Śrīmatī Rādhikā Promotes Book Distribution

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[On this morning walk, Śrīla Gurudeva is expressing the moods of
Śrīmatī Rādhikā and the left-wing gopīs. By saying that the narrations
of Kṛṣṇa make one weep in miserable separation for Him and that
the gopīs are the evidence of this, Śrīmatī Rādhikā is glorifying the
dissemination of these narrations.]

Jayanta dāsa: Śrīla Gurudeva, as we perform our service, how
can we know in our hearts that we are actually pleasing you?

Śrīla Gurudeva: Your soul will be happy. You will realize,
“I am happy.” If one truly renders service to Śrīla Gurudeva,
he will realize this. By seeing Gurudeva’s face, you will feel his
benediction and mercy. On the other hand, if guru or Vaiṣṇavas
are not satisfied with you, you will know it ‒ because you feel
some unhappiness:

sa vai puṁsāṁ paro dharmo
yato bhaktir adhokṣaje
ahaituky apratihatā
yayātmā suprasīdati
Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (1.2.6)

[The supreme occupation (dharma) for all humanity
is that by which men can attain to loving devotional
service unto the transcendent Lord. Such devotional
service must be unmotivated and uninterrupted to
completely satisfy the self. *]

The symptom of unmotivated service is that one will
surely be happy.
[To Atula-kṛṣṇa dāsa] Why did Vālmīki write the Rāmāyaṇa,
and why did he teach Rāmāyaṇa to Lava and Kuśa (the sons
of Rāma) in order for them to distribute Rāma’s hari-kathā
everywhere? Vālmīki could have simply meditated on the
pastimes of Lord Rāma in his mind. Why did he write the
Rāmāyaṇa?
Atula-kṛṣṇa dāsa: He did so by the order of his Gurudeva,
Nārada.
Śrīla Gurudeva: Why did Nārada give such an order?
Atula-kṛṣṇa dāsa: Nārada wanted everyone to hear this harikathā
for their benefit. Vālmīki saw all of Rāma’s pastimes
in his trance, and manifested those pastimes to the world.
Nārada knew that it was the desire of Lord Śrī Rāmacandra
that everyone would hear His hari-kathā.

tava kathāmṛtaṁ tapta-jīvanaṁ
kavibhir īḍitaṁ kalmaṣāpaham
śravaṇa-maṅgalaṁ śrīmad ātataṁ
bhuvi gṛṇanti ye bhūri-dā janāḥ
Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (10.31.9)

[Nectarean discussions about You are the life and soul
of those who are tormented by separation from You,
and greatly learned personalities, such as Brahmā, Śiva,
and the four Kumāras, sing of them. Those narrations
vanquish the distress of past sins [prārabdha (sinful
reactions experienced in this body) and aprārabdha
(sinful reactions to be experienced in future bodies)].
Immediately upon being heard, they bestow the
highest auspiciousness, and especially the wealth of
prema. The nectar of Your narrations is expanded by
those who glorify Your pastimes, and therefore such
narrators are truly the most generous benefactors in
the world.]

Śrīla Gurudeva: Yes, that is why Śrīla Vyāsadeva wrote the
Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam. That is why Śrīla Śukadeva Gosvāmī
preached, and thus distributed that book everywhere.
Expressing the moods of Śrī Rādhā and other left-wing
gopīs who were uttering this verse beginning tava kathāmṛtaṁ,
our ācāryas have commented thus: Some preachers carry
Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam here. [Śrīla Gurudeva was holding
his bead bag in his hand as he spoke. He put his bead bag under his
armpit, as though he were tightly holding a book there].
They preach and distribute the hari-kathā of that book. They
preach that the book is the authority regarding that kathā. In
the mood of Śrīmatī Rādhikā, our ācāryas comment that such
preachers are cheaters and murderers (bhūri-dāḥ). Why are
they murderers?
Atula-kṛṣṇa dāsa: They cut out all of one’s material desires,
material entanglements, and material attachments. Thus,
no one is able to stay in this world and be happy with family,
friends, or home. They must leave and become like mad
persons.

Śrīla Gurudeva: We should therefore distribute the books.
Book distribution is not āropa-siddha-bhakti or saṅga-siddhabhakti.
If it were either, then why did our predecessor ācāryas,
like Śrīla Viśvanātha Cakravartī Ṭhākura and Śrīla Rūpa
Gosvāmī, write books? Why did Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī tell
Śrīla Jīva Gosvāmī to print and distribute these books? And
why did Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu do so? On His trip to
south India, Mahāprabhu found Brahma-saṁhitā and Kṛṣṇakarṇāmṛta
in the form of handwritten texts. Knowing them
to be authoritative, He took them with Him to present to His
devotees, and requested them to copy and distribute them.
We will thus have to reconcile any apparent contradictions
regarding the category of bhakti within which book
distribution falls. If one sells books for a selfish motive,
to make profit and thereby manage his worldly affairs, his
activities would be called āropa-siddha; otherwise not.
Atula-kṛṣṇa dāsa: Śrīla Gurudeva, someone may say, “It is
my Gurudeva’s desire that his books are distributed, so I will
distribute books. But I have no need to hear hari-kathā or read
those books.”
Śrīla Gurudeva: This [book distribution] is āropa-siddha.
You must know what you are distributing, just as Śrīla
Śukadeva Gosvāmī and Lava and Kuśa knew what they were
speaking and singing. You must know what you are giving to
others.
[To Prema-prayojana dāsa (at that time Araṇya Mahārāja)]
Do you understand?
Prema-prayojana dāsa: Yes.
Śrīla Gurudeva: Do not be so bold. Do not say anything
against my teachings or the teachings of our guru-varga.

