Sri-Isopanisad, Mantra 3
Los Angeles, May 5, 1970
Prabhupada: Krsna is lion to the demons, and He's a lamb to the devotees. (laughter) Hare Krsna. Jaya. So the atheist, they say that "We have not seen Krsna." Yes. You'll see Krsna as lion when He'll ultimately come and capture you, "Ow!" (laughter) That is death. Atheist will see Krsna as death, and theist, devotee, will see Krsna as lover. Hare Krsna. Nama om bhagavate vasudevaya. (aside:) You sit down properly, back side. Yes. (chants Isopanisad 1-10 with devotees) Anyone can explain the third verse? Kurvann eveha karmani jijivisec chatam samah. Who will explain, please stand up. Nobody? (laughs) How is that? Huh? Yes?
Devotee (1): (explaining text 2) This explains that the human form of life is meant for realizing our spiritual nature.
Prabhupada: No, I wanted that sloka, kurvann eva. That is 2, yes. That's all right. So anyone will explain this,
So you should try to read the explanation, these word meanings. So kurvann eveha karmani jijivisec chatam samah. Samah means years. You can live hundreds of years if you understand the philosophy of life. Otherwise, what is the use of living? The trees are also living for five hundred years, for thousands years. There is one tree in San Francisco... What is that wood?
Devotee (1): Redwood.
Prabhupada: Redwood. No. There is some wood, I forget. Crossing bridge. Anyway, they told me that this tree is standing for seven thousand years. So the trees are also living, and you are also living. You are trying to live. Whenever there is question of death, you resist. That means you do not want to die. That is natural sequence. So here it is said that why should you live? Narottama dasa Thakura says, ke lagi ache, achi...: "Why I am living? I could not achieve love of Godhead. Then what is the use of my living?" He's lamenting. Narottama dasa kena na lagila mariya. Kena va ahcaya prana kichuka lagiya (?). He said, "Why I am living? What is the purpose of my living? What is the ultimate happiness?" (end)
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