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Title: Global Peace Meditation Day - 20th May
User: Nava Gauranga dasa Date: 2007-05-20 04:38:21
Global Peace Meditation Day is Today-20th May
The Peace Formula
The great mistake of modern civilization is to encroach upon others' property as though it were one's own and to thereby create an unnecessary disturbance of the laws of nature. These laws are very strong. No living entity can violate them.
Only one who is Krsna conscious can easily overcome the stringency of the laws of nature and thus become happy and peaceful in the world.
As a state is protected by the department of law and order, so the state of Universe, of which this earth is only an insignificant fragment, is protected by the laws of nature. This material nature is one of the different potencies of God, who is the ultimate proprietor of everything that be. This earth is, therefore, the property of God, but we, the living entities, especially the so-called civilized human beings, are claiming God's property as our own, under both an individual and collective false conception. If you want peace, you have to remove this false conception from your mind and from the world. This false claim of proprietorship by the human race on earth is partly or wholly the cause of all disturbances of peace on earth.
Foolish and so-called civilized men are claiming proprietary rights on the property of God because they have now become godless. You cannot be happy and peaceful in a godless society. In the Bhagavad- gita Lord Krsna says that He is the factual enjoyer of all activities of the living entities, that He is the Supreme Lord of all universes, and that He is the well-wishing friend of all beings. When the people of the world know this as the formula for peace, it is then and there that peace will prevail.
Therefore, if you want peace at all, you will have to change your consciousness into Krsna consciousness, both individually and collectively, by the simple process of chanting the holy name of God. This is a standard and recognized process for achieving peace in the world. We therefore recommend that everyone become Krsna conscious by chanting Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare. Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.
This is practical, simple, and sublime. Four hundred and eighty years ago this formula was introduced in India by Lord Shri Chaitanya, and now it is available in your country. Take to this simple process of chanting as above mentioned, realize your factual position by reading the Bhagavad-gita As It Is, and reestablish your lost relationship with Krsna, God.
Peace and prosperity will be the immediate worldwide result.
His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
The Real Peace Formula
Every living entity is searching after peace. That is the struggle for existence. Everyone, from the aquatics to the highest form of human being梖rom the ant up to Brahmaa, the first creature of this universe梚s searching for peace. That is the main objective. Lord Chaitanya said that a person who is in full Krishna consciousness is the only peaceful man because he has no demands. That is the special qualification of a person who is in Krishna consciousness. He is akaamah. Akaamah refers to those who have no desire, who are self-sufficient, who have nothing to ask and who are fully peaceful. Who are they? They are the devotees who are situated in Krishna consciousness.
All others fall into three classes. One class is bhukti, those who are hankering after material happiness and enjoyment. These people want to eat, drink, be merry and enjoy. There are different modes of enjoyment according to the body. People are searching after sense enjoyment on this planet, on other planets, here, there and everywhere. Their main object is to gratify the senses. That is called bhukti. The next class is those people who are fatigued or frustrated in sense gratification and therefore want liberation from this material entanglement. And then there are those who, in search of knowledge, speculate about what the Absolute Truth is. Thus there are some who want sense enjoyment, and others, the salvationists, who are seeking liberation. The salvationists also have some desire, the desire to be free from this material entanglement. Then there are those who are yogis; they are searching after mystic perfection. There are eight kinds of mystic perfection which grant the ability to become the smallest, to become the heaviest, or to get whatever one desires. Ordinary persons who are after sense gratification and those who are salvationists or who are after mystic perfection all have some demand. But what about the devotees? They have no demands. Because they simply want to serve Krishna, they are waiting for the order of Krishna, and that is their satisfaction. If Krishna wants the devotees to go to hell, they are prepared to go to hell. And if Krishna says, 揧ou come to Me,?they are prepared to go. They have no demands. This is the perfectional stage.
There is a very nice verse in which a devotee prays: 揑 shall simply be conscious of You, my dear Lord, Krishna conscious, free from all mental demands.?Actually, because we are in material bondage, we have many demands. Some people want sense gratification, those who are a little more elevated want mental satisfaction, and those who are still more refined want to show some magic jugglery of power in this world. They are all in material bondage in different capacities. Therefore, a person who is Krishna conscious prays to the Lord: 揗y dear Lord, when shall I be fully absorbed in Your thoughts or Your service??揧our thoughts?are not simply abstract, concocted speculation; it is a practical mode of thought. 揑 shall become peaceful.?All mental concoction桰 want this, I want that梬ill be completely eradicated.
