Compiled by Damaghosa dasa (Seattle, USA)
Lecture – New Vrindaban, June 24, 1976
I sometimes say that in the Western countries the young boys, they come to Krishna consciousness, their only one great asset is they are not family-wise attached. That is very good qualification. Someway or other, they have become. Therefore their attachment to Krishna becoming staunch. In India they have got organized family attachment. They are not interested. They are after money now. That I have experienced. Yes.
So family attachment is the greatest impediment in the matter of advancing in Krishna consciousness, but if the whole family is Krishna conscious, that is very nice. Just like Bhaktivinoda Thakura. He was a family man, but all of the, Bhaktivinoda Thakura, his wife, his children – and the best children is our Guru Maharaja, best child… So he has sung by his experience, ye dina grhe bhajana dekhi grhete goloka bhaya. If family-wise, everyone is engaged in Krishna's service, that is very nice. That is not ordinary family. That attachment is not ordinary attachment. But generally people are attached materially. That is condemned here. Sesam grhesu saktasya pramattasya apayati hi. They are called pramatta. Everyone is thinking that "My family, my wife, my children, my nation, my community, that is everything. What is Krishna?" This is the greatest illusion imposed by maya. But nobody will be able to give you protection.
Lecture – Vrindavana, December 11, 1975
Take recent history, within five hundred years. Rupa Goswami, the chief minister of the government of Bengal, most opulent position: tyaktva turnam asesa-mandala-pati-srenim. They became mendicant, voluntarily accepting, tyaktva turnam asesa-mandala-pati-srenim sada tucchavat. "What is this nonsense position, minister, opulent life? Kick it out." They are not fools. They are politicians. But why they "Kick it out." Then what they became? Bhutva dina-ganesakau karunaya kaupina-kanthasritau. They become mendicant.
So voluntarily accepting poverty, this is Indian civilization, this is Vedic civilization. Not to increase material opulence but to decrease. The more you decrease, you are civilized. And the Western countries, if you decrease, if you instruct them that "Decrease these nonsense activities. No more tire(?) civilization," they'll say "Oh, this is primitive, primitive." This tendency is present. But actually, the primitive civilization… Not primitive; that is very sober civilization, anartha. Instead of increasing unwanted necessities, decrease it. That is Srimad-Bhagavatam. Anarthopasamam saksad bhakti-yogam adhoksaje. Lokasya ajanatah vidvams cakre satvata samhitam. This satvata samhitam bhagavata is there, simply to decrease this unwanted so-called material civilization. It is very difficult to understand, but our Krishna consciousness movement is for that purpose. We are interested to construct a nice temple, but we are not interested to construct a very big skyscraper building for people's generally No. We should live very humbly. But for Krishna we can In India you'll find there are so many valuable temples which cannot be constructed at the present moment. You will see in this Vrindavana that the broken Govindaji's temple, it is not possible to construct such costly temples at the present moment. Even by spending crores of rupees you cannot construct. But one who has money, they used to do that. It should be engaged for Krishna's comfort. This is bhakti.
Lecture – New Vrindaban, June 25, 1976
Sneha-pasair. This sneha-pasa, sneha is there. Sneha means affection. Everyone got affection. The cats and dogs they have got also affection. But the affection is wrongly placed. We are affectionate to the skin, to this body. So this is wrong affection. Real affection is to the soul. That we do not know, we have no information. We are loving our child, that is very good, but not the soul, but the body. If someway or other the child is dead or my father is dead, we cry, "Father has gone." Why father has gone away? The body which you loved, that is lying there. So we do not know whom to love. So if we love actually, let us love the soul, to love means for benefit. That is real love. I love you for your benefit; you love me for my benefit. If I so-called love you for my benefit, that is lust. So in this material world there cannot be love. It is not possible. Because everyone loves, so-called love. He loves his sense gratification. A young boy loves a young woman for his sense gratification, not for her sense gratification. Similarly she also. So in this material, this cheating is going on. I want to satisfy my lusty desires, but it is going on in the name of love. There cannot be any love in this material world. Because love is between spirit and spirit. But if we try to love the Supreme Spirit, Krishna, then we shall understand how our love can be spread in the spiritual world.
When we come to the spiritual platform, then actual love begins. Mad-bhaktim labhate param. That love begins… If we can love Krishna, then, through Krishna's love, we can expand our love for everyone. Yatha taror mula-nisecanena trpyanti tat-skandha-bhujopasakhah. Just like watering the root of the tree, the energy is expanded to the limbs, to the flowers, to the branches, similarly, if we want to love… Everyone… Just like we are coming, some patriot. Nobody loves nobody; that is all professional business. If we actually love Krishna, then we can expand our love: patriotism, socialism, this "ism," that… Just like we are trying to spread this Krishna consciousness movement all over the world because on account of love.
This is the only meaning. If we become pure devotee of Krishna, then my love will be extended to everyone. Not only my society, but to everyone. It is not that "This is my children, that is other's children." All children. All human being. Not my countrymen – all other countrymen. Not only human beings, but even animals also. That is sneha. It is not that "I am safe, and let the animals be killed in the slaughterhouse." No, that is not love. Love means for everyone. Samah sarvesu bhutesu. Equality to all living entities. That is real love. That is real concern, Krishna consciousness. A lover of Krishna will hesitate to kill even one ant. You know the story, Mrgrari. That is love. Just like this child. If I like I can kill him, there is no difficulty. But does it mean that I shall kill him? No. Similarly, a small ant, anyone can kill. No. Here is a living entity, part and parcel of Krishna. Samah sarvesu – he should not be unnecessarily killed. We should be careful, not that "Trample over the ants and let them be killed." No, everything should be carefully done. Of course, we cannot stop this, but we should be careful, and if it is done, then if we remain Krishna conscious, Krishna will excuse. Yajnarthe karmano 'nyatra. Therefore the business should be, if we walk at all, we shall walk for Krishna. Then if some ant is killed – not knowingly, unknowingly – then we are untouched by these sinful activities. Otherwise, we are immediately noted down, "Here is a man, he has killed, he has…" The nature's law is so minute. Every minute, the account is there. But if you remain in the business of Krishna consciousness, then there is excuse. Otherwise, everyone is become obliged. If I take from you one cent, I have to pay you with four cents, with interest, compound interest. This is the law of karma. We are… Just like taking money from others. Unless we spend it for Krishna, then we shall be obliged to return.