is praying. The prayer is very peculiar. What is that peculiar prayer? The prayer
is sneha-pāśam imam. Pāśam
means "rope." We are bound up by the ropes of affection to the family. This family or that family, everyone
is bound up. Ato gṛha-kṣetra-sutāpta-vittair janasya moho
This family combination is māyā
because we all, living entities, we are being washed away by the waves of material nature. Prakṛteḥ kriyamāṇāni guṇaiḥ karmāṇi sarvaśaḥ
So just like the waves of the river carry so
many straws scattered here and there, and sometimes by whirlwind, all the straws meet together in the water, so our meeting—"I am the father. You are the son. She is the wife. He is the
grandson," or "He is father," or "She is..."—in this way, our mixing up in a group of family is exactly like the assembly of some straws in the waves of the river. It has no meaning. Just like
the straws, they gather together by the movement of the waves, and again, by the movements of waves, the straws are scattered here and there, here and there, here and... Nowadays it is very
practical. Just like I am an Indian. I have my family. You are European, you are American. You have got family. But now where we are from, the family, we scattered. This is practical. We have no
more any connection with our father, mother or children. No. We are now gathered in another group, Kṛṣṇa
So this is māyā. Janasya moho 'yam ahaṁ mameti
We gather exactly like the straws, and on
account of māyā's
influence, we become very much attached: "Oh, here is my son. Here is my wife. Here is my family. Here is my..." And this is the, what is called,
entanglement. Our main business is in the human form of life how to get out of this material world. They do not know. They not only create family but also society, community, nation, In this way
we are embarrassed. The so-called nationalism, socialism and communism—simply moha, moha,
exactly the same way as the small,
that insects, under some illusion, moha,
they come to the light and sacrifice their
life. I have told you many times. We have seen in 1947, partition days, Hindu
-Muslim fighting. One
party was Hindu
, other party was Muslim. They fought and so many died. And after death, there was
no distinction who is Hindu
or who is Muslim. The municipal men, they gathered together in
piles and to throw them somewhere. Exactly the same way, the same insects, they come to the light and die in the morning, and we gather them together and throw in the street.
So long the life is there, everyone is thinking, "I have got this responsibility. I have got this responsibility. I have got this responsibility," and they are working very, very hard and doing
all nonsense. Nūnaṁ pramattaḥ kurute vikarma
stealing for the sake of family maintenance, doing so many sinful activities, but when they are scattered again by the laws of nature, nobody will be sympathetic to me if I suffer for my own
sinful activities. But they do by the so-..., for the so-called family. They get money, and they... Due to affection... First of all, whatever he earns, by hook or by crook, first of all he wants
to see that his wife, children, are fed up very nicely. And, at last, if there is some remnants, he can eat, out of affection. You see?
So therefore this affection is the very hard knot for being bound up in this material world, this affection. Therefore the Vedic civilization is that the affection is to be cut off compulsory at
a certain age, not that the affection should continue. If the affection continues, then there is no chance of my becoming free from this material world. There is no chance.
Because the wife's..., affection with the wife, is very, very strong. So vānaprastha
means the husband and wife, they give up the
affection. Not give up, go away from home, and they travel in the holy places just to purify, and again, when the affection draws, they come to the family. Again remain for one or two months,
then again go away. So the wife, there is no sex connection, but wife remains as assistant to the man to be accustomed how to remain aloof from the family. And then, when he is practiced to
remain aloof from the..., then wife is also sent back to the family, to the care of elderly children, and the man takessannyāsa,
compulsory. It is called "civil suicide." My Guru Mahārāja
used to say, "Commit civil suicide."
Mean... If you commit suicide it is criminal. It is also suicide, no more connection with family. This is also suicide, but it is civil. There is no criminal action against... But it is also
voluntarily committing suicide—no more connection with anyone.
Ata saba hari āra varṇāśrama-dharma, niṣkiñcana haya laya kṛṣṇaika śaraṇa.(?)
This is the...Varṇāśrama-dharma,
is planned for material life in a systematic way so that,
in due course of time, one may give up the family relationship and take sannyāsa
and completely devote for Kṛṣṇa's service. This is the plan of varṇāśrama-dharma. Varṇāśrama-dharma
is not meant for planning something, and you remain in the family. No. The Varṇāśrama... Varṇa
meansbrāhmaṇa, kṣatriya, vaiśya, śūdra. Cātur-varṇyaṁ mayā sṛṣṭaṁ guṇa-karma-vibhāgaśaḥ
not everyone is qualified in the same way. Therefore you... The ācārya
will pick up that "They are meant for becoming brāhmaṇas.
