So all the thirsty people come together, they don’t know each other, as soon as they drink the water they are separated. This is our coming together and getting separated. And it’s all according to the plan of Kṛṣṇa. This is the knowledge He is giving. Then He says, daivene ekatranidhan According to the plan of Kṛṣṇa, they come together. We are squeezed in one family, or in one lane, or in one town or one planet, wherever. We are just assembled here. It’s Kṛṣṇa’s plan. And that’s why everybody is co-operating. The prasadam is getting ready, the hall is here, the expenses are carried on, and we don’t have to worry about anything because it is Kṛṣṇa’s plan. And as soon as you obey Kṛṣṇa’s plan, and we are obeying very sincerely, that here there is no other thing going on. It’s all glorification of Krsna. So far as we obey Him everything will be provided. As soon as something else crops in, we’ll have scarcity. This is our experience, today’s experience. If we stop glorifying Him from here, then we cannot stay here. And we’ll not have any co-operation at all. But because it is for Kṛṣṇa, so every living entity is attracted. This is how we should learn the practical lessons that in our life also, if we make it our priority to just serve Kṛṣṇa through Prahlada Maharaja’s instructions (we are coming to), then you’ll be successful. You will be glorified also.
Don’t entertain miseries, entertain devotional service
The gopis sing very nicely:
jayati te ’dhikaṁ janmanā vrajaḥśrayata indirāśaśvad atra hi
dayita dṛśyatāṁ dikṣu tāvakās tvayi dhṛtāsavas tvāṁ vicinvate [The gopis said: O beloved, Your birth in the land of Vraja has made it exceedingly glorious, and thus Indira, the goddess of fortune, always resides here. It is only for Your sake that we, Your devoted servants, maintain our lives. We have been searching everywhere for You, so please show Yourself to us.](SB 10.31.1)
Its beautiful lines. It shows how we are glorified. Jaya, jaya means glorification. jayati te ’dhikaṁ you are so much glorified, please, please, don’t get rusted in the material miseries. You are the shining spark of the supreme shining existence. Why are you losing your shining? The miseries may come. This is concoction (misery) really. We don’t have to do anything with the miseries. They are temporary, temporary mela come together.
[Hindi] Hum mele mein jama hue hain. Koi aaye koi jaaye uske liye kahe ko sar koot rahe ho?
[We have come together in this temporary mela. Somebody goes or comes, for that why break your head?]
You should never worry about these things. They come, those miseries come and who have come they are going to go away. [Hindi] Jo aata hai woh jaata hai, jo aati hai woh jaati hai
[What comes has to go].
So why to worry about? Somebody comes in our lives, somebody goes from our lives. We don’t lament for that. Yesterday we were playing with the crows. So the crows came and crows went away. I didn’t scream. Why, because I am not attached. So, all these living entities like birds. They come then…. The wind comes from this window and goes out of the door, I don’t scream “Hey where is my wind?” arre, man, that is the nature of the wind, it comes and goes. So that is the nature of the living entities also, they come and go. Why are you unnecessarily concocting your things.
[Hindi] Bhai dukh kahe ko sar par lete ho. Hum lete hai dukh sar par. Phenk do dukh ko and dukh woh chale jayenge. [Brother, why do you take all the miseries on your head. We take all the misery on our head. Throw away the miseries and they will go away.]
If you don’t entertain them, they will go away. You are here we are talking very nicely to you, we are trying to feed prasadam to you, that is why you are sitting here. Suppose tomorrow you come, I sit like this, and he sits like this, and no water, no glass of water, nothing at all, then forget about it “I am going” he says, “Because nobody entertains you”. So don’t entertain the miseries. Entertain devotional service. That is the instruction from this Hiranyakashipu, who is regarded as supermost demon. And he was very proud. After consoling them they were quite pacified. They started chanting Kṛṣṇa’s names and forgot that Hiranyaksha was killed. This is the effect of this demon’s preaching. So this is the other side of the demon. But as soon as he came out to the demons, then again he was very angry. And he tried to conquer the whole world.
