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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 02 August 2017, Radhadesh, Belgium, Srimad Bhagavatam 8.4.5-6)

This Iskcon movement is a treasure box. It is sort of like a gift packet; a big gift packet full of all kinds of goodies! This movement is like that; it is just packed with mercy. None of us really have the capacity to understand Srila Prabhupada! I think that we cannot understand the mercy Prabhupada has given us. We can see some of it.

When I read the Lilamrta and I read the Prabhupada stories that the devotees tell, sometimes I think, “Yes that person describes how they perceived the transcendental nature of Prabhupada.” Then I was thinking,”All that they saw was the tip of the iceberg of Prabhupada’s mercy!” Most of an iceberg is under water. There is so much more mercy than we see. So even all the glorification of Prabhupada is only touching the tip of the iceberg. Prabhupada is so much greater; his mercy is so much greater than we can see.

Sometimes, we are thinking that we have the potential to understand. We are in a movement, and even if we have been here for like forty or fifty years it does not matter, still we cannot understand how much mercy there is. Surely we are being touched.

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Travel Journal#14.3: North and Central Florida

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Diary of a Traveling Sadhaka, Vol. 14, No. 3 By Krishna-kripa das (February 2018, part one) North and Central Florida (Sent from Gainesville, Florida, on February 18, 2017)
Where I Went and What I Did
I began February by chanting Hare Krishna at the University of South Florida in Tampa with Ramiya Prabhu and his wife, Ananta Dasi, as Adikarta Prabhu distributed books. The next day after chanting at Krishna Lunch and attending a meeting of Bhaktivedanta Institute devotees with our guest Akhandadhi Prabhu of the UK where we talked about the Mayapur Temple of the Vedic Planetarian, I went with six Krishna House devotees to Tallahassee to chant and distribute books and spiritual foodat an event called First Friday. The next day I worked a lot on the previous issue of this journal, and the day after that, I celebrated Sadaputa Prabhu’s birthday at a pizza party with other devotees who have a relationship with Bhaktivedanta Institute of Gainesville, to be renamed, in accordance with Srila Prabhupada’s original desire, Bhaktivedanta Institute for Higher Studies. Then I went back to Tallahassee to chant for two weeks at Florida State University and to interest students and others in Krishna Lunch, Srila Prabhupada’s books, temple programs, and free vegan prasadam cookies, and to chant on the weekend in between at Lake Ella. On Shiva Ratri we had a program at the Tallahassee temple which I tried to make as Krishna conscious as possible.
I share many, many more quotes than usual from Srila Prabhupada’s books and lectures. This is because I have more time to read in Florida, and in Tallahassee, when I do not have people to give class to, I hear Srila Prabhupada lectures instead.I also share notes on talks by Varsana Swami, Rtadhvaja Swami, Adikarta Prabhu, Akhandadhi Prabhu, Madana Mohan Prabhu, Nagaraja Prabhu, Garuda Prabhu of Tallahassee, Murali Gopal Prabhu, and Hanan Prabhu. I share quotes by Prishni Devi Dasi and Nama Kirtan from conversations and by Jagannatha Misra Prabhu from his latest book, The Book III.
Many, many thanks to my friend, Dhamesvar Mahaprabhu Das Prabhu, for his very generous donation the end of January. Many, many thanks to Rasaraja Prabhu, who has been associated with Krishna House for many years, for his very generous donation this month. 
Thanks to Florida State University for the photos of their staff members from their web site, www.fsu.edu. Thanks to pinterest.com for their photo of Lord Shiva.
Itinerary
February 18–20: Gainesville Krishna House February 21: Jacksonville, University of North Florida Krishna Club February 22–March 12: Tallahassee (FSU on weekdays, Lake Ella on weekends) March 12–13: Gainesville Krishna House March 14–17: Jacksonville? March 18: Gainesville Krishna House / Alachua Sunday Feast March 19–March 23: Tallahassee (FSU on weekdays, Lake Ella on weekends) March 23: Gainesville Krishna House Friday Night – Talk on Ratha-yatraMarch 24: St. Augustine Ratha-yatra March 25: Gainesville Krishna House March 26–April 5: Tallahassee (FSU on weekdays, Lake Ella on weekends) April 6: Tallahassee First Friday April 7: Tallahassee Ratha-yatraApril 8: Gainesville Krishna House April 9: Albany? April 10: Philadelphia? April 11–13: Washington, D.C.April 14: New York CityApril 15–19: IrelandApril 19–24: NewcastleApril 27: Amsterdam (King’s Day) April 28–29: RadhadeshMay 1–4: NewcastleMay 5–6: Birmingham 24-Hour KirtanMay 7–14: Newcastle, Sheffield, and LeedsMay 15?–July 20: ParisJuly 21–July 27: North UKJuly 28: Berlin Ratha-yatra and harinamasJuly 31–August 4: Polish WoodstockAugust 5: BerlinAugust 6–September 2: North UK and Vaishnava Sanga Festival in CanadaSeptember 3–25: MayapurSeptember 26: NewcastleSeptember 27: DublinSeptember 28–January 2019: New York City Yuga Dharma Harinama Party
Chanting Hare Krishna at Krishna Lunch in Gainesville
At Krishna Lunch devotees sing for 2½ hours and distribute about 1,000 plates of prasadam (spiritual food) five days a week, inspired by Srila Prabhupada’s words, “So do something wonderful there in Gainesville. Wonderful means simply you chant loudly and distribute prasadam. That is not very difficult. It is very easy. Simply if you do it enthusiastically and sincerely, then success will be there.” (Letter, June 29, 1971)
Kalakantha Prabhu, temple president of Krishna House, chants Hare Krishna at Krishna Lunch (https://youtu.be/uIoWD3Mmtts):

Lavanga Devi Dasi chants Hare Krishna at Krishna Lunch, and I play the drum and dance when Animesh takes over(https://youtu.be/vvquJrn0e0g):

Animesh Prabhu chants Hare Krishna at Krishna Lunch (https://youtu.be/MndVOWy8Kyk):

Chanting Hare Krishna at First Friday in Tallahassee
I accompanied Krishna House devotees to Tallahassee where we joined local devotees for an event calledFirst Friday at Railroad Square Art Park. Devotees distributedbooks, cups of halava,and invitations to Krishna Lunch at Florida State University and to the Tallahassee temple. These videos will give you a feel for what it was like.
Champaka-lata Devi Dasi, visiting from New York City’s Bhakti Center, chants Hare Krishna at First Friday (https://youtu.be/jimopOvk9VQ):

Here Shruti Sagar Prabhu leads the chanting of Hare Krishna (https://youtu.be/jPNgfa_dFl0):

Here Bhaktin Aris chants Hare Krishna, and one lady tries to sing along (https://youtu.be/X7PlueGizRM):

The young ladies on our party distributed 33 books in the two and a quarter hours we were in Tallahassee, and we also distributed about 50 cups of halava from Gainesville’s Krishna Lunch. We kept running out of forks for thehalava, and Shruti Sagar Prabhu got persons working in a bar to donate them to us.
Three devotees wanted to leave at 9:00 p.m., the official end of the event, but I insisted we stay to 9:30 p.m. because there were still many people there and because we had driven 2½ hours to get there.During that last half hour, we met the nicest people we saw the whole evening. People would just come up to us, curious about what we were doing, and eager to take the halava prasadam, invitations, and books. It was Krishna’s mercy we stayed.
It was a big sacrifice driving 2½hours each way for the event, but the devotees were happy to make the sacrifice, and I was glad to be part of the team and to have encouraged them to attend the event, which definitely helps facilitate awareness of Krishna in Tallahassee, where I am spending three weeks a month to enhance our program there.
I hope the Krishna House devotees will come up for First Friday in March and April as well.
Chanting Hare Krishna by the Bars Near the University of Florida Campus
Here Abhimanyu Prabhu chants Hare Krishna with Krishna House devotees by the bars near the University of Florida campus as part of their weekly Saturday night harinama.Passersby enjoy dancing to the music (https://youtu.be/yAwAvenN1GY):

I led the chanting at one point, letting others play the instruments, so I could continue to video the people dancing with us (https://youtu.be/Fs5qhZ9l13Q):

Bhaktin Aris led the chanting on the way home, and a few people interacted with us before we left the region of the bars (https://youtu.be/PzEUxUQ9u-A):

