[Prayers of the unborn child: SB 3.31.12 to 21 – recited by mathaji’s and everyone repeated after them.]
tasyopasannam avituḿ jagad icchayātta-
nānā-tanor bhuvi calac-caraṇāravindam
so 'haḿ vrajāmiśaraṇaḿ hy akuto-bhayaḿ me
yenedṛśī gatir adarśy asato'nurūpā [The human soul says: I take shelter of the lotus feet of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who appears in His various eternal forms and walks on the surface of the world. I take shelter of Him only, because He can give me relief from all fear and from Him I have received this condition of life, which is just befitting my impious activities.](SB 3.31.12)
yas tv atra baddha iva karmabhir āvṛtātmā
bhūtendriyāśayamayīm avalambya māyām
āste viśuddham avikāram akhaṇḍa-bodham
ātapyamāna-hṛdaye 'vasitaḿ namāmi [I, the pure soul, appearing now bound by my activities, am lying in the womb of my mother by the arrangement of maya. I offer my respectful obeisances unto Him who is also here with me but who is unaffected and changeless. He is unlimited, but He is perceived in the repentant heart. To Him I offer my respectful obeisances.](SB 3.31.13)
yaḥ pañca-bhūta-racite rahitaḥ śarīre
cchanno 'yathendriya-guṇārtha-cid-ātmako 'ham
tenāvikuṇṭha-mahimānam ṛṣiḿ tam enaḿ
vande paraḿ prakṛti-pūruṣayoḥ pumāḿsam [I am separated from the Supreme Lord because of my being in this material body, which is made of five elements, and therefore my qualities and senses are being misused, although I am essentially spiritual. Because the Supreme Personality of Godhead is transcendental to material nature and the living entities, because He is devoid of such a material body, and because He is always glorious in His spiritual qualities, I offer my obeisances unto Him.](SB 3.31.14)
sāḿsārike pathi caraḿs tad-abhiśrameṇa
naṣṭa-smṛtiḥ punar ayaḿ pravṛṇīta lokaḿ
yuktyā kayā mahad-anugraham antareṇa [The human soul further prays: The living entity is put under the influence of material nature and continues a hard struggle for existence on the path of repeated birth and death. This conditional life is due to his forgetfulness of his relationship with the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Therefore, without the Lord's mercy, how can he again engage in the transcendental loving service of the Lord?](SB 3.31.15)
jñānaḿ yad etad adadhāt katamaḥ sa devas
trai-kālikaḿ sthira-careṣv anuvartitāḿśaḥ
taḿ jīva-karma-padavīm anuvartamānās
tāpa-trayopaśamanāya vayaḿ bhajema [No one other than the Supreme Personality of Godhead, as the localized Paramatma, the partial representation of the Lord, is directing all inanimate and animate objects. He is present in the three phases of time -- past, present and future. Therefore, the conditioned soul is engaged in different activities by His direction, and in order to get free from the threefold miseries of this conditional life, we have to surrender unto Him only.](SB 3.31.16)
dehy anya-deha-vivare jaṭharāgnināsṛg-
icchann ito vivasituḿ gaṇayan sva-māsān
nirvāsyate kṛpaṇa-dhīr bhagavan kadā nu [Fallen into a pool of blood, stool and urine within the abdomen of his mother, his own body scorched by the mother's gastric fire, the embodied soul, anxious to get out, counts his months and prays, "O my Lord, when shall I, a wretched soul, be released from this confinement?"](SB 3.31.17)
yenedṛśīḿ gatim asau daśa-māsyaīśa
sańgrāhitaḥ puru-dayena bhavādṛśena
svenaiva tuṣyatu kṛtena sa dīna-nāthaḥ
ko nāma tat-prati vināñjalim asya kuryāt [My dear Lord, by Your causeless mercy I am awakened to consciousness, although I am only ten months old. For this causeless mercy of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the friend of all fallen souls, there is no way to express my gratitude but to pray with folded hands.](SB 3.31.18)
paśyaty ayaḿ dhiṣaṇayā nanu sapta-vadhriḥ
śārīrake dama-śarīry aparaḥ sva-dehe
yat-sṛṣṭayāsaḿ tam ahaḿ puruṣaḿ purāṇaḿ
paśye bahir hṛdi ca caityam iva pratītam [The living entity in another type of body sees only by instinct; he knows only the agreeable and disagreeable sense perceptions of that particular body. But I have a body in which I can control my senses and can understand my destination; therefore, I offer my respectful obeisances to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, by whom I have been blessed with this body and by whose grace I can see Him within and without.](SB 3.31.19)
so 'haḿ vasann api vibho bahu-duḥkha-vāsaḿ
mithyā matir yad-anu saḿsṛti-cakram etat [Therefore, my Lord, although I am living in a terrible condition, I do not wish to depart from my mother's abdomen to fall again into the blind well of materialistic life. Your external energy, called deva-maya, at once captures the newly born child, and immediately false identification, which is the beginning of the cycle of continual birth and death, begins.](SB 3.31.20)
tasmād ahaḿ vigata-viklava uddhariṣya
ātmānamāśu tamasaḥ suhṛdātmanaiva
bhūyo yathā vyasanam etad aneka-randhraḿ
mā me bhaviṣyad upasādita-viṣṇu-pādaḥ [Therefore, without being agitated any more, I shall deliver myself from the darkness of nescience with the help of my friend, clear consciousness. Simply by keeping the lotus feet of Lord Visnu in my mind, I shall be saved from entering into the wombs of many mothers for repeated birth and death.](SB 3.31.21)
Hare Kṛṣṇa Hare Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Hare Hare
Hare Rāma Hare Rāma Rāma Rāma Hare Hare
Before we disperse I would like to draw your attention to the verse number 17. All the verses are important because, in a helpless condition the soul against his desires according to his karma and under the supervision of Kṛṣṇa, he is squeezed in the womb of the mother.
