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710501 - Lecture after Kumbha-Mela - Bombay

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His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada



710501LE-INDIA - May 01, 1971 - 50:19 Minutes



Prabhupāda: . . . ayatnataḥ, nobody is very careful to invite distress. Everyone is working very hard, undergoing severe austerities, penances, for becoming happy not for becoming distressed. But distress overcomes us even without any endeavor, without any austerities, it comes always. Prahlāda Mahārāja says that as distress comes without any endeavor similarly because you have got a particular type of body so your standard of happiness is already there. Why you are wasting time for improving your standard of. The whole world is struggling with standard, in India independence means they are trying to bring it—the Western ways of life, technology, industry. But they do not know that Indian body is specially meant for something else—spiritual realization. That is indicated by Lord Caitanya:

bhārata-bhūmite manuṣya janma haila yāra
janma sārthaka kari' kara para-upakāra
(CC Ādi 9.41)

The Indian body is especially meant for spiritual cultivation. These rascals they do not know. They are simply imitating artificially therefore they take up, copy, everything is chaos, to put horse before a cart. Indian body is especially meant for spiritual culture. We have just been, saw in the Kumbha-melā, millions of people simply coming for taking a dip into the Ganges. Without any advertisement, without any propaganda. Why? Automatically they are inclined to make spiritual advancement. They are so faithful that it is in the śāstra it is written that during Māgha-melā, if one lives there for one month and takes a dip in to the Ganges and confluence of Ganges and Yamunā at such-and-such time. Just see. A big city was constructed, unique in the world. You cannot find in any other part of the world that people who are so much religiously, I mean to say enthusiastic. But these rascals, they do not know. They are bringing in technology for India. This is very important point. Therefore Prahlāda Mahārāja says that:

sukham aindriyakaṁ daityā
deha-yogena dehinām
(SB 7.6.3)

The happiness, standard of happiness is according to this body you have got. So you have got Indian body, why you are trying for technology? Duḥkham ayatnataḥ (SB.7.6.3): so it is a platform of cooperation therefore Caitanya Mahāprabhu says that those who have got Indian body their duty is to utilize the instructions, the books, the philosophy, the religious procedure left by great sages. Especially by Vyāsadeva, by Nārada, by Asita, by Devala, the six Gosvāmīs, ṣaḍ-gosvāmīs. It is their duty, to study all these literatures, to assimilate their purpose. Why they made so many literatures? About Gosvāmīs it is said that:

nānā-śāstra-vicāraṇaika-nipuṇau
sad-dharma-saṁsthāpakau
lokānāṁ hita-kāriṇau tri-bhuvane
mānyau śaraṇyākarau
(Ṣaḍ-gosvāmy-aṣṭaka 2)

The next order of this literature: lokānāṁ hita-kāriṇau—simply for the benefit of the whole human society. As such every Indian's duty is to assimilate the essence of the śāstras and that makes his life perfect and with that perfect ideas of life they should go all over the world and preach this cult of Kṛṣṇa consciousness. Then it . . . Indians, Indians are meant for that and. And you can distribute your knowledge but if you require some material benefit, the Western countries, they are far advanced, why try yourself to manufacture motorcar? There is so many motorcar manufacturers outside India, better motorcars, just import at—as a cheaper price, better goods. No, that they will not do. They'll start a motor, third-class motor industry and exploit the people which they could purchase at three thousand or say five thousand rupees, they have to pay here fifty thousand, seventy thousand, and wait for six months for a car. This is rascaldom. Why shall I waste my time for manufacturing motorcar when it is available at seven thousand rupees? Better save my time, just cultivate spiritual life, Kṛṣṇa consciousness and go. They are so much eager to accept this Hare Kṛṣṇa movement, the government is callous, they are not encouraging even this movement. I am personally . . . (indistinct) . . . nobody is.

