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Taking Strength from Association of Devotees - HG RSP Speaks

Sometimes the mongoose and snake have a fight. Out of the two, snake is more powerful because it has the poison. Snake can hit the mongoose with poisonous teeth and the mongoose will be finished. Sometimes when they fight, nobody can say who will win. Actually the mongoose cannot digest the snake’s poison. As soon as it gets bitten by snake’s fangs, it goes to a vanaspati plant and smells it and eats some leaves and thus neutralizes the poison. And then again it goes back to the snake and attacks from behind, at the tail, and drags him to the vanaspati plant. By the time he runs to the vanaspati plant, the snake again bites him and again he goes to vanaspati plant. In this way little by little the mangoose takes the snake very close to the vanaspati plant and then once they are there, the mongoose bites the snake into pieces. Finally the mongoose was completely in vanaspati plant and then he tears down the snake to pieces. This is the mechanism adopted by mongoose in killing a snake.

The analogy here is – all of us while being in material world are attacked by snake bites of materialists. What we should do? We should come back running to the devotees’ association and by that nullify the poison. Then again we have to go back to the materialists because of our job and roles in the material world. One has to again and again take the strength of association. The meaning of taking the snake closer to the vanaspati plant is to gradually reduce the material life and increasing the direct Krishna-element. 

Giving up Desire for Name & Fame- HG RSP Speaks

The desire to be popular amongst devotees is a very nasty desire. We must be eager to do services and we should always come forward. We should hanker for the service but not for the popularity attached with that.


Another kind of false prestige is that we fear to accept post and position. For example- If we are requested to lead Mangala Arati, we should do that. If Guru tells us to leave the tree and live in the palace, then living under the tree will be disservice.


Srila Prabhupada felt that he is also one of ISKCON members. Once someone asked, “Srila Prabhupada, Are you ISKCON or are you different from ISKCON?” Srila Prabhupada said, “What are you asking? I am one of the ISKCON members.” He never thought I am the source of ISKCON”. 

We should give up the desire to be a hero or competitor of Krishna. For example, in Symphonic Music band – if drummer thinks “I am not being told to play and no one is looking at me” and suddenly if he starts beating the drums without the Director saying anything, then whole show is spoiled. Similarly as soon as a devotee wants name and fame, the problem begins. A devotee should know that I am also one of the devotees who are cooperating to serve Krishna. “I am one of them and I am insignificant”. We should be praising others services. Even in the spiritual world, they are always singing glories of others. 

Controlling The Mind With Strong Intelligence- HG RSP Speaks

Mind is like a naughty child who will always remember past bad habits but if the mind is somehow rendered humble and submissive in the company of Vaishnavas and one has made some amount of spiritual progress then we find that the mind becomes calm and the old pursuit of sense gratification is gone. Occasionally the mind may hanker for old sense gratification but generally the mind then pursues Krishna Consciousness things only.

If mind is not controlled, it will trouble aggressively. Also habits die hard. For Example:- if you wash cloth with super Rin, the whole dirt goes but the ink spot doesn’t go. Whatever you do, it doesn’t go away easily. Similarly sometimes you feel that the habit has gone but again it comes back. The soul can be peaceful if intelligence is stout and strong then the mind and senses can also be controlled. The senses are the outlets for lust. Above the senses is the mind.

Bhagavad Gita 3.42 says

indriyani parany ahur indriyebhyah parah manah

manasas tu para buddhir yo buddhir paratas tu sah

The working senses are superior to dull matter; mind is higher than the senses; intelligence is still higher than the mind; and he [the soul] is even higher than the intelligence.

All the senses are the faithful loyal servants of the mind. Intelligence is even beyond the mind and atma is even beyond buddhi.

Srila Prabhupada writes in the purport, “If by intelligence one engages one's mind in Krishna consciousness, by complete surrender unto the Supreme Personality of Godhead, then, automatically the mind becomes stronger, and even though the senses are very strong, like serpents, they will be no more effective than serpents with broken fangs”.

Devotees Indulging in Sin Receive Greater Punishment- HG RSP Speaks

Out of the two, visaya(sense object) is better than visayi(enjoyer of sense objects). If we indulge in kama-
vasana terrible punishments await one. If one is in Krishna Consciousness, and then if one indulges in kama-vasana then he will get severe punishment, because he is doing it knowingly. All of us have been nourished by so much knowledge, mercy and blessings. After getting all these doses of mercy, if one indulges in wrong things then terrible, specially designed yamadutas and hell await him, because it comes under the 7th offense – jaan bhoojkar paap karna.

Just like in companies, they have the smoke detectors – as soon as there is little smoke, there will be big alarm. Our intelligence should have a signal like that. As soon as you come across a dangerous visaya(sense object), immediately the danger signal should come. It is not that we can philosophize that as devotees we’ll not get animal bodies. King Indradyumna got elephant’s body, Bharata Maharaja got deer’s body. By right use of freewill, our freedom increases.

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