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The Hammer For Smashing Illusion

Shankaracharya's famous "Bhaja Govinda"

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For the sake of happiness one indulges in unrestricted sense gratification, but alas, after some time, the body becomes diseased. Although death is the ultimate destination of everyone in this world, still people do not give up their sinful habits.

All for the Sake of Happiness

This verse explains that in the beginning, sense gratification can give one a little bit of pleasure, but in the end, for that little bit of pleasure, one will have to suffer a great deal. We may go to the hellish planets, or sometimes we become diseased and end up going to hospital. In this condition it becomes even harder to enjoy.

It is also explained that even though people know they will be going to hell by performing sinful activities, still they do not give up these sinful activities. They have some understanding that this is wrong, but still they desire to have this sense gratification. Sukhatah means for the sake of happiness. There is just some momentary sense pleasure, and for that they are willing to undergo many sufferings.

In this connection there is the story of Bilvamangala Thakur. Although later in his life he became a devotee, in the beginning he was very attached to a prostitute, and he underwent all kinds of suffering to enjoy with her. Once he left his house at midnight, during a big storm, and no ferryman would take him across the river on the way to her house, so he found a dead body and hung onto it just so he could cross the river. Even though the water was very cold and dangerous, still he was thinking of enjoying, and he went through all this hardship just for the sake of some momentary sex pleasure. Later he became a great devotee and poked out his eyes, because they entangled him in sense gratification, but the moral of this story is that sense gratifiers do not care how much suffering they have to undergo as long as they can have their sense gratification.

Our Ultimate Destination

Here it says that death is the ultimate destination of everyone in this world. They are enjoying and going to hell, but still they never learn their lesson. Krishna says that after many, many births of practice in yoga, then one can come to Him. It is not that one can give up sense gratification very easily; it takes a long time. But one should try to give up sense gratification, because it will ultimately lead him to hell. One should try to take to the process of yoga and thereby save himself from going to hell. When Lord Chaitanya came, He knew that so many people were in ignorance of this fact. He started this movement on a large scale in India, but after a while it died down again. Then Bhaktivinoda Thakur came, and he started publishing books about this philosophy. He tried to send his books to universities all over the world. When he, in turn, passed away from this earthly planet, he gave the mission to his son, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur Maharaja. He established sixty-four temples and centres all over India for preaching this movement. He translated many books and preached all over India and even in England and Germany.
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Then, when in turn he disappeared, he gave the movement to his disciple, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami, who translated more than sixty books from Sanskrit to English and published them through his Bhaktivedanta Book Trust, and spread Lord Chaitanya's mission all over the world, including Russia and China. Now even people in some of the remotest places of the world have the chance to give up this momentary pleasure and attain to Krishna consciousness.

The process is very easy. It is just chanting this holy name of Krishna, which is very pleasurable. By giving up momentary sense pleasure, we can have the eternal pleasure of serving Krishna. Hare Krishna.

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