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We are so fortunate

"We are so fortunate to get human bodies in this age. If we do not take the shelter of the lotus feet of Gauranga Mahaprabhu, then our human life is a waste. A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada spread the name of Gauranga and the Holy Name all over the world. We...

Krishna’s name has the highest strength

"Krishna’s name has the highest strength and potency. Krishna and His name are non-different. If everyone chants the name of Krishna, they will be completely transformed.” His Holiness Jayapataka Swami 11th July 2016 Kolkata, India

Question: Hare Krsna maharaj, PAMHO. What is more important, chanting or service?

Guru maharaj: There are nine practices of devotional service in bhakti yoga. First is hearing and second is chanting. So why are separating chanting from service? That is the first service we do. If we do that service, we purify the mind. Lord Caitanya said that by...

Question: Satyameda Gauranga das. When we read Srila Prabhupada’s books, how do we get connected with Srila Prabhupada?

Guru maharaj: Srila Prabhupada wrote down his realizations from his heart. Krsna was speaking through him. So when we read Srila Prabhupada’s books, we should also be thinking of how Srila Prabhupada wrote these books. He is there in his instructions, in his vani. So...

Question: Madhuri Mamatamayi devi dasi: What is the attitude that a devotee should maintain while engaged in serving his or her spiritual master? Either his vani or vapu?

Guru maharaj: Follow the mood of the Siksastakam, especially the third verse. The third verse tells the mood we should be in – humble, tolerant, offering all respect to others and not expecting respect for ourselves. One devotee had cleaned Srila Prabhupada’s room and...

Question: Suvradev Babu, Bangladesh: Sometimes I don’t get taste and feel tired at the time of chanting but not able to find out the reason for this condition. So what process should I follow to get interest in chanting with taste again and again?

Guru maharaj: Srila Bhaktisiddanta Saraswati Thakur, he would chant his japa walking up and down. So he was a very active person. He got his taste and chant walking. Some people chant sitting down, some people pace, there is no hard and fast rule. If you don’t find...

Question: Suvinayaka Nityananda das: What can be the reason for not having success in Bhakti Vrksa preaching in spite of trying?

Guru maharaj: Well we are going to come out with a series of videos, from the most experienced and expert bhakti vrksa preachers. So this should be an inspiration. Sometimes people don’t actually do bhakti vrksa, but they call it bhakti vrksa. I don’t know, if what...

Question: Today is Srivas Thakur’s appearance day. Can you tell us what prayers we can offer to Srivas Thakur today? Rasapriya Gopika devi dasi

Guru maharaj: Well, we observe Panca Tattva, Sri Krsna Caitanya Prabhu Nityananda Sri Advaita Gadadhara Srivas adi Gaura Vrnda. So Srivas, he is incarnation of Narada muni, and he is very dear to Lord Caitanya. So we could pray that he shower us with his mercy so that...

Question: Ashwini Agarwal: Guru maharaj, why do we not celebrate Lord Laksmana’s appearance day? But we celebrate Lord Balarama and Lord Nityananda’s appearance days. Your servant, Aswasena Govinda das, Washington DC

Guru maharaj: Nothing that prohibits us from celebrating Laksmana’s appearance day, especially when we have Sita Rama Laksmana Hanuman. People can observe appearance day of Laksmana, there is nothing against it. It is not clear when Lord Laksmana’s appearance was. So...

Question: Bhaktin Abhirami. How can the youths preach effectively so that people can understand us and take us seriously too? What are the limits on what we should do and we shouldn’t do, so that we can contribute more to Srila Prabhupada’s mission and his movement?

Guru maharaj: Bhaktin Abhirami, from where? Somewhere in the world! Well, Srila Prabhupada said he was an elderly Indian and could get away with chastising people, since he was elderly. Young people cannot imitate Srila Prabhupada. But they can show by their...

