His Grace Sankarshan Das Adhikari

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Who Are You?

Riga, Latvia

9/23/2005

Devotee introduces Srila Sankarshan Das Adhikari to the audience.

om ajñana-timirandhasya
jñanan jana-salakaya
cakshur unmilitam yena
tasmai sri-gurave namah

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

nama om vishnu-padaya
krishna-presthaya bhu-tale
srimate bhaktivedanta
svamin iti namine

namaste sarasvate deve
gaura-vani-pracarine
nirvisesa-sunyavadi
pascatya-desa-tarine

[Lecture translated into Latvian by a devotee]

Sankarshan Das Adhikari: So, ladies and gentlemen, we are very happy that you have come here tonight in this city of Riga, Latvia to hear something about how to achieve the ultimate success, the ultimate happiness of existence. We are currently traveling throughout the world on a global tour to make this knowledge available to everyone. The fact is that the present world condition is very chaotic. And we are experiencing also chaos within our mind. But there is no reason for all of this chaos. It is just like on the ocean, there may be a very big hurricane, like the one going on right now, the hurricane called ‘Rita’, a very turbulent situation on the surface of the ocean. But if we go deep, deep, deep, deep within the ocean, there will be no more turbulence. So we are traveling all over the world to teach this very ancient and very powerful science of how you can go deep, deep, deep, deep, deep within your consciousness to attain perfect peace, perfect happiness and the supreme success. So this knowledge we are giving you tonight is worth millions of lates. But since my guru, His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada, gave me this knowledge for free and told me that I must also distribute this knowledge free of charge, therefore I am traveling all over the world to bring you this knowledge for free. Please do not think that because it is free that it is worthless. That is the normal perception. If something is very expensive like a Rolex watch then we think "Oh, this is very valuable because it has a huge price tag”. We were thinking of charging ten thousand Lates per head at the door so that you would understand the worth of what we are explaining. But we were afraid that nobody could afford to come so we have offered it free tonight. But never think it is something cheap. Never think that it is something worthless. What we are giving you tonight is the rarest treasure that can be found anywhere in the entire universe. So open your ears and open your heart and let this knowledge enter deep into your consciousness. If you do so, we guarantee absolutely that you will find it to be strikingly wonderful. What we are giving is very ancient knowledge.

There is a very famous conversation which is recorded in a book called Bhagavad-gita. And in this book Lord Krishna is speaking to Arjuna. It is not a make-believe story. It is a historical fact. In this conversation, five thousand years ago, Krishna explains to Arjuna, “The very ancient science of the relationship with the Supreme is today told by Me to you”. Please note Krishna says that very ancient science. In other words five thousand years ago this knowledge was considered ancient. So we can just imagine how old this knowledge is. Therefore it is called ‘time tested’. Because for thousands and thousands of years sincere seekers of spiritual enlightenment have followed this system and achieved the supreme success, the supreme happiness and the supreme peace. If you will also follow this process, you will also become one of the great self-realized, spiritually enlightened beings of history. In other words why live a mediocre existence, when you can live a superlative existence? We will teach you how to do that. The very first thing that you have to know - actually that you should have been taught when you are beginning your school, but they don't teach this - the first thing is to understand ‘who are you’? If I ask you who you are, you will give me your name. But is that who you are? You can go to a court of law and legally change your name to some other name. So, since your name can be changed completely, you are not your name. So who are you? Are you your body? The body is also changing at every minute. Every time we inhale [inhales deeply] and every time we exhale [exhales] the body is changing. New chemicals are coming in, old chemicals are going out. The conglomeration of chemicals here that you consider to be yourself is now different. The body you had when you were a child was composed of certain chemicals. Where are all those chemicals now? Can you find any of them are the same? So what is that body? And who are you? The point is we don't know who we are. We think we are our name but we are not that. And then we think we are the body but we are not that either. So this is the root cause of all the problems of the modern day society. We do not know who we are. So the good news is, by the grace of my spiritual master, His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada, I know who I am and I know who you are. And I am going to tell you who you are. For the first time in your life, you are going to find out who you actually are. So, actually the program is "Know who you are and be who you are." In a nutshell that is what we are doing here tonight. We are teaching you who you are and teaching you how to be who you are. If you can hear carefully what we are speaking tonight and carefully apply this knowledge you will become a spiritually enlightened being. You will realize your eternal existence which is full of knowledge and is an unlimited ocean of bliss. In our ordinary life we taste some limited happiness and we taste distress. So we are going back and forth, happiness, distress, happiness, distress, happiness, distress. But tonight we are going to teach you how to experience unlimited happiness with no distress. Does that sound good to you? What do you think? Do you think that is a good idea? How do you say "yes" in Latvia?

