Published on November 28th, 2021 | by HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada | Full size image5
Increase Krishna Consciousness and There Will Be No More Anxiety
“So our Krsna consciousness movement is for that purpose. Increase Krsna consciousness and there will be no more kuntha, no more anxiety. People are trying to be anxiety-less, and that is only possible by this movement. Put always in touch with Krsna. And the method is very simple- Hare Krsna. That’s all.”
“I surrender unto the lotus feet of Sri Nityananda Rama, who is known as Sankarsana in the midst of the catur-vyuha consisting of Vasudeva, Sankarsana, Pradyumna and Aniruddha. He possesses full opulences and resides in Vaikunthaloka, far beyond the material creation.”
rupam yasya udbhati sankarsanakhyam
tam sri-nityananda-ramam prapadye
So identification of Nityananda Prabhu. So He is the second Sankarsana also. The first Sankarsana… From Vasudeva, Sankarsana, Pradyumna, Aniruddha, four, quadruple expansions of Balarama… Then, from Sankarsana, first Sankarsana, the Narayana, four-handed Narayana, that is the next expansion, and again, from Narayana, there is another quadruple expansion, second Sankarsana, Vasudeva, Pradyumna. So the second Sankarsana also is expansion of Nityananda Rama, Balarama. So where is this Vaikunthaloka? It is rather imprudent to inquire because we cannot calculate even this material world, what is the length and breadth of this universe. This is only one universe. This is called mayika brahmananda. Mayika means shadow. Shadow… Shadow is existing on account of the real. So therefore it is called maya. Just like the example is, in your country, in the window, there are many nice model, beautiful women standing or a man standing, nicely dressed, but that is not real man or woman. That is shadow. That is called maya. This is the example of maya. Maya means it is not fact, but it appears like fact. That is called maya. Another example is… Just like the mirage, water in the desert. Actually there is no water, but it appears that there is water. The foolish animals, they run after this water, but there is no water. Simply running after will o’ the wisp, phantasmagoria.
So every one of us in this material world- hankering after happiness. Everyone is trying to be happy. But it is like the same, that there is no water in the desert, and still, the foolish animal running after it.
So this whole material creation is like that. The creator of this universe, Krsna, He says, duhkhalayam asasvatam: [Bg. 8.15] “This is the place for suffering.” And you are seeking after happiness. Just like in the prison house: it is the place for suffering, and if you want to be comfortable, this is called maya. Maya-sukhaya bharam udvahato vimudhan [SB 7.9.43]. The whole world is running after happiness what is not possible. Therefore they have been described as vimudhan, rascal. We sometimes use this word very frequently, “rascals,” and they become angry. But actually that is the description, “rascals.” All these so-called civilized men, so-called civilized men, they are not men even. They’re all animals. But in the sastra, they have been described as dvi-pada-pasu. They are animals, but they have got two legs. That’s all. That is the difference. Animals, generally, they have four legs, catus-pada, but these animals are two-legged. That is the difference. They’re animals because… The same example: In the desert there is no water, and the animal is running after it. Why he’s called animal? Because he does not understand that “In the desert, how there can be water?”
So Vidyapati has sung a song, tatala saikate, vari-bindu-sama, suta-mitra-ramani-samaje. We are trying to be happy here in this material world- how? Suta-mitra-ramani-samaje. Suta means children. Mitra means friends. Society, friendship and love, wife, children… Tata… So one may say, “Unless there is no happiness, how they are struggling for this suta-mitra-ramani-samaja?” So Vidyapati says, “Yes, there is happiness.” Certainly there is happiness. Otherwise why these vimudhan, foolish people, running after it? So he says that the value of their happiness is a proportion of a drop of water in the desert. Tatala saikate. Tatala means, very hot, and saikate means sand. Those who have seen desert, they have got experience how it is intolerable during sunshine, vast, I mean to say, tract of land with sand. So naturally they require water. So if somebody says, “Yes, I’ll give you water,” and a drop of water… What is called? Proportionate, token. It is called token. “Yes, you want water. Take this water, drop.” “What this water will do? This is desert. I want ocean of water and you are giving me drop of water? What is the value?” So still, we are seeking water there. Therefore it is rightly said, tatala saikate, vari-bindu-sama. Vari-bindu. Suta-mitra-ramani-samaje.
