Sri Brahma-samhita, Verse 35

New York, July 31, 1971
eko 'py asau racayitum jagad-anda-kotim
yac-chaktir asti jagad-anda-caya yad-antah
govindam adi-purusam tam aham bhajami
[Bs. 5.35]
Eko 'py asau, that Govinda by His one expansion of plenary portion, eko 'py asau, that expansion is meant for creating this material world. Eko 'py asau racayitum jagad-anda-koti. Not one universe, but billions of universes. As you see within this universe, there are millions and trillions of planets. Similarly, there are millions and trillions of universes. Jagad-anda-koti. So in each universe, Govinda enters, then it becomes developed. Just like the matter created by the male and female, the jiva soul enters and then the body develops. Similarly, this material... Matter has no power of developing. Govinda enters into the matter, and therefore the universe develops. It is very easy to understand. Simply matter, combination of matter, cannot produce any development. Govinda. Eko 'py asau racayitum jagad-anda-koti kotis... Andantara-stha-paramanu-cayantara-stham, so Govinda is, the atomic theory that combination of atom, paramanu vada is this material world, but we say that within the atom there is Govinda. Anor aniyan mahato mahiyan. Govinda is greater than the greatest and smaller than the smallest. That is Govinda. Andanta...
We cannot imagine, we cannot see even atoms with your naked eyes. Unless six atoms combine together, you cannot see. One atom we cannot see. Paramanu, anu paramanu. If six paramanu combines in, one becomes atom. There are so minute divisions. So, andantara-stha-paramanu-cayantara-stham govindam adi-purusam tam aham bhajami [Bs. 5.35]. So we worship... Brahma says tam aham bhajami. I am worshiping that Supreme Personality of Godhead, and we are disciplic succession from Brahma. Therefore our process is to follow the footsteps of acaryas. Acaryopasanam, in the Bhagavad-gita it is said, for making progress in knowledge, one has to worship acarya, acaryopasanam. So by parampara system we follow. How Govinda enters, that doesn't matter. We do not bother about that thing. That is not our business. How Govinda enters in the atom, that is not our business. Our acarya says, andantara-stha-paramanu-cayantara-stham, He enters. We accept, that's all. Our business is finished. This is Vedic way of understanding. We take knowledge from the authority and do not bother unnecessarily speculating. We don't waste our time in that way. Our time is very valuable. Instead of researching how Govinda enters in the atom, we chant Hare Krsna, utilize that time. So this line is very nice. Every knowledge is perfect there from the disciplic succession. You take it and be advanced, that's all. We don't bother much.
Just like Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya. You know, Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya was a great scholar, and Mayavadi scholar, but Caitanya Mahaprabhu made him surrender unto Him. He became Caitanya Mahaprabhu's admirer, follower after being defeated in Vedanta-sutra, understanding. That story is there in the Teachings of Lord Caitanya. So Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya became convinced that Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is Krsna. He wrote hundred verses about Caitanya Mahaprabhu, out of two verses are available in the Caitanya-caritamrta. He composedhe was a very learned scholarhe composed one hundred verses about Caitanya Mahaprabhu, and handed it over. But in all those verses he admitted that "You are Krsna." So Caitanya Mahaprabhu, of course He was very much pleased that Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya understood, but because He was playing the part of an acarya, He, externally He became, "What you have written all these things?" He immediately torn out and throw it away. But the devotees saved only two. That two verses are there.
You'll find that verse that "You are the same Sri Krsna, you have come to teach us vairagya-vidya." Vairagya-vidya means how to become unattached with this material world. That is called vairagya-vidya. Because our, we are accepting different types of body on account of our attachment. Because we are attached to this material world... We want to enjoy. That is illusion. We cannot enjoy, we are simply suffering, but we are accepting it as enjoyment.
