Love me, love my cows
Transcript of a category given with the aid of radhanath swami on srimad-bhagavatam 7.Three.Thirteen at iskcon chowpatty, mumbai on january 19, 2008. Listen to this elegance right here.
(om namo bhagavate vasudevaya)
Tavasanam dvija-gavam paramesthyam jagat-pate
Bhavaya sreyase bhutyai ksemaya vijayaya ca
Translation: o lord brahma, your position inside this universe is without a doubt most auspicious for every person, particularly the cows and brahmanas. Brahminical tradition and the safety of cows can be increasingly glorified, and consequently all styles of fabric happiness, opulence and appropriate fortune will mechanically increase. However unluckily, if hiranyakasipu occupies your seat, the whole thing can be lost.
Purport: in this verse the phrases dvija-gavam paramesthyam indicate the maximum exalted position of the brahmanas, brahminical lifestyle and the cows. In vedic way of life, the welfare of the cows and the welfare of the brahmanas are crucial. Without a proper arrangement for growing brahminical way of life and shielding cows, all of the affairs of administration will visit hell. Being afraid that hiranyakasipu could occupy the post of brahma, all of the demigods have been extremely disturbed. Hiranyakasipu was a well-known demon, and the demigods knew that if demons and raksasas were to occupy the supreme put up, brahminical way of life and protection of cows could come to an quit. As said in bhagavad-gita (5.29), the unique owner of everything is lord krsna (bhoktaram yajna-tapasam sarva-loka-mahesvaram). The lord, consequently, is aware of specially properly the way to increase the cloth circumstance of the living entities within this fabric global. In each universe there may be one brahma engaged on behalf of lord krsna, as confirmed in srimad-bhagavatam (tene brahma hrdaya adi-kavaye). The major writer in each brahmanda is lord brahma, who imparts vedic expertise to his disciples and sons. On every planet, the king or best controller need to be a consultant of brahma. Therefore, if a raksasa, or demon, had been situated in brahma’s submit, then the entire arrangement of the universe, specially the protection of the brahminical culture and cows, could be ruined. All the demigods predicted this chance, and consequently they went to request lord brahma to take instant steps to thwart hiranyakasipu’s plan.
Within the starting of introduction, lord brahma was attacked through two demons — madhu and kaitabha — but krsna saved him. Therefore krsna is addressed as madhu-kaitabha-hantr. Now once more, hiranyakasipu became looking to replace brahma. The fabric international is so located that even the location of lord brahma, not to speak of everyday residing entities, is sometimes in risk. Despite the fact that, until the time of hiranyakasipu, no one had tried to update lord brahma. Hiranyakasipu, however, became this type of high-quality demon that he maintained this ambition.
The word bhutyai method “for increasing opulence,” and the word sreyase refers to in the long run returning home, back to godhead. In religious advancement, one’s cloth role improves on the identical time that the route of liberation turns into clear and one is freed from fabric bondage. If one is situated in a luxurious function in spiritual development, his opulence in no way decreases. Consequently this kind of non secular benediction is known as bhuti or vibhuti. Krsna confirms this in bhagavad-gita (10.41). Yad yad vibhutimat sattvam. .. Mama tejo-‘msa-sambhavam: if a devotee advances in non secular consciousness and thus becomes materially opulent additionally, his position is a special present from the lord. Such opulence is by no means to be considered material. At the prevailing, particularly on the earth earth, the impact of lord brahma has decreased extensively, and the representatives of hiranyakasipu — the raksasas and demons — have taken fee. Consequently there's no protection of brahminical culture and cows, which can be the fundamental prerequisites for all sorts of exact fortune. This age could be very dangerous because society is being controlled via demons and raksasas.
Hh radhanath swami: these days we are analyzing from srimad-bhagavatam canto 7, chapter three, entitled “hiranyakasipu’s plan to become immortal”. Maharaj, together with your permission and blessings, might also i talk? May also i speak with your advantages and permission? Thank you, my worshipable senior godbrother. Without the advantages of our seniors, we do no longer have the grace of krishna or guru. And with out that grace, something we do, if we are able to even do it, it is hole, shallow, and without religious substance. And it's far spiritual substance that now not only adjustments the coronary heart of the doer, but changes the coronary heart of all those people who we are trying to serve. Searching for the substance or the essence is what krishna cognizance is.
Srimad-bhagavatam tells that while you water the basis of the tree, all components of the tree are nourished. The trunk, the bark, the branches, the twigs, the leaves, the flora, the whole thing prospers while the root is served properly. Krishna is the root of all that exists:
Aham sarvasya prabhavo mattah sarvam pravartate
Iti matva bhajante mam budha bhava-samanvitah
Krishna tells us, he is the supply of all cloth and spiritual worlds, everything emanates from him. The wise who understand this perfectly interact in my devotional service, krishna says, and worship me with all their hearts.
Krishna is the root of all lifestyles. Every residing entity is a part and parcel of krishna. The entire non secular global is a diffusion of his non secular efficiency and the complete cloth global is a manifestation of his bahiranga-sakti, or his outside power. So everything can be finished definitely through putting water on the foundation of the tree, simply by alluring krishna.
Atah pumbhir dvija-srestha varnasrama-vibhagasah
Svanusthitasya dharmasya samsiddhir hari-tosanam
Something our varna, something our ashram, some thing our existence can be, our achievement is truly to the extent we please krishna. And if we do no longer please krishna, srama eva hello kevalam, we've got sincerely wasted our time. The sector may also praise you. Your call can be in lighting fixtures. You may have tens of millions of followers and billions of dollars coming. But it's miles all without substance. Not anything of it is able to touch your soul until it pleases krishna.
