[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 Kṛṣṇa Hare Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Hare Hare
Hare Rāma Hare Rāma Rāma Rāma Hare Hare [Maharaji leads Kirtan – Guru Pranams]
Jaya SriKṛṣṇa Caitanya PrabhuNityaananda, SriAdvaitaGadadharaSrivasaadiGauraBhaktaVrinda(3) Hare Kṛṣṇa Hare Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Hare Hare
Hare Rāma Hare Rāma Rāma Rāma Hare Hare
[Maharaji leads Kirtan –Raghupati Raghava Raja Rama]
Sita Rāma Sita Rāma
Sri Rāma Jaya Rāma JayaJaya Rāma
Sri Rāma Jaya Rāma JayaJaya Rāma (2)
RaghupatiRaghavaRajaRāmaPatitaPavanaSitaRāma(2) Hare Kṛṣṇa Hare Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Hare Hare
Hare Rāma Hare Rāma Rāma Rāma Hare Hare NitaiGauraHaribol
TvamEvaAshraya(2) Sri Rāma JayaRāmaJayaJayaRāma(3)
Rāma is bestower of bliss
Jai, bolo Sri Rāma Candra Bhagavan Ki, jai ! . So nice to sing the glories of Sri Rāma.
I don’t know how but all over the planet Rāma is very popular since last so many years. They take the meaning of pleasure.
[Hindi] Anand karne ki jo vastu hoti hai usko Rama nama detein hain. America mein hotel ki chains hain Ramada. Woh Rama da hai. Woh ananda dene wali jagah hai. He is Rama da really. Aur koi bhi ananda ka sthan ho to use hamesha Rāma ka nama detein hain. Middle east mein currency hai, paisa hai, woh ananda deta hai hamko, to uska nama Dirham hai. Unko pata nahin hai ki ye Hindu word ka nama hai, nahin to kal woh currency badal denge (laughs). Aur lakhon bar morning se jagte hain log jabse karodon bar ‘Dirham, Dirham, Dirham, Dirham’ lakhon bar Rama ka nama liya jaye to ananda hi hoga na? To unko Bhagavan ne tel de diya hai. Oil. Sab petrol wahan se aata hai. Kitne sukhi hain woh. Rann hai, kuch pakta nahin hai. Magar aap jayein toh rann jaisa bilkul dikhta nahin hai. Itna paisa hai.
[The thing that brings bliss, is named as Rāma. In America there is a hotel chain called Ramada. That is Ramada (giver). That is a place to give bliss. He is Rāma Da really. And whichever place is residence of ananda, is named after Rāma. 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 Rāma 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 Rāma naam do, that is the living example of name of the Lord Rāma. Please, without wasting a single second, we should feelingly pray day and night, to LordRāma.The Supreme pleasure giver center isRāma.
[Hindi] Kahin bhi aapko, sukh mein rehena ho, ananda mein rehena ho, isliye hum aaraam kehete hain. “arre bhai kya karr rahe ho?” “aaraam” (laughs) Rama ke bina to aaraam bhi nahin hai na. ham kehete hain na “aaraam karr raha huin” “aa-raam” rama jab aata hai, to sukh hai, shanti hai. Inke chehre ka darsahn karte hi hamare klesha sab naash ho jatein hain.
[Wherever you have to live in pleasure or bliss….. That is why we say aaRāma. “O brother, what are you doing?” “AaRāma” (laughs). Without Rāma there is no AaRāma (rest). We say “We are doing aaram” (resting)” “Aa-Rāma” (Come-Rāma). When Rāma comes, then pleasure comes, peace 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 [Kṛṣṇa], same potency He has. The only Kṛṣṇa has bit more, that he can be cowherd boy also and the King also, whereas this is a King.
[That is why He is called Maryada Puruṣottama. When we take his name then then marayada (good behavior) comes.]
