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    An evening darśana talk
    His Holiness Jayapatākā Swami Mahārāja
    in Juhu, Mumbai, India
    The following is an evening darśana talk given by His Holiness Jayapatākā Swami
    Mahārāja on April 22nd, 2019 at Juhu, in Mumbai, India
    Jayapatākā Swami:
    mūkaṁ karoti vācālaṁ
    paṅguṁ laṅghayate girim
    yat-kṛpā tam ahaṁ vande
    śrī-guruṁ dīna-tāraṇam
    paramānanda mādhavaṁ
    śrī caitanya iśvaram
    hariḥ oṁ tat sat
  • Hare Kṛṣṇa! Haribol! Gaurāṅga! Nityānanda! Gaurāṅga! Nityānanda! Haribol! [With
    devotees repeating].
    So the Lord appears in this material world in order to satisfy and please His devotees.
    That’s why one of His names is, as Narasiṁhadeva He is known as Prahladānanda or
    Kṛṣṇa is known as Yaśodānanda or Gokulānanda. So a particular avatāra always gives
    pleasure to some of His devotees. Like Varāhadeva gives pleasure to Lord Brahmā and
    many ṛṣis, sages and also to the Earth. So every avatāra, They are showing Their
    pastime and They are pleasing some devotees. So Kṛṣṇa, He… Lord Kṛṣṇa pleased
    many devotees. In Vraja, in Mathurā and in Dvārakā, He was the source of happiness
    for many devotees. And His pastimes… He shows His wonderful pastimes to give
    pleasure to His devotees. Otherwise He doesn’t have any reason to show such amazing
    pastimes. Also, like Narasiṁhadeva, He gave pleasure to the devas who were being
    harassed by Hiraṇyakaśipu. And like this, different avatāras please different devotees.
    But Lord Caitanya, He travelled around India for 6 years or so. He went through the
    whole South India. He came up till Mahārāṣṭra. He visited the Pāṇḍarapura. There His
    brother Viśvarūpa’s samādhi is present. Viśvarūpa is the avatāra of Balarāma’s
    expansion, Mahā-saṅkarṣaṇa. So it says that He also visited Gujarat. So He must have
    gone through this part of Mahārāṣṭra to get to Gujarat.
    So He would visit a different house everyday. And everyday He would go to the house;
    they would bathe His feet; He would give class; take prasādam and local villagers came
    and listened to His class. How many… Would you like Lord Caitanya visit your house, to
    bathe His feet, to cook for Him? The system is that the ladies pour the water and the
    men wipe it in. So Lord Caitanya was visiting a house a day.
  • Except for the 4 months of the rainy season, He would stay in some place. Like He
    stayed in Śrī Raṅgam for 4 months. I don’t know exactly where else He stayed but He
    went to the place of… I was in, we have a temple in.. [Aside: What’s the place
    ___?] ..Narasaraopet in Andhra Pradesh.
    Here in Narasaraopet, Kṛṣṇa came and He, He was present in the cave where the
    Mucukunda woke up. But Mucukunda was kicked by the Yavana King. So the Yavana
    King thought it was Kṛṣṇa Who was lying there, the Yavana King.. lying there. So he
    kicked and Mucukunda had a benediction from the devas that if he was untimely woken
    up, whoever he looked at would burn to ashes, whoever woke him up. So he burnt that
    Yavana king to ashes and then Lord Kṛṣṇa came out, gave him darśana and then he
    surrendered to Kṛṣṇa and got some blessings.
    So also that place is close to the.. it’s between the Vijayawada and Narasiṁha temple
    and Lord Caitanya went to one place there. Maṅgalagiri is in Vijayawada, where He met
    Śiva. Siṁhācalam is in the south. Anyway, the path that Lord Caitanya took also went
    via Narasaraopet. So I told them that, “Your town is blessed by the lotus feet of Lord
    Kṛṣṇa and Lord Caitanya!” And they said, “Oh! We didn’t even know! We were born
    here and we don’t know that!” And they were very happy. And there we have temple of
    Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa, Gaura-Nitāi.
