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Yuga Dharma Acarya His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada

 

 

Daily Darsan
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Prayers
 
 
Daily Darsan
Special quotes for daily meditation spoken by
His Divine Grace Srila Gour Govinda Swami Maharaja
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SEEING IS NOT BELIEVING

Sri Srimad Gour Govinda Swami MaharajaYour motto is, “Seeing is believing.” You cannot see, so you cannot believe. Because you are a conditioned soul your vision is defective. You cannot see a sadhu. Krsna is there, can you see Him? No, you cannot, because you are not endowed with proper vision. First develop the proper vision and then you can see Krsna. Then you can see how a sadhu is there. It is not a fact that sadhus are not present. How is everything going on? How does the sun rise, the wind blow, and Indra give rain? All these things are going on. No sadhu? No Krsna? It’s nonsense, foolishness. We are so proud and puffed up. We are identifying our self as the body, mind and false ego. We think we are very great. So we say, “Oh, there is no sadhu.” We are in the category of identification with the body and mind. We have not come to the beginning of the stage of purity. No!

"Sadhu is Always Present"
22nd Nov 1990


BY THE MERCY OF A VAISNAVA ONE CAN PRAY

Srila Gour Govinda Swami Srila GurudevaSrila Narottama Dasa Thakura has said, "I am such fellow. I am not completely pure. I am most impure. Therefore I face so many impediments, so many obstacles in my bhajana. Please, this is my great fear, I cannot chant. I cannot do bhajan, but You are so merciful, I take shelter of Your lotus feet now. No other shelter is there. Please eradicate all these problems, impediments, obstacles from my path of bhajan. Then I can chant the Holy Name and become happy, joyful and blissful."

Srila Narottama Dasa Thakura is praying for us. Feeling one with us, He prays. You cannot understand this thing. You are such a fool. Their heart bleeds for us. Such sadhus, mahajanas, Their hearts beat for us seeing our suffering. So They pray for us. Yes. This is prayer you have to offer. So by Their mercy we will be able to achieve that success. Only by sadhus mercy, vaisnavas mercy, guru-krpa that success will be possible. Without their mercy how can you offer such a prayer? No possibility. Not at all possible. I am murkha. I am dumb. I cannot utter one word. How can I utter these things? Sri Guru karuna, without the karuna, mercy of Sri Guru, I cannot utter such prayers. Guru, sadhu, vaisnavas mercy, bas.

They are teaching us. They are taking care of us. They are so merciful, great well-wishing friends. They protect us and maintain us. Without their protection you feel hopeless isn't it? They are there. We are really hopeless. Why don't you feel so? So callous. Why you are so? You are really hopeless, isn't it? Really hopeless. Why don't you feel so? Why don't you cry? Heart of stone, not melting, not melting, hard block of stone not melting. Associating with sadhus, hearing all these things, getting punishment from sadhus. The sadhu slaps you and says, "You rascal!" Then that prayer will be possible.

"63rd Vyasapuja Speech"
30th Aug 1992


SRI KRSNA CANNOT HIDE

Srila Gour Govinda Swami Srila GurudevaOnly such a premi-bhakta can see Krsna. A premi-bhakta has developed  krsna-prema, who has bound up Krsna in his heart with the rope of love. This bondage is very, very strong. Even almighty Sri Krsna Who is Almighty He cannot break it. He says na paraye, na paraye, na paraye, I cannot, I cannot, I cannot break such a bondage. Such bondage is so strong. Even Almighty Sri Krsna cannot break it. So Sri Krsna cannot keep Himself hidden before the eyes of such a premi-bhakta. The premi-bhakta sees Krsna everywhere though Krsna always keeps Himself hidden.

 

"Society Without Envy"
21st Feb 1995


PREACHING TO THE PREACHERS

Srila Gour Govinda Swami Srila Gurudeva"Who listens to this amrta, this nectar knows it should be drunk through the ears. So I say I’m talking to the devotees. I am preaching to the preachers, those who are preaching here. They will preach. I have come to preach to the preachers not the general masses, they cannot understand me, no. They are preaching here and  I preach to them, train them, then their preaching will be effective. I am training you up. If you preach successfully and effectively, then I’ll think, yes I have achieved some success in my preaching. You are the result."

"Darsan with Disciples"
Berkeley, CA, USA


BECOME A SERVANT OF SRI GURU

Srila Gour Govinda Swami Maharaja"Until you become the servant of Guru you cannot become the servant of Krsna. No. Not at all. Do you understand? Not at all. You cannot  become a servant of Krsna without becoming a servant of Guru, a dear devotee. Do you understand? Become a Vaisnava. Yes. Don't eat Delhi-ka laddoo in your mind. Delhi-ka laddoo kata he! Man kela kata. In the mind eating, Delhi-ka laddoo, [eating ladhu (sweet) in the mind.] "Yes, I am serving Krsna." Ha? You are serving Krsna? Have you become Krsna dasa? No baba! No. You are not serving Krsna. You have not become Krsna dasa as long as you have not become Guru dasa. Yes, that’s a fact. As long as you have not become Guru dasa, you cannot become Krsna dasa. You don't know how to become Krsna dasa. Do you understand? His dear devotee prays and Krsna hears his prayer because he is intimate. Only Krsna hears what His intimate devotee says."

