Day 164: Gaurābda 532, Nārāyaṇa Māsa – Navamī 15 Jan 2019 – Tuesday

Bhakti Bullets

Bhakti Bullets

I want a revolution like this: we should come to the real path, in the real sense. Kṛṣṇa will arrange for someone to come after me; and after that anyone else will come, and this will not be ruined. The world will be ruined, but this line is eternal. Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura has said that this line is eternal. Someone from any group will come.

Spoken by Srila Gurudeva, January 15, 2000 Australia

Prema Flame

Prema Flame

Rasa Varsa

Krsna’s Abhiseka – Govinda-lilamrta

How can living entities cross beyond mundane existence and enter the eternal world? For this purpose, the gosvāmīs in Mahāprabhu’s movement manifested strong connections to the spiritual world. Anyhow, from morning to evening, if one is absorbed in Kṛṣṇa’s name, the holy dhāma and Kṛṣṇa’s pastimes there, remembering this day and night, he will automatically achieve great benefit, becoming connected to spiritual power.

Mahāprabhu came to distribute vraja-prema, vraja-rasa, and vraja-bhakti. There is a barrier between Māyā and Yogāmāya, or the mundane world and Vraja-maṇḍala. It is as if there is a great dam separating the material and spiritual worlds. How can the flow of love from the spiritual world come into the mundane world?

Mahāprabhu requested Nityānanda Prabhu to break this dam and freely distribute pure love. Nityānanda Prabhu went everywhere and distributed this vraja-prema, rasa and bhakti.

All Mahaprabhu’s associates distributed this in their own unique way. Gadādhara Paṇḍita, Śrīvāsa Paṇḍita, Vakesvrara Paṇḍita, Haridāsa Ṭhākura—all had specialties. The line is not different, but the process of distribution is unique.

With the saṅkīrtana movement, Nityānanda Prabhu went to everyone and took all anarthas from them, and then gave this vraja-prema. Gadādhara Paṇḍita served Gopinātha and anyone who came to him, he gave entrance into the service of Gopinātha and vigraha-sevā. Śrīvāsa Paṇḍita distributed saṅkīrtana rasa. Adavita Ācārya Prabhu gave the conclusions of śāstra, and all spiritual knowledge. He collected the living entities and offered them to the lotus feet of Mahāprabhu. Making them related to Mahāprabhu and giving them respect for Him.

The Gosvāmīs, having understood fully the movement of Mahāprabhu, distributed pure love by describing the pastimes of Kṛṣṇa. If there is no relation with Kṛṣṇa’s pastimes, then attachment will remain for mundane pastimes and activities.

Hence, the Gosvāmīs began to distribute vraja-līlā, and vraja-bhakti. Do not think this is mundane or any worldly conception or speculation. If anyone passes along this way, their family members generally do not make their lives into a biography and save it. Kṛṣṇa-līlā, vraja-līlā, is not like this. The Gosvāmīs collected all of Kṛṣṇa’s pastimes in Vraja, from dawn to dawn, and distributed it in the form of literature. When one drinks a little bit of this nectar, he realizes how powerful it is and how much benefit comes.

Kavirāja Gosvāmī distributes the eternal pastimes of the spiritual world. If anyone wants to enter the holy dhāma and make relationship with the Vrajavāsīs, they must take shelter of līlā-śakti. Līlā-śakti doesn’t look at any qualification or disqualification. If a person has greed to enter the dhāma and the eternal pastimes of Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa then She will give it without condition.

If you humbly offer yourself to līlā-śakti, she will not look to see if You have anarthas, or are a sanyasi, Bābājī, brahmacārī or gṛhastha. She does not think about any of this. Līlā-śakti looks only to see if you have some respect. If She sees your desire is pure then She will take you to that world. Therefore, the guru-varga did not give so much emphasis on a person being qualified or unqualified.

Once, when Śrīla Gurudeva was the west, some people asked him, “Why did you give dīkṣā to this new person? Why did you not wait for some time to see if he was qualified?”

