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Lord is Always Fully Satisfied

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Lord is Always Fully Satisfied

avismitaḿ taḿ paripūrṇa-kāmaḿ / svenaiva lābhena samaḿ praśāntam

vinopasarpaty aparaḿ hi bāliśaḥ / śva-lāńgulenātititarti sindhum
[Demigods said to Indra who was fighting with Vrtrasura: Free from all material conceptions of existence and never wonder-struck by anything, the Lord is always jubilant and fully satisfied by His own spiritual perfection. He has no material designations, and therefore He is steady and unattached. That Supreme Personality of Godhead is the only shelter of everyone. Anyone desiring to be protected by others is certainly a great fool who desires to cross the sea by holding the tail of a dog.](SB 6.9.22)
avismitaḿ, He is never surprised. We are always surprised. There was terrorist attack on America, and we were surprised. They retaliated, we were surprised. The war broke out, we are surprised. Sickness broke out, we are surprised. We are all limited living entities. We are always surprised. He is never surprised. Everything goes according to His own plan. And this idea doesn’t sink into our mind. We think that we are the controller. avismitaḿ taḿ paripūrṇa-kāmaḿ. paripūrṇa-kāmaḿ, he does’nt depend upon anybody. For His happiness, He does’nt depend on anybody. That he showed in His pastimes in Vrindavana. avismitaḿ taḿ paripūrṇa-kāmaḿ, Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam is a beautiful literature. Please don’t leave it for a single second, atleast in Puruṣottama māsa, if not always. This jnana yagna should continue always in your life. We pray Kṛṣṇa that please, please give us this intellect.
How to behave with others?

Unnecessarily we are wasting our time in mental concoctions about other living entities. You please stop for good. Don’t concoct anything. The living entities have different natures.

tulsi ye jagat mein / bhaant-bhaant ke log

hil mil ke sab chaliye / nadi nau sanjog
Very nice Tulsi das says, that in this world there are different types of people. Don’t worry about them. No, never. Be very friendly to everybody. And just go on, hil mil kar chaliye, just you mix with them. Everybody has his own ways. We are all different in our mentalities. But one common thing we have, that we have to have the unflinching attitude, unflinching devotional service, to the Supreme Absolute Truth who is correctly known in the Vedic literature as Kṛṣṇa. There is no name for the Supreme Absolute Truth comparing Kṛṣṇa over all other so-called spiritual literatures.

Run after the completely satisfied

Please be sure about it. And we are fortunate enough to be heir apparent to Kṛṣṇa. avismitaḿ taḿ paripūrṇa-kāmaḿ, those who run after Him, they also become paripūrṇa-kāmaḿ and that is our quality, and because we are completely satisfied without depending upon anybody, our life becomes sublime. We don’t have any misery at all. No misery touches us. Why? Because we are running after paripūrṇa-kāmaḿ. And if you decide for good that you will always remember Him, you will always chant about Him, you will always talk about Him, You will always hear about Him, you will never take any other shelter other than Him, then you are running avismitaḿ taḿ paripūrṇa-kāmaḿ, svenaiva lābhena samaḿ praśāntam. svenaiva lābhena, by His own internal potency, He is always param, transcendental, and param shantam, completely peaceful. Because we don’t expect anything from anybody. We don’t depend upon anybody. So where lies the disturbance? Always the disturbance is because we expect from living entities something. Don’t expect. What are the living entities going to give? They themselves are suffering. So we should not expect anything from the living entity. And as soon as we learn this eternal lesson from the pages of Bhāgavatam, that we don’t expect anything, there is no misery. The miseries only touches to those souls, those who are expecting something. And we always knowing or knowingly we expect something. If you expect then you are bound to be morose, because you are not getting that and no living entity can supply you everything. Please don’t run after the living entities, instead of, just catch the source of everything. mattaḥ sarvaḿ pravartate. ahaḿ sarvasya prabhavo[BG 10.8], svenaiva lābhena. Because He does’nt depend upon anybody, that’s why He is known as Supreme. And because He is Supreme, as soon run after Him, you are completely satisfied.
How can you become completely satisfied without anything?

