AsrA�matA� RA?dhikA? Promotes Book Distribution

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[On this morning walk, AsrA�la Gurudeva is expressing the moods of
AsrA�matA� RA?dhikA? and the left-wing gopA�s. By saying that the narrations
of Ka?�a??a?�a make one weep in miserable separation for Him and that
the gopA�s are the evidence of this, AsrA�matA� RA?dhikA? is glorifying the
dissemination of these narrations.]

Jayanta dA?sa: AsrA�la Gurudeva, as we perform our service, how
can we know in our hearts that we are actually pleasing you?

AsrA�la Gurudeva: Your soul will be happy. You will realize,
a�?I am happy.a�? If one truly renders service to AsrA�la Gurudeva,
he will realize this. By seeing Gurudevaa��s face, you will feel his
benediction and mercy. On the other hand, if guru or Vaia??a?�avas
are not satisfied with you, you will know it a�� because you feel
some unhappiness:

sa vai pua??sA?a?? paro dharmo
order lady era pills yato bhaktir adhoka??aje
ahaituky apratihatA?
yayA?tmA? suprasA�dati
AsrA�mad-BhA?gavatam (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-ka?�a??a?�a dA?sa] Why did VA?lmA�ki write the RA?mA?yaa?�a,
and why did he teach RA?mA?yaa?�a to Lava and KuA�a (the sons
of RA?ma) in order for them to distribute RA?maa��s hari-kathA?
everywhere? VA?lmA�ki could have simply meditated on the
pastimes of Lord RA?ma in his mind. Why did he write the
RA?mA?yaa?�a?
Atula-ka?�a??a?�a dA?sa: He did so by the order of his Gurudeva,
NA?rada.
AsrA�la Gurudeva: Why did NA?rada give such an order?
Atula-ka?�a??a?�a dA?sa: NA?rada wanted everyone to hear this harikathA?
for their benefit. VA?lmA�ki saw all of RA?maa��s pastimes
in his trance, and manifested those pastimes to the world.
NA?rada knew that it was the desire of Lord AsrA� RA?macandra
that everyone would hear His hari-kathA?.

tava kathA?ma?�taa?? tapta-jA�vanaa??
kavibhir A�a??itaa?? kalmaa??A?paham
A�ravaa?�a-maa?�galaa?? A�rA�mad A?tataa??
bhuvi ga?�a?�anti ye bhA�ri-dA? janA?a??
AsrA�mad-BhA?gavatam (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 BrahmA?, Asiva,
and the four KumA?ras, sing of them. Those narrations
vanquish the distress of past sins [prA?rabdha (sinful
reactions experienced in this body) and aprA?rabdha
(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.]

AsrA�la Gurudeva: Yes, that is why AsrA�la VyA?sadeva wrote the
AsrA�mad-BhA?gavatam. That is why AsrA�la Asukadeva GosvA?mA�
preached, and thus distributed that book everywhere.
Expressing the moods of AsrA� RA?dhA? and other left-wing
gopA�s who were uttering this verse beginning tava kathA?ma?�taa??,
our A?cA?ryas have commented thus: Some preachers carry
AsrA�mad-BhA?gavatam here. [AsrA�la Gurudeva was holding
his beadA�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-kathA? of that book. They
preach that the book is the authority regarding that kathA?. In
the mood of AsrA�matA� RA?dhikA?, our A?cA?ryas comment that such
preachers are cheaters and murderers (bhA�ri-dA?a??). Why are
they murderers?
Atula-ka?�a??a?�a dA?sa: They cut out all of onea��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.

AsrA�la Gurudeva: We should therefore distribute the books.
Book distribution is not A?ropa-siddha-bhakti or saa?�ga-siddhabhakti.
If it were either, then why did our predecessor A?cA?ryas,
like AsrA�la ViA�vanA?tha CakravartA� a?�hA?kura and AsrA�la RA�pa
GosvA?mA�, write books? Why did AsrA�la RA�pa GosvA?mA� tell
AsrA�la JA�va GosvA?mA� to print and distribute these books? And
why did AsrA� Caitanya MahA?prabhu do so? On His trip to
south India, MahA?prabhu found Brahma-saa??hitA? and Ka?�a??a?�akara?�A?ma?�ta
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 A?ropa-siddha; otherwise not.
Atula-ka?�a??a?�a dA?sa: AsrA�la Gurudeva, someone may say, a�?It is
my Gurudevaa��s desire that his books are distributed, so I will
distribute books. But I have no need to hear hari-kathA? or read
those books.a�?
AsrA�la Gurudeva: This [book distribution] is A?ropa-siddha.
You must know what you are distributing, just as AsrA�la
Asukadeva GosvA?mA� and Lava and KuA�a knew what they were
speaking and singing. You must know what you are giving to
others.
[To Prema-prayojana dA?sa (at that time Araa?�ya MahA?rA?ja)]
Do you understand?
Prema-prayojana dA?sa: Yes.
AsrA�la Gurudeva: Do not be so bold. Do not say anything
against my teachings or the teachings of our guru-varga.

Prema-prayojana dA?sa: I only repeated what you have said
many times, but not all of the details.
AsrA�la 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 a�?murderera��?
Prema-prayojana dA?sa: For guru-sevA?.
AsrA�la Gurudeva: In the past I have told what you told last
night [that book distribution is A?ropa-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 dA?sa: Is book distribution one of the sixty-four
limbs of bhakti [as described in Bhakti-rasA?ma?�ta-sindhu]?
AsrA�la Gurudeva: AsrA�la Narottama dA?sa a?�hA?kura 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 dA?sa: Does the category of bhakti one
performs depend on the adhikA?ra (qualification) of the person
performing the activity? If such persons have no bhakti
adhikA?ra, no sambandha-jA�A?na (realization of onea��s relationship
with Ka?�a??a?�a), how will their activity be called bhakti?
AsrA�la Gurudeva: Even without your sambandha-jA�A?na, 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 ka?�a??a?�a-bhakti are so powerful that even a person like
AjA?mila was transformed by its performance. AjA?mila was so
sinful that there was no sin he had not committed. VA?lmA�ki
also committed innumerable sins, but what became of him?
He was touched by NA?rada and became perfect.

sambandha-jA�A?na, he would never
commit such an offense. This is one of the symptoms of one
who is blessed with sambandha-jA�A?na.
Prema-prayojana dA?sa: When is one qualified to perform
viA�rambhea?�a-guru-sevA? (intimate service to guru)?
AsrA�la Gurudeva: When one has sambandha-jA�A?na of his relationship
with gurudeva, he will be of this conviction: a�?I cannot
serve Ka?�a??a?�a now, but simply by serving my Gurudeva I will
receive his mercy to attain Ka?�a??a?�aa��s service. There is no other
way.a�? He serves his gurudeva with this conviction.
When I first joined the maa?�ha, I had no sambandha-jA�A?na
at all; but I gave my heart, and all the attachment Ia��d had for
my wife, children, father, mother, and all material possessions,
unto my Gurudevaa��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-jA�A?na, but I surrendered to him, and by his mercy,
you are all now honoring me.
Devotee: Gurudeva, I have a question. When we distributed
AsrA�la PrabhupA?daa��s books in the past, some people would
immediately throw away the books because they couldna��t
understand them. Are there certain books that you would like
us to distribute to the public on a general basis?
AsrA�la Gurudeva: Try to realize what you are distributing. If
you are distributing GA�tA?, you must know the purport of the
GA�tA?. Can you tell me its purport?
Devotee: The purpose of GA�tA? is giving them Ka?�a??a?�a; giving
them contact with the spiritual master.

AsrA�la Gurudeva: What is the purport of the GA�tA?? What is the
essence of GA�tA??
Devotee: To surrender to Ka?�a??a?�a through the spiritual master,
and to develop pure love of Ka?�a??a?�a.
AsrA�la Gurudeva: There is more. The purport is much, much
higher than that; you cannot even imagine its true purport.
Man-manA? bhava mad-bhakto. What do you understand from
this A�loka? Have you read it?
Devotee: Just try to understand, and surrender to the spiritual
master.
AsrA�la Gurudeva: Have you heard this verse?
Devotee: Yes, I have, but I forgot it.
AsrA�la Gurudeva: There are two important verses: The first
begins man-manA? bhava, and after that there is sarva-dharmA?n
parityajya. Which versea��s mood is superior? I know that you
cannot say. Man-manA? bhava is higher. 6
To chant harinA?ma and to worship the Deity is svarA�pasiddha-
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 dA?sa: The second personality.
AsrA�la Gurudeva: One person is clearing away the stool of his
gurudeva and washing his gurudevaa��s clothes, and the other
person is performing the activities of svarA�pa-siddha-bhakti
such as A�ravaa?�a (hearing), kA�rtana (chanting), and smaraa?�a
(remembering Ka?�a??a?�a), but criticizing others and thinking,
a�?I know more than anyone else in the world.a�? Who is
superior? The first person.

Morning Walk
Los Angeles, California: May 13, 2003

 

 

 

 

 

One Comment

  1. Krsna kamini dasi
    5 years ago

    AMAZING HARI KATHA!
    JAYA GURUDEV!!!