Nama Om Vishnu paadaaya..
Hari Haraya Naama Krishna …
So we are running a bit late today. There were brahminical initiations, over a hundred. So there were too many people crowding in the room, so they made two batches. What is she translating? Bengali. This is for the Facebook Bengali? And we are on Facebook English. All these devotees are worldwide on Facebook? All these devotees? Turn the camera when they chant Haribol! Gauranga! Gauranga! Nityananda! Gauranga! Nityananda! Gauranga! Got that! Indians are really into selfies! Ha! I am not responsible for my repeater! (Guru maharaj said this as the repeater said “Indians are greatly selfish) Great difference between selfies and selfishness! You will lose your job!
So tomorrow we go to Berhampur and I will go also and participate in the festival. There will be a pandal program and cultural programs – I will see some of them. I am going to try seeing how many people would take up some chanting every day. We will try for one round. I have got 5000 mantra cards from the sankirtan department, and 5000 I am going to get from the namahatta! I mean business! But afterwards, I would like the safari to take up this revival. Actually there are lots of holy places you are going to. Near to Malda there is Ramkeli where Rupa and Sanatan lived, and the temple of their deities is still there. The birthplace of Sri Jiva Goswami is there. His father was there also. The place where Rupa Goswami, as the finance minister sat, is still there. The jail where they kept Sanatan Goswami, because he refused to work for the emperor. He wanted to join Caitanya Mahaprabhu. So the prison.
The point is that you may see your wife in some amorous, affectionate way. You shouldn’t see other ladies like that. Similarly, a woman’s chastity means that they only speak intimate talks with their husband. And not joke or talk frivolously with other men.
Question: Dandavat pranam. How did it feel to be personally instrumental in reviving the holy places in Bangladesh? Atulkrishna das
Guru maharaj: Very good! We have a great opportunity in Bangladesh because no other Hindu groups are caring about these holy places. We have temples of Pundarik Vidyanidhi and Vaasudev Dutta and Mukunda Dutta, Advaita Gosain’s birthplace, Srivas Thakur’s birthplace and we are trying to get Madhavendra Puri’s birthplace. We got the ashram of Narottamadas Thakur, we got the ashram of Rupa and Sanatan just 3 km from their birthplace. In the land which was owned by their forefathers. In fact, it is unusual that that land was owned by the forefathers of Rupa and Sanatan and what is interesting is that there are 96 Hindu villages on that land! I was in the police station for some reason and I overheard the police officer saying, they came from the 96 villages. They refer like that. They know it as a block of all Hindus. But for me it is a very important service and I am very grateful for the devotees who obtained these priceless jewels of vaishnava leelas.
Question: Jai Guru maharaj, PAMRO. One time Lord Nityananda prabhu kicked on the chest of Shivananda Sen. Can I hear that pastime why Nityananda prabhu did that? Your insignificant servant, Anonymous.
Guru maharaj: Anonymous! Shivananda Sen was caring for all the devotees travelling on the way to Jagannath Puri from Bengal. So one day he provided prasadam very late. Lord Nityananda, showed his displeasure and kicked Shivananda Sen but Shivananda Sen took it a as a great blessing to get the lotus feet of Lord Nityananda. But he was also careful to see that Lord Nityananda was fed. Not because of fear but because of affection.
Question: Hare Krishna dear guru maharaj (guru maharaj said: Hare Krishna Hare Krishna! dear disciple!) Sometimes we commit sinful actions (guru maharaj said: OH NO!) in holy dham. What should be done to overcome the effect of the dham aparadh?
Guru maharaj: They don’t ask how can I avoid this. audio break here ways of neutralizing. But we should avoid committing the prohibited activities in the first place. Then we have many ways in our daily sadhanas, ideally to neutralize sinful reactions. But we should be careful not to commit such sins. I know but I will not tell you specific ways because I am afraid that you will use it as sinning on the strength of some neutralizing effect.
Question: Hare Krishna dearest Guru maharaj (Guru maharaj said: Hare Krishna dearest disciple!) Dandavat pranam at your lotus feet (Guru maharaj said: blessings to you!) Lord Krishna is the source of everything, so why don’t we just directly pray to Him only? Subhashini Shyama devi dasi
Guru maharaj: Why not? Krishna says that in Bhagavad Gita. Sarva dharman parityaja maam ekam sharanam vraja, aham tvaam sarva paapebhyo, mokshayishyami ma shuchaha. Say the translation.
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And not to the other devas as independent Lords. But we can pray to them as devotees. But we believe there is only one Supreme Godhead.
What time is it?
One devotee said: Tulasi Gabbard went to the guru puja this morning in Los Angeles.
On YouTube there was one person who showed that Tulsi Gabbard could be the next president of the United States. They showed all the places where Trump may win, and all th places where the democratic party wins. Audio break here Someone asked Prabhupad if the President of the United States and the king of England would come audi break here his eyes lit up and his eyes became wide. He said, Bhakti Vinod Thakur would be so happy. He would take you up hand in hand right back to Goloka Vrndavan. It seems like an impossibility but with Tulsi Gabbard, she would definitely come t the inauguration of the TOVP. So we hope she becomes president. It is too late to take more questions, I have to give an interview for the New Orleans devotees.
Transcribed by Jayaraseshwari devi dasi
30 March 2019