[The next is the 6th day of Bhagavat Saptaha given by His Divine Holiness Srila Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj recorded on 4th of October 2001 in Sydney, Australia]
Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare / Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
[Maharaji leads Kirtan – Guru Pranams]
Namo Om Vishnupadaya Krsna Prystaya Bhutale / Srimate Bhakti Vedanta Swami iti namine
Ramatrasyati Kaal Bhima Bhujago Ramasya Sarvam Bhashe
Rame Bhaktir akhandita Bhava Tume
Bho Raam Bho Raam Tvam Eva Ashraya (2)
Sri Rama Jaya Raam Jaya Jaya Raam (3)
Rama is bestower of bliss
Jai, bolo Sri Rama Chandra Bhagavan Ki. So nice to sing the glories of Sri Raam.
I don’t know how but all over the planet Raam is very popular since last so many years. They take the meaning of pleasure. [The thing that brings bliss, is named as Raam. In America there is a hotel chain called Ramada. Taht is Ramada (giver). That is a place to give bliss. He is Raam Da really. And whichever place is residence of ananda, is named after Raam. In Middle East there is currency, money, that gives Ananda to us, so that is named Dirham. They don’t know that this is a Hindu word, otherwise they will change the currency tomorrow [laughs with audience]. And since morning, when people wake up and for millions of times (they chant) “Dirham, Dirham, Dirham, Dirham”. If you take the name of Raam millions of times then there will be ananda, isn’t it? So, Bhagawan has given them oil. All the petrol comes from there. How much pleasure they are in? It is desert, nothing grows, however if you go there it does not look like desert at all. They have go so much money]
So much riches they have, that they have brought the outer crust of soil from Australia. Yahan se outer crust of soil they have bought and they have spread that soil in Muscat and Dubai and Abu Dhabhi and everywhere. And you go it’s all green, green, green. They have plenty of desalination plants for the water to make it soft, the sea water (to) soft water. So, it’s a beautiful place you know. What can Raam naam do, that is the living example of name of the Lord Raam. Please, without wasting a single second, we should feelingly pray day and night, to Lord Raam.The Supreme pleasure giver center is Raam.
[Whereever you have to live in pleasure or bliss….. That is why we say aaraam. “O brother, what are you doing?” “Aaraam” (laughs). Without Raam there is no Aaraam (rest). We say “We are doing aaram” (resting)” “Aa-raam” (Come-Raam). When Raam comes, then pleasure comes. As soon as we have darshan of his face, all our miseries get destroyed.]
Just have a darshan, you will be completely purified. It’s a very nice, Supreme Persnality of Godhead, non-different from [Krishna], same potency He has. The only Krsna has bit more, that he can be covered by also and the King also whereas this is a King. [That is why He is called Maryada Purushottam. When we take his name then then marayada (good behavior) comes.]
Maryada he gives us, varies from nice maryada, first maryada, Raam Bhagawan has taught us that He didn’t worry about His own inconvenience, but He obeyed His parents. You know, you have the idea of the story, that some time in the battle, the Dashratha was nearly unconscious and Kaykeye was accompanying him. So Kaykaye, because of her cleverness, and very caring attitude Dashratha was saved, and that time Dashratha had given two benedictions to Kaykeyi. So, Kaykayi said, “I don’t ask now. I don’t require anything now. And the time comes in ask for.” And that time eventually came.
In renunciation there is more happiness
Dashrathji one day saw in the mirror. And he saw only one grey hair on his head. And immediately he decided that “I should now quit my throne” You have to take lesson from this. (so on and so forth) And we proudly claim that I am a devotee. You can’t claim. You haven’t tasted the happiness of the renunciation. These very great persons, they have by their own example taught us this very serious, thing by their own example, that as soon as he saw one grey hair, he immediately decided. And we saw in Bhagavatam, that as soon as Kapila dev was born, Kardama muni left. And under different pretext we just carry on with the material activities, thinking that “I am going to survive for innumerable years or may be permanently”. We don’t know that Krsna may give us a lease, with extended lease. And that lease is for only for remembering Krsna and no mucking about. This is a serious lesson we have to learn from the pages of Ramayana. Otherwise thinking about Rama, or just concocting this thing or that thing, “I am a big devotee and I do this and I do that” “I, I, I” You have to forget. [pause] When are you going to get rid of this “I”. We see any person, he will definitely sing his glories. “I did this, I did this, I did this” “I, I, I”. Dashratha immediately forgot this “I” and he fixed the coronation next day in the morning for Raam to be the King. And it was Supreme person arrangement that it was not going to happen.
