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Spiritualize Your Subtle Body Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.8 September 6, 1972, New Vrndavana listen Srila A. C.

Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada Take a test Devotee: (leads chanting, etc., with Srila Prabhupada responding with devotees) dharmah svanusthitah pumsam visvaksena-kathasu yah notpadayed yadi ratim srama eva hi kevalam [SB 1.2.8] Prabhupada: That's all. So dharmah svanusthitah pumsam. In the human society, th ere is always some kinds of religious institution. That is called dharma, faith. Real dharma means -- that I have already explained -- occupational duty. Consti tutional duty, that is called dharma, functional duty. So real dharma, real reli gion is to become servant of God, or to render service to God. That is real reli gion. But we have manufactured so many religions. Different societies, different circumstances, different country. Therefore it is advised herewith that you may execute any kind of religious faith or [break] ...principle, but the result sho uld be [break] ...perfect. You can say, "I am very perfectly executing the ritua listic ceremonies, and the tenets described in my scripture, Bible or Veda or Ko ran." That's very good. But what is the result? The result is that you must deve lop or increase your tendency to hear about God. But if your ultimate truth is i mpersonal Mostly they consider God has no form. Then if God has no form then wha t he'll hear about Him. Simply formless, formless, formless. How can you, how lo ng you can go thinking like this, "God is formless"? If God is formless, then yo ur idea of hearing about Him is finished, because formless, there is nothing, ac tivities. But actually God is not formless. Several times I have explained. God has got Hi s form. (aside:) What is that sound? He is person. He has got His activities. Th erefore in the Bhagavad-gita it is said, janma karma, ajo 'pi sann avyayatma bhu tanam isvaro 'pi san. Although He is aja, nobody has to die, aja. Aja means birt h. Nobody takes birth. Either the living entity or God, na jayate na mriyate. In the Bhagavad-gita it is said that the living entities, we are all living entiti es, na jayate, they do not take birth, neither they do die. Na jayate na mriyate va kadacit, at any time. Then what is this death and birth? The death and birth is simply change of the body. The subtle body and the gross body. Just like every night we die. The gross body remains inactive on the bed, and th e subtle body takes me away. I dream, I go in the dreamland. I have gone to some friend, I am talking with somebody, I am working in a different way. That is ou r daily experience. This means that we have got two kinds of body. One body is t his gross body, and the other body is subtle body, made of mind, intelligence, a nd ego. So foolish person, they do not see the subtle body, but the subtle body is there. Everyone will accept. I am working with my mind, intelligence and ego. Everyone knows. So although we cannot see the subtle body, it is there. So deat h means this gross body, this overcoat is left, and I am carried away by the sub tle body, and I enter into another overcoat, or gross body. So practically this is called death. Because we have no vision of the subtle body, how the soul is b eing transferred or transmigrating from one gross body to another gross body, ke eping the subtle body intact. And the subtle body is given up when one is libera ted. And at that time he goes, when he is liberated, freed from this subtle body also, at that time he is promoted to the spiritual kingdom in spiritual body. T

herefore while living in this gross body, we have to educate our subtle body in such a way that it becomes spiritualized completely. The subtle body is mind, intelligence and ego. So if we think of Krsna in the mi nd, always, and if we work intelligently for Krsna, that is mind and intelligenc e. And if we change our false ego, ego means, "I am." So I am at the present mom ent thinking, "I am American," "I am Indian," "I am white," "I am black," like t hat. "I am human being," "I am animal," "I am cat or dog," so many things, "I am ." This "I am" has to be changed. I am eternal servant of Krsna. In this way, if you educate or transfer the activities of the subtle body, mind, intelligence, and ego, then, at the time of death, you give up this subtle body, material subt le body, mind, intelligence, and ego, and by your spiritual body you go back to home, back to Godhead. This