Empowerment to preach and distribute krishna consciousness

Question: Hare Kṛṣṇa Guru Mahāraja! Please accept my humble obeisances. How is a devotee empowered to preach and distribute Kṛṣṇa consciousness to everyone? Seeing the condition of the people, I am feeling to preach. But how can I be able to do so? As a person in society, as a common person, if I preach to any of my friends or neighbors etc., they will see and consider us differently, like as we come from another planet.

Your spiritual son,
Bālajī, Tirupati, India.

HH Jayapatākā Swami Maharaja: That’s why it is said that, preaching should be done according to time, place and circumstance. Sometimes the best way of preaching is to have people to read books of Śrīla Prabhupāda, but sometimes you can ask questions that will force the people to think. But you should be a good example yourself, If you don’t like to use the word preaching; ‘preaching’ means speaking down to someone, rather you would like to communicate our message in a very humble and pleading way. So, if you yourself are practicing and believing, then naturally you will be accepted more.

4th June 2020 | Sridham Mayapur | Panihatti festival


Mind during Chanting

Question: When you chant, your mind’s always better? Does it ever roam?

Jayapataka Swami: In the beginning the mind goes here and there. And one has to just like a little puppy dog running here and there, and you have to bring the mind back to chanting. Then you see in the beginning I could uh, remember that there were times when I could be chanting and my mind would think of other things. And although I was chanting so many beads my mind would be going you know but then I would gradually… Prabhupada trained that we had to bring our mind back.

See now when I chant I can’t do anything else. If I chant I can’t think of anything else. I can… if I start thinking of anything else I will stop counting on the beads. Automatically and if I am trying to make some other program or someone is chanting immediately my mind will be drawn to that chanting. Soon as I hear Krishna’s name my mind fixes.


Bathing in Ganga

Question: It is said that when he first arrived in Mayapur, understanding that he was in the holy land, he offered his obeisances and then dipped his head into the cool Ganges mud to get the blessings. Please kindly confirm that you dipped your head into the cool Ganges mud instead of the Ganges water?


Guru maharaj: When I came to Mayapur the first time, I came from Swarupganj by the ferry from …. to Hulaghat. At that time there was no, where the ferry is today it was not there.  I crossed over I bowed my head down in the mud.  It was not actually the Ganges, Jalangi, Ganges!  I saw the mud and I saw the ground, I just thought this is the holy land of Lord Caitanya, and I immediately offered my obeisances!

23 March 2020 | Mayapur


Faith

Question: Gadadhara Pandit has so strong faith in Mahaprabhu, He is Radharani Herself. I am not Her and have never seen Mahaprabhu. So, I don’t have strong faith in Him. But I have strong faith with Srila Prabhupada. Is the result the same? Rajendra das, China devotee in Mayapur.


Guru maharaj: If you have faith in Srila Prabhupada, and he had faith in Lord Caitanya and Krsna. Then naturally we should have faith in Krsna. Srila Prabhupada said that he tried to follow his spiritual master, every word. Word by word. And therefore when he said to preach in the West, he went to the West. He was given the order to spread Krsna consciousness, all over the world, he did that. And printing books, like establishing a Governing Body Commission, so if we have faith in Srila Prabhupada, they we should have faith in the things that he taught us. He taught us that Krsna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, He is Bhagavan, we should believe that! Then the result will be the same. Krsna will be very pleased that you are taking shelter of His devotee.

24 March 2020 | Mayapur


Helping Vaishnavas from not getting attacked by Corona virus…

Question: Hare Krsna guru maharaj. Dandavat pranam. How can I help the vaisnavas from not getting attacked by the great destroyer corona virus? Madhav Kanti Gauranga das.


Guru maharaj: Chant Hare Krsna and get many people to chant. Get people to participate in online chanting and also broad the message of the Srimad Bhagavatam. In the Kali Santarana Upanisad, it says Hare Krsna Hare Krsna KrsnaKrsna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama RamaRama Hare Hare. itisodasakamnamnam kali kalmasanasanam, natahparataropayah sarva vedesudrsyate. By chanting these 16 names all the evils, all the problems of Kali yuga, contaminations are destroyed. Somehow the chanting of the Lord’s names is the best thing. Also I was saying how this virus came from the animals, so we should give up eating amish, at least for some time, give up eating meat, fish eggs, especially meat. And then by doing this and chanting Hare Krsna, chanting the name of God, we can see a significant change. Other than that, remind devotees to keep clean and observe the rules. That slows down the pandemic, but it doesn’t in itself cure it. But chanting Hare Krsna can change the karma of the whole world. If we have bad karma then some people are going to perish, if we change the karma, by chanting the holy names, then we will have auspicious results.


Congregational Chanting

Question: Dear maharaj, PAMHO, AGTSP! Could you please describe in more details the benefits of congregational chanting online worldwide? What resources does it require, both technical and personal? Is it possible to chant 24 hours, 7 days a week, kirtan, taking into account different time zones?


