Srimad-Bhagavatam classes - Volume #10 (part 11)

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Compiled by Damaghosa dasa (Seattle, USA)

Lecture - Gorakhpur, February 20, 1971

Therefore it is said Krishna never goes a step forward from Vrindavana because gopis have captured them. Krishna cannot go out of Vrindavana on account of gopis always thinking of Him. The gopis will never cease to think of Krishna; therefore it is not possible for Krishna to go out of Vrindavana, although physically He may not be present. He has no difference between physical or mental, or subtle or gross. He has no such difference. Krishna is absolute any way. Similarly, if you also think of Krishna, if you are also pure devotee, then Krishna is always with you. That is the advantage. Otherwise, how Krishna says, yoginam api sarvesam mad-gatena? The topmost yogi: those who are always thinking of Krishna. Pavitra-gatha.

Lecture - Bombay, January 12, 1973

So Indians are meant for welfare activities for the whole world. And how they'll do? Not by begging, "Give me rice. Give me milk powder. Give me money. Give me this." No. If you spread this Krishna consciousness movement all over the world, then you'll be respectful. People will like you. They are very hungry for this Krishna consciousness. So I am struggling alone. I require many Indians to join and spread this movement all over the world.

Lecture - Los Angeles, May 27, 1972

If you take to natural life and live peacefully and take to Krishna consciousness, that is your real life. And if you simply increase botheration and problems, then you'll have to suffer. That is the position of modern civilization. Actually, superficially we see that material advancement of material science, people have got so many machines, so many facilities. But actually, they are in trouble. Just like I gave you one example: the computer machine. It can work for thousands of men. So thousands of men means the thousands of men must be unemployed. And especially in your country, they are taking advantage of this machine because the salary is, if you want to pay to the worker, a big, big salary. So they want to save. They are taking machine, and they think they will save money, so many workers. But the workers are becoming unemployed. The government has to give them welfare. The government will tax. That's all. (laughter.) Government will not give money, welfare, from government's pocket. The government will increase your taxation. So you are..., you stop payment by importing some machine, now you have to pay that money to the government. This is called entanglement. This is a crude example. I don't say that you stop all this business, but the material world is like that. You want to solve something; instead of solving, you'll create so many problems. This is material life. Because our life is not meant for solving problems and creating problems. Our life is meant for understanding God. Then everything is all right. But that you have given up.

Lecture - Los Angeles, May 27, 1972

Then the next question is that how... People are not interested in Krishna consciousness, and then, they are misled by blind leaders. So how, what is the solution? That is Prahlada Maharaja saying,

naisam matis tavad urukramanghrim
sprsaty anarthapagamo yad-arthah
mahiyasam pada-rajo-'bhisekam
niskincananam na vrnita yavat

Therefore one has to take shelter of a pure devotee. That is the only solution. He says, naisam matis tavad urukramangrhim. The beginning was that "They are not interested in Krishna consciousness." Then how to become Krishna conscious if that is the solution? Then Prahlada Maharaja says, naisam matis tavad: "So long one does not approach a pure devotee," mahiyasam niskincananam, "great personalities, who has no more any material interest," niskincana, "and takes the dust of his lotus feet on the head..." Naisam matis tavad urukramanghrim: "So long one does not approach such personality, there is no possibility of becoming Krishna conscious." Naisam matis tavad urukramanghrim. As soon as one approaches the pure devotee and takes the dust of his lotus feet and puts it on his head, immediately, anartha apagamah, he'll be freed from all this nonsense. That means he'll forget this idea that "Materially we can advance." This is the process.
 
Lecture - Vrindavana, March 31, 1976

So Svarupa Damodara Gosvami was not at all satisfied with such writings. He chastised the brahmana that "You cannot write." So unless one is self-realized, there is practically no use writing about Krishna. This transcendental writing does not depend on material education. It depends on the spiritual realization. You'll find, therefore, in the comments of Bhagavatam by different acaryas, even there are some discrepancies, they are accepted as asat-patha. It should remain as it is.

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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)

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

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