I Have Come To Give Many Thanks - Srila Bv Narayana Maharaja

I Have Come To Give Many Thanks

Birmingham, England: June 24th, 2001 (Morning)

Tridandisvami Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja

(Dear Maharaja's, Prabhus, and Didis,

Dandavat pranams. Jaya Sri Sri Guru and Gauranga.

Recently a report was sent to the harikatha mailing list regarding the grand

Ratha-yatra festival in Birmingham England, where the chariots of their

Lordships were pulled through the streets by some four hundred or more

enthusiastic devotees, and where over ten thousand fortunate onlookers

watched the sight in awe.

After the procession Srila Narayana Maharaja spoke to an assembly of one

thousand in a large pandal erected in the heart of the town known as

Victoria Square. Four city dignitaries spoke there in glorification of the

festival, and they thanked Srila Maharaja for bringing this, "vital

religious festival to the community of Birmingham."

On June 24, 2001, the morning after the Car Festival, Srila Maharaja came to

the Sikh Temple in Birmingham that was donated for the use of all the

devotees who would be hearing from him there daily. The following is a

transcription of that morning class in which he blessed all the devotees for

their participation.

Your aspiring servant, Premavati dasi)

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Typist: Srimati Sulata devi dasi

 

I have not come to give class this morning, but to give so many thanks and

heartly blessings to those who managed and organized yesterday's Jagannatha

festival: to Pradhumna Misra prabhu, Mukunda prabhu, Sripad Asrama

Maharaja, Sripad Tirtha Maharaja, Vidura prabhu, and all others. I became

very happy, and I want that next year it will be still better. It was very

beautiful and very successful. I came today, only to give my heartly

blessings to you all.

I came to Birmingham after traveling through many places around the world,

and now so many devotees are assembled here from Finland, Norway, Sweden,

Italy, and especially all the devotees from Holland are here. Devotees are

here from Russia, France, America, Australia, Canada, and Hawaii, and

therefore I have only come here to meet with you all. I came especially to

give honor to the senior devotees of my siksa-guru; to my godbrothers and

sisters like Bhudara Prabhu, Anandini, Asta-sakhi, Bhogini, and others. I

came to give thanks that they are here. I am very happy.

I want that you all help with my preaching, as you have helped your

Gurudeva, your Srila Prabhupada. He wanted that everywhere preaching should

again be inspired in devotees. All were dying without 'water', and I think

that they are now again inspired. My purpose was this. It was not to make

any disciples.

Some were telling me, "Why are you coming to our areas to preach? We have

already preached here so much. You should go to other places where

preaching has not been done."

In return I proposed to them, "Our preaching was going on in Navadvipa and

Mayapur before you came there. Our preaching was going on in Vrndavana, in

Jagannatha Puri, Bombay, Calcutta, Madras, Delhi, and many other cities

before you came there. You should therefore not go there." They should give

up my Caitanya Mahaprabhu, my Nityananda Prabhu, and my Radha-Krsna,

because we are already worshiping them and preaching their glories before

they began.

 

What authority do they have to forbid us to preach anywhere? I especially

want that the disciples of Srila Swami Maharaja like Brahmananda,

Kirtanananda, Bhavananda, and Hamsadhuta come and tell me, "Why are you

coming?" They were also Iskcon, but where are they now?

I have not come alone. Rather, my devotees are all Srila Swami Maharaja's

devotees, and they are eagerly inviting me to come. I can never disobey them

because that would be an offense at the lotus feet of the Vaisnavas.

Somehow we have gone everywhere, and very successful preaching has been

going on. I have therefore come to give thanks to you all.

Two days ago was Gundica Mandira Margina, and yesterday was the

Jagannatha Car Festival. This festival reminded me of so many things. When I

first attended the Car Festival in Jagannatha Puri with Gurudeva and about

seven hundred devotees, I heard many sacred teachings about Ratha-Yatra

from his mouth. I also read about these subjects in many scriptures like

Utkalkanda, the Puranas, and Srimad Bhagavatam, and I remembered one

history compiled by Srila Gour Govinda Maharaja. Gradually I want to discuss all

these topics.

First, I want to ask you all, "How tasteful was Tirtha Maharaja's kichari

yesterday? Perhaps it was not so much tasteful?

[Devotees:] It was so tasty.

[Srila Narayana Maharaja:] Perhaps the salt was somewhat insufficient?

[Devotees:] No it was perfect.

[Srila Narayana Maharaja:] I think that perhaps there was too little ghee?

[Devotees:] No

[Srila Narayana Maharaja:] Were the sweets very tasteful?

