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THE APPEARANCE DAY OF SRI NITYANANDA PRABHU

This year, 2014, Sri Nityananda Prabhu’s appearance day is on February 12 in India. We pray that you will kindly accept the following transcription of this class given by Srila Gurudeva Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja on this auspicious day, in Cessnock, Australia, on the morning of February 25, 2002. It’s always new.]

[Devotees sing the bhajana, ‘Nitai Guna Mani Amara’]

Srila Gurudeva: What is the meaning of abaddha karuna-sindhu nitai katiya muhan?

Premananda dasa: Nityananda Prabhu has broken open the storehouse of love of God and He’s freely distributing it everywhere.

Srila Gurudeva: Very good.

Sripad Asrama Maharaja: The ocean of mercy was closed, and Lord Nityananda broke it open and made a channel by which this love and mercy could be distributed.

Srila Gurudeva: How?

Sripad Asrama Maharaja: He went from house to house.

Srila Gurudeva: What is the meaning of ghare ghare bule prema?

Sripad Asrama Maharaja: Door to door.

Srila Gurudeva: Who went door to door?

Sripad Asrama Maharaja: Lord Nityananda.

Srila Gurudeva: The meaning is hidden. Prema (love) was going door to door, like a flood.

Sripad Madhava Maharaja: Abaddha karuna-sindhu katiya muhan ghare ghare bule prema-amiyar ban. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu brought krsna-prema from Goloka Vrndavana, but there was a dam in the river of that love, and the water was blocked. If a dam is somehow or other broken, water will come very forcefully and flood everywhere. Similarly, being causelessly merciful, Nityananda Prabhu broke the dam which was blocking the water. The water of prema then came very quickly, like a flood. During a flood, water will move here and there. There will be no need of making a canal or channel to take water here and there, for it will overflow automatically. Similarly, prema was now moving, here, there and everywhere, like amiyar ban, a flood of nectar

Srila Gurudeva: Nityananda Prabhu broke the blockage, and the ocean of love was then free to come to this world, everywhere, door to door. What is that prema? Sacinandana Gaurahari is Himself unnatojjvala-prema, and He brought unnatojjvala rasam sva-bhakti-sriyam (service to Srimati Radhika as Her maidservant). Nityananda Prabhu is the embodiment of Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s complete mercy. Guru is the condensed mercy of Caitanya Mahaprabhu, and Nityananada Prabhu is the complete and undivided guru-tattva. That mercy was somehow blocked, but He requested Caitanya Mahaprabhu to give His love and affection to everyone. We see this now, everywhere in this universe, and because of this, there will be no Kalki Avatara in this Kali-yuga.

In this world, all are suffering with so many problems. We know this, and yet we don’t take the shelter of Lord Nityananda. If we take shelter of Nityananda Prabhu, He will quickly manage everything for us, and then we can be happy. He may sometimes perform a big operation, or He may perform a minor operation; it depends on Him. For example, He performed a big operation on Ramacandra Khan and told him, “Muslims will come and plunder you and your whole dynasty. They will cook meat here, and you will all be destroyed.” Sometimes Nityananda Prabhu does minor operations and sometimes He gives His full causeless mercy, without any apparent reason. He performed a minor operation on Sivananda Sena, and He was causelessly merciful to Raghunatha dasa Gosvami. Raghunatha dasa Gosvami had apparently not rendered any service, but still he received Nityananda Prabhu’s mercy.

Brajanatha dasa: What was the dam that blocked the mercy?

Srila Gurudeva: It was ‘time.’ Krsna wanted to come here as Mahaprabhu and taste love and affection, but when He would come, how He would come, and who would assist Him, was not determined.

If anyone chants, Nityananda Prabhu will at once give prema. He went to Jagai and Madai, two bogus persons who would not agree to chant the holy name, and told them, “You must chant.” Jagai and Madhai immediately attacked Him upon hearing His words, but still He gave them krsna-prema. The ocean was blocked – within Caitanya Mahaprabhu – but Nityananda Prabhu broke the dam. He told Mahaprabhu, “Don’t kill them. You cannot kill anyone in this incarnation. You are obliged not to kill. You have come to give prema and You have promised to give it, so please fulfill Your promise.” Thus, if you take shelter of Nityananda Prabhu, you will be free of all problems very quickly.

