The greatest level of devotion.

Every time maya tests, and Krsna is watching , maya is offering sense gratification , that is our test. Sometimes, Krsna puts a devotee… takes away something from the devotee. Krsna says this is his test. Sometimes he takes something away from the devotee–some material opulence or something – if the devotee is overly attached, because it is an obstacle in the devotee’s path, by Kṛṣṇa doing that , then the devotee realizes that this is not so important , he realizes to take shelter of Krsna and not take shelter of the material objects . Krsna says that this is not the greatest level of devotion.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

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


The principle of spiritual satisfaction

By spiritual development, we can see what is really needed, what we need. How much food do we need? How much sleep do we need? Each person is different. For individual person, it should be considered: how much sex do they actually need to be peaceful? These are all given by the yoga process. What is the minimum, what is the basic norm that is sufficient for us to be materially peaceful if we are spiritually satisfied. Materially, we are always going to have demands as long as we have the body : the body has to eat , the body has to sleep etc., but how much? Therefore the yogi is regulated. He Regulates his material activity. Materially, he becomes content, because spiritually he is satisfied. The principle is spiritual satisfaction .

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

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


Make your house as a Temple

Those who are staying in the temple they are very fortunate, they have this total environment in which they can practice their Krishna consciousness. We have the temple, so that people coming from outside, we should preserve such a pure atmosphere here that someone will come and will think, oh, this is a temple, this is very holy, this is very pure, let me try to make a replica of this in my house by having temple, by having chanting, by having Krishna consciousness environment as much as possible. Let me take a little vibration from the temple and let it remain in the house.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

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


What the Truth is!

On Giving advice, certainly we don’t think it’s a very pious thing or a very appropriate thing for advancing in spiritual life. We don’t recommend any kind of unlimited sense gratification without dovetailing it in some spiritual way, because it’s going to produce a karmic reaction, which is going to be further entangling. So for that reason, maybe we are not always super popular with certain sectors of public or what can we do, because the truth is the truth. We have to go on presenting what the truth is.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

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


Be a part of disciplic succession

Prabhupada said that “Anyone who is my disciple is my disciple, anyone who takes initiation from my any of my disciple is my grand disciple.” So everyone is connected with Srila Prabhupada. They are part of his disciplic succession. And no matter what happens we have direct connection with Srila Prabhupada. And our only duty is ultimately, whether we are children or grandchildren or great grandchildren or great great grandchildren or 50 generations from now, is to carry on Prabhupada’s desire for spreading Lord Caitanya’s message, for establishing Lord Caitanya’s desire in the entire world. Prabhupda doesn’t have his own desire. His desire was only to spread Lord Caitanya’s desire as was manifested by the previous acharyas.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

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


The magnanimous energy

In the Seva svatara Upanishad it states parasa saktir vividhai visuyate – that the Lord has got different energies. Like that Lord Caitanya is Krishna and He has got different energies. Some of these energies write books, like Rupa Sanatana, Ragunatha Bhatta, Ragunatah, Gopal Bhatta and Jiva Gosai – the 6 goswamis. They wrote so many books. There are other energies like Srinivas acarya, they distributed those books. Srinivas Acarya, Narotta das Takur assisted him, Shyamananda Pandit assisted him. They took the books written by the goswamis and they brought those to the eastern part of India. At that time of Bharat in Navadwip; encountered thieves and other problems and they got the books back even after they were stolen and they got books copied and they distributed the books to different pundits; they convinced the pundits that these books are the absolute truth – they give the clearest understanding of the ultimate purpose of the vedas. And after those pundits were convinced of the books, they themselves again continued to expand it. And in this way the movement spread like anything based upon the books.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

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


Serve the supreme lord

Sense gratification is not bad to the limit that we need it. And if we make sense gratification the goal, then it’s bad. The goal should be to serve the supreme person, to become devotees. To become liberated from this material world and engage ourselves purely in His pure devotional service. It’s considered to be the purpose of human life.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1986,10th August, SB class @ Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


What is the real moderation?

That everything should be done with a higher purpose. That is how we moderate. Sense gratification is not bad to the limit that we need it. And if we make sense gratification the goal, then it’s bad. The goal should be to serve the supreme person, to become devotees. To become liberated from this material world and engage ourselves purely in His pure devotional service. It’s considered to be the purpose of human life.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1986,10th August, SB class @ Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


The Dedicated devotee..,.

