20210501 Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.8.22 | Jayapataka Swami

mūkaṁ karoti vācālaṁ paṅguṁ laṅghayate girim
yat-kṛpā tam ahaṁ vande śrī-guruṁ dīna-tāraṇam
hariḥ oṁ tat sat

Oṁ namo bhagavate vāsudevāya
Oṁ namo bhagavate vāsudevāya
Oṁ namo bhagavate vāsudevāya

Śrīmad Bhāgavatam: 1.8.22:

namaḥ paṅkaja-nābhāya
namaḥ paṅkaja-māline
namaḥ paṅkaja-netrāya
namas te paṅkajāṅghraye

Translation: My respectful obeisances are unto You, O Lord, whose abdomen is marked with a depression like a lotus flower, who are always decorated with garlands of lotus flowers, whose glance is as cool as the lotus and whose feet are engraved with lotuses.

Purport: Here are some of the specific symbolical marks on the spiritual body of the Personality of Godhead which distinguish His body from the bodies of all others. They are all special features of the body of the Lord. The Lord may appear as one of us, but He is always distinct by His specific bodily features. Śrīmatī Kuntī claims herself unfit to see the Lord because of her being a woman. This is claimed because women, śūdras (the laborer class) and the dvija-bandhus, or the wretched descendants of the higher three classes, are unfit by intelligence to understand transcendental subject matter concerning the spiritual name, fame, attributes, forms, etc., of the Supreme Absolute Truth. Such persons, although they are unfit to enter into the spiritual affairs of the Lord, can see Him as the arcā-vigraha, who descends to the material world just to distribute favors to the fallen souls, including the above-mentioned women, śūdras and dvija-bandhus. Because such fallen souls cannot see anything beyond matter, the Lord condescends to enter into each and every one of the innumerable universes as the Garbhodakaśāyī Viṣṇu, who grows a lotus stem from the lotuslike depression in the center of His transcendental abdomen, and thus Brahmā, the first living being in the universe, is born. Therefore, the Lord is known as the Paṅkajanābhi. The Paṅkajanābhi Lord accepts the arcā-vigraha (His transcendental form) in different elements, namely a form within the mind, a form made of wood, a form made of earth, a form made of metal, a form made of jewel, a form made of paint, a form drawn on sand, etc. All such forms of the Lord are always decorated with garlands of lotus flowers, and there should be a soothing atmosphere in the temple of worship to attract the burning attention of the nondevotees always engaged in material wranglings. The meditators worship a form within the mind. Therefore, the Lord is merciful even to the women, śūdras and dvija-bandhus, provided they agree to visit the temple of worship in different forms made for them. Such temple visitors are not idolaters, as alleged by some men with a poor fund of knowledge. All the great ācāryas established such temples of worship in all places just to favor the less intelligent, and one should not pose himself as transcending the stage of temple worship while one is actually in the category of the śūdras and the women or less. One should begin to see the Lord from His lotus feet, gradually rising to the thighs, waist, chest and face. One should not try to look at the face of the Lord without being accustomed to seeing the lotus feet of the Lord. Śrīmatī Kuntī, because of her being the aunt of the Lord, did not begin to see the Lord from the lotus feet because the Lord might feel ashamed, and thus Kuntīdevī, just to save a painful situation for the Lord, began to see the Lord just above His lotus feet, i.e., from the waist of the Lord, gradually rising to the face, and then down to the lotus feet. In the round, everything there is in order.

