People react, chances for preaching

Question: Now because of the people increasing getting corona virus, I have been telling some people to stop having meat, and chant the Harinam, But they have reacted so badly at me. How can we preach to them?

Guru maharaj: The question is how can we promote vegetarianism in this corona virus outbreak or pandemic? Right? So, the scientists have studied and they say that in the outbreak beginning earlier in Wuhan, China, people ate bats, snakes, raw animals, and that this virus came from the animals to the human beings especially by eating such creatures. It is interesting that some thousand years ago, a pandit in South India had predicted that one day people would eat animals, creatures, with poison, like snakes and they will have some respiratory problems and some will die. So, the corona virus COVID-19 is basically a respiratory illness. And you could see how it started by eating different kinds of meat. So, it is good practice to not eat meat in this time! Ha! Ha! Maybe Chinese devotees can use this opportunity to also preach to their fellow Chinese and all over the world that being a vegetarian, the corona virus will become karuna virus! Ha! Ha!So, one thing is that, if people get sick they don’t know what to do. In case they die, the recommendation of the Bhagavatam is that at the time of death, we should remember the name of Krsna, example Ajamila was chanting his son’s name, Narayana! Narayana! And also in the Padma Purana, there is a lady who had a parrot who would chant the name of Rama – RA MA, RA MA, RAA MA RAA MA! RA MA! RA MA! RAA MA! RAA MA! She would always chant the name of Rama with her parrot and therefore, she actually became very advanced and developed attachment for chanting the name of Rama. So at the time of death, she was delivered by the Visnudutas. So generally we want to recommend to the people that they should chant the name of God. But if they don’t, if they have another name, you can ask them – Srila Prabhupada said, do you know the name of God? Do you know His address? Most people don’t know, they don’t know the address of God! And Srila Prabhupada said, I know the address! I know His name! His name is Krsna! He lives in Goloka Vrndavana! 108! Goloka Vrndavana! Ha! Ha! But if they don’t want to chant the name of Krsna, then chant some other name of God, as mentioned in some authorized sastra. In that way, you will go back to Godhead. So get the people somehow to get chanting. I had one lady in South America, she was a nun. And she started chanting Jesu Kristo, Jesu Kristo, Kristo Kristo Jesu Jesu! That is like Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ, Christ Christ, Jesus Jesus! So, one day she thought well, it is very much like Hare Krsna! Why don’t I just try it, no one is watching! So she started chanting Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare, HARE RAMA HARE RAMA RAMA RAMA HARE HARE! HARE KRSNA HARE KRSNA KRSNA KRSNA HARE HARE! HARE RAMA HARE RAMA RAMA RAMA HARE HARE! So she became my disciple! She started chanting 16 rounds a day. But she remained as a Catholic nun. So we want people to chant the name of Krsna. But any name of God is also the name of Krsna. So, that is how we can go forward. Get the people to prepare for the time of death. But if they don’t want to chant Hare Krsna, what name they want to chant. If it is a bona fide name of Krsna, that is alright!

HH Jayapataka Swami Maharaja

15th March 2020 | Sri Dham Mayapur


Grihasthas 50%

Question: In Srimad Bhagavatam I found that grihastas should give 50% to temple. Srila Prabhupada mentioned about rich people. So, how serious is that? Because in our personal life, prabhu is working, but also not full time. And he is giving to our temple and also he gave TOVP. But if we give 50% then we will be unable to take care of our kids according to how we want. They are home schooling kids. American government has no facility for home school. We buy curriculum and test paper. I am doing this because I want to finish with them Srimad Bhagavatam and Caitanya Caritamrita, before they step into the outside world. We are giving to the temple according to our capacity – not 50%. With that can we go back to Godhead?

Guru maharaj: You see, what you spend on prasadam and house rent, it counts in the 50%. Anything you do to worship Krsna counts. So if you are offering your food, that counts in your 50% above the basic expenses toward maintaining your house, etc, after that, what is the profit?

That is considered.HH JAYAPATAKA SWAMI23rd February 2020Sri Dham Mayapur, India


What should Grihasthas do?

Question: Is the option better for grihastas working outside earning enough money to support the temple, or depending on the temple for maintenance, by serving the mission but would not be able to contribute much. We can see that devotees who have dedicated their lives is not valued and sometimes neglected. Rather, devotees who have contributed money for the mission are more likely to be of more importance.

