His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Question: Srila Guru Maharaj and Srila Govinda Maharaj say that Krishna who we find in Bhagavad-gita and who kills such demons as Kamsa, is not the same Krishna who is with Srimati Radharani and the cowherd boys in Vrindavan. Why is advent of Krishna in Kali-yuga different?
Yes, Gurudev always says that there is Mathuresh Krishna, Dvarakesh Krishna, and there is also Vrajesh Krishna. Vraja Krishna never leaves Vrindavan—He always stays in Vrindavan. The mood of Krishna in each of these pastimes is different, that is why Gurudev says that Krishna who killed Kamsa and who fought together with Pandavas in Dvaraka is not the same Krishna who lives in Vrindavan. For our own devotional activities, we will say that Vraja Krishna is different.
Yes, it is different in Kali-yuga because in Kali-yuga, Krishna becomes Gauranga Mahaprabhu, and Gauranga Mahaprabhu gives love and affection. He promised that in the age of Kali He would not take up weapons—He would 'fight' with mridanga and kartals. That is why, for example, He did not kill Chand Kazi, although Chand Kazi had anyway got punishment from Nrisinghadev, but Mahaprabhu Himself did not take up weapons. Even when Nityananda Prabhu was beaten by Madhai and Mahaprabhu forgot His promise and called, "Chakra! Chakra!", Nityananda Prabhu reminded Him, "Prabhu, this is Kali-yuga! You have promised that You would not take up arms, that You would not fight—You have promised that You would give love and affection, Krishna-prema." In the age of Kali, it is necessary to give Krishna-prema through chanting of the Holy Name. That is the dharma (religion) of Kali-yuga. It was described in Srimad Bhagavatam many years before that.
কৃষ্ণবর্ণং ত্বিষাঽকৃষ্ণং সাঙ্গোপাঙ্গাস্ত্রপার্ষদম্ ।
"Those of sharp intellect will worship Krishna who appears with a non-black bodily hue, who is armed and surrounded by His associates and servants, and who always chants the Holy Names."
(Srimad Bhagavatam, 11.5.32)
It is described in Srimad Bhagavatam that when the advent of the Lord comes in Kali-yuga, He will come with His associates (Nityananda Prabhu and others), and His weapons will be mridanga and karatals. That is correct, and it should be understood in this way. There are different religions prescribed for different ages—in Satya-yuga the religion is one, in Treta-yuga another, in Dvapar-yuga another, and in Kali-yuga also another. All this was explained long before. Srimad Bhagavatam tells what religion will be in each age, and we must believe what Srimad Bhagavatam says. This is our line. Later in Kali-yuga, Kalki Maharaj will also come and there will be fighting again—He will kill all yavats with His weapons.
Are there any other questions?
Question: Why is there no shadow from the temple in Jagannath Puri? There is a video going around in the Internet...
Do not follow such things. When we go to Jagannath Puri and see the flags of the temple, we must pay obeisance in that direction. Why is there no shadow, why is this, that—there are so many stories in this world, but it is only stories, scriptures do not say anything about it. We must follow scriptures, we do not care what gossips are going on. We do not follow gossips.
Question: If somebody took initiation, but later stopped coming and no longer associates with devotees, should we still invite such people to programmes?
Yes, you must try to preach to them. If somebody does not come, we will try to call them, we will try to preach to them. Try. If somebody is attacked by illusory environment and has fallen down into a hole, it is always our duty to pull them out of that hole. If somebody is an offender of Gurudev, if somebody speaks bad about Gurudev, then we will avoid their association, but if somebody does not come, does not join the programmes, you should try and call them to come and join. Try and try, try and try. 'Loving search for the lost servant' is necessary. We will search for a servant for the Lord, for Gurudev and we will engage more devotees in Gurudev's association, we will try to encourage them, to bring them to Gurudev's programme. That is our main duty. They can also join the Zoom classes every week, they can hear something from me and if they have any questions, any doubts, they can ask questions about Krishna consciousness,
তদ্বিদ্ধি প্রণিপাতেন পরিপ্রশ্নেন সেবয়া ।
tad viddhi pranipatena, pariprasnena sevaya
"You will be able to attain knowledge by satisfying the divine master with submission, relevant inquiry, and sincere service. The enlightened souls who are learned in scriptural knowledge and endowed with direct realisation of the Supreme Absolute Truth will impart divine knowledge to you."
(Srimad Bhagavad-gita, 4.34)
They can place honest enquiry—if they have any service-related questions, I will try to offer them a solution.
...I have given the new guesthouse in Nrisingha Palli a name—its name is 'Bhakti Sundar Angan' (ভক্তি সুন্দর অঙ্গন, Courtyard of Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj) And I have also given the name to the guesthouse and temple in Mayapur—'Sachi Matar Angina' (শচীমাতার আঙ্গিনা, Courtyard of Sachi Mata). This Mayapur land was Srila Prabhupad Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur's land, it is near, about one hundred meters from the birthplace of Mahaprabhu, the house of Sachi Mata, that was discovered by Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur. Last night I had some inspiration and chose these two names. 'Sachi Mata's Angina' is the yard of Sachi Mata where Nimai always plays, and 'Bhakti Sundar Angan' is always Gurudev's place, where Gurudev always chants and dances. We will always remember this in these places.
Jay Srila Guru Maharaj ki jay.
So many devotees are present today, I cannot tell everyone's name, but I always remember you all and I know you all. And where is ** Prabhu? Dandavat, Prabhu! You are a very fortunate soul because you are living in Vrindavan, but I live in Kolkata, it is Kali's place...
Sripad ** Prabhu: My mind is very bad...
Why is your mind bad?
Sripad ** Prabhu: Because I want to serve to you only.
Gracias. Muchas gracias...
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