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Jul 1, 2016

HOW GURU FINDS US

Brhad-Bhagavatamrtam Class
Vilnius, Lithuania
May 26, 2016
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So continuing the story of Brhad-Bhagavatamrtam, Gopa-kumara katha. Yesterday I told that Gopa kumara told his own life history, how he attained to Lord. Gopa-kumara told his life history to whom? Could you remember? To Mathura brahmana. He told: "Mathura brahamana" - just I remind to you - "I was born on the lap of Giriraja Govardhana, in the dynasty of Gopa (cowheard dynasty). Then, while I was herding the cows one day, I went on the banks of the Yamuna very close to Kesi Ghata and there I met with my Gurudeva, his name was Jayanta". Remember his guru's name: Jayanta.

"And that time my Gurudeva gave me the six-syllable Gopal mantra. But when Gurudeva gave me Gopal mantra, he fainted and I went to Yamuna to fetch some water for his eyes and mouth, but when I returned from Yamuna, that time Gurudeva had disappeared. And then I felt so much pang of separation from my guru and Gurudeva also did not explain how to chant this mantra and what is the meaning of this mantra. But I have faith in my guru so, for this regard, every day I chant this Gopal mantra."

Because guru is not ordinary things, yesterday I talked about guru-tattva. Guru is not ordinary thing. He is not as like puppet or toy. Innocent people don't know about guru-tattva, but you have to understand about guru-tattva. You have to understand what is guru. 

There are 4 types of guru: vartma-pradarsaka-guru (one who leads us to the path of bhakti), diksa-guru (the one you receive initiation from), siksa guru (you have to learn sastra from bonafide guru), caitya guru (who resides in our heart). Who is caitya guru? Krsna Himself who resides in my heart in the form of Paramatma. When our sukrti will be mature and accumulated, caitya guru will give inspiration in our heart how we take shelter of bonafide guru. If your sukrti is not mature and accumulated you cannot get bonafide guru also. kisi ko milte hain. Very rare persons take shelter at the lotus feet of a bonafide genuine guru.

This is the process, when our sukrti will be mature and accumulated then you completely surrender to the lotus feet of bonafide, genuine, guru. That's why, in Bhagavad Gita, Krsna says:
dadhami buddi yogam tam yena mam upayanti te 
"One who completely, absolutely, surrender My lotus feet, I give him buddhi-yogam, perfect knowledge and instruction in his heart."
(Bhagavad-Gita 10.10) 

If your sukrti is mature, because everything depends on your sukrti (spiritual pious activity), then, that time, your krsna-seva-vasana (desire to serve to Krsna) will come, then Krsna will give inspiration in the heart of bonafide guru and bonafide guru will accept you, as like Dhruva Maharaja.

Dhruva Maharaja was searching guru or Lord? Dhruva Maharaja did not search guru; he was searching how to attain to Narayana, Lord Visnu. He had so much desire of how to meet and attain to Lord Narayana. In my book Bhakta Bhakti & Bhagavan, I explain this pastime, the character of Dhruva Maharaja. Dhruva is thinking: "how will I attain to Lord Visnu, Narayana?". Lord Visnu, Krsna, is thinking: "without taking shelter of bonafide guru, how possible I will give darsan to him?" So for this regard, Lord Visnu send Narada Rishi to meet with Dhruva.

Conditioned souls cannot recognize who is bonafide guru. Because a conditioned soul is blind. Blind person cannot recognize who is bonafide guru. Blind person cannot lead to another blind person.
na te viduḥ svārtha-gatiṁ hi viṣṇuṁ
durāśayā ye bahir-artha-māninaḥ
andhā yathāndhair upanīyamānās
te ’pīśa-tantryām uru-dāmni baddhāḥ
"Persons who are strongly entrapped by the consciousness of enjoying material life, and who have therefore accepted as their leader or guru a similar blind man attached to external sense objects, cannot understand that the goal of life is to return home, back to Godhead, and engage in the service of Lord Viṣṇu. As blind men guided by another blind man miss the right path and fall into a ditch, materially attached men led by another materially attached man are bound by the ropes of fruitive labor, which are made of very strong cords, and they continue again and again in materialistic life, suffering the threefold miseries." 
(Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.5.31)

One person is tied with the rope of maya, with his wife, husband, children, engaged 24 hours in household lide, so how possible he will help to you how to meet with Lord? Are you intelligent or not? Guru should be what? Liberated person (mukta maha-purusa). Completely free from all bondage of maya. Do you understand? This is the thing. Your hand is also bind with the rope, and my hand is also bind with the rope, so how possible will I untie your hand from the rope? Your brain is working or not? Simple way understand this way. One who is completely absorbed with maya he cannot deliver you from maya. So guru means one who is completely free from maya, mukta maha-purusa.

