The Topmost Yogi
(Click to enlarge photo of Srila Prabhupada)

"So a devotee of Kṛṣṇa is the first-class yogī. That is accepted by Kṛṣṇa.

    yoginām api sarveṣāṁ
    śraddhāvān bhajate yo māṁ
    sa me yuktatamo mataḥ
    (BG 6.47)

So this Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement means to train people to become the topmost yogī. Topmost yogī. Because they have controlled their senses: no meat-eating, no intoxication, not even smoking or drinking tea. This is yoga. Not that simply by pressing nose one becomes yogī. Practical life. After performing yoga, 'Oh, my tongue is now dry, give me one bīḍī... one bīḍī.' That is not yoga practice—smoking gañja, bīḍī, intoxication, tea, and he has become a yogī. These are useless, all bogus. Yoga means he has controlled his senses. Yoga indriya-samyamaḥ. The yoga practice means controlling the senses and engaging the mind on the lotus feet of Kṛṣṇa. That is yoga system.

    yaṁ brahmā varuṇendra-rudra-marutaḥ stunvanti divyaiḥ stavair
    vedaiḥ sāṅga-pada-kramopaniṣadair gāyanti yaṁ sāma-gāḥ
    dhyānāvasthita-tad-gatena manasā paśyanti yaṁ yogino...
    (SB 12.13.1)

Dhyānāvasthita, meditation, always seeing the lotus feet of Kṛṣṇa. Nowadays they have manufactured some meditation, something light, this, that, all nonsense. Dhyānāvasthita-manasā, mind being absorbed. Sa vai manaḥ kṛṣṇa-padāravindayor (SB 9.4.18). That is real yoga system, meditation. Now it is... The age of meditation... Meditation is not meant for this age. Meditation is meant for the Satya-yuga. What is that verse? Kṛte yad dhyāyato viṣṇum (SB 12.3.52). Kṛte. Kṛte means Satya-yuga. People were very restrained, all paramahaṁsas. In those days it was possible to meditate. At the present moment our mind is so disturbed. We are disturbed in so many ways, meditation is not possible in this age. Maybe there may be one or two persons who can meditate. The real meditation means to think of Kṛṣṇa. Man-manā bhava mad-bhakto mad-yājī māṁ namaskuru (BG 18.65). That is real meditation.

So in this way, if we engage our life, that means bhakti-yoga. Then Kṛṣṇa reveals, ataḥ sri-kṛṣṇa-nāmādi na bhaved grāhyam indriyaiḥ (CC Madhya 17.136). If you simply speculate, tax your senses to understand Kṛṣṇa by so-called scholarship, that will not help you. Sevonmukhe hi jihvādau. You engage your tongue in the service of the Lord, then He'll reveal. It is a revelation. It is not speculation. The speculators cannot understand what is Kṛṣṇa. That is not possible. Those who are actually devotees, teṣāṁ satata-yuktānām (BG 10.10), twenty-four hours engaged in the service of the Lord. Śravaṇaṁ kīrtanaṁ viṣṇoḥ smaraṇaṁ pāda-sevanam arcanaṁ vandanaṁ dāsyam... (SB 7.5.23). Out of these nine methods, all the nine, or eight, seven, six, even one, if you engage yourself. Just like Mahārāja Parīkṣit, he engaged himself simply for hearing—he become perfect, simply by hearing Bhāgavata from Śukadeva Gosvāmī. And Śukadeva Gosvāmī also became perfect, simply by reciting Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam. Śrī viṣṇoḥ smarane, śravaṇe parikṣid abhavad vaiyāsakiḥ kīrtane (Brs. 1.2.265). This is also kīrtana. Abhavad vaiyāsakiḥ kīrtane. Prahlādaḥ smarane. Prahlāda Mahārāja, he was put into so many difficulties by his father. He could not resist; he was a poor child, five years. And the rascal father was teasing him in so many ways. So what could he do? He was simply thinking of Kṛṣṇa, 'What can I do?' So there are so many processes. If you take one of the processes your life will be successful—simply by thinking of Kṛṣṇa.

Janma karma me divyaṁ, yo jānāti tattvataḥ. Who can know? Yo jānāti tattvataḥ: to whom Kṛṣṇa reveals, he can know. He can know what is Kṛṣṇa. And as soon as you have done this business, you have understood Kṛṣṇa, then tyaktvā dehaṁ punar janma naiti (BG 4.9): no more birth in this material world. To take birth in this material... Because you have got this body, therefore we have to suffer threefold miseries. We foolishly... You are trying to make adjustment to become happy here. It is not possible, because this place is recommended by Kṛṣṇa, duḥkhālayam aśāśvatam (BG 8.15): it is a place of miseries. How you can become happy here? This is illusion. You can never be happy in this material world, but you are trying to become happy in... So many politician, social workers, this and that, simply wasting their time. They cannot be. You have to accept the leadership of Kṛṣṇa. Then you will be happy. If you accept the leadership of rascals, fools, you cannot be happy. Demons. They'll put you into difficulties."

(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, Bombay, March 29, 1974)

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