The successful spiritual life

A person who has attracted the attention of the spiritual master by his sincere service likes to dance and chant with similarly developed Kṛṣṇa conscious devotees. The spiritual master authorizes such a devotee to deliver fallen souls in all parts of the world. Those who are not advanced prefer to chant the Hare Kṛṣṇa mantra in a solitary place.” Such activities constitute, in the language of Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura, a type of cheating process in the sense that they imitate the activities of exalted personalities like Haridāsa Ṭhākura. One should not attempt to imitate such exalted devotees. Rather, everyone should endeavor to preach the cult of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu in all parts of the world and thus become successful in spiritual life.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj,

2022, 21st February, @ Śrī Māyāpur Dhāma, India.


In the service of the Lord

In Dvāpara-yuga you had to leave the house and go to the forest. In Kali-yuga from the home, you can serve the Lord or go to the temple and do devotional service. It is a must that we engage in the service of the Lord. That way we can feel great happiness. We can take some Deity as our special Deity and reveal our mind to Kṛṣṇa and get His blessings. In this way, we can be personally engaged in Lord Kṛṣṇa’s service. And we should help the spiritual master so that the Kṛṣṇa consciousness can spread.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj,

2021, Dec 11th, SB class, @ Śrī Māyāpur Dhāma, India.


Make the people to chant mahamantra*

The World Health Organization said that the trauma that we are going through now is worse that the Second World War. And more people have died. Śrīla Prabhupāda said that there would be a third World War and after that the preaching would be very good. But this pandemic is like the World War. And we should try to get the people to chant Hare Kṛṣṇa. But we do not ask Kṛṣṇa for any material favor. But people in general, they will do whatever they do. And even if they chant offensively, it is better than no chanting.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj,

2021, Dec 11th, SB class, @ Śrī Māyāpur Dhāma, India.


Chant…any name of the Supreme*

Lord Caitanya said, there are many names of God—nāmnām akāri bahudhā nija-sarva-śaktiḥ:—the Lord has many names. So if they chant any name in their religion of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, that is better than chanting no names. And in this way if all the people all over the world chant the name of God, then they will really be happy. And in this way, Śrīla Prabhupāda, he went to Tehran and to the Mohammadan paṇḍitas, he was saying that Allah O Akbar means “Para-brahma dhīmahi.” Like this, he told everyone if you don’t want to chant Kṛṣṇa, that is alright, just chant some name of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj,

2021, Dec 11th, SB class, @ Śrī Māyāpur Dhāma, India.


The Process of Bhakti yoga

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Śrīla Prabhupāda telling his disciples, that you should try to use your intelligence to see how Kṛṣṇa will be happy. In general people use their intelligence and try to see how they can have more sense gratification. But if we use our intelligence how to spread Kṛṣṇa consciousness, that is the proper use. So, Lord Caitanya wanted to see everybody Kṛṣṇa conscious. Śrīla Prabhupāda, he tried to think how to do that. So, like this, if we are absorbed how to please Kṛṣṇa, that is the process of bhakti-yoga.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj,

2021, Dec 11th, SB class, @ Śrī Māyāpur Dhāma, India.


Make good use of this human form of life.

I was watching the ABC News yesterday. And they said, you watch the news you will be happier. So, the news was that in a big rock concert ten people died because they got crushed in stampede. So, I did not feel any happier! But they said you will feel happy, listen to our news. They could say any nonsense.But Vidura, he is speaking the Absolute Truth. And he is trying to get his brother into self-realization. The human life is to be utilized so that we can go back home back to Godhead. That will really make the people happier. Not this false news in the media.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj,

2021, Dec 11th, SB class, @ Śrī Māyāpur Dhāma, India.


An expiry Date

Everybody in the material world has its time limit, an expiry date! In this way we have to go away, leave everything, leave our wife, children, home, everything. Whatever bank balance and money we have, we have to leave everything behind and go. And after this life what birth, what kind of body we get who knows that. So being in a human birth we have a special opportunity to go back to Godhead. So, we should try for that, through one of the yogas. I think that Vidura is trying to get Dhṛtarāṣṭra to do the aṣṭāṅga-yoga. But for us the method is bhakti-yoga. Just by hearing and chanting the holy names we can go back to Godhead. And we should use this life trying to keep our mind on Kṛṣṇa, not on household luxuries.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj,

2021, Dec 11th, SB class, @ Śrī Māyāpur Dhāma, India.


Develop The Art to be Krishna conscious

Devotees, they do devotional service but they don’t really fully develop this art to be Krishna conscious or make it a very prominent desire in Krishna’s service where they can get a birth like this in the heavenly planet, good birth in this material world like a son of a King, or a brahmana or a rich vaisya. The real point is of course that swamvuva manu, just had little effort, little bit to be Krishna conscious then you can go back to godhead, you can be fully Krishna conscious.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj,

1997, Feb 12th, SB class, @ New Talavan, USA


How can we add Krishna in our lives?

