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śatru-cchedaika-mantraḿ sakalam upaniṣad-vākya-sampūjya-mantraḿ
saḿsāroccheda-mantraḿ samucita-tamasaḥ sańgha-niryāṇa-mantram
sarvaiśvaryaika-mantraḿ vyasana-bhujaga-sandaṣṭa-santrāṇa-mantraḿ
jihve śrī-kṛṣṇa-mantraḿ japa japa satataḿ janma-sāphalya-mantram

SYNONYMS
śatru — enemies; cheda — for destroying; eka — the only; mantram — mystic chant; sakalam — entire; upaniṣat — of the Upaniṣads; vākya — by the words;sampūjya — worshiped; mantram — the mystic chant; saḿsāra — the cycle of birth and death; uccheda — which uproots; mantram — the mystic chant;samucita — accumulated; tamasaḥ — of darkness; sańgha — the mass; niryāṇa — for driving away; mantram — the mystic chant; sarva — all; aiśvarya — for opulence; eka — the only; mantram — mystic chant; vyasana — of material distress; bhujaga — by the snake; sandaṣṭa — for those who have been bitten;santrāṇa — saving; mantram — the mystic chant; jihve — O my tongue; śrī-kṛṣṇa — of Śrī Kṛṣṇa; mantram — the mystic chant; japa japa — please repeatedly chant; satatam — always; janma — of one's birth; sāphalya — for the success; mantram — the mystic chant.

TRANSLATION
O tongue, please constantly chant the mantra composed of Śrī Kṛṣṇa's names. This is the only mantra for destroying all enemies, the mantra worshiped by every word of the Upaniṣads, the mantra that uproots saḿsāra, the mantra that drives away all the darkness of ignorance, the mantra for attaining infinite opulence, the mantra for curing those bitten by the poisonous snake of worldly distress, and the mantra for making one's birth in this world successful.

jihve kīrtaya keśavaḿ mura-ripuḿ ceto bhaja śrīdharaḿ
pāṇi-dvandva samarcayācyuta-kathāḥ śrotra-dvaya tvaḿ śṛṇu
kṛṣṇaḿ lokaya locana-dvaya harer gacchāńghri-yugmālayaḿ
jighra ghrāṇa mukunda-pāda-tulasīḿ mūrdhan namādhokṣajam

SYNONYMS
jihve — O tongue; kīrtaya — chant the praise; keśavam — of Lord Keśava; mura-ripum — the enemy of Mura; cetaḥ — O mind; bhaja — worship; śrī-dharam— the Lord of Śrī, the goddess of fortune; pāṇi-dvandva — O two hands; samarcaya — serve; acyuta-kathāḥ — topics of Lord Acyuta; śrotra-dvaya — O two ears; tvam — you; śṛṇu — just hear; kṛṣṇam — at Kṛṣṇa; lokaya — look; locana-dvaya — O two eyes; hareḥ — of Lord Hari; gaccha — go to; ańghri-yugma —O two feet; ālayam — to the residence; jighra — smell; ghrāṇa — O nose; mukunda — of Lord Mukunda; pāda — at the feet; tulasīm — the tulasī flowers;mūrdhan — O head; nama — bow down; adhokṣajam — to Lord Adhokṣaja.

TRANSLATION
O tongue, praise the glories of Lord Keśava. O mind, worship the enemy of Mura. O hands, serve the Lord of Śrī. O ears, hear the topics of Lord Acyuta. O eyes, gaze upon Śrī Kṛṣṇa. O feet, go to the temple of Lord Hari. O nose, smell the tulasī buds on Lord Mukunda's feet. O head, bow down to Lord Adhokṣaja.

he gopālaka he kṛpā-jala-nidhe he sindhu-kanyā-pate
he kaḿsāntaka he gajendra-karuṇā-pārīṇa he mādhava
he rāmānuja he jagat-traya-guro he puṇḍarīkākṣa māḿ
he gopījana-nātha pālaya paraḿ jānāmi na tvāḿ vinā

SYNONYMS
he gopālaka — O cowherd boy; he — O; kṛpā — of mercy; jala-nidhe — ocean; he — O; sindhu — of the ocean; kanyā — of the daughter (goddess Lakṣmī, who took birth from the Milk Ocean); pate — husband; he kaḿsa-antaka — O killer of Kaḿsa; he — O; gaja-indra — to the king of the elephants; karuṇā — with mercy; pārīṇa — full; he mādhava — O Lord Mādhava; he rāma-anuja — O younger brother of Lord Balarāma; he — O; jagat-traya — of the three worlds;guro — spiritual master; he — O; puṇḍarīka-akṣa — lotus-eyed one; mām — me; he — O; gopī-jana — of the cowherd women of Vraja; nātha — master;pālaya — please protect; param — supreme; jānāmi na — I do not know; tvām vinā — other than You.

TRANSLATION
O young cowherd boy! O ocean of mercy! O husband of Lakṣmī, the ocean's daughter! O killer of Kaḿsa! O merciful benefactor of Gajendra! O Mādhava! O younger brother of Rāma! O spiritual master of the three worlds! O lotus-eyed Lord of the gopīs! I know no one greater than You. Please protect me.

nāsthā dharme na vasu-nicaye naiva kāmopabhoge
yad bhāvyaḿ tad bhavatu bhagavan pūrva-karmānurūpam
etat prārthyaḿ mama bahu mataḿ janma-janmāntare 'pi
tvat-pādāmbhoruha-yuga-gatā niścalā bhaktir astu

SYNONYMS
na — not; āsthā — special regard; dharme — for religiosity; na — nor; vasu — of wealth; nicaye — for the accumulation; na eva — nor even; kāma-upabhoge— for sense enjoyment; yat — whatever; bhāvyam — inevitable; tat — that; bhavatu — let it happen; bhagavan — O Lord; pūrva — previous; karma — my deeds; anurūpam — according to; etat — this; prārthyam — to be requested; mama — by me; bahu matam — most desirable; janma-janma — birth after birth; antare — during; api — even; tvat — Your; pāda-amboruha — of lotus feet; yuga — in the pair; gatā — resting; niścalā — unflinching; bhaktiḥ — devotion; astu — may there be.

TRANSLATION
O my Lord! I have no attachment for religiosity, or for accumulating wealth, or for enjoying sense gratification. Let these come as they inevitably must, in accordance with my past deeds. But I do pray for this most cherished boon: birth after birth, let me render unflinching devotional service unto Your two lotus feet.

baddhenāñjalinā natena śirasā gātraiḥ sa-romodgamaiḥ
kaṇṭhena svara-gadgadena nayanenodgīrṇa-bāṣpāmbunā
nityaḿ tvac-caraṇāravinda-yugala-dhyānāmṛtāsvādinām
asmākaḿ sarasīruhākṣa satataḿ sampadyatāḿ jīvitam

SYNONYMS
baddhena — closed together; añjalinā — with joined palms; natena — bowed down; śirasā — with our heads; gātraiḥ — with bodily limbs; sa — having; roma— of their hair; udgamaiḥ — eruptions; kaṇṭhena — with the voice; svara — sounds; gadgadena — choked up; nayanena — with eyes; udgīrṇa — emitting;bāṣpa — of tears; ambunā — with the water; nityam — constant; tvat — Your; caraṇa — of the feet; aravinda — lotus; yugala — on the pair; dhyāna — from meditation; amṛta — immortal nectar; āsvādinām — who are tasting; asmākam — our; sarasī-ruha — like a lotus growing in a lake; akṣa — O You whose eyes;satatam — always; sam-padyatām — please assure; jīvitam — our livelihood.

TRANSLATION
O lotus-eyed Lord, please sustain our lives as we constantly relish the nectar of meditating on Your lotus feet, with our palms prayerfully joined, our heads bowed down, our bodily hair standing up in jubilation, our voices choked with emotion, and our eyes flowing with tears.

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"The Last Word In Understanding"  BY SRILA PRABHUPADA.

Pradyumna: "Learned transcendentalists who know the Absolute Truth call this nondual substance Brahman, Paramatma or Bhagavan."

Prabhupada:


vadanti tat tattva-vidas
tattvam yaj jnanam advayam
brahmeti paramatmeti
bhagavan iti sabdyate
 [SB 1.2.11]


So the Absolute Truth is realized in three different features, according to the capacity of realization of the Person. Those who are trying to approach the Absolute Truth by exercise of the senses, they can reach up to the point of impersonal Brahman. Those who are searching out the Absolute Truth by meditation, by mystic yogic practices, they can realize the Paramatma feature of the Absolute Truth. And those who are engaged in devotional service, they realize the Absolute Truth as the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

Actually, we have to reach to the point of Personality of Godhead, person. Before that, Brahman realization and Paramatma realization, that is partial realization of the Absolute Truth. Because Krsna says in the Bhagavad-gita, brahmanah aham pratistha. The impersonal Brahman is resting on Krsna. Just like the sunshine. Sunshine is very all-embracing, wide, widely spread all over the universe, the sunshine. But the sunshine is resting on the sun globe. We see the sun globe, localized. It is floating in one corner of this universal sky. But the sunshine is covering the whole universe. That does not mean the sunshine is more important than the sun globe. And if you can penetrate within the sun globe, then you'll find there is sun-god.