Śrīla Gurudeva said, “The living entities have been moving in this world for millions of lifetimes. They are disconnected from the Lord and their eternal relationship with Him. If they are connected to svarūpa-śakti and līlā-śakti, then they will be pulled out of this endless sea of misery and brought to Kṛṣṇa.”

If someone bathes in the Gaṅgā or Yamunā, they will feel clean and well. Similarly, the guru-varga brings one to the lotus feet of līlā-śakti. Līlā-śakti comes directly from svarūpa–śakti and svarūpa-śakti has unlimited power, being the personal energy of the Unlimited Himself. By drinking and bathing in the holy waters of the Lords pastimes, automatically one changes. This is the power of līlā-śakti.

By one’s own sādhana he cannot cross māyā and come to God. The living entities have no strength. They may have good desire, but they have no strength. Mercy is required.

Once, a paṇḍita was speaking on the tenth canto of Śrīmad Bhagvatam before a faithful assembly. The paṇḍita spoke of Kṛṣṇa’s amazing power, His sweet pastimes and also his enchanting svarūpa, decorated by His mother with many ornaments and precious jewels such as the Kaustubha-maṇi.

In the large assembly there was a thief who was thinking to steal from anyone who fell asleep or lost themselves in the sweet hari-kathā.

“I will steal their necklaces, and their gold right from their pockets,” he thought. This was his nature.

However in the course of the thief plan, he heard so much description of Kṛṣṇa’s valuable ornaments that his greed became fixed on those riches alone. Now all he could think was, “How can I steal Kṛṣṇa’s wealth?”

His clever mind formulated a plan and he suddenly began to cry loudly in the middle of the assembled listeners.

The paṇḍita asked him, “Young man, why are you crying?”

“You have spoken so much about this small boy Kṛṣṇa, but you have not said where He stays and where I can find Him.”

“Why do you want to meet with Him?” asked the paṇḍita.

“My heart has been captivated by His sweetness. I must meet this boy.

“He is in Nandagrāma,” said the paṇḍita. “He comes out of the gate in the early morning. You can meet Him then.”

“What should I offer Him? What pleases most?”

“He likes soft and fresh butter.”

“What else does He like?”

“He also likes laḍḍu, sandeśa, and fresh fruits like bananas, pomegranates, and cherries.”

The thief left that place, filled with excitement. He arranged some offerings in accordance to what the paṇḍita had advised and went straight to Nandagrāma and stayed there through the night. He waited outside the gate all night without sleeping. All the while he was thinking “Gopāla, Gopāla, Gopāla. Will He come out or not?”

Then in the early morning the gates opened and he saw Gopāla coming out. The paṇḍita’s words were true. The small boy was covered in costly jewelry.

The thief was very happy to see Gopāla. He thought, “He must be hungry. I will take Him in my lap, give Him some butter and then take Him away from here to steal His jewels.

The thief’s heart had softened, “Such a sweet boy!” he thought. “I will not hurt him. I will simply take everything from Him, give Him some laḍḍus. He will be happy and I will go away wealthy.”

Unknowingly he had developed a respect and taste for kṛṣṇa-sevā as a result of hearing hari-kathā. He now showed the butter, sandeśa, laḍḍus and fruit that he had brought to the beautiful little boy. “Do you want some?” He asked.

Kṛṣṇa put out his hand to say, “Give me.”

The thief went forward. Kṛṣṇa went back. The thief went further, holding a ball of fresh butter in his outstretched hand, but however fast he ran, Gopāla was always ten steps back.

The thief saw that he was running out of time. Sunrise was coming. He ran to catch Gopāla, but could not.

The thief became overwhelmed and fell senseless. When he woke, his nature had changed completely. He no longer wanted to steal wealth. Now, he had no taste for anything but Kṛṣṇa.

This is līlā-śakti’s mercy. Līlā-śakti is the expansion of svarūpa-śakti. If the jīva comes in contact with Her, then immediately all his anarthas are dissipated.

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