Cleanse your heart layer after layer till the pure layer

Sometimes, devotees when they first come, sometimes even they may come and their heart may be very open, very receptive, very enthusiastic. And you see that they make very rapid advancement. But then, sometimes due to offending other devotees, due to little jealousies or something, which are little subtle Mayas. Just like Lord Caitanya, when He did Gundica marjana, first He swept out all the big leaves, and the big branches and stones and things that had fallen in the temple over the year. After cleaning it out, then He… everyone thought “Oh! This is very nice!”

He said, “No, now you bring in brooms, we are going to sweep out the dust, and the small little, little broken leaves, cracks and everything.” So, these big branches, these are like following the four regulative principles. Avoiding the grossest, you see, Mayas. Breaking regulative principles, being violent, things like that. But then the next thing, sweeping, these are a little subtler. Little subtler desires for sense gratification, desires for false prestige, desire for being respected by others, desire for having some position, somehow when these get frustrated, then also, one is put into illusion. One is feeling very frust… feeling very bad. Then after that was all swept out, then Lord Caitanya had them bring in buckets and buckets of water, and they completely washed down the whole Gundica temple. Then after washing down, everything looked completely spotless, and just sparkling. The Caitanya Caritamrta suggests that it was like Lord Caitanya’s heart, it was so pure, and still Lord Caitanya sat down with his little nail, with little twig or something, they were scraping out the cracks. So, like that, in the purport, Srila Prabhupada said that, we have to cleanse our heart layer after layer after layer after layer, until finally we come down to the absolute pure layer.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

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