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A lecture given by H.H Kadamba Kanana Swami Maharaja04, Canberra, Australia


Sri Caitanya Caritamrta- Adi lila.10
So were reading a little bit from the Sri Caitanya Caritamrta and weve gotten a little of the 10th
chapter of the Adi-lila which describes the Caitanya tree. It is said that this Caitanya tree is also
known as the Caitanya Kalpataru or the Bhakti Kalpataru, which means it is a wish fulfilling desire
tree. And its now describing some of the associates of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and how these
associates are such powerful transcendental personalities. It is said that every single one of the
associates of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu had the power to deliver the entire universe. And what such
a thing means would have always been kind of mystic to us if we would not have seen how Srila
Prabhupada was- really a person who could deliver the entire universe. Not by some display of
great mystic potency but simply by conquering peoples hearts, by working very hard to extend
himself, to give himself completely to Krsna and to all those who somehow or other showed the
slightest interest in Krsna consciousness, and even those who are not interested, but especially to
those who showed some interest in Krsna consciousness.
So here we are coming to the description of Murari Gupta.
sri-murari gupta sakha-premera bhandara
prabhura hrdaya drave suni dainya yanra
Murari Gupta, who was like a major branch of the Caitanya tree, he was a storehouse of
transcendental love of God, his inconceivable humility was just melting the heart of Sri Caitanya
Mahaprabhu. We see that throughout the pastimes of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, that Sri Caitanya
Mahaprabhu, when he encountered various devotees who displayed great humility, in response to
that, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu would just extend Himself, beyond limits! For example, when Rupa
and Sanatana met Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu for the first time in the village of Ramakeli, at that
time the two brothers, they threw themselves on the ground, they put some straw in their teeth-in
between the teeth- as a sign of humility. And as they were lying there in front of Sri Caitanya
Mahaprabhu, the Lord picked them up. And they began to describe how they were the most fallen
and they said that, We are more fallen than Jagai and Madhai.
Jagai and Madhai are described to be most degraded. Jagai and Madhai, they were not only
alcoholics, they were not only violent, but Jagai and Madhai were killers also. Jagai and Madhai
also burnt houses down- even with people inside. Jagai and Madhai, it is said, had committed so
many sinful activities- it was inconceivable! In the Caitanya Bhagavat, we find a description of the
sinful activities of Jagai and Madhai. And it is described there that Yamaraja, he has an assistant
who is his scribe, he keeps all the records, and this person is Citra Gupta. And Citra Gupta, hes in
charge of the archives, where all the sinful activities of people are recorded and he keeps good
records and he has many assistants who are just writing it all down and keeping it all very nicely.
And then there are many, many messengers. So it is said that of the time of Jagai and Madhais
sinful activities, the messengers, they were running up and down bringing more and more reports
about the next sinful activity that Jagai and Madhai had performed and some of them fell
exhausted by the load size. It was just too much work! And Citra Gupta did not know where to
keep all the records; there were just too many records to keep.

