Kali-Yuga's Treasure

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Caracas, Venezuela
19 September 2009

 

Today we have again met together, it is such a good association. "Bhakta-sangete mana anandita anuksana (ভক্ত-সঙ্গেতে মন আনন্দিত অনুক্ষণ)": when we get some association of the devotees, always happiness comes to our minds, and also when we get good association, all misconceptions, all bad elements are removed from our hearts. Another way how all bad things are removed is through chanting and dancing. That is why Bhagavatam says that Kali-yuga is the time of gostha bhajan, gosthanandi bhajan (congregational practice).

Now is not Satya-yuga, not Treta-yuga, not Dvapar-yuga—it is Kali-yuga. In Satya-yuga, people always meditated (practised dhyan),

narayana-para veda narayana-paraksaram
narayana-para muktar-narayana para-gatih

Their lifetime was 100,000 years. In Treta-yuga, they always did sacrifice—fire sacrifice, asvamedha yajna, they would bring so many horses, and so on; at that time their lifetime was only 10,000 years. In Dvapar-yuga, people did only puja, archan, worshipping, and their lifetime was 1,000 years.

Now, in Kali-yuga, people's lifetime is only 120 years. In Dvapar-yuga Krishna Himself thought, "How will people be rescued from this environment in Kali-yuga?" Once, He was sitting in Imlitala (it is in Vrindavan Dham on the bank of the Yamuna, our temple is nearby) under an imli (tamarind) tree, and suddenly He saw His reflection in the waters of the Yamuna and became surprised, "How beautiful I am! That must be why Radharani has become crazy and cries all the time... I want to get that kind of taste too. I want to know why She cries for Me, why She chants My Name, why She feels so much excitement—I must come in the form of Radharani!"

This is how, thinking in this way, Krishna Himself came in this world in this Kali-yuga as Gauranga Mahaprabhu, a combined form of Krishna and Radharani (He also took Radharani's colour—the colour of Gauranga is the same as Radharani's). He did not come alone—He came with all His associates (parsada). It is said in one of the songs of Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur, "Sva-parsada sviya dhama-saha avatari (স্বপার্ষদ স্বীয় ধাম সহ অবতরি)"—it means He came with all His associates. Before Mahaprabhu appeared, Srimad Bhagavatam also made a prediction about His appearance in this sloka (11.5.32):

krsnavarnam tvisakrsnam sangopangastra parsadam
yajnaih sankirtana prayair yajanti hi sumedhasah

In Dvapar-yuga Krishna had a lot of arms (weapons), and what are His weapons in Kali-yuga? "Sanga-upanga": He comes with His associates and performs sankirtana. You have seen our sankirtana today—what are our weapons? We have no revolvers, no pistols—our weapons are kartal (hand cymbals) and kol, mridanga (drums).

Why does Mahaprabhu come in this Kali-yuga? There are only two causes. One is mukhya (direct) and one is gauna (indirect): one is very important, and the other is not so important... He also said, "I have come here, so I must give them something." What does He give? Harinama sankirtan. He comes in the form of His Name—Krishna's Name, beauty, pastimes, His associates, His books (grantha), His Hari-katha are nondifferent from Him...

 

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