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Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Madhya-lila 20.105

New York, July 11, 1976
Prabhupada:
So Sanatana Gosvami is guru. Caitanya Mahaprabhu is authorizing him to become guru. This is parampara system. Nobody can become guru all of a sudden. Self-made guru, that is not guru. Here Caitanya, er, Sanatana Gosvami is presented as the disciple, ideal disciple. He is asking, ke ami kene amaya jare tapa-traya, process how to approach guru, how to ask him question. Tad viddhi pranipatena pariprasnena [Bg. 4.34]. Pariprasna means question. That is also required. But Caitanya Mahaprabhu is authorizing him. Therefore He says, krsna-sakti dhara tumi [Cc. Madhya 20.105]. Here Krsna, Caitanya Mahaprabhu, He is authorizing Sanatana Gosvami. Unless he has got the power to receive the instruction, Caitanya Mahaprabhu is not going to waste His time. He has the power. He is empowered. Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu's mission is that to preach Krsna consciousness all over the world. So He is empowering Sanatana Gosvami to take this task and spread Krsna consciousness. That is Caitanya Mahaprabhu's mission. There is... You'll find in the Caitanya-caritamrta the verse, krsna-sakti vina nahe nama pracarana. Without being empowered by Krsna, nobody can preach the holy name of the Lord. Krsna-sakti vina nahe nama pracarana. So without getting the power of attorney... Just like even one is qualified lawyer, he must get the power of attorney from his client, and then he can speak. That is the law. Similarly, without being endowed with the power of attorney from Krsna, it is not possible to preach.
So our business is... Because we are preparing ourselves to preach Krsna consciousness, we must be qualified to get the power of attorney. Sometimes we speak that "I'll preach." What you will preach? First of all get the power of attorney; then preach. Preaching is not so easy that anyone and anyone can preach without... Krsna-sakti vina nahe nama pracarana. So to get that power of attorney one has to qualify himself, not that the power of attorney is hanging in the tree and you can take it. No. So how this power of attorney can be achieved? That is stated in the Srimad-Bhagavatam. You are singing daily day, daily guru. Now, today is guru-purnima. Especially we should understand what is the power of attorney. Anyone can recite this verse, sri-guru-carana?
Prabhupada: So this is the beginning, that if you want to be devotee, then you must approach the spiritual master who has got the power. Sri-guru-carana-padma, kevala-bhakti-sadma, vando mui savadhana mate. Savadhana means very carefully, not whimsically. Then?
Prabhupada: Yanhara prasade bhai, ei bhava toriya yai. Huh? Krsna-prapti hoy yaha hoite. So why one should go to spiritual master? Because yanhara prasade bhai: "My dear brother, if you get the benediction from the spiritual master..." Yanhara prasade bhai, ei bhava toriya yai. What is that benediction? The benediction is not that "Cure my disease." They do not know, generally. Therefore they are cheated. The other day in Washington, one lady came with backache. So she came for curing the leg trouble. That is going on. "So you should approach a spiritual master? There is so many doctors, hospital. You go there." "No. Here you show me your miracles." And people are also cheating like that—some miracles and he becomes God. This is going on. But the miracle of spiritual master is yanhara prasade bhai, ei bhava toriya yai. This is miracle: no more material existence. Then ei bhava toriya yai. So real thing (?) is one can cross over the ocean of nescience. That is real gain. That is the real favor of spiritual master, not that cure your leg and again walk here and again become, break your leg, and again come. Not like that. Ei bhava toriya yai. Then?