That is also mentioned in the Bhagavad-gita, imam vivasvate yogam proktavan aham avyayam [Bg. 4.1]. Krsna says that "This yoga system, bhakti-yoga system, as they are mentioned in the Bhagavad-gita, it was first explained to the sun-god, Vivasvan." The sastra gives us the name of the predominating deity of the sun-god, sun globe. Just like any gentleman can know or give the name of your president, Mr. Nixon. He might not have seen, but he knows that the present president of U.S.A is Mr. Nixon. Similarly, actually, those who are in knowledge, they know who are the predominating deities of the different planets. They know. Not to speak of others, Krsna, who can know better than Him? Vedaham samatitani. Krsna knows past, present, and future. So He's saying that imam vivasvate yogam proktavan aham avyayam [Bg. 4.1]. "This imperishable yoga system, bhakti-yoga..." It is imperishable, avyayam. This very word is very significant. Bhakti-yoga is imperishable. Other yoga systems may be perishable, but bhakti-yoga is not perishable. Whatever you execute in this life, bhakti-yoga, that becomes your permanent asset, so that in the next life you can begin from the point where you ended in this life. If you can finish in this life, cent percent, that is very nice. If not,... Suppose you have finished fifty percent. Still it is permanent asset. It will never be lost. Therefore Krsna says avyayam, inexhaustible. Imam vivasvate yogam proktavan aham avyayam [Bg. 4.1].

So here we find that the Absolute Truth is realized as Brahman, Paramatma and Bhagavan. Bhagavan is the ultimate, the last word in the understanding of the Absolute Truth. Unless you come to the point of Bhagavan, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krsna... Bhagavan means original Bhagavan is Krsna. Krsnas tu bhagavan svayam. All other Bhagavans, They are expansions, plenary or part of the plenary expansion of Bhagavan, Krsna. Krsnas tu bhagavan svayam. So in the spiritual world also one has to go farther and farther until he reaches to the point of Krsna. That is ultimate progress. It is said therefore in the Bhagavad-gita,


bahunam janmanam ante
jnanavan mam prapadyate
vasudevah sarvam iti
sa mahatma sudurlabhah
 [Bg. 7.19]


After many, many births, understanding the Brahman... Brahman understanding is certainly transcendental, but because Brahman is only partial realization of the Absolute Truth, only the eternity... The Absolute Truth is eternal, blissful, knowledgeable, cognizant. So Brahman realization means realization of the eternity portion. Paramatma-realization is knowledgeable. Paramatma knows everything. Paramatma is present in everyone's heart, and He knows everyone's activities. But actual realization, complete realization means ananda, sac-cid-ananda. That ananda-realization is in Krsna-realization. Anandamayo 'bhyasat. Krsna is by nature jolly, always full of bliss. You have seen the picture of Krsna. He's always tri-bhanga-murari, with two hands, with, playing on flute, surrounded by the gopis, enjoying. That is blissfulness.

So brahmeti paramatmeti bhagavan iti sabdyate, step by step. But if you approach Krsna and try to understand Him through devotional service, then automatically you understand Brahman and Paramatma. There is no need of separate endeavor for understanding Brahman and Paramatma. Anyone who knows Krsna, tattvatah, in fact... Krsna says in the Bhagavad-gita,


manusyanam sahasresu
kascid yatati siddhaye
yatatam api siddhanam
kascin mam vetti tattvatah
 [Bg. 7.3]


So one has to know Krsna in tattvatah, as He is. So this tattvatah means accept the process of devotional service. Tattvatah, Krsna as He is, cannot be understood by the other methods, namely by mental speculation or mystic yogic exercises. Krsna cannot be understood in that way. If we want to understand Krsna, then we have to accept the Krsna method, bhakti method. That is plainly spoken by Krsna: bhaktya mam abhijanati [Bg. 18.55]. Krsna does not say that you can know Him by mental exercises or yogic practices. No. Yogi can know... Tad-gatena manasa pasyanti yam yoginah [SB 12.13.1]. Dhyanavasthita-tad-gatena manasa pasyanti yam yoginah. Yogi also, by meditation, they see Krsna. That is real yoga. As it is explained in the Bhagavad-gita, the first-class yogi is he who always thinks of Krsna within himself.


yoginam api sarvesam
mad-gatenantar-atmana
sraddhavan bhajate yo mam
sa me yuktatamo matah
 [Bg. 6.47]


That is first-class yogi.

So you are thinking of Krsna by chanting Hare Krsna because the more you practice, immediately with your chanting, the name, the form, the quality, the pastimes, everything will be revealed. As we go on cleansing our dirty heart by chanting Hare Krsna mantra, and as we chant faultless, offenseless harer nama, Krsna reveals. Sevonmukhe hi jihvadau svayam eva sphuraty adah. By service attitude, if you chant Hare Krsna mantra without any offense, then Krsna will reveal Himself. You cannot try to see Krsna by your speculation or yogic practice. If you simply submissively, surrendering yourself, chant His holy name, there is no difference between Krsna's name and Krsna. Abhinnatvan nama-naminoh. People generally ask that what is the meaning of chanting this Hare Krsna mantra. We explain, you know, chanting of Hare Krsna mantra means immediately, directly associating with Krsna. One has to approach Krsna by yogic practice or mental speculation for many, many births. Bahunam janmanam ante [Bg. 7.19]. They can come to the conclusion that "Here is Krsna." Vasudevah sarvam iti. But if you take to this chanting of Hare Krsna mantra without any offense, then immediately you contact Krsna. You save so much time. Why should you wait for many, many births?

That is the gift of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu. It is in the sastra. Caitanya Mahaprabhu does not give you anything which is not in the sastra. He's acarya, although He's God Himself. He can make sastra. Whatever He does, whatever He speaks, that is sastra. But still, because He's playing the part of acarya, He immediately gives Vedic evidences. That is the way of acarya. Acaryas will never say, "I think." "It is in my opinion." No. Such things are not accepted. No personal opinion. It must be supported by Vedic evidences. That is called parampara system, genuine system of understanding. As Krsna says, evam parampara-praptam imam rajarsayo viduh [Bg. 4.2]. No change. Therefore we are presenting Bhagavad-gita as it is. We do not change. We have no power to change. Then where is the authority of Bhagavad-gita? I am a third-class man, and if I change the statements in the Bhagavad-gita, then where is the authority of Bhagavad-gita? That is going on. Therefore it is practically... You have got experience that there are hundreds of Bhagavad-gita editions in the Western countries, but because we are presenting Bhagavad-gita as it is, our sale is better than all others. He says, "While other editions are dwindling, going down, this edition is coming up." They published our, this present enlarged edition of Bhagavad-gita, fifty thousand in the month of August. They are going to print again, second edition, August, September, October. So the reason is that if we present things as they are, it will be accepted. Without any adulteration. Sometimes, you know, people say that I have done miracles. They say everywhere. But I do not know anything, miracles or magic. If there is any miracle, that miracle is that we present things as they are. That's all. Without any adulteration. So that should be the principle. Present as it is. It will be accepted.

So Bhagavan. Brahmeti paramatmeti. We, we do not present Brahma-jnana. Brahma-jnana automatically comes if one is conversant with the knowledge of Krsna. Then he can understand that this Brahman effulgence is the bodily rays of Krsna.


yasya prabha prabhavato jagad-anda-koti-
kotisv asesa-vasudhadi-vibhuti-bhinnam
tad brahma niskalam anantam asesa-bhutam
govindam adi-purusam tam aham bhajami
 [Bs. 5.40]


So we immediately understand that this brahmajyoti, impersonal effulgence of brahmajyoti is the rays of Krsna's body. Yasya prabha [Bs. 5.40]. Krsna also confirms this in the Bhagavad-gita: brahmano 'ham pratistha. Aham sarvasya prabhavah. Krsna says everything is emanating from Him. The Brahman is also emanation from Him. Paramatma is also expansion of Krsna.

So therefore if you understand Krsna, tattvatah, yo mam vetti tattvatah... Tattva is that Krsna, the Absolute Truth, is originally a person. Nityo nityanam cetanas cetananam. He's the supreme eternal nitya. He's the supreme living being. As we are beings, living entities, Krsna is also living entity. He's not a dead stone. He's living entity. And as we have got all the propensities of living entity, He has got all the propensities of living entity. Here we are pervertedly... A young boy likes to love a young girl. A young girl likes to love a young boy. But wherefrom these natural propensities come? Because it is there in Krsna. Aham sarvasya prabhavah. So there cannot be any question of impersonalism. Because by studying the sample living entity, you can understand the chief living entity. Krsna is the chief living entity, supreme living entity. So we are samples. Whatever propensities we have got, Krsna has also got. But we have got in a limited proportion. Krsna has got unlimited proportion. The... Take the same example. The loving propensity, yupat..., yupatidvan yatha yuna,(?) this is natural. But we may finish... Because it is perverted, we may finish these loving propensities within time and space. But Krsna's loving propensity is not finished within time and space. It is eternal. That is the difference between Krsna and ourself.