So the root of all religious, in addition to all actual cloth prosperity, is without a doubt dependent on attractive krishna. All external endeavors are superficial if we overlook this precept.
Saha-yajnah prajah srstva purovaca prajapatih
Krishna tells in gita, inside the very starting, “i've created demigods and man, and i have created the whole lot, and that i’ve also given this guidance to perform yajna:
Yajnarthat karmano ‘nyatra loko ‘yam karma-bandhanah
Paintings finished as a sacrifice for the ultimate lord, to thrill the excellent lord, must be achieved. In any other case any work all people does is best a cause of bondage. That is the essence of yajna: to please the lord. This is the coronary heart of everything.
Now the preachers of krishna attention, they recognise this. Krishna tells us. The acaryas inform us. Water the root of the tree. Therefore the ultimate yajna is the chanting of the holy names of the lord in this age of kali, as it purifies our coronary heart, it awakens our love for god, it pleases krishna. It eradicates our sins and it eradicates our sinful tendencies. Consequently lord caitanya said param vijayate sri-krsna-sankirtanam, this sankirtan movement is the high benediction for humanity at big.
Annad bhavanti bhutani
Krishna tells that we need food grains. Prabhupada stated to your factories, you cannot drink oil from your oil refineries, you could’t consume your nuts and bolts, and all of these items. You need food, and food is most effective the grace of god. There cannot be meals without sunshine, without rain. And rain is born of sacrifice. And sacrifice method to satisfy the lord, the controller, the proprietor of the whole lot.
And if we strive to make synthetic preparations for prosperity, in the end, as prahlada maharaja explains, the answers that we try to create for our issues, create a greater serious, complex problem than the original trouble. That is what we see inside the global today.
Right here in india, and so many elements of the world, there’s this fear of population explosion, and how much suffering and shortage there may be because of the boom of population. Krishna gives answer. To purify your coronary heart, control your mind and senses. But we don’t want to take his solution as it’s a little tough. So circle of relatives planning, abortion, contraceptive devices. . . However the problem is, it’s murder, it’s killing a human being.
And what is the karma? In some nations, for each three youngsters born, there’s one who is killed within the womb. How many tens of millions of abortions each yr? And the government, in some international locations like here – the authorities is promoting it to remedy a hassle. But what they do no longer understand is that they’re growing a worse trouble—mass horrific karma, vikarma. And that large bad karma will come lower back no longer simplest by means of polluting the hearts and the minds of humans, but there might be reactions inside this world, droughts, tsunamis, hurricanes, and perhaps the dropping of bombs. Is that the answer?
To genuinely be wise, we ought to see the entire picture. Actual management, every individual hassle we try to resolve, should be in connection with the whole photograph of what the scene is and what we’re looking to do. If we just attempt to clear up a problem without know-how how it’s going to affect everything else, within the present and in the future, we may be developing hell.
Humans have little pain, they take some pills to kill the ache, they do. But then they end up drug addicts that's a larger trouble. Then they’re pissed off with turning into drug addicts, they could’t supply it up, so they need to solve that problem, they commit suicide. Then they turn out to be a ghost. And they suffer loads of lots of times worse! Then as a ghost, they want to resolve that trouble with the aid of harassing someone else, after which they increase their karma and need to go through greater, invariably.
We don’t like to walk, horses are too sluggish, so we create vehicles as a solution. Srila prabhupada rates canakya pandit, he said, “a glad character is one who satisfies all his financial desires with out ever having to go away the immediate location of his home.” that is a happy man.
It was anyone turned into like that. But we don’t like to stroll, you realize, throughout town, so we create motors, and airplanes, and trains, and so many matters. And now, how tons suffering, right here in bombay, humans crawling throughout each different at the railway. . . Mode of lack of knowledge, horrible, simply to get to paintings, each day, visitors jams for hours.
I listened to a tape the alternative day wherein srila prabhupada turned into explaining that he met one guy who lived in vancouver, that is the west coast of canada, and every, five days a week, each day, to get to work, he needed to take an aircraft about 3000 miles to toronto, after which come returned at night. Hare krishna. Is that satisfied existence?
And today, families are being divided so much. You’re living in bombay after which all of a sudden your enterprise sends you to zambia, in africa. Yes. We've one devotee, pleasant devotee, who turned into sent to ghana or some thing, someplace in africa. Otherwise the enterprise doesn’t need you, you do what they are saying. Such a lot of troubles, after which all the pollutants. After which the oil shortage, and the rate going up, and the worldwide warming.
Currently there was an editorial that in antarctica, a chief segment of ice, which has in no way melted earlier than in our regarded history, is unexpectedly melting. And at the price it’s melting, it is able to very soon upward push the degrees of the sea everywhere in the global. You notice how everything is interconnected? A few ice in antartica will make, if it melts too much, will make bombay right into a bay, until it’s bombed.
Those are the answers. Simple problems have emerge as impossible, unbelievable, problems. Because we do no longer understand that if we please krishna. . . That is the most effective actual hassle. Everything is supplied. Krishna offers the whole lot. We study approximately the rule of maharaja yudhisthira, maharaja pariksti, those remarkable kings, because they stimulated all their residents to observe non secular concepts, dharma, the entirety changed into furnished. It was impossible, except in a few kind of struggle, it was not possible for a child to die earlier than their dad and mom.