atma-sainyesu asatsv api
pramattah tasya nidhanam
pasyann api na pasyati
Dehapatya-kalatradisu. This body, deha, apatya, children; kalatra, wife; adisu, with all these things… Then again extend. From children, you get… You get them married. Then again extension- daughter-in-law, son-in-law, grandson. In this way, we are increasing our so-called happiness. Atma-sainyesu. And we are thinking that “These surrounding friends–society, friends and love, nation–will give me protection.” In our country, we have seen. Gandhi struggled so, mean, hard for getting independence, thinking that “We’ll be happy.” But Gandhi himself was killed.
So this is called maya. You try to understand maya. Maya means where there is no happiness, no fact, and still, we are struggling for it. This is called maya. Try to understand what is maya. Maya-sukhaya bharam udvahato vimudhan [SB 7.9.43]. Prahlada Maharaja says. Actually there is no fact, and still, we are struggling for it. The whole universe is like that. Even you are situated as Brahma or you are situated as an ordinary insignificant ant, this struggle for existence is going on. So Prahlada Maharaja says that “These rascals, they are struggling for existence for happiness which is not possible in this material world. And beyond this struggling atmosphere of material world, maya atite…” Atite. Atite means beyond. Mayatite vyapi-vaikuntha-loke. There is another world. That is also informed in the Bhagavad-gita. Parah tasmad tu bhava anyah ‘vyaktavyaktat sanatanah. There is another bhava. Bhava means nature. Just like this is nature. We have got experience, the maya. Maya nature means here our main aim is to find out happiness. That is… Because we are spirit soul, part and parcel of Krsna, sac-cid-ananda-vigraha [Bs. 5.1] Krsna, so we are also minute sac-cid-ananda. Our existence is like that. But because we are very small, therefore that, I mean to say, quality, sat, becomes sometimes extinguished. The example is just like the spark of the fire. It is fire. A spark from the fire falls on your body. As soon as it falls it will burn that small pointlike place. So it has got the same quality. But as soon as it comes out of the fire, it becomes extinguished–no more fire. It is carbon. Again take it and put it in the fire, then again it is fire. So our position is like that. We are factually of the same quality, sac-cid-ananda. So our falling down in this material world from Krsna means we lose our identity of eternity. It becomes covered. Just like the same small spark. It is fire, but it is now extinguished, cinder, just like coal, cinder. So long it is with the original fire, it is also burning, but if you take it and keep it aside, then it becomes ashes. So this is our position. And we are struggling here. We have lost the fiery quality, and still, we are trying to be fire. This is called maya existence.
So there is another world. That information is given here. Mayatite vyapi. Vyapi means very extensive. This whole material world is one-fourth of Krsna’s expansion, one-fourth. And that Vaikunthaloka is three-fourths. So therefore it is called vyapi. Vyapi means very extensive. We cannot calculate even this material existence. It is only one-fourth. Now, how it will be possible for us to calculate the vyapi vaikuntha-loka? Vyapi-vaikuntha-loka. Vaikuntha means… Vi means without, and kuntha means anxiety. So Vaikunthaloka means there is no anxiety. There is no anxiety. Here we are full of anxieties in this material… Even big, big businessman, who has got enough money, you’ll find he is in anxiety. He’s always thinking, “How this business will go on? How this, maintain so many men?”
I have seen it that our printer, Dai Nippon, the president, when we, for the temporary, we stopped our business, he was full of anxiety. Yes. Now they have agreed to reduce ten percent more than any printer. Why? He was full of anxiety. (laughter) This is the fact. So don’t think that very big, big businessman or one who has got enough money, he has no anxiety. Anxiety there should be. This is the place of anxiety, kuntha. Prahlada Maharaja pointed it out that tat sadhu manye ‘sura-varya dehinam sada samudvigna-dhiyam asad-grahat. Here, in this material world, whoever is there, even Brahma, he is also in anxiety, in full anxiety. Indra… You know. Prthu Maharaja was sacrificing hundred times, and Indra became very much anxious that “If Prthu becomes so great, then he may occupy my seat.” So he wanted to put hindrances so that he may not fulfill the so many yajnas.