How immortality is established?
Then he thought that he doesn’t have sufficient capacity to do, so he went on the mountain and carried on austerity like anything. Standing on one foot and one leg, for years together, many celestial years... And then he carried on austerities. In the austerity, his half the body was eaten up by ants and moths. And even then he couldn’t know that, so sincere austerity. Then because of the austerity’s heat, the whole universe was in trouble.
So demigods ran to Brahma, and said “Please save us, it is getting very hot now here.”
So, Brahma told that “I know, I am going now, and I’ll pacify him, and you will be alright.”
So then Brahma went and sprinkled the transcendental water from his kamandalu and he was rejuvenated.
And Brahma said: “Now, I have come, I am very pleased with your austerity. So please you can ask whatever you want.”
And he asked so many benedictions. First he said that “I want to be immortal.”
But Brahma said: “I am not immortal, how can I make you immortal? You can ask anything else apart from this.”
So he was not going to be immortal, but in a round about way, he got so many benedictions, and he thought that it was equal to immortality. Nobody can be immortal here however powerful he may be. By yoga practices you cannot have that, but by devotional service, confidentially the immortality is established. By other practices you cannot have immortality, but if you really sincerely become devotee and if you are performing the devotional service to the best of your sincere attitude then the immortality is confidentially established. And how it is established? Then maybe if you’re lucky, we won’t come in the material body again to suffer the same miseries. punah punas carvita-carvananam [SB 7.5.30]. Again I am chewing the chewed. We don’t come back and we are always in the service of Kṛṣṇa, that is our immortality.
na tad bhāsayate sūryo na śaśāṅko na pāvakaḥ
yad gatvā na nivartante tad dhāma paramaṁ mama [That supreme abode of Mine is not illumined by the sun or moon, nor by electricity. And anyone who reaches it never comes back to this material world] (BG 15.6)]
This is confidential immortality we attain through devotional service. Otherwise by any means you try, so many ways, you cannot be immortal. So many big presidents were there, prime ministers were there, leaders were there, everybody is gone. And there is so much military around them, and even then they were murdered killed, everything happened, we know. This is not the way to become immortal. Only devotional service gives you immortality.
Take the jewel of Bhāgavatam to increase your faith
That is the purpose of the pages of Bhāgavatam that
bhagavaty uttama-śloke bhaktir bhavati naiṣṭhikī [By regular attendance in classes on the Bhāgavatam and by rendering of service to the pure devotee, all that is troublesome to the heart is almost completely destroyed, and loving service unto the Personality of Godhead, who is praised with transcendental songs, is established as an irrevocable fact.](SB 1.2.18)
Your bhakti becomes completely firm, if you go through these pages. You are chanting daily. You are reciting. You are reciting Bhagavad-gītā from here. What is the use of recitation and what is the use of understanding all these things, if you still not understanding this thing that our bhakti must come become firm. It is better that … this is waste of time then… if you can’t do this. Your bhakti must be very firm, naiṣṭhikī. And how, nityaḿ bhāgavata-sevayā. If by reading Bhāgavatam if we can get this result, why are we not going through? Why are we not touching Bhagavad-gītā? Why are we not touching Bhāgavatam? Such a treasure of literature, transcendental literature is at our disposal. Fortunately, Prabhupāda has made it very clear. Why are we delaying, I don’t understand. The delay is dangerous. And not only dangerous, but it is really killing us. It’s like a suicide. We have come into this existence. So much treasure is at our disposal, and we are just going away from it. And again we are going to the rut, that in unlimited circle of birth, death, disease and old age. And the reason is ‘WE’. We cannot blame anybody. Even now, with all understanding, we are so very attached to the scratch, glass pieces, Katchartham vismatam ratnam, Harer naama hi kevalam.
Hari Nama is ratna but for katchartham for glass pieces we have forgotten ratna.