Question: How can the youths preach effectively so that people can understand us and take us seriously too? What are the limits on what we should do and we shouldn’t do, so that we can contribute more to Srila Prabhupada’s mission and his movement?

Guru maharaj: Well, Srila Prabhupada said he was an elderly Indian and could get away with chastising people, since he was elderly. Young people cannot imitate Srila Prabhupada. But they can show by their enthusiasm, by their happiness, that Krsna consciousness works....

Question: In order to avoid vaisnava aparadh, can we be selective in our association, or can we keep away from such vaisnavas whom we are not comfortable with?  

Guru maharaj: Good idea! To keep away from offensive people! We should select association that is positive and help us to advance in our Krsna consciousness. People who are habitual complainers, offensive, criticizers of vaisnavas, envious, we should respect them as...

આપણે ખૂબ ભાગ્યશાળી છીએ

"આપણે આ યુગમાં મનુષ્યનું શરીર પ્રાપ્ત કરવા માટે ખૂબ જ ભાગ્યશાળી છીએ. જો આપણે ગૌરાંગ મહાપ્રભુનાં ચરણકમળોનો આશ્રય નથી લેતા, તો આપણું મનુષ્ય જીવન વ્યર્થ છે. એ.સી. ભક્તિવેદાંત સ્વામી શ્રીલ પ્રભુપાદે સંપૂર્ણ વિશ્વમાં ગૌરાંગના નામનો અને પવિત્ર નામનો પ્રચાર કર્યો. આપણે ખૂબ જ...

કૃષ્ણના નામમાં સૌથી વધુ શક્તિ છે

"કૃષ્ણના નામમાં સૌથી વધુ શક્તિ અને સામર્થ્ય છે. કૃષ્ણ અને તેમનું નામ અભિન્ન છે. જો દરેક વ્યક્તિ કૃષ્ણના નામનો જપ કરશે, તો તેઓ સંપૂર્ણ રીતે બદલાઈ જશે." શ્રી શ્રીમદ્દ જયપતાકા સ્વામી ૧૧ જુલાઈ ૨૦૧૬ કોલકાતા,...

તેઓ વાસ્તવમાં ઉપસ્થિત છે

"તો આપણે સમજવું જોઈએ કે કૃષ્ણ, રુક્મણી-દ્વારકાધીશ, ગુરુ-ગૌરંગ, નીતાઇ-ગૌર, જગન્નાથ સુભદ્રા બલરામ, તેઓ વાસ્તવમાં ઉપસ્થિત છે. જો આપણે તેમને જોઈ શકતા નથી, આપણે તેમનો ઉદ્દેશ્ય સમજી શકતા નથી, તો તે આપણું દુર્ભાગ્ય છે, આપણે તે માટે શોક કરવો જોઈએ." શ્રી શ્રીમદ્દ જયપતાકા...

કૃષ્ણ પ્રત્યે સભાન રહેવું

"કૃષ્ણ પ્રત્યે સભાન રહેવાનો અર્થ એ છે કે વ્યક્તિ મુક્તિના ઉત્ક્રાંતિવાદી મંચથી પહેલેથી જ ઉપર છે. વ્યક્તિ પહેલેથી જ એક મુક્ત આત્મા છે. તેથી, તે પહેલાથી જ ભૌતિક મંચથી ખૂબ આગળ છે." શ્રી શ્રીમદ્ જયપતાકા સ્વામી ૫ એપ્રિલ ૧૯૮૬ એટલાન્ટા, સંયુક્ત રાજ્ય...

ઉચ્ચ પદ પ્રાપ્ત કરવું

"શુદ્ધ વૈષ્ણવોની પાછળ દાસાનુદાસનું ઉચ્ચ પદ પ્રાપ્ત કરવાની આપમેળે ઇચ્છા હોય છે. અને તે ઇચ્છા પાછળ કોઈ ભૌતિકવાદી ઝંખના નથી હોતી. અને કૃષ્ણ સાથેના તે શુદ્ધ સંબંધમાં, કોઈ પણ ભૌતિક સ્વાદનો સહેજ પણ સ્પર્શ નથી હોતો. ના. કોઈ છેતરપિંડીની પ્રવૃત્તિ નથી હોતી" શ્રી શ્રીમદ્...

