Day 187: Gaurābda 532, Mādhava Māsa – Ṣaṣṭhī 11 Feb 2019 – Monday

Bhakti Bullets

Bhakti Bullets

You should know that the backbone of kṛṣṇa-bhakti is guru-niṣṭhā—unalloyed faith in Śrī Guru. If one
has no guru-niṣṭhā, he has no bhakti at all. In the Indian tradition, in Vedic culture, from ancient times
up to now, it was essential to accept a bona fide guru. Nowadays, however, the Western breeze is also
coming towards India, and thus India is rejecting all these principles. We are especially rejecting guru.
Instead we think, “What is Gurudeva? Gurudeva is nothing. There is no need of Gurudeva.”
If you want to be happy you should accept a highly qualified guru and Guru-paramparā. If you do
not do so, you will have to experience the miseries of old age and death. When you die, whatever
you have collected in your life cannot be taken with you. Always remember that death is sure. No
one can save you from death. What, then, will become of these palatial buildings and the many other
things you have collected? Try to understand this. By guru-bhakti our lives will be changed and we
will be happy forever.

Spoken by Srila Gurudeva, February 11, 2001 Singapore

Prema Flame

Prema Flame

Rasa Varsa

WHEN DOES KRSNA COME TO HELP THE DISTRESSED?

Līlā-rasa attracts all. Now, try to understand the meaning of rāsa-līlā. People think that rāsa-līlā is just dance, drama, kissing, embracing, and joking together. However, rāsa-līlā is kṛṣṇa-rasa, bhakti-rasa, prema-rasa, and vraja-rasa. How will it come? Caitanya-candra brought saṅkīrtanarasa, which cleanses the heart, takes away all desire for mundane rasa, and opens the doors for aprākṛta-rasa.

First, faith will come. After faith, deep eagerness for following the limbs of bhakti, such as śravaṇam, kīrtanam, smaraṇam, up to ātma-nivedanam, will arise. Śravaṇam, kīrtanam and smaraṇam is sambandha-jñānātmaka-rasa. This bestows realization of one’s eternal relation with Kṛṣṇa and His associates.

Arcanam, vandanam, and pāda-sevanam is abhidheya-jñānātmaka-rasa. Dāsyam, sakhyam, and ātma-nivedanam is prayojana-jñānātmaka-rasa. This rāsa-līlā is līlā dhātu, meaning, the process to make one śobhāyamān, effulgent with pure love. Lilā-śakti and bhagavad-śakti enter within all one’s limbs, making one effulgent with pure love, and bestowing the qualification to enter into the transcendental world.

anugrahāya bhaktānāṁ mānuṣaṁ deham āsthitaḥ

bhajate tādṛśīḥ krīḍā yāḥ śrutvā tat-paro bhavet

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 10.33.36

In order to bestow mercy upon the devotees as well as the conditioned souls, Bhagavān Śrī Kṛṣṇa manifests His humanlike form and performs such extraordinary pastimes (rāsa-līlā) that anyone who hears them becomes exclusively devoted unto Him.

In the transcendental world, this rāsa-līlā is eternally running, but Kṛṣṇa comes and performs rāsa-līlā in this world to lift the conditioned souls out of their attachment to jaḍa-rasa and attract them to the eternal world. By this pastime, Kṛṣṇa gives news of the eternal world and arranges to bring the lost souls home.

First, this saṅkīrtanarasa will clean us from top to bottom; then the energy of bhakti-rasa will come. Faith will come, and it will increase to deep and firm faith. Then taste, ruci, will arise. Everything will be very sweet at that time performing hari-kathā, kīrtana, harināma, śravaṇa—all our activities will be for God’s service only, and everything will be very tasteful. Not only tasteful, but by serving realization will come.

Our sevā will be natural and direct. Govinda, Dāmodara and Mādhava will always be present with us. In rāsa-līlā, rasa is overflowing, and that is what attracts Kṛṣṇa. He is raso vai sah. If there is mundane rasa—like in our young age, when many witches, ghosts, apsarās, demigods, and brahma-rākṣasas come to attack us—Kṛṣṇa will not come.

Kṛṣṇa’s rāsa-līlā is transcendental. The desire to attain that is necessary for all. Smaraṇa is required. At first it is not possible. When chanting harināma and guru-mantra, the mind goes here and there. When you do guru-mantra, remember Śrī Guru and Vaiṣṇavas and how they serve. Offer praṇāma. Then qualified godbrothers and godsisters will instruct you. They will say, “Sweep here, bring a nice flower, paste candana, bring garlands, wash cloth, arrange tilaka, ācamana, and āsana. Bathe Śrīla Gurudeva and give him a seat. Offer him flowers, incense, cloth, brahmin thread, and so forth.”

Remember and serve Guru-pāda-padma, following the process of arcana, as you chant the mantra that he gave you. Follow the same process of arcana for God. By practicing this for some time, what is to be done next will become clear to you. At night before you sleep, you will already know what to do early in the morning. Everything will be favorable. This is called vihāra.

One name of Kṛṣṇa is Bihārī. He is Vinoda Bihārī, Ramaṇa Bihārī, Bāṅke Bihārī, Rāsa Bihārī. He wanders around playing everywhere. If in any place there is no transcendental rasa, only mundane rasa, Kṛṣṇa will not come there. How can that transcendental rasa come into the heart? When it comes, the heart will be cleansed through and through with mādhurya.

tad ucchvasita-yauvanaṁ tarala-śaiśavālaṁkṛtaṁ

mada-cchurita-locanaṁ madana-mugdha-hāsāmṛtam

prati-kṣana-vilobhanaṁ praṇaya-pīta-vaṁśī-mukhaṁ

jagat-traya-vimohanam jayati māmakaṁ jīvitam

Kṛṣṇa-karṇāmṛta 88

All glories to Kṛṣṇa, my very life and the enchanter of the three worlds! His now-blooming youth is adorned with the last flickering of childhood. His eyes flashing with delight, He bewilders Cupid with the nectar of His smile. His beauty beguiles at every moment, and out of love He drinks from the mouth of His flute. 

Now Kṛṣṇa’s kaiśora age has come. His eyes are restless. His face, forehead, hands, and the rest of His body become reddish with the color of anurāga. He smiles a little, and then Kāmadeva captivates everyone, making them forget everything else.

In the Himalayas there are huge glaciers. When the summer season comes, some of the ice melts and flows down as water. The sun gives heat not only to melt the ice, the sun drinks the water and stores it in the sky, making clouds. They are like big water tanks and are sometimes twenty or thirty kilometers wide. Sometimes they are so big they stretch across the sky without any boundary. The Sun has this capacity—to catch, control and collect water. He sends the thick and dirty water down to the ocean, but what is very clean and sweet he takes up to the sky. He gets rid of pollution in the water and takes only the pure essence.

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