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Jayapatākā Swami:  So today’s verse is very beautiful. We understand that although Kṛṣṇa comes amongst us, He is special. He is a person, but He is not like us. He is likened to different types of lotuses. Kuntī devī glorifies Him that His abdomen has a depression like a lotus. And always decorated with lotus garlands. His glance is like that of a lotus, and His feet are marked with lotus symbols. So Kuntī devī is apologizing that being a woman, she cannot really understand all the transcendental qualities of the Lord. So she is showing a great humility. She is the queen mother of the emperor of the world. She is a personal associate of Lord Kṛṣṇa. And she is by external relationship, the aunt of Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa. According to the Vedic culture, women, śūdrasdvija bhandus, more than śūdras are not able to understand these high philosophical things. Although she was a queen, she was very elevated, but she took a humble position. So that is the situation with us, now we are all lower than śūdrasVedas say kalua śūdra sambhava. Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu came for a special pastime. Every avatāra has a special pastime. Kṛṣṇa came as the Supreme Personality of Godhead and He showed His sweet pastimes. But Caitanya Mahāprabhu descended to preach Kṛṣṇa consciousness. Caitanya Mahāprabhu is Kṛṣṇa but came as a devotee. And in His līlā we see that the entire world is Kṛṣṇa consciousness. And during the pastimes of Lord Kṛṣṇa it was a different situation. Caitanya Mahāprabhu came so that everyone becomes a devotee of Kṛṣṇa. So how that Kṛṣṇa consciousness will be spread all over the world, maybe somewhat unique. In our praṇāma mantra to Śrīla Prabhupāda we say namaste sārasvate deve. He is describing our identity. We are Sārasvata, that is followers of Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura. Namaste sārasvate deve – and we […] Śrīla Prabhupāda was explaining that he was preaching the message of Lord Caitanya. Śūnyavādi māyāvādī – we are in the midst of voidism and impersonalism, and He preached all over the world.

Now in India, how many people actually follow the etiquette and behavior of the brāhmaṇas, is doubtful. But in the Western world, they are lower than śūdras. But Lord Caitanya wanted to establish Kṛṣṇa consciousness in every town and village of the world. Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda, he gave the brāhmaṇa thread to people of other castes, if they were following Vaiṣṇava principles. Śrīla Prabhupāda did the same thing in the Western countries. Although he did not give the brāhmaṇa thread to the ladies, he gave them the Gāyatrī mantra. In this way, the Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement is spreading all over the world.

So, here in the purport Śrīla Prabhupāda glorifies establishing of the temples. Because we do not have the right or capacity to see Lord Kṛṣṇa directly, that does not mean there is no God. Śrīla Prabhupāda was saying that just as a person has cataract or some eye disease and he cannot see something, but that does not mean that the thing is not there. We can see Kṛṣṇa but for that we have to anoint our eyes with the love of Kṛṣṇa. Therefore, because we don’t have that, therefore we see the deity in the temple. All the ācāryas, six Gosvāmīs, they established these deities. Similarly, we have established deities all over the world. They are not idols, they are not false images. And they are installed according to Vedic system and They are worshiped properly. Actually, Kṛṣṇa is present in the form of His Deity. He accepts worship of His devotees through His deities. Since we are in the level of vaidhībhakti, we worship the deities with opulence as Lakṣmī Nārāyaṇa. Gaura Kiśora dāsa Bābājī had two disciples. One was a Bhajanānandī and the other was goṣṭhy-ānandī – That is Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Gosvāmī. The bhajanānandī, Vaṁśī dāsa Bābājī, he had a special relation with the deity. So he would take his Deity and bathe in the Ganges. Many things he did. We cannot imitate him. Śrīla Prabhupāda said we should worship the deity opulently in the temple following the rules of the śāstras. Actually, in Vṛndāvana, Kṛṣṇa is worshiped in pure love. But He also externally followed some rules and regulations. Anyway, Kṛṣṇa being the Supreme Person, sometimes He did things like lifting the Govardhana hill. So, this is not possible for ordinary people.

So, Lord Caitanya He came in disguise as an ordinary devotee. But sometimes He did miraculous things. In the Ratha-yātrā He simultaneously expanded Himself into seven forms and He was in each saṅkīrtana party. That time, Rājā Pratāparudra saw Him. Now we have video and all that and catch it, but at that time only the king could see because he was on a raised platform. Also, he had special mercy from Lord Caitanya. And then the ratha stopped. All the ratha pullers they could not pull it. The gauḍas could not pull it, they are the pullers. And the king, he brought big wrestlers, the weightlifters to pull it. They could not move the ratha. And he brought elephants. His one name is Gajapati Mahārāja. Which means King with lot of elephants. He brought all the elephants to pull the ratha. They were goaded with the elephant goads. They were crying out, screaming, ah!!! Ah!!!! Still the ratha did not move! Then Lord Caitanya told everybody to leave the rope and gave the ropes to His associates. Then He put His head on the back of the ratha. And the ratha started to move forward at a great speed. Wheels went gad gad gad gad! So this was a miracle by Lord Caitanya! So like this He did many miracles.

I will take a two-minute break. You can write down your questions and I will come back.

