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Don't Discuss - Do Nama-bhajan!
Om Visnupad Sri Srimad Bhakti Vaibhav Puri Gosvami Maharaj

Do nama-kirtana and through it you will obtain perfection. And after you obtain this perfection you will understand whether you belong to Goloka or to Vaikuntha, or whether you belong to dasya, sakhya, vatsalya or srngara-bhakti. Only then will you know. This is not something which you can achieve by training. These are not topics on which you can give five year training courses. It is not a training course. This raga-bhakti is not a training course. It depends only upon the blessings of Guru, Vaisnavas and the Lord. Our progress depends upon the blessings of sadhus, mahatmas, Guru and Bhagavan. Without their blessings we cannot march forward. There is no march. If you make a khichiri – rice, dhal, vegetables all mixed together – you cannot be happy, you cannot taste it. You will not obtain ruci. You have to go step by step. After ruci will come asakti and after that bhava. But we have not come to bhava at all. We talk of rasa, but we have not obtained the bhava stage. Rasa is different. Many are saying that bhakti is bhava.

We don’t appreciate rasam. Because rasa means to have vikaram (change, transformation). The nirvisesa-vadi are saying that the bhakti-rasa is nirvikara (without exchange and transformation). But this is not the pure conception. Their conception is that there is only nirvikaram (no exchange or transformation) nirvisesam (impersonal), nirakaram (formless) and nothing more. But they cannot understand this. That Mahaprabhu is dancing and His body is shivering, His colour is changing, His throat is choking, His hair is standing on end.

All these symptoms they are considered as nirvikaram. They say that a jnani does not require this. How can they understand? The first thing is that you have to follow the process of Rupa Gosvami.

adau sraddha tatah sadhu-sango 'tha bhajana-kriya
tato 'nartha-nivṛttih syat tato nistha rucis tatah
athasaktis tato bhavas tatah premabhyudancati
sadhakanam ayam premnah pradurbhave bhavet kramah
(Bhakti Rasamrta Sindhu 1.4.15-16)
Ragam and dvesam, like and dislike. For some things
we have attraction and for others we feel disgust.
We all have this, but we should go beyond that.
Then our doubts will be cleared.”

Om Visnupad Sri Srimad
Bhakti Vaibhav Puri Gosvami Maharaj

You have to wait for that. If you give up the rail lines, how far can you go even if you run? The train is running on these rail lines. The path has already been laid and you have to adjust yourself accordingly. This train, when it remains on the right track, can drag any load and it will take us to the right destination.

There are certain lazy fellows who have no time to practice bhajan or sadhana, but they are happy to take part in these lazy discussions.

bhidyate hrdaya-granthis chidyante sarva-samsayah
ksiyante casya karmani drsta evatmanisvare
(Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.21)

The devotee is always engaged in service, he has no time. Once Vallabhacarya came to Mahaprabhu and told Him, “I have written a commentary on the Divine Name. My commentary is a very lucid one, it is better than Sridhara’s.” Then Mahaprabhu gently avoided him, “I have no time, sir, I must finish my number of Names, so I have no time to hear your commentary.” Gently He avoided him. He said, “I know that Krsna is Nanda-nandana. There may be hundreds or thousands of commentaries on Him, but all I know is that Krsna is Nanda-nandana. So why should you come and tell me your commentaries. Only lazy fellows like to discuss.”

All the devotees were afraid to hear from Vallabhacarya because Mahaprabhu had avoided him. Now if Mahaprabhu comes to a conclusion and has given a judgement, who are these rascals to come and say, “No, no! He is a scholar, he has done this and that.”

These lazy fellows always like to discuss about the raga-bhakti. They never do sadhana. The time they use to argue, is that sadhana? It is not sadhana at all. To develop sadhana-bhakti you have to only hear, not to discuss. Discussion means that there is something you have to accept and something you have to reject. What portion do we have to accept? What portion do we have to reject? What can be understood? Bhidyate hridaya-granthis, chidyante sarva-samsayah. When the ahankara is not there, then you are free from these sort of discussions. Ragam and dvesam, like and dislike. For some things we have attraction and for others we feel disgust. We all have this, but we should go beyond that. Then our doubts will be cleared. We should come in touch with Bhagavan, Krsna. We have to come in contact with Krsna. If anybody comes to you and says, “Oh, you are not doing bhajan” and you argue with him, you will lose your time. Then the time for food will come and you have not done any sadhana. Food is desired, then you have to go to the latrine because you must pass urine. You cannot stop all of these activities. But you will stop krsna-bhajana. You will never do krsna-bhajana. You will never leave your food or control your urine. This is how we are lazy people. We enjoy happiness in argument; the mana is enjoying it and it is called manaso bhyasam, the happiness of the mind. And we think that we have properly utilized our time. But the bhakta will never do that.

