Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.9.54
by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Vrndavana, April 9, 1976

Pusta Krsna: “My dear Prahlada, you are very fortunate. You may know from Me that those who are highly elevated, wise persons try to please Me in all different modes of mellows because I am the only person to fulfill the desires of everyone.”


prinanti hy atha mam dhirah sarva-bhavena sadhavah sreyas-kama maha-bhaga sarvasam asisam patim

So each word in this verse is very important. Prinanti hy atha mam dhirah. Dhira means very intelligent, not crazy, just the opposite of crazy. Dhira. So Krsna says in the Bhagavad-gita who is dhira. There are many places. Dhiras tatra na muhyati.

dehino ’smin yatha dehe kaumaram yauvanam jara tatha dehantara-praptir dhiras tatra na muhyati [Bg. 2.13]

The simple thing that “I am not this body. I am living within this body, and because I am living within this body, the bodily changes are taking place,” this simple thing… A dead child never grows, but a living child grows or changes body. So where is the difficulty to understand that there is something in the body, therefore the body is changing? Dehino ’smin yatha dehe kaumaram yauvanam jara [Bg. 2.13] A child is becoming a baby, baby is becoming a boy, a boy is becoming a young man, young man is becoming a middle aged, a middle-aged man is becoming old man, so the old man, now, after giving up when it is useless, this body, no more workable, then he must get another body, as we have experienced after one stage of life another stage, another body. Where is the difficulty? Therefore Krsna says, dhiras tatra na muhyati. Those who are intelligent, they are not, I mean to say, bewildered. They accept, “Yes, there is.” Only the rascals, they cannot understand, the rascals. The opposite number of dhira, the crazy rascals, they cannot understand. Simple thing.

Now, if you study the whole world at the present moment, they do not believe in the soul. They do not believe in the transmigration of the soul from one body to another. Even big, big professors, big, big learned scholars, they do not believe. So therefore you can understand that what is the present population of the world—all rascals. All rascals. They cannot understand the simple truth, and they are passing on as great scholars, great scientists, great politicians and so on, so on, but all of them rascals. That’s all. This is the conclusion. Krsna says, dhiras tatra na muhya… This transmigration of the soul from one body to another, Krsna says, dhiras tatra na muhyati. And here also the same thing, prinanti hy atha mam dhirah sarva-bhavena sadhavah. The spiritual… If you do not understand what is spirit, then where is the question of spiritual life and advancement of spiritual life? There is no question. This is the beginning of spiritual existence…, education, that “I am not this body. I am spirit soul.” Aham brahmasmi. They can understand.

So if we are sincerely Krsna conscious, if we believe Krsna… We have to believe. You believe or not believe, the words of Krsna cannot be false. That’s a fact. You may be rascal, you do not believe, but those who are dhira, they believe. They believe. If you have love for Krsna… There is no question of love or no love. This is the fact. So one has to become… This is the ultimate goal of life, that one has to become dhira, not like cats and dogs, jumping here and there. That is not human life. That is dog life.

yasyatma-buddhih kunape tri-dhatuke sva-dhih kalatradisu bhauma-ijya-dhih yat-tirtha-buddhih salile na karhicit janesu abhijnesu sa eva go-kharah [SB 10.84.13]

These classes of men, yasya, whose life is bodily conception… “I am body.” “I am a Hindu,” “I am Muslim,” “I am brahmana,” “I am Indian,” “I am American,” “I am…” The whole world is fighting on this because they are all crazy, not dhira. This is the modern civilization. Yasyatma-buddhih kunape. This is a bag of bones and flesh and blood, and they are thinking that they are, they are this body. So wherefrom the living force coming if you are this body? Because as soon as the living force is gone, the body is useless, a lump of matter. So do you think this lump of matter is giving life? But they are not dhira. All rascals, they cannot understand. The word is very important. Dhiras tatra na muhyati. How the rascals will understand? Therefore our Krsna consciousness movement is to educate the rascals, that’s all. Simple thing. We challenge everyone that “You are rascal number one. Try to understand Krsna.” This is our challenge. Come forward. We say, we challenge, “You are rascal number one. You take education in Krsna consciousness and make your life perfect.” This is Krsna consciousness. Nobody is dhira.

