Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 3 Chapter 24 Text 12

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 3 Chapter 24 Text 12


tvayā me ‘pacitis tāta

kalpitā nirvyalīkataḥ

yan me sañjagṛhe vākyaḿ

bhavān mānada mānayan


brahmā — Lord Brahmā; uvāca — said; tvayā — by you; me — my; apacitiḥ — worship; tāta — O son; kalpitā — is accomplished; nirvyalīkataḥ — without duplicity; yat — since; me — my; sañjagṛhe — have completely accepted; vākyam — instructions; bhavān — you; māna-da — O Kardama (one who offers honor to others); mānayan — respecting.


Lord Brahmā said: My dear son Kardama, since you have completely accepted my instructions without duplicity, showing them proper respect, you have worshiped me properly. Whatever instructions you took from me you have carried out, and thereby you have honored me.


Lord Brahmā, as the first living entity within the universe, is supposed to be the spiritual master of everyone, and he is also the father, the creator, of all beings. Kardama Muni is one of the Prajāpatis, or creators of the living entities, and he is also a son of Brahmā. Brahmā praises Kardama because he carried out the orders of the spiritual master in total and without cheating. A conditioned soul in the material world has the disqualification of cheating. He has four disqualifications: he is sure to commit mistakes, he is sure to be illusioned, he is prone to cheat others, and his senses are imperfect. But if one carries out the order of the spiritual master by disciplic succession, or the paramparā system, he overcomes the four defects. Therefore, knowledge received from the bona fide spiritual master is not cheating. Any other knowledge which is manufactured by the conditioned soul is cheating only. Brahmā knew well that Kardama Muni exactly carried out the instructions received from him and that he actually honored his spiritual master. To honor the spiritual master means to carry out his instructions word for word. (Purport ends).

So, the Supreme Personality of Godhead appeared as the son of Kardama Muni. Kardama Muni was one of the Prajapatis. The Prajapatis are the original progenitors. At the time of creation the first created being was Brahma. Originally creation has two aspects: sarga and visarga. Srimad Bhagavatam deals with ten lakshanam, dasamedhasa lakshanam. [SB 2.10.1] How many of you remember those ten symptoms?

Okay, Mauna Rupa? [Answer inaudible] Very good. [In Hindi:] Achha, to iska

matlab kya hai? Sarga atra sarga. Sarga means? Sarga ka matlab kya hai? Who

knows what’s the meaning of the word sarga? Sony? [audience member: creation].Creation. Very good. And then after that atra sarga, then visarga. What is the meaning of the word visarga? [audience member: secondary creation] Secondary creation. Then sthana. What is the meaning of sthana? [audience member: resting place] No, no. Don’t speculate. What is the meaning of sthana? Sthana means the protection of the Lord, how the Lord is maintaining everything. Poshanam, poshanam? well, I am having difficulty now. [audience member: inaudible]. No, actually in elaboration Prabhupada is explaining that sthana means? Let’s get the Caitanya Caritamrta, Adi Lila. Poshanam and then utayah. Utayah is the propensity to work. So here it has been elaborately explained by Prabhupada. Atra sargo visargas ca. Sarga is the first creation by Vishnu; the bringing forth of the five gross material elements, the five objects of senses, the ten senses, the mind, intelligence and false ego, and the material energy or universal form. Then visarga is secondary creation or the work of Brahma introducing the moving and non moving bodies in the universe, brahmanda. Sthana: the maintenance of the universe by the Supreme Personality of Godhead Vishnu. Vishnu’s function is more important and His glory greater than Brahma’s and Lord Shiva’s for although Brahma is the creator and Lord Shiva is the destroyer, Vishnu is the maintainer. Poshana: the special care of protection of devotees of the Lord. Yes, poshana is the special care that the Lord takes to maintain His devotees. That has been explained as poshana. Then uti, the urge for creation or initiative power that is the cause of all inventions according to the necessities of time, space and objects. Okay, so this is how the ten symptoms.



navanam iha laksanam

varnayanti mahatmanah

srutenarthena canjasa

[SB 2.10.2]

