Srila Prabhupada on Srimad Bhagavatam, 1.1.4,
BY: SUN STAFF
Apr 22, 2011 CANADA (SUN) A serial exploration of Srila Prabhupada's preaching on Srimad Bhagavatam.
In the last two segments, we presented the original Bhagwatam versions of Srimad Bhagavatam 1.1.4 and 1.1.5, thinking that Srila Prabhupada had given a single lecture on these combined slokas. We were mistaken, however, having gotten confused by some anomalies in the dates shown in the Folio (v 2.0, 1990). The combined lecture was on SB 1.1.5 and 1.1.6. So we will proceed as usual, addressing only SB 1.1.4.
Srila Prabhupada gave two lectures on SB 1.1.4. Both were in London and, according to the Folio Index by Class, a few days apart: August 22nd and August 27th, 1971.
Srila Prabhupada spent the entire month of August 1971 in London, where he lectured on all the slokas from S.B. 1.1 covered thus far. Rather than give consecutive classes on SB 1.1.4, like he did on the previous slokas, it seems unlikely that he would have given two classes on the same sloka, but five days apart. It was on August 23rd that he gave the lecture on the combined verses, SB 1.1.5 and 1.1.6, followed by SB 1.2.3 on the 24th, and 1.2.6 on the 26th.
The Folio Index by Date for August 27, 1971 shows that on this day, Srila Prabhupada again lectured on SB 1.2.6, although the Index by Class shows that on the 27th, Srila Prabhupada again lectured on SB 1.1.4. But if we study the days in sequence, it appears most likely that the correct order of events was that Srila Prabhupada gave the two SB 1.1.4 lectures back-to-back, as usual, on August 21st and 22nd. In one of indexes, a '1' was probably mistakenly recorded as a '7'. We will proceed on that assumption.
In his lecture from August 21, 1971 (shown in the Index by Class as August 27th), Srila Prabhupada mentions the following (paraphrased) points, among others:
In India is Naimisaranya. Just like Vrndavana, Prayaga, Hardwar, there are hundreds of nice place for spiritual advancement.
animisa-ksetre--the spot which is especially a favorite of Visnu, who does not close His eyelids." The gopis condemned Brahma, "Why you have awarded us these nonsense eyelids? It sometimes closes the eye, we cannot see Krsna."
The gopis want to see Krsna always, without being disturbed by the eyelids. This is Krsna consciousness.
Being conditioned in this material world, our eyelids must close for a moment, again, again. We want to close our eyes for hours. (laughter) That is our disease. But in the spiritual world, there is no closing of the eyes. Animisa.
samam asata, they were performing the sacrifice for one thousand years. They were able to do that in Treta-yuga.
Satya-yuga they used to live for one hundred thousands of years; in Treta-yuga, ten thousands of years; and in the Dvapara-yuga, one thousands of years. And now in this Kali-yuga, one hundred years.
Our children, our grandchildren, they will gradually reduce the span of life so much so that at the end of Kali-yuga, if a man lives for twenty to thirty years, he'll be considered a grand old man.
Almost everyone is short span of life. prayenalpayusah kalav asmin yuge janah (SB 1.1.10). In this age, kalau. It is not for a particular nation or party or religion. Everyone is subjected to the laws of nature.
In Kali-yuga the duration of life will be gradually reduced, memory will be reduced, strength and mercifulness will be reduced. It is an age of reduction, not increase.
Manda means all faulty. All slow. So many faults. Slow means slow in spiritual realization.
Animals are not interested in spiritual life. But the human form of life with developed consciousness is meant for understanding our identification. athato brahma-jijnasa )Vedanta-sutras). This human form of life is meant for inquiring about our spiritual identity.
"All right. We shall take it later on. Now I have got strength. Let me enjoy senses. Then we shall see later on." That is called manda. Not serious.
Very serious subject matter, that I am covered by this material body and I am changing one after another. And I do not know what the next change is going to happen, either cat or dog or tree.
There is no education in the university on the transmigration of the soul, the eternity of the soul, what is the aim of life. Therefore, mandah sumanda-matayah (SB 1.1.10). Their philosophy is bad. Asses' philosophy, dogs' philosophy, frogs' philosophy.
A frog is informed, "Oh, there is Atlantic Ocean. What is that?" "A very big span of water." So he is calculating how big. He is in the three feet. He thinks, "Maybe four feet." Similarly, these speculators, they are thinking, "God? I am God. He may be like me. "No, you are not God." "All right. God may be little more than me. Little more intelligent." This is frog philosophy.
