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    Srila Gurudeva:...Both siksa-guru and diksa-guru are the representative of Krsna and their krpa,mercy is unlimited mercy. There is no difference between siksa-guru and diksa-guru.
    yadyapi amara guru—caitanyera dasa
    tathapi janiye ami tanhara prakasa

    Although my Guru is dasa, servant of Caitanya, still I know he is His manifestation, tanhara prakasa. This istattva. Therefore, we say Gurudeva, Sri Gurudeva, is krsna-krpa-sri-murti. He is the embodiment of Krsna-krpa, the mercy of Krsna. When Krsna-krpa assumes a body and appears before us, that is Sri Guru. That Sri Guru is known as Krsna-krpa-sri-murti, the embodiment of the mercy of Krsna. So, if someone develops guru-bhakti, only then will he have the chance to get Krsna.
    yasya deve para bhaktir
    yatha deve tatha gurau
    tasyaite kathita hy arthah
    prakasante mahatmanah

    Svetasvatara Upanisad says, “One who develops the same type of bhakti for Guru as he develops towards Krsna, he is a very fortunate jiva soul. Unto him, all transcendental knowledge will manifest. Otherwise it will never manifest.”
    Sri Guru is Krsna-priya-jana; he is very dear to Krsna. He is an eternal associate of Krsna, Radha-priya-dasi,a dear girl companion of Radharani. He is Radha-priya-sakhi, dear girl companion of Radharani, Radha-dasi, maidservant of Radharani, like Rupa Manjari, that is Sri Guru. The mula-guru-tattva,original guru-tattva is Nityananda-tattva.
    So by gradual descending Sri Guru has come to us which is the mercy manifestation of Nityananda Prabhu, that is Nityananda-tattva; He has come to us. So Nitaicand is both diksa-guru and siksa-guru. Also caittya-guru is the manifestation of Nitaicand. He is guru-tattva. Only difference is the activities, lilas, nothing else. Therefore, we sing this song, sri-guru-carana-padma. This is the significance as to why the feet of Sri Guru are compared to the lotus flower.
    From: “Sri Guru Carana Padma - The Lotus Feet of Sri Guru.” Originally spoken on May 31st, 1994 in American Canyon, CA, USA.
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    visuddha Vrajabasi. 
    She is always in the consciousness that, "I am a Vrajavasi." 
    Even when Nanda Baba and the cowherd boys went to Mathura with Krsna, they were still in Vrndavana because their consciousness was such. 
    Yogamaya Paurnamasi apparently lived in Ujjain before moving to Vrndavana, but actually she is an eternal visuddha Vrajabasi. Rohini apparently came from Mathura, but she is also an eternal visuddha Vrajabasi.
    Therefore, when Rohini-nandana Baladeva appeared in her womb, He was in Vrndavana".
    Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja Srila Gurudeva
    Srila Gurudeva:..."In India there are many people who think, "We know, we know." They have some pride that they know everything. "We are great, we know." But those who are most fallen think, "We are mlecchas, yavanas." Then it turns out to be a boon for them. They become humble. "Yes. We are mlecchas, yavanas. We don't know anything. We are very low. Very fallen. Very, very low consciousness."
    So that is a boon. Like Haridasa Thakura, who was Brahma. He was born in a Mohameddan family and therefore he became so humble. Otherwise it is said, janmaisvarya-sruta-sribhir. This is Kuntidevi's prayer. "One who is born in a very aristocratic family, naturally he is very proud and puffed up. Aisvarya—one who has material opulence, he is naturally very proud. sruta—one who has acquired material education and received so many degrees from many universities—MAS PhD doctorate—he is very proud. Sri—one who has physical beauty is also very proud. Generally these factors develop pride in someone. Unless one becomes akincana, very low and humble, materially zero, he cannot have the darsana of the Lord." This is required.
    Therefore Mahaprabhu is teaching, trnad api sunicena. "One should think oneself much humbler than a blade of grass lying in the streets." Such mentality should be there. To take birth in a mleccha or yavana family makes one very humble. So the Western countries are places of mlecchas and yavanas. Mahaprabhu showers wonderful mercy upon them. Mahaprabhu is Patita-pavana."
    From an informal talk in October 1994, Melbourne, Australia.-----------------------------------------------------------------------
    "Of course, the most potent spiritual medicine was distributed to the Hollywood assembly by way of the chanting of the Hare Krsna Maha-mantra. Devotees also distributed Srila Prabhupada's transcendental books to the crowd. (You can just make out the picture of Srila Prabhupada's face, wearing his swami-hat with the ear flaps, on whatever literature the devotee below is carrying [BACK TO GODHEAD MAGAZINE?].)"
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    Srila Prabhupad's Lecture
    [Vrndavana, September 16, 1976]