This is the anology Prahlāda Mahārāja said: "No, don't try artificially for your happiness." You are. You should be satisfied that a particular type which I have got, that is the standard of my happiness and distress, so I should be satisfied. That is the philosophy of devotee, devotee is never distressed, even artificially they are sometimes seen in distressed, they do not accept it distress: tat te 'nukampāṁ susamīkṣamāṇo (SB 10.14.8).

They can see that whatever it may be, distress or happiness, it is all Kṛṣṇa's mercy. That is the devotee's view, they are not disturbed: yasmin sthito guruṇāpi duḥkhena na vicālyate (BG 6.22).

If one is situated in Kṛṣṇa consciousness even in the severest type of distress he is not disturbed, guruṇāpi. Guru means very heavy, guruṇāpi duḥkhena, by distress . . . (indistinct) . . . na vicālyate, he is not disturbed. He knows that whatever is there, it is Kṛṣṇa's mercy. "Let me make my progress in Kṛṣṇa consciousness unhampered, without meaning. Apratihatā, Kṛṣṇa consciousness is so nice that no material impediments can check it, it will go on, apratihatā ahaituky, yayātmā suprasīdati (SB 1.2.6) and by that way you can have peace of your ātmā.

sarvatra labhyate daivād
yathā duḥkham ayatnataḥ
(SB 7.6.3)

Each word, that is the significance of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, each and every word is so selected, so rightly placed, that you can not suggest anything better than. That is śāstra, without any error, without any mistake, without any cheating and without any imperfection. This is śāstra. Tat-prayāso na kartavyo (SB 7.6.4).

Therefore Prabhlada Mahārāja says: "Don't try, don't waste your time for technology my dear demons." Daityā, he says: "My dear demons." His class-friends he addressed "daityā". Tat-prayāso na kartavyo, na kartavyo, "Don't waste your time for such endeavors." Yata āyur-vyayaḥ param, "The result is that you have got valuable duration of human life, you are simply wasting." Yata āyur, "Now just see how much foolish we are?" The whole modern civilization is going on—on this process, simply wasting time but if you say that, "You are wasting time," they will laugh. But we have to accept the statements of mahājans that this kind of attempt for material improvement is simply waste of time, āyur-vyayaḥ param. Āyur—you can not increase your life by a second. The duration of your life is so valuable that you can not increase a moment of your life by paying millions of dollars. Now we have passed, yesterday, what is called, third month or fourth month, yesterday?

Devotee: Fourth.

Prabhupāda: Fourth month, 1971. Can you bring 1971 fourth month again by paying millions of dollars? No. Then if that fourth month 1971 was wasted then how much money we have wasted, just imagine. Suppose you have got a diamond, it is a million dollars worth. So if it is lost for nothing are you not sorry? "Oh I lost my diamond, millions of dollars worth." But your are so foolish you do not know that you have wasted your fourth month 1971 without Kṛṣṇa consciousness and you are still proud that you are making progress. You do not know the worth of your loss. Therefore wasting time for sense gratification, Prahlāda Mahārāja says: "No, no. Don't do it." Na tathā tat-prayāso na kartavyo: "Don't endeavor in that way." Yata āyur-vyayaḥ param, "Simply the process is that you waste your valuable life, that's all."

na tathā vindate kṣemaṁ
mukunda-caraṇāmbujam
(SB 7.6.4)
yatas tathā tena prakāreṇa kṣemaṁ na prāpnoti
(Bhāvārtha-dīpikā 7.6.4)

Kṣemaṁ, kṣemaṁ means protection, you can not get any protection by wasting time of your life. Na tathā vindate kṣemaṁ mukunda-caraṇāmbujam: but if you become Kṛṣṇa conscious, fixed-up on the lotus feet of Mukunda. Mukunda is another name of Kṛṣṇa, "One whose lotus feet can give us liberation," He's called Mukunda. Na tathā vindate kṣemaṁ mukunda-caraṇāmbujam. You can not be happy, you can not make any progress of your life, this valuable human form of life, by any other means except by becoming Kṛṣṇa conscious.