Kolavecha Sridhar, he was a fanatic. You can say, or , he was very dedicated to this principle. He took an oath, that he’ll give 50% above, 50% of his income he’ll spend on Ganges Pooja. So, all he was doing was selling bananas, banana leaves, banana flowers, in Bengal that time Navadip, that time of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, so he was hardly making any income. Because, selling Bananas in Navadip is like trying to sell palm oil in Malaysia. Palm oil is everywhere; we don’t need to. Or, trying to sell rubber, latex here. Everywhere it’s growing. So, there in Bengal, everywhere, every house has got bananas. It’s only rare person wants extra bananas. So, somehow or the other he was getting some income. Or whatever income he could get, immediately he’d take 50% and spend it on incense, flower.., whatever he’d get he would spend that on ingredients and go to worship the Ganges and he’d take the rest and he would spend. Of course he was self-employed. He had his own land. He grew his own bananas. He sold them. But actually, he was very poor. His clothes were ripped, his house had holes in it. People used to criticise him. They used to say that “why you are living like this?” In the sense, “proper business sense is that you should stop giving 50% to the Ganges, invest your capital for one year. Build up your capital, become a … , have a good basis for that , then you spend it. Then you .. ah.. after one year is over you give 50%, you have bigger capital, so you have more income, in this way you can give more to Krishna.” He responded that if I start that now, then what… , If I stop giving 50% now, what is the guarantee that after one year, I will start it again. Once I get in to the habit of not giving, then there will always be excuse to bring up little more capital, build up little more wealth, build this, build that in this way then, maya could catch me. Now I am very safe, I am giving 50%, somehow or the other, things are going on, I am not going to change.” “But your clothes are ripped my man! Don’t you see you have holes in your cloth?” He said it’s quite cool in the hot weather. All of my body is covered. What is the matter if there is a little ventilation?” “But you have a hole in your roof!” , “Well, we have to have the light in, come in somewhere, little light, fresh breeze, very healthy.” So these…“Oh! You are very crazy!” And they’d all go off thinking, that Kolavecha Sridhar is totally mad. Wasting his good time and energy worshiping the Ganges.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

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


A source of transcendental joy

In material life which is normally predominated by the raja guna that so many people are sacrificed for the sake of achieving some kind of material goal. When they build these hundred-storey buildings its not at all unusual if two four people fall off and die. That means that just to build the building they are sacrificing life. The nature of raja guna, the mode of passion, tremendous suffering to achieve their goal. But people are willing to accept this suffering for the promise of sense gratification.

Comparatively the suffering in devotional service is, actually… in the beginning when you are in regulated service level it may appear as an inconvenience or as a austerity. But when one actually rises to even the spontaneous regulated service or to the fully spontaneous service it becomes itself a source of transcendental joy. One has to be ready to accept a little inconvenience to practice devotional service. That should be voluntarily accepted

H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1984, 13th Sep, SB class @ Bhaktivedanta Manor, London, UK


The sudha bhakti is akarma

Pure devotion to the Lord or sudha bhakti is akarma. There’s no result for that on the material platform. If we want material results we can get it without asking we can get all our desires get satisfied. That isn’t any problem at all. If you have billions of dollars, you can get any car you want, any house you want this an automatic thing, but if you have no money then of course, you cannot get these things by the ordinary means. If you have bhakti which is higher than mukti, even the kumaras they were also muktatmas. But when they could see Narayana face to face and when they bowed down at His lotus feet, they were… and smelled the tulasi offered to His lotus feet, they became filled with ecstasies. Their hairs were standing on end. Their body was quivering. They were then able to understand that, “What we were realizing in the Brahman, in the Brahma jyoti darshan that this is nothing compared to the happiness that we are experiencing now just bowing down at the lotus feet of Lord Narayana.”

H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

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


Develop the attitude of service…

The more that we can develop this service attitude that is actually beneficial to us. The enjoying attitude is kind of a perverted situation which ultimately doesn’t satisfy us. That is why Maya when knows that we are not going to be satisfied, so her last trick is that “All right now you merge, you now become one with God, you become God yourself.” which is a big trick of maya. When you become frustrated from enjoying then we should actually change our attitude and become active in serving the Lord. But because we already have this enjoying attitude this idea to become one with God is just a type of extension of that enjoying attitude. So we should be very fearful about this impersonal concept of God realization.

