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Friday, June 8, 2018

Three stages of the process of purification by chanting the Holy Name

The chanting is a process of purification. The three stages of chanting are:

1. Clean the mirror of the mind - The mind is the best friend and the worst enemy. For one who has learnt to control the mind it is the best of friends but for one who has failed to do so it is the worst enemy. Due to the long term association, the mind absorbed in material things has become contaminated or dirty, the chanting process purifies the mind.

2. When the mind is cleansed one becomes free from the symptoms of material existence. Material existence means to always hankering and lamenting. The second stage is to be free from this anxiety.

3. Third stage is " He never laments or desires to have any thing; he is equally disposed to every living entity, In that state he attains pure devotional service unto me (Bg 18.54)"

So chant and hear. When you distribute the holy name of the Lord it is like giving charity (Dadati principle), same way one must follow the pratigrhnati principle and be willing and ready to receive the transcendental gift.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Power of Chanting Hare Krsna Maha Mantra

Srila Prabhupada says in a lecture - Just by chanting the Hare Krsna Maha Mantra and hearing properly, we can achieve all perfection and be able to understand all topics - who is God, Who we are, what is our relationship. Important thing is to chant with that faith and just hear the Holy Name 24 hrs a day.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Sadhu Sanga

From HH Giriraj Maharaj's class at Sadhu Sanga 2017 - Sadhu Sanga means getting the association of devotees who are more advanced than you. When we take the humble position that everyone is more advanced than you, you can get sadhu sanga from everyone and learn something from everyone and progress in your spiritual life.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Beautiful verse from Śrī Mādhavendra Purī

https://vedabase.io/en/library/cc/madhya/4/197/



ayi dīna-dayārdra nātha he
mathurā-nātha kadāvalokyase
hṛdayaṁ tvad-aloka-kātaraṁ
dayita bhrāmyati kiṁ karomy aham

Translation
“O My Lord! O most merciful master! O master of Mathurā! When shall I see You again? Because of My not seeing You, My agitated heart has become unsteady. O most beloved one, what shall I do now?”

Purport
The uncontaminated devotees who strictly depend on the Vedānta philosophy are divided into four sampradāyas, or transcendental parties. Out of the four sampradāyas, the Śrī Madhvācārya-sampradāya was accepted by Mādhavendra Purī. Thus he took sannyāsa according to paramparā, the disciplic succession. Beginning from Madhvācārya down to the spiritual master of Mādhavendra Purī, the ācārya named Lakṣmīpati, there was no realization of devotional service in conjugal love. Śrī Mādhavendra Purī introduced the conception of conjugal love for the first time in the Madhvācārya-sampradāya, and this conclusion of the Madhvācārya-sampradāya was revealed by Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu when He toured southern India and met the Tattvavādīs, who supposedly belonged to the Madhvācārya-sampradāya.

When Śrī Kṛṣṇa left Vṛndāvana and accepted the kingdom of Mathurā, Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī, out of ecstatic feelings of separation, expressed how Kṛṣṇa can be loved in separation. Thus devotional service in separation is central to this verse. Worship in separation is considered by the Gauḍīya-Madhva-sampradāya to be the topmost level of devotional service. According to this conception, the devotee thinks of himself as very poor and neglected by the Lord. Thus he addresses the Lord as dīna-dayārdra nātha, as did Mādhavendra Purī. Such an ecstatic feeling is the highest form of devotional service. Because Kṛṣṇa had gone to Mathurā, Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī was very much affected, and She expressed Herself thus: “My dear Lord, because of Your separation My mind has become overly agitated. Now tell Me, what can I do? I am very poor and You are very merciful, so kindly have compassion upon Me and let Me know when I shall see You.” Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu was always expressing the ecstatic emotions of Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī that She exhibited when She saw Uddhava at Vṛndāvana. Similar feelings, experienced by Mādhavendra Purī, are expressed in this verse. Therefore, Vaiṣṇavas in the Gauḍīya-Madhva-sampradāya say that the ecstatic feelings experienced by Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu during His appearance came from Śrī Mādhavendra Purī through Īśvara Purī. All the devotees in the line of the Gauḍīya-Madhva-sampradāya accept these principles of devotional service.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Gift of human life


