Ajāmila Got A Second Chance / Appearance Day Śrīla Jayadeva Gosvāmī

Ajāmila Got A Second Chance / Appearance Day Śrīla Jayadeva Gosvāmī


Founder-Ācārya: His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda

The following lecture on Śrīmad Bhāgavatam Canto 6, Chapter 2, Verse 17, was given by His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami on 22 January 2014 in Iskcon Juhu – Mumbai, India.

Hare Kṛṣṇa. Today was Śrīla Prabhupāda’s class. We just listened to the Śrīla Prabhupāda’s class. So, I was, since I am here only for today – this afternoon I am leaving – Vraja Hari requested me to give a class after Śrīla Prabhupāda’s lecture. So, what I will do, as usual what we do in our classes is, elaborate Śrīla Prabhupāda’s presentation, that is the custom, that is the system we have in Iskcon, in giving Bhāgavatam class, we read the verse, Prabhupāda’s translation, Prabhupāda’s purport and then give the class based on Śrīla Prabhupāda’s teachings. So, today will do the same thing. We just listened Śrīla Prabhupāda’s lecture and try to speak on that, try to elaborate on that. The verse that Śrīla Prabhupāda gave the class on is from the 6th canto, 2nd chapter, text 17.

tais tāny aghāni pūyante
nādharmajaṁ tad-dhṛdayaṁ
tad apīśāṅghri-sevayā

Translation by Śrīla Prabhupāda

Although one may neutralize the reactions of sinful life through austerity, charity, vows and other such methods, these pious activities cannot uproot the material desires in one’s heart. However, if one serves the lotus feet of the Personality of Godhead, he is immediately freed from all such contaminations.

His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami: So, please repeat after me.

Although one may neutralize the reactions of sinful life through austerity, charity, vows and other such methods, these pious activities cannot uproot the material desires in one’s heart. However, if one serves the lotus feet of the Personality of Godhead, he is immediately freed from all such contaminations.

Devotees repeat.

His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami: So, this verse is in relation to Ajāmila delivered by Viṣṇudūtas. So, you all remember Ajāmila’s episode? What happened to Ajāmila? Ajāmila, although he was the son of a brāhmaṇa, although he was trained up very nicely in his early days as a young boy, but unfortunately Ajāmila fell down due to bad association, and he became extremely sinful, extremely sinful. But fortunately at the time of his death, he called out his youngest son by his, to whom he was very attached by his name ‘Nārāyaṇa’. His youngest’s son name was Nārāyaṇa and Ajāmila was very attached to his youngest son. So, at the time of death when the Yamadūtas came to reclaim him to be taken to Yamalaya, to be punished for his sinful reactions, Ajāmila being extremely afraid and also realizing now the time has come for him to die, he remembered his youngest son to whom he was very attached to. Actually that’s what will happen to all of us. At the time of death we will remember the object of our deepest attachment, wherever we develop our deepest attachment that will be the last thought at the time of leaving the body.

So, Ajāmila was extremely attached to his youngest son and he remembered him and by Kṛṣṇa’s mercy the name of that son was Nārāyaṇa and he called out to him by his name, and as soon as he chanted the name of Nārāyaṇa, immediately Viṣṇudūtas came and drove away the Yamadūtas and this is how Ajāmila got a second chance. He got a second chance. He was about to die because of his sinful activities he was meant to be punished very severely in Yamalaya, in the abode of Yamarāja and in this context, this verse is saying, that although, one may neutralize the reactions of sinful life through austerities, vows and other such methods, these pious activities cannot uproot the material desires from one’s heart. These things: austerity and pious activities can neutralize our sinful reactions but cannot completely free our hearts from our sinful reactions. The austerities can nullify some sinful reactions, but it cannot uproot the material desires from the heart. And then it has been pointed out, the only thing that can only uproot the material desires from our heart is devotional service to the lotus feet of the Lord. So I will just read the purport.

Purport: As stated in Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (11.2.42), bhaktiḥ pareśānubhavo viraktir anyatra ca: devotional service is so powerful that one who performs devotional service is immediately freed from all sinful desires. All desires within this material world are sinful because material desire means sense gratification, which always involves action that is more or less sinful. Pure bhakti, however, is anyābhilāṣitā-śūnya; in other words, it is free from material desires, which result from karma and jñāna. One who is situated in devotional service no longer has material desires, and therefore he is beyond sinful life. Material desires should be completely stopped. Otherwise, although one’s austerities, penances and charity may free one from sin for the time being, one’s desires will reappear because his heart is impure. Thus he will act sinfully and suffer.

