February 22, 2019
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Today in the morning and also during our midday katha, I spoke about Shrila Bhakti Prajñana Keshava Goswami Maharaja, his life history and contributions. I will now continue to speak about his life history and contributions. He is known as Acharya keshari. Keshari means lion. One special contribution was he manifested Radha Vinodа Bihari vigraha and he also wrote Vinodа-Bihari Ashtakam. He proved how Krishna feels pangs of separation from Shrimati Radhika.
radha-chinta-niveshena yasya kantir vilopita
shri-Krishna-charanam vande radhalingita-vigraham
(Shri Radha Vinoda-Bihari Tattvashtakam, Shri Shrimad Bhakti Prajñana Keshava Goswami Maharaja)
I also discussed during our midday katha how Vinoda-bihari brahmachari established this. Why did he establish Krishna’s white complexion? I have explained this. Krishna has to feel separation from Shri Radha. Do you understand? This is important. This is also known as manjari-seva. Manjaris want to chastise Krishna. He also wrote mangala-arati. How many of you know mangala-arati by Bhakti Prajñana Keshava Goswami Maharaja? Raise your hand. How many? Those who don’t know, have to learn mangala-arati.
Actually, what is mangala-arati? This is a very confidential topic. It is nishanta-lila, remembrance. Bhakti Prajñana Keshava Goswami Maharaja collected these philosophies, all of the madhurya moods from Govinda-lilamrita grantha and Shri Krishna-bhavanamrita grantha. The highest grantha. Everyday, early in the morning we are singing, but do not know the deeper meaning of mangala-arati. Do you understand this?
mańgala śrī guru-gaura mańgala mūrati
mańgala śrī rādhā-kṛṣṇa-yugala-pīriti
mańgala niśānta-līlā mańgala udaye
mańgala ārati jāge bhakata-hṛdaye
tomāra nidrāya jīva nidrita dharāya
tava jāgaraṇe viśva jāgarita haya
śubha dṛṣṭi kara ebe (prabhu) jagatera prati
jāguka hṛdaye mora sumańgalā rati
(Mangala Shri Guru Gaura Mangala Murati, Shri Shrimad Bhakti Prajñana Keshava Goswami Maharaja)
First you must understand the meaning of arati. We are doing arati everyday. Arati does not just mean offering ghee lamps or incenses. This is only the external meaning. What is the deep meaning of arati? A – means direct, rati – means deep attachment towards Radha and Krishna. If you have deep attachment, then you’ll always remember him. If you have deep attachment towards someone, you will also not be able to sleep. Understand? You will always think, “When I will meet with him?” If you are deeply attached to someone, then your mind will always think of how to meet with him. This is the symptom of rati, deep attachment.
Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu gave this example –
tad evāsvādayaty antar
(Chaitanya-Charitamrita, Madhya 1.211)
For example, there is one lady who loves another person. Despite performing her household duties very nicely, no one actually knows her heart. She performs all kinds of daily household duties very nicely. But in her mind, she is always thinking of her lover. She does not tell anyone, keeping everything in her heart. She is always thinking, “How will I meet with him?” ‘Vyagrāpi gṛha-karmasu.’ She very eagerly performs her household duties. Externally, she is doing this very nicely, but no one can truly understand her heart. Here [in Brazil] it can be very difficult to understand these type of people. Here, one very easily says, “My namorado [“boyfriend” in Portuguese]. Namorado – my girlfriend or my boyfriend.” These words are easily used here. Do you understand? The culture here is different, so it may not be so easy to understand. In India, it is especially strict. One cannot say these words, “My boyfriend. My girlfriend.” You just cannot say this. Understand? So here, Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is saying, “para-vyasaninī nārī vyagrāpi gṛha-karmasu tad evāsvādayaty antar nava-saṅga-rasāyanam.” But in her mind, she is thinking about her beloved. Try to understand this.
