Srila Prabhupada’s SB classes-summary file–VOLUME 6 P: II

June 22, 2012 in Articles, Damaghosa Dasa by Nityananda Rama dasa

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pleasure. It is not that A neophyte, when he is engaged in Krsna’s

 

service, he is feeling the same pains and pleasure, but that is due to

 

our past habit, consciousness. Just like aeroplane. You come down on

 

the land. Sometimes there is dizziness. You think that “I am still

 

flying.” But there is no more flying. That is stopped. Similarly, one

 

who is engaged in Krsna consciousness, his material pains and

 

pleasures has been stopped. But due to our past experience, sometimes

 

we think, “I am still in pains and pleasure.” This is due to our past

 

experience. The same example again: just like the fan is running. You

 

put off the switch; still, the fan is running. But actually it is not

 

running. The running capacity has been stopped. But due to the, what

 

is called?

 

Syamasundara: Momentum.

 

Prabhupada: Momentum. It appears as if running. So a devotee, although

 

sometimes it appears that he is in pains and pleasures, committing

 

something nonsense, that is momentum. In the next verse in the

 

Although we find in the neophyte devotee some bad behavior due to his

 

past experience, so we should not take him as nondevotee. Sadhur eva

 

sa mantavyah. He is sadhu–if he sticks to Krsna consciousness. And

 

the bad habits which are visible now, it will disappear. It will

 

disappear. So we have to give chance because we see some bad habits of

 

a devotee, we should not reject. We should give another chance. We

 

should give another chance because he has taken the right thing, but

 

to past behavior he appears to be again going to the maya’s clutches.

 

So we should not reject, but we should give chance. One may take

 

little more time to come to the standard, but we should give him

 

chance. If he sticks to Krsna consciousness, very soon all these

 

defects will be disappearing. Ksipram bhavati dharmatma. He will be

 

completely a dharmatma, a mahatma. Why? Kaunteya pratijanihi na me

 

bhaktah pranasyati: “Anyone who has taken seriously My lotus feet,

 

seriously surrendered to Me, he will never be anxious. He will never

 

be anxious, although sometimes it appears that he is coming down.” So

 

this should be our principle. We stick to Krsna consciousness, then

 

everything will be all right in due course of time. So the varieties

 

of life there is. That variety is actual variety.

 

…uttamadyubhih. Pramada. Woman’s name is pramada, pramada because as

 

soon as one woman comes before a man, he becomes agitated. Therefore

 

woman’s name is pramada. Pramada. Pramada means agitates. Kamini.

 

Agitates. So there the pramada uttamadyubih. Uttama. Udgata-tama.

 

Tama, this darkness, is not there. Savidyut. Savidyud abhravalibhir

 

yatha nabhah. When they fly in the sky it appears just like lightning

 

in the clouds. These are the description of Vaikuntha planet. So, what

 

is your question? Any question?

 

Devotee (1): I have a question, Your Divine Grace. You say in

 

Vaikuntha everything is the same as here in the material world. So

 

there are families. The children… Do the children grow…?

 

Prabhupada: There is no children. There is no children because there

 

is no birth. There is no death. So there is no question of children.

 

You don’t find any description of children.

 

Devotee (2): In the material world variety is created by the

 

attraction of three modes of nature.

 

Prabhupada: Mm?

 

Devotee (2): The three modes of material nature cause the variety in

 

the material world. In the spiritual world, what are the factors which

 

cause variety?

 

Prabhupada: That samvit, sandini, varieties of Krsna’s spiritual

 

energy.

 

Trivikrama: In Krsnaloka there are children, Krsna, the cowherd boys.

 

Prabhupada: That is also eternal. That is another planet. Eternally

 

Krsna is playing with the cowherds boy. Not that these children are

 

being born. They are like… Just like in this world also we see

 

Kumaras, that eternally child, Kumaras, the four Kumaras. They are

 

born along with the Brahma, but they’re just like a small, four years

 

old boy, Kumara, catuhsana-kumara. So we get some information only,

 

but you will see them practically when you go. (laughter) You take

 

information only. But it is not variety-less, not the nonsense theory,

 

zero. That is the first thing. It is not zero. So any other question?

 

 

 

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That is advised by Narada Muni to his disciple Vyasadeva: “What you

 

are writing, all these nonsense books? You…” What is called?

 

Jugupsitam. Jugupsitam. He instructed Vyasadeva that “Whatever

 

literatures you have produced…” Means up to that time he produced

 

Vedanta-sutra. He wrote up to Vedanta-sutra, which is considered to be

 

the topmost philosophical thesis in the world, Vedanta-sutra, all over

 

the world, the Vedanta philosophy. So he finished that Vedanta-sutra.

 

Still, he was not happy. And his spiritual master Narada chastised

 

him, “What nonsense books you have written?” First of all he was not

 

happy, so Narada came, and he asked him that “Why you are not happy?

 

You know everything, but why you are not happy?” So he submitted,

 

“Yes, my master, I know everything, and I think I have done

 

everything, writing all these books. But still, I am not happy. So why

 

I am not happy, that you can tell because you are my master.”

