Published on February 3rd, 2022 | by HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada | Full size image9
There are Seeds of Living Entities in Water
In the water, the living seeds are there. The other day I was showing our other devotees how from the stone the grass is coming. There is a crack in the stone, and the grass is coming out. How it is? Nobody has gone to put some seeds within the cracking of the stone. How the grass is coming? The grass is coming because the water penetrates within the crack, and as soon as it gets in touch with the earth, it sprouts. That means within water there are seeds of living entities.
Sri Brahma-samhita, Verse 32 — New York, July 26, 1971
angani yasya sakalendriya-vrtti-manti
pasyanti panti kalayanti ciram jaganti
govindam adi-purusam tam aham bhajami
(aside:) Why not sit comfortably? Please. There is ample space in the front. You can move. So Govinda, angani yasya sakalendriya-vrtti-manti [Bs 5.32]. Angani, angani means the limbs of the body. Just like hands, legs, ear, nose, they’re different parts of our body. The distinction between this material body and spiritual body is that just like this hand is made for particular purpose—you can pick up something, you can touch something, but you cannot taste something. If you want to taste something, then the hand will bring that food to your mouth and will touch your tongue. Then you can know that it is bitter or sweet.
But simply by touching the hand it is not possible to understand what is the nature of that particular… Therefore God’s body is described here that angani yasya sakalendriya-vrtti-manti [Bs 5.32]. Each and every part of the body has got the capacity for other parts of the body. Just like if you want to eat, we have to taste it through the tongue, through the mouth, but Krsna, or God, if He simply sees only, He can eat, simply by seeing. This is spiritual body. Angani yasya sakalendriya-vrtti-manti, pasyanti panti kalayanti ciram jaganti [Bs 5.32]. In another sense, this whole cosmic manifestation is also the body of God; therefore you cannot hide anything from God’s vision.
In the Brahma…, the same Brahma-samhita, it is said that yac-caksur esa savita sakala-grahanam. Savita. Savita means the sun, the sun-god, or the sun planet, is the eye, one eye of God. And the other eye is the moon. So He can see all things, what is happening within this universe—in daytime with His eye called the sun, and at night with moon. And in the Bhagavad-gita it is confirmed. Krsna says, prabhasmi sasi-suryayoh. Prabhasmi sasi-suryayoh: “I am the sunshine and the moonshine.”
So people who deny existence of God, they say that “Can you show me God?” You are seeing God. Why you are denying? God says that “I am the sunshine. I am the moonshine.” And who has not seen the sunshine and moonshine? Everyone has seen. As soon as there is morning, there is sunshine. So if sunshine is God, then you have seen God. Why do you deny? You cannot deny. Krsna says, raso ’ham apsu kaunteya: “I am the taste of the water.” So who has not tasted water? We are drinking, daily, gallons of water. We are thirsty, and the good taste which quench our thirst, that is Krsna.
So you have to see God, or Krsna, in this way. Then you’ll advance, make advance. This is Krsna consciousness. We have to see in everything, Krsna. As soon as we see living entity… Never mind whether he’s a human being or animal or insect or bird or plant or aquatic; they’re all living entities. In the sea, there are nine hundred thousand species of living entities. Jalaja nava-laksani. These are the statements in the Vedic scriptures. Exactly stated: jalaja nava-laksani. It does not say ten hundred thousand; it says nine hundred thousand. Exact calculation. Now bring any biologist to calculate how many species are there in the water. They cannot say. But here, in the Padma Purana, Vedic literature, you get exact information how many species of living entities are there within the water. Everyone knows that there are living entities, full of living entities. We are catching fish, but small fishes. We have not seen. Even if we have seen the biggest fish, that is, whale… Sometimes they are as big as one big ship. But there are other fishes, we get information, they are called timingila.
The big fish, the whale fish, and timingila means there is another big fish which swallows this timingila, this whale just like anything. These informations are there. And in Calcutta Museum, in our childhood—it may be still existing—we saw one skeleton of a fish that is bigger than this room, a skeleton. It is hanging on the ceiling. So there are very, very big, big fishes. Jalaja nava-laksani. You get immediately information, without being a biologist, scientist, you can get information. The Darwin’s theory, in most perfection, there is in the Padma Purana: jiva-jatisu. The evolutionary theory is there. But Darwin is missing the real point: Who is, who is evolving? He’s missing the spirit soul. He cannot explain. That is imperfect.
