Lecture Excerpt

New York, April 12, 1969
Prabhupada: ...how to love God. It is not our proposition that you are Christian, you become Hindu, or you are Muhammadan, you become Christian, increase our numerical strength. We don't want. We don't want any numerical strength. We want one sincere person who has learned to love God, Krsna. That's all. I have come to your country with this mission, and if I find one or two boys or girls sincerely have learned how to love God, Krsna, then my mission is successful. I'm not after any number of... Because if I can turn one soul to this Krsna consciousness, he'll do tremendous work, because he'll be fire. You see? He can do tremendous work. Ekas candras tamo hanti na ca tarah sahasrasah. One moon is complete to drive away the darkness of night, not millions of stars required. What these millions of stars can do? One moon is sufficient. So our propaganda is to create one moon. You see? But fortunately, by Krsna's grace, many moonlike boys and girls have come to me. You see? Many moons. (chuckles) I was thinking of having only one moon, but Krsna... I am hopeful that there are many moons, and in future they'll be doing very nice. This is para-upakara. To spread this Krsna consciousness movement is the best service to the humanity. Please try to understand this. It is not a bluffing thing. To love God, prema pumartho mahan... Caitanya Mahaprabhu said that the highest achievement in the human form of life is to attain perfectional stage to love God. That is the highest. Not dharmartha-kama-moksa [SB 4.8.41, Cc. Adi 1.90].
People are after becoming religious person or economically very well situated person or desiring all facilities for sense gratification. And when one is frustrated in all these attempts, he wants to become God. You see? By meditation, he wants to become God. You see? God is not so cheap thing that simply by meditation one can become God. People do not know what is God; therefore they accept. Just in Los Angeles airport, one boy was asking, some person in your country is declaring himself as God, Meher Baba. So he asked him..., asked me, "Whether you accept Meher Baba as incarnation?" So I asked him, "What do you mean by incarnation?" So he replied that because Krsna or God is everyone's heart, therefore everyone is incarnation. Then he... I said, "Then what is difficulty? Then we are all incarnation. What is the specific quality of Meher Baba?" Because isvarah sarva-bhutanam hrd-dese 'rjuna tisthati [Bg. 18.61]. The Lord is situated in everyone's heart. The Lord is situated in the heart of cats and dogs also. Sarva-bhutanam. Sarva-bhutanam means all living entities. It is not that God is not situated in the cat's heart or dog's heart. He is there. Therefore he is also incarnation. If that is the formula... These impersonalists... Because... Just like in Ramakrishna mission, they say, "Because Narayana is in everyone's heart, therefore everyone is Narayana." This is not very good logic. Even Narayana or God, He is omnipotent, omnipresent, He can be present everywhere, that does not mean everyone is God. This is not very good logic. Anyway, then when I asked him that "If everyone is incarnation, then what is the speciality of Meher Baba?" Then, "He knows more than others." Then next reply is that somebody may be more than Meher Baba. So if you go on searching like that, you will find Krsna. Nobody is greater than Krsna. Therefore He is the Supreme. By logic. You go on by logic. If everyone is incarnation and if everyone, out of many, one who is still more advanced, he is accepted as God, then you have to search more—if there is any other person who is greater than that person.
That has been searched in Vedic literature by Lord Brahma, and he said, isvarah paramah krsnah [Bs. 5.1]: "We have searched out all types of gods, all types of gods, but the Supreme God is Krsna." "Everyone is God," that's nice. But there is bigger God and little God also. So if you go on searching after bigger God, bigger God, bigger God, when you come to Krsna you'll find nobody bigger than Him. Isvarah paramah krsnah [Bs. 5.1]. Mattah parataram nasti. In the Bhagavad-gita you'll find, Krsna said that "Nobody is greater than Me." And actually when Krsna was present on this earth, there was no contemporary who was greater than Krsna. Neither even at the present moment, there is anyone who can claim that "I am greater than Krsna." In opulence... Greatness in six kinds of opulences: in richness, in reputation, in strength, in beauty, in wisdom, and in renunciation. If you analyze, you'll find nobody is greater than Krsna even in material richness. Everyone wants to become rich, to have a nice family, nice wife, good bank balance, a nice house. But Krsna married 16,108 wives. Is there any history, any instance? And each wife had a palace which did not require any lightening, electricity. It was jewel-bedecked. So at night, by the light of the jewel it was brilliant. So these description are there. And 16,100 palaces. And not only that. Narada wanted to see how Krsna is enjoying His family life, so he entered each and every palace, and he saw Krsna is present there with His wife. That means He was enjoying, expanding Himself in 16,000. Not that one wife is lamenting, "Oh, my husband is not here. He is in that apartment or that palace." No. She is satisfied that Krsna is there. This is called opulence. Compare His opulence. And so much strength is concerned, from when He was a child on the lap of His mother, He killed a great demon, Putana-twelve miles long when she fell down.