We are hovering over the mental plane. We have given power of attorney to the mind, and the mind is driving us棑Come here, go there.?One has to stop such nonsense. 揑 shall simply be Your eternal servitor. And I shall be very cheerful, for I have my master.?All others who are not in Krishna consciousness are guideless. They are their own guides. The person who is Krishna conscious has the supreme guide; therefore, he has no fear. For example, as long as a child is under the care of his parents he has no fear. But as soon as he becomes free, he finds many impediments. This is a crude example, but similarly, when one becomes completely free from all mental concoction and engages one hundred percent in Krishna consciousness twenty-four hours a day, he will be peaceful at once. That is peace.
Therefore, Chaitanya Mahaaprabhu says that those who are Krishna conscious, because they have no demands, are actually peaceful. Those who are after sense enjoyment, salvation and yogic mystic perfection are always full of anxiety. As long as one is full of anxiety, one should know that he is still under the grip of material nature. And as soon as one is free from all anxiety, one should know that he is liberated. This fearful anxiety exists because we do not know Krishna, the Supreme Lord, the supreme controller. Instead, we have other conceptions, and therefore we are always anxious.
There are many examples, such as Prahlaada Mahaaraaja. He was only five years old, a pet child, but because he was a devotee of the Lord, his father became his enemy. This is the way of the world. As soon as one becomes a devotee of the Lord he finds so many obstacles. But those obstacles will not hinder one or be impediments on the path. We should always be personally prepared to become Krishna conscious. Otherwise, there is only the kingdom of maayaa, illusion. Maayaa will try to defeat us as soon as she sees, 揙h, here is a living soul going out of my grip.?As soon as one becomes Krishna conscious and fully surrenders unto the Supreme Lord, he has nothing more to fear from this illusion. The Krishna conscious person is the perfectly peaceful person.
Everyone wants peace in the world. The peace marchers do not know how to obtain peace, but they want peace. I read a speech of the Archbishop of Canterbury in which he said, 揧ou want the kingdom of God without God.?This is our defect. If you want peace at all, then accept that peace means to understand God. That is stated in the Bhagavad-gitaa. Unless you are in touch with the Supreme Lord, Krishna, you cannot have peace. Therefore, we have a different peace formula. The real peace formula is that one must know that God is the proprietor of all this universe, including the United States of America. He is the proprietor of Russia, He is the proprietor of China, He is the proprietor of India, of everything. But because we claim that we are the proprietors, there is fighting, there is discord, there is disagreement, and how can there be peace?
First of all, one has to accept that God is the proprietor of everything. We are simply guests for fifty or a hundred years. We come and go, and while one is here, he is absorbed in this thought: 揟his is my land. This is my family. This is my body. This is my property.?And when there is an order from the Supreme for one to leave his home, his property, his body, his family, his money and his bank balance and it is all gone, one has to take another place. We are under the grip of material nature, and she is offering different kinds of bodies: 揘ow, my dear sir, you accept this body.?We accept an American body, an Indian body, a Chinese body, a cat抯 body or a dog抯 body. I am not the Proprietor even of this body, yet I say that I am this body. Actually, this is ignorance. And how can one have peace? Peace can be had when one understands that God is the proprietor of everything. One抯 friends, one抯 mother, one抯 mother抯 father and the President are all guests of time. When this knowledge is accepted, then there will be peace.
We are searching for a friend to give us peace and tranquillity. That friend is Krishna, God. Just make friendship with Him; you抣l find everyone to be your friend. Because God is situated in everyone抯 heart, if you make friendship with God, He will dictate from within so that you will also be treated in a friendly way. If you make friendship with the police commissioner, you receive some advantage. H you make friendship with President Nixon, everyone will be your friend because everyone is under the President. If you want something from any officer, simply call President Nixon, and he will say, 揂ll right, look after this man.?Everything is taken care of. Just try to have friendship with God, and everyone will be your friend. If all people understand this very nice fact, that God is everyone抯 friend and that He is the supreme proprietor, they will become peaceful. That is explained also by Lord Chaitanya.
