Tuesday, March 29, 2011

In the fall of 1998 I found myself living in the Berkeley California ISKCON temple. I was quietly endeavoring to establish a Food For Life program (free Prasadam or vegetarian sanctified food distribution program) through the Berkeley temple. I was attempting to tap into some local, state, and federal programs that gifted grants to non profits who seek to feed the homeless, needy etc. I found several programs that I thought the temple would qualify for, ISKCON Berkeley being a registered 501(c)3 charity organization, I expected it would be a breeze to get some public funding. However when I started to go through the books of ISKCON Berkeley I found nothing that I could use. Instead of finding usable tax records for the past three years, (something required to apply for the program that seemed to make the most sense) I found a very shocking and disheartening paper trail of corruption. Disheartening because it meant that we would not get the funding to run Food For Life on the scale that the Founder of ISKCON wanted, and disheartening because everything that I had been led to believe about the temple was a lie shattering before my very eyes.

The Rakshasha Blood Lust

By- Josh Hawley March 29, 2011

Why is it that there is such a concrete blood lust established in the hearts of modern man? It is because, according to the Vedic Science(1), modern man ultimately is not being led by men. Rather by demoniac creatures, known as Rakshashas(2) in the Sanskrit(3) language. I like to use the Sanskrit term because it is the oldest language on the planet. They are known by many different names in many different languages. Maneaters, shapeshifters, native peoples the world over have been identifying them for millenia, and have indigenous names for them. There are five powerful Rakshasha's that control the entire Earth planet at this time.(4)

Rakshashas are in fact man eaters. Their primary food source is human flesh. They feast on human blood. There are five powerful Rakshashas that control the entire world affairs all over the planet earth. Rakshashas are able to take on many different forms at will, and they become even more powerful at night. Their actual original physical form is over ten feet tall, and they are incredibly ferocious with sharp teeth and appear terrifyingly fearsome. They have the ability to cloak themselves, appearing invisible. They can also levitate and transport themselves at will with out the aid of external mechanized equipment. Rakshashas employ a number of mystical powers that allow them to practically deceive any untrained or unknowledgeable adversary. They are incredibly physically strong, like an elephant and that strength increases at night.

Rakshasha's favorite food is human blood, and particularly the blood of infants or newborn babies. They especially favor the sweet Indo- Aryan (caucasion) baby blood. They have made practically all mankind their slaves and servants at will, so that now they have readily available at their individual beck and call, the flesh of any number of infants through the abortion industry. Abortion was specifically created to satisfy the blood lust of these creatures. Abortion affects the human psyche on many levels. Abortion weakens humanity, and makes humans very susceptible to the Rakshasha influences.(5) (It is my personal opinion that the Rakshashas make their permanent residence somewhere in the region of West Central Europe, possibly the British Isles, and they frequently visit North America particularly the United States of America. This is where I find their presence most influential and most powerful.)

These Rakshashas are now systematically contaminating the human food supply with human blood and other fetus ingredients.(6) When humans ingest any part of another human, either orally or topically they are made into sub-rakshashas, and take on the same blood lust mentality or Rakshasha psyche.(7) This mentality is satisfied through endless wars and particularly animal slaughter, and indifference to abortion, as well as through visual/audio gore entertainment media of film, print, music, and pornography.

The Rakshashas are sworn enemies of Divinity(8) by whatever Divine Name Divinity is known anywhere in the world. Thus their goal is to foment as much enmity as possible between religions through politics so that all people will become outright atheists and hate God. The only thing that is powerful enough to stop the Rakshashas is the pure devotion to God by whatever Names He is known all over the world in as many languages.(9) The more people that chant the names of God, the less power the Rakshashas have, and that is why it is in their (Rakshashas') interest to destroy religion all together. Because through religion one comes to know about God and chant His Names and His glories. One who actually knows God, knows pure Divine love. The Rakshashas cannot stand this, this is why they have infiltrated directly themselves or indirectly by their human sub-rakshasha slaves into every religious and socio-political institution known to man the world over.

Rakshashas have the ability to work on both the subtle psychic mental realm, as well as the gross material realm. They even have the ability to overwhelm material intelligence. But they have NO POWER over the Absolute Spiritual Reality WHATSOEVER.(10)
That is their weakness. As more people have genuine spiritual awakenings the Rakshasha power over those particular individuals lessens, or weakens. As a result of those genuine spiritual awakenings, (people who have awakened to the Absolute Reality) those individuals may face increased psychic and even unprovoked physical attacks, or they may be murdered etc. When one realizes his true eternal transcendental nature it is very difficult to control such an individual. Such transcendent personalities become very powerful in their own right. However their power is benevolent, whereas the Rakshasha power is purely malevolent. Thus the Rakshashas are very fearful of such persons and may attempt to end their life, or at the very least make their life very difficult by using their sub-rakshasha human slaves, either on a mental or physical level.

The goal of the Rakshasha is to eliminate God. This can never be done, so they will attempt to throw a particular planet into such chaos, that its residents will stop believing in God altogether, and thus stop worshiping God. In this case they are targeting the Earth planet. They have particularly targeted the earth planet for several reasons, one of which of course, the ready supply of human blood (humans exist on other planets also). The other more grievous and most heinous reason is that Mother Earth is the wife of the Supreme God. They feel that if they can actually destroy Mother Earth (or Sri Bhumi Devi as She is known in the Sanskrit language) then they may actually be able to kill God. This is their foolishness, and will ultimately be their undoing. This is why the Rakshasha's and their sub-Rakshasha slaves have deliberately subverted every technology every developed that creates a free energy source. The Rakshasha's and their sub human slaves have endlessly promoted the use of oil and nuclear technologies, and time and again subverted technologies such as those developed by Nicholi Tesla at the turn of the last century.

The Rakshasha's know the actual history of the Earth, and they know that there is a precedent for the Earth falling out of orbit, and nearly being destroyed by their great demoniac predecessor; the horrible demon Hiranyaksha.(11) Thus they are employing similar technology to that of Hiranyaksha, in order to exploit Bhumidevi's blood in the form of oil. They know if they pump enough oil out of her body, that she will fall out of orbit and be destroyed. Hiranyaksha employed a similar method by taking out of the Earth all of its gold, so much so that the Earth fell out of orbit, and had to be rescued directly by The Supreme Lord Himself. This ancient history of the Earth is practically unknown to modern man. But that does not make it any less fact.
Another feature of the Rakshasha's powerful influence is to subvert the actual history of the Universe, and the actual features and form of God.

Rakshashas' are extremely powerful, ferocious and fearful, but they can be killed. There exists precedent for this also.(12) Formerly man was much more pious and so Rakshasha's power was not so great. Mostly, even a few centuries back, all mankind worshiped Divinity in one way, Form, Name, or another, so the Rakshasha power was not so well established. Also as Rakshasha's have infiltrated religions and other organizations, they have made taboo the things that will actually increase the prowess of man. Many of the ancient Divine light based mystic arts, and traditional herbal remedies and tinctures that increase mans good fortune and prowess have been lost as a result. This is evidenced even in the past 40 years by the co opting of such print media information sources as Mother Earth News magazine, and Prevention magazine, which are today entirely bought out by corporate (Rakshasha) interests. Self actualized mankind, the self realized individual, actuated by such arts could previously choose his time of death, so great was his will and prowess. Contrast today, modern man cannot even get good food anywhere in the world. Every thing is tainted by one type of contamination- poison, radiation, genetic- or another. And thus man is very weak today in comparison to his former self righteous glory under God.

There are still many methods available, that people may use, I don't discount any of them, such as yoga, meditation, prayer, etc. Some people may find one individually more effective over another.

As a counter to the horrible Rakshasha influence, there is a great benediction given by the Supreme Lord; that one who chants His Names gets relieved of all types of material contamination. One is able to perceive things as they actually are. Humanity, individually and collectively, is thus empowered, and able to escape the Rakshasha influence, as well as other demoniac influences. The Supreme Lord particularly imparts for the benefit of Humanity, a technique, known in the ancient Sanskrit language, (remember Sanskrit is the oldest language known to man) a mantra known as the Maha Mantra. Or in other words, the great chanting for deliverance. If all of mankind will take up this mantra or chanting process we can very quickly and very easily overcome the Rakshasha's and other hellish and demoniac influences. The Mahamantra is very old, timeless in fact, and is mentioned in the oldest recorded literature (much, much older than the bible or koran, or torah or talmud etc) on the planet, the Vedas. The sixteen names of the Hare Krsna Mahamantra: hare krsna hare krsna krsna krsna hare hare, hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare destroys all the inauspiciousness (bad influence) of the age of Kali. This is the conclusion of all the Vedas.(13) There are many beneficial methods, this method is very quick and very easy for all people, the mass of people. The cool thing about the Mahamantra is that is can be used as an internal meditation, (repetition within the mind) as an soft audible chant(japa, usually performed on beads), and in groups singing in beautiful harmonious melodies. There are no hard and fast rules with the Mahamantra, it can be done anywhere, in any place, time, or circumstance and under any condition.

The Golden Avatara Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu(14) appeared some 523 years ago on the planet Earth in order to inaugurate the chanting of the Mahamantra for the benefit of all mankind. He says: "All glories to Sri Krishna sankirtan!(the congregational chanting of God's Holy Names',-means together with neighbors, friends and family)
It cleans the mirror of the mind; (frees one from all external, non pure, and demonic influences)
It extinguishes the blazing conflagration of material life; (stops material suffering so that one can see clearly)
It spreads the moon rays that make
the white lotus of auspiciousness bloom; (spreads the light of divine knowledge so that divinity awakens within ones own heart, and collectively the heart of humanity)
It is the life of spiritual knowledge; (the transcendental Name of God is non-different from Himself- and God is all fostering- means God is the life force and source of all things)
It increases the ocean of divine ecstasy
and at every moment gives a full taste of ambrosia,
bathing the entire soul. (It awakens the individual soul in spiritual consciousness beyond bodily, mental, and intellectual identifications, and allows one to experience one's true eternal transcendental nature of Absolute Spiritual Bliss and Form on the eternal spiritual plane of harmony, peace, unity, and brotherhood.)(15)

Armed with such potent transcendental knowledge mankind can surely overcome the comparatively weak influence of the five demoniac Rakshasha's who are ruling the planet by use of demoniac illusion and mayhem. Surely all mankind can be liberated from the influence of these horrible demons simply by taking up and regularly repeating the sixteen syllable Mahamantra! Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare. No wonder the Rakshasha's don't want us to have this knowledge! It defeats them entirely!

Exactly why don't the Rakshasha's want us to chant the Hare Krishna Mahamantra?
Lord Chaitanya answered that question. He said: "Nija sarva shaktis- The Supreme Lord has invested His name with all transcendental and mundane potencies."(16) So simply by chanting and entering into the Divine purifying presence of the Holy Name all of our misconceptions' are completely cleared. And we may become powerful enough that by the power of God's Divine love we are able to force the demons' off the planet Earth, and restore Mother Earth to Her previous glory as the abode of the pious and righteous human race, along with all of Earth's other rightful inhabitants, to live in peace and harmony of co-existence. Love of God is the most powerful force. No amount of mayhem can check that fact. We can awaken our love of God simply by chanting the Hare Krishna Mantra and thus save the planet from the Rakshasha's diabolical plan to destroy the Earth (our Mother) and all of its poor inhabitants. Please chant Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare, and be happy, and be peaceful. Do it for yourself, for Earth, for your friends, your family, for all of humanity. One way or another simply repeat that sixteen syllable Mahamantra, and go on repeating, and you will realize practically all that I have repeated here.(17) That is real welfare work. That is the Divine Science or Yuga Dharma(18) of awakening one's true eternal spiritual identity(19) through association with God's Name.

End Notes:
1. Vedic Science: The scientific system based on the Vedas, and their supplementary works the Puranas, Itihasas, Upanishads etc. Veda literally means knowledge. Vedic evidence is given through various pramanas or evidences. The primary Vedic evidence is Sastric or the Vedic universal lawbooks, which were imparted to humanity directly by the Supreme Lord. Other evidences include personal experience, parampara etc. The Vedic ontology describes the whole universal or cosmic function, as opposed to modern materialistic speculative science which only partially describes a few limited aspects of universal or cosmic law. For example the Vedas describe in detail aerospace technology as well as nuclear technology. Recorded thousands of years before modern man 'discovered' them. The Vedas were later arranged and codified in written format by Srila Vyasadeva and His authorized professors. Much of the Vedas describe a particular thing, or situation by its symptom. Thus we have concluded based on numerous sources of Vedic Pramana that Rakshashas are controlling the planet based on the symptoms of the present condition of the Earth and its inhabitants.

Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 3.11.5:
"aṇur dvau paramāṇū syāt
trasareṇus trayaḥ smṛtaḥ
kham evānupatann agāt
aṇuḥ — double atom; dvau — two; parama-aṇu — atoms; syāt — become; trasareṇuḥ — hexatom; trayaḥ — three; smṛtaḥ — considered; jāla-arka — of sunshine through the holes of a window screen; raśmi — by the rays; avagataḥ — can be known; kham eva — towards the sky; anupatan agāt — going up.
The division of gross time is calculated as follows: two atoms make one double atom, and three double atoms make one hexatom. This hexatom is visible in the sunshine which enters through the holes of a window screen. One can clearly see that the hexatom goes up towards the sky.
The atom is described as an invisible particle, but when six such atoms combine together, they are called a trasareṇu, and this is visible in the sunshine pouring through the holes of a window screen."

-The oldest Veda, the Rigveda (first written account c. 5000 b.c.) first mentions aircraft or Vimanas, in verses RV 1.164.47-48

-The ancient text Vaimanika Shastra c.3000 b.c. by Maharishi Bharadvaja (disciple of Srila Vyasadeva) deals extensively with aeronautical engineering and space craft.

-Veda Vyasa, Srila Vyasadeva, Srimad Bhagavatam (Bhagavata Purana) translated into English by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. S.B. 1.7.19, 1.7.27 purport.

-Another example of Vedic sciences in modern applications; (newly introduced amongst quantum physicists and theorists) this concept based on the Vedic concept of tan-matras- "Physicists have so far used only the physical information (i.e. just position) as the basis for all physics. Prof. Gomatam will show how the semantic aspect of information, can also be objectivized. The most basic elements of semantic information are the five phenomenological aspects of an object – sound, touch, color, taste and smell – which we acquire through our senses. He will propose that semantic information, long neglected by physicists, if used to conceive every day or macroscopic objects, can lead to a new form of quantum theory with new applications, which will also be free of all paradoxes currently surrounding that theory. " -Dr. Ravi Gomatum director of the Bhaktivedanta Institute and adjunct professor at BITS.

"Modern science is always limited because mankind itself is limited. Man is bound by the laws of the Universe, and thus cannot perfectly know all of the laws due to its inextricable implication and bondage with, and by such laws.
Vedic science is infallible as its source is above the laws of the Universe. Atheistic scientists and philosophers will always try to discredit the Vedic Authority, not for lack of evidence or valid reasoning, but purely due to their envy and animosity towards God and His creation."-Josh Hawley 2011

-Swami Visnu http://www.archaeologyonline.net/artifacts/scientific-verif-vedas.html

2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rakshasa (Sanskrit: राक्षसः, rākṣasaḥ; Tibetan: srin po, Malay and Indonesian: raksasa, Assamese: raikhox, Bangla: rakkhosh, Chinese:luó​chà [Pinyin] lo-cha [Wade-Giles], Japanese: rasetsuten)
-Valmiki Ramayana.
-Krishna Dharma (1999), Mahabharata: The Greatest Spiritual Epic of All Time,
Torchlight Publishing, ISBN 1887089179

3. (संस्कृतम् saṃskṛtam, originally संस्कृता वाक् saṃskṛtā vāk, "refined speech"), is a historical Indo-Aryan language and the primary liturgical language of Hinduism and Buddhism.

4. out of publication quote by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada c. early 1970's.

5. The oldest reference to abortion in the Aryan scriptures is in the Vedas; where it says:

"Whpe off, O Pushan [Lord], the sins of him that practiseth abortion." (Sacred Books of the East, 42:165)

The Hindu scholar S. Chandasekhar in his book Abortion in a Crowded World writes:

"As for induced abortion, the Hindu scriptures from the Vedic age down to the Smritis (100 B.C. to 100 A.D.) called it bhrunahatya ("foetus murder") or farbhahatya ("pregnancy destruction"), and condemnedit as a serious sin. According to Vishnu Smriti (c. 100 B.C. to 100 A.D.), 'The destruction of an embryo is tantamount to killing of holy or learned person.'" (Abortion in a Crowded World, p.44

Historian Julius J. Lipner writes:

"We may begin by simply pointing out that the earliest sruti texts attest that the embryo in the womb is specially deserving of protection and that, indeed, abortion is a morally intolerable act. In the Rig Samhita (which embodies some of the earliest canonical scriptures of the Hindus, possibly before 1200 B.C.) the deity Vishnu is referred to as 'protector of the child-to-be.' *** The Atharva Veda (equally old, possibly older in parts) expresses the same attitude towards the unborn child, with the added implication that abortion counts amongst the most heinous crimes." (Hindu Ethics: Purity, Aboriton, and Euthanasia, p.43)

In the Mahabharata (which includes the Bhagavad Gita) abortion is referred to as "embryo murder".(Abortion in a Crowded World, p.44).

Vainavism did create a 'Book of Laws' called the Vishnadharma Sutra ("Sacred-Law-Book of Vishnu) which reads:

"Killing a Kshatriya [knight] or a Vaishya [Merchant] engaged in sacrifice, a menstrating woman, a pregnant women...[and]..the embryo (even) of a stranger is tantamount to killing a Brahmin [Priest]." (Hindu Ethics, p.45)

S. Chandrasekhar (who is pro-choice) writes that not only do the most ancient Hindu scriptures condemn abortion, but so do the books of laws which were formulated from those scriptures:

"Hindu scriptures apart, the Hindu lawgivers of a later age treated abortion as a crime and ranked it among other crimes such as murder, incest, adultery with the wife of a guru, etc." (Abortion in a Crowded World, p.42)

In the Apastambadharmssutra ("Sacred-Law-Book of Apastamba)--written by a successor-prophet of Krishna--it reads:

"Now these lead to a fall from caste: stealing...murder...abortion, sexual union with women with whom one is related materially or paternally..." (Hindu Ethics, p.45)

Julius Lipner concludes:

"We may conclude from out study then, that from the earliest times, especially in the formative classical period described, both in the cannonical and collaborative orthodox Hindu literature, abortion (viz., deliberately caused miscarriage) at any stage of the pregnancy, has been morally condemend as violating the personal integrity of the unborn, save when it was a question of preserving the mother's life. No other consideration, social or otherwise, seems to ahve been allowed to override this viewpoint." (Hindu Ethics, p.60 emphasis added)

Regardless of abortion and infanticide in India, the most ancient Vaishnava texts condemn abortion.

"Abortion: The deliberate termination of pregnancy. From the earliest times, Hindu tradition and scriptures condemn the practice, except when the mother's life is in danger. It is considered an act against rita and ahimsa. Hindu mysticism teaches that the fetus is a living, conscious person, needing and deserving protection (a Rig Vedic hymn for protection of the fetus). The Kaushitaki Upanishad (1.2 UpR, 774) describes abortion as equivalent to killing one's parents. The Atharva Veda (6.113.1 HE, 43) lists the fetus slaver, brunaghni, among the greatest sinners (6.113.2)." (Hinduism's Online Lexicon, p.2 online)

In the Puranas there is a prophecy concerning the coming Kali Yuga ("Black Age"). This is an age of evil; where lying, cheating, disease, and misery would be rampant. According to the prophecies, the Kali Yuga would be a time when sinyassins ("renouncers" of the world and material pleasures) would wear red clothing, and when abortion would be rampant.

"All kings occupying the earth in the Kali Age will be wanting in tranquillity, strong in anger, taking pleasure at all times in lying and dishonesty, inflicting death on women, children, and cows, prone to take the paltry possessions of others, with character that is mostly tamas, rising to power and soon falling.
And Dharma [righteousness/order/religion] became very weak in the Kali age, and people commit sin in mind, speech, and actions...Quarrels, plague, fatal diseases,famines, drought, and calamities appear...People become poorer in vigor and luster. They are wicked, full of anger, sinful, false, and avaricious. Bad ambitions...greedy and untruthful.
There will arise various sects, sannyasins wearing clothes colored red. Many profess to have supreme knowledge because, thereby, they will easily earn their livelinhood. In the Kali age, there will be many false religionists. India will become desolate by repeated calamities, short lives, and various diseases. Everyone will be miserable owing to the dominance of vice and Tamoguna; people will freely commit abortion.
Earth will be valued only for her mineral treasures. Money alone will confer nobility. Power will be the sole definition of virtue. Pleasure will be the only reason for marriage. Lust will be the only reason for womanhood. Falsehood will win out in disputes.[etc.]" (The Sansrit Puranas by Cornelia Dimmitt, pp.1-2 online)

6. -http://homemakermd.com/2010/01/23/sanctity-of-life-the-human-embryo-and-skin-cream/
-http://www.ubersite.com/m/96603 (extremely graphic warning, actual photos of a man cooking and eating a human fetus)

7. Ibid. Krishna Dharma; Mahabharata, Bhima advised not to drink the blood of his enemy lest he become a Rakshasha.

8. Ibid. Srimad Bhagavatam of Srila Vyasadeva with English translations and purports by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.
"Śrīmad Bhāgavatam Canto 1: Creation Chapter 2: Divinity and Divine Service 1.2.11
vadanti tat tattva-vidas
tattvaḿ yaj jñānam advayam
brahmeti paramātmeti
bhagavān iti śabdyate
vadanti — they say; tat — that; tattva-vidaḥ — the learned souls; tattvam — the Absolute Truth; yat — which; jñānam — knowledge; advayam — nondual; brahma iti — known as Brahman; paramātmā iti — known as Paramātmā; bhagavān iti — known as Bhagavān; śabdyate — it so sounded.
Learned transcendentalists who know the Absolute Truth call this nondual substance Brahman, Paramātmā or Bhagavān.
The Absolute Truth is both subject and object, and there is no qualitative difference there. Therefore, Brahman, Paramātmā and Bhagavān are qualitatively one and the same. The same substance is realized as impersonal Brahman by the students of the Upaniṣads, as localized Paramātmā by the Hiraṇyagarbhas or the yogīs, and as Bhagavān by the devotees. In other words, Bhagavān, or the Personality of Godhead, is the last word of the Absolute Truth. Paramātmā is the partial representation of the Personality of Godhead, and impersonal Brahman is the glowing effulgence of the Personality of Godhead, as the sun rays are to the sun-god. Less intelligent students of either of the above schools sometimes argue in favor of their own respective realization, but those who are perfect seers of the Absolute Truth know well that the above three features of the one Absolute Truth are different perspective views seen from different angles of vision.

As it is explained in the first śloka of the First Chapter of the Bhāgavatam, the Supreme Truth is self-sufficient, cognizant and free from the illusion of relativity. In the relative world the knower is different from the known, but in the Absolute Truth both the knower and the known are one and the same thing. In the relative world the knower is the living spirit or superior energy, whereas the known is inert matter or inferior energy. Therefore, there is a duality of inferior and superior energy, whereas in the absolute realm both the knower and the known are of the same superior energy. There are three kinds of energies of the supreme energetic. There is no difference between the energy and energetic, but there is a difference of quality of energies. The absolute realm and the living entities are of the same superior energy, but the material world is inferior energy. The living being in contact with the inferior energy is illusioned, thinking he belongs to the inferior energy. Therefore there is the sense of relativity in the material world. In the Absolute there is no such sense of difference between the knower and the known, and therefore everything there is absolute."

9. A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami, Bhagavad Gita As It Is Chpt. 6.20-23 ISBN: 978-1-60293-000-1 http://vedabase.net/bg/6/20-23/en "In the stage of perfection called trance, or samādhi, one's mind is completely restrained from material mental activities by practice of yoga. This perfection is characterized by one's ability to see the self by the pure mind and to relish and rejoice in the self. In that joyous state, one is situated in boundless transcendental happiness, realized through transcendental senses. Established thus, one never departs from the truth, and upon gaining this he thinks there is no greater gain. Being situated in such a position, one is never shaken, even in the midst of greatest difficulty. This indeed is actual freedom from all miseries arising from material contact."

10. Bhagavad-gita Catur-sloki Bhasya (10.8-10.11), Srila B.R. Sridhar Maharaja, http://gosai.com/writings/bhagavad-gita-catur-sloki-bhasya-108-1011
-Ibid Srimad Bhagavatam 1.1.1 "janmadya asya yatah etc." 2.9.33-36 "aham evasam evagre etc."

