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"Blazing Fire Within The Heart"

"Blazing Fire Within The Heart"

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"Blazing Fire Within The Heart"Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.15.27New York, March 6, 1975listenSrila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami PrabhupadaTake a testNitai: "Now I am attracted to those instructions imparted to me by the Personality of Godhead, Govinda, because they are impregnated with instructions for relieving the burning heart in all circumstances of time and space." Prabhupada:desa-kalartha-yuktanihrt-tapopasamani caharanti smaratas cittamgovindabhihitani meSo this word hrt-tapa upasamani... Hrt means heart, and tapa means miseries or burning, heat. Tapa means burning heat. If there is fire and there is heat, sometimes it is intolerable. So hrt-tapa means the burning fire blazing within the heart. So that is always. Anyone who is in this material world, he has got this disease, burning fire within the heart, anyone. That means severe anxiety, everyone. Even a small bird, he is also full of anxiety. You give him some grains. It will come. It will eat. At the same time, it will look this way, that way, this way, full of anxiety. Although there is food, he is eating, still, there is anxiety, "Somebody may come, kill me." So everyone is full of anxiety. That is the material nature. Nobody can say "I have no anxiety." That is not possible. If he says like that, he is a liar. That is not possible. Is anyone here who can say that he or she has no anxiety? Of course, when you take to Krsna consciousness, there is no anxiety. That is the distinction. Anxiety there is, but to relieve this anxiety one has to take to Krsna consciousness. Otherwise not. You cannot getrelief. (child says, "Prabhupada") Yes. (laughter) So you may say that "Sometimes we have got anxiety, and sometimes we are very nice." So even accepting that,Arjuna says, desa-kala-artha-yuktani. Desa, kala, the time and space within thismaterial world, and artha means purpose, everything, any time... Arjuna does not say that "sometimes." At any time, if we are materially attached, then this hrt-tapa must be. Hrt-tapa means burning fire, blazing fire within the heart. It will continue.Therefore Narottama dasa Thakura says that visaya-bisanale, diba-nisi hiya jwale. This means anyone who is engaged in these material affairs, Visaya... Visaya means material necessities. Everyone has got material necessities: ahara-nidra-bhaya-maithuna, how to eat, how to sleep, where to sleep, where to get apartment,where to secure money to get food, and how to secure sex pleasure, where it is available, man or woman, and how to defend. "I have got so much bank balance. Itmay not be taken away. I have got this property." In this way everyone is suffering. That's a fact. Therefore Narottama dasa Thakura says, visaya-bisanale, diba-nisi hiya jwale: "The heart is burning." The same word. It is in simple Bengali, and this is in Sanskrit. Visaya-bisanale, diba-nisi hiya jwale, juraite na koinu upay. So if a man simply goes on suffering like this, then he is not a humanbeing. Human being means if there is suffering, he must try to alleviate it, tomitigate the suffering. That is human being.That is... Nature gives us this human form of body, intelligence, that if thereis danger, if there is anxiety, he tries to get out of it. The animals also do,but they cannot do very nicely. Just like animals are slaughtered. So they knowwhen they are put into one, what is called, pound and they know that they will b
e slaughtered, but they have no means to get out of it. So the human being can do that. If I foresee, "There is some danger, I can make some way to get out of it." That is human intelligence. Therefore Narottama dasa Thakura says that "Although I had the intelligence to get out of these material anxieties, the blazingfire within the heart, but I did not take it." And what is that? Now, hari-namaprema-dhana...Devotees: Golokera...Prabhupada: Golokera prema-dhana, hari-nama-sankirtana, rati na janmilo kene tay. This is the remedy. Golokera prema-dhana, this hari-nama-sankirtana, chantingof Hare Krsna mantra, this sound vibration, it is not material. Suppose if I would have advised my disciples that "You chant â
Mr. John, Mr. John, Mr. John,' " thismovement would not have spread. (laughter) How long one can chant this "Mr. John, Mr. John"? Therefore it is the proof, that all over the world, we have got about hundred centers. Everywhere, hundred, two hundred, three hundred disciples are there. They're chanting, dancing, with Hare Krsna mantra. Why? Because it is not material sound vibration. This is the proof. Don't think that Hare Krsna chanting and chanting the name of Mr. John is the same, no. This is the proof. You can go on chanting twenty-four hours, Still, you will not feel tired. This is thegolokera... This is the proof, that this hari-nama-sankirtana, golokera prema-dhana, it is the property for loving. It is the thing which will lead you how tolove God, prema-dhana. You will gradually develop your propensity to love Krsna.Ceto-darpana-marjanam [Cc. Antya 20.12]. Caitanya Mahaprabhu has said that param vijayate sri-krsna-sankirtanam: "All glories to the chanting of Hare Krsna mantra." Why? Now, bhava-maha-davagni-nirvapanam.In this material life there is a fire always. Bhava-maha-davagni. Davagni meansthe forest fire, the fire in the forest. Nobody goes to set fire in the forest,nobody has got any business to do that. But still, there is fire. It takes place. Everyone knows. Automatically, by the collision of dry branches of bamboo andothers there is electricity and dry leaves that set fire, in this way, a big fire. So similarly, in this material world nobody wants that there may be fire andwe all burn. No, nobody wants. But it happens. There is another Bengali song like that. Sukhera lagiya ei ghare bandhinu agune puriya