Srimad-Bhagavatam classes - Volume #10 (part 10)

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Compiled by Damaghosa dasa (Seattle, USA)

Lecture - Gorakhpur, February 15, 1971

We also take a form, transmigration of the soul according to karma. I create a certain type of mentality, and that continues throughout my life. And at the time of death, because I have got a certain type of mentality, man-mentality or God-mentality or dog-mentality or fly-mentality, any kind of... There are so many. So I have to take a certain type of body. So that body I have to take not by my whim. Daivena. Daiva-netrena: by the decision of higher authorities. Daiva, generally, it means the Supreme Personality of Godhead and His agents. He has got many. Parasya saktir vividhaiva sruyate. So the material agent is Durga. So I create a mentality by my association with this material world. There are three kinds of qualities: sattva-guna, rajo-guna, tamo-guna. So one of them or mixed, I will have to accept. Because I am associating. If you associate with the hippies, you will become hippie. If you associate with the Vaisnava, you become Vaisnava.

Lecture - Gorakhpur, February 15, 1971

So Mayavadi wants to prove that the ultimate truth is nirakara, or impersonal. So Krishna gives you intelligence: "Yes, you put this forward. Put forward this logic, this logic, that logic." Similarly, Krishna gives... There is a Bengali proverb that how God works, that one man, a householder is praying to God, "My dear Lord, there may not be any theft case, burglary, in my home this night. Please save me." So one man is praying like that. Another man is praying, the thief, "My dear Lord, this night I shall commit burglary in that house. Please help me to get something." Now, what is Krishna's position? (laughter) Krishna is in everyone's heart. So Krishna has to satisfy so many prayers. The burglar and the thief and the householder, so many prayers. So Krishna's adjustment... But He's still... That is Krishna's intelligence, how He adjusts. He gives everyone freedom. And everyone is given facilities, but still He's in botheration. Therefore Krishna advises to his devotees that "Don't plan anything. You rascal, you nonsense, you don't give Me trouble. (laughter) Please surrender unto Me. Just go under My plan; you'll be happy. You are making plan, you are unhappy; I am also unhappy. (laughter) So many plans are coming daily, and I'll have to fulfill." But He's merciful. Ye yatha mam prapadyante tams...

So except the devotee of Krishna, everyone is simply giving Krishna trouble, trouble, trouble, trouble. Therefore, they are called duskrtina. Duskrtina, most miscreant, the miscreants. Don't make any plan. Accept Krishna's plan. That will be simply giving trouble to Krishna. Therefore, a devotee does not pray even for his maintenance. That is pure devotee. He doesn't give trouble to Krishna even for his bare maintenance. If he has no maintenance, he'll suffer, fasting; still, he'll not ask Krishna, "Krishna, I am very hungry. Give me some food." Of course, Krishna is alert for His devotee, but a devotee's principle is not to place any plan to Krishna. Let Krishna do. Simply we have to do according to the plan of Krishna.

Lecture - Gorakhpur, February 15, 1971

Prabhupada: Feasting means puri and halava and a vegetable and a chutney. That's all. Four things. Make simple.

Tamala Krishna: And Prabhupada? Do you want us to offer feast to your Guru Maharaja at noontime? A special plate of feast?

Prabhupada: Not a special plate. The process is that whatever we offer to the Deity, that is offered to guru. And guru offers to his guru. In this way goes to Krishna. We don't directly offer Radha-Krishna. No. We have no right. Neither He accepts in that way. The pictures of the acaryas, why there are? Actually, one has to offer the plate to his guru, and he'll offer his guru, he offers his guru, his guru. In this way it will go to Krishna. That is the process. You cannot directly approach Krishna or other subordinates to Krishna. That is not possible.

Lecture - Gorakhpur, February 18, 1971

So Sridhara Svami says, "As a physician without knowing the presence of mrta-sanjivani..." In Ayurvedic medicine system there is a medicine which is called mrta-sanjivani. Mrta means death, and sanjivani means giving life. Even a dead man can get life by drinking that medicine. It is a strong tonic. It is still used in Ayurvedic medicine, and some of the biggest manufacturer of Ayurvedic medicine, they prepare, and it has a good sale. So it may not be exactly the same mrta-sanjivani, but it is very well known. So Sridhara Svami says... Just like one, a person, is suffering from fever, so according to Ayurvedic medicine, tri-katu... Tri means three, and katu means bitter. Tri-katu, just like nim, nim fruits, kalamegha and cirata. They are prescribed, very bitter to eat. So Sridhara Svami gives this example: "Without knowing that there is a very nice medicine, mrta-sanjivani, they take so many troublesome medicines. Similarly, the great stalwart leaders of religious principles, without knowing this Hare Krishna maha-mantra, they take to so many troublesome, multi-ritualistic ceremonies."

Lecture - Gorakhpur, February 18, 1971

Do you follow this Bengali? Sthavara. Sthavara means living entities which does not move, just like trees, plants, creepers. And jangama means those who are moving. Animals, man, they move. So a devotee (sic:) who has actually in bhava stage, he may see a tree or an animal or a man, but he does not see the man or tree or the animal; he sees a part and parcel of Krishna, a jivatma. Panditah sama-darsinah. That is the stage of full knowledge. He does not see the skin or the dress. Just like when we talk with a gentleman, we do not see to the dress; we see the person as he is. So that's a stage. That is called budha bhava-samanvitah. (end)

Lecture - Gorakhpur, February 20, 1971

Srnvatam sva-kathah krsnah punya-sravana-kirtanah.  As Krishna's pastimes, Krishna's activities are punya-sravana-kirtanah... If somebody hears and chants, if he does not understand even a farthing of it, still, he becomes pious. There is no need of understanding. Simply that holy sound will make his heart pure. Pavitra-gatha. This sound. Just like when kirtana is going on, an animal is standing. He does not understand what is the meaning of that kirtana, but that sound will purify him. There are many insects within this room, many small creatures, ants, mosquitos, flies. Simply by hearing this holy name, transcendental vibration, they will be purified.

(....To be continued)

Srimad-Bhagavatam classes - Volume #10 (Part 1)

Srimad-Bhagavatam classes - Volume #10 (Part 2)

Srimad-Bhagavatam classes - Volume #10 (Part 3)

Srimad-Bhagavatam classes - Volume #10 (Part 4)

Srimad-Bhagavatam classes - Volume #10 (Part 5)

Srimad-Bhagavatam classes - Volume #10 (Part 6)

Srimad-Bhagavatam classes - Volume #10 (Part 7)

Srimad-Bhagavatam classes - Volume #10 (Part 8)

Srimad-Bhagavatam classes - Volume #10 (Part 9)

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