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

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Lecture - Calcutta, January 10, 1971               


Aksara-dvayam. If anyone simply chants these two alphabets, ha, ri – hari - then baddha-parikaras tena moksaya gamanam pratiti: "Although he is a conditioned soul, his path for liberation is open." Yasya smrtya ca namoktva tapa-yajna-kriyadisu, nunam tam purnakam yati sadyah vande acyutam ity adi-vacanam.(?) There is another quotation, that yasya smrtya ca moktva tapo-yajna-kriyadisu. These are pious activities: austerity and sacrifice, tapas, yajna, and kriya, pious activities. Everything is done simply by chanting this Hare Krishna mantra. There is no need of doing anything. Simply by chanting, one can achieve the result of japa, yajna, and other ritualistic performances prescribed in the Vedas. And this is specially advised to the karma-kandiyas, those who are very much fond of performing ritualistic ceremony. For them this instruction is specially meant, that if you chant simply Hare Krishna mantra without any offense, then you'll get all the results of japa, yajna, and other ritualistic performances.

Lecture - Vrindavana, September 10, 1975

So anyway, this Ajamila is krta-nirvesa. The Visnuduta informed to the Yamaduta that "You cannot touch him anymore. He is now pure." Krta-nirvesa. Then the next question is... The Yamaduta may say that "How he has become krta-nirvesa? He is so sinful that there is no limit of his sinful activities, and you say that it is clear immediately?" And therefore he says, janma-koty-amhaam api: "Not only one life's sinful activity, but many, many crores of births' sinful activities." So we do not know how many births we had previously, but from the sastra we understand crores, many millions of times, we had to take birth. Therefore it is used, janma koti: not one birth or two birth or second birth or fifth birth. So unless we come to Krishna consciousness, this repetition of birth and death will continue. Therefore it is said janma koti... We are passing through many forms of different forms of life. We are creating one family, that "I belong to this family." But what about my other families? Because janma koti, in every family, when I enter, there must be father and mother and family members. So which family I am especially concerned? That is our ignorance. We become interested in the particular family where we are at present. But we do not know that in the past we had to pass through many hundreds and millions of families. So which family is correct? And again, if I do not correct myself at the present moment, I have to go through many millions of families until we come to the point: vasudevah sarvam iti sa mahatma sudurlabhah. This is the point.

….caranambujam hareh. It is said that if by sentiment one takes to Krishna consciousness, tyaktva sva-dharmam. Everyone has got his occupational duty. The brahmana, ksatriya, vaisya, sudra, or anyone - everyone has got some particular duty, obligation. But Krishna says, "There is no need of executing all this obligation. Simply surrender to Me." Krishna says. So if somebody, out of sentiment, if one thinks that "Simply by surrendering to Krishna, I will be perfect? Why not take it? Let me give up my so-called religious principle." So that is confirmed in the Bhagavata. Tyaktva sva-dharmam caranambujam hareh. He is giving up. Just like these European, American boys, they belong to Jewish religion, they belong to Christian religion, but out of their pious activity or even by sentiment, they have given up. Now they have taken to Krishna consciousness. But they are perfect. You may say that some of them are fallen. So sastra says that "Even one has fallen, where is the wrong there? And another person, who has not taken to Krishna consciousness, who has not fallen, what is the benefit there?" Even one has not fallen, sticking to his own particular religious system, he is not gainer. But a person who has taken to Krishna consciousness even by sentiment and has fallen, he has great benefit because once he has taken to Krishna consciousness, Krishna becomes attached to him. That is ajnata-sukrti. Therefore, in all circumstances, we should accept the Krishna's instruction, sarva-dharman parityajya mam ekam saranam vraja, and surely we shall be benefited.

Lecture - Allahabad, January 15, 1971

Hamsaduta: Sixteen heads arrived at the Kumbha-mela, January 5, 1971. Srila Prabhupada arrived on the morning of January 13, 1971, and the following lectures were recorded beginning January 15, 1971, at the Kumbha-mela, crossing of Kali and Yamuna roads, just across from the Hanuman Mandira, a temple which is said to be at least one million years old. Prabhupada said it was standing since the time of Lord Ramachandra. (break)

Lecture – Allahabad, January 15, 1971

So the Visnudutas say that "Even though one has committed so many sinful activities, if once he utters the holy name of Narayana, he becomes free immediately." That's a fact. It is not exaggeration. A sinful man, someway or other, if he chants this Hare Krishna mantra, he immediately becomes free from all reaction. But the difficulty is that he commits again. That is namaparadha, offense. There are ten kinds of offenses. This is the severest offense, that after being freed from all sinful reaction by chanting Hare Krishna mantra, if he again commits the same sin, that is a grievous criminal action. For ordinary man it may not be so severe, but one who is chanting Hare Krishna mantra, if he takes advantage of this mantra, that "Because I am chanting Hare Krishna mantra, even though I commit some sin, I'll be free," he'll be free, but because he is offender he will not achieve the ultimate goal of chanting Hare Krishna mantra. Because he'll be freed, and again he'll commit - freed, again he'll commit - in this way there will be no chance of his liberation. But don't think that by chanting Hare Krishna mantra one's sinful reactions are counteracted. That is not exaggeration. That's a fact. The difficulty is that one chants Hare Krishna mantra, again commits sin, that is greatest sin. That is the greatest offense.

(....To be continued)

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