Guru Mukha Padma Vaikya (III)

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Sri Sukdev Goswami is sphurti (ecstasy) avatar. The ecstasy Lord Krishna has experienced with Srimati Radharani, that ecstasy is personified (murta rupa) and Sri Sukdev Goswami is that sphurti avatar. Vyasdev is also an avatar of Krishna, (Krishna Daypayan Vedavyas). He is kala (fine arts) avatar.  For example in Bhagavat Mahatmya it is stated that Bhakti Devi incarnates in Vrindavan along with her two sons gyana and bairagya and Shri Narada Muni had the opportunity to have her darshan. Actually bhakti is formless but when she incarnates she assumes a personal form. In the spiritual world all the rasas (wit and humor) all raga (affection/anger) ragini (musical mode or tune) are embodied. There Ganga, Jamuna, Saraswati, Tulsi Devi etc. are all serving the Lord with a spiritual body.
 The stream of samsara flows on agyana not gyana. Agyana is prvartak (commencing) and gyana is nivartak (ceasing). Bhagavatam is nigama kalpataru galitam phalam. Nigama, means which stops gaman (going) and agaman (coming). Bhagavatam tells us about a place where one goes, do not have to come back.
Regarding eternally conditioned souls Mahaprabhu did not accepted eternal conditioning of souls, if the conditioning is eternal if the jiva is always in misery than God cannot be called kind and merciful. Because for a certain class God becomes merciless. Yes conditioning is there due to knowledge or ignorance, reason known or unknown but it is temporary.
In Bhagavatam Narada Rishi speaks four slokas to Vedavyas. In the first sloka he says about Brahma tattva, what is Brahma, and then he speaks about maya, then thirdly jagat (universe) and fourth jivatma. So there you can see that Brahma is nitya (eternal) maya is also nitya, again jagat is anitya means temporary and jivas are nitya. So there are three eternal potencies. Among these three maya is jada sakti (inferior/ignorance/material energy) and the other two are chetan shakti (conscious potency). Now these two chetan shakti, one is purna chetan shakti (Absolute/Fully conscious potency) and the other is apurna chetan shakti (sub-conscious potency). Two things are defined here to show the difference between purna and apurna shakti, one is quantity and the other is quality. Quantitively the jivas are inferior but the jivas have the quality. Maya is sitting in between these two potencies. Maya overtakes the jivas but it cannot overtake Brahma and thus the jivas gets conditioned by maya and it is anadi (beginingless).
Q. Maharaj is bhakti lata bija (seed of devotional creeper) dormant in our self or is it bestowed by sadhu guru vaishnava? Mahaprabhu says guru krishna prasad paya bhakti lata bija.
Ans. Bhakti Lata bija is dormant in the living entity. That bija (seed) is already inserted into the jivas by Krishna and in our life we have to renew the same from our Guru. For example you may completely uproot the entire weed in the garden several times but when it rains some weed will again come up.
Q. But some says that only sat is inherent and cit and ananda comes through guru or vaishnavas.
Ans. The meaning of Sat-cid-ananda is clearly stated in the Bhagavatam. We have to see the practical side of the word sat, cit, & ananda which we always overlook. Sat means Sattva (existence), and it depends upon Karma (action). The existence of my body will be there as long as I can perform Karma, otherwise I will not have any existence. Sat here does not mean eternal nor does it means honesty, it means existence. Then there is cit, means chetana (full consciousness) and then there is ananda which is termed as purna ananda (complete bliss). Now we have to see upon which these three things are dependable. The first one depends upon your Karma (action) The second one depends upon gyan (knowledge). Then comes ananda. Ananda is dependent upon whom? Ananda is dependent upon prema, bhakti. So firstly Your Karma has to be sat (here it means honest/virtuous and based on Absolute Truth). When you karma is sat than gradually you will attain perfect knowledge without a pinch of ignorance. When the knowledge is perfect (purna gyan) and consciousness is absolute (purna chetana), bereft of any ahankar (false ego), it leads towards bhakti resulting complete bliss (purna ananda). So the first qualification is sat karma. Though we presume many qualifications of a Guru but the basic qualification is that he has to be sat. His words, his action, his character etc. everything has to be sat. Actually the word Sad Guru means Sat (Truth) is Guru, like Satyanarayan, Sat is Narayan. A sadhu may have many other qualities like high qualifications, good character, very good speaker etc.etc. but the most essential qualification is that, he has to be sat. Without truthfulness a person cannot become a sadhu let alone he has hundreds of qualities. So from sat comes Sattva because asat does not have any existence. From sattva comes purna chetana and from purna chetana comes  purna ananda.