In Bhagavad-gitaa, Shrimad-Bhaagavatam, Chaitanya-caritaamrita, or any Vedic literature or any other literature in any other religion, the same fact is presented: God is the proprietor. God is the only friend. If you understand this, then you抣l have peace. This is the peace formula. As soon as you encroach on God抯 Property, calling it your own, material nature, the police action, will be there: 揧ou are not the proprietor.?You can simply have what is allotted to you by God.
Your business is to elevate yourself to perfect Krishna consciousness and nothing more. If you deviate from this law, if you don抰 accept this principle, if you want to enjoy more, then you have to suffer more. There is no question of forgetting. Therefore, Lord Chaitanya says, 揙ne who is Krishna conscious has no demands. Thus he is at peace.?
Those in Krishna consciousness do not know anything more than Krishna. Actually only those who are Krishna conscious are peaceful, unafraid of anything. They are neither in heaven nor in hell nor anywhere but with Krishna, so for them everything is Vaikuntha, without fear. Similarly, Lord Krishna as Paramaatmaa, Supersoul, lives everywhere. He lives in the heart of a hog also. The hog eats stool, but that does not mean that because the Supreme Lord is in the heart of the hog, He is also subjected to such punishment. The Lord and His devotees are always transcendental to the modes of material nature. Persons who are completely Krishna conscious are very rare and very peaceful. Out of millions and millions of people, it is very difficult to find one who is actually Krishna conscious; this position of Krishna consciousness is so rare. But Krishna Himself, as Lord Chaitanya, seeing the pitiable condition of the present day, is directly giving free love of Godhead.
Yet because love of God is being given freely and so easily, people do not care for it. My spiritual master used to say that if you take a langera mango, which is a first-class, topmost quality mango in India, very costly, very sweet and very tasteful, and go from door to door and try to distribute it freely, people will doubt: 揥hy has this man brought this langera mango? Why is he trying to distribute it freely? There must be some motive behind it.?Similarly, Lord Chaitanya distributed this Krishna consciousness langera mango very cheaply, but people are so foolish that they think, 揙h, they are simply chanting Hare Krishna; what is there to it? This is meant for the foolish, who cannot speculate and do not have any higher standard of knowledge.?But that is not so. It is said: 揙ut of millions and millions of people, only a few are interested in Krishna consciousness.?Do not neglect this information; it is very rare, and if you practice Krishna consciousness, your life will be successful. Your mission in human life will be fulfilled. This seed of Krishna consciousness is very rare and very valuable. Lord Chaitanya said that innumerable living entities are wandering and transmigrating in the 8,400,000 species of life, one after another. Out of so many, one may come who is fortunate, who has spiritual fortune.
Sometimes devotees of the Lord go from door to door. Their policy is to go as beggars. So in India, beggars, especially sannyaasis, are very much respected. If a sannyaasi comes to a house to beg, he is very well received: 揝wamiji, what can I do for you??The devotee beggar won抰 ask for anything, but whatever one can give, even one capaati, makes one spiritually rich. That man who offers a capaati to a pure devotee who comes to his door is made spiritually rich. When one is advanced in spiritual wealth, he offers a good reception to devotees as far as possible. According to the Vedic system, even if your enemy comes to your house, you have to receive him in such a way that you will forget that he is your enemy. That is the general system for receiving a pure devotee who has sacrificed everything for the Lord.
These are instructions for householders. The householder should come out of his home during noontime and call out for anyone who is hungry to please come and take the food. Only if no one comes in answer to his call can the chief of the household take his meals. There are so many rules and regulations just to train a man to become godly. They are not superstitious or superfluous. The human being should be trained to be godly. Because he is part and parcel of God, he is given the chance to be trained. This training is given because some day or other the person may be Krishna conscious.
If by chance during this training he meets a teacher who is a saintly person and a pure devotee of the Lord, then by such a contact he becomes pure. Therefore, Lord Chaitanya said that the fortunate person who has had some spiritual asset in his past dealings will seek the association of a pure devotee. The seed of Krishna consciousness is received by the mercy of guru, the spiritual master, and by the mercy of Krishna. When the spiritual master and Lord Krishna will that a person must have Krishna consciousness, then the seed very nicely fructifies. That spiritual asset makes one fortunate, and thus he becomes spiritually enlivened, and then he meets a bona fide spiritual master, and, by the grace of the spiritual master, he can receive the seed of Krishna consciousness. That is his inner urge: 揥here can I get this association? Where can I get this awareness??