H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1984, 10th June, SB class, Ekadeshi lecture


We want the favor of Krishna.

We want people that are social workers. I was uh… The first time I went to Thailand with Rupanuga Prabhu and Balavanta, they went there. They wanted to start a program for ser… the… distributing prasadam to the Cambodian refugees. So we went there. We found that they were already late. They thought… they had… they were months late. There we literally fifty volunteer organizations there from every country, name shape OXFAM, REFAM whatever, SIDA, UNICEF, PERITEX, CARE, just… a flood of them. They begged, they approached them “Please have prasadam distribution for us. We can’t stand this place. We are completely bored. The food here stinks. Meanwhile if you open up a prasadam restaurant we will be very happy.” They all go there, they go there for 3-4 months, they get bored stiff after the first week, and they are just waiting to go back home. When they go back they’re heroes. They’ve served the Cam… But when they are there, they are miserable. But you can see the devotees, when they are distributing prasadam, doing a ratha-yatra, distributing books or their doing preaching they are blissful. They are ecstatic because they are doing it knowing it… directly its pleasing to Krishna, and they have that… developed that Brahminical culture where they actually have compassion for others. Here they have a sentiment as soon as they get there they see the sick people they do it but it’s… they’re just unhappy.

The whole night they just… they want to have their parties, it’s just like it’s some kind of a.. it’s a very strange combination. They have a touch of goodness in them but, because of their not being trained up in Brahminical culture its, uh… its very unnatural for them to maintain that kind of attitude for more than a couple weeks. They have to mix it with a lot of sense gratification, and there’s no sense gratification on the Cambodian border, and therefore they… they want to go back to Bangkok or something… it’s just… it’s a unusual situation. They want to go back to where they came from pretty fast.

So this is what is actually needed.

H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1984, 28th May, SB Class, New Orleans @ USA


The three types of disciples.

there are basically three types of disciples, Srila Prabhupada explains: uttama, madhyama and kanishta. Uttama disciple, is the disciple who even without the spiritual master giving a direct order that, “I want this to be done” can understand the mind of the spiritual master that the spiritual master desiring that this particular thing should be done, and he does that even without being given the order and correctly. Of course one shouldn’t imitate that, it require a considerable amount of experience to be able to come to that. If one will speculate and do the wrong thing one would be in trouble. We have seen that Prabhupad sometimes in vrndavan, he was just do like this, just raise his finger, there was no of indicating, understanding but immediately the servant would jump up and close the window or turn on the light or somehow or other they would just do exactly what he wanted, sometime they would do the wrong thing and he would go. (gestures) Then you know (laughing). But 85%… about 3/4 to… almost 95% of the time they get it right, once in a while they wouldn’t. Even a little… of course if a devotee would do something which was in a crisis which was the correct thing, Prabhupada will be very pleased, even without asking him. Of course if they did the wrong thing they are responsible, that’s uttama level.

Madyam level is that whatever the spiritual master orders, that disciple very expertly, very enthusiastically, very efficiently performs. Madyama – to follow explicitly the order of the spiritual master without any deviation, is the middle class. Kanishta or the neophyte level is that one trying to follow the order of the spiritual master, but is not cent percent expert or capable. He is trying to follow, but he is not always able to do it in the most enthusiastic way or in the most perfect way, that is the Kanista level, desire is there to try. Apart from this, Prabhupada said there is another level, it’s not actually a disciple, that level is called adhama, it’s like naradhama, asuram naradhama. naradhama this is adham disciple. Adham means fallen, doesn’t follow the order of the spiritual master, disobeys the instruction of the spiritual master, isn’t trying very hard at all to follow the instruction of the spiritual master, may be name only disciple, but in practicality he is not actually fulfilling the obligations, regular… a little irregular devotee, still because, they are called adhama-sisya. They are still disciple because at least they are recognizing some relationship, but they are not following so they are considered adhama, they are fallen; they are not actually a real disciple, in the strict sense of the world. Fallen disciple.

H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1983, 5th,November, SB Class @ USA


The determined disciple.