Q. By the word purna chetana you mean only mental knowledge or full consciousness which relates to the body also. 
Ans. Yes it relates to the body also. The body is also a sattva.
Q. But bodily I may not be full conscious means some parts of my body may not function properly but mentally I have developed. Then can I be called full conscious?
Ans. Yes hundred times. The purna chetana or purna ananda  has to be felt by the heart or by the  mind. Now regarding the mind if I ask you, when we say about mukti (liberation), who gets liberation, the soul, the body or the mind? This fundamental thing most of us do not understand. The soul is nitya mukta (eternally liberated) and so the soul is not to be liberated. The body is material. So who is to be liberated? The mind. The mind is always bound up. Though mind is a material object and hence it automatically dashes towards material things, but the mind also has a spiritual spark in it. So to develop the mind spiritually is the real achievement.
Q. So there are three internal senses.
Ans. Not three, four, man (mind) which makes sankalpa bikalpa (desire and doubt), than chitta, which comes from the word chintan (thought/to think, consider, imagine), than buddhi (intelligence) it will give you various means, methods. And when the action is completed ahankar (false ego) arrives. These four senses are controlled by Vasudev, Sankarsan, Aniruddha and Pradumnya.
Q.        Earlier I had confusion; if the seed is not inherited eternally than from whom does the nitya muktas receives that seed. And if nitya siddha receives the seed than nitya baddhas will also receive the seed from the same source.
 Ans.    Firstly, as I have mentioned earlier, there is nothing like nitya baddhas jivas. The jivas are always mukta and they eternally posses this bija. The quality of a jiva is brahma quality a spiritual spark which is a part of the Absolute Truth and it cannot be destroyed. Now what happens, the sparks remains the same, the quality remains the same, but due to constant contact with material nature it becomes contaminated and covered. But as soon as it comes into contact with the spiritual nature it again regains it original quality. The term eternally conditioned and liberated is a relative term just used to show the influence of maya upon jivas.
Q.        But does it means that earlier we were with God and somehow we have fallen from there.
Ans.     No no the position which we are now is anadi beginingless. We are “always” in this present position.
Q.        If  bhakti is dormant in us than we do not have to develop a spiritual body as it will automatically manifest in due course.
Ans.     No, here we fundamentally make a mistake. Upto animal life, than human life and then demigods which goes upto to Brahma. Now human is in the middle. If you study anga shastra than you will see that this middle point is zero and this zero point is human species. Now one side is minus and one side plus. Minus and plus both are unending. Minus means the animals and plus means the demigods and both are bhog pradhan (predominant to enjoy or suffer). What are they enjoying; some enjoying the fruits of pious activities and some are suffering for their sinful activities. But humans are in the middle sunya (zero). Humans are not supposed to suffer neither enjoy, he is neither the doer nor enjoyer, else if something is left what happens he finishes and becomes zero and get direct contact with the Lord who is also zero. Ishwara is also zero sunyabad, nirvanbad which is also a famous philosophy. Now the jivas has independence and Bhagawan also has independence. But one is limited and other is unlimited. Now the limited independence which we have, we mistakenly think it to be unlimited. Now thinking like this is not a fault, but as we are thinking, we are unable to reach to that unlimited position. But the jivas has that Brahma quality that unlimited potency. The jivas can reach up to Purna Brahma because they have the quality. In the Bhagavatam we can see the great yogis and rishis, attaining immense power and that they go up to Brahmaloka and stay there as long as Lord Brahma’s life and when there is devastation they move to the spiritual world. So from here we can make out that the jivas does have that quality. But what they are doing, they are always in a subconscious stage, unable to develop full consciousness because of earlier bad habits for ex. earlier animal instincts, serving the material mind etc. which has created an impression and it sometimes manifests and sometimes not. So all the qualities are there in the subconscious state of mind and science also agrees with this point. But all these habits are not always revealed.