Prema-prayojana dāsa: I only repeated what you have said
many times, but not all of the details.
Śrīla Gurudeva: We must reconcile all apparent contradictory
statements; otherwise, so many devotees will be discouraged
and misguided. Why do you personally take books under
your arm and act like a ‘murderer’?
Prema-prayojana dāsa: For guru-sevā.
Śrīla Gurudeva: In the past I have told what you told last
night [that book distribution is āropa-siddha-bhakti], but that
is only when it is performed for personal material profit. You
will have to harmonize all my instructions on the matter.
Brajanath dāsa: Is book distribution one of the sixty-four
limbs of bhakti [as described in Bhakti-rasāmṛta-sindhu]?
Śrīla Gurudeva: Śrīla Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura cleaned away
the stool passed by his gurudeva. Where is this written as a
limb of bhakti? Still, his service was the purest bhakti.
Prema-prayojana dāsa: Does the category of bhakti one
performs depend on the adhikāra (qualification) of the person
performing the activity? If such persons have no bhakti
adhikāra, no sambandha-jñāna (realization of one’s relationship
with Kṛṣṇa), how will their activity be called bhakti?
Śrīla Gurudeva: Even without your sambandha-jñāna, the
limbs of bhakti are so powerful that they will surely affect
you, like fire. I heard that a child, despite the protest of his
mother, put his hand into a fire, and his hand was burned;
and after that he would not go near a fire. Similarly, the pure
limbs of kṛṣṇa-bhakti are so powerful that even a person like
Ajāmila was transformed by its performance. Ajāmila was so
sinful that there was no sin he had not committed. Vālmīki
also committed innumerable sins, but what became of him?
He was touched by Nārada and became perfect.

sambandha-jñāna, he would never
commit such an offense. This is one of the symptoms of one
who is blessed with sambandha-jñāna.
Prema-prayojana dāsa: When is one qualified to perform
viśrambheṇa-guru-sevā (intimate service to guru)?
Śrīla Gurudeva: When one has sambandha-jñāna of his relationship
with gurudeva, he will be of this conviction: “I cannot
serve Kṛṣṇa now, but simply by serving my Gurudeva I will
receive his mercy to attain Kṛṣṇa’s service. There is no other
way.” He serves his gurudeva with this conviction.
When I first joined the maṭha, I had no sambandha-jñāna
at all; but I gave my heart, and all the attachment I’d had for
my wife, children, father, mother, and all material possessions,
unto my Gurudeva’s lotus feet. When I told him this, he began
to weep, and after that he engaged me in his personal service.
I would sit on his bed, massage him, wash his clothing, and
prepare whatever he wanted prepared. At that time I had no
sambandha-jñāna, but I surrendered to him, and by his mercy,
you are all now honoring me.
Devotee: Gurudeva, I have a question. When we distributed
Śrīla Prabhupāda’s books in the past, some people would
immediately throw away the books because they couldn’t
understand them. Are there certain books that you would like
us to distribute to the public on a general basis?
Śrīla Gurudeva: Try to realize what you are distributing. If
you are distributing Gītā, you must know the purport of the
Gītā. Can you tell me its purport?
Devotee: The purpose of Gītā is giving them Kṛṣṇa; giving
them contact with the spiritual master.

Śrīla Gurudeva: What is the purport of the Gītā? What is the
essence of Gītā?
Devotee: To surrender to Kṛṣṇa through the spiritual master,
and to develop pure love of Kṛṣṇa.
Śrīla Gurudeva: There is more. The purport is much, much
higher than that; you cannot even imagine its true purport.
Man-manā bhava mad-bhakto. What do you understand from
this śloka? Have you read it?
Devotee: Just try to understand, and surrender to the spiritual
master.
Śrīla Gurudeva: Have you heard this verse?
Devotee: Yes, I have, but I forgot it.
Śrīla Gurudeva: There are two important verses: The first
begins man-manā bhava, and after that there is sarva-dharmān
parityajya. Which verse’s mood is superior? I know that you
cannot say. Man-manā bhava is higher. 6
To chant harināma and to worship the Deity is svarūpasiddha-
bhakti7. If a person is thus engaged, but at the same
time he is criticizing others and committing offences, and
another person is not engaged in worship but is only clearing
away the stool of his gurudeva and massaging him, who is
superior?
Prema-prayojana dāsa: The second personality.
Śrīla Gurudeva: One person is clearing away the stool of his
gurudeva and washing his gurudeva’s clothes, and the other
person is performing the activities of svarūpa-siddha-bhakti
such as śravaṇa (hearing), kīrtana (chanting), and smaraṇa
(remembering Kṛṣṇa), but criticizing others and thinking,
“I know more than anyone else in the world.” Who is
superior? The first person.

Morning Walk
Los Angeles, California: May 13, 2003

 

 

 

 

 

One Comment

  1. Krsna kamini dasi
    4 years ago

    AMAZING HARI KATHA!
    JAYA GURUDEV!!!