Bhakti Yoga-Devotional Service to the Supreme Lord Sri Krishna

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The friend within

From: Bhakti Vikasa Swami

Krsna is within you. He is sitting within your heart as a friend, not as an
enemy. Krsna is always your friend. Suhrdam sarva-bhutanam [Bg. 5.29]. You
are searching out friends to talk with, to joke with, to love. Krsna is
sitting there for that purpose. If you love Krsna, if you make friendship
with Krsna, if you love Krsna, then your life will be successful. You
haven't got to search out any other friend. The friend is already there.
Either you are a boy or a girl, you will find a nice friend within yourself.
 >>> Ref. VedaBase => Lecture -- New Vrindaban, June 7, 1969

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We will be kicked out of the body we are into!

It's this bodily conception of life that binds the soul in the cycle of birth and death. Majority of the worldly beings are Dehatmi(one who considers the body to be the actual self)

To understand the difference between the sat(eternal)&the asat(temporary or impermanent) is very important for the human civilization. Human life is not meant for building huge material things like buildings,bridges. Big material elements such as mountains are already there available in the creation of the Lord and the caves in the mountains can be used for living.

Building many tall sky scrapers infer the egoism of materialists for their achievement.  There is vast area of land available on earth. When we just go in train crossing the outskirts of the city,we could see so much of vacant area of land unused for cultivation or for living. Constructing a ground level apartment would be sufficient for accomodating all people. But modern city is an artificial arrangement that brings more misery to the modern man. To accomodate more people in small area and create an artificial demand is ignorance or under use of the natural resource-earth, in the creation of God. When Vedic civilization was prominent during the rule of saintly kings,city was still there but it was meant for selling and buying goods at one place where trade was considered the major cause. City was mainly used as a market place and majority of the people used to live in villages peacefully, happily and without anxiety.
All activities of a dehatmi are as though he's going to be permanent in the body in which he(soul) resides. But by living in harmony with nature in villages, we can increase the longevity of life and remain peaceful executing the devotional service.

We want to live together all the time with our near and dear ones. No matter how hard we try,material nature will kick us out of the body and we have to enter another body at death. The body is impermanent and those that are related to the body are temporary and miserable as well.
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THE MATERIAL WORLD IS A REFLECTION OF THE SPIRITUAL WORLD

THE YOGA OF THE SUPREME PERSON
15.1: THE SUPREME LORD SAID: There is a banyan tree which has its roots upward and its branches down; and the Vedic hymns are its leaves. One who knows this tree is the knower of the Vedas.
PURPORT
AFTER DISCUSSING THE importance of Bhaktiyoga, there may be some question: What about the Vedas? It will be explained in this chapter that the purpose of the Vedic study is to understand Krishna. Therefore, one who is in Krishna consciousness, engaged in devotional service, is already in knowledge of the Vedas. The entanglement of this material world is compared here to a banyan tree. For one who is engaged in fruitive activities, there is no end to the banyan tree. He wanders from one branch to another, to another, to another, to another: The tree of this material world has no end; and one who is attached to this tree has no possibility of liberation. The Vedic hymns, meant for elevating oneself, are called the leaves of this tree. This tree being root-upward means that it begins from where Brahma is located, which is the topmost planet of this universe. One should understand this indestructible tree of illusion, and then one can break away from it. This should be understood. In the previous chapters it has been explained that there are many processes to get out of the material entanglement. And, up to the Thirteenth Chapter, we have seen that devotional service to the Supreme Lord is the best way. Now the basic principle of devotional service is detachment from the material activities and attachment to the transcendental service of the Lord. The root of this material existence is upward. This means that it begins from the total material substance, from the topmost planet of the universe. From there the whole universe is expanded, with so many branches, the various planetary systems. The fruits are the results of the living entities' activities. They include religiousness, economic development, sense gratification, and liberation. One should have a thorough understanding of this imperishable tree.
Now, we have no ready experience in this world of a tree situated with its branches down and its roots upward; but there is such a thing. That tree can be found when we go to a reservoir of water. We can see that the trees on the bank are reflected upon the water-branches down, roots up. In other words, the tree of this material world is only a reflection of the real tree. The real tree is the spiritual world. This reflection of the real tree is situated on desire, as the tree's reflection is situated on water. One who wants to get out of this material existence must know thoroughly, through analytical study, this tree. Then he can cut off the relationship with this material world.

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testing...

testing pls bear with me...

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Real Eyes will Real - ise and Real - lies

Realize, there's an image attached lol ;-)
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If we are not acting properly,we will be forced to act in abominable ways by the modes of nature

Krishna talks in Bhagavad Gita about the demoniac qualities&Godly qualities. After explaining about the demoniac qualities,Krishna reassures Arjuna by saying that dont worry oh son of Prtha,you are born of Godly qualities.

This is a very important thing that as most of us are born in the mode of ignorance in kali yuga. The Vedic samskara,marriage,a purificatory rite is performed in name only today. But no one knows the real purpose of these ritualistic principles. It's the duty of the couple to ensure that good progeny is produced for the benefit of the society.

Here we can link this sloka in Bhagavad Gita,whatever state of being one remains when quiting the body,that state one is sure to attain without fail. So it's not only the responsibility of parents to act properly to conceive children of good quality,but also ours. Not to blame the parents only but children as well.

It's by our state of consciousness we are forced to enter into the womb of a mother of similar consciousness.