Prabhupada rates, in rama lila, and additionally in krishna lila, a baby died from a brahmana and they blamed ugrasena maharaja, they blamed ramchandra, “it’s your fault, you’re the king.” that is unnatural. It cannot happen. And it almost in no way did take place. Due to the fact the whole lot turned into simply running so naturally in line with a divine plan. However whilst there’s sinful hobby, the entirety emerge as polluted. So much struggling. So simply as we realize this mystery, hiranyakasipu, and exquisite demons, additionally they recognise the name of the game: what pleases krishna will create prosperity:
Namo brahmanya-devaya move-brahmana-hitaya ca
Jagad-dhitaya krsnaya govindaya namo namah
What truely pleases krishna is to honour and serve the brahminical subculture and the cows. Krishna found out – most crucial issue – in the govardhana lila, nanda maharaja became performing, approximately to perform, this age-vintage subculture of worshiping indra. And while krishna, who changed into then best seven years old, he asked nanda maharaja, “what is all this tricky preparations for?”
Nanda maharaja said, “that is our family custom, for generations we were doing it, we are vaisyas, we shield cows, we develop crops. It's miles most effective feasible when there is rain. Indra is the devata who has the manage over rain. Unless we satisfy indra, there will now not be rain, and we can all suffer.”
So krishna instructed, “we aren't depending on indra because it’s all a matter of karma. If we do desirable karma, then indra has to send rain. He’s obliged. If we do sinful karma, then he doesn’t need to. Observe the sea, it rains inside the ocean, the sea doesn’t want rain. So we’re protective the cows, we’re looking after the brahmanas, we’re worshipping the lord. Why can we want this indra?”
And krishna established, do three things: worship govardhan hill, the brahmins, and the cows. That’s all. Now here is the supreme character of godhead telling the arena what pleases him most. It’s so easy. Krishna promises, the entirety can be supplied, spiritually, materially, the whole thing, if we just worship govardhan hill…who's govardhan hill? Govardhan hill is the ideal character of godhead. Worship govardhan hill, and govardhan hill is also haridasa-varya, he’s the best devotee. The gopis pray to sri giriraja that there is no better devotee than govardhan, due to the fact he is aware of how to fulfill the heart of krishna, through providing very pleasant grasses for the cows. It’s a lot fine grass. The grass is very smooth, and really mild for the mouth of the cow, doesn’t reduce it. And it’s very fragrant, and tasteful. And it’s full of vitamins to give, and vitamins to give the cow precise fitness and additionally it creates very, very tasty, considerable, milk.
And govardhan is presenting lakes for the cows to drink the water, and the cowherd boys drink that water, and those lakes are all crystal clear, and the water is as flavorful and fragrant as nectar. It affords lovely caves wherein krishna and the gopas and the gopis can relaxation in very cool, quiet locations. Those caves have jewels and natural bedsteads. Sure, govardhan hill is presenting the entirety.
And the first-rate stones of govardhan hill – within the wintry weather, they’re heat; in the summer, they’re cool. On every occasion a cow, a calf, a gopa steps on them, they emerge as very tender like a flower petal. Due to the fact, govardhan is so professional at appealing the cows and pleasing the devotees, servant of the servant of the servant. Govardhan is maximum pricey to krishna.
So govardhan is the finest devotee, and govardhan is god himself. So krishna says, “you worship govardhan, the very best lord, and the greatest of devotees, and you worship the brahmanas, who are setting up and maintaining dharma, real bhakti inside this global, by using their moves, and through their teachings, and the cows.” due to the fact the cows are so very dear to krishna. Srila prabhupad explains how and why cow safety is so critical.
In one morning walk, srila prabhupad stated very surely that the barometer – meaning, the device with the aid of which you take a look at something – the barometer of the spirituality of any society is clearly how satisfied the cows are. If the cows are glad, meaning that society is spiritually and morally sturdy. If the cows are suffering, to that diploma, it's far degraded, sinful.
And the way can we guard cows? I suggest, how do we make a cow happy? Through safety. They’re harmless. They’re absolutely depending on human beings. Yes? And they offer the maximum essential of all foodstuffs – milk – which affords ghee for yajna, which affords the nutrient food that facilitates to increase our brain and our krishna consciousness, if it’s taken properly. Krishna himself, his eternal occupation in vrindavan, is to herd cows, and calves, and to take care of the bulls.
Now in krishna focus, we understand the spirit soul, the a part of krishna, is in each living being. And the devotee need to be very cautious, srila prabhupada says, to reveal compassion to everybody.
Of direction we shouldn’t be proud, simply to be vegetarians. One day, a few years in the past, some devotee became speaking about the previous pope, of how he was doing a lot paintings to rid the jap europe nations of communism, and he changed into doing a lot philanthropy work, and provoking a lot peace and compassion to human beings, and there was a piece of writing all about him, and it also instructed what he ate. And that i’m now not going to say what he ate, but it turned into truly now not vegetarian. So this devotee was genuinely criticizing the pope for being demonic because he eats meat.
So i notion approximately that, and i said to him that the pope may be very compassionate to humans, however his compassion ends there. He has no actual compassion for the other youngsters of krishna, the animals. However many of us devotees, we’re very kind to the animals, but we’re cruel to human beings, specially every other. He’s making so many sacrifices for his humans. Are we? Devotees will be very rude to every other, cruel to each other, harm every other. That’s violence! Talking harsh words is violence. By our phrases we may be violent, it’s no longer only a physical count, via our actions. So krishna cognizance is a completely, very full-fledged form of non-violence, compassion to human society, and to extend that to all residing beings.
