Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 7.7.46

DATED: 22 MARCH, 1967 LOCATION: San Francisco

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nirūpyatām iha svārthaḥ
kiyān deha-bhṛto ‘surāḥ
niṣekādiṣv avasthāsu
kliśyamānasya karmabhiḥ
[SB 7.7.46]

Prahlāda Mahārāja is instructing his friends, all small children, about Kṛṣṇa consciousness. He is instructing so many things. We have been discussing this subject matter for the last few days. Now he’s placing before them for submitting, for consideration. “My dear friends,” deha-bhṛtām, those who have accepted this material body, asura… Asura means demons. He also belonged to the family, atheistic family. His father was great atheist, and all his friends… Because his father was king, so all his friends happened to be the citizens of that atheistic kingdom. So all of them are being addressed as asura. Asurameans demons, godless. There are two kinds of people, asura and sura, or deva and asura. So who are asuras and who are devas? Devas means godly, and asura means nongodly, or atheistic. In the Vedic literature you’ll find there are definition that there are two kinds of people. Dvau bhūta-sargau loke daiva āsura eva ca [Bg. 16.6]. There are two kinds of people in this world = viṣṇu-bhakto bhaved daiva. And who are… Daiva means godly. Who are godly? Viṣṇu-bhaktaḥ, those who are devotee of the Supreme Personality of Godhead or those who are in Kṛṣṇa consciousness, they are called godly. And āsuras tad-viparyayaḥ. Tad-viparyayaḥ means just the opposite number. What is the opposite number? The atheists. At once they hear something of God, oh, they become fire = “What is this God? I am God.” So he is asura.

So Prahlāda Mahārāja is asking the asuras, his friends, “My dear…” Friends are sometimes addressed in strong languages. That does not affect friends, in friendly terms. So Prahlāda Mahārāja directly asserting that “You are all atheists.” But he was speaking among friends. There was no questions of offending. And actually they were sons of all atheists. So he is submitting, “My dear friends,” that nirūpyatām iha svārthaḥ, “you just try to find out what is your interest. You do not know your interest.” Everyone is called selfish = “I am self-interested.” Yes. You should be self-interested. Everyone should be self… And that is the nature. I am thinking for my self-interest; you are thinking for your self-interest. When we become philanthropist, there is also self-interest. “I want to become a very welfare worker in the society because there is my self-interest that you will elect me as president or some big officer.” Oh. So self-interest is natural. That