So, we should understand that Lord Caitanya, His pastimes are also unique. Kṛṣṇa, He came with the purpose to decrease the demoniac kings and soldiers in the world. He had the Kurukṣetra war performed and in this way, all the soldiers were all killed. But Kuntī devī, she requested Kṛṣṇa, please save my sons. She was so great, that Kṛṣṇa did it! We can understand that she was a very special devotee of the Lord. Caitanya Mahāprabhu came with a purpose. His purpose was pṛthivīte āche yata nagarādi-grāma sarvatra pracāra haibe mora nāma – in every town and village of the world My name will be spread. So we should not be conditioned to think of things in a stereotype way, we have to present things the way Lord Caitanya wanted. Lord Caitanya wants that people accept the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Not only to accept Him, but to love Him. This was the order of Lord Jesus. He gave the order that everyone should love God. So Śrīla Prabhupāda, he preached in such a way that all the religions could follow this principle. Caitanya Candracaraṇa dāsa, he is my disciple, but he is an initiating guru. And his disciples sent me a video, how he is doing so much preaching.

We want all the devotees who are qualified to be preaching. Those with the order of the guru, even if the guru is present, they may also be dīkṣā-gurus. Lord Caitanya said that kibā vipra, kibā nyāsī, śūdra kene naya/ yei kṛṣṇa-tattva-vettā, sei ‘guru’ haya. Whether you are a śūdra, or a sannyāsī or a brāhmaṇa, it does not matter if one is conversant in science of Kṛṣṇa consciousness then one is qualified to become a spiritual master. So, we want people to learn the science of Kṛṣṇa consciousness. And they should preach the message. And if they know the science, any man or woman, if they know the science, they can be a guru. This was the teaching of Lord Caitanya. We want to see somehow or another, how this movement is spread all over the world.

In the Dvāpara-yuga the situation was different. In Kali-yuga, the followers of Lord Caitanya, we have to preach in this manner. It says in the second canto of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam says that by taking shelter of a pure devotee of the Lord even the sinful people can also become liberated. In the Bhagavad-gītā Kṛṣṇa says, striya śūdra tathā vaiśya, they can also be delivered if they take directly shelter of Him. In this Kali-yuga, we are at war. Because people have forgotten Kṛṣṇa they have been forced to suffer in this pandemic of COVID-19. Even our devotees are suffering. The solution is we should make everybody Kṛṣṇa conscious.

Now it is late, I will answer some questions.

Lalita Nārāyaṇa dāsa, Chittagong, Bangladesh: (Bengali) Guru Mahārāja, you said that for seeing Kṛṣṇa we need to anoint our eyes with love of Kṛṣṇa. But a neophyte in the primary stage may not be able to have love for Kṛṣṇa awakened in their heart. What should he do to come to the stage that he can see the Lord?

Jayapatākā Swami: That is why we have to do nine processes of devotional service. And among those, there is one practice which is arcana or Deity worship. Śrīla Prabhupāda said in this purport that worshiping the Deity we can develop dormant love of God. And doing Harināma, chanting the names of the Lord, also love for Kṛṣṇa is awakened. Especially if we chant the names of Nitāi and Gaurāṅga, our love gets awakened. Nitāi Gaurāṅga!

Shobana Rādhikā devī dāsī: What should be the mood as a woman with regard to following the spiritual master’s order on the spiritual path?

Jayapatākā Swami: Try to learn the science of Kṛṣṇa consciousness. By reading the Bhagavad-gītā and Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam as translated and commented with purports by Śrīla Prabhupāda you can easily achieve that.

Yogī Rāmadāsa: (Bengali): We serve, worship Rādhā Śyāmasundara, Rādhā Kṛṣṇa, Rādhā Gopīnātha. Does the Lord accept all these worship as Lakṣmī Nārāyaṇa or as Rādhā Śyāmasundara, Rādhā Gopīnātha?

Jayapatākā Swami: The Deity is Rādhā Kṛṣṇa. But the way we worship is a formal way. Here the worship is performed in an opulent way. But that is accepted by Rādhā Kṛṣṇa. Because we don’t have the pure love that the Gosvāmīs did to worship.

Keya Rāṇī, Śyāmadeśa: We should always depend on Kṛṣṇa’s mercy and go as per His will. But it is said that we should try ourselves than depend on Kṛṣṇa. When should we know to help ourselves and when should we know to completely depend on the Lord?

