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Chant and be regulated

[The following is the 2nd part of the 3rd day of Bhagavat Saptah given by His Divine Holiness Srila Mahavishnu Gosvami Maharaj recorded on 1st October, 2001 in Sydney Australia.]

 

Hare Kṛṣṇa Hare Kṛṣṇa



Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Hare Hare

Hare Rāma Hare Rāma

Rāma Rāma Hare Hare
Lord is the cause of all causes

[These Puruṣa avatara also we have seen, Kāraṇodakaśāyī Visṇu is there, then Garbhodakaśāyī is there, then Kāraṇodakaśāyī is there, so where did all these came from? O Brother, there can be only one factory owner, and there are his managers, assistant managers, laborers, all get appointed by him. He himself is not there, only via his directions everything moves. Similarly this is His factory. His is the only owner. He has invested everything, and this has been explained very nicely in the pages of Bhāgavatam. And in Bhagavad-gītā also the four seed verses are there, in that the first verse.]



ahaṁ sarvasya prabhavo

mattaḥ sarvaṁ pravartate

iti matvā bhajante māṁ

budhā bhāva-samanvitāḥ

[I am the source of all spiritual and material worlds. Everything emanates from Me. The wise who perfectly know this engage in My devotional service and worship Me with all their hearts.](BG 10.8)

[First word is this, ahaṁ sarvasya prabhavo. All this is happening because of me [Krishna]. matta sarva pravartate, everything is emanating from Me. And iti matvā, those who know this, bhajante māṁ, they worhip Me [Krishna]. We are not mad that we are worshipping Him. In the beginning of Bhagavad-gītā itself He has told that “I am only the root cause”. It’s me, so catch my feet feet. And at the end of Bhagavad-gītā he has ordered sarva-dharmān parityajya (BG 18.66). You have created these separate dharmās please leave those, mām eka śaraa vraja. In the same way, when He had to He create the material manifestation, so he just thought over, because, living entities, already they have the fruitive desires. Those with fruitive desires lie in the stomach of Kāraṇodakaśāyī Visṇu and they have to get out of there always.]

Lord Brahma struggles to find the truth

[So that the living enties like us get a chance to recognize Bhagavān and get out of this [material world] that is why He first created Brahmaji. From Kāraṇodakaśāyī Visṇu came Garbhodakaśāyī came, and from the naval of Garbhodakaśāyī the whole material manifestation was situated there.] And from that abdomen, by His arrangement, by His will, the lotus stem come out and the bud was created. And that bud included all the material ingredients, for the creation. And on that lotus flower Brahmā was created, that’s why he is known as Svayambhu. Brahmā was created very nicely. And Brahma is the engineer for all creation. All the jivas are coming from him. And then when he was created, he didn’t know what is happening, because he was all alone, it was all dark, and unlimited water was there, he didn’t know what is the lotus flower, where is he coming from, why is he sitting there? He had so many doubts about it. [There were so many doubts in Brahmā ji’s mind, that he could not find what is all this.] Then he tried to enter on His own, into the stem of the lotus flower, for millions of years he went down, and even then he could not find the root cause. On his own, on our own strength we cannot find out. Then he came up again, completely fed up. He didn’t know, what is to be done. And there was a voice, there, divine voice. And that voice gave him two words, ta-pa, ta-pa, ta-pa. And that is tapa. Without austerity we’ll not be able to find, perform the austerity. Then for many many years, celestial years, long long time, Brahma was meditating, that who is the cause, find out the cause.


Chant while you can

Here the meditation is very easy, you just chant,



Hare Kṛṣṇa Hare Kṛṣṇa

Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Hare

Hare Hare Rāma Hare

Rāma Rāma Rāma Hare

And continue chanting, and that is meditation. And you will know everything.

Yasmin vignate sarvam

evam vignatam bhavati

[He who takes Krishna’s name, gradually knows everything because as I told you, the essence of śāstras is in this naam smaram [chanting]. There is nothing else. At the time of death, may be Bhāgavatam set is there, Bhagavad-gītā is there, and everything is there, your japa mala is also there. Maybe you will lose capacity to pick up japa mala also. Who knows, within no time this chetan could be withdrawn, by Krishna. At the moment I am able to raise my hands, get up and stand up and I can do everything. Within no time you lose the capacity and the life, our material existence, which is against the regulated principles in your youth, the more you suffer in your old age, that we don’t have any idea. Please, teach your young ones, this truth, that you have to have the controlled life. Otherwise the old age will be very horrible and death will be very painful.



Chapter 17

Respect parents and get their blessings


The devotees ask three things from Kṛṣṇa that please Lord, give me these three things.



Anayasena maranam

vina dainyena jivanam

Dehi me krpaya krsna

Tvayi bhaktimacancalam.

These are things that devotees always ask to Krishna. That please, my maran, my death, should be anayasa, instant. Just now I was here, not there; heart fail is the best way. And if there is no heart fail, you fall down. [laughs] that is also another way, just 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 into some old houses or somewhere. So please this is the first thing they ask, 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. Are 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 more old you become, you speak very loudly aahh aahh aahh [maharajji 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. Eventually he was a doctor you know, 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 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, you know. 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, you know. Don’t worry about me; you just carry on. I am very happy to see you people happy.”

“No, No, for your convenience we are going to rent the house, opposite to our. And we are here. We’ll be coming to you. And we’ll be at ease, whole house will be at your disposal, and newspapers will be there and servants 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, 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 alright 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 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, you know.”

