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Tidbits of Nectar from SP Srimad Bhagavatam lectures--​Vol 4 Part 2

730627SB.MAY                   Lectures                 

Real Caitanya Mahaprabhu sampradaya is that he should

be feeling like Caitanya Mahaprabhu, separation.

   Not sambhoga. Vipralambha. Vipralambha-seva: "Oh, I am so wretched,

I could not serve Krsna. How I can see Krsna? It is not possible." In

this way. That is the teaching of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. "But even

though I do not see Him, neither it is possible for me to see Him..."

Means: "What I am? I am insignificant person. Why Krsna come and see

me?" This is right. "Why shall I aspire after seeing Krsna? What

qualification I have got?" This is bhajana. This is bhajana. Why

should I be proud that "Now I shall see Krsna"? What I am? That is the

teaching of Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Aslisya va pada-ratam pinastu mam

marma-hatam karotu va adarsanat. Adarsana. "Without giving me

audience, You kill me, You break my heart; still, You are my Lord, You

are my worshipable Lord, nobody else." This is love. This is love.

(Bengali:) Asan krsna galai diba naiva beja tata(?). Not like that.

"Krsna may not come. I may not see Krsna for thousands and thousands

of lives. I may rot in the hellish condition of life for many, many

births. That doesn't matter. Still, I cannot give up Krsna

consciousness." This is required. I may be sent to hell, heaven; it

doesn't matter. What qualification I have got that I want to see back

to home, back to Godhead? It is not so easy thing. So why should I be

sorry for that? I should be happy even in the hell simply by thinking

of Krsna. That is wanted. That is wanted. That is Krsna consciousness.

So here is the example. Tears by force are coming out: "Oh, Krsna is

going away." At the same time, they want to check: "There may not be

any inauspicity for Krsna." They're thinking Krsna, for Krsna, not for

personal self. "Oh, I am now crying. I have become very much

fortunate. I am crying for Krsna." No. "My crying will create

inauspicity for Krsna, I must check it." This is Krsna consciousness.

   Thank you very much. Hare Krsna. (end)


■730524SB.LON                   Lectures                 

   Actually Vedanta, Veda means the knowledge. Vetti veda-vidah jnani.

The vid-dhatu. Those who know Sanskrit dhatu, verbal form... So, so

there are different forms of one root. Just like the real root is

vid-dhatu. Now it, it is sometimes spoken as vetti. Sometimes it is

called vida. Sometimes it is called vinte(?). Sometimes it is called

vindati, vindate. There are different forms of the same root,

vid-dhatu. So when which forms should be used, the grammarians, they

know it. Sanskrit language is very difficult language. One has to

learn the grammar portion of it only for twelve years. Then he becomes

expert grammarian. And when one becomes nice grammarian, he can read

any literature, different department of knowledge, Ayur Veda, Dhanur

Veda, Yajur Veda, Jyotir Veda. So many Vedas. So real Vedas means

knowledge. I've already explained when I was in 1968 in London, in the

Conway Hall... That is published in Isopanisad. …

… Tama. Tama means this darkness. This world, this material

world... Just like it is dark now. Therefore the country on the part

of the world which is always covered by darkness... Already there is

darkness, and if again that country does not get the facility of

sunshine, it is considered that that country is condemned. It is

shastric injunction. Any country which does not get the full facility

of sunshine, it is to be considered condemned. I think I remarked this

long ago, when I first came in the television. They asked me in London

that "What is your conception of hell?" And "This is hell, London."

Not conception. Practically... Always dark, moist, drizzly. No

sunshine. Cloudy, misty. Simply big, big buildings. That's all. So

there must be clear sunshine.


730524SB.LON                   Lectures                 

When we get our attachment for hearing

about Krsna, then at least we can consider that we have become free

from material contamination. When we get attachment simply for hearing

Krsna, nothing else, all nonsense, then you should understand that you

have become liberated. These are the test. Everyone can get this

position. Because there is process. If you follow the process, then

you come to the real stage.

   So adau sraddha tatah sadhu-sangah. The beginning of this process

is sraddha. Just like you have come here with a conception of faith,

that "Here is Krsna consciousness movement. Let us hear something

about this movement." This is sraddha. Adau sraddha. This is the

beginning. Unless one has faith, or attach... Not attachment, faith

only. So adau sraddha. Then you mix with the devotees. So we are

opening so many branches just to give opportunity to the people to mix

with us. Come with us. Radha-krsna bolo sange calo ei-matra bhikha

cai. We, we don't want anything from anyone. We don't want any

political independence, social reformation, or humanitarian benefit.

Nothing. We simply request people, "Please chant Hare Krsna and come

with us." That's all. We don't expect anything from anybody else.


740601SB.GEN                   Lectures                 

   So this Krsna consciousness movement, it is the desire of Krsna

that these people who have no information practically about Bhagavan,

so they should learn something from this Krsna consciousness movement.

And therefore we have published so many nice books. It is the desire

of Krsna they should read these books and try to understand the Krsna

philosophy, the science of Krsna, the science of God. Then their life

will be perfect. Otherwise, this one-sided civilization, material

comforts, that will not help them. Because however you may create your

city, home, very nice, clean, materially comfortable, you will not be

allowed to stay. That defect, they do not understand. And after you

leave this body, there is no certainty what kind of body you are going

to have. There is certainty according to the material laws. There is

certainty, but they do not know it. That body will be manufactured

according to the association of the material modes of nature.

   There are three material modes of nature. If you keep yourself in

touch with the material modes of nature of goodness, then you will be

promoted to the higher standard of life. Urdhvam gacchanti

sattva-sthah. Therefore at least, you may enjoy material life, but you

should keep yourself to the standard of brahminical culture. Then

there is guarantee that you don't degrade yourself; you get higher

status of life in the higher planetary system: Janaloka, Maharloka,

Tapoloka, Satyaloka. Then you will get... But if you keep yourself as

it is, then you will remain in this planetary system. This is called

bhur-loka. Bhur-loka. Om bhur bhuvah svah tat-savituh. You have

gayatri-mantra. This is called bhu-loka. Bhuvar-loka. Then, above

this, there is bhuvar-loka; then, above this, the heavenly planets.

There is system. And if you keep yourself in the association of the

modes of ignorance, or foolishness, then you go down.

Jaghanya-guna-vrtti-stha adho gacchanti tamasah. Jaghanya-guna.

Tamasika means abominable character. The abominable character means

these four things: illicit sex, intoxication, meat-eating and

gambling. This is tamo-guna, exhibition of tamo-guna. So, if you

continue to keep yourself in the association of the modes of

ignorance, then you are going to become adhah. Adhah means down. Down

means there are many other planetary system. Just like upper there are

bhur bhuvah svah, Jana, Mahar, like that, and down also: Tala, Atala,

Vitala, Talatala, Patala, like that. There is system.

   So our only request is that... We don't criticize you because you

try to live comfortably in the material... Do that. But don't

associate with the modes of ignorance. That is very risky. That is

very risky. So at least, either you remain in the householder life or

brahmacari life or, I mean to..., sannyasa life, you keep yourself

always in goodness. Then your position is all right. Otherwise, it is

very risky. But these people, the Western people, they do not do that.

They keep themselves in the modes of ignorance. That is very risky

civilization. So at least you Europeans and Americans, you should know

it, and you distribute this knowledge. It is your duty to save them.

But these... They do not know it. As soon as there is talk of this

goodness and sinful activity, immediately they go away. Immediately.

Yesterday that gentleman came, and just when I began to talk about

pious activities and impious activities, he immediately left, "I have

got another meeting."


