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Medicine for this age

Medicine for old age

In our scriptures the medicine for the old age is given. Hari sharanam evam vachah, nityam mukhay evam vachaha. Those who always chant, that I am surrendered to Kṛṣṇa (Hari Sharanam), nityam mukhay evam vachah, yesham mukhe nityam vachahah, Kala samadhista jara na badhyate kvacit.  Kala samadhista, by the influence of time the old age approaches and it cannot approach the people who are completely surrendered to Kṛṣṇa. Eventually this body is going to go away, but till you are alive you will be alright, that is the meaning here. From any angle, you see these things and eventually we come to Kṛṣṇa, because He is everywhere here, all pervading and He is the medicine for everything. Even the cancer patients, they also get better. Without the stomach also the people survive. There was one nurse, I know and she survived without the stomach for one year or so. Stomach was operated. I don’t know how she survived, but somehow or other she survived. Please, these bodies always give you trouble, in order to reduce these troubles, we must whole heartedly come to Kṛṣṇa, other things will hasten your death. This thing maybe, will prolong.

Our Gaurmohan prabhu, he was to be initiated by Prabhupāda, and Gaurmohan prabhu was very much attracted to tea - drinking tea. So he thought that Prabhupāda will stop my tea now, so what to do then? So when he was to be initiated, that day he prepared a bucketful of tea and drank. [laughs heartily]. At the time of initiation he had to go to the toilet many times. [laughs]. Prabhupāda was very upset.
He said “Where are you going?”
He was so very straight forward he told Prabhupāda that: “I like tea, please allow me to have tea”.
He said: “No rascal you can’t drink tea from today.”
He said: “That’s why I have drunk one bucketful.” [laughs].
So this is how we try to satisfy our senses and since then he left everything and is amongst us. Should be nearing eighty I think. [laughs]. He still walks, still very nice, the brain is intact; the intellect is alright. It’s all because of this initiation.
Prabhupāda’s touch, transcendental touch, and then the living entity cannot forget Krsna. This is how, please somehow or the other, make best of the Puruṣottama māsa, and we’ll be very happy to see you again and again and again and again. At least we’ll hear that Australian crowd is more sincere about thinking about Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam and everywhere you know. Please please, these things we should hear.

Change your life

We don’t want to hear, some quarrels or misunderstanding. Please leave them aside. Because you are not sufficiently attracted to Bhagavad-gītā, Bhāgavatam and Kṛṣṇa we have these misunderstandings. There is no place, we don’t have time. To the best of our ability, we should decide in this month that henceforth, whatever little time I could squeeze out I will just utilize it to these things. All these, all these young people, they are running around, they are doing. Our Devakinandan is solicitor, he is doing a nice legal job, very responsible job and even then he devotes his so much time. Our Viraj Krsna, Danesh prabhu, Praveen prabhu, all these young people. I don’t know the names. Somebody was chanting mantra today when he paid obeisance. (vancha kalpa tarobhyascha). Please, please come to this. And those who chant Kṛṣṇa’s names, those who chant few mantras here and there, their figure changes immediately. They are effulgent. There is no dearth of hemoglobin in our body. There is no need of pouring hemoglobin medicines from outside. This is real hemoglobin. As soon as you associate with Krsna, He is the source of all electricity, all energy, and that energy starts flowing through your veins. And the more you allow that energy to flow, through your veins; there is no cholesterol, nothing at all, because we get up at four O’clock in the morning, so no lying down after nine O’clock or so. So then we move about since then, so circulation goes on, health is quite alright. Then we have full engagement. After getting up at four O’clock also, we don’t have to worry about what we are going to do. But there is engagement, magala-ārati is there, Tulasi puja is there, chanting is there, some svādhyāya is there, again your work is there, again at about eight O’clock , nine O’clock you have to go. This is the way, to change your life. Otherwise these meetings have no value, unless you please take something and change your existence. That is realization.


