Hearing the words of God brings immediate relief to the heart-SP
Hare Krsna to All
All glories to Srila Prabhupada
Below is parts of yet another brilliant lecture given by His Grace Srila Prabhupada in Los Angeles, 1973.Summary: By hearing the words of God brings relief to the burning heart of unlimited desire and the mind becomes pacified and peaceful and all trash thoughts become removed from our consciousness. How to do this? Associate with devotees-Its called Krsna Consciousness SOCIETY-not just Krsna Consciousness ! This consciousness of God cannot be done alone. We also have to understand the Lord thru the param para, disciplic sucession.If we try to jump over the present acarya we will not be successful.The real secret of spiritual success is faith in Guru and God by which we can come to the stage of Bhava.(ecstasy), which precedes perfection or Prema, Love of God.If we dont associate with devotees what faith we have in Krsna , will be lost.
Hare Krsnayour humble servant,
todays Lord's...They both look, especially Happy....
SB 1.15.27 The Pandavas Retire Timely
Now I am attracted to those instructions imparted to me by the
Personality of Godhead [Govinda] because they are impregnated with
instructions for relieving the burning heart in all circumstances of
time and space.
SB 1.15.28 The Pandavas Retire Timely
Suta Gosvami said: Thus being deeply absorbed in thinking of the
instructions of the Lord, which were imparted in the great intimacy of
friendship, and in thinking of His lotus feet, Arjuna's mind became
pacified and free from all material contamination.
SB 1.15.29 The Pandavas Retire Timely
Arjuna's constant remembrance of the lotus feet of Lord Sri Krsna
rapidly increased his devotion, and as a result all the trash in his
So here, if you simply think of Krsna--Krsna recommends also that,
man-mana bhava mad-bhaktah. This Krsna consciousness movement is
nothing, just to train people how to think of Krsna and how to become
devotee of Krsna. That's all. So you may become devotee... But you
will become devotee. If you think of Krsna, naturally you will become
devotee. So... But think of Krsna, is it very difficult task? Very
simple, very easy, even a child can do it. Here is Krsna. You can
think of. 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. Just like when you go, people
address you, "Hare Krsna." Oh, it is very great benefit. Automatically
they chant Hare Krsna. We have seen it all over the world. And when I
was going from London to Nairobi, we stopped at Athens, the dead of
night. We are in the..., what is called? That transit room.
Devotee: Transit lounge.
Prabhupada: Yes, lounge. So as soon as they saw us, "Hare Krsna!" You
see. So this is advantage. Aho bata sva-paco 'to gariyan yaj-jihvagre
vartate nama tubhyam. Even a dog-eater chants Hare Krsna, he becomes
So this chance should be given. Let them chant Hare Krsna, either
willfully, or jokingly, or any way, let him chant Hare Krsna. This is
the movement. Let him chant once, let his tongue utter this
transcendental vibration, Hare Krsna, his life will be successful. ...
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....
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 Krsnadasa, 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,
Krsna's quality, Krsna's instruction, everything Krsna's, they're all
Krsna. They're all Krsna. This has to be understood.........
Just like the South Indian brahmana.
As soon as he opened his... He
was illiterate, he could not read Bhagavad-gita. But his Guru Maharaja
said that "You shall read every day eighteen chapters of
Bhagavad-gita." So he was puzzled, that "I'm illiterate, I cannot...
... So he was in a Ramanatha temple. He took the Bhagavad-gita and went like this. He
could not read. So his friends who knew him, they were joking, "Well,
brahmana, how you are reading Bhagavad-gita?" He did not answer
because he knew that his friends are "Joking me because I do not
know... I'm illiterate." But when Caitanya Mahaprabhu came, he was
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
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. Athapi te deva
padambuja-dvaya-prasada-lesanugrhita eva hi, janati tattvam...
Prasada-lesa, lesa means fraction. One who has received a little
fraction of mercy of the Supreme, he can understand. Others, na canya
eko 'pi ciram vicinvan. Others, they may go on speculating for
millions of years. It is not possible to understand. So Bhagavad-gita
As It Is. Therefore we are presenting because we are presenting
Bhagavad-gita as it was understood by Arjuna. We do not go to Dr.
Radhakrishnan, this scholar, that scholar, this rascal, that ra... No.
We do not go. That is not our business. That is parampara....called parampara.
Evam parampara-praptam imam rajarsayo viduh. So if
we understand Bhagavad-gita, as Krsna..., as Arjuna understood. that
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......But one who cannot understand, one who thinks,
"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,
"Noillicit 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. ..
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 thedevotees,
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."...
So therefore this Krsna consciousness movement is the only
humanitarian work who can save the human society. All are helping them
to go to hell. This is a fact. All are helping simply... So many
innocent human beings are being slaughtered by education, by culture,
by so-called society, friendship... It is very vicious cycle.......is very dangerous.
There are four classes: lazy intelligent, busy
intelligent, lazy foolish, and active foolish. The active foolish is a
fourth-class man. So at the present moment they're very active, but
they're all foolish. Therefore the world is in danger. Active
foolishness. Foolish, if he stops, he does not work, it is better. But
as soon as he becomes active he becomes more dangerous.
So this rajas-tamo-bhava is prominent. There is no sattva-guna,
goodness. It is very rare. The symptom of goodness is that he can see
everything right. That is goodness. Prakasa. Just like in sunshine you
can see everything clearly. Similarly, one who sees clearly things as
they are, they are in the goodness, mode of goodness. There are three
modes of the material nature. One who's acting foolishly, he's in
rajo-guna, and one who does not know what is the meaning of life,
simply laziness and darkness, that is tamo-guna. So those who are in
the tamo-guna, jaghanya-guna-vrtti-stha adho gacchanti tamasah. So
they will go to the again to the animal kingdom. They'll go again
animal kingdom. Rajo-guna may have their human birth again, but that
is also very difficult. But if you stay in the sattva-guna, then your
life is successful even if you do not get Krsna in this life; you'll
get next life if you keep yourself sattva-guna.
they will gradually be promoted to the higher planetary
system or in the spiritual world.
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. You may be
very great scientist, but you cannot check the process of nature. That
is not... Daivi hy esa guna-mayi mama maya duratyaya. That is not
possible. That is natural. I've given the instance that if you
contaminate some poisonous disease you must suffer. That is natural
way. Not that why you shall suffer. No, you must suffer because you
are already contaminated. Therefore the contamination of the material
world is going on, sattva-guna, rajo-guna, tamo-guna. If you
contaminate with the tamo-guna, then you must suffer. If you
contaminate rajo-guna, you must get disease. That is not in your hand.
You cannot say. But people are so foolish they do not know how nature
is working. They're puffed up with little knowledge and thinking
they're master of the thing. That is not possible.
Thank you very much.
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