Fearfulness-how to stop it–SP

April 15, 2015 in Article, Damaghosa Dasa by Riya

Hare Krsna
Below is a very nice summary of Krsna Consciousness given early on by Srila Prabhupada.
He explains:
1. Why we all suffer and fear things in this material world
2. How to fix that problem
3. How to get all our material necessities without huge endeavor 
4. One should be developing the 26 saintly qualities
5. One must accept the “rope” given by guru to one fallen in a material hole-by     initiation.
damaghosa das

lectures NY Nov 23 1966 CC Madhya 20.119-121
Therefore it is advised that our fearfulness, “How I shall live? What I shall eat? Where I shall live? Where I‘ll, I‘ll have my shelter…?” We are always perplexed with all these fearfulness. Why? Because we have forgotten that there is one who is giving me all protection. We are, we have become so foolish that…, that the lower animals than the human being, they have no economic problem. They are freely living. In the morning they do not care where they shall eat. But there is eating. No animal, no bird, is dying of starvation. Have you seen any animal or any bird has died out of starvation? And who is providing him? So they have no economic problem. The only this foolish, advanced, civilized man, under the name of so-called misusing the intelligence, which was given to him for realization of God, misusing for sense gratification, and therefore they are troubled. That is the whole problem. The world’s problem is due to this forgetfulness. Īśādapetasya viparyayo ‘smṛtiḥ. They have forgotten the protection of Kṛṣṇa, God. They think that “By this adjustment, we shall be able to protect.” Nonsense. It is not possible. Can you protect yourself from death? No. Then what is your protection? So this is the formula:bhayaṁ dvitīyābhiniveśataḥ syātDvitīya means that a, a secondary existence beyond God which is, in Bible, it is said, Satan and God. So this satanic mentality has made them under the control of material nature. Satanic mentality. What is that satanic mentality? That “want to be God.” Always thinking falsely, “I am God,” or “Independent,” I can do anything, everything,” “Whatever I survey, I am the lord of whatever I survey.” These foolish things are going on.

So giving too much stress on the bodily concept of life, they are sadā samudvignadhiyā,they are always full of anxiety. This is the cause. The foolish people, they do not know. Still, they are very much proud of education. Here is the cause, that because we have given too much stress on this false conception of life, therefore we are always full of anxiety. And as soon as I understand that “I am pure spirit soul, part and parcel of Kṛṣṇa, the Supreme Lord. He is giving me all protection, and my duty is to love and serve Him,” then I am free. At once I am free. The simple formula. 
Your human, human being, they are very few. If you compare with other animals, other living entities, you are most insignificant number. Your number is very little, especially for the civilized. If you search out a hole in your room, you’ll find millions of ants coming out. Even in your room you’ll find. You’ll be over-voted. So who is supplying their necessities? Eko bahūnāṁ vidadhātikāmān. In the Vedic language we can understand that one singular entity… God is also a living entity. He’s not void. He’s just like a person, like you and me. But He’s so powerful. Eko bahūnāṁvidadhāti kāmān. One single number, He is providing so many, innumerable living entities.
And the Bhagavad-gītā you’ll find, teṣāṁ satatayuktānāṁ yogakṣemaṁ vahāmy aham:[Bg. 10.10] “I supply whatever he needs. Who is constantly engaged in Kṛṣṇa consciousness, I supply it. I take the goods personally and deliver there.” Why should you be anxious?
 Be in Kṛṣṇa consciousness. All your material necessities will be… But don’t be extravagant. Take only whatever you need to maintain your body and soul together and execute this… Make this primary and other things secondary. Kṛṣṇa will supply you. But if you want to make your sense gratification, if you want to accept more than what you need, then you’ll be in trouble. That is māyā.
Now how to become Kṛṣṇa conscious? A person who is fully Kṛṣṇa conscious, he has no problem. Now how to become Kṛṣṇa conscious? Lord Caitanya says, sādhuśāstrakṛpā: “One can become Kṛṣṇa conscious by the mercy of saintly devotees and by the mercy of the scriptures.” These two things are recommended.
Devotee means to become fully qualified with all the noble qualities. Devotee does not mean a rascal, at the same time, a devotee. No. As soon as you become devotee, the test is that all those twenty-six qualities will develop. You have to test yourself, “Out of the twenty-six qualities, how much I have developed?” If I am lacking, then you must know that you are not developing. This is the test.
Poetic, expert and silent. One who is too much talkative, that means he’s lacking in devotion. He should simply talk about Kṛṣṇa, nothing more. And when he, when one is actually absorbed in Kṛṣṇa thought, he cannot talk nonsense. He has no time. He does not waste time. So these are the qualities. Here, he’s called sādhuSādhu means these are the qualifications. Of course, not that we may develop all these qualities immediately, but sādhu means this. Sādhu means, what is called, pious man. These are the qualities of pious man, sādhu.
 If we don’t accept… Suppose a man is fallen in the pit and he’s trying to come out, and another man drops a rope, “Please catch it. I shall take you out of the pit.” He does not catch it. Then how he can be taken out?So sādhu and śāstrathey’re always ready to give you mercy, but you have to take it. If you don’t accept it, then how you can  recover? Therefore initiation means to accept the mercy of the sādhu and spiritual master. If you don’t accept, so there is no other way. If you think… If you cry that “I am fallen in the pit. Please take me,” and when somebody comes to help you, you say, “No, I’ll not catch it,” then you remain there. Who’ll help you?

So because I am a living entity, I try for so many things, for my daily bread, and I don’t try to catch the mercy of sādhu and śāstra.Just see my foolishness. I, for getting a work, I flatter so many persons and put my, serving my application, but for my deliverance from the material bondage I don’t care. “No, I am not going to submit to anyone. I don’t require.” Just see. How much foolishness there is. Just like a dog, for his bread he’ll submit everyone, but for his spiritual emancipation, oh, he’s not agreeing to submit. Just see the foolishness. For bread, which is already settled by the nature, he’ll submit to everyone. Just like dog goes from door to door and moves its tail that “Give me a bread. Give me a bread.” Yes. So this application is a doggish… In the Bhāgavata it is stated that the, thebrāhmaṇa, a kṣatriya, if he’s poverty-stricken, he may accept something mercantile, but don’t be a dog. This modern
civilization is teaching people to become dog. Go door to door! [break] …the saintly person, the representative of Kṛṣṇa, they are always trying to distribute this mercy.So if somebody by his fortune accepts this mercy then he can become, mean, aloof from these material troubles.
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