Dear devotees, Sri Vrindavan Dham ki Jay. Accept my greetings from Vrinda Kunja.
We are in busy days in the Gopinath garden, making an attempt to plant and beautify Vrindavan. This morning we read the prayers of a famous Queen ... Queen Kunti, Her prayers are very popular, as they are the inspiration for many mystics over the past thousands of years.
Why? Because she is teaching the principles of love. She prays to Krishna thus: "O Krishna, I offer my obeisances to You for You are the original personality and qualities of the material world do not affect you. You exist both inside and outside of everything, and even so, you are invisible to the eyes of all. "
"While beyond the scope of limited sense perception, You are the eternally irreproachable factor covered by the curtain of amazing energy. You are invisible to the foolish observer; in the same way an actor to play a role is not recognized. "
"You descend to propagate the transcendental science of devotional service in the hearts of the transcendentalists and mental speculators developed, which are purified by being able to discriminate between matter and spirit. How, then, can we, women, know You perfectly? "
"Therefore, let me offer my respectful obeisances to the Lord, who has become the son of Vasudeva, the pleasure of Devaki, the child of Nanda and other cowherds of Vrndavana, and that encourages the cows and the senses ".
govindaya namo namah
* This is the classic sloka that everyone should learn .*
The following verse is also known:
namas te pankajanghraye
Obeisances to You, "Oh, Lord, whose abdomen is marked with a depression like a lotus flower, who is always adorned with garlands of lotus flowers, whose glance is as cool as the lotus, and whose feet are engraved with lotuses.
"Oh, Hrsikesa, master of the senses and Lord of lords, You have freed your mother, Devaki, who was long imprisoned and tortured by the envious King Kamsa, and me and my children we have delivered a series of constant danger. "
"My dear Krishna, Your Lordship have protected us from a poisoned cake, a great fire, from cannibals, vicious assembly, from sufferings incurred during our exile in the forest and in the battle where great generals fought. And now You has saved us from Asvatthama’s weapon. "
And this is also a very famous sloka, where the great devotees take shelter:
vipadah santu tah sasvat
tatra tatra jagad-guro
bhavato darsanam yat syad
"I want all these calamities to occur again and again so that we see You over and over again, because to see You mean we will not see repeated births and deaths."
This verse is very important because we always pray to be free from calamity ...
How is it possible that a devotee prays for more calamities? I want calamities!
Why? For as Queen Kunti said at the time of the calamities I have a greater desire to be with Krishna, however, at the time of enjoyment and happiness we forget Krishna..
When I'm in trouble, I'm completely with you, my Lord. When I'm out of trouble then I just think of what I can enjoy again and again. That's the main problem in the world:
You just want to enjoy and not to suffer, but what comes is suffering and you constantly get no enjoyment. We could say that while we are suffering we remember God, but while we are enjoying something we get into a mode of "forgetting" So, I prefer the suffering. The next verse continues:
"My Lord, You are easily accessible, but only for those who are exhausted from the material. He who is in the path of progress [material], trying to improve with a respectable lineage, great opulence, high education and physical beauty, can not approach You with sincere feeling "
This is another classic verse of Queen Kunti, which is really pointing the finger at the modality of this material world: The original is as follows:
naivarhaty abhidhatum vai
tvam aki cana-gocaram
What are you proud of? Of your nationality? Of your money? Of your physical beauty?
If you have all that pride, then the spiritual sincerity will not appear. It's a very heavy statement, she is not kidding. He says, you feel devastated for many reasons ... Why feel devastated by the beauty? And then what is the use of beauty? Or for example, what is the meaning of opulence? Like when you see children fighting for the money ...
When I was a kid, about 7 or 8 years we began to see all those pictures of concentration camps, where Germans were standing on mountains of bodies.
and one thought .. What is that? And then we realized that this was done by generations of our parents or grandparents, nationalist pride is very typical of the Germans. I was left destroyed. Left as: What is this? And felt like running away from it all. Some of my closest relatives were directly Nazis, but I do not want anything to do with them. And then they made war, they invaded Poland. What else you think? And I was supposedly proud of being German. In America, for example, for any little thing everyone puts a flag on the car or anywhere and says I'm American ... what a horrible consciousness.
We can accept a small percentage of national pride, like being happy in the place one was born, but if one is proud of it to such an extent then one moves away from the sincerity. The third level is the pride in the education or knowledge. Feeling more than others by being a graduate of this or that. There are many examples showing that this does not give real happiness and that we become successful by trying to make a show of knowledge
Sure, we cannot reject knowledge. We are not against knowledge, but is actually happening in the world of research, universities ... People think that getting a title they are better than others,
But Prabhupada said that even people who have won many titles do not even have a clue they are not this body. For them the soul does not even exist. When asked where he came from Arthur Schopenhauer, he said he was embarrassed to admit that he came from that part of the world where people think that at the time of death all is over. That was their poor condition. That is the worst condition, the most ignorant. But we are very fortunate, because we can hear the Bhagavatam every morning.
Your always well-wisher
Swami B. A. Paramadvaiti.