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Monday, July 10, 2017
Monday, July 3, 2017
(On 17th June, Sri Sri Radha Govinda Gaudiya Math, Malaysia had the good fortune to host Sripad Bhakti Bibuddha Bodhayan Maharaja on his recent tour here, Below is an excerpt of the Hari-Katha given by Maharaji)
Once Srila Gour Kishore das Babaji Maharaja called a doctor to come immediately to him.
The doctor thought that Srila Maharaja must be ill. Therefore, he rushed to where Srila Maharaja was living.
As soon as the doctor arrived, Srila Maharaja ordered the doctor to treat his wooden Deities – Their Lordships, Sri Gaur Nitai.
The doctor thought this must be some kind of joke. How can an image of wood be treated? The doctor thought to himself. He assumed that Srila Maharaja had lost his mind.
But Srila Maharaja insisted and asked the doctor to check his Deities' pulses.
Seeing such determination and also to pacify Srila Maharaja, the doctor checked the Deities' pulses. As soon as he touched Sri Gaur Nitai, the doctor felt the Deities were having a high temperature. In fact They were having fever!
The doctor gave some medicine to be offered for Their Lordships.
Srila Babaji Maharaja ordered the doctor to come again the next day and check on Them once more – just in case They were still sick.
So just see how much devotion, love and affection Srila Gaur Kishore das Babaji Maharaja has for Their Lordships and how They are reciprocating with him as well.
We should always chant and remember the sweet pastimes of Their Lordships. Otherwise we may have to come back again in this material world.
Saturday, May 6, 2017
Below is an excerpt from Sripad Bhaktivedanta Siddhanti Maharaja’s class on the 6th May 2017 in Malaysia.
The Complete Dedication of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupada’s Disciples.
"Srila Prabhupada’s disciples are very dedicated towards their spiritual master. One such disciple is Madan Mohan prabhu. He was a householder and whatever he earned for his upkeep, he used to spend half of the earnings for Srila Prabhupada’s mission. The other half is used to maintain his family.
He once planted a mango tree for the service of Srila Prabhupada. He told all his family members that the mangoes from the tree is only for the service of Srila Prabhupada. One day, while Madan Mohan prabhu was at work, his eldest son ate a mango from the tree. Madan Mohan prabhu's wife saw this and she told her son that she will tell the incident to the boy’s father.
As soon as Madan Mohan prabhu came home, his wife told him what had happened. Madan Mohan prabhu was really furious. He shouted at his son, “How dare you! How dare you eat this mango which is for the use of Srila Prabhupada’s service!”
He thrashed his son so badly. The whole family thought the boy would be killed. After a while Madan Mohan prabhu cried very bitterly at his altar and asked for forgiveness. He felt extremely sad that his son took the mango which was for the service of Srila Prabhupada.
After many years, Madan Mohan prabhu’s son used to tell this story whenever I visited him. He said that what his father did was absolutely right because his father was very dedicated in the service of Srila Prabhupada.
There’s also the story where Madan Mohan Prabhu got all his daughters married off. He used to ask for money from his sons-in-laws. Some of his elders told Madan Mohan prabhu that his action was wrong to ask money from his sons-in-laws.
But Madan Mohan prabhu used to say, “What is wrong in my actions. I have accepted my sons-in-law as my own sons. They have no time to do any service for Bhagavan. By taking their hard earned money, I am engaging their energy in the service of Bhagavan.”
In this way, his entire life was for the service of Srila Prabhupada and Bhagavan.
Then there was Krsna Kesava prabhu who was the cook at the temple. He used to chop cabbages and potatoes so fast that within minutes he was able to cook for all the devotees at the temple. In 20 minutes the most! After many years, he used to think that Srila Prabhupada cheated him because he never got the opportunity to speak Hari Katha. All the other disciples of Srila Prabhupada were very highly learned and intellectual giants.
One day, in an assembly, all the stalwart devotees were about to give Hari Katha. At that time, Srila Bhakti Dayita Madhava Maharaja was there. Suddenly he said, “Today Krsna Kesava prabhu will speak.”
Krsna Kesava prabhu was shocked. He said that there was nothing in his mind at that time. He was wondering what to say. As soon as he finished his prayers to Srila Prabhupada, he started speaking non-stop such sweet Hari Katha. All knowledge was coming.
