The devotees ask three things from Kṛṣṇa that please Lord, give me these three things.
vina dainyena jivanam
Dehi me krpaya krsna
These are the three things that devotees always ask to Kṛṣṇa. That please, my maran, my death, should be anayasa, instant. Just now I was here, not there; now here, heart fail is the best way. And if there is no heart fail, you fall down. [laughs] that is also another way, it’s fall [jokes], somehow or the other, instead of lingering on, in wheel chairs, and so many difficulties. Children are tired and eventually we are thrown somewhere in the old houses or somewhere. So please this is the first thing they ask, that Anayasena maranam. Otherwise old age is very difficult to bear. For us also it is very difficult to bear, and for the living entities who are around us, they also get fed up. Daily the same thing. Daily the same thing. And then we are not able to do our own activity. And they are completely tired. Without that also, old men are rejected from the society. They don’t want to see our face. Because we are just sitting there. Only we have the speaking capacity. The old you become, more old, you speak very loudly aahh aahh aahh [Maharaj imitates]. Shut-up and they go away. You can’t do anything. Everyday there is disrespect.
There was one gentleman, his wife died in his middle age, so he had a son, small son, about 10-11 years. So he rightly decided that “I’ll not marry now, I’ll just raise this son, I have got one son. So we’ll carry on. And I’ll educate him, and, eventually I’ll be happy, he will be happy. Otherwise if I marry then again there are step sons and step brothers, so he will be in difficulty.”
So he did not marry. With so much trouble he just raised him. And eventually the son became a doctor. He was married to another doctor lady. So both were … two doctors were in the house. And the house was very nice. Father was sleeping, they were sleeping and they were enjoying their time. Son knew that father had sacrificed so much for him, so he should be respected, he should be served. Somehow or the other, in the old age the cough increases. Because we go on taking the same amount of food, we have to decrease in the old age, that we don’t do, and that’s why the cough increases. So as soon as the cough increases then you have to cough it out. And during night it troubles us more.
So, there was coughing sound from the father, so she told son, that,“Please, I have to serve your father, your father is very good, I am ready to serve, but he coughs and we are tired, and we have to do this duty and that duty. So I don’t want to drive him out, but just give him the last room in the house, so that we don’t hear his coughing.”
So this hen pecked got up, and went to the father, and he said: “Father, better you sleep in the last room.”
He said: “Son I am alright. I don’t have any difficulty.”
He said: “No, No, you cough and sometimes we are disturbed. If it is convenient to you, sleep in last room.”
So the old man was shunted to the last room. Then therein also after six months, again she complained.
“Your father is alone, now I have to look after these children, I have to send them to school, and then I have to work also, so better we rent the house in front of our building, the house is empty. We rent it, your father can be at ease there, and we appoint some servant for him, so he can get tea coffee whenever he wants, and get some newspapers and this and that. So he can …”
So again the son went to the father, he said: “Father, you are all alone in the house, nobody is there.”
He said: “Son, I am alright. Don’t worry about me; you just carry on. I am very happy to see you people happy.”
“No, No”, he said, “for your convenience we are going to rent the house, opposite to our. And we are here. We’ll be coming to you. And you’ll be at ease, whole house will be at your disposal, and newspapers will be there and servant will be there.”
He said; “Son, I don’t require anything. But if it pleases you, you can do whatever you like.”
So they rented the house in front, then once the house was rented again after six months.
“Your father is all alone there, he broods always, nobody is there to talk, it’s better that we send him to some old house, old home. Therein the people will like him, and will be there you know, so they can chat.”
So again the son went to the father: “Father, you are all alone here, and you are really…we feel that always … but we are very busy so we can’t visit you that often, so we have decided now that we must go to some old home.”
So father said: “No, No, No, there is no need of it. I am quite allright with you, children are here, they come always to me, I don’t require you. You just carry on your duty.”
“No, no father, it’s very nice …”
“Do please, as you like, I am happy.”
So then it was decided that he should be taken to old home. So son was very compassionate, so he brought him two pairs of dhoti and kurta. Two pairs were there.
