These are few of the pastimes and this way, unlimited pastimes are there. The thing is, we should always remember, that unless you come to this, our anguish for the material miseries will never stop. Any other means will not work, that is for certain. You have to have unflinching devotional service to Kṛṣṇa. And with this, we’ll sing one … please sing after me…
Gamanam Madhuram Madhuradhipakhyer Akhilam Madhuram Adharam his lips are sweet.
Instead of singing madhur regarding Kṛṣṇa, you know, we sing something else.
Wife-am Madhuram, Madhuradhipateyer dollara-am akhilam madhuram. We completely change… please don’t change, if you change, the consciousness changes.
Protect your consciousness
You know many times going to Singapore we have to put on the normal clothes. So as soon as you put on the clothes, you forget mahamantra. Its just clothes you know that we change from saffron to white or something, and put on some karmi clothes... [and our consciousness changes]
And that funny women in Dwarka .. because of television, our Gandhi cap is available in ten rupees. The price is ten rupees. And nice while cap you know. So the sun can be well protected. Because white color is cool. And it reflects the heat. But in Dwarka, they will buy black cap. The American flap you know. And after midnight they will put on.
“Are man”,.. I told “this flap is supposed to protect you from the sun. So there is no sun so why are you putting now?”
“In television they put after midnight.” [laughs]
So this is how. Completely madness, you know. And that cap costs nearly seventy five rupees. In seventyfive rupees you can have ten white caps and change everyday, you know. But we are complicating our lives, with this material thing. Please come to this and somehow or other make life perfect. This is our request. And this way we should now complete here. [aside], … 1 o clock? Upto 1? 2 Oh, so plenty of time is there. That’s nice.
Once we come to this, then we have already understood, that just thinking, about the pastimes of Kṛṣṇa, that itself gives us the remedy of everything. And we have so many other [stories]…
Story: Pralambha tries to kill Balarama
One Pralambha was there. And Pralambhasura was very expert. He was very expert. And he was employed by Kamsa. And then he was sent. He [Kamsa] said “You go, unrecognized and Kṛṣṇa will never recognize you and you finish Kṛṣṇa and Balram.”
He [Pralambha] said, “leave it to me, I’ll do you job.”
And he went and intermingled when Kṛṣṇa and Balram were playing. And this Pralambha took the shape of nice gope, cowherd boy and he entered the group. Kṛṣṇa knew that he is there. But Kṛṣṇa did not show that He is recognizing. As soon as he entered the group, he was completely overtaken by the, idea that now within no time, Kṛṣṇa and Balram will be finished. And that’s how, we also take for granted, that “Where is Kṛṣṇa?” “I don’t see Kṛṣṇa” “I can destroy everything” “I don’t follow anything” “And I will go with my own life” This is always we deal. And as soon as we deal about these things, then Kṛṣṇa has His own way to finish us off.
Importance of Seva and Katha
Duryodhana also thought, that “What? Kṛṣṇa is an ordinary person. What can he do?” That’s why he didn’t select Kṛṣṇa, when the Kurushetra war was fixed, Duryodhana and Arjuna both went one day to ask help from Kṛṣṇa and Kṛṣṇa was taking rest that time. So, both of them sat. Duryodhana sat near the head of Kṛṣṇa, and Arjuna humbly went and sat near the lotus feet. So generally when we open our eyes we see, towards Kṛṣṇa, towards our legs. So as soon as Kṛṣṇa was awake, he saw Arjuna first.
And He asked “O, you are here?”
Duryodhan shouted: “No, No, I came first.”
“O you are also here? Both of you what are you doing here?”
Duryodhan said: “It is now decided, as you know, there is going to be war, between us, so we ask your help.”
So Kṛṣṇa said: “Both of you must get help from me. I’ll tell you, on one side I have my whole army, and on the other side I have only …Myself, and I’ll not take any weapon in my hand. I’ll only speak.”
So Duryodhan thought: “I have plenty of speakers with me. This one will eat khicheree and will go yap, yap, yap, yap. I don’t want that. Instead, His well equipped army I’ll have and I’ll defeat Him then.”