Canakya Pandit says we can know the quality of a girl by the conduct of her mother.

So sacrifice is an intrinsic part of our life from the time we are born to the time we give up the body learning our lessons in every life as we go through a countless number of bodies.

Already we should not have taken this body. The presence of body itself shows that we are in the diseased condition of life. In other words, we are talking non-sense like the ones who are possessed by ghosts. They dont know what they talk or what they do. Our condition here in this world is like this. All the time we talk nonsense.


Although the living entity cannot enjoy anything separately from the Lord,he foolishly thinks that he can be happy by being independent of God. Even to do sense enjoyment which is miserable in the beginning middle and end,we need these elements provided by Krishna to us. Ghostly beings dont have the gross bodies to enjoy the senses. So they are always anxious to enter the bodies of other people to get whatever they desire. But today because the husband and wife unite at inappropriate times and improper consciousness,the ghostly beings are entering the womb(by the grace of Bhutanatha,Lord Shiva). Lord Shiva is very merciful that he gives a chance even to ghosts to take bodies. Most people get human body very easily in kali yuga by the mercy of Lord. But think about the society of ghosts. It's the one we are today.

The intricacies of action are very difficult to understand. Even the learned are bewildered to understand what is action and what is inaction. A person who sees action in inaction and inaction in action(Krishna consciousness) really sees. The impersonalists see that the souls are bound by the action and therefore they think that by stopping the action of senses we can stop getting bound by the reactions. But it's not possible to stop actions of the embodied soul. Even to maintain one's physical body one has to do some work. While doing so there are micro organisms,ants and other minute beings are killed. So we cant stop sinning but only minimize the sins. It's the sins that separates us from God. Atleast people some years ago atoned for their sins. Now it's even more worse. Now people say it's good to be bad. Even if we talk about the good and bad,people are so badly stuck by the influence of kali and with their sophisticated sudra minds,they are unable to understand God.

They think they are happy. The first step in self and God realization is to understand that we are suffering. Another miserable thing is everyone is thinking that they are not responsible for their actions and say only God is responsible for their miserable condition. The same people wont think of God when they are enjoying the senses. It's true that these material elements of senses mind intelligence are provided to us by God only. But it's upto us to make proper use of these things to the benefit of the self and the whole. It's easy to go along the stream but we to make a conscious effort to go upstream in a river. Likewise it's easy to go along with the way the world is but difficul to check our own life needs conscious effort.

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Influenced by our past lives

 
 

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(H H Kadamba Kanana Swami, 9th February, 2012, Leicester, England) Lecture: SB 1.2.19

We cannot trace out how long we have been in the material world. Life after life, we are changing bodies – that is to say we are changing the gross bodies but the mind (or the subtle body which is made up of mind, intelligence and false ego) is travelling with us life after life as long as we are taking bodies into the material world. Therefore, the impressions of so many lifetimes are stored in our consciousness, but by the arrangement of the Supreme Lord we have forgotten these previous lives. But all the memories of the previous lives are stored within the sub-consciousness, and subconsciously they are influencing us….. so many lives. Therefore a cute little child is not just totally innocent, because there is a whole history there that my not just be manifested yet, but it will come out after a little while. And then you think:

'Well how is it possible that my little darling is doing such a thing?'

But your little darling has already done these things in unlimited previous lives. So in this way we are very much influenced by the three modes of material nature, which spread out over many, many lifetimes.

Srila Prabhupada is mentioning that we should associate with the mode of goodness. He doesn't say that we should be in the mode of goodness, since he says that we should associate in the mode of goodness, which I think is an interesting point. I guess if someone says:

'You must be in the mode of goodness.'

Then we are all trying:

'Goodness….goodness. How am I ever going to be in the mode of goodness? It's so not easy!'

Just by determination and endeavour we cannot really change our heart. But by associating with the mode of goodness, then one gradually develops the qualities of goodness. However, here in the Srimad Bhagavatam, the transcendental process of devotional service is described. It is said that:

'By devotional service, automatically the influence of ignorance and passion disappears. Then eventually one becomes fixed in goodness and even in pure goodness!'

Unalloyed goodness – known as 'viśuddha-sattva' – transcendental goodness. Meanwhile we are in the process of purification and the influences of the lower nature are still there. And due to the influence of the modes of lower nature, some bad habits may still be there……………………..Because we were already afflicted with sinful behaviour from previous lives the tendency is there once again. And then when we are in an environment where such association is there then the inclination to act in a sinful way is very strong!


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Our true eternal identity

Gorilla made me laugh here.....I was laughing alone here.. reading this..

 
 

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(H H Kadamba Kanana Swami, 9th February, 2012, Leicester, England) Lecture: SB 1.2.19

Our true identity remains hidden underneath all these layers of material conditioning. That true identity is not something we cannot access at the present. We have no idea who we really are in the spiritual world. What our eternal identity truly is, since it is hard to say. For that matter a truck driver who is covered with tattoos might be a gopi in the spiritual world! It's possible, and the ballerina could be a cowherd boy in the spiritual world. Our current situation is not necessarily the same! It's hard to say….a gorilla may not be a gorilla in the spiritual world.

So therefore in our current condition in devotional service, we are not taking our material desires so seriously. We are observing them and judging them:

'Are these going to get me into trouble ? Or not? If they are not going to get me into too much trouble, then alright maybe, I'll pursue them. But if they'll get me into trouble, no then I will definitely have to give them up.'

