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Then in a nice, pleasing way, Mahaprabhu defeated him. Mahaprabhu is a practical teacher. He has taught us through his dealings. prÄ«ti pÅ«rá¹a vyavahÄra yukti pÅ«rá¹a kathÄ â His dealings are very sweet, but when he speaks it is like a bullet. No one can defeat him because he speaks the truth. Mahaprabhu behaves very humbly, and sweet, not harsh and strong.
When Mahaprabhu went to Kashi, the Mayavadis headed by Prakashananda Saraswati were very proud, thinking, âOh, we are great. Are there any sannyÄsÄ«s like us?â Prakashananda Saraswatiâs man reported: âOne sannyÄsÄ« from Gaudadesh has come. He is chanting and dancing in the street.â Prakashananda Saraswati then criticized Mahaprabhu:
âkÄÅÄ«pureâ nÄ vikÄbe tÄá¹ ra bhÄvakÄli*
âHe is a sannyÄsÄ« by name only. Actually he is a great magician come here to Kashipur to sell his indrajÄla, magic. But he cannot sell it here.â
This was very painful for Mahaprabhuâs men to hear. When they reported it to Mahaprabhu, he listened, but only smiled and didnât become angry. He tolerated it â taror iva sahiá¹£á¹unÄ. Then Mahaprabhu said:
bhÄvakÄli vecite Ämi ÄilÄá¹ a kÄÅÄ«pure
grÄhaka nÄhi, nÄ vikÄya, laÃ±Ä yÄba ghare
âI came to Kashipur to sell my jugglery, but there are no customers available here. So I will take it back to my home.
bhÄrÄ« bojhÄ laÃ±Ä ÄilÄá¹ a, kemane laÃ±Ä yÄba?
alpa-svalpa-mÅ«lya pÄile, ethÄi veciba
âI came with a very heavy load, how can I take it back again? There are no customers available, so if I can get even a meager amount, I will sell it here.â
Mahaprabhu went there to deliver those Mayavadis. Unless he showers his mercy on them they cannot be delivered. mÄyÄvÄdÄ« ká¹á¹£á¹a aparÄdhÄ« â Mayavadis are great offenders to Krishna. By the will of Mahaprabhu, the sannyÄsÄ«s came together in an assembly. They invited Mahaprabhu to attend. Generally, Mahaprabhu was not going there. But this time he went and he sat down at the place where they washed their feet. He was so humble. He didnât go where the other sannyÄsÄ«s were sitting. Finally, they came and brought him amongst the others. Then their discussion began. At that time Mahaprabhu spoke, defeated their philosophy, and established the pure bhakti-siddhÄnta.
This is Mahaprabhuâs process. It is so sweet and so nice. We should behave the way he did. Unless we learn Mahaprabhuâs teachings, how can we get his mercy? How can we make advancement in Mahaprabhuâs path? This is most important.
Comment Posted By Madhavananda Das (Orissa) On 15.08.2013 @ 10:08
(Continued from above)
PRIDE IS DEMONIAC
You should have no pride, no arrogance, and no conceit:
dambho darpoâbhimÄnaÅ ca krodhaá¸¥ pÄruá¹£yam eva ca
ajÃ±Änaá¹ cÄbhijÄtasya pÄrtha sampadam ÄsurÄ«m
Pride, arrogance, conceit, anger, harshness and ignorance â these qualities belong to those of demoniac nature, O son of Pritha.*
Pride is a demoniac characteristic. It is not vaiá¹£á¹ava. A vaiá¹£á¹ava is much humbler than a blade of grass lying on the street. He thinks himself lowest of the low. Only the highest person has such mentality. Everyone else will quarrel and demand: âI am great!â
âNo you are not. I am great!â
Uttama haÃ±Ä ÄpanÄke mÄne tá¹á¹Ädhama â A real vaiá¹£á¹ava-sÄdhu is the topmost person, but he says, âI am the lowest of the low.â** His attitude is natural, not artificial.
FIGHTING FOR TRUTH BUT HUMBLER THAN GRASS
Devotee: How do we fight for truth, but simultaneously behave humbler than a blade of grass?
Gour Govinda Swami: Mahaprabhu has practically taught us. He is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. mattaá¸¥ parataraá¹ nÄnyat â No one is superior to him. All are subordinate.* Yet, how did he act? Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya was a professor, a teacher of Vedanta. He said, âOh Sri Krishna Chaitanya, you have taken sannyÄsa at a young age. SannyÄsa is very difficult in Kali-yuga. How can you maintain it? A sannyÄsÄ«âs dharma is to hear Vedanta, but you are chanting âhare ká¹á¹£á¹aâ and dancing! You should hear Vedanta from me.â He had so much pride, because he was thinking, âI am the great professor of Vedanta.â He wanted to teach Vedanta to he from whom Vedanta has emanated from his breathing.
Mahaprabhu said, âYes, yes. I am an ignorant fool. I donât know anything. I must hear from you.â He was so humble. He heard from Sarvabhauma for seven continuous days without saying anything. Finally, Sarvabhauma asked, âSri Krishna Chaitanya, did you understand what I said? You are not asking any questions.â
Only then, when he was asked, did Mahaprabhu open his mouth. He said, âI understand the sÅ«tras very well. But your explanation is very difficult to understand.â Common people cannot understand the sÅ«tras, therefore an explanation is required. But Mahaprabhu said, âYour explanation is very difficult to understand.â This is because Sarvabhauma was not presenting the correct explanation. His words were all imaginative. He was presenting Sankaracharyaâs commentary, the ÅÄrÄ«raka-bhÄá¹£ya.
