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New Vrindaban, August 31, 1972
Prabhupada:... some of the sannyasis will speak or I will speak? Where is Kirtanananda Maharaja?
Prabhupada: Or Rupanuga, Rupanuga Maharaja....oh, it will fall down. You can take this. (conversation between devotees) (japa)
Kirtanananda: You can hear?
Kirtanananda: Everybody can hear. New Vrindaban began when Srila Prabhupada wrote to me about four or five years ago and expressed some desire that we could make a transcendental place of pilgrimage here for the purpose of celebrating the pastimes of Radha and Krsna. [break]
Prabhupada: Ladies and Gentlemen, I thank you very much for your kindly participating with this Krsna consciousness movement. As already described by Sriman Kirtanananda Maharaja, that this bhagavata-dharma was spoken by Bhagavan Himself. Bhagavan, Lord Sri Krsna, Bhaga-van. It is a Sanskrit word. Bhaga means fortunes, and van means one who possesses. These two words combined together makes the word Bhagavan, or the supreme fortunate. We calculate our fortune if somebody is very rich, if somebody is very strong, if somebody is very beautiful, if somebody is very wise, if somebody is in renounced order of life. In this way, there are six opulences, and these opulences, when one possesses in fullness, without any rivalry, he is called Bhagavan. The richest of all, the wisest of all, the most beautiful, the most famous, the most renounced—in this way, Bhagavan. And the bhagavata also comes from the word bhaga. From bhaga, when it is used a participle objective, it becomes bhaga. So bhagavata. The same thing, van, this word is comes from the word vat, vat-sabda. Bhagavata. In Sanskrit, every word is grammatically very systematically bound up. Every word. Therefore it is called Sanskrit language. Sanskrit means reformed. We cannot manufacture by whims; it must be strictly according to the grammatical rules and regulations. So the bhagavata-dharma means the relationship between the devotees and the Lord. The Lord is Bhagavan and the devotee is bhagavata, or in relationship with Bhagavan.
So everyone is related with the Supreme Personality of Godhead, just like father and son is always related. That relation cannot be broken (child crying, taken out) at any stage, but sometimes it happens that the son, out of his own independence, he goes out of his home and forgets the affectionate relationship with father. In your country, it is not very extraordinary thing. So many sons go out of father's affectionate home. That is very ordinary experience. So everyone has got independence. Similarly, we are all sons of God, but we are, at the same time, independent. Not fully independent, but independent. We have got the tendency of having independence because God is fully independent, and we are born of God; therefore, we have got the quality of independence. Although we cannot be absolutely independent as God, but the tendency is there that "I shall become independent." So the living entities, we—we are part and parcel of God—when we want to live independently of God, that is our conditional stage. Conditional stage means we accept a body, material body, which is conditioned in so many ways. Just like the body undergoes six kinds of changes. It is born, the body is born, not the living entity. It is born at a certain date, it remains for some time, it grows, it gives some by-products, then the body dwindles and at last it vanishes. The six kind of changes. Not only these six kind of changes, but also there are many tribulations. They are called threefold miseries: pertaining to the body, pertaining to the mind, miseries offered by other living entities, miseries happening by natural disturbances. And after all, the whole thing is summarized into four principles, namely birth, death, old age and disease. These are our conditional life.