Later on, he realised that Srila Prabhupada did not cheat him at all. Instead, Srila Prabhupad engaged him in service for the Vaishnavas and that was what made him speak. In fact, Krsna Kesava prabhu said that he was not the one who was speaking. It was Srila Prabhupada.
So, just see. How very dedicated the disciples of Srila Prabhupada. They knew nothing beside Srila Prabhupada.
Jay Srila Prabhupada ki jaya!"
Monday, July 18, 2016
(Below is an excerpt of the class given by Radha Govinda Prabhuji on the Powers and Glories of the Holy Name. All these stories are not merely tales but they are factual accords that happened to real people whom Prabhuji had met.
Anyone can share these stories to glorify the Holy Names and to help others.)
|Radha Govinda Prabhuji|
He was asked to chant the holy names continuously. Feeling there was no other recourse, this young man did so. He chanted 32 rounds daily.
As an AIDS patient, he had to go for regular check-ups. Miraculously, the doctor found his AIDS symptom was down by 99%
Just by chanting 32 rounds daily, the young man was able to put death on hold. In fact he was getting better. He appealed for his old job at the hotel and the employer decided to take him in. He was getting better and got his job back.
But very unfortunately, he went back to his sinful activities. Soon his AIDS symptoms came back and he died in a couple of months.
This shows the young man only chanted to get out of his unfortunate situation. It is truly unfortunate for him to die in that manner.
Once kirtan was going on. Suddenly, a lady ran out of the kirtan hall crying very loudly. Prabhuji asked the devotees what was going on. Nobody really knew. Prabhuji decided to follow the lady downstairs. When Prabhuji met the lady’s children, they did not allow Prabhuji to enter the room.
After much convincing, Prabhuji was allowed into the lady’s room. Everyone, including Prabhuji saw the lady was pulling her hair and was screaming very loudly.
Usually possessions happens on Sundays and on a new mood day. That day was such a day.
Prabhuji started to chant. The lady’s children held her tightly. She started to scream and shouted at Prabhuji to get out of the room.
After 15 – 20 minutes, of loud chanting, the lady said that something in her heart got out. She chanted 2 rounds on the chanting beads.
Unfortunately, the lady does not chant now.
One lady was possessed of evil spirits. Prabhuji was speaking Hari-Katha. At that time the lady’s son called prabhuji to come over to his house. Prabhuji decided to go over.
When he arrived there, Prabhuji chanted for ½ hour. The lady became calm and the spirit disappeared.
Once a doctor was staying in the Math, temple, in Assam. The area was surrounded by a lush jungle. The doctor decided to answer his call of nature and urinated some distance from the Math. Later on he went back to the Math to take his rest.
Late in the night, he heard knocks on his door. Although perplexed of who and why would someone be knocking at his door at a very late hour, the doctor decided to open the door. He saw two personalities who insisted he follow them somewhere.
The doctor said it was really late and they should wait till morning. But the two personalities kept insisting. The doctor relented and decided to follow them. The two personalities took him to a spot and told him that he had urinated there earlier on. They also said that if he was not chanting, and did not wear the kanti mala, neck beads, they would have killed him.
Then they disappeared.
The two personalities were actually ghosts.
Story 5 (The below was graciously contributed by Damodara prabhu)
This happened in Mumbai, India last year 2015. Jitu is one of the local person in the Sion area of Mumbai.
*Call to Prabhuji's son by Jitu:* Can your father come to my house for chanting. My father is on the death bed.
*Prabhuji's son:* Yes, let me call and ask him.
*Son calls Prabhuji:* Jitu's father is on death bed. He is calling you for chanting.
*Prabhuji:* ok, I can go. No problem.
(Prabhuji reached Jitu's house)
*Jitu:* Hare Krishna Prabhuji. Dandvat Pranam. My father has done many sinful acts in his life and now about to die in 2 to 3 hours. What should we do?
*Prabhuji:* Immediately put tulsi beads on his neck and put tilak on forehead.
*Jitu:* But , my father has taken non-veg and alcohol his whole life. How to put such pious things on him.