Hear, Study and Contemplate

You are hearing. Tat srnvan, srnvan [SB 12.13.18]. This is our first step. We are hearing at the moment. Srnvan. Then second step has to be there, is supathan. Then you have to study. Whatever you are hearing, please study about it. As I told you take Bhagavad-gītā atleast. We have plenty of Bhagavad-gītā isn’t it - As It Is. They are very nice. Any book of Prabhupāda will try to really help you to organize your lifestyle for the betterment. Otherwise your life will be completely inauspicious and then full of diseases, and full of treatments and full of unnecessary expenses and full of unnecessary worries, and anxieties. For these anxieties and worries there is no other way. We have found out so many ways, but they all fall short. This is the only royal road by which we can be happy, otherwise we are always going to be distressed. Once we understand this then supathan stage comes. Then as soon as supathan is there; we are all very sentient beings; so we go to the third step and that is vicharan paro. We think over it, what we are reading. We think again and again. Is it correct? Is my life according to those principles? And this is thinking and then as soon as these three steps are there, srnvan, supathan, vicharan paro bhakya vimuchena narahah [SB 12.13.18]. Then bhakti develops, devotional service develops. As soon as bhakti develops, you cannot stop it. It goes on. And it has a tendency to increase. As soon as the bhakti increases, your life becomes sublime and all the worries become secondary. For that moment we may sort out things, but otherwise we don’t cling on to it. We are always happy in our own situation without any external assistance. This is the main thing to be understood in this Puruṣottama māsa, and this way now we try to start thinking about Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam. Jai!


Hare Kṛṣṇa Hare Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Hare Hare

Hare Raam Hare Raam Raam Raam Hare Hare
This is how please engage your mind so that our life will be sublime. Otherwise..
Heart is meant for Kṛṣṇa

There is one very funny story.


There was one goldsmith. …sonar? There was one goldsmith. So he had his own business. He was buying gold and selling gold for ornaments. So those prices were always in his mind. For the whole of lifetime he thought that “I have bought the gold for eighty rupees (or eighty dollars, whatever) and I am selling for hundred dollars it goes on. So, for whole of lifetime those prices were in his mind.


So eventually he became old and he was very sick. So, children thought that father has amassed so much wealth for us. We must call some doctor to see what is happening to him. So they called the doctor. Doctor put thermometer in his mouth to see how much fever; he was very hot. So he took out the thermometer and he was looking at it.


“Oh” he said, “Hundred and seven? So way beyond limit” he said.


The old man heard “Hundred and seven” and he thought that it is the gold price. [laughs] For the whole lifetime the gold prices were there in his mind. And he was very angry with the boys (his children).


He said, “Rascals, what are you doing here? Hear me. We had bought it for eighty rupees. Go and sell, go and sell gold ….ahhhahhh…”

Gone! [laughs]. This is how, please.

We may stay in our shops. We may stay in our own businesses. We may stay in our own houses. But those things should not be in our heart. Heart is meant for Kṛṣṇa. So you do it, as whatever is required to be done, and then come back to Kṛṣṇa. That’s how daily we should have association of Kṛṣṇa, through chanting, through Bhagavad-gītā and through Bhāgavatam. And please organize the groups like this and try to discuss yourself. You are all intelligent people. Everything is very clear in the pages of Bhāgavatam. Nothing is monopolized. It' is available for everybody. It’s just the sincere desire, will give you the expected results. And with this we go to the pages of Bhāgavatam.


Understanding Kṛṣṇa’s Vigraha

In Bhāgavatam, particularly the glorification of Bhāgavatam, the first verse gives the nature of Kṛṣṇa and the constitution of His vigraha. It is very nicely described in one verse.


sat cit ananda rupaya vishvotpatyaadi hetave

taapa traya vinaashaaya sri krsnaya vayam namah


[I offer my obeisances unto the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krsna, who is the eternal blissful form of knowledge.](Gopala-tapani Upanishad 1.1)]


