Arrival Address

Type:
Lecture
Date:
February 9
Year:
1975
Place:
Los Angeles

[kīrtana

Prabhupāda: [prema-dhvani

You can play Hari hari biphale janama. I shall… I’ll sing before you. 

Devotees: Jaya Prabhupāda! 

[03:35] 

Prabhupāda: [sings Hari hari biphale janama acompanied by harmonium, drum and karatālas

[break] 

[09:06] …movement is enlightening people because they’re simply wasting their time without worshiping Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa. The purport of this song made by Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura, that anyone who is not coming to Kṛṣṇa consciousness, he is simply wasting his valuable human life… [sounds of children] [aside:] Take care of the children. This life is meant for reviving our lost Kṛṣṇa consciousness. There is Kṛṣṇa consciousness… [babies crying] 

Devotee: If they cannot stay still, they must be taken out. 

Prabhupāda: Otherwise how it is happening that this place was a church and nobody was coming, so much so that they had to sell it to others? We purchased it. When I first came here to see this church, there was nobody. The place is the same. The people is the same. I have not brought men from India. Why it is crowded now? This is the proof that in everyone’s heart Kṛṣṇa consciousness is there. Nitya-siddha kṛṣṇa-bhakti sādhya kabhu naya. It is not artificial way of taking something sentimentally. Otherwise, how in my absence all these boys and girls are maintaining the status quo very nicely? I am very glad. That is required. This is the proof that in everyone’s heart there is Kṛṣṇa consciousness. 

nitya-siddha kṛṣṇa-bhakti sādhya kabhu naya
śravaṇādi-śuddha-citte karaye udaya
[Cc. Madhya 22.107]

Udaya means awakening. It is not an artificial way of giving something, imposing something to become Kṛṣṇa conscious. No. The Kṛṣṇa consciousness is there, in everyone’s heart. It has to be awakened by certain process. That process is śravaṇa-kīrtana, nine different types of devotional service. 

śravaṇaṁ kīrtanaṁ viṣṇoḥ
smaraṇaṁ pāda-sevanam
arcanaṁ vandanaṁ dāsyaṁ
sakhyam ātma-nivedanam
[SB 7.5.23]

So anywhere… It doesn’t matter, either in India or outside. People thought like that, that Kṛṣṇa consciousness is the monopoly business for the Indians or for the Hindus. They were thinking like that: “It cannot be preached. Nobody will take it.” But I thought, “If Kṛṣṇa is God, why it will not be taken by everyone? It must be taken.” So I was not very much hopeful to become successful. When I was in Boston port, I wrote one poetry that “I do not know why I have been brought here. How these people will take to Kṛṣṇa consciousness? As soon as I will say these four regulative principles, they will ask me to go away.” [laughter] It is very difficult for this country or this part of the world to follow the four principles of regulative life: no illicit sex, no gambling, no meat-eating and no intoxication. Even Lord Zetland, when he was given this formula for becoming advanced in spiritual consciousness, he flatly replied, “It is impossible for us.” Yes. But impossible thing can be made possible by the grace of Kṛṣṇa. That is possible—Kṛṣṇa is all-powerful—provided we are serious and sincere. That is the main business. We must be very serious and sincere. Then Kṛṣṇa will give you intelligence. 

That is said in the Bhagavad-gītā: 

teṣāṁ satata-yuktānāṁ
bhajataṁ prīti-pūrvakam
buddhi-yogaṁ dadāmi taṁ
yena mām upayānti te
[Bg. 10.10]

Anyone who is engaged very seriously, satata-yuktānām, twenty-four hours, thinking, “Kṛṣṇa, how can I serve you…?” This is the only business. Man-manā bhava mad-bhakto mad-yājī māṁ namaskuru [Bg. 18.65]. Four things: Always think of Kṛṣṇa… This Hare Kṛṣṇa means, “O the energy of Kṛṣṇa, O Kṛṣṇa, please engage me in Your service.” I have given service to this material world so much, but I could not satisfy the master, neither I am satisfied. Everyone is serving: society, friendship, love, family, country. But none of them are satisfied. None of them sat… Even your President, he could not satisfy you. You had to drag him down. Neither he could satisfy himself. Even Gandhi could not satisfy his countrymen. Although he gave so much service, he was shot dead. So this is the material world. You cannot satisfy anyone, neither you become satisfied, materially engaged. This is called material world. We may show some artificial satisfaction, but there cannot be satisfaction in the material world. First of all you have to take it as axiomatic truth that there is no happiness and there cannot be any satisfaction in this material world. Then you’ll make…, spiritually advance. If you have got little faith still that “I can be satisfied; I can be happy materially,” then that is māyā’s influence. That is māyā’s influence. There is no possibility. 

So if you want satisfaction, then you have to take to Kṛṣṇa consciousness. Compuls