The Spiritual Law book

Spiritual life, we have a lawbook , we have our scriptures , which are the basic reference material but sometimes in the explanations of that or, just like a spiritual master may even give an explanation, then his disciples, they give different explanations on his explanations, they may sometimes go a little bit off in different ways. So what… one time we asked Prabhupada a question and then he said that, “Well, that somebody says you say this, somebody says you say that, what is actually said, well people may say, I say this or I say that but look what I am doing, I am doing this.” So then, which is the… what have I really saying that. So, actions are very you know, very definitive, they are historical, they are written down there, there are something which is less confusing. So Lord Caitanya , he showed, he chanted Hare Krishna, He counted how many rounds He was chanting, He ate Krishna prasadam, and those historical examples, and the other historical examples of great devotees have been recorded in the SrimadBhagavatam, and then recently for Lord Caitanya and the CaitanyaCaritamrita, and this form a very vivid visual example of how we can implement this devotional thing.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

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

A real devotee is like seeing the tip of the iceberg

One time Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura was lecturing and suddenly he became also overwhelmed by transcendental symptoms, and he ran out from the class, ran up to his room and didn’t want to show because especially previously, it was such a thing that there were actually people that they would simply constantly cry in front of the devotees and that would be the thing that would convince them this type of external ecstasies and manifestations, that this was actually… this was the proof of their, rather than the anubhavas which Bhaktivinoda Thakura has told us that we should observe and the regulated service or the spontaneous service principles that we should follow.

So in this way our previous acaryas they were very careful not to minimize or cheapen the great experience of love for Krishna. And actually it is said that therefore a real devotee is like seeing the tip of the iceberg. If you see any even just a small any kind of ecstatic symptoms in a prema devotee, it’s just like a tip of an iceberg. Even a tip of an iceberg because an iceberg is 7/8 under water and 1/8 above. But this is just one you know part of a percent above and you see vast majority of the ocean below you can’t actually… It’s so deep where a devotee may be experiencing even a nama-bhasa by intense association with his spiritual master, with Lord Caitanya one may get a preliminary feeling, it won’t be full bhava but it’s just before the sun rises sometimes there is also the sunlight, like that one may be experiencing a nama-bhasa or like a twilight experiencing a bhava just momentarily but that is not so deep. It’s quite deep but not so deep and more of just a sudden… and as they advance and it becomes more and more deep the experience of devotional ecstasy and appreciation.

H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

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

Don’t try to be imitated as eternal associates of the Lord

This is basically what a devotee should remember that we should follow the authorized system, mahā-jano… mahā-jano yena gataḥ sa panthāḥ follow in the footsteps of the great acaryas, the great spiritual masters. In India you have these people who jump over. They just immediately claim to be in the highest level. Neither do they follow the regulative principles, neither are they spontaneously preaching. But they are just claiming. Some people go… some are very subtle where they are actually kanistha adhikaris but they claim to be uttama adhikaris and some are completely in maya but they claim to be eternal parshads, eternal associates of the Lord by imitating… just… I don’t want to mention… but they do all types of, all kinds of acrobatics sometimes for attracting the minds of innocent people.

So Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura, Srila Prabhupada, by their examples they would always be ecstatic but they would conceal or try to internalize their ecstasy. Srila Prabhupada would sometimes give a lecture, one time in Gorakhpur when he was describing how Rupa… excuse me, how Sanatana Goswami and Lord Caitanya met, I believe it is in Varanasi. At that time they embraced, Lord Caitanya embraced Sanatana Goswami and then Prabhupada was explaining how their meeting was exactly like the gopis when they met Krishna after a long separation. And as he spoke, he just completely chocked up. He just completely manifested the symptoms, stunned, and just he was frozen, just couldn’t even move, tears were pouring down his eyes and he couldn’t say anything or he just couldn’t move. It was like that from eye-witnesses, it was about thirty seconds or couple of minutes it was complete silence. Finally when he could speak something because suddenly he was just completely immersed in that pastime, completely absorbed in it, then he said, “Chant Hare Krishna.” and had to end the class there.

