Day 188: Gaurābda 532, Mādhava Māsa – Saptamī 12 Feb 2019 – Tuesday

Bhakti Bullets

Bhakti Bullets

Don’t criticize any Vaiṣṇava: whether right or wrong. No need at all because you cannot control
them. Don’t do. Try to control your mind. And try to give proper respect to proper Vaiṣṇavas
according to their stages. If you have no taste in chanting, remembering, hearing, forcibly you should
do again and again. You should chant the names and remember the pastimes regarding that name.
And you should stay in Vṛndāvana under the guidance of a pure Vaiṣṇava.
We can see in Śrī Raghunātha dāsa Gosvāmī’s life that what was unfavorable for bhakti he very
strongly rejected and what was favorable he very strongly accepted. Always chanting and
remembering, while being in Vṛndāvana. You should try to follow. That is why we are giving you all
these things.

Spoken by Srila Gurudeva, February 12, 2004 Brisbane

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Rasa Varsa

Advaita Saptami

Today is Advaita Saptamī, the appearance day of Śrī Advaita Prabhu.

In kali-yuga, on the order of God, Lord Śiva came as Śaṅkarācārya and preached advaitavāda, thus cheating the foolish jīvas and making them into māyāvādīs. Lord Shiva is always ready to follow the order of God, and he assists the Supreme Lord in all other yugas.

Advaita Ācārya Prabhu came before the advent of Caitanya Mahāprabhu. He thought, “Previously, I taught māyāvāda and sent everyone very far away from God. Now they do not believe in the Deities of God, or the śāstras.”

“They think, ‘I am Brahma.’ They repeat the words, ‘Sarvaṁ khalv idaṁ brahma—there is nothing without Brahma,’ and cite the verse,

śloka dhenu pravakṣyāmī
yad aktaṁ yānti koṭibhiḥ
brahma satyaṁ jagan mithyā
jīva brahmaiva na paraḥ
(Śaṅkarācārya)

“In half a verse, I am summarizing the truth that has been expressed by volumes and volumes of scripture. Within only half a verse I shall give the essence of all truths: brahma satyam, jagan mithya. Brahman, spirit, is true – this world is false. And the jīva is nothing but Brahman. This is the substance of all the scriptures.”

“Brahma is truth, everything else is false.”

“As Śaṅkarācārya, I taught them this. Now, how can I make up for this? How can I bring all jīvas back to God?”

“In kali-yuga, the living entities have very short lifespan, they cannot perform austerity, and they are always cheated by māyā. Even now, everyone is attached to māyāvāda philosophy and has lost everything. The jīvas have become very hard and cruel. They don’t respect each other and perform all kinds of heinous sins. How can I bring them back to the lotus feet of God?”

Advaita Ācārya appeared in kali-yuga as the son of Kuvera Paṇḍita and Nābhā Devī. Everyone in their area placed their faithin Durgā, Kali and other forms of Devī. Kuvera Paṇḍita, however, worshipped Śālagrāma and Madana Gopāla and some people were not happy with him because of this.

The king, however, respected him very much and personally requested him to be his head priest.

“Will you help me worship Devī?” the king asked.

“I will send other priests for this worship,” Kuvera Paṇḍita replied, for he was attached to serving his Śālagrāma and Madana Gopāla.

After sometime, Kuvera Paṇḍita and Nābhā Devī came and resided near Śāntipura. On the bank of the Gaṅgā, many sādhus and sages resided there. It was the place of their austerities. The area was peaceful and quiet and they performed bhajana there. They worshipped the Supreme Lord and respected all of His devotees, and had good relation with the Gītā and Bhāgavata.

One day, Nābhā Devī revealed some thoughts to her husband.

“You are the king’s priest.” She said. “He asked you to worship Devī Durgā, but you did not. I think it is because of a curse from Devī that we have no children. She must have become angry with us.”

“Don’t worry,” Kuvera Paṇḍita said, “Devī has no authority. God is the supreme authority. Await His desire.”

Many years ago, in satya-yuga, on this very day, Lord Viṣṇu and Mahā Lakṣmī appeared in this world to give blessings and help to the jīvas. This day is called Ratha-saptamī, or Makara-saptamī.

Today, in South India they have car festival and the Deities come out of the temple sanctorum to give darśana freely to all.

Kuvera Paṇḍita and Nābhā Devī surrendered to Lord Viṣṇu. Sadā Śiva and Mahā Viṣṇu are non-different. If Shiva’s post is ever empty, Viṣṇu comes to fill the post of Sadā Śiva and performs his universal duties.

