Interesting found it worth sharing Today is Christmas Day, the birthday of Jesus Christ. In Europe and other countries, hardly anyone knows what Jesus Christ was doing in his youth, at around fifteen years of age. Nothing is seen. Indian history shows that he was in India, where he visited Vrndavana, Ayodhya, Jagannatha Puri, and other pilgrimage places. In Vrndavana he heard the name of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krsna,and when he went to Jagannath Puri he heard how the local persons pronounce Krsna as Krusna, and in his language it became Christah, and then Christ. The change in name is actually only a difference in language. When Jesus returned to Galilee from India, he preached the same devotion he had learned in India. By his mercy, his followers preached the mission of God everywhere, and it was therefore gradually distributed in Western countries. There are not many Gods – there is only One. In the Bible it has been written: “God created man after His own image.” If the Supreme Lord, God, has no form, then how can He create so many worlds and so many forms? God has form. He has all qualities. ‘Christ’ means ‘Krsna,’ the one-without-a-second, the Supreme Lord. In the Bible we see that God has a transcendental form. Jesus has called him father, so there is some relation. We are refined Christians, because we totally follow this understanding. Many of those who call themselves Christians don’t truly follow Christianity, because they say that God is formless, but the Bible actually tells that God has a form and that form is transcendental. Today, on the birthday of Jesus, we are giving honor to him. He was a manifestation of God called saktyavesa-avatara. God has empowered him, and that is why he was able to preach everywhere. Krsna is very merciful – very, very merciful. He is so beautiful, His qualities are transcendental, and the song of His flute is so sweet that it attracts everyone. We have forgotten Him. We are His part and parcel; that is, we are His servants or maidservants, whether we accept this or not. We have forgotten Him, and that is why maya (the Lord’s material, deluding potency) has taken us to this world. No one can be happy in this world, which is like God’s prison. Sri Krsna’s deluding potency maya keeps those who have forgotten Him in this jail. Anyone who wants happiness here is a foolish person, for no one can be happy in jail. Only the watchmen – police of the jail – can be happy, and they are devotees. Only devotees can be happy in this world. Sri Krsna has mercifully given this human body, which is like a very strong boat. He has placed a captain in this boat, and that captain is sri gurudeva. The strong, favorable winds (the instructions of scriptures) are blowing the sails, and the resultant high speed of sailing is sadhu-sanga, the association of devotees. For example, while you remained in your homes, we came from India. Having all these facilities, if you do not take the opportunity to realize your self, to realize that you are soul and that the Supersoul, Krsna is present with you, then you are committing spiritual suicide. [*See Endnote 2] So don’t waste a minute’s time without worshiping Krsna. Always be engages in this way. The money, houses, dogs, cats, cars, and so many other things you are collecting cannot give you any help at the time of death. You will have to go alone, and where you will go, you don’t know. So don’t waste time. All facility is available, so you are very fortunate. The only aim and object of this life should be this: ‘How can I realize myself and Krsna, and engage in the performance of pure bhakti.’ Krsna is causelessly merciful. He has all powers, and He has invested all His powers and qualities in harinama, His holy names: Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare Krsna’s names are more powerful than Krsna Himself. These names can stop your pain of endless birth and death, and give you love for Krsna. Chant and remember the sweet pastimes of Krsna with great honor and strong belief. Krsna lives in Goloka Vrndavana with His associates – Nanda Baba, Mother Yasoda, Sridama, Subala, Madhumangala, and the gopis, including Srimati Radhika. He always plays there. He thinks, “My servants and maidservants have forgotten Me.” In order to deliver them, He therefore descends with all of His associates in this material world and performs so many sweet pastimes here. He is unlimited, He is beyond the limitation of length and breadth, inside or outside; He is everywhere. All worlds are within His belly, and yet Mother Yasoda binds Him with the silken rope which holds her hair in a braid. He kindly picked up the great mountain Govardhana and held it for seven days on His left pinky. At that time He told all the Vrajavasis, “Come under Govardhana. I will save you from the rains arranged by Indra.” In Vrndavana He killed so many demons, like Aghasura and Bakasura. He killed Kamsa, who was as strong as 10,000 elephants. He also killed numerous demons in Dvaraka, through Bhima and Arjuna; He killed so many in the Mahabharata War, such as Dronacarya and Bhisma. All the warriors had unparalleled strength, but they were all killed by Krsna. Paundraka Vasudeva, Sisupala, Kalayavana, and many other demons were also killed by Him. At the end of His manifest pastimes, He took with Him His associates from Dvaraka as they were in the guise of their fighting and killing each other. Thus He removed the burden of the Earth, and then ascended with His eternal associates to His Goloka Vrndavana. He performed such sweet pastimes. How merciful He is! He came as Lord Ramacandra, with Sita, Laksmana, Bharata, Sratrugna, and Hanuman, and in that form He performed very heart-rending pastimes. Ravana kidnapped Sita-devi, and Hanuman later discovered her whereabouts. With the help of monkeys and bears Ramacandra built a bridge over the ocean, and He killed Ravana and Ravana’s entire army. Sita is Rama’s eternal spiritual energy, but He sent her away. This is a very sad pastime, so why did He do this? He thought: People will hear or read My pastimes, and thus engage in bhakti (devotional service) to Me. Bhakti is so powerful that it is able to take out all the malice from their heart, and manifest pure love (suddha-prema-bhakti) in their heart. They will be liberated, and thus they will join Me in My service and become happy. Bhakti is a very easy method to reach God. There is no need to do exorcises like the Mohammedans – sitting or standing and doing namaj. If you cannot pray, then simply offering respectful obeisances will do: “O Prabhu, namaskara.” If you sing God’s names and dance, or even chant loudly while walking, or even if you chant softly in the mind, or even if you name your dog or cat or cow Narayani, Narayana, Krsna, or any of God’s names, you will be liberated at once, like Ajamila. [*See Endnote 3] So do not waste this human life. Don’t be always engaged in money-making. Even if you become more wealthy than Bill Gates, you cannot be happy. So try to engage in this very easy method of bhakti. Then you will be liberated from all unhappiness, and you will be happy forever. Gaura-premanande!