Day 168: Gaurābda 532, Nārāyaṇa Māsa – Trayodaśī 19 Jan 2019 – Saturday

Bhakti Bullets

Bhakti Bullets

In sādhu-saṅga we will inspire each other to speak about the sweet pastimes of Kṛṣṇa. All scriptures promote the fact of sādhu-saṅga. In a moment we can be changed. Our cruelty, our duplicity, our quarrels—all problems will be solved or go away forever. Do sāṣṭānga-praṇāma to the place where hari-kathā is happening. If a qualified devotee is giving class then we should give praṇāma to him, to those who are managing the program, to hari-kathā itself, as well as to the audience. How? By tongue, mind, body. Do praṇāma to all.

Spoken by Srila Gurudeva, January 19, 2001 Murwillumbah

Prema Flame

Prema Flame

Rasa Varsa

Breakfast for the Soul – Govinda-lilamrta

When a person wakes in the morning, feeling rested and refreshed, he completes his duties such as bathing and is soon ready for breakfast. Many people arrange their breakfast the night before. They have tea, snacks, drinks and ice cream ready to quickly take in the morning. But Kavirāja Gosvāmī says that this food and drink is not helpful. It is for the body but not the soul. If you do not give the soul nectar first thing in the morning then it will suffer and become dry. All dealings and experience the entire day will be bitter.

Tama, raja, and sattva—the three modes of material nature and any substance comprised of these qualities will disturb the soul. However, by accepting nirguṇa-tattva—by drinking līlā-rasa, the soul is nourished. Even a little of this can make the soul well, happy and strong.

This is called soul food and it is very necessary. Food for the body is not everything. Serving this body does not result in any eternal benefit. The body always has desires and demands satisfaction, but really, these desires are endless and their fulfillment can never be had.

We must give nectar to the soul. This nectar must be the drink we take upon the coming of each new day. Where can we collect this from? The guru-varga gives this soul nectar.

If you are connected to the flow of līlā-śakti then that flow will naturally continue from you to others. All souls that come in contact with līlā-śakti will be very pleased.

If you are connected to this flow, then the body will no longer disturb you. The body will know that you only give him or her nectar, and thus become peaceful.

Millions of lives have passed and millions more will pass in service to the body and mind. If we take from God but do not serve Him—if we simply take His gifts and use them to serve our body then we will suffer. This is why many our lives are full of diseases and pain. Unless one gets this special mercy of the guru-varga, all of this will not stop.

After being dressed and decorated, Kṛṣṇa and Balarama come for breakfast. They meet with the sakhās and together they sit in rows.

Yaśodā Mātā brings many golden cups and tells Citrā Devī, “First give them drinks.”

There is coconut water mixed with sugar cane juice as the first drink. If a person drinks this his throat becomes very smooth. This is followed by many fresh fruit juices and refreshing beverages that cool the stomach.

Śrīmati Rādhārānī and the Vraja-devīs have cooked so many preparations that it seem impossible to serve them all in one meal.

During breakfast, Rādhārānī looks to see if Kṛṣṇa is eating. She and all the sakhīs are very happy to see Kṛṣṇa eat. They give Kṛṣṇa rice with ghee and on the side they serve, ginger, neem leaves, jute leaves, some more ghee lemon, ginger and salt on the side.

Yaśodā Mātā says, “O Kṛṣṇa, this is very healthy prasāda, You should eat a lot.”

Kṛṣṇa says, “If I eat too much what will be left for my friends?”

As Yaśodā Mātā walks away a little Kṛṣṇa quickly distributed everything from His to His friends.

All the sakhās laugh, and Kṛṣṇa says, “Why are you laughing? Just eat.”

Yaśodā Mātā looks back and sees that Kṛṣṇa was not eating. Then Madhumaṅgala says to her, “Mother, Kṛṣṇa is not eating anything. He distributes anything you give Him.”

Śrīmatī Rādhārānī sends many kinds of laḍḍus that Ranga-devī and Citrā-devī serve from gold plates and distributed them.

Kṛṣṇa’s sakhās continue to joke with Him.

“Kṛṣṇa, You must be sick or something,” they say. “Why aren’t You eating these nice sweets? We’ll call the doctor. That will be good for You. We will tell Yaśodā Mātā to call a doctor who will give very bitter juice. Then will You be happy?”

“I’m not sick,” Kṛṣṇa retorts, “You are sick. You should drink neem juice!”