Translator: Yes.

SDA: Yes! If that sounds good then say “yes” very loudly.

[The audience say "yes" together].

SDA: Very good. Since you are eager to achieve this unlimited happiness, tonight we will teach you how to do that. We will teach you precisely how to do that. In this material world many seminars are given. Sometimes free seminars are given where they give you wonderful sales pitch about the wonderful knowledge they can give you. Then they say "Ok, now there is a second seminar. The second seminar is 1000 lates. And that is where you can get the real knowledge”. But we are not doing that here. We are not tricking you. In this free seminar we will give you absolutely everything you need. You don't have to pay money to go to a second seminar. We are giving you everything here tonight. This seminar will also be available on the internet. You can download it on to your iPad or your computer and you can hear it again and again. So anybody who wants the link can come up afterwards and we will give you the link. We will tell you actually if you have a notepad. It will be posted at spiritual-revolutionary.com and I'll spell that. You want to spell that in Latvian. It is www.spiritual-revolutionary.com. [Gurudeva spells out the name of the website]. So after the lecture you can ask one of your friends or you can come to speak to one of us and we will tell you if you didn't get it now, you can get it later.

Okay, now let us get into the real essence of what we are going to explain here. We have introduced it to you. We have told you what it is. Now we are going to get into it. The first thing you have to consider is this, “Does something come from nothing”? Do we have any experience of something coming out of nothing? No, we don't. Everything comes from something. And that something that came from also came from something, which came from something, which came from something, which came from something, which came from something, and that also came from something, which came from something, which came from something. On and on and on until you finally get to something which did not come from something. That is called the origin. That is called the source. So we all come from that origin, we all come from that source. So what is the nature of that origin? What is the nature of that source? If every day I came to your house and I bought you one kilo of pure gold, would you be very happy when I came to your house every day. Everyday sure enough at 8.30 in the morning I showed up and I gave you one more kilo of pure gold. You would become the wealthiest man in the world if every day I gave you a kilo of pure gold. So, one day your curiosity, you couldn't control yourself anymore and you said,

"Sankarshan Prabhu, where do you get this gold? This is incredible! Where do you get all this gold from?”

And I say, "Well, I have a gold mine".

And you say, "Really? How much gold do you have in that mine?”

And I tell you, "Well, there is no gold in the mine".

You would say, "Come on! You must have a lot of gold in that gold mine because every day you are bringing me one kilo of gold".

So, this is a little story to illustrate a point. By the way, you are going to get something more valuable than a kilo of gold everyday if you follow this process. But that is beside the point. The point is this. From that origin or from that source so many people are coming out. So many persons are coming out from that original source.

You are a person, aren't you?

“Yes”, he agrees. He is a person.

And you are a person also aren't you?

Yes.

And you are a person aren't you?”

You think so, maybe.

You are a person?

Okay. We have so many persons here in the room tonight. Therefore we can understand that original source, that origin must possess personality. If you came to my house to visit me, instead of asking you how you were doing if I ask you, "How is it doing"? Would you be offended? If I said, “Its blue tee shirt looks very nice”. Would you be happy if I called you ‘it’? Would you think about punching me in the face if I called you ‘it’? So, how we can call that original source ‘It’? How we can call that origin of all personalities ‘It’? That original source possesses personality and therefore He is a person. Something that possesses personality is a person. It is not an ‘it’. So the point is there is an Original Person who is the source of everything.

And the next question is then why does He have so many kids? There are so many of us on this planet. So why does He have so many children? The answer is that He enjoys company. Just like when you have a party, don't you like to have lot of people at the party? So God is throwing a big party. And He has a lot of guests at the party. They say "The more, the merrier".

So that Original Person, that Supreme Person, is emanating you from Himself for the purpose of enjoying a loving relationship with you. Just like the sun emanates all the rays from itself which goes all over the universe, so that Original Person, emanates from Himself thousands and millions and billions of living entities and with each one He wants to enjoy a loving relationship.

