Hare Krsna To All
All glories to Srila Prabhupada
What follows is a series we are doing over time.(this may take a while to complete) Below is a summation of some of the most important and very interesting topics in the 685 page Volume One book of Srila Prabhupadas Srimad Bhagavatam classes. This compendium of Srimad Bhagavatam classes stretches over 11 Volumes of books published by the BBT. So for those who dont have time to read these nectar books, we are going to summarize some of the material for your perusal and enjoyment. I think you will find them very interesting and useful for spiritual life.
Srimad Bhagavatam lecture book-VOLUME 1
1) ►750221SB.CAR Lectures
…And now you come to your argument and reason, whether origin of
life is matter or life. That you have to discuss. So here it is said
that origin is life because here it is said, yato 'nvayad itaratas ca
arthesu abhijnah svarat. Just like if I am taken as the origin of this
Krsna consciousness movement, that means I know everything directly
and indirectly of all ... this movement, then I cannot be called the
founder-acarya. And as soon as the origin becomes a knower, he is
life. So therefore dull matter cannot be the knower
2) 710815SB.LON Lectures
So we are being put into different conditions, under different
types of body. So liberation means that one shall not be under any
condition. Just like Krsna, He is not under any condition. That is
liberation. We can also, because we are part and parcel of Krsna, we
can also become without any condition. Just like Narada Muni. Narada
Muni is traveling in the space because he's liberated soul. He's not
conditioned. But because we are conditioned, we cannot travel in the
space without the help of some machine or something else. This
conditional life is going on anywhere you go within this material
world. There are innumerable universes, and each and every universe,
there are innumerable planets of different climatic conditions. Just
like we find the climatic condition in the moon is different from the
climatic condition of this earth. The climatic condition of sun is
different from the climatic condition in the earth or from the moon.
Every, each and every planet, each and every universe is differently
conditioned. That is the beauty of Krsna's creation. Kesava tuwa jagat
vicitra. Bhaktivinoda Thakura has sung: "Kesava, my dear Lord Krsna,
Your creation is so full of varieties." That's a fact. But all these
conditions are not very liking to us. We are trying to be liberated
from all conditions. Therefore liberation is the ultimate goal. As it
is here stated, "Religion includes four primary subjects, namely,
pious activities, economic development, satisfaction of the senses
and, finally, liberation from material bondage."
So the ultimate goal being liberation, we have to adjust things,
targeting to that point. That is real human civilization. The Vedic
civilization is based on this view, that all the conditioned souls,
they have... Why they have become conditioned? The reason is they
revolted against Krsna. They wanted to imitate Krsna. That is the
mentality everywhere. You know, everyone says, "Oh, I don't care for
God. I don't care for anything. I am at liberty to do anything." Just
the hippies, they say, "We don't care for anything, state laws or
convention or police or anything." The idea is that everyone is
wanting liberation, "be high." Because that is our constitutional
So everyone is trying to be liberated. So in the bodies lower than
the human being, there is no question of liberation. There is no
question. Out of the 8,400,000's of species of life, 8,000,000 and at
least 300 species, ah, 3,000 species of life, there is no question of
liberation. They must live under the conditions of material nature.
Prakrteh kriyamanani gunaih karmani sarvasah. You have accepted this
material body voluntarily for enjoying this material world. You enjoy
it to the fullest extent under the condition of stringent laws of
material nature. Now, in the human form of life, civilized human form
of life, your consciousness is now developed. There is a chance to
understand why you are conditioned. You don't want condition; you want
liberation. This question arises in the human form of life, not in the
cat's life, dog's life. No. So we should remember this is the
difference between other bodies and this body….
3) 710818SB.LON Lectures
Revati-nandana: So sometimes the spiritual master
is far, far away. He may be in Los Angeles. Somebody is coming to
Hamburg temple. He thinks, "How will the spiritual master be pleased?"
Prabhupada: Just follow his order. Spiritual master is along with you
by his words. Just like my spiritual master is not physically present,
but I am associating with him by his words.
Revati-nandana: And Krsna knows that; therefore we make advancement.
He is sitting in our heart. He knows what we're doing. So He sees,
"He's serving My pure devotee," immediately there is advancement.
Prabhupada: Yes. Spiritual master..., Krsna is not limited. It is not
material. You can associate with Krsna and the spiritual master in any
4) 710818SB.LON Lectures
Revati-nandana: That's right. Just like my name is Revati-nandana
dasa. So that is a name of Balarama.
Prabhupada: Yes. Revati-nandana is identical with Krsna. We are
Revati-nandana: Oh, yes. That is clear. His question is "Does that
mean that when I'm in the spiritual sky I'm going to be a servant of
Prabhupada: Yes. That's it.
Revati-nandana: But once you told me that... I asked you if we were
all devotees of Radha and Krsna. You said, "Well, we might also be
devotees of Laksmi-Narayana, or Sita-Rama..."
Prabhupada: None of them are different from Krsna. Revati-nandana is
5) ►710815SB.LON Lectures
So because it is not fully realized, therefore such living entities
who take sayujya-mukti, they again fall down in due course of time.
Because he doesn't get in the sayujya-mukti the other two parts,
component parts of his life, blissfulness and knowledge, full
knowledge. Aruhya krcchrena param padam tatah patanty adhah ...
penances, and rise up to the Brahman effulgence, becomes merged into
it, but again falls down. Just like the spark: it enters the flame of
the fire, but there is again chance of falling down.
6) 750224SB.CAR Lectures
Similarly, there is Dhanur-veda. Dhanur-veda,
military science. There are so many departments. Just like this
aeroplane. That is also mentioned in the Vedas. There are not only
aeroplanes; there are three other sciences. It is called kapota-vahi.
Kapota-vahi means... The ka means the sky, and pota means ship. So as
there is science how to manufacture the airship, that is there. There
is another science of the same type, it is called kapota-vahi. Kapota
means pigeons. You can train up pigeons, and they will carry you from
one place to another. There is another science which is called
akasa-yanam. Akasa-yanam means in the akasa, in the sky, you can fly
with any vehicle. There are mantras... Suppose I am sitting on this
throne. By chanting those mantras this seat will be, fly in the sky.
We read from Srimad-Bhagavatam that Kapiladeva? No, Kardama Muni,
father of Kapiladeva, he made an aeroplane or a exactly a township
with big, big buildings, with lake, garden and so many people, that
was flying in the sky and visited all the planets.
Therefore it is said, nigama-kalpa-taru. Kalpa-taru means desire
tree. So Vedas are compared with the desire tree. Desire tree means
just like here in this material world you go to the mango tree. You
get mangoes. But you cannot get samosa. (laughter) But desire trees
there are. In the spiritual planets there are desire trees. Whatever
you want, you can get from that tree. If you go to any tree and
whatever you like, you get it from it. So that is called kalpa-taru.
So these Vedas are compared with the kalpa-taru because you can derive
any kind of knowledge from Vedic literature. So Veda means knowledge.
The word Veda means knowledge. So Vedic literature means... You can
take it. Any kind of knowledge, it can be called Vedas…..
7) 720901SB.NV Lectures
Prabhupada: So simply by vibration the atmosphere will be cleansed and
purified. Just like when there is thundering sound in the sky, it does
not require to understand by any particular language. That very
vibration And the origin of creation is sound. The grosser elements
are visible, but the creation takes place from finer elements. The
sound is the symptom of the sky. By sound we can understand that there
is sky, ether. Then, by sound vibration, there is circulation of air.
And you have got practical experience. When there is very loud sound
vibration, sometimes there is very strong wind also. So by sound
vibration, the wind is started, and by strong wind electricity is
produced. From electricity, water is produced, perspiration. And from
water, earth is produced.
So sound is the original element of creation. In Sanskrit language
it is called sabda-brahma. Brahman, or the Absolute Truth, is first
appeared Absolute Truth becomes knowable by sound. In the
Bhagavad-gita it is said, the Lord says, raso 'ham apsu kaunteya
prabhasmi sasi-suryayoh, sabdah khe. Sabda means sound. If we want to
see God, so let us hear first of all the sound vibration, because that
is the beginning. In the Bible also it is said, "The Lord said, 'Let
there be creation,' and there was creation." So "Let there be
creation," this is sound, transcendental sound. So one who says this
word, "Let there be creation," He is not within the creation. Because
He, God, is speaking, "Let there be creation" means He is existing
8) 720901SB.NV Lectures
Guest: Why, why is maya so very, very strong if our purpose in life is
to be with God?
Prabhupada: What is that?
Devotee: Why is maya so strong if our purpose is to be with God?
Prabhupada: Your purpose is not strong. (laughter).
Prabhupada: Thank you. (end)
9) 710810SB.LON Lectures
Prabhupada: So the question raised by the sages and saintly persons in
Naimisaranya was, "After departure of Krsna, unto whom the charge of
religious principle depended?" So Suta Gosvami, who is a disciple of
Sukadeva Gosvami... Sukadeva Gosvami is his spiritual master.
Therefore it is the etiquette, before speaking anything, the disciple
should first of all offer respect to the spiritual master.
So offering respect to the spiritual master means to remember some
of his activities. Some of his activities. Just like you offer respect
to your spiritual master, namas te sarasvate deve
gaura-vani-pracarine. This is the activity of your spiritual master,
that he is preaching the message of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu and he's
a disciple of Sarasvati Thakura. Namas te sarasvate. You should
pronounce it sarasvate, not sarasvati. Sarasvati is the, my spiritual
master. So his disciple is sarasvate. Sarasvate deve
gaura-vani-pracarine. These are the activities. What is the activities
of your spiritual master? He's simply preaching the message of Lord
Caitanya. That is his business.
