The bodily designations are the impediments in your devotional service. And this is very nicely given here that as soon as you purify your actions on this foundation, you can then be devoted to the Lord. Otherwise you are always on the bodily level.
"Please You are so very kind, kind to me Lord Rama that even though I don't have any of these things You have accepted me as Your servant." And this is the main instruction to our own life that in any condition of life you can just go on chanting.
Even if you lose everything and you are staying under the tree, even then you can carry on the devotional service. Or you may have a hut with you and you may be able to carry on the devotional service. Or you may have a palace, you'll be able to carry on the devotional service. Doesn't matter at all what condition you are in.
It doesn't matter if you are a Christian, whether you are Mohammedan, whether you are Jew or whether you are Hindu or whatever it is. Doesn't matter at all. Everybody has to satisfy God. Everybody has to satisfy Kṛṣṇa. Everybody has to be tolerant. Everybody has to be merciful.
So, don't think that if you behave, what is going to happen? No, even a single living entity does something bad, immediately the whole material manifestation has to suffer. What to talk of one family? What to talk of one society or what to talk of one city or what to talk of one planet?
It is very easy to lecture about tolerance, it's very easy. But when it comes to the point we can't tolerate anything. Cannot tolerate anything. This cultivation has got to be there and unless you tolerate, you will not function properly. Even husband and wife, if they don't tolerate each other, they cannot function.
The tree we hit, we hit the mango tree for example with a stone. The tree gives you mangoes. You cut the candan tree, you are cutting, you are destroying the tree but it is giving you the flavour, never resists. If you hit a stone, somebody hits you with a stone, what will you do?
Unless you satisfy Kṛṣṇa your life becomes completely useless. And useless life has no meaning. That's why it is useless. And as soon as something is useless it is to be thrown into the basket or dustbin. So as soon as something is useless it goes to the dustbin. If your life is useless, not trying to serve the Lord it is supposed to go to the dustbin.
So far as you are here, you are hearing some Kṛṣṇa katha, you are singing some verses or singing something, you are completely peaceful. But as soon as you are outside, you are not at peace with your own system.
That is the main thing to be understood from Baladev's appearance. That He is the supreme spiritual master. His guidance, we must have. And unless we have His guidance, unless we have this study and unless we know the scriptures it is very diffucult to keep clean our altars also.
I told them that, "This is because you don't belong to any sampradaya." Sampradaya means, it gives you the correct thing. And definite sampradaya you belong to. We have four Vaishnava sampradayas. It doesn't matter what sampradaya you belong to. But there is something, somewhere you are guided how to worship Krsna.
Without the mercy of the spiritual master in the parampara system, it is very difficult for the living entity to recognise the Supreme Absolute Truth. And that's why Srila Prabhupada insists in so many pages of Srimad Bhagavatam, nearly so many purports insist on this that we should belong to the parampara system.
The instruction of Bhagavatam is svanuṣṭhitasya dharmasya, you have to be situated in your own dharma, you have to situated in your own ashrama, you have to be situated in your own varna. And then saṁsiddhir hari-toṣaṇam, this is the art, yogaḥ karmasu kauśalam, you have to carry on your activities which ever activities you are doing.
Qur devotional service should be completely pointedly pointed to, targeted to the Supreme Whole Kṛṣṇa. Otherwise if you have anything in our mind except Kṛṣṇa, then that devotional service is rejected by the Lord.
Srila Prabhupada gives very nice example in Brahma Samitha that there may be one candle lighted orginally. All other candles are of the same quality and same quantity. But even then the original candle which is lighted first remains the original candle. This is how we should be very clear regarding the different expansions of Kṛṣṇa in the form of Vishnu tattvas.
The more we hear from realized souls, the more we make advancement in our devotional life. The more we advance in devotional life, the more we become detached from the material world. The more we become detached from the material world, as advised by Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu, the more we increase in attachment for the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
O it's a great misfortune, that we had come to this house wherein the host does not even know the glory of Ganges. We have been travelling thousands of miles from our home-town just to have darshan and holy dip in Ganges river. But even after staying so near to Ganges, this person has wasted his whole life.
Usually body is constantly troubled by hunger and thirst and our minds are troubled by fear, lamentation and illusion. But when we are in touch with Krishna-katha, we become immune to all physical and mental problems
I always give the example you know that you may, might ring from Chennai that I am coming. There are four defects in this. You can't come unless you are alive, (Gurudev laughs). The dead body cannot walk. And you can't guarantee that you will be alive. So one mistake is committed that you are cheating me.
Man why somebody has a stroke. Within a second, half your body is completely gone. You are alive but half is gone completely. Who, who does it? It's the air from that part, is completely gone. You can't move the hand, you can't walk. Suddenly everything, movement stops. As soon as the movement stops, it becomes very heavy. Just to move it, it is so much endeavour.
We think that our legs walk. Frankly speaking our eyes and prakash, the light helps us to walk. In dark, pitch dark - it is very difficult to walk. Eyes are not working and then there is no light. And particularly when we are weak, legs are weak you can't walk in darkness. This is the thing. Always it is Him in the background.
Anything you feel that is the truth, is because of Him. Without Him, everything is void. This is the thing. And we don't digest this idea. "I'm doing, I'm doing, I'm doing." You put "I" between Him, outside Him. That's why He's, He's far away. As soon as you give Him credit He's near you.
Lamp is there but it has darkness beneath also, however it gives light to others. To that extent we are really in difficulty. If family members accommodate, that is the greatest asset. But if they do not accomodate, even then we have to go on.
Prabhupada has written that every writer is a child of his/her circumstances. That includes to interpret Bhagavatam. So how to practise it in our times, that is our responsibility. So everybody in every time, everybody must write about it.
In the farming, the whole family were under the eye of the superior. Grandfather was there. Or father was there. So they'll be dictating you know, so something was to be done, in the crops or whatever you know, in the cows and so many things. That was the best system. There was no risk.
If you reject Krishna from your life, we become Ravan and if you become Ravana, for a while you may prosper. You may have golden Lanka and you may have so much prosperity, you may be very proud also. But the end is very bad.