is called Krsna consciousness movement. Gross body, automatically we give up. Now, we should practice to give up the subtle body. To give up this subtle body, one has to develop love for God, prema. And the proce ss is, how to give up the subtle body. Adau sraddha, first of all sraddha. Sraddha means a faith or some respect. Actua lly it means respect. Just like you have come here out of faith and respect. So here they're talking about God. There is temple of God, let us go there. This is faith and respect. Adau sraddha. This is the beginning. Now, after coming here, when you hear about God, because we, our only business is, we don't talk here p olitics or sociology or anything. That comes automatically as subordinate things , but our business is to talk about God. So those who talks about God, they are called saintly person. There are two kinds of men within this world. Materialist ic person and transcendentalist, or man interested in spiritualism. So those who are interested in spiritual life, they talk of self-realization. And those who are materialistic person, they also talk. They talk about this body, how to keep this body nicely. There are politics, sociology, welfare activities, so many th ings, all concerning to the body. So there are many talks, just like in the news paper. In your country especially, bunch of newspaper. So many talks, advertisem ent, fashion, this news, that news, full up. So the materialistic person, they r ead the newspaper, but we read Srimad-Bhagavatam. That is the difference. We are also reading. They are also reading. So nrnam santi sahasrasah, srotavyadini ra jendra nrnam santi sahasrasah [SB 2.1.2]. Sukadeva Gosvami said to Pariksit Maha raja, "My dear king, there are many hundreds and thousands of topics for the mat erialistic person." Sahasrasah. Sahasrasah means thousands, and that is a fact. So many novels, so many fiction, so many so-called philosophy, newspaper, cinema paper, this paper, that paper, so many. Sahasrasah. srotavyadini rajendra nrnam santi sahasrasah apasyatam atma-tattvam grhesu grha-medhinam [SB 2.1.2] Apasyatam atma-tattvam. Because they do not know, they have no information of th e soul, they are talking about this body. Or sometimes about this mind. Philosop hical speculation, concoction. One philosophy is theorizing something, another p hilosopher is theorizing something. Lots of literature. All nonsense, because it is mental speculation. I speculate in one way, you speculate in another way. Yo u refute me, I refute you. So therefore, these talks of the body and talks of th e mind, there are varieties. Nrnam santi sahasrasah apasyatam atma-tattvam [SB 2 .1.2]. Why they are engaged in so many talks? Because they do not know, apasyata m. They have no vision of the soul, atma-tattva. Grhesu grha-medhinam. Grhamedhi , those interested simply to maintain this body, they are called grhamedhi. Generally, atheist class, they have no interest in God. The atheist class long, long ago, thousands of years ago, there was atheist also. Because there are two classes of men always within this world, atheist and theist, asura and deva, dev

ata. So not that atheist class men have developed at the present moment. It may be the number has increased, but atheist class of men were long, long ago also. There was Carvaka Muni, he was also called muni. Muni means mental speculator, o r thoughtful. So this Carvaka Muni, he also presented his philosophy, atheism, t hat rnam krtva ghrtam yavaj jivet sukham jivet. So long you live, you live very joyfully by enjoying your senses. This is atheistic principle. And in India the sense enjoyment principle is based on ghee, clarified butter, because if they ge t butter, they prepare so many nice preparations. You have also learned how to d o it. (laughter) In India there are varieties. If you sometimes go to India... I n Delhi there are shops, many varieties of foodstuffs, all from grains and fruit s, that's all. Grain, fruits, ghee, sugar, and salt. Varieties, hundreds. So eat ing, sleeping, the basic principle is eating, sleeping, mating. So Carvaka Muni says that "Live very joyfully, and eat very nicely, enjoy your senses, finish yo ur life. That is atheism. Apasyatam atma-tattvam [SB 2.1.2]. They have no vision that there is soul. The soul is migrating, transmigrating. There are 8,400,000 species of bodies; an d you are transmigrating from one to another, another, another, in this way. The y don't care for it. Even if you are Hindu... [break] ...he is informed, that if you are acting like