The Transcendental Appearance of Lord Vamana Dev-Varnashram also explained
Hare Krsna to All
All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Lord Vamana Dev.
Today is Lord Vamana Dev's appearance and we as devotees should hear about His lila and some of the philosophical points connnected to it.
Below are a few verses and purports from Srimad Bhagavatam which I think everyone will find very instructive.
SB 8.19.21 Lord Vamanadeva Begs Charity from Bali Maharaja
The Personality of Godhead said: O my dear King, even the entirety
of whatever there may be within the three worlds to satisfy one's
senses cannot satisfy a person whose senses are uncontrolled.
The material world is an illusory energy to deviate the living
entities from the path of self-realization. Anyone who is in this
material world is extremely anxious to get more and more things for
sense gratification. Actually, however, the purpose of life is not
sense gratification but self-realization. Therefore, those who are too
addicted to sense gratification are advised to practice the mystic
yoga system, or astanga-yoga system, consisting of yama, niyama,
asana, pranayama, pratyahara and so on. In this way, one can control
the senses. The purpose of controlling the senses is to stop one's
implication in the cycle of birth and death. As stated by Rsabhadeva:
nunam pramattah kurute vikarma
yad indriya-pritaya aprnoti
na sadhu manye yata atmano 'yam
asann api klesada asa dehah
"When a person considers sense gratification the aim of life, he
certainly becomes mad after materialistic living and engages in all
kinds of sinful activity. He does not know that due to his past
misdeeds he has already received a body which, although temporary, is
the cause of his misery. Actually the living entity should not have
taken on a material body, but he has been awarded the material body
for sense gratification. Therefore I think it not befitting an
intelligent man to involve himself again in the activities of sense
gratification, by which he perpetually gets material bodies one after
another." (▼Bhag. 5.5.4) Thus according to Rsabhadeva the human beings
in this material world are just like madmen engaged in activities
which they should not perform but which they do perform only for sense
gratification. Such activities are not good because in this way one
creates another body for his next life, as punishment for his
nefarious activities. And as soon as he gets another material body, he
is put into repeated suffering in material existence. Therefore the
Vedic culture or brahminical culture teaches one how to be satisfied
with possessing the minimum necessities in life.
To teach this highest culture, varnasrama-dharma is recommended.
The aim of the varnasrama divisions--brahmana, ksatriya, vaisya,
sudra, brahmacarya, grhastha, vanaprastha and sannyasa--is to train
one to control the senses and be content with the bare necessities.
Here Lord Vamanadeva, as an ideal brahmacari, refuses Bali Maharaja's
offer to give Him anything He might want. He says that without
contentment one could not be happy even if he possessed the property
of the entire world or the entire universe. In human society,
therefore, the brahminical culture, ksatriya culture and vaisya
culture must be maintained, and people must be taught how to be
satisfied with only what they need. In modern civilization there is no
such education; everyone tries to possess more and more, and everyone
is dissatisfied and unhappy. The Krsna consciousness movement is
therefore establishing various farms, especially in America, to show
how to be happy and content with minimum necessities of life and to
save time for self-realization, which one can very easily achieve by
chanting the maha-mantra--Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare
Hare. Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.
[formerly the advanced human condition was mode of goodness, where people lived simply and depended upon what material nature would provide for them.Now the modern condition is one of ignorance and passion where our senses are trying to enjoy more and more but becoming less and less satisfied. Our devotee motto is to simplify your life and purify your soul. How to do that? First step is to understand the difference between what we "want" and what we "need"]
SB 8.19.22 Lord Vamanadeva Begs Charity from Bali Maharaja
If I were not satisfied with three paces of land, then surely I
would not be satisfied even with possessing one of the seven islands,
consisting of nine varsas. Even if I possessed one island, I would
hope to get others.
SB 8.19.23 Lord Vamanadeva Begs Charity from Bali Maharaja
We have heard that although powerful kings like Maharaja Prthu and
Maharaja Gaya achieved proprietorship over the seven dvipas, they
could not achieve satisfaction or find the end of their ambitions.
SB 8.19.24 Lord Vamanadeva Begs Charity from Bali Maharaja
One should be satisfied with whatever he achieves by his previous
destiny, for discontent can never bring happiness. A person who is not
self-controlled will not be happy even with possessing the three
If happiness is the ultimate goal of life, one must be satisfied
with the position in which he is placed by providence. This
instruction is also given by Prahlada Maharaja:
sukham aindriyakam daitya
sarvatra labhyate daivad
yatha duhkham ayatnatah
"My dear friends born of demoniac families, the happiness perceived
with reference to the sense objects by contact with the body can be
obtained in any form of life, according to one's past fruitive
activities. Such happiness is automatically obtained without endeavor,
just as we obtain distress." (▼Bhag. 7.6.3) This philosophy is perfect
in regard to obtaining happiness.
