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

March 11, 2012 in Articles, Damaghosa Dasa by Nityananda Rama dasa

 

Hare Krsna to All

Pranams

All glories to Srila Prabhupada

 

Below we have part 3/4 from Vol 5 of the Srimad  Bhagavatam lectures series by Srila

Prabhupada. I just love reading these lectures every day  and want to share the nectar

I get from him to all who also want to listen to the  illuminating words of a pure devotee

of  Lord Krsna. These are only short snipets of  lectures where I have taken out only part

of a part of what is contained within them. I do hope all  who receive this series enjoys them

as much as I do.

If you want off this list, please let me know.

thanks

Hare Krsna

Damaghosa das

 

Some topics covered below:

* Process of going back to Home means the 26 pure  qualities manifest

* Go to mangal arotik- or sell one Krsna book that day if  you miss..

* Guru means simply repeating

* understanding SB-1 verse takes 7 months or 1,500 years  for whole thing

* Street kirtan is all auspicious for all

* How he began in NY with a tom tom drum-no prasadam at  all

* Benefit of selling one book

* How to see God everywhere

* When we see God everywhere then we dont need a  temple

* Having this body is like piling up garbage

 

Go ahead and dive in…..

720530SB.LA                    Lectures                  219415/530501

   This  is Krsna consciousness movement. So when we are in the  process

of going back to home, back to Godhead, out of so many  qualities,

twenty-six qualities becomes very… At least, they  become manifest.

And out of the twenty-six qualities, one quality is to  become a poet.

Poet is. Nobody can become poet unless he is poet. So  kavi. And rsi.

Rsi, muni, rsi, those who are philosophers, learned  scholars, they are

called muni, rsi.

 

720601SB.LA                    Lectures                  219470/530501

Prabhupada: People still, in India, those who are rich  men, they have

got their family temple Deities. One temple is there in  Kanpur. The

family members, they are very rich. The rule is that if  the family

members do not come in the temple to offer obeisances to  the Deity,

they’ll be fined. The mother, the head of the family…  Mother is

still living. She has imposed this law, that “Any of  my children or

grandchildren, if he or she does not visit the temple,  then according

to this rule, this fine should be realized from them.”  So if somebody

misses to go in the temple one day, the priest  presents the bill:

“Sir, you have been fined five rupees.” (Laughter) So  they pay. Yes.

So we should also enforce that rule. Anyone who  is not attending

mangala-arati should be fined. (laughter) And the  fine should be that

he must sell one Krsna book. (laughter) Is that  all right?…

 

731104SB.DEL                   Lectures                  218341/530501

krsna-upadesa. This is Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s mission,  that amara

ajnaya guru hana tara’ ei desa, yare dekha tare kaha  krsna-upadesa.

This is Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s mission, that “I give you  order. You,

every one of you become a spiritual master.” “Oh, I have  no

qualification. How can I become spiritual master? It  requires high

knowledge, Sanskrit understanding.” “No, you  don’t require anything.

Simply you speak krsna-upadesa.”  What is krsna-upadesa? Krsna says,

sarva-dharman parityajya mam ekam saranam vraja. You  simply go door to

door and say, “Please surrender to Krsna.” Then you  are spiritual

master. I have done this. What I have done? I have  gone to your

country to say this thing, that “Here is Krsna, the  Supreme

Personality of Godhead. You surrender; you become  perfect.” That is

being done.   So it  is not very difficult to become spiritual master. Simply you

have to become very serious and sincere to the service of  Krsna.

(again-no mention of taking disciples  here)

 

740316SB.VRN                   Lectures                 

Nityam. Not that for seven days. Seven days is meant for  Pariksit

Maharaja because he had no more time. His seven days was  sufficient

nityam. So we should not imitate that, that “I’ll hear  seven days.”

That is also a formality. Actually to understand one  verse of

Srimad-Bhagavatam it requires at least seven  months. Janmady asya

yatah anvayad itaratas ca arthesu abhijnah sva-rat. My  Guru Maharaja

explained this verse in Dacca for three months. Janmady  asya.

Actually, it is so important. The beginning.

   So we  must be very serious to understand Bhagavatam. If we can

understand even one line, one verse, our life becomes  sublime. It is

so nice. There is no comparison of this literature,  Srimad-Bhagavatam.

 

730406SB.NY                    Lectures                  218424/530501

   So  variyan esa te prasnah krto loka-hitam nrpa: “My dear king,  this

question is all-auspicious for all the people of the  world.” If you

simply enquire about Krsna or hear about Krsna, even  though we do not

understand, but that vibration of Krsna... Just  like we are chanting

“Hare Krsna,” we may not understand what is meaning of  Hare Krsna, but

still, because it is transcendental sound, it is  auspicious. Wherever

you chant Hare Krsna, they may hear or they may not  hear, it is

auspicious for them. So we are sending our men for  street sankirtana.

