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710307 - Lecture SB 07.06.19-21 - Calcutta

His Divine Grace
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

710307SB-Calcutta - March 07, 1971 - 29:48 Minutes


na hy acyutaṁ prīṇayato
bahv-āyāso 'surātmajāḥ
ātmatvāt sarva-bhūtānāṁ
siddhatvād iha sarvataḥ
(SB 7.6.19)

(My dear sons of demons, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Nārāyaṇa, is the original Supersoul, the father of all living entities. Consequently there are no impediments to pleasing Him or worshiping Him under any conditions, whether one be a child or an old man. The relationship between the living entities and the Supreme Personality of Godhead is always a fact, and therefore there is no difficulty in pleasing the Lord.)

So Prahlāda Mahārāja concluded that instead of wasting time for so-called material happiness, sense gratification, please engage yourself in the service of Nārāyaṇa. That conclusion he has made giving his very nice arguments and reasoning that a human being has nothing to do for sense gratification, he has only to act in Kṛṣṇa consciousness. There is no other engagement. Any other engagement than Kṛṣṇa consciousness business is sense gratification and that is waste of time. This conclusion is made. Now such a big thing, Kṛṣṇa consciousness. Does it mean that one has to make a very big attempt for capturing the exalted platform? Prahlāda Mahārāja says: No, no, no:

na hy acyutaṁ prīṇayato
bahv-āyāso 'surātmajāḥ
(SB 7.6.19)

Sometimes people deviate from accepting Kṛṣṇa consciousness, they think that it is very difficult. Sense gratification is very easy but Kṛṣṇa consciousness accepting (is difficult), actually they think like that. But the real fact is it is more difficult to attain for sense gratification than Kṛṣṇa consciousness. Kṛṣṇa consciousness is very easy. These people, for sense gratification, they are trying to adjust these material inconveniences in so many ways. So many parties, so many politicals, socials and educational propaganda but the result is zero. In spite of so much endeavor the result is zero. And so far Kṛṣṇa consciousness is concerned anyone, anywhere, any part of the world, simply he can chant Hare Kṛṣṇa mantra and his life becomes successful.

Prahlāda Mahārāja says: "My dear asurātmajāḥ," ātmajāḥ means sons. "My dear sons of the asuras." He also admits himself that, "I am also son of asura." So it is not very difficult to develop your Kṛṣṇa consciousness and Nārāyaṇa consciousness, the same thing. Why?

ātmatvāt sarva-bhūtānāṁ
siddhatvād iha sarvataḥ
(SB 7.6.19)

Because being the supersoul, the all-pervading supersoul—ātmatvāt sarva-bhūtānāṁ. Not that Kṛṣṇa or Nārāyaṇa is only for the Hindus or for the Indians or for the brahmins. No. Sarva-bhūtānāṁ, ātmavat sarva-bhūtānāṁ. Sarva-bhūtānāṁ means "all living entities." Even animals. Because the Supersoul, ātmā, Paramātmā of every living entity so He is available for everyone. This is not a conclusion that Kṛṣṇa or Viṣṇu is meant for the Hindus or the Indians or the brahmins. No, sarva-bhūtānāṁ. Siddhatvād iha vedeṣu.

nanu bālānām asmākaṁ tad bhajanam aśakyam iti cet tatrāha, nahīti.
bahv-āyāso ’ti-prayāsaḥ.
(Bhāvārtha-dīpikā 7.6.19)

So Prahlāda Mahārāja, expecting that they might say that, "We are only five years old boys, children, how it is possible to accept Kṛṣṇa consciousness?" So he is convincing them, "So don't think like that." Kṛṣṇa consciousness is easier because He is everywhere in everyone's heart. You haven't got to go outside to search out Him, simply you have to accept the process and you will find within your heart just near you, Kṛṣṇa. If anyone chants Hare Kṛṣṇa mantra without any offense, seriously, he will very soon realize that Kṛṣṇa is just on his tongue, He is dancing there. Hare Kṛṣṇa Hare Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa. No, it is not difficult that you have to search for Kṛṣṇa, He's all so long, long distance away. You can not approach even Kṛṣṇaloka by the airplane of mind and air but a still Kṛṣṇa is available. At your hand, within your heart: īśvaraḥ sarva-bhūtānāṁ hṛd-deśe 'rjuna tiṣṭhati (BG 18.61).

