Sydney, April 2, 1972
Prabhupada: So being afraid, he wanted to be saved by his youngest son. Naturally we, anyone we love... But because the youngest son had the name Narayana, the original Narayana took notice of him, and he was saved, and he was immediately taken to the kingdom of God because he chanted the name of Narayana. So those who are always chanting the holy name of God, they are in safety position. Safety position means next life, he is going back to home, back to Godhead. So this is an example that such a sinful man, if simply by chanting once at the time of his deaththat was also desiring his youngest sonhe could get so much benefit, those who are chanting always the holy name of God, they should be always in safe condition. Maya, or the material contamination, cannot touch him. But one thing, those who are being initiated, they are being freed from the resultant action of past sinful life. But they should be careful not to commit again sinful activities. Then they are safe. That's all.
Next man.
Syamasundara: Yajnesvara dasa. Yajne, Yajne.
Prabhupada: Yajnesvara.
Devotee: Yogesvara.
Syamasundara: Not Yogesvara. Yajnesvara.
Prabhupada: It is not required.
Syamasundara: That's all right.
Prabhupada: That's all right. Take it. You know all the rules and regulations, regulative principles?
Yajnesvara: Yes.
Prabhupada: So your name is Yajnesvara dasa. Yajnesvara means... This is yajna, so sacrifice, sacrificing or satisfying the Supreme Personality of Godhead. So yajna means sacrifice, and one who enjoys the resultant action of sacrifice... All our sacrifices should go to the Supreme Personality of Godhead. His name is Yajnesvara. [break] Whatever we shall do, as it is prescribed in the Bhagavad-gita, yajnarthe karma anyatra lokah ayam... [break] ...you do, act only for the satisfaction of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Then you are not entangled in the resultant action. Otherwise you'll be entangled. Entangled means for one resultant action we are now, we have got this body. Again we are going to take another material body. So this is a chain of birth and death. But if you dedicate your life for the satisfaction of the Yajnesvara, then no more you are going to accept any material body. Tyaktva deham punar janma naiti [Bg. 4.9]. After quitting this body, he does not accept any more material body. The spiritual body is already there within this material body. So those who are engaged in Yajnesvara's service, they are giving up this material body and developing a spiritual body. The example can be given: just like an iron rod. It, put into the fire, it become warm, then warmer, warmer, and at last, it becomes red hot. When the iron rod is red hot, it is no longer iron rod; it is fire. Similarly, if you practice this spiritual way of life, the same way, gradually you will become completely spiritualized. Completely spiritualized means that no more material activities. That is possible. If we follow the process, we can turn our life from material contamination to pure spiritual life. And that will help us going back to home, back to Godhead. That's all.
Syamasundara: Partha dasa.
Prabhupada: Partha. Come on. (devotee offers obeisances) So you know the rules and regulations? All right. Partha dasa. Partha means Arjuna. Arjuna's mother's name was Prtha; therefore Arjuna is addressed sometimes as Partha. Partha means "son of Kunti," in relationship with his mother's name. Kunti was also great devotee of Krsna. So Partha dasa, you are trying to become, follow the footsteps of Arjuna, how he was a great devotee of Krsna. That is the meaning of Partha das. Hare Krsna. Come on, next man.
Syamasundara: Syamananda dasa.
Prabhupada: Hm. So you know the rules and regulations? You have heard already? And how many rounds you shall chant?
Syamananda: Sixteen.