So he came in the evening and he said; “Father, I have brought dhoti and kurta for you. Two pairs are there, you wash one, and wear one. And you will be always fresh.”
He said, “Thank you son, you are very kind, but I want only one pair.”
He said: “Why, why father, we have plenty of money. I can buy, another if you want, three pairs you can take.”
“No”, he said, “One pair is enough for me, and you better keep one pair.”
He said: “No, no, I can have another.”
“No, No”, he said, “Remember, son”, he said, “You are very good son, so you are shunting me to the old home, and at least you have brought two pairs of dhoti and kurtas but when your time comes, your son will not bring dhoti, so you keep one pair” [Audience responding]
This is how, please, don’t reject the parents, that is the main thing. Father should always be respected, mothers also should be respected. And within our own means, and within our own arrangements, in the house there are so many problems, but even then, everybody should be very comfortable, and by their blessings, you will advance in your bhakti also. Without the blessings of the parents you can’t go ahead.
Lord brahma’s prayers
Atma cannot live independently
This is how, please, come to this conclusion, and we come back to Brahma. Brahma eventually found out a way, to construct. And he knew there is a Lord. There is Kāraṇodakaśāyī Visṇu is lying on the bedstead of sesha and he prayed to the Lord and that is the second page we are taking. [Canto] Three, [chapter] nine page. His prayers are beautiful. If you have time please go through the whole chapter, but few verses we are giving you, just as the sample.
Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya
Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya
Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya
This is a very nice lyric, Brahma-saṁhitā it is called, like Brahma-saṁhitā we sing these verses.
[Maharaj recites this thrice]
ye tu tvadīya-caraṇāmbuja-kośa-gandhaṁ / jighranti karṇa-vivaraiḥ śruti-vāta-nītam
bhaktyā gṛhīta-caraṇaḥ parayā ca teṣāṁ / nāpaiṣi nātha hṛdayāmburuhāt sva-puṁsām [O my Lord, persons who smell the aroma of Your lotus feet, carried by the air of Vedic sound through the holes of the ears, accept Your devotional service. For them You are never separated from the lotus of their hearts.] (SB 3.9.5)
govindam ādi-puruṣaṁ tam ahaṁ bhajāmi ye tu tvadiya, di, dee is long
ye tu tvadīya-caraṇāmbuja-kośa-gandhaṁ
jighranti karṇa-vivaraiḥ śruti-vāta-nītam
bhaktyā gṛhīta-caraṇaḥ parayā ca teṣāṁ
nāpaiṣi nātha hṛdayāmburuhāt sva-puṁsām
govindam ādi-puruṣaṁ tam ahaṁ bhajāmi
In this verse, Brahma being aadi gata, he is the great, great, great grandfather of all the living entities. In our house also, if fortunately grandfather is alive, we are very respectful to him. And whatever he says we obey. Much more than that, we must obey Brahma’s instructions. Here he has shown us that how we should never separate Kṛṣṇa from our own heart. You can’t seperate; as a Supersoul, plenary expansion again, He enters into everybody’s heart. In the atom He is present. And because the Supersoul is there, it always gives the strength to our own soul. Our soul being very tiny cannot exist on its own. The measurement of the soul is only given in the pages of Bhāgavatam, in no other scripture all over the world. We are very much trying with all our advancement to see the soul; we are not able to see it, because it’s very, very tiny spiritual spark. The measurement is that you take a hair, one hair, and the tip of hair is very small. Again that tip of hair you have to divide into ten thousand parts and one that, I don’t know what to call it’s a very tiny thing. Ten thousand part of the tip of the hair is the size of the soul. And such a small soul is situated in heart and it has to derive the strength from the Supreme soul, and that is known as Supersoul. Ours is Ātma, but there must me Paramātmā with it. Ātma cannot survive.
[Hindi] atma khud ke bal par jee nahin sakta.
[Ātma cannot live independently.] Ātma must be accompanied. [Hindi]
uske saath Paramatma chahiye hee!!
[It has to have Paramātmā along with it.]
[Hindi] Paramatma ke bina, we will not be alive. Hum zinda rah hee nahin sakte. Yeh hai Supersoul.