Simply we have to adopt the process, how to realize Him, then it is not at all difficult.

parāvareṣu bhūteṣu
bhautikeṣu vikāreṣu
bhūteṣv atha mahatsu (ca)
(SB 7.6.20)

So Kṛṣṇa can be found, not only within your heart, but also parāvareṣu, parā and avara. There are two creations, one creation is spiritual and another creation is material, that is called parāvareṣu. Parā means—spiritual, avara means—the material. Bhūteṣu, bhūteṣu there are five elements: earth, water, air, fire and sky. Everywhere Kṛṣṇa is there, bhūteṣu. Brahmānta-sthāvarādiṣu, brahmānta, beginning from the ant up to the Brahmā. Ant is the most insignificant creature and Brahmā is most important, first created being. Everywhere, in every living entity Kṛṣṇa is there—īśvaraḥ sarva-bhūtānāṁ. Bhautikeṣu—anything which is material, everywhere: aṇḍāntara-stham-paramāṇu-cayāntara (Bs 5.35).

So he is not only within this universe but he is within the atom. Bhautikeṣu vikāreṣu—and the creation by interaction of these five elements. Suppose here is a microphone, it is a creation of the five elements, here is also Kṛṣṇa. So this is Kṛṣṇa consciousness. Everywhere is Kṛṣṇa or everything belongs to Kṛṣṇa, take it otherwise. Anyway therefore everything should be utilized for Kṛṣṇa, this is Kṛṣṇa consciousness. Nothing is without Kṛṣṇa—īśāvāsyam idaṁ sarvaṁ (Īśopaniṣad One).

This is the same thing is being explained by Prahlāda Mahārāja. One has to see Kṛṣṇa everywhere. Stāvara jaṅgame se dekhe āmāre muk (Gītār Gān 6.29). The highly elevated, the devotees, mahā-bhāgavatas, he never sees anything, he sees simply Kṛṣṇa, in everything. Stāvara jaṅgame se dekhe . . . (indistinct) . . . he sees trees, he sees animals or man, going, moving, but he does not see them, he sees, "O here is a part and parcel of Kṛṣṇa moving in this way. Staying in this way." This is Kṛṣṇa conscious. He does not see the outward covering. Just like when you receive a friend known to you—you don't see his dress, you see your friend. Similarly if you have developed love for Kṛṣṇa then you will see that everywhere is Kṛṣṇa existing.

bhautikeṣu vikāreṣu
bhūteṣv atha mahatsu ca
(SB 7.6.20)
ātmatvāt sarvatra siddhatvād iti ca hetu-dvayam upapādayati, parāvareṣv iti caturbhiḥ
brahma anto yeṣāṁ sthāvara ādir yeṣāṁ teṣu bhūteṣu jīveṣu
bhautikeṣv ajīveṣu
(Bhāvārtha-dīpikā 7.6.20)

Bhūteṣu means living, and bhautikeṣu, bhautik that non-living, matter. Both in living and . . . (indistinct) . . . as well as . . . material elements or entities, everywhere is Kṛṣṇa. Ajīveṣu ghaṭādiṣu, ajīveṣu—just like these karatālas, these karatālas has no life but when it is used for chanting Kṛṣṇa's name, there is Kṛṣṇa. This is Kṛṣṇa vision, this is Kṛṣṇa conscious. Anything used for Kṛṣṇa consciousness, anything used for Kṛṣṇa's service, it is not different from Kṛṣṇa. That is advised here Prahlāda Mahārāja, he's a mahā-bhāgavata, he advised, everywhere.

guṇeṣu guṇa-sāmye ca
guṇa-vyatikare tathā
eka eva paro hy ātmā
bhagavān īśvaro 'vyayaḥ
(SB 7.6.21)

Guṇeṣu means—all the things that is manufactured. We have got so many things therefore guṇeṣu. Guṇa-vyatikare—everywhere is Kṛṣṇa. Everywhere is Kṛṣṇa.

kathaṁ tarhi draṣṭṭa-dṛśya-bhoktṛ- bhogyādi-bhedo māyayety āha, pratyagātmā draṣṭā bhoktā tat svarūpeṇa vyāpakatayā nirdeśyaḥ
dṛśyaṁ bhogyaṁ dehādi tad rūpeṇa ca vyāpyatayā nirdeśyo māyayāīyata ity uttareṇānvayaḥ
vastutas tu svayam avikalpito ’nirdeśyo ’pi san yadvā anirdeśyo ’py evaṁ nirdeśyaḥ san vikalpita īyata ity anvayaḥ
(Bhāvārtha-dīpikā 7.6.21)

So the atheist class they challenge, "Where is God?" "Can you show me God?" The atheist class. But a devotee is seeing always God, nothing except God. That is the difference between atheist and devotee. Why? Why the devotee sees always Kṛṣṇa in everything?

santaḥ sadaiva hṛdayeṣu vilokayanti
yaṁśyāmasundaram acintya-guṇa-svarūpaṁ
govindam ādi-puruṣaṁ tam ahaṁ bhajāmi
(Bs 5.38)

This seeing power of Kṛṣṇa in everything will be possible when the devotees eyes are anointed with the ointment of prema. Premāñjana-cchurita, añjana, what is English of āñjana? Kal . . . Kali? . . .

