Bhagavat Saptah a week with a Saint


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Developing firm Faith

Why can’t we have faith in sastras?

How nice, how easy it is. In Puruṣottama māsa, it is very nice, that these boys have organized this yajna. So at least we get to the root of these scriptures.

[Hindi] Nahi to kaun hamein bataye ga, kahi na kahi koyi na koyi to batane vala chahiye, ye kariye ye kariye ye kariye . hamare ko pata hi nahi chalta hai . aur kahi ham jaaye marg darsan ke liye to ulta raasta batate. Hamko jaana hai uttar disha mein woh batate dakshin disha mein. You want to go North. Aur bole, to idhar ja, aur ulte ulte chalte chale jayein. Yah ksetra mein, Yah adhyatmika ksetra mein cheating ka bahut chalraha hai. dhoka bahut hai. Kyonkh jahan wahan paisa beech me aajaata hai, aur jahan paisa beech me aajaata hai vaha dhoka hi dhoka hai.

[Otherwise who will tell to us? We need someone somewhere to be able to tell, that “Please do this …” We don’t come to know and when we go to someone for some directions, then we are told wrong directions. You want to go North, and they will tell to go South.  In this spiritual field, there is lot of cheating going on. There is lot of cheating because wherever there is money involved that is full of cheating.]

As soon as there is some motivation is there to earn something or whatever then there is definitely cheating there. [Hindi] aur ye kshetra me khaas, koyonki koyi… kya iska proof kya hai.

[And particularly in this field, because, what is the proof of this?] we have to put faith in the scriptures. That’s only ādau śraddhā [CC Madhya 23.14].

[Hindi] pehle faith hi chahiye, aur faith kaise is par rakhe hain hum? Ye kisne likha hai? Vyasa Bhagavan the ki nahin, kisne dekha hai? Are bhai, tu sota hai ki jagata hai ye hamne deka nahin hai, par tu yahan baitha hai.

[Faith is the first thing required. And how can we have faith on this? Who has written this? Whether Vyas Bhagavan was there or not, who has seen him? O brother, you sleep or wake up, that I have not seen, however, you are sitting here.] That means you have slept, that means you have got up, that means you have taken shower, that means you have shaved, that means you have eaten your prasadam.

[Hindi] Mai kuch nahin dekh raha hoon. Aapko dekh raha baithe baithe yahan.

[I do not see anything of this, but I see you sitting here. ] But these I think that you have done. Isn’t it?

[Hindi] Are bhai main kisko baithe hue main dekh raha hoon.

[O brother, who am I seeing someone sitting here?]


You know that always twenty four hours a day you are in this position.. You should get up, you should go to bathroom, you should go to take shower. You must have the arrangement of hot water and cold water. This I don’t see, but I take it for granted.

[Hindi] toh ye manta hai woh. Vyasa Bhagavan tha ki nai pata nahin. Are kya pata nahin? Tu dekh raha hai ki scripture yahan hai itne. Aur ye koi pauruseya scripture hai nahin. koyi jiva to likh nahin sakta hai, aur phir kaise ham sraddha kho baithte hain?

[So this he agrees, “Vyasa Bhagavan was there or not, I don’t know”. What you don’t know? You are seeing that there are so many scriptures. And this is not written by any human being. No living entity can write this. How come we lose our faith?]

[Hindi] Ye building ham dekh rahe hain abhi.

[We are seeing this building],

but we definitely believe that carpenters must have worked on this wood otherwise how it is there? We don’t see the carpenters here. We don’t see the masons; we don’t see the paraphernalia bricks etc. We don’t see here anything, but we definitely believe that because the building is standing there must be masons, there must be carpenters and in the end there must be one person who might have spent money for it. He might have decided that he has to build the building. There one person. This is how we go to Kṛṣṇa. This is through the scriptures. And safely we say I don’t believe in Kṛṣṇa.


[Hindi] .Are moorakh tu kya believe karta hai. Tere ko believe nahi kar raha hai tu. Tere ko dhoka de raha hai tu.