[Without Paramātmā, we will not be alive. This is Supersoul.]
And He is always there
[Hindi] Kintu hum jaante nahin hain ke Krisna yahan baitha hua hai.
[However we don’t know that Kṛṣṇa is sitting here.]
sarvasya cāhaṁ hṛdi sanniviṣṭo / mattaḥ smṛtir jñānam apohanaṁ ca [I am seated in everyone's heart, and from Me come remembrance, knowledge and forgetfulness.](BG 15.15)
I am situated in everybody’s heart, and remembrance, knowledge, etc. comes from Me alone.
[Hindi] Yeh hamare hrdaya main baithata hai
[He sits in our heart] and brahmayan sarva bhutani. He causes us to wander.
bhrāmayan sarva-bhūtāni. All living entities, even cat is moving, dog is moving, insect is moving, mosquito is moving, everybody is moving. bhrāmayan sarva-bhūtāniyantrārūḍhāni māyayā. “I have created machine for them to move about”, and that is machine of the external energy.
There are two energies important. Millions of energies are there. But this internal and external, these two energies are very important. Kṛṣṇa always appears before us through His internal energy. And always He is in His own form. And because He is always Kṛṣṇa, whether He is one hour old or whether He is 125 years old. Always He is Kṛṣṇa. As soon as He was born, He was few days old, He could kill Putana. So Kṛṣṇa is always Kṛṣṇa. And our that, one bushy Kṛṣṇa is there in south India. And since last so many years he was promising, that I am going to be Kṛṣṇa, when I will be 75 years old. Now already that time has passed away, now he says in the next birth I’ll appear as Kṛṣṇa. Kṛṣṇa doesn’t promise like this. Kṛṣṇa is always Kṛṣṇa. Anybody tells, as I told you yesterday, that Prabhupāda very jokingly told, that if anybody claims that he is God, he is reverse of it. D-O-G, God is G-O-D, reverse it D-O-G. We cannot claim that we are Gods. He is always [God]… and why, because He controls His internal energy and then appears before us, ātma-māyayā.
ajo 'pi sann avyayātmā bhūtānām īśvaro 'pi san
prakṛtiṁ svām adhiṣṭhāya sambhavāmy ātma-māyayā [Although I am unborn and My transcendental body never deteriorates, and although I am the Lord of all living entities, I still appear in every millennium in My original transcendental form.](BG 4.6)
He never says, “I take birth.” Janma never is used. sambhavamy, “I appear”. And how He appears? He controls Himself, through His ātma-māya and His ātma-māya, His internal agency, internal potency, wherein the external potency cannot touch it. External potency no doubt is coming from Kṛṣṇa, but it can never touch the internal potency. And that’s why the scriptures advise us that we are very busy in the external potency.
[Hindi] Kabhi shop kholni hai, shaadi karni hai, bacche hain unko education dena hai, paisa jama karna hai
[Have to open the shop, have to get married, children need to be given education, have to collect money] All these things are external potency and
24 hours a day we are busy in this. And there are so many miseries, concomitant miseries we have to suffer.
Sometimes miseries are less and that we regard it as enjoyment. You know, even the sick person …suppose from the bed, he is sitting on the wheel chair, ask him “John how are you today?”
“Very fine”, he says.
And he feels completely … he can’t walk he cannot do anything, but he thinks that he is very fine. Bit better, bit less misery and that we regard it as happiness. Real happiness is not here. Bliss is not in this life. Bliss is only the monopoly of Kṛṣṇa, sac-cid-ānanda. We cannot have ānanda. These are all things, nirānanda. There is no ānanda in it. Otherwise the whole world would have been very happy. But everybody is completely miserable. We fully depend upon Him for our ānanda. And that’s why the scriptures have shown us the short-cut, that you are busy with the external energy, please go to His internal energy. And as soon as you start chanting, Kṛṣṇa, Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa, we are in His internal potency. And that’s how we escape the misery at least till that time. We may not escape, but till the time we are with this, we escape the misery.
