New Vrindavana, 1972 - SB. 1.2.7
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[06:51]vasudeve bhagavati bhakti-yogah prayojitah janayaty asu vairagyam jnanam ca yad ahaitukam
[09:06]Anyone else, any ladies?
[09:13]So yesterday we were discussing the, what is the first-class religious system.
[09:27]Sa vai pumsam paro dharmah yato bhaktir adhoksaje.
[09:34]The test is people are very much enthusiastic to fight,
[09:44]“My religion is better.” “I am Hindu. Our religion is very good.”
[09:52]Somebody says, “No, we are Christian, we are…, our religion is very good.”
[09:59]Somebody Muhammadan, this fighting is going on.
[10:04]In European history there was fight, crusade between religious group.
[10:12]In our country, in India, there was fight between Hindus and Muslims.
[10:21]So what is the meaning of this fight?
[10:24]Actually when one is God conscious, he knows God,
[10:35]then where is the chance of fighting?
[10:40]Yasya deve para… Because one should be… If actually one is God conscious,
[11:01]yasyasti bhaktir bhagavaty akincana. The Vedic literature gives us information
[11:08]that actually if one is a devotee of God…
[11:14]God is one, God cannot be two. It is not that Hindus have got one God
[11:24]and Christians have got another God. No. God cannot be two.
[11:32]Then there cannot be any competition of Gods. “I am God.”
[11:38]Just like nowadays it has become a fashion, so many gods,
[11:43]rascals are coming, “I am God.” He says, “I am God,” “I am God,”
[11:49]“I am God.” Now how many Gods are there? No, God is one, eko brahma dvitiya nasti,
[12:00]that is the Vedic injunction. Just like the sun. Sun is one.
[12:08]From our practical example. You cannot say that “This is American sun,”
[12:25]and “this is Indian sun,” or “it is African sun.” Sun is one.
[12:29]See, if a creation of God is one and it is so powerful…
[12:38]Sun is one of the creation of God. There are millions of suns.
[12:45]We can see one only. So if one sun created by God can do so much work,
[12:57]can distribute so much heat and light, just imagine how much powerful
[13:04]is the creator of the sun. This is common sense.
[13:09]So we get information from Bhagavad-gita… (aside:) Rupanuga you can come here.
[13:22]aham sarvasya prabhavah mattah sarvam pravartate
[13:29]iti matva bhajante mam budha bhava-samanvitah
[13:35]Aham sarvasya prabhavah, whatever we see, whatever there is,
[13:45]they are all emanation from God. That is the verdict of Vedanta-sutra also.
[13:53]Simple. If you want to know what is God, the Vedanta-sutra informs us very,
[14:03]in two words, very simple, “God, or the Absolute Truth, is that who is the
[14:16]source of everything.” Janmady asya yatah [Bhag. 1.1.1].
[14:20]The original source from whom everything is coming, He is God.
[14:29]Very simple definition. Anyone can understand. If you find out…
[14:39]That is our inqu… Philosophy means to inquire, athato brahma jijnasa, to enquire.
[14:49]Now this life, this human form of life is especially meant for enquiring
[14:58]about the absolute truth. In animal life we cannot do. There are big, big animals,
[15:07]tigers and lions and elephants and big, big trees also, they are also living entities.
[15:15]Big, big whale fish within the ocean, very gigantic. Big, big mountains, mountains,
[15:33]they have got also life. But they cannot enquire about God, that is not possible.
[15:38]You can enquire about God in this human form of life, that’s all.
[15:45]Therefore in any civilized society, there is an enquiry of God,
[15:52]that is called religion. One may be, or in degrees there may be different.
[16:03]Just like in India, they are also making inquiry. Not now, not at the present moment.
[16:14]They have given up. But hundreds and thousands of years ago. Not thousand,
[16:24]even two hundred years ago, India was so inquisitive about enquiring about God.
[16:34]Even one Chinese gentleman, he has written one book, philosophical, that is
[16:44]recommended-I forgot the name, title of the book-that is studied in New York University
[16:52]in the religion class. In that book he has written that if you want to know about God,
[16:58]if you want to know about religion, then you must go to India. Yes, that’s a fact.
[17:06]Because in no other country the great sages and saintly person engaged themselves
[17:16]so seriously about understanding God. Therefore the Vedanta-sutra is there.
[17:23]So we should know that God is one. God is not different.
[17:35]There cannot be any competition of God.
[17:39]Mattah parataram nanyat kincid asti dhananjaya [Bg. 7.7].