10) 740527SB.ROM Lectures
So what Sukadeva did? Svanubhavam. He first of all heard from his
father, Vyasadeva, Srimad-Bhagavatam, and realized it. Not a
professional Bhagavata reciter. Just like in India now there are a
class of men, especially in Vrndavana, the gosvamis. They make a
business. Therefore there are many, many very artistic Bhagavata
reciters, but they could not turn even one man to Krsna consciousness
Because they are not self-realized, svanubhavam. Of course, we have
tried our best; so in few years there are so many Krsna conscious
persons come out. This is the secret. Unless one is svanubhavam,
self-realized, life is bhagavata, he cannot preach Bhagavata. That is
not... That will not be effective. A gramophone will not help.
Therefore Caitanya Mahaprabhu's secretary, Svarupa Damodara,
recommended, bhagavata pora giya bhagavata-sthane, that "If you want
to read Srimad-Bhagavatam, you must approach a person who is life
living Bhagavata." Bhagavata pora giya bhagavata-sthane. Otherwise,
there is no question of Bhagavata realization.
11) 720717SB.EDI Lectures
The human being, unless he is fast asleep at night, is busy with questions
and answers. The businessmen in the market are busy with questions and
answers, and so also, the lawyers in the court and the students in the
schools and colleges. The legislators in the parliament are also busy
with questions and answers, and the politicians and the press
representatives are all busy with questions and answers. Although they
go on making such questions and answers for their whole lives, they
are not at all satisfied. Satisfaction of the soul can only be
obtained by questions and answers on the subject of Krsna. Krsna is
our most intimate master, friend, father or son, and object of
conjugal love. Forgetting Krsna, we have created so many objects of
questions and answers, but none of them are able to give us complete
12) 720904SB.NV Lectures
will come out, a little hole. We have seen it. There was one Mr.
Chakravarti. He learned this art, and he made money in cooperation
with a circus, Bose's circus, in Calcutta. I have seen it in our
childhood, that this Mr. Chakravarti first of all was packed in a bag,
and the bag was sealed before all audience, and the bag was put in a
box. The box was locked up, not only locked up, it was sealed. Then a
curtain, mosquito-curtainlike curtain, was covered. And on the box
there was a tabla. You know tabla, harmonium.(?) So from outside one
of the circus men said, "Mr. Chakravarti, will you kindly play the
tabla?" The table was going on nicely within the curtain. Then he
said, "Mr. Chakravarti, will you kindly play on the harmonium?" The
harmonium he played. Then he said, "Mr. Chakravarti, will you please
come out?" So he immediately came out from the curtain, and he began
to round the box, and the man, circus man, asked everyone, "Catch him,
catch him, catch him." So somebody tried to catch him, but nobody
could catch him. He again entered in the curtain, and when the curtain
was taken, everyone saw that the table was there, the harmonium was
there, and the box was locked and sealed. And then the seal was
opened. The box was opened. Then Mr. Chakravarti, within the bag, he
was taken out. And the bag was sealed. It was opened. At that time Mr.
Chakravarti was perspiring. He was very fatigued. He remained in such
a way, but he came out. That we have seen.
So this is called anima-siddhi. Laghima-siddhi, there is
laghima-siddhi. You can float in the sky just like cotton swab. That
is called laghima-siddhi. Prapti, prapti means a yogi can get
immediately... Suppose a yogi is sitting here. You can ask him, "Give
me a fresh pomegranate from Kabul." He will immediately give. So there
are so many siddhis, perfection: anima, laghima, prapti-siddhi, isita,
vasita. A yogi can manufacture a planet, he is so powerful. Just like
Visvamitra Yogi. He produced man from the tree. So these are yogic
perfections, not simply pressing the nose. That is not. Yoga practice
is to gain material power. That's all. There was... Say, about hundred
years ago there was a yogi in Benares, Kasi, and he was sitting naked
on the road, public road, and the government took objection. So he was
taken several times to police custody, and he came out. He became very
famous. So there are many yogis. They can play this magic. But all
this yogic power in large quantity... Just like a yogi can float
himself in the air, but by God's yogic power, millions and trillions
heavy planets are floating in the air, millions and trillions.
So the supreme yogic power is Krsna. Therefore it is said, bruhi
yogesvare krsne. Yogesvara. Isvara means controller. There are many
yogic power and yogis, but he is the supreme controller of everyone.
Therefore He is mentioned here, bruhi yogesvare krsne: "The master of
the mystic power, Krsna….
13) 721016SB.VRN Lectures
Suppose there is fire. I believe that "I'll touch the fire; it will
not burn." That is not law. It must burn. Even a child catches the
fire, it will burn. There is no excuse. Similarly, dharmam tu saksad
bhagavat-pranitam.. So you cannot violate the laws of God. Any one of us, we
know. Just like we, we eat... (Hindi) Eating is the law of God.
Everyone should eat. But if you eat more, if you violate the law...
You can eat whatever you require, little. But if you eat more, if you
violate this law, then you'll be diseased, immediately. Daivi hy esa
gunamayi mama maya duratyaya. As soon as you violate the laws of God,
you'll be punished.
14) 721016SB.VRN Lectures
Prabhupada: No. Everyone is Krsna's. Where is your neck beads?
Gurudasa: Oh, here.
Gurudasa: They came, they came untied, and so I tied them together
just like this.
Prabhupada: You must have your neck, neck beads tight.
Gurudasa: Right around the neck?
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Indian: If hearing is more important than chanting, then from whom a
man should hear about Krsna? It is from anyone?
Prabhupada: What is that question?
Devotee: He says hearing, hearing is more important...
Prabhupada: Everything is more important, but hearing is especially
Indian: From whom one should hear about Krsna?
Prabhupada: From Krsna devotee, not a professional man.
Indian: How one can tell that he is a devotee of Krsna?
Prabhupada: That requires little intelligence. One has to learn. It
cannot be... You have to see that by chanting Krsna, what he is doing?
He is maintaining his body, or he is actually desirous of advancing in
Krsna consciousness. That you have to know. Chant. (end)
16) 761009SB.ALI Lectures
Prthivite, upon the surface of the earth there are many systems of
religion. Yaha kichu dharma name chole. So what is that? Bhagavata
kahe. He does not say, but he says on the authority of
Srimad-Bhagavatam. That is scholarship. A scholar will not speak
anything as he is thinking. No. He will give authoritative quotation
to support. That is Vedic system. When you support your proposition
with the Vedic version, then it is accepted. Otherwise not. Veda
So Vrndavana Dasa Thakura said bhagavata kahe. He doesn't say, "In
my opinion." Nowadays it has become a very good fashion, "I think."
"In my opinion." Without knowing his own value, he gives his opinion.
He does not know that he's imperfect. He's imperfect in his senses,
he's liable to commit mistake, he's illusioned, and he's a cheater.
Everyone knows that "How I am cheating the other party." Especially
amongst businessmen, when there is conference, so each one is trying,
"Now how much I have cheated him." So this cheating, vipralipsa, is
one of the qualification of the conditioned soul. Bhrama pramada
vipralipsa karanapatava. So a person, authorized person in the line of
disciplic succession, he does not speak by his own authority.
Immediately he'll quote from the Vedic literature to support his proposition…
17) 761009SB.ALI Lectures
Our movement, this Krsna consciousness movement, is educating
people how to become advanced in devotional service and how to go back
home, back to Godhead. And this is not a very difficult task. It is
very easy. If it is not easy how the Europeans, Americans, are now
taking seriously? Because they, I think at least before ten years,
before starting of this movement, most of them, they did not know what
is Krsna. Now they are all devotees of Krsna. Even the Christian
priests, they are surprised. In Boston, one Christian priest, he
admitted that "These boys, they are our boys, coming from the
Christian group or the Jewish group. So before this movement they did
not take care even to see us or to ask any question about God or to
come to the church. They completely neglected. And now, how it is they
are mad after God?" They are surprised. "Why? Why have they become
so...?" Because they have taken to the process. The process is
important. Simply speculation... Bhakti is not theoretical. It is
practical. Yato bhaktir adhoksaje. If you want to take to the bhakti
process, it is not speculation. You must actually engage yourself in
the process. Yato bhaktir adhoksaje. That process is
sravanam kirtanam visnoh
arcanam vandanam dasyam
Krsna is not meant for the Hindus or Indians. This is
a mistake. Now, the Westerners, the Europeans, Americans, they
understand. They do not know that "Why should ... Krsna? He is Indian.
He was Hindu." No. Krsna is for everyone. Just like the sun. The same
sun, it rises, first of all rises in India, then gradually goes to
Europe. Does it mean the European sun and the Indian sun, they are
different? No, the one sun. Similarly, God is one for everyone.
19) 680803SB.MON Lectures
name. Just like Krsna. This "Krsna" name is given... That is explained
krsir bhu-vacakah sabdo
nas ca nirvrti-vacakah
tayor aikyam param brahma
krsna ity abhidhiyate
Krsna's name... Krs means to become, to appear. Bhu-vacakah. Or
attraction. We have got attraction for material enjoying, and nas ca
nirvrti-vacakah. Na means ananda. Another meaning is negation. So "the
Supreme Personality of Godhead, who, by His attractive features, by
attraction of His bodily beauty, by attraction of His opulence, by
attraction of His pastimes, so many things..." Krsna is
all-attractive. And one who is all-attractive, He is the Supreme
Personality of Godhead. This is the meaning of "Krsna."
