Day 175: Gaurābda 532, Mādhava Māsa – Astamī 28 Jan 2019 – Monday

Bhakti Bullets

Bhakti Bullets

This human life is a gift from the Supreme Personality of Godhead to realize who we are. This world is like a prison. If anyone is in prison and if he wants to be happy—he is foolish. Jail has not been created to allow us to be happy. We are like refugees. We will have to give up this place. Our eternal abode is in Goloka Vṛndāvana. We are not inhabitants of this place. Those who want to be happy in this world are foolish.

Spoken by Srila Gurudeva, January 28, 2002 Auckland

Prema Flame

Prema Flame

Rasa Varsa

Taster of Love – Govinda-lilamrta

One time at breakfast, though Kṛṣṇa was given many delicious items cooked by Śrīmatī Rādhārānī and served by the hand of Rohiṇī Mātā, He appeared to be neutral and was not speaking to anyone.

Yaśodā Mātā saw that Kṛṣṇa had only eaten half of what was on His plate and she thought, “Kṛṣṇa has no taste to eat. Maybe He is unwell. Why does He not eat properly?”

Worried, she went to Kṛṣṇa and asked Him, “Why don’t You eat nicely? If You don’t eat anything, then I will also fast. Please take something more. Rādhārānī came from so far to cook for You. Why don’t You eat? I will not be able to live if You do not eat.”

“My son is very skinny and does not eat anything,” Vrajeśvarī said to Rohiṇī Mātā in great anxiety. “What can I do?”

Rohiṇī Mātā then took Kṛṣṇa on her lap and lovingly stroked His back, saying, “Please Kṛṣṇa, take something more. Take a laḍḍu.” She kissed His cheek and said, “Please take something. Your mother is very unhappy. Please have some more.”

Śrīmatī Rādhārānī expertly prepares a huge variety of food preparations for the pleasure of Kṛṣṇa. Everything She does is very clean and nice. If Kṛṣṇa does not accept Her service, Śrīmatī becomes very upset.

Sometimes Yaśodā Mātā notices that Kṛṣṇa seems sad and quiet while He eats, and sits there hardly touching what is on His plate. When Kṛṣṇa seems to be in a mood like this,  He is actually trying very hard to hold in symptoms of ecstatic emotion that threaten to manifest uncontrollably when He eats Śrīmatī’s cooking. Externally, it seems that His sad or troubled.

In one such instance, Yaśodā Mātā addresses her son as follows:

“Kṛṣṇa, Rādhā has come from Yāvaṭa to cook for You. She didn’t sleep the whole night. She was making many arrangements for this meal. She has done so much for Your sake, but if You don’t take anything, She will be very unhappy. She will stop coming to Nanda-bhavana. Can’t You appreciate the hard work of others? Please eat nicely.”

Kṛṣṇa said, “Yes mother, I will eat. Don’t worry. I just have one small request.”

“What is that? Yaśodā Mātā asked.

“There are many fresh fruits that grow in the groves of Vraja and are waiting for service. Many Vrajavāsīs have come from their homes with fruits from their houses and food items they have personally prepared. I am feeling sad to not see these preparations. Hearing the glories of Vraja, even the demigods come here with many presentations. If we don’t accept these offerings, then they will be very unhappy and so will we.”

Any person, be he small, big, rich or poor, if he offers Kṛṣṇa something with love, He will accept it. Kṛṣṇa relished Sudāmā’s meager offering of chipped rice. He does not neglect anyone, but has love for all souls. For those who do not get the chance to personally bring their loveful offerings to Kṛṣṇa, He comes to them and steals it.

Yaśodā Mātā’s heart melted. “From tomorrow,” she said. “We will look to see if anyone is waiting with something to offer Kṛṣṇa. They will bring those gifts and serve them to Kṛṣṇa.”

The loving devotee will always make offering of affection to his Lord. When a sadhaka chants gopāla-mantra, he is offering something with love to Gopāla. Chanting a dry mantra is insufficient. You have to offer something and then it will be an action of love.

With love, if anyone offers a fruit, flower, root, or water, Kṛṣṇa says, “I will take that.”

patraṁ puṣpaṁ phalaṁ toyaṁ
yo me bhaktyā prayacchati
tad ahaṁ bhakty-upahṛtam
aśnāmi prayatātmanaḥ
Śrīmad Bhāgavad-gītā

“If my bhakta offers Me a leaf, a flower, fruit or water with love and devotion, I will surely accept that gift.”

Kṛṣṇa cannot be happy if He doesn’t accept offerings of His devotees.

Citraka, Patraka, Raktaka, Bhadra, Bhadrasena have the service of greeting those who come with gifts for Krsna and arranging that their offerings of love reach Him. There are many elder gopīs that bring butter, pomegranates, cherries and many other things. Kṛṣṇa is eager to accept everyone’s love.