[O fool! What do you not believe in? You do not believe in yourself. You are cheating yourself. ]
Please don’t allow this atheistic attitude to touch you.
[Hind] ye nastik vaad nahi chahiye. hum aastic vaadi hain, hum maante hai bilkul, aur hamari samskruti hai vo, hum savaal puchte nahi hain. Jo sastron me kaha hai bilkul hamare sar mathe par.

[We don’t want this atheistic attitude. We are theistic. We firmly believe. This is our culture. We don’t ask questions, we accept what is given in the shastras.]


Why is reciting verses important?

This is the way. If you create a doubt sa
ṁśayātmā vinaśyati [BG 4.40] and we should not have any doubt. That’s why these two verses we have given you. Please chant after me. It’s beautiful. First page is canto 1 chapter 5. These are two verses in those pages. Please chant.

Om Namo Bhagavate Vaasudevaya (2)
[Hindi] Hamari sraddha drudh ho jaaye isliye ye sloka bahut avashyak hain.

[For our faith to become more fixed, these verses are very important.]


How to recite verses properly?

[Maharaji recites and teaches how to recite SB 1.5.10]


na yad vacaś citra-padaḿ harer yaśo / jagat-pavitraḿ pragṛṇīta karhicit

tad vāyasaḿ tīrtham uśanti mānasā / na yatra haḿsā niramanty uśik-kṣayāḥ

[Those words which do not describe the glories of the Lord, who alone can sanctify the atmosphere of the whole universe, are considered by saintly persons to be like unto a place of pilgrimage for crows. Since the all-perfect persons are inhabitants of the transcendental abode, they do not derive any pleasure there.](SB 1.5.10)

Everybody is not speaking. Please loudly.

[Maharaj continues reciting the verse.]

In tirtha, ti is long, “tad vāyasaḿ tīrtham” long short.

[Hindi] long short barabar khayal rakhiye [Always be careful about long and short.]

[Hindi] Nahin to dekhiye, Hindi mein

[Look, in Hindi din means day, divas.]

[Hindi] aur deen bilkul arth badal jata hai.

[and deen, the meaning completely changes.]

means day. Deen means poor fellow. This is the meaning. And you stop also at the correct point, otherwise the meaning changes.

Roko mat jaane do. This is the sentence. roko mat jaane do. Means, “Please don’t stop him, let him go.” That is the meaning. If I stop wrongly, then the meaning changes Roko! Mat jaane do. “Stop him, don’t let him go,” completely changes. As soon as you have wrong stoppages, the meaning changes. Please be careful.


What is the difference between atheist and theist?

 [Maharaj recites the verse twice again.]

na yad vacaś citra-padaḿ harer yaśo

jagat-pavitraḿ pragṛṇīta karhicit

tad vāyasaḿ tīrtham uśanti mānasā

na yatra haḿsā niramanty uśik-kṣayāḥ
[Those words which do not describe the glories of the Lord, who alone can sanctify the atmosphere of the whole universe, are considered by saintly persons to be like unto a place of pilgrimage for crows. Since the all-perfect persons are inhabitants of the transcendental abode, they do not derive any pleasure there.](SB 1.5.10)

And meaning is very clear. We just, one word we have to remember here, tad vāyasaḿ tīrtham. From the equivalent you can find out the meaning. tīrtham is the pilgrim centers, and vāyasaḿ means crow, crow’s pilgrim center. What is that? rubbish dump! Isn’t it? There is a conference there are ten, twenty crows sitting there, and in between they take breakfast also. They take something. They eat there. That is our conference. We also have conferences and there are plates of biscuits, and this and that and they eat in between. Crows also have the conference in their pilgrim place, and their pilgrim place is the rubbish dump. But those who are habituated to just swim in a clean water and nice atmosphere, they will never like to go on the rubbish dump and that is the difference between the theists and the atheists.