Just like these karmis. It is very distinctly visible wherever you go, so many congested work (?). All buses and cars are running, so many luggages being loaded in the street. Bharam udvahato. Great humbug, you see, great humbug. Prahlada Maharaja said maya-sukhaya bharam udvahato vimudhan [SB 7.9.43], actually they are taking so much trouble for loading these big, big cases, but because they're getting, say $40.00 a day, they say, think, "I am enjoying. I am enjoying." Actually he's working so hard, just like ass or hogs, day and night, but because getting some money and with that money because he is gratifying his senses, he thinks "I am happy." This is illusion. Illusion. He does not know what is real happiness for a second. The illusory material world happiness means sex life, that's all. How long does it stay? Say for minutes. But they're working so hard. This is called illusion. Actually he is being killed, but he thinks that "I am enjoying." This is illusion. Opposite.
So Prahlada Maharaja was very much sympathetic that "I am simply anxious for these rascals who have created a humbug civilization for temporary happiness," maya-sukhaya. Maya-sukhaya bharam udvahato vimudhan [SB 7.9.43]. They have created ugra karma. This is stated in the Bhagavad-gita, ugra karma. Huge factory, day and night melting iron, and they are working, working. The special technologies, getting some money, they're happy. They do not know how they're wasting their valuable life. This is called maya. Why so much work? Why you are working so hard? Do you think if you'll get hundred dollars per day you can eat more capatis than myself? (laughter). Rascal does not know that he will eat the same number of capatis, four or five or six, but he'll work so hard. So we are the best intelligent class. We don't work, but we get our capatis. (laughter) Let the rascal work, but we get our capatis. Maya-sukhaya bharam udvahato vimudhan [SB 7.9.43].
So people sometimes envy us. Gargamuni was telling in Los Angeles that this, some dealers, neighboring dealers, they were asking, "How you get money? You are living in such a nice place and you are eating so nice. Where you get money?" They are envious. So I told Gargamuni that why don't you ask them to come and join? You also eat and dance. Why you are working so hard? That will, they'll not do. This is maya. This is maya. My Guru Maharaja used to say that "The whole country or the city, whole men, let them in, let them come here. I shall provide them with food." But they will not do.
So maya-sukhaya bharam udvahato vimudhan [SB 7.9.43]. Therefore Sukadeva Gosvami is recommending that happiness, material happiness also, is due to pious activities. Unless you are pious, you cannot be happy, even materially. And if you simply commit sins, Rupa Gosvami has analyzedyou will read in the Nectar of Devotionthat distress is due to ignorance, simply ignorance. The distress and happiness... Actually you can see those who are not educated fairly, they cannot get any good job. Therefore it is, his distress is due to less, poor fund of knowledge. So actually our distress is due to ignorance and in ignorance only, we commit sinful activities. Therefore our topics began that, prayascittam vimarsanam. We are trying to remove the ignorance of the people, therefore we are giving the best service to the human society. We are simply trying to remove the ignorance. Ceto-darpana-marjanam [Cc. Antya 20.12], we are trying to polish or cleanse the heart. Ceto-darpana-marjanam bhava-maha-davagni-nirvapanam. As soon as the heart is cleansed, the heart that... Now I am indifferently conscious. I am thinking that "I am American," "I am Indian," or "I am this," "I am that." "I have to work, I have got business." So many you have created. But, our process is, our process is to cleanse the heart. That you are nothing of this, you are simply eternal servant of Krsna. You engage yourself as eternal servant of Krsna and become happy. Ceto-darpana-marjanam bhava-maha-davagni-nirvapanam [Cc. Antya 20.12]. Because we are ignorant of our constitutional position we have created all these problems.
Actually there is no problem. Exactly the same example, just like at night in dream we create so many problems, but actually there is no problem. But dreaming, that I am in such and such position, I am being harassed, somebody is taking my money, somebody is pinching me, so many things. I am in the front of tiger, there is ghost, there is so many things. So these problems, actually there is no problem, but by dreaming he is creating, mental. Asango hy ayam purusah, Veda says that this purusa, the atma, the soul has no connection with all these things. So we have created, by material concoction, so many problems. So the whole process is how to cleanse this dreaming condition of life.