Jayapatākā Swami: You see, we try our best. But we don’t think that by our effort we will be successful. We think that we depend on the mercy of Kṛṣṇa. So if we are successful we think that it is Kṛṣṇa’s mercy. And if we are not successful, we think that it is our mistake.

Question (Bengali): During the worship of the Deity in the temple what should be our mood? Can we express our personal problems to the Deities?

Jayapatākā Swami: We need to worship the Deities with devotion. We don’t want to make the Lord remove all our material problems. We have to pray to the Lord for devotion to Kṛṣṇa and advance in Kṛṣṇa consciousness. This way if we tell the Lord, we wish that we are able to serve you in complete devotion or surrender but sometimes my mind becomes disturbed or goes elsewhere. Please forgive me for this. This way, we should always keep our focus on devotion to Lord Kṛṣṇa. This way, we don’t desire that the Lord will serve us. So we should serve the Lord this way, that if we have some weakness, we can beg for forgiveness from the Lord and ask for His special mercy.

So now we will visit some of the temples and then we will go to home visits. And they we will go to Melbourne where they are doing the JSSS meet.- END OF TRANSCRIPTION –Transcribed by Jayarāseśvarī devī dāsī

Touch the transcendental scrpiture

A devotee should always try to hear about spiritual matters and should always utilize his time in chanting the holy name of the Lord. His behavior should always be straightforward and simple, and although he is not envious but friendly to everyone, he should avoid the company of persons who are not spiritually advanced. Well, this is a very nice verse which tells the devotees what the priorities are for dancing in spiritual life. This type of very useful, good, instructions are found throughout the Srimad Bhagavatam and the Bhagvat Gita. They are given for being a practical guideline on how should act. We should try to follow this guidelines given by the Srimad Bhagavatam. Devotee is not someone who merely has a sentiment. That he is a devotee but doesn’t try to follow the scriptures. One should actually try to implement this guidelines given by the Srimad Bhagavatam. Here it is advised that we should always try to hear about spiritual matters. it is said that the symptoms of pure devotional service is when we spontaneously we find that our consciousness in fixed as soon as there is a glorification of Krishna and His devotees. When our mind doesn’t wander away but it remains fixed hearing those transcendental vibrations. Now that is a perfectional stage symptom. Now here it tells us, that even if we are not in that stage, where our consciousness is spontaneously attracted to hearing about Krishna, still we should always try to hear about spiritual matters. It may be that spontaneously when hears the news broadcast or the sees a newspaper, one is attracted and one would like to read for one hour or half hour all of the flickering news, and when it’s time for the Bhagavat Gita or the Bhagavatam class or when it is time to seat and read the scriptures you find that your mind is wandering away to different directions. May be found that such reverse symptoms are there. Nonetheless than one should make a conscious effort to try to hear spiritual matters. Just as in the Vedas it is said that we should read subasyam sigram. We should do the auspicious thing today, and those thing that are ashuba, inauspicious, we should do that tomorrow, we should do that later. So we should always prefer to take up our spiritual duties, and then after that if we have to do any other type of duty, then we do that subsequently. So know here that again and again, the scriptures tell us how we should try to do things. Sometimes we hear people say… you ask them, “Why don’t you come to the temple?”, the say, “If the Lord ah… takes me then I will go.” “Why don’t you come to class?” “Well if I get dragged to class then I will go.” No its not… we should try. By the law of karma, you will be dragged to death. By the law of Karma you will be dragged here and there, to fulfil your various material desires. That will happen automatically, but by the law of karma no one is dragged to Krishna. One has to desire to go to Krishna. You have to consciously will to engage in spiritual life, and then you can counteract karma. Otherwise if you are waiting for the flow to take you, you will probably find it will not take you to Krishna, it will take you to where your previous births have dictated that you should be taken. The only exception in this case is that sometimes by the prayers, desires, good wishes of a devotee of Krishna, one is brought to Krishna, even though one should not have the opportunity according to one’s karma. Similarly by rendering out some devotional service in the past, one may again and again given some opportunity to render devotional service. We should take it up. We should try for it. We shouldn’t, when the opportunity comes knocking at our doors, we shouldn’t take some kind of abstract impersonal viewpoint. We should personally take up, try and be Krishna conscious.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1985, 26th Sep, SB class @ Bangalore, India

The Transcendental chain letter.