o pūram ada pūram ida pūrṇāt pūram udacyate

pūrasya pūram ādāya pūram evāvaśiyate
[The Personality of Godhead is perfect and complete, and because He is completely perfect, all emanations from Him, such as this phenomenal world, are perfectly equipped as complete wholes. Whatever is produced of the Complete Whole is also complete in itself. Because He is the Complete Whole, even though so many complete units emanate from Him, He remains the complete balance.](Iso Upanishad Invocation)
How clearly it is, in the invocation verse of Iso-Upanishad, He gives us the definition, what am I. Try to understand please. All these are stories just giving us just the definition of the Supreme Absolute Truth Kṛṣṇa. He says, this is pūra, complete, that is pūra complete. Complete is not the very correct translation of pūra. Pūra is the best word. That is completely perfect and perfectly complete. And out of these pūra, so many pūra units come out, and even then what is remaining is also pūra. This is the meaning of Pūra. Pūra never deteriorates. One plus one is equal to one in the spiritual world. And one minus one is also equal to one. The whole thing is there, and that is svenaiva lābhena samaḿ praśāntam. And as soon as we understand Kṛṣṇa in this way, that has got to affect your life and you become completely satisfied without anything.
This body is on lease, don’t break the lease conditions

What are you going to take from this world? Our body we are not going to take. This body also, He will snatch from us, because this also doesn’t belong to us. He says that I have given you flesh, bones, blood and what not. It all belongs to Me, and this is just I have given you on lease. And lease means you have to pay the rent, isn’t it? And you have to behave according to His conditions. You can’t just go into the property and try to build something here and try to... Eventually the owner will catch you, because you are on lease. So here also all these things are on lease. And He has given the direction, how to use our hands, how to use our brain, how to use our eyes, everything is directed by Him. And if you break the lease, you will have to attend the court. He will sue you. This is the meaning of lease. And ordinary material lease could be renewed, may be the rent will go high. But this lease is non-renewable. It just finishes. So till you have this, make best use of it, according to His instruction. And that is we are, following the, svenaiva labhena samam prasantam. As soon as you obey the leaseholder, the owner, then you are quite at ease in that property. As soon you break your promise then you are in difficulty, and that is what we are doing. Every step of our existence, we are completely, nonsensically breaking everything. Smashing really. And He gets angry then, and then He drags us to the court. And He hands it over to the illusory energy, and illusionary energy punishes us like anything. And then we scream and shout, “Where is Kṛṣṇa, where is Kṛṣṇa”. Arre man, you are reaping your own, whatever you have sown you are reaping. This is the … svenaiva labhena param prasantam …And to such Supreme authority, vinopasarpaty, you don’t surrender, vinopasarpaty aparaḿ hi bāliśaḥ[SB 6.9.22], you are bāliśaḥ, you are foolish.