They are meant
" Or for coming from kṣatriya
family... So first of all,
one who is qualified as a brāhmaṇa,
he has to observe the four āśramas,
they'll have to observe three āśramas: brahmacārī, gṛhastha
And the vaiśyas,
A... Only the brāhmaṇa
So in Śaṅkara-sampradāya
, strictly, unless one is born in brāhmaṇa
family, he's not offeredsannyāsa.
He's not given sannyāsa.
So far we are concerned, we also offer sannyāsa
to the brāhmaṇa,
But according to quality we create brāhmaṇa,
that we are offering sannyāsa
to the śūdras,
No. The principle
can be offered only to the brāhmaṇas.
So one may
not mistake that we are offering to the..., offering sannyāsa
the mlecchas, yavanas,
as they complain. Some of my Godbrothers, they criticize like that, that I am offering sannyāsa
to the mlecchas, yavanas.
This is wrong idea. This is nārakī-buddhi.
Actually, a Vaiṣṇava
above this varṇāśrama-dharma.
But we don't claim that we have become perfect Vaiṣṇava
. We are not so impudent. We want to remain under the Vaiṣṇava
. Under the Vaiṣṇava
means... In Caitanya-caritāmṛta
is paramahaṁsa. Vaiṣṇava
has no saffron
is white cloth becauseVaiṣṇava
above. But we don't claim the position of Vaiṣṇava
. We want to remain servant of Vaiṣṇava
order is below the position of Vaiṣṇava
order means still in the material classification. But this Vaiṣṇava
is paramo nirmatsarāṇāṁ satām.Dharmaḥ projjhita-kaitavo 'tra paramo nirmat...
]. This Vaiṣṇavism is meant
for paramonirmatsarāṇām, paramahaṁsa. Sa guṇān samatītyaitān brahma-bhūyāya kalpate
position is not very easy thing, above all qualities. Therefore Śrīla
Ṭhākura introduced not to become an imitation of Rūpa
, the Gosvāmīs
, they are paramahaṁsas.
And in Vṛndāvana
you'll find so-called bābājīs,
they have imitated the dress of Rūpa
Gosvāmī—half loincloth—but a biḍi
in the mouth. What is this nonsense? Rūpa
Gosvāmī used to smoke biḍi
? (laughter) Not only that. You'll find in Vṛndāvana
so many Rūpa
Gosvāmīs are making biḍi.
Have you seen in the Gopīnātha
Bazaar? They're making trade,biḍis,
and shameless. Therefore my Guru Mahārāja
introduced this. Of
is there in theVaiṣṇava
... All the ācāryas,
they were sannyāsa,
but later on, it so degraded that these biḍi
-smoker, they imitated Rūpa
Gosvāmī. Therefore to purify, Guru Mahārāja
system, below the paramahaṁsas,
not that artificial means I become
No. When one is...
stage has got four stages: kuṭīcaka, bahūdaka,
and paramahaṁsa. Kuṭīcaka.
These are the processes. He is not practiced to beg from door to
door. Therefore in the beginning he makes a cottage outside the village, and the foodstuff comes from his home. But he has no connection because by vānaprastha
he has already
left home, and bysannyāsa,
completely... But takes prasādam
from home. That is called kuṭīcaka.
Then when he's practiced, he goes from door to
door, and that is called bahūdaka.
And then, when he's still more practiced, he becomes a preacher, parivrājakācārya,
goes from country to country, state to
state, for preaching. And after preaching, when the preaching is advanced to some extent, then he sits down in a place as paramahaṁsa.
That is called paramahaṁsa.
Different stages. Not that all of a sudden one becomes paramahaṁsa
also, not like that. Paramahaṁsa
stage is not to be imitation. So to stop this imitation, Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī
Ṭhākura introduced this system, sannyāsa.
He personally became sannyāsa,
and to many of his disciples, he gave sannyāsa.
So the whole process is how to get out of the affection of this family, community, nationalism. This is the process. This is illusion. But at the present moment, this illusion is being increased.
They criticize the..., that "What is this nonsense? So many people, they have been entrapped by this Kṛṣṇa
consciousness movement, and they are nothing, they are doing nothing for the society, nothing for the nation, nothing for the family. So they are
." They are thinking like that. Even Subhash Chandra Bose, he was a politician.
