One does not understand what is Krsna, then what to speak of loving Krsna? If you don't understand somebody, how you will love him?

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Bhagavad-gita As It Is Lectures

One does not understand what is Kṛṣṇa, then what to speak of loving Kṛṣṇa? If you don't understand somebody, how you will love him? But through the method given by Lord Caitanya, if we accept, it becomes so easy that even mlecchas and yavanas , who never heard of Kṛṣṇa, they are dancing in ecstasy for kṛṣṇa-prema . So if we actually want that siddhi , manuṣyāṇāṁ sahasreṣu kaścid yatati siddhaye BG 7.3 , that perfection of life, we must take to this Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement. It teaches how to surrender unto Kṛṣṇa. If we surrender to dog, forgetting Kṛṣṇa, we are under the clutches of māyā.

So my appeal is to you, and especially the two Justices, please try to understand, serious vicāra , not that whimsically to accept by sentiment. No. Vicāra . Vicāra means śāstra-vicāra . We have to accept the Vedic authorities, what the Vedic injunction is there. The Vedic injunction is,

harer nāma harer nāma harer nāmaiva kevalaṁ
kalau nāsty eva nāsty eva nāsty eva gatir anyathā
CC Adi 17.21

So that is Vedic injunction. Just like from lawbook when you give evidence before the Justice, it is accepted law. That is in the law. Similarly, whenever there is reference in the Vedic literature, we have to accept. And practically we have seen people did not know the name of Kṛṣṇa three, four years ago, they are mad after Kṛṣṇa, the European, American. This is the practical fact. Therefore through the grace of Lord Caitanya, through the method given by Lord Caitanya, if we approach Kṛṣṇa it becomes very easy. That was the..., detected by Rūpa Goswāmī. Namo mahā-vadānyāya kṛṣṇa-prema-pradāya te CC Madhya 19.53 . Kṛṣṇa-prema . To attain Kṛṣṇa, to understand Kṛṣṇa is very difficult. Kṛṣṇa Himself says so.

manuṣyāṇāṁ sahasreṣu
kaścid yatati siddhaye
yatatām api siddhānāṁ
kaścin vetti māṁ tattvataḥ
BG 7.3

So one does not understand what is Kṛṣṇa, then what to speak of loving Kṛṣṇa? If you don't understand somebody, how you will love him? But through the method given by Lord Caitanya, if we accept, it becomes so easy that even mlecchas and yavanas , who never heard of Kṛṣṇa, they are dancing in ecstasy for kṛṣṇa-prema . So if we actually want that siddhi , manuṣyāṇāṁ sahasreṣu kaścid yatati siddhaye BG 7.3 , that perfection of life, we must take to this Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement. It teaches how to surrender unto Kṛṣṇa. If we surrender to dog, forgetting Kṛṣṇa, we are under the clutches of māyā.

Now if we surrender, Kṛṣṇa says,

sarva-dharmān parityajya
mām ekaṁ śaraṇaṁ vraja
ahaṁ tvāṁ sarva-pāpebhyo
mokṣayiṣyāmi mā śucaḥ
BG 18.66

