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Want peace of mind? Here is the formula according to Srimad Bhagavatam


740927SB.CAL                   Lectures

  tada rajas-tamo-bhavah

kama-lobhadayas ca ye

ceta etair anaviddham

sthitam sattve prasidati


So the principle is that we have to place our mind, or consciousness,

in the sattva-guna. That is the first business. Because the material

world means sattva-guna, rajo-guna and tamo-guna. Sattva-guna is the

qualification of pure brahmana. Samo damas titiksa arjavam jnanam

vijnanam astikyam brahma-karma svabhava-jam. Sattva-guna. These are

the symptoms of sattva-guna. Without coming to the platform of

sattva-guna, or brahminical qualification, one cannot make any advance

in spiritual life. Therefore in our Krsna consciousness movement we

first of all bring anyone to the platform of brahmana. Therefore, at

the time of second initiation, we offer the sacred thread, to

recognize him that "He is now brahmana."….


   Here is, also it is stated that sthitam sattve prasidati. Everyone

is hankering after how to be peaceful in mind. Everyone. Everyone

says, "Swamiji, kindly say how I can get peace of mind." The peace of

mind, how it can be attained is stated here: sthitam sattve prasidati.

If you fix up in sattva-guna, not in the rajo-guna, tamo-guna.

Tamo-guna is the life of the karmis. Tamo-guna and rajo-guna. Or

rajo-guna is actually karmis, and sattva-guna is the life of jnanis.

And after coming to the sattva-guna, being peaceful in mind, that is

called... (baby crying--pause) ...brahma-bhutah prasannatma. You have

to come to the platform of sattva-guna. Then you'll be prasannatma.(joyful)


He does not hanker. Here in the material world we are hankering. We

want this... Dhanam dehi rupam dehi yaso dehi rupavati bharyam dehi.

Dehi dehi. That is hankering. This is not the stage of brahma-bhuta.

Brahma-bhuta stage means na socati na kanksati. He does not hanker.

Neither he laments. Then samah sarvesu bhutesu mad-bhaktim labhate

param. Then bhakti begins, when actually you are in peace of mind.

With disturbed mind (you) cannot execute devotional service. Therefore

in the beginning, if somebody all of a sudden becomes a Vaisnava and

in a solitary place, "I am chanting," that is cheating. How you can

be...? How you can chant? You cannot, because your mind is not fixed

up. Your mind is not... Na socati na kanksati. Unless you are

purified, your mind is always disturbed. That is the material

condition. The mind must be disturbed…..


   Sada samudvigna-dhiyam. Prahlada Maharaja says. That is the

material symptom. What is the material symptom? Always full of

anxiety. Sada samudvigna-dhiyam. Why? Asad-grahat. Because he has

accepted the temporary position, asat. Asat means "which will not

exist." Here everything will not exist. This body, it will not exist.

But I have taken this body as everything. "I am Indian." "I am

American." "I am the father of this family." "I am the manager of the

so big business." And so on, so on, so on, so on. Asad-grahat. But

everything concentrated on this body. So you must be an..., full of

anxiety. Asad-grahat. You accepted this body as fact. But it is not

fact. Similarly, the whole world. Asad-grahat samudvigna-dhiyam. This

was a question several times. This is very nice question.

   Hiranyakasipu asked his son, Prahlada Maharaja, "My dear boy, what

you have learned the best thing? You are student." He said, tat sadhu

manye asura-varya. He addressed his father, he addressed him as

asura-varya, "the best of the asuras." He did not address him as

"Father." But he said, "My dear the best of the asuras..."


                 tat sadhu manye 'sura-varya dehinam

                  sada samudvigna-dhiyam asad-grahat

                   hitvatma-patam grham andha-kupam

                    vanam gato yad dharim asrayeta


That is the best thing. One is rotting in this family life, which is

just like a blind well, andha-kupa, atma-patam. Just like a man falls

in the blind well. He has no other alternative than to die, crying,

crying. That's all. So he advises, hitva, "Just give it up."

Hitvatma-patam andha-kupam, grham andha-kupam. Then where shall I go?