So maybe your question will come: "How will you know he is liberated person, mukta maha-purusa?" How will you know? I told many times but you are not listening.

Devotee: He has full knowledge of Lord, completely detached from the material world. He knows all sastra.

Srila Gurudeva: Listen, I will tell you. If you read Jaiva Dharma, then all your doubts will be eliminated, no doubts will remain. In Jaiva Dharma, Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura explains very clearly how will you recognize if that guru is liberated from maya, mukta maha-purusa (liberated person). You read this sloka (verse):
īhā yasya harer dāsye
karmaṇā manasā girā
nikhilāsv apy avasthāsu
jīvan-muktaḥ sa ucyate
"A person acting in Kṛṣṇa consciousness (or, in other words, in the service of Kṛṣṇa) with his body, mind, intelligence and words is a liberated person even within the material world, although he may be engaged in many so-called material activities." 
(Bhakti-rasāmṛta-sindhu 1.2.187)

One who thinks that every thing belongs to Lord Krsna and with his body, mind and speech serves to Lord is a liberated person, mukta maha-purusa. Remember this sloka: īhā yasya harer dāsye. This is the first symptom of a mukta maha-purusa: he thinks that everything belongs to Lord, to Krsna. And he serves to Krsna with body, mind and words. With the body, he chants holy names, worships to Lord etc; with his mind, he always remembers to Lord, he remembers to asta-kaliya-lila and with speech he always glorify, speaks, harikatha. Remember this sloka (verse). That is a mukta maha purusa. Guru should be liberated person, completely detached of all material things.

According to your sukrti, you will get that type of guru also. How many types of sukrti are there? There are 3 types of sukrti: karma-unmukhi-sukrti, jñana-unmukhi-sukrti and bhakti-unmukhi-sukrti. If your karma-unmukhi-sukrti is mature, you will associate with karmi-guru. If your jñana-unmukhi-sukrti is mature, you will get association of jñanis, you will get association of jñani-guru and your desire will come how to merge in brahma. And if your bhakti-unmukhi-sukrti is mature (sukrti mature with the bhakti), you will get high class exalted bhakta-guru, bhakta-guru you will get. So that means, sukrti will mature, that type of guru you will get. If your spiritual sukrti is not mature and accumulated, you will get bogus guru, Sanda e Amarka guru you will get, guru as like bull or like monkey. Monkey means what? Completely stupid non-sense, you will get. Or kangaroo, not perfect guru. Kangaroo means what? He enjoys sense gratification himself and keeps everything in his own pocket.

Try to understand, evertyhing depends on your sukrti, spiritual pious activity. That is why many people go in different and different directions: karmis, jñanis, yogis, different, different gurus they are going... Why does not everybody get bhakta-guru and become devotee of Lord Visnu? Some are going to nirvisesa-vada guru, impersonalists. You can ask: "why are people going in different, different directions?" Because depends on their sukrti.

So Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura in Jaiva Dharma very clearly explains: when your bhakti-unmukhi-sukrti will be mature and accumulated, caitya guru, who resides in your heart, will give you inspiration in your heart then you will take shelter in suddha-bhakta guru. This is very important. So what will you do now? You have to collect sukrti and pray to Krsna, then Krsna will give inspiration in your heart how to get the bonafide guru.

According to your conditioned stage, you cannot recognize who is bonafide guru or who is bogus guru. As like Dhruva Maharaja, he did not search for guru but he was praying how to get darshan of Lord Narayana. Then Lord Visnu sent him a bonafide guru, Narada Rishi. And Narada Rishi gave diksa mantra do Dhruva Maharaja. Understand? What is your name?

