Rupa-Sikha:
Rare, Rarer, the Rarest

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Sri Nabadwip Dham, Samadhi-mandir class
14 June 2015

 

[His Divine Grace is reading from Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Madhya-lila, chapter 19:]

It is called power transmission—Mahaprabhu gave so much power to Srila Rupa Goswami:

ei-mata dasa-dina prayage rahiya
sri-rupe siksa dila sakti sanchariya

For ten days Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu stayed at Prayaga and instructed Rupa Goswami, vesting him with all necessary power. [135]

prabhu kahe,—suna, rupa, bhakti-rasera laksana
sutra-rupe kahi, vistara na yaya varnana

The Lord said, "My dear Rupa, please listen to Me. It is not possible to describe devotional service completely, so I will tell you the symptoms of devotional service in a condensed form. [136]

Now begins Rupa-sikha: Mahaprabhu's teachings to Srila Rupa Goswami.

parapara-sunya gabhira bhakti-rasa-sindhu
tomaya chakhaite tara kahi eka 'bindu'

"The ocean of nectar of devotion is so deep and vast—it has no length or breadth. However, just to give you some taste of it, I will describe a drop of it. [137]

"There are so many things—if you try to cross the Ganges, you will see there is so much water in it—what I am giving you is just a drop of it."

eita brahmanda bhari' ananta jiva-gana
chaurasi-laksa yonite karaye bhramana

"In this universe there is an infinite number of living entities. In the form of 8,400,000 species they are all wandering throughout this universe. [138]

kesagra-sateka-bhaga punah satamsa kari
tara sama suksma jivera 'svarupa' vichari

"If you divide the tip of a hair one hundred times and then divine one of those parts again one hundred times, this can give you an idea of just how tiny the true form of the jiva soul is. [139]

The meaning is as follows: divide a hair's cross section ten thousand times and you are actually one of these parts—tiny.

tara madhye 'sthavara', 'jangama'—dui bheda
jangame tiryak-jala-sthalachara-vibheda

"Among all these innumerable living entities, there are two types—those who can move and those who cannot. Those who can move can be further divided into those who live in the air, in the water, and on the land. [144]

Among the entities that move and live on the land, there are very few species of men:

tara madhye manusya-jati ati alpatara
tara madhye mlechchha, pulinda, bauddha, sabara

"Among them, there is a very small number of men. Among men there are mlechchhas, pulindas, bauddhas, and savaras. [145]

There are also different kinds of men—mlecchas, bauddhas, savars, pulindas. There are many qualities of people—there are people in some countries who eat other people. Have you heard about the Amazon jungle in Brazil? There are men living there too, but what do they do? What do they eat? What is their lifestyle like? They are called pulinda—they wear no clothes and eat men or some roots of the trees.

veda-nistha-madhye ardheka veda 'mukhe' mane
veda-nisiddha karya kare, dharma nahi gane

"Among those who follow the Vedas, half only say they follow the Vedas. They do what is forbidden by the Vedas and have no consideration for religion. [146]

Some say, "I am following the Vedas," but they are actually not following it. (The Vedas means four Vedas—Rig, Sama, Yajur, and Artharva.) There are such people here, in Nabadwip, and in other places in India who think they are following the Vedas but at the same time do what is forbidden by the Vedas. They actually do not follow any religion, dharma nahi gane.

Some follow some religion and think that what they are doing is karma-nistha (fruitive work). It means they think, "We are eating, we are sleeping, we are enjoying—we are doing what the dogs are doing, which is the same thing. That is our lifestyle." They do their own work, their own things, and think everywhere it is the same: they are very busy pursuing their own interest. They have no idea that one day they will die.

dharmachari-madhye bahuta 'karma-nistha'
koti-karma-nistha-madhye eka 'jnani' srestha

"Among those who follow the religion, most are 'fruitive workers' (live for their own enjoyment). Among millions of such fruitive workers there is one who is actually 'wise'. [147]

koti-jnani-madhye haya eka-jana 'mukta'
koti-mukta-madhye 'durlabha' eka krsna-bhakta

"Among millions of such wise men, one is actually 'liberated'. Among millions of such liberated people, there is hardly one pure devotee of Krishna. [148]

Out of ten million workers you will get one wise person; out of ten million wise people you will get one liberated soul, and out of ten million liberated souls you will get one devotee of Krishna.

Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu told it Himself.

krsna-bhakta—niskama, ataeva 'santa'
bhukti-mukti-siddhi-kami—sakali 'asanta'

"A devotee of Krishna has no desires and is always peaceful. Those who have material desires, desire for liberation or desire for some perfection are always lusty and never know any peace. [149]

Devotees of Krishna have no material desires. They always think about the Lord, they always think about the happiness of the Lord, and do everything for the Lord. Krishna-bhakta, a devotee of Krishna, is 'niskam'—they have no material desires; they are 'santa'—quiet, peaceful, they are not chanchal (চঞ্চল, their mind is not fickle). Those who have some material desire, who are lusty, who want liberation, who have some other desires, are, on the contrary, fickle-minded, not peaceful-minded...

 

 

 

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Rupa and Sanatan
First Encounter
Running Away
On the way to
Mahaprabhu

Finishing Visaya

Rupa-sikha:
Meeting Mahaprabhu
Empowering Srila Rupa Goswami
Rare, Rarer, the Rarest
The Ultimate Gardening Guide
Pure Devotion

Santan-sikha:
Sambandha:
Supreme Personality of Godhead
The Three Worlds
Brahmas' Realm
Krishna's Beauty
Abhidheya:
Maya's Family
The Cry of a Surrendered Soul
Breaking Free
Delusion of Liberation
Leaving Ulterior Motive
When Krishna Gives Mercy
Awakening Taste for Service
Full Faith
Power Transmission
Surrender in Good Association
Six Limbs of Surrender
Sixty-Four Devotional Practices
Spontaneous Loving Devotion
Prayojan:
The Path to the Supreme Goal
Hero and Heroine
"You Are Mine!"
The All-Attractive Lord

 


 

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