Devotee: You said that if we take shelter of Lord Nityananda, all problems go away. Exactly how does one take shelter of Lord Nityananda?

Srila Gurudeva: In this world we take shelter of Krsna by practicing the six limbs of saranagati, and this also applies to Nityananda Prabhu. We pray, “I have offered my life and everything I possess at Your lotus feet. I have so much faith in You.”

anukulyasya sankalpa pratikulyasya varjanam
raksisyatiti visvaso goptvrtve varanam tata

[“The six divisions of surrender are: the acceptance of those things favorable to devotional service, the rejection of unfavorable things, the conviction that Krsna will give protection, the acceptance of the Lord as ones’ guardian or master, humility, and full self-surrender.” (Hari-bhakti-vilasa)]

If Krsna is supporting, nourishing, and saving us, why worry? All tattvas (established philosophical truths) will come, renunciation will come, and all your misfortune will go away. Suppose you want worldly happiness, considering that worldly paraphernalia, relationships and attachments are good, and thinking, “I should have so much money.” What will Nityananda Prabhu do? He will take away all these attachments and give you transcendental love. He knows how you can get this love. He will not act according to your advice; He is not your subordinate. He will not come to you and say, “What should I do for you so that you can be happy?” Rather, He will perform a major operation, or a minor operation, or He may just give you transcendental love and affection.

Brajanatha dasa: We see that sometimes those who present themselves as devotees get wealth and position – perhaps because they chant with aparadha?

Srila Gurudeva: That depends on the devotee. Sometimes wealth and position come by namabhasa or namaparadha, but how did so much opulence come to Yudhisthira Maharaja? It did not come as a result of an offence. Yudhisthira wanted to serve Krsna. He wanted to give inspiration to the whole world, saying, “If you worship Krsna, you will not be a beggar.” But the example of Maharaja Yudhisthira is very rare.

Premananda dasa: Someone told me that later in Kali-yuga people will not recognize Mahaprabhu as God, as Krsna. Is this true?

Srila Gurudeva: No, no. When Caitanya Mahaprabhu comes, (once in thousands of Kali-yugas), there is no Kalki Avatar. The effect of harinama will continue everywhere, until the end.

LAST DAY OF KARTIKA

Dear Hari-katha readers,
Please accept our humble obeisances. All glories to Sri Sri Guru and Gauranga.

We pray you will feel nourished by this amazing lecture of Srila Gurudeva Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja, given on the last day of Kartika in 2006. This lecture is eternal - ever-fresh and new:]

By the causeless mercy of my Gurudeva, Srila Bhakti Prajnana Kesava Gosvami Maharaja, my Gurupada-padma (siksa-gurus) and Gandharvika-Giridhari Sri Sri Radha-Vinoda-bihari, our Vraja-Mandala parikrama is very successful in all respects.

In this very month Sri Krsna was bound by the rope of the vatsalya-rasa (relationship in parental affection) of His mother, Mother Yasoda. Actually, He was not bound by a rope, but by vatsalya-rasa. The Supreme Lord Krsna had never been bound before, and I think He will not be bound again. He can only be bound by Mother Yasoda. He has accepted this fact: “I am bound by vatsalya-rasa,” and it is for this reason that this month is called Damodara.

Also, the gopis tied the veil of Srimati Radhika to Sri Krsna’s yellow chadar in Ganthuli, and Krsna therefore became known as “Radha-Damodara”. This pastime took place in this month.

Especially, the crown jewel of all pastimes, the supreme pastime, rasa-lila, took place in this month. All of Krsna’s unlimited pastimes, such as His boat pastimes at Manasi-Ganga *[See endnote 1] and the stealing of His flute, are building up to this rasa-lila.