This process is recommended; it is the general process of spiritual advancement. Krishna is within you, and as soon as Krishna sees that you are very sincere, that you are seeking, He sends a bona fide spiritual master. This combination of Krishna and the spiritual master is the cause of one抯 receiving the seed of Krishna consciousness. The seed is there. If you have a very nice seed of a rose bush, what is your duty? If you have a seed of any nice plant, it is your duty not to lock it up in the safety vault of a bank. Your duty is to sow it in the ground. Where should you sow that seed? If you have information of Krishna consciousness, you just sow it in your heart. Not in this earth, but in the earth within yourself. And after sowing a seed you have to pour a little water on it, so that water is hearing and chanting. Once the seed is sown in the heart, just pour on a little water, and it will grow.
This process should not be stopped by the thought that because one is initiated there is no need of hearing and chanting. It should go on continuously. If you stop pouring water on a plant, it will dry up, it will not produce any fruit. Similarly, even if you are highly elevated in Krishna consciousness, you cannot stop this process of hearing and chanting because maayaa is so strong, so powerful, that as soon as she sees, 揂h, here is an opportunity,?at once you will dry up. By the process of pouring water, that plant of Krishna consciousness grows. How does it grow? There is a limit to every plant you see; it grows and grows and grows, but there is a limit where it stops growing. But the plant of Krishna consciousness grows in such a way that it does not rest in any part of this material universe because a Krishna conscious person is not satisfied with planetary facilities in any part of this material universe. Even if you offer him Siddhaloka, where the inhabitants are so powerful and elevated that they can fly in the sky without airplanes, he will not be satisfied.
There is a planet, Siddhaloka, according to Shrimad-Bhaagavatam, where the inhabitants do not need airplanes or spacecraft to fly from one planet to another. Above Siddhaloka there are many other planets. I saw that the latest modern opinion is that every star is a sun, and there are different planetary systems, solar systems; but according to Vedic literature there are innumerable universes which are separate identities. The limit of this universe is the outermost sky. The modern scientist says that each and every star is a sun. But Vedic literature does not say that. Vedic literature informs us that there is only one sun in each universe, but there are innumerable universes, and thus there are innumerable suns and moons. The highest planet of this universe is called Brahmaloka. And Lord Krishna says, 揈ven if you approach the highest planet, you have to come back again.?Sputniks and astronauts are going very high, and here on earth people are clapping; but after just a brief time they come down again. However one may clap, he cannot do more than that. Similarly, those who are materialistic can go high up to Brahmaloka where Brahmaa is, but those who are Krishna conscious will reject even that. They neglect even the impersonal brahmajyoti. They don抰 care for it.
The covering of this universe is far, far greater than this space which we are now in. The outside of the universe is ten times the space within, so one has to penetrate that covering, and then reach Virajaa, the Causal Ocean. The Buddhist philosophical perfection is to reach that Virajaa. When this material existence is completely finished, it is called virajaa, according to Vedic language. But the Krishna conscious person not only penetrates the covering of this universe, but after he reaches that Causal Ocean, which is the neutral position, he continues. The plant grows so nicely from Brahmaloka to Virajaa to the spiritual sky, and even when that plant reaches the spiritual sky, it is not satisfied with any Vaikuntha planet.
The highest planet in the spiritual sky is Krishnaloka. It is just like a lotus flower, where Krishna is standing. And there, when the plant finds Krishna抯 lotus feet, it rests. Just as a creeper grows and grows and grows and at last attaches itself to something and then expands, when the devotional plant gets to the lotus feet of Krishna, it expands. As soon as this Krishna consciousness creeper captures Krishna抯 lotus feet, it takes shelter. 揟here. Now I have finished my journey. Let me expand here.?To expand means to enjoy Krishna抯 association. There the devotees are satisfied.
That creeper has to go on, and thus those who are already in Krishna consciousness, if they have their natural growth, relish the fruit of that creeper even in this life.
If you continue this chanting and hearing process, you will grow and grow and actually reach Krishna抯 lotus feet and there relish His association.
Shrila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad. From "Krishna Consciousness the Topmost Yoga System" - The Real Peace Formula - chapter Nine.
Title: Re: Global Peace Meditation Day - 20th May
User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2007-05-21 23:52:47
Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna! Thanks Nava for this information and nice article. For us, every day is Naam Meditation Day because without our daily Naam Bhajana our day brings us one day closer to death and reincarnation into animal species.
Daaso'smi, Swami Gaurangapada.