Lecture and Initiation

Chicago, July 10, 1975
This verse is given by Srila Rupa Gosvami about Caitanya Mahaprabhu, anarpita-carim cirat karunayavatirnah kalau. The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krsna, has many expansion or incarnation, but this expansion, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, is unique because in other incarnation the duty is paritranaya sadhunam vinasaya ca duskrtam [Bg. 4.8]. In Krsna avatara, Krsna had to fight with the so many demons, but this incarnation, there is no question of fighting with the demons, but simply by mercy they were delivered, just like Jagai, Madhai. Narottama dasa Thakura has sung, vrajendra-nandana yei, saci-suta hoilo sei: "The same Personality of Godhead who was formerly the son of Nanda Maharaja, Vrajendra-nandana, He has now appeared as the son of mother Saci." Balarama hoilo nitai: "And Balarama, Rohini-nandana, He has become Nityananda." The same Krsna and Balarama has become Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Nityananda Prabhu. So what is Their business? The business is: papi-tapi yata chilo, hari-name uddharilo. They delivered simply by chanting Hare Krsna maha-mantra all people who were sinful and suffering. In the material world we are suffering. This is a place of suffering. Duhkhalayam asasvatam [Bg. 8.15], Krsna says in the Bhagavad-gita. So there are different methods of mitigating suffering, but in this age, Kali-yuga, simply by chanting Hare Krsna maha-mantra, the papi-tapi, those who are sinful and suffering, they can be delivered. This is the unique contribution of this incarnation, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. This is composed by Srila Rupa Gosvami.
There are many other verses, and there is special one verse in the Srimad-Bhagavatam, Eleventh Canto:
krsna-varnam tvisakrsnam
yajnaih sankirtana-prayair
yajanti hi su-medhasah
[SB 11.5.32]
Yajna, sacrifice... Yajna-dana-tapah-kriya. Human life is meant for performing yajna, give in charity and practice austerities, three things. Human life means that. Human life does not mean to live like cats and dogs. That is failure. That kind of civilization, dog civilization, is failure of human life. Human life is meant for three things: yajna-dana-tapah-kriya. One should know how to perform sacrifices, how to give in charity, and how to practice austerities. This is human life. So yajna-dana-tapasya, in other ages they were performing according to the means. Just like in the Satya-yuga, Valmiki Muni, he practiced austerities, meditation, for sixty thousands of years. At that time people were living hundred thousands of years. That is not possible now. Meditation was possible in those ages, but now it is not possible. Therefore the sastra recommends that yajnaih sankirtana-prayaih: "You perform this yajna, sankirtana." So by performing sankirtana-yajna, you can get the same result. As Valmiki Muni got the result after meditation of sixty thousands of years, you can have the same result simply by performing sankirtana-yajna maybe a few days. It is so kindness.
So I am very glad that in the Western countries, especially in America, you fortunate boys and girls, you have joined in this sankirtana-yajna. People are appreciating. I am also very much pleased. So this yajna, as you have taken the Deity in buses, going to the interior and performing yajna... Continue this process until your whole country nationally accept this creed.
Devotees: Jaya!
Prabhupada: They will accept. It is predicted by Caitanya Mahaprabhu,
Caitanya Mahaprabhu desired that in every village, every town, every county, every city, this sankirtana movement will be there, and people will feel obliged to Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu: "My Lord, You have given us so sublime thing." This is the prediction. Simply we have to try our best. So it is not very difficult. You have installed the Deity. Take in different buses and go from city to city, town to town, village to village. And you have got now experience, so expand this movement. As I have repeatedly told you that your country, America, is fortunate, and they require only this, sankirtana... Then they will be perfect. I was discussing so many things yesterdayperhaps you have seen in the paperthat a thorough overhauling required, spiritual overhauling. Now, at the present moment things are going not very nicely. Materially, don't be sorry that this racing will not help us in our spiritual life. Materially be advanced, but don't forget your spiritual duty and spiritual identity. Then it is loss. Then it is srama eva hi kevalam [SB 1.2.8], simply working for nothing, just like your moon expedition, simply a waste of time and unnecessarily expenditure of money. So many billions of dollars you have spoiled, and what you have got? A little dust, that's all. Don't be foolish in that way. Just be practical. If such huge amount of money, dollars, would have been spent in distributing this Krsna consciousness movement all over your country, then immense benefit would have been achieved. Anyway, we cannot say anything. Your money you can squander away. That is your business. But we request the authorities and the sane men that you take up this sankirtana movement, especially in America, and expand this to other parts of the world, Europe, Asia. You have got already honor as the richest nation of the world. You have got intelligence. You have got everything. Just take up this movement, Hare Krsna movement, with patience and with diligence and intelligence. It is very easy. You are already experienced. Do not stop it. Increase more and more. Your country will be happy, and the whole world will be happy.
Thank you very much. So?
Tamala Krsna: I think now we have to give the spiritual names to these devotees?
Prabhupada: Yes, but they have to..., purification mantra. Nama apavitrah pavit... So who will lead?
Tamala Krsna: Visnujana Maharaja.
Prabhupada: Do it. Nama, (devotees respond) apavitrah, pavitro va.
Visnujana: (leads chanting of mantra three times)
Devotee: (asks Prabhupada during the chanting of mantras:) Should we arrange all the men to come up and...?
Prabhupada: It is not possible. [break] ...later on. In the meantime, you can take your beads, and after it is distributed, you can explain and then perform yajna. Give me. Come on.
Sri Govinda: Sai?
Tamala Krsna: Where's Bhakta Sai? (end)

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