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Swami's Class in Mayapur
(Mayapur, India) - February 8, 2001: His Holiness Giridhari Swami gave
class in Mayapur yesterday morning, Wednesday, February 7, 2001, the first
day of the GBC meetings.
spoke about a man who contacted Srila Prabhupada's books in the Far East,
and then presented himself as an incarnation of Krishna and a pure
devotee. He developed thousands of followers. People turned all of their
assets over to him, believing him to be a genuine sadhu, but when he
disappeared with those assets, people realized he was a cheater.
devotees then met up with these people and many of them became attracted
said that we know that we want to come to the level of a pure devotee. We
want to come to the platform of chanting in pure love of Godhead, but we
know there are many steps to get there. We also have heard that one of the
of the most important steps, he said, is to begin to chant with great
attention. All too often one is preoccupied with different thoughts that
come in and out of the mind. They are just like rivers running into the
ocean. To harness the mind and engage it in the process of hearing and
chanting is not a real easy thing, but it is something one must do.
said, "So just the other morning I was inspired by Kavicandra
Maharaja when I asked him how he was doing. He said, 'Well, how can I say?
I am fortunate because I have again come to Mayapur, associate with the
devotees, see Radah-Madhava and engage in various kinds of services. So I
am very fortunate.'
we face many problems, and there tends to be pessimism about what the
future will bring. These problems are there. There is no doubt about it.
On the other hand, we are very fortunate. We have been given a wonderful
process of Krishna Consciousness, based on the principles of Srila Rupa
Goswami. There are 64 angas, and among those there are 5 that are the most
first one is to reside in Mathura or the Dhama. Even if one can just come
for a visit occasionally one will be greatly benefited. Prabhupada's
greatness was that he created places in the Dham for us to visit. He did
this only for our benefit. Whatever our condition is, but when one comes
into the Dham one cannot help but feel some measure of purification. The
Dham itself is so powerful."
worship of the deity is also one of the main five principles. Srila
Prabhupada arranged worship of the deities in the Dhams. Many first time
visitors are very impressed by our deity worship.
devotee's mother came to the Dham to visit her son, and after seeing the
deities took rest in a guesthouse. That night she had a dream of the
Krishna. This is evidence of the potency of deity worship in the Dham, he
Maharaja said that Srimad-Bhagavatam hearing is very powerful, especially
when hearing in association of devotees in the Holy Dham.
devotees is very important along with chanting the Holy Name. The
spiritual atmosphere in the temple when all the devotees are sitting in
the temple room chanting is very thick, you can cut it with a knife, he
faultfinding propensity is easy for us to invoke. It is very easy to point
the finger and try to find the faults of others. That is probably our
biggest problem. Although we've been warned again and again, still somehow
or other we're able to continue to keep committing these offences.
the Caitanya-caritamrta there is the story of Gopal Cakravarti. Gopal
Cakravarti told Haridasa Thakura that if the chanting does not deliver
what you're saying, then "I'll personally cut off your nose."
replied that he would cut off his own nose if what he was saying were not
true. Other people in the meeting were horrified by this offence. They
kicked out Gopal Cakravarti form the meeting.
three days Gopal Cakravarti contracted leprosy and as a result he lost his
stories should at least frighten us so that we are very careful in dealing
should offer obeisances to devotees and beg to be forgiven for
offences," Giridhari Maharaja said.
best way to protect the creeper of devotion, he said, was with an attitude
of humility. "We have to learn the mood of pure devotional service
and humility from those that already have it."
© CHAKRA 09 February 2001
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