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So if were thinking of Jagai and Madhai as being sinful personalities, then we must understand
that they were practically like the emblem of sin personified. More sinful than Jagai and Madhai?
How can anyone in the world be more sinful than Jagai and Madhai? So how could Rupa and
Sanatana say such a thing? So Rupa and Sanatana not only claimed that they were more sinful that
Jagai and Madhai, but they also began to positively explain that, Actually, Jagai and Madhai, they
did a lot of nonsense, undoubtedly. But they were only themselves, engaging in sinful activities.
But look at us- we have become the ministers of the Yavanas, the meat-eaters, who are committing
so many sinful activities and are protecting so many people who are engaging in sinful activities
and therefore we are millions of times more sinful than Jagai and Madhai because we are
protecting so many Jagais and Madhais and in this way, at that time Dabira Khasa and Sakara
Mallika (because they were ministers in the Muslim government known as Dabira Khasa and
Sakara Mallika) these two brothers then, were describing their humility. And Sri Caitanya
Mahaprabhu, at one point, He said, Stop! Please stop it! I cannot tolerate this any longer! It is too
much! Stop talking like this. This is intolerable! Your humility breaks My heart He said. So in
this way, were seeing how the great devotees of Krsna are displaying this humility.
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So here, Murari Gupta is also described as a great and humble devotee. And at the same time hes
describes as a storehouse of love of God. So these two qualities, they come together- this quality of
humility and the quality of being able to develop love of God. It is not possible to develop love of
God if there is no humility in our hearts. So we see that a person who is proud, how can he hear?
His ears are blocked because he is overwhelmed by his own ideas that he cannot even hear what
everyone else says and just only when people sort of confirm his own ideas, Yes, yes and
otherwise, No I dont agree. I totally dont agree with this. How can you say this?, because ones
own idea is so strong fixed in the mind, that one cannot even hear anything. But if one is humble,
then one can think, Yes, I need the mercy.
So a humble personality is eager to hear and by being eager to hear from superior personalities,
this brings about also a special dynamics thatwhen people are eager to hear, then the mature
vaisnava who will speak and opens his heart, he will automatically, by the eagerness of the
audience become very enthusiastic and he will find that there are so many realizations in his heart
that he didnt even know he had! He may say things that he never thought and he himself will be
amazed at what is coming out. Because in the relationship of the vaisnavas, the mood is very
intimate and close and one of deep friendship- a mood of acceptance.
An envious person cannot accept. Envious person will always find some reason not to accept
others, hell always find some quality in someone thats not allowed, something wrong: you cant
sit like that, you cant look like that, you cant speak like that, people that speak like thatunacceptable, people that come from a certain place- unacceptable and so on and so on. Just on
some external feature, an envious person will reject so many and basically anyone whos not
supporting me, adoring me, recognising my greatness, such person is undesirable!
So humility is the quality where one is ready to see good in others and not only see the good in
others but therefore also recognises that everyone can make his contribution and one can
appreciate. So amongst vaisnavas, there is an atmosphere of appreciation. I like this point. For
example, it is said then, when Sanatana Goswami had been in the Muslim government, he left and
Sanatana Goswami went to Jagannatha Puri. And when Sanatana Goswami came to Jagannatha
Puri, then he met the associates of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu for the first time. And they were all
seated with Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu on a raised platform and then, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu was
very happy to see Sanatana Goswami. He had already met him in Varanasi, He had already
instructed him there and He wanted now to introduce him to all the vaisnavas. So as He began to

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introduce him to all the different vaisnavas, it is said that Sanatana Goswami offered his
obeisances to all these associates of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. And it is said that the vaisnavas,
they offered him friendship, honour and appreciation.
So this is very nice because we see that in the vaisnava relationships, there are all the ingredients
of genuine loving relationships. It is not that we are all by ourselves just developing our love for
Krsna and that we are just mostly interested in Krsna and then sort of also together with devotees;
no, we are together with devotees and we see on the one hand that the devotees are displaying this
extraordinary humility and that the devotees are presenting themselves as having no good qualities
at all. Devotees, like for example, Krsnadas Kaviraja Goswami writes these verses that, Im lower
than a worm in stool and anyone who sees me loses all his pious credits. So thats like on the
humble side, isnt it! I mean by modern standards, somebody like that, they would send them to a
psychiatrist- lack of self-esteem, has certainly a serious mental problem! But extreme: lower than
a worm in stool, anyone who sees me loses all his pious credits. But then, Srila Krsnadas Kaviraja
Goswami is also continuing to pray and he is saying that, But I am so fortunate, that in spite of
the fact that I have no qualification, but I have received the mercy of Lord Nithyananda. How
amazing is the mercy of Lord Nithyananda that He even gave it to such a sinful rascal as me!
So, in this way, the humility of the vaisnava who sees no good quality in himself is not the same as
the inferiority complex of someone who thinks, I have no good qualities. I am a loser. I cant do
anything. I mean, wherever I go I do everything wrong. Let me jump off a bridge Thats not the
mood of humility although we see that such vaisnavas see themselves in such a fallen way. But
they always remember that they have received the mercy of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, in this case
of Lord Nithyananda.
So in that way the humility of the vaisnava is not one of depression but is one of happiness at the
same time because although Im fallen, Ive got the mercy. So it is genuine happiness also. And
the vaisnavas, it is said, they are not interested in anything in return for their service. The
vaisnavas are not asking Krsna for anything. Vaisnavas are not asking Krsna for any reward, they
dont say, Please solve my problems. Please give me wealth, give me all material opulences.
Vaisnavas have no interest, vaisnavas are not asking for promotion to heavenly planets,
vaisnavas are not asking for liberation either. So theyre not asking for material enjoyment nor are
they asking to be promoted from the material world to the spiritual realm- theyre not asking. And
they are not actually interested. So it is said that the vaisnavas are not really asking any reward
from Krsna. That is true, but still the vaisnavaswe see when Sanatana Goswami came, they
gave him friendship, they gave him honour and they gave him appreciation. Why, if he was so
humble, why if the vaisnavas are so humble, why did he need to be honoured? I mean, didnt he
cover his ears and walk away? And say, no! Dont speak any glory of me! This is like intolerable!
Let me go away from here Why did he even accept it? Because they were offerings with
genuine appreciation and love, so what to do! And he had to accept because how could he
disappoint these vaisnavas by harshly walking away? And say, No! Dont glorify me! What to
do! He had to tolerate although he did not like to be glorified, but still he was glorified.
So, the vaisnavas honour one another, the vaisnavas appreciate one another and appreciate each
others service to Krsna. And that is very much part of devotional service. We can dress the Deities
and we can dress Them very nicely, we can make a lot of work out of it. Not just quick, but really
take the time, prepare it nicely, bring all kinds of nice things: flower garlands; not one, two, three
but like really lay it before and make a sometimes they cut with scissors, sometimes a whole
work of art! Takes hours of very nice garlands, one can make so many decorations to enhance the
beauty of Krsna; not to sort of enhance the glory of the pujari but actuallysome may dress you
know, but to enhance the glory of the Deity one can do such service. And although the vaisnavas

