Guru Maharaj Sri Tirtha Goswami Hari Katha 2013

English translation of Srila Gurudev Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj's Harikatha today, February 22nd, at Sri Chaitanya Gaudiya Math in Guwahati, Assam, on the occasion of its annual function

I will speak in Bengali. Earlier, I had done so many programs at so many places. I used to speak in different languages. But that capacity is no more in me. But whatever it is, by your grace and by your good wishes, I will speak. This is my only hope.

namo o viṣṇupādāya rupānuga priyāya cha...

I may be forgetting, but if you remember, you should try to connect others. If you don't, it is not good. But one thing is that you have to chant these prayers from inside the heart. These prayers are to be chanted from inside, not for show.
Earlier I used to recite many invocation prayers, but now I am not able to chant a single prayer properly. My body's condition -- I am 94 now. Is there anyone here with that age? No. I tried to read nicely, but in spite of that I have read wrongly.
Here the instructions are given by a transcendental person. He is saying:
granther ārambhe kari magalāchara
It is written in Śrī Chaitanya-charitāmta: Ādi-līlā, Chapter 1, verses 20-21.
These are not ordinary verses. If we don't try to follow Guru, Vaiṣṇav properly, then everything will be zero, zero, zero. It is said in Chaitanya-charitāmta. If you don't have any faith in Chaitanya-charitāmta, you immediately leave. You don't have to stay here, there is no necessity. Chaitanya-charitāmta is the topmost scripture. There is no scripture higher or equal to Chaitanya-charitāmta. If anyone says, including me, that there is a scripture higher than Chaitanya-charitāmta, then they have not understood.
Rūpa Goswāmī has written a verse. Rūpa Goswāmi is at the root. If someone is unable to follow Rūpa Goswāmī, then the result will be zero, zero, zero. He will get zero result.
My age is very advanced, you have to keep this in mind very strongly.
ata śrī kṛṣṇa nāmādi sevonmukhe hi jihvādau
This is written in the first part of Bhakti-rasāmta-sindhu. This verse is of very high significance. Kṛṣṇa's name, etc. are not to be understood by the material senses. The meaning of this verse is: Therefore, Śrī Kṛṣṇa's name, etc. are not objects to be contemplated by material senses. Śrī Kṛṣṇa's name, form, qualities, pastimes, etc. are not of this material world. If you have not realized Kṛṣṇa's name, form, etc., then actually you have got a zero result.
I have heard this several times from Gurudev and guruvarga also. They have left this planet now.
One time one devotee had come along with me. He had a special relation with me. He is a very powerful man in the society. So he came to me and asked me that I should make arrangements for his meeting with our revered Gurudev. But doctors and many other persons had told that our revered Gurudev should be treated very carefully because of his pastimes of ill health. So that particular devotee came and asked me, "Why don't you make some arrangements for me to meet Gurudev? I have come from very far. I want to meet him only for a minute, or a second."
So I went to Gurudev. Gurudev immediately told, "Why only a minute? Bring everyone here right now."
Have you read those instructions? With what might Gurudev has given those instructions! I left, thinking Gurudev will stay for some time. But as soon as I left for Govardhan, Gurudev also left. Don't think of Gurudev as an ordinary person. Don't think he has died like an ordinary person. There are so many pastimes connected with him.
Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Saraswatī Goswāmī Prabhupād has given so many instructions for his. He has told that the only duty of the living entity is to endeavor the highest welfare, eternal welfare.
There are 84 lakhs, or 8.4 million species. There are many many living species, but species other than human beings are less powerful. If even after getting this human birth we behave like animals then we have to go into animal birth again. Human species are only 0.4 million. Only humans have the ability to get eternal welfare. Other species have no such capacity. If even after getting this human birth we go after material things, then we get no benefit. Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Saraswatī Prabhupād had told, labdhva atyanta durlabha manuya janma. The meaning is that this human birth is very rare. But if humans do not go after devotion, they will go into animal species again.
Whatever is written here, told by Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Saraswatī hākur, you have to follow, otherwise you will not get any benefit. The meaning is that this human birth is very, very rare. It can give the highest benefit.
Therefore an intelligent person, before the next birth comes to him, without wasting even a moment, will endeavor for the highest welfare, because he knows that sense enjoyment is available everywhere.
Whatever instructions Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Saraswatī hākur has written here, if you leave that, everything will be zero. For one month he has given instructions about this verse at Uladāgā Junction Road.