So do you understand the question that we have just answered? We have just told you why you exist. I beg to inform you that you do not exist because your mother and father wanted to have a baby. That is not why you exist. You exist because God, that Original Person, wants your love. That is why you exist. Just as a fish is meant to swim in the water, so you, the living being, is meant to love that Original Person. You are meant to love that Supreme Person. If you do so you will experience unlimited happiness. And if you do not, you will be like a fish out of the water. You will be flapping on the beach in agony. All you have to do is somehow get back in the water. So the good news is this: I have come to Riga to throw you back into the water.

Who would like to be thrown back into the water?

Let's see a show of hands. [Gurudeva claps his hands happily]

Very good! Alright, how do we get back into that water and reestablish our loving relationship with that Original Person? That is the science that I will teach you tonight. I did not make up this science. That science is actually coming from the Original Person Himself. I am simply coming here to you as a messenger. That is all. I am God's DHL man and I am delivering your DHL package to you tonight. It has your name on it and it is coming from God and I am simply delivering it to you. So what is inside that package? You might be interested to know what is inside your DHL package. So if you open it up and you look inside... that is what I am going to tell you about right now. God that Original Person has given you the system of reconnecting yourself fully with Him.

How many of you have heard the word yoga?

Yes, yes many. So normally we think of yoga where we make your body like a pretzel?

Translator: Pretzel?

SDA: You don't know pretzel. [Laughs]. So we are not teaching that type of yoga where you stand on your head and go “A-U-M”. We are teaching a type of yoga which is more powerful. This yoga is called ‘Bhakti yoga’. It is the yoga of divine love. The yogis they try to meditate. They do some deep breathing. They sit in some asanas and they try to make their mind still. But the mind is very turbulent, just like hurricane ‘Rita’. It is difficult to calm down your mind. You have to think about your studies. You have to think about your job. You have to think about your parents, your girlfriend, your boyfriend, your dog, your bills, your pet parakeet that is sick. So there are so many turbulences in the mind. But there is one thing that makes your mind very easily fixed on one point. Do you know what that is? The easiest way to have a one-pointed mind is this. All you have to do is this. Fall in love. And then you can’t do anything else but think about your beloved 24 hours a day. When you wake up in the morning you think of your beloved. When you pick up the phone you call your beloved. When you go to a flower shop you buy a flower for your beloved. When you think about eating you want to invite your beloved. When you go to bed at night you dream of your beloved. When you are in love, you can't do anything except think of your beloved 24 hours a day.

So bhakti yoga is the yoga when you fall in love with that Original Person. So how do we fall in love with someone? You see them, you hear about them, you hear things they say. By knowing many, many things about that person, the more you know about them, the more you love them. And then you can actually give them a gift and they appreciate it very, very much. Then your love grows more and more and more. So that Original Person who is the source of everything makes Himself available to each and every one of us through the medium of transcendental sound vibration.

Sound is actually the principle that wakes us up. How do you wake up in the morning? Your alarm clock sound is what wakes you up. So that Original Person possesses all mystical powers. And to make it very easy for us to wake up from our sleep in this material existence, He has agreed to appear in the form of a transcendental sound vibration.

In Sanskrit language, the language of ancient India, there is a word for special sound vibrations which can re-awaken your divine consciousness and bring you into direct contact with that Original Person. So tonight we are going to teach you a mantra. It is a very easy mantra actually. You can write it down if you want. And even if you don't write it down we are going to say it in such a way that you can memorize it very easily tonight. It is actually written on the wall over there. This is the transcendental mantra. So now we will say it and you can repeat after me. First we will do one word at a time and then two words. In this way we can all learn the mantra even without the cheat sheet over here. You can learn it just by hearing. I would encourage you to try to say it without looking at the sheet, just by hearing because you can memorize it.

So everyone can repeat after me and say it with love. Are you ready? Okay, I will say the word and you repeat it back.

[Gurudeva chants the Mahamantra one word at a time and the audience repeats].

Hare, Krishna, Hare, Krishna, Krishna, Krishna, Hare, Hare
Hare, Rama, Hare, Rama, Rama, Rama, Hare, Hare

That’s very good. Now we will do two words at a time.

[Gurudeva chants the Mahamantra two words at a time and the audience repeats]

Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare

Very good. Now we will go to four words.