That is possible. First of all Sukadeva Gosvami recommended that, tapasa brahmacaryena samena da... [SB 6.1.13], gradually you have to go. Generally this is the process. First process is those who are grossly ignorant: for them atonement. You have done this mistake, all right you atone for this. But they'll commit again. Therefore the next stage, the karmis, karmis are grossly ignorant, unnecessarily working so hard. Karmis, to get some material result out of it. They are called karmis. And next prayascitta vimarsanam, those who are a little advanced in knowledge, they think that I am making atonement, again committing the same thing. I am getting medicine from the physician, again I am being infected by the same disease. How long this business will go on? When one comes to the discussion within himself, then he's little farther advanced than this, these rascal karmis. And above them, those who are bhaktas. Karmi, jnani, bhakta. Yogi comes to the jnani platform. Karmi, jnani, yogi and bhakta. So a bhakta can be peaceful, others cannot. The karmis cannot be peaceful, the jnanis cannot be peaceful, the yogis cannot be peaceful, only the bhaktas, they can be peaceful. Why? Because everyone except the bhakta, suddha-bhakta, pure, has desire.
A suddha-bhakta has no desire. They are simply happy by serving Krsna. They do not want to know Krsna even, whether Krsna is God or not, they don't bother. They want to love Krsna, that's all, whatever Krsna may be. Not that because Krsna is omnipotent, God, all-pervasive, Narayana. No, no. In Vrndavana they did not know, the cowherds boy, the gopis, they did not know whether Krsna is God or something else, but they were too much inclined to love Krsna. That's all. That was their position. They were not Vedantists, they are not yogis, they are not karmis, village girls, boys. They wanted to see Krsna happy, that's all. That is their position. This is called sarvopadhi-vinirmuktam tat-paratvena nirmalam [Cc. Madhya 19.170].
Yogis, jnanis, they are trying to understand God, but they do not know they are in illusion. They're in illusion. So far karmis are concerned, they're in illusion, maya-sukhaya bharam udvahato vimudhan [SB 7.9.43]. They're fools and rascals because for illusory happiness for a moment, they are working so hard. Therefore, they are rascal number one. They cannot, how they can have peace? There is no question. And next the jnanis. Jnanis, they want to get relief from this hard work of this material world. Brahma satyam jagan mithya, they reject this material world. Mithya, false. We have no, nothing to (indistinct). That is little higher than the karmis, because the karmis, they have taken this material world as everything. Here we shall be happy. Their dharma means: how we shall live peacefully here in this material world. Their religion means. I've talked with so many, their religion means to make a peaceful atmosphere within this material world. But the rascals do not know that it has been tried for millions of years for making this world peaceful. It has never happened. And never it will happen. How it will happen?
This place is meant for giving you troubles and miseries. Krsna says, the Creator says, duhkhalayam asasvatam [Bg. 8.15], this is a place simply for suffering and that also temporary. You cannot make an agreement, "All right, let me suffer the three-fold miseries, I will stay here." That also will not be allowed. You cannot stay. You cannot stay. You will be kicked out. You make your good bank balance, skyscraper house, and wife, children, cigarette, wine, liquor, I am living very peaceful. That's all right, but one day comes, please get out. (laughter) "Why? It is my house, I have got bank balance, I have got everything, I have got factory, why shall I get out?" "Yes, you get out. Don't talk, get out." (laughter) That day he sees God. "I did not believe in God, now here is God, making everything finished." Everything finished. Sarva-haras caham, Krsna says, that "I am God for the demons when I take away everything from them at the time of death." "You do not believe God, all right, here I am. Today I am here. I have come to you to take away everything, whatever you have got. Now get out!" They will see God on that day.
So why not see God, here, Radha-Krsna. Why you want to see God...? Just like Hiranyakasipu. Prahlada's seeing God, and Hiranyakasipu is seeing God by death. And Prahlada is seeing God, "Oh, here is my Lord." So those who are challenging that whether you can show me God, they will see God, like Hiranyakasipu. Everyone will see God, but one who is sane, one who knows that I am eternally related with Krsna, God, He loves me, my duty is to love. He is so much kind, that even I do not, even though I do not love Him, still He gives me food. He gives me fruits, flowers, grains, whatever I want, God is supplying. Eko bahunam vidadhati kaman. You cannot manufacture. So Krsna, God is so kind, that He is supplying food to the atheist also. But the atheist has no knowledge that where from I am getting my foodstuff. That is ignorance. So therefore they are committing so many sinful activities. It is due to ignorance, nothing but ignorance. Atheist means in gross ignorance, that's all. Otherwise any person who is honest, he can see God everywhere, always.
