[Shrila Narayana Maharaja held a three-day festival in Janakapuri, Delhi, from Nov. 19-21, and on the last day he installed the transcendental forms of Shri Shri Radha-Ramana-bihari, Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and Shrila Bhaktiprajnana Kesava Gosvami Maharaja. During the installation ceremony he gave a discourse to the 1,500 guests, in Hindi, and the following is a transcription of the English translation:]
I have been traveling around the world, preaching Vedic culture. The Vedic teaching is that we are not this body. This body is made of bones and blood. We are eternal, but this body is perishable. All the world’s scientists and doctors cannot extend a person’s life for even one second. In the heart of this body, we souls reside along with Paramatma, the Lord’s localized four-armed expansion. As a result of our forgetting the Supreme Lord, Shri Krishna, maya, the Lord’s deluding material potency, captured us in this world and gave us gross and subtle bodies. Since time immemorial we have been transmigrating from body to body, and this will go on until we are liberated. In this human form of life you must realize who you are.
Shri Valmiki chanted Hare Krishna under the guidance of Narada Rsi. Before chanting, he identified with his body, and he was a dacoit and a murderer. By Narada’s mercy, Valmiki attained perfection by chanting the name of Rama. Ajamila was also very sinful, but he also attained perfection by chanting the Supreme Lord’s holy names.
Some people think that God is impersonal, with no form or qualities. But He is not formless. Some people think that when He comes to this world, He assumes a form, and this form is different from His true self. This is not true, either for Krishna or for Rama. Most people follow the impersonal philosophy of Shri Sankaracarya. The Muslims and Jains think God is formless, but they are wrong. The Buddhists do not believe in form, either for living beings or for the Supreme Godhead, but they are also wrong. The first teaching of the Bible is that “God created man in His own image.” G-O-D; God is the Generator, the Operator and the Destroyer. If He were not the embodiment of all powers, how would power be able to exist? It is written in the Muslim scripture Koran, "Inallah kalaka mein suratihi. Allah or Kudda has shape, and from that shape He fashioned man.” Suratihi means "form".
You should know the law of cause and effect. If there is no cause, how can there be an effect? This is philosophy. If God has no form, how can we have form? In the mango seed there is form, otherwise how can the mango manifest a form? All potency is in the seed.
Today, we are installing the Deities, Shri Shri Radha-Ramana-bihari. If the devotee is pure, Krishna will not only accept his offering, but will speak to him. Shrila Sanatana Gosvami was worshipping his Deity, Shri Madana-mohana. He was so poor that he could not even afford to put salt or butter on the chapatti he was offering. His deity, Lord Shri Krishna, said, “Oh, no salt? My throat is dry and I won’t be able to swallow this.” Shrila Sanatana Gosvami replied, “That is all I have, you will have to accept it.” Krishna had to accept it because it was offered by His devotee.
Another history of the divine reality of the deity is stated in Shri Chaitanya-charitamrta: There were two brahmanas, one elderly and one young, and they both lived in a place called Vidyanagara. After touring many places of pilgrimage they reached Vrndavana. The elderly brahmana was very pleased with the service of the young brahmana, and he wanted to give him his youngest daughter in marriage. He made his offer in a temple, directly in front of the Gopala Deity of Vrndavana. The Gopala Deity thus became the witness. When both brahmanas returned to their residences in Vidyanagara, the younger brahmana brought up the subject of this marriage, but the elderly brahmana, due to obligations to his friends and wife who were totally against the idea, replied that he could not remember his promise. The younger brahmana returned to Vrndavana and narrated all the events to the deity Gopala. Obliged by the young man's devotional service, Gopala then accompanied him to South India. Gopala followed behind His devotee, who could hear the tinkling sound of Gopala's ankle bells. When all the respectable gentlemen of Vidyanagara were assembled, Gopala testified to the promise of the elderly brahmana and the marriage was thus performed. Later on, the King of that land constructed a beautiful temple for Gopala.
There is another history about Shri Gopalaji in the scriptures, in relation to Lord Jagannatha’s assisting King Purusottama-jana of Orissa. This king was insulted by the King of Kataka, who refused to give him his daughter in marriage and called him a sweeper of Lord Jagannatha in a derogatory way. With the help of Lord Jagannatha, (Shri Krishna and Balarama Themselves, who rode on horseback in front of the king’s army) King Purusottama fought with the King of Kataka and defeated him. Thus he took charge of both the King's daughter and the state of Kataka as well. At that time Gopala, being very much obligated by the devotional service of King Purusottama, was brought by him to the town of Kataka.
In our Vedic culture, our scriptures Shrimad-Bhagavatam and Bhagavad-gita teach that God is love and love is God. Shri Krishna is the form of love, and this truth is explained by His literary incarnation Shri Vyasadeva.
Before writing Shrimad-Bhagavatam, Shrila Vyasadeva was thinking, "I have divided the Vedas into four and I have written all worldly and spiritual truths. I have written about all subject matters for the benefit of mankind in the Puranas. So I don’t know why I feel dissatisfied.” His Gurudeva, Shri Narada Rsi, told him, "You have given importance only to dharma (religiosity), artha (economic development), kama (sense gratification) and moksa (liberation). You have not given importance to pure bhakti, and especially to Vraja-bhakti.
"Have you written that Mother Yasoda bound the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and that Sudama and Shridama take the food remnants from their mouth and put them by force in the mouth of that same Supreme Lord? Have you written that Shridama defeated Lord Shri Krishna in wrestling, and that this made Krishna happy? Have you written in any Veda, Upanisad or Purana that Krishna began to massage Shrimati Radhika's lotus feet, put His vamsi (flute) at Her feet and begged pardon, saying, 'I will never again commit any offence at Your lotus feet; please excuse Me.' Have you written this?"
Shri Vyasadeva replied, "No Gurudeva." Narada Muni then told him to write Shrimad-Bhagavatam. He taught him how to first see the Shrimad-Bhagavatam in trance, and then write.
Shrimad-Bhagavatam is the explanation of pure love for Krishna. You must have that kind of relationship with Krishna, in pure love.
aradhyo bhagavan vrajesa-tanayas tad-dhama vrndavanam
ramya kacid upasana vraja-vadhu-vargena ya kalpita
srimad-bhagavatam pramanam-amalam prema pumartho mahan
sri-caitanya mahaprabhor-matam-idam tatradaro nah parah
"Bhagavan Vrajendra-nandana Shri Krishna and His transcendental abode Shri Vrndavana-dhama are my worshipable objects. The most excellent method of worshipping Krishna is that adopted by the gopis, the young wives of Vraja. Shrimad-Bhagavatam is evidence of this. It is the flawless and most authoritative scripture, and Krishna-prema is the fifth and highest achievement of human life, beyond mundane religiosity, economic development, sense gratification and impersonal liberation. This is the opinion of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. We have supreme regard for this conclusion. We have no inclination or respect for any other cheating opinions.”
There are not twenty Gods. There is only one God, and that is Krishna. He may have different names – somewhere He is called Christ, somewhere Krishna and somewhere God – but all these are names of Krishna. His manifestations Dvarakadisa and Lord Rama cannot give the prema that Vrajendra-nandana, the original Supreme Personality of Godhead can give. That original Supreme Absolute Truth never leaves Vrndavana. He Himself says this.
I am stopping my class here.
Editor: Shyamarani dasi
Typist: Vasanti dasi
Proofreader: Krishna Kamini dasi