-Chhāndogya Upanishad 3.14.1 Mahavakyas (great sayings) from the Upanisads "sarvam khalv idam brahma"

11. Ibid. Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 3 Chapters 17-19 http://vedabase.net/sb/3/17/en1, http://vedabase.net/sb/3/18/en1, http://vedabase.net/sb/3/19/en1

12. Ibid Krishna Dharma, Mahabharata "Bhima kills Hidimba Rakshasha."

13. -Kali-santarana Upanisad from Krsna Yajur Veda

hare krsna hare krsna krsna krsna hare hare
ratanti halaya vapi te krtartha na samsayah

Hare krsna hare krsna krsna krsna hare hare: Whoever chants this mantra, even neglectfully, will attain the supreme goal of life. Of this there is no doubt.
-(Agni Purana)

nama sankirtana deva tarakam brahma drsyate
hare krsna hare krsna krsna krsna hare hare
hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare

From the nama sankirtana of Hare Krsna mahamantra is taraka (delivering) Brahman revealed.
-(Brahmanda Purana 6.59-60)

harir eva samaradhyah sarva deve suresvarah
hari nama maha mantrair nasyatpapa pisacakam

All the grievous sins of one who worships Lord Sri Hari, the Lord of all lords, and chants the holy name, the Mahamantra, are removed.
-(Padma Purana, Svarga Khanda 50.6)

hare krsna hare krsna krsna krsna hare hare
hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare
sodasaitani namani dvatrimsad varnakani hi
kalau yuge maha-mantrah sammato jivatarane
varjayitva tu namaitad durjanaih parikalpitam
chandobaddham susiddhanta viruddham nabhyaset padam
tarakam brahma-namaitad brahmana gurunadina
kalisantaranadyasu sruti-svadhigatam hareh
praptam sri brahma-sisyena sri naradena dhimata
namaitad-uttamam srauta-paramparyena brahmanah
utsrjyaitan-maha-mantram ye tvanyat kalpitam padam
mahanameti gayanti te sastra-guru langhanah
tattva-virodha-sanprktam tadrsam daurjanam matam
sravatha pariharyam syadatma-hitarthina sada
hare krsna hare krsna krsna krsna hare hare
hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare

Hare krsna hare krsna krsna krsna hare hare, hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare: This sixteen-name, thirty-two syllable mantra is the mahamantra in the age of Kali by which all living beings can be delivered. One should never abandon chanting this mahamantra and take to other so-called purificatory processes which are practiced by rascals, or engage in chanting other metrical compositions of the name of Krsna that are against the pure conclusions of the scriptures, or are filled with rasabhasa. About this divinely spiritual mahamantra, which delivers one from material existence, the original guru, Lord Brahma, has said, kali-santararadi srutite, "The srutis have declared this mantra to be the best means of deliverance in the age of Kali". Having all heard this from Brahma, the sons and disciples of Brahma, beginning with Narada, all accepted the Hare Krsna mahamantra and, having meditated on it, attained perfection.

Ananta-samhita is a Pancaratra agama, part of the pancaratra corpus known collectively among Gaudiya Vaisnavas as the Narada Pancaratra)

14. Thakur, Srila Sacciddananda Bhaktivinoda; Sri Chaitanya, His Life and Precepts.

15-16. Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Sri Shikshastam Stanza 1 and 2.
Stanza One:
"cheto-darpana-marjanam bhava-maha-davagni-nirvapanam
shreyah-kairava-chandrika-vitaranam vidya-vadhu-jivanam
anandambhdhi-vardhanam prati-padam purnamritasvadanam
sarvatma-snapanam param vijayate shri-krishna-sankirtanam

Glory to the Shri Krisna sankirtana (congregational chanting of the Lord's holy names), which cleanses the heart of all the dust accumulated for years and extinguishes the fire of conditional life, of repeated birth and death. That sankirtana movement is the prime benediction for humanity at large because it spreads the rays of the benediction moon. It is the life of all transcendental knowledge. It increases the ocean of transcendental bliss, and it enables us to fully taste the nectar for which we are always anxious.
Stanza Two
namnam akari bahudha nija-sarva-shaktis
tatrarpita niyamitah smarane na kalaha
etadrishi tava kripa bhagavan mamapi
durdaivam idrisham ihajani nanuragahah
O my Lord, Your holy name alone can render all benediction to living beings, and thus You have hundreds and millions of names, like Krishna and Govinda. In these transcendental names, you have invested all Your transcendental energies. There are not even hard and fast rules for chanting these names. O my Lord, out of kindness You enable us to easily approach you by Your holy names, but I am so unfortunate that I have no attraction for them."

17. Based on the Vedic method of Pramana of personal experience by application of a particular sadhana or spiritual practice.

18. Srila Krsnadas Kaviraja Goswami[(Caitanya Caritamrta Adi Lila Chapter 3 verse 40)kali-yuge yuga-dharma-namera pracara
tathi lagi’ pita-varna caitanyavatara

The religious practice for the Age of Kali is to broadcast the glories of the holy name. Only for this purpose has the Lord, in a yellow color, descended as Lord Caitanya.

19. -Ibid. Bhagavad Gita Chapter 2 verse 13-25, Chapter 18 verse 54.
-Ibid. Mahavakyas- Brihadaranyaka Upanishad of Yajur Veda "aham bramasmi, I am spirit soul".
- Ibid. Srila Krsnadas Kaviraja Goswami[Chaitanya charitamrta. Madhya 20.108]
"jivera 'svarupa' haya-krsnera nitya-dasa
krsnera 'tatastha-sakti', bhedabheda-prakasa"
-Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada recorded lecture transcript Caitanya Caritamrta Madhya 20.108-109
New York, July 15, 1976 http://www.prabhupadavani.org/main/Caitanya_Caritamrta/CC033.html

"Actual Sense Pleasure"

Real sense pleasure is eternal. Therefore pleasure derived from the material senses is not called real happiness. Although it may appear to be pleasure giving, due to its actual temporary nature, as well as the negative deteriorating after effects of old age and disease, material sense pleasure is in fact, not real pleasure. His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada delivered this insightful lecture in New York in 1966.- Josh Hawley

66/08/31 New York, Bhagavad-gita 5.22-29


ye hi samsparsaja bhoga
duhkha-yonaya eva te
ady-antavantah kaunteya
na tesu ramate budhah

Happiness which is derived by touch senses, samsparsaja... Samsparsajah means happiness, so-called happiness derived by touch senses. Ye hi samsparsaja bhogah, enjoyment. Duhkha-yonaya eva te. Lord Krsna says that this is not real happiness. Anything, any happiness derived out of touch sensation, that is not real happiness. Rather, that is the gate for various miseries. The whole Vedic scripture describes that happiness derived of sense perception out of the body, that is not real happiness. If we are to enjoy real happiness, then we have to transcend these bodily pleasures. Happiness is there because I am spirit soul. Actually I am full of pleasure, but because my sense of happiness is being manifested through this matter, therefore we are being frustrated in deriving real pleasure. So those who are in the, advanced in spiritual life, they are called yogis. Yoginah. Ramante yoginah anante. Those who are spiritualists, they also enjoy. But they enjoy in the real happiness which has no end. Any happiness which is ended at a certain point, that is not happiness. That is, rather, source of distress. Ady-antavantah kaunteya na tesu ramate budhah. Budhah means who is learned. A learned person does not enjoy such flickering or transient happiness which is derived by sense touching.

saknotihaiva yah sodhum
prak sarira-vimoksanat
kama-krodhodbhavam vegam
sa yuktah sa sukhi narah

Saknoti. Saknoti means one who is able to tolerate. Ihaiva. Ihaiva means in this body. And sodhum. Sodhum means to tolerate. Prak. Prak means before. Sarira-vimoksanat. Before leaving this body, if one practices that... What is that practice? Kama-krodhodbhavam vegam. Vegam means urge. Just like sex urge. Everyone has got sex urge. Or so many things, we have got some urge. That Krsna advises, that before quitting this body... The example is that suppose a man is diseased, is suffering from a type of disease. And doctor has asked him not to take solid food. Now, if he is thinking that... Because he is practiced to take solid food, he is thinking, "I must take solid food. I must take solid food..." But if he can tolerate -- "No, doctor has advised not to take solid food" -- if he can tolerate, then he becomes very easily cured. Similarly, sense perception, sense pleasure, is reserved for us in our spiritual life. That is actual sense pleasure. Here we are having sense pleasure artificially through this body. Before leaving this body, if we practice to stop sense pleasure as much as possible... There is training, of course. Without training, nothing can be done.

So according to Vedic civilization, this training was given, student life, complete abstinence from sex life, then vanaprastha life, complete abstinence, and sannyasa life, complete abstinence. The whole training was to abstain, to cure. Because... The same example: In diseased condition we cannot enjoy the foodstuff which we take. When we are healthy, we can enjoy the taste of the foodstuff. So we have to cure. We have to cure. And how to cure? To be situated in the transcendental position of Krsna consciousness. That is the cure. So Krsna advises here anyone who is able to tolerate the urge of sense pleasure. But we have to mold our life in such a way that we should be able to tolerate. Tolerate. That will give us our advancement in spiritual life, and when we are situated in spiritual life, that enjoyment is unending, unlimited. There is no end. Exactly similar verse is there in Srimad-Bhagavatam. In the Srimad-Bhagavatam Rsabhadeva is advising his sons that

nayam deho deha-bhajam nrloke
kastan kaman arhate vid-bhujam ye
tapo divyam putraka yena sattvam
suddhyed yasmad brahma-saukhyam tv anantam
[SB 5.5.1]

It is very nice verse. He says, "My dear boys, this human form of life..." Na ayam deha. Ayam deha means "this body." Na ayam deho deha-bhajam nrloke. Everyone has got body. The cats, dogs, hogs, and birds, beasts, man, human being demigod -- everyone has got this body, material body. But he's especially advising nrdeha. Nr means human form of life. He says that this human form of life is not meant for working hard for sense pleasure just like the hogs and dogs. Human life. Then what it is meant for? He says, tapo divyam. One should undergo penance for transcendental realization. And what will be the result of such penance? He says that yatah suddhyet sattvam. Your existence will be purified. And when your existence is purified, then you enjoy brahma-saukhyam, the unlimited spiritual happiness.

You are hankering after happiness. Happiness is your prerogative. You must have. That is your life. You cannot stop happiness. But happiness in the diseased condition is not happiness. That we must understand. So we have to cure this diseased condition and then enjoy happiness, then enjoy pleasure that will be unlimited. There will be no end. In the diseased condition... Suppose whatever pleasure we take, it is for fifteen seconds or few minutes or few hours or few days -- it will end. But real happiness, what is real happiness, that is unending. Brahma-saukhyam anantam. Anantam means unending. So we are meant for unending happiness. So Krsna advises here that saknotihaiva yah sodhum prak sarira-vimoksanat. Before quitting this material body, if one practices to tolerate the so-called urges of sense pleasure, then he becomes very happy at the long run. He recommends it. And that is the real purpose of human form of life. That we should not derive. We should not try to derive that false happiness in this diseased condition of material life. This is temporary. That is not happiness. We should understand that out of ignorance we are engaged to derive such kind of happiness, but that is not happiness. Real happiness is in spiritual life.

