Srila Prabhupada’s SB classes-summary file–VOLUME 5 P:I

February 24, 2012 in Articles, Damaghosa Dasa by Nityananda Rama dasa

Hare Krsna to All


Glories to Srila Prabhupada


Below you will find a quick summary  of some nectar  pulled from the Srimad Bhagavatam (SB) lectures by Srila Prabhupada contained in Volume 5. As each of  these books in the 11 book series is about 675 pages long, it is impossible to  understand everything he tells us in  such a short summary. But below as all the previous ones, we have sent out,  is just some of the “cream’ of  the nectar which emanates from the lotus mouth of Krsna’s pure devotee. I hope  some of you will enjoy them.


Hare Krsna

Damaghosa das


Some topics covered in below  lectures:

* if not careful, one who keeps dogs could become one  next lifetime

* if any of my daily activities have no  connection with Krsna-then its all Karma

* time, like this time yesterday cannot be brought back  no matter how rich we are

* no literature like SB throughout entire  universe

* brahma bhuta (liberation) doesn’t mean getting 4  hands and a dozen arms

* deathlessness begins at initiation-dont waste this  opportunity

*some sampradayas dont accept Mahaprabhu as  God

* better to make a learned man your enemy than a  fool

* if asked who is your president and dont know-this  similar to

   asking one who is God and they say dont  know-no meaning

   to their so called religion

* the Origin  of all must be cognizant and  animant

* when offenseless-then Krsna accepts our  service

*origin of the word Bombay

* unless we drink milk, our brain unable to understand  spiritual topics

* and more…..

SB lectures- Vol 5 Nectar-part 1 of  4


731231SB.LA                   Lectures

   That  is explained in the Bhagavad-gita. Karanam guna-sango ‘sya. As

you have infected yourself with a particular type of  modes of nature,

you will get a body. That’s all. If you have infected to  get the body

of a dog, you must be infected. People who are keeping  dog, that means

he is being infected by the germs of dog. Next life he  will become a

dog. He is infected. What he will think at the  time of death? If he

has got a beloved dog, he will think of… Somebody… In  your

country, they bequeath great, I mean to say, wealth, for  the dog. That

means at the time of death, at the time of death he is  thinking of his

beloved dog. So he must be a dog. So all his  wealth goes to the dog

and he goes to become a dog. This science is  unknown to the rascals.

Yam yam vapi smaran bhavam tyajaty ante kalevaram. At the  time of

death, your position of the mind will create the next  body. This is

the science. So if you create your the position of the  mind, Krsna

conscious, then you will get a body like  Krsna,

sac-cid-ananda-vigraha. This is Krsna consciousness  movement, that

“Why you shall love dog and cats? Love God, Krsna, and  you get the

next body like Krsna.” Sac-cid-ananda-vigraha. Anadir  adir govindah



731231SB.LA                    Lectures                 

   So  krsna-varnam tvisakrsnam sangopangastra-parsadam. To such God

the method is to sacrifice. The sacrificing method is  yajnaih

sankirtana-prayair yajanti hi su-medhasah. Su-medhasah.  Medha means

brain substance. Those who have got good brain substance,  such persons

worship this Lord by the yajnaih sankirtanaih. So that we  are doing

here. Here is krsna-varnam tvisakrsnam, Sri Caitanya  Mahaprabhu,

Nityananda Prabhu. Therefore our first obeisance is to  Him, then

Krsna. This is the process of Krsna  consciousness.


740102SB.LA                    Lectures                 

If there is an epidemic, infection, so in that condition,  first of all

what is the necessity? First thing is to disinfect the  epidemic. In

the infected area you cannot derive any benefit by  discussing morality

or immorality. The man is dying out of infection. So to a  immediately

dying person, who is sure to die due to infection, what  is the use of

giving him instruction of morality or immorality?  He’s going to die.

   Similarly, in this world they have invented so many

things–philanthropism, altruism, nationalism, this  “ism,” that “ism,”

but without Krsna. It is the same position. Without  Krsna

consciousness he’s going to hell, however moral he may  be, however

pious he may be, so-called. If he does not know Krsna, it  has no

meaning. Therefore, the first condition was that  we are interested to

hear about Maharaja Pariksit’s punishing the Kali  provided it helps us

to advance in Krsna consciousness. Otherwise we have no  interest. This

should be the principle of devotees. We can take part  in

everything–politics, sociology or philanthropism,  altruism, there are

so many things they have discovered–provided by taking  part in that

department of activities we advance our Krsna  consciousness. Otherwise

reject. Don’t take part. You’ll be  implicated.


