July 4, 2003 Berlin, Germany (Part 2)
Tridandisvami Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu took the service. He first garlanded all
of the Vaisnavas present, He put tilaka on them, and He gave them
each one broom and one water pot. Then, headed by Sriman
Mahaprabhu Himself, all the devotees went to the Gundica Temple while
performing kirtanas: Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare,
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare; Jaya Jagannatha Jaya
Jagannatha Jaya Jagannatha Jaya Jagannatha, Jaya Baladeva Jaya
Baladeva Jaya Baladeva Jaya Baladeva, Jaya Subhadra Jaya Subhadra
Jaya Subhadra Jaya Subhadra. In this way they were all doing kirtana
while carrying their brooms and pitchers.
other persons looked on and wondered, "What new thing is going on?
They are all totally mad. Why the brooms and jugs?" Some were
laughing, and some were in wonder, and some were looking on very
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and His
associates had gone to the temple by the medium of sankirtana. Once
there, they all began to clean the temple, and with their brooms
they collected many very big stones and and stone chips. What is
the deeper meaning of big stones? Aparadha Vaisnava-aparadha
(offenses to Vaisnavas) and nama-aparadha (offenses to the holy
name). When this was done Sriman Mahaprabhu threw them out of the
temple out of the "heart" temple. What did He throw out?
Vaisnava-aparadha and nama-aparadha.
commit these aparadhas. Be careful regarding Vaisnava-aparadha,
guru-avajna (ingratitude and disrespect towards Sri Guru), sastra
nindanam (blaspheming Vedic literature) and the rest of the ten
kinds of offenses to the holy name. Be also careful to avoid
dhama-aparadha (offence to Lord Krsnas holy abodes like Sri
Vrndavana, Sri Navadvipa and Sri Jagannatha Puri); and also avoid
the anarthas explained by Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura his
Madhurya Kadambini: svarupa-brahma, asat-trsna, hrdaya-daurbalya,
aparadha, laya, viksepa, and all others.* [see endnote 1]
Srila Rupa Gosvami has written in Sri
vaco vegam manasah krodha-vegam
etan vegan yo visaheta
sarvam apimam prthivim sa sisyat
sober person who can tolerate the urge to speak, the mind's
demands, the actions of anger and the urges of the tongue, belly
and genitals is qualified to make disciples all over the world."
(Upadesamrta, sloka 1)]
atyaharah prayasas ca
jana-sangas ca laulyam ca
["One's devotional service is
spoiled when he becomes too entangled in the following six
activities: (1) eating more than necessary or collecting more
funds than required; (2) overendeavoring for mundane things that
are very difficult to obtain; (3) talking unnecessarily about
mundane subject matters; (4) Practicing the scriptural rules and
regulations only for the sake of following them and not for the
sake of spiritual advancement, or rejecting the rules and regulations
of the scriptures and working independently or whimsically; (5)
associating with worldly-minded persons who are not interested in
Krsna consciousness; and (6) being greedy for mundane
achievements." (Upadesamrta, sloka 2)]
trnad api sunicena
kirtaniyah sada harih.
["Thinking oneself to be even lower and more worthless
than insignificant grass which has been trampled beneath everyone's
feet, being more tolerant than a tree, being prideless, and
offering respect to all others according to their respective
positions, one should continuously chant the holy name of Sri
Hari." (Siksastaka, sloka 3)]
You will have to give
up all bad habits, but I know that you cannot. We are very fallen.
Who can follow these verses? Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, Sri Svarupa
Damodara, Sri Raya Ramananda, Sri Brahmananda Bharati, Sri
Paramananda Puri, Sri Nityananda Prabhu, Sri Advaita Acarya, Sri
Pundarika Vidyanidhi, Sri Vakresavara Pandita and others like them.
They can do so.
First take shelter of your
Gurudeva, and following him, take the shelter of all the pure
devotees in his line those in the guru-parampara. Call out to
them, "O Svarupa Damodara, O Ramananda Raya! Please give me your
shelter, I am dying." Call out in this way, while always
Sriman Mahaprabhu was acting as an
acarya; He was doing the cleaning Himself and then teaching others.
Some so-called guru may say, "I don't do it, but I tell my
disciples, "You should chant at least 64 rounds." His disciples
cannot ask him, "How many rounds do you do?" They fear, but any
very bold disciple may ask, "How many rounds are you doing? And in
what mood are you doing them?" That bogus guru, that kan-guru,
will not be able to reply, but a real guru can say, "Oh, I try to do
64, sometimes more then that."
In what mood will
that real guru be chanting? Gopijana-vallabhaya svaha in that
mood. How can a bogus guru advise you to engage in these elevated
activities of bhakti? They dont have a trace of these moods or
the meaning of Gopal-mantra, kama-gayatri, or even Brahma-gayatri.
