So all the thirsty people come together, they don’t know each other, as soon as they drink the water they are separated. This is our coming together and getting separated. And it’s all according to the plan of Kṛṣṇa. This is the knowledge He is giving. Then He says, daivene ekatra nidhan According to the plan of Kṛṣṇa, they come together. We are squeezed in one family, or in one lane, or in one town or one planet, wherever. We are just assembled here. It’s Kṛṣṇa’s plan. And that’s why everybody is co-operating. The prasadam is getting ready, the hall is here, the expenses are carried on, and we don’t have to worry about anything because it is Kṛṣṇa’s plan. And as soon as you obey Kṛṣṇa’s plan, and we are obeying very sincerely, that here there is no other thing going on. It’s all glorification of Krsna. So far as we obey Him everything will be provided. As soon as something else crops in, we’ll have scarcity. This is our experience, today’s experience. If we stop glorifying Him from here, then we cannot stay here. And we’ll not have any co-operation at all. But because it is for Kṛṣṇa, so every living entity is attracted. This is how we should learn the practical lessons that in our life also, if we make it our priority to just serve Kṛṣṇa through Prahlada Maharaja’s instructions (we are coming to), then you’ll be successful. You will be glorified also.
Don’t entertain miseries, entertain devotional service
The gopis sing very nicely:
jayati te ’dhikaṁ janmanā vrajaḥ śrayata indirā śaśvad atra hi
[The gopis said: O beloved, Your birth in the land of Vraja has made it exceedingly glorious, and thus Indira, the goddess of fortune, always resides here. It is only for Your sake that we, Your devoted servants, maintain our lives. We have been searching everywhere for You, so please show Yourself to us.](SB 10.31.1)
Its beautiful lines. It shows how we are glorified. Jaya, jaya means glorification. jayati te ’dhikaṁ you are so much glorified, please, please, don’t get rusted in the material miseries. You are the shining spark of the supreme shining existence. Why are you losing your shining? The miseries may come. This is concoction (misery) really. We don’t have to do anything with the miseries. They are temporary, temporary mela come together.
[Hindi] Hum mele mein jama hue hain. Koi aaye koi jaaye uske liye kahe ko sar koot rahe ho?
[We have come together in this temporary mela. Somebody goes or comes, for that why break your head?]
You should never worry about these things. They come, those miseries come and who have come they are going to go away. [Hindi] Jo aata hai woh jaata hai, jo aati hai woh jaati hai
[What comes has to go].
So why to worry about? Somebody comes in our lives, somebody goes from our lives. We don’t lament for that. Yesterday we were playing with the crows. So the crows came and crows went away. I didn’t scream. Why, because I am not attached. So, all these living entities like birds. They come then…. The wind comes from this window and goes out of the door, I don’t scream “Hey where is my wind?” arre, man, that is the nature of the wind, it comes and goes. So that is the nature of the living entities also, they come and go. Why are you unnecessarily concocting your things.
[Hindi] Bhai dukh kahe ko sar par lete ho. Hum lete hai dukh sar par. Phenk do dukh ko and dukh woh chale jayenge. [Brother, why do you take all the miseries on your head. We take all the misery on our head. Throw away the miseries and they will go away.]
If you don’t entertain them, they will go away. You are here we are talking very nicely to you, we are trying to feed prasadam to you, that is why you are sitting here. Suppose tomorrow you come, I sit like this, and he sits like this, and no water, no glass of water, nothing at all, then forget about it “I am going” he says, “Because nobody entertains you”. So don’t entertain the miseries. Entertain devotional service. That is the instruction from this Hiranyakashipu, who is regarded as supermost demon. And he was very proud. After consoling them they were quite pacified. They started chanting Kṛṣṇa’s names and forgot that Hiranyaksha was killed. This is the effect of this demon’s preaching. So this is the other side of the demon. But as soon as he came out to the demons, then again he was very angry. And he tried to conquer the whole world.
How immortality is established?
Then he thought that he doesn’t have sufficient capacity to do, so he went on the mountain and carried on austerity like anything. Standing on one foot and one leg, for years together, many celestial years... And then he carried on austerities. In the austerity, his half the body was eaten up by ants and moths. And even then he couldn’t know that, so sincere austerity. Then because of the austerity’s heat, the whole universe was in trouble.
So demigods ran to Brahma, and said “Please save us, it is getting very hot now here.”
So, Brahma told that “I know, I am going now, and I’ll pacify him, and you will be alright.”
So then Brahma went and sprinkled the transcendental water from his kamandalu and he was rejuvenated.
And Brahma said: “Now, I have come, I am very pleased with your austerity. So please you can ask whatever you want.”
And he asked so many benedictions. First he said that “I want to be immortal.”