20) ►710826SB.LON Lectures
These prayers, although it is in Sanskrit language, simply by hearing,
the effect is made by the vibration. They're symbolical representation
of the Supreme Spirit. Just like you are acquainted with the omkara,
om, that is also an alphabetical representation.... a specific
significance. So, even sometimes you do not understand the meaning, by
hearing the vibration you will be benefited.
21) 710827SB.LON Lectures
So therefore dharma first. That is the beginning of humanity, human
civilization. Otherwise animals. The animals, they don't say, "I am
Christian," "I am Muhammadan," "I am Buddhist," "I am this." No. He's
dog. He's cat. That's all. Finished. But a human being says, "I am...
I belong to this religion. I belong to that religion." That is
required first. They are rejecting religion. The churches are vacant.
That means they are becoming cats and ... certificate that you have
become animal. The animal never says that "I belong to this dharma or
that dharma." No.
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.. Economic... You require some money to maintain
yourself. So they will never be dishonest. Dishonest. In India still
there are merchants, they would not take profit more than twenty-five
percent, highest. There is no question of black market. "Now, I
purchased this for one dollar. Oh, I am getting demand. I must charge
five hundred times." No. That is irreligious. There are... Everything
there is prescribed, that you cannot take more than this profit. So
there was no black market, because people were religious.
Therefore if civilization is based on religious life, it doesn't
matter what religion he belongs to, he is elevated. Any religion. And
therefore I ask the Christians that Lord Christ says that "Thou shall
not kill," why you are killing? They give some vague explanation. But
actually a real Christian is as good as a real Hindu, as a real
Muslim--if he follows. No religion is bad. We don't say. But the
first-class religion is that... That is explained here: sa vai pumsam
paro dharmo yato bhaktir adhoksaje. Every religion teaches how to love
God more or less. Why more or less? That is the only aim. How to learn
how to love God. But they are rejecting God, what to speak of love.
Rejecting. "What is God, this nonsense? I am God. God is dead.
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Similarly, in our diseased condition, we actually we cannot enjoy
life. The sex impulse is there in the Vaikuntha also. But they are so
elevated that, after all, it is enjoyment. If you get better
enjoyment, you give up. Param drstva nivartate. That is the nature.
You are enjoying something, but if you get better enjoyment, you give
up this inferior enjoyment. So don't think in the Vaikuntha or in
Goloka Vrndavana there is no sex impulse. There is--in Radha-Krsna.
But not like this abominable way. The impulse is there in a perfect
order. So they're enjoying. Not like this abominable sex life. The
devotees there, they are so much absorbed in Krsna thought, they don't
like to have sex. There are beautiful women, beautiful men, very,
very. But they have got other engagement, very nice engagement. Param
drstva nivartate. Just like, for example, in this, our society also,
you see thousands of men are standing, paying to see some dead body.
Sense enjoyment. You see? But our men are not so rascal that they will
stand for five hours to see some dead body. You see? Similarly, why?
Why they are able not to go there, stand? Because they have seen
So the more you see better thing, you give up this abominable. That
is progress of spiritual life. Thank you.
24) ►720905SB.NV Lectures
Formerly every brahmana used to learn these two sciences, Ayur-veda
and Jyotir-veda. Jyotir-veda means astronomy..., astrology not
astronomy. Because any other,... sudras, they would need the brahmanas
for health and future. Everyone is very inquisitive to learn what is
future, what is going to happen next, and everyone is concerned with
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So one has to become... If one becomes a devotee, ahaituky
apratihata, such devotional service can never be checked. It is not
conditional. "If I am very learned, then I can read Vedanta
philosophy, then I can understand what is the Absolute Truth." So that
is checked. "If I am not very nice Sanskrit scholar, then I, I cannot
become a Vedantist." That is conditional. But bhakti is not
conditional. Not that because you are not a Vedantist, not that
because you are a very not rich man... Not that. Bhakti is
unconditional. Ahaituky apratihata. They're... Just like class of men,
they say, "First of all, let us enjoy this world. Then we shall think
of bhakti, God, later on." That is the general public; they say like
that. But no. Bhakti is not that conditional, that you finish your
business of sense gratification, then you become bhakta. No. Become
bhakta immediately. Immediately. Kaumara acaret prajno dharman
bhagavatan iha. If one is intelligent, he should begin devotional
service immediately. As soon as he gets the information that
devotional service is the perfect type of religion, he should take
immediately, without waiting. Ahaituky apratihata. It is not that "I
am conditioned by so many things. I cannot take to bhakti just now."
No. Ahaituky apratihata. Apratihata. Without any check. Without any
Hindrance, you can adopt bhakti…
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First of all, he's trained up as a brahmacari just to know the relationship, perfect
education. Then he's allowed to become a grhastha. Then he's to accept
vanaprastha, then accept renunciation. This is gradual steps. The real
purpose is renunciation, give up your attachment for this material
world. Because that is my bondage. So long I shall try to enjoy maybe
a fractional percentage, still, I'll have to accept this material
body. It may be a small ant's body, but because the desire is that "I
shall eat one grain of sugar," he has to take the body. Therefore one
should be anyabhilasita-sunyam, completely no desire for material
desire, or material enjoyment. Then we can enter. Anyabhilasita-sunyam
27) 721017SB.VRN Lectures
Prabhupada: So both things are there, pravrtti-marga, nivrtti-marga,
because all the living entities who have come in this material world
with a pravrtti, with a inten..., an intention to enjoy this material
world, therefore they are regulated. "All right, you want this
material enjoyment?" Material enjoyment means eating, sleeping,
mating, and defending. That is material enjoyment. Eating, first-class
eating, first-class sleeping, first-class sex, sexual intercourse, and
first-class defending. So Vedic injunction is "All right, you want sex
life?" "Yes, sir. For this purpose I have come here." "All right, you
get your sex life by marriage, not like cats and dogs." This is called
pravrtti-marga. He has got the intention, but he's being regulated so
that one day he'll become nivrtti-marga. There are two ways,
nivrtti-marga and pravrtti-marga. Pravrtti-marga means he has got
intention, desire for material enjoyment. So he's regulated, "Do like
this," so that he may come to the point of nivrtti-marga. Nivrttis tu
maha-phala, pravrttir esa bhutanam. Everyone has got these desires.
That is pravrtti. But when he stops this pravrtti, that is his great
achievement. Not that to increase. When he stops. That is great
So the Vedas, why one should follow? Just like Vedas says you
marry. People will argue, "What is the difference of sex life,
marrying or not marrying? Why it is Vedas?" No. They do not know the
purpose of the Vedas. The purpose of Vedas is to gradually, to bring
him to the point of nivrtti. Nivrtti, he has to make. Unless he has
got a slight desire for material enjoyment, he'll have to accept
another body (sic). Therefore nivrtti is required. But one cannot come
to the point of nivrtti all of a sudden. Therefore Vedic injunction is
gradually bring him to the nivrtti-marga. Then?
Pradyumna: "The path of enjoyment is inferior, but the path of
sacrifice for the supreme cause is superior. The material existence of
the living being is a diseased condition of actual life."
Prabhupada: This pravrtti-marga is a diseased condition. Diseased
condition means you have to remain. Just like if you are suffering
from fever, doctor has prescribed you that "Don't take any solid
food." But if you take, you'll increase your fever. That's all. If you
have come here for sex life, if you increase your sex life, then
you'll be bound up by the material laws. Again accept... If you want
to increase your sex life, nature will give you facilities: "All
right, you become a hog. You can have sex life without any
discrimination." The hog has no discrimination, mother, sister. So
nature will give you that facilities. "You want sex life? All right,
you get. Un..., without any hindrance, take it."
Therefore the sadhana-bhajana means to come to the point of nil.
Nidrahara-viharakadi-vijitau. These Gosvamis, they conquered over
nidra, ahara. Nidra means sleeping, ahara means eating, and vihara
means sex. Nidrahara-viharakadi-vijitau. You have to conquer. The more
you conquer over these things, the more you are advanced. Because you
have to make it nil altogether. Then you are eligible to go back to
home, back to Godhead. Therefore we train our students: "No illicit
sex, no gambling, no intoxication, no meat-eating"--the nivrtti-marga.
All right. Have kirtana. (end)
28) ►731112SB.DEL Lectures
... krsnah sac-cid-ananda-vigrahah. Krsna's body is not like us. But
we think that Krsna is like us. That is also condemned in the
Bhagavad-gita: avajananti mam mudha manusim tanum asritam. "The rascal
fools, they think Me as ordinary human being." They, all the big, big
acaryas of our country, Sankaracarya, Ramanujacarya, Madhvacarya,
Nimbarka, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, many, many big, big stalwarts, they
have accepted, krsnas tu bhagavan svayam. Are they fools that they are
worshiping a human being? Are they fools, so big, big scholars,
stalwarts? No. Only the fools consider that Krsna is ordinary human
being. He comes to give us lesson what is actually God. God is Krsna.
Krsnas ... avajananti mam mudha manusim... Somebody says, "Well, God,
why God will come? He is so big. Why He will come?" But why He will
not come? If He is so big, why you restrict Him not to come? If He is
very big, is it under your laws that He will not come? If He is very
big, then He has the freedom to come. You cannot restrict.
29) 731112SB.DEL Lectures
So it becomes sometimes lost. When the parampara system... Just
like nowadays, everyone is proud of reading Bhagavad-gita, but he
interprets in his own way. Everyone is at liberty to interpret
Bhagavad-gita as he likes. That is the modern proposal. So there are
664 editions of Bhagavad-gita. Everyone is commenting in his own way.
