Clean up your karmas*

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you can rid of karma also by chanting Hare Krishna ,dancing , doing tulasi parikrama you take Krishna prasadam all this things can rid the karma by serving the devotees so in this way you get rid of karmas by surrendering to Krishna fully then he will take responsibility for your karmas and all these systematically taken away getting rid of karma is one aspect other aspect is we have to also develop our spiritual attraction , develop our spiritual knowledge , spiritual love for Krishna so that attraction to Krishna that attachment to Krishna that love for Krishna will pull us out of the material world.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1988, 25th December, SB class, @ Butterworth, Malaysia


The cycle of birth and death

Vedas says that you have to die again we have going to be born, whoever die he is going to be born,whoever born is bound to die this is the fact , Buddhist also accept this action the Vedas also tell us that if you become fully God conscious , Krishna conscious then we don’t have to take again birth in material world we go back to the spiritual world ,this is the real purpose of life is go back to home to Godhead I f we develop love for Krishna then it is as good as being now in this world is good as being in the spiritual world for someone who has love for Krishna they don’t care whether they living or dying they are living with Krishna they are dinning with Krishna ,ultimate peace and happiness we can achieve in one second if we develop our pure devotion for Krishna that counteracts all the ignorance , one point just in conclusion.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1988, 25th December, SB class, @ Butterworth, Malaysia


Are you suffering the results of your own karma?*

For the normal conditioned soul ; Krsna allows the karma to go on mechanically and he normally doesn’t interfere. He only interferes in regard to the devotees. So when someone surrenders to Kṛṣṇa, he takes charge of the karma and he applies it, but it’s still one’s own karma.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

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


The Law of Karma

The so called philosophers want to play and manipulate with matter. So they invent nuclear weapon , invent different things. What is the practical value if it doesn’t meet people closer to spiritual emancipation, to spiritual realisation? Therefore, in spite of having so many new inventions people are not happy. Because people are living without controlled senses and harmony with nature, more and more horrible diseases are always coming. Before there wasn’t so much tuberculosis or cancer, there wasn’t any aids; now all these things are coming, one by one. This all due to the reactions of the laws of karma due to uncontrolled senses.


The stringent Law

A small child is locked up in the little play pan given by the parent. It is not actually free to go everywhere. Similarly, the conditioned soul is bound by so many stringent laws. They think they are free because of ignorance. A little baby in the play pan thinks, “This is my domain , I can move here, I am totally free to pick up plastic toys, little balls. Sometimes the ball goes outside the play pan, and they cry and the parent throws it back in and they became very happy. This is the limit of the baby’s ability to see the world.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

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


The karma fact..

One devotee in 1966, had a job driving mink coats from the godown to the store… from the warehouse to the store, Prabhupada told him to give up the job, because we don’t want to be engaged in anything to do with slaughtering or killing of animals, including transporting though you are just a truck driver. It is not good because, anything until the final product used by the end user, everything from the trapping, killing, all the way up is, implicated.

When I joined the movement and then went to Montreal, we did book distribution, we got a notice from our land lord, we’d have to pay the rent or get out or something. So Prabhupada was there, he is the… he didn’t have a green card that time, and his visa had expired, so he was waiting. The temples in America were applying for the green card so he could come and visit them. So I got a job in the A & W coffee shop, even though my previous family was rich or whatever, but I needed some kind of a job, somehow I got a job there, and they… they told Prabhupada that “He has to uh, clean up.” I was just a clean up. I was just a cleanup boy. I took the job for a month or something… just to pull the temple through, and some bhakta and uh, he is a cleanup boy and he cleans up you know, the used plates after they finish which, you know contains uh, you know, meat and things, hamburgers or whatever, so… or Prabhupada said, “Well, that’s after they have already eaten, so person who kills, who sells, who raises, the cows sells to the slaughter house, transports it, kills it, transports the meat, cooks the meat and then finally the person eats it. So that’s already after the act, there is no karma in that. A blind uncle is better than none.” That’s what he said that, better they have a blind uncle than no uncle, so that time we needed the money, so better they have a bad job than no job and that wasn’t… was after the karma fact, so now the devotees are very fortunate, they don’t have to work in such hellish conditions.

