Srimad Bhagavatam Class 6.9.52, ISKCON Chowpatty, Mumbai, 9 March 2007

Indra is probably the most desirable position in the material world because his post affords the most enjoyment.  Indra is, after all, the king of heaven.

The Hari Bhakti Vilasa describes meditation on Krishna – His shark earrings reflect His shiny cheeks; He has masses of black, curly hair; He is lying on a couch playing His flute.  The Demigods are before Krishna – in the majestic aspect of Godhead.  They offer Him prayers.  The gandharvas are present too.

In the material world, there are 8,400,000 different types of bodies based on that combination of desires.

The bulls and cows come to see Krishna.  They approach Krishna in santa rasa.  The babies, with bells on their ankles, approach Krishna along with the cowherd boys, and the elder gopis.  The gopis with half-covered faces and half-closed eyes are also trying to see Krishna.  They tremble uncontrollably, trying to suppress this trembling so the bells won’t ring on their bells and ankles.

These are meditations for pujaris.

The neophyte just wants to see the Deity form of the Lord in the Temple.  We should also see Krishna in everyone’s heart.

Srila Prabhupada was on Juhu Beach with Dravida Maharaja.  Looking at the ocean, he asked Maharaja, ‘What do you see?’  Maharaja responded, ‘Krishna.’  Prabhupada asked, ‘How?  Krishna says ‘I am the taste in water’.  That is how you see Krishna – through His energy’.

Sometimes you look at Radha-Gopinath and you see it’s Krishna.  Don’t have to analyze.  The gopis saw the black tamala tree.  Radha embraces a tamala tree and all Her friends laugh at her.  It’s not that they don’t see a tree, but they see Krishna (the tamala tree is black).  So they see things but they see Krishna there.

The devas are not pure unalloyed devotees.  Even in Vaikuntha – they are pure, but they are not unalloyed.  In Goloka, they are unalloyed.  The devas are devotees, but they are thinking of their desires.  Pure devotees only want Krishna’s pleasure.  Caitanya Mahaprabhu came to teach that.

Indra will kill Vrtrasura with the bones of Dadici.  Vrtrasura knows this.  Indra drops his weapon.  Vrtrasura says, ‘Pick up your weapon and kill me!  It is Vishnu’s will that you kill me’.

The demigods fear death because they don’t want to lose their position.

Do you believe in reincarnation?  Devotees: ‘No.  We are going back to Godhead’  Srila Prabhupada said that Lord Caitanya is waiting for the devotees with a Sankirtan party.

Srimad Bhagavatam will bring out the particular relationship we have with Krishna.  Srimad Bhagavatam gives all the different relationships you can have with Krishna.  Devotees don’t want anything.   If Lord Rama wants Hanuman to have liberation, he’ll take it; if not, if it intereferes with his service to Rama, he’ll reject it.

Who has come to give the essence of what Caitanya Mahaprabhu came to give?  Krishna came 5,000 years ago.  Performed pastimes.  Left instructions – sarva-dharman parityajya.  People couldn’t follow this in Kali.  Krishna then came as Caitanya Mahaprabhu – with no demands, just giving.  Freely giving vraja-prema.  Mahaprabhu is our hero.

There is a prediction – that all the different sampradayas will fall under the Sankirtan mission.  Caitanya Mahaprabhu – ‘And I will give them the opportunity to taste Vraja Prema- this is the Maha Mantra‘.

We’re eternal and we have an eternal relationship with Krishna.  But, at the same time, we come from Krishna – aham sarvasya prabhavo.  ‘Make an eternal change’.  By association, you can change your eternal relationship eg.  Shyamananda (was in friendship, but obtained conjugal rasa).  In association with Jiva Goswami, Narottama and Srinivas – he changed his attitude.  His guru beat him with a stick, ‘Why is he crying in ecstacy hearing the pastimes of Radha and Krishna?  You don’t even know what pleasure you are missing in sakhya rasa.  You’re taking something lower!’  You cannot change – jivera svarupa hoya krishnera nitya dasa.

Bhaktivinoda Thakura explains that if you want material relationships, when you are realized you can even have an eternal planet – with your own family.

Satya sankalpa.  When you are pure, everything you desire becomes manifest.  If you want to be a friend of Krishna, you will take birth in a family of gopas and their association will draw that out.  Associate with nitya-siddhas eg. take birth as a gopi with gopis.  The mood has to be empowered by devotees.  From there you go to the spiritual world.

Here you can change your body.  So why not spiritually?  You can humbly serve, hear Srimad Bhagavatam.  Or you can aspire and change and develop.

In Puri they follow Shankaracharya’s method of Deity worship.   Ramanujacharya was in Puri.  The Sastra says in Kali Yuga that pancaratrika is more important.  Jagannath said you should leave this place.  Woke up next day in Mayapur.  Jagannath – this is my eternal place…Mayapur.  Krishna has come as Caitanya Mahaprabhu.  He revealed Himself as Laksmi-Narayana.  Then, as Mahaprabhu.  Ramanujacharya heard Caitanya Mahaprabhu mentioned in scriptures.  ‘Now, You’ve revealed everything to me’.  He was fired-up to preach Radha-Krishna worship.  Caitanya Mahaprabhu said, ‘No, no, no.  I will preach it.  You continue preaching dasya rasa to elevate your followers.  Worship Krishna in your heart.  Vraja-prema is now being made available’.

Devotees cursed Akrura for 100 years for taking Krishna.  Pastimes are performed to bring Them together, separate Them, bring Them together…and so on…

Krishna only leaves Vrindavan to satisfy the living entities desire.  The unalloyed devotee – never wants to take Krishna out of Vrindavan.  So does not worship Laksmi-Narayana or Sita Rama.

Jagannatha Ratha Yatra.  Krishhna.  The only reason I’m in Dwaraka and Mathura is to satisfy the desires of the Yadus.  For their pleasure.  But my heart is in Vrindavan.  My pleasure is in Vrindavan.