[Devotees:] It was all tasty.

[Srila Maharaja:] Tirtha Maharaja will be most happy if you will tell him,

"Ten thousand, or twenty thousand devotees are here and you have to cook."

He will give up arcana, he will give up hari-katha, and he will go there and

cook for the devotees. He is very expert. Some years ago, twenty to fifty

thousand devotees had come to attend our Navadvipa parikrama. However, on

the first day our cook was engaged somewhere else and he could not reach

there in time. We were all very disturbed and we thought, "What shall we

do?"

My children, my boys, jumped up to serve, and Tirtha Maharaja was prominent.

Ready for hard work, he tied his gamsha in a special way and began cooking

over the big pots. Do you know how big those pots were? Each pot can hold

thirty mounds of rice (one mound is equivalent to forty kilos) and forty

mounds of subji. Headed by Tirtha Maharaja the devotees began to cook,

everything was very easily done, and I gave so many thanks to them.

I think that my children, my brahmacaris and sannyasis, are very expert in

all things. They can repair shoes, they can worship the Deities, and they

are very learned. Even a small boy like Van Maharaja is also very expert in

cooking, in preaching, in worshiping the Deities, and in knowing so much

siddhanta.

Many devotees were thinking. "In Maharaja’s group, only Aranya Maharaja can

give such elevated classes." Now, however, they are seeing that those who

are with me, even small children, can give an elevated class of hari-katha.

In India, young Krsna das enthuses more than twenty thousand persons at a

time in jumping, singing and dancing. He is a very qualified boy, as are so

many of my boys. If he were there at the Ratha-yatra festival yesterday, he

would have made so many thousands of people dance.

Our Guru Maharaja created so many devotees for this purpose. I am proud of

them, and I want to be proud of you all. I want that none of the devotees

fall down. You should have very strong characters and know perfectly all

siddhantas. I want good boys like those Srila Swami Maharaja collected, and

I want to give them saffron cloth. The girls should also be like that. They

should preach, in a proper way, the mission of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and

Sri Nityananda Prabhu, the mission of Srila Rupa Gosvami, and in that line

the mission of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, Srila Prabhupada, my Gurudeva,

and Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja.

Many devotees are now dying for lack of water. Take water, plenty of water,

and water them so that they will have inspiration to preach. You should

never destroy this human life for lust and sense gratification. Sense

gratification is easily achieved, even for the hogs and pigs. Why are you

worried so much about that? In this human life you should try to be very

strong and preach the mission of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu throughout this

world by the medium of nama-sankirtana: Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna,

Krsna, Hare, Hare, Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama, Rama, Hare, Hare.

[Srila Maharaja then requests Syamarani to speak about one of the deep

meanings behind the Ratha-yatra Festival. Because she quoted from a lecture

given by Srila Maharaja in Holland, 1999, we are putting here his original

words spoken at that time.]

In Dvaraka, Krsna became unconscious by thinking, "Radhika, Radhika!" It had

now become a very big problem, and therefore Narada, Uddhava, and others

 who were there with Krsna began discussing how to bring Him back to

consciousness.

Baladeva Prabhu also arrived there, and it was settled that Narada should

play on his vina and glorify Vraja, Mother Yasoda, the gopis, and all the

other Vrajavasis. Narada muni bajaya vina radhika-ramana name.

Narada objected, "Do you know what will happen if Krsna awakens? He will at

once go to Vrndavana and no one will be able to stop Him. He will remain

there with the gopis and He will never return. You can therefore decide what

to do."

Now in a dilemma, they again began thinking, and then they decided, "Uddhava

will go to Vraja and tell the gopas and gopis, Mother Yasoda, and Nanda

Maharaja that Krsna is coming. He will tell them, 'You should try to welcome

Him.' In what state the Vrajabasis are now, no one can know. Some are even

lying unconscious somewhere. When they will hear that Krsna is coming, they

will return to consciousness and welcome Him. Somehow, by a trick, Uddhava

will then bring Krsna again to Dvaraka. There will be no problem. Uddhava

must go there. Krsna had sent him previously, and therefore he should go now

and tell them that Krsna is coming."

Uddhava very unhappily replied to them, "Listen to me. If I go to Vrndavana

and say that Krsna is coming, they will not believe me because I bluffed

them before. I told them, 'I am going, and very soon I will bring Krsna

here. I will definitely bring Him.' After that I requested Krsna many times,

but He never listens and He gives all kinds of excuses. So what should I do?