[Hindi] Hamne ratna bhula diya hai. Hamare paas mahaan ratna hai nama ke rupa mein. kintu kaanch ke tukdon ke peeche hamne sab bhula diya hai. Arre bhai television mein aap kya dekhte ho?
[We have forgotten the jewel. In the form of Holy names of the Lord we have this great jewel, however, we have forgotten all of that and are running after some glass pieces. O brother, what are you looking at in the television?] What are you looking, it just a screen, its illuson.
[Hindi] Badee sundar stree aa rahi hai. Wahan stree hai nahin, kuch nahin hai. Phir bhi he he he karke bhaitha hai who. Are bhai kya dekh raha hai? kaanch hai woh.
[Very beautiful lady is coming (on screen). There is no lady, there is nothing. O brother, what are you looking at, it is glass.] You can’t touch that women. There is no women. [Maharaji mimicking] Just hehehehehe…
[Hindi] jara chupp baith ja…. jara chupp baith ja….hehehe. Kuch samajhta nahin.
Arre bhai, this is madness. You switch off that bloody thing and start chanting.
[Hindi] Are bhai illusion mein kyon mar raha hai tu? Kuch karana hai marne ka tera? Marna hai toh Krishna ke liye marna! Toh woh nahin nahin…
[O brother, why are you dying in illusion. Is there any reason for you to die for this? If you want to die, die for Krsna that they won’t accept.]
“Kṛṣṇa, I don’t believe in Kṛṣṇa”.
[Hindi] Are woh kaanch ko believe kar raha hai woh. Kaanch ka parbat bhi dikhta hai, dariya bhi dikhta hai.
[You are believing on that glass.]
On that glass you see mountain, ocean. “ho ho ho! Nice, nice very nice scenery”.
[Hindi] Arre bhai kuch hai nahin wahan. Kaun samjaye aapko ki wahaan kuch nahin hai. Aur jo aa raha hai woh sab kachra hai.
[O brother, there is nothing out there. Who can convince you that there is nothing out there. And whatever is appearing is all trash.]
That is the pollution, mind pollution.
[Hindi] Hamara man bhi pollute ho raha, dushit ho raha hai.
[Our mind is getting polluted.]
Why? As the polluted air, will give you the sickness, the same way these things also will drag you down from your highest position which you are in at the moment. Prabhupāda’s mercy, he has dragged you from the rut, and took you to the highest peak. And from the peak you are again taking a dip, committing suicide. This is the main thing we are doing.
Hiranyakashipu’s Son, Prahlad Learns in Mothers Womb
Hiranyakashipu starts terrorizing
Jaya-Vijay, they have fallen down in the form of demons, but they are not demons, they are the most elevated living entities, and they are teaching through their pastimes. It was Kṛṣṇa’s desire that they should become enemies. And that’s why he is playing his part very nicely. And he got all the benedictions from Brahma and then he thought now nobody can kill me. So he went terrorizing everybody everywhere. The demigods completely flew away from their positions. Eventually he went to heavenly planets. He was not satisfied with the only earthly planet. He went to… They were mystic. All these demons they were mystics. He went there and then he insisted that Indra should come down from his throne. So he went… Indra was very much terrified.
He said “What can I do for you?”
“Get off your throne”, he said.
Indra stood up you know, and he [Hiranyakashipu] sat down on his [Indra’s] throne.
Then Indra said, “What can I do for you.”
“Take out your helmet and put that crown on me” and he wore the crown.
He was so very powerful, including Brahma and Siva, they were also afraid of him. Narada was just a layman before him. Narada was running around here and there to satisfy him. Just to show, this is the best pastime of Kṛṣṇa, that what to talk of us, Brahma and Siva they are very powerful, Narada is also very powerful devotee, but because they were completely under the control of this demon, they were also scared. And all the demigods were running around here and there. They became invisible eventually. Then he started terrorizing, doing anything and everything. Eventually the whole thing came to his son. Now, he wanted his son, to be like him.