Guru maharaj: Who asked the question? (Bhakti Vrksa they said.) Where? I am sure that there are devotees who have the technical expertise to organize this. Apparently, Satyamedha Gauranga das had arranged a worldwide kirtan, when I was being operated and so it could be done. How to do it and maintain it 24 hours, I don’t know personally the technique. But I think all the technical devotees we have should get together and workout, how we can use Zoom and social media and have kirtan going on around the world. Good idea! Krsna is not different from His holy name. Let us celebrate the holy name. So there is nothing that Krsna cannot do. If people chant Hare Krsna,you cannot limit the potency, the possibility of anything. He can do anything He wants. So in the age of Kali, we think that just chanting the name, it is not ‘just’. The name and Krsna are the same. So the unlimited power of Krsna is in His holy names. So we can take advantage of that and this will purify the whole world. More people we get to chant, more that the situation on earth would change.

24 March 2020 | Mayapur


Salagram and Dwaraka Sila

Question: Hare Krsna guru maharaj: I have a question regarding one of the rings you wear. One is the Shaligram but the other one, the white one, I would like more information about it please. I found one in the cupboard of a house I moved into, but I don’t know much about it. I simply placed it before my Shaligram. Sevapriya devi dasi.


Guru maharaj: Sevapriya devi dasi, there is a kind of Shaligram which is called the Dwaraka shila. That has many different chakras on it. It is white in color. I don’t know much about it but there is a shila like that. Is that what you are referring to? Yes, I am waving to you! You have your Shaligram there, can you show it? How are things in Scotland? Is there a chakra? I don’t know if that is a Dwaraka shila or not. I see the chakra but Dwaraka shilas have many such chakras. On my ring is a Shaligram shila, black. I don’t have a white one. Thank you. I see the picture, I had three rings at that time, one seems to be white. Is that Caitanya Priya? Maybe other questions. I will look into it. 

22 March 2020 | Mayapur


Food for life

Question: Hare Krsna dear guru maharaj: PAMRO. In these circumstances do you think we should continue to pursue Food for Life? Your spiritual daughter, Syamavallabha Gopi dd.


Guru maharaj: Apparently in some, I don’t know what it is like in London or UK, but in some places they say that restaurants can deliver. So maybe if you are allowed to deliver, you get someone to deliver prasadam. So that way you make some income and you can also give some people prasadam. So that is a fairly safe way, if you deliver packet of prasadam. But doing Food for Life in an ordinary way, may be a bit dangerous. 

22 March 2020 | Mayapur


Relatives committing offence to devotees & how to address?

Question: If our close relatives commit offence to devotees and devotional service, what are we supposed to do? Parvati Swaminathan, Padmasakhi dd.


Guru Maharaj: Sastra tells us how to respond to offences. If you can defeat that person’s argument, that is the first thing.If you cannot do that, thenyou can walk away from that place. Otherwise, you can leave your body and go back to Godhead, But, you should not artificially commit suicide, that is just youspontaneously leave your body. Like, Sati, when she heard the offence against Lord Siva, her husband, from her father Daksa, she just left her body, spontaneously. So, these three things are given. At least you can protest, that you know that this is not true. If because of age or something, relationship, and they may not listen to you,at least it should go on records that what they are saying is not true.

30 March 2020 | Mayapur


Abandoning everything apart from direct devotional Service

Question: Dear Guru maharaj. PAMRO, AGTSP. How to abandon everything else apart from the direct devotional service to increase our developed pure devotion? Or to do both – indirect devotional service and develop pure devotion? (Guru maharaj said, you are not reading all as he missed At your lotus feet!) Ojaswini Radhika devi dasi.


Guru maharaj: You see, we practice the bhakti and we engage everything in what is called yukta vairagya, in the service of Krsna. You are calling that as indirect bhakti. Lord Caitanya, He did not consider that indirect. If you are thinking I am serving, serving my family, serving my husband, I am actually serving Krsna, because I am trying to help them to be Krsna conscious, so that is unalloyed devotion. Not that we have to neglect our asrama duties. Coin them as indirect bhakti. Bhakti is bhakti. Hare Krsna.

30 March 2020 | Mayapur


Offending devotional service

Question: What does offending devotional service mean?


Guru maharaj: You see, like Lord Caitanya said, mayawadi bhasyasonilehoye sarva nash –  if you listen to the mayawadis, it will destroy your bhakti So that is a type of offense to devotional service. We think that we are equal or greater than Krsna. That is not possible. We are small, infinitesimal particles.Like that if we offend a devotee, that is also an offence to bhakti.

30 March 2020 | Mayapur


Better late than never!

Question: Mala Sakti: Now only I came to devotional service at the age of 49. How to get spiritual and I am preparing for initiation. That is the question. I came at half age, so I am feeling!