tato yateta kuśalaḥ
kṣemāya bhavam āśritaḥ
śarīraṁ pauruṣaṁ yāvan
na vipadyeta puṣkalam
(SB 7.6.5)

"My dear friends, demons, therefore you try to act auspiciously." Bhavam āśritaḥ, "Why you are in this material world," bhava, this world is called bhava, bhava-samudra, "the ocean of birth and death." Bhava means, "To become," to appear and disappear. Appear means you were not present, so appear and disappear, bhūtvā bhūtvā pralīyate (BG 8.19). So bhavam āśritaḥ, so long you are under the clutches of the material energy, accepting birth and death repeatedly, bhavam āśritaḥ. So kṣemāya kuśalaḥ, "Just try for your auspicity. Don't waste your time." Tato yateta kuśalaḥ, "You simply endeavor for your real auspicity," yateta kuśalaḥ.

kṣemāya bhavam āśritaḥ
śarīraṁ pauruṣaṁ yāvan
na vipadyeta puṣkalam
(SB 7.6.5)
prāptaḥ. puruṣa-rūpaṁśarīraṁ yāvat puṣkalam asti na vipadyeta akṣamaṁ na bhaven na naśyed iti vā tāvac chīghraṁ kṣemāya yateta
(Bhāvārtha-dīpikā 7.6.5)

"So long you do not meet next death please try to develop your Kṛṣṇa consciousness." That will save you. Not by this economic improvement by manufacturing every year fashionable motor car and riding on it. So?

tato yateta kuśalaḥ
kṣemāya bhavam āśritaḥ
śarīraṁ pauruṣaṁ yāvan
na vipadyeta puṣkalam
(SB 7.6.5)

"This I'm. I am the spirit soul, I am in this body. Until the next separation takes place just try for your auspicity, Kṛṣṇa consciousness, don't waste your time." Very important advice. This is called Bhāgavata-dharma. Of course it is very difficult to convince the people that, "Why you are wasting time in this way? Take to this Kṛṣṇa consciousness, that's your real auspicity." It is very difficult for them to accept and it is very difficult to convince them but still we have to do that, because it is a fact. How you can take shelter of falsity? Satyaṁ paraṁ dhīmahi (SB 1.1.1). We have placed the Bhāgavata-dharma, satyaṁ paraṁ dhīmahi, we have taken shelter of the Supreme Truth. How you can make compromise? You have to take real side. Who can challenge this statement of Prahlāda Mahārāja as he has said? Is there anybody who can challenge? Can you challenge anybody, what Prahlāda Mahārāja said? Say it. What is your challenging statement? Anyone? You're all from Europe, America, Japan. What is your? Is there any challenge? Now you say Pakistan. (laughter)

Prabhupāda: We have places everywhere (laughs). Yes. Just try to understand, this is Bhāgavata-dharma. We can challenge everyone. Puṁso varṣa-śataṁ, he is analyzing the life, that's how intelligent—Prahlāda Mahārāja. This is Kṛṣṇa conscious child, how nice instruction he is giving to his class-friends, five years old boy. If you can produce such child then it is successful marriage otherwise what is the use of marriage? Produce a child like Prahlāda Mahārāja who can teach from the very beginning of his life Bhāgavata-dharma. That is, my Guru Mahārāja used to say like that. That, "If I can produce a Kṛṣṇa conscious child I am prepared to marry hundred times." He was a sannyāsī but still he used to say like that, "I am prepared to marry hundred times. Why one wife? I'll have hundreds of wives. Otherwise I will not. Nothing, not interested" Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Gosvāmī used to say like that. So just see this is the ideal Kṛṣṇa conscious child because this child when he was baby in the embryo of his mother he heard from a perfect Kṛṣṇa conscious personality, Nārada Mahārāja—and that should be result.