I have heard that there is one doctor, some rele(?). He has
interpreted Bhagavad-gita as the talks between a patient and a
physician. You see? So this is going on. Everyone whimsically, he is
interpreting. Sometimes in our country also, we see that Mahatma
Gandhi wanted to interpret Bhagavad-gita as nonviolence. It is very
difficult to prove, because Bhagavad-gita is spoken in the Battlefield
of Kuruksetra. (laughs) So how you can prove nonviolence? So it is a
difficult job. So that is not the process of understanding
Bhagavad-gita. Bhagavad-gita is to be understood, as our Swamiji
immediately talked, that it has to be received from the parampara
system…. And Krsna says that "I will speak to you." Why? Bhakto 'si priyo 'si me: "You are My dear friend. Therefore I shall tell you." So this is the process of
understanding: you have to become dear friend of Krsna. Then you will
understand Bhagavad-gita. Otherwise, for thousands of years you may go
on reading Bhagavad-gita; you will not learn even a word of it. That
is the secret. Evam parampara-praptam imam rajarsayo viduh.
So our business is... We are teaching Bhagavad-gita and
Srimad-Bhagavatam as it is spoken by the authorities. We don't add anything or subtract anything…….
30) 731112SB.DEL Lectures
Our only business is to make people happy. We have no
other desire. We don't say that "You give us some money in exchange of
your Krsna consciousness." No. That is not our business. We are not
merchants. We are spreading this Krsna consciousness free of charge.
We are engaged servant of Krsna. Krsna will provide us. Krsna will
provide us. Krsna says, yoga-ksemam vahamy aham, tesam
nityabhiyuktanam. Those who are engaged in the service of Krsna, they
have no problem. There is no problem because Krsna is their protector.
So one must have... Now you will be surprised to know that our this
Krsna consciousness movement, our monthly cost is eight lakhs of
rupees, all over the world. But Krsna is providing us. We have got
simple a few books and we are selling. You will be surprised. We are
selling 30-to 40,000 rupees per day. So we have no problem. Because we
believe. If I serve to a ordinary man, he gives some salary. He gives
some food. And we are engaged in service of Krsna, we shall starve?
No. We have got that confidence.
31) ►740227SB.CAL Lectures
So here it is said sa vai pumsam paro dharmah. Dharma... You have
to execute your occupational duty, but, as Krsna said, sarva-dharman
parityajya mam ekam saranam vraja. That is real dharma. "I am this. I
am following this dharma, that dharma"--that is not dharma. Dharma
means the natural instinct. The natural instinct is to obey the
superior person. Every one of us, we are meant for obeying the
Supreme. Is anyone... Who can say that "I haven't got to obey any
superior person"? Is there anyone? That cannot be. You have to obey.
32) ►740524SB.ROM Lectures
... take instruction from the brahmanas, for their livelihood. That
was very good system. That is natural. Just like in this body there
are the same brahmana, ksatriya, vaisya, sudra. The brahmana is the
head, the brain, and the ksatriya the arms, and vaisya the belly , and
sudras is the legs. So when the body is healthy condition, the brain
is very nice, then the brain gives direction to the legs, to the
hands, to the ... brain, he does not eat much. "Why should I eat more?
When I am not hungry, why shall I load the belly?" It requires brain.
And "No, here is a very nice palatable thing. Let me load it." Because
he has no brain. And after loading, then dysentery. You see? So in
every action, the brain is required.
33) 740524SB.ROM Lectures 1
Dharma means his occupational duty. Dharma means his occupational duty. That
is dharma. A brahmana is..., he has got his duties, to practice how to
become truthful, satya; sama, how to control the senses; and dama, how
to control the mind. Satyam samo damas titiksa, how to learn
toleration, forbearance. Satyam samo damas titiksa, arjavam, how to
become simple, not crooked. Jnanam, full knowledge in everything.
Vijnanam, practical application. Satyam samo damas titiksa arjavam
jnanam vijnanam astikyam, full faith in the Vedic literature. That is
called astikyam. That is called theism, to believe in the sastras
without any deviation. That is called theism. Atheism means not to
believe in the sastra or not to accept them as it is, to comment
according to one's own whim. That is called atheism. Theism means to
have faith, full faith in the Vedic knowledge. That is called theism.
34) 740524SB.ROM Lectures
But it is very difficult to say, but bhagavata-dharma, that which
is called bhagavata, simply relationship with Krsna... In the
Srimad-Bhagavatam you will find no other topics except to establish
the original relationship with Krsna, and therefore it is first class.
Sa vai pumsam paro dharmo yato bhaktir adhoksaje ahaituki without
any... In the material field... What can be done? Some way or other,
although it is..., in the Bible it is said... They go to church for
asking bread. But that is not paro dharmah, because there is hetu,
some cause. But this cause... Similarly in the Muhammadan religion
also, just to be promoted to the heavenly kingdom more. No. That is
not first class. First class means ahaituki, without any cause. Not
that "I shall go to church, I shall go to mosque, I shall go to temple
for asking something from God." That is not first class. That is good
in this sense, that these rascals have at least come to pray to God.
So much it is. But such kind of prayer does not make the first-class
religion. The prayer, as offered by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, na dhanam
na janam na sundarim kavitam va jagadisa kamaye: "My dear Lord, I do
not want any amount of money," na dhanam, "or any number of disciples
or followers," na dhanam na janam na sun..., "neither any beautiful
35) ►751005SB.MAU Lectures
So at the present moment we are engaged in the activities of
material energy. Just like we are economists, nationalists,
scientists, and so on, so on. That means all our engagements are
within this material energy, even psychologists, mental speculators,
philosophers--all material energy. But that is not our superior
engagement. The superior engagement is explained here, sa vai pumsam
paro dharmo. Superior engage means to remain engaged in devotional
service of the Supreme Lord. Sa vai pumsam ... devotional service.
When we understand the Adhoksaja, the Supreme, the Absolute Truth,
then we understand our position. Our position is eternal servant of
God. This is our position. But at the present moment, because we are
not in the superior energy, in the activities of the superior energy,
we are struggling hard with this material energy.
The Lord says that "These living entities, they are part and parcel of
Me." Mamaiva amsa. Amsa means part and parcel. Just like this finger
is the part and parcel of my body, so the finger's business is to
carry out or to see the comforts of the body. I want to itch my
nostril; immediately the finger is engaged. And if the fingers cannot
help me, then it is diseased. Similarly, we are part and parcel of
God. If we cannot help God, if we cannot assist God, if we cannot
serve God, that is our diseased condition. That is our diseased
So we are, at the present moment, we are not helping God, we are
not assisting God, we are not serving God, so this is our diseased
condition. So we have to get out of this diseased condition. That is
called mukti. The mukti is explained in the Srimad-Bhagavatam, muktir
hitva anyatha rupam sva-rupena avasthiti. Mukti means when we give up
our false engagements and we are engaged properly in our original
constitutional position. That is called mukti. So this bhakti means
mukti. Because bhakti means to be engaged in devotional service of the
Supreme, therefore that is mukti. And bhakti begins after mukti.
36) 720905S2.NV Lectures 209528/530501
So in this way try to understand the philosophy of God, that is
bhagavata. Bhagavata discourse means to understand the philosophy of
God. So this process. The religion means first-class religion means
one who has learned to love God. That is first-class religion. And how
to love God, how to practice that love? That is bhakti-yoga. Vasudeve
bhagavati bhakti-yogah prayojitah, janayaty asu vairagyam. Vairagyam,
the word, two things required in human life, knowledge and
renunciation. Renunciation--try to understand what is
renunciation--just like we, the members of the Krsna society, we have
renounced all material activities. That's all. That is renouncement.
Our activities are surrounding only about Krsna. We do not do anything
except Krsna business. We are publishing magazine, that is Krsna. We
are publishing books, that is Krsna. We are going to the press, that
is for Krsna. We are going to the market, that is for Krsna. We are
cooking, that is for Krsna. We are living, only for Krsna. We are
dancing for Krsna. We are chanting for Krsna. So we have renounced...
The same things are there in the material life, publishing book or
going to the press, typing, or microphone, or dancing, chanting, these
are... But they are not for Krsna, that is for sense gratification.
So vairagya means no more working for sense gratification, that is
vairagya. That is renouncement. Only for working Krsna, for the
satisfaction of Krsna, that is called vairagya. And to attain this
vairagya, renouncement, one requires sufficient knowledge. That is
called jnana. So this knowledge and renouncement--two things required
in human life. Just like in your country, some of the younger
generation, they have renounced. That's a good qualification, but they
have no knowledge. Renouncement and knowledge must be combined. Then
your life is successful. Simply renouncement, you cannot stay. You
renounce, again accept. Again accept. So these two things can be
achieved very easily, that formula is given here, vasudeve bhagavati
bhakti-yogah prayojitah, janayaty asu. Asu means very quick. Just like
these American, European boys, especially I have mentioned. Four years
ago they had no knowledge of God. Now they have got knowledge of God
and they have renounced all nonsense. They have no illicit sex, no
intoxication, no gambling, no meat-eating. This is renouncement. So
this renouncement and knowledge can be acquired, simply this method of
bhakti-yoga, what is that? Thinking of Krsna, man-mana, to become His
devotee, to worship Him, and to offer Him obeisances. Only four
things. That is called bhakti-yoga, if you adopt it gradually you will
understand God and your life will be successful. Thank you very much.
37) 740421SB.HYD Lectures
... Seeing, spiritual seeing, does not mean simply to see by the eyes. Spiritual seeing means by chanting you can see, by describing you can see. Because Krsna is Absolute. Absolute. Sravanam kirtanam visnoh smaranam pada-sevanam. In either of these items, either you hear of Krsna, then you are seeing
Krsna. When you chant about Krsna, then you are seeing Krsna. When you
are thinking of Krsna, you are seeing Krsna. This is the process. This is called bhakti-yoga.
