741007 - Lecture Bengali - Mayapur

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His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada



741007LE-MAYAPUR - October 07, 1974 - 01:27 Minutes


(Translated from Bengali)

Srila Prabhupāda:

"If I'm religious, then my economic condition will improve. First religion, then economic development. Why do I want to improve my economic condition? So that it will become easy to indulge in everything I desire to enjoy."

"Dharmaḥ artha kāma" (Śrīmad Bhāgvatam 4.8.41, Caitanya-caritamṛta Ādi 1.90)... "And once I’ve enjoyed everything I desire, after that I'll think about liberation, Mokṣa." The Māyāvādīs (impersonalists) want to become one with God, when they are dissatisfied with material desires... meaning they are not satisfied fulfilling their material desires, they think' "Let me become God, then I'll become Lakṣmīpati (husband of the Goddess of Fortune.)" This consciousness has nothing to do with bhakti (devotional service to the Supreme Person).

Hence it is mentioned in the Bhāgavatam, "dharmaḥ projjhita-kaitavo 'tra" (Śrīmad Bhāgvatam 1.1.2), all these deceptions... 'dharmaḥ', 'artha', 'kāma', 'mokṣa', have been brushed aside and rejected. "Dharmaḥ artha kāma"... "dharmaḥ projjhita-kaitavo 'tra"... this is paramo nirmatsarāṇām ("the highest, the one hundred-percent pure in heart."). Bhakti is paramo nirmatsarāṇām, for paramahaṁsas ("top-most transcendentalist"), for those who desire only Bhagavān, the Supreme Person. That's all. Hmm.

(The End)