ચેતનાએ ચરણ કમળ પર લંગર નાખ્યું છે

"જો આપણી ચેતનાએ ગુરુ અને ગૌરાંગના ચરણ કમળ પર લંગર નાખ્યું છે, તો આપણને કૃષ્ણની તરફની ખેંચી લેવામાં આવશે. જો આપણી ચેતનાએ ભૌતિક જીવનના કાદવમાં લંગર નાખ્યું છે, તો ભલે આપણે કૃષ્ણ પાસે પાછા જવાનો દેખાવ કરીએ, આપણે પ્રગતિ નહીં કરીએ." શ્રી શ્રીમદ્દ જયપતાકા સ્વામી ૧૨ માર્ચ...

કૃપા દ્વારા અસુરોનો પણ ઉદ્ધાર કરવામાં આવે છે

"કૃપા દ્વારા અસુરોનો પણ ઉદ્ધાર કરવામાં આવે છે. માયા નથી ઇચ્છતી કે લોકો હંમેશા ભ્રમિત રહે. તેથી જ તે તેમને લાત મારે છે. તે આપણને યાદ અપાવવા માટે એક ઠંડા હાથ સમાન છે કે જે આપણ ને યાદ અપાવે છે કે આપણે ફક્ત કૃષ્ણનો જ આશ્રય લેવો જોઈએ." શ્રી શ્રીમદ્દ જયપતાકા સ્વામી ૧૬ જૂન...

મહાન સંકટોથી કેવી રીતે બચી શકાય

"જો કોઈ હરે કૃષ્ણનો જપ કરે છે, તો તે મહાન સંકટોથી બચી જશે. અને જપ કરવાથી વ્યક્તિ સુરક્ષિત અનુભવ કરશે. આ હરે કૃષ્ણ મહામંત્રનો જપ કરવાથી તેના જીવનના બધા અવરોધો દૂર થઈ જાય છે." શ્રી શ્રીમદ્ જયપતાકા સ્વામી ૧ સપ્ટેમ્બર ૧૯૭૯ લોસ એન્જેલિસ, સંયુક્ત રાષ્ટ્ર...

મનુષ્ય અને પશુ વચ્ચેનો તફાવત

"મનુષ્ય અને પશુ વચ્ચેનો મોટો તફાવત શું છે? તફાવત એ છે કે મનુષ્ય સમજી શકે છે કે જીવનનો ઉદ્દેશ્ય શું છે. પરંતુ જો તમે ભૌતિક જગતમાં એક સામાન્ય મનુષ્ય પાસે જાવ છો કે જે બદ્ધ છે, અને કહો છો કે, "જીવનનો ઉદ્દેશ્ય શું છે?" તેમની પાસે સાધારણ વિચાર પણ નથી હોતો. પૈસા કમાઈએ? ખુશ...

શ્રી શ્રીમદ્દ જયપતાકા સ્વામી ગુરુ મહારાજનો અધિકૃત સ્વાસ્થ્ય અદ્યતન ૨૫ જુલાઈ, ૨૦૧૯

પ્રિય ગુરુ-પરિવાર, શિષ્યગણ અને આપણા ગુરુ મહારાજના શુભચિંતક, કૃપા કરીને મારા વિનમ્ર પ્રણામનો સ્વીકાર કરશોજી. શ્રીલ પ્રભુપાદની જય. અમને તમને જણાવવામાં ખુશી થાય છે કે આજે બપોરે ગુરુ મહારાજને રજા આપવામાં આવી છે અને તેઓ તેમના નિવાસસ્થાન પર પાછા આવ્યા છે. ચિકિત્સકોએ એક...