38) 720906SB.NV Lectures
The subtle body is mind, intelligence and ego. So if we think of
Krsna in the mind, always, and if we work intelligently for Krsna,
that is mind and intelligence. And if we change our false ego, ego
means, "I am." So I am at the present moment thinking, "I am
American," "I am Indian," "I am white," "I am black,... animal," "I am
cat or dog," so many things, "I am." This "I am" has to be changed. I
am eternal servant of Krsna. In this way, if you educate or transfer
the activities of the subtle body, mind, intelligence, and ego, then,
at the time of death, you give up this subtle body, material subtle
body, mind, intelligence, and ego, and by your spiritual body you go
back to home, back to Godhead. This is called Krsna consciousness
movement. Gross body, automatically we give up. Now, we should
practice to give up the subtle body. To give up this subtle body, one
has to develop love for God, prema. And the process is, how to give up
the subtle body.
39) ►721019SB.VRN Lectures
This hearing process is very, very important. But people
are not interested in hearing. They are simply busy in some other
duties. My Guru Maharaja used to say... One who was not interested in
hearing, he used to call him a dandavat-class. Dandavat-class of men.
That means simply he knows how to make dandavats, that's all.
(laughter) Anyone who will come to him, he would see whether he is a
dandavat-class of man or hearing class of man. So dandavat is nice,
but by offering dandavat, if one does not develop the intent of
hearing, sravanam, then he is not making very much progress. As you
know, because I was little interested in hearing, my Guru Maharaja, he
accepted me as his disciple. He marked this. "This boy is interested
in hearing. He does not go away." Actually, I do not know. I could not
understand what he was speaking in the beginning, but still I was very
much interested to hear him, out of curiosity or something like that.
40) ►721019SB.VRN Lectures
So therefore the most important thing is, to make advance in
devotional service, to increase the appetite for hearing.
Visvaksena-kathasu yah, notpadayed ratim, kathasu ratim. Kathasu
means, rati means attraction to kathasu, that means hearing. Sravanam.
So this is the test, that anyone who is supposed to be advancing in
devotional service, bhakti-yoga, the test will be how much he has
awakened his intense desire for hearing about Krsna. That is the test.
That is the test. So the perfectional platform is stated here, that
"You may execute your different occupational duties, dharma, but the
test will be whether you have developed your consciousness, you have
developed your Krsna consciousness." That is the test.
41) 740422SB.HYD Lectures
Therefore to become devotee is sometimes very troublesome, because
even the father become enemy. This is the position of the devotee. But
still, you have to become devotee. That is your success of life. But
the warning is there, that as soon as you become a devotee, you become
enemies of so many, especially nowadays. You know that recently I was
refused entrance in Africa. The government did not allow me to enter.
What is my fault? Because I am a devotee. This is my fault. So we are
meeting so many dangerous position. In Bombay our temple construction
has been refused by the commissioner of police. Why? Because we chant
Hare Krsna. They have openly written that "The bhajana nuisance." You
see? This is our position. Bhajana... Krsna says, Bhagavan says, that
catur-vidha bhajante mam. This bhajana word is there. "Four kinds of
people can be engaged in bhajana." Who are they? Sukrtino 'rjuna:
"Whose background is very, very pious activities." Now, at present,
bhajana is nuisance. Bhajana is stated in the Vedic scripture that it
is performed by the pious man, and now, at the present circumstances,
bhajana is nuisance.
42 740422SB.HYD Lectures
there must be brain. If you say that "There is no need of brain. We
simply want legs," so how what is this body? A dead body. There must
be the head, there must be the hands, there must be the belly, and
there must be the legs. So brahmana is the head of the society, brain
of the society. And the ksatriyas are the arms of the body. And the
vaisyas, the belly of the body. The stomach and the belly must be kept
in order. If you do not eat, if you do not digest your food, the brain
will not also work, hand will not also work.
So for proper upkeep of the human society, there must be a
brahminical class, brahmana class, the ksatriya class. They are all
equal because my hand is as much important as my brain. But although
comparatively my brain is more important than my hand, that is
comparative. But you require the brain. So at the present moment, why
the society is chaotic condition? Because there is no brahmana. That
is the defect. So society must be divided in the material stage of
this brahmana, ksatriya, vaisya, sudra. And gradually, everyone should
be educated to become brahmana. Athato brahma-jijnasa. Brahma-bhutah.
Then he will understand what is bhakti.
43) 740422SB.HYD Lectures
… but if you do not come to the platform of
spiritual understanding, then it is srama eve hi kevalam--it is simply
waste of time. Simply waste of time. Because you do not catch up the
ideal of your mission. Simply work like the animals and die. The
bodily concept of li... Yasyatma-buddhih kunape tri-dhatuke. Simply
thinking that "I am this body, and my only business is to satisfy the
senses of the body. Not only my body, but my son's body, my grandson's
body, my relative's body." This is going on under different names,
Socialism, this "ism," that "ism"--expanded bodily concept of life.
This is animal civilization. Yasyatma-buddhih kunape tri-dhatuke.
Because the animal is also doing that. A cat is thinking that "I am
this body. I must secure my food anyway. A mouse, anywhere." A dog is
also thinking like that. If human being also thinks like that, then
what is the difference between cats and dogs? He may be very much
proud that "I am discharging my duties very faithfully," but here
Bhagavata says, dharmah svanusthitah pumsam visvaksena kathasu yah,
notpadayet: "If you do not develop your Krsna consciousness, you are
simply wasting your time." This is the verdict.
44) 740422SB.HYD Lectures 209788/530501
that "Don't waste your time. Just try to awaken your dormant Krsna
consciousness." The Krsna consciousness is there within you; simply
you have to awaken. And what is the process? That awakening will take
place simply by chanting and hearing. Sravanadi-suddha-citte karaye
udaya. There is a verse in the Caitanya-caritamrta: nitya-siddha
krsna-bhakti sadhya kabhu naya. Krsna-bhakti, your devotion for Krsna,
your attachment for Krsna, is there because you are part and parcel of
Krsna. Just like a small child. He is... (break)... His problems will
be solved this way... No, that will not be solved. Srama eva hi.
Simply wasting time by laboring for nothing. You take to Krsna
consciousness, take to the instruction of Krsna as it is stated in the
Bhagavad-gita. The, your economic problems, social problems, political
problems--all human society will be solved. It is practical….very simple.
The process is very simple. We are recommending the
followers of Krsna consciousness... Just now I received one letter
from Jaipur. They wanted my guidance. The guidance is not very
difficult. It is very simple thing. First of all try to become
sinless: no illicit sex life, no intoxication, no meat-eating, no
gambling. Observe these four regulative principles and chant Hare
Krsna mantra as far as possible, at least sixteen rounds. Then see how
your life changes.
Thank you very much. Hare Krsna. (end)
45) 720907SB.NV Lectures
Prabhupada: Twenty-five percent of the land. Suppose we owned the
twenty-five percent of the whole world, but at the time of occupying
the land I require only six feet? That's all. So they..., is he not
ass? He knows that "I want only six feet land to lie down. Why I am
trying to acquire the whole world? And working so hard?" That is ass.
Similarly, I'm so working hard. What I am eating? Perhaps I am not
eating. When I come home, I take a piece of bread and a cup of tea,
bas, finished. But he does not think "Why am I working hard? I am not
eating more. I am not occupying more place. I cannot enjoy fully sense
gra..." Simply an idea: "More money, more money, more money."
Therefore he's ass. Ass does not enjoy life, but works very hard. We
have got... Several times explained. In India, the washermen keep an
ass, and the ass bears ten tons of loads on the backside and goes to
the ghata, for washing ghata. And he is let loose there, and a morsel
of grass, a little, few pieces of grass. And he's eating there,
standing, for again returning with ten tons of load. He is given
freedom. He does not think that "Why shall I work so hard? This grass
is available everywhere. I can go. Why I am working for this
washerman?" But he has no sense. Therefore he is called ass.
Similarly, all these karmis, they are working so hard, but they are
eating, say, two pieces of bread and a cup of tea or milk. That's all.
Or something else. They have been collared.
46) 750803S2.DET Lectures
Dharma, generally it is understood "religion." Religion means a kind
of faith. So that is not the proper meaning of dharma, "faith." Faith
one may have, one may not have. But actually dharma means compulsory.
It must be. Just like sugar. Sugar must be sweet. There is no question
of sometimes becoming sweet and sometimes becoming bitter. That is not
sugar. Sugar must be sweet. Similarly, dharma is also a "must be." It
cannot be option or a kind of faith which you can change at your
whims. That is not dharma. Dharma means "must be." The same example: A
particular thing has a particular characteristic. The sugar
characteristic is sweetness. Chili is hot. Similarly, everything has
got its characteristic. Just like microphone. I am speaking; it must
resound. That is the characteristic. That is dharma, which cannot be
separated. If sweetness is separated from sugar, it is no longer
sugar. Similarly, dharma means that. Dharma means, real meaning is,
characteristic. The characteristic of the living being is to serve.
Caitanya Mahaprabhu gave this instruction. Jivera svarupa haya nitya
krsna dasa. That is the characteristic of all living entities, to
become servant, to become servant of Krsna. But when we do not serve
Krsna, then, because my constitutional position is to serve, I have to
47) 731114SB.DEL Lectures
But when he understood that his business was to
satisfy Krsna, then he agreed. Krsna inquired, "Whether you have now
decided to fight or not?" He said, "Yes." Nasto mohah smrtir labdha:
"I have now got back my memory, and my moha, illusion, is now lost."
