Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare / Hare Rama Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare It was not loud enough [with audience chanting]
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare / Hare Rama Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
Gaura Premaanade Haribol (3) / All Glories to the assembled devotees (3)
All Glories All Glories to Srila Prabhupada
Before we start to think about Srimad Bhagavatam, it is essential that we should understand the importance of this month which is very correctly known as Purushottam maas [month]. It reminds us that our Vedic calculation; they are very precise since ancient times. Our years, our months, days are very nicely divided. And we very well know in which part of the day, which part of the month we can perform auspicious activities. Which time is very auspicious and which is not auspicious. But since we depend upon computers and etc for these calculations, we realize our calculations go wrong. We remember in our childhood that Brahmin used to come and he will forecast about the weather –rainfall, etc. and it was quite correct. Now we hear weather report from all over the world and it is completely wrong and fat salaries are paid. Our Brahmin was very happy if he gets four annas or something. The life was very simple. In every dealings money was completely absent. That was the blessing. Since, the whole thing is gold standardized, they call it gold standardized, and since then the difficulties are increasing. The name is very nice to hear “Gold Standardized” and in our hand there is a paper. It’s nothing. I remember that in our India, rupee was there and it had exactly the 1 rupee symbol in it and we had gold coins also. Now we don’t have anything in our hand and the name is very big “Gold Standardized”. The whole thing is going in completely wrong direction. And day by day in transactions particularly, they are cheating. There are no commodities and they buy and they sell. I do not know what they buy and what they sell. And because there are no commodities they lose so much.
What is our duty in this age?
Anything happens in the world and we are at the risk of losing our riches. It is very pitiable condition that we have left for our own original economic standards. We depended upon the farming and the cows. Remember what ever happened in our world economy, we were not affected at all. That is the Vedic culture. At the moment, please, just peacefully think what situation we are in. We are very busy working everywhere, in India and outside equally. In foreign countries you are very busy and we don’t have time and really seriously if you think, what work are we doing? It’s no productive work. Product means you must grow, there is produce, and from produce the word product comes. How many of us are producing anything? We are not producing at all. Very busy in work and I don’t know what work and there is no product. Soon the time is coming, when we will have all this computer and high rise building and so forth, and rice will be absent. We are not producing anything. We have to depend for our essential things on other people or they try to grow, they try to farm, so it’s all artificial farming. Because few people are farming, the rest of the population is very busy in non-productive work. Seriously, we have to think about it. Suppose war breaks out and the continents cannot send to each other the grains or this that, we will be starving. This was not the case before even 50-60 years. Every village was producing plenty of grains. The things are getting to this level. The question that comes before us is that what is our duty in this age? We cannot stop the work which we are doing. We cannot go to the farming may be, but one thing we should try to understand, that in these times particularly, it becomes our pious duty to live for our own ancient teaching and to the best of our capacity we may try to mold our lives. If you cannot mold, at least you please introduce this swadhaya- that is study, of may not be of all of scriptures but at least, of Bhagavad-Gita.
How to become very simple?
We have in our news media, we have BBC you know, British Broadcasting Corporation? Any news broadcast by the BBC is regarded as authoritative. We also have our BBC! Please take help of our BBC and think over it. Our BBC is Bhagavad-Gita, Bhagavatam and Chanting. Minimum we should start to follow this BBC. Then we have AC- Air Condition everywhere. We cannot bear cold, we cannot bear heat. So we have to have the air condition offices, air condition premises. That is harmful again. It consumes so much energy. Everywhere in Dubai, there are so many people there, they cannot survive without AC. Here also you may be accustomed to it. The less we touch that AC its better for us. We want AC no doubt– as we have our BBC, Bhagavad-Gita, Bhagavatam and Chanting, the same way we have A C and that is Abhay Caran – our Prabhupada’s name. You please buy some small books written by Prabhupada and always study. At least you should start doing this in order to mold your life. I am sure that you’ll get light from even a small book and slowly you will develop the taste to go through our big volume that is Bhagavat-Gita and Bhagavatam, etc. These things have got to be done. These things you please begin knowingly or unknowingly you will become very simple.
First thing you will change is you will change your dress. It is very easy phase. Very simple - we can put on dhotis or kurtas or whatever, outside for work you may keep some suits or something. But please life should be very simple. As soon as you understand these things, then it brings us to the importance of this month.
