The House program for facilitating bhakti

Prabhupada gave many verses of instructions and people by reading the Bhagavat Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam on a daily basis, by occasionally inviting devotees to their home an having kirtan… Hari Bol, that they would become Krisha conscious and could get purified and told that this was how Advaita Goswami had adviced and how Lord Caitanya advised it should be done and this is basically house programs and Namhatta, facilitating people from all different walks of life and to be able to be Krishna conscious.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj,

1997, Feb 12th, SB class, @ New Talavan, USA


Preaching for the Preachers

Lord Chaitanya said that even a small defect on the part of a person will get picked up just like in a white sheet, a black dot would get picked up.If you are wearing a black sheet and you have a black spot, nobody will see it. White sheet, it is clear. Those who are practicing spiritual standards, even a small thing can look big, so our preachers have to be very careful, such bad spots can create a bad image.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj,

1990, Dec 3rd, SB class, @ Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


The Purity of Presentation

Many pure spiritual life activities are real life welfare activities like Food for life programmes, our counseling to people, to get them out of these influences of Kali, get them rehabilitated from drugs and from other bad habits. Many of our members had bad habits before they came, but we help them get cured, some came without any bad habits. The percentage of Srila Prabhupad’s cure was about 99%,. To get good results, if you follow completely, you get 100% This way, Srila Prabhupada was very concerned that we maintain the purity of our presentation and the purity of our image.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj,

1990, Dec 3rd, SB class, @ Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Everything is for Preaching

During the time of His Divine Grace Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur, he had an automobile. Now, everybody has an automobile, but he was actually using that for preaching. Actually when some of his sanyasis were going down to the drug store or something, then he brought a letter which said, ordering that for preaching you can use the vehicle to preach. But if you want to just go down to the market to get something, then just walk. So, the vehicle was there and it was a valuable thing then, not like now, you can’t live without a vehicle practically. Everything is so spread out.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj,

1990, Dec 3rd, SB class, @ Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


*Preaching to People*

Actually preaching is highest platform because this is desired by the Lord. In in His instruction, there is no Loss or diminution. In fact King Priyavarta, he also followed the instruction of his superiors, would that have been better, would that have been pleasing. By following the Lord’s instructions, he pleased his superiors. He pleased Narada muni, he pleased everyone. And he was also indirectly preaching Krishna Consciousness, by managing a kingdom. So, of course the king also has to see that Krishna Consciousness is active throughout his area of domain.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1990, July 22nd, SB class, @ Hyderabad, India


*Books are the Basis*

Māyā is very active. She’s always trying to attack. She’s always attacking. Until we get out of this material body, Māyā’s there, waiting to influence us. We can’t expect to be free from Māyā’s suggestions as long we are in this material world. But by studying the books, the lessons of Śrīla Prabhupāda, the Śrīmad Bhāgavatam, Caitanya Caritāmṛta etc., we can distinguish what are Māyā’s suggestions and ignore those suggestions. Reject them. We can learn to distinguish what is Kṛṣṇa suggesting, what the words of sādhu, Guru and Vaisnava …sāstra, sādhu, Guru … and accept those instructions. In this way, we can cross over all the difficulties, because Kṛṣṇa is transcendental to everything material.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

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


Make millions for Krishna consciousness

If someone gets a million dollars ,he takes what he needs for himself, for his basic requirements. He would give the surplus to Krsna or he would give a certain percentage based upon the advice of the acarya ,to Krsna. We have the *grandson of* *Henry Ford , Alfred Ford ,* Ambarish das. He’s got many millions of dollars. Prabhupada never told him to throw his money away. He said to him, “Go on investing it, and use this money for promoting Krsna consciousness. He just contributed the million dollars to temple in Mayapur to build the memorial, finishing the memorial to Srila Prabhupada Samadhi. If we get another million, we will use it for the same purpose. We want to build 30 to 50 million dollar temple in Mayapur. the point is that we don’t want to use the money to increase our living standard.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

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


Gift Krishna to everyone

Gift Krishna to everyone

In general we find that, people who are more absorbed in gross sense gratification, of a very selfish nature, may tend to be more offensive, but this is a very unscientific opinion, and so that maybe my personal experience, but I couldn’t say that, that’s an absolute fact. But in any case, since there are exceptions, and since there are so many people who are open to Krishna consciousness, ir-regardless of their personal habits and likings and disliking, whether sexual or social or whatever. Therefore we offer Krishna conscious to everyone.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

