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Sri Gopal das - Part 5

Conclusion is Sri Krishna is attracted to Prema only not jnana and vairagya. Bhagavan is always attracted to something He does not possess that is love for Him. So if anyone is interested in making the Supreme Lord notice that person then only Love for Him can attract Him. So those who are naturally disposed or possessed with this love kindly divert it towards Sri Krishna make your life successful. Please remember this Jnana and Vairagya Sri Krishna possesses in abundance however this love for Him, hmm it is not His asset and He confirms this in Srimad Bhagavad Gita.

Sri Krishna says in Srimad Bhagavad Gita:

ananyas cintayanto mam
ye janah paryupasate
tesam nityabhiyuktanam
yoga-ksemam vahamy aham

“But those worship Me with devotion, meditation on My transcendental form - to them I carry what they lack and preserve what they have.” (BG 9.22)

What do we really have, nothing in terms of spiritual asset. Here Sri Krishna says that He will carry what His devotees lack and preserve (protect) what they have. Sri Krishna is not guaranteeing protection of material assets that we have, the family, house, cars, relationships, etc. they are product of this material world, all these belongs to Him. Everything in this universe belongs to Him except devotion to Him, that asset does not belong to Him, so Sri Krishna is guaranteeing the protection of that bhakti asset that we have for Him, if we have any at all. And when Sri Krishna says that He will carry what we lack He means He will provide all the facilities to remove the deficits and make us complete by providing us sadhu sanga, shastras, gurus, temple worship, archa vigrahas and tirthas. We very well know that unless we have this prema bhakti asset Sri Krishna will not look at us nor would be interested in giving us protection.

Sri Gopal das

Comment Posted By SriGopaldas On 22.04.2013 @ 17:54

Sri Gopal das - Part 4

Mother Bhakti Devi who is female had two sons Gyana and Vairagya this means Gyana and Vairagya are male where as Bhakti is feminine in nature. We can see that during treta yuga, the rishis of Dandakaranya forest who were personification of gyana and vairagya they saw their purusha ego disappear and feminine nature invoked when they saw Lord Rama the Supreme Purusha and they all choose to become gopis in Krishna Leela. We all know that Prema is the trait of the prakriti (feminine nature) and gyan and vairagya is the nature of purusha (male). Another example of that feminine nature’s potency in spiritual perfection is our own Sriman Gauranga Mahaprabhu. Sri Vrindavan Chandra the Supreme Enjoyer - Bhogaisvara, Who is always surrounded by females however when He assumes the mood of Srimati Radhika He ends up being the Greatest Renunciant Sriman Gauranga Mahaprabhu of Gambhira. Those who want to keep up their sannyasa vows must worship Sriman Mahaprabhu of Gambhira Puri Who is in Sannyasa Vesha otherwise it is very difficult to follow sannyasa dharma in Kaliyuga especially in the current situation. Prema bhakti jaha hoite avidya vinasa jate. When you have love for your beloved (Krishna) then the focus is on Him. It is pure self-annihilation, no, I didn’t mean suicide rather the devotee is so much absorbed in her beloved Krishna that she forgets about herself and when she forgets about herself and her focus is always on Krishna then how it is possible for maya to disturb that devotee. That is why prema bhakti jaha hoite avidya vinasa jate vede gay jahara charito. The Great Transcendental Supreme Enjoyer became a Great Sannyasi Sriman Gouranga Mahaprabhu of Gambhira by just assuming the mood of Srimati Radharani. Because of Srimati Radharani’s Krishna Prema Sri Krishna Himself end up renouncing His desire to enjoy. Those who are Sri Gauranugas they are actually Sri Radhanugas and only those people cannot be touched by Vishnu Maya because Vishnu Maya is also prakrti - feminine.

Cakshu dana dilo jeijanme janme prabhu sei
divya gnan hradaya prokasito
prema bhakti jaha hoite avidya vinasa jate
vede gaya jahara charito

Comment Posted By SriGopaldas On 22.04.2013 @ 17:53

Sri Gopal das - Part 3

Love is for the pleasure of the Lord and jnana and vairagya is for our own selves. We do ourselves a favor by being vairagi - renunciant, if we possess some anarthas by getting rid of those anarthas we rid ourselves of the burden of what the anarthas are doing to our consciousness. For example, if we are constipated by getting rid of our waste from the body we are doing ourselves a favor and save ourselves from being diseased. So here we did favor to ourselves not others. On the other hand love means doing favor to others and if we display true love and compassion it attracts even worse human being and gives him hope to transform. Even the Supreme Lord Sri Hari is attracted to that person because He is attracted to that love that person possess and not knowledge or renunciation because He possess all these opulences except love.