We have to attain that spiritual life and just a man tolerates so many things for being cured, similarly we have to practice tolerance. Then there will be urges, certainly, because we are practiced to these sense urges for so many births in so many evolutionary process. Now in this human form of life we have to consider that "I am not this body; I am spirit soul." So I have to search out the happiness of the spirit soul, and for that, I have to train myself under superior guidance, as Arjuna has put himself under the guidance of Krsna.

yo 'ntah-sukho 'ntar-aramas
tathantar-jyotir eva yah
sa yogi brahma-nirvanam
brahma-bhuto 'dhigacchati

One who is aspiring after that transcendental happiness which is called brahma-sukha, brahma-sukha... One who is, yah antah-sukha, that brahma-sukha is within. That brahma-sukha is not without. Yah antah-sukhah antar-aramah. And is happy and satisfied by enjoying within. Antah-sukhah antar-aramas tathantar-jyotir eva yah. And who is trying to find out the brahmajyoti, the effulgence of Brahman within. Sa yogi brahma-nirvanam. That yogi is already situated in Brahman. Nirvanam means ending all this material contamination. Brahma-bhuto 'dhigacchati. And he becomes a realized soul or the brahma-antah.

labhante brahma-nirvanam
rsayah ksina-kalmasah
chinna-dvaidha yatatmanah
sarva-bhuta-hite ratah

Now, Krsna says, ksina-kalmasah. Ksina-kalmasah, one who is able to reduce the reaction of all sinful life. We must know it that this material existence, either in any form, they are all reactions of our sinful life. That we must know. So in any condition, it does not matter that a highly advanced person, educated, learned, rich, or beautiful, or anyone -- more or less, according to degree, they are all enjoying or suffering the reaction of their past karma. And, more or less, all the world, they are considered to be sinful. So ksina-kalmasah. Ksina-kalmasah means those who are trying to reduce the reaction of sinful activities. How? By practicing that sense control. Sense control. Practicing sense control. Just like a diseased person. By controlling... By controlling according to the prescription of the doctor, by controlling himself he becomes reduced in the sufferings of the disease. The fever diminishes from 105 degrees to 102, then 100, then 99, then 98 -- he is cured. Similarly, we have to reduce the temperature. We haven't got to increase the temperature. We are just like in the matter of increasing our temperature. We are thinking that by increasing the temperature we shall be happy. We do not know that by increasing temperature we shall never be happy. We have to decrease the temperature. There is a very nice story. Perhaps I have many times told you, that there was a householder, a very rich man. His wife was sick and the maidservant was also sick. So the gentleman called for a doctor, and the doctor treated both the patients, and the doctor said that "Your wife has got 98 temperature, nothing serious. But your maidservant, she has got 104 temperature, so she should be taken care of." Now, the housewife, she became angry. She told the doctor, "Oh, I am the head of the family. I have got only 98 temperature? And my maidservant has got 104? So you are not a doctor!" So that is going on. From 104 we want to increase. 104 degrees and death will come. So the modern civilization is increasing the temperature. So we have come to the point of 107 degree -- atom bomb. So we are prepared for killing ourselves. So this degree, this increasing of temperature of material enjoyment will never make us happy. We have to decrease the temperature. We have to come to the point of 97, not to the 107.

So labhante brahma-nirvanam rsayah ksina-kalmasah. Just like by decreasing temperature we come to the path of healthy life, similarly, if we decrease our sensual activities... The material life means sensual activities, nothing more. Whatever advancement of civilization we are creating, that means we are simply creating artificial sense enjoyment. That's all. This is called material civilization, simply sense enjoyment, nothing more. So we have to... Of course, we don't decry the modern civilization, but it has its proper use. Just like we are also using here electric light, the microphone, and the tape recorder. This is the gift of the modern science. So instead of decrying them, let them engage in the matter of understanding Krsna consciousness. Then everything will be properly utilized. We cannot go back. You cannot go back in the matter of advancement of modern civilization, but here we have got a point, Krsna consciousness. Nirbandhah krsna-sambandhe. We can engage everything in the matter of understanding Krsna consciousness. Everything can be utilized properly. Yuktam vairagyam ucyate. We haven't got to give them up. Our Gosvamis, our predecessors, acaryas, they do not recommend that whatever is produced we shall not give them up. "Oh, it is all material. We don't want." No. Even if that is material... Material is everything. My body is also material. So as I am utilizing my material body for spiritual advancement, similarly I can utilize anything material for spiritual advancement. That is possible. So that prescription is given, nirbandhah krsna-sambandhe. You just try to engage everything in Krsna consciousness. Then you'll have... That means everything will be transformed into spiritual. By Krsna consciousness everything will be transformed into spiritual. Just like the iron rod, if you put into the fire it gets warm, warmer, and when it is red-hot, then it is no longer iron rod, it is fire, similarly, if we constantly engage all our energy in Krsna consciousness, then, even though we have increased the temperature to 107 degrees, that will be transformed into 107 degree of spiritual life. Yes. That is the secret of this Krsna consciousness.

As we'll understand when we come to the Ninth Chapter, it is clearly stated that su-sukham kartum avyayam. It is very happy to adopt this principle of Krsna consciousness. So instead of lamenting what has been done -- that is useless. No use lamenting. We have to now go, make progress, advance by Krsna consciousness and utilizing everything for that purpose, Krsna consciousness. Then everything will be all right. Otherwise,

prapancikataya buddhya
mumuksubhih parityago
vairagyam phalgu kathyate

Simply thinking, "Oh, it is material. It is not spiritual. Let me give it up," but I do not know how to utilize them in the purpose of Krsna consciousness, then that sort of renunciation is not very much appreciated by our Gosvami sampradaya. We should not decry anything. Whatever is produced now, welcome. But let it be engaged in Krsna consciousness. Then everything will be all right. The same example. Just like Arjuna was a fighter. He was a military man. But he was trying to mix with sense gratification. He was trying... He declined to fight just to make his own sense gratification. What is that sense gratification? He thought that "By killing my kinsmen, my brothers on the other side, I will be unhappy." So my happiness and unhappiness pertaining to this body, that is a kind of sense gratification. So when he was taught Bhagavad-gita he gave up that process of sense gratification. He agreed to fight to satisfy the sense of Krsna. So he remained the same fighting man. He remained the same military man. But only difference was that in the beginning he wanted to satisfy his own senses and at the end of studying Bhagavad-gita, when he became a liberated soul, he engaged the same energy for the sense gratification of Krsna.

So this is Krsna consciousness. We haven't got to decry anything. Simply we have to change the consciousness. Everything we are now doing in the matter of sense gratification, we have to prepare ourself, we have to train ourself for the sense gratification of Krsna. That is Krsna consciousness. So that requires toleration. Now we are practiced to satisfy our own senses since a very, very long time. In every life, either in this human form of life, in other, so many species of life everyone is engaged for sense gratification. Now we have to change the process. Instead to satisfying my senses, we have to agree to satisfy the senses of Krsna. Unfortunately we make the Supreme Lord senseless. "God is impersonal; He has no sense. He has no hands. He has no mouth. He has no legs." Then what it is? So we are creating imaginary God in that way. But here is God present, Krsna. He's with hands and legs and feet and speaking to Arjuna. So God is not senseless. If He is senseless, then there was no use of speaking this Bhagavad-gita and taking it so very important book so that world is reading very carefully. He's not senseless. He is full sense. Otherwise His Bhagavad-gita has no meaning. So He is full sense. Now, the Krsna consciousness means that instead of satisfying my senses, we are to satisfy the sense of Krsna. A simple process. It is not very difficult.

yatinam yata-cetasam
abhito brahma-nirvanam
vartate viditatmanam

Kama-krodha-vimuktanam. Now, this kama-krodha, lust, anger, it has been advised in the Fourth Chapter that they are our very great enemies, so we have to give it up. Kama-krodha-vimuktanam. Kama-krodha. We have to give up this lust and kama. Kama is lust, and krodha means anger. Now, just see... Kama-krodha-vimuktanam. How kama-krodha-vimukta, how one can be freed from kama-krodha? Kama-krodha, how one can be freed? Just see the same example we see that Arjuna, he was thinking of the welfare of his kinsmen, and Krsna was asking that "You should fight." And he was declining. So this kind of declining is kama, lust, his own sense gratification. As soon as he became to satisfy the senses of Krsna, then he is freed from his own kama, own lust. There is no more his own lust. His own lust was that he was desiring not to fight. But as soon as he agreed to the instruction of Krsna, he gave up his own lust; he becomes free from kama-krodha. So kama-krodha, kama-krodha, this anger and this lust, that can be... Actually we can be free from the anger and lust when we are actually in Krsna consciousness. Kama-krodha-vimuktanam yatinam yata-cetasam. Yatinam. Therefore great sages, one who is able to give up this kama, the lust and anger, they are called great sages. Ksama-rupa-tapasvinam. Tapasvi, one who is, who are sages, their duty is they always forgive any enemy. Just like you have got very nice example, Lord Jesus Christ. He was being crucified, but he forgave all the persons who were engaged in crucifying him. He prayed Lord, "O my Lord, these people do not know what they are doing." So this is, I mean to say, the signs of great sages. They are not, I mean to say angry. Kama-krodha.

So angry, we can give up anger only when we are Krsna conscious. Otherwise it is not possible to give up lust and anger. It is not possible. Simply... When he was... When... Why Lord Jesus Christ was able to forgive them? Because he was engaged in God's service. Therefore he was... So it is such a thing. Sarvair gunais tatra samasate surah. One who is actually Krsna conscious, automatically all the good qualities overtake him without any separate endeavor. So

yatinam yata-cetasam
abhito brahma-nirvanam
vartate viditatmanam

So one who is always engaged in Krsna consciousness, automatically he becomes freed from lust, anger, and this is the stage of brahma-nirvanam. Brahma-nirvanam means cessation of material conception of life and be engaged in spiritual, transcendental position. That is called brahma-nirvanam.

sparsan krtva bahir bahyams
caksus caivantare bhruvoh
pranapanau samau krtva

This is yoga process. Krsna is advising that yoga process. Yoga process means to come to the point of Krsna consciousness. But one who directly goes to Krsna consciousness, he hasn't got to practice this. But still, the practice is recommended here, sparsan krtva bahir bahyams caksus caivantare bhruvoh. We have to put our eyeballs within the... What is called? Eyebrow, yes. Eyebrow. And pranapanau samau krtva. There are five kinds of air passing within our body: prana, apana, vyana, udana... There are different names of the air. So controlling them, pranapanau samau krtva and nasabhyantara-carinau. They are coming, breathing control. These are the process. Those who are have practiced this yoga process, they can know.

munir moksa-parayanah
yah sada mukta eva sah

Now, this process is to give up that lust and anger. But if you engage yourself direct in Krsna consciousness the result of this process is achieved very easily. Yatendriya-mano-buddhir munir moksa-parayanah, vigateccha. Iccha-bhaya-krodha. Iccha means we desire so many things. And in material life we shall be always afraid. Afraid. Everyone is afraid. So iccha-bhaya-krodha. Anger is unavoidable because in so many things we are frustrated in our dealing that anger is possible. But if we are engaged in Krsna consciousness, even we are put into such difficulty... I am very glad to inform you that one of our students is put into some difficulty, but he is very happy simply thinking of this Krsna consciousness. Practical. He is... Not very long he is practiced the Krsna consciousness, but within a few days he has learned the art. Just now I received telephone that he said that "I am quite happy." So this is such a thing. Krsna consciousness can get us even in the greatest... Yasmin sthite gurunapi duhkhena na vicalyate. Even one is situated in a very great dangerous point, still, he is not disturbed. This is such a thing, Krsna consciousness. He does not become disturbed.

bhoktaram yajna-tapasam
suhrdam sarva-bhutanam
jnatva mam santim rcchati
[Bg. 5.29]

Now, here, Krsna summarizes that "If you want peace... Peace, the formula of peace, you must know." What is that formula?
Bhoktaram yajna-tapasam.

bhoktaram yajna-tapasam
suhrdam sarva-bhutanam
jnatva mam santim rcchati
[Bg. 5.29]

Now, if anyone understands that Krsna, or the Supreme Lord, He is the enjoyer of all activities... Now, whatever activities are going on in this world, there is some result of any activity. Especially good activities. Here it is called yajna-tapasam. Yajna and tapasya, that is good. They are pious activities. So Krsna says that if anyone can understand that all result of pious activities, the enjoyer is Krsna... Bhoktaram yajna-tapasam sarva-loka-mahesvaram [Bg. 5.29]. And He is the proprietor of all planets. Not only this earth, but there are innumerable planets, innumerable universes, and the Lord is the proprietor of all these universes. Then suhrdam sarva-bhutanam, and He is the only friend of all living entities. Suhrdam sarva-bhutanam jnatva mam santim rcchati. If anyone can understand this secret of life, that nobody is proprietor... Everyone is claiming that "I am proprietor of this house. I am proprietor of this land. I am proprietor of this country." Or "I am proprietor of this planet." You can go on increasing. There are many instances who became proprietor of many other planets also. In the history I have got. Not only this planet, but many other planets. But this is mistake. Actually, the proprietor is the Supreme Lord. We are just guest in His house. We are not proprietor. We must have, we must develop this sense, that Krsna is the proprietor, or the Supreme Lord is the proprietor.

Now, that is actually fact. We come here as guest. Suppose I am Indian, you are American. We have come on this earth as guest for few years, say, for hundred years or fifty years; then we leave this place. So if I am the proprietor, why don't I take this place with me when I am going? No, I am not proprietor. So there is no question of tyaga, renunciation. And there is no question of bhoga or enjoyment. Because you are not proprietor. So you neither you can enjoy it, neither you can renounce it. So renunciation or enjoyment, both are illegal. Renunciation. Suppose we are sitting in this room. This room belongs to the landlord. Suppose I am vacating this room, and while vacating, while I am going from this room if I say to the landlord "Well Mr. such and such, I leave this place for you now." Now, what is this place? That place belonged to him. How we are leaving? So he'll laugh: "Oh, you were my guest, you were my tenant. How you can leave? It is mine." Similarly, if we say, "All right. I am giving up this, renouncing this enjoyment life,"... So either... We cannot either renounce or enjoy. Both are illegal. Simple thing is that we must know that as it is formulated here, that everything belongs to God.