So everyone is anxiety in this material world, maya. So our Krsna consciousness movement is to take a person or all of them from this maya to Vaikuntha. That is Krsna consciousness, to save the living entity from anxiety and bring him to the platform of no anxiety. That is the difference, from anxiety to no anxiety. That is the greatest gift to the human society. Everyone is full of anxiety because he is in this material world. He must be full of anxiety. So here the information is given, mayatite vyapi-vaikuntha-loke: “There is another atmosphere, another nature, where there is no anxiety, no anxiety.” Kalpa-vrksa-laksavrtesu surabhir abhipalayanatam. Here we are keeping cows, but no milk–anxiety. Thousands of rupees’ spending, and no milk, powdered milk. You see? This is the position, full of anxiety, always. So you cannot be free from anxiety in this loka.
Therefore in this life, in human form of life, you can understand by cultivating knowledge from the sastra, from guru, from saintly persons, “What is the position? What I want? Why I am full of anxiety? How it can be mitigated?” So therefore this information is given vaikuntha-loka, back to home. Yad gatva na nivartante tad dhamam paramam mama [Bg. 15.6].
So Krsna consciousness movement is the only endeavor where, by becoming Krsna conscious you become transferred from this maya to Vaikuntha. This is the purport. Mayatite, beyond this maya, there is another kingdom where there is no kuntha, vaikuntha-loke. And there is management. As here there is management, the king or president, or ministers and so many things, there is also management. But that management is conducted by the Supreme Personality of Godhead personally. Here the president or king manages whole thing. And therefore the ideal manager or the executive head is a person who is a saintly person and devotee. That is wanted.
In politics also, there is need of devotees. The politicians, they first require to understand Krsna consciousness if they actually want to do good to others. If they remain like animals, it is not possible. Then whole world, the people, will suffer. That is the position now. There is no standard ruler. A ruler must be representative of Krsna. Just like Maharaja Yudhisthira. Maharaja Yudhisthira was representative of Krsna. Or Lord Ramacandra, He was God Himself. Such executive head needed, not these rascals. Then you’ll never be happy. Simply by hook and crook you select some rascal president; you’ll never be happy. He must be Krsna Himself or Krsna’s representative. Then people will be happy. Imam rajarsayoh viduh. They are thinking that “The Bhagavad-gita is meant for some parasites. They are doing nothing, and they are indulging in reading Bhagavad-gita and living at the cost of others.” They are thinking like that. But actually the ruler should be the well-conversant student of Bhagavad-gita. That is the statement in the Bhagavad-gita. Imam rajarsayoh viduh. It is meant for the saintly kings. Because if the king or the president understands Bhagavad-gita, he can make solution of all the problems. But he remains a rascal, and there is no solution. They’re simply fighting with one another. This politician is fighting with another politician. This is going on. This will never make us happy. Therefore it is better to go away from this place and go back to home, back to Godhead.
Prabhupada: Don’t try to be happy under these rascals. It will never be possible. That is the instruction of all sastras.
Now, the question was who is to be elected in the…, or accepted as the ideal king. Our Pancadravida Maharaja was asking this question. That is very simple thing. The ksatriyas… There are two ksatriya families, and still they claim, one from the sun-god, and one from the moon-god. Candra-vamsa, surya-vamsa. In this material world, there are two ksatriya families. Ksatriyas are meant for ruling over. So everything is stated in the Bhagavad-gita. So you have to select ruler from these two dynasties. Actually. Imam rajarsayo viduh. You have seen the picture drawn by our artists, that Krsna is instructing the sun-god. Imam vivasvate yogam proktavan aham avyayam [Bg. 4.1].