Devotee: Sanatana.

Srila Gurudeva: Sanatana Gosvami nice. Sanatana Gosvami asked to Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, what question? Yesterday I told. He asked: "Who am I?"
ke āmi’, ‘kene āmāya jāre tāpa-traya’ ihā nāhi jāni — ‘kemane hita haya
“Who am I? Why do the threefold miseries always give me trouble? If I do not know this, how can I be benefited?" 
(Sri Chaitanya-Charitamrta Madhya-lila, 20.102)

"Who am I?" - first question.

So pray to Krsna, caitya guru. So first I told, there are four types of guru, first is vartma-pradarsaka-guru. Vartma means path, one who leads to the path of bhakti. Then by the inspiration of Krsna, caitya guru, you will get the association of bonafide genuine guru, diksa guru or siksa guru. Diksa guru is one. Siksa guru may be many, siksa means to take instructions. You can take instructions from many gurus. [He will help you] How to learn sastra, step by step. Yesterday I told, if you want to play harmonium, you have to go to one expert person who has knowledge in playing the keyboards or harmonium. If you want to play mrdanga you need one person who is expert and has knowledge to teach you how to play mrdanga. That is true or not? Te-re-ka-ta-ka [mrdanga mantra].

So there are 4 kinds of guru: vartma-pradarsaka-guru, diksa guru, siksa guru and caitya guru. Another guru is mahanta-guru. That means that Krsna Himself is the supreme controller. Guru-tattva is very complicated, if i tell you more, more analyze will come. Krsna Himself is mahanta guru. Krsna manifests in front of devotees in many forms: sastra-rupe, in the form of sadhu, guru... In Chaitanya-Charitamrta, Srila Krsna das Kaviraja Gosvami explains:
māyā-mugdha jīvera nāhi svataḥ kṛṣṇa-jñāna
jīvere kṛpāya kailā kṛṣṇa veda-purāṇa
"The conditioned soul cannot revive his Kṛṣṇa consciousness by his own effort. But out of causeless mercy, Lord Kṛṣṇa compiled the Vedic literature and its supplements, the Purāṇas."
(Chaitanya-Charitamrta Madhya-lila, 20.122)

The conditioned soul completely forgot to Krsna, they have no knowledge about Krsna, so Krsna is thinking: "how will I deliver them from this maya?". So He manifests as sastra, guru and sadhu. Krsna manifests in form of sadhu (saintly person) and in form of Srimad-Bhagavatam. Srimad-Bhagavatam is non-different from Krsna Himself. Srimad-Bhagavatam means Krsna Himself. So sadhu, sastra-rupe... So Krsna is mahanta-guru; He manifests many forms and give instructions to all the living entities. Very carefully understand guru-tattva. If you don't understand guru-tattva, your spiritual life will be spoiled. So very carefully understand guru-tattva.

Yesterday I told the meaning of guru. What is the meaning of guru? Guru is one who removes all kinds of darkness from my heart and gives bhakti, light. Gu means andhakara, darkness and ru is light, prakasa; two syllables (gu-ru). Guru is the one who gives light in my life.

Krsna is very merciful so He manifests in many forms and help to us how to attain to bonafide guru. Sometimes people say: "I am searching guru". I say: "How possible? You are a blind man, how possible you are searching guru?" One blind person, how possible he will search guru? You pray to Krsna and He will give inspiration in your heart. This is the process. Maybe you say: "I learned sastra and, according to knowledge from sastra, I may understand that he is guru". You cannot understand. Yesterday I told that Krsna told to Uddhava:
ācāryaṁ māṁ vijānīyān
navamanyeta karhicit
na martya-buddhyāsūyeta
sarva-deva-mayo guruḥ
"One should know the ācārya as Myself and never disrespect him in any way. One should not envy him, thinking him an ordinary man, for he is the representative of all the demigods." 
(Srimad-Bhagavatam 11.17.27)