Guru maharaj: We see from the pastime today of Suklambara Brahmacari and Lord Caitanya, maybe a donor is gratified. But Lord Caitanya accepted the gift of Suklambara Brahmacari, even he didn’t offer it, it was taken by force! Because Suklambara was a pure devotee. So we shouldn’t be, is that your motive, are you doing service to be gratified? Or you want to encourage people who give donation, oh, all glories, all glories, we chant. That doesn’t mean that we think that their service is better than the devotee who is day and night chanting 16 rounds and doing dedicated service. If you want to be glorified, Lord Caitanya in the third verse of the Siksatstakam said, we should offer respect to others and not expect respect for ourselves. But if you want respect, all glories to the devotees! Haribol! Ha! I hope you are satisfied! Ha!HH JAYAPATAKA SWAMI23rd February 2020Sri Dham Mayapur, India


Peoples faith in God is eroding….

Question: It seems like the corona virus is affecting and eroding people’s faith in God, as mosques, temples and churches have all closed down. How do we explain or understand this? We devotees cannot even preach. Your servant, Rati Gopika devi dasi.

Guru maharaj: Rati Gopika devi dasi, thank you for your question. The governments closed down temples, mosques, churches, because these gatherings of large numbers of people have increased the infection. But it is not true that we cannot preach. By internet, you can preach. You can preach on internet. I saw that there were like 3 million people on Skype. You can preach in Tamil or in English or in Malayalam or in the Malaysian language. So many ways you can preach. I was thinking how using the social media, we can have a kirtan box, playing nonstop audio/video on your Facebook page. Anyone browses and sees your Facebook page, they will hear the holy name. So we can preach. I mean, we should preach. You can write letters to the Hindu sangam, and you have to encourage all the people to chant Hare Krsna. You see the Hare Krsna mantra is mentioned in the Vedas. The name of Hari – Harer nama Harer nama Harer namaiva kevalam, kalau nastyaiva, nastyaiva, nastyaiva gatir anytha. Why do people lose faith? They shouldn’t lose their faith. Rather, they should understand, who is free of sin?HH JAYAPATAKA SWAMI24th March 2020Class via Zoom to Malaysian devoteesFrom Sri Dham Mayapur, India


Just Surrender or Precautions needed?

Question: We are actually surrendered to Krsna, however, during this COVID-19 situation, shall we just surrender to Krsna alone is enough, or we have to follow the precautions also? Because Krsna says at any time and any place death can happen. How to see this situation guru maharaj?

Guru maharaj: There is a kind of a joke that an area was being flooded and they came by with a car and said, please come with us, we are evacuating the people. He said, no, no, I am depending on God. Then he was on the rooftop and a boat came by and said, you want, we will take you. He said, no, no, I am depending on God. Then a helicopter came and he said, no, no, I am depending on God. Then he died. Then in heaven, he asked God, why didn’t You save me? God said, I sent a car, I sent a boat, I sent a helicopter, but you did not take any of it. So when we are given advice we take that as advice of Krsna that we should keep distance, wash our hands and all that. But WE SHOULD NOT STOP CHANTING HARE KRSNA! Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare!HH JAYAPATAKA SWAMI24th March 2020Class via Zoom to Malaysian devoteesFrom Sri Dham Mayapur, India


Prabhupada’s Contribution – Jayapataka Swami answers

Question: Hare Krishna, maharaj, you were asking like how Srila Prabhupad has done so much for us and whenever I hear about Prabhupuad’s contribution, it is very inspiring and we feel like doing something for Srila Prabhupad. But often I find that sometimes to cooperate becomes very difficult. Sometimes to cooperate with devotees, sometimes I know what is right, but still out of ego, I may take the wrong decision, which maybe for the moment, not very good. So how sometimes we should try to – you are saying, really, who would like to help Srila Prabhupad? So desire is there but sometimes find it very difficult. Can you give some guidance?

GM: What to do, sometimes if our false ego tells us to cooperate? We tell the false ego, go for a ride! And I will follow Prabhupad! But if the false ego takes us for a ride and later we realize it, then we should make amends. We should apologize and we should pay our obeisances. So like this, how many offences we make to Srila Prabhupad. That is why we do guru puja because we make so many offences and we want to get forgiven. So eventually we can stop making these offences. 


How did Srivas Thakur accept the role as a grihastha in Gaura Lila?

