20151222_Gita_Jayanti_Speech_Perth_Australia Gurumaharaj: Lord Caitanya told everybody that they should chant Hare Krishna, they should serve Lord Krishna and they should study His teachings. So chanting Hare Krishna, that’s straightforward, and serving Lord Krishna that’s also straight-forward, but reading the teachings of Krishna- so there are two kinds of Krishna, one is spoken by Krishna- Bhagavat Gita, and one is spoken about Lord Krishna, that is Srimad Bhagavatam. So there are two kinds of teachings, of the Lord and about the Lord. So once I saw Bhagavat Gita on the desk of Srila Prabhupada, and I thought that well, Bhagavat Gita is preliminary study, so I asked Srila Prabhupada, “ In order to propagate the people we need to know the bhgavat gita, there Krishna spoke all the essential items which one needs to know. So that’s why the Bhagavat Gita is so important, and as one is engaged in preasching to the conditioned souls they need the Bhagavat Gita, As it is. Prabhupada wrote Bhagavat Gita in poetry form so that, so that it could be available to everyone. He wanted the Bhagavat Gitas as it is. He wanted the Bhagavtat Gita’s Gitar Gan to be included in the Bhagavat Gita. Just like we have the Ram Charita Manas and other books, so we have the Gitar Gan. Prabhupada in two verses each, he presented the Bhagavat Gita as a poetry. And Lord Siva gave each chapter’s mahatmya to Parvati. Each chapter has some deep power and significance, like one person he somehow got Bhagavat Gita, and taught that to his bullock. He had a bullock and overworked that bullock, he beat the bullock and forced it to go forward. So he was selling things. But it was a hot day, and he gave no water to the bullock. So the bullock began to feel dizzy and he fell down, and he died foaming at the mouth. Then he took birth as a young brahmana, but he could remember his previous birth which was as a bullock. So from a bullock he became a young Brahman boy. He had heard that one pious lady had given half of her pious results to the bullock. People can give things away but usually they don’t give pious results away. So he wanted to know who is this lady who is giving her good karma away. So found out, and he knocked on the door, and she saw him. “You don’t know me, I am the bullock that died and you gave half the karma, that you had accrued, to me.” So I took birth as a young Brahman boy, I just wondered how you had so much pious results that you could give it away. So on the Sunday feast, we asked who wanted to take the good karma airlines but no one wanted. They wanted Lord Caitanya’s mercy airlines. So how is that you have so much good karma that you can give it away? She said come in. I have a parrot, he chants the first chapter of Bhagavat Gita, so I chant the first chapter with him, and I get lots of pious activities, so I gave half to you. She took him in and showed his parrot. Wa… Wa… Dhananjaya uvaca, he started chanting the first chapter of Bhagavat Gita. So she got good karma by reading the first chapter of Bhagavat Gita. I will tell a few stories. So Lord Shiva told the glories of the 1st chapter of Bhagavat Gita. So he said there was a great rishi who was meditating in Mayapur, and Indra was worried that he was trying to take away his position. So he called all the apsaras and asked for volunteers, “who would like to save their king and just have this greedy rishi succumb to their feminine qualities.” So two young apsaras, they accepted their challenge, and so some gandharbas came and started doing bhajans. The rishi had his eyes closed, and they were dancing to the music. They were very beautiful and they saw, “Oh, he has opened his eyes”, this ankle bells are given by Lord Indra , they will make just any rishi open his eyes. So now he is seeing us, so he is obviously attracted. His eyebrows were moving looking at them dancing and… but he was thinking, “Why are these apsaras disturbing me, I am trying to meditate on Krishna, and they causing a disturbance.” So one of the apsaras, she kind of her clothe came loose, and she thought this will really attract him, but he was getting more irritated. His eyebrows were moving. They thought that he was attracted, but actually he is disgusted. And he said, “I curse you to become trees.” And the gandharbas, they took their harmoniums and they ran. They didn’t want to get cursed too. Then they realized that their whole mission was a failure. So they started crying and fell at the rishis feet. “We have done a big mistake and please forgive us. We were just asked to do this?” “Who had asked you to do this?” “Indra says that you want to take his position.” “Me and Inra, ph…. Never, I want to serve Krishna, I want to be engaged in Krishna’s seva, in Gauranga’s seva, I don’t want to be Indra.” “We didn’t know.” “Indra told us that you wanted his position.” He said, “I cannot take the curse back, but I amend it. So you will be cursed to be trees at Varanasi and a Brahman will read the fourth chapter bhagavat gita, when he touches both the trees at the same time you will be freed from the curse.” Then he read the bhagavat gita, 4th chapter bhagavat gita. So one Brahman he went everyday under the tree shade and he spoke and read the bhagavat gita, chapter-4.
