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Lecture, Bhagavad-gita 10:9

#2 of series on four key verses of Bhagavad-gita

Denver, Colorado  USA - 13 January 2005

 

[Session begins with Jaya Radha Madhava and prema-dhvani prayers]

nama om visnu padaya krsna-presthaya bhu-tale
srimate bhakitvedanta-svamin iti namine

namas te sarasvate deve gaura-vani-pracarine
nirvisesa-sunyavadi-pascatya-desa-tarine

So, we’re continuing on this special lecture series on the four key verses of the Bhagavad-gita.  Last night we studied the first of them . . . so tonight we will do the second verse of this wonderful essence of the Gita contained in four slokas – very nice.  If one can simply understand these four verses very nicely, then one can become a very great preacher. 

om namo bhagavate vasudevaya . . .

 

mat-citta mad-gata-prana
bodhayantaha parasparam
kathayantas ca mam nityam
tusyanti ca ramamti ca              
[BG 10.9]

 

mat-cittah – their minds fully engaged in Me; mat-gata-pranah  - their lives devoted to Me; bodhayantaha – preaching; parasparam – among themselves; kathatyantah – talking; ca – also; mam – about Me; nityam – perpetually; tusyanti – become pleased; ca – also; ramanti – enjoy transcendental bliss; ca – also. 

[Translation]

The thoughts of My pure devotees dwell in Me, their lives are fully devoted to My service, and they derive great satisfaction and bliss from always enlightening one another and conversing about Me. 

Purport:

Pure devotees, whose characteristics are mentioned here, engage themselves fully in the transcendental loving service of the Lord.  Their minds cannot be diverted from the lotus feet of Krishna.  Their talks are solely on the transcendental subjects.  The symptoms of the pure devotees are described in this verse specifically.  Devotees of the Supreme Lord are twenty-four hours daily engaged in glorifying the qualities and pastimes of the Supreme Lord.  Their hearts and souls are constantly submerged in Krishna, and they take pleasure in discussing Him with other devotees.  

In the preliminary stage of devotional service they relish the transcendental pleasure from the service itself, and in the mature stage they are actually situated in love of God.  Once situated in that transcendental position, they can relish the highest perfection which is exhibited by the Lord in his abode.  Lord Caitanya likens transcendental devotional service to the sowing of a seed in the heart of the living entity.  There are innumerable living entities traveling throughout the different planets of the universe, and out of them there are a few who are fortunate enough to meet a pure devotee and get the chance to understand devotional service.  This devotional service is just like a seed, and if it is sown in the heart of the living entity, and if he goes on hearing and chanting Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare / Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare, that seed fructifies, just as the seed of a tree fructifies with regular watering.  The spiritual plant of devotional service gradually grows and grows until it penetrates the covering of the material universe and enters into the brahmajyoti effulgence in the spiritual sky.  In the spiritual sky also that plant grows more and more until it reaches the highest planet, which is called Goloka Vrndavana, the supreme planet of Krishna.  Ultimately, the plant takes shelter under the lotus feet of Krishna and rests there.  Gradually, as a plant grows fruits and flowers, that plant of devotional service also produces fruits, and the watering process in the form of chanting and hearing goes on.  The plant of devotional service is fully described in the Caitanya-caritamrta (Madhya-lila, Chapter Nineteen).  It is explained there that when the complete plant takes shelter under the lotus feet of the Supreme Lord, one becomes fully absorbed in love of God; then he cannot live even for a moment without being in contact with the Supreme Lord, just as a fish cannot live without water.  In such a state, the devotee actually attains the transcendental qualities in contact with the Supreme Lord.   