So if we actually study Krsna,... The Bhagavad-gita is the Krsna-science, and it is further explained in the Srimad-Bhagavatam. So the Bhaga..., Bhagava..., Srimad-Bhagavatam is explaining in tattva, in fact, in truth, what is Krsna. So if we learn Krsna, if we understand Krsna, then our life is fulfilled. Tyaktva deham punar janma naiti mam eti kaunteya [Bg. 4.9]. This is our only business. Try to understand what is Krsna, what is Bhagavan. Kasmin tu bhagavo vijnate sarvam idam vijnatam bhavati. If you simply try to understand Krsna through authorities, through Krsna, through acaryas, not mental concoction, manufacturing something... Krsna should be understood through the authorities. Krsna's love affair with Radharani should be understood through the authorities. Not that because we see Krsna is just like a young boy, Radharani is young girl, if we see here, it is very nice... Of course, it is very nice, but if we do not try to understand Krsna through the authorities, we shall be misled. Therefore in the beginning one should not try to understand the loving affairs of Krsna with the gopis. Then... Because it appears like ordinary dealings. But if we do not go through the authorities, we shall take Krsna as ordinary boy or man, as it is warned in the Bhagavad-gita, avajananti mam mudha manusim tanum asritam [Bg. 9.11]. Because He's acting just like a young boy, if we do not try to understand tattvatah, vadanti tat tattva-vidas tattvam [SB 1.2.11], in fact, in truth, through the authorities... Because here it is: vadanti tat tattva-vidas tattvam [SB 1.2.11]. Tattva-vit. Yei krsna-tattva-vetta sei guru haya [Cc. Madhya 8.128].

So guru means krsna-tattva-vit, one who knows about Krsna. So Caitanya Mahaprabhu, He explains about Krsna. Krsna explains about Himself. The Gosvamis, Sad Gosvamis, they are explaining about Krsna. And in their parampara system, the acaryas, they are also explaining Krsna. So if we do not go through these tattva-vits, then we'll misunderstand Krsna. Therefore Narottama dasa Thakura says, rupa-raghunatha-pade hoibe akuti, kabe hama bujhabo se jugala-piriti. All of a sudden, if you become a knower of the jugala-piriti, love of Radha-Krsna, then there is chance of becoming fallen. There is chance. So we should... Vadanti tat tattva-vidas tattvam [SB 1.2.11]. We must approach the tattva-vit, one who knows the truth; through them, through him, we should try to understand Krsna. Not simply by

Therefore they're ma..., committing so many mistakes. Even scholars like Dr. Radhakrishnan and others, they're committing so many mistakes. Because they do not go through tattva-vit. There are so many political leaders who are commenting on Krsna's book without knowing Krsna, without any knowledge of Krsna. Just see their impudency. Without knowing Krsna, they want to make trade with Krsna. That is not very good. You cannot make trade commodity, Krsna as trade commodity. You cannot handle Krsna by your whims. Let you be handled by the Krsna's whims. Then you'll be successful. Then... My Guru Maharaja used to say that "Don't try to see Krsna; do something so that Krsna may see you." That is wanted. If Krsna, if you can draw little attention of Krsna, yat karunya-kataksa-vaibhavavatam, kataksa-vaibhavavatam... Prabodhananda Sarasvati says... If you somehow or other you can draw little attention of Krsna, your life is successful. Immediately. And how you can draw? Bhaktya mam abhijanati [Bg. 18.55]. Simply by serving Krsna. Take service, take to service of Krsna, as it is ordered by the spiritual master. Because spiritual master is the representative of Krsna. We cannot approach Krsna directly. Yasya prasadad bhagavat-prasadah **. If you have bona fide spiritual master, representative of Krsna, it is also not very difficult. Everyone can become representative of Krsna. How? If you simply carry the message of Krsna without any adulteration. That's all.

Just like Caitanya Mahaprabhu said, amara ajnaya guru hana, "You become a spiritual master under My order." So if you carry out the order of Caitanya Mahaprabhu, Krsna, then you become guru. Amara ajnaya guru hana. Unfortunately, we do not wish to carry out order of the acaryas. We manufacture our own ways. We have got practical experience how a great institution was lost by whimsical ways. Without carrying out the order of the spiritual master, they manufactured something and the whole thing was lost. Therefore Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura stresses very much on the words of the spiritual master. Vyavasayatmika buddhir ekeha kuru-nandana. If you stick to the order of spiritual master, then, without caring for your own convenience or inconvenience, then you become perfect.


yasya deve para bhaktir
yatha deve tatha gurau
tasyaite kathita hy arthah
prakasante mahatmanah
 [SU 6.23]


This is the confirmation of all authorities. We have to carry out very faithfully the order of the bona fide representative of Krsna. Then our life is successful. Then we can understand Krsna in truth. Vadanti tat tattva-vidas tattvam [SB 1.2.11]. We have to hear from the tattva-vit, not from the so-called scholars and politicians. No. One who knows the truth, you have to hear from him. And if you stick to that principle, then you understand everything very clearly.

Thank you very much. (end)
Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.11 -- Vrndavana, October 22, 1972

Pradyumna: Translation: "Life's desires should never be aimed at gratifying the senses. One should desire to live only because human life enables one to inquire about the Absolute Truth. This should be the goal of all works."

Prabhupada:


kamasya nendriya pritir
labho jiveta yavata
jivasya tattva-jijnasa
nartho yas ceha karmabhih
 [SB 1.2.10]


So we were discussing dharma, artha, kama, moksa. So we have already discussed that religiosity does not mean to gain material gain. We have already discussed, just people go to the church: "God, give us our daily bread." Or, even in temple, they go to ask something, material gain. But actually religiosity's not meant for that purpose. Religiosity is meant for dharmasya apavargyasya. To enter into life of religiosity means to get out of the threefold miserable condition of life, apavarga.

So then dharma-artha, money also we want. Arthasya dharmaikantasya na kamo labhaya hi smrtah. We want money. That's all right. But not for satisfaction of our lusty desires. Money has got its use. Just like in our Krsna consciousness movement we get money also. But we are spending for spreading Krsna consciousness. Our need is very great. People will be surprised what we are expending per month. We have got more than one hundred branches all over the world, and each branch, there is expenditure... In Los Angeles, we spend twenty thousand dollars per month. In New York, we spend ten thousand per..., dollars per month. Or more than that. Similarly, on the average, we spend not less than ten thousand dollars per each branch. But we have got calculation. We, we are spending seventy thousand dollar, dollars per month. So Indian exchange means seven lakhs of rupees. So we need money. And we are getting money also. In Europe, in America, the process of getting money is not the, like here, that I go to any gentleman, "Give us some donation." That is not possible. You cannot enter even one's house without introduction. Then you are trespasser. If you enter anyone's house without permission, he can kill you. This is the law. And every door, there is signboard: "Beware of the dogs." So it is not possible to go and beg, "Sir, give us something." But fortunately, we have published books, about twenty books, four hundred pages each. And we are going on publishing. By Krsna's grace, we are selling books, daily, twenty five thousand rupees. Therefore we are able to spend seven lakhs of rupees per month.

So Krsna gives. My Guru Maharaja always used to speak that "Why should you go and flatter? You should speak plain truth, without any flattering. Money will come." That was his conviction. And... So it is experienced. We have got very, very heavy expenditure. But all this money collected, they are not meant for indriya-priti, not for sense gratification. That is the significance. If we want money for sense gratification, then, according to our destiny, we shall get. Not more than that. Nobody can get more. Therefore Bhagavata says,


tasyaiva hetoh prayateta kovido
na labhyate yad bhramatam upary adhah
tal labhyate duhkhavad anyatah sukham
kalena sarvatra gabhira-ramhasa


So far our sense gratification is concerned, we cannot get money more than what we are destined to get. Otherwise why there are so many people born with silver spoon in their mouth and somebody's born poor? And he's not getting even two times food, working very hard, day and night. So there is a destiny. Destiny we cannot improve. That is already settled up. But you can improve your Krsna consciousness. That chance is there.

Therefore Bhagavata says, tasyaiva hetoh prayateta kovidah. Those who are learned, those who are intelligent, they should devote the life for developing Krsna consciousness. Krsna consciousness is there in everyone's heart, dormantly.


nitya-siddha krsna-prema ‘sadhya' kabhu naya
sravanadi-suddha-citte karaye udaya
 [Cc. madhya 22.107]


Our love for Krsna is there already. But it is covered. It is covered. By the influence of the modes of material nature, it is covered. So this Krsna consciousness movement is nothing but discovering Krsna consciousness. It is already there. But we are giving chance to the people for hearing about Krsna. That's all. All these European, American boys and girls who have joined, they have simply been given the chance of hearing. Ceto-darpana-marjanam [Cc. Antya 20.12]. Actually, if the people are given chance to hear this Hare Krsna maha-mantra, param vijayate sri-krsna-sankirtanam, then gradually the dirty things within his heart becomes cleared, and he can understand what is Krsna. This is the process. We do not ask anybody that "You become Hindu or you become so and so." We simply ask, "Please come and chant with us." This is our program. I began my chanting in New York in a park, Tompkinson Square. Those who are old students... Here is Acyutananda. He's one of the old students. He first of all came and danced. He and Brahmananda. So that is the beginning. He knows what was the beginning. I was sitting underneath a tree like this, and no khol. It was some dundubhi. And I was playing on it from two to five, three hours, chanting. And these young boys and girls with their dogs, with their children, they began to dance. Yes. That was the beginning. Gradually, they became student. Here is... Where is our Hayagriva Prabhu?

