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    Katha by our dear Guruji Sri Pran Krishna Das Babaji Maharaj to mark the advent of Gour purnima. Recorded by Sri Srutidhara Das at Radha Vinod Temple, Radha Kund, on 21-Mar-2019. Human beings would not have applied tilak on their forehead, worn kanthi mala, or performed Dharma. Everybody would have degraded to the level of animals. Do you follow what I am saying? All these people that you see on the roads greet each other 'Radhe Radhe'. Why do they greet like this? (Guruji explains the reason by singing a couplet:) Radhar mahima, premo rosho sheema, jagate janato ke? Who would inform the world about the glories of Radharani and limits of prema? Gour na haito, ke janato? Had Lord Gourango not descended on Earth, Who would have informed the world about the glories of Radha Krishna? Who are Radha Krishna? The essence of all the Vedas is Shrimad Bhagwat. We are Hindus. What is Hindu dharma? What is the name of the Hindu granth (scripture)? A devotee replies: Shrimad Bhagwat. Guruji affectionately corrects him: Bhagwat?? Are you a pashandi to say it is Bhagwat? Someone else will say it is Ramayan. Another will say it is Bhagavad Gita. But we are Vedic. (Guruji shouts for emphasis) Vedant. So our scripture is Veda. What are the rules, regulations and laws of Hindu dharma? People know what this is for Muslims- but they have no idea what it is for Hindus! Go, ask a Hindu, what it is for Muslims and he will immediately reply 'Quran Sharif'. Then ask him what it is for us (Hindus)? That he will not be able to say! Anyway... (Guruji continues the katha:) Radhar mahima, premo rosho sheema, jagate janato ke? Gao gao shobe, Gouranger guno, sarala kariya mon. (Everybody please sing the glories of Lord Gourango with a simple, humble mind) Emon daya, kabhu dekhi nai eto jon (never before have the masses of people witnessed this kind of unprecedented Mercy). Lord Ramchandra was not a Prema Avatar. Krishna was not a Prema Avatar. But Gourango is Prema Avatar. Thus, Mahaprabhu is Prema Avatar. Krishna was Leela Avatar- He displayed many pastimes, including stealing, lying, etc. He performed Leelas without end. But He was not a Prema Avatar. What is the meaning of Prema Avatar? Prema means Anand. Where can one get this Anand and love? Any person who understands Gour is entitled to this Anand. But it is not possible to understand Gour simply by chanting 'Gour Gour'. In order to understand Him, one has to first accept diksha (spiritual initiation) in the Gaudiya Sampradaya. 'SatGuru pawe, Veda batawe'. Pay attention to this advice. In the absence of Gour, who can tell us about all this? SatGuru can. Now the world is full of gurus. Then who is a SatGuru? There are very few of them. Tulsidas said 'SatGuru pawe, Veda batawe'. Pay close attention to this advice. Sadhu, Guru, and Vaishnav are my co-travellers. We must follow the path shown by them. What is their path? It is the one walked by great saints. Mahajan gatah yena pantha. For example, Rupa, Sanatan, the 12 authorities of devotional service, Krishna Das Kaviraj, etc. Whichever path they treaded- that path. These bhaktas are greater than Mahaprabhu in terms of daya (mercy). Each one of them is much more merciful than Mahaprabhu. For example, consider Rupa and Sanatana, Jiva, Bhatt Raghunath, Gopal Bhatt, Das Raghunath. Each one of them is like a mountain of devotion and knowledge. If you have to read books, then read books describing their lives. (Then Guruji sings a variation of the ‘Radhar mahima’ song:) Radhar mahima, premo rosho sheema, jagate janato ke? Gao gao shobe, Gouranger guno, sarala kariya mon. Emon dayalu, tribhuvone nai. There is nobody so merciful in the three worlds as Chaitanya Mahaprabhu or Gour. Balram is Nitai. And who is Gour? It is Krishna. Brajendra Nandan jei, Sachir shuto hoiylo sei (He Who was earlier Brajendra Nandan, later became Sachi Mata's son). Balaram hoiylo Nitai. And Balram became Nitai. In His incarnation as Balram, He was less tolerant and acted differently. He killed at short notice. Where did He kill? It was at Naimisharanya where a Muni was sitting on the Vyasasana and reading Shrimad Bhagwat. Balram reached the place and stood in front of the Vyasasana. A person doing Bhagwat-paath is not supposed to get down from the Vyasasana. So the Muni did not get down from the Vyasasana upon seeing Balram. Angered, Balram cut off his neck. He said, ‘Fool! He does not know the proper etiquette (maryada). If Sadhu, Guru, Vaishnav come in front of you, then you should leave aside everything and get up (to receive them and offer respectful obeisances). However, in His incarnation as Nitai, He does not cut off the offender’s neck. Instead, He gets beaten Himself. He is glorified by prayers such as ‘Maar khaiyya prem daiche, emon doyaalu ke aache’. Despite being beaten up, He distributes Prema. Who is more merciful than Him? 'Emon Nitai je na bojhe, taar bipod bidol…’ Anybody who does not understand Nitai, makes his devotional progress very difficult. So, come to Gaudiya sampradaya if you want to get Prema. Take shelter of Mahaprabhu. Approach a SadGuru and seek diksha from him. Then walk on the path of devotional service shown by the Mahajanas. Without diksha this human form of life is like an animal's life. Therefore, obtaining diksha is mandatory. Seek diksha in the Gaudiya sampradaya. Those who are in this sampradaya are Mahaprabhu gana (followers of Mahaprabhu). They don't have to go to narak (hell). They chant Hare Krishna mahamantra. ‘Mahaprabhur jei maut, sei maut saar, Aar joto - asaar asaar’. (Whatever is the opinion or path taught by Mahaprabhu, that is the essence. Anything else is ineffective, ineffective, simply ineffective). In other words, you may be reborn many times, but life after life you will not get to understand this essence (unless you sincerely follow the path shown by Mahaprabhu). Mahaprabhu's tithi (appearance day) is arriving. He was born around this time of the day. At this time, His Abhishek will be performed. 'Sachir dulaal Gour amaar’. My Gour is the very dear son of Sachi Mata. Translation by Sanatan Das.