Chanting Hare Krishna at Florida State University in Tallahassee

At Florida State University, one young lady said hi as she passed me as I was chanting at my Bhakti Yoga Club table, which I do three hours a day. I explained I was chanting a mantra that was part of a practice of yoga and meditation described in Bhagavad-gita.I said the Gitacontained universal truths also described in other traditions but included the ideas of past lives and the presence of the soul in all species. I gave her a dollar off coupon for the FSU Krishna Lunch. As she left, she said, “I like your booth the best of all the ones on campus. You are giving joy, and everyone else is just yelling.”
My book table presentation at Florida State University has different features that attract passersby: the free vegan cookies, the “Ask a Monk” sign, the colorful books of Srila Prabhupada, coupons for $1 off for Krishna Lunch, the harmonium, and the chanting itself. I talk to people who stop by, and usually do not make a special endeavor to get people to stop, as so few are interested anyway it distracts from the chanting of Hare Krishna which I want to share with everyone.
One day two students who already read Science of Self-Realization expressed interest in Journey of Self Discovery, one actually buying it.
As previously, some students attended Krishna Lunch the very day I told them about it, and some told me later that they liked it. There were also students who had just recently become vegetarian and who were excited to hear about Krishna Lunch.
One young man, who was studying education, said he was not so much interested in the educational system in America, but preferred an approach more centered on the needs of the individual. I read to him that verse where Krishna says He created the four divisions of society basedon the qualities and work of the individuals, and I briefly described the intellectual, administrative, productive, and laborer classes and their activities. Hearing my explanation he commented, “You see those divisions everywhere.” I smiled. It reminded me that Srila Prabhupada would make thepoint that because the divisions are created by Krishna, you can see them in all societies. I mentioned how the guru could understand the mentality of his disciple and educate him accordingly. I took the opportunity to explain, as I often do, that the Hindu caste system was a corruption of the four divisions based on birth, which is not mentioned inBhagavad-gita, instead of qualities and activities which are. To distinguish the Hare Krishna teaching from Hindu polythesism, I also oftenpoint outthat worship of many gods is not recommendedin this most fundamental of the Hindu scriptures, but rather worship of the one Supreme Lord is.
A Ph.D. student in English literature from Delhi stopped by to talk. Her father was a musician who played the harmonium. As she studied English literature, I read Henry David Thoreau’s quote on Bhagavad-gita to her, “In the morning I bathe my intellect in the stupendous and cosmogonal philosophy of the Bhagavad-gita,in comparison with which our modern world and its literature seems puny and trivial.” I think she liked that quote better than anyone I ever read it to, and she said, “I am also a transcendentalist.” She was happy to hear of Krishna Lunch and was familiar with theupma on the menu for the next day.
Not only do students stop by my book table, but also members of the staff and faculty.
Julia Zimmerman, director of University Libraries for over ten years,stopped by my book table at Landis Green at Florida State University. She was familiar with Bhagavad-gita, and she had eaten Krishna Lunch years ago. Yoga was part of her life, and she been involved in different yoga groups in her youth. She was happy to see me on the campus as example of diversityand to receive an invitation reminding her of Krishna Lunch, so she can make that part of her busy life again.
Dennis Smith, Planner-in-Residence, in the Florida State University planning department,stopped by my book table twice. The first time he got a flyer for Krishna Lunch, and the next time he came with a friend to say how much they liked it and to inquire about the menu.
Shiva Ratri
The Indian congregation wanted to do a program of Shiva puja on Shiva Ratri at our Tallahassee Hare Krishna temple. I tried to make it as Krishna conscious as possible. We chanted ten minutes of Hare Krishna to the evening melody before the puja, and after the puja I read from Bhagavad-gita and the writings of Bhaktivinoda Thakura about Lord Shiva.
Lord Krishna says, “rudranam shankaras casmi – Of all the Rudras I am Lord Shiva.” (Bhagavad-gita 10.23). Srila Prabhupada writes in the purport, “There are eleven Rudras, of whom Shankara, Lord Shiva, is predominant. He is the incarnation of the Supreme Lord in charge of the mode of ignorance in the universe.”
In Bhaktivinoda Thakura’s, “Gaura Arati”song, which we sing every Sunday, you may or may not know that Lord Shiva is mentioned.
shiva-suka-narada preme gada-gadabhakativinoda dekhe gorara sampada

