Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tridandisvami Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana
[Srila Narayana Maharaja usually arrives at an
airport about two hours before his flight. Before each
flight he usually sits on one of the chairs in the
airport lobby while his assistants wait on line at the
ticket counter and arrange for his boarding pass. While
waiting for them, he usually gives a short darsana for
his disciples who sit on nearby chairs or on the lobby
floor around him. During those darsanas he usually asks
questions of them and also answers their questions.
The following is a transcription of the airport
darsana held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, just before
Srila Maharaja boarded his plane to return to
[Srila Narayana Maharaja, speaking to Lalita dasi,
his lawyer-disciple living in Kuala Lumpur:] Lalita,
the devotees here – Vijaya, Dr. Parama and all
others – are trying to make a preaching center.
They have bought land and I want it to be developed.
You all should encourage them and help them. If any
legal issues come up, you should help. Also, I want you
to try to come again to India during Kartik.
[Speaking to three sisters – Gayatri dasi,
Gopali dasi and Nandini dasi – who are in their
late teens and early twenties, and who live with their
devotee parents in Kuala Lumpur:] You are all very
qualified. You will have to be brahmacarinis. Preach my
mission and engage in book distribution. We are going
to make a preaching center here, and so many books will
come there. You can distribute books, and you can take
the profit to maintain yourselves. Are you studying
[Gayatri dasi:] I finished my studies five months
ago but I want to work with Chinese medicine. One
doctor has been waiting for me to work for him for the
past four or five months, but I have not done anything
yet. Should I work for him, or do anything else? What
is your instruction?
[Srila Narayana Maharaja:] To maintain yourself you
can work; no harm. But preach also. Preaching is
prominent. Your younger sister should also help with
preaching and book distribution.
[Gayatri dasi, handing Srila Maharaja a fiberglass
statue of two babies hugging leaning against each
other] These are my sister’s deities. She bought
this when she was sick. Now she cannot remember
anything of her first fifteen years. She thinks of them
as Radha-Krsna and ornaments them.
[Srila Narayana Maharaja:] You bought this from the
market? Why isn't it Radha and Krsna in Their good
form? This cannot be worshipped. I want you to have
very beautiful Radha and Krsna deities.
[Devotee:] When you were in Australia a few days
ago, you said that when Sri Uddhava came to see Nanda
Baba, Nanda Baba said, "I tried to forget Krsna when He
left for Mathura. I left the house and went here and
there to forget Him. I went to the place where He
performed rasa-lila with the gopis, and that place made
me remember Him." From what I understand from all your
other lectures and books, it seems strange that Nanda
Baba would know about Krsna performing rasa-lila with
[Srila Narayana Maharaja:] I said rasa-lila, but I
meant that Nanda Baba went to a lonely place – a
kunja – to forget Krsna. But as it turned out,
that place was actually a rasa-sthali, one of the
places where Sri Sri Radha-Krsna and the gopis
performed their rasa-lila. There he thought, “My
son was playing here, and He was often engaged in
singing and dancing here with the gopis." From his pint
of view there was no harm in that, because they were
babies playing; they were about five or six years of
age. Although Radha and Krsna and their friends were
actually teenagers, Mother Yasoda and Nanda Baba's
vision of them was that they were still very young
children – so no harm.
[Sripad Madhava Maharaja:] Everywhere he went he saw
Krsna’s footprints, and that stimulated his mood
of Krsna being here and everywhere.
[Srila Narayana Maharaja:] Does Mother Yasoda know
Srimati Radhika? And what does she know about Her?
[Devotee:] She knows that Krsna loves Radhika more
than herself, and that they play, but innocently, like
[Srila Narayana Maharaja:] Also, she is determined
in her heart that, "I will give Krsna in marriage to
this very beautiful girl." But although she thinks this
way, she considers, "Oh, now They are babies." She
doesn't know exactly what kind of love and affection
there is between Them, or that They engage in pastimes
like rasa-lila and nisanta-lila. She cannot know this.
