Nama Om Vishnu paadaaya..
Hari Haraya Naama Krishna …
Today we are also reading about the appearance of Lord Nityananda, from different scriptures, like Caitanya Mangal, other parts of Caitanya Bhagavat. So I asked the structural engineer if our roof could hold the load. I hope you read his letter. I think it can hold it but no dancing. If you jump it may be too much. So and if there are too many people then we can put on a TV on the other side.
We want to thank all the youths for singing the namahatta song and other kirtans – very nice singers. Nityananda Mahajan, paati aache namahatta jivera kaaran. We need the Lord’s mercy. Lord Balaram, He came as Lord Nityananda and by His help, all the avatars enjoy Their pastimes. Lord Balaram, He came from Goloka Vrndavan to the earth and He appeared in Ekachakra. Haribol!
He appeared in the family of a brahmana, and He came to establish the yuga dharma. He was eternally filled with spiritual bliss, and that was His nature. And also that was His process. We have a song by Lochanadas Thakur where he says, parama koruna, Nitai Gaura Chandra, saba avatar, saro shiromani kevala ananda kandha. So here it says nitya ananda kandha, sahad swarup – this process is very blissful, and He was the form of spiritual bliss. Hare Krishna!
So one His preliminary expansions, one of His parts is Anantadev who has thousands of heads and hoods. And on one hood, He holds the whole creation, on His head.
So the same Lord Balaram as Lord Nityananda, took His appearance from the womb of Padmavati, and His father was Hadai Ojha, who was also known as Paramananda, called by the name Paramananda.
His father and mother gave Him the name Kuber Pandit, and when He went with the sanyasi, His name was Nityananda – He accepted the name Nityananda.
The month of Magha which is basically January – February, He appeared on the auspicious 13th day, rather, He appeared on the 13th day of the auspicious month of Magha. He appeared on this earth, and He was supremely happy to appear here.
The village of Ekachakra in the middle of Raardesh, He appeared as Bhagavan Nityananda. That village was previously known as Ekachakra presently known as Birachandrapur and His birthplace is Garbhavaas. Birachandra is the son of Nityananda Prabhu and He is the incarnation of Kshirodakashaayi Vishnu. Garbhavaas means – garbha means the womb, where He appeared and where He resided in the womb of Padmavati. Madhvacharya, He commented that the Lord does not come from the womb of Devaki or others, or born of Dasharath or from Jamadagni, rather He appears by His own sweet will and His pure pastimes are free from all dualities.
The king of all the brahmanas was Hadai Pandit, a pure brahmana. He was accepted as the father of Lord Nityananda, who is actually the father of everyone. So Hadai Ojha was born in a Mythili brahmana family. Mithila is the place where Sita was born, it is in the eastern part of Bihar. and the southern east part of Nepal. Although Lord Nityananda is the father of all the universes, the Vaikuntha lokas, the living entity and the Vishnu tattvas, He appeared as the son of Padmavati and Hadai Ojha. Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Prabhupad, he mentioned that there was a rumor going around spread by some smaartha brahmanas that Nityananda Prabhu was not born in a brahmana family. This is totally baseless, born of duplicitous smarthas who have envy and hatred to Lord Vishnu.
The ocean of mercy, kripa sindhu, the giver of devotional service, bhakti daata, and the residence and shelter of all the vaishnavas, Sri vaishnava dham, He appeared in the Raardesh as Sri Nityanandaram. Haribol! Nitai! Nitai! Nityananda Ram! Nityananda Rama!
When Lord Balaram, Nityananda appeared, there was great chanting by the demigods who were unseen. They were saying jai! Jai! They were giving the jaya dhwani, uludhwani! Jai! Jai! Haridhwani! Jai! Jai! And raining of flowers from the heavens. They are called in Sanskrit as devas and in English, we call them demigods, and actually I was reading the list of the angels in Christianity, and the demigods are also described in the Christian literature as angels. They are art angles, angels, baby angels like the Kumaras. They just call them angels. So those angels which deal with the material world, they are one type, and we call them devas or demigods. The angels that are directly serving the Lord, the art angels, we call them paarshadas or associates. So they are talking about the same thing but they try to make it as if it is separate. So these demigods and their wives were hidden in the sky. They were throwing flowers and they were chanting jai! Jai! Jai! Haribol! Haribol! Here in Mayapur we had the head of state, Zail Singh come one time. He came in a helicopter when he was the President of India. So many people gathered to see oh, the president of India, came in a helicopter. Nothing very significant was produced by that but people were interested. But the Supreme Lord coming down to the material world, to take birth in this world, to expand the yuga dharma, and His pastimes and give liberation to countless souls, that is really something significant! So even the places that He left behind, they were very pure and sacred. So Nityananda Prabhu appeared, and the flowers were thrown down from the heaven, and they were chanting His glories in ecstasy, So, this incident is beyond the realm of those who believe, only in direct perception. Like he changes something I say a little bit! If I say those who believe in direct perception, he will say something different. Ha!