 

So, “Yes, I can tell you.” And then he said that “You have labored

 

so much for writing all these nonsense books, but you have not said

 

anything of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Therefore you are

 

unhappy. Therefore I advise you that now you write one book which is

 

simply the transaction of the Supreme Personality, nothing else,

 

nothing of this material world, sacrificing, this religious, and this

 

unreligious, ‘this is good, this is bad,’ nothing of the sort. Simply

 

write about the pastimes of the Supreme Lord. Then you will be happy.”

 

Then he wrote Srimad-Bhagavatam. And when he wrote, began writing

 

Srimad-Bhagavatam, he writes in the beginning, dharmah

 

projjhita-kaitavo ‘tra: “All these cheating type of religious system,

 

I kick it out, this ism, that ism. I kick out all them. It is this

 

book, especially meant for paramo nirmatsaranam satam, those who are

 

simply paramahamsas. It is meant for them. It is not for the ordinary

 

men. I have kicked out all the so-called religious system, dharma

 

artha kama.” People are very much Nowadays they are not even for

 

dharma or artha. They are simply kama, sense gratification. Sense

 

gratification because every one of us, we come here for sense

 

gratification. The spirit soul is originally spiritual spark.” Why he

 

has come here?”–this question is sometimes raised. That is answered.

 

…so many literatures, still we want. The maya is so strong. Atma-mayam

 

rte rajan parasyanubhavatmanah. Therefore one should take little risk

 

in order to enter into the eternal life, blissful life. One should

 

take a little risk. That is advised by Narada. And the same

 

instruction, while he was giving, that First of all he said, “All this

 

nonsense, that jugupsitam: They are abominable. Because you are

 

writing books, dharma arthakamamoksa, so later on You are authority,

 

Vyasadeva. People will stick to this. And if even Krsna says,

 

sarva-dharman parityajya mam ekam saranam, ‘You give up all this

 

nonsense, you simply surrender,’ they will not hear because you are

 

writing so many nonsense books.” He chastised him like that.

 

Jugupsitam, this very word. Jugupsitam. “You are authority, so you

 

have done such, so many nonsense books.” He wrote Mahabharata, he

 

wrote Astadasa-purana, he wrote, I mean to say, Upanisad, and after

 

all, Vedanta-sutra, all these books which are so highly recognized all

 

over the world. Still, that was condemned, “But you have written all

 

these nonsense books.” Jugupsitam. “Because you are authority, they

 

will stick to it.” “Oh, here is.”

 

Because in Upanisad the negating, that negation, negation of the

 

material form… Therefore it is described in an impersonal form.

 

These nonsense are sticking to that impersonal form. Impersonal–there

 

is no form. Really, Veda says, apani-pada javano grahita: “The Supreme

 

Absolute Truth has no legs, has no hands, but He accepts whatever you

 

offer.” Now, how He accepts? He has no hand; then how He accepts? But

 

they have no brain. They have no brain. When it is said that “He has

 

no hand,” it is said that “He has no hand like you.” When he says that

 

“He has no leg,” it means that “He has no leg like you.” If he has no

 

hand, then how Krsna says in the Bhagavad-gita, patram puspam phalam

 

toyam yo me bhaktya prayacchati tad aham asnami bhakty-upahrtam: “If I

 

accept them”? If He is far away within the Goloka Vrndavana, goloka

 

eva nivasaty akhilatma, but He has got such a hand–although He is

 

living in Goloka Vrndavana, far, far away, He will immediately

 

Whatever you offer, He will take. That kind of hand, not your three

 

feet hand. If somebody offers me downstairs, “Prabhupada, take this

 

flower,” but I am here. How can I take? But He can take. He can take.

 

That is called apani-pada javano grahita pasyaty acaksuh. He can see.

 

His eyes are not like this, that beyond this wall I cannot see

 

anything. He can see everyone, what you are doing nonsense. That is

 

stated in the Bhagavad-gita. As witness, He is seeing. He is within

 

your heart. How you will hide it? Anumanta upadrasta.

 

…   Laksmi-sahasra-sata-sambhrama-sevyamanam. He has got His pastimes.

 

Surabhir abhipalayantam. Here you have got a hobby to keep dogs, “gow,

 

gow, gow!” And Krsna has no hobby? He has got hobby, to keep cows.

 

Surabhir abhipalayantam. You have imitated that hobby, and instead of

 

keeping cows, they are keeping, “how!, how!,” dogs. That is your

 

capability, a nonsense which is untouchable. Dog is untouchable

 

according to Vedic literature, and they are being kept. And cows?

 

Killed. And cruelty to animals means not to be cruel to the cats Not

 

cats. Yes, cats and dogs. And for the cows, “Oh, there is no question

 

of cruelty. He has no soul. Kill him.” This is your civilization, Dog

 

civilization. You see? You keep dogs, “gow! gow! gow!”, and if

 

somebody comes to your home, to your country, you also make “gow! gow!

 

gow! Why you have come?” Immigration department. “Please go out.

 

Please go out.” This is civilization.