740103SB.LA                    Lectures                 

That is the  principle of Krsna consciousness, that we

shall not do anything which has no connection with Krsna.  This is

Krsna consciousness. One should be very alert:  “I am going to do this.

Whether it has got any connection with Krsna? I am going  to eat this.

Whether there is any connection with Krsna?” In this way,  we have got

always some activities, some action of the senses, but if  we test

every moment, “Whether this has got any connection  with Krsna?” then

you will remain safe. I am going to talk  with you or somebody else.

Whether that talk has got any connection with Krsna? If  it has no,

then I am not going to talk. Nirbandhah krsna-sambandhe  yuktam

vairagyam ucyate. That is really  renunciation.

   Renunciation does not mean I change this cloth to another shape  of

cloth and another color of cloth. Renunciation means I  will not

associate with anything which has no connection with  Krsna. This is

renunciation. Because for a Krsna conscious person, to  waste even a

moment of life without Krsna consciousness is a great  dangerous

action. …

cannot increase. A moment you cannot increase. Therefore  Canakya

Pandita says, ayusah ksana eko ‘pi. We have got a certain  duration of

life. Now, what is gone in this life… Suppose yesterday  was 2nd

January, 1974. This morning it is finished. Now it is 3rd  January,

1974. Can you bring 1973, 1974, 2nd January, again? No,  that is not

possible. It is gone forever. It is gone forever.  Similarly, every

moment of our life is going, forever, never to come back.  Canakya

Pandita says na labhyah svarna-kotibhih. If you request  that “Now my

age is, say, seventy-eight years.” If I request  somebody that “I will

give you millions of dollars, make my life seventy-seven  years,” that

is not possible. Not seventy-seven years, even a moment.  Therefore

Canakya Pandita says that every moment of life is so  valuable that you

cannot get back it even offering hundreds and thousands  and millions

of dollars. That is not  possible.

   So  if that moment is wasted for nothing, just imagine what is  your

loss. A thing which you cannot get back by paying  millions of dollars,

if that is lost unnecessarily, so how much loss you are  suffering just

imagine. This is material calculation. Why we keep  some valuable

things, some jewel, very carefully? Because we know, “If  I lose this

jewel, I will lose so much money.” Similarly, we  should always consider that.

The modern civilization, rascal civilization, they  do

not know how to utilize life. So many days, so  many hours, they are

simply wasting, simply wasting. It is said that the  sunrise and

sunset, during this period, the sun’s business is to take  away the

duration of our life, sunrise and sunset. That means  twelve hours or

thirteen hours which is gone between the sunrise and  sunset…This

sun’s business is to take away the portion, the fixed up  duration of

life which I have been given. That is, some of it, is  taken away. The

same example. Just like you have got a fixed balance in  the bank. If

you draw even ten pence, ten shillings, that means it is  taken away.

You have to replace it. But replacing is not possible.  Bank balance

you can replace. But the balance… Suppose you have  passed… I have

passed… Suppose if I live for eighty years or ninety  years or

hundred years. So this seventy-eight years is already  taken away. It

cannot be replaced. You cannot make the bank balance or  the duration

of…, again complete. That is not possible. This is  plain fact.

   Therefore here it is said that those who are Krsna conscious,  they

must weigh, measure every moment, “Whether this moment  has been spent

without Krsna consciousness?” That is the  criterion.

Avyartha-kalatvam, nama-gane sada rucih. This is the test  of advanced

Krsna consciousness. Rupa Gosvami gives,  avyartha-kalatvam.

Avyartha-kalatvam means “Whether my time has been  spent uselessly?”

One should be alert. “Whether my time has been  used, has been

uselessly spent by talking nonsense?” In another place  Rupa Gosvami



                        atyaharah prayasas ca

                        prajalpo niyamagrahah

                      jana-sangas ca laulyam ca

                      sadbhir bhaktir vinasyati


By six kinds of activities, you will lose your holding in  Krsna

consciousness. What is that? Atyaharah, too much  eating. Ahara means

collection or eating. So either too much collection. Our  society,

international society, we must collect thousands and  thousands of

dollars, but for spending it for Krsna, not for keeping  in the bank.

