Srimad-Bhagavatam classes - Volume #10 (Part 19)

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Compiled by Damaghosa dasa (Seattle, USA)

Lecture - New Vrindaban, June 22, 1976

pada-sevanam arcanam... This is arcanam, worshiping the Deity in the temple, this is called arcanam. The Lord is called arca-vigrahah, arca-avatara. He is also incarnation. Another incarnation, arca-avatara. He's giving facility to the devotees to handle Him. If you do not get the opportunity to serve the Lord, how you can be perfect? So this arca-vigrahah is Lord's incarnation to give facilities to people like us who cannot see God everywhere. For the neophyte devotees, it is essential to worship the Deity. But if we simply worship the Deity without hearing about the Lord, sravanam kirtanam - these things are essential - then the Deity worship will be a burden. At a certain point, it will be a burden, and gradually it will be neglected, and the whole thing will be spoiled. So both things should continue: bhagavata-marga and pancaratriki-marga. Deity worship is pancaratriki-vidhi, and bhagavata-marga is hearing, chanting, like that. Both of them should be accepted, parallel line. Otherwise, one without the other will be later on troublesome. So you must continue. This temple means not only we shall decorate the Deity very nicely, cleanse the temple:

sri-vigraharadhana-nitya-nana-
srngara-tan mandira-marjanadau
yuktasya bhaktams ca niyunjato 'pi...

So the temple worship should go on, at the same time, sravanam kirtanam of Vishnu must go on. Two things, parallel. Then it will be done very nicely.

So actually this life is meant for this purpose. Sravanam kirtanam visnoh. There is no other purpose. All other activities secondary. So those who are very much advanced in spiritual life, just like the brahmanas, the sannyasis, they did not bother about what to eat, where to sleep. Sex life is completely forgotten. Even what to eat, where to sleep, there is no such consideration. Simply engaged in Krishna consciousness. That is only business. Of course, we cannot do that in the neophyte stage, but actually that is the only purpose. Unfortunately, the modern civilization has discovered so many artificial ways of life that it is very, very difficult to execute Krishna consciousness business. So therefore Prahlada Maharaja says that simply for sense gratification, if we waste our time, that is not good. Tat prayaso na kartavyo - don't waste your time for increasing the scope of sense gratification. That is not at all required….

Lecture - New Vrindaban, June 22, 1976

So to control over the material urges, that is required in spiritual... We have to come to the spiritual platform. That is called tapasya. Tapo divyam putraka yena sattvam yasmad brahma-saukhyam tv anantam. We are searching after happiness, but in the material world you cannot have happiness. That is a fact. Whatever little happiness you get, that is also distress. One has to attain to that stage of happiness with(out) distress. So that is a long history; everyone knows that happiness is not possible. But we arrange to get so-called... Happiness means sense gratification. That is not happiness. Sukham atyantikam yat tad atindriya grahyam. Directly sense perception is not happiness. These things are in the Bhagavad-gita, you will find: sukham atyantikam yat tad atindriyam grahyam. Atindriyam means beyond these material senses,  transcendental, there is another happiness. That is transcendental bliss. That we perceive little bit while we are chanting. By chanting, chanting, chanting, when you'll be purified, then you will have the opportunity of tasting that transcendental bliss. Otherwise, the so-called happiness derived from the senses, that is not happiness. That is crude, that is for the fools and rascals. That is not happiness.

Lecture - Montreal, June 23, 1968

krsna-prema-pradaya te: "My dear Lord, You are the most munificent, magnanimous incarnation, because You are distributing love of Krishna." This is very rare thing, love of Krishna. Krishna personally failed. He canvassed, sarva-dharman parityajya mam ekam saranam vraja: "You give up everything. Just surrender unto Me, Krishna, personally." But nobody surrendered; only a few persons of the Pandavas, Arjuna, Bhima, or the gopis in Vrindavana. But at that time there were others. And later age, people misunderstood Him. But the idea is that Krishna also came to distribute love of Krishna, but He actually could not induce people to this cult. They misunderstood Him. But Lord Chaitanya, by His grace, by this sankirtana movement, He very easily distributed this love of Krishna. Therefore He is called namo maha-vadanyaya: "My dear Lord, You are the most magnificent, munificent personality, incarnation, because," krsna-prema-pradaya te, "You are distributing krsna-prema, love of Krishna, the most important thing, the goal of life." And that was the mission of Lord Chaitanya. He said, kalau, in this age, when everything has become topsy-turvied, there is no more chance for systematizing the whole human society. It is lost. The regulating processes are lost now, and neither it is possible to reintroduce it. It is not possible. People have become so much degraded that it is not possible. Therefore direct method. Direct method: chant Hare Krishna. That will revive your old consciousness. Chant Hare Krishna. Chaitanya Mahaprabhu says, kalau nasty eva nasty eva nasty eva gatir anyatha: "In this age there is no other alternative, there is no other alternative." The so-called meditation, yoga or karma, jnana, mental speculation - everything will fail.

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