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

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Compiled by Damaghosa dasa (Seattle, USA)

Lecture - Allahabad, January 17, 1971

Because if you are engaged in ordinary karma... Karma I have already explained. Karma means doing something for your personal benefit. That is called karma. Or, in plain words, doing something for sense gratification, that is called karma. And as soon as you engage your activities for such sense gratification or for your personal benefit, then you have to commit sins. That's a fact. Therefore we are entangled in this birth and death problem. So here the Visnuduta advises that "If you want..." Tat karma-nirharam abhipsatam. "If you desire at all that 'I shall be freed from the resultant action of karma,' then your duty should be harer gunanuvadah khalu sattva-bhavanah. You simply try to glorify the Supreme Lord always, twenty-four hours. That will purify you." Khalu sattva-bhavanah. Sridhara Svami says, sattva-bhavanah citta-sodhakah. Sattva-bhavana means citta-sodhaka. Citta means the heart, and sodhaka, the purifying process. So instead of taking yourself to these prescribed ritualistic ceremonies, if you simply engage your mind in describing or glorifying the Supreme Personality of Godhead... That is our process. Our only objective is how to glorify the Supreme Personality of Godhead. We are writing books, we are publishing magazines, we are preaching, we are going everywhere - just to glorify the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna. That is our only business. This process is recommended here, citta-sodhaka. If you sit down and write some article on Krishna, that means you have to concentrate on Krishna's activities or Krishna's devotees' activities, and that very process will purify your heart. Therefore we always recommend to our students that you write articles, read our magazine, read our book. In this way if we keep ourself... Work for Krishna….

Lecture - Allahabad, January 17, 1971

So the chanting of Hare Krishna mantra, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu has said, sada, kirtaniyah sada harih, not that two hours or one hour, but one should practice. And that is the recommendation as it was followed by Haridasa Thakura. But because we cannot do that, therefore we have to engage always in the service of Krishna. That will make me remembering Krishna.

Lecture - Vrindavana, September 17, 1975                 

Actually it is happening. In your country, the Europeans and Americans, say, ten years before the beginning of this movement, you did not know Krishna, every one of you. That's a fact. How you are now mad after Krishna? It is simply because by association. So association is so important thing. You boys and girls in your country, you were so luxuriously living. Why you have left everything and you are after a beggar sannyasi? It is the association. The association is so strong. Therefore Narottama dasa Thakura says,

tadera carana-sevi-bhakta-sane vas
janame janame mor ei abhilas

"Let me engage myself in the service of the Gosvamis and associate with the devotees. I do not want anything." Janame janame mor ei abhilas. Bhaktivinoda Thakura said that kita-janma hau, jatha tuwa das. This association. "Let me become a worm, not a devotee, even worm." Kita. Kita means worm, an insignificant ant, worm. Better to remain as an ant with the association of devotees than to become a Brahma without any devotee's association. Brahma-janme nahi mora as. Bahir-mukha brahma-janme, nahi mora as, kita janma hau, jatha tuwa das. This is Bhaktivinoda Thakura's hankering. So some way or other, we are propagating this association, Krishna consciousness, International Society for Krishna Consciousness. Why? Why we are establishing so many centers? Just to give the people in general the chance of association. It is very important thing, association. Sangat sanjayate kamah.

Lecture - Vrindavana, September 18, 1975                 

These are the, some of the practical examples. There are persons who criticize chanting of Hare Krishna mantra. Namnad artha-vada. Because the glories of the holy name are described here, that one can become free from the sinful reaction of life simply by chanting the holy name of the Lord, so sometimes those who are not in the line, they think, "It is too much. It is too much." So the next verse, It is advised... Not it is too much. You can test it. Test it. What is that test? Patita. When you fall down from a high place... Suppose from the roof you may fall down, patitam. Skhalita: you may slip and fall down. Bhagnah: by falling down you may break your bones. Then sandastah: you may be bitten by some animal - cats, dogs, a snake. There are so many, domestic. Then tapta: you may be burned. And ahatah: you may be injured from others. Then during this time you can test, practical. What is that test? Harir ity avasena aha. Try to chant Hare Krishna. Puman. If anyone does so, na arhati yatanah. You'll immediately feel that from the injuries you are not feeling pain. This is practical seen. Even a snake bite... You may be saved. The author says, never says that you may be saved from death, but the suggestion is that you may not feel much pain. This is practical.

Lecture - Vrindavana, September 19, 1975                 

So to forget Krishna and to become subjected to the condition of material nature, that is called material life. Material life means to give up the idea of going back to home, back to Godhead, but making plan here to be happy. This is called maya, or material life.

(....To be continued)

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

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

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

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