*Prabhuji:* Can he eat and drink such things now?
*Jitu:* No, he may die in few hours.
*Prabhuji:* then don't delay and just put it on. Also, start reading any 10th canto lila from Bhagwatam as advised by Sukdev Goswami to Parikshit Maharaj in 1st canto itself. You can read for proof.
*Jitu:* Reads from Bhagwatam.
(Prabhuji chanted 2 rounds and asked to switch On Srila Prabhupada's Chanting on a tape recorder for 24 hours and left.)
*Day 2: Prabhuji again visited Jitu's house*
*Jitu:* Hare Krishna Prabhuji. Father is fine now and sitting very quietly and listening Srimad Bhagwatam. He seems to have changed and very peaceful as you can see yourself.
*Prabhuji:* You can continue this process of reading from Bhagwatam and Chanting Harinaam for Him. I am going to Vrindavan for Radhastami. We will meet after that.
*(RadhaGovind Prabhuji left for Vrindavan from Mumbai)*
Jitu called on the phone to Radha Govind Prabhuji on the day of Radhastami.
*Jitu:* My father has left his body today. But it was miraculous that he had no pain.
*Prabhuji:* I shall come back and we will discuss.
(After coming back from Vrindavan, Prabhuji visited Jitu's house.)
*Jitu:* Hare Krishna Prabhuji. Dandvat Pranam. I cannot imagine the changes in my father's behaviour in last few days after listening Srimad Bhagwatam and Harinaam. If someone will say that my father changed 100% then I will say it was 1000% change in him. He was so effulgent and peaceful while leaving the body. I cannot imagine the power of this process. A man who never respected anyone in his life and always did all sinful acts but had some regards only for you because of which we thought of calling you during this time. We will remain indebted to you.
*Prabhuji:* Hare Krishna. This is the power of Bhagwatam and Harinaam as suggested by Srila Sukdev Goswami. I cannot do anything on my own. Hence, one should immediately take up the process of Chanting and Reading Srimad Bhagwatam.
Therefore, we must have firm faith in the Holy Name. How can medicine work when given by a doctor? By doubting we will not benefit.
It is our duty to chant the Holy Names.
Only those whose chanting is weak, they will be affected.
In Nrsimha Purana it is stated that the chanting of the Holy Names will nullify the sins of past lives.
How to break free of entanglement of one's karma results – it is only by chanting the Holy Names continuously.
(After the inspiring Hari-Katha, someone asked Prabhuji a question)
Question: "Prabhuji, is it possible that ghosts try to possess a devotee, just so it can get some relief?
Answer: No. No ghost can come to a devotee. If they are really chanting, no possession will come. We must always increase our Hari Naam and not decrease it.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
(Below is another excerpt of the class given by Sripad Bhaktivedanta Siddhanti Maharaja during his tour to Malaysia.)
The Mood of a Devotee
When Krsna saw this mood in Arjun, He invited Arjun to the forest. Krsna said, “There is someone more superior than you. I will take you to him. Come, let’s go to the forest.”
Arjun was surprised but he was just as curious to know who it was.
Krsna and Arjun travelled for some time in a chariot into a forest. Soon, Krsna told Arjun to stop the chariot and walk to see this superior devotee.
“The devotee will be doing austerities,” said Krsna to Arjun.
Arjun did as he was told. He walked some distance and saw a yogi doing tapasya, austerities. When Arjun looked at this devotee, he thought, “O, he is not like me.”
Then, Arjun wanted to know the mood of that devotee. He saw that the devotee had 3 tridents instead of mala, chanting beads. Arjun was perplexed and wondered why.
Arjun very carefully paid his obeisance to the devotee. The devotee blessed Arjun.
Very politely, Arjun started to ask questions, “Dear sir, usually devotees carry mala, but you are carrying 3 tridents. And you are not Shiva.”
The devotee answered, “Yes, I am not Shiva. I have a purpose in my life. And that is to kill 3 persons!”
Naturally, this piqued Arjun’s curiosity. He asked, “Who are they?”
The devotee replied, “The first person will be Arjun!”
Now Arjun was shocked. Luckily he introduced himself as the son of Kuntidevi. If he had said he was Arjun, he would have been killed, he thought.