Smelling Lord’s lotus feet by the scriptures
This is what Brahma says here. ye tu tvadīya-caraṇāmbuja-kośa-gandhaṁ[SB 3.9.5]. The lotus flower, Your lotus feet are just like lotus flower, and nice aroma is coming from the lotus flower. Generally in the material world we smell by the nose. But this aroma from the lotus flower of Kṛṣṇa can only be smelled by the ears, karṇa-vivaraiḥ, jighranti means I smell. By my own ears I am smelling, aroma of your lotus flower. And how? Because this aroma comes through the scriptures. And as soon as we read, appreciate the scriptures, then we can have the aroma of the lotus feet.
ye tu tvadīya-caraṇāmbuja-kośa-gandhaṁ
kośa is the inside red part, inside the lotus flower. Then we can have the aroma. And His lotus feet it only could be smelled, byśruti-vāta-nītam. Andśruti-vāta-nītam is all these Vedic literatures. And this Vedic literature insists that only the name will take you ahead. And name is glorified in so many verses. Every page, of Bhāgavatam is full of this, that you please come to this point if you want to go to the spiritual nature. And just be engaged in this. Lord’s name is greater than Lord
There is very nice bhajan also, gives examples from Mahābhārata, Rāmāyaṇa and Bhāgavatam and he insists on the name. So please sing after me.
Hari se bada Hari ka naam
(‘Name’, he says, ‘Your name is greater than You.’)
Hari se bada Hari ka naam
Prabhu se bada Prabhu ka naam
Hari se bada Hari ka naam (2)
Prabhu se bada Prabhu ka naam
Ant mein nikala yah parinaam
Sumiro naam rupa bina dekhe (2)
Kaudi na lage daam, (There is no expense)
Kaudi na lage daam
Naam ke bandhe khiche aayenge (2) Aakhir ek din Shyam
He is bound by His names, He has to appear there, He is very kind.
See, we know thousands of people may be, we have so many friends, relatives, other acquaintances, but those who ring us or send email now, then we reply immediately. That’s what He also does. He knows every living entity. He knows what is going on in their mind. But those who call Him through the names, He pays attention to them.
Naam ke bandhe khiche aayenge
Aakhir ek din Shyam
Then he gives example from Mahabharata, Draupadi’s example.
He said: “Mata, I am not late, you called Me late.” Because she wanted to see Bhishma, that Bhishma may relieve her from this misery, then Bhishma could’nt do anything, he just looked down. Then she looked to Dronacarya, then Dronacarya also …Then five husbands… completely gone. And then she started calling Kṛṣṇa, and immediately Kṛṣṇa appeared. And she said that, “You are late”
“Mata, I am not late”, He said, “You are late”. We are late in calling Him.
Droupadi ne jab naam pukara,
Jhat aa gaye ghansyam,
Saree khechata araadha dushasana
Saree Badayee Shyam Hari se bada Hari ka naam
Prabhu se bada Prabhu ka naam
Ant mein nikala ye parinaam Then there is nice example from Bhāgavatam.
Jal dubata Gajraja pukaro,
Aaye adhe naam Just he could not speak out, Gajraja was in difficulty. The elephant was in difficulty, his leg was already caught by crocodile and he was reeling in difficulty, for 12 months the whole struggle was going on. And he was weak because he was not a water animal. So he could‘nt speak out even, but then just adha-naam, half name, Govin, Govin, Govin, and even then He came in.
Jal dubata Gajraja pukaro,
Aaye adhe naam Nami ko chinta rahti hai
Naam na ho badnaam
He is worried, somebody chants His names, and if He does‘nt go there and relieve him or her then His name will be spoiled, nobody will chant His names. He is very compassionate. In the same way, the devotees are also very compassionate.
Story: Compassionate sadhu and horse thief
There was one sadhu in one village, and so village people gave him nice cottage, and nice living arrangement and he was chanting Kṛṣṇa’s names and he was passing his time in bhakti. So village people thought that sadhu baba is alone, let us give him one nice horse, so that he can ride the horse and go out, or Mercedes car may be. So every day sadhu was very pleased, had nice horse. So every day in the evening he will go out and come back and again continue his devotional service.
