Day 177: Gaurābda 532, Mādhava Māsa – Daśamī 30 Jan 2019 – Wednesday

Bhakti Bullets

Bhakti Bullets

We have heard that God is love and love is God. Without love and affection we cannot exist. We
should know something. If God is love and love is God, then who is God, really? Love? A sentiment
of the mind? A calculation of the mind only? Or the possessor? Or any person? Or only like a mood
in which men have created Him by their minds? Or is there really no God? We should know the real
truth. What is the meaning of God?
G—the Generator of the whole world
O—the Operator—managing everything
D—the Destroyer

Spoken by Srila Gurudeva, January 30, 2001 Perth

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Rasa Varsa

Hearts Skipping to the Forest – Govinda-lilamrta

Kavirāja Gosvāmī now describes the midmorning pastimes.

Kṛṣṇa has left Nanda-bhavana with the sakhās and cows, and they are on their way to the forest, while playing many instruments.

While walking in the dhāma, if you think of materialistic people and their mundane activities, then those very people will steal your energy. If you think of Vraja-bhumi and the glories of the Vrajavāsīs, then their power and mercy will come to you. You will acquire spiritual energy from svarūpa-śakti.

Śrīla Gurudeva would perform parikramā of Vṛndāvana, Govardhana, Varsānā, Navadvīpa-dhāma and Kṣetra-maṇḍala with the accompaniment of saṅkīrtana and also the presence of Mahāprabhu and the guru-varga. Because of this, none of the pilgrims or brahmacārīs became weak.

Śrīla Gurudeva said, “By performing parikramā and having darśana of the prominent pastime places of Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa, Mahāprabhu, and the Vaiṣṇavas, great strength will come. Love and affection will awaken in the heart and one will have spiritual energy. One will never be weak, hopeless or tired.”

If one remains with his body and uncontrolled mind while performing parikramā, thinking of worldly people and impermanent things and talking and joking about useless subject matters, then all his strength will be lost. Why is this? You are in Vraja-maṇḍala, Kṛṣṇa’s Līlā-bhūmi, but there you bring only useless things. What is coming from your mouth? Where is your consciousness? You are not in Līlā-bhūmi. You came to Vraja-dhāma, but your nature, mind, culture, behavior and etiquette keep you far away from the dhāma. You are not following the proper principles therefore you offend the dhāma. This is called dhāma-aparādha. If you perform dhāma-aparādha, then the dhāma itself will send you out, saying, “Why did you come here? Why aren’t you glorifying Radha-krsna?”

When someone comes to the dhāma with a negligent or disrespectful mood, then after one or two days he will lose taste for parikramā or any kind of dhāma-sevā. As a result of this, he will become hopeless and weak.

If anyone has a little love, however, if he stays in the dhāma under the guidance of Śrī Guru and the Vaiṣṇavas, serves them, offers them gifts and hears their hari-kathā, then he will receive blessings. The eyes of Śrī Guru and the Vaiṣṇavas will surely fall favorably on that person who comes to the dhāma with a service attitude. They will think, “Oh, he is working so hard,” And their hearts will melt.

Guru and Vaiṣṇavas appreciate any love we can offer to God, His dhāma, and His devotees. If they see this love in us, then they will reciprocate with their own love. The flow of their love will transfer from their hearts to ours.

Once I asked Śrīla Gurudeva, “Every day you are going on parikramā and conducting big feasts. Do you never become tired or weak?”

“No,” Śrīla Gurudeva said. “Why would I? This is service for the
Guru-varga. They are always with me, therefore I am never weak or hopeless.”

While Kṛṣṇa and His friends enter the forest, they play flutes, buffalo horns, mṛdaṅgas, shenais and all kinds of musical instruments.

The sakhās chant, Jaya kanhaiya-lal kī!” And “Kṛṣṇa kanhaiyā, dāū ji ke bhaiyā.” Other times they sing, “Jaya govinda, jaya gopāla!”

The sakhās loudly sing the names of Kṛṣṇa, as well as many other different songs. This pleases Kṛṣṇa very much and is a nice offering to Vraja-bhumi.

What benefit will come by staying silent like a dumb man or tree trunk? Why did God give you a voice? Why don’t you sing? Are you some silent sage?