Srinivas Acharya was able to find a spiritual master, was able to find someone to teach him the Bhagavatam. He walked literally thousands and thousands of miles through unlimited – just he wanted to study the Bhagavatam. With this type of determination we should actually vigorously, with full attention be studying the Bhagavatam regularly trying to understand what is the actual essence, what is the purport of the Srimad Bhagavatam. Especially we are so fortunate that Srila Prabhupad has written the purport, we don’t have to carry around palm leaves, it has been put into this printed form, very convenient to carry. You can get it in one volume, you can get it in 60 volumes, get it on micro film, get it even on tape. So in this way we are very fortunate that we have the Srimad Bhagavatam and we should regularly study the Srimad Bhagavatam with that type of eagerness as was exhibited by Srinivas who was later given the title Acharya by the Goswamis, so he became Srinivas Acharya. It was Srinivas Acharya after reading the Srimad Bhagavatam then he was ordered to distribute the Bhagavatam. So this is also the purport that we should understand that by reading the Bhagavad Gita, the Srimad Bhagavatam, these transcendental literatures, then it is our duty to also give them to others. To preach this message to others. Not simply we read and become liberated and then we – it ends there. But we should continue on like a transcendental chain letter. If each person that gets the science of Bhagavatam in turn teaches at least one other, but say if they teach ten others or one hundred others then in this way the Krishna consciousness movement can expand manifold and that is the only way of even trying to repay although we can never fully repay, this is the only way of showing our desire for repaying the debt, is to be Krishna conscious and try to make others Krishna conscious

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

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

The prime purpose of Life.

Among human beings those who are followers of the Vedic principles are considered civilized. Among these almost half simply give lip service while committing all kinds of sinful activities against these principles. Such people do not care for the regulative principles. “ Prabhupad mentions in the purport that the highest type of religious system is described in Srimad Bhagavatam 1.2.6 thus, sa vai puàsäà paro dharmo yato bhaktir adhokñaje ahaituky apratihatä yayätmä suprasédati “The highest form is religion is that by which one becomes fully conscious of the existence of God, His form, name, qualities, pastimes, abode and all pervasive features. When everything is completely known that is the perfection of Vedic knowledge. The fulfilment of Vedic knowledge is systematic knowledge of the characteristics of God. This is confirmed in the Bhagavad Gita 15.15 – vedais ca saravair aham eva vedya. The aim of Vedic knowledge is to understand God. Those who are actually following Vedic knowledge and searching after God cannot commit sinful activities against the Supreme Lord’s order. However in this age of Kali although men profess to belong to so many different kinds of religions most of them commit sinful activities against the orders of the Vedic scriptures. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu therefore says herein veda nishidha paapa kore dharma nahi gane. In this age men may profess a religion but they actually do not follow the principles. Instead they commit all kinds of sin. So among the followers of the Vedic knowledge most are following the process of fruitive activity and distinguishing between good and bad work. Out of many such sincere fruitive actors there may be one who is actually wise. Out of many such wise men one may actually become liberated, mukta. And out of many millions of such liberated persons a pure devotee of Lord Krishna is very difficult to find. Research is going on for the karmis, gyanis and yogis but until the search is complete no one can attain peace. Therefore the Bhagavad Gita says gyatva maam shanty mrchhati. One can actually attain peace when he knows Krishna. This is described in the next verse – Krishna Bhakta nishkaama mata eva shanta, bhukti mukti siddhi kaami, shakale ashaanta. Because a devotee of Lord Krishna is desireless, he is peaceful. Fruitive workers desire material enjoyment, gyanis desire liberation and yogis desire material opulence. Therefore they are all lusty and cannot be peaceful. “ So here the objective of all the processes of yoga, karma, gyana, the ultimate objective is to achieve Krishna consciousness. And that is achieved by studying the Srimad Bhagavatam. The purpose of the Srimad Bhagavatam therefore is different than the other scriptures. When we try to explain to people what is the purpose of the Srimad Bhagavatam, it is very difficult to use the reference of other scriptures because the Srimad Bhagavatam sails far over their objectives. The Srimad Bhagavatam’s purpose is to actually leave the material world and go back to Godhead. When most of the other scriptures’ purpose is how to live in the material world with the blessings of God. Oh God, our Father who art in heaven, give us this day our daily bread. The objective is normally not to return to God. Even I was once preaching to a person and just the thought of seeing God, the person started to get real nervous and said that I don’t want to see, I am not ready. What would I do? And he got all like completely hysterical you know. Just the thought that suddenly what if you know, there came God. He was like completely flustered with even the idea. People, they are so far from God consciousness that it is very pitiful that here is a human being. They have the opportunity to achieve this highest consciousness and that is made even more easily attainable by the mercy of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu. But they are completely neglectful of this, the summum bonum of life, the prime purpose of life. So studying the Bhagavatam is so important.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