Devotee: He's over here, Srila Prabhupada.

Prabhupada: Yes. He's Professor Howard Wheeler. He also met me on the street, but he could not find out a guru. He returned back. Then, when I was going on a street, he found me, and he began to join. In this way, we developed. First of all in New York. Then San Francisco. Then Montreal. So now we have got more than one hundred branches all over the world. So simply by this chanting... And we are known as "Hare Krishna People." Wherever we go, people say "Here are the Hare Krishna People." They respect because we follow strictly the four principles: no illicit sex, no gambling, no intoxication, and no meat-eating. They respect. They become surprised how we can avoid.

So here it is stated, kamasya nendriya pritih. So long we have this body, we have to eat, we have to sleep, we have to enjoy senses, and we have to defend. Ahara-nidra-bhaya-maithuna. These are bodily necessities of life. And they are called kama. So kama is allowed. Krsna says in the Bhagavad-gita, dharma-aviruddhah kamo 'smi: "Which is not against religious principles, that sort of kama is allowed." But not for sense gratification. You can marry. You can beget children. That's all right. But you cannot enjoy sex for enjoyment, for simply enjoyment. No. That is not allowed. You eat, you sleep, you have sex life, you defend. Nothing is forbidden in the sastra, but you must know the aim of your life. The aim of your life is tattva-jijnasa. You should not forget that. Therefore the Vedic system is so organized that people may satisfy the bodily necessities of life, at the same time, he may progress in Krsna consciousness for understanding the Absolute Truth. That is Vedic system. Not one-sided. There is sufficient concession for our sense gratification, but we should not forget our real business of life, athato brahma jijnasa.

This brahma-jijnasa is explained here as tattva-jijnasa, the same thing. Jivasya tattva-jijnasa. This human life... Athato brahma jijnasa means this human life is made for inquiring about the Absolute Truth. Just like Sanatana Gosvami, he inquired from Caitanya Mahaprabhu, ke ami kene amaya jare tapa-traya, "Who am I?" This is also brahma-jijnasa. Because I am part and parcel of Brahman, the Absolute Truth, so I must know myself. So that is the beginning of brahma-jijnasa. Just like Bhagavad-gita begins... Krsna is teaching Arjuna that "You are not this body. You are Brahman." Dehino 'smin yatha dehe kaumaram yauvanam jara [Bg. 2.13]. Asmin dehe, in this body, there is the proprietor of the body. So that is the beginning of brahma-jijnasa. "Who am I?" Ke ami. And without knowing myself, I cannot understand what is Krsna. If I, without knowing myself, I try to understand Krsna, then I shall misunderstand. Avajananti mam mudha manusim tanum asritam [Bg. 9.11]. I shall consider that "He's also a man like me. Maybe a better man or stronger man or richer man. That's all." Because they have no conception of the spiritual identity of self, therefore they misunderstand Krsna as ordinary man.

So we cannot understand Brahman or God or Parabrahman, Supersoul, without understanding the nature of myself. This is called tattva-jijnasa. So jivasya tattva-jijnasa. We should work. Everyone is working, but they are working for sense gratification. Especially in the Western countries. Not only Western countries, Eastern, everywhere. Their aim is how to satisfy or gratify the senses more and more. This is their aim. But that is not the li..., aim of life. The aim of life, especially in the human form of life... We are coming to this human form of life through the evolutionary process, gradual evolutionary process of 8,400,000 species of life, and this is the opportunity to understand "What I am, what is God, and what is our relationship with Him?" If we miss this opportunity, then we are committing suicide. Again I..., we're going back in the cycle of birth and death, and we do not know when again we shall come to this form of human body. So we should not misuse this human form of body. Therefore Narottama dasa Thakura sings,


hari hari! biphale janama gonainu
manusya-janama paiya
radha-krsna na bhajiya
janiya suniya bisa khainu


"Knowingly, I am drinking poison. I have heard that this life is meant for understanding for Absolute Truth, but I am spoiling my life in the business of sense gratification. So therefore I am drinking poison knowingly." Just like somebody takes poison knowingly, that "I, I must die." But he wants to end. So that is not our aim of life. We should properly utilize the opportunity given by nature, given by God. That is required.

So here is the opportunity. Krsna is there. Krsna is speaking. Not that Krsna is not present. Krsna is present by His words. Krsna is absolute. There is no difference between Krsna and His words. The Bhagavad-gita As It Is, they're the words of Krsna. When you read Bhagavad-gita, you should know that you are talking with Krsna directly: krsna-katha. Caitanya Mahaprabhu therefore advises, yare dekha tare kaha krsna-upadesa [Cc. Madhya 7.128]. Krsna-upadesa, krsna-katha, this should be spread all over the world. My Guru Maharaja used to say that "I don't find any scarcity within this world, except Krsna consciousness." Exc... Actually, that is the fact. There is no scarcity all over the world. In India there may be scarcity, but outside India still there are so much vacant places, especially in Africa, in America, in Australia, in New Zealand, that ten times of the population of the whole world can be fed. Still. There is so much potency of producing food grains, milk, and other things. Profusely. In America, they throw away so many grains and vegetables daily. It is simply mismanagement. Otherwise, there is no question of scarcity or poverty. There is no question. It is simply propaganda. Because they cannot manage, the foolish people, they present the population has increased and the foodstuff is not properly supplied. Foodstuff is always sufficient. But when there are demons, the supply is restricted by nature.

That we get information from Prthu Maharaja's history. When there was scarcity, Prthu Maharaja wanted to kill the earthly god, or Prthvi. But she replied that "I have restricted supply on account of demons, because they are not actually executing the purpose of life, Krsna consciousness. Therefore I have restricted." So the more people become non–Krsna conscious, materially conscious, the more there will be restriction of foodstuff. In the Srimad-Bhagavatam, in the Twelfth Canto, it is stated that the end of Kali-yuga there will be no grain supply. Wheat, rice and milk and sugar will not be available. Now it is available still, because still people are little Krsna conscious. For them only. But gradually, the things will deteriorate so much so that almost all supplies will be stopped.

So the fact is that we do not require to, I mean to say, endeavor for finding out food. The food is already there. Jivasya tattva-jijnasa. We should sit down tightly, depending on Krsna... That we have already explained, that this Krsna consciousness movement is going on. We have got heavy expenditure, but Krsna is supplying. This is a fact. None of our boys and girls, they go to office or to factory or they earn. The... In Los Angeles, our neighborhood men, they're very envious. They say, "How you maintain such huge establishment and you do not work?" They cannot dream that without working one can eat. Yes. So here the fact, jivasya tattva-jijnasa nartho yas ceha karmabhih. It is not that you have to work very hard. The... Everywhere in the Srimad-Bhagavatam, that is the instruction. In one place, in the Fifth Chapter of Fifth Canto, while Rsabhadeva was instructing His boys, He also said, naham, nayam deho deha-bhajam nrloke kastan kaman arhate vid-bhujam ye [SB 5.5.1]. This human form of body is not meant for working hard like the dogs and the hogs for simply for sense gratification; it is meant for tapo divyam putraka yena suddhyet. The human life is meant for tapasya, self-realization, tattva-jijnasa. That is the basic principle of Vedic civilization.

In the Vedic, in Mahabharata, we don't find there is any industrial development or trade development. No. Nothing like that. Why Mahabharata? Even two hundred years ago, before the British advent, there was no industry all over the India. And they were happy. So it is not that simply by increasing your fruitive activities, karmabhih, you can become happy. No, that is not possible. If you simply restrict yourself for life, inquiring about the Absolute Truth, then you'll be happy. Jivasya tattva-jijnasa. That is, that is the only business of the human form of life and not working hard like asses and cows. Sa eva go-karah. These examples are there in the... I was giving the example while coming. Who was there? That this ass... Ass, one ass was going. So the ass, he can eat grass anywhere. There are so many grasses. But he's thinking that "Unless I work very hard, the washerman will not give me grass." You see? This is ass intelligence. Everything is there. Why ass? There are elephants. In Africa there are millions of elephants. They're eating at the, at one time, at least eighty-two pounds, but they are supplied food.

So there is no question of... This is all political propaganda: "There is no food. There is increase of population." Nothing. Everything, Krsna can provided. Eko bahunam yo vidadhati kaman nityo nityanam cetanas cetananam. The Supreme Lord is the supreme nitya, eternal, and we are all dependent upon Him. Nityo nityanam cetanas cetananam. And that one singular number of nitya, Krsna, bahunam vidadhati kaman. So Krsna has provided everyone's food. There is no necessity, necessity of becoming anxious, "Where is food? Where is food?" Every arrangement is there. Our only business is how to develop Krsna consciousness, how to know Krsna. And if you simply in truth, if we try to understand Krsna, our all problems are solved. Especially this problem, this repetition of birth and death. This is solved. Tyaktva deham punar janma naiti [Bg. 4.9]. And that is the main problem.

