Sunday, 9 September 2012

Material World - Simply Fear

Akuto-bhayam. Here in this material world -- simply bhayam, only fearfulness. Nobody is safe here. At any moment the life may be finished. Nobody can guarantee. Padam padam yad vipadam [SB 10.14.58]. In the sastra it is said that here in this material world there is danger in every step. You are walking very nicely, and sometimes suppose there is a skin of plantain, and you slip, and your leg may be broken. Padam padam. Even walking, even sitting-heart failure.

So there is no guarantee. Any moment, we can die. And it is therefore called mrtyu-loka, "The place where death is," I mean to say, "sure." "As sure as death." People give surety example: "As sure as death." As nobody can avoid death, it is sure. You may be very strong and stout in your health and go on exercising on the beach daily, but you can die any moment. There is no guarantee. But everyone wants akuto-bhayam: "There may not be... I must be very safe and sound in every respect, in my social position, so far my health is concerned, anything." Everyone wants that security. But there is no security. That is called struggle for existence. There is no security, and the rascals are struggling to get security. How it is possible? If this place is meant for that purpose, padam padam yad vipadam, then how you can get security? This is foolishness, mudha. There is no possibility of security; still, they are making security in this way, that way, this way, that way, that way.

Therefore Krsna says, manah sasthanindriyani prakrti-sthani karsati. Mamaivamso jiva-bhutah: [Bg. 15.7] "All these living entities..." Krsna does not say that "I am for the Hindu living entities or the Indian living entities." Where it is in Bhagavad-gita? Why the foolish men take it that Krsna Hindu, Krsna Indian? Krsna says that suhrdam sarva-bhutanam: "I am friend of all living entities," sarva-bhutanam. Not only human society, but animal society, the plant society, the aquatic society, there are so many living entities. Ananta-koti. Sa anantyaya kalpate. The living entities, there is no limit. There are so many quantities. And Krsna says that suhrdam sarva-bhutanam jnatva mam santim rcchati: "When one understands that I, Krsna, is the friend of everyone..." Krsna, when says, sarva-dharman parityajya mam ekam saranam vraja [Bg. 18.66], He does not say to Arjuna. He says to all living entities, without any exception. Sarva-bhutanam. Suhrdam sarva-bhutanam. This is position of Krsna.

So by giving up Krsna... We have now given up Krsna. We are canvassing. This Krsna consciousness movement, we are canvassing everyone, every door, "Please come to Krsna." This is our business. But they will not come. They have forgotten Krsna or they have rejected Krsna. This is the position. Therefore they are always in fearfulness position, always fearful. Bhayam dvitiyabhinivesatah syat. This is certain(?). When there is fear? When one understands there is something else than Krsna, then he is fearful. Then he is fearful. Dvitiyabhinivesatah. Dvitiya means forgetfulness of Krsna. "I am Krsna's eternal servant. I am Krsna's eternal part and parcel, son, or most intimate relationship." Aham bija-pradah pita, Krsna says. Sarva-yonisu kaunteya [Bg. 14.4], Krsna says. There are so many forms of life, 8,400,000. But Krsna claims aham bija-pradah pita, "I am the seed-giving father of everyone." So where is Krsna Hindu or Indian? Where it is stated? Why people take like that? That is not fact. Therefore they are in the fearful condition of life, always afraid, "What will happen next?" Sada samudvigna-dhiyam asad-grahat [SB 7.5.5]. Asad-grahat. People have taken something which is asat. The Vedic instruction is asato ma sad gama: "Don't remain in the asat, in the untruth. Come to the Truth." So at the material world we have forgotten Krsna, and we are situated in the asat, which is not truth. Therefore there is bhaya, fearfulness. Just like a child, if he is forlorn by the father and mother, then he is always in fearful condition, crying on the street, "Where is my father? Where is my mother?" This is our position.

So if you want to be not fearfulness, no more fear, abhayam sattva-samsuddhih, if you become out of fearfulness then you have to take shelter of the lotus feet of Krsna. Therefore Krsna is begging. Because we are Krsna's sons or we have got very intimate relationship with Krsna and we have given Him up and we have forgotten Him, therefore we are suffering. So Krsna, being father, Krsna, being friend of everyone, He comes, and He canvasses, and at last He says, "You rascal," sarva-dharman parityajya mam ekam saranam... [Bg. 18.66], aham tvam sarva-papebhyah. "You are rotting here by repeatedly committing sinful life. Therefore you are changing from one body to another, and this is your material condition." Bhutva bhutva praliyate [Bg. 8.19]. "You are thinking... When you are a human being or American, you are thinking, 'Now I am in very good position,' but next moment you can become a dog, you can become an insect." Tatha dehantara-praptih [Bg. 2.13]. But the rascals, they do not know. They, he's thinking, "I am secure." And although he is fearful, he is thinking secure. This is called maya. He is always fearful. Still, he is thinking that he is secure. This is called maya.

- Srila Prabhupada

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