Q. Maharaj could you please elaborate about the nitya mukta and nitya baddha jivas.
Ans.Yes nitya mukta jivas are there. They descend in this world by the good will of the Lord for the benefit of baddha (conditioned) jivas. But there are no nitya baddha jivas. The jivas are conditioned for a while and the word nitya cannot be used here. What happens, the nitya mukta jivas also sometimes gets conditioned. This maya tattva is such, even at times it bewilders the Lord. During the Varaha avatar leela Bhagavan after completing the leela was asked to return but He refused saying that “I am happy with my family here” etc. also in Bhagavatam it is seen than Lord sometime forgets His Lordship, sometimes gets confused by Yogamaya.
Q. But Maharaj, can maya even confuse the Lord? It is said that maya is under Lord.
Ans. Under, yes, but the Lord Himself sometimes allows maya to bewilder Him. It is just like, a boss sometimes giving full power to his assistant out of love and says "Ok today I am giving you all my powers and I will do whatever you say". So these kinds of things happen with the Lord. Sometimes He surrenders to maya, just like in Vrindavan the Lord was under the control of yogamaya (yogamaya upasritam). But maya cannot always bewilder the Lord as it can bewilder the jivas due to their limited power. But if a jiva sincerely tries to overcome maya, than he can. As examples given in the Bhagavad Gita, like fire being covered by smoke, dust covering the mirror and womb covering the fetus. If fire is kindled properly, if dust is removed from the mirror and the fetus, though it takes much pain and blood, comes out of the womb with much wear and tear, it is very much possible.
Q. If a jiva goes to the Absolute world can he again come back?
Ans. It depends upon the good will of the Lord. If Lord wants than he will have to come back.
Q. But it is said there is no maya or imperfectness in the Absolute world.
Ans. Yes maya or imperfectness is not there but the will of the Lord is there.
Q. But why will God want like that, what is His interest.
Ans. His pleasure. As stated "Eko bahu syam"(I want to be many). Why did you marry? Because you cannot enjoy alone, you need some other person to share. Pleasure is such a thing that cannot be enjoyed alone, it has to be shared with others and then only you get happiness. In Bhagavatam, we see that Ananda (bliss/pleasure) has taken birth in the house of Nanda. What does Nanda mean? Nanda means one who enjoys along with others. So here the word Ananda is used instead of Krishna.
Q. In the perfect world can the jivas be imperfect.
Ans. No in the perfect world the jivas cannot be imperfect but if he comes to this world than.
Q. No but you are saying that the jivas can revert back from the spiritual world.
Ans. Revert back means, if the Lord wishes for His leela (pastimes) like Jay-Vijay etc.
Q. But now since now we are conditioned, but was there a time when we were with the Lord?
Ans. Ofcourse, we are always with the Lord and till now with are with the Lord. Yes we are always part of His nitya leela.
Q. That means we have fall down from nitya leela.
Ans. This is also nitya leela. Yes we have fall down but it is by the will of the Lord. Without His will it is not possible.
Q. But Maharaj there is always a controversy whether we fall down or not and that Lord Krishna also said that one who goes back to the spiritual world does not have to take birth in this material world.
Ans. If this is the case than why did Lord Himself take birth?