H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1984, 31st May, SB Class, New Orleans @ USA


Simply serve Radha Krishna

Prabhupada once he adviced us “Don’t do any sinful activity, don’t create any bad karma and don’t do any pious activity; Simply serve Radha and Krishna.” Don’t do sin don’t do pious activity, we are not interested in artificial austerities, artificial charity, which is based on material karma, neither we are interested in any sinful activity, we aloof from both, we just serving Krishna. We aloof from the whole chain of karma, that actually… Within the service of Krishna, we can do the most work, with the maximum benefit for the most people in this world without the unless you’re an unfortunate spiritual master that has unfaithful disciples.

H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj
1983, 5th,November, SB Class @ USA


No one else can make this offer.

All the karmas, that means whatever that person destiny was, that all the negative aspects will be taken off just by surrendering to Krishna. Then there’s… only Krishna can offer this, nobody else can offer, only Krishna through His representative this offer can be made, no one else can make this offer, Buddha never made the offer. Even if you surrender to Buddha in terms of the material, his… his teaching, that he was giving materialistic teaching, even though he was an avatar of Visnu, they had to take the karma, that facility they didnt get, even he was very austere, he was may be more austere than we were, he was eating once a day, not eating after 12 noon to be a Buddhist monk is… is very… especially in those days it was very strict, whatever they put in your begging bowl you will eat, nothing else, they were very austere, only wearing one cloth, certain way, type of sannyas… that good karma does not neutralize bad karma, he was doing good karma, for that austerity he will get happiness if he wants to cash in on it, but it won’t neutralises bad karmas, that he’ll have to suffer. But actually by surrendering unto Krishna one gets rid of karma.
H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj
1983, 5th,November, SB Class @ USA


Surrender to get ride of karma

There is a story about a Buddhist monk, see the Buddhists don’t believe in God, so they have to accept all the karma, they believe in law of karma, reincarnation, but they don’t believe in God. So there is one disciple of Buddha called, he was a man eater, cannibal. He used to go around and he would attack people, rob them and do different thing, to show that he would defeat them, he would cut off their little fingers and he would wear them as a bracelet, he was called angulimala asura, angula-asura that he was, to say the least, he was a demon, but somehow by the association of Lord Buddha he became purified, according to the Buddhist history. And Lord Buddha convinced him that he should become a monk…

and the suffering and misery in the material world. He became a monk and he was begging door to door, you see. And one time somebody who lost a finger to him saw that, “This is angulimala asura, he cut off my finger now he is a monk.” and they took… and they just literally tortured and beat him and killed him and that was considered that, “His karma’s caught up to him.” In this way next birth will be a little better off, after so many births this type of austerity, he’ll be purified and gradually he can work his way upto nirvana, which is a type of material impersonal realization.

So the normal chain of events, if a person gets a human birth they can actually decide to work in a certain direction, that would take a long time, they have to work off all the karmas in the past, the special thing about Krishna consciousness which the impersonalists don’t understand… Krishna is saying, there is

sarva-dharmān parityajya

mām ekaṁ śaraṇaṁ vraja

ahaṁ tvāṁ sarva-pāpebhyo

mokṣayiṣyāmi mā śucaḥ

That if you surrender to Me, abandon all varieties of religion and just surrender unto Me, I shall deliver you from all sinful reaction, do not fear. I shall deliver you from all sinful reactions.

That means all the karmas, that means whatever that person destiny was, that all the negative aspects will be taken off just by surrendering to Krishna. Then there’s… only Krishna can offer this, nobody else can offer, only Krishna through His representative this offer can be made, no one else can make this offer, Buddha never made the offer. Even if you surrender to Buddha in terms of the material, his… his teaching, that he was giving materialistic teaching, even though he was an avatar of Visnu, they had to take the karma, that facility they didnt get, even he was very austere, he was may be more austere than we were, he was eating once a day, not eating after 12 noon to be a Buddhist monk is… is very… especially in those days it was very strict, whatever they put in your begging bowl you will eat, nothing else, they were very austere, only wearing one cloth, certain way, type of sannyas… that good karma does not neutralize bad karma, he was doing good karma, for that austerity he will get happiness if he wants to cash in on it, but it won’t neutralises bad karmas, that he’ll have to suffer. But actually by surrendering unto Krishna one gets rid of karma.

H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1983, 5th,November, SB Class @ USA


The most powerful Bhakti yoga.