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


A Demon to devotee

We are dealing with absolute factors . We are dealing with whatever person does, they have to take reaction. You are doing this activity, you are going to get reaction . We don’t want people to suffer. We want to save them from suffering. So when people are on that type of totally bodily platform, and when they are simply doing things in a very selfish way, then they are going to have to suffer in a very personal way, and we don’t want that. But it is their choice, we can’t force them, we can only provide them the information , we can provide them ways of overcoming that. So even if a person is a demon , there is hope for them in Krishna consciousness.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

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


Preach to reach an individual

Generally we avoid categorizing people by groups. Any form of total hiddenism is certainly a demoniac kind of stand… consciousness or value. In the term but we preach to individuals, the individual souls, with their individual problems and attachments, and each individual has got their own karmas and their own attachments, and their own amount of desire for achieving perfection in life for self-realization , and accordingly we have to preach to certain individual .

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

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


Enlighting the people with spiritual message

Each one of us has got an individual responsibility. No matter what happens in the future, say that in the future there is a world wars and there is no more communication in the world, you know, Krishna forbid that negative things happen to the devotees, but you cannot say that it may not happen. We may be all unable to communicate with each other, we may not be able to phone up our spiritual master or he may not be able to fly in and see the disciples, still each one of us is individually responsible to the best of our abilities to spread this consciousness, and to enlighten people with this spiritual message.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

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


Preaching – The intimate service

The greatest preaching

It’s not that the 6 goswamis were bhajananandis and simply thinking about their own personal worship. They may have been totally absorbed in bhajana. A real gostianandi also is in bhajan. He is also worshipping Krishna. He is intimate. It doesn’t mean that the devotee who is desiring to do the intimate service for Lord Caitanya and satisfy His desire is not able to realize the highest level of Krishna consciousness. They certainly are. Bhakti Siddhanta said “tara ache jar sahetu prachar”. That those who have got spiritual compassion in life, those who have got real spiritual quality, they have, they preach out of a desire to satisfy the Lord. Preaching is not a material activity. It’s actually a very intimate service. So these goswamis are doing the greatest preaching.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

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


The P£AK of PR€ACHING

Preaching is not stereotyped – so many types of preaching. Festivals are one aspect of preaching which brings it to the public in a very visible way. And vows are a very wonderful way. So festivals are something which is very important. Book distribution, home preaching, farm preaching – ena tene prakaarena Krishna manaani vasate – by any means we are to bring a person to the point of accepting Krishna. Then after that we introduce the rules and regulations. So initiation means at that time they accept to follow certain rules and regulations and chant Hare Krishna regularly

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1984, 26th Sep, SB class @ Murari Sevaka Farm, USA


The serious devotee becomes the serious preacher…

A person can become a serious preacher in different ways, when one is a serious devotee, one becomes a serious… one can be a serious preacher.

If a person very serious about carrying out the order of guru, Vaisnava, Krishna, that uh, naturally becomes also a serious, whatever he does, including preaching. If a preacher becomes very concerned about helping the people, awaken from their animalistic consciousness and come into their actual spiritual heritage, in that case they become very serious preachers, by developing their compassion, by actually seeing philosophically how people both those who appear to be happy, and those appear to be suffering are all in a very, precarious unfortunate condition, and they need to be helped to become Krishna conscious, to become God conscious, to get out of this entire material entanglement.

In material life, happiness is the stepping stone to misery, and misery is the stepping stone to happiness. sukha-duḥkha-dāḥ. mātrā-sparśās tu kaunteya śītoṣṇa-sukha-duḥkha-dāḥ Happiness and sadness is always changing just like the changing of the seasons, spring to summer, summer to fall, fall to winter, winter to spring, spring to summer, like that. So if someone’s happy, it doesn’t mean anything, it just means that within no time he going to be sad, even if someone’s suffering that doesn’t mean that much because after sometime things will change and he will become happy. So to simply try to help all the people who are uh, materially unfortunate, become materially fortunate, is alright in the material platform, but in the overall spiritual sense that falls short. That… that for us we wanna help everyone.