Even the Ganges is very cautious we can see here that… to take so many reactions, therefore our preachers they are advice to be very cautious in accepting disciples. Why should it… we find that there are many devotees in the sampradaya like Lokanath Gosvami, he refused. He would not take even one disciple, it’s too much of a burden, “I’m not strong enough, am not advanced enough. I just want to serve Krishna, am not strong enough.” You’re a nitya siddha eternally liberated soul direct associate of Lord Caitanya. He didn’t want to accept any disciples, because he thought he was not advanced enough. He had to be… even he was ordered to, he was reluctant, he dint want to. In the absence of direct order, he was completely opposed to accept any disciple. It was Narottama dasa Thakura was serving him, when he asked him for initiation, he refused, he said “No. This is your intention.” He says “You cannot… I will not give you initiation.”

“At least allow me to serve you.” He was even reluctant to accept service, because… once he realised that was the motive.

Narottama dasa Thakura for years had to follow his spiritual master, hiding in the bushes when he will go into the forest, and find where he would go for his morning nature call and he would clean that place, put cow dung, make it very clean, put a water jug out, whatever, “Who is doing this?”

If he changed location, what will happen at the other place. When he went back, when he is gone, he’d clean up the whole ashram for his spiritual master, that he’d accept in his heart, because when he wouldn’t accept willingly, then even somehow or other he knew the service had to be done, so he did it. Finally Lokanatha Gosvami, he became so curious, who is doing this service, he hid and he saw, it was Narottama, challenged Narottama, “What you are doing?”

“I am serving.” he fell at his feet, “Whether you accept me or not as your disciple, I have accepted you as my spiritual master and am going to serve you my whole life.” That determination was so… that devotion which was so selfless, that impressed Lokanatha Gosvami so much that he said, “Your service has defeated me.” then he accepted him as his disciple, initiated him.

H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1983, 5th,November, SB Class @ USA


The result of taking too many unqualified disciples.

Ganges is very concerned, afraid to come to this planet earth, because all the people would bathe in her to dump their accumulation of sinful reactions. She is worried about how she is going to be purified for them. Now, if the Ganges is worried about sinful reactions, it’s very significant, then how worried, or how afraid or cautious should any other devotee be? We can understand that because Srila Prabhupada has accepted so many disciples and his consciousness was of course unaffected he was very powerful, but… but he gives a secret here actually that Krishna being merciful to his servants neutralizes the reactions of sinful deeds for the servant who engages in preaching His glories. So by being constant engaged in preaching the glories of the Lord then Krishna’s mercy can be attracted. Even then it doesn’t mean that the spiritual master doesn’t suffer. May not suffer totally, but partially may suffer.

When Srila Prabhupad was very sick, his final pastimes at one point he showed , his very thin, thin arms became very thin in the end, he couldn’t eat a lot of problems, and he said, “This is the result of taking too many unqualified disciples.” Actually Srila Prabhupada suffered for the sinful reactions of his disciples. He said sometimes… In Mayapur one time, he said that sometimes he had to suffer hellish dreams that Krishna would give him the reactions to the sinful activities of the disciples after initiation in his dreams he will be taken literally to hell and he specifically said “This is because my disciples are breaking regulative principles.” and he was forced to suffer excruciating trials.

H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1983, 5th,November, SB Class @ USA


Engage, in Krishna’s service purely, constantly.”

One time Śrīla Prabhupāda got a letter.

He had a letter from a couple, Western couple, and he read it out or described it during a class in Bombay to the Indian Life Members… It was in a darshan, private darshan, I believe. This couple wrote that “We are aspiring to be your disciples, we are very attracted to the Hare Krishna movement; however we are feeling ourselves very unqualified. We are trying to control our sex desire but we are very ashamed sometimes we are swept away and fall down. So we’re trying to chant every day 16 rounds but sometimes we are falling short. We are trying to control the desire for intoxication but sometimes due to the influence of our friends we smoke or something. We are working, we are trying to get rid of all these, we want to be completely pure. Now we are able to… We’ve give up meat and fish and eggs, we are pure vegetarians. We are very anxious for your mercy that although we are so fallen, sometime in the future we will be able to come up to the purity to become your disciples.” So Prabhupāda expressed, he was crying, “See how they are struggling, how they are struggling with Māyā, this struggle is glorious, trying to conquer over the senses for Krishna. To engage in Krishna’s service purely, constantly.” Prabhupāda was admonishing the life members, many kaniṣṭha-adhikāri devotees; they don’t try to control the senses, satisfied with doing some minimum amount of devotion which is no doubt beneficial for them. But to come to the higher platform it is actually glorious to try to conquer the impulses of the senses to try to become purified, not to be self satisfied with an inferior platform. Then one will be on the road of perfection. Śrīla Prabhupāda said to some sanyasis that you control your sex desire and fifty per cent of the battle is finished. Fifty per cent. So another fifty per cent.