[17:44]There cannot be any superior truth than God. Therefore God is called the great.
[17:52]God is called the absolute. So Religion means, first-class religion means,
[18:02]how the followers have developed the understanding of God.
[18:08]That is first-class religion. Not that how many animals we can sacrifice
[18:17]or how many times we can… So many rituals and so many other things
[18:24]are there in every religion. But the, we have to test by the result, phalena pariciyate.
[18:35]Everything… Just like we have studied so much, a scientific man, but there is examination.
[18:44]If one passes the examination, then it is understood that he has studied nicely.
[18:52]That is our common sense. In school, colleges, everywhere.
[18:56]If I cannot pass the examination and if I advertise myself, “Oh, I have studied this,
[19:04]I have studied that,” then what is the value of that? Suppose a man is doing business.
[19:11]So if we see that by doing business, he has acquired some money,
[19:17]he has become rich, then we can understand that he is successful businessman.
[19:22]But if he, he is a poor man, and he says, “I have done this, I have done that,
[19:30]I have done that,” you can say so but we want to know by the result. Phalena pariciyate.
[19:37]That is a Sanskrit version. But we have to understand by the result, phalena,
[19:45]what result you have got. What the value of your examination paper you have,
[19:53]how much mark you have received. Similarly we can declare ourself very religionist,
[20:03]great religionist, follower of great religion, but what is this? What is…?
[20:07]How much you have developed your sense of God consciousness, how much
[20:14]you have learned to love God.
[20:16]Just like in your western countries, Lord Jesus Christ sacrificed His life for God’s.
[20:30]Can… He was charged that He was preaching something blasphemous.
[20:40]But He was a devotee of God. He, He preached to the people that there is kingdom of God,
[20:49]you love God, and go to the kingdom of God. Simple truth. That is the actual business
[20:57]of human life. This human life is meant for understanding God
[21:06]because we are part and parcel of God and we have forgotten.
[21:12]Just like the same thing, I have given several times example, a person,
[21:19]he belongs to a rich father, but somehow or other he has left home and
[21:25]he is loitering. In your country this example is very applicable. So many boys,
[21:32]they have left their rich father, rich family, and lying down on the street.
[21:40]I have seen. Why? Maybe some reason, but he is not expected to lie down on the street
[21:52]because he has got rich father, at least rich nation, your American nation.
[21:58]Similarly when we become puzzled and confused and want to live independently of God,
[22:09]the richest father-who can be richer than God? God means the richest.
[22:17]No one can be richer than Him. That is another definition of God.
[22:26]aisvaryasya samagrasya viryasya yasasah sriyah
[22:27]jnana-vairagyayos caiva sannam bhaga itingana
[22:35]Bhaga, bhaga means fortune. One who is opulent with six kinds of fortunes.
[22:42]We can understand it very well. Just like in our, in this material world, if one man
[22:53]is very rich, he’s attractive. Everybody speaks about him. Even he is a nonsense
[23:02]number one, if he has got money, everyone will speak about him.
[23:06]At least in this age it is going on. Nobody considers of anything
[23:12]but if somehow or other one becomes very rich, he becomes a popular figure.
[23:18]So God must be richest. Here, within this material world we can claim,
[23:28]“I am richer than that,” but somebody is richer than me. I cannot claim that
[23:35]“Nobody is richer than me.” That is not possible. We shall find out less rich
[23:43]than me and we can find out more rich than ourselves. Two things we can.
[23:50]But when you come to God, you will find nobody is richer than Him.
[23:57]Therefore God is called great, God is great. Similarly, not only in riches,
[24:04]aisvarya, sa samagrasya, viryasya, in power also. Aisvaryasya samagrasya
[24:13]viryasya yasasah, in reputation also, in fame. Just like everyone, it may be
[24:25]you belong to some religion, I belong to, but everyone knows that God is great.
[24:30]That is reputation. Aisvaryasya samagrasya viryasya yasasah, and sri, sri means
[24:38]beauty. God is the most beautiful. Just like, see Krsna here, you have got Krsna’s
[24:49]figure here, how beautiful He is. God must be, He is young, always.
[24:56]An old man cannot become beautiful. That is stated in the Brahma-samhita,
[25:05]advaitam acyutam anadim ananta-rupam adyam purana-purusam nava-yauvanam ca [Bs. 5.33].
