Srila Prabhupada explains what it means to —–“surrender”

October 9, 2020 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

Aug 10 1976 Tehran

Prabhupāda: Law given by the state, that is law. If you create a law at home, that is not law. Dharma means what is ordained by Kṛṣṇa, God, that is dharma. And other things, that may be temporary. You can create some laws within your family, but that is not generally applicable to others. But when it is given by the government, that is real law. That is applicable to all people. When you go out to the street, you have to abide by the laws of the state, the light. As soon as there is red light, you have to stop. At home you may not make such rules and regulations. But that is within your home, that is not general. Similarly, sarva-dharmān parityajya [Bg. 18.66] means what you have made at your home, concoction, give up all these dharmas. Here is the real dharma, mām ekaṁ śaraṇaṁ vraja. That is dharma. Everyone has to surrender to Kṛṣṇa or God. So that is real dharma.…..

Atreya Ṛṣi: So we can fall as far as we want.

Prabhupāda: Fall or rise also. Why do you say fall? You can rise to the highest platform from the fallen condition. That is Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement. That you are in a fallen condition, come to the highest platform and talk with God, play with God, dance with God. That is our opportunity. Now it is up to you to take it or not to take it. That is up to you. But our propaganda is this, tyaktvā dehaṁ punar janma naiti mām eti kaunteya [Bg. 4.9]. You simply try to understand Kṛṣṇa. Then janma karma ca me divyam evaṁ yo vetti tattvataḥ tyaktvā deham [Bg. 4.9]—this is our propaganda. We are trying to induce people to understand Kṛṣṇa. Then his life is successful.But if you don’t try to understand, that is your businessBut we are offering that here is a movement, you try to understand Kṛṣṇa. What is the wrong there? But if you don’t like, who can force you? We are going country to country, door to door, town to town. What is our business? We are simply requesting that “You try to understand Kṛṣṇa.” And Kṛṣṇa says, “As soon as you understand Me, you come to Me.” Tyaktvā dehaṁ punar janma naiti mām eti [Bg. 4.9]. Now it is up to you. If you take theoretically, that “If by understanding Kṛṣṇa I can go to the eternal, blissful spiritual life,” why not try it? And if you inquire that, “All right, it is very good proposal. By going back to Kṛṣṇa, everything is solved. Yes, I’ll go. So what is the method?” Then if I say, “Chant Hare Kṛṣṇa,” where is the difficulty? Why you are so much determined not to do anything to go back to home, back to Godhead? That is your misfortuneIf it is so easy, and it is the means of solving all the problems, why not try it? “All right, let me try in this life.” Why don’t you do it? It is not a very difficult task. If you don’t do it, then you are misfortunate. Therefore Caitanya, kono bhāgyavan jīva. This is the process to be adopted by the some fortunate persons. But they do not want to become fortunate. They want to remain unfortunate. That is the difficulty.…..

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