…   Therefore every one of you should become pure devotee, first-class

devotee. First-class devotee is that... In this age it has been made

very easy. Simply keep yourself cleansed, not to indulge in the four

principles, prohibition, and chant Hare Krsna. Then you will be all

first-class devotees. And wherever you will go, you will be able to

purify there. Wherever you go. Wherever you speak, wherever you'll

sit. So keep this spiritual strength intact. Tirtha-bhutah.

Tirthi-kurvanti tirthani sva antah-sthena. The Hare Krsna mantra

chanting means keeping Krsna always within your heart. This is not...

It is not expensive at all. You haven't got to make a very exalted

throne for Krsna. You can imagine that "In my heart I have placed now

a very diamond throne, and Krsna is sitting." That is accepted. It

is... Actually it becomes. Even within the mind you think that "I have

kept one diamond throne, very costly throne, because Krsna is coming.

He will sit down here," that is not false. That is a fact. So you

create such situation within your heart. "Now Krsna has seated. Let me

wash His feet with the Ganges water, Yamuna water. Now I change His

dress to a first-class costly garments. Then I decorate with

ornaments. Then I give Him for eating." You can simply think of this.

This is meditation. Svantah-sthena gadabhrta. It is so nice thing.


740602SB.GEN                   Lectures                 

   We are now entangled. Actually, our position in this material

existence is not very good. Everyone sees it practically. Still, they

want to adjust, "Let us make it good. Let us make it good." That is

called punah punas carvita-carvananam, again and again chewing the

chewed. Just like generally a father, especially here in India, he

wants that his son may be well-situated. Therefore we don't get Indian

youth very much, because the father and mother settles them. What is

that? Get them married and give them some earning capacity, either by

service or business. So he becomes satisfied, "This is the end of

life." Grhamedhi. Just "Now I am married. It is my duty to stick to

the grha and enjoy senses, that's all." Grhamedhi. Sacrifice for

Krsna, brahmacari, sannyasi... Sannyasis have become rogues. And there

is no brahmacari nor vanaprastha. Therefore it is very difficult to

get Indian workers. They have no... Your qualification is--I told in

the beginning--that you(Americans) have got a renouncing spirit. That is a great

qualification. Tyaga. Renunciation is opulence also. Krsna, six

opulences. One of the opulence is renunciation. Aisvaryasya samagrasya

viryasya yasasah sriyah, jnana-vairagya. Vairagya means renunciation.

You have enough of this material enjoyment. You have enjoyed. Or you

have seen that there is no actually profit. Therefore you are in a

spirit... That is natural. That is natural. If one has enjoyed very

much, the next stage will be renunciation. This is natural. So because

you have got a renouncing spirit, you are understanding or taking

Krsna consciousness very nicely, at least, very eagerly.

Jnana-vairagya. That is required. This vairagya then... I therefore

sometimes like these hippies because they have a spirit of

renunciation. That is very good position. Simply they require jnana,

or knowledge. Then their life will be successful. To bring one to the

platform of renunciation, that is a very difficult job. Especially

when one has got nice wife, nice home, nice bank balance, it is very,

very difficult.


740603SB.GEN                   Lectures                 

   There are two comments on this point, why Yadu-kula was destroyed

by Krsna's plan. One comment is that if they would continue to live,

then the same misconception, that a brahmana is born in the brahmana

family--they would continue to speak that "We are also gods, because

we are born of God's family, Krsna's family." Just like in India there

is a class, they call themselves Nityananda-vamsa, descendants of Lord

Nityananda. But that does not actually happen. And another comment is

that all these members of Yadu-kula, they appeared in the Yadu-kula

just to enhance the opulence of Krsna. But they came from different

heavenly planets to help Krsna in His incarnation. Just like a big

man, wherever he goes there are many others also go there to help him.

When a king goes somewhere, the king does not go alone. He goes with

his secretaries, his military commanders, and so many other

companions. So these Yadu-kulas were like that. They came to help

Krsna's lila, pastimes, within this material world. So some of them

were born as sons of Krsna, some of them as grandson, as

great-grandson, and Krsna did not want to leave them behind. Krsna was

planning to go back to His Vaikuntha, Vrndavana planet. So He did not

like that they should remain. They should also go back. Now, to go

back means they must meet death after..., because otherwise it is

unnatural. So... And who can kill them? Nobody can kill them. That is

also another point. The family of Krsna, there is no power in the

whole world that anybody could kill them. So Krsna planned that they

should be killed amongst themselves by fighting. So another lesson is

that if we fight amongst ourselves, even we belong to the family of

Krsna, we are ruined. This is the instance of Yadu-kula. Although they

belonged to Krsna's family directly, still, because they fought

amongst themselves, they were all banished, vanquished.

   So this was not a very palatable incident. So Vidura, when he was

asked by Maharaja Yudhisthira about the family members of Yadu-kula,

he did not describe it, because they were very thickly related as

family members, so it would be a great shock to the Pandavas that

Yadu-kula, descendants of the Yadu-kula, had been annihilated in such

an unpalatable way. So he did not describe. Yathanubhutam kramasah.

Ity ukto dharma-rajena sarvam tat samavarnayat. He described

everything. Vina yadu-kula-ksayam. Vina. Vina means "without." Without

the incidence, how the Yadu-kula was destroyed by fighting amongst


■740604SB.GEN                   Lectures                 

   So Vidura was cursed by Manduka Muni, Manduka Muni. He was a great

sage, but sometimes in his asrama, some thieves were caught, so police

arrested both the Manduka Muni and the thieves, and later on Manduka

Muni was chastised to be punished by sula. There was a system of

punishment. I do not whether (it is) still existing. The sula means

one lance, lancer. Lancer, it is called?

Devotee: Yes.

Prabhupada: It was to be pierced through the rectum and it will go

through the head and the man will die. The pierce was standing, and he

was to sit down. What is this punishment? Is there any mention?

…   This is our position. Anything... If you are walking on the street,

if you kill an ant by walking, you will be punished. This is nature's

law. We are in such a dangerous position. In every movement there is

punishment. Now, if you believe the sastras, that is different thing.

If you don't believe, then do anything you like. But from sastra we

can understand the laws of nature, or God, is very, very strict, very,

very strict. So Manduka Muni also chastised Yamaraja, that "In my

childhood, without any knowledge I did something and for which you

have given me so great punishment. So you are not fit for becoming a

brahmana or ksatriya. You become sudra." So he was cursed to become

sudra. Therefore Yamaraja took his birth as Vidura and was born in the

womb of a sudra mother. This is the history of Vidura's birth.

…   So Vidura was Yamaraja. Not only he was Yamaraja, ordinary, but he

is one of the great authorities. There are twelve authorities

mentioned in the sastra. One of them is Yamaraja. Balir vaiyasakir

vayam. This is stated in the Srimad-Bhagavatam. Yamaraja is one of the

GBC of Krsna. Yes. As we have got twelve GBC's, similarly Krsna has

got GBC's. Now,


                      svayambhur naradah sambhuh

                         kumarah kapilo manuh

                        prahlado janako bhismo

                        balir vaiyasakir vayam


That twelve men are authorized to preach Krsna consciousness. So we

have to follow. Mahajano yena gatah sa panthah. Therefore we have

created these GBC. So they should be very responsible men. Otherwise,

they will be punished. They will be punished to become a sudra.

Although Yamaraja is a GBC, but he made a little mistake. He was

punished to become a sudra. So those who are GBC's, they should be

very, very careful to administer the business of ISKCON. Otherwise

they will be punished. As the post is very great, similarly, the

punishment is also very great. That is the difficulty. You can see

from this example, Vidura. He was immediately punished. He did little

mistake at Manduka... Because the rsis, the munis, they will curse.