[25:14]That is the description of Adyam Purana, He is the original person,
[25:19]the oldest of all but he is nava-yauvanam, just like a beautiful boy, say sixteen
[25:27]or twenty years old. So that is beautiful, the most beautiful. And the most wise, jnana.
[25:39]Nobody can be wiser than God. These are the description given by Parasara Muni,
[25:47]father of Vyasadeva. Aisvaryasya samagrasya viryasya yasasah sriyah, jnana-vairagya
[25:56]and at the same time renounced.
[25:59]Now God has created this universe, God has created the cosmic manifestation,
[26:08]innumerable universes but He is not interested in it. He is interested because
[26:15]He has created. He has given us facility to live here, but He is not coming here to enjoy this.
[26:22]He has got better. Or He doesn’t care for all these opulences.
[26:27]That is another qualification of God. So this human form of life is meant for
[26:40] understanding God and scientifically, with full knowledge. That is described in the
[26:48]Srimad-Bhagavatam. Therefore we are preaching this Bhagavata discourse.
[26:51]In the beginning of Srimad-Bhagavatam what is the nature of God?
[26:57]That has been described, janmady asya yatah anvayad itaratas ca
[27:03]arthesu abhijnah svarat [Bhag. 1.1.1]. God, God is cognizant, He knows everything.
[27:13]He is a sentient being. Not that a dead stone. If God is not sentient being,
[27:22]if God is not a person, how so many powerful persons, sentient persons
[27:29]coming from Him? If the father is not intelligent, how the sons and daughters
[27:35]can become intelligent? A dog cannot give birth to an intelligent person,
[27:42]a person who is intelligent, he can give birth to intelligent children.
[27:47]This our practical experience. Therefore this description of God,
[27:54]aisvaryasya samagrasya viryasya yasasah sriyah, we should try
[27:59]to understand what is God. If you can find out a person who is superior in everything,
[28:06]in wealth, in strength, in beauty, in fame, in knowledge, in renouncement,
[28:14]He is God. Don’t capture any fourth-class God. If you are intelligent,
[28:24]try to understand what is the meaning of God and try to understand.
[28:30]So here in the Srimad-Bhagavatam, it is said that that is first-class religion-
[28:39]what is that?-which gives opportunity to the followers how to love God.
[28:48]Why should we not? If God is great, if our father is so great, why should we not love?
[28:57]We flatter somebody here, having a say, a few millions of dollars, we flatter, and who
[29:07]is the richest of all, we should not love Him? Why? What is the reason? And actually
[29:15]He is supplying everything, eko bahunam vidadhati kaman. He is supplying all
[29:21]necessities of life to all living entities, beginning from the ant to the elephant.
[29:28]So why not to us? We have dedicated our whole life for the service of God,
[29:36]so God is giving food to the ant, to the elephant, why not to us?
[29:41]So don’t think that you will starve in God consciousness. You will never starve.
[29:49]You go on with your duty, loving God and preaching love of God.
[29:57]You will always be opulent, be sure. Ordinary man, if you work for him,
[30:08]he gives you salary, good salary. And we are working for God,
[30:12]we don’t all get salary? How is that? (laughter) We must get.
[30:19]If you are really lover of God, worker for God, don’t think of your economic condition,
[30:27]it will be supported. In the Bhagavad-gita it is said, yoga-ksemam vahamy aham [Bg. 9.22].
[30:35]He personally supplies whatever necessities are there. Just like a father,
[30:42](indistinct) child who is completely dependent on the parents,
[30:48]the parents look after the comfort. The child does not ask the parent,
[30:52]because he cannot speak also. So he is simply depending on God,
[30:58]simply depending on parent. Simply, if you simply depend on God,
[31:03]there is no question of your economic problem. Be sure. This is common sense.
[31:13]So there is scarcity of devotees of God at the present moment.
[31:19]People have rejected God. Somebody is saying, “God is dead.”
[31:26]Somebody is accepting a rascal as God. Somebody is declaring himself as God.
[31:31]No, try to understand God scientifically and become a devotee, a lover of God,
[31:39]your life will be successful. That is Krsna consciousness movement. It is not that
[31:48]“My God,” “Your God,” “This religion,” “That religion.” God is one and religion is one.
[31:55]What is that religion? Love of God. That’s all. There is no other second religion.
[32:01]This is the religion. Therefore God comes and says, sarva-dharman parityajya
[32:08]mam ekam saranam vraja [Bg. 18.66]. This is religion. Don’t be after so-called religion.
[32:16]You become a lover of God, you are first-class religionist. That’s all.