There is very little that one can change the direction. A human being in the mode of goodness has got slight scope for changing the direction within this material life. He follows 100 years perfectly varnasrama dharma for 100 lifetimes then he could become a Brahma but that means actually over a long period of time of perfect material pious activity, good karma one could achieve a certain direction, but the whole process of yoga being transcendental is completely beyond and above this whole chain of material activities; therefore, just by the process of yoga specifically bhakti-yoga is the most powerful, than all transcendental yoga processes, they actually can change one’s destiny.

H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1983, 5th,November, SB Class @ USA


The Bhakti-yoga is the most powerful, than all transcendental yoga processes

There is very little that one can change the direction. A human being in the mode of goodness has got slight scope for changing the direction within this material life. He follows 100 years perfectly varnasrama dharma for 100 lifetimes then he could become a Brahma but that means actually over a long period of time of perfect material pious activity, good karma one could achieve a certain direction, but the whole process of yoga being transcendental is completely beyond and above this whole chain of material activities; therefore, just by the process of yoga specifically bhakti-yoga is the most powerful, than all transcendental yoga processes, they actually can change one’s destiny.

H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1983, 5th,November, SB Class @ USA


The force of law of nature

A normal conditioned soul doesn’t have any freedom to choose, who will be their mother or father. They are forced by the laws of nature to take a birth, and are put into a particular situation, and they’re under the dictation of the laws of karma, doing their, activities in their lifetime. But Krishna when He personally comes, Lord Caitanya when He personally comes, They are beyond the jurisdiction of this the material world. Rather the material world, it’s simply acting on behalf of the Lord.

H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1983, 31st, October SB Class @ Honolulu, Hawaii


Complete the cycle for liberation

Srila Prabhupada explained that if a person accepts a donation, he becomes indebted to the person who gives the donation and as a result he may have to accept that person as his son or daughter in a future life to pay back the debt of that person giving money if he uses that money for his own sense gratification. Therefore the profession of begging is considered to be very risky in terms of karma. But a Krishna conscious devotee doesn’t use the money for sense gratification, gives it to the service of Guru and Krishna. So whatever karma, whatever is absorbed that person becomes rather, Krishna becomes indebted to him in that sense. So that person gets rewarded by opportunities to serve Krishna more and more and to ultimately achieve complete liberation. Of course if the devotee doesn’t complete the cycle then of course he may have an unusual son in the future. It’s hard to say but this is the karma involved.

H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1982 Dec, 17 SB @ New Orleans, USA.


Sinful activity vs sacrifice

the person is doing some sinful activity and then the person may be doing some sacrifice. So that sinful activity is counteracted by the sacrifice. But, what happens is that if that person doesn’t chant Hare Krishna regularly, if the person doesn’t have any sadhana then actually the heart doesn’t become purified. The actual karmas may become purified. Suffering and enjoying may be adjusted, but the heart, the attraction to Krishna that doesn’t get uh, purified by some ordinary just donation or some ordinary just manual labor.

H.H Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1982, Dec, 13 SB @ Bangkok, Thailand.


What about the next Life.

In a modern society, everyone is being trained even in the so-called Buddhist and Hindu countries, where people know from their religious culture that we are not this body that we are the atma that we take many births, still everyone is being trained in Indian consciousness, Burmese consciousness, Thai consciousness, Sinhalese, or Srilanka consciousness, like that. They are being trained, even they know that this life they may be a Thai, this life they may be an Indian, this life they may be a Chinese, what about the previous life? What about the next life?

So although, people are professing a certain kind of faith, but in practical life, they are completely identifying only with this body; identifying with this body is not going to bring peace in the world. So therefore you have some nations who are very strong, who are very economically powerful, they feel, “Why should we do anything for the poor nations beyond simply a little charity? As long it doesn’t hurt our interest or as long as it benefits our interest, we can help others.” In this way, there is no way that in the world, you can get an overall feeling of real brotherhood, overall feeling of uh, world peace. This national consciousness rather creates enmity between nations.

H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

31 Oct, 1982 SB class @ Bangkok, Thailand.


The proper Frame of mind — Initiation

The guru takes responsibility for their karma, and depending upon how the disciple surrenders then that karma is either taken away directly by Krsna withdrawing it or by giving the disciple some tokens, to help the disciple come to the proper frame of mind which will allow all the karma to be removed. The total responsibility is taken away by the spiritual master and therefore the karma is not given to the uh, disciple at uh, face value but some momentum from the previous uh… from the previous uh, activities, some desires are there. And also after initiation devotees are also performing sinful activities, against uh, their oath, so for various reasons the person is put into difficulty.

