Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev.
Recent unfortunate tragedy with a girl in India made us broken hearted and demanding severe punishment to the culprits as early as possible. Everybody wants to give their suggestions and advice to stop such incidents in future but nobody is giving advice of Krishna consciousness, to control our mind. Our spiritual master H H Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj makes a very powerful point, "If there is one word that we should take from Bhagavad-gita, then it is sayyam, control of the senses. Without control of senses we cannot dream of doing devotional service." If we follow the path given by Lord Krishna in Srimad Bhagavad Gita then by Krishna's mercy will get intelligence and there is a chance to avert such type of miseries. In Bhagavad Gita 2.69 Lord Krishna said,
yā niśā sarva-bhūtānāṁ tasyāṁ jāgarti saṁyamī
yasyāṁ jāgrati bhūtāni sā niśā paśyato muneḥ
What is night for all beings is the time of awakening for the self-controlled; and the time of awakening for all beings is night for the introspective sage.
In his wonderful purport to the above verse Srila Prabhupada says, "There are two classes of intelligent men. The one is intelligent in material activities for sense gratification, and the other is introspective and awake to the cultivation of self-realization. Activities of the introspective sage, or thoughtful man, are night for persons materially absorbed. Materialistic persons remain asleep in such a night due to their ignorance of self-realization."
One can introduce all kinds of modern ways to prevent crimes, but if the urge of the senses, urge of the tongue are not controlled, no amount of vigilance or security can prevent the crime. The general mass is still active after sense gratification, both gross and subtle. And most of them do not even know that they are after sense gratification. They are perpetually sleeping in the lap of maya. In his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam 5.13.9 Srila Prabhupada says, "When one becomes unconscious due to being bitten by a snake, one cannot understand what is taking place outside the body. This unconscious condition is the condition of deep sleep. Similarly, the conditioned soul is actually sleeping on the lap of the illusory energy. Caitanya Mahaprabhu says,
enechi auṣadhi māyā nāśibāra lāgi’
hari-nāma-mahā-mantra lao tumi māgi’
I have brought medicine to awaken every living being from perpetual sleep. Please receive the holy name of the Lord, the Hare Kṛṣṇa mahā-mantra, and awaken.
The Kaṭha Upaniṣad (1.3.14) also says, uttiṣṭha jāgrata prāpya varān nibodhata: “O living entity, you are sleeping in this material world. Please get up and take advantage of your human form of life.” The sleeping condition means loss of all knowledge."
In order to get out of the spell of ignorance and revive our constitutional position, the medicine of Hare Krishna Mahamantra is the only remedy. We have to get Krishna into our lives somehow or other. Studying Srila Prabhupada's books is a very easy but very powerful method to bring Krishna into our lives and dissipate the darkness of ignorance.
In one of his Bhagavatam class, HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj warns us,"Without Krishna we are living dead." Maharaj insists,"We have to simply go through Srila Prabhupada's books very carefully. Everything is ready there." Through his books we will be able to see and experience Krishna in our life. Maharaj further says, "The name of Krishna is śakti-dharaḥ and He enters in our tongue and forces us to become lively. Otherwise our tongue is completely sleeping always, many times talking non-sense. So this should stop immediately, and we should pray to Krishna that 'Somehow or other, You please sit on my tongue'." Then just like the effect of Sanjeevini mantra, our whole life will become rejuvenated and enlivened. Srila Prabhupada and Krishna will guide us to lead a life of sanity and we will not be affected by miseries of Kali yuga.
I sincerely pray at the lotus feet of Lord Krishna, Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev to bestow his mercy upon me so that I can understand the above facts and practise them in my daily life.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Tushta Krishna das
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