 

.. you, but you don’t take advantage. Don’t take advantage of eating and

 

sleeping. Take advantage of these books. Then your life will be

 

successful. My duty–I have given you so valuable things, day and

 

night trying to convince you, each word to word. And if you don’t take

 

advantage of this, then what can I do for you? All right. (end)

 

 

 

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So Vidura was so expert advisor, counselor, that there was a

 

statement, vaidurikam. Just like the canakya-sloka. On ordinary

 

things, canakya-sloka is evidence. Canakya Pandita said… I think you

 

can introduce canakya-sloka amongst the students. Canakya Pandita said

 

that vidvatvam ca nrpatvam ca naiva tulyam kadacana. A man who is

 

learned, and man who is very rich, so how they should be compared? The

 

Canakya Pandita says, “There is no comparison.” Comparison must be

 

there when there is points of similarity. Just like we say, “Your face

 

is just like moon.” So if the face is actually similar to the moon,

 

then we can say. Points of similarity. Analogy means there must be

 

points of similarity. The largest number of similarity makes the

 

analogy perfect. This is logical rules. So Canakya Pandita says that

 

to a rich man and a learned man, there is no comparison. They are

 

different categories. Why? Sva-dese pujyate raja vidvan sarvatra

 

pujyate. A rich man, a king, may be very respectful, respectable, in

 

his own country amongst his own men, but a vidvat, a learned scholar,

 

he is respected all over the world. Tri-bhuvane manyau. So if one is

 

respected all over the world and if one is respected in his own

 

village, so how there can be any comparison? These are the Canakya

 

Pandita’s instructions, very valuable. There are many.

 

matrvat para-daresu

 

para-dravyesu lostravat

 

atmavat sarva-bhutesu

 

yah pasyati sa panditah

 

 

 

Who is a learned scholar? Now, somebody will say one who has passed

 

the M.A., Ph.D. degrees in university, he is learned scholar. Canakya

 

Pandita says, “No, that is not the criterion.” Simply to hold degrees

 

of university examination, that is not the test of his becoming

 

learned scholar. That is not. Then what is the test of his becoming

 

learned scholar? Three things. Matrvat para-daresu. Except one’s

 

married wife, if one sees all other woman like mother, he is a learned

 

scholar. Matrvat para-daresu. Para-dravyesu lostravat. And other’s

 

property, just like garbage in the street. And atmavat sarva-bhutesu

 

yah pasyati sa panditah. If one has acquired… By education, there

 

must be some effect. So these are the tests how one has advanced in

 

education. He must treat all woman except his mother, except his wife,

 

as mother. InIndiastill, women, especially in asramas, any woman,

 

visitor, she is addressed as “Mother” by all the… She may be young

 

girl, but she is addressed as “Mother.” This is the etiquette.

 

 

 

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our members, boys and girls. They say, “bright-faced.” Do they not?

 

They see distinction. One priest in plain cloth… I was going from

 

Los AngelestoHawaii. One priest, he came to me in the plane. So he

 

asked my permission, “Can I talk with you?” “Yes, why not?” So his

 

first question was that “I see your disciples very bright-faced. How

 

it has been done?” He’s sincere. So where is the loss? By undergoing,

 

by denying all these things, sinful activities, we are not loser. We

 

can live very simple life. We can sit down on the floor, we can lie

 

down on the floor. We don’t require much furniture, neither large

 

amount of gorgeous dress. So tapasya required. If we want advancement

 

in spiritual life, we must accept some sort of tapasya. In the

 

Kali-yuga we cannot accept such severe type of tapasya as in the cold,

 

we go underneath, under water, sometimes drowning or sometimes up to

 

this, and then meditate or chant Hare Krsna. That is not possible. The

 

minimum. So tapasya must be there.

 

 

 

….one and different. So here, if you think… To the atheist this form

 

is made of stone, and they are thinking that “These crazy fellow, they

 

are worshiping a stone.” In that sense, Krsna is not there. If a crazy

 

man breaks the statue, he does not break Krsna, but he breaks the

 

stone. This is simultaneously one and different. For the devotee, He

 

is Krsna. All the time He is Krsna. Because even if you take it as

 

stone, stone is also Krsna because it is expansion of Krsna’s energy.

 

The same example: the sunshine is also sun. And Krsna is, being

 

omnipotent, He can accept your service any way. Provided you want to

 

render service, Krsna is ready to accept it.

 

Therefore our duty is that we should never think of this Deity as

 

something made of stone or metal. We should always think, “Here is

 

Krsna personally present.” That is devotion.

 

 

 

…very kind, He has appeared in our various temple. So we should very

 

careful that “Here is personally present Krsna. Here is… Personally,

 

Radharani is there. Personally, Lord Caitanya is there, Lord

 

Jagannatha is there.” But He is keeping Himself is such a way that you

 

can handle in any way. Even if you commit some mistake, He does not

 

protest. But we should not commit any mistake. That is our duty. We

 

should not create such thing as it is offensive. Therefore the

 

direction is there in the sastra that “You do like this. Do like this;

 

there will be no offense.” And offenseless service will make you more

 

and more advanced in spiritual life.