“Lord Shiva, Sukadeva Gosvami, and Narada Muni are all there, and their voices are choked with the ecstasy of transcendental love. Thus Thakura Bhaktivinoda envisions the glory of Lord Sri Caitanya.”
As Lord Krishna has his abode Vrindavan, Lord Caitanya has His abode, Navadvipa. As Lord Shiva resides in Vrindavan, guarding that dhama, he similarly resides in Navadvipa. Bhaktivinoda Thakura writes about this in his Navadvipa Dhama Mahatyma:
“One time during Satya-yuga, Lord Shiva began madly dancing, while chanting the name of Gauranga. Parvati asked him, ‘Please tell me who is Gauranga. By seeing your astonishing dance and hearing the name of Gauranga, my heart is melting. All that I have heard in the way of mantra and tantra till now only leads to more entanglement for the living entities. Dear husband, please tell me something of this Gauranga. By worshiping Him will I receive actual life?’ Hearing Parvati’s words, Shiva meditated on Gauranga and said, ‘Unto you, who are the primordial energy, one portion of Sri Radha, I will tell the crest-jewel of all truths. Accepting the spiritual emotions of Sri Radha, Krishna will descend in this Kali-yuga at Mayapur in the womb of Saci. Lord Gauranga, intoxicated with pastimes of kirtana, will distribute the jewel of prema to everyone without discrimination. Whoever does not drown in that flood of prema is most unfortunate. O Devi, just by remembering the Lord’s promise that He will come, I pass my life drowning in love of God. Being unable to control myself, I have given up my own city of Kasi. Within Mayapur, on the bank of the Ganges, I will live in a hut and worship Gauranga.’
“Hearing Shiva’s words, beautiful Parvati quickly went to Simantadvipa. As she constantly meditated on the form of Gauranga and chanted His name, she became immersed in prema. After some time, Gauracandra appeared with His associates to bestow mercy on Parvati. His complexion was like molten gold. He had long arms, wavy hair, and beautiful limbs. He was wearing a long dhoti folded thrice, and from His neck swung a garland of flowers, which was very attractive to behold. In a voice choked with love, Gaura Raya said, ‘O Parvati, why have you come here?’
“Parvati fell at the lotus feet of the master of the universe and with an agitated mind explained her sorrow: ‘O Prabhu Jagannatha, life of the universe, though You are merciful to all, You have deceived me. O deliverer of the fallen, You have appointed me to bind up all the living entities in the material world who are averse to You. I have come into the material world to do this work, and have thus been cheated of Your unlimited prema. People say that wherever Krishna is there is no Maya. I am therefore forced to always remain outside Your spiritual realm, in the material world. So how will I ever see Your pastimes? If You do not offer a way, I am without hope.’
"Saying this, Parvati put Gauranga’s foot dust on her simanta(part in the hair) in great distress. From that, the name of Simantadvipa came. Ignorant people call the place Simuliya.
"Gauracandra was pleased, and He said to Parvati, ‘O supreme goddess, listen carefully to My words. You are My energy, you are not separate or different from Me. My one energy has two forms. Within the spiritual kingdom, My original energy has one form as Sri Radha, but for carrying out activities in the material world She has expanded Herself as you. Without you, My lilacould not be accomplished, for in the form of Yogamaya, you are necessary in My pastimes. In Vraja, you are eternally present as Paurnamasi, and in Navadvipa you are present as Praudha Maya along with Ksetrapala Shiva, guardian of the dhama.
“Saying this, Gauranga disappeared, and Parvati became overwhelmed with love. Parvati stays in one form as the goddess of Simantadvipa, and in another form as Praudha Maya in Mayapur.”
Godly T-Shirts
I encountered two T-shirts with theistic messages worn by students at two Florida universities:
At the Marshall Student Center at University of South Florida in Tampa, one young man reminds us that God more important than money.
At Landis Greeen at Florida State University in Tallahassee, one young lady reminds us that God has a plan and we are part of it.
Insights
Srila Prabhupada:
From a class on Srimad-Bhagavatam1.15.32 in Los Angeles on December 10, 1973:
“I am absorbed in thought of this mortal consciousness, ‘This is my country, this is my body, this is my family, this is my community, this is my nation . . . ’ They are all mortal. But immortal consciousness is that ‘I am Krishna’s.’ That is immortal consciousness. ‘Krishna is mine, and I am Krishna’s.’This is immortal consciousness. When you come to this consciousness – that is called Krishna consciousness – then you are saved.”
“However rich you may be, however prosperous you may be, at your home or in your nation or in any way, . . . you have to think that ‘Actually these things are temporary. I am eternal. So what is my eternal function?’ That is meditation. ‘What is my eternal function? What is my eternal duty? Where is my eternal home?’ That is Krishna consciousness.”
“As soon as there is discrepancies in the understanding of eternal life, He appears. He teaches. So Krishna is teaching somewhere.”
“So at the time of death, when that thought is prominent, then I get the next moment a body like that. So if you simply think of Krishna only, then you get a body where by which you can go to Krishna. You can go to Krishna. Tyaktva deham punar janma[Bhagavad-gita4.9]. It is very scientific and very practical. So by going to Krishna, you can talk with Krishna personally. You can play with Krishna personally. You can dance with Krishna. That is Krishna-loka. Just like we have got a picture, rasadancing. Here is picture, Krishna’s. Everyone can get this opportunity. Therefore Krishna comes to show practically how enjoyable life with Krishna in Vrindavan. Krishna is simply jolly, anandamayo ’bhyasat.In Vrindavan life you will see, everyone is jolly. The birds, trees and the water, the land, the cows, the calves, the inhabitants, the cowherd boys – everyone is happy simply by loving Krishna. Simply by loving Krishna. So Krishna therefore manifests His lilathat ‘Why you are rotting in this material world? Come to Me and enjoy life eternally.’”
Maithunameans sex intercourse. That is their life and soul. They do not know, they have no information, there is better pleasure, eternal pleasure. That they do not know.”
From Srimad-Bhagavatam10.2.20, purport:
“The movement will go on increasing more and more, provided the leaders of the movement remain firmly Krishna conscious by following the regulative principles and the primary activities of chanting the Hare Krishna mantra regularly.”
From Srimad-Bhagavatam10.2.24, purport:
“Krishna consciousness, favorably cultivated, makes one completely happy, so much so that a Krishna conscious person does not consider kaivalya-sukham,or merging into the existence of Krishna, to be a great gain.Kaivalyam narakayate.For a Krishna conscious person, even merging into the existence of Krishna, or Brahman, as impersonalists aspire to do, is uncomfortable. Kaivalyam narakayate tridasha-pur akasha-pushpayate.Karmishanker to be promoted to the heavenly planets, but a Krishna conscious person considers such promotion a will-o’-the-wisp, good for nothing. Durdantendriya-kala-sarpa-patali protkhata-damstrayate. Yogistry to control their senses and thus become happy, but a Krishna conscious person neglects the methods of yoga. He is unconcerned with the greatest of enemies, the senses, which are compared to snakes. For a Krishna conscious person who is cultivating Krishna consciousness favorably, the happiness conceived by the karmis, jñanis and yogisis treated as less than a fig.”
“Although Kamsa was always absorbed in thoughts of Hari, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, he was not happy. A devotee, however, whether sitting on a throne or beneath a tree, is always happy. Srila Rupa Gosvami resigned from office as a government minister to sit beneath a tree, yet he was happy. Tyaktva turnam ashesha-mandalapati-shrenim sada tucchavat(Sad-gosvamy-astaka4). He did not care for his comfortable position as minister; he was happy even beneath a tree in Vrindavan, favorably serving the Supreme Personality of Godhead. This is the difference between a devotee and a nondevotee. For a nondevotee, the world is full of problems, whereas for a devotee the entire world is full of happiness.”
From Srimad-Bhagavatam10.2.26, purport:
sakrid eva prapanno yas tavasmiti ca yacateabhayam sarvada tasmai dadamy etad vratam mama
‘If one surrenders unto Me sincerely, saying, “My Lord, from this day I am fully surrendered unto You,” I always give him protection. That is My vow.’ (Ramayana,Yuddha-kanda 18.33)”
From The Nectar of Devotion, Chapter 9:
“In other words, one should learn how to cry for the Lord. One should learn this small technique, and he should be very eager and actually cry to become engaged in some particular type of service. This is called laulyam,and such tears are the price for the highest perfection. If one develops this laulyam,or excessive eagerness for meeting and serving the Lord in a particular way, that is the price to enter into the kingdom of God. Otherwise, there is no material calculation for the value of the ticket by which one can enter the kingdom of God. The only price for such entrance is this laulyam lalasa-mayi,or desire and great eagerness.”
“In the temple it is the custom that the caranamritabe kept in a big pot. The devotees who come to visit and offer respects to the Deity take three drops of caranamritavery submissively and feel themselves happy in transcendental bliss.”
From The Nectar of Devotion, Chapter 10:
“A devotee who is not perfectly freed from the resultant actions should therefore continue to act in Krishna consciousness seriously, even though there may be so many impediments. When such impediments arise he should simply think of Krishna and expect His mercy. That is the only solace. If the devotee passes his days in that spirit, it is certain that he is going to be promoted to the abode of the Lord.”
From a class on Srimad-Bhagavatam1.1.1 in Caracas on February 20, 1975:
“A cat and dog cannot enquire about the origin of a thing. But a human mind is developed in such a way that he enquires, he makes research to find out the original cause. Just like nowadays the scientists are enquiring about the origin of life.”
“The child enquires, ‘What is this, father?’ Similarly, we should also enquire, ‘What is the origin of this universe?’ Not only universe, but any item within our experience, naturally we are inclined . . . Just like here is a microphone. So an intelligent person is inquisitive to enquire, ‘Who is the manufacturer of this microphone?’ Just like we enquire about a child, ‘Whose son he is? Who is his father?’ Similarly, this is human mind, to enquire about the origin. That is the only business of human being. In the Srimad-Bhagavatamit is said, jivasya tattva-jijnasa . . . Jivameans all living being, but above all living beings, the human being is the most awakened consciousness. Therefore his business is to enquire about the Absolute Truth.”
“Now you are also animal because you don’t enquire about the Absolute Truth. But you are developed, so now your business is to enquire about the origin of everything.”
“One should be satisfied like the animals. They are satisfied with their position. They are not agitated. Similarly, we should be satisfied whatever is available automatically by the gift of nature or by God.”
“This is a fact, that Krishna is the origin of everything, but the intelligent man can understand it very easily. Therefore he takes to Krishna consciousness. And those who are not intelligent, he tries to understand whether Krishna is the origin of everything, therefore it takes some time. Therefore persons who are making research what is the origin of everything, they are also learned scholars, but because they are doing in their own way, therefore it takes many, many births to understand that Krishna is the origin of everything. So in this way of material research, one will come to the conclusion, if he is really a research scholar that vasudevah sarvam iti[Bhagavad-gita7.19]. But those who are more purified, instead of making research, he immediately accepts that Krishna is the origin of everything.”
“The guru means he gives light to the persons who are living in darkness. So that is the motto in our Back to Godheadpaper, that ‘Godhead is light, and nescience is darkness. Where there is God, there is no nescience.’ So Krishna or God or light, the same thing. If you take to Krishna consciousness, there will be no more ignorance. Just like here there is light, electric light. There is no darkness. The darkness is there, but when there is light, darkness automatically goes away. Similarly, if you take to Krishna consciousness, then darkness of life immediately goes away. And that is required in human life. The animal life means full of darkness, and the human life, although full of darkness, it can be dissipated. So our request is – we are pushing this Krishna consciousness movement everywhere all over the world – just to drive away the darkness of ignorance and come to the light of knowledge. So this center is open for this purpose. I request you, all of you, to take advantage of this Krishna consciousness movement and be enlightened and be happy in your life.”
“Q: There are many religions that speak of the light. How can we know we are actually facing the real light?A: Light is to be realized personally. . . . Just like this room is dark. When there is light, it doesn’t require to be enquired, ‘Is it light?‘You personally perceive it is light. Just like you are hungry and foodstuff is given to you and when your hunger is satisfied, appetite is appeased, then you naturally you feel, ‘Yes, I am satisfied.’You don’t require to enquire [from] anyone. Therefore it is called self-realization. Automatically you realize.”
From a class on Srimad-Bhagavatam1.1.1 on February 21, 1975 in Caracas:
“Krishna, or God, says that ‘I am expanded in My impersonal form everywhere. Everything is existing on account of Me. But still, I am not everything.’ Just like God has expanded in this microphone. The microphone is also expansion of God’s energy, but that does not mean we have to worship the microphone. So God has got that power, that although He has expanded Himself in His impersonal form everywhere, still, He has got His original existence. A small example can be given in this connection. Just like a father. He has given birth to hundreds of children. That does not mean the father is finished. These children is expansion of the father, but father keeps himself as father. So in this way He is Vasudeva, means He is present everywhere. He says in the Bhagavad-gita, sarvatah pani-padam tat:‘He has got His hands and legs and eyes everywhere.’Because the part and parcel expansion of God, either vishnu-tattvaor jiva-tattva,they are everywhere.”
Bhagavatasays, sa vai pumsam paro dharmo yato bhaktir adhoksaje:[Srimad-Bhagavatam1.2.6] ‘That is first-class religion which helps one to love God.’ So we are propagating teaching people how to love God. That is our mission. We don’t say that you become Christian or Hindu or Muslim or . . . , no. You become a lover of God. So comparatively, the process which we are recommending, that is the easiest process. That is admitted by one priest in Boston. He said that ‘These boys and girls are our countrymen or our boys. Before this movement, they did not come to the church, and now how they are mad after God?’ So therefore this is the easiest process, to become pure and go back to home, back to Godhead.”
From Srimad-Bhagavatam10.2.28, purport:
“Not being disturbed by the Lord’s various features, one should concentrate upon and worship the Supreme Lord (mam ekam saranam vraja). This should be the guiding principle of one’s life.”
From Sri Caitanya-caritamrita,Antya 8.93 and 8.95:
“Because of His full independence, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu sometimes behaved like a common man and sometimes manifested His godly opulence.”
“Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu behaved exactly like the Supreme Personality of Godhead, beyond the restriction of anyone’s intelligence. He did whatever He liked, but all His activities were very beautiful.”
From The Nectar of Devotion, Chapter 11:
“In the Mahabharata,Draupadi says, ‘My dear Govinda, Your promise is that Your devotee can never be vanquished. I believe in that statement, and therefore in all kinds of tribulations I simply remember Your promise, and thus I live.’ The purport is that Draupadi and her five husbands, the Pandavas, were put into severe tribulations by their cousin-brother Duryodhana, as well as by others. The tribulations were so severe that even Bhismadeva, who was both a lifelong brahmacariand a great warrior, would sometimes shed tears thinking of them. He was always surprised that although the Pandavas were so righteous and Draupadi was practically the goddess of fortune, and although Krishna was their friend, still they had to undergo such severe tribulations. Though their tribulations were not ordinary, Draupadi was not discouraged. She knew that because Krishna was their friend, ultimately they would be saved.”
“In the Skanda Puranathere is another statement about tulasi,as follows: ‘Tulasiis auspicious in all respects. Simply by seeing, simply by touching, simply by remembering, simply by praying to, simply by bowing before, simply by hearing about or simply by sowing this tree, there is always auspiciousness. Anyone who comes in touch with the tulasitree in the above-mentioned ways lives eternally in the Vaikuntha world.’”
From a class on Srimad-Bhagavatam1.15.33 in Los Angeles on December 11, 1973:
“Why not experimental knowledge now? If you say that life is generated from matter . . . You are writing so many books and getting Nobel Prize. Why not by experimental knowledge prove that ‘Here are some matters and chemicals and here is life’? That they say, ‘We are trying.’ This is their escape. But actually, science means two things: observation and experiment. If you do not experiment practically in the laboratory, simply observation is not sufficient. That is not science. That is theory.”
Ekanta-bhaktimeans unalloyed devotion. This is the secret of devotional life. Even God is not physically present, a devotee can be very much exalted by devotional service. That is the teaching of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu.”
“Just like Gosvamis. They were living at Vrndavana. And what sort of living? Simply in separation and search. Caitanya Mahaprabhu also taught us like that. He was searching, ‘Where is Krishna? Where is Krishna?’ and feeling separation. Just like you feel sometimes with your lover separation and you search, this is our process. Always feel separation from Krishna and try to search out. This is ekanta.
“So it is the question of advancement. So Caitanya Mahaprabhu and His followers taught us that if you feel separation . . . . How you will feel separation unless you love? And you simply worship the Supreme in a feeling of separation, then that is perfection.” “They [The Six Goswamis] were ministers. Their associates were very big, big men. . . . Because they were minister, everyone used to come to see, and they were associated with. But they gave up. . . . How it was given up? . . . ‘Oh, it insignificant. What is this?’ . . . Why? Why they gave it up? . . . Under the instruction of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, they understood that ‘So many mass of people are suffering without Krishna consciousness. So we have to do something for them.’ Therefore they gave up.”
“If you become so much dependent on the bodily necessities of life, then you cannot become fully and wholly for the benefit of the mass of people.”
“We claim, ‘This is my hand.’ Actually this is not my hand. It is Krishna’s hand. Krishna has given me to use it. . . . Just like my hand is utilized for my benefit. I am not using this hand for your benefit. This is natural. My hands, my legs, my eyes, are used for my purpose. So if it is actually Krishna’s hand, how it can be used for your purpose? So when you learn this science, that ‘This hand, I am claiming, it is not my hand; it is Krishna’s hand. It should be utilized for Krishna,’ that is Krishna consciousness. That is Krishna consciousness.”
From Srimad-Bhagavatam3.7.19:
“Let me become a sincere servant of the devotees, because by serving them one can achieve unalloyed devotional service unto the lotus feet of the Lord. The service of devotees diminishes all miserable material conditions and develops within one a deep devotional love for the Supreme Personality of Godhead.”
From The Nectar of Devotion, Chapter 12:
“The importance of chanting Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare is very strongly stressed in the Second Canto, First Chapter, verse 11, of Srimad-Bhagavatamin the following way. Sukadeva Gosvami tells Maharaja Pariksit, ‘My dear King, if one is spontaneously attached to the chanting of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra,it is to be understood that he has attained the highest perfectional stage.’”
“The same thing is confirmed in the Adi Puranaby Krishna. While addressing Arjuna He says, ‘Anyone who is engaged in chanting My transcendental name must be considered to be always associating with Me. And I may tell you frankly that for such a devotee I become easily purchased.’”
“One should, therefore, be encouraged to develop his service attitude toward the Lord, because this will help him to chant without any offense. And so, under the guidance of a spiritual master, the disciple is trained to render service and at the same time chant the Hare Krishna mantra. As soon as one develops his spontaneous service attitude, he can immediately understand the transcendental nature of the holy names of the maha-mantra.
From a class on Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.15.34 inLos Angeles on December 12, 1973:
“Devotee means who accepts the Supreme Lord as the supreme controller and accepts himself as subordinate. This is devotee. . . . Actually, we are subordinate to the laws of nature, and the nature is being manipulated by the Lord, therefore, ultimately we are subordinate to the Supreme Lord. God is great; everyone knows it. But I am not great; I am subordinate. Acceptance of this philosophy means . . . godly conscious or Krishna conscious.”
“Why we have opened this society? I could have initiated, and let him remain at his home. No. The society required. So by association we become good or bad. If you associate with goodness, then you acquire goodness quality, and if you associate with bad, passionate, ignorant, then you get that quality.”
“What is the difference between a demon and devotee? A demon is puffed up. That’s all. Falsely. That is demon. And a devotee is submissive, meek and mild. This is the difference. . . . We go, ‘My dear sir, we have got these books to understand Krishna, the Supreme Lord. So you kindly read this book. You will be benefited.’ ‘Ah, what is God? Who is God? I am God.’ This is demonism. And demigod or a devotee means ‘Oh, here is a book, something about God, Krishna. All right, let me read it.’ That is the difference.”
From Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.2.35, purport:
“The appearance of Krishna is the answer to all imaginative iconography of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Everyone imagines the form of the Supreme Personality of Godhead according to his mode of material nature. In the Brahma-samhitait is said that the Lord is the oldest person. Therefore a section of religionists imagine that God must be very old, and therefore they depict a form of the Lord like a very old man. But in the same Brahma-samhita,that is contradicted; although He is the oldest of all living entities, He has His eternal form as a fresh youth.”
“When Krishna came, He was actually present on the Battlefield of Kuruksetra, and everyone saw Him. But not everyone could understand that He was the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Still, everyone who died in His presence attained complete liberation from material bondage and was transferred to the spiritual world.”
“One should have the common sense to ask why, if Krishna or Rama were fictitious, stalwart scholars like Sridhara Svami, Rupa Gosvami, Sanatana Gosvami, Viraraghava, Vijayadhvaja, Vallabhacarya and many other recognized acaryaswould have spent so much time to write about Krishna in notes and commentaries on Srimad-Bhagavatam.
From Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.2.36, purport:
“In the material world there is a difference between form and name. The mango fruit is different from the name of the mango. One cannot taste the mango fruit simply by chanting, ‘Mango, mango, mango.’ But the devotee who knows that there is no difference between the name and the form of the Lord chants Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare, and realizes that he is always in Krishna’s company.”
From The Nectar of Devotion, Chapter 13:
“Rupa Gosvami has stated that five kinds of devotional activities—namely residing in Mathura, worshiping the Deity of the Lord, reciting Srimad-Bhagavatam,serving a devotee and chanting the Hare Krishna mantra—are so potent that a small attachment for any one of these five items can arouse devotional ecstasy even in a neophyte.”
“In the Eleventh Canto, Twentieth Chapter, verse 9, of Srimad-Bhagavatam,the Lord Himself says, ‘One should execute the prescribed duties of varnaand asramaas long as he has not developed spontaneous attachment for hearing about My pastimes and activities.’”
From The Nectar of Devotion, Chapter 14:
“Devotional service is dependent on nothing other than the sentiment or desire for such service. It requires nothing more than sincerity. . . . Actually, Krishna consciousness—devotional service itself—is the only way of advancing in devotional life. Devotional service is absolute; it is both the cause and the effect. The Supreme Personality of Godhead is the cause and effect of all that be, and to approach Him, the Absolute, the process of devotional service—which is also absolute—has to be adopted.”
“Mental speculators neglect the process of devotional service, and by simply trying to defeat others in philosophical research they fail to develop the ecstasy of devotion.”
“If we are unable to execute all the different items of devotional service, we must try to execute at least one of them, as exemplified by previous acaryas.. . . With the first complete engagement, one becomes automatically detached from material contamination, and liberation becomes the maidservant of the devotee.”
From a class on Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.1.2 on February 23, 1975, in Caracas:
“So we have scattered our love for so many things in the material world. We have to collect everything and transfer everything for loving God. That is successful life. So if we think of God, then how we become purified, and next we become transferred to the kingdom of God. And if we think of material things, then again we shall be transferred to another material body.”
“This Krishna consciousness movement is for educating people how to think of God constantly. And if we practice like that, then, after giving up this body, we are going to get a body which is exactly like God. This body is called sac-cid-ananda.Satmeans eternal, citmeans full of knowledge, and anandameans full of bliss. This body, this material body, is just the opposite number. It is neither eternal, neither full of knowledge, neither full of bliss.”
From Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.1.2, purport:
“In the material world there is keen competition between animal and animal, man and man, community and community, nation and nation. But the devotees of the Lord rise above such competitions. They do not compete with the materialist because they are on the path back to Godhead where life is eternal and blissful. Such transcendentalists are nonenvious and pure in heart. In the material world, everyone is envious of everyone else, and therefore there is competition. But the transcendental devotees of the Lord are not only free from material envy, but are well-wishers to everyone, and they strive to establish a competitionless society with God in the center.”
Varsana Swami:
Satsvarupa Maharaja wrote to Srila Prabhupada about his plans for preaching, and Srila Prabhupada wrote him back that there is no point in preaching if we cannot properly maintain the devotees we already have. He used the analogy of boiling milk.
Srila Prabhupada was so grateful for any assistance. He would said, “You are representatives of my Guru Maharaja.”
The sweetness of the loving relationships in Gaudiya Vaishnavism comes from the mood in Vrindavan.
Krishna is irrestibly attracted to stealing butter, which comes from cream, the essence of milk.
Why does Krishna steal the neighbor’s butter? They want him to.
Why does Krishna feed butter to the monkeys? To reciprocate with the monkeys who assisted Him in Rama-lila.
Krishna, stealing Radharani’s heart and halo, came as Lord Caitanya.
Lord Caitanya came to relish loving relationships. It was all Ramananda Raya could do to keep Lord Caitanya in this world.
The Six Goswamis developed a sadhana[practice] by which anyone can enter into these sweet pastimes of Krishna.
Mercy is superior to justice, and grace is even superior to mercy, because it compensates for deficiencies.
We are all seeking eternal bliss [nityananda] because we are part of Krishna.
Narottama began writing his songs before he and the other devotees knew that the lost books of the Goswamis would be recovered thus the songs contain the essence of those books.
“Be bold, be fearless, we are all with you,” the Pancatattva and their associates told Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura when he began his preaching work.
Rtadhvaja Swami:
The chanting of the holy names is the way to awaken our love of God.
The holy name is like an antibiotic against karma.
The Lord’s prayer mentions the name of God is holy and concludes “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
God loves us. He never abandons us.
The simple understanding ‘I am not my body’breaks down boundaries caused by racism, sectarian religion, etc.
In the 1960s, we were not going to serve anyone, but we still had to service our bodies.
Adikarta Prabhu:
This chanting is the most powerful way of freeing ourselves from anxiety.
In this age, people are so disturbed by a variety of anxieties, they need a simple way of self-realization.
This society is very shallow as it teaches us to make plans simply for our physical existence.
Everyone is living an artificial life, and therefore, it makes sense that sensitive people would be in anxiety.
If you are in prison and you do not consider what put you there and how you can avoid imprisonment again, you are not very intelligent. Similarly, it is not intelligent to fail to consider how we came into this material world.
I have been chanting 45 years. I used to listen to all this pop music, but it was truly meaningless.
The average person spends five years on the cell phone.
India has the highest percentage of vegetarians: 40%.
I think Krishna allowed man to create technology because it can be used to spread Krishna consciousness widely throughout the world.
The material world is a miserable place, and the best way to escape it is to hear the beautiful Vedic literature.
From a conversation on the campus of University of North Florida:
Q (by me): How is it that you are so successful on book distribution?A: I never take “no” for an answer.
Akhandadhi Prabhu:
From a meeting of Bhaktivedanta Institute of Gainesville:
Padasevanam was by training a graphic artist, and his design for the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium was striking. All the GBC members were very impressed with it.
Alan Baxter, an expert on the St. Peter Cathedral’s dome, was called in for input.
We had experts in acoustics called in for the TOVP to make sure the kirtans would sound OK.
Gregorian chants were developed to work with the architecture of the cathedrals.
“What are the different messages the different models of the universe are meant to give us?” is more important than all the details of the models.
The four dhamas convey the total universal experience.
Inconceivability is one of our messages, but we have to be careful that it is not our only message.
Comment by Murali Gopal Prabhu: Sadaputa Prabhu included inconceivability in one of the four models of the Bhu-mandala system, but the other three, the planisphere model, the map of the solar system, and the map of Central Asia, are all conceivable.
Our plan for Mayapur was that we start by building faith by presenting what is conceivable, and we let the inconceivable come later.