…not permanent settlement. According to one's work... Work means all

sinful acts. Without Krsna consciousness, anyone who acts, he acts

sinfully. There is no doubt of it. Because he is acting for sense

gratification, and sense gratification means almost 99.9% all sinful

activities. Duskrtinah. It is very risky job. Unless you act in Krsna

consciousness... Yajnarthe karmano 'nyatra loko 'yam karma-bandhanah.

This is the stringent law of the nature, that you have to act only for

Yajna, for satisfaction of Krsna or Visnu. Otherwise, you will be

entangled. And who is serving Krsna? Nobody is serving Krsna. So

everyone is being entangled. This is the material world.


731201SB.LA                    Lectures                 

king of..., on the other side of the globe. So it is my suggestion...

I do not say it is very scientific proof. So other side of the

globe... Ravana was in Ceylon, and the other side of the globe, if you

go by subway, it comes to Brazil. And Brazil is supposed to have gold

mines. And it is said in the Ramayana that Ravana's brother was living

on the other side of the globe, and Ramacandra was taken through the

subway. So taking this into consideration, we can suppose that Ravana

imported large quantity of gold from Brazil, and he converted them

into big, big houses. So Ravana was so powerful that he made his

capital Svarna-lanka, "capital made of gold." Just like if a man comes

from undeveloped country to your country, New York or any city, when

they see the big, big skyscraper, they become astonished. Although

skyscraper buildings are everywhere nowadays, formerly it was very



731201SB.LA                    Lectures                 

   There is a story that one beautiful woman was hunted by another

man. So he was wooing, canvassing, but she was chaste lady. But... She

did not agree. But that man was after her. So one day she said, "All

right, you come to me three days after. I will accept you." So on the

third day he (she) took purgative, a very strong purgative, and passed

stools whole day and night, and he (she) kept those all those stools,

stools and vomit and everything, kept in a very good preserver. Then

third day, when the man came, she was sitting, and he was asking,

"Where is that woman?" "No, I am the same woman. You don't recognize

me?" "No, no, you are... She... She was so beautiful, and you, you are

ugly." (laughter) "No, no, I am the same. You do not know." "Then how

you look so ugly?" "Because I have separated my beauty." "You have

separated your beauty?" "Yes, I will show you. Come here. Come here.

The stool and the vomit are all stocked for you to show you." But

actually, it is very knowledge, very good knowledge. Sankaracarya

says, etam raktam mamsa-vikaram. (?) He is teaching renouncement, that

"Why you are attracted with this beautiful? What is this beauty? It is

a combination of stool, urine and flesh and bone. That's all." So he

saw, "Here is my beauty. Now you add it with me. Then again I shall be



►731202SB.LA                   Lectures

   So by chance, when Caitanya Mahaprabhu was touring in South

India... The Puranas, Siva Purana or something like that, it is stated

there. And He brought the evidence again, that "Here you see, in the

Purana it is said that when Ravana came to kidnap Sita, immediately a

false Sita was given to him, and the real Sita disappeared. Then

again, when Lord Ramacandra, after killing Ravana, He was accepting

Sita back to home, He tested with fire, that 'Sita, you should enter

the fire, and if you are not burned, then you are chaste. Otherwise

you are not chaste.' Yes. So the false Sita which was taken by Ravana,

she entered the fire, and the real Sita came out." This is the

statement in the sastra.


731202SB.LA                    Lectures                 

   So this is the fact, that Krsna will never tolerate insult on a

devotee. He will never tolerate. The devotee may excuse, trnad api

sunicena taror api sahisnuna. He may suffer. Just like Prahlada

Maharaja, he was suffering. His father was torturing him. He was

suffering, "All right." But Krsna never tolerated. "Oh, you have done

so much. Now it is the time to kill him." This is the process. Krsna

will tolerate. Even you insult Krsna, He will tolerate. But if you

insult His devotee, He will never tolerate. Then you are finished.

Then you are finished. Just like a big man. If you insult him, he may

think "All right, let him." But if you insult or do something harm to

his child, he will never tolerate. He will never tolerate. Similarly,

a devotee who is dependent on Krsna in everything, and if somebody

does harm to him, insults him, Krsna will never tolerate. That is

explained in the Caitanya-caritamrta, vaisnava-aparadha. Tara madhye

vaisnava-aparadha hati matta. So we should be very careful not to

offend Vaisnava devotees. Not to offend. This is greatest offense.

Therefore it is said vipra-sapa-vimudhanam. Vimudhanam. Those who are

rascal, fools, they will want to try to insult real brahmana,

Vaisnava. Then they are finished.


750306SB.NY                    Lectures                 

becomes relieved. So that is also fact. Bhagavad-gita... Whenever you

are perplexed, you read Bhagavad-gita you will immediately get relief.

That's a fact. Gandhi also said that. Gandhi was a politician.

Although he could not understand Bhagavad-gita neither he could

understand Krsna, still, he said that "When I read, I get great

relief." He was always very busy, so many political problems always

coming. So there was no spiritual understanding of these politicians.

Sometimes they take the spiritual shelter, so-called, for getting some

benefit out of it so that his political movement may be increased or

enhanced. So we do not wish to discuss, but Bhagavad-gita, even if you

read without any actual knowledge of the Bhagavad-gita, still, you

will feel relief. Still you will feel relief. Just like if you go to

the fire, you will feel some warmth. That's a fact. Even you do not

know how to enjoy fire, still, because you are near the fire, you will

get some warmth. So Bhagavad-gita is like that. Even if you do not

understand, by simply hearing the words of Krsna... Simply we chant

this, man-mana bhava mad-bhakto mad-yaji mam namaskuru, and gradually

you do that...


                  satam prasangan mama virya-samvido

                 bhavanti hrt-karna-rasayanah kathah

                  taj-josanad asv apavarga-vartmani

                 sraddha ratir bhaktir anukramisyati


If we discuss Bhagavad-gita amongst the societies of the devotee...

That is stated in the Bhagavad-gita, mad-bhaktesu abhidhasyati.

Bhagavad-gita should be discussed amongst the devotees. Sometimes we

discuss Bhagavad-gita amongst the non-devotees. That is due to higher

order, higher order--Guru Maharaja asked that "You go and speak." So

we are doing that. Actually, Bhagavad-gita is to be discussed amongst

the devotees. So our hard task is that first of all we have to make

one devotee and then let him understand Bhagavad-gita, our double

task. Because nobody wants to become devotee. So we are canvassing

door to door, country to country, village to village, "Sir, please

come in our temple. We shall give you nice prasadam. You simply chant

Hare Krsna and hear something about Krsna." So still, people will not

come. Still, they will not come. We have to canvass. We have to do so

many things. That is the influence of maya. Maya is so strong that

unless one is very much determined, maya will be very strong for him.

   So still, if we understand that this life is meant for

understanding Krsna or to advance in Krsna consciousness, if this much

we understand, then also, our life is successful. But we do not take

it seriously. We do not take it seriously. That is the difficulty.

Actually, as Narottama dasa Thakura says, that visaya-bisanale,

diba-nisi hiya jwale, juraite na koinu upay, "My heart is always

burning on account of this material condition of life, and I did not

make any means to get out of this entanglement"... So everyone should

be intelligent. Intelligent person will admit that his heart is always

burning. That's a fact. Now, if we want to get out of it, then, as….

