Home Program at Dzidra
Sankarshan Das Adhikari: We thank you very much for coming to attend this program today. This is a program of how to become happy. In this world everyone is more or less unhappy. There is some happiness but then we have to put up with so much unhappiness. So Mataji and myself are traveling all over the world to share with everyone this secret of how to become unlimitedly happy. So we hope that you can take advantage of this information today and make your life supremely successful. In this material world people measure happiness by how much money you have, how much fame you have. So we have come today to bring you this wonderful formula of how you can become completely, totally happy, how you will never be touched with anxiety ever again in your life. Does that sound good to you? That sounds good? Very good!
Yes, the secret formula is this. Within your heart actually you have unlimited happiness right now. You simply have to learn how to extract it from within. A man may be dying of thirst in the desert but if he can drill a hole deep enough through the desert floor he will find a big supply of water there. So we are in the desert of this material existence. We are suffering so many anxieties when unlimited happiness is right there within us. We simply have to know the drilling process. That is all. There is an ancient science called mantra yoga. That mantra is like a drill, which will penetrate through all the coverings of your heart and allow you to connect with that unlimited reservoir of happiness, which is there within you at every minute if you will simply chant these names: Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare / Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare, then you will reconnect with the original reservoir of unlimited happiness within your heart. It is called Krishna consciousness. So at the present time, the entire world is suffering because they are lacking Krishna consciousness. They have everything else, they have money, they have food, they have clothing, they have means of transportation. They have so many types of entertainment to make them think that they are happy a little bit. But without being connected with the Lord within your heart I am sad to say, the whole thing is very dry and very empty. We just somehow struggle through our lives wondering why we are living, being forced to work like dogs, while we get sick, while we get old, and while we die. When I was a college student I said this is not enough, simply to study hard, to make good grades, find a good job, and a nice house and a pretty wife and some kids, to get sick, to get old and die. Not worth it. It is not worth it at all. Why even make any endeavor. It is confirmed in an ancient book of wisdom called the Srimad Bhagavatam, that any activity which does not enable you to connect with that unlimited reservoir of happiness within your heart is srama eva hi kevalam, it is simply a useless waste of time. So we are not saying that you should give up your occupation or you should give up your education. But we are saying this, vidyam cavidya? ca yastad vedobhayam saha. A train runs on two tracks. Naturally we all have material aspect of our life, our education, our occupation our duties etc. but you cannot run on that one rail only. A train on one rail would crash. It will go off the track. But if there are two rails then the train can run nicely down the track. So the second rail is your spiritual life. You must reconnect the Lord within your heart. And as Mataji has very nicely pointed out, your spiritual rail is actually the first rail, it is the primary rail and the material rail is secondary, it is not as important. If your material life is in shambles or even if it is all disrupted, but your spiritual life is strong, you will be peaceful and happy. But on the other hand if your material life is very together, you are rich, you are famous, you are powerful and your spiritual life is very disrupted, all of that material success will not buy you one minute of genuine peace or happiness. So we should always put our spiritual life first in all times, in all places, in all circumstances. When a man walks down the street his shadow follows him wherever he goes. So if you become strong in Krishna consciousness your material situation will follow you just like a shadow. If you are nicely absorbed in Krishna consciousness your material situation will become free of anxiety. So only a foolish person will not seriously take up Krishna consciousness. Because it benefits you spiritually, which is your eternal well-being and it benefits you materially also. But the devotee does not take to Krishna consciousness for any material benefit. As long as we approach God for material benefit, we may get our material desires fulfilled but we won't get the Lord's special mercy. When the devotee of the Lord fully surrenders himself to the Lord, the Lord becomes his personal property. But if you simply approach the Lord to get something from Him you will get that thing but you won't get Him. The point is if you can have Krishna as your property that is greater than anything that you can possess within this material world.
Devotee: How important is mercy for those who accept the Absolute Truth and for those who do not accept the truth?
SDA: How important is the Truth? How important is mercy? Mercy is all important. Without the mercy of Krishna, without the mercy of guru you are going nowhere. We sing every morning at mangal arati, 'yasya prasadad bhagavat-prasado yasyaprasadan na gatih kuto ’pi. Without the mercy of the spiritual master one cannot make any advancement. So we are absolutely dependent on guru's mercy. Absolutely dependent, without his blessing, we go nowhere.