    So the whole of India is blessed, Mahārāṣṭra is blessed. Kṛṣṇa came from Dvārakā to
    Pāṇḍarapura as Viṭhṭhala. Lord Caitanya visited Pāṇḍarapura. He went to Gujarat. So
    all the avatāras have walked over this land, blessing it. We cannot imagine how great a
    benediction that is, that the Lord had personally come and walked over your land. In
    other planets, they are not so fortunate. In rest of the world there is also not such a
    great blessing.
  • So Bhārata is blessed with this pastimes of the Lord and in Kali-yuga, the yuga-dharma
    is chanting the names of Hari – Hare Kṛṣṇa, Hare Kṛṣṇa, Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa, Hare Hare/ Hare
    Rāma, Hare Rāma, Rāma Rāma, Hare Hare. Somehow we should get everyone to
    chant. I ask people to at least chant 108 times.
    In the program yesterday I mentioned that if we chant 16 rounds a day, that will be
    equal to 1 crore a year of names of Kṛṣṇa. Some of the buses I saw here, ‘Kaun banegi
    crorepati’. We want people to be crore-patis of the holy name. But even if someone
    chants 8 rounds, that’s 50 lakhs; or 4 rounds, that’s 25 lakhs. 2 rounds is like 12 lakhs a
    year and 1 round is 6 lakhs a year. So we get… If anyone chants even a little bit, that
    can also save them from the greatest dangers.
    There was a story in the Padma Purāṇa that a lady, her husband died untimely and she
    is only like 35. So she had developed some bad habit [To repetitor: She had developed]
    that she went out with different men.
    So the father-in-law told her, “I have unmarried daughters and you are welcome to stay
    in our house if you follow strictly but if you do this then it may, then people will think my
    daughters are like that and then I will not be able to marry them. So then better you stay
    So she built a house and stayed separate and… So, somehow some peddler sold her a
    parrot and that parrot could talk but the parrot only said 2 words, “[Parrot tone] Rāma!
    So all day she would be chanting with the parrot, “Rāma! Rāma! Rāma! Rāma! Rāma!
    Rāma! Rāma! Rāma!”
    So, she was alone, so she had a long discussion with the parrot but only two words,
    “Rāma, Rāma! Rāma! Rāma!”
  • So she had actually developed some attachment for rāmanāma and although she was
    also doing some sinful acts, but at the same time she wasn’t doing it on the strength of
    her chanting, she.. she did it [Not Clear 16:38] nature and…
    So then there was a storm and she and the parrot got hit by lightning and she died
    instantly. So the Yamadūtas came to take her to hell for her sinful acts but the
    Viṣṇudūtas were coming up because she chanted the name of Rāma so many times.
    So they saw the Yamadūtas and they said, “Why these Yamadūtas do not understand
    that she was chanting the name of Rāma?!”
    Then they went and freed her from the ropes of the Yamadūtas. “We are taking her
    because she chanted the name of Rāma!!”
    “But she is a sinner!” said the Yamadūtas, “We are going to take her to hell!! You have
    no jurisdiction anymore.”
    “She chanted the name of the Lord! She belongs to us!”
    “I don’t know who you are but we are representing Yamarāja and no one escapes us!
    You talk to Yamarāja. He is also a servant of Viṣṇu.”
    “You don’t know, this person belongs to us.”
    And so one Yamadūta came over. He is known as the crusher. He can crush! He came
    up and he threw fire from hand! The Viṣṇudūtas, they simply, with the help of forearms,
    they held up their Sudarśana cakra and fire was thrown back on the Yamadūtas.
    And then the crusher came up with a club. He went and he struck the Yamaduta, the
    Viṣṇudūta in the chest but it did nothing to the Viṣṇudūta. The Viṣṇudūta just tapped the
    crusher, tapped, tapped.
  • “Aaah!”
    It started coming out blood from his mouth, from his ears. He fell down.
    So now the other Yamadūtas, they said, “Whoa!” They got the crusher, they got the
    crusher and went back to Yamarāja. They picked up the crusher and went back to
    They said to Yamarāja, “We thought you were the most powerful person in the
    Universe! But these…”
    They told what happened that all the Viṣṇudūtas came and then Yamarāja told them,
    “You bring to me the people who lie, the people who don’t chant the holy names of Hari.
