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,


What the yogis do…

Maharaja Prithu I believe, he lit the four fires on each side, in the middle of the summer you know, and did… was it he, and he did this severe meditation. I mean this is what the yogis do. They learn to transcend the body in a very physical way, so, it’s a difficult… it’s a difficult process, but if one perfectly does it then will come up to point of God realization, and at which point he can render devotional service to God. The difficulty is that if a person stops, doesn’t continue in the yoga process, then they get stuck up.

H.H Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

26th Dec, 1982 SB class @ Atlanta,


Chanting, is not just chanting

one time one mataji in Mayapur was telling Prabhupada, “I don’t want to do any more service, I want to just chant. Just chant. Prabhupad said, Just chant? Chanting is not “just chanting.” Chanting is the topmost of all our activities. Haridas Thakura, he was perfect simply by chanting, you see. But you can just chant, you can simply chant, you can stay here and you sleep two to four hours a day, and you chant the rest of the whole time and you eat once a day. That is why I made temple in Mayapur and Vrndavan. If someone wants to simply chant let them come to the holy dham. Not that you chant in New York city or someplace else. You chant in the holy dham and you don’t eat… only once a day and you reduce your sleep and you chant the whole time. Then Prabhupad laughed and said, “You cannot do it. You will chant for two hours and then will go to sleep. Therefore I have given you so much service.

H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1982, Dec, 15 SB @ Honolulu, Hawaii.


Slightest devotional service

some thousands of years ago, when the deity was coming back from the wedding, dacoits attacked the whole party. And the dacoit, he completely was absorbed and didn’t see the deity was deity, and thought it was a person ; so immediately came up and said , “All right, stop! I am dacoit, I am robber. I want all your jewels. Give me your jewels! He just started talking to the deity. So the deity completely reciprocated, ye yatha maam prapadhyante …He knew… So then he reciprocated and said : “Well, why… I have just come back from a wedding. You don’t want to attack a wedding party. You don’t want to steal, I am just coming… it is a sacred thing. It’s a wedding. These are wedding, you know. You don’t want to steal from someone coming from a wedding, do you?” And the dacoit thought for a few minutes and said, “No, I don’t have any such restrictions. You are going to fight or you are going to give me your jewels? You just tell me. “No, we won’t fight, you can take the jewels.” So then the thief, he said, all right. I put faith in you. Since the person was so was not going to fight. So then to get a bag and everything, “All right, hold my spear. He handed his spear , and then you know there was… As soon as he had given something to Krishna, it was devotional service. Even you know, just to hold it for a second. Something, from point to A to point B, it went to Krishna. As soon as he gave something to Krishna, immediately by that devotional service he realized that who Krishna was. That this deity was a deity of Krishna was indeed Krishna, and he was speaking to the incarnation of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. And then suddenly everything , just by that little service, and then he immediately at the point, surrendered because of his realization just by the slightest devotional service, he became a great devotee. So we can understand that even we do a little devotional service.

H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1982, Dec, 15 SB @ Honolulu, Hawaii.


The Devotee — Desire to serve

 For a devotee, the more that you understand that Krishna’s directly accepting your service through the spiritual master, and the main thing that He’s accepting is how enthusiastically you do it, because ultimately, He doesn’t need the service. What He’s relishing is your desire to serve, your devotion, your enthusiasm.       

  H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj   

 October 16, 1982 Murari Sevaka, USA


Our Real role – service to krishna

We’re actually eternal spirit souls, and we’re, practically speaking, living out this material drama, that we should learn to play the part of a devotee and then take the great benefit from this bad bargain, to actually become completely Krishna conscious. After all, this is not our real role that we’re playing in this particular body. Our real role is devotional service to Krishna. This is just a setting on the stage, and we are the actors. But, if we play in our eternal role as the servant of Krishna, regardless of what the setting is, as the time causes the setting to change, we never come out of our role as serving Krishna, then actually, we are transferred to the eternal setting, then we don’t have to play the uh, role in these material setting… but for the pure devotee, wherever… whatever setting it may be, the temporary settings of the material world, or the eternal setting of the spiritual sky uh, his consciousness is always one, it’s always fixed: eke ha kuru-nandana, in pure devotional service.
Therefore, for the pure devotee, it doesn’t make any difference whether he’s in the material world, or whether he’s in the spiritual sky. It’s just a question of what stage props are there. For him, his role is always the same: Pure devotional service to Krishna.               

 H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj     

October 16, 1982 Murari Sevaka, USA


Spirutal Master’s Mercy

“This is a sincere and just prayer by the devotee to the Lord to, ‘Kindly in spite of my unqualified nature, if You will have mercy and be present in my heart so that I can simply serve You without any impediments.’ This is only possible by the mercy of the spiritual master that the Lord will reside in one’s heart.”

His Holiness Srila Jayapataka Swami Gurumaharaj
29th April 1980,
Los Angeles, USA


Each One Teah 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