The most important service

It is considered one of the most important wings of our whole organization. In fact ‘The most important’ you can say is publishing and distributing books. More important than building temples and anything else. But the actual activity of purchasing paper, going to the printer, making contract, getting the books published, these all so called material activity, but in order to get the book published this is required. Even Srinivas Acharya, he went with Narottama das Thakur and Shyamananda pandit. And their instruction was to go and get the books published, get them printed, and then to distribute them all over Bengal and Orissa.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1990, July 22nd, SB class, @ Hyderabad, India


The authorised devotional service

Sometimes devotees say, I want to go and do some business, if I get any profit I will give it to Krishna. If one is instructed to go out and do business that is another thing. But if one is just doing it because they want to do it, which is very risky. Many people they do services without being properly authorized by senior Vaishnavas. In which case, they are in a very dangerous position. On the other hand, Prabhupada instructed some devotees, ‘Set up BBT. Set up the book business. Print books. Sell books’. So what is the difference? Because it is on the order of Srila Prabhupada, therefore nobody is thinking that BBT book distribution is material.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1990, July 22nd, SB class, @ Hyderabad, India


*Preaching to People*

Actually preaching is highest platform because this is desired by the Lord. In in His instruction, there is no Loss or diminution. In fact King Priyavarta, he also followed the instruction of his superiors, would that have been better, would that have been pleasing. By following the Lord’s instructions, he pleased his superiors. He pleased Narada muni, he pleased everyone. And he was also indirectly preaching Krishna Consciousness, by managing a kingdom. So, of course the king also has to see that Krishna Consciousness is active throughout his area of domain.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1990, July 22nd, SB class, @ Hyderabad, India


Preaching is The Desire of the Lord*

There is a group of sahajiyas – devotees who take the whole process very cheaply. They consider that all this preaching is not the highest platform. They encourage people to go directly into the; what they call the ‘sidha bhajan’ or- some kind of intimate devotional service. But they fail to realize is that because this is the desire of the Lord; even though to preach Krishna Consciousness we have to face demons, we have to convince so many people about the voracity of Krishna Consciousness, its validity, its meaning. The actually this is also highest platform because this is desired by the Lord.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1990, July 22nd, SB class, @ Hyderabad, India


The key for perfection of life

Prabhupada explains how thinking of the lotus feet of the Lord is the cause of liberation from material attachment. How doing our devotiolnal service, always meditating on the lotus feet of the Lord is itself the perfection of life.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1990, July 22nd, SB class, @ Hyderabad, India


The Proper Leader

The monarchical system was very effective in the vedic age. Now-a-days people are against monarchy and they call democracy. But they should understand why monarchy was working in those days, because of qualified leadership. If there is no qualifies leadership, by whatever system you get a leader there, whether by vote or whatever; still citizens would not be properly ruled or be happy. What actually needed is a proper leader. So this is the qualification of a proper leader; to be fully Krishna Conscious.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1990, July 22nd, SB class, @ Hyderabad, India


The ineffable Grace of Guru

Devotee Govinda who was servitor of sripad Ramanuja said that,
“Well I know that before I was a devotee I had no transcendental or spiritual qualities and if I have any qualities now that they are seeing, it must be that they are seeing simply the good qualities of the Guru. Only by his mercy can I do anything. But because the Guru has given me some mercy, that’s why I’m saying, accepting their praise. Actually I don’t have any personal good quality or credit. Because I had nothing spiritual about me when I came.’ That’s actually simply the mercy of the Lord and his devotees, his guru.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1990, Jan 1st, SB class, @ New Talavan, USA


The false designation

people may mistake that it’s religion that’s the problem. It’s not. It’s the lack of real spiritual understanding that is the real problem. And the fact that people are simply identifying with their bodies. So as conditioned souls they are considering that ‘I am a Muslim, I am a Christian or I’m a Hindu. Whether they practiced or not, it’s simply more designation than actually a belief that they deeply adheres to. So if actual spiritual knowledge were given, then people would become purified from these false designations.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1990, Jan 1st, SB class, @ New Talavan, USA


The sight of spiritual identity*

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The organization of the society, we do according to Varnasram. But we don’t ever lose sight of our actual spiritual identity as the eternal devotee of the Lord. So that even if somebody has a Brahma body, or they have a Siva or they have a whatever daiva body or human body or Brahmana, vaisya, sudra, what type of, but they all engaged in devotional service. When they engage in devotional service, when they identifying as a devotee of the Lord, actually they are purified. Even though they may be functioning superficially according to the particular varna or asram, but actually they are purified.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1990, Jan 1st, SB class, @ New Talavan, USA


Syringe of Srila Prabhupada books*

In Krishna consciousness, they are, thisl idea of caste or creed or colour, designations and false identifications are crossed over very easily. But to get people to be Krishna conscious, we need to give them Srila Prabhupad’s books. If they can get the books of Srila Prabhupada then they convey them, then they can understand what is the actual purpose of life, who they are.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1990, Jan 1st, SB class, @ New Talavan, USA