We pay our respectful obeisances to Kṛṣṇa, the name is mentioned, and the nature of His vigraha is mentioned. His is known as vigraha. Ours is sharirah. We have a body and [which] is known as sharirah. His is vigrahah. It is known as vigrahah, He does not have sharirah. The definition of sharirah is given in Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam. It is very instructive. Shiryate iti sharirah.  Shiryate- is that which decays, is sharirah. And without exception, this one decays. Everyday it is decaying. It’s only because the spiritual spark is inside our heart it tries to clean this decay. But eventually the decay is so much that in the heart also the spiritual spark cannot stay. So that stage is known as leaving spiritual spark; that is material death. And this is the definition of sharirah. We should be very clear, before we understand and before we talk more about Kṛṣṇa, that He does not have the decaying body. Many times from Mayavada corners or other corners, we hear that Kṛṣṇa has come, and because He is spiritual but when He comes before us, or among us, then He accepts the material body. This is gross ignorance. And this ignorance will drag us to all the sinful activities, because the foundation is wrong. We are not understanding Kṛṣṇa correctly and unless we understand Kṛṣṇa correctly, it is very difficult to understand the pages of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam. That’s why; this is the first verse describing the nature of His vigraha.  And He is sat, cit and ananda nothing else. We have all the material elements: tat charma māmsa rudira medo majjasi dhātu. These are the seven elements in our body. We have the skin, then māmsa, the meat, the flesh is inside; rudira, blood; meda, fat, majja, marrow; asti, bones; and dhātu, semen. These are the seven elements in our body. He does not have these seven elements, He has only three ingredients. And that is, they have nothing to do with the material ingredients at all.  This is the difference between our body and His vigraha. His is sat, the first one, eternity is there. He is always there. There was no time when he was not there; eternal Cit, because He is eternal, He should be knowledgeable and because He is eternal and knowledgeable, He should be completely in bliss. This is His vigraha.


Nicely we can understand and remember. Suppose you have your own houses. You are there always. So you know how many rooms are there, you know where you have kept what. You have full idea, you know everything about the house. Why? Because you are always there! He is always here, that’s why He is fully knowledgeable. For Him there is no past, present or future. He knows everything. That’s the difference between living entities and Kṛṣṇa.


We have limited perception. We remember faintly about the past, present we may look to, and future we are completely ignorant about. So whatever activities we do, they fall short. We commit mistakes. Whereas Kṛṣṇa, completely abhijña and svarāṭ, fully knowledgeable and completely independent, He never commits any mistake. Never He comes to you and says, “Oh, on this mango tree, I have committed a mistake, there is lemon juice.”  No. Mango will have mango juice; lemon tree will have lemon juice. No mistake at all.


In our teens we commit so many mistakes. Man always commits mistakes and he is very proud that he is very clever. That is not the case with Krsna. This is sat-cit-anada rupaya. His rupa, His form, is sat-cit-ananda, blissful.

Powerful Effect of Harināma

Because of this rupa those who run after Him, chanting His names:


Hare Kṛṣṇa Hare Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Hare Hare

Hare Rāma Hare Rāma Rāma Rāma Hare Hare


they also get association with Kṛṣṇa and bliss is the first reward. brahma bhutah prasannatma [BG 18.54] Those who are running after Kṛṣṇa, try to understand Him through Bhagavad-gītā, through Bhāgavatam, those at least who are inclined to hear about Him. This is the first inclination, this is the first stage, that at least we are inclined. And these small children who are here at the moment, they have very nice pictures in their mind. They are taking the snaps. Our camera always takes the snaps. The same way, small children, including us, we also take snaps. At the moment we remember very clearly, that we were staying with our parents, we were going to school and our brothers and sisters were there and society members were there. All the snaps are there behind our mind. And soon as we remember, like a cinema film, we see everything. This is also the case of these children. So if these children are given these auspicious snaps, they will mold their lives accordingly. They don’t understand at the moment, but it is our pious duty to progress spiritually ourselves, and those who are our dependents, we should give them these auspicious snaps. They will remember, that there was a hall, there was some program, somebody was talking, somebody was singing. They don’t understand everything, but even then these snaps will be there. And in these snaps you are performing the duty. This is our parampara, from one generation to the other generation, we pass on the values of Vedic culture; otherwise they are going to take some pictures. So in their mind you please give them these snaps more. Atleast come together in a family or neighbors or whatever, 5-10 people and your own start first, and have some namahatta program type. Read some Bhagavad-gītā, purports are there, Harināma is there. Just perform some kirtan and you will always progress spiritually, and at the same time, unknowingly, you will give nice instructions to your young ones.


As I told you, His name is very powerful, because He is sat-cit-ananda-rupaya; because He is sat-cit-ananda, eternally knowledgeable and blissful. So it pervades everything, not only this planet but whole material manifestation. Not only whole material manifestation, but spiritual one also and whatever He is, always He is all pervading. That’s why He is known as Vāsudeva. And unlimited effect is there. We are chanting here and we don’t know how far this chanting goes. Jagat pavitram [SB 1.5.10], as I told you, sanctifying the atmosphere everywhere. I’ll give you one example.


