Shri Vyas Puja 2017

Shri Vyas Puja 2017

Only with the mercy of Srila Vyasa Dev are we able to get an access to the most treasured scriptures. These scriptures are not only precious but a backbone of all our knowledge philosophy.
However, it is only when Srila Prabhupada and Our Spiritual Masters become merciful upon us and guide us to bring these scriptures into our life, that we are able to lead a blissful life according to the instructions of the Supreme Lord himself.
To Thank Our Spiritual Master, HH Kratu Maharaj who has imparted the injunctions of thes scriptures to us, we celebrate His Vyas Puja Mahotsav every year with great pleasure and delight.
This year it was celebrated in the lotus feet of Srimati Radharani in Sri Vrindavan dham.
The two day festivity comprised of endless glorification of Srila Gurudev by His divine Godbrothers and many of His disciples and followers. Many hearts melted to realise their good fortune they have after hearing these glorifications.
A grand cultural performance was put up by Maharaj’s young disciples and followers, members of IYF C2C which consisted of His favorite pastimes in the form of dance and drama.
The Charan Abhishek and guru arati made many eyes teary and brought an end to this auspicious event.
All glories to Srila Gurudev !

Mother’s Day !!

Mother’s Day !!

Our real mother is of course Krishna and we must thank Him today.
“aham sarvasya prabhavo
mattah sarvam pravartate
iti matva bhajante mam
budha bhava-samanvitah” [Bg. 10.8]
Everything is produced from Krishna, Krishna is the source of everything and that is why He is the original mother. The Supreme Personality Of Godhead, even though everything emanates from Him, He also desires that He should also have a mother, so that He can enjoy the motherly love and affection.
Though Krishna is the original mother but He also likes to have a mother and that is why He has the original mother, Mother Yashoda. Both in the spiritual and the material world, He accepted Mother Yashoda and Mother Devaki as a mother, not only one mother because Krishna is very greedy for motherly love and affection.

In the Tenth Canto, Bhagavatam, Lord Krishna says that in this material world if we look for pure love, close to pure love (pure love cannot be found in the material world) then it can be found in a mother. That is the closest pure love, which we can find in the material world. A mother is so caring, protective and she serves the child so well, that makes a strong bond between the mother and the child.  Just like if we come between a mother and the cubs, we are finished because the mother loves her offspring so much , this is the real bond or loving reciprocation between a child and the mother. A mother might be 10,000 miles away but a mother would be knowing what her child is going through.

Padavas, they were so grown up but when Mother Kunti would see them after a long time, immediately she would emanate parental love and affection. Same thing can be seen in Krishna’s past times, Krishna was so grown up and when He would see Mother Yashoda or Mother Yashoda would see Him, immediately parental love would be emanated. So this is a very affectionate, loving and intimate relationship between a child and the mother.
This is unparallel in the material world, we cannot compare the mother’s love towards the offspring to anything in the material world. Since she loves us so much, it is not enough to thank her only one day , we should thank her everyday and every moment.

Book Distribution

Book Distribution

The easiest way to preach about Krishna is by distributing literature about Krishna that is written by Srila Prabhupada in a simple, understandable language which can touch the heart of all the living entities. He is a pure devotee and he wrote his books in a pure way without any 4 defects. There are immense religious literature written by so many people but Srila Prabhupada’s literature touches living entities’ heart so when we give out a small or a big book, that is the topmost preaching, nothing can be a bigger preaching than distributing Srila Prabhupada’s books.
Srila Prabhupada’s books have everything in them, Srila Prabhupada says, “My books are like time bombs.” When a time bomb is placed somewhere and when the time comes, it explodes.” Similarily, books are at everybody’s home and one day, they will pick it up in their life because they have spent money.  When somebody spends money on something, they use it, so they will pick it up and start reading and that will change their heart because Srila Prabhupada has written this on a pure platform.

Books have changed people’s lives and we can see this in the world. “I travel a lot and I always bump into devotees in a place where I cannot perceive that devotees can exist in such a remote area”, so these Srila Prabhupada’s books are the best preaching. These are law books for next 10,000 years and it will change this Kaliyuga into Satyuga for 10,000 years. It is the golden age within Kaliyuga. Why? because of Srila Prabhupada’s previous acharyas, they all came with compassion.