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are humble and are not in a mood of taking credit, I did that! still it is very wonderful and the
other vaisnavas are seeing, Oh! You did such wonderful service to Krsna! That was really
wonderful! becausenot that we need to be placed on a big pedestal and everyone says, You are
so glorious! but we need to share, we need friends to understand, people who know; not just
someone who says, Oh ya, very beautiful! but if people who really know how to dress Deities,
they say, Oh! Look at that garland! who actually know and see what we did, then we share.
And in this way we share the ecstasy. So in this way there is honour and recognition which is not
the type of honour that is glorifying us for our greatness, I am so great! Yes! Finally youre
recognising. I wondered how long it was going to take. But there is a sense of brotherhood, the
sense of comradely, the sense of serving Krsna together and in a competition and sometimes we
see how someone is doing, an amazing thing, much better that we could have ever done and we
generously say, this is wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! Sadhu, sadhu! Glory, glory! How nice
how youre worshipping Krsna! and in this way the vaisnavas are very close together. We are all
very close together.
I had never imagined that, when I finally joined the Hare Krsna movement, I could never imagine
that so many people were together! In fact, the first time I ever saw the devotees, they came in my
town in a little grey van and the back door flapped open and so many little pink men came out! Too
many! It was just something like; its not possible that so many people can come out from one car!
What is going on? Where are they from? Where have they just landed from? And they made a line
and they came in my direction and I was like sweating! And I just escaped into a shop and I looked
from behind the window and someone next to me said, Its a dangerous cult! It looks dangerous!
So even the first time I saw the devotees, I saw them in a situation where they were all packed
together. And then when I finally moved into the temple, it was so packed that temple, that
everywhere devotees were sleeping at night: on the landing of the staircase devotees were sleeping,
sometimes when the sankirtana devotees were back, the last devotee would sleep in the bathroom,
devotees would sleep in the kitchen, devotees would sleep everywhere!
So, we are close together. I never thought that so many people could stay in one house as Im
seeing in the Hare Krsna movement; so many people packed in one room. I never thought it was
possible! The one who built that stairs, never thought that so many people would sit on it! But
somehow or other by the mercy of Krsna, its holding up! So this is our movement- close together!
It is good, we need each other. We very much need each other. Alone, well never be Krsna
conscious. Its not possible. We are not strong at all. Theres nobody strong. And everyone has his
strong moments, everyone has his weak moments and we all need others with us because then
theres always someone who is enthusiastic.
Theres a famous story about Visnujana, which I like a lot, and the story is that someone asked
Visnujana, (Visnujana, for those who dont know, was a very famous kirtana leader) so someone
asked Visnujana, Why are you always so enthusiastic in kirtana? Where are you getting this
amazing energy from? Visnujana said, Actually Im not always enthusiastic in kirtana, but I just
act enthusiastic, then the devotees become enthusiastic and that makes me enthusiastic! thats
such a nice story because it really describes the reality of our life. And thats why I like this story
because its really how it works; its how it works actually. Sometimes we forget who we really are
and we see ourselves walking around with our neck beads, our kavaca, our brahmana threads, all
the attributes we have and all the slokas we know and all the other things, and we think, Well, we
are actually vaisnavas! and in the sense of like real vaisnavas but somehow or other, we are
vaisnavas very much by the grace of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Lord Nithyananda, somehow
or other we are here. And by the grace of the Lord and His pure devotee, Srila Prabhupada,
somehow or other we are here.

