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Therefore it is
said, satam prasangan mama virya-samvido bhavanti
hrit-karna-rasayanah kathah [SB 3.25.25]. If the Bhagavata
discussion is done between the two potents, the disciple and the
master, then immediately, sadyah hridi avarudhyate. As it
is said in the beginning. Have you got Bhagavata? The
first, beginning? Sadyo hridy avarudhyate. Nigama-kalpa-taror
galitam phalam idam [SB 1.1.3], Srimad-Bhagavatam.
Sadyo hridy avarudhyate, shushrushubhis tat-kshanat.
Shushrushubhis, those who are serious about
understanding about the Supreme Absolute Truth, so for him, immediately
God becomes entrapped within the heart. God is there, but especially...
Hridi avarudhyate, kim va paraih... Avarudhyate
means you capture God. If there is discussion between devotees... Tushyanti
cha ramanti cha. In Bhagavad-gita it is said.
Tushyanti cha ramanti cha. When Bhagavata discussion is
there amongst devotees... It is the business of the devotees, not the
business of the nondevotees. Unfortunately, India, it has become a
athabhidhehy anga mano-'nukulam
yad aha vaiyasakir atma-vidya-
visharado nripatim sadhu prishtah [S Bhag. 2.3.25]
Translation: "O Suta Gosvami, your words
are pleasing to our minds. Please therefore explain this to us as it
was spoken by the great devotee Shukadeva Gosvami, who is very expert
in transcendental knowledge, and who spoke to Maharaja Parikshit upon
Prabhupada: So Parikshit Maharaja was asking and
Shukadeva Gosvami was replying. Both of them were fit to ask and to
reply. Bhagavata-pradhanah. Maharaja Parikshit was
disciple, and Shukadeva Gosvami was his spiritual master. If both of
them become fit, are fit, then the discussion of Srimad-Bhagavatam is
very pleasing. The student and the master. If the master is learned and
the student is foolish, then it will be not very much pleasing. Or the
master is foolish and student is also foolish, that will also not be
... Both of them should be ... Satam prasangan mama
virya-samvido bhavanti hrit-karna-rasayanah kathah [S Bhag.
3.25.25]. Virya, virya means potency. Just like if a potent
husband and potent wife have sex intercourse, immediately there will be
pregnancy. Therefore this word is used. Potent. Formerly, this was
being used. Both the husband and the wife remained potent, not impotent
and sterilized. They remained potent, voluntarily. But when they wanted
to beget a child, that one sex intercourse is sufficient. There is
unscrupulous persons, they recite Bhagavata-saptaha, and
the audience gather also for some material benefit. They take it as
auspicious activity, shubha-karya. They don't care for neither
the speaker nor the devotee. They don't care for understanding the
science of God. They are after some material profit. The professional
reader, he reads, he takes some contribution, some money, some
clothing, some umbrella, some shoes, some food, some money. In this
way, he collects a very lump sum for his maintenance of his family, and
the audience also thinks that "By hearing Bhagavatam,
I'll be very much profited materially." This is going on. Bhagavata-saptaha.
Bhagavata-saptaha, imitation. Parikshit
Maharaja heard for one week Srimad-Bhagavatam from
Shukadeva Gosvami. So they are imitating this one week. But where is
Parikshit and where is Shukadeva? Both of them have got some ulterior
purpose to hear Bhagavata. Therefore it is not affecting.
They are hearing Bhagavata for thousands of years, but
still, they are where they were formerly.
if Srimad-Bhagavatam is heard... Just like Parikshit
Maharaja is hearing... Sri-vishnoh smarane. Sri-vishnu, abhavad
vaiyasakih kirtane. Shravaaam kirtanam [S Bhag. 7.5.23].
Sri-vishnoh shravane parikshit. Parikshit Maharaja got salvation
simply by hearing about Vishnu. Sri-vishnoh smarane, shravane.
Parikshit Maharaja he was king, he was politician. So he had not much
knowledge about Vedic instruction. But when he was cursed that he would
die in seven days, he became very serious, and all the sages and
saintly persons agreed that "Maharaja Parikshit, for the last remaining
days of his life, seven days, he should hear attentively Srimad-Bhagavatam."
So sri-vishnoh shravane parikshit. He got salvation
simply by hearing about the glories of the Lord or activities of the
Lord, which is described in the Srimad-Bhagavatam. Sri-vishnoh
shravane parikshid abhavad vaiyasakih kirtane. And Vaiyasaki...
Vaiyasaki's name is mentioned here. Vaiyasakir atma-vidya.
Vaiyasaki means Shukadeva Gosvami.
went on narrating. In the middle, there were some questions,
intelligent questions, by Parikshit Maharaja. Question is also
required. If you simply hear, do not understand, just like dumb stone,
that's not good. You should hear attentively, and as soon as there is
some difficulty, you should question. Tad viddhi pranipatena
pariprashnena sevaya [Bhagavad-gita 4.34]. In the Bhagavad-gita
it is said that you should understand... First of all surrender. Pranipata.