The Srimad-Bhagavatam is also full of such narrations about the relationship between the Supreme Lord and His devotees; therefore, the Srimad-Bhagavatam is very dear to the devotees, as stated in the Bhagavatam itself (12.13.18).  Srimad-Bhagavatam puranam amalamyad vaisnavanam priyam.  In this narration there is nothing about material activities, economic development, sense gratification or liberation.  Srimad-Bhagavatam is the only narration in which the transcendental nature of the Supreme Lord and His devotees is fully described.  Thus the realized souls in Krishna consciousness take continual pleasure in hearing such transcendental literatures, just as a young boy and girl take pleasure in association. 

om ajnana-timirandhasya jnananjana-salakaya
caksur unmilitam yena tasmai sri-gurave namah

sri-caitanya-mano-bhistam sthapitam yena bhu-tale
svayam rupah kada nahyam dadati sva-padantikam

This is a very special verse – a very, very special verse.  This verse is giving us the key of how to absorb ourselves twenty-four hours a day in Krishna consciousness.  We are here in the association of devotees aren’t we?  So we have to follow this injunction of how to associate with devotees.  Every minute of our twenty-four hours is described here – twenty-four hours daily engaged in glorifying the pastimes of the Supreme Lord.  Devotees, when they’re together, don’t want to talk about anything except Krishna.  They have no time for idle gossip.  They just simply want to glorify Krishna. 

Why?  Is it some artificial thing?  No.  It’s because that’s where the nectar is.  If you could taste nectar, why would you want to taste poison?  It’s just common sense.  If I gave you a cup of nectar and a cup of poison, which one would you drink?  When we talk about Krishna, it’s pure nectar; when we talk about mundane things, it’s poison.  But the difficulty is that sometimes we take the nectar to be poison and the poison to be nectar.  That’s why we have to read the Bhaktivedanta purports.  We have to read Prabhupada’s books to remind us, “Wait a minute, wait a minute: this is the nectar, not that.”  By hearing from the bona fide spiritual master we have to understand what the actual nectar is.   

In this society of devotees there will be some devotees who are actually very keen to do this all the time.  Then there will be some who are lax, and not so advanced.  So we have to seek out the association of those devotees who just want to talk about Krishna.  In the society of devotees we should look for that kind of association.  Who are the devotees here who really just like talking about Krishna all day?  Not that we won’t do our service – hide out and say, “We’re talking about Krishna, Prabhu; we don’t need to do any service.”  No, we do our service also.  But when our talk is about how our service can be done nicely, that is Krishna consciousness. 

We want to talk about Krishna: how sweet his holy name is; how wonderful his pastimes are – like his pastimes in Vrindavana, or his amazing pastimes in Mathura.  It amazes me every time I think about how Krishna entered Mathura.  He just comes strutting in – here this cowherd boy comes strutting in, as if he owned everything.  Of course, He does own everything – He’s God.  But Kamsa thinks that he owns everything.  And so Krishna comes upon Kamsa’s washerman.  Krishna says, “Give me those clothes.”  The washerman says, “No, those are the king’s” – and wap! Krishna just kills him.  Krishna just kills him immediately, murders him on the spot -   what a great blessing to be killed by Krishna.  But just see how He walks in.  He just struts in - “I own the place.  You do what I want or I’m going to kill you.” 

So these pastimes of Krishna are very amazing.  They’re all glorious; they’re all wonderful.  There’s the Govardhana pastime, the Dvaraka pastimes – every single pastime of Krishna is the most sweet, wonderful thing that you could imagine.  So twenty-four hours a day is really not enough time to give to the glory of Krishna.  It’s just a shame that we have to sleep.  It really is.  Prabhupada actually told us that everything can be dovetailed in Krishna consciousness except for sleep.  Of course, even sleep, you could say, is dovetailed because you sleep so you can do your service.  Sleep is indirectly for Krishna, not directly; but Prabhupada said that everything else you can do for Krishna directly.  You can sing for Krishna, you can write for Krishna, you can dance for Krishna, you can make money for Krishna; you can have sex for Krishna by producing Krishna-conscious children; you can eat for Krishna by taking Krishna prasadam – everything we can do for Krishna; but only sleep, Prabhupada says, is waste.  But of course even that can be dovetailed by sleeping only as much as necessary, and then using that energy that we gain from our sleep to serve Krishna.  In that lecture Prabhupada describes everything as being kirtan, actually.  Kirtaniya sada hari is the injunction of Krishna: twenty-four hours a day, engage in kirtan.  We know that we only have kirtan in the morning and in the evening, and maybe harinam - but Prabhupada is defining kirtan as any activity that glorifies Krishna.  He said that even eating is kirtan.  But sleeping is not.  We just have to find the ways and means of how to become absorbed in this wonderful activity of Krishna consciousness.   