Comment Posted By Madhavananda Das (Orissa) On 15.08.2013 @ 10:06
An excerpt from the booklet, âVAISHNAVA INSTITUTIONS AND THE SWEET DEALINGS OF SRI CHAITANYA MAHAPRABHUâ
Sri Srimad Gour Govinda Swami Maharajas
ORGANIZATION IS REQUIRED
This is yearly business, management of the society and organization of activities. On one side is the saá¹ ga, society. The motto of Mahaprabhuâs movement is ekakÄ« ÄmÄra, nÄhi pÄya bala, hari-nÄma-saá¹ kÄ«rtane â âAlone, I do not find the strength to chant the holy name of Hari.â* Single-handedly you cannot do anything. So we should cooperate. We should form a society. In cooperation there is unity and strength. Then you can fight against mÄyÄ or bogus philosophies and establish Mahaprabhuâs philosophy.
Everything is here in Mahaprabhuâs movement in the form of ká¹á¹£á¹a-kathÄ, but still we have to keep up the organization. Corrections, amendments, and reformation are required. This is Kali-yuga and we are in the material world. MÄya tries to stop this movement in so many ways. Elevated vaiá¹£á¹avas have formed a society to help you get strength to fight and push on Mahaprabhuâs movement. They sit together, discuss, and make decisions. It is a combined effort. It is not easy for conditioned souls in the material world to understand paramÄrthika, spiritual truth. One who is very fortunate, who has suká¹ti from a previous birth and has gotten the mercy of sÄdhu-vaiá¹£á¹avas, may be able to understand. Otherwise it is not so easy.
TOLERATE, TOLERATE, COOPERATE
Moreover, when you try to establish truth you will find many falsehoods and opposing factors will arise. We should understand that this is the will of the Lord. When many different people come together, then different opinions will emerge. Fighting, quarrel and disagreement will naturally arise. satyam eva jayate â Truth will eventually be established, but it takes time. It is not so easy. If there was no darkness how could you glorify the light?
We have to tolerate. We have to have patience and cooperate. That is the instruction of sÄdhus and ÄcÄryas. Mahaprabhu said in his Åiká¹£Äá¹£á¹aka (text 3):
tá¹á¹Äd api su-nÄ«cena taror iva sahiá¹£á¹unÄ
amÄninÄ mÄna-dena kÄ«rtanÄ«yaá¸¥ sadÄ hariá¸¥
One who thinks himself lower than the grass, who is more tolerant than a tree, and who does not expect personal honor but is always prepared to give all respect to others can very easily always chant the holy name of the Lord.
This is the most important verse. Unless you understand and practice this verse you cannot do hari-bhajana.
Comment Posted By Madhavananda Das (Orissa) On 15.08.2013 @ 10:04
This is not only a philosophical point, it’s a social consideration. Having spent the last 20 years in India, I can say that in the village areas, and homes of cultured city people there, it’s simply what is done. If you go to someone’s home they will come out and insist (insist!) that they wash your feet. It’s generally not a big ritual, they just throw some water on your feet, or have you put them under a faucet, and sometimes rub them. Generally, I’ve found it more strange if you refuse or fight against them. On the other hand when visiting devotees in the west it’s never come up, and frankly I would very very uncomfortable if someone wanted to do that.
Our Vaishnava culture is different in different places.
Comment Posted By Madhavananda Das (Orissa) On 21.04.2013 @ 18:12
Nice points from Gaura Keshava Prabhu. Someone may say that we only need to chant and that purifies us both internally and externally. That is a fact, however it does not purify the items we offer.
I have a few questions connected to this topic that I wonder if Gaura could address: If all bhoga and other items are considered contaminated by the eclipse does that contamination go away after the eclipse or do the items need to be purified afterwards? And in that case what about the grains growing in the farmer’s field etc? I’ve heard that some temples place kusa grass over the bhoga.
If you have any further comments or information on this topic I would appreciate it.
Comment Posted By Madhavananda Das (Orissa) On 28.05.2012 @ 16:48
THANK YOU! Nice article. Good common sense points. Srila Prabhupada often said that his only qualification was that he didn’t change anything. No matter how noble our intention is, why should we concoct a new name and position for Srila Prabhupada? If we do, we may end up making some offense.
Comment Posted By Madhavananda Das (Orissa) On 15.04.2012 @ 08:29
The following statement was given by Dhristadyumna Prabhu, when he was relating his remembrances of Srila Prabhupada. The circumstances at the time Srila Prabhupada made this statement were in 1976, when Madhudvisa had disappeared and given up sannyasa. Srila Prabhupada said:
“Actually I have not given any of you sannyasa. But I am in a war with Maya, the material energy, and I need leaders.” He said, “It is called in wartime âbattlefield commission.’ There are no qualified leaders, but someone has to lead the charge. So you take every fifth man, âYou are now lieutenant of the squad.’ He is really a private, but we make him lieutenant for the day and he leads the charge.” Then Prabhupada said, “It is to be understood that you are not sufficiently equipped for this fight and most of you will go down.”
Comment Posted By Madhavananda Das (Orissa) On 23.03.2012 @ 04:58
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Comment Posted By Madhavananda Das (Orissa) On 20.02.2012 @ 17:20
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Comment Posted By Madhavananda Das (Orissa) On 17.02.2012 @ 15:09
Well written. Thank you Piyush. You really captured some of our friend Nitai. We will deeply miss his inspiration and innovation.
Comment Posted By Madhavananda Das (Orissa) On 03.02.2012 @ 16:03