He came to my Guru Mahārāja
that "So many people, you have captured them. They are doing nothing for nationalism." So Guru Mahārāja
"Well, for your national propaganda you require very strong men, but these people are very weak. You can see. They are very skinny. So don't put your glance upon them. Let them eat something and
chant Hare Kṛṣṇa
." He avoided like that.
And then there were many others. That was a philanthropy, to give food to the daridra-nārāyaṇa.
These things are going on. Nobody
is interested that..., or they know it, that human life is only meant for God realization; there is no other business. Otherwise Caitanya Mahāprabhu
is not so fool that at
the age of twenty-four years He took sannyāsa
and preached this cult:
He was not such a fool because that is the only business. That is the only business, how one should develop Kṛṣṇa
consciousness. That is the verdict of all Vedic śāstras.
What is the meaning of Vedic..., studying Vedas?
Vedaiś ca sarvair aham eva vedyaḥ
That is the only necessity. To become
educated, learned scholar and learned in Vedas, catur-vedi, tri-vedi, dvi-vedi,
were divided according to education. Ordinarily they must study, vedi, Vedas. Veda-pāṭhād
Without Vedic knowledge, nobody can become a brāhmaṇa. Veda-pāṭhād
bhaved vipro brahma jānātīti brāhmaṇaḥ.
And by Vedic knowledge, when one understands Brahman
, the Absolute Truth, he becomes brāhmaṇa.
So there are four Vedas: Sāma, Yajur, Ṛk, Atharva.
Generally they read one Veda, Sāma-vedi, Ṛg-vedi, Yajur-vedi, vedi.
who studies two Vedas,
he is called dvi-vedi,
and the apabhraṁśa
And one who studies
he's called tri-vedi.
In... And I mean to say up-country, these titles are still there: vedis, dvi-vedis, tri-vedis,
But they have no connection with Vedas
now; simply with the name, and begging in the name of dvi, dvi-vedi
or tri-vedi, catur-vedi.
The purpose is how to become disentangled with this family relationship. Family or society, that is the increase or expansion of the same affection. So the so-called nationalism is also
materialism. There is the simply expansion. Just like you have got a party of rogues. And a big party or small party, the business is plundering. That's all. Because you have got a very big party
of thieves, it does not mean that you are immune from criminal activities. Therefore these things are not required. People have become accustomed, but we discourage them. We do not approve this
so-called nationalism. Therefore we have named "Internationalism." "International," no distinction between this nation or that nation, this religion or that religion. Religion is one. There
cannot be two religions. If God is one... And what is religion? Religion means the law given by God. That is religion. This is a simple definition. "What is religion?" If somebody says... They
will say, "Religion means this; religion means that." No. The simple definition of religion is "the law of God." Dharmaṁ tu sākṣād bhagavat-praṇītam
Just like law. Law means the order given by
the state. That is law. Your order is not law, or my order is not law. But when the state orders, state orders, "Keep to the right," you must keep your car to the right side. Or the state orders
that "Keep your car to the left side." In Europe, and some, somewhere, it right side coming to left side. So, so, the, according to the state... You cannot say, "Why sometimes it is left side,
sometimes right side?" No. It may be whatever it is, but because it is the state order, you have to abide by it. You cannot say that "I was driving my car in India to the left side. Why shall I
drive on the right side?" Sometimes they feel inconvenienced. But no, you have to because that is the state order.
So similarly, as the law means state order, similarly, religion means God's order. That's all, simple definition. Dharmaṁ tu...
It is not that we have
manufactured... It is stated, dharmaṁ tu sākṣādbhagavat-praṇītam
what is dharma,
neither the human being, nor the demigods, nor big, big sages,
saintly person, and whatever you say, philosopher. No, nobody knows what is religion. Dharmasya tattvaṁ nihitaṁ guhāyāṁ mahājano yena gataḥ sa panthāḥ
means those who are authorized person by God, one who knows what is the law of God, he's mahājana.
So a guru
because he knows
what is religion and what is the law given by God. Therefore he's mahājana.
has become mahājana?
Because he is following the previous mahājana.