So God is not created by such artificial meditation. God is God. Just like chemically you cannot produce gold. Gold is gold. Iron is iron. Law of identification. So His opulence, His strength, His reputation... His reputation, taking Krsna as a great personality, I don't think any personality in this world is existing who is so reputed as Krsna from historical point of view, five thousand years past. You may... "Krsna was Indian. He is famous in India." No. Krsna is famous in every country all over the world for His Bhagavad-gita. You'll find Krsna's name in the dictionary also. So in reputation nobody can compete, in wealth nobody can compete, in strength nobody can compete, in wisdom... Take Bhagavad-gita. Such a book of wisdom, knowledge. There is no comparison in the world. Take it philosophically or religiously or any way, there is no comparison. And renunciation. When Krsna was present, His Yadu dynasty consisted of many hundreds of thousands members. And before His departure He finished them and went away. Renunciation. So my request to you all, that don't accept God very cheaply. If you don't like God, that's nice. That's not... Nobody is blaming you. But don't accept a false God. That will be great blunder. Don't do that. Try to understand actually what is God. And the man who is claiming, "I am God," whether he has got such qualification. That can be tested by only three, six things. Try—whether he's richest than all the people of his contemporary life. Is he the richest than all? Or is he the strongest man than all? Or is he the most reputed person than all? Or is he most beautiful? Or most wise? You have to test like that. Don't accept cheaply if some rascal comes, "I am God," and "Yes." Don't do it. You test like this. Test in six symptoms: wealth, strength, reputation, wisdom, beauty, and renunciation. If he excels... [break] ...in all these qualification all other contemporary persons, then he's God. Very simple description. If he is God, then who can be richer than him? And who can be stronger than him? These six things, six opulences.
aisvaryasya samagrasya
viryasya yasasah sriyah
jnana-vairagyayos caiva
sannam iti bhagangana
(Visnu Purana 6.5.47)
Bhagavan. Bhagavan means... Bhaga means fortune. So Bhagavan. Van means possessing fortune. So these are the symptoms of becoming fortunate: wealthy, strong, wise, beautiful, reputed, and at the same time, renouncer, without any attachment. These things are to be tested. So don't accept cheap God, or don't try to imitate God, "I am God." This is a great, what is called, standard of ignorance. Anyone falsely claiming that "I am God," that is the last snare of maya, that one is falsely claiming God.
So our students in Krsna consciousness, wherever it is possible, try to preach this principle. God is not so cheap that any rascal can come and claim that "I am God," or anyone can claim as God. This is most foolish claim. Our Vedic literature gives hundreds and thousands of description how God is to be understood. In the Upanisad it is stated, eko bahunam vidadhati kaman. Nityo nityanam cetanas cetananam (Katha Upanisad 2.2.13). He is the chief amongst the living entities. He is the chief amongst the eternals. How He is chief? He is one. God is one. Eko bahunam vidadhati kaman. He is one living entity, supreme living entity, and He is supplying the necessities of all other living entities. That is God—whether He is supplying necessities of all other living entities. Eko bahunam vidadhati kaman. Similarly, there are many descriptions about God. Yasyaika-nisvasita-kalam athavalambya jivanti loma-vilaja jagad-anda-nathah [Bs. 5.48]. Jagad-anda-nathah. In each universe there is a chief man, just like Lord Brahma. Just like in your country the chief man is the president, Mr. Nixon, similarly, in this universe the chief man is Lord Brahma. And in the Bhagavad-gita you'll find, Brahma's age you cannot calculate even one day. He's living so long a duration of life. But he's not independent. Yasyaika-nisvasita-kalam athavalambya [Bs. 5.48]. His life, his duration life, although so long, still, it is said that that life is only a breathing period of Lord Maha-Visnu. Nisvasita-kalam. Just like we are breathing, exhaling and inhaling, coming out and again taking. So when Maha-Visnu exhales, all the universes coming, and when He inhales, it goes again within. And the duration of Brahma's life you can calculate.
