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Bhagavata Saptah, Final Day
from Ekanath dasa
Hare Krishna 
Hare Krishna 
Krishna Krishna 
Hare Hare 
Hare Rama 
Hare Rama 
Rama Rama 
Hare Hare

HH Lokanath Swami:

Welcome to the last day of this Katha. Krsna's pastimes are unlimited and we can try and hear a few drops from that ocean in the short time remaining.

The time of separation has passed, and today Krsna and the gopis will again meet. This beautiful song [Gopi Gita] of the gopis will actually reunite them with Krsna. By hearing about the mood of the gopis, we should be developing a resolution in us to strive also for Krsna Prema. If some of you are experiencing this determination in the heart, then this effort [Bhagavata Saptah] has been a success.

The gopis sing, "Repeatedly, You have saved us from so many dangers like the Kaliya serpent. Please now save us from the pain of this separation. Please feed us with the nectar of Your lips. Keep us alive. Wherever You are roaming now, Your soft lotus feet must be getting hurt by the sharp grasses. Come and place them on our heads and we will keep them very carefully. Please return. Our life is meant just for You. Embrace us or smash us. You are free to do as you like. You are the Lord and master of our lives."

No other scripture can take us as close to Krsna as this Srimad Bhagavatam so we should not make this hearing of Srimad Bhagavatam a once-in-a-lifetime affair. No, we need to read Srimad Bhagavatam every day. Srila Prabhupada worked hard day and night to provide us with this Srimad Bhagavatam so we could be benefited. Such a wealth of knowledge! If we can take advantage of it, definitely we will attain Krsna.


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Bhagavata Saptah, Day 6
from Ekanath dasa

HH Lokanath Swami:

There are still three chapters awaiting us. Let’s see if we can reach them in the remaining two days.

The gopis are not experiencing any fear of the dark, dense forest. The only thing on their minds is Krsna. So, the Lord has again disappeared. He arranges like this to reveal the gopis’ incredible devotion for Him. The gopis were lamenting, and now Radharani is joining them.

Srimati Radharani cries out, "O master! My lover! O dearmost, where are You? Where are You? Please, O mighty-armed one, O friend, show Yourself to Me, Your servant!"

We do not have these sentiments for the Lord in our heart, but at least let us repeat these divine words of the great Srimati Radharani. The gopis’ goal is Krsna, and by hearing and chanting these words, we too can develop the desire to have the same goal— Krsna.


Bhagavat Saptah, Day 5
from Ekanath dasa

HH Lokanath Swami:

Not getting answers from the trees, plants, creepers, Mother Earth, and the female deer, the gopis became directionless, completely lost. The mood of separation was increasing at every moment.

The gopis started enacting various pastimes of Krsna. One became Putana, another Krsna, just as you were all doing yesterday. The gopis were not present for these pastimes, rather they had heard them from others. When the cowherd boys would return in the evening they would narrate the Lord’s adventures for that day, and the gopis would come out and listen attentively. Once the pastimes were witnessed, immediately the boys would go out and share. This is what is going on in Goloka. That is what we will be doing there, and we should practice doing just that, here, now. Then, at the right time we will get an entry pass to that Goloka Vrndavan. The Lord is waiting for us.


Bhagavata Saptah, Day 4
from Ekanath dasa

HH Lokanath Swami:

[Kirtana ends] We should take full shelter of this maha mantra in order to fully appreciate what is being said. By the mercy of Lord Caitanya, and this maha mantra that He has given us, we can have some hope of understanding this Madhurya Lila.

By disappearing, Krsna both fulfilled Radharani’s desire to have some special attention from Krsna and also increased the greed the gopis were feeling to have His association. The gopis are energies of Radharani. They are inseparable from Her and Krsna. The Lord is playing with His own forms.


Bhagavata Saptah, Day 3
from Ekanath dasa

HH Lokanath Swami:

Yesterday we heard the Lord speak female dharma to the gopis. Actually, this is not for the gopis or the raganugas, but rather for us. We should not try and transcend such laws at our stage.

Hearing the words of Krsna, the gopis were lifeless. Then, after a long silence, they started sharing their hearts to their Lord and master, and after hearing their words He could not send them back. In these five chapters we can see the transcendental meditation of Radharani and the gopis. Sukadeva Goswami is our guide and he is taking us on a tour showing us the spiritual world and its residents.


Bhagavata Saptah, Day 2
from Ekanath dasa

HH Lokanath Swami:

This topic is the topmost knowledge and is for the goswamis, those who are every minute of the day hankering to hear these pastimes of the Lord. Just as a drunkard cannot be without his alcohol, the topmost Vaisnavas cannot be without the beautiful narrations of Krsna’s pastimes. To such acaryas we offer our full obeisances.

Today, we have to follow a strict schedule. But this kind of activity should not be done while looking at the watch. The goswamis had no concept of time. They were willing to hear and chant all day long, forgoing eating and sleeping. We cannot do as they did, but we should remember them and aspire for their taste. Sometimes people take these topics very cheaply and feel they can imitate such pastimes. That is why Srila Prabhpada was not so much in favor of commercial Bhagavata kathas. Many are making a living by these kathas and we should protect ourselves from such discourses.


Bhagavata Saptah, Day 1
by Ekanath das

HH Lokanath Swami:

In the morning we will be discussing five chapters of Srimad Bhagavatam, Canto 10– Chapters 29-33. The 10th Canto is the heart of the Lord, and these five Chapters are His life airs. In the evening we will discuss the Lord’s Gokul Lila in 10th Canto– Chapters 1-11.

These topics are not easy for conditioned souls like us to understand. Thus, taking shelter of our previous acaryas, beginning with Srila Prabhupada, we will simply repeat what they have said and try and throw some light on the matter. In order to understand the topics of these five chapters in the right light, it is necessary to first hear something which is said in the last verse in the last of these five chapters.

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