Q. But Krishna says that My birth is divine.
Ans. Yes birth of the Lord is divine, His leela is divine, this is world which He has created is divine everything is divine and that is what Mahaprabhu has said. Your desire, your desire is also divine, but as soon as it inclines towards matter that means when you try to enjoy without Krishna it loses its divineness. So as stated in Bhagavatam "without Him everything is matter". In every part and particle there is Lord, and Prahlad Maharaj has shown the Lord even in the pillar. So He is there in every particle, every atom, everything through His energy. The Shakti tattva (energetic theory) is the principal tattva ,chetan shakti, swarupini shakti and hladini shakti. That is why Mahaprabhu has pleaded that “In whatever species I may be, let my attraction remains at your Lotus feet”. “You are my master and I am your servant & this relation may ever remain”. As regards happiness, are you unhappy here, are the devotees unhappy? Krishna says my devotees are always happy, always blissful. If you ever meet a real devotee than you will see how happy he is. He is happier than even God. Even God says I wander around my devotees so that I can get the foot dust of my devotees’ feet and it will purify me. So the genuine devotee of the Lord is never unhappy, he is always delightful, wherever he is he is happy. There was a very poor cobbler named Ruhidas, a great devotee of the Lord. Ruhidas used to make shoes and sells them in the market. In the market if he sees a devotee or a saint he used to donate the shoes to him. Was he unhappy? He was the happiest person. Once Brahma disguised himself as a brahmana came to Ruhidas. Noticing Ruhidas poverty and miseries Brahmaji gave him a precious stone. Ruhidas said to Brahmaji to keep it in the corner until he finishes his work. After some days Brahmaji came again. He saw the condition of Ruhidas is same. So He enquired what he had done with the stone. But to his astonishment He found that Ruhidas even did not touch the stone. He asked for the reason and said if Ruhidas is not interested to develop his present condition. But Ruhidas said that he is very happy in his present position and this precious stone is of no use for him, so he had forgotten about it. This is the position of a pure devotee. He is always blissful.
Q. But again it is said that there is no happiness in this material world, dukhalayam, asaswatam (full of miseries and temporary).
Ans. Complete happiness in this material world, if you relate with matter, with the body than there is no happiness. See normally what happens, after death we give Bhagavat path (lecture) in our house. Will that have any affect on us? Did Maharaj Parikshit hear Bhagavatam after death?  Maharaj Parikshit heard Bhagavatam while he was alive and thus achieved liberation. Where I will get liberation, where I will enjoy happiness? In this world itself. Thus Sukdeb Goswami came, as stated in the Bhagavatam and as described by the Mahajanas, Parikshit Maharaj says that "I don’t think that I am cursed, I think that I am blessed by Shringa rishi". Asked why, he replied "Today I am able to witness so many great souls, so many muni rishis. I was the paramount emperor of this mighty world, but never in my life have I witnessed so many sadhus, so many liberated souls. So what should I say, it is this a blessing or a curse? If I can behold so many great souls, hear Bhagavatam by a curse, I would like to be cursed again and again". And thus he achieved immortality.
Q. So material spiritual which we are saying are all related to the mind.
Ans. Now you have come to the point. Only mind. Only because of this mind we feel happiness and distress. Once I asked a great Gita Shastri (versed in Gita) that “see there are so many yogas in Bhagavad Gita viz. Karma yoga, Gyana yoga, Hata yoga, Bishad Yoga, Sanyasa yoga, etc. but there is no Mano (mind) yoga. Why? This Mano Yoga is most important”. Look at the fundamental substance of Bhagavad Gita. Arjuna was lamenting, tears flowing from his eyes, his gandiva (bow) fell down and he was almost unconsciousness. Here the Lord considering his miseries asked "Arjuna, why are you in so much distress"? Arjuna says “see I have to kill so many people, my brothers, my guru, my relatives etc.”, then the Lord says “but you have not yet killed them, you did not even taken up your weapon properly, then why are you lamenting like that? Because you are thinking that you have killed them. You are thinking yourself the cause of their death. So the sufferings are because of your thoughts. Then why don’t you do just the opposite kill them and think that you have not killed”.
