Jakarta, March 1, 1973
Prabhupada: ...he was personal friend of Krsna. Just try to understand how much qualified he was. Not only that, he belonged to the royal family. He was a great warrior, great hero, so many qualities. But he said that "I cannot practice this yoga system. It is not possible. I cannot control my mind and practice this hatha-yoga system." Now just try to understand. He is such a personality, great personality, and five thousand years ago, when things were so nice. So at that time a person like Arjuna felt that he's unable to practice this yoga system. And nowadays a (indistinct) people with teeny knowledge, they are trying to practice yoga system as if they're..., he has become more than Arjuna. It is very difficult subject matter. It is not possible for ordinary man. The first principle is that he has to sit down alone in a sacred place, alone. Yoga practice is not possible in a big city, with friends and smoking habit and drinking habit. This all first. One has to become very strong in controlling the mind, controlling the senses, sitting in a solitary place, sacred place like Himalaya or Hardwar, like that. And who is going there, and who is practicing? It is not possible. Not only that, he has to sit down straight, and not bending, and looking on the tip of the nose, and not closing the eyes completely, half closed—so many rules and regulations—and always thinking of Visnu. Dhyanavasthita-tad-gatena manasa pra... It is not possible. This yoga system, Arjuna denied five thousand years ago. And what we are? This is going on, all farce.
Here is the yoga system Krsna describes, sa ma guhyatamam, most confidential yoga system. What is that? Man-mana bhava mad-bhakto: [Bg. 18.65] "Simply always think of Me." Man-mana, mad-bhakta: "You just become My devotee." So this chanting of Hare Krsna mantra is always thinking of Krsna. Even I don't like it, think Krsna, as soon as the name is chanted immediately I'm forced to think of Krsna, immediately. Hare Krsna, as I say, immediately I remember Krsna, man-mana. Not only that, a devotee thinks of Krsna because he develops love for Krsna. And as soon as we develop our love for Krsna, we must have to think of Krsna. Just like we think of our lover, beloved, always, similarly, by chanting Hare Krsna mantra we develop our love for Krsna. Therefore as soon as you chant Hare Krsna, you immediately remember Krsna. That is man-mana. And unless I have developed devotional service, then how I can chant Krsna? Just like they are chanting Hare Krsna. But I am advising everyone. But we, who others are chanting, they are not chanting because they have no love for Krsna. Ah. So man-mana bhava mad-bhakto mad-yaji [Bg. 18.65]. And how it is prac... How it is? By worshiping Krsna. Just like we have got our temple, Radha-Krsna temple, and from morning, four o'clock, to night ten o'clock, we have got business how to worship Krsna. This time arati, this time bhoga, this time chanting, this time reading about Krsna, understanding of Krsna—whole day and night we have got description. If you come to our temple in the foreign countries, you'll be pleased to see how they are doing.
So these are the processes, confidential, man-mana bhava mad-bhakto mad-yaji mam namaskuru [Bg. 18.65]. It does not require any high education. To think of Krsna, any child can do. To chant Hare Krsna, any child can do. It is not difficult. And to offer obeisances before the Lord Krsna's Deity in the temple, anyone can do. Where is the difficulty? Mad-yaji mam namaskuru, simply by offering obeisances, "Oh, here is Krsna's form, Krsna's picture. Let me offer my obeisances." Simple thing. Man-mana bhava mad-bha..., the most confidential. The result? What will be the result? Result is mam evaisyasi satyam: "I take it, without any desire to cheat you, satyam, the truth that he'll come back, back to home, back to Godhead." Simply by executing these four principles—always thinking of Krsna, man-mana, becoming devotee of Krsna, following the devotional process, sravanam kirtanam visnoh. Visnu means Krsna. Sravanam kirtanam. Just hear about Krsna. Chant Hare Krsna.
Take any one of them or nine of them, His devotee, bhagavad-bhakta. The result will be mam evaisyasi satyam, "I don't cheat you." Krsna is not cheating anyone. Still He says that "Don't think I am a cheater, satyam. Yes. Truly you'll come back to Me." Mam evaisyasi satyam te pratijane priyo 'si me. "And why You are disclosing this confidential knowledge to me?" Priyo 'si me: "You are My very dear friend." Somehow or other you become dear friend of Krsna and He's within you. He'll always talk with you, most confidentially, and your life will be successful. This is Krsna consciousness movement. But unfortunately, people are not prepared to accept this simple thing and make his life successful. Still we are canvassing door to door, country to country, that "You accept this process of Krsna consciousness and you'll be happy in your life," not only this life, next life. That is is perfection of life.
Devotee: Would anyone like to ask a question to His Divine Grace? This is Srila Prabhupada's last public speaking engagement before he goes to India, so it's the only opportunity you'll have to ask any questions if you have any.
Indian man: If someone cannot chant sixteen rounds a day...
Prabhupada: I never said that sixteen rounds. I say chant. Sixteen rounds is not very difficult. But we say chant. You begin chanting. How many rounds, that doesn't matter. You go on chanting.
Indian man: (indistinct) Bhagavad-gita (indistinct) is it the proper one?
Prabhupada: Well, if the translation is all right, it is proper. But there are so many rubbish translations. You see. There are so many rubbish translations. Misinterpretation. That is dangerous. Translation, if there is right translation, it is all right.
Prabhupada: That is all right.
Prabhupada: Oh, yes. Oh, yes. (pause) Any more?
Indian man (2): (indistinct)
Prabhupada: Yes. That is later on. That is later on. Later on. But in the beginning you simply chant.
Guest (3): (indistinct)
Prabhupada: Yes. These are the principles for the initiated disciple, initiated disciple. Those who are very serious, for them.
Guest (3): (indistinct)
Prabhupada: Necessarily it is... Just like if you become a policeman, the uniform is necessary.
Guest (3): (indistinct)
Prabhupada: Yes. It is not necessary, at the same time necessary. It is not necessary, but at the same time necessary. You chant Hare Krsna. (end)
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