At least he will never fall down because he has been fallen
since the beginning.
By His own behavior Sriman
Mahaprabhu teaches all of us that we should especially try to give up
pratistha, false pride. He Himself is Sri Krsna and Srimati
Radhika; yet, when a Gaudiya bhakta was putting water on His feet
and then drinking that water, He appeared displeased though He
was pleased. He told Sri Svarupa Damodara, "Oh, this Gaudiya; what
is he doing? I will go to hell. In front of the temple deity not
deity, but the deity's simhasana (throne) he is washing My feet and
drinking that water. I will certainly have to go to hell."
Sri Svarupa Damodara at once pushed that boy, took him
out of the temple and told him, "You have done very well. But
others should be careful and therefore Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu was
externally angry, just to teach others. Anyway, I will ask Him to be
merciful to you. Wait here and I will call you." He returned and
said, "O Mahaprabhu, that person was quite ignorant and foolish.
He does not know anything, so please be merciful to him."
We should not think, "I am a bona fide Vaisnava. I am
giving the remnants of my prasadam to all, and by my prasadam
their hearts can become pure." Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura has written
something about this in his song Krpa Koro Vaisnava Thakura:
nija srestha jani ucchisthadi dane, ho'be
tai sisya tava, thakiya sarvada, na loibo
By thinking that I am superior
(guru-abhimana) and giving my remnants to others, I will be burdened
with the weight of false pride. Let me always identify as your
disciple and not accept worship or praise from others (verse
Try to follow these Teachings. Try to compare
yourself with Vaisnavas like Srila Rupa Gosvami and Srila
Raghunatha Gosvami, and also Srila Prabhupada. Where is their bhakti
and where is yours? You cannot even control your sense
gratification. If a naked lady stands in your presence you cannot
check your eyes and your heart. I heard from a devotee that Srila
Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja told someone, "I can be there without
any disturbance, but you cannot." So we should try to follow these
principles given by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
Mahaprabhu told Srila Jagadananda Pandita, Sri Svarupa Damodara,
and others who were distributing mahaprasada after the cleaning of
the Gundica Temple, because He knew the devotees liked
sweets, "Give sweet preparations to all the Vaisnavas, and to Me only
give laphra." Laphra means mixed boiled vegetables. Mahaprabhu
Himself acted in this way, so dont think, "Good preparations
should be given to me, and the other, less tasty dishes should be
given to others." There are so many hidden meanings in the history
[*Endnote 1 (From
Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu-bindhu by Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura)
Anarthas are of four kinds: (1) svarupa-bhrama (illusion about
spiritual identity), (2) asat-trsna (thirst for that which is
unreal; that is, material enjoyment), (3) aparadha (offences) and
(4) hrdaya-daurbalya (weakness of heart).
Svarupa-bhrama is of four kinds: (1) sva-tattva- or
jiva-svarupa-bhrama (illusion about one's spiritual identity), (2)
para-tattva-bhrama (illusion about the spiritual identity of the
supreme absolute truth), (3) sadhya-sadhana-tattva-bhrama (illusion
about sadhana-bhakti, the means of spiritual perfection, and
sadhya, the object to be obtained by such sadhana, or in other
words prema-bhakti) and (4) maya-tattva-bhrama (illusion about the
Lord's external energy, maya).
Asat-trsna is of four
types: (1) varieties of desires for material enjoyment in this
world, (2) desires for enjoyment in the higher planetary systems
of Svargaloka, (3) desires for the attainment of the eight mystic
siddhis. (4) the desire for impersonal liberation.
Aparadha is of four kinds: (1) offences towards Sri Krsna,
(2) offences towards krsna-nama, (3) offences towards
krsna-svarupa (the deity form of the Lord) and (4) offences towards
the jivas (living entities who are infinitesimal particles of
spirit belonging to the Lord).
is of four kinds: (1) tuccha-asakti (attachment for useless
things), (2) kuti-nati (deceitful behavior. The word kuti-nati may
be broken down into the constituent parts ku, bad or evil, and na
or nati, that which is forbidden. In that case it would mean doing
wicked deeds or doing that which is forbidden), (3) matsarya
(envy) and (4) sva-pratistha-lalasa (desire for one's own fame and
(From Madhurya Kadambini by Srila
Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura) Laya means the tendency to sleep
during kirtana, sravana, and smarana (japa), in order of
increasing tendency. Viksepa means distraction toward mundane
topics while doing devotional service (gossiping while doing
japa). Apratipatti refers to the occasional inability to absorb the
mind in kirtana and other services in spite of the absence of laya
or viksepa. Kasaya refers to the innate tendency toward such
qualities as anger, greed and pride. Rasasvada means the inability
to absorb the mind in kirtana and other services if one gets the
opportunity for the material sense pleasure. Nisthita-bhakti
appears in the absence of these faults.
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