Thursday, 19 June 2014

What if the person cannot chant sixteen rounds a day ?

Pancadravida: What if the person cannot chant sixteen rounds a day. He says, "I can't..."

Then he is not even a human being. He is a rascal. That's all. He is not a human being. What to consider of talking...? Don't talk about him if he cannot chant sixteen rounds. He is not even a human. He is animal. [break]

 ...even he may be employed as factory worker or something.

Well, if you take factory workers are better than animals, that is another thing.

One point that you made a few years ago in Vrndavana was that this demoniac civilization, especially in U.S.A., keeps a man so much engaged, they make them work so hard, just to earn the simple necessities of life, that they don't have time to cultivate spiritual life.

Well, if he likes, he can get time because he is not in the factory twenty-four hours. But if one... That is explained, apratihata. Krsna consciousness cannot be checked by any material condition. If anyone wants to become Krsna conscious, it is not checked. So there is nothing impediment, provided he wants to become. In any condition of life, sthane sthitah, if he simply hears about Krsna then everything is all right. He will gradually catch up everything and adjust things. But if he has no ears to hear about Krsna, then it is difficult. Therefore sravanam. The first thing is that. The first qualification -- he must be eager to hear about Krsna. Then everything will come. Sravanam kirtanam visnoh smaranam pada-sevanam, arcanam vandanam dasyam [SB 7.5.23]. [break]

Pancadravida: ...such devotees that they do service, they may be very big, they attract so many people, they are successful, kirtana and everything, but we know they are not chanting japa. What can we do in that situation? Are we...

Prabhupada: Situation, he is doing some service. He is doing some service.

Pancadravida: Yes.

Prabhupada: So because on account of that service, if he could not, that can be excused. But not that practice should be taken as permanent business. The regulation is that if you cannot finish your chanting that day, then next day you should forget sleeping and eating and must finish it.

Pancadravida: Some persons we encounter they don't even chant at all, and yet we are in association with them, and they are...

Prabhupada: No, if you miss on account of busy-ness, then next day you must finish it. You should not go to sleep. You should not... Yes, that day you should forget all other business. First of all compensate this.

Satsvarupa: Some devotees have it as a chronic condition, though.

Prabhupada: Then he is animal.

Satsvarupa: But still, he's doing lots of good devotional service.

Pancadravida: He may even be manager.

Prabhupada: Then they will get some chance later on. What is that devotee, if you do not follow the regulative principles? The business is that if one day you cannot, but finish. The next day you must finish. Now, for eating, he is very eager, and for sleeping, he is very eager, and for finishing chanting, he has no eagerness. Then he is animal. It is simply an excuse. Yesterday you had no time? You were very busy? All right. Today you forget your sleeping and eating. Finish it. That is wanted. [break] And only for chanting, you have no time. This is not allowed. This is not allowed. This is cheating, that "I am so busy."

(Morning Walk - April 20, 1974, Hyderabad)

1 comment:

  1. Srila Prabhupada says ; " And only for chanting, you have no time. This is not allowed. This is not allowed. This is cheating, that "I am so busy."

    So under all circumstances, one must chant 16 round.

    Manmanna bhava mad bhakto ..... BG 9.34 and 18.65. That is the assurance from the Lord to go back home Back to Godhead.