H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

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

The different stages of devotional service

Maharaja Bharata by performing his devotional service his love for Krishna increased more and more melting his heart. Maharaja Bharata was practicing regulative principles of bhakti-yoga very strictly – bathing three times a day, chanting Gayatri mantra when the sun rose, chanting the others prayers according to the time and schedule. Thus he was completely engaged. So from that regulated practice of devotional service he gradually rose to the platform of bhava or ecstatic devotional service, where he experienced parama hlada or the highest transcendental spiritual bliss; gambhira which was very deep; hrdaya-sthira situated in his heart; so much so that he was experiencing the asta sattvika bhava the eight ecstatic symptoms like standing of hair on the end romaharsana, crying, choking, and so on, choking up in the throat. So many tears were coming he couldn’t see through his eyes. So in that ecstasy sometimes he would forget the regulative practices or services to the Lord. He might forget to take a bath or may have forgotten to do something because of chanting and being so absorbed in ecstasy that he forgot the time, just being completely overwhelmed by the meditation upon the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

So this of course illustrates the different stages of devotional service. We practice devotional service according to the regulative principles. We follow the regulative services – there’s the regulative service and there’s spontaneous service. Of course the principles are there in both. But one in the regulative service a person may not even have a great deal of taste. If someone in the beginning of devotional service, sometimes they say that “I am chanting, I am rising, and I am doing everything but I am still not feeling a great deal of taste.” Or sometimes it goes up and sometimes it goes down due to subtle attachments, due to bad association, due to offenses to Vaisnavas and the Deity. One may be doing all right starting to feel very blissful but then due to some mistakes or irregularity then again they become distraught.

H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

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

The people are like dancing dogs in the hands of sense gratification.

Vedic culture, that how it’s actually meant to take one from death, take one from suffering, take one from animalistic life, and bring one up to the perfectional stage. It’s very practical, perfectional stage means that one should be always happy.

vāsudeve bhagavati

bhakti-yogaḥ prayojitaḥ

janayaty āśu vairāgyaṁ

jñānaṁ ca yad ahaitukam

That one should be filled with knowledge, be…be…be detached ..from the gross attachments of the material world, from the suffering, and enjoyment which are… tosses one from here to there in the material world, one should be in a very firm position as a human being, not just like the dog, if you throw something, the dog runs. Wherever you throw something it runs, it doesn’t have that type of control. It’s very frivolous, very light, practically speaking, people in the modern age, many of them just like dancing dogs in the hands of sense gratification. They just go wherever they are sent. Even they amass millions, they don’t know how to use it constructively, they think that now the purpose is to somehow, simply live very comfortably and enjoy.

H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

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

Living a dog’s life.

the society would be considered the society of animals. But it’s true. What is an animal? I’m sure everyone heard so many times, how an animal has basically four activities of eating, sleeping uh, mating and uh, defending themselves, this is the natural activity of animals. So uh, in the modern day, Prabhupada he spoke out that uh, when he landed in the Australia, for instance, the uh, newspapers… in fact Prabhupada sent me this newspaper article when I was in Mayapur, the newspaper man uh, in Melbourne, they asked uh, Srila Prabhupada, that, “What is the purpose of your coming here in Australia?”

And Prabhupada said, “I have come here to save you from living a dog’s life.”

Everybody was a bit stunned, and uh, they said, “Well, how can you say that we are living a dog’s life.”, first every civilized person, they don’t consider that they are living a dog’s life, they think they are the top of the ladder. So Prabhupada… so called civilized.

So, Srila Prabhupada said, “Well, the dog is having sex, you’re having sex, a dog is uh, eating, you are eating, the dog is sleeping, you are sleeping, dog is fighting, you are fighting, uh, you may be do things in a more complicated way, but what is the difference in the activities?”, and then they all laughed and said, “Yes!” So they put in the headlines… it was actually in the headlines of the Age, the biggest paper at Melbourne. “Swamiji has come to save us from a dog’s life.” It said, and then the sub heading was, “He has come to hound us.”

H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

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

impediments in advancing Krishna consciousness

Normally the more materialistic a person is, the more sinful activities they perform, especially in the present day and age. So therefore, in the next life it is very unlikely that a rich person is again going to be rich unless he actually performs spiritual activities. It’s says that a devotee who fail to complete their spiritual activities, they can take birth as a son or daughter of a yogi, of a brahmana, or a rich vaisya. So some people they may take birth even in wealthy family. That’s to give them an opportunity to engage in spiritual life, because they have no material worries. But anyone knows that in the modern day that someone is born in a very wealthy family they become very pampered, very what they call, foot loose and fancy free, accustomed to just doing whatever they want, going anywhere, and especially in the modern… they run so many bad habits because of that.