So he selected the army. So there was no other way for Arjuna.
Arjuna said “It’s good that you are taking army, I wanted Kṛṣṇa.”
So eventually Kṛṣṇa went with him.
And because Duryodhan himself was not that bad… when Draupadi ten children were killed, and Aswathama ran that time, the Duryodhan was dying with the club of the Bheema. And he was on the battlefield. Ashvathama runningly went to Duryodhana to give the “good news” he thought.
He said, “I have finished Pandavas, because all that children are killed.”
Hearing Duryodhan said that “This is not good. Killing the persons who are behaving obnoxiously”,
They are already killed by their own sinful activities.
suyodhanam sanucaram sayanam
bhagnorum urvyam na nananda pasyan [sah -- He (the Lord); karna -- Karna; duhsasana -- Duhsasana; saubalanam -- Saubala; kumantra-pakena -- by the intricacy of ill advice; hata-sriya -- bereft of fortune; ayusam -- duration of life; suyodhanam -- Duryodhana; sa-anucaram -- with followers; sayanam -- lying down; bhagna -- broken; urum -- thighs; urvyam -- very powerful; na -- did not; nananda -- take pleasure; pasyan -- seeing like that.]
[Duryodhana was bereft of his fortune and duration of life because of the intricacy of ill advice given by Karna, Duhsasana and Saubala. When he lay on the ground with his followers, his thighs broken although he was powerful, the Lord was not happy to see the scene.](SB 3.3.13)
kumantra-pakena means bad advice, misdirection. That was present there in these three. And Kṛṣṇa was very particular. Kṛṣṇa definitely knew that if Duryodhan wins, then Bharat Varsha will be under the control of Afghanistan. Gandhari was from Afganisthan. So Kṛṣṇa did not want to do that. And that is this very nice idea. sa karna-duhsasana-saubalanam kumantra-pakena hata-sriyayusam. Whenyou have bad advice, bad association, dusang. As soon as the dusang is there, the result is hata-sriyaya-ayusham. Your, all opulence and the life is completely destroyed. This is the effect of bad association.
Dharmam Bhajasta satatam taje loka dharman. Its very nicely said in Bhāgavatam.Don’taccept others activities Dharmam Bhajasta satatam, alwaysplease engage yourself in your own activities honestly. Teja loka dharman, don’t accept any other people’s activities. And with this, sevasya sadhu purushan, you pleasecontinue welcoming saints and sages, in your house. That is our culture. Or good people at least, if the saints and sages are absent. Then your house will be purified by the good association. sevasya sadhu purushan, jehi kama trishnan, kama and trishna, lusty desires andhankering of the material things, please get it under control. And the most important instruction thing is instructed in the third line. Anyasya guna dosha cintanam, aashu muktva. Immediately please stop, anyasya, others, (thinking about) good qualities or bad qualities. Most of the time, we think about the bad qualities of others and this tendency destroys our own devotional service, that we don’t know. That’s why sastra’s are very clear. Anyasya guna dosha cintanam, aashu muktva. Seva katha rasam aho nitaRāma pibatwam. Seva and Katha always should be engaged in. This is a clear instruction.
How to develop all good qualities?
And Duryodhan did not understand this. The result was, because of pride and false ego the whole race was completely wiped out. And Pralambha did not have this idea at all. He was also asura. Those who are not sura, they are asura. Sura means demigods. And demigods have all good qualities. Where, asura are without any good quality. There is nice verse in Bhāgavatam, to describe this sura and asura.
