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Vaishnava Siddhanta Mala
by Seventh Goswami Shrila
Saccidananda Bhaktivinoda Thakura

Chaper 2: Bhagavan Alone Is the Supreme Truth
Energy and Strength of God
Commentary by His Holiness
BRS Swami Gaurangapada

Q3. Then is Bhagavan subordinate to the sakti?

A. It is not that Bhagavan is one thing and the sakti is another, just as the burning power of the fire is inseparable from the fire, similarly Bhagavan's sakti is inseparable from Bhagavan.

His Holiness Swami Gaurangapada : hiyara majhare gauranga rakhiye , virale vasiya rabo
manera sadhete se rupa candere , nayane nayane thobo

keeping Gauranga inside my heart, I will sit alone and fix my mind on His enchanting moon like form while chanting His Holy Name. I will gaze in his eyes and become absorbed in His beauty.

gaura vihane na vanchi parane , gaura ko'rechi sara
gaura boliya jauka jivane , kichu na cahibo ara

Without Gauranga I cannot live, Gauranga is my everything. I pray to give up life taking the name of Gauranga - I ask for nothing else.

gaura gamana , gaura gathana , gaura mukhera hamsi
gaura-piriti , gaura murati , hiyaya rahalo pasi

Gauranga's movements , Gauranga's nature , Gauranga's smiling face, Gauranga's holy name,

Gauranga's love , Gauranga's full form - all enter my heart and reside there always!

Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna! Jaya Shrila Prabhupada, Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta, Shrila Bhaktivinoda, Shri Shri Nitai-Gaura Bhakta Vrinda and Shri Shri Radha Krishna Bhakta Vrinda! Jaya Jagannatha! Pranams and Blessings!

Aum Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya
Aum Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya
Aum Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya

Vaishnava Siddhanta Mala
by Seventh Goswami Shrila Saccidananda Bhaktivinoda Thakura

Chaper 2: Bhagavan Alone Is the Supreme Truth

His Holiness Swami Gaurangapada : Seventh Goswami Shrila Saccidananda Bhaktivinoda Thakura here explains the whole philosophical essence of Gauranga Krishna Conscious philosophy.
Yesterday we covered 2 questions
Q1. Who is Bhagavan, the Supreme Personality of Godhead?
Q2. What are the different types of the Lord's potencies?
Today we continue

Q3. Then is Bhagavan subordinate to the sakti?

A. It is not that Bhagavan is one thing and the sakti is another, just as the burning power of the fire is inseparable from the fire, similarly Bhagavan's sakti is inseparable from Bhagavan.

His Holiness Swami Gaurangapada : In the form of Hladini Shakti Radha is with Krishna, but they again become one for the sake of performing transcendental pastimes as Gauranga Mahaprbhu

mayadhyakshena prakritih
suyate sa-caracaram
hetunanena kaunteya
jagad viparivartate

This material nature, which is one of My energies, is working under My direction, O son of Kunti, producing all moving and nonmoving beings. Under its rule this manifestation is created and annihilated again and again.
Bhagavd Gita 9.10

His Holiness Swami Gaurangapada : Shakti and Shaktiman should not be seen separately, the supreme Lord and his energy are never separate, because without the shaktiman, without the Lord, the shakti cannot exist, without the sun there cant be any sunrays, without the fire there cant be any burning sensation.

The world knows Nature is very powerful. Some human beings are trying to manipulate nature, trying to extract as much juice they can for their own sense gratification in many ways, there only desire is to exploit nature for some temporary gain and nature is so powerful that it will react in man ways and no power can control the nature

When a hurricane comes, no amount of military power can help, the only solution is to evacuate, that is the max they can do to save them from a hurricane. All the armies in the world cannot stop a hurricane.

They cannot stop it as it is very powerful and why is that, that is explained by Krishna in this verse. The Lords all powerful nature, material and spiritual, both are the natures of the Lord and so are all powerful. So instead of trying to control and manipulate nature, one should simply understand. Sometimes the scientists say that all nature has come by chance. They say there was a big bang, and everything was created by chance. Sometimes when they cant explain a situation, they say that its all nature, but whose nature...if this is nature then there has to be a personality whose nature it is. And this is the nature of Lord Gauranga Krishna who is the source of this nature

If you dont try to come into my spiritual nature you will be a victim of my material energy Either you have to be a devotee in the spiritual nature, chanting , devotional service, or one has to be a victim of material nature. Sometimes when you are chanting it takes a while to overcome the material nature.