[Gurudeva chants the Mahamantra four words at a time and the audience repeats].

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama, Rama Rama Hare Hare

Very good. I should take you on my world tour with me. You are very good. We are going to Lithuania tomorrow. [Laughs]. We will be going to Vilnius and then to Kaunas and then to the USA for a few days and then coming back to Riga in October, a little return visit. We are coming back in October 11th to Riga.

So anyway now we will go to eight words. We did four; now we will do eight.

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare,
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare.

Fantastic! Now we are going to do the whole thing. You are going to have the whole mantra now.

Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare

[Gurudeva chants three times and the audience repeats]

Now we are going to sing it. What this does, the more you chant this mantra it will take you beyond the curtain of this material nature into the transcendental dimension that exists beyond time and space. So take your seat on the airplane. Buckle up and we are getting ready to take off.

[Gurudeva sings the Mahamantra enthusiastically accompanied by the harmonium and other musical instruments and the audience joins in.] Applaud at the end of the kirtana.

I am applauding you. You were good chanters there. Okay. So that is called sankirtana. When we all chant together it becomes very, very synergetic. There is energy and there is synergy. When we chant together we get spiritual synergy. So, by this process of chanting in this bhakti yoga system all the clouds of illusion, ignorance and sufferings are cleared away from the heart. Just like when it is very foggy, the bright sun can burn away the fog. So, this transcendental sound vibration, Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare is a brilliant sun which burns away all the fog of material consciousness. And I have some very good news for you. You are already spiritually enlightened beings. It is just covered right now, that’s all. Just like a match already has fire within it. How do you get the fire out of the match? [Imitates igniting a match] You strike the match and then the fire comes out of the match. So the fire is already in the match. You just have to strike it. And then “whoosh”, it comes out. So you already have spiritual enlightenment: full of knowledge, full of bliss, full of success, ultimate peace is already there within you. It is simply sleeping right now, that’s all. Who can guess? What is the striking process of bringing it out? Can anyone guess? What is the process of striking the match to bring the fire out of the heart? Can anyone say? We have some brilliant college educated people here, don't we? Can anyone say what is the process? I will tell you then if you can't figure it out.

Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare

This process of chanting will awaken the dormant enlightened consciousness which is already there within you. We are not imposing anything on your mind. All we are doing is freeing your mind from all those things which society has imposed upon you. Your mind has been conditioned by this material society in which you are living. That conditioning is the cause of all your suffering. All you have to do to achieve unlimited happiness, unlimited success and unlimited peace is to free yourself from that conditioning. And this Hare Krishna mantra is the most powerful, the most effective way to free the mind from all the conditioning.

So now we are going to open it up, if anyone has any questions we will be happy to answer them for you. If you have a question just raise your hand.

Question from the audience: What can people do who cannot speak or who cannot hear.

SDA: Yes. There was one famous lady, Hellen Keller. She couldn't speak and she couldn't hear. The point is even if someone cannot speak and cannot hear, this will still benefit them. If they can just be in the room where the vibration is there, you can feel the vibration. So even if they cannot hear the vibration, just to be in that presence of that vibration will liberate them. The vibration has absolute power to liberate anyone who comes close to it. I appreciate your asking that question. Thank you very much.

Okay. Here is another question.

Question: There is chaos inside the mind. If a person simply enters the room where people are chanting this mantra, then the problems will be over?

SDA: If by entering the room what?

Question: If one just enters the room where people are chanting

SDA: Then one is blessed. Yes.

Question: The problems are over? The chaos is over?

SDA: Well, let me explain like this. When you come in contact with the pure chanting of these names, a spiritual seed is planted in your heart. What you do with that seed is up to you. You can nurture it or you can let it die. When you plant a seed in your garden, how do you make it a good plant? You have to water it regularly. And you have to make sure the weeds don't get in there and choke it. Every day here at this center, the devotees are chanting the Hare Krishna mantra, if you will come here regularly and chant with them, then that seed that was planted in your heart tonight will grow very nicely. And you will become a great liberated being, gradually just like a plant grows, little by little.

Question: You mentioned about pure vibration. What do you mean by pure vibration?

SDA: When the Hare Krishna mantra is chanted by someone who is devoted to Lord Krishna, to God, the Original Person that is called pure transcendental vibration.

Question: And the other ones, they don't chant purely?

