Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 7.9.22

Type:
Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam
Date:
February 29
Year:
1976
Place:
Māyāpur

Śāstrījī: Oṁ namo bhagavate vāsudevāya. Oṁ namo bhagavate vāsudevāya. Oṁ namo bhagavate vāsudevāya. [Prabhupāda and devotees repeat] [chants verse; Prabhupāda and devotees respond] [break]

sa tvaṁ hi nitya-vijātma-guṇaḥ sva-dhāmnā
kālo vaśī-kṛta-visṛjya-visarga-śaktiḥ
cakre visṛṣṭam ajayeśvara ṣoḍaśāre
niṣpīḍyamānam upakarṣa vibho prapannam
[SB 7.9.22]

[03:46]

Dayānanda: Translation: “My dear Lord, the supreme great, You have created this material world of sixteen paraphernalia, but You are transcendental to such material qualities, or in other words, all these material qualities are under Your full control. You are never conquered by them. Therefore the time element is Your representation. O my Lord, the Supreme, nobody can conquer over You, but so far I am concerned, I am being crushed by the wheel of time, and therefore I am surrendering fully unto You. And now, therefore, kindly take me under the protection of Your lotus feet.”

Prabhupāda:

sa tvaṁ hi nitya-vijātma-guṇaḥ sva-dhāmnā
kālo vaśī-kṛta-visṛjya-visarga-śaktiḥ
cakre visṛṣṭam ajayeśvara ṣoḍaśāre
niṣpīḍyamānam upakarṣa vibho prapannam
[SB 7.9.22]

The same thing is repeatedly reminded. Māyā… We are niṣpīḍyamānam. We are being crushed by the wheel of time with sixteen spokes. We are being crushed. At the same time, we are thinking that we are very happy. This is called māyā. This is māyā’s grace, that in any condition of life, the suffering is very, very acute, but the living entity who is suffering, he thinks, “I am enjoying.” This is called māyā. You have seen that the pig eats stool. And when we see, we say, “Ah! What is that? Oh! He is eating stool.” But he’s thinking that he’s enjoying. He is thinking he’s enjoying. This is the covering influence of māyā, prakṣepātmika-śakti. Otherwise, how one can suffer? The worm in the stool is enjoying. If you take one worm from the stool and keep it aside, he’ll again go to the stool. This is māyā, prakṣepātmika-śak…, āvaraṇātmika-śakti, covering.

Māyā-sukhāya bharam udvahato vimūḍhān [SB 7.9.43]. Prahlāda Mahārāja will speak in later verses that śoce tato vimukha-cetasaḥ, māyā-suhkhāya bharam udvahato vimūḍhān. A Vaiṣṇava’s concern is… He sees everything. Just like any common man can understand what kind of birth. Nānā yoni bhraman kare, kadarya bhakṣaṇa kare. Very peculiar arrangement of the māyā. We see sometimes in the airplane, even Indian, they’re eating the intestine of the hog, enjoying. That is enjoying. There is a preparation called naphi[?] in Burma. That preparation is made… Every householder has a big jug at the door, and any animal dies, he puts it in that. It is… The bad smell is so strong, if once open, that whole neighborhood will be polluted, bad smell. So they keep it for some years, and when it is decomposed, the juice is coming, they strain the juice and keep it in bottle. That is called naphi. And when there is some festival, they give little, little, and people enjoy it. So, nānā yoni bhraman kare, kadarya bhakṣaṇa kare. When my Guru Mahārāja was alive, we had one temple, one of his, in Burma, in Rangoon. So when they were making purīs with nice ghee, all the inhabitants will come, “Oh! What you are doing? What you are doing?” [laughter] “What you are doing? Intolerable. This…” The flavor of ghee was intolerable, and the flavor of naphi is tolerable.