Vanam gatah. Vanam gatah. Vanam gatah, "Go to Vrndavana, or in the

forest." Then how shall I live? No, harim asrayeta: "Just take shelter

of Krsna, Hari. He'll give you protection." This is the instruction of

Prahlada Maharaja.

   So here Bhagavata says, tada. Tada means "at that time." At that

time. When? It is, in the previous verse it has been explained that,

                       nasta-prayesv abhadresu

                       nityam bhagavata-sevaya

                        bhagavaty uttama-sloke

                      bhaktir bhavati naisthiki


At that time, when you are fixed up in devotional service. At that

time, tada. Not otherwise. If you have no connection with devotional

service, if you are attached to karma, jnana, yoga, you cannot be

fixed up. Therefore Caitanya-caritamrta says, bhukti-mukti-siddhi-kami

sakali asanta. Here we require... Tada, sthitam sattve prasidati.

Prasidati means peace of mind, fully satisfied. But

bhukti-mukti-siddhi-kami. As Caitanya Mahaprabhu... They cannot have

peace of mind. It is not possible. Bhukti means karmis. They're trying

to enjoy this material world--more money, more woman, more eating,

more, more and more. That is called bhukti. They are not satisfied by

enjoying on this planet. They perform various kinds of yajnas so that

they may be promoted to the higher planetary systems, Svargaloka, or

Janaloka, Maharloka, like that. But Krsna says, abrahma-bhuvanal

lokah. "You rascal, you are trying to be promoted to the higher

planetary system for more and more material enjoyment..."


duration of life, and enjoy. So certainly there are many times more

comfortable life, standard of life, very, very high, in the heaven,

other planetary systems. But Krsna says that any one of the planets

you can go, but the material disease will not be relieved, the

material disease, janma-mrtyu-jara-vyadhi. We cannot understand. This

is our real disease, repetition of birth, janma, and repetition of

death. Janma-mrtyu-jara-vyadhi. And repetition of becoming old. And

vyadhi, repetition of being affected by various types of disease. So

therefore intelligent man should see that "Even if I go to the

Brahmaloka..." When Brahma was asked by Hiranyakasipu, "Give me

immortality, sir," he said, "I am myself not immortal. How can I give

you immortality?" So abrahma-bhuvanal lokah punar avartino 'rjuna.

Krsna advised Arjuna, "My dear Arjuna, you, if you go to the

Brahmaloka, many millions of years duration of life, still, you have

to die."…


...In the Bhagavad-gita it is said, janma karma me divyam yo janati tattvatah. If you simply know Krsna, what is Krsna, why does He come, why He works like ordinary

man--janma karma me divyam yo janati tattvatah--in truth, in actual

fact. Not that "Oh, Krsna was born in Mathura, and then He was taken

to Vrndavana." This is also knowing. But still, you know what is



                         manusyanam sahasresu

                        kascid yatati siddhaye

                        yatatam api siddhanam

                      kascin mam vetti tattvatah


It is very difficult to understand Krsna tattvatah, not superficially,

but in fact. So Krsna says, janma karma me divyam yo janati tattvatah.

So one who understands Krsna in truth, he becomes free. Tyaktva deham

punar janma naiti mam eti kaunteya. These things are there. So why

don't you be serious to study Krsna, to understand Krsna?

   But to understand Krsna it will require Krsna's mercy. Without

Krsna's mercy... So how you get Krsna's mercy?

One can understand Krsna by being constantly engaged in His service.

Tesam satata-yuktanam. Not that weekly once go to the church. No.

Twenty-four hours, satata-yuktanam, engaged in Krsna's service. That

is Krsna consciousness movement. We are teaching people how to become

twenty-four hours engaged in Krsna's service. This is our business. We

don't allow karma, jnana, yoga. No. Simply. And that is krsna-bhakti.

Jnana-karmady-anavrtam. There is no question of jnana and karma. That

is not pure bhakti. Pure bhakti means anyabhilasita-sunyam

jnana-karmady-anavrtam, anukulyena krsnanusilanam, simply to serve

Krsna favorably, as Krsna becomes pleased. This is bhakti. This is

pure devotion….

...That will solve all problems. So how one

can come to that stage? That is being explained in this portion of the

Bhagavata, that srnvatam sva-kathah krsnah punya-sravana-kirtanah.