Don’t catch dog’s tail

avismitaḿ taḿ paripūrṇa-kāmaḿ / svenaiva lābhena samaḿ praśāntam

vinopasarpaty aparaḿ hi bāliśaḥ / śva-lāńgulenātititarti sindhum
[Demigods said to Indra who was fighting with Vrtrasura: Free from all material conceptions of existence and never wonder-struck by anything, the Lord is always jubilant and fully satisfied by His own spiritual perfection. He has no material designations, and therefore He is steady and unattached. That Supreme Personality of Godhead is the only shelter of everyone. Anyone desiring to be protected by others is certainly a great fool who desires to cross the sea by holding the tail of a dog.](SB 6.9.22)
Bhāgavatam calls us living entities as the foolish. And because we are fools, what we do in this foolishness? śva-lāńgulenātititarti sindhum. We want to cross the ocean may be. This is Pacific ocean? We can swim from here to Fiji, isn’t it, it is not very far. How long Fiji two hours by plane? Two three hours… you can swim! So you go to the sea coast and there are dogs swimming, the dog goes ten feet and comes back ten feet, so we think “Oh, this is nice to go to Fiji, let us not spend money.” So you hold the tail of the dog and go to Fiji. And what happens, you get drowned and the dog also gets drowned. This is how, anybody’s tail you catch, apart from Kṛṣṇa, then you are just, that is catching the dog’s tail. How can you cross the ocean by catching the dog’s tail? There are plenty of dogs around. Please don’t touch the dogs. Catch the tail who can cross over. Then you have to go through the customs, you have to have the valid passport, you have to have the ticket, air ticket or streamer ticket, whatever it is. There is a process to cross over the ocean. You can’t just go [and catch] dog’s tail … “Come on go…bushy tail. Come on go…this tail …I go… that tail … I go.” And you drown, those gurus so called gurus, they also get drowned and they drag their followers also to the ditch. Please save your self from this. And this is the instruction of the pages of Bhāgavatam. And in this also, then because we are victimized by the three modes of material nature, so we insult each other, here and there, again and again totally lower modes.

Chapter 30
  1. Jaya and Vijaya Stop the Four Kumaras

Even in Vaikuntha it so happened that there was Jaya and Vijaya and they were the door keepers of Kṛṣṇa’s seventh entrance in Vaikuntha. And it so happened that once four Kumaras trying to go through, because the Kumars were the pure devotees.

Purify your life with fiery devotional service

śrī-bhagavān uvāca

mayy āsakta-manāḥ pārtha yoga yuñjan mad-āśraya

asaṁśaya samagra māṁ yathāāsyasi tac chṛṇu
[The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: Now hear, O son of Pthā, how by practicing yoga in full consciousness of Me, with mind attached to Me, you can know Me in full, free from doubt.](BG 7.1)
Always, mayy āsakta-manāḥ.
yuñjann eva sadātmāna yogī vigata-kalmaa

sukhena brahma-sasparśam atyanta sukham aśnute
[Thus the self-controlled yogī, constantly engaged in yoga practice, becomes free from all material contamination and achieves the highest stage of perfect happiness in transcendental loving service to the Lord.](BG 6.28)
yuñjann eva sadātmāna yogī vigata-kalmaa. yuñjann eva sadātmāna, always themselves they were practicing, sada bhakti yoga. vigata kalmasha, they didn’t have any inebriety’s. Every inebriety completely disappeared from them, and that’s why they didn’t grow more than five years old. They were Brahma’s mental children. They came out of the mind of Brahma, very pure. Brahma wanted them to marry and produce the children, because Brahma wanted to fill up this planet. And they completely denied in the beginning.
“Father, we are supposed to serve you, we are supposed to obey you, but please excuse us. This thing we can’t do.”
So they were able to travel anywhere, because they were completely pure. Purified living entity, has no restrictions, as soon as you have Australian passport or British passport or American passport, you can go anywhere, you are purified. American passport, … British passport… you are purified, Indian passport… completely gone, rubbish. [laughs]. I am not criticizing, but this is how the material world goes. So as soon as you are purified, then there is no visa required.
Here I come everytime, they require visa here. Some how or the other I miss visa always.
So that man knows me, he says, “Here he is.” [laughs] “somehow … now this time I am giving you, go.”
Because I have the British passport so I am purified. [laughs]. God, please excuse us. This is the way. As soon as your life is thoroughly purified by the fiery devotional service to Kṛṣṇa then there is no restriction. So they were not restricted, they entered all the doors, and on seventh door this Jaya and Vijaya, its all Kṛṣṇa’s arrangement, they stopped them.
Attachment leads to discrimination

So then, these were pure devotees, these Kumaras, they should not have been angry towards them. They may be compassionate towards them, that was the natural way. But Kṛṣṇa wanted something, so they became angry. All these four Kumars became angry. “Who are you?” they said, “In this Vaikuntha how can you differentiate. There shouldn’t be any discrimination.”