…   So that instruction and when we read Bhagavad-gita, that

instruction, these two instructions, they are not different. Don't

think that "Krsna was present before Arjuna, but in my presence there

is no Krsna. Simply I have got this book." But you should know that

the book and the instruction there in the Bhagavad-gita and Krsna,

they are absolute, one. There is no difference. We can take advantage

of Krsna's presence by reading Bhagavad-gita….

…he was reading Bhagavad-gita, and Caitanya Mahaprabhu was attracted.

Just see. So Caitanya Mahaprabhu inquired, "My dear brahmana, what you

are reading?" So he also could understand that "Here is a person who

has not come to criticize me. He is serious." "Yes, sir, I am reading

Bhagavad-gita, but I am illiterate. I am illiterate." "Then what you

are reading?" "No, I am simply turning the pages. I cannot read

anything." "Then why you are reading if you cannot?" "No, my Guru

Maharaja ordered me. My Guru Maharaja asked me that 'You shall read

Bhagavad-gita daily, eighteen chapters.' " Guru maharaja knew that he

is illiterate, but still ordered. This is called

guru-mukha-padma-vakya, cittete koriya aikya, ar na koriho mane asa.

This is called firm faith in guru. Guru ordered him that "You read."

Guru must know him, that he is illiterate. So what he will read? Why

guru is ordering him? But because he had firm faith in guru and he was

trying to read, Caitanya Mahaprabhu came to see him. Just see. How

this line is important: guru-mukha-padma-vakya, cittete koriya aikya,

ar na koriho mane asa. Ar means anything more, you don't try to

understand. Whatever your guru says, you just try to carry it out. So

what is the next line? Guru-mukha-padma-vakya, cittete...

Pusta-krsna: Sri-guru-carane rati...

    Prabhupada: Sri-guru-carane rati, ei se uttama-gati. Don't try to

make very good advance by manufacturing your own way. Simply,

sri-guru-carane rati, ei se uttama-gati. That is first-class. That is

Vedic instruction. Vede gay janhara carito. The Vedas says,


                       yasya deve para bhaktir

                        yatha deve tatha gurau

                      tasyaite kathita hy arthah

                        prakasante mahatmanah


To understand Vedic literature means one must have firm faith in Krsna

and firm faith in guru, not that "My guru is not so learned, so let me

capture Krsna directly." That is useless. That is useless. Caitanya

Mahaprabhu says, guru-krsna-krpaya paya bhakti-lata-bija. One can get

the seed of the plant or creeper of bhakti, how? Guru-krsna-krpa. By

the mercy of guru and by the mercy of Krsna, not that krsna-krpa.

First guru-krpa, then krsna-krpa. So this brahmana attracted the

attention of Caitanya Mahaprabhu. He was illiterate, and he could not

read even one word. What is the truth in it? The same thing.

Guru-mukha-padma-vakya, cittete koriya aikya. He took guru's order

very seriously, that "My Guru Maharaja has ordered me, and I must

carry out. Never mind I cannot read. Let me open the pages and see.

That's all." So he was doing that. So others criticized him that "This

man is illiterate. What he is reading?" But Caitanya Mahaprabhu did

not criticize. Caitanya Mahaprabhu inquired, "Oh, what you are

reading, My dear brahmana?" So he explained, that "This gentleman has

not come to criticize me." So Caitanya Mahaprabhu knew that "He is a

perfect knower of Bhagavad-gita." Still, He inquired, "Well, if you

are not reading, then how you are crying? I see there are tears in

your eyes. What is the meaning?" Then he admitted, "Yes, sir. Yes.

That is." "Why you are crying?" "No, as soon as I take this

Bhagavad-gita in my hand a picture comes before me that Arjuna is

sitting on the chariot ordering Krsna, and Krsna, the Supreme

Personality of Godhead, is carrying out his order and driving the

chariot. So that makes me amazed. Therefore I am crying, that 'How

Krsna is merciful, that He accepted a menial service for His devotee.

He is so kind.' " Caitanya Mahaprabhu immediately embraced him: "Yes,

brahmana, your reading of Bhagavad-gita is perfect." So it doesn't

matter whether one is illiterate or literate. Everyone has got these

ears. So we should hear from the realized person, guru Vaisnava, not

professional, no. That will not help us.


                        tad viddhi pranipatena

                         pariprasnena sevaya

                        upadeksyanti te jnanam

                       jnaninas tattva-darsinah


Tattva-darsinah. Tattva-darsinah means one has seen the truth, not

superficially knowing. One who understood that this is the truth, so

go there and submit there. Pranipatena. Prakrsta-rupena nipatena.

Fully surrender there and then question, then try to inquire if you

cannot understand. First of all, first business is pranipata: "Sir, I

surrender unto you." Sisyas te 'ham sadhi mam prapannam. Arjuna also

did so. "My dear Krsna, we are talking like friends. This will not

solve the problem. Therefore I am submitting unto You as Your

disciple." Sisyas te 'ham sadhi mam prapannam. "I surrender unto You.

Now You can teach me." Because as soon as you accept guru, you have to

hear him, surrender, full surrender. You cannot unnecessarily argue.

Of course, if there is any doubt, you can question submissively. But

not that, "I shall test my guru, how he is learned." That will not

help. One must surrender. So tad viddhi pranipatena pariprasnena

sevaya. Arjuna did that. Therefore Arjuna learned the Bhagavad-gita,

and it was always relief for him when he was perplexity. Haranti

smaratas cittam. Haranti. What is that haranti? Hrt-tapa. Hrt-tapa,

the blazing fire within the heart, within the core of the heart,

immediately becomes minimized, haranti. Smaratas cittam. As soon as I

remember, my consciousness, my heart, core of heart, becomes

immediately relieved. How it is relieved? Why it is relieved? Govinda

abhihitani me: "Govinda instructed." Govinda means Krsna

…speaking about Himself. You haven't got to speculate like nonsense.

Just like Gandhi speculated, "I do not believe that ever any person

like Krsna lived." Do you know that? This is Gandhi's statement, and

he is mahatma. The mahatma's definition is there in the Bhagavad-gita:

…compete. We cannot compete, although it is, this technology is the

business of the sudras. Technology is not the occupation for the

brahmanas, ksatriyas, or vaisyas, no. In our country still, there are

blacksmith, weaver, oil crusher. Still they are in the village. But

they are sudras. So this technology means craftsmanship. That is not

knowledge. That is not knowledge. Just like I do not know how this

microphone is working. If it is wrong, some man who knows the art, he

repairs it immediately. That does not mean he has got knowledge. That

particular department, he has got knowledge, that's all. Knowledge

means that one who knows God. That is knowledge. Bahunam janmanam ante

jnanavan mam prapadyate. This is knowledge…


…Devotee (3): How can one rid oneself of sex desire if one continues to

chant, continuously chant Hare Krsna, and is still being plagued by

desire for sex?

Prabhupada: Chant Hare Krsna seriously. The examples are there.

Therefore Haridasa Thakura, he was chanting Hare Krsna, …

Devotee (4): Prabhupada, what does it mean to chant seriously?

Prabhupada: Without offense. You know there are ten kinds of offense?

That's all right. (end)


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This is our Krsna consciousness movement, that if constantly our mind

is engaged in thinking of the lotus feet of Krsna... Thinking begins

from the lotus feet, not all of a sudden... (child makes sounds)

(aside:) Stop this child. You cannot think of Krsna all of a sudden on

the top. This is the process. In the Second Canto you'll find we have

to think of Krsna's lotus feet. Srimad-Bhagavatam, First Canto and

Second Canto are the lotus feet of Krsna. Then you gradually rise.

