The Proper consciousness

When we have reprehended or we have realized our mistakes, then we should take these as warning that we are not being properly attentive to our devotional service. This means that we are not properly situated in proper consciousness. So, like this the devotee take whatever happens to be a lesson in one way or another.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1990, July 22nd, SB class, @ Hyderabad, India


Be attentive to your devotional service*

Prabhupada repeatedly told the devotees that this process of Krishna Consciousness, we have to be conscious. We have to be quite conscious about what we are doing. If we are doing things mechanically, we do things without thinking and how to please Krishna by those activities, we tend to become careless and make mistakes. If our mind is thinking about sense gratification and not in the meaning of the service we are given, then we also tend to be unconscious about what we are doing. And then mistakes start to happen.
His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1990, July 22nd, SB class, @ Hyderabad, India


*Obstacles – A part of lord’s plan*

When we are doing our devotional service, we shouldn’t be discouraged even if some obstacles come up. Rather a devotee considers this as a part of Lord’s plan. Somehow he wants to engage someone in devotional service or a devotee may consider it due to my carelessness. So there is a lesson to learn, not to be careless in the future and to be more careful and be conscious.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1990, July 22nd, SB class, @ Hyderabad, India


The transcendental Anxiety

sometimes while doing our devotional service there are obstacles. Srinivas acharya was bringing the books to Narottam Thakur and Shyamananda pandit from Vrindhavan. But the books were stolen. And when they saw that the books were stolen, they went practically mad. They became very excited because they were committed to carry out the orders of their superior authority. When the books were stolen they were very much in anxiety. They are feeling the anxiety of not having fulfilled the order of Guru and Krishna. Not having carried out the instructions of the higher authority. Therefore they are feeling great anxiety. That anxiety is also transcendental.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1990, July 22nd, SB class, @ Hyderabad, India


The Wealth of Devotional Service

when we are doing our devotional service, we shouldn’t be discouraged even if some obstacles come up. Rather a devotee considers this as a part of Lord’s plan. Somehow he wants to engage someone in devotional service or a devotee may consider it due to my carelessness. So there is a lesson to learn, not to be careless in the future and to be more careful and be conscious. In this case, all these books were the wealth of devotional service of so many great maha-bhagavat.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1990, July 22nd, SB class, @ Hyderabad, India


The Purpose Of Temples

The purpose for the temples is to invite people to come and hear the Bhagavatam and to chant Hare Krishna and to see the Lord being worshipped. All the ceremonies are accompanied by the chanting of the Holy names. Every day we have morning and evening classes for the people. In this way the people are engaged in devotional service in so many different ways.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1990, July 22nd, SB class, @ Hyderabad, India


The one & only opportunity

By the mercy of the Lord, people are not so miserly today. If we go and approach them, they are also willing to contribute in the Lord’s service. So in his way so many people are engaged in devotional service. It may be the only opportunity for many people to render devotional service to the Lord as they are too conditioned to come and chant Hare Krishna Hare KRishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare / Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare. When the temple is there then the materialistic people feel more inclined to come and chant.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1990, July 22nd, SB class, @ Hyderabad, India


It’s All Spiritual

We shouldn’t consider carrying out the order of the guru in terms of preaching Krishna consciousness to be material. I was once Srila Prabhupada requesting more time in reading books because I was busy day and night building all the buildings in Mayapur. Maybe I didn’t present it properly, and Prabhupada started to chastise me. “Do you think that building my temples is material? Is building my temple different from reading my books? It is all spiritual.” So for executing our Krishna Consciousness, duly approved by the spiritual master in the disciplic succession, there is no question of material.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1990, July 22nd, SB class, @ Hyderabad, India


Authorised service by higher authority

The thing when it was approved by the higher authority for proper Krishna Conscious reason then the same thing was being accepted and pleased “Yea, I could do it”. So the activity is not as important as the purpose of the activity. The activity is secondary. If one is doing it to please Krishna, it is authorised by the higher authority, that is of primary importance.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1990, July 22nd, SB class, @ Hyderabad, India


Make perfect your human form of life

Priyavarta is managing the government, but he is considered to be properly situated because he is doing it on the direction of his spiritual master. So slowly we must perfect our human form life. We need to do everything based upon higher instructions. Anything that we do, but the desire of sense gratification is bound to entangle us in the material world. There is no compromise actually. Any compromise means that we are entangled to be in maya.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1990, July 22nd, SB class, @ Hyderabad, India


The ​transcendental platform

The books are written by the six Gosvamis and Krishnadas kaviraj, but they were published Srinivas Acharya and others. So Srinivas Acharya was glorified in a song by Narottama das thakur. Narottamadas Thakur sing that Lord Chaitanya’s devotees are His Shakti, His energy. Some of these energies are engaged in writing transcendental literatures, and some of them are engaged in distributing them. The six gosvamis were engaged in writing, and Srinivas Acharya was engaged in distributing. So all these activities are in the transcendental platform.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1990, July 22nd, SB class, @ Hyderabad, India