We don’t need alcohol and non-veg food to have a good time” That was people’s level of realisation, it’s a major hurdle for people to understand. But Prabhupada takes it one step further, that alone is like a major step to appreciate that there is different platforms of material enjoyment, then if you go the next step and add Krishna to that, of course Krishna was there in the centre there were devotees around talking to people and they. People did ask questions but it was not very kind of different type of preaching, it wasn’t like a just preaching on a Sunday feast or something.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj,

1997, Feb 12th, SB class, @ New Talavan, USA


Get your Krishna conscious

In the padma purana it’s mentioned that when you do the bathing you should be chanting the Hare Krishna, and if you chant Hare Krishna, before, during and after your bath, with different names Achutya, Govinda, Madhava, Hari, then you get Krishna conscious result, and that helps you in Krishna consciousness.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj,

1997, Feb 12th, SB class, @ New Talavan, USA


Cultivate your spiritual desire

Get the birth that you most appropriate, than you can satisfy your desires is a better way. So that’s why, human birth is meant to cultivate our spiritual desires along with whatever material things have to go on. So by the end of life if we have a very strong desire to be serving Krishna, to be with Krishna, then we can go to Krishna, doesn’t have to be 100%, then you can go, 90, 80 or 70, or whatever or maybe lesser percent by Krishna’s mercy you can go back to Him.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj,

1997, Feb 12th, SB class, @ New Talavan, USA


Facility to go back to krishna

Human being is meant for spiritual development and if you want to just have sense gratification, ignorance is bliss, in animal life you can have sense gratification and don’t have to worry about it because there is no karmas or anything. Human birth is a facility to go back to Krishna, so someone doesn’t have really any desire to go back to Krishna, make relation towards that, then why be human being?

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj,

1997, Feb 12th, SB class, @ New Talavan, USA


*A Desire to Serve*

Krishna conscious enough so that we will be able to get back to Krishna at the end of the life. Now when the balance gets tilted towards sense gratification it’s then dangerous. Then we can become animals in our next… in our future births, because what keeps us as human beings or what causes us to go back to Krishna is depended on our desire, how much desire do we have to serve Krishna. If our overriding desire is to serve and please then we will go back to Krishna.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj,

1997, Feb 12th, SB class, @ New Talavan, USA


Get back to krishna

In the West the religion and everything else is very much kind of separated but within vedic culture it’s inseparable, just intertwined. Every day you do different spiritual activities, religious activities just like culturally it is so integrated, and what we can see from the life of Swambhuva Manu, is what that does is it keeps us in touch with God, with Krishna all the time. And if it’s properly done it will keep us enough in touch so that we can remain Krishna conscious enough so that we will be able to get back to Krishna at the end of the life.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj,

1997, Feb 12th, SB class, @ New Talavan, USA


The Resistance to Maya

In the Western world, what has to be done is people’s resistance to maya has to increase so that they can bring it into a healthy balance, and chanting Hare Krishna regularly, by even listening to tapes, I mean some businessman are always take the Hare Krishna tapes, different bhajan tapes and playing in their cars driving to work. Some people tell me that for two hours they are stuck in traffic jams hearing the bhajans or some people chant while they are driving, when they are stuck in traffic jams try to chant as many rounds. So how people can make their homes and their lives Krishna conscious, this is the unique contribution of vedic culture.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj,

1997, Feb 12th, SB class, @ New Talavan, USA


Krishna conscious in the forefront*

Krishna conscious was not in the forefront but it was there in the background and that when they came to Mayapur, they saw the environment that was totally Krishna conscious in the forefront. So, It looks like a good, from the West to that environment in Calcutta and then to Mayapur it was a necessary transition. Prabhupada appreciated that most people, and not going to want to give up these comforts or they want to live with their families in life and having this type of less regimented lifestyle and Prabhupada gave many instructions and people by reading the Bhagavat Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam on a daily basis, by occasionally inviting devotees to their home an having kirtan. Hari Bol, that they would become Krisha conscious and could get purified.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj,

1997, Feb 12th, SB class, @ New Talavan, USA


The Power of krishna conscious

People can be Krishna conscious on their own self-situation because Deiva Varnasrama means that everyone is Krishna conscious or has a very strong Krishna conscious influence on their life, in a very positive and constructive way, may not be cent-percent or hundred percent Krishna conscious, but they are Krishna conscious enough that it immunizes them and counteracts any detrimental effect that the sense gratification is doing. It is just like that our bodies are filled with disease all the time, but it’s antibodies and the resistance that we have that keeps it down. When we get weakened and the percentage of disease is more and our resistance is reduced then the disease starts to take over.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj,

1997, Feb 12th, SB class, @ New Talavan, USA


Do the Deity worship yourself*

Mr. Bajoria, he had a very nice little temple behind his house, so Prabhupada went to his house on one occasion and saw but all the puja was being done by a higher priest, but Prabhupada said, “ *You should do the puja, you should do the worship, you should worship the deities and in this way you are purified.* I thought that it was quite interesting that how Prabhupada had explained, encouraged this rich industrialist to do the deity worship himself rather than just having a Brahman coming and standing in front of the deities for a few minutes and go out. Obviously if you do the deity worship yourself you are going to be much more absorbed, much more involved.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj,

1997, Feb 12th, SB class, @ New Talavan, USA


The House program for facilitating bhakti

Prabhupada gave many verses of instructions and people by reading the Bhagavat Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam on a daily basis, by occasionally inviting devotees to their home an having kirtan… Hari Bol, that they would become Krisha conscious and could get purified and told that this was how Advaita Goswami had adviced and how Lord Caitanya advised it should be done and this is basically house programs and Namhatta, facilitating people from all different walks of life and to be able to be Krishna conscious.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj,

1997, Feb 12th, SB class, @ New Talavan, USA


The Purpose of Life

Swamvuva manu, that he was able to be Krisha conscious in spite of having an opulent or a very comfortable material situation simply by creating a Krishna conscious environment. So, therefore he didn’t lose sight of what was the purpose of life. For him there was some material comforts and enjoyments but it wasn’t that he was mad after those things so that he became degraded by them because everything was kept in perspective by the constant chanting of Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare. By hearing the pastimes of the Lord and by different types of deity worship and devotional service.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj,

1997, Feb 12th, SB class, @ New Talavan, USA