So everything should be engaged for the service of God. That is real knowledge. Just like suppose here is a hundred dollar note somebody left by mistake. Now, what is to be done with that hundred dollar notes? If somebody takes that hundred dollar notes, "Oh, here is a hundred dollar note. Take me. Let me take it and enjoy it," that is illegal. And if that hundred dollar note is neglected, "All right, let it remain there. The owner will find it," that is also not good because if I do not find out the person and hand over that hundred dollar note, that is not my duty because others may take it away. Similarly, to leave that hundred dollar note is also not good, and to enjoy that hundred dollar note is also not good. The best is that find out the proprietor of that hundred dollar note. Ask somebody, "Have you left something, sir? Anybody?" If one: "Yes, I'm missing one hundred dollar..." "Here is..." That is real service. Similarly, if we understand that everything belongs to God, so that sense will lead me: "No, I am not enjoyer." So my sense gratification, my anger, my lust, all finished. All finished at once, at stroke, if I understand that "Nothing belongs to me; everything belongs to God." If I want to enjoy it, that is illegal, and if I neglect it, that is also illegal. If I say, "Oh, let... Jagan mithya, this world is false. I don't want it. Let me go to the Himalaya in the jungle," oh, that is also not good. You must try to utilize the whole thing for the purpose of Krsna because everything belongs to Krsna. That is your duty. That is Krsna consciousness. Because He is the proprietor.

Now, this tape recorder is advancement now of material science. We should think, "Oh, this is the property of Krsna." Let it be utilized in the propaganda work for Krsna's service. That is proper utilization. So everything. Sarva-loka-mahesvaram. Suppose if somebody says that "I am the proprietor everything of this room. So you have no claim." So we have actually no claim. We simply come. And the whole philosophy is... That is spiritual communism. In the Bhagavata you'll find that this anything, all the richness, all the riches that is all over the world, all over the universe, that is created by God. So you are at liberty to make its use. You can take as much as you like. But if you claim proprietorship, then you make fault and you have to suffer. You can use them. There is no harm using. Krsna has given, God has given us enough things. Now, why you are suffering? Why the world is suffering? Because we are trying to occupy it. "Oh, this is my country." He said, "This is my country. Oh, this is my property. You cannot come here. You cannot enjoy it." This is the trouble. But if we think, "Oh, it is all Krsna's property. Let us enjoy it and be Krsna conscious and be happy," then there is no disturbance. Automatically, peace is there.

So we do not know what is peace, what is the formula of peace, but we are trying to make peace. We keep all the, I mean to say, dirty things within our heart, and we are making propaganda that we want peace. How you can have peace? Here is the peace formula. What is that? Bhoktaram yajna-tapasam sarva-loka-mahesvaram [Bg. 5.29]. The Supreme Lord, Krsna, He is the enjoyer, He is the proprietor, and He is the real friend. In the Vedic scripture you'll find, He's such a nice friend that I am transmigrating from one body to another, and Krsna is also transmigrating in the same body. Supersoul. Suppose I am transmigrating to the body of a hog. Oh, Krsna is present there also. He's such a friend. Now, suppose we have got our friends. So when I've got richness, I am very rich, I will have so many friends. Suppose I am poverty-stricken now, no friends come to us. Krsna is not such a friend. Krsna is such a good friend. In whatever condition you may live, He is always with you. He is always with you. In the Vedic literature you find that two birds are sitting on the same tree. One bird is eating the fruit of the tree, and the other bird is witnessing. That witnessing bird is Krsna, and the eating bird is myself. I am eating, I am enjoying the fruits of my work in this material world, and Krsna is simply observing. Just like Arjuna. Arjuna was talking so many things; Krsna was observing. But when Arjuna came to his senses, he surrendered to Krsna: sisyas te 'ham sadhi mam prapannam. Similarly, the bird, the Supersoul bird, is sitting. He's simply waiting for the opportunity when he'll say, "Oh, Krsna I surrender unto You. Now protect me. Give me instruction." He is waiting.

So this is the formula of Krsna consciousness.

bhoktaram yajna-tapasam
suhrdam sarva-bhutanam
jnatva mam santim rcchati
[Bg. 5.29]

If you really want peace, then this is the formula. You should always know that Krsna is the enjoyer of everything, He is the proprietor of everything, and He is the only sincere friend. Suhrdam sarva-bhutanam jnatva. One who understands this secret, he becomes happy. peace is for him. Thank you very much. Now if there is any question, you can ask. (end)

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Bhagavad-gita 5.22-29 -- New York, August 31, 1966

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Some very interesting questions raised around WWII and the Holocaust

Errant Philosophy of Sankaracharya

Errant Philosophy of Sankaracharya


Apr 29, 2010 — MAURITIUS (SUN) —

"All different varieties of atmaramas [those who take pleasure in atma, or spirit self], especially those established on the path of self-realization, though freed from all kinds of material bondage, desire to render unalloyed devotional service unto the Personality of Godhead. This means that the Lord possesses transcendental qualities and therefore can attract everyone, including liberated souls." (Srimad Bhagavatam 1.7.10

Srimad Bhagavatam, Mahabharata, and other Puranas describe the Kali Yuga beginning with the unqualified son of a brahmana, when he cursed Pariksit Maharaja, a devotee of Krishna, without just cause. Kali began with the immature Brahmana Sringi. But it has been definitively solidified by the impersonalist teachings of Adi Shankaracharya. This errant philosophy of Mayavada, or the theory that the absolute becomes covered by illusion, has laid the philosophical ground work for, and has allowed the supposed justification for, essentially all subsequent acts of evil in the modern age.

Mayavada philosophy has pre-positioned itself as the basis for the formula for the modern scientific framework which states that matter is the ultimate cause. The errant philosophy of Shankara, which is purely speculative and has no actual basis in the Vedic Sastras, appears to allow for the atheistic conclusion to have been manifest as an authentic Vedic Conclusion. This attempt to mislead the followers of the Vedas from its actual theistic conclusion is false. Padma Purana (Uttara khanda 25.7) reveals the hidden identity of Shankaracarya as an incarnation of Lord Siva:

mayavadam asac-chastram
pracchannam bauddham ucyate
mayaiva vihitam devi
kalau brahmana-murtina

"The Mayavada philosophy', Siva informed his wife Parvati, ‘is covered Buddhism. In the form of a brahmana in the kali-yuga, I teach this imagined philosophy'."

Prior to the introduction of Shankaracharya's opposed Vedic philosophy there was no room for chance. According to Bhagavada-gita there are five causes for action: adhistanam tatha karta karanam ca prthag-vidham vividhas ca prthak cesta daivam caivatra pancamam - "The place of action, the performer, the senses (5 working senses and 5 knowledge acquiring senses), the endeavor, and ultimately the Super consciousness or Supersoul. It was Shankaracharya's deliberate intention to misdirect his followers from this fifth and Ultimate Cause, The Paramatma.

Adi Shankaracharya's basic flaw is his speculative reduction of the fundamental cause of matter, i.e., consciousness, to be a product or subject of that (or subject to) same material energy. This is contrary to the Vedic conclusion: janmady asya yatah, which declares the ultimate causative as personal and conscious. This also contradicts the Vedic aphorism aham bramasmi: I am consciousness or transcendental spiritual energy. That primeval consciousness existed before the manifestation of the material energy. Therefore how is it possible to conclude that source is subject to its manifestation?

om namo bhagavate vasudevaya
janmady asya yato 'nvayad itaratas carthesv abhijnah 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


om -- O my Lord; namah -- offering my obeisances; bhagavate -- unto the Personality of Godhead; vasudevaya -- unto Vasudeva (the son of Vasudeva), or Lord Sri Krsna, the primeval Lord; janma-adi -- creation, sustenance and destruction; asya -- of the manifested universes; yatah -- from whom; anvayat -- directly; itaratah -- indirectly; ca -- and; arthesu -- purposes; abhijnah -- fully cognizant; sva-rat -- fully independent; tene -- imparted; brahma -- the Vedic knowledge; hrda -- consciousness of the heart; yah -- one who; adi-kavaye -- unto the original created being; muhyanti -- are illusioned; yat -- about whom; surayah -- great sages and demigods; tejah -- fire; vari -- water; mrdam -- earth; yatha -- as much as; vinimayah -- action and reaction; yatra -- whereupon; tri-sargah -- three modes of creation, creative faculties; amrsa -- almost factual; dhamna -- along with all transcendental paraphernalia; svena -- self-sufficiently; sada -- always; nirasta -- negation by absence; kuhakam -- illusion; satyam -- truth; param -- absolute; dhimahi -- I do meditate upon.


"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 1.1.1)

Srimad Bhagavatam is Srila Vyasadeva's own commentary on the Vedanta Sutra, of whom he himself is the author. His opinion as the author of Vedanta Sutra, and compiler of the Vedas, clearly set the overriding precedent to that of Shankaracharya's speculative Mayavada treatise.

The Bhagavatam describes the param brahma or transcendental source thus depending on the respective view of the practitioner.

vadanti tat tattva-vidas
tattvam yaj jnanam advayam
brahmeti paramatmeti
bhagavan iti sabdyate


vadanti -- they say; tat -- that; tattva-vidah -- the learned souls; tattvam -- the Absolute Truth; yat -- which; jnanam -- knowledge; advayam -- nondual; brahma iti -- known as Brahman; paramatma iti -- known as Paramatma; bhagavan iti -- known as Bhagavan; sabdyate -- it so sounded.


"Learned transcendentalists who know the Absolute Truth call this nondual substance Brahman, Paramatma or Bhagavan."

Lord Brahma, the original manifest living entity in this universe, found himself in perplexity, upon waking in total darkness. The Brahma Samhita describes his situation thus:

sanjato bhagavac-chaktya
tat-kalam kila coditah
sisrksayam matim cakre
dadarsa kevalam dhvantam
nanyat kim api sarvatah


sanjatah -- on being born; bhagavat-saktya -- by the divine potency; tat-kalam -- at that time; kila -- indeed; coditah -- being guided; sisrksayam -- to the act of creation; matim -- his mind; cakre -- turned; purva-samskara-samskrtah -- under the impulse of previous impressions; dadarsa -- he saw; kevalam -- only; dhvantam -- darkness; na -- not; anyat -- else; kim api -- anything; sarvatah -- in every direction.


"On coming out of the lotus, Brahma, being guided by the divine potency tuned his mind to the act of creation under the impulse of previous impressions. But he could see nothing but darkness in every direction. nothing but darkness in every direction."

(Sri Brahma-samhita 5.23)

Goddess Sarasvati saw his condition, and being merciful, bestowed upon him the Gayatri mantra. Having taken initiation into the austerity of spiritual practice, through the method of spiritual association by mantra, he was thus guided in the process of creation. His perfection of practice culminated in the realization of the Absolute Reality beyond this material cosmic manifestation.

Lord Brahma continued his austerities for 1000 celestial years. One celestial year is equal to 6 x 30 x 12 x 1000 of our years. The Personality of Godhead was pleased with Brahma's efforts, and thus manifest Himself and His transcendental abode. Brahma was then able to see the Lord surrounded by the subjective energies including the material energies, which are subordinate to the Supreme Lord. His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada describes these subordinate energies in his purport to the Srimad Bhagavatam 2.9.17:

"The Lord is naturally endowed with His six opulences. Specifically, He is the richest, He is the most powerful, He is the most famous, He is the most beautiful, He is the greatest in knowledge, and He is the greatest renouncer as well. And for His material creative energies, He is served by four, namely the principles of prakr?ti, purus?a, mahat-tattva and ego. He is also served by the sixteen, namely the five elements (earth, water, air, fire and sky), the five perceptive sense organs (the eye, ear, nose, tongue and skin), and the five working sense organs (the hand, the leg, the stomach, the evacuation outlet and the genitals), and the mind. The five includes the sense objects, namely form, taste, smell, sound and touch. All these twenty-five items serve the Lord in the material creation, and all of them are personally present to serve the Lord. The insignificant opulences numbering eight (the as?t?a-siddhis, attained by yogis for temporary overlordship) are also under His control, but He is naturally full with all such powers without any effort, and therefore He is the Supreme Lord."