That is why in our Gaudiya Vaishnava line starting from Mother Yashodha upto Srimati Radharani and the Gopis are given topmost position. This means Sri Krishna favors prema bhakti over gyana and vairagya because through Jnana and Vairagya; knowledge and renunciation is for personal purification while bhakti or prema bhakti is for the Supreme Lord Sri Krishna. Jnana means to know and bhakti means to accept the conclusion of the knowledge and apply it in one’s daily lives. Jnana and Vairagya are automatically included in the bhakti, if a devotee is fortunate enough to get the seed of prema bhakti by another premi bhakta then as a result of that prema bhakti one will simultaneously develop jnana and vairagya. The definition of knowledge in the eyes of vrajavasis are different, here in Vraja mood is to love Sri Krishna and serve Him with all your heart and please Him in any way you can. Because of this love the devotee has no interest in anyone and anything including himself except Sri Krishna the object of His love, so here again because of that love for Sri Krishna, he/she lost interest in their own selves so where is the possibility of maya coming and disturbing them. Maya means choice, either Sri Krishna or your own enjoyment but here it is only Sri Krishna so maya cannot disturb us. Maya means something other than Sri Krishna.

Cakshu dana dilo jeijanme janme prabhu sei
divya gnan hradaya prokasito
prema bhakti jaha hoite avidya vinasa jate

Comment Posted By SriGopaldas On 22.04.2013 @ 17:51

Sri Gopal das - Part 2

Woman being prakriti (feminine) by nature is full of love and this love is the natural disposition of woman, whereas jnana and vairagya is the activity of Purusha and is the natural disposition of purusha, of course real purusha. Where there is love there is a simultaneous mood of renunciation and spontaneity meaning if a woman who loves her husband very much will do everything that is pleasing to that person including any sacrifice that is warranted. She can do this because she loves that person, of course, in Kaliyuga it is not possible because vedically trained women are rare personalities and kaliyuga men are not purushas who will bring out that feminine nature in women. Lotus blooms only in the Sun, lotus being female and Sun being Purusha. A purusha does not mean, husband, he can be father, brother, son, uncle, etc. Sri Krishna the Supreme Purusha is well loved by everyone from His wives, mothers, aunts, sisters, etc. and looked up to for guidance and help. Purushatva does not depend on age either, Sri Kapila Muni, Sri Prahlad, Sri Dhruva and Sri Sukadeva Goswami and of course our own Srila Prabhupada who all the young ladies and men at that time and still today consider Him to be their hero the Purusha because of the Supreme Purusha Sri Krishna present in Him. Because of this love we have for Srila Prabhupada we are still continuing His mission in ISKCON and try our utmost best to follow His divine teachings and sacrifice our desires wherever it is possible. Of course, there are others who loves Srila Prabhupada more than I do but nevertheless you get my point.

Mother’s greatness or should I say a woman’s greatness can be measured in scientific way. A human body can bear only 45 units of pain on dolorimeter. But at the time of giving birth,a mother feels upto 57 units of pain… This is similar to 20 bones getting fractured, all at the same time. This is just to tell you the extent to which a mother goes through to bring the child in this world and if she didn’t have love why would she do it. Love your mom, sister, daughter till the end of your life. See the motherly aspect in every ladies, the mother with whom you fight almost every day suffered so much pain just to give you a beautiful life. When you possess that much love for your mother, wife, daughters and children the Supreme Lord Sri Krishna will definitely notice you because He is attracted by love not jnana and vairagya.

Comment Posted By SriGopaldas On 22.04.2013 @ 17:50

Sri Gopal das - Part 1

Hare Krishna. All glories to His Divine Grace Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada.

Ceto-darpana-marjanam bhava-maha–davagni-nirvapanam
sreyah-kairava-candrika-vitaranam vidya-vadhu-jivanam*
anandambudhi-vardhanam prati-padam purnamrtasvadanam
sarvatma-snapanam param vijayate sri-krsna-sankirtanam

vidya-vadhu-jivanam — vedic culture or transcendental knowledge, bride, girl, mature woman, the life or soul.

“*A lady whose life endowed with vedic culture and whose life and soul is the principles of vedic culture that is prescribed for women. Of course, this is the comparison Sriman Mahaprabhu is giving how one should be in relation to Sri Krishna Who is the Supreme Husband of all the living entities.”

A woman who is brought up in vedic culture as prescribed by shastra and trained by another female who was also brought up in similar environment is considered vidhya vadhu - vedically trained woman; vidhya means vedic knowledge. The result of the training is that the Vadhu - Bride/lady is well behaved, very humble and tolerant, never selfish, never self-centered and she is always blissful and happy because she lives the life of vedically educated woman. The practice of vedic culture prescribed for woman brings out the feminine nature of woman which is full of love and because of this love, the woman, whether she is a mother, daughter, wife or sister, they are always tolerant and bear the pain like no one else can. That is why the Supreme Lord has given them the responsibility of bearing children and their love manifest in the form of milk during pregnancy which nourishes the child and prepares that child throughout his/her life to properly behave. We are aware of the fact that when a child whose life is not nourished by mother’s love and father’s discipline is always in trouble, one way or another.