  2. (Some moments from a katha by Guruji Sri Pran Krishna Das Babaji Maharaj as he addresses an old gentleman visiting Radha kund with his family- recorded by Sri Srutidhar Das on 22-Mar-2019. Please note, comments or sentence connectors / completions within brackets are by the translator). Everybody is doing bhajan here unhindered. Unless the time comes, it won't be possible for you to do that. (Specifically to the old gentleman in the family): How much time do you have left (in your life)? Why don't you do bhajan in Vrajadham? It doesn't cost any money. You can have prasadam without any worry. There is no worry regarding money or food. By Radharani's great mercy, it is possible for fortunate people to live here in this manner. There are so many devotees staying here who don't do any work. What material job can they do here? Everybody here does not even chant Hari Naam. Despite that, they all are having prasadam joyfully. At least, they are staying in Vrajadham. It is not sufficient to say that it is possible (for you) to also stay here. Simply saying or thinking like that won't make it happen. Even if I say I will take all your worries, it won't be possible for you to give up everything and stay here, will it? (The old gentleman says): My mind does not agree (to give up material attachments and come here). My mind is not purified. (Guruji laughs): Neither will it be. If it has still not been purified, when will it be? There is no more time left (in your life). Will your mind be purified by staying in your current house? To purify the mind, a person must stay in a pure environment. As I said, the mind cannot be rectified simply by wishing. (Old gentleman): I feel held back at home due to which I am struggling with push and pull between my household life and my willingness to live in Vrajadham. (Guruji): Nobody pulls you except your own mind (attachment). For example, if I hold your hand and pull you, urging you to stay in Vrajdham, will you? (Points to the old gentleman's other family members): Can't these people manage without you if you don't return home? (Old gentleman): Oh, they can. They will have to manage if I die. (Guruji): Then what is your worry? For whom do you wish to go back home? (A family member, possibly the old gentleman's son, suggests): Babaji, as long as we are in Radha kund on this visit, we can let him stay with you? (Guruji's expression shows that this (staying a few days in Vrajdham) is not what the discussion was about). (Old gentleman): We did obtain the kripa (mercy) of a Sadhu like you on this trip. Let us see how things turn out after this. (Guruji): There is no scarcity of kripa here. You can get drowned in kripa. Sadhu, Guru, and Vaishnavas fold their hands, fall at your feet, and say that you stay here. Whether you want to do bhajan or not- stay here. (Guruji continues): Radharani is Mahalaxmi. See the devotees here. There are many more outside. Many of them have their relations and houses but still prefer to stay with me here. Some of them visit their houses once in a while, but some others don't go at all. Staying here, they do bhajan, kirtan, have prasadam, and do Hari Naam and parikrama. They wear Tilak on their foreheads and bodies, and kanthi malas around their necks. For example, this person (points to somebody standing close by) belongs to Delhi but he lives here. He has a family, house, everything in Delhi- but he resides in Radha kund. Why can't you also reside in Radha kund? (Old man's son defends): Babaji, try to look at it this way. You have no family linkages (so it is easy for you to talk like this). Think about it. (Guruji): There is nothing to think. Mama Maya Duratyaya (Sri Krishna says this to Arjuna in Bhagavad Gita, ‘My illusory energy is invincible’). (Son argues): Simply saying to give up everything and then to come and settle down in Radha kund is not practical. It will take us time to adjust to the idea. We need to make more trips to this place over a period of time. (Guruji’s disciple requests him to sit on the Vyasasana since Guruji is standing and the discussion might take long) (After sitting down, Guruji addresses the old man again): To be able to reside in Radha kund, a person needs sukriti (good deeds or pious karma) from his past lives. Unless a person has sukriti from his previous life, his mind will not be purified and he will not be able to believe in the words of Sadhu, Guru, and Vaishnavas. Even getting the shelter of a guru is a matter of fortune. If a person has the sukriti of many lives, only then he is able to get the shelter of a sadguru (a bonafide spiritual master). Otherwise, gurus are everywhere. The world is full of them. Any person can claim ‘I am a guru’. But is he really a genuine Guru? That is only possible if you have sukriti from your past lives. If one can believe in the words of a Sadhu, if one is able to trust his Guru- then his life is successful. Coming back to the discussion, as I said, if there is no need for you (to go back home), no reason, no compulsion- then why do you want to go back home? You are at an advanced age. At this age, will you really be able to go back home, resolve your problems, and then come back to Vrajdham and reside here? Is it practically possible? No. Yet you will not agree to stay back here, your mind will not listen. The mind is so powerful. Even though you don't need to really go back home, yet it will drag you home. Why will you return? You yourself don't know. Because of grown-up son, daughter, grandchildren, and other family attachments? Mine, mine, mine. This is ignorance, Maya. We are unable to understand that Maya is dragging us to hell. Who is your well-wisher at home? The very people for whom you are so eager to go back, will drag you to hell. But if you stay here in Vraja, then everybody here will lift you up. You will be able to obtain Vraja vaas (residence in Vrajdham) as well as Govind seva (service to Lord Govinda). Residence in Vrajdham is by itself Service to Govinda. Even when you sleep here, the very act of lying down brings you the benefits of offering dandavats! Eating prasadam brings the benefit obtained by observing vrata (religious events)! Even fighting between devotees brings them the benefits of chanting Krishna's Naam! There are so many glories of Vraja. Your present visit to Vrajdham, your coming here and being able to touch this Holy land, is also a matter of great fortune. If a person has sukriti from his previous life, only then he is able to touch the land of Vrajdham. But normally he is not able to believe this. He thinks this Holy land is just like any other place- for example, like Kolkata or Delhi. But it is not so. Vrindavan, or Vrajdham, is a transcendental, spiritual place. If a person somehow gets the kripa of Sadhu, Guru, and Vaishnava, but is not able to get the kripa (mercy) of his own mind 'Sir’, then everything gets ruined for him. His very life gets spoiled. This is true of all people living outside of Vrajdham. There is no certainty that they will again return (i.e. will be reborn as human beings). Then? (i.e. imagine their misfortune) Our Goswami explains what happens to the people who come and reside