Initiation of Mrga-netri Dasi

Los Angeles, June 22, 1970
Prabhupada: Your name is Mrga-netri. Mrga-netri. Mrga-netri means staring eyes like she-deer. When Krsna and Radharani used to pass through the forest of Vrndavana, these deers and stags, they were looking with staring eyes"When Krsna will pass this way?" These animals were also attracted to Krsna. The birds, everyone, the flowers, the fruits, everyone engage... Vrndavana means everything engaged in Krsna. So if all of you similarly engage yourself always in Krsna's service, this is Vrndavana. Vrndavana is not that... As Krsna is not located... He is located, but by His inconceivable potency He can simultaneously become located and distributed. Akhilatma-bhutah. Goloka eva nivasaty akhilatma-bhutah [Bs. 5.37]. He is always in Goloka Vrndavana, but still, He is everywhere. That is God's omnipotency. We say that God is omnipotent, but we do not know what does it mean. The omnipotency means simultaneously to do or to act or to remain everywhere. That is Krsna. Krsna... You may not think that "Krsna is (in) Goloka Vrndavana. Here is an idol of Krsna." No. He is Krsna. Just like the electricity is distributed, but in the plug there is also electricity, similarly, Krsna... That is Krsna's inconceivable potency. He can remain in everyone's heart, He can remain everywhere. Just imagine. Everywhere He is. Goloka eva. But His location is Goloka Vrndavana, but still, He is everywhere.
So try to see Krsna with that staring eyes"Where is Krsna?" Here is... Krsna is within your heart. Isvarah sarva-bhutanam [Bg. 18.61]. He is within the atom. He is everywhere. So by service, we can realize. Atah sri-krsna-namadi na bhaved grahyam indriyaih [Cc. Madhya 17.136]. If we want to see Krsna, touch Krsna, with our, these material senses, it is not possible. The senses are to be purified. How it is purified? Sevonmukhe hi jihvadau. The service. And wherefrom the service begins? The service begins jihvadau, from the tongue. The service begins from the tongue. You chant. Therefore we are giving you the beads to chant. That is the beginning of service, chanting. If you chant, then svayam eva sphuraty adah. By hearing Krsna's name, you will understand Krsna's form, you will understand Krsna's quality, you will understand Krsna's pastimes, His omnipotency. Everything will be revealed. Svayam eva sphuraty adah. Svayam means the Krsna science becomes revealed. You cannot make research to understand Krsna science with these material senses. You have to purify your senses, sevonmukhe, by service. Tat-paratvena nirmalam [Cc. Madhya 19.170]. When you engage your senses in Krsna's service, then it becomes purified. Hrsikena. That purified, your senses is not to be abolished like the impersonalists: "No more sense, finished." No. We... Our senses are... Because we are eternal, our senses are eternal. But at the present moment our senses are being used, contaminated; therefore you are not satisfied. The senses are not to be cut off. No. Liberation does not mean I become impersonal, all my senses are gone. No. Liberation means purification of the senses. And the symptom how the senses are purified, that will be manifested that when one's senses are simply engaged in the service of the Lord. Hands, legs, eyes, ears, mouthwe have got so many senseseverything. Hrsikena-hrsikesa-sevanam [Cc. Madhya 19.170]. Actually the proprietor of the senses is Krsna. We have got this hand, but it is given to us. Actually it is the hand of Krsna. He is all-pervading. Sarvato 'pani padas tat: "Everywhere, His hands and legs are there." You will find in the Bhagavad-gita. So therefore these hands and legs which we have got, this is Krsna's hands and legs. So when these Krsna's hands and legs will be engaged in the service of Krsna, that is the perfection. That is the perfection. If our, our senses... Just like used to... We like to use our senses for own satisfaction, similarly... But actually the senses are not ours; it is Krsna's. Hrsikena-hrsikesa. Therefore Arjuna addressed Krsna in the battlefield, "Hrsikesa." Hrsikesa. The significance of this word is, "My dear Krsna, You are Hrsikesa. You are sitting in my heart, and You are the master of my senses. So I personally cannot understand what is the benefit of this fighting, but You give me direction and use my senses as You like. That's all." He was not inclined to fight, but he surrendered his senses and mind, everything. That is Krsna consciousness.
So sevonmukhe jihvadau. Jihva. Jihva means the tongue. The tongue has got two business: to articulate, vibrate, and to taste, taste Krsna-prasadam, and articulate, chant, vibrate Hare Krsna. Then as soon as your tongue is controlled, become purified, all other senses becomes automatically purified. Tongue is the greatest enemy. If you cannot control your tongue, then you cannot control your other senses. And therefore we prohibit, "Not these..." They are all concerned to the tongue: intoxication-tongue; and meat-eating-tongue. So, intoxicant... Tongue dictates, "Oh, my tongue is becoming dry. Let me drink something or smoke something." So if you can control, if you become controller of your tongue"No"then you become swami or goswami. That means the senses do not become your master. You become the master of your senses. Then perfection, gosvami. That is... Go means senses; svami means master. So svami or gosvami, the same thing. So we have to become the master of our senses. That we can become only... Ourself, we cannot control our senses. If we engage our senses in the service of the Lord, Krsna, then automatically it becomes controlled and purified. Then our life is successful.
Thank you very much. Now...
Pradyumna: Srila Prabhupada? Could there be a name for their child? That little girl, Angie.
Prabhupada: Oh, where is your daughter? She is not here?
Pradyumna: No, she is not feeling well.
Prabhupada: All right. She may be named as Ananga, Ananga-manjari. That's a name of one of the assistant gopis. Yes. So your daughter is fortunate. She is getting association of these devotees from childhood. So give her protection and raise her nicely. She is becoming attracted to the Vaisnavas, to Krsna. This is the opportunity, to get nice father and mother and become Krsna conscious. Yes. So that is the duty of the father and mother, parents, to raise the children to complete Krsna consciousness. Then she will no more have to come back in the womb of any other mother. This is the... This finishes. That is the duty of father and mother. Father and mother should think that "This child will no more come in any other womb. I shall train him or her in such a way." That is the duty. That is the duty of spiritual master, that is the duty of parents, that is the duty of state. But it is Kali-yuga; everything is different. So somehow or other, so she should be taken care of. And as you train, so she becomes trained. That's all. (pause) Oh. (chuckles) Something...
Pradyumna: I have the list.
Prabhupada: Yes. You can explain the offenses.
Pradyumna: Oh, yes.
Prabhupada: Yes. That is essential. Don't keep in the paper, but try to follow. All right. Go on. Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare. (devotees chant japa) Formerly, the brahmanas used to ignite fire by mantra. Yes. They did not use another fire. The mantra will ignite fire. In the Vedic age this was being done. Aruni. The sacrifice means to sacrifice one animal in the fire end give it again a new life. That was a test for the Vedic mantra, how one has chanted. It is not sacrifice, means killing. The animal sacrifice mentioned in the Vedas were not for killing. It was experiment of the Vedic mantra. They would sacrifice an animal and again it will be given new life, rejuvenation. And Caitanya Mahaprabhu said to Chand Kazi that "Because in this age the brahmanas are not so powerful, therefore sacrifice is prohibited. Only this sacrifice: harer nama harer nama harer nama eva kevalam [Cc. Adi 17.21], this is..." [break] (japa) That's all right. Don't put any more. Yes. Put little ghee. Little ghee. That's all right. (japa) Let it burn. Then, later on... You can chant mantra.
Dayananda: Vande... (end)

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