Twenty-Four Siksa Gurus
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- Friday, 16 June 2006
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Badger, California: June 16, 2006
As I mentioned yesterday, Brahma, Sankara and all the other demigods
went to Dvaraka, to the palace of Lord Sri Krsna, and they told the
Lord, "Previously, we prayed to You to come to this world and
remove the burden of the Earth. This is completed now. You have killed
Putana, Aghasura, Bakasura, Trnavarta and so many other demons in
Vrndavana, and in Mathura You killed demons such as Kamsa, Carana
and Mustika and their brothers. You also defeated Jarasandha seventeen
times, even though his army was practically unlimited. Also, in the
Mahabharata War You killed so many demons, either by Yourself or by
Your 'arms' like Bhima and Arjuna. You have killed all the demons
who had come in the form of ksatriyas."
The Moon: The Moon is always full, but due to the rotation of the Sun, Earth and Moon we see a first moon, second moon, etc. If we go very high in the sky, we see that the moon is always a full moon. Sometimes we see a reduced moon or a developed moon, but that is due to its orbit in relation with other planets. Similarly, the soul is always full. All hunger, thirst and other bodily urges belong to the body. The soul is not affected at all. You should have that understanding. You are not this body. You are soul, part and parcel of Lord Sri Krsna. You are, by nature, always happy as Lord Krsna's eternal servant. You should therefore be unaffected.
Dattatreya continued. "My siksa-guru is the Sun. The sun evaporates water from the ocean and then returns it as rainfall. Similarly, if you have a collection of anything you should donate that. Don't keep it, otherwise it acts like fire. Do not donate it to material sense enjoyers, but donate it to Hari, Guru and Vaisnavas."
Dattatreya continued, "I have also learned something from a pigeon."
Try to understand this. If you understand and keep this in your heart, you will never be unhappy. I see that so many are unhappy, because they don't try to understand and follow my teachings. If they will understand and follow, they will be happy. We call upon our own sufferings. Don't call them.
Pigeon: A male pigeon was greatly attached to a lady pigeon, his wife, and to their children. One day the he- and she-pigeon went to the forest to collect some food. In the meantime, a hunter came and saw the baby pigeons. He grabbed them all and placed them in his net. When the male and lady pigeon returned from the forest, the lady exclaimed, "Oh, my children!" She ran to them, and she also became caught in the net. The male pigeon felt that he had now lost everything. He considered, "Oh! My dear wife has helped me and always obeyed me always. Without her, how can I pass my life?" Distraught, he fell into the net and the hunter also took him. What became of all the pigeons? The hunter took them all. He very happily went to his house and cooked and ate them.
We should learn something from these teachings. It is for this reason that I came here and I am telling you this 11th Canto even though it is very hard to grasp. There are so many teachings there. We should learn those teachings, keep them in our hearts, and teach them to others. They are very powerful.
Who is telling this story of Dattatreya and King Yadu? Sri Krsna Himself is telling it to Uddhava. You should think about this, and follow the examples of these siksa-gurus. Take something for your maintenance, but don't keep anything extra with you, and don't be attached to anyone.
[Erratum: In the Badger lecture of June 14, entitled, "Eleventh Canto," the name of the king who met the Yogindras should have been Nimi Maharaja, not Nemi Maharaja. Please excuse us for that error.]
Returning to his quarters after classDarsana in his room
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