[O my Lord, Sri Krsna, son of Vasudeva, O all-pervading Personality of Godhead, I offer my respectful obeisances unto You. I meditate upon Lord Sri Kṛṣṇa because He is the Absolute Truth and the primeval cause of all causes of the creation, sustenance and destruction of the manifested universes. He is directly and indirectly conscious of all manifestations, and He is independent because there is no other cause beyond Him. It is He only who first imparted the Vedic knowledge unto the heart of Brahmaji, the original living being. By Him even the great sages and demigods are placed into illusion, as one is bewildered by the illusory representations of water seen in fire, or land seen on water. Only because of Him do the material universes, temporarily manifested by the reactions of the three modes of nature, appear factual, although they are unreal. I therefore meditate upon Him, Lord Sri Krsna, who is eternally existent in the transcendental abode, which is forever free from the illusory representations of the material world. I meditate upon Him, for He is the Absolute Truth.](SB 1.1.1)
satyaḿ paraḿ dhīmahi (2) arjuna uvāca
kṛṣṇa kṛṣṇa mahā-bāho
tvam eko dahyamānānām
apavargo 'si saḿsṛteḥ [Arjuna said: O my Lord Sri Krsna, You are the almighty Personality of Godhead. There is no limit to Your different energies. Therefore only You are competent to instill fearlessness in the hearts of Your devotees. Everyone in the flames of material miseries can find the path of liberation in You only.](SB 1.7.22)
Bhay means fear and Abhay he makes us fearless. Our life is very straight forward. There are no corners in it. And because it is without the corners so the dirt cannot accumulate. If the room is straight forward, the dirt cannot accumulate. Our mind because of constant remembrance of Kṛṣṇa is completely clarified of these dirt. And because there is no dirt there is no anxiety, there is no misery at all. The miseries only when your mind has corners and the corners are full of dirt. Please remove the corners from your mind and you will be fearless.
kṛṣṇa kṛṣṇa mahā-bāho
tvam eko dahyamānānām
apavargo 'si saḿsṛteḥ
It is the best meaning, Bhāgavatam, so beautiful scripture with us. Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa maha-baho Please Kṛṣṇa ….extended arms upto the knee…You please, you have the capacity to make us fearless and there is no doubt about this. bhaktānām abhayańkaratvam eko tvam eko. Only one. If you run after others, you cannot have this abhayańkara. tvam eko dahyamānānām, we are completely burning, charred, our bodies are completely charred because of the material anxieties which we have concocted ourselves. There is no misery. It does not have any factual existence. We are all alone all the time. Remember.
[pause …laughs]…alright. There is no fracture. Fortunately wooden floor is there. Anyway…because they were late at night again early in the morning they have to run… after seven days, they wear out..this material body always it has to be replaced.
So anyway. tvam eko dahyamānānām is very good word, because as it is, because it surpasses, so many, innumerable anxieties. Our body is completely burning. It is very difficult, to understand these things. And unknowingly we are burning by the anxieties. Chinta and Chita, there is only one anusvara missing. Only one dot is missing. Chinta has a dot and Chita is without dot. Chita burns the dead body and Chinta burns the live body. So, please somehow or the other get rid of this anxiety.And there is no other way you have to be very feelingly chanting about Krishna’s names. And you please call Him.
sakṛd eva prapanno yas tavāsmīti ca yācate
abhayaṁ sarvadā tasmai dadāmy etad vrataṁ mama
["'It is My vow that if one only once seriously surrenders unto Me, saying "My dear Lord, from this day I am Yours," and prays to Me for courage, I shall immediately award courage to that person, and he will always remain safe from that time on.'](CC Adi 22.34)
“You just do one thing, that you come to Me”, he says. sakrd, you do all the pious activities, do all the straight forward, pious activities. Be a straight forward gentleman, and then, tavāsmīti ca yācate, and you just tell me that “I am yours.” That’s it. “Surrender to me, I am Yours”. And abhayaṁ sarvadā tasmai dadāmy etad vrataṁ mama, dadāmy, I give them fearlessness. “That is my vrata. That is my vow” he says, and he never deters from His vows. And that’s why, he is known as avaya, He is completely fixed in His promises. We may deter, because we are limited in capacity. He is unlimited, you know. Because of His unlimited ananta nature he can vanquish our anxieties and miseries within a second. And that is the purifying agent.
Can we follow on Srila Prabhupada’s footsteps for a while?