That is not our business. We must collect as much.  Suppose for doing

some business… We are constructing our temple in  Vrndavana. We

require fifty lakhs. That is required. But I shall not  collect more

than fifty lakhs even one cent. This is atyahara.


740103SB.LA                    Lectures                 

   So  here it is said that kim anyair asad-alapair yad. What is  this?

Avyayah, asad-vyayah. What is the meaning of vyayah?  Asat,

“unnecessary waste of life.” So unnecessary waste of  life, we should

be very careful. That is Krsna consciousness. That is the  criterion of

Krsna conscious life. We should not waste our time. That  is advised by

Rupa Gosvami also. Avyartha-kalatvam. We should be very  cautious not

to waste a single moment without Krsna consciousness. So  we have got

so many activities. If we have no activities, then we can  polish the

floor of the temple? That is not very difficult. If I am  illiterate, I

have no interest in reading books, I have no interest in  chanting or I

cannot do it constantly, then take something and mop over  the temple

and cleanse the temple. That is also service. It is not  that one who

is engaged in the Deity worship, he is better engaged,  and one who is

polishing the floor, he is less engaged. No. Both of them  will get

equal benefit. Krsna consciousness is so nice. So find  out some

business for Krsna. Don’t waste time. That is the  perfection of Krsna


   Thank  you very much. (end)


740105SB.LA                    Lectures                 

These are  the Bhagavata.

There is no comparison. There is no literature  throughout the universe

like Srimad-Bhagavatam. There is no comparison. There is  no

competition. Every word is for the good of the human  society. Every

word, each and every word. Therefore we stress so  much in the book

distribution. Somehow or other, if the book goes in one  hand, he will

be benefited. At least he will see, “Oh, they have taken  so much

price. Let me see what is there.” If he reads one  sloka, his life will

be successful. If one sloka, one word. This is  such nice things.

Therefore we are stressing so much, “Please distribute  book,

distribute book, distribute book.” A greater mrdanga. We  are chanting,

playing our mrdanga. It is heard within this room or  little more. But

this mrdanga will go home to home, country to country,  community to

community, this mrdanga.


740105SB.LA                    Lectures                 

one is self-realized, aham brahmasmi… “I am not this  body. I am not

Christian, I am not Hindu, I am not black, I am not  white, I am not

fat, I am not thin. I am Brahman.” Brahmasmi. That is  called Brahman.

“I am spirit soul, part and parcel of God. My only  business is to

serve God, because I am part and parcel of God.”  Just like I have

given several times: the part and parcel of my body is  this finger.

What is the duty? To serve the whole body. I ask the  finger, “Come

here immediately. Do this.” “Yes.” Natural. If I am  part and parcel of

God, then my only duty is to serve God. That’s all. I  have no other



740105SB.LA                    Lectures                 

   So  that is brahma-bhutah. It is very simple thing. Not that  by

becoming brahma-bhutah, one gets four legs and one  dozen hands. No.

The hand is there, the leg is there, the mouth is there,  everything is

there. When it is purified, that “These hands, legs,  are meant for

serving Krsna,” that is called brahma-bhutah. That is  brahma-bhutah.

Not that brahma-bhutah means I become nirakara, no  form. The Mayavadi

philosophers, they think like that, something different.  Because this

is not Brahman. This is asat. Brahma satyam jagan mithya.  “This world

is false. Therefore Brahman realization means that  something opposite

must be there. In the maya, everything is variety. So  Brahman must be

without variety.” This is also material conception,  because he is

thinking like that. But my thinking, if I am in maya,  so whatever I am

thinking, that is also maya. But these rascals they do  not understand

that. They do not understand that. I am thinking  that “Brahman must be

opposite of this variety. Therefore Brahman must be  impersonal.” But

what is their conclusion? The conclusion… He is  thinking. He is

thinking like that. But real Brahman, Parabrahman, Krsna,  is not

impersonal. He does not say that “I am impersonal.” But  these rascals

say that “God is impersonal.” So this kind of thinking  by the person

who is in maya, that is also maya. Therefore they are  called Mayavadi.


