Nama Om Vishnu paadaaya..
Hari Haraya Naama Krishna …
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illusory energy so that people could not understand who He was. When He was a boy, Advaita Gosain was giving a class on the Srimad Bhagavatam. He made some very nice points and all the devotees present began to chant Haribol! Haribol! And Lord Caitanya, He was then known as Viswambhar or as Nimai. He came in that assembly. He was like a young 6 or 7 or 8-year-old boy. So then all the people asked Him, what He has come for? He said, you called Me! No, no, we didn’t call You, they said. He said, Okay! So by chanting Haribol! They were actually calling Hari Hari! And He came! Ha! But they didn’t recognize Him! Sri Krsna Caitanya Radha Krsna nahi anya, so Sri Krsna Caitanya and Radha Krsna are non-different. Balaram hoilo Nitai. So Nityananda is Balaram and Lord Caitanya is Radha and Krishna. In some temples they have Radha and Krsna and Lord Caitanya. So in your temple here you have Gaura Nitaia, Radha Rasabehari and Sita Rama Laksman Hanuman. Radha and Rasabehari and Lalita Visaka. So that is Sita Rama are from Treta yuga, Radha Rasabehari from Dvapara yuga and Nitai Gaur are from Kali yuga. So there is also a verse that says, krite yad dhyayato vishnum treta yam yajato Makai, dvapara paricarcayam, kalau tad Hari kirtanat. So you have treta, dvapara and kali. Treta yuga it was homa and yagya. Dvapara yuga temple worship. And the Lord was personally present, accepting worship. Kalau tad Hari kirtanat. In the Kali yuga Nitai Gaur, Their sacrifice, yuga dharma is chanting Hare Krsna. Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare! So in different yugas there are different sacrifices recommended. Even though we have a temple, we do temple worship but doing the worship we also chant the holy names. We use fire sacrifice for certain ceremonies. Samskaras, weddings, initiations. But, that is not our main system of sacrifice. Every day we chant Hare Krishna. How many of you are chanting Hare Krishna every day? How many have not yet started? Either everyone is chanting or some don’t want to admit. So for initiation we want people to chant 16 rounds a day, that equals 25 thousand names of Krsna every day, that is 10 million or one crore a year. In some of the Bombay buses I saw the sign Kaun banega crorepati? Who will be the crorepati of the holy names? Haribol! So dhanyavad! Thank you very much! You see we come in the world empty handed and when we leave we don’t take anything with us. You have to leave behind your mobile phones, your cars and your bank balance. All your gadgets. You will leave everything behind, sab kichu chede dite hoi. So how many times you chant Hare Krishna, that you take with you! So by the mercy of Nitai you get the mercy of Gauranga. By the mercy of Gauranga, you get the mercy of Radha and Krsna. So there is a huge crowd before Radha Rasabehari and Sita Rama, but actually we should get the mercy of Lord Gauranga first. You see, Mayapur is called the Audarya dham or the holy place of mercy. Every activity you do, you get thousand times benefit. Vrndavan is also a holy dham. For every Krsna conscious activity you get a thousand times benefit. But if you do any mistake, if you do any offence in Vrndavan, it is thousand times negative result. Jagannath das Babaji, he thought that Vrndavan was too hot. Not temperature wise but offense wise. So he went to Navadvip. There he realized his siddha svarup. So Mayapur is also non-different from Vrndavan but the offences are not so great there. Still one should try to avoid offences. But the offence to vaishnavas is still considered. There was one person called Capala Gopal. He was very envious of Srivas Thakur. So he wrote on the door of Srivas Thakur’s door, he wiped blood there. And he put a plate with a head of goat and articles of worship for Kali. So Srivas opened the door and saw the bloody mess! And all the other neighbors were watching. But everybody knew he was a pure devotee of Krsna. So he said, I have been worshipping Kali all night! And they said, who did this horrible thing? It had no effect on Srivas. He had the door cleaned and went about his Krsna consciousness. But then Capala Gopal, he got leprosy. So Lord Caitanya was known to be very merciful. One day Gauranga, He went somewhere where Capala Gopal was living besides the Ganges, outside the city. So Capala Gopal fell at the lotus feet of Lord Gauranga and pleaded, please, please have mercy on me! NO I WILL NOT FORGIVE YOU! YOU HAVE OFFENDED A DEVOTEE! YOU WILL SUFFER MORE! UNLESS YOU GO TO SRIVAS AND GET HIS FORGIVENESS! Everybody was surprised. Then two devotees went to speak to Srivas. And they said, please, forgive Capala Gopal. Lord Caitanya says that he has offended you as a devotee, therefore he has to suffer. Srivas said, I am not a devotee, I am very fallen. I don’t want them to suffer. No, no, no one should suffer because of me. So they said, then you have to go and forgive Capala Gopal because Lord Caitanya thinks you are a devotee, whether you think or not! So saying in that way, Srivas Thakur immediately went to where Capala Gopal was. And then Capala Gopal, when he saw Srivas, he fell down at his feet. Forgive me, I have made a great offence to you. Forgive me! Please forgive me! I never want to offend a devotee again! So Srivas said, I forgive you. If you have committed any offence to me, I forgive you. Then Lord Caitanyaa appeared immediately there and embraced Capala Gopal. Ha! Ha! Gauranga! Gauranga! Gauranga! In this way Capala Gopal became a member of the sankirtan movement! So Nitai Gaur were very merciful! But if someone offended a devotee then it requires that person should go to that devotee and beg forgiveness. Even He said, that I cannot give the benediction of love for Godhead for mother Saci. Because she has offended Advaita Gosain. How is it possible? Mother Saci, who carried You in her womb, she is such a great devotee, how is