So why am I saying this? Because actually in mangala-arati, the mood, is the highest mood. The parakiya-bhava is found there. Radha Krishna’s paramour mood is actually inside the mangala-arati. We are all singing this, but we cannot truly understand its deepest, highest meaning. I have just told… [Gurudev again sings Mangala Shri Guru Gaura Mangala Murati.] I have just explained this word, arati. This is called nishanta-lila. Why am I saying this? Because Bhakti Prajñana Keshava Goswami Maharaja was a great philosopher. He was Vedantic and simultaneously, he was a rasika-acharya. For this regard, he composed Mangala-arati. Generally, we see those who are philosophers, do not want to enter in rasa-madhurya. Because philosophy means what? Logic. Their minds are always absorbed with logic. And those who are rasika, spontaneous, do not enter in to deep philosophy. But, Bhakti Prajñana Keshava Goswami Maharaja simultaneously was both a philosopher and a rasika-acharya. When he used to go preaching, his harikatha was like the roaring of a lion. He was a high class speaker and spoke very loudly and boldly; always speaking the truth, satyam. Once, he was preaching in Assam. Most people there worshipped one person, Hankanadev. They were thinking this Hankanadev was Bhagavan. Now it is Kali-yuga. Everybody there was very speculative, they worshipped Hankanadev as Bhagavan.
Shrila Bhakti Prajñana Keshava Goswami Maharaja boldly preached against sahajiya, sakhi-beki, other sampradayas. He especially preached against the Rama Krishna Mission. Bengalis liked the Rama Krishna Mission. Because mundane people, karmis, like to perform karma. This morning I told how they give donations, like kichri donations. They donate kichri when the floods come. Do you understand what kichri is? They mix rice, dal and then distribute it. They will say, “Take this. Poor people, take this kichri.” Also, in the Rama Krishna Mission they eat eggs. Because many people do not consider eggs as part of the vegetarian diet. Also here in Brazil many think in the same way. You may ask someone, “Hey, are you vegetarian?” They reply, “Yes, I am completely vegetarian.” Then you ask, “Are you eating fish?” They reply, “Yes, fish and eggs, but I am not eating meat.” Others may say, “I am not eating red meat. I am only eating white meat.” I do not know which is white meat and which is called red meat. What is the red meat? [Gurudev asks audience] [Devotees answers: “Cow meat is red. Chicken meat, fish meat is white.”] Why? Not black? (Devotees laugh and answer: “After cooking it becomes this white color.”) Haribol. Ha, many people are also saying, “Maharaja, I want to take harinama.” Then I ask them, “Ok, are you eating meat?” “No, no I don’t eat red meat, I only eat white meat.”, they reply. White meat, red meat, what is the difference? Then another person is saying, “I am vegetarian.” Once I asked them, “What do you eat?” They said, “I am not eating meat or fish. But I eat eggs.” Is this vegetarian? [Gurudev chuckles] Many people are also saying this, ok.
So in the Rama Krishna Mission they also consume eggs. For this regard, Bhakti Prajñana Keshava Goswami Maharaja said, “They are a poultry mission. Rama Krishna Mission is a poultry mission.” Poultry, understand? Chicken, they are a chicken mission. They are saying, “You can do whatever you want to do. In the end all of you will still attain the same place. Whether you worship Kali, Shiva or Durga, all of you attain the same place, there is no problem. Do you understand? These are their speculations. There is no evidence of this in our shastras. In the Bhagavad-gita, Krishna says –
yānti deva-vratā devān
pitṝn yānti pitṛ-vratāḥ
bhūtāni yānti bhūtejyā
yānti mad-yājino ’pi mām
If you worship a particular demigod, when you leave your body you will go to the place of that particular demigod. If you worship the Sun-god, where you will go? You will go to the place of the Sun-god. In this verse the Gita very clearly explains, ‘yānti deva-vratā devān pitṝn yānti pitṛ-vratāḥ.’ If you worship your forefathers, then where you will go? To Pitriloka. Pitriloka means the place of your forefathers. Do you understand this or not? ‘Bhūtāni yānti bhūtejyā.’ One who worships, bhutas, ghosts. To which place will they go? They will go to the place where the ghosts stay. You will also become a ghost and you will have to stay there. But Bhagavan Krishna, what did He say? ‘Mad-yājino ’pi mām’ – “One who worships Me…” If you worship Krishna, where you will go? You will go to Krishnaloka. This is a simple way of understanding. So, what is the difference? If you go to Krishnaloka, the place of Krishna, or if you go to the place of the Sun-god. These are not the same places. Even if you do many kinds of charity or donations, you will only go to heaven, Svargaloka; then again you will return back to this material world.