When Mahāprabhu was in the Gambhīrā, the bhaktas in Navadvīpa would collect throughout the whole year, many preparations to give Mahāprabhu. They carried these for a month while walking from Navadvīpa to Purī. An arrival, they gave it all to Govinda Prabhu to offer to Mahāprabhu. Every day, Govinda Prabhu asked, “O Lord, people bring You many offerings with so much love, but You don’t accept them. How many times must I lie when they ask me if You have eaten them or not?”

Mahāprabhu said, “Anything that comes should be given to Jagannātha, I don’t need anything.”

Govinda Prabhu said, “They didn’t bring these things for Jagannātha, they brought it for You.”

“No, give it to Jagannātha.”

“If You won’t accept these offerings, I will tell the devotees not to bring anything again.”

Mahāprabhu said, “No, give whatever they bring to Jagannātha.

“I will offer everything to Jagannātha by mind.”

“No give it directly to Him.”

“You are Jagannātha.”

After almost a month there were multiple many roomfuls of this prasādam, but Mahāprabhu would not accept anything. He was setting an example of a renunciant, and only ate a little bit. Govinda Prabhu was also very stubborn and would ask Mahāprabhu again and again to accept the prasāda of the Navadvipa devotees.

One day Mahāprabhu suddenly said, “Alright, how many things do you have? Bring everything.”

Govinda Prabhu immediately began to serve the prasāda to Mahāprabhu. The Lord ate with great relish, until all the rooms that were filled were now empty.

Mahāprabhu asked, “Govinda, do you have anything more?”

“I have something still.”

“Give it to Me.”

“No I won’t give You more.”

“Why not, you said that you do not wish to be a liar.”

“What is left is some dry items and some pickles. I will give You a small amount of these things every day. I won’t give everything to You at once.”

When the devotee takes dīkṣā from Śrī Guru, it means he is receiving relationship, sambandha-jñāna. The knowledge that, “I am Kṛṣṇa’s, I am Gurudeva’s.” But one who gives nothing to Śrī Guru and Kṛṣṇa is not a real disciple. If one does not give anything by body, at least he should give something by mind. But even this is rare nowadays. Now if a disciple is asked, “Can’t you give one tulasī leaf to God?” he will say, “This is not possible for me.”

Such a person’s chanting of harināma and mantra is dry. It as if they simply run like a tape recorder saying, “Hare Kṛṣṇa Hare Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Hare Hare…” and “He Gopinātha, Hey Gopijana-vallabha,” but without any affection or mood of any kind.

Why do you call Gopijana-vallabha? Is He your servant? Can you not serve Him? This is not the proper process. If a mother has affection for her baby, she will tend to him without bathing and without having to be asked.

We have heard the story of Sanatana Gosvāmī and the brāhmaṇi who cooked daliā for Madana Mohana. She was stirring the daliā with the back end of the stick she was using to brush her teeth. Her two boys Madana and Sadana were crying, “Give me breakfast, give me breakfast,” She put it on their plates piping hot and the boys lips were burning as they tried to eat it very fast.

If you have no love how can you have relationship. How can you expect to enter aṣṭa-kālīya-līlā or asta-kaliya-smarana? The dry chanting of mantra does not work. Service is necessary. The gopīs have love, Yaśodā Mātā has love. Therefore they always serve. Crazy people are lazy and inactive. Karmīs, yogīs, bhogīs and jñānīs, who have no relation with svarūpa-śakti or līlā-śakti, have no affection, attachment, or attraction for God. They run here and there devoid of love.

The sadhaka, at least by mind, must serve in the way that Yaśodā Mātā and the gopīs serve Kṛṣṇa. If you cannot do this practically, then do it by mind.

Bhajana is very deep. You must have a do or die mentality. Who will do or die? Will the body do or die or the soul do or die? The soul never dies. And tomorrow or the day after the body will have to be discarded. Therefore, like candana, you should grind and paste the body on the stone slab of loving service. Then you will be fortunate. Your life will be successful. If you don’t do this, though you might have a big body like an elephant’s, many jackals and dogs will bite and have a huge festival of eating your body slowly.

Therefore, use this body for the sake of God. This is the first instruction. If one does not do this, he will never cross māyā nor enter the eternal world.

Caitanya Mahāprabhu said to Raghunātha das Gosvāmī—

eka kuṅjā jala āra tulasī-mañjarī
sāttvika-sevā ei—śuddha-bhāve kari

dui-dike dui-patra madhye komala mañjarī
ei-mata aṣṭa-mañjarī dibe śraddhā kari

Mahāprabhu said, “Give eight tulasī-mañjarīs to Girirāja, and bath him with a clay pot of water. Start this practice, then everything will run on nicely.”

Another time during breakfast, Yaśodā Mātā noticed that many peacocks, parrots, cuckoos and other animals were all waiting outside the window to offer something to Kṛṣṇa. They had all collected something from the forest. Some brought fresh dates, grapes, cherries and other fruits. There was a small rabbit that had come with small green leaves.

All the Vrajavāsīs hearts have love and they offer this to Kṛṣṇa.

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