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Srimad-Bhagavatam classes - Volume #10 (Part 6)


Compiled by Damaghosa dasa (Seattle, USA)

Lecture - Gorakhpur, February 13, 1971

Again this karma-kandiya... This karma-kandiya vicara, fruitive activities. The smarta brahmanas, they have manufactured a way of bhagavata-saptaha. That is a farce only because it is imitation of the process adopted by Pariksit Maharaja and Sukadeva Gosvami. But they are... These people, at the present moment, they are neither Pariksit Maharaja nor Sukadeva Gosvami. So how it is possible to finish Srimad-Bhagavatam within seven days? That is not possible. It has become a profession, that gorgeousness. They will make a nityam bhagavata-sevaya(?), they will perform some ceremonies and there is some charitable. The result is that the professional reciter will gather some money and some goods and he will maintain his family. That's all. And these people will say that "I have heard for seven days Srimad-Bhagavatam." Of course, there is some effect, but this is not recommended anywhere in the Srimad-Bhagavatam, that one has to hear Srimad-Bhagavatam within seven days. No. So far we see in the Srimad-Bhagavatam, it is said, nityam bhagavata-sevaya. People should hear daily, regularly Srimad-Bhagavatam. Why seven days? Regularly. Nasta-prayesu abhadresu nityam bhagavata-sevaya. Nityam, daily, regularly, if one hears and chants Srimad-Bhagavatam, then nasta-prayesu abhadresu, then the dirty things within his heart becomes almost cleansed.

Now, just try to understand. By daily hearing... Because we are so much contaminated that it is very difficult to get us freed from the contamination, so nityam, regularly, there should be regularly class, hearing of Srimad-Bhagavatam. Nasta-prayesu abhadresu.

Lecture - Gorakhpur, February 13, 1971

My Guru Maharaja introduced the sacred ceremony because foolish people, they used to... Vaisnave jati-buddhih. They used to consider Vaisnava as belonging to some jata, some particular caste. No. Vaisnava is not in the particular caste. As soon as he is fixed up... He may be coming from the papa-yoni, from the most abominable family, but as soon as he is fixed up, immediately he is fixed up in the position of a brahmana because sattva-guna... Nasta-prayesu abhadresu. Nasta. Tato rajas-tamo-bhavah. He has no more inclination to be attracted by the activities of tamo-guna and rajo-guna. They have no more attraction for drinking, no more attraction for meat-eating, therefore no more attraction for smoking, drinking tea. This means that the rajas-tamo-bhavah, kama-lobha, greediness... We are addicted to all these bad habits due to greediness. There is no other cause. A man will not die if he does not drink. A man will not die if he does not eat meat. He will not die. It is due to our greediness: "I want." And lusty. The illicit sex means lusty. So rajas-tamo-bhavah means lustiness and greediness. So when one is fixed up in devotional service, then tato rajas-tamo-bhavah kama-lobhadayas ca ye, ceta etair anaviddha. At that time, when he's fixed up in devotional service, his mind is not disturbed with all this nonsense coming out of the quality of ignorance and passion. Tato rajas-tamo-bhavah kama-lobhadayas ca ye, ceta etair anaviddha. Anaviddham means it is not attacked by this greediness and lustiness. Sthitam sattve prasidati: "He is immediately in the sattva-guna, goodness. Therefore his mind is satisfied." These are the test. Mind is no more disturbance.

And as soon as his mind is in tranquility, evam prasanna-manaso..., because as soon as one is elevated to the sattva-guna platform, he becomes happy in his mental situation. Evam prasanna-manaso. Unless one is situated in tranquility of his mental position, one cannot understand the science of Krishna. That is not possible. One must become satisfied. That satisfaction comes on the platform of sattva-guna, not in the platform of ignorance and passion. People are... They come... Mostly people, they are being conducted by passion and ignorance. Therefore they cannot understand. 

Lecture - Gorakhpur, February 13, 1971

So our business is to accept a bona fide spiritual master, being guided by him, to follow the rules and regulations. Then advancement is sure. There is no doubt about it. And if we become hodgepodge and mix with hodgepodge and do hodgepodge, there is no progress. Na siddhim. It is clearly said by Krishna, "There is no question of perfection," na sukham, "neither happiness," na param gatim, "and what to speak of being promoted to the spiritual world? There is no..." Therefore vaidhi-bhakti, as it is enunciated in the Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu, Nectar of Devotion, by the Gosvamis, we shall try to follow as far as possible. Be sincere and hard-working. Then the success is sure.

Lecture - Gorakhpur, February 9, 1971

By speculation, the Supreme Personality of Godhead cannot be understood. Arjuna says also in the Bhagavad-gita, "It is very difficult to understand Your personality." The other day in the Mela, Magha-mela, one Gangeshvarananda, retired high court judge, he said that "This is the first time, Swamiji, that we are hearing from you on solid basis about the Personality."

Lecture - Gorakhpur, February 9, 1971

Sarva-guhyatamam bhuyah srnu me paramam vacah: "The most confidential instruction, just try to understand." (Hindi) "Surrender unto Me." They cannot understand: "Why shall I surrender?" But it is the most confidential instruction. Those who cannot understand Bhagavad-gita, they will put forward, "Why should we surrender? Krishna has said about jnana, about karma, about yoga. Why not these processes?" But he does not know that is the ultimate process. The jnana, yoga, may help one to come to that point, bahunam janmanam ante jnanavan, after many many births, but that is not the direct process. The direct process is sarva-guhyatamam bhuyah srnu me paramam vacah isto 'si: "I am disclosing this most confidential part of My instruction unto you," isto 'si, "because I love you." Isto 'si me drdham iti. "Because I am confident that you are My confidential friend." Drdham iti tato vaksyami te hitam: "Therefore I am disclosing this to you."

Krishna does not say everyone that sarva-dharman parityajya, only to a selected devotee. Because unless one is very highly elevated devotee, he cannot accept this proposition. He is puffed up with his material, contaminated life. That's all. "I am this. I am that. I am this. I am that. Why shall I surrender?" Actually they forgot. He again explains it: man-mana bhava mad-bhaktah. The same thing which was instructed in the Ninth...

man-mana bhava mad-bhakto
mad-yaji mam namaskuru
mam evaisyasi satyam te
pratijane priyo 'si me

Priyo 'si me: "Because you are My very dear friend, you have fully surrendered unto Me, therefore I am speaking to you." Then He says,

sarva-dharman parityajya
mam ekam saranam vraja
aham tvam sarva-papebhyo
moksayisyami ma sucah

These three verses are the ultimate instruction of Bhagavad-gita, sarva-guhyatamam.

So people do not understand, and they read Bhagavad-gita daily. And they are very much proud: "I am reading Bhagavad-gita daily." If anyone actually reads Bhagavad-gita, then he will be Krishna conscious. It is meant for that purpose. But they do not read actually. They simply make a show. Neither do they understand what is Bhagavad-gita. Therefore we are presenting Bhagavad-gita as it is. Is that all right? So we have to preach in that spirit.

(....To be continued)

Srimad-Bhagavatam classes - Volume #10 (Part 1)

Srimad-Bhagavatam classes - Volume #10 (Part 2)

Srimad-Bhagavatam classes - Volume #10 (Part 3)

Srimad-Bhagavatam classes - Volume #10 (Part 4)

Srimad-Bhagavatam classes - Volume #10 (Part 5)

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