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Lessons from Lord Ṛṣabhadeva



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Lessons from Lord Ṛṣabhadeva


What is our duty?

Incarnation of Kṛṣṇa was there in the form of Ṛṣabhadeva.  Ṛṣabhadeva is best because from the beginning is the best and He has given nice teachings to His sons.  Again, being incarnation, He was completely enlightened and because of His enlightened attitude He gives so much particularly one verse is very important that it shows our duty.

gurur na sa syāt sva-jano na sa syāt

pitā na sa syāj jananī na sā syāt

daivaḿ na tat syān na patiś ca sa syān

na mocayed yaḥ samupeta-mṛtyum
[Lord Rsabhadeva said to his sons: One who cannot deliver his dependents from the path of repeated birth and death should never become a spiritual master, a father, a husband, a mother or a worshipable demigod.](SB 5.5.18)

He says, gurur na sa syāt sva-jano na sa syāt. That he is not guru, that he is not sva-jan, relative; gurur na sa syāt sva-jano na sa syāt; pitā na sa syāj, he is not father. jananī na sā syāt, she is not mother. daivaḿ na tat syān, demigod is not there. patiś ca sa syān, he is not husband, na mocayed yaḥ samupeta-mṛtyum. We have our own dependents. This is our pious duty if you are a guru you must liberate your dependents. 

In order to having liberating capacity we must be liberate ourselves.  Svajan we can’t be relative unless we have the capacity to relieve the relatives from this vicious circle of birth, death, disease and old age. It becomes our duty to give this knowledge to the younger generation and in this age the younger generation by our telling they will not take.  They look at you, if you follow this in the house, knowingly or unknowingly the younger generation will take it up.  May be not in front of you, they may not regard you or they may not respect you.  But they are also going to become old; they will also have more difficulties than us, for certainly our time is gone.  For younger ones we haven’t kept anything and this was taught by Ṛṣabhadeva.  That if you are svajan, if you are guru, if you are pita, if you are matha, or if you are a demigod, or if you are pathi, husband then you must try to liberate the dependents and this is the main thing to be understood.  As soon as you come to this conclusion we understand Ṛṣabhadeva.

Then He said nayam deho deha-bhaajaam nrloke [SB 5.5.1] this material existence we have in the form of human body it is not meant for too much labor. We are in the habit of working day and night, this qualification that qualification and then we fight with each other we have so many misunderstandings. No. No don’t do that.  This is not meant for that. Yadresha upanna nena. Whatever is automatically comes without much endeavor; we have to do some endeavor. So whatever comes we are completely satisfied. This dhan, the wealth is according to our previous activities.  That doesn’t mean that we should not try.  According to our ashram we should try. Very very subtly we should try to amass the wealth. Particularly grihastha ashram is very important. If the grihastha ashram is strong then all other ashramas are looked after and the society in which grihastha ashram is not there that society is completely disturbed because there is no ashrams.  If the grihastha ashram is strong then the children are looked after, the brahmachari ashram is looked after.  If the grihastha ashram is strong vanaprasthas they are also looked after and definitely sannyasis are looked after.  As soon as grihastha ashram is well maintained conscientiously all these ashrams work and the society has its own pattern. The society under the name of the advancement who dont follow the regulated grihastha ashram that society is in shambles and this we learn from Ṛṣabhadeva.

Prthu Maharaj was there… the name of the Prthvi our earth comes from Prthu Maharaj.  He was very strict with earth, earth was not producing anything and then earth told Prthu Maharaj that “why I am not producing because whatever I produce is consumed by the non-devotees.  They are demons on my back and they are trying to exploit me.  That’s why I have stopped producing.” 

In Bharata varsha everywhere there are so many developments going on, so many factories are coming up, so many residential societies are coming up and all the farming land is consumed.  The day is coming when big person like Prthu Maharaj must come in front of us.  And again demolish these things and again increase the grains and foods and etc. We are heading in a wrong direction but in this situation what is our duty is the most important and our duty is to be completely simple in our own habits.  And with simplicity and humility we must carry on these instructions of our gurus, saints and sages and etc.  And somehow or the other inculcate in our life, intervene in our busy lives the remembrance of Kṛṣṇa.  This is the remedy for this.  This is what Prthu Maharaj, Ṛṣabhadeva they are giving us. 