In this month, Akrura went to Nandagaon and told Krsna and His family members about Kamsa’s torturing Vasudeva and Devaki. Hearing this, Krsna and Balarama became like fire. Extremely angry, They told Nanda Baba that They must go to Mathura. They went to Mathura, and there they killed Canura and Mustika, and all of Kamsa’s brothers and other associates.

Sri Krsna held Giriraja Govardhana on His pinky finger for 7 days, without Giriraja Govardhana shaking at all. At that time all the Vrajavasis, especially the purva-raga gopis,* [See endnote 2] came very near, and those gopis held up Giriraja Govardhana by their eyesight. Aksaya navami *[See Endnote 3] also comes in this month.

Therefore, this month is very, very auspicious.

I invite you all to come next year, along with more of your friends. I know that our boarding arrangements could not make you happy, compared to the happiness you get by the way you live in your houses – palaces – in your countries. There is not so much facility here. Although we tried, it was not sufficient for you. You are like kings with many palaces.

We can only give hari-katha. The topics we have discussed in this month are very important – what we discussed here in the temple and at the holy places we visited. The places we visited are very powerful – such as Rasa-sthali, Vamsi-vata, Bhandira-vat and many other pastime places.

Try to keep all this hari-katha in your “heart-pocket” and be very strong. I think this hari-katha inspired you all, and I am inviting you all to come next year as well.

All 64 limbs (practices) of bhakti are performed in this month very easily. Also, I have full confidence in the boon of Narada Muni, given in the form of a request to Sri Krsna: “Please give krsna-prema to anyone who hears all Your sweet pastimes and goes to the places of those sweet pastimes.” I think that Sri Krsna will fulfill Narada’s desire, so please try to come each year.

Also, Navadvipa parikrama is coming, and I am inviting you all to come to Navadvipa. [Please see www.purebhakti.com for details]

If you have experienced any distress during this parikrama, try to forget it – for Krsna –and excuse me if I have spoken any unpleasant words.

[*Endnote 1: Sri Krsna would play the part of a boatman and perform boating-pastimes (nauka-vilasa) and other lilas while ferrying the gopis across Bhagavati Manasi Ganga. Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura has given a very touching description of this nauka-vilasa-lila in his prayer Sri Govardhanastakam (text 7): yatraiva gangam anu navi radhamarohya madhye tu nimagna-naukahkrisno hi radhanugalo babhau sa, govardhano me disatam abhistam”

"In the middle of Manasi Ganga, Srimati Radhika was sitting in Krsna’s boat. Krsna dressed like the boatman, tried to sink the boat, and the terrified Radhika caught Sri Krsna in Her embrace. May that Sri Govardhana fulfill all my desires.”]

[*Endnote 2: In this Bhauma-vrndavana, all gopis – including Srimati Radhika – experience purva raga, i.e. they feel they have never met with Krsna before in an intimate way, although they had so much strong desire to do so.]

[*Endnote 3: This particular day in Kartika month signifies that any undertaking on this day will be imperishable. Aksaya-trtiya is in January-February, and has a similar meaning.]

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Mehrangarh Fort, located in Jodhpur in the state of Rajasthan, is a massive fort located on a hill 400 feet above the city. Its walls are up to 36 meters high and 21 meters wide. Inside these imposing thick walls, there are gardens, courthouses, several palaces known for their intricate carvings and expansive courtyards, elaborate balconies, arched galleries, and heavily ornamented private residences.

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Lord Krishna Statue in Haridwar

This is a beautiful outdoor statue of Lord Krishna playing his flute and is placed hidden among a green garden.

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Lord Krishna Statue in Haridwar

This is a beautiful outdoor statue of Lord Krishna playing his flute and is placed hidden among a green garden.

Jay Giriraja
Jay Govardhana

Jay Giriraja
Jay Govardhana

CELEBRATION OF TWO GREAT FESTIVALS DIPAVALI and ANNAKUTA

Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja

[Dear Readers,
Please accept our humble obeisances. All glories to Sri Sri Guru and Gauranga.
Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja gave the following lecture in Govardhana, in 2002, in honor of these auspicious days. This is the first time it is being published:]

Today we are very fortunate. By the causeless mercy of Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga we have passed fourteen or fifteen days. Our parikrama is going on well due only to their mercy; so, all glories to Sri Sri Guru and Gauranga.