karmaṇā daiva-netreṇa [SB 3.31.1] – if you want to have the best life, hence forward hence forth let us try to make this life as the last material life. You should intensely desire about it. Again why should we put ourselves again into the same obnoxious condition? Gives us nice idea and we let Prabhupāda to take the class now because nice purport is there. Please recite the verse with me.
[Maharaji leads recitation of SB 3.31.17 twice]
dehy anya-deha-vivare jaṭharāgnināsṛg-
icchann ito vivasituḿ gaṇayan sva-māsān
nirvāsyate kṛpaṇa-dhīr bhagavan kadā nu
[Fallen into a pool of blood, stool and urine within the abdomen of his mother, his own body scorched by the mother's gastric fire, the embodied soul, anxious to get out, counts his months and prays, "O my Lord, when shall I, a wretched soul, be released from this confinement?"](SB 3.31.17)
Before we go to this verse I would like to complete the live symptoms of the society.
Symptoms of live society
First live symptom: Murthi Puja
I had given only one symptom and that is our worship is according to Narada Panchratra, is recommended by Narada, and Narada is the Mahajan who used to see Kṛṣṇa every day and that’s why he knows how to worship Him. Accordingly he has given the instructions in Narada Panchratrika and according to that vidhi we are carrying on our worship. All over the world we are very proud that the pujaris those who are, there are, atleast one or two poojaris who are performing puja continuously, they don’t stay in this world. So far I know in England, there is one poojari and we don’t see him at all anywhere else, his name is Jivapati I think. He is only seen on the altar or he is in his room. Never we have seen him taking his prasadam. He must be taking some frugal prasadam but we don’t know, always he is chanting or he is in worship. And he doesn’t talk to anybody, he doesn’t want any donations from anybody, he is not interested in money or anything. This is Prabhupāda’s potency that out of the foreign devotees who were born in all these obnoxious activities of eating non-vegetarian food and so on so forth and even then by the touch of murthi or by the proximity of the transcendental form of the Lord, they are completely driven out of their own atmosphere for good. They are not interested at all.
In Dwaraka, we had installed the murthi’s and there was no poojari and we were worried. Some or the other we are carrying on puja with whatever devotees we had. Krishna played a trick, one boy just ran away from his house and next day he was in Dwaraka.
I said “Why have you come?”
He said, “I have come to be a poojari in the temple.”
I told, “Why? Why you want poojari?”
“No that’s the service I want. I don’t want any other service.”
I said “No, you can go out or preach or do some cleaning work in the job first in the beginning, you are just coming out for you...”
“No, no please excuse me, I want to poojari.”
And he is unflinching poojari since then. It’s nearly one and half year before. Then we forced him to ring to his parents because his parents might be worried. So he was not willing to ring because somebody told him that if he ring then they will come and take him away and he will not able to do the service.
I told “no no, our bharatiya system is completely different. So you please let them know that you are here.”
So I took him to the phone and forced him to ring to his house. Father was very pleased, mother was very pleased. Next day, they all were there in Dwaraka.
Then he said, “See I was telling you that they will come.”
I told no doubt, let them come. For their coming only we rang them. It’s allright, doesn’t matter. If you are fixed they cannot take you anywhere.