in Vraja. Where does a river flow? Toward the ocean. It does not return back from where it came. It does not flow (climb) upward. Sadhu, Shastra, and Guru, they all say, ‘O human being, you will not get back this birth again even if you break your head on a rock. Birth in the human form is the last birth. This birth (in the human form) was obtained after births in 84 lakh species- after lakhs and lakhs of births. Going farther, a human birth in Vrajdham is not obtained by luck. It is obtained by kripa (mercy). By Mahaprabhu's kripa. He says, ‘go and reside in Vraja’. Human birth by itself is very rare. Even Devatas (demigods) are unable to get it. A human birth in Vrajdham is even rarer. Even visiting Vrajdham is not possible for everyone. There are lakhs and crores of people in India and outside India. (How many are able to pay a visit to this place?) Even Devatas come to Vrajdham to participate in parikrama. Making contact or touching this holy land of Vrajdham becomes possible only by His (Lord Krishna's) kripa. If we don't accept His kripa when He gives us an opportunity to live in Vrajdham, then we get thrown back into the material ocean. After that, it may not be possible for us to return (to Vrajdham) again. It is very difficult to obtain Vrajdham. I used to also worry in the beginning (before coming to Vraja). My birth place is in Srihatta. Nearby to that place is Dharma nagar. My uncle was in Niketan. While travelling from one place to another while visiting friends and relatives, I would think what will I eat if I go and settle down in Vrindavan. Our first worry is usually how to eat. At that time, my Shiksha Guru said, ‘People worship goddess Lakshmi to obtain wealth. RadhaRani is Mahalakshmi, so there will be no scarcity of food.’ (Guruji pats the devotee sitting next to him): this boy is from Delhi where his parents and other relatives live. He was able to give them up and come here. (Turns to the old gentleman): are your parents still alive? If this boy can leave his parents and come here, then for whom are you staying there? (Guruji gets up, saying): whatever you decide, I must take leave now. I don't have any more time at this moment. Translation by Sanatan Das (NCR)
  3. Guruji explains how the benefits of doing Parikrama (circumambulation) around Tulasi Mata increases with each parikrama. (1) Benefits of doing a single Tulasi Parikrama: 'Eko nishtha' means single-minded faith and devotion. By doing Tulasi Parikrama our mind develops 'Eko nishtha' towards Krishna. Why not 'Eko nishtha' towards Tulasi? Because Tulasi wants all our minds to be devoted to Krishna, not to Her. (2) Benefits of doing two Parikramas around Tulasi Mata: We receive the benediction of serving Lord Krishna with both our hands. Our two hands will thus not do any other work. (3) Benefits of doing three Parikramas: Adi Daivik, Adi Bhautik, and Adhyatmik - these three kinds of sufferings will disappear. (4) Benefits of four Parikramas: The chatur varg (four principles of material life)- namely Dharma, Arth, Kama, and Moksha will go far away. (5) Benefits of five Parikramas: Our five Indriyas (senses) will get engaged in Thakur seva (in the service of the Lord). These five senses (corresponding to the five sense organs that allow us to perceive the world around us) are eyes, ears, nose, tongue, and touch (skin). (6) Benefits of six Parikramas: 'Ripoo badaa balwaan'. Our enemies (ripoo) are very powerful (balwaan). We have six enemies- kama (lust), krodh (rage or anger), lobh (greed), moh (attachment), mad (false ego or illusion), matsarya (envy or jealousy). These are extremely powerful. Nahi Maane Dharma Gyaan (these enemies don't allow us to follow religious principles). But when we do Tulasi parikrama, all these enemies will disappear. (7) Benefits of doing seven Parikramas around Tulsi Mata: Generally, in material life we are desirous of seven kinds of svarga (heaven or heavenly happiness). By doing seven parikramas, these desires will disappear. (8) Benefits of eight Parikramas: 'Ashta Siddhi' or the desire for attaining eight kinds of perfection will disappear. (Sanatan Das' comment: Shastra describes these eight yogic perfections as- (i) अणिमा (Aṇima): reducing one's body's size to that of an atom (ii) महिमा (Mahima): power to expand one's body indefinitely to become very large (iii) गरिमा (Garima): to become very heavy (iv) लघिमा (Laghima): make oneself almost weightless (v) प्र्राप्ति (Praapti): achieving unrestricted access to all places (vi) प्राकाम्या (Praakaamya): the ability to get whatever one wants or desires (vii) ईशत्व (Ishtva): attaining divine quality of god (godhood) (viii) वस्तव (Vastva): the power to bring everyone under one's control. (9) Benefits of doing nine Parikramas: 'Nava Nidhi' or the desire to get the nine kinds of treasures or wealth will disappear. {Comment: Amarkosha explains that these nine treasures belong to Kuvera, the god of wealth. These are- (i) mahapadma (great lotus flower) (ii) padma (lotus flower) (iii) shankha (conch) (iv) makara (crocodile) (v) kachchhapa (tortoise) (vi) kumud (a particular precious stone) (vii) kunda (jasmine) (viii) nila (sapphire) (ix) kharva (dwarf)} (10) Benefits of ten Parikramas: We get the blessing of using all our 10 senses in the service of the Lord. {Comment: Guruji has already explained that our five sense organs are eyes, ears, nose, tongue, and skin (in point 5 above). These five senses are also called as Gyan (knowledge aquiring) indriyas (senses). The remaining 5 are called karmendriyas or organs of action. These are: Pada (legs or feet), Pani (hands), Payu (rectum), Upastha (genitals), Vak (mouth)} (11) Benefits of doing eleven Parikramas around Tulsi Mata: Here, Guruji says that mind is the 11th sense. That is, above ten senses (from point 10 above) PLUS our mind - these eleven senses get dedicated to the service of the Lord. (12) Benefits of twelve Parikramas: Guruji laughs. He says, twelve means 'baro' (in Bengali or Hindi). Say 'baro baro baro baro bar bar' i.e. bar bar (again and again). Do it again and again. (Comment: that is, every time you do Tulasi parikrama, try to circumambulate Her as many times as you can) After this, Guruji points to Shri Nitai Das' forehead and asks him where is his tilak. Nitai Das ji explains that it got obliterated on the way. Guruji says that this won't do. Somebody in the gathering offers to bring fresh Tilak for Nitai Das ji. A disciple looks closely at Nitai Das ji's forehead and tells Guruji that the Tilak is faintly visible. Guruji also takes a closer look and shakes his head, 'do we stand in front of a person and look so closely to detect his Tilak? Ujjwala tilakam (Tilak has to be bright)' Another disciple points to a member of the householder family whose Tilak had also vanished. Guruji says, 'that's ok. He is sitting in the house. Even if his Tilak vanishes nobody will notice or miss it. But a devotee who travels on the road should have his Tilak nicely visible so that passers-by can see it and be benefited.' After this, Guruji turns to a householder in the gathering and says, 'do you know the meaning of the Tulasi Parikrama Mahima (glories and importance) that