The more you hear about Him; you are hearing since last seven days at least, for one or two hours we are speaking from here. This time is not enough really. We have just given you the sample of the taste. Otherwise real discussion is completely absent. And this is, you please understand, you have Bhāgavatam sets with you, you have Prabhupāda books with you, please go through them. Don’t waste human existence. We are extremely lucky to be near Prabhupada’s time. He just gone before thirty years, so we definitely know that he was here, we have met him, we have talked with him, we have seen his own power. We definitely believe that. Suppose 100 years go, and our children and grandchildren and great great great grandchildren, they will not believe that such a man can exist. Because, within eleven years, how can you write 100 books and these are not ordinary novels. It’s all scriptures translations. All the scriptures are given in a very nice easy language for us conditioned living entities, to understand. And not only that, but travelled around the world for 10-14 times, and established 100 temples and after 70 years of age, when we cannot get up even. He was cooking when he started the center in America. Even now the place is there in downtown and he used to prepare bucketful of rasagullas, and these hippies will come and put rasagullas, [mimicks]. He fed them. He fed them. How could he convert them, I don’t know really. Didn’t know anybody, did not have any money with him. Only kartal was there, Hare Kṛṣṇa mahamantra, few one or two three books Bhāgavatam books, first parts were there. Nobody could believe. Because, tvam eko. He just caught hold of eko, only. He knew that whatever anxieties I have, He will take care of it. And he completely left everything behind him, and just concentrated on propagating Kṛṣṇa Consciousness.
Can we follow on his footsteps for a while? Please you go on doing your own prescribed duties. Prescribed duties should never stop. But the same time, whatever time you spare, please with all your might, utilize it for spreading Krishna’s names, and before you spread, you must be fiery with the Krishna’s names. That is Tvameko Daiva Mananaam. And these bodies, always otherwise, it will be charged by different anxieties. Anxieties will pounce on you. As soon as Kṛṣṇa is absent, kaliyuga anxieties are on our shoulder. tad dinaath, kaliaayaat aha. Svam tatva, he left the planet, and svapadam gataha, and he went to his own abode, and tad dinaat, and from that day, Kaliyuga has come. If you reestablish Kṛṣṇa in your own life, then Kaliyuga will never touch you. With all the anxieties around at the moment, the whole world is shivering by the anxieties. So, please, there is no way out of. It is in our hands, to find out any remedy. There is no remedial in measure, only answer is constant recitation of Bhāgavatam, understanding the principles and putting into practice. On our might we can’t do anything. Hriranyakashipu was so very tall that he was touching the clouds and he was the owner of all the heavenly planets and everybody. The demigods were shivering before him. And even then he was defeated by Krishna. So please, such a powerful Lord is in our hands, just is the matter of devoting some time, and just getting into it. Thoroughly please purify your existence.
Why one should take the path of apa-varga and not the pa-varga?
And then he says, “I am there apavargo 'si, I’ll liberate you. samsrteh, from samsrteh, from all these samsarictroubles, I’ll definitely liberate you. And apavargo 'si [SB 1.7.22], please understand. Pa varga. We all know Hindi, you know, or Marathi or Gujarati or whatever language. We have the vovels and consonants. So we think about the consonants.
Ka, kha, ga, gagha, anaga
Ca, cha, ja, jha, iya
Ta tha, da, dha, na
Na, tha, da, dha, na
Pa, pha, ba, bha, ma
This pa varga it is known as. It is the pa class, there are five letters. Paa, pha, baa, bhaa, maa. This is known as pa-varga. And pa-varga, all these letters are characteristics of the material life.
Pa means parishram.
Since we were in the womb of our mother, unsurpassable parishram we have done. Just to survive ourselves and grow, in that small place so much labor we had to do. I don’t know how we survived? It was only Krishna’s mercy that we are seeing the light outside. Otherwise, it was impossible to grow in that completely locked up place and full of urine and stool and what not. How we survived? That is parishram. And again after two months, the heart beat started. When the woman is pregnant for two three months, you can hear the heart beat of the child. Since then, our heart continuously is pumping out the blood and collects…Its non-stop, if heart stops, Raam bolo bhai Raam. There is no annual holiday for heart. This is the parishram.
Then as soon as the living entity comes out again the parishram starts. He has to get used to the hostile atmosphere, because he was all the time habituated to be in the womb of the mother, and naturally fed through the intestines. And then, as soon as he comes out, he has to get adjusted to the hostile atmosphere. Then maya illusionary energy, again father, mother, aunts, brothers, sisters, everybody comes “Hey, hello, hello, hello”, “everything is fine, he, he, he”. Then he recognizes his father, recognizes his mother, and he has to be fed. Maybe he has some aches or pains or maybe he is hungry. He cries then. Except crying there is nothing. How much struggle it is? And suppose he cries, we think that he is sick. So we pour the medicine into his mouth. And he wants the food. Can’t tell anything. How much struggle it was, just a baby, you know, to grow. Then poor fellow just grows a year or two, then kindergarden. That’s our advancement and this advancement kills you because he wants to play with his mother. He wants to be near his mother.
