Ways to Develop Purity

13th Jan 2009
Anandamurti Krishna das

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.

About 20 of us from Chennai, had been to Rajkot on 24th of December along with H.G.Kalacakra krishna das Prabhuji and H.G.Sudarshana devi dasi Mathaji and stayed there for a week. We were fortunate to hear the nectarean lectures of our beloved Guru Maharaj. I would like to share a few things with you all.

Maharaj started the class by stressing the "importance of purity". Time is influential, inevitable and definitely catches us. But purity just defeats time also. Then he explained ways to improve purity as follows.

1Chanting of the Holy Name:

na yad vacaś citra-padaṁ harer yaśo
jagat-pavitraṁ pragṛṇīta karhicit
tad vāyasaṁ tīrtham uśanti mānasā
na yatra haṁsā niramanty uṣik-kṣayāḥ

Those words which don't describe the glories of the Lord, who alone can sanctify the atmosphere of the whole universe, are considered by saintly persons to be like unto a place of pilgrimage for crows. Since the all perfect persons are inhabitants of the transcendental abode, they do not derive any pleasure there.

"By chanting His names the whole universe is purified. Then what to talk of our own life? If we stick to this and be very strict about our own character, then we can win like anything."

2Leading a Simple Life:
Simple life is always satisfying. There are no needs. If there are no needs, weeds are not there. Otherwise we are killed. Maharaj further indicated the real scenario on how simple life brings happiness. The town where H G Murali prabhuji (one of our Maharaj's disciple) lives in Yugoslavia, there are 500 or 600 Christians. There are 500 or 600 hundred acres of land, they have cows, they do all the agricultural works like tilling of land, farming, cultivating etc and they are very simple. They don't have any connection with outside world. They are very happy. In the midst of Kali yuga muddles there are no electronics. Maharaj insisted that such farm communities must be created by us too.

3Reduce Artificial Necessities:
We spend more in our sophisticated necessities like AC, Electronic items etc than in food. Food doesn't cost much. Electricity destroys swaas (breathing). It is a terrible thing. Being not satisfied with this we hanker for this or that. The more we want the more we are entangled. To reduce artificial necessities is also a must in order to continue the purity. Purity will be there only if we don't have any artificial necessities.

4Daily Hammering with Scripture:
We are fortunate that we are already with scripture which is non-different from Krishna - the highly purifying force. Prabhupada said that everyday Bhagavatam must be studied. So daily hammering with Srimad Bhagavatam should be there and this hammering is only for purity. Otherwise, as soon as we are free, dirty ideas will start in our mind. So, don't give yourself free time. Purity must be maintained.

I humbly bow down unto the lotus feet Srila Gurudeva and Lord Gauranga, so that by their mercy I may practice these golden principles in daily life and develop purity.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Anandamurti Krishna das