Just hear. You haven't got to do anything more. Just hear about Krsna.

Srnvatam sva-kathah... Then everything will be cleared, gradually.

This is our purpose. This center is giving chance that you come here

and hear about... We, we don't make any flattery to satisfy the whims

of the ordinary... We speak from Srimad-Bhagavatam, we speak from

Bhagavad-gita, and present them as it is, without any adulteration.

This is our position. If you like, then you make progress. If you

don't like, that is your option. But we cannot make any compromise. We

must present the sastra as it is.

   And where is the difficulty? Everything is explained here. Nityam

bhagavata-sevaya. You have to attend Bhagavata class and serve the

bhagavata person nityam, daily. If you cannot, that is a different

thing. But this is the process. Nityam bhagavata-sevaya. Nasta-prayesu

abhadresu. This conclusion comes when one is partially advanced.

Nasta-prayesu. Not fully. Then it will come. He'll be ready to serve

Bhagavatam--Bhagavata, he person bhagavata and the book Bhagavata.

Nityam bhagavata-sevaya, bhagavaty uttama-sloke bhaktir bhavati

naisthiki. Nistha, I have explained already yesterday. Tada, at that

time, when you are fixed up, "Now I shall devote my life in Krsna

consciousness," when you come to this conclusion... Nityam. That will

come. ….

   So when one comes to this conclusion, bhaktir bhavati naisthiki...

Bhakti where? Not that bhakti to this god, that god. No. Bhagavati,

unto the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Bhaktir bhavati naisthiki.

Naisthiki, without any disturbance. Tada, at that time. Tada... What

is the result? Rajas-tamo-bhavah... There are three bhavas:

rajo-guna-bhava, tamo-guna-bhava and sattva-guna-bhava. So as soon as

you come to the platform of devotional service, the two inferior

qualities, namely rajo-guna and tamo-guna, they become finished.

Simply sattva-guna remains. Because there are three gunas. If two

gunas are finished, no more useful, then the other one is there. Tada

rajas-tamo-bhavah. What are the symptoms of rajas-tamo-bhavah? Now,

kama and lobha. Those who are infected with this rajas-tamo-bhavah,

they are very lusty, greedy, lobhi. They are not satisfied. The modern

civilization is based on rajas-tamo-bhavah. Nobody is satisfied.

Everyone is greedy. And lusty. Kama-lobhadayas ca ye. Kama. So long

you are lusty, so long you are greedy, there is no question of

devotional service. There is no question of advancement to spiritual

life. So therefore you have (to) come to the platform of sattva-guna,

where simply knowledge... There is no other thing, ignorance or

greediness, only knowledge.


   So at that time, it is said, ceta etair anaviddham. Because

everything is within the heart. We become greedy, we become lusty on

account of distortion of the heart disease, kama. Tada hrdi

lobha-kamau apahinoti(?). That is a heart disease. This kama and lobha

is a heart disease. Actually, you don't require this, but it is a kind

of disease. "More and more and more and more and more." Never

satisfied. So we have to cure this disease. And this process, simple

process, Caitanya Mahaprabhu has given: ceto-darpana-marjanam. To cure

the heart disease of lusty desires and greediness is chanting Hare

Krsna maha-mantra. Param vijayate sri-krsna-sankirtanam. These are the

shastric injunction, and spoken by personalities like Lord Caitanya

and other acaryas.

   So we have to follow. Mahajano yena gatah sa panthah. Don't follow

rascals and fools. Then it will be useless waste of time. Follow the

great acaryas. Acaryavan puruso veda. One who is acaryavan, who has

accepted acarya, he knows. Others, all are fools, rascals. Acaryavan.

Acaryopasanam. In the Bhagavad-gita it is said, amanitvam adambhitvam

ahimsa ksantir arjavam, acaryopasanam. You have to first of all

worship the acarya. Tad-vijnanartham sa gurum evabhigacchet. Guru and

acarya, the same thing. So these are the process. Mahajano yena gatah.

You cannot manufacture your ways of thinking. What you are? You are

most insignificant living entity. And without following the acaryas,

without following the mahajanas, without following the sastras, how

you can teach?