Avoid undue attachment



Ṛṣabhadeva had 100 sons and the eldest son was known as Bharata Maharaj. And we know from Bharata Maharaj name since then this planet whole planet is known as Bharata varsha.  Otherwise before that it was known as Ajanav.  Nobody knew about Bharata varsha and now the name of Bharata varsha is completely limited to India. It was not like that.  Anybody born on this planet was included in the Bharat varsha. The whole planet was known as Bharata varsha and that’s why up to Pariksit Maharaja there was only one king who was looking after the whole thing.  And Bharata Maharaja was so very elevated soul that he followed Vedic culture word by word and his rule was also ideal.  Eventually when vanaprastha time came he left his kingdom. Such a large kingdom he just left.

We know that he had his ashram and he is carrying on his duties there.  But again Kṛṣṇa wanted to show us that such important king like Bharata Maharaja he is also prone to be attracted by external energy and in the end in Bhāgavatam this story is very nicely described. I am sorry that we are very short of time so we cannot do justice to these topics. 

But I am just drawing your attention to the main points, that Bharata Maharaja is so elevated that by his name the whole planet was known as Bharata varsha.  He was very strong in his sadhana but even then if you are not careful then we may be attracted by the illusionary energy.  And it so happened that one day he saw the deer, pregnant deer, and she was crossing the river and there was tiger on one side.  While crossing the young deer fell down in the water and Bharata Maharaja was meditating on the bank, he saw that cub will die so he immediately swam and saved that cub and he was attracted to that.  He thought that his mother was not there “the deer died already”. So he said that “I am the guardian and I have to look after him.” So his sadhana went on decreasing day by day and attachment to the deer cub increased. This was greatest danger he was in and eventually he died in the deer consciousness, he got the deer body.  Because he was serious, very serious in performing his sadhana in the deer body also he could remember that his previous life was very highly elevated life and now because of bit of attachment he had to accept this.  So in the deer life also he immaturely left his mother and came to the same ashram Pula ashram and he was staying there because he remembered the whole thing. So meditation was going on already in the deer body also.  The practical instruction is that we are also prone. So every second of our sadhana we should be very careful that undue attachment should not develop anywhere.  And, as soon as we are careful about this may be if you are lucky and Kṛṣṇa is merciful this life will be the last life.  Otherwise our consciousness will be polluted and again we will have to accept some unwanted body.

In that body also because he was conscious he left the deer mother and came back to ashram and eventually he left the deer body.  Then he was born in Brahmin body and he was known as Jada Bharata.  And we know the story of the Jada Bharata.  Then knowingly he became deaf, dumb and mad.  He was not mad but he thought if I behave normally again there is a chance that I will get attached to something.  We may not become deaf, dumb and mad person but we should be very careful that we should not hear anything apart from Kṛṣṇa.  We can do it very easily and we should not think anything apart from Kṛṣṇa.  We should not chant anybody’s names.  We should not take any other shelter except Kṛṣṇa and then may be bhakti will develop and if bhakti develops we will be able to crossover this very difficult material ocean. 

mām eva ye prapadyante māyām etāṁ taranti te [BG 7.14] this is in short we should please chant lovingly.

[Maharaj leading kirtan]

Hare Kṛṣṇa Hare Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Hare Hare

Hare Rāma Hare Rāma Rāma Rāma Hare Hare
  1. Day 5


Chapter 28
  1. Worship Nothing other than Kṛṣṇa


[The following is the 5th day of Bhagavat Saptah given by His Divine Holiness Srila Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj recorded on 3rd Oct. 2001, in Sydney, Australia.]