“Why do you want to kill Arjun,” asked Arjun cautiously.
“Why? He has made my worshipable Lord Krsna a chariot driver! You know, Krsna has such soft hands which are only meant to play the flute and give blessings. Arjun ordered my Krsna to drive the chariot here and there!”
Arjun thought, “O such good mood!”
“Who is the second person,” asked Arjun.
The devotee said, “It’s Draupadi!”
“Why her?” asked Arjun.
“She spoiled the mood of my Krsna. When she was being disrobed, Krsna was about to eat one morsel of food. At that time she called out for Krsna. My Lord did not take His food, forgot His shoes and ran towards Draupadi. If it was me, I don’t care to be disrobed. I will not disturb my Lord!”
What high mood this devotee has, Arjun thought to himself.
“Who is the third person?” asked Arjun.
“The third person is Prahlad! He spoiled the beauty of my Krsna! My Krsna is so beautiful and the gopis are glorifying His beauty. Krsna wears vaijayanti mala that has *5 different types of colours.
*(the 5 different types of colours represent the 5 different types of devotees, that is santa (neutral), dasya (servitorship), vatsalya (parental mood), sakha (friendship) and madhurya (conjugal mood).
Krsna’s beauty is always increasing. His beauty is the arena of Kamsa. Everyone was mesmerized by His beauty.
Therefore, Prahlad has spoiled the beauty and Krsna had to come as Nrsimhadeva.
When Arjun heard all this, he did not know what to say. He humbly took his leave from the devotee and returned to Krsna who was smiling. Arjun’s pride was crushed.
The mood of a devotee is superior and it is not measured by close proximity. Lord Rama is full of maryada, awe and reverence, while Krsna is Lila Purushottam (the Lord of Sweet Pastimes).
Rama took a vow that he will never give up those who come to Him. Vibhisan gave up Ravana, who was his brother. Hanuman and Sugriva said not to accept him. But Rama said that they were all His well wishers and whatever they were saying was for His well being. But Vibhisan came under Rama’s shelter, and He will protect him. Besides, for leaving his brother, Vibhisan got a bad name in his own country.
Krsna never kept any maryada. He is not bound in maryada. Krsna is the source of all maryada. Prema, transcendental love, has no maryada. In the beginning of Mahabarata war, Krsna said He will not take any weapons. He said, “I will be alone and I will not fight.”
Duryodhana thought what was the use of having Krsna alone without His armies? So, he chose Krsna’s armies instead.
In many circumstances we act like Duryodhana. We take the material energy and to try to worship Krsna later. Devotees only want Krsna, whether helping or not. Practically it is not easy to follow. Devotees have nothing to do with the material energy.
Kanishta adhikari (neophyte) devotee has so much faith. They have faith in the deity but not giving proper respect to devotees.
Madhyama adhikari (intermediate) devotee has complete surrender. Once Srila Gurudeva said one person completely surrended to Krsna while another devotee only giving ingredients. In Srila Gurudeva’s case whatever he touches becomes prasadam. Madhyama maintains 4 relationships. He has prema, love, for Bhagavan. He has friendship with those of equal standing. He rejects those who are against bhakti, devotion, and to those who are superior, he serves them.
Uttama adhikari (topmost) devotees are totally different from this material world. Srila Bhakti Promode Puri Maharaj used to pay obeisance to his own disciples. We never saw him asleep. The symptoms show what qualification we are in.
If someone is performing akincana bhakti, (devotion without any motives) all qualities of associates of Krsna will come to him. We say we are master of our body but really we are servant of our mind. Bhisma Pitamaha is one of the 12 mahajans. Krsna is bhakta vatsalya. Krsna cannot tolerate that His devotee should get a bad name. So why did Bhisma say that Krsna will take weapons? He felt that Krsna is only the chariot driver of Arjun. His Krsna is Supreme. The impressions will be bad to the kings.
So that’s why Bhisma took vow that the real identity of his Lord is a ksatriya with cakra in Hand.
Why Bhisma took the side of all demons? This is to have darshan of Krsna all the time. If he was with Krsna, then his back will be on Krsna. Instead, Bhisma chose the demons so that he will be having darshan of Krsna all the time.