   But people are doing that. Without being followed by the acarya,

without being followed by the sastras, they become guru, they become

swami, they become yogi. It is useless. You cannot get... Here are the

process, process is given: tada rajas-tamo-bhavah kama... Tada means

when you are fixed up in devotional service, then you can get out of

these infections. These are infections. In... It is so dangerous

infection. …


   You are under the complete subjugation of nature. Prakrteh

kriyamanani gunaih karmani sarvasah. These gunaih. The prakrti is

forcing you to work because you have infected a kind of guna. Karanam

guna-sango 'sya sad-asad-yoni-janmasu. Karanam. Why one man is born,

one living entity is born as a very rich man and one is born as a dog?

Sad-asad-yoni. Yoni means mother, and bija means father. Yatha yoni

yatha bijah. So the every living entity is born--bija and yoni, father

and mother. So why there are varieties? Nature is working. Why not

one, one kind of living entities? No. Sad-asad-janma-yonisu….


   So we have to give up the association of rajo-guna and tamo-guna.

Then there is question of progress. Otherwise it is simply a bluff.

Therefore in our society we say, "Don't associate... Don't be infected

by these rajo-guna, tamo-guna." This meat-eating and illicit sex life

and drinking and gambling, they are rajo-guna, tamo-guna. Kama-lobha.

You see? There is a big fairground. Gambling, tamo-guna. They are

going there. Thousands and thousands of people are going there for

gambling. This is tamo-guna. Why? Lobha: "I must get more money. I

must get more money." Lobha, kama. Kama-lobhadayah. So we have to get

out of all this entanglement. Then there is spiritual life. Otherwise

don't talk of spiritual life.

   So this is fact. Tada. Tada means when you are fixed up in

devotional service. Tada, kama-lobhadayas ca ye. Tada

rajas-tamo-bhavah. We have to get rid of this rajo-guna and tamo-guna.

We have to be fixed up in sattva-guna, pure life. Then sthitam sattve

prasidati. If you are situated in the sattva-guna, then you will be

peace of mind. And that is krsna-bhakta. That is explained in the



               krsna-bhakta----niskama, ataeva 'santa'

             bhukti-mukti-siddhi-kami----sakali 'asanta'


Krsna-bhakta, he does not desire anything. Krsna-bhakta says, "I don't

mind I am born lowborn." No, because he'll chant Hare Krsna. Lowborn

or highborn, he has nothing to do. If one is engaged in devotional

service, it doesn't matter whether he's lowborn and highborn. As soon

as he takes to devotional service, he becomes above lowborn and

highborn. Sa gunan samatityaitan brahma-bhuyaya kalpate. He's in the

Brahman platform.

   So in this way, as they are stated in the sastra, if you follow,

then it is step by step. First beginning is srnvatam sva-kathah

krsnah. Try to hear Krsna's message. That is Bhagavad-gita As It Is.

You hear it. You understand it. What is the difficulty? Srnvatam

sva-kathah. Don't misinterpret. Hear it as it is. Krsna says, man-mana

bhava mad-bhakto mad-yaji mam namaskuru. Hear it and execute it. Where

is the difficulty? But we shall not agree to, we shall not hear. We

shall not act according to the instruction given. And that is our

misfortune. Caitanya Mahaprabhu therefore says, etadrsi tava krpa

bhagavan mamapi durdaivam idrsam ihajani nanuragah: "You are so

merciful that in this age You have incarnated, You have descended in

Your name." Namnam akari bahudha nija-sarva-saktih. And in the name

there is all potencies. Parasya saktir vividhaiva sruyate. There are

multipotencies of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. All the

potencies are there in the holy name of the Lord. Namnam akari bahudha

nija-sarva-saktis tatrarpita niyamitah smarane na kalah….


   So this opportunity is there. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu says, etadrsi

tava krpa: "My Lord, You have..., You are so kind, You have given us

this chance." Durdaivam idrsam ihajani nanuragah. "But I am so

unfortunate, I have no attraction for this chanting Hare Krsna." This

is our position. So if you are serious about peace of mind, if you are

serious about advancing in spiritual culture, spiritual life, then you

must follow what is there in the sastra and spoken by Krsna Himself,

spoken by Lord Caitanya Himself. Then life is successful.

   Thank you very much. (end

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