Los Angeles, July 15, 1974
Prabhupada: So you are engaged in the service of Sri Radha-Madhava. He's present here. And I am very glad that you are doing very nice. Keep the standard. This Deity worship and chanting of Hare Krsna maha-mantra... Be always engaged in this business. It is a very important business. Krsna says that man-mana bhava mad-bhakto mad-yaji mam namaskuru, mam evaisyasi asamsayah [Bg. 18.65]. Our mission is to go back to home, back to Godhead. So it is not very difficult thing. Very easy. But we do not want it. That is the difficulty. Otherwise, the matter is very simple. Krsna says four things, that "Always think of Me..." Now, here is Krsna, Radharani, Krsna, standing before you. Don't think that this is idol. No. Krsna is present before you in that form to show you favor that you can handle with Krsna. You can dress Him. You can give Him for eating. You can... To give you facilities. But Krsna is here, and Radharani is here. So He says, personally, that man-mana bhava mad-bhakto: "Always think of Me." So you are seeing Krsna, and the impression is within your mind. As soon as you will close your eyes, you will see Krsna within your heart. Krsna, Radharani is here, and if you see constantly, naturally the impression will be within your heart. So either you are in temple or outside the temple, you'll be able to see Krsna always—if you practice. Premanjana-cchurita-bhakti-vilocanena santah sadaiva hrdayesu [Bs. 5.38]. Those who are saintly persons, on account of love for Krsna, they see always Krsna within his heart. So this practice is not very difficult. It doesn't require M.A., Ph.D. education, or to become very rich or opulent. Nothing is required. Simply try to think of Krsna. That's all. This is one item. It is not very difficult. And become His devotee. That you are practicing. Devotee means to hear about Krsna, to chant the glories of Krsna, to think of Krsna, to offer fruits and flowers to Krsna. In this way, this is called devotional service. So to think of Krsna and to become devotee of Krsna is not at all difficult task. Then... Man-mana bhava mad-bhakto mad-yaji: "Worship Me." So here is the chance for worshiping Krsna. Ara..., bhoga-aratrika. Temple. Keep the temple very cleansed. Dress Krsna daily. You also dress nicely, take your bath, be pure. So man-mana bhava mad-bhakto mad-yaji mam namaskuru: [Bg. 18.65] "And just offer obeisances to Me." Even the child can do. They are doing it. It is not at all difficult. But simply by executing these four principles, Krsna says, gives assurance, mam evaisyasi: "You come to Me." So our program is how to go back to home, back to Godhead, and the program is very simple. Some way or other, we have introduced this program in the Western countries, and you are so intelligent, you have very soon captured it. So stick to the standard; then your life is successful. It is not at all difficult. But don't deviate. Then you are pakka. Yes. Pakka means solid. Mam eva ye prapadyante mayam etam taranti. If you remain solid in Krsna consciousness, the maya cannot touch you. So that is my request.
So I am traveling all over the world. I am going to see how things are going in Dallas or New Vrindaban and another... So my touring is natural. I have started this movement. I want to see that it is going on nicely. So you kindly help me. Don't deviate. That is my only request. (starts to cry) Then you will remain solid.
Thank you very much. (end)
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