Guru Tattwa

Guru Tattwa

09-Feb-2017
We ideally should call Gurudev as Srila Gurudev or Srila Guru Maharaj or while mentioning name also one shud start with Param Pujyapāda. Disciple should always think of the spiritual master as Krsna himself. One must remember that, like Krsna even Sri Guru sits as paramatma in the heart. All good thoughts, Krsna Conscious thoughts, plans, words and actions come from him from inside and all the anger, lust, greed is our mind. So if we listen to our mind we slip and if we listen to Sri Guru we advance. Guru watches everything from inside. Without Guru we cannot advance.
Amarendra Dasa

The 8 jewels that Sri Guru showers upon his disciples

The 8 jewels that Sri Guru showers upon his sincere disciples

(8 verses of Sri Gurvastakam)

30-Jan-2017

Verse 1- Jiva Tattwa(SELF)

Our precarious position in this material world

Verse 2- Gaura Tattwa(GOD)

The solution to all of problems are the Names forms qualities and pastimes of Lord Gaura.Whom to please? Gaura. How to please? Kirtan, singing, dancing with instruments.What mood? Total humility leading to Total ecstasy.

Verse 3- Archa Vigraha Tatwa(Deity Worship)

Seeing Sri Gaura in the deity and offering ourself by Shrngār and Mārjan

Verse 4- Mahaprasad Tattwa (Eating and drinking regulation)

The whole concept of reciprocation with the deity and dovetailing our eating propensity. We offer service and the lord responds with Sanctified Food

Verse 5- Prem Tatwa(Goal)

Total absorption every moment in the Naam Rupa Guna Lila of Sri Sri Radha Krsna in Vraja

Verse 6- Sri Guru Tatwa(Unmanifested Form)

How Sri Guru eternally is the maidservant of Sri Radha and brings in that love of the Vraja Gopis in the exalted Rupanuga Gaudiya Guru Parampara

Verse 7- Sri Guru Tattwa(Manifested Form)

Although in his original swarup he is dear to Sri Radha, for the disciple in this world he is sakshat Hari, for due to his compassionate preaching endeavours he is very dear to Sri Hari

Verse 8- Bhakti Tattwa(Secret for success)

Sri Guru Nishta is the backbone for all success without which we will be nowhere.

Hence we remember and bow down to Sri Guru who has, is and continues to shower these 8 jewels in our life by his lectures and personal example.

Amarendra Dasa

Heart of a pure Vaishnava

Heart of a pure Vaishnava

26-Jan-2017

Pure Vaishnava is an ocean. Even when excessive rivers flows into the ocean it remains the same and even when water gets evaporated in summer it still remains the same. It means that in happiness or distress one has to be equipoised. Pond over floods and goes dry. That’s because they are shallow. Ocean is deep. So those who are shallow in bhakti go dry and over flood. But those who are deep are equipoised.

 

Amarendra Dasa

Devotee punishing the Lord

Devotee punishing the Lord

26-Jan-2017

Krsna is a thief because he steals away everything – butter, clothes, sins, clouds complexion, Radha’s heart, etc. So therefore the pure devotee punishes this thief. He punishes the thief by locking him up in the prison house of his heart. He tells Krsna that because you stole, I will punish you. You can’t leave even if you want. I will lock you in my heart.
Amarendra Dasa

Sripad Aindra Prabhu Appearance Day

Sripad Aindra Prabhu Appearance Day

06-Mar-2016

Today marks the holy appearance day of Sripad Aindra Prabhu, one of Srila Prabhupada’s forefront soldiers. He has been very instrumental in my life in shaping my kirtans and most importantly a great inspiration for devotees worldover. His actions, His example, His mood, His intensity, His Kirtans, His purity, His ‘speaking the truth against all odds’ and His unalloyed love for the Sri Harinam, Sri Sri RadheShyam and Sri Vrajadham did the preaching for all of us round the world.
To give up everything and settle down in 1 square tile on the floors of Krsna Balaram Mandir in Vrndavan is not at all easy. What to speak of chanting the same maha mantra in the same mood at the same place with the same feeling and love for over 20years! Remaining celibate for over 35years and worshipping over 2000+ Shaligram shilas! Reading and speaking for hours on Krsna’s inner most esoteric intimate pastimes with the spirit of compassion and mercy! To always have one’s fingers serving the lord, either on the harmonium or inside the japa bag or decorating his Nitai Sacisuta! Oh prabhu, How much we miss you and your presence….Those bright penetrating  eyes filled with concern and love yet sharp as Indra’s thunderbolt! He lived his life and did the right thing and most importantly inspired a million people to follow his example. A saint who not just spoke about the Yuga Dharma but actually walked the path himself!
All the 24hour kirtans, the world over kirtan melas and all the street and temple kirtans remind us of his words of laser beam focus.

On this most auspicious day I pray to Bhajananandi Kirtanacharya Sripad Aindra Prabhu for his blessings so that we all may use our human form very carefully to finally awaken our dormant love for Sri Sri Radha Shyamasunder in the pleasure groves of Vraja!

Aspiring to serve you some day, somewhere, some life.