Prabhupada: Krsna-prapti hoy yaha haite. That is spiritual master, one who can give you Krsna. Krsna se tomare, krsna dite para, dhai tava pache pache-Bhaktivinoda Thakura. "Krsna... I am seeking after Krsna, Vaisnava Thakura, my spiritual master. So Krsna is your property." Krsna is not independent. He is the property of the devotee. Krsna se tomara, krsna dite para, dhai tava pache pache: "I am just following you, sir. Because Krsna is your property, if you like, you can deliver: 'Take it immediately.' " So it is not flattering; it is in the sastras. Vedesu durlabha adurlabha atma-bhaktau. You cannot get Krsna by studying all the Vedas. Vedesu durlabha. Durlabha means it is not possible. Athapi te deva padambuja-dvaya-prasada-lesanugrhita eva hi, janati tattvam [SB 10.14.29]. Prasada-lesa. Prasada-lesa. One who has got little favor of Krsna, he knows Krsna-tattva. Yat-karunya-kataksa-vaibhavavatam gauram eva stumah.
Prabodhananda Sarasvati, he has made one poetry, kaivalyam narakayate. Kaivalya means to merge into the Brahman existence—no difference, oneness. That is called kaivalya. So for a Vaisnava the kaivalya is as good as the hell. Prabhodananda Sarasvati said, kaivalyam narakayate. This kaivalya.... No Vaisnava will say, "Now I am going to merge into the existence," no, because they hate it as hell. Kaivalyam narakayate. Then? Heavenly planets? Tridasa-pur akasa-puspayate. Tridasa-pur means the heaven, where so many millions of demigods live. They consider, Vaisnava consider as akasa-puspa, will o' the wisp, phantasmagoria. It has no value. Akasa-puspayate. That means karmi, jnanis. Jnanis, they are after liberation, merging into the existence, Brahman existence, kaivalya. The Vaisnava thinks, "Oh, this achievement is as good as one who goes to the hell." Then? Heavenly planet? Karmis? They might have pious activities. They want to go to the heavenly planet. So Vaisnava says that "What is this heavenly planet? It is phantasmagoria. It has no..." Actually it is so. Then yogi? The yogi's main business is to control the senses. That is real yoga. Yoga indriya-samyamah. Controlling the senses so that mind can be in a peaceful condition... Without controlling your senses, mind cannot be. Then you can apply this mind for meditation. If the mind is agitated, what is this nonsense meditation? First of all control the mind; then think of meditation. Dhyanavasthita-tad-gatena manasa. We have to meditate with the mind. But if the mind is agitated, where is the question of meditation? It is all bogus. So for a yogi the first business is yama-niyama, asana, pranayama, dhyana, dharana, pratyahara-asta, astanga-yoga. Then one's mind is controlled. Then dhyanavasthita. Then he can remain in trance, always thinking of Visnu. That is yoga. So first thing is to control the mind, control the senses.
So that is also, I mean to say, declined by a devotee. He says that durdanta indriya-kala-sarpa-patali protkhata-damstrayate. The senses are just like venomous serpent, always agitating. And as soon as one sense touches another sense, then the spiritual life is finished. Just like the serpent, if he touches even little, immediately your life is finished, similarly, our senses are very strong, just like as strong as the serpent, uncontrollable. So why it is so dangerous? Because it has got the fang. He has got fang, poison. But there are physicians, in the Ayurvedic physician. They know. They capture snakes and they take away the fang for making medicine. They are also used as medicine. So if the poison teeth is broken, then it is not more dangerous, no more dangerous. It may have very big hood, but one knows that his poison teeth is taken away, he is not afraid. It may be very fearful to the children, but a grown-up man who knows his poison teeth is no longer there, he is not afraid. In Bengal he is called visnai kulama cakra (?): "There is no poison, and you have got a very big hood."
So how it is possible? First thing is kaivalyam narakayate tridasa-pur akasa-puspayate, and durdanta indriya-kala-sarpa-patali protkhata damstrayate. How it is possible? Now, visvam sukhayate. This material is miserable for everyone. For a devotee it is not at all miserable. Sukhayate. In this New York City there are so many skyscraper buildings. Bring all of them and compare our happiness. See practically. Here is a skyscraper building, and there are others. And call them and ask them, "Are you happy like us?" So we can turn this whole world like that. Visvam purnam sukhayate. It is possible. Everyone is hankering, working so hard day and night, and there is fire brigade, "gon-gon-gon-gon." It is going on. (laughter) This is life. That is not happiness. Here is happiness. Come here, sit down, and you'll find happiness. Practical. If is practical. So if you expand this Krsna consciousness movement, you'll find whole world full of happiness. Visvam purnam sukhayate. How it is possible? Yat-karunya-kataksa-vaibhavavatam gauram eva stumah. It is possible simply by the mercy glance of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. If He simply glances over anybody, then the whole thing happens.