If you are really craving the mercy of the Lord, you will never lose even one second. Pariksit Maharaja said to Sukadeva Gosvami, “Do not stop for even one second, I do not want to rest even for one second. If I lose one second I will never make it up, I will never recover that lost second in my life. In seven days it will be one second less, one minute lost.” For a man who is very intelligent, when anything threatens to destroy his bhakti, he will be very honest, sincere and clever not to embrace it or to discuss it. He will not lose his time in useless discussions.

His mind has no taste for it, on the contrary he will sleep. If one does not sleep in these arguments it is because he wants to defeat others, he wants to establish himself. Mahaprabhu says, “Don’t argue! Arguments have no place!”

People who like to argue will always be separated one from the other. The way you do bhajan should not be discussed with others. What is that bhajan? To repeat Nama. Every day you should complete one lakha Nama. You must make time for this. Then you may discuss whatever, because you will be happy that you have repeated Nama one hundred thousand times. Now if you are not chanting one lakha, when somebody comes to you and talks, you cannot count Nama. The time you lose, two or three hours are wasted. How can you make up three hours? How can you complete your Nama? You have to complete the Nama 365 days a year. Every day. You don’t know when the blessings of the Lord will come to you.

We must repeat Nama, but we are chanting it recklessly. My mind is roaming and my tongue is repeating. The beads are going down, but my tongue is not moving so quickly. “Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna”, and then are finished. This is how they cheat themselves. They are deceivers, they are cheating themselves and they are cheating others. They want to derive happiness by discussing. What do you discuss? You have to discuss only on the method of hearing, on how to use time properly. In 24 hours we eat, rest etc. Can we spare eight hours of our day for Nama? Regularly and with the mind attached to it, you should repeat Nama, this is sadhana. We are not at all doing sadhana and we discuss high topics. We do not go to school, our names are not even in the register and we want to discuss about things unknown to us. This is the situation. We are lazy, we are not doing bhajan at all. But bhajana is necessary. You say that you are chanting sixteen rounds, this is nonsense. You cannot be happy with only sixteen rounds. If a man has an actual appetite for bhakti, he cannot be satisfied with only sixteen rounds.

tunde tandavini ratim vitanute tundavali-labdhaye
karna-kroda-kadambini ghatayate karnarbudebhyah sprham
cetah-prangana-sangini vijayate sarvendriyanam krtim
no jane janita kiyadbhir amrtaih krsneti varna-dvayi
(Vidagdhamadhava Natakam)

“I do not understand how much nectar there is in these two syllables Krs-na. When I repeat Nama I think, why has Brahma given me only one tongue? One is not sufficient for me to repeat Nama. How can I repeat Nama day and night with only one tongue? I want more tongues. Tundavali-labdhaye / karna-kroda-kadambini ghatayate karnarbudebhyah sprham. When I hear that Nama I think two ears are not sufficient. I need a hundred crores of ears to hear Nama. When He dances on my tongue, He dances in my heart and all my organs are dancing.” Do you experience that? And you talk all this nonsense. These rogues who are arguing or establishing such things, have they experienced that? No.

“We must repeat Nama, but we are chanting it recklessly. My mind is roaming and my tongue is repeating. The beads are going down, but my tongue is not moving so quickly. 'Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna', and then are finished. This is how they cheat themselves.”

Om Visnupad Sri Srimad Bhakti Vaibhav Puri Gosvami Maharaj

“How can I approach this process sir? What is the procedure?” You have to eat to live. What food do you want? Nama is the food. Are you having Nama? Do you repeat Nama? They say, “Yes, I’m repeating it”, but this is an excuse. By repeating that kind of Nama, you will never get anything. This is not the process. You have to go beyond Svargaloka, Maharloka, Janaloka, Satyaloka, Brahmaloka and Vaikuntha. Where are you? Where are we? It is a misfortune, we should not discuss those topics. We should know that these people are kamadinam kati na katidha palita durnidesas. They are under the influence of kama. They cannot control desires. As soon as their indriyam, the senses, will come in contact with their objects, they will fall down. Because they are lazy fellows, they will come in touch with it. They do not have the power that can enable them to abstain. So Nama should be repeated.