Devotee: My son is renounced to God and gives his life to God but he still continues to suffer. Here he understands he is singing and glorifying the Lord but he is suffering, it feels like hell. Is he suffering only from karma or is he not surrendered to the Lord?
SDA: For one who completely surrenders to the Lord whatever suffering he endures is not karma. It is the special blessings of the Lord upon him to help him become more and more surrendered.
SDA: Now, for those not fully surrendered then karma does act. But the good news is this. Actually everything that happens is the mercy of Krishna. Even if I am undergoing some suffering in this world just like you are suffering now, isn't it? You are suffering. So whatever suffering you are undergoing that is the special kindness of Krishna. Because there is one thing that Krishna wants and nothing else will satisfy Him. There is one thing that He wants very, very, very much and that is Krishna wants your love. In fact that is the very reason you exist as a living being. Krishna is emanating you from Himself for the purpose of having a loving relationship with you. That is why you exist. So everything that you are undergoing in this life in every step from the time you were a little baby, to a young girl, a teenager at every step, everything that has been happening to you is the special blessings of Krishna. He is simply been trying to induce you to come back to His service, even the things that happened under the law of karma are also under the direction of Krishna. Karma acts under the direction of Krishna. So whether you are suffering under the influence of material nature which is the karmic type of suffering or you are a fully surrendered devotee who is suffering under the spiritual energy, all arrangements, everything that is happening to you is the special blessings of Krishna upon you. You simply have to learn how to recognize the mercy of Krishna which is showering upon you at every minute. The only reason you are in anxiety right now is due to your blindness. All you have to do, as stated in the Vedas, is tamasi ma jyotir gama. All you have to do is come out of the darkness and into the light. You do not have to change your external material situation. All you have to do is adjust your consciousness. Just like flipping a switch on the wall and bringing the light on. So there is a light in your heart but right now the switch is turned off. And therefore you are in anxiety. But if you simply flip that switch on then you will realize your eternal blissful knowledgeable self. But the difficulty is because you are in the dark, you can't find the switch. But someone who knows the switch, he can flip it on for you. That is called the spiritual master, Sri Guru. He can flip the switch on for you. And when that light comes on then you can see everything. You will become a spiritually enlightened being. And your days of anxiety and fear and agitation will be long gone. So if you carefully read the books of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, he will make sure that your switch always stays turned on. Prabhupada will make sure that your switch is always turned on.
Devotee: When we come in contact with pure knowledge, how can we cease to speculate whether this is the truth or that is the truth?
SDA: Hmmm. So when you come in contact with pure knowledge you must hear it faithfully.
yasya deve para bhaktir yatha deve tatha gurau
"Only unto those souls who have unflinching faith in the words of Sri Guru and in the words of Sri Krishna all the imports of Vedic knowledge are automatically revealed."
So, if you have any doubts you should bring them forward so they become defeated by the spiritual master. And once those doubts are eradicated you can hear with complete conviction and complete total faith. Then, by doing that, you will realize all the Vedic wisdom. So to hear faithfully is very important. That does not mean blind faith. It means faith built on intelligence. Our Krishna consciousness movement means we have philosophy and religion. If we have philosophy without religion, then that is mental speculation. And, if we have religion without philosophy, then that is sentimentalism. And sometimes it becomes blatant fanaticism. Blatant means complete total fanaticism like flying an airplane into the world trade center. Actually we require to be philosophical. This means we have open-minded intelligence to understand things very clearly as they are, and at the same time we have faith in the Supreme Being. So you combine these two things religion and philosophy then you will be free from the tendency from mental speculation. And all the imports of the Vedic knowledge will become very clearly discernible or visible to you.
Well, you know what I have one policy. That is if you don't ask me questions, I will ask you questions. It is much easier to be the one who asks the question than it is to be the one who is asked the question. So if you don't want to be on the hot seat then you would be smart to ask me some more questions. Because I am getting ready now to ask one of you question. I will pick one of you and begin to interrogate you. Alright, so I am ready now. No one has come up with a question to hold me back from doing this. So now I am going to go after you. Alright now this lady here sitting on the bed, I have a question for you. If I ask you, who you are, what will you say?