Question: Srivas was Narada Muni. Narada Muni was a naishtika brahmachari. How did he accept the role as a grihastha in Gaura Lila?

Guru Maharaj: You see, Narada Muni is a liberated soul. So when they come down to participate in the pastime of the Lord they can accept any role. So he came down as Srivas and he accepted the role. So that is in Gaura Lila. So it is another birth and not the same. So like Lord Brahma, he came down as Haridas Thakura. Brihaspathi, he came down as Vaasudev Sarvabhauma. So they came and participated. So what if they were in the other lila? Now they have no connection. That is how the Lilas work. Once you are in a lila, you are under the control of Yoga maya. So you are in that Lila until you are required.


Fixing our faith in Krishna Consciousness during an unstable period. -Jayapatakaswami answers…

Question: Dear beloved guru maharaj: How to develop or be really fixed in our faith and Krsna consciousness during an unstable period situation that we are going through like now? How to better use this time that we have to purify ourselves and please you, and spread Krsna consciousness? Thank you very much. Your servant, (Guru maharaj said: Ekaradha devi dasi!)

Guru maharaj: You translate the question in Italian. You see, in times of difficulty it is easier to be Krsna conscious! It says that Bhagavad-gita tells us that people approach God sometimes when there is danger, sometimes when they are curious, sometimes when they want something or sometimes for knowledge. Did you hear us? Krsna said that this world is a dukalayam. It is a place of suffering. Who doesn’t believe that? Ha! And this world is temporary, that means even the suffering is temporary, the happiness is temporary, everything is temporary. But the relationship between Krsna and His devotees is eternal. So that is why if this world was too good, we would want to stay here. So having some suffering is good, it keeps us, we would live to leave this place and go back home, back to Godhead. So I think that through the internet you can do preaching. Using internet, you can preach! Haribol! 


Question: We observe that your heart is so magnanimous that you hardly criticize anyone. We heard you say in lectures that you respect those who criticize you in public. Please enlighten us, how we follow this vaisnava etiquette?

Guru Maharaj: By following it! Remember that everyone is dear to Krsna. So even though we may be criticized, Lord Caitanya said we should more tolerant than a tree, more humble than a blade of grass, we should offer all respect to others and not expect any respect for ourselves. In this way we can always chant Hare Hare Hare. Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare.

HH JAYAPATAKA SWAMI
26th June 2019
Question & Answer Session
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Question: How can the youths preach effectively so that people can understand us and take us seriously too? What are the limits on what we should do and we shouldn’t do, so that we can contribute more to Srila Prabhupada’s mission and his movement?

Guru maharaj: Well, Srila Prabhupada said he was an elderly Indian and could get away with chastising people, since he was elderly. Young people cannot imitate Srila Prabhupada. But they can show by their enthusiasm, by their happiness, that Krsna consciousness works. Usually youths are interested in enjoying the senses, only. But if the youth is interested in spiritual life, that is very, very, impressive and motivating for the adults. So if they see that the youths are Krsna conscious, then they think, what am I doing? I am not doing anything for my spiritual consciousness. Hare Krsna! Also the youths are the pillars, the youths should engage in kirtan, dramas and things that they will like, so in the future they can become leaders of the Krsna consciousness movement.

HH JAYAPATAKA SWAMI
28th June 2019
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Question: What can be the reason for not having success in Bhakti Vrksa preaching in spite of trying?

Guru maharaj: Well we are going to come out with a series of videos, from the most experienced and expert bhakti vrksa preachers. So this should be an inspiration. Sometimes people don’t actually do bhakti vrksa, but they call it bhakti vrksa. I don’t know, if what you are doing is exactly according to the book, bhakti vrksa. Some people come, but then the next week, they don’t come. So it doesn’t hurt for you to call them up and ask, are you alright? You missed coming today so I was wondering if you are sick or something. Even if they are not sick, the fact that you expressed care for them, interest in them, may make them feel more obliged to come the next week. During the bhakti vrksa meetings, some people are not interested in being so active. They would rather sit down and just listen. So the younger people, the more active people, they like the interactive nature of the bhakti vrksa. But some people, they are not so inclined. So I don’t know if you are preaching to the right people. So if you have the people participate, if they also speak up during the bhakti vrksa discussion, then they just may like it, and come back for more.

HH JAYAPATAKA SWAMI
28th June 2019
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Question: Are there any special instructions for those who have aspired from you and how can I develop more faith in my spiritual master as the initiated devotees have?

