[About 600 devotees participated in the Harikatha Festival in Paderborn,
Germany from April 3-10, 2006. Devotees were from many different countries.
In an attempt to facilitate each devotee's being able to speak to
Srila Narayana Maharaja personally during those few days, each morning
there was darsana. One morning devotees from certain countries came,
and another morning devotees from certain other countries came. The
following transcription is an excerpt from one of those darsanas:]
[Question:] We are supposed to hear Srimad-bhagavatam from a bona
fide guru. What are his qualifications?
[Srila Narayana Maharaja:] The guru must be detached from worldly
desires. He must know all tattvas, like krsna-tattva, jiva-tattva
and maya-tattva. But the hearer must also have qualification. He must
have sraddha. He must have faith in Krsna and he must want to know
[Question:] You have so many disciples. How can we have an individual
relationship with you?
[Srila Narayana Maharaja:] There are unlimited planets and universes.
Krsna is alone as the Supreme Personality of Godhead, but still He
is taking care of everyone. Similarly, no matter how many disciples
a bona fide guru has, he has a relationship with them all.
[Question:] How can we develop relationships with each other?
[Srila Narayana Maharaja:] We are sisters and brothers, from one father.
Mantra is our mother and Guru is our father. We should try to help
each other. We are all related with each other.
[Question:] How can I feel your love?
[Srila Narayana Maharaja:] All disciples are my sons and daughters.
I always remember them and I want their welfare. I must help everyone
I have initiated, so that they can follow the process and attain krsna-prema.
That is why in this old age I am coming to inspire all.
[Question:] I heard a lot about how important the istadeva (worshipful
deity) is. How can we recognize who He is?
[Srila Narayana Maharaja:] You can easily recognize Him. You should
see whether or not He has a flute in His hand. He should be most beautiful
and somewhat blackish. All qualities are in Him. When you become qualified
He will search for you and He will be eager to give you darsana, because
He is so merciful. He is giving mercy, but we are not realizing it.
The day will come when we can realize His mercy.
[Question:] When Gurudeva is not in front of us when he is
not here how can we know he is thinking of us?
[Madhava Maharaja:] I gave that answer in morning class. He asked
the same question. Srila Gurudeva is maintaining all his disciples.
The tortoise looks after its eggs by meditating, and the fish and
the birds always come back to the nest to look after the eggs. Similarly,
a bona fide Guru always looks after his disciples, even if not in
their physical presence.
[Question:] The two of us have had yoga training. We have been teachers
of Transcendental Meditation for 20 years. Now we are very much attracted
to Vaisnavas, Krsna and bhakti. What is the proper way to behave?
What shall we do? We are from Maharsi Mahesh Yogi.
[Srila Narayana Maharaja:] We should practice that yoga which is favorable,
and we should reject that yoga which is not favorable. Vyasadeva was
also a yogi and so many maharsis and rsis were yogis, but they were
not patanjali yogis; they were bhakti-yogis. Bhakti-yoga is very easy.
Chanting alone will do. If you cannot do anything, you can simply
chant the name of the Supreme Lord. Yoga means to add one thing with
another thing. This is called yoga. Lord Sri Krsna is the Supreme
Lord and we are His parts and parcels. When we are connected to Him,
this is bhakti-yoga. This cannot be accomplished by any exercise
only by bhakti-yoga.
[Question:] I have a family and a job and I am engaged in that all
the time. I am frustrated that I cannot do what I like bhajana
and devotional services. What to do? I am suffering because of this.
[Srila Narayana Maharaja:] Krsna has given intelligence and some power
so that if one is strong, he can follow. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu was
"entangled". He had a newly married wife, and old mother
and no means of supporting them. But He left them and became a renounced
sannyasi. Srila Raghunatha dasa Gosvami left everything in his boyhood
and went to Puri to be with Caitanya Mahaprabhu. So it also depends
on the strength of your mind.
[Question in Hindi:] Sometimes I am unable to finish my 16 rounds.
[Srila Narayana Maharaja:]You are not understanding the value of the
holy name. The people at your job cannot help you. If you realize
the necessity of serving Lord Sri Krsna, then you can give up everything.
If you cannot complete your rounds in a particular day, then do not
wait for two or three days. The next day you have to complete them.
[Question:] How is it possible to surrender when there are so many
anarthas in my heart?
[Srila Narayana Maharaja:] If there is a strong desire to know Krsna
and serve Him to know that only by this one can be happy both
worldly and transcendentally then everything is very easy.
[Question:] How can we develop this desire?
[Srila Narayana Maharaja:] By hearing hari-katha from superiors
like diksa and siksa guru.
Editorial advisors: Pujyapad Madhava Maharaja and Sripad Brajanatha
Editor: Syamarani dasi
Transcriber: Vasanti dasi
Typist: Anita dasi