[here , in a nutshell, above Srila Prabhupada describes material happiness, and next he describes spiritual happiness. Material happiness comes from destiny,past fruitive activity, it cannot be altered, increased or decreased.this type of "happiness" is meant to be understood, tolerated and while this goes on, one should cultivate spiritual happiness thru transcendental senses]
Real happiness is described in ▼Bhagavad-gita (6.21):
sukham atyantikam yat tad
vetti yatra na caivayam
sthitas calati tattvatah
"In the spiritually joyous state, one is situated in boundless
transcendental happiness and enjoys himself through transcendental
senses. Established thus, one never departs from the truth." One has
to perceive happiness by the supersenses. The supersenses are not the
senses of the material elements. Every one of us is a spiritual being
(aham brahmasmi), and every one of us is an individual person. Our
senses are now covered by material elements, and because of ignorance
we consider the material senses that cover us to be our real senses.
The real senses, however, are within the material covering.
Dehino'smin yatha dehe: within the covering of the material elements
are the spiritual senses. Sarvopadhi-vinirmuktam tat-paratvena
nirmalam: when the spiritual senses are uncovered, by these senses we
can be happy. Satisfaction of the spiritual senses is thus described:
hrsikena hrsikesa-sevanam bhaktir ucyate. When the senses are engaged
in devotional service to Hrsikesa, then the senses are completely
satisfied. Without this superior knowledge of sense gratification, one
may try to satisfy his material senses, but happiness will never be
possible. One may increase his ambition for sense gratification and
even achieve what he desires for the gratification of his senses, but
because this is on the material platform, he will never achieve
satisfaction and contentment.
According to brahminical culture, one should be content with
whatever he obtains without special endeavor and should cultivate
spiritual consciousness. Then he will be happy. The purpose of the
Krsna consciousness movement is to spread this understanding. People
who do not have scientific spiritual knowledge mistakenly think that
the members of the Krsna consciousness movement are escapists trying
to avoid material activities. In fact, however, we are engaged in real
activities for obtaining the ultimate happiness in life. If one is not
trained to satisfy the spiritual senses and continues in material
sense gratification, he will never obtain happiness that is eternal
and blissful. ▼Srimad-Bhagavatam (5.5.1) therefore recommends:
tapo divyam putraka yena sattvam
suddhyed yasmad brahma-saukhyam tv anantam
One must practice austerity so that his existential position will
be purified and he will achieve unlimited blissful life.
SB 8.19.26 Lord Vamanadeva Begs Charity from Bali Maharaja
A brahmana who is satisfied with whatever is providentially
obtained is increasingly enlightened with spiritual power, but the
spiritual potency of a dissatisfied brahmana decreases, as fire
diminishes in potency when water is sprinkled upon it.
below are some quotes from Srila Prabhupada explaining how one can accomplish this business of finding (material) happiness at least at first-thru simple living. Not everyone is a "brahmana" living in some temple, but everyone he explains, can find some plot of land,grow his own food, and in this way advance on the path of self realization thru simplified living. We must understand that this simplified way to live is a pre-requisite for self realization and eventually God consciousness.
The solution is there, that everyone produce your own food
In the quotes given below Srila Prabhupada describes the hellishness of this present age and how people world over are all highly entangled within a net of misery of their own doing. And he gives the simple solution–like some do in India. A simple man who has no money will go into the city, earn lots of money, send it mostly all back home to the village where he came from, buy some nice land, THEN start growing ones OWN food supply, and THEN leave the hell hole city life– FOREVER.
This is nothing else than the mercy of God Himself to show us how to do this thru Srila Prabhupadas words. It can be done if one works at it, and as you look at the daily news, Kali yuga is the best its going to get RIGHT NOW–it will only get worse as the days go by. Therefore an intelligent thing to do, is to remove oneself from these cities, if possible, by your own work and endeavors, and the blessings of God and Guru, and find himself/ herself a nice piece of land somewhere out in the country and begin cultivating plants, vegetables, flowers, fruits and of course the most important plant of them all——–Bhakti lata Bija
Check it out…. Also at the end, some pictures of the garden at present during spring planting…. peas and beans…chitting them means sprouting them inside, then putting them into the earth for growth. This way you know what you have and the chances of them making it are increased.
Below is dolomite (lime) and gypsum (calcium carbonate) , and rock phosphate (phosphorous) mixed together for soil amendments means minerals necessary for plant and our body growth.. One might have fine organic soil but if it is deficient in basic minerals, then your plants will grow, but they wont have the “stuff “that healthy bodies are made of…
beans chitting–ready for going into the ground sprouted beans –ready to be planted
Here is one section where we have about 50 feet of nylon mesh (7″ squares) for the beans to grow up on and spread out. Side view of the meshing–today I will plant some of the beans here. We already have lots of peas coming up at various other places… and more will be planted against the greenhouse on chicken wire fencing.