 

So Krsna has… Bhagavantam. Here it is said, bhagavantam. The

 

Supreme Personality of Godhead is Krsna, but He is adhoksajam, beyond

 

our sense perception. Adhoksaja. Adhah-krtam aksajam jnanam. Our

 

knowledge is limited within this sense perception. That’s all. We can

 

see so long the light is there. If the light is not there, then our

 

seeing power is finished. Therefore it is limited. And Krsna is beyond

 

this limitation. Therefore His name is Adhoksaja. Adhah-krtam aksajam

 

indriya-jnanam yena. Aksajam jnanam means “knowledge acquired by sense

 

perception.” Aksaja. Aksa means “eyes,” and ja means “generated.” So I

 

see this book because my eyes are seeing it is book. But as soon as

 

the light is off, I cannot see where is the book and where is the

 

table, where you are. Similarly, we cannot see at the present moment

 

by the imperfect senses what is Krsna. Therefore it is Krsna’s

 

kindness that He has appeared before you in a manner by which you can

 

see Him. This is Krsna’s mercy. Not that the atheistic philosophy,

 

“They are worshiping Deity, some stone, some metal,” not like that. He

 

is adhoksaja. We cannot see Krsna with our present eyes, but we can

 

see Him through the scripture. The “through the scripture” is that

 

although we cannot see Him by our present imperfect senses, adhoksaja,

 

beyond our perception, still, we can see Him. How? Through the

 

authorities. Through the authorities. The same example, as I have

 

given, that I do not know who is my father, but through the authority

 

…                   athapi te deva padambuja-dvaya-

 

prasada-lesanugrhita eva hi

 

janati tattvam bhagavan-mahimno

 

na canya eko ‘pi ciram vicinvan

 

 

 

This is a verse. It is said, “My dear Lord, Your lotus feet,”

 

padambuja-dvaya, “can be understood by a person who has received a

 

little favor of You.” Athapi te deva

 

padambuja-dvaya-prasada-lesanugrhita eva hi: “One who has received

 

little favor, he can understand.” And what for others? “For others,”

 

na ca anya eko ‘pi ciram vicinvan, “if they speculate for millions of

 

years, still, they will not be able to understand.

 

…we understand Krsna immediately. Otherwise, by speculation, it is not

 

possible. That is the fact. There are so many… Such a person, such a

 

big, who is estimated as very, very big person, Mahatma Gandhi, he

 

could not understand Krsna. From his writing we see. He said, “I don’t

 

believe that there was any person Krsna living ever.” Just see. He

 

could not understand. Similarly, Dr. Radhakrishnan, Tilak, so many

 

big, big scholars, they have written comment on Bhagavad-gita, but

 

they, still they have proved that they’re rascal number one. Because

 

they did not follow the process of understanding Krsna, therefore they

 

could not understand. And here even a child, our Syamasundara’s

 

daughter, (s)he used to go to somebody and ask him, “Do you know what

 

is Krsna?” He says, “No, I do not know.” “He’s the Supreme Personality

 

of Godhead.” Just see. And all these boys and children, they are

 

learning so easily Krsna, and a person like Mahatma Gandhi, he said

 

that, something different. You see? Just see. This is the position.

 

   So you have to follow the authoritative principles by the parampara

 

system. Yasya deve para bhaktir yatha deve tatha gurau. If you have

 

got faith in God, Krsna, and similar faith in the spiritual master and

 

follow his instruction, then you will understand Krsna in His

 

different features: jyoti, bhagavan, and sarva-bhuta-guhavasam. He is

 

the brahmajyoti just like the sunshine, and He is the Supreme

 

Personality of Godhead Krsna, and He is the Supersoul, Paramatma, in

 

everyone’s heart. The process is tapasaiva, a little tapasya. So

 

whatever little tapasya we have prescribed, you follow. You will

 

understand Krsna. And if you understand Krsna, then your life is

 

successful.

 

Thank you very much. (end)

 

 

 

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Prabhupada: Sa vai manah krsna-padaravindayor vacamsi

 

vaikuntha-gunanuvarnane. There is one instance of Krsna consciousness,

 

how the devotee does not lose a single moment without thinking of

 

Krsna. Satatam kirtayanto mam. Kirtaniyah sada harih. This instruction

 

we get. So, sada tad bhava-bhavitah. If you practice like that, then

 

there is chance of being transferred to Krsna just after leaving this

 

body. So somehow or other you should be absorbed in the thought of

 

Krsna. We get all these examples from authorities. Just like Ambarisa

 

Maharaja, he was emperor, very responsible man. But sa vai manah

 

krsna-padaravindayor: he kept his mind always on the lotus feet of

 

Krsna. Sa vai manah krsna-padaravindayor. So although great emperor,

 

so responsibility, still it was possible for him to keep his mind on

 

the lotus feet of Krsna. In South India there is a class of

 

professional dancer. They take a big jug on the head and without any,

 

what is called? Bira?

 

Dayananda: Cloth, cap, ring.

 

Prabhupada: Yes, ring. It is kept as it is. The head is shaved, but

 

they are so practiced to keep the balance that the pot does not fall

 

down. It remains exactly. This is an art–they will dance, and the pot

 

on the head will never fall down, keeping the balance. So by practice

 

it is possible. There are many professional vendors, they keep their

 

basket on the head, and taking a child, going and canvassing, “We have

 

got this fruit.” It never falls down. They are keeping the balance. So

 

this is a crude example that everything can be done by practice. One

 

may be very responsible officer, like Ambarisa Maharaja, the emperor.

