mukam karoti vacalam
pangum langhayate girim
yat-krpa tam aham vande
sri caitanya isvaram
harih om tat sat.
Let me offer my respects to the chairman of the ISKCON Malaysia, His Holiness, Bhakti Vrajendranandana Swami Maharaja and His Holiness Damodara Maharaja and His Most Honorable Datuk Lokabandu who is the deputy minister of the Federal Government, my regards to His Grace, Simhesvara dasa, to all the devotees and well-wishers who are present and to the local branch president, His Grace Krpa Sindu dasa Brahmacari.
For this Vyasa Puja, I wrote a song. That will be sung in the temple room by the Mayapura Chandras, and we hope all of you… So, I was present in 1971, when Srila Prabhupada was in the ardha kumba mela in Ilahabad, and a delegation from Malaysia with Vidaktin Sarasvati who was a Datuk Police Chief.
She offered Prabhupada some land in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur and invited him to come to Malaysia. So, he said he would come later that year. But he was immediately eager to go to Malaysia. See, I am one of the most traveled sannyasis in ISKCON and I have visited every temple in ISKCON (applause)… in 1968 (all laughing). There were three temples. San Francisco, New York and Montreal. It’s very difficult now to visit all the 600 temples. I have tried, but I fail. But, in that, 1968, I was able to achieve.
So, over the years, we heard Prabhupada say different things. Like he said his books will be the law books for 10,000 years. So, somebody in Tamil Nadu questioned, “Why 10,000 years? Where is this written?” I think he asked Bhanu Swami; we didn’t know at that time.
Next day, he came back, “I found it. It’s written in the Brahma Vaivarta Purana. It’s predicted in the 125th verse. Krishna in Dvaraka, He tells all the sacred rivers that He will come again after 5,000 years. He tells them that after 5,000 years, He’ll send a devotee who will preach all over the world.
There are other predictions of Lord Caitanya coming 4,500 years, but this prediction is about a bhakta, a devotee who will preach all over the world and he will usher in a golden age. A 10,000 year period which the devotees, or people who accept this process, they can easily go back to Godhead.
About 450 years ago, Locana dasa wrote the Caitanya-Mangala, and there he said that Narada Muni went to Goloka Vrndavana, and met Lord Caitanya, Lord Caitanya said, “I was feeling compassion for the people in the Kali-yuga in the universe of the four-headed Brahma. I will come, and I invite all you associates.”
Radharani was there, with her gopis. Rukmini and all the ranis were there. “You all come with Me. Whoever wants to come with Me, you can appear before Me or after Me, that doesn’t matter, but I will preach all over Bharata-varsa and give the process of… flood everybody with Krsna-prema. I won’t carry My weapon of violence. I will use prema-bhakti, I’ll use harinama-sankirtana and vaisnava acara, vaisnava behavior.” And so on. And then He said, “There are people who escape My mercy, and go to distant lands, outside of India. I will send my Senapati bhakta after 500 years. And he will spread this Krishna consciousness to the… all over the world.” Then one of the acaryas in the advaita sampradaya, he predicted that the world will be filled with the sound of mrdangas.
Bhaktivinoda Thakura said, “Someone will come and he will easily travel from one country to the next. He will spread the harinam-sankirtana and he will bring people to the Navadvipa parikrama.” And many predictions he made how Europeans and Americans will be chanting Hare Krishna. So, Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura, he told his devotees at the end of parikrama that soon one of my disciples will go to the West and many devotees from around the world will come and participate in the Navadvipa parikrama. This will not happen in my life, but it will happen. It will happen!
Devotees: Hari Bol!
JPS: Like this, Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Prabhupada Thakura, he sent our Srila Prabhupada to the West. And he told him that by your preaching in the West, you’ll be blessed, spiritually, and those who help you, they will also be blessed. How many here want to help Srila Prabhupada?
Devotees: Hari Bol!
JPS: Simhesvara dasa has highlighted some of the ways you can help Srila Prabhupada in Malaysia. We have seen His Holiness Bhakti Vrajendranandana Swami Maharaja, going from one side of the country to the other, so now he may not be able to do the same thing, but devotees should follow his good example. Anyway, all these predictions were made and they pointed to A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada as the senapati bhakta, or the bhakta who has fulfilled these predictions, and if you read who’s associates of Lord Caitanya, like Prahlada, Hanuman, Radharani, Narada Muni, Lord Brahma, all came down in different places and forms.
So, to be an associate of the Lord on an intimate level is very hard. Of course, the Lord can expand Himself unlimitedly, and the whole Navadvipa was inspired to follow Him against the Chand Kazi. All the residents of Navadvipa Dhama were certainly great devotees. At least many of them. Some took up the role of the demons. Lord Caitanya said, “In Kali-yuga, everyone has a contamination of the demoniac nature, in the heart.” So, Lord Caitanya was the change the way that people think; to take out that demoniac nature and leave a pure, loving nature. That’s exactly what Srila Prabhupada did.
At the ardha kumbha mela, the one that I was talking about, one devotee, after hearing Srila Prabhupada’s class, he asked a question. “You said by taking devotional service, you’ll cross through so many preliminary stages of yajnas, tapasyas and pious activities, but when I look back at my life, I don’t see any of that. I was simply engaged in materialistic activities, so how did I receive devotional service?” Prabhupada exclaimed forcefully, “I have made your good fortune for you!” Srila Prabhupada ki,
JPS: So to actually follow someone who is mentioned in the puranas and in the… by our previous acaryas, I don’t know how to give that sufficient value. I mean, this is a rare opportunity we have to please Lord Caitanya and to… He predicted that the whole world, every town and village will chant the holy names.
So, we see here that in Malaysia, there are not so many brahmacaris. We would like more, but the reality is we have lots of grhasthas. So, that’s why to please Prabhupada, the grhinis, and grhasthas have to also dedicate some time to serve Lord Caitanya.
Prabhupada, he was walking in Mayapura, and there were some bulls who were stepping on some dal. They were tied to a central pole, and they went around and around and around in a circle, and the farmer would throw the dal, the pulse under their feet, and their kicking would divide it. He said, “You see this? You see this?” We said, “Yes. We’ve seen this. What is the meaning?” He said, “You see that stick. That is the medh-danda. The grhamedhis, they just go around and around in a circle, keeping the sense gratification, centered in the wife, in the center.
So, we want our Krishna conscious ladies and men to please show the example of how it is to have Krishna in the center, and it’s alright, it’s good if you’re attached to eachother and not mix… not be attached to outside the marriage. Because Krishna gives us this marriage system, but it’s important that we keep Krishna in the center, that we do different sacrifices, pujas, namahattas, bhakti-vrksas, dedicate some time for Krishna consciousness, but keep time for the family, for the children, so that they don’t feel neglected.
Yesterday you were telling me that his four-year-old son was asking, what happens after death. These kinds of questions, it takes Krishna consciousness to answer. Not that a crane takes us away. Some bird. Give them some… what they can understand, but gradually give them Krishna consciousness. So their… by the time they’re ten years old, they’ll be naturally convinced not to take meat, not to do things that are against our principles. When they’re teenagers, it’s more difficult.
So, Prabhupada gave us this opportunity to awaken our dormant love for Krishna. How valuable that is, we have no words to say. It’s the greatest gift that anyone can give, therefore we’re so much indebted to Srila Prabhupada. Hari Bol!
Transcribed by Jagannatha dasa Brahmacari Sri Mayapura Dhama September 6, 2015