Left side: here are the 14 different varieties of potatos that we will grow this summer-I also have 2 other kinds in the shed. This is an experiment in the wonderful world of spud tasting. I hope Lord Krishna enjoys our endeavors. Right side: a 5 pound bag of hulless oats seeds-
Prabhupada: Industry means to exploit the work of others and give them one dollar and make profit ten dollars. This is industry, at the cost of others some capitalist gaining huge profit. This is industry. “And let them live in a hellish condition, go to hell. Never mind. You work in the factory, and we make profit.” The Communist is trying to take over the industry and get the whole profit. (laughs) That’s all. The condition remains the same–hellish. But… What is called…? Complacent, he’s satisfied that “I am getting the profit.” All foolish. The Iran is also imitating European method of exploiting. They’re bringing men from village.
In India also, British period, they used to, that, but Indian people are little clever. They would come from the village to the city alone, not with family. They earn money and send to the family. And whenever they like, they go away. They’re not dependent.
And if you bring family, you have to work. That system is still going on. The village men, they come but they do not bring their family. Family remains in the village. He earns, he lives some way or other and sends money there, and the wife who is intelligent. He (she) accumulates the money and when there is enough money he (she) purchases land, investment.
So… In after few years, when they have got enough land, they do not come back. They produce their own necessities. Very nice. Hare Krishna. As soon as they are self-sufficient from the land they no more work. That’s a good idea. Remain in the village with family. (Room Conversation — January 4, 1977, Bombay : 770104rc.bom)
Conversation on Train to Allahabad — January 11, 1977, India : 770111tt.ida:
Hari-sauri: To enter into a city is so imposing on your consciousness
Prabhupada: Up to that point, simply rubbish, all papers thrown here and there. People are living in… Now see here, how it is open and pleasing. Organize this farm project. Farm. (background talking)…
Prabhupada: No, you show example. People will do automatically. When the people find it is very nice, they will take.
Hari-sauri: Should we try to make an effort to have our householders go and live on the farms, a special effort? If it’s ready to do that?
Prabhupada: Why householders? Everyone. Hare Krishna. (japa)
Jagadisa: But for those who are already employed…
Ramesvara: But most people have jobs.
Ramesvara: Many people already have their jobs and their families.
Prabhupada: All right, let them not come, but those who are unemployed, let them come.
Ramesvara: But what…? For those people who already have their jobs, instead of…
Prabhupada: That job… They will be very soon jobless. Don’t worry. (laughs) They will come. They will be obliged to come. Now they have got job, but as the days are advancing in Kali-yuga, they’ll be jobless.
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Prabhupada: The solution is there. They won’t take it. Solution is there, that everyone produce your own food. There is so much land; utilize it. The solution is there. No. They want to sit down on the table, chair, in a very nice compartment, and making solution. They won’t go.
Amogha: He was saying that your solution was too simple. He said that people will not accept it because it is too simple.
Prabhupada: That is his ignorance. They will say it is primitive. That is the only solution. According to the Vedic system, you cannot use anything which you cannot produce. Suppose this we are using, but according the Vedic system we should not use it because I cannot produce it. Then the whole solution is there. Nobody will manufacture this because there will be no customer. If I refuse this use of this machine, thinking that “I cannot produce it; I should not use it,” then where is the customer? The so-called industry will automatically stop, and he has to go to the village outlying.
Paramahamsa: Some of the orthodox hippies have this philosophy, and they reject all machines and things that they cannot make themselves.
Prabhupada: That is natural. That is natural. It is good. But they are not led by good leader. Otherwise next alternative is this, that you have to give up this artificial way of civilization. Now this land is vacant. We can produce so much food grains if it is utilized. Fruits, flower, vegetables, grains–we can produce.
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Prabhupada: That should be stressed. First business is the neighboring village people, they should come, chant and take prasada. And gradually, when they become interested, then they come, live with us, work with us. In this way they should be induced, bare living and chanting.
Jagadisa: As in Hyderabad.
Prabhupada: Yes. Then our movement is success. Our only motive is how people become interested in Krishna consciousness. We have no other motive. No economic problem… Economic problem is… What is economic problem? We produce our own food and cloth, barely, and spiritual life… On the farm it is easier. And if they are dispatched to the city for livelihood, there are big, big roads and big, big cars and big, big anxieties. Then wine, meat, and so on, so on…, suicide, their spiritual life finished. These rascals are protesting. They have no ideas of spiritual life. They think this is life, to be merry, enjoy and drink. “Eat. Drink. Be merry.” How they are committing suicide, they do not know. Nature’s law is very stringent. They are foolish rascal. There is no education for them. Still, if we try, many men will be saved. So write very elaborately how to do this. Increase. And in your country, we increase this farm project …………