sat-saṅga chāḍi' kainu asate vilāsa
te-kāraṇe lāgilo mor karma-bandha-phāṅsa
(Gaurā Pahu 3)

Why these people are suffering? They have given up the association of devotees. Sat-saṅga chāḍi,' asate-līlā, "They are simply engaged in nonsense activities." Te-kāraṇe lāgilo mor karma, "Therefore I am entangled." Birth after birth, death after death, this is going on. Now he says:

puṁso varṣa-śataṁ hy āyus
tad-ardhaṁ cājitātmanaḥ

(SB 7.6.6)

He says that hundred years, a person has got one hundred years, maximum. Āyus tad-ardhaṁ cājitātmanaḥ: and out of that hundred years fifty years is, I mean to say surely and certainly to be wasted, fifty years. And fifty years means suppose I have got hundred years age so I sleep. I sleep, general people they sleep twelve hours. Eight hours, nine hours, ten hours, twelve hours, like that. Therefore that twelve hours sleeping means I do not do anything although I have got twenty-four hours at my disposal. Therefore half of my age is wasted, cājitātmanaḥ, because I cannot control sleeping. So half my age is wasted.

puṁso varṣa-śataṁ hy āyus
tad-ardhaṁ cājitātmanaḥ
niṣphalaṁ yad asau rātryāṁ
śete 'ndhaṁ prāpitas tamaḥ

(SB 7.6.6)

Niṣphalaṁ, "Without any material benefit or spiritual benefit." Sleeping means without any material benefiting . . . (indistinct) . . . you work. Suppose if there is remuneration, you work somewhere for six hours, you get some money. That is not also possible because you are simply wasting time, neither there is spiritual advancement. So Prahlāda Mahārāja: niṣphalaṁ yad asau rātryāṁ śete 'ndhaṁ prāpitas, "He becomes blind and he remains in darkness, in ignorance." Darkness is ignorance. Therefore half of the life is wasted in darkness.

mugdhasya bālye kaiśore
krīḍato yāti viṁśatiḥ

(SB 7.6.7)

Ācchā (okay), out of that fifty years at least twenty years is spend in childish proclivities, playing. Mugdhasya, we are very much captivated for playing and wasting time. Mugdhasya bālye kaiśore: childhood, boyhood—up to the age of twenty years—young, beginning of youth. That is also wasted:

mugdhasya bālye kaiśore
krīḍato yāti viṁśatiḥ

Viṁśatiḥ means twenty years is spent like that.

jarayā grasta-dehasya
yāty akalpasya viṁśatiḥ
(SB 7.6.7)

And old men, after retirement, another twenty years for making adjustments how to. Thinking always, "Oh my wife is ill, my son is not yet well posted, my daughter is not yet married and this and so and so on." For twenty years like that. Jarayā, and then, just like old age, coughing or some rheumatic things, some other complaints, there is no digestion, go to the doctor. So jarayā, jarayā grasta-dehasya, because this body, you have got a particular type body, you have to suffer or enjoy according to the body.

jarayā grasta-dehasya
yāty akalpasya viṁśatiḥ
durāpūreṇa kāmena
mohena ca balīyasā
śeṣaṁ gṛheṣu saktasya
pramattasyāpayāti hi
(SB 7.6.8)

And those who are unnecessarily attached to home life, family life. Durāpūreṇa kāmena, durāpūreṇa kāmena: because he is still hoping, although he is getting old coughing, and becoming invalid, still he is hoping that, "My wife is there, so if I am in disease she will take care of me and my children are there, they will take care. How I can go outside? How I can take sannyāsa? I shall have to live alone and who will take care of me? No, no, I shall not go." Durāpūreṇa kāmena, and still he is hoping that, "I shall situate this way and that way." But of course that is everyones duty but not durāpūreṇa, not that one should think of this program which is impossible to be fulfilled.