"Hey Uddhava, never dishonor to acarya, Gurudeva; he is non-different from Me". Uddhava asked: "how possible guru is non-different from You? I cannot understand". That time, Krsna told: "Hey Uddhava, who am I?" Uddhava replied: "You are parabrahma Bhagavan (the Supreme Lord, the Personality of Godhead)". Then Krsna asked: "Hey Uddhava, what are the symptoms of Bhagavan? Why are you saying I am Bhagavan?" Uddhava then quoted one verse, one sloka from Vaisnava tantra that explains that who is Bhagavan has no 18 faults.
mohas tandra bhramo ruksa-rasata kama ulbanah lolata mada-matsaryau himsa kheda-paris-ramau asatyam krodha akanksa asanka visva-vibhramah visamatva parapeksa dosa astadasodita
(1) illusion, (2) lethargy, (3) bewilderment, (4) dullness, (5) intense lust, (6) fickleness, (7) pride, (8) envy, (9) violence, (10) remorse, (11) desire for excessive peace and comfort, (12) untruthfulness, (13) anger, (14) hankering, (15) fear, (16) hallucination, (17) contradiction, and (18) the tendency to depend on others. 
(Viṣṇu-Yāmala)

This is in Jaiva Dharma; everything I tell is from there. Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura very clearly explains. Who is Bhagavan He has no 18 faults. Yesterday I told. What are the 18 faults that Bhagavan does not have?

Bhagavan has no lust, no anger (krodha), no greed, no illusion (moha), no attachment, He does not sleep. Bhagavan sleeps or not? He is Bhagavan, He is inside and outside, how possible he will sleep? He is not eating because He is Bhagavan; He has no hunger. Sastra say this way, He has no thirst. You read the sastra. Bhagavan has no these things. He is aptarama and aptakama, self-satisfied and fulfill all His desires. If you go to Vrndavana, vrajavasis there they are singing, especially in Vrndavana, they are singing this song: "kaun kehta hai Shyam aate nahi, someone says that Krsna does not come". If you call to Krsna, He will not come. Another vrajavasi answers: "Draupadi jaise tu bulate nahi, you are not calling to Him as like Draupadi". Draupadi she calls out to Krsna: "Govinda Damodara Madhavetti". Krsna came or not? That means that if you call to Krsna as like Draupadi, Krsna will come.

"Kaun kehta hai Krsna khaate nahi, somebody says that Krsna does not eat". You prepare many kinds of preparations, offer to thakuraji, but He does not eat. So one vrajavasi said: "someone said that Krsna does not eat". Another vrajavasi answers: "Maa Yashoda ke jaise khilate nahi, you are not feeding to Krsna as Mother Yashoda, so He is not eating". Does Mother Yashoda feed to Krsna or not? Because if you have this kind of love and affection, vatsalya-prema, Krsna will eat from you.

Krsna came in the house of Vidura. That time, Vidura was not there. His wife (Vidurani) was there and she was thinking: "how will I serve to Krsna?". She found one banana little bit old, with dark skin. She peeled the banana, threw away and gave the skin to Krsna and Krsna was eating. So if you feed to Krsna as like Vidurani (wife of Vidura), He will eat.

"Kaun kehta hai Krsna sote nahi, someone says that Krsna does not sleep". "Maa Yashoda ke jaise sulate nahin." If you do not put him to sleep as like Mother Yashoda, how possible He will sleep? Mother Yashoda puts Him to sleep very nicely with her vatsalya-bhava, then Krsna sleeps. Conclusion is that if you have love, Krsna will accept everything.

So mahanta-guru is Krsna that manifests in many forms: sastra, sadhu. Understand? Try to understand guru-tattva. And everything depends on your sukrti. What kind of sukrti you have determines what kind of guru that you will get. So, I remind you again, how many kinds of sukrti are there? Three kinds of sukrti: karma-unmukhi-sukrti, jñana-unmukhi-sukrti and bhakti-unmukhi-sukrti.

So when bhakti-unmukhi-sukrti is mature and accumulated (sukrti with devotional service to Lord), caitya guru will inspire your heart and you will get the bonafide guru also. Otherwise, you will get bogus guru, stupid non-sense guru, kangaroo. If you want a bonafide high-class guru, then you collect sukrti.

Maybe your question will come: "how will I collect sukrti?" First sukrti will come, simple way, if you chant holy names.

