In this pastime of Damodara lila, once when Lord Krishna was fed by His mother Yashoda, mother Yashoda had to leave Lord Krishna to attend the pot of milk which was boiling in the oven. Lord Krishna became angry because His drinking of milk was disturbed and hence started breaking the pots of butter and started distributing it to the monkeys.
In Bhagavad Gita verses 2.62 and 63 Krishna very nicely explains us how lust develops and what are the ill-effects caused by it. He says, "While contemplating the objects of the senses, a person develops attachment for them, and from such attachment lust develops,
In Ramayana we have the classic example of Shabari, who is an embodiment of unassuming devotion at the lotus feet of her spiritual master. Shabari belonged to the forest tribe and she became an ascetic and she served in the ashrama of Matanga muni.
"One who is thus transcendentally situated at once realizes the Supreme Brahman and becomes fully joyful. He never laments or desires to have anything. He is equally disposed toward every living entity. In that state he attains pure devotional service unto Me."
"The giving up of activities that are based on material desire is what great learned men call the renounced order of life [sannyaasa]. And giving up the results of all activities is what the wise call renunciation [tyaaga]."
"Merely renouncing all activities yet not engaging in the devotional service of the Lord cannot make one happy. But a thoughtful person engaged in devotional service can achieve the Supreme without delay."
You please prepare yourself, go into the verse, realise it yourself, try to learn the verse if possible, the verse which you are discussing and then that verse will instruct you very nicely. Then as soon as you realise, then that realisation will be appreciated by the hearers.
"Always thinking of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, acquire knowledge from the right source. Thus practicing bhakti-yoga, you will patiently and enthusiastically be elevated in knowledge and will be able to give up the false ego."
And then next word is udyama - enthusiastic. We are not enthusiastic at all. I don't know in what we are enthusiastic. Anywhere we are not enthusiastic. We do our material activities with half-heart. Therein the boss cries and you scream. And nothing happens, because there is no enthusiasm.
Please forget all your worries and be prasannatma. brahma bhuta prasannatma na shochati na kaankshati. samah sarveshu bhuteshu mad bhaktim labhate paraam. Nice verse from Bhagavad Gita. Just see how many verses from Bhagavatam support this.
Our bhaava at the moment, unnaturally runs towards the material sense gratification. So that bhaava has to be controlled. We should habituate ourselves to vicakshanena - observing Krishna in every situation
"Practice reading the revealed scriptures. Live in a secluded place and practice the process by which you can completely control your life air, mind and senses. Have full faith in the revealed scriptures, the Vedic literatures, and always observe celibacy. Perform your prescribed duties and avoid unnecessary talks."
"Engage in the service of the Lord. Listen to discussions about the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and always associate with devotees. Chant about and glorify the Supreme Lord, and look upon everyone equally on the spiritual platform. Give up enmity and subdue anger and lamentation. Abandon identifying the self with the body and the home."
If you don't understand Naabhi, Rshabhadeva and their descendants, then what is the use of survival? There is no use at all. This is how we should go very submissively to the pages of Bhagavatam. And then only we will understand the equivalents given by Prabhupada, the translations very nicely given by Prabhupada. Unless we are austere we can't understand.
What happens to you? You are soul. You are spiritual. This covering is very temporary. Whether you want to make it permanent or not is upto you. That is how these Egyptian rulers, they wanted to be permanent. So in their graves, pyramids, the mummies were kept, medicated and kept for years together.
Dhruva Maharaj performed austerities for 6 months in the forest. Slowly he stopped eating. He stopped breathing also. As I told you earlier, we cannot copy these things in the modern age. But we should do to the best of our ability. Whatever austerities we can perform, we should never hesitate to.
"These women have never undergone the purificatory rites of the twice-born classes, nor have they lived as brahmacaris in the ashrama of a spiritual master, nor have they executed austerities, speculated on the nature of the self, followed the formalities of cleanliness or engaged in pious rituals. Nevertheless, they have firm devotion for Lord Krishna, whose glories are chanted by the exalted hymns of the Vedas and who is the supreme master of all masters of mystic power. We, on the other hand, have no such devotion for the Lord, although we have executed all these processes."
As soon as we understand that austerities done for the appearance of Krishna, done by the great sages for 12000 demigod years, then just imagine how long we should wait? After marriage nowadays we see people do so many non-sense things.
As soon as your existence is thoroughly cleansed, that is sattva samshuddir. Please follow Prabhupada's translation for this verse. It is the first three verses in 16th Chapter of Bhagavad Gita. abhayam sattva samshuddir - As soon as the quality of life is completely pure, what happens is jnaana yoga vyavasthithi - then you are completely situated in jnaana yoga.
We may come across finer activities in any other faith. Faiths may be different. But religion is only one. This is very subtle point. Everything is coming from Brahma. Whether one is Christian or Muslim or Hare Krishna, everyone is coming from Brahma and that is only described in Srimad Bhagavatam.
It is very difficult to experience Supreme Absolute Truth, in this world, particularly when Kali yuga is roaring. But we are very fortunate to come to the scriptures which are very favourably transliterated with equivalents, translations and purport by Srila Prabhupada.
Before going to the verse, I shall read from Chapter 3 which will give us nice summary about the appearance of Rshabadev. From the appearance and His activities and how He instructs His sons, many practical instructions could be derived in this age also
The mind which functions materially will give you the pride. You won't be able to have the humble attitude. Humble attitude is the result of subdueing this mind and trying to convert its activities to please Krishna.
As soon as we are attached to Krishna, our karmas are under His control. There is no reaction and if there is reaction, it is very mild. But as soon as you go independent, then you have to face the consequences and it is very horrible