[Hindi] Aastik vaadi aur naastik vadiyon mein ye pharak hai. Aastik vaadi jo hain jo Bhagavan maan lete hain. Bhagavan mein khub sraddah rakte hain, woh clean water mein tairte hain, ache lake mein. Swans, you know. bilkul atmosphere bada accha hota hai. Aur jo naastik vaadi hote hain, woh crow ke jaise hain..kawve ke jaise hain..kawve ho jao aap.

[This is the difference between believer and atheist. Believer accepts God. They have lot of sraddha in God. They swim in clean water, in good lake, like swans. Atmosphere is completely very good. And those who are atheists they are like crow. If you become like crow.]

You will always enjoy the rubbish dump. That is your pilgrim place. So we have to decide whether we want to be swan or (kawva) crow. The answer is obvious. Isn’t it?

Dhanesh. Is it obvious? You want to be crow, isn’t it? That’s it [laughs]. He is very clearly said, I want to be crow, that’s it. Oh that’s very nice! Kṛṣṇa Conscious crow [laughs]. That’s nice! That’s nice answer. If you become Kṛṣṇa Conscious crow, you will never go to rubbish dump then. You will go to the nice lake to swim. That is the difference. That is the meaning of this verse. Please recite the translation, it is beautiful.


[Maharaj reads the SB 1.5.10 translation and audience repeats.]

Those words which do not describe the glories of the Lord, who alone can sanctify the atmosphere of the whole universe, are considered by saintly persons to be like unto a place of pilgrimage for crows. Since the all-perfect persons are inhabitants of the transcendental abode, they do not derive any pleasure there.


And we have given you Prabhupāda’s purports also. Please keep these pages framed and always in the prayers, you should at least recite the verse and the translation.

 Then we go to second one.

[Maharaj then recites SB 1.5.11]


tad-vāg-visargo janatāgha-viplavo / yasmin prati-ślokam abaddhavaty api

nāmāny anantasya yaśo ’ṅkitāni yat / śṛṇvanti gāyanti gṛṇanti sādhavaḥ
[On the other hand, that literature which is full of descriptions of the transcendental glories of the name, fame, forms, pastimes, etc., of the unlimited Supreme Lord is a different creation, full of transcendental words directed toward bringing about a revolution in the impious lives of this world's misdirected civilization. Such transcendental literatures, even though imperfectly composed, are heard, sung and accepted by purified men who are thoroughly honest.] (SB 1.5.11)
This verse is beautiful. Always Srila Prabhupāda quotes this verse. That, that literature which glorifies Kṛṣṇa continuously is meant for revolution, creating a revolution. When the rulers are to be changed or some political change is to occur, there is a revolution. The mass of people they don’t agree. Here the popular current is going in one direction and we have to create the revolution. This general current is misguiding us for excessive sense gratification.


How excessive sense gratification is misguiding?

[Hindi] arre bhai usko jag kar coffee peenee hai. Bed tea or bed coffee kya kehate hai woh. Par woh coffee peene hai. Patni hai nahin ghar mein, patni woh banaa de to pee lain, chalo accha hai. Par who hai nahn,, aur usko coffee peenee hai.

[O brother, after waking up he has to to drink coffee. What you call? Bed tea or bed coffee. But we have to drink coffee. Wife is not there at home. If she was there then would have drunk. Nevertheless, he has to drink coffee.]

So he has a mechanical arrangement that at 7’0 clock the cup of coffee comes in front of him. This is excessive sense gratification.


[Hindi] Muh dhoya nahin hai, dat saaf kiya nahin hai, aysehi mara pada hai, raat ka saab zahar muh mein jama ho gaya hai, aur usko wo zahar peena hai. Ye murkhai naihi hai? Aur upar see bolta hai.

[He has not washed his face. He has not brushed his teeth. Lying down like a dead man, night’s toxins have filled the mouth. And he has to drink that poison. Is this not foolishness? And on top of that he says], “We have got a bed, you know? Do you know, we have got a nice bed? In the morning automatically my cup of coffee will come in front of me.” 
And thousands and thousands of dollars are unnecessarily spent. Instead you get up early in the morning, and instead of cup of coffee, you have Kṛṣṇa’s names.