Now one may say, “Well, why?  Why do we have to do this?  Because this is the Hare Krishna movement?”  If that were the fact, then this would be just a brainwash-cult: “Well, you have to chant Hare Krishna because you’re in the Hare Krishna movement.”  But it is not.  The Hare Krishna movement exists for a scientific reason.  We do these things not because we are members of the Hare Krishna movement; we do this because there is a scientific purpose behind chanting Hare Krishna. 

We are emanated from Krishna.  Krishna says,  

aham sarvasya prabhavo
mattah sarvam pravartate
iti matva bhajante mam
budha bhava-samanvita

“I am the source of all material and spiritual worlds.  Everything emanates from Me.  The wise who perfectly know this engage in My devotional service and worship Me with all their hearts.” [BG 10.8] 

As we were discussing last night, Krishna is the source of everything.  That’s why we exist.  When I was giving a lecture to a high school class in Helsinki, Finland last spring we asked the students, ‘Why do you exist?” and one boy said, “Because my mother and father wanted to have a baby.”  This is the material conception.  He had no conception that he existed before he was karmically destined to take birth from a particular mother and father - he had no idea of his spiritual identity.  The fact is that we do have an eternal spiritual identity.  So, understanding that fact, if we ask again, “Why do you exist?” what would you say?  Why do you exist as a spiritual being?  Do you have any idea? 

To serve Krishna? 

That’s right.  But why is Krishna emanating you?  Consider it from His perspective.  He’s the one Who emanated you; so why is He doing that?  You spoke from your perspective, on what your duty is.  But why is He emanating you eternally from Himself?  That’s the real question I am asking 

For bhakti  . . . ? 

For loving exchange. 

For loving exchange – that’s right.  Very good understanding.  Krishna is called atmarama.  He is the self-enjoyer.  He doesn’t need to emanate any living entities from Himself to enjoy.  But since He is atmarama, He can do anything for His own enjoyment.  If He wants to remain alone, and enjoy in that way, He can do that; He doesn’t have to emanate any living entities from Himself.  But just as you can judge an entire ocean from a drop, we can know something about Krishna from our own natures.  We can see from our own natures that we like to have association.  Why do we have that nature?  Because that nature originally is there in Krishna.  Krishna wants to have association to increase His enjoyment.  Even though He has unlimited enjoyment just by Himself, He wants to increase that unlimited enjoyment – exponentially.  Therefore, from Himself He expands an unlimited number of living entities - not at some point in time; he’s been doing this eternally.  “Never was there a time when I did not exist, nor you, nor all these kings; nor in the future shall any of us cease to be.” [BG 2.12]  So when we say that God created us, it doesn’t mean He did at a particular point in time.  It really means that He is eternally creating us by emanating us from Himself for all of eternity.  So it’s not that at some moment we didn’t exist and then He created us; He’s eternally emanating us from Himself, or manifesting us by His diving potency.  He’s manifesting us for the purpose of having a loving relationship with us.  That’s why we exist. 

So just try to understand: if you don’t love Krishna, then where are you at, anyway?  You’re putting yourself into a complete state of insanity if you don’t love Krishna.  Anyone who does not love Krishna is a madman, plain and simple.  Anyone who does not love Krishna is totally insane, because Krishna is emanating us from Himself simply for the purpose of loving Him, the person Krishna.  That’s why we exist.  So to actually realize our true potential as living entities we must come to this platform of Krishna consciousness.  Otherwise we remain lost, completely lost.  It doesn’t matter what you may do.  If you don’t develop love of Krishna, you’re nowhere. 

