Bhagavat Saptah: a week with a saint


Lessons from the Life of Sri Ram



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Lessons from the Life of Sri Ram

One verse children must remember

Best shloka we learnt when we, I remember that, we were in some lower standard moving to higher school. We were going and there was a question of selecting a second language. So there was so many, list was there, and I remember I looked at Sanskrit and I didn’t understand. Bhagavad-gītā we were reciting at home so I thought that let me try Sanskrit. And we went in the first class. Those Gurus were really Gurus. Hardly they were paid 15 rupees per month that time - very nice dhoti kurta they will put on and they come and they taught this verse this Ramo Raj….

 

Raamo Raja-Mannih Sadaa Vijayate Raamam Ramesham Bhaje

Raamenna-Abhihataa Nishaacara-Camuuh

Raamaaya Tasmai Namah

Raamaan-Naasti Paraayannam-Parataram

Raamasya Daasosmy-Aham

Raame Citta-Layas-Sadaa Bhavatu Me

Bho Raama Maam-Uddhara

 

Ram can only liberate us from all these things - and since then I remember this verse clearly. May be 50 more than 60 years. This is teaching - at the moment we don't have any education at all.

 

Prabhupāda says that all children must be taught one verse, this verse, and it’s a beautiful verse. This teaching must be given to all the children. That’s why we may - if resources give us - we should always utilize our resources and in trying to have some nice educational institutions or the cow protection programs. These are two programs worth in this age. There is no teaching at all– there is no teaching - correct education is completely absent. If somebody is trying somewhere please donate generously for the teaching institution where in Vedic culture is taught. This one verse is



 

maatravat para dhareshu

para dravyeshu loshtravat

aatmavat sarva bhuteshu

yah pashyati sa panditah

 

This must be taught to the children that maatravat para dhareshu. All women according to our age they are either mother or sister or daughter. That should be the relationship.

And then, para dravyeshu loshtravat this is the second thing to be taught. That anybody’s thing is complete scratch for us. Somebody may have millions of pounds or rupees or whatever - for us its nothing. We should not touch anybody’s wealth that is second thing.

And third thing is more important aatmavat sarva bhuteshu - all the living entities should be regarded as our own self. Whatever troubles us, we should never do those things. I think this sort of sentences is in Bible also “do onto others --- (Gurudev and devotees in conversation) in same way as one to do [to yourself] - something like that - that whatever you don't like please don't inflect that misery upon others.

 

These three things have to be taught.  Prabhupāda says don't teach anything else just tell them to put these things into practice and that’s enough and then he says you may have patch of land and you farm and your living will go on. If education is there then well and good, no material education is also well and good. And teach them to be completely attached to Krishna. This is the basic education we should impart. And all these things we are learning from the Supreme person by their own example. Kṛṣṇa himself need not to have any education. He also he went to Gurukul when in Mathura. He went to Gurukul and He did all the seva of His Sandipani Guru. There was no need - once he heard from Guru - all the Vedas He learnt immediately. There was no need of Him going there but they teach us by their own example. If we can imbibe some of the eternal teachings of these from the Supreme Person our life become successful. Already we are situated in nice atmosphere and these things really will carry us through.


Sita Rāma pastimes at Panchavati near Nasik

And this way then eventually Lord Rāma with all the difficulties went out to Panchavati - that place is still at Nasik. Now if you happen to go to India now Nasik is a developed city. The whole tapovan area is also very developed but even now there is temple of Surpankha is there - who - Lakshaman cuts her nose you know - Lord Rāma stayed there. So many things - Godavari River is there so still that place is there. He stayed there. He went to Panchavati and stayed for long time and there this Mrugha incident happened that He had to run after that deer. Sita liked that deer very much and He went to run after - some how and other by His arrangement this incident had to take place because His main appearance thing was to destroy Ravana. So there must be some reason and this whole thing happened and in His absence Lakshaman was keeping an eye on Sitaji. Sitaji was there. There is a gupha, cave is there they call it Cave of Sita - Sita gupha. That is also there, it’s artificially made but this place is there and thousands of people will come this month particularly. In Puruṣottama mass Nasik is regarded as very nice pilgrimage center.