man-manā bhava mad-bhakto mad-yājī māṁ namaskuru BG 18.65. These are the statement. Mām eva ye prapadyante māyām etāṁ taranti te BG 18.65. You have been captured by māyā . You have forgotten Kṛṣṇa. Just try to surrender unto Him. This is the teachings of Lord Caitanya. And they are accepting, these Western outsiders, because they have no hodgepodge in their mind, you see. They have cleansed. So I have said that kṛṣṇas tu bhagavān svayam BG 18.65, that, and they are getting the result. And chant Kṛṣṇa's name. Kṛṣṇa and Kṛṣṇa's name, nondifferent. (Sanskrit—indistinct) There is no difference. Kṛṣṇa is the Absolute. Kṛṣṇa, Kṛṣṇa's name, Kṛṣṇa's quality, Kṛṣṇa's form, Kṛṣṇa's entourage, they are all the same. Anything in relationship with Kṛṣṇa is Kṛṣṇa. That is absolute knowledge. So it has become easier for them because they are accepting as they are stated in the śāstra . If we neglect the śāstra-vidhi , yaḥ śāstra-vidhim utsṛjya vartate kāma-kārataḥ , na siddhim sa va BG 18.65 . So the defect at the present moment: that we are manufacturing our own concoctions. This should be stopped. You take as it is stated in the śāstra . Kṛṣṇa says that "I am the Supreme," mattaḥ parataraṁ nānyat kiñcid asti dhanañjaya BG 18.65. We accept Kṛṣṇa as the Supreme. Ahaṁ sarvasya prabhavaḥ : BG 18.65 "I am the origin of everything." The Vedānta-sūtra says, janmādy asya yataḥ BG 18.65 . So why don't you accept? Why you comment in a different way? No. Why you comment like this? When Kṛṣṇa says, man-manā bhava mad-bhakto mad-yājī BG 18.65, "Oh, it is not to Kṛṣṇa, it is something within Kṛṣṇa." Kṛṣṇa is not divided in that way—"something within and something without." He is absolute. We are divided within our soul, outside of this material body, but not Kṛṣṇa. Therefore Kṛṣṇa says one who thinks Him as ordinary human being, he is a mūḍhāḥ . Avajānanti māṁ mūḍhā mānuṣīṁ tanum... BG 18.65. "Because I appeared as a human being, mūḍhās , those who are rascals, they think Me as ordinary human being." No. Paraṁ bhāvam ajānanto . He does not know what is immense power behind. That Kṛṣṇa showed. Kṛṣṇa, when He was present, when He was seven years old, He lifted the Govardhana Hill. We have to accept that, not that we make some comment upon it, because we think Kṛṣṇa is ordinary boy, "How seven-years-old boy can lift?" But we forget that He is Kṛṣṇa. If Kṛṣṇa can throw so many innumerable planets in the sky, floating just like cotton swab, is it very difficult for Kṛṣṇa to lift a mountain?

But they do not accept Kṛṣṇa as God. That is the difficulty. You do not accept Kṛṣṇa as God, but you accept Kṛṣṇa as ordinary human being; therefore you are mūḍhāḥ . Avajānanti māṁ mūḍhā mānuṣīṁ tanum āśritam BG 9.11. Na māṁ duṣkṛtino mūḍhāh . Again the same thing, mūḍhāḥ . Na māṁ duṣkṛtino mūḍhāḥ prapadyante narādhamāḥ . He has used very strong word to tell you, because He is the father, and the father can chastise the son using very strong. Similarly, He is the original father; therefore He is trying to chastise,

na mām duṣkṛtino mūḍhāḥ
prapadyante narādhamāḥ
māyayāpahṛta-jñānā
āsuraṁ bhāvam āśritāḥ
BG 7.15

Because they have taken to the āsuraṁ bhāvam.. . Āsuraṁ bhāvam means, Śrīpāda Rāmānujācārya has explained that āsuraṁ bhāvam means disobedience to the order of God. That is āsurīm . And devānām means obedience to the order of God. There are two kinds of men: daiva āsura eva . Viṣṇu-bhaktaḥ smṛto daiva āsuras tad-viparyayaḥ . Simply one who carries out the order of Kṛṣṇa, he is devatāḥ , and who does not carry out the orders of Kṛṣṇa, he is āsura . These things are explained in the Bhagavad-gītā very nicely. So I am only requesting that Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement, that originally we are all Kṛṣṇa conscious, just like the water when it falls down on the ground it is distilled, clear water, but as soon as it touches the earth it becomes muddy. Similarly, because we are part and parcel of Kṛṣṇa, we are all as pure as Kṛṣṇa. Kṛṣṇa is accepted in the Bhagavad-gītā by the statement of Arjuna: paraṁ brahma paraṁ dhāma pavitraṁ paramaṁ bhavān BG 10.12 . Kṛṣṇa is paraṁ pavitra , pure, the purest, apāpa-viddha . So we, being part and parcel of Kṛṣṇa, we are also paraṁ pavitra , but due to the material contact of these three modes of nature we have become polluted. The exact, in the same way, as we are part. So how we have fallen down, why you have come to this material world, how we can revive our again Kṛṣṇa consciousness, these are the subject matter of this Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement. We appeal to you: try to understand this movement. Enjoy with full heart, and do some welfare activity to the human society.

Thank you very much. Hare Kṛṣṇa. (applause) (end)