Paṣcāśordhvaṁ vanaṁ vrajet, there is a sastric injunction, "As soon as you're fifty years old left. Leave it aside." You can not make it perfectly situated, your family affairs. If you think like that, "I shall make my family affairs very perfectly situated, then I shall take sannyāsa." "I shall give all my money to the family and I shall take some, I mean to say. Little money with me and I shall go to Vṛndāvana. I shall live there." The adjustment is family, not adjustment how to go to Vṛndāvana.

You will find, in Vṛndāvana, there is many retired persons are living. The major portion, ninety-nine percent of their money has gone to their families and one percent money he has deposited in savings to get him some say twenty or fifty rupees per month and like this. They call, "This is perfect Vṛndāvana living." And they criticize us, one gentlemen who is a Bābājī, he was speaking to me, "Swamiji, why you are so much interested for pracāra, for preaching. You are living in Vṛndāvana, why you have left? Please don't go any more." Last time, he was saying. "Yes. That's all right, but my. What can I do? My Guru Mahārāja has ordered. So you better enjoy Vṛndāvana let me go to hell." So they think like that. That simply by sitting at Vṛndāvana and doing all nonsense. Of course not everyone is doing, but this is the mentality. So:

durāpūreṇa kāmena
mohena ca balīyasā
śeṣaṁ gṛheṣu saktasya
pramattasyāpayāti hi
(SB 7.6.8)

Simply that is also another waste of time, making adjustments.

durāpūreṇa duḥkhaiḥ samantād āpūryamāṇena
(Bhāvārtha-dīpikā 7.6.8)
śeṣaṁ gṛheṣu saktasya
pramattasyāpayāti hi

That is also another type of:

ko gṛheṣu pumān saktam
ātmānam ajitendriyaḥ
sneha-pāśair dṛḍhair baddham
utsaheta vimocitum
(SB 7.6.9)

Prahlāda Mahārāja is challenge, "Where there is a single person who is so much attached to family life," ko gṛheṣu pumān saktam ātmānam ajitendriyaḥ. They are, to be attached to family affairs means he could not control his senses. One too much attachment for family life means one who cannot control his senses. My Guru Mahārāja used to say: "This marriage is a type of concession, it is a license." Just like where there is prohibition, there is no wine. No wine, just like in India there are many such cities you can not purchase wine. What is this called? It is called prohibition?

Devotee: Yes.

Prabhupāda: But there are persons also who cannot live without drinking so for them a special license is issued. He has to take certificate from a bona fide medical practitioner that, "This man, without drinking, he will die." Therefore a limited quantity of liquor should be supplied to him." So when he gets that certificate the government gives him a license that, "You can purchase." So this:

loke vyavāyāmiṣa-madya-sevā
nityā hi jantor na hi tatra codanā
(SB 11.5.11)

That every living being has got a natural tendency for sex life, vyavāya, āmiṣa, meat-eating, āmiṣa-madya-sevā, intoxication, nityā, that is the, I mean to say condition of material life—sex life, meat-eating and intoxication. Na hi tatra codanā, nobody is required to be taught in the school, colleges, how to use sex life, they automatically know. This science is not taught in the schools and colleges, na hi tatra codanā, there is no need. But why these arrangements, the marriage, why the śāstra says that you should be married? That is a license, that's all. Not that it is required, but it is a license one who is unable to control his senses, that's all.

So here Prahlāda Mahārāja is challenging, ko—"Who is that?" Gṛheṣu pumān saktam ātmānam ajitendriyaḥ. "One who is unable to control his senses and therefore attached to family life." Gṛheṣu ātmāṣu, sneha-pāśair dṛḍhair baddham utsaheta vimocitum. So such persons, not only is he sensually attached but also sneha—affection for children, for wife, for family, for house, for dress, for furniture. How he can become free from these attachments? It is very difficult.

