Painless Existence

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
22 May 2018, Siliguri, part 5

 

Think about it yourself: why have you come to this line? Why do you chant the Holy Name? Why do you practise? Why do you serve the Lord? You can answer these questions and judge it yourself.

I have also one question for you. How many thousands of living entities do you kill every day in order to stay alive? How many jiva souls do we kill each time we breathe (each time we inhale and exhale)? How many plants do you kill when you cook rice or cut vegetables? You take cabbage, cauliflower, spinach, etc., but you do it at the expense of killing so many living entities. Even when you drink water, you kill souls. When you go down the street for your own purpose, so many ants, insects die, or when you drive a car, so many frogs, snakes, etc. die. And all fault is yours.

You will have to suffer the result of all this sin, birth after birth. If you commit sin in this life too, then you will suffer its result next lifetime (it can be this lifetime, it can be future lives). What is the only way to escape this sin? Srimad Bhagavatam says (1.1.2):

পৃথিবীতে যত কথা ধর্ম্মনামে-চলে ।
ভাগবত কহে সব পরিপূর্ণ ছলে ॥

prthivite yaha kichu dharma name chale
bhagavata kahe taha paripurna chhale

"Bhagavatam says that what is happening in this world in the name of religion, is complete cheating."

You can change your life though. Nobody tells you that you must give up whatever job you are doing ("grhe thako, vane thako, sada 'Hari' bole dako, whether you stay in a house or in a forest, always call out the Holy Name"); but you can use your life in the service of Govinda. Somebody lives in a family, somebody stays at a temple, somebody lives alone—if you cook, offer the bhog to the Lord and then take His prasadam, you will get supreme benefit. When you offer bhog to the Lord and take that prasadam, then whatever sin you commit (by killing the living entities) is removed. "Prasada-seva karite haya, sakala prapancha-jaya (প্রসাদ-সেবা করিতে হয় সকল প্রপঞ্চ জয়): by honouring the Lord's prasad all material faults are removed."

Do you remember what the five material diseases, or faults (prapancha), are?

 

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