So nānā yoni bhraman kare, kadarja bhakṣaṇ kare. Very peculiar condition we are in this material world. But do not think that when Kṛṣṇa comes, He also is subjected to this suffering. No. That is īśitā. Just like there are many patients in the hospital, infectious disease, but that does not mean the doctors who are treating them, they are also infectious. No. They are not infectious. Similarly, when Kṛṣṇa comes… Yadā yadā hi dharmasya glānir bhavati bhārata, tadātmānaṁ sṛjāmy aham [Bg. 4.7]. So He is not subjected to this māyic influence. He’s not subjected. Therefore it is said, tvam nitya-vijitātma-guṇaḥ. This material world is created by Him, composition of three material qualities—sattva-guṇa, rajo-guṇa, tamo-guṇa—but He does not belong to any one of them. The Māyāvādī philosophers, they think that when God comes, incarnation, He also accepts the sattva-guṇa, and therefore the form is there. Their conclusion is, “The Absolute Truth is formless, so when He accepts a form of this material world, He accepts this sattva-guṇa.” But that is not the fact. He’s above sattva-guṇa even. Therefore it is said, nitya-vijita ātma-guṇaḥ. Sva-dhāmnā. He comes with His own spiritual energy, sva-dhāmnā. In the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam also, in the beginning it is said, dhāmnā nirasta-kuhakam [SB 1.1.1]. Nirasta-kuhakam. Kuhakam means “illusion.” So the spiritual world, there is no such illusion or these three guṇas. Therefore it is said, nirasta-kuhakaṁ, sva-dhāmnā. In the spiritual world there is no influence of these three guṇas. That is in this material world. So when Kṛṣṇa comes, He does not become affected or, rather, infected with these guṇas. Nirguṇa… That is nirguṇa. Nirguṇa guṇa-bhoktā ca. He’s bhoktā. He’s bhoktā or nirguṇa. Nirguṇa means spiritual guṇa, not material guṇa. When it is said, nirguṇa,nirguṇa” means without any material quality. That is nirguṇa.

Sa tvaṁ hi nitya-vijitātma-guṇaḥ sva-dhāmnā kālo vaśī-kṛta. Kāla, the time factor. We are under the kāla, we conditioned souls—past, present, future, kāla. Kāla, time. Time has got three factors: past, present, future. So what is past, present, future for me, that may not be past, present, future for Brahmā, or that may not be past, present, future for the ant. Every… This world is relative world. My past, present, future is relative to me. My limited span of life, say a hundred years. So before hundred years, it is past; and after hundred years, it is future; and the present hundred years is present. But so far Brahmā is concerned, his past, present, future is different. Our forty-three lakhs of years multiplied by one thousand—his present day. That is his present day. Just like we have got this present day, beginning from 6:30 to 5.30, that. So Brahmā hasn’t got such day. This 6:30 to 5.30, say eleven hours, and Brahma, this eleven hours means our forty-three lakhs of years multiplied by one thousand. Sahasra-yuga-paryantam ahar yad brahmaṇo viduḥ [Bg. 8.17]. So in this way, relatively… Similarly, one ant, his one hundred years, he cannot imagine that so long period of man is one day. So everything is relative in our condition. But for Kṛṣṇa, He’s eternal. There is no such thing as past, present and future. Nityaḥ śāśvatam. We are also of the same quality, nityaḥ śāśvataḥ, but under the condition of material nature we are controlled, and this is going on by the time factor.

Therefore Prahlāda Mahārāja is regretting, niṣpīḍyamānam: “I am being crushed by this time factor.” But we are thinking, “It is all right.” This is called ignorance. We are being crushed under this time factor, the wheel, time wheel, with sixteen spokes, senses. Manaḥ-ṣaṣṭhānīndriyāṇi prakṛti-sthāni karṣati, mamaivāṁśo jīva-bhūta [Bg. 15.7]. “These living entities,” Kṛṣṇa said, “they are My part and parcel.” So they should remain with Him just like the fire and the spark. Unfortunately, we have fallen down. And the result is niṣpīḍyamāna, being crushed. So if one is serious to be saved from this crushing process of time factor, then they should learn from Prahlāda Mahārāja. Mahājano yena gataḥ sa panthāḥ [Cc. Madhya 17.186]. That… What is that? Niṣpīḍyamāna upakarṣa: “Kindly pick me up.” Vibho: “You are vibhu, most powerful, the great omnipotent.” “Yes, I am. All right. But why shall I pick it up?” Now, prapannam: “Now I surrender. I rebelled against You, and I was put into this wheel of time, and suffering one after another life. Now I have realized that I am in a precarious condition of life.” So niṣpīḍyamānam.

