Prabhupāda: Kṛṣṇa is lion to the demons, and He's a lamb to the devotees. [laughter] Hare Kṛṣṇa. Jaya. So the atheist, they say that "We have not seen Kṛṣṇa." Yes. You'll see Kṛṣṇa as lion when He'll ultimately come and capture you, "Ow!" [laughter] That is death. Atheists will see Kṛṣṇa as death, and theists, devotees see Kṛṣṇa as lover. That's it. Hare Kṛṣṇa. Nama om bhagavate vāsudevāya.

[aside:] You sit down properly, back side. Yes.

oṁ pūrṇam adaḥ pūrṇam idaṁ
pūrṇāt pūrṇam udacyate
pūrṇasya pūrṇam ādāya
pūrṇam evāvaśiṣyate

[Īśo Invocation]

īśāvāsyam idam sarvaṁ
yat kiñca jagatyāṁ jagat
tena tyaktena bhuñjīthā
mā gṛdhaḥ kasya svid dhanam

[Īśo mantra 1]

kurvann eveha karmāṇi
jijīviṣec chataṁ samāḥ
evaṁ tvayi nānyatheto 'sti
na karma lipyate nare

[Īśo mantra 2]

asuryā nāma te lokā
andhena tamasāvṛtāḥ
tāṁs te pretyābhigacchanti
ye ke cātma-hano janāḥ

[Īśo mantra 3]

anejad ekaṁ manaso javīyo
nainad devā āpnuvan pūrvam arṣat
tad dhāvato 'nyān atyeti tiṣṭhat
tasminn apo mātariśvā dadhāti

[Īśo mantra 4]

tad ejati tan naijati
tad dūre tad v antike
tad antar asya sarvasya
tad u sarvasyāsya bāhyataḥ

[Īśo mantra 5]

yas tu sarvāṇi bhūtāny
ātmany evānupaśyati
sarva-bhūteṣu cātmānaṁ
tato na vijugupsate

[Īśo mantra 6]

yasmin sarvāṇi bhūtāny
ātmaivābhūd vijānataḥ
tatra ko mohaḥ kaḥ śoka
ekatvam anupaśyataḥ

[Īśo mantra 7]

sa paryagāc chukram akāyam avraṇam
asnāviram śuddham apāpa-viddham
kavir manīṣī paribhūḥ svayambhūr
yāthātathyato 'rthān vyadadhāc chāśvatībhyaḥ samābhyaḥ

[Īśo mantra 8]

andhaṁ tamaḥ praviśanti
ye 'vidyām upāsate
tato bhūya iva te tamo
ya u vidyāyām ratāḥ

[Īśo mantra 9]

anyad evāhur vidyayā-
nyad āhur avidyayā
iti śuśruma dhīrāṇāṁ
ye nas tad vicacakṣire

[Īśo mantra 10]


Hmm. Anyone can explain the third verse? Kurvann eveha karmāṇi jijīviṣec chataṁ samāḥ. Who will explain, please stand up. Nobody? [laughs] How is that? Huh? Yes?

Devotee (1): This explains that the human form of life is meant for realizing our spiritual nature, our nature as part and parcel of the Supreme Lord. [indistinct] material servants. It explains that those who do not cultivate this kind of knowledge, they simply live like the animals, like the swine. [indistinct] without caring for the spiritual nature. They are known as ātma-han, killers of the soul, and they will enter into the planets of the [indistinct].

Prabhupāda: No, I wanted that's true, kurvann eva. That is true, yes. That's all right. So anyone will explain this,

kurvann eveha karmāṇi
jijīviṣec chataṁ samāḥ
evaṁ tvayi nānyatheto 'sti
na karma lipyate nare

[Īśo mantra 2]

So you should try to read the explanation, these word meanings. So kurvann eveha karmāṇi jijīviṣec chataṁ samāḥ. Samāḥ means years. You can live hundreds of years if you understand the philosophy of life. Otherwise, what is the use of living? The trees are also living for five hundred years, for thousands years. There is one tree in San Francisco... What is that wood?

Devotee (2): Redwood.

Prabhupāda: Redwood. No. There is some wood, I forget. Crossing bridge. Anyway, they told me that this tree is standing for seven thousand years. So the trees are also living, and you are also living. You are trying to live. Whenever there is question of death, you resist. That means you do not want to die. That is natural sequence.

So here it is said that why should you live? Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura says, ke lāgi āche, āchi..., that "Why I am living? I could not achieve love of Godhead. Then what is the use of my living?" He's lamenting. Narottama dāsa kena na lāgilā māriyā. Kena bā āchaye prāṇa ki sukha lāgiyā [Song 41: Ākṣepa]. He said, "Why I am living? What is the purpose of my living? What is the ultimate happiness?" Better I would have died, because I could not attain love of Godhead.”

That is real life. We should not try to live if we do not develop love of Godhead. Otherwise, the trees are also living; what is the difference? You are, what... How many years you can live? Say utmost hundred years, that's all. But the tree is living for seven thousand years, five thousand years. You cannot compete even with the tree, so far living is concerned.

So here it is said, kurvann eveha karmāṇi: one may aspire to live for hundreds of years if he continuously goes on doing work in that way. Which way? īśāvāsyam idaṁ sarvam [Īśo mantra 1]. Everything belongs to God. Our this society, Kṛṣṇa conscious society, we are not dismantling society. No. Not like Māyāvādī. Māyāvādī says this is…, this world, this material world is false. Brahma satyaṁ jagan mithyā. “Let us give it up just like we give up stool, urine, and don’t aspire after it.” Similarly, the Māyāvādīs says, “Give it up just like you leave your stool and urine, and take to brahma.” But our philosophy is not like that.