Advaita Ācārya appeared as Kuvera Paṇḍita’s son this day of Makara-saptamī and was given the name Kamalākṣa. The name Kamalākṣa does not only mean that he has eyes as beautiful as lotus petals. In the book Advaita Prakāśa it is explained that Advaita Ācārya is kamalākṣa, meaning his eyes are always fixed on śāstra, sādhus, Śrī Guru and worshipable persons. He doesn’t use his eyes for any other purpose.

When a lotus blossoms everyone becomes pleased and attracted by its beauty. In he same way, whoever came near Kamalākṣa began to follow the rules and regulations of śāstra and to worship God.

When Advaita Ācārya was a boy, Madhavendra Puripada came to his house. Kuvera Paṇḍita properly respected Madhavendra Purī along with the devotees who had accompanied him, such as Īśvara Purī and Paramānanda Purī. They were traveling to all the holy places of India and they stayed in the home of Kuvera Paṇḍita for some time. Kuvera Paṇḍita never knew what was being said during the long meetings of Madhavendra Purī and Kamalākṣa that took place during their stay.

It came to pass that the king got news Kuvera Paṇḍita’s brilliant son, who was said to be fully knowledgeable in veda and vedānta, as well as the past, present and future.

He sent a message to Kuvera Paṇḍita. “Please bring your son to my palace one day. I wish to meet him.” This was his request.

Kuvera Paṇḍita took Kamalākṣa along with him to the palace one day, and the king was very happy to see the young boy. He respected them both and then began to ask many things to Kamalākṣa, who gave very direct and sweet answers.

Many other paṇḍitas were present in the king’s court and they became very jealous.

“Please come every week with your father,” the king said to Kamalākṣa, “We will be pleased to receive your teachings.”

Kamalaksa began to come with his parents to the king’s court. He gave intelligent answers to any questions asked to him by the priests, paṇḍitas and the king. Everyone was very happy. Their hearts were cooled in his presence. The king was especially pleased.
At that time, the brāhmaṇas were all generally smārtas who worshipped Kali and performed taṅtra-upāsanā, dark worship.

“The Śrīmad Bhagavad-gītā is the most important scripture,” Kamalākṣa said. The king agreed, and when Kamalākṣa came next to the court, he began to give lectures on the Bhagavad-gītā.

The Gītā describes:

ye ‘py anya-devatā-bhaktā
yajante śraddhayānvitāḥ
te ‘pi mām eva kaunteya
yajanty avidhi-pūrvakam
Bhagavad-gītā 9.23

“Those who are devotees of other gods and who worship them with faith actually worship only Me, O son of Kuntī, but they do so in a wrong way.”

Kṛṣṇa says that if anyone worships the demigods it is indeed ultimately worship of Himself.

The smārtas argued, “If you accept this to be true—if Kṛṣṇa says that the worship of the demigods is worship of Him, then why do you refuse to worship Devī?”

In the entrance of the palace there was a temple of Durgā-devī. The envious smārtas and paṇḍitas hadnoticed Kamalākṣa’s disposition in relation to this temple and were trying to find a flaw in his character as a means to bring him down.

The paṇḍitas continued, “You don’t worship Devī, thus you are disrespecting the demigods and the Bhagavad-gītā.”

Kamalaksa cited more ślokas from the Bhagavad-gītā,

kāmais tais tair hṛta-jñānāḥ
prapadyante ‘nya-devatāḥ
taṁ taṁ niyamam āsthāya
prakṛtyā niyatāḥ svayā
Bhagavad-gītā 7.20

“Those whose intelligence has been stolen by material desires surrender unto demigods and follow the particular rules and regulations of worship according to their own natures.”

antavat tu phalaṁ teṣāṁ
tad bhavaty alpa-medhasām
devān deva-yajo yānti
mad-bhaktā yānti mām api
Bhagavad-gītā 7.23

“Men of small intelligence worship the demigods, and their fruits are limited and temporary. Those who worship the demigods go to the planets of the demigods, but My devotees ultimately reach My supreme abode.”

Kamalākṣa explained, “Who worships the devīs and devatas? Only those who have material desires. If there is no desire for material things, then why worship the demigods and demigoddesses? One should worship the Supreme Lord directly.”

The paṇḍitas became very angry. But Kamalākṣa continued, “Kṛṣṇa is all-in-all, but fools don’t understand Him.”

avajānanti māṁ mūḍhā
mānuṣīṁ tanum āśritam
paraṁ bhāvam ajānanto
mama bhūta-maheśvaram
Bhagavad-gītā 9.11
“Fools deride Me when I descend in the human form. They do not know My transcendental nature as the Supreme Lord of all that be.”

janma karma ca me divyam
evaṁ yo vetti tattvataḥ
tyaktvā dehaṁ punar janma
naiti mām eti so ‘rjuna
Bhagavad-gītā 4.9

“One who knows the transcendental nature of My appearance and activities does not, upon leaving the body, take his birth again in this material world, but attains My eternal abode, O Arjuna.”

daivī hy eṣā guṇa-mayī
mama māyā duratyayā
mām eva ye prapadyante
māyām etāṁ taranti te
Bhagavad-gītā 7.14

“This divine energy of Mine, consisting of the three modes of material nature, is difficult to overcome. But those who have surrendered unto Me can easily cross beyond it.”