“Why don’t You eat then?”

Then Kṛṣṇa’s plate is re-filled and He eats something.

While breakfast is being served, sometimes Madhumaṅgala says, “Kṛṣṇa is very skinny. He cannot digest anything. He has no fire in His stomach. How can He eat rich foods like this, cooked with ghee, butter, and honey? How can He eat these sweets and drinks you are serving Him? These things are for His healthy sakhās like me.”

When Madhumaṅgala teases Him like this, Kṛṣṇa grabs handfuls of ghee rice from Madhumaṅgala’s plate.

Madhumaṅgala then cries out, “Hey! Kṛṣṇa is stealing all my breakfast! O Yaśodā Mātā, I’m so hungry. Give me something more.”

Then Vrajeśvarī piles Madhumaṅgala’s plate with more prasāda. Madhamangala becomes very happy, but he says, “Eating this rice and dāl is not befitting for brāhmaṇas. Where is the halavā, laḍḍu, barphi, rabaḍi and kṣīra?”

Why does Madhumaṅgala speak like this? He wants Kṛṣṇa to eat nicely. When these preparations come, he simply needs to tease Kṛṣṇa to make Him eat with gusto. If Kṛṣṇa is given these things calmly He will be uninterested. If someone gives Him a plate and says, “O Kṛṣṇa, please take this,” He will not want it. He will say, “I’m not hungry.”

Kṛṣṇa is given so many offerings by His millions and millions of affectionate devotees starting from even before the sun rises. Why would be hungry and thirsty for more? How much will He eat? Furthermore He is ātmārāma, self-satisfied, and āptakāma, without desires.

When Madhumaṅgala teases Him, however, Kṛṣṇa immediately begins to prove how much He can eat. Then everyone is very happy.

Madhumaṅgala says, “You know, You must take the food remnants of brāhmaṇas. Without the remnants of the brāhmaṇas, the vaiśyas or other members of the lower castes cannot be purified. That is why You should eat my remnants. By taking the remnants of brāhmaṇas, You will become very healthy. This is good.”

Then all the sakhās begin to laugh. All of a sudden and all at once, they steal from Madhumaṅgala’s plate.

“Yes,” they called, “Let us take the brāhmaṇa’s remnants!”

They raided Madhumaṅgala’s prasādam and passed it around to each other, laughing all the while.

“Hey!” cried Madhumaṅgala. “You have stolen everything on my plate!”

“If we eat the remnants of a brāhmaṇa we will all receive benefit,” Said the sakhās.

“No, no, no,” said Madhumaṅgala. “Anything that remains on my plate after I have finished—that is called remnants. You cannot steal everything before I have finished.”

“O sakhā, don’t you know?” Kṛṣṇa said to Madhumaṅgala. “Only if you take My prasāda can you be called a brāhmaṇa.”

This is the truth. If a person does not take God’s prasādam, he cannot be called a brāhmaṇa.

Madhumaṅgala was very happy, but he put on a show of anger, “If you people don’t respect brāhmaṇas, you will be cursed.”

He showed the boys his sacred thread and brandished it at them like a weapon. “I will curse you all to be black and skinny like Kṛṣṇa.”

The sakhās laughed, “You yourself are black. Outwardly you may be fair but the fire of anger burns inside you. You are black as coal inside.”

The sakhās tease and play like this while they eat.

One day, while Kṛṣṇa and the sakhās were joking in this way at breakfast, a small parrot appeared and danced back and forth in the lines, singing, “This is not the farm house or the gardens. Here one should respect mahā-prasāda. Do not break etiquette.”

Kṛṣṇa was surprised. “Where did this parrot come from?” He wondered.
“Where’s your house?” He asked the parrot, but the parrot said nothing.

He had come from Varsānā and his name was Śuka. He is the dear pet of Śrīmatī Rādhārānī. That morning when he woke he found that Śrīmatī was not in Her room. He had overslept a little, and now he felt sad without Śrīmatī Rādhārānī. He did like to be without Her for one moment.

Śrīmatī has so much affection for Śuka. She strokes him, feeds him pomegranate seeds, rice or milk; and talks with Him. He likes to be wherever She is. But today She had left before he woke and he was there alone crying.

He decided to find Her by following Her bodily fragrance. He came to Nandagrāma where he saw that everyone was taking breakfast. He still could not see Rādhārānī but he knew She was close.

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