So generally in Raardesh because the Ganges does not flow, it is not so auspicious. But since Lord Nityananda appeared in Raar mandal, the auspiciousness of that place began to be seen. From that day, again and again, the auspicious of that Raar mandal began to increase and began to be seen. So after the appearance of Lord Nityananda Prabhu, Raardesh which was previously barren land, it began to prosper and in fact gradually the entire Raardesh began to become the center of advanced learning and culture.
Lord Nityananda appeared on the 13th day of the bright moon, waxing moon, and Gaurachandra appeared on the Phalgun full moon. Maagh, Phalgun, so Lord Nityananda appeared in the last couple of days of Maagh and Gaurachandra appeared one month later on the full moon of Phalgun. So who attends Gaur Purnima can attend both the appearance day of Lord Nityananda and Lord Caitanya, if they stay for one month or so. If they stay for two months, then they can see Rama Navami and can see my humble birthday! Haribol!
All inaugurations and beginnings are auspicious on these two days. All the auspicious constellations, planetary conjunctions are present on these days. Haribol!
So whoever attends, observes these two thithis, or days, ATTAINS KRISHNA BHAKTI OR DEVOTION TO LORD KRISHNA, and FREEDOM FROM THE BONDAGE TO IGNORANCE! Haribol!
So just as the appearance of the Lord is sanctified, also the vaishnavas’ appearance day are also sacred. In the Brahma Purana, it is said that the persons of kali yuga are fortunate, who observe the appearance day of Lord Vishnu. If they stay awake at night and fast, and if they observe some vow, they are not subject to the great fear of rebirth in the material world. Wherever they reside, kali cannot affect them. Observing vows on the appearance days of Lord Vishnu gives liberation from this material world. These observances of the appearance days of Lord Vishnu or of the vows for the pleasure of Vishnu are the greatest good in this life and the next life, the greatest dharma. So it is saying that observing the two auspicious days – the 13th day of the waxing moon in Maagh, January February, and the full mon day in the moth of Phalgun, a conditioned soul’s nescience is destroyed and their propensity to serve and worship Lord Krishna is awakened. And when they observe these appearance days of the Lord by fasting and holding a festival, so we fast up till moon rise on Gaur Purnima day and we take anukalpa and then fasting to the next morning but no grains. And then take grains next day and we hold the festival, do abhishek, different ceremonies. So appearance day of the Lord is pure and appearance day of the Lord’s devotees are also pure. So one must certainly hold festivals on these days too says Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad. So this is also on the birth of Lord Nityananda Prabhu. Nityananda ram ki jai! Any questions?
I welcome everybody here who have come new! Haribol! Haribol! Haribol!
All over the world people hold auspicious appearance day festivals. Tomorrow is Rama Navami. So we take this as a special aadhivas.
Question: Tomorrow is Rama Navami, so after fasting what prasadam should we take – non grain or grain?
Guru maharaj: Prabhupad told us that it is obligatory to observe the anukalpa fasting for Janamashtami and Gaura Purnima. Because our theology is that Krishna is the svayam rupa. So of course many devotees here, we also observe Nrsimha Chaturdashi, because we have Nrsimha deity, if we had a Rama deity, we would probably observe also. Someone can if they want, observe anukalpa on all the auspicious days of Vishnu tattvas. Someone asked for Radharani we only fast till noon, and Krishna we fast till midnight, then we take anukalpa, why is that? Prabhupad replied, Radharani is more merciful! Radhe! Radhe!
Question: Dear guru maharaj, PAMHO, (Guru maharaj said: Accepted!)How can one raise oneself from a third class devotee become a first class devotee? Yamuneshwari devi dasi.
Guru maharaj: Rather than jumping from3rd class to 1st class we should try get from 3rd to 2nd class. That is something we can do by our efforts. 1st class disciple, that is very special mercy. 3rd class he follows but not very good. 2nd class means follow very good. First class, means they follow even when the spiritual master doesn’t say what he wants. I was seeing Tamal Krishna Maharaj, when he was serving Prabhupad in Vrndavan in 1977, Prabhupad would raise his hand and he would immediately close the door and do something. Prabhupad did not say anything, he just raised his finger and he immediately knew what Prabhupad wanted! So I was very impressed. And that is not something you can speculate. Ha!
Question: About your Vyasa Puja, we are seeing these big pandals, what is happening where and when?
Guru maharaj: I am not the creator of the Vyasa Puja festival. They have a schedule. So I am supposed to go to the pandal after deity darshan. And spend like from 9 to 1. And then I come back and see my god brothers at the Annadaan complex and then I come and take rest. Then in the late afternoon, I go again to the pandal, and from 6 pm to 10 pm in the night or something, I hear more homages, and then at the end, I heard that the girls were going to chant and then the safari dance. So pretty much I am there all day. One last question.
Guru maharaj: So he wrote 21.23 but it is actually 21.32! So no questions!
Guru maharaj ki jai!
Transcribed by Jayaraseshwari devi dasi
13 April 2019