Surrender Gives Satisfaction

Verse Number
BG 10.12

(Maharaj sings mangalacaran prayers.)

There is one verse regarding the glories of Lord Ram and that is in a very nice devotional lyric. I want you to learn that verse in these 3-4 days. So, hear it carefully. It’s really nice to recite this daily and the peculiarity of this verse is that Sanskrit grammar is very dry, you know as it is. It requires 12 years to study Sanskrit grammar. But this verse gives you all the cases in Sanskrit. You know it is known as vibhaktis and there are 8 vibhaktis in Sanskrit for every noun . A noun in different 8 parts, you know, and it changes the meaning of the noun with each case and these cases, 8 cases, have 3 numbers that is singular number then plural. Singular and plural we have in English, where as in Sanskrit we have 3 types of numbers singular, then duo for two, there is another form and for plural then, so these 3. So each noun is having 8 different forms and 3 forms from each case. Each noun has 24 forms. Don’t get scared (audience laugh) otherwise you will run away and I will be alone here. (laughter) So don’t get scared. It’s very easy. It’s very, easy to understand. But these words give you 8 forms of Lord Rama's name, Ram’s 8 forms. So if you happen to have the chance to discuss Sanskrit grammar you know, sometime in Mayapur, we always conduct the courses or in Vrindavan. So if you happen to go there, you will utilize this verse very nicely and this is the way. We don't want to be pandits in Sanskrit grammar. We don’t want to be pundits, but we want to be a devotee. So whatever is congenial for our devotion, we should learn it, so that we understand the verses more. So, with this you please hear that verse. And this is a devotional lyric in Sanskrit. It is known as mandhaakraantha. You know there are so many lyrics, but one of the lyrics is this devotional training lyric ,

rāmo rāja-mannih sadā vijayate rāmam rameśam bhaje
rāmennābhihatā niśācara-camuuh rāmāya tasmai namaḥ
rāmān-nāsti parāyannam-parataram rāmasya dāsosmy-aham
rāme citta-layas-sadā bhavatu me bho rām mām-uddhara

‘Hey Ram’, he says, ‘maam – uddhara’ means ‘liberate me from this miserable condition.’ You know, very nice verse. So please try to repeat it, try to repeat. Are you sleeping?(audience laugh) you are not sleeping? No? Eyes are open. There are 3 types of sleep you know (audience burst laughing) one is we sleep, when we sleep. That is a natural sleep and Bipin has another way to sleep (audience laugh) where he keeps his eyes open (laughter) and then the third sleep that is when this material manifestation is annihilated you know and we living entities have to die. That time, that time we enter the Mahavishnu's womb and there we sleep and that is the third sleep. It is a very long sleep. So those who want to sleep, they should wait up till annihilation (laughter). For millions of years they can sleep, but don’t follow the second sleep, keeping your eyes open (audience laugh). So be awake - Jeeva Jago, Jeeva Jago very nice. So now repeat this (Maharaj sings)

rāmo rāja-mannih sadā vijayate rāmam rameśam bhaje
rāmennābhihatā niśācara-camuuh rāmāya tasmai namaḥ
rāmān-nāsti parāyannam-parataram rāmasya dāsosmy-aham
rāme citta-layas-sadā bhavatu me bho rām mām-uddhara

(Every one repeats the verse)

Jai. Very nice. So this is the verse we have to learn, if you want to go from Radhadesh. You want to stay here or go? (audience laugh) Rakesh you are going? So, learn this. Very nice to sing you know (Maharaj sings).

rāmo rāja-mannih sadā vijayate rāmam rameśam bhaje
rāmennābhihatā niśācara-camuuh rāmāya tasmai namaḥ
rāmān-nāsti parāyannam-parataram rāmasya dāsosmy-aham
rāme citta-layas-sadā bhavatu me bho rām mām-uddhara