Srila prabhupada writes that in the west, human beings are very compassionate to puppies. In fact, as soon as i used to be using and there has been a radio show that a person turned into being attentive to in the automobile, and it became a communicate display, and there was a very leading man or woman from the anti-cruelty to animal company. And that person changed into speakme very, very strongly that that equal morning, he saw a dog that changed into tied to a submit, and the chain changed into simplest about six inches among his neck and the put up. And the poor dog had nowhere to go, he become simply suffering, status there, couldn’t run, simply status near this submit, like a prisoner.
And this character stated he known as the police and the police certainly arrested the owner of that dog. He become very proud, what i have executed. So then it became human beings calling in with questions, and one individual known as, he may also had been a devotee, i don’t recognize, but he said, “what did you eat for lunch today?” and he stated, “hamburger,” which is a cow. He stated, “don’t you notice hypocrisy? A bit dog is just, can’t run, and also you’re making any such large scene and arresting that man or woman, and you are killing and eating cows? Can you provide an explanation for? They’re each animals.”
The individual became speechless, couldn’t say something. He said, “nicely, that’s what anyone eats. That’s our way of life.”
Now, a devotee is likewise kind to dogs. Jagannath das babaji maharaj, human beings used to provide him donations, and he might buy rasagulas and feed them to the dogs of navadvipa. However relatively, what a canine can do to assist society, and a cow – srila praphupada says the canine goes everywhere in the area passing urine and stool and contaminating it. In truth, in one location, prabhupada says a canine is a really brilliant perpetrator due to the fact he has no hesitation to pass urine on tulasi. Haribol. But the cow is offering milk, ghee. Praphupada goes into information on this particular letter, he says presenting such quality milk to make yogurt, dahi, and rasagula, sandesh, and gulabjamuns, and ghee to make kacauris, samosas, such a lot of fine foods. And the dung is pure, and the urine is natural and medicinal. The whole thing about the cow is surely blessing society.
Dog, the entirety’s contaminated. We don’t see anyone rubbing canine stool on their partitions. But in my own little room right here, inside the temple, many site visitors, they just, from the west, they are saying, “that is the most beautiful partitions i ever noticed, a lot texture, such stunning colour, so sparkling, so alive, what's it?”
I said, “it’s cow dung.”
It’s lovely. Srila prabhupada says when he became younger they would put cow dung within the floor, sparkling cow dung at the walls, it become in order that sparkling and so best and so much induces krishna attention as it’s sattvik. Even the finest lover of dogs will no longer put their stool on the partitions. What to speak of drink their milk. Canine ghee? No longer possible.
So yes, we must be kind to each residing being, such as the dogs. The dog’s distinctive feature, bhaktivinod thakur:
Tumi to thakura, tomara kukkura
“you are my lord and i'm your canine.” simply a completely, very dependable faithful servant.
However cow protection could be very a whole lot at the coronary heart of eye-catching krishna. And simply as we keep in mind that, individuals who are seeking to corrupt and exploit human society, they realize it too, without delay or not directly. If they want to take advantage of, and create a godless. . . You see, if there’s god awareness, they can not definitely take advantage of due to the fact human beings are strong, humans are smart, humans are protected. You need to remove the god recognition, then you could honestly exploit. Srila prabhupada said the handiest trouble in the complete creation is a lack of krishna attention. The whole lot else is furnished if there’s just krishna awareness.
Srila prabhupada said in this hare krishna movement there is no attack, there's no strength of any authorities or something on this world, that could hinder our development. It is simplest if maya receives us from within. If we don’t cooperate, if we begin making offenses to every different, if our taking refuge within the holy name and listening to harikatha is lowering, then we can virtually fall sufferer to maya. All we ought to do is be spiritually robust. Nothing can impede us. Even the checks and the troubles that come will most effective make us more potent.
Srila prabhupada proved that during many cases. Krishna proved it. He become in simple terms taking safe haven in krishna, the order of his religious master. Is ailment an obstacle? Earlier than he even began his mission he had heart attacks on a shipment ship, and shortly after that, he had a stroke. However due to the fact he become sincerely desirable krishna, via chanting his holy name, with the aid of talking his words, those tests handiest brought about the movement to extend extra.
Right here in bombay, such a lot of problems. He got the land, and radha rasabihari temple in juhu, and then the proprietor attempted to take it away, and cheat him, and the proprietor, i think he turned into at one time the sheriff of bombay, he became a powerful baby-kisser, he had very huge contacts, authorities contacts, he become wealthy. Prabhupada and his disciples had not anything. That they had no cash, they'd nothing. Prabhupada’s in his mid-Nineteen Seventies, his disciples completely green right here in india, without difficulty cheated, and a totally effective man became looking to take it all away.
It become a large check. At one point, they began construction, people came down and began tearing down the building. However because prabhupada become pleasing krishna, what became the end result? The most magnificent temple of srila prabhupada in all the international, radha rasabihari temple, natural marble temple.
We were studying in srila prabhupada lilamrita by way of his holiness satsvarupa goswami maharaja just ultimate week how prabhupada got here to that temple and he wanted everything marble. And they were announcing, “prabhupada, it charges an excessive amount of! They had been just putting reasonably-priced, they were setting different kind of flooring on, and prabhupada stated, “no, marble.” they stated, “prabhupada, it is going to be make the entire fee rise!” prabhupada said, “don’t worry fee, it need to be first class, this temple ought to be first class.”
So then they got the cheapest viable marble. Prabhupada stated, “what's this nonsense marble? I want first magnificence, white marble. Get it out.” they said, “but prabhupada, the price!” and he stated, “i'm able to pay!”