The Vedic approach is very contextual.
The satellitemap works on a geocentric model.
I think every devotee has felt the pull of Western materialistic science on our minds which has made us feel uneasy, and just to know that there existed someone who was not disturbed by this, namely Sadaputa Prabhu, was reassuring.
We wish to organize a conference that asks these questions: What if consciousness is an ireducible feature of reality? And what if consciousness is primary?
We may not be able to win over the die-hard materialists, but we may win the masses. Most people are schizophrenic, speaking the words of science, but feeling within that something is missing in that outlook.
We cannot convince people of our philosophy using science, but we can show that it is science consistent.
What would a nonmechanistic science look like? What can you do to build this science?
Brahmatirtha Prabhu:
From a meeting of Bhaktivedanta Institute of Gainesville:
Mao Zedong said, “Never attend a meeting you do not know the results of.”
It is Sadaputa Prabhu’s fidelity to Srila Prabhupada that brought us Mysteries of the Sacred Universe.
Madana Mohan Prabhu:
Everything in the Bhagavatam is not whimisical but is supported by examples in the whole culture. Here it is said a brahmana cannot act as a sudra by accepting wages and working for a master. Canakya Pandit refused to accept remuneration from the king he was minister for because felt it would compromise his truthfulness.
Although we are eternal and blissful, we find ourselves in a material body and overcome by desire and hate (Bg. 7.27). We are forced to act helplessly according to our nature (Bg. 3.5), but Krishna has created the varnasrama system (Bg. 4.13), and by worshiping Him, who is the source of all beings and is all-pervading, one can attain perfection by working according to his nature (Bg. 18.46).
Our success in performing our varnasrama duty lies in pleasing Krishna (Srimad-Bhagavatam1.2.13).
A military man kills so many men and gets a medal, but if he comes home and kills one man, he is punished. Similarly if we act according to Krishna’s direction we will attain perfection, otherwise we will be bound up heavily by our actions.
Everything is under Krishna’s control. We have a choice to work under the internal energy of Krishna or under His external energy. In other words, we can do it the easy way or the hard way.
After giving all this knowledge in Bhagavad-gita,Krishna asks Arjuna to think about it. Do not rush into anything. Carefully consider the options.
Yudhisthira says it is the first duty of the leader to consider how his dependents can be benefited. If one adopts this mentality, Krishna will give guidance how to do it.
People work so hard to acquire things, and yet the brahmanas are just giving things away. That is a head scratcher for the materialist.
Greed is one of those things that completely disturbs one.
Those who really know about God are not interested in accumulating many things here.
Prahlada Maharaja advises discussing “the disadvantages of accumulating wealth.” How many conversations on the internet do you see about “the disadvantages of accumulating wealth”?
Once there was a conversation during Srimad-Bhagavatam class about the disadvantages of going to heaven. Where do you ever hear the disadvantages of going to heaven discussed?
The psychologists explain three crisis periods in life, at twenty years old, when one is just out of school and begins working, at forty years old, when he is dissatisfied, and he decides he chose the wrong occupation, and he moves in another direction, and then at sixty because he decides that was also a wrong direction and worries he has wasted his life.
Krishna advises, “Always think of Me. And if you cannot do that, I will give you something else to do, some regulations, whereby you will develop the desire.” (Bg. 12.8–9)
The expert liers are so good they can pass a polygraph test because they actually believe what they are saying.
Can we trust Krishna? If I always think of You, will You protect me? That trust we are developing.
In the history of ISKCON, not every leader represented Krishna by properly maintaining those under him, but we should remember that Krishna is still there.
In absolute mathematics, whether a number is +5 or -5 is not considered, just the 5 is considered. In our relationship with Krishna, there may be happiness or distress, but both can intensify our relationship with Him.
My wife went through a lot of endeavor to prepare something to satisfy our eight-year-old daughter who was a very picky eater. When the food was placed before her, she did not seem particularly happy about it. I said to her, “Do you know how much love your mother put into preparing something just to meet your requirements?” She replied, “That is her job.” We tend to take Krishna for granted in the same way instead of feeling gratitude for all He has done for us.
What is japa? Krishna is saying, “Let us spend some quality time together. I know you are very busy, but . . .”
Comment by Guru Prasada Devi Dasi: A lady who was always busy but just barely had a enough money, went to consult her priest. The priest suggested she use half her money in the service of God. She said, “I have so little money. That is what I came to see you about. How can I give half to God?” The priest said, “That was just a suggestion. Think about it, and see what you can do.” She put half aside for God whenever she got some money, and in a year, she had more money than she knew what to do with. She wrote a book about it.
Nagaraja Prabhu:
Dictionaries both describe and proscribe language, that is, they tell how language is used and how it should be used.
Devotion sometimes means to love something and sometimes means to be dedicated to something for a long time.
Taking shelter of Krishna sounds more positive than surrendering to Krishna, but both are the same.
In Krishna consciousness, at the stage of realization, one cannot be moved.
Srila Prabhupada indicates that formerly brahmanas would go door to door and offer astrological and medical advice and receive donations.
You can find on the internet the layout of Nanda Maharaja’s [Krishna’s father’s] house. It has many rooms.
Srila Prabhupada said so many times that the devotees do not need to worry because Krishna will provide for their needs.
Comment by Madana Mohan Prabhu: Generally vaisyas are envious, and by giving to the brahmanas, they are in effect giving away their envy, and because they are becoming from free from envy they become free from the threefold miseries.
Srila Prabhupada detected that some of his disciples who were doing life membership were critical of the wealthy people they met. Srila Prabhupada did not like that. He saw it as the hippie mentality. These people have legitimately obtained their wealth and were willing to offer it in Krishna’s service, and therefore, they should be respected.
Comments by me:
Srila Prabhupada sometimes would explain the difference between Vaishnavas and brahmanas by saying that Brahman has three features, the Brahman effulgence, Paramatma, and Bhagavan, and a brahmana may know the first one or two, but a Vaishnava knows all three.
We think of brahmanas as poor, but Advaita Acarya was a wealthy brahmana.
It is not that brahmanas just receive charity. They also have the duty to give charity.
The Protestants made bankers out of those who could not be preachers, so they could support the preachers financially.
Comment by Mother Madhumati: There was one brahmana in Vrindavan who would rise at 4:00 a.m. and rinse his mouth, and chant till 5:00 p.m. Then he would take a shower, and cook a green papaya, and offer it to Krishna, and eat it. Then he would chant to 1:00 a.m. People knew that and would supply green papayas to him.
Krishna makes sure people have what He feels they need at a particular time, sometimes giving and sometimes taking away.
Prishni Devi Dasi:
From a conversation:
If hearing one phrase messes up your game, then your game has issues with it.
Murali Gopal Prabhu:
From a class on Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura’s Appearance Day and Gaura Govinda Maharaja’s Disappearance Day:
Recently I learned that Bhaktivinoda Thakura was well enough to go to the brahmana versus vaishnava discussion, but because his guru was there, he thought it better that he not go, so he sent Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura instead.
Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura was given a car by his disciples. Cars were so rare at that time it would be today like if your guru descended in a helicopter or had his own private jet.
If we feel any gratitude, we can pray today to be able to serve Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura according to our capacity.
Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura told his Western preachers that the Western people are very proud, and that in order to preach to them, you must become humble.
Comment by Kaliya Damana Prabhu: That diksa (spiritual initiation) is important is shown in that Bhaktivinoda Thakura took initiation even from a caste goswami.
From an early age Gaura Govinda Swami would go with his uncle to different towns and do preaching.
When he learned how to read, Gaura Govinda Swami would read the Bhagavatam incessantly. It was his life and soul.
Gaura Govinda Swami was looking for a guru for many years but was not inspired by anyone. When he got an ISKCON pamphlet, he noticed it mentioned the holy name and Lord Caitanya, two things he was looking for in a guru.
When Gaura Govinda Swami met Srila Prabhupada he offered prostrated obeisances at his feet. Srila Prabhupada asked if he had taken sannyasa, and when he replied no, Srila Prabhupada said, “I will give you sannyasa.
Very quickly Srila Prabhupada engaged him in translating his books into the Orissan language.
Srila Prabhupada gave him first initiation, second initiation, and sannyasa within months of each other.
Outside India he preached in Spain first. There was a drought there. He said you have to do yajna [sacrifice]. So they did the chanting of the holy name, and it rained like anything. People were glorifying him for that, but he wanted to leave that place because he did not want glorification.
He would make the most advanced topics of bhakti assessible to neophytes.
Comments by Kaliya Damana Prabhu:
People would sit as far away as possible from him because he would hammer on a particular devotee.
He saved my life. I was on padayatra with him. I was the only one not his disciple. We were in places where they had never seen a white person. Even the British did not go there. Our water filter broke. I got diarrhea. I was so sick I told them to go on without me. I stayed there in a school a couple of days. I was so sick I thought I would leave my body right there. He heard I was sick and so he sent his disciples with his personal limosine to take me back to Bhubhanesvar.
Garuda Prabhu of Tallahassee:
We need more beads here in the temple because chanting on them is such important part of Krishna consciousness. I am going to donate $20 right now [he pulls out a $20 bill and holds it up], and I am asking, would anyone would like to match my donation? [Five people raised their hands and thus $120 was collected for tulasi japa beads within two minutes.]
At a certain point we come to realizethat we have to chant just to be happy inside.
In Bhagavad-gita2.44, Krishna is trying to inspire us to come to a higher level.
In the spiritual world, that is where the big party is going on. That is where all the joy and bliss are.
Bhaktivinoda Thakura speaks of another kind of pure devotee, one with pure intentions.
Pure intentioned souls have these four qualities beginning with “H”: Humble, happy, helpful and honest.
The Sudharma assembly hall in Dvaraka was so exalted that people who were crippled found their limbs functioned properly while they were there.
They say that if you pray for patience, God makes you wait.
The monkey assistants of Lord Rama were advised to observe Vijaya Ekadasi to be victorious and so they did and they were.
The king, his minister, and the beautiful princess came to visit a dying man, and although the king and his minister were the most important people in the kingdom, the dying man could not take his eyes off the princess.
The more we take the instruction of those ahead of us on the path, the more we become connected with the Supersoul within.
To advance it is important to understand which of the nine stages of bhaktiwe are at.
In the association of devotees we get caught in the crossfire of pure bhakti.
Anartha-nivrtti is automatic. When you become attached to Krishna, these unwanted things go away.
If we get opulence we can use it in Krishna’s service, but if we struggle working so many hours overtime to acquire and maintain opulence, that is not favorable for devotional service.
When Krishna gives us opulence, He is looking to see how trustworthy we are.
Comments by me:
Prasakta means too attached. Some attachment is natural because we have body composed of senses which require some satisfaction.But when the attachment gets in the way of our devotional service, that is too much attachment.
Visvanatha Cakravati Thakura says at nistha the pull of the spiritual and material energies on us is equal.
Here is some nectar aboutIsvara Puri as hisdisappearance day is today:
CC Adi 7.92— [Lord Caitanya said:] “[Isvara Puri said:] ‘My dear child, continue dancing, chanting and performing sankirtanain association with devotees. Furthermore, go out and preach the value of chanting krishna-nama,for by this process You will be able to deliver all fallen souls.’CC Adi 7.93— “Saying this, My spiritual master taught Me a verse from Srimad-Bhagavatam.It is the essence of all the Bhagavatam’sinstructions; therefore he recited this verse again and again.CC Adi 7.94— “ ‘When a person is actually advanced and takes pleasure in chanting the holy name of the Lord, who is very dear to him, he is agitated and loudly chants the holy name. He also laughs, cries, becomes agitated and chants just like a madman, not caring for outsiders.’CC Adi 7.95-96— “I firmly believe in these words of My spiritual master, and therefore I always chant the holy name of the Lord, alone and in the association of devotees. That holy name of Lord Krishna sometimes causes Me to chant and dance, and therefore I chant and dance. Please do not think that I intentionally do it. I do it automatically.”
Jagannatha Misra Prabhu:
From The Book III:
“After all, one’s faith defines his fate. Faith is either in Krishna and His spiritual energy, or dictated by the 3 modes of nature. It is that simple.”
Nama Kirtan Prabhu:
From a conversation with an employee:
We should not ask God for an easy life but for the strength to handle difficulties.
Hanan Prabhu:
During Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura’s time, one brahmacari associated too much with a woman, and the other devotees were so hard on him, he left the ashram. When Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura returned for the opening ceremony for the new temple and found out the brahmacari had left, he was upset and delayed the opening until he returned. His feeling was, “I do not care for big temples or big programs. I am concerned that a person who has come to the shelter of the devotees has now left.” The brahmacari who had left later said to the devotees who ultimately found him, “I was praying to Krishna that I wanted come back to the temple, but I was ashamed.”
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Here Lord Krishna reminds us not to become attached to things that distract us from Him. We are so materially attached such reminders are frequently necessary. The more we are absorbed in Krishna, the more we taste the transcendental bliss of His association, which Krishna knows is more relishable for us than the material things we are foolishly attached to and are reluctant to give up, and so He reminds us of this truth, and so I am also reminding you!
bhogaisvarya-prasaktanam tayapahrita-cetasam vyavasayatmika buddhih samadhau na vidhiyate
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“In the minds of those who are too attached to sense enjoyment and material opulence, and who are bewildered by such things, the resolute determination for devotional service to the Supreme Lord does not take place.” (Bhagavad-gita 2.44)
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Radhadesh – January 2018