Karisye vacanam tava. "I shall fight." So this fighting was service to
Krsna. It is not sense gratification. Rather, when he was trying to
become nonviolent, very good man, not to fight, sacrifice for the
other party, that was sense gratification.
This is the distinction between bhakti and karma. Karma is sense
gratification, and bhakti is satisfying the Lord. The same thing.
Therefore people cannot understand what is the difference between a
bhakta and a karmi. Karmi is satisfying his own senses, and the bhakta
is satisfying Krsna's senses. There must be some sense gratification.
But when you satisfy Krsna, that is called bhakti. Hrsikena
hrsikesa-sevanam bhaktir ucyate. Hrsika means senses, purified senses.
48) 731114SB.DEL Lectures
Bhakti does not mean stop your work. Bhakti does not mean sentimental
fanaticism. That is not bhakti. Bhakti means to engage all your senses
for the satisfaction of the proprietor of the senses. That is called
Therefore Krsna's name is Hrsikesa. Hrsika means senses. And hrsika
isa, He is the controller of the senses. Actually, our senses are
working not independently. We can understand it. Krsna is directing.
Sarvasya caham hrdi sannivisto mattah smrtir jnanam apohanam ca.
Mattah smrtir jnanam apohanam ca. A scientist is working because Krsna
is helping him, not that he is independently working. That is not
possible. But he wanted in that way. Therefore Krsna is giving him
facilities. But actually, Krsna is working. These are explained in the
Upanisads. Without Krsna working, without seeing, without Krsna's
seeing, you cannot see. Just like the sunshine is explained in the
Brahma-samhita. ..Therefore, sun being one of the eyes of Krsna, because the sun rises there, because sun is seeing, therefore you are seeing. You cannot see
independently. You are so much proud or you eyes. What is the value of
your eyes if there is no sunlight? You cannot see. Even this
electricity, that is derived from sun. So actually when Krsna sees,
you can see. That is the position.
So our senses... In the Bhagavad-gita it is said, sarvatah
pani-padam tat. Sarvatah pani-pada... Everywhere Krsna has His hands
and legs. What are that? My hands, your hand, your leg--that is
Krsna's. Just like if somebody says I have got branches all over the
world. So those branches are working on the management of the supreme
person. Similarly, Krsna also. Krsna is therefore called Hrsikesa,
Hrsikesa. So business is... Bhakti means when we engage our hrsika,
our indriyas, our senses, in the service of the proprietor of the
senses. That is our perfect life. That is our perfect... But as soon
as we desire to use our senses for the gratification on the senses,
that is called karma. That is called material life. So therefore, for
a bhakta there is nothing material. That is isavasyam idam sarvam. The
bhakta sees that everything belongs to Krsna. Isavasyam idam sarvam
yat kinca jagatyam jagat, tena tyaktena bhunjitha. Everything belongs to Krsna.
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… Every day we These boys and girls, they are no more meat-eaters, they are no more taking any intoxicants, they are no more gambler. No more illicit sex hunters. No. Everything stopped. This is our prin... This is called mukti. This is called mukti. As soon as you get rid of these bad sinful activities, you are mukta. That is called
mukti. And after mukti, tato nistha, then we have got firm conviction:
"Yes, Krsna consciousness is the only business." Tato nistha, tato
rucih. Then you increase your taste. Tato nistha athasaktih. Then you
become attached to Krsna.
50) 731114SB.DEL Lectures
We have discussed this verse. So our only request is that don't take
this Krsna consciousness movement as some sentimental religious
propaganda. No, no. It is not religious. It is scientific. It is to
save the human society from gliding down to the abominable condition.
Adanta-gobhir visatam tamisram punah punas carvita-carvananam.
Bhagavata says, adanta-gobhih. Na te viduh svartha-gatim hi visnum.
Adanta. The verse is: matir na krsne paratah svato va. Matir na krsne
paratah svato va mitho 'bhipadyeta grha-vratanam. Those who are
grha-vrata, means simply materialistic or simply this life, this body,
"I am this body, and the offsprings of this body, they are my kinsmen.
I have to maintain them," or expanding: "They are my kinsmen, they are
my family men, they are my nation," this is called grhamedhi. So such
grhamedhi, matir na krsne, they cannot understand what is Krsna
consciousness. Matir na krsne paratah svato va.
Paratah means by instruction or superior persons. Paratah. Svatah,
by reading himself. Mitho 'bhipadyeta, or holding big, big meeting.
They cannot understand. Why? Because grha-vrata. Grha-vratanam. What
is the business of grha-vrata? Adanta-gobhir visatam tamisram punah
punas carvita-carvananam. By being unable to control the senses,
creating another body. Another body, the sense gratification. Either
as god or demigod or as dog or as hog or as human being, as tree or
insect. The business is ahara-nidra-bhaya-maithuna. Punah punas
carvita-carvananam. Punah punah. The same thing he is doing. He does
not know the real business is how to get out of this entanglement of
pavarga, repetition of birth, death, old age and disease. He does not
know. There is no science, there is no education. There is only
education in the Bhagavad-gita. Therefore you have to, if you want to
save the world, if you want to save the human civilization, you have
to make to this proposition of Bhagavad-gita, learn it scientifically,
and make your life successful.
Thank you very much. (end)
51) 721021SB.VRN Lectures
So far our sense gratification is concerned, we cannot get money more
than what we are destined to get. Otherwise why there are so many
people born with silver spoon in their mouth and somebody's born poor?
And he's not getting even two times food, working very hard, day and
night. So there is a destiny. Destiny we cannot improve. That is
already settled up. But you can improve your Krsna consciousness. That
chance is there.
Therefore Bhagavata says, tasyaiva hetoh prayateta kovidah. Those
who are learned, those who are intelligent, they should devote the
life for developing Krsna consciousness. Krsna consciousness is there
in everyone's heart, dormantly.
52) 721021SB.VRN Lectures
..Just like Bhagavad-gita begins... Krsna is teaching
Arjuna that "You are not this body. You are Brahman." Dehino 'smin
yatha dehe kaumaram yauvanam jara. Asmin dehe, in this body, there is
the proprietor of the body. So that is the beginning of
brahma-jijnasa. "Who am I?" Ke ami. And without knowing myself, I
cannot understand what is Krsna. If I, without knowing myself, I try
to understand Krsna, then I shall misunderstand. Avajananti mam mudha
manusim tanum asritam. I shall consider that "He's also a man like me.
Maybe a better man or stronger man or richer man. That's all." Because
they have no conception of the spiritual identity of self, therefore
they misunderstand Krsna as ordinary man.
So we cannot understand Brahman or God or Parabrahman, Supersoul,
without understanding the nature of myself. This is called
tattva-jijnasa. So jivasya tattva-jijnasa. We should work. Everyone is
working, but they are working for sense gratification. Especially in
the Western countries. Not only Western countries, Eastern,
everywhere. Their aim is how to satisfy or gratify the senses more and
more. This is their aim. But that is not the li..., aim of life. The
aim of life, especially in the human form of life... We are coming to
this human form of life through the evolutionary process, gradual
evolutionary process of 8,400,000 species of life, and this is the
opportunity to understand "What I am, what is God, and what is our
relationship with Him?" If we miss this opportunity, then we are
committing suicide. Again I..., we're going back in the cycle of birth
and death, and we do not know when again we shall come to this form of
human body. So we should not misuse this human form of body.
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called parampara system, genuine system of understanding. As Krsna
says, evam parampara-praptam imam rajarsayo viduh. No change.
Therefore we are presenting Bhagavad-gita as it is. We do not change.
We have no power to change. Then where is the authority of
Bhagavad-gita? I am a third-class man, and if I change the statements
in the Bhagavad-gita, then where is the authority of Bhagavad-gita?
That is going on. Therefore it is practically... You have got
experience that there are hundreds of Bhagavad-gita editions in the
Western countries, but because we are presenting Bhagavad-gita as it
is, our sale is better than all others. He says, "While other editions
are dwindling, going down, this edition is coming up." They published
our, this present enlarged edition of Bhagavad-gita, fifty thousand in
the month of August. They are going to print again, second edition,
August, September, October. So the reason is that if we present things
as they are, it will be accepted. Without any adulteration. Sometimes,
you know, people say that I have done miracles. They say everywhere.
But I do not know anything, miracles or magic. If there is any
miracle, that miracle is that we present things as they are. That's
all. Without any adulteration. So that should be the principle.
Present as it is. It will be accepted.
54) 720815SB.LA Lectures
So people, they sometimes say, "Can you show me God? Have you seen
God?" These questions sometimes we meet. So the answer is here. Yes,
you can see God. Everyone can see God. I am also seeing God. But there
must be the qualification. Just like God is there... Suppose a
motorcar is there, something is wrong there. Everyone is seeing. But
one engineer or mechanic, he sees differently. Therefore we have to go
there. "What is the wrong in this car? It is not running." He
immediately touches some machine part; it runs. So these rascals, they
do not know that "How I can see God if I have not the qualification?"
The machine has gone wrong, I am seeing the machine. And the engineer,
the mechanic, he is also seeing the machine. But his seeing and my
seeing is different. He's qualified to see. Therefore when the machine
has gone wrong, immediately he touches some part, it runs. So if for a
machine we require so much qualification, and we want to see God
without any qualification? Just see the fun. Without any
qualification. Rascal, they are so rascal, so fool, that they want to
see God with their nuisance qualification.
55) JSD 2.1 Everyone Can See God
And he's doing that. You simply have to purchase Him by your eagerness.
Someone may say, "Oh, eagerness? I have eagerness." Ah-h-h... but
it is not so easy. Janma-koti-sukrtair na labhyate: This eagerness
cannot be achieved even by executing pious activities for millions of
births. If you simply go on performing pious activities, still this
eagerness is not available.