Lord Krishna accepted Brahma as His friend and shook his hand. Brahma then submissively requested the Lord to explain Himself. The Lord instructed Brahma thus:

"Srimad Bhagavatam 2.9.33: "Brahma, it is I, the Personality of Godhead, who was existing before the creation, when there was nothing but Myself. Nor was there the material nature, the cause of this creation. That which you see now is also I, the Personality of Godhead, and after annihilation what remains will also be I, the Personality of Godhead.

2.9.34: O Brahma, whatever appears to be of any value, if it is without relation to Me, has no reality. Know it as My illusory energy, that reflection which appears to be in darkness.

2.9.35: O Brahma, please know that the universal elements enter into the cosmos and at the same time do not enter into the cosmos; similarly, I Myself also exist within everything created, and at the same time I am outside of everything.

2.9.36: A person who is searching after the Supreme Absolute Truth, the Personality of Godhead, most certainly search for it up to this, in all circumstances, in all space and time, and both directly and indirectly."

These four verses are collectively known as the Chatur Sloki Bhagavata, and make up the essence of the Vedic Conclusion. The source of matter is Bhagavan, lying beyond matter and existing prior to the manifestation of matter. After the destruction of matter that same transcendental Brahman continues to exist as He was, is, and always will be. The theory that Brahman falls under illusion as advocated by Shankaracharya is obviously false and clearly contradicts the conclusion of Srila Vyasadeva, the author of the Vedanta Sutra, whose commentary is the Srimad Bhagavatam. The succinct Vedic aphorism sarvam khalva idam brahma, which is expanded upon in the above four verses, cannot be accounted for by Shankaracharya, and so he conveniently avoids the issue. Moreover he deliberately avoids touching the Srimad Bhagavatam.

It is also interesting to note the devotionally imbued prayers by Shankacharya composed in the later part of his life. The Bhaja Govindam prayers are also known as Moha Mudgara (Hammer to Shatter Illusion). These prayers are an apparent admission to his fault of misleading innocent people with the atheistic Mayavada conclusions, and in his guilt he counters his own Mayavada interpretation with the solution. Bhaja Govindam, Bhaja Govindam, Bhaja Govindam mudha mate... Just worship Govinda, just worship Govinda, just worship Govinda, O Crazy Mind.

Shankaracharya's errant conclusion of nondistinction of the living entity is countered by Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and His proposal of Achintya-bheda-abheda-tattva. Inconceivable simultaneous oneness and difference of the Lord and the living Entity. This negates Shankaracharya's misinterpretation of the Vedic aphorism: aham bramasmi. Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is none other than the self same Govinda whom Shankaracharya advocates worshiping in his Bhaja Govindam prayers:

krsna-varnam tvisakrsnam
yajnaih sankirtana-prayair
yajanti hi su-medhasah

"In the age of Kali, Krsna appears in a golden form, chanting the two syllables krs-na. He descends along with His weapons, saktis, limbs, and eternal confidential associates. Those with intelligence worship Him with the sankirtana yajna. (1)
(Srimad Bhagavatam 11.5.32)

This Avatara of Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is mentioned in many other places throughout the Vedic literatures. Swami B.G. Narsingha compiled this extensive list of the locations where Mahaprabhu is mentioned through out the Vedic literatures.

itotham krta sannyaso'vatarisyami sa-guno nirvedo
niskamo bhu-girvanas tira-atho' lakanandayah kalau
catuh-sahasrabdhopari panca-sahasrabhyantare
gaura-varno dirghangah sarva-laksana-yukta isvara-
prarthito nija-rasasvado bhakta-rupo misrakhyo
vidita-yogah syam

I will descend on the earth after the passage of four thousand years in the Kali-Age, and before the passsage of five thousand years. I will come on the earth on the bank of the Ganges,. I will be a tall and saintly brahmana devotee. I will have all the auspicious symptoms of an exalted person. I will exhibit renunciation. I will have all auspicious signs. I will be a devotee, practicing bhakti-yoga. I will taste the rasa of My own devotional service. (Atharva Veda)

saptame gaura-varna-visnor ity aena sva-saktya
caikyam etya pratar avatirya saha svaih sva-manum siksayati

In the seventh manvantara, in the beginning of the Kali-Yuga, the Supreme Personality of Godhead will, accompanied by His own associates, descend in a golden form to the earth. He will teach the chanting of His own names. (Atharva-Veda Purusa-Bodhini-Upanisad 8)

tathaham krta sannyaso bhu-girvano 'vatarisye
tire'lakanandayah punah punah isvara-prarthitah sa-
parivaro niralambo nirdhuteh kali-kalmasa-kavalita-

I shall come to the earth, accompanied by My associates, in a place by the bank of the Ganges. I will advent to save the people who are afflicted and devoured by the sins of the age of Kali. I will manifest as an avadhuta Brahmana sannyasi. (Sama Veda)

mahan prabhur vai purusah
sattvasyaisa pravartakah
su-nirmalam imam praptim
isano jyotir avyayah

The Supreme Personality of Godhead is Mahaprabhu, who disseminates transcendental enlightenment. Just to be in touch with Him is to be in contact with the indestructible Brahmajyoti. (Svetasvatara Upanisad 3.12)

yada pasyah pasyate rukma-varnam
kartaram isam purusam brahma-yonim

One who sees that golden-colored Personality of Godhead, the Supreme Lord, the supreme actor, who is the source of the Supreme Brahman, is liberated." (Mundaka Upanisad 3.1.3)

His appearance is also mentioned and authenticated in numerous authorized Puranas.

aham eva dvija-srestha
nityam pracchana-vigrahah
lokan raksami sarvada

"O best of the brahmanas, My disguised form is eternal. In this way, with My own form hidden from ordinary sight I take the form of a devotee and appear among the people in general in order to establish and protect religious principles." (Adi Purana)

aham eva kvacid brahman
sannyasa asramam asritah
hari bhaktim grahayami
kalau papa-hatan naran

‘O Brahmana, I occasionally take the sannyasa asrama in an attempt to bring the fallen people of Kali Yuga to take up the path of bhakti or devotional service to Lord Krsna. (Upa-purana)

kalina dahyamanam
uddhararaya tanu-bhrtam
janma prathama sandhyayam
bhavisyati dvijalaye

The Supreme Person will appear in the first part of the age of Kali. He will appear in the home of a brahmana to save the embodied conditioned souls burning in the troubles of Kali-Yuga. (Kurma-Purana)

kalina dakyamananam
paritranaya tanu-bhrtam
janma prathama sandhyayam
karisyami dvijatisu

aham purno bhavisyami
yuga-sandhyau visesatah
mayapure navadvipe
bhavisyami saci sutah

kaleh prathama sandhyayam
lakshmi- kanto bhavisyati
sannyasi gaura-vigrahah

In the first part of the age of Kali, I will come among the brahmanas to save the fallen souls, who are being burned by the troubles of the age of Kali.

I will take birth as the son of Saci, in Navadvipa-Mayapura.. I will come in my complete spiritual form in the first part of Kali-Yuga.

In the first part of Kali-Yuga, the Supreme Personality of Godhead will come in a gold-like form. First He will become the husband of Laksmi (Srimati Laksmi Devi, Lord Caitanya's first wife). Then He will become a sannyasi, near Lord Jagannatha who will appear in a divine wooden form. (Garuda-Purana)

satye daitya-kuladhi-nasa-samaye
tretayam dasa-kandharam
paribhavan rameti namakrtih
gopalan paripalayan vraja-pure
bharam haran dvapare
gaurangah priya-kirtanah
kali-yuge caitanya-nama prabhuh

"The Supreme Personality of Godhead who in the Satya-yuga appeared as a half-man, half-lion to cure a terrible disease that had ravaged the daityas, and who in the Treta-yuga appeared as a person named Rama (Lord Ramacandra), a person who defeated the ten- headed Demon Ravana, and who in the Dvapara-yuga removed the earth's burden, and protected the Gopa (cowherd men) people of Vraja-pura, will appear again in the Kali-yuga. His form will be golden, He will delight in chanting the Lord's holy names, and His name will be Caitanya." (Nrsimha Purana)

yatrayogesvarah saksad
yogi-cintyo janardanah
caitanya vapur aste vai

kaleh prathama-sandhyayam
gaurangotham mahi-tale
bhagirathi-tate ramye
bhavisyami saci-sutah

The Supreme Personality, Janardana, who is the object of the yogis' meditation, who saves the devotees from various sufferings, and who is the master of all yogic practices, who is always full of divine transcendental ecstasy and bliss, will advent in His own divine form of Sri Caitanya.

I shall appear on this earth in the first part of Kali-yuga in a beautiful place on the bank of the Bhagirathi. I shall have a golden form, and I shall take birth as the son of Saci. (Padma-Purana)

aham eva kalau vipra
nityam prachanna-vigrahah
lokan raksami sarvada

divija bhuvi jayadhvam
jayadhvam bhakta rupinah
kalau sankirtana rambhe
bhavisyami saci-sutah

aham eva dvija-srestho
nityam pracchanna-vigrahah
lokam raksami sarvada

O Vipra, in the age of Kali, I will come disguised as a devotee and I will save all the worlds.

O Divija (demigods), please come and advent as devotees on this earth in the age of Kali-yuga. I will incarnate as the son of Saci to inaugurate the congregational chanting of the name of Krsna.

I shall advent in the form of a brahmana devotee and I shall hide my factual identity. I shall deliver all the worlds. (Narada Purana)

kaleh prathama sandhyayam
gaurangotham mahi-tale
bhagirathi-tate bhumni
bhavisyami saci-sutah

I will reveal my eternal golden form in the first part of Kali-yuga. I will advent on the earth on the bank of the Bhagirathi. (Brahma-Purana)

harsa-purnam tapo-dhana
sarve mama eva draksyanti
kalau sannyasa-rupinam

O austere sage, you should know that in the age of Kali, everyone will see my transcendental form as a sannyasi. I will be exhibiting symptoms of ecstasy like shedding tears of bliss and hairs standing in ecstasy. (Bhavisya-Purana)

prasantatma lamba-kanthas gaurangas ca suravrtah

The Supreme Personality of Godhead will come in a golden form, full of peace, and a beautiful long neck. He will be surrounded by many saintly devotees. (Agni-Purana)

mundo gaurah su-dirghangas
dayaluh kirtana-grahi
bhavisyami kalau-yuge

In the age of Kali, I shall advent where the three rivers meet. I shall have a shaven head. I shall have a golden complexion. I will be very kind and always chant the holy name of Krsna. (Matsya-Purana)

golokam ca parityajya
lokanam trana-karanat
kalau gauranga-rupena

In the Kali-Yuga, I will leave Goloka and, to save the people of the world, I will become the handsome and playful Lord Gauranga. (Markandeya-Purana)

aham eva dvija-srestho
lokan raksami sarvada

I shall come as the best of the brahmanas. I will exhibit many pastimes in the form of a devotee. I shall deliver the people of the world. (Varaha-Purana)

sarvan acara varjitan
sacigarbhe ca sambhuya
tarayisyami narada

O Narada Muni, I will take birth in the womb of Saci. I shall save the people, who will give up all proper good conduct, from the terrible darkness of the age of Kali-Yuga. (Vamana-Purana)

paurnamasyam phalgunasya
bhavisye gaura-rupena
saci-garbhe purandarat

svarnadi-tiram asthaya
navadvipe janasraye
tatra dvija-kulam prapto
bhavisyami janalaye

lokasyanugrahaya ca
sannyas-rupam asthaya

tena lokasya nistaras
tat kurudhvam mamajnaya
dharitri bhavita cabhir
mayaiva dvija-dehina

I shall advent in the month of Phalguna, when the star Phalguni is conjoined with the full moon. I shall incarnate in a golden complexion in the womb of Saci and Purandara Misra.

I will be born in the city of Navadvipa, on the Ganges' shore, in a Brahmana's family. I shall take the renounced order of life (sannyasa) and show kindness to the people in general and engage them in bhakti. I will be known as Sri Krsna Chaitanya.

All of you should follow My order and deliver the people of the world. I shall appear as a Brahmana. I shall make this earth fearless. (Vayu-Purana)

suddho gaurah-su-dirghango
bhavisyami kalau yuge

In the age of Kali-yuga, I shall come in a place on the bank of the Ganges. I will be very pure, have a fair complexion, and be very tall and chant the holy names of Krsna. (Vayu-Purana)

kalau sankirtanarambhe bhavisyami saci-sutah

"In the Age of Kali when the sankirtana movement is inaugurated, I shall descend as the son of Sacidevi." (Vayu Purana)."