There was a new temple in London before about 25 years. And it was a small temple near, if you have seen London, in front of the temple, there was a big institution, and there in one lane we had a small house, rented house, and the kirtan was going on there. And Prabhupāda had instructed, that two times a day there must be Harināma - nagar kirtan. So early in the morning, the devotees will go from whole Oxford street, go up to Marble Arch., about one and a half kilometer. And then again in the evening, they will go. So this Harināma was going on. And nobody knew the effect of this.

Once this Harināma was passing through one of the important departmental stores and the Prime Minister from Mauritius was visiting London, and he was there buying something from the department store. In Mauritius it’s all Bhartiya population. So he heard the Rāma’s name and Kṛṣṇa’s name. He was surprised to hear these names in London. So he came down and saw the devotees chanting. So he got the address of the temple and then eventually visited the temple, and therein Prabhupāda was there at that time. So he invited Prabhupāda to come to Mauritius. So Prabhupāda was always taking chances. He can have some mandir in Mauritius then.

So he said, “I am ready to accept your invitation, provided you give some land, because you are government man, Prime Minister, so for you it is a play thing.”
So he promised that, “Please you come and I’ll donate the land”.
When Prabhupāda visited, he hosted nicely and then gave six acres of land, in the farming area. And even now that land we have at the moment. And on that land now we have built a very nice temple. This Harināma in London gives a temple in Mauritius. We cannot imagine, oh, beyond our wild imagination. We cannot understand these things. Harināma, the point is, is very auspicious.
Where it will give and what it will give we don’t know, but have full faith and please carry on these transcendental activities, and it will have unlimited effect on your own life and who knows on who’s life, again and this is the greatest reward. This is brahma bhuta. As soon as you devote yourself, sometime you devote and you get tremendous result.

The first reward, you are completely satisfied, prasanna and this satisfaction is a very important stage. Is the beginning stage of bliss, and as soon as the bliss is there, Kṛṣṇa’s taste is there, because His vigrahah, we saw is sat-cit-ananda, and this ananda; every living entity tries to find out ananda, from all these material activities. Tries to find, sukhaya karmani, karoti loko [SB 3.5.2] All lokas, all people, sukhaya, for the happiness, karmani, they do the activities. They perform the activities to be happy. You have migrated from India to be happy here. All our activities we do for this happiness, bliss. And as soon as you taste this bliss, then it gives you two very good qualities. Somehow or other, you try to see everybody equal. Then we don’t differentiate, that this is this and this is this. We know that everybody is part and parcel of Kṛṣṇa. This is the result of this sat-cit-ananda vigrahah.

Magical effect of Darshan

That’s why in our Vedic tradition, everywhere in the houses, we may not have deities, but at least we have pictures. In every corner, in every room, we have some pictures. So always unknowingly we see the pictures, darshan. Darshan is there. As soon as darshan is there it completely transforms your bad ideas to the good ideas.

This Ravana had abducted Sitaji. And he was trying to explain to her that “Rāma is a pauper, I am the richest person. I can make you very happy. So please marry me”.

She didn’t agree. Eventually he was completely tired. So, when we have some problems, we go to our brother always, to tell him that I have this problem. That’s why brother’s relationships are very auspicious, because we can tell that living entity what our trouble is, and he would sympathize and try to help us. So, Ravana had a brother Kumbakarna.

So he went to his brother. He said, “Brother, what to do?”
Bother was sleeping. Kumbakarna, for six months he was sleeping and for six months he was awake. So that was his sleeping period. So Ravana had to, play big drums to wake him up.
Eventually he [Kumbhakarana] opened his eyes, “Oh ah yes…”
He [Ravana] said, “I am in trouble.”
“What trouble, you are always in trouble. Let me sleep.”
He was not able to wake up. Eventually, somehow or the other, Ravana continued and woke him up.
He [Kumbakarna] said: “What’s the trouble now, tell me.”
He [Ravana] said: “I am trying to explain to Sita and she does not agree with me to marry. What to do I don’t know.”
Kumbhakarana showed him the way. That “You are already mystic”, he said, “You have so many mystic powers. You can take any form. So better take Rāma’s form, and then Sita will agree. If she sees that Rāma is there, there is no question of disagreement.”
He [Ravana] said: “You are correct. I many times tried that, but whenever I become Rāma, I see Sita as my mother.”