  • Some realizations from this week:
  • Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead
  • We are parts and parcels of Krishna.
  • We have an eternal relationship with Krishna which we have forgotten.
  • Krishna has very mercifully given us this human form of life, which we have got after millions of lifetimes, to be able to remember our forgotten relationship with him.
  • We can remember and go back to our home in this very lifetime.
  • The only means to remember is to chant the Holy Name and perform devotional service of sharing this gift with everyone. 
  • We should take full advantage of the gift we have received by being serious in our devotional practice otherwise everything will be lost and we have no guarantee how long it will take us to again have all these ideal conditions.
  • Krishna has given me kids, which are a very important responsibility. He feels I will be able to help them in their journey to go back home in this lifetime. I should provide the suitable environment to help them grow in their spiritual practice in this lifetime. 
  • To grow spiritually - chant rounds sincerely, read Srila Prabhupada's books, Devotee association, Deity worship and always remember Vrindavan vaas.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Reflections from Govardhan Yatra 2017


  • Gurudev walks fast during Parikrama. He will take us back home back to Godhead, but if we don't do our endeavor, we can be left behind. Hence, we have to do our bit to keep up on the boat which is going directly back Home. 
  • Just give this lifetime to Krsna, there have been multiple lifetimes I've enjoyed for myself, this lifetime give it to Krsna.
  • Many times during Karthik, I remembered why I'm here, alone leaving family, spending so much time and money and helped me realize, I'm here to serve my Gurudeva and the Dhaam and the Vaishnavas. That meditation helped me to always remained focused in serving. 
  • Always give your 100% in serving with your body, mind and words.
  • When you are falling behind during parikrama, all we need to do is increase our step by a little centimeter to catch up. Same with spiritual practice, try to increase our step by a little bit and we will start seeing differences.
  • Magical chanting at Radha Kunda. Krsna gave me a bhakti molecule to allow me to go deeper in my practice.
  • Always cry out to Krsna, Please help me Please help me and He will help you.
  • Everyone notices when you do service for sake of just serving others and not for personal credit. So serve in the right mood. Give everything to please Krsna, Srila Prabhupada and Gurudeva.
  • Chant very very attentively and Krsna will reveal as we surrender to the process.
  • Lotus feet of Gurudeva
  • Always have a sankalpa/prayer before we start parikrama, chanting etc and we can meditate on that prayer during our service.
  • Be focused while doing seva so we can do seva in the right mood. When doing parikrama for example Gurudeva was focussed on that seva to Giriraja.
  • We are ornaments going around when doing parikrama like a flower garland. Giriraja remembers, oh this jiva is back.
  • Over time we will see affect. 
  • When doing parikrama, there are many things which come in our way, but we have to be focused on our seva and be fixed to complete our parikrama. Same way, during chanting many things will come our way but we have to be fixed. Same way in life, we will have many items to distract us but we need to be fixed on our path of KC
  • This gift is very very precious and we have no guarantee if we will again get access to it in our next life, we have to take advantage of it in this life time and if we sincerely follow the process we can go back home back to Godhead in this lifetime only!
  • Don't focus on seeing Krishna but focus on Krishna seeing you, same way focus on Gurudeva seeing you with you seva instead of you seeing Gurudeva.
  • Have compassion for all Vaishnavas.
  • Study Srila Prabhupada's books, everything is there in them.
  • Chant your rounds very very sincerely.

Reflections from work layoff

Nov 8th 2017, I got my layoff notice and it was something I wasn't expecting. I realized this is how material life is: Things happen suddenly when you least expect it. I also realized how important it is to always be ready and have that firm faith so these things don't affect us. During the process of searching for a job, I realized that this was Krsna's plan all along. I have been praying to Krsna to help me get a job so I'm able to have a good schedule, one which I can follow and have a good work, life balance. I realized Krsna was directly intervening to help me come closer to him. My faith has increased going through this process of losing a job, searching for a job and seeing Krsna always helping me. I'm hoping I always remember this and multiple other instances where Krsna has helped me and constantly be devoted to Krsna in good or bad. Always be able to be engaged in His service.

Reflections on getting sick

I have a high fever and body ache. Last night it was very hard to even breathe as my airways were blocked and I was breathing through my mouth, very uncomfortable. It made me realize, that at time of death, I'm not only going to be in a similar situation but only worse, probably on a hospital bed with no ability to move or share with others how I'm feeling as I wouldn't have the strength to express myself. My only hope would be to think about Lord Krsna's lotus feet and surrender myself to Him.

