Getting ready for Janmastami

Dear devotees,

Hare Krsna.
Dandvat pranam. Jai Srila Prabhupad.

Sri Krsna Janmastami – the appearance day of Lord Sri Krsna is coming up…is just around the corner. This is an occasion for us to pray for Krsna to appear in the horizon of our heart never to set. As a matter of fact Krsna is always in our heart but we somehow are not able to perceive His presence. So when we talk about Krsna appearing in our heart, we mean that we become constantly aware of His presence in our heart and thus behave accordingly which keeps Him happily present in our heart.

Just as we perceive night and days, the Sun never sets but the platform on which we take shelter (Earth) when turns away from Sun, we feel that the Sun has set and then next day when the platform turn towards Sun, we perceive that the Sun has risen. But the fact remains that Sun is always present in horizon and our perception of rising and setting of sun is created by our position with respect to Sun. Similarly, with Jivas (souls) especially in human form, especially the ones who are searching after the absolute truth…and amongst them especially the ones who are trying to serve and love Krsna, it is found that at times are able to relish the Krsna Consciousness and at times become forgetful of their relationship with Krsna….depending on whom we are associating.

So this Janmastami, let us try to solidly the relationship with Krsna…so that we become Krsna Conscious 100% of the time. In order to do that, we should pray intensely to SriSri Radha Sharadbihari for Their mercy, pray to Srila Prabhupad that we get the resolve to follow the steps he is outlined for us, and to all Vaishnav devotees for their mercy on us. Associate with Bhagawat for the next couple days. Bhagawat means 2 different personalities – one is devotee Bhagawat and other is the book Srimad Bhagawatam. Let us seek both associations. Let us resolve to make Krsna appear in our heart via our association of both.

Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu says – nitya siddha Krsna bhakti sadhya kabu noy, sravanadi suddha chitte karohe udoy…so this Krsna bhakti is eternally residing in our heart (because Krsna is residing in our heart)…it is not something to be brought from outside to be installed in our heart…but it is hidden under our material desires…we are not able to perceive it….but when we listen attentively and with pure mind in association of devotees – suddha chitta, it arises…karohe udoy. So let us sincerely chant our japa to welcome Janmastami…read Bhagawatam, associate and serve devotees.

Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu says – jiva jago jiv jago…wake up O sleeping soul…kota nidra jao maya pisachira khole…why are you sleeping in the lap of witch called maya…wake up and see the shining face of Krsna, wake up and see the smiling face of Krsna…who is awaiting us to turn our face towards Him, who is waiting with patience since time immemorial in our heart that one day we will turn to Him. Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu came just for this purpose…to wake us up from our material slumber to see our beloved Sri Krsna who is waiting for us and recognize Him/ embrace Him (sometimes when our relatives wake us up from deep sleep – slumber…we cant even recognize the person waking us up due to being sleepy…similarly Krsna is waiting for us and in His form of Gaura is awaking us)…thus Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu says – tomara karane ami loinu avatara..ami bina bandu ara ke aache tomora…I have come as Gauranga for you…without Me who is going to look after you…so please listen to My call and wake up.

I will try to write tomorrow as to how to relish Krsna on Janmastami. Please pray for all of us so that we all can have an ecstatic Janmastami. If Srimati Radharani allows, we will write further tomorrow.

your servant,
Padmanabh das

Prashant Patel
Program Manager, Lenovo WW Maint Inventory
2020 Technology Parkway,
Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
Phone: (717) 610-2140, T/L: 471-2140

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