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Then what is required? Namanta eva. Just become submissive. Don’t think yourself as very great philosopher, theologist, scientist. Just be humble. “My dear sir, just be humble.” Namanta eva. “Then what will be my business? All right, I shall become humble. Then how I shall make progress?” Now, namanta eva san-mukharitāṁ bhavadīya-vārtām. “Just hear the message of God.” “From whom?” San-mukharitām: “through the mouth of the devotees.” Not professional, not gramophone—through the mouth of, through the lips of real devotee. “So then? Next? I will have to become sannyāsa or gṛhastha or what?” “No.” Sthāne sthitāḥ: “You remain wherever you are. Either you are a gṛhastha or a vānaprastha, or apart from that, either you are a medical man or engineer or politician or businessman or shopkeeper—something, your position is there—so you remain in that.” Sthāne sthitāḥ: “You remain in your position. Simply you have to hear the message of Godhead, Kṛṣṇa, through the realized saintly person.” This recommendation. If you go on speculating, you will never be able to understand. Therefore give up this practice. Jñāne prayāsam udapāsya namanta eva. “Be submissive.” If you think, “Oh, I am so much advanced. I can speculate. Why shall I go to a devotee and hear from him?” No. You have to adopt this. Why? Yadi… If you want to conquer the ajita. Ajita, ajita means Kṛṣṇa, or God. Nobody can conquer Him. But you can conquer Him. How? By this process. Remain your process…, remain in your situation, in your occupation, but try to hear from the realized soul. Very simple thing. SB 6.1.24 — July 8, 1975, Chicago



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