Ko gṛheṣu pumān saktam ātmānam ajitendriyaḥ sneha-pāśair. Sneha-pāśair—it is just like one is bound up with rope or shackles. This sneha, the so-called affection is also like that. Sneha-pāśair dṛḍhair baddham, dṛḍhair: of course that is natural, this sneha—to have affection for wife, children, home, etc. That is natural, even Arjuna was standing before Kṛṣṇa, he was also bound up in that way. But that bound up is different, that is natural sequence. But one who is dhīra, one who is so strongly, he cannot give up. Everyone is bound up by this affection but somebody is too much bound up by such affection therefore—dṛḍhair. Dṛḍhaiḥ means too much. Sneha-pāśair dṛḍhair baddham—such persons who was too much affectionate to his family life, it is very difficult to get them liberation.

ko nv artha-tṛṣṇāṁ visṛjet
prāṇebhyo 'pi ya īpsitaḥ
yaṁ krīṇāty asubhiḥ preṣṭhais
taskaraḥ sevako vaṇik
(SB 7.6.10)

Now gṛheṣu yat

yam artham asubhiḥ krīṇāti prāṇa-hānim
aṅgī-kṛtyāpi sādhayati taskarādiḥ
tasminn arthe tṛṣṇāṁ ko nu visṛjet
(Bhāvārtha-dīpikā 7.6.10)

Prahlāda Mahārāja said that, "Money is acquired with great difficulties." Everybody is struggling whole day and night for earning some money, honestly and dishonestly. Not only dishonestly, sometimes there are thieves and rogues and burglars, they earn money by killing. So money is so sweet that one is prepared to kill others and get money. So how much attraction for money. So who can give up this attraction? It is impossible, it is very difficult. Ko nv artha-tṛṣṇāṁ visṛjet: "Desire for acquiring money, who can give up?" Artha-tṛṣṇāṁ visṛjet prāṇebhyo 'pi ya īpsitaḥ It is so dear that one loves money more than his own self—prāṇebhyo. One can sacrifice his life.

Sometimes a burglar—dacoits, they go to plunder a householders life. And they say: "Where you have kept money? Give me. Give me your keys." "No. I cannot give or I do not know where is the key." Then sometimes they are killed a still they will not deliver the keys. (laughs) They'll be shot down, a still they'll not deliver the. Therefore the money is dearer than life. Otherwise why he is prepared to give up his life. If his life is so important then he would be: "Alright Sir, you can take my key and everything. Don't kill me. (laughter)

Prabhupāda: (laughs) But he will say: "All right you can kill me but I shall not deliver." So these are practical.

ko nv artha-tṛṣṇāṁ visṛjet
prāṇebhyo 'pi ya īpsitaḥ
(SB 7.6.10)

"They desire to keep it, even more than life." Everyone tries to save his life but this attach to material happiness, material wealth. They love material wealth and material opulence more than life, more than life—prāṇebhyo 'pi ya īpsitaḥ.

yaṁ krīṇāty asubhiḥ preṣṭhais
taskaraḥ sevako vaṇik
(SB 7.6.10)

There is—Just see how Prahlāda Mahārāja has selected that the money. For money how unfaithfully and dishonestly they live. Who? First of all taskaraḥ. Taskaraḥ means—burglars, thief, how dishonestly they live, how awfully, sinful life they live, simply for money, taskaraḥ and then sevakaḥ—servants. The servants gives you service, not that he is very much attached to you, he gives service for money—sevakaḥ and vaṇika, and mercantile people. They will give you service, "Service is our." What is that? There is some slogan.

Devotee: . . . (indistinct)

Prabhupāda: Ha?