They will not believe me, and therefore I cannot go. They will say, 'Oh, the

liar has come. The cheater has come!' Especially Mother Yasoda will say

this."

Narada Muni then said, "Baladeva Prabhu can go. He can pacify all the gopis

and gopas."

Baladeva Prabhu gave the same reply, "I told Krsna so many times to go

there, but He never went. He always answered, 'Yes, I will go', but He never

went. Finally I went alone and I pacified them by saying, 'I promise that I

will go to Dvaraka and bring Krsna.' This stone-hearted, cruel Krsna never

wants to go there, however, and I don't know why. He used to be very soft

and very sweet, but now He has turned into a stone-hearted person. What can

I say? If I go, the Vrajabasis will say, 'Oh, this cheater and liar has

come!' They will not believe Me, and therefore I cannot go. Without Krsna’s

presence, they cannot be consoled. Krsna Himself should go."

While they were discussing what to do, Krsna’s sister Subhadra had come in

and heard everything. She then said, "Don't worry. I’m going. I will go to

Vrndavana and take darsana of Mother Yasoda. I will first sit in her lap,

and then, caressing her I will tell her, 'Mother, Krsna is coming. He was

coming with Me, but on the way many kings surrounded Him and began

performing arcana to Him, praying to Him, and offering Him many

presentations. I have therefore arrived here first. Krsna will be a bit

late, but He is coming. It may be some hours, or one or two days, but He is

coming." I will go door-to-door to the gopis' homes. I will console them and

tell them, 'Oh, now be happy. Don't feel separation. Krsna is coming!'

"They will become happy and I will then tell them, 'You should all be ready

to welcome Krsna.' Later, by trick I will tell My brother, 'Your mother,

Devaki, father, Vasudeva, and Your queens are living there; and You are

sitting here?' By some trick I will bring Him to Dvaraka. So don't worry.

Let me first bring a good chariot, after that Narada should sing the glory

of Vraja on his vina, then Krsna will return to consciousness, and then He

will come to Vrndavana and everything will be ready there."

A chariot was brought and Subhadra was ready to go. Baladeva then said, "If

My brother and sister are going, I must go. I want to meet with my mother

and father, Yasoda and Nanda Baba, and with all my friends and gopis. I

cannot remain here. I must go."

Subhadra said, "Yes, we should go together. Baladeva Prabhu should go

forward, and I will follow Him."

Another chariot was thus brought, and in this way the ratha of Baladeva was

in front, and then the ratha of Subhadra. As they were about to leave,

Daruka was told by Baladeva Prabhu, "Bring your chariot there and be ready.

When Krsna returns to consciousness take the chariot and fly to Vrndavana."

Narada Muni was then told, "Now you should glorify Vraja on your vina." He

began to sing very beautifully: "Narada muni bajaya bina radhika-ramana

name. Narada muni bajaya bina radhika-ramana name."

As Krsna regained His consciousness, Narada was glorifying Vraja in a

variety of ways, and his sweet words entered His ears. He thought, "It is

morning and I am in Vraja." He therefore asked, "Where is My sweet vamsi?

Where is My peacock feather? Where, where? Oh, I know. The gopis are very

tricky and they have stolen them. I'll give them a good lesson." He then

stood in a beautiful three-bending form, as He did previously in Vraja, and

He created a scene which no one in Dvaraka had seen before.

He began searching and saying, "Oh, Lalita has taken it! If not Lalita, then

Radhika Herself, with the help of Visakha, has stolen it. He acted as though

He was searching them to see where they had kept His flute."

In the meantime Krsna saw Uddhava and asked, "Uddhava, why are you in

Vrndavana?” He then saw Narada and asked, “Oh, you are also in Vrndavana?

from where have you come?"

Narada replied, "O my Lord, You are not in Vrndavana. You are in Dvaraka.

This is not the Jamuna. It is the ocean in Dvaraka-Puri. Please remember

where You are."

Krsna was so absorbed that He forgot Uddhava and Narada and everyone else,

and He was ready to run away to Vrndavana to quickly meet the gopas and

gopis.

Uddhava told Him, "Prabhu, we knew that You would do this and therefore Your

chariot is ready. You can come and get on the chariot and immediately go to

Vrndavana."

Krsna wanted to ascend the chariot, but He was so mad in radha-prema that He

could not walk alone. Many persons then began to help Him walk by holding

Him and helping Him from the front, back, and two sides. He was like a mad

person, lost in Radha's love and affection. Somehow He was taken to the

chariot, raised upon it, and Daruka at once drove off with great speed

towards Vrndavana. Balarama and Subhadra were ahead, and Krsna followed

behind Them.