Just like Krsna says, try to understand Me, try to under... Try to see Me everywhere. How? Now, first of all He says, raso 'ham apsu kaunteya, I am the taste of the water. So when you are thirsty, you require a glass of water, drink it, and when you feel happy you understand that this quenching power of this water is Krsna. That is Krsna realization. Raso 'ham apsu kaunteya prabhasmi sasi-suryayoh [Bg. 7.8]. So as soon as there is sunrise, you see Krsna. Krsna says "I am the sunshine, I am the moonshine." So why don't you try to see Krsna? In the Bhagavad-gita, it is said, there is a big list. Just like Krsna says "I am the Lion amongst the animals." Because He took the shape of a lion, Hiranyakasipu, eternal shape. I am the banyan Tree, so many thing. Krsna has described in the Bhagavad-gita. So in the beginning, if one is not fortunate enough to see Krsna, although He is sitting in this temple, let him see Krsna in this way. If he's not fortunate to come here and to see Krsna, take prasadam, and dance in ecstasy, then let his unfortunate condition be diminished by seeing Krsna in water, in sunshine, in moonshine, in this and that.
Krsna is visible, but Krsna is visible to the devotees. Naham prakasah sarvasya yoga-maya-samavrtah [Bg. 7.25], I am not exposed to everyone, yoga-maya-samavrtah, covered by the curtain of yoga-maya. But those who have developed love of Krsna, for them, premanjana-cchurita-bhakti-vilocanena santah sadaiva hrdayesu vilokayanti [Bs. 5.38]. One who has developed love of Krsna, he can see Krsna within his heart twenty-four hours. So it is very nice proposition, Krsna consciousness. Please take to it. We are canvassing. We are sending our devotees to the street, begging, "Please come to our temple, be Krsna conscious." That is our business. Caitanya Mahaprabhu wanted it. Go door to door, even at the risk of life, and ask these rascals to come to Krsna consciousness. Maya-sukhaya, because they're, they're thinking, "Oh, we are very happy." Illusion. The happiness will be finished within a second. As soon as death will come, finished. But one can say that "Death will come to you also." "Yes, that's all right." "Then why do you distinguish my death and your death?" "Yes, because you do not know where you are going, but I know where I am going, that is the difference." How do you know? Krsna says. What does He say? Tyaktva deham punar janma naiti. One who has understood Krsna, one has served Krsna sincerely and seriously, he is not going to come again to take any material body. Then where does he go? Oh, mam eti, he comes to Me.
So how you can go to Krsna unless you have got a body like Krsna? Yes, that is the position. Sac-cid-ananda-vigrahah [Bs. 5.1], isvara (indistinct). Just like you cannot enter into fire without being fire. Similarly, next life for the devotees is sac-cid-ananda-vigrahah, eternal body, blissful life, dancing with Krsna in rasa dance. You have seen the picture. Like the gopis, like the cowherd boys. Krta-punya-punjah [SB 10.12.11]. Sukadeva Gosvami says that these boys who are playing with Krsna in Vrndavana, krta-punya-punjah, for many millions of years they simply accumulated pious results of their activities. The Bhagavad-gita also says, yesam tv anta-gatam papam, one he, one who is simply free from all reaction of sinful life, yesam anta-gatam papam. How it is possible? Jananam punya-karmanam. Those who are simply engaged in pious activities, the sinful activity cannot touch them. That is natural. If you are engaged in some type of activities, you are not engaged in other activities, you cannot do. Similarly, if you simply engage yourself in pious activities, the reaction of sinful activities cannot touch you. Yesam anta-gatam papam jananam punya-karmanam te, such persons, dvandva-moha-nirmukta, they're released from the duality, bhajante mam drdha-vratah. So you are engaged in that business. There is no scope of sinful reaction in your life, provided you follow the four principles. No intoxication, no meat eating, no illicit sex, no gambling. These four items and chant Hare Krsna, sixteen rounds. Is it very difficult? And here is Krsna's certificate. So do it, rigidly, and be happy. Thank you very much. (devotees pay obeisances)
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