te taṁ bhuktvā svarga-lokaṁ viśālaṁ
kṣīṇe puṇye martya-lokaṁ viśanti
[evaṁ trayī-dharmam anuprapannā
gatāgataṁ kāma-kāmā labhante]
The Bhagavad-gita says after a certain time, those who attain heaven must again return back to this material world. But if you attain Krishnaloka –
na tad bhāsayate sūryo
na śaśāṅko na pāvakaḥ
yad gatvā na nivartante
tad dhāma paramaṁ mama
Krishna says, “One who attains My abode, Vaikuntha dhama, or Goloka Vrindavana, will never come back in this material world.” Do you understand? Some Vaishnavas are also saying, “Oh, we fall down from Vaikuntha.” How can this be possible? Shrila Gour Govinda Swami Maharaja very boldly spoke against this philosophy. He would say, “The jiva never falls down from Vaikunthaloka.” ‘Are, Krishna says, “Yad gatvā na nivartante tad dhāma paramaṁ mama.” How do we establish this? You have a very powerful speaker, Gour Govinda Maharaja and he told, “No. Jivas never fall down from Vaikuntha dhama.” First, read the Bhagavad-gita, then you will understand.
So, in the Rama Krishna Mission Sevashram, they told these things, “Oh, you can go to any place. Then all of you will be mixed together.” You cannot all go to the same place. Shrila Bhakti Prajñana Keshava Goswami Maharaja gave this example. You write one letter and on the letter you then write an address. You place the letter in the post box. Then that letter goes to the main post box, the central post box. Then the letters will be delivered according to the address written on the letter. If one writes London as the address on the letter…where will it go? To UK, London. That letter will not go to America. Is this true or not? After you put that letter in your post box, the postman takes them all and takes them where? To the central post office. Then, the central post office distributes them. They send the letter to where it is addressed. If the letter is addressed to the UK/London, they will send it to London or if the letter is addressed to America/NY, they will send the letter to New York. In the same way, if you worship demigods or demigoddesses…then how will you possibly attain Goloka Vrindavana? This is a simple way of understanding. Is your brain working or not? [Devotees laugh] But, in the Rama Krishna Mission they say, “No, we will all go…all of you attain the same place.” How is it possible for all of you to attain the same place? What is the true philosophy? ‘Mahājano ‘yena gataḥ sa panthāḥ.’ What is the real path? You have to follow the path of mahajanas. A question may then come, “Who is called a mahajana?” Mahajanas, means great people. Who are mahajanas? In our shastras the names of the twelve mahajana are described. Is your name there or not? Who are the twelve mahajanas? Who knows? Raise your hands.
svayambhūr nāradaḥ śambhuḥ
kumāraḥ kapilo manuḥ
prahlādo janako bhīṣmo
balir vaiyāsakir vayam
It is very clearly explained, these are called twelve mahajanas, dvadasha mahajanas. Do you understand? Prahlad Maharaja, Svayambhu, Narada, Sambhu… Brahmaji… First there is Brahmaji’s name, then Svayambhuva, Narada and Sambhu. Sambhu is Shivji, then Kumara, Kapila and Manu. The four Kumaras, Kapildeva – He is Bhagavan and Manu. Manu wrote the Manu Samhita grantha. Prahlada Maharaja is also a mahajana. Janaka Rishi, Bali Maharaja, Bhishma, Bali Maharaja and Yama Maharaja, who is the presiding deity of death are also mahajanas. These are the twelve mahajanas stated in our scriptures. You must follow the footsteps of these twelve mahajanas. Always follow the instructions of mahajanas. The Upanishadas say, ‘Mahājano yena gataḥ sa panthāḥ.’ What is the highest path? Follow the path of a mahajana. They are mahabhagavatas. Brahmaji is in our guru parampara. Brahmaji is there and Shivaji’s name is also there. Understand? Shivaji is in the Rudra sampradaya. Rudra sampradaya’s original acharya is Lord Shiva. Shivaji is in our Guru parampara. There are four Vaishnava sampradayas. First, you must learn this. How many sampradayas are there? Four. What are the four sampradayas? Shri, Brahma, Rudra, Sanaka sampradaya. Shri, Brahma Rudra, Sanaka. So in the Rudra sampradaya, the original acharya is Lord Shiva. In the Shri sampradaya, the original acharya is Lakshmi Devi. In the Brahma sampradaya, the original acharya is Brahmaji. Your name is not there. Then, in our rasika acharya, who is the mahajana? The topmost mahajana is Rupa Goswamipada. In our Gaudiya sampradaya, it is Rupa Goswamipada. Shri Rupa Goswamipada is a mahajana. Sanatana Goswamipada is also a mahajana. Raghunatha Dasa Goswami and the names in our guru parampara, they are called real mahajanas. Always follow the footsteps of Rupa Goswami. Rupanuga bhajana. Do you understand?
śrī-rūpa-mañjarī-pada, sei mora sampada, sei mor bhajana-pūjana
(Sri Rupa Manjari Pada Sei Mora Sampada, Narottama Dasa Thakura)
Narottama Dasa Thakura sang this song. Always follow the footsteps of Rupa Goswami or Rupa Manjari. ‘Rupa anugatya bhajana.’ You must perform your bhajana and sadhana under the guidance of Rupa Goswami.
So why am I saying this? Because they are called mahajanas. In the Rama Krishna Mission, they don’t know this philosophy. So Bhakti Prajñana Keshava Goswami Maharaja boldly preached against the Rama Krishna Mission and others. Because of his preaching, they became very angry with him. Still, he then boldly preached against one of Rama Krishna Mission’s preachers. What was his name? Swami Vivekananda, at the time he was a world famous speaker. He went to America, to the city of Chicago. Then he become famous all over the world. Bolo, what did he say in Chicago that made him become world famous? He said, “It is better to play the football than to give water to Tulasi.” Understand? He would say, “Health is wealth. So if you play football, then your health will be good. But if you offer water to Tulasi, what benefit will you get?” Are, if you play football, your body will be very nice. One day you will die or not?” Understand? [Gurudev chuckles] But Tulasi is transcendental. If you worship Tulasi, then krishna–bhakti will manifest in your heart. If you tell the karmis, “Yes, you play football. Health is wealth.” Then they will applaud, clap and say, “Yes. What you are saying, this is good.” This is because karmis want karma-kanda. Everything he spoke was against our shastras, Vedas, Puranas, Upanishadas. And most western people are what? Complete atheists. Do you understand? That is why Swami Maharaja’s pranama mantra says –
nama om vishnu-padaya krishna-preshthaya bhu-tale
shri shrimate bhaktivedanta-svamin iti namine
namas te sarasvate deve gaura-vani-pracharine
Pashchatya-desha means what? Do you understand the meaning of this word? Western countries are what? Nirvisheshavadi and shunyavadi. Most of the people are called atheists – they do not believe that God has a transcendental form. Or they are called shunyavadi – they believe everything is zero. They are actually called Buddhists. Shunyavadi. Try to understand these things.
It is very difficult to preach in western countries. Mostly due to people’s logic and so many of them being materialistic. They have no impressions, no samskaras. It is not so easy to preach there. They do not believe that God has a form. ‘Nirvisheshavadi, shuynavadi.’ And they are also completely materialistic. They are thinking, “Drink and be marry. Enjoy your sense gratification as much as you like. Drink, drink. How long? Until you fall down.” Understand? This is their philosophy. They believe, “Drink as much as you like.” What is their philosophy? They are thinking, “If you die then, you will not come back.” This is the charvaka philosophy. Do you understand? Charu vaka means ‘sweet words’. There was one philosopher, who was completely materialistic, enjoying sense gratification – this is a demonic (asura) philosophy. According to this philosophy they would say, “If you have no money, what will you do?” Will you take money or borrow money from someone? That philosophy says, “You will take it. First, borrow money from someone. Take this borrowed money and never return it back.” Try to understand this philosophy. They say, “When you die, you will not come to pay back these debts. You can enjoy as much as you like, chalo, eat whatever you want to eat. Eat fish or meat, enjoy as you like. There are no sinful activities and there are no pious activities – no papa and no punya.”
Some brahmanas have written in our shastras, which acts are papa and which are punya. It is written, which are sinful activities and which are pious activities. But thinking of this Rama Krishna mission, it is called asura philosophy. Understand? They say, “Enjoy as much as you like, all kinds of enjoyment. Enjoy sex life, drinking, chalo.” Asura. They say, “Chalo. Enjoy whatever you want, enjoy, chalo.” This is called charvak philosophy. In this way they say, “Until you give up your body, enjoy more and more. You can drink alcohol. How much can you drink? Drink until you develop cancer. There is no problem, drink alcohol.” Where will you get money to drink alcohol? [Devotees answer: “Borrow.”] ‘Are, borrow? If you borrow, you will not get money. They say, “Get money by robbing and stealing.” Understand? They tell you, “Rob the bank, take money from the bank.” Look at this philosophy. They declare there is no papa, no punya, there are no sinful activities or no pious activities. They give this example, “Look, this person left his body and then his body is transferred to ashes. So how is it possible that you return back to pay your debts? Cheat people as much as you want to cheat people, there is no problem with this.” All over the world, 80% of the people like this philosophy. They say, “This a good philosophy.” A good philosophy? This is a demonic idea, asura. In the Bhagavd-gita, Krishna says to Arjuna,
dvau bhūta-sargau loke ’smin
daiva āsura eva ca
daivo vistaraśaḥ prokta
āsuraṁ pārtha me śṛṇu
In this material world, people have two types of mentalities. One is called daiva-bhava and the other is called asura-bhava. Daiva-bhava means what? Sattvik mood, they have faith in God. And those who do not have faith in God, they are called asuras. Those who are devotees of Lord Vishnu are called devatas. Opposite of devatas are asuras. This is mentioned in the Bhagavad-gita. If you take or borrow money from someone, in the next life, will you have to return it back or not? Your body may change, but your atma never changes. You will have to become his house buffalo and give him your milk [Gurudev chuckles]. Do you understand? Maybe you will become a dog in his house. You will be as like a security guard in his house. Please try to understand this philosophy. You will have to spend your whole life as his security dog in his house. Now you are his security dog because in the previous life you took his money and did not repay. This is called the circle of fruit and action, karma–chakra. Nothing is free. Your karma will always follow you.
It is always going on like this. Externally you are thinking, “Oh, I will just take this.” But you don’t know, in your next life, you will have to return it all back, with interest. If you borrow money from the bank, do you have to return it back or not? How much do you have to return? The original sum, plus interest and at a very high rate interest. Do you understand? In the same way, if you take something, some money, you will need to return it back. In the next life you will become his house dog or his donkey. You will have to become a donkey in his house. Try to understand. You may forget that body’s conception, but the Lord did not forget. You may be thinking, “Oh, I took money from him.” But you don’t know in next life, you will have to become his donkey and will have to perform hard work in his house. He will bitterly beat you. Have you seen horses pulling a cart while their master bitterly beats them?
Not only this, if you are attached with your dog, in your next life you will also become a dog. Sometimes I told the story of Kailash. Kailash’s son told, “Oh, my father has left his body. But now in my house, my dog is just as like my father.” “Are, as like your father? Your father has been born in your house in the form of your dog”, Narada Rishi told. Look at these things. People are thinking, “Very nice. I am embracing my dog.” But who was that dog in their previous life? Do you understand? “Your father has become this dog”, Narada Rishi told to the son of Kailash. You have forgotten this katha. Do you know this story? You have acted this drama many times. Have you not? Try to understand. Not only this, the Shrimad Bhagavatam also says how Puranjan was attached with a lady, Puranjani. Then in his next life, Puranjan became a lady. Just look, if you are attached with ladies, then in the next life, you will also become a lady. Bharata Maharaja was attached with a deer. So in his next life, he became a deer. This evidence comes from our shastras, I am not saying this on my own. This is true. But if you are attached to Krishna, then you will attain Krishna.
yaṁ yaṁ vāpi smaran bhāvaṁ
tyajaty ante kalevaram
taṁ tam evaiti kaunteya
Krishna told Arjuna, “Whatever state of being one remembers when he quits his present body, in his next life he will attain to that state without fail.” If you are attached with a dog, then in your next life you will become a dog. If you want to become a dog, then become attached with a dog, no problem. Do you understand? Or it could also be that dog has now come as your father. Narada Rishi told Kailash’s son… Do you remember what he said? Kailash’s son said, “Oh, that dog is very sweet, he is as like my father.” Narada Rishi then told, “Not as like. Your father has come in your house in the form of a dog!” [Gurudev chuckles] Because this is asakti. Asakti means, attachment being the cause of bondage. Attachment can also be the cause of liberation. If you become attached with Guru and Krishna, then you can be freed from bondage, bandana mukta. Do you understand? How do you come into bondage and how do you become free from that bondage? This is a simple philosophy. If you are attached with Krishna, then you will be freed from bondage. But materialistic people don’t understand this philosophy.
For this regard, Bhakti Prajñana Keshava Goswami Maharaja preached against the Rama Krishna Mission and Swami Vivekananda. For these reasons they became very angry with him. But he did not care, he still preached very boldly. He told, “They are not called the Rama Krishna Mission, they are called murgi mission, poultry, chicken mission.” Understand these things? [Devotee asks: “Because they eat chicken?”] They eat chicken? ’Are, they eat eggs also. Because they think, “If you do not eat eggs you will become very skinny because you will not have sufficient vitamins. You have to eat eggs. You have to eat meat.” But there is no need for this. ‘Are, eat many kinds of vegetables, you can also drink milk. There are all kinds of vitamins inside of milk. You can also eat green vegetables. Understand these things. If you eat green vegetables, all kinds of vitamins are also inside there. Do you understand? There is no need to eat meat. Some say, “Oh I am very skinny, I have to eat meat. When you eat meat, you become very fat.” No. ‘Are, many people are meat eaters and they are still very skinny. And many people are completely vegetarian and they are still gordo [‘fat’ in Portuguese]. Like Vaishnava Das, does he eat meat or is he vegetarian? One may ask, “Are you eating meat? No? So, then why you are gordo?” [Devotees laugh] [Gurudev laughs] ‘Are, it is not everyday that you get to eat paneer. Where do you get it from every day? [Gurudev recalls the drama by the Brazilian devotees about a brahmana who got fat from paneer]. Who eats meat here? No? Does anybody here eat meat? Who is eating meat? Fish? Do you eat meat? Look he does not eat meat [Gurudev points at devotee]. He is healthy. ‘Are, the word meat is me – eat. In this life you are eating flesh and in the next life your flesh will be eaten. Do not eat meat. If you are eating meat, in the next life they will eat your meat. Give compassion to all living entities. Try to become vegetarian. Understand? Don’t eat meat. Please understand. Don’t eat meat.
Nowadays, the slaughterhouses, look how they are killing animals. Have you seen the videos on YouTube? Go watch them. See how they are killing the cows. How by force, they take milk from the cows. If you watch these videos and if you are a real human being, then tears will start rolling down your face, from your heart. Understand this. For this regard, many people are against drinking milk. They are called vegan. Why? They do not drink milk. They protest those processes I mentioned. Because by machine, by force, they are taking the milk from cows. Do the cows feel pain or not? They are killing the small baby calves. Look at this. So for this regard, our shastras tell us not to kill or eat meat. This is true. [Audience member asks: “Should we not also drink the milk then?”] [Inaudible]. ‘Are, that milk you offer to Krishna, Govinda. Govinda–seva. Then that cow will also receive a benefit. But you should also protest them. You should protest that they not torture cows. Cows are as like our mother, gomata. Our scriptures explain we have five mothers. So cows are also, gomata. Mata, she gives her milk to us. Do you understand? So you should not kill cows. Understand? Pancha mata. You take birth from your mother, she is called mother. Second, one who gives nourishment to you, she is dhatri mata. Then there is Prithivi-devi mata. If you are married, your mother in law, she is also called mother. Do you understand? And one who nourishes you, protects you, she is also your mother. So in this way, they are also your pancha matas. Cows are also your mothers. You have no right to kill your mother. This means you should not kill cows, you should not eat meat. Do you understand?
This is one reason why you should not kill cows or not eat meat. Why are you not eating meat? Because cows are our mothers. Also meat is known as tamasik food. There are three kinds of food, sattvik, rajasik and tamasik. You must always eat sattvik food. Upanishadas state this very clearly. If your food is good, sattvik food, then your brain will be sattvik. If you eat tamasik food, then your brain will be also tamasik. Understand? When you drink alcohol, you cannot even speak, you say, “Ba ba ba ohh..” Do you understand? And you may also get liver cancer from alcohol. Why am I saying this? Because the shastras are telling you what to eat and what not to eat. So you may then ask, “You are eating a potato. Sabji, green sabji, is there life inside or not? Are vegetables alive or not? So if you are eating them, then you are killing them. Why are you killing vegetables?” Try to understand what our shastras explain. In this material world, living entities maintain their lives and survive by eating other living entities. This is a practical thing. Do you understand? Cows are eating grass. Is grass alive or not? Lions and tigers eat cows. Our scriptures explain what you can eat and what you cannot eat. As a human being, you have to eat sattvik food. Ahara shuddhi, chitta shuddhi.
Vegetables are called sattvik food. But that food must first be offered to Krishna, otherwise you will have to suffer sinful activities. The Shrimad Bhagavad-gita says, “First, you offer it to Me.”
yat karoṣi yad aśnāsi
yaj juhoṣi dadāsi yat
yat tapasyasi kaunteya
tat kuruṣva mad-arpaṇam
What you will do? Our scriptures say, “First offer to Me.” If you want to eat a potato, then offer that potato to Krishna. Then you will not suffer from the sinful activities. You may then ask, “I want to eat meat, or eggs or fish. Can I offer to Krishna, then eat these things?” No. Krishna does not accept tamasik food. Eggs, fish and meat are called tamasik food, the mood of ignorance. Understand? So for this regard, I am saying this. Because your arguments may come. First you must offer your food to Krishna, Govinda, then you will eat. Otherwise, if you do not offer what you eat to Krishna… The Shrimad Bhagavad-gita explains, you are eating the sin and papa–bija. If you happen to be in the market and buy some food, do you just start to eat it? No. At least in your mind, offer it to Krishna first.
The best option is one should not eat food cooked or prepared by karmis. If you like to eat pizza, don’t go to the market and buy it there. Prepare it in your house and then offer it to Krishna. Then you can eat it. Why not do this? Very carefully understand this. Offer everything to Krishna first, then you can take. This is the conclusion of our shastras. Do you understand? First, offer that milk to Krishna, then you can drink it. That is called mahaprasad. ‘Mahā-prasāde govinde nāma-brahmaṇi vaiṣṇave svalpa-puṇyavatāḿ rājan viśvāso naiva jāyate.’ That milk is now called mahaprasad.
So why am I saying this? Bhakti Prajñana Keshava Goswami Maharaja very boldly preached against the Rama Krishna Mission Sevashram. For this regard they become very upset with him, but he did not care. And he was always chanting the holy names. ‘Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna, Krishna, Hare, Hare, Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama, Rama, Hare, Hare.’ Because this is the Kali-yuga mahamantra. Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Himself told, “If you love Me then everybody has to chant the Hare Krishna mahamantra.” Sahajiya, sakhi-beki, they are chanting, “Nitai, Gaura, Radhe Shyama, Hare Krishna, Hare Rama.” This is not the mahamantra. Try to understand this.
So, Bhakti Prajñana Keshava Goswami Maharaja boldly preached against sahajiya, sakhi–beki. The Kali-yuga mahamantra is called… In Kali-yuga, what is the mantra? ‘Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare, Hare Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.’ There are sixteen names, 32 syllables. Bhaktivinoda Thakur wrote many things against aula, baula, sahajiya, sakhi–beki. Many westerners are going to India and are only doing what? Imitating. They are actually doing nothing. They actually don’t know any philosophy. Nothing is actually there, they are simply imitating. They are taking one rudraksha mala and chanting. Hey, what are you chanting? Chant the holy names, chant the holy names with a Tulasi mala, not a rudraksha mala. They may not even actually go to India; they are only looking at these things on the internet. Naga sadhus and also many other sadhus are just imitating. I have seen many people in western countries and I ask myself, “How do they know these things?” Actually they are only seeing these things on the internet. Now it has become very easy to search the internet and do this and this. They are only imitating, “Oh, this is good. I will do this.” No, this is not good. You have to become a Vaishnava, you are a Vaishnava.
keha māne, keha nā māne, saba tāṅra dāsa
ye nā māne, tāra haya sei pāpe nāśa
(Chaitanya-Charitamrita, Adi 6.85)
Whether you accept Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu or not. You are still the servant of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. You are servant of Krishna. You are servant of Vishnu. ‘Jiva sarva-bhuta vaishnava.’
jīvera svarūpa haya kṛṣṇera nitya-dāsa
kṛṣṇera taṭasthā-śakti bhedābheda-prakāśa
(Chaitanya-Charitamrita, Madhya 20.108)
‘Krishnera nitya dasa’ not Shivera nitya dasa, understand? So why do you chant the Shiva mantra, you must chant Krishna nama. ‘Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare, Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.’ When I ask, “Why are you chanting Shiva nama?” You will say, “Because I like to.” You like to? This is not good. A baby also likes many things. You must chant Krishna nama. Because ‘harer nāma harer nāma, harer nāmaiva kevalam, kalau nāsty eva nāsty eva…’ In this Kali-yuga, there are no any other processes to attain the Lord. Receive harinama and chant the holy names. Do you understand? So sometimes, when I am seeing these things, I ask myself, “How do they know these things? They are taking a rudraksha mala or are doing many, many other things. Actually they are only going to the internet and imitating what they see. Baddha jivas, very easily do what? Imitate. ‘Are, enter in to deep philosophy, shastra siddhanta. Learn one shloka. Which shloka? ‘harer nāma harer nāma, harer nāmaiva kevalam, kalau nāsty eva nāsty eva, nāsty eva gatir anyathā.’ In this Kali-yuga there are no other processes to attain the Lord. Three times it is mentioned, ‘nasty eva, nasty eva, nāsty eva gatir anyathā.’ And why are they saying this? ‘harer nāma harer nāma, harer nāmaiva.’ Three times they are saying, harinama, harinama, harinama. Chant the holy names.
Transcriber: Sanatan das (USA)
Editors: Divya Premamayi dasi (Slovakia), Sanatan das (USA)