So, then I forced him to accompany them and take them to Beta or where ever the sites are to see. So the boy accompanied them and they tried to convince him that, “You should come back! You should come back! You should come back!”
He said “No, no I have decided I want to poojari of these deities, these dieties are very beautiful. So I like them, now I have come, please now don’t disturb me.”
So, his father then came to me, “You just please tell him to accompany us.”
I told, “See, the child is yours. We are not holding him here and he is not our property. We haven’t bought the slave, so he is yours. You and him whatever you decide, if you request then I will keep him here, otherwise he is an expense to me. We have to feed him.” [Maharaj laughs].
So, father saw that I am not attached. So, father was thinking what to do now. So, the son said no, for a while let me continue, then may be after a month we will think, so he agreed. Then they went away. Then, since then they keep on coming. The boy also goes to visit them but he is very fixed in poojari service and once he has started then he doesn’t wanted any other service. He is the best sankirtan devotee also. But he doesn’t want, he is fixed completely.
The meaning is that anybody who has proximity to the form of the Lord, transcendental form of the Lord, [gets inspired by it] Is murthy is idol or transcendental form of the Lord?
Murthi is wrongly translated. Murthi is not idol. Please drive away this wrong translation from your mind. This is the gift of our guardian’s - British people. They have given us this wrong translation. You are idol worshipers. Frankly speaking they are idol worshipers. I told them…. have you seen London, here also there must be some statues in the city. In London in the front of Parliament house there is Churchill statue standing like this. And since the statue is erected there nobody has offered him a single sandwich man. He is starving like anything and thousand and millions of cars are drawing around the square and he inhales all the fumes. Nobody cares, he may be sick I think. Chronic sickness should be there and nobody sees at him. Nobody knows that Churchill is standing there. So he gets dirty by the fumes and everything. So when he is very dirty the municipal ‘karate’ (?) man comes and with his nice “karate” (?)he cleans him and all scratches are there on the statue after cleaning.
For our deities we have palatial buildings. Which statue has the palatial building? They may be very important men in their life, I remember this President Kennedy, he was very much glorified when he was there. And now his statue is lying in London near about some park and nobody looks at him and his statue is in a horrible condition. It doesn’t look like President Kennedy. And nobody cares. This is the idol worship. And they don’t know what to worship, what to put. I think in Sydney or somewhere, there is a park, here I think, it is here. I don’t know must be, in Sydney I think. There is one park, wherein they have two matchsticks. Is it here or somewhere else I saw? It’s here isn’t it? Some architect might be there, smoker architect and he don’t know what to do, so daily he was looking to the match sticks. So let me have matchsticks. I think our form of the Lord is much more beautiful than the matchsticks. These ordinary people they want to worship something but then they don’t know who to and those matchsticks, one matchstick is full matchstick and another one is a burned matchstick. Might have lighted and burnt his cigarette and throw it away. Allright one burned and one good. So they are standing here. Please if you doubt me just go and see. This is our folly, foolishness and madness, insanity.
Instead some nice transcendental form of Lord we could put there, people thousands of people are coming there, they will be liberated and those who erect there, they will also liberated. Some electric lamp should be there and something like this we can have too. This is our condition we are completely misguided, we are not idol worshipers. The correct translation of murthi is the transcendental form of the Lord and these forms are carved according to the descriptions given by Narada again. Narada knows, Narada is daily seeing Kṛṣṇa, he knows how He looks like and according to his description these murthi’s are carved in Jaipur. Jaipur is very famous in India for murthi’s, carving the murthi’s. And there in Muhamodan murthi carvers are there and they study Narada’s description and eventually they carve out very nicely. And once the murthi is carved then we for years together we worship the same murthi and He reciprocates.
We have the self-manifested mūrthi in Dwaraka in the main temple. This Dwarkadish murthi was not carved, it is self-manifested. And it is since last four thousand years He is standing there inside as fresh as it was and the pooja is going on very nicely. This is our one symptom of being alive, live society. Second live symptom: Prasadam Distribution
Then second thing we do that in all the temples the prasadam is ready. And prasada is not two peanuts or something. No, its full thali, kicheri may be whatever, plenty of prasadam is there. Food distribution is going on to the best of our limits. This is the second symptom.