SDA: If someone has not learned the art of how to chant with pure devotion, the mantra will greatly benefit them and they will gradually become pure. But you need to hear it at least once from a person who is pure, to get the seed planted in your heart. And then gradually you'll become pure also. Then you can plant the seeds in other people's hearts.

Question: If that Original Personality has love for all the beings so much then why is it that so many people live their lives without knowing anything about the Supreme Being and are now suffering?

SDA: Yes. That is a very intelligent question. I appreciate that. In the Bhagavad-gita that Original Person, Krishna, answers this question in the fifteenth chapter, verse number 15.

sarvasya caham hrdi sannivisto
mattah smrtir jñanam apohanam ca

He says “I am seated in the heart of all living beings and from Me comes remembrance, knowledge and forgetfulness”.

That Original Person does not force Himself on you. He gives you the free choice. Just like a loving parent who give you their love and then allow you to choose what you want to do with your life. As an adult your parents don't force you to do. You choose what you want to do. Some children neglect their parents and go away from them once they grow up. And some children maintain a very strong loving relationship with their parents. That is up to the free will of the children. So that Original Person, who is emanating all of us from Himself, gives us a choice, whether to love Him or to leave Him. There is another world called the spiritual world where unlimited millions and billions and trillions of living beings love the Lord with pure devotion. What you are seeing here in this material world is only a one-fourth portion of God's creation. You are in the prison of God's kingdom. The prison is the place where those people go who do not want to love God. That is why practically no one is interested in that Original Person here. ‘Birds of same feather flock together’. That is an English saying. Birds that have the same color of feather flock together. I don't know what the names are in Latvian, but the eagles stay together as a family, the crows stay together as a family. The swans stay together as a family. So those persons who have chosen not to love that Original Supreme Person, they like to stick together. And they have one place called Riga, where they like to hang out together or any place here in this material world. But there is another world, beyond this world, where everyone has a very strong relationship with that Original Person. And we have just given you your free ticket to go to that transcendental world. You can go there and check it out. See how you like it. If you don't like it you can come back to Riga.

Question: Is it important that the person chants on his own or is it important to chant altogether?

SDA: There are two types of chanting. Chanting alone is called japa and chanting together is called kirtana. Both are important. You chant on your own at home and then come here and chant with everyone else. So you do both then. Just like sometimes you eat by yourself and sometimes you get together and eat with all your friends and have a banquet. When you eat alone it is fun. It is even more fun when you have a big dinner with all your friends.

Question: What will happen if I chant for a longer time?

SDA: Longer?

Question: Yes, for a long time, If I chant for a long time.

SDA: The more you chant the higher you go. So if you want to chant twenty four hours a day, you will become very high, very fast.

Question: Very high where?

SDA: If you want to know what is that high if you chant then you will find out. You will enter into another dimension of consciousness beyond time and space. We can tell you about it. It is like trying to describe to somebody what ice cream tastes like. You are trying to figure out what is the taste of strawberry ice cream. I can describe it in so many ways. And you may try to figure out. “Hmm I wonder what it tastes like.” Why don't you just try it? I'll give you a nice bowl of strawberry ice cream, give you a nice spoon, and eat it. What is the problem? You don't want to figure out intellectually. Why don't you just eat it? And then you will know what it tastes like. So if you want to know where you go when you chant Hare Krishna, why don't you just chant it? And then you will go there, to that place and you will know what that place is like. It is simple.

Question: How can we have both? We have to live in this material world.

SDA: Yes. That is described in the Isopanishad;

vidyam cavidyam ca yas
tad vedobhayam saha
avidyaya mrtyum tirtva
vidyayamrtam asnute

In order to taste the full blessings of immortality you need to have both rails on the train track. The train runs on two rails. So you have your normal activities of going to school or working a job. That is one rail of the train track and your other rail that is your mantra:

Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare

When you get up in the morning, you sit down and you meditate by chanting:

Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare

as much time as you can spare, at least 15-20 minutes and then you do your normal days activities and try to remember that Hare Krishna throughout the day. When you are getting into the street car you can think,

Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.

And before you go to bed at night you say:

Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.

In this way you do your normal work. But just like in a sandwich you have two pieces of bread. In the middle you have peanut butter and you have jelly. So Hare Krishna is the bread and your daily activities are the peanut butter and jelly, you just make one nice sandwich and you can eat very nicely.