Comment Posted By SriGopaldas On 22.04.2013 @ 17:50

What Do We Mean By “Maturity”?

Part Two

Mac-cittah sarva-durgani
Mat-prasadat tarisyasi
Atha cet tvam ahankaran
Na srosyasi vinanksyasi

“If you become conscious of Me, you will pass over all the obstacles of conditional life by My grace. If, however, you do not work in such consciousness but act through false ego, not hearing Me, you will be lost.” (BG 18.58)

Sakti buddhi hina
ami ati dina

jogyate vichare kichu nahin pahi
tomara karuna sara

“The Guru is not an erring mortal whose activities can be understood by the fallible reason of unreclaimed humanity. There is an eternally impassable line of demarcation between the Saviour and the saved. Those who are really saved can alone know this.” ( Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura Srila Prabhupada)

We sing the following prayers everyday in front of Srila Prabhupada. It is related to the same verse that is in Srimad Bhagavad Gita 10.11.

Cakshu dana dilo jei janme janme prabhu sei
divya jnana hrdaya prakasito

prema bhakti jaha hoite avidya vinasha jate
vede gaya jahara charito

Yasya deve para bhaktir
Yatha deve tatha gurau
Tasyaite kathita hy arthah
Prakasante mahatmanah

“Only unto those great souls who simultaneously have implicit faith in both the Lord and the Spiritual Master are all the imports of Vedic knowledge automatically revealed.” Svetsvatara Upanisad 6.23

Unless we live the life that is being prescribed by Sri Krishna in the Srimad Bhagavad Gita and realize the statement of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura Srila Prabhupada and the meaning of above prayer and verses, we will always end up disturbing someone in our day to day ordinary dealings whether it is spiritual or material. I guess if we don’t follow what the Supreme Lord is ordering us to do in the above 18.58 verse; I guess that qualifies us as immature.

lowly servant in the service of Sri Guru Srila Prabhupada

SriGopaldas

Comment Posted By SriGopaldas On 17.03.2013 @ 08:00

Part One

Hare Krishna. All glories to His Divine Grace Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada.

Maturity word is overrated because it’s true meaning is not realized properly. No one can be matured materially or spiritually other than one who is perfectly in union with the mood of the Supreme Personality of Godhead Sri Krishna Paramatma. Whether it is material activities or spiritual activities one is bound to make mistakes or not do it right in terms of relating to ordinary people or devotees including advanced vaishnavas. We can see in the spiritual institutions gurus, sannyasis, etc. who were considered very advanced or mature end up doing something that is very immature and lower themselves in the eyes of those who looked up to them. Same thing with the powerful materially motivated leaders who seem to be riding the horse of success who seem to make all the right decision suddenly thrown off that horse and end up having serious problems. The reason,

Daivi hy esa gunamayi
Mama maya duratyaya
Mam eva ye prapadyante
Mayam etam taranti te

“This divine energy of Mine, consisting of the three modes of material nature, is difficult* to overcome. But those who have surrendered unto Me can easily cross beyond it.” BG 7.14

*Actually for conditioned souls like us it is totally impossible unless Srila Prabhupada showers His Divine Mercy on us, of course, this is something the direct disciples of Srila Prabhupada has experienced it and can vouch for it.

The Divine Energy of Sri Krishna, Vishnu Maya is the reason no one can consider themselves as mature unless of course that person is connected to the Supreme Lord within his/her heart.

“tesam evanukampartham aham ajnana-jam tamah
nasayamy atma-bhava-stho jnana-dipena bhasvata”

“To show them special mercy, I, dwelling in their hearts, destroy with the shining lamp of knowledge the darkness born of ignorance.” (BG 10.11).

Unless the above mentioned verse becomes our reality there is no way one can be considered mature as that person will tend to make mistake in dealing with ordinary people and spiritual personalities. In the following verse Sri Krishna is telling Sri Arjuna how to become spiritually and materially mature.

Mac-cittah sarva-durgani
Mat-prasadat tarisyasi
Atha cet tvam ahankaran
Na srosyasi vinanksyasi

Continued in part Two

Comment Posted By SriGopaldas On 17.03.2013 @ 07:59

Women Gurus In Kali Yuga?