Hare Kṛṣṇa Hare Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Hare Hare

Hare Rāma Hare Rāma Rāma Rāma Hare Hare
[Maharaji leading kirtan]

Jaya Radha Madhava

Jaya Kunja Bihari (2)

Jaya Gopijana Vallabha

Jaya Girivara Dhari (2)

Jaya Yashoda Nandana

Jaya Brajajana Ranjana (2)

Jaya Yamuna Tiravana Chari

Jaya Kunja Bihari (4)
Hare Kṛṣṇa Hare Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Hare Hare

Hare Rāma Hare Rāma Rāma Rāma Hare Hare

(3)
Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa hey (2)

Kṛṣṇa Keshava Kṛṣṇa Keshava Kṛṣṇa Keshava pahimaan

Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa pahimaam

Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa rakshamaam

Kṛṣṇa Keshava Kṛṣṇa Keshava Kṛṣṇa Keshava Pahimaam

Kṛṣṇa Keshava Kṛṣṇa Keshava Kṛṣṇa Keshava Rashamaam (2)

Rāma Raghava Rāma Raghava Rāma Raghava Rakshamaan

Rāma Raghava Rāma Raghava Rāma Raghava Pahimaam
[Kṛṣṇa -- Lord Krsna; he -- O; raksa -- please protect; mam -- Me; pahi -- please maintain; Rāma -- Lord Rama; raghava -- descendant of King Raghu; kesava -- killer of the Kesi demon.](CC Madhya 7.96)
Hare Kṛṣṇa Hare Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Hare Hare

Hare Rāma Hare Rāma Rāma Rāma Hare Hare
Nitai Gaura Haribol, Haribol, Haribol, Haribol, Haribol, Haribol
Jaya Jaya Prabhupāda

Prabhupāda Prabhupada

Jaya Radha Gopinatha

Jaya Radha Gopinatha Radhe

Jaya Radha Rasabihari

Jaya Radha Rasabihari Radhe

Jaya Radha Gokulananda

Jaya Radha Gokulananda Radhe

Jaya Radha Govinda

Jaya Radha Govinda Radhe

Jaya Radha Madana Mohan

Jaya Radha Madana Mohan Radhe

Jaya Radhe Jaya Radhe Jaya Sri Radhe (2)

Jaya Jaya Prabhupāda Prabhupāda Prabhupāda (jaya) Prabhupāda (2)

Jai Om Vishnupada Paramhansa Parivrajaka charya ashtotshara Srmad Abhay Charanaravrinda Bhakti Vedanta Swami Maharaj Srila Prabhupāda ki

ISKCON BBT Founder Acharya Srila Prabhupāda ki

Ananta Koti Vaishnava Vrinda ki (jaya)

Samaveda Bhakta Vrinda Ki (jaya)

Harināma Sankirtan Maha yagna ki (jaya)

Sri Sri Bhagavat Maha yagna ki (jaya)

Sri Sri Radha Gopinathaji ki (jaya)

Sri Sita Rāma Laxman Hanumanji ki (jaya)

Sri Jaganatha Baldeva Subhadra ji ki (jaya)

Rukmini Dwarkadhishji ki (jaya)

Sri Gaura Nitaiji ki (jaya)

All Glories to assembled devotees (3)

All Glories, All Glories to Sri Guru and Gauranga
oḿ ajñāna-timirāndhasya

ānāñjana-śalākayā

cakṣur unmīlitaḿ yena

tasmai śrī-gurave namaḥ

śrī-caitanya-mano-'bhīṣṭaḿ

sthāpitaḿ yena bhū-tale

svayaḿ rūpaḥ kadā mahyaḿ

dadāti sva-padāntikam

[I was born in the darkest ignorance, and my spiritual master opened my eyes with the torch of knowledge. I offer my respectful obeisances unto him. When will Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī Prabhupāda, who has established within this material world the mission to fulfill the desire of Lord Caitanya, give me shelter under his lotus feet? ]
he Kṛṣṇa karuṇā-sindho

dīna-bandho jagat-pate

gopeśa gopikā-kānta

rādhā-kānta namo 'stu te

[O my dear Kṛṣṇa, You are the friend of the distressed and the source of creation. You are the master of the gopīs and the lover of Rādhārāī. I offer my respectful obeisances unto You.]
SantakaRāma Bhujagashailam Padmanaabham Suresham

