Compiled by Damaghosa dasa (Seattle, USA)
Lecture – San Francisco, March 31, 1969
Our real business is how to get out of this entanglement, not to be more and more, I mean to say, implicated in this entanglement. That should be the point of view: to make the best use of a bad bargain. That should be the philosophy of life. We are put into this material existential condition, and we have to get out. But at the same time, so far, so long this material body is there, we have to maintain it also. Just like… The example is very nice. We can cite that you have to go to some place, and you have got a car. You have to take care of the car so far it can carry you to your destination, not that you simply take care of your car and you forget your destination and your own body. This is not your business. Similarly, we have to carry on our business.
Lecture – Vrindavana, December 12, 1975
Professor Marshall, he has given reason for economic development: the family affection. Unless one has got family affection, he is not interested in money. So therefore I sometimes say that these hippies, they are little advanced because they have no affection for family and they have no affection for money also. In the other way, these are good qualification: no interest, no affection. Everyone is working on account of family affection, sneha-pasair. He has got wife and children, and he requires money to make the family happy. So…, and for maintaining the family, he requires money. Ato grhesu sutapta-vittair janasya moho 'yam.
Lecture – Vrindavana, December 12, 1975
Vedasraya nastikya-vada. All these Mayavadi sannyasis, they are very learned, but they'll never accept that God has form. They say it is kalpana, it is imagination. So Chaitanya Mahaprabhu has designated them very, very dangerous, these Mayavadis. He has therefore strictly forbidden, mayavadi-bhasya sunile haya sarva-nasa: If you hear this Mayavadi speaking, then your future is doomed. You are finished. Because as soon as you have become infected with the Mayavada philosophy, it will take millions of years to come to the platform of devotional service. It is so dangerous. Mayavadi-bhasya sunile haya sarva-nasa. Sarva-nasa means everything is finished when you become godless, or you think yourself as you are God. The Mayavadis do that. They accept God, Krishna, as God, but Krishna's body is maya. He has assumed a form, with a body which is created by maya, just like our body is created by maya.
Lecture – New Vrindaban, June 26, 1976
So nidrahara, this is spiritual life. This is called tapasya. Tapo divyam putraka yena suddhyed sattvam. Spiritual life means purifying our existence. Unless we purify our existence, if we keep ourselves in the material condition, then we have to accept birth and death repeatedly. The human life is the opportunity that we can purify our existence. Sarvopadhi-vinirmuktam tat-paratvena nirmalam. We have to become purified. Nirmalam means completely purified. That is the mission of human life. Tapo divyam, purify. Why purification required? Because we are after happiness. That is our nature. Anandamayo 'bhyasat. Everyone, we want happiness. But we are so blind that happiness in the material world is faced with so many other troubles. Just like I want to be happy, I am sitting peacefully, the mosquito will come and disturb me. The bugs will come, disturb me. The dogs will come, disturb me. And so many other… There will be some earthquake will disturb me, there will be some storm will disturb me. There will be some fever, disturb me. Some calamity will disturb me. So because all these disturbances are, this is nature's daivi hy esa guna-mayi mama maya duratyaya. That maya is always ready to disturb us. Because to remind us that "You want to be happy in this material world, that is not possible. I shall disturb you always, in this way or that way." That we haven't got eyes to see, that we are being disturbed. But if we want undisturbed happiness then we have to purify our existence. That is wanted. It is for our interest. To become Krishna conscious means that is our interest. Krishna doesn't want that you become… Krishna wants, but if you do not become Krishna conscious, He has nothing to lose. But if we do not become Krishna conscious, it is, our chance is lost. This is the problem.
Lecture – New Vrindaban, June 27, 1976
So here the verse is given, yan maithunadi-grhamedhi-sukham hi tuccham kanduyanena karayor iva duhkha-duhkham. The real purpose of life is how to become detached from this material life. That is perfection. People are being educated how to become attached. That is the difference between Krishna consciousness and so-called human civilization. But the thing can be made easy if we attach our mind to Krishna. Just like we are actually doing. It is not that we are all liberated persons. We have got so many attachments to family, wife, country. But along with it, if we try to increase our attachment for Krishna, automatically there will be detachment. Automatically. Without endeavoring separately. Vasudeve bhagavati bhakti-yogah prayojitah.
…So this is bhakti-marga. If we follow these principles of bhakti-marga we do not require to endeavor separately how to become detached. The detachment automatically follows. Vasudeve bhagavata bhakti-yogah prayojitah janayati asu vairagyam. Vairagyam means detachment. The bhakti-yoga is known also as vairagya. Vairagya. Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya wrote verses about this vairagya.
siksartham ekah purusah puranah
krpambudhir yas tam aham prapadye
Here is Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu who is Krishna Himself. He has come to teach us vairagya-vidya. It is little difficult. It is very difficult for ordinary persons to understand this vairagya-vidya. Their business is how to increase attachment for this body, and Krishna consciousness movement is how to increase detachment for this material life. Therefore it is called vairagya-vidya. Vairagya-vidya can be very easily achieved, just like it is recommended, vasudeve bhagavata bhakti-yogah prayojitah janayati asu vairagyam, very soon, very soon. Janayati asu vairagyam jnanam ca. The real business is how to increase our love, proportional love for Krishna. Then everything, proportionately, will come, and then our life will be successful.