    Bring those people to me! Those who chant the name of Hari or Nārāyaṇa or Kṛṣṇa,
    don’t bring them to me. I am also a servant of Lord Viṣṇu. And those who chant Viṣṇu’s
    name, I have no jurisdiction.”
    So those who want to be under the jurisdiction of Yamarāja, do not chant Hare Kṛṣṇa
    because if you do it, you won’t see Yamarāja. So I am sure that many of you want to
    see Yamarāja, right? Or maybe not.
    I had one, one disciple.. one family. The mother, the daughter, son, everybody is my
    disciple except the husband. He was dead against but he was surrounded by devotees.
    But one day he was diagnosed with cancer and they told him that, “You are in the 4th
    stage, there is no hope.” So he was in his bed. Suddenly he saw these hairy people
    walk through his wall and carrying ropes of leather and…
    “No! No! No!” he said, “No! No! No! Not me! Not me! I am not.. NO! NO! NO! NO! NO!”
    And then they left through the wall.
  • He called his wife, “Do you have a Bhagavad-gītā? Do you have a japa-mālā? You have
    a neck beads? I want to chant, I want a Gītā.”
    So he was reading the Gītā everyday and chanting, neck beads, he doesn’t want to see
    the Yamadūtas. This is a true story. He became a very enthusiastic devotee just by
    seeing the guys walk through the wall. Who do you think they were? How many think
    they were Yamadūtas? I, of course, I don’t have their calling cards, calling cards but it
    seems like the description of Yamadūtas.
    Then that person who was dead against, he became very prone to devotional service
    after. So don’t wait for the Yamadūtas to come. Chant now! Haribol! Hare Kṛṣṇa, Hare
    Kṛṣṇa, Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa, Hare Hare/ Hare Rāma, Hare Rāma, Rāma Rāma, Hare Hare
    [With devotees repeating].
    Question: Guru Mahārāja, when we are in your physical presence, difficult situations
    become very easy but when we are not in your physical presence, how to remain
    connected to you?
    Jayapatākā Swami: Lord Caitanya taught us how to serve in separation. That is called
    vipralambha-bhāva. He would worship Kṛṣṇa in separation. Similarly we worship the
    guru in separation by following his vāṇī, his instructions. So if we have the direct service
    of the guru, that’s called vapu-sevā and if we are serving the instructions of the guru,
    that’s called vāṇī-sevā. Sometimes the guru may be present but if one is distracted, they
    are thinking about their next meal or thinking of something, they are thinking about their
    next meal or something that distracts them. But when we are in separation, that time we
    are usually, we are not distracted. So sometimes serving the guru and Kṛṣṇa in
    separation is more intense. So in that way we can remember the guru in your difficulty.
    Remember Narasiṁhadeva, remember Lord Kṛṣṇa, Sītā-Rāma-Lakṣmaṇa-Hanumān.
    Any other questions?
  • Question: Guru Mahārāja, daṇḍavat-praṇāma. How to have unflinching faith in
    instructions of spiritual master all the time and how can we execute instructions without
    any fruitive mentalities because lot of appreciation comes.
    Jayapatākā Swami: How to have faith in the instructions of the guru. When you carry
    out the instructions and then you get some good result, naturally your faith increases.
    So we should… How to get faith? That’s… You invest some faith and then your faith
    increases. And how to not have a fruitive attitude. Fruitive attitude is like a business. I
    do this, I should get that. I want a TV set. I want a 2-in-1… I want a computer. I have
    done so much service. Why I am not getting a laptop? I want my favourite mobile
    phone, iPhone or Samsung or something. Are we in it for business? We want to serve
    Kṛṣṇa to please Kṛṣṇa. We want to serve guru because we feel indebted to the guru. He
    has helped us in so many ways to advance in our Kṛṣṇa consciousness. So we don’t
    want to cheapen the thing by making it some kind of a business, by making a fruitive
    desire. We want to please the guru because he has done so much for us.
    Transcribed by Pranay Srinivasan
    On: 27-06-2021