My Musings – 3: How do I control my mind?


By Niraj Bidawatka

Lord Chaitanya has descended with the medicine of the Holy Name to cure our disease of material attachment

Lord Chaitanya has descended with the medicine of the Holy Name to cure our disease of material attachment

mana eva manusyanam karanam bandha moksayoh

bandhaya visay asango muktyai nirvisayam manah

The above verse from the smrtis, states that the mind is the sole cause of a human being’s bondage and liberation.

The mind, which is engaged in sense enjoyment, becomes the cause of bondage, whereas the mind, which is not attached to sense objects, leads us to liberation.

Thus, in order to control the mind, we need a mantra. Manah trayate it mantra.

Mantra means that, which delivers (trayate) the mind (mana). The mantra, which is especially prescribed for this age, is the Hare Krishna mahamantra. This is the verdict of the Kalisantaran Upanishad.

Hare Krishna Mantra

Therefore, if we want to go back to Godhead, we must chant Hare Krishna at all times (kirtaniya sada hari).

Chaitanya Mahaprabhu says that, “I have descended with the sole purpose of taking you back to Godhead. So please accept this medicine of the Hare Krishna mahamantra, which I am distributing to one and all.”

So, at least for Lord Chaitanya’s sake, Who has very benevolently appeared to take us back, we should at once start chanting the Hare Krishna mahamantra. Continue reading

MEMBERS OF ALL RELIGIOUS SECTS REFER AND READ SRILA PRABHUPADA’S BOOKS


By Niraj Bidawatka

Some six months back, when I was out on book distribution, one woman came to me and asked me to give a nice book of Prabhupada because she had just finished reading Bhagavad Gita As It Is, which she has bought from me some six or seven years back. I gave her the “Science of Self Realization”, which she happily bought.

Last month, when I saw her on the street, I stopped her and asked her to come to our Bhagavad gita lectures.

Srila Prabhupada also used to read his own books

Srila Prabhupada also used to read his own books

She politely declined stating that since she was already following the “BrahmaKumaris” (a religious organization in India), she did not want to attend our programs.  Continue reading

The Chanting of Krishna’s Holy Name is far above all mundane pious activity


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

koti aśvamedha eka krishna nāma sama

yei kahe, se pāsandī, dande tāre yama

SYNONYMS

koti—ten million; aśvamedha—horse sacrifices; eka—one; krishna—of Lord Krishna; nāma—name; sama—equal to; yei—one who; kahe—says; se—he; pāsandī—atheist; dande—punishes; tāre—him; yama—Yamarāja.

TRANSLATION

One who says that ten million aśvamedha sacrifices are equal to the chanting of the holy name of Lord Krishna is undoubtedly an atheist. He is sure to be punished by Yamarāja.

PURPORT

In the list of the ten kinds of offenses in chanting the holy name of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Hare Krishna, the eighth offense is dharma-vrata-tyāga-hutādi-sarva-śubha-kriyā-sāmyam api pramādah. One should never consider the chanting of the holy name of Godhead equal to pious activities like giving charity to brāhmanas or saintly persons, opening charitable educational institutions, distributing free food and so on. The results of pious activities do not equal the results of chanting the holy name of Krishna.

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The Vedic scriptures say:

go-koti-dānam grahane khagasya

prayāga-gangodaka-kalpa-vāsah

yajnāyutam meru-suvarna-dānam

govinda-kīrter na samam śatāmśaih

“Even if one distributes ten million cows in charity during an eclipse of the sun, lives at the confluence of the Ganges and Yamunā for millions of years, or gives a mountain of gold in sacrifice to the brāhmanas, Continue reading

My Musings – 2: I am a thief because I claim ownership on Krishna’s money


By Niraj Bidawatka

My money is very dear to me. I have worked so hard to accumulate it. I did not even consider what is wrong or right, while accumulating it. I did not care that I was acting sinfully while accumulating it. I must admit that I have a huge bank balance and most of that is accumulated sinfully.

radha-krishna-deities

Had I acted uprightly and honestly, it wouldn’t have been possible for me to amass so much money. It is a fact that in today’s world, it is not possible to earn a fortune without acting sinfully.

The Hare Krishna devotees tell me that I am a thief because I am claiming Krishna’s money as my own. Although they ask me to return the money back to Krishna by giving a donation to the temple, I am reluctant to do so.

I do realize deep down the heart, that it is Krishna’s money and if I don’t give it back to Krishna, I will have to spend it on hospital bills, litigation expenses, etc. Or some thief may steal it or the government may confiscate it. But nonetheless, I am ready to undergo such sufferings. But I will not give any money to the devotees of Krishna. I think that the devotees want to fleece money out from me.

However, Krishna says in the Bhagavad Gita (10.34) that “I steal everything in the form of death.”  Continue reading

My Musings – 1: God is always more Clever than us


By Niraj Bidawatka

yasoda-mouth-krsna-Nhagavatha

If I am a powerful prime minister or a big business magnate in this life, I consider myself very intelligent and clever.

But if I become a dog or a hog in my next life, where is my intelligence?

It is a big failure.

I shall not be awarded this valuable human form in my next life because I did not use it for cultivating God consciousness. I misused it for sense gratification and for making a false show of mundane religiosity.