See how Raghunatha Dasa Gosvami used to do that. In Vrndavana he was the only person who was vairagi.

vairagya-yug-bhakti-rasam prayatnair
apayayan mam anabhipsum andham
krpambudhir yah para-duhkha-duhkhi
sanatanas tam prabhum asrayami
(Vilapa-kusumanjali verse 6)

He said, “I’m a blind man, I never wanted to chant, but my gurus Sanatana Gosvami and Rupa Gosvami forcibly tied my hands and legs. It is like when you give medicine to a beast. This body is a beast, I’m a beast. Forcibly they have poured this nectar into my mouth. I am unwilling, I am unfit, yet they are so merciful.” We are not in the position to hear these subjects. Where we are? We are in hell, we are at the bottom of hell, but still we discuss these things.

Sadhu-Sanga is Always Necessary
Om Visnupad Sri Srimad Bhakti Vaibhav Puri Gosvami Maharaj

Devotee: Some people are saying that it is necessary to read only Prabhupada's books [Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Svami] and that this is the way to get his association. But on the other hand, Prabhupada says in many of his purports that personal association with saintly persons is important. How can we fully realize that?

Srila Bhakti Vaibhav Puri Maharaj: You see, when sadhus are not available, there are the sastras and you must read them. But when sadhus are available near or far, you have to approach them, you have to talk with them. Because the Scriptures may help us, but practically speaking wherever you find a sadhu practising, you should go to that sadhu and receive direct instructions from him. The Scriptures cannot bless you. They may clear your doubts, but the blessings come from the sadhus. You have to approach a living sadhu. There is no other way. He must bless us. But if you go to a sadhu who is not a real sadhu, then he will delude you. Then you will have to pray to Lord Krsna that He comes to You as a bona fide sadhu. You will do your duty by thinking, “Only when Krsna will bless me, will I get that association.” We don't know for how long we will survive, janma-mrtyu-jara-duhkhair. We should know that we are unreal, we don't know what will happen one hour from now. So we should not procrastinate, we should not be lazy in doing this [searching for a real sadhu].

There is a statement given by Ravana, “Once I had an idea to build a ladder to Svarga-loka. I could have done it, but I waited.” No! Whatever you think is good, do it immediately, don't delay. Krsna will help you. If you are not able, Krsna will help you to know how to adopt and select the process. He will give the remedy and the blessings. There is always Krsna. In the beginning, in the middle and at the end there is Krsna. Without Krsna nothing can be done. This is the devotee's conception and this is called Krsna consciousness. We are not speaking of a jnani's or yogi's conception. We are speaking of a bhakta's conception. The obtainment of the bhakta and that of the jnani or yogi are different. They are all different.

The bhakta is always happy, he does not want even moksa. “I will never suffer if I have to take another birth, I will be happy to be born as a devotee or in the house of a devotee. Whether I may be in a human form or in beast form, I must be close to a sadhu.” Sadhu-sanga is always necessary.

'sadhu-sanga', 'sadhu-sanga'- sarva sastre kaya,
lava matra sadhu-sange sarva-siddhi haya.
(Sri Caitanya Caritamrta, Madhya-lila 22-54)

All the scriptures say, “Seek the association of sadhus!” Which sadhus? A living sadhu, not sadhus who have left this world. You can have their teachings through books, but the association of a living sadhu will be more effective.

So if a sadhu is present you have to approach him. Do not argue this. Do simple, practical things and seek the sadhu's association. You should talk to a sadhu, hear from him and observe his behaviour, then your heart will be greatly benefited. But if you only read the sastras or the quotations of the sadhus, you will not have as much benefit. Sadhus are always present, do not say that sadhus are not there, as long as the world will exist sadhus will always be there. It is only by fortune that we will meet them. And if I come in contact with a sadhu, whatever blessings I need I will get.

“All the scriptures say, “Seek the association of sadhus!” Which sadhus? A living sadhu,
not sadhus who have left this world. You can have their teachings through books,
but the association of a living sadhu will be more effective.”
Om Visnupada Sri Srimad Bhakti Vaibhava Puri Gosvami Maharaja

We do not have to compare ourselves with others, we do not have to hanker after worldly things, we only want Lord Krsna. If we feel a strong necessity Krsna will come to us. We must feel this necessity and practise immediately. Whatever the sadhu says, we have to obey him. If we go on reading the sastras, they will never give us the same strength. By reading them you can destroy your doubts, but you will be able to destroy them even more if you have the association of a sadhu, because you can observe his activities and you can understand them. If you are sincere, you will get a sincere association, but if you are not sincere you will get nothing. This sincerity must be there. It depends upon us, because Krsna will never deceive anybody. He is called Krtajna. In the sahasra-Nama He is called Krtajna, because whatever I do He will accept. If I think of Him and weep for Him, He will help me.