Be equal in misery or happiness
And he showed by one example, that, Dukh [sorrow] or sukh [pleasure] should be sum [equal] for us. Whether we are in misery or in happiness, it all should be equal to us, should not be disturbed or elated. This should be the lesson learned from Raam example. We read from the scriptures, the same eternal teachings, but even then we go back, so many lamentations, and so many other things, just to get the misery out, we try so much. But we don’t have the idea that when we were born, according to previous activities certain amount of enjoyment and happiness is destined. We may try our best to achieve more happiness, but we cannot get more. Eventually the destiny catches with you. And it is none of your [business]…. You, you can’t do anything about it. You may try very hard but eventually destiny catches you. Our karma has the reaction. And that reaction will catch you in this life or the next or the next or the next. But it will definitely catch you.
Yatha denu sahastra esu / vatso gatchati maataram
Here Vyasa Bhagavan gives the example of cows. There is a big cow protection center near Dwarka. It’s a very big cow protection center, nearly 4000 cows they maintain. And they have the calves, you know, so many calves, milking calves are there. And as soon as they bring their calf, the calves, out of thousands of cows it will definitely find out his mother, I don’t know how. Definitely he will go to his mother. So says here, our VyasaBhagavan, that
Yatha denu sahastra esu
As out of thousands of cows,
vatso gatchati maataram
vatsameanscalf, goes to mataram, his mother.
Tatha Yatsa karma kartaram
Whatever work you perform…
Kartaram adhi gachhacti
It will definitely catch you. And not only karma, but the root of the Karma, is the idea. First there was a idea in our mind, that we have to come to Australia. It was in a seed form. One day Viraj rang, and said “We are thinking that for Purushottam maas, you have to come”. I was not very well so I told, “I have desire, but can’t guarantee” It was the seed idea and the karma happened. So if you want to get rid of the karmas the Ramayana teaches us that you purify.Vishuddha maatram. Vishuddha, Anubhava maatra ekam. As soon as you are vishuddha, yatta citta vishuddha, anomatra ekam. Vee-shuddha means completely purifies consciousness. The meaning of purified consciousness that you should be never be contaminated by the three modes of material nature. Our consciousness is generally is contaminated by the three modes of material nature. And most probably, by the ignorance, mode of ignorance, tama. We are always in tama. You can’t see the living entities. As soon as you see somebody, he will just turn the face and go away. “Arre bhai, what is happening. Why? Are we going to loot you? Are we going to take away something from you? Why can’t you stand and smile?” But smiling is impossible in this world, and as we are advanced, we pretend that we are very busy, we are not busy at all. This pretending is hypocrisy. How long we are going to continue? And that is called, advancement, “I am very busy”. And he is not busy at all. Please, please, why can’t you smile with the living entity? The cow is not coming to you, the dog is not coming to you, human being is coming to you. So why cant you just smile and welcome him or her? Just ask “How are you? How you are doing?” that’s it. And then you can go. But no, that is impossible. To smile is regarded as a primitive thing. It’s not a modern thing. “You see, you are not so civilized, you are smiling.” And then they don’t smile, and their cheek muscle, they get stiff. They can’t do anything. Then they have to go to gymkhana. You know there are special gyms in America. One gym we went and the exercise was going on.
[Maharaji mimicking and audience bursting into laughter]
I told, “What is this exercise?”
He said, “This is cheek exercise”. [Laughs heartily]
“What happened to the cheeks”, I said.
“That’s stiff.” [laughs]
Because they are stiff so they go inside like a rotten banana is face becomes. Banana is good, but rotten banana is again… please, please, please. And then thousands of dollars they pay for this cheek exercise. And so many living entities see them. They don’t have that exercise here. Ours is automatic exercise. Our Krsna has a water melon face. Very nice round face, you know. Our face is like a rotten banana.
Please, please, these are the teachings from Ramayana that in any situation, we welcome the situation; we can’t do anything about it, so better tolerate it. Sama sukha-dukham, you know. Amrit tatvaya kalpate. That is nectar. It is given in Bhagavad-gita that those who are sama dukha-sukham so amrit tatvaya kalpate. There is amrit tatva, so why can’t we get the nectarian tatva, why we are hesitating. Raam is always accompanying us. And as soon as Raam is there, Aaraam is there. In any situation I am steady. That’s it.