Written by Naimisaranya dd

After attending the Sunday feast program in Gauradesh (Cologne) in Germany on 21 January, Kadamba Kanana Swami arrived in Radhadesh that same evening to a small group of devotees who welcomed him with a short kirtan. Maharaja spent some time with the devotees before taking rest for the night.

On Tuesday morning, Maharaja gave the Srimad Bhagavatam class. The chapter which provided the theme for the lectures that week was entitled “The Lord incarnates as Mohini-murti.” Maharaja quoted the Uddhava Gita which says that heroism means to overcome the natural tendency to enjoy material life. Maharaja discussed how to deal with the material energy and how follow this heroic path as outlined in the Nectar of Devotion – recordings to follow. 

On Thursday, Maharaja gave the morning Bhagavatam class again. Continuing the descriptions of how Lord Siva was bewildered by Mohini-murti, Maharaja explained the need for the varnasrama system for dealing with the material energy when there is the affliction of lust. Later that evening saw the official opening ceremony of the Radhadesh Mellows festival with short addresses by both Sacinandana Swami and Kadamba Kanana Swami. Kadamba Kanana Maharaj spoke about how the special mercy of Lord Caitanya, Lord Nityananda and the entire Panca Tattva is unique to this Kali yuga. He explained how their special mercy in this age, helps one attain results very quickly. He also explained that the Mellows is more than just a nice festival, but rather a life-changing event which we should embrace.

On Friday, the first day of the festival arrived and saw the unveiling of the much anticipated artwork for the festival. Fitting with the theme for this year’s festival, Lord Nityananda served as the backdrop for the Mellows this year in the form of an acrylic mural titled “Eternal Bliss” by Kardami Kapila das from Bulgaria. The first of Kadamba Kanana Maharaja’s four one-hour kirtan slots for the festival was scheduled for that morning. Even though this festival is named the “Mellows” for its meditative kirtans, true to form, Kadamba Kanana Maharaja transformed the atmosphere and got the crowd on their feet within the first ten minutes of his slot! The festival was well-organized and it meant that a strict schedule was followed for the kirtan slots each of which ended on time in a bittersweet fashion. Other legendary kirtaniyas performing included Madhava, Jahnavi Jivana and Acyuta Gopi to name just a few.

Saturday’s Srimad Bhagavatam class emphasised the importance of a retreat such as the Mellows. Maharaja discussed how such a retreat serves to strengthen our commitment and bring new life to our everyday practices. He used the Sunday morning class on Caitanya Caritamrta to discuss the glories and mercy of Lord Caitanya and Lord Nityananda which amped everyone up further for Nityananda Trayodasi the next day

Finally, Lord Nityananda’s appearance day arrived. With a packed morning program scheduled, the day started off sweetly with Sacinandana Swami giving the morning Srimad Bhagavatam class. This was followed by a set of five entertaining short dramas directed by Syamananda Prabhu that was appreciated by all. A mesmerizing abhishek was then performed Gaura Nitai by the senior devotees present and the fun continued with pushpa-abhishek which brought out the enthusiasm in everyone. After the festivities, Kadamba Kanana Swami, Niranjana Swami and Sacinandana Swami took lunch together. Although most of the festival attendees had already begun their journeys back home, those who were still around were in for a treat with Kadamba Kanana Swami’s final kirtan offering for the festival.