 

It is not joke. But still his mind is absorbed in the thought of

 

Krsna. Sai vai manah krsna-padaravindayor. There is another example

 

Rupa Gosvami gives, that a woman who has got an extra lover besides

 

the husband. So she’s always thinking of that lover although she’s

 

busy with household affairs. Para vyasaninanina(?). That means if you

 

want somebody very seriously, you can think of him always, twenty-four

 

hours, in spite of your being engaged in so many duties. It is

 

possible.

 

So we have to practice this Krsna consciousness. Here, in this

 

material world, we have to work.

 

This material world means you have to work and adjust things for your

 

maintenance. That you cannot escape. But still, we have to become

 

Krsna conscious.

 

So things are to be adjusted as it is prescribed by great

 

authorities. In Bhakti-rasamrta you’ll find the regulative principles.

 

That is called Vaisnava-smrti. So here we cannot live without working,

 

and still we have to become always Krsna conscious. This art, to

 

understand and to practice, is Krsna consciousness movement. Then in

 

spite of my being engaged in so many so-called material things Because

 

a devotee has nothing to do with material things. Even if he works for

 

maintenance of the body, that is not material. Just like Bhaktivinoda

 

Thakura, who was magistrate. But it is not for a magistrate to write

 

so many books–siddhanta-purnam. So he was in a different

 

transcendental platform. So that is possible. The mind may be absorbed

 

in Krsna’s thought, satatam kirtayanto mam, tusyanti ca ramanti ca.

 

That is possible by practice. Here Kardama Muni is a living example.

 

And there are mahy other examples, that we can remain fully Krsna

 

conscious in spite of being engaged in so-called material activities.

 

That is possible.

 

Thank you very much. (end)

 

 

 

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Just like at the present moment, kalau sudra-sambhavah: “In the

 

Kali-yuga, everyone is sudra.” It is hardly to be found, a qualified

 

brahmana. Of course, there are, but very rare. Practically brahmana is

 

not a single there, especially in this age.

 

 

 

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are there. So all these are energies of Krsna. Prabhasmi

 

sasi-suryayoh. So why people say, “Can you show me God?” You are

 

seeing daily, every moment. But because you are fool, you have no

 

sense of understanding. As soon as there is some heat, any man can

 

understand there is fire. As soon as there is smoke, anyone can

 

understand there is fire. Similarly, if you can feel the energy of the

 

Lord, then you can feel the presence of the Lord immediately.

 

 

 

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Just like in our Krsna consciousness movement. We have got more

 

than one hundred centers. And one center… We were just reading from

 

the statement of Nava Bharata Times how they are well managed. But we

 

have no business. We have no source of income. That is the only source

 

of income–Krsna’s shelter. Samasrita ye pada-pallava-plavam.

 

Therefore sastra says that “You take shelter of Krsna.” Krsna comes

 

also to say the same truth. Sarva-dharman parityajya mam ekam saranam

 

.. resultant action of sinful life.” So much assurance is there. So

 

sastra also says, tasyaiva hetoh prayateta kovido na labhyate yad

 

bhramatam upary adhah. Tasyaiva hetoh prayateta kovidah. Kovida means

 

intelligent, very intelligent person. So what should he try for?

 

Tasyaiva hetoh: to get shelter at the lotus feet of Krsna. Human life

 

should only endeavor how to get in touch of the lotus feet of Krsna.

 

That should be the only one business.

 

.. of forms of body and in different planets. That we are… According to

 

our karma, sometimes down, sometimes up, in this way we are wandering.

 

Therefore sastra says, “Just like you are wandering in this way, your

 

business is how to become materially happy, how to satisfy your

 

senses. But don’t do that. Don’t do that.” Then? What shall I do?

 

Tasyaiva hetoh. “How to understand Krsna–for that purpose you should

 

endeavor.” Then how shall I eat? “No, that eating and sleeping, the

 

business of the body, that is already arranged. That is already

 

arranged. You don’t have to work for it.” Kalena sarvatra

 

gabhira-ramhasa. Tal labhyate duhkhavad anyatah sukham. Our endeavor

 

is to achieve happiness. That is our struggle for existence.

 

Sastra says, tal labhyate duhkhavat. Duhkhavat means… Just like

 

we don’t want anything unhappy or miserable condition of life, but we

 

get it. We don’t endeavor for it. Nobody says, “Let there be fire in

 

my house. Let my child die.” Nobody aspires these things. Everyone

 

thinks that “My child may live. There may not be any danger. I’ll get

 

so much money.” Nobody thinks of the opposite. But the opposite number

 

comes. The catastrophes come. You don’t pray for it. You don’t go to

 

the temple for praying, “My Lord, let there be fire in my house.”

 

Nobody goes. He goes for something better. So sastra says that “Which

 

you do not pray for, still, it comes, duhkhavat, without your

 

invitation, similarly, whatever happiness you’ll have to enjoy, that

 

will also come.” Tal labhyate duhkhavad anyatah sukham. Therefore the

 

conclusion is that “Don’t try for your so-called happiness or

 

so-called distress. Try to achieve that position where you can

 

understand Krsna and get shelter at His lotus feet.” This is human

 

endeavor. Tasyaiva hetoh prayateta kovido na labhyate yad bhramatam

 

upary adhah. Upary adhah.