When we were in Atlanta for a gathering in 1975 one devotee came.  He was a leader of many kirtan parties, and he was distributing many books.  It was at the Sunday Feast lecture; the temple room was packed with some 300 devotees – just packed.  This devotee raised his hand and said, “Srila Prabhupada, what pleases you the most?”  He had a big smile on his face; he was getting ready to hear, “Book distribution.”  He was the leader of a book-distribution party, and he was there with all these devotees, some of whom were distributing books as a full-time service.  You could see by his face that he was waiting to hear “book distribution” for the response.  Then Prabhupada answered, “If you love Krishna” - and the whole temple room went ecstatic.  Everyone was totally enlivened by Prabhupada’s answer.   

Actually, that’s the whole purpose of everything we’re doing.  If we forget that the whole purpose is simply to develop our love for Krishna then all we’re doing is playing around in the modes of nature - simply playing around in the modes, trying to be a big, big person.  That disease has been the falldown of many a devotee.  They were trying to be big in the material world and they couldn’t make it, so they tried to be big in a spiritual movement and they couldn’t make it, so they left.  If they did get big, they got up there and realized that it wasn’t so exciting to be big – so they left.  The real thing happens when we want to become small.  That’s the secret of success in Krishna consciousness: learning how to become lower than the parquet tiles in the temple room.  “How can I get lower?  How can I lift one up, crawl underneath it, and have someone step on it and press it back down into the floor?  How can I get that low?” 

Prabhupada was able to inspire that feeling in us very much when he was physically here.  One wonderful devotee, Visnujana Maharaja – who made me a devotee, actually – had gotten carried away with some crazy idea with three other sannyasis; they were preaching Mayavadi philosophy for a while.  When Prabhupada heard about it, he banned them from the ISKCON temples.  He told them that they each had to go out and build 10 temples, but they couldn’t build any ISKCON temples.  It was a real punishment for them.  They had to just take off.  They had nothing – no vehicle, nothing.  They were banned.  They just had to hitchhike to somewhere, and somehow open 10 temples each.  That was the instruction they got. 

So Visnujana Maharaja came to Houston and opened a temple there, and after that he came to Austin and picked me up and attracted me to Prabhupada.  And then I guess he took chance to go back and see Prabhupada at the Ratha Yatra festival in San Francisco.  He was attending the Leaders’ Meeting.  I wasn’t there, but I heard the recording of it.  Prabhupada said, “So, Visnujana Maharaja - how many temples?”  And in his answer, by the tone of his voice, you could immediately understand his mood.  It was kind of like he was underneath the carpet, just kind of sticking his head out from underneath the carpet and looking up at Prabhupada and saying [meekly], “Two.”  This is actually the mood.  Prabhupada was very much able to inspire us in that mood of just being very, very humble, and feeling ourselves very lowly and insignificant, and just being able to take whatever mercy he was giving us.  Whether it be glorification or chastisement, it didn’t matter.  If somehow Prabhupada would notice us, and give us something, that was very sweet and wonderful. 

So now the leaders in our movement have to inspire the younger members and guide them in this way to develop this mood of humility.  There are different etiquettes that we observe in the society of devotees.  These etiquettes are sometimes neglected.  There are those who are older than we, spiritually, who are our seniors; those who are equal; and those who are junior.  With those of us who are our seniors, we welcome their association; we offer our obeisances to them and we take instructions from them.  This is how we associate with those who are our superiors.  With those of us who are our equals, we become katha buddies; we sit around and talk about Krishna, share realizations, and so forth – as Krishna katha buddies.  And with those of us who are our juniors, we are preaching to them to help them become Krishna conscious.  We’re very kind to them; we’re very tolerant of their mistakes, and we’re very loving and kind and merciful to them to encourage them to come up in Krishna consciousness.  This is how we deal with three different levels of personalities who are in Krishna consciousness.  In this way we can create a wonderful Vaikuntha atmosphere which will attract the whole world. 

