Develop the devotional service*

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prabhupada explained that one German scientist, when he was in India studying , he was asked, “What are you most impressed by? He said, “I am most impressed by pure devotion to Krsna. “Why is that ? Aren’t you impressed by the mystic powers of the great yogis in India, their ability to levitate and go to other planets and do great things ?” he was asked again. He said, “No, because I see that by mystic powers, they want to be able to see something at a distance. Scientists want the same thing ; we do that by telescope. They can become very small, we do the same thing by microscope. They want to go to other places by their mystic powers, we do that by jets . So it’s the same thing . It’s simply that we do that by mechanical means, and they are doing it by the psychic means. But it is same basic purpose. But I see that devotional service to Krsna actually develops the eternal relationship with the supreme lord, to go to the spiritual world.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1988, 31st October, SB class @ Atlanta, USA


The Great Responsibility*

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Kṛṣṇa conscious devotees have the very great responsibility to practice and to preach, to live brahmana-style, teach by example to others. Lord Caitanya taught, “apani acarito drarma, poreke sikhao.” One should teach others by his own example.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1987, 13th August, SB class @ Bangkok, Thailand


The Natural Solution

In Hawaii they had the problem of rats, I think. So they decided to import mongooses to take care of the rats, but the scientist made a mix-up and they realized that the mongooses are day animals and rats are night animals. So the mongooses in the day never saw rats , and when the Hawaiian rats came out at night, they never saw mongooses. So the rat’s good or the mongoose good? The mongoose needs food. So they started eating–no snakes there– chickens and other things. So then they had mongoose problem. There was a suggestion to bring some kind of leopard to kill the mongoose but they thought that it might become another problem.
Always in the world, purely material solution just creates another problem. It just postpones the problem. The real solution has to be an integrated solution which includes the material and spiritual.. all the aspects. Then that is a natural solution.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1988, 31st October, SB class @ Atlanta, USA


Devotional Service – A great science

Someone is showing that I won’t touch money. So in this way they are trying to put forward some kind of impression that they are very renounced. But all these forms of subtle attachments to get name and fame is a great renunciant without practically educating people that money is something which is only bad when we only use it for material purposes. Therefore you can use money for promoting Krishna consciousness which is not bad. If you use it for material things, if you use it for sinful things then it is very bad. So all these things help to educate us that devotional service is a great science.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1986, 29th Sep, SB class @ Toronto, Canada


See everything for Krishna

Better to be as a grihastha then offer everything to Krishna, they offer the food to Krishna, they use whatever they have to make it Krishna conscious when in the house and use as much as they can in Krishna’s service. If they see everything for Krishna then there is no illusion.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1986, 29th Sep, SB class @ Toronto, Canada


Service in the Right mood

We don’t see how Krishna is helping but He is there he is appreciating the mood of the devotee. one of the names of Krishna is bhavagrahi janadhana, the lord who accept the mood of devotion of the devotee, so Krishna he appreciates when a devotee takes on that attitude of service the desire to serve specially Krishna appreciates if someone wants to serve the devotees of Krishna by serving Srila Prabhupada by being the servant of the servant of servant of the Krishna that is more pleasing to Krishna, then he is more grateful that O, serving my devotee he is so dear to me and this way Prabhupada said we should be fixed even to be the servant of servant hundred times moved. gopi pada kamlayo das dasanudas.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1987, 25th June, SB class @ Sydney, Australia


Krishna is the servant of his Devotees

Devotees are trying to serve Krishna, he is thinking how to deliver these fallen souls … how to get them engage them in Krishna .. how to get them into sankirtan how to give them one of the transcendental literature of Srila Prabhupada so that they can be delivered and Krishna he also helps the devotee bringing in different souls who are ready to become Krishna conscious. Even sometime some demons create some obstacles.. somehow Krishna also helps the devotee in different ways.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1987, 25th June, SB class @ Sydney, Australia


Always be in the attitude of service

People will be recognised according to their own devotional service, not according to some kind of administrative position. or people will be given different services and it is up to them how they surrender to Krishna and expand in those services by the mercy of Krishna .So in this way it allows everyone to always be in the attitude of servant directly. Of course in any case we should always be in the attitude of the servant,

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1986, 30 October, SB class @ New Talavan, USA


Acquire the Attitude of $ervice

First of all servant, that’s always, then any other service, whether temple president, or GBC, sankirtan leader, spiritual master . Whether you have to guide other devotees in your service, or whether you are simply doing your own personal service, you don’t have responsibility for other people. In whatever case, we do everything in the attitude of service. For those who have to take leadership position, they always have to check their consciousness that they are in the proper devotional attitude as a servant .