 This one verse is more than enough to make you Krishna conscious you know. Because this lyric, is devotional lyric. You should try to learn. We’ll give you copies if I am able to make it. If not, next time you come, you bring some papers and then we’ll write it here. In that way, you will learn it you know. Anyway now we come to our point. Again we are very fortunate as I tell you that we have taken out time from our busy life and we are here for 4-5 days. Now this time, should be utilized to understand Krishna. That is our main purpose of human existence. In order to do that, we are ready to undergo any austerities, at least for these 4 days, if not for all of our lifetime. But the austerities are must. For the austerity, there is a Sanskrit word - ‘ta pa’. You know, ‘ta pa’ , ‘ta pa’. In the beginning when Brahma was born, he is Swayambhu. You know he is born himself on the lotus flower coming out of the Mahavishnu's navel and then when he was born it was all dark around him and he didn’t know the purpose of his own existence. He was completely bewildered, you know completely bewildered. So he went down into the stem of the lotus flower and for thousands of years he was traveling through the stem. Even then, he could not come to the root that where is he coming from and why is he here. Then he tried to meditate for crores of years you know. For millions of years, he was meditating and then somehow or the other, Lord was very kind and he suggested him, through his heart and the first word uttered to Brahma that time was ta pa ta pa. These two letters ‘ta pa’ you know ‘tapa’ ‘tapa’? Austerity, tapa means austerity and the meaning of austerity is we are ready to undergo any inconvenience to have some higher enjoyment.

 You know Sant Tulsi dasa, you know ? Have you heard Sant Tulasi dasa ? Audience say, ‘Yes') In India there is a big Ram bhakta. His name is Sant Tulsi dasa. He was very much attracted to his wife, so as you are all (audience laugh) if you have any (everyone laugh). Otherwise wait, be patient (audience laugh). I don’t mean that you should be patient in hospital (everyone laugh). dheeraj you know, dheer - everything will come across you. And then he was very much attracted to his wife. Sometimes it so happened that she went to her father’s house and this fellow was completely upset you know. ‘What is this? Every time she goes.’ And then he wanted to see her in his father-in-law’s house. And his father-in-law’s house was across the big river. There was big river to be crossed and then there was that house. And then it was raining and stormy. It was very stormy and rainy, you know that night. But this sant was very much after (her). He thought, “I should make it somehow or other and he tried in the storm and the rain.” You know the whole river was flooded. He swam the whole river somehow or the other and he went near the building. And then, ‘how to enter the building?’, he thought. So he saw some rod coming out of the balcony. So he thought he could climb catching the rod and he can go to the balcony and knock the door. So he started climbing you know. He didn’t know. He just caught the rod and climbed and then went to the balcony and knocked the door. Fortunately that was his wife’s room and she opened the door and she was surprised to see him in a stormy night. She said, “What have you done?” He said, “I wanted to see you. So I crossed the river and I climbed the rod.” And she asked, “Where’s the rod?” She went out and she saw a big snake. I mean from the balcony. This fellow had caught the snake and (audiences laugh) he didn’t understand and he didn’t even know that it is a snake. Such is a blind love you know. Such is the intensity of love that Tulsidasa went to see his wife. Then his wife cursed him really and she said, ‘So much you are attracted to this lump of flesh and blood you know? Instead of this, if you are attracted to Krishna, then you will be liberated.” So since then, he stopped these things and then again engaged himself in Ram service, Lord Ram service. He has written very nicely Ramayana you know. If you happen to know Hindi, then you should go through that Ramayana. In northern India most of the people are reading the Tulsi Ramayana. Very nice Ramayana. Anyway, this is how we many times undergo so many difficulties for material enjoyment. But when we undergo the difficulties, for the higher enjoyment, then it is ta pa. Now you are performing ta pa. You are very nicely situated in London, in your own houses. But you have accepted this austerity, just to stay here, eat whatever is offered. Otherwise in your house you may get nice chapati and vegetable and everything you know, sitting in one table with spoons and forks and everything. But here you can eat with the hand or there is no plate, this, that. These austerity we accepted voluntarily. We are again crammed in one room and so many are sleeping. Everybody snores you know (audience laugh ) this snoring is.. (everyone laughs) Once, once I had the fortunate (audience continue laughing) I was fortunate with him (everyone still laughs) throughout the night - I will never forget that. (audience laugh). I wanted to read and so I wanted to have the light on you know in the room. And he was sleeping. And we said, ‘Prabhu’. I told him, ‘Would it be alright if I keep the light on?’ He said, “You do anything, if I want to sleep then I will sleep (audience laugh) and once he sleep the roof was completely clear. You know the whole roof was completely coming (audience laugh) and we had to spend nearly five thousand pounds before, five years just to fix the roof. So this is how we snore (all laugh).