Chant holy names then Lord will give inspiration in your heart, because chanting holy names first creates the sukrti in your heart. And serve guru and vaisnavas, vaisnava-seva nama-sankirtan. Chaitanya Mahaprabhu gave this instruction: "serve vaisnava and chant holy names". And Srila Svami Maharaja said "chant holy names and take maha-prasada".

Especially in India, people take diksa mantra from kula-guru. Kula-guru understand? According to brahmana, they are taking diksa. They are not looking if this brahmana guru, this person, is good or not, if he is taking meat, fish or not. Just they take nama and mantra [from him] and say "he is my guru". Mostly in India, this type of culture is there.

Western culture and Indian culture are different. Western people are not searching for guru. Ok, maybe some will go to the church, yoga center... Anyhow they go, good. Different countries, different people, different culture.

The Indian general culture is that you have to take shelter in one guru. Guru is a very common word in India. People are not looking what is the meaning of guru. Even one drunkard who is taking alcohol calls another drunkard "guru". In India, even the rickshawala calls another rickshawala as guru. Guru is a common word. Everybody calls each other like that. Common people don't know the meaning, just they call each other like that, using this word.

Just I explained the Indian culture so that you may understand. In Indian culture, you have to take one family guru as like priest. Because Indian people worship many demigods and demigoddesses, so the priest comes to worship the devatas [demigods and demigoddesses], they [people] give some daksina [donation] to the priest and think "he is our family guru, kula-guru". This is true or not? This is the culture. They are thinking that "the priest who is worshiping the Thakurji (Deity) is our family guru". Actually, that guru is completely bogus: eating meat, fish, eggs, onion, garlic, smoking. But still they are thinking that "he is our kula-guru, family guru".

But with this kula-guru you cannot get any benefit, nothing. But anyhow, if you pray to Krsna, Krsna will arrange for you a bonafide guru. I remember in my life, in my family, they also took diksa mantra from one kula-guru priest. Then all my family also pushed me: "You have to take diksa from this guru".

But, since I was small, I was also very argumentative, logicist. I said: "How possible he will be our guru? He is not following the rules, so how possible he will be our guru? How possible he will deliver to me from this material world? Why will I take shelter in him? He has wife, children and is 24 hours engaged in maintaining his family. How possible he will deliver to me? And his mantra, how possible it will give me benefit? Because his mantra is useless".

This is true or not? Have you seen the paddy? The rice is coming from inside the paddy. Rice, when is covered with the husk (skin), that is called paddy. If you go Italy, I am going to Italy, there are huge fields of rice as like Bengal, in India. Who has traveled to Italy? Have you seen the rice field? No? If you go to that main city, Milano, after Milano, if you go 50 km to the country side you will see a huge field of rice as like Bengal. This time, May and June you can see hundreds and hundreds of fields full of rice, that is called paddy. Then the paddy goes to the machine and is separated from the husk.

You are eating rice but you don't know from where it is coming from. Here is a European country and very close to Italy, they export the rice, many trucks coming. I don't know, here they cultivate the rice or not in the country side? No? But in Italy I saw, with my own eyes the huge fields of rice as like Bengal. If you go Brazil, everywhere there is rice, rice, rice [crops].

Why am I saying this? Rice is covered with the skin (husk). But some rice, paddy, there is actually no rice inside. Then, if you smash the husk, you cannot get any rice. It looks like rice, paddy, but it is oily husk; inside it is completely empty. If, again and again, you beat that empty husk (in Sanskrit that is called tuṣa), you cannot get any rice. In the same way, if guru is not bonafide and you receive this mantra diksa, you cannot get any benefit. It is like an empty husk; you only waste your time. The Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (10.14.4) is giving this explanation: yathā sthūla-tuṣāvaghātinām, again and again, if you beat the husk of paddy, you cannot get any rice or fruit.

In the same way, if a guru has no knowledge of scriptures, no realization of Lord and you take diksa-mantra from this guru, you will not get any benefit. Give up that guru. Punas ca vaisnava guru asrayet. Again take diksa from bonafide, genuine guru. This is the process. So, for this regard, when I was small boy, I told my family: "No, I cannot take this guru, he is bogus guru, he is completely absorbed in his family. How possible he will deliver to me?! Because he is absorbed in the service of his wife, children; household life. Even he has no sastra-jñana (knowledge of the scriptures)".