In other words even after the four regulative principles are controlled completely then they still have fame, distinction, adoration, kuṭi-nāṭī – different kinds of duplicitous tendencies, so many other impurities are there in the mind. So that struggle will go on. Initially it may be a struggle just to follow a principle but the struggle goes on until finally one reaches Krishna’s lotus feet.

H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1983, 3rd, October SB Class @ Atlanta, USA


Separation – the spice of life.

The devotees were always hankering, “When will we see Prabhupada? When will we see Prabhupada ?” Always thinking Prabhupada is coming, he is coming. Very high level of enthusiasm or anticipation of desire, it comes up, right? Then the spiritual master comes, there’s that union, wonderful uh, experience. Everyone’s jumping, and crying and shouting, right? Then he gives a first couple of lectures, but, then they gradually, the devotee may start to become distracted again, start remembering other thing, and then even though the spiritual master is there, he may… mind may go off, just due to not being at that level, or just due to nature, whatever you wanna call it, so in such a circumstance, then what was better? That was better that when they… in anticipation, they were in a higher level of Krishna consciousness even when… when in presence. Because when he wasn’t there, there was no opportunity to think of anything else, because of that feeling of separation there, and when he is there, you see, then some kind of… after a while, some self satisfaction or some type of taking for granted of the whole situation, then again the mind may get some… may go off, or that intensity, it can be little bit reduced, even someone who is not materially not going to go off anywhere, but still the intensity can change.

So, that’s why we are always seeing that, that there is always this coming and going, union and separation, it’s all… it just adds… the spice of life is variety, right? Variety is the spice of life, so not that every time it’s all the same, sometimes Krishna is there. Sometimes He is not. Apparently they are… Actually Krishna is actually always there, but sometimes He is visible, sometimes He is invisible. So for the devotees that creates all various type of emotions and anticipations and desires, which are all very relishable on the spiritual platform.

H.H. Jayapataka Swami maharaj

29th Dec 1982, SB class @ Atlanta


The exchange for Devotional service

Devotion in tama is tinged with anger, envy, resentment, vengence uh, illusion, things like that.

Say someone very angry, “Well, I am going to show that person through my devotional service.” That’s devotion tinged with anger. It motivates… that’s your motivation. You wanna show someone else, or a person is just angry all the time at others, he may be devotee, but always criticizi… always angry at others, always in a despondent… always in a negative mood. There’s devotional service, but there is some tama, ignorance mixed there. It’s not pure, therefore that person has got some kind of a separatist mood in terms of the Lord. He cannot get very intimate in his devotional service. Then, there is devotion mixed with raja, with the mood of passion. kāma eṣa krodha eṣa rajo-guṇa-samudbhavaḥ, here in rajo-guna, that means that a person is desiring better material situation. “I have performed devotional service, but I need a better material situation”, or desire for elevation to the heavenly planets. This type of desire of some kind of uh, fame, prestige or some type of better material position and in… in uh, exchange for devotional service, this is like mixture of the rajo-guna and there’s also there a tinge of separate… separatist mood from the Lord, which is called prthak-bhava, to have a separate mood. The mood is not that, “May Krishna be pleased.”

H.H. Jayapataka Swami maharaj

29th Dec 1982, SB class @ Atlanta


what is the weed and what is the real plant.

what is the weed and what is the real plant. Weed means it looks like a real plant… it’s a plant also, so it looks similar, it’s not necessarily a lot different, it might be a lot different or might even be similar, it’s a plant anyway. So, some of them are a slight different, some of them are really different, just like an oak tree and a piece of grass, same type of living entity: plant, you see, vegetation, but it’s not that completely different, may be in the beginning stages it looks similar, when it’s just like a 3 inches ha… high, but in the end you know it becomes completely different. So how you pull it out in terms of practicality, is by stopping doing that particularly or at least trying to stop. First you isolate what it is, then you work it pulling it out.

H.H Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

26th Dec, 1982 SB class @ Atlanta,