“Param Karuna Pahu Dui Jana Nita Gaura Chandra”

‘Param Karuna’, they came with immense compassion for the living entity. There are many great, pure devotees in this lineage of Srila Prabhupada, so many pure souls, we have to learn about them especially Sri Rupa-Sanatana-Raghunatha Das Goswami, Shat Goswamis, they have left immense literature to do good to the living entities, so this literature should be distributed and that is the first clear preaching, we don’t have to open our mouth, all we have to do is to deliver these books to someone, it is that easy.
If we have money or we don’t have it, still we can spare some money. If we have some money, take a book and give out freely, if we can, otherwise, it is always good to charge a little token money but distribute these books and that is preaching and that will change the heart of the living entities. If we cannot do this, then Srila Prabhupada says, “Do second number preaching. First number preaching is that you distribute my books.”
“December Marathon is here and we don’t have to wait for the marathon. I ask devotees and they say, “I’ll distribute in marathon.” No! It is an ongoing process, everyday process; everyday one must distribute books with whatever capacity one has. If we can take out 10% income, with 10% of our income, we buy Srila Prabhupada’s books, that is preaching and Krsna will love you for that, He says:

“na ca tasman manusyesu
kascin me priya-krttamah”

“There is no man dear to me on Earth than the one who distributes this Bhagavad Gita, distributes the knowledge about Bhagavad Gita.” Distributing Bhagavad Gita and this is very essential, if we cannot do this then go on Harinama, go on the street, go to everyone, sit down and perform Hare Krishna Kirtan.

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

This is Harinama Sankirtana it has Krishna’s name and when Krishna is heard through Holy name, it will change the heart.

“ceto-darpana-marjanam bhava-maha–davagni-nirvapanam
shreyah-kairava-chandrika-vitaranam vidya-vadhu-jivanam anandambudhi-vardhanam prati-padam purnamritaswadanam
sarvatma-snapanam param vijayate sri-krishna-sankirtanam”

“ceto-darpana-marjanam”, so when we perform sankirtan, it cleanses the heart of all the living entities. Srila Prabhupada said, “Even the dog can take part in it.” Dog can hear, take part in it and if we cannot do this, then there is a third thing, the choice is ours, we want to do the first, second or the third one. The third thing, Srila Prabhupada says, “You distribute Krishna’s prasadam.” Offer prasadam to Krishna and distribute prasadam to all. We have to become compassionate and give out Krishna to everybody. When the love of Krishna overfloods our heart, then that overflowed love from our heart turns into preaching activity, into compassion to other living entities but first of all we have to reawaken that love in our heart. For that we have to make
“janma sārthaka kari”

We have to make your life totally successful, and it is the topmost duty of all of us. Prabhupada says, “All of you should be preaching.” This is a preaching movement and one must push and by pushing, we will become pure. By preaching, we will preach our-self first so it is very important. When we preach, we glorify Krishna, our purity will come fast and when we glorify the Holy name then it is we, who first get purified , then the others so it is our interest also . So Srila Prabhupada says, “ Distribute books, distribute books, distribute books,” and we have to take these Srila Prabhupada’s books and it is a very easy preaching. Any religious person, Hindu, Muslim, Christian should take out 10% of their income and use it in charity and what is that charity? To give out Krishna Consciousness, topmost charity. So with 10% of money, we buy Srila Prabhupada’s books and this is very very important.
Who cannot do? everybody can do. If not 10%, 5%, 1%, 1 pound but spare for some Srila Prabhupada’s books for delivering, very important process.
Who cannot do it? everybody can do. This is the process of this day and age, Srila Prabhupada brought all of us under one roof. Srila Prabhupada says, “If you give 1 hour lecture, what that 1 hour lecture will do? But if you give my books, whole life he would read and it will change his heart,” preach yourself and then give out Srila Prabhupada’s books, give it to others, very important.

Guilt of not serving Krsna properly

Guilt of not serving Krsna properly

How to overcome the guilt of not serving Krsna properly?