So anyway, to go back to our original point, sthana poshanam, atra sarga visargas ca. So here we are actually discussing about the visarga aspect, how Brahma did the creation. How is the original creation, initial creation, sarga aspect? Who remembers how the universe is created? [audience member: Maha Vishnu glances] Maha Vishnu lies in the Causal Ocean and the bubbles that are generated from His breathing, each bubble is an universe, then Maha Vishnu enters into each universe as Garbodhakasayi Vishnu,

and then from the navel of Garbodhakasayi Vishnu comes Brahma. And Brahma does

the secondary creation that is filling up the universe. In a way it can be described as, like when we are building a house first we make the structure. And then we make the walls. Like, we are building a house here, so those who are involved in that, they know very well. So the structure has gone up, then what will happen? The walls will be created with bricks, then the plastering. So that is the shell, the initial creation. Then what will happen? Then there will be interior decoration. After that building is built, then we

will need to fill up that building. The building is built, the rooms are made. Then what happens? Do we just leave it at that? Or we bring chandeliers, bring furniture’s, bring our TV, bring an AC, bring an asana, bring a table, and bring a sound system? So these are the sub-creation. Brahma did that with his original sons. How did Brahma fill up? He filled up

with his children. Those children are known as Prajapatis. Prajapatis, praja means subjects. In a kingdom raja is the king and he has praja, the citizens, and living entities in the kingdom. So that is the Prajapati. Brahma is the first being, and then came his children, and then his children produced their children. So this is how different types of creatures were born. Like, how are they? There are different types of creatures. Not only human beings or animals or birds, all different species came. Like what are the principle species? Devas, Adityas (the demigods). Then Daityas, then Rakshasas, then Asuras, then Gandharvas, then Kinnaras, Vidyadharas, Nagas, Sarpas, Vihangas (the birds). All types of creatures came. And along with that came Manavas. Like, Danu’s children are Danavas. Diti’s children are Daityas. Aditi’s children are Adityas. Similarly, Manu’s children are Manavas. Our forefather is Manu.

Kardama Muni is one of the progenitors, one of the Prajapatis. So Prajapatis have to assist Brahma in creation. Kardama Muni, according to the instruction of Brahma, actually got married to Devahuti. From Devahuti Kardama Muni now received a son and that son is Kapila. Kapila Muni is the proponent of the Sankhya philosophy. In this way, different branches of knowledge also came from different personalities. Now, in this particular verse Brahma is praising Kardama Muni. In one hand he is addressing him as ‘tata’, meaning my child, my son. But at the same time he is actually using a respectful address to him, ‘bhavan’. The word bhavan is used with respect. Just like in Hindi and Bengali there are ‘aap’ and ‘tum’. In Bengali it is ‘tumi’ and ‘aapni’. Tumi means equal or junior, but aapni means senior. In Hindi also, tum and aap. Or even more intimate is ‘tu’. So, similarly in Sanskrit there is the expression bhavan is something like aap. In one hand he is expressing as tata, but then he is saying bhavan. Manada manayan. Why he is trying to respect? He is trying to respect because he has acted in a proper way as a devotee. Devotion, the word devotion is mixed with respect. Devotion to the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Devotion to the devotees of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. So, bhakti is only to the Lord and His devotees. Devotion to the Lord and His followers. Just like you respect the government and at the same time you respect the government departments. When the government sends you a bill, the bill is not directly coming from the government, the bill is coming from PWD, or bill is coming from income tax department. So you honor that when the bill comes. Why? Because you are respecting the government. Respect is also displayed to the agent. Brahma is actually pointing out and Prabhupada has elaborated that point in the purport that when one is following the instructions of the spiritual master that is the way to offer respect to the spiritual master. Brahma praises Kardama because he carried out the orders of the spiritual master in total. What does the word total mean? In total? To the point, absolutely, hundred percent, and without cheating. So, that is the process for spiritual advancement. The process of spiritual advancement is to follow the instructions of the spiritual master. And the spiritual master also has to be qualified. What is the qualification of a spiritual master? The qualification of a spiritual master is that he is following his spiritual master. What’s the qualification of his spiritual master? That HE is following his spiritual master without any deviation. So, if that happens, like nobody is deviating, then what happens? Then the message that came originally, the same message is being conveyed. Like, for example, if from this corner of the room somebody says something. He whispers it to the next person and the next person says it to the next person and in this way when it goes to the end of the room what will happen? It’ll be the same. Although they didn’t use any mobile phone the same word will be conveyed at the end of the chain. So that is the meaning of disciplic succession; without any deviation. And the message is very simple. It’s not a very complex message. That’s why the chances of deviation are so little. If one is honest then there won’t be any deviation.

