Transcendental Pills

Bhagavad Gita

The perfection of our life is to glorify the Lord by chanting His names and singing His songs. Unless we attain this perfection, we are all always disturbed and this disturbance is increasing in this age because this age is Kaliyuga. Kaliyuga means age of quarrel, disagreement and disturbance. Even the government will not allow you to sit silent. There are so many things which we are always worried of and the greatest worry is our body. This is the greatest worry. We want to be very happy in this body. But we are never happy. Frankly speaking, you are dependent on so many pills and medicines. For the whole of the lifetime we are on pills, because the pill factories must run nicely. The pill factories don't want to cure you as they want to run their factories. That is definite. So instead of those pills we must take the transcendental pill of Krishna's topics - the topics about God. Why we should do this is a great question before us. And the answer is very easy.

As we depend on the food - prasad, Our body is dependent on the food, we have another existence apart from the body and that is the existence of the soul. And the soul is only satisfied, when it is connected with Supreme-soul - Krishna. Somehow or the other we miss this link and thats why we are miserable. When we think about soul, there is very nice description in Bhagavad-Gita. There are 8 symptoms for the soul. In second chapter of Gita Krishna gives a nice description of the soul. And this soul is the same in every body. Whether we are Christian, Muslim or Hare Krishna, it doesn't make any difference at all. As soon as there is a human body, there is a soul. Thats all. Thats why our religion is known as sanatana dharma - eternal. Nobody can deny the existence of the soul because we know the difference between live body and dead body. When the soul leaves the body, the body stops working. That proves that in the live body, there is some motive force and that is the soul. In Bhagavad-Gita, song sung by the Lord, God Himself describes what the soul is. In Bhagavad Gita Krishna says,

na jaayatae mriyate vaa kadaachin
naayam bhutvaa bhavitaa vaa na bhuyah
ajo nityah  shaashvatam yo ham puraano
na hanyate hanya maane sharire

"For the soul there is neither birth nor death at any time. He has not come into being, does not come into being, and will not come into being. He is unborn, eternal, ever-existing and primeval. He is not slain when the body is slain."

Eight qualities of soul are mentioned in this verse. Everyone of us have a soul with these qualities.

Soul is not born, it never dies. That is why when a person John dies, we say that he has gone away. His body is dead we know. That is why we tell, John has passed away. This "passed away" is the correct word. "Passed away" means "gone away". This shows that we always believe that soul is eternal. That is ingrained in our existence. There is no need of somebody telling that soul is eternal. It is eternal according to Bhagavad-Gita and that is why we tell that a person is gone away. The soul is gone and the body is dropped. This is the main thing to be remembered regarding the soul. na jaayate na mriyate - There is no death for the soul. Nobody can kill it. It is such a tiny thing that it cannot be perceived. So what to talk of killing. 

na jaayatae mriyate vaa kadaachin
naayam bhutvaa bhavitaa vaa na bhuyah

These are the three stages. It was never that it was not there in the past - bhutvaabhavitaameans future - It is not that, it will be there in furture. bhuyah It is not that it is coming now - present tense. It does not have past, present or future tense. It is always existing - eternal. So first quality is that it is not born, second quality is it is not dead and third quality is, it was always there. It is always there and it will always be there. And that is the eternity of the soul. The fourth quality is ajo nityah shaashvato 'yam puraano - aja means unborn. That is the fourth quality. nitya - means ever-existing. That is the fifth quality. Shaasvat means eternal - sixth quality. puraana means oldest - seventh quality. na hanyate hanyamaane sharire - When the body is dead, the soul is not killed. This is the eighth quality.