Godavari River is there and Ramkund is there still, where Rāma used to visit. They used to take snanan - that kund is also there. All these places and there is Rāma temple is there in Nasik. They call is Kala Rāma temple. It is carved out of one stone - such a big temple. Nearly I think it should be quarter of kilometer in size and the whole sankirtan hall whole temple is out of one stone and few stones are joined. Cement was not there they used chuna at that time, you know. You should know that some white material. And you can't see the stones. They are so [for] many years since last, I don't know may be thousand year or two thousand year that temple might be standing there.

Build temples for future generation

Our temples are monuments. In Australia also the weather is not that bad. Here you are rich people, you know. Some very nice monuments we must have. Where our children are going to go? The children dont have no place to go. Young children and youngest children you know they should have some place to go. Some times these events are organized otherwise there is nothing to teach in our own Vedic culture which is the root of all the culture. We don't have any place here. Please try yourself to have some nice constructed temple for our future generation to go, otherwise our own children will have very bad life in these countries. They will not have anywhere to go and if there is nothing there then how this culture will be passed on. Make best of your own existence and try to strive in this direction instead to just madly getting victimized by Kaliyuga forces that is not vegetarian food and drinks and this and that. Please all these houses I don't know here but in all the advanced country every houses has bar in the house so they must be drinking at home. This is too much intoxication. And they don't sleep. Night life goes on until 3-4 o'clock and then they sleep during the day. It is anti Vedic culture, and this is destruction. And when we see our own people victimized by this it is a really, really painful site. It’s only because of the mercy of the saints and sages like Prabhupāda who traveled to the west and wrote so much literature to guide us otherwise we would have completely lost. And in this way they sang the glories of the Supreme. [break]

 

Story: Rāma builds bridge to cross over ocean to Lanka


So Sitaji was completely disturbed and she forced Laxman to go so before going he draw the line and that line is known as Laxman rekha. Even now that line is drawn. I don't know whether it was a correct place or not but it is there still and he insisted Sitaji that you please do anything and everything don't cross this line. Nobody will try to touch you if you remain inside the line and eventually Ravana lured her in the form of Brahman. He approached Sitaji for begging and she came with something to give. Brahman should not go without offering something so she came out and he told her to come out of the line and this way he kidnapped. Then Jatau was the first one to see this thing. So Jatau was just flying over him. So Ravana was also going away with Sita. So he just cut Jatau's wing you know but he survived, he kept his life until Rāma came and he informed him and then he was dead. Eventually Rāma went to the southern India and near Rameshwaram he was trying to have monkeys to come.

 

He has taken monkeys to fight. Without monkeys or without anything also He could have crushed Ravana but because He was in human form He was very careful to behave as a human form - human body.  And eventually He wanted to cross over so He ordered Hanuman. He was thinking that tomorrow the bridge might be ready so who has the capacity to build within night. So He called Hanuman “you come here”


“Maharaj what can I do Bhagavan?”

“Tomorrow this bridge must be ready.”

Hanuman knew when Rāma order to do something He gives the capacity also. So within no time the bridge was ready. Big stone - he used to bring and big mountains and he used to write Rāma on it and throw it into the water and those heavy stones were floating on the water. Lord Ramchandra was standing by his side and He sees that he is wonderfully writing my name and the stones are floating. So He thought that I will try. So He took big stone and He threw inside. It went down you know - oohhh something is wrong. Again He took another stone and He threw again into the ocean - again it went down. He said what is happening - so Hanuman was watching it so he said “Bhagavan what are you doing.” hmmma hmama -- Since He was not successful He could not tell anything so he (Hanuman) said “I know Bhagavan what are you doing and you should know that this stone - I bring this stone and I write your name so stone has your association. Name is non different from Lord Rama. So stone has your association and that is why the stone can float. When you throw - when you reject then what is the chance of that stone to survive so it is bound to go down.”