So Caitanya Mahaprabhu is giving, empowering Sanatana Gosvami. So we should follow. Narottama dasa Thakura says, ei chai gosai yar, taro mui das: "I am servant of that person who has followed the six Gosvamis."
ei chai gosai yar, taro mui das
tan sabara pada-renu, mora panca-gras
Narottama dasa says, "By... Their dust of lotus feet is my subsistence." So today Sanatana Gosvami's birthday? Disappearance. Disappearance and appearance the same. His disappearance here, appearance somewhere. Just like sunset somewhere is immediately, sunset and sunrise, simultaneously. So for a Vaisnava, because he is under the order of Krsna, he appears somewhere and disappears somewhere because he is order-carrier. He says, "Now go there. Preach Krsna consciousness. Go there." So appearance here, disappearance there. Therefore the same thing. Then what is the next line?
Prabhupada: Cittete kariya aikya. Now this is the determination. We must approach the real guru, empowered guru, with power of attorney. Then if we take his word... Guru-mukha-padma-vakya, cittete kariya, ara na kariya mane... **. Don't try don't manufacture ideas. Then if you take up that seriously, then your life is successful. Guru-mukha-padma, cittete, ara na kariya mane. Don't spoil yourself by manufacturing ideas. Take word from him. You carry it out. Don't bother whether you'll be spiritually advanced or not, but take the word of the spiritual master and carry it. Then everything is guaranteed. Guru-mukha-padma-vakya, cittete koriya aikya, ara na koriya mane asa **. Then?
Prabhupada: Sri-guru-carane rati, ei sei uttama-gati. You want advancement in spiritual consciousness, but it is possible only—sri-guru-carane rati. If you keep your faith only on the lotus feet of your guru, then you'll make advance. There is no doubt about it. Then?
Prabhupada: Ye prasade pure... We have got so many desires, but if we have got strong faith at the lotus feet of guru, everything will be fulfilled automatically. Ye prasade pure sarva asa. Then?
Dhrstadyumna: Cakhudana dilo yei...
Prabhupada: Cakhudana dilo yei, janme janme prabhu sei. Guru's business is cakhudana. We are kept in the darkness of this material existence, and guru's business is to open it, bring him to light. That is guru, not to keep him again in the darkness. Cakhudana dila yei janma janma prabhu sei. Prabhu means master. Then?
Prabhupada: Divya-jnana hrde prokasito. What is that divya-jnana? Divya-jnana is that we are all servant of Krsna, and our only business is to serve Krsna. Divya-jnana. This is divya-jnana. It is not difficult at all. Simply we have... We have become servant of so many things—servant of society, servant of community, servant of country, servant of wife, servant of children, servant of dog and so many. "Now let me become servant of Krsna." This is divya-jnana. Diksa. Diksa means from this divya-jnana. That is di. And ksa means ksapayati, expands. Then?
Prabhupada: Prema bhakti yaha hoite, avidya vinasa yate.
