Initiation and Brahma-samhita Lecture

New York, July 26, 1971
Prabhupada: Govinda means who gives pleasure to the cows, who gives pleasure to the senses. He's Govinda. Go means..., another meaning is earth. So He gives pleasure. Krsna is all pleasure potency. And adi-purusa. Adi-purusam, original person. (sound) What is that? (pause) Adi-purusa, original person. Janmady asya yatah [SB 1.1.1]. (aside:) Why don't you sit down? Sit down. Adi, original; purusa, person. The origin... Unless the origin of everything is a person, how so many persons are coming? Every one of us, all living entities, either man or animal or demigod, even trees, plants, they're all persons. Everyone, individual person. So if every living entity is a person, how the original of, origin of everything can be imperson? The origin must be person. Therefore adi-purusam. The origin, original, or origin of everything, janmady asya yatah, Absolute Truth, is that from whom or from which everything is emanating. So everything is a person, individual. So origin must be person. Adi-purusam. Therefore Brahma..., this Brahma-samhita is made by Brahma. He's the original creature within this universe. He's recommending that "My origin is also a person." Adi-purusam tam aham bhajami: "I worship that original person." Therefore the origin of everything, the Absolute, the summum bonum, cannot be impersonal. What is the reason? Where is the experience that from imperson a person comes? There is no such instance within our experience. From person, a person comes. My father is a person, so I am a person. His father is a person; therefore my father is a person. Go on searching, you'll find the original person. Try to understand this philosophy. The whole world is impersonal. They do not know anything, of course, but they have got an impersonal philosophy. How the impersonal philosophy can stand? Every individual entity is a person; therefore origin must be a person, adi-purusam. And it is recommended by the authority, Brahma.
Brahma is the original creature within this universe. We, we do not know what is beyond this universe, but within this universe, he's the first creature. He's also known as adi kavi. Adi-kavaye. In the Srimad-Bhagavatam you have read: tene hrda adi-kavaye. Adi-kavi means the original learned person. Brahma is a learned person. Darwin's theory is that origin is void. That is nonsense. The origin also, even within this universe, is a learned person. Adi-kavi. Tene brahma hrda adi-kavaye muhyanti yat surayah. Adi-kavi is person. Adi means original learned person, learned creature, he's person. And his origin also person. Brahma's description is there. I forget that verse now. The purport of that verse is that Brahma, the first creature, he's also receiving knowledge from the adi person, adi person, or original person. Tene. That is described in Bhagavatam. Brahma... Brahma means jnana, knowledge. Brahma-jnana. Tene brahma. People may doubt how Brahma can learn. "He's the original creature. Where is the other person? A spiritual master is also person. So if he was initiated, where is another person?" Therefore in the Bhagavata it is tene hrda, from within, from the heart. God is situated in everyone's heart. So at that time, although Brahma is the first creature and there was no other person, but the other person, adi-purusa, is there, within the heart. Isvarah sarva-bhutanam hrd-dese 'rjuna tisthati [Bg. 18.61]. Isvara, the Supreme Lord, is situated in everyone's heart. Therefore it is said hrda. Sometimes we get education, instruction from hrda. That hrda, Krsna, sitting in everyone's heart, instructs everyone. But those who are not devotee, they cannot understand what is the dictation. They deny. But those who are devotees, they can understand that "Here is the dictation from the Lord." Buddhi-yogam dadami tam.
So therefore to hear from the Lord which is situated within our heart, that requires a qualification, a certain stage. Just like in the Bhagavad-gita it is said, buddhi-yogam dadami tam: "I give instruction to them." To whom? Not all. Of course, He's giving all. But to a devotee, tesam satata-yuktanam bhajatam priti-purvakam: [Bg. 10.10] "Those who are twenty-four hours, constantly engaged in My service." Satata. Satata means twenty-four hours. Tesam satata-yuktanam: engaged. Those who are engaged twenty-four hours, bhajatam. How engaged? Bhajatam: in devotional service. How devotional service can be done? Priti-purvakam, in love. They must enjoy. Here is an opportunity of serving Krsna. The more they engage in service, the more they become pleased. That is spiritual service. There is no retirement. Material service, you'll get tired, fatigued: "Oh, I have worked so much now." In the spiritual service you'll get more energy: "Let me serve more, serve more." To such devotees, the Lord, sitting in the heart, gives instruction: "Do like this," so that he'll very soon come to Him. "Do like this." And to the others? Yes, others also He gives instruction. What instruction? "You wanted to do this. Do it now. Here is opportunity. You wanted to steal. All right. Here is the opportunity. Steal." Because everyone's heart, Krsna is there. Sarvasya caham hrdi sannivisto [Bg. 15.15]. In the Fifteenth Chapter: "I am situated in everyone's heart." Mattah smrtir jnanam apohanam ca: "From Me, there is remembrance, knowledge and forgetfulness." Forgetfulness is also coming from Him.
So this is going on. Therefore the adi-purusa, Krsna is adi-purusa; He's a person. But because He's not a person like us, therefore ordinary person cannot understand God can be person. He thinks that "God must be a person like me." His limited knowledge, speculator, poor fund of knowledge, he thinks that "God must be like me." Therefore in some of the scriptures He's denied personality, because this rascal thinks that "God is a person like me." Therefore it is said: not person. When it is said God is not person, that means He's not a person like you. He's not a rascal like you. That is description. When it is negatively described that He's not a person, that means He's not a person like you. But He's a person, a different person. Sac-cid-ananda vigraha. Isvarah paramah krsnah sac-cid-ananda-vigrahah [Bs. 5.1]. His person is eternal. He does not die. We die. He's full of bliss. Our, this body, is not full of bliss; full of miseries. So how God can be a person like you? Therefore sometimes He is described as impersonal. Otherwise God is a person. He's a person like us, and He's the original person. Govindam adi-purusam tam aham bhajami **. So those who are in poor fund of knowledge, they can understand that the Absolute Truth is a person. Therefore we have to take lessons from Brahma, the supreme poet, or learned person, who is the original person. And he says: govindam, govindam adi-purusam. And he says, tam aham bhajami: "I worship."
So we are Brahma sampradaya-our disciplic succession from Brahma. Therefore we shall accept Brahma's statement and we worship adi-purusam, Govindam. We may not know that adi-purusa, but we follow the footsteps of acaryas. Brahma says this. Brahma's disciple, Narada, says like that. Narada's disciple Vyasa says like that. Vyasa's disciple, Madhvacarya, says like that. In this way, Isvara Puri says like that. His disciple, Caitanya Mahaprabhu, says like that. His disciple, Gosvamis, Sad-gosvamis, they say like that. In this way, we receive knowledge by parampara, by step by step in the disciplic succession. Therefore our knowledge is perfect.
Go on. Hare Krsna. (initiation begins) (end)

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