I asked him, one day I challenged that kula-guru. I said: "You worship Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. How do you know He is Bhagavan? Tell me". He said: "I don't know, but I've heard". [I said:] "Hear is another thing. Tell me, how will you prove Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is Bhagavan?" That guru has no knowledge of sastra (scriptures), so I concluded that he is a bogus guru. I did not take shelter of him.

So then I prayed to Krsna. Every day I used to read Bhagavad Gita. When I was small boy, every day I read. And every day, again and again, I used to read this sloka:
teṣāṁ satata-yuktānāṁ
bhajatāṁ prīti-pūrvakam
dadāmi buddhi-yogaṁ taṁ
yena mām upayānti te
"To those devotees who are always lovingly engaged in My service, I give the divine inspiration by which they can come to Me. "(Bhagavad-Gita 10.10)

This sloka is my very favorite. When I was small boy, everyday I read this sloka. Dadāmi buddhi-yogaṁ taṁ yena mām upayānti te. Krsna says: "I will give perfect knowledge, instruction, in your heart if you surrender to Me". Buddhi-yoga. Then I came to Nabadwip and met Gurudeva, Srila Narayana Gosvami Maharaja, and he gave me japa mala. Miracle! So I realized this thing: pray to Krsna. He will arrange how will you arrange a bonafide, genuine guru. Chant: 


Hare Krishna
Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna
Hare Hare
Hare Rama
Hare Rama
Rama Rama
Hare Hare

Chant holy names, then Krsna will give inspiration, then all realization will come. So, very carefully understand. Mostly, people don't want to speak about guru-tattva. And they don't know also guru-tattva. They never served to bonafide guru so how possible they will speak? If they speak, it is just because they have read here and there, but they have never served guru perfect way. Maybe one person has PhD about guru-tattva, but has no realization, nothing. So, try to understand how will you take shelter of bonafide, genuine guru. Pray:
om ajñana-timirandhasya jñananjana-salakaya
caksur unmilitam yena tasmai sri-gurave namah
"I was born in the darkest ignorance, and my spiritual master opened my eyes with the torch of knowledge. I offer my respectful obeisances unto him."

Always pray to guru. This is called guru pranama mantra. Then Krsna will arrange everything. So why am I saying this? Because Gopa-kumara told his own life history to his disciple. What is his diciple`s name? Mathura brahmana. Later his name was Janasarma. So Gopa-kumara told: "Hey Mathura brahamana, one day when I was hearding the cows I came to the banks of the Yamuna, very close to Kesi Ghata, and I met with my guru, his name was Jayanta. Then I was so much close to my guru, with so much intimacy. Every day I listened to his harikatha. And I developed so much deep attachment for him. Then, one day, guru also told me: 'Bring some milk for me'".

Maybe your question will come: "Why Gopa-kumara's guru, Jayanta, asked him to bring some milk for him?". Because guru realized that this disciple sukrti (spiritual pious acitivities) was not yet mature. So, servicing guru and vaisnava, your sukrti will be matured. Two things: serve guru and chant holy names then your sukrti will be matured. Another thing, giving and receiving this is the exchange of love also. If you love someone, love wants what things? Exchanging the love, eating [the food given by those you love], feeding [to those you love]. Do you know? Do you love someone or not? How? If you love someone, you will come [to meet him], go and meet with him, eat from him, feed [to him]. Exchange love and affection. Maybe you will go to his house, he will come to your house. Love and affection, this is the nature. Love means exchanging things. Only you will eat from your friend, no. You have to invite him to feed him. For this regard I come here in your house also [laughs]. So love means exchanging.

So Jayanta realized that still his sukrti was not mature. [He thought:] "If his sukrti is not mature how possible I will give valuable things to him (krsna prema)?" If you give something to guru and Krsna you will not lose anything, you will get more and more. Do you know Sudama vipra katha, the story of Sudama, in the Srimad-Bhagavatam? Sudama vipra came in Dvaraka-puri and he brought some burned chipped rice. But Krsna by force took it, one time, two times; then Rukmini-devi stopped Him. But anyhow Krsna took the burned chipped rice and gave a big palace to Sudama vipra. Why am I saying this? If you serve to Krsna you won't lose anything; you will get more and more.