duhkhesv anudvigna-manah / sukhesu vigata-sprhah
[One who is not disturbed in spite of the threefold miseries, who is not elated when there is happiness, and who is free from attachment, fear and anger, is called a sage of steady mind.] (BG 2.56)
Man maya maam upashritha. Just forget about it. Man maya you engage in my … and mind in thinking about me. And mam upashritha, you just take my shelter and you are happy. In any situation please avoid this, and be blissful always. It is very difficult but by cultivation we can do this, because our own constitution is non-different from Krsna’s constitution. And Krsna’s vigrah is sat-cit-ananda. Raam’s vigrah is sat-cit-ananda. Always steady, always eternal, always full of knowledge and always completely blissful. We are also non-different because we are part and parcel of Krsna, part and parcel of Raam. And because we have the same constitution, we have eternity, our soul is eternal. That’s why we always tell that this person has gone away. We never tell that he is dead. And we are also in the process of going away. Nobody can stop. This material infection has to be dropped one day.
And those who are in the funeral, you know, so they think, that “He is dead, but we are going to be here for eternal time. We are not going to die”. Then they will say “That man was like this. That man was like this”
charcha hogee bhalee buree
jaagaat sagayee hai do din kee
aakhir hogee chala chalee
This is the reality.
jaagaat sagayee hai do din kee
This is the reality. And we think that my sagayee is eternal, yours may be temporary. But here there is no my or yours, it’s everybody. This is the truth. And this Raam teaches us. He was to be King next day. And the events took turn, completely to the opposite direction. And because of that, Manthara, envy personified.
How to get rid of envy?
And you know, Ravana was killed, his whole race was wiped off, but Manthara is not killed, Manthra is still here, Manthara always devastates our life also. That we don’t know. We are very happy to read Ramayana and very happy to read that Ravana is killed and his whole race is wiped off, and “Ramachandra Bhagavan ki jai” but we don’t know that Manthara is not killed. Manthara is still here. And Manthara dances in our family also, in our society also. Manthara really rules, we are all envious of each other. We can’t say good of any living entity. We can never tolerate. If he has ten thousand dollars I must have twenty. If he has fiat car, I must have Mercedes. Always we compete, always we hate each other, frankly speaking. And that’s why we don’t smile. No smiling, because I hate. So I hate then my cheeks become stiff, then I have to go in the evening and then pay that money and get the exercise. This is advancement. Please, please. Raam teaches us that get rid of Manthara. Raam could not kill Manthara. He could kill Ravana. Ravana means the living entity who forces other to cry. Rau, Ravana. That is the meaning of Ravana. He is a living entity, he will never see anybody smiling. As soon as you smile, he will create some trouble and he will enjoy your crying that is Ravana. And we have plenty. That time there was only one Ravana. Now we have plenty, lakhs of Ravana. And every Ravana has got to be smashed. And without Raam we can’t do it. As soon as you come to Raam, you become safe from the Ravana. Ravana can’t do anything. Suppose you are engrossed in chanting or whatever, then everybody thinks that he is God’s man, leave him. They don’t touch.
We had a terrible trouble in Dwarka. We were occupying a property. I don’t know how we came there and somebody left, but, he left and people were very much envious, because there was a big property in our possession. So people were very envious. So now, we didn’t know how to counter it. Because we were new in the town, and that town is very small town, so everybody knows everybody else. So it was very difficult to face the local public. And they were, since years they were there, were well settled. So what we decided, that somehow or the other we got to have the murty, and we installed Krsna. And then they may keep quiet. So we did that. And since then, nobody troubled. Forget about it, this is mandir. It was not yet full-fledged mandir, but just murty we installed and everybody kept quiet. This is Raam. So soon as you give place in your live to Lord Ramachandra, all these Ravanas automatically will vanish. You don’t have to do anything. And Manthara gets buried. Manthara doesn’t appear in front of Raam. She could not do anything infront of Raam. Frankly speaking Kaykayee, was very much loving Raam. When Manthara first broke the news to her, that “You know Raam is to be coronated tomorrow.”
So Kaykayee immediately took off the nice gem necklace she had, and she gave that necklace to Manthara that
“You have given me good news”.
And then Manthara, had her own way to act on Kaykayee and eventually, Kaykayee was victimized by the envious nature. And the whole, thing changed. And the whole thing is to get rid of the people who force others to cry. That is the Avatar and at the same time to teach us the lesson. For Dasharatha own vachanas, Raama left the kingdom he said,
“Its Alright. If my father has told, I am ready to go. Let Bharat rule the kingdom as a king.”
And immediately he decided, instead of coronation clothes, nice clothes like a king, he had to pull the vulcal, you know. Within a second, split second, it happened. And it was all the same. sama sukha-dukhesu so amrit tatvaya kalpate. In the renunciation, there is more happiness. He has shown us.