No other temple like that, most opulent temple in all of iskcon. However it changed into the result of a lot, the most difficult of all temples that became ever constructed. The most competition, but nothing could prevent it and prabhupada knew that nothing ought to prevent due to the fact we’re eye-catching the lord. Prabhupada turned into fascinating krishna, that’s all that matters.
So within our movement, if we are desirable krishna, krishna is all-effective, he's going to shield us. If we’re not captivating krishna, then maya will overwhelm us via her diverse corporations inside this age of kali. If we are not chanting, prabhupad writes in a purport at least 16 rounds attentively every day, you can, at any moment, you may fall sufferer to maya. Chanting hare krishna, following these four regulative standards, serving vaisnavas, serving the assignment, this pleases krishna. Irrespective of what obstacles or problems come, so long as we’re doing the ones things faithfully, so long as we've got right vaisnava relationships, we’re no longer making offenses, we’re doing fine sadhana and we’re enthusiastic to serve, we have not anything to worry. All we have to do is keep on, and krishna could be there to help us.
However if we’re not doing, prabhupada says, if we end up impure inside, or are fighting within, then we will lose the conflict. The essence, we must preserve targeted on the essence. Desirable management, true company, appropriate accounting are vital. Prabhupada said they were. It’s like building excellent pillars inside our society. But the pillars of a building are handiest as robust as the foundation maintaining it up. And the muse is our religious purity, our sadhana.
Our willingness to cooperate collectively to thrill guru and krishna, that is the foundation. Within the bible, lord jesus stated, if you construct a residence on sand, a storm will knock it down. However in case you build it on rock, then no storm, no electricity, could make it fall.
So the muse of the whole thing we do spiritually is desirable krishna. Then krishna tells us, worship him, serve individuals who are near and pricey to him, his devotees, with care. Brahminical way of life, that is preaching, e book distribution, and cow safety. If we just do this stuff, krishna can be there to empower us and guard us.
However the demons know this; therefore, they strike right there, to simply take the foundation proper out from under us. When kali wanted to rule the world, what did he do? He went proper to the cow and the bull. Very sizeable. He changed into beating the bull and beating the cow, torturing them. Because he knew, if he takes, the bull represents dharma, the cow represents the motherhood of our religious lives. The dad and mom of society are symbolized in the cow and the bull. He knew, if i exploit them, the whole society will be mine. He went proper to the basis, because he is aware of the philosophy and therefore pariksit maharaja attacked him and punished him.
But now, the authorities leaders, as opposed to shielding the very foundation of society, they are under the affect, manipulate of kali. Slaughterhouses. Srila prabhupada would once in a while cry while he would talk about slaughterhouses. Killing your personal mom! You drink the milk, therefore she’s your mother, she’s nourishing you, and then you definitely kill her to drink her blood. What sort of society is this? Srila prabhupada in a single letter, prabhupada writes, except preaching, cow protection is the maximum essential a part of our project.
Residing right here in a town, we may think, what does this truly have to do with us? Is that this simply, you know, only a few old subculture he’s trying to keep on? But no, srila prabhupada is familiar with the science of what pleases krishna, and what sports incriminate us in the worst sins.
But prabhupad’s vision of cow protection is with a purpose to make the cows and bulls happy, they have to sense covered and they ought to sense valued. Every individual, if we’re not feeling blanketed and valued, we are able to be in anxiety. Just like husband and wives. Wife is a mother also, mother of your youngsters, home all day, taking care of kids, cooking, cleansing, the entirety else. If the husband doesn’t give her a sense of fee, she’ll be depressing. Appreciation, encouragement.
A brahmacari, the brahmacari is operating so hard, if the brahmacari doesn’t experience that what he’s doing is precious. . . Anxiety. It’s a completely deep human need to feel valued, to sense cared for, to be encouraged.
The cow and bull, when their little babies are taken far from them, prabhupada says he has seen cows crying while the calf is taken away. Motherly. Closing year i informed you the tale of that dog, do you take into account? Must i tell it again? We’ll look at a dog, after which multiply that with the aid of masses and thousands, and we’ll understand the feelings of a cow.
While we had been in udupi, i was with his holiness niranjana swami doing some ayurvedic treatment. And there was a mother dog, and he or she had three little puppies, and they have been simply residing on, in which we have been staying, it became only a dust street to get there, just one lane. And vehicles might come, they would usually, the little puppies would play on the street, and simply earlier than i got here, one domestic dog got hit via a vehicle and the mom became so unhappy it turned into lifeless.
So some other day, this domestic dog, dogs are certainly, they’re very appealing honestly, toddlers simply by some means or other in any species are honestly appealing to the coronary heart. So this little doggy, it was digging a hole at the facet of the street. It turned into surely attentive, like [makes digging sounds], certainly, for hours each day [makes digging sounds], intensely digging, as it wanted a nice vicinity to sleep. It took about three days of digging this hollow, hours every day, and the mom might come by means of and see her little baby digging and wondering, “oh, how fine.” the mother would simply appearance so approvingly on her little toddler.
So at some point i took a stroll alongside these railroad tracks to a few fields, and i used to be coming returned to the region we had been staying, and that little puppy had completed its hole and was simply curled up within the hole sleeping, so exceptional, so best.
However then in some way or different, a vehicle, a big…what do they call it? Suvs? It was a massive automobile, and it become coming, it just sort of went off to the facet of the street because a motorbike became parked close to the street, so it would must burst off to the facet, and all the sudden i pay attention, [makes yelping sound], just ran right over that little canine. This big, significant, system just [makes vrooming, then yelping sounds], just saved going, didn’t forestall.