Then in order to know more about the soul, we go to Srimad Bhagavatam. There are beautiful verses in Srimad Bhagavatam about the soul. 7th Canto, 7th Chapter verses 19 and 20 are beautiful verses in Srimad Bhagavatam in which 12 qualities of soul are described. Please remember these 12 qualities. Prabhupada's purports are very beautfiul for these two verses. Please go through them and by-heart the two verses whenever you find time."

aatmaa nityo 'vyayah shuddha / ekah kshetra-jna aashrayah
avikriyah sva-drg hetur / vyaapako 'sangy anaavrtah
etair dvaadashabhir vidvaan / aatmano lakshanaih paraih
aham mamety asad bhaavam / dehaadau mohajam tyajet

"Atma refers to the Supreme Lord or the living entities. Both of them are spiritual, free from birth and death, free from deterioration and free from material contamination. They are individual, they are the knowers of the external body, and they are the foundation or shelter of everything. They are free from material change, they are self-illuminated, they are the cause of all causes, and they are all-pervading. They have nothing to do with the material body, and therefore they are always uncovered. With these transcendental qualities, one who is actually learned must give up the illusory conception of life, in which one thinks, "I am this material body, and everything in relationship with this body is mine."

In the first line there are 6 qualities and the second line there are 6 more qualities. Beautiful. You can meditate on these qualities for the whole of life time. Because unless you understand the soul, it is very difficult to get this tiny particle connected to the Supreme-soul. And when we describe the qualities of the soul, the same qualities could be applied to the qualities of the Supreme Lord. That is the benefit in studying about the soul. As soon as you recognise the qualities of the soul, then you will see that there is no difference between the qualities of the soul and the qualities of the Supreme Lord. That is the beauty of the description of the soul. The eight qualities which we have described can very well apply to the Lord also. And then we have glimpse of what Lord we are talking about. The 8 qualities mentioned in Gita and 12 qualities mentioned in Bhagavatam - 20 qualities we have in front of us. God and our own soul, qualitatively they are the same. And as soon as our soul is connected to the Supersoul by chanting His names

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

we become completely satisfied. And because we don't do these things, we don't connect ourselves to God, that is why we are unsatisfied always. In this country even now, plenty of facility is available - money is there, house is there, family is there and nice halls are there. This is the perfection of this hall - that we are discussing about God here. Otherwise this hall is dead. Without discussion of God, you will be afraid to come here and it will be like a ghost place. In order to make the best use of the property, you have to sing the glories of the Lord day and night. Then only your house will be alright, your halls will be alright. Then only your cars will be alright, your money will be alright.

If you take these material possessions minus God, then it is all zero. No value at all. Everything belongs to God. That is why it is very beautiful to understand these verses and try to take permanent lessons from them. Otherwise our life is completely useless. As it is without God, we are suffering a lot. The invalidity goes away as soon as you remember Lord and if you daily remember God, then in old age also, you will be young. That is the beauty of it. That is why our saints and sages, guru and scriptures are not wrong. They are very correct and if you follow them sincerely, you will have definite results. You will not require the doctors, you will not be frustrated. You will not feel alone. This is the medicine for the lone moments. Those people who cannot tolerate the lone moments, they are never satisfied. They are always frustrated. And because of this frustration our health goes bad. We don't know that there is a relationship between the frustration and our own well-being. We don't know that and that is why we are just wandering about in the world without any anchor. If the ship does not have any proper anchor, it will go on any way. The anchor must be there and that is remembering God. We must always be connected to God. Otherwise we are just moving according to the winds of life. As soon as the wind blows ship goes in that direction. Without anchor, there is no use. As soon as the ship has an anchor, however hard the storm may blow, then it won't move at all. It will be completely fixed in one place.

 This is the most important thing - to understand about the soul, to understand about the God. If you understand, then only you can love God. Just like in marriage, when you know the person, activities - then you love. Without knowing the person how can you love? It is impossible. Without these scriptures, we cannot do anything. This is a very simple thing. If you want to love a person, you must know about them. If you want to love God, you must know about God. Knowing about God through the scriptures is perfection of our life because that will lead you to eventual devotional service. Devotional service will cure all your diseases. Not only that, but in any situation it will give nice looking body - It doesn't matter whether you are young or old. This is the medicine for eternal youth. 

We should know why we are worshiping the Supreme Lord. (Referring to a devotee from Belgium Maharaj said) He is working hard in the temple and he has also nicely learnt the seed verses of Bhagavad-Gita and the 12th Chapter.  These verses are very important. In the first seed verse (Bhagavad-Gita Chapter 10.8) it is nicely mentioned as to why we are worshiping Krishna. Krishna says aham sarvasya prabhavo - "Everything depends on My energy", mattaha sarvam pravartate - "Everything emanates from Me". iti matvaa bhajante maam budha bhaava samanvitaah - "Those who know this worship Me with loving devotional service." We know that every thing depends upon Him, everything emanates from God's energy. That is why we should worship Him. So we should understand Him by knowing the qualities of our soul.