One time Srila Prabhupada cut his finger and one drop of blood came out. He said that “I should have had my head cut off, but instead Krsna has given me this token, just to remind me and I was released from such a big sinful reaction.” So, once we surrender to the spiritual master then we’re under the care of Krsna, once we take initiation, you see. But then we have to also practically practice devotional service and then, more and more relief from all these reactions.

Just after initiation we come into the clearing stage when all these reactions are cleared away, it is not that immediately everything is gone, unless we can completely fix our mind, every thought word and deed completely, without any material attachment, absorb ourselves in the service of guru, then we are completely free.
H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

27 oct, 1982, SB Class


The body & the soul

This is very important to understand that how this material body differs from the spiritual body, and one other thing that Prabhupada mentions here, very important, is that a person becomes, unaffected, free from material affinity, you see. Material affinity is something we like. It’s something naturally, we are attached to. You are born in the material world, your mother and father take care of you. You become very attached to them. Because it is a very intimate relationship, because they are feeding and taking care. But the relationship is based on the body. We have the material body it is based on this body. We are not thinking, just like Srivas. His son, what was the previous life, he had a mother… mother and father. This life we have a mother and father. After we die we will have a new body, another mother and father. So this material affinity is another kind of bondage, another kind of illusion. We don’t realise that because of this affinity, we are putting ourself in more and more anxiety and difficulty. Just like because of this relationship… just like we have a baby. Now if the baby is sick, the parents they feel bad. Because there is such a close affinity. Even it is difficult, even if you are Krsna conscious it is difficult not to feel when your child is sick. At least there, you dovetail it. At least there you dovetail it that “I am raising my child to be God conscious, to be Krsna conscious. So I have to take care of the child.”, so that natural love which is there for the children that becomes offered to Krsna in an indirect way, or a direct way when the child is trained to be Krsna conscious. The feeling is there sometimes, even among the really advanced yogis, what to speak of materialists. If their child is in danger, they are out of their skin. Even a cow if they lose the calf, it is crying, tears are there. It is not that this is only a human quality, even a cow loses her calf it cries like anything.

In India sometime what they do, the cow once it loses the calf it will stop giving the milk. The cow is a little bit stupid. They do not know the difference between the body and the soul. So they will take the calf and they will skin it and stuff it and they will hang it up by the cow, and he will be licking the skin of the calf even, it’s dead, just the skin, but they are a little bit stupid, think that my calf is alive, I still have my calf. Human being knows the difference between a live body and a dead body. A cow doesn’t know the difference very well, you see. But with the human being still thinks that “Well, alright, this is live body, this is dead body…”.

what is the difference? They know that there is a difference. That much intelligence we have. What is the difference, that we do not know. We have so many big jets, big buildings, we have Walkman tape recorders, we have everything, right? But we do not know the difference between a living body and a dead body. We know there is a difference. So we think that we are better than the cow. But what is the difference we do not know in this material world. That is where bhakti yoga or Krsna consciousness comes in.

H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

27 oct, 1982, SB Class


The share of Karma

According to karma husband does something, whoever is dependent on him is not responsible for the reactions directly. Because they are dependent, how the person who is supporting them is maintaining them that is his worry. They are dependent, so that means they are not in control of the situation, so how can they be held responsible? You see, if a baby is there and the father is in a job or if he’s a thief, the baby is not telling the father that you be a thief, or… he is just dependent, so that’s the law of karma. So he went back and asked his mother and father, “You are taking the karma?” They said, “Listen, we wanted you to become a doctor or lawyer or something, whatever, you became this, what can we do? We tried to train you up, but.” So whatever they said in that day and place they said appropriately that we tried to train you up but you became a thief, what could we do? Now we are old and invalid. Now we… How could… don’t give us the sin now because when we die then we’ll have to suffer so many things anyway. So we can’t take any share.” Then he asked his children, they wouldn’t take. “We are just children, you brought us in the world, don’t start us off with all this burden. We’re already starting with a fresh life; don’t let us have all these reactions.” They refused. Then he asked his wife, that , “Well, you are my companion for life. You should be grateful; I’m bringing you everything, so you should take the share.” She said, “What do you mean? I have not had a new dress for so long. You never take me out anywhere, we are always in hiding. And, you think I like this kind of life? Why should I take also a share of your karma, I’m already washing your clothes and I’m doing all the work, raising your children. Now you also want me to take a share of your karmas for all the murders you are doing?” Said, “You are nuts.”

