THE FOLLOWING LECTURE ON THE SRIMAD BHAGAVAD-GITA CHAPTER 3, TEXT 33, WAS GIVEN BY HIS HOLINESS BHAKTI CHARU SWAMI ON 16 DECEMBER 2006 IN ORISSA, INDIA.
Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya
Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya
Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya
Srimad Bhagavad-Gita 3.33
sadrisam ceshtate svasyah
prakriter jnanavan api
prakritim yanti bhutani
nigrahah kim karishyati
sadrisam — accordingly; ceshtate — tries; svasyah — by his own;
prakriteh — modes of nature; jnana-van — learned; api — although;
prakritim — nature; yanti — undergo; bhutani — all living entities;
nigrahah — repression; kim — what; karishyati — can do.
Translation by His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada
Even a man of knowledge acts according to his own nature, for everyone
follows the nature he has acquired from the three modes. What can
Purport by Srila Prabhupada
Unless one is situated on the transcendental platform of Krishna
consciousness, he cannot get free from the influence of the modes of
material nature, as it is confirmed by the Lord in the Seventh Chapter
(7.14). Therefore, even for the most highly educated person on the mundane
plane, it is impossible to get out of the entanglement of maya simply by
theoretical knowledge, or by separating the soul from the body. There are
many so-called spiritualists who outwardly pose as advanced in the science
but inwardly or privately are completely under particular modes of nature
which they are unable to surpass. Academically, one may be very learned,
but because of his long association with material nature, he is in bondage.
Krishna consciousness helps one to get out of the material entanglement,
even though one may be engaged in his prescribed duties in terms of
material existence. Therefore, without being fully in Krishna
consciousness, one should not give up his occupational duties. No one
should suddenly give up his prescribed duties and become a so-called yogi
or transcendentalist artificially. It is better to be situated in one’s
position and to try to attain Krishna consciousness under superior
training. Thus one may be freed from the clutches of Krishna’s maya.
om ajnana-timirandhasya jnananjana-salakaya
caksur unmiltam yena tasmai sri-gurave namah
In the third chapter Krishna is explaining the Karma Yoga to Arjuna. Karma
Yoga means whatever one does he should offer the results of his actions to
Krishna. As Krishna mentions
yat karoshi yad asnasi
yaj juhoshi dadasi yat
yat tapasyasi kaunteya
tat kurushva mad-arpanam
Arjuna, whatever you do, whatever you eat, whatever austerities you perform
and whatever you do give in charity, you just do it, you just offer them to
Working for Krishna is the ultimate perfection of all our activities.
Living entities are ( unclear). They have to act and the art of action
is to act for Krishna. Sometimes people think that they are going to stop
action and that is how they will become liberated from this bondage of
the material nature. Specially the yogis try to do that. Yogis mean
Ashtanga yogis. That process instructs that one should stop the action of
the mind. The purpose of yoga is Yoga Citta Britti Nirodha. The yogis try
to do that but that process is practically impossible for this age. But
Krishna consciousness is the ultimate yoga system. Living entities are
active and for a living entity to become inactive is very, very difficult.
One may physically stop acting but it is impossible for him to stop the
activities of the mind. Even to stop the activities of the body is so
difficult for how long can one sit down at one place? Half an hour, one
hour, two hours but then he has to get up and do something because not to
act is against the nature of the living entity. What is natural for us is
easy for us. Whatever is not natural for us is very difficult. And we
cannot stop the activities of the body so what to speak of stopping the
activities of the mind. Therefore when it came to controlling the mind,
Arjuna just told Krishna – Krishna, it may be possible to control the wind
but controlling the mind is not possible. It’s extremely difficult to
control the mind. Now to stop the actvity of the mind is difficult. To stop
the activity of the body is difficult. But to use the mind in thinking of
Krishna, that is not difficult. To engage the body in serving Krishna is
not difficult. Therefore this engagement of the mind and body and all our
faculties in the service of Krishna or devotional service is very easy
because it is natural for us. Therefore this bhakti yoga is the easiest
process. It is possible for anybody. Even a child can be engaged in the
devotional service. Even a woman can become engaged on the devotional
service. Even an old man can become engaged in devotional service. Even the
householders can become engaged in the devotional service. The thing is, we
simply, whatever we are doing, we have to do it for Krishna. Like we don’t
have to stop doing anything but we simply have to learn how to do it for
Krishna. We like to eat and in order to eat we have to cook food. So we
prepare the food and after preparing the food, what we do? We offer it to
Krishna. So we are cooking the food but for whom we are cooking? We are
cooking for Krishna. And when you do that, that action of cooking becomes
devotional service. Then after offering the food to Krishna, we can take
the food, we can eat, honor the food as Krishna prasadam. So that eating
then becomes devotional service. Then somebody has to work to earn money.
Now it is actually everybody has to earn money to maintain his family. In
order to maintain household one has to earn money. But if you make your
house into a temple of Krishna then the earning money for maintaining that
house become devotional service. How to make your house into a temple of
Krishna? Just establish an altar of Krishna in one room, turn it into, make
it into a temple and worship Krishna. Then your house becomes a temple.
Then whatever you do for your house becomes devotional service. When you
are earning money as a businessman or as a service holder and if you use
that money in maintaining that household becomes the devotional service.
Then in your family, your wife, you make her a devotee of Krishna. Your
children, make them into devotees of Krishna. Then your family becomes
devotee family. And then to maintain your family becomes the devotional
service. So in this way any action that your render, that you perform
becomes devotional service by doing it for Krishna.
Jai Sri Sri Jagannath, Baladeva, Subhadra Maharani ki Jai!
Jai Sri Sri Krishna Balaram ki Jai!
Jai Sri Sri Gaur Nitai ki Jai!
Gaur Premanande Hari Hari Bol!
So that is what Krishna is advicing Arjuna. If somebody engages himself in
serving Krishna, that is devotional service. Then whatever he does will
become perfect. On the other hand if without devotional service if one
tries to control his senses, that is not possible.
So what will you do? Simply act for Krishna. Will you do that?
*Devotees *: Yes
*Guru Maharaja*: Ok, very good. And how to become a devotee of Krishna?
Always sing the glory of Krishna. And how to sing the glory of Krishna?
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
So this is how please make your life successful.
Hare Krishna. Gaur Premanande Hari Hari Bol.
Transcription : His Grace Suhrid-Krishna Dasa
Editing : Ramananda Raya Dasa
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