Of course those who are suffering materially, obviously it’s hard for them to concentrate on spiritual life. So many of Krishna conscious services like giving out prasad, also do have the material side effect. Like feeding their hunger… but the purpose is not to stop there, but to give them spiritual happiness. Even rich people, even so called successful people or happy people, their situation is also one that deserves some sympathy, some compassion, some uh, mercy that they could actually become spiritually, situated, because their situation is very unstable, very soon they will also be put into material suffering if they are not already in it.

But devotee becomes very compassionate to the fallen soul, wants to see them become spiritually happy, wants to see them in their suffering, this is one way of becoming a very serious preacher where one in general takes up the mood of the spiritual master and Krishna and wants to carry out their instruction but also be very serious.

H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

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


Can the devotees preach in outer space?

Some people are there, we’ve heard. Some of the devotees are there. I heard someone said some devotee was spaced out. Let’s do first things first. We’re worrying about outer space. We haven’t even got the inner space yet. If a person really wants to… if preaching in a civilized society is too difficult, well then there’s also… there’s a lot of tribal people in the world. That’s where the Christians go. In India, different places.

The Pope just visited New Guinea, and made a big inroads preaching to the aborigines and headhunters there, made them all Christians there, carried a big cross. It was a big thing. It’s fairly easy to preach to those people. Of course, maybe Christianity’s easier because they just get them to stop eating human flesh, but they can eat everything else. But you want to get ‘em to be vegetarian… but I mean there’s other, not so far gone tribals, and they’re very simple people. You can preach to them. Many people think that they’re in outer space.

In the future, we’ll go to other planets, no doubt. I don’t know about the space in between them. there are of course, different levels in between where Yaksas and others live. So, we can go and preach there also. But normally to do that, you have to have a body which is suitable for those environments. Since right now, Krishna’s given us a body which is suitable for this environment, and this body only lasts 60, 70, 80 years anyway, so we should take the… make the best use of this bargain, and preach here, and then subsequently, in our next birth, we’ll have opportunity, if we have a keen desire to preach in other places, we could take birth there and preach there.

Some liberated souls, they return back to Krishna, and then preach again, other places.

H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

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


Which planet do you want to deliver next?

Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura, one day, he was on the morning walk and looked up and said, “There’s so many Krishna bahir-mukhas, Krishna forgetful people on the moon planet. We have to go there and preach to them. Bring them back to Krishna consciousness.” According to the Vedas, there are inhabitants on all the planets, but they don’t all live on the same vibrational level, the same consciousness level. They all live on different levels. That’s why one planet, they may be subtle beings, on another level altogether. And on one planet, there may be earthly beings, but on a different… completely situation. Just like on this planet, you dig in the earth, you find there are worms. You’ll find all kinds of things. You’ll find the plants are not breathing oxygen; they’re breathing carbon dioxide. You’ll find so many different things going on, even on this planet. You know, whether it’s the water, or the earth, or the air, everywhere you’ll find some form of living entity. So there’s a verse saying that living entities are everywhere, including in the fire, including in the other… all the different planets there are different living entities, even above the Earth, in outer space, there are different subtle levels, with different type of like… well here, we might call it ghost or something but, there are different type of creatures. Not… not necessarily ghosts, but other subtle beings on all the different levels, subtle or gross, whatever. But there are living entities everywhere.

So, on the Moon planet, it’s actually, that’s considered to be a higher spiritual level, or material level rather than the… than the Earth planet. The Sun is considered higher other… even other planets are considered lower, but uh, in terms of their basic developing of consciousness, this Earth… this Earth planet is considered in the middle. So we eventually want to preach in all those kinds of planets, wherever there are people that could be Krishna conscious.

So far Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati expressed about going to the Moon planet, there’s every chance that already the preaching has begun on other planets, but that we don’t have the evidence yet, which planet they went to, if they stayed in this universe might be preaching, but Prabhupada said in the Caitanya-Caritamrta that this movement has to spread all over this planet, then all over the universe.