So our request is that everyone may take to Krsna consciousness movement without any hesitation. This is authorized movement and approved movement, and people are accepting all over the world. Unfortunately, in India, they are lacking. I must admit that as the younger generation from other countries, they're enthusiastically join, or joining, our Indian youths are not joining in that way. But we require so many preachers, so many young men, to preach all over the world this sublime movement, Krsna consciousness. People are accepting. Even in Africa, who are supposed to be uncivilized, they are also accepting. Everywhere. There is no impediment. Ahaituky apratihata. People are chanting Hare Krsna mantra. You'll be surprised to know that I was going from London to Nairobi, Africa, and our plane stopped for forty-five minutes in Athens, and as soon as we dropped down, some young men there, in Athens, Greece, they immediately began to chant, "Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna."

So the Hare Krsna movement is, or Krsna consciousness movement is now well spread all over the world. The framework is there. So anyone can go and preach this Krsna consciousness movement very easily and people will take it. Recently I'm coming from Manila, Philippines. There also, they're dog-eaters. But still they took part in Krsna consciousness movement, chanted, and we were very much encouraged. In the last meeting... We held our meeting in the hotel, big hall, very nice hall, and all young men came, and they chanted and danced with us, purchased our books, and here are... The organizer is Sudama-vipra Ma..., Gosvami Maharaja is present here. He has gone there only six months, and within six months, he has organized so nicely that wherever we go, the young generation, especially, they chant, "Hare Krsna!"

So the purport is that this Hare Krsna movement has got great potency. Everywhere, all over the world. Therefore Caitanya Mahaprabhu said, prthivite ache yata nagaradi grama. He did not say in vain. There was meaning. Simply we have to take the opportunity, the blessings of Caitanya Mahaprabhu, and try our best. The people will be happy, and we shall be happy. That is the meaning of jivasya tattva-jijnasa nartho yas ceha karmabhih.

Thank you very much. (end)
Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.10 -- Vrndavana, October 21, 1972

"Become Very Eager To See Krsna" BY SRILA PRABHUPADA.

Pradyumna: (leads chanting, etc.)


tac chraddadhana munayo
jnana-vairagya-yuktaya
pasyanty atmani catmanam
bhaktya sruta-grhitaya
 [SB 1.2.12]


"The seriously inquisitive student or sage, well equipped with knowledge and detachment, realizes that Absolute Truth by rendering devotional service in terms of what he has heard from the Vedanta-sruti."

Prabhupada: (interrupts and corrects one devotee's chanting of the verse:) We are repeating so that by hearing the sound, you can practice. You should be attentive. By... (chanting resumes)

Very good, thank you. Yes. She has done better than all of you. All right. (chanting resumes) (Prabhupada interrupts again:) Yes. That's all.

So people, they sometimes say, "Can you show me God? Have you seen God?" These questions sometimes we meet. So the answer is here. Yes, you can see God. Everyone can see God. I am also seeing God. But there must be the qualification. Just like God is there... Suppose a motorcar is there, something is wrong there. Everyone is seeing. But one engineer or mechanic, he sees differently. Therefore we have to go there. "What is the wrong in this car? It is not running." He immediately touches some machine part; it runs. So these rascals, they do not know that "How I can see God if I have not the qualification?" The machine has gone wrong, I am seeing the machine. And the engineer, the mechanic, he is also seeing the machine. But his seeing and my seeing is different. He's qualified to see. Therefore when the machine has gone wrong, immediately he touches some part, it runs. So if for a machine we require so much qualification, and we want to see God without any qualification? Just see the fun. Without any qualification. Rascal, they are so rascal, so fool, that they want to see God with their nuisance qualification.

Krsna says in the Bhagavad-gita: naham prakasah sarvasya yoga-maya-samavrtah: [Bg. 7.25] "I am not exposed to everyone. Yogamaya, yogamaya is covering." So how you can see God? But this rascaldom is going on, that "Can you show me God? Have you seen God?" God has become just like a plaything. "Here is God. He is incarnation of God." Na mam duskrtino mudhah prapadyante naradhamah [Bg. 7.15]. They are sinful, rascals, fools, lowest of the mankind. They inquire like that: "Can you show me God?" What qualification you have acquired, that you can see God? Here is the qualification. What is that? Tac chraddadhana munayah. One must be first of all faithful. Faithful. Sraddadhanah. He must be very much eager to see God, actually. Not that as a proclivity, frivolous thing, "Can you show me God?" A magic, just like God is a magic. No. He must be very serious: "Yes, if there is God... We have seen, we have been informed about God. So I must see."

There is a story in this connection. It is very instructive; try to hear. One professional reciter was reciting about Bhagavata, and he was describing that Krsna, being very highly decorated with all jewels, He is sent for tending the cows in the forest. So there was a thief in that meeting. So he thought that "Why not then go to Vrndavana and plunder this boy? He is in the forest with so many valuable jewels. I can go there and catch the child and take the, all the jewels." That was his intention. So, he was serious that "I must find out that boy. Then in one night I shall become millionaire. So much jewelries. No." So he went there, but his qualification was that "I must see Krsna, I must see Krsna." That anxiety, that eagerness, made it possible that in Vrndavana he saw Krsna. He saw Krsna the same way as he was informed by the Bhagavata reader. Then he saw, "Oh, oh, you are so nice boy, Krsna." So he began to flatter. He thought that "Flattering, I shall take all the jewels" (laughter). So when he proposed his real business, "So may I take some of your these ornaments? You are so rich." "No, no, no. You... My mother will be angry. I cannot..." (laughter) Krsna as a child. So he became more and more eager for Krsna. And then... By Krsna's association, he had already become purified. Then, at last, Krsna said, "All right, you can take." Then he became a devotee, immediately. Because by Krsna's association...

So some way or other, we should come in contact with Krsna. Some way or other. Then we'll be purified. Kamad bhayad dvesyat. Just like the gopis... The gopis came to Krsna being captivated by His beautiful features. They were young girls, and Krsna was so beautiful. So actually, they came to Krsna being lusty, but Krsna is so pure that they became first-class devotees. There is no comparison of their devotion. Because they loved Krsna with heart and soul. That is the qualification. That is the qualification. They loved so much Krsna that they didn't care for family, for reputation. When they were going at dead of night... Krsna's flute was there, and they were all fleeing. Their father, their brother, their husband: "Where you are going? Where you are going in this dead of night?" They didn't care. They neglected their children, their family, everything: "We must go to Krsna." So this is required. We must be very, very eager so that... And many gopis who were forcibly stopped, going to Krsna, they lost their life. Just see how much eager they are. So this eagerness is wanted. Then you can see God. Either you become lusty or a thief or a murderer or whatever it may be. Some way or other, if you develop this eagerness, that "I must see Krsna," then Krsna will be seen.

So here is... The first thing is how much eager you are to see Krsna. Krsna will respond. If you are actually eager to see Krsna... It, the reason may be different, either you are lusty or to steal His ornament. Some way or other, you become attracted to Krsna, then your business is successful. Rupa Gosvami has advised that... He says in a poetry. It is on the matter of the gopis talking. One gopi is advising another gopi that "My dear friend..."


smeran bhangi-traya-paricitam saci-vistirna-drstim
vamsinyastadhara-kisalayam ujjvalam candrakena
govindakhyam haritanumitah kesi-tirthopakanthe
ma preksisthastava yadi sakhe! bandhu-sange 'sti rangah


The idea is that one gopi is advising another gopi, "My dear friend, there is one boy. His name is Govinda. He is standing on the bank of Yamuna near the Kesi-ghata, and He's playing on His flute. And He's so beautiful that especially during full moon night, please do not go there." (laughter) Why? "Now, because if you have got intention to enjoy in this material world with your family members, wife, children, husband, please do not go there." Smeran bhangi-traya-paricitam saci-vistirna-drstim. Bhangi-traya. "Krsna always stands in three-curved way with His flute. That is Krsna's tri-bhanga-murari." Tri-bhanga. Three places, He is bent. So,


smeran bhangi-traya-paricitam saci-vistirna-drstim
vamsinyastadhara-kisalayam ujjvalam candrakena
govindakhyam haritanumitah kesi-tirthopakanthe
ma preksisthastava yadi sakhe! bandhu-sange 'sti rangah


"If you think that you will enjoy more your life in this material world, then you do not go there. You do not go there."

The idea is that if you once see Krsna, then you will forget all this nonsense material enjoyment. That is seeing Krsna. No more. Svamin krtartho 'smi varam na yace. "My dear Lord I don't want anything." Dhruva Maharaja... Dhruva Maharaja went to see Krsna to get the kingdom of his father, but when he saw Krsna, Visnu... Visnu offered, "Now, whatever benediction you want, you take." He said, svamin krtartho 'smi varam na yace, "My dear Lord, I have no more any desire." That is Krsna seeing. That if you want to see Krsna for some business, that "I shall see Krsna..." Just like... Of course, if you are eager to see Krsna, the motive may be different, but somehow or other, due to your eagerness, you'll see Krsna. That is the only qualification.

