INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR KRISHNA CONSCIOUSNESS
Founder-Ācārya: His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda
THE FOLLOWING LECTURE WAS GIVEN BY HIS HOLINESS BHAKTI CHARU SWAMI DURING THE FESTIVAL “SRILA PRABHUPADA’ ARRIVAL IN AMERICA” IN UJJAIN ON 14TH SEP 2006.
His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami :
Namo Om Vishnu Padaya Krishna Presthaya Bhutale
Srimate Bhaktivedanta Swami Iti Namine
So first of all I would like to express my thanks to those who have come, those of who have come here to participate in Srila Prabhupada’s memorial festival. In a way the festival is starting from today, but the actual festival will be on the 17th September to mark Srila Prabhupada’s arrival in the United States of America. Srila Prabhupada’s arrival in America marks a very significant happening in this, in the history of this world. That significance will be revealed in course of time. Although we can see the effect of Srila Prabhupada’s going to America, and starting his mission of spreading Krishna Consciousness all over the world fulfilling the prediction of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, but the real impact of that hasn’t become visible to us. In course of time that will become visible. So we have come here to celebrate that occasion “Srila Prabhupada’s arrival in the United States of America”, Srila Prabhupada’s starting the mission of worldwide propagation of , Srila Prabhupada’s mission of worldwide propagation of Krishna consciousness. What happened? I thought that we will have an inverter? Ya, Ok. Srila Prabhupada’s starting of his worldwide occasion of Krishna consciousness movement. We are very fortunate that somehow or other we have become connected to Srila Prabhupada, connected to his sankirtan movement, connected to his Iskcon and it is important that we recognize the inconceivable good fortune that we have received out of that. Sometimes we become complacent or we forget the good fortune that we have received. Therefore, there is a need of continuous reminder of that. We need to discuss among ourselves what an inconceivable good fortune it is, and for next few days this is what we will be discussing. For next few days not only we will have the Bhagavatam classes and seminars, but we should take every single opportunity to remind ourselves about this good fortunate of ours. And we should also remind you that please don’t consider that you have come for a vacation. No, you haven’t come to a vacation, you have come here to become involved. It is not a vacation but it is an involvement. Vacation is the time when somebody comes to relax from everything else, but we haven’t come here to relax rather we have to come here to become, to plunge more deeper into this fire of sankirtan. Yes, it is a fire, the fire that burns our impurities. The way to purify gold is by burning it. You burn gold but gold doesn’t get burned, the impurities get burned. Similarly in this fire of Krishna consciousness our spirit soul doesn’t get burned, but all our impurities, all our material impurities, all our material attachments which are actually impurities, all the way up to our false ego gets burned. We have come here to get purified. And this purification actually makes it beautiful. The gold, more pure it becomes the more lustrous it becomes, more bright it becomes. Similarly the more we get burned in this fire of Krishna consciousness, the more luminous, more brilliant we will become and that is the beauty of the soul. Our actual beauty is not the beauty of this body. Beauty of this body is only skin deep . It’s only up to the skin and the beauty of the body can also be deceptive. Somebody who may look very beautiful may not be at all beautiful, may not be the most ugly person from inside. But coming in contact with Krishna our real form becomes exposed. Like Putana came as a very very beautiful woman. She looked so beautiful that she looked like Laxmidevi herself. The devotees there in Vraj mistook her to Laxmidevi herself. But when her real form was exposed then you saw how ugly she was. Therefore we should not try to enhance our physical beauty. Everybody wants to be beautiful. In today’s world we see that everybody is spending so much time, so much effort, so much energy, so much money to look beautiful. But that is not the real beauty and that beauty won’t last for very long. The most beautiful, the most acquaint beauty in course of time becomes so ugly and then ultimately when the soul leaves the body, what happens? It not only looks ugly, it looks frightening, dead body, so repulsive, so ugly and so frightening. So why should we be attracted or why should we take so much effort for that temporary attraction? We are not here to cultivate our physical beauty but yes, we all have come here to become beautiful. And for that beauty we don’t need to spend any money. For this beauty we don’t cultivate, to enhance that beauty, we don’t have to go to any beauty parlour. It’s simply we have to submit ourselves to this wonderful process of Krishna consciousness. And yes then we will become most beautiful. Then not only our spiritual beauty, even our beauty of the subtle body will become manifest. Actually it