What is the message? The message is Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead,

you are His part and parcel, you are His servant, therefore just serve Him. That

is the message. The message is very, very simple. Is it difficult to understand? What is the spiritual message? The spiritual message is Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. But the trouble will start if somebody said I am the Supreme Personality of Godhead! Or he tries to imply that. He may not say that directly, but he implies that. Then the message will get contaminated. That’s why what is my position, the individual’s position in this respect? Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead and I am His servant. I am not only His servant; I am His servant’s servant. I am the servant of my spiritual master who is the servant of Krishna. I do not know how to serve Krishna.

Krishna is too big, Krishna is too important. But I follow the instruction of my spiritual master. He told me, I can hear him. And he can hear me. He can see me. Therefore, when he sees that I am making mistake he chastises me, he corrects me. That is why we need a spiritual master; someone to correct us. Krishna is not going to correct us. Krishna corrected Arjuna because Arjuna was in direct contact with Krishna, but we are not in direct contact with Krishna. Krishna may correct us but we won’t be able to see Him. We won’t be able to hear Him. But Krishna’s representative, yes, we can see him, we can hear him. And he also can see us. Therefore we need a spiritual master. The importance of spiritual master, the importance of accepting a spiritual master has been established by Krishna Himself. Because Krishna Himself, although He is the Original Spiritual Master, He accepts a spiritual master when He comes here. Like Krishna accepted Sandipani Muni as His spiritual master. Ramachandra accepted Vasistha as His spiritual master. Caitanya Mahaprabhu accepted Ishvara Puri as His spiritual master. They’re the Supreme Personality of Godhead but They are accepting a spiritual master. By doing that They are teaching us how to accept a spiritual master, or why there is a need to accept a spiritual master. And spiritual master will sometimes praise us and sometimes chastise us. Like here we can see Brahma, the spiritual master of Kardama Muni, but he is praising him: “Well done, my boy.” That’s what he is saying. The word he used is ‘me pacitis tatakalpita nirvyalikatah’. Kalpita and nirvyalikatah, you have accomplished and nirvyalikatah means without duplicity, without deviation. So Brahma is praising him, “Yes, you have done very well.” What Kardama Muni had done? He followed the instructions of Brahma very, very sincerely, very truthfully. So that is the qualification of a sincere disciple. Disciple means student and guru means teacher. Teacher, student. So when the student makes mistake then what does a teacher do? When the student makes mistakes, does the teacher say, “Okay, very well?” Does he

say that? Or he corrects him? So, it’s the business of the guru or the teacher to correct the student. And this correction is for his spiritual advancement. That is the important business, correct for spiritual advancement. Why does a disciple need a guru? Why does somebody need a spiritual master? One needs a spiritual master for spiritual advancement. Therefore, the spiritual master has the responsibility to correct the disciple. And the disciple is prepared to accept the correction. The word for disciple is, Sanskrit or Hindi, is ‘sishya’. What is the meaning of the word sishya? Sishya means one who is prepared to accept ‘sashana’. What is the meaning of the word sashana? Sashana

means chastisement. So disciple is one, when he accepts a guru means he is prepared to accept his chastisement. And this chastisement that doesn’t mean the guru’s business is to always chastise, but he needs to chastise when there is a need for correcting him.

So that is the point that Prabhupada is making here in the purport, nirvyalikatah. My dear son, you have done very well. You have accomplished your mission. And what was

the mission? To bring the Supreme Personality of Godhead to this universe. And in order to do that he had to prepare himself. What is the preparation for that? To get purified. The Lord will not come through a dirty medium. He will come through a pure medium. So the father is the medium. So Kardama Muni is the father, so when he properly executed the instructions of Lord Brahma and became qualified the Lord appeared to him. And through him He entered into the womb of Devahuti. And then from the womb of Devahuti came Lord Kapiladeva, the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

Now the Lord doesn’t need to take birth. The Lord doesn’t need to take birth, but sometimes He takes birth. This is His pastimes. Like as Krishna, as Rama, He took birth.

But He didn’t take birth when He came in Varahadeva. He didn’t take birth when He came as Mina incarnation or Kurma incarnation, or Narsimha incarnation. Sometimes He comes directly and sometimes He comes through the medium of His devotees. So, our business will be, similarly just as through Kardama Muni came the Supreme Personality of Godhead, we should also try to let the Supreme Personality of Godhead appear. He may not appear to the whole universe as He appears in these kinds of incarnations, lila-avatara, or in this case it’s a shaktyavesha avatara, but He can appear through our hearts. When will He appear through our hearts? He’ll appear through our hearts only when our hearts become purified. How will the heart become purified? By following the instructions of the spiritual master. That is the process. Our business is actually to manifest the Lord or feel the presence of the Lord, see the Lord. But in order to do that we have to become qualified. And the qualification is to follow the instructions of the spiritual master.