That is the practice of devotional service, one has to have that willingness to say:

'Some of my desires I will forego.'


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Influenced by our environment

 
 

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(H H Kadamba Kanana Swami, 9th February, 2012, Leicester, England) Lecture: SB 1.2.19

I grew up in the Netherlands where it is sort of a place where a few activities are going on, which are not really found in all the scriptures….or not recommended at least! Sometimes they are mentioned as a path to the gateway to hell, but they are not really the recommended activities.

Then again, you get kids in your school who say:

'Come on…….come on, don't be a square! You try this?'

And they try to convince you to take drugs! At that point someone might think:

'Yeah well…..I guess….yes!'

Whereas anybody with a little bit of intelligence can appreciate that these things are bringing only misery! So the modes of ignorance surround us. There are traces of the modes of ignorance within us. At an early age we are being influenced before we can even fully make informed decisions….mature decisions. We are already influenced by our environment!


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One must always be on guard

 
 

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(H H Kadamba Kanana Swami, 9th February 2012, Leicester, England) Lecture: SB 1.2.19
There are stories that people in New York keep crocodiles as a pet, and when they grow up, then they put them in the New York sewers! And there are crocodiles living there underground in the New York city – there are stories like that, because it might be true, since when you keep a crocodile as a pet…………it's one thing when it is a little crocodile………….but as the crocodile grows up and the teeth are growing, then there is a problem, because there is no such thing as taming a croc! Never ever can you trust a croc…a croc is always a croc and can bite at any moment and there goes a leg, a hand or other more important parts.

So crocodiles are treacherous…. they stand for being treacherous and being totally untrustworthy. So it is very interesting that the material energy is depicted like a crocodile, I find, since that is basically what we are dealing with. The material energy cannot be trusted. One cannot think:

'I have it under control, no problem. I have now arranged material circumstances in such a way that you know I do not have to worry about it.. no problem at all….. I'm safe.'

No, one must always be on guard in the material world. That is basically the injunction of the scriptures:

'padaṁ padaṁ yad vipadāṁ na teṣām,' (SB 10.14.58)

Danger at every step:

'sv-alpam apy asya dharmasya
trāyate mahato bhayāt,'
(BG 2.40)

The greatest danger is that we may then fall down in the material world. Srila Prabhupada made that point. He said that:

'The biggest problem is that you are not sufficiently afraid of maya!'

So that is why I'm emphasising the point. So a devotee must be careful!


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What is Krishna trying to teach me? part 1

 
 

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(H H Kadamba Kanana Swami, 9th February 2012, Leicester, England) Lecture: SB 1.2.19


The material world is sometimes presented as an educational model – a place where we have to learn a lesson. This life is meant for that purpose. Krishna is trying to teach us in this life. So it's in that mode that we now are kind of thinking. When one thinks like that, then one can see in the events that are taking place that Krishna is trying to teach us through these events, and one may wonder:

'What's He trying to teach me?'

All right and things happen. Sometimes things go wrong, and especially when this happens, we tend to be reflective:

'Why is thing happening to me? And what am I to learn from this?'

There is no point in going back to previous lives, and trying to find out:

'What was I? What did I do in my previous life? And maybe I should go under hypnosis.'

Bir Krishna Maharaja did this with a group of devotees in Germany. There were some brahmacaris there, and he told them:

'You might be surprised that in your last life you were a female!'

And then he said:

'Look at your feet!'

And this one brahmacari looks at his feet and he had red shoes on and said:

'Oh my God!'

And then he remembered the whole life, in a female body with the children and the entire family……the whole story came back and all the frustration and hope…..and why it didn't work out…..the kids didn't become what they wanted them to become and so on. So what's behind that life, and behind that life…….and behind that life….and behind all the other lives – there is not end to it. So digging in previous lives is not what is required. It's just that all these lives have culminated in a quality….we have developed a quality, because of certain behaviour from a previous life, we may for an example developed a quality of pride, and then Krishna (to teach us) may create circumstance to cut down that pride! First you rise to glory and then suddenly 'bang!' it's all gone!

So in this way one has to simply look at the quality:

'What is Krishna trying to teach me here?'


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What is Krishna trying to teach me? part 2

 
 

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(H H Kadamba Kanana Swami, 9th February 2012, Leicester, England) Lecture: SB 1.2.19


I gave the example of pride – when suddenly someone loses everything and is humble:


'Alright Krishna wants me to develop humility.'

Or someone may experience anger and how it is getting out of hand. I myself had an experience as a kid, which stayed with me for my whole life. There was a boy at school who said:

'What do you think of this joke.'

And he pokes his a finger in my eye! Well I got angry beyond myself. I got so angry that I kind of twisted his arms and smacked him against the wall. I was really in a destruction mode, and he broke his arm! He started to scream really loud. I ran and all the kids ran after me, but I out ran them all. I ran very fast, and shook them off. Later, when I returned back to school in the afternoon, and the head teacher was there and I was the criminal. I thought it was not fair because the guy had poked me in the eye, but he broke his arm!

What a drama, first at school and then at home my father was saying:

'The insurance policy is going up!'

To make it worse in the same week, I kicked the football through the main glass window! One month later, there was some road works and the pumps, pipes and planks were there. I was there showing my brother a flying bicycle trick, when this old lady decided to come out on the walkway of our house and she also broke her arm! So it was a total disaster. It's like in a span of two – three months it was a big disaster, which stayed with me for the whole life. I controlled anger after that. Watch out with anger! I also didn't do any more flying bicycle rides….I never did one again.

