700802 - Lecture Purport to Nrsimha Prayers - Los Angeles

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His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada



700802PU-LOS ANGELES - August 02, 1970 - 09:36 Minutes



(Prabhupāda chants along Govindam prayers)

Prabhupāda: Hare Kṛṣṇa.

Devotees: Hare Kṛṣṇa.

Prabhupāda: Everything all right?

Devotees: Jaya.

Prabhupāda: Chant Nṛsiṁha mantra.

namas te narasiṁhāya
prahlādāhlāda-dāyine
hiraṇyakaśipor vakṣaḥ-
śilā-ṭaṅka-nakhālaye

(I offer my obeisances to Lord Narasiṁha who gives joy to Prahlāda Mahārāja and whose nails are like chisels on the stonelike chest of the demon Hiraṇyakaśipu.)

ito nṛsiṁhaḥ parato nṛsiṁho
yato yato yāmi tato nṛsiṁhaḥ
bahir nṛsiṁho hṛdaye nṛsiṁho
nṛsiṁham ādiṁ śaraṇaṁ prapadye

(Lord Nṛsiṁha is here and also there. Wherever I go Lord Nṛsiṁha is there. He is in the heart and is outside as well. I surrender to Lord Nṛsiṁha, the origin of all things and the supreme refuge.)

tava kara-kamala-vare nakham adbhuta-śṛṅgaṁ
dalita-hiraṇyakaśipu-tanu-bhṛṅgam
keśava dhṛta-narahari-rūpa jaya jagadīśa hare
jaya jagadīśa hare jaya jagadīśa hare

(O Keśava! O Lord of the universe! O Lord Hari, who have assumed the form of half-man, half-lion! All glories to You! Just as one can easily crush a wasp between one's fingernails, so in the same way the body of the wasplike demon Hiraṇyakaśipu has been ripped apart by the wonderful pointed nails on Your beautiful lotus hands.)

Nṛsiṁha-deva may save you. Lord Nṛsiṁha, prahlāda āhlāda-dāyine. And to the Hiraṇyakaśipu, śilā-ṭaṅka-nakhālaye. Both ways Kṛṣṇa is protecting. And Viṣṇu, you see He has got four hands. In two hands He's carrying śaṇkha, cakra, and in two hands gadā, padma. This śaṅkha and padma is for the devotee, and gadā and cakra for the demon. Kṛṣṇa says in the Bhagavad-gītā, yadā yadā hi..., paritrāṇāya sādhūnāṁ vināśāya ca duṣkṛtām (BG 4.8). He has got two business: to give protection to the devotee and to kill the demons. But the result is one. He does good to the demons by killing him, and He does good to the devotees by giving him protection.

So Nṛsiṁha-deva will give you protection in my absence. I am now going to Japan to get some books printed personally, and after that my program is to go to India. Maybe I shall be able to establish some temples there. Of course, in India there are many temples, but it does not mean that I shall not also establish some temples. Just like there is overpopulation, it does not mean that one should not beget child. Similarly, there may be many hundreds of thousand temples in India, still our this Society, ISKCON, should have their own temples. That is the way since time immemorial. There are hundreds and thousands of temples.

So my advice to you: I am old man. So even I may not return, you shall continue this Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement. This is eternal, and I shall request you to keep the standard as I have already given you the program: the Deity worship, the kīrtana, the street saṅkīrtana, distribution of literature, books. You should carry on this program with great enthusiasm. That is my request.

In the path of Kṛṣṇa consciousness the first principle is enthusiasm. If you lack enthusiasm then other things will not happen. And you can keep enthusiastic if you follow the rules and regulation and chant regularly Hare Kṛṣṇa mantra. Otherwise that enthusiasm also will dry.

So six things are required for advancing Kṛṣṇa consciousness. The first thing is enthusiasm. Utsāhān dhairyāt. And patient. And niścayād, with conviction, firm conviction. Utsāhān dhairyāt niścayād tat-tat-karma-pravartanāt (NOI 3): following the rules and regulation, chalked-out plans. And sato vṛtteḥ, dealing very straightforward. No diplomacy, no politics, no duplicity. That will not help you. Sato vṛtteḥ. Vṛtteḥ, his profession, should be very straightforward. No underhand dealings. Sato vṛtteḥ and sādhu-saṅga (CC Madhya 22.83), and in the association of devotees.

Six things: enthusiasm, patience, firm conviction, following the rules and regulations, dealing straightforward, no duplicity, and in association of devotees. If you can keep these six principles always in front, then your progress in Kṛṣṇa consciousness is sure. There is no doubt about it. So as far as possible I've tried to train you, and you are doing nice. I'm satisfied. So keep the standard and go on. March forward, and Kṛṣṇa will bless you.

Thank you very much. Hare Kṛṣṇa. (devotees offer obeisances)

Chant. (end)