So this is the thing. Our inauspicious tendencies are completely dragged out, just by thinking about Rāma. And may not be correct pronunciation also.  

Chant sincerely like Valmiki

Valimiki was a dacoit and when Narada muni instructed him, that you are committing sins and you please stop it, then he tried to find out who is the partner, etc., and eventually he decided that nobody is going to partake my sinful reactions. He came back and surrendered to Narada.

Narada said, “You just chant Rāma, Rāma, Rāma, Rāma.”
He [Valmiki] was not able to chant Rāma because, the more sinful activities we do, we cannot chant. He was chanting, “Mara, Mara, Mara, Mara.”
“Alright”, Narada muni said, “You chant Mara, Mara, Mara, Mara, eventually it will be Rāma, Rāma, Rāma, Rāma”.
For years together, he was chanting, “Mara, Mara, Mara, Mara.”
After twelve years, Narada muni when he passed from that road, from some ant hill, there was some sound.
“Rāma, Rāma, Rāma, Rāma.”
Then he realized, “Oh that fellow is still chanting.”
Then Valmiki was completely purified, from all the sinful reactions.

How study of scriptures will take us away from anxiety?

These are all things in front of us. As I told you please hear, read, then study, then vicharana paro, you think over it, and definitely, bhakti will be the result. And as soon as you come to this, then you'll understand the vigrahah of Kṛṣṇa and the importance of Kṛṣṇa. And as soon as you are convinced, about these things, then never you will lose your faith, in the supremacy of Kṛṣṇa. And as soon as the faith is strong then Kali yuga will not touch you. There won’t be any quarrels, there won’t be any misunderstanding. Your own house will be like vaikuntha. Where there is no anxiety, is known as vaikuntha. In our own house we will not have any anxiety and this is how the house is being purified, all the members are being purified and we have very nice time in our own houses, in our own situations and this is how we should behave. Try to understand Kṛṣṇa’s vigrahah. This is the first instruction of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam.

What is the work of a preacher?

Kṛṣṇa is completely spiritual, so material sense gratification can’t stay with Him. There is no material thing. Our bodies are material, because we have completely obnoxious way of having sense gratification. Therein it’s all spiritual, so how can he have bad relationships. It’s completely absent there. But because we don’t understand this point, we are completely misguided and immaturely we talk about gopis, and Radharani, etc. and our mind completely becomes polluted, more polluted than whatever we have already. That’s why Caitanya Mahaprabhu has completely stopped us. He has instructed, that in the public meetings, in immature stage, or maybe [in] mature stage, never discuss these confidential pastimes. These confidential pastimes we should leave to the hearers. Our duty is to give them the correct instructions so that they can purify their lives.

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam removes all Material Inebrieties

We have a material life which is not purified at all, so we can help the living entities, to purify their lives. And as soon as the purified existence is there with the continuous devotional service then automatically the living entity, if he or she is very sincere, they will have all impressions about the confidential pastimes in their mind. There is no need of discussing about it at all. This is how Kṛṣṇa stands completely clear regarding material inebrieties and that’s why he is known as sat-cit-ananda-rupaya. And because His rupa, His form is only sat-cit-ananda, completely absent the material ingredients are completely absent in His form, that’s why He is the cause of all causes, sarva-karana-karanam, vishwad-utpatyati hetave. Vishva utpatti, stithi and pralaya all this He does, and He is not affected at all.

These are all material ingredients, and if you want to study about the material ingredients, and how they appear in front of us, we have to study the third canto of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam and Kapiladeva instructions are there regarding Sankhaya philosophy. Please I would request you, take out some time, at least you should go through the last five chapters of third canto. If we find time I’ll give you some idea. But this is how our awareness of Kṛṣṇa must increase. And always we should remember this sloka, that’s why it is the first sloka written by Vyasadeva in order to introduce Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam in our life. Otherwise we’ll be misguided. Don’t do that. And if we are misguided then all the inebrieties of material life will flow into our life.
The first inebriety is greed, lust; Lust, greed and anger, tri-vidham narakasyedam dvāram [BG 16.21]. As soon as we don’t understand Kṛṣṇa we increase these inebrieties and lust is there, anger is there and greed is there and this Kṛṣṇa insists, tri-vidhaḿ narakasyedaḿ dvāraḿ, these are the doors to hell. If you want to go to hell, then you go through the greed door, you go through the anger door and you go through the lust door and definitely you will reach to hell. This is hellish. tri-vidhaḿ narakasyedaḿ dvāraḿ nāśanam ātmanaḥ, they will destroy you completely. Your human existence will be completely destroyed by these three inebrieties.
tri-vidhaḿ narakasyedaḿ dvāraḿ nāśanam ātmanaḥ

kāmaḥ krodhas tathā lobhas tasmād etat trayaḿ tyajet

[There are three gates leading to this hell -- lust, anger and greed. Every sane man should give these up, for they lead to the degradation of the soul.](BG 16.21)