But in the Vedic scripture you have got perfect knowledge, how a living entity is developing different types of body. Jalaja nava-laksani. First of all, nine lakhs’ species of living entities within water. In the water, the living seeds are there. The other day I was showing our other devotees how from the stone the grass is coming. There is a crack in the stone, and the grass is coming out. How it is? Nobody has gone to put some seeds within the cracking of the stone. How the grass is coming? The grass is coming because the water penetrates within the crack, and as soon as it gets in touch with the earth, it sprouts. That means within water there are seeds of living entities. Some of them fall down from the higher planetary system. That is stated in the Bhagavad-gita: ksine punye martya-lokam visanti [Bg. 9.21]. As soon as their period of enjoyment is finished, they are again brought down on this earthly planet. Just like in your country the immigration—every country—the immigration department, if somebody has come, he has got a visa for six months or one year, or something like that. As soon as it is finished, immediately the immigration department notifies: “Please get out. Please get out.” Similarly, in other planets also, there are higher planetary systems where material comforts are many thousand times better than in your USA.
Your United States is considered to have the best facilities, comfortable materialistic way of life. That is the calculation outside. So supposing that you have got the best facilities for material enjoyment. In higher planetary system there are many thousand times better facilities. You can go there. The living entities are therefore called sarva-gatah. A living entity can go anywhere he likes, but he requires qualification. Any country, when one is admitted, he must have visa, he must have passport, he must have required money to stay in a foreign country. So many rules and regulations are there. Similarly, in the higher planetary system also, where you get ten thousand years of duration of life, and their one year is far, far greater than ours. That is scientific.
So these, this material world is also the virat-rupa, universal form, of the Lord. Angani yasya sakalendriya-vrtti-manti [Bs 5.32]. I’m just trying to explain what is the body of the Supreme Lord. Just like in the Bhagavad-gita, Arjuna was shown the virat-rupa, the universal form of the Lord. Now why Arjuna wanted to see the universal form of Krsna? The reason is that Arjuna knew it very well… Because in the Tenth chapter Arjuna accepts Krsna that param brahma param dhama pavitram paramam bhavan: [Bg. 10.12] “You are the Supreme Lord, param brahma, and pavitra, the purest.” So Krsna…, Arjuna knew that Krsna is the Supreme Lord, and still, in the Eleventh Chapter he requested Krsna that “If You’ll kindly show me Your universal form.” Try to understand. Arjuna knew it very well that Krsna is the Supreme Lord. Why he wanted to examine Krsna? Not for himself, but for others. Because Arjuna knew it very well that in future so many false Gods would appear: “I am God.” So before accepting anyone as God, imitating Krsna, one should inquire from him “Whether you can lift a hill? Whether you can show the universal form? Whether you can kill such and such demons? Then I shall accept.” That is intelligence. Don’t accept a foolish man, declaring himself as God, and you accept also God. God is not so cheap. You should know what is God. These descriptions are there. No more, no man, no living entity is greater than God. Therefore God is said: “God is great.” Great means nobody can be greater than Him, nobody can be equal to Him. That is greatness. Six opulences. That is analytical study what is God.
So these things are being taught from authoritative scripture and…, what is God, what is our relationship with Him, and what is our function in that relationship. We should know it. Unless we try to know it, simply we waste our time in frivolous activities, that is not proper utilization of human form of life. We are simply requesting people that “You don’t waste your valuable time.” Our time is so valuable. It has been calculated by Canakya Pandita. Canakya Pandita was a great politician, prime minister, in India, about three thousand years ago, when Candragupta was the emperor. It was about contemporary to Alexander the Great in the Greek history. So Canakya Pandita was there. He was a great diplomat. He has calculated the value of our life. He says… It is very practical. Anyone can calculate.
ayusah ksana eko ’pi
na labhya svarna-kotibhih
na cet nirarthakam (nitih)
ka ca hanis tato ’dhika
He says, ayusah ksana. Even one moment of your life cannot be returned even you spend millions of dollars. One of our friends in India, he was at that time fifty-four years old, but he was dying. So he was requesting the doctor, “Doctor, kindly give some medicine so that I may live for another four years. I have got so many things to do.” Just see, the crazy fellow. You see. This is called ignorance. He does not know that “What to call…, what to say of four years, the doctor cannot give me four minutes prolongation of life.” When the life is ended, it is ended. Nobody can… Any medicine, any physical, physiological treatment will not help. That is not possible. You have got a duration of life, say, fifty years, sixty years, seventy years—a hundred years, utmost. You cannot increase it by paying money. What to speak of four years; you cannot increase four seconds. So just try to understand how much our life is valuable. A second of our life we cannot purchase by paying millions of dollars. And if that second is wasted without any utilization, then how much money we are losing. This is the calculation.