So, this eagerness is a very important thing, but it can be
awakened only by the association of devotees. Therefore we are giving
everyone a chance to invoke that eagerness; then you'll see God, face
This life is meant for seeing Krsna. It is not meant for becoming
dogs and hogs. Unfortunately, the whole modern civilization is
training people to become dogs and hogs. It is only this
institution--this Krsna consciousness movement--that is teaching
people how to see Krsna. It is so important.Tac chraddadhana munayo
jnana-vairagya-yuktaya. By eagerness, you'll automatically be enriched…
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Unfortunately, people have no idea of God, who is God, what is His
form... Generally, they think God has no form. If anyone has advanced
little in spiritual life, they come to the point of nirakara, or
nirvisesa-brahman, formless. That is the first step in Brahman
realization. We have already ... to proceed. They think this is
fac..., this is final, to realize the impersonal feature of the
Absolute Truth, that is final. That is Mayavada philosophy. No, that
is not final.... have to advance, realize Paramatma. Still you have to
advance, realize God, the Supreme Personality of God….
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. So you can say that "So many educated persons, they're not taking to Krsna consciousness. Are they naradhamas, lowest of the mankind?" Yes? The immediate answer is "Yes." "Now, after passing so big, big examination, they have become naradhamas?" "Yes."
The Bhaktivinoda Thakura confirms it: jibake karaye gadha,
jada-bidya jato mayara vaibhava. This material education, they're
simply expansion of the opulence of maya, illusion. Suppose if I am
darkness, in darkness, if the darkness becomes more and more deeper,
is it advancement? The darkness, there must be light. Then it is
advancement. But if, if the, if there is little darkness, if you make
it more and more dark, then is that advancement? So here it is
actually... The advancement of so-called material education is making
the people more and more attached to this material world. The value of
life is jnana-vairagya, to acquire the knowledge, "What is the value
of life?" And when one has actually attained to that platform of
knowledge, he should be detached from this material world.
Jnana-vairagya. That is required.
But what is happening? There is no knowledge of the value of life,
and they are becoming more and more attached to this material world.
Therefore Krsna says that so-called advancement of educa..., education
means mayaya apahrta-jnana. The maya, the illusory energy, is
plundering the real purpose of knowledge. Therefore they are
naradhamas, simply spoiled. In Los Angeles, from the University, many
scientists come, many psychologists and psychiatrists... We have got
many students also, they are Doctor of Science. So we talked. So we
flatly say that "This advancement of education making you naradhama,
lowest of the mankind." So they are convinced. And some of them are
very serious student. So actually this education, as Bhaktivinoda
Thakura has said, jada-bidya jato mayara vaibhava, tomara bhajane
badha. You, you'll see, the more a person is materially educated, he
has no interested.
58) 731118SB.DEL Lectures
Simply talking of knowledge is useless. There must be vairagya also. Therefore Sripada Sankaracarya, he never liked simply talking. "First of all become a sannyasi." That was his propaganda. "Then you talk." So
jnana-vairagya. One who is actually jnani, he must be vairagi. Vairagi
means vigata-raga. We are not ragi. Raga means attachment. We are
materially attached, and when you become actually jnani, then you
should be materially detached. That is called jnana-vairagya-yuktaya.
Tac chraddadhana munayo jnana-vairagya-yuktaya, pasyanty atmani
catmanam. Atmani, within his mind and within his self, he sees the
Paramatma. Dhyanavasthita-tad-gatena manasa pasyanti yam yoginah.
Perfect yogi always sees the Supreme Personality of Godhead within
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Therefore impersonal feature, Brahman, is not said. Ekena manasa. Then
Supersoul. Supersoul is within you. That is understood by meditation.
Impersonal Absolute Truth is understood by philosophical process,
speculation, and the Supersoul is understood by meditation. So, and
Bhagavan, Bhagavan is practical.
..You cannot fix your attention to the impersonal. In the Bhagavad-gita it is said that kleso 'dhikataras tesam avyaktasakta-cetasam: "Those who are attached to the
impersonal feature of the Absolute Truth, their business is very
troublesome, very troublesome," not like that, chanting, dancing and
eating. Oh, it is very nice. That is very troublesome--speculate,
"This is not, this is not. This is not Brahman. This is not Brahman."
Go on. And the result is also achieved--by working so hard for many,
many lives you'll have to come to Krsna……
Therefore we have established Back to Godhead. The students are
allowed, whatever they are hearing, they must be thoughtful and write.
Kirtitavyas ca. Not only simply hearing. "Oh, I am hearing for
millions of years; still, I cannot understand"--because you do not
chant, you do not repeat what you have heard. You have to repeat.
Kirtitavyas ca. srotavyah kirtitavyas ca dhyeyah. And how can you
write or how you can speak unless you think of Him? You are hearing
about Krsna; you have to think, then you can speak. Otherwise not. So
srotavyah kirtitavyas ca dhyeyah and pujyas ca. And you should
worship. Therefore we require this Deity for worshiping. We have to
think of, we have to speak, we have to hear, we have to worship,
pujyas ca... Then, occasionally? No. Nityada: regularly, regular.
Nityada, this is the process.
So anyone who adopts this process, he can understand the Absolute
Truth. This is the clear declaration of Srimad-Bhagavatam.
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The Bhagavata has recommended hearing, chanting, thinking...
Hearing, chanting, thinking and worshiping, the process which we just
now introduced on the advent of Jagannatha Svami. Now this temple is
now completely fixed. So the worshiping process, this is the
worshiping process. By light... This is called aratrika. So at the end
of kirtana this aratrika will go, and the worshiping process is to
take the heat of the light, and whatever your condition is, pay
something for the worship. So, this simple process, if you follow, you
just see how you realize the Absolute Truth. Another, I request you,
all the devotees, when you come to the temple, you bring one fruit and
one flower. If you can bring more fruit, more ... If not, it is not
very expensive. One fruit and one flower. And offer to the Deity. So
I'll request you when you come to the temple you bring this. Whatever
fruit it may be. It does not mean that you ... can afford. One fruit
and one flower. Yes. Now you can distribute prasada? (pause--guests
take prasada) Very nice preparation. Mmmm. All glories to the
61) 720817SB.LA Lectures
Don't be afraid that "If I simply
concentrate my mind in Krsna, then how other things will go on?" No.
Bhagavan satvatam patih. He is very careful about His devotee. Krsna,
God, is giving everyone's food, but that is according to karma,
according to his quality and position. He's getting food. Just like
hog is getting food, but he cannot get more than stool. He cannot
claim, "Give me halava." No, that's not possible. You must eat stool.
Because you are, by your karma, you have got this body, hog, you must
So those who are under the karma, under the principles of nature's
law--that is karma, nature's law--they are different. Prakrteh
kriyamanani gunaih karmani sarvasah, ahankara-vimudhatma. Those who
are ordinary living entities, they are being carried away by pull,
they are being pulled by the ear by nature's law. But those who are
devotees, their position is different. They are under the special
attention of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. He therefore
declares: kaunteya pratijanihi na me bhaktah pranasyati. "My dear
Arjuna, you can declare to the world that anyone who is My pure
devotee, he'll never be vanquished. I shall take care." Why He is
asking Arjuna to declare? Because a devotee's attempt is never
baffled. That is Krsna's desire. Even His own declaration may be
sometimes false, but if a devotee declares, Krsna will see, it must be
done. It must be done.
Just like Hiranyakasipu. He was given benediction by a devotee,
Lord Brahma. He tactfully got so many benedictions, "I shall not die
in this way, I shall not die in this way, I shall not..." But Krsna
saw that "This rascal has created some complication. How to kill him?"
So to keep the words of the devotee, Lord Brahma, He did not touch all
the conditions proposed by Hiranyakasipu. He did something else and
killed him. He wanted that "I shall not be killed by man, by animal."
"All right." Then Nrsimhadeva is neither man nor animal. He wanted, "I
shall not be killed in daytime or night." "All right." He was killed
in the evening, which is neither day nor night. He wanted that "I
shall not be killed on land, on water, on air." "All right." He was
killed on the lap. This is God. But you may be very intelligent to
trick with God, but God is still more intelligent to, I mean to say,
cut down all your tricks, and He must put you into death.
62) 670324SB.SF Lectures
Puja means worship. The simple process of worship in this age
is this performance as we are doing--chanting, hearing, and offering
some fruits, flowers, and showing this candle. This is simple, that's
all. There are... According to Vedic literature there are many
parapher..., sixty-four items for worshiping. That is not possible in
this age. So this is all right.
So this process will make you understand the Absolute Truth. You
just follow this principle ekena manasa, with one attention, without
diverting your attention to any other subject matter. If you follow
this principle, ekena manasa, to hear, to chant, to think of and to
worship... This simple process. This is the injunction of
Srimad-Bhagavatam…. What is the benefit of this process? The benefit of this process is karma-granthi-nibandhanam. Karma-granthi-nibandhanam chindanti.
Chindanti means cut off. What is that, cut off? There is a knot of our
activities. Without performing this ceremony, or without following
these instructions, to hear, chant, think and worship, we cannot be
out of the great knot of our material activities. So long we are
engaged in material activities, we are just acting one after another
just like filmspool. We have seen film--one picture after another, one
picture, one picture one... There are hundreds and thousand and
millions of pictures. Similarly, for my past activities I am now in
this picture. So my present activity is making another picture
forward. Just like in my past activities I created this body.
Similarly, by my present activity also I am creating my next body. So
this transmigration of soul is going on. But if you adopt this process
of Krsna consciousness, then karma-granthi-nibandhanam chindanti. This
knot, one after another, this will be cut off.