So here those who are dhira actually, those who have understood his identity… Ke ami kena amaya jare tapa-traya. This was the question by Sanatana Gosvami to Caitanya Mahaprabhu, that “You asked me to join Your movement. I was minster in Nawab Hussain Shah’s government, chief minister. Now I have… On Your word I have given up. So You have kindly brought me from this hellish condition, simply politics and pounds, shilling, pence. So it is a great mercy for me of Your Lordship. But my first question is ke ami: ‘What I am?’ ” This is the first question. It must be… Jijnasuh sreya uttamam. Here the same word is used, sreyas-kamah. Sreyas-kamah. Anyone who is dhira, he’ll inquire about the ultimate goal of life, sreyas. There are two things, sreyas and preyas. Preyas means immediately very nice. Suppose somebody says that “Oh, there is a very nice dancing girl singing, and why you are here, sankirtana? What you’ll enjoy? Come here. There’s a very nice girl.” That is preyas. Preyas means immediately very pleasing. And one comes here, that is sreyas, means it will do him ultimately good. So there are two things, way. Those who are foolish persons, they are after sreyas…, er, preyas, immediately palatable. And those who are intelligent, dhira, they are after sreyas. Sreyas-kamah. Without becoming sreyas-kamah, nobody can be Krsna conscious. If one is preyas-kamah, if one wants to enjoy this material world, sense gratification, he cannot become Krsna conscious. That is not possible. Only sreyas-kamah.

So how to… “Yes, I am sreyas-kamah. I… Yes, I want what is the ultimate goal of life. Yes.” That is… Just like Sanatana Gosvami went to Caitanya Mahaprabhu. This is a fact. So sastra also says, tasmad gurum prapadyeta jijnasuh sreya uttamam [SB 11.3.21] The sreyas-kamah. If you are actually serious about the ultimate goal of life, then you approach a guru. Tasmad gurum prapadyeta jijnasuh. If you are actually inquisitive to understand what is sreyas, that is sreyas-kamah. kamah means desiring, and sreyas means ultimate good. Not preyas-kamah. If you want to enjoy these material facilities, then you can go to such kind of men, such kind of men, and… If you want to learn drinking, so go to a club where drinking is very encouraged. Preyas-kamah. If you want to enjoy sex, go to the club where prostitutes are available. That is preyas-kamah. But if you want to reach the goal of life, then go to Krsna conscious movement. There are two kinds of men, sreyas-kamah, preyas-kamah, so two things are there. So this Krsna consciousness movement is for the sreyas-kamah. And who becomes sreyas-kamah? Maha-bhaga, with great fortune. Not ordinary person. Unfortunate or misfortunate, they cannot understand Krsna consciousness. Maha-bhaga. Very, very great fortunate person.

Caitanya Mahaprabhu confirms this in His teaching to Rupa Gosvami. He said,

ei rupe brahmanda bhramite kono bhagyavan jiva guru-krsna-krpaya paya bhakti-lata-bija [Cc. Madhya 19.151]

They are traveling, wandering. Prakrteh kriyamanani gunaih karmani sarvasah [Bg. 3.27]. Karanam guna sango ’sya sad-asad janma-yonisu. These rascals who are not dhira, they are thinking independent, rascals. Not a single moment you are independent. You are controlled. Even if we are dropping our eyelids, there is regulative principles. Some demigod is controlling. Breathing. Breathing, there is control. You can breathe for so many years, that’s all, and live. And when the breathing is finished, then you are not controller. The great scientists, they are begin oxygen gas, injection. Can you increase the period breathing for a moment? No. Controlled. Controlled. You cannot increase your breathing even for a moment. So the yogis, they try to save the breathing. That is yogic process. Samadhi. They practice breathing control so that without breathing they can remain. Recaka, kumbhaka yoga, so they can increase their life. Suppose I shall live for eighty years or hundred years. There is breathing period. If I can save breathing, then I can live more. Just like your bank balance. If you don’t spend it, your balance is all right. But you spend it, then the balance will be zero some day. Similarly, the yogic process is to control the breathing. And the breathing is lost in large quantities when there is sex life. (breathes rapidly and loudly—laughter) Finished. So control the breathing, it requires celibacy, no sex life. Yoga-indriya-samyamah. That is called yoga, not that showing some gymnastic and smoking and yoga system. This is going on. Your country is cheated by so many rascals, yogis. You know it very well. The one great yogi was found having sex with his disciple. You know that? Who is that?

Pusta Krsna: Saccidananda.

Prabhupada: Yes. So they go for women and money because you are fooled. You are yogi, and they show some gymnastic, that’s all. But real yoga system is yoga indriya-samyamah, how to control the indriyas, especially the mind. In this way one can become advanced, dhira. That is yoga system. It is an artificial means to become dhira, because without becoming dhira there is no question of advancing in spiritual life. That is not possible.