These are kāmah, krodha and lobha, please leave them for good. And this is the clear instruction of Bhagavad-gītā. And in that greed is horrible thing.  

Greed is a horrible thing

Once Sri Narada Muni was walking on the village road and there was one beggar, with a begging bowl. I don’t know, have you seen in India, they have the begging bowl, black and long thing. So he was showing the begging bowl to Narada Muni and he showed to him and he said: “Please Maharaj, nobody is able to fill up my begging bowl, but you are very nice saint, you are not attracted to riches, so you will be definitely be able to fill up my begging bowl.”

So, Narada Muni said: “What is this? Show me your bowl?”
He showed the bowl, and it was just ordinary begging bowl.
“Why, why nobody is able to fill?” he said, “I don’t have anything, but do one thing. I know Kuvera, the treasurer of the demigod, and I’ll write a chit on him. You take my chit and he will fill up within no time.”
So the beggar was very happy. Narada Muni took out his address of Kuvera, he had diary or computer, [Laughs], He took out the address, wrote a line in letter.
“I am sending you this beggar, please fill his begging bowl and oblige, your servant, Narada.”
So the beggar went running to heavenly planets and he was very happy that now the bowl will be full. So eventually he reached there and found out Kuvera.
He said: “Kuveraji, I have introduction letter from Narada Muni for you.”
So he took the letter and said, “I am sending you this beggar, you please fill up the bowl.”
“Show me your bowl”, he showed his bowl.
“Alright, it is a play thing. Narada does not have any sense. Why should he write a letter for this? I can fill up within a second.”
So he called his servant and said: “You take this beggar and go and fill up the bowl.”

So the servant went running and said: “Come, come with me, I’ll fill it up within no time.”


To his surprise, half the treasury was empty and even then the bowl was not full! So he was doubting whether there is a hole inside or what, I don’t know, it’s not getting full. So somehow or other he could not understand. So, then he started pouring again, within no time the whole treasury was empty and the bowl was not full.

He said, “There must be something wrong.”
He went back running to Kuvera.
He said, “Maharaj, you are completely poor now. Nearly you are a beggar and even now this bowl is not full.”
He said, “What are you talking?”

“Yes, I have emptied the whole treasury, you don’t have anything now.”

“Oh!” he said, “Narada, is a silly man. He did not see whether he has bowl or not or whether it has hole inside”.
So in the mean time Narada was passing though the heavenly planets.
He called, “Hey Narada. What did you do? This beggar … We are not able to fill up his bowl.”
Narada said: “I didn’t know. It looks like an ordinary begging bowl.”
So he called the beggar and said: “Show me your bowl?”
He showed like that.
He said, “No, no, show me the other way.”
So he just showed the other way. And it was not a begging bowl, it was human skull.


This human skull will never be satisfied even if the Kuvera’s treasury is poured into this. This is our greed. Please, we are all carrying that skull, and unlimited, insatiable desire is there. We have come to Australia, we have come here, we have gone to America, and all over the world we are earning very nice money, and even then running after this is greed. Please try to limit your things, try to think over these things. Human existence is slipping, away, and in order to protect our own interest, which is spiritual interest, we must draw somewhere the line of this kama, krodha and lobha. In a limited way, we are allowed to have, in a regulated way. But irregulated way, unlimitedly, if we run after these things then we are going to be destroyed completely.