So, in order to get out of these conditions of life, if we revive our bhagavata consciousness, or Krsna consciousness, or God consciousness, whatever you like... When we speak of "Krsna," means the Supreme Lord. God consciousness, Krsna consciousness, or our original consciousness. Just like, every one of us, we remember always that "I am the son of such-and-such gentleman. Such-and-such gentleman is my father." It is natural to remember one's father and his relationship with father. And, in ordinary business also, the etiquette is if one presents his identification, he has to give his father's name. In India it is very essential, and the father's name or the title is the last name of everyone. So when we forget the supreme father, Krsna, and we want to live independently... Independently means if we want to enjoy life according to my whims. That is called so-called independence. But by such independence, we are never happy, so we transmigrate for this so-called illusory happiness from one body to another. Because a particular body has got a particular facility of happiness. Just like every one of us, we want to fly in the sky. But because we are human beings, we have no wings, we cannot fly. But the birds, although they are animals, lower animals, they can easily fly. In this way, if you make analytical study, every particular body has got a particular type of facility, while others haven't got. But we want all facilities of life. That is our inclination. Just like modern scientists, they're trying to go to other planets but they're conditioned, they cannot go. We can see. There are millions and trillions of planets before us—the sun planet, the moon planet, the Venus, the Mars. Sometimes we wish, "How I could go there." But because I am conditioned, I'm not independent, I cannot go. But originally, because you are spirit soul, originally you were free to move any way. Just like Narada Muni. Narada Muni moves everywhere; any planet he likes he can go. Still, there is one planet within this universe which is called Siddhaloka. That Siddhaloka, the inhabitants of Siddhaloka, they can fly from one planet to another without any airplane. Even yogis, yogis, hatha-yogis, those who have practiced, they can also go from anywhere to anyplace. The yogis, they sit down in one place and immediately transferred in another place. They take a dip in some river nearby here and they can get up in some river in India. They dip here and they rise there. These are yogic powers.
So we have got immense independence, but we are now conditioned by this body. Therefore in the human form of life it is an opportunity to get back our original independence. That is called Krsna consciousness. Freedom. When we have got our spiritual body, without being covered by this material body... We have got our spiritual body within this material body. Very small. That is my real identification. Now I'm covered by two kinds of material bodies. One is called subtle body and the other is called gross body. The subtle body is made of mind, intelligence and ego, false ego, and the gross body is made of earth, water, fire, air and ether mixed together, this body. So two kinds of body we have got. And we are changing. Generally we can see the gross body; we cannot see the subtle body. Just like everyone knows... I know that you have got your mind. I know that you have got intelligence. You know I have got mind, I have got intelligence. But I cannot see your mind, I cannot see your intelligence. I cannot see your determination. I cannot see your thoughts, thinking, feeling and willing. Similarly, you cannot see. You see my gross body made of this earth, water, air, fire, and I can see your gross body. Therefore, when this gross body is changed and you are carried, you go away by the subtle body, that is called death. We say, "Oh, my father has gone away." How do you see that your father has gone away? The body is here lying. But actually his father has gone away by the subtle body. Just like at night, we are sleeping on our nice apartment, but the subtle body takes me away on the top of a mountain. Sometimes we see I have come, in dream, I have come on the top of a mountain, very high, and I am falling down. Although actually, my gross body is sleeping in a nice, comfortable apartment, but the subtle body carries me. We have got daily experience. Similarly, death means this gross body we change. Just like you have got your shirt and coat. So you change the coat, but you keep your shirt. You do it, generally. Similarly, I keep my subtle body and I give up my gross body; that is called death. And I am carried by the subtle body in the womb of another mother by the laws of nature, and I develop another gross body, materials supplied by the mother. And when the body is prepared, I come out of the womb of mother and I work again with that subtle and gross body. And bhagavata-dharma means that we have to transcend both the gross and subtle body; come to the spiritual body. It is very scientific. And as soon as we come to the spiritual body, mukta sanga, being freed from the gross and subtle body, we come to our real body, spiritual body, then actually we feel happiness and independence.
So this process of Krsna consciousness is the highest benediction for the human society because it is trying to bring the human being to the platform of spiritual body—transcending the gross and subtle material body. That is the highest perfection. Human life is meant for coming to that platform, the spiritual platform, transcending the gross and material bodily concept of life. That is possible. It is made easy in this age. This age called Kali, it is not very good time. Simply disagreement, fighting, quarreling, misunderstanding. This age is full of that, all these happenings. Therefore to come to the spiritual platform is very difficult in this age. Formerly, it was not so difficult. People were very easily trained up by the Vedic process. But now the people are not interested. They're simply interested with the gross body or, a little more, who is a little advanced, the subtle body. But they have no information of the spiritual body. Although there is advancement of education, there is no education about the spiritual body. They're simply concerned with the gross material and subtle body. Therefore this movement, Krsna consciousness movement, is very important movement. Those who have taken to this Krsna consciousness movement, they're very, very fortunate.
