Shrnvataam sva kathaa krshnah

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

The following is an astounding mail from one devotee mataji in Minneapolis. She listened to a lecture of Srila Prabhupada on the verse "śṛṇvatāṁ sva-kathāḥ kṛṣṇaḥ" and has written down some striking points from that lecture.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada,
Kalacakra das

śṛṇvatāṁ sva-kathāḥ kṛṣṇaḥ puṇya-śravaṇa-kīrtanaḥ
hṛdy antaḥ stho hy abhadrāṇi vidhunoti suhṛt satām

Sri Krishna, the Personality of Godhead, who is the Paramatma [Supersoul] in everyone's heart and the benefactor of the truthful devotee, cleanses desire for material enjoyment from the heart of the devotee who has developed the urge to hear His messages, which are in themselves virtuous when properly heard and chanted.

"...Krsna means the highest pleasure. Everyone, every living being, is seeking after pleasure, but he does not know how to seek pleasure..."

"...Consciousness is the symptom of my real identity..."

"...Spiritual consciousness means to become free from all these [material] designations. So that freedom is achieved when we are in constantly touch with the supreme spirit, Krsna..."

"...Omnipotency means in everything relating to Krsna has the same potency...if you want water, you are thirsty, then this water, simply saying repeatedly, "water, water, water, water, water," will not satisfy your thirst. Because this word has not the same potency as water itself. You require the water as it is. Then your thirst will be satisfied. But in the transcendental, absolute world, there is no such difference. Krsna, Krsna's name, Krsna's words and Krsna's qualities, Krsna's pastimes -- everything is Krsna..."

"...So it is a fact that Lord Jesus Christ is present by his words, Bible. Similarly, Krsna is present by His words. These personalities, either God or son of God, who come from the transcendental world, they keep their transcendental identity without being contaminated by this material world. That is their omnipotency..."

"...God is situated in everyone's heart. God is not away from us. He's friendly. He's so friendly that in my repeated change of birth, He's with us. He's trying to see when we shall turn to Him. Rather, He's canvassing. He's so kind that we may forget Him, but He has not forgotten us. He is with us..."

"...I wanted to point out that this chanting and hearing is as good as actual association of Krsna. That is stated in the Bhagavata, that śṛṇvatāṁ sva-kathāḥ kṛṣṇaḥ puṇya-śravaṇa-kīrtanaḥ. This process is called kirtana. Even one does not understand the language, still, by hearing only, he acquires some piety. His assets become pious life, even he does not understand. It is such powerful..."

"...electric current, is in some metal, the whole thing becomes surcharged with electricity, similarly, when Krsna is interested in some matter, then the whole thing becomes Krsna-ized. Otherwise, there was no need of discussing the Battlefield of Kuruksetra..."

"...Two things are going on in this material world. The things which we do not possess, we hanker after it: "If I get these things, I'll be happy. Oh, I have no money. If I get one hundred thousand millions dollars, then I'll be happy." This is hankering. And when one hundred thousand million dollars you have got... Some way or other, it is lost, you cry, "Oh, I am gone." So either for earning or we hanker, that is also a kind of distress, and when we suffer loss there is distress. But if you are situated in brahma-bhutah avasthana, you'll be neither, neither distressed, nor hankering. You'll be in equilibrium..."

"...Suppose I am occupied in some business in which I have to speak lie. Without speaking lie, my business cannot go on. Now, suppose if that is the position. Now, speaking lie is not very good thing, and if you think that your business is not based on very moral principle, "So I should give up," then Bhagavad-gita you'll find that "Don't give up." Even if you are put into such circumstances that your livelihood cannot go on without that unfair means, you should not give it up, you should try to make it purified. How it is purified? You should not take the fruitive result of your work. That is meant for God..."

"...In the military rank the order of the captain or the commander is there. The soldier has to execute it. Never mind whether it is pious or impious. It doesn't matter. He has to act simply. Then he becomes a, real soldier. If he acts in that way, he gets remuneration, he gets reward, he gets title, he gets honor. He doesn't care. The commander asks him, "Just go and kill the enemy." He goes and kills. He gets reward. But killing, do you mean to say one gets reward? No. For the duty discharged.."

"...Suppose you are diseased. You are lying on the bed. And you are eating in that stage, you are passing your nature's call in that way, and taking bitter medicines, and always you have to keep by the nurses clean. Otherwise, there is some obnoxious smell. In such a condition you are lying, and some friends come to you and ask you, "My dear such and such, how are you today feeling?" "Yes, I am today feeling well." What is this "well"? He's lying on the bed. He's passing his nature's calls in that way. He's eating bitter medicine, and he cannot move. All these inconveniences, and he says that "I am well." Similarly, in our material conception of life, we think, "I am happy," that is foolishness. There is no happiness in material life. It is impossible to get happiness. Then we do not know meaning of happiness..."

Forever Your worthless servant,
Praveen Jamunar