So one day what happened, that one nice horse rider was there in the village. So he saw this sadhu with the beautiful horse. So he wanted to take his horse away. So how to take it … So in the evening he goes out and plays some trick and [child crying in background] somehow or other I’ll take his horse. So what he did, he pretended as if he is a lame man, and he just lay down on one side of the road.
When sadhu was passing he said: “Please, please sadhu you are very kind. I can’t walk to the other village. Please let me sit on the horse. Just leave me there and you can come back.”
Sadhu was very compassionate, he thought “He can’t walk, let me help him. As it is the horse is for everybody.”
So he allowed him to sit on the horse. As soon as he sat on the horse, he was nice rider, so he kicked out sadhu and he ran with the horse. So sadhu came running after him.
He said, “Please, horse is yours but stop, horse is yours but stop.”
So he heard sadhu telling that horse is yours, stop. So he thought now anyway horse is already mine, so let me hear what he says. So sadhu went to him running he said, “Hey, don’t tell anybody how you have got the horse from me, otherwise in future nobody will help the lame persons.”
This is the fine sentiment. This Kṛṣṇa also feels. If I don’t help the living entity who is feelingly chanting day and night my names, ‘kabhi to sune pukar’, sometime He will definitely hear. And as soon as He hears, He will definitely work out subtly, we don’t know how. But somehow or the other the miseries vanish.
How we can remove miseries?
Frankly speaking the miseries don’t have factual existence. It is not a fact. Because we identify with our bodies, that’s why we feel miserable. It is very easy for me to tell, but when we are really in misery, we don’t think about these things. But we should. The more miserable condition we have, the more we should go to chanting and go through the scriptures. That time is very disturbing time. But please, somehow or the other try to make a habit of going through the scriptures or chanting, daily, regularly. And if you do that then you will have the same habit in the miseries also. And they will work out. Kuntidevi prays:
vipadaḥ santu tāḥ śaśvat tatra tatra jagad-guro
bhavato darśanaḿ yat syād apunar bhava-darśanam [I wish that all those calamities would happen again and again so that we could see You again and again, for seeing You means that we will no longer see repeated births and deaths.] (SB 1.8.25)
She said, “Please Jagad guru! You please inflict all the miseries upon me again and again. Don’t make us comfortable. bhavato darśanaḿ yat syād. Because as soon as the miseries are there we have Your audience. Because in misery we chant very nicely.
Story: Within misery we chant very nicely
We were in Fiji once. Fiji is not very far from here. This Fijian airline, what is its name, moon…moon or something …. Sunflower [laughs] Sunflower airlines. And our Jagannath bought the ticket of Sunflower. Those planes are thrown by America and reconditioned by Fijians. [laughs]. And the plane is so small. Hardly six or eight seater they take. And the pilot is just near us. We can see everything there. And a black pilot was there, he was chewing sandwich and flying the aeroplane. And as soon as you start, grorrrrrr…so much noise was there, I don’t think it would take off. Then somehow it took off and lights went off, because everything was dark there. I thought that, this is the end now. Sunflower is going to finish us now. [laughs]. And we were right on the top of the hill. And so nice chanting was there, because the danger was in front. I never chanted my rounds that nicely, again!! [laughs heartily]
The meaning is, if we really see the danger, we are really are very engrossed. (laughs) So we should have the Sunflower airlines, to make us chant very nicely.
Kṛṣṇa is there, but we are not there for Him
Please, this is the way. As soon as we are in dangers, we definitely follow these things very nicely. And if we have unflinching faith, that is required, un-deviated attention.