The practical lesson is - do anything and everything but perform your karma in this way that Lord Rāma should not reject you. As soon as He rejects there is no way we can be happy. We have to go to the hellish planets and suffer there eternally, I don't know. So this is how the ideas and the karmas they go hand in hand. So the first - mind should be completely purified and then suti yoambalam - our intelligence also should be thoroughly purified and it can only be purified by the touch of Lord Ram's name otherwise it’s impossible to purify. As soon as you stop taking association from Lord Rāma you are going to lose. You will be always contaminated in your consciousness and also by the three modes of material nature.

Protect yourself by performing mangal-ārati and be merciful by preaching

So Lord Rāma comes. As soon as you remember Him immediately He will be here and that’s why some how or other our traditions are that in our house also we have so many pictures. There will be pictures of Lord Rama, Kṛṣṇa etc. so that always see the picture unknowingly we are getting purified. And Prabhupāda has given us the king process that you please get up early in the morning according to your work you should decide your self but ideally Brahma muhart starts from 4:30 - so we should be ready before 4:30 to perform some bhajan and kirtan. And this is very easy once you get used to it. Then - because you want to get early in the morning so you will take rest early at night. Otherwise we linger on and when we do these things we can never progress spiritually. We may try to show we are progressing but as soon as magala aarti is not there we are contaminated. And this is the protective cover. Always it will protect you throughout the day. Prabhupāda very nicely said that give me out of 24 hours you give me 2 hours and those two hours sadhana will protect you whole day. And he is very correct.

Please - ideal is - all the time we should be engaged in devotional service and we should have compassionate nature. That is what Lord is, and we are part and parcel of Kṛṣṇa and Rāma so we should be compassionate. We are forcing our self to be cruel that is our position. We cannot be cruel - we are full of compassion and have the compassion for all the living entities. Particularly in the later stage, please in vanprastha stage, you should have burning desire for relieving the miseries of the living entity. As it is slowly - you become useless for any material activities. Even if you wish you can't do it - so instead of wasting time in these temporary material activities what we can do - we may earn something, we may amass some wealth, more than that we can't do - so it is better to have few years at least from our life. We should reserve for this compassion nature and that is what preaching means. That you please get in to the pages of Bhāgavatam, Ramayana, Mahabharata - learn about the Supreme Absolute Truth Kṛṣṇa or Lord Rāma or anybody and just try to execute this. And this is how everybody should be engaged. We call it naam hatta program - any one can come together.

How simple life helps us?


That is the way that man folk will go out to work and the ladies come together and perform kirtan and because of this kirtan - bhakti - the men will be successful in their work. And all the time the main business was farming. So in farming we have to depend upon Krishna's mercy - rain fall or the water in the land. We may have well or bores or whatever so we were always depended on Him and we were always with the animals the cows and bulls and this and that and that - till that time our economy was based on cows and bullocks, the world fluctuations [in] market - did not have any effect on Indian economy. And even now it is a position to some extent our country is dependent on cows. But day by day it is decreasing and to that extent we are vulnerable in this economy. Before 50 years world was fluctuating always but we didn't have any effect. In Cuba they tried this because Cuba have to depend for the petrol on America all the time and Cuban is the communist country, so they decided that we have to make our life simple, so they started using bullock carts - bullock power - and now they are completely self sufficient. They don't need to depend upon America. We have to depend so much on others in India.  I don't know here also you have to depend. This country doesn't have that much of oil, so you have to depend on the countries which have oil, so they dictate their terms on us. If you are simple if you are really for the simple life [it will help you].
So much grass grows here. We mow the grass and we have to throw that grass. New Zealand is so very green country that whole world’s cows can be maintained there. Our cow protection program should be in New Zealand. Millions of cows we can survive there and nice milk butter ghee is available which is very nice for our health and ghee full food. Where is the machine which will take the grass and bring out the milk? I don't have any other machine. This is the basic of the economy. And this, what all our scriptures and Kṛṣṇa Himself, this is about - this thing that our economy must be. Even now in Dwarka they don't call cow - how many cows you have they - say how much dhan [wealth] you have. In Dwarka they don't ask you how many cows you have how much dhan. It is regarded as dhan and Dwarka is completely dry area but even then now there are quite a few cows and in the advance cities cows are completely banned. In Calcutta inside the city you can not keep the cow and the result is mosquitoes and other germs are increased and then we have to manufacture DDT powder to kill the germs, again in the factory. And cow dunk if it is there – it is antiseptic and that’s why I remember that we didn't have the marble floor at all. Our mothers and sisters they were just spreading the dung on the floor and it was so very neat and clean very fresh. Every third day or fourth day they will do it and by hand, no gloves, nothing at all. Many times we saw their hands with the scratches. This is how our life was very simple and that's why much money was not required. Never had they dreamt to come to foreign country.