Understanding Kṛṣṇa changes our life completely

sat cit ananda rupaya vishvotpatyaadi hetave

taapa traya vinaashaaya sri krsnaya vayam namah


[I offer my obeisances unto the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krsna, who is the eternal blissful form of knowledge.](Gopala-tapané Upanishad 1.1)]

sat cit ananda rupaya vishvotpatyaadi hetave [and] as soon as you understand His vigraha, His form, and His work of creating, maintaining and destroying, utpatti, stithi and pralaya and in order to do these three things, again He expands himself, and He comes as a Vishnu for maintenance, Brahma as creation and Siva for the destruction and these things go on always, bhūtvā bhūtvā pralīyate [BG 8.19]. Again and again it is created, again and again it is destroyed and everything in the material world has to undergo these three phases. The microphone is created, at the moment it is maintained and the time is to come that it will never be maintained, it will be destroyed. Everything [has] to pass through these things. Thinking these things we should remember that, we should understand the transcendental position of Kṛṣṇa regarding these things. As soon as you touch the transcendence, one effect is there, na śocati na kāńkṣati [BG 18.54].
brahma-bhūtaḥ prasannātmā na śocati na kāńkṣati

samaḥ sarveṣu bhūteṣu mad-bhaktiḿ labhate parām
[One who is thus transcendentally situated at once realizes the Supreme Brahman and becomes fully joyful. He never laments or desires to have anything. He is equally disposed toward every living entity. In that state he attains pure devotional service unto Me.](BG 18.54)

You don’t lament for anything, you don’t hanker after anything. As soon as the lamentation is not there, and hankering is not there, you don’t suffer from the threefold miseries. Because there is no hankering, so dissatisfaction is not there. And because there is no dissatisfaction, the anger is not there. In the absence of hankering greed is not there. In the absence of hankering, kama, lusty desires are not there. Those who hanker after, they only develop all this kama, kroddha and lobha. As soon as the hankering is absent, the lamentation is not there. And this is the effect of understanding Kṛṣṇa, sat cit ananda rupaya, and getting attracted to His form. That’s why we go to the temple, and just go, take darshan, may be we put something in the box and we go back. Even then that becomes an auspicious activity. And that’s why Vedic tradition is, that we may not stay in the temple more than five minutes, or so, and even then we go, that before I go to work, please let me go. You may not go to the temple, you may have temple, small temple, in your own house, and you have darshan there. Why darshan? Because this kama, kroddha and lobha must be controlled. And as soon as this kama, kroddha and lobha is controlled, your tapatraya is completely absent. Tapatraya vinashaya, that is the effect. And as soon as you, na śocati na kāṅkati [BG 18.54], then the result is sama sarveu bhūteu. This is the result of understanding Kṛṣṇa.


Secret of devotional service

As soon as you come to this transcendence, then our whole lifestyle completely changes. No doubt, our near and dears are more near to us, but we don’t differentiate much between the living entities. And there is some charitable attitude is there, some pious activities start, and this is the starting point of the spiritual activities. In the beginning we are charitable, where you are in the mode of goodness, and you know that I have the excess amount, so let me build a hospital, or let me dig some well for the water, or let me do this, let me open a school, some food distribution, someway, this is charitable attitude. Why? Because sama sarveu bhūteu.
brahma-bhūtaḥ prasannātmā na śocati na kāńkṣati

samaḥ sarveṣu bhūteṣu mad-bhaktiḿ labhate parām
[One who is thus transcendentally situated at once realizes the Supreme Brahman and becomes fully joyful. He never laments or desires to have anything. He is equally disposed toward every living entity. In that state he attains pure devotional service unto Me.](BG 18.54)
They may think that, “I must serve all living entities, because Kṛṣṇa has given me the means, so I’ll try my best to help these living entities.”