Jaya Srila Prabhupada!

Any question?

Devotee: Guru

Maharaja, to follow the instructions of the spiritual master in total, we see different cases where sometimes in certain cases when the spiritual master is, when the disciple is living with the spiritual master, there may be several instructions given, I mean you have to follow a number of instructions, whereas in other cases when the spiritual master is away, there may be like one or two instructions. Like in Srila Prabhupada’s ca e they may have been two or three instructions of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura which he took them like his soul. But in other cases there may be hundreds of instructions. So in the case when there are many instructions, it may happen that some of the instructions, I mean not willingly, but unwillingly may not be followed. But whereas there a fewer instructions, I mean the question is like, you know, how does the disciple take care of that?

BCS: Yeah, okay. Good point. When some instructions are not followed we have to understand it is due to impurity. Because one is not pure enough, that’s why he is not following some instructions. When he becomes completely pure then he’ll follow all his Instructions. But as he becomes purified he will follow all instructions. At the beginning the disciple may not be that pure. Therefore he may follow some instructions and not some other instructions. [laughs] But when he becomes purified then he will follow all instructions, right? So that is one consideration. Another consideration is that ultimately there is only one instruction: surrender unto Krishna. And all the instructions are relative to that. Surrender to Krishna. Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead and serves Him. You are His servant, so serve Him. So when you surrender then it will automatically happen. Now, ultimate consideration is surrender. Now, surrender to Krishna, how will we recognize that one is surrendered to Krishna? Surrender to Krishna will be displayed by surrender to His devotees, right? If I know that somebody is an agent, then I treat him as the principle, right? Say, in Ujjain there is an agent of Sony, right? When you go to his shop you consider him as Sony. He is Sony to you. Isn’t it? Sony, I mean not this Sony [an audience member]. [laughter], but Sony Electronics. You know that what you are getting there is Sony product and you pay the money and you get the product. You’re not thinking, “Oh, actual Sony is in Japan and he is somebody else.” No.  To you he is Sony, isn’t it? Because you are getting the Sony products from him. And because you have respect or you have confidence of Sony product, therefore you are going to him and getting the product from him. So, surrender to Krishna will ultimately mean surrender to His representatives. And more you become purified, the more you will able to surrender to His representatives.

Devotee: One more question, Maharaja, here Kapila Muni is a shaktyavesha avatara. He is a living entity, not the Supreme Personality of Godhead Himself.  So Brahma being

also an incarnation he is offering respects to, offering prayers in the previous verse to Kapila Muni who is not exactly the Supreme Personality of Godhead. So, how to?

BCS: Well, when someone is empowered he becomes that. Like Kapila Muni, look at his

instruction, he is saying me. Satam prasangan mama virya-samvido. [SB 3.25.25]

Mama virya-samvido. Kapila Muni is saying MY virya samvido bhavanti hrt-karna-rasayanah. So here we have to understand that he is completely induced by the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Originally maybe he is a jiva, but he has been totally empowered by the Lord. So in shaktyavesha also there are degrees. Some are more induced by the Lord; some are less induced by the Lord. Any other question?

Yes, Steve?

Devotee: Hare Krishna, Maharaja. Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

BCS: Hare Krishna.

Devotee: I find that it is one thing to have the knowledge that Krishna is the Supreme

Personality and that we are His devoted servants, surrendered, and at some times we find that also it is difficult to apply that knowledge in everyday life. These are some of our experiences. Do you have any suggestions for us?

BCS: Yeah. Like keep practicing, keep practicing. You may not be perfect overnight but practice will make you perfect. And through practice when you achieve perfection then

you will see it completely how Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead and you are His servant and you have no other no other business but to serve Him. Right?

Devotee: [inaudible]

BCS: It will depend how soon you get purified. There is no time factor as such. It will

Depend upon different individuals.

Devotee: [inaudible]

BCS: And somebody may take millions of lifetimes. [laughter] Yes?

Devotee: when the sashana comes?

BCS: when the??

Devotee: sashana

BCS: sashana comes

Devotee: some questions come from inside how to cope?