That's all. It is not difficult. Evaṁ paramparā-prāptam imaṁrājarṣayo viduḥ
Just like we are Mādhva
. Madhvācārya. Or Brahma
Or there are twelve, twelve mahājanas
stated in the śāstras,
is one of them.Svayambhū
. Brahmā's name is Svayambhū
. The other
day we were discussing Svayambhū
. Or Ātmabhū. Ātmabhū. Because he is born out of the abdomen of
the father, not of the mother. Not... The other... Father is the seed-giving, life-giving agent. So this life was not transferred to anyone else to take the body. The life-giver, father, gave him
the body. Therefore Brahmā
is called Svayambhū
.Svayambhūr nāradaḥ śambhuḥ kumāraḥ kapilo manuḥ
They are all mahājanas.
means the codes or the law given by God. That is dharma.
And our life is meant fordharma. Dharma.
But unfortunately we have
created so many dharmas.
But there cannot be so manydharmas.
There cannot be. Suppose if gold... Gold is gold, pure gold. There cannot be... Just like they have
made twenty-carat gold, fourteen-carat gold, sixteen-carat gold. That is mixture. That is not pure gold. We are preaching, "If you say it is religion, it is pure religion, not carat."
"Fourteen-carat religions" or "Twenty-carat religion," no. Real, pure religion. What is that pure religion? Sarva-dharmān parityajya mām ekaṁ śaraṇam...
]. We are teaching, "Just surrender to Kṛṣṇa
consciousness. That is pure religion, original gold, no carat gold. Therefore our Vṛndāvana dāsa
Ṭhākura has said very
clearly, pṛthivīte yāhā kichu dharma nāme cale:
"Whatever is going on, all over the world, in the name of dharma,
" bhāgavata kahe tāhā paripūrṇa cale,(?)
"according to the opinion of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam,
all this rascaldom is simply cheating." Now, if you say that, everyone will be rebellious. But that is the fact, because
means the order of God, then what is God's order? That "You become My
devotee." Man-manā bhava mad-bhakto mad-yājī māṁ namas...
]. Four things: "You always
think of Me, and you become My devotee, you offer your obeisances," man-manā bhava mad-bhaktaḥ,
"and worship Me."
So we are teaching this real religion. Here is Deity, Kṛṣṇa
. So we are thinking of Kṛṣṇa
, "Hare Kṛṣṇa
." We are worshiping Deity, Kṛṣṇa
. There is no
difference between Lord Kṛṣṇa
and Deity. He's Kṛṣṇa
. And we are offering obeisances. So the same... This... Therefore it is real religion because we are strictly following the laws of
We have no other business. So therefore this is real religion, if you take, or real culture, real society—everything real. Because God is real, anything
in connection with God, according to His instruction, that is real. All other things are imitation. So always remember that if somebody takes us as religionists, yes, we are religionists, but
pure religionists. If somebody says socialist, we are pure socialist. If somebody says we are diplomats, poli..., yes, we are pure politicians. What is pure politicians? Politics requires
violence. So annihilate the demons and give protection. The politics means two things. The state, government, what is that? Government gives protection to the good citizen, and those who are
rogues, punish them. Law and order. Two things are there: maintenance and law and order. So similarly, our Kṛṣṇa
consciousness is also the same thing. But so far we are concerned, because we are not in political power... Otherwise we have, would have
followed the principles of Kṛṣṇa
But Caitanya Mahāprabhu
has shown us the way, that we kill the demons in a different way. We kill the demons in this way: By chanting Hare Kṛṣṇa mantra,
we purify him so that his
demonic activities are stopped. That is also another way of killing. He stops his demonic activities. That is Caitanya
Mahāprabhu's mercy, that He did not kill Jagāi
. Although He wanted to kill them because they
, but still, Nityānanda Prabhu
reminded Him that "In this
incarnation, You promised that You'll not kill. So have mercy upon them." So their demonic activities were killed. That is also killing. Caitanya Mahāprabhu
this condition, that "You have to stop your sinful activities. Whatever you have done, that is done." So we make this condition. The demonic activities, we say, you have to stop. Whatever is done
is done. Strictly following Caitanya Mahāprabhu
, there is no consideration. Because one, you were previously a demon; therefore you cannot become aVaiṣṇava
—no. Anyone can become Vaiṣṇava
provided he stops his demonic activities. Anyone. Anyone is welcome provided he accepts this philosophy, sarva-dharmān parityajya mām ekaṁ śaraṇaṁ vraja
So this is the way that Kuntī
is praying, that sneha-pāśam imaṁ chindhi dṛḍham .
So in this way we can
get rid of the so-called affection for society, friendship, love, country, nationalism... No. Our sneha,
affection, is completely transferred to Kṛṣṇa
That is Kṛṣṇa
Thank you very much. (end)