Once we come to understand this then we go further and try to understand what this existence is about? Every nicely it is description completly, frank description of our body is given in the pages of Bhāgavatam asti stambham snayobadham mausa shonita lepitam. asti means bones they are the pillars, because we have bones we are able to sit, stand, and walk and everything. Think about of our body without pillar, may be from outside to come inside will take 10 years. If there are no bones then we have to push like this all the time. Even then we can’t move even an inch. Without asti we can’t survive, asti stambham pillars snayo badham and they are tied again with different muscles. It is said that we have 360 bones in our body.
As soon as you are born Kṛṣṇa doesn’t send there and give us “come on take 360 bones”. No can’t do it. It’s already fixed. And it has the capacity to grow because of the basic ingredient of the life is present there. This spiritual tiny spark is present in there and it has the potency to develop the body and because it has the potency to develop the body we don’t have to do anything. The muscles automatically increase, the bones automatically increase, our understanding also increases, everything increases and this is the specialty of the human existence. Otherwise in other existences we don’t know anything and in this existence we can understand that all these material ingredients are given by the grace of Kṛṣṇa, at the same time another truth is there that we have a bit of material ingredients in my body but there is plenty of stock outside also.
In my bones and flesh we have five ingredients and they are outside also. “I have water in my body, outside is an ocean.” This is the truth and “I am not the owner of all the stock.” This is the greatness of Kṛṣṇa. According to His mercy and according to our requirement He gives us water in our body. He gives us the prithvi the earth also in our body is also required. He gives the teja also, warmth is there. He gives air also, everything He gives and again He has unlimited stock. That’s why He is known as ananta and He is very expert. snayobadham all bones are tied. “I throw my hand like this and the bones don’t come out because they are tied very expertly.” All the time they are there in working condition snayobadham mausa shonita lepitam not only bones and muscles are there but there is flesh again and it is covered by flesh. Nice flesh is there in the body and then again the flesh is not left alone charmavadham and there is skin on it. If there is no skin you won’t see your own body. You won’t able to see your own body. As it is the body is so very disfigured materially somewhat it is covered with clothes and this otherwise we can’t see our own body stomach is falling this side, leg is falling that side, can’t really see it. Because of only these coverings we like it that’s it. Charmavanadham if you peel your own skin it will be a horrible site.
We were in Bombay [Mumbai] somewhere there was one boy a young boy he was suffering from some headache one day. He complained to his parents that he has headache and he was about 25 years old and they said you take rest and the headache will go away. Somehow the other it persisted, he saw the doctor and gave medicine and nothing was happened and soon I don’t know how he developed the skin cancer and he was just lying on the bed and if he moves the whole skin will come out. To touch him the skin will come out. This was a horrible site to see. That time the parents have to pray that please that this soul is suffering too much please take him away. This is our condition.
Charmavaradham, charma is also not in our control. This skin also still He wishes it will be there. Don’t know really when it will fall apart and this understanding forces us to behave very nicely with each other till we are alive because of His mercy.
How to control anger?
We should not be victimized by the material existence and the chief important thing in material existence is the three modes of material nature. Control your lower modes, ignorance tama it is very correctly known.
Anger should never be there. Krodho prathama shatro naranam is the first enemy, suppose you are angry at somebody he is not harmed but you are completely burned. Anger is completely to be controlled. We are not the controller that is definite. Our desires may not be fulfilled we may have some in our mind but anytime you feel that you are getting angry you please at least shut your mouth. Don’t open your mouth.
We were staying in Africa somewhere and our neighbor they are not getting along together. So they were daily fighting and children are seeing at that and joking about it. So after six months, I just went to them and I told “excuse me I come uninvited but I think you can’t get along.” He said “what to do since Indira Gandhi is Prime Minister she doesn’t want to hear me at all.” [Maharaj Laughs], so I told, “if you can’t get along you have fight you know. So, please keep on fighting but do one thing that you don’t speak, don’t open your mouth when you fight.” He said “that is good idea” and they tried to follow you know and they are fighting [Maharaj imitates the fight without speaking and everyone laughs along with Maharaj] but they will not open the mouth. This went on for a month or so and then they stop. So at least please try this when you are angry. [Maharaj laughs]. Don’t open your mouth and then exercise will be there you know no need to go to gymkana or anything. Please, please try this because this existence is not meant for the lower modes in the human existence at least.
Can we be proud of this body?