Hare Kṛṣṇa Hare Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Hare Hare

Hare Rāma Hare Rāma Rāma Rāma Hare Hare


How to wake up early?

Till you go to take rest, you please chant and the sleeping period will be credited as a chanting period. We have this experience.

[Hindi] Hamare ko anubhava hai ki jo soch kar ham so jate hain, aur morning ko jagte hain to wahi soch hota hai. Kyunki.. [We have this experience that what we think something before we go to sleep, when we wake up, we have the same thinking. Because..]

It lingers on.

[Hindi] Toh aap bhagavan ka naam lethe lethe so jayen.

[So, you go to sleep taking the Lord’s name.]

We must do this practice, this is Vedic practice. That you should go to bed about 9’o clock or 9:30.

We stay in in so many grahastas house… excuse us please! These grahastas really are elevated persons. But they don’t know really, they go on lingering up to midnight and after midnight. Many times I have to tell them, please arrange some separate room, so that I can take my rest and you can do whatever you want to do. And there is no work being done, some television is on, wife speaks or screams, the child shouts and he shouts back and or goes through the news papers, wiles away time.

You are not from those grihastas. I am not talking about Australia. [laughs]. Because here I have to stay and eat, otherwise my eating and staying will be finished. So I am bit scared about….

[Hindi] Bhaya hai na. Ye bhaya hai. bahut bada bhaya hai ki hamara Viraja Krsna gussa ho jayega to.

[This is fear, great fear it is that our Viraja Kṛṣṇa will get angry]

then (laughs) I will be out of his house. (laughs)]

[Hindi] toh dekhiye [Look], don’t waste your time, just to minimize the bills of electricity also, this is a nice way. At about 9’0 clock, the lights must be switched off in the house. And we may not sleep immediately, because we are not habituated, so you will be awake. Then have some, table lamp or something and you read about Kṛṣṇa or chant your rounds. So that is the way to take rest. And suppose you are not able to sleep up to midnight or after, don’t worry about it that you are not sleeping or you don’t take any artificial pills, sleeping pills. Don’t feel, and in order to utilize that sleepless period, which is meant for sleep, should be utilized very diligently in understanding scriptures and chanting Kṛṣṇa’s names. And you will not feel next day that you didn’t sleep up to midnight. And again to your surprise, you will be able to get up at 4’0 clock, 5’0 clock or whatever time you decide to get up. This is how sleepless periods have got to be utilized. One day you will not sleep, two days you will not sleep, three days you will not sleep, fourth day you will snore like a dog or a hog, may be. Hog is beautiful. [laughs] Please don’t worry about that you are not able to sleep.
One thing is that you don’t sleep early, and if you can’t sleep even if you want to take rest then you worry about it. And then the pills are ready, doctors are ready.

“Common on… You didn’t sleep yesterday?”

“Oh doctor since yesterday I didnt sleep at all.”
“Oh. It’s a horrible thing you will get sick, so take this and give me the money, come on”
So this is how completely misguidance is there.
Please do not worry, only one thing should be worried always and that is if we are not able to chant Kṛṣṇa’s names or if we are not able to go through this some pious literature. That is the real worry. Otherwise the rest of the worries you forget about it. The worry is the business of Kṛṣṇa. As I told you, let Him do His business and our business is to chant His names and catch His lotus feet very firmly. That is our business. If you do this business, then rest of the business is taken care of by Him. And there is not a single syllable wrong in this sentence. All the syllables are very correct. Don’t have a dint of doubt about this.


Why kill yourself before death by worrying?

