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

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Lecture - Allahabad, January 16, 1971

Just like Arjuna. Arjuna is killing, engaged in killing. People may think that "Oh, Arjuna is not very good man. He is killing his grandfather, he is killing his, what is called, nephews, and devastating the whole family. Oh, he is not a good man." Sometimes comment, people comment like that. But Krishna says, bhakto 'si priyo 'si me: "You are My very dear friend." Just try to understand. In the estimation of the material world he is a very good man, er, he is not a good man because he is killing his own kinsmen. But in the estimation of Krishna, he is dear friend and devotee. So that is the difference between a devotee and good man of this world. A devotee is naturally very good man, but when he acts just like a bad man on behalf of Krishna, he does not fall down. He still remains a pure devotee.

Lecture - Allahabad, January 16, 1971

Just like this arrangement, this Kumbha-lila arrangement, is a prescription by the Brahmavadis. There is a prescription that one should go during this time, maghamela, and live in the confluence, on the bank of the confluence of Ganga and Yamuna and at least three days he must live. Then he becomes eligible to enter into the heavenly kingdom. These people who have come here, their ambition is to enter into the heavenly kingdom. But a devotee does not care for heavenly kingdom. A devotee cares a very fig in any planet within this material world. As Krishna says, a-brahma-bhuvanal lokan punar avartino arjuna.

Lecture - Allahabad, January 16, 1971

Prabhupada: The demigods are not pure devotees. They are devotees. Just like Brahma is the best of the demigods but he has a material desire that "I shall be the controller of the universe." Therefore he is not a pure devotee. Bhaktivinoda Thakura has said, kita janma hau, jatha tua dasa, bahir-mukha brahma-janme, nahi mora asa. Is not that? So a pure devotee does not try to become a Brahma also, what to speak of other demigods, because anyone within this material world, he has got some material desire, anyone. Therefore he is not liberated. He is conditioned. Only the pure devotee who is trying to satisfy Krishna by all his activities, he is liberated. What do you think, Ramananda? Eh? Is it clear or not? That's nice. Thank you. Yamuna devi?
Yamuna: I surrender to your lotus feet, Srila Prabhupada.

Lecture - Allahabad, January 16, 1971

Prabhupada: All right. So anyone, if you have got doubt you can clear it. Now you can try to understand how powerful is this pure chanting of Hare Krishna mantra.  Offenseless chanting of Hare Krishna mantra means you remain liberated always. Offenseless chanting, once chanting is sufficient. But because we are not offenseless, therefore we have to make a regulated program that we must chant Hare Krishna so many times. Otherwise one chanting of Krishna is sufficient to make you liberated, one chant, "Krishna," "Rama," once, that's all, sufficient. Just like this Ajamila. Once he chanted Narayana. He became immediately liberated because he was offenseless. But because we cannot do that, therefore we have to make a prescription. Just like a child who cannot write very good hand. He is asked that "You write so many pages." By writing, writing, writing, writing, writing, he writes good hand. So we should not neglect. Chanting, chanting, chanting... Another... This is one side. Another side is when you become liberated the chanting will give you transcendental pleasure so that you cannot cease. You cannot cease chanting. That is another side. That is liberated stage, just like Rupa Gosvami, Haridasa Thakura. You cannot imitate Haridasa Thakura but you must make a prescribed form that "I must chant so many times." That is for conditioned soul. When you are liberated, then there is no need of giving you direction. You'll feel transcendental pleasure by chanting. You cannot cease. Yes?

Lecture - Allahabad, January 17, 1971

The Krishna consciousness movement, the technique, is that you may be engaged in various types of work, but the mind must be always fixed up in Krishna. That art you have to learn. How it is possible? It is possible. Perhaps you have not seen - in India the women, they go to draw water from the well and they keep on the head. They are going, but the head is so balanced that the water pot will never fall down. There are many instances that if you learn how to keep the balance, in spite of your movement the water pot on the head will not fall. Similarly, if you mold your life in such a way that Krishna should always be remembered, then, in spite of your mind being very agitated, your mind will be fixed up in Krishna. That is required. Therefore in the devotional service we have got so many engagements. This is the art. 

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