Then, I realized, well who knows when death is going to come, it might happen today, tomorrow etc, so it's very important to take this process very seriously and be able to take full advantage of this human form of life. This is the boat provided by Krsna to be able to cross this material ocean of birth and death. Sometimes (most of the times) we take this process for granted but by devotee association and reading Srila Prabhupada's books we understand what a precious gift we have received.

Praying to all Vaishnavas to bless me so I can take this process seriously. Hare Krsna!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Role of the Kirtan Leader

Q.
Dear Bada Haridas,
I led my first kirtan yesterday evening! I was wondering what is the role of the kirtan leader? I know that practically speaking they are playing an instrument and singing the mantra for the group to repeat, but what is their job spiritually?
I felt a little bit nervous to take on the task at first and was wondering if you could share some of your wisdom in that regard. Hare Krishna!
A.
Glad to hear you are leading kirtan. Thank you for asking such a nice question and for taking it so seriously. (Serious doesn’t mean it’s not blissful!)
We could speak about kirtan for a long time. There’s way more to it than it may seem. Briefly, the kirtan leader’s role is to help people connect with Krishna and you can’t do that if you’re not connected. So really the focus is internal. Try to be present in the moment, hearing attentively, sincerely calling out, asking for service and purification, singing for Krishna’s pleasure, thinking of the Lord, and begging for mercy. Chanting is all about re-establishing our relationship with the Lord.
As the kirtan leader it is best to be in the mood of serving the devotees. When Krishna is pleased, as Supersoul within their hearts, He pleases them, and that’s how we serve them. It’s not a show, or a performance.
Srila Prabhupada wrote, “The principle of chanting is to glorify the Lord and not to attract a crowd. If Krishna hears nicely then He will ask some sincere devotee to gather in such a place.” Letter to Subala, November 12, 1967.
Another important thing to remember is that a good kirtan happens by the mercy of the Holy Name alone. We can’t “make it happen.” We can sincerely call out (like a child crying for it’s mother) but it’s up to Him if He will appear or remain hidden. We have to try our best to serve, but we’re completely dependent on His mercy. So kirtan is a dynamic process of experiencing Krishna’s reciprocation in different ways. It’s never the same twice. It’s a discovery process.
Still, the more we actually love Krishna, the more He will want to come to us during kirtan.
One practical point: Try to sing melodies that are fairly easy for people to repeat. At the same time, try to make it musically pleasing and appropriate for the crowd and the circumstance.
Hope this helps. Thank you again. All the best. Hare Krsna!
Your servant,
Bada Haridas

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Adi-Rasa - The original love.

I listed to a powerful lecture on Adi-Rasa by HG Urmila Mataji. Thank you for this lecture mataji, this is so powerful. In fact I was there the first time you taught it at NV FOI :)

II encourage everyone to hear the lecture here: https://youtu.be/MTV05xQtTLQ. Also mataji's website is - www.urmiladevidasi.org

Some reflections from the lecture:
Understanding what adi-rasa is and how the jiva by uniting Radha Krsna (by changing the Hare Krsna Maha mantra) experiences it. Now I understand how both the process and the goal are the same. The Goal is to please Krishna. How Krsna is happy? When united with Radha Rani, the pleasure potency. How can we unite them? When we chant the HK mantra, both Radha and Krsna are united and are dancing together on our tongue. The pleasure we get when we see Krsna pleased is adi-rasa.

I was trying to think of this with the co-relation to book distribution and why Srila Prabhupada stressed so much on book distribution. He actually said, Book Distribution is my heart and our main business!

In the CC, it is said Srimati Radha Rani is the tree and the Gopis are like the leaves. Srimati Radha Rani got more pleasure uniting the Gopis to Krsna than her being with Krsna. Seeing this mood, Krsna got more pleasure and in turn Radha rani got more pleasure. It's so deep, I can't even imagine.

So similarly, when we distribute books and spread this message to bring new jiva souls closer to Krsna, Krsna becomes pleased, that we are bringing more souls closer to Him. Seeing Him getting pleased, we feel pleased and that is Adi- Rasa. The pleasure we feel after sex, is momentary, but the pleasure we derive from the bhakti yoga process is permanent and it keeps increasing.The original love.