Ascending and Descending Process
Om Visnupada Sri Srimad Bhakti Vaibhava Puri Gosvami Maharaja
(3rd of October 1992, Sri Vrndavana Dham)

If we want to enjoy the pleasures of this world, we will suffer, because all diseases will come. It is the function of Nature that you cannot enjoy. You will have to weep if you enjoy, because that enjoyment is not real. One can say, “I know that this enjoyment or attachment and its side-effects will bring only suffering. I know this, still I am unable to give it up.” Suppose a person wants to eat some particular diet or has attachment to a wife and children. He knows that he is supposed to give it up, but he cannot. He is aware of the after-effects of these attachments, but still is unable to leave them. He is not an Isvara, he is only an infinitesimal jiva, therefore he cannot control himself. Isvara can control the limbs, but the jiva cannot.

Still he, the bhakta, does not leave his bhajan. He is always weeping for Krsna, “Oh Krsna, I know that this should not be done, but I am doing it, because I am not fit. Please make me fit!” Suppose a man likes a mango or whatever. He knows it may be bad for his health and that he has to give it up, but he is unable to control himself. Then he prays, “Oh Lord, please help me!” That prayer will help him. When the time will come, automatically that attachment will go away. However, if all a sudden, we give up one thing and we take another, it will not last. Because it is Nature’s function. So one must have sufficient strength to control himself. Self-control is different from spontaneity.

There is a story about Guru Nanak. He was very fond of payasam rice, milk and sugar. One day he ate a very large quantity of this payasam and he vomited. So on that day he gave it up. After vomiting he told himself, “This happened because I have such a taste for this preparation, so eat it now! Eat it!”

The devotee’s attitude should be, “I am unable to control my limbs, I have no capability to control my organs. The Lord must help me." This is the correct process. Guru Nanak’s approach was a long procedure because it was an ascending process, not a descending one. Without the help of the Lord, Guru Nanak took the initiative to give up this payasam. He gave it up, no doubt, but this does not show that he has obtained bliss. One may give up whatever is not necessary, but this does not mean that he will automatically obtain bliss. What is that bliss? To have the darsana of the Lord. Nothing except that can be called bliss. The bliss of yogis and jnanis is to give up their enjoyment, but they cannot be happy: rasavarjam raso 'py asya / param drstva nivartate. Forcing themselves they say, "No, I don’t want to enjoy." But that will never last. Only when this detachment will come automatically, will it last.

“If we want to enjoy the pleasures of this
world, we will suffer, because all diseases
will come. It is the function of Nature that you
cannot enjoy. You will have to weep if you
enjoy, because that enjoyment is not real.”
Om Visnupada Sri Srimad
Bhakti Vaibhava Puri Gosvami Maharaja

Like in the story of Bilvamangala. He was too attached to Cintamani, a harlot. One day he wanted to cross the river to go to that harlot, but there was a heavy flood. The boats were not available, so he jumped into the river. Fortunately he saw a corpse, took hold of it and was t able to cross the river. He reached the harlot’s house, but she was upstairs and there was no way to go inside. Then he saw a rope hanging from the boundary wall, he caught hold of it and jumped over. He knocked at the harlot’s door and went inside. Seeing him, Cintamani said, “How were you able to come here, sir?” He replied, “There was some rope there and with it I could cross over the boundary wall.” “But there is no rope at all!” Then with the help of some light they saw that it was not a rope, but a snake. “You did not realize that it was a snake?! And you crossed the river holding onto a corpse! If you could have one percent of this attachment for Lord Krsna, you would be greatly benefited.” Immediately, upon hearing these words, he was transformed. “Yes, I prostrate before you. You are my siksa-guru, from today onward I will stop with this attachment!”

Afterwards he went to his diksa-guru Somagiri to take sannyasa and then he tore out his eyes, because they were the cause of his calamities. Of course, this may seem like an ascending process, but he was weeping and weeping for Krsna. He remembered all His lilas and wrote the Krsna-karnamrta. He had so much attachment for Krsna. Whatever attachment he had for the harlot was doubled, tripled a hundred times more for Krsna. So he wrote many wonderful slokas and he sang them.