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1986, 30 October, SB class @ New Talavan, USA


The Art of servant Leadership

It is not like an optional constant, but in devotional service the idea, ” Gopī-bhartur pada-kamalayor dāsa-dāsa-dāsānudāsaḥ. ” being the servant of the servant of the servant of the Lord is essential “gurum evābhigacchet” (Mundaka Upannishad 1.2.12). Must have…. Must be serving a devotee of the Lord, Must be serving through the disciplic succession or guru parampara . So it says one should seek a pure devotee, a servant of the Lord, and engage himself in the service of such a servant. The more one becomes the servant of the servant; the more one becomes perfect.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1986, 30 October, SB class @ New Talavan, USA


Serve for the satisfaction of krishna

It’s not at all possible to see that to make things peaceful. When people are trying to achieve self-realization, God realization, when they are trying to become God conscious, Krishna conscious, then automatically those people become people, and others can see that, “Well, those people are peaceful”, and it starts to set up a whole new structure of values. Without that absolute value of serving Krishna for His satisfaction, then everything else becomes value-less.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1986,2nd October, SB class @ New Orleans, USA


Burden of love means it’s no burden at all.

If we start to take, if we start to see things in a different way when doing our service, it becomes a burden. Then we think that taking care of These deities is a burden.l Taking the spiritual responsibility is a burden. Then that means they were finished. Burden of love means it’s no burden at all. The mother carrying the baby she loves, she doesn’t consider it to be a burden. Everyone else, they can’t figure out what is the mother lurking around that bundle of whatever. But for the mother she loves her child. So for her it’s no no problem. She likes it. At least in the civilized society. So like that the Krishna conscious movement, we have to purify our consciousness so we see the things as labour of love and when we see then there is no difficulty is taking so much responsibility. Prabhupada took the responsibility to deliver the entire world.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1986,26th August, SB class @ Detroit, USA


Burden of love means it’s no burden at all.

If we start to take, if we start to see things in a different way when doing our service, it becomes a burden. Then we think that taking care of These deities is a burden.l Taking the spiritual responsibility is a burden. Then that means they were finished. Burden of love means it’s no burden at all. The mother carrying the baby she loves, she doesn’t consider it to be a burden. Everyone else, they can’t figure out what is the mother lurking around that bundle of whatever. But for the mother she loves her child. So for her it’s no problem. She likes it. At least in the civilized society. So like that the Krishna conscious movement, we have to purify our consciousness so we see the things as labour of love and when we see then there is no difficulty is taking so much responsibility. Prabhupada took the responsibility to deliver the entire world.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1986,26th August, SB class @ Detroit, USA


The labour of love

we labour in the Krishna conscious movement but this labour is not labour of the body. It’s a labour of love. Therefore by serving in Krishna consciousness once if we keep our consciousness purified by chanting, we’re able to experience transcendental bliss with the labour of love. And we should work in that consciousness.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1986,26th August, SB class @ Detroit, USA


Engage ever in service

The type of frustration may help one in the beginning to make a few steps forward in Krishna Consciousness. But eventually unless one cannot develop their full Krishna Consciousness. They cannot be free from the influences of the material world. When one is fully, He is basically well situated, fixed in devotional service. Then they naturally are getting so much energy from lord Krishna. Then it is very easy to receive this Krishna Conscious movement.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1986,15th August, SB class @ New Naimisaranya, India


Dry renunciation Vs devotional service

Lord Chaitanya he wanted that the dry renunciation should be replaced by type of productive devotional service to Guru and Krishna. It’s no need to do rigorous type of tapasya like meditating under water, meditating with fire or highest graveyard or others such practices which are recommended for the mystic Yogis. Because those things makes the heart even harder. It makes even more difficult to understand our natural relationship with Krishana. Here it should recommends very simple process. It’s a very simple process. Bhaktiyoga in moderation one can achieve easy perfection.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1986,15th August, SB class @ New Naimisaranya, India


