So everything can be attained simply by chanting this Hare Krsna mantra. Everything. The means is the end and the means is the whole. It is not that we accept something and give it up and again come to another stage. No. If you have got conviction, if you have got faith, if you are strenuous, immediately you are in the platform. Apavitrah pavitro va sarvavastham gato 'pi va. So any stage of life, yah smaret pundarikaksam, anyone who remembers Pundarikaksam, Krsna... (aside:) Sit like this. Yes. Pundarikaksam. Pundarika means lotus; aksam means eyes. Pundarikaksam. Yah smaret pundarikaksam sa bahyabhyantara-sucih. Externally, internally, he becomes immediately purified. So keep on chanting, you keep yourself purified, maya cannot touch you. Maya's contamination will not touch you. Just like if you take vaccine, the infectious disease will not touch you. Similarly, if you keep yourself vaccinated with Krsna consciousness, the maya has no power to touch you. And if you can keep, then you will be accustomed. Just like a child, when he learns walking, he requires little help. He may fall down, but that doesn't matter. He again stands up. Similarly, in the beginning there may be childlike falldown, but if you stick to the position, then one day you'll be able to walk freely, without any hamper. So this mantra, apavitrah pavitro va sarvavastham, any condition of life, you can simply remember Pundarikaksam, Krsna. As soon as you chant "Krsna," you remember everything.
So this remembering is the whole thing. If you have got always within your heart Krsna, by sound or by mental thoughts, by work, some way or other, by reading books, any way, if simply you keep your consciousness in Krsna, then your life is successful. That's all. And in the Bhagavad-gita such person who is keeping always Krsna within himself, he's certified as the greatest of all yogis. Yoginam api sarvesam, "Of all the yogis," mad-gatenantaratmana, "simply who is keeping Me within his heart..."
yoginam api sarvesam
sraddhavan bhajate yo mam
sa me yuktatamo matah
"He's first-class yogi." You don't require to labor and pay somewhere some five dollars, ten dollars, and practice this gymnastic. No. It is not possible. And as soon as you come out, you'll again engage yourself in all nonsense activities. No. The first-class yoga system is to keep yourself always in Krsna consciousness. Then it is always, you are pure. No contamination of this material world can touch you, and you are first-class yogi. All right. (chants fire sacrifice prayers responsively with devotees) Chant Hare Krsna. (end)
Lecture at Initiation Fire Sacrifice -- Los Angeles, July 16, 1969