“If anyone takes shelter of Kṛṣṇa,” Kamalākṣa said, “they will cross māyā. There is no other way to be freed from material existence.”

Kamalākṣa soundly defeated all the paṇḍits and they began to burn with jealousy.

They brought their complaints to the king.

“Mahārāja, you must not show such great respect to Kamalākṣa. He is the qualified son of a brāhmaṇa, but know that he does not follow any etiquette. He says that Kṛṣṇa’s advice in the Gītā is all-in-all and that there is no need to worship Devī. He doesn’t show any respect to the demigods. He is defying all rules and regulations of sanātana-dharma.”

“What has he done to break any form of etiquette?” asked the king.

“He comes regularly,” the paṇḍitas said, “but he never shows respect to Durgā Devi in the temple at the palace’s entrance.

“I will ask his father about this,” the king replied.

The king asked Kuvera Paṇḍita, “Why doesn’t your son respect Durgā Devi?”

“Why not ask directly.” Kuvera Paṇḍita suggested.

Then the king asked the boy, “Kamalākṣa, do you offer praṇāma to Durgā-devī or not?”
“I do not” replied Kamalākṣa.
“Why not?”
“I do not offer her praṇāma, because she will not accept it.”
“What? She won’t accept your praṇāmas?”
“No.”

The priests and paṇḍitas began to laugh and clap their hands. “Such a great personality he is!” they cried in sarcasm. “He is more exalted than Devī herself!”

“Devī will not accept my praṇāma,” Kamalaksa reconfirmed. “This is impossible.”

The next day when Kuvera Paṇḍita came with Kamalākṣa, all the paṇḍitas were standing ready at the entrance of the palace, near the temple of Devī.

“You must offer praṇāma,” they said to Kamalākṣa. “Why won’t Devī accept?”

The king and hundreds of others were there watching.

Kuvera Paṇḍita looked at his son. “Offer praṇāma,” he said.
“No,” Kamalaksa replied.
“You will disobey me? You will not follow me?”
“I follow you, but not your instruction.”
“This is not good. Show some respect.”
“Ask Devī if she will accept my praṇāma or not.”
“No! Don’t be stubborn. Offer praṇāma to Devī.”

Kamalākṣa had just begun to slowly bend his head before the deity of goddess Durgā, when suddenly the deity exploded with a deafening sound. The shards of her form cut and injured the bodies of all the paṇḍitas and priests. The king and the other people present fell to the ground in fear and covered their ears.

When they rose some time later, they saw that the deity of Devī was gone and but her voice could be heard in the air. “Kamalākṣa is not an ordinary boy,” were her words. “He is not the son of any priest. He is the avatāra of Mahā-viṣṇu. He is my master.”

The brāhmaṇas arose from the ground. The king worshipped Kamalākṣa with reverence, but the brāhmaṇas became more envious. Kamalākṣa became very famous and respected. But none of the paṇḍitas could honor him.

In kali-yuga, Kali Mahārāja gives four things as presentations to the brāhmaṇas.

abhyarthitas tadā tasmai
sthānāni kalaye dadau
dyūtaṁ pānaṁ striyaḥ sūnā
yatrādharmaś catur-vidhaḥ
Śrīmad-bhāgavatam 1.17.38

“Mahārāja Parīkṣit, thus being petitioned by the personality of Kali, gave him permission to reside in places where gambling, drinking, prostitution and animal slaughter were performed.”

Kali Mahārāja’s place of residence, given to him by Mahārāja Parīkṣit is gold. The king gave the brāhmaṇas and priests great donations of the very same gold. They had many nice ornaments. They wore large earrings and necklaces and had bracelets on their wrists. Without the performance any austerity or sādhana, they happily accepted the wealth the king gave them, which is a form of viṣaya-anna, food tainted by the sins of worldly persons.

They were worshipers of Devī. But their worship was only so-called. Such people as they are actually worshipers of their own senses. They follow Kali Mahārāja to attain more enjoyment.

These brāhmaṇas did not follow Kamalākṣa.

Kamalākṣa returned home with his surprised father who tolḍ him, “From today, worship Śālagrāma and Madana Gopāla in my house.”

How would he worship? Śāstra says that no paraphernalia in kali-yuga is pure.

When Kamalākṣa mentioned this, his father asked him, “How will you worship then?”

“I will worship Śālagrāma with Tulasī leaves and Gaṅgā water,” said Kamalākṣa. “This will please Śālagrāma.”

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