Like in the South what they call, filthy rich or something. Even though they are wealthy, their character becomes rotten because of uh, not having proper association. So this is a problem, that someone may have had spiritual credit from their previous birth before in a wealthy family, not have material… any material problem, but due to the present materialistic period they get sucked into all kinds of uh… uh, materialistic activities, intoxication, gambling, illicit sex, and so on… meat eating. So even though a person might have had some devotional credit, because otherwise uh… thus causing one to get that type of a pious birth. If one is born with wealth, good looks, with uh, an education or any aristocratic family. That is considered to be result of any previous pious activities of previous births, and some of the people may be devotees from their previous life.

When they come in contact with devotional service they become immediately attracted, that is the symptom that have performed devotional service in their previous life. Some people when they come, they are not so much attracted, they have to… it’s just like pulling teeth, they have… by association, they may also become devotees, but for them it is very difficult to practice the sadhana. Even people might be friends, one person may not be a devotee in the previous… another person may have done hardly any devotional service, so even though someone may have been a devotee for ten lives, and therefore been a full devotee, just always been doing something, but not very perfectly. But today they may be able to advance very rapidly, because one will take off where one leaves off, while another person who is actually having very little credit from previous lives, but then it might be more of a struggle. They have to take the mercy given by a pure devotees, and then they can also make rapid advancement, by mercy of guru and vaisnava, or even if someone is born in a good situation because of having been a devotee in the past, one has to be very careful because of course even for the short time we are in this material uh, wealthy family for instance, we may get so many bad habits, and we may adopt an enjoying attitude, which would be a impediment for in advancing in Krishna consciousness.

H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1984, 30 th May, SB Class, New Orleans @ USA

Initiation vows…

Question: If a devotee is following principles and chanting 16 rounds, but his job promotes sinful activities, for eg owning a gas station in the US and the shop that sells meat products. Please tell us what is recommended for him to take initiation?

Guru maharaj: In Fiji, a particular family owned a grocery store and some of the products in the grocery were meat derivatives. One of the brothers wanted to take initiation. So Srila Prabhupada told him that he should calculate what the meat income was, and except that percent, donate it for prasad distribution or something. Then he gave him initiation. So some formula has to be worked out if this gas station sells meat products. Ideally if they avoid any meat products, a gas station is supposed to sell gas, maybe they sell other snacks like potato chips and so on. So they could avoid meat products. I think. Anyway, we have to take up on a individual basis, what products he sells which are meat type or how he can avoid that or how he can purify that.

HH Jayapataka Swami Maharaja

15th March 2020 | Sri Dham Mayapur, India

Becoming dear to Krishna

“If one follows the four regulative principles very strictly, chants japa regularly and everyday engages in some devotional service, they become very dear to Krishna and are firmly fixed on the path of vaidi bhakti. According to the Bhakti Rasamrita Sindhu, if one tries to improve and render more sincere service to guru and Krishna, there is a hope for raganuga bhakti. Practicing raganuga bhakti takes one to bhava bhakti or ecstatic love for Krishna, which in turn, in due course of time, leads one to pure love of Krishna or Krishna prema. These are perfection levels of bhakti yoga.”

His Holiness Srila Jayapataka Swami Gurumaharaj
3rd October, 2013
West Bengal, India

Bhagavatha Dharma

By pride, either artificial or real, the resultant action of austerity is spoiled; by too much affection for female association, cleanliness is spoiled; by too much addiction to intoxication, mercy is spoiled; and by too much lying propaganda, truthfulness is spoiled. The revival of bhāgavata-dharma can save human civilization from falling prey to evils of all description.

Monday, April 28, 1986
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

My humble request to all my disciples

I am a humble representative of His Divine Grace Abhay Charan Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada. And he is a representative of His Divine Grace Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Goswami Prabhupad.

And he said that we, as the spiritual grandchildren of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Prabhupada, that the grandfather gives sweets to the grandchildren, but the parents have to discipline their children.

So like that, he was saying that we get some special favor from the grandfather. So you as the grand children of A C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad, you will get lots of sweets and mercy! We, the sons and daughters of Srila Prabhupad, may get chastised if we do not live up to the requirements.

Prabhupad would always tell us please chant your rounds and follow the regulative principles. So that is my humble request to all my disciples. Follow the four regulative principles sincerely.

Vyasa Puja Address
16th April 2019
Sri Dham Mayapur, India