Prabhupada confirmed one astrologer who saw a picture of Prabhupada and said, “This man has built a house in which the whole world can live peacefully.”  Prabhupada confirmed this by saying, “Yes, this is my mission.”  To build a house in which the whole world can live peacefully.  So we must create this atmosphere in our Society by creating the most wonderful, sublime relationships.  When it really boils down to the bottom line, ISKCON is not the buildings; it’s the people.  It’s that network of relationships that exists among the people who consider themselves ISKCON devotees.  If we have strong relationships among ourselves based on Krishna consciousness, the rest of the world could do anything to us – they could take away our buildings, they could take away our money, they could put us in prison – it wouldn’t matter; they wouldn’t be able to stop us.  This movement will be an unstoppable juggernaut.  Juggernaut - that’s an English word.  The British, during British rule in India, would see the Jagannatha festival in Puri, and because those carts coming down the main road in Puri were like this huge, irresistible force, they have this word in English now, “juggernaut”, which means “irresistible force”.  Sometimes they call a football team a juggernaut.  So Jagannatha is a juggernaut.  And His movement ISKCON is a juggernaut.  It is an irresistible force. 

So if we take up this nice Krishna katha as described here in this evening’s verse, according to our relationships as senior, equal and junior, then this movement will indeed manifest its full potency as a juggernaut that can completely spiritualize the entire human society within 18 days.  We don’t have much time – really we have as much until Al-Qaeda gets their hands on nuclear weapons.  We should take advantage right now, before they have the nuclear weapons, to take the management of the world.  Prabhupada actually told us to take the management of the entire world.  You may be surprised to hear that.  It’s on a tape I play every morning.  Prabhupada is telling us that right now the world is controlled by the rogues and demons.  He says, “Now you make your life successful and take the management.”  Prabhupada actually wants us to become the world leaders on this planet - not just some devotees sitting around the temple chit-chatting and taking prasadam.  He wants us to make a revolution.  He wants us to become the leaders on this planet, not just in name but in practical reality – where in actual, practical reality ISKCON devotees are recognized by the world population as the leaders of the planet earth.  So that is the responsibility we have as ISKCON members.  We have to become very, very sober; very, very fixed; very, very, very, very dedicated to serving Prabhupada’s mission with every thought, every word, and every deed at all times, in all places and all circumstances.   

So now I can open it up if there are any questions. 

Yes, mataji -  

Q1 –

Sometime the devotees have one service, and they don’t feel that they have enough time for Krishna katha; so, what’s the formula . . . 

What kind of service are you talking about?  What do you not have time for? 

 Maybe they are engaged all day with distribution or something . . . 

Do you travel in a van for book distribution, go in a vehicle?  Or do you have some way to get to your book distribution spot, and how do you get there? 

In a vehicle. 

A1 -

So why don’t you why don’t you have Krishna katha on your way to and from sankirtan - maybe listening to some tapes or CD’s.  Are you doing the driving?  Even if you’re driving, do you have a sound system in the car?  You can hear Prabhupada speaking on your way there and on your way back.  Prabhupada’s words are so potent.  I have this one tape I’ve been listening to for two or three years – the same tape, every morning.  It never gets old.  You can play one tape over and over again, to where you practically have everything memorized; then when you’re giving class or preaching to somebody, Prabhupada can just come right through you.  You just remember what’s in there and purely deliver it. 

When I go in the morning to shave I listen to Prabhupada.  Of course, you don’t shave, but you do something; maybe you brush your teeth.  You can hear Prabhupada while you’re brushing your teeth.  I learned that from Tamal Krishna Maharaja.  I saw him, how when he was going for his morning bath he would have a Prabhupada tape playing.  While he was getting ready for Mangal Arati he’d be in there hearing Prabhupada.  Starting his day off, first thing - he’d get out of bed, still dirty, and getting in there to brush and all of that, he’d be hearing Prabhupada. 