VishvadhaRāma Gagana Sadrishaam

Megha Varnam Shubhangam

Laxmi Kantam Kamalanainam Yogibhir Dhyana Gamyam

Vande Vishnu Bhava Bhaya Ramanam

Sarva loke Gananam

barhapidam nata-vara-vapuh karnayoh karnikaram

bibhrad vasah kanaka-kapisam vaijayantim ca malam

randhran venor adhara-sudhayapurayan gopa-vrndair

vrndaranyam sva-pada-ramanam pravisad gita-kirtih
[Wearing a peacock-feather ornament upon His head, blue karnikara flowers on His ears, a yellow garment as brilliant as gold, and the Vaijayanti garland, Lord Kṛṣṇa exhibited His transcendental form as the greatest of dancers as He entered the forest of Vrndavana, beautifying it with the marks of His footprints. He filled the holes of His flute with the nectar of His lips, and the cowherd boys sang His glories.](SB 10.21.5)
It’s a beautiful verse, from 10th canto, Gopis sing this. And this is nice lyric. It is known as mandakranta in Sanskrit. And manda means very slowly, gradually and Akranta means the jiva is crying. That is akranta in Sanskrit. Mandakranta is a very nice lyric for devotional service. [Hindi] Bhakti ke liye ye channd sankrit mein bada accha hai. Manda yani dheere dheere, slowly. [For bhakti this channd in Sanskrit is very good. Manda means dhire dhire, slowly], Akranta, the soul cries. Since last millions of years, our spiritual part and parcel of Kṛṣṇa, very tiny spiritual spark is separated from Kṛṣṇa. So it cries to go back and that is this lyric. It’s beautiful description of Kṛṣṇa.
barhapidam nata-vara-vapuh karnayoh karnikaram

bibhrad vasah kanaka-kapisam vaijayantim ca malam

randhran venor adhara-sudhayapurayan gopa-vrndair

vrndaranyam sva-pada-ramanam pravisad gita-kirtih
[Wearing a peacock-feather ornament upon His head, blue karnikara flowers on His ears, a yellow garment as brilliant as gold, and the Vaijayanti garland, Lord Kṛṣṇa exhibited His transcendental form as the greatest of dancers as He entered the forest of Vrndavana, beautifying it with the marks of His footprints. He filled the holes of His flute with the nectar of His lips, and the cowherd boys sang His glories.](SB 10.21.5)
suta uvaca

yam brahma varunendra-rudra-marutah stunvanti divyaih stavair

vedaih sanga-pada-kramopanisadair gayanti yam sama-gah

dhyanavasthita-tad-gatena manasa pasyanti yam yogino

yasyantam na viduh surasura-gana devaya tasmai namah
[Suta Gosvami said: Unto that personality whom Brahma, Varuna, Indra, Rudra and the Maruts praise by chanting transcendental hymns and reciting the Vedas with all their corollaries, pada-kramas and Upanisads, to whom the chanters of the Sama Veda always sing, whom the perfected yogis see within their minds after fixing themselves in trance and absorbing themselves within Him, and whose limit can never be found by any demigod or demon -- unto that Supreme Personality of Godhead I offer my humble obeisances.](SB 12.13.1)

Kasturi tilakam lalata patale Vakshastale Kaustubham

Again nice description of Kṛṣṇa



Kasturi tilakam lalata patale Vakshastale Kaustubham

Nasaghre vara mauktikam karatale Venu kare kankanam

Sarvange Hari Chandanam Sulalitam Kanthe ca muktavali

Gopastri Parivesthito Vijayate Gopala Chudamani
Nanyam Vadami Na Shrunomi Na Chintayami

Repeat please



Nanyam Vadami Na Shrunomi Na Chintayami (2)

Nanyam Bhajami Na Smarami Na Ashrayami

Bhakta Tva Diya Charanam Bhujam Antarena

Sri Sri Nivas Purushottama dehi dasyam
The bhakti prays, the devotee prays to Kṛṣṇa, na anyam vadami. I’ll never speak anything apart from you. Nanyam Vadami Na Shrunomi, I’ll not hear anything apart from Kṛṣṇa. Please at least for Puruṣottama māsa we should take this vow, that “I’ll not hear anything else, I’ll not speak anything else” Nanyam Vadami Na Shrunomi, I’ll not hear anything else. Na Shrunomi. Na ca Chintayami, I’ll not think anything else. Nanyam Smarami, I’ll not remember anything else. I’ll chant always your names. Nanyam Bhajami, I’ll not worship anything else. Everything else is a dog’s tail. This is Bhāgavatam. Bhāgavatam says very clearly that if you run after anybody apart from Kṛṣṇa, it’s like catching a dog’s tail.

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Chapter 29




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