So we do learn certain things in life, which help us to control the qualities that arise from the modes of material nature, and that is sufficient. So rather then looking at:

'What is the cause? Why do I have this anger? Maybe in my last life I already had this anger problem. If I go back to the last life then I will solve it!'

Well, okay, probably in the last life you had an anger problem, and you did not solved it. So are you going to solve it now or what? Or are you going to wait until the next life again? It's time to solve it now! Do not wait until it gets out of hand, just solve it now! So anger is meant to be controlled So in this way, we learn through circumstances, but Prabhupada points out:

'Better learn through hearing!'


That is the first part of the approach – to learn from hearing. One who is less intelligent has to learn through experience- one who has no brain at all, that even after experiencing it, one still doesn't learn………………so we are suppose to learn from hearing and through experience, and most of us learn from the combination of these two.

I must admit that in my life also in many cases learning by the circumstances and the scriptures give the purport. Often times the scriptures gave the purport to the lesson I learnt from the circumstances! But a very wise person can immediately just learn from the scriptures. Krishna may still give us confirmation after that! So we understand that, yes you have to be humble, and Krishna will give us real life situations where we are forced to be humble. To reconfirm yes, you really have to be humble, since Krishna will test us!


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Effect of Chanting

 
 

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Q. Can a mantra really neutralize the sins already done or does it only give the courage to bear the pain (result)?
The Holy Name of God can actually eradicate the reactions for all the sins already committed.
Not only that, scriptures state that when properly chanted, hari-nama can destroy more sins than one can possibly ever commit.

In order to derive the full benefit of chanting --- it can even burn up the residual tendency in the heart to commit further sins! --- chanting must be taken up properly. One should carefully avoid the ten kinds of offenses in chanting, especially the mentality that one can continue sinning and that it will be adjusted on the strength of chanting. Conversely, an attitude of surrender, sincere repentance and adherence to a theistic way of life are favorable and quickly help to perfect one's chanting.

Chanting gives immediate relief from the blazing reactions of past sins, and quickly ushers in auspiciousness - this can be tangibly experienced in our lives. Yet, as long as we are in this material ocean, its waves and whirlpools will not cease; that is to say that by taking up chanting it is not to be expected that there will be never be another difficulty/pain/reversal in one's life. But these do not have the same disturbing effect upon those who take firm shelter in the Holy Name. In that sense, one could say that chanting gives the spiritual strength to tolerate material disturbances, but this is not the same as suffering that comes from past sins. And the Holy Name ultimately delivers one from this treacherous material existence altogether.

- HH Rompada Swami
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Everything comes from Chanting!

 
 

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While chanting very prayerfully, one's motivation and intensity of desire to please Krishna increases. One of the specific ways in which our desire to please Krishna intensifies is to desire to present ourselves before Krishna with finer qualities, and fewer faults, flaws, shortcomings, etc. With this purpose in mind, we naturally begin to endeavor to obtain these better qualities, motivated NOT by something material hankering (for respect, accetance by others, praise, gaining a sense of self-accomplishment, etc), but ONLY to increase the happiness Krishna receives when we come before Him to offer Him our services. Only by His bestowing His mercy, however, not by our efforts alone, the desirable good qualities develop to enhance the pleasure of Krishna. Thus, one is not chanting while separately in pursuit good qualities. In fact, everything comes from chanting!

- HH Romapada Swami
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My world is different from your world and the real world!

 
We see the world as a reflection of our mind
 
this does not infer that when we are good,we see only good,no we get the eyes to discriminate what is good and what is bad&act accordingly.
A beautiful story to narrate this follows,
Once a person was found lying prostate on the ground. Following was the incident
1. It was in the evening that a drunkard man came by that side and seeing this man lying on the road,he thought to himself,this is another drunkard lying down like me. Then after he left.
2. Later in the middle of the night, a thief passed by that side and having seen this person found lying down,he thought to himself,oh this is another thief who is lying here exhausted after stealing so much!
3. Then in the early hours of the morning a saintly person was passing by. Seeing this man lying on the road,he recognized that it was another saintly person who is in deep meditation lying down in trance. Then he started massaging the feet of the saint and helped him.
Both the drunkard and thieves failed to see the reality because they themselves were illusioned. But the saint being in goodness saw the reality. Therefore this mode of goodness is favourable for us to take our consciousness to higher states of Godliness.

It's said that Man is made after God but today people think Man has made God. There's no limit to the sky and so as the stupidity of the people. People see God with their small minds like themselves. When the scriptures say,God has created floating stones or God has lifted hill we disbelieve it thinking how is it possible? Yes it's not possible for us but for God. Here we limit God with our limitations. Again when the scriptures say the Lord dances with girls in the middle of the night, we think it is similar to the ones we do in the pub. Here we tend to see God with a passion for women. But it's we who are so not God.

This is why Lord Krishna says in Bhagavad Gita that one who sees My birth,pastimes to be transcendental to the material nature does not take birth again in this material world.

On the other hand Krsna also says,Fools mock at Me when I descend in the human form. They dont know My transcendental superior nature.