Q. That means this war is just with the mind.
Ans. Only with the mind. The war of Kuruksetra is only with the mind. If you read Bhagavad Gita by the great yoga acharya Sri Shyama Charan Lahiri which is of three editions (1st, 2nd and 3rd) than you can see how he has written the purports. Completely based on yoga, he says that whatever is written in Bhagavad Gita are all there in this body. He explained every detail theoretically, through a map elaborating the whole thing. He says, “Who is Yudhisthira”, “Yudhisthira means one who is sthira (calm) in Yuddha (war).Who is always calm, it is Akash (the sky), whatever may happen, the sky is always calm and unaffected. So in my body the Akash tattva is Yudhisthira. Who is Bhima, Vaju (air) tattva is Bhima. Bhima is the son of Vayu. In this way he has analyzed everything, so beautifully.
Q. But this is yogic but we are bhaktas.
Ans. Let it be yoga, but where this yoga is being linked that is the main point. He is utilizing yoga in the service of God, bhakti. Bhakti is the medium. Yoga being added to bhakti goes to Krishna. Without bhakti yoga, gyana is of no use. For ex. without tulasi patra (leaf) bhoga cannot be offered similarly without bhakti, yoga cannot be offered to the Lord. That is the main issue. What actually is bhakti? We think drawing tilak, wearing mala and performing lots of rules and regulations is bhakti, but these are not actually bhakti. Bhakti means the natural flow of all the senses towards Lord. As the natural course of a river is towards the ocean similarly the natural course of senses should be towards the Lord. Automatically the eyes will feel happiness when it sees a sadhu, it will fill with tears when it sees the deity of the Lord, the ears will be pleased and eager to hear about the Lord etc. At present we are struggling, but it has to be natural. So the natural tendency of the senses should be towards Bhagavan and it is clearly stated in Bhagavatam by Bhagavan Kapildeva. Bhagavan Kapildeva was a gyana yogi but still He advised His mother Devahuti about the importance of bhakti.
Q. But is this possible through the medium of yoga.
Ans. Through yoga or gyana you will achieve power and knowledge. Now you utilize it in the service of the Lord. If I accomplish great powers by means of yoga and do not employ it for material purpose than there is no problem. But generally what happens, when we acquire some yogic power, we immediately become so and so baba, build big big temples with lots of devotees. But this is not happening here. So if you do not employ your yogic power or your knowledge towards sense enjoyment than automatically it is employed in the service of the Lord. The yoga explained has nothing to do with material opulence. Here yoga is being performed just to purify the senses so that it comes to its normal position and perform bhakti.
Q. But if it is explained in this way than you will say that Krishna means intelligence/consciousness.
Ans. Than who do you think Krishna is? In your explanation who is Krishna? Is He merely a cowherd? Just son of Maharaja Nanda, grazing cows. What do you mean by grazing cows (go-charan)? Go-means indriya (senses),bhumi (earth),veda and charan means controlling. We are unable to properly control our senses. But here go-charan means Krishna is controlling perfectly the senses, the earth, vedas the total material and spiritual universes. Braja Vasi- Braja means moving (for ex. pada vraja-moving on foot) and vasi means person who is an inhabitant. The person who is inhabitant of Braja (means body which is constantly moving) is called a Brajavasi. Gokul-Go means indriya (senses) and Kul means heart..
Q. So the completely thing is changing.
Ans. The complete thing has to be changed. That is what Vedavyas has done. In Bhagavatam, you study the story of Puranjana. There you will find Devarshi Narada very clearly says that there is nobody named Puranjana and through this leela it has been established that there are hidden meaning of every words spoken. Vedavyasa states from the beginning; paraksha anubhuti aparksha anubhuti-means what you are accepting directly is not the only meaning you have to realize the hidden meanings also. 