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

The transcendental literature

The real purpose of the Bhagavatam is not to perpetuate one’s material enjoyment but to fix one up on the transcendental platform so that one can return back to home, back to Godhead without any difficulty. So this is very wonderful that the Srimad Bhagavatam is on the one hand such a rare book that even completely liberated souls, they study it to gain further insight into the Absolute Truth. And this highest of all Vedic literatures is now available to the western people in their own languages, especially English, German, Spanish, Swedish and so on, French, Italian. Because by this study the same perfection that was achieved by Shukadev Goswami might also be achieved by the devotees who are studying the Srimad Bhagavatam today. So we can understand that the standard of pleasure that one achieves by studying the Srimad Bhagavatam is many times, millions of times more, unlimited times more than the happiness that one would achieve through any form of material activity. Even the gyanis, they have already rejected material happiness and they have become liberated. But here it clearly explains that even those liberated souls, they find further enlightenment and transcendental bliss by studying the Srimad Bhagavatam. Therefore this Srimad Bhagavatam is the most elevated transcendental literature.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

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

The ripened fruit of the Vedic tree.

The Srimad Bhagavatam is accepted by all the Paramahamsas and great souls as the most authoritative literature on the science of God consciousness. The Vedas describe it as the ripened fruit of the Vedic tree. There is a saying in Bengali, if you want to know what tree that is then by its fruit it is known. Just like on the side of the hill over there are some trees. If we ask what is that tree, they say apple tree because it produces the apple fruit. Or it is a peach tree or a pear tree or it’s an oak tree produces oak seeds or something but generally a tree, mango tree, orange tree, they are all known by the fruit they produce. So similarly they say that the ripened fruit of the Vedas is Srimad Bhagavatam. If you want to know the actual purpose of the Vedas then you study the Srimad Bhagavatam. The purpose of that particular tree is, actually what is the value of it. If you take an apple tree and study its bark, you study its roots, its leaves but the real greatest value of the tree is the apple fruit. That is why people plant it because that is the most valuable thing that it produces. So the Vedas most valuable thing that they produced, its fruit, its essence is the Srimad Bhagavatam. So if someone wants to know what is the entire purpose of the Vedas, what is the secret nomenclature of the Vedas, you don’t have to read all the Upanishads, Puranas, Mahabharata, simply by reading the Maha Puranam, the Srimad Bhagavatam, then all of the purports of the Vedas, all of the objectives of the Vedas are fulfilled. Simply by perfectly reading the Srimad Bhagavatam.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

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

The two categories of Bhagavata..

The devotee who is completely dedicated to practicing and preaching and living the teachings of the book bhagavata is also bhagavata. So therefore we serve both the devotee who is living by the bhagavata as well as we serve the book bhagavata, and by this we get purified and we get special blessing. So bhagavatas they are glorified in the sastra and actually this, practice of Krishna consciousness is also meant for the bhagavatas. Those who are very powerful or pure bhagavatas or devotee they are also called maha bhagavata, or uttama adhikari. So Krishna when He comes, and He does His pastimes, it’s not an accident.

H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1984, 20th July, SB class @ Chennai, India.

How to be completely subservient to guru’s instructions in spite of day to day obstacles and be 100% inspired.

