MADHU BINDAVAH

O YOU SONS OF NECTAR

Seeking out the natural wealth of the eternal soul.

By Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj

The Bhagavat has been described as the ripe fruit of the tree of the Veda. The Veda has produced out of its own accord this fruit. What is that? Rasa, Krishna, Svayam Bhagavan Krishna, Vrajendra Nandan—this is the ripe product of the tree of the Veda. Veda means the embodiment of revealed truth. The inner current of the Veda is producing fruit, and that fruit when ripe is Bhagavatam. So, the natural gift of the Veda is Krishna, Svayam Bhagavan. But we, out of our own prejudice, try to get something from the tree of the Veda. The animals try to chew the leaves of the tree. Others cut wood from the tree, but the real natural product of the Veda is the fruit, the Akhila-rasamrta-murti.

anandam brahmano vidvan na bibheti kadachana
(Taittiriya-upanisad: 2.3.1)

[“One who knows the joy of Brahma never fears.”]

The natural gift of the Veda, the highest, living revealed truth, is Krishna.

raso vai sah
(Taittiriya-upanisad: 2.7.1)

[“He is rasa.”]

sraddhamayo ’yam lokah

[“That plane is made of faith.”]

Through your faith, you can get the rasa of the highest order. That is the gift of all the Vedas and Veda-mata Gayatri also aims at that, that very object. I have tried my best to show that sort of meaning coming from gayatri. Gayatri means ganat trayate: by chanting which we can get liberation. And what is the definition of liberation? Svarupena vyavasthitih (SB: 2.9.10): to engage ourselves in our innermost duty. That is what gayatri is directed towards, and the Krishna-vamsi [Krishna’s flute] is also doing the same thing. In the highest place, we find proper adjustment. “Be ready for My service.” That is the sound. The sound gives that impression, inspiration, to anyone and everyone: “Come to My sweet service. Engage yourself to My sweet service.” That is the call of the flute of Krishna and Veda-mata Gayatri, who has produced the Veda. What is present in the flute is present in gayatri as a seed. Then, in the middle it is the Veda, the sruti, then Vedanta, and then Bhagavatam at the top.

nigama-kalpa-taror galitam phalam
(Srimad Bhagavatam: 1.1.3)

Vyasadev says in the introduction of Srimad Bhagavatam: “What is this? What is the necessity this new book you are giving to the society? This is the Nigama-kalpa-taror galitam phalam. Nigama means the Veda, and that is compared to a tree. This Bhagavatam is natural ripe fruit come of its own accord from that tree. It is not anything pressed or any forcibly attached to that. Of its own accord, the tree is giving fruit, and when the fruit is ripe, it is Bhagavatam. So, drink the juice.

pibata bhagavatam rasam alayam
muhur aho rasika bhuvi bhavukah
(Srimad Bhagavatam: 1.1.3)

Oh! If you have real thinking capacity, any normal hankering, you must come to drink this rasam. This is the natural product of the Veda-kalpa-taru [wish-fulfilling tree of the Vedas] whose seed is gayatri. Ganat trayate. If you chant the gayatri-mantram, trayate, you will be liberated, emancipated, and the positive conception of liberation is svarup-siddhi, self-determination. In self-determination, you must come in connection with Krishna in different rasas to get your assured and attached service, and thereby, you can imbibe the real juice to make your life fulfilled. Your fulfilment of life is there. Everyone’s fulfilment is connected there. All your attempts, otherwise, are all fruitless labour. Utilise your energy only in the proper way to make your life successful.

This is for all; this advice from the revealed scriptures is to all of us.

srnvantu visve amrtasya putra
(Svetasvatara-upanisad: 2.5)

“O you sons of nectar, sons of the nectarean ocean sea, please listen to me. You are born in amrta, you were born to taste amrta, and you must not allow yourself to be satisfied by anything but amrta. So, somehow you may be misguided for the time being, but awake, arise, and search for amrta, that nectar, that satisfaction.”

Om is a big “Yes! Yes, what you are searching, that is! Don’t be disappointed. What is the inner search in you all, that exists.” The Veda, the revealed scriptures, they say, they assert, declare, announce: “That is! That is existing. What is the common search of all your hearts, that is existing, purely that is existing, and your thirst will be quenched. You are really meant for that. By construction, you deserve it. So, don’t be afraid. Don’t be cowed down. You are amrtasya putra: in your being that thing is given. Already it is there. So, you can never be satisfied anywhere with anything else but this thing. So, prepare yourself to receive after your long search this long missing amrta in the full form and full quality.”

We should have no other business, no other engagement, than Krishnanusandhan. Our Guru Maharaj declared total war against this mind. He used to say one thing, “What is the strength of mayic reason? It is like the leg of a cock. Apparently, it is very strong, but how much strength is really there? The cock only moves, gestures, postures, that his leg is very strong.” So, maya also moves with that sort of vanity: “I have got much power”, but in comparison with Krishna consciousness, what power can she possess? So, don’t be afraid of maya. You are an amrtasya putra.

srnvantu visve amrtasya putra

This grand tone, divine tone, this call, comes from that quarter, the divine quarter: “Awake. Arise. Search for your fortune, and you cannot but have that. It is your birthright (svarup-gata-sampad). It is the wealth of your own soul. So, it is there, the relativity of the highest divinity. It cannot but be within you. You are His creature. You exist in His connection and relativity. So, you must have some connection or other within you. So, don’t be afraid of your present position. Don’t be disappointed!”

In this way, you are to preach to the world at large: “Come one and all, you all want rasam, anandam.” Anandam Brahmano vidvan. The whole anandam is differentiated and personified in Krishna in Vrndavan, and that is very magnanimously being distributed in Nabadwip. So come. It would be better to come and flock together in Nabadwip. There, we get the ticket, and then we may go to Vrndavan. In Nabadwip also, we will find that there is the Vrndavan-rasa with some medicine: the diet with some medicine is applied; it is given here and easily digested.

Source

31 August 1981

Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj is the foremost modern exponent of the conception of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and the school of Srila Rupa Goswami. Subtle and profound yet vivid and practical, his representation of both the broadest and deepest spiritual truths has and continues to fortify and nurture the faith of spiritual aspirants the world over. For more information on Srila Sridhar Maharaj, please visit his biography page.
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