Who doesn’t take bath in the morning?  Why don’t you hear Prabhupada while you’re taking your morning bath?  Even if you can hear just five or ten minutes of Prabhupada every morning, steadily - day after day, week after week, year after year – it can be very powerful.  It builds up.  It’s not the quantity so much as the quality.  If you can, just find some qualitative way to hear Prabhupada, even if it’s just a few minutes every day.  Prabhupada is so powerful that he can empower you for whole day, just from that few minutes.   

Questions more? 

Last night only the ladies had questions.  Do any of the men have questions?  Or do the men think they know everything already?  Don’t be proud. 

Yes -  

Q2 –

These are very nice, really practical suggestions.  Do you have any others? 

A1 –

I have unlimited ones – I have so many practical instructions.  Writing is very good.  You know, Prabhpada told us to write – one line, two lines.  Write your realization.  Prabhupada very much told us to write.  You can every day write your realizations.  Take a few minutes just to write down your thoughts - have a diary or something. 

What’s forced me to get over my lackadaisicalness is that I started an e-course on the Internet.  Now I have to write every day.  I have thousands of people waiting for their daily Thought for the Day, all over the world; so I have to write.  Even if I have to give up sleep I have to write, because they’re all waiting out there.  So every day I have to write some Krishna-conscious thoughts for broadcasting all over the world.  So you find some way to force yourself to do what you’re supposed to do.  That’s what I did.  I found a way to force myself to write, even though I always wanted to but was somehow unable to do it.  Now I’m forced to do it, because all my readers are waiting.  So that’s a practical tip: find some way to force yourself to do those things you know you should, but have never really gotten it together to do.   

Sometimes when the devotees think of writing they think of a journal, or that sort of thing.  But like you’re saying, you could write e-mail, like with the ISKCON Prison Ministry . . . so as a type of writing, is that adequate . . . ? 

You mean correspondence? 

Yes. 

Writing correspondence is one of the easiest ways to write, because you’re reciprocating with a live person who just asked questions.  In a live setting, like in a class or with one-on-one preaching, you basically have to deal with what’s on the top of your head.  You’re generally not going to say, “Okay, I’m going to go look up in the Bhagavad-gita to answer your question.”  But when you’re writing you have the luxury of thinking, “I remember there was something I read that would be a great answer” and going to look it up.  In that way it forces you to study, also.  I get all types of questions – so many types of questions – and I have the Vedabase right there on my laptop.  I have gotten so much expansion of my own knowledge, just from all kinds of questions that people are asking all the time.  So that’s another advantage of correspondence: answering questions in correspondence form.  You can have the luxury of giving really good answers – “I remember a Prabhupada lecture I heard, or a purport somewhere – let me research that” – and then put that into the correspondence.  So there are unlimited tips. 

Would another type of correspondence be book distribution, and keeping in contact with the people you meet? 

Yes.  If you’re on e-mail – which I recommend every preacher should be – then when you’re out preaching you give your e-mail address, along with a book.  You give them a nice card – here, I’ll be very practical: I’ll give you one of my cards, so you can see what I’m doing with my e-course.  You can get this after class.  It has an e-mail address on it. 

What you do is say, “I would like to hear from you what you think about this book, and any questions you have about this book” and have them write you.  And if they’re not into e-mail, you can give them your regular snail-mail address (as they call it nowadays).  Have your snail-mail address and your phone number where they can contact you, and say, “I’m fully available to help you understand and apply what is in these books - I’m your servant to help you understand and apply what is in these books.”  Then dedicate yourself fully to all the people who have gotten books from you.  Because are you not acting as their teacher by telling them they should take the book?  And is not the injunction given in the Srimad-Bhagavatam that you should not become a teacher unless you can deliver your student from the cycle of birth and death?  So is it not your duty, when you give someone a book, that you have to make sure that now they are going to go back to Godhead?  Not that he’s been given a book - my business is finished - bust?  No.  When you give someone a book it is your duty to make sure that they read the book, that they understand the book, and that they follow the book. 