    "Hare Krishna--Lord And Potency"
    yadasaranam atmanam
    aiksata sranta-vajinam
    astram brahma-siro mene
    atma-tranam dvijatmajah

    "When the son of the brahmana (Asvatthama) saw that his horses were tired, he considered that there was no alternative for protection outside of his using the ultimate weapon, the brahmastra (nuclear weapon)."
    yadasaranam atmanam
    aiksata sranta-vajinam
    astram brahma-siro mene
    atma-tranam dvijatmajah

    So this dvijatmaja, son of a brahmana. He's not addressed as a brahmana because his actions are different. Unless one acts as a brahmana, he's not accepted as a brahmana. This is the Vedic system. Laksanam.
    yasya yal laksanam proktam
    pumso varnabhivyanjakam
    yad anyatrapi drsyeta
    tat tenaiva vinirdiset
    [SB 7.11.35]

    Laksanam. Brahmana's laksanam, ksatriya's laksanam. Laksanam means symptoms. One must act as a brahmana. So he is accepted as brahmatmaja. Of course, everyone can claim that his father is like that. But that does not mean he has acquired the father's qualifications. That is not meaning. And onward the son may claim that "Such and such big man is my father." Of course, from social point of view, we sometimes give respect, as it will be seen. Asvatthama, because he happened to be a great personality, Dronacarya, so he was excused from capital punishment. Otherwise, Arjuna decided to kill him. But because he was a very great man's son, guru-putra, considering that "If he dies, then guru's wife will be very much unhappy," Draupadi advised... She was unhappy on account of death of her sons. So they considered that Asvatthama's mother, she's innocent, but on account of the son's death, she would be unhappy. So considering all these points he was excused from the capital punishment.
    So yada asaranam atmanam aiksata. He was running on on the back of a horse, but when he saw that Arjuna is coming nearer, so he has no other alternative, protection. Then he thought of the brahmastra. Brahmastra is the last weapon. Just like it is similar to modern nuclear weapon, brahmastra. As by releasing nuclear weapon there is radiation, similarly, we have got description that when Asvatthama released his brahmastra, there was a big radiation, people were feeling very terrible heat. And then Krsna informed that "This heat is due to the Asvatthama's release of brahmastra," and Arjuna was advised counteract it. Now they do not know how to counteract this nuclear weapon. Formerly they knew. I throw one kind of weapon, and if you are expert, you can counteract it. Now they have discovered the nuclear weapon, but they have not yet discovered the counteraction. Fight means I show some expert fighting craft or experiencing. The opposite party must also show something better than that. That was fighting. And in this way when one party fails, he's killed. And if he's killed then war stops. No more war. This was the system.
    So Asvatthama was thinking of this brahmastra. Astram brahma-siro mene atma-tranam dvijatmajah. Hopelessly. So far, of course, I know that this nuclear weapon was already discovered by the German people and Hitler, it is said that he did not use it. Because he knew it that "If I throw this nuclear weapon there will be devastation." So from this point it can be considered that he had some human consideration. So he's advertised very adversely, but if it is a true fact, then how he could have this human consideration that he did not throw the nuclear weapon? And this was taken by the Americans and it was thrown in Japan. That is the history so far we know. So anyway, as we have got experience, the nuclear weapon is very, very dangerous. Similarly the brahmastra is also very, very dangerous. And another weapon, they knew this art, sabda-vedhi. Sabda-vedhi means if I throw some arrow, it will go to my enemy wherever he is. A little sound of the enemy will attract this weapon, and it is sure to kill my enemy. Sabda-vedhi. There are many instances in Ramayana, Mahabharata. Sabda-vedhi-vak.
    So such warfare of mantra, very subtle. This, at the present moment this warfare is carried on gross weapons. But finer than that, there is mantra war. By mantras the warfare can go on. So this warfare is mantra. That is... Just like indriyani parany ahur indriyebhyah param manah [Bg. 3.42]. It is said in the Bhagavad-gita that the indriyani, so far our body's concerned, the indriyas, the senses are prominent. But more important than the senses, above the senses is the mind. Indriyani parany ahur indriyebhyah param manah [Bg. 3.42]. So as we have discovered so many weapons... That is gross, to be handled by senses. Even this nuclear weapon, it is handled by the scientists. But it is not by mantra. That science is still to be discovered by the modern scientists, how to... Or just like this mantra. Snake-charming mantra still there are. You are dealing the snake poison with some counter medicine. This is one kind of treatment. But there is another kind of treatment. That is called mantra, by chanting mantra. Or by herbs you can counteract snake bite. Still, there are in India. Therefore Canakya Pandita said that mantrausadhi-vasah sarpah. Sarpa means snake. It can be brought under control by mantra and herbs. Still, in our Mayapura some Mohammedans, they know how to use these herbs and mantras for treating snake bites. In Mayapura there are many snakes, and occasionally snakebite cases are there. But they treat it. And mantra has got power. It has been seen by many medical men in Lucknow. That's a long story.
    So mantra is powerful. This is mundane. Now you can imagine how spiritual mantra is powerful. Even in mundane world the mantra acts. This is very subtle thing. Then how much... Because
    indriyani parany ahur
    indriyebhyah param manah
    manasas tu para buddhir
    yo buddheh paratas tu sah
    [Bg. 3.42]