ananya-cetāḥ satatam yo māṁ smarati nityaśaḥ
tasyāhaṁ sulabhaḥ pārtha nitya-yuktasya yoginaḥ [For one who always remembers Me without deviation, I am easy to obtain, O son of Prtha, because of his constant engagement in devotional service.] (BG 8.14)
ananya-cetāḥ satatam. Ananya, An-anya – not anybody else, An-anya ONLY Kṛṣṇa. ananya-cetāḥ satatam yo māṁ smarati nityaśaḥ. Those who remember Me nityaśaḥ, regularly, every day, every moment of their existence, if they can. ananya-cetāḥ satatam yo māṁ smarati nityaśaḥThose who always remember Me, tasyāhaṁ sulabhaḥ pārtha, for him I am very easily attained. He is not far. Very near us. But there is no ananya-cetāḥ. Our attention is divided in so many ways. We don’t have the pointed attention to His lotus feet. That’s our defect. If it does’nt work then the defect lies with us and not with Him. We blame Him, “Where is Kṛṣṇa? So many people died. Where is Kṛṣṇa?”Kṛṣṇa is there, but we are not there with Him. As soon as there is ananya-cetāḥ, and nityaśaḥ, regularly we are with Him, then tasyāhaṁ sulabhaḥ pārtha nitya-yuktasya yoginaḥ. These yogis, they are always there, bhakti yogis, are always with Him and that is spontaneous devotional service. We don’t have to invite somebody to clean the place or to serve prasadam or cook prasadam. Just spontaneously the living entities come. They know that this work belongs to everybody and everybody has to help, otherwise we won’t be able to vacate the hall within the time limit. So this is spontaneous. But it’s only for today, only for maybe five minutes we are spontaneous. Then again we are lethargic.
Laziness is the main symptom of Kaliyuga. If you can come out of this and laziness is another name of the mental concoction. Our mind is fertile. It will try to drag you away from Kṛṣṇa’s lotus feet. Bring it again and again to the lotus feet. Stop the concoctions. Half the time, more than half the life, we are just concocting. Don’t concoct. Living entities may behave favorably or unfavorably. That is going to go on. Because every living entity has its own way of behaving, every living entity has his own choice. Every living entity has his own guidance or misguidance, whatever it is. So we should not worry about these things. We should only save time, from all these concoctions. And that time which we save should not be wasted again, as I tell you again and again, please save that time and utilize, invest it in the pages of scriptures, so that you will have un-deviated attention to the lotus feet of Kṛṣṇa. And that is what this Gajraja had.
Jal Dubata Jagaraja pukaro,
Aye Ade naam
Naami ko chinta rahati hai
Naam na ho badnaam Now there is a nice example from our Rāmāyaṇa
Jis saagar ko langh sake naa
Bina pul ke Rāma Rāma wanted to cross over from South India to Lanka and He had to take all the monkey army also. So He wanted Rāma Setu.
Jis saagar ko langh sake naa
Leke Hari Ka naam nāma is more powerful. Hanumān took the help of the name, and just within a step he was in Lanka.
Jis saagar ko langh sake naa
Bina pul ke Rama
Kuud gaye Hanuman usi ko
Leke Hari Ka naam Hari se bara Hari ka naam
Wo dil wale duub jayeinge
Jinme nahin hai naam [break]
[This prasādam is]… very tasty. Offer it to Kṛṣṇa and take it with you. This is the simplest way. As it is, those whose that gland is removed, I don’t know what gland it is known as. But if that is removed, in old age particularly, then they only can eat khicheri. Its better to think that your glands are removed. [laughs]. And always please, stick to simple food. Don’t go for so much fried food and your health will be alright. This is how, Kṛṣṇa looks after us from every corner. And unless, we try to understand and convince all this factual points to our mind, it will never allow you to come to the lotus feet of Kṛṣṇa.
I am sitting here because I am worried about prasadam. I am very much attracted. “Now it is prasadam time, I must stop.” Because, I am here for prasadam, I don’t know about you. You are all unflinching devotees of the Lord. You don’t come for prasādam. prasadam is byproduct for you. For me it’s the main thing ..because I am not a devotee. This is the main thing. We are all attracted by prasadam. “O, let us go to the hall, nice prasadam he is serving, and have change of air and change of prasada.” This is…please, please. It’s very nice of you that somehow or other we are all here, make best of it and try to utilize this Puruṣottama māsa and again the days to come. Every māsa is Puruṣottama māsa for us. Every time is granted by Him, we don’t know when we are to go away. So utilize this, and please come to this conclusion.
There are four five verses again [in SB 3.9], you can go through it, we go to the next topic now. And that’s the best thing.