His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami: So, Prabhupāda is pointing out in the purport elaborating this verse that austerities, penances and other such activities and charity, austerities, charities and vows, tapasya, tapo, dan and vrata may purify and uproot the…, may purify the sinful reactions but it cannot uproot the desires for sense gratification, and Prabhupāda is pointing out that any kind of sense gratification, or, most of the sense gratification is due to our material desires, therefore, they are sinful. All our desires are sinful because they are intended for enjoying this body. That is the root of all our sinful activities. So the the pāpa or sinful activities may be neutralized by pious activities like austerities, charity and vows, but it cannot uproot the desire for sense gratification from the heart. Therefore, although the sinful activities have been neutralized, but there is a possibility of new, possibility of new production of sinful activities, because the desire for sense gratification is there.

So, Prabhupāda is pointing out, elaborating this verse that devotional service is the only thing that can actually uproot the desires from the heart for sense gratification, because pure devotional service means anyābhilāṣitā śūnyam, no other desire, no other desire, anyābhilāṣitā śūnyam, devoid of any other desires besides desire to serve Kṛṣṇa. Even the desire, what to speak of desire for sense gratification, pure devotional service is even free from the desire for liberation, jñāna karmadyanavratam. Karma leads to sense gratification or, sense gratification results into indulgence in karmic reactions, and jñāna leads to liberation. Karma leads to material sense gratification and jñāna leads to liberation from material bondage, but pure devotional service is jñāna karmadyanavrtam, devoid of the desire not only for sense gratification, but even the desire, devoid of desire of liberation. The devotee doesn’t even desire for liberation. Even liberation is offered to a devotee not only the sahayujya mukti but the mukti in Vaikuntha of Sārūpya, Sālokya, Sāmīpya, and Sārṣṭi, dīyamānaṁ na gṛhṇanti vinā mat sevanaṁ janāḥ, even they are offered to a devotee, a devotee doesn’t want to accept it. A devotee simply wants mat sevanaṁ, my service, why? Because the service to Kṛṣṇa is more relishable, more enjoyable than even the platform of liberation. So, devotional service is so joyful, that one automatically gives up the desire for sense gratification or even liberation. That is called param dṛṣṭvā, getting the higher taste. When we get the higher taste we can automatically give up, not can but we automatically give up the lower taste. Getting the higher taste we give up lower taste. So, the taste for Kṛṣṇa Consciousness is so relishable that one gives up his desire for sense gratification or even liberation, jñāna-karmādy-anāvṛtam.

And then while giving the class Prabhupāda was pointing out, he was elaborating on that, that what is the cause of sinful activity? The cause of sinful activity is due to our bodily designations. And we become active in the bodily designation due to mode of passion and ignorance. kāma lobha dayas ca, no Prabhupāda quoted the verse ‘kāma eṣa krodha eṣa rajo-guṇa-samudbhavaḥ’. All these desires for sense gratification comes from the mode of passion, rajo guṇa samudbhavaḥ. We become active in the material nature due the mode of passion, rajo guṇa, and what is the purpose of becoming active in the mode of material nature? Sense gratification stemming from kāma, lust and one after another it goes on and on and on lust, anger, greed, pride, illusion, envy. ‘Kāma’ means the desire to gratify our senses, desire to exploit the objects of this material nature for our sense pleasure that’s lust. Lust leads to greed. When the desire for enjoyment is frustrated we become angry, and anger leads to bewilderment. When we become angry, ‘krodhāt bhavati sammoha’ and ‘sammohāt smriti vibhrama’, we become bewildered and as a result of our bewilderment we lost our smriti memory. So in this way this lust, desire for sense gratification ties us up down, or rather ties us down to this material nature all due to the mode of passion and then being active due to the mode of passion, we become tired then we fall asleep, mode of ignorance. So, material nature is cycling, one in the material nature is simply rotating from passion to ignorance, ignorance to passion, passion to ignorance, ignorance to passion. Throughout the day due to mode of passion we become so active and then at night we become tired and we fall asleep mode of ignorance, passion to ignorance. Then in the morning again we wake up, become active again in the mode of passion, work through out the day and in the night fall asleep in the mode of ignorance.

Then, Prabhupāda is pointing out that when one becomes situated in the mode of goodness he actually comes out of that cycle of passion and ignorance. He stands aside and with his knowledge, he observes the influence of these two modes (Jaya Śrī Śrī Gaur Nitāi ki jaya, jaya Śrī Śrī Rādhārāsa Bihārī ki jaya, jaya Śrī Śrī Sītā Rāma Laksman Hanumān ki jaya) and this passion and ignorance can be overcome or we can come out of the cycle of this influence of passion and ignorance with the mode of goodness. Goodness is knowledge, goodness is generated from real knowledge, wisdom and then one can stand aside and then, Prabhupāda is pointing out that to come to the mode of goodness one performs these austerities. He performs these pious activities. He should take the vows of not being affected by the modes of passion and ignorance. But then also Prabhupāda is pointing out that austerities are very difficult in this age. People are not strong enough to perform austerities. In other ages people used to perform austerities in a very very serious and severe way. They use d to go on top of Himālaya or Vindhaya mountain, and there they used to perform severe austerity. Like even demons used to perform severe austerities, like Hiraṇyakaśipu. He performed such austerities that the ants ate up his whole body and created an ant hill. His entire body was eaten up by the ants and he was standing on just on one leg and that also on the two toes of his left foot, with his hands raised upwards and not moving, not what to speak of eating, sleeping. Those, no concern for the body standing there. They were such powerful personalities. The powerful means their spirit souls were so strong with their spiritual potency that they were not affected by their bodies’ influence, but eventually for the demons it is all for the sake of their bodies. And they are undergoing these austerities for the sake of greater sense gratification. So, we can see I mean, how severe used to be the austerity of those people. Now to just think of it, we may shatter like going on top a Mandara mountain, on top of a mountain and on top of that mountain standing on one leg with his hands raised upwards, not moving at all because if you move, then, we can see, like the ants gathered around his body and started to eat. If he moved then the ants has to move out, so, because he was standing there without moving the ants just kept on eating his body. So, what to speak of that kind of austerity, any kind of austerity is not possible for this age.

 So, for us in, simple words, nullifying our karmic reactions through pious activities is completely out of question. There is no way we can become free from our sinful activities by performance of austerities, vows and other pious activities, but there is another very wonderful possibility. That possibility has been pointed out in this verse. That is these pious activities may nullify the karmic reactions but they cannot uproot the desires for enjoyment, sense gratification from the heart. That can be nullified only by pure devotional service. So, although we are unqualified to perform pious activities to nullify our karmic reactions, but we have got the facility to uproot the desire for sense gratification from the heart by pure devotional service. That is a wonderful prerogative for us in this most degraded age of Kali. We got the benefit of, we got the access to pure devotional service by the mercy of Śrīla Prabhupāda who is distributing the mercy of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu.

Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu created a wonderful opportunity, created a wonderful opportunity for the people of this age of Kali and that opportunity is direct access to pure devotional service which was not available in other ages. They had to achieve; they had to come to the platform of pure devotional service in other ages by performing all kinds of gradual development by gradually developing from karma to the jñāna platform and perfection of jñāna is in samādhi and after samādhi they used to come to the platform of surrender or prapati or śaraṇāgati. See, the process was like that. Perform the karma kāṇḍa, act according to the karma kāṇḍa section of the Vedas, then, transcending the karma kāṇḍa section they would come to jñāna kāṇḍa section of the Vedas and the highest platform of jñāna kāṇḍa is Aṣṭāṅga yoga and through Aṣṭāṅga yoga when they would perform, they would achieve the perfection of Aṣṭāṅga yoga through samādhi and through samādhi when they would be able to see the Lord in the heart, then only they would be able to surrender to the Lord. By seeing the Lord in the heart and seeing his greatness and in relation to  the Lord’s greatness, when they would see their minuteness, they would surrender to the Lord. And that surrender is the beginning of devotion, śaraṇāgati, but in this age Caitanya Mahāprabhu came to give us the access of śaraṇāgati directly.

‘śrī kṛṣṇa caitanya prabhu jīve doyā kori sva pārṣada svīya dham saha avatari atyanta durlabha prem karibāre dan sikhyaa śaraṇāgati bhaktera prāṇa’. Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya Mahāprabhu in order to bestow His inconceivable mercy upon the fallen age of Kali and to bestow upon them a very, very rare Kṛṣṇa prema, He is teaching the process of śaraṇāgati along with His associates and devotees. So, this is the rare opportunity that we have received direct access to devotional service, pure devotional service, and by having the access to pure devotional service, there is no need to separately perform these pious activities, but the only thing is that we should not indulge in sinful activities. Now that we have access to pure devotional service, no more sinful activities and that is why Śrīla Prabhupāda instituted these four regulative principles: no meat eating, no intoxication, no illicit sex, no gambling, because these are the four pillars, these are the four legs of sin, just as an animal stands on four legs, sin personified stands on four legs and these are the four legs of sin and by abstaining from these sinful activities, one will automatically indulge in the pillars or the four foundation of dharma and what are the four foundations of dharma, four pillars of dharma? Austerity, Mercy, Cleanliness and Truthfulness. Just abstain from these four sinful activities and the foundation of dharma will be established. Automatically austerity will be performed; automatically mercy will be displayed; automatically we will become purified free from contamination, and automatically we will become situated on the platform of truthfulness. So that is the most wonderful gift of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu which Śrīla Prabhupāda has distributed all over the world so mercifully and it is due to Śrīla Prabhupāda’s mercy we have got this life, the life of pure devotional service. We don’t have to worry about anything else. Simply we have to follow this process. Chant the Holy Name which is the highest form of devotional activity, chanting the Holy Name and we have to protect ourselves by following these four regulative principles and Prabhupāda gave us the assurance. You just do that, chant the Holy Name of the Lord offenselessly without committing the ten offenses to the Holy Name and follow these four regulative principles and your journey back to the spiritual sky is guaranteed. Śrīla Prabhupāda assured us of that. So, that is the most, most wonderful display of the Lord’s mercy through His pure devotee in this most degraded age, for the most degraded individual like ourselves. Thank you all very much.

Today also is the appearance day of Śrīla Jayadev Gosvāmī. Jayadev Gosvāmī is the great devotee of Kṛṣṇa. Jayadev Gosvāmī appeared even before Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu. Vraja prema, Kṛṣṇa’s Vṛndāvana pastimes was not properly understood by the people. Very few understood the wonderful loving relationship that Kṛṣṇa had with the damsels of Vṛndāvana, and Śrīla Jayadev Gosvāmī is one such devotee. He was a great poet. One of his masterpiece, one of his masterpieces is …

Devotee: Gītā Govindam.

His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami: Yes, Gītā Govindam, Gītā Govindam and the songs of Govinda and that Nṛsiṁhadev prayers that we sing everyday ‘tava kara kamala vare’ is from the invocation of Gītā Govinda. He spoke about ten different incarnations of the Lord in the invocation. Caitanya Mahāprabhu used to relish Jayadev’s poetry in Gītā Govinda ‘candana carcita nila kalebara pitā vasana vanamālī’. So, it’s a beautiful narration. Jayadev’s poetry also had a very, very special relationship with Jagannātha. Jagannātha used to love to listen to Jayadev’s poetry. Most of the performances of Devdasis in Jagannātha Purī, the girls would dance in front of Lord Jagannātha for His pleasure based on Gītā Govinda of Jayadev Gosvāmī and Caitanya Mahāprabhu Himself also used to relish. There are few, very few personalities like that who had access to Kṛṣṇa’s Vraja prema. Vṛndāvana pastimes are very rare, very special. Kṛṣṇa’s Vṛndāvana pastimes are beyond Vaikuṇṭha. In simple words we can say that Kṛṣṇa the Supreme Personality of Godhead in Vaikuṇṭha is not the Supreme Personality of Godhead, that’s the specialty of Kṛṣṇa’s Vraja līlā. Kṛṣṇa of Vṛndāvana is not the Supreme Personality of Godhead. In Vṛndāvana Kṛṣṇa is a cowherd boy. Kṛṣṇa in Vṛndāvana has three special relationships with His devotees that is not possible to have with the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Those three relationships are friendship, parental and conjugal relationships, sākhya, vātsalya and madhura. Why they are not possible with the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Because sākhya takes place, friendship takes place among equals. Now who can become equal to the Supreme Personality of Godhead? Therefore, forget about friendship with the Supreme Personality of Godhead. At least in friendship, friendship takes place among equals, vātsalya, parental, there the object of love becomes subordinate to the subject. So, who can become greater than the Supreme Personality of Godhead? Can anybody become greater than the Supreme Personality of Godhead? And conjugal, the loving relationship like that of a young boy and a young girl, how that kind of relationship be possible with the Supreme Personality of Godhead? Now it may not be, not possible for one to become equal to the Lord; it may not be possible to become superior to the Lord and it may not be possible for developing a relationship like that between a young girl and a young boy with the Supreme Personality of Godhead, but if the Lord wants, He can become equal. One cannot become equal to Kṛṣṇa, but if Kṛṣṇa wants, He can become equal to somebody. If Kṛṣṇa wants He can become subordinate to somebody and Vṛndāvana is the place where Kṛṣṇa has become equal to His devotees, Kṛṣṇa has become subordinate to His devotees and so forth. But in order to do that, Kṛṣṇa had to make His devotees forget that He is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, that is Vṛndāvana. Kṛṣṇa made Yogamāyā, by the arrangement of Yogamāyā the devotees of Vṛndāvana have forgotten that Kṛṣṇa is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Again, there are two kinds of forgetfulness: one is forgetfulness out of ignorance and what is the other kind of forgetfulness? Forgetfulness out of love, out of ignorance you forget, that’s understandable. But this is a very special kind of forgetfulness. Forgetting the position of the person due to intense love for that person. Example: the son has become the state president, big man, but does the mother treat him like a state president? It is not that the mother doesn’t know that he is the state president but to the mother it doesn’t matter that he is a state president. Even when he comes home late she chastises him, what you had been doing so late at night [Laughter]. So, this is the kind of forgetfulness out of love, that is called mamatā, the possessiveness, He is mine. Kṛṣṇa is mine. His position doesn’t matter, what really matters is: He is mine, He is my friend, He is my child, He is my beloved, and that is Vṛndāvana. So, this Vṛndāvana which is beyond Vaikuṇṭha, in Vaikuṇṭha Kṛṣṇa is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Nārāyaṇa is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, but in Vṛndāvana, Kṛṣṇa is not the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Kṛṣṇa is the cowherd boy and He has His amazingly intense loving relationships with His devotees.

So Jayadev Gosvāmī is one such rare personality who knew about Kṛṣṇa’s identity in Vṛndāvana. Another person is Chandidās. Jayadeva, Chandidās, Vidyāpati, Kavi Karṇapūra, his Kṛṣṇa Karṇāmṛta is so rare. Caitanya Mahāprabhu relished it so much, that He personally  copied it when He went to South India. Two books He copied with His own hands. One is Brahmā Saṁhitā and the other is Kṛṣṇa Karṇāmṛta. So, these are some very, very rare personalities, who appeared before Caitanya Mahāprabhu. Otherwise before Caitanya Mahāprabhu, Kṛṣṇa’s Vṛndāvana pastimes were a mystery to most of the people. Vāsudeva, an associate of Caitanya Mahāprabhu is mentioning that way that yadi gaura na hoite tabe ki hoite kemone dharitam de, if Caitanya Mahāprabhu did not have come, then, how would I have maintained my body and soul together. Because, then who would have revealed the loving relationship between Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa? Who would have revealed the glory of Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī? ‘Yadi gaura na hoite tabe ki hoite kemone dharitām de prema rasa sīmā rādhāro mahimā jagate jānate ke’. Then who had revealed the glory of Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī whose love is the highest epitome of transcendental loving relationship. ‘mādhura vṛnda, vipina-mādhuri, praveśa cāturī sār’, who would have been able to have access to the sweetness of the forest of Vṛndāvana; ‘baraja-yuvati bhaver bhakat, śakati hoito kar’ who would have had the strength, who would have had the power to access to the loving relationship of Kṛṣṇa and the young damsels of Vṛndāvana. So, it was not available before Caitanya Mahāprabhu. We all are very fortunate due to Caitanya Mahāprabhu’s mercy we understood Kṛṣṇa’s vraja līlā, we have access to Kṛṣṇa’s vraja līlā, but otherwise it was not, only some rare personalities had access to that. But most of the people didn’t even understand their presentation.

One very wonderful episode with Jayadeva’s life is that he was writing. While he was writing Gītā Govinda, there is a chapter, a section of māna bhañjana. Rādhārāṇī became upset. Rādhārāṇī became angry, that loving anger is called mān and bhañjana is breaking. So, breaking that māna of Rādhārāṇī that section, that chapter. Rādhārāṇī became very upset. Kṛṣṇa was supposed to come to her at night. All the gopīs had made all the arrangements in the groves of Vṛndāvana but they were waiting and waiting and waiting. Kṛṣṇa didn’t come. Then finally when Kṛṣṇa came, Rādhārāṇī became so upset, she told her friends: “Tell that person not to come near me. Tell Him that I don’t even want to see His face. Tell Him to get lost.” So, that is the angry mood of Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī. So, at that time, Kṛṣṇa came begging forgiveness from Rādhārāṇī and while He was expressing His submission to Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī, Kṛṣṇa is telling that “please give me the shelter of your magnanimous lotus feet.” Jayadeva couldn’t write that. How can he write that Kṛṣṇa is asking Radharanis shelter rather everybody wants Kṛṣṇa’s lotus feet, but Kṛṣṇa is asking Rādhārāṇī’s lotus feet. So, he left that. He couldn’t write it. He felt that he can’t write that. So, he then just stopped writing and he went to take his bath. So, when he came back from taking his bath, he probably took his prasāda and then when he came back to start writing again, he saw that those two lines are written there. So, he was surprised. So, he asked his wife, “Did anybody come and write anything here?” So, she said yes, you went to take his bath, take your bath and then you quickly came back and wrote something and then you went to take your bath[Laughter]. So, then, he understood who actually came and wrote it. So, Kṛṣṇa Himself came disguised as Jayadev Gosvāmī and wrote these two lines. So that is how great a devotee he was. So, today is his birth, appearance day.

This day is celebrated in his birth place in northern part of Bengal in a place called Kenduvilya. They have big festivity, but unfortunately it is the festivity of the apa-sampradāyas. Like what they do, you know? This is the festival of smoking gāñjā. All these people just gather there, in this there is a big mela Kenduvidya mela. So, this is how we can see how degraded this age has become. Such a great poet’s presentation has so badly been tarnished by these kind of degraded people. Anyway, Śrīla Prabhupāda came to revive the glory of these personalities. Iskcon is the only place where these great devotees are being truly recognized and glorified. Śrīla Jayadev Gosvāmī ki jaya. Śrīla Jayadev Gosvāmī Prabhupāda ki jaya. Gaura premānande.

Devotees: Hari Hari bol.

His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami: Jagad Guru Śrīla Prabhupāda ki jaya. Does anybody have any comment? Mahārāja do you have any or question? Yeah.

Devotee: [unclear] Question is related to whether attending social functions is sense gratification.

His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami: Well! you can take them as sense gratification or you can also take them as social obligation. I would suggest that take it as social obligation. Don’t go there for sense gratification.

Devotee: [unclear]

His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami: Yes.

Devotee: [unclear]

His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami: Yeah. Good, very good point. Like when they are serving the feast make them to, make them serve Kṛṣṇa prasāda. It can be cooked by Govinda’s and served there. That can be done.

Devotee: [unclear]

His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami: No, not that. Make the whole feast as Kṛṣṇa prasāda. Otherwise you know mixing all those kinds of inedible stuff is not also desirable. Just giving one peda [Laughter] is not going to serve the purpose.

Devotee: [unclear]

His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami: Yes, good.

Devotee: [unclear]

His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami: What is your question?

