Maharaj says that when we are driving on the road, two things are important. First thing is we should be very alert and secondly we should know what our destination is. When we are clear on these two things, then even if there is traffic jam, we try to steer clear and just keep moving towards the destination, without getting stuck.
His Divine Grace further mentions that if there is lack of proper eductaion and training then the child will still miss the chance in this birth even after taking birth in such a nice family. So as responsible parents/elders we should try to gift the younger generation with an atmosphere which is conducive for them to nicely learn and practise devotional service.
"When you are standing in the queue for Prasadam, instead of doing prajalpa you can chant 2-3 rounds. Then after prasadam, instead of sitting with other devotees and doing frivolous talks, you can chant another 3-4 rounds. It is not that you have to do all of them at one go. Every time you find out that your time is being wasted by whatever means, avoid it and take your japa mala and start chanting.
Hoarding money will kill us. Krishna must own our riches. Renunciation is the order of the day. It is the order and not a request. Grabbing tendency should completely stop. Then only we can become peaceful. Whatever is needed or essential is available freely everywhere. For example, oxygen is required for breathing and everywhere it is available. We don't have to grab. We are taking advantage of so many facilities and we have to return the facility. Always repay to the best of your ability. If you accept anything, use it for Krishna
We have presented so many formulas. Why? Not that the formulas are important, but the formulas will help me to remember Krishna always. Just like you are going to sell our magazines. So this magazine selling or taking some contribution is not our business. Our business is that we are spreading Krishna consciousness; people are hearing something about Krishna. And because we are helping, we are also hearing. We are also benefiting.
We don't have to become a learned man to argue with another learned man. If it is possible, we can do that. But it does not make any difference if I cannot argue with others or if I cannot teach very nicely Bhagavad-gita to others. Simply if I remember this picture, that is perfection. Because we have to become Krishna conscious. We have to simply think of Krishna.
There are many such instances where Maharaj performed mangala arati in peculiar situations and circumstances. He would do mangala arati in the airport, railway station, inside the train, bus, car or wherever. If it is 4:30 am, Mangala arati should be performed irrespective of wherever we are, that was what Maharaj followed strictly all through his life.
Remaining in that ashrama, the great King Bharata Maharaja was now very careful not to fall victim to bad association. Without disclosing his past to anyone, he remained in that ashrama and ate dry leaves only. He was not exactly alone, for he had the association of the Supersoul. In this way he waited for death in the body of a deer. Bathing in that holy place, he finally gave up that body
Our beloved spiritual master H H Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj always glorified Narada Muni by referring to the verse 1.6.26 in Srimad Bhagavatam. While Narada Muni is explaining about his previous life to Vyasadev, he mentions how in his previous birth, Narada Muni was son of a maid-servant. After his mother passed away, by the gift of devotional service which he learnt from few sages, he gets the darshan of the Lord for a moment.
Our beloved spiritual master H H Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj used to tell that service should continue, but servant should not be seen. Maharaj says that we should be like the walls. There cannot be room without walls. People may appreciate the pictures hung on the walls, but no-one praises the wall. And as such walls never claim any recognition for its presence. Instead of blowing our own trumpets either about the austerities or any other benedictions we receive from Lord and His devotees, it is important to focus on really executing the service.
I am therefore so much laboring hard that we, before my leaving this body, I may give you some books who you can enjoy after my death. So utilize it. Utilize it. Read every shloka nicely, try to understand the meaning, discuss amongst yourselves. nityam bhagavata-sevaya. That is our mission.
If we misuse our position and think that we are fully engaged in devotional service and can do whatever we like, we have to suffer like Bharata Maharaja and be condemned to accept the type of body that impairs our devotional service. Only the human form is able to execute devotional service, but if we voluntarily give this up for sense gratification, we certainly have to be punished."
"No one is the cause for our happiness and distress. Only a foolish person thinks that the miseries are given by others. We always enjoy happiness or distress based on our previous karma. So as long as one is embodied, he has to patiently tolerate the results of his past karma and by this way he can get rid of it."
In Maharaj's calendar for 15th December, our beloved Gurudev HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj very beautifully says, "Whatever happens in this material world today is converted into a dream the next day. Therefore, just think of good days as good dream and bad days as a bad dream. Keep and discard accordingly without getting morose
This material world is called the world of death. Once Yudhisthira Mahraj is questioned by Yaksha as to what is the most wonderful thing in this world? Yudhistrira Maharaj replied, "The most wonderful thing is that although everyday innumerable humans and their animals go to the abode of death, still a man thinks he is immortal." Man thinks he is never going to die and live forever.