Today is Annakuta mahotsava (the festival of worshiping Sri Giriraja Govardhana), and just before this was Amavasya (the dark moon night, just before the new moon day), which we also call Dhanteras.

What is the meaning of dhanteras? Dhana means wealth, and it specifically refers to the wealth of the Vrajavasis. The Vrajavasis, the residents of Krsna’s most intimate abode, love Krsna with all their hearts – that is their wealth. They have given Krsna their hearts and souls, their husbands, wives, children, and everything they possess. They especially do so on that day, and therefore that day is called Dhanteras.

Worldly people don’t do this. Rather, they gamble to make money on this day. Maharaja Yudhisthira showed the example; by gambling, he lost his entire property, his kingdom, and also his wife. We devotees observe Dhanteras for krsna-bhakti, pure devotion to Sri Krsna, and worldly people gamble for enjoyment and thus destroy their lives. On this day in India, so many people gamble, take wine, and engage in other forbidden activities.

On the day of Amavasya we observe the festival of Dipavali. What is the meaning of Dipavali? “Tamaso ma, jyotir gamaya – Do not remain in darkness, come to the light.” The meaning is that this world is of mahamaya, or illusion, and it is full of darkness. We conditioned souls are all in darkness. But now, by the causeless mercy of Sri Guru and Gauranga, we are trying to come from that darkness into the light.

What is that light? Krsna-bhakti is light. Hladini-sakti (Krsna’s pleasure potency, personified as Srimati Radhika) is light. Under the guidance of Vrajavasis, especially with Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s idea of being under the guidance of the gopis, we will serve Srimati Radhika and Sri Krsna, with an inclination towards Radhika. This is the full light, and ultimately there is no light except this.

The day after Dipavali is called Pratipada, the first day of the lunar cycle. On this day Krsna warned His father Nanda Baba not to worship Indra (the god of the rains). He said, “Indra cannot do anything to help us. We should worship Giriraja Govardhana instead.”

What is the meaning of Govardhana? “Go” means cows; “go” means gopas, or cowherders; “go” means gopis, or cowherd damsels; and “go” means veda, all kinds of transcendental knowledge.

Perhaps you know that Srila Prabhupada Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura gave the name ‘Bhakti Prajnana Kesava’ to our gurudeva. He gave the name to Gurudeva first in a dream, and after that dream, he gave it through the mouth of parama-pujapada Srila Bhakti Raksaka Sridhara Maharaja at the time of Srila Sridhara Maharaja’s performing his sannyasa ceremony. [Srila Prabhupada was no longer externally manifest in the world at that time.]

It is stated in one of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura’s kirtanas that ‘bhakti’ in this connection refers to prema-bhakti, or visuddha prema-bhakti (the most exalted love for Sri Krsna). ‘Prajnana’ refers to vijnana (realized knowledge)j, or prakistha rupena jnana, (every kind of knowledge), and therefore it ultimately refers to gopi-bhakti, or krsna-bhakti in the line of the gopis.

So, today is Pratipada, a very, very important day. On this day, on the advice of Krsna, all the Vrajavasis made a great variety of preparations. During the night they had made thousands of preparations that they would generally offer to Indra, and which they would now offer to Giriraja Govardhana. They brought millions of bullock carts from their houses to Giriraja Govardhana. Millions of carts and millions of gopas and gopis assembled all around Govardhana.

Just before this, they performed puja of Vaisnavas like Gargacarya, Sandilya Rsi, and especially Bhaguri Rsi. Bhaguri Rsi was the guru of Krsna. Do you know what mantra he gave to Krsna? The Radha mantra.

As all of the Vrajavasis worshiped the Vaisnavas, we should also worship them. You are very lucky that there are so many exalted Vaisnavas among you to worship.