was shocked. So then he came back to Narada and said “No one is taking any share. No one is grateful, they all take the money but they are not taking a share of my karma.” So then Narada gave him this chanting of Hare Krsna, he gave him the chanting and said you should chant the name of God. He said I cannot chant any such thing as you are mentioning. I cannot say anything which is to do with anything except for violence and killing, and I cannot speak any type of holy words. He could not even say God. He could not say anything like that, he was so uh, against this idea that he could not say anything about God or Krsna or anything. So then Narada asked him can you chant uh, the uh, word uh,murder.. murder ?

Yes, I can chant ‘murder’ easily. “So you chant ‘Ma Ma Ma’, ‘Kill Kill Kill’, in Sanskrit. You… this is my mantra to you. You go on chanting ‘mara mara mara mara mara mara’”, So, he said, “Yes, I can… I can… I can chant this with great enthusiasm.” (All laughing) “Kill kill kill, mara mara mara mara mara…” But as he is chanting, “mara mara mara”, Narada was so clever that he combined the word that when you chant it in a line, it comes out ma… the… after the first ma, it comes “Ra-ma Ra-ma Ra-ma Ra-ma Ra-ma Ra-ma”, so he was chanting Rama.

Even though he was thinking and chanting “kill kill kill”but the vibration was coming out “Rama Rama Rama Rama”, after the first ma then it was “ma Ra-ma Ra-ma Ra-ma” In this way he became free from all those reactions. It is the power of Krsna’s name, it’s a great secret, we don’t tell people right from the beginning, that how powerful is this name. People they may not believe it and they may say something offensive, so we do not tell them right at the beginning all the secrets about chanting. We just tell them it will make you healthy, happy, whatever. But the actual secret… it will free them, from the modes of nature and influence from karma. It will develop a spiritual body, especially once one surrenders to the spiritual master and takes to chanting without offence then the full effect of the name manifests.

H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

27 oct, 1982, SB Class


Everything – due to karma.

We are engaged in devotional service, what will protect us from all the acts we have done before? Now even if I am not influenced, I’ll have to suffer and enjoy so many things that I’ve, for the results that I have done and this may also affect me in many ways. This is also a question. So people are not freed from that, they have to uh, get the results of what they do, you see. prakrti kriyamananai gunaih karman sarvasa? ahankara-vimudhatma kartaham iti manyate Bhagavad-gita describes that material nature is doing everything, you see, gunaih karmana… karmasa… uh, gunaih… that due to the material qualities of passion, ignorance and goodness, and due to the karmas the material nature is putting everyone in different situations. And the foolish living entity he thinks, ”I am doing everything.” doesn’t see that you work hard and get good results that is due to your previous karma. Or you work hard in spite of that you lose everything, that is also due to your previous karma. And you don’t do anything, and still you’re lucky fellow, you get lots of results. Hardly you work at all, just a little bit, and you some results, big results, that’s also due to karma. And you don’t work at all and you don’t get anything, that’s also karma. Everything in the material world is due to karma and the material qualities, you see. If a person even he has good karma, but his association is mode of ignorance, he gets money what does he do? He spends it on drinking, gambling, and he’ll waste the whole lot, doesn’t have anything to show for it. And a person if he has good karma and mode of passion, he reinvests it. In the mode of goodness he uses it for helping others and in the future he gets more good karma. So, in this way (aside)… close the door… everything is going on in the material world.

H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

27 oct, 1982, SB Class


The Law of Karma

we engage in devotional service, we chant Hare Krsna, then our body becomes free from these influences. We become free, and then we can realize that natural freedom and happiness that comes with it. So even a person is free from the influences still another question is there, what about all the previous acts we have done? What about the reactions for those? You see, just like so many animals are killed so… so we can eat them. Or just as punishment, sometimes as little children they pull apart the insects, sometimes they play with snakes and they chop off their tails. Sometimes they do so many cruel things without thinking about it. And those all will bring reactions in the future. This is the law of karma, no one can escape.

H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

27 oct, 1982, SB Class