Once a disciple went to Parashara Bhatta a great acharya in the Sri Vaishnava sampradaya and asked him what are the 'lakshana' (characteristic) of a Vaishnava. Bhattar asked his disciple to go and see Ananthazhwar in Tirupati, who is a disciple of Sripada Ramanuja and seek the answer from him. The disciple, after several days of travel, reaches Tirupati. Ananthazhwar seated Bhattar's disciple in the first batch of visitors
Although in the body of a deer, Bharata Maharaja, due to his rigid devotional service in his past life, could understand the cause of his birth in that body. Considering his past and present life, he constantly repented his activities, speaking in the following way.
We have poor memory that we can't even remember many things which we did in this life. But Supreme Lord is all powerful and omniscient. He has track of all our accounts and so when we engage sincerely in His devotional service, He is so merciful to help His devotees to remember Him, even in the body of animal.
Normally when we die thinking of some animal, we may get the body of animal. But we will not remember our past life. But in case of Bharata Maharaj, because of his sincere devotional activities which he did in the beginning, Krishna allowed him to remember his past life even in the body of deer.
One day the deer ran away from the ashram of Bharata Maharaj and never returned back. Bharata Maharaj became very anxious and began to wonder if the deer had been attacked by wild animals in the forest.
When Maharaja Bharata was actually worshiping the Lord or was engaged in some ritualistic ceremony, although his activities were unfinished, he would still, at intervals, get up and see where the deer was. In this way he would look for it, and when he could see that the deer was comfortably situated, his mind and heart would be very satisfied, and he would bestow his blessings upon the deer, saying, 'My dear calf, may you be happy in all respects.
The great King Bharata, while sitting on the bank of the river, saw the small deer, bereft of its mother, floating down the river. Seeing this, he felt great compassion. Like a sincere friend, he lifted the infant deer from the waves, and, knowing it to be motherless, brought it to his ashrama.
Our beloved spiritual master H H Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj says that our real test for devotional service is how we are performing sadhana when we are left alone. When we are alone, we tend to become lazy and careless. But here we find Bharata Maharaj who had enjoyed royal opulence for thousands of years, stayed alone in Pulaha ashrama and sincerely engaged in devotional service.
Our actual position is to serve the Supreme Lord. But when we foolishly forget that and think that we have to served by others then we are in illusion. And this illusory curtain of maya separates us from Supreme Lord. Queen Kunti further says that even for great transcendentalists, philospohers and mental speculators, Krishna has shown that devotional service is the only way to see Him.
We have nice temple hall. Clean the floor here and everything wil all go away." These are few of the tips, practical tips to keep the body healthy. And as soon as the body is healthy, we will very well understand, 'aham sarvasya prabhavo'.
There was small hole in the house and through that hole, the grains were poured into that rooms. And after the season, when it was required, it was used. So much grain was there, so much vegetables, so much fruits were there and cent percent people were honest business man. There was no cheating. Corruption was completely absent. When we were children, we lived in big house and 25 people were staying in house. And there was not a single chair. And nobody suffered from arthritis or something. No it was completely absent.
And one thing, I don't understand why we should go away from Prabhupada's books? If we are with Srila Prabhupada, so much he has given us. And now he is very much alive in his books. So other books, just forget about it. Whatever he has given is all. No need of anything else. Frankly speaking for us, our Vyas is Srila Prabhupada, our Narad is Srila Prabhupada. Whatever we want is with Prabhupada.
This is how any situation arises, it is Krishna given situation. In our languages we say many times that even the leaf of the tree does not move without the sanction of Krishna. So all the things which you are undergoing, are they not sanctioned by Krishna? So why keep blaming and worrying about people who ar troubling? Please these are the tenets we should follow.
These young boys, particularly the younger ones, we should try to be merciful to them and just elevate them by teaching some verses or allow them to speak. They will be nice preachers in future. They will remember that, "My father was going to Dwaraka and there was some old man and he was calling me on the stage."
Prabhupada said that somebody has to remind us that we are in a miserable condition. Otherwise we take comfort that, "I am alright." One thing we can do regarding this conditioning is that we should not increase the conditioning. We are in the habit of increasing the conditioning under the name of material, artificial necessities. This is our greatest drawback.
If you are not with Krishna, means you are sick. Definitely. If you want to be alright, then you go to Krishna. You may be lying on the bed. But your eyes are not sick. Your body may be sick. So open the eyes and take to Bhagavad-Gita or Bhagavatam or hear Mahamantra.