If you are on the path of bhakti yoga the Bhagavatam says it is a straight path and even if you fall down u can get up and its a straight path leading to the supreme lord through the chanting of his holy names... Nityananda Gauranga Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare.

One should never feel that nature is dominating the Lord, one has to understand that the Lord is the dominating nature, the energies are subordinate to the Lord. This is also confirmed in the Brahma Samhita, the external energy of the Lord, the shadow of the cit potency, samvit potency Sandhini = sat

Maya is like the shadow of the Lord If the sun is not there, we cant see a shadow, similarly if the lord is not there there is no maya. Maya is only there because Gauranga Krishna is there.They are the origin of the energies, so when we are facing the lord we cant see the maya, like when we turn away from the sun we see our shadow, darkness.

When one is chanting their is no question of maya. So one has to understand that the enregies of the Lord are his shadows
When one is chanting sincerely and offenselessly then maya will flee, this is the medecine to make maya run.
That is the medicine we have to take daily that are the holy names of the Lord.....

Nityananda Gauranga Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

Question 4
What are the 6 qualities of Bhagavan and why should Gauranga be worshipped among all the forms of the Lord

aisvaryasya samagrasya
viryasya yasasah sriyah
jnana-vairagyayos caiva
shannam bhaga itingana

The definition of Bhagavan is given by the father of Vasudeva
Parashara Muni, the father of Vyasadeva

Bhaga. These are opulences. Aisvarya means opulence and... Aisvaryasya samagrasya viryasya. Viryasya means strength. And yasasah. Yasasah means fame. And aisvaryasya viryasya yasasah sriyah. Sriyah means beauty. And jnana. Jnana means knowledge. And renunciation, vairagya. Renunciation. These six opulences, when you find presented in a personality in full, He is God. He is God.

His Holiness Swami Gaurangapada : aisvaryasya samagrasya
The divine opulences possessed by Gauranga are categoriesed into 6 categories
Aishvarya...some people may contain some of these opulences, but the Lord contains them completely 100% but still they are expandinggggggg infinitely

(1) Strength
The Lord possesses all strength

Can anone give some examples of the Lord's strength?

Chandrika Gauranga dasi says : the weather
Bharati : govardhandhari
Gauranga dasi : When He killed the Asuras
Sita : he controls the universes
Bhushan : Destroys all athiests and Deamons
Chandrika Gauranga dasi : holds all the planets in space and rotates them.

His Holiness Swami Gaurangapada : wwwwwihtout going to gymnasium
and muscle training the Lord lifted Govardhana. For 7 days and nights.

Just one part of His energy controls and sustains the entire material creation.
What is the big surprise that he can hold a mountain on his little finger
Who is the inventor of gravitational energy?
Isaac Newton discovered how it happens, but now who makes it happen?

The Lord is the power, in BG he says...that he actually permeates the planets and give them the energy to fly n the sky. Newton did not say why gravity is there - he only discovered the model (the how) behind it...
The Lord's strength is very wonderful. Even without using a weapon He destroyed the entire army of Duryodhana!
He controls the whole universe!

gam avisya ca bhutani
dharayamy aham ojasa
pushnami caushadhih sarvah
somo bhutva rasatmakah
I enter into each planet, and by My energy they stay in orbit. I become the moon and thereby supply the juice of life to all vegetables. ( Bhagavad Gita)

As an example of Gaurangas strength, before the cart reached Gundicha temple, the cart stopped, Jagannath simply stopped by Gauranga, and 1000s tried to push it, and King Pratapadra hired his wrestlers and they all tried to push but still it wouldnt move, and then elephants were brought, with the power of 10000 of men, but still the cart would not move, noone could move the Rathayatra cart, ultimately the king was frustrated and he looked towards the supreme personality of godhead Gauranga and Gauranga said release your elephants and wrestlers and let my devotees take the ropes of the cart.