Question: To what degree are thoughts influencing the nature?

SDA: What? Oh, do thoughts influence nature?

Question: Yes, to what degree?

SDA: Yes. Actually the present day thoughts that are going on in the world society are very much influencing nature. That is why we are seeing hurricane ‘Katrina’, hurricane ‘Rita’ big, big chaos, billions of dollars’ worth of damage, because our minds are very chaotic right now, all kinds of chaos is happening in the world. The mind means the subtle plane. And the world around us means the gross plane. What is happening on the subtle plane influences what is happening on the gross plane. So what we have to do is clean up the subtle plane, then the whole world will become a paradise. It is not only cleaning up your own subtle plane, we have to make a program for educating the whole human society of how to clean their thoughts. And then this world will indeed become a paradise. ”Physician heal thyself.” “Charity begins at home.” First you clean up your own mind by chanting: Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare, and then by doing that you will become a powerful influence to elevate the global consciousness.

Question: Does the prayer have a specific translation? What does it mean? What are we praying for?

SDA: Yes. We were praying to that Original Person. He has many, many names. Allah, Jehovah, Krishna, Rama, Nrsingha, Christ, Buddha. By chanting Hare Krishna, we are praying to that Original Person and to His energy which is called Hare. We are begging Him, "Please engage me in Your service". Because, remember, what we want to do is revive our love for that Original Person. So how do you develop your love for a person? You serve them. That is how your love for someone becomes stronger and stronger and stronger. You serve them. So we are praying to that Original Person, "Please engage me in Your service". We are begging to serve Him.

Question: If I do not love God, what am I doing that for?

SDA: Well, with your intelligence you can understand that loving God will bring you back to your original healthy state of consciousness. Right now you don't feel any love for that Original Person. You are sick. That is our present position. What can I say? We are sick. We are diseased, spiritually diseased. That is the reality. But it is not a problem. The doctor has very good medicine. And what is that medicine? Who can say what is that medicine?

Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.

So it doesn't matter if you are sick. You simply take the medicine according to the order of the doctor. Then you will become very, very healthy and very, very happy and very, very peaceful and ultimately successful in all ways.

Question: Is it that we are made by God to love Him? When we love Him, we will be happy and if we do not love Him, we will not be happy?

SDA: That is right. [Applause]. Good choice.

Question: This would mean that we have no choice. You first said that we have a choice. But what kind of choice is that we are choosing between good and bad? That is not a choice.

[Gurudeva laughs out loud].

SDA: It is like I give you a choice. "Here you have a nice bowl of strawberry ice cream “or I give you one plate of pig stool and I say “you can eat which ever you want. You can eat the ice cream or you can have the pig stool. It is your choice”. [Laughs again]. So you have choice but if you are an intelligent person there is no choice. If I have to eat I will eat only the ice cream.

Question: There are people who do not know anything about this at all. But they are happy anyway or at least they think they are happy.

SDA: Yes, some people think that pig stool tastes very good. But if we give them a taste of this ice cream, they will give up liking stool.

Question: How can we explain to little children, what is God?

SDA: Hmm. You can tell that God is that Person who is giving you everything. He is giving you the air that you breathe. He is giving you the water that you drink. He has given you your mother and father. He is giving you everything. He is giving you His unlimited love at every minute. And all He is asking is that you give Him your love in return.

So I think we will have one more question and we can end it. But if anybody wants to meet with me personally you can do that. I can answer as many questions as you want individually after the program. So we will take one more question.

And I want to tell you that this program happens here every evening at 5.30, and on Sunday at what time? 12.30. Every evening at 5.30 there is a program here except on Sunday when it happens at 12.30. And on Sunday there is a free vegetarian dinner. I will be back here on October 12 and October 13 also to give an evening lecture at 5.30. I don't know if it would be announced on the European radio but you heard the announcement now. Mark it down on your calendar October 12 and October 13.

So now if anyone has one last question we will try to answer it. Alright now there is no questions, the harmonium should be put down and bring that tray of fruits. Take the harmonium, someone. Now we have something special. This is not ordinary. these are very special sweets. Everyone can come forward and take one fruit. Thank you very much and now we will say one more time before we end this meeting.

Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.

Come forward now and get your fruits.

[Transcribed By Her Grace Bhaktin Priya ]

 

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