All through the festival, Maharaja gave his time generously to the many festival attendees and disciples who travelled from far and wide, and who eagerly awaited his association. On Tuesday, even though the Radhadesh Mellows was over, and the remaining few were set to recover from the long weekend, Maharaja gave the Srimad Bhagavatam class which continued with descriptions of the Lord in the form of Mohini-murti. Maharaja gave his experiences with the “innerer schweinehund” (the pig within). His honest descriptions and confessions were refreshing. They were well-received by the audience and appreciated for its remarkable sincerity and authenticity in dealing with this topic of lust.

On Friday, Maharaja gave one last class for the French preaching program which was attended those who were staying at guesthouse for a retreat. He then departed Radhadesh early on Saturday (3 February) morning to Germany.

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Thursday, February 15th, 2018

Bhaktimarga Swami, The Walking Monk - Fri, 2018-02-16 17:10
Mayapura, West Bengal
In Bed and On Stage
What the other boys in our circle were suffering from, finally crept up on me.  Basically, it’s a cold but it did put me into the horizontal position.  It kept me away from meetings and walkings.  I sent an email to our chairperson, Bhakti Caru. “I’m sorry I can’t make it today,” exclaiming my illness and that I had to conserve energy for our final performance.
So, jumping ahead, we did perform.  We received a standing ovation once again.  “Many Mothers, Many Fathers,” on the life of Chitraketu, has received so much praise from all.  Some of our elders said the following:
“A good play,” said Hari Sauri.“Brilliant!” said Suresvara.“Wonderful!” remarked Sesa.“World Class!” said Prthu.“I loved it!” said Laksmimoni.“Creative!” was author, Vishakha’s word.“The best!” said Jayadvaita Swami.
After the performance, when the audience went to mingle with our actors, so much encouragement came our way.  The cast enjoyed an appreciation feast and then we went around asking everyone for their reflections.  The one main feature or theme that came out of these deliberations was the building of such awesome friendships.  Truly, we had become a family of bhakti yogis, loving, and learning so much from each other.
I believe that everyone’s spiritual propensity was enhanced by the hard work and the powerful product—a play that moved people.
May the Source be with you!
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Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

Bhaktimarga Swami, The Walking Monk - Fri, 2018-02-16 17:07
Mayapura, West Bengal
Kill the Cold
On the 13th, Chaya got married.  It was also on the 13th that Anasuya from Mauritius was cremated in Jaipur, India.  Her son, Kirtan Das, just informed me about her situation.  It was cancer that took her life.  Here we see how janma (birth), mrtyuh (death), jara (old age) and vyadhi (disease) are in full swing in this mundane world.  We see it all around.
And as the yakshahad asked the sovereign Yudhisthira, “What is the most amazing wonder for you?”  His answer was, “Everywhere people are perishing but something within tells me I’m not going to die.”  That’s profound.
If anything, it’s the inner self, the soul, that insists on being constant.  We will die over again and again and the soul will persist.
With all the saintliness in the character of this gentle soul, Anasuya, I am certain she is on to a good journey.
Regarding vyadhi, illness, it is coming on, just a cold mind you, but it has taken me to bed for some extra time.  I was blessed to put effort into some writing about my walk in Israel but after some time desk-itis crept in.  I decided to put an hour into the final kirtan of the marathon.  The intent was to throw myself into the heat of it all.  A lot of dancing could put out the cold.  Sweat would do it.
We had a splendid time.  “A new way of dance,” remarked a couple of the participants.  Yes it was, and it did help.
Goodbye Stephen from London, Ontario.  Thanks for helping to introduce our play.
May the Source be with you!
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Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

Bhaktimarga Swami, The Walking Monk - Fri, 2018-02-16 17:05
Mayapura, West Bengal
Chaya Got Married
I was asked to deliver the morning bhakti class.  The talk was based on a verse from the book Bhagavatam, Canto 7, verse 40 from chapter 4.  I was given a choice as to where to speak from.  Since today was the celebration of the Adi Vas, invoking a celebration of a five day chanting marathon, I thought it appropriate to explore a verse which highlights the feelings (bhavana) from chanting.
Now I’m not a scholar but I attempted to put out the best I could.  I employed the technique of charades (or pantomime as friend Suresvara put it) to engage the crowd in the reading of the verse’s purport.
My day began as such, with an early class to accommodate the start of the marathon.  My breakfast became a meeting.  That was actually pleasant.  Then a stretch of meetings of a more formal nature took me to three o’clock, followed by a drama practice.
One of our Canadian girls, Chaya, received her wedding blessings and tied the knot (equated to receiving a ring in a Western context) with Abhay, a fine young chap of Latina heritage.
The wedding and vows were held on a rooftop and I had to cut short my visit to attend to our drama.  A special feature of tonight’s occasion was the one hundred plus Chinese pilgrims who grouped together for a stage delight.  And delighted they were.
May the Source be with you! 5 km


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Monday, February 12th, 2018

Bhaktimarga Swami, The Walking Monk - Fri, 2018-02-16 17:03
Mayapura, West Bengal
Walking the Celebratory Path
She walked to the temple.  Then she walked to the samadhi, and then she flew off in a helicopter, just as she had when she arrived.  The road was decorated just for her, painted in white swirls against the grey asphalt.
Bengal’s leader, Mamata Banerjee, is Chief Minister for the state, and she came to visit Mayapura.  Dozens of police placed themselves in posts to guide and direct the crowds, some of whom were chanting and greeting parties.
“She is short and she moves fast,” said one devotee regarding her walking to the two buildings.  She went before the deities of Krishna and offered her pranams.  She was also introduced to Ambarish, Henry Ford’s great-grandson, and encouraged him to open a car manufacturing plant in the area. (No comment).  After her milestone visit, she sent a message indicating that Mayapura will be a major tourist attraction in India.
Her visit was short and sweet, and I am projecting that she’ll be back on the trail and including a walk up the steps to the up-and-coming TOVP, The Temple of the Vedic Planetarium.
2022 is the year of the construction’s completion.  That is the vow made by Ambarish, chairman of the project, and his team.
Every year more and more pilgrims are walking these trails.  Numbers are increasing.  Spirituality is on the rise.
May the Source be with you! 6 km


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Tamal Krishna Goswami’s and Jagannatha dasa Babaji’s Disappearance Day

Giriraja Swami - Fri, 2018-02-16 13:02

Today is Srila Jagannatha dasaBabaji Maharaja’s disappearance day. He comes in the Gaudiya Vaishnava disciplic succession after Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura and Srila Baladeva Vidyabhusana. He was a renounced ascetic, fully engaged in chanting the holy names of Krishna and meditating on His pastimes. For some time, he made his residence at Surya-kunda in Vraja-dhama, near the temple of Suryadeva, where Srimati Radharani used to come and worship the sun-god—or, I should say,where She used to come to meet Krishna on the pretext of coming to worship the sun-god.

Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, who comes in the disciplic succession after Jagannatha dasa Babaji, accepted Srila Jagannatha dasa Babaji Maharaja as his main guru, his siksa-guru. Once, some of Jagannatha dasa Babaji’s disciples in Vraja approached the Thakura. They complained that although they had come to Vraja to live like Jagannatha dasa Babaji, fully absorbed in chanting the holy names and meditating on Sri Sri Radha-Krishna’s astakaliya-lila, Babaji Maharaja had refused to instruct them in such esoteric topics and had instead engaged them in cultivating tulasi plants, flowers, and vegetables to offer to the Lord. So, these disciples requested Bhaktivinoda Thakura to appeal to their guru maharaja to instruct them in the esoteric practices of Krishna consciousness.

Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura told them, “Actually, your gurudeva’s instructions are right for you. Because you still have anarthas, for you to try to sit and do nirjana-bhajana [solitary worship] and practice asta-kaliya-lila-smarana [meditation on the Lord’s eightfold daily pastimes] would be artificial, and you would just become degraded. So you should follow your gurudeva’s instructions with full faith and work hard in Krishna’s service. Then, in time, you may be able to chant the holy names purely.”

Eventually, Jagannatha dasa Babaji moved to Mayapur, where he lived by the banks of the Ganges, fully absorbed in chanting the holy names. He had the greatest reverence for the holy land of Navadvipa. Although he was so renounced and so absorbed in Krishna consciousness, as his reputation spread, gentlemen would come to him and give him donations. Once, Babaji Maharaja asked one of his servants to take the donations he had received, which he kept in an old burlap bag, and purchase a large pot of rasagullas. All the devotees were surprised, because Jagannatha dasa Babaji was so renounced and lived so simply. He would eat just the most simple rice and dal. Anyway, the servant brought the sweets, and Jagannatha dasa Babaji offered them to his Deities and then distributed them to the cows and dogs in the dhama. He said that the creatures of the dhama were elevated souls and worthy of service.

Later, Babaji Maharaja would not accept prasada until he had shared his food with ten newborn puppies. He would wait until they came, and he would count them with his hands. In his old age, Babaji Maharaja’s eyelids drooped over his eyes and prevented him from seeing. So he would count them with his hands, and only after they had begun to eat would he also partake. He would say, “They are puppies of the dhama. They are not ordinary living entities.”

He had so much faith in and affection for the dhama.

He had less affection for Mayavadi impersonalists. He used to say, “Let the dogs come in for darsana, but the impersonalists—kick them out!”