The most important service

It is considered one of the most important wings of our whole organization. In fact ‘The most important’ you can say is publishing and distributing books. More important than building temples and anything else. But the actual activity of purchasing paper, going to the printer, making contract, getting the books published, these all so called material activity, but in order to get the book published this is required. Even Srinivas Acharya, he went with Narottama das Thakur and Shyamananda pandit. And their instruction was to go and get the books published, get them printed, and then to distribute them all over Bengal and Orissa.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1990, July 22nd, SB class, @ Hyderabad, India


The authorised devotional service

Sometimes devotees say, I want to go and do some business, if I get any profit I will give it to Krishna. If one is instructed to go out and do business that is another thing. But if one is just doing it because they want to do it, which is very risky. Many people they do services without being properly authorized by senior Vaishnavas. In which case, they are in a very dangerous position. On the other hand, Prabhupada instructed some devotees, ‘Set up BBT. Set up the book business. Print books. Sell books’. So what is the difference? Because it is on the order of Srila Prabhupada, therefore nobody is thinking that BBT book distribution is material.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1990, July 22nd, SB class, @ Hyderabad, India


*Preaching to People*

Actually preaching is highest platform because this is desired by the Lord. In in His instruction, there is no Loss or diminution. In fact King Priyavarta, he also followed the instruction of his superiors, would that have been better, would that have been pleasing. By following the Lord’s instructions, he pleased his superiors. He pleased Narada muni, he pleased everyone. And he was also indirectly preaching Krishna Consciousness, by managing a kingdom. So, of course the king also has to see that Krishna Consciousness is active throughout his area of domain.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1990, July 22nd, SB class, @ Hyderabad, India


Preaching is The Desire of the Lord*

There is a group of sahajiyas – devotees who take the whole process very cheaply. They consider that all this preaching is not the highest platform. They encourage people to go directly into the; what they call the ‘sidha bhajan’ or- some kind of intimate devotional service. But they fail to realize is that because this is the desire of the Lord; even though to preach Krishna Consciousness we have to face demons, we have to convince so many people about the voracity of Krishna Consciousness, its validity, its meaning. The actually this is also highest platform because this is desired by the Lord.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1990, July 22nd, SB class, @ Hyderabad, India


The key for perfection of life

Prabhupada explains how thinking of the lotus feet of the Lord is the cause of liberation from material attachment. How doing our devotiolnal service, always meditating on the lotus feet of the Lord is itself the perfection of life.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1990, July 22nd, SB class, @ Hyderabad, India


The Proper Leader

The monarchical system was very effective in the vedic age. Now-a-days people are against monarchy and they call democracy. But they should understand why monarchy was working in those days, because of qualified leadership. If there is no qualifies leadership, by whatever system you get a leader there, whether by vote or whatever; still citizens would not be properly ruled or be happy. What actually needed is a proper leader. So this is the qualification of a proper leader; to be fully Krishna Conscious.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1990, July 22nd, SB class, @ Hyderabad, India


The ineffable Grace of Guru

Devotee Govinda who was servitor of sripad Ramanuja said that,
“Well I know that before I was a devotee I had no transcendental or spiritual qualities and if I have any qualities now that they are seeing, it must be that they are seeing simply the good qualities of the Guru. Only by his mercy can I do anything. But because the Guru has given me some mercy, that’s why I’m saying, accepting their praise. Actually I don’t have any personal good quality or credit. Because I had nothing spiritual about me when I came.’ That’s actually simply the mercy of the Lord and his devotees, his guru.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1990, Jan 1st, SB class, @ New Talavan, USA


The false designation

people may mistake that it’s religion that’s the problem. It’s not. It’s the lack of real spiritual understanding that is the real problem. And the fact that people are simply identifying with their bodies. So as conditioned souls they are considering that ‘I am a Muslim, I am a Christian or I’m a Hindu. Whether they practiced or not, it’s simply more designation than actually a belief that they deeply adheres to. So if actual spiritual knowledge were given, then people would become purified from these false designations.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1990, Jan 1st, SB class, @ New Talavan, USA


The sight of spiritual identity*

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The organization of the society, we do according to Varnasram. But we don’t ever lose sight of our actual spiritual identity as the eternal devotee of the Lord. So that even if somebody has a Brahma body, or they have a Siva or they have a whatever daiva body or human body or Brahmana, vaisya, sudra, what type of, but they all engaged in devotional service. When they engage in devotional service, when they identifying as a devotee of the Lord, actually they are purified. Even though they may be functioning superficially according to the particular varna or asram, but actually they are purified.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1990, Jan 1st, SB class, @ New Talavan, USA