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Plan Is the Best Plan
A lecture by Devamrta Swami
Class notes by Vipramukhya Swami
Melbourne, Australia, 21 January, 2002– Devamrta Swami came cruising in to Melbourne late last night from Singapore. He had been in London, India, and Russia. He and I were new bhaktas together in 1973 in New York, so we know each other pretty well.
He gave Srimad-Bhagavatam class this morning from SB 7.2.9. Hiranyakasipu was making plans how to kill Visnu after Lord Varaha killed Hiranyakasipu's brother, Hiranyaksa. The purport was very short.
Devamrta Maharaja said that the demons think that Visnu is an impediment and cannot understand why the Lord takes the side of the demigods. They don't want Him meddling in the cosmic manifestation according to His desire. He should leave the cosmos alone and let us do what we want, but now He has interfered and taken side with the demigods.
The demons think they will kill Visnu and once Visnu has been killed, the demigods will dry up.
When we come to the material world we have a mission to try to enjoy independently from the Supreme Lord. All living entities are born with a certain psychology. There are two things, attachment and aversion. These form the duality of material existence. We can see these prominent psychological tendencies: attached to imitating Krishna and averse to serving the Lord. Demons feel this is the way of success, and there should be no religious intervention in the world. Religion, they think, is a crutch that should be kicked away as soon as economic stability is achieved.
What can God really do for you? That is a question we have to ask ourselves.
Why do demons feel the Lord is an impediment to their plans? Because they want to satisfy their senses, and everything the Lord instructs is to restrict sense gratification.
The tongue is the most voracious sense, and in Krishna Consciousness there is full facility to satisfy that sense. Sex is not the most powerful sense, the tongue is, Maharaja said, and there is facilty to satisfy the tongue by tasting prasadam. So there is sense gratification in Krishna consciousness in the form of nice prasadam.
Krishna consciousness means Krishna enjoys first and we take the remnants, but demoniac persons don't even want to leave their remnants for Krishna.
Hiranyakasipu was roaring like a madman. Why do demons have this animosity? Because they can't stand it that Krishna gets the best sense gratification.
Who makes this propaganda that Krishna consciousness is dry and there is no sense gratificatory activity? There is no sensual activity, but there is sense gratification. Devotees have the nicest prasadam. Take prasada and you'll be satisfied. Or if you want other things, then take to grhastha life.
We have to do it according to Krishna's terms, and that's what the demons don't like. Krishna's plan is the best plan for us in terms of satisfaction.
© CHAKRA 22 January 2002
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