Apr 5, 2018

WHAT IS THE MEANING OF AUSTERITIES?

12/02/2018
São Paulo, Brazil


On Srimad Bhagavatam, 10th canto, 1st chapter, Srila Sukadeva Gosvamipad told Pariksit Maharaj about Krsna’s very nice and beautiful pastimes - Krsna-lila kathamrtam. Because from the 1st canto to the 9th canto, Sukadeva Gosvamipada told Pariksit Maharaj about many jnana and vairagya kathas. And also told many stories, many pastimes about the dynasty of the kings. Then Pariksit Maharaj asked one question, “Hey Gurudeva, hey Brahman, please don’t take my offense. I want to ask you one question.”

So Pariksit Maharaj very humbly told, “I don’t know how to make questions in front of you, if I commit any offense, please forgive me. Now I am about to die. Maybe after two days, I will die, because the snake will come and bite me. But why did you speak about many stories of kings? You told me how they are great, how they are brave, how they conquer many countries, how they gave charity, donation. You told many kathas, many jnana and vairagya kathas. Why? What benefit will I get? I cannot get any benefit.”

In the Braja language, it is said: “Ok, that person was very rich, he has so much opulence, wealth, money, he’s eating so many kinds of delicious food, laddukacori, etc… If I hear his glories, what benefit will I get? Nothing. He will not give one penny to me, he will not give any grains to me, so what is the meaning of listening to his glorification?”

Giving an example, you see a very long tree. You cannot get any benefit from this tree, because you cannot get the shade of it, it is too long. Maybe that tree’s shadow is going very far. Imagine you are walking in the summertime, then suddenly you see a very long coconut tree. You want to take some rest under the shadow of the tree, but where is the shadow of this long tree? It is going very far, in the river. So no benefit is coming from this tree. Also, you can find a big fruit tree, but if it is too long and if the branches are very high, you cannot get its fruits either. 

I am saying this because Pariksit Maharaj told Sukadeva Gosvamipad, “You told me about how great were these kings, how big, how brave. But what benefit will I get from this? I won’t be able to get any benefit…”

Then Sukadeva Gosvamipad said, “Actually, I told you about those kings’ aisvarya, opulence, but why? Because you have come from this dynasty. First, you need to understand your own glories, but how will you know your own glories? For this regard, I am telling you about your forefathers, how they were great…”

Apr 4, 2018

HOW TO BE FREE FROM ALL DEBTS

09/01/2018
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


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Patanjali Rsi manifested the yoga-darsana and he explained about astanga-yoga, the eight paths of yoga. Actually, this yoga is originally coming from Lord Siva and there are more than 700 types of yoga explained in there. 

In Srimad Bhagavad-gita, Krsna discourses about yogas in front of Arjuna in the battlefield of Kuruksetra. For this regard, every chapter of the Srimad Bhagavad-gita, the 18 chapters, have names of yoga: sankhya-yoga, karma-yoga, jnana-yoga, bhakti-yoga, hatha-yogarajavidya-yoga, many kinds of yoga He told to Arjuna. 

Actually, yoga means ‘how to unite with Lord’. Where is this word ‘yoga’ coming from? Because every word has an opposite word, for example, day and night - if there is day, the night must be there; light and darkness; demon, there must be a demigod. Because in this material world, this is always going on, there are opposite words, opposite moods… but could you speak one word that does not have opposite? You say ‘happy’ and ‘unhappy’... 

The word that does not have opposite is unique, unparalleled and in Sanskrit that is called ‘ananda’ - bliss. In the dictionary, you cannot find the opposite word of bliss. For this regard, Vedas explain, ananda-mayo 'bhyasat, ananda-mayo 'bhyasat, ananda-mayo 'bhyasat... (Vedanta-sutra 1.1.12) [“By nature, the Lord is always joyful.”] Again and again, we should practice achieving God, who is completely, absolutely full of bliss. Because if you once unite with Him, you will never separate from Him. Unite than separate, separate and unite [that is what usually happens], but if you once unite with God, you will never separate from Him again. For this regard our scriptures say:
[...] yadi haya tara yoga, na haya tabe viyoga,
viyoga haile keha na jiyaya
(CC Madhya 2.43)
Once you unite with God, you will never separate from Him, and if you separated from Him, you could not survive.