So if you take this up, you will find that you have so much service to do, so much preaching to do, that you won’t know how you’ve been so blessed with unlimited mercy - how your life has been transformed into the most exciting adventure that could possibly be experienced anywhere in the universe within the entire eternal time.  So this preaching is the key if you really want to turn on.  Just find a way to get yourself so absorbed in preaching and have so much to do that you can’t even keep up with it - where you have so many people you’re cultivating and guiding on the path back to home, back to Godhead that you just can’t even keep up, that you have to pray to Krishna to help you. 

So if you’re doing book distribution and you don’t have a follow-up program, then you’re missing out.  And with a follow-up program, then you can get in to take sets of books – “You’ve gotten the Gita; now your next step is to get the Bhagavatam set”, you see, “and the Caitanya-caritamrita; and to have us come to your home and do a program, and to get all your friends to come.”  We are meant to be lazy-intelligent in this movement.  It’s not that we’re meant to distribute all the books; we’re meant to engage other people also who can preach and distribute the books. 

Do you know the example of lazy-intelligent people given by Prabhupada?  You know that example?  There was one king who had a minister who got a very fatty salary.  So the other ministers were jealous of this prime minister – “What is this nonsense!  You’re paying him so much money, and he doesn’t do anything - we don’t see him doing anything!  So we may see him give you a little advice, but that’s all he ever does - and he gets so much prestige and such a big, fatty salary.”  So the king says, “All right.  I’ll show you, you junior ministers.  At the royal palace we have the elephant stable, and we have ten elephants.  Each one of you take one of those ten elephants and weigh it, and then come back with the weight of that elephant.  The prime minister will take one, and each one of you will take one elephant and get it weighed.”  So everyone went and took an elephant and all the junior ministers went wandering around the city, wondering, “Where’s a scale big enough for an elephant?  What is the king doing – is this a joke or what?  How is it possible to weigh an elephant?”  So after a whole day of wandering around the city with their elephants, trying to figure out how to get them weighed, they finally came back unsuccessful.  Meantime, the prime minister had come back after a half hour.  The junior ministers had been out the whole day, and they couldn’t weigh the elephants.  The prime minister had come back with the exact weight of the elephant, and they thought he must be making this up.  They said, “No way – this is not possible.”  So the king said to the prime minister, “All right.  You tell them: how did you weigh the elephant?”  “It was very simple” said the prime minister.  “I went down to the river, and there was one boat there; we put the elephant in the boat, and we marked the spot where the water came to when the elephant was in the boat; and then we took him off the boat and we put hundred-pound sacks of rice on the boat until it came to the same level.”  So in this way, Prabhupada said, the lazy-intelligent one is the first-class man, because for the least amount of effort he can do the maximum amount of work.  It’s not that he doesn’t work; it’s that he works more effectively than the people who huff and puff and don’t get much done, running around stupidly making one mistake after another after another after another.  So Prabhupada encouraged us to become lazy intelligent.  Actually, here in Denver he said, “Rich men’s sons don’t work.” 

So we work, but we don’t work like asses.  We work with our brains, you see.  So by intelligent preaching work, you can engage hundreds and thousands of people in pushing forward this movement.  That’s called lazy intelligence.  Yesterday someone was saying, “This temple is such a nice temple; we couldn’t afford to buy such a nice temple nowadays like in the old days, when they were distributing so many books.”  But I didn’t buy his line of logic.  We have the capability to exceed the results that were accomplished in the seventies ten times over if we simply apply ourselves properly.  So I recommend as a practical tip what they sometimes call “contact preaching.”  But if you can make a personal relationship with every person who gets your book, then you will see amazing results. 

Any other questions? 

So we will stop here. 

raja-vidya Sri Bhagavad-gita ki jaya

Srila Prabhupada ki jaya

Thank you very much – Hare Krishna.

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Transcribed by Her Grace Labangalatika devi dasi

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