The Golden Avatara, Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is also described in the Mahabharata.

suvarna-varno hemango

"He appears in a golden form, His limbs are the complexion of molten gold. His body is extremely beautiful and decorated with sandalwood pulp." (Mahabharata, Visnu Sahasranama)

sannyasa-krcchamah santo
nistha santi-parayanah

"He accepts sannyasa and shows equanimity. He is peaceful. His mind is always fixed and He performs chanting." (Mahabharata, Visnu Sahasranama)

The Ananta Samhita also describes His Lordship and the Various Names by which He is known thus:

svarnadi-tiram asritya
navadvipe dvijalaye
sampradatum bhakti-yogam
lokasyanugrahaya ca

sa eva bhagavan krmo
srsty-adau sa jagannatho
gaura asin mahesvari

avatirno bhavisyami
kalau-nija-ganaih saha
saci-garbhe navadvipe

aprakasyam idam guhyam
na prakasyam bahir mukhe
bhaktavataram bhaktakhyam
bhaktam bhakti-pradam svayam

man-maya-mohitah kecin
na jnasyanto bahir-mokhah
jnasyanti mad-bhakti-yuktah

striyo ye purusah priyah
kalau te'vatarisyanti

catuh-sasti-mahantas te
gopa dvadasa balakah
caitanyera simhera...
a viharisyami tair aham

kale nastam bhakti-patham
sthapayisyamy aham punah
gacchantu bhuvi te putrah
jayantam bhakta-rupinah
dharma-samsthapanam kale
kurvantu te mamajnaya

krsnas caitanya-gaurango
gauracandrah saci-sutah
prabhur gauro gaura-harir
namani-bhakti-dani me

To show mercy to the people and give them devotional service, the Supreme Personality of Godhead will appear in a Brahmana's home in Navadvipa by the Ganges's shore. The Supreme Person, Sri Krsna Himself, who is the life of Srimati Radharani, and is the Lord of the universe in creation, rnaintenance, and annihilation, appears as Gaura, O Mahesvari.

In Kali-yuga, I will descend to the earth with My associates. In Navadvipa, which is surrounded by the Ganges, I will take birth in Saci-devi 's womb.

They who are bewildered by My illusory potency will not understand the great secret of the appearance in this world of Me in My personal form, in My form as the incarnation of devotion, in My form as the incarnation of a devotee, in My form bearing the name of a devotee, in My form as a devotee, and in My form as the giver of devotional service.

This secret is not to be revealed to them. Only the saintly, pure, renounced devotees, diligently engaged in My devotional service, will be able to understand Me in these five forms.

My dear male and female associates, headed by Sridama and Subala, who came to this world at the time of My advent as Lord Krsna, will come again during the Kali-yuga.

The Gopas will become the sixty-four mahantas and the twelve gopalas. To establish the truth of religion, I will enjoy many pastimes with them.

In this way I will again reveal the path of devotional service, which has been destroyed in the course of time. My sons should also descend to the earth, assume the forms of devotees, and, by My order, also work to re-establish the principles of true religion.

At this time My names will be: Krsna Chaitanya, Gauranga, Gauracandra, Sacisuta, Mahaprabhu, Gaura and Gaurahari. Chanting these names will bring devotion to Me. (Ananta-Samhita)"

Finally He is mentioned in the Tantra Sastras.

punya-ksetre navadvipe bhavisyami saci-sutah

"I shall appear in the holy land of Navadvipa as the son of Sacidevi." (Krsna-yamala-Tantra)

atha vaham dharadhame
bhutva mad-bhakta-rupa-dhrk
mayayam ca bhavisyami
kalau sankirtanagame

"Sometimes I personally appear on the surface of the world in the garb of a devotee. Specifically, I appear as the son of Saci in Kali-yuga to start the sankirtana movement."
(Brahma-yamala Tantra - Collection of Slokas)

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Krishna Talk 123 - Everything is by Mahaprabhu’s Grace

Krishna Talk 123 - Everything is by Mahaprabhu’s Grace
by Swami B.G. Narasingha

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(The Following article is from a class given by Srila B.G. Narasingha
Maharaja on Sri Gaura-purnima at Govindaji Gardens on 6th March 2004)

In the beginning of Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Krsna Dasa Kaviraja Gosvami

vande sri krsna caitanya nityananda sahoditau
gaudadaye puspavantau citrau san-dau tamo-nudau

“I offer my respectful obeisances unto the spiritual masters, the devotees
of the Lord, the Lord’s incarnations, His plenary portions, His energies,
and the primeval Lord Himself, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. I offer my respectful
obeisances unto Sri Krsna Caitanya and Lord Nityananda, who are like the sun
and the moon, and they have arisen simultaneously on the horizon of Gauda
(Bengal), on the banks of the Ganges, Nadia, to dissipate the darkness of
ignorance and thus wonderfully bestow benediction upon all.” (Cc. Adi 1.2)

This is a poetic inference. The sun and the moon cannot appear simultaneously
on the same horizon. One will come, later the other will appear. They don’t
come on the same line of the sky. That is physically impossible. It is a
poetic inference. What is the sun? The sun gives light. What is moon? The
moon gives light. Both the sun and the moon are luminaries – one in the day
and one in the night. And both of them dissipate darkness. Caitanya
Mahaprabhu and Nityananda Prabhu are compared to the sun and the moon, and
they dissipate the darkness of ignorance that has found its seat in
everyone’s heart in Kali-yuga.

It is my misfortune to have to say that even the most educated men and women
of our modern times are scarcely better than fools. Even with a series of
degrees and initials behind their names, they do not know who they are. They
think that they are this body in most cases, which is only a combination of
muscles, blood, and so many things that should be taken as rather disgusting.

For example, take a diamond studded gold watch, with a lapis or quartz
crystal face – each part of that watch has value. You smash it into pieces,
but the gold is still good, the diamonds are good, and the quartz crystal is
good. The body of the watch however is only useful if all the parts are
together. Similarly, if any piece of the body becomes detached from it –
your tooth, your fingernail, your beautiful hair, you throw it into the
wastebasket! But if it is all kept together, we think, “Oh! I am so
beautiful! I am so handsome!”

We think we are this body. Everyone in this material world is under this
basic misconception. Regardless of how great their education in this mundane
world is, scientists, philosophers, poets, musicians, and so on – all of
them are under this basic misconception of life. And if you ask, “Who are
you,” then they will just give you a name which can be found in the phone
book. They don’t know who they actually are. This is the prime origin of
all pervading ignorance in this world. They only work for this body and this
society. All ignorance begins from the concept of “I” and misidentifying
with this body. This is called ahankara.


On the other side is a world of knowledge, and beyond that acquired knowledge
is a world of activity that is unknown to them. What is that knowledge? Aham
brahma’smi – I am spirit soul. I am not this body. That is vedantika. And
Mahaprabhu gave much more clarification – jivera svarupa haye, nitya krsna
dasa. This aham brahma’smi of the Vedanta is not actually sufficient
because it is marginal. Mere marginality is a dangerous position to rest in
as it can cause one to fall into the side of Mayavada. One can fall back into
the material side. There must be positive knowledge. jivera svarupa haye,
nitya krsna dasa. Mahaprabhu said, ‘nitya krsna dasa!’ You are the
eternal servant of Krsna. ‘Eternal servant of Krsna’ means you always
have been and you always will be. You are even now the servant of Krsna, but
you are not acting on that knowledge because you don’t have it.

This is the primary defect in every civilization and in every species of life
found anywhere in the universe. People get all excited about UFOs and alien
beings. There are so many abduction theories, UFO cults and movements and
people claiming to have been abducted by spacecraft. But the primary
misconception is the same. You can be assured that the creature in the
spaceship doesn’t know who he is, and does not know that he is an eternal
servant of Krsna. Even the devas don’t know, though they have some glimpse.
Just as during early morning, there is some light but it is not sufficient to
read the newspaper, it is not sufficient to do any work, but there is some
light. So demigods have some light, but they are caught up in the world of
enjoyment and that enjoyment is always keeping the light dim. They cannot see
clearly from their position. Demigods are constantly falling into the
complications of this material world and fighting to save their position.
Sometimes they become envious if a human being is performing a yajna that
will elevate him to a higher position. Indra himself forgets his real
position and becomes inimical, fighting against that person because his fear
is that someone may come and take his chair and become king.

Fear is born from forgetfulness of Krsna. I have seen devotees forget Krsna
also. Even practicing, neck-bead wearing, tilaka-wearing, japa-chanting
devotees sometimes forget about Krsna and become fearful of a particular
situation. Be it physical, financial, or whatever, we become forgetful; we
worry or we try to do something outside of what Krsna has arranged. Generally
that fails and we come back to our senses and remember that Krsna is our
maintainer and He is arranging. What He arranges we will accept, be happy
with, and be successful with. Many types of arrangements may not be favorable
for the performance of pure devotion.

The Lord does not come here to please our senses. He does not come here to
serve us. He comes to give us an opportunity for us to serve Him. To properly
serve, surrender is necessary. Service without surrender is not actually
service. That is something we call preliminary practice, but it’s not the
real thing. There must be surrender, and then there can be service. That is
why Mahaprabhu came – to engage us in the service of the sankirtana


Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura and Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati knew that
before the sankirtana movement of Mahaprabhu could spread all over the world,
the place of His appearance must be manifest again in this world, and along
with its manifestation, a great temple must be built there. From there, the
potency would spread all over the world.

There are some people with the opinion that first sankirtana will spread all
over the world, then all the foreigners will come to India and build that
wonderful temple. There is some confusion about this. But Nityananda Prabhu
says a great temple called the Adbhuta Mandira, (wonderful temple) will be
built at the birth site of Caitanya Mahaprabhu, and then, from that temple,
sankirtana will go all over the world.

Bhaktivinoda Thakura and Sarasvati Thakura, not being conditioned souls, not
having Judeo-Christian backgrounds, not being foreigners, and not being
egotistical, knew that first the order of the Lord must be served according
to His direction and then accordingly the sankirtana mission would be
successful. There was prerequisite work to be done, but they didn’t even
know from where to begin because it was all hidden.

There is a saying, “Seek and ye shall find.” It’s an old saying. If you
try, God is there to help you. Krsna says in the Bhagavad-gita, yoga-ksemam
vahamy aham – “I preserve what you have and I carry what you lack, and
when the need is there I will be there to help you”. So with this
fundamental understanding, they tried to locate Mahaprabhu’s birthplace.
There was a place where people insisted it was – in the greater
Navadvipa-dhama, but Bhaktivinoda did not feel confident that this was
actually the true birthplace. Even his mantra-guru said, “This is the
place,” but he did not feel confident with that, because his mantra-guru
was not a liberated soul and was part of a group who were much less than
liberated souls. Bhaktivinoda Thakura continued to search.

He looked through the available sacred texts and the first thing he
ascertained was that the ancient town of Navadvipa is on the eastern side of
the Ganges, not on the western side as it is known today. If a river was
there two hundred years ago or thereabout, you would be able to see where it
used to run without any difficulty. The riverbed would not disappear in one
or two hundred years. It takes a long, long time before a riverbed
disappears. In the district that is now known as Navadvipa, they could find
nothing to indicate that the Ganges once ran through there. He concluded that
the Ganges course originally ran in a more easterly location and found no
possibility that the river came near to the current site. He knew it must be
on the eastern side.

Firstly, scriptural evidence mentions Navadvipa and its location, and through
that Bhaktivinoda conjectured the true location of Sri Navadvipa-dhama, but
ultimately it came down to divine revelation. Bhaktivinoda Thakura had a
vision wherein he caught a glimpse of the eternal Navadvipa in a particular
direction. He saw this on more than one occasion from the rooftop of the Rani
Dharmasala in Navadvipa. He would look towards what he thought was the area
of the eternal Navadvipa, the place of Mahaprabhu’s pastimes, At that time
it had become rice fields with a couple of Mohammedan villages around it. No
Hindu villages were in that area. One evening, while chanting his japa, he
got a divine glimpse of the eternal Navadvipa. The next morning he went in
that direction and while searching the area, he came to a place near a
village owned by the Muslims. A natural tulasi garden grew wild there.
Mohammedans don’t really care much about tulasi. When he entered that area,
Bhaktivinoda could feel the presence of his own homeland.

Sometimes, if you are looking for something, you may go to some place and
say, “This is not the place,” then you come out and you intuitively feel,
“Ah! This is it” – some feeling comes over you internally. Ultimately
feeling is the best way of knowing. In the beginning, you have to hear from
an authority to receive knowledge, but ultimately you have to feel the truth
in your heart and know it as such. Not because I or someone else said so –
it has to come by revelation, by feeling, by realization. So when he entered
that tulasi garden he felt, “Oh! This is a divine place.” And he
suspected that this might be the place of Mahaprabhu’s birth.