When you are accustomed to think of Krsna, that is called

transcendental meditation. At any time, at any moment, if you

immediately meditate, you'll see the lotus feet of Krsna. That is

transcendental meditation. Then gradually rise to think of this

portion, this portion, this portion and, at last, the smiling face.

That smiling face is compared with the Tenth Canto, Tenth Canto of

Srimad-Bhagavatam. This is explained.

   So Arjuna was disturbed in so many ways, but as soon as he began to

think of Krsna's lotus feet, (Sanskrit), immediately everything became

pacified. This is the process. This transcendental consciousness or

transcendental meditation, immediately, without any delay, for a

moment you'll feel completely pacified. Therefore Krsna advises

(Sanskrit). "Always..." Man-manah, "Always engage your mind upon Me."

This Deity worship means to train the neophytes devotees how to

concentrate upon the form of Krsna, especially His lotus feet. That

will make our life pacified always, santa, santa, pacified, peaceful.


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 So you go on thinking, thinking, thinking, thinking, you

will be attached. You will be attached. You will be attached. Adau

sraddha tatah sadhu-sangah. And thinking of Krsna in association of

the devotees. Not alone, then you will go to hell. Alone will not do.

Association is so strong that anyone who is coming to our association,

we..., not that we are everyone teaching, but by association, he wants

to become devotee. By association, automatically. So the association

is so powerful. Therefore Narottama dasa Thakura says,


                 tandera carana-sevi-bhakta-sane vasa

                    janame janame haya ei abhilasa


He is praying, "My dear Lord, this is my ambition, birth after birth."

What is that? "That to be engaged in the service of the acarya guru,

and in the association of devotees. This is perfection." …

…Bhaktivinoda Thakura says that "I will not prefer a birth like Brahma

if I forget You. But I will prefer to become an insect if I remain

with Your devotee." Because if one remains with a devotee, he will not

forget Krsna. That is the advantage.


►731208SB.LA                   Lectures

Prabhupada: Hmm. So here it is explained what is Bhagavad-gita. Gitam

bhagavata. Bhagavata means "by the Supreme Personality of Godhead,"

and gita means "spoken." They say "sung," you can say. But gita means

"spoken by." Therefore it is called Bhagavad-gita, "the instruction

given by the Supreme Personality of Godhead personally." Therefore it

is called Bhagavad-gita.


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   So if you want to understand Bhagavad-gita, then we must understand

in the same way as the person who directly heard from. This is called

parampara system. Suppose I have heard something from my spiritual

master, so I speak to you the same thing. So this is parampara system.

You cannot imagine what my spiritual master said. Or even if you read

some books, you cannot understand unless you understand it from me.

This is called parampara system. You cannot jump over to the superior

guru, neglecting the next acarya, immediate next acarya. Just like

our, this Gau..., Caitanya Mahaprabhu's cult; we cannot understand

Caitanya Mahaprabhu directly. It is not possible. We have to

understand through the Gosvamis. Therefore you'll find in the

Caitanya-caritamrta and at the end of every chapter, the writer says,


                   sri-rupa-ragunatha-pade yara asa

                 caitanya-caritamrta kahe krsna-dasa


This is the process. He does not say that "I've understood Lord

Caitanya Mahaprabhu directly." No. That is not understanding. That is

foolishness. You cannot understand what is Caitanya Mahaprabhu.

Therefore repeatedly he says, rupa-ragunatha-pade... "I am that Krsna

dasa, Kaviraja, who is always under the subordination of the

Gosvamis." This is parampara system. Similarly, Narottama dasa Thakura

also says, ei chay gosai jar mui tar das, "I am servant of that person

who has accepted this six Gosvamis as his master. I am not going to be

servant of any other person who does not accept the way and means

of..." Therefore we say or we offer our prayer to our spiritual

master, rupanuga-varaya te, rupanuga-varaya te, because he follows

Rupa Gosvami, therefore we accept, spiritual master. Not that one has

become more than Rupa Gosvami or more than... No. Tandera

carana-sebi-bhakta-sane vas. This is the parampara system.

   Now here, the same thing is repeated: Arjuna, who directly heard

from Krsna. Sometimes some people say that "Arjuna heard directly from

Krsna, but we don't find Krsna in our presence, so how can I accept?"

It is not a question of direct presence, because you have no idea of

the absolute knowledge. Krsna's words, Bhagavad-gita, is not different

from Krsna. It's not different from Krsna. When you hear

Bhagavad-gita, you are directly hearing from Krsna because Krsna is

not different. Krsna is absolute. Krsna, Krsna's name, Krsna's form,


…also puzzled, "Brahmana, you are reading Bhagavad-gita?" He said,

"Sir, I am illiterate. I cannot read. It is not possible. But my Guru

Maharaja ordered me to read. What can I do? I've taken this book."

This is trying follow guru's word. He's illiterate. He cannot read.

There is no possibility. But his Guru Maharaja ordered, "You must read

Bhagavad-gita daily, eighteen chapters." Now what is this? This is

called vyavasayatmika buddhih. I may be quite incomplete. It doesn't

matter. But if I try to follow the words of my Guru Maharaja, then I

become complete.

   This is the secret. Yasya deve para bhaktir yatha deve tatha gurau.

If one has strong faith in the Supreme Personality of Godhead and as

much faith in the guru, yatha deve tatha gurau, then the revealed

scriptures become manifest. It is not the education. It is not the

scholarship. It is faith in Krsna and guru. Therefore

Caitanya-caritamrta says guru-krsna-krpaya paya bhakti-lata-bija. Not

by education, not by scholarship, never says. Caitanya Mahaprabhu

says, guru-krsna-krpaya, by the mercy of guru, by the mercy of Krsna.

It is a question of mercy. It is not a question of scholarship or

opulence or richness. No. The whole bhakti-marga depends on the mercy

of the Lord. So we have to seek the mercy….


…is perfect. That is Bhagavad-gita As It Is. And if you try to

understand Bhagavad-gita as some rascal commentator says, then you are

reading somebody else; rubbish. There's no meaning. You're simply

wasting your time. He may be such scholar, such big politician, like

this. In our country, big politician, they have commented; big, big

yogis, they have commented; big, big scholars they have... They're all

useless. Take it: useless. If you read such commentary of

Bhagavad-gita, it is simply waste of time. If you actually want to

study Bhagavad-gita, then as Arjuna understands. Arjuna directly

listened from Krsna….

…"Oh, Krsna is like us. He has got also two hands, two legs, one head.

We have got also. He is like me," he is a mudha, rascal. Therefore it

is said in the Bhagavad-gita, avajananti mam mudhah: "These rascal

fools, they deride." Manusim tanum as... Param bhavam ajanantah, "They

have no knowledge of the param bhavam." So the param bhavam, that is

understood by the devotees. That is the difference. Budha

bhava-samanvitah, Krsna has said. Budha bhava-samanvitah. Param

bhavam, this bhava... Bhava means assimilation--"Oh, Krsna is so

great." This is called bhava. That is real understanding, when you

understand really this bhava stage. Bhava-bhakti. Bhava-bhakti. Simply

engaged in Krsna's service. Param bhavam. Person who has not come to

this stage of bhava, he cannot understand Krsna. Param bhavam

ajanantah. The bhava stage comes.

   Everyone can attain that bhava stage. There is process. This

process is described by Rupa Gosvami how to come to the bhava stage.