So, for this regard Jayanta told: "Hey Gopa-kumara, bring some milk". And every day, with some much love and affection, Gopa-kumara used to bring milk to his guru. Then guru realized: "Now my disciple is qualified, mature; if I give these valuable things, he will realize". Guru knows if his disciple is qualified or not. One day Jayanta told Gopa-kumara: "I will give very valuable things for you". [Gopa-kumara asked:] "What is that?" [Jayanta replied:] "It is the mercy of Lord," − the Sanskrit term is Jagadisa prasada − "just go take bath in the Yamuna and come back". Gopa-kumara went and returned and Jayanta gave him the Gopal mantra. Another name of the Gopal mantra is mantra raja, the king of all mantras. But when his Gurudeva chanted this mantra he fainted and foam was coming out from his mouth.

In that time, Gopa-kumara, who was a very small boy − he was maybe 5 or 7 years old −, afraid, thought: "what happened to my Gurudeva?". Then he went to the Yamuna river to catch water, but when he returned back Gurudeva had disappeared. But Gurudeva hadn't told him how to chant the mantra. Nowadays, when we are giving Gopal mantra, we explain the meaning of the mantra, how to chant, how is this mudra etc. But his Gurudeva hadn't said anything. But Gopa-kumara had so much faith in his Guru-pada-padma. Every day he chanted his Gopal mantra and also that maha mantra (Brhad-bhagavatamrta 2.4.7):
sri-krsna gopala hare mukunda
govinda he nanda-kisora krsnaha
sri-yasoda-tanaya prasida
sri-ballavi-jivana radhikesa
But Gopa-kumara was so much attached to his guru. Day and night crying for his guru, he could not find where his guru was. He searched for him in all kunjas of Vrndavana but did not find him. Gopa-kumara felt pang of separation from his guru and he left Vrndavana and came to Triveni, Allahabad, where the Ganga, Yamuna and Sarasvati meet. It was the month of Magha, an auspicious month.

There, there was one brahmana who worshiped his salagram sila and distributed prasada to everybody. After distributing the prasada, the brahama would put the salagrama sila in one small box. [Seeing this,] Then Gopa-kumara started to cry. He asked the brahmana: "Why did you put the Thakuraji in one small box? How will the Thakuraji breath in this box? If He is hungry, how will you feed to him?"

The brahmana said: "This Thakuraji is Jagadisvara, the Supreme Lord, and I am not qualified to serve Him. He is Bhagavan, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, He is atmarama, self-satisfied, and aptakama, all His desires are automatically fulfilled. How can I serve to Him also? Just we offer and He accepts".

Then Gopa-kumara told: "Hey brahmana, you are the best recipient of the mercy of the Lord (bhagavat krpa patra), because you are serving to Thakuraji". The brahmana told: "No, no, if you want to see the best recicpient of the mercy of the Lord you go to Ananta Padmanabha. There, Lord is worshipped by the king. The king has so much opulence and with his opulence he serves to Ananta Padmanabha". Ananta Padmanabha is laying on the bed of snake and Brahmaji manifests from His navel.

So according to the instruction of the brahmana, Gopa-kumara went to Ananta Padmanabha and saw how He was served by the king, raja-seva. So, when Gopa-kumara saw the beautiful and nice royal service (raja seva), he thought: "If I would become the king of this place, then I would serve to Thakuraji nicely more and more".
So one day he was chanting his Gopal mantra and remembering his guru. On that night, Ananta Padmanabha came in the dream of the king and told: "Hey king, this Gopa-kumara will be the king of this country after you leave your body; Gopa-kumara will be in charge of the temple".

According to the instruction of Lord Ananta Padmanabha, the king made one deed, then after a few months he left his body and Gopa- kumara became the king of Ananta Padmanabha. Nama and mantra are very powerful. All your kinds of desires will be fulfilled by them. If you want anything, ask to holy names and He fulfills all your desires. Maybe in the evening I tell you more.

Jaya Ananta padmabha ki jay!

Jaya Gurudeva!

Transcription: Taruni Gopi Devi dasi (Brazil)