हम बहुत भाग्यशाली हैं

"हम इस युग में मनुष्य शरीर प्राप्त करने के लिए बहुत भाग्यशाली हैं। यदि हम गौरांग महाप्रभु के चरण कमलों का आश्रय नहीं लेते हैं, तो हमारा मनुष्य जीवन बर्बाद है। ए.सी. भक्तिवेदांत स्वामी श्रील प्रभुपाद ने पूरे विश्व में गौरांग का नाम और पवित्र नाम का प्रसार किया। हम बहुत...

कृष्ण के नाम में सबसे अधिक शक्ति है

"कृष्ण के नाम में सबसे अधिक शक्ति और सामर्थ्य है। कृष्ण और उनका नाम अभिन्न है। यदि हर कोई कृष्ण के नाम का जप करता है, तो वे पूरी तरह से बदल जाएंगे।" श्री श्रीमद् जयपताका स्वामी ११ जुलाई २०१६ कोलकाता,...

वे वास्तव में उपस्थित हैं

"तो हमें समझना चाहिए कि कृष्ण, रुक्मिणी-द्वारकाधीश, गुरु-गौरांग, निताई-गौर, जगन्नाथ सुभद्रा बलराम, वे वास्तव में उपस्थित हैं। यदि हम उन्हें नहीं देख पा रहे हैं, हम उनके उद्देश्य को समझ नहीं पा रहे हैं, तो यह हमारा दुर्भाग्य है, हमें इसके लिए शोक करना चाहिए।" श्री...

कृष्ण के प्रति जागरूक होना

"कृष्ण के प्रति जागरूक होने का अर्थ है कि व्यक्ति पहले से ही मुक्ति के उत्क्रान्तिवादी मंच से ऊपर है। व्यक्ति पहले से ही एक मुक्त आत्मा होता है। इसलिए, वह पहले से ही भौतिक मंच से बहुत आगे होता है।" श्री श्रीमद् जयपताका स्वामी ५ अप्रैल १९८६ अटलांटा, संयुक्त राज्य...

सर्वोच्च पद प्राप्त करना

"शुद्ध वैष्णवों के पीछे दासानुदास के सर्वोच्च पद को प्राप्त करने की स्वतः इच्छा होती है। और उस इच्छा के पीछे कोई भौतिकवादी भाव नहीं होता है। और कृष्ण के साथ उस शुद्ध संबंध में, किसी भी भौतिकवादी स्वाद का हल्का स्पर्श भी नहीं होता है। नहीं। कोई धोखा देने की प्रवृत्ति...

चेतना ने चरण कमलों पर लंगर डाला हुआ है

"यदि हमारी चेतना ने गुरु और गौरांग के चरण कमलों पर लंगर डाला है, तो हम कृष्ण की ओर खिंच लिए जाएंगे। यदि हमारी चेतना ने भौतिक जीवन के कीचड़ में लंगर डाला है, तो भले ही हम भी कृष्ण की ओर वापस खेने का यह दिखावा करें, हम प्रगति नहीं करेंगे।" श्री श्रीमद् जयपताका स्वामी १२...

कृपा द्वारा असुरों का भी उद्धार कर दिया जाता है

"कृपा द्वारा असुरों का भी उद्धार कर दिया जाता है। माया नहीं चाहती है लोग हमेशा भ्रम में रहे। यही कारण है कि वह उन्हें लात मारती है। वह एक शांत हाथ की तरह है जो हंमें याद दिलाती है कि हंमें केवल कृष्ण की शरण लेनी चाहिए।" श्री श्रीमद् जयपताका स्वामी १६ जून १९८१ लॉस...