He was a blind man singing and Krsna would come and listen to him. Once when he had finished, Krsna asked him, “Where do you want to go, sir?“ “I want to go to that place.” “Then take hold of My hand and come with Me.” Taking Krsna’s hand he was guided to that particular place and Krsna said, “Here is the place you wanted to reach,” and He left. So this is the stage he had obtained. Anyhow it is all the Lord’s grace. Without His grace, sacrifice never lasts. Sacrifice depends upon the blessings of the Lord. So we have to depend upon the blessings of the Lord.

Every birth let me serve You, my Lord
Om Vishnupada Sri Srimad Bhakti Vaibhava Puri Gosvami Maharaja
natha yoni-sahasresu yesu yesu vrajamy aham
tesu tesu acala bhaktir acyutastu sada
(Vishnu Purana)

“Wherever I go, wherever I may take my birth; there I may be a human, a beast, a bird, or insect, and born in heaven or born in hell and suffering…Whatever it is, I will accept it. I don´t want anything new for my enjoyment. I want only devotion. Every birth let me serve You. I want service, service, service…”

man-mana bhava mad-bhakto mad yaji mam namaskuru… (BG 18.65)

“Always remember Me and be My devotee and do My service.”

Then what will happen?

…mam evaisyasi (BG 18.65)

“You will come to Me. You will come to Me, not that you will be one with Me,” as some people like to say: “So ´ham. I am.” No. I don´t want to be so ´ham, I want to be daso ´ham. I want to be Your dasa. Dasa means servant. So´ham means master. I don´t want to be a monarch, I want to be Your servant. Servant, servant, servant. Not only your servant:

bhrityasya bhritya iti mam smara loka-natha

“O Lord of the Universe, the perfection of my life, and the most cherished mercy You could show to me, would be if You consider me the servant of the servant of the servant of Your servant.”

kamadinam kati na katidha
palita durnidesah
(Cc Madhya 22.16)

“O Lord, I have followed the dictations of kama, krodha, lobha, moha, mada and matsarya (lust, anger, greed, illusion, pride and envy). Though I carried their orders, I could not please them. They are not pleased with my service. Though I am doing their service for 24 hours, they say, “Do more!” I am a shameless rascal, therefore I do the service of these rascals. At least I have realized that these fellows are shameless and I will never do their service, from today onwards. I will do only Your service my Lord. You´re my Master. Even I do only a little service You will be pleased.

patram puspam phalam toyam
yo me bhaktya prayacchati
tad aham bhakti-upahrtam
asnami prayatatmanah
(BG 9.26)

“If the surrendered soul offers to Me a leaf, a flower, fruit, or water, I will accept it.”

“I will eat it!”
“No, You are not a beast that eats all fruits and leaves.”
“Yes. I must come to that position, because My devotee offered it. Whatever he gives, I will take it. Even if he gives a poison I will take it.”

But the poison will never affect the Lord. Even if the poison is given to the devotee it will never affect him, because he has surrendered to the Lord and the Lord is protecting him.

Hare Krishna! Now we must do His service. Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna! Don´t sleep! Service is a nectar, and it will give you life. Even though you may want to die, you will never die. Hari-katha will save you.

pibanti ye bhagavata atmanah satam
kathamrtam sravana-putesu sambhrtam
punanti te visaya-vidusitasayam
vrajanti tac-carana-saroruhantikam
(Srimad Bhagavatam 2.2.37)

These nectar-like pastimes, hari-katha, will give life to all. They will free everyone from the influence of maya. Right now, we are fighting for, and chasing after, nothing. When we actually hear the teaching of the Lord, the nectar, coming from lotus mouth of a pure devotee, it will help us. It will counteract the affect of the poison. And what is that poison? Whatever you do in the name of service to kama, krodha, lobha, moha, mada and matsarya. They are not our friends. They can only be compared with poison.

When we take this nectar from a pure devotee, the poison will go away. If you have a drop of this nectar you will never die. You can become immortal. No death! Hare Krishna!

