London, March 8, 1975
Prabhupada: So how many devotees are there now?
Prabhupada: Eighty. That's nice. So Bhaktivinoda Thakura has sung, jay sakal bipod... (aside:) It is going now. Jay sakal bipod, gai bhaktivinod, jakhon ami o-nam gai, radha-krsna bolo bolo, bolo re sobai. The Caitanya Mahaprabhu's preaching is to request everyone to chant Hare Krsna or Radha-Krsna. So Bhaktivinoda Thakura says that "When I chant Hare Krsna mantra, then all dangers go away." So this place, this material world, is a dangerous place. Padam padam yad vipadam. Vipad means danger, and padam padam means every step. In the material world you cannot expect very smooth, peaceful life. That is not possible. And the only remedy is to take shelter of the lotus feet of Murari. Murari means Krsna.
samasrita ye pada-pallava-plavam
mahat-padam punya-yaso murareh
bhavambudhir vatsa-padam param padam
padam padam yad vipadam na tesam
So there is always if you stay in a very good boat, still, because the platform is water you cannot think that the boat is always very smooth and without any trouble. So material world is always full of troubles. So if we keep ourself in our standing, in our standard, chanting Hare Krsna regularly, then the dangers will be over. Dangers, they are not also permanent. They come and go like the seasonal changes. Sometimes it is very hot; sometimes it is very cold. So Krsna has advised that agamapayino 'nityas tams titiksasva bharata. So don't be diverted from the chanting of the Hare Krsna maha-mantra, and don't be afraid of because there is some danger and danger. Take shelter of Krsna's lotus feet, chant Hare Krsna mantra, and dangers will be over.
But we should not create such position, dangerous. It is already dangerous. Because Caitanya Mahaprabhu was also very cautious about spiritual life. Sannyasira alpa chidra bahu kori mane. Others may violate the laws, and so many sinful activities they are doing, but nobody takes very serious care. But when a religious group or a sannyasi commits little offense, it is magnified a thousand times. Therefore we should be very careful not to make anything which may be magnified to the eyes of the public. Because we are preaching. We are preaching, and there is always demonic party who want to put us in difficulty. That is natural. Even Hiranyakasipu, being the father of Prahlada Maharaja, he was also putting him into difficulty. But if we remain sincere and go on chanting, these dangers will be over. Don't be afraid. Don't stop your regular regulative principles and regular activities, program. Go on with it. Depend on Krsna, and gradually everything will be all right.
So I think we shall this much today. Now it is time over. The Deities should go to rest. We should not detain. That's all right. Hare Krsna. (end)
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