And we are very advanced. Australia, has many big houses, “so how big is your house?”, he says “five bedrooms”, “hey how big is yours?” …”10 bedrooms”. Then, child as soon as he is one and half year. He should be accustomed to sleep alone. The fellow wants to be with mother. And under the name of advancement, “O he should be habituated to stay alone”, you throw him into the bedroom. This is our child’s bedroom full of all teddy bears.
We were in America somewhere in the desert, and one doctor’s house we stayed, and I was given the child’s room. This was real punishment. Thousand teddy bears were there. As soon as you open the eyes, “teddy bear” consciousness. And I told them “Why are you putting me in child’s room bedroom.” He said: “We want to purify that room.” [laughs] For that purification I was completely punished. Children want to be with the mother, never separate them. They will become mental. That’s the reason. And then we call, “this child from the beginning he is a problem child”. I told he is not a problem child, you are a problem father. You cannot do without his mother, but one and half year child should be separated. Man, can you imagine our foolishness. This is parishram. Children are punished like anything by us, and we claim that we love them. And we don’t love at all.
Then school are there, then examinations are there, studies are there, the tuition are there, this and that. Somehow or other he may complete the course do something. Then again to find the job is a big problem. If at all he finds out the job, again the natural disasters are there, like we had in America now. So again the whole world is completely going down the drain. And we are not guaranteeing. Nobody is guaranteed about jobs. We don’t know whether we’ll get the grains from the other countries or not. We are completely in trouble all the time. This is parishram. This is the first sign of the material existence, and this can only be mitigated by un-deviated devotional service unto the lotus feet of Krishna. Otherwise it can never be mitigated.
Nothing is in our hands. These steamers are bringing our goods to Australia. They are not in our hands. Who fills in the oil there? From where the oil comes? How they are taken here? And we get ready made things here. Nothing is in our hands. As soon as there is something wrong, Kṛṣṇa is keeping everything in his own hands. He can just stop everything and this is parishram. And then so much parishram we have that foam comes out of our mouth. This parishram, because of parishram, always foam, there is pha and then all this parishram do and then there is bandhan, bondage. Poor fellow goes to the school, again bound by the time. He has to go there to the school, he has to put on…he cannot put on his own clothes of his own choice. Red shirt and blue pant and whatever, he looks like a monkey but he has to wear. And in Bombay always it is so very hot, and they have to put the tie. Oh, ho, small children. We are not allowing them to have the air also. “Why?”, “You must put on tie, you are going to English school” “Are bhai, let go to the English school to hell, I want fresh air”. “No, that you can’t have, you have to go to school, foolish don’t go to school”, [maharaji mimicks sound]. He can’t have air, his body wants air, fresh air. This is foolishness. And then as soon as you grow, again, you also have to put on suit. So in order to put on suit we need to put AC, air condition. So whatever air is there in India, nice air is there, now four doors are open, from one side air comes goes out another, where lies the need of AC. But no, because I want to put on suit and that too black suit, in India, Bombay. And completely man boiled in the body. His body becomes roasted. Black suit is there, tie is there, and he can’t remove it because it is etiquette. And then to protect that he has to have AC, again the bills come, he has to have the dishonestly to maintain the whole thing. This is all vicious circle, of the parishram, because we have lost our simplicity. Otherwise formerly, I remember the days, when there was no chair, nothing at all. Some ordinary case was there, in front of wooden case. And he will open, and his diary was there, he will write everything there, whatever he gives what ever he pays. One man will conduct the whole thing and he will sit on a the nice cushion like this, on the ground, no chair, no air, no AC, nothing. We want AC. But we don’t want this air condition. We want Abhay Charan, our Prabhupada, we want that AC, not this obnoxious AC.
Please this is parishram, bandhan. And then with all this bondage and everything, we are always afraid that we’ll lose my job, I’ll lose my business or Australia may drive away from here or where I go in India there is no place, they are cheating, this and that… always afraid. The biggest fear is I may die, I have chronic disease or this or that. Always afraid, all these are the sign of the material life. And then as soon as you are afraid, then the greatest fear again is there, in this condition also, you can’t survive long. Some living entity may stand up and say, [Maharaji mimicks] “O I am alright, don’t worry…”. No, no, no worry, you have to worry. Because you may be having all parishram, you are ready to do that. You may don’t mind foam coming out of the mouth. You don’t mind… we saw yesterday … some horse, some horse in the bank, you know. They only see the horses, dogs and hogs, that’s it. In India we have nice pictures of Kṛṣṇa or something. But here horse. And then there is yellow line, yellow foam was coming out of it. And it’s an emblem. “Horse with the foam” It’s very correct emblem. Those who are working in the bank, they are all horses, and they work so hard that foam comes in, and he is very correct to put the emblem. So we have to be careful to work in those places otherwise, we’ll become horse. And they will just force you to work, so that foam will come out. And that is their emblem. “O jay, horse ki jay”.