is, body is a gift of nature. So on this body we don’t have any control. But we have control, we can have control on our subtle body. That body we can make beautiful. The body that is made of mind, intelligence and false ego, that we can work on. And eventually what will happen? Eventually it is beautified by Krishna consciousness. And ultimately this Krishna consciousness will get rid of subtle body also, then we will shine forth with our spiritual effulgence, spiritual beauty. And that beauty is a real beauty, the beauty of the soul. The more attached we are to Krishna the more beautiful we will become. Why the Gopis are most beautiful? Because their attachment to Krishna is utmost. Why Srimati Radharani is most beautiful? Why Radharani’s beauty excel’s anyone’s beauty? Because Srimati Radharani is most attached to Krishna. Therefore we should try to develop our attachment to Krishna. That should be the goal of our life. We should not be concerned about anything else. Material fame or infamy, material appreciation or disgust, these are all pertaining to the material body. We should not be concerned about that. It is only temporary. Material achievements, material possessions should not be the goal of our life. The goal of our life should be to develop our attachment to Krishna. And it is not at all difficult, it is absolutely natural because Krishna is all-attractive. Since Krishna is all-attractive, to develop our attachment to Krishna is natural. We simply have to become exposed to Krishna. We simply have to become aware of who Krishna is. And then when we get to see Krishna then that attraction will automatically build up. Now we are practicing the vidhi bhakti. We are trying to develop our attachment to Krishna, we are practicing to develop this attachment to Krishna. And when we practice sometimes it’s difficult but then it becomes natural. Like for a baby, when it starts to learn to walk, it has to practice and that practice is difficult. When we learn to ride a bicycle, that first you have to practice. That practicing stage is difficult. When you learn to write, when you learn to drive a car, we have to practice and that practice is difficult. But once we adapt it, once we become, after the practice, when we develop perfection then it becomes natural. When we are babies, we have to make so much endeavour and others have to make so much of endeavour to make us learn to walk but now until you grow old or get arthritis, walking is no problem, it’s a natural thing. When you learn to ride a bicycle then it becomes fun to ride the bicycle. When you learn to drive the car, it becomes a fun to drive the car. Similarly, when we become adapt in this process of devotion, when we achieve the perfection of devotion then it becomes natural. And from that we derive the joy from being involved in the devotional service – anandam. This is very natural process but we have to practice. We have to practice to achieve perfection. And what is the practice? The practice is “sravanam kirtanam visnoh smaranam” and then “pada-sevanam arcanam vandanam sakhyam dasyam atma-nivedanam”. This nine-fold, nine aspects of devotional service which we have to practice. Sravanam – hear, and initially that hearing may appear to be difficult because we don’t like to hear about Krishna, rather our natural propensity is to hear about all kinds of mundane things. The things that gives us pleasure to our senses. That is what we want to hear about. Another kind of hearing is reading. Hearing is a direct process of reading and indirect process of hearing is reading. When we read, we hear so when we read Srila Prabhupada’s books we get to hear Srila Prabhupada. But we don’t have the taste because it doesn’t gives us sensation to our senses, pleasure to our senses. That’s why initially we are not attracted to reading or hearing. Rather we like to hear about all kinds of mundane things. We don’t want to hear about Krishna and Krishna’s wonderful pastimes. But as soon as there is an opportunity to hear about some mundane topic then immediately we are all, ears they are so attracted to it. Amitabh Bacchan [Indian film star] did this! Madonna did this! (unclear). Even Saddam Hussein did this! We are immediately attracted to hearing! We are not interested to read about Srila Prabhupada’s book but as soon as we get the newspaper, what happens? Immediately we are absorbed in that. Half an hour, 45 minutes just goes by like that without even recognizing what is happening. So these are our symptoms of our disease. It’s a disease we are suffering from called material attachment, desire for sense gratification. Although the spiritual topics, spiritual descriptions are so interesting, but we don’t have taste for it. So it’s important that we develop this taste by practicing in a proper way. Regarding this, Srila Prabhupada gives the example of jaundice. When you have jaundice, sugar candy taste like, taste bitter, appears to be repulsive. But sugar candy is not bitter but it’s our disease that makes the sugar candy taste bitter. But when you become cure of the disease, yes, then you get the taste of sugar candy. And when you get the taste, you want to have it more and more. Similarly, we are suffering from this disease