Preaching—Heartbeat of Krishna Consciousness

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
29 August 2019, part 1, Kolkata

 

I have been going to many places for service lately. I was in Nabadwip yesterday and in Ekachakra, Nrisingha Palli and another temple the day before yesterday, etc. There are festivals happening all the time, in every branch, that is why I must go there. Also, it is necessary to preach, I cannot sit in one place. Gurudev also told me, "If you have a nose, then you can wear a nose ring, but if you have no nose, how will you wear a nose ring?" So, temples are also necessary. Gurudev said if you preach outside, you need a temple because then people can come to take shelter there. Sometimes people say that it is not necessary to make a temple, but if you go to preach outside in this age of Kali, some people will want to join the mission and stay in the mission, serving with full surrender, with full renunciation—where will they go and stay if there is no temple? That is why it is necessary to have a temple.

Anyhow, we have just celebrated Janmastami. I was in Tarakeshwar on that day, some devotees made a festival in Nrinsigha Palli, you also made something here in Kolkata, etc. This festival was celebrated all over the world. Also, you know that Janmastami is followed by Radhastami. In Gurudev's time, I always went to Hapaniya on Radhastami and made a festival there. To this day, we always make a festival there on this day, this year also.

We want to know who is Radharani and who is our Guru... There are five devotional moods—santa, dasya, sakhya, vatsalya, and madhura rasa—and the Lord reciprocates each of these moods:

যে যথা মাং প্রপদ্যন্তে তাংস্তথৈব ভজাম্যহম্ ।
মম বর্ত্মানুবর্ত্তন্তে মনুষ্যাঃ পার্থ সর্ব্বশঃ ॥

ye yatha mam prapadyante, tams tathaiva bhajamy aham
mama vartmanuvartante, manusyah partha sarvasah

"Howsoever people surrender to Me, I accordingly reward them. Being the ultimate goal of all paths, I am the objective to be attained by all. O Partha, all men follow My various paths."

(Srimad Bhagavad-gita, 4.11)

In dasya rasa, devotees feel they are servants of the Lord; in sakhya rasa, they feel they are friends of the Lord; in vatsalya rasa, they feel, "Krishna is our son." This mood can be seen in Mother Yasoda, Nanda Maharaj, Jagannath Misra, Sachi Mata. Although it is the Lord Himself who is born in Kali-yuga in their family, Sachi Mata and Jagannath Misra did not think He was the Lord, they thought, "I do not know who is the Lord, I only know that He is my son." Mother Yasoda also thinks, "He is my son!"

There arises some contradiction because Krishna appeared from the womb of Devaki. Vasudev had two wives, Devaki and Rohini. Balaram came from Rohini and Krishna came from Devaki, but then both of Them became the sons of Yasoda. Yet, everyone thinks, "How can They be Yasoda's own two sons?" Srimad Bhagavatam always says that Krishna is "Yasoda-atmaja" (son of Yasoda), then He is actually the son of Yasoda.

And on 6 September, we are also going to celebrate Radhastami, the divine appearance of Sri Radhika...

 

 

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'Sometimes your mind tells you something, but you should not follow your mind. If something bad comes to your mind, say to yourself, 'Oh, it is not good. Why will I do that? It will damage my life. I will chant, I will read a book at this time instead.''

 

Sri Sri Damodarastakam
'O Lord, although You are able to give all kinds of benedictions, I do not pray to you for the boon of impersonal liberation, nor the highest liberation of eternal life in Vaikuntha, nor any other boon [which may be obtained by executing the nine processes of bhakti]. O Lord, I simply wish that this form of Yours as Bala Gopala in Vrndavana may ever be manifest in my heart, for what is the use to me of any other boon besides this?'
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Mind does not know what is the right way, what is the wrong way, that is why Gurudev
and Srila Sridhar Maharaj always tell us not to follow our mind.

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