Prabhupada: Sixteen, at least, yes. So Syamananda. Syama means Krsna. Syamasundaram. So one who takes pleasure in serving Krsna, his name is Syamananda. Ananda means pleasure. We take pleasure in serving so many nonsense things. Sometimes we take pleasure in serving a dog, but the same service attitude, when transferred to Krsna, then our life is successful. Our... Everyone is giving service. Somebody is giving service to a country, to his society, to his wife, the children. And if he has nothing to serve, then he keeps a pet dog and gives it service. So service we must give. That is our constitutional position. But that service is meant for rendering to the Supreme Personality of Godhead. So long we remain forgetful where our service should be given, that is called material life. When we come to that consciousness, that "I have to serve Krsna," that is spiritual life. That is difference between material life and spiritual life. We are serving. There is no doubt. We cannot be master. Any one of you who are present in this meeting, none of you can say that "I am the master." Every one of you, servant to somebody. That is our position. But that service is being rendered to mistaken places; therefore we are not happy, neither the person whom we are serving, they are happy. This is the position. But as soon as you serve Krsna, Syamasundara, then you become happy, the whole world becomes happy. This is a great science. Try to understand. Go on. Hare Krsna.
Syamasundara: Hari-sauri. Hari-sauri dasa. Hari-sauri?
Prabhupada: What is the spelling?
Syamasundara: H-a-r-i s-a-u-r-i.
Prabhupada: Hari-sauri. So you know the principles, regulative principles?
Hari-sauri: Yes.
Prabhupada: Yes. How many rounds you will chant?
Hari-sauri: Sixteen rounds a day.
Prabhupada: Yes. So your name is Hari-sauri. Sauri means learned scholar, and Hari, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. "One who is a learned scholar in the science of Krsna." It is a great science. Krsna consciousness, we don't take it very insignificantly. It is a great science. And Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu says, "Anyone who knows this science, he becomes spiritual master. It doesn't matter what he is." He has actually said,
Kiba sudra. Sudra is considered to be the lowest in the civilized society, sudra. No, if not lowest, lower, lower class, worker class, no intelligence. Kiba sudra kiba... And vipra means brahmana, the most intelligent class of the human society. So either one is a sudra-sudra means born in a sudra familyor vipra, similarly born in a vipra family... Kiba sudra kiba vipra nyasi kene. Nyasi means sannyasi. Sannyasa order is the topmost order in social division. So whatever he may be, the only qualificationif he knows the science of Krsnahe becomes spiritual master. So sauri, one who is learned, Hari-sauri, one who is learned in the science of Krsna. So try to be a learned scholar in Krsna science and deliver the whole world. Thank you. Hare Krsna. Next man. Come on. Take your... You are forgetting real thing. Oh, you have got it? Oh, thank you.
Nanda-kumara: Srila Prabhupada, this dark one is for this boy.
Prabhupada: Which boy?
Nanda-kumara: The dark colored beads belong to...
Prabhupada: This one?
Nanda-kumara: The bigger one.
Prabhupada: So what is his name?
Syamasundara: Ray? Rajghana dasa.
Prabhupada: What is the spelling?
Syamasundara: R-a-j-g-h-a-n-a.
Prabhupada: So you are classified amongst the kings, Rajghana. Yes. So anyone who is a devotee is more than a king. You know what are the regulative principles?
Rajghana: Yes, Srila Prabhupada.
Prabhupada: Take this. You are Rajghana. Next man, come on.
Syamasundara: Rajendra dasa.
Prabhupada: Which one? Which? So your name is Rajendra. Rajendra is the name of Maharaja Pariksit. He was addressed by Sukadeva Gosvami as Rajendra. Srotavyadini rajendra nrnam santi sahasrasah.
This king, at the time of his death, he inquired, "Now what shall I hear? My life is only for seven days." He was a very magnanimous emperor of this world. Unfortunately, he was cursed by a brahmana boy to die within seven days, but he did not take any reaction. He submitted. And at the time of his death, because there were seven days only, so he wanted to do something which may emancipate him. So the Sukadeva Gosvami, he arrived in the meeting and he advised him to hear about Krsna. In this connection he spoke this verse, srotavyadini rajendra nrnam santi sahasrasah: [SB 2.1.2] "For ordinary man, there are many, many hundreds and thousands of subject matters for hearing. But this, these engagement are for those who are apasyatam atma-tattvam [SB 2.1.2], persons who do not know what is he, what he is, what is self. They have got many things to hear. But one who is interested for self-realizationthat is the only business of human lifefor him, he should only hear about Krsna." Therefore he was addressed as Rajendra. Try to become like Maharaja Pariksit. Hare Krsna. Take this. Hare Krsna. Next.