The mom heard it, and she or he turned into just, just sniffing at this little canine, was nonetheless alive, and that i ran over there and this little puppy became just trembling in ache and blood became coming out of its nose and blood changed into popping out of its mouth, it turned into simply, it’s legs had been just shivering in pain. It might cross [makes whimpering sounds], this piteous sound, a lot pain. And the mom become simply status there looking, helpless. Her eyes were just glazed with agony and motherly love. It changed into notable.
So i started, i knelt down next to the canine and chanted hare krishna, and terrific, the mother stepped returned and just honored that. I used to be going, “hare krishna, hare krishna, krishna…” i chanted approximately 5 mins and the little doggy changed into going [makes crying sounds] and then one ultimate flap and [makes loud yelping sound], and it died.
And in the interim it died, the mother who changed into right next to me, the moment that little puppy died, it changed into the maximum pathetic sound you could consider. I'm able to’t imitate it so precise. ‘reason i’m decrease than a canine, possibly, but the mom just, as soon as that child just stopped flapping and just died, the mother [makes loud sad crying sounds] and tears had been pouring from her eyes. [More loud sad crying sounds] at the very moment.
So i walked away. And the mom turned into simply completely in pain, harassed, just licking her infant, and licking and licking and licking and licking, and smelling it. I got here back three or 4 hours later, it turned into nonetheless licking and smelling that toddler, and crying.
Eventually i instructed one devotee, i stated, you understand, perhaps one of the associates ought to bury it, due to the fact the mom will by no means discover any peace of mind, she can’t give up this useless body of her baby. In order that they took the child away, and buried it, but every day for the subsequent week, each time i got here out nearly the whole day, the mother become just sniffing the hollow and crying. Sniffing the hollow where her little baby died and crying.
Now a canine is a very low birth inside the animal scale. The cow is the very best, most evolved, maximum evolved. To mention that there is no soul, to mention that there is no feeling, it's miles certainly because of egotism, and lack of awareness. Anything a human being desires to justify, we ought to make an entire psychology and philosophy approximately it.
I recollect in 1976, srila prabhupada came to new vrindaban and he become speculated to stay for two weeks. However after, perhaps 4 or 5 days, it became very bloodless and rainy, and prabhupada got very unwell. Every day he would provide his darsanas, he could deliver elegance inside the morning in the temple, at bahulavana, and within the night on the house he was staying they set up a stunning timber vyasasan that become carved by the identical individual who carved all of this stuff here. And maybe 50 or 60 devotees could sit down in the grass and ask him questions for approximately hours every day.
Someday it changed into very cloudy and cold and wet and all of the devotees came, and prabhupada was ill. So his secretary who turned into pusta krishna swami, he stated, “prabhupada isn't always going to fulfill every person nowadays due to the fact he’s feeling very ill.”
The devotees all had been definitely unhappy, unhappy that he changed into sick, sad that they couldn’t meet him, as it turned into so rare, he’d simplest come once every two years, and people have been getting shifts to meet him, it’s not that everybody should come each day, you, it’s like perhaps a few times during his entire visit all people were given to definitely be at that darsana.
So devotees were leaving very sad and in some way prabhupada regarded out the window and noticed the devotees leaving, and he advised one in all his entourage, pradyumna prabhu, “name them lower back, i'm able to meet them.”
So pradyumna went out and known as, he went out into the cold rain, outside, and “prabhupada may have darshan!” and anybody was very glad and ran inner. It had to be in the dwelling room of the residence, however prabhupada become too ill to speak. He simply instructed pradyumna prabhu to study from the twelfth canto of srimad-bhagavatam about the outcomes of the age of kali. And prabhupada stated, “i will simply take a seat with the devotees and concentrate, and you examine.”
But as he changed into analyzing the influences on the way to come in kali yuga, prabhupada become becoming surely enlivened. I don't forget some of the matters that had been stated. He stated, in kali yuga, that human beings will no longer be reputable and taken into consideration beautiful due to their attributes, but due to how they put on their hair, something like that. Prabhupad stated, “yes, you spot, the hippie motion.” people are considered, although they're undertaking abominable activities, they’re considered lovely due to the fact they grow their hair long. Vedavyasa wrote this e book 5000 years ago, at that time there has been no hippie motion, but he knew beyond, gift, and destiny.
And then there has been another where it stated people will move very, very remote places to a holy vicinity of just to bathe in the river, with out associating with holy human beings. That’s a symptom of kali. And prabhupada stated, “yes, while i was young, i lived in calcutta, and the ganges became flowing in calcutta, and people might spend a lot time and a lot money to go all the manner to haridwar to bathe within the ganges, with out associating with holy human beings.” and then he become speaking about, you know, so many lovely things.
In any case, prabhupada advised his secretary that we have to leave early because this region is not excellent for my health. So the devotees at new vrindaban without a doubt felt devastated. So kirtanananda swami, he approached prabhupada, and he said, “prabhupada, if this new vrindaban isn't suitable in your health, then we’ll close this complete mission down and we’ll start someplace higher, wherein the weather is appropriate to your health. We’ll close everything down and go to an amazing weather in which you can stay and be glad.”
He was critical. Might you like to listen srila prabhupada’s reply? Srila prabhupada’s reply become very, very instructive of what was in his coronary heart. He stated, “due to the fact you're defensive the cows right here, this whole task is a success and i'm happy, and i'm able to live for the duration of the following ten days, due to the fact i'm glad by your success in looking after the cows.”
