Bombay, March 19, 1971
Prabhupada: There is a verse in the Srimad-Bhagavatam,
Etavaj janma-saphalyam. In order to make our life successful, dehinam iha dehisu. There are many embodied souls, 8,400,000 of species of life. Out of that, this civilized form of life, especially those who are followers of Vedic regulations, they are called the Aryans or the advanced civilized persons. So, it is obtained after many, many evolutionary process. Bahunam janmanam ante [Bg. 7.19]. Labdhva sudur... Sudurlabham idam bahunam janmanam ante. So dehinam iha dehisu, of all the embodied souls, this embodied soul, this human form of life is meant for liberation. We are entangled in this chain of repeated birth and death, old age and disease, but we are not yet fed up. We think that, "All right, let us go on like this," but that is not actually advancement of knowledge. That is ignorance. There is a way to stop this repetition of birth, death, old age, and disease. Therefore in this age, in this life especially, we should try to get out of this entanglement. That is the special function of this human form of life. Dehinam iha dehisu. There are many dehi Dehi means one who accepts this material body, he is called dehi In the Bhagavad-gita also it is said, kaumaram yauvanam jara, tatha dehantara-praptih dhiras tatra na muhyati [Bg. 2.13]. Dehinam iha dehisu. So dehi means I am not this body, but I have accepted this body. Just like we accept a kind of dress. Similarly, according to my desire, according to my karma, I have accepted a certain type of body and according to that body, I am subject to different types of pains and pleasures. This is going on. Therefore Bhagavata says especially in this body it is the duty of everyone, sreya acaranam. There are two words in the Vedic literature—sreya and preya. Preya means... Just like ordinarily everyone is engaged in some sort of duty for sense gratification. Everyone is working very hard to satisfy the senses according to his standard of desire. So that is called preya, immediate benefit. But besides this preya, there is another departmental activities which is sreya. Just like children, they like to play. That is preya. But his guardians are anxious that the child may not be spoiled, he may be educated for his future life. That is sreya. So Bhagavata says that in this life, we should not be after preya, immediate benefit or immediate object of sense gratification. We should be thoughtful what I am, why I am put into these material conditions of life, and what is the way to get out of it. That is sreya. Sreya acaranam.
So, people should be engaged, in the human form of life, for activities of ultimate goal of life, and that is Krsna or Visnu. That they do not know. Na te viduh svartha-gatim hi visnum [SB 7.5.31]. Being captivated by the external energy, maya, we have forgotten our interest. We are working for a different interest. That is preya, not for sreya. The sreya is Visnu or Krsna. So I do not wish to take much of your time, you are all busy men. And I thank you very much that you have come. And we require your cooperation, pranair arthair dhiya vaca. Somebody should dedicate his life for this great movement, Krsna consciousness. So these American boys, European boys, and there are some Indians also, they have dedicated their life for this purpose—to spread Krsna consciousness. Similarly, if one cannot dedicate his life, then he should dedicate his money as far as possible. According to our Gosvami's program, everyone should sacrifice fifty percent of his income for Krsna. And Gosvami, Rupa Gosvami' actually did it. It doesn't matter whether your income is five lakhs per month or five rupees per month. You should sacrifice the major portion of your income to the Supreme. If the government has got right to exact income tax from you, has not Krsna the right to exact income tax? He is supplying you so many things. Government, what government is supplying? Krsna is supplying you sunlight. Krsna is supplying you moonlight. Krsna is supplying you air. Krsna is supplying you food. Nityo nityanam cetanas cetananam eko bahunam yo vidadhati kaman (Katha Upanisad 2.2.13). Krsna is fulfilling all your desires. And don't you like to give Him some tax? (laughter) (aside:) Don't laugh.
Krsna, not only He's supplying, He's also begging. Just like He became a beggar to Bali Maharaja. Vamanadeva. Bali Maharaja conquered the three worlds and the all the demigods became very much perturbed. So Krsna as Vamanadeva went to Bali Maharaja as a beggar, "Maharaja, you are very charitable. Will you kindly give Me three feet land?" So Krsna, although He is the maintainer of everyone, sometimes He takes the part of a beggar. He's not beggar, but He begs to benefit the, I mean, the charitable. Who is giving in charity, he is benefited. Just like Bali Maharaja, he gave everything to Vamanadeva. Sarvatma-snapanam. There are different devotees. Out of these nine kinds of devotional service,
sravanam kirtanam visnoh
arcanam vandanam dasyam
So Bali Maharaja took part, he cultivated atma-nivedanam, giving everything to Krsna, whatever he had. So, pranair arthair. And Krsna says, yat karosi yaj juhosi dadasi yat. Everyone has got some disposition to give in charity, everyone. Perhaps you are all businessmen, you have got a separate fund for charity. That is natural inclination for everyone, to give in charity. Krsna says, yat karosi yaj juhosi yad asnasi dadasi yat, kurusva mad-arpanam [Bg. 9.27]. "If you are inclined to give in charity, better to give it to Me, better give it to Me." So here is a chance, Krsna consciousness movement. Pranair arthair dhiya vaca. Someone should dedicate his life, someone should give in charity to his best capacity. If he has no such possibility of dedicating his life or giving in charity, his wealth, money, then pranair arthair dhiya. He can give his intelligence. And ultimately he can give his words also. So this movement, this Krsna consciousness movement, is very important movement. So, somebody should dedicate his life, somebody should dedicate his wealth, somebody should dedicate his intelligence, and somebody should dedicate his words. So, suppose one cannot dedicate his life or he has no money, he can give us some intelligence that "If you go to such-and-such person, or if you do like this, if you make your plan like this for pushing your Krsna consciousness," that is also service. Intelligence. And if he has no money, no intelligence, and cannot dedicate his life, then he can give his words. What is that? That word is, that Krsna says sarva-dharman parityajya mam ekam saranam vraja [Bg. 18.66]. "So I have come to you, sir, to tell you that you surrender to Krsna. Please surrender to Krsna." Words, there is no expenditure. But you can say... Or you can say, "Please chant Hare Krsna." I think it is very easy. There is no expenditure, there is no loss. So, sastra gives us indication that pranair arthair dhiya vaca sreya-acaranam sada. So I am so obliged to you that you are trying your best to push this movement, and at the same time I must say that this movement is very, very important. This is the life-giving movement to the human society. That's a fact. It is not a bogus, manufactured, concocted movement. It is authorized. Krsna says, sarva-dharman parityajya mam ekam saranam vraja [Bg. 18.66]. And we are teaching this philosophy throughout the whole world and actually from all parts of the world we are getting devotees who are completely surrendered to Krsna. (end)
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