BCS: Then you have to sashana yourself. [laughter] Right? If you can’t accept the chastisement from somebody but you want to get purified, you want to correct yourself, and then either you have to correct yourself, right? So whichever is the simpler way? I think it is better to take the correction from somebody who knows when you are making the mistake. If you have to find the mistake and correct yourself, it will take a longer time. It may not even happen. But somebody who is superior to you, who is in a better position, who is watching you, when he corrects, it is better to accept that for your own benefit, right? How did you feel when in a class you made a mistake? You spelled ‘does’, instead of D O E S you wrote D O S E, and the teacher came and said you made a mistake. And your false ego said who the hell are you to tell me. [laughter] Then will you be able to

learn? That’s what happened to me actually. That’s why I remembered. [laughs]

When I was young, once I spelled ‘does’ as D O S E, and he said, “not DOES, it

says DOSE.” [laughter] And I learned. I learned the difference between does and


Devotee: GuruMaharaja, like whenever even an apparently small instruction is disobeyed,

naturally there is kind of, you know loss of faith and loss of kind of, one kind of a fall down as such, and you know that reduces our enthusiasm and also our level of faith. So, now to regain that it takes a lot of endeavor to come back to the original situation before we disobeyed the instruction. When we find ourselves in that situation how do we recuperate from that?

BCS: Do the needful. Anyway, it will depend, you see, how the main thing is accepting the authority and surrender unto him. Like in Bhagavad Gita Arjuna had so many questions. Krishna started to instruct. First of all, Krishna did not start instructing Arjuna until he became submissive. And then while Krishna is instructing Arjuna had so many pertinent questions. And then ultimately what do we find? Arjuna is convinced. So Krishna left the option to him. Okay, now I had to give you, sarva-guhyatamam bhuyah srnu me paramam vacah. [BG 18.64] I have given you the most confidential, the most profound wisdom. Now you decide what you want to do. But what is Arjuna’s situation? What is Arjuna’s attitude? Nasto mohah smrtir labdha tvat prasadan mayacyuta. [BG 18.73] My moha, my illusion is gone. I have regained my memory. What is that memory? What is that memory? Smriti. That you are the Supreme Personality of Godhead and I am your

eternal servant. We forgot that. And sthito’smi gata-sandehah karisye vacanam tava. I will follow Your instruction. So, it’s a matter of, you know, being convinced. It’s a matter of being purified. The more you become purified, the more you become convinced. And vice versa. More you become convinced, not sentimentally, but with proper understanding, the more you’ll become purified. That means more we accept Krishna as the Supreme Personality of Godhead the more we’ll make spiritual advancement.

Devotee: [in Hindi, inaudible]

BCS: [translation from Hindi] Listen, restrict your questions to the topic of the class. What happened ten years ago and what is happening now, ask that later to someone. If it happened to Purnaprajna then ask Purnaprajna. Or otherwise ask Ganganarayana. Ask the devotees later on. Okay. Yes, Mukunda?

Devotee: [inaudible] Sometimes the instruction of the spiritual master may not be very

palatable to us. [inaudible] How to cope with that?

BCS: As I said, when the heart is not pure some instruction will not appear to be palatable. When the heart becomes purified then all instructions will become palatable,

because when the heart is purified that means you are seeing your actual interest. And you are seeing how the spiritual master’s instructions are towards fulfilling your actual benefit, actual interest, right? An example. You have a disease. The doctor came and gave you a medicine. You don’t like to take the medicine because it is bitter. You think, “Oh, I don’t like it. I won’t take it because it is bitter.” It may be bitter but because you are concerned, because you are not aware of your actual purpose of the medicine. You are thinking it is unpalatable. But when you see that okay, it may be bitter now but ultimately it is going to serve the purpose of curing me and for the sake of that I must accept it. Because the purpose of medicine is not to make you feel good about its taste. The purpose of medicine is to cure your disease. Similarly, spiritual master’s instructions are not necessarily for our material comfort, for our material benefit. It is for our spiritual benefit but as long as we are materially motivated we think, “Why did the spiritual master give me this instruction? I’ll go to somebody else. He is not a good enough spiritual master for me. See, he is not giving me my sense gratification.” So, we have to understand what the business of the spiritual master is. Why I have come to a spiritual master. That is what we have to see. Yes? When you have a question you raise your hand.

Devotee: [inaudible]

BCS: Say it again, I couldn’t get it.