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Devotee: Should a disciple go to his spiritual master directly to
offer the respects at least three times, or offer them where he is?
Prabhupada: Well, if it is possible to go to him directly, that should
be taken chance. But if he's not, it is not possible, then his picture
or his idea should be offered respect. Yes. But if he's directly
available, one should avail of that. Any other question? All right.
Let us have kirtana. You are following the same verse from the book?
64) 720818SB.LA Lectures
So this is called maya. Praksepatmika-sakti, covering.
Avaranatmika-sakti, praksepatmika-sakti. There are two kinds of energy
of material, maya. One is avaranatmi..., ignorance. One is living very
condemned life; still, he's thinking, "I am very happy." Or "We are
all right." So that is called avaranatmika, covered. Real knowledge is
covered. And another sakti is praksepatmika. Praksepatmika means if
anyone tries to get out of this... Suppose our students are coming to
Krsna consciousness, somebody is coming to us, maya will dictate, "Oh,
why you are coming here? There are so many restrictions and so rules
and regulations. Better give it up." "Why, yes, what is this nonsense?
Give it up." This is called praksepatmika. Maya is dragging. Because
the more one is sinful, the more one is miscreant, the more one is the
lowest of the mankind, he, maya will not allow: "Oh, why this rascal
is here? He must suffer under me for more..., some times more; then he
may be allowed." That is maya's business. Thankless business. Just
like police. Police is nobody's enemy, but when criminal, they punish
like that, put him in the jail and beats him with a rod. That is the
business of maya, thankless. Nobody will thank police. When police
beats, nobody will, "Thank you very much." No. Nobody is happy.
Similarly, maya's business is very thankless task, but she is engaged
by the supreme authority to punish.
So, so long one is not conscious that "What is the position of my
life? What I am doing?" that is called knot, tied up very tightly. So
here is the medicine. What is that? Yad anudhyasina yuktah. Just like
if there is very hard knot, you take a sharp knife and you can cut it,
then the knot will open, immediately. Similarly, this knot, this
materialistic way of life, is very strong. Daivi hy esa gunamayi mama
maya duratyaya. And this knot is, the beginning of the knot is sex
life. Beginning of this knot. We are tied up by this sex life. The
lowest is the hog. There is also the sex life.
So knot begins... Pumsah striya mithuni-bhavam etam. The world, we
are bound up within this material law of nature--why? Because we have
got strong desire for sex. Not only also human society, in animal
society also. The central point is sex. Yan maithunadi... These people
are working so hard because they have got the aim, "I will enjoy sex
life." Just like in your country, the hippies. They have given up
everything, but sex is there. They cannot give it up. They have
renounced everything, their father's property, their happy life,
everything, but the sex is there. They cannot leave it. That is the
central point of knot. "Where you shall go, sir? Here is your knot."
Therefore, this knot is very difficult to cut, but here is
suggested, "If you take this sword..." What is that sword? Yad
anudhyasina. Always chanting Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare
Hare. Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare. Take this sword.
This sword is only remedy. Yad anudhyasina yuktah. If you take this
sword, then karma-granthi-nibandhanam, this hard knot of karma...
Karma means fruitive activities. I am doing something now, so I am
creating another body. If I am acting like a dog, then I am creating
another body, dog's body, hog's body, tree's body, or even demigod's
body. If you act piously, then you create demigod's body.
Janmaisvarya-sruta-sri. But that is also knot; that is not freedom.
Just like you are American boys and girls. You are supposed to be born
of rich nation, rich father, than us Indians. We are born of poor
father. So... But that does not mean that you are free from this knot.
That is there. To become...
People are trying that "We shall be happy by becoming materially
advanced." That is called durasa. That is hope against hope. Na te
viduh svartha-gatim hi visnum. They do not know that destination of
life is to attain Krsna consciousness. No. They do not know. They
think, "By increasing motorcars, we shall be happy." This is called
maya. That will not help. This motorcar civilization will be finished
within another hundred years. It has begun, say, for the last hundred
years, and after a hundred years, when... The scientists say the
petroleum will be finished within fifty years or like that, so, say
hundred years, this motorcar will be finished. So anything we
manufacture, the so-called empire, so-called material civilization; it
is finished, it will be finished. That is another knot only, that we
become captivated. So "What is this Krsna consciousness movement? We
must have three dozen motorcar and three dozen wine bottles and
this..." This is their civilization.
So this is karma-bandhana. Narottama dasa Thakura sings therefore,
sat-sanga chadi' kainu asate vilasa
te-karane lagila ye karma-bandha-phansa
This knot, karma-bandha-phansa. Sat-sanga, this is sat-sanga. This is
sat-sanga. You are hearing Srimad-Bhagavatam in the front of Krsna and
practicing how to become pure. This is called sat-sanga. And
asat-sanga means this intoxication, illicit sex and drinking, so many
things, asat-sanga. The advertisement, "Come on, here is cigarette,
'Kool,' make your brain cool." (laughter) "By smoking." (laughter)
Rascal. They think that "I am smoking..." How it can be cool? But they
purchase Kool. This is called maya. He's smoking fire, and he's
becoming cool. (laughter) And the advertisement is going on, and the
rascals are captivated by these advertisement, and they smoke, become
...So when actually one becomes intelligent, then the enquiry is:
"Why? Why I am put into this miserable condition of life? I do not
want this, and it is forced upon me. I do not want to die; death is
there. I do not want disease; the disease is there. I do not want
this; it is forced upon me. I don't want war, but they, the draft
board drags me to the war. Why these are?" This "why" question must be
there. That is intelligence. And Sanatana Gosvami, when he approached Caitanya
Mahaprabhu, he also inquired this "Why?" Ke ami, kene amaya jare
tapa-traya. "Who am I? Why I am put into this miserable condition of
life?" That is intelligence. He was minister. He could understand that
"I am minister. People adore me as very learned man." He said that to
Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Gramya-vyavahare pandita, tai satya mani. "My
dear Lord, these common people, my neighbors, because I am minister,
and I'm supposed to be educated, I know little Sanskrit, I know little
Arabian language, they call me pandita, learned man, very scholar and
versed. I, to tell You frankly, I do not know what I am. So what is
the value of my education? I do not know." Ke ami, kene amaya jare
tapa-traya. "What I am."
So this is called intelligence. And cats and dogs, they are
suffering; they don't mind. "Oh, I..." They forget. You have got
experience. A cat is coming to eat some milk here; you chastise,
you... But again it comes, again it comes. Because it is animal. And
the difference between animal and man is... Suppose there is very
palatable dish. So man, unless he is offered, although he is greedy,
although he is hankering after that food, but he's awaiting the
invitation, "Yes, you can take." But cats and dogs, without
invitation, catches. That is the difference between the man and
animal. Animal cannot control; man can control. Although he is hungry,
he can control, out of civility: "How can I taste without invitation?"
So that is the difference. Therefore, the conclusion is, man's life is
meant for control. Not like animal: "I want to eat, immediately catch
it." A cat and dog or a cow or a bull--rape. As soon as there is a
female, immediately rapes. So there is no punishment. But if you do
that on the street, raping, immediately you will be criminal. So that
is the difference. The inclination is there, both in the animal and
both and in the human being. But a human being supposed to be
controlled. That is human life. The more you control, you become
perfect. And though, the more you become loose, you are animal. That
is the difference.
So they do not know. They want freedom. In the freedom, in the name
of freedom, they are becoming animals. That's all. This is the
civilization. But here it is said, kovida, intelligent. Intelligent
man should take up this sword to cut the knot of our attachment for
this material enjoyment. What is that? Anudhyasina. Anu means always.
Another anu means following. Anu means always, and anu means
following. Following means spiritual master or acarya. Acaryopasanam.
"How acarya, how spiritual master dealing, let me follow that." Or,
anu, as soon as he becomes accustomed, then anu, anuksana, always
chanting. Anudhyasina. Asina, asina means by sword. Anudhyasina
yuktah, karma-bandha-nibandhana. We have to cut up this knot of
karma-bandhana. By the karma-bandhana, we are transmigrating from one
soul, one body to another. This is not Darwin's theory. I am the soul.
I am changing, I am selecting my body, in this life. Not that by
nature there is a, I mean to say, gradual evolution. Not evolution, it
is already there. This living entity simply enters a particular type
of body. Actually, it enters, because... Suppose I am doing something,
my next life has to become a dog, that is my punishment. Then I'll
have to enter into the womb of a dog mother, and she will give me the
body of dog. Then I come out and enjoy like dog. This is the law. This
is the law. Not that my body is turning.
So you can become dog; you can become (a demi) god also. That is stated in
the Bhagavad-gita: yanti deva-vrata devan pitrn yanti pitr-vratah. So
you create your body at the present moment. You have got the facility,
the human form of body. Now you can make your choice, whether you are
going to be dog or whether you are going to be (a demi) god. Both. Mad-yajino
'pi yanti mam. "Those who are devotees engaged in My devotional
service, they come to Me." And when you go to God, you must have a
body like God. Just like if you want to enter into the water, then you
must have a body like a fish. Otherwise you cannot enter into the
water. Similarly, when you enter the spiritual world, then you have a
body like God. And if you don't want, if you want to enjoy
unrestricted sense, then you take the body of a hog. So nature is open
to everyone. You can select your own. Not that you are forced. You can
have your... Therefore it is said, kovida, one must be intelligent to
select "What is my next life? How I can get out of?" That is the whole
instruction of the Vedas, how we can get out of these clutches of
karma-bandhana, the knot of karma, one after another.
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