Tad viddhi pranipatena. Pranipatena means you must find
out an able teacher, where you can surrender. So nobody wants to
surrender, but if he sees that there is a greater personality than him,
he surrenders. That is nature. So this pranipata word means
that you do not go for understanding Bhagavad-gita and Bhagavata
to a store-keeper. You should go to a person where you can surrender. Tad
viddhi praaipatena [Bg. 4.34]. And pariprashnena.
And inquiry. And sevaya. You should not take... You should not
inquire gratis; you must give service.
Just like if
you purchase something, you must pay for it. Therefore it is called sevaya.
You cannot pay by returning the value which is taught by the spiritual
master. That is not possible. Therefore it is called sevaya.
Dedicate your life for his service. You cannot pay. What you have got
to pay to a spiritual master? Just like our King Prithu Maharaja. When
the Kumaras preached to him about transcendental knowledge, he very
humbly submitted, "My dear spiritual master, you have taught me so
nice. I require to give you some dakshina." Dakshina,
that is required. After initiation, one should pay dakshina.
That is a system. "I should pay dakshina, but what shall I pay?
I haven't got anything as my personal possession. It is already by the
mercy of the brahmanas that I am enjoying this kingdom. So it
is already belonging to you. My kingdom, it is already belonging to
you." That was the system. If any saintly person, brahmana,
will ask from a kshatriya king, he cannot deny.
gave his son to be sacrificed. A brahmana asked that "I want
your son to be sacrificed by you." He was incarnation of God. He tested
Karna's charity. He was very charitable, so he asked him that "I want
your son, and you shall sacrifice, you both, husband and wife." He
agreed, Karna, "Yes, I'll do that." So there was some test like that.
So actually, formerly, the kings, they possessed their kingdom just to
manage, not thinking "It is my property. I am the king." As soon as the
kings thought like that, the monarchy finished. The king never thought
like that. He thought himself as appointed agent of God, king. So he
never thought. So Prithu Maharaja said that "Nothing belongs to me, and
even if I can pay from my treasury, so I cannot actually pay for the
benefit I have derived from you. Therefore, the only way I can pay—that
I surrender unto you. You can utilize me in any way." So, tad
viddhi pranipatena pariprashnena sevaya [Bg. 4.34]. Therefore
the disciple's duty is to be ready always to serve the spiritual
master, at any cost.
That is the
disciple's duty. Sevaya. Upadekshyanti te jnanam
jnaninas tattva-darshinah. So real knowledge can be achieved in
this process. Pranipata... Not that I can challenge, "Oh,
I can know. I have got so much education and degrees. I can understand
what is God," or "There is no need of God. I am God. We are the
controller." So these are all rascaldom. Real thing is tad
viddhi pranipatena pariprashnena, as Parikshit Maharaja, the
emperor of the world, he's hearing from Shukadeva Gosvami, you have
seen that picture in our Bhagavata, newly published, how
Parikshit Maharaja humbly asking and sitting before Shukadeva Gosvami.
So bhagavata-pradhanah. Bhagavata-pradhanah. So Shukadeva
Gosvami is the chief bhagavata. Bhagavata, there are
two kinds of bhagavata: grantha [book] bhagavatam
and this person bhagavatam. So Shukadeva Gosvami was person bhagavatam,
bhagavata, chief. Bhagavata-pradhanah.
Bhagavata-pradhanah means realized souls. We
should not hear Bhagavatam from a professional man, who
are observing the Bhagavata-saptaha.
I know, in
Bombay there is a big speaker of Bhagavatam. He preaches
that "You remain in your family life very peacefully. This is the
instruction of Bhagavata." He never teaches that you have
to give up this nonsense family life and you have to go back to home,
back to Godhead. He never preaches that. There are so many examples. He
comes to the conclusion that "You live peacefully," as if to live
peacefully in this material world is the highest achievement of life.
They will never disclose the actual fact that nobody can live in this
world peacefully. It is not possible at all. But they want money. So
they'll flatter or they'll go to Krishna's rasa-lila,
presenting Krishna as ordinary human being and the gopis are
ordinary girls. So this is very palatable for us, kissing, embracing
young girls. So Krishna is doing, but they take it that their embracing
and kissing is supported by Krishna. This is going on. That is a
different subject matter; they do not know that.
Krishna's dealing with the gopis have been described in the
middle of Tenth Canto. And nine cantos have been devoted, describe, so
that one may understand what is Krishna. What is Krishna. The beginning
of the Srimad-Bhagavatam, om namo bhagavate
vasudevaya. Begins, janmady asya yatah [SB 1.1.1].
What is this Vasudeva, Krishna? Janmady asya yatah. "He
the origin of everything." And we, if we take Krishna as ordinary
person and He's dancing with the gopis just like ordinary
thing, then what Bhagavata he will understand? He will go
to hell. He's deriding, taking Krishna very insignificantly. Avajna.
Avajananti mam mudha manushim tanum ashritam
[Bg. 9.11]. "These rascals, because I observe My pastimes just like
human being, they're accepting Me as human being, ordinary." Manushim
tanum ashritam. Param bhavam ajanantah. They do
not know what is the background of Krishna. The background of Krishna
is in the beginning said janmady asya yatah [SB 1.1.1].
first aphorism of Vedanta-sutra.