This is called human life, when one understands… The animal life, they do not understand what is suffering. The cats and dogs, they are thinking they’re living very happily. But in the human life they should come to the understanding that “Actually, we are not living happily. We are being crushed by the wheel of time in so many ways.” Niṣpīḍyamānam. When this sense comes, then he is a human being. Otherwise he’s animal. If he’s thinking that he’s all right… That is 99.9 percent people think that “I am all right.” Even in the most abominable condition of life, just like the hog and dog, still, he is thinking, “I am all right.” So long this ignorance will continue, he is simply animal. Yasyātma-buddhiḥ kuṇape tri-dhātuke sva-dhīḥ kalatrādiṣu bhauma-ijya-dhīḥ [SB 10.84.13]. This is going on. Ātma-buddhiḥ, tri-dhātuke. This body, which is made of kapha, pitta, vāyu, everyone is thinking, “I am this body.” Whole world is going on. Simply we, a few members of the Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement, we are going door to door and trying to convince them, “Sir, you are not this body.” They don’t care for it. “I am.” “I am this body, “I am Mr. John,” “I am Englishman,” “I am American,” “I’m Indian.” “You say I’m not this body.” So very difficult task. The Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement, to push on, requires great patience, perseverance, tolerance. But Caitanya Mahāprabhu’s order,

tṛṇād api sunīcena
taror api sahiṣṇunā
amāninā mānadena
kīrtanīyaḥ sadā hariḥ
[Cc. Ādi 17.31]

So those who have taken to Kṛṣṇa consciousness preaching work, they should always know that things are not going to happen so easily. Māyā is very, very strong. Very, very strong. But still, we have to struggle against māyā. It is a declaration of war with the māyā. Māyā is keeping the living entities under her control, and we are trying to save the living entity from her un… That is the difference. Kālo vaśī-kṛta-visṛjya-visarga-śaktiḥ. This śakti, visarga-śaktiḥ, is very, very strong, but it is under the control. Although it is very str.., she is very, very strong, but she is under the control of Kṛṣṇa. Mayādhyakṣeṇa prakṛtiḥ sūyate sa-carācaram [Bg. 9.10]. Although prakṛti is acting so wonderfully, very, very, I mean to say, great task she is performing, that immediately the cloud comes. Now it is so bright. Within a second a very big, dark cloud may come and cause devastation immediately. That is possible. These are the wonderful activities of māyā. But still, she is under the control of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. We see this sun so big, fourteen hundred thousand times bigger than this earth, and you see morning, how quickly it gets up, like this, immediately. The speed is sixteen thousand miles per second. So how it is being happened? Yasyājñayā bhramati saṁbhṛta-kāla-cakro govindam ādi-puruṣaṁ tam ahaṁ bhajā… [Bs. 5.52]. It is being done under the order of Govinda. So therefore He’s vibhu. He is great. But we do not know how great He is. Therefore we foolishly accept some pretender, some fraud, as God. We do not know what is the meaning of God. But it is going on. We are fools. Andhā yathāndair upanīyamānās. We are blind, and another blind man lead us: “I am God. You are God. Everyone is God.” But God is not like that.

Here it is said that God is He who… Kālo vaśī-kṛta-visṛjya-visarga-śaktiḥ: “He keeps control over the time factor and the creative energy.” That is God. God is not so cheap that you’ll find here and there. God is everywhere, that’s a fact. But that is partial manifestation of His material energy. This is… Ekāṁśena sthito jagat.

athavā bahunaitena
kiṁ jñātena tavārjuna
vistabhya aham…
ekāṁśena sthito jagat
[Bg. 10.42]

He’s there. Aṇḍāntara-sthaṁ paramāṇu-cayāntara-stham [Bs. 5.35]. He is within the atom. So when the same God, sa tvam, He comes, the foolish persons, they think that “Kṛṣṇa is like one of us.” No. Avajānanti māṁ mūḍhā [Bg. 9.11]. One who thinks like that, that “Kṛṣṇa is one of us. He is like a human being, like me or you,” he is mūḍha. Paraṁ bhāvam ajānanto [Bg. 9.11]. He does not know what are the activities of God, what He can do, what He can undo.

So anyway, if by reading all these literatures, explanation given by God Himself, we come to our senses that He is so great and so merciful, then it becomes possible to surrender unto Him. So for a fortunate person it takes even a second, because God Himself says,

sarva-dharmān parityajya
mām ekaṁ śaraṇaṁ vraja
ahaṁ tvāṁ sarva-pāpebhyo
mokṣayiṣyāmi…
[Bg. 18.66]

So if one is intelligent, he takes immediately: “Oh, it is so nice. He’ll give me all protection? Let me surrender.” Business finished in one second. But if he’s a rascal, he wants to search out, make research work, then bahūnāṁ janmanām ante [Bg. 7.19]: after many many births it will take. So best thing is, Prahlāda Mahārāja says, prapannam. Arjuna says, prapannam, śādhi māṁ prapannam [Bg. 2.7]. This is wanted. Be surrendered to the lotus feet of Kṛṣṇa, and be saved from these clutches of māyā.

Thank you very much.

Devotees: Jaya Prabhupāda. [end]

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