Nairobi-October 26, 1975
Everyone bows before the power of God, some willingly, some by force
santam vayasi kaisore
The Lord is eternally very beautiful, and He is worshipable by all the inhabitants of every planer. He is ever youthful and always eager to bestow His blessing upon His devotees.- Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.28.17
This word is very important: bhrtyanugraha-kataram. Anugraha means favor. For example, the father wants to favor the son always. "May my son become very competent to take all my favors." That is a father's wish. Every father, even in this material world, and even if he is a very big man, a great man, his desire is "Let my son become bigger than me." Is that not what we see practically? Krsna says, aham blja-pradah pita: '1 am the original father." This is not our concoction or simply a conception. No. It is a fact. Krsna says,
murtartayah sambhavanti yah
tasam brahma mahad yonir
aham blja-pradah pita
"It should be understood that all species of life, 0 son of Kunti, are made possible by birth in this material nature,and that I am the seed-giving father." [Bg, 14,4] "I am the seed-giving father of all living entities." It doesn't matter which form. He does not say, "] am the father only of the white race and not of the black race," He makes no such distinction. White, black, European, American, poor, rich, bird, beast, human being He is always ready to bestow favor as the original fath er. That is God. Therefore this very word is used, bhrtyanugraha-kataram: "eager to bestow favor upon His servant."
"How will this rascal give up his engagement in matter and come to Me and take all My favors?" This is God's desire. And we are so obstinate. We want to take some favor from this minister, that minister, this person, that person. But that will be a failure. Krsna says, suhrdam sarva-bhutanam: I am the friend of everyone." And here the word is bhrtyanugraha-kataram. He's very, very eager to give all His favors, and still people are not becoming Krsna conscious. Just see what rascals they are! We say that anyone who is not Krsna conscious is a rascal. Is he not a rascal? Krsna claims, I am the seed-giving father of everyone." sarva-yonisu kaunteya: "in all species of life." He does not make any discrimination, saying, "I am the seed-giving father only of this class of men or only of the human beings." No. He says, sarva-yonisu. Yoni means "form." You each have a different form, but that form doesn't matter. Form is external. Internally we are all the same, as spirit soul.
Therefore we are now seeing a new thing in the history of the world, that the Africans and Indians and Americans and Europeans are ch anting Hare Krsna and dancing. Don't be rascals and fools by not understanding the potency of the Hare Krsna mantra. If you become a rascal and a fool, if you do not understand, then you are like an animal. Here is a practical example. How has it become possible that the white Americans, Europeans, and other colors, and the black African have forgotten everything? When they chant Hare Krsna and dance, do they remember that "I am African," I am American," I am Indian"? No.
This is the brahma-bhutah stage, when one is tran scendentally situated. It is practical realization, not "I am Brahman. I am the same God." Rascals who think this way have spoiled the whole thing. Here is the real brahma- bhutah stage when you forget your material identification and become one in connection with Krsna, thinking, "We are all devotees, servants of Krsna. Let us enjoy, chant Hare Krsna, and dance." That is the brahma-bhutah stage, not that someone is smoking a cigarette and claiming that he h as attained brahmabhutah. He is cigarette-bhutah. Bhuta and cigarette smoker. How is he brahma-bhutah?
Rascals speak like that. "I am Brahman." He is doing all nonsense, and he has become Brahman. He is Brahman everyone is Brahman but there is no realization. Nor do they know the method of realization. Everyone is Brahman. There is no doubt about it, because we are all minute parts of Krsna.Krsna is Brahman, or Parabrahman, and we are minute particles of Brahman. There is no doubt about it. The gold mine and a small particle of gold are qualitatively one. But the gold mine is different from the gold particle. These rascals do not understand this. The gold particle is claiming to become the gold mine. This is Mayavada teaching.