740105SB.LA                    Lectures                 

   So  mrtyu, death, is stopped as soon as you take Krsna  consciousness

very seriously, immediately, from that moment, as soon as  you are

initiated. You promise before the spiritual  master, “Yes, I am

initiated, I shall act like this,” and if you follow,  then your death

is stopped from that point. No more death. No more  death. Simply an

official business, just like you sleep and again you  awake, similarly,

a devotee’s death is like that. It is like sleeping, and  next moment

in the spiritual kingdom, immediately. Immediately. When  he will rise,

he will see that “I am with Krsna.”

Devotees: Jaya! Prabhupada!

Prabhupada: This is the fact. So don’t fall down.  Don’t be childish,

that “Yes, I have promised before spiritual master,  before Krsna,

before fire. All right, that’s all right. Let me break.”  No, don’t do

that. Don’t do that. Don’t lose this opportunity.  You are now on the

point of deathlessness, but if you again commit…  Bhajann apakvo ‘tha

patet tato yadi. There is chance. If your execution of  devotional

service is not going perfectly, so there is chance of  falldown.


740105SB.LA                    Lectures                 

diseaselessness condition has already begun. It will take  little time.

So in the meantime, in that treatment time,  diseaselessness condition,

if you make another infection, that is your fault. Otherwise,

deathlessness begins from the day of  initiation. Adau gurvasrayam.  As

soon as you take shelter of a bona fide spiritual master,  your point

of deathlessness begins immediately. Immediately. And if  you continue

the advice and instruction of the spiritual master, or  the sastra,

then you become deathless. No more death.  And Yamaraja wants to see

that actually you are continuing your deathlessness  process. This

is… Krsna consciousness is so nice. Therefore it is  advised.


740105SB.LA                    Lectures                 

   So it  appears like death, but it is actually not death. Just  like

the electric fan, if you make the switch off, it has  stopped running,

but if you say, “Still running,” that is not running.  That is a show

of running. Actually, the running is stopped.  Similarly, as soon as

you surrender to God, through His representative, your  death is

stopped unless you make it nullified by accepting  anything which is

against the bhakti principle. Otherwise your  deathlessness is

guaranteed. That is stated here. Na kascin mriyate  tavad yavad asta

ihantakah. If you simply know that “Yamaraja is there; he  is

supervising that I may not fall down,” then you will not  die. You will

not die. It is not impractical. It is practical. Try to  perceive the

truth that since you have begun Krsna consciousness, to  become Krsna

conscious, your death has been stopped. But don’t fall  down and again

capture death. That is the instruction.

   Thank  you very much. (end)


740108SB.LA                    Lectures                 

   So  Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is predicted in the  Srimad-Bhagavatam

and other scriptures as the Supreme Personality of  Godhead. We do not

accept Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu simply because He was a  saintly person.

There is controversy about Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu  amongst the

Vaisnava community. Just like the Nimbarka Sampradaya.  They say that

“We accept Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu as a great  devotee,” but we,

Gaudiya Sampradaya, we say that Sri Caitanya  Mahaprabhu is the Supreme

Personality of Godhead, because it is stated in the  sastra.

Krsna-varnam tvisakrsnam. He is Krsna, in the category of  Krsna,


740108SB.LA                    Lectures                 

Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu pointed out, and He

was also learned scholar. He admitted that “He is a  wonderful boy.” So

therefore it is said that “You make your enemy a  learned man, but

don’t make your friend a fool and rascal.” Because an  enemy, even

though he is enemy, if he is learned, he will not make  injustice. That

he cannot. Any learned scholar cannot make any  injustice. So he

admitted his defeat, because he is learned scholar. That  is

scholarship. Not that… Just like Sarvabhauma  Bhattacarya. He argued

with Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu as a scholar. But when he  became

defeated, he accepted His discipleship. This was the  method, that two

persons may argue, but one who is defeated, he must  become his

disciple. Not that simply waste time arguing and no  conclusion.

Formerly this was the system, to come to a conclusion. If  two parties

are arguing on a subject matter, the one party will be  defeated, he

must become his disciple, under  control.