Animals have their fixed modes but in our existence we can improve ourselves thinking understanding all these intricacies. We can very well see our own things you know through the shastras. We may not have idea but shastras are very clear and charmavardham and it is not enough again, it’s not only covered by the charma but paatram mutram purushayo then again Kṛṣṇa fills this dirty bag with mutram and purushayo, urine and stool and that is the fact. There is nothing inside, waste water and waste food. It is full who can deny this and if somebody gives us a bag of stool and urine will you be happy? Or would you be proud of it? Oh! You have only ten kilo’s stool, I have 20 you know. [Everyone laughs along with Maharaj]. Arey man! If you 20 or 25 it’s all stool and then we cover it with trouser and nice ironed shirt then tie and mmhh… [Maharaj imitates] …. “I am going to court now”, with all the stool he walks to the court so very proud. Please, please, please.
With the help of the some ayurvedic we should get rid of this excess material. Otherwise the result is durrgandham, somehow or the other we are lucky to be heir apparent of the Vedic culture and that’s why we are forced to be a vegetarian. Vegetarian food gives us less gandha bad gandha, bad odor. Otherwise in this sinful body again if you pour some non-vegetarian food then the bad odor increases and we really can’t sit by the side. Cannot smell and we may clear our body by taking shower whatever it becomes bearable. Otherwise this body is unbearable.
How Kṛṣṇa’s touch cleans your body?
This one body is unbearable and we have to have another body again. This is my wife, this is my husband and so many bodies to be look after, children, so many bodies to look after and except misery what can you have because every where is stool and urine. So how can this stool and urine become bearable? Its only because of the spiritual spark is there and if you control your intake then may be it becomes bearable and if there is some connection with the spiritual supreme living being then it becomes bearable. That’s why the whole family has got to have the corner of Kṛṣṇa in their house. That is our culture. When we open shops also, in the shop also we have one corner, there is a ghee lamp is going on or incenses is going on or something is there and it always reminds us, it cleans our body because we are seeing good things just you have darshan and that is enough. Even by constant darshan of Kṛṣṇa, He cleans your body and then your ideas and mind is completely purified and that’s why don’t in your dream also have the bad ideas. Always the ideas must be very good and that’s why as soon as we get up in the morning we chant Kṛṣṇa’s names or after taking shower at least we may chant Bhagavad-gītā, we may have some humble pooja. We are busy no doubt, but this is the beginning, beginning of the day and as soon as you are pure in the beginning of the day whole day the dirt will not touch you because you are completely conscious always and this is the main use of this verse. Otherwise what is the verse? It gives you the clear idea what you have.
Bodily woes continues, old age, disease and lamentation
And it doesn’t stop here then jara shoka vipaatmam this dirty lump also there is jara, there is old age. You cannot just be comfortable, that “come on I am alright, doesn’t matter, I am very happy”. No you can’t. You have set time again and you are heading to your old age. If you are lucky you will be old, otherwise you will be killed before you are old. This is how. Jara. Shokh. Then there is a lamentation as soon as old age is there. We think “O he is running a factory, I would have run when I was young. Silly thing I didn’t do it”. So then lamentation is there. Jara shoka vipakartam and the body as soon as it gets old roga mandira maturam is mandirrogamandir. It’s not Kṛṣṇa mandir. Any sample of disease you can take out, it’s all roga mandir old age is the reason. Any time any sample you can take out and somehow or the other we try to patch it up with different our own investigations which completely fall short of everything.
Simple living and high thinking
This is the knowledge and this knowledge should set us on a right path and that is why Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam is here or Bhagavad-gītā is here or Ramayanam is here or Mahabharat stories are here everything is here for this purpose. So many nice buildings, temple buildings we have. And that’s why our temple building they are not ordinary houses. They are immaculately built as the temple structure, architecture monument. We are trying in a humble way to build small temple in Dwarka and we have decided all stone should be used and it should be a traditional temple. It’s not that somehow or other we build and carry on. No, it should be a monument the people will come there and they see. It’s a horrible expense for stone, carving and everything. But it doesn’t matter. Kṛṣṇa’s house, Kṛṣṇa builds so why we should worry about it? We should desire good. Always for Kṛṣṇa we should have high desire.
Everywhere where there are devotees they are vishanna saadho visida sreyaha yatra bhagavata janaah. saadhavo – they themselves are very simple, we don’t have any requirement the more simple you are the more this body will work alright. The more complicated your habits are the body will go out of order. You please try this, be simple in food, simple in habits, simple in sleeping, simple in getting up, simplicity will give very nice workable body. As soon as you complicate then complications arise. Simple living always helps us and we may think about Kṛṣṇa, there is a high thinking.
Why we need strong temples?