And they are making people ath eists. They teach the phrase so 'ham. That is a Vedic statement. That's a ll right. It means "What God is, I am also the same thing." But "the same thing" does not mean that I am as powerful as God. No. You are qualitatively the same thing. That's all right. But if you claim that you are as powerful as Krsna, then you are mistaken. When Krsna was seven years old He lifted a mountain. At seven years old you cannot lift even seven kilos. So you cannot compare Krsna's potencies with your potency. We have to come to the real brahmabhutah plarform by giving up our material designations . What are these designations? "I am Hindu," ('I am Muslim," "I am Christian, " "I am African," "I am Indian," "I am European," "I am a woman," "I am a man" – so many designations. You have to give these up. "But if I'll not remain African, then I'll become Indian?" No, that is also a designation. "I am a Hindu. Should I become a Muslim?" No, that is also a designation. You have to become purified. You have to give up all designations. "I am Hindu," "I am Muslim ", "I am Chri stian," "I am African." No. No designation. Simply become pure Brahman. Not that "I remain a Christian," "I remain a Hindu," "I remain black," "I am white," and "I am Brahman." No, not that. You have to give up your designation.
That requires practice. And that practice means this: param vijayate sri-Krsna sankirtanam ["All glory to the chanting of Krsna's names."] Simply by chanting you'll be purified. Cetodarpa" a-marjanam [" (C h ant ing) cleanses the mirror of the heart."]. Go on chanting Hare Krsna. And the beginning will be ceto-darpana marjanam. Everyone each of us living entities has a heart full of dirty things. That means we are thinking, "I am this, I am that, I am that, I am thac" We have to cleanse these dirty things. "I am European," "I am American," "I am Hindu," "I am Muslim," "I am this," "I am that." These are all dirty things. You have to simply think, "I am an eternal servant of krsna" jivera 'svarupa' haya krsnara'nitya Dasa':[Cc. Madhya 20.108] When you think like that-"I am an eternal servant of Krsna "-then all these dirty things will automatically vanish .
The brahma-bhutah stage is attained as soon as you become a realized soul and think, "My position is that I am an eternal servant ofKrsna" If one becomes krsna's servant, then one can reallyserve everyone else. That is the Krsna consciousness movement. Why are we trying to preach Krsna consciousness all over the world? Because we have accepted this principle: "I am Krsna's servant.Krsna wants to deliver these rascals from this misconception of life, so let me do something for Krsna." This is Krsna consciousness. And if you actuall y realize that you are a servant of Krsna, then you have to do something on behalf of Krsna what Krsna wants. The first-class servant serves the master without the master having to ask. He understands, "Master is now in need of this thing," and he brings it. He's a firstclass servant because he knows the master wants it.
WHAT KRSNA WANTS
Krsna wanted that "All these rascals may give up their foolish engagements and surrender unto Me." sarva-dharman parityajya mam ekam saranam vraja [Bg.18.66]. That was Krsna last word in the Bhagavad-gita. Krsna wants this:
"These rascals are suffering in the material condition of life, and still they are such rascals that they do not come to their senses. They want to remain servants of maya. So let Me directly say, 'You rascal, give up all this engagement. Surrender unto Me." That is Krsna. But they will not do it. "Why shall I surrender?" I have so many things. I have my nation, I have my family, I have my this and that. Why shall I surrender to You? Give up everything?" Such a rascal cannot be convinced in any way. Everyone in the whole world is the servant of somebody, but he declines to become the servant of Krsna . This is the material disease. He will remain the servant of thousands and millions of establishments and persons, but he will not agree to be the servant of Krsna. As soon as Krsna says, '(Give up. Become My servant," he replies, "No, no. How can I? Why shall I do that?" This is how the materialist thinks.
Therefore Krsna came as Krsna's servant. That is Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
nama maha-vadanyaya Krsna-premapradaya
te krsnaya Krsna-caitanya-namne gaura- tvise namah
"0 most munificent incarnarion! You are Krsna Himself appearing as Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu. You have assumed the golden color of Srimati Radhara"i, and You a re widely distributing pure love of ksrna. We offer our respectful obeisances unto You. [Cc. Madhya 19.53]. Rupa Gosvami undersrood. When he first saw Caitanya Mahaprabhu he offered his respect in this way, nama mahd-vadanydya; "the most munificent, charitably disposed incarnation." Why? krsna prema pradaya te: "People cannot understand Krsna, but You are so merciful You are giving direct love of Krsna" When is there love? Unless I understand you fully-what kind of man you are, what is your position-and you understand me, then there is no possibility of love. People do not undersrand Krsna. So how will they love Krsna? It is not possible.