Mahāprabhu said, “In kali-yuga, without saṅkīrtana, the anarthas within will not be cleansed and Kṛṣṇa will not manifest in the heart. Let the singing of Kṛṣṇa’s names fill your ears, or else they will be filled with useless or polluting vibrations. To protect yourself from contaminated sound, perform kṛṣṇa-kīrtana and this will protect you.

If one loudly chants kṛṣṇa-kīrtana, then all bad tendencies and moods that lurk in the heart will vanish. When the senses come in contact with kṛṣṇa-kīrtana, they become surcharged with purity and energy.

The cows cannot sing, but they moo in time with the kīrtana. Animals can also do kīrtana. If you blow a conch shell near a dog there is a good chance that he will howl along with the sound. In Purī we see this. When the pujārīs or temple sevakas play the gongs during ārati, many dogs gather around and howl until the ārati is finished.

Similarly, the calves and cows moo and dance with the sakhās as they do kīrtana. The cows lift up the tails and listen to the singing with their long ears. Often, being deeply attracted by the kīrtana as well as Kṛṣṇa’s presence, they look back, and stop moving forward all together.

The flow of Yamunā wishes to back up in order to stay near Kṛṣṇa. This results in whirlpools that cause the lotuses to be washed up on the bank as offerings. The sakhās collect these lotuses one by one and give them to Kṛṣṇa. Sometimes they collect them and make garlands for Kṛṣṇa and Balarāma or the lotus stems are given for Kṛṣṇa and Baladeva to eat.

Flowers and ripe fruits fall from the trees for the service of Kṛṣṇa. Lush green grass covers the forest floor, also waiting for their service to be accepted by Kṛṣṇa. In the forest, as Kṛṣṇa walks step-by-step on the grass, the cows graze behind Him. If Kṛṣṇa does not touch the grass with His feet, the cows will not eat it. They will accept nothing but Kṛṣṇa’s prasāda. Kṛṣṇa knows this and therefore daily walks through the groves of Vraja. If He did not do this, the cows would not eat or drink.

Kṛṣṇa washes His feet and bathes in the water of the Yamunā, and the cows drink that water. Now, we are independent and feel we do not need prasādam or caraṇāmṛta. We feel we do not need the dust of Vraja and we do not offer obeisance. We do not serve with our bodies, nor perform kīrtana. But we do not realize that our body will be stolen by many enemies. Some come in the form of girlfriends or boyfriends, some like mothers and fathers and so-called relatives. They will make us their slave.
We will allow this to happen. We will be slave of these enemies, but do not want to be the servant of the Vrajavāsīs. As long as this mentality is present, eternal relationship with Vraja-bhumi cannot be had.

If one only takes Kṛṣṇa’s prasāda, he will never become sick. Sanātana Gosvāmī used to daily go from Vṛndāvana to Mathurā, and from there, to Govardhana by foot every day. He would not only go to these places, but perform parikramā of them. After Govardhana parikramā, he would return to Vṛndāvana. But he was never sick or tired.

If this body is used in the service of God, Śrī Guru and the dhāma, then so much spiritual power will come. However, if one simply uses the body for serving mundane people, then he will simply be robbed of his energy. This will lead to no benefit at all. This is only karma.

ātmendriya-prīti-vāñchā—tāre bali ‘kāma’
kṛṣṇendriya-prīti-icchā dhare ‘prema’ nāma

“The desire to gratify one’s own senses is kāma [lust], but the desire to please the senses of Lord Kṛṣṇa is prema [love].”

As Kṛṣṇa and His blissful group of friends and cows leave His home and head to the forest, He looks back and sees His mother, father and the other Vrajavāsīs following Him.

Kṛṣṇa stops and says, “Mother, father, please do not come out in this heat. Your youth is behind you. Do not worry, I will come back in the afternoon. If you don’t stay behind mother, how will you prepare for the evening meal? I’m coming soon. I will walk for a while with the cows, they will graze, drink and bathe and then we will quickly return. Don’t worry. Go back home.”

When Kṛṣṇa stops, so do all the cows and boys.

Nanda and Yaśodā say, “Please don’t go.”

Yaśodā Mātā weeps profusely. All the mothers and fathers weep at the thought of being separated for Kṛṣṇa for so long.

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