Please, this is completely misdirection, we have to save ourselves from all these material things; otherwise you cannot survive. And again mrityu is there. You cannot go in this obnoxious situation also, for long time, and this is pa varga, this is material life. And apa-varga means where there is no parishram, where there is no foam, where there is are bondage and where there is no fear and where there is no death. That is apa-varga, and that is spiritual body. And that is what our goal is. We are not mad to run after the spiritual existence. The spiritual existence is full of all good things and minus all these material things. There is no parishram, we relish, the spiritual activities, we relish. Here you are not getting any money, but even then we are experiencing bliss, which is the main quality of Kṛṣṇa and because we are experiencing Kṛṣṇa that’s why we are here since last seven days. Otherwise what is there? Nothing is here. We are not getting any overtime or $15 an hour or whatever. We are not getting anything. But even then, we crowd around, because something more than that we are getting here. And this is apa-varga
Please study Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam
And this he says
kṛṣṇa kṛṣṇa mahā-bāho
tvam eko dahyamānānām
apavargo 'si saḿsṛteḥ
[Arjuna said: O my Lord Sri Krsna, You are the almighty Personality of Godhead. There is no limit to Your different energies. Therefore only You are competent to instill fearlessness in the hearts of Your devotees. Everyone in the flames of material miseries can find the path of liberation in You only.](SB 1.7.22)
[The material miseries of the living entity, which are superfluous to him, can be directly mitigated by the linking process of devotional service. But the mass of people do not know this, and therefore the learned Vyasadeva compiled this Vedic literature, which is in relation to the Supreme Truth.] (SB 1.7.6)
anarthopaśamaḿ sākṣād bhakti-yogam adhokṣaje, anarth, we have so many anxieties and worries and this and that. upashamam, to mitigate those miseries, saksad, bhakti-yogam adhoksaje, there is no other remedy. The remedy also is prescribed in the pages of Bhāgavatam. And because we don’t have faith in the scripture, because we completely lack faith in the names of Krishna, that’s why are again and again and again and again in a miserable condition.
How nice, lokasya ajaanato, the general populaces don’t understand this. anarthopasamam saksad bhakti-yogam adhoksaje, lokasyajanato …. Please understand the meaning, understand the words and you have the lyric with you. anarthopasamam saksad, because I am understanding this, direct devotional service is a remedy for this.
Kṛṣṇa [says] lokasyajanato. General mass of people don’t know this. And that’s why Vyas Bhagavan, vidvams cakre, he has compiled the Vedic literature. Why the Vedic literature are with us, because he knew that these conditioned souls, will not have time to do anything else, so I must make everything ready for them. And that’s why he has compiled all this, particularly Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam.
This is, please, take some lessons, from these verses and you will be completely happy all the time.
Quality of a devotee is that he picks up the fallen and does not kick
Tvakta Kanchan Gaurangi Radhe Vrindavaneshvari,
Vrishbhanu Stute Devi Pranamami Hari Priye
Vancha Kalpa Taro Bhayasca Krispa Sindu eva ca
Paritanaam pavanebhyo Vaishnavaibhyo namo namah
This is Vaishnava’s description. Not only that Kṛṣṇa has good qualities, but Vaishnavas, try to compete with Krishna. That “hey, you have good qualities isn’t it. I have more than you.”
Vancha Kalpa Taro. That is Kalpa Taro, that is, you sit under a tree (that tree) and you desire and you get it. This is Vancha Kalpa . Kripa Sindu eva ca. Ocean of Kripa, ocean of mercy. And why are we just unnecessarily wasting by bickering and quarrelling, and this and that. Please control your mode of anger, mode of ignorance, never become angry, never, never. Nothing you can do, everything is being done for you. So why unnecessarily make the living entities miserable, more miserable. Whatever they have, they have already.
Kripa Sindu eva ca,
Paritanaam pavanebhyo Vaishnavaibhyo namo namah
Paritanaam pavanebhyo, patit, those who are lower than them they pick them up. They don’t kick them. That is our material nature. That whoever is lower than them, you kick him. No. It’s our duty to [pick them up]…
Surrender to Lord and lovingly sing the verses
Hare Kṛṣṇa Hare Kṛṣṇa
Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Hare Hare
Hare Raam Hare Rāma
Rāma Rāma Hare Hare
This raising hands, in the material world also, when somebody is arrested, he is asked to raise the hands, because he is surrendered. I am surrendering. So please be a criminal, raise your hand.