yasyasti bhaktir bhagavaty akincana
sarvair gunais tatra samasate surah harav abhaktasya kuto mahad-guna
manorathenasati dhavato bahih [All the demigods and their exalted qualities, such as religion, knowledge and renunciation, become manifest in the body of one who has developed unalloyed devotion for the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Vasudeva. On the other hand, a person devoid of devotional service and engaged in material activities has no good qualities. Even if he is adept at the practice of mystic yoga or the honest endeavor of maintaining his family and relatives, he must be driven by his own mental speculations and must engage in the service of the Lord's external energy. How can there be any good qualities in such a man?](SB 5.18.12)
yasyasti bhaktir those who have unflinching devotional service, the question is how to follow the devotional activities, within our own busy lifestyle. That is our main problem. We are very busy. Early in the morning we have to run to the job, or business or whatever. We have to maintain ourselves in this foreign atmosphere. You people know, how much penance, how much tapascharya you are doing for just maintenance and for the sake of amassing some wealth. Afterwhile, you may get used to the foreign life, otherwise it is very difficult. This he says yasyasti bhaktir bhagavaty akincana. Pleasesomehow or other… other people may do anything and everything, your activities should be completely purified. Those who are with Kṛṣṇa or chanting Kṛṣṇa’s names, they don’t go here and there and do things dishonestly. We can’t do. Hypocritically we cannot do anything. This is the way to interview the devotional service, should enter in our own material activities. So that 24 hrs a day, you don’t forget the connection with Kṛṣṇa. As soon as there is no connection, we are useless. This light is shining because somehow or the other through the meter it is connected to the powerhouse. Otherwise if you cut that connection then this bulb will look like a bulb but it won’t have any potency of the bulb. You will also look like human beings. But you will lose completely the potency of human beings. You must be connected to the Supreme reservoir with the unlimited, inconceivable energies at His disposal. And then only you will be able to shine or your life will be having some meaning.yasyasti bhaktir bhagavaty akincana, thosewho are devotees of the Lord, sarvair gunais tatra samasate surah. All good qualities assemble in him.
This Pralamba was completely ignorant about this, because he was asura. Sura, means yasyasti bhaktir bhagavaty akincana. Andas soon as you become sura, that means, sarvair gunais tatra samasate surah.The king guna is that in any situation we are completely satisfied. There is no bad situation for us. Everything is good, because we have unflinching faith in Kṛṣṇa’s plan and we don’t know those plans. Whatever he does, it’s always good for us. We may feel that is bad. But eventually it turns out to be good. Any situation we don’t budge at all from our own situation. Why, because our place is completely fixed with Kṛṣṇa. These all flickering situations are very temporary. They come and go. And that’s why it is said that sarvair gunais tatra samasate surah. All the good qualities are assembled in him.
How Vaishnavas attain good qualities and become kalpatarus?
There was one young girl I know, she was in so very difficult position, and she was staying in the temple in London. So herself, she was in completely miserable condition. But even then, in that miserable condition also, because the association was there and the devotional service was there, she was able to help other girls, to find job in the restaurant of the temple. She didn’t get the job, she didn’t want to work in the temple and get the money, but she was helping other girls to get the job in the restaurant. This is how, somehow or other, in your miserable condition also, you will have capacity to help others. And that is Vaishnavas. Brahmanas are self satisfied. That’s why they are liked by Kṛṣṇa. And Vaishnavas always perform the welfare activities, for the good of all other living entities. And the greatest welfare activity Vaishnavas perform under the instructions of saints, sages, Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Prabhupada, that they distribute Harinaam. The most munificent activity they perform. And that’s why Vaishnavas and Brahmanas are liked by Vishnu. And this is Bhāgavatam verse, that why, in that miserable condition also they are able to help the others. Kṛṣṇa gives that capacity. How Vaishnavas become kalpataru? How you go to Vaishnavas, you ask something and and they give it to you.
One boy I knew, he didn’t know Prabhupada, but Vedic culture see how powerful was it. That as soon he attended the age of 14-15 years of age, since then he was daily following puja in his own house. And at 5 O Clock he will get up, he will go to the river in the town, bring the fresh water from there, and with that river water, worship Kṛṣṇa, make fresh prasadam, and before the day dawns, the prasadam was ready, and everything was ready, very happy. And he was very ordinary boy, working in one of the cow centers. And even then, anybody tells him to get something, he will get it. I don’t know from where he could arrange. Bhakti gives you everything.
