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

Why are worshipping a monkey?

A calendar which had a picture of a Hanuman, and you are trying to explain to a Christian theologian who Hanuman is.. who doesn’t know anything about . it’s really complicated. Why are you worshipping a monkey? Why you are respecting him, I mean, if you are trying to go into the details then it’s really complicated. So you just say he is great devotee, he is a monkey, he is like… keep it real simple, otherwise if you started to say you know, he is born by Siva but he is carried by vayu, and so he is the son of the…you know you can get into a very big trouble if you try to explain too much.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj,

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

The worship of Govardhan

Govardhan Pooja all the devotees go out with cows go around Govardhan. Big mountain of Rice, Annakoot to make a rice mountain And then afterwards everyone is fed not only all the human beings, after all humans are fed then animals should be fed. Everyone should be fed on the day of Govardhan Pooja. No one should go hungry. Commemorating Lord’s Krishna’s worship of Govardhan. Showing all how the society is dependent on especially the cow protection, agriculture, we Cannot eat nuts and bolts. Agriculture produces and how cow milk produces finer brain tissues to understand spiritual subject matter.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1990, 24th July, SB class, @ Bangalore, India

The Purpose Of Temples

The purpose for the temples is to invite people to come and hear the Bhagavatam and to chant Hare Krishna and to see the Lord being worshipped. All the ceremonies are accompanied by the chanting of the Holy names. Every day we have morning and evening classes for the people. In this way the people are engaged in devotional service in so many different ways.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

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

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

An opportunity to get the blessing

In our major temples in vrindavan and Mayapur, in Bombay we don’t purchase any store bought fruits. Store bought sweets. In the smaller temples sometimes they purchase. Of course purchasing is uh… that has got some other implication. Purchasing is sometime allowed, but that would be considered to be not uh, as perfect as if we could make the things ourselves, because, they are not having any pure standard.

We don’t know what type of… actually technically speaking store bought things which are made outside by non-devotees, they are not… even in the West, we don’t also offer fruit juice. We make the juice ourselves, because whether that people are washing their hands after they are going in bathroom or something like that, or what they’re doing, you don’t know what standard they have. There are many rules, If you go to the bathroom, you have to take an entire shower. The same cloth you shouldn’t use, if you are going to cook for the Deity. If people are negligent of this, they will get worse than sinful reactions. They will get offensive reaction of Krishna. Their devotion will be stuck up, and for preaching sometime… we may that for preaching sometimes, we have to just do these things, and there is no alternative, but normally one should be very careful. It’s an opportunity to get the blessing; it’s an opportunity at the same time if you are not careful to also get punished. So we should be very careful when we do these things to do it properly.

H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1984, 20th July, SB class @ Chennai, India.

be very careful when serving the type of very powerful Deities

Jagannath is quite merciful. But Krishna and Rukmini and Satyabhama, goddesses of fortune Rukmini they have been known to be very exacting. We should be very careful. They may not be so tolerant if someone offers to Krishna something which is not proper. They may… they may not be very tolerant. I mean we can pray for their mercy because we are all neophyte devotees, they can pray like that, the devotee, but it is better to be very careful when serving these type of very powerful Deities. But we should know the whole system carefully and accordingly it should be supervised by a Brahmana. Others they can assist. They can work in the kitchen and assist.

If there is a brahmana they are who is responsible to see that that means the dikshit person in to the Vaisnava the system, who is responsible to see that everything is done according to the system, and that personal offering of the food and the final cooking touches that should be preferably done by a initiated person, when we are offering to a Deity. If someone is cooking in their own house, and they are offering to Krishna themselves, they have a picture of Krishna then that is a separate question, but this is a temple which is having the deities and the Deities are persons. There Krishna Himself is there with His wife Laksmi and with Balarama and we have to try our best to satisfy them being conscious of what is dissatisfying to them also.

H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1984, 20th July, SB class @ Chennai, India.

Cooking – The very intimate service.

Diksa means to become a sisya. Sisya means follow the discipline of the guru. So unless there is some emergency normally the final cooking, that means the touching of the fire that should be done by initiated person. Because that person will be responsible also. If a person is dirty, or touching not knowing the purity if they are touching the fire, and offering that type of food to Krishna, that will be an offense, and for a new devotee we don’t want them also to commit any offense. Or an older devotee. So anyone who is going to cook for the Lord, they shouldn’t take it lightly. This is a very intimate service and they should learn all the details of cleanliness which are part of arcane or deity worship, and they should follow the system very strictly never touching the mouth, never touching their feet, never touch the ground without washing their hand, never touching offered food and then again touching the unoffered food. It’s a whole system, and if one transgresses these rules, even when unknowingly, that will be considered offensive in deity worship.

H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1984, 20th July, SB class @ Chennai, India.

Aarati – vehicle for service

when you meet… people meet at the airport, right? We were landed in the Nashville, it was Christmas Eve. So many people are coming in and they are laughing and hugging each other and , “Oh!” They were so happy to see their relatives and everyone, you know, then some people it was just like you know, a handshake, and other people, they were just you know laughing and hugging and everything, then after that it was all, you know… after a few seconds it died down. Some people, they went on and on, and it was going on in the hallways.
They were going to get their baggage, but usually, by the time everyone got down to the baggage collection there was already kind of work you know… petered out, but you know for five minutes, some… two seconds and you know, ten minutes, you know they kept a lot of you know, enthusiasm, then gradually you know, that type of… So here, you know, we can keep that enthusiasm for 45 minutes with the Lord doing arati, because there are so many things that… Krishna has given us, a procedure where we can go on expressing our joy to be able to greet the Lord and to receive Him and meditate on His transcendental form, that… lotus feet, it’s a vehicle for our receiving for meditation, for serving. So, that’s the principle, meditate, chant Hare Krishna, and receiving the Lord

H.H Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

26th Dec, 1982 SB class @ Atlanta,

We are not idol worshippers

The idea is that one focuses his mind 24 hours a day on the Lord, by chanting His holy name Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama Hare Hare, by worshipping the deity. You see, just like here, they have established Nitai Gaura, Rukmini Dwarakadish, Jagannath, Subhadra, Balarama Deities. This is Krsna himself, these are not idols. We are not idol worshippers.

HH Jayapataka Swami Maharaja

September 16, 1979 | Los Angeles

Salagram and Dwaraka Sila

Question: Hare Krsna guru maharaj: I have a question regarding one of the rings you wear. One is the Shaligram but the other one, the white one, I would like more information about it please. I found one in the cupboard of a house I moved into, but I don’t know much about it. I simply placed it before my Shaligram. Sevapriya devi dasi.

Guru maharaj: Sevapriya devi dasi, there is a kind of Shaligram which is called the Dwaraka shila. That has many different chakras on it. It is white in color. I don’t know much about it but there is a shila like that. Is that what you are referring to? Yes, I am waving to you! You have your Shaligram there, can you show it? How are things in Scotland? Is there a chakra? I don’t know if that is a Dwaraka shila or not. I see the chakra but Dwaraka shilas have many such chakras. On my ring is a Shaligram shila, black. I don’t have a white one. Thank you. I see the picture, I had three rings at that time, one seems to be white. Is that Caitanya Priya? Maybe other questions. I will look into it. 

22 March 2020 | Mayapur