How Purushottam month became auspicious?
This month depends upon the difference of the calculation between the Candra Varsh they call i.e. the moon year. Every month moon is revolving around our planet and takes certain set time. In the same time, twelve times it revolves and that is known as Moon Year, Chandra Varsh and side by side again there is another movement i.e. Sun movement. Our planet moves around sun within a year. That is known as Surya Varsh. Now these two movements have different timings. If you think about the moon year, 12 times it goes around the planet. Definite minutes and seconds are given about this movement. It is 354 days 8 hours 48 minutes and 33.55 seconds. Up to the seconds the calculations is given. This is very correct calculation. You should remember the 354 days 8 hours 48 minutes and 33.55 seconds. This is Candra Varsh- Moon year. Then we have Sun year, Surya Varsh. It takes us again 365 days, 48 minutes 47.5 seconds. This is the length taken by the Sun. This is how there is a difference between these two years. So, if they are allowed to continue like this, then the difference will widen. So they have their own way to make up for this difference and that’s why after every 32 months and 16 days, they add additional month, and this additional month is the extra month. That is why it is known as Adhikmaas. And the beauty is that we may not know, but we are completely controlled by the demigods all the time. That’s how our 12 months have its own demigods, but this month being extra, it does not have any demigod. So this month is without owner and that’s why it was regarded as inauspicious time. And because it was regarded as inauspicious time, no auspicious activities were performed during these thirty days of extra month. So this Adhik maas was feeling like anything left, they call it Mall maas, inauspicious month. So eventually he [the month personified] surrendered to Krsna, Purushottam. Krsna was very merciful to this month.
He [Krshna] said “As people get extra time during your month, so now you are mine because you are surrendered to me.”
As soon as we also sincerely try to surrender to Krsna, He gives us everything. In Ramayana it is very nicely said, sukruk eva prapanna oyat tava asmi iti achate. This is our duty. Sincerely we should go the Krsna or Raam and just sincerely tell him, “tava asmi”, “I am yours, please look after me”. “tava asmi iti achate” because this achana is begging themselves in front of the Supreme Absolute Truth, Krsna. “tava asmi iti achane”, “Abhayam sarvada tasmai dadami etad druta mama”. This is drutamuttama mama, this is my vow He says, that as soon as living entities surrenders I give him fearlessness, abhayam. And the same way, when this month also surrendered to Krsna, He made him fearless.
“Don’t worry about it. Henceforth, you will be known as Purushottam maas, and because you don’t have any demi-gods, to look after you, so I myself will look after you.”
This is how this month immediately, was being recognized by Krsna became very auspicious. What is that verse in Bhagavad-gita.
api cet su-duracaro / bhajate mam ananya-bhak
sadhur eva sa mantavyah / samyag vyavasito hi sah[Even if one commits the most abominable actions, if he is engaged in devotional service, he is to be considered saintly because he is properly situated.] (BG 9.30)
Krishna has very clearly said that “Maybe he is a durachari, his behavior is very inauspicious, even then, bhajate mam ananya-bhak, without deviation if that durachari, if he worships Me, sadhur eva sa mantavyah, he should be regarded as sadhuh.”
However sinful we may be, it does not matter, but because we have come to Krsna, the whole thing becomes immediately auspicious. Why He says that? “samyag vyavasito hi sah. He is very equally situated with Me, it is My duty now to make him completely auspicious living entity.”
How to get manifold result from our pious activities?
The same way this purushottam maas was given special benediction that anybody who gives charity, who chants something, who sacrifices something, he will have the manifold result out of his pious activity. That’s why it was very nice of these boys to organize this harinaam sankirtan. Here we are trying to understand Krsna and we try to follow the instructions of Purushottam in this month. We must be getting manifold results out of it. It does not matter who speaks, it does not matter who hears. Wherever it is spoken and wherever it is heard, everything is completely purified. Jagat pavitram jannitha karyeshu. In Srimad Bhagavatam, He insisted that as soon as we chant Krsna’s name, Jagat pavitram, it has the capacity to purify and sanctify the whole atmosphere of the whole of universe, what to talk of one town or one continent or one place like this. As soon as you counteract the inauspicious activities, by chanting, I am sure, that they we are getting manifold results out of this.