And Bhakti is not new to us. From since generations we are in this process. And because of that we have unflinching faith in it. And then you go further in this verse, and he says, harav abhaktasya kuto mahad-guna, if you are abhakta, if you are a non-devotee, kuto mahad-guna, from where are you going to get good qualities. And that is what public at large we see. Because they are misdirected, not to believe in the Lord, or there is nothing like it, so they are miserable in condition. And there are no good qualities at all. They will cheat each other. They will kill each other, everything they can do. Our population is peaceful, why, because they have the connection of Kṛṣṇa, and many times we have to suffer for that. But we don’t mind, because, suffering or enjoyment is very temporary here. At the most what will happen is we will be killed, that’s all, nothing more than that. harav abhaktasya kuto mahad-guna, they cannot have any good quality, and, this was Pralamba. Pralamba did not have any good quality. And that’s why he decided on his own strength, he can kill Kṛṣṇa and Balram. Proud…the demoniac quality is there, full of pride. They think they are all in all, everybody is a scratch.
Story: The proud brahmana and the humble cobbler.
There was one village you know, and in that village, there was very nice Brahmana, he was able to recite all the Vedas and all the Karma-kandi things were going on. And there was a humble cobbler, you know. He was just mending the shoes and trying to earn a living. And he was quite nice devotee. Brahman also claimed that he is also devotee, because already he knows Vedas, he knows everything. So he was very proud of himself. So one day Narada muni walked through the village. Narada muni was chanting.
He said “I am going to see Kṛṣṇa. Now, I am going to see Kṛṣṇa, if you have any message please tell me.”
So the Brahmana walked to Narada muni. He said, “Are you going to see your Kṛṣṇa?”
“’Your’ Kṛṣṇa” he said.
“Yes, I am going to see the Lord tomorrow”, (Narada) Muni said, “Any message to give?”
“Yes, ask your Kṛṣṇa, when am I going to be liberated.”
He was arrogant, you know, completely
Narada muni said, “Alright, I’ll pass on your message”
“No, not only pass on, but tell me what the answer is when you come back.”
“Alright, I’ll do it.” (said Narada muni)
Then he walked and he happened to pass over cobbler you know. So, cobbler saw that he is going to see Kṛṣṇa tomorrow.
“Are you going to meet our Lord”, he said.
“Yes, yes, you have any message?”
He was very scared you know, but he asked somehow or the other. He said, “Please, on my behalf, just ask Kṛṣṇa, is there any chance that I’ll be liberated?”
Takes time. Because he knew, that he will not be liberated.
“And please let me know when you come back, and how is the Lord and everything, I want to know.”
So Narada muni went. Narada muni went to see Kṛṣṇa. Kṛṣṇa was enjoying his own pastime.
Narada muni said, “I have two messages from one village, you know.”
He said, “What is that?”
One nice Brahmana, he knows all the Vedas, he is very learned, he has everything, and he has asked you, whether there is any chance of liberation. When is he going to be liberated? Because he is sure that he will be liberated.”
So, Kṛṣṇa said, “After 100 lives he will be liberated.”
Narada muni could not understand.
Narada muni said, “Kṛṣṇa, are you in your senses? The man knows all the Vedas and he is very learned, and you say 100 lives? Why for 100 lives?”
He said, “Narada, you will not understand.”
“There is another message from cobbler, he all the time mends the shoes, and he has also asked you, is there any chance of his liberation.”
“Go and tell him that he will be liberated this life.”
Narada muni was completely upset with Kṛṣṇa. He said, “Definitely Kṛṣṇa, you are mad now. Excuse me but you don’t have any capacity to …”, he said, “The man who doesn’t chant, do just does his work, and how can he be liberated this life? I don’t see your point at all.”
He said, “Narada, you do one thing. When you go down to the earth planet, they will ask you what is my message, so tell them, both of them, that ‘I was very busy’, so they will ask you ‘what I was busy in’, so tell them that ‘I was passing the elephant through the needle hole’ and then you will learn what I am telling.”