Next they worshiped the brahmanas, and we have so many brahmanas here. All of you are brahmanas, and we especially have our brahmana Vrajavasi panda, whose name is Giridhari. This matha is also Giridhari – Giridhari Gaudiya Matha. Today we have brought so many ‘carts’ from all over the world – not only from Vraja – so we will also first worship guru, then Vaisnavas and Vaisnavis, then brahmanas, and then cows. We have a lot of very nice cows here, and after class we will worship a cow by giving flowers to his lotus feet. Why? Because cows are worshiped even by Krsna, who used to serve them daily.

You have all arranged a large variety of preparations, so let us now take them, along with 108 kalases (pots). The ladies will carry these, and we will all carry the many offerings that have been prepared by Premananda Prabhu and his party. We will all take these on our heads and perform kirtana as we go to the same place where we have gone in previous years. After that, we will serve all the Vaisnavas, all the brahmanas, and everyone else the maha-prasadam that has been offered to Krsna. We have also made some dry prasadam that will be given to you all for taking back to your homes to distribute.

We should take a vow that we will never give up all these things. What we are giving in our classes is everything you need to advance in bhakti. Always chant the holy name in the way shown by Srila Rupa Gosvami:

tan-nama-rupa-caritadi-sukirtananu-
smrtyoh kramena rasana-manasi niyojya
tisthan vraje tad-anuragi-jananugami
kalam nayed akhilam ity upadesa-saram

[“While living in Vraja as a follower of the eternal residents of Vraja, who possess inherent spontaneous love for Sri Krsna, one should utilize all his time by sequentially engaging the tongue and the mind in meticulous chanting and remembrance of Krsna’s names, form, qualities and pastimes. This is the essence of all instruction.” (Sri Upadesamrta 8)]

Whether you are here with me, or with other Vaisnavas, or you have returned to your countries, always think, “I am in Vraja” and remain under the guidance of pure Vaisnavas. Always chant and remember, and perform all the activities that we are doing here. Don’t be weak. Always remember the words of Sri Jagadananda Pandita (in Prema-vivarta): “Yadi caha pranaya rakhite gaurangera sane, chota haridasera katha thake yena mane – If you wish to associate with Caitanya Mahaprabhu, you must always remember the incident of Chota Haridasa and how he was rejected by the Lord.”

This festival is not a marriage party, where you have come to select your wives or husbands. Be very careful to avoid this. Otherwise there will be no place here for you. Leave here and remain very far away from us. I want only pure bhakti here.

Gaura premanande, Hari hari bol!

Now we will perform puja. We have already worshiped Sri Guru and Vaisnavas. And Giridhari Panda is a Vrajavasi, an actual Vrajavasi. He is chanting, “Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna.” His father was the panda of Srila Prabhupada Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura, who used to love him as a dear son. His father was very bold and brave, and he was a wrestler. He gave his son the name Giridhari. We are lucky to have a Vrajavasi panda. He also loves me as a father and guru. I am the representative of all of you and I am now worshiping him. [Srila Narayana Gosvami Maharaja offered him a shawl and a donation.]

I request that you all give him some pranami (a donation). Not now though. I think it will be better that you give your pranami to Madhava Maharaja, Vana Maharaja, Aranya Maharaja (now Prema-prayojana prabhu), Brajanatha prabhu, and Rasananda prabhu. They will collect this and give it to him.

If you come alone, all other pandas will take not less than 200, 300, 400, or at least 100 rupees from you; they will harass you in this way and that way. But our panda is very good. So try to give at least 5 rupees; and if you can give more, then kindly do so.

This is our puja, and after class we will go to the cowshed and worship a cow.

Anyone who will donate something, prepare something, or even give one grain of rice for this annakuta festival – for his whole life and millions of future lives he will never have to beg for anything. Laksmi may need to beg, but those who take part in Govardhana Annakuta, especially here, giving even a grain of rice, any paraphernalia, preparing some laddu or anything else, giving any donation to Premananda Prabhu (who is in charge of organizing the cooking), or to me, you will attain krsna-prema – no doubt.

Today we are performing annakuta here, tomorrow we will go to Radha-kunda, and after that we will go to Varsana, doing parikrama of many places on the way.

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