Atheist means a person who doesn't believe in God. If we are angry, it means that things are not according to our wish. But everything is happening under the control of the Lord, then where is the question of becoming angry? Still, if we are angry, that means we are not accepting the authority of God. It means we are atheistic. Every time when we become angry, we must think we are atheistic.
Anger is just one letter short of danger. So anger is just one step before danger. Therefore one should control his anger. Whenever we are angry we should not open our mouth.
We need to maintain the body in a condition favourable to practice devotional service as this is an instrument to serve God. Therefore, regulative principles are there. First, we must try to sleep early, by 9 or 9:30 pm. Those who sleep after this time develop blood clots. Secondly, we should wake up by 5:00 am. Those who wake up after this time develop cough. We should have only minimum needs and should not increase them artificially which in-turn leads to diseases.
We should behave in such a manner that Krishna should be willing to come to us. But most of the time, we behave in a manner that Krishna wants to depart.
A grain of practice is more valuable than tons of knowledge. By not criticizing anybody, we are observing the austerity of speech. Speaking is a very easy activity and that is why we criticize. Our body is so formed, that we can see only other’s face and we cannot see our own face. We are not aware of our own defects and we talk about others. By always performing the religious principles we avoid this pitfall.
Cleanliness is the first requirement. Cleanliness includes banishing the idea of grabbing another’s property. Grabbing tendency makes us lazy because we want to get something without working hard for it. As soon as we cheat somebody, our blood circulation goes wrong. What can an operation do? Cutting the body will not help you. If the bad tendency is not gone, again we have to cut. It is not that the body can be cured by outside treatment. Behaviour according to Bhagavad Gita gives a healthy body. Anti-Bhagavad Gita behavior affects our health.
Complication must be avoided - be it bathing, washing, cooking or eating. Then you will have time to think about Krishna. The fact is we are not ready to be simple and we find so many excuses not to be simple.
Duplicity must be avoided at any cost. If you are duplicitous then it does not harm any other people, but it harms your own self. To avoid duplicity we should avoid the tendency to grab other things / others’ things.
These scriptures are not in the sky. They are very much intimately connected with day to day life. Unless the way we deal with things in our day to day life is not changed, what is the use? Outward show is quite alright. Tilak is there, dhoti is there, japa mālā is there – but what is inside? Nothing. Outward show cannot continue. Hypocrisy cannot take us anywhere. Hypocrisy is known as “dambha” in Sanskrit. Hypocrisy should be avoided. At any cost – hypocrisy must be avoided.
So far as possible, night work is to be completely avoided. The night is not meant for work. It is only meant for rest. The lights also should be very dim. Before night whatever you need to do, you should complete. Then take japa beads in your hand. Just chant and go to sleep.
We have to do only two things in spiritual life. Adjust and tolerate. Tolerate and adjust. The whole life is about that.
The question that comes before us is that what is our duty in this age. We cannot stop the work which we are doing. And we cannot go to the farming may be. But one thing we should try to understand, in these times particularly, it becomes our pious duty to live for our own ancient teaching and to the best of our capacity we may try to mold our lives. If you cannot mold, at least you please introduce this swadhyaaya- that is the study, of may not be of all of scriptures but at least of Bhagavad-Gita. Our BBC is Bhagavad-Gita, Bhagavatam and Chanting. Minimum we should start to follow this at least.
In these three things you should never be satisfied. And that is Svadhyaya – the study of the scriptures, Japa-chanting, Danayoh-charity. Please remember that, we don’t want to be jyanis. We want to be bhaktas - to be devotees. Then why do you want to have study? svadhyaya - why? - this sloka insists, is only to increase our faith in Supreme Absolute Truth, Krishna. To that extent we must have the knowledge. And to that extent only we should try to touch Bhagavad-Gita, Bhagavatam. And as soon as you come to this conclusion that you want to increase your faith, in the name of Krsna, in the existence of Krsna, you want to understand what is He, how He appears, what is His constitution, what is our constitution? All these things are made very clear in our scriptures particularly in Bhagvad-Gita. All the preliminary knowledge is squeezed. And for this life time at least Bhagavad-Gita is more than enough for us.
In Kali-yuga you think about the pious activity and you get the result. Whereas the sinful activity you have to perform and then you will be punished. This is speciality (of Kali-yuga). I don’t mean that you should only think and never do anything. Otherwise we are very clever. “I am thinking. I am thinking I am thinking.” You think that: “I have to go to hear Srimad Bhagavatam” and it will give the result as if you have already heard. But don’t be like this. Always try to do something. This is specialty of Kali-yuga . Kalau Keshava Kirtanad. We all get auspicious results by just Keshava kirtan. Just thinking about Krishna, just speaking about Krishna, few verses here and there from Bhagavad-Gita or few chapters if you can.
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