Syamasundara: Durvasa Muni dasa.
Prabhupada: Accha. This one? White. So Durvasa Muni was a great yogi, Durvasa Muni. And amongst all the yogis, the bhakta-yogi, the devotee, is the greatest. That is stated in the Bhagavad-gita:
yoginam api sarvesam
mad-gata antaratmana
sraddhavan bhajate yo mam
sa me yuktatamo matah
[Bg. 6.47]
Yogi, there are many yogis. They have got very exalted power, extraordinary power. Just like this Durvasa Muni. He once traveled all over the space. Not only within this universehe traveled outside the universe in the spiritual world, and he saw the Supreme Personality of Godhead face to face. He was such a powerful yogi. And he took only one year to come back again. So still, he was defeated by a devotee. He was very angry. Anyway, he was a great yogi. And anyone, a great personality, we should ask his blessings for making advancement in Krsna consciousness. That's all. Next.
Devotee: (to guests:) We hope that you will all stay for a tremendous twenty-course feast after the ceremony.
So please be patient.
Prabhupada: No, those who are going, you can give them prasadam. They should not wait.
Devotee: All right. For those of you... Prabhupada, can we serve out now?
Prabhupada: Yes. No. Those who are going, they must take. Yes. Next? Who is? Who is next?
Syamasundara: Who is next?
Prabhupada: Come on.
Syamasundara: Wally. It's Vyasadeva dasa.
Devotees: Oooh!
Prabhupada: Vyasadeva had also long hairs and beard also. (laughter) But he is without beard.
Syamasundara: He is a professor also.
Prabhupada: Oh. And Vyasadeva is the greatest professor. He is the authority of Vedic literature. All right, very good name, Vyasadeva dasa: to become the servant of the greatest authority of Vedic literature. Thank you. Come on. That... They will be married later on.
Syamasundara: Yes. This is Kalki dasa and Ambika devi dasi.
Prabhupada: Now, with this dress you look so beautiful. This Vedic dress is also nice, very beautiful. It increases the beauty hundred times by this dress. So you know the rules and regulations? This is hers?
Syamasundara: Are those your beads?
Prabhupada: So chant with your husband. That's all. Thank you.
Syamasundara: Her name. Her name. Kalki devi dasi.
Prabhupada: Ah, Kalki devi. Kalki is the incarnation. The last incarnation of Krsna is Kalki. Kalki will come on this planet about 400,000's of years after. But his name and address is also given. (laughter) That is sastra. Not... It is no laugh. Don't laugh. That is sastra, that they can speak of future which will happen hundreds and millions of years after. That is mentioned, "This Kalki avatara incarnation will come. He will appear in a place whose name is Sambhalapur." That is still in India. "And his father's name will be Visnu-joshi." His father's name and his place of birth is mentioned in the sastra. So Kalki is incarnation of Krsna, and that means you are servant of, maidservant of Krsna. That's all. Next. Come on.
Syamasundara: This is Ambika devi dasi.
Prabhupada: Oh. Hare Krsna. Which one. Huh? This one?
Syamasundara: No. This is for a boy named Dave.
Prabhupada: So Ambika is the name of, another name of goddess Durga, the material nature. So material nature is also another energy of Krsna, God. So to become her maidservant means she will help you to approach Krsna. Thank you.
Nanda-kumara: Srila Prabhupada? There was one too few sets of beads, so tonight you can chant on one new set and give to this girl. These belong to one boy.
Prabhupada: All right. What is the name? What is her name?
Syamasundara: Laksmana devi dasi. Laksmana.
