Monday, January 6, 2014

Sunday Chat: Every act of our life should become an offering (Srila B.A. Paramadvaiti Maharaj)


Bogota, Colombia, 29 november 2013


Dear devotees,

Please receive all my affection from Colombia. Today i send you a message from the center of operation, seva Colombia, where we are discussing how to serve better Srila Prabhupada through the Vrinda family. The theme of today is very important: every act of our life should become an offering.

Some days ago I was in contact with a native priest of South America that is an expert in offerings. She told me that the barriers that exist between a human being and the divinity will be trespassed through the act of offering in the form of sound, in other words by songs. These offerings done with love and surrender to the divinity go directly to the spiritual world. This is the power and the mystique of the divine sound. Divine songs with divine messages that promote divine entertainment and offering is not something that is just repeated as if we were parrots, they are invocations full of spiritual meaning, and as we invoke the spiritual master reciting his glorification mantra Om nitya lila pravistha om vishnupad paramahamsa parivrajakacarya Sri Srimad Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, ki jay - in this prayer, I am asking for the blessing of Srila Prabhupada, I am saying: Prabhupada I am here, I am yours, I belong to you, I want to live for you and do what ever you want me to do. This is complete divine sound, and the divine sound goes beyond the sky, beyond barriers of the mind, of intelligence and false ego, and it enters to the world of devotion.

The songs of our acaryas such as Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur are full of this divine sound and this divine meaning, imploring to the Supreme Lord for refuge and that we may give our heart completely. These prayers remove all the dirtiness of our interior world and all that is around us as well as that which keeps us away from Krsna - that is removed. All obstacles between you and God are strongly removed if you cry for mercy. Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, Srila Narottama Das Thakura are incredible examples. Each of their songs is a divine explosion of dedication and devotion. What we have to do is bring people the knowledge and understanding that God's love is the reality, that love for Sri Sri Radha Krsna is the Supreme reality, not this world of illusion, this is not the reality. What do you prefer? Is it your desire to be with the Supreme reality of love or the world of illusion?

Krsna is the reality, we can listen from Him, we can worship Him, we can serve Him, we are connected with Him and with Vrindavan through hearing and by chanting the holy names. Thus in the process of offering, of reciting divine sounds, we have to be very respectful and never commit offenses against devotees. An example is the pastime of the immolation of Sati, the chaste wife of Shiva. Even if you do great yajnas with all the brahminical procedures, nothing is succesful if you commit offenses against the devotees. Take for example the prajapati daksa, a higher brahmana who committed offenses against Lord Shiva. So we pray profoundly to Gopesvara Mahadev so he can save us from the offenses against devotees. We should never forget that we may die in any moment, so we have to remember the sweet name of Lord Krsna as our only hope. With this messsage i say goodbye to you so we can continue with our seva office meeting in Bogota.

Srila Prabhupada ki jay!
Your Always Well Wisher,
B.A. Paramadvaiti Swami

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