Don’t waste your valuable human existence
This harinaam is very, very powerful. It is inconceivably powerful. Being non-different from Krsna, it has inconceivable potency. As yet, we have no realization and that’s why in our laziness we keep sleeping. We waste our time and if we are awake, in waking also we talk about so many topics, and we uselessly waste the human existence. Please, this existence is not meant for wasting. It is very, very short existence. In the vast expanse of the unlimited time, how many years are we going to survive? Sixty, seventy, eighty, ninety maybe? Please, please… make best of your existence, and out our whole year which we may have by Krsna’s mercy at our disposal, half of it goes in sleep, then rest of the time, I am sure we have to perform our bodily activities, then again we have to perform for some time for our maintenance activities. Frankly speaking we don’t have anything left. Those who are lucky souls, they may leave the material world and come to this point to just devote the time for these things. But because of the material glamour around us, these living entities also, because we may not be very sincere or are properly guided, so they also feel very tired, and lament then and maybe go back to the material rut. This is the serious situation in this age.
Please you go on doing your own activities, but the same time, don’t waste your human existence only in the material activities. I would earnestly request on behalf of all our scriptures, saints, sages and Prabhupada that “Please, let us use at least fraction of our time to have the pure consciousness.” As soon as, you purify your consciousness, inauspicious things will never touch you.
How to perfect the mind and speech?
Mind is the source of all inauspicious things. It is insisted in sastras, that it should be always full [of rememberance of Krishna]
sa vai manah krsna-padaravindayor / vacamsi vaikuntha-gunanuvarnane
[Maharaja Ambarisa always engaged his mind in meditating upon the lotus feet of Krsna, his words in describing the glories of the Lord, his hands in cleansing the Lord's temple, and his ears in hearing the words spoken by Krsna or about Krsna.](SB 9.4.18)
Vaca, [one] should always speak about Krsna. This is the perfection of our speech. This is the perfection of our mind. sa vai manah krsna-padaravindayor. In this way if we can utilize our time in Purushottam maas it will always be with us. We are fortunately already in atmosphere of chanting His names or understanding Srimad Bhagavatam, Bhagavat-gita, etc. This is the time now. It’s not only for seven days. It is very nicely said that, Sunday through Saturday, i.e. seven days. Every time we have seven days. Sunday goes Saturday comes, Sunday comes again, Sunday goes, Saturday comes, so every time we have seven days at our disposal. So Bhagavatam should be recited in seven days. Here we have very fraction of time, only today, tomorrow and day after tomorrow you have holiday. So we discuss here for two-three hours, then rest of the week we have two hours at our disposal. Time is very little. So please make it a point, take some vowin this month. This is the month wherein you should take the vow. You please take the vow that, at least during this month, everyday, one hour, you will devote to remembering Krsna through chanting, Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare / Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
How avoiding mental concoction saves time?
Have beads (if you don’t have) and try to chant mahamantra and don’t think anything else, at least during this month. Make it a point, that we’ll not talk anything about anything else, but we’ll chant Krsna’s names and continue to read something about Krsna. We don’t want to be jyanis, we are not interested. Jyana, knowledge, on its’s own becomes speculative. Suppose I know that early to bed and early to rise is the way to be happy, healthy, wealthy and wise. This is jyana, I know that if I go to bed early and rise up early then I may be healthy, wealthy and wise. This is knowledge. But unless this knowledge is realized, doesn’t have any meaning at all. Only knowledge becomes speculative. Don’t do that please. This speculation must be avoided. It is known in Bhagavat-gita, as mano-gatan, mentally concocted things.
There is a nice verse in second chapter verse number 55, and it gives you clear instruction.
prajahati yada kaman / sarvan partha mano-gatan
atmany evatmana tustah / sthita-prajnas tadocyate
[The Blessed Lord said: O Pārtha, when a man gives up all varieties of sense desire which arise from mental concoction, and when his mind finds satisfaction in the self alone, then he is said to be in pure transcendental consciousness.] (BG 2.55)
He says that those who have steady intelligence and those who have resolved that they will definitely try to recognize the Supreme authority of Krsna and will sincerely try to go to Him, to understand Him, their first symptom is prajahati yada kaman / sarvan partha mano-gatan. mano-gatan is very significant here. Mental concoction we have to completely stop, at least during this month. You should habituate our selves to stop altogether the mental concoction during our lifetime, and you will see that more than half the time is at your disposal, to carry on research about Krsna or chant His names.