Bhava stage means just prior to perfection. One must come to the bhava

stage, next stage is perfection. Next stage is full perfection. So how

to come to this bhava stage, that is Rupa Gosvami has described, adau

sraddha. First of all little faith. Just like many outsider also come

here, "What these people are doing, these Krsna consciousness men? So

let us see." So sraddha. That is called sraddha. Sraddha, real sraddha

means complete faith. That is described by Caitanya-caritamrta.

Sraddha-sabde visvasa kahe sudrdha niscaya. One who has got this much

faith, strong faith, that Krsna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead,

this faith, not flickering, firm faith, "Yes, Krsna is the Supreme

Personality..." That is called sraddha. That is beginning of sraddha.

If you have got still doubt, then you have not come to the stage of

sraddha even. Superfluous. You may come, but when you actually believe

that "Krsna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and if I engage

myself in Krsna's service, I am perfect"--two things--that is sraddha.

And the more you increase this sraddha you become advanced. The

beginning is this sraddha. Adau sraddha.

   So how this sraddha, this faith can be increased? Sadhu-sanga. If

you keep yourself associated with the devotees, then this sraddha can

be increased. If you simply believe, "Yes, Krsna is Supreme

Personality," but you do not live with the sadhus or devotee, then it

will drop. It will finish. So just to keep the standard, the

temperature right, you must keep always yourself warm. If you go away,

then your (indistinct) is gone. Again you become cold. You see. This

is the process. Adau sraddha tatah sadhu-sangah. Everything is

perfect. The first thing is that you must believe that Krsna is the

Supreme Personality of Godhead. Yes. And to keep this faith strong and

going on, you must keep association with devotees. Otherwise whatever

little faith you got, it will be lost. It become again under the

clutches of maya. Adau sraddha tatah sadhu-sangah. And if you actually

associate with sadhu, then the next stage is bhajana-kriya,

initiation, how to worship Krsna. Then anartha-nivrttih syat. If you

are actually engaged in devotional service, anartha, which are not

required, things will vanish. Just like we ask our students, "No

illicit sex, no intoxication, no gambling, no meat-eating." Simply by

hearing it you cannot follow it. It is not possible. If you make

bhajana-kriya, if you're actually following--chanting sixteen

rounds--then you can follow the others. Otherwise, if you are

spiritually weak, you cannot. The government is spending so much money

to stop this intoxication, LSD, in your country. They're all failure.

But here, with our pure association, a person can give up immediately.

Just see how much the association is strong. Adau sraddha tatah

sadhu..., bhajana-kriya. Anartha.

   Then after one is free from these sinful activities, then he comes

to the understanding stage. So long one is sinful, he has no

possibility of understanding. Yesam tv anta-gatam papam. One who is

completely free from all sinful activities, anta-gatam, finished,

yesam tv anta-gatam papam jananam punya-karmanam. And how you can

become free from sinful activities unless you act piously? Because we

must have some engagement. If you have no pious engagement, then you

cannot become free from sinful activities. You must act. If you do not

act piously, then you must act viciously. This is the way. The

Mayavadi philosopher, they simply wants to stop impious activities.

But they do not engage themselves in pious activities. Therefore they

fail. They fail. You must have side by side. Param drstva nivartate.

If you get something better, then you can give up inferior. But if you

do not get better, you cannot give up the inferior. That is not


   So you can give up this impious activities provided you are engaged

fully in devotional service. Otherwise it is not possible. Simply by

moral instruction, that "Stealing is very bad. Don't steal," nobody

likes it. Nobody likes it. It is practical. One man has stolen, and

he's arrested and he's going to the police custody. So everyone has

seen, and he has heard also that the government says that if you

steal, you'll be punished. In the Bible or in any other religious

scripture it is said that stealing is not good. So he has heard it,

and he has seen it that a man who has stolen, he is going to jail. So

these two things are experienced: hearing and seeing. In spite of all

his experience, why does he steal? Because he has no good association.

He knows that stealing is bad; otherwise why he steals at night?

Nobody can see. He knows he is doing some bad thing. But why he cannot

give up that bad thing? Because he's not associating with good person.

That is it.

   So association is so... Therefore we have named this Krsna

Consciousness Society. Not Krsna consciousness only. Krsna

Consciousness Society. A society's so beneficial we should understand.

So, in this way, atha bhajana-kriya anartha-nivrttih syat. If we

prosecute our devotional activities and keep our association with the

devotees, then we can be free from sinful activities. And when you are

completely free from sinful activities, then we get nistha. Yes, it is

full faith. Nistha means full faith. Tato nistha. Tato rucih. Ruci

means taste. Why you are hearing about Krsna daily, the same thing? We

are speaking nothing new. "Krsna is the Supreme Personality of

Godhead, and you have to surrender." This is our daily business. But

why you are coming to see..., hear the same hackneyed words? Because

it is very pleasing. This is called ruci, taste, "Yes, I want to hear

this repeatedly. Yes. Krsna is the Supreme Lord, I am the eternal

servant." You have got a taste. Unless one gets the taste, then you'll

say, "What is this hackneyed word?" Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna,

twenty-four hours you can chant because you have got the taste. Others

cannot do. This is called ruci. And ruci means asakti, attraction: "I

must go. I must chant. I must do." Tato nistha, tato rucih, atha

asaktih. Tato bhavah. Then bhava: "Ah, Krsna. I will associate with

Krsna. Then Krsna's love, that is perfection."

…   Therefore we are trying to keep ourselves, our students always in

the sattva-guna. Cleanliness, sattva..., to remain a brahmana. If you

remain a brahmana then you'll not fall down. You'll not fall down.

Otherwise, if you remain in tamo-guna, then you are going to be next

animal. This is the process of nature. You cannot check.


731210SB.LA                    Lectures                 

In his

Brhad-bhagavatamrta Sanatana Gosvami has stated that if you become

perfect in Krsna consciousness, then immediately after death you will

be sent where Krsna is having His pastimes within this material world.

…  So if you become perfect in Krsna consciousness... Perfect in Krsna

consciousness means no more material desire. That's all. Only Krsna.

that is perfection. So long you will have a pinch of material desire,

you will have to take birth. According to your desire, Krsna will give


731211SB.LA                    Lectures                 

   Just like big, big swamis in India... Sometimes they come to your

country also. They say that "This world is false," jagan mithya,

mithya. But we don't say that it is false. We say it is reality, but

temporary. That is right philosophy. How it can be false? Because

everything is produced by the truth, by the Absolute Truth. Janmady

asya yatah. Nothing can come out except from the Absolute Truth. Krsna

says, aham sarvasya prabhavah: "I am the origin of everything." If

Krsna is truth, He is the origin of everything, so how everything can

be false? Is that very logical? No. If something has come from gold...

Just like we have got so many preparations of gold: gold bangles, gold

earring, gold necklace. But it has come from the gold; therefore it is

gold. How it can be false? Gold is never false. Gold is gold. So this

philosophy that brahma satyam jagan mithya, that "Gold mine is right,

but the gold earring is wrong..." No. That you cannot say. If gold

mine is right, then gold earring is also right because it has come

from the gold mine. Similarly, Krsna says that aham sarvasya

prabhavah: "I am the origin of everything." And the Vedanta-sutra also

says, janmady asya yatah: "Absolute Truth is that from whom everything

emanates." So everything has emanated from Krsna. So how this material

world can be false? It is true. Then what is that false? It is not


►731213SB.LA                   Lectures

…Not taking advantage of it. Everything is there. Therefore

our Krsna consciousness movement is to rescue these rascals from this

ignorance and give Krsna consciousness. Most philanthropic work. They

will become dog next life; we are trying to save them, "Don't become

dog. Just become god or godly." This is our movement. But they are

persistent to become dog. Even they are coming here, again falling.

