Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: February 15, 2004
Tridandisvami Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja
[Srila Narayana Maharaja had a two-day layover in Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia on his way back to India, where he spent some days in
Calcutta before returning to Mathura-Vrndavana. He gave one class
in Malaysia, and just after the class he held initiations. The
following is a transcription of that class:]
nitya-lila pravista om visnupada Sri Srimad Bhakti Prajnana Kesava
Gosvami Maharaja gave me initiation, trained me, and then said to
me, "Now you should preach everywhere, and try to help devotees
here and there especially those who have become weak." In his
last days, when my siksa guru, nitya-lila pravista om visnupada
Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja was departing from this
world, he placed my hands in his and, weeping, said, "I have
collected so many disciples. And in Bengali he said, "I have
collected so many monkeys from all over the world, but I could not
complete their training. Therefore, I humbly request you to help
them." I told him that I will certainly follow his orders. He told
me that he will only remain here in this world for one or two more
days, and he left the next day.
[At this time some
devotees in the back of the room were speaking to each other. Srila
Maharaja interrupted his class and said, "Don't talk. Hear me."
Then he continued:]
You should know that your body is
not your real self. The body is a bag of urine, blood and so many
other nasty things. If you open it, you will only see these things.
If a white spot appears on your nose, no one will marry you. Both
men and women will hate looking at you. Don't be in the false ego
of this body, thinking, "I am so qualified." In a day you may
become mad. In a moment you may die.
I have heard from
my Gurudeva and guru-parampara that in this rotten body there is a
soul and Supersoul. We are souls and the Supersoul is looking
after us like a witness seeing what good and bad things we are
doing. The Supersoul notes down our activities and gives us the
reactions to those activities. He knows, better than us,
everything that is in our hearts and minds. We are not any worldly
thing; rather we are souls. Somehow we have forgotten the Supreme
Personality of Godhead and that is why, since the beginning of
time, we have been in the endless chain of birth and death.
We have experienced many previous lives before this
life. Many times we were hogs, pigs, dogs and cats, and sometimes
demigods like Lord Indra or Lord Brahma. We have been searching
for happiness everywhere, but we never became happy. Sri Krsna then
again mercifully gave us a human body, and when we were in the
womb of our mother He said, "You should promise that, 'when I come
out into the world I will serve you.'" We have forgotten this
promise and that is why we are suffering.
In the ocean,
waves rise higher and higher and then causes floods everywhere.
Similarly, bundles of problems are continuously befalling us, and
then we will die, and then problems again come when we take birth
again unless we are remembering Lord Krsna, chanting His name
and worshipping Him. Our aim and object is to serve Him.
jivera `svarupa' haya--krsnera `nitya-dasa'
["It is the living
entity's constitutional position to be an eternal servant of Krsna
because he is the marginal energy of Krsna and a manifestation
simultaneously one with and different from the Lord, like a
molecular particle of sunshine or fire." (Caitanya-caritamrta
By our transcendental constitution
we are servants of Sri Krsna maidservants of Krsna but we have
forgotten everything about that service. Now we are very happily
enjoying sense gratification like hogs and pigs, but we should
remember that one day we will become old. We are bound to become
old, and our beauty will leave. Then, after some time, at most
around the age of 100, we will have to die.
What can you
take from this world? What you have collected from this world or
are still going to collect, you cannot take with you not even
one paisa, nor one farthing nor one hair. You have come with
nothing and when you leave you will have nothing. So why are you
doing so much hard labor from morning to night working like
donkeys and monkeys?
One thing to remember: You don't
want any suffering or problems in life, but they come, as a result
of your fruitive activities. You are bound to that suffering even
though you do not want it. Similarly, even if you have not tried
for it, still happiness will come if you have done anything good
in your past life. Whether you are endeavoring for happiness or
not, it will come automatically; so why be worried for this? Why
not chant and remember Krsna? Constant remembrance of Sri Krsna is
the aim and object of our life.
Prince Charles was so
wealthy and powerful, but still he suffered. Ravana's servants all
had beautiful golden houses, but what became of them? Princess
Diana was beautiful and world-famous, but in a moment she died in
a car crash. She didn't want it, but it came. Try to remember
Try to be engaged in performing bhajana. Your wife
and children may cheat you, but Krsna's name and Krsna Himself
will never cheat you. Lord Krsna is very powerful. In a moment He
can create millions of universes, and again, in a second, He can
demolish them and again create them. He is causelessly merciful,
very sweet, and very beautiful as He plays on His flute and
smiles. The whole world is enchanted by His beauty even animals
and birds. He has invested all his power, beauty, mercy and all
other qualities in this 16 word mantra in three names: Hare
Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama
Have strong faith that what you cannot
accomplish by your great endeavor of making money by laboring day
and night, you can accomplish in a second by chanting Hare Krsna. I
never do anything for my maintenance, but you are all maintaining
me. You are bound to maintain me because Krsna has given you
inspiration to do this. You have heard from scriptures that if you
help me and serve me, Krsna will be happy. These are the rules and
regulations of the Bhagavad-gita and Srimad-Bhagavatam.
Somehow try to maintain your life. If you are grhastha (married),
no harm; If you are brahmacari (celibate student), no harm; if you
are a sannyasi (in the renounced order), no harm.
where you are and follow this verse:
udapasya namanta eva / jivanti san-mukharitam
sthane sthitah sruti-gatam
tanu-van-manobhir / ye prayaso 'jita jito 'py asi tais
["Those who, even while remaining situated in
their established social positions, throw away the process of
speculative knowledge and with their body, words and mind offer all
respects to descriptions of Your personality and activities,
dedicating their lives to these narrations, which are vibrated by
You personally and by Your pure devotees, certainly conquer Your
Lordship, although You are otherwise unconquerable by anyone
within the three worlds." (Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.14.3)]
From wherever position you are in, try to be in the good
association of pure Vaisnavas. Sri Krsna will arrange this if you
pray from the core of your heart. He will send your Gurudeva to
your door. You cannot search for a Guru. You have no idea how to
recognize his qualifications. In millions and millions of births you
cannot know this on your own, but Krsna will mercifully send a
qualified guru if you are sincerely desiring this. You have not
called Padmanabha Maharaja or Nanda Kisora prabhu here. Krsna has
given inspiration in my heart to send them, so I sent them. They
came to please me.
I came here myself, by my mercy. I was
weeping for you, and now I am very happy for you. I always
remember those who are serving. I am always remembering Lalita. She
may forget me, but I cannot forget her. I cannot forget Bala and
his brother Vijaya, and I cannot forget my senior devotees sitting
in the back in a group, like Amala Krsna, Kesava, Isvara Puri,
Gauraraja and Acyutananda. There are so many seniors here both
men and women. I have come to remind you to not be weak. If you are
unmarried, remain unmarried. If you are divorced, then do not
remarry. Take shelter in the lotus feet of Krsna. I have given you
in marriage to Krsna. Don't go again in the burning ocean.
Krsna's service is the aim and object of our life. Always chant: Hare
Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama
Rama Hare Hare.
My doctor has advised me that due to
my age I should not travel so much. You are all serving me greatly
by giving me medicines that will make me well, so it may be that I
will travel for some more years. But after that you will have to come
to India to meet me. I am reminding you all never be weak.
Don't lose your faith in Guru Your Guru is bona fide and very
strong, and he will never fall.
advisors: Pujyapad Madhava Maharaja and Sripad Brajanatha
Editor: Syamarani dasi,
Transcriber and typist: