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Mukham karoti vacalam pangum langayate girim
Yat kripa tam aham vande sri gurum dina tarinam
Paramananda Madhavam Sri Caitanya Isvaram
So dear listeners, today is the second day of the Ratha Yatra of Jagannath, Baladeva and Subadra. That is, of the one week that there are pandal programs going to be held here, this is the first day. Yesterday was Ratha Yatra. Today starts the seven day pandal program. After eight days Jagannath, Baladeva and Subadra will return in the carts. I hope that every day, all of you will come to this maidan program. Kolkata is a sacred place for all of us. Because this is the birthplace of our dear founder acarya, Abhay Caran Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Because it is his birthplace, we are gathered here. Other than that, Kolkata is a part of the Gaura Mandal Bhumi. It is a doorway to Navadvip dhama, as people from various cities here and other countries come and go to Navadvip dhama from here. Lord Sri Krsna performed His lilas in the Dvapara yuga in Braja dhama, and Dwaraka. Then He thought that the people of Kali yuga would be devoid of the bliss that the people enjoyed in the Dvapara yuga. I will come again in the form of a devotee, so that the people enjoy and experience the bliss of My pastimes in Braja, and so I will perform My lilas again in Kali yuga. That is why He came in the form of Gauranga! Gauranga! Gauranga! Gauranga! Gauranga! Gauranga! Gauranga! Gauranga bhumi jeba jane chintamani, tar hoi Braja bhumi vas. This Kolkata is within Gaura Mandala Bhumi. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu had come walking to the upper part of this city from Shantipur. He went via Chakratripta and crossed the Ganges and He came to Midnapore. Then He went to Remuna. This is where the Sri ksetra and Gaura Mandala Bhumi meet. Then He went to Jagannath Puri. There He participated in the Ratha Yatra many times. Haribol! Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare. Every yuga has its own special sacrifice that is performed. Krte yad dhayato visnum – in Satya yuga it was meditation. Tretayam yajato Makai – in Treta yuga it was homa, sacrifice. Dvapare paricarcayam – in Dvapara yuga there were pujas and offerings done for the Lord in various temples. Kalau tad Hari kirtanat. In Kali yuga the Holy Name is the religion, the Name is the sacrifice. Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare. Iti sodasa nam nam kali kalmasa nasanam, na tat parataro upaya, sarva vedesu drisyate. Kali Santara Upanisad has this sloka. That in Kali yuga, chanting of this sixteen syllable maha mantra is the sacrifice. In the Brihad Naradiya Purana it says, Harer nama Harer nama Harer nama eiva kevalam, kalau nastyaiva nastyaiva nastyaiva gatir anyata. In this Kali yuga other than the Harinam, there is no other way, no other way, no other way. You do one thing, when you go back home from the pandal, please go chanting the Hare Krsna nam. Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare. Haribol! To chant the names of the Lord this way, there is no fixed time, place or rule. Whatever religion, whatever caste, creed of men and women, young and old, all have the right to chant the holy name. The Lord has many names, unlimited names. If even there is chanting and kirtan of one of the names of the Lord, He is very happy. There was a Christian nun who used to chant Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ. Then she thought maybe she should chant Hare Krsna Hare Krsna and see what happens! Then she made sure no one was watching and started chanting Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare! I LIKE IT! I LOVE IT! I WILL CHANT HARE KRSNA! Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama, Rama Rama Hare Hare. Haribol! Haribol! Haribol! Then she felt so happy chanting and so started doing kirtan as well. She realized that the name of Krsna is all attractive and gives so much bliss and so she started chanting very nicely! Hare Krsna is in Sanskrit language. That is the mother of all languages and then there are other languages. Some people say in English, God. But in Sanskrit it is said Krsna or Rama. Hari is Their strength. This way chanting the name of Krsna or Rama, we get special mercy. That is why this sixteen syllable Hare Krsna Maha Mantra is the mantra for this age of Kali. Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare. The goal of every religion is to love the Lord. This way, offering bhoga to the Lord and partaking the remnants of the food offered, then dancing for the pleasure of the Lord, performing dramas, this way we do service to the Lord. In bhakti yoga there are nine processes of devotional service. Someone asked whether service is better or chanting Harinam is better? But in Navavida bhakti, there are sravanam and kirtanam, the first two. This way, chanting Harinam is a service. Why do you want to separate it from service? Service to the Lord and chanting the Lord’s name is the same service. If we chant the Harinam, our consciousness will be cleansed. Caitanya Mahaprabhu said, ceto darpanam maarjanam. Our consciousness will be cleansed. He gave the example that if there is a mirror which is covered with dust, if we clean the mirror then it will become clean and we can see in it. That happiness that we want, will be got by chanting the name of the Lord. Our consciousness will be cleansed and then there will be no limit to our happiness! Anander sima nai, anander sima nai, anander sima nai, niraananda dure jai, niraananda dure jai, niraananda dure jai. Rupa Goswami said that the bliss that is there in chanting the two names Krs na is unlimited. Krs na Krs na Krs na Krs na Krs na Krs na Krs na Krs na. Gauranga! Nityananda! Nitai Gauranga! Nitai Gauranga! I am seeing everybody’s smiling faces! Nitai Gaur said that everyone has naturally a smiling face and happy! Nitai Gauranga! Nitai Gauranga! Nitai Gauranga Jaya Nitai Gauranga! Nitai Gauranga! Nitai Gauranga! Nitai Gaura Haribol! Haribol! Haribol! Haribol! These Lord Jagannath, Baladeva, Subadra and Sudarsan Cakra are especially merciful! In this ratha, They have given all the special mercy to pull the ropes. And dance in front of Them! Jai Jagannath! Jai Baladeva! Jai Subadra! Haribol! Hare Krsna! Haribol! This opportunity has been given to all. Normally, we go to the temple to take darshan of the Lord. But now the Lord has descended on to the streets to give mercy to all! They are so merciful! That is why His name is Jagannath! Jagat Nath – He is the Lord of the whole universe. All the entities are His praja, His people. You have all got the opportunity to pull the Lord’s ratha ropes and do service to the Lord. And then, They will be there in this maidan for seven days and you will get the opportunity to serve Them and give some donation in any form. This way, serving the Lord, our human life will be successful. If there is no sun light, no one of us could live. Or if there is no rain, then our paddy, fruits and plants all will dry up and nothing will be there. But does anyone think, that He gives us sunlight, He provides us rain? This is possible by chanting the name of the Lord. Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare. Nitai Gauranga! Nitai Gauranga Jaya Nitai Gauranga! When Caitanyadev went to Nilacala, then He told Lord Nityananda, please go back to Bengal. There the preaching of the Harinam is not yet complete, there is still some left. You go and do Harinam preaching. Then Lord Nityananda went to Panihati, Kordaha, etc and preached the Harinam. Abiram Thakur and other associates of Lord Caitanya were in different places. Nityananda Prabhu then distributed the instructions of Lord Caitanya to all. Nadia Godrume Nityananda Mahajan, pati ace namahatta jivera karan. Prabhur agya bhai koro ie bika, bolo Krsna bhajo Krsna koro Krsna sika. He instructed everyone to chant the name of Krsna. And He gave Krsna’s service and Krsna’s teachings to everyone. Krsna’s teachings – The Gita is spoken by the Lord Himself. And Srimad Bhagavatam is about the Lord. If you read the Bhagavad-gita and the Bhagavatam, your work is done! Caitanyadev gave these three instructions. Chant the Hare Krsna, do Krsna bhajan and service and follow the teachings of Lord Krsna. So I hope that the Bhagavad-gita and Srimad Bhagavatam are available in the book stalls here and that you will all read them. Jagannath, Baladeva and Subadra are here, so do various services for Them. And everyone, chant the name of Krsna. Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare! Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare! I hope that today you all got the association of HH Bhakti Caru Swami maharaj. And there were many cultural programs here. I hope that this Saturday, Sunday and every day you will attend the program. And this way hear the glories of Lord Krsna. Then your lives will be perfected. Caitanyadev said, Bharata bhumite janma hoilo jar, janma sartaka kori, koro paro upakar. If your lives are perfected, I hope that then you will try to help others also perfect their lives. Gauuuranga! Nityananda! Gauranga! Nityananda! Now, there are about 800 branches of Iskcon on this earth. And there is no country where the name of Krsna is not there. Caitanyadev predicted that, pritvi the ace joto gram, sarvatra pracar hoibe mora nam. That has happened and more will happen! We need the help of all of you! Please help! So that in very village, town and city in this country, Krsna nam is chanted, and everyone is in bliss! Hare Krsna! I had a complication surgery about ten months ago. That is why I wear a mask. The doctors have advised that for a year I have to be very careful. And I should not go in crowded places. Ha! But my work is in the middle of crowds! Ha! Because you all love me, I came here! Haribol!
Transcribed by Jayaraseshwari devi dasi
06 June 2019