this you are going to be a tree next life, "Oh, it doesn't matter, let me enjoy." You see. They say frankly, "If I become tree what is the harm? I shall forget." The people have become so rubbish that they have lost the ir self-interest. Just like if you say to a child that "You are always playing, you are not going to school, you are not becoming educated, you will suffer in y our future life, you will have no position in the society." But if he says, "I d o not care..." He may say that, but the risk is there. Similarly the modern huma n being, you inform him about the transmigration of the soul, and by his activit ies he is supposed to become next life very low grade animal, or aquatics, or re ptiles. So if they are informed, if they do not care, that is not very good inte lligence. This is a fact. Just like, in my, this life, I can experience. In each stage of my life, I have my past, present and future. You are all young boys. You had your past, as a chi ld, as a boy. Now you are young, and your future is also there as old, as I have become old. So in any stage of life, there is past, present, and future. So why not, I am old man, so when I shall die, why there is no future? There must be f uture. I had my past, I am at present, and there must be future also. The future is that I must get another body. That body may be of animal or trees or demigod or God. That is stated in the Bhagavad-gita, yanti deva-vrata devan pitrn yanti pitr-vratah [Bg. 9.25]. You can prepare yourself for your next body. So ultimat e goal is to get a body in the kingdom of God. That is -- samsiddhim paramam gat ah -- that is highest perfection. You can get a body next in, as a human being i n the rich man's family, or as a king, or as a leader, or as a cat, as a dog, as a tree. That will depend on your work. Similarly you can get your next body as associates of God, Krsna. That is stated, that you can have, mad-yajino 'pi yant i mam. "Those who are My devotees, they come to Me," Krsna says. And what is the benefit of going to Krsna? Mam upetya kaunteya duhkhalayam asasv atam napnuvanti [Bg. 8.15]. "If someone comes to Me, then he does not get any mo re this material body to come to this material world." What is the harm if I com e to the material world? That duhkhalayam asasvatam [Bg. 8.15]. This material wo rld is full of miseries, and that also temporary. Even if you accept that I shal l adjust my miserable condition of life, but still nature will not allow you to live there. You may think that "We are Americans, we have got enough money, vast land, resources, I shall live as American." But you can live as American, say f or fifty years. You'll not be allowed to live as American or as Indian or this o r that. Even as Brahma you will be not allowed. Brahma has got his one day milli ons of years. He will also not be allowed. The ant will not be allowed, a cat wi ll not be allowed, an elephant will not be allowed, a man will not be allowed, a demigod will not be allowed -- to live forever. Hiranyakasipu tried to live for

ever. He underwent severe penances to become immortal. It was not possible. That is not. Of course, the lunatic scientist says that "By scientific advancement w e shall become immortal." They are lunatic. It is not possible. Because in the p ast there is no such incident, so in the present there is no such incident, how you can expect in the future such incident? That is not possible. Therefore, intelligent persons, they should try to get the ultimate transmigrati on. Ultimate transmigration means go back to home, back to Godhead. That should be the actual aim of life. That is first class intelligent. But they do not know . Therefore we are trying to render our humble service to the human society, to give this information, that "You are trying for so many things for becoming happ y, but instead of being happy, you are becoming hippie. So please take this Krsn a consciousness and actually you will be happy." That is our mission. That is ou r mission. Therefore the Bhagavata says to this hu..., civilized human being, th ose who have got some religious principle, church, religious institution, that " You are executing your religious principles very nicely, that's all right. But i f you do not develop the propensity for hearing about God..." Just like we have got this temple. We are worshiping Radha-Krsna Deity. That's a ll right. But side by side we must develop to hear about Krsna. Otherwise it wil l be finished after a few days. Sravanam kirtanam. As soon as there will be no i