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

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.

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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

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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

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

DOES THE BODY BELONG TO THE WOMAN OR TO THE SOUL?


By Niraj Bidawatka

There was a headline in today’s newspaper which read, “Body of a Woman Found in Guesthouse.” There is syntax error in this headline. Since our aim is to discuss about the soul, I have specifically chosen this story. Those who are not interested in matters pertaining to the soul will find this post very boring and taxing. They might even dose off, if they were to be forcibly made to hear this discussion. But thankfully, since one has the liberty to close this webpage, there is no danger of falling asleep.

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Warning: This blogpost may strain and spin the brain of a person who has no interest in understanding the science of the soul

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How should one surrender to God?


Answer by Niraj Bidawatka

A devotee surrenders to Krishna

A devotee surrenders to Krishna

We should pray to God, “Oh my Lord, I have been trying to be happy independently of you. But I have not attained even an iota of happiness. I have been working so hard since so long and I have amassed so much wealth and I have given the best comforts to my body and senses, but still I am not happy.

“I have tried my best to give the best facilities to my wife, children and family members. But still they are not satisfied and happy. I have tried to give the best comforts to my senses, I have shown the best movies, the best picturesque tourist spots of the world and the most beautiful women to my eyes, I have given the best perfumes and fragrances to my nose, the best cuisine to my tongue, the best music to my ears and the best sex life to my skin. Continue reading

The Job of Maya, the illusory energy of Krishna


By Niraj Bidawatka

A person surrenders when he is in a helpless state and comes to the conclusion that he has no power to defend himself. He comes to the realization that the enemy is very strong and that he cannot over power the enemy on his own strength. In such a situation, he has two options, either he should surrender unto the enemy or approach someone, who is more powerful than the enemy.

In our case, we are overpowered by māyā, the material illusory energy of the Supreme Lord. In the Bhagavad-gita (7.14), Krishna says that “It is impossible to overpower My illusory energy called māyā. One can surpass it only by surrendering unto Me”

surrender - daivi hyesa guna mayi

The job of māyā is to put us into the false impression that we can become happy by keeping our bodies Continue reading

What is the most important thing that the Bhagavad Gita teaches us?


Answer by Niraj Bidawatka

Surrender to Krishna

The most important instruction of the Bhagavad Gita is that Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead (Bhagavan) and that we should surrender unto Him alone. We should understand that all the other so-called gods are in fact Continue reading

How can one be a sincere devotee of God?


Answer by Niraj Bidawatka

King Pratap Rudra, the ruler of Orissa takes shelter of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu

King Pratap Rudra, the ruler of Orissa takes shelter of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu

One can become a sincere devotee of God by taking the shelter of a self-realized spiritual master, who is always engaged in the service of Krishna through his mind, body and speech. Without taking shelter of the devotees of Krishna, one cannot even hope of being recognized by Krishna.

Krishna, in the Adi Purana states, mad bhaktanam ca ye bhatka te me bhakta tama matah: “Those who are the devotees of My devotee, are My real devotees.” Krishna, in this verse, makes it abundantly clear that He does not consider those persons as His devotees, who claim that they are Continue reading