Hilo, Hawaii: February 9, 2005
Tridandisvami Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja
Yesterday [Vyasa-puja] we discussed guru-tattva. There are so many
speakers present tonight, those who are preaching here and there.
I want them to preach, but first they must learn guru-tattva and all
other tattvas (established philosophical truths). They should learn
all tattvas, and guru-tattva is the backbone of them all.
[Srila Narayana Maharaja then called on several devotees to continue
speaking on the topic of guru-tattva. This took quite some time, and
then Srila Narayana Maharaja spoke:]
What is the duty of a pure disciple towards his god-brothers, gurudeva
and superiors? Should he criticize others or not, and should he be
humble or not? We should not criticize anyone. Always be humble and
try to respect both superiors and inferiors.
Today our time is over. It is 7pm, and now the drama will be performed.
There are so many speakers and I want to give time to them, but I
will speak for at least one minute.
You have been hearing about Srimad-Bhagavatam. If anyone will utter
or hear even one verse, half of a verse, half of a half of one verse,
one word or even one letter of a verse, he may attain krsna-prema.
He will come in the process to attain pure bhakti:
satam prasangam mama virya-samvido
bhavanti hrt-karna-rasayanah kathah
taj-josanad asv apavarga-vartmani
sraddha ratir bhaktir anukramisyati
[In the association of pure devotees, discussion of the pastimes
and activities of the Supreme Personality of Godhead is very pleasing
and satisfying to the ear and the heart. By cultivating such knowledge
one gradually becomes advanced on the path of liberation, and thereafter
he is freed, and his attraction becomes fixed. Then real devotion
and devotional service begin. (Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.25.25)]
First you will attain sadhana-bhakti, then gradually bhava-bhakti,
and at last prema-bhakti. At that time you will go directly to Goloka
Vrndavana and serve the Divine Couple Sri Sri Radha-Krsna, in the
line of Srila Rupa Gosvami. Try to read, utter and hear hari-katha,
especially from Srimad-Bhagavatam. Srila Vyasadeva and Srila Sukadeva
Gosvami have stated:
nigama-kalpa-taror galitam phalam
pibata bhagavatam rasam alayam
muhur aho rasika bhuvi bhavukah
[O expert and thoughtful men, relish Srimad-Bhagavatam, the
mature fruit of the desire tree of Vedic literatures. It emanated
from the lips of Sri Sukadeva Gosvami. Therefore this fruit has become
even more tasteful, although its sectarian juice was already relishable
for all, including liberated souls. (Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.1.3)]
There was a fruit in the spiritual world that was full of rasa (nectar).
It had no skin and no seed. It was simply rasa. A parrot from this
world flew there and saw that fruit. He became greedy and wanted to
taste it, so he put his beak into the fruit and said to himself, Very,
very tasteful. Out of greed, he at once picked it up with his
beak and returned to this world, and he has mercifully given the fruit
Srimad-Bhagavatam to the entire world.
Those who are fortunate should go to a rasika (taster of transcendental
mellows) tattva-jna (knower of all truths) Vaisnava and drink this
rasa until they have fainted. Even if you are a liberated soul, you
can drink this transcendental juice.
I wanted to explain these topics more elaborately, but I could not
do so because of a shortage of time.
It will be best if I tell you more. So next year, if Lord Sri Krsna
will arrange it, we can meet here again.
Up until now we have explained only the first verse of Srimad-Bhagavatam:
janmady asya yato nvayad itaratas carthesv abhijïah svarat
tene brahma hrda ya adi-kavaye muhyanti yat surayah
tejo-vari-mrdam yatha vinimayo yatra tri-sargo mrsa
dhamna svena sada nirasta-kuhakam satyam param dhimahi
[O my Lord, Sri Krsna, son of Vasudeva, O all-pervading Personality
of Godhead, I offer my respectful obeisances unto You. I meditate
upon Lord Sri Krsna because He is the Absolute Truth and the primeval
cause of all causes of the creation, sustenance and destruction of
the manifested universes. He is directly and indirectly conscious
of all manifestations, and He is independent because there is no other
cause beyond Him. It is He only who first imparted the Vedic knowledge
unto the heart of Brahmaji, the original living being. By Him even
the great sages and demigods are placed into illusion, as one is bewildered
by the illusory representations of water seen in fire, or land seen
on water. Only because of Him do the material universes, temporarily
manifested by the reactions of the three modes of nature, appear factual,
although they are unreal. I therefore meditate upon Him, Lord Sri
Krsna, who is eternally existent in the transcendental abode, which
is forever free from the illusory representations of the material
world. I meditate upon Him, for He is the Absolute Truth. (Srimad-Bhagavatam
To explain these verses, some selected verses have been given by Srila
Bhaktivinoda Thakura in his Srimad Bhagavata-arka-maricimala. Among
these verses, I will try to explain as many as I will have time for
perhaps one, two, three or four.
Lord Sri Krsna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and that fruit,
which Srila Sukadeva Gosvami brought from Goloka Vrndavana, is Lord
Krsna Himself. Krsna is bhagavat-svarupa, the embodiment of Srimad-Bhagavatam.
Srimad-Bhagavatam is the glorification of Krsna, and therefore it
consists simply of rasa. Sri Narada told Srila Vyasadeva, Dont
mix anything when you write Srimad-Bhagavatam. It should be pure rasa.
