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Purport to Bhajahu Re Mana

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Los Angeles, May 27, 1972
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Purport to Bhajahu Re Mana

Los Angeles, May 27, 1972
Prabhupāda: So this song was sung by Govinda dasa.
Govinda-dāsa-abhilāsa re. What is his desire? Abhilāsa
means desire. Bhajahū re mana śrī-nanda-nandana: "My
dear mind...'' Because mind is our friend and enemy. If you
train the mind, then mind is your best friend. And if you
cannot train your mind, then will be your bitterest enemy. Sa
vai manaḥ kṛṣṇa-padāravindayoḥ [SB 9.4.18]. Therefore
mind has always to be engaged on the lotus feet of Kṛṣṇa, then
mind automatically will be controlled and will become friend.
So Govinda dasa is expressing his desire: "My dear mind, you
just be engaged in devotional service of Nanda-nandana.''
His..., he does not say Kṛṣṇa. He says Nanda-nandana. If we
address Kṛṣṇa directly, that is not very pleasing, but if we say
Kṛṣṇa: Nanda-nandana, Yaśodā-nandana, Devakī-nandana,
Pārtha-sārathi—in relationship with His devotee—then He
becomes more pleased. So bhajahū re mana śrī-nanda-
nandana. Why Śrī-Nanda-nandana? Now, abhaya-
caraṇāravinda re. If you take shelter of the lotus feet of
Kṛṣṇa, Nanda-nandana, then you'll have no more anxiety,
fear.
samāṣritā ye pada-pallava-plavaṁ
mahat-padaṁ puṇya-yaśo murāreḥ
bhavāmbudhir vatsa-padaṁ paraṁ padaṁ
padaṁ padaṁ yad vipadāṁ na teṣām
[SB 10.14.58]
This is Bhagavat-darśana. Padaṁ padaṁ yad vipadām. This
material world, padaṁ padam means step by step there is
danger. So one who takes shelter of the lotus feet of Kṛṣṇa,
mahat-padaṁ puṇya-yaśo murāreḥ samāṣritā, for him
there is no more danger. Abhaya-caraṇāravinda re. How it is
possible to take complete shelter of Kṛṣṇa, which is
fearlessness, no anxiety, vaikuṇṭha? Durlabha manava-
janama sat-saṅge. This is possible if you associate with
devotees. If you think that "Now I have become very much
advanced. Now I shall live alone and chant Hare Kṛṣṇa,
imitating Haridāsa Ṭhākura,'' this is nonsense. You cannot
imitate Haridāsa Ṭhākura. You have to associate with
devotees. Durlabha manava-janam sat sange. Sat-sange.
Satāṁ prasaṅgān mama vīrya-saṁvido [SB 3.25.25]. If you
remain with the devotees, then by their association, by talking
with them, you'll get real understanding of God consciousness.
It is very practical to understand. Just like in material world
there are many associations, societies. Businessmen, they have
got their stock exchange association, those who are dealing in
exchange. They have got an association. They go there, and
their business facility is very good. Similarly, so many clubs. If
you want to drink and enjoy sense, you go to so many clubs
and associate with them and you'll learn how to drink, how to
mate very nicely. So association is very important. Therefore
our Kṛṣṇa consciousness society are giving chance people to
associate with us, so that he'll be able to understand what is
Kṛṣṇa, what is Kṛṣṇa consciousness. Therefore Govinda dasa
recommends, durlabha mānava-janama-sat-saṅge. Mānava.
This human life is durlabha, very rarely obtained. Not dogs'
association, crows' association, but swans' association. There
are association even by nature. "Birds of the same feather flock
together.'' The crows, they'll mix with crows, and the swans
will mix with swan. White swan, very nice water, nice garden,
they will like that. The crows will not like that. The crows will
like where filthy things are thrown away. They'll take pleasure
there. So similarly, according to the quality of nature, there are
different association in human society. But it is recommended
that durlabha mānava sat-saṅge: not with the crows but with
the swans. That association.
So this Kṛṣṇa consciousness society is the swans,
paramahaṁsa. Haṁsa. Haṁsa means swan. Haṁsa, this
example is given because the swan knows the technique how
to take milk out of water. You give the swan milk and water, it
will take the milk portion and give it up the water portion.
Similarly a swan, a haṁsa, paramahaṁsa, means in this
human form of life, one who takes the spiritual portion of life
and rejects the material portion of life, he is called haṁsa,
paramahaṁsa. We are mixed. Our body is material, but I am
