Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.3.8, and Initiations

Los Angeles, May 25, 1972
Prabhupada: So where is Pradyumna?
Devotee: He's typing.
Prabhupada: Why? One sloka. Yes, you can... Anyone can chant. (japa) (pause) One verse.
Pradyumna: (leads chanting)
Prabhupada: Where are those books? These small books? (pause) My spectacles? Nobody's here? Where is Nanda Kumara? Sleeping? As soon as there is opportunity, sleep. (laughter) (japa) Nidrahara-viharakadi-vijitau **, one has to conquer over sleeping, eating, and sense enjoyment. Nidra, nidra means sleeping. Ahara means eating or collecting more, collecting. Eating, sleeping, and vihara, sense gratification. Vijitau, the Gosvamis, they conquered over this.
Devotee: He said he's making the kacauris.
Prabhupada: Hm. Rajya-kamo manun devan nirrtim tv abhicaran yajet, kama-kamo yajet som ... No, not this. Dharmartha uttama-slokam (devotees chant responsively) tantuh tanvan pitrn yajet, raksa-kamah punya-janan, ojas-kamo marud-ganan Hm. Repeat, repeat again. (devotees chant sloka) So, word meaning?
Pradyumna: Translation: "One should worship Lord Visnu or His devotee for spiritual advancement of knowledge, and for protection of heredity and advancement of the dynasty one should worship the different demigods."
Prabhupada: Hm. Other line is not translated. Hm. Then?
Pradyumna: Purport?
Prabhupada: Hm.
Pradyumna: "The path of religion entails making progress on the path of spiritual advancement, ultimately reviving the eternal relation with Lord Visnu in His impersonal effulgence, localized Paramatma feature, and ultimately in His personal feature by spiritual advancement of knowledge. And one who wants to establish a good dynasty and be happy in the progress of temporary bodily relations should take shelter of the pitas and the demigods in other pious planets. Such different classes of worshipers of different demigods may ultimately reach the respective planets within the universe, but he who reaches the spiritual planets in the brahmajyoti achieves the highest perfection."
Prabhupada: Yes. So, now. (devotees chant japa) (break in tape)... the word is abhyantaram, the word is abhyantaram... Antara means internal. (break in tape)
Jayahari: So the translation to this mantra: "Unpurified or purified, or even having passed through all situations, one who remembers the lotus-eyed Supreme Personality of Godhead is cleansed without and within." So speaking from our own situation, we can understand that we've been brought up in a very degrading culture that right from the beginning is teaching propaganda how one must forget God. So Prabhupada has so kindly given us a process to cleanse the mind. Ceto-darpana-marjanam [Cc. Antya 20.12]. We want to clear our mind again so we can see things as they are. So this human form of life is very rare opportunity, and it is rare because out of so many species of life we have been given the opportunity to again remember God. [break] (CB interference is heard coming through the speaker.) (japa)
Prabhupada: Where is found, this name?
Devotee: List of names.
Prabhupada: So you know the rules and regulations? The regulations?
Lala Krsna: No meat-eating, no illicit sex, no gambling, no intoxication.
Prabhupada: So your name is Lala Krsna.
Prabhupada: Lala. Or Bala Krsna? Lala Krsna is name. You can give them. Next.
Devotee: Roger? (Raghu-nandana)
Prabhupada: You know the rules and regulations? What are they?
Raghu-nandana: No meat-eating... (inaudible)...
Prabhupada: Hm. How many rounds you will chant?
Raghu-nandana: Sixteen rounds a day.
Prabhupada: Minimum, minimum. So your name is Raghu-nandana dasa. Raghu-nandana is Lord Ramacandra's another name.
Devotee: Cassandria?
Prabhupada: What is her name?
Devotee: Kasamapriya dasi?
Prabhupada: Kusuma.
Devotee: Kusuma-priya dasi.
Prabhupada: So you know the rules and regulations?
Kusuma-priya: (inaudible)
Prabhupada: So your name is Kusuma-priya. Kusuma-priya, "the best of the flowers."
Devotee: Pam? (Pandurani.)
Prabhupada: Pandurani?
Devotee: Pandurani.
Prabhupada: So, what are the rules?
Pandurani: No meat-eating, no intoxication, no illicit sex, no gambling.
Prabhupada: How many rounds you shall chant?
Pandurani: Sixteen.
Prabhupada: So your name is Pandurani, "Queen of the Pandus." That means Draupadi.
Devotee: John?
Prabhupada: Draupadi had five husbands. (laughter)
Devotee: Dharma-ksetra.
Prabhupada: What are the rules?
Dharma-ksetra: No eating of meat, fish or eggs, no gambling, no intoxication, and no illicit sex.
Prabhupada: Dharma-ksetra dasa. Dharma-ksetre kuru-ksetre samaveta yuyutsavah [Bg. 1.1]. Dharma-ksetra, "the field of religious activities."
Devotee: Patricia. Patri, Patri dasi, Patri.
Prabhupada: Patri. Patri. What are the rules?
Patri: No meat-eating, no intoxication, no gambling or speculation, and no illicit sex.
Prabhupada: Thank you. So your name is Patri dasi. Su-patri. Patri means a good reservoir. Everything good is there.
Devotee: Mary? Manjuali? Manjuali?
Prabhupada: So what are the rules?
Manjulali: No meat-eating, no illicit sex, no gambling... (inaudible)
Prabhupada: Thank you. So, Manjuali. Your name is Manjuali, one of the gopis. Thank you. There is another. Come on.
Devotee: Parvati.
Prabhupada: Parvati. So what are the rules?
Parvati: (inaudible)
Prabhupada: Yes. So your name is Parvati. Parvati, "the daughter of Himalayas and wife of Lord Siva." (devotees offer obeisances)
Jayahari: So what time is arati? (kirtana)

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