Krsna Himself is pure rasa.
There are twelve kinds of rasa (transcendental mellow relationships
with Lord Krsn). The five prominent rasas are: santa (neutral), dasya
(servitorship), sakhya (friendship), vatsalya (parental) and madhurya
(conjugal love). The seven secondary rasas are: hasya (comedy), adbhuta
(wonder), karuna (mercy), raudra (anger), bhayanaka (horror) bibhatsa
(shock) and vira (chivalry). All rasas are present in Krsna. Everything
When Sri Krsna entered the wrestling arena with his brother, Lord
Baladeva, they were each carrying a tusk of the elephant Kuvalayapida.
Some blood was dripping from the tusks and the boys were somewhat
smiling. At that time Kamsa told the very strong wrestlers, Carana,
Mustika and others, Be ready. Krsna should not leave here alive.
You should all combine and kill Him at once. The wrestlers were
very tall, resembling mountains. They were ready to wrestle, and they
tried to pull Krsna and Baladeva into the arena. Lord Krsna told them,
I can only wrestle with boys my age. I cannot wrestle with you.
They replied, You have killed Putana, Agasura and Bakasura.
You always wrestle while cow-herding. We know you. So come on and
wrestle, and in that way we can try to please Maharaja Kamsa.
Then they forcibly pulled Krsna and Baladeva into the arena.
The wives of the Yadus were present in the audience. They saw Krsna,
and they saw that the demons were dragging Him into the arena. They
became furious and could not check themselves. Rebuking everyone present,
they announced, If anyone here supports the idea that the wrestlers
should fight with this boy, Krsna, they will go against religious
principles. We will not remain here.
You should be like these wives of the Yadus. My daughters should be
very bold. When something is going on against religion and bhakti,
they should speak up.
They wives of the Yadavas spoke very beautiful verses, in which they
glorified the gopis. They said: O gopis, what high class of
austerities you have performed!
gopyas tapah kim acaran yad amusya rupam
lavanya-saram asamordhvam ananya-siddham
drgbhih pibanty anusavabhinavam durapam
ekanta-dhama yasasah sriya aisvarasya
[What austerities must the gopis have performed! With their
eyes they always drink the nectar of Lord Krsnas form, which
is the essence of loveliness and is not to be equaled or surpassed.
That loveliness is the only abode of beauty, fame and opulence. It
is self-perfect, ever fresh and extremely rare. (Srimad-Bhagavatam
You are always drinking the beauty of Sri Krsna with your eyes,
taking Him through your eyes into your heart, and embracing Him there.
What austerities have you performed? We want the dust of your lotus
feet upon our heads, so we can be like you.
ya dohane vahanane mathanopalepa
gayanti cainam anurakta-dhiyo sru-kanthyo
dhanya vraja-striya urukrama-citta-yanah
[The ladies of Vraja are the most fortunate of women because,
with their minds fully attached to Krsna and their throats always
choked up with tears, they constantly sing about Him while milking
the cows, winnowing grain, churning butter, gathering cow dung for
fuel, riding on swings, taking care of their crying babies, sprinkling
the ground with water, cleaning their houses, and so on. By their
exalted Krsna consciousness they automatically acquire all desirable
things. (Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.44.15)]
Oh gopis, you are always remembering the sweet pastimes of Sri
Krsna. At the time of sweeping you sing: Govinda Damodara Madhaveti,
Govinda Damodara Madhaveti, Govinda Damodara Madhaveti, Govinda Damodara
When purifying your courtyard with cow dung and water, you sing:
Govinda Damodara Madhaveti, Govinda Damodara Madhaveti, Govinda
Damodara Madhaveti, Govinda Damodara Madhaveti.When your
babies are going to sleep but are not yet sleeping, what are you doing?
Govinda Damodara Madhaveti, Govinda Damodara Madhaveti, Govinda
Damodara Madhaveti, Govinda Damodara Madhaveti.
And when you are churning yogurt, you sing: Govinda Damodara
Madhaveti, Govinda Damodara Madhaveti, Govinda Damodara Madhaveti
Govinda Damodara Madhaveti
"Only the bodies of the gopis engage in these household activities.
They are blessed, for their minds are in Lord Krsna. Krsna is always
on the chariot of their minds, and they always sit on the chariot
of Krsnas mind."
Oh gopis, how glorious you are! What austerities you must have
performed! pratar vrajad vrajata avisatas ca sayam
gobhih samam kvanayato sya nisamya venum
nirgamya turnam abalah pathi bhuri-punyah
pasyanti sa-smita-mukham sa-dayavalokam
[When the gopis hear Krsna playing His flute as He leaves Vraja
in the morning with His cows or returns with them at sunset, the young
girls quickly come out of their houses to see Him. They must have
performed many pious activities to be able to see Him as He walks
on the road, His smiling face mercifully glancing upon them. (Srimad-Bhagavatam
When Krsna goes to the forest to graze the cows, and also when
He returns home, you are waiting there. Having come from your houses
and having given up all your duties, you gaze at Sri Krsnas
face and smile. What austerities have you performed?
You can also think of Sri Krsna like the gopis, when sweeping or performing
any activity. Krsna is very sweet, and this has been told in the above-mentioned
I will continue to explain tomorrow.
I wanted to give this sweet rasa to you during my days here in Hilo,
but I could not. Instead I spent most of my time here discussing tattva-jnana
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