Continued - Part 5

“…Without serving Krsna according to the vidhi-marga regulative principles of the pancaratrika-vidhi, unscrupulous persons want to jump immediately to the raga-marga principles. Such persons are called sahajiya. There are also demons who enjoy depicting Krsna and His pastimes with the gopis, taking advantage of Krsna by their licentious character. These demons who print books and write lyrics on the raga-marga principles are surely on the way to hell. Unfortunately, they lead others down with them. Devotees in Krsna consciousness should be very careful to avoid such demons. One should strictly follow the vidhi-marga regulative principles in the worship of Laksmi-Narayana, although the Lord is present in the temple as Radha-Krsna. Radha-Krsna includes Laksmi-Narayana; therefore when one worships the Lord according to the regulative principles, the Lord accepts the service in the role of Laksmi-Narayana. In The Nectar of Devotion full instructions are given about the vidhi-marga worship of Radha-Krsna, or Laksmi Narayana. Although there are sixty-four kinds of offenses one can commit in vidhi-marga worship, in raga-marga worship there is no consideration of such offenses because the devotees on that platform are very much elevated, and there is no question of offense. But if we do not follow the regulative principles on the vidhi-marga platform and keep our eyes trained to spot offenses, we will not make progress. (Sri Brahma Samhita 5.30)

SriGopal das

Comment Posted By SriGopaldas On 07.12.2012 @ 10:31

Continued - Part 4

akaitava krsna-prema, yena jambunada-hema,
sei prema nrloke na haya yadi haya tara yoga
na haya tabe viyoga, viyoga haile keha na jiyaya

“Pure love for Krishna, just like gold from the Jambu River, does not exist in human society. If it existed, there could not be separation. If separation were there, one could not live.” (CCM 2.43)

Srila Prabhupada’s purport from Brahma Samhita

“….Generally the worship of the Lord begins with the worship of Narayana or Visnu, whereas the worship of Lord Krsna and Radha is most confidential. Lord Narayana is worshipable by the pancaratrika-vidhi, or regulative principles, whereas Lord Krsna is worshipable by the bhagavata-vidhi. No one can worship the Lord in the bhagavata-vidhi without going through the regulations of the pancaratrika-vidhi. Actually, neophyte devotees worship the Lord according to the pancaratrika-vidhi, or the regulative principles enjoined in the Narada-pancaratra. Radha-Krsna cannot be approached by the neophyte devotees; therefore temple worship according to regulative principles is offered to Laksmi-Narayana. Although there may be a Radha-Krsna vigraha, or form, the worship of the neophyte devotees is acceptable as Laksmi-Narayana worship. Worship according to the pancaratrika-vidhi is called vidhi-marga, and worship according to the bhagavata-vidhi principles is called raga-marga. The principles of raga-marga are especially meant for devotees who are elevated to the Vrndavana platform.

Comment Posted By SriGopaldas On 07.12.2012 @ 10:29

Continued - Part 3

The following cut and paste quotes all give us guidance towards attaining the goal that is Srimati Radharani’s love for Sri Krishna which Sriman Mahaprabhu came to give.

“The Guru is not an erring mortal whose activities can be understood by the fallible reason of unreclaimed humanity. There is an eternally impassable line of demarcation between the Saviour and the saved. Those who are really saved can alone know this.” ( Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura Srila Prabhupada)

“….The other acaryas who appeared before Thakura Bhaktivinoda did not address their discourses so directly to the empiric thinkers. They had been more merciful to those who are naturally disposed to listen to discourses on the absolute without being dissuaded by the specious arguments of avowed oppo¬nents of Godhead. Srila Thakura Bhaktivinoda has taken the trouble of meeting the perverse arguments of mental speculationists by the superior transcendental logic of the absolute truth. It is thus possible for the average modern read¬ers to profit by the perusal of his writ¬ings.” (Thakura Bhaktivinoda by Srila Prabhupada (SBSST)

The following letter written by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura to Srila bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura Srila Prabhupada marks the change in Gaudiya Vaishnava approach to spread the mercy of Sriman Mahaprabhu.

“Sarasvati!

“People of this world who are proud of their own aristocratic birth cannot attain real aristocracy. Therefore they attack the pure Vaishnavas, saying, “They have taken birth in low class families because of their sins.” Thus they commit offenses. The solution to this problem is to establish the order of Daivi-Varnashrama-Dharma something you have started doing; you should know that to be the real service to the Vaishnavas. Because pure devotional conclusions are not being preached, all kinds of superstitions and bad concepts are being called devotion by such pseudo-sampradayas as sahajiya atibari. Please always crush these anti-devotional concepts by preaching pure devotional conclusions and by setting an example through your personal conduct.”

Sruti-smrti-puranadi-
pancaratra-vidhim vina
Aikantiki harer bhaktir
Utpatayaiva kalpate

“Devotional service of the Lord that ignores the authorized Vedic literatures like the Upanisads, Puranas and Narada-pancaratra is simply an unnecessary disturbance in society.” (Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu 1.2.101)

Comment Posted By SriGopaldas On 07.12.2012 @ 10:28


 


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