Persistent to become dog. So that is nature's

law, what can be done?


731215SB.LA                    Lectures                 

others, he is inimical always. In your country we have got experience.

They have written, "Beware of dog." And if you pass, you are not

entering the house, still, unnecessarily, the dog will bark. Even if

he is on the top of veranda corridor, by seeing another unknown

person, he will bark. That is offensive. So that is dog's business.

And at the present moment the dog is happy only when he has got a good

master. Otherwise dog is not happy. A street dog, he cannot eat. He

has no eating. He has no place. He is lean and thin. You have seen.

But he has got a good master, he is very stout, fatty, and very expert

in barking. (laughter) So this is dog's qualification. He is very


   So at the present moment people are like that. They are being

educated, but technologist or computer expert or this, that, so

many... The father spends so much money. He becomes an expert. But if

he does not get a good master to employ him, he is useless. He is

useless. His technological knowledge will be useless if he does not

get a master. So therefore the modern education system is to create

dogs. He will never be happy unless he gets a good master. Actually,

we are constitutionally all dogs. But we do not know whom to serve.

That is our misunderstanding. Actually, every one of us, servant.

That's a fact. But we are missing the point, where to engage ourself

in good service. That is Krsna. We have to serve. You cannot avoid

this. If you do not serve Krsna, then you will have to serve maya.

That's all. But you have to serve. So in that respect, if we do not

know who is the best master, then we will have to serve our senses,

our lusty desires. If I do not become servant of Krsna, then I shall

become (sic) desire, to my lusty desires for sex life. I have to

become servant. That is a fact. You cannot become master. Therefore

the most intelligent person is he who knows that "Why shall I serve my

lusty desires? Why not serve Krsna?" Because I have to serve. This is



731215SB.LA                    Lectures                 

Designation. So at the present moment I am thinking, "This is my hand.

I am American. Therefore this is my American hand." "I am Indian;

therefore it is my Indian hand." So you have to forget this, or you

have to purify: "This hand is neither American nor African nor Indian.

This hand belongs to Krsna." This is purification.

   So, so long you will engage this hand under illusion for American

service or Indian service, you will never get happiness. You purify

this hand, that "This hand belongs to Krsna. Therefore it should be

engaged in cleansing the temple with my hand," then you will be

satisfied. Then you will be satisfied. Similarly, your tongue.

Similarly, your legs. Similarly, everything, all senses. When you are

purified of all these designations, sarvopadhi-vinirmuktam

tat-paratvena nirmalam, when with that purified senses you will engage

the senses, hrsikena hrsikesa-sevanam, in the service of the master of

the senses, then you will be happy. This is Krsna consciousness

movement. Otherwise you'll never be happy.


731217SB.LA                    Lectures                 

equal, and adhika means greater. How God can be great? If somebody is

greater than Him, how God is great? If somebody is equal to Him, then

how He is great? Just see how the definition is given perfectly. Na

tasya karyam karanam ca vidyate: "He has nothing to do." Because He is

great, why He should work? All the subordinates will work. We are all

subordinate. Therefore we shall work for God. But we have made our

formula, that "God shall work for me." "God, give us our daily bread.

We have nothing to do. Simply give us our bread." What is this? But

the Vaisnava idea is that "Without giving bread to God, God will die."

Yasoda-mayi is thinking, "If I do not give Krsna to eat something

nice, Krsna will become lean and thin." That is love of Godhead, how

to serve Krsna, how to serve God. Sevonmukhe. That is real religion.

When we are not to take service from God, but we are ready to give

service to God, that is real religion. Sa vai pumsam paro dharmo yato

bhaktir adhoksaje. Adhoksaje. God is beyond our senses. Therefore He

is Adhoksaja.

   So that type of religion which teaches the followers how to serve

God, how to love God, that is perfect religion. It doesn't matter

whether it is Christian religion or Hindu religion, no. If the

followers are trained up how to love God, how to serve God, that is

perfect. That is being taught here. In this Krsna consciousness

movement, there is no such teaching to ask from God. No. To give

everything to God. That is Krsna consciousness movement. That is

required. …

…   Pranair arthair dhiya vaca etavaj janma-saphalyam dehinam iha

dehisu. This human form of life can be perfected. How? How it can be

perfected? Pranair arthair dhiya vaca. Prana means life. Artha means

riches. Pranair arthair dhiya. Dhiya means intelligence. And vaca,

vaca means words. So we have got four things. We have got our life,

and everybody has got some riches, either one pound or one million

pounds. Everybody has got something. That is called artha. Prana,

artha, and everyone has got intelligence, and everyone has got the

power to speak. So we have to engage all these four things. Either

four or three or two, at least one, we must engage. Pranair arthair

dhiya, sreya-acaranam sada. This is the principle of religion or

perfection of life.

731219SB.LA                    Lectures                 

 So this inquisitiveness is very good. My Guru Maharaja

accepted me as a disciple because he saw in the beginning I was very

inquisitive to hear him. So in the beginning, when many gentleman... I

was one of them, was introduced to my Guru Maharaja, that "They are to

be initiated. They want to be initiated, to become your disciple." So

when my turn came, he immediately said, "Yes, I will accept this boy

as disciple because he is very inquisitive to hear." That was my

recommendation. And actually, I was very inquisitive. I could not

follow what Guru Maharaja was speaking, but still, I was asking

others, that "When Guru Maharaja will speak? I will hear." I could not

follow. He was speaking in a very high philosophical term. So at that

time I had no capacity to under... Still, I wanted to hear him, I

understand or not understand.

   So this is very good qualification. So those who are coming here to

listen about God, they are very fortunate. Krsna will help them.


731220SB.LA                    Lectures                 

 Now everything has become business. Formerly a brahmana, he'll

start a school. Brahmana is pathana pathana. His business is to become

learned himself and to distribute his knowledge, education, to

everyone free. This is brahmana. The brahmana, and the opposite word

is krpana. Krpana means miser. A miser, he has got money, but he does

not spend. He keeps it only. And brahmana means he has got knowledge

and he distributes for others' benefit. That is brahmana. Therefore we

are making every one of our disciples brahmana, not that he should

simply know himself what is God. No. He must distribute the knowledge

also. Go from town to town, village to village, and try to convince

these rascals what is God.


731220SB.LA                    Lectures                 

   So anyone who has not developed his consciousness to understand

God... Krsna consciousness means to understand God and then trust Him.

This is Krsna consciousness. Actually, your currency notes advertising

our movement. But they do not know scientifically. Now this movement

is scientifically started. The Americans should take advantage of it

and try to understand the simple slogan, "In God We Trust."

   Thank you very much. (end)


731222SB.LA                    Lectures                 

"Oh, I am going to die?" That is natural. That is natural. So before

making nice arrangement for our living condition, first of all make

this condition sure that you are going to live actually, you will live

comfortably. Is that guaranteed? No, that is not guaranteed. At any

moment you will be kicked out. Any moment. So that is real problem.

First of all make yourself assured that you will not be kicked out.

Just like even we enter an apartment, we make so many agreement with

the landlord, this condition, that condition. What is the idea? That I

may not be kicked out, I may not be kicked out tomorrow. The landlord

may say, "Get out." This is the agreement you make. So what is the

agreement for your living condition?

   Therefore real problem is that, that we are coming, we are

accepting one type of body, either in the human society or animal

society or tree society or dog society, accepting some body, karmana

daiva, according to our karma. There (are) so many varieties of life.


►731223SB.LA                   Lectures

... all. No more test. One test is sufficient: "Whether you know God?"