Mar 10, 2018

LOVE IS NOT LOOKING FOR YOUR OWN HAPPINESS

12/02/2018
São Paulo/SP
Gangamata Gaudiya Matha


I am very happy, all you are so much enthusiastic about the mission of our Srila Gurudeva, and time is very short, going very quickly. About three months now. How it passed I cannot understand, it looks like it took only three days. I entered in Brazil, I remember, in December. Then December, January, and February, three months almost. Because time is very quick, time doesn’t wait for anything. And especially I’m staying with you, all you are devotees of Gurudeva, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Nityananda Prabhu, for this regard I cannot feel anything about how time is going fast. So today is my last day here, I am going to Holland, then after five days, I have to go back to India. So you are very kind for giving me association, sanga. Bhaktisiddantha Prabhupada, very humble, he told, “I have no bhakti, nothing, but the devotees are very merciful, they always engage me in listening to krishna-nama and krishna-katha”. Without bhakta-sanga, life is useless.
‘sādhu-saṅga’ ‘sādhu-saṅga’— sarva-śāstre kaya
lava-mātra sādhu-saṅge sarva-siddhi haya
(CC Madhya 22.54)
[“The verdict of all revealed scriptures is that by even a moment’s association with a pure devotee, one can attain all success.”]

All the revealed scriptures: Vedas, Puranas, Upanisad, glorify the association with sadhu, sadhu-sanga. Because when we associate with sadhu, then we also forget what day is today. Actually, I cannot remember if today is Sunday, Monday, Tuesday. I forgot, because no need to think about the days. We have harikatha, harinama, bhakta-sanga… I am staying with you and you all speak very nice harikatha, so I am thinking how you are gems and jewels of Gurudeva. Actually, these are the glories of Srila Gurudeva.

‘Mahat-saṅgama-māhātmyam’ - Srila Sanatana Goswamipada very clearly explains in Brhad Bhagavatamrta the influence of that association with sadhu, sadhu-sanga. One moment or even half a moment in the association of sadhu, then your life will be successful. Srila Gurudeva, again and again, reminded us: In this material world, all material things, we will only get according to our previous fruit of action, that’s karma. Because that is called ‘predicted’ and ‘predestined’. You cannot get less and you cannot get more because everything is already fixed for you. Wealth, money, wife, children, bank balance, credit card, many things in this material world that you want, everything is reserved for you, it’s predicted and predestined. You just don’t know yourself, but this is true, everything is predicted and predestined. Today, will you take prasada or not? This is also fixed for you. If today you don’t have prasada in your fate, then you cannot take it; maybe one message will come telling you will have to go away. Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu told, many kinds of delicious food will come, but without the desire of Lord, bhagavad-iccha, you cannot eat and you cannot accept anything. But sadhu-sanga and harikatha, this is very very rare. This is not dependent on your karma, this is only dependent on your sukriti (spiritual past activities).
bhaktis tu bhagavad-bhakta-
sangena parijayate
sat-sangah prapyate pumbhih
sukrtaih purva-sancitaih
(Hari-bhakti-vilasa 10.279)
[“Bhakti is awakened when one associates with pure devotees of Sri Bhagavan. Association with suddha-bhaktas is attained only by the accumulation of transcendental pious activities performed over many lifetimes”]

Feb 22, 2018

GIVE LOVE AND AFFECTION TO EVERYONE


14/12/2015
Brighton, UK

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All of us are coming from God. For example, a big fire and the spark; the same qualities are there. A big fire can burn everything, in the same way, the small spark of the fire can burn everything. Even if the petrol isn’t there, the propensity [to burn] is there.

But here in this material world, we forget our soul, we forget God. You have to love God, you have to love everybody. Try to understand these things; the Lord resides in the heart of all the living entities. Paramatma, the Supersoul, He resides in the heart of all the living entities. You accept it or not, you are the servant of Krsna.
jīvera ‘svarūpa’ haya — kṛṣṇera ‘nitya-dāsa’ 
(CCMadhya 20.108)
[“It is the living entities' constitutional position to be an eternal servant of Krsna...”]

For this regard, Caitanya Mahaprabhu is saying in this way, that we are all servants of Lord Krsna. This is our real identification. So why quarrel? Give love and affection to everyone. You give love and affection, this is the nature of us. Why you do not give love and affection? Everybody is manifested from God.

When you give love, then you are happy. And love is not coming one way, love is coming two ways. If you love me, I love you. Even if you don’t love me I have to give love to you. Love to you, love to your neighbor, love to everybody. Maybe your question is, why does not my neighbor give love to me? Because he does not know the meaning of love. If you give love to him, then one day he will give love to you. This is true.