we discussed? These practices became prominent in Mahaprabhu's time. The idea is, by doing even a little bhajan one can get enormous amount of results in this Yuga. Just one Parikrama bestows upon us so much benefit. Similarly, offering just one dandavat pranaam to Lord Krishna bestows upon us lots of spiritual merits. Eko api Krishanasya krita pranaam. Just by offering one dandavat pranaam to Krishna surpasses the benefits obtained by doing even ten ashwamedh yagyas (horse sacrifices). In the previous yugas, people had the means (wealth and facilities) to perform such big sacrifices. But now, in kali yuga, every endeavour is full of faults. Therefore, the process (Tulsi Parikrama or simply dandavat pranam to Krishna) is so much easier in Kali yuga. Even then people don't offer dandavat pranam to Krishna. So, everyone should make it a point to offer dandavat pranam to Krishna regularly. What is the best time for doing this? You can offer dandavat pranam while bathing. One has to remove clothes while taking a bath. So at this time, offer three dandavat pranams- to Guru, Gaur, and Govinda. You can even offer dandavat pranam during taking your madhyana bath (in the afternoon time). Why undergo unnecessary hardship? Do your bhajan in comfort and peace. Translation by Sanatan Das (NCR)
  4. Radhe Radhe (Some Katha moments by Guruji Sri Pran Krishna Das Babaji Maharaj, recorded in Tapan Baba's Temple in Radha Kund, on 13-Jan-2019) Have you ever had the opportunity of honouring prasadam in a Vaishnava Sabha? It is also called as Bhandara. What does such prasadam consist of? Sabzi, cucumber, ghee, etc. And usually also a sweet preparation. What happens if the sweet preparation is served first? Sweet preparation- that is, rabdi, or rasgulla, etc. Why are these not served first? Why is a bitter preparation served first? For example, neem aalu, or some other neem dish, or karela are served first. But rasgulla is not served first. This is worthy of consideration. Why is it served this way? Well, Shastra says, aage teeta, pare meetha. (i.e. first the bitter things, then the sweet ones). Because if the sweet preparations are served first, then later you will not be able to eat (relish) anything else. But if you eat the bitter preparations first, then later everything else will taste nice- whether it is saag, sosha, chachadi, etc. Do you understand the meaning of this statement? (Guruji's disciples keep silent. Guruji laughs jokingly:) since you don't understand the meaning, you all are fools. (His disciples participate in the joke and say that even if they understood, they wouldn't speak in front of him. To this, Guruji jokes back, saying): those who had to understand, have understood it. (Then Guruji pats the devotee sitting at his lotus feet.) Did you follow all this discussion? All this is not simple katha. It is Krishna Katha. For example, a child- being small- may not understand everything. He is not even able to address his father properly as 'Baba'. But when he grows up, the same child is able to later address his father as baba, or pitri dev. It is easier to relish devotional utterances in a small assembly instead of in a big market, or in front of thousands of people. 7 or 10 of us meet here regularly. (Later, Guruji praises the devotee): he has sung Hari naam kirtan so nicely. It sounds all the more nice in a small gathering like this. Would it be relishable in a big audience, full of cacophony and confusion? (Finally, the devotee wants to take leave but Guruji stops him:) maryada langhane narake gaman. The meaning of this is deep. Even if somebody takes medicine for a long time, (say) his disease is not cured. When does this happen? It happens when the ill person does not observe proper restrictions of diet while taking medicines. What does this example teach us? In this example, medicine means Hari naam, or Hari katha. By doing Hari naam one can experience Prema. Then why do I not experience it? Because of apradh, or kuvaitta (bad diet). Abandon Kuvaitta and then do bhajan. That is, first leave aside Kuvaitta and then take the medicines. Alongside, introduce suvaitta (good, healthy diet). Only then the medicines will act. A Vaishnava Brahmin is like a devta. Always remember that there is nobody equal to him. If a Brahmin is a Vaishnava, then devtas (demigods) also offer him dandavats (obeisances). Translation by Sanatan Das (NCR)
  5. Katha by Guruji Shri Pran Krishna Das Babaji today (on Vijaya Ekadashi, 2nd March 2019) Sarva Maha Prayashchitto. What does it mean? Prayashchitto means atonement for some paap (sin). Here we are talking about the atonement for maha maha paap. Even atonement for that is possible through Hari Naam! Hari Naam helps you atone for the greatest possible sins - including the atonement for gohatya (killing a cow) and brahmahatya (killing a brahmana). Guruji sings a couplet: "Maha maha prayashchitto je Prabhur Naam, Sei Prabhu nache dekhe joto Bhagyavan." Meaning, the Lord whose Naam can help us do the greatest prayashchitto, that same Lord is Himself dancing. The fortunate souls are able to see Him dance. But we are unfortunate. We could not see Mahaprabhu's dance, nor could we obtain darshan of Mahaprabhu. In the above mood (of being unfortunate, being unable to see Mahaprabhu) Guruji sings another Bengali couplet and explains its meaning: when Gaur and Nityananda appeared in Nadia, at that time I did not take my birth, Narottam Das Thakur laments. I have now taken birth but what is the use of my body now? It is like a dead weight that I am carrying around. Guruji further adds: Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is called the Father of Hari Naam- namely, the Hare Krishna MahaMantra. But who originally spoke this MahaMantra? Radha Rani spoke it in the ecstasy of separation from Krishna. She said, ‘Oh Krishna, where have You gone? Without You I am unable to stay in My body'. She said, ' _Krishna praptir upaay: Harinaam jap hoi_ '. That is, chanting Hari Naam is the means of obtaining Krishna. Apart from this there is no other Mantra to obtain Krishna. Later, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu distributed this Hare Krishna MahaMantra in the material world. (Guruji starts singing Hare Krishna kirtan) Translation by Sanatan Das (NCR)
