Regulated Life

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
17 July 2013

 

We have no eyes to see Lord Jagannath...

Once, at the Jagannath temple, a lady could not see Lord Jagannath and she put her leg on the shoulder of Mahaprabhu. Govinda saw it and quickly stopped her, "Hey, what are you doing?!" but Mahaprabhu told him not to do it. Later, Govinda asked, "Prabhu, why did You tell me not to stop her?" Mahaprabhu replied, "Why were you disturbing her? I do not have the kind of arthi, desire, that she has." Just think about it—how much desire to see Lord Jagannath that girl must have had that she did not even think there was a man, a sannyasi(!), there—she just climbed up and put her leg on Mahaprabhu! There can be that much desire to see Lord Jagannath...

অন্ধীভূত চক্ষু যার বিষয ধূলিতে ।
কিরূপে সে পরতত্ত্ব পাইবে দেখিতে ॥

andhibhuta chaksu yara visaya dhulite
ki rupe se para-tattva paibe dekhite

We are blinded by the illusory dust, visaya dhuli. How will we then see the transcendental abode? There is a sloka in Bhagavad-gita,

naty-asnatas tu yogo 'sti, na chaikantam anasnatah
na chati-svapna-silasya, jagrato naiva charjuna

O Arjuna, yoga cannot be practised by one who overeats, undereats, oversleeps or undersleeps.

Srimad Bhagavad-gita, 6.16

"O Arjun, those who eat too much or eat nothing, who sleep too much or do not sleep at all—neither of them can practise properly."

And there is another thing:

yuktahara-viharasya, yukta-chestasya karmasu
yukta-svapnavabodhasya, yogo bhavati duhkha-ha

For a person who eats, relaxes, and works in a regulated way, and who keeps regular hours in proper measure, his practice of yoga dispels all his suffering.

Srimad Bhagavad-gita, 6.17

Those who eat regularly, who work regularly, who sleep regularly, can practise properly. Regular sleeping, regular prasadam is also a part of service. If you cannot do it, you will not be able to practise. Do you understand it?

There is a girl who eats only rotis, she does not eat anything else, not even kitchuri—only arepa. When you go to different countries, where will you get arepa there? In Vaikuntha there is no arepa, in Goloka Vrindavan there is no arepa...

You must have habit to take all kinds of prasadam. When they gave us prasadam at the Nilamadhav temple, are we habituated with this kind of prasadam? No, but we took it—it is Nilamadhav's prasad! What did Jagannath eat before? Lord Jagannath's name before was Nilamadhav and He would take kanda mul—it is a root of a plant, looks like sweet potato.

When you cut a coconut tree, the inside of the trunk is very sweet and tasty. When you cut a palm tree also—it has very sweet inside, very sweet and soft.

There are 400,000 kinds of human beings, jiva souls, and they all worship the Lord in their own way. If you go to different parts of India—Sinchal, Assam, Manipur, even Bengal—you will see there are so many way that people worship the Lord...

ye yatha mam prapadyante, tams tathaiva bhajamy aham
mama vartmanuvartante, manusyah partha sarvasah

Howsoever people surrender to Me, I accordingly reward them. Being the ultimate goal of all paths, I am the objective to be attained by all. O Partha, all men follow My various paths.

Srimad Bhagavad-gita, 4.11

Somebody sees a banyan tree, they think it is the Lord and start worshipping it. Before the Age of Kali, when Kali-yuga just started and even before Mahaprabhu came, people worshipped the Lord in so many ways. When the Lord comes Himself here, He gives some process to us. Something is told in Srimad Bhagavad-gita, the words of Krishna, and they follow it to some extent. When, however, Mahaprabhu came, He Himself showed us everything—He Himself taught us and explained the scriptures.

 

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