Yogamaya will help Them so that no elderly family
members will know.
[Gayatri dasi:] Recently we observed the appearance day
of Sri Advaita Acarya. The devotee who gave class said
that although it was he who had originally called for
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu to come to Earth, he could not
recognize Him at first. So when did he realize that Sri
Caitanya Mahaprabhu is Lord Krsna Himself?
[Devotee:] On Advaita Saptami she heard that Sri
Caitanya Mahaprabhu went to Advaita Acarya's school to
pick up His brother, and within his mind He said to
him, "You called Me to come to this world, but you
don't recognize Me. One day you will recognize who I
am." So she is asking, ‘When did that happen that
he began to recognize Mahaprabhu as
[Srila Narayana Maharaja:] When he was praying to
Sri Krsna with tulasi and Ganga-jala (Ganges water) he
knew that his Lord would come. But who his Lord was, he
did not recognize. Afterwards, when he saw the pastimes
of Sriman Mahaprabhu – how He revealed Himself as
Varaha-deva, Lord Krsna and Lord Rama – then he
knew, and he prayed, "Oh, He is my Prabhu, my
[Devotee:] Almost every year, on Parama-Gurudeva's
appearance day, you mention the story about how you and
Nrsimhananda brahmacari preached throughout the
villages neighboring Calcutta, and how you collected
250 rupees and returned to your Gurudeva's matha.
Parama-gurudeva told Nrsimhananda brahmacari that he
wanted to take, for a moment, the 25 rupees that
Nrsimhananda brahmacari withheld for immediate expenses
– to get rid of the poison. He said, "Then I
will give you back 25 rupees for your personal
expenses, but it has to come in my possession first, so
that the poison will be removed." We are preaching
around the world, and we receive donations and give you
the money we collect. But we only give you what we
receive when we already have $100. That is because you
once told me to keep $100 with me for expenses and
emergencies. Is that $100 dollars poisoned because it
didn't go into your pocket first?
[Srila Narayana Maharaja:] I have purified it
– by my order – and given it to you. You
should keep it for your expenses. One hundred dollars
should always be in your pocket, because I have given
it. It is free from poison. I have told this to all my
preachers – Vana Maharaja, Aranya Maharaja and
others. For some I have said to keep more than $100.
You are always with me so there is not so much need for
you to keep more. Padmanabha Maharaja can keep more.
Aranya Maharaja gives me whatever he collects, and I
again give him 100 dollars. You should not have any
problems. You should have what is needed. In different
countries you may not be sure where to go and how to
get what you need for your service to me.
[A devotee gave Srila Maharaja a garland and Srila
[Srila Narayana Maharaja:] It is said that this
flower is the "King of fragrance". Even if it has dried
out for one month, it is still fragrant.
[Padmanabha Maharaja:] Srila Gurudeva, is this
flower the same as those on the Siddha Bakula tree in
the garden of Srila Haridasa Thakura?
[Madhava Maharaja] Yes, even after this flower has
been dry for one month, if you add water to it the
[Vallabhi-kanta dasa introduced a friend of his to
Srila Maharaja, who said to that man:]
In April, when I return here, you must meet me and
hear my classes – and also try to be happy.
Without chanting the name of the Supreme Lord no one
can be happy. One day you will be old, and after some
days you will have to give up your body. Whatever you
have collected throughout your life – nothing
– not a farthing or a ringet (Malaysian money)
– will go with you at the time of death. Not even
your body will go with you. Chanting the holy name is
very powerful, and this will help you. So be ready,
because I am coming in April for a few days.
Now I must go. Thank you all. Now, my children, my
sons and daughters, you should return to your homes
– and we will meet again after one or two
Editorial Advisors: Pujyapad Madhava Maharaja and
Sripad Brajanatha dasa
Transcriber and typist: Vasanti dasi
Editor: Syamarani dasi