22 June 2020

Become the Intelligent Driver!

Hare Krishna. Welcome to all in the Japa Talk session. Today devotees from 907 locations are chanting with us. Japa talk is nityam bhagvata sevaya. You should think about the Japa talk. It is food for thought. This way our intelligence will get developed and we will all become intelligent to know who is Krsna (Krsna tattva) and what is Maya ( Material tattva).

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur said, ’kṛṣṇe matir astu' bali' gosāñi kahila

Offering his obeisances to Caitanya Mahāprabhu, Sārvabhauma Bhaṭṭācārya said, "Namo nārāyaṇāya" ["I offer my obeisances to Nārāyaṇa”].

" In return, Caitanya Mahāprabhu said, "Kṛṣṇe matir astu" ["Let your attention be on Kṛṣṇa”].” [CC Madhya Lila 6.48]

Mayavadis are not very intelligent, because they have misconceptions about God. The Lord gives intelligence to His devotees.

īśhvaraḥ sarva-bhūtānāṁ hṛid-deśhe ‘rjuna tiṣhṭhati bhrāmayan sarva-bhūtāni yantrārūḍhāni māyayā

Translation The Supreme Lord dwells in the hearts of all living beings, O Arjun. According to their karmas, he directs the wanderings of the souls, who are seated on a machine made of the material energy. [BG 18.61]

May you also get intelligence. Intelligence drives our life just like driver or pilot. This body has been called a vehicle which is made of 5 elements. Maya is also there in the form of mind, intelligence and false ego. They are also part of this vehicle. Maya influences these subtle parts and steals the intelligence. If we are intelligent then we will drive our machine properly. Wherever there are pits, we will avoid them just like an intelligent driver does. If a driver is a drunkard then surely he will end up in the pit. Similarly due to worldly thoughts we will be making our rounds in this world. 8.4 million species means there are those many machines. The soul is the passenger. Due to Karma, the soul sometimes receives a stationary body as in a tree and sometimes a moving body, like it may be able to fly in the body of a mosquito or bird. By the Lord's mercy we get this rare human form of life. The human form of life is the best of all the species because in this human species we can get such knowledge. In other species our knowledge is just related to eating, sleeping, mating and defending.

Ahara Nidra Bhaya Maithunam Cha Samanam Etat Pashubhir Naranam l Buddhir Hi Tesham Adhiko Visheshaha Buddhya Vihinaha Pashubhirsamanaha ll

Translation Food, sleep, fear and procreation are common between humans and animals. However, it is the buddhi alone (and the subsequent ability to wilfully perform dharma) sets a human being apart. A human who disuses (or abuses) this right is comparable to an animal. [Hito-updesh]

There is nothing special about this. This goes on in every species such as cats and dogs. It is only in this human life that we can realize about religion and follow dharma.

teṣhāṁ satata-yuktānāṁ bhajatāṁ prīti-pūrvakam dadāmi buddhi-yogaṁ taṁ yena mām upayānti te

Translation To those whose minds are always united with me in loving devotion, I give the divine knowledge by which they can attain me. [BG 10.10]

In the human form the Lord gives us that kind of intelligence. If we have received a human body and we only eat, mate and sleep, then we are wasting our human life. We are knowingly drinking poison, if we don’t utilize this human life to sing the glories of Radha Krsna. In the human form it is our duty to fix our intelligence in Krsna. I pray to the Lord to give you this intelligence. kṛṣṇe matir astu. [Isvar, Allah tero nama sabko sabmatti de bhagwan]

We have to read Vedas, Puranas in authoritative succession. All scriptures say that Guru, Sadhu and Sastra are three pramans and we have to follow their instructions.[Tukarama Maharaja and our acaryas have said it. Then we just need to hear from the authorities.]

tad viddhi praṇipātena paripraśhnena sevayā upadekṣhyanti te jñānaṁ jñāninas tattva-darśhinaḥ

Translation Learn the Truth by approaching a spiritual master. Inquire from him with reverence and render service unto him. Such an enlightened Saint can impart knowledge unto you because he has seen the Truth. [BG 4.34 ]

We need to hear from authorities that Krsna is kind and hence He is guiding us from within. The Lord is the topmost authority. When we get such intelligence then as we are sitting in this vehicle, we first decide our destination then we turn on our engine. The soul is sitting within this vehicle, intelligence is the driver, holding the ropes. There are 5 horses which are the senses. The ropes driving the horses are in the hands of intelligence which is the mind. If the driver understands that he has to go to Vaikuntha, Vrindavan or an ISKCON temple to serve, then intelligence is settled.

sarvasya chāhaṁ hṛidi sanniviṣhṭo mattaḥ smṛitir jñānam apohanaṁ cha vedaiśh cha sarvair aham eva vedyo vedānta-kṛid veda-vid eva chāham

Translation I am seated in the hearts of all living beings, and from Me come memory, knowledge, as well as forgetfulness. I alone am to be known by all the Vedas, am the author of the Vedānt, and the knower of the meaning of the Vedas.[BG 15.15]

When the jiva does devotional services the Lord gives it remembrance. The Lord is sitting there within our heart. We have to fix our intelligence to go to Bhagavata dhama only, not to merge in Brahma Jyoti, Swarga and Narga, etc. If we have the realization that we are part and parcel, servants of Krsna then the intelligence is working properly and it will avoid all the pits and obstacles and reach Bhagavata dhama directly.

āmhī jāto āpulyā gāvā | āmacā rāma rāma ghyāvā ||1||

tumacī āmacī he ci bheṭī | yethuniyāṁ janmatuṭī ||2||

Translation Tukarama Maharaja said, “I am going back to my home, ie Godhead. I pay my obeisances. Rama, Rama to everyone! This is a gift for you to say Vitthal-Vitthal or Ram Krsna from your mouth. I am going back to my home Vaikuntha.” [Tukarama Maharaja Abhanga]

If intelligence realises this then it directs the life avoiding the pits, it directs us to our home. We need to understand this. Before sitting in a vehicle we need to understand where we are going.

ayi nanda-tanuja kinkaram patitam mam vishame bhavambudhau kripaya tava pada-pankaja- sthita-dhuli-sadrisham vichintaya

Translation O son of Maharaja Nanda (Krsna), I am Your eternal servitor, yet somehow or other I have fallen into the ocean of birth and death. Please pick me up from this ocean of death and place me as one of the atoms at Your lotus feet. [Siksastakam 5]

In this way you can prepare yourselves. Don’t procrastinate. We have already lost many births by such low thinking - eating, sleeping and mating.

ṛṇaṁ kṛtvā ghṛtaṁ pibet yāvajjīvetsukhaṁ jīvet bhasmībhūtasya dehasya kutaḥ punarāgamanaṁ bhavet

Translation Even if one has to go in debt, as long as one lives, he should live happily bye eating as much ghee as possible. Since the material body simply becomes ashes at death, how will it ever come to life again? [Carvaka Muni]

A Communist leader in Russia once said to Srila Prabhupada that if a body is finished then everything is finished. Many people of this world have brainwashed us. Make a strategy that we will lead this life in a different way. We are telling you what is that difference. Srila Prabhupada said that every devotee should be independently thoughtful. You should be having thoughts of acaryas and scriptures. This is high thinking. Just as Prahlada Maharaja has said that sex life and other activities of grhamedhis are very cheap, we have to leave this low thinking and receive higher thinking. We need to become like Father, like son.

hank you! Hare Krishna!