it that she will not get mercy? Lord Gauranga said, there is nothing I can do if you offend a devotee. So He went with mother Saci to see Advaita Gosain. So Advaita saw mother Saci, Lord Caitanya and all the devotees assembled and said, what is going on here? They said mother Saci cannot get the blessing of Krsna Prema because she has offended You! Advaita said, Mother Saci offended me? I am not a devotee! She is such a great devotee and He started glorifying all of mother Saci’s good qualities. Mother Saci was the reincarnation of Yashoda and Devaki in one. And then Advaita Gosain was glorifying Mother Saci, glorifying, glorifying, and then He fainted being overwhelmed. Lord Gauranga, He said, He is not going to forgive you! He doesn’t think that He is a devotee, and that you can offend Him! If you take the dust from His lotus feet then you will be forgiven! And then mother Saci took the dust from His lotus feet while He was unconscious and put that on her head! So in this way, Lord Caitanya gave her the blessing of love for Krsna. There is a place in Navadvip called Koladvip. That is especially known for getting forgiveness for vaisnava aparadh. Aparadh bhanjan kulia paat. So when you do the Navadvip parikrama there, we also get absolved from our offences and we like to forgive everyone else if they have done any offence to us. Now we have six parikrama parties. Three in Bengali, one Hindi, one international which is English and translated into Chinese, Spanish and many different languages. And one Russian party. So we hope that you will come and participate, in at least the Hindi party. We have seven camp sites. Only six parties. So we ask who will be the next party? And I was approached by the South Indian representative, Balaram Govinda das, he said book the next seventh party, Tamil! He said we have Tamil Nadu, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Singapore and there are Tamils in Mumbai. So that is the seventh party maybe, we will see. But the Hindi party has a lot of room. The Bengali parties are over 2000 each. Hindi party almost 1200. So bahut araam se jaa sakta hai (can go very comfortably). So please beg for the mercy of Nitai Gaura to get the mercy of Radha Rasabehari and Sita Rama Laksman Hanuman. In eastern India ladies do ulu dhwani and men do Hari dhwani and both are called Jaya dhwani. So if you don’t know to do ulu dhwani you can chant Haribol. Only ladies can do ulu dhwani. Let us do jaya dhwani. Haribol! Haribol! Nitai Gaur! Hari bol! Thank you! If anyone has any question, you can write it down. How many can understand what I say? And how many need repetition? Is this a Marathi turban? Marathi topi hai? Question?
Question: Hare Krishna guru maharaj, I had a doubt, while worshipping Gaura Nitai, if we have a slightly more attachment to Nityananda prabhu than to Mahaprabhu, is it an offence? And also Balaram over Jagannath, is it an offence?
Guru maharaj: If you like the pastimes of Lord Caitanya, then maybe one has more inclination to the maadhurya rasa, if you like the pastimes of Lord Nityananda, I think Prabhupad said that, maybe the sakhya rasa or vaatsalya rasa, there is some inclination, it is quite natural. Any other question?
Question: I have one request. Hare Krishna maharaj, I am Rashmi Gupta. I read your book ‘Gauranga’ I am very inspired by that because earlier I was not knowing about Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Last 18 months I have been with Mamta mataji and I have heard a lot about you. I have gained a lot of inspiration by hearing about you. I have been chanting 16 rounds from last nine months. I would be very grateful if you can accept me as a siksa disciple. Guru maharaj: Who is your diksha guru? Rashmi Gupta: I am inspired by Bhakti Caru maharaj but I have not met him. But I want you to be my siksa guru as I have heard a lot about you. Guru maharaj: He is very nice; he is my friend also. So I will be happy to accept you as a siksa disciple. Many of my disciples are Bhakti Caru maharaj’s and Gopal Krishna maharaj’s siksa disciples. And also some of their disciples are my siksa disciples. We are all one family. Any other question?
Question: Hare Krsna guru maharaj Is it possible to develop relationship in friendship with Lord Krsna in sadhana bhakti because in deity worship we have awe and reverence? Vimalangi Sundari devi dasi.
Guru maharaj: One of the nine processes of devotional service, the eighth of the nine is sakya, to be a friend of Krsna and Krsna to be a friend of you. So that is one of the nine processes of sadhana bhakti. But it is a very elevated stage. So one gradually can come to that standard. So within sakya is also dasya. And also the service rendered. And then there is also appreciation of the santa rasa. So the standard that we worship the deity of Radha and Krsna, Sita Rama, is of the standard of Laksmi Narayana. Because in this material world we should not be familiar with the deities. So there is two kinds of friendship – Yudhisthira had friendship with the Lord but with respect. But the Brajavasis, the cowherd boys, they had friendship with the Lord but they were more equal. So you can cultivate this relationship of friendship also. Reveal your mind to the Lord, like for a real friend you will sacrifice for your friend’s interest. One more question is there?
Question: Hare Krishna dandavat pranam guru maharaj. I serve Jagannath Baladev Subhadra, but when I read Caitanya Caritamrita, then my affection for Gaura Nitai increases. Is it right?
Guru maharaj: You see, in Jagannath Baladev and Subhadra, and Lord Caitanya Lord Nityananda, Nitai is Baladev, Lord Caitanya is Jagannath. So it is natural to have affection for both. Who is Krsna, He is Jagannath, and who is Jagannath, He is Lord Caitanya. So I have from Jagannath, His toothbrush. So whoever wants the blessing of Lord Jagannath, they can come up and this devotee will give sweets, prasadam.
Transcribed by Jayaraseshwari devi dasi
21 April 2019