Bhaktivinoda Thakura had come to know Jagannatha Dasa Babaji as his
siksa-guru, sad-guru, his real guru. Bhaktivinoda always gave formal respect
to Vipina-vihari Gosvami, his mantra-guru, who was more or less a social icon
of the guru establishment. But his heart was one with Jagannatha Dasa Babaji.
Jagannatha Dasa Babaji was a paramahamsa, a liberated soul.

The way of the Vaisnavas is not without confirmation. You think or know
something, but you don’t let your head get as big as an elephant and think,
“Yes, yes, I know. No one can tell me.” I have seen some successful
preachers who, after getting a thousand or two thousand disciples, have this
attitude, “No one can tell me. I know what I’m doing.” But that is
never the way of a Vaisnava. Even the greatest Vaisnava yearns for some
confirmation, some association, someone to talk to about those higher,
important things.

Bhaktivinoda didn’t think, “I am a liberated soul. I know what I am
doing. No one can tell me. This is Mahaprabhu’s birth place – said and
done!” He brought Jagannatha Dasa Babaji there. At this time Jagannatha
Dasa Babaji was so old that he never walked anywhere. The community had
arranged a strong servant to carry him wherever he needed to go in a basket.
He was over hundred and ten years old or so at that time. He was also blind.
When he got there, before the man could even set down the basket, Jagannatha
jumped out of the basket and started dancing and performing kirtana. He was
at an age when he couldn’t even walk, what to speak of jump out of a
basket. He couldn’t see where he was. As far as he knew, he could have been
anywhere. But with the internal eye of devotion he could understand that he
was in the Yogapitha. He had been brought to the epicenter of caitanya-lila.
That was an ecstatic moment for the few blessed souls that were there at that

Based on Jagannatha Dasa Babaji’s experience, Bhaktivinoda concluded that
this was Yogapitha. Then he set out to prove it through historical and
archeological records, literary evidence and notations in every possible way.
But even without any of the evidence, he knew it was so due to the experience
of Jagannatha Dasa Babaji.


That is what we do. I don’t know if I am a spirit soul or not, I don’t
know if Krsna is God or not. I don’t know, but my guru knows. My guru knows
and that is good enough for me. I accept my guru’s statements, and then I
can argue and put forward scriptural evidence, show archeological records
etc. to prove that his statements are conclusive. But if I don’t know from
that original point, then how would I know? I wouldn’t know. That is the
way of Vaisnavism; you don’t know, your guru knows, and based on that you

Some people recently said, “Guru knows everything. He knows that someone is
snatching money; he knows that someone is dying; he knows that someone ate
too much sweet rice; he knows that someone is burning the sweet rice. He
knows all these things.” It must drive him crazy to know all these things!
One can’t even sit in a room with three people talking without getting
aggravated. I remember, Prabhupada would not be sitting in a room with so
many people talking and just adjust to that. He wanted some peace and quiet.
But these people say, “Guru knows everything!” Prabhupada said, “Yes,
guru knows everything means that he knows Krsna. Krsna is everything.” So
he knows – everything is Krsna. If Krsna reveals something he may know
that. If He doesn’t reveal, how he will know that?” So later on, some
people said, “Well, he told you that because you weren’t ready for the
truth.” That particular gentleman doesn’t know that we were so crazy that
if Prabhupada had told us to cut off your head, we would cut off your head.
Whatever he said, that was the truth. We were young, very committed, and very
fanatical at that time. What to speak of explaining, if Prabhupada knew
everything and said, “Yes, I know everything,” we would have jumped and
said, “Jaya!” No one would doubt it. If anyone had a doubt about it, we
would have got him by the neck and carried him out.

Because of Jagannatha Dasa Babaji’s confirmation, Bhaktivinoda felt
resolved that they had found the birthplace of Mahaprabhu. For those ordinary
people who don’t have guru-nistha, guru-bhakti or guru-sraddha, we have to
convince them by different arguments because these people try to challenge
our faith. Pure faith won’t hold up in court. You will need evidence. It
went to court and there they concluded that the birthplace of Mahaprabhu was
the Yogapitha in Mayapura.


The governor of Bengal came to Mayapura – he was the second most powerful
man in India and the third most powerful man in the world. First, there was
the King of England, then the Viceroy in Delhi, and third was the Governor of
Bengal. So the third most powerful man in the world came to Mayapura.
Sarasvati Thakura even went so far as to get the third most powerful man in
the world to verify this! Why? So that poor fools would not be misguided by
the cheaters who claimed that some false place was the birthplace of
Mahaprabhu. Still, across the river on the western side they are making
crowing sounds, “Mayapura isn’t actually the real place!” They built a
temple there long before Bhaktivinoda. But Nityananda’s prediction never
came true. After they built their temple, the Holy Name of Krsna, never
spread all over the world from there.

Srila Bhaktivinoda and Srila Sarasvati Thakura built and inaugurated the
temple at Yogapitha and not long after, Krsna Consciousness spread all over
the world. You will be hard pressed to find a place in the world, even
amongst the aboriginal cultures or even in the most isolated parts of the
world, where no one has heard of Krsna. I’ve gone to places in Africa –
“The Dark Continent” – with the thought that I was going to tell the
people about Krsna because nobody there had ever heard about Him. And as soon
as I stepped off the plane, one man just looked at us and said, “Hare
Krsna!” Already done! Of course, there were a few million there that
didn’t know about Krsna. The point is that one man knew then – but if you
go there now, more than thirty years later, many more people know about

It started there from Yogapitha. From there, devotees came to join Srila
Bhaktisiddhanta and were instructed on what to do, and they went out and did
that and it was principally one man – Srila Prabhupada. He came to the
distant western hemisphere with Krsna Consciousness. Now many descendants of
Sarasvati Thakura’s disciples and grand disciples can be found all over the
world – from Siberia to South Africa, from New York to London. They are all
over the place.


The Sahajiyas in Navadvipa and their supporters are doing nothing except
going on the Internet and complaining. They are nowhere and doing nothing to
fulfill the prophecy. The proof is in the pudding as they say. Anyone can
talk big, and everyone is – but who is actually doing anything? Who did it
and who is still doing it? Who is spreading the Holy Name? Those who have
connection with Navadvipa-dhama, Mayapura, Bhaktivinoda and Bhaktisiddhanta
– they are doing it, and the others are like the crows who come and sit on
the trees and criticize everything underneath. It is said that the dogs bark
when the caravan passes. Many elephants are walking on the road and the local
dogs come out and make noise. But the elephants continue and gradually the
sound of the dogs just dies out. These critics of Bhaktivinoda and
Bhaktisiddhanta are no more than crows or barking dogs actually.
Unfortunately, they will probably have to take birth in those species in
their next life, or possibly worse.

It’s one thing to not know about Caitanya Mahaprabhu, Krsna, or the great
souls, but its completely another thing if you do know. You come in
connection with the truth, yet you criticize and fight against it. It would
be better to remain in ignorance for another million lifetimes – then you
would live just according to your karma, and one day you may know the truth,
act upon it, and go back to Godhead.

We have even seen people that tried to give us trouble in our asrama. They
thought that this asrama would be finished. Now they have become drunkards.
They don’t even believe in Krsna. The same people who were making so much
noise don’t even consider themselves as Hindus. And in the meantime, Krsna
Consciousness goes on. The parade goes on, the dogs bark…


Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s mission now has been moving forward for over five
hundred years, and it has had high points and low points. But the Holy Name
of Krsna is still out there, on every continent, in every major city, town
and practically every village in the world. It’s out there. But there’s
always somebody that doesn’t know yet. Even in India.

I see among the young people living in India, and I wonder, “How is it that
they were born in India?” They should have been born in Brooklyn, but they
were born in a certain environment, in a modern house and such. I doubt that
those people even know who Ganesa is – what to speak of Krsna and
Mahaprabhu. But they are born within a days train ride of the holy land of
Navadvipa, or within an hour or two-hour flight. It’s so close, yet they
are so far away.

To preach Mahaprabhu’s mission one doesn’t have to go to the other side
of the world. There are plenty of people just within a few hundred meters of
this gate who still do not know the importance of their life, how to perfect
it, who Krsna is, what devotion is, about the Holy Name of Krsna, or about
the grace of Mahaprabhu. And even amongst us, how clearly do we understand
that? We don’t have to be everywhere in the world to preach. You can do
that right where you are, right in your own state.

Once Tripurari Maharaja and I met an old disciple of Sarasvati Thakura at
Bagh Bazaar Gaudiya Matha in Kolkata. He was very nice and cordial and was
happy to see us. Tripurari Maharaja said, “When are you going to preach in
the west?”

He said, “Well, there are almost one billion people here in India. Don’t
you think there is work here also?” We were young and thinking, “Real
work is in America. Real work is in England.” That was our young ego.

Mahaprabhu’s work is everywhere. It is right here in our own village;
it’s in our own states; in our own country, and it is in foreign countries
also. But nowadays, because Prabhupada went to the west, all of the preachers
go to the west. Hardly any of the preachers of Krsna Consciousness preach in
India. I sometimes say critically that they go to the west to make disciples
of people who struggle their whole life to follow the four regulative
principles, but they neglect to preach to the people who live here in India,
who are born followers of the four regulative principles. There are just
ordinary village people who probably are not even drinking water outside of
their own house, what to speak of eating non-vegetarian food and the like. Of
course, there is a lot of non-veg and such here, but there are also families
and traditions that have maintained a pure lifestyle and have still not heard
about Mahaprabhu.

I know this about many of the big world preachers – they spend the whole
year going to mleccha-desa for preaching because that’s where the money is.
India is rich, but very tight. Money in India is very community-oriented.
People give to their community-gurus and all that, by caste, birth, etc. But
these preachers all go outside of India – I’m talking about real devotees
of Krsna. They spend more time preaching to mlecchas, who can hardly even
follow the basic principles of sub-religion, and they neglect preaching here
in India, and now there is probably more need of preaching in India than
there is in the west.

The people of the world are interested in higher standards of living,
environmental issues, spiritual topics, and meditation. There is an
inclination this way. But these same things in India have become social
embarrassments. A great section of Indian society is embarrassed to associate
itself with its own culture. They dress, eat, think, and live like
westerners. They drive like Indians, but in every other manner they want to
be western, and maintain the attitude, “I am not an Indian.” There are
millions of them here.


I know people who have so much money, but they can’t get any service done.
They can’t even think of some service to engage in. But they have money.
Money alone does not enable us to serve Krsna. It requires blessings and
divine grace. Inspiration is necessary. When that is there, we will be able
to serve even if Laksmi hasn’t built her palace here. Money might not be
forthcoming yet, but still we will be able to do something. But without the
blessings of our acaryas, without the blessings of the Supreme Lord, even if
we are multi-millionaires, we won’t be able to do much good. The first
thing that is necessary is their blessings and then service will follow. Not
that we will get money and then we will perform service, that we will offer
it to them because they need it – No! The Lord doesn’t need it. God
doesn’t need anything we have or do.

Blessings are from Srimati Radharani, Mahaprabhu and the acaryas in our
disciplic line. They are necessary. We should try to please them with our
personal behavior, our exercises, and our service. Then we will have success.
Just like Bhaktivinoda Thakura and Sarasvati Thakura who knew that for the
Holy Name to spread all over the world, the service of Mayapura was
essential. In those days it took two days to get there by train. Now it takes
three hours by car, but it took two days to get there by train or boat. It
makes today’s village look like a metropolis. It was just rice fields.
There was nothing material worth going out there for. And it was dangerous.
That’s why it took two days to get there, because you would reach there at
night, but you wouldn’t dare cross the Ganges at night because the river
pirates would rob you. It was a treacherous area, because Maya and her agents
had dominated that place. River pirates, dacoits, and gundas were plenty in
number. But they knew that this must first be established according to the
wish of the Supreme Lord and then accordingly, great good can be done all
over the world. They did it in that way. We should understand what is to be
done first and how to progress practically in our spiritual life, not
thinking that we should jump to the topmost position. When we have not
actually finished the first course, why should we want to jump to the final

This appearance day of Mahaprabhu is a good day to remember that everything
comes by His grace. We should sincerely pray for His grace. There are many
prayers and slokas we can recite to ask for the blessings of Mahaprabhu. Even
if we don’t do that, in our mind we should remember, “Everything is by
His grace. Any success in this world is only by His grace.”











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