 

Amarendra Dasa

Be hungry for Krishna

Be hungry for Krishna

15-Jan-2017

We are seen. Krsna is the seer. So let him search. Please I don’t know how to go, where to go, so bless me a bonafide Sad-Guru whom I can surrender to, learn from and hear Hari katha. I am not qualified to know who is at what level. But oh Gaurahari, I want your dear associate to be my master. I want to get to you by your dear associate. Someone who will give me taste for Naam, Srimad Bhagavatam, Dhaam and seva. Gaurahari save me! All shelters are leaving the planet. Save me before they leave. This is how I begged. I have shed tears before my altar day after day. I used to say, my Lord, pet dogs are given food, nice house and bed, proper temperature, their stool is picked and they are even given attention of a doctor when sick. But a street dog shivers, gets drenched in rain, eats from trash bins, is pelted stone at, has open wounds and no place to sleep. Only reason? One has a master while the other doesn’t. My lord this street dog of kali yuga is at your door. Begging you to open the door for me. I am tired taking so many bodies and attempting to enjoy this world. Being exhausted, I have come at your shelter. Please accept me. Please give me your true servant as my shelter.

In 3months I got initiated in Vraja in kartik month. Don’t get distracted and ask for anything else. Krsna, I want your shelter through your loving dear associate. One gets Krsna only when one takes shelter of a great personality and offers oneself completely at their mahabhagavat vaishnavas lotus feet.
SB 11.2.37 describes a verse where Guru Devatātmā is the phrase used. We just need a pure soul. And surrender totally, serve him, so he blesses, then Krsna blesses. When Krsna blesses taste in bhajan appears. When taste comes even tapasya is tasty and worldly taste becomes distasteful. We are stuck at step one. Please bless me with a Gaura Priya Jan, Sad-Guru. That diksha is fruitful, the food after intense hunger. If hunger is not there then there is no digestion at all.
Amarendra Dasa

Control the desire of fame

Control the desire of fame

16-Dec-2016

Are you chanting properly with no distraction? Otherwise the Hog stool desire of pratishta(fame and popularity) will rise in the heart. Srila Raghunath Dasa Goswami calls this desire to be known and popular and compares it to 3 examples:

  1. Trickling down of Donkey urine
  2. Smell of Hog Stool
  3. Dog eating Prostitute

So, this is his verdict. Chant Nāma 32 rounds without distraction, 4 hours straight. At the end of 6 months you will see the dirt that comes out. With pratishta all our endeavors will be faulty.

Krishna takes away opportunities from proud and fame licking person. It rains everywhere, but it doesn’t stay on top of the mountain peak because it is too high. Rain water flows down and gets collected in lower muddy pools of water because muddy pool of water is low and considered fallen. Similarly, Krishna’s mercy is like rain water, falls everywhere but doesn’t stay on top of mountain peak (proud people). Mercy flows down to the fallen and humble destitute. Remember: to publicly inspire, we need to privately perspire — Guru Nishta, Vaishnava Seva and Nama Bhajan.

Remember you are not great. “Trnad Api sunichena”. Aim of bhajan is not being popular, but being humble. If popularity counts, Sachin will get Krishna. If richness counts, Bill Gates will get Krishna. If beauty counts, different models may get Krishna. If knowledge counts, the scientists may get Krishna. Only humble devotion counts, therefore Haridas Thakur got Krishna.

 

Amarendra Dasa

Be fired up in Krishna Consciousness

Be fired up in Krishna Consciousness 

25-Dec-2016

Sadhu sangha is a faster purifier of one’s consciousness. If we want Krishna in this human life, we need to go all cylinders fired up! If we move at our comfort pace, then we will end up where everyone else is, that is nowhere. Sadhu sangha, intense Harinams, intense kathas, strict sadhana and pure life. Such people get Radharani.

‘A little of everything’ doesn’t work. It chokes up the bhakti plant very quickly. Best gift that Krishna can give one is mood to progress, not the mood to be lethargic. Human life is a life of responsibility. Proper chanting and daily 1 hour of reading/hearing keeps one in proper spirit. If this is not done, then one loses interest and doesn’t feel like chanting. It seems like a burden and taste in other things increase.

HH Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur said enthusiastic Krishna Consciousness is our oxygen. Without it we are spiritually dead. 200 years ago, we didn’t have smart(idiot) phones, we didn’t have smart(idiot) TVs. No distractions. People could chant and hear nicely. Nowadays except Hari, we want everything. Maya can get into our finger tips.

Songs without Krishna, visuals without Krishna, tasting food without Krishna, smelling scents without Krishna.

Hence, Srimad Bhagavatam verses must be studied to know what is right and what is wrong. Srimad Bhagavatam is right, not anyone else. Srimad Bhagavatam says senses should be given for the Lord, time and this life should be given for the Lord. In that we have our ultimate benefit. Narayana Bhattadri is not mad, Sant Tukaram is not crazy. Why will they give all their life for Bhagavan. They gave up all enjoyments of this world, which means that the joy of Bhakti is higher than the material pleasure of this world. They never gave up the worldly pleasures in two minds. Should I give up or no. Joy of bhakti is far greater than even the position of being a President of any country. This they realized and we haven’t.

We are simply saying and then forgetting next minute and running after a pani puri not offered to Krishna or some latest movie song. They were fixed. Their sadhana was like lines on stone. Shastric reading is necessary to know what is right and to act on it. We have taste to speak everything all day and day after day, but 7 mins of japa…..ohh mind is running and lips don’t move. Rupa Goswami says the holy name is like a sugar candy, but we taste it like cyanide.

Amarendra Dasa

Understanding the word ‘Radhe’

Understanding the word ‘Radhe’

11-Jan-2016

One way of understanding the word Radhe:
Raaaa is lower tone according to musical understanding. Dheeeee is a higher tone.
So Raaaadheeee means she who can pick the lower ones and put them high!
Another way of understanding the word Radhe:
The English alphabet ‘R’ of Radhe and also the Sanskrit alphabet ‘R’ of Radhe both look like hooks.
So simply by starting to chant Radhe, the hook is ready to uplift us!

 

Amarendra Dasa