Srimad-Bhagavatam classes - Volume #10 (part 14)

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Lecture - Montreal, June 12, 1968

The mistake of modern civilization is that we are, I mean to say, bringing up spoiled children. So when they are grown up, if they become hippies or communists, it is not their fault. It is the fault of the guardians. When the people become just something against the social convention, it is not the fault of the youngsters, but it is the fault of the education system, it is the fault of the parents, it is fault of the teachers. Because they are not teaching. Prahlada Maharaja says that from the very childhood one should be taught. I have seen in India. The Muhammadans, they are very much particular about it. The small children, within ten years, they are... From the very beginning they are taught Koran in the mosques. I have seen. In my Delhi headquarter, it is just behind the Jama Musjid. You have heard the name of Jama Musjid. That is the greatest mosque in the world. Many foreigners go to see it. It was constructed by Emperor Shah Jahan, say, about three hundred years or little more than that. So the Muhammadans, they are very particular to teach the Koran from the very beginning. That's a very nice system. Either you teach Koran or you, Koran, Bible, or you teach Bhagavad-gita, it doesn't matter. One should have the idea of God consciousness. Then he can develop. So this opportunity should be offered to the children. If not, they are not real guardians, real parents, or real teachers. Why? Durlabham manusam janma. This Prahlada Maharaja teaching is not this Bhagavatam. Just mark it. Prahlada Maharaja says, dharman bhagavatan, "the religion of God consciousness." He does not say Hindu religion or Muhammadan religion or Christian religion.

Lecture - Montreal, June 10, 1968

Krishna is so kind. Even those who are not serving Krishna directly - everyone is serving Krishna but not directly. What is the difference between ordinary man and this Krishna consciousness man? The difference is that Krishna consciousness man knows that "I am eternal servant of God. Therefore let me willingly serve Krishna." And others, they are also serving Krishna, but by force, by maya, by the qualities of nature.

Just like a citizen of a state who has violated the laws. He is also obeying the laws in the prison house, forced: "If you don't obey, then you will be punished." That is called prison life. And if you become obedient to the laws, then you are not outlaws. You are free, out of the walls of the prison house. So either you obey or not obey, you have to serve the laws of the state. Similarly, either you be Krishna conscious or not Krishna conscious, you have to serve. But in non-Krishna consciousness condition, you have to serve your senses. And in Krishna consciousness condition you serve Krishna directly. That is the difference…

So intelligent man, he thinks that "Throughout my whole life I have given service to the lust, anger, and desire, and so many things." We are serving. Always remember that whenever we serve somebody, we do not serve that person, but we serve our lust. Because the person will pay me something, and out of that payment I shall be able to gratify my senses, therefore I am not serving anyone, but I am serving my senses. That is the sum and substance. That is the sum and substance. Similarly, if you serve Krishna, the same service is there. Only difference is that it is not service to the senses, but it is the service to the sense proprietor, Hrsikesa.

Lecture - New York, April 9, 1969

Now, this Srimad-Bhagavatam which is in this table, this book is a great, grand edition of Srimad-Bhagavatam. Each verse contains eight commentaries by great stalwart devotees. They represent different disciplic succession of devotee. They are... There are four authorized disciplic successions. As I have already mentioned that Brahma is one of the authorities, similarly, he has got the disciplic succession from Brahma. From Brahma to Narada, from Narada to Vyasadeva, from Vyasadeva to Madhvacarya, from Madhvacarya to.... I am making shortcut. From Madhvacarya to Madhavendra Puri, from Madhavendra Puri to Isvara Puri, from Isvara Puri to Lord Chaitanya, from Lord Chaitanya to Svarupa Damodara, from Svarupa Damodara to six Gosvamis, Rupa Gosvami, Sanatana Gosvami, from Gosvamis to Krishnadasa Kaviraja Gosvami, the author of Caitanya-caritamrta, and from him Narottama dasa Thakura, and from Narottama dasa Thakura, Visvanatha Cakravarti, from Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura to Jagannatha dasa Babaji, from Jagannatha dasa Babaji to Bhaktivinoda Thakura, from Bhaktivinoda Thakura to Gaurakisora dasa Babaji Maharaja, and from Gaurakisora dasa Babaji my spiritual master, and then we are descended.

Devotees: Jaya! Haribol!

(....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)

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

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

Srimad-Bhagavatam classes - Volume #10 (Part 12)

Srimad-Bhagavatam classes - Volume #10 (Part 13)

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