25 Dec Drops Of Nectar From Lectures By His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami
Notes from His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami’s lectures in Iskcon Ujjain in the recent visit (December 2011) (only some points noted down and paraphrased)
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The Vedas have a section which describes various fruitive activities for enjoyment. In the material world, our hopes to enjoy are like those of the ass carrying heavy loads for a carrot, which it will never be able to reach. We think, “Just one more effort, and I will enjoy.” However, this material world is a place of suffering. Our focus should be very clear – one cannot get happiness by any amount of sense gratification. To the extent that we realize this fact, to the same extent we will be fixed up. From so many lifetimes we have been indulging ourselves in sense
gratification and we were never satisfied.
In the higher planetary systems, people enjoy by drinking soma rasa, which rejuvenates their bodies and gives them great appetite for sex life. There is no hangover after drinking soma rasa, unlike alcohol and drugs. There is no death there, but they simply lose their right to stay in the heavenly planets when their pious credits get finished. The lower planets are
like night clubs. There is no sunlight there. The place is lit up by jewels on the hoods of serpents. The people in the lower planetary systems enjoy in a different way as compared to those in the higher planetary systems.
The flowery words of the Vedas encourage people to go to the heavenly planets. Like the advertisements which say, “Come, get a job.” “Get promoted to the first class prison. The advantages are, you will get a mattress, a pillow, an arm chair, etc..” But is it intelligent to stay in the prison or to get out of it?
There are two ways of getting out of the prison – to dig a tunnel and escape, or to surrender to the king. Which is better? Obviously, to surrender to the king. Then the King tells the prison authorities to keep an eye on this particular prisoner. Then, suddenly, all sorts of good things start to happen to the prisoner. He is made a role model for other prisoners to follow. He is then made to travel from prison to prison to enlighten other prisoners. (laughter)
Krishna gave us a mind to think about Him, but we have defied Him and are thinking about other beautiful faces. Either you go for Krishna or go for Maya. There is no other path. (na anyah pantha) E.g. a ray of light can only strike a single point.
Krishna consciousness is spiritual anesthesia. Anesthesia numbs the nerves, but Krishna consciousness naturally shifts the consciousness to Krishna. Everything belongs to Krishna and so our duty is to provide for Krishna’s enjoyment. To think that you are the enjoyer means NO BRAINS – means the head of a goat. Therefore Nandiswara cursed Daksha to have the head of a
A devotee doesn’t mind coming again and again. When a devotee is serving Krishna, it doesn’t matter where he is. For example, if the ambassador of USA goes to a poor country like Somalia, he doesn’t become poor like the citizens there.
If someone leaves a bag of gold on the street, one person picks it up and takes it away – he is a thief. Another person leaves it there – he is a false renunciate. But a third person picks it up and gives it to the owner. This is the true renunciation of a devotee.
The only way to get out of the ferry wheel of this material world is to become Krishna conscious.
A horse can be brought to water, but to drink the water or not is totally up to him. Similarly, we may preach, but to accept it or not is totally up to the individual.
Just tolerate the difficulties and continue to serve. Just continue to serve Krishna whether you are in happiness or in distress. Nothing should stop you from serving Krishna. Before he left his body, Srila Prabhupada was unable to turn to his side or to sit up by himself. Even in that condition, he was translating Srimad Bhagavatam – the twelfth chapter of the tenth canto – such nice purports. Avyartha kalatvam – no time to lose.
Krishna is all-merciful. Whatever He makes His devotee go through is for his benefit. Srila Prabhupada gave the example of a fan running, although plugged off. It is going to stop soon.
Whatever a devotee does, he does it in the best way.
Just chant your 16 rounds nicely and you will not be able to do any nonsense.
If we find faults in devotees, then all our strength and good qualities will be vanquished.
In order to avoid the association of materialistic people, Gaur Kishore Das Babaji Maharaja would chant in the public toilets, as people generally avoid the place due to the stench and dirty surroundings.
When Kamsa warned Keshi that many big demons like Bakasura, Aghasura etc were killed by Krishna, Keshi told him, “But Keshi is Keshi. These other demons are not as powerful as I am.” This is the attitude of a materialistic person. From Krishna’s pastimes we can see how the attitude of a materialistic person is.
The florist offered a flower garland to Krishna, and in return, Krishna offered him a place in the spiritual world. That is how grateful Krishna is.
Don’t try for comfortable material living, because this material nature is a place of suffering. Always remember Krishna’s teaching in the Gita, tams titikshasva bharata: just tolerate.
Devotees have nothing to lose. We have to be satisfied with whatever Krishna gives. Krishna provides more than what we deserve. As devotees we must learn to appreciate others. Devotees chastise us for our welfare, but we take it in the wrong spirit.
For devotees, death is like cat carrying kitten, but for non-devotees, death is like cat carrying a mouse.
Piety is the way to acquire things we want. Even demons like Jarasandha knew that.
A Vaishnava acts from the Krishna conscious point of view. Even a learned man cannot understand the activities of a Vaishnava.
To make a mistake is natural, but not to learn from the mistake is bad.