In the pages of Bhāgavatam it is very nicely said, that we should avoid this discrimination, because attachment to anything or any living entity, is the breeding ground of discrimination. We are bound to discriminate because we are attached to the living entity. And as soon as the attachment is there, equal vision disappears. We are bound to discriminate. And those who discriminate, in the pages of Bhāgavatam it is said, that all living entities are part and parcel of Kṛṣṇa. Some how or other we have to train our mind to look to every living entity as part and parcels, spiritual relationships. And because we look to the spirit, we don’t differentiate in the bodies. And if you really carry on, then Bhāgavatam says that, even the immovable things like mountains and trees, they also hate us. This is the result of discrimination.
Story: Jaya and Vijay cursed by four Kumaras

But some how or other, Kṛṣṇa’s wish, that they became angry and they said, “You are not fit to be in Vaikuntha.”

So they cursed them that, “You should take birth in the material world.”
In the mean time, there was some, this was going on at the door, so Krishna heard about it, and Kṛṣṇa Himself came there.
He said: “What did you do?”
He said. “You should know that every living entity comes to Me, they must be pure.”
And before Kumaras came Lakshmi once had gone out and Lakshmi came back and they had stopped Lakshmi also.
So Lakshmi has cursed them that “Now you will suffer from this tendency. I don’t curse you, but you will have to suffer.”
So again they repeated and they stopped Kumaras, because that was Kṛṣṇa’s arrangement. He wanted to perform His own pastimes. So He has His own subtle ways, how to send the livings entities from Vaikuntha to the Earth planet or somewhere, in the material manifestation.
So these two, Jaya and Vijaya, they were cursed, and Kṛṣṇa came then, and Kṛṣṇa said to Kumaras that “You have’nt cursed them, but it is My desire, that they should take birth in the material manifestation.”
Then they were given the choice that either you are born as a devotee for seven lives or as an enemy for three lives. So they selected enemy life. And this is how somehow or the other, in Diti’s womb they were forced to take birth in the material manifestation. And as soon as they came, they were supposed to be enemy of Kṛṣṇa. and this was the reason why these pair of brothers always were enemy for three life times.
Death of Hiranyaksha

First birth was, Hiranyaksha and Hiranyakashipu, then second birth was Ravana and Kumbhakarana and then after that, Shishupala and Danta Vakra. These are the pairs, always enemy, always enemy. Shishupala was not able to speak, and since then he was abusing Kṛṣṇa. He learnt the language by criticizing Kṛṣṇa, so very adamant to criticizing. And every time he saw Kṛṣṇa he will flare up. The same thing happened regarding Hiranyaksha also. Hiranyaksha also was so very powerful. When these brothers stood erect their helmets will touch clouds. So high and mighty. With all the gada in hand. So powerful, materially very powerful. And this Hiranyaksha was so very powerful that within no time he smashed everybody in the material manifestation. In the end there was nobody to fight with him.

So he said, “Now with whom he should fight?”
So the mountains and hills were there. He smashed all these, and all land was flat. Then again there was nobody.
So he went into the ocean, and went to Varuna, the demigod for water and he said, “Come on, give me fight”.
Varuna said: “This unnecessary trouble, I don’t want to incur. So he said, see, now I have retired, I have decided not to fight”.
“Tell me with whom I should fight?”
So he said “Yes, Vishnu is coming”, he said, “Because the earth is under water. So He is coming to pick the earth up, so He is coming. He is the right person to fight with. Why should your earth He will take?”
“Yes, the earth belongs to me. How can Vishnu touch it? I’ll see that He can’t touch it.”
So he was moving around in the ocean like anything. They were all mystics there were able to stand on water, go inside the water, and create all the trouble. And as we know, in the end Varaha Bhagavan had to come to pick up the earth, and had to fight with him.
This is how, after killing Hiranyaksha, Varaha Bhagavan also tells “It’s a very very difficult job!”
So how powerful those demons may be. The lesson is that with material arrangements we cannot save ourselves. However, hard [we try], we make so many arrangements for our safety and even then death pounces on us.
Hiranyakashipu plays havoc