  6. Radhe Radhe! Few days ago Katha of Pran Krishna Das Babaji (Katha starts suddenly so the reference is not clear, but I think Guruji is speaking about a poor Brahmin- referred in the scriptures.) A poor Brahmin who was a great Vaishnava, used to offer bhog to Krishna in his mind. Once he decided to offer kheer to Krishna. Before offering the kheer, he wanted to check if it had cooled down sufficiently- and in his mind touched the Kheer with his fingers. His fingers got burnt! Guruji narrates how the devotee built a temple in his mind, in the premises of that temple he built a cow shed, kept a cow in it, and then milked it, etc. Guruji gives another example of making offerings in the mind. The devotee mentally cooked a rice preparation (poha) and offered some of it to Krishna. He set aside a little quantity for the evening, thinking he would use it to offer Bhog in the evening. So Krishna caught hold of his hand and said, 'you miser, you make offerings to Me in the mind and yet want to keep aside some of it!' So, whether you have the means to make actual offerings or you make offerings in the mind, it is important to mentally offer it (on the mental level). (Guruji then engages in a little humour with his disciples. Later he speaks about the ongoing Kumbh at Allahabad): Today is Mauni Amavasya. There will be a big bathing event in Prayag. It is said that a person who takes bath in the (Prayag) river on this occasion and asks for a boon, he gets it. Of course, that is the desire of materialistic, worldly people. But today you all must take bath in Radha Kund. We devotees want nothing material for ourselves. We want only Krishna bhakti. So we take bath saying, 'if You want, then give us Krishna bhakti. If You don't want, then don't give it to us.' (then Guruji explains his statement:) A person should first develop the ability to receive the boon. For example, in the material world if a person develops the ability to earn money, knows how to handle it, then he is entitled to get money (i.e. he deserves to be given money). If somebody asks for money but cannot handle it, then he does not deserve it. Similarly, if we ask Bhakti from Krishna but we have not prepared ourselves for it, are not fit for it- then He will not give it to us. Just like a worldly father who has two sons will give money to his capable son who has the ability to do business with it. He will not give it to the bad son. Similarly we have to develop our ability to receive bhakti. Then Krishna will give it to us. Translation by Sanatan dasji ( Delhi Noida) Катха в доме Тапана Бабы, Радхакунд, 4.02.19 Бедный брахман, который был великим вайшнавом, предлагал бхогу Кришне в своем уме. Однажды он решил предложить Кришне кхир. Перед предложением кхира он захотел проверить, достаточно ли он остыл и, в своем уме, дотронулся до кхира пальцами. Он обжег свои пальцы! Также один преданный построил храм в своем уме. Перед этим храмом он построил коровник, держал в нем корову и доил ее. (Гуруджи дает еще один пример совершения подношений в уме) Преданный ментально приготовил плоский рис (поха) и предложил часть этого Кришне. Небольшое количество он оставил в стороне на вечер, думая, что он использует его для предложения бхоги вечером. Но Кришна схватил его за руку и сказал: «Ты – скупец! Ты совершаешь подношение мне в уме и все равно хочешь оставить в стороне часть». Таким образом, если ли у вас средства, чтобы совершать предложение по-настоящему, или вы делаете подношение в уме, важно ментально предлагать его (на ментальном уровне). (Далее Гуруджи немного шутит со своими учениками. После этого он говорит про Кумбха Мелу, проходящую в Аллахабаде). Сегодня Мауни Амавасья. Будет большое омовение в Праяге. Говорится, что личность, которая принимает омовение в реке в Праяге на этом событии и просит о каком-либо благе, она получает его. Конечно, это желание материалистичных, мирских людей. Но сегодня вы все должны принять омовение в Радхакунде. Мы, преданные, не хотим для себя ничего материального. Мы хотим только Кришна бхакти. Поэтому, мы принимаем омовение, говоря: «Если Ты пожелаешь, дай нам Кришна бхакти. Если Ты не пожелаешь, не давай его нам». Сначала личность должна развить способность получить благо. К примеру, в материальном мире, если человек развивает способность получать деньги, знает, как с ними обращаться, тогда он имеет право, заслуживает получить деньги. Если кто-либо просит денег, но не может с ними обращаться, тогда он их не заслуживает. Подобным образом, если мы просим бхакти у Кришны, но мы не подготовили себя к нему, не подходим для него, тогда Он не даст его нам. Также как мирской отец, у которого есть два сына, даст деньги способному сыну, который способен сделать при помощи их бизнес. Он не отдаст их плохому сыну. Подобным же образом, мы должны развить нашу способность получить бхакти. Тогда Кришна даст его нам. Перевод на русский Вишну Дас.
  7. Radhe Radhe! Pran Krishna Das Babaji's katha moment's: A person who serves God but does not serve Vaishnavas is not dear to God. However, if a person does not serve God but serves vaishnavas, God is pleased. So, if you serve God but don't show respect to a Vaishnava, offer dandavats to him, then God says, 'I will not accept your service'. So, which is greater- service to God or service to Vaishnavas? Service to Vaishnavas. Guru is greater or God is greater? Guru is greater. God has said this, 'Pratham astu gurum pujya.' This is given in shastras. It means first of all offer pooja to guru. If anybody else had said this, then there would be no value. But God Himself has said this. He says, first worship Guru, then worship Me. He further says, whether or not you worship Me, do worship your Guru, and vaishnavas. Compared to Me, guru and vaishnavas are shrestha (superior). So God has made Guru and vaishnavas superior. Why did He make them superior? Because you can speak to Vaishnavas, hear their speech, get an opportunity to interact with other devotees who visit them. Therefore God says, 'hear about Me from them'. From who else can we hear about God? Therefore, God has made them greater. Is it possible to do bhajan without guru and vaishnava? If you don't know guru, vaishnava, and shastra, then how will you know how to offer pooja (service) to God? Therefore God says, 'First learn. But you can't learn from Me'. Then where will you learn? Can you directly approach God and learn from Him? So you have to approach somebody who speaks about God. You have to listen to his words and then learn. Sadhu, shastra, guru always advise that you should have devotion for guru. Translation by Sanatan dasji ( Delhi Noida)
  8. Radhe Radhe! 2 days ago talk with Mahant of GourGadadhar temple However great one maybe, the rules of Samsar (material laws) are like that - they apply to all. Examples of this can be seen even in the lives of great Maha-purushas and Siddha-purushas. For example, Ishwar Puri cleaned the urine and stool of Madhavendra Puri who was Mahaprabhu's Param Guru. This shows that Madhavendra Puri was ill. If such great souls can be afflicted with disease, then what is the fault if we suffer from disease? It is God's will. One should think: my karma phal (reaction of my past Karma) is good. Whatever has to happen, let it happen. I am not sad on that account. O Lord, whatever is my karma phal, give it to me- but You should be happy. I am prepared to go to hell or even to heaven- wherever my karma takes me. But I want You to be happy. You should be pleased. When a devotee suffers from disease, it is to be understood that God has given him the disease out of His mercy (Kripa). Do you understand? He shows to other people in the world that see he (say, a Baba or Sadhu) is also suffering from disease. But this kind of disease is out of God's mercy. Another kind of disease happens because of a person's karma phal. A Baba has no karma phal. Do you understand what karma phal means? If a person commits sins in his past life, then he has to suffer miseries (reactions) for them in this life. A Baba has no such sinful reactions. God wipes them all away. Then