Svayambhuva Manu had taken Satarupā as his wife. To him two sons were born, Priyavrata and Uttanapād. Priyavrata had two sons. King Uttanapād had two wives: Sunīti and Suruchi. Suruchi was very dear to the king, but Sunīti could not become his favorite wife. So Suruchi could get the affection of King Uttanapād, not Sunīti. Suruchi had a son named Uttam, and Sunīti had a son named Dhruv.
One day King Uttanapād had taken Uttam, the son of Suruchi on his lap, and he had shown a lot of affection to Uttam. That time, Dhruva had come there and he had repeatedly requested Uttanapād to take him on his lap. He had intensely prayed to the king to take him on his lap. Uttanapād had some affection for Dhruva in his heart, but in consideration of Suruchi he could not take Dhruva on his lap. But inside the heart he wanted to take Dhruva on his lap. He saw Suruchi standing very near to him, and he feared her, so he did not dare to take Dhruva on his lap. He actually wanted to take Dhruva on his lap.
Suruchi was also very proud that the king loved her most. Suruchi saw that her co-wife's son was trying to get on the king's lap. She was burning in the fire of hatred towards her co-wife. She told Dhruva, "You may be the son of the king, but you have no eligibility to sit on the lap or the throne of the king."
So Dhruva was crying. He also became angry that he was not taken on the lap, and he approached his mother Sunīti. Here very important instructions are there, so listen carefully. Sunīti tried to pacify herself first, and then her son Dhruva.
"My dear son, why are you crying?" she told Dhruva. "Never think that your stepmother has given you trouble."
Listen to this again. Sunīti has told Dhruva, "My dear son, why are you crying? Never think that your stepmother is the cause of your pain and troubles. She is not to be blamed. This you have to understand certainly, that living entities reap the fruits of their own actions. Those troubles that living entities have given to others, those reactions they will get back on them. The Supreme Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa is impartial. He gives the fruits of their reactions to their living entities. Therefore, the cause of your distress is your own deeds. Your stepmother is not the cause."
Dhruva was upset that his father did not take him on his lap, but Sunīti explained to him, "The cause is not your stepmother. The cause is your own deeds. Your stepmother is only instrumental. Therefore, don't have any anger towards your stepmother. Your stepmother had also told/advised that you should worship Hari. This is the highest teaching to you. Therefore I am also saying that you worhsip Śrī Hari. I am also saying this. Your stepmother told, and I am also telling, that you should worship Śrī Hari. Don't have any hatred or anger towards your stepmother while worshipping Śrī Hari. You have to give up your anger towards your stepmother. Adhokaja, that Lord who is beyond all material senses, accepts only the mode of goodness, and He is maintaining the world."
Sunīti is making Dhruva understand that he should not fight with others. After listening to these instructions from his mother, Dhruva stopped crying. Because his mother had very nicely pacified him, he stopped crying, and he had also taken a very strong vow that he would worship Śrī Hari.
Sunīti had given the instruction, but she did not think that Dhruva would leave the house and worship Hari in the forest.
This pastime was in Satya-yuga. Satya-yuga is the longest in duration. This is Kali-yuga. But this special Kali-yuga that we are in is our fortune. Kali-yuga is actually very dangerous. But this particular Kali-yuga will bring auspiciousness to everyone.
Dhruva was a prince, and in order to worship Śrī Hari, he had left for the forest. Nārada Goswāmī went to visit King Uttanapād. He came to know that, being hated by his stepmother Suruchi, Dhruva had left for the forest, and in the forest, without eating or sleeping, he was chanting, "Where is the lotus-eyed Śrī Hari?"
Dhruva in the forest was embracing all the ferocious animals, like lions and tigers. But those ferocious animals were not doing anything. They were keeping silent; they were not killing him. Very surprising incident.
Dhruva was continually chanting, "Where is the lotus-eyed Hari?" in the forest. Uttanapād knew that Dhruva had left for the forest and he was very disturbed by this. He was weeping and crying incessantly, "My son, my son has gone! He has left! I'm dying, I'm dying, I'm dying now!" He started crying like this.
Then Nārad Ṛṣi had come there and told him, "There is no fear. You don't have to worry about your son. All the demigods are protecting him."
Later, when Dhruva got the darśan of four-handed Nārāya, he told Him, "I don't have any desire. I don't want anything. I want only You." Then Nārāya told Him, "You should go back to your father."
Dhruva had earlier thought he would become very wealthy and become the king, but when he saw Lord Nārāyan, he told Him, "I don't have any other desire! No, no, no! I will die without You." But Nārāyan told him, "You go back to your father. Later I will take you."

This is about Śrīla Bhaktivinod hākur. Most revered Gurudev, O Viṣṇupād 108 Śrī Śrī Bhakti Dayita Mādhav Goswāmi Mahārāj used to say to his disciples the following. I have gone many places with Śrīla Gurudev. I have committed many offenses, many mistakes I have done. But Śrīla Gurudev used to try to give me instruction. Śrīla Gurudev used to say the following: "You don't have to do anything. Just translate the instructions of Śrīla Bhaktivinod hākur into the different languages of the world and preach those instructions. You don't have to do anything else. Just translate the instructions of Śrīla Bhaktivinod hākur into different languages of the world, and by that the highest welfare of the living entities can be done." Actually the different kīrtans in Gauīya Mah and different organizations are given by Bhaktivinod hākur.

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