This is how if we can do then we can understand these verses very nicely and that’s why the temples also which we build very nicely built. We must have some marble structure here, what are you building these tins, what is this? It’s not a temple. We are collecting so much money and money is not less money will be there Lakshmi will be there definitely but we must have the desire that we don’t want to have these temporary structures you should have a very pakka structure and then it will look like a temple and our generations we are doing for our own generations because these temples these marble temples are stone temples they may survive for at least 100 years, 200 years, 300 years we have Jagad Mandir in Dwarka, Dwarkadeesh mandir since for the last 4000 years it is standing and last year we had a horrible jerk over there, this earth quake and even then it was not been destroyed and its nearly seven story high, a very massive structure. Since so many thousands of years it is surviving. These are the temple structures. You go to near Dwarka there is a one Jyothir Linga you know Somanath that structure is also beautiful.
How to know who is real guru?
You see the temples they built our forefathers really those are the temples and why because they always remind us that ours is not this place is not our permanent home, we have to have something else in order to be happy and as soon as this idea comes by seeing our the temples, by seeing our scriptures and by hearing them from particularly realized souls. They just move about the world what they have to gain, what they have to gain? They will not gain anything. But just to remind us they may kindly come here or there and this is how once our Siva and Paravati were sitting you know, so Paravati asked Shiva “Bhagavan see there are so many gurus how to know who is real guru?” So he gave a very nice answer in one slokha you know. He says see Devi, “guruvo bahuvo santi. So many gurus there are sishyas vipatahaaraka, they take out the riches of sishyas. sathguro durlabho devi.sathguru is completely durlabh,sishyas santaapaharaka.Those who remove the misery of the disciples are very rare.” And this [approaching Guru] is the way to get rid of the miseries. You please do everything and anything but don’t neglect to treat your own miseries. This is the treatment.
What is this (temporary) body really?
Just come to this point otherwise “roga mandira maturam dushpuram durdaram dushtam sadosham shanabanguram” it is very nice. It’s completely impossible because its shana bangur. Just you go to Mayapur and mosquito bites you and the whole body this 100 kilo body will just lies down. One mosquito is enough. Shanabanguram or some heart attack is there or this is there that is there accident is there. It’s completely shanabangur and it becomes completely out of world you can’t mandate them at all. This is our life.
And then in the end krami veet bashmantam, krami. If you bury the body then it converted into insects that is krami veet means stool if your body is left like that dead body then vultures eat and is converted into stool or bashmam ashes we burn the body and hardly ash is this much you know and you think “oh! Champaklal is this much!” Champaklal was so height but when he was burnt Champaklal is only you know one pot. And if you are lucky you will find out the remnants. Otherwise Rajiv Gandhi was blown off with the bomb, and hardly anything they couldn’t find out anything except his slippers. And somebody hands somebody legs… Rajiv Gandhi, no. Please please this is our end “Krami veet bashmantam shariram iti varneetam. Astheenam, this is completely astheenam. stirama karma kutuna sadheti. This is the knowledge. That we don’t know this is astir and we cannot guarantee so please carry on your prescribed duties but at the same time with full waking you should be awake jeev jago jeev jago. As soon as you are awake to this fact then your duties also become the devotional service.
Eat fresh prasadam
And then very nicely it is said in sashtra that we are surviving by the prasadam we take food we take. Yat pratah samskrutamannam sayam …. Pratah samskrutamannam that anna (that food) which is prepared in the morning goes stale in the evening. It is said in the shastra (ayurvedic shastra) that when we cook the food within 3 hours we should eat it after that we should not eat. But now we are found out our own refrigerators and I heard that some husband and wife they are both working so over a week they cook and for a week they microwave and this is an obnoxious way. It doesn’t take more than 15 minutes to cook simple kichiri. It’s very easy just you mix rice and dal and put some vegetables into it and fresh thing is available very nice and whole food nothing is there but we are so very lazy don’t get up early in the morning, “I am tired I am tired I am tired” … [mimicks] and get up eat something like dog and run like a cat. This is not human life. We are not busy, we are lazy. And this laziness forces us to eat the poison and then again in the evening you are awake, in the morning you are not. In the evening we are very fresh. And as soon as you are fresh then your body is troubling you because of the poison is inside. So you go to the doctors then. They are also awake.
Simply be connected to Kṛṣṇa
Please, please save yourself. The sicknesses are bound to be there and the body will not work properly but provided it is connected with the Supreme, it will never work properly. If you are connected to the Supreme then the element also becomes very enjoyable. You may have some disease doesn’t matter but even then you go on surviving and you survive with blissful nature. Because we know whether there is sickness or not we have to go. So “astiranna” this unsteady body we are making the best use of the bad bargain. This is a bad bargain. But we are trying to make the best use by sthiram karma steady karma. And steady karma is only one and that is devotional service to Kṛṣṇa and that can be followed anywhere. Please don’t complicate devotional service. It is very simple. In your house, in your car, in wherever you are you can just chant Kṛṣṇa’s names
Hare Kṛṣṇa Hare Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Hare Hare
Hare Rāma Hare Rāma Rāma Rāma Hare Hare
All these problems we saw and how easy solution it is that anywhere naam naam akaari bahuda nija sarva shaktis tatrarpita niyamita smarne na kalah there is no niyam there is no regulation there is no certain time fix for remembrance, nothing at all.