But that was just for names sake as Gauranga walked behind and just lightly touched it with his transcendentally divine head and immediately being touched by Gaurangas lotus head, the cart started moving and reached the Gundicha temple , the devotees didnt even have to pull, the cart pulled them, they just went along with the ropes, and everyone started shouting Jaya Gauraangaaa Gauraangaa Gauraaangaaa Jayaa Gaura Sundara jaya Shachinandana Jaya Gaurahari jaya Jagannath jaya Baladeva jaya Subhadra!

So in that way Lord Gauranga exhibited his Shakti. He also threw boulders, huge rocks in the sea and they all started floating

Jagannath Swami Nayan path gami Nayan path gami Bhavatu me. Jagannath the master of the whole universe if he wants to stop who can move him noone in this creation, only he himself can move him , so in his form of Gauranga he moves himself, what a beautiful pastime!

Today was the return Ratha Yatra, 1.2 million devotees have come to Puri Dhama. When you get up to simply welcome the Lord you are free from the cycle of birth and death. Welcome the Lord on the chariot.

Questions and Answers

Bhushan : Many people worship Godess Durgadevi. So if Durga Devi is satisfied does she remove the trouble of material nature

His Holiness Swami Gaurangapada : If one worships God as Durga with material motives, trying to fulfil their material desires, then goddess Durga will never remove the trouble of material nature from them. If they go to Durga to increase thir material entanglements, she will give that, but if she is approached as a servant of the Lord and with a desire to get her mercy to come out of the jail of the material world.

(Durga means prison house durgaa means the jailor)
Durgaadevi of the prison house
Consort of of Lord Shiva
If someone worships her to come out the entanglement she will surely give as she is the consort of Lord Siva a great devotee, she is also known as Parvati. She is basically maya devi herself, a devotee, a vaishnavi, consort of Siva who performs the task of universal annihalation by his devastating dance at the end of creation. Afterwards she came to have the association of Namaacharya of Srila Haridasa Thakur and she became his disciple.

Not the prostitute who came to Haridas, that was Maya who came to test Haridas Thakur, but ultimately she became a disciple of him as he was so absorbed he was able to conquer the illusory energy. The holy names are even more powerful than maya.
This happened to Haridas while he was in a cave on the banks of the Ganga.

That was the second test of Haridas and Maya thought there was no harm in tetsing him as even if she failed she would get the holy names from him, so she saw her own spiritual benefit
After initiation she became ecstatic and took diksha in the gauranga mantra from Lord Siva/

If one stays in the home or in the jungle it doesnt matter
If one always chants the name of Gauranga then one is always pleased
Does that answer your question Bhushan?

Bhushan says : Yes,Thank You Swami Gaurangapad.

His Holiness Swami Gaurangapada : The gopis worship God as Durga

Bharati : if we chant Gauranga name but can'nt concentrate all the time and think of material things,does this chanting please Lord Gauranga Krishna?

His Holiness Swami Gaurangapada : Yes sure !

If we chant the names then we have some sincerity, and that sincerity itself pleases the Lord That is what I love about chanting Nityananda and Gauranga, you cover everything, as it is the topmost activity, you don't even need any knowledge. As without sincerity we cant chant, but if we think of material things the Lord simply smiles or laughs, he says oh he is chanting the Holy Names and they can give pure love the goal of human life, but he or she is distracted , so the lord feels, a little bit, that the devotee is foolish, he is taking my holy names and their is nothing else as important as the Holy Names in this world.

Life is so flickering at any moment we can die, there are so many germs and insects in our body, any time any disease can develop from within, anytime any external situation may cause our death without any notice in a moment, if there is an earthquake their is no notice at all instantly i am buried so while chanting one should think oh my death can come at any moment.

So every moment we chant we should feel this may be my last second and in my last moment my only hope and shelter is to be chanting the Lords name. The only thing that will be able to protect me or decide my next destination, save me, noone can help us except the names.

Nama Prabhu Nama Bhagavan.. So every moment we should feel this is my last moment, let me chant with rapt attention, with full concentration on the Holy Names.

So in that way one can increase the quality of ones chanting, always thinking of our final examination of death.
A student knows the dates of exams in advance, but we dont know when is our final exam going to be there, so in that way one should always chant with full attention, Nityananda Gauranga Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

Transcription and layout by Chandrika Gauranga dasi.