So Narada muni said, “This is strange again, but Kṛṣṇa you know what you are doing, so I’ll pass your message.”
Somehow or other Narada muni came back, chanting again, through the village. That Brahmin was standing there.
“Did you meet your Kṛṣṇa?”
“Yes, I met the Lord”, he said.
“So what was His answer?”
“Lord was very busy you know.”
“He doesn’t do anything, what was he busy in?” he said.
“He was passing elephant through the needle hole.”
“Rascal number one, fool, has He any sense? Such a big elephant cannot be passed through the needle hole. Even a child can know this. Your Kṛṣṇa does not know even this much?”
Narada muni understood that this one is completely faithless, so Kṛṣṇa was correct that he will require hundred times [lives to be liberated]
Then he went to cobbler. The cobbler was afraid to ask, because he knew he is not going to be liberated.
So cobbler said, “Did you see the Lord?”
“Yes, I saw”
“O, so, how is the Lord, he is alright? Everything was alright? What did you see? What was he doing?”
He said, “He was passing elephant through the needle hole.”
“O”, he said, “For our Lord nothing is impossible.”
And he was sitting under the banyan tree you know, and he showed one banyan seed, and he said, “If He can squeeze the tree in the small seed, he can definitely pass elephant through the [needle hole.] ”
So, hmm, then he showed the seed as I told you, and he was very submissive. And he knew the potency of the Lord. That if He can squeeze a big tree in the seed, what is difficult in passing this elephant through the needle hole. He can do anything he likes.
Be humble like Ambarisha Maharaj
This is the difference. Regarding the material possessions, we may be arrogant, proud. Pride always gives you arrogance. And if you behave arrogantly with Kṛṣṇa, then there is no chance. We have to be completely submissive. Always very namra, very humble. phalino namanto vrikshaha, vriskshaha means, our trees. If they are full of fruits, they will bend down. If there is no fruit, then it will be straight standing, going to the sky and few leaves there only. So that high tree, doesn’t give any shade, and no fruits. It’s only high.
phalino namanto vrikshaha
gunino namanti janaha
Those who are proud, they will prefer breaking down, than to be bend down. Big trees are wiped off, when there is flood in the river. Small grass can survive, because it bends down. And this way only you can go to Kṛṣṇa or capture Kṛṣṇa and He will obey you.
[The pure devotee is always within the core of My heart, and I am always in the heart of the pure devotee. My devotees do not know anything else but Me, and I do not know anyone else but them.](SB 9.4.68)
He says to Durvasa, when he insulted Ambarisha Maharaj. He said, “Please don’t berate the sadhus.” (Simple person) Sadhu does not mean you have to keep jata, or beard or change your clothes or something. No, no, no. If he changes well and good but it is not required. And he says, such submissive attitude in devotional service, sadhavo hrdayam mahyam, “Sadhu is my heart” he says. sadhunam hrdayam tv aham, and “I am their heart”. Then he gives the reason in the second line. And the reason is very clear. “mad-anyat te na jananti. Apart from Me they don’t know anything else, naham tebhyo manag api, I also don’t know apart from them.”
And this is how, the sadhu quality, the simple life, and very submissive attitude, with simple devotional service, by chanting His names in Kaliyuga, you can just be there. There is no delay. bhavami na cirat partha. [BG 12.7]. There is not a single delay. As soon as you chant, you are there. And this is very easy way to take ourselves, from the material platform, to the inconceivable spiritual platform. In order to have connection with Kṛṣṇa we must have the spiritual tendency. Material tendencies cannot get us there. You have to have the spiritual tendency.
Pralamba gets killed by Balrama
Duhshasana wanted to capture Kṛṣṇa or kill Balarama or whatever, but he wanted to do naughtily and that’s why they have to make so many plans.