(transcribed by Jagadish das)

Eternal Servant
Om Vishnupada Sri Srimad Bhakti Vaibhava Puri Gosvami Maharaja

sakalajivera svarupa haya krsnera nitya dasa
krsnera tatastha sakti bhedabeda prakasa

“It´s the living entity´s constitutional position to be an eternal servant of Krishna. The living entity is the marginal energy of Krishna, and His manifestation, simultaneously one with, and different from the Lord - like a molecule of sunshine or a spark of fire.” (Caitanya Caritamrta 20.108-109)

The jiva is eternally the servant of Lord Krishna. Due to his marginal stage, he sometimes goes up and sometimes goes down. All baddha jivas (conditioned living beings) will go to heavenly planets if they are doing good activities. And they will come down if they are doing something wrong. One day he may be a king, but another day he may be a thief and put into prison. One day he may be a dog or cat, or even a tree. The jiva has to take millions of births until he is fortunate to come under the shelter of a realized soul, a pure devotee.

By following the instructions of a pure devotee, all the ignorance of the jiva will be destroyed. In this way the jiva can become pure and free from bondage. In this condition he can return to his eternal home place.

yad gatva na nivartante tad dhama paramam mama (BG 15.6)

"The eternal home is parama dhama, and from here he does not need to return to this world."

Now it is Kali-yuga. We are attacked by the ideas found in a multitude of books, people, thoughts, the media, and we are not able stabilize ourselves because we have no strength. The best way to get strength is to surrender. Rupa Goswami says: “Surrender, surrender, surrender.” This surrender is of six types:

anukulyasya sankalpa, pratikulyasya varjanam,
raksisyatiti visvaso, goptvrtve varanam tata,
atmaniksepa karpanya, sad-vidha saranagatih

“There are six symptoms of self-surrender (saranagati). The first two are anukulyasya sankalpa and pratikulyasya varjanam: I will do only that which is favorable for unalloyed bhakti, and I will reject all that is unfavorable. This is called a solemn vow.

The third symptom is raksisyatiti visvaso: The Lord is my only protector; I can derive absolutely no benefit from jnana, yoga and other such practices. This is an expression of trust.

The fourth symptom is goptvrtve varanam: The deliberate acceptance of the Lord as one´s maintainer. I cannot obtain anything or even maintain myself by my own endeavor. I will serve the Lord as far as I am able, and He will take care of me. That is an expression of dependence.

The fifth symptom is atmaniksepa: This means surrender. Who am I? I am His? My duty is to fulfill His desire. This expresses submission of the self.

The sixth symptom is karpanye: This means meekness. I am wretched, insignificant and materially destitute. This is what is meant by humility.” (Bhakti-sandarbha Anuccheda-236, Caitanya Caritamrta - Madhya 22.100)

There are six types of saranagati, which we have to practice. Who will teach us this saranagati? Only a pure devotee who possesses unalloyed, pure devotion can save us. If we dedicate ourselves to him, he can destroy all doubts and save us. He is always merciful.

kabe jibe doya, hoibe udoya
nija-sukha bhuli´ sudina-hrdoya

“When will I feel compassion for all living beings? When will I forget my own pleasure and instead pursue genuine humility?” (Kabe Habe Bolo, Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura)

A devotee, or a Vaisnava, is not living for himself. He is only here to help all the jivas, the fallen souls. He is very kind and compassionate. This compassion helps all the jivas to reach the stage where they possess bhakti for Bhagavan.

Om Visnupada Sri Srimad Bhakti Vaibhava Puri Gosvami Maharaja

There is a story about a person, a great scholar. He approached Mahadev at Benares, and started to worship him. He was fasting, and begging for Mahadeva’s blessings.

Finally, Mahadeva asked him, “What do you want?”

“Sir, I am suffering. Please remove my suffering.”

“Yes, I can do it for you. But you have to go to Vrindavana, where you will have to meet a mahatma, a great soul. This mahatma has got a touchstone. You should tell him, that I am ordering him to give this touchstone to you. In this way, all your troubles and suffering will be removed.”

So the scholar thought, “Oh, this touchstone will definitely give me millions of rupees, so I can attain happiness.”

He went then to Vrindavana, and requested of the saint, “Sir, have you the gem which Mahadeva spoke of? He instructed me to come here and beg it from you. It is his order that you give it to me. Can you accept this directive?”

The sadhu answered, “Yes, the gem is here, but I don´t remember where it is.”

The scholar became very unhappy and he thought, “I am so unfortunate. Though my Lord Siva gave me the gem, I am not fortunate enough to have it in my hand. What shall I do?” He sat silently then for a couple of hours, then decided, “I am unfortunate so I will leave.”

When he was going away, Sanatana Gosvami came out and told him, “You go this direction, and after 10km there is one tree. If you dig six inches on the east side of the tree you will find the gem there.”