महान संकटो से कैसे बचा जाए

"यदि कोई हरे कृष्ण का जप करता है, तो वह महान संकटो से बच जाएगा। और जप करने से व्यक्ति सुरक्षित अनुभव करेगा। इस हरे कृष्ण महामंत्र का जप करने से उसके जीवन की सभी बाधाएं दूर हो जाती हैं।" श्री श्रीमद् जयपताका स्वामी ९ सितंबर १९७९ लॉस एंजेलिस, संयुक्त राज्य...

मनुष्य और पशु में अंतर

"मनुष्य और पशु के बीच बड़ा अंतर क्या है? अंतर यह है कि मनुष्य समझ सकता है कि जीवन का उद्देश्य क्या है। लेकिन अगर आप भौतिक जगत में एक सामान्य मनुष्य के पास जाते हैं जो बद्ध है, और कहते हैं," जीवन का उद्देश्य क्या है? "उनके पास मामूली विचार भी नहीं होता है। पैसा कमाएं?...

श्री श्रीमद् जयपताका स्वामी गुरु महाराज का आधिकारिक स्वास्थ्य अद्यतन २५ जुलाई २०१९

प्रिय गुरु-परिवार, शिष्यगण और हमारे गुरु महाराज के शुभचिंतक, कृपया मेरा विनम्र प्रणाम स्वीकार करें। श्रील प्रभुपाद की जय। हमें आपको यह बताते हुए खुशी हो रही है कि गुरु महाराज को आज दोपहर में छुट्टी दे दी गई है और वे अपने आवास पर वापस आ गए हैं। चिकिस्कोने एक सप्ताह के...

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Jayapataka Swami Guru Maharaj From the Dairy of Maha Varaha Prabhu, long standing Personal Secretary of Guru Maharaja: Revisiting Jayapataka Swami in ICU Screams. Tears. Despair. Anxiety. Stress. Tension. Depression. These are some feelings that patients and loved...

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Question: What do we do for Akshaya Tritiya?

Guru Maharaja: Do something special. One time I asked Srila Prabhupada what we should do on some of these special days. He said like well, just like the store has a sale, to attract new customers. You are already a regular customer; you are there every day. This is...

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THAT IS WHY I WEAR A MASK……..

(I ASK FOR YOUR FORGIVENESS) One person was from Singapore and the other from Kolkata. But both of them did not survive! If one has a sickness and is suffering, then there is always a doubt if they will survive or not. Since I have a new liver and kidney, we have to...

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Question: We were reading Bhagavad-gita and Bhagavatam to a pregnant woman mother. Just two weeks before her delivery she lost her baby because of strangling of cord. People expect blessings for the baby and read. How to understand such unfortunate incidents?  

Guru maharaj: A child hears from the seventh month onwards. So maybe the child by hearing the Bhagavad-gita was already liberated! So why take birth? So much maya after you are born! Maybe the child was allowed to go back to Godhead right away. The child had prasadam...

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Question: How to develop vaishnava qualities?

GM: We should always be associating with the advanced devotees. We can do that by directly association or by reading. How the vaishnavas in the shaastra behaved in different situations. And we try to correct ourselves, we talk to our spouses or we talk to some guru,...

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Question: You were saying that the smaartha brahmanas they follow the rules and regulations but they don’t have devotion. So what makes the difference if I follow the rules but I don’t have devotion. Won’t we develop devotion by following the rules and regulations consistently?  

Guru maharaj: They follow the rules which are given in certain scriptures, so that they can get good karma. So that is why they can enjoy material life. They don’t actually want to serve Krishna, and they don’t read or accept the vaishnava shaastras. So like in South...

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Question: Dearmost guru maharaj, when bhakti yoga is the ultimate and topmost process, why is it kept rare/confidential? And why Lord Gauranga is gupt avatar if He is known in all the universes? Then all conditioned souls can easily be delivered but why He is rare?  

Guru maharaj: Lord Krishna goes to every universe. Sometimes after Krishna Lord Caitanya comes. So I would assume that He visits every universe, since Krishna does. But He doesn’t visit every day of Brahma. Sometimes. You see, most people they pray to God to give them...

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