In another poetry Rupa Gosvami says, krsna-bhakti-rasa-bhavita matih kriyatam yadi kuto 'pi labhyate. The, our this Krsna consciousness, I have taken this from this word krsna-bhakti-rasa-bhavita matih. This is actual translation in Sanskrit or... Krsna-bhakti-rasa-bhavita matih. So Rupa Gosvami advises that "Krsna consciousness, if it is possible, please purchase. Don't delay." Krsna-bhakti-rasa-bhavita matih kriyatam. "Purchase immediately!" Krsna-bhakti-rasa-bhavita matih kriyatam yadi kuto 'pi. "Where it is available? It is very nice thing." "Yes, it is available. You can purchase. The movement is going on." "And what is the price?" "Price?" "It is such a nice thing; you have to pay price." "Yes, there is price." "What is that?" Tatra laulyam ekalam mulyam: "Simply your eagerness. That is price. This price you have to pay." Then you get Krsna. Immediately. Krsna is not poor. And the Krsna-seller, the Krsna devotee, he is also not poor. He can distribute Krsna free. And he's doing that. Simply you have to purchase by your eagerness. That is wanted. Tatra laulyam. "Oh, eagerness? I have got eagerness." "Oh, it is not so easy." Tatra laulyam ekalam mulyam janma-koti-sukrtair na labhyate: "This eagerness cannot be achieved even by pious activities for millions of births." If you simply go on doing pious activities... Because without being pious, you cannot approach Krsna. So if you go on doing simply pious, janma-koti-sukrtaih... Sukrti means pious activities, simply pious. Still, this eagerness is not awakened.

So this eagerness is very important thing. But it can be awakened by the association of devotees. Therefore we are giving chance to everyone to invoke that eagerness. Then you will see God eye to eye. It is not difficult. Tac chraddadhana munayah. Those who have developed that eagerness, faith, that "I must see Krsna in this life..." This life is meant for seeing Krsna. It is not meant for becoming dogs and hogs. Unfortunately, the whole civilization is going on, they are being trained to become dogs and hogs. It is the only institution that is teaching people how to see Krsna. This is the only institution, this Krsna consciousness movement. It is so important. Tac chraddadhana munayo jnana-vairagya-yuktaya [SB 1.2.12]. By eagerness, automatically you will be enriched with knowledge and detachment. Knowledge does not mean, "Now we have discovered this atomic bomb." That is not knowledge. What knowledge this is? People are dying. You have discovered something which will accelerate death. But we are giving some knowledge to stop death. That is Krsna consciousness. This is knowledge. Jnana-vairagya-yuktaya. And as soon as you get this knowledge, automatically you become detached to all this nonsense material happiness.

Hare Krsna. Thank you very much. Hare Krsna. (devotees offer obeisances) Chant Hare Krsna. (end)
Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.12 -- Los Angeles, August 15, 1972

Pradyumna: "That Absolute Truth is realized by the seriously inquisitive student or sage who is well equipped with knowledge and who has become detached by rendering devotional service and hearing the Vedanta-sruti."

Prabhupada:


tac chraddadhana munayo
jnana-vairagya-yuktaya
pasyanty atmani catmanam
bhaktya sruta-grhitaya
 [SB 1.2.12]


So first of all it has been described what is the purpose of life. This human form of life, it is not meant for being spoiled like the dogs and hogs. The dogs and hogs, they're busy to find out food: "Where is food? Where is stool?" And they are spoiling their whole day and night. Their life has been made by nature in such a way that they have no other business than to find out where is some food, where is some food, where is... And laboring, they're laboring very hard.

So human life is not meant for that purpose. It is a chance given by the nature's way. Asitim caturas caiva laksams tan jiva-jatisu. Eight million, four hundred thousands forms of life we are passing through. Nature has given a chance, this human form of body, especially civilized form of body... (aside:) Hmm? Don't do that. What is the purpose? Just like try to understand, a government servant, a big minister or M.P.'s, they're given all facilities of living condition, good bungalow, nice salary, servant. What is the purpose? The purpose is that with cool brain, satisfied mind, they'll do, be able to render valuable service to the administration. That is the purpose. Similarly, human being has been given so much facilities. The grains, the fruits, the flowers, the milk, intelligence to construct nice house, nice road, nice cities. The cats and dogs, they cannot do it. Why? You live peacefully and try to understand the value of life. Not that we get more facilities for bodily comfort and we engaged ourself in sense gratification. No.

Just like in the Western world, they have been endowed with so much facilities of comfortable life, but because they do not know how to utilize the comfortable situation of life, there is so much chaos and confusion. The so rich nations, young boys and girls, they are turning to be hippies. Because they do not find... It is hackneyed. The same wine, same women, and same motorcar and same road, it has become disgusting. That is the nature's way. Because human life is not meant for that purpose. Human life is meant for, as it is said in the Srimad-Bhagavatam, jivasya tattva-jijnasa nartho yas ceha karmabhih. You are working so hard... You are so working hard... Why? Is it meant for simply sense gratification and satisfying the bodily needs? That is being done by the hogs and dogs. The... We see the hogs and dogs, they are always busy. So this human form of life is not meant for that purpose. Jivasya tattva-jijnasa. Earn money, but... Be comfortable, but utilize time -- tattva-jijnasa, athato brahma jijnasa. That is your aim of life.

So this has been described in the previous verses: jivasya tattva-jijnasa nartho yas ceha karmabhih. If you have no program for tattva-jijnasa, then why should you work so hard? Food is available for birds and beasts. You have also your food. That is already there, destined by nature's way, by God's arrangement. Eko bahunam yo vidadhati kaman. God provides food just before your birth. A child takes birth; the mother, young mother, has no milk on the breast a minute ago. But as soon as the child is born, immediately there is profuse milk in the breast of the mother. That is the nature's arrangement. Before birth, the food, the child immediately require, the mother's breast, there is milk supply immediately. So by God's arrangement, the economic position is already arranged. Our only business is tattva-jijnasa.

What is that tattva? Brahmeti paramatmeti bhagavan iti sabdyate. The original cause of everything, the cause of all causes. That is already mentioned in the Vedas, that Krsna:


isvarah paramah krsnah
sac-cid-ananda-vigrahah
anadir adir govindah
sarva-karana-karanam
 [Bs. 5.1]


The cause of all causes. Why you have come to this material world? Why you are under the threefold miserable condition of life: adhyatmika, adhibhautika, adhidaivika. These things are to be inquired. "I do not wish to die, but death is forced upon me. I do not want to become old man. Old age is forced upon me." So these are the inquiries, tattva-jijnasa. But they are not interested. Neither educational department, nor any other department. They are simply interested, "Where is money? Where is money? Where is money?" Diva carthehaya rajan kutumba-bharanena va [SB 2.1.3]. We are spoiling our night simply by sleeping. And, and those who have got sex facilities, they enjoying sex life. This is the night's engagement. And day's engagement, "Where is money? Where is money? Where is money?" And if we get money, then how to spend it for relatives, for sons, children. That's all. Diva carthehaya rajan.

So in this way we shall not spoil our life. The life's purpose is different. They do not know. The modern civilization do not know what is the purpose of life. Na te viduh svartha-gatim hi visnum [SB 7.5.31]. They are trying to make adjustment, political situation, social situation in so many problems. The United Nations, they're trying to solve the problems of whole nation, but still the war is going on between such and such party, such and such party, and everyone busy in politics and diplomacy. This way, the problems of life cannot be solved. If there is any solution of the problems of life, it is actually this Krsna consciousness movement. Those who are intelligent, they should study the purpose of Krsna consciousness movement and try to apply in all fields of activities -- political, social, religious, anything, economical. Everything can be solved. Jiva, jivasya tattva-jijnasa. This is called inquiry, inquisitiveness about the Absolute Truth.

Now this verse is describing how one can become interested in the values of life. The values of life is to inquire the Absolute Truth, how this inclination can be developed or how Krsna consciousness can be developed. Tattva-jijnasa means Brahman, Paramatma, and Bhagavan, Krsna. Now how this inclination... There is inclination in everyone, but by artificial means, they have been checked. Otherwise, normally, this inclination is there in everyone's heart. Nitya-siddha krsna-bhakti sadhya kabhu naya. It is not an artificial imposition. Naturally there is tendency to know, if he's a sane man, "What I am? What is God? What is my relationship with Him? Why I am suffering?" There are so many questions. So here it is suggested that if you are actually serious about tattva-jijnasa, to understand the Absolute Truth, this is the process. What is that? Tat sraddadhanah. Sraddha. Sraddha means that at least to understand that "These people are doing some nice things." Just like in Europe and America, the papers are now discussing about our Movement. They say, "They are nice people, and we want more of them." At least, they are saying like that. Yes. "These Hare Krishna people, they are very nice, and we want more of them." And in Berkeley, when our procession was taken, the neighboring shopkeepers, they remarked that "These people are not window-breaking crowd." Because as soon as there is some crowd, or procession, immediately they begin to break the windows and throw stones. That is, that has become a custom. So when they see that these people are very peaceful... Even the police, they also give certificate that "We don't have to take much worries to control this crowd," when our Ratha-yatra festival go.