In the meantime, Radhika was feeling unbearable separation and She was in

the last stage of Her life. She was on Her deathbed, just about to die.

There was neither svasa nor prasvasa, inhalation nor exhalation, and all the

Vrajavasis were very worried. They thought, "She is going to give up Her

body!" Everyone became extremely unhappy because they lost faith that She

would remain alive. They all thought, "She will certainly die! We cannot

save Her!" Lalita and Visakha were trying hard to revive Her, but there were

no signs of revival.

While this was going on, Abhimanyu arrived with Jatila and Kutila.

Candravali and all other sakhis also assembled there, and they were also

worried. Somehow Radhika said in a very low voice, "If I am going to die, My

dead body should be hung around a tamala tree, and the air in My body should

be mixed in the air of Nandagaon where Krsna takes His breaths. The fire in

My body should be mixed in the sun-rays at Nanda Baba's house so that it

will shine there and I will touch Krsna. My body's earth should mix in the

courtyard of Nanda-bhavana so that Krsna can walk on Me and I can touch

Him." As She lamented in this way, She again became unconscious.

At once Abhimanyu came forward and prayed, "O Devi, I have heard today from

Yogamaya that You are not an ordinary girl. You are not my wife. You are

hladini-sakti, You are non-different from Krsna, and You have appeared in

this way for Your lila-vilasa. By the arrangement of Yogamaya I was thinking

that You are my wife and I am Your husband, but this is really not the fact.

Now I am repenting. 'Why did I do so? Why did I think that You are my wife?'

Now excuse me for this, because You are going. This is the last darsana, so

be merciful to me."

Jatila and Kutila then quickly came forward and said, "We have also heard

the same thing from Yogamaya, that You are hladini-sakti, and I have also

realized this. It was on that very day when Krsna had fainted due to having

been attacked by sickness. At that time Paurnamasi said that He could be

saved only if a chaste lady would bring water from Yamuna in a

thousand-holed pot. Everyone called me because they were thinking that my

mother and I are the most chaste ladies. That water pot was given to us, and

when we dipped it in the Jamuna all the water poured out through the holes.

"We wondered how we could show our faces to the Vrajavasis. We had always

criticized You, and now we wondered how we could save ourselves from

embarrassment. We therefore immediately left. You were then requested by

Yogamaya and Yasoda Maya and others, and although you refused at first, for

Krsna’s welfare You took the same pot and went to the Jamuna. No water

poured out; the pot remained full. That pot, full with water, was then

brought to Krsna, He was bathed with it, and He thus became consciousness.

"Therefore, on that day we realized that You are very chaste — more so than

us. Now You are going so please forgive us; otherwise we will go to hell. We

have so much faith in the words of Yogamaya."

Candravali also came forward and repented, "You are hladini-sakti. Yogamaya

has said that we are all Your kayavyuha, bodily manifestations. She said

that by hearing about Your sweet vilasa, pastimes with Krsna, all the

devotees of the world will be liberated and have krsna-prema. O, please

excuse me."

In the meantime three chariots arrived in Vraja, the chariots of Subhadra

and Baladeva being forward and Krsna’s behind. As soon as Krsna reached

there, He heard that Radhika is going to die, and She will not remain alive

for even one more moment. He very quickly ran to that spot where Radhika was

giving up Her body, and when He saw Her He began to cry bitterly.

Krsna gradually became so absorbed in radha-prema that His hands began

melting and the lower part of His body was also melting. His face was also

melting and only two large round eyes remained. Baladeva Prabhu and

Subhadra, who had also just arrived and saw this scene, could not control

Themselves, and they also became like Krsna.

In the meantime Lalita spoke repeatedly in the ear of Radhika, "Radhe,

Radhe! Krsna has come. Krsna has come to meet You! Don’t die." Visakha was

saying In the other ear, "O, Krsna has come to meet You!" Gradually Radhika

regained Her external consciousness, opened Her eyes, and thought, "Oh,

beautiful Krsna has come!" She thus became further absorbed in the ecstasy

of love and affection. Krsna’s love also increased and He became

unconscious. In that same state He began rolling on the earth.

Radhika told Visakha, "Please help Krsna; otherwise He may die. You know the

mantra to revive Him. Say in His ear, 'Radhe, Radhe!'" Hearing this sweet

injection of the powerful mantra from the lips of Visakha, "Radhe, Radhe,

Radhe, Radhe!" Krsna opened His eyes and He again became so happy.

Gradually He became revived and they both met, and all became happy.