"Become a Servant of Sri Guru"
17th Sep 1992


GURU IS ALWAYS PRESENT

HDG Srila Gour Govinda Swami Srila Gurudeva "You can see your guru if you have developed the right vision. Prahlad Maharaja saw the Supreme Lord in a stone pillar. But his father only saw the stone. You can see your guru if you are really eager to see him. “Yes, my guru is here. He is speaking to me.” If you are really thirsty you will cry for water and run, “Where is water? Where is water?” This is real eagerness. In the same way, if you are eager for your guru’s instruction then you will be able to see how he is there. He will give you instructions. He will definitely impart knowledge. Just as sastra is always there and sadhu is always there, similarly, guru is always there. He is eternal. But you are not eager. You have no thirst, so how can you get water? You are not eager for water, so how can you get water? “Oh, I have gotten. I have no thirst.” This mentality is very dangerous. You think yourself so great. You are puffed up. You are not humble at all. In the Caitanya-caritamrta Adi 17.31, Mahaprabhu says:

trnad api sunicena taror api sahisnuna
amanina manadena kirtanayah sada harih

This is a very important thing. Kaviraj Goswami says, make a garland of this verse and put it around your neck then do hari-bhajana. Otherwise you are not doing hari-bhajana at all. You are not feeling lower than the grass, you are not more tolerant than a tree, you are not free of false pride, and you are not giving respect to all. So how will you do hari-bhajana? But you say, “Oh I am doing hari-bhajana. I am doing. I am doing.” This is not bhajana."

"Become a Bona Fide Disciple"
14th Nov 1991


SRI KRSNA FOLLOWS BEHIND HIS DEVOTEE

HDG Srila Gour Govinda Swami Srila Gurudeva "Krsna said to Uddhava, "That Guru, that Acarya who teaches by his own example is my manifestation, acaryam mam vijaniyan. Do not consider him an ordinary human being, na martya-buddhyasuyeta. All the demigods are manifested there in the person of the Guru, in the body of the Guru, sarva-deva-mayo guruh, because he is a dear devotee of Krsna. A suddha bhakta, a pure devotee. He is very intimate. Even Krsna Himself serves him, as Krsna served the Pandavas. He became their messenger. Krsna is known as bhakta-bhaktiman and the bhakta is known as bhagavata-bhaktiman. Krsna is always seeking an opportunity how to serve His pure devotee. It is said that Krsna un-noticingly follows His pure devotee to take the dust of his lotus feet. Therefore He is known as bhakta-vatsala, very dear to His devotee."

"Simplicity is Vaisnavism"
24th July 1990


THE ASSOCIATES OF SRI CAITANYA MAHAPRABHU ARE MOONS REFLECTING THE SUPREME SUN SRI KRSNA

HDG Srila Gour Govinda Swami Srila Gurudeva krsna—surya-sama; maya haya andhakara
yahan krsna, tahan nahi mayara adhikara (CC. Madhya 22.31)

"Srila Prabhupada says in the purport, '...By the illumination of all the moons, brightened by the reflection of the Krishna sun, or by the grace of all the devotees of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the entire world will be illuminated, despite the darkness of Kali-yuga. Only the devotees of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu can dissipate the darkness of Kali-yuga, the ignorance of the population of this age. No one else can do so. We therefore wish that all the devotees of the Krishna consciousness movement may reflect the Supreme Sun and thus dissipate the darkness of the entire world.'

krsna—surya-sama; maya haya andhakara
yahan krsna, tahan nahi mayara adhikara
(CC. Madhya
22.31)

Godhead is light. Nescience is darkness. Where there is Godhead there is no nescience. So you must be worthy. Your heart should be cleansed of all material contamination; your heart should be cleansed of all nescience. You should be purified, then you’ll reflect. Then you’ll carry Lord Krishna. Develop krsna-prema then you’ll be able to bind Krishna, the Supreme Sun. Then your moon will reflect the Supreme Sun. Otherwise how can you reflect? This sentence in Prabhupada’s purport is most important.

This is your duty. This is the responsibility entrusted on you, the devotees of the Krishna consciousness movement. The Founder Acharya conferred this responsibility on you. Do you understand the gravity of this statement what Prabhupada has said? Understand it. Realize it. Yes, make yourself worthy and fit now. Without the mercy of such Moons, such dear devotees of Chaitanya-chandra, the Supreme Sun, how can we be worthy? How can we reflect? ... [lecture continues]