Now it’s not that prabhupada was simply sentimental about cows. Prabhupada had a compassionate spirit of handing over the entire human society. And he knew that this case of cow protection became vital for his motive. To sell the worship of god, brahminical culture, and cow protection, that’s what pleases krishna.
If we do everything else, but we don’t please krishna, we are able to fail.
So hiranyakasipu, he knew, that as long as there’s cow protection, brahminical way of life, and worship of the supreme lord, the lord will guard society, and therefore, he's going to now not be able to make the most it. So he goes right to the heart, like kali, later on. And we see, while he tells his demonic followers what to do, this is the orders he gives: “damage all of the goshalas. Kill all the cows. Wherever there’s yajna, prevent it. Break brahminical way of life. Ruin the rural fields.” because he knew, if he could attack the very coronary heart of krishna’s presence in those forms of brahminical culture and cow safety, that he could absolutely take advantage of and rule over the whole society, the whole universe.
So we can understand how crucial brahminical tradition and cow safety is, simply by seeing how that changed into the priority of hiranyakasipu to break it.
And srila prabhupada taught us this simple dwelling and excessive thinking. Definitely, if we just took those classes of prabhupada significantly, when he spoke it and evolved it, the complete global would be turning to us today. Among wondering human beings, environmental friendly alternatives, eco-friendly societies, tremendous options to the complete industrialization and oil exploitation – humans see that society has no real destiny, it’s doomed if we just hold occurring this manner.
No person changed into considering it in the 1970’s and 60’s, however prabhupada was. He instructed us then, “don’t use these tractors, use the oxens and the bulls. Lead them to feel satisfied due to the fact they’re valued and useful. And show the society how they’re beneficial. Shield the cows. Grow meals, great milk, all financial problems are solved.”
One among our devotees, he offers lectures, he does preaching in the faculties in the usa, he said, “this is the principle factor on humans’s minds now, the extra deep-wondering college college students, environmentalism, positive, herbal, alternatives which are pleasant to the surroundings and respectful to mom earth.”
Al gore, it’s very best his name is gore, he simply got nobel prize for his documentary on global warming. Why? Because it’s a lot the topic of the arena. And no one is aware of the way to address it. Prabhupada is aware of a way to cope with it. Prabhupada, his vision, is the only sustainable manner to address it. There is no different sustainable manner because the whole lot else is towards the course of the superb character of godhead. Krishna has created material lifestyles, and he knows the way it works. And he knows how it will work nicely.
He has given, prabhupada emphasized, this plain dwelling, excessive questioning, cow protection, high-quality agriculture, using the bulls, using the oxen – if we simply might have caught to that, as prabhupada instructed in the 1970’s, and advanced it during the last almost forty years, the world, the politicians, the students, the professors, they could be seeing the hare krishna motion is the version. The first-rate viable version. Everything that we’re straining our brains to recognize.
That turned into srila prabhupada’s preaching imaginative and prescient. However by some means or other, this simple living, excessive thinking. . . We diverted. Why, as it just wasn’t the maximum expedient manner to get matters carried out.
And i don't forget one community, they had been working oxens and horses to plow the fields. But then they started production, so they got a tractor. Prabhupada specially stated, “don’t use tractors that run on oil. In case you use tractors, then the cows and the bulls turns into vain.”
The man or woman said, “we’ll simply use it, just for some time, and then after we simply, you realize, clear the fields very well and construct a few high-quality systems, temples, and houses and everything, then we’ll actually eliminate this tractor and go back to the cows and bulls.”
However then, some other tractor, after which a larger tractor, after which bigger tractors, and larger tractors, and bigger tractors, so the complete fleet of massive tractors. And the cows and bulls are simply, just grazing inside the fields. They have been spending big quantities of cash to shop for meals to feed them.
And shortly, all the devotees forgot how to attend to the cows and bulls, a way to use the cows and bulls. All the bulls had been untrained, and increasingly more tractors. And shortly we couldn’t even come up with the money for the tractors. Everything fell, the whole thing. All of the so-called prosperity we had been constructing, building, building, constructing, just collapsed and there has been not anything almost. Because we weren’t seeing the whole photograph, the photograph that prabhupada drew for us, of the perfect to keep millions and hundreds of thousands of human beings inside society, to store the earth.
Prabhupad become such a visionary. If only we'd have simply followed. But it’s in no way too late, if most effective we will observe, by way of final very pure, by means of chanting hare krishna, through hari-katha, listening to the glories of krishna, with the aid of serving the vaishnavas, with sincerity and devotion and humility, by using preaching this message of krishna recognition. And by means of undeniable residing, excessive thinking, which facilities specially round honoring mother earth and honoring mother cow, protective mom earth and defensive mom cow, and father bull. It is critical to the spiritual and physical prosperity of all of humanity, and that is why prabhupada emphasized it so strongly.
Devotees were thinking, “properly, we’re milking some cows and wearing boots, they’re all full of mud, how is this spreading krishna cognizance everywhere in the international? Let’s build this and allow’s do that, and let’s pass here?” they didn’t see. However in many approaches, that’s the equal mistake you can make with your youngsters.There’s no immediately consequences in taking care of kids. So yeah, you just put the least priorities for the youngsters, and the maximum qualified people have to be constructing and making money and distributing books and doing so many different matters, due to the fact there are not any effects on this, now.
But in the end, the women, the children, the cows, if they weren’t respected and guarded, we can also have constructed, constructed, constructed, built, constructed, through making different priorities, however within the destiny, it’s inevitable, the whole thing ought to disintegrate.