nterest for hearing about God, all these churches and temples and mosques will b e finished. In the Christian world that is happening, not only Christian, in oth er also. They are selling churches. Nobody is going to church, because simply of ficially going on Sunday without any enlightenment, without any understanding ab out God, how long it will be prolonged? It cannot be prolonged. People will be d isinterested, and they will not go. Actually it is happening. There are so many churches, nobody is going. In London, I have seen. In your country also, there a re so many churches vacant. We have purchased so many churches. In Los Angeles w e have purchased that church. When it was running as a church, it was a deserted (indistinct). Since we have taken that, every night, every day, hundreds of peo ple are gathering like this, because there is words of Krsna. And people are hea ring about Krsna. Visvaksena-kathasu yah. So you can have your churches, temple or mosque, but if you do not develop your tendency to hear about God, then it wi ll not be successful, srama eva hi kevalam. Srama eva hi kevalam. Dharmah svanusthitah. Dharmah svanusthitah pumsam visvaksena-kathasu yah notpada yed yadi ratim [SB 1.2.8], by going daily to the temple, or to the church, or to the mosque, or anywhere, any religious building or institution, if you do not d evelop your propensity to hear about God, then you have wasted your time. Srama eva hi kevalam. Going and coming, it is simply labor, that's all. So that is the test. Therefore either in temple, or in church, in mosque there must be regular recitation on the talks of God. Otherwise people will lose interest, and the ch urches and temples have to be closed. So that talks of God is here in Krsna consciousness, because our God is not impe rsonal, void. No. He is the Supreme Person, Krsna. You can see personally how He 's standing, how He's enjoying with His eternal consort, lover, Srimate Radharan i. Here is God, actually God is not engaged in punishing somebody, original God. God is engaged in enjoying with His eternal consort, Srimate Radharani. This Sr imate Radharani is enchanting Krsna, and Krsna is enchanting Radharani. This is the business of God. Duhe (indistinct) lage hari (?). In the Caitanya-caritamrta it is said that when Krsna comes before Radharani, She becomes so much engladde ned by seeing the beauty of Krsna that She becomes more beautiful, and as soon a s Radharani becomes beautiful, Krsna becomes engladdened and He becomes more bea utiful. So unlimitedly there is competition of becoming more beautiful, duhe lag e hurai (?). That is the state. Competition. Because in the spiritual world ever ything is unlimited. So unlimitedly both of them becoming beautiful and both of them enjoying unlimitedly.

So similarly, if we develop our propensity to hear about God and His activities, with His cowherd boys friend, with His girlfriends, gopis, with His mother, wit h His father, with His teacher, so many! Everything is imitation, perverted refl ection here also you have got those relationship. Relationship between father an d the son, relationship between conjugal lover, the boy and the girl, relationsh ip between friend and friend, relationship between master and servant. Everythin g is here also, but because they are material, they do not stand. I am servant o f somebody. If he does not pay me salary, I give up his service. I am friend of (indistinct). If my intention is not fulfilled, then I give up that friendship. My love with a boy or with a girl is there, but as soon as there is some discrep ancy there is divorce. So here everything is perverted and with so many faulty i deas, but this, this very thing is there in the Kingdom of God. In relationship with God, Krsna. And there everything is eternal. By becoming servant of God, yo u'll eternally enjoy, same as master. By becoming a friend of God, you enjoy ete rnal friendship. By becoming father or mother of God, you enjoy the parental aff ection between father and son. And by becoming lover of God, you become eternall y happy. So unless you hear about these things, then how you can be intensified to go to God. Just like when I hear about some country. That this country is like this, a nd there is such and such happiness and such and such enjoyment, then we think o f making a tourist list to go there. Therefore to go back to home, back to Godhe ad, unless we hear about Him, how we can be inclined. Therefore God comes, Krsna comes. He manifests His pastimes in Vrndavana. How He's