Once it so happened, Prabhupad didn’t like snoring you know. And he was always getting up at 1 am early in the morning. So he was hearing many times this devotees snoring. So once he was in a Manor and Tamal Krishna Maharaj was his servant. So he got up at 1am and he heard somebody snoring. ‘Tamal,Tamal!’ he said. Tamal Krishna came in the room and then he said, ‘what can I do for you?’ ‘Who is snoring?’, he said. ‘I’ll go and check.’ ‘Just do it,’ he said (audience laugh) and he stopped there. So Tamal Krishna Maharaj went outside and saw everybody and came back to the room. ‘Prabhupad, nobody is snoring.’ (audience laugh) ‘Alright go.’ So Tamal Krishna Maharaj went (audience laugh). Again starts snoring (audience laugh). So Prabhupad was very upset. ‘Tamal, Tamal come in Tamal. Who is snoring?’ (Audience laugh) ‘Prabhupada, I’ll check.’ So again, Tamal Krishna Maharaj went in and checked everybody you know. Nobody was snoring (audience laugh). He said, ‘Prabhupad, no body is snoring.’ He went away again and again the snoring started. Prabhupad this time was very upset, got up and said, ‘Tamal you are fool. Who is snoring?’ ‘Prabhupad, nobody is snoring.’ ‘You are snoring’, he said. (audience laugh) This snoring we have to avoid.

So anyway that is ta pa. You know ‘ta pa’ word? You should remember tapa. Because it is very important. If you don’t perform tapa, it means you reverse tapa two letters and if you reverse it, it will become ‘pa ta’. pa ta means ‘fall down’ in Sanskrit. ‘pa ta’ means fall down. If you don’t perform ‘ta pa’ means you will fall down. So it is our duty to perform tapa for the higher cause. And here we have decided that we have to know Krishna and that is our higher cause and for that we are performing nice tapa. Now this is, particularly we have to discuss the importance of the scriptures in these seminars you know. Because many times however hard we try, we cannot come to the terms with our mind to believe that these scriptures are really very important for us. Or who has written these scriptures and what is the importance? Somebody may write and somebody may add something somebody may subtract. There are so many arguments. Mind is very clever and the atmosphere around us is completely atheistic. They don’t want to believe in the Lord. They don't want to believe in the scriptures because everything will come in a way of their sense gratification. And the things which come in their way of sense gratification, they want to remove. We are such a lowest of mankind – “I’m very sorry to tell you.” ‘adhama ‘ you know? ‘Adhama - including me you know?’ Because anything which comes in our sense gratification, we want to remove it under the name of advancement. You know, we quote it as we are advanced. You know we have 3 bedroom houses and 2 bedroom houses you know. And as soon as the child is four years, the child wants to sleep with the mother. But they come in the way of sense gratification. So under the name of advancement we have separate bed rooms. Frankly speaking, these separate bed rooms are really curse to the children. And then children become the problem children. The best way and the Vedic way is as soon as the child is 3-4 years old or whatever it is you should stop having a double bed or stop sleeping together. This double bed, there is no word for double bed in Sanskrit. This double bed is a English coined word. Never we have heard about it. And upto today there is no word for it. We should have separate beds and as soon as the children are alright, you get out and go to another bed room. Not the children. (audience laugh) Children want their mother, children want their fathers. They want to love them. But as soon as they are separated, they feel like, “Why ,why we are separated?” That is how the question comes to their mind and then they become the problem child and then the parents complain, “Oh this is a problem child.” I always tell them, “He is not a problem child. You are a problem parent.” (audience laugh) One brute, brute you know in english the word brute? The word B R U T E - completely raw, you know. They don’t have any, any culture, any sort of culture. He was married, Prabhupada’s disciple. I am sorry to tell you. But, he was married, he had four children from the first wife. And then there was quarrels, there was quarrels because he was lazy. Nothing at all you know. ‘Oh prabhu our marriage is Vedic marriage you know.’ ‘ You should surrender to me’, and the wife, poor wife is very simple and she surrenders and then you give her 3-4 kids and a lazy bum (audiences laugh) what is this? We have to organize our life. Ladies want a very nice husband and they are proud of the quality of their husband. At least you develop one good quality that you are a sincere devotee and your wife will be proud of it. Otherwise they will be proud of anything in you if you happen to marry. You know there were 3 ladies going to the well to fetch the water and they were talking and laughing you know. So one lady said, “My husband is so very nice he writes beautiful handwriting and he reads and everybody can read.” The other one was envious. She said, “Forget about that nonsense, my husband such a nice person is he. He writes. He can only read. Nobody else can read (audiences laugh).” The third one was completely upset with these two husbands. “Nonsense husbands you have, my husband is such a nice person. He writes. He cannot read himself” (audiences laugh). So ladies will be proud of anything, but our duty is to develop some good quality you know. And the best quality is surrender to Krishna and be a nice devotee and that will really satisfy everybody, including yourself, your family and everything.