The problem with goodness is one would feel complacent and happy even within this world and therefore stays back in this world. But it's difficult to stay even in goodness for long time because everyone is forced to act helplessly according to the modes one has acquired,therefore no can refrain from doing something even for a moment.
Sometimes the mode of goodness dominates the mode of passion and ignorance,while passion dominates the other two sometimes and ignorance dominates the other two at other times.

But a person performing devotional service to the Supreme Lord at once surpasses all these 3 modes or the ropes that bind oneself to repeated birth and death in this material world. One who sees that the self does nothing at all but only the modes are in action sees things as they are.

There are principles to regulate attachment and aversion pertaining to matter or the asat. By following such religious principles one must gradually elevate the consciousness of the self to goodness and then perform devotional service to see the reality and Real World.

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Without sacrifice no one can be happy in this life nor in the next!

When it rains heavily,people used to pray to God that their rooftops be spared. But today when it rains people are going in cars,put on their wipers on the windshield. So modern world people have expelled God out of God's own creation. Problem is people think that this creation is meant for our enjoyment but it's really meant for the enjoyment of God. By co-operating or serving to please God we the servants of God will also become happy.

People used to pray to God for the want of rain. Now in modern world people put on switch to get water from pumpsets.

The concept of over population is another non-sense. Mother Nature can support all necessities for even 100 times the number of population in the world provided the population is God conscious. Krishna says in Bhagavad Gita that,This material nature is working under My supervision. By My will it's created and destroyed again and again. So when God or Krishna is pleased,the material nature produces all necessities in abundance. It's true that this world is temporary and miserable. But still if one wants to be happy or peaceful to a relatively higher level, one has to perform sacrifices to please the Lord and His agents carrying out the cosmic arrangements.Without sacrifice no one can be happy in this life nor in the next!


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How to become transcendental to the modes of material nature?

Bhagavad-gita As It Is | Part [BG.14.22]

TEXT 26:
mam ca yo 'vyabhicarena
bhakti-yogena sevate
sa gunan samatityaitan
brahma-bhuyaya kalpate

TRANSLATION:
One who engages in full devotional service, unfailing in all circumstances, at once transcends the modes of material nature and thus comes to the level of Brahman.

PURPORT:
This verse is a reply to Arjuna's third question: What is the means of attaining to the transcendental position? As explained before, the material world is acting under the spell of the modes of material nature. One should not be disturbed by the activities of the modes of nature; instead of putting his consciousness into such activities, he may transfer his consciousness to Krishna activities. Krishna activities are known as bhakti-yoga—always acting for Krishna. This includes not only Krishna, but His different plenary expansions such as Rama and Narayana. He has innumerable expansions. One who is engaged in the service of any of the forms of Krishna, or of His plenary expansions, is considered to be transcendentally situated. One should also note that all the forms of Krishna are fully transcendental, blissful, full of knowledge and eternal. Such personalities of Godhead are omnipotent and omniscient, and they possess all transcendental qualities. So if one engages himself in the service of Krishna or His plenary expansions with unfailing determination, although these modes of material nature are very difficult to overcome, one can overcome them easily. This has already been explained in the Seventh Chapter. One who surrenders unto Krishna at once surmounts the influence of the modes of material nature. To be in Krishna consciousness or in devotional service means to acquire equality with Krishna. The Lord says that His nature is eternal, blissful and full of knowledge, and the living entities are part and parcel of the Supreme, as gold particles are part of a gold mine. Thus the living entity, in his spiritual position, is as good as gold, as good as Krishna in quality. The difference of individuality continues, otherwise there would be no question of bhakti-yoga. Bhakti-yoga means that the Lord is there, the devotee is there and the activity of exchange of love between the Lord and the devotee is there. Therefore the individuality of two persons is present in the Supreme Personality of Godhead and the individual person, otherwise there would be no meaning to bhakti-yoga. If one is not situated in the same transcendental position with the Lord, one cannot serve the Supreme Lord. To be a personal assistant to a king, one must acquire the qualifications. Thus the qualification is to become Brahman, or freed from all material contamination. It is said in the Vedic literature, brahmaiva san brahmapy eti. One can attain the Supreme Brahman by becoming Brahman. This means that one must qualitatively become one with Brahman. By attainment of Brahman, one does not lose his eternal Brahman identity as an individual soul.
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50,000 visits to Krishna. Thanks everyone!

Today marks the day for 50,000 visits to the blog, Krishna, the sacred space in the web. Thank you subscribers, well-wishers and readers to make this happen. I will continue to strive posting interesting content that are rich in quality, precision, love. Above all this work is meant for pleasing the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krishna by spreading His words, deeds and pastimes for the suffering mankind of this age of kali, according to the scriptures and the sadhus.

Some of my friends told me that the scriptures are old and most of which are not applicable to this age. So they didnt bother to read/accept the lines of scriptures. They didnot understand the fact that this knowledge or science is beyond time and space just like our soul. Whatever spoken by a perfect being remains perfect all the time. God is perfect in every respect. No man can claim to be perfect in everything he does. Scriptures are handed down by God Himself.

The words of God are true at all times past, present and future. Someone says something today and tomorrow it becomes false but the scriptures are not like that. When Krishna spoke Bhagavad Gita to Arjuna, 5000 years ago, He didnt say that he is releasing version two of the Bhagavad Gita because what He told millions of years ago to sun God Vivasvan was very old and therefore it's inapplicable,no.

Krishna is perfect because He is the knower of the past present and future. No one knows his own past or present accurately. But Krishna claims He sees through the past, present and future. It also means He exist at all times and we do exist all the time. He is conscious of all that pervades the cosmos. He is the perfect knower and the source of all knowledge.