of sense gratification. So we have to try to get rid of this disease, and that’s why we have to practice this process of devotional service – vaidhi bhakti, sadhana bhakti, devotional service in practice following the rules and regulations. So that is why we are here, we have to hear about Krishna, we have to speak about Krishna, we have to glorify Krishna, we have to chant His glories, we have to remember Krishna. These are the three most important practices – sravanam kirtanam visnoh smaranam. So we are here to develop these, practice, these three, first three aspects of nine-fold process of devotional service. And it will work but we have to make the endeavour, we have to practice, we have to force ourselves to get into it. So please don’t waste your time, just become absorbed, become fully absorbed in Krishna consciousness – hearing, chanting. And try to spend as much time as possible in the temple room. Don’t go out sightseeing even in the pretext of preaching. Don’t go out on sightseeing. You stay here, you appreciate, you admire this temple so much, you say that Deities are so beautiful, the temple is so beautiful. So if you are really appreciating the temple, then why are you not in the temple? Most of the times I see, the temple is, the devotees are not there. So stay in the temple. Expose yourself to Krishna. Don’t try to see Krishna but allow yourself to be seen by Krishna. We won’t be able to see Krishna with our material eyes but we are here to let Krishna see us. Let Krishna see us and let us stand in front of Krishna with this understanding – let Krishna see us. Let Krishna see all the anarthas in me in my heart and let Krishna work on me to purify all my impurities. And when the devotees sing the glories of Krishna, hear them, appreciate them and try to also sing with them. Try to utilize your time in this way. Jaya Sri Sri Gaura-Nitai ki Jaya! Jaya Sri Sri Krishna-Balarama ki Jaya! Jaya Sri Sri Radha Madan-Mohan ki Jaya! Gaura Premanande Hari Hari bol! Hare Krishna! So.. Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya Srimad Bhagavatam First Canto Chapter 17 Text 28. This chapter is entitled “Punishment and Reward of Kali”. iti dharmam mahim caiva santvayitva maha-rathah nisatam adade khadgam kalaye ‘dharma-hetave iti — thus; dharmam — the personality of religion; mahim — the earth; ca — also; eva — as; santvayitva — after pacifying; maha-rathah — the general who could fight alone with thousands of enemies; nisatam — sharp; adade — took up; khadgam — sword; kalaye — to kill the personified Kali; adharma — irreligion; hetave — the root cause. Translation by His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada: Maharaja Pariksit, who could fight one thousand enemies single-handedly, thus pacified the personality of religion and the earth. Then he took up his sharp sword to kill the personality of Kali, who is the cause of all irreligion. Please repeat after me. Maharaja Pariksit, who could fight one thousand enemies single-handedly, thus pacified the personality of religion and the earth. Then he took up his sharp sword to kill the personality of Kali, who is the cause of all irreligion. Purport by Srila Prabhupada: As described above, the personality of Kali is he who deliberately commits all kinds of sinful acts which are forbidden in the revealed scriptures. This age of Kali will certainly be full of all activities of Kali, but this does not mean that the leaders of society, the executive heads, the learned and intelligent men, or above all the devotees of the Lord should sit down tightly and become callous to the reactions of the age of Kali. In the rainy season certainly there will be profuse rainfalls, but that does not mean that men should not take means to protect themselves from the rains. It is the duty of the executive heads of state and others to take all necessary actions against the activities of Kali or the persons influenced by the age of Kali; and Maharaja Pariksit is the ideal executive head of the state, for at once he was ready to kill the personality of Kali with his sharp sword. The administrators should not simply pass resolutions for anticorruptional steps, but they must be ready with sharp swords to kill the persons creating corruptions from the angle of vision of the recognized sastras. The administrators cannot prevent corrupt activities by allowing wine shops. They must at once close all shops of intoxicating drugs and wine and force punishment even by death for those who indulge in habits of intoxication of all description. That is the way of stopping the activities of Kali, as exhibited herein by Maharaja Pariksit, the maha-ratha. iti dharmam mahim caiva santvayitva maha-rathah nisatam adade khadgam kalaye ‘dharma-hetave Maharaja Pariksit, who could fight one thousand enemies single-handedly, thus pacified the personality of religion and the earth. Then he took up his sharp sword to kill the personality of Kali, who is the cause of all irreligion. So ‘Punishment and Reward of Kali’, this chapter, it has been described how Kali was torturing dharma and mother Earth. That is the symptom or the characteristic of this age. In this age people in general being influenced by this particular personality who rules