As soon as darshan is there it completely transforms your bad ideas to the good ideas. 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.
This Ravana had abducted Sitaji. And he was trying to explain to her that “Raam 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 Kubhakarana. So he went to his brother. He said, “Brother, what to do.” Bother was sleeping. Kubhakarana, 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 [Kubhakarana] 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 Ram’s form, and then Sita will agree. If she sees Ram is there, there is no question of disagreement.”
He [Ravana] said: “You are correct. I many times tried that, but whenever I become Ram, I see Sita as my mother.”
So this is the thing. Our inauspicious tendencies are completely dragged out, just by thinking about Ram. And may not be correct pronunciation also.
Valmiki: Chanting Sincerely
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 par-take my sinful reactions. He came back and surrendered to Narada.
Narada said, “You just chant Ram, Ram, Ram, Ram.”
He [Valmiki] was not able to chant Ram because, the more sinful reactions 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 Rama, Rama, Rama, Rama”.
And for years together, he was chanting, “Mara, Mara, Mara, Mara.” And after twelve years, Narada muni when he passed from that road, from some ant hill, there some sound.
“Rama, Rama, Rama, Rama.”
And then he realized, “Oh that fellow is still chanting.”
And then Valmiki was completely purified, from all the sinful reactions.
How study of scriptures will bring 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 [will] understand the vigrahah of Krsna and the importance of Krsna. And as soon as you are convinced, about these things, then never you will lose your faith, in the supremacy of Krsna. 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 be 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 Krsna’s vigrahah. Thisis the first instruction of Srimad Bhagavatam.
What is the work of a preacher?
Krishna 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. There it’s all spiritual, so how can he have bad relationships. It’s completely absent there. But because we don’t completely understand this point, we are completely misguided and immaturely we talk about gopis, and Radharani and this and that and that 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.
Srimad Bhagavatam Removes 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 Krsna stands completely clear regarding material inebrieties and that’s why he is known as sat-cit-ananda-rupaya. And because his roop, 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 Srimad Bhagavatam. And Kalipadeva 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 Krsna must increase. And always we should remember this sloka, that’s why it is the first sloka written by Vyasadeva in order to introduce Srimad Bhagavatam 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 lust. Lust, greed and anger, tri-vidham narakasyedam dvāram [BG 16.21]. As soon as we don’t understand Krsna, we increase these inebrieties and lust is there, anger is there and greed is there and this Krsna insists, tri-vidham narakasyedam dvāram, 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-vidham narakasyedam dvāram nāśanam ātmanah, theywill destroy completely. Your human existence will be completely destroyed by these three inebrieties.
tri-vidham narakasyedam dvaram nasanam atmanah
kamah krodhas tatha lobhas tasmad etat trayam 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)
And these are kaam, krodha and lobha, please leave them for good. And this is the clear instruction of Bhagavad-gita. 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, you know, with a begging bowl. I don’t know, have you seen in India, they have the begging bowl, black long thing. So he was showing the begging bowl to Narada muni and he showed to him and 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, you know. Narada muni took out his address of Kuvera, he had diary, you know, computer, you know, [Laughs], put-put-put, he took out the address, wrote a letter line that “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, you know.
He said: “Kuveraji, I have introduction letter from Narada Muni for you.”
So he took the letter and said, “I am sending you, 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 is 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 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 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… you know, this is greed. Please try to limit your things, try to think over these things. Human existence is slipping, awaya, 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.
Darshan leads to freedom from anxiety
sat cit ananda rupaya/vishvad adi hetave trapatyaya vinashaya/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/vishvad adi 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, bhutva-bhutva-praliyate. 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. Every thing [has] to pass through these things. Thinking these things we should remember that, we should understand the transcendental position of Krsna regarding these things. And as soon as you touch the transcendence, one effect is there, na sochati na kanchshati. You don’t lament for anything, you don’t hanker after anything. And as soon as the lamentation is not there, and hankering is not there, you don’t suffer from threefold misery. 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 Krsna, sat cit ananda rupaya, and getting attracted to His form. And 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 sochati na kanchshati, then the result is samas sarveshu bhuteshu. This is the result of understanding Krsna.
How to avoid drudgery of work?
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 hospital, or let me dig some well for the water, or let me do this, let me open school, some food distribution, someway, this charitable attitude. Why?
brahma-bhutah prasannatma na socati na kanksati
[brahma-bhutah -- being one with the Absolute; prasanna-atma -- fully joyful; na -- never; socati -- laments; na -- never; kanksati -- desires; samah -- equally disposed; sarvesu -- to all; bhutesu -- living entities; mat-bhaktim -- My devotional service; labhate -- gains; param -- transcendental.]
[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)
Because samas sarveshu bhuteshu. They may think that all living entities, I must serve, because Krsna has given me the means, so I’ll try my best to help these living entities. And this is the beginning of the mad bhaktim labhate param. As soon as you become pious, you are in the mode of goodness, and in that situation, mad bhaktim labhate param. You will be transcendental entity. And you will always be 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 Bhagavat-gita alone, going through Bhagavatam alone or going to this temple alone, but 24 hours a day, our work also, our prescribed duty also, becomes a 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 Krsna, 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 Krsna. Please remember that devotional service is a process through which we can go to Krsna. mad bhaktim labhate param. 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 Krsna and the process to go to Krsna, they are all one, it’s Krsna, that’s why chanting is Krsna. 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 is 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 Krsna. We are very careful to perform your own duty. Vishva dharmena. It is not rejected in the pages of Bhagavatam or in the pages of our literature. We cannot stop the activities. The consciousness that is there should be changed, that’s it. As soon as you 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 Krsna. And the activities becomes completely transcendental, and 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 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. They will come 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 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 tradition. This, never do please. This is what Prabhupada 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 intricacy to perform these activities in a Krsna 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.
Hare Krsna Hare Krsna
Krsna Krsna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
And whole life becomes mangal. Krsnaaity mangal nama. Yasyavachi pravartate.Krsna - iti mangal nama. Yasyavachi pravartate.
On whose tongue this name is dancing, mangal, auspicious name, jayas tesam labhas tesam. 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 Bhagavatam. I couldn’t do much justice, today also, to discuss the glorification, but always we have to touch the material life and try to improve ourselves so that so that really we can glorify Krsna though out the pages of Bhagavatam.