manusyanam sahasresu kascid yatati siddhaye [Bg.7.3]. Out of many, many millions of persons, somebody may try to become perfect. Most people do not know how to become perfect. They remain like cats and dogs, simply engaged in eating, sleeping, mating, and defending. That's all. They are cats and dogs. They are not human beings. What is the difference between cats and dogs and human beings? fu long as this body is there, we are interested in eating, sleeping, mating, and defending. But that is not our main business. Our main business is to understand God and love him. That is our main business.
sa vai pumsam paro dharmoyato bhaktir adhoksaje
ahaituky apratihat ayayatma suprasidati
"The supreme occupation [dharma] for all humanity is that by which men can attain to loving devotional service unto the transcendent Lord. Such devotional service must be unmotivated and uninterrupted to compterely satisfy the self." [Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.6]
This is the business of life. We are Hindu, Muslim, Christian, this, that. But these are all third-class, cheating religions. What is real religion? That which teaches how to love God. That is first class religion. It doesn't matter whether it is the Hindu religion, the Muslim religion, or the Christian religion. If it teaches how to become a lover of God, then it is first class. And this love is ahaitukl : ('without any cause." People love somebody else to get some return. But real love is ahaituki : "without any expectation of return."
LOVE WITHOUT MOTIVE
These European, American, or African boys who h ave joined this Krsna consciousness movement have not come here for some material progress. No. They are not poor. They have enough money. Why are they after Krsna consciousness, after me? I am not a rich man. Their attraction to Krsna consciousness is ahaituki, without any motive. "Krsna is lovable, worshipable. I shall worship krsna." That attitude is wanted. Ahaituky apratihata.
And if you have got the intention that "Krsna is my Lord. I must love Krsna. I must learn how to love him," then apratihata – no material condition can check it. Whether you are American or African, black or white, or this or that, nothing can check you. You can go on if it is motiveless. This is wanted. I am very glad that you are trying to capture what is real krsna consciousness. And this is the only process:
man-mana bhava mad-bhakto
mad-yaji mam namaskuru
mam evaisyasi satyam te
pratijane priyo si me
"Always think of Me, become My devotee, worship Me, and offer your homage unto Me. Thus you will come to Me without fail. I promise you this because you are My very dear friend." [Bg. 18.65] Think always," krsna is my Lord." That thinking should always be there. It doesn't cost anything. If you think, "Here is Krsna, and He is my Lord," what does it cost? And where is the loss? There is no loss, but the gain is enormous if you simply think ofKrsna. man-mana bhava mad-bhakto. And who will engage his mind in Krsna unless he is a devotee? How do you become a devotee? Simply hear about Krsna, chant about Krsna. Then you automatically become a devotee. You don't require any education. Simply sit down and hear about Krsna, not other subjects. Visnu or krsna. Even if you do not understand, if you simply hear the chanting you become pious.
This Krsna consciousness movement is the simplest method to make life sublime and superb. And here it is said, apicya-darsanam sasvat sarva-loka-namaskrtam. Sarva-loka-namaskrtam. It is not that krsna is worshipable only by the devotees. He is worshipable by the nondevotees also. But how is Krsna worshiped by the nondevotees? They do not want to worship krsna, but nature will oblige them to worship him. How can you escape the laws of nature? Krsna will come before you as death, and you will have to worship him. Krsna says, mrtyuh sarva-haras caham: "I am all devouring death." [Bg. 10.34].
If you do not take advantage of worshiping Krsna within your lifetime, krsna will come, just as Nrsirhhadeva to Hiranyakasipu: "You rascal, now do you think that you are independent?" Immediately finished, within a second. If you don't worship Krsna during your lifetime, then you will have to worship Him at the time of your death, and He will take away all your possessions . Therefore He is worshipable by everyone, devotee and nondevotee. The devotees take advantage of this life and worship him, and the rascals, fools, and demons are forced to worship Krsna at the time of death.
Therefore it is said sarva-loka-namaskrcam. You have to worship him. You cannot escape, you rascal. If you escape, then the time will come He will take you. He'll take everything, all your possessions, and nature will give you the body of a dog. Just go on barking for so many years. That is the law of nature. You cannot stop it. It is not possible. You'd better take to krsna consciousness and worship as a saneman, as a nice gentleman. Then your life is successful.
Thank you very much.