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

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Compiled by Damaghosa dasa (Seattle, USA)

Lecture - Vrindavana, September 19, 1975

But sinful activities must be there. We are put into certain condition; therefore it is called conditional life. Suppose you are very pious man. You are not killing any man or any cow - we are very careful - but still you have to kill. What is that? Because we are walking on the street. You have seen. You are killing so many ants. The position is like that. Even if you do not wish to kill, even if you are very pious man, still you have to kill, unconsciously or consciously. The world situation is like that. Anyone who has come here, he must commit sinful activities. As soon as you get this material body, then you must have to commit sinful activities, even if you are very careful. It is not possible. Therefore sastra says, padam padam yad vipadam: "Every step there is vipada." You cannot be excused. Because you are killing one ant unconsciously while walking, your name is noted. Your ticket is immediately there: "Oh, you have killed so many ants." The law is so nice. Prakrteh kriyamanani gunaih karmani. Automatically it is recorded, automatically, and you have to suffer.

So then what to do? If the situation is like that, how to save? Therefore Krishna says, yajnarthe karmananyatra karma-bandhanah. If you dedicate your life for yajna... Yajna means for Vishnu. Yajnarthe karma means Yajna-purusa is Vishnu. If you work for Vishnu, then you are safe. Otherwise you are becoming complicated. Yajnarthe. Krishna says yajnarthe karma anyatra karma-bandhanah. If you are going to office to earn your bread, very hurriedly to attend the office, and you are killing so many ants, you are becoming entangled. You think, "I am going to office to do my duty very hurriedly," but you are becoming implicated. But if you go out for receiving some help for worshiping Vishnu, then you are free. Then you are free. Exactly like that: soldier who is fighting in the battlefield and killing so many men and he is given gold medal, "Oh, you have killed so many. So many lives you have killed of the opposite party, enemy. You take this Victoria Cross." He becomes recognized by the government. The same man, when he comes home, if he kills somebody for his sense gratification, he will be hanged. The same man. The same soldier, when he is fighting for king's service, government service, government is supplying him food, everything - "So fight very chivalrously" - and offering him gold medal. And the same men, when he comes home, for his sense gratification if he kills a man, he will be hanged. He may say in the court, "Sir, I have killed so many men in the battlefield and I was never hanged. I was given gold medal. And now I have killed only one man and I am going to be killed? Why? What is this?" "Yes." For your sense gratification, as soon as you do anything, that is sinful, whatever you do. It may be so-called pious activities in your calculation, but in this material world there is no such thing as pious activities or impious. Everything impious.

Lecture - Gorakhpur, February 13, 1971            

So Sridhara Swami is very nicely explaining the omnipotency of chanting the holy name. So he says, tasmad idam upapannam iti tatraha etavad iti. If one takes shelter of the transcendental holy name of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, he hasn't got to go through the dharma sastras or abiding by the rules and regulation of different kinds of religious scripture. Etavat. Etavad iti. Simply by surrendering to the holy name. So this is applicable in all ages, but especially in this age because nobody can perform the ritualistic ceremonies of any religious principle. The people are so fallen that they cannot. So this hari-namanukirtanam, it is not that it is manufactured for this age. No. This is potent in all other ages also, but especially it is potent because people in this age, they are unable to execute any religious principles very nicely.

Lecture - Gorakhpur, February 13, 1971

Our, this temple worship, Deity worship, we are following the principles of Deity worship because our acaryas established temple, but main principle is chanting. Therefore, whatever we are doing, we offering prasadam to the Lord, we are having mangalarati, the main principle is chanting Hare Krishna mantra. This temple worship, it can be avoided, but we cannot avoid chanting Hare Krishna mantra. As such, we have introduced in several centers that "Begin with Hare Krishna mantra, keeping the picture of Guru-Gauranga." If it is not possible to worship the Deity according to the rules and regulation, there is no need of establishing temple. But if there are devotees who can actually keep the temple worship method in right order, then... Otherwise, simple, by chanting, everything is complete. But when there is temple worship, there is automatic purification because we have to rise early in the morning, we have to take bath. This kind of purification is helped by temple worship. But when there is grossest type of people who cannot take to this, simply chanting will do. Hari namanukirtanam. Kalau tad, kali, kalau. Kalau, means this age, that cleanliness is very difficult to maintain. Therefore kalau tad dhari-kirtanat. This is recommended.
So trayyam jadi-krta-matih. By the injunction of the Vedas, people are captivated. "Oh, if I perform this yajna, then next life I'll be elevated to the heavenly planet, Svarga." Svargaloka.  So madhu-puspitayam. That is also stated in the Bhagavad-gita. Veda-vada-ratah partha nanyad astiti vadinah. Those who are simply after the formulas of the Veda, they cannot understand. The same example. Even at the present moment, because here is temple, people are attracted. If you simply chant, very few people will come. Very few people will come. Therefore both things are recommended. Trayyam jadi-krta-matih. Their mind is so materialistic that they cannot give proper respect or importance to the chanting of the holy name. Trayyam jadi-krta-matir madhu-puspitayam vaitani ke mahati karmani yujyamanah (?). They are... Generally, they are attracted for karma-kandiya vicara. That is explained here. Puspitayam puspatanair artha-vadi-mano harayam trayyam jadi-krta abhinivista matir yasya ata eva mahaty eva karmani agni-stomadau sraddhaya yujyamano narake pravartate. If you do not arrange for this gorgeous system, people are not attracted. Therefore we have to do sometimes to attract people, this gorgeousness. Otherwise, chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra without any offense is sufficient. Therefore our Guru Maharaja introduced both the processes. This arca,  this is pancaratriki-vidhi. According to pancaratrika system, Narada-pancaratra, this worship of the Deity is there. And bhagavata-marga, the path of Srimad-Bhagavatam, is simply sravanam kirtanam. Out of the nine processes recommended, sravanam kirtanam visnoh smaranam pada-sevanam, so up to sravanam kirtanam smaranam, that is Bhagavata-marga. That is the best. And pada-sevanam arcanam vandanam dasyam, that is pancaratriki-vidhi.

So both the vidhis, both the systems have been introduced. One will help the other. That is the way. Simply Bhagavata-marga... Just like in the Srimad-Bhagavatam, in the beginning, is simply sravanam - param satyam dhimahi; janmady asya - smaranam, simply remembering, memorizing the Supreme Truth. But, of course, the pancaratrika-vidhi is recommended in the Second Canto. That, another pancaratrika-vidhi, is worshiping the gigantic form of the Lord. These things are there. But both, combined together, it is very much helpful. Bhagavata-marga.

Bhagavata-marga will help the pancaratrika-marga, or process, and the pancaratrika process will help Bhagavata process. Both together is helpful. Therefore my Guru Maharaja introduced... You have seen the, what is called? That signia? One side, pancaratriki-vidhi, one side bhagavata-vidhi. That is... I have seen that Gaudiya Math emblem. Yes. And, so actually, Bhagavata-marga is very strong. That is sufficient. But without pancaratrika-vidhi this polluted body, polluted mind of the devotee, cannot be purified. Therefore both the process should be adopted in preaching Krishna consciousness movement.

(....To be continued)

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

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

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