The scholar went to the tree, dug as instructed, and found the gem- dazzling like the sun. He made a test with the stone. He touched a piece of iron with the stone and it immediately turned into gold.

“Oh, Mahadeva´s boon is real. Now I will not suffer anymore.”

So he carefully wrapped the stone into his dhoti, and started to walk to his village. On the way he thought, “This gem is such a valuable item. The saint who owned it has no cottage or even clothes. He is dressed only in kaupina. He doesn´t even have a glass for water. He is suffering, though he was the master of this gem. Why does he need to suffer cold wind, cold seasons, without even a carpet or blanket? Is he really so ignorant? Why should he suffer when he is the owner of such a valuable gem?”

Then he decided that, “No, there must be a more valuable thing in his possession that is making him forget this touchstone. This sadhu is more happy with that what he has, so why should he care about this material gem?”

Then the scholar returned to the sadhu who had instructed him, approached him, and asked, “Sir, you gave me such a valuable gem, but you don´t have a cottage or hut, nothing. You just sit under a tree, though you possessed a gem that would allow you to construct magnificent building. Why do you give away such a lucky gem? Even when I asked you where it was, at first you couldn´t remember. Finally you told me that it had been thrown under a tree, as if it was an ordinary stone. From this I have come to understand that you must possess something even more valuable. Mahadeva never deceives, neither do you. Therefore, sir, I am asking you to give to me that which you have, which makes you disregard the touchstone.”

Sanatana Gosvami said, “Do you really want that wealth? Then throw that touchstone you have into the Yamuna.”

The scholar did this immediately, and Sanatana Gosvami said to him,

cintamani-prakara-sadmasu kalpavrksa-
laksavrtesu surabhir abhipalayantam
govindam adi-purusam tam aham bhajami

“I worship Govinda, the primary Lord, the first progenitor who is tending the cows, yielding all desire, in abodes built with spiritual gems, surrounded by millions of desire trees, always served with great reverence and affection by hundreds of thousands of Lakshmis, or gopis.” (Brahma Samhita 5.29)

In this way, Sanatana Gosvami initiated the scholar into worship of Krishna. When the pandit started to serve Krishna, all his desires for material enjoyment and happiness evaporated.

“Now I am free from worldly bondage. By your grace I am free, because I can reach my Lord, Krishna.”

There is nothing superior to Lord Krishna, and nothing superior to the blessings of Lord Krishna. No one can have these blessings, except for those who unconditionally surrender to the Lord. If one surrenders, the Lord will destroy all his suffering and give him real enjoyment of every moment of his existence.

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Om Visnupada Sri Srimad Bhakti Vaibhava Puri Gosvami Maharaja

nayam atma pravacanena labhyo
na medhaya na bahuna srutena
yam evaisa vrnute tena labhyas
tasyaisa atma vivrnute tanum svam

“The Supreme Lord is not attained by expert explanations, by vast intelligence or even by much hearing. Only one who He Himself chooses attains him. To such a person He manifests Himself.” (Mundaka Upanisad 3.2.3)

The atma (soul) cannot be understood through argument because it has no end. One person says “yes”, and another person says “no”. There is always contradiction, fights, and conflicts and of these things there will be no end (tarka pratishtanam), because there is no end to logic. Through logic we are not able to understand paramatma (Supersoul). Na medhaya, we also cannot understand Him through intellectual pursuits like applied linguists or studies in Eastern and Western philosophy. No!

Then who can understand? One who surrenders. One who feels that his own knowledge, mind, mental efforts, empiric knowledge, and ascending actions do not allow him to understand this. One who realizes that I can understand Him only through His blessings.

There are two paths, one is ascending and the other is descending: aroha vada and avaroha vada.

If I surrender to Him, then He will bless me. And through His blessings I can understand. No other way!

Suppose that unfortunately you were to fall into a well. How could you come out? You would need help from outside. Somebody must give you a rope, or a ladder, and help you to come out. Without the help from the outsider you cannot come out. Through your own efforts you cannot come out. Alone, you may come up to a certain point, but again you will fall down. If there is help from the outside then you will definitely go out. Two things are necessary: the help from outside, and your acceptance of the help. Receive it and accept it.