Devotee: . . . (indistinct)

Prabhupāda: Eh?

Devotee (2): Salve.

Prabhupāda: Salve? What is . . . what is the spelling?

Devotee: S-A-L-V-E.

Prabhupāda: Oh salve, yes. So the salve of love when it is painted or when it is smeared on your eyeballs, then you can see Kṛṣṇa as He is. So in order to see God, in order to see Kṛṣṇa we have to paint this salve daily by this daily routine work. Ādau śraddhā, tato prema (CC Madhya 23.14-15).

We have to invoke prema. Prema is there within you—kṛṣṇa-bhakti nitya-siddha (CC Madhya 22.107).

It is as you are truth, as spirit soul part and parcel of similarly your love for Kṛṣṇa is also a fact. It is not that artificially we are being taught to love Kṛṣṇa. Simply it has to be awakened, that's all. Śravaṇādi-śuddha-citte karaye udaya. Udaya means—it is awakened. Not that artificially you are being taught to love Kṛṣṇa. Nothing artificial can stand, that is not possible.

So in order to invoke that love of Godhead there is process, this is the process. This is the process as prescribed in the śāstras: sādhu śāstra guru-vākya (Guru-vandanā 2). You have to make progress with reference to the śāstras, with reference to the saintly persons, ācāryas, and your direct spiritual master. Sādhu śāstra guru, tinete koriyā aikya. Ādau śraddhā tato sādhu-saṅga. Sādhu first. Sādhu first. If anyone has got śraddhā, a faith for realizing Kṛṣṇa then he must associate with sādhus.

Our, this society means it is a society of the sādhus, Kṛṣṇa consciousness. Don't be asādhu, then your societies name will be spoiled. And what is the symptoms of sādhu? Sādhu means titikṣavaḥ kāruṇikāḥ (SB 3.25.21).

Titikṣavaḥ—tolerate. If there is any inconvenience in this society don't be disturbed, tolerate, that is the first qualification of sādhu. Don't think, "Oh it is not suitable for me I am going away." No. No. Tolerate. If you can not cope with your friends and god brothers, tolerate, try to pacify.

My Guru Mahārāja used to—whenever there were big assembly, there will be difference of opinion, difference of treatment, even we find bad treatment—but titikṣavaḥ. One of our god brothers was a big thief, he was stealing money of the society, I don't wish to disclose his name, perhaps you may know. There were complaints to my Guru Mahārāja that, "This man is taking all the money for his." So he used to reply, "So why you are complaining? Why you are not sympathetic with your godbrother? He's so much attached to money, can you not turn him to be attached to Kṛṣṇa? Why you are complaining?" He used to like that. He knew that, "This rascal, he is taking money," and there were complaints but he used to reply. So titikṣavaḥ, titikṣavaḥ. Sādhu means very tolerant. Tṛṇād api sunīcena, taror iva sahiṣṇunā, amāninā mānadena (CC Antya 20.21).

The first qualification of sādhu is tolerance. Humbler than the grass and tolerant than the trees. Titikṣavaḥ kāruṇikāḥ. One side tolerance another side very compassionate. Preaching. These non Kṛṣṇa-consciousness people, they are suffering, without Kṛṣṇa consciousness they are suffering. Let us do some service so that they may come to Kṛṣṇa consciousness and be happy, this is kāruṇikāḥ, titikṣavaḥ kāruṇikāḥ, suhṛdam sarva-bhūtānām.

Then preaching should be done only in India? No. Sarva-bhūtānām! All over the world for the. There are not (just) living entities within India or within Hindus. Suhṛdam sarva-bhūtānām. All living entities, they should be compassionate, how they are suffering for want of Kṛṣṇa consciousness. Let them take this Kṛṣṇa consciousness, these are the sādhu's business, titikṣavaḥ kāruṇikāḥ. And if you do that, ajāta-śatravaḥ, nobody will be your enemy. And depend on this principle Kṛṣṇa is even enemies they will be . . . (indistinct) . . . but, don't care for those enemies, you remain firmly with Kṛṣṇa by speaking His message. Kṛṣṇa will give you protection. Suhṛdam sarva-bhūtānām, sādhavaḥ sādhu-bhūṣaṇāḥ. They are sādhus because they have got all these sādhu characteristics.

