Badger, USA, May 5, 2001, pm
Tridandisvami Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja
Before I begin my class, I want to announce that tomorrow is Nrsimha
Caturdasi vrata. Out of mercy Nrsimhadeva came, saved Prahlada Maharaja,
and killed the big demon Hiranyakasipu on this very day - on caturdasi
of this month. We should try to observe this vrata. It is better if
we follow nirjala, a full fast, and not even drink water. In India
almost all devotees do nirjala, but for you Western devotees we give
concession. You may take something, but not corn, wheat, rice, grains
or anything made with grains. You can take some vegetables, juice,
milk, yogurt and so forth, but don't take so much. And, if you are
not taking anything, that will be very good. The mercy of Nrsimhadeva
will come upon you.
We should also consider that Srila Swami Maharaja gave concessions,
and therefore you can observe the vrata like that, but you should
all observe Nrsimha Caturdasi from the beginning of the day. After
morning arati, you can also sing the kirtana of Nrsimhadeva: namaste
narasimhaya prahladahlada dayine. From the beginning of our daily
routine of classes, [Besides Srila Narayana Maharaja's morning and
evening classes, there are usually three other classes given by other
devotees] we should try to try to explain the six of seven chapters
in the 7th Canto regarding Prahlada Maharaja. Also, at midday, you
should make an offering of bhoga to Lord Nrsimhadeva. You can offer
grains and all else to Nrsimhadeva, because He is not bound by any
restrictions. In this class we will explain so many things about the
teachings of Prahlada Maharaja, and after that there will be a drama
play showing the pastimes of Prahlada and Nrsimhadeva..
Then, May 7th is the disappearance day of Madhavendra Puri. We should
try to glorify him - how he performed the Annakuta festival. At the
time of Krsna, Nanda Baba and all the Vrajavasis performed Annakuta,
and after a long period Madhavendra Puripada observed it to serve
Gopaladeva, who had just been taken out of the earth. By Gopaladeva's
order, Madhavendra Puri performed so many wonderful activities, and
therefore we should glorify him.
We should prepare for Annakuta as we have done in past years. All
the lady devotees are very expert in making various kinds of preparations,
including so many different kinds of sweets, pickles, juices, and
so on. They can make capatis, puris, kacoris, hallavah, malpura, khir,
laddu, and many other items. There should be many kinds of preparations,
but I want that the cooking be properly organized. One lady or a group
of lady devotees should make one kind of preparation, and other ladies
will make other types of preparations. There should be no less than
364 different preparations. The men should supply all the ingredients
and you should check to make sure that all contribute something.
Those who will help in any way, even by giving just one grain for
this Annakuta Mahotsava, and those who help by words, will never have
to beg. It may be that Laksmi will have to beg from door to door,
but those devotees will never be beggars. You should therefore try
to help as much as possible. I want at least 364 kinds of preparations,
but everyone should coordinate so that all will not make the same
thing. There should be different, different, different, different
kinds of preparations. I think that Nanda Gopala prabhu should make
a team for this so that you can divide up all the seva. Puris, manohara
laddus, and all other kinds of preparations should be made, so that
Krsna will, out of greed, come to the festival. Then He will become
Govardhana Hill, and He will taste everything. He will call out, "Anore!
On that very day, we will do nagara-sankirtana as usual here, as well
as go-puja. A very calm and quiet cow with her calf should be brought
and we will worship that cow. We will also worship a qualified Vaisnava
brahmana, a brahmana who is a devotee. Then we shall do abhiseka with
many items - milk, yogurt, honey, ghee, sugar, and coconut water.
After abhiseka, we will offer all the preparations to Govardhana.
You should properly arrange for everything. We will hold nagara-sankirtana
as usual at 10 o'clock in the morning, and then we will carry all
the preparations from here to Govardhana Hill which is very nearby
- close to the Yamuna, Syama-kunda and Radha-kunda. We will do all
this. We will do parikrama of Giriraja Govardhana while dancing, and
then we will take all the preparations from there and bring them back
here to the pavillion. After that we will distribute the prasadam
to all the devotees - not to any special persons but to all devotees.
Then, in evening class, we will glorify Giriraja Govardhana - how
He can give everything, who he is, and what is his svarupa (his constitutional
form). We will discuss whether we should worship him in his form as
God, or in his form as a devotee. We will discuss all these topics.