Our philosophy, we have created a Kṛṣṇa conscious society. We are having wives, children, brother, sister, father, mother. That is society. So we have got everything here. In which way we are lacking, that there is no father, there is no mother, there is no husband, there is no wife, there is no children? No, it is not negation. How these children are coming to receive? Just like in an ordinary family when the grandfather comes, little children takes pleasure, and the grandfather takes pleasure. Here the same thing is there; we are not denying. I do not say, “Oh I am a sannyāsī. Oh, you do not send these children to me. I have left my children. Why another children would come and bother me?” [laughter] No! [laughter] It is not like that. We are changing the face of the society: Kṛṣṇa conscious society.

Kṛṣṇera saṁsāra koro chāḍi anācāra [Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura]. Our propaganda is that let us become the member of Kṛṣṇa’s family. That is our program. And if we enter into Kṛṣṇa’s family… Just like Kṛṣṇa is enjoying with His consort. So there is nothing negation; everything is there. Kṛṣṇa is eating, Kṛṣṇa is enjoying, Kṛṣṇa is dancing, Kṛṣṇa is offering His prasādam—reciprocation. Nothing is denied. If we live in Kṛṣṇa consciousness then we can live for hundreds, thousands, or any number of years. Actually we do not die. What is death and birth? That is of this body. So we are eternal; Kṛṣṇa is eternal.

Our purpose is how to get out of this atmosphere where I have to repeatedly accept one body and then again quit it. And that I do not know what sort of body I am going to get next. There are 8,400,000’s of bodies, and if I get a body like that tree, red tree, standing, stand up for thou…, seven thousands of years, would you like it? But māyā is so strong that even that life, the tree, is standing seven thousand of years happily, and it is growing nicely. But those who are outside the atmosphere, they’re, “Oh, what is horrible life!” Tree is also living entity, standing for seven thousands of years, so he becomes shocked. That is human life. We should be shocked seeing so many varieties of life, abominable life. And here is a chance, this human form of life, that you can get out of this shocking atmosphere.

So this verse instructs us that if you realize that everything belongs to Kṛṣṇa, or God, everything should be employed in the service of the Lord. I am Lord’s..., I am part and parcel of the Lord; therefore my energy should be utilized in the service of the Lord. If you develop this consciousness, then you can live.

jijīviṣec chataṁ samāḥ
evaṁ tvayi nānyatheto 'sti
na karma lipyate nare

[Īśo mantra 2]

If you live like that, na lipyate nare karmani. Otherwise, every work has got some reaction if you don’t work for Kṛṣṇa. That is also confirmed in the Bhagavad-gitā:

yajñārthāt karmaṇo 'nyatra
loko 'yaṁ karma-bandhanaḥ

[Bg. 3.9]

Yajña-arthāt: only for Kṛṣṇa. Kṛṣṇa's another name is Yajña, Yajñeśvara. So yajñeśvara means… Yajña means we offer sacrifice. And who is accepting? Kṛṣṇa. Our sacrifice should go to Kṛṣṇa. Kṛṣṇa also explains in the Bhagavad...,

yat karoṣi yaj juhoṣi
yad aśnāsi yat tapasyasi
kuruṣva tat mad-arpaṇam

[Bg. 9.27]

Kṛṣṇa has... The karmis, they are working. But Kṛṣṇa says, “All right, you do.” Yat karoṣi: “Whatever you are doing, you just do it for Me, and give the result to Me.” That is Kṛṣṇa consciousness. You can work. You can have very big factory, working—but give the result to Kṛṣṇa. Then your, that factory-running is also as good as we are running this temple, because ultimately the profit is going to Kṛṣṇa. Why we are working for this temple, employing our energy? For Kṛṣṇa. So any field of activities, if you utilize it for Kṛṣṇa, that is wanted. In that way you can do. Jijīviṣec chataṁ samāḥ [Īśo mantra 2]. Otherwise, you'll be entangled; you'll be responsible.

Because when you work intentionally or unintentionally, we are committing so many sinful activities. Take, for example, that we are not in favor of animal killing; but when we walk on the street, unintentionally we are killing so many animals. You cannot get out of this entanglement. When you are drinking water, you are killing so many animals. When we are exhaling, inhaling, we are killing so many, water. When we are igniting fire, so many animals are killed. So we cannot avoid it. So if you do not devote your life for Kṛṣṇa’s service, you’ll be responsible for all these minor killings also—intentionally or unintentionally. Ignorance is not excused. If you drive unintentionally to the left side of the road, you are immediately prosecuted. You cannot say, “Oh, I was little inattentive.” No. That is not. The law of state is so strict; and how much the law of God is strict you should understand. Don't take it trifle. His agents are very…

daivī hy eṣā guṇa-mayī
mama māyā duratyayā

[Bg. 7.14]

You can avoid the vigilance of police, but you cannot avoid the vigilance of God. The day is witness, the night is witness, the air is witness, the sun is witness, the moon is witness. How we can avoid the sinful activities? Therefore if you want to save yourself, then you have to take to this Kṛṣṇa consciousness. Otherwise you are doomed.

Devotees: Oh!

Prabhupāda: Hare Kṛṣṇa.

Devotee: Hare Kṛṣṇa. Jaya! [devotees offer obeisances]

Prabhupāda: Chant begin.

[18:30] [kīrtana] [Prabhupāda plays gong]

[prema-dhvani] Thank you very much. [end]