Q: What’s the meaning of prasada-seva?
Srila Gurudev: Prasad has two meanings. One is krpa, mercy. To receive the mercy of Gurudev. And prasad-seva is the remnants of Krsna that I will accept.
Just like a medicine. A medicine you cannot eat, you accept it. Krsna is the doctor. Krsna is the supreme doctor.
Q: How to serve prasad?
Srila Gurudev: You can think that this is not a food; it is a Krsna’s medicine that will make me free from maya.
Nama-seva is to chant the holy names. All vaisnav’s words are seva, service. To serve is to please Krsna. Seva means “how to please Krsna, how Krsna will be pleased.
If I chant the holy names Krsna will be pleased, so it is seva. If I take mahaprasad, then Krsna will be pleased. So, all our activities are exclusively for the pleasure of Krsna. In bhakti this is the best thing.
When you chant the holy names Krsna will give you everything. Do bhajan and sadhan and Krsna will give you everything.
Krsna told to Arjun that one who is one pointed with Him, who doesn’t worship any others except Him. If you are one-pointed with guru and Krsna, Krsna will carry on everything on His head for you. This is one verse of Srimad Bhagavad-gita. Just be one pointed with guru and Krsna and Krsna will arrange everything.
Just chant the holy names. In this age of kali there is no other process. Only one process: hare krsna hare krsna krsna krsna hare hare hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare.
In sadhaka stage, he was looking to Rupa Gosvami, but in the siddha stage he looks at Rupa Manjari.
At that time He did not say Rupa Gosvami, he said, “He Rupa Manjari! I know that you are a very chaste lady, that never sees another person, except your husband, but I know that in these few days your husband was not in your house. So, who touched your lips because they are with a very nice red colour as a bimba fruit? Who kissed your lips?”
It means “maybe one very nice and beautiful parrot came and touched your lips thinking it was a bimba fruit”.
Actually, this is one kind of loving joke. At that time he was not his guru. At that time he realized his own transcendental and constitutional form – siddha-deha. Raghunath Gosvami was thinking:“I am Rati-manjari and Rupa Gosvami is RupaManjari!”
If you don’t know your own transcendental constitutional form, siddha-deha, you cannot meditate in the astakaliya-lilaor sarasaki-lila.
At that time you will forget your physical body. You will be always absorbed in transcendental things.
Now just chant the holy names to remove your anarthas and then slowly, slowly, the realization will come, about your siddha-deha.
Q: How to develop the mood?
Srila Gurudev: Everything will come when you chant the holy names. Serve guru and Krsna and slowly, slowly it will come. Read sastra. Sastra-jñan will come. You have to cross the line of a kanistha-adhikari. When you come to the stage of a madhyama-adhikari – intermediary devotee – then slowly, slowly the realization will come. Then ruci, asakti, then bhav will come. This is the process.
Everything will come step by step, not in one day. You cannot jump.