Devotee: [unclear]

His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami: yes. Yes. Actually, in Bhagavad Gītā Kṛṣṇa is not revealing the vraja aspect. He is revealing the Vaikuṇṭha aspect, the paramātmā aspect, right? īśvaraḥ sarva-bhūtānāṁ hṛd-deśe ’rjuna tiṣṭhati. Like, He is not giving the full, you know, understanding of vraja in that way, but the last instruction is giving the indication of vraja, ‘mām ekaṁ śaraṇaṁ vraja’, and that verse is leading to Śrīmad Bhāgavatam, which is actually revealing vraja. See the last verse of Bhagavad Gītā is leading to the first verse of Śrīmad Bhāgavatam sarva-dharmān parityajya(Bhagavad Gītā 18.66) dharmaḥ projjhita-kaitavo ’tra paramo nirmatsarāṇāṁ satāṁ(Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 1.1.2). So, where Bhagavad Gītā ended, Śrīmad Bhāgavatam began. Hare Kṛṣṇa. Okay, so and ….

Devotee: Hare Kṛṣṇa Mahārāja. My question is related to Jayadev Gosvāmī and like you said that apasampradāyas have spread out in this area [unclear] Holy Name should be spread [unclear] similarly in the Haridas thakur’s Samādhi, in Jagannātha Purī [unclear] Iskcon can revive… …………….

His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami: Yes.

Devotee: [unclear]

His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami: It will happen. It will happen. Let Iskcon continue its preaching work as Śrīla Prabhupāda designed, then, everything will come to Iskcon. Not only all the places of Caitanya Mahāprabhu’s pastimes Kṛṣṇa’s pastimes, but even, you know, like it will spread in every town and village. So, all the places will come under the proper care and protection of Iskcon. Does it answer your question? Like, there is no need to struggle to get them, you know because then you don’t know what to do. Like, I mean, we have so much to do, like what they are doing let them do, right? Like, you know, there are two ways two strategies of battle. One strategy is attack the capital, take over the capital. So, that is Kali’s strategy and the other attack strategy is surround the enemy from all sides and crush it, that is Mahāprabhu’s strategy.

Devotees: [laughter]

His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami: Right[laughter]? So, our business is let Kṛṣṇa Consciousness spread and then attack will come from all every ten sides, not only from eight sides, from above and below also [laughter] and the enemies won’t have any space to hide. It will happen in course of time otherwise, you know, if we get into an unnecessary struggle, our real purpose will be lost. We will just get caught up with those unnecessary activities. Let’s spread the Holy Name and it will happen in course of time. Mother Siddhi Lalsa. Give her the mike.

Devotee: Mahārāja, Śrīla Prabhupāda …Lord Caitanya’s …..young generation …..in our paintings so how can they… children, [unclear]

His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami: Well! I think this question can be presented to the BBT trustees [Laughter] and at least my simple response to that will be, you see, Caitanya Mahāprabhu, Kṛṣṇa came as Caitanya Mahāprabhu to give an access to Vṛndāvana, and the way to do that is saṅkīrtana. Saṅkīrtana means effective chanting of the holy name and propagation of the holy name, effective cultivation of devotional service to Kṛṣṇa and engagement of others in to that service, and the taste of that is so wonderful that one will automatically be free from hrid roga, the heart disease, as Prabhupāda was mentioning in that lecture today, the heart disease and that heart disease is desire for sense gratification. You see, Kaliyuga is a very, very difficult age. You see, I mean you may not include, any way I mean, not so as we were saying certain kind of picture in the BBT publication and all. We may do that but what about when people go and see the bill boards outside. That is hundred times worse than anything that has been painted in Iskcon. Now how can we, not that we can make them go out blind fold; they will be exposed to all kinds of things in the age of Kali. The only antidote to that is Kṛṣṇa Consciousness. Let them get the higher taste of Kṛṣṇa Consciousness. Therefore and that is how they will be able to overcome the influence of this age of Kali. So, and that will be happening through preaching and preaching means teaching. Not that we go out and preach to the congregation only; we have to preach to our own devotees; we have to preach to our own children and that is how we have to educate them and it is through proper knowledge that one will be able to overcome these influences. Anyway, I mean that is my, you know, response to that question, which is actually a very relevant question. I agree, I don’t deny that, but my understanding is let us develop Kṛṣṇa Consciousness in such a way that will automatically create a shield to protect ourselves from the onslaught of the age of Kali. Thank you. Hare Kṛṣṇa. All glories to Śrīla Prabhupāda. We can end the class with a short kīrtana.

End of lecture.


Transcription : Anonymous helper.

Editing : Rāmānanda Rāya Dāsa

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