When they hear, yasyaika-nisvasita-kalam athavalambya jivanti loma-vilaja jagad-anda-nathah (Bs 5.48), all the universes are coming out in the breathing period of Maha-Visnu, a partial representation of Krsna, "These are all stories." Even when they are informed about the capacity of God, they take it as story.
mandah sumanda-matayo manda-bhagyah (SB 1.1.10). Mostly unfortunate. They cannot get even the primary necessities of life, eating, sleeping, mating and defending. Even in the British Empire, so many people are lying on the street. Manda-bhagyah. Unfortunate. In America, no scarcity, so many hippies.
If one's unfortunate position can be changed, it is only by Krsna consciousness. There is no other way. You cannot make any philanthropic work and change the fortune of any person.
balasya neha saranam nrsimha, pitarau nrsimha (SB 7.9.19). Not that because a child has got his father and mother, he is happy. Just like the hippies, in spite of parents, grandparents, all very rich, but they are lying on the street. Condemned by God.
One who is suffering from disease, it is not that because he is given the help of good physician and first-class medicine he'll be cured. No. There is no guarantee.
Scientists, are very proud, "We are now manufacturing counteracting medicine." But where is your counteracting medicine for stopping death and disease?
Cancer, a rich disease. You are rich men. That disease is also very rich. In poverty stricken India they suffer only a little malaria. That's all. Oh, you are rich. You have got cancer. There is no cure. That's all. Finished.
You may invent so many nice things, counteracting all this suffering, but if you are neglected by Krsna, no counteraction will save you. tavad tanu-bhrtam tvad-upeksitanam > (SB 7.9.19). If one is neglected by God, he cannot be saved.
yajnarthe karmanah anyatra loko 'yam karma-bandhanah (Bg 3.9). So whatever we do, it must be done for Krsna. That is perfection.
Under the instruction of Krsna, Arjuna was engaged in killing art, but that is yajna, because it is for Krsna. For himself he was denying to fight. But when he agreed to fight and kill on account of Krsna, it is called yajna.
Even if you give charity, if you become munificent, merciful, that is also not good unless you do it for Krsna.
Krsna is canvassing, yat karosi yaj juhosi yad asnasi yat tapasyasi yad dadasi yat kurusva tad mad-arpanam (Bg 9.27). Everyone is engaged in some work, they're engaged in performing sacrifices. Everyone likes to give in charity. Everyone is eating. That is Krsna.
If you give me a plate, thinking that "Guru Maharaja will keep some prasadam," I eat everything. (laughter) That's all. No prasadam. You see? You are cheated. But Krsna will not cheat. Krsna will eat everything and you still keep everything. So where is your loss? Why don't you offer to Krsna?
Why not offer to Krsna? The difficulty is that Krsna does not eat all nonsense. They are afraid of becoming Krsna conscious, because they'll be forbidden. patram puspam phalam toyam yo me bhaktya prayacchati (Bg 9.26). Krsna is limiting.
Krsna can eat everything, like in Vrndavana, He swallowed the fire. So for Krsna to eat meat is not very difficult job. But He has prescribed, that "Give Me this foodstuff." We must give Him food what He wants. Not whimsically.
Patram, vegetables; phalam, fruits; toyam, milk, water. In this way. Krsna says, "You give Me this." So you give Him. And Krsna says, "If it is offered with faith and love, I eat. I eat."
angani yasya sakalendriya-vrttimanti pasyanti panti kalayanti ciram jaganti (Bs 5.32). He is omnipotent. Every part of His body has got all the potencies of other parts of the body. Therefore you offer with faith and love to Krsna, Krsna, simply by seeing, He can eat.
Krsna can eat with His eyes, and He can see with His tongue. He can hear with His hair. That is Krsna. Omnipotency. Why? ananda-cinmaya-sad-ujjvala-vigrahasya (Bs 5.32). Because His body is not this body, this material body.
Don't think that "Here is Krsna, stone." No. Because stone is also part of His body. So this is not stone worship. It is Krsna, personally present. arcye sila-dhir gurusu nara-matih. To think of the Deity, worshipable Deity, as stone or wood, to think of the spiritual master as ordinary human being, these are not allowed.
naimisa-yajna... Svargaya lokaya. They performed yajna. That is our only business, to perform yajna. So in this Krsna consciousness movement, because everything is being done for Krsna, it is simply yajna. Nothing else. It is not karma.
You are bound up by the results of karma. But if you perform yajna, you are not bound up. karmani nirdahati kintu ca bhakti-bhajam (Bs 5.54). Those who are engaged in devotional service, they have no more karma.
Because everything is done for Krsna, I haven't got to enjoy or suffer for the resultant action. karmany evadhikaras te ma phalesu (Bg 2.47)… this is philosophy.
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