(Maharaj then began to explain the verse 7.7.19 from Srimad Bhagavatam)

aatmaa nityo 'vyayah shuddha - soul is nitya. This means it is ever lasting - eternal, avyayah - without any decay. It doesn't have any dwindling. There is no old age for the soul. When we were five years old, when we were ten years old, or now we are forty years old - the soul is the same. The change is only to the body, not to the soul. That is why when we recognise the soul, our body also co-operates. Everything material co-operates when we think about God, when we think about the soul. This is because everything is emanating from God. These lights are coming from God, these bricks are coming from God, the whole plaster is coming from God, the man who have constructed these things, they are also coming from God. So everything is coming from God. And God is nitya - ever existing. So when you discuss about the ever-existing Lord, then your life becomes perfect. You don't need any extra effort to satisfy yourself by smoking, drinking, eating meat or this or that. No. You don't require anything. You just require 

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare 

Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

Like a mad person, we should not be victimised by these ineberities. Stop smoking if you are smoking. Smoking is not the perfection of life. The perfection of our life is to recognise the Lord and how to recognise the Lord? We have the particle of God in our heart.  Know that particle and that is known as self-realisation. As soon as you realise your self, then you realise God - nityahavyayah means 'without decay' and shuddhah means 'pure' - soul does not have any material contamination at all.

aatmaa nityo 'vyayah shuddha / ekah kshetra-jna aashrayah
avikriyah sva-drg hetur / vyaapako 'sangy anaavrtah

etair dvaadashabhir vidvaan / aatmano lakshanaih paraih

aham mamety asad bhaavam / dehaadau mohajam tyajet

The fourth quality is ekah - it is individual. Soul is always individual. As soon as you die, and if you remember God, then you go to God's kingdom wherein you serve Him very nicely. And if you don't accept any other body, then you are saved from birth, death, disease and old-age. These are the miseries of the body. Body has go to be born, body has go to die, body has got to become old and body has got to be diseased. So we try to avoid this body and eventually by chanting God's names, we achieve our own spiritual body and eternally we stay in the service of the Lord lovingly. That is the main function of the human body. In other body we cannot understand God. The cow cannot understand, the dog cannot understand, the bird cannot understand. But we have the super-consciousness and in this consciousness, we can understand God. 

The fifth quality is kshetrajna - the soul knows about the whole body whereas the Lord knows the whole creation. That is the difference. Soul is very tiny and so it has some idea about the body. But God has full idea about the whole cosmic creation. This is very easy to understand. Those who are living in this building for a long time, they know how many floors are here, how many rooms are here and who stays in which room. Likewise Lord is the owner of everything and so He knows every nook and corner of the creation. This is known as kshetrajna

The sixth quality is aashraya - aashraya means supreme foundation. Everything depends upon the God's energy. He controls everything. At His will, He can create something or destroy something. That is His potency. And if He creates something, through His internal potency, then that thing becomes very beautiful. You take the example of any grain like wheat or rice. In such a small grain, He has put a unique taste. As soon as we eat the grain, we feel nourished. Thats why if we eat chapatis or puris or bread, we get nourished. This nourishment is coming from the internal potency of the Lord. Through His internal potency, He squeezes the living cells into a small grain. We cannot do it.  

If we want to imitate God's way of squeezing living cells into grain, we may try to put into a bottle, big bottle. But even then it will be a complete mess, because we are not perfect at all. Whereas God enters in every grain. And the beauty of these grains is that the plant dies before the grains come out. He grows the plant and there is a living entity in it. But as soon as the living entity leaves, the whole potency is squeezed into one grain of rice or wheat. And the same quality - there are thousands of wheat grains and everything has the same quality. The plant dies and then these grains are produced. That is best. God's energy we cannot even imagine. And this is how He is known as unlimited, inconceivable and acintya. This is aashraya. He is aashraya for everything. He is foundation for our own body, our building, our car, our food. Where are you going to search for Him? This is best quality - aashraya.

