*Surrender to the Idea of Surrendering*

In the teaching of Gajendra … how an ordinary, material, dangerous situation was transformed into a catalyst or an impetus for Gajendra to take the full shelter of Kṛṣṇa; of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and then how he was delivered. So, similarly, in all the different things that may happen in each of our lives, we need to take everything that happens as an opportunity to surrender to Kṛṣṇa more.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

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


The responsibility of the soul

Normally someone in the grihastha ashram doesn’t do everything for Krishna; they do everything simply out of material attachment. They think aham mamami, I and mine. I am this body and this body is connected with these things and therefore I have to work hard and that is the absolute truth and there is nothing more than that. This is the paro dharma. But actually the proper consciousness is to understand that everything is only coming from Krishna. Externally these things are connected with my body so therefore I have got some external responsibilities but ultimately my responsibility is to please Krishna.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1986, 29th Sep, SB class @ Toronto, Canada


God is always God.

God comes by his own potency. Not that god has to meditate for five to ten years to become the God. Those Yogis meditate God. They are not real yogis they are not incarnatives. God does not to do meditation to become God. You should simply serve the spiritual master or spiritual master’s representatives. So then you are always under the shelter of senior Vaisnavas. so if we renounce an object of devotional object which can be used to promote Krishna conscious movement. It considered to be a dry renunciation. Or a falgu Bairagya.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1986,15th August, SB class @ New Naimisaranya, India


The Supreme Truth

We are person so we think that the supreme absolute truth should not be a person. That means we are saying supreme absolute truth is less than we are. How is it possible? If the absolute truth is the supreme truth then how can the supreme truth have less than the relative truth? If we are by-product how can the supreme truth be less than the by-product or the expansion or the part? The whole must have anything that the part has. Om purnamadaha purnam idam purnat purman udacyate. Since the absolute truth is om purnam. It is the complete. It means, so therefore it contains everything that the parts have plus more.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1986,10th August, SB class @ Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


The life without fear

We are having big bowing jets, we are having nice cities, but what is happening, we are all afraid, why?, because of lack of spiritual development and increase of animalistic tendency. Inspite of so much technology everyone is afraid… afraid of terrorist, afraid of crashes, afraid of so many things, and they are rightfully so. And they are all real dangers, because so long we think we are the body we know the body can be destroyed any moment, we should be afraid, that is the nature of animal life. You know you are the body and the body can be killed any moment, so any intelligent animal is afraid because the fear is justified fear for an animal because the body will be destroyed sooner or later, and preservation means how to make it later. We can never make it never. So why a person becomes fearless when they are devotees or when they get spiritual knowledge, because they know that they are not the body. So that type of fear, of course care is there, precaution may be there, but that fearlessness meaning that the freedom from the desperation or from that type of ignorant type of fear when one is feeling hopelessness and so on, that is not there.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1986, 22nd July, SB class @ Bangalore, India


The ultimate summum bonum

The Vedas have told us, “alright, you want to get a wife, you worship ah… to Uma, you want a husband, you worship Siva, you want siddhi you worship Ganesh, you want this you worship this one because they can give that, but then people became bewildered, they think that all the God’s are the same, they don’t understand what is the difference. When the world, when universe gets destroyed then all this positions are vacated, and they return again back inside the body of the Lord, to come out again at again in the new creation. It’s actually… this is why Narada Muni after receiving these instruction from Lord Brahma he personally went and told Vyasa Deva, that the one thing you missed doing is you just glorified Krishna, glorified the supreme person, you have told all about every conceivable path, you have given a totally objective viewpoint but it is so vast that people they are not able to see the whole objectivity of it because you failed to give the central point that if there is one supreme absolute truth and that’s the ultimate summum bonum… that’s the param is Krishna.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1986, 22nd July, SB class @ Bangalore, India


