva would only point at Krsna and Baladeva, in the form of his clay murtis that he had made. There were not toys for him. They were directly Krsna and Baladeva. At night, the king and his Muslim followers surrounded the house with the intention to take the boy with them. They thought, “If we kidnap him and keep him in prison, then later he will tell us where his uncles went, or his uncles and father will find out and come back to save him.” But Krsna and Baladeva made all the soldiers fall unconscious. Then they sent more soldiers, until the Vatsa himself left his capital, seeing that all of his soldiers went unconscious. Vatsa, the Muslim ruler went to Kanaisala in Bihar. He established the palace of his kingdom there. He had to leave Ramakeli. In Rama Keli, there was Rupa sagara, a big kunda, and all the tirthas were present there. Radha kunda and Syama kunda had been made by Rupa and Sanatana. The pastimes of Radha Syamasundar were manifested there. All the santas and brahmans were there and kirtana and yajna were going on, charity was been given, and purascarana and mantra were going on. Jiva was a little boy. The little boy was protected by Krsna and Baladeva. All the Muslims were becoming Hindus, and leaving their faith. Therefore the king was afraid and left to Bihar.

Now, the little boy was with his mother and gradually we grew up. Jiva was very powerful from his very childhood. As he grew up, he was so beautiful, effulgent, and so intelligent and skilled in reading and writing. His mother had no difficulties in her life. When Jiva was a little older, he helped to maintain the asramas that his father, brothers, or uncles had established. And he would give charity to the sadhus. He would set aside money so that charity would be given regularly to the sadhus and Brahmanas. His mother said, “Your father and uncles would do this.” He thought how to do this, but whatever is there Krsna and Baladeva would give.

Gurudeva would tell me when Kartika was about to start, “Vraja Mandala Parikrama is coming up. Are you prepared?”

“How will I do it? I don’t have any money. I gave you everything.”

Then Gurudeva would close his hands in front of my face and then open them and say, “Take, take.”

“You did not give anything.”

“Don’t worry; Gaurisena will give.”

“Who is Gaurisena?” I asked.

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