Then what happened, Hiranyakashipu when he heard about his brother’s death, he flared up. And when he knew that Vishnu has killed, he became the enemy of Vishnu. He was supposed to be enemy anyway, because he was cursed. But once, we should remember, that they were the gatekeeper of Vishnu, so they were very nice devotees, associates of Krishna. They cannot have ignorance. It was their duty to fight with Krishna. So they really took life like that and they didn’t forget for a single second. Always they were remembering, remembering Krishna as an enemy. And it so happened that Hiranyakashipu was very powerful. Hiranyakashipu was very upset. So he immediately ordered his soldiers that dvija-śreṣṭhā (gao) varṇāśrama.

“Wherever there is dvija, brahmanical culture, the yagna’s are going on or whatever, Vedas are sung, go to those places and smash them”, he said. “Gow – where there is cow protection, you kill the cows.”

He said, “If the cows are killed, Brahmins will automatically will be killed”.

This is what is happening now. Billions of cows are slaughtered, and we are keeping quiet, and the reactions are there. And then varna-ashram vyavastha, because our society were very nicely organized in Varna and Ashrama, and we know, that svanuṣṭhitasya dharmasya sasiddhir hari-toaam.
ata pumbhir dvija-śreṣṭhā varṇāśrama-vibhāgaśa

svanuṣṭhitasya dharmasya sasiddhir hari-toaam
[O best among the twice-born, it is therefore concluded that the highest perfection one can achieve by discharging the duties prescribed for one’s own occupation according to caste divisions and orders of life is to please the Personality of Godhead.] (SB 1.2.13)

Always check whether Hari satisfied

That was the instruction, that whichever varṇā you are situated. You may be intelligent class, or you may be military class, or you may be businessman or farmer or you may be servant, doing some humble service, these are the varnas. So in performing all these activities, we have to remember sanuthistasya ca dharmasya. You have to do your prescribed duties but the end must be samshudhhir Hari toshanam. We should always check whether Hari is satisfied or not. Are we performing these services according to His instructions or not? Suppose I tell you that go and prepare chapattis for me. So if you obey then I am happy. If the chapatti comes in front of me, then I say “Oh, Micheal is very good”. As soon as he disobeys, he is a rascal, I don’t see chapatti on my plate and I am angry with him like anything”. THis is how. Kṛṣṇa becomes angry. Yasmin tuste, sarvan bhavan tuste bhavati. If He is satisfied, every living entity is satisfied. And that is how we go, according to varna. And ashram also, whether you are a brahmachari, or grihastha or vanaprastha or sannyasi whatever it is, your duty is to satisfy Kṛṣṇa all the time. And this is varnaashrama vyavastha. So Hari was satisfied.
Hiranyakashipu consoles his relatives

He said, “Forget about Hari, repeat my name” “Hiranyakashipu”, “Hiranyakashipu”, “Hiranyakashipu”. And he was not satisfied then. Then what happened that in between, he had to console his mother and sister-in-law and nephews also. His mother was Diti, and Rusabhanu was his sister-in-law. So he wanted to console them. So he had plenty of knowledge, and those verses give us a nice outlook in his nature as Jaya and Vijaya. He consoled them very nicely. He said that, “Don’t worry, the soul is eternal. My brother is killed, no doubt, but he is still there, body is gone.” This knowledge he gives. Then he again told that “Please, living entities cannot be long enough together. Anytime they have to leave the body.” And he gave the example…(break)

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