Prabhupada: Vede gay yanhara carito. You should understand this. So by the mercy of guru, by the favor of guru, we get prema-bhakti. There are vidhi-bhakti. In the beginning we have to discharge devotional service according to the rules and regulations of the sastra, the instruction of guru, sastra-vidhi. Yah sastra-vidhim utsrjya vartate kama-karatah, na siddhim avapnoti [Bg. 16.23]. Krsna says, "This sastra-vidhim, the vidhi-marga, if one gives up the sastra-vidhi and manufactures his own way," na siddhim savapnoti, "he does not get success," na sukham, "neither happiness," na param gatim, "and what to speak of going back to Godhead?" Forget all this. Sastra-vidhi. So this is minimized. So when we are practiced to vidhi-marga, then we gradually get love of Godhead. That is ultimate. Prema pumartho mahan. Just like in India formerly they... Very small, minor-aged boy and girl are married, especially the girl, ten, twelve years, married. So how she can love her husband? She does not know. But there is vidhi-marga. Vidhi-marga, the elderly people of the—"Now, just to give your husband this refreshment." So she gives. In this way, gradually, when she's grown-up, she does not require any instruction; she knows how to serve her husband. That is prema. That is the bha... But the beginning must be regulative principle. Prema, vidhi prema. Prema-bhakti yaha hoite, avidya vinasa yate. Prema-bhakti, avidya... Unless we are free from this nescience of material existence, there is no question of Krsna prema. Two things cannot go. Viraktir anyatra syat. If you actually advance in Krsna consciousness, then naturally you'll be averse to this material enjoyment. Viraktir... Bhaktih paresanubhavo viraktir anyatra syat [SB 11.2.42]. Just like if you are eating, naturally you are satisfying your appetite. So krsna-bhakti means we are satisfying automatically all our desires. That is Krsna-bhakti. The more we advance in Krsna-bhakti, you'll have no more material desires. Then?
Prabhupada: Sri-guru karuna-sindhu, adhama janara bandhu.
Prabhupada: Lokanatha lokera jivana. Narottama dasa Thakura's guru's name was Lokanatha Gosvami. You have seen, those who have gone to Vrndavana. There is Lokanatha Gosvami's tomb. So, then?
Prabhupada: Ha ha prabhu koro daya.
Devotees: ...deho more pada-chaya.
Prabhupada: So this, the one, that... We should seek the shelter of the lotus feet of guru. Then everything... And vede gaya yanhara carita. It is not that it is sentiment that one has to become very strong devotee of guru. Therefore Narottama dasa Tha..., vede gaya yanhara carita. Not that I am talking something nonsense. It is because... Sruti-pramanam. Whatever we talk, it must be supported by Vedic injunction. Then it is right. Just like we sometimes challenge these big, big scientists and others, and what is our strength? I am not a scientist, but how I can challenge? The Veda gaya. We have got evidence from the Vedas. Just like so many people are thinking that the moon planet is first. We are challenging, "No, moon planet is second." What is the strength? The strength is Vedic knowledge. We cannot accept it. So vede gaya yanhara carita. Vedic knowledge is so perfect that you can challenge so many scientists. Yes. If it is not in accordance to the Vedic knowledge, then it is... We do not accept. If it is not to the Krsna's instruction, we reject immediately. Na mam duskrtino mudhah prapadyante naradhamah [Bg. 7.15]. As soon as we see that one man is not Krsna conscious, then we immediately group him in four classes: duskrtina, mudha, naradhama, mayayapahrta-jnana. Finished, that's all. "No, I am learned, and you are nothing. You have not... You have no degrees of university. I have got degrees." "Yes, that is all right, but your degrees and knowledge have been taken away by maya. You remain in darkness. Ye timire jeti (?). You remain in the darkness." That's all.
So Sanatana Gosvami is teaching us... Krsna-sakti dhara tumi, jana tattva-bhava [Cc. Madhya 20.105]. Caitanya Mahaprabhu is affirming that "You are authorized by Krsna. Therefore you have come for My help. My mission is to preach Krsna consciousness..." So He is Krsna Himself, but He posing as a devotee. Therefore He is saying that "By the grace of Krsna, you are empowered, so you have come to Me to help Me. You are asking. That is very good on your part because," jani, "you know everything." Dardhya lagi' puche sadhura svabhava. A sadhu, a saintly person, although he knows everything, still he remains very humble and tries to confirm from the higher authorities, "I think this is right. Is it not right?" He knows it is all right, but still, he waits for the higher authority to confirm it. So this is the relationship, Sanatana Gosvami and Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Study all of them very nicely and be advanced in Krsna consciousness.
Thank you. (end)

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