Devotee: Human being.
SDA: Human being. Hmm. Do you know according to law of karma that you have transmigrated through 8,400,000 different species of life although you have a human body now; you have not always had a human body. You have had many other types of forms so how you can say you are a human being. Just like today you have a very nice shirt with leaves on it. Are you that shirt? So you feel like leaves today? Today you are leaves, are you something different in the spring? You are not the same person in the spring. You turn into a flower in the spring. In the winter you become snow.
Devotee: The essence is the same.
SDA: The essence is the same. So are you that body or are you something different than your body?
Devotee: It’s all together.
SDA: So, are you together with that shirt?
Devotee: No, it is different.
SDA: So what would you tell me if I told you that you are wearing that Latvian woman's body just like you are wearing that shirt? Is it the same thing?
Devotee: Maybe I could agree to that sometimes.
SDA: You can agree with that?
Translator: Yes, she does,
SDA: You are actually a spiritual being. That Latvian woman's body is just a covering. It is just like you are wearing that leaf shirt. And tomorrow you will wear a different shirt. So you are also wearing that Latvian woman's body. It is simply a garment that you are wearing right now.
Devotee: I understand clearly.
SDA: Very good.
Does anybody have any questions?
Devotee: What is the easiest way to get free from these false designations that “I am Latvian”, “I am Russian”?
SDA: The easiest way to get free of false designation is to find out who you actually are. That answer is given in the Sri Caitanya-caritamrita, “jivera svarupa haya krsnera nitya dasa", “The constitutional position of a living being is that he is the eternal servant of Krishna”. You are a part and parcel of God, He is eternal. You are eternal. He is full of bliss, you are full of bliss. He is full of knowledge, you are full of knowledge. So by understanding who you actually are, you can easily give up false designation. So you have to hear from guru, you have to hear it from the devotees, and you have to hear it from the scriptures who you actually are. And then by the mercy of guru, by the mercy of the devotees and by the mercy of the scriptures you will come out of the illusion of bodily consciousness. And you will realize your eternal spiritual nature.
Devotee: During Mangal arati, we were chanting, we want to know how we were chanting.
SDA: Actually your chanting is very nice. But nice is not good enough. You have to make it perfect. To make it perfect you have to always remember the ten offenses against the Holy Names. You have to make sure that you are really taking shelter of Krishna's name and you are not just doing it externally with your lips. Within your heart you must factually submit yourself to guru and Krishna completely and totally without holding anything back. If you hold anything back, you will be held back. So don't hold anything back. Submit yourself completely to Sri guru and Sri Krishna. And then your chanting will be perfect. As I said in the beginning, your chanting is very nice. But nice is not good enough. You have to make it perfect.
Vishnupriya Mataji: We are born as human being. So as a human being what is the purpose of that human being?
SDA: So Mataji has asked a very nice question. What is the purpose of having a human body?
VPM: Is it perfect to have a human body or what is the requirement to make it perfect?
SDA: Is the human body perfect in itself or is there something required to make it perfect? It is described in the Vedanta Sutra, atatho brahma jijnasa, “Now you have a human body but you must utilize it for self-realization”. So, human birth is a very good thing. We are very happy that you have a human body. Because you can hear about Krishna, you can chant Hare Krishna. Have you ever seen a dog come to hear the Bhagavad-gita? So having a human birth is a very good thing. Now you simply utilize that to reawaken the dormant love of God there within your heart. The Vedanta Sutra tells us that now that you have a human body you must utilize that human intelligence to understand who you are. We gave a very well-attended lecture last night at the temple. That lecture was called "Who are you"? Because we know about mathematics, we know about geology, we know about astronomy, we know about geography, we know about meteorology - the science of weather, there are so many things we know in this world. But there is one thing we forgot to find out, "Who am I"? So what is the purpose of all these departments of knowledge if I don't even know who I am? How foolish the modern day society is! They don't tell you who you are? They ask you in college what you want to major in. But they don't even tell you who you are. They are cheating you. The government is cheating you, the teachers are cheating you, everyone is cheating you because they are not giving you knowledge of who you are. If you don't know who you are, there is no way you can be happy. Therefore the first business is “who am I”. Find out the answer to that question and then start to think, act and speak in terms of who you actually are. If you do so, I guarantee you will taste unlimited happiness. You will experience so much nectar that you cannot imagine that such nectar could even be experienced by even the most successful happy person in this world even beyond the demigods in the heavenly planets. Why are you running after heavenly pleasure? Don't you know that the pleasure of Krishna bhakti is thousands and millions of times more pleasurable than the pleasure of the heavenly planets? Do you know that?