Now see the meaning of Draupadi as explained by Shri Shyama Charan Lahiri. Draupadi means Druta-padi, one who can move fast. Now who is this Druta-padi, who can move fast? It is sadhana. If a person gets a sadh (taste) in sadhana than he will move fast towards his goal and you cannot stop him. You try to allure him in various ways but he will never get tempted and pass away his life blissfully. In this way Shri Lahiri Mahashay had explained everything very clearly, grammatically and also its inception. Just only building a story is not enough.
Q. But as we are less intelligent the inner meanings might be hidden to us.
Ans. Yes this is the main point; the explanation does not reach there, only a story is given to understand. But the story is only a packet, a cover; the essential meanings are hidden inside. The story is just an indication. You see Druva Charitra. Uttanapada; Uttan means up and pada mean legs. Now whose legs are up? The living entities’ legs are up in the mother's womb and he is Uttanapada. Uttanapada has two wives, one is Suruchi (one whose liking is very high) and another is Suniti (whose morality is very high). So Suruchi and Suniti are two state of human intelligence. When the intelligence hankers only for the best it is called Suruchi and when it only perceives the moral philosophy is its Suniti. So when your intelligence follows Suniti than as a result Dhruva is born. Dhruva means constant, the result you can always enjoy. Till now the Dhruva Naksatra (Pole Star) is there in the sky. And what is the result of Suruchi, Uttam is born. Uttam means uttam bastu (best substance) but being matter after enjoying for sometime it will be destructed. So the same thing happens here, Uttam was spoiled by his mother who gave him too much indulgence.  One day while hunting, he was warned not to enter inside the garden of the yaksas as it belongs to Kuber, and Lord Shiva is worshiped with the flowers and fruits available here. But as he was arrogant, he did not listen and hence lost his life. So the two fruits or results of intelligence are explained here.
Q. Maharaj what is the meaning of Bhakti.
Ans. Bhakti as I had explained earlier means natural flow of the senses towards Absolute Truth and that Absolute Truth is Bhagavan Krishna. In the first mantra of Bhagavatam it is mentioned "Satyam Param Dhimahi"(I meditate upon the Absolute Truth). So why did not Vyasdev wrote Krishna Param Dhimahi, what was his problem, everybody would have accepted it, but still he did not wrote like that. Though he has established Vishnu Tattva Vishnu Puran, Shiva tattva in Shiv Puran etc. he could have named it as Krishna Puran, then there was no requirement of Maha Bhagavat Puran. It is Vyasdev who has given this title and in the first mantra he could have said Krishna Param Dimahi in place of Satyam but he did not say like that. He said Satyam Param Dhimahi. In the Garbha Stuti he pleaded to the Lord “Satyastha ca yoni, nihitam ca satyam saytyam bratam satyam param to satyam . (That Truth which is dormant in your womb that Absolute Truth that Truth thrice affirmed)….and who is that, that Absolute Truth is Krishna. So until and unless we understand the fundamental thing, only being satisfied with the story, performing custom and steadiness will not be enough. You carry out customs, rules and regulations but only to take the mind to that position, that understanding, and if it does not happen than we are diverted. Achar niyamagraha as stated by Srila Rupa Goswami Prabhupad (eagerness in following customs only for rule sake and/or not at all following the rules and customs). So my taste my natural course should be towards Absolute Truth.
 Q. So our mind and senses should be naturally inclined towards God.
Ans. By nature our senses are inclined, but somehow we have made it abnormal. What is the definition of atma (soul)? The Upanishad very clearly says that atma is sattva bishistha vital part of existence, atma is prakash (revelation) than it is said that atma is paramananda tattva (blissful). That atma is a part of paramatma. Because of your soul your existence is there, because of your soul you can reveal yourself, means you can walk, talk, speak etc. etc. you fell pains and pleasure. Because of your soul you love others and others love you. So priyattam (dearest), who is dearest to this soul? It cannot love the body because body is inferior. So it will naturally love paratama because it is related to it and because of this relation the soul is always blissful. Now this is my normal position, this is the nature of atma which I already possess. But being conditioned in this body I am detached and following an opposite motion. Now this opposite motion has to be again turned to its original form.