over this age, Kali, will disregard dharma and will exploit mother Earth, torment mother Earth. We are seeing how people are exploiting this earth for their sense gratification. Just for the sake of their own sense pleasure they are torturing mother Earth. Mother Earth already giving them everything that they need but they are not satisfied with that. Their need is not the consideration. Their greed has become their prime concern. If we are simply concerned about the need then we can see that it has already been taken care of. Our needs have already been taken care of. But we are actually been driven, we are being motivated by our greed, we want more and more and more for our sense gratification. Mother Earth has given us everything, we have enough food, we have enough to drink, we have enough to breath. We have everything that we need but man is not happy with that. Mother Earth made a perfect arrangement between human beings and trees and plants. We are getting everything from the trees and plants. Our food is coming from the trees and plants. Even water is coming due to the trees and plants. The cloud formation, the cloud condensation of water is due to the effect of the plants, the trees, the forests, and oxygen also is being supplied by the trees and plants. So all our needs have been taken care of by trees and plants. But we are not satisfied with that. We are cutting those trees and plants in order to create all kinds of facilities for sense gratification. In the name of development they are getting rid of the forests, and creating the places for recreation. Men are digging deep into the earth, pulling out all the garbage from the earth which is actually oil and burning them, and filling the atmosphere will all kinds of garbage. Mother Earth is so fertile, she is producing abundant food for us. At the most we have to just plough the land which was done by bulls. But now we have these heavy tractors, the tractors, they are digging deep into the earth to get more production, (unclear) all kinds of artificial fertilizers. But those artificial fertilizers are burning the surface of the earth. We may get some temporary result in the form of bumper crop by using these machines and by using all these artificial chemicals which are considered to be the fertilizers. But actually they are burning the earth, surface of the earth. And eventually what will happen? If the process continues like that, then at some point earth will not yield anything. The whole surface, the entire surface of this planet will become a desert. And what to speak of creating all these deadly weapons, the nuclear weapons which will burn everything! In no time, in a flash of a moment millions of people will die! Just due to one explosion one city will be raised to the ground! This is how in this age mother Earth is being tormented. And bull, already he lost his three legs of austerity, mercy and cleanliness. Dharma is standing only on one leg – truthfulness and that leg is also doing the.. so this is the state of affairs of this age. As a result of breaking those pillars of dharma – meat eating, intoxication and illicit sex has been abundantly introduced in this society. Everywhere people are eating meat, everywhere people are taking intoxication, everywhere people are indulging in illicit sex. And Prabhupada is pointing out that the leaders of the society must take care of that. But instead what the leaders are doing? The leaders are promoting that. The leaders are promoting that. They are promoting meat eating, they are promoting intoxication, they are promoting illicit sex. In order to get their votes, that’s what they are promising that you give us the vote and we will give you, we will promote these sinful activities more and more because that is the standard of your happiness. We think that by developing these things we will become happy. Jaya Sri Sri Gaura-Nitai ki Jaya! Jaya Sri Sri Krishna-Balarama ki Jaya! Jaya Sri Sri Radha Madan-Mohan ki Jaya! Jaya Srila Prabhupada ki Jaya! And Prabhupada is pointing out that this is what the leaders must do, they must take action as Pariksit Maharaja did. The heads of the state, the leaders of the states, the kings were meant to protect dharma but Kali systematically introduced a process of democracy. Kali got rid of the king, he got rid of the king and he introduced democracy. Kali is promoting – everybody is a king. He may not be a king but he is above the king. You are a king maker! You are a king maker! The kings must lick your boots! That’s what Kali is promoting. And a result of that the whole situation has become very very critical. Now how to undo that? How to undo that? It’s a big responsibility. Of course we have to do something but we cannot, as devotees, or should not as devotees take the law in our hands. That will create even more chaos. Therefore Chaitanya Mahaprabhu didn’t take any weapon. Chaitanya Mahaprabhu came as a devotee and he promised that he won’t touch any weapon. That’s why when Mahaprabhu was about to kill Madhai, He called Sudarshan chakra and was about to chop off his head, Nityananda Prabhu stopped Him. He said, My Lord, in this incarnation You promised that You are not going to use any weapon. Your weapon is sankirtan. Your