Krsna then told Yogamaya, "Again quickly cover Candravali, Abhimanyu, Kutila

and Jatila. They should forget all these happenings, and all lila should

continue as before." In the snap of a finger everything became as it was

previously.

Narada had also arrived, and now he requested Krsna, "Prabhu, please

manifest these three forms that You revealed when You were absorbed and

melted. In that way everyone will see and realize these truths about You.

Please manifest these forms somewhere in this world.

Krsna replied, "Tatha 'stu, Tatha 'stu. Evam bhavatu! So be it. I will

always remain in this shape in Nilacala, which will be like Dvaraka, and

anyone will be able to come and see Me there."

I have told this very beautiful pastime in brief. This lila is in the heart

of pure devotees, and Gour Govinda Maharaja has also touched it. I have

reconciled some points to clear any doubts or misunderstandings. [Thus ends

the excerpt of the lecture of 1999]

You should know that in Vraja the groups of gopis are mainly divided into

four parts: svapaksa, vipaksa, tatastha and suhrt. Without this, the

pastimes of Krsna cannot take place. When Krsna disappears, however, or

when He goes to Mathura or Dvaraka and a separation mood comes, then there

are no parties. All parties become one for Krsna, and they help each other.

At that time Candravali may come, Bhadra may come, an all others will come

and pacify Srimati Radhika — because Her separation is the highest. Their

separation mood is not so high in comparison, and therefore they have so

much sympathy for Her. They tell Her, "O Radhika, You should not weep. Krsna

will come." Even Candravali, who has a great separation mood, will also

come.

These interactions are very strange, and I want to give you these very

extraordinary things; but first become qualified.

Try to follow regulated bhakti: "Sravanam kirtanam visnoh smaranam";

otherwise you will not be able to maintain your spiritual life. You will be

lusty, and after some time you will think that Krsna’s pastimes and your

pastimes of divorcing ladies are the same thing. I have not read scriptures

like Govinda-lilamrta and others, but I know that most of you have copies of

all these books. Those who read these have gone to hell. Therefore you

should not read them at this time, nor should you give classes on these

topics. Be very, very careful. Our objective is that, but you cannot jump.

If you want to be situated on a tree, first you must try to climb up from

the root, and from there you can go to the highest places. If you jump you

will fall down.

I request that you read Upadesamrta, Manah-siksa, and all books like these.

Try to chant more. Chanting only sixteen rounds will not suffice. Your

Gurudeva has given sixteen and then one, sixteen and then one, sixteen and

then one. There are four sets of sixteen. [These are twenty counter beads on

the beadbag, and they are divided into two sections of sixteen and four.

Whenever the devotee completes a set of sixteen rounds, he moves one of the

four. In total he chants sixty-four rounds.] Has he has given this without a

purpose? If a man is very expert in speaking hari-katha and doing related

services, but he does not chant and he does not have taste for chanting, it

means he is a very weak devotee. After some time he may fall down:

 

tan-nama-rupa-caritadi-sukirtananu-

smrtyoh kramena rasana-manasi niyojya

tisthan vraje tad-anuragi jananugami

kalam nayed akhilam ity upadesa-saram

(Nectar of Instruction, Verse 8)

 

["The essence of all advice is that one should utilize one’s full

time—twenty-four hours a day—in nicely chanting and remembering the Lord’s

divine name, transcendental form, qualities and eternal pastimes, thereby

gradually engaging one’s tongue and mind. In this way one should reside in

Vraja [Goloka Vrndavana dhama] and serve Krsna under the guidance of

devotees. One should follow in the footsteps of the Lord’s beloved devotees,

who are deeply attached to His devotional service."]

Be in Vrndavana under the guidance of a rasika tattvajna-guru Vaisnava, and

always chant the name with meaning; knowing and remembering the pastimes.

You will then become greatly qualified for this object of life

After my stay in Birmingham, I will return to India for some days, and then

I will go to Russia. I think that many devotees will meet me in Moscow.

After that I will go to Jagannatha Puri for Purusottama Vrata for fifteen

days, from October 1st-14th. After that I want to invite all of you to come

and join me in Vraja Mandala Parikrama, from November 1st-30th. Those who

have no money problems should come, and everything will be managed. Come

and  perform parikrama with us. Here we will explain Jagannatha and

Mahaprabhu and all their pastimes, and there in Vraja we will explain the

pastimes of Radha-Krsna Conjugal which Caitanya Mahaprabhu is always

remembering, and byremembering which He was fainting and sometimes rolling

down on the earth.

Gaura Premanande.

 

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