It doesn’t matter whether people are eager to hear it  or not, but it

is auspicious. It will create an atmosphere which is  very, very

congenial to the human society. That should be our  principle. Not that

because we are chanting, nobody is taking care, we  shall not be

disappointed. Our, this sankirtana movement is so  nice that simply by

chanting, the vibration will create an auspicious  atmosphere, variyan

esa te prasnah. Now you can practically see, those who  are old

members… So I began in this New York in that storefront  simply by

chanting. So I did not bribe you American boys and girls  to come after

me. This is the only asset was chanting. That (sic)  Tompkinson, this

Brahmananda Swami he first came to dance in my chant.  (laughter) He

and Acyutananda, that was the first dancing of our Krsna  conscious

movement. (laughter) Yes. And I had no mrdangas. That was  a, what is

that?

Devotee: (indistinct) drum.

Prabhupada: Drum, little drum. So I was chanting Hare  Krsna for from

two to five, three hours, and so many boys and girls  were coming and

joining, and there was first photograph in the Times,  New York Times,

they appreciated, and people also appreciated.So this chanting, the

beginning was only chanting. There was no,  nothing more. At that time

there was no program of prasada distribution.  That, later on it came.

So we should always be confident that this chanting is  not a vibration

of this material world. This is not vibration of  material world.

Narottama dasa Thakura says, golokera  prema-dhana

hari-nama-sankirtana. It is imported from the spiritual  world. It is

completely spiritual. ..

 

730406SB.NY                    Lectures                  218431/530501

A sadhu’s  business is

for the benefit of all living entities. A sadhu does  not like to cut

even a tree, because he knows, “Here is a living  entity. He is

standing here for many years by his karma, and he has  to continue this

for many years more. So he cannot avoid this because  it is nature’s

law.” Just like if you are put into prison for six  months, nobody can

save you, nobody can make you less, one day less than six  months. So

we get our particular type of body, we have to remain in  that body for

a certain period by the laws of nature. So by cutting  the body–the

living entity does not die–but because we check the  continuation of

his period, therefore we become sinful. You cannot cut  even a tree

without Krsna’s purpose. Without Krsna’s purpose we  cannot kill even

an ant, we cannot cut even a tree, then we shall be  liable to

punishment.

 

740626SB.MEL                   Lectures                  218473/530501

(aside:) Give me water. Sukadeva Gosvami, sri-suka uvaca.  Sukadeva

Gosvami, the accepted spiritual master of King  Pariksit, is replying

to his inquiry, “What is the duty of a person who is  going to die?”

Pariksit Maharaja was going to die within seven days.

 

740626SB.MEL                   Lectures                  218475/530501

   Srimad-Bhagavatam,  eighteen thousand verses.

And each and every verse is so important that if a  serious student

studies each and every verse, each verse will take at  least one month

to understand. And there are eighteen thousand  verses. So for serious

study of Srimad-Bhagavatam, it will take eighteen  thousand months. So

eighteen thousand months meaning how many years?  One thousand five

hundred years. (laughter) It is such an important  book,Srimad-Bhagavatam.

 

740626SB.MEL                   Lectures                  218486/530501

Gopi-kanta: Srila Prabhupada, what is the exact  benefit if a person

just takes a Srimad-Bhagavatam on the street and gives  some donation

to help out the printing costs or  whatever?

Prabhupada: That is already explained. They will read.  They will see

the picture of Krsna. Immediate profit is: they will ask  “What is this

picture?” And you will say, “Krsna.” “Oh,” they say,  “it is Krsna?”

Then… (laughter) From the beginning of the, what is  called, cover,

the benefit begins, because the uttering the word  “Krsna” is benefit.

Then, if he reads… Of course, if he pays for the book,  he will read.

So you give a chance to the person to know about Krsna.  Their life

becomes sublime.

 

740626SB.MEL                   Lectures                  218489/530501

Prabhupada: Everything, whatever you can think of. Krsna  includes

everything. Without Krsna, there is nothing.  Because… Take anything.

Take this table. This is stone. But the stone is also  Krsna. You have

read in the Bhagavad-gita, bhumir apo ‘nalo vayuh kham  mano buddhir

eva ca, bhinna me prakrtir astadha. Krsna says that  “These five gross

material elements–earth, water, air, fire, ether–mind,  intelligence

and ego, they are My separated energies.” Just like I am  speaking.

Now, this speaking recorded, when it will be replaced,  the same sound

will come. So that is my energy, but separated. I am on  there, but

still, the vibration is exactly what I am speaking  because these words

are emanated from me. Similarly, Krsna says that “This  earth is

emanation of My energy. So therefore this earth… The stone is also

earth, another form of earth. Therefore it is  manifestation of Krsna’s

energy. Therefore it is Krsna. Energy and the energetic–no different.

Just like the sun is situated 93,000,000’s of miles away  from you, but

the sunshine, as soon as it reaches your body, you  understand what is

sun–heat and light–immediately. That is Krsna  consciousness. When

one is learned about Krsna, whatever He sees… When  he sees the

stone, he also sees Krsna, immediately remembers the  stone is

manifestation of the energy of Krsna. That is Krsna  consciousness.

Nothing is different from Krsna. This is Krsna  consciousness.