weapon is sankirtan. So with that, with the holy name, with the love of the Lord, you are going to, you are going to kill the demoniac propensities in the individual. You will kill the demons in this age not by weapon but by your love, love of Krishna. So we must take that also very seriously, why? Because, why didn’t Mahaprabhu take any weapon? Because in this age if there is conflict then there won’t be any end to it. Somebody slaps you, you will retaliate by punching him. Then he will come back with a knife and then you will stand up with a sword. Then he will come with a gun and you will stand up with a machine gun. Then he will come with a cannon and you will stand up with a rocket. [Laughter!] And when you stand up with a rocket, he will come with a missile or with a nuclear warhead and it will go on and on and on. So there is no end to it. In other ages, people used to fight with their own strength. In this age people don’t fight with their own strength. People fight with their mechanical strength, with the technological strength, weapons. So who are you going to fight with? And this will continue to increase without an end. So that’s why in this age, best is that we pray to the Lord by chanting His glory. And then He will make the necessary arrangement. Yes, He will send in due course of time when the world is ready, when the human society is ready, He will send personalities like Pariksit Maharaja. If Krishna can send the personality like Srila Prabhupada to spread Krishna consciousness all over the world, Krishna can also send someone like Pariksit Maharaja to organise this world for a proper human civilisation, to establish proper human civilisation. And what a leader like Pariksit Maharaja will do? Leader like Pariksit Maharaja will stand up against Kali. He will be prepared to Kali. But then the question arises that why Pariksit Maharaja didn’t kill Kali? Pariksit Maharaja didn’t kill Kali because he saw that this age, that Kali has an advantage. The advantage is “Kirtanad eva krishnasya mukta-sangah param vrajet” [SB 8.5.23]. Just by chanting the holy name of the Lord one can become free from all material bondage. That’s why he didn’t kill Kali. Let Kali live. Yes, there are many many adverse effects or influence of this age but “asti hy eko mahan gunah”[SB 12.3.51 ]. This age has one great quality. And that is, just by chanting the holy name one can achieve the ultimate spiritual success. So that is the advantage of the age of Kali. “Kirtanad eva krishnasya mukta-sangah param vrajet”. So that’s why Kali, Pariksit Maharaja allowed Kali to live. Therefore we must understand that we are in this age, so (unclear) to take advantage. Others may get allured by the influence of Kali and become degraded but we have a great opportunity to uplift ourselves, elevate ourselves spiritually. So let us take full advantage of that. “Kirtanad eva krishnasya”, let us chant the holy name of the Lord and achieve the ultimate spiritual perfection. And what can stop us from achieving that? Nothing. Had we been in the other ages, there would have been so many considerations. Had we been here on the other ages and say in Dwapara yuga, we could have achieved perfection by worshipping the Lord in the temple. But along with that immediately a question would come, are you a brahmana? If you are not a brahmana, forget it! Same thing also applied in the other ages – Treta yuga, Dwapara Yuga. All these spiritual practices that have been mentioned in the Vedas were meant exclusively for a brahmana. But look at the advantage you got in this age of Kali. Irrespective of our cast and creed anyone can take advantage of it. What to speak of a brahmana, we don’t have to become, we don’t have to belong to the vedic social structure. We don’t even have to belong to varnasrama. We don’t even have to belong to India. We can be anybody. “Kirata-hunandhra-pulinda pulkasa abhira-sumbha yavanah khasadayah” [SB 2.4.18]. All the low class, degraded, lowest class of people also can take advantage of this age, of this wonderful process of this age. No restrictions, no formalities, no consideration of qualification. “Namnam akari bahudha nija-sarva-saktis tatrapita niyamitah smarane na kalah” [Sri Siksastakam Text 2], no restrictions whatsoever. So let’s take full advantage of that. Let’s just take full shelter of Krishna in the form of His holy name. Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare. So that is what we have to do in this age and the rest will happen. Krishna has appeared in the form of His holy name. “Namnam akari bahudha nija-sarva-saktis tatrapita”. You have invested all Your potency, Your entire potency sarva-sakti, has been invested in the holy name. And “niyamitah smarane na kalah”, there is no restriction. Any time, at any place, at any circumstances, anyone can chant this. Mahaprabhu said a very beautiful example regarding that. Sometimes devotees ask question, can I chant the holy name without taking bath? My answer is yes! Can I chant the holy name when I am contaminated? Yes! And in order to make that point what did Mahaprabhu do? One day Mahaprabhu came out of the toilet and devotees saw that He was biting onto His tongue. Like this (Guru Maharaja indicates it). And