Dear Devote of Sri Caitanya MahaprabhuSo how can we qualify ourselves to carry Krishna, or bind Krishna in the heart with the rope of love? How will you be able to dissipate the darkness of the world? That is what Prabhupada wants. All the members of ISKCON, the Krishna consciousness movement should be qualified to reflect the Supreme Sun and thus dissipate the darkness of the entire world. First you become completely Krishna conscious, develop complete Krishna consciousness. Carry Krishna in your heart first. Let your heart be illuminated with the bright sunshine, the supreme Sun Krishna, then you’ll reflect it. You’ll become a moon and reflect it. Then you will be able to inculcate Krishna consciousness into everyone in the world. Then, this will be the result: the entire world will be illuminated, despite the darkness of Kali-yuga. Only the devotees of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu can dissipate the darkness, nobody else can. Nobody gives krsna-prema, nobody can give you Krishna, only Mahaprabhu gives Krishna. Yes, so gaura-bhaktas, dear devotees of Gauranga Mahaprabhu can do it, others cannot. ... [lecture continues]

This is what Prabhupada has said. In one sentence he has mentioned so much. Then we must explain this sentence further.

sankirtana haite papa-samsara-nasana
citta-suddhi, sarva-bhakti-sadhana-udgama

krsna-premodgama, premamrta-asvadana
krsna-prapti, sevamrta-samudre majjana
(CC. Antya 20.13-14)

This is the result for the whole world, sankirtana haite papa-samsara-nasana. If you do krsna-sankirtana, real sankirtana, prema-nama-sankirtana. It is not ordinary name. Prema-nama-sankirtana, then all sinful reactions of Kali-yuga, Kali-affected people will be completely destroyed. Then citta-suddhi, the heart will be purified. Sarva-bhakti-sadhana-udgama, then you will develop pure krsna-bhakti. Then krsna-premodgama, love of Godhead, love of Krishna will arise. Then premamrta-asvadana, you will relish premamrta, the nectar of loving mellow emanating from the holy Name. Then krsna-prapti, sevamrta-samudre majjana, you will get Krishna, then you will drown yourself in that ocean of prema — if you can do real krsna-sankirtana. Mahaprabhu is teaching practically.

HDG Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila PrabhupadaWe glorify those dear devotees of Gauranga Mahaprabhu the unlimited moons, they are all doing krsna-sankirtana. 'Only then can you dissipate the darkness of Kali-yuga, the ignorance of the population of this age. No one else can do it. We therefore wish that all the devotees of the Krishna consciousness movement may reflect the Supreme Sun and thus dissipate the darkness of the entire world.' That means Prabhupada, the Founder Acharya of ISKCON cherishes this hope, this desire, that all the members of the Krishna consciousness movement will chant the pure name and develop krsna-prema and get Krishna. Then be able to dissipate the darkness of the whole world. That is Prabhupada’s wish. Now this time has come, just think of this, reflect, make self-analysis, how far you are doing this as a member of this Krishna consciousness movement. Yes, make self-analysis, retrospect. How far you are giving pleasure to the Founder Acharya? Think of this thing, alright? Then how can you get his mercy. This time has come now for you to do this.

Thank you.

"The Moons of Lord Caitanya"


CRYING IN THE HEART

HDG Srila Gour Govinda Swami Srila Gurudeva "Krsna is always thinking of us. 'How my children will come to Me.' He is always very merciful so you cry before Him. Cry, you have to cry. Understand? Cry before Him! “Krsna please help me! Please send Your own man. Please send one of your own men. A very dear associate, who will help me to take me to You.” Understand me? Krsna will make that arrangement. What is Krsna’s arrangement, that is a perfect arrangement. If you try to make your own arrangement, then it will be a defective arrangement. Completely depend on the mercy of Krsna. You should cry for it, in your heart. It is not that you will sleep very deep and sound sleep, snoring, “yes Krsna will send me a Guru.” No baba! You should feel restless. “How can I get? When will I get the mercy of Krsna so I will get His dear devotee, Sri Guru."

"Service to Sri Guru is Everything"
24th June 1994


THE LOTUS FEET OF A SADHU

HDG Srila Gour Govinda Swami Srila Gurudeva

kabe mui vaisnava cinibo hari hari
vaisnava carana,  kalyanera khani,
matibo hrdaye dhori'

"Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura is offering a prayer at the lotus feet of the Lord. "Ohh Lord when can I recognize a Vaisnava? The lotus feet of such a Vaisnava are all auspicious. Nothing inauspicious is there. If by good fortune, if I can meet such a Vaisnava, sadhu, paramahamsa, those whose lotus feet are all auspicious, I can clasp his lotus feet tightly and put in my heart!"

"Vaisnavas Are Your Only Well-Wishing Friends"
9th May 1995


SERVE SRILA PRABHUPADA

HDG Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada

"Those disciples who are coming to me, being sent by my beloved spiritual master should be true disciples, to serve Srila Prabhupada and get His mercy. My dear Guru Maharaja frequently said, repeatedly says, be serious! Take it seriously. This is for serious students, yes seriousness is required. If there will be no seriousness one cannot serve Guru and Gauranga. Take it seriously. So just quoting the words of my Gurudeva, I request you all, my beloved disciples, take it seriously and swear! Take a promise! At the cost of your life you must serve Srila Prabhupada, so the success of your life will be assured. Praying at the lotus feet of my Guru on this Vyasapuja, I tell you this thing. Let Him shower His causless mercy on you."

Jaya Srila Prabhupada!

Vyasapuja Offering to Srila Prabhupada
25th Aug '89

 

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