So this dhira, who can…? Maha-bhaga. Maha-bhaga, very, very great fortunate person. How he becomes dhira? Ei rupe brahmanda bhramite kono bhagyavan—this maha-bhaga—kono bhagyavan jiva, guru-krsna-krpaya paya bhakti-lata-bija [Cc. Madhya 19.151] By the blessings of guru… If by his great fortune he comes to a real guru, then he gets the opportunity. That is the test. Ei rupe brahmanda bhramite kono bhagyavan. This opportunity is not for everyone. Kono means somebody. So guru-krsna. If actually one is trying to be dhira, Krsna is there within every… Isvarah sarva-bhutanam hrd-dese arjuna tisthati [Bg. 18.61]. And He advises, guru-krsna… Krsna says, “Now…” Just like Dhruva Maharaja. Dhruva Maharaja, out of his sentiment, went to the forest and to see God. His mother said that “Your, this mental condition cannot be relieved because you want to challenge your father to have the kingdom. So I am poor. I am, although your mother, I cannot request your father. So if it is possible, Krsna can do it.” She was Krsna conscious; therefore the child became so nice, Dhruva Maharaja. A child inherits the quality of mother, boy; and girl inherits the quality of father. That is the general rule. So his mother was devotee, so he’ll naturally become a devotee by the advice of the mother. He went to the forest. So…, but he had no spiritual master. Out of sentiment went to the forest. But Krsna saw from within that “This child is so serious about Me. Oh, send him Narada. ‘Narada, you go there. Initiate him.’ ” Om namo bhagavate vasudevaya, this mantra was given to Dhruva Maharaja by Narada Muni. So he practiced that mantra, and with austerity, and he saw Krsna. And when he saw Krsna, he’s completely pure from all material desires. Anyabhilasita-sunyam [BRS 1.1.11]. When Krsna wanted to give him benediction, he said, svamin krtartho ’smi varam na yace: “I am fully satisfied. I don’t want anything.” This is Krsna conscious, dhira. No more want. Why want? Here it is said that sreyas-kama maha-bhaga sarvasam asisam patim. Such persons who are dhira and most fortunate and sees Krsna, then what remains to possess? Everything is there. Sarvasam asi… All kinds of benedictions are there, all kinds of. That Krsna will take care.

So these things are very nice, that one has to become dhira, and he can become dhira. Either he was fortunate, or after becoming dhira he is fortunate. Both ways he is fortunate, maha-bhaga. And sreyas-kamah. When one becomes a devotee he does not anymore ask for anything material. Just like Caitanya Mahaprabhu teaches, na dhanam na janam na sundarim kavitam va jagadisa kamaye. This is dhira. He frankly says that “I don’t want riches. I don’t want many followers. I don’t want nice wife, very beautiful wife.” These things are material demands. They are very much fond of worshiping Durga. Why? Dhanam dehi rupavati bharyam dehi yaso dehi. These are material. But Krsna says, “These persons who are asking for material profit from the different demigods, it can be fulfilled. They are fulfilling.” But antavat tu phalam tesam tad bhavati alpa-medhasam. These material gains, they will stay for a few days or few years. Because you are creating another body.

So in this body… Suppose you have got immense wealth, immense men under you, or very beautiful wife. How long you shall enjoy? Immediately, mrtyuh sarva-haras caham: “You do not like Me. You like these things. All right. At the time of death I shall take away everything—finish.” This is fact. After death where is your beautiful wife? Where is your wealth? Where is your followers? Everything finished. Now according to your karma, you have to accept the body of a dog. Nature’s way. Karmana daiva-netrena. “You have infected doggish mentality. Now you become a dog.” This is nature’s way. Karanam guna-sango ’sya. You have simply associated with the tamo-guna, rajo-guna, no sattva-guna, so you have to accept a body, rajas-tamo-guna. Tamo-guna means animal, and rajo-guna means the karmis, and sattva-guna means jnanis. So if one is struggling in this life how to accumulate money, that means rajo-guna. Rajas-tamo-bhava kama-lobhadayas ca ye. We can understand who is under rajo-guna, who is under sattva-guna, who is…

urdhvam gacchanty sattva-sthah madhye tisthanti rajasa jaghanya-guna-vrtti-sthah adho gacchan…

Those who are tamo-guna, they are going—adho gacchanti—in the animal life. This law is going on. You believe or not believe. If you don’t believe, then you are a foolish rascal, and if you believe, then you are dhira. So we shall become a dhira. That is Krsna consciousness movement.

Thank you very much.

Devotees: Jaya! (end)