740109SB.LA                    Lectures                 

You claim to  be religious, or you claim to be Hindu or Christian or Buddhist.  That’s

all right. But do you know what is God? Oh, everyone  silent. Everyone,

all nonsense rascals, silent. He does not know what is  God. And what

is his religion? If you do not know what is God, a vague  idea, that is

not religion. You must know what is God. Just like to  become American

citizen, it requires to know something of the history of  America. So

if American citizen, if you ask him, “What you are?” “Now  I am

American.” “Who is your president?” “I do not know.” What  is this

nonsense, American? Would you like to hear from him that  “I do not

know who is president”? Similarly, a human being  professing some

certain type of religion, but you ask him, “What is  God?” Religion

must be in relationship with God, any religion. But ask  him, “What is

God?” No answer. But religion  means,


                      sa vai pumsam paro dharmo

                        yato bhaktir adhoksaje

                         ahaituky apratihata

                         yayatma suprasidati

This is religion, first-class religion. What is  that first-class

religion? Yato bhaktir adhoksaje, by practicing which one  becomes a

devotee of the Lord. That is religion. That is religion. So instead of

becoming devotee of the Lord, we are devotee of dog. This  is our



740109SB.LA                    Lectures                 

question would be that “What is that origin?” The modern  scientists,

they think the origin is chemicals. But we say,  “No. It cannot be

chemicals.” Janmady asya yatah anvayad itaratas ca  arthesu abhijnah.

The origin of everything must be cognizant. He  knows everything.

Otherwise how He can be origin? It is very logical.  Janmady asya yatah

anvayat, origin. Just like I have established this  institution. I know

how it was established perfectly, and how it is going on.  And somebody

may not know how it was established in New York with so  great

difficulty. But because I am the origin founder, I  know. So similarly,

so many things are going on in the nature’s way. So  the origin, He

must know everything. And if He knows, then He cannot  be inanimate.

Where is the possibility of the origin becoming  inanimate? No. Because

the argument is, if one is origin of everything, or  something he is

origin of, he must have sense how things are going  on.

   So  that is explained in the Srimad-Bhagavatam: janmady asya yatah

anvayad itaratas ca arthesu abhijnah. Abhijnah. This  word is used.

Abhijnah means cognizant. Then if He is the origin  of everything, how

He got all knowledge perfectly? Therefore the next word  is sva-rat: He

is fully independent. He doesn’t require to take  knowledge from anyone

else. Otherwise how He can be origin? Sva-rat.  Muhyanti yat surayah.

That origin is so perfect, and still, surayah, many  scholars, many

scientists, philosophers, they are also bewildered, that  “How He can

be a person?” Muhyanti yat surayah. Tene brahma hrda ya  adi-kavaye

muhyanti yat surayah. These things are  described.


740111SB.LA                    Lectures                 

   So  long we are with designations, we are not happy. To  become

designationless means feeling complete happiness. That  is the test. If

you simply artificially say that “I am not identifying  with this

body,” that is fact. But real identification with…,  identification

with the body will be realized when you don’t feel  pains and pleasure.

Sarvopadhi-vinirmuktam tat-paratvena nirmalam, hrsikena. When your

senses will be purified in that way, without any  designation, then you

can begin devotional  service.


740111SB.LA                    Lectures                 

   So  this is called purification, to learn how to sit down before  the

Deity, how to talk before the Deity. So everything should  be learned.

There are seva-aparadha, sixty-four kinds of offenses in  the service.

So we have to become offenseless. Then Krsna will accept  your service.

Not by making a show. Krsna will accept your  service when you are

sevonmukhe hi jihvadau svayam eva sphuraty adah.  Automatically there

will be. As soon as you’re purified, automatically Krsna  will appear,



740115SB.HAW                   Lectures                 

Prabhupada: You can read the purport; it’s  small.

Pradyumna: “The people of the world in this age of Kali  are always

full of anxieties. Everyone is diseased with some kind of  ailment.

From the very faces of the people of this age, one can  find out the

index of the mind. Everyone feels the absence of  his relative who is

away from home. The particular symptom of the age of  Kali is that no

family is now blessed to live together. To earn  a livelihood, the

father lives at a place far away from the son, or the  wife lives far

away from the husband and so on. There are sufferings  from internal

diseases, separation from those near and dear, and  anxieties for

maintaining the status quo. These are but some  important factors which

make the people of this age always  unhappy.”