So that God, that Maha-Visnu, is stated (He) is one portion of the portion of Krsna. Yasyaika-nisvasita-kalam athavalambya jivanti loma-vilaja jagad-anda-nathah visnur mahan [Bs. 5.48]. He is called Maha-Visnu. Visnur mahan sa iha yasya kala-viseso. This Maha-Visnu is portion of the portion of Krsna. Govindam adi-purusam tam aham bhajami **. In this way, there are different description of God, how great He is. That greatness cannot be had by any nonsense rascal. You see. So don't be misled in that way. Even you don't take to Krsna consciousness, don't be misled by cheap Gods. That is our request. God is great, and try to understand how great He is. That description you'll get in Vedic literature sufficiently, how great He is. Don't be satisfied simply by understanding that God is great. That's nice, but as far as possible try to understand how great He is. Then you will not accept any cheap God. Otherwise you'll simply speculate on frog philosophy. You know that frog philosophy? He's calculating the length and breadth of Atlantic Ocean from the small well. Somebody's saying there is Atlantic Ocean, very great, and the frog has never seen the Atlantic Ocean. He is always in the well. He says, "How great? It is three feet? It may be ten feet?" "No, sir, it is very great." "All right. Hundred feet." "No, it is very great." "All right. Thousand feet." So go on. Where is the comparison of Atlantic Ocean within the well? (chuckling) So these rascals are calculating, speculating about God, how great He is by three feet, six feet, or ten feet, or hundred feet, thousand feet, like that. But He is greater than all your calculation, all your measurement. Avan-manasa-gocarah. You cannot calculate how He's great. Simply you accept His greatness and surrender. That's your business. You just calculate yourself. Your infinitesimal identity is very small. Kesagra-sata-bhagasya satadha kalpitasya ca [Cc. Madhya 19.140]. Just divide the tip of your hair (in) ten thousand parts, and that one part is your identification, spiritual measurement.
So Caitanya Mahaprabhu therefore says that don't be falsely proud. Just become submissive. Namanta eva. Namanta. Namanta means submissive, meek. Lord Jesus Christ also advised, "Those who are meek, the kingdom of God is for them." Is it not? So that's very nice qualification, to become humble and meek. Don't try to imitate falsely, "I am God." That is simply rascaldom. So Caitanya Mahaprabhu also advised that jnane prayasam udapasya namanta eva. Giving up the false speculation of understanding God in your calculation, just become humble and meek. Jnane prayasam udapasya namanta eva san-mukharitam bhavadiya-vartam. And try to hear about God from realized souls—from Krsna or His bona fide representative. That is very nice qualification. Simply hear. Sthane sthitah sruti-gatam tanu-van-manobhir. In this way you remain in your position, try to understand how great is God through the authoritative sources, and your life will be so successful that one day you'll find God is within your hand. It is so nice thing. Just like you keep a child within your hand, just mother Yasoda kept Krsna within his (her) arms always, you'll also have a similar position simply by hearing about Him.
So this Krsna consciousness movement is for giving chance... [break] ...everyone, hearing about God, Krsna. This Krsna kirtana, Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, is the beginning. And in that Hare Krsna, hearing is everything. Then we speak something from Bhagavad-gita, Srimad-Bhagavatam, Upanisadmany hundred and thousands of books we have got. Even he, our Srimad-Bhagavatam, one cannot finish reading in one life. Srimad-Bhagavatam is so great. Our project is for sixty volumes. So these sixty volumes, it will be very difficult for any person to read it carefully throughout the whole life. So there is so much information about God that... But it is possible to understand Him if you associate with pure devotee of the Lord. Then svayam eva sphuraty adah. Then God will reveal Himself. He is sitting within everyone's heart, and as soon as He sees that one is very sincere and "He's trying to understand Me," then He will teach you from within and you'll understand. Even without reading book, by His grace you will understand. But anything we should not claim falsely. We should be very sincere and serious to understand God. Then God will help us. God is within everyone's heart. There is no difficulty. That is our Krsna consciousness movement. So I'm very glad that you are all coming to our, this center. And these boys are trying to convince you in Krsna consciousness. Please try to cooperate with us so that we may be encouraged also.
Thank you very much. (end)

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