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 Purusottama māsa, it is very nice, that these boys have organized this yajna. So at least we get to the root of these scriptures. 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. And particulary 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]. 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. I am not seeing all that. I am seeing you sitting here. But these things I think that you have done. Isn’t it? O brother, who am I seeing someone sitting here?


You know you always have 24 hours a day 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 have taken for granted.

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. No living entity can write this. How come we lose our faith?
We are seeing this building, but definitely we 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 definitely we 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 you go to Krishna. This is through the scriptures. And safely we say I don’t believe in Krishna.


“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. 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 saṁśayātmā vinaśyati [BG 4.40] and we should not have any doubt. That’s why these two verses. Please chant after me. It’s beautiful. It’s one in canto 1 chapter 5. These are two verses in those pages. Chant.

Om Namo Bhagavate Vaasudevaya (2)

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)

In 3rd line t
īrtham, ti is long you know “tad vāyasaḿ tīrtham” long short. Always be careful about long and short.


Look, in Hindi din means day. Divas and deen, the meaning is completely different meaning. Din means day. Deen means poor fellow. This is the meaning. And you stop also at the correct point, otherwise the meaning changes, you know. Roko mat jane do. This is the sentence roko mat janedo. Please don’t stop him, let him go. That is the meaning. If I stop wrongly then the meaning changes. Roko! Mat janedo. You stop him, don’t let him go, completely changes. As soon as you have wrong pauses the meaning changes. Please be careful.


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)


What is the difference between atheist and theist?

The meaning is very clear. We just have to remember one word here tad vayasam tirtham. From equivalent we can find out meaning. Tīrtham is the pilgrimage center, and vāyasaḿ means crow, crow pilgrimage center. What is that, rubbish dump? Isn’t it? There is a conference 10, 20 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 conference in that pilgrimage, and their pilgrimage place is the rubbish dump. But those who are habituated to just swim in 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.


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 you know. Atmosphere is completely very good. And those who are atheists they are like crow. If you become like crow you will always enjoy rubbish dump. That is your pilgrim place. So we have to decide whether we want to be swan or crow. The answer is obvious. Isn’t it?

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


[SB 1.5.10 translation gets read out and 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 Prabhupada’s purports also, so 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.

[Maharajji 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, you know. Always Srila Prabhupāda quotes this verse. That literature which glorifies Kṛṣṇa continuously is meant for the revolution, creating a revolution. You know 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?

[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 arrangment that is at 7’0 clock the cup of coffee comes in front of him. This is excessive sense gratification.


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 Krishna’s names.


Hare Kṛṣṇa Hare Kṛṣṇa

Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Hare Hare

Hare Rāma Hare Rāma

Rāma Rāma Hare Hare


How to wake up early?

And till you will go to take rest, you please chant and the sleeping period will be credited as a chanting period. You know we have this experience. [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. 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 grahasta 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. And there is no work is done, some television is on, wife speaks or screams, the child shouts and he shouts back or goes to news papers, viles away time.
You are not from those grihastas. I am not talking about Australian grihastas..[laugh]. Because here I have to stay here and eat, you know otherwise my eating and staying will be finished. [This is fear, great fear it is that when our Viraja Kṛṣṇa will get angry (laughs) I will be out of his house. (laughs)]

[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 Krishna’s names. And you will not feel next day that you didn’t sleep up to midnight. And again to your surprised, you will be able to get up 4’0 clock, 5’0 clock or whatever time we decide to get up. This is how sleepless periods have got to be utilized. One day you will not sleep, 2 days you will not sleep, 3 days you will not sleep, 4th day you will snore like a dog or 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. Yesterday I did not sleep at all.”

“Oh. It’s a horrible thing you will get sick”

And give him the money, come on… 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 Krishna’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 Krishna. 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 the 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. Do not doubt. 


Why kill yourself before death by worrying?

[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) [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”.

The I told  “You spoke the truth” (laughs) “Are you going to stay? I am going to die. Are you going to stay?”]

“No, no, I am also going to die”

[The living entity who, is going to die, how can you cure me from the death? (laughs) I was very helplessly lying on the bed, but I had this much intelligence.]

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

“Alright here”, I told, “you take, and I have an eye on my blood.”

The next day morning she was again came.

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 free country, I mean; 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 the 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 I don’t have sufficient blood, so let me have whatever I have” [laughs]

“There is no answer to your question.”

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

This is how…please, because we don’t trust Krishna, 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.”

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.

And then he said: “John. John. Get up.”

“I can’t get up.”, he said.

“Sit down 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.”

This is a fact.
Chapter 14

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