Don’t be just mock of.

Prabhupad wanted us to develop that type of farm projects where we can actually accept all families and engage them, give them proper varnashrama, categorized engagement so that they can be completely fulfilled. But that person went through so much trouble. I remember once Prabhupad said in Mayapur when he told the people that you just come and stay here. We are providing you this facility so you can peacefully practice your Krishna consciousness. And even in India if a person, for instance we had before we had our own gurukul, we had grihasthas and they sent their kids to the school at the Bhakti Vinod Institute which was established by Bhakti Vinod Thakur or in his name by Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur. Originally only the sanyasis and brahmacharis would preach and teach in that school. But after the demise of Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur, the Gaudiya Matth, they gradually reduced their preaching spirit and they put hired teachers in there and finally they took the government aid and now it has become like a public school. But you know private school funded by government, so it is like a public school practically speaking. The teacher made fun of the student that why he was doing all these things and made some wisecrack you know, completely atheistic wisecrack in the Bhakti Vinod Institute even against the existence of God, like a complete atheist even against the existence of God, a complete atheist and the students came and started pulling the kid’s shikha in the middle of the class. He had to run back to the temple crying you know. This was the Bhakti Vinod Institute, what to speak of other schools. So even in India if you, you can be a Hindu but you can’t be a Vaishnava. You wear your shikha and wear a big tilak, you wear neck beads. I have girls who are disciples who go to school with the neck beads, the other girls chide them, ‘so you have become a sadhu, you have become a sanyasini’ because they are standing out, they are making the others see that alright they have a drive for getting liberated and they are forced to either preach and defeat them or otherwise they are just made mock of. So it is very difficult even in India what to speak of in the West. That is what is so surprising that of course when you have programs, the more mature people, the older people, they are still religious minded but then if their son or daughter becomes a devotee you see all hell break loose.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1984, 26th Sep, SB class @ Murari Sevaka Farm, USA


Cried for the living entities – Advaita

Maharaja Pariksit, he was already a very advanced person. He wanted to immediately prepare himself for the next life. Similarly, some people you meet will be very advanced, some people will be materialistic, you see. But if we simply pray to Lord Caitanya that He inspire us… Lord Nityananda, Advaita that they inspire us with that compassion… How Lord Advaita, how he was crying? He was crying for the living entities that they had become bahira mukha, they had become materialistic, they had forgotten Krishna, even in Navadvipa, even in Bengal, even in India, they have forgotten, and they are simply living for the temporary happiness of the body. They were staying up to eight o’ clock at night; they were sleeping even up to sunrise they were doing so many materialistic things then. They were no longer worshipping Krishna in devotion, but instead they were worshipping Him for material purposes and doing ritualistic activities simply for elevation to the heavenly planets. They were so materialistic then that Advaita Gosai was crying that Lord Krishna come down Himself to inspire them with pure love. Of course, what materialism they had then compared to what materialism is here now! You can imagine how Advaita Gosai is crying for these souls who are completely miserable.

H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

31 Oct, 1982 SB class @ Bangkok, Thailand.


Transcendental ecstasies

Simply we have to have people who are a little bit , open to listen. Come, hear the Bhagavatam, chant Hare Krishna, take prasadam. Doesn’t have to be at all a hard sell. Very soft, just by association, by preaching, by taking prasada, by being dealt… friendly, in a very friendly way by the devotees and gradually more and more, they’ll just start to open up and experience transcendental ecstasies in devotional service, rasa in devotional service and then, when they experience that, they realize.

H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

28 Oct, 1982 SB class @ Thailand


Who is a real vaishnava?

A Vaishnava can tolerate all types of offences to himself but he cannot tolerate offences to the Lord or to other Vaishnavas.

HH JAYAPATAKA SWAMI 
Sunday, August 30, 1981


How to Identify a vaishnava?

It is impossible to identify the characteristics of a vaishnava by material sense perceptions or external symptoms. It is not that one who possesses more wealth is a superior vaishnava, not one who gathers more followers is a superior vaishnava, it is not one who has more knowledge of the scriptures is a superior devotee of Vishnu. The servants of Lord Caitanya may not have the educational followers, academic qualifications, not gather many followers, not have much wealth, and may not be expert in argument and counter argument, but ordinary people have no qualification to understand why they are indifferent to such matters. 

HH JAYAPATAKA SWAMI
4th March 2019
Sri Dham Mayapur, India


Environment in temple

“Even in the temple that environment is so important that every devotee is enthusiastic, that they don’t engage in prajalpa, that people are not puffed up. Just like in Lord Caitanya’s pastimes, he would not allow for His intimate sankirtan, anyone except for the devotees to come.”

His Holiness Srila Jayapataka Swami Gurumaharaj
4th June 1983
Toronto, Canada


We see that many of the dealings of some vaishnavas makes us angry. How can we got out of this situation?

Guru maharaj: Caitanyadev said trnad api suni chena, taror api sahishuna na, amaanina maana dena, kirtaniya sada Hari! We when we see a vaishnava, if they are not acting right, we get angry but we should not be angry. This vaishnava does not behave right then that is not right in the future, but why should we get angry? We should see what good qualities he has. If we have some responsibility to tell him, then we should after glorifying his good quality, ask as a question or give an example and ask, why did you do? Was it right? Can we imbibe this in our life practice? Will it be okay? Ask a question. Questioning is right. If you say in an accusing way, YOU HAVE ACTED THIS WAY! YOU ARE A BAD PERSON! YOU BEHAVED THIS WAY! IS THAT RIGHT? That will not be right. If that is guru, then guru can get angry with disciples. If you see the vaishnava, are you his guru? How can you get angry with him? Just ask a question, I value your association, you are a senior vaishnava, the thing you did, is it right for me to do that? Praise his good quality. So vaishnava does good acts, follow that and don’t follow his bad acts. But he who is doing service to Krishna, they are certainly very dear to Him. But whatever wrong he does, we will not talk about it. Just It has been told about Haridas Thakur. Some people have good conduct but not good preaching, some people do good preaching but not good conduct. But Harida Thakur had both good conduct and did good preaching as well. You try to do that. Some people have good conduct but don’t do preaching. Some do preaching but do not have good conduct. We want both good conduct, be a good example, and good preaching. Haribol!

HH JAYAPATAKA SWAMI
16th March 2019
Sri Dham Mayapur, India


EACH ONE TEACH ONE!

I would like to take care and guide all my disciples. Of course, I need the help of my senior disciples to take care and guide my junior disciples.

The principle is that each one, teach one! If you are two years old, you guide someone who is one-year-old. And some are 30 or 40 years old in the devotional service, they can guide everyone. But they should have that quality also. They should know the philosophy, they should care for the other devotees, and they should practice what they preach!

HH JAYAPATAKA SWAMI
Vyasa Puja Adivas Address
16th April 2019
Sri Dham Mayapur, India