One day it was very hot, and he thought, “let me take rest here under the tree, and put his head on one root,” his chest out and his feet on the other root.
Boom… the trees were free of their curse, and the two apsaras were there, “gurudev kripa diya koro ai dase trina pekha ati hina.”
“What happened to those trees?”
“Oh.. we were those trees, we were cursed to become trees, but we were told that you the Brahman would speak the fourth chapter of Bhagavat Gita, so everyday we were hearing you, and you freed us from the curse, so now we don’t want to go back to the swargaloka, we want to learn from you the bhagavat gita, 4th chapter”
“Well, come home and meet my wife.”
So they had a brahmacharini ashram, and they went back to the spiritual world, they they were the glories of the 5th chapter.
One great singer who was the royal singer, he would everyday sing for the king with the… being a royal singer he attracted many ladies. So he had some extra- marital affairs, and his wife in thought in order to keep him I will also do some extra-marital affairs but it didn’t work out the way she thought. She became more attached to the other man and then he was protesting that you went out with other man.
She thought that the husband would be an obstacle. So one night she killed him. She killed him and cut him into little pieces, and threw him down the well. Then the king asked her, what happened to your husband. She told, “I don’t know, he went and he never came back.”
Then the king gave her a stipend as a widow, and so he died and became a vulture because Yamraj said, “you had risen to high places but your consciousness was low, so you can be a vulture, they fly high but they are looking for dead carcases.”
So in due she also died. She died and by the law of karma she became a type of parrot, you look very nice but ultimately you are a bird-brain.
So the vulture was flying high, then he saw the pretty parrot, and he recognized that this is my wife from the previous birth, she killed in me in my sleep, now I will get her.
He zoom went down, grabbed her, he said… he thought, “I will punish her to die a slow death, considering she killed me in my sleep.”
So he was ripping her apart with his talons, and she screamed wa, wa, wa
So the vulture he was landing on a skull which was upright and it had nice water in it, so he was drinking the water from the skull.
And the hunter saw the two birds and the skull, aimed his arrow, any ladies there... He got the job, so they both died and they went to yamaraja. He said, “you are going back to gohead.” But the vulture, “I am a sinner, I just wanted revenge.” “That skull you were sitting on, he was a rishi, who regularly chanted the 5th chapter, Bhagavat Gita, so the water in his skull was pure and it purified you of all sins. Both of you, she fell in the water and you also were drinking the water.” So all glories to the fifth chapter. Like this, every chapter of Bhagavat Gita has some mahatmaya. So not only Bhagawat Gita, the whole thing, but every chapter and chapter also has extreme glories. Do you want to hear more? One more. This one’s is about a big demon, and a brahmana. The brahmana was visiting all the holy places. So he went to one village on the way to one holy place, and he asked, “Is there anywhere to stay?”, he said, “that’s our guest” “ha, ha, ha, ha” “Why did you laugh” “no, no, no reason.” “So where is the guest house?” “Ah… see the hill, by the base” So he went there and he asked, “Can I stay in your guest house?” “ha ha ha ha ha…sure” “why are you in laughs here?” And he saw the guest house is filled with people and the man said you can have this room, I will lock the door and come back in the morning and unlock it. “So have sweet dreams, ha ha ha ha” “what’s the reason all you people laugh.” “ha ha ha… that’s our village habit” So he was regularly reading, twice a day, the 11th chapter of Bhagavat Gita. So he read the 11th chapter, then he took rest, he woke up in the morning, took a shower, saw that the locked and there were no people. “So how is the door locked and there is no people?” So then, the innkeeper came and unlocked the door, “Oh you!” “Yea me” “Alright, hope you had a nice rest.” “Really strange” So he is walking along, and one Brahman came up running, “help me, help me, you are the only one who can help my son, help me, please, help me, you can help my son.” “What’s that?” “you see, you are the only one who can help, please help.” “Tell me what’s going on here, what is going on?” “alright, you see the mountain, there lives a demon and he would come and eat a member of our village, then he made a deal with us, “you make a guest house and I will eat your guests, I won’t eat your village people.” “So we made a guest house”, and