Guru maharaj: Maybe you should talk with the initiated devotees. Why they have so much faith! Of course in ISKCON we are a multi-guru society. But we may aspire from one of the gurus as our siksa and diksa guru. So we should hear from our guru and we should hear about him also. Just like, this class, these questions and answers are being broadcast on Facebook. And almost every day I give class. So aspiring devotees, initiated devotees, anyone can listen to these classes. Also, occasionally, few temples they have Jayapataka Swami Sisya Samuha meetings. In Mayapur it happens every week on Thursdays. And they put those meetings on You Tube. So you can hear what different devotees have realized. Some temples they have once a month, some once in two months. So you can also participate.

HH JAYAPATAKA SWAMI
6th July 2019
Kolkata, India


Question: Sometimes when I am cooking something, my child feels hungry and I pick up the item being cooked and she will run with it before offering.

Guru maharaj: So you have to offer her other things. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Thakur when he was a child, he ate an unoffered mango. And his father Srila Bhakti Vinoda Thakur chastised him. Why did you take an unoffered mango? Then he vowed that for the rest of his life, he didn’t eat any mango! So of course he was a very special child! This way, there is a great responsibility for the parents to train their children. But maybe when the child is very small, they don’t have such discretion. Second last question.

HH JAYAPATAKA SWAMI
6th July 2019
Kolkata, India


Question: Being a householder and a single mother, it sometimes becomes difficult for me to do my duties to the Lord. Sometimes I have to feed or serve my child first in many circumstances. What should I do? Will I fall from bhakti because of all this?

Guru maharaj: See taking care of our children, we should take that as a service to Krsna. And we want to feed our children, Krsna prasadam. We want to treat our children so nice that they become devotees.

HH JAYAPATAKA SWAMI
6th July 2019
Kolkata, India


What gives you enthusiasm to glorify even under such difficult conditions?

I was thinking Lord Caitanya He did not reveal to the people of Navadvip who He was, only few people knew. After ten years He went to the other side of the river to see Rupa and Sanatan Goswami. So the word spread that Gaura Hari is there! Gaura Hari Gaura Hari, Gaura Hari, Gaura Hari, Gaura Hari, Haribol! Mothers who were cooking milk, they neglected the milk and came running. The people whether young or old, men or women, when they hear Lord Caitanya came, they came running and then they were on this side and so went to the boat. The boatman said, wait, wait, don’t overload. But no one was waiting and the boat sunk and there was water up to the knees. People began swimming. The Ganges is normally saffron colour but it became black that day because of all people’s hair. All were chanting Gauranga Gaura Hari, Gauranga Gaura Hari, Gauranga Gaura Hari! So such were the pastimes of Lord Caitanya and the more we hear these pastimes, the more we want to serve the Lord. Although my body may not keep up now but my desire to serve Srila Prabhupad and Lord Caitanya is ever increasing! Haribol!

HH JAYAPATAKA SWAMI
24th July 2018
Chennai, India


How to overcome attachment, fear and anger?

Attachment, fear and anger, how to overcome? There is a verse of this in the Bhagavad Gita and some advice is given there. But in a nutshell, we want to dovetail everything with Krishna consciousness. Instead of being attached to the material world, we are more attached to Krishna and His service. Instead of being angry, because our ego is being pinched or because someone is not giving us the sense gratification we want, or because someone is criticizing us unnecessarily, unconstructively, then if we get angry that is material. But if someone offends a devotee or Krishna, if we get angry that is Krishna conscious. So anger, we try to use it for the right reason, and anger for the wrong reason, we renounce. And since Krishna promises He will protect His devotees, name bhakta pranashyati – My devotee will never be destroyed. So why should we have any fear? Fear is the part of the material world, and fear means that we take it as a caution. But we don’t actually fear absolutely because we depend on the mercy and protection of Krishna. But if He tells us in our mind, that going to this place is dangerous now, we take that also as a warning by Krishna. Just like now, I saw the news that in Louisiana some people were killed in Baton Rouge. So if you live on the border of Louisiana., she does, she lives in New Talavan, she lives on the border of Louisiana, in Mississippi, in Picayune, if Krishna warns that you should not go to Baton Rouge, it is maybe because people are shooting there.

HH JAYAPATAKA SWAMI
27th January 2019
Chennai, India