I made a false show of  religiosity because that helps me garner popularity and respect in my political and business circles. Continue reading

Krishna’s Mercy is always bestowed upon one who is sincerely serving Him


Letters of His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

 

Hawaii

9 March, 1969

 

My Dear Sivananda,

Please accept my blessings. I am in due receipt of your three letters post dated March 5, 1969, and I thank you very much for them. I have noted your points, and one thing is that the instruction given by one gentleman Mr. Somanatha to go to India as agriculturalists is absurd. Don’t be carried away by all this nonsense advice. So far Indian authority is concerned for preaching work, I am prepared to go to your center for preaching at any time you call me. Your statement that you will try to organize the Hamburg Center very nicely and have a smooth running energetic temple when I go there is also very encouraging. Please stick to this principle without any diversion.

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Take it from me that I am always praying to Lord Krishna for your success in Krishna Consciousness movement.  You’re very sincere devotee and if you simply stick to the principles, success is sure for your life. Continue reading

By the Mercy of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Even an Ignorant Child can Understand the Absolute Truth


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Chaitanya Charitamrita

Adi Lila- Chapter 2 – Verse 1

TRANSLATION

I offer my obeisances to Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, by whose mercy even an ignorant child can swim across the ocean of conclusions about the ultimate truth, which is full of the crocodiles of various theories.

PURPORT

By the mercy of the Supreme Personality of Godhead Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, even an inexperienced boy with no educational culture can be saved from the ocean of nescience, which is full of various types of philosophical doctrines that are like dangerous aquatic animals. The philosophy of the Buddha, the argumentative presentations of the jnanis, the yoga systems of Patanjali and Gautama, and the systems of philosophers like Kanāda, Kapila and Dattātreya are dangerous creatures in the ocean of nescience. By the grace of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu one can have real understanding of the essence of knowledge by avoiding these sectarian views and accepting the lotus feet of Krishna as the ultimate goal of life. Let us all worship Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu for His gracious mercy to the conditioned souls.

Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the Golden Incarnation

Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the Golden Incarnation

Adi Lila- Chapter 2 – Verse 2

TRANSLATION

O my merciful Lord Chaitanya, may the nectarean Ganges waters of Your transcendental activities flow on the surface of my desertlike tongue. Beautifying these waters are the lotus flowers of singing, dancing and loud chanting of Krishna’s holy name, which are the pleasure abodes of unalloyed devotees. These devotees are compared to swans, ducks and bees. The river’s flowing produces a melodious sound that gladdens their ears.

PURPORT

Our tongues always engage in vibrating useless sounds that do not help us realize transcendental peace. The tongue is compared to a desert because a desert needs a constant supply of refreshing water to make it fertile and fruitful. Water is the substance most needed in the desert. The transient pleasure derived from Continue reading

Don’t Remain in the False Conception that “I am making Spiritual Progress by doing Yoga” – Yogic Postures can only Nourish the Body – Not the Soul


By Niraj Bidawatka

Mostly everyone who practices pranayama (breathing exercises) and asanas (bodily postures), thinks that he is on the spiritual path. But this is a wrong conception because he has no idea of the spirit soul. Unless one does not have any idea about the “spirit”, how can he make any “spiritual” progress ? Secondly, when such pranayamas and asanas do not, in any way, nourish the spirit soul, such a belief that “I am progressing on the spiritual path”, is a mistaken idea. This is called illusion, or maya.

Devotees blissfully chanting Hare Krishna and making some tangible spiritual progress

Devotees blissfully chanting Hare Krishna and making some tangible spiritual progress

When one starts doing yogic exercises, his body feels rejuvenated and fit and strong. This bodily fitness gives him a feeling of Continue reading

One should understand Religion on the basis of Philosophy and Logic


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Prahlāda Mahārāja says that this bhāgavata-dharma means to revive our lost relationship with God. We should know what is God. We should know what we are, living entities. We should know what is this material nature. We should know what is time, and we should know what are our real activities. So Bhāgavata-dharma is scientific knowledge. It is not sentiment.

His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Religion without philosophical understanding is sentiment. And philosophy without understanding of God is mental speculation. So we should not be both, neither sentimentalist nor dry mental speculator. There is a class of mental speculators, they’re writing volumes of books but there is no substance. And there are some religious fanatics, but they do not know, do not understand what is religion. So these two classes of men are now very prominent at the present moment. Continue reading

They will present so many False Gods but they will not Worship the Real God


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Krishna, the Real God

The science of Krishna consciousness or God consciousness is not meant for the rascals. It is meant for the intellectual persons. Krishna yei bhaje sei bada catura: Unless one is very intelligent, he cannot be God conscious or Krishna conscious.

kaumāra ācaret prājno dharmān bhāgavatān iha

durlabham mānusam janma tad apy adhruvam arthadam

[Srimad Bhagavatam 7.6.1]

Therefore this word is used: prājna: pra means prakrsta-rūpena, specifically. jna means a man of intellect. So Bhāgavata-dharma means to re-establish our lost relationship with God.

Therefore in every section of human society there is an attempt to re-establish our relationship with God. But at the present moment there is a systematic propaganda to forget whatever little relationship we have got with God. People may not understand what is the science of God, but still, people know that there is something like God. Continue reading