Other points I liked from the lecture:
  1. The gross body fits around the mind. Based on the mind we have, the way we want to enjoy separately from Krsna, we get a particular body (ant body, dolphin body, human body etc.) It's a gross manifestation of our desires in our mind!
  2. Krsna is the spiritual cupid and Pradyumna, Krsna's son is the material cupid.
  3. They are so similar and hence, we get confused between our spiritual and material desires.
  4. So how to convert our lust back to love - by the Bhakti Yoga process.
  5. We can't kill it, because it is part of our spiritual body.
  6. We cannot kill our desires, but we need to purify our desire to please Krsna by serving Krsna - devotional service. Devotional and service.
  7. We need to have devotion and perform service to please Krsna.
  8. All our devotional service is meant to spark our desire - "YES WE WANT Krsna", we want to please Krsna.
  9. We need to tax our brain not for our material advancement but tax our brain - how can I please Krsna, how can I please Krsna!
  10. There is so much to do, we just need to absorb our mind with desire and emotion.
  11. We need to get the real experience - don't just lick the outside of the honey jar. We could be in the KC movement, but we could just do it as a ritual but we need to go deep into our practices, try to please Krsna with everything we do with devotion.
  12. It's a gradual process - bhakti yoga.
  13. As we gradually convert lust into love, we start getting a higher taste, but as we are doing this process, we still have a lot of material taste which we need to deal with still.
  14. Two way to deal with the remaining material lust during the devotional bhakti process as we are converting our lust to love:
  15. Krsna is very kind - Even though we have stolen this and are trying to enjoy the pleasure potency on our own, He isn't envious and allows us to enjoy. He knows we aren't suited to enjoy separately like this. So even though K allows us to enjoy on our own, he connected it to reproduction. In the spiritual world even though everyone is eternally experiencing this adi-rasa by uniting Radha and Krsna, it doesn't result in birth. By birth, we get responsibility and that is sacrifice. Sacrifice to Wife, kids etc. The all pervading transcendence is eternally situated in the acts of sacrifice. So Krsna is so kind, that even though we have pleasure momentarily, we still end up in doing some sacrifice.
  16. Sexual energy is - Connection(yoga);pleasure(ananda); creation(kriya-sakti); life(sat);vitality(virya)

So how to we convert Lust to Love:

1. Celibacy or Renounced Life: From Ayurveda - semen is the last dhatu formed out of majja or marrow. From food rasa is manufacture, from rasa comes rakta or blood, from blood comes flesh, from flesh comes fat from fat comes marrow and then semen. These are the 7 dhatus. Semen nourishes the body, heart and intellect.

One drop of semen is made from many drops of blood. When we waste our semen, its similar to wasting our blood. Maya devi tries to suck our blood when we waste our semen.
The celibate is supposed to rais the semina to the brain, not discharge it but keep it on the brain. ojas and tejas.

"Celibates are meant to bring the butter into the fire of their own sacrifice in their brain. When butter is put into fire it becomes ghee. The ghee is the love for the entire world, trying to bring them closer to Krsna and also its meant to study the philosophy and creativity. Creative means and tax brains on how to preach this KC movement. Use this energy to use for the purpose of preaching Krsna to everyone."
In a nutshell - bring semen up to the brain, preach KC to everyone, helping the world, read scriptures and use energy in spreading KC to everyone.

2. Married life - sex>children>responsibility>yajna. When sex is performed with scriptural injunctions it's Krsna and there is no sin. It's like prasadam. ghee of marriage is the kids and the reciprocation of service and love between husband and wife in the ideal of a household life.

K says in the BG: "If you offer sacrifice in everything you do, then you will achieve liberation." Grahastas are meant to procrate and also share wealth to spreading KC movement. 

But when we refuse to do any sacrifice, then everything is thrown away.

Whether you are in Brahmacharya or Grahasta, its still external, it's just a way to manage our material lust and transform it into love for Krsna, for Krsna's pleasure.


If we are chanting properly with attention, then we are uniting Krsna with His pleasure potency and providing him pleasure. Seeing him pleased we experience Adi-Rasa or Spiritual pleasure potency. This taste is eternal and always increasing and not temporary.

But when we refuse to do any sacrifice, then everything is thrown away.

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Whether you are in Brahmacharya or Grahasta, its still external, it's just a way to manage our material lust and transform it into love for Krsna, for Krsna's pleasure.


If we are chanting properly with attention, then we are uniting Krsna with His pleasure potency and providing him pleasure. Seeing him pleased we experience Adi-Rasa or Spiritual pleasure potency. This taste is eternal and always increasing and not temporary.