Appearance Day of Srinivas Acarya and Disappearance Day of Srila Madhavendra Puri - May 15, 2003
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Tridandisvami Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja
Pass Time in Pastimes
January 16, 2007: Kona, Hawaii
We discussed the birth of Sri Krsna, He who is certainly the son of Yasoda. He is partly the son of Vasudeva and Devaki, but fully the son of Yasoda. After He took birth, His father Nanda Baba went to Mathura to pay taxes to Kamsa, the King of Surasena-pradesh in Mathura. Then at night, after paying the tax, he went to meet Vasudeva.
Vasudeva told Nanda Baba, I am happy that you have a son in your old age. Now go at once to Vraja. Dont delay. There are many demons moving about, here and there, and anything dangerous may happen.
Nanda Baba left very soon after that, and on the way to Vraja he prayed to Lord Narayana, Please save my boy.
When he reached his house he saw that a demoness was lying dead nearby. She was Putana, a friend of Kamsa who had had the power of ten thousand elephants, and who now looked like a very large hill.
On the advice of her friend Kamsa, Putana had been wondering here and there with the purpose of killing all the babies who had been born within the previous ten days.
You should know that wherever devotees are speaking hari-katha and glorifying hari-katha among each other, no ghost, witch, or demon can be present. Krsna only wanted to enjoy some sweet pastimes, and that is why Yogamaya, Sri Krsnas desire potency, had arranged for Putana to come to Vrndavana. Although no demons can enter Vrndavana, still, Putana, Trnavarta, Sakatasura, Aghasura, Bakasura and many other demons were sent there. Why? In order to renew the love and affection of the gopis, Nanda Baba, Yasoda devi, and the other Vrajavasis for Krsna.
Thus, by the arrangement of Yogamaya, Putana had gone to Vrndavana at night, in a very beautiful form. Her waist was thin, and it seemed as if a Gandharva, or Laxmi or Sarasvati, had come to see Krsna. She went directly into the house of Mother Yasoda, where Yasoda and Rohini were lovingly caressing Krsna. They saw that very beautiful devi and did not think to stop her. She at once approached Krsna, saying, My darling little boy, my dear boy, and she placed Him on her lap.
Krsna closed His eyes at this time. Why? Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura has explained five reasons. When a baby sits on the lap of his mother and drinks her breast milk, her lap becomes a very happy place for playing. Then, when an unknown person comes, the baby closes his eyes. Secondly, although Putana had come in a very beautiful form, she came to kill Krsna by giving Him poison. He therefore closed His eyes, thinking, I dont want to see this inauspicious lady. She came to kill all the babies of the Vrajavasis and, by the potency of Yogamaya, she came first to the home of Nanda Baba. She had not yet gone to other places. Now she took Krsna in her lap, and Krsna saw this as inauspicious. Therefore, He closed His eyes.
If one is in Sri Krsnas presence, no maya or hypocrisy can remain with that person. It will at once disappear. If Krsna had looked at Putana, maya would have disappeared. The gigantic form of Putana would have been disclosed, and Mother Yasoda and the Vrajavasis would have understood the true situation.
Because Putana came in the form of a mother, saying, Oh my dear son, my dear darling boy, Krsna did not want to give her pain and make her cry. He thought, When I suck out her life and she begins to die, she will suffer tremendously. I cannot bear to do this.
Putana said, Oh darling baby, they are really not Your mothers. How could they have left You here alone? She took Krsna in her arms and gave Him her breast-milk. Krsna closed His eyes and sucked out her poison, and with that He sucked out her life. Thus, Putana could no longer maintain her maya form. Krsna was holding her breasts tightly with His feet and mouth, and while he was sucking, she became twelve miles long.
Thinking, My brother can save me, she wanted to return to Kamsa, but Krsna did not allow that. He told her, I cannot give you up. Since you came to Me in Vraja, how can I give you up?
stanam dattvapa sad-gatim
[Putana was always hankering for the blood of human children, and with that desire she came to kill Krsna; but because she offered her breast to the Lord, she achieved the greatest attainment. (SB 10.6.35)]
Putana then fell down not on any cow or Vrajavasi, but on the trees of Kamsas garden nearby, where beautiful mangos were growing and everything there was crushed. All the Vrajavasis had followed her, and now they came near and saw that Krsna was saved and still playing on her breast. They took Him to Mother Yasoda, who called all the brahmanas.
Then, with a black cows urine and dung, they began to bathe (abhiseka) Krsna. Holding and placing the tail of the cow on different parts of Krsnas body, they uttered special mantras for His protection.
