Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu ki Jaya!
Lectures, December 21, 1974, Bombay
So we have come to this material world. Krishna is always anxious to get us back to home, back to Godhead. Therefore He comes. Yada yada hi dharmasya glanir bhavati. What is that dharma? That dharma is not this dharma, Hindu dharma, Mussulman dharma. No. That dharma is sarva-dharman parityajya mam ekam saranam vraja. [surrender] So in this way, our position, although we are both in this material world, one is the controller; one is the controlled. And the one who is controlled by the prakrti, by the material nature, if he accepts to be controlled by the Supreme Personality of Godhead, then his controlling by the material nature upon him, that is finished, no more control.
Mam eva ye prapadyante mayam etam taranti te. This is perfection of life. At the present moment we are being controlled every second, every step. Padam padam yad vipadam. Every step there is danger. This control means punishment. You cannot expect very good treatment in the prison life. So this is prison life, conditioned life. So you cannot expect any good treatment by the material nature because her business is to punish us.
That is the business so that we can enquire that "Why I am being punished?" That is required. That "why" philosophy is very important. That is the beginning of human life. But we are so dull, in spite of being kicked every moment by material nature, that "why" question is not coming, so dull-headed. And we are advanced in designation.
Thank you very much. Hare Krishna. (end)
The following are a few pictures of yesterday’s / Saturday feast program - nobody is getting punished or kicked here -- it’s all chanting, dancing, and feasting - such a sublime way to live out one’s life. And the fortunate ones will take it.
Here Bhakta Andy is offering Srila Prabhupada a garland he made of flowers from his own garden and brought to our temple - such a nice service he offers by this.
Here below Daria devi dasi is offering her homemade popsicles to the devotees made from our plums and strawberries out back - simply delicious!
Gaura Nityananda got a new addition to this outfit - Daria stayed up very late and finished some chartreuse effulgence for the Deities. And of course the flowers, especially at this time of year are gorgeous, self effulgent and super fragrant
t’s hard to show from photographs, but you have to really look hard to see the Deities through all the flowers in front of Them.