H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1983, 20th, December, SB Class, Orleans @ USA


The mood of working cooperatively

Sankirtan means many doing kirtan together. Japa’s one. Kirtana’s a few. Sankirtan means everyone together. That means that they are all singing the same tune, they are singing the same mantra. They’er clapping and playing their instruments in time. The sankirtana means together. So this movement as long as it remains together , as long as everyone keeps a cooperative sankirtana mood, then people will be convinced and wherever you see in history that that mood of working cooperatively together was compromised, then they lose their potency for convincing people about Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Actually everybody is very easily convinced; it is just that they do not know anything. Because we’re very few, we’ve only reached a few. So if you go on telling people, if you’re convinced, and you tell people, in this same cooperative spirit, they will also be convinced. There is no doubt about it.

H.H. Jayapataka Swami maharaj

28th March 1983, Gaura Purnima SB class @ Mayapur


Community preachers core to convert the society

those who are living in the temple, the temple’s especially for brahminical culture. Srila Prabhupad told me… I am very much enthused about the congregational preaching, nama-ahatta because in Los Angeles on the morning walk Srila Prabhupada turned to me and out of the blue he said that, “Don’t think that all the people are going to live in our temple.” He said, “There may be so many people who are… our temples are…” It’s hard for me to get the… “Our temples are like… like the Christian churches, so many churches have congregations. That in our temple there are pure devotees who will be preaching the other people and they’ll be worshipping in their home.” But he indicated that the devotees in the temple were the pure devotees that the community preachers, those were the core to convert the whole rest of the society into devotees.

H.H. Jayapataka Swami maharaj

28th March 1983, Gaura Purnima SB class @ Mayapur


Make all the people krishna conscious

Heavenly planet doesn’t mean that there is a lot of simply gross sense gratification, but the sense gratification there is of a whole… together different standard, and it also has uh… a lot of recognition and glorification of the Supreme Lord is going on, you see, but generally, the difference between any planet in the material world and in the spiritual world, even if the people are devotees, it is the people… the persons living in those particular places, even if they accept God, actually they are materialisti. Their desires are also material, just like Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura, apparently one day he was walking along, and all of a sudden he looked up at the moon and pointed and said, “Candralokerbasi bahir mukha ache.” that “The residents of the moon planet are all materialistic. We have to go there and preach to them.” The devotee of the Lord, his idea is how to make all the people, no matter whether they are in heavenly planets or Earth planet, wherever, to make them really God consciousness.

H.H. Jayapataka Swami maharaj

29th Dec 1982, SB class @ Atlanta


Be humble when you are preaching

Brahmadeva, he was meditating in Antardvipa, because he heard that Lord Caitanya forgives one of all offenses, He is very merciful. He was going to come in the next age in Kali-yuga, it was Dvapara-yuga then, so he was meditating there on Lord Gauranga, and in his meditation, finally before him Lord Caitanya appeared with His associates, dancing, and Lord Brahma He became completely overwhelmed with transcendental ecstasy, he fell down at the lotus feet of Lord Caitanya, paid his obeisances with his foreheads, you see. Then he prayed to Lord Caitanya that, “You are going to appear here, You are going to manifest Your pastimes before the whole world in the coming age of Kali, you see. I am praying for Your benediction, that I am a great offender.” Because… Brahma was lamenting that “How I became so powerful demigod. I was able to directly create this world on behalf of the Lord, and then I am so offensive, I get so puffed up over my paltry position that I have… you know, so foolish, I was offending Krishna, stealing His cows. How I am going to get over these offenses? When will I get real devotional service?” You see, he is lamenting in tha… so, when he finally he had the darsana of Lord Caitanya, he was praying that “I am so proud, I am so offensive, that I want You to somehow or another, You are the most merciful, You somehow purify me so that I can become rid of all thes false ego and then I can stop committing any offenses in devotional service. You please benedict me that I can get, you see, the transcendental opportunity to associate with You.”

So then, Lord Caitanya, He agreed. He said, “Tathastah- so be it. You will appear in the family of the Yavanas, of Mohameddans, you see, the meat eating people in India, and because of that you will be forced to be very humble.” You see, this is also advised that when a Western preachers go to India, they should be humble. That they are coming from a different habits, you see. They should be humble when they are preaching, that touches the people’s heart rather than coming in as if you’re on the top of the horse or something. You should be humble. There are also Brahmana’s in India, not that only Westerner’s can be Brahmanas. We should be humble when are preaching. Taking it that we were delivering from a very despicable situation, and given this great opportunity.

H.H Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

26th Dec, 1982 SB class @ Atlanta,