Guru maharaj: These ‘how to’ questions are very, what to say, very bewildering. How to be Krsna conscious? How to eat prasadam, with your mouth? How to follow the order of the guru? We do it by following the orders of the guru! It is like a woman saying how to be chaste? Don’t be unchaste. Stick and stay loyal to your husband and don’t go to other men. How to follow the order of the guru and be 100% blissful? If you follow the order of the guru, you will be a 100% blissful!! So sometimes I wonder what to say when someone asks ‘How to?’ Because what is the problem? How to be Krsna conscious? How to follow the order of the guru? How to be Krsna conscious- you follow the order of the guru. How to follow the order of the guru? You be Krsna conscious! Ha! Ha! So it is like a circle of questions. I am trying to understand, what is the difficulty in following the order of the guru? Difficulty is if you have bad association, they will say don’t follow the order of the guru, drink whisky. We are your friends, we want to drink together. So how do you follow the order of the guru – by not associating with bad people. How do you avoid associating with bad people? Associate with good people! Bad people don’t like good people! How do you associate with good people? How to? How to? How to? By figuring it out who is good and who is bad, and associating with the good! Those who like a satvic lifestyle and those who are devotees, are good association. Those who are non-devotees, atheists, those who are addicted to breaking principles, they are bad association. So we try to associate with the good people and then it helps us to follow the orders of the guru. Then they say what if your spouse is not Krsna conscious? How do you follow the order of the guru? Obviously, marrying a non Krsna conscious spouse makes things a little complicated. Therefore, we recommend you marry a devotee. Also check that your expectations are similar. In Bhagavatam it says yata guna tata ruci. If you see that they have the same taste, and the same qualities, compatible taste and qualities. Kardama muni was a sage and the daughter of Manu was a ksatriya. So normally a brahmana doesn’t marry a ksatriya, but this girl was very Krsna conscious. And Kardama muni wanted to get married. So he accepted Devahuti, who was the daughter of Manu, and it was austere for her, because she was used to living in a palace and Kardama muni lived in the forest in a hermitage. By using his mystic powers, he created a city that flew in the sky. These things are described in the third canto of Srimad Bhagavatam. So in this way he explains what grihasta life was. But then he made a prenuptial agreement that once he gave a son to his wife, he would take sannyas. But she had nine daughters, and he wanted to take sannyas. But she said you, promised me a son, you gave me nine daughters. So then he gave her a son, and that son was Kapiladeva, Kapila muni. Not Kapildev the cricket star of India. Kapila muni, the avatar of Krsna. So like this then she got the opportunity, to be the mother of the incarnation of Godhead. So miraculous things like this happen if one tries to serve Krsna. So Kapila muni became like the guru for His mother. He instructed on the principles of yoga. Bhakti yoga and sankya yoga. So like this it is very interesting, so that is why we recommend people read Srimad Bhagavatam. Because there are many people in many circumstances, how do you follow the order of the guru, they have shown it and how to be Krsna conscious, they show that! So that is why we recommend people read the Srimad Bhagavatam. But people say they are too busy, they read magazines, other magazines – not BTG. I go in the plane they are reading Femina, or Filmfare, other magazine I think about movie stars. They are all kinds of magazines, political magazines, cinema stars, but why they cannot read the Bhagavatam? Bhagavatam shows how great the devotees, grihastas, brahmanas, ksatriyas, vaisyas, sudras, they all engaged in devotional service. So thank you very much. 

17th July 2019
Chennai, India


“In material life, people have a natural taste to hear about so many mundane affairs, but those affairs are actually very dry for the transcendentalist. They’re not interested in hearing any mundane affairs. They only want to hear about the Supreme Personality of Godhead and His devotee, and their exploits. So, just as the materialists, they’re not very interested in the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, the spiritualists, the transcendentalists are not very interested in the material activities or the stories about those material activities. This is the difference; It’s like night and day. One is interested in spiritual subject matter while the other one is not, and vice versa.”

His Holiness Srila Jayapataka Swami Gurumaharaj
22nd March, 1985
Patna, India

Dryness for the transcendentalits

“In material life, people have a natural taste to hear about so many mundane affairs, but those affairs are actually very dry for the transcendentalist. They’re not interested in hearing any mundane affairs. They only want to hear about the Supreme Personality of Godhead and His devotee, and their exploits. So, just as the materialists – not very interested in the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, the spiritualists, the transcendentalists are not very interested in the material activities or the stories about those material activities.”

His Holiness Srila Jayapataka Swami Gurumaharaj
22nd March, 1985
Patna, India

Tree by the fruit

“There’s a saying in India you can tell a tree by its fruit. So, when the verse here (SB 1.1.3) states that the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam is the ripened fruit of the Vedic literatures, that means that the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam is the ultimate understanding, or the real fruit, the real thing to be gained from the Vedic literatures.”

His Holiness Srila Jayapataka Swami Gurumaharaj
22nd March, 1985
Patna, India