Because this human life is meant for knowing God. This temple is meant

for human being, not for the cats and dogs. So if you (do not) know

God, then you are a rascal. You are exactly like the cats and dogs.

That's all


731223SB.LA                    Lectures                 

composition of ignorance. Now, the friends... Which friend helps me to

keep me in this perpetual ignorance? These are illicit sex,

intoxication, meat-eating and gambling, these four friends. You

associate with these four friends, you will be very easily advancing

under the influence of Kali-yuga. This is the fact. Kalinadharmena


731224SB.LA                    Lectures                  

things are taking place like that. Formerly marriage, at least in

India, at least up to our time, the marriage was taking place not on

the liking of the boy and the girl. No. It was decided by the parents.

So... Just like I was also married man. I was married when I was a

student, and I did not know what will be the... But the parents

arranged. What to speak of me, I will give you another very brilliant

example, that you have heard the name of Dr. Rajendra Prasad. He was

the first president of Indian... He has written his biography. He was

married at the age of eight years. Formerly, in India the marriage was

taking place like that. I know. My father-in-law was married when he

was eleven years. And my mother-in-law was seven years. You see? So

actually, the point is that the marriage was taking by the

calculation, "Whether this couple will be happy in their life?" In

this way marriage was taking place. Not that a grown-up girl, grown-up

boy, mixes together, and he likes, she likes. Then again he leaves or

she... This kind of marriage was not sanctioned.

   But in this Kali-yuga it is said that dampatye abhirucih. That's

all. Abhirucih. Boys and girls are intermingling freely, and if she

likes, that's all right. But no future calculation. This is Kali-yuga.

No future calculation, whether in future marriage is sanctified life,

the man and the woman live peacefully, make spiritual culture, each

one will help the other so that they will live very happily and become

advancement in spiritual life and then go back to... That is the

system. But nowadays, in Kali-yuga, it will be simply liking. Liking

means next moment disliking. That is a fact. You see. Liking has no

value. As soon as you based on liking, then you expect next moment

disliking. That's all.


731224SB.LA                    Lectures                 

   Snanam eva prasadhanam. Snanam eva prasadhanam. Cosmetic. Simply if

one can take little shower bath, then everything is finished.

Actually, snana means sandhya. You have to take bath nicely. Then you

have to put tilaka and candana. Then perform your gayatri-mantra. This

is called snana. Tri-sandhya-snana. Now they are simply taking somehow

or other bath, and finished. No more. But Kali-yuga, this will be

snanam eva. And then dure vary-ayanam tirtham lavanyam kesa-dharanam.

Just see how future tell. At the present moment, Kali-yuga, a man will

think himself, he has become very beautiful by keeping long hair. You

have got very good experience in your country, long hairs. Just see

how future. Who knew that people would be interested for keeping long

hair? But that is stated in the Bhagavata. Kesa-dharanam. Kesa means

hair, and dharanam means keeping. Dure vary-ayanam tirtham. And

pilgrimage, it must be far away. Just like in Calcutta there is

Ganges. So nobody cares for Calcutta Ganges. But they go to Hardwar.

The same Ganges. The Ganges is coming from Hardwar down to the Bay of

Bengal, but people will like to go to Hardwar, taking so much

hardship, to take bath there, because that becomes tirtha. In every

religion they have got tirtha. The Muslims, they have got mosque. What

is that? Mecca, Medina. The Christians, they have got, where?

Jerusalem. Similarly, the Hindus. Then they must travel very long.

That will be tirtha. But actually tirtha means tirthi-kurvanti

tirthani. Where there is saintly person, that is tirtha. Not to go ten

thousand miles and simply take a dip in the water and come back.


731225SB.LA                    Lectures                 

therefore discussing so many... We have written so many books simply

about Krsna. Not all books published--we have published about twenty

books--but we have to finish it. It cannot be finished, but at least,

to some extent it will be finished by sixty books. And what is that

subject matter? Krsna. That's all. People cannot imagine that about

God, sixty books can be written. There is no, I mean to say, system of

religion where you can find... Not only... Sixty is the minimum. Sixty

books of four hundred pages can be written simply on God. So there is

possible... If we divert our attention to Krsna consciousness, we can

chant Krsna--Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare. Kirtanad

eva krsnasya. We can read about Krsna whole life, such big literature.

Whole life. If you read twenty-four hours daily--that you

cannot--still, you have to devote your whole life to finish this



731225SB.LA                    Lectures                 

   Krsna has given different foodstuff for different animals and human

beings. Krsna has given stool for the pigs and so nice foodstuff,

fruits and grains and milk, for the human being. Not that every food

is for everyone. No. What is called? "One man's food, another man's

poison." So the stool is also a kind of food. Everything is a kind of

food. Even the stone is also food. You know? The pigeons, they eat the

stones particles. They can digest. For them, the hardest peas are

supplied. So they can digest. Payara-matara. It is called in India,

payara-matara. Payara means pigeon. Pigeon's peas. They require such

thing. Just like the gorilla. The gorilla animal, where they live in

the African jungles... We have read book. There are trees, the fruits

of that tree are so hard, harder than the iron bullet. You can hammer

on the bullet; it may bend. But that fruit will not bend. So those

fruits are taken by the gorillas, and they chew it just like you chew

peanuts or something like that, yes. (laughter)


►731227SB.LA                   Lectures

... thing. Because life is divided into four parts: brahmacari,

grhastha, vanaprastha and sannyasa. So woman has got three positions.

They require protection. Women is never allowed to become renounced

order of life. No. They are supposed to be under the care of somebody.

So ... Draupadi was being taken care of their husband, but when the

husbands were going for renounced order of life, anapeksatam, without

caring, she could understand, "Now I will be uncared for....


731228SB.LA                    Lectures                 

Means "My dear wife, Devi..." Wife is addressed "Devi," not by name.

The husband should address the wife, "Devi." They must be like devi.

Devi means goddess. And the wife must address the husband as "lord."

This is the system. ….


731228SB.LA                    Lectures                 

 "Just become dear to Krsna." That's all. Krsna

consciousness movement means "You are trying to be dear to so many

things." Somebody is trying to be dear to his father, to his mother,

or to his family, children, or country, community, society, nation.

Everyone is trying to be dear. "I will do such and such thing for you.

Please give me vote. Please make me president." They are trying. And

after all, the president also is not dear, neither people is not dear.

The real fact becomes disclosed after a few days when the, what is

called, face covering, ah, mask, is over. That's all.

   So this kind of trying to become dear is no use. It is simply waste

of time. So if you try to become dear to Krsna, that is siddhi. That

is perfection. You are trying to become dear to so many objectives. At

last, to become dear to a dog, ferocious dog. He does not say anything

to the master. That means the master has become dear to him. So we are

trying to become dear to somebody. That is our desire, dormant desire.

But that is being misplaced. We do not know where to become dear. That

we do not know. That is Krsna. If you become dear to Krsna, that is

the highest perfection. That is explained in the Bhagavad-gita.

Manusyanam sahasresu kascid yatati siddhaye. Siddhi, this siddhi,

perfection. Out of millions and millions of persons, one is interested

to become perfect. Because this world is imperfect. So everyone is

imperfect, all of us. So neither they do know what is perfection…

... There are three subject matters in the Vedas. The first subject matter is to know God and what is my relationship with God. This is the first subject matter. Then

second subject matter is that what is the ultimate goal of life, and

the third subject matter is how to attain it. To know God, my

relationship with God, and what is my ultimate goal of life, and how

to attain it--these three subject matters are Vedic knowledge. That is


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