Ṣaṇḍa and Amarka try to teach Prahlada
Prahlada was very young, so now everything was alright, everybody was praising him, and he thought he is in control now, that’s how Kṛṣṇa, many times shows us also that “you are in control now”, and now you go on doing whatever you like. And then we completely go crazy. And this way he [Hiranyakashipu] is also went crazy.
So he appointed for Prahlada, two teachers you know, and they were Shukracharya’s son. And Shukracharya himself was the guru of demons. Demons are better, guru how can we imagine, guru of demons. So these boys they were nice. He said these are the fit persons to teach my sons, Ṣaṇḍa and Amarka. Their names are also very nice. Ṣaṇḍa and Amarka. So, he called him and said take care of this boy, and teach him all economics and political history, and he should be ready to take over my throne.
“All right Maharaj, now we are doing this.”
They went and took Prahlada and …we see many times in dramas also they try to teach Prahlada.
Prahlada learns on mother’s womb
But it so happened that when Hiranyakashipu had left for performing their austerities, so demigods thought that this is the nice opportunity, that for a long time that demon is absent here, so we’ll capture our kingdom. So they became powerful. And they fought with the demons and the demons lost. And they arrested Kayadu, Hiranyakashipu’s wife. She was pregnant that time. So, they were arresting the women. Even demons were not arresting women at that time. Demons were also nice natured demon. Now, we have completely…very bad tendencies at the moment.
When demons (demigods) were asked by Narada Muni, (Narada Muni met on the way).
“Why are you arresting this woman?”
“We are not going to kill the woman”, they said, “but she is pregnant and as soon as the demon is born we’ll kill the demon and relieve her.”
So Narada Muni told them that “In her womb, please know that it’s not the demon. It is the best devotee of Kṛṣṇa, is situated in her womb.”
So the demons (demigods) were also were convinced. “Is it that? Is it not demon there?”
So they released her and they went around her to pray and then they paid obeisances to the devotee and then went away. And this is how, Kayadu was taken by Narada Muni to the ashram, and she was given the instructions, transcendental instructions.
This shows that in the womb also the child can learn. That is what the Vedic system is. When our mothers and sisters they are also pregnant, we always force them to go to the temple, to hear something about Kṛṣṇa, to read Bhāgavatam or hear Kṛṣṇa atleast. Hear Ramayana, hear Mahabharata, whatever. Then we take them to the fresh air always, outside the village some celebration is there, and this is how we take care of the child in the womb.
Srila Prabhupāda takes us out of the material rut
This Vedic culture from every side, it is just to remind us that this place cannot be our permanent home. Our permanent home is somewhere else. And we have to always strive, to go that permanent residence. And this is how all our traditions were followed. Even now to revive the traditions, Prabhupāda tried very seriously and he introduced these traditions, just to give us the opportunity to hear about these things correctly, he wrote so many books himself, and he has given on every page, his compassion is flowing. Prabhupāda did not have to achieve anything from us. His compassion is in all the purports.He gives so much information just to pick us up from this material rut. And as soon we come to this point then we get the continuous instruction from the pages of Bhagavad-gītā or Bhāgavatam or whatever. And this is how we should come to these literatures.
Prahlada is Narada disciple
And not only that in the womb also, the child has the capacity, child hears. Since the child is two months old in the womb, the ear holes start. This is the first sense which starts in the womb. And this is the last sense, which goes away at the time of death. You know, many times it so happens, that because of excessive pain at the time of death, we may lose our speech, but the ears are there. The man who has lost the speech on the death bed, he can also hear. This is the last sense to go away. Very important sense. We learn everything through the ear. And this is the tapascharya, this is the penance of ear that we don’t hear anything scratch. Just make a rule, that to the minimum extent, I will hear other things. And this is the best thing, to improve our health also. If you don’t hear anything bad, nothing pollutes your mind or the existence. And then, there is no danger to our health. This is the main thing to be understood from this. So eventually Prahlada learnt, everything in the womb, and when he was born, he already had some lessons from Narada Muni. This is how Prahlada was also Narada Muni’s disciple.