 At the moment there might be some ups and downs you know as everyone has. So these things are going on. But eventually, everybody will be satisfied. Anyway with this, we come to the king of the scriptures and that is Srimad Bhagavatam. We have these puranas you know. Bhagavat is also puran. And Britishers were in our country for 200 years. They wanted to destroy this Vedic culture. So they had wrongly translated our Sanskrit words. In the same way, the puranas were translated as mythology and that is the thing which is just been mentally concocted. Whereas the correct translation of puran, is history. These are the historical facts and they were so very elevated living entities that these histories, they are not only the history of this planet. But there are other planets also. So many types of history are very correctly described in different puranas. So our scriptures are very important. However hard we try, everything is completely inconceivable for us and even then it is very nicely described in Srimad Bhagavad Gita, 10 qualities of the Lord. Lord Sri Krishna is described in two lines in Bhagavad Gita and it is very nice verse. You should remember that verse all the time. I will tell you and we will count all the 10 qualities from 2 lines. We cannot think of the Lord. He is achintya. He is achintya - inconceivable. We cannot imagine. He is very great, unimaginable and even then Bhagavad Gita gives us the description and 10 qualities in 2 lines that verse is 

paraṁ brahma paraṁ dhāma
pavitraṁ paramaṁ bhavān
puruṣaṁ śāśvataṁ divyam
ādi-devam ajaṁ vibhum

See count paraṁ brahma - number 1. Jai.. 3:30? 3:30 ? (Maharaj speaking to a devotee) You got up at 3:30? It was midnight for you (Audience laugh) (Devotee responds) oh were you? Oh that’s right. I understood everything (audiences laugh) anyway we’ll talk about that puran after this (audiences laugh). this is we are talking about Bhagavat Puran. So what was it

paraṁ brahma - number 1.

paraṁ dhāma - supreme abode that is number 2. 

pavitraṁ-purest number 3

paramaṁ bhavān - transcendental, 4th quality

paraṁ brahma paraṁ dhāmapavitraṁ paramaṁ bhavān -  four quality puruṣaṁ - five śāśvataṁ - six ādi-devam - seven ajaṁ - eight vibhum - nine ...finished ! forgot something? Again paraṁ brahma paraṁ dhāma pavitraṁ paramaṁ bhavān puruṣaṁ śāśvataṁ divyam
divyam - we forgot divyam. Now we’ll translate it. 1st quality is paraṁ brahma - He is the Supreme Brahman. There are 2 meanings to Brahman. One meaning is the Supreme Lord. He is also known as Brahman and the 2nd meaning is Mayavadi Brahman and they don’t believe in a person Lord Krishna. But they believe that this whole effulgence is the Brahman, is the Lord. They don't know that there is Krishna and from His own body, this effulgence is emanated. That is very nicely described in Brahmasamhita “ananda - sad - ujjvala - vigrahasyaAnanda means blissful, sad - ujjvala - dazzling light. Dazzling power is coming out of Krishna's body. ananda - sad - ujjvala - vigrahasya and He has form. vigraha means form. His form is Krishna. His color is like the water laden cloud, blackish blue and very shining and because of the rays emanating from His body, unlimited energy emanating from His body, He looks white and that’s why we have murtis many times, marble murti’s you know are usually white. Actually the color of Krishna is blackish blue, but because of the light emanating from His body, because of the energy emanating from His body, His dazzling figure and that is why we have many times marble murtis. Again this murti word is wrongly translated in English. Murtis are not statues. They are translated as statues. The correct meaning of the murti is Deity. It is the form of the Lord, the transcendental form of the Lord. And transcendental form of the Lord is known as deity. We worship that deity and it is exactly like the Lord. Now Britishers have translated it into statues and they blame us. They blame us. ‘They are statue worshipers.’ Idol worship, you know they call it. It’s not that. I will tell you what idol worship is. Idol worship, they are performing. You know parliament houses? Have you seen parliament houses in London? And in front of the parliament house, there's a statue, Churchill statue standing with his stick like this. Since it is created, nobody has looked to it. All the pigeons come and put their shit on it. (laughter) In snow, in storm, in wind, in rain, poor fellow is just getting rotten. That is idol worship. That is statue worship. You just create a statue. Don’t care for it and here we have the transcendental form of the Lord. Such a nice palace you have built. Did Churchill get this? He is in open and pigeons are the only associates. (audiences laugh) and that to for few minutes. Here in we are all attracted from London and we have spent nearly more than 2000-3000 pounds just to come here. Its a lot of money. No doubt we all are very rich but Barkleys bank is here and it’s not going burst like (inaudible) (audiences laugh).