Then seventh quality is avikriyah - He never changes. Always same. nitya nava navaayamaanam - Always He is fresh, always He is full.  Then svadrg eighth quality very nice quality - svadrg means self introductory. You don't have to introduce God. "This is Krishna." No. Everyone knows. (laughter) As soon as you come to Krishna, you know that He is God. But we require introduction. We introduce people by saying, "This is Shruti. This is David - David from England". But we don't have to introduce Krishna - "This is Mr.Krishna from Goloka Vrindavan" (laughter) No. He doesn't need introudction because He is self-eminent. That is God and you become self-eminent when you think about God constantly. That is the quality you acquire. As soon as you think about it, you get that quality and then you don't need any introduction. As soon as they see your face they will know that here is a Godly man. And this is how we have to be Godly and become self-eminent. When they see shaved head and tilak on the forehead, then they know - "Here is a devotee". This is self-introductory. That is svadhrg. And hetur means - purpose of our existence. 

vyaapakah means all pervading - Vaasudeva - vas means to stay. He stays everywhere and that is why He is correctly known as Vaasudev. He is all pervading. mattah partaram naanyat kinchid asti dhananjaya - Krishna says to Arjuna, "Apart from Me, nothing exists." This is clearly stated in Bhagavad Gita. This is how we should recognise the Lord and the soul. Soul has tiny quality and the reservoir of all those qualities id God. And we derive the same quality because we are all part and parcel of God. Because we are all part and parcel of God, we don't hate anybody, we love everybody because we know that we are brothers and sisters. We have a common father. As soon as we have the common father, we don't hate anybody. We all like each father. Whether we know each other or not, doesn't matter. We are all the same. Whatever is good for me, must be good for the other living entity also. That is how our saints and sages have meditated on this point for millions of ages. And they have very nicely discerned the whole thing. Now there is no need for doing any exercise for us. No research. Nothing at all. It is just ready to eat. It is like liquid ready to drink. But we are so very lazy that we don't want to take it and drink. This is our laziness and laziness kills us. Please don't be lazy and try to read Bhagavad Gita. We should not just come and eat prasadam in temple and leave. We should also study these verses. This is the way we should come to God. 

asangi means that soul does not have association with material body. He stays in the body for 60-70 years and never gets mixed. At the end of the body, he clearly leaves the body and migrates to another. This is asangi and anaavrtah means completely open - uncovered. These are the 12 qualities of Krishna. If you can meditate on these qualities, who will stop thinking about God. Only mad men. Are we mad? Yes. If you don't come to God, then you are mad. That is pure and simple - crazy. Because we are attracted to the material thing unnecessarily and that attraction, that possession will not continue. Time is bound to come when you will be completely separated. So it is better to understand these points and come to the right conclusion that soul is very important. We have to realise the soul. And as soon as there is self-realisation, there will be God realisation also.

Self realisation and God realisation go hand in hand. There is no difference. That is why we have the beautiful book- "Science of Self realisation" by Srila Prabhupada. Please go through Prabhupada's literature and make your life perfect. If you don't have any time to go through, then just hear. Just take the beads and chant continuously 

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

and that continuous chanting will help you to understand everything. Everything is completely clear. Otherwise if you don't do it, then there are so many fears in the material world. There are so many fears and you are always afraid. Always afraid. In order to drive away the fears, this is the medicine. And the greatest fear is that we have to die. That is the greatest fear. By continuous chanting we skip over death also. Death is bound to come. But we are not afraid of it. We are not afraid of death. We are ready. We have understood God, we are remembering God and we are always with God. It doesn't matter if we are alive or dead. It doesn't matter because we know that the soul never dies. That is the beauty of this thing. Otherwise material existence is all the time trouble some. There is nice verse of Bhartrihari, from the Vairaagya shatakam, wherein the nine different kinds of fear are mentioned.

bhoge rogabhayam, kule chyutibhayam, vitte nrupaalaad-bhayam
maane dainyabhayam, bale ripubhayam, roope jaraayaa bhayam

shaastre vaadibhayam, gune khalabhayam, kaaye krtaantaad-bhayam

sarvam vastu bhayaanvitam bhuvi nrnaam vairaagyameva abhayam

"There is fear of disease in the enjoyment of sensual pleasures; fear of decline in lineage; fear of kings in riches; fear of humiliation in honour; fear of enemies when in power; fear of oldage in beauty; fear of disputants in learning; fear of the wicked in virtue and fear of death in embodied souls. All facets of man's life on earth engender fear. Renunciation alone gives fearlessness."