So actually, this is the fact. Yasyasti bhaktir bhagavaty akincana sarvair gunais tatra samasate surah. If one develops Krsna consciousness, devotion to Krsna, then naturally, without any separate endeavor, all the good qualities will develop. This is the symptom how one is advancing in Krsna consciousness. That means all the good qualities will be visible in his character. That is practical. Anyone can test. Just like these boys, these girls, European, American boys and girls who have taken to this Krsna consciousness, just see how their bad habits have been altogether stopped. Sarvair gunais tatra samasate surah. All good qualities will develop. You see practically. You see practically. These young boys and girls, they never asked me that "Give me some money. I shall go to cinema," or "I shall purchase a packet of cigarettes. I shall drink." No. This is practical. And everyone knows that from the very their birth, they are accustomed to eat meat, and... I do not know from the very beginning whether they are accustomed to take intoxicants. But actually they were habituated to these things, but they have altogether given up. They don't drink tea even, coffee, cigarettes, anything. Sarvair gunais tatra samasate... This is the test. A man has become devotee, at the same time smoking -- this is ludicrous. This is ludicrous. A devotee cannot smoke, cannot indulge in intoxication, nor illicit sex or meat... They cannot. That is disqualification. That means he's not on the platform. This is the practical.

So tat sraddadhanah. The first thing is sraddha. Adau sraddha. That is the beginning of Krsna conscious life. Rupa Gosvami has given this formula that in order to attain to the perfectional stage of life, how to love God,... Krsna consciousness movement means that we are try, teaching people how to love God. This is the sum and substance. Unfortunately, people have no idea of God, who is God, what is His form... Generally, they think God has no form. If anyone has advanced little in spiritual life, they come to the point of nirakara, or nirvisesa-brahman, formless. That is the first step in Brahman realization. We have already described this. But beyond that they don't want to proceed. They think this is fac..., this is final, to realize the impersonal feature of the Absolute Truth, that is final. That is Mayavada philosophy. No, that is not final. Still you have to advance, realize Paramatma. Still you have to advance, realize God, the Supreme Personality of God.

So we are teaching people how to love the Supreme Personality of Godhead. That means one who has surpassed the realm of Brahman and Paramatma, they can realize, they can understand what is the process of loving God. If they have no idea of God, then whom to love? You cannot love air or sky. You must have form. But they have no idea what is the form of God. Therefore sastra says, "Here is form." Isvarah paramah krsnah sac-cid-ananda-vigrahah [Bs. 5.1]. Vigraha means form. Without form, how we can love? So to come to that perfectional stage, how to love God, this is our philosophy. How to love God. Sa vai pumsam paro dharmo yato bhaktir adhoksaje [SB 1.2.6]. That is first-class religious system which helps the followers to come to the point to love God. That is first-class religion.


sa vai pumsam paro dharmo
yato bhaktir adhoksaje
ahaituky apratihata
yayatma suprasidati
 [SB 1.2.6]


If you want actually peace and tranquillity, atma, of your self, of your mind, of your body, everything fully, then this is the process. This is the aim, how to love God.

So that stage, that supreme stage can be attained as it is described here, tac chraddadhanah. Sraddha. Rupa Gosvami therefore says, adau sraddha. In the beginning, one must have a conviction that "I must love Krsna, or God." This is the first... Caitanya-caritamrta karaca explains this sraddha:


‘sraddha'-sabde visvasa kahe sudrdha niscaya
 krsne bhakti kaile sarva-karma krta haya


This is called sraddha, beginning, one... Bhagavan, Sri Krsna is teaching in the Bhagavad-gita,


sarva-dharman parityajya
mam ekam saranam vraja
aham tvam sarva-papebhyo
moksayisyami ma sucah
 [Bg. 18.66]


This is the beginning. If I am firmly convinced that simply by surrendering unto the lotus feet of Krsna I'll be saved by Him... Because He assures, "I..." Aham tvam sarva-papebhyo moksayisyami. People suffer on account of sinful activities. The resultant actions are reserved there. What we are suffering now, it is the resultant action of our past sinful activities. And we are preparing another body in this life by committing sinful activities. The more we... Everyone within this material world who has got this material body, it is to be understood it is due to our past sinful activities. It doesn't matter what kind of body you have got. Therefore Bhagavata says that we should not, I mean to say, commit any more sinful activities. Na sadhu manye yata atmano 'yam asann api klesada asa dehah [SB 5.5.4].

Although we have got this temporary body... You can say that "Although I am suffering, I'll, it will be finished, within, say, twenty years, ten years." Asann api. It is not permanent. But why you should make yourself under these tribulations of life? That is the problem. Not only that. Asann api klesada asa dehah. I have got this body. I am suffering. I am undergoing threefold miseries, threefold miserable condition of life. Why I shall make another body, again undergo the threefold miseries of life? Not only human life, any form of life. Human life, there... Human form of life, there is possibility of little comfort. Suppose if I get a body like a tree. Just like here is an eucalyptus tree standing. Then I'll have to stand for thousands of years. And I have to suffer scorching heat, shivering cold, and blast wind, and so many things.

So people have no education, unfortunately, that the spirit soul is permanent. It is changing different types of body in order to suffer different types of miserable condition of life. They're thinking, easy-going... "I have got now very nice body, eating, sleeping mating and..." That is the business of the hogs and dogs. That is not the business of human being. Human being must be serious to understand the value of life and prepare himself for the next life. The next life, if you go back to Krsna... Yad gatva na nivartante tad dhama paramam mama [Bg. 15.6]. Krsna says, "You can go back to Krsna." Krsna comes here. He takes His incarnation here to canvass, "My dear sons, please come back home. Why you are suffering here?" Krsna comes, Krsna canvasses. Sarva-dharman parityajya [Bg. 18.66]. "Why you have created so many rascaldom, politics and economics and this and that, So many things are encumbered. Please come to Me. You'll be happy." This is the whole instruction of Bhagavad-gita. He comes. He shows His vrndavana-lila, that "You can dance also with Me. You can play with Me just like cowherds boy. And I shall give you protection. There are so many demons. They're coming to attack us. But I'll give you protection." Jolly life. Anandamayo 'bhyasat. This is Krsna consciousness.

Krsna is coming personally, but we are so stubborn, we shall not take to this. We shall not take to this. Avajananti mam mudhah. Na mam duskrtino mudhah prapadyante naradhamah [Bg. 7.15]. Krsna says, "These are the classes of men who do not surrender unto Me." Who are they? Duskrtinah. Those who are engaged always in sinful activities. Duskrtinah. Mudhah. Rascals without any knowledge. Asses. So duskrtinah mudhah and naradhamah, lowest of the mankind, lowest of the mankind. Means this human form of life is meant for understanding Krsna and surrender unto Him, but they'll not do. They're busy in so many other rascaldom except Krsna consciousness. This is their business, naradhamas. You can say, "Oh, there are so many educated persons, B.A., M.A., D.A.C.'s, and they do not take to Krsna consciousness." (aside:) Vaikuntha, you come here. You are in front of the... Agreti dalayam(?). Give him... Yes. You... So you can say that "So many educated persons, they're not taking to Krsna consciousness. Are they naradhamas, lowest of the mankind?" Yes? The immediate answer is "Yes." "Now, after passing so big, big examination, they have become naradhamas?" "Yes."

The Bhaktivinoda Thakura confirms it: jibake karaye gadha, jada-bidya jato mayara vaibhava. This material education, they're simply expansion of the opulence of maya, illusion. Suppose if I am darkness, in darkness, if the darkness becomes more and more deeper, is it advancement? The darkness, there must be light. Then it is advancement. But if, if the, if there is little darkness, if you make it more and more dark, then is that advancement? So here it is actually... The advancement of so-called material education is making the people more and more attached to this material world. The value of life is jnana-vairagya, to acquire the knowledge, "What is the value of life?" And when one has actually attained to that platform of knowledge, he should be detached from this material world. Jnana-vairagya. That is required.

But what is happening? There is no knowledge of the value of life, and they are becoming more and more attached to this material world. Therefore Krsna says that so-called advancement of education, education means mayaya apahrta-jnana. The maya, the illusory energy, is plundering the real purpose of knowledge. Therefore they are naradhamas, simply spoiled. In Los Angeles, from the University, many scientists come, many psychologists and psychiatrists... We have got many students also, they are Doctor of Science. So we talked. So we flatly say that "This advancement of education making you naradhama, lowest of the mankind." So they are convinced. And some of them are very serious student. So actually this education, as Bhaktivinoda Thakura has said, jada-bidya jato mayara vaibhava, tomara bhajane badha. You, you'll see, the more a person is materially educated, he has no interested. Just like our whole state has become secular state. No more interested. Here is our Bhagavad-gita. Gandhi started his movement with Bhagavad-gita. The big, big politician, Aravinda, he studied Bhagavad-gita. And Tilaka, he studied Bhagavad-gita. Now, in our schools and colleges, if there is question of studying Bhagavad-gita, the state will not allow. Is it not? They... So mayaya apahrta-jnanah. Such a cultural book, such a book of knowledge, great book of knowledge, Bhagavad-gita, they're banned. It is banned. And if you present Bhagavad-gita with some nonsense commentary, that will be sold. And when you speak Bhagavad-gita as it is... Of course, factually, now we are getting ground. Our Bhagavad-gita is selling more than other editions, Bhagavad-gita As It Is.

