24 May Connection With Kṛṣṇa Means Service
INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR KRISHNA CONSCIOUSNESS
Founder-Ācārya: His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda
The following lecture entitled: ‘Connection with Kṛṣṇa means service’ was given by His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami in Iskcon Budapest, Hungary, on 27 August 2013.
Now we can see this transcendental knowledge, whether it is coming from the Kumāras or Brahmā or Laxmi or Lord Shiva, the knowledge that comes out is the same. Since this is the Absolute Truth it is always one without [Unclear]. There is no variegation. The same thing also has been described in Brahma-saṁhitā.
In Brahma-saṁhitā Brahmā saw the Lord and he himself is describing how he saw the Lord. He saw Him in the spiritual sky which is made of cintamani. Cintāmaṇi-prakara-sadmasu kalpa-vṛkṣa. He is in the forest. And the forest is [Unclear]. All the trees in that forest are desire trees. [Unclear]. All those cows are surabhi cows. lakṣmī-sahasra-śata-sambhrama-sevyamānam. And thousands of Laksmis are serving Him with great attention and dedication. So we get the same description from the Brahma-saṁhitā. The Lord is surrounded by His devotees. As it has also been described here: “You also acknowledge the service of the devotees, vanquish their distress by Your beautiful smile. That is actually what You express by Your beautiful smile.”
So Brahmā is seeing the Supreme Personality of Godhead surrounded by His devotees. And what is the exchange with different devotees and the Lord? The devotees are serving with all their love and dedication. And the Lord is accepting the service with a smile, a beautiful smile. And He is giving them the perfect assurance. “Don’t worry.” Don’t worry, no anxiety, that is the meaning of Vaikhunta. That is the benefit, that is the reward of rendering devotional service. We surrender to the Lord and the Lord gives us the assurance: “Don’t worry!” And as a result of that, all the anxiety disappears. That is the spiritual situation.
In Bhagavad-Gita also Kṛṣṇa points out that there are two types of living entities: kṣara, fallible and infallible. Dvāv imau puruṣau loke kṣaraś cākṣara eva ca kṣaraḥ sarvāṇi bhūtāni kūṭa-stho ’kṣara ucyate. Dvāv imau puruṣau loke. There are two types of living entities, there are fallible and infallible. All living entities in the material nature are fallible. They are fallen. But those who are in the spiritual nature, they are infallible. Their consciousness is projected towards Kṛṣṇa and Kṛṣṇa is giving them all protection.
It is unfortunate that we have fallen into this material nature. Why we have fallen, how we have fallen, there are various ways, it has been described. [Unclear] Prabhupāda said there is no need of dwelling on how we fell from the spiritual sky. We will never be able to understand it because the cause of our fall down is in the spiritual context. Therefore from a material perspective we will never be able to understand how we fell into this material nature.
But the reality is that we have fallen. Now let us consider how to go back there. How to get back? That should be our concern. And the way to get out of here is devotional service. We have fallen here because we stopped to serve Kṛṣṇa. If we serve Kṛṣṇa we will be able to get up there. Somehow or other we stopped to serve and the result is we are fallen.
kṛṣṇa-bahirmukha hañā bhoga-vāñchā kare When a living entity turns away his face from Kṛṣṇa, then Māyā, who is just next to Kṛṣṇa, grabs Him. So this is our condition: “Somehow or other we looked away from Kṛṣṇa”. ‘Looked away from Kṛṣṇa’, means that somehow or other we turned our consciousness away from Kṛṣṇa.
So that is how we have fallen into this material nature, we became entangled by Māyā. Prabhupāda said that our condition is something like a fish out of water. Originally we are from the spiritual world but we have fallen into this material nature. Just as a fish naturally dwells, resides in water. When you take a fish out of the water, what will happen to the fish? Won’t it be writhing in pain? But we are not doing that. We are not actually feeling this pain. Why? Because Māyā has given us this body. And because of this body we are thinking we are fine. It is a wonderful here.
[Unclear] a fish out of water. The fish is out of water and on the land the fish has been given an apparatus with which the fish can breathe. So when the fish can breathe and the fish can survive on the land then for the fish things are okay. Then Māyā says: “You should get a house, a beautiful house.” The fish is trying to get a house, just trying to really get it. And he is so happy doing this. So the fish struggles to get the house and he gets it. The fish is living in a beautiful house now. But then when he has this house, what is the big deal? Now he needs a wife. So Māyā says: “Here is such a beautiful girl.” Then he gets a girl after a lot of endeavor. Then still he is not happy. Then Māyā says: “Just get some money, then you can enjoy with me.” And he tries to get money. And in this way Māyā keeps on misleading him. The fish needs to get back to the water. Whatever the fish gets on the land, the fish will not get happy. On the land whatever the fish gets, the fish will not be happy because the fish does not feel happy. Because the fish belongs in the water. So that is what Māyā is doing to us. And Māyā says: “Come, you will be enjoying. [Unclear] Become Kṛṣṇa. [Unclear] This whole world is for your enjoyment.”
But then a Vaishnava comes. And he tells him about the actual situation. And then not only the Vaishnava tells us about our actual identity but the Vaishnava shows us the way how to go back there. What is the bottom line of the teaching of the Vaishnava? “Don’t try to enjoy through this sensual body.” The real way to enjoy is by rendering devotional service to Kṛṣṇa. The real source of enjoyment is your love for Lord Kṛṣṇa. And the way to express your love for Kṛṣṇa is through your service to Kṛṣṇa. And then He teaches us how to become engaged in the loving devotional service to Kṛṣṇa. And as we become engaged in the loving devotional service we begin to experience the joy like we saw before, at the beginning of the class. We love Kṛṣṇa, Kṛṣṇa loves us. That kind of relationship [Unclear]. Love is not just some words, sentimental expression: “I love you…” But the real love is expressed through action. Action is our constitutional position. This body is meant to act. With this body we need to serve Kṛṣṇa. We have another body, subtle body, mind. With the mind we think about Kṛṣṇa and with the words we speak about Kṛṣṇa. And with this facility to speak we glorify Kṛṣṇa. kāya, mana and vākya. Body, mind and speech, when they are engaged fully in serving Kṛṣṇa, doing things for Kṛṣṇa, thinking about Kṛṣṇa and glorifying Kṛṣṇa then only we become situated in our loving relationship with Kṛṣṇa. And that is what Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam is teaching us. That is what a Vaishnava comes to teach us. And that is what Maitreya Ṛṣi is telling Vidura. Thank you.
Transcription & Editing: Rāmānanda Rāya Dāsa