 

 

 

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vaisyah. A woman is considered in the level of sudra. Although a woman

 

is married with a brahmana, the woman is not offered the sacred

 

thread. And in the Bhagavad-gita it is also accepted like that by the

 

Supreme Personality… Striyo vaisyas tatha sudrah. And another place

 

it is said that Mahabharata was compiled by Vyasadeva because the

 

direct Vedic knowledge is not understandable…

 

Stri-sudra-dvija-bandhunam trayi na sruti-gocara. Trayi means Vedic

 

literature. They cannot understand. Stri-sudra-dvija-bandhunam: women,

 

and the sudras, and dvija-bandhu. Dvija-bandhu means born in a

 

brahmana family, but not qualified as brahmana. They are called not

 

brahmana. They are called dvija-bandhu.

 

So this Mahabharata was made by Vyasadeva for these

 

stri-sudra-divja-bandhunam. Therefore Mahabharata is called “Fifth

 

Vedas.” There are four Vedas, Sama, Yajuh, Rk, Atharva,

 

…matuh priya-cikirsaya. The son was ready always to see that “Mother is

 

not unhappy. My father has gone away. So she may not feel the absence

 

of my father.” This very word is very significant, matuh

 

priya-cikirsaya. He was always ready to take care of the mother. And

 

the best care is to give her knowledge. Because women are supposed to

 

be less intelligent; therefore they should be given knowledge. And

 

they should also follow. They should follow the father’s instruction,

 

they should follow the husband’s instruction, they should follow

 

grown-up, learned, scholar like Kapiladeva. Then their life is

 

perfect. Dependent, remain dependent.

 

 

 

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Tan manye adhitam uttamam. One who is engaged in these nine different

 

processes of devotional service… The first beginning is sravanam,

 

hearing. So under the direction of the spiritual master and the

 

sastras, immediately he is liberated person. He doesn’t require to

 

make separate endeavor for becoming liberated. Because immediately he

 

engages himself in devotional… Mam ca yo ‘vyabhicarena.

 

Avyabhicarena, unfailing. Strictly. Drdha-vrata. Satatam kirtayanto

 

mam yatantas ca drdha-vratah. Drdha-vrata, firm conviction that “I am

 

engaged in Krsna’s service. I am now free from all material

 

contamination.” Drdha-vrata.

 

 

 

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don’t say that “This metal has no connection with Krsna.” Yes, it has

 

connection. Because it is production of His own energy. So… Just

 

like this material world, this cosmic manifestation, is the production

 

of the sunshine. The sun and the sunshine–you cannot say the sunshine

 

is false and the sun is true. That is not nice philosophy. If the sun

 

is true, then the sunshine is also true. So we don’t say that this

 

jagan mithya. No. It may be temporary, but it is not mithya. Therefore

 

our Gosvamis, they instruct, or Krsna also instructs that everything

 

belongs to Him. Therefore everything should be utilized for His

 

purpose. That is wanted.

 

 

 

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world will change. That’s a fact. Sarve sukhino bhavantu. This is the

 

Vedic mission: “Let everyone become happy….

 

 

 

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We are purely part and parcel of Krsna. We are actually the senses of

 

Krsna. And when we forget this position and we want to satisfy

 

ourself, that is our material condition.

 

 

 

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Therefore by studying Vedic literature, we can understand Krsna.

 

Therefore one must seek for a Vedic teacher. Tad-vijnanartham sa gurum

 

evabhigacchet. Not that “At home, by speculation, I can understand

 

what is God.” That is not produce.(?) Vedas says… Just like if you

 

want to be educated, you must accept some school. It doesn’t matter

 

whether the school is perfect or not perfect, but you cannot avoid

 

school going. That is not possible. If you think that “Without going

 

to school, I shall learn everything,” that is not possible. Vedas says

 

that if you want knowledge actually… Tad-vijnanartham. Tad-vijnana

 

means transcendental knowledge. Because Vedic knowledge… There is

 

…   This life is meant for simply how to understand the Absolute Truth.

 

Jivasya tattva-jijnasa. Jivasya… But that is missing now. Nobody is

 

inquiring, neither there is any institution throughout the whole world

 

where there is tattva-jijnasa, what is the Absolute Truth. Simply

 

technical knowledge–how to become this, how to become that, to fill

 

up this belly. But we cannot see even that the birds, beasts, they do

 

not become technologists. How they are getting food? There are

 

8,400,000 forms of body. The human form of body are 400,000. Out of

 

many bodies that live in jungle, they have also no technology, no

 

education, no systematic government, nothing–but they are also

 

eating. The birds and beasts are eating. Everyone is eating. The ants

 

within your home, within the hole of your room, they’re also eating.

 

So who is not eating? Everyone is eating. Why you have made a

 

civilization to work hard like an ass for your eating? What is this

 

civilization? If everyone is, without working, they’re getting their

 

food, then what is your advancement of civilization that you have to

 

work like an ass to get your food? That is not advancement of

 

of civilization.