So actually this is the knowledge. This knowledge is rejected. Mayaya apahrta-jnanah. Why this is happening? Asuram bhavam asritah. Because they have taken to the shelter of atheism, the philosophy of atheism: "There is no God. Everyone is God. I am God. You are God. Why you are finding out, trying to find out...? You are... Why you are going to the temples? There is no God. God is everywhere." God is everywhere, except in the temple. They'll preach this philosophy, "God is everywhere; why you are going to the temple?" That means God is everywhere except in the temple. That is their philosophy. So these nonsense things are going on. Naradhama. Therefore they're naradhamas. Don't follow these naradhamas. Be faithful. Try to understand, those who are actually followers of God. Evam parampara-praptam imam rajarsayo viduh [Bg. 4.2]. So you take to this line of disciplic succession from Krsna and try to understand what is Absolute Truth, what is your relationship with you, how you can get out of the threefold miserable condition of life. This is possible. That is called brahma-jijnasa, tattva-jijnasa, athato brahma jijnasa.

The Bhagavata also says, jivasya tattva-jijnasa.

So this sraddadhanah, if we have got little faith that... Just like people come here with little faith. That faith is the little spark of fire. Now you have to fan it, fan it, so that fire may increase. Tat sraddadhanah munayah. So sraddadhanah, Rupa Gosvami has given us the formula that if you have got little faith in for understanding the Absolute Truth, Bhagavan, then adau sraddha tatah sadhu-sangah, associate with sadhu. Who is sadhu? Sadhu means devotee. Krsna says, api cet su-duracaro bhajate mam ananya-bhak, sadhur eva sa mantavyah [Bg. 9.30]. He's sadhu. Not a sadhu having big beard or mustaches and having red cloth without any sense of Krsna. He's not sadhu. Sadhu means one who is fully engaged in the service of the Lord. He's sadhu. Api cet su-duracarah. Even if he's not very well-behaved, su-duracara, still he's sadhu. Why? Bhajate mam ananya-bhak. He has no other business than to love Krsna. This is the symptom of sadhu.

So sadhu-sanga means: Adau sraddha tatah sadhu-sangah. Sadhu-sanga means to associate with the devotees of Krsna. Adau sraddha tatah sadhu-sango 'tha bhajana-kriya. Sadhu-sanga. As soon as these boys... They first of all, they come out of inquisitiveness to our several centers. Gradually, they shave their head and try to understand the books and literature. They then come forward: "Swamiji, give me initiation. Make, get me the sannyasi-asrama." Gradually they come. So adau sraddha tatah sa... Sadhu, this is the effect of sadhu-sanga. Caitanya Mahaprabhu has said,


sadhu-sanga sadhu-sanga sarva-sastre kaya
lava-matra sadhu-sange sarva-siddhi haya
 [Cc. Madhya 22.54]


Actually, if one associates with a sadhu, with a pure devotee of Lord, then certainly it will be effective. Certainly. This Krsna consciousness society is meant for giving opportunity to the people to make association with bhaktas. By association with bhakta, devotees, they'll become also bhakta. Sangat sanjayate kamah. If you associate with drunkards, then you gradually become a drunkard. But if you associate with devotees, gradually you become a devotee. This is natural sequence.

So adau sraddha tatah sadhu-sango 'tha bhajana-kriya tato 'nartha-nivrttih syat. Anartha, things which are not wanted. Artha means wanted, something wanted; anartha means this is not wanted. So we are habituated to so many things, bad habits. So anartha-nivrttih syat. This is the result of bhajana-kriya. Anartha. Anartha. Just like these things, as we prohibit -- illicit sex, intoxication, meat-eating and gambling -- these are anarthas. They are not required actually. But people are habituated to these things on account of bad association. So if you associate with a really sadhu, if you execute really devotional service, these anarthas will be vanquished. That is the symptom. No more illicit sex. No more intoxication. No more gambling. No more meat-eating, fish-eating, egg-eating. No. That is called anartha.

People are not dying for want, for want of cigarette smoking. But it is habit. You can give it up. You can give up so many things which is not required at all. So these unwanted things will be automatically vanquished. This is the result of bhajana-kriya. Not that I am chanting one hand, Hare Krsna, and in another hand, smoking. This is not anartha-nivrtti. The... If actually you are chanting, there will be no more in the other hand, smoking bidi or cigarette. This is called anartha-nivrtti. Then after anartha-nivrtti, then you become cleansed. Yesam anta-gatam papam. This is called the freedom stage from all sinful activities. Because unless you are free from all sinful activities, we cannot engage ourself in devotional service.


yesam tv anta-gatam papam
jananam punya-karmanam
te dvandva-moha-nirmukta
bhajante mam drdha-vratah
 [Bg. 7.28]


The bhajana, devotional service, is possible when one is freed from these anarthas, unwanted things. Tato nistha rucis tatah athasaktis tato bhavah, sadhakanam ayam premnah pradurbhave bhavet kramah.

So these are the different steps of sraddha. Actually, devotional service means increasing your faith more and more. And these are the steps. The first step is that you must associate with devotees and then take to bhajana-kriya. Then see, examine yourself that whether you are free from all the anarthas, all the unwanted things. If all the unwanted things are vanquished, then you'll have firm faith. Bhaktir bhavati naisthiki. Nityam bhagavata-sevaya, nasta-prayesu abhadresu... Nasta [SB 1.2.18]. Not that I am completely free from all sinful activities, but prayesu, say, fifty percent, sixty percent is gone. At that time, nasta-prayesu abhadresu... How it has come to take place? Nityam bhagavata-sevaya. Nityam... We have to daily. Not that Bhagavata-saptaha, and finish, and whole year you can do all nonsense. Not like that. Nityam bhagavata-sevaya.

I don't find any Bhagavata-saptaha any authorized book. I don't find. There are so many big, big stalwart commentators of Srimad-Bhagavatam, beginning from Sridhara Svami. Nobody has recommended this Bhagavata-saptaha. But it has come to existence by the professional man. But actually nityam bhagavata-sevaya. How you can finish Bhagavatam in seven days? You cannot finish even one word. My Guru Maharaja explained Srimad-Bhagavatam, the first verse, janmady asya yatah [SB 1.1.1], in Dacca, for three months. Actually, it is so profound. Janmady asya yatah. This very quote contains all the Vedanta philosophy. How you can finish Bhagavatam within seven days? It is a farce. Actually, Bhagavata should be relished. Nityam bhagavata-sevaya.


nasta-prayesv abhadresu
nityam bhagavata-sevaya
bhagavaty uttama-sloke
bhaktir bhavati naisthiki
 [SB 1.2.18]


As soon as praya, seventy-five, sixty percent of your unwanted things are given up, and then your naisthiki, firm, steady devotional attitude develops. Bhagavaty uttama-sloke bhaktir bhavati naisthiki.


tada rajas-tamo-bhavah
kama-lobhadayas ca ye
ceta etair anaviddham
sthitam sattve prasidati
 [SB 1.2.19]


 You cannot have a steady position unless you come to the platform of goodness. Sthitam sattve. Sattva means sattva-guna, goodness. And rajo-guna and tamo-guna means kama and lobha, lust and greediness. This is the symptoms. And when you come to the platform of goodness, then you are satisfied that "I don't want all these things. Now I want Brahman." Brahma janati iti brahmanah.

So these are the processes. So Bhagavata recommends, tat sraddha, sraddadhana munayo jnana-vairagya-yuktaya. There must be sufficient knowledge. Otherwise this kind of vairagya has no meaning. I have, I've taken renounced order of life, but I've, privately I've got all these nonsense, illicit sex, intoxication, gambling -- that is not required. Real knowledge means there must be renouncement of this nonsense. That is real knowledge. Jnana-vairagya-yuktaya munayah pasyanty atma... For him, it is not difficult to find out where is God. He can immediately find out God sitting within his heart. Immediately. Premanjana-cchurita-bhakti-vilocanena santah sadaiva hrdayesu vilokayanti [Bs. 5.38]. Anywhere he can sit down and he can talk with God, he can see God, he can take direction from God. Pasyanty atmani catmanam bhaktya sruta-grhitaya. By devotional service. Not by other means. Sruta-grhitaya. By understanding from the Vedas. Not manufactured. Just like Krsna says, evam parampara-praptam imam rajarsayo viduh [Bg. 4.2]. You have to hear from Krsna or from His bona fide representative. Then it will be sufficient.

Thank you very much. (end)
Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.12 -- Vrndavana, October 23, 1972

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