So I shall further explain one song sung by Narottama dasa Thakura. Narottama dasa Thakura was one of our predecessor acaryas, teacher, and his songs are accepted in our Vaisnava society as Vedic truth. He has written in simple language, but it contains the Vedic truth. So he has got many songs. One of the songs is hari hari biphale janama gonainu. He says, "My dear Lord, I am simply wasting the valuable time of my life." Biphale janama gonainu. Everyone takes birth as human being, but he does not know how to utilize it. He utilizes it just like animal. The animal eats; we simply make arrangement of eating unnaturally. That is our advancement. In the animal kingdom, every particular animal has got a particular type of food. Just like tiger. A tiger eats flesh and blood, but if you give tiger nice oranges or grapes, he'll not touch it, because that is not his food. Similarly, a hog. A hog eats stool. If you give the hog nice halava, it will not touch. You see? So every particular animal has got a particular type of food. Similarly, we human beings, we have got our particular type of food also. What is that? Fruits, milk, grains. Just like our teeth is made—you take a fruit, you can easily cut into pieces by this tooth. But if you take a piece of flesh, it will be difficult to cut with these teeth. But a tiger has got particular type of teeth, he can immediately cut into pieces the flesh. So we are advancing in education, but we do not study even of our teeth. We simply go to the dentist. That's all. This is our advancement of civilization. The tiger never goes to dentist. Although its teeth are so strong that immediately he can into pieces, but he doesn't require a dentist, because he doesn't eat anything which is unnatural for him. But we eat anything damn; therefore we require the help of dentist.
So our human being has got a particular type of business. That business is to study or to discuss on the bhagavata life. That is our natural. Bhagavata-dharma. We should try to understand Bhagavan. Bhagavata-dharma, I have already explained. Bhagavan and the bhakta or bhagavata, their relationship, that is called bhagavata-dharma. So it is very easy. How? Now simply you have to hear about Krsna. Krsna is Bhagavan, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Bhagavan, and we are part and parcel of Krsna. Just like suppose we have forgotten our home. I left my home since a long time, I've forgotten my father. So if somebody reminds me, "Do you know such gentleman? He is your father. You were playing in such a way, his father was helping you," in this way, if you simply talk of his father, he remembers his home: "Oh, yes." Similarly, we have forgotten our father, our relationship with father. If we simply hear about Him, then we remember. A simple process.
srnvatam sva-kathah krsnah
hrdy antah 'stho hy abhadrani
Simply we have to hear about Krsna. Krsna is situated in everyone's heart, and we have forgotten Krsna or forgotten our supreme father on account of material contamination. So if we hear about Krsna attentively, just like you are doing now, kindly, it is very good opportunity. I thank you very much. You are all young boys and girls, but you are very fortunate. Your fathers, grandfathers, do not come here. But you have come. So because you are fortunate. So similarly, continue this. Just try to hear about Krsna. Your life will be successful. You haven't got to do anything. It doesn't require that you have to become a master of degree examination, M.A., Ph.D. or D.S.C. No. God has given you these two ears, and if you kindly submissively hear from the realized souls, then your life will be successful. Actually, that is happening. All these boys and girls who have come to me in different parts of the world, simply by hearing... I have not bribed them, I have no money. So they are sacrificing their everything for me. Why? Simply by hearing me. That's all. So the hearing is so strong. And they are educated boys, they're university graduates. I'm not befooling them. But as they're hearing, they're understanding the gravity of the movement and gradually they're becoming convinced and firmly situated in the post. So this is called bhagavata-dharma.