Devotee: . . . (indistinct)

Prabhupāda: No. They will write on the signboard that, what is that? "Service our motto." What for service? Because as soon as the customer will come he will exploit, that sort of service. Real, real aim is how to get more money from the customer. The paid servant also, his real motive is how to get more money from the master and similarly the thieves and burglars they are also on the same how to get more money, even by killing. So just see how Prahlāda Mahārāja was lecturing.

ko krīṇāty asubhiḥ preṣṭhais
taskaraḥ sevako vaṇik

Taskaraḥ means burglar and the so called servant and vaṇik they have been classified almost in the same category. Ko nu visṛjet (Bhāvārtha-dīpikā 7.6.10).

kathaṁ priyāyā anukampitāyāḥ
saṅgaṁ rahasyaṁ rucirāṁś ca mantrān
suhṛtsu tat-sneha-sitaḥśiśūnāṁ
kalākṣarāṇām anurakta-cittaḥ
(SB 7.6.11)

When we are entangled in family life these are the different types of attraction. What is that? Kathaṁ priyāyā anukampitāyāḥ saṅgaṁ rahasyaṁ rucirāṁś ca mantrān. Whispering with the wife, wife is giving some advice that, "Do like that, do like that."

Devotees: (laughter)

Prabhupāda: Analytical study. Analytical study, the five years old boy. Just see. Kathaṁ priyāyā anukampi . . . priyāyā, priyāyā means, "very dear", anukampā means "very sympathetic". Who can be better friend than wife? So priyāyāanukampitāyāḥ saṅgaṁ rahasyaṁ always associating and chatting jokingly. Rahasyaṁ, kathaṁ priyāyā: you don't be sorry, sometimes I also remember. Yes. Yes. (laughs) It is so attractive. You see? This is māyā. This is called māyā. Yes. These are identically stating.

kathaṁ priyāyā anukampitāyāḥ
saṅgaṁ rahasyaṁ rucirāṁś ca mantrān
(SB 7.6.11)

And this is answer, the advice, instruction, given by wife, is very palatable ca mantrān. Then kalākṣarāṇām anurakta, suhṛtsu tat-sneha-sitaḥśiśūnāṁ. Then also friendship, in family life there are so many friends. Suhṛtsu tat-sneha-sitaḥśiśūnāṁ—and the smiling of children of affection and love. Tat-sneha-sitaḥśiśūnāṁ kalākṣarāṇām anurakta-cittaḥ—sometimes they cry, they draw tears, in this way the consciousness becomes absorbed with the entanglement. The consciousness, instead of becoming Kṛṣṇa conscious, our consciousness is entangled with all these things. These are very important ślokas.

kathaṁ priyāyā anukampitāyāḥ
saṅgaṁ rahasyaṁ rucirāṁś ca mantrān
suhṛtsu tat-sneha-sitaḥśiśūnāṁ
kalākṣarāṇām anurakta-cittaḥ
Mantrān hita-śikṣālāpān
(Bhāvārtha-dīpikā 7.6.11)

Mantrān means—not even instruction.

suhṛtsu ca saṅgam
teṣāṁ snehena sito baddhaḥ
kalāni madhurāṇy akṣarāṇi
yeṣāṁ teṣāṁ ca saṅgam
teṣv anuraktaṁ cittaṁ yasya
(Bhāvārtha-dīpikā 7.6.11)

So in this way if one is too much entangled how one can. We should always remember Prahlāda Mahārāja said that, kaumāra ācaret prājṣo dharmān bhāgavatān (SB 7.6.1).

The beginning was that, "My dear demon friends from the childhood you should learn Kṛṣṇa consciousness and be." If I am advanced, if I am young man, if I am married, if I am again fallen into this family life then it may not be possible actually. That is a fact. The family attraction, nobody is interested in Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement, they are simply interested with these things—the association of wife, family, children, motorcar, house, bed, furniture. They are so much attracted with these things that the main business of their life, Kṛṣṇa consciousness, they are not interested.