Act As An instrument

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The devotee never forgets that everything that the devotee is able to do is simply by the mercy of Guru and Krishna. In the Bhagavad Gita there is an important verse- find it savyasaci, is the word that comes there is not used very often , where Lord Krishna tells Arjuna that he is a ‘nimitta matram’. That he is simply via media for manifesting the Lords -or instrument for manifesting Lord’s mercy, Lord’s will. We should act as an instrument. So it’s because we forget, we think that we are the doer, therefore we get into the difficulty.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1990, Jan 1st, SB class, @ New Talavan, USA


Give up the superficial designation

When we realize the glory of Lord and we realize the eternal relationship as the servitor of the Lord then all the other temporary designations recede to the background. We become purified. This is very important because nowadays there’s lot of problem in the world due to these superficial designations, Upaadhi. Upaadhi means designations or body consciousness. Someone thinks they are white or black or someone thinks they are Jew or Catholic or protestant, someone thinks that they are Asian or American or European or Latin or whatever and this is already creating problems in the world.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1990, Jan 1st, SB class, @ New Talavan, USA


Krishna – The Source of incarnation

According to Śrīla Jīva Gosvāmī’s statement, in accordance with authoritative sources, Lord Kṛṣṇa is the source of all other incarnations. It is not that Lord Kṛṣṇa has any source of incarnation. All the symptoms of the Supreme Truth in full are present in the person of Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa, and in the Bhagavad-gītā the Lord emphatically declares that there is no truth greater than or equal to Himself.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1990, Jan 1st, SB class, @ New Talavan, USA


The Perfect understanding of Krsna

What is so mysterious and difficult for people to understand how Lord Krishna can appear in His form as a cowherd boy with a morsel of half eaten food in His hand, playing just like a cowherd boy running in the forest and still be the Absolute truth. It is very difficult for anyone to comprehend except for the pure devotees of the Lord. So Krishna explains ‘ bhakta mam abhijaanati ‘(BG 18.55) that except for my devotees no one else can understand Me.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1990, Jan 1st, SB class, @ New Talavan, USA


Books – the spiritual wisdom*

The solution for the racial prejudice in the world that people should become devoted to the Lord. Then they become free from all this temporary designations. How this happens? This happens automatic by the mercy of the Lord. So Srila Prabhupada once said that his books should go to every person. If they can read his books they can understand easier- what is devotional service, may be they can even become fixed in devotional service. This is special benediction of the Lord, especially in this age Lord Caitanya has made this opportunity very accessible.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1990, Jan 1st, SB class, @ New Talavan, USA


The special Mercy

I got surrounded by a group of evangelists-Christians and tried to discuss about the Personality of Godhead. But then they didn’t want to pin it down, they didn’t want to accept that the Lord has a human like form and could come to this world. They could accept only that Jesus could come to the world, they couldn’t accept that God, the father could come. And in the discussion they would say ‘Well, it’s a mystery. These are things that we don’t know, this increases our faith to know that there are some things we don’t know.’ I said ‘It increases our faith to know many things that are previously unknown about. But they are revealed by Krishna.’ They didn’t like to hear that. So Krishna does reveal Himself, but He reveals Himself to His devotees. This is special, really special mercy.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1990, Jan 1st, SB class, @ New Talavan, USA


Books – the treasure of spiritual wisdom*

The solution for the racial prejudice in the world that people should become devoted to the Lord. Then they become free from all this temporary designations. How this happens? This happens automatic by the mercy of the Lord. So Srila Prabhupada once said that his books should go to every person. If they can read his books they can understand easier- what is devotional service, may be they can even become fixed in devotional service. This is special benediction of the Lord, especially in this age Lord Caitanya has made this opportunity very accessible.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1990, Jan 1st, SB class, @ New Talavan, USA


The personal form of Krishna

When we think of the Lord as impersonal, then we also tend to think that everything is mechanical and this precludes us from giving our love to the Lord. It is very important that we understand how the Lord is a person. Lord Krishna of course has many different forms, just like we know that the He appears in Visnu form, as Varaha as the boar, matsya – the fish, kurma- the tortoise and so on. So this quote from the Bible that God appears in the human like , man is in the image of God confirms that the personal form of Krishna, the form as human-like form is the original form of God.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1990, Jan 1st, SB class, @ New Talavan, USA


Bowing Down Before the Lord

The idea of bowing down is also we are surrendering our mind. When Lord Brahma bowed down he bathed the lotus feet of Krishna with the tears of love. In the bowing down the different parts of the body are mentioned and the last part is our mind. We are also offering our mind to the lotus feet of the Lord.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1990, Jan 1st, SB class, @ New Talavan, USA


The transcendental position

Lord Brahma is bowing down to Krishna and accepting Krishna as Supreme Absolute truth, several places Lord Siva – he also glorifies Lord Krishna. So this way, those who have faith in Brahma or Siva, it should be easy for them to accept the supreme transcendental position of our Krishna. It’s a type of logic that if Lord Brahma is great, if Lord Siva is great and they accept that Lord Krishna is the greatest, well, that’s a pretty important point.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1990, Jan 1st, SB class, @ New Talavan, USA