Third live symptom: Study of scriptures and Preaching inside and outside the temple
Then third symptom live symptomis that preaching is going on in the temple and outside. We go personally to the houses and we preach, we request them please don’t waste your human life, human breath, you have limited breath at your disposal, as you breath you are losing the breath life and please utilize it for remembering Kṛṣṇa. We are very busy in other activities, we request the people that please you do like this and this is one of the requesting point because of these boys transcendental desires. Otherwise nobody is to gain from this anything. If there would have been material enterprise they will first see that how much they are gaining out of it. Our society Prabhupāda has told us that money is the by-product, we don’t beg. We are very rich father’s son. Rich father’s son doesn’t beg. He is just attached to his father and he is also rich. That is how we are not proud, materially proud. Material pride is hypocrisy. We cannot be proud materially. Nothing belongs to us. How can you proud of anything which doesn’t belong to us? Ishaavaasyam idam sarvam – everything belongs to Kṛṣṇa. This is the third symptom, live symptom and then again we go out to preach in the form of our transcendental literature. Our literature is the best literature at the moment to convince our own mind how to get attached to the lotus feet of Kṛṣṇa and how to make our human life more successful.
Appeal to the youths: Don’t get lost or frustrated
Please young people, I would request you don’t be misguided, don’t get lost. Here the young people are in a very dire difficulty. They don’t know which course to follow, how to follow, expenses are there, everything is there, they don’t know. Please don’t do that. This human existence is not for frustration. We are frustrated because we don’t know that our own selfish interest is in the Supreme Absolute Truth, Kṛṣṇa. That we don’t have any idea.
na te viduḥ svārtha-gatiṁ hi viṣṇuṁ
We don’t know this that our svārtha-gati – own selfish interest is in Kṛṣṇa. That’s why every time in 24 hours for 26 hours we are frustrated. Don’t do it please. Young age is not meant for that. You come in contact with these boys and there will be plenty of work to do. Please, please don’t waste your time. We want your youth. We want your hours. We want your kriya shakti and please utilize it in propagating the names of Kṛṣṇa. It’s the best use of our existence and then side by side when you are attached toKṛṣṇa’s lotus feet your own desires will be automatically fulfilled. Those who don’t come to Kṛṣṇa they look pale. They don’t have any red capsules of blood in them. Because we don’t have faith and because we don’t have faith it speaks adversely on our own health and you become completely pale. You don’t know what is happening. You start dwindling in young age.
Our psychiatrist is Kṛṣṇa
Those who come to Kṛṣṇa automatically by the name of Kṛṣṇa the red capsules of blood will develop in their bdoy. Otherwise particularly in the advanced stage the blood is not there atleast. Or it may be there it might be yellowish not red. But those who are running after Kṛṣṇa they are karkandu like tomato. Please in order to have nice health, in order to have reducing all the anxieties, this is the royal road. Don’t run around here and there. Psychiatrist is the modern invention to reduce your anxieties. Frankly speaking they don’t do anything. They hear you. That’s it and they themselves are disturbed. That’s why they become psychiatrists. And all these ordinary psychiatrists, they are consulting the higher psychiatrists. . And all those higher psychiatrists again goes to the highest psychiatrists to consult. And the highest one commits suicide. Please this is, we don’t want that. Our psychiatrists or whatever you call is Kṛṣṇa. That’s it and this is to propagate and not only that but this is the only society on the face of the planet at the moment who have printed millions of our scriptures and already distributed and we are still doing that. And because these literatures are now rampant in every town and city, may be every house I don’t know and that’s why there is always talk of the war but the war never takes place. This is the lid over these material ideas. Till we follow this lid we will not be in the difficulty, the whole planet will not be in difficulty. This whole planet is known as Bharat varsh.
[There is some gap in the audio].. for mother’s sake you be good. We don’t want, conversions we don’t want. We want you to improve the values of your human existence and as soon as you follow these four things in our, through our society or wherever you are get it in touch with the and please look to these good things. We have our own problems as every society has but problems don’t worry, we don’t worry because anxieties are already there. So we go on with these things and please we request you that you please carry on in your own way, whatever in a trickle way may be in a small way, just try to come to the, take some small books, have the small book with you and keep on studying that book alone, that will give you the whole idea and that will attract you to the big volumes like Bhagavad-gītā or Bhāgavatam or Caitanya-caritāmṛta, etc.
So, please don’t forget this, these are the prime duties, every society if they want to be alive they have to perform otherwise it’s a dead society and don’t look to the problems, every society. May be they are divided, so many ways they are divided. Every sect is divided, doesn’t matter. There are so many divisions, always these upamann societies are there, are bound to come up. Don’t worry about it. But the crux of whole thing is in pooja, performing pooja, continuous pooja. Crux of whole thing is the study of the scriptures and preaching. The whole problem is food distribution. That’s it, print the books and distribute. Buy the books and distribute to the best of your ability. That is the biggest seva you are doing. Chapter 23