    So gross understanding -- the senses, the body, directly sense perception -- this is gross. I see you, you see me. I touch you, you touch me. I taste something... This is gross. Above this gross there is mental platform. So mantra is also on the mental, little above, intelligence. And above that there is spiritual platform. So if on the material platform, mental platform, the mantra can act so wonderfully, how much spiritually the mantra can benefit you. You have to simply imagine. So this Hare Krsna mantra is completely spiritual. If you chant it, spiritually enlightened, then surely it will act. Param vijayate sri-krsna-sankirtanam. It will act. Therefore chanting is so important.
    Chanting is not... Narottama dasa Thakura said this sound vibration is not this material sound. Krsna is not material sound. It is Krsna, spiritual. Abhinnatvan nama-naminoh. There is no difference between Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and His holy name, Krsna. There is no difference.
    nama cintamanih krsnas
    purnah suddho nitya-mukto
    'bhinnatvan nama-naminoh

    As Krsna is purna, perfect, complete, suddha, without any material contamination. Purnah suddho nitya, eternal. Purnah suddho nitya-muktah. Mukta means not of this material world. Mukti means anything which does not belong to, in this material world. That is called mukti. So the holy name, chanting of holy name, if we act it properly, without any offense, then we are directly in connection with Krsna. There is no doubt. Purnah suddho nitya-mukto 'bhinnatvan nama-naminoh.
    And Narottama dasa Thakura therefore says that this holy name of Krsna is imported from Goloka Vrndavana. It is not material sound. Golokera prema-dhana hari-nama-sankirtana. It is not ordinary sound. Don't take it as ordinary. Sabde-samanya buddhir hari-namni. That is naraki-buddhi. Just like to consider the Deity as made of stone. Arcye visnau sila-dhir gurusu nara-matih, to consider guru as ordinary human being. Similarly, to think sabde-samanya buddhih, the holy name of the Lord as ordinary sound vibration, that this... That is naraki. That is not considered by spiritually enlightened persons. But those who are rotting in hellish condition, for them these are the consideration. Patthar puje hari mile(?). They think that they are worshiping patthar. These rascals say patthar puje hari mile to me puju pahada(?). They think, he's such a rascal, he's thinking that the Deity is patthar or stone. But it is not like that. It requires good brain to understand how Krsna can appear in a form which can be seen by us. How Krsna can appear in a form of sound which we can hear. It is for our benefit. Not that it is material. Therefore Narottama dasa Thakura says, golokera prema-dhana hari-nama sankirtana. Hari-nama-sankirtana is not ordinary sound. Don't treat it as ordinary sound. It is the... Just like we, by radio we can send message from Europe, it may come to India. [break] ...such powerful machine and you can talk. That is possible. But that is not this sound. Golokera prema-dhana hari-nama-sankirtana, rati na janmilo kene tay. So don't think that this hari-nama-sankirtana is ordinary vibration of this material world. Never think so. You should immediately see that the sankirtana, Hare Krsna, is Krsna and Radha. Hara and Krsna. Radha-Krsna or Sita-Rama or Laksmi-Narayana. Any form of the Lord Visnu. Hare Krsna means the Supreme Lord and His spiritual potency.
    So we address; Hare, "Oh, the energy, spiritual energy of the Lord," and Krsna, "O the Supreme Lord," Hare Rama, the same thing. Param Brahman. Rama means Param Brahman, Krsna means Param Brahman and... So what is the meaning of addressing, "He Krsna, He Radhe, He Rama." Why? There should be some... Why you are asking? That "Just engage me in your service." That is taught by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
    ayi nanda-tanuja kinkaram
    patitam mam visame bhavambudhau
    krpaya tava pada-pankaja-
    sthita-dhuli-sadrsam vicintaya