So our, this Krsna consciousness movement is only to remind people that “Please do not waste your time, valuable time, life. Utilize it. This is the opportunity to make a solution of all the problems of life.” There is means, there are ways, how to do it. That we are describing. Yesterday we discussed tapasa, by austerity; brahmacaryena, by celibacy; samena, by controlling the mind; damena, by controlling the senses; tyagena, by giving in charity your money. That is called tyaga. Suppose you have got millions of dollars. Don’t keep it. So long it is within your jurisdiction, spend it for Krsna. Yes. That is the proper utilization.
Because actually the money is not yours, because you cannot carry this money with your death. As soon as you quit this body, or death, so your money and everything, what you collected with this body, with the finishing of this body, everything is finished. But you go. You are spirit soul. You transmigrate to another body. So your money which you earned previously, in your previous body, that you do not know where it is kept, or how it is being spent up. During your lifetime, you may make very nice deed, how the money should be spent by your sons or by your heirs, but now, suppose you left in your last life ten thousand millions of dollars somewhere, but you have nothing, no claim for that money. Therefore so long it is in your hand, spend it. Tyagena, tyagena. Spend for good purpose, not for… This money, if you spend for bad purposes, then you become entangled. If you spend for good purposes, then you get good return. That’s a fact.
These things are very nicely, clearly stated in the Bhagavad-gita. This dhana, charity—the Bhagavad-gita says there are three kinds of charities. One charity is in the mode of goodness, one charity is in the mode of passion, and one charity is in the mode of ignorance. So mode of goodness charity means you should know where charity is to be given. Datavyam: here charity is to be given. So where charity is given? First-class charity, in goodness? That is stated in the Bhagavad-gita. Krsna says, yad karosi yad asnasi yat tapasyasi dadasi yat, tat kurusva mad-arpanam: “Whatever you are eating, whatever you are undergoing, austerity, whatever you are doing, whatever you are giving in charity, give it to Me.” Krsna’s not in want of money, because He’s the original proprietor of everything, isavasyam idam sarvam. But still He’s asking from you money. Just like Krsna went to beg something from Bali Maharaja in the shape of a Vamana, a dwarf brahmana. So He is the sarva-loka-mahesvaram. He’s the proprietor of all the planets. And still He’s saying that dadasi yat kurusva mad-arpanam: “Whatever you are giving in charity, please give it to Me.” Why? It is for your interest, because the sooner you return Krsna’s money to Krsna, you are better situated. In, in, of course, it will not be very palatable to hear, but actually we are all thieves. We have stolen God’s property. That is material life. Anyone who has got anything without sense of God, it is to be understood that he has stolen the property. If you very cool-headed think over this matter, that you are… If we do not understand God, if we do not understand whose property we are using, and if you come to the real knowledge: without Krsna consciousness, whatever we possess, that is stolen property, stolen property… Stena eva sah ucyate.
It is clearly said in the Bhagavad-gita. If one does not expend his money for yajna, then he is to be understood… Just like there is many, many instances… Just like you have earned so much money. If you hide income tax, then you are criminal. You can say, “I have earned money. Why shall I pay income tax, government?” No. You must pay. And there is a limit, that if you have earned so much money, practically the whole money will be taken as income tax, super tax. So as everything you earn, it is the property of the government, similarly, why not everything, whatever you got, it is Krsna’s or God’s? Is it very difficult to understand? Actually it is so. Suppose you have constructed a very nice building. So the building requires so many stone, wood, earth. Wherefrom you have got it? You have not produced the wood. It is God’s property. You have not produced the metal; you have taken it from the mine. That is God’s property. The earth, also, the bricks also, which you have made you have simply given your labor. That labor is also God’s property, because you work with your hand, but it is not your hand; it is God’s hand. If it is your hand, then when it is paralyzed, you cannot use it. When the power of using your energy of the hand is withdrawn by God, you cannot work.
