Sri Brahma-samhita, Verse 34

San Francisco, September 13, 1968
680913BS.SF
Prabhupada: (singing)
Chant!
Devotees: (singing) govindam adi-purusam tam aham bhajami.
Prabhupada: (singing) govindam adi-purusam tam aham bhajami.
Devotees: (singing) govindam adi-purusam tam aham bhajami.
Prabhupada: (singing) govindam adi-purusam tam aham bhajami.
Devotees: (singing) govindam adi-purusam tam aham bhajami.
Prabhupada: This prayer for Govinda is from Brahma-samhita. It is very old literature, and nobody can say when it was spoken, but it is understood that these verses were written by Brahma, and when Lord Caitanya was traveling in South India He picked up this book from a temple, hand-written, and He delivered to His devotees. So, it is very authorized book. In this book the description of Krsna is very vivid, vividly given. There His place, His activities, His form, everything is there nicely given. So, this, this verse, it is, it is not first verse. This is the 34th verse of the Fifth Chapter. Cintamani-prakara-sadmasu kalpa-vrksa-laksavrtesu surabhir abhipalayantam. That, that place, cintamani ... Cintamani, a stone. In the transcendental world the, as we have got experience here, the houses are made of bricks, there the houses are made of cintamani stone. The cintamani stone is..., of course there is no exact translation, but it is understood it is something like touchstone. Touchstone means the stone which if it touches a iron, it transforms into gold.
So, the abode of Krsna is described that there are houses, cintamani-prakara-sadmasu. Prakara means house. And cintamani-prakara-sadmasu kalpa-vrksa, and that the trees are desire trees. What is that desire tree? Just like here in, in this material world, a tree is meant for delivering a particular fruit or flower, but desire tree means whatever you desire you get immediately delivered from the tree. That is called, cintamani-prakara-sadmasu, kalpa-vrksa. Kalpa means whatever you like, whatever you will. Cintamani-prakara-sadmasu kalpa-vrksa-laksavrtesu. Such trees are not one. Just like here in your country, as soon as you go outside the city there are hundreds and thousands of trees, there is neither fruit nor flower, but they are meant for fuel or some other purposes. But there, there are many millions of trees which are all desire trees. Whatever you want, it is present there. The tree will supply immediately. Prakara-sadmasu kalpa-vrksa-laksavrtesu. And surabhir abhipalayantam. Krsna is engaged in, as, a cowherds boy. He is herding cows. What sort of cows? Surabhih. Surabhih means that cow supplies you milk as much as you like, and as many times you can, you like, you can draw milk from that cow. Immense supply of milk, surabhir abhipalayantam. Laksmi-sahasra-sata-sambhrama-sevyamanam, and the Lord is worshiped by many hundreds, thousands of goddess of fortune. The gopis, here you see the picture. That is a little sample only. But in the transcendental kingdom the Lord is always served with all great respect and obeisances and devotion, many thousands of goddess of fortune. That goddess of fortune means they are most beautiful, and everything is complete, that such a place and such abode and such activities are described about Krsna.
And that Personality of Godhead, Govinda, Krsna, is the original person. As in the Vedanta-sutra it is said, "Who is Brahman? What is Brahman? What is the Absolute Truth?" (break)
Devotees: (singing) ...tam aham bhajami.
Prabhupada: So, the description is that Govinda is very fond of playing on flute, venum. Venum means flute. Venum kvanantam aravinda-dalayataksam. His eyes are just like lotus petals. Very beautiful eyes. Venum kvanantam aravinda-dalayataksam barhavatamsam. And He likes peacock feather, peacock feather on the head. So you will find Krsna always with peacock feather. He wears a very valuable helmet, helmet on His head, but you will find one peacock feather. Barhavatamsam asitambuda-sundarangam, and His complexion of the body is blackish, just like new clouds. He is not that complexion light; He is blackish, Krsna, and..., but He is so beautiful, all-attractive. Here, of course, in this material world, blackish we do not like; we want fair complexion. But Krsna, the original person, He is blackish, but not blackish like this. Kandarpa-koti-kamaniya-visesa-sobham. His beauty is surpassing many millions of Cupids. You have heard the name of Cupid. He is a very enchanting person, loving person, but here it is descibed, kandarpa-koti-kamaniya-visesa-sobham. If you assemble millions of Cupids in one place, still it can not be compared with the beauty of Krsna, Krsna is so beautiful. Kandarpa-koti-kamaniya-visesa-sobham. Venum kvanantam, always playing on flute. (singing)
venum kvanantam aravinda-dalayataksam
barhavatamsam asitambuda-sundarangam
kandarpa-koti-kamaniya-visesa-sobham
govindam adi-purusam tam aham bhajami
Devotees: (singing) govindam adi-purusam tam aham bhajami.
Prabhupada: (singing) govindam adi-purusam tam aham bhajami.
Devotees: (singing) govindam adi-purusam tam aham bhajami.
