Food and Poison Nataraja Dasa

There was a story.

One day one devotee Bhagavān Ācārya invited Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu to dine at his home. Thus he was preparing rice and various types of vegetables.
And devotee named Choṭa Haridāsa used to sing for Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu. Bhagavān Ācārya called him too to his home and spoke as follows: – “Please go to the sister of Śikhi Māhiti. In my name, ask her for a māna of white rice and bring it here.”

Śikhi Māhiti’s sister was named Mādhavī-devī. She was an elderly lady who always performed austerities. She was very advanced in devotional service.
Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu accepted her as having formerly been an associate of Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī. In the entire world, three and a half people were His intimate devotees – Svarūpa Dāmodara Gosvāmī, Rāmānanda Rāya and Śikhi Māhiti, and the half a person was Śikhi Māhiti’s sister (1). read more

Living in the Holy Name Nataraja Dasa

For to achieve the state of „Living in the holy name“ on the Street is actually the moment when Harinam actually can be started. Then you belong to Harinam and Harinam belong to you.

Harinam is not just 2 Lines for 1-2 hours, inbetween other “more important“ duties, when you constantly look on the clock, for to not “stand“ too long and to not be too “late“.

Literary devotees are robbing themselves for decades with such attitude. And therefore they never open up, they never experience this „living in the holy name“ on the streets… When „everyone wants to chant“, when whoever you meet – they are willing to sing and dance, and you can answer to the questions from people who were first time in the life involved in chanting and dancing, and when you can give them books. read more

The Prabhupada Marathon

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur used to say, “The only lack in society is Krsna consciousness.” Krishna consciousness is the greatest need everywhere, and there is no better place to get it than from Srila Prabhupada’s books. This is why part-time and fulltime distributors – and devotees who never distributed books — will increase or start their service of book distribution all over the world during the Prabhupada Marathon in December.

In a lecture that Srila Prabhupada gave, while speaking about the importance of preaching, he said, “Krsna is feeling a little pain; therefore yada yada hi dharmasya.” He feels pain, knowing that His parts and parcels are suffering, and therefore He comes to help us.

Recently, a medical magazine stated, “Stress is the Black Plague of the 21st century.” I’ve had students almost in tears in front of me, because they’re under so much stress. We have no idea how much people are suffering. If we don’t help them, who will? No one else is giving pure knowledge of the soul, of God, and of the process that will bring the soul and Krsna into a loving relationship. We have a treasure house of knowledge, and Lord Caitanya is the one who came and broke open the storehouse of love of God. read more

The Avatar Buddha

‘How to Follow His Stream of Dharma to the Ocean of Nectar’ – Siddhartha Gautama was the blessed and beautiful prince of the Sakyas, a royal family descended from the Surya-vamsha (the Solar Dynasty of ancient Indian kings).  He had always been carefully sheltered from the distresses of life by his father, King Shuddhodana.

In Kapilavastu, his capital near the Himalayan foothills, the king built three palaces for his son, one specially designed to be comfortable in the cold season, another for the hot season, and the third for the monsoon.  These palaces towered in ornate splendor above beautiful gardens adorned with lotus-ponds.

The prince was always surrounded by a host of lovely damsels who rendered him all kinds of personal service; they entertained him day and night with dance, music and games that were suited to every occasion and season.  Prince Siddhartha wore only the finest cloth imported from Varanasi, a city which even today remains famous for its silk.  His body was perfumed with the pulp of sandalwood.  Day and night, a white parasol was held over his head.  Even the servants in his palaces were fed sumptuously, so that the prince would not see want in others. read more

Avoid association of serpent Mayavadis and karmis

The Mayavadis and other atheists do not want the Krsna consciousness movement to develop because it educates people in God consciousness. Such is the policy of the atheists. There is no benefit in feeding a snake milk and bananas because the snake will never be satisfied. On the contrary, by taking milk and bananas the snake simply becomes more poisonous (kevalam visa-vardhanam). If a snake is given milk to drink, its poison simply increases. For a similar reason, we should not disclose our minds to the serpent Mayavadis and karmis. Such disclosures will never help. It is best to avoid association with them completely and never ask them about anything confidential because they cannot give good advice. Nor should we extend invitations to Mayavadis and atheists nor accept their invitations, for by such intimate intermingling we may become affected by their atheistic mentality (sangat sanjayate kamah). It is the negative injunction of this verse that we should refrain from giving anything to or accepting anything from the Mayavadis and atheists. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu has also warned, visayira anna khaile dusta haya mana: [Cc. Antya 6.278] “By eating food prepared by worldly people, one s mind becomes wicked. Unless one is very advanced, he is unable to utilize everyone’s contribution to further the Krsna consciousness movement; therefore on principle one should not accept charity from the Mayavadis or atheists. Indeed, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu has forbidden devotees to associate even with ordinary men who are too addicted to material sense gratification.

The Nectar of Instruction, Text 4, purport

Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s philosophy: enjoy with Krsna

Caitanya Mahaprabhu taught that if you want to cry for Krsna, then no more crying for this material world. Hare Krsna. If you can once learn how to cry for Krsna, then you will no more cry for this material world. That is Vedanta. Try to feel separation for Krsna, then you won’t feel separation from this nonsense material world. Everyone is suffering or hankering. Either hankering… One who hasn’t got, he is hankering, and one who has but lost it, he is lamenting. This is the activity. But Krsna consciousness means once you hanker after Krsna, there will be no more lamentation. Here the lamentation is, “I could not find Krsna,” not that “I have lost Krsna.” First of all get Krsna; then there is question of loss. But once you get, there is no more loss. That is Krsna consciousness. Once you get Krsna, there is no more loss; you get it forever, and you enjoy with Krsna in perfection. This is Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s philosophy.

From Srila Prabhupada’s lecture, Panca-tattva Deity Installation – Hawaii, Unknown date