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Swami's Class in Mayapur
(Mayapur, India) - February 9, 2001: His Holiness Radhanatha Swami gave
class in Mayapur this morning. He spoke from Srimad-Bhagavatam 7th Canto,
Chapter 15, Text 35.
GBC meetings are well under way now; so most of the GBC members are here
as well as GBC Deputies and devotees from around the world taking courses
with the MIHE. The front of the temple room during class looks like a
forest with so many sannyasa dandas reaching up into the air.
began by thanking the devotees for giving him an opportunity to render
service by speaking something he has heard from Srila Prabhupada.
Srila Prabhupada first came to the Western world," he said, "he
wrote that the nature of the soul is full of bliss, however in the
conditioned stage of material existence, people are seeking pleasure
through their senses. This is called lust."
went on to explain that if lusty propensities are redirected toward
Krishna, they become purified and reawaken our dormant love for Krishna.
Srila Prabhupada first came to the West he saw it was a generation of
people trying to gratify their senses. "Yet, Srila Prabhupada
convinced these people that if you want real people you must serve
Krishna," Maharaja said.
it is a type of insanity to think we can ever be happy by enjoying the
senses with their objects. At the same time, he said it is because the
senses are pleasure seeking that we can't stop them from searching for
pleasure. He quoted the Gita where Krishna says that one should cease such
engagements by experiencing a higher taste. "When we experience that
higher taste then we are no longer concerned with the pleasures of this
undergo great endeavor to control their senses, he said, but the senses
are so impetuous and strong that they drag away the intelligence. But
Krishna says that one who concentrates on Krishna can control the senses.
We must forcibly restrain our senses from sense gratification and at the
same time fix our consciousness upon Krishna.
we fix our consciousness on Krishna then we obtain the mercy of Krishna.
Then it is possible to obtain the mercy of Krishna. A devotee simply
depends on the mercy of Krishna, he said.
also said that great yogis can fall down because they are not dependent
upon the mercy of the Lord.
our consciousness is absorbed in Krishna then He will always protect
us," Radhanatha Maharaja said. "In any other process, karma
kanda, jnanan karma, we may try to control the senses, even to the point
of obtaining mukti, but again we must fall down after some time if we are
not experiencing the higher taste of the service to the Supreme
Personality of Godhead."
continued, "If we are not pleasing Krishna and the devotees, then
whatever means we are doing to try to fix our minds on Krishna will simply
said that whether we are cooks, pujaris, managers, we are all just trying
to serve the Lord, and if we serve Him in that attitude then our minds
will be fixed on Krishna. We should fix our minds on Krishna in such a way
that He is satisfied.
Prabhupada gave us the perfect process by which we can realize Krishna as
the Reservoir of Pleasure. As we fix our consciousness in that way then we
can never fall down. The only possibility of falling down comes when we
are not trying to please Krishna," he said.
© CHAKRA 10 February 2001
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