Devotee: Nowadays they teach us so many subjects like how to study oneself like astrology. To study ourselves but you said that instead just surrender yourself to Guru and God then we can know who we are. Does that mean we have to give up studying ourselves by astrology or horoscope?
SDA: Horror scope.
SDA: Actually the original astrological science is part of the Vedas. It is a sideline activity that can be utilized by those who are already awakened. Your first business is to wake up. If you are still sleeping then your practice of astrology will be faulty. Your readings will not be accurate. So first of all become a spiritually awakened being. That is the number one thing. Then once you have done that then you can take up any field of science and become perfect in it. First things first, first know who you are and then talk about astrology.
VPM: Astrology and all that, she can learn and see who she is, but that is all temporary and does not solve the problems of the life.
Devotee: Question about the stars.
SDA: The stars will come and the stars will go. The stars also have a temporary existence. But when Mahavishnu inhales all the stars will be destroyed and all the astrological laws will become null and void. The laws of astrology only function temporary. But if you surrender to Krishna then you become eternally protected. The astrological laws, function under what is known as the exterior energy. Krishna's mercy however acts within, the energy known as the internal energy. If you go fully within to the internal energy, you will transcend the influence of the external energy. In other words when you fully surrender to Krishna you are no longer under the laws of astrology so the science becomes irrelevant in regards to a person who is fully surrendered to Krishna.
Devotee: Does Krishna consciousness mean the same as Jesus or Christ consciousness?
Translator: She is Christian and she understands that it is practically the same and only the name is different.
SDA: Yes, but you have to be a real Christian. Not a pseudo Christian who eats meat. Pseudo means artificial. The Bible says "Thou shalt not kill". But the Christians are very expert at opening slaughter houses and killing the animals. They also say ‘Thou shalt not kill and adultery’ but we see the Christians are engaged in so many adulterous activities.
Are there any other questions?
If not then we can have another kirtana. If there is no other question then we can do some more chanting.
Devotee: So how can we recognize the sleeping living being within us and how can we reawaken those feelings that are not?
SDA: By chanting
Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare
It is very simple. Just chant Hare Krishna.
Devotee: If someone is lying unconscious and someone else chants Hare Krishna then how does it influence them?
SDA: If a devotee of the Lord chants Hare Krishna and if a person who is not Krishna conscious hears that mantra then the seed of bhakti is planted in their heart.
Devotee: If someone is unconscious.
SDA: Oh, unconscious like he is in a coma?
SDA: He is blessed by the power of the Holy Name. Even if he is unconscious the power of the name has an impact on him even though he may be unconscious. If the name is uttered near him so the vibration actually reaches him then it will have an uplifting effect on that person.
Devotee speaks in Latvian.
SDA: What is it?
Translator: I don't know. If we are sick and we get like some microbial germs.
SDA: Yes. Yes. Microbial germs are also blessed. Yes, they are also blessed. They will come much quicker to the human form now. If you chant Hare Krishna to the microbial germs they will come more quickly to the human form. So you should chant 24 hours a day.
Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare
VPM: We do not know that there are so many microbial germs in here. So, many of us are chanting some vibration of the holy names and the Bhagavad Gita. They benefit.
SDA: Questions more? Okay now we will have kirtana. Mataji you can lead now. [Laughs].Mataji will lead lead kirtana.
[Transcribed by Her Grace Bhaktin Priya]