he had been eating the guests but my son he had a guest who was staying in the inn, we wanted to get him out but somehow he got stuck inside the inn and demon ate and you are the only one who can save him. If you chant 11th chapter of Bhagavat Gita over a bowl of water, and pour that over the head of the demon, the demon will be freed from the cures of being a demon and my son will be freed. “You can save my son” he fell at his feet “please, please, please, you can do it, save my son.” “the demon won’t eat me.” “No, he can’t eat those who chant chapter 11.” Remember that when you have to walk through some demon-infested place. “Alright” So he got on to the mountain top and there was the demon, and so the brahmana chanted the 11th chapter of Bhagavat Gita, and poured that over the head of the demon. So immediately he was freed from the curse. He had been cursed to be a rakshasa, a cannibal man-eater. He poured the water over the head of the demon, this airplane came down, the visnudutas. Hm….hmmmm And demon was transferred to the spiritual airplane of the Visnuduta’s, and also the son of the brahmana was transferred, and then he said, “no,no, no, come home.” “dad they are taking me back to godhead.” “no,no, your mother wants to see you.” “when will I get a chance like this?” “your pet cat, it’s waiting for you.” “dad, spiritual world, let me go home, back to godhead.” “no, no, we will all miss you, you should come back and in your old age you can go” “what is the guarantee that in the old age it will be allowed?” “I am going to go now. You can chant the 11 chapter of bhagavat gita and come and see me.” “no…..no…stay here.” “dad, give me break, let me go back to godhead.” “chalo” Come on………hmm… We have competition. Did the boy do the right thing? What do you think? Did the father do the right thing? The father said to stay home and see the pet cat, but he said I had a chance to go back to godhead now. See every parent should be very happy to see their children to go back to godhead. The Bhagavat Gita has that power, to send you back to godhead, and if one gets so such an opportunity they should take it, and their parents should be happy. Because if you get a ticket to Godhead, your parents will get a free ticket. Dhruva Maharaj went back to Visnuloka, and his mothers and others also went back. So we should be very clear what our goals are. The Bhagavat Gita is spoken by Krishna Himself, and we are very fortunate to hear the Bhagavat Gita as it is, and go directly back to the spiritual world. Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare Any questions? Q: As you mentioned the glories of bhagavat gita, but by srimad bhagavatam is called amala purana and not the bhagavat gita, why? Gurumaharaj: Because srimad bhagavat is a purana and Gita is considered an Upanishad. Gita Upanishad. So there are 18 puranas, and there are 108 upanishad. So Gita is one of the Upanishads, and bhagavatam is the purest of all puranas. But because the Gita is in the mahabharat, and mahabharat is considered an itihas, and so although it’s an Upanishad it’s also an itihas. So all the ladies in the front of the twice born can also read that. Normally the Upanishads are srutis and one can only read them if they are twice-born but Gita is in special category, therefore everybody can read the bhagavat gita, so Krishna wanted to be accessible to everyone. Normally the brahmanas and the ksatriyas would have their srutis, but the smriti’s are available to the stris, vaisyas, sudras. So Krishna states in Bhagavat Gita that He will be available even to those who take birth in a sinful family. “Srtiya, vaisya, sudra, te te papa yonaya” “ladies, businessman, sudras, even the sinful”, so that gives us some hope that the sastras, that the Bhagavat Gita and the Srimad Bhagavatam are for everybody. In the Bhagavat Gita, it’s said, “kalaus sudra sambhava” “everybody is born a sudra in the kaliyuga. So the smritis and mahabharatas are accessible to everyone.” India’s present Prime Minister he gives out Gita’s to everybody, considering it a very historical and precious book. So Prabhupada wanted that Bhagavat Gita should be presented to the mass of people and then asked Ambarish, Henry Ford’s great grandson to make some Shrine at Kurukshetra. So recently we got some land and Kurukshetra and so we have some big monument developed there at the place where the Gita was spoken. The same tree where the Bhagavat Gita was spoken is still there and that was tied up in litigation. Eventually the government gave us a piece of land which is in the same area. So Gopal Krishna Maharaj, he laid the foundation stone, and now a temple to the Bhagavat Gita would be constructed. Transcribed by: Sadananda Krishnaprem Das Date: 27-01-2016