Nothing is more purifying than the holyname so you have to purify your external and internal senses, so just remember, meditate on holyname and Krishna then you will be perfectly purified, internally and externally.

om apavitrah pavitro vā sarvāvasthāṁ
gato api vā yaḥ smaret puṇḍarīkākṣaṁ
sa bahya abhyantaraṁ śuciḥ
śrī viṣṇu śrī viṣṇu śrī viṣṇu

When you chant the holyname then bahya and antar, external-internal shudhi happens.
bahya abhyantaraṁ śuciḥ, purity, one becomes pure. So remember and chant Krishna’s holyname. On top you can ask for His forgiveness. Anything that we cannot do, “Krishna, please forgive me. I’m duty bound.” So you can say

aparadha-sahasrani kriyante ‘har-nisham maya
daso ‘ham iti mam matva kshamasva madhusudana

You pray to Krishna, “Please, forgive me for my short comings” and Krishna is very compassionate. Our God is very compassionate, His whole existence is compassionate. Krishna is the embodiment of compassion. When you pray to Him for your shortcomings, immediately, He helps you, forgives you, He comes to you and doesn’t mind anything, very compassionate.

Good Community

Good Community

Good community means solid goal and a solid leader. Goal is not to make gold, money, a comfortable life or honey. Nothing else than Krsna, that is the goal. We have our common leader and our leader is Krsna, our leader is Prabhupada, and then people stop at Prabhupada, but there has to be someone after Prabhupada, the vartamana Acharya. So, Prabhupada is our hero but we need vartamana hero who can walk with us, talk with us, lead us, guide us, we need that hero.

So, good community means common, topmost goal called Krsna consciousness and we have everything common and everybody has to stick to common thing. Not that, “I think, you think, my way, your way or highway,” it should be like an army. We all have a common goal, ‘Pure Love of Krsna’. We have a common leader, Krsna and also present leader and everbody should love, cooperate and trust that leader and become like one unit, army. If individuals are not cooperating, they don’t have a common leader and if they want to conquer, then it is impossible.

This is the idea of a good community – love, trust and cooperation. Intense love amongst one another. The definition of inhabitants of Golok Vrindavan is that they love other inhabitants of Golok Vrindavan more than themselves and then they cooperate with one another. They are of the same age, same beauty, same features and their goal is same, Krsna, serve Krsna and please Krsna.

A community means cooperation, community means love, community means trust and community means that we have to produce a culture, not a different culture, ‘Krsna Conscious culture’. Cultural aspect of a community is very important and we have a culture, Krsna conscious culture- vedic culture, Mahabharata culture, that is our culture. We are going from ‘no culture’ to a very ‘refined, defined, strict culture’, for that reason we should be very determined, focussed, target ourselves and follow the leader strictly, no matter what around us is happening. We have to be very serious and sincere to establish a vedic community.

We have to leave aside our previous conception of community and get into spiritual community. Past culture, past life, past conception, everything past, we must put into the garbage and start the vedic society culture. Vedic way of living is a very serious matter and with that a nice community can happen. How we can develop unity in ourselves? Sakhis love others more than themselves, so we should come to that standard and love others more than ourselves. We should give more than we take and that will build good unity, we should serve more than we get served. Lord Chaitanya said:

Trnad Api Sunicena
Taror Iva Sahishnuna
Amanina Manadena
Kirtaniya sada Hari

Lord Chaitanya, Prabhupada and all the previous acharyas have given us the perfect formula, perfect scriptures, perfect mood, their example of living. How Six Goswamis were living, we don’t see only one Goswami. Sanatana Goswami was a leader himself, he was the prime minister of most of the parts of India, he could have been a leader by himself but we don’t see only his picture. Srila Roop Goswami was a leader himself and so was Jeev Goswami, he was the most learned scholar, whole shat Goswamis and more had love, trust and cooperation. Lord Sri Krsna Chaitanya, the Supreme Personality Of Godhead, he could have been the leader himself, he could have built everything around him, no, Nityananda Prabhu, Gadhadhar Pandit, Srivasa Thakur, Advaita Acharya and many more. Srila Prabhupada, GBC, 30 of them that is unity. When we come to build a community then we have to be together. Srila Prabhuapada says, “Community with 1 stick and you can break it easily, but a bundle of sticks made up of love, trust and cooperation makes a solid community. “So, we should be fixed and love, trust and cooperate with one another and give more than what we get. Then everything will become so nice and everyone would like to come and live with us even though we may have poverty line, simplicity line very below than outside level of living but people would like to come and live with us. But, if we fight like cats and dogs then who will live with us, people are doing that outside anyway and they will never come. Lord Chaitanya emphasised serving devotees. He said, “ Jiveer Daya, Namer Ruci, vaisanava Sewa,” serving devotes, by that we can develop unity.