Receive all my affection from Venezuela .
I want to start this post with a very good phrase that should be remembered every day:
"We are not this body, we are spirit souls .
I can not be this flesh and blood.
We are of something very high, we are pure consciousness.
But we have forgotten because of our pure negligence"
There is a verse from Srimad Bhagavatam that we have been meditating on these days and it says:
sa va ayam sakhy anugita-sat-katho
vedesu guhyesu ca guhya-vadibhih
ya eka iso jagad-atma-lilaya
srjaty avaty atti na tatra sajjate
(Srimad Bhagavatam 1.10.24)
"O dear friends, here is that very Personality of Godhead whose attractive and confidential pastimes are described in the confidential parts of Vedic literature by His great devotees. It is He only who creates, maintains and annihilates the material world and yet remains unaffected."
In this sloka Krishna makes it clear what is and what is not. Sometimes we do not want to know the truth, we prefer that we keep things in uncertainty. Why? Because we are in maya. But if we want something clear, Krishna will send it to us straight.
The Srimad Bhagavatam is the most confidential discourse of Vedanta. The most confidential about Sri Krishna. Imagine, a book about God, who are His most beloveds, what are his preferences, and is equally disposed for all ... I mean, a picture and a fully comprehensive presentation of God that allows us to know Sri Krishna deeply in His different forms: as maintainer, as Creator, plus many facets of His wonderful amazing demonstrations.
Thanks to the Srimad Bhagavatam we can know the love of Srimati Radharani and Her longing to distribute that same love to the world. Because She is who loves Krishna most and wants that love to be distributed to everyone. Therefore Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu appears to deliver Krishna -prema to all souls.
This movement in South America, and worldwide, is something unprecedented and unbelievable coming from the Divine arrangement of Srimati Radharani. It is thanks to Her influence that we now have the chance to be with the devotees and to strive further to disclose all messages from the Srimad Bhagavatam worldwide. Have you thought of the great effort that someone has translated all the messages of Srimad Bhagavatam in our language and made it accessible so we can study it every morning? That is impressive. That was the goodwill of the wonderful devotees, headed by Srila Prabhupada, who wanted everyone to become Krsna conscious. And the background behind the loving service of Srila Prabhupada is Srimati Radharani.We are the team of Srimati Radharani, we are not the Krishna team.
In this respect I will tell you a story:
There was once a king who was also a great devotee, who would perform the dandavat parikrama at Radha Kunda. That means that the devotee would offer prostrated obeisances, dandavats, again and again while circulating Radha Kunda until it was completed.
Then someone told Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura that the king was doing this. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati said that was not our line. There are devotees who try to earn the appreciation of Radharani to gain Krsna appreciation, whereas we seek the appreciation of Radharani simply because we belong to Her. We seek not take any advantage of Her. The spiritual female force is our goal, more than the Supreme Lord Himself . This is very confidential. We belong to the Supreme Mother, because she is the Supreme Servant.
In India , many people worship Durga Devi as the material energy and the cosmic mother primarily to gain the facilities for material enjoyment.
However, the Gaudiya Vaishnavas worship Sri Radha with no intention of getting something out of Her. We worship Radharani because She is our life, We belong to Her. The worshipers of Devi Durga are known in India as " Shaktas " or followers of Shakti Devi. Somehow we too are "Shaktas" because we worship the Original Feminine Energy. But we are not just "Shaktas " but "Suddha Shaktas " we are very confidential. We are worshipers of the Original Shakti, Srimati Radharani, the main power of devotion. That is why Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Maharaj says we are "Suddha-Shaktas " worshipers of pure devotion.
Sri Radha is the one who does all this so that the souls can reach Sri Krishna. Srimati Radharani is the one who has arranges this divine plan. It is thanks to Her that Mahaprabhu came to pour out His mercy. She was initiating principle. She knows that Sri Krsna wants everyone to be saved and it is She who takes action for this desire to come true. She just has this capability.
The Movement for Krishna Consciousness in the West exists because of a large blackmail ... When Srila Prabhupada traveled to the West to perform his service, given to him by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura, he wrote a song called "Krishna tava punya habe bhai"...
The translation of the song is as follows:
"My spiritual master, who is an intimate servant of Srimati Radharani, sent me here, but I have no knowledge, I do not know anything ... So how can I establish Krishna Consciousness in this world which is predominantly tama-guna and raja- guna? How can I do so my dear Lord Krishna? Therefore:
If you do not help me in making this impossible mission possible, I 'm going to complain directly to Radharani and I'll say You brought me this far and then did not help me ... "
Just like that Srila Prabhupada said , "I 'm going to complain to Radharani if you leave me alone in this place"
I think Sri Krishna was scared and did something rather strong for very conditioned souls, who were attached to drugs, alcohol and many other deviations, so that they may receive the mercy of Sri Krishna and chant the holy name.
Thus, Srila Prabhupada was successful in making all of us reflect, feel things we could not explain, but that suddenly were happening. Without realizing it we started singing " Hare Krishna ...", yet we were previously atheists.
Thus, by Grace of Srila Prabhupada and Srimati Radharani's intervention, we receive the opportunity to become spiritually responsible people and we receive a service that we can care for and that will then grow:
-We can become heavy sankirtan distributors carrying the message of the Bhagavatam everywhere.
-We can be great directors in the office and maintain internet preaching efforts.
- We can educate our children and generate a Krishna conscious family which will help expand the glories of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu in your environment.
- We can be ashram leaders and help devotees on their path to God.
- We can become Yoga Inbound teachers coming in contact with people's hearts and assist them in falling in love with the "Sweeter reality."
-Or be great artists that spread the transcendental beauty throughout the world.
There are many opportunities for service. And the important thing is that the service in which you have received is the tool that will help you out of this world. So you have to take care of it and maintain it so it can grow. That service was given to you by the mercy of Srila Prabhupada that is coming all the way from Srimati Radharani. How is all this possible? Mercy.
Mercy is what maintains us every day. It keeps us appreciating this wonderful mercy, thanks to Srila Prabhupada, who is helping us out of this world.
That's my message today .
Jay Srila Prabhupada!
Your always well wisher,
B. A. Swami Paramadvaiti .