 

…   So an intelligent man can see God even while walking on the beach.

 

That requires intelligence. Therefore mudhah. Na mam duskrtino mudhah.

 

Those who are asses, they cannot see God. Those who are intelligent,

 

they can see God everywhere. Everywhere. God is present everywhere.

 

Andantara-stha-paramanu-cayantara-stham. Eko ‘py asau racayitum

 

jagad-anda-koti. He is within this universe. He is within your heart.

 

He is within everything, even within the atom. Why you cannot see God?

 

And God says that “Try to see Me in this way. If you are so dull, then

 

you try to see Me in this way.” What? What is that easy way? Raso ‘ham

 

apsu kaunteya: “I am the taste of the water.” And Krsna says, “I am

 

the taste of the water.” So have you not tasted the water? You are

 

drinking water. Who has not tasted? Everyone has seen God. Why he says

 

that “I do not see God”? Raso ‘ham apsu kaunteya prabhasmi

 

sasi-suryayoh. “I am the sunshine.” Who has not seen the sunshine?

 

Everyone has seen the sunshine. Why he says that “I have not seen

 

God”? First of all, try to see God, A-B-C-D; then you’ll see the

 

personal God. You’ll see everywhere.

 

 

 

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three years. Or president. Just like Nixon was president; now he’s not

 

president. So this is an upadhi. You are Indian, American, this,

 

that–they are all upadhis. Therefore if we are attached, if we are

 

attached to the upadhi, that is called avagraha. Aham mameti. And

 

according to the upadhi, I become attached to “me” and “mine”–“I am

 

this,” “I am that,” and “It is mine, it is…” But actually, they are

 

all illusion. Fact it is. If you suppose… Just like the president

 

was five years very powerful. Now he’s dragged down. Then what is the

 

value? What is the value? So it may be for five years or fifty years

 

or utmost hundred years. Or a million years. Just like Brahma. But

 

they are all temporary. In the eternal time, five years or ten years

 

or hundred years or five million years, they are all limited. They are

 

not eternal. But we are eternal. We living entities, we are eternal.

 

So why we should be illusioned by the noneternal?

 

That is called illusion. That is called jnana, that “I learn from

 

Bhagavad-gita that ‘I am eternal. There is no birth and there is no

 

death.’ Na jayate na mriyate va kadacit. Kadacit, at any time. Not

 

that it has begun now. No. Never we are born. Na hanyate hanyamane…

 

So this is the fact. So why I shall be interested in something

 

noneternal?” This is called knowledge. If I am eternal and my position

 

is to enjoy life… Anandamayo ‘bhyasat. By nature, I am part and

 

parcel of Krsna. Krsna is sac-cid-ananda-vigrahah, and Krsna says,

 

mamaivamso jiva-bhutah. So qualitatively I am also sac-cid-ananda. So

 

why I am enjoying this temporary life for ten years or twenty years or

 

two hundred years?

 

 

 

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This is guru. Guru’s business is that we are in the darkness of this

 

illusion, “my” and “mine.” The whole world is going on. They fight

 

between nation and nation, between society and society, community and

 

community, brother and brother, father and mother, or so many…

 

Simply this aham mameti. “This much mine. Why (they) are interfering

 

in my business? There must be fight.” This illusion is going on. But

 

we do not belong to any one of them. It is temporary. Just like in a

 

railway compartment, if there is some crowd, somebody fights, “Why…

 

Why… Why you have pushed me? Why you have taken my seat?” And there

 

is very big fight. And somebody tolerates that “I shall sit here for

 

two hours or for three hours. Why shall I fight?” This is one

 

mentality. And another mentality is that he knows that for the two

 

hours or three hours or some other hours he’ll remain in that

 

compartment, but there is fight, because aham mameti. But two hours’

 

seat, he’s thinking, “It is my permanent seat. Why you should intrude

 

upon my seat?”

 

 

 

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Because this material life is all sinful life. Because everything

 

belongs to Krsna, and we are possessing things for my satisfaction.

 

This is sinful. Criminal. Suppose if your property I use for my sense

 

gratification, it is criminal. Similarly, everything belongs to Krsna.

 

Bhoktaram yajna-tapasam sarva-loka-mahesvaram. Krsna says, “I am the

 

proprietor.” So if you don’t acknowledge that, if you use this world

 

for your sense gratification, then you are criminal. Therefore it is

 

said that you offer yajna, offer to Krsna. Then you take it.

 

Yajna-sistasinah santo mucyante sarva-kilbisaih. You bring things…

 

You have to eat. That’s a fact. Krsna is giving you opportunity of

 

eating nice things: food grains, fruits, flowers, milk, so many

 

things. So you prepare, offer to Krsna. That is called yajna. Yajna

 

means satisfaction of the Supreme Person. That is called yajna. So

 

yajnarthe karmano ‘nyatra loko ‘yam karma-bandhanah. If you do not

 

work for performing yajna, then you are becoming entangled. Yajnarthe

 

karmano ‘nyatra loko ‘yam karma-bandhanah. And if you perform yajna

 

and then you enjoy… Tena tyaktena bhunjithah. We require our, I mean

 

to say, maintenance of life and soul. That is, that is a fact. But

 

tena tyaktena bhunjithah. You enjoy everything which is given to you

 

as prasadam, as remnants, as mercy. This is Vaisnava life. Vaisnava

 

life means they do not… What is this temple? The temple is they are

 

being trained up how to accept the remnants of foodstuff of Krsna. We

 

don’t cook for ourself. If we cook for ourself, then, as it is stated

 

in the Bhagavad-gita, it is said, ye pacanty atma-karanat, bhunjate te

 

tv agham papah. They are simply eating sinful things.

