O my Lord, there is no limit to the unwanted orders of lusty desires. Although I have rendered them so much service, they have not shown any mercy to me. I have not been ashamed to serve them, nor have I even desired to give them up. O my Lord, O head of the Yadu dynasty, recently, however, my intelligence has been awakened, and now I am giving them up.
When you are indoor you have to be busy writing articles for a magazine and proofread and so many things indoors. And outdoors you have to go door to door, make them members, make them interested in this movement, collect money for expenses, outdoor.
"In this way we have taken very serious job. In this life we want to finish this material existence for good. That should be the responsibility, that "We are going to finish this material existence for good. No more coming.
One of the devotees then mentions of how Srila Prabhupada just slept only for five minutes on some days and then remaining time he used for serving Krishna. His Divine Grace then continues to say how regulating our eating habits helps us a lot in regulating our sleep.
And we have to be utilized under these processes twenty-four hours. Out of that, because we have got this body, it requires eating, sleeping, mating. So the arrangement is there.Eating is there; sleeping is there; mating is there; defending is there—but not excessively.
Anyone who sleeps more than six or seven hours, he is a Kumbhakarna. Kumbhakarna was the brother of Ravana. He was sleeping six months, and six months he was awake. That means anyone who sleeps half the (day), out of twenty-four hours, anyone, if he sleeps twelve hours, he's a Kumbhakarna. So at least I think that one should not sleep more than seven hours utmost. That is sufficient, sufficient, seven hours.
Chastity is a very noble quality which we need to imbibe in our spiritual lives. When we are chaste to Guru and Krishna, then our march back home, back to Godhead is secured. Not just in spiritual lives, even in our household life chastity is required. If either husband or wife is unchaste then it has very detrimental impact on the growth and the well-being of the children.
"O Krishna, those who continuously hear, chant and repeat Your transcendental activities, or take pleasure in others' doing so, certainly see Your lotus feet, which alone can stop the repetition of birth and death."
Once there was a sage named Galava and he had to go on a urgent and important mission. He spoke to his friend Garuda, the Great Eagle, who offered to fly him to his destination. After they had flown a long distance, Galava said to his friend that he now felt that there was no need to travel to that destination.
Once a student challenged a guru saying "I want to see God directly. I don't want anybody to get in the way". The guru patiently asked him, "If you want to study a distant star, how would you do that ?" The student said "Well, I will see through a telescope".
The one thing that everyone misses very much when they move away from home for higher studies or jobs or any other thing, is the meals being lovingly served by their loved ones like mother or wife or some relative. I specifically remember missing it when I had to serve and eat on my own, when I moved out of India.
Each sentence in the purport to Srimad Bhagavatam verse 3.5.2 is also very important. Uddhava has instructed Vidura to approach Maitreya and ask more about the Lord. Vidura could have gone and directly asked about Krishna to Maitreya. He could have asked Maitreya Muni questions like, "What does Krishna do? What does He eat or drink, What work does He do? Where does He go?, When does He sleep?" etc.
Each sentence written by Srila Prabhupada is very important. Whatever comes out of Srila Prabhupada's mouth is not ordinary writing. It is shastra. For years together he had digested the scriptures. And whatever he wrote or spoke is completely shastra.
Even if one is doing devotional service for the sake of prasadam, still it has some effect, because he is engaged in devotional service. So there is no problem. But when you go outside of Srila Prabhupada's instructions, then you have to face all the problems. This is specialty of Srila Prabhupada's process and if we don't take advantage of his process, then what is the point in living?
Even oranges taste like grass now. Please, these things have completely changed the taste of food items. And there is no cure for this. Only one thing we can do is to be simple. Simplicity can bring some improvement. Otherwise it will get more and more worse in Kaliyuga.
Also in the beginning when cinema was introduced, nobody used to go, if it is not about Rama or Krishna. If the cinema is about other topics, no one will go. (laughter) Now if cinemas are taken related to Lord Rama or Lord Krishna no one goes. People crowd only for other cinemas. Just see the difference. See how much we have aggravated our miseries.
On the contrary, one is only aggravated by such activities." But we don't see this. We fly in flights and happily reach London in 8 hours. But the labourers who are involved in manufacturing aeroplanes and maintaining it, their condition is more worse than the labourers involved in car factory. Please, please, please - this is effect of karma.
Dhruva Maharaj wanted to become a great emperor. But as soon as he got the darshan of the Lord then he said, 'svaamin krthaarthosmi'. "O Lord, I am so fortunate to have Your darshan. I don't want to get anything else from You." This is the real thing. So please encourage people to come to Krishna with whatever desires they have.
Even if you do little devotional service, it saves you from the greatest fear. Krishna says in Bhagavad-Gita 2.40, 'svalpam apyasya dharmasya traayate mahato bhayaat'. If we don't have any expectations, then we are free even from the fear of death.
Please, this is test in Kaliyuga. But somehow or other if we, take shelter of scriptures, then we can come out of this problem. This Kaliyuga is really very bad. But there is lot of potency in Lord's names. We don't understand this and that is why we are engaged in fruitive work. We don't have the patience to do service or we don't even want to do service.
"With the dust of My devotees' lotus feet I desire to purify the material worlds, which are situated within Me. Thus, I always follow the footsteps of My pure devotees, who are free from all personal desire, rapt in thought of My pastimes, peaceful, without any feelings of enmity, and of equal disposition everywhere."
We always expect something. And when we don't get it we become sad. So the "ABC" of spiritual knowledge is that - don't have any expectations. No expectation is the best. If expectation itself is not there, then there is no misery. But we keep expecting from everyone
O great sage, everyone in this world engages in fruitive activities to attain happiness, but one finds neither satiation nor the mitigation of distress. On the contrary, one is only aggravated by such activities. Please, therefore, give us directions on how one should live for real happiness."
My dear King, the chanting of the holy name of the Lord is able to uproot even the reactions of the greatest sins. Therefore the chanting of the sankirtana movement is the most auspicious activity in the entire universe. Please try to understand this so that others will take it seriously."
It has been conclusively decided in the scriptures, after due consideration, that the ultimate goal for the welfare of human society is detachment from the bodily concept of life and increased and steadfast attachment for the Supreme Lord, who is transcendental, beyond the modes of material nature.
Because of our ignorance, we failed to recognize Ajamila as a servant of Your Lordship, and thus we have certainly committed a great offense. Therefore with folded hands we beg Your pardon. My Lord, since You are supremely merciful and are always full of good qualities, please pardon us. We offer our respectful obeisances unto You
O controller of the twenty-four elements, we are considered the best servants of Your Lordship because of rendering services pleasing to You, yet we engaged as palanquin carriers by the order of Hiranyakashipu, the son of Diti. O Lord in the form of Nrsimhadeva, You know how this demon gave trouble to everyone, but now You have killed him, and his body is mixing with the five material elements.
My dear servants, please bring to me only those sinful persons who do not use their tongues to chant the holy name and qualities of Krishna, whose hearts do not remember the lotus feet of Krishna even once, and whose heads do not bow down even once before Lord Krishna.
A sadhu behaves with all conditioned souls for their ultimate relief from material entanglement. Therefore, no one can be more friendly than a sadhu in relieving a conditioned soul. A sadhu is calm, and he quietly and peacefully follows the principles of scripture. A sadhu means one who follows the principles of scripture and at the same time is a devotee of the Lord