Guru maharaj: Better late than never! Ha! Ha! So, we saw how Mukunda was lamenting that he had wasted much time listening to the mayawadis. So if you lament how your 49 years you were not spending in devotional service, then you can use the remaining time whatever you have, in Krsna’s service. I came to Krsna consciousness when I was 19. I am lamenting that the first 19 years were wasted! And some people are so fortunate, they are born in Krsna consciousness, but some of them don’t understand how fortunate they are! So, if you take devotional service as a rare jewel, and try to use every remaining moment in devotional service, then you will achieve all success. Haribol!

31 March 2020 | Mayapur


Hearing from other Sampradayas required?

Question: Hare Krsna dear guru maharaj, PAMRO: (Guru maharaj said: Accepted.) Some devotees who initially have the Sri sampradaya background, also now have a tendency to hear from Sri sampradaya speakers. I have mentioned to them, we have everything in Srila Prabhupada’s books and lectures. Is there a need to hear from outside? Hearing from other sampradaya speakers affects one’s mood of devotional service. Your spiritual daughter, Supriya Jahnavi devi dasi, East London, UK

Guru maharaj: You see, there is no need to be hearing from others outside of Iskcon. At least Sri sampradaya is one of the four sampradayas, vaisnava, but they are in the mood of servitude, dasya. And they worship Laksmi Narayana. So, by hearing their lectures, one may attain the Vaikuntha loka of the Lord, and not be allowed into the Krsna loka. So that is one of the dangers. But at least it is in the spiritual world. Would rather hear the six goswamis, and rather be in the sakya rasa, vatsalya rasa or madhurya rasa. I think, today or yesterday was the appearance day of Ramanujacarya. We glorify Ramanujacarya, he was a great preacher, a great devotee. And we naturally appreciate his contribution, but there is no need. But if sometimes we go, may not be a problem. Not like listening to mayawadis. But if we go too much, then we may miss the highest benediction of Lord Caitanya. Hare Krsna.

31 March 2020 | Mayapur


Going back to godhead

Question: Dear gurudev, PAMHO. Is it right to desire to go back to Godhead within this lifetime or we shall not be attached to the destination we go and just pray that wherever we go, we are always in the association of devotees? Your most fallen spiritual daughter, Nilaradhe devi dasi.

Guru maharaj: We want to serve the Lord. And we want that we can be part of His pastimes. Without the service of the Lord, devotees don’t care for liberation. Only if it includes the service of the Lord, they may accept any of the four liberations. Living in the planet of the Lord, having the same physical features of the Lord, being in the personal presence of the Lord, having the same opulence as the Lord. Only if those include devotional service. Because devotees never accept sahujya or merging in the brahma jyoti or body of the Lord.  I asked Srila Prabhupada I wanted to serve you birth after birth. He said, why do you want me to come back? I thought I said, I wanted to serve you, even, birth of birth! He said that is alright!

31 March 2020 | Mayapur


how to develop praching mentality?

Question: Guru maharaj, how to develop preaching mentality? I have a great desire for book distribution. (Guru maharaj exclaimed: Jai!) but there is my fear and ego which works. Like if someone rejects to take or throw bad words at me, dear guru maharaj, what is the solution for this?

Guru maharaj: The Bhagavad-gita tells us we should avoid fear, anger, and it is fear of rejection. We offer this jewel to people and if they are fortunate they will accept, but if they reject, it is not our problem, it is their problem. We should be very tolerant and very humble and we don’t expect everyone to accept. So this great sage, he went to a house begging. And the householder told the wife, give him ashes from the choolah. They thought that ashes have no value, he can’t eat it, cannot sell it. But the sage thought if they give me ashes theyat tleast will go through some effort to take out the ashes from the choolah and give it to him. He said, don’t just talk about it, give me the ashes, because he wanted to benefit them. So although they were rejecting him in a sense, saying give him ashes, useless thing! And he said don’t talk about it, give me the ashes, in this way you will be benefitted. So at least something they gave. Some grihasthas are very miserly and some are very gracious. The Vedas tell us that the grihasta should call outside his house, is anyone hungry? And if someone is hungry, then they give them prasadam. Lord Caitanya as a grihasta, He would invite 10 or 20 sannyasis and poor people to His house and He would feed them with His own hands, prasadam. This is the grihasta dharma. His Mother Saci would say, we do not have enough food in the house to feed so many people. He said Kṛṣṇa will provide. So just before cooking, someone would come by and give food, give grains, vegetables, that there was always enough to cook for the guests.

HH Jayapataka Swami Maharaja

5th February 2020 | Sri Dham Mayapur, India


how to really fixed in faith and Krishna Consciousness during unstable period?

Question: 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?

Guru maharaj: 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!

HH Jayapataka Swami Maharaja

17th March 2020 | Sri Dham Mayapur


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