Hearing from the right person
Satsvarupa: But should this be forced on people if they don't want it?
Satsvarupa: If a large section of the people don't want spiritual life, that's their...
Prabhupada: No, you cannot force. That is not possible, because he has got independence. You cannot force. You can simply give him knowledge.
Therefore to distribute knowledge is the best welfare activities, not this material so-called happiness, daridra-narayana-seva and this...
They have got that. That will not make them happy. If you give them knowledge, then they will be really benefited. Otherwise not.
Brahmananda: How do we give knowledge to the common masses of people?
Prabhupada: Yes, by sankirtana. By hearing, hearing, hearing--this is a medicinal process--the heart will be cleansed and they will take up
the knowledge. Now the heart is unclean, so he cannot take up. So this is the medicine. Kalau nasty eva nasty eva nasty eva gatir anyatha.
Harer nama harer... Chant Hare Krsna mantra wherever possible, and whoever will hear, he will gradually become cleansed.
Ceto-darpana-marjanam. And then bhava-maha-davagni... Then his material pangs will be over. This is the only medicine. Therefore
chant Hare Krsna. Some way or other, let them have the chance of hearing, and then it will act as medicine. Even he does not will, you
chant, you let him hear by force,[sankirtana party] and he will be cured.
Satsvarupa: Srila Prabhupada, sometimes you say only a very small percentage can take to Krsna consciousness.
Satsvarupa: But yesterday morning in your lecture you were saying it
can expand to ten thousand, million, or ten million.
Prabhupada: Yes, if you take the proper way it can be increased.
Satsvarupa: Is that just up to our preaching?
Prabhupada: Yes. That will depend on your purified preaching activities. If you again become materially victimized, then you cannot
do it. If you remain on the spiritual platform, if you try, then it
will increase. Anandambudhi-vardhanam. It will increase. As soon as
there is any contemplation of sense gratification, then the spirit
will be lost. Then instead of Christianity, it will be "Churchianity,"
officially going to the church, doing nothing, and gradually nobody
Rupanuga: Like the Christians.
Prabhupada: Yes. Everywhere. Christians... Now who are coming here, in
so many temples? Nobody is coming. They have made it a business, "Oh,
the Caitanya Mahaprabhu's birthday, you come here." And somebody will
come, collect some money, and then there is no business--go away.
Jayadvaita: That requires our personal austerity.
Jayadvaita: That requires our personally being austere.
Prabhupada: Yes. Yes. And what is austerity? It is very simple thing.
Vasudeve bhagavati bhakti-yoga-prayojitah, janayaty asu. If you
continue devotional service to Lord Vasudeva, Krsna, then
automatically the effect of these austerities will become, janayaty
asu, very soon. Vairagyam. Austerities means detachment to the
material world. That is the result of austerity. So sastra says
janayaty asu vairagyam. Simply by executing devotional service to
Vasudeva, that vairagya, detachment, very soon arises. Come. Chant
Hare Krsna. That is very good engagement.
SB 1.2.32 P Divinity and Divine Service 7462/530501
The Lord can be realized through the aural reception of
the transcendental message, and that is the only way to experience the
transcendental subject. As fire is kindled from wood by another fire,
the divine consciousness of man can similarly be kindled by another
divine grace. His Divine Grace the spiritual master can kindle the
spiritual fire from the woodlike living entity by imparting proper
spiritual messages injected through the receptive ear. Therefore one
is required to approach the proper spiritual master with receptive
ears only, and thus divine existence is gradually realized. The
difference between animality and humanity lies in this process only.
A human being can hear properly, whereas an animal cannot.
SB 1.3.44 P Krsna Is the Source of All Incarnations 7900/530501
Sukadeva Gosvami presented Bhagavatam as he heard it
from his great father, and so also Suta Gosvami is presenting
Bhagavatam as he had heard it from Sukadeva Gosvami. Simple hearing is
not all; one must realize the text with proper attention. The word
nivista means that Suta Gosvami drank the juice of Bhagavatam through
his ears. That is the real process of receiving Bhagavatam. One should
hear with rapt attention from the real person, and then he can at once
realize the presence of Lord Krsna in every page. The secret of
knowing Bhagavatam is mentioned here. No one can give rapt attention
who is not pure in mind. No one can be pure in mind who is not pure in
action. No one can be pure in action who is not pure in eating,
sleeping, fearing and mating. But somehow or other if someone hears
with rapt attention from the right person, at the very beginning one
can assuredly see Lord Sri Krsna in person in the pages of Bhagavatam.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada
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