gelun(?): "I constructed this house to live very happily. Unfortunately, there was set fire. Fire was setand everything finished." So this is material world. We should always know.So Arjuna says that "When I remember the teachings of Krsna in the Bhagavad-gita, then it relieves me. Then it relieves me." Hrt-tapa upasamani. Hrt-tapa, thatblazing fire within the heart, immediately becomes relieved. So that is also fact. Bhagavad-gita... Whenever you are perplexed, you read Bhagavad-gita you willimmediately get relief. That's a fact. Gandhi also said that. Gandhi was a politician. Although he could not understand Bhagavad-gita neither he could understand Krsna, still, he said that "When I read, I get great relief." He was always very busy, so many political problems always coming. So there was no spiritual understanding of these politicians. Sometimes they take the spiritual shelter, so-called, for getting some benefit out of it so that his political movement may beincreased or enhanced. So we do not wish to discuss, but Bhagavad-gita, even ifyou read without any actual knowledge of the Bhagavad-gita, still, you will feelrelief. Still you will feel relief. Just like if you go to the fire, you will feel some warmth. That's a fact. Even you do not know how to enjoy fire, still, because you are near the fire, you will get some warmth. So Bhagavad-gita is likethat. Even if you do not understand, by simply hearing the words of Krsna... Simply we chant this, man-mana bhava mad-bhakto mad-yaji mam namaskuru [Bg. 18.65], and gradually you do that...satam prasangan mama virya-samvidobhavanti hrt-karna-rasayanah kathahtaj-josanad asv apavarga-vartmani
sraddha ratir bhaktir anukramisyatiIf we discuss Bhagavad-gita amongst the societies of the devotee... That is stated in the Bhagavad-gita, mad-bhaktesu abhidhasyati. Bhagavad-gita should be discussed amongst the devotees. Sometimes we discuss Bhagavad-gita amongst the non-devotees. That is due to higher order, higher order -- Guru Maharaja asked that "You go and speak." So we are doing that. Actually, Bhagavad-gita is to be discussed amongst the devotees. So our hard task is that first of all we have to makeone devotee and then let him understand Bhagavad-gita, our double task. Becausenobody wants to become devotee. So we are canvassing door to door, country to country, village to village, "Sir, please come in our temple. We shall give you nice prasadam. You simply chant Hare Krsna and hear something about Krsna." So still, people will not come. Still, they will not come. We have to canvass. We haveto do so many things. That is the influence of maya. Maya is so strong that unless one is very much determined, maya will be very strong for him.So still, if we understand that this life is meant for understanding Krsna or toadvance in Krsna consciousness, if this much we understand, then also, our lifeis successful. But we do not take it seriously. We do not take it seriously. That is the difficulty. Actually, as Narottama dasa Thakura says, that visaya-bisanale, diba-nisi hiya jwale, juraite na koinu upay, "My heart is always burning on account of this material condition of life, and I did not make any means to get out of this entanglement"... So everyone should be intelligent. Intelligent person will admit that his heart is always burning. That's a fact. Now, if we wantto get out of it, then, as Caitanya Mahaprabhu advises, all the acaryas advises, and here Arjuna also... Arjuna directly listened to Krsna, and he says, "Thisis my practical experience, that when I..." He was a politician, a fighter. He had so many anxieties. So he used to remember the instruction given by Krsna directly to him.So that instruction and when we read Bhagavad-gita, that instruction, these twoinstructions, they are not different. Don't think that "Krsna was present beforeArjuna, but in my presence there is no Krsna. Simply I have got this book." Butyou should know that the book and the instruction there in the Bhagavad-gita and Krsna, they are absolute, one. There is no difference. We can take advantage of Krsna's presence by reading Bhagavad-gita.I have narrated several times the story of a brahmana in South India. He was illiterate, and he was reading Bhagavad-gita. So his friends, village friends, theyknew that "This man is illiterate. How he can read Bhagavad-gita?" So they werecriticizing. "Hello, brahmana. How you are reading Bhagavad-gita?" So he did not say anything because he knew that "These friends are criticizing me because Iam illiterate. He knows." So when Caitanya Mahaprabhu came there, Caitanya Mahaprabhu was attracted. He was illiterate, and he was reading Bhagavad-gita, and Caitanya Mahaprabhu was attracted. Just see. So Caitanya Mahaprabhu inquired, "Mydear brahmana, what you are reading?" So he also could understand that "Here isa person who has not come to criticize me. He is serious." "Yes, sir, I am reading Bhagavad-gita, but I am illiterate. I am illiterate." "Then what you are reading?" "No, I am simply turning the pages. I cannot read anything." "Then why youare reading if you cannot?" "No, my Guru Maharaja ordered me. My Guru Maharajaasked me that â
You shall read Bhagavad-gita daily, eighteen chapters.' " Guru maharaja knew that he is illiterate, but still ordered. This is called guru-mukha-padma-vakya, cittete koriya aikya, ar na koriho mane asa **. This is called firm faith in guru. Guru ordered him that "You read." Guru must know him, that he is illiterate. So what he will read? Why guru is ordering him? But because he had firmfaith in guru and he was trying to read, Caitanya Mahaprabhu came to see him. Just see. How this line is important: guru-mukha-padma-vakya, cittete koriya aikya, ar na koriho mane asa **. Ar means anything more, you don't try to understand. Whatever your guru says, you just try to carry it out. So what is the next line? Guru-mukha-padma-vakya, cittete...

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