That means, Vedanta means to understand Krishna. These
rascal Vedantists, they try to kill Krishna. They want to become
himself Krishna, the so-called Vedantists. Vedaish cha sarvair
aham eva vedyah [Bg. 15.15]. The purpose of reading Vedanta
means to understand Krishna. So without understanding Krishna, without
being trained up how to understand Krishna, if one reads about
Krishna's rasa-lila, he'll go to hell. Because he has got the
tendency of this easy sex, so he thinks, "Krishna is like us." And
therefore, for ordinary men, this krishna-lila... Krishna-lila
means they simply understand krishna-lila means Krishna's rasa-lila.
That's all. And Krishna's killing the Kamsa, that is not lila.
Because Kamsas, the rakshasas, they are afraid of being
vanquished by Krishna. So they do not like that lila. They'll
like this lila. So therefore the idea is that if we want to
understand Krishna, we should... Krishna understanding is not so easy.
So like Shukadeva Gosvami, you should hear patiently, submissively,
with service and question. So in that way Maharaja Parikshit attained
salvation in seven days. If it is, Srimad-Bhagavatam,
actually heard in that seriousness... Where is that seriousness? That
seriousness was there in Parikshit Maharaja because he knew it
certainly that he was going to die within seven days. So "I have to
finish my God realization, self-realization, with seven days." We are
not so serious, because we are thinking that "We shall live for seven
millions of years, so let me go slowly. Better utilize the time by
sleeping." That is our position. If you have got some time, "Let me
take this opportunity by sleeping, not by reading the books." So if you
do not become serious, then it will take many, many years. But we
should be serious more than Shukadeva or Parikshit Maharaja. Parikshit
Maharaja had at least time limit seven days, but we do not know whether
we will live again seven minutes. Any moment your heart can failure.
kashchid yatati siddhaye
yatatam api siddhanam
kashchin mam vetti tattvatah [Bg. 7.3]
You do not
know. You are going to the street... Just like the two boys were
coming. They did not know that they were going to be killed. So our
life is so jeopardized. Any moment I can die. That's a fact. If you
don't take seriously like that, that "Any moment, I can die." So
Parikshit Maharaja had the opportunity of hearing Srimad-Bhagavatam
for seven days, so I do not know whether we'll have, I have opportunity
for reading Srimad-Bhagavatam for seven minutes. So let
me read it very seriously." That should be our attitude. Not that,
"Seven... Oh, Parikshit Maharaja was given seven days notice. Oh, I
have no such notice. I may live for seven millions of years." That is
our disease. Here the most wonderful thing is that everyone is seeing
that everyone is dying every moment, but the man seeing, he's thinking
that he will live forever. This is the most wonderful thing. Nobody
thinks, "No. He is dying, so I will have to die." No. He thinks "I'll
live. He is dying." This is the most wonderful thing.
He does not
think that "I have seen. My father has died, my mother has died, my
brother has died. So everyone has died. So I'll die. So what I am doing
before death?" They're not serious. Not at all serious. But death is...
"As sure as death." And we do not know when that death is coming to
take place. So how much serious we should be. We should be very
serious. Labdhva su-durlabham idam bahu-sambhavante. We
have got this human form of body, human consciousness, advanced
consciousness, after many, many births, after through the evolutionary
process. Many millions of years we have passed through many species of
life. Ashitim chaturash chaiva lakshams tan jiva-jatishu.
Ashitim chaturah, eighty-four lakhs or
8,400,000's. Bhramadbhih purushaih prapyam manushyam. In
this way, going through so many species of life, we have got this human
form of life.
tad apy abhalatam jatah
In this valuable life, it will also be spoiled if we don't surrender to
Krishna. Krishna is canvassing personally,
govinda-charana-dvayam (Brahma-vaivarta Purana)
Krishna personally comes to canvass. Because we are all Krishna's
children, He's very sorry that we are in this miserable condition of
life. He's very sorry. But we are so fool, we do not know that what is
the condition of our life. We are thinking we are very much happy. This
is called maya. He's suffering, he's kicked by the shoes of maya
every moment, and still, he's thinking "I am very happy. Why shall I go
back to home? I shall remain in America." But you cannot be allowed to
remain in America. You are thinking, "All right... You are born of a
very rich family, a rich nation, you have got opulence. You have...
Your roads and your houses are very nice, but who is going to allow you
to live here? Why don't you think like that? You may live for fifty
years, or sixty years, or utmost 100 years; then you'll be kicked out.
But they do not know that life is eternal.
mam ekam sharanam vraja
aham tvam sarva-papebhyo
mokshayishyami ma shuchah [Bg. 18.66]
When I am
kicked out, then what life I am going to accept? They are in oblivion.
There is no education in the university. This is going on. So this
Krishna consciousness movement is a boon to the human society. You
should take it very seriously and utilize your human form of life to
understand it and be happy. Thank you very much. (pause) Why not begin