    This is our prayer. It is not our prayer that, "O Krsna, O Rama, give me some money, give me some woman." No. This is not the prayer. Of course, in the neophyte stage they can pray like that, but that is not, I mean to say, suddha-bhakti, pure devotion.
    Pure devotion means to pray to the Lord, begging some service. "My Lord, kindly engage me in Your service." That is the perfection of life, when one is engaged in the service of the Lord in love. You can become a very great saint and live in a secluded place and become puffed-up that you have become very great personality, and people may come to see him, that "He's not to be seen, he's engaged in chanting." My Guru Maharaja has condemned this. He said, mana tumi kisera vaisnava. "My dear mind, your mental concoction, you are thinking that you have become a very big Vaisnava. You do not do anything and sit down in a secluded place and imitating Haridasa Thakura, chanting. So you are a nonsense." Mana tumi kisera vaisnava. Why? Nirjanera ghare, pratisthara tare. To get some cheap adoration as a great chanter. Because if one is actually chanting, why he should be attracted by woman and bidi? If he is actually in such position like Haridasa Thakura then why he should be attracted by material things? That is a false show only. That is not possible for ordinary person.
    Therefore ordinary person must be physically engaged. That is not physical, that is also transcendental. Always busy in some business of Krsna consciousness. That is wanted. Not that, "Oh, I have become a great scholar and I have now learned how to become a great Vaisnava. I chant sixty-four rounds, and think of my wife somewhere, and then good-bye to Govindaji and leave Vrndavana." These rascaldom do not follow. Govindaji drives such rascals away from Vrndavana. So Vrndavana, one who is living in Vrndavana, he must be very anxious how to spread the glories of Vrndavana-candra all over the world. That is wanted. Not that Vrndavana-candra is my private property and I sit down in a place and lick up. No, that is not wanted. That is not wanted. That is condemned by my Guru Maharaja.
    So mana tumi kisera vaisnava. He says, "What kind of Vaisnava, rascal, you are." Nirjanera ghare pratisthara tare. "Simply for cheap adoration you are living in a secluded place." Tava hari-nama kevala kaitava. Your chanting of so-called Hare Krsna mantra is simply cheating. He has said that. One must be ready very vigorously. And that is Caitanya Mahaprabhu's also order. Caitanya Mahaprabhu never said that "You chant." He has given certainly the chanting, but so far His mission is concerned, He said that "Everyone of you become guru." Amara ajnaya guru hana tara' ei desa [Cc. Madhya 7.128]. And deliver, preach, that people understand what is Krsna.
    yare dekha, tare kaha ‘krsna'-upadesa
    amara ajnaya guru hana tara' ei desa
    [Cc. Madhya 7.128]

    Prthivite ache yata nagaradi. That is His mission. It is not that "Become a big Vaisnava and sit down and imitate." This is all rascaldom. So don't follow this thing. So at least we cannot advise you in that way. We have learned from our Guru Maharaja that preaching is very, very important thing, and when one is actually an experienced preacher, then he is able to chant Hare Krsna mantra without any offense. Before that, this so-called chanting of Hare Krsna mantra, you may practice without any offenses... And giving up all other business to make a show of a big Vaisnava, that is not required. Thank you very much. (end)
    >>> Ref. VedaBase => Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.7.19 -- Vrndavana, September 16, 1976

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    A human being should be inquisitive to know who he is, who is God, and what is the relationship between himself and God. That is athato brahma-jijnasa. As long as he has not come to the point of jijnasa, inquiry, he is defeated in of all his activities—parabhavas tavad. He is bereft of sambandha-jnana, so he is covered with ignorance. He may perform punya-karma or papa-karma, pious or sinful activities, but whatever karma he does he must reap its reaction, because every action has its reaction. He will repeatedly get a material body in one of eighty-four lakhs of species and simply revolve in the cycle of birth and death, suffering and suffering. Therefore, Srimad-Bhagavatam says that now you have been given this rarely attained human body your duty is to inquire—jivasya tattva-jijnasa:
    kamasya nendriya-pritir
    labho javeta yavata
    jivasya tattva-jijnasa
    nartho yas ceha karmabhih

    “Life’s desires should never be directed toward sense gratification. One should desire only a healthy life, or self-preservation, since a human being is meant for inquiry about the Absolute Truth. Nothing else should be the goal of one’s works.” —Bhag. 1.2.11
    We often speak about the five levels of consciousness: avrta-cetana, covered consciousness; sankucita-cetana, shrunken, contracted consciousness; mukulita-cetana, budding consciousness; vikacita-cetana, blossoming consciousness; and purna-vikacita-cetana, completely blossomed consciousness. The consciousness of the human being comes under the last three levels: mukulita-cetana, vikacita-cetana, and purna-vikacita-cetana, the highest and last level of consciousness. Only human beings can achieve that level of consciousness. Not cats and dogs.
    Srimad-Bhagavatam is a most impartial sastra. It speaks very clearly and straightforwardly. It says that one who doesn't come to the point of inquiry, tattva-jijnasa, is no better than an animal. An animal won’t inquire. If you wont inquire you belong to that category of consciousness. An animal has four legs but you have two legs, you are a two-legged animal. That animal may have a tail, and horns; you have no tail, and no horns, puccha visana hina, but still you are just a two-legged animal without horns and tail—sa eva go-kharah, if you don’t come to the point of inquiry.
    From a lecture on 12 April 1991
    Bhubaneswar India
    Sri Caitanya-caritamrta Adi-Lila 7.146-148
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