Very beautiful verse. First fear is bhoge rogabhayam  - bhog means sense gratification. Excessive sense gratification will give you diseased body. This is the greatest fear. If you watch too much TV, then you eyes are going to be bad. If you perform any sense gratificatory activity, you will be completely diseased. We have experience of this. So we have to reduce this sense gratification and that is known as tapa - austerity. If you don't perform tapa, austere life, then you fall down - patha. Either you perform tapa or you patha - That means you fall down. Otherwise you cannot survive. You cannot survive without austerity - tapaTapa is voluntary austerity accepted to realise the soul and the Super-soul. That is tapa and bhoga comes in the way. It is an impediment in our realisation. Whatever excessive sense gratification we do will completely marr your body. Please try to avoid this. There is a regulated freedom for enjoyment and we have to follow the rules and regulations in order to enjoy also materially. Otherwise bhoge roga bhayam

There is very nice verse - bhogaana bhuktaa - vayam eva bhuktaabhogaana bhuktaa means "I am not enjoying". vayam eva bhuktaa means that we think that we are enjoying. But, no. We are not the enjoyer. You know camel eats the thorny plants in the desert and the thorns cut his tongue and the blood comes. He thinks that the tree is beautiful and this is nice blood. He is tasting his own blood and he is thinking that the blood is coming from the trees. This is how you are. You enjoy and think that this is the best enjoyment. But you are killing yourself. And the time comes, when his tongue becomes completely sour and that he can't eat the leaves any more. That is bhoge roga bhayam

bhoge rogabhayam then kule chyutibhayamkul means family. We are very proud of the family. Particularly these royal families - they are very much afraid that their name should not be spoiled. If anything happens to them, then they are in the headlines. The more they fear, more is the divorce rate in those families. This is how they are always in trouble. This is kule chyutibhayam. Then vitte nrupaalaad-bhayam - vitta means wealth - As soon as the money increases the king is there to take the share. There are no kings now. But the tax man is there and you have to pay him. He will say, "Oh you are earning 300 pounds, give me 50 pounds." And you can't hesitate then. You can deny to your wife, - "I will not give you money now. Why are you asking for money?" (laughter) But you cannot deny the tax man. You have to say, "Take, take."  

Then maane dainyabhayam - If you expect respect, you will always be disrespected. This is the greatest bhaya. That is why Caitanya Mahaprabhu forces us - 'amaaninaa maana denaa' - You should not expect any respect from others. But you should always offer all respect to others. That is the safe way. If you respect some one, the person to whom you give respect will gain in health and you also will gain health. By respecting others you become happy and he also becomes happy. On the contrary if you disrespect anybody, he loses health and you also lose the health. So do you want to lose the health or increase the health ? Choice is yours. And if you want to increase, you have to give respect to everybody and don't expect respect from others. 

"Then bale ripubhayam - if you are strong, then there is a fear if somebody more powerful will contest with you. That is also a fear. Then roope jaraayaa bhayam roopa means beauty. If you have nice roopa, then jaraa oldage is there. The same beautiful body will become like a monkey body in the old age. We saw 95 year old mother in Fiji in one of the devotee's house. She was not able to talk also. Once her body must have been beautiful. But old age kills the beauty. Without attraction to the Lord, we cannot keep our body also alright. Please this is the main requirement for your own health and body. It is not that you are doing something for Krishna. You are just doing for your own self. Don't leave these beads.

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

Then in old age also, your body will be beautiful. Otherwise beauty will be completely marred in old age. That is greatest fear and we cannot avoid it. It is bound to come. It is coming. So please try to follow these things. Then shaastre vaadi bhayam - If you are very proud that you know shastras very nicely, then you will be defeated by someone else. The escape from this fear is important and that is why we should be very humble to learn from the child also. Please don't go into these fears. There is so much to be told. But we are controlled by time. Hare Krishna."