So these are the things to be studied in Krsna consciousness. Don’t be frivolous. Don’t waste your time. This is the greatest opportunity, human form of life. We have to understand all these things. They are mentioned in the authoritative books, Vedic knowledge. Just we are reading, Srimad-Bhagavatam, before you. So Sukadeva Gosvami’s recommending that prayascittam vimarsanam. Real atonement is to be thoughtful, sober, think over… That is called meditation. You think over whether your body, or if you are something else, transcendental to body, what is God. So if you want to know all this knowledge, then you have to practice austerity, tapasya. And the beginning of tapasya is brahmacarya. I’ve explained yesterday: brahmacarya, celibacy, or restricted sex life. Not unrestricted. That’s not good. Then you forget yourself. This material attraction is sex life. Not only human society—in animal society, in bird society, everywhere. You have seen the sparrows, the pigeons, they’re having sex life three hundred times daily, you see, although they are very vegetarian. Yes. And the lion is not vegetarian, but it has got sex life only once in a year. So it is not the question of vegetarian or nonvegetarian. It is the question of understanding higher standard of knowledge. When one comes to the standard of high elevated knowledge, naturally he becomes vegetarian. Because panditah sama-darsinah [Bg. 5.18]. Pandita means one who is very highly learned, pandita. Sama-darsinah. Sama-darsinah means he does not distinguish between a man, learned man…
brahmane gavi hastini
suni caiva sva-pake ca
A pandita is sama-darsi. He sees equally, who? A very learned scholar, brahmana; and a elephant; and a dog; and a cow. How he’s sama-darsi? How his vision is equal to all of them? Because he does not see the body; he sees the soul. Brahma-bhutah. He sees the Brahman, spark, that “Here is a dog, but it is also a living entity. By his past karma, he has become a dog. And here is a learned scholar. He’s also living spark. But he has got this nice opportunity for his past karma.” So he does not see the body. He sees the spirit soul, spark. So when one comes to that position, he does not make any distinction between this living entity to that living entity.
So our proposition: If you inquire, “Then why you restrict, “No meat-eating’?” The answer is that actually we do not make any distinction between the meat-eaters and the vegetable eaters, because the cow or the goat or the lamb has got life, and the grass, it has also got life. But we follow the Vedic instruction. What is that? Now, isavasyam idam sarvam yat kincit jagatyam jagat, tena tyaktena bhunjitha: everything is the property of the Supreme Lord, and you can enjoy whatever is allotted to you. Ma grdhah kasya svid dhanam. You cannot touch others’ body, others’ property. You cannot touch. That is Vedic life. So in all scriptures it is stated that man should live on fruits and vegetables. Their teeth are made in that way. They can eat very easily and digest. Although jivo jivasya jivanam: one has to live by eating another living entity. Jivo jivasya… That is nature’s law. So the vegetarian also eating another living entity. And the meat-eater, they’re also eating another… But there is discretion. Discretion means that these things are made for human being. Just like fruits, flowers, vegetables, rice, grains, milk—the animals do not come to claim that “I shall eat this.” No. It is meant for man. Just like milk. Milk is an animal product. It is the blood of the cow changed only. But the milk is not drunk by the cow. She is delivering the milk, but she’s not taking, because it is not allotted for it. By nature’s way. So you have to take. Milk is made for man, so you take the milk. Let her live and supply you milk continually. Why should you kill? Follow nature’s law. Then you’ll be happy. Tena tyaktena bhunjitha. Whatever is allotted to you, take. You live comfortably. So our, in temple, in this temple, we take fruits, flowers, milk because they’re allotted, and Krsna says: patram puspam phalam toyam yo me bhaktya prayacchati. Krsna does not say that “You give Me meat.” Krsna says, “You give Me fruits, flowers, vegetables, milk.” So we prepare nice preparations out of these things, we offer it to Krsna, and we take it. If Krsna would have said that “Give Me eggs and meat,” then we would have given and eaten it. But because we are Krsna conscious, we do not take anything which is not accepted by Krsna.
So in this way, this is called sama dama. We have to learn this art of elevation. Tapasya. That is called austerity, regulative principle; brahmacaryena, by celibacy, or by restricted sex life; samena, by controlling the mind; damena, by controlling the senses; tyagena, by giving charity. The charity… Charitable disposition of mind is there in everyone’s heart, but one does not know how to make the best use of charity. Best use of… Not only charity—whatever you spend, you must spend for Krsna. That is the best way of spending. You are not loser. Just like you are spending for Krsna, earning for Krsna. Suppose we are offering nice dishes to Krsna. Krsna is so kind. He keeps it as it is: you eat. It is for you. But simply by offering to Krsna you become Krsna’s devotee. That’s all. For nothing. You don’t spend anything, not a farthing even. Everything is Krsna’s, but if you offer it to Krsna, you elevate. That’s all.
Thank you very much. (end)