H.H.Jayapataka Swami: Fear of maya is good. It keeps us on our toes. You may have fear but it should not make you depressed. It should not impede your enthusiasm. (Audio break) committed some offence, thus lost his taste. Or he has some other desires which are like weeds, they are taking away the energy from his devotional creeper. You know inquiring from that person like a doctor, what are his symptoms, what are his practices, and analyze what is he lacking in. It is natural in due course of time to get a taste. One has also to go through different stages. And then one should first get initiation, that is the bhajana kriya part. Then after practicing regularly and taking guidance from a bonafide guru, one crosses the anarta nivritti stage. One is then able to reach the stage of being fixed that is called nishta. After reaching nishta, then one reaches the stage of ruci, which is having a taste. At that stage one has a regular taste. One may get some glimpse of taste before, but that is a special mercy, but to be fixed in regular taste is the stage called ruci. Then we may become attached to that sweet taste. Then you reach the stage of asakti, spiritual (audio break) or one experiences the eight asta satvika bhava, the eight types of ecstasies. Like crying for Krsna, having one’s hairs stand on end, having your voice choked up (audio break) and he was saying he was not getting a taste. So I asked him, ‘are you following Lord Caitanya?’ He said, no, I am in a different sampradaya. So I gave him the Panca Tattva mantra. I told him, ‘chant this first, then chant Hare Krsna.’ Then I left. After about three months, I came back to that place. The person saw me from a distance. He stood up, he ran to me. He fell down at my feet. What mantra you gave me? WHAT MANTRA YOU GAVE ME?! I FEEL SO MUCH TASTE NOW, I FEEL SO MUCH ECSTASY! For 26 years I did not feel, now I am chanting the names of Lord Caitanya and I feel so much happiness! So I had these experiences also. Maybe some people need to chant more Panca Tattva mantra. Srila Prabhupada said that who have that Watusis in Kenya needed to chant the Panca Tattva mantra. I can’t even say why, but they needed to chant Panca Tattva mantra. (audio break)
05-October-2019 CHENNAI, INDIA