Devotee: Guru Maharaja, you said that we cannot follow the instruction of the spiritual master because we have impurities, but did you also say that when our heart becomes purified then we will follow the instruction of the spiritual master?

BCS: yeah. Vice versa. Heart will be purified by following the instruction of the spiritual

master and when the heart becomes purified we’ll follow the instruction of the spiritual master. Like when you take the medicine the disease will be cured and when the disease is getting cured you’ll want to take the medicine even more. Alright? Yes?

Devotee: [paraphrased] The spiritual master must be pure, but sometimes in our search

for a spiritual master we find one who uses his position to make us do certain

things for their own benefit.

BCS: So go and find a spiritual master. Don’t go to a cheater.

Devotee: how to find such a spiritual master?

BCS: Use your intelligence. Use your intelligence in the sense you find out whether the

spiritual master is here to give you Krishna or the spiritual master is here to take something from you. If the spiritual master wants something from you then how can he be a spiritual master? Then you are becoming HIS spiritual master. [laughter] The spiritual master doesn’t need anything from the disciple. The disciple needs the spiritual master. Like, when you go to school. I mean, you go to the school or go to an institution to study knowing that you’ll be able to learn the subject. If you go to the school and then you have to figure out, does the teacher really know? No! Once you are admitted then you have to accept the course.

Devotee: [inaudible] We have come here in ISKCON to put our faith in you. How can we

connect all people to know Krishna, to speak about Him, especially to teach about Him?

BCS: Which college are you studying?

Devotee: N.I.T.Bhopal.

BCS: N.I.T. Bhopal. Okay, when you were trying to get admission, you were preparing

yourself, then were you thinking of your admission or you were thinking about others’ admission? And now that you got admitted do you think that now everybody should come to N.I.T.? You just mind your business. My point is you mind your business. Now you got admitted in the N.I.T. so study nicely and get the degree. Alright? So similarly, you twelve of you have come to ISKCON, at least twelve of you are coming to ISKCON, and then YOU take advantage of it. And then afterwards if you have time you and your friends and others also make them understand the benefit of getting admitted to ISKCON. And it will happen in course of time. Another thing is, say for example so many people try to get admitted in I.I.T. How many get admitted every year?

Devotee: About thirteen thousand

BCS: about thirteen thousand?

Devotee: nine thousand

BCS: Get admitted? Every year? No, every year is much less.

Devotee: I.I.T’s have increased, so?

BCS: Oh, okay. So nine thousand get admitted. How many apply?

Devotees: four lakhs.

BCS: Four lakhs apply, nine thousand get admitted. So, now the question arises, why only nine thousand? And then I.I.T, the B take is nine thousand. M take is how many? M

take may be not even one thousand. Then PhD, how many? So higher you go, the number will reduce. So ISKCON is giving the highest knowledge. [laughter] Therefore we are not expecting many students but we want qualified students. In the market, you go to a market, there is a diamond shop and there is a plastic shop. In a diamond shop how many customers you get? Very few but those who get there, they’re qualified. But plastic shop there are?[In Hindi:] Saare bazaar ke aadmi jaate hain wahaa [translation: all the people of the market place go there]. [laughter] So this is something which is very, very special. One has to be intelligent enough to understand. One has to be intelligent enough to qualify, because most of the people are interested in sense gratification. But this is not a place for sense gratification. This is a place for spiritual advancement. So most of the people are interested in sense gratification, very few interested in spiritual advancement. This point has been explained in Bhagavad Gita:

manusyanam sahasresu

kascid yatati siddhaye

yatatam api siddhanam

kascin mam vetti tattvatah

[Bg. 7.3]

Sahasresu means? Sahasra means? Do you know sahasra? Hazaar [thousand]. Sahasresu means plural; out of many, many thousands rarely one aspires for spiritual development, aspire for perfection, spiritual perfection. And yatatam api siddhanam, like

everybody who aspires for spiritual perfection doesn’t become perfect. Rarely few become perfect. And out of those perfected ones very few get to know Krishna as He is. So that is how rare it is. We started off with this understanding: the customers will be few. Like in a diamond shop. The customers will be few. But those who come they’re qualified. Okay. So I’ll stop now. Thank you all very much. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

Following is a lecture given by His Holiness Bhakti Caru Swami on Srimad Bhagavatam, Canto Three, Chapter Twenty Four, Text Twelve.


Transcription : Her Grace Ranga Radhika Dasi
Editing : Her Grace Hemavati Radhika Dasi