why does a Sadhu still suffer misery? Because God gives it out of His will. God gives it because of lokachar (social interaction): so that worldly people think that, 'see, a Sadhu also suffers from disease.' But they don't understand why it happens. They are not aware of the root cause. Such suffering is because of God's gift, not because of Karma. God gives it out of His (mercy) Kripa. God has nothing but Kripa to give. The disease (of a devotee) is also his Kripa. God has nothing else. He has only Kripa! So what can he give us? If he has only Kripa, then alright, give us Kripa. He does not curse, nor does He wish anybody ill. He has only Kripa. A person who understands this is able to cross over the material ocean. He doesn't regard his suffering as misery. He considers it as happiness, as God's gift. Unfortunately, not many people are fixed in such determination. Usually they say, 'O God what have you done?' And they rush to doctors, pay money, run about here and there. They dont understand. But a person who has attained knowledge understands that misery or disease is a gift of God. Why should I go to a doctor? God has given it to me out of His mercy (Kripa). So let me accept it. God has given it, so let me eat. If He gives me something bitter to eat, I will eat that too. If He gives something sweet, I will also eat that. Therefore, a Sadhu tolerates everything in life. Translation by Sanatan dasji (Delhi Noida)
  9. Radhe! Radhe! Katha by Pran Krishna Das Babaji Everything you see in this family is because of our teaching. But now I am on my way out (Dakhinayan- referring to sunset of life). While for you it is Uttarayan (rising phase of life). Do you follow what I am saying? At this point, one needs to think. Why does Krishna play on his Flute? Which tune does He play? His is not an ordinary, physical Flute which a person plays on the lips. Krishna plays on His Flute using the Kaam Beej (Krishna Beej). What does it mean? The Lord calls us using this Kaam Beej (or Kaam Gayatri). He says, 'hearing this Flute, come to Me.' This is the meaning. Even today His Flute is playing. Where is It playing? It plays through the 'Kling' of the Mantra that your Guru gives in your ears. That is, the 'Kling' of the Kaam Beej that your Guru gives you. Through this Flute, Krishna is calling to us. 'O human being, don't lose your way, don't go here and there. Come to Me.' However, we (the general mass of people) don't listen. But Guru and Vaishnava listen to Him. After hearing His call, they bring His Flute's message to us. With their help we can also listen to Krishna's message. Otherwise, how would we know? Because Guru, Vaishnava, and Sadhu understand His Flute, they come to us and say, 'take this mantra from us and through It listen to Krishna's flute. Krishna Mantra, Kaam Beej or Kaam Gayatri- these Mantras come from Krishna's Flute. Chant (do japa) these Mantras and one day you will surely hear Krishna's Flute yourself. He is calling us by playing on His Flute.' When a hunter goes to hunt in the jungle, he plays a flute (whistle) to attract the deer. Hearing the whistle, the deer go running toward him- and he kills them easily. The instruction from this example is this: you can hear Krishna's Flute from your Guru's mouth. After hearing, practice Japa. Continue doing Japa and you will eventually feel drawn to Krishna. Then His Arrow will also strike you. What kind of arrow is it? It is the arrow of Prema. And what is the result of Prema? To understand this, consider the example of the Gopis. The Gopis literally turned into skeletons because of their Prema of separation from Krishna. Just imagine how powerful is this 'Viraha' (separation). A person under the influence of Viraha has no care for own body. Prema squeezes everything out of such a person. The Gopis were thus not aware what they did under the influence of Prema. They even spoke to a bee. Does any sane person speak to a bee? A bee does not speak. So the Gopis asked questions to the bee and themselves provided the answers. Now just imagine the state of feelings in Radha Rani. The Hare Krishna Mahamantra that we chant was originally spoken by Radha Rani. It was not the creation of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. (At this point, Guruji recites a Bengali poem that describes Radha Rani's feelings of separation from Krishna: She is Govinda Mohini. Feeling mad with separation, She sat in Kamana Kunj and said 'Hari, Hari' with undivided attention. Wherever She turned Her gaze, She could see only Hari- but He was not there. 'Oh Krishna, where have You gone? It is no longer possible for Me to stay alive without You. Come immediately or I will die.') In her state of madness with separation from Krishna, Radha Rani devised a method of obtaining Krishna by means of chanting Harinaam. Just like spirit souls are mad with Maya Prema in this material world, in the spiritual world the souls are mad with Prema. Outwardly they both look the same. Just as a drunkard has red eyes, a lover of God (premik) also has red eyes. A drunkard under the influence of alcohol has no care for his clothes, or state of undress if his clothes fall away. He is not even aware if he falls into a dirty ditch, nor does he feel the seasonal heat or cold. Later, when the sun rises... (breaks off) (A devotee enters the room and greets 'Hare Krishna' to catch Guruji's attention.) Translation by Sanatan dasji ( Delhi Noida)
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    Radhe Radhe! Today morning Katha Listen to this while you eat. In other yugas (ages), seekers of God went to the forest, did tapasya, and tried to attain God. Then they went to God. But in kali-yuga, God comes to you. Did not Mahaprabhu come? He did not come alone. He came with his associates because it was not possible for Him to deliver the fallen souls of kali-yuga alone. He came with Mahavishnu in the form of Sitanath, Balaram (Sankarshana) in the form of Nitai, etc. Nitai even got hurt. So also Haridas Thakur. He was Brahma. Just imagine, Brahma, Vishnu, Maheshwar - they all came with Mahaprabhu to deliver the wretched souls of kali-yuga who are very much captivated by maya. Now listen to what I have to say. When Mahaprabhu appeared on earth, he visited people's houses. Even though I am your Guru, I visit your houses. Do I not? I go to your house and call you. Somebody listens and comes, while somebody else does not come. Somebody is busy, going to toilet, going for a bath, etc. Whatever you decide, I cannot do anything about it. Consider the example of a rich man approaching a poor man to ask for alms. He can ask for 5 paisa. That is nothing (a small amount) for the rich man. It will not buy him a car. I want to make a similar request to you. The rich man says to the poor man, you don't have sufficient means (ability to pay). So give me just 5 paisa. Similarly, I say you don't have sufficient ability- to do Kirtan. So give me 5 paisa. What is this 5 paisa? That is, perform at least half an hour of kirtan every day. (after this, Guruji explains his plan: his disciples need to devote half an hour daily night in the temple in the company of other householders and devotees (or disciples who do not participate in regular temple or preaching activities) who have offered to perform 3 hours of kirtan in vacant shifts daily (night 9 to 12, 12 to 3, 3 to 6, etc - until paid kirtaniyas arrive in the morning). Together, day and night, will thus make it Ashta Prahar Kirtan. He tells his disciples to be present in any of the night shifts, by turns- whether they participate in the Kirtan, or chant, or simply sit in front of God. Guruji is requesting only half hour's time from disciples because they also have their regular bhajan, kirtan, Parikrama, etc.) Only bitter medicine can cure a disease. Sweetened medicine will not cure. Can the disciples who don't do much not sit in the temple in a 3 hour shift? It is possible to sit in the terrace for long hours. That is so enjoyable. Then what is the problem in sitting in front of God in the temple for 3 hours? What is the problem in doing kirtan? Oh, that is difficult to do. It is possible to spend the entire life in worldly talks but difficult to do Kirtan for 3 hours. We are the fallen souls of Kaliyug. We enjoy rubbish talk but have great difficulty in doing Hari Naam. Look at me. I am also a fallen soul of Kali Yuga. I need to sleep. Worldly talk is enjoyable, it drives away sleep, but Krishna Katha makes us drowsy. (Guruji tells the grihastha Vaishnavas to leave. He further says:) grihastha (householder) vaishnavas are a lot more elevated than us. Mahaprabhu instructs us fallen souls to listen to the instructions of grihastha vaishnavas. Normally, we look down upon grihastha vaishnavas. We avoid eating food cooked by them. But Mahaprabhu used to eat food cooked by them in their houses. He even ate offerings made by women- but we don't. We look down upon them. So Mahaprabhu says, listen to the words of grihastha vaishnavas. They are like the petals of the Lotus flowers. They live in this material world and yet do bhajan. Therefore, the greatness of grihastha vaishnavas is much more. When Mahaprabhu descended on earth, most of the devotees around him were grihasthas. Very few were tyagiz (renunciants)- like Rupa, Sanatan, etc- hardly 4 or 5 people were tyagiz. Rest all were grihees (or grihasthas). They used to assemble in Srivas Angna. Srivas was also a grihee (householder). Grihees must not be looked down upon. If there were no grihees, then there would be no place for vaishnavas to take birth. A Vaishnava will be born in the house of a Vaishnava. And a crow will be born in the house of a crow. So, you have to respect and love a grihastha vaishnava. (Finally, Guruji again reminds his disciples of his request to do kirtan during night shifts. A disciple says he has spoken to the new Baba and another foreigner who stays upstairs. If it is not possible to do anything, then at least do kirtan. Guruji says:) Tell them it is Radha rani's order. Requesting softly does not always help. Sometimes you have to speak sternly. This Baba being discussed used to perform excellent kirtan before coming to Radhakunda. Radha Rani's mercy has brought him here to the temple. Don't leave him in the middle. He has come here only because of Radha rani's desire. Translation by Sanatan dasji (Delhi Noida)
  11. Where is the Jhula (bag of cloth)? The garment in which madhukari (food and eatables obtained by begging) is kept is called Jhuli. If a Baba goes out to collect madhukari but has no Jhuli to keep it in, then how will he take the madhukari with him? What kind of Baba is he? Radharani is ready to give roti (chapati, Indian bread). Where will the Baba keep the roti if he has no Jhuli? What will he do? So, if he has no Jhuli, how will he eat the roti? Do you follow? (The meaning is this:) When you say Radhe, Radhe, then Radharani gives her Kripa (Mercy). But if you have no Jhuli, then how will you keep her Kripa? What is the meaning of 'how to keep Kripa'? The meaning is this: Jhuli means Sadhu, Guru, Vaishnava. Following in their footsteps, what they say (instruct)- when you see presence of such nature (mentality) in a person, his Jhuli is visible. Sadhu, Guru prepare Jhula (Jhuli). So if you don't approach a Sadhu, how will you get a Jhula, and without a Jhula where will you keep your madhukari? The essence is- O unfortunate one, Radha Rani, Guru, Vaishnava, Sadhu- everybody is ready to bestow their Kripa on you. Just like in worldly life, a father is ready to bestow Kripa on his son whether the son wants it or not. 'May my son live happily, have good fortune'. This is about any samsari (worldly) father and his son. So, think, how much more the Jagad-Pita (Father of the creation) Krishna loves us. Look around yourself at the light, breeze, feel the warmth of the Sun- how comforting it is. Who gives us all this comfort? Without fire nothing is possible. He (Krishna) has given us fire, air, water, etc- He has given us everything. There is no shortage of anything. A prince- the son of a king- never experiences any shortage. We too are princes. And we are not ordinary princes. Our father is the king of Dwarka, Krishna. We are His subjects. Can we have any shortage? No, there is no shortage of anything- but of bhajan. We don't listen to Him (Krishna), don't believe in Him, don't worship Him, yet He shows Kripa to us. He doesn't say that forget these people, I won't give them fire, air, etc. He gives to everyone. He gives to the soor (demigods), to the Sadhus, to non-devotees- to everybody. (Guruji calls his disciples, tells them to do kirtan.) Translation by Sanatan dasji (Delhi Noida)
  12. In Satya Yuga, Yagya (sacrifice) was performed by kings. It was not possible to perform by the praja (subjects). But in Kaliyuga it is performed by the poor. The rich are unable to do it. Why are the rich unable to perform Yagya? Because they are proud of their wealth. But the poor have no such pride or wealth. So they are the ones who are able to perform Yagya. What is Hari Naam Yagya? It can be of 7 days. For example, the Bhagwad Katha done by our disciple Nitai Das. The first seven days went by. It was extended by another 7 days. Why? Because such opportunities don't come readily. In this case, since an opportunity was available, it was extended by 7 days. It was an ashta prahar Yagya. When Hari Naam kirtan is performed whole day and whole night, it is called Ashta Prahar Yagya. Those who are unable to do it for 8 prahars, do it for 4. One day is equal to 4 prahars. One night is also equal to 4 prahars. So together, day and night make 8 prahars. Those who are unable to do it even for 4 prahars, they do it for 2 prahars. That is, Kirtan is performed for a duration of 2 prahars. This is also a Mahayagya. If two prahars is also difficult, then do it for one Prahar. Even then, Harinaam will be performed. Today, here we will perform Kirtan for one Prahar. It will take time to cook saag and roti. (Disciple says: until then we can perform kirtan. Guruji laughs:) No matter how long you perform Kiran, it is auspicious. Now I will quote from Shastra. The Shastras always speak the truth but we are unable to believe in it. We don't believe in the words of Shastra or Sadhu. We like to believe in the words of samsar (worldly talks). Shastra says that Sadhu, Guru, Vaishnav grab (forcibly take from a devotee) and eat- because of the devotee's previous birth's karma. Vaishnavs visit the house of a person who has performed pious activities in his previous birth, and grab food from him and eat. Why do they grab (forcibly take)? They don't grab and eat food from just anybody. They only grab and eat food from a devotee. The Lord says, 'I grab and eat food from my bhakta (devotee). But I do not even look at a non-bhakta's food.' Now the question is, if God grabs and eats my food, then will not my food decrease in quantity? I am able to see that it has decreased- but actually it does not decrease. Whatever God eats, whatever wealth is used in His service, or in the service of sadhus, comes back to the giver. Only fortunate people are able to offers their resources in this manner in the service of God. The resources of such persons don't decrease. God says, 'give me a little, I will return it to you a thousand times'. Translation Sanatan dasji ( Delhi Noida)