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I was just in Spain, and there we had the visit of Laxmimoni mataji who gave one class and it was
very nice actually. Shes of course one of the early devotees who joined in 1969, and she said, We
had so much faith in Prabhupada, we had so much faith that whatever he said, we just totally
believed that it would work and that Krsnas blessing would be there and therefore whatever he
said, we just did it! We were 19, 20 and he would just send us to another country, some strange
country where wed never been, we didnt speak the language or anything and we had no idea how
we were gonna survive there. There was no money, no place to stay, nothing. But we just went and
we had full faith that it would work. We just did it, we just did it! So that is so nice, and it
worked. And in fact, then time changed. In 1999 I was doing a seminar which is called From 66
to 99, you can look at my fingers- from 66 to 99! So in 66 everything was, Yes, Yes were all
going back to Godhead! No doubt about it. In 99, the mood was, If your guru is a Paramahamsa
priyasakhi and somehow or other you get the right association and you surrender completely to the
process, then maybe after many, many lifetimes, theoretically it is possible that someone may go
back to Godhead! Weve never seen it happen; it doesnt really happen. But there is a rumour that
Prabhupada said, some people say that Prabhupada said (were not even sure) that you can go back
to godhead in this very lifetime!
Thats likecome on! Bizarre! So anyway, From 66 to 99 was the seminar. It was really
interesting. And then now we have the ISKCON of the new millennium- whatever that is, Im
trying to figure it out! But whatever may be, here we are. But the point is that actually, nothing has
changed. Nothing has changed. The same potency is still here now. Srila Prabhupada brought the
very same potency that was available to the associates of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu; he brought the
very same process. He brought everything that the associates of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu got from
Lord Caitanya directly; Prabhupada brought it to the hippies on the lower east side. And now, it is
still there! And if one simply takes up the process with great faith and just follow it and be sure
that everything will be all right, if we take shelter of the process, of the simple process to chant
Hare Krsna and to preach Krsna consciousness, to take shelter of these books, read Prabhupadas
books; then surely everything will happen.
It is said that Haridas Thakura was once with Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Sri Caitanya
Mahaprabhu was asking. What about all those living entities who are in very low bodies, who
cannot chant? Such as the trees and all kind of species that cannot chant, what about them?
Haridas said, No problem my Lord! They are already delivered. Just the echo of the chanting that
bounces off the trees will deliver the trees and those living beings that hear the chanting, they also
will be delivered. And Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu was saying that how could have Haridas
understood His purpose. So this is a very significant pastime because from that pastime we can
understand that studying the books is not an intellectual, academic pursuit. It is not a matter of
analysing the book this way and that way and trying to really philosophically understand the book.
That is important- if we have that capacity. But, the essence is more to take the spirit at heart and if
we simply take up the mood of faith- the same mood of faith that is displayed by the great devotees
of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu; who totally believed that if you take shelter of the Holy Name and
simply glorify Krsna that all success will be there. Like Srivasa PanditaOne day Lord Caitanya
said, Srivasa, youre having a house, youre having a family, you having many servants and you
know, I never see you go out to work! So how are you actually maintaining all this? Srivasa said,
My Lord, I promise you, I will never work! My Lord, if You will not maintain us, then me and my
family, we will simply fast. And if the second day You will not maintain us, we will simply fast.
And if the third day You will not maintain us, we will simply jump in the river and drown
ourselves!
No Srivasa! Please, dont do that! In your house, there never will be shortage of anything.

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So, in this way, Srivasa did not work. But he did not sleep all day -or night; he was always
worshipping Krsna- 24 hours day glorifying Krsna, worshipping Krsna, sometimes out on
harinama, preaching, other times going deep, deep in worshipping Krsna, and in this way
everything came. So this faith, this full faith that if we just give our life to Krsna, that then
automatically everything will follow, everything will work out- that spirit is what is needed. Not
that it means that we can never do something to make some money, thats not what I meant to say.
But what I meant to say is we should just not worry about our material security. We should just
really go for it, go for Krsna consciousness! And surely, all success will come and we too, just like
the associates of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu will become surcharged with transcendental energy and
ecstasy, we too will taste the greatest mercy of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, we too will experience
the ecstasy of developing love for Krsna!
So thank you very much!

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