Prabhupada: So just imagine the position of the Krsna conscious person. Everyone is worshiping somebody. Somebody is worshiping his wife, somebody is worship..., worshiping his husband, somebody is worshiping the leader of the country, somebody is worshiping something, something, something. And if anyone has nothing, then somebody is worshiping a dog, a cat. But we are worshiping the original person, Krsna. Just see our position. Govindam adi-purusam tam aham bhajami. We are not flattering ordinary things. We have captured the original. Govindam adi-purusam tam aham bhajami. And why not? He is so...
Devotees: (all shout simultaneously, enthusiastically) Jaya, hari bol!
Prabhupada: He is so beautiful. (laughter) Kandarpa-koti-kamaniya-visesa-sobham. And calling us, by playing on His flute, nice flute. When He was playing His flute, all the gopis, they would give up all their family duties, everything, and go off to Krsna, Krsna. Their fathers, their brothers, their husbands, who will call them, "Where you are going? It is dead of night!" "No, we are going to Krsna."
Devotees: (laughter) Jaya, hari bol!
Prabhupada: So, Krsna is so nice. Just to attract us, that you want love, here, at Vrndavana, He appears at Vrndavana, in Vrndavana, and shows His lila, His activities, just to attract us. How lovable object! You are trying to find out something lovable. You are being frustrated. Here is something complete, if you love, you will become complete. And this Govinda can be achieved simply by love. You don't require any other qualification. He is so great, He is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, He is the proprietor of everything, but what does He want from you? In the Bhagavad-gita He says, patram puspam phalam toyam yo me bhaktya prayacchati [Bg. 9.26]. We can worship Krsna with a little flower, with a little fruit, a little water, that's all. How universal it is! A little flower, a little fruit, a little water can be collected by any poor man. You don't require to earn many thousands of dollars to worship Krsna. Why Krsna will ask you, you contribute dollars, or millions of rupees? No. He is full in Himself. He has got everything, complete. So He is not beggar. But, He is beggar. In what sense? He is begging your love. Therefore He says that patram puspam phalam toyam yo me bhaktya prayacchati. He is not beggar from you a little flower, a little fruit, but Krsna said, "If something should be given to Me. Please try to give Me something, because that is the token of love. You are taking so many things from Me. I am supplying you light, I am supplying air, I am supplying you water, I am supplying you life, food, everything. You can not reciprocate something for Me? I am asking you simply a little water, little flower, a little leaf." So, what does He want? He wants yo me bhaktya prayacchati. He wants simply bhakti, or love, pure love. Yo me bhaktya prayacchati tad aham bhakty-upahrtam asnami prayatatmanah. And because a devotee is lover of Krsna, brings these things in love and devotion, therefore Krsna says, aham asnami: "I get that and eat that."
Devotees: Jaya, hari bol!
Prabhupada: So Krsna worship is not very costly affair. Simply you have to decide that "I shall love only Krsna." And if you love only Krsna, then you will actually love everything. If you love..., because you are loving the root. Just like if you supply foodstuff to your stomach, then you supply foodstuff all the parts of your body. This is the method. The Bhagavata describes this method.
yatha taror mula-nisecanena
}trpyanti tat-skandha-bhujopasakhah
pranopaharac ca yathendriyanam
tatha (iva) sarvarhanam acyutejya
[SB 4.31.14]
Just like, taror mula-nisecanena, if you supply water on the root of the tree, the water is immediately transferred to the branches, to the leaves, to the flowers, to the fruits—everywhere. Everyone knows it. It is scientific. But if you supply water to one leaf, or thousand leaves, it does not mean that other leaves are also getting the benefit. So, at the present moment, people are captivated for human welfare activities. Oh, what human welfare activities they will do? It is not in your power. You can do something, but very limited. There are living entities, they are not only human beings. There are 8,400,000's of living entities, and the human living entities they are only minute portion. They are only 400,000's these, only. Other living entities, they are eight million. That is not very difficult to understand. If you take a census of the living entities in the city of San Francisco, then the census of the human being residing in this city, they will be very, a small number in comparison to the birds, bests, aquatics, ants, and so many other living entities, so many other living entities. So, suppose a portion of human living entity you serve, then what is the value of service? What is the value of that service?
Therefore, the Bhagavata says, just like watering the root of the tree you can serve all the leaves, flowers, branches, and everything of the tree, just by supplying foodstuff to your stomach you can serve all the limbs of your body, similarly, simply by loving Krsna you can learn how to love everyone. If you don't love Krsna, and if you love the whole universe, it is still imperfect. Imperfect. And, because we are not loving Krsna, therefore we are sectarian. Just like, take for example your country, or any country, it doesn't matter. I am giving example, I am not attacking anybody, I am giving example. You love your countrymen. That's very nice, but why don't you love the cows of your country? As it... It is also living entity. They are also born in this country. Have they not right to live? Oh, you know in argument, in logic, you will accept, "Yes." But because we do not love Krsna, therefore there is partiality, that one section of the living entities should be loved, and the another section of the living entities should be sent to the slaughterhouse. Why this defect? This defect is due to your lack of loving affairs with Krsna. And as soon as you try to love Krsna, then you will see, "Oh, the cows are my brothers, oh, the black people are my brothers, the white people are my brothers, the ants are my brothers, the dogs are my brothers, the trees are my brother, everyone my brother." That is universal brotherhood. If you simply talk of universal brotherhood, and you do not love Krsna, hah, then it is useless. (laughter) It is useless. Therefore, actually it is happening. They are proclaiming peace and prosperity, and they are fighting in the United Nations. But where is the peace? Then where is the prosperity? Because lacking love of Krsna.