Take more and more shelter of lord Chaitanya

There is a shortcut, if for any reason we are finding that our surrender is not at the par, not at the proper level , we should take more and more shelter of Lord Chaitanya because by His mercy we can actually be naturally made into a surrendered soul unto Krishna , into a Krishna premi or someone who has love for Krishna . This is Lord Chaitanya’s, Lord Nityananda’s special mercy. By the mercy of Nitai – Gaur we can get the mercy and the pure devotional service of Radha, Radha Kanta. It is actually devotees of Radha Krishna, are there in Vrindavan you see. The devotees of Lord Chaitanya are simultaneously both devotees of Radha Krishna and Lord Chaitanya and they simultaneously participate in both the pastimes, the pastimes of Lord Chaitanya in Svetadvipa, the Navadvip in the spiritual world and the pastimes of Radha Govinda, Radha Radhakanta in Goloka Vrindavan. This is a special benediction of being a devotee of Lord Chaitanya. It becomes easy to get the mercy of Lord Krishna when we approach through Lord Chaitanya and His devotees. (jaya) sri-krishna-caitanya prabhu nityananda sri-advaita gadadhara srivasadi-gaura-bhakta-vrinda Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj
1985, October 1st, SB class @ New Talavan, USA


No demon can enter into the spiritual world.

if we act always under the guidance of guru, sadhu and sastra, then we can be always confident that “Krishna will protect us.” So, this is wonderful that cowherd boys that they… they were feeling fearless. When they were inside Aghasura, then Yoga-maya had created such a scenario for Krishna, that even Krishna was momentarily put into wonder, “How will I …” Of course, this is also His play, that He puts Himself in that very personal position… on His own free will, not that He’s forced into it, that He comes into Vrindavan just to have these types of pastimes. This is His playground. The difference is that in Spiritual world, there are no demons. Just a feeling that the demons are there. So, the devotees are sometimes apprehensive that the demon will come and disrupt our pastime with Krishna. But no demon can enter into the spiritual world.

So here in the material world, this is like a special country resort for Krishna. He comes down here, and He can play with real demons. Of course, they are not really demons. Because, they are also his part and parcels – jivatmas, who have somehow become rebellious to Him. So He is dovetailing them into His pastimes, and by this, they achieve liberation and they can return back to the spiritual world, you see. Just like those in the prison house, sometimes they volunteer to take some medical tests, experimentation, and if they do that, then they can get out pretty fast, but there’s some risk of course in material life. But there is no risk involved here. Anyway, somehow or the other these demons, even though they are fighting with Krishna, they get let out early, immediately, by being killed by Krishna. But the devotees, their whole situation is completely different. They are not at all inimical to Krishna.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1984, 18th Sep, SB class @ New Orleans, USA


The real happiness that never ends.

Krishna also may give the devotee family, may give the devotee fame, may give the devotee material things. But devotee takes this as inconsequential. This… Krishna gives it, alright, He gives, if He doesn’t give… they are not worried about that. That it may come, that’s according to our previous karmas we may get something or not. But the devotee already figured it out that this thing is not essential. It I get it, it’s also Krishna’s mercy. He’ll live with it and use that. But, real objective should be how somehow or other get the shelter of Krishna’s lotus feet. Because once you get that shelter, then you never lose that.

The material things, they may come, they may go. Sometime, one may get very good mate. Then suddenly accident there and one is made as a widow or widower. Nobody can say. So many difficulties, someone may get a very nice child. But even at an early age, sometimes children are dying. Then they are feeling very bad. Like king Citraketu had a son and his son died untimely. He was very frustrated. So material happiness means material suffering. We can’t avoid one, because always limit is there, end is there. So the devotee they become detached. “If suffering or happiness comes, then we’ll tolerate. The real thing that I want is to get the shelter of Krishna. Because that is the real happiness and that never ends.”

H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

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


The unconditional surrender

the devotee, you see, because they surrender unconditionally to Krishna: Unconditional surrender, that Krishna says, “Ye yathā māṁ prapadyante tāṁs tathaiva bhajāmy aham. According to how you approach Me, I will reciprocate with you.” you see. The devotee knows that… that He has the most wonderful qualities, all the good qualities are only coming from Him. He is a reservoir of all good qualities guno-dhama. Not that the devotee fully surrenders unto Krishna, Krishna is going to neglect the devotee in any way.

If for any reason, he keeps the devotee in any kind of suspense, it is simply to increase the desire of that devotee. Just like Krishna apparently left Vrindavana, although He was there in His bhava-rupa, in His bhava form. That gave the… that gave the residents of Vrindavan an even more intense experience of love for Krishna, what’s that, what is it? Eka padam na gacchati, or something like that. He doesn’t even take one step out of Vrndavana, but He became invisible for a while just to increase that love for the de… Because Krishna’s presence and non presence is non-different. When a devotee is fully desiring the presence of Krishna, sometimes that devotion is more intense.

H.H. Jayapataka Swami maharaj

29th Dec 1982, SB class @ Atlanta