He said, “Thank you son, you are very kind, you know. 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 ” [Audience responding]

This is how, please, don’t reject the parents, this is the main thing. Father should always be respected, mothers should also be respected. And within our own means, and within our 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.
Chapter 18

Lord brahma’s prayers


Atma cannot live independently

This is how, please, come to this conclusion, and we come back to Brahmā. Brahmā eventually found out a way, to construct. And he knew there is a Lord. There is Kāraṇodakaśāyī Visṇu is lying on the bedstead of shesha and he prayed to the Lord and that is the second page we are taking. [Canto] Three, [chapter] nine page. These 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.

[Maharajji 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, Brahmā 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 Brahmā’s instructions. Here he has shown us that how we should never separate Kṛṣṇa from our own heart. You can’t separate; 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 us 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 is 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, 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. [Ātma cannot live independently.] Ātma must be accompanied. [It has to have Paramātmā along with it.] Without Paramātmā, we cannot be alive. This is Supersoul. And He is always there [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. [He sits in our heart] and brahmayan sarva bhutani. He causes us to wander. [We have to wander, he makes us 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 that are 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 Krishna, whether He is one hour old or whether He is 125 years old. Always He is Krishna. As soon as He was born, He was few days old, He could kill Putana. So Kṛṣṇa is always Krishna. And how is that? One bushy Kṛṣṇa is there in south India. And since last so many years he was promising, that I am going to be Krishna, when I will be 75 years old. Now already that time has passed away, now he says in the next birth I’ll be Krishna. Kṛṣṇa doesn’t promise like this. Kṛṣṇa is always Krishna. 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 Krishna, but it can never touch the internal potency. And that’s why scriptures advise us that we are very busy in the external potency.

[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 we are very busy in this.] 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 cannot 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 Krishna, 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, Krishna, Kṛṣṇa Krishna, we are in His internal potency. And that’s why we escape the misery at least till that time. We may not escape, but till that time we are with this, we escape the misery.

Smelling Lord’s lotus feet by the scriptures

And this is what Brahmā says here. ye tu tvadīya-caraṇāmbuja-kośa-gandha [SB 3.9.5]. The lotus flower, Your lotus feet is 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 of the lotus flower of Kṛṣṇa can only be smelled by the ears. kara-vivarai, 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 of the lotus flower. Then we can have the aroma. And His lotus feet it only could be smelled, by śruti-vāta-nītam. And śruti-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, you know, gives examples from Rāmāyaṇa, Mahābhārata and Bhāgavatam and he insists on the name, you know. 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, because so many friends, relatives, other acquaintances, but those who ring us or send email now, then we reply immediately, you know. 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 Mahābhārata, you know, Draupadī’s example.



Droupadi ne jab naam pukara, jhat aa gaye ghansyam,

Draupadī said to Him, ‘You are late in coming’

He said: “Mata, I am not late, you called me late.” Because she wanted to see Bhīṣma, that Bhīṣma may deliver, from this misery, then Bhīṣma could not do anything, he just looked down. Then she looked to Droṇācārya, then Droṇācārya also …Then five husbands… completely gone. And then she started calling Krishna, 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, you know.

Jal dubata Gajraja pukaro,


Aaye adhe naam
Just he could not speak out, Gajraj 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 not speak out even, but then just adha-naam you know, 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 not 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 you know.

Story: Compassionate sadhu and horse thief

There was one sadhu in one village, so village people gave him very nice cottage, and nice sleeping arrangement and he was chanting Krishna’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, you know, or Mercedes car may be. So every day sadhu was very pleased, you know, had nice horse. So every day in the evening he will go out and come back and again continue his devotional service, you know.

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 lied down on one side of the road.

And 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, the thought “He can’t walk, let me help him. As it is the horse is for everybody.(you know).”

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 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 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 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 There is very nice bhajan also, you know, gives examples from Rāmāyaṇa, Mahābhārata and Bhāgavatam and he insists they will work out. Kuntīdevī 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. Within misery we chant very nicely.

 

Story: Within misery we chant very nicely


You know 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 you know. 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 these, I don’t think it would take off you know. 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 danger was in flight. I never chanted my rounds that nicely, again. [laughs]

The meaning is, if we really see the danger, we are really are very engrossed. 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 danger, 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, ONLY Krishna. ananya-cetāḥ satatam yo māṁ smarati nityaśa. Those who remember Me nityaśa , you know, regularly, every day, every moment of their existence, if they can. ananya-cetāḥ satatam yo māṁ smarati nityaśa Those who always remember Me, tasyāha sulabha 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 Krishna? So many people died. Where is Krishna?” Kṛṣṇa is there, but we are not there with Him. As soon as there is ananya-cetāḥ, and nityaśa, regularly we are with Him, then tasyāha sulabha pārtha nitya-yuktasya yogina. 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 Kali yuga and laziness is another name of the mental concoction. Our mind is fertile. It will try to drag you away from Krishna’s lotus feet. Bring it again and again to lotus feet. And 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 in the pages of scriptures, so that you will have un-deviated attention to the lotus feet of Krishna. And that is what this Gajraj 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 Raam
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

Bina pull ke Rama

Kuud gaye Hanuman usi ko

Leke Hari Ka naam
nāma is more powerful. Hanumān took the help of the name, and just within a step he was in Lanka, you know.
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 it 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 or this or that 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 Krishna.
I am sitting here because I am worried about prasādam. I am very much attracted. “Now it is prasādam time, I must stop.” You know. Because, I am here for prasādam, I don’t know about you. You are all unflinching devotees of the Lord. You don’t come for prasādam. prasādam is byproduct for you. For me it is the main thing ..because I am not a devotee. This is the main thing. We are all attracted by prasādam you know. “O, let us go to the hall, nice prasādam he is serving, and have change of air and change of prasāda you know.” 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.
Chapter 19




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