Prabhupada: Laksmana. Sulaksmana. Laksmana. Laksmana was the daughter of Duryodhana. She was married with Krsna's son, and there was some misunderstanding. The ksatriya families, whenever there was marriage, there was fight also. That means they exhibited the valor of ksatriyas. So Laksmana became the daughter-in-law of Krsna. That's all. You can take it.
Syamasundara: Dvaipayana?
Prabhupada: So Dvaipayana is another name of Vyasadeva. You know the rules and regulations? All right. Hare Krsna. So now you can get these married.
Nanda-kumara: There is one more boy.
Syamasundara: Sahadeva. Sahadeva dasa.
Prabhupada: Yes, Sahadeva dasa. That is his beads? Oh, all right, you can give it, then again chanting. So you know the rules and regulations?
Sahadeva: Yes.
Prabhupada: Sahadeva, the youngest brother of Arjuna. That's all. Our names are so many, but the real name is dasa, dasa, "servant." Our position is servant of the servant. We don't want to become master of the master. Our position is servant of the servant. Gopi-bhartuh pada-kamalayor dasa-dasanudasah [Cc. Madhya 13.80]. The more we become servant of the servant, the more we become advanced. It is very difficult to understand from material stand of... Here everyone wants to become master of the master. And the spiritual world, they want to become servant of the servant. That is a bigger position. So as we make advance in spiritual life, we understand this. So, that's all right. No. No. You perform the marriage, that change, and get them promise. Yes. Yes, take it.
So general instruction is that this marriage is being taken place in front of Krsna, His devotees. There is no written agreement, but this promise is agreement, that none of you who are going to be married, there is no question of separation. This Krsna consciousness marriage does not mean sense gratification. No. The marriage is for producing nice children, Krsna conscious children. Because at the present moment the population is not being produced very nicely; therefore there is disturbance of peace all over the world. But if there are Krsna conscious children, they'll grow up and they will possess all good qualities. So peace automatically will come if people become Krsna conscious, because they become highly qualified, without committing any sinful activities. If such population is there in the world, there is no question of disturbance. Everyone will be peace, peaceful and happy. So our marriage, Krsna consciousness institution encouraging marriage, on this ground: not to produce cats and dogs, but to produce highly qualified devotees. So you should always remember that. And there is no... Once married, there is no question of divorce or separation. That you should remember. We don't allow any divorce and separation. The husband and wife, there may be sometimes disagreement, but according to Vedic literature, when there is fight or disagreement between husband and wife, it should be neglected. Nobody take it seriously. The Canakya Pandita says,
aja-yuddhe muni-sraddhe prabhate megha-dumbare
dampatih kalahe caiva bambharambhe laghu-kriya
Aja-yuddhe: "Fighting of the goats, and a sraddha ceremony performed by the sages in the forest, and sounding in the sky, vibration of cloud, rumbling of the cloud early in the morning, and similarly, fight between husband and wife-don't take it seriously." You have got experience that rumbling early in the morningnever there is heavy shower of rain. There may be very great rumbling, but the result is very small, maybe some drizzling. Similarly, a husband and wife may fight, but if you don't give them any seriousness, they'll mitigate. That is the process. But in the Western countries, in the name of liberty, so many family lives are dismantled simply by this divorce case. So according to Vedic civilization, there is no divorce. Once united, it cannot be disunited in any condition of life. That you should follow. That is our first. So I think you promise this, all of you? Say yes.
Devotees: Yes.
Prabhupada: Yes. Thank you very much. That's all. Now you change. And you instruct them. First of all... First of all, accept that, that "I take charge of..." Why do you forget? So why don't you do that? I tell you. (yelling) So why don't you do it? Do it.
Devotee: Do you, Raghunatha dasa, do you take Gaurangi devi to be your bride, to protect her, to help her advance in Krsna consciousness, and promise that there shall never be... (end)

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