Please participate in commenting on the blog or adding any comments and counterpoints if any to give more life to the blog. Thanks again my friends!
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If one's mind does not bow,before the feet of his spiritual master,What is the use? What is the use?What is the use? What is the use?

Gurvashtakam

By Adi Sankara Bagawat Pada
Translated by P. R. Ramachander

Adi Sankara has written this octet in praise of his guru, Govinda Pada and in general in praise of all teachers. He emphasizes that without deep devotion to the spiritual teacher, all our attainments are without any meaning.

Sareeram suroopam sada roga muktham,

Yasas charu chitram dhanam Meru thulyam,

Manaschenna lagnan Gurongri padme,

Tada kim, tada kim, tada kim, tada kim., 1 [1]

 
Even if one is blessed,
With handsomely perfect body,
Which is free of all ills,
With fame from all quarters,
And with riches heaped liked mountain,
If his mind does not bow,
Before the feet of his teacher great,
What is the use? What is the use?
What is the use? What is the use?

Kalathram dhanam puthra pouthradhi sarvam,

Gruham bandhava sarvam edathi jatham,

Gurongri padme, Manaschenna lagnam,

Tada kim, tada kim, tada kim, tada kim., 2

 
Even if one is blessed,
With pretty wife, untold wealth,
Sons and grand sons galore,
With palatial house,
And with great many relations,
If his mind does not bow,
Before the feet of his teacher great,
What is the use? What is the use?
What is the use? What is the use?

Shadangathi vedomukhe sasthra vidhya,

Kavithvadi gadyam supadyam karothi,

Gurongri padme, Manaschenna lagnam,

Tada kim, tada kim, tada kim, tada kim., 3

 
Even if one is blessed,
With the six fold tomes,
Of Veda, Sasthra and knowledge,
And has mastery in creation,
Of prose, poems and of music,
If his mind does not bow,
Before the feet of his teacher great,
What is the use? What is the use?
What is the use? What is the use?

Videseshu maanya, swadeseshu dhanya,

Sadachara vrutheshu matho na chanya,

Gurongri padme, Manaschenna lagnam,

Tada kim, tada kim, tada kim, tada kim., 4

 
Even if one is blessed,
With respect in regions abroad,
With fame in ones own land,
And forsakes many things bad,
Due to mind fixed with good character,
If his mind does not bow,
Before the feet of his teacher great,
What is the use? What is the use?
What is the use? What is the use?

Kshama mandale bhoopa bhoopala vrundai,

Sada sevitham yasya padaravindam,

Gurongri padme, Manaschenna lagnam,

Tada kim, tada kim, tada kim, tada kim., 5

 
If ones lotus feet,
Is worshipped with devotion,
By kings and emperors,
Of all the world,
If his mind does not bow,
Before the feet of his teacher great,
What is the use? What is the use?
What is the use? What is the use?

Yaso me dhanam bhikshu dhana prathapa,

Jagadvasthu sarvam kare yat prasadath.,

Gurongri padme, Manaschenna lagnam,

Tada kim, tada kim, tada kim, tada kim., 6

 
If ones fame spreads all over,
By ones great charity,
And if his mind does not bow,
Before the feet of his teacher great,
By whose grace everything is achieved,
What is the use? What is the use?
What is the use? What is the use?

Na bhoge na yoge na va vaaji medhe,

Na kaantha sukhenaiva vitheshu chittam,

Gurongri padme, Manaschenna lagnam,

Tada kim, tada kim, tada kim, tada kim., 7

 
Even if ones mind is not drawn,
By pleasures, by yoga, by horse fire sacrifice,
By pleasures of the wife or by attraction of wealth,
If his mind does not bow,
Before the feet of his teacher great,
What is the use? What is the use?
What is the use? What is the use?

Aranye na va swasya gehe na karye,

Na dehe mano vartha medath vanargye,

Gurongri padme, Manaschenna lagnam,

Tada kim, tada kim, tada kim, tada kim.,

 
Even if ones mind does not get drawn.,
By forest, by ones own house, by ones bounden duty,
By ones body or in things much greater than this,
If his mind does not bow,
Before the feet of his teacher great,
What is the use? What is the use?
What is the use? What is the use?

Phala sruthi

Gurorashtakam ya padeth punya dehi,

Yatheer bhoopathir brahma chari cha gehi,

Labeth vanchithartham padam brhma samgnam,

Guror uktha vakye mano yasya lagnam.

 
The blessed one who reads this octet on the teacher,
Be he a brahmachari, or a king or householder or a saint,
If his mind bows before the words of the teacher,
He would attain the great state of ultimate salvation,
Which his mind always hankers for.

 



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Dinesh
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If a person only once chants the holy name&completely surrenders unto the lotus feet of the Lord, the Lord immediately considers him His ward and is always inclined to give him protection

 
Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 6.2.49
 
mriyamāṇo harer nāma 
gṛṇan putropacāritam 
ajāmilo 'py agād dhāma 
kim uta śraddhayā gṛṇan
 
SYNONYMS
 
mriyamāṇaḥ — at the time of death; hareḥ nāma — the holy name of Hari; gṛṇan — chanting; putra-upacāritam — indicating his son; ajāmilaḥ — Ajāmila; api — even; agāt — went; dhāma — to the spiritual world; kim uta — what to speak of; śraddhayā — with faith and love; gṛṇan — chanting.
 