So Vaikuntha-loka is there. There is no problem. But you can make this maya-loka also Vaikuntha-loka by spreading Krsna consciousness, the same quality. Just like iron is iron, but you can make it fire. How? Simply putting it into the fire. Gradually, warm, warmer, then it becomes red hot. At that time, the iron is no longer iron; it is fire. Similarly, if you can propagate Krsna consciousness constantly, then, by spreading this Krsna consciousness movement, you can make the whole world Krsna conscious, and then it will be Vaikuntha. The same example. You put the iron rod with the fire, and it becomes hot, hotter and then red-hot. When it is red-hot then it is no more iron rod. It is fire. Anywhere you touch, it will burn.
So our Krsna consciousness movement is for that purpose. Increase Krsna consciousness and there will be no more kuntha, no more anxiety. People are trying to be anxiety-less, and that is only possible by this movement. Put always in touch with Krsna. And the method is very simple–Hare Krsna. That all. If you keep yourself in touch with Hare Krsna… We have already been known as Hare Krishna people all over the world, Hare Krishna people. So increase this population, Hare Krishna people, and it will be Vaikuntha.
Thank you very much. (end) (Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Adi-lila 1.8 Mayapur, April 1, 1975)
Today evening image above this article depicting Krishna and Balarama and the cowherd boys returning home along with their cows came to my mind and it was very blissful moment. It is so easy and so nice to be Krishna Conscious!
Hare krishna prabhu
I want to know that under the guidance of Srila Prabhupada how did isckon used to distribute krishna prasadam to people??
As I have recently shifted to a new home in silliguri. Near the home is a Isckon temple.
I learnt that they are distributing full meals prasadam to people in exchange for money and not free. Only some fruits or sweets are given for free. Is this the way Prabhupada intended it or is it modified?
But as far as i know that the hare krishna devotees used to distribute krishna prasadam freely.
Also is it safe for us to join their hare krishna sankirtan, as they may not be pure devotees or may be atheists, as iskcon does not follw Srila Prabhupada completely (it is confirmed by you many times), by nature but after all it is hare krishna sankirtan????
Srila prabhupada said that milk touched by poisonous serpent becomes poisonous but it is hare krishna mantra so it is sure to act positively in some way or the other (although it will not be as effective as the chanting of devotees). And also everyone is allowed to do hare krishna chanting and sankirtan whether he is a saint or demon or atheist. Also the people who come to chant they do chant wholeheartedly wothout any want of money. That must be effective to some extent atleast.
Is it also safe to take the krishna prasadam from them?
Please clear all my doubts and correct me if i am wrong anywhere.
Hare Krishna Prashant
Prasadam distribution from ISKCON temples is free if they are following Prabhupada’s instructions. In Prabhupada’s time devotees also established restaurants, where prasadam is sold, and that is of course perfectly OK, but prasadam distribution at temples is free. Of course when visiting a temple devotees naturally offer something. Not that they go empty handed for free food. So you know these things may have to be adjusted according to time and place so just because they are selling prasadam it does not automatically mean it is bogus.
As you point out it is not good to take milk if it has first been tasted by a serpent. That is because when the serpent drinks the milk he mixes his poisonous venom with the milk, rendering the milk poisonous. So that’s what happens when demons chant Hare Krishna in this way, as a business, the temple business, the guru business, the prasadam selling business, etc. So these people are after money, fame, adoration and distinction, and their kirtans are not really kirtans at all. So I would not join the ISKCON kirtans. Just gives me a headache, there is no spiritual component to it in my experience in recent years.
So I would not recommend you associate with the ISKCON devotees in any way. They have gone completely against the instructions of Srila Prabhupada in unlimited ways. So I think you know my advice is to stay completely away from ISKCON. And that advice stands.
If krishna is black then how does he look beautiful? we see that americans and europeans with fair pink complexion look beautiful and the african negros not much beautiful.
Hare Krishna Sumanth
Krishna is not exactly black. He is Shyama. It is a very beautiful color. Indescribably beautiful color. You have to see it to believe it. When you see Krishna you will understand. He is so beautiful…