Huh? Thank you very much. (break)

Devotee: . . . (indistinct)

Prabhupāda: Oh that's a good plan. (laughter)

Devotee: . . . (indistinct)

Prabhupāda: Yes. That means if he becomes guru immediately, he becomes spiritual master. If anyone advises like that, that "Why you are so much attached to the skin and the bones? Why you are not attached to Kṛṣṇa?" Oh such wise is the spiritual master. Bilvamaṅgala was also chastised by a prostitute. Bilvamaṅgala Ṭhākura . . . (indistinct) . . . and immediately, "Oh, Yes." Immediately he left and went to Vṛndāvana, Bilvamaṅgala Ṭhākura. But that does not happen to everyone, this is reference to the context. Because Bilvamaṅgala Ṭhākura, in his previous life, he was raised up to the bhāva-bhakti but somehow or other he fallen down. So therefore there is no loss of the Kṛṣṇa conscious person even he falls down.

tyaktvā sva-dharmaṁ caraṇāmbujaṁ harer
bhajann apakvo 'tha patet tato yadi
(SB 1.5.17)

"Even in his immature state without being perfectly maturity, if he falls down there is no loss because whatever he has done, that remains his asset." Just like Bilvamaṅgala Ṭhākura . . . (indistinct) . . . they had cultivated this Kṛṣṇa consciousness in his previous. That was actual. It was disturbed by someway, circumstantially but as soon as there was a word from the wife or prostitute immediately. Immediately it came to the conscious, "Oh, yes. What I am doing? Because I." That is rare instances. It is possible for Tulsī dāsa and Bilvamaṅgala Ṭhākura, they had previous success. So therefore we should take it that let us increase our effect of Kṛṣṇa consciousness as far as possible. Even we fall down in this life there is no loss in this sense, and in the next life I shall begin again, Kṛṣṇa will give me chance. But that does not meant we shall be lethargic. We should be very enthusiastic to finish Kṛṣṇa conscious business in this life. Śucīnāṁśrīmatāṁ gehe (|BG 6.41).

There are many authoritative versions of Vedic. That a devotee, even he falls down, he does not lose his assets what he has already acquired, that remains, that is never lost. Kṛta-puṇya-puṣjāḥ, kṛta-puṇya-puṣjāḥ (SB 10.12.11).

Just like one saves his money in the bank: little, little, little, little, little, little. Similarly if you cannot have the whole amount in this life, little, little also, that will never be lost and one day and it is full, then it is . . . (indistinct)

Other things you acquire and if you can not fulfill the whole thing whatever you have done is lost, materially. Suppose you start a business and it requires one million dollars capital and you have got one fourth million, so you start it, and if you could not supply further money that quarter million dollars is also lost. If you cannot fulfill the whole program whatever you have done that is also lost. But in spiritual assets it is not like that. Suppose you require to go up to the hundred points even if you have finished twenty-five or twenty or fifty, that is not lost, that is in your assets. Again you have to begin from fifty-one percent. That is the instance of Tulsī Dāsa. They are already advanced, not that simply by the words of a wife they turned so quickly. There are many wives, they also joke like that, but not, they do not turn. But these, he had his assets. It is when they are fixed on the point he turns immediately. So fructify.

You know the story of the Tulsī Dāsa? That he is referring. He had too much affection she was a very beautiful wife and the Indian system is the wife sometimes goes to father's house. Sometimes, in the younger ages. So his father-in-law several times came to take his daughter but he refused, "No, no. She can not go. She can not go." So another time when her father came Tulsī Dāsa's mother rebuked him that, "This gentleman is coming to take her, why you are not allowing?" So Tulsī Dāsa could not say anything, the wife was allowed to go.

So suppose in the morning she was allowed, when in the evening Tulsī Dāsa approach father-in-law's house, in the evening. And that surprised the wife. She became too much disturbed, that "You are so much attached. I was coming this morning and you are again in the evening? So why you are so much attached to this skin and bone? Why not to Rāmacandra?" "Oh, that's alright. Yes, yes. You have seen it." So Bilvamaṅgala Ṭhākura also.

What is that bird? kokila . . . (indistinct) . . . you know that kokila cuckoo, very black but their voice is so attractive.

Ah. All right. (end)