You have to receive this help, the truth, as explained in our revealed scriptures.

tad viddhi pranipatena
pariprasnena sevaya
upadeksyanti te jnanam
jnaninas tattva-darsinah

“Just try to learn the truth by approaching a spiritual master. Inquire from him submissively and render service unto him. The self-realized soul can impart knowledge unto you, because he has seen the truth.” (Bhagavad Gita 4.34)

You have to surrender to your spiritual master. Then you have to clear your doubts. Ask your questions then, but only for the purpose of service, not for the sake of argument. If you serve, satisfy and please Guru, then he can help you with all your questions.

If you are not approaching Guru in this submissive mood you cannot benefit. You will hear but not understand, you will accept but not follow. By the blessings of the spiritual master, yasya prasadad bhagavat prasado, you can understand the topic and follow it.

If we surrender to the person that knows tattva, the truth, and knows this subject perfectly well he will explain to us how to practice, how to clear our doubts, how to proceed on the path, mahajano yena gantha sa pantha. He will tell you, “This is not my discovery. This is the path that my ancestors have followed. If you also follow this you will be happy.”

Truth is Truth
Om Visnupada Sri Srimad Bhakti Vaibhava Puri Gosvami Maharaja

(Public program: Zagreb, Croatia. May 18, 2003)

How to attain devotional love? What is the meaning of love? Ordinarily we know that in this world, love is only for self-entertainment. We love only for self-satisfaction. However, regarding love for the Supreme Godhead, we must dedicate ourselves first through surrender. We must dedicate ourselves to the Lord.

We have to dedicate ourselves to the person we received instruction from, our spiritual master, and we have to strictly follow his instructions. We must follow the path of Gauranga, Krishna Chaitanya. Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is teaching us how to understand the reality and truth about Godhead.

What is God and what can He do? And who is eligible to know Him? These are questions that need to be solved.

What is truth? Truth is truth. Truth has no future, and no past. Truth is only in the present. The three tenses aren´t present in truth, only the present; always the present. The present has no future, it is eternal. Everything else you see that´s not the truth is material and transitory, existing only for a moment. Our bodies are born, and then grow up to be six or seven feet high. Our weight also increases. Then gradually we decay, and eventually will perish. However, this is not what anyone wants to believe. Our motto is: I want to be eternal.

There is a Creator, which has created the whole universe. It´s under His guidelines that we are able to sit here and talk. Well, who is that? He is the Truth. He is the most powerful One and cannot be understood by our puppy brains. Our knowledge is limited knowledge. Like our mental, intellectual and physical strengths, which are also limited.

Our ability to know Truth is limited by the capacity of our senses. We cannot understand the truth unless we have unconditionally surrendered.

In the Bhagavat-Gita (18.66), it is written:

sarva-dharman parityajya mam ekam saranam vraja
aham tvam sarva-papebhyo moksayisyami ma sucah

"Give up all so-called religions taught by humans and just surrender to Me. Surrender to Me!"

If you are surrendered without any aims or desires, and if you follow the path given to you, then the Lord will reveal Himself. When the Truth is revealed to you, then you can understand what Truth is. The revelation of the Lord requires our submission. What is submission?

My body, mind, physical and intellectual strength are not capable of knowing the truth. If we want to know the truth, then we should surrender. Dedicate ourselves. This body, and all its organs, is not mine; and I am not this body. To whom does this body and its organs belong? They are created, and that creation has a beginning and an end. Kaumaram yauvanam jara (BG 2.13). A young boy becomes old, gradually decays, and then leaves this world. This is the situation of the world we live in. So we cannot declare that we are permanent, eternal. We are under the will of the Supreme Power, and only through submission is Truth revealed.

Caitanya Mahaprabhu says that in Kali-yuga, "Harer nama, harer nama, harer namaiva kevalam, kalau nasty eva nasty eva nasty eva gatir anyatha," the only way to know the Truth is to repeat the Divine Name.

Why is it called the Divine Name? The divinity that you find in the Name is eternal. There is no difference between the sound and the Person, they are One. If you constantly repeat the Divine Name, then the moment will come when everything will be revealed to you. The sound will reveal the Truth to you, as a Person. You will receive His darshan.

When you discover the Divinity, you find that there is no difference between the sound and the Person.

If you think very deeply, you can understand Truth. Wait and see. Follow the instructions in the scriptures and of the people who are practicing, the sadhus, and you will realize the Truth. Only with surrender will the Lord reveal Himself.

“Oh Lord! Oh Lord! I am blind, I am helpless. I have ears but I cannot hear, and I have eyes but I cannot see. Your blessings are required.” When you surrender, then the Lord will bless you, and you will know the Truth.