dealing with friends, h ow dealing with servant, mother, father, lover, so that we may be inclined to go back to home, back to Godhead. This is God's mercy. Therefore executing religio us principle means the result must be to develop our propensity to hear about Go d. Notpadayed yadi ratim. This rati, tati means just like rati is called sexual appetite. The Gosvamis, they have described rati, how rati is explained. (indistinct). Jus t like young boy and young girl, they meet together. Immediately their sex impul se become agitated. It hasn't got to be taught them. Naturally. Naturally. He wa nts to talk or she wants to talk. So this is called rati. Spontaneous attraction . This is called, it has not to be taught, spontaneous. So as soon as there is s pontaneous attraction to hear all about God, that will mean that we are attainin g perfection in religion. So if you are going on as a happening program to the c hurch, to the temple, or to the mosque, but there is no spontaneous attraction f or hearing about God, then it is simply labor, simply waste of time, that's all. That is explained here. dharmah svanusthitah pumsam visvaksena-kathasu yah notpadayed yadi ratim srama eva hi kevalam [SB 1.2.8] So to come to this platform of spontaneous attraction, you have to execute some other formulas. What is that? As you are coming here with some faith, sraddha, r espect. Here is a temple so you should come. You should come regularly. Why? Ada u sraddha tatah sadhu-sanga. If you come regularly, then these boys and girls wh o are engaged in the worship of Krsna, or who are developing the life of devotee , practicing under the direction of their spiritual master, they are called sadh u. Sadhu means those who are acting very pious. So those who are acting for Krsn a, they're automatically pious, because God is pure, and those who are acting fo r God, they're pious. Each and every activities in this temple are pious activit ies. Therefore they are pious. Adau sraddha tatah sadhu-sanga. And as soon as yo u associate with the pious devotees, naturally there will be inclination to act like them. Why not act like them? Actually that is happening. They are dressing like this or they're keeping their body like this. They're chanting Hare Krsna m

antra in the bag. They're worshiping. They're reading. Why not become like that? So adau sraddha, first with respectful tendency to come in this center, then to make association with them. And then next stage is to become like them. Then he approaches the spiritual master, "Kindly initiate me," bhajana-kriya. And as soo n as you take to this bhajana-kriya, to devotional service, anartha-nivrttih sya t. Anartha, some unwanted things which you have practiced. What is that? Illicit sex. Or if you want sex, why don't you marry and live respectfully, husband and wife. Why illicit sex? This is unwanted, but we are practiced. But if you becom e devotee, you can give up this nonsense practice. Illicit sex, meat-eating. Why meat-eating? We have got so many nice preparation Sundays, rasagulla, halava, p uri, luci. Why shall I eat this nasty thing, rotten. It is slaughtered and kept for 3,000 years in the refrigerator (laughter), and this rotten thing is taken a nd eaten. So why should we take that. Why smoking? This nonsense. It is stated i n every cigarette box it is injurious to health or something like, what is that? Devotee: Warning. Prabhupada: Warning. But still they're eating that poison, they're drinking. So these are anarthas, unwanted things. By bad association we are habituated to thi s nonsense practice, but if you become a devotee and render service to Krsna und er the direction of your spiritual master, these things will automatically vanqu ish. Anartha-nivrttih syat tato nistha, then your faith becomes firm. Tato nisth a tato ruci athasaktis. Asakti, it is spontaneous attraction. So religious princ iple means you have to execute the preliminary formulas, but the ultimate end wi ll be you'll have spontaneous attraction for hearing about God or Krsna. That is wanted. If that thing is not done, then you are simply wasting time by going to church or temple or mosque or any nonsense. Notpadayed yadi ratim srama eva hi kevalam. Simply waste of time. So don't become a showbottle of religious life. A ctually try to understand what is religion, what is God, and make your life succ essful. (end) >>> Ref. VedaBase => Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.8 -- New Vrindaban, September 6, 1972 http://www.prabhupadavani.org/main/Bhagavatam/020.html