Srila Prabhupāda points out the Supreme Truth is Kṛṣṇa
Please just try to make this as a successful life style and this is we are requesting really through the pages of Bhāgavatam. The young persons should please learn from this. That you have may be 50 years or 70 years ahead you have plenty of time please come to the root culture the Vedic culture try to study it and make best of your own existence and try to propagate and prachaar preaching in society. Because the preaching was not there so Srila Prabhupāda has to take all the trouble after 70 years of age to go to the foreign countries and establish the society where the preaching is the main thing and because of his prachaar we are fortunate here at the moment. Otherwise I would have lost completely. Because we were away from our own country and inside the country also there is no guidance we didn’t understand who to worship why to worship and we didn’t have any idea. Srila Prabhupāda was the first one to point out that Supreme Truth is Kṛṣṇa. In the whole world at the moment every child knows Prabhupāda through Kṛṣṇa. Word Kṛṣṇa is now became very popular word. These are Hare Kṛṣṇa’s you know immediately they say and we have now certain credit in this world because of Prabhupada. Please if one sincere soul from India could do so much how much more you can do all you young people? Why are you wasting your time? You carry on your studies or business or whatever it is but please devote your attention to these things for good of the living entity who are undergoing unsurpassable misery “duranta dukham prabhuvan darshan” is durant the unsurpassable misery the living entities are undergoing with all the riches available at your disposable, with all nice houses available at your disposable and we are day and night suffering. This is the cause that our mind must be completely clear and at the same time it should be full with the Kṛṣṇa katha and ideas of Kṛṣṇa. Try to convince your mind if you have doubts please write the doubts and ask somewhere somebody will come in front of you to clear your doubts completely and if not our Prabhupāda literature is fully capable of clearing your doubts. Please read these, so many books are available so many conversations are there so much is there everything will be completely sublime. This is how we should come to this conclusion and this is taught by our own elders, mahajanas and etc.
Consciousness is for Kṛṣṇa
Manus were for this only Manus are the directors of the all whole manifestation and Priyavrat was his son. Uttanapad was his son these two sons he had and they had done very nice seva. As soon as Priyavrat attain to age Manu decided to leave. Always we see in the pages of Bhāgavatam that in the beginning of the life they are very austere and that’s why this austerity in Sanskrit this is known as tapa. Tapa means austere and we have to have austerity. When Brahma was completely perplexed when He was born He was created He didn’t know what to do. So He heard these two words first. Tene Brahmaya hrdaya adi kavaye through His heart He was given this suggestion that you please don’t get perplexed perform tapa. We are also perplexed and through our heart these two words must come, Tapa, please be austere and because of these austerity in Purshotam māsa without forcing by anybody we are following some austerities. At least we are coming here for two hours to hear Kṛṣṇa Katha. This is the best austerity or some of us stop eating two times and we are eating only once. This is austerity. To get up early in the morning is austerity. Please get up for a change when you have holidays Saturday Sunday or when any other holidays or whatever. Get up at 4 o’clock and try to have mangalarathi and mangalarathi will give you all realizations of your own Supersoul and as soon as you recognize your Supersoul there is atma tattva and as soon as jignas atma tattva there is no parabhava.
parābhavas tāvad abodha-jāto yāvan na jijñāsata ātma-tattvam
yāvat kriyās tāvad idaḿ mano vai karmātmakaḿ yena śarīra-bandhaḥ
[As long as one does not inquire about the spiritual values of life, one is defeated and subjected to miseries arising from ignorance. Be it sinful or pious, karma has its resultant actions. If a person is engaged in any kind of karma, his mind is called karmatmaka, colored with fruitive activity. As long as the mind is impure, consciousness is unclear, and as long as one is absorbed in fruitive activity, he has to accept a material body.](SB 5.5.5)
We are completely karmātmakaḿ we don’t have any idea of the spiritual nature of the karmas and that is what Prabhupāda was telling or the scriptures are telling or gurus and sages they are all shouting. Everybody for us is elevated and in Bhāgavatam it is very nicely said that those who are saintly persons they see it.
[Continued in the second part of 4th day of Bhagavata saptah.]