avyad ajo nghri manimams tava janv athoru
yajno cyutah kati-tatam jatharam hayasyah
hrt kesavas tvad-ura isa inas tu kantham
visnur bhujam mukham urukrama isvarah kam
cakry agratah saha-gado harir astu pascat
tvat-parsvayor dhanur-asi madhu-hajanas ca
konesu sankha urugaya upary upendras
tarksyah ksitau haladharah purusah samantat
[Sukadeva Gosvami informed Maharaja Pariksit that the gopis, following the proper system, protected Krsna, their child, with this mantra: May Aja protect Your legs, may Maniman protect Your knees, Yajna Your thighs, Acyuta the upper part of Your waist, and Hayagriva Your abdomen. May Kesava protect Your heart, Isa Your chest, the sun-god Your neck, Visnu Your arms, Urukrama Your face, and Isvara Your head. May Cakri protect You from the front; may Sri Hari, Gadadhari, the carrier of the club, protect You from the back; and may the carrier of the bow, who is known as the enemy of Madhu, and Lord Ajana, the carrier of the sword, protect Your two sides. May Lord Urugaya, the carrier of the conchshell, protect You from all corners; may Upendra protect You from above; may Garuda protect You on the ground; and may Lord Haladhara, the Supreme Person, protect You on all sides. (SB 10.6.22-23)
pranan narayano vatu
mano yogesvaro vatu
May Hrsikesa protect Your senses, and Narayana Your life air. May the master of Svetadvipa protect the core of Your heart, and may Lord Yogesvara protect Your mind. (SB 10.6. 24)
prsnigarbhas tu te buddhim
atmanam bhagavan parah
kridantam patu govindah
sayanam patu madhavah
vrajantam avyad vaikuntha
asinam tvam sriyah patih
bhunjanam yajnabhuk patu
May Lord Prsnigarbha protect Your intelligence, and the Supreme Personality of Godhead Your soul. While You are playing, may Govinda protect You, and while You are sleeping may Madhava protect You. May Lord Vaikuntha protect You while You are walking, and may Lord Narayana, the husband of the goddess of fortune, protect You while You are sitting. Similarly, may Lord Yajnabhuk, the fearful enemy of all evil planets, always protect You while You enjoy life. (SB 10.6.25-26)
Mother Yasoda then began to caress Krsna.
Where devotees are reciting these beautiful pastimes, singing, dancing and glorifying Hari or any form of Krsna, or Krsna Himself, no demon or witch can come. Why, then, was Putana able to come? She came so that Krsna could play His beautiful, sweet pastimes. These narrations would then be sung everywhere in the world, and all calamities of life the endless pain of birth and death would disappear for the hearers. For this reason, Krsnas Yogamaya inspired demons like her and took them to Vraja. In this way, Krsna is performing so many pastimes.
Now I want to tell you about King Puranjana, from the Fourth Canto of Srimad-Bhagavatam. It is a very beautiful and inspiring story that Narada told to King Pracinabarhi, which reveals the nature of this world. Hearing this story will act like a powerful injection. I want this injection to be given to you all.
[Sripad Padmanabha Maharaja tells the allegorical history of King Puranjana, beginning from Srimad Bhagavatam 4.25.10; and then Srila Narayana Maharaja speaks:]
When King Puranjana returned home after hunting and killing many animals, he saw that his wife was angry and not speaking to him. Then he pacified her and she told him, You should not go anywhere without my permission. You should always be controlled by me. Thus, time passed, and King Puranjana became one hundred years old. At that time Chandavega [*See Endnote 1], Time or Death Personified, with his entire army of thousands of diseases, attacked and defeated King Puranjana and took his life. Meditating on his wife, Puranjana became a lady in his next life.
King Puranjana had been fully absorbed in family life for many lives, and in each life Personified Time had come and ended his life. Narada Muni told King Pracinabarhisat, Do not live your life in like way. You have enjoyed your life with wives and children in so many lives. You have been a pig, hog, and so many animal species, and you have never been satisfied. You can never be satisfied by this. This human life is very precious. Dont lose this opportunity and dont always be entangled in material enjoyment.
I have told this especially to Prema-prayojana prabhu. He is my dear one. In his previous lives he has been a hog, pig, dog, etc.
All Vedas, sastras, guru-parampara, I myself, and all others will be happy if you give up all these things, come in this line, and preach my mission. The devotees want this. Come in my line and preach my mission. Our guru-parampara and Sri Sri Radha and Krsna will be happy.
You should especially remember this verse:
yasya prasadad bhagavat-prasado
yasyaprasadan na gatih kutopi
dhyayam stuvams tasya yasas tri-sandhyam
vande guroh sri caranaravindam
[Only by the mercy of Sri Gurudeva can one receive the mercy of Krsna; without his grace the living entities cannot make any advancement nor be delivered. Meditating three times a day on the glories of Sri Gurudeva and reciting stava-stuti, I offer prayers unto his lotus feet. (Sri Guruvastakam, verse 8)]
What is the meaning? If Krsna is angry, Guru can save you, but if Gurudeva is angry, Krsna cannot save you. If I am Guru, then for my satisfaction you should come again and preach, otherwise you will have to suffer and no one will be able to save you. I will not be able to save you.
[Moreover, I want to tell you
something. When Sankaracharya was only seven or eight years old, he wanted to
take sannyasa. He was an only child, and his mother was very attached to him.
She did not want to give him permission to take sannyasa, and she made him
promise not to do so. Then, with the help of mystical power, Sankaracharya
arranged that a crocodile attacked him when he was bathing in the river. As the
crocodile was about to swallow him, he raised his arm, looking at his mother who
was standing on the shore in utter despair. He asked his mother Please allow me
to take sannyasa just now, so that I will be liberated and my life will be
successful. His mother, thinking that there was no more hope to rescue his
life, agreed and gave her permission for him to take sannyasa. As soon as she
gave her permission, the crocodile vanished, and Sankaracharya at once come out
of the water and prepared to leave his mother. She cried, but Sankaracharya
never again considered her condition. He left at once and took sannyasa. The
sacred order of sannyasa is the most auspicious position, and it allows one to
obtain gopi-bhava. To give up sannyasa and become entangled in household life is
the most inauspicious thing that can happen to a person. (This bracketed
paragraph was personally added by Srila Narayana Maharaja after this lecture was
spoken. He requested that it be inserted here, for the benefit of all the