 

Its only when artificial necessity increased, we forgot Lord Rāma and completely forgot Rāma and Kṛṣṇa - now because we forgot -  now all the miseries we have to face and all these so called advanced countries they have some machinery to counteract these miseries but we don't have any machinery to counteract. In India it’s a horrible misery that we have industrialization and we don't have anything to counteract it. We don't have any social welfare type of office and if office is - few persons may be benefited but general mass is suffering because not coming to Lord Rāma and not understanding Lord Rama. We should to the best of our ability propagate these things and somehow or the other come to this conclusion that in my life whatever I am I will propagate these things and myself I will understand and I will try to propagate this things.

Bhajan: Sri Rāma Chandra kripalu bhajmann

Please there are so many things to be told to you about Lord Rāma or Lord Kṛṣṇa but we are controlled by the time. I have to stop here but before we stop - somebody is there? Yesterday I saw some person who was singing very nice Shri Rāma chandra krapalu baja man - is he here? ...he is not here .. we will sing then …

 

 

Shree Rāma Chandra Kripalu Bhajman



Haran Bhav Bhaya Darunam

Nav Kanj Lochan kanj Mukh Kar Kanj Pad Kanjarunam

Sree Rāma Chandra.....

 

Kandarp Aganeet amit chabi Nav neel nirada sundaram



Pat Peet manav tadit ruchi shuchi navmi janak sutavaram

Shree Rāma Chandra ....

 

Bhaj Deen Bandhu Dinesh danav Daitya vansh nikandam



Raghu nand anand kand Kaushala chandra dasharath nandanam

Shree Rāma Chandra ....

 

Sir Mukut kundal tilak charu udar ang vibhushanam



Ajanu bhuj sar chapa dhar sangram jit kar dushnam

Shree Rāma Chandra....

 

Iti vadati sant Tulsidas Shankar Shesh muniman ranjanam



Mama hridaya kunj nivas kuruka kamadi khala dal ganjanam

Shree Rāma Chandra...

 

Jaya Sri Rāma Bhagavan ki Jaya



 

How to enter into the pastimes of Kṛṣṇa

One shloka we must recite loudly and that is beautiful they are asking Lord Rāma that please do this

 

nanyas spruha raghupate hrdaye'smadiye

 

na anyas pruha - I don't have any other desire. nanya spruha raghupate hrdaye'smadiye [He is saying-I have no desire

 

nanya sprha raghupate hrdaye'smadiye


satyam vadami ca bhavan akhilantaratma

 

I am speaking the truth he [Jambavan] says



 

nanya sprha raghupate hrdaye'smadiye

satyam vadami ca bhavan akhilantaratma

bhaktim prayaccha raghupungava nirbharam me

kamadidosha rahitam kuru manasam ca

[There is no other craving in my heart, O Lord of the Raghus, I speak the truth. You are the spirit dwelling in the hearts of all. Grant me intense devotion to your feet, O crest jewel of Raghus, and free my mind of faults like lust, etc.] (Ramcharitmanas, Sundarkand sloka#2)

 

Very easy way that I don't have any desire in my heart, satyam vadami I am speaking the truth, nothing but the truth; and this is not our court, like in court, we say; he is speaking lies. No! Bhakta is very clear in praying Lord Rama. That please I am speaking the truth please give me bhaktim prayacha he says just please give me unflinching devotional service Ragupungava you are the most important person so I don't want any thing else nirbharam me you please give me abundant devotional service and do one thing that Kamadi-dosa-rahitam please make my heart completely clear from all this lusty desire.