Therefore, this Krsna consciousness is very urgent necessity for the human society. They should learn how to love Krsna. Then everything will be adjusted, very easily. It is not utopian theory; it is practical. There are many instances, and those who are following, the students in, in our society, ask them how they love others, how they love everyone, because they are..., they are trying to love Krsna. So govindam adi-purusam tam aham bhajami. Therefore our process is, try to love the original person. And as soon as you become an expert lover... You will find in, in our Back to Godhead there is a picture that a hunter, after being initiated in Krsna consciousness, he is loving even the ants. Those who have seen our Krsna pictures. Have you got Back to Godhead here? You can show picture?
The story is, the hunter, a hunter was killing in the forest many animals, because hunter's business is to kill. So, I am speaking very shortly. The story and the picture you will find in Back to Godhead recently published. And Narada, because he is Vaisnava, he is lover of Krsna, when he was passing on the path in the forest, he saw that many half-dead animals are in torture, flapping. So, he was very kind. "Oh, who has done this mischief, these poor animals?" So he searched out the hunter, and he went there. The hunter asked me, "Oh, why you are disturbing my business?" So Narada said, "My dear hunter, I have come to beg something from you." So hunter thought that "This mendicant is a beggar, so he might have come to me to beg some skins, or deer skin or tiger skin." So he said, "All right, please, let me do my business. I shall give you skins, whatever you like." Narada said, "No, no, I don't want anything from you. I have come to request you something." "What is that?" "How, if you are killing animals, why don't you kill them all at once? Why you are killing them half, and giving them so much torture?" "Oh," he said that "I have been educated in that way. I have been trained in that way killing of animals by my father. I take pleasure in it." So Narada said, "So my request to you is that if you want to kill animals, please kill them immediately. Don't kill half. This is very great sinful." Then he inquired, "What is the sin?" He said that "You are killing so many animals, so you are accumulating sins." Then he explained everything, so he became little softened, and he inquired that "How to get out of these sinful activities?" That Narada said that "If you follow my instruction, then you can get free from these sinful activities." "Now, what I will have to do?" He said that "First of all break your bow, then I shall tell you." "Oh, if I break my bow, then my business instrument is gone." "No, don't be afraid." "Then how shall I eat?" "Oh, I shall send you food." So then he agreed: "If you solve my food problem, then I will follow you." So Narada said, "Yes, I shall send you all kinds of food. You give up this business, and come with me." So the hunter and his wife went with Narada, and Narada fixed them a place on the bank of the Ganges at Prayaga, and he said that "You sit down here and chant Hare Krsna. I shall send you all food that you require." "All right sir. Don't forget (laughter), because I have given up my business." (laughter)
So next day it was advertised in the village that the hunter has become a Vaisnava, a bare-headed boy (laughter), Vaisnava. (laughter) So, in the, in India it is the system that if anyone goes to a temple or to a saintly person, the ladies especially, and they take some grains in hand, at least one palmful, and contributes. So, ten, twenty, fifty people are coming, and it becomes sufficient for the temple-keepers. That is the system in India still. Still there are many hundreds and thousands of temples in India, and India is advertised as poverty-stricken, but all these temples are being maintain..., maintained by the people from the morsel of their food, still. They contribute. If a sannyasi goes to the house of a householder, he will never be refused. At least he should be given a little rice, little flour. That is the system. So, so many people are coming to see them, how they have become Vaisnava, saintly person, and contributing, somebody flour, somebody dahl, somebody rice, somebody fruit. "Oh," they thought. "Oh, why Narada is sending so much? We are only two persons, husband and wife, and he is sending more than twenty person foodstuffs, daily." So, he was convinced that "If I chant Hare Krsna, I will not starve. Narada will send everything, that's all."
So, gradually by chanting they became very highly advanced spiritually. So one day Narada said to his friend Parvata, "My dear Parvata, I have got a disciple in Prayaga. He was hunter, and I have initiated him to chant Hare Krsna. Let us go and see how he is doing." So, two friends are coming there, and it is the system that the disciple, by seeing the spiritual master, should immediately offer obeisances and receive him very nicely. So when he was going to receive from distant place Narada, he saw some ants were on the feet, and he was trying to remove them so that they may not die, pressure of his foot... (break)
Prabhupada: (singing) govindam adi-purusam tam aham bhajami.
Devotees: (singing) govindam adi-purusam tam aham bhajami.
Prabhupada: Thank you.
Devotees: Jaya. (end)

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