But Brahma said: “I am not immortal, how can I make you immortal? You can ask anything else apart from this.”
So he was not going to be immortal, but in a round about way, he got so many benedictions, and he thought that it was equal to immortality. Nobody can be immortal here however powerful he may be. By yoga practices you cannot have that, but by devotional service, confidentially the immortality is established. By other practices you cannot have immortality, but if you really sincerely become devotee and if you are performing the devotional service to the best of your sincere attitude then the immortality is confidentially established. And how it is established? Then maybe if you’re lucky, we won’t come in the material body again to suffer the same miseries. punah punas carvita-carvananam [SB 7.5.30]. Again I am chewing the chewed. We don’t come back and we are always in the service of Kṛṣṇa, that is our immortality.
na tad bhāsayate sūryo na śaśāṅko na pāvakaḥ
yad gatvā na nivartante tad dhāma paramaṁ mama
[That supreme abode of Mine is not illumined by the sun or moon, nor by electricity. And anyone who reaches it never comes back to this material world] (BG 15.6)]
This is confidential immortality we attain through devotional service. Otherwise by any means you try, so many ways, you cannot be immortal. So many big presidents were there, prime ministers were there, leaders were there, everybody is gone. And there is so much military around them, and even then they were murdered killed, everything happened, we know. This is not the way to become immortal. Only devotional service gives you immortality.
Take the jewel of Bhāgavatam to increase your faith
That is the purpose of the pages of Bhāgavatam that
bhagavaty uttama-śloke bhaktir bhavati naiṣṭhikī [By regular attendance in classes on the Bhāgavatam and by rendering of service to the pure devotee, all that is troublesome to the heart is almost completely destroyed, and loving service unto the Personality of Godhead, who is praised with transcendental songs, is established as an irrevocable fact.](SB 1.2.18)
Your bhakti becomes completely firm, if you go through these pages. You are chanting daily. You are reciting. You are reciting Bhagavad-gītā from here. What is the use of recitation and what is the use of understanding all these things, if you still not understanding this thing that our bhakti must come become firm. It is better that … this is waste of time then… if you can’t do this. Your bhakti must be very firm, naiṣṭhikī. And how, nityaḿ bhāgavata-sevayā. If by reading Bhāgavatam if we can get this result, why are we not going through? Why are we not touching Bhagavad-gītā? Why are we not touching Bhāgavatam? Such a treasure of literature, transcendental literature is at our disposal. Fortunately, Prabhupāda has made it very clear. Why are we delaying, I don’t understand. The delay is dangerous. And not only dangerous, but it is really killing us. It’s like a suicide. We have come into this existence. So much treasure is at our disposal, and we are just going away from it. And again we are going to the rut, that in unlimited circle of birth, death, disease and old age. And the reason is ‘WE’. We cannot blame anybody. Even now, with all understanding, we are so very attached to the scratch, glass pieces, Katchartham vismatam ratnam, Harer naama hi kevalam.
[Hindi] Hamne ratna bhula diya hai. Hamare paas mahaan ratna hai nama ke rupa mein. kintu kaanch ke tukdon ke peeche hamne sab bhula diya hai. Arre bhai television mein aap kya dekhte ho?
[We have forgotten the jewel. In the form of Holy names of the Lord we have this great jewel, however, we have forgotten all of that and are running after some glass pieces. O brother, what are you looking at in the television?] What are you looking, it just a screen, its illuson.
[Hindi] Badee sundar stree aa rahi hai. Wahan stree hai nahin, kuch nahin hai. Phir bhi he he he karke bhaitha hai who. Are bhai kya dekh raha hai? kaanch hai woh.
[Very beautiful lady is coming (on screen). There is no lady, there is nothing. O brother, what are you looking at, it is glass.] You can’t touch that women. There is no women. [Maharaji mimicking] Just hehehehehe…
[Hindi] jara chupp baith ja…. jara chupp baith ja….hehehe. Kuch samajhta nahin.
[Hindi] Arre bhai kuch hai nahin wahan. Kaun samjaye aapko ki wahaan kuch nahin hai. Aur jo aa raha hai woh sab kachra hai.
[O brother, there is nothing out there. Who can convince you that there is nothing out there. And whatever is appearing is all trash.]
That is the pollution, mind pollution.
[Hindi] Hamara man bhi pollute ho raha, dushit ho raha hai.
[Our mind is getting polluted.]
Why? As the polluted air, will give you the sickness, the same way these things also will drag you down from your highest position which you are in at the moment. Prabhupāda’s mercy, he has dragged you from the rut, and took you to the highest peak. And from the peak you are again taking a dip, committing suicide. This is the main thing we are doing.