spirit soul. So we have to know the techniques how to get out
of this material bondage. That is the process of jñāna
vairāgya, knowledge and renunciation. The example is given,
just like wood, firewood. If you somehow or other, you can
ignite fire, then the fire will vanquish the wood. The blazing
fire will consume the whole wood. Similarly, you have got the
fire of spiritual consciousness. If you can evoke that spiritual
consciousness, this material consciousness will be burnt up. It
will come out from this material body, but when it comes out,
then it will vanquish the material body. Very good, good
example. The fire, there is..., in the wood there is fire,
everyone knows. So you ignite fire, and if you make it dry, then
the fire takes place very quickly. And when it is blazing fire,
then the wood becomes vanquished. There is no more
existence of the wood. Similarly, if you can invoke your
spiritual consciousness, Kṛṣṇa consciousness, when it will be
very nicely going on, then your material existence will be
finished. This is the process. Durlabha mānava-janama sat-
saṅge taraha e bhava-sindhu re. In this way, just get on the
other side of this ocean of nescience.
Then, one may say that "If I associate with the Kṛṣṇa
consciousness movement, then how my family affairs will go
on? Who will look after my wife and children, society,
friendship, love? I have got so many business.'' There,
therefore he says, śīta ātapa bāta bariṣaṇa ei dina jāminī
jāgi re: "My dear mind, you are working so hard.'' Śīta ātapa.
"In severe cold you are going to work. In scorching heat you
are going to work. Torrents of rain... You cannot stop your
work.'' Śīta ātapa bāta bariṣaṇa. "Night duty, whole night
working.'' People are doing that. Śīta ātapa bāta bariṣaṇa ei
dina jāminī jāgi re. Whole day work, again I'll get some more
money, I'll let you work at night also, extra. In this way we are
working. Why? Why you are working? Why you are working?
śīta ātapa bāta bariṣaṇa
ei dina jāminī jāgi re
biphale sevinu kṛpaṇa durajana
capala sukha labha lāgi' re
"In this way I have wasted my time,'' biphale sevinu, "to serve
kṛpana durajana, some so-called society, friendship and love.
Kṛpaṇa, they will not, never, be engaged in Kṛṣṇa
consciousness, but I am engaged in their service.'' So this is
general, not that every, every family. Mostly 99.9. So biphale
sevinu, "In this way I am wasting my time. And what is the
pleasure?'' Capala sukha-labha lāgi' re. "Few minutes' sex,
that's all.'' Behind the sex, so many labor. Therefore Govinda
dāsa says that "You are trying to enjoy wealth,'' ei-dhana,
yauvana, putra, parijana. Material happiness means to
acquire money, dhana;, and then jana, many adherents or
dependents-wife, children, friends, society, so many things,
country. So putra, parijana, ithe ki āche paratīti re. "You
cannot have any transcendental bliss in this.'' kamala-dala-
jala, jīvana ṭalamala. The life is tottering. You cannot say
when the life will be finished. The example is given, kamala-
jala-dala. Just like lotus leaf. If you put water on the leaf, it
will not stay; it will be tiltering. At any moment it slips.
Similarly, our life is like that, tiltering. At any moment—
finished. Kamala-jala-dala, jivana..., bhajahu hari-pada nīti
re. Therefore engage yourself in Kṛṣṇa consciousness as much
as you can. Finish before the death comes. That is your
mission. And what is Kṛṣṇa consciousness? Śravana, kīrtana,
smarana, vandana, pāda-sevana, dāsya re, pūjana, sakhī-
jana, ātma-nivedana, the nine kinds of devotional service,
govinda-dāsa-abhilāṣa re.
So everyone should desire like Govinda dasa. Śravana
kīrtana, these are the devotional processes: hearing; chanting;
remembering; arcana, worshiping the Deity; vandana,
offering prayer. There are nine kinds. So human life is meant
for this purpose. By this process, gradually we ignite the fire of
Kṛṣṇa consciousness, or spiritual consciousness. Then, by that
fire, as by blazing fire the wood itself becomes burnt into
ashes, so our, all of our covering... The spirit soul is covered by
matter, by ignorance. So this covering and ignorance will be
burnt into ashes, and you'll become free and go back to home,
back to Godhead. This is the purport of this song.

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