And he [Pralamba] entered the Gopals, in Gopal’s home. And eventually, Kṛṣṇa being svarat, He knew everything. So the play went on, and two parties were divided. One party was Kṛṣṇa’s party and another party was Balaram’s party. And as soon as it was divided, this Pralamba was in Kṛṣṇa’s party. So he saw upon Kṛṣṇa’s arrangement that Kṛṣṇa’s party lost the game. So the punishment was, every devotee from this party should carry devotee from that party and take them for two kilometers. So this Pralambha thought, “Now this is the chance! I’ll take Balram on my back, and kill him.”
Very easy, it looked like Balram was going to be killed now. So as soon as he saw Balram on his back, he started running. So, instead of running on the chalked out path, he was taking away from the path. And he wanted to run through the fields and mountains, where he could kill Balram. Balram immediately recognized. Then Balram became so very heavy. Bal, you know. Balram. So very heavy, that this Pralamba could not carry him. Then it was impossible to carry him. So he assumed his own demoniac form, which was very big, you know. And he thought that “By my strength I’ll kill Balram”. And when he became big, Balram just struck his head, with his fist, and he was completely dead.
What is death like?
These stories the atheists may not believe, but we know, that anytime when that person is to die, he experiences these fists. When Putana was squeezed, Kṛṣṇa drank the milk out of her breast, and He sucked up the life also. And that sloka is wonderful to describe how we die with these symptoms.
sa munca muncalam iti prabhasini
vivrtya netre caranau bhujau muhuh
prasvinna-gatra ksipati ruroda ha [Unbearably pressed in every vital point, the demon Putana began to cry, "Please leave me, leave me! Suck my breast no longer!" Perspiring, her eyes wide open and her arms and legs flailing, she cried very loudly again and again.](SB 10.6.11)
sa munca muncalam iti prabhasini. She was shouting and screaming, that “You just leave me alone, Leave me alone”
Kṛṣṇa said, “I didn’t come to you. You have come to me. Now I won’t leave you.”
And then, nispidyamanakhila-jiva-marmani, on vital parts of the body, unknown pressure is there at the time of death. All vital [parts], and the most vital part is our heart. Somehow or other our heart is suffocated and you can’t breathe. nishpid mana akhila marma manmani. Marma means subtle parts, vital parts of the body they are pressed. And as soon as they are pressed, you cannot escape. Then unwillingly, you have to die. And then we try to shake off our hands and legs and this and that in order to relieve the pressure, but we can’t do that. prasvinna-gatra ksipati ruroda ha. She started loudly crying and she was completely full of perspiration in her body. This is what happens at the time of death.
It’s not whether Kṛṣṇa comes to kill or not. He is the one who is killing. And when the killings are there, then we must know that it is His arrangement. And the population burden increases. He could destroy the armies together, because it was His arrangement, that now the burden must be less. He knows how to keep the balance of the living entities. And creation and destruction is definitely His arrangement. Every material object is created, every material object is maintained and every material object is destroyed and because destruction is there, because of the excessive attachment to the object, we are miserable or happy. If we are created, we are happy. If we are destroyed, we are miserable. But those who come to Kṛṣṇa, they very clearly see these things. Material nature we can see that here nothing survives. We think that “this hall is going to survive for long.” No! The day is bound to come when wood gets rotten, the walls will fall down and it will be beyond repairing at all. At the moment it is maintained. And we can scream and shout because the hall is gone. The same thing is with our body also.
And this, Pralambha did not understand this. And in ignorance, they tried to kill so many times Kṛṣṇa and eventually Kamsa was completely fed up, when his own associates, they were killed.
Then he [Kamsa] sent Akrura to Vrindavana to fetch Kṛṣṇa and Balram. And eventually because of that the brajwasis were upset with Akrura. Akrura is very nice devotee of Kṛṣṇa. When he saw Ramana Reti, he went to Raman Reti, our temple is situated in Raman Reti. When Akrura came to Raman Reti, then he was ecstatic to see on the sand the prints of the lotus feet of Kṛṣṇa. And he completely fell down on the sand. He was so very unflinching devotee. But Kamsa’s association gave him a bit of sinful attitude. And this way again and again he was slipping down. This should never happen and that’s why we should remember Kṛṣṇa’s pastimes, regarding Satrajit king.