740115SB.HAW                   Lectures                 

mothers we have got, out of which, cow is also mother.  Therefore she’s

addressed as amba. Amba means mother. Still in Gujarat  province, they

call amba. And in U.P., United States, er, United  Province, in India,

they also call amba, or in a broken language they call  amma. Still…

That is from very long time, mother is… Amba-devi.  There is a…

From Amba-devi, there is a big temple of Mother Durga,  Kali, in

Bombay. So this Amba-devi was pronounced by the  Englishmens as

Bamba-devi, and from Bamba-devi it has come to  “Bombay.” Actually,

there is a big temple of Amba in Bombay. From that  name, instead of

Amba, they have become Bamba. Just like from Sindhu, they  have called,

they have designated the inhabitants of Sindhu-desa as  “Hindu.” The

Muhammadans, they pronounce s as h. So from “Sindhu,”  it has come to

“Hindu.”  Otherwise, this “Hindu” name is not mentioned in any Vedic

literature. It is given by the… This name is  given by the other

foreigners. Especially the Arabian countries, they used  to call this

nation, Bharata-varsa…


740115SB.HAW                   Lectures                 

So if you  get milk products,milk, then you can prepare so many preparations

full of vitamins, which will nourish your brain. Dull  brain cannot understand what is

spiritual knowledge. Therefore, that  Mr. Bernard Shaw, he wrote a

book. Perhaps you know it. You Are What You Eat. If you  keep your

brain dull, then how you can understand? Because  without becoming very

intelligent man, one cannot understand Krsna  consciousness. That is

stated in the Caitanya-caritamrta, krsna yei bhaje sei  bada catura:

“One who  takes to Krsna consciousness seriously and perfectly, he must

be very, very intelligent.” Dull brain cannot accept  it. Bahunam

janmanam ante jnanavan mam prapadyate. So we have  to make our brain

very clean. And for that purpose you require to drink not  very much,

at least, one pound or half-pound milk daily. That is  essential.


740115SB.HAW                   Lectures                 

implicated more and more. They do not know… Because  they have got

bad brain, they do not know how spirit soul is  transmigrating from one

body to another, how he is becoming entangled.  Today I have got very

nice body, American body, but what is the guarantee next  life? But

they do not believe in the next life because they have no  good brain.

So in order to understand things as they are, you require  good brain,

and for good brain, you require milk preparation.  In this way, as

they’ve suggested a routine in the sastra also, and  guided by

sadhu-guru-sastra, if we accept, then we shall become  very happy in

this life and next life also. That is Krsna consciousness  movement.

   Thank  you very much.


740115SB.HAW                   Lectures                 

Devotee: …one is sufficient to ask is that are  Siddha-svarupananda

Gosvami and Tusta-krsna Maharaja and their followers more  advanced in

their understanding of Krsna and the spiritual master  than the other

devotees in ISKCON; and secondly, are they, have they  advanced beyond

following the rules and regulations of  ISKCON?

Prabhupada: That is up to you to judge–by the result. If they are

actually advanced, why they should leave this company of

ISKCON?( or also called the Hare Krsna  Movement)

Therefore, I know they’re very good souls. They might  have done some

mistake out of misunderstanding, but you invite them to  come back

again and take their position. It is not very good  sign that they have

left. They’ll never be happy. That’s a fact.  (pause)


740709SB.LA                    Lectures                 

   Nobody can be God. God is one. And religion is also one. If God  is

one, then how religion can be different? Just like  state laws. If the

state is one, the law is also, everyone. Now the ordinary  law, just

like “Keep to the right,” if somebody says, “No, this  is Christian

law. Hindu law, ‘Keep to the left,’ ” will it be  accepted? If I say,

“I am Hindu, I am coming from India. My law is ‘Keep to  the left.’ “

In India, the same thing, “Keep to the left.” And many  other countries

also. So here, because all these laws are made by  rascals, in some

country you keep to the left, some country you keep to  the right. And

which is correct, that is unknown. That is unknown.  Therefore for the

foolish person, “This is Hindu religion,’ ” “This is  Christian

religion,” and “This is Muhammadan religion.”Religion is one. How it

can be Hindu religion, Christian religion? No. Religion  is one. God is

one. Therefore religion is one. Because religion means  the law or the

order given by God. That is religion. Simple  definition.