This is the beginning of the mad-bhaktiḿ labhate parām. As soon as you become pious, you are in the mode of goodness, and in that situation, mad-bhaktiḿ labhate parām. You will be parām. You will be transcendental. Always we are dealing with the living entities; our vision to see the living entity completely changes and this gives us tremendous boost to our devotional service. Then devotional service is not limited in chanting alone or studying Bhagavad-gītā alone or going through Bhāgavatam alone or going to the temple alone, but 24 hours a day, our work also, our prescribed duty also, becomes the devotional service. This is a secret of studying the scriptures. Why are we looking to this first verse? Because we want to have the broad attitude of the devotional service. Devotional service being non-different from Kṛṣṇa, it should be broad; it should be all pervading and should be easily performed. That must be there, otherwise it cannot be non-different to Kṛṣṇa. Please remember that devotional service is a process through which we can go to Kṛṣṇa. mad-bhaktiḿ labhate parām. In these transcendental matters the process and the destination is non-different.
In material life the process and destination is different. Suppose you want to become an engineer. Then going to the college is a process. Going to the college is not becoming engineer. You can become engineer, this process is correct, but they both are different. Whereas in transcendental matters Kṛṣṇa and the process to go to Kṛṣṇa, they are all one, it’s Kṛṣṇa, that’s why chanting is Kṛṣṇa. Our prescribed duty, we are dealing with the living entities with all the merciful attitude, and that’s why it becomes a devotional service and as soon as it is the devotional service, then your prescribed duties are there no doubt, but you are performing through the different vision, and because you are performing your own duty through a different vision, it becomes devotional service, and if it becomes devotional service, means non-different from Kṛṣṇa. We are very careful to perform your own duty. sva-dharmea [SB 11.18.44] It is not rejected in the pages of Bhāgavatam or in the pages of our literatures. We cannot stop the activities. The consciousness that is there should be changed, that’s it. As soon as your vision becomes more auspicious, you own work you enjoy. You don’t look to the return only then. Return is coming, it is automatic. It is coming. And this is how the prescribed duty from the other materialistic people, you are completely different. And this helps you to perform your activity as a devotional service and in full consciousness of Kṛṣṇa. And the activities becomes completely transcendental, and at the same time whatever bit of return is coming you can maintain yourself or carry on these transcendental activities or whatever. This is the main difference in understanding the scriptures from the material view and the transcendental view. Always we have to go to the transcendental Lord, so our vision must be transcendental. And unless we go through this way, our duties become… our prescribed duties, becomes burden on us. Then it becomes a drudgery.


The materialists; the materialistic mind, always is fed up to perform these activities.

The first thing they say “I am fed up.”, in the morning.
He is coming in the morning and he shouts, “I am fed up about this”.
Aare man! You are just now coming, why are you fed up?” 
“I don’t know, really I am just fed up. Forget about it.”


This is the attitude. Whereas a devotee goes, never utters this word “I am fed up”

At four O’clock, get up and you are completely fresh. Then we try to perform some seva, our own activities, and never there is a disgusting attitude. There is no frustration. Frustration is completely absent. And as soon as frustration is absent, the society goes on very smoothly. The interaction is very smooth, because we are having interaction with other people 24 hours a day. And these interactions instead of agitating our minds, it soothes our minds. This is the difference between a devotional attitude and the materialistic attitude. We people, fortunately, belong to the Vedic culture, or maybe from Bharat, we have completely changed ourselves. And this change is a welcoming change. And because we don’t understand these things, so we forsake our own best traditions, and go for some obnoxious traditions. This, never do please.

This is what Prabhupāda meant, that you come to this point, ours is a gem. Kacha artham visham ratnam, Kacha artham for the piece of glass we have forgotten our own ratnam, our own jewel. This is our jewel. It gives you the intricacies to perform these activities in a Kṛṣṇa Conscious way. And this was not to be insisted few years before even, what to talk about other yugas. This is the main thing to be understood. And as soon as we understand these things, our life, we are helpless to change. We must change. And as soon as we come to this point, the starting point we already have.

[Maharaj sings]
Hare Kṛṣṇa Hare Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Hare Hare

Hare Rāma Hare Rāma Rāma Rāma Hare Hare


…and whole life becomes mangal. krsneti magala nama. Yasya Vachi Pravartate. Kṛṣṇa - iti magala nama. Yasyavachi pravartate.

krsneti mangalam nama yasya vachi pravartate

bhasmibhavanti tasyashu mahapatakkotayaha
[Those whose speech resound the auspicious name Shree Kṛṣṇa, immediately burn a million great sins.](Vishnudharmotar Purana)
On whose tongue this name is dancing, mangal, auspicious name, jayas tesam labhas tesam.
labhas tesam jayas tesam kutas tesam parabhavah

yesam indavara syamo hrdaya stho janardanah
[For those who have Janardana, whose complexion is that of a blue lotus, within their hearts, there is all gain and victory and no defeat in any enterprise.](Pandava Gita)
Everywhere he gains, everywhere he is gloried. kutas tesam parajaya. He does not have any defeat. And this is the consciousness we are running after, through the pages of Bhāgavatam. Always we have to touch the material life and try to improve ourselves so that so that really we can glorify Kṛṣṇa though out the pages of Bhāgavatam.


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