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Los Angeles, February 9, 1969
Prabhupada: ...it is taken orphans are very much forlorn. But in the presence of parents also, many children are suffering. And (in) the presence of good medicine, good physician, many people are dying. It is not guaranteed. Suppose one is diseased, suffering. If you engage good, qualified physician, good medicine, and therefore there is no guarantee of cure. No. There is no guarantee. The medical practitioners say, "We cannot guarantee. We are trying our best. That's all." Similarly, when a person is drowning in the water, if you send a good boat to save him, that is also not guaranteed. In this way, if we study that we are completely dependent on something else... Our process of making ourself independent... We may manufacture so many things for our independence, but sastra says, unless there is protection from the Supreme Personality of Godhead, these methods and processes will not save us. Tavat tanu-bhrtam tvad-upeksitanam. If Krsna does not like, does (sic:) not wish that "These children will suffer in spite of good parents," so that suffering nobody can check. "This man must drown in spite of very nice good boat and ship"—nobody can check. "This man must die in spite of good physician and medicine"—he must die. Therefore our first relief, guaranteed relief, is this shelter of Krsna. If you take shelter of Krsna, even there is some deficiencies in the matter of protecting us, Krsna will save. Therefore we should depend on Krsna. That is called saranagati, surrender, to believe that "Krsna will give us protection." Without Krsna's protection, no other protection is valid. There is no guarantee. So in every way we shall surrender to Krsna. Krsna also guarantees, aham tvam sarva-papebhyo moksayisyami [Bg. 18.66]. Our sufferings are due to our sinful activities. So Krsna gives guarantee that aham tvam sarva-papebhyo moksayisyami: "I shall save you from all kinds of sinful reaction."
So saranagati, surrender to Krsna, is our only business. This Krsna consciousness movement is trying to teach people to, not to declare independence, which is not possible, nor to try to make this world happy without Krsna. That is not possible. That is our propaganda. Whatever you do, you take shelter of Krsna, or God. "Krsna" is the most explicit term for God. God may have many names. Krsna is the perfect name. God has no name; some philosophers say like that. No name means that His name is understood by His different action. Just like Krsna is sometimes called Yasoda-nandana. Because He has accepted mother Yasoda, to become her son, therefore Krsna's name is Yasoda-nandana. Krsna's name is Partha-sarathi. Why? Because Krsna has accepted to become a chariot driver of Arjuna. Partha means Arjuna, and sarathi means chariot driver. So Krsna's name became Partha-sarathi. Krsna used to steal butter from the stock of His mother's butter stock; therefore Krsna's name is Makhana-cora. So in this way Krsna's name are varieties. Krsna has unlimited number of activities, and according to such activity He has got unlimited names. But the primary name which is applicable in all circumstances is "Krsna." Krsna means "all-attractive." Krsna attracts everyone. Otherwise how you're attracted? If Krsna is not all-attractive... From the beginning of your life you never heard of Krsna, neither you knew about Krsna. Why you are attracted? Huh? So Krsna is all-attractive. That is the perfect name of God, "Krsna." Otherwise, Krsna has got many names, sahasra name, thousands of names. This name is... (aside:) Just, time is up? Or...
So krsnas tu bhagavan svayam [SB 1.3.28]. According to Vedic literature, Krsna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, svayam. Svayam means original. Krsna has many extension, incarnation. We are also Krsna's extension. We are, all living entities, we are also Krsna's extension. We are called vibhinnamsa, separated extension. Separated extension means just like this finger is the part of your body, but when it is separated from the body for some reason... The finger's name is "finger," but it is separated; it is no longer used for the whole body. Similarly, the conditioned souls, we... We have come to this material world being conditioned by the laws of material nature; therefore our so-called independence is bogus. There is no independence. We are completely under the grip of material nature, so therefore we are separated. When we are again joined with Krsna, then we are one with Krsna. Just like this finger is one with this body; although it is called finger, but it is the same. The importance of the finger is as good as the whole body. Similarly, when we shall join again with Krsna, then we become as good as Krsna, advaya-jnana, absolute. Just yesterday, day before yesterday, I was explaining, angani yasya sakalendriya-vrtti-manti [Bs. 5.32]. Every part, every limb of Krsna has got the potency of acting like other limb. We can only see with our eyes, but Krsna can eat also with His eyes. Therefore absolute.
So Krsna's part and parcel is also one with Krsna. In the spiritual world there is no two. All one, one unit. This will take time to understand. Theoretically we can understand. And here, in this material world, we are all separated. Therefore, just like if electric bulbs are separated from the powerhouse, practically it has no value, similarly, so long we are separated from Krsna, we have no value. Sthanad bhrastah patanty adhah. Sthanad bhrastah patanty adhah. Sthanat means from the right position one falls down. So by Krsna consciousness, by reviving your Krsna consciousness, by engaging yourself in Krsna's service, you revive your original position. That is called liberation. Now we are not liberated; we are dependent on so many laws, so many conditions, although we are very much proud and puffed-up, independent. Who is independent? Nobody is independent. It is not possible to become independent. It is simply false pride, independent. So don't try to become independent. Please try to become dependent on Krsna. That will make your life successful.