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Gurudeva_darsana.jpgShri Shrimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja
Darshan After The Walk
San Francisco, California: June 14, 2007

Shripad Nemi Maharaja: The first time you came to the Western countries, you said that while devotees chant japa, they can divide their meditation into four parts – one part for remembering Vraja Mandala Parikrama (visiting the holy places in Vrndavana where Krishna performed His transcendental pastimes)....

Shrila Gurudeva: This instruction was for general persons. Those who have just begun chanting can remember Vraja Mandal Parikrama. They can perform parikrama of Govardhana and Vrndavana in their minds, and they can offer flowers to all the Deities there. Those who are more advanced will meditate on Krishna's pastimes corresponding to His different names.

tan-nama-rupa-caritadi-sukirtananu-
smrtyoh kramena rasana-manasi niyojya
tisthan vraje tad-anuragi jananugami
kalam nayed akhilam ity upadesa-saram
Nectar of Instruction (Verse 😎

["The essence of all advice is that one should utilize one's full time – twenty-four hours a day – in nicely chanting and remembering the Lord's divine name, transcendental form, qualities and eternal pastimes, thereby gradually engaging one's tongue and mind. In this way one should reside in Vraja and serve Krishna under the guidance of devotees. One should follow in the footsteps of the Lord's beloved devotees, who are deeply attached to His devotional service."]

While chanting the name of Krishna, the name of Damodara, of Govinda, or of Gopinatha, such devotees remember the sweet pastimes of that Deity. When chanting the name of Govinda, what sweet pastimes should we remember? We should remember His rasa-dance with the gopis. What is the meaning of Gopinatha? It means 'He whose masters are the gopis.' The special feature in the rasa-dance is that Krishna is controlled by the gopis, and He is begging for their love. Krishna tells the gopis, "I cannot repay you." This is Gopinatha.

It is stated in Shrimad-Bhagavatam (10.32.22):

na paraye 'ham niravadya-samyujam
sva-sadhu-krtyam vibudhayusapi vah
ya mabhajan durjara-geha-srnkhalah
samvrscya tad vah pratiyatu sadhuna

krsna["I am not able to repay My debt for your spotless service, even within a lifetime of Brahma. Your connection with Me is beyond reproach. You have worshiped Me, cutting off all domestic ties, which are difficult to break. Therefore please let your own glorious deeds be your compensation."]

Shri Krishna as Madana-mohana is very beautiful. He is the son of Yasoda and Nanda Baba, and He is the Cupid of Cupids. One can remember Him weeping as Mother Yasoda tries to bind Him. This is Madana-mohana.

Those who are more advanced can remember Shri Krishna's asta-kaliya-lila (His pastimes throughout each twenty-four-hour period), and those who are still more elevated can remember something more. There is no single instruction or meditation that applies to all. The devotees' remembrance accords with gradation and qualification in bhakti.

Savitri dasi: (Introducing a young man) Guru Maharaja, this gentleman is from Belgium. I met him yesterday at the laundry shop and spoke to him. He is doing meditation and yoga, and he understood the philosophy as I shared it with him.

Shrila Gurudeva: (To the young man) Can you meditate on my father?

Young man: I don't understand what you mean.

Shrila Madhava Maharaja: Gurudeva is asking if you can meditate on his father.

Shrila Gurudeva: Do you know him?

Young man: No.

Shrila Gurudeva: Then how can you meditate on the Supreme Lord? Have you seen him?

Young man: No.

Shrila Gurudeva: In this Iron-age of Kali-yuga (the age of quarrel and hypocrisy), meditation begins by chanting the names of the Supreme Lord. Shri Krishna will then give you a vision of Him, and then you will be able to meditate on Him. In Kali-yuga there is no possibility of meditation in the early stages of spiritual development. Meditation begins at a later stage.

Do you know a blackish boy, playing on His flute with His cows and friends in Vrndavana?

Young man: No.

Shrila Gurudeva: (To Savitri dasi) Please explain all these truths to him. Teach him how to meditate and how to chant and remember Krishna.

Without chanting, you cannot be happy at any time in your life. Do you know who has created you? Who has given you intelligence?

Young man: Nature.

Shrila Gurudeva: No; not nature. Why has material nature not given the same intelligence to animals as it has given you?

Intelligence comes from the Supreme Lord, who is very merciful. You can chant His name; then you can meditate, and gradually you will mature in your spiritual life.

Gaura premanande Hari Hari bol!

[*Endnote

prayenalpayusah sabhya
kalav asmin yuge janah
mandah sumanda-matayo
manda-bhagya hy upadrutah
(Shrimad-Bhagavatam 1.1.11)

"O learned one, in this iron age of Kali men have but short lives. They are quarrelsome, lazy, misguided, unlucky and, above all, always disturbed."

kaler dosa-nidhe rajann
asti hy eko mahan gunah
kirtanad eva krsnasya
mukta-sangah param vrajet
(Shrimad-Bhagavatam 12.3.51)

"My dear King, although Kali-yuga is an ocean of faults, there is still one good quality about this age: Simply by chanting the Hare Krishna maha-mantra, one can become free from material bondage and be promoted to the transcendental kingdom."

krte yad dhyayato visnum
tretayam yajato makhaih
dvapare paricaryayam
kalau tad dhari-kirtanat
(Shrimad-Bhagavatam 12.3.52)

"Whatever result was obtained in Satya-yuga by meditating on Visnu, in Treta-yuga by performing sacrifices, and in Dvapara-yuga by serving the Lord's lotus feet can be obtained in Kali-yuga simply by chanting the Hare Krishna maha-mantra."

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