 

It is very difficult to think about this, because of greed. Always we try to amass these unnecessary things around our house wherever else. Our house must have the minimum paraphernalia. I stayed with our solicitor - coming here from Singapore. I have been there since 9 years - he still has the same thing that 9 years before - nothing has been added - I don't know where you are pouring your money [laugh] very stringent – “you don't buy anything”. “I don't require anything”, he says that's how. Please keep your house completely clean - if you really searched your house half the house is worth throwing. If you don't clean your house how can you clean your mind or heart? And this kama kama kamadidosarahitam kuru manasam ca - please Rāma - remove this and we saw yesterday when Kumbhakaran was asked the advice by  Ravana that “How to marry Sita?” you know –

He [Kumbhakaran] said that “You are mystic, you take Lord Rama's form and Sita will marry you”.

So he [Ravana] said “I tried that but when I have to think about getting the form so when I think about Lord Rāma - I tried to take his form - Sita appears to me as my mother”.

 

This is really Supreme Absolute Truth - Kṛṣṇa - we sing so many glories and pastimes of Lord Rāma and particularly Lord Kṛṣṇa we should never dwell with the confidential pastimes of Lord Kṛṣṇa in any time in our brain also in our mind also. We are not fit for it. We haven’t understood Kṛṣṇa so far. Please there are misleading factors in order to achieve popularity - somebody may discuss this pastimes in public - we should avoid it for our own good. There are so many pastimes which we just have to experience. yat tad visuddh anubhava-matram ekam [SB 5.19.4] this anubhava is the main word in the sloka. That Supreme Personality who has this sac-cid-ananda-vigraha - He could be experienced and He could be perceived by the unflinching devotional service. By doing Radha Radha Radha we cannot recognize Radha. Radha word comes from aradhana - unflinching aradhana is there then you can experience the Radha bhava. It is not be given by somebody. Please spare – save - your self from these misleading factors. Never enter into these things. And as soon as you save yourself then you will intensify your devotional service. And as soon as the devotional service has been intensified - Why Radha is dear to Krishna? Because she serves - service attitude is there and because of that she is dear. It’s not for anything else - because Lord Kṛṣṇa has a spiritual body and that we completely forget but when immaturely we hear this unnecessary confidential pastimes then we always compare our self - our life - with Krishna's life and we think that Kṛṣṇa is like us and so many inebriety creep into our mind. Please don't entertain instead you study Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam written by Prabhupada. You study his literature and try to control yourself to not to go into detail about these things but try to intensify your japa that will intensify your svadhyaya and automatically you will have the glimpse. You will perceive - you will have the experience of it – it’s not to be taught but it is up to us how to approach Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, how to approach Shri Ramayana how to approach Mahabharat and everything will become clear to us.


 

teṣāḿ satata-yuktānāḿ

bhajatāḿ prīti-pūrvakam

dadāmi buddhi-yogaḿ taḿ

yena mām upayānti te

[To those who are constantly devoted to serving Me with love, I give the understanding by which they can come to Me.](BG 10.10)


This is one of the seed verses in Bhagavad-gītā - its very clear, Kṛṣṇa is very clear, that tesam that those people who are satata-yukta - who are always trying to come to me satata-yuktānā bhajatā prīti-pūrvakam - with also with the basic attitude and loving devotional service those who try to attain me dadāmi buddhi-yogaḿ taḿ....I give them the unflinching devotional service and correct intelligence which completely purify consciousness and as soon as you have the purified consciousness unknowingly you will enter into the pastimes of Kṛṣṇa and this is what was done. All the saints and sages were given us the lessons of about these things. Please, try to do these things and wish you all the best on your spiritual life.

 

Hare Kṛṣṇa Jaya - Sri Ramachandra Bhagavan ki – Jaya


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