Mar 10, 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


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.

Feb 21, 2018


Rotterdam, Holland

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Vrajendra-nandana Syamasundara is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, svayam-bhagavan. When we enter the deep philosophy, Krsna is called sarva-avatari, the source of all incarnation. Avatara means “incarnation of Lord”, which means all incarnation manifested from Him. 
ramadi-murtisu kala-niyamena tisthan
nanavataram akarod bhuvanesu kintu
krsnah svayam samabhavat paramah puman yo
govindam adi-purusam tam aham bhajami
(Caitanya-caritamrta Adi 5.155)
[“I worship Govinda, the primeval Lord, who is by His various plenary portions appears in the worlds in different forms and incarnations such as Lord Rama, but who personally appear in His supreme original form as Lord Krsna.”]

Even Rama, Nrsimha, Kalki, Varaha, Matsya, all they are coming from Krsna. If you say Rama is Bhagavan, yes, Rama is Bhagavan, but not svayam-bhagavan. Try to understand tattva-siddhanta, Rama is not svayam-bhagavan, He is called avatara. Who is svayam-bhagavan? Vrajendra-nandana Syamasundara. Even Dvarakadis or Mathuradis-Krsna are not svayam-bhagavan. Krsnas tu bhagavan-svayam, all the incarnations manifested from Him; this is our gaudiya tattva-siddhanta. 

Many people have no tattva-siddhanta. They are saying “Visnus tu bhagavan-svayam”, “Ramas tu bhagavan-svayam”. You cannot say this. Krsnas tu bhagavan-svayam, Vyasadeva wrote this way in Srimad Bhagavatam. 
ete cāṁśa-kalāḥ puṁsaḥ
kṛṣṇas tu bhagavān svayam 
(Srimad Bhagavatam 1.3.28)
[“All above-mentioned incarnations are either plenary portions or portions of plenary portions of the Lord, but Lord Sri Krsna is the original Personality of Godhead.”]

All incarnation manifested from Him, so what are the qualities (gunas) of svayam-bhagavan? Why Ramacandra is not svayam-bhagavan? Our sastra-siddhanta explains in this way and in Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu, Srila Rupa Gosvamipad clearly explains: Krsna is svayam-bhagavan, He has 64 qualifications and four qualifications are extraordinary:

1) rupa-madhurya - the sweetness of His beauty;
2) prema-madhurya – the sweetness of His divine love;
3) lila-madhurya – the sweetness of His pastimes and
4) venu-madhurya – the sweetness of His flute.

Feb 17, 2018


Jagannath Puri

By the causeless mercy of guru and Gauranga, we are performing Sri Kshetra parikrama mandala and we have come to this very important place, Tota Gopinath. Caitanya Mahaprabhu named this deity “Gopinath” and as the deity was found in a garden, which is called “tota” in Oriya language, devotees started to address this deity as “Tota Gopinath”. While living in Gambira He gave the deity of Gopinatha to Srila Gadadhara Pandita and told him, “Today I will give you a very good thing. Will you accept it?” Srila Gadadhara Pandita replied, “Yes, why not? I'll keep it on my head.”

In the mood of Radhika, Mahaprabhu began to search here and there in the sand. All of a sudden He touched the mukut (crown) of Gopinatha and told the others, “Take out the sand.” He then placed Gopinatha in the lap of Gadadhara Pandita and said, “You should never leave Him.”

Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu descended to this world, with all his parikars from Goloka Vrindavan.
śrī-kṛṣṇa-caitanya prabhu jīve dayā kôri’
sva-pārṣada svīya dhāma saha avatari’ (1)
(Sri Krsna-Caitanya Prabhu Jive Daya Kori, Bhaktivinod Thakur)
[“Out of compassion for the living beings, Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu descended in this world along with His personal associates and divine abode.”]

Gadadhara is Srimati Radhika, Svarupa Damodar is Lalita Sakhi, Ray Ramananda is Visaka Sakhi, Rupa Gosvami is Rupa Manjari, Sanatan Gosvami is Lavanga Manjari, Jiva Gosvami is Vilas Manjari, Raghunath Gosvami is Rati Manjari and so on. Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu stayed in this material world for forty-eight years; His first twenty-four years, He performed household life (grhastha jivan) and the last twenty-four years He performed His renounced order, sanyas lila. Like this, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu showed us how to be an ideal grhastha and sannyasi and how one should do sadhan and bhajan. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu taught us that bhakti does not depend on whether one is grhastha or sannyasi.
kibā vipra, kibā nyāsī, śūdra kene naya
yei kṛṣṇa-tattva-vettā, sei 'guru' haya
(CC Madhya 8.128)
[“Whether one is a brahmana, a sannyasi, a sudra or whatever, if he is fully conversant with Krsna-tattva, he is eligible to become a Guru.”]

What is the meaning of guru? Guru means one who has presented his sadhan and bhajan in front of his followers. Guru is the embodiment of the servitude mood of divine couple Radha and Krishna. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada said bhakti means bhava-seva, you should have servitude mood. Here you are physically serving according to your senses; just manifest your mood. In the world of transcendental Goloka Vrindavan, you will serve with your transcendental mood; this is called bhava-seva.
seva sadhaka-rupena 
siddha-rupena catra hi
tad bhava lipsuna karya
(BRS 1.2.295)
[“A sadhaka who has lobha for raganuga-bhakti should serve Sri Krsna both is the sadhaka-rupa and the siddha-rupa in accordance with the bhava of the Vrajavasis who possess the same mood for which he aspires.”]

Feb 1, 2018