Srila Jagannatha dasa Babaji lived to a very old age. In fact, some Vaishnavas say he was just waiting for Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura to come—someone to whom he could impart his special knowledge and realization, for the benefit of humanity. Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura had requested to be transferred from his post in Orissa to Bengal so he could be near Navadvipa-dhama. And eventually, he was posted at Krishnanagar, near Navadvipa.

Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura did extensive research to determine the actual birthplace of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. He studied various old maps, consulted the local people, and visited the different places. Eventually he found a mound where many tulasi trees were growing. He got the intuition that this was the actual birthplace of Lord Chaitanya, but he wanted his intuition to be confirmed. At the time, Jagannatha dasa Babaji was the most renowned Vaishnava, and he was Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura’s siksa-guru. Thus, Jagannatha dasa Babaji’s disciples carried him to the place where the mound and tulasi plants were situated. He was so old (over a hundred and forty years old, some say) that his disciples had to carry him in a basket. And his eyelids were so heavy that he had to open them with his hands to be able to see. So, the disciples brought him, but they didn’t tell him that it was the site Bhaktivinoda Thakura had determined to be the birthplace. Still, when Babaji Maharaja arrived there, he spontaneously jumped out of his basket and began to dance in ecstasy, singing the holy names. Thus he confirmed the location of Mahaprabhu’s birthplace.

Srila Jagannatha dasa Babaji’s bhajana-kutira and samadhi are there in Navadvipa-dhama, in Koladvipa. Devotees who perform Navadvipa-parikrama visit there and get his mercy. We also pray to him for his mercy, that we may be instrumental in fulfilling the desires of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, Srila Gaurakisora dasa Babaji Maharaja, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura, and the other acaryas in the line of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu coming to us through Srila Prabhupada and his disciples.

Srila Jagannatha dasa Babaji Maharaja ki jaya!
Srila Prabhupada ki jaya!

Today we also think of His Holiness Tamal Krishna Goswami Maharaja, who left this world on Jagannatha Dasa Babaji’s disappearance day, also in Gauda-mandala-bhumi.

Two years ago I was in Dallas for the disappearance day of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, just a few months after Goswami Maharaja passed away. As we were observing the ceremony in the temple, I was thinking how Tamal Krishna Goswami was the perfect servant and therefore the fit representative of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura. Then I thought of him in relation to all of the acaryas in the last two centuries—Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura, and Srila Prabhupada (who are the most prominent of them)—and how he really took their mission to heart. He was absorbed in fulfilling all aspects of their mission: developing Mayapur, distributing books, spreading the chanting of the holy names throughout the world in various ways—all the programs that were so important to our predecessor acaryas.

Although I could speak of Goswami Maharaja’s surrender and service for days, we now have the rare opportunity to hear from His Grace Amoghalila dasa Adhikari.

Amoghalila dasa:

nama om visnu-padaya krsna-presthaya bhu-tale
srimate bhaktivedanta-svamin iti namine

 namas te sarasvate-deve gaura-vani-pracarine
nirvisesa-sunyavadi-pascatya-desa-tarine

 vancha-kalpa-tarubhyas ca krpa-sindhubhya eva ca
patitanam pavanebhyo vaisnavebhyo namo namah

I am thinking of one or two incidents I can mention, and some realizations I had from them. One was the last morning Srila Prabhupada was in Bombay, in Juhu. I was fortunate—actually by Giriraj Maharaja’s mercy—to be able to be in Srila Prabhupada’s room then. After about a month in Bombay, Srila Prabhupada was leaving that morning for Vrindavan. Madhava Prabhu and Upendra Prabhu were also there, though Upendra was in and out of the room.

Srila Prabhupada was just lying on his bed. He could hardly move. He couldn’t even sit up by himself. He was so weak he could barely speak. But then he said something. It was hard to hear what he said, so I leaned near him and asked, “What, Srila Prabhupada?” He said, “Call Tamal.” So Upendra Prabhu went out to get Tamal Krishna Maharaja. When Goswami Maharaja came into the room, Prabhupada’s bedroom, he offered dandavat-pranama (prostrated obeisances), and then he got up. Srila Prabhupada asked him about the arrangements for going to Vrindavan. Goswami Maharaja said, “Yes, Srila Prabhupada,” he offered dandavat-pranama, and he went out. A minute or two later he came back in. He offered dandavat-pranama, he got up, and then he told Srila Prabhupada the answer to Prabhupada’s question. He said something, he got something ready, and then he offered dandavat-pranama and went out. This happened at least three times: He came in and went out, he came in and went out, he came in and went out within just a few minutes—it couldn’t have been more than five minutes. Practically every minute he was coming in, offering dandavat-pranama, getting up, talking to Prabhupada for a few seconds or half a minute, offering dandavat-pranama again, and going out.

Later,after Srila Prabhupada left us, when I was Goswami Maharaja’s personal secretary, I mentioned this to him. He said, “Yes, Srila Prabhupada instructed me to do this. Srila Prabhupada said that because familiarity breeds contempt, it is very important when

somebody is intimately serving the spiritual master that they keep a reverential mood.” Goswami Maharaja, of course, was such an intimate servant of Srila Prabhupada’s, yet he always maintained that deep reverence—of course love, also, but at the same time he always had such deep reverence for Srila Prabhupada. Tamal Krishna Maharaja is such an ideal example of a personal servant and disciple.

I am thinking of one other incident then, when I was Goswami Maharaja’s personal secretary in 1978 in Bombay. As I mentioned to Giriraj Maharaja, I think the real reason Goswami Maharaja wanted me to be his personal secretary was so he could train me, because he had seen how disturbing my mismanagement was. I had been the vice president and the so-called manager of Hare Krishna Land, and at one point during that time, Giriraj Maharaja had mentioned to Tamal Krishna Maharaja, “Amoghalila is mismanaging the affairs here.” Goswami Maharaja had said, “There is no mismanagement . . . There is no management!” So, he felt that I needed some training in management. Therefore, he made me his personal secretary, to train me. I think that was the main reason, and he tried to train me and he did.

He did train me a lot, although I didn’t follow his training so well, but one incident when he trained me was very moving. Every time I think about it, I just . . . He was teaching me how to clean the floor. I mean, I had been a devotee for six or seven years, so I had been cleaning floors for a long time. Anyway, once when I was cleaning the floor, he said, “No, that’s not how you clean the floor,” because I had the cloth bunched up or something. So, he took the cloth from me, he got down on his hands and knees, he spread the cloth out big, he folded it over once, I think just once, and he started cleaning the floor. I tried to stop him; I said, “Maharaja, it’s okay, it’s okay. I’ll do it.” He responded, “No, I want to show you how to do it.” And he cleaned for quite a while. He cleaned a large area, and I was protesting, but he said, “No. Just watch what I am doing.” He had the cloth spread out quite big, and he cleaned for some time. I tried to stop him again, but he explained: “No, Srila Prabhupada did this to me. Srila Prabhupada showed me like this. He got down on his hands and knees and he cleaned the floor to show me how to do it. So why can’t you let me show you how to do it?”

So, Tamal Krishna Goswami was the perfect servant of Srila Prabhupada. As you said, Maharaja, the perfect servant or ideal servant becomes the ideal representative. Goswami Maharaja was so strict in following Srila Prabhupada, exactly to the detail—even how you open up a cloth and fold it and clean the floor, every detail, everything!

Hare Krishna.

Giriraj Swami: When you began, saying how Tamal Krishna Goswami would come and offer full obeisances, I thought of what some devotees told me about his routine in Dallas after Srila Prabhupada left. Every night he would go into Prabhupada’s room where the deity of Prabhupada was installed, and he would chant his last Gayatri and put Prabhupada to rest. He wanted to do that as his personal service. And they told me that whenever Goswami Maharaja would leave the temple premises, even for an hour or two, he would first circumambulate the building. They gave me the impression that he was circumambulating Srila Prabhupada, although, of course, he was circumambulating the other deities as well. But he was very conscious of Srila Prabhupada. In general, he was always very conscious of his lords and masters.

I also think of how Goswami Maharaja had one of Srila Prabhupada’s teeth, which he placed in a silver capsule and hung around his neck. Indradyumna Swami, who is quite expert in getting deities and sacred relics, once was asking Tamal Krishna Goswami questions about the tooth—what was eventually going to happen to it. And Tamal Krishna Goswami understood that Indradyumna Maharaja was trying to see if he could one day get the tooth. Goswami Maharaja just laughed and said, “Don’t even think of it. I am taking it with me. Even after I leave, it will stay with my body.’ And it did. His idea was that by the tooth being put into his samadhi, people who circumambulated his samadhi or offered obeisances there would get the benefit of circumambulating Srila Prabhupada’s tooth, of offering obeisances to his tooth. And on the absolute platform, Srila Prabhupada’s tooth is as worshipable as he is.

Hare Krishna!

[Talks given on February 20, 2004, in Carpinteria, California]

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We thought it would never happen but modern times are pushing forward even for the good’ol KKSwami CD’s. Who needs shiny, plastic discs when you can stream your tunes to your fancy new smart speaker?! Move over antiquated cd player and welcome iTunes, Spotify or one of many other services out in the wild. So KKSBlog is taking a bold step into the future by publishing audio albums from Kadamba Kanana Swami on those very modern platforms for your pleasure and convenience.

Enough with the words. Let’s get those tunes!!!

Metamorphosis (2016)

Still available on CD. Click here…

Pure Enjoyment (2015)

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Heart & Soul (2014)

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Vaisnava Seva (2000)

Aaah. not available on CD anymore…

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