So sādhu-saṅga—people should be given chance to associate with sādhus then, bhajana-kriyā. As soon as one comes in contact with sādhu he will be willing to accept the process of devotional service, initiation. He will be eager to be initiated. Bhajana. And as soon as he is initiated and follows the regulative principles then anartha-nivṛttiḥ syāt (CC Madhya 23.14).

All the nonsense habits will disappear. All nonsense automatically. If there is bhajana-kriyā, actually, then there automatically there is disappearance of. Anyone who is actually undergoing bhajana-kriyā you can not see him smoking and drinking tea it is impossible. Therefore if you see so-called sādhu and so-called Bābājī, "Oh it's just a puff." Then you must know there is no bhajana-kriyā. That is a test! That bhajana-kriyā means all this nonsense habits must disappear—bhajana. And without disappearance of the nonsense habits nobody can be attached to Kṛṣṇa consciousness.

Atha bhajana-kriyā, tato niṣṭhā, niṣṭhā—when anartha-nivṛttiḥ, when there is disappearance of unwanted things. Just like our students, they never think of going to the cinema. They're also young men. Because they have no taste for it anymore. Every young man you will see they are standing in line for hours together for purchasing ticket. But Kṛṣṇa consciousness is so nice that even one is very young, even one has got all the inclinations, he has no more taste, paraṁ dṛṣṭvā nivartate (BG 2.59).

Because he has got better taste he doesn't like this. Anartha-nivṛttiḥ, tato niṣṭhā—when anartha-nivṛttiḥ is there then he is firmly fixed-up, it is to be understood. Firmly fixed-up, he's niṣṭhā. Then rucis—love for Kṛṣṇa, āsaktiḥ, without Kṛṣṇa, just like gopīs, of course gopīs position is very, very high, but some of them attained āsaktiḥ. Kṛṣṇa is going to Mathurā, they are serving.

Hm, āsaktiḥ, tathāsakti. Then prema, these are the signs of prema. As soon as you reach to the platform of prema, then you see Kṛṣṇa in every minute, nothing but Kṛṣṇa. This is perfection of Kṛṣṇa consciousness. You'll find everywhere Kṛṣṇa, that is perfect love.

Thank you very much. (break)

Guest: . . . (indistinct)

Prabhupāda: How difficult? Anywhere sit down, if you even cannot go outside, sit down, chant Hare Kṛṣṇa and you will develop this highest perfectional stage. What is the difficulty? And for sense gratification, oh how much they are struggling hard. So sense gratification is difficult, Kṛṣṇa consciousness is not at all difficult. Is that alright, the other side?

Guest: . . . (indistinct)

Prabhupāda: Yes.

Guest: . . . (indistinct)

Prabhupāda: Yes. It is not at all difficult. It's easier, but the rascal will not accept the religious process. They'll try to be happy by sense gratification. This is māyā. He has been made a servant of māyā, working day and night very hard for sense gratification. They will reply, "Oh if everyone becomes Kṛṣṇa conscious who will work like me, like an ass?" That is their argument, "Where the asses will go?" (laughs) Why you keep him ass, why not make him a man? That program is not acceptable, he shall remain ass, sa eva go-kharaḥ (SB 10.84.13).

What do you think? Manu. He was a priest in your country, yes, he was intelligent, be prepared.

Guest: . . . (indistinct)

Prabhupāda: Eh?

Guest: . . . (indistinct)

Prabhupāda: What is that?

Guest: . . . (indistinct)

Prabhupāda: Yes.

Guest: . . . (indistinct)

Prabhupāda: Yes material nature, that's all, just like we are feeling it is cold, covering, that's all. Mātrā-sparśās tu kaunteya, śītoṣṇa-sukha-duḥkha-dāḥ (BG 2.14).

Because it is cold that does not mean that we shall stop our Kṛṣṇa consciousness business. Let it go on, tolerate. If there is time crying for a little, but go on with your Kṛṣṇa consciousness. He is using he is coming by force, all-right let him wait for two minutes, let's finish this business. But they can not stop our Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement. Just like I may be called for answering natures call, I go, alright, finish it. Like that. For that reason one cannot stop Kṛṣṇa consciousness. That is not. Tāṁs titikṣasva bhārata (Bg 2.14). Kṛṣṇa advises Arjuna, "Tolerate," it is painful, alright, tolerate. (coughs) That does not mean. That is māyā, it is āgamāpāyino 'nityās, it comes and goes they are temporary, disturbing elements. Alright just let him tolerate, that's all. So many things come and go, so we take it like that. You have any questions, Saheeb?

Guest: . . . (indistinct)

Prabhupāda: That's all right. All right. (end)