So we are giving opportunity to everyone to hear about Krsna. Of course, in your country it is new. But in our country, in India, still although India is fallen in so many ways, still, if there is some bhagavata discourses, throngs of people, crowds will come there. We are holding bhagavata discourses in Calcutta, Bombay, Delhi, Madras, Jaipur, big, big cities. So in Calcutta and Bombay we saw thirty thousand people were daily attending, continually, for ten days. Similarly in Bombay. So although there is propaganda in India to forget Krsna consciousness, but how they can forget? They're born in a land where Krsna appeared. They cannot forget. They have been given the opportunity, took birth in India. That is also due to pious activities. But unfortunately they are being forced to be dragged. I do not wish to discuss this point. But Krsna is for everyone. It is not that Krsna is for Indians or for the Hindus or for... No. Krsna is for everyone. So within your country, this Krsna consciousness movement is started since 1966 from New York, and gradually we are having more and more students and branches. So kindly continue this habit. Simply hear about Krsna; then Krsna will help you. He is within your heart. He'll help you in every way.
Krsna says, "If anyone is very serious and sincere, and constantly engaged in My devotional service," satata... Satata means constantly. Satata-yuktanam. Bhajatam priti-purvakam: "Engaged in devotional service with love and faith." For them, Krsna says, buddhi-yogam dadami tam: "I give him intelligence." Because Krsna is in everyone. Krsna is within your heart—in my heart, your heart, everyone's heart. So He gives you intelligence. What kind of intelligence? The intelligence by using which one can come or go back to home, back to Godhead. That intelligence. So these bhagavata-dharma discourses mean constantly calling, "My dear sir, please get up, please get up." Jiva jago jiva jago gauracandra bole. This is the message of Lord Caitanya. He says, "My dear jiva, living being, kindly get up. This is the opportunity."
So I was explaining Narottama dasa Thakura's song. Let me finish it. He says:
hari hari biphale janama gonainu
manusya-janama paiya, radha-krsna na bhajiya
janiya suniya visa khainu
He says, "My dear Lord, I got this valuable human form of life, but I have wasted it for nothing. Because this life is meant for understanding Radha and Krsna. But I did not do so; therefore I have taken poison with knowledge." Just like sometimes (to) make suicide, he takes poison. He knows that as soon as he'll take the poison he'll die. Similarly, one who is not taking to Krsna consciousness, that means he's taking poison. This is the opportunity of becoming Krsna conscious. And if you don't take this opportunity, that means knowingly I am drinking poison. Janiya suniya visa khainu. So what is the process of Krsna consciousness? Golokera prema-dhana hari-nama-sankirtana. This hari-nama sankirtana. Just like we receive vibration from the radio from different countries. Similarly, this Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare, this vibration we are receiving from the spiritual world. Golokera prema-dhana hari-nama-sankirtana rati na janmilo kene taya. "I could not get my attachment to this transcendental vibration." Visaya-visanale diva-nisi hiya jvale taribare na khainu upaya. "I am suffering constantly with the poison of this materialistic way of life, and I did not try to get out of it by taking shelter of this Hare Krsna maha-mantra." Then he says that vrajendra-nandana yei saci-suta haila sei. "In this age, the same Supreme Personality of Godhead who appeared five thousand years ago as the son of Nanda Maharaja, vrajendra-nandana..." Nanda Maharaja was the king of Vraja, vrajendra, and his nandana, his son, that means Krsna. Vrajendra-nandana yei saci-suta haila sei. "That Krsna has appeared in this age as the son of mother Saci." Lord Caitanya's mother's name was Saci-devi. Balarama haila nitai. "Balarama, the same Balarama who appeared as Krsna's elder brother, he has appeared as Nityananda, Gaura-Nitai." So what is Their business? Papi-tapi yata chila hariname uddharila. Their business is... There are two kinds of people within this material world. Another one is committing sin and the other is suffering the sinful reaction. Papi-tapi. That is our business. In this life, I am suffering the resultant action of my past impious activities, and I'm creating another set of impious activities so that I shall suffer next life. This is our position. Papi-tapi yata chila. Therefore there are two kinds of activities. Papi-tapi yata chila, hariname uddharila. But all these people can be delivered simply by chanting Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.
Thank you very much.
Devotees: Jaya Prabhupada! (end)