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

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Lecture - Allahabad, January 15, 1971

.. Sravanam kirtanam visnoh. You should always remember this, because sometimes rascals mislead that "Any name." In Bengal it is very popular. There is a party, they chant kali-kirtana. "Kali, Kali, Kali," imitation. Or there are so many so-called avataras. There was another rascal, he added his wife's name. Yes. And the rascal, foolish scholars also accepted. Yes. "Haro kusuma, haro kusuma, kusuma kusuma, haro," like that. The rascal's name was Haro, and his wife's name was Kusuma, so he made a mantra, "haro kusuma, haro kusuma, kusuma kusuma, haro haro." (laughter) And the rascal followers also accepted that this is... So this is going on. Mayavadi philosophers, they are so dangerous that they mislead their followers to the hell. Chaitanya Mahaprabhu has therefore strongly warned, mayavadi-bhasya sunile haya sarva-nasa: "If you attempt to hear some Mayavadi philosopher, then your life will be spoiled. Your path to devotional service will be blocked, so don't try to hear a Mayavadi." This is the recommendation by Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. So we should always remember, when there is question of chanting the holy name, that means Vishnu, not any other's name. Vyaharanam visnor yatas tad-visaya matih.

Lecture - Allahabad, January 15, 1971

He may be a Vaisnava, performing the devotional service in the routine work, but if his behavior is not sinless he is called kadacara, suduracara. Of course, this suduracara, if it happens accidentally without any consciousness... Sometimes we commit some sinful activity without knowledge or due to my past behavior. That accident, if one repents that "I should not have done this, but I am so sinful that I have again committed this sin," so this repentance will help him to be excused by the Supreme Lord. But if one commits sinful life intentionally, that is not to be excused. That is to be taken seriously.

Lecture - Allahabad, January 15, 1971

So the first stage of chanting Hare Krishna mantra is full of offenses. But if one sticks to the principle... Therefore we have to chant regularly sixteen rounds at least. So even there are offenses, by simply chanting and being repentant that "I have committed this offense unnecessarily or without knowledge," so simply be repentant and go on chanting. Then the stage will come. It is called namabhasa. That is offenseless, when there is no more offenses. That is called namabhasa. At namabhasa stage one becomes liberated immediately. And when one is liberated, if he goes on chanting - naturally he will go on chanting - then his love of Krishna becomes manifest. These are the three stages of chanting: chanting with offense, chanting as a liberated person and chanting in love of God. There are three stage of chanting. The same thing, the example is just like a mango, unripe mango, going on, changes. It is not that chanting brings another thing as a result. No. The same thing becomes manifest in different feature. Just like unripe mango, you taste in a different way; it is very sour. But when it is ripened and it is fully ripened, the taste is changed. The taste is now sweet.

So in the beginning we may be very much reluctant in the matter of chanting, but when you become liberated the chanting will be so sweet that you cannot give up. Just like Rupa Gosvami. He has composed a sloka. He says in that sloka that "If I had millions of tongues and trillions of ears, then the chanting of Hare Krishna mantra would have been relishable. How, what can I do with one tongue and two ears?" So that is liberated stage. That is prema. But that stage is attainable. If you follow regularly the principles, everyone will attain to that stage when he simply likes to chant Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare. Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.

Lecture - Allahabad, January 16, 1971

Na niskrtair uditair brahma-vadibhih. There are twenty kinds of religious scripture, out of which, Manu is considered to be the greatest. So they have prescribed many methods for getting oneself released from the reaction of sinful activities. Every one of us, anyone who is engaged in karma... Karma means papa, sinful activities. And karma means one who is working for his own benefit. He is karmi. The whole world is working so hard not for others' benefit but his personal benefit. That is called karma. Try to understand what is karma. Karma means anyone who is working very hard day and night for his own benefit. That is called karma. And whenever you perform karma for your personal interest there must be some sinful activity. Therefore every karmi is a sinful man. It is clear understanding. No karmi can be without being sinful. Every karmi is. Therefore how to work?

Lecture - Allahabad, January 16, 1971

Therefore it is said, dharmena hinah pasubhih samanah. If one is not following the principles of religious scriptures... It doesn't matter whether it is Hindu religion or Christian religion or Muslim religion. It doesn't matter. But human civilization, a civilized human being must follow some religious principles. That is the aim of human life. And anyone who does not follow any religious scripture, he is simply animal. That is the position of the present world. We may claim to be Hindu or Muslim or Christian, but nobody cares for religion. They are simply karmis. Therefore they are all sinful.

Lecture - Allahabad, January 16, 1971

Offenseless chanting means liberated. We should therefore (be) very much careful not to commit offenses. Then we remain always... So long you chant Hare Krishna mantra, you remain liberated. And actually ayi mukta-kalir upasyamana. Srila Rupa Gosvami has said that the chanting is possible only by the liberated soul. Ayi mukta-kalir upasyamana. When he is addressing the holy name he says mukta-kalir upasya: "Those who are liberated, they can chant offenseless or pure holy name of the Lord." Ayi mukta-kalir upasyamana.

(....To be continued)

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

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