  13. Radhe Radhe! Few days ago Katha of Pran Krishna Das Babaji in the time of Bhagavat Saptaha by Nitai dasji in Radha Kunda. That which I consider as my wealth - is my body. I considered as my wealth this body, son (putra), relatives (parijan). Mama Maya duratyaya [[Sanatan Das's comment: Lord Shri Krishna says this to Arjuna in Bhagwad Gita: My illusory energy (Maya) is insurmountable]]. The spirit soul, captivated and attracted by Maya, forgets Krishna and has no knowledge (information) about Him. So, out of His Mercy the Lord created Vedas and Puranas. We are unable to appreciate the greatness of this Veda-paath (recitation from Vedas), Purana-paath, that is taking place today. For a duration of two weeks this paath will continue at the same venue. That's why yesterday there was heavy rain. We thought we suffered loss when the pendaal (tent) became wet. But it was a small setback. It actually brought happiness to the entire country. Do we know how auspicious this was? Out of his mercy God gave this rain. The place where this Yagya (sacrifice - this Veda-paath) takes place, or will take place in the future, is great. O mind, you will not get this birth (opportunity) again. You may not get a human birth again. So complete your bhajan in this life itself. Cross this ocean of miseries in this life itself. Bhajan Hina, Pashubhi Samana. A person who does not perform bhajan is an animal. But if he performs bhajan, he is elevated. O mind, don't be so attracted by the Maya of this material world. What is this world? It is a mirage. Why? Because you see everything as belonging to you. Mine, mine, mine - this is Maya's mantra. But yours, yours (i.e. everything belongs to Krishna) is Krishna's mantra. Oh Lord, everything belongs to You. Then there will be no attachment. Your births and deaths will continue as long as you have attachments in this world. One who has no attachment has no further birth or death. Why should we do sadhana and bhajan? So that we can distance ourselves from the world. Samsar means Maya (attachment), affection. This Maya is the cause of our rebirth. According to Shrimad Bhagavatam, in India, the great king Bharat who was a sage among kings (Rajrishi), thought of a deer at the time of his death and therefore had to take birth as a deer in his next life. So if we think of samsar, then we will become a part of this samsar. But if you think of Krishna, then you will obtain Krishna. Why do we spend our entire lives in thinking about Krishna, chanting Krishna naam, doing Krishna bhajan? So that we are able to do the same thing at the time of death also. Whatever is your state of mind at the time of death, that will be your destination as well. Whoever does bhajan throughout his life, is also able to do bhajan at the time of his death. For one who does not do bhajan at any time, how can he do bhajan at the time of his death? Therefore, do bhajan throughout your life. O mind, do bhajan, there is no time. Nobody knows when death will come- Ram Naam Satya hai - when our breath will stop. Once the breath stops, everything will stop. Therefore, for as long as you have life, have your body, use it in the service of God, do bhajan. What is sadhana and bhajan? Hari Naam, Hari Naam, Hari Naam Saar. Hari Naam is bhajan, Hari Naam is sadhana. It is not at all difficult. Even ONCE if this Naam is chanted without ANY offence, it can liberate the soul. But if there is aparaadh (offence)- a person commits violence, becomes jealous - then even if he does Shravan-Kirtan (hearing and chanting) for many births, he will still not get Prema (love of God), or Brajendra Nandan. Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna Hare Hare. Translation by Sanatan dasji (Delhi, Noida)
  14. Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami wrote a big Granth (scripture) [[Sanatan Das' comment: He wrote Shri Chaitanya Charitamrita]]. He was not an ordinary man. He says, I hold a straw in my mouth. Who holds a straw in the mouth? Animals do. So, he is saying, "I am an animal. I am more sinful than Jagai and Madhai. Whoever hears my name incurs sin. Whoever takes my name, his piety decreases." Can anybody say like this? He was so great, still he projected himself as a low-grade person. These examples give us instructions about proper behaviour. It was to teach about these things that Mahaprabhu descended on earth in Kaliyuga with these people. He brought these people to deliver us. Mahaprabhu referred to us as unfortunate. But we are worse. We are Narakis, residents of hell. We don't reside in Braja, but in narak. The day we are able to really think like this, we will become 'trinad api sunichen'. Unless we are able to think of ourselves as low, our tamas (darkness) will not end. The cycle of birth and death will not end. 'Trinad api sunichen' means 'nobody is as low as me'. If you can think like this then you are a Vaishnava. One who is a Vaishnava offers dandavats to dogs, pigs, brahmins, and chandals alike. He offers everybody great respect. The day you are able to behave like this, that day you will become the servant of a Vaishnava. Das Anudas. You should not aspire to become a Vaishnava but should aspire to become the servant of a servant of a servant of a Vaishnava. Pride makes a person devoid of bhakti (devotion). In this world what kind of person is called lowly? The grades of people are 'Uttam' (highest), 'madhyam' (middle), and 'adham' (lowly). So who is adham (lowly)? A conceited person full of pride who does not have bhakti is called adham. He shows no respect to Guru or Vaishnava. He does not bow down his head in humility. Such an abhimaani, bhakti-heen person is called lowly. So, there are two kinds of persons in this world. One, because of whom people start discussing or criticizing his birth or caste. And another, because of whom his ancestors get delivered from the cycle of birth and death. His dynasty is honoured. But I am such a bad son (kuputra) that I am the cause of my family's downfall. I could not respect Mahaprabhu's teachings, could not make myself low enough. Translation by Sanatan das ( Delhi)
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