 

And people are doing that. They do not offer to Krsna, and they eat

 

whatever they like. The result is that you have misused this

 

opportunity of human life, to understand Krsna and go back to home,

 

back to Godhead, so that you’ll be happy eternally. You’ll be freed

 

from this entanglement of bhutva bhutva praliyate. You enjoy one

 

duration of life; again you have to give it up. Then you accept

 

another duration of life. Bhutva bhutva praliyate. This human life is

 

meant for getting rid of this business, taking birth and dying, taking

 

birth and dying. This is meant.

 

 

 

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vasudevah sarvam iti. It is not my land, not your land. It is all

 

Vasudeva’s property. That knowledge comes. When comes? Bahunam

 

janmanam ante. But we are giving that knowledge immediately. The

 

knowledge which you are expecting after many thousands of births, this

 

Krsna consciousness movement is giving you immediately. If you are

 

intelligent man, you should take it, take advantage of it. We are

 

preaching that “Everything belongs to Krsna. Everything should be

 

utilized for Krsna’s purpose, Krsna’s benefit. He is the beneficiary.

 

Then everything is all right.” If one comes to this

 

knowledge–vasudevah sarvam iti…, isavasyam idam sarvam–sa mahatma

 

sudurlabhah, then immediately you become the greatest mahatma. Mahatma

 

does not mean simply having a big beard and some dress, saffron dress.

 

No. This knowledge, that nothing belongs to…

 

 

 

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A sane man will not go there. But these crows and dogs will go there.

 

So this world is like that. Punah punas carvita-carvananam. Chewing

 

the chewed. Just like you chew one sugarcane and throw it on the

 

street. But if somebody comes again to chew it, then he’s a fool. He

 

must know “The juice has been taken away from that sugarcane. What

 

shall I get by chewing?” But there are animals like that. They want to

 

chew again. So our this material society means chewing the chewed. A

 

father gives education to his son to earning livelihood, gets him

 

married, and settles him, but he knows that “This kind of business,

 

earning money and marrying, begetting children, I have done, but I am

 

not satisfied. So why I am engaging my son in this business?” This is

 

called chewing the chewed. Chewing the same thing. “I have not been

 

satisfied with this business, but why I am engaging my son also?” The

 

real father is he who does not allow his son to taste the chewing the

 

chewed. That is real father. Pita na sa syaj janani na sa syat, na

 

mocayed yah samupeta-mrtyum. This is real contraceptive. A father, a

 

man should not desire to become a father, a woman should not desire to

 

become a mother, unless they are fit to save the children from the

 

impending clutches of death. That is the duty of father and mother.

 

And how one can be saved? The saved means if the father and mother

 

together gives education to the son about Krsna consciousness, then he

 

can be saved. The father-mother’s duty is… The same,

 

…for other purposes besides this. Of course, we have got this body. We

 

have to maintain it. It is not that we should neglect… In our

 

society we don’t advise that you should neglect your body. But don’t

 

unnecessarily be engaged simply for maintaining the body.

 

… Just like we are reading this literature,

 

Srimad-Bhagavatam. They are very abhijna. Kapiladeva… Devahuti is

 

asking from Kapiladeva because He’s abhijna, He knows very well how to

 

liberate. So people who are not interested janesv abhijnesu sa eva

 

go-kharah… The animals are not int… Here, in this temple, the

 

human beings are expected to come here, not the animals. Cats and

 

dogs, they cannot come here. So anyone who does not take advantage of

 

the instruction of abhijnah, they are simply cats and dogs. They are

 

not human beings.

 

 

 

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So similarly, Krsna also becomes very… Krsna and Kapiladeva, no

 

difference. So Krsna also becomes very beautiful. He’s already

 

beautiful. But when a devotee serves Him, a devotee comes to Him, He

 

also becomes very beautiful. A devotee, when with his heart and soul,

 

serves Krsna in dressing Him, in feeding Him, in giving Him flower, He

 

becomes smiling. And if you can get Krsna, once smiling upon you, your

 

life is fulfilled.

 

Thank you very much. (end)

 

 

 

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persons who are conditioned in

 

the society, friendship, and love, this is the attraction for material

 

life. “Society, friendship and love,” they think, “divinely bestowed

 

upon man.” But that, it is not divinely bestowed upon man. From

 

spiritual point of view, it is the gift of maya. Society, friendship

 

and love is the gift of maya, illusion. Actually, the society with

 

which we associate, and friendship which we make here, and so-called

 

love, how long? Now, supposing I am now in human society. How long I

 

shall remain in human society?