So these things must be really clear that what is idol worship and what is murti worship. What is murti pooja? We call it (murti). It’s not idol worship. Never, never call murti as an idol. Murti is murti. Murti is Lord’s form and with His causeless mercy, Krishna can descend in any form, what to talk of these murtis? If you go to India in any village, outside India, outside the village, there will be a stone - simple stone and just they will paint it red. And as soon as it is painted red, everyone will break (laughter) coconut. So many coconuts. This is how and they are not mistaken. But they don’t have anything. So they keep a stone and paint it like Lord it saffron color you know and they just worship it. It’s not wrong at all. It is good to have faith in the stone than to be a mayavadi, this Brahman. And that is the first word - Supreme Brahman means Lord Krishna. param brahma, param dhama - Supreme abode. We cannot go anywhere except Krishna. And till we are wandering anywhere else, we are miserable. And as soon as we go to Krishna, we are completely satisfied. That is param dhama that is second quality, param brahma param dhama pavitram - this is purest. If you want to approach the purest, you must be pure. And that’s why we don’t follow anything which comes in our devotion. We want Krishna. That is our first requirement and because we want Krishna, we have left everything including tea. Is there anyone who drinks tea here? Be honest (maharaj talks with a devotee – Moulesh? )No he’s honest. But there may be somebody else also. But anyway, I trust your honesty. And I hope you don’t take anything you know. I mean to say that including tea, we have stopped the intoxication. What to talk about fizzy drinks or beer or whisky. We don’t touch at all. Only we have five, what is this, ‘five alloy’, (audiences laugh) oh he said ‘five alloy’ (audiences laugh ) I’m alloy. I'm only one, inside five alloy (laughter) three alloy what .. there is no comparison (audiences laugh) this is the craziness we are following, because we are not pure. And we know Lord is the purest - pavitram paramam bhavan. He is transcendental to everything and that is fourth quality. Then purusham, He is the enjoyer. śāśvataṁ - He is the eternal, divyam - He is the divine, then adidevam - He is the the 1st oldest person. Ajam is without birth and Vibhum - He is the greatest. These are the 10 qualities in one , in one verse of Srimad Bhagavad Gita and if you don’t do Srimad Bhagavatam which is pure nectar, it’s pure nectar you know? Srimad Bhagavatam is a very special scripture because you must know that Parikshit Maharaj was a devotee before his birth. When he was in the womb of his mother, he was protected by Krishna you know. Uttara ran to Krishna when Ashwathama released that brahmastra. It was a sort of nuclear weapon which will hit the target and that’s why Uttara was very much upset. Because he was the last heir to the Pandavas and if he doesn’t survive, then I mean the whole dynasty will be finished and by Krishna’s grace, he could survive and that’s why his another name is Vishnurat. He is known as Vishnurat, protected by Vishnu. He was a nice devotee and ideal king. But once it so happened, he went to move around his city to see whether everything is alright or not. To his surprise, he saw one man dressed as a king and he appeared to be shudra you know. Shudra, we had discussed in the morning. Shudra - lowest quality and as I told you that in the villages, formally even now in some villages, there are shudras who only follow these all bad habits. We belong to the Vaishnav’s community which is higher than Brahminism. I did not have time today to discuss Vaishnavism you know. Frankly speaking we who have taken to this chanting,

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Ram Hare Ram Ram Ram Hare Hare

and reading and understanding and visiting the temples all these things are completely beyond reach of any of the divisions of the society. Even brahmins can’t touch Vaishnavas. Vaishnavas and brahmans become self realized. Then they become Vaishnavas. So even brahmins have to try very hard to become Vaishnavas because devotees are very important to the Lord and that’s why Vaishnavas are higher .

(inaudible) ..Very happy. But we don’t know that millions of animals are just slaughtered for some food or something so many so many if you happen to be a nice person in the society then as you are then you will have plenty of years ahead if you are very young fortunately and we hope that everything will be alright.