…sthavara-jangama dekhe na dekhe tara murti. When  a devotee, advanced

devotee, sees something, he does not see the  formation of that thing.

He sees the energy. A highly advanced devotee  will not see the stone.

He immediately will think of Krsna, “Oh,  Krsna is so powerful that His

energy is exhibited in stone.” Therefore he does not  see stone. He

sees only Krsna. That is Krsna consciousness,  perfection of.

 

Devotee (1): Srila Prabhupada, if Krsna is everywhere,  why do we

stress the importance of living a very strict life in  the temple

atmosphere?

Prabhupada: But have you got the eyes to see Krsna  everywhere?

Devotee (1): No, Srila Prabhupada.

Prabhupada: Then you must attention give to  temple. When you have got

the eyes to see Krsna everywhere, you may not  require temple worship.

But why do you try to imitate that? You have no eyes to  see that. Yes.

 

740317SB.VRN                   Lectures                  218576/530501

Krsna says, man-mana bhava mad-bhakto mad-yaji mam  namaskuru, then

that is Vrndavana. Wherever you live. Do not think  that “Because in

Melbourne we have got a temple, the Melbourne Deities  are here, so

that is not Vrndavana.” That is also Vrndavana. If you  worship the

Deity very rigidly, follow the rules and regulations,  so wherever you

do, that is Vrndavana. Especially this Vrndavana  dhama, where Krsna

actually appeared. So this is Vrndavana, Goloka  Vrndavana. Here, those

who will manage this institution, they must be  first-class gosvamis.

This is my proposition. Not grhamedhi. Not grhamedhi.  Gosvami. As…

 

740611SB.PAR                   Lectures                  218611/530501

   Therefore, in the Bhagavad-gita, Krsna first of all begins  the

constitution of the atma, or spirit soul. He begins. When He began to

teach Arjuna Bhagavad-gita, the A-B-C-D lesson was to  make him

convinced about the soul within the body. That is  called atma-tattvam.

And nobody knows. Therefore,  bahir-artha-maninah:  they are  accepting

this external feature. Just like we have got external  feature. We can

understand very easily that this body, this body is  external feature.

Real “I” am within. As soon as I go away from this  body, this external

feature, as good as the garbage in the street.  That they do not

understand. They are busy piling garbage. “Bring  more garbage, more

garbage.” And this is the working capacity.  Bahir-artha-maninah.  They

think, “This garbage will save me.” Very  important question. Apasyatam

atma-tattvam. The atma-tattvam means “I am now within  this garbage for

the present. And after leaving this, in this garbage,  I pile up so

many other garbages. And in this way, working  uselessly the whole

life, then I transmigrate from this body to another  garbage body.”

That I do not know. This is called apasyatam  atma-tattvam. Apasyatam

means “not seeing.” A means “not,” and pasyatam means  “seeing, one who

sees.” He’s seeing, “This garbage is everything.” He  does not see

atma-tattvam.

 

740611SB.PAR                   Lectures                  218621/530501

   So  Krsna is so kind that He, although He is all-pervading,

universal, He has agreed to accept your service just  to give you

liberation from this misunderstanding, no  atma-tattvam. This is Krsna

consciousness movement, that Krsna, God, is great. How great He is,

you cannot imagine. But still, He has agreed to  accept your service,

becoming small. That is greatness. In  the material world, if something

is big, very big, he cannot become, or it cannot  become small. Just

like, say, for… Elephant is very big animal. You ask the elephant,

“Please become like an ant.” “Oh, that is not  possible, sir. That is

not possible.” But God is so great that although  He’s universal, He

can enter into the atom. That is… Anor  aniyan mahato mahiyan:

“Greater than the greatest, smaller than the smallest.”  That is God.

Anor aniyan mahato… Andantara-stha-paramanu… In the  Brahma-samhita

it is said, eko ‘py asau racayitum jagad-anda-kotim  yac-chaktir asti

jagad-anda-caya yad-antah,  andantara-stha-paramanu-cayantara-stham.

Eko ‘py asau. One portion of Krsna, Paramatma, just to  create this

material world, He has entered in the mahat-tattva as  Maha-Visnu, and

He entered within the universe as Garbhodakasayi-Visnu,  He has entered

everyone’s heart as Supersoul, Ksirodakasayi-Visnu, and  He has entered

into the atom–although He is so great. So it is Krsna’s  mercy that He

can become smaller than the smallest and the greater than  the

greatest.

   So we  cannot capture the greater than the greatest. That is not

possible. Therefore it is His kindness that He has  become just to be

handled by you. This is called arca-murti.  Arca-vigraha. The Deity

worship means arca-vigraha.

 

681023SB.MON                   Lectures                  218666/530501

Hamsaduta: You say the chanting cleans the dust from the  mirror of the

mind. What does mirror mean? How does it mean  mirror? What is it

reflecting?

Prabhupada: Mirror means you see so many things within  your mind. Is

it not a mirror, reflection? Don’t you see? As you see  mirror

reflection of your face, but you see this body. When  you will see in

the mirror that you are not this body, you are something  within this

body, that is dustless mirror.  Yes?