So first you have to understand the soul, understand the supersoul and than only you can understand bhakti tattva and Bhagavan. You cannot jump over, neither overtake nor can you understand only by following some rules and regulations. Because, for ex. when you buy a shirt from a shop, the money you pay for the shirt is naturally more than the shirt as the shopkeeper has made a profit out of it. Now you can make out that the amount paid is valuable than the object. Same is the case here. If God, which is the object here, can be attained by performing customs, rules and regulations which we are paying, than these rules and regulations becomes more worthy. So why should we go for God, better be satisfied with these rules. Therefore, it is said that God cannot be obtained in exchange of anything. Than why are so many rules and regulations? Mahaprabhu says Krishna bhakti nitya bastu (Krishna bhakti is an eternal object) possessed by the living entities - sadhya kabhu naya-it cannot be obtained by sadhana or any other means. Because it is not an object which has to be achieved, it is already present in the living entity. It is totally dependent upon mercy, upon bhakti, bhakti means your eagerness, your greed. Laulyam Mulam ekalam Greed is the only price. Otherwise sadhana will become greater than sadhya (God). But then why this sadhana? Sravan adi suddha cite karaye udoy – by hearing and chanting etc. my mind, my heart, my consciousness will become purified. Thus by following these rules and regulations I have to constantly monitor myself whether I am leading towards that purification or not, whether my nature is improving or not. These things are to be always kept in mind and it can be observed by self introspection. Whether I have developed love for other living entities, whether my desires, anger, greed, enviousness has decreased or not, etc. Only by observing fast my greed will not decrease? My strength will decrease and by eating more also I cannot say for sure that it will build up.
Q. Maharaj what is Krodha (anger)?
Ans. Krodha can be explained scientifically and it is written in the Bhagavatam also. Krodha is a just a vibration. Firstly a vibration is created in the mind. Than from the mind the vibration goes to intelligence and another vibration is created there which advises "No no this man will harm me" etc,etc. So these two vibrations collides and increases the temperature of the body, increases the fire, heats the bile and that from that fire, what happens; actually in our tongue there are two kinds of devata (demigod) one is agni (fire) and the other is barun (air). The function of agni devata is to create words and so when it gets heated unrestrained speech comes out. It is totally a scientific matter and is just created by me.
Q. But what is the reason of this anger, there must be some reason.
Ans. There may be some minute reason but in most cases there is no reason. Only thinking is the only reason. I think that this man has dishonored me, this man might harm me. So the remedy is, as stated in the Bhagavatam, to use your anger to anything which is not favorable to bhakti.
Q. So you mean to say that if my mother, my father, my family, if unfavorable to bhakti than I should show my anger to them.
Ans. No, never, your anger will be upon your own self. Whenever you do something unfavorable to bhakti you show your anger to yourself. For others you can just request them, explain them, nothing more.
Q. But it is not so easy to control anger.
Ans. Although it is not easy but we should remember that anger is not our natural propensity. It is a demonic tendency and it does not always manifest, but suddenly due to some reason it appears. So if you try you can easily control it. And it is very important to control anger because it has an adverse effect on bhakti.
Q. Maharaj what is first class devotional service?
Ans. Equality. Samattam yoga uchate To view all living entities equally, and also mamattam (affectionately). Any action or behavior which hurts me will also hurt others if I inflict that kind of action upon them, this kind of mentality is called first class devotional service. Tulsidas has said a very nice verse "Ek mamata Ram sau-Samata sangsar, Rag na, Dwesh na, Lobh na - Tulsi bhaye bhava par. (to be contd….)
(The above conversation is translated from Bengali as I have heard from the lotus mouth of my Gurudeb Sri Kandarpa Gopal Goswami).




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