devotees asked, what happened? Why You are biting on the tongue like this? Mahaprabhu said, look I was at a dirty place and even in the dirty place my tongue was chanting the holy name! So in order to stop my tongue from chanting the holy name I am just holding on to it with my teeth. There was a little boy called Gopal. Gopal asked, but Mahaprabhu if our final moment comes in a dirty place, if one is to die in a dirty place, should we chant the holy name? Mahaprabhu said, yes that’s true! (Guru Maharaja laughs). Actually holy name should be chanted anywhere whether it’s a dirty or clean. And Mahaprabhu admitted that today I learnt something from Gopal! And because Mahaprabhu accepted Gopal as His, He learnt a lesson from Gopal, Gopal got a name as Gopal Guru – Gopal Guru Goswami. So this is how Mahaprabhu actually established that principle of chant the holy name wherever you are. Don’t stop chanting, chant. Clean or dirty doesn’t matter. Chant the holy name. “Kirtaniya sada hari” [Sri Siksastakam Text 3]. Chant the holy name all the time! That is our process of perfection. Once, one of Prabhupada’s God-brothers, was very kind and merciful to me. We spent lot of time, gave me a lot of affection. Whenever I used to come to Mayapur he used to come, and stay in my room for sometime. He was a Babaji, he was, very few Babajis in our sampradaya, in our line, in the present time and a very wonderful devotee. One day he was telling me, you know these people in Radha Kund, they were telling me that our sampradaya is not bonafide because we don’t have siddha-pranali. They accuse us of not giving siddha-pranali because these Babajis in the imitation of devotees, they give siddha-pranali. Their understanding of siddha-pranali is the Guru at the time of initiation, not only gives a spiritual name, but reveals the identity of the disciple as a manajari or as a resident of Vrindavan. So that is considered to be the siddha-pranali, pranali means the process and siddha means perfection. The process of perfection, process to achieve perfection. Then Babaji Maharaja told them, look who says we don’t have siddha-pranali? Our siddha-pranali has been given by Chaitanya Mahaprabhu Himself. And our siddha-pranali is “trnad api sunicena taror iva sahisnuna amanina manadena kirtanyah sada harih”. So chanting the holy name all the time is the ultimate perfection. Mahaprabhu also said “iha haite sarva-siddhi haibe tomara sarva kshan bala ithe bidhi nahi ar”. Just chant the holy name all the time, and then you will achieve your ultimate spiritual perfection. So the consideration of the ultimate spiritual perfection is synonymous to chanting the holy name all the time. And how can one chant the holy name all the time? By becoming more humble than a blade of grass, by becoming as tolerant as a tree, by being, by desiring no respect for himself, is prepared to offer respect to all. Then only he will be able to chant the holy name all the time. And then only he will achieve his ultimate spiritual perfection. So that was a wonderful lesson actually. Of course sometimes I also have some encounters with these Babajis of Radha Kund in Vrindavan. When they come and tell, sometimes somebody came and told me that we don’t have, our parampara is not bonafide because we don’t have a proper disciplic succession. Because their understanding of the disciplic succession is according to diksa. But the disciplic succession that Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur has drawn is not according to diksa. For example, Baladeva Vidyabhushan is not a diska disciple of Sri Vishwanath Chakravarti Thakur. Jagannath Dasa Babaji Maharaja is not an initiated disciple of Baladeva Vidyabhushan. Bhaktivinoda Thakur is not an initiated disciple of Jagannath Dasa Babaji Maharaja, nor is Gaura Kishor Das Babaji Maharaja an initiated disciple of Bhaktivinoda Thakur. So they say your parampara is not, you don’t have a parampara. So I asked them, do you accept that Chaitanya Mahaprabhu mentioned that the holy name of Krishna will spread all over the world. They can’t deny that because it is written in Chaitanya Bhagavat. How can they deny that? So they said yes. I pointed out that look, the personality who fulfilled that prediction, that impossible prediction of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, is he in the line of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu or not? They had no answer. As a real parampara is this parampara, the personality who made that prediction of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu become a reality, an impossible prediction became the reality. So if you really want to receive Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s mercy, then somehow line up with this parampara. Don’t miss out on this golden opportunity. They didn’t do that but they didn’t have anything to say also. They didn’t have anything to say, they couldn’t counteract that argument. Anyway, time will tell! At least others may not understand that, others may not recognize that but we have recognized that. Let us take full advantage of our good fortune. Hare Krishna! Gaura Premanande Hari Hari bol! Srila Prabhupada ki Jaya! Does anybody have any question? Yes, Dinesh? Give it to him.