Maryada he gives us, very nice maryada, first maryada, RāmaBhagavan has taught us thatHe didn’t worry about His own inconvenience, but He obeyed His parents, Dashratha particularly. You know, you have the idea of the story, that some time in the battle, the Dashratha was nearly unconscious and Kaikeyi was accompanying him. So Kaikeyi, because of her cleverness, and very caring attitude Dashratha was saved, and that time Dashratha had given two benedictions to Kaikeyi. So, Kaikeyi 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 Bhāgavatam, that as soon as Kapila deva 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 Kṛṣṇa may give us a lease, with extended lease. And that lease is for only for remembering Kṛṣṇa and no mucking about. This is a serious lesson we have to learn from the pages of Ramayana. Otherwise thinking about Rāma, 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 Rāma to be the King. And it was Supreme person’s arrangement that it was not going to happen.
Be equal in misery or happiness
He showed by his own example, that, Dukh [sorrow] or sukh [pleasure] should be sama [equal] for us. Whether we are in misery or in happiness, it all should be equal to us, we should not be disturbed or elated.Thisshouldbe the lesson learned fromRāma’sexample. We read from the scriptures, the same eternal teachings, but even then we go back to 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.
Here Vyasa Bhagavan gives the example of cows. There is a big cow protection center near Dwaraka. It’s a very big cow protection center, nearly 4000 cows they maintain. So many milking calves are there. As soon as they bring their calf, the calves, out of thousands of cows he will definitely find out his mother, I don’t know how. Definitely he will go to his mother. So says here, our Vyasa Bhagavan, that Yathadenusahastraesu As out of thousands of cows, vatsogatchatimaataram. vatsameanscalf, goes to mataram, his mother. TathaYatsakarmakartaram. Whatever work you perform…Kartaramadhigachhacti. 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 Puruṣottama māsa, you should 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 man, 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. 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 his 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 Kṛṣṇa has a water melon face. Very nice round face. Our face is like a rotten banana.
Please, please, these are the teachings from Ramayana that inany situation, we welcome the situation; we can’t do anything about it, so better tolerate it. Samasukha-dukham. Amrittatvayakalpate.That is nectar. It is given in Bhagavad-gītā that those who are samadukha-sukhamsoamrittatvayakalpate.There is amrittatva, so why can’t we get the nectarian tatva,why we are hesitating. Rāma is always accompanying us. And as soon as Rāma is there, AaRāma is there. In any situation I am steady. That’s it.
duḥkheṣv anudvigna-manāḥ / sukheṣu vigata-spṛhaḥ
vīta-rāga-bhaya-krodhaḥ / sthita-dhīr munir ucyate [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)
Manmayamaamupashritha. Just forget about it. Manmaya you engage in My … and mind in thinking about Me. And mamupashritha,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 Kṛṣṇa’s constitution. And Kṛṣṇa’s vigrah is sat-cit-ananda. Rāma’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 Kṛṣṇa, part and parcel of Rāma. 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.
Sundarkaayaamitteehogeecharchahogeebhaleeburee And those who are in the funeral, so they think, that “He is dead, but we are here for eternal time. We are not going to die”. Then they will say “That man was like this. That man was like this”
jaagaatsagayeehaido dinkee aakhirhogeechalachalee
This is the reality.
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 Rāma 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?
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 “Rāmacandra 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 pay that money and get the exercise. This is advancement. Please, please. Rāma teaches us that get rid of Manthara. Rāma 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 Rāma we can’t do it. As soon as you come to Rāma, 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 Dwaraka. 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 murthy, and we installed Kṛṣṇa. 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 murthy we installed and everybody kept quiet. This is Rāma. So soon as you give place in your life to LordRāmachandra, all theseRavanasautomatically will vanish. You don’t have to do anything. And Manthara gets buried. Manthara doesn’t appear in front of Rāma. She could not do anything infront of Rāma. Frankly speaking Kaikeyi, was very much loving Rāma.
When Manthara first broke the news to her, that “Rāma is to be coronated tomorrow.”
So Kaikeyi immediately took off the nice gem necklace she had, and she gave that necklace to Manthara that
“You have given me good news”.
Then Manthara, had her own way to act on Kaikeyi and eventually, Kaikeyi 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, Rāma left the kingdom He said,
“Its allright. If my father has told, I am ready to go. Let Bharata rule the kingdom as a king.”
Immediately He decided, instead of coronation clothes, nice clothes like a king, He had to pull the vulcal. Within a second, split second, it happened. And it was all the same. samasukha-dukhesusoamrittatvayakalpate. In the renunciation, there is more happiness. He has shown us.