The energy of God

Anything that is wonderful in the world, you can see the reflection of Krishna in it. We are not against technology. It’s not technology that is bad, it’s how they use it. Right…What’s wrong with light…electricity, nothing is wrong with it, it’s a neutral thing. Technology… if you take an aeroplane and you fly, devotees have to go somewhere and do some preaching, what is the problem, or you see everything is satwik, rajas and tamas, if they use something to destroy others that is tamas, if you use it just for maintaining your… or increasing your material situation for your sense gratification then it is rajas, and if you use it for helping others and for bringing people to higher awareness this is satwic. So things that are used for a satwic purpose it is very beneficial, if it is rajasik it is neutral- it’s neither beneficial nor very harmful. If they use something for tamasic then it is harmful. So the problem is that many of the… for the purpose of rajas people are doing tamas. Just like medicine may be good but that some people are getting spurious medicines to make more progress. So for rajas purpose they are doing some tamasik things and that is creating problem. So the thing itself is not… it’s only that what the material nature is, it’s neither good nor bad, it’s simply an energy of God, if you use it in God’s service… if you use it in Krishna’s service it’s good it’s pure, it’s uplifting, it’s wonderful. If you use it for destruction, then it is material, if you use if for some material purpose than it has some temporary effect. Temporary effect may be good or may be bad according to the particular mode it is under. Everything has it’s sanction of Krishna, how the intelligent person is desiring to do something… he wants either researching for long hours, Krishna gives them the intelligence.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1986, 22nd July, SB class @ Bangalore, India


Possible – only by Bhakti

Yudhishir was praised by Narada that how you are so great, that Krishna for you He is your father, He is your brother, He is Your mother, he is your… head of Your family, He is Your God, He is your everything, even He became your servant, He became your order carrier, who can imagine, how you can get God Himself to come and carry your message like your bearer. This is only possible by bhakti, therefore you should consider yourself the fortunate of all people.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1986, 22nd July, SB class @ Bangalore, India


What’s beyond the material world?

Things are very difficult to understand when you are in the material world, whether you are a great sanyasi or pandit or even a demigod, when you are in the material world it’s hard to understand what is beyond the material world, specially if a person is simply speculating, just like upstairs if we hear some noise…Prabhupada gave this example, there may be some…. Some kind of tapping noise, and we are sitting here and we can all take a poll what is that noise. Someone is saying that one of some life members daughter is practising bharat natyam”, and someone can say, “no, someone is washing his clothes.” Someone can say, “no, someone is…the mistri is repairing.” Someone else can say, “no, that some gunda-sunda players… they came upstairs and they are playing dice… dice is hitting.” Like this you can go on speculating. No one can say what… who is saying the right thing. When you go upstairs you find that the ah… some crow is just ah… hitting something. So unless somebody goes up and sees what’s happening and comes down so that way Narada Muni, he is the messenger from Narayana, he goes to the spiritual world, he comes down, he gets instructions from Brahma but he got such a blessing that he can himself go to the spiritual world. And not only that Krishna Himself comes down to give the instruction. So if you want to know what is going on outside of the universe What is the universe, how you know within the universe. You need to know only if you get to know the objective broad viewpoint. Who has that viewpoint but Krishna. You may be a great sanyasi in the material world but that doesn’t give you the vision what’s outside the material world. That vision has to come only by the blessing of the Lord, and that blessing is given not simply by vairagya but is given to those who are devotees.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1986, 27th April, SB class @ Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


The benediction of bhakti.

By taking up the devotional service to Krishna, then you can understand this greatness of the supreme Lord. Jay Krishna Balaram Jay Jaya Nitai Gaur This was the special gift of Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Different avatars give different benedictions, but the special benediction of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu is that He gave the benediction of bhakti. Krishna, He gives benediction of moksha or swargavas very easy, it’s not any great matter for Him to give. Although Hiranyakashipu, he did a great tapasya, he asked brahma to give the benediction of immortality but brahma said I cannot give it. “How can I give you what I myself don’t possess?” If you go to somebody who is driving riksha, scooter riksha, he is making a thousand rupees a month and you press him, “you give a one lakh rupees donation.”, where he will get it? “So you must pay?” “I don’t have it!” “No, but I don’t care, but you have to give.” “I don’t have, how can I give?” “you must pay!” Or the income tax officer, if they come, you show your accounts, and he is saying that, “you show you are making one lakh of rupees of profit.” They say, “No, you made one crore profit, you have to pay tax in one crore.” “I don’t have!” “No but that’s my finding.” “Where I will give?” So now the government has said that you accept the income tax submission…. So that’s the thing. We may pray, sometimes people think all the demigods are the same. So they pray to durga, “give me immortality”, but how she can give or the pray to shiva, “give me this”, but even Lord Siva explains that Visnu is the giver of mukunda… mukti. You can pray to ah… different demigods but you cannot get everything from them. You want to get this certain things you have to go to Visnu. Of course you can get anything from Visnu, but this things you can only get from Him.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1986, 22nd July, SB class @ Bangalore, India