And the affect of hiranyakasipu, that is so much ruling the sector, will succeed except we will get admission to krishna’s mercy, krishna’s unlimited superb energy, through pleasing him. And it starts offevolved with easy such things as chanting your rounds certainly, taking care of the cows, and serving the vaisnavas.
Thank you very an awful lot. Maharaja, could you like to talk some thing? I assume, ought to we've questions, or is it too overdue? We’ll have one query. Vrindavananda is a special visitor.
Question from audience: hare krishna, maharaja. Krishna is known as gopal. He is the protector of cows. But we see in these days’s society so many cows are being killed mercilessly, so the way to recognize that krishna, being gopal, we see many cows are being killed, and if it is due to laws of karma, if cows being killed were cow-killers in the past existence, then how we can worship them?
Radhanath swami: that is not your business, prabhu. He’s asking if the karma of killing cows – anything that cow would had been in its past lifestyles, it’s a cow now. Cow now, yes? And if you damage that cow, you get the entire-fledged karmic reaction of harming a cow. Doesn’t be counted what it was in the past life. Now it’s innocent. Yes? Hare krishna. The reason of the krishna awareness movement is to intervene with all this awful karma, to get krishna to interfere.
Dayaram das: my question is ready the practical viability of having a cow farm. Due to the fact the current society has any such consumeristic machine, that cow milk is fifteen rupees a liter, and coca-cola is forty rupees a liter, , so in case you honestly shield the cow, you understand, then the price of milk may be a whole lot higher, so how could such a, you recognize, cow protecting network be able to live on within the given monetary situation of society nowadays?
Radhanath swami: if you protect the cow, the fee of milk will become extra?
Dayaram das: no, i’m announcing which you recognize, in case you need to do it as, a vaisya, cow safety is part of vaisya, it is a business, we’re supposed to generate finances, however if you do it, as a business, cope with the cows, shield the cows, and the milk need to support the fee, but the modern society, because of the slaughter of the cows and the unique systems they have got brought, the cost, the price of the milk is a good deal lower, like fifteen, 16, twenty rupees a liter, some thing, however in case you without a doubt defend the cows and contend with them, cows and bulls, it shouldn’t be less than forty, 40-5, fifty rupees a liter it need to fee you. However the present day society wherein the principle is humans pay through deliver and call for, so coca-cola is 40 rupees, you realize, and vain stuff like that, and cow milk is twenty rupees. That’s the reality we are dwelling in, sadly. So how could we have a sustainable enterprise as cow protectionists? In case you do it as a charity, it’s high-quality, however if it’s performed as a business, that’s vaisya, vaisya pastime.
Radhanath swami: a real vaisya will figure out the way, virtually. In case you surely a vaisya, will parent, if you’re actually krishna aware, you will parent the manner. Wherein there’s a will, there’s a manner. We should use our intelligence.
But yes, this is what’s destroying the earth. It’s inexpensive to use plastic, economically, as a minimum right now, it appears to be more practical to use plastic cups and plastic plates and plastic this and plastic luggage. It’s destroying the complete earth. It’s destroying the complete ecology. But it’s cheaper and easier.
Kali yuga’s like that. Horrific things are smooth. Unfavorable, corrupt, matters are inexpensive. Yes? Doing the right aspect takes more undertaking. It takes greater manpower, and more money, to buy stainless steel plates and wash them after each sunday ceremonial dinner. An awful lot simpler to simply serve up plastic plates and plastic cups and throw them away. Sure?
In our yatras, we'd every now and then serve with plastic. And then we’d leave a place, and i take into account whilst we went to belvan we served prasad there and we simply saw, just lots of plastic cups just laying all around the vicinity, polluting the holy dham. And they never crumble, they just stay all the time. We determined, in no way again on our yatras. So the yatra committee had to actually, numerous effort, loads of stress, to offer a sort of facility for human beings to take prasada that does not pollute the dham of vrindavan, mayapur. However ultimately, in the long run it's going to keep cash, it's going to shop lives, it's going to keep the sector.
Sure, within the starting it may seem that way, however we should see the whole photograph. Unless we show an example to the sector, even supposing it does value greater at the start. To begin with it may cost a little extra to take right care of cows. But ultimately if we do it, it will store human society, it's going to provide an example.
And the cost of now not doing it'll be tragically tremendous. So that is in which we need to trust in the ideas of the sastra, the acaryas and the lord, after which we use our, we use our intelligence to execute that, in preference to promoting out to the instantaneous, apparent, inconvenience.
Does that answer your query?
Dayaram das: should be a manner, i don’t recognize. That become someday returned i used to be going to the goshalla in mayapur. No, because there has been a number of, we were looking to run it with out depending on donations, but it grew to become out that it became, we had to create a fund to take care, because cow milk couldn’t cowl the price.
Radhanath swami: whatever it takes, however we have to clearly studies and tax our brains to are seeking for methods of self-sufficiency. If we’re just content material to depend upon donations, we’ll constantly be that way. We may also need them for now, however we have to without a doubt be definitely striving to create technology, herbal technology, where we don’t want it. And krishna will assist us.
In reality, of all of the goshallas of the arena, in case you study prabhupada’s letters on cow safety, you’ll find he puts very, very tons emphasis on mayapur. The exceptional human beings inside the west who're taking care of cows, prabhupada changed into asking them to come to india, specially to mayapur, to increase cow protection and the goshalla there. He taken into consideration it can sincerely alternate india, and it is able to exchange the world.
Thank you very a great deal.
Srila prabhupada ki jai!