His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami: Yes, Royal Air Force, okay.
His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami: Well, as I said in the age of Kali it is very difficult to not have anything to do with sinful activities. Therefore, chant Hare Krishna! Therefore, Mahaprabhu gave the holy name. So yes, what can we do like you got a job in Royal Air Force but they are making these weapons of destruction, but what can you do? If you get other job, you can take it up! You can quit the job and take up a job with Red Cross! (laughter). Red cross or some charitable society or Iskcon! But until then you chant Hare Krishna! Yes, Radharani? Give her the microphone. Devotee: (unclear) His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami: Chanting on?
His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami : Generally in our society, the standard is that when one gets initiated then only one chants on Tulasi beads. Generally, that’s mainly because when one starts to chant on Tulasi mala, he has to maintain certain standard that is follow the four regulative principles, become situated on the platform of dharma. Because Tulasi Maharani is the witness, when we are chanting she’s seeing us what we are doing (laughs). Give the microphone.
His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami: Basic Vaishnava standard of cleanliness must be maintained. Ok, let me tell you, that’s also one thing I have noticed. Sometimes devotees, not devotees, sometimes people mainly from congregation, they eat and don’t wash their hands after eating. But the basic standard is that before eating wash your hands, and preferably feet also, and after eating wash your hands and mouth. Hands, mouth and feet – these three things should be washed. And yes when you are chanting in Tulasi mala, certain standards like these should be maintained. But even without taking bath one can chant in Tulasi mala, that’s ok as long as one follows the principle that is no meat eating, no intoxication, no illicit sex and no gambling. Ok, any other question? Ok, so I will stop now and the seminar will start at 10 o’clock. There has been, maybe I can ask you. There has been a little mistake in announcing about the seminar. It has been I think broadcast that the seminar will be on “Bhakti Sandarbha”, I am sorry, “Krishna Sandarbha”. But actually the seminar will be on “Krishna Samhita”, that was the intention. I can give a seminar on “Krishna Sandarbha” also but “Krishna Sandarbha” is very philosophical. So would you want a philosophical seminar, I mean not only philosophical, very philosophical seminar or you want? Bhaktivinoda Thakur wrote “Krishna Samhita” to create an awareness in the mind of educated class of people, educated means those who have been educated according to English education, modern day educated person. Actually modern education is given by the British. They wrote the history of India for us. According to them, these incarnations are imagination and things like that. So Bhaktivinoda Thakur defeated their arguments and he gave a very clear, very succinct understanding of the spiritual activities and purpose of Krishna. So which one would you like to have the seminar on?
Devotee: “Krishna Samhita”
His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami: Madhavendra Puri says “Krishna Samhita”. How many of you agree with him? Raise your hand. And how many of you don’t really care? (laughter). Ok. How many of you are for “Krishna Sandarbha”? Anyway, so “Krishna Samhita”, we will give the seminar on “Krishna Samhita”. I am sure you will like it. It’s a beautiful book. Thank you very much. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
Yours in the service of Srila Prabhupada, Suhrid Krishna dasa
Transcription: Suhrid Krishna dasa
Editing: Charu deshna Radhika devi dasi and Manasi Radhika devi dasi
Look within. Amend yourself, rather than pry into the frailities of others. -Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur Prabhupada prabhu kahena, — ‘krishna-seva’, ‘vaishnava-sevana’ ‘nirantara kara krishna-nama-sankirtana‘ –Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu replied, “Without cessation continue chanting the holy name of Lord Krishna. Whenever possible, serve Him and His devotees, the Vaishnavas.” -Sri Caitanya Caritamrita Madhya-lila 15.104