The innate love*


We have a natural love; it’s not something you have to learn. It’s like… It’s something natural, which is already there. Prabhupada explains that it’s just like a little child has a capacity to walk. It’s not that you have to like teach a baby calf or a baby child, a human being, to walk. The capacity is already there, they just have to practice. They just have to try a little bit and they can do it. It’s already inborn within them.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1989, 13th October, SB class, @ New Talavan, USA

The capacity to experience

The ecstasy or the realization of pure devotional service is like a vast sky. According to each bird’s capacity, they can fly high in the sky. Some eagles are there, they can fly miles high. Some sparrows, they can only fly a few hundred yards. So according to one’s capacity, they can realize or experience. It’s like some fish can go deep in the ocean, some can only go on the top. But everyone can experience some nectar if they give their full consciousness and attention.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1989, 20thSeptember, SB class, @ Bhaktivedanta Manor, UK

The Real happiness

We can go back to the spiritual world in this life time. It is the real purpose of human life. But instead people just imitate other people. They are born in a particular culture, follow particular materialistic religion and just continue to practise it without ever considering that there’s a higher purpose, even though all the religious texts say that there is a spiritual world , there is a kingdom of God, there is a higher place to go to ; that the real happiness is the spiritual happiness. Real love is love for God. So much advice. But people in the material world are conditioned and they don’t pay so much attention to these aspects. So in this way, they actually… gradually day by day , their valuable human life is spoiled. And again they take birth; another conditioned birth.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

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

The ocean of bliss.

According to Hari-bhakti-sudhodaya, the import of the word ittham-bhūta is “complete bliss.” Transcendental bliss in the realization of impersonal Brahman becomes comparable to the scanty water contained in the pit made by a cow’s hoof. It is nothing compared with the ocean of bliss of the vision of the Personality of Godhead. The personal form of Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa is so attractive that it comprehends all attraction, all bliss and all tastes (rasas). These attractions are so strong that no one wants to exchange them for material enjoyment, mystic powers and liberation. There is no need of logical arguments in support of this statement, but out of one’s own nature one becomes attracted by the qualities of Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa. We must know for certain that the qualities of the Lord have nothing to do with mundane qualities. All of them are full of bliss, knowledge and eternity. There are innumerable qualities of the Lord, and one is attracted by one quality while another is attracted by another.

Great sages, such as the four bachelor-devotees Sanaka, Sanātana, Suna… Sananda and Sanat-kumāra, were attracted by the fragrance of flowers and tulasī leaves anointed with the pulp of sandalwood offered at the lotus feet of the Lord. Similarly, Śukadeva Gosvāmī was attracted by the transcendental pastimes of the Lord. Śukadeva Gosvāmī was already situated in the liberated stage, yet he was attracted by the pastimes of the Lord. This proves that the quality of His pastimes has nothing to do with material affinity. Similarly, the young cowherd damsels were attracted by the bodily features of the Lord, and Rukmiṇī was attracted by hearing about the glories of the Lord. Lord Kṛṣṇa attracts even the mind of the go… goddess of fortune. He attracts, in special cases, the minds of all young girls. He attracts the minds of the elderly ladies by parental affection. He attracts the minds of the males in the humors of servitude and friendship.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1984, 27th Sep, SB class @ Murari Sevaka Farm, USA

The Unalloyed devotional service

Unalloyed devotional service of the Lord progresses in different stages. Practice of devotional service in the material field is of eighty-one different qualities, and above such activities is the transcendental practice of devotional service, which is one and is called sādhana-bhakti. When unalloyed practice of sādhana-bhakti is matured into transcendental love for the Lord, the transcendental loving service of the Lord begins gradually developing into nine progressive stages of loving service under the headings of attachment, love, affection, feelings, affinity, adherence, following, ecstasy, and intense feelings of separation.

The attachment of an inactive devotee develops up to the stage of transcendental love of God. Attachment of an active servitor develops up to the stage of adherence, and that for a friendly devotee develops up to the stage of following, and the same is also the case for the parental devotees. Devotees in conjugal love develop ecstasy up to the stage of intense feelings of separation. These are some of the features of unalloyed devotional service of the Lord…”

These are the different stages of prema.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1984, 27th Sep, SB class @ Murari Sevaka Farm, USA

The service is all important

A devotee is more concerned with rendering devotional service than the ecstasies of something which is not the prime impetus. Of course in our neophyte stage we are very interested we like to see because it counteracts and fills our heart with love for Krishna so that the material attractions they have no room anymore. When the heart is completely filled up, when the cup is filled then there is no more room. So for a neophyte of course in the beginning stage they are very interested in achieving ecstasy very quickly so we pray to Lord Nityananda to make us always happy. But then this very advanced stage of prema even the ecstasy it’s for them it’s not as important as the service. The service is all important, pleasing Krishna. And ecstasy comes but if it interferes with his service even that they are feeling uninterested. That shows how selfless the pure devotees are. They are not motivated even by the desire for ecstasy, they are motivated by the desire for pleasing Krishna. We can’t imitate their level but that comes spontaneously.

H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

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