[Hindi] Bilkul sanshai na rakhiye. Chinta na kariye Cinta cita samaan. Cinta and cita mein ek anuswara ka pharak hai. Cinta zinda jalati hai aur cita marne ke baad jalati hai. To zinda kyon jal rahe ho? Aare bhai, ek din to jana hi hai. Ek din to mrityu aane hi wala hai, to marne se pehele ham kyon marein? Give me the answer. Bhai ek din to jana hi hai na, to usse pehele ham kyon marein? Hamari aadat yeh hai ki main marr raha huin, mere ko bimari hai, main marr jaunga… aare bhai to marr ja..

[Do not doubt. Do not worry. Worry is like funeral pyre. There is only one syllable difference between chinta and cita. Worry burns us alive, cita burns us after death. So why are you burning alive? O brother, one day you have to go anyways, one day one has to die definitely, so why should we die before death?] Give me the answer. [Brother, one day we have to die, so why should we die before death? It is our habit that “I am dying” “I have disease” “I will die” … so you die!] That it! End of it! (laughs)

[Hindi] Phikra kaheko karta hai… marr jaunga marr jaunga… aaare bhai tu marr ja… ham bhi bimar they … hamare doctor ne kaha tum medicine lo… nahin loge to marr joyoge …to maine kaha arre….!

[Why do you worry? I’ll die! I’ll die! O brother then you die! I was also sick. I was told by the doctor “You take medicine. If you won’t take, you will die”. Then I told..]

“You spoke the truth” (laughs)
[Hindi] maine usko kaha tu rehne wala hai? Main to marne wala hoon. Tu rehne wala hai?

[“Are you going to stay? I am going to die. Are you going to stay?”]

“No, no”, he said, “ I am also going to die”

The living entity who, is going to die, how can you cure me from the death? (laughs)]

[Hindi] main bilkl asahaya ben par tha par itni buddhi thee mere mein [laughs]

[I was very helplessly lying on the bed, but I had this much intelligence.]

He said, “Your mind is very sharp.” (laughs) “Otherwise, the persons who are sick they are not that sharp”, he said. “So you are a special patient, leave him.”

I was very happy, so no blood no nothing, otherwise these doctors and nurses, they just suck blood. When I was admitted in, big syringe they took out, we have to keep an eye on your blood and you don’t have sufficient blood he said.

“Alright here”, I told, “you take, and I have an eye on my blood.”
[Hindi] dusre din aur morning mein khadi reha gayi… phir maine kaha bhai.

[The next day morning she was there again.]

Then I told, “Yesterday you took one big syringe, what happened to it?”

“You don’t have any right to ask.”

“Man! Is it?”

“This is a free country, I am in, I am in England, London. And this, regardless of free democratic country, I am not asking about your blood, I am asking about my blood.” (laughs)

“No, this is not your business.”

I told “What nonsense, get out” (laughing) and she went away, she was very angry.

Then doctor came “You must give blood, we have to keep an eye on your blood, because you don’t have sufficient blood.”

I told, “You are telling me ‘you don’t have sufficient blood’, so let me have whatever I have” [laughs]

He said, “There is no answer to your question.”

I told “It’s a fact isnt it? You are telling that you don’t have blood, so I just I want to stick to whatever I have” [laughs]

This is how…please, because we don’t trust Kṛṣṇa, so we have to trust these people and then do whatever they want to do. And eventually because of sucking of blood, everything is completely spoiled. Our vaidyas, our Ayurvedic doctors, now they are few really, but they will just improve your health from where you are. These people [doctors] first they will drag you down.
One man came walking. He said, “You should not walk?”

“Is it? I am walking and I am able to walk”

“No, No. You should sit on wheel chair.” [laughs]

Then something happened, they took out blood and then different things to be checked and X-rays, this and that. And next day, he was completely dead.

Then he said: “John. John. Get up.”

“I can’t get up.”, he said.

“Sit on the wheel chair.”

Then somehow or other they took out, and made him sit on the wheel chair. And they got the walking frame there.

“Walk, John! Walk!!”

“I can’t walk. I try to walk, I can’t walk.” [laughs]

This is a fact.
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