TRANSLATION
 
While suffering at the time of death, Ajāmila chanted the holy name of the Lord, and although the chanting was directed toward his son, he nevertheless returned home, back to Godhead. Therefore if one faithfully and inoffensively chants the holy name of the Lord, where is the doubt that he will return to Godhead?
 
PURPORT
 
At the time of death one is certainly bewildered because his bodily functions are in disorder. At that time, even one who throughout his life has practiced chanting the holy name of the Lord may not be able to chant the Hare Kṛṣṇa mantra very distinctly. Nevertheless, such a person receives all the benefits of chanting the holy name. While the body is fit therefore, why should we not chant the holy name of the Lord loudly and distinctly? If one does so, it is quite possible that even at the time of death he will be properly able to chant the holy name of the Lord with love and faith. In conclusion, one who chants the holy name of the Lord constantly is guaranteed to return home, back to Godhead, without a doubt.
 
Supplementary note to this chapter.
 
Śrīla Viśvanātha Cakravartī Ṭhākura's commentary to texts nine and ten of this chapter form a dialogue concerning how one can become free from all sinful reactions simply by chanting the holy name of the Lord.
 
Someone may say, "It may be accepted that by chanting the holy name of the Lord one becomes freed from all the reactions of sinful life. However, if one commits sinful acts in full consciousness, not only once but many, many times, he is unable to free himself from the reactions of such sins even after atoning for them for twelve years or more. How is it possible, then, that simply by once chanting the holy name of the Lord one immediately becomes freed from the reactions of such sins?"
 
Śrīla Viśvanātha Cakravartī Ṭhākura replies by quoting verses nine and ten of this chapter: "The chanting of the holy name of Lord Viṣṇu is the best process of atonement for a thief of gold or other valuables, for a drunkard, for one who betrays a friend or relative, for one who kills a brāhmaṇa, or for one who indulges in sex with the wife of his guru or another superior. It is also the best method of atonement for one who murders women, the king or his father, for one who slaughters cows, and for all other sinful men. Simply by chanting the holy name of Lord Viṣṇu, such sinful persons may attract the attention of the Supreme Lord, who therefore considers "Because this man has chanted My holy name, My duty is to give him protection.' "
 
One may atone for sinful life and vanquish all sinful reactions by chanting the holy name, although this is not called atonement. Ordinary atonement may temporarily protect a sinful person, but it does not completely cleanse his heart of the deep-rooted desire to commit sinful acts. Therefore atonement is not as powerful as the chanting of the holy name of the Lord. In the śāstras it is said that if a person only once chants the holy name and completely surrenders unto the lotus feet of the Lord, the Lord immediately considers him His ward and is always inclined to give him protection. This is confirmed by Śrīdhara Svāmī. Thus when Ajāmila was in great danger of being carried off by the order carriers of Yamarāja, the Lord immediately sent His personal order carriers to protect him, and because Ajāmila was freed from all sinful reactions, the Viṣṇudūtas spoke on his behalf.
 
Ajāmila had named his son Nārāyaṇa, and because he loved the boy very much, he would call him again and again. Although he was calling for his son, the name itself was powerful because the name Nārāyaṇa is not different from the Supreme Lord Nārāyaṇa. When Ajāmila named his son Nārāyaṇa, all the reactions of his sinful life were neutralized, and as he continued calling his son and thus chanting the holy name of Nārāyaṇa thousands of times, he was actually unconsciously advancing in Kṛṣṇa consciousness.
 
One may argue, "Since he was constantly chanting the name of Nārāyaṇa, how was it possible for him to be associating with a prostitute and thinking of wine?" By his sinful actions he was bringing suffering upon himself again and again, and therefore one may say that his ultimate chanting of Nārāyaṇa was the cause of his being freed. However, his chanting would then have been a nāma-aparādha. Nāmno balād yasya hi pāpa-buddhiḥ: one who continues to act sinfully and tries to neutralize his sins by chanting the holy name of the Lord is a nāma-aparādhī, an offender to the holy name. In response it may be said that Ajāmila's chanting was inoffensive because he did not chant the name of Nārāyaṇa with the purpose of counteracting his sins. He did not know that he was addicted to sinful actions, nor did he know that his chanting of the name of Nārāyaṇa was neutralizing them. Thus he did not commit a nāma-aparādha, and his repeated chanting of the holy name of Nārāyaṇa while calling his son may be called pure chanting. Because of this pure chanting, Ajāmila unconsciously accumulated the results of bhakti. Indeed, even his first utterance of the holy name was sufficient to nullify all the sinful reactions of his life. To cite a logical example, a fig tree does not immediately yield fruits, but in time the fruits are available. Similarly, Ajāmila's devotional service grew little by little, and therefore although he committed very sinful acts, the reactions did not affect him. In the śāstras it is said that if one chants the holy name of the Lord even once, the reactions of past, present or future sinful life do not affect him. To give another example, if one extracts the poison fangs of a serpent, this saves the serpent's future victims from poisonous effects, even if the serpent bites repeatedly. Similarly, if a devotee chants the holy name even once inoffensively, this protects him eternally. He need only wait for the results of the chanting to mature in due course of time.
 
Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Srimad Bhagavatam 6.2.11
 
na nishkritair uditair brahma-vadibhis 
tatha visuddhyaty aghavan vratadibhih 
yatha harer nama-padair udahritais 
tad uttamasloka-gunopalambhakam
 
SYNONYMS
 
na -- not; nishkritaih -- by the processes of atonement; uditaih -- prescribed; brahma-vadibhih -- by learned scholars such as Manu; tatha -- to that extent; visuddhyati -- becomes purified; agha-van -- a sinful man; vrata-adibhih -- by observing the vows and regulative principles; yatha -- as; hareh -- of Lord Hari; nama-padaih -- by the syllables of the holy name; udahritaih -- chanted; tat -- that; uttamasloka -- of the Supreme Personality of Godhead; guna -- of the transcendental qualities; upalambhakam -- reminding one.
 
TRANSLATION
 
By following the Vedic ritualistic ceremonies or undergoing atonement, sinful men do not become as purified as by chanting once the holy name of Lord Hari. Although ritualistic atonement may free one from sinful reactions, it does not awaken devotional service, unlike the chanting of the Lord's names, which reminds one of the Lord's fame, qualities, attributes, pastimes and paraphernalia.
 
PURPORT
 
Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura comments that the chanting of the holy name of the Lord has special significance that distinguishes it from the Vedic ritualistic ceremonies of atonement for severe, more severe or most severe sinful actions. There are twenty types of religious scriptures called dharma-sastras, beginning with the Manu-samhita and parasara-samhita, but herein it is stressed that although one may become free from the reactions of the most sinful activities by following the religious principles of these scriptures, this cannot promote a sinful man to the stage of loving service to the Lord. On the other hand, chanting the holy name of the Lord even once not only frees one immediately from the reactions of the greatest sins, but also raises one to the platform of rendering loving service to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is described as uttamasloka because He is famous for His glorious activities. Thus one serves the Lord by remembering His form, His attributes and pastimes. Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura explains that this is all possible simply by chanting the Lord's holy name because of the Lord's omnipotence. What cannot be achieved through the performance of Vedic rituals can be easily achieved through the chanting of the Lord's holy name. To chant the holy name and dance in ecstasy is so easy and sublime that one can achieve all the benefits of spiritual life simply by following this process. Therefore Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu declares, param vijayate sri-krishna-sankirtanam: "All glories to Sri Krishna sankirtana!" The sankirtana movement we have started offers the best process for becoming purified of all sinful reactions and coming immediately to the platform of spiritual life.
 
Purport by Srila Prabhupada
 
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Dinesh
 

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Arise of irreligion, rights of women, ghostly beings!

Not knowing what is good for the self and for the society,the demoniac class of people engage in all sorts of activities that bring only distress,fear,anxiety and darkness to oneself and all.But the Supreme Lord Sri Krishna descends Himself to free His devotees from the clutches of evil. In the Bhagavad Gita,when Arjuna asks about the destination of unsuccessful yogi,Krsna assures that one who does Good My friend is never overcome by evil.
 
There was one demoniac poet in south india who was very much welcomed by all people because all his poems where atheistic&against the Vedic civilization. Actually this contrary nature of people against Vedic civilization is a stumbling block for preaching God or Krsna consciousness to the general mass of suffering people.
 
This poet said there are no ghosts. But he himself was one ;-). From Bhagavad Gita, we learn Krsna telling those who worship ghosts will take birth among such beings. Indirectly this poet is telling Krishna's words are false.Because he himself was a ghost and hence could not recognize the words of God. This is the idea-as long as we are covered by the modes of material nature, we are held captive by the ghosts of lust greed pride anger madness envy.  
 
In public places husband and wife should not get together in an intimate manner(for not disturbing the minds of people with ignorance) but he acted like a madman holding the hands of his wife on the road&thought he was doing great work and creating a revolution in again teh vedic traditions.
 
The most pitiable thing is his poems are in most part of the educational curriculum for children of elementary classes itself. The wonderful part is he was killed by an elephant of Parthasarathi temple, South India. I believe this elephant to be a devotee of the Lord. Thus horrible was the end of his life for he did horrible things during his life. It's my misfortune to have read his poems byheart at a young age. May be I will have to reread in a vedic school from class 1 again :) Someone sponsor to me ;-)

He was fighting for the rights of women. He raised slogans such as women are not meant for kitchen, women should also be allowed to study. If they come to study this rascal&his followers will do all nonsense. But for what they have to study? Why should they study in public schools?
He didnt get the idea of what is knowledge according to Bhagavad Gita. Women should study but not this nonsense taught in modern schools. Simply by serving elevated souls,women can surpass their lower nature. We see in one instance where in the forest when Krsna Balaram and the cowherd boys come to the learned brahmanas for food,the vedic brahmins are busy chanting the mantras but the women were so affectionate with devotion that they gave all bhoga to the hungry Lord & His associates.
 
They are not learned women but Krsna was so pleased with them by their service. This is actually knowledge and the culmination of all knowledge. The Supreme Lord Himself comes but the foolish brahmanas could not recognize even though they have learned Vedic scriptures.

Education is meant to shape the character of a person. But today I see with my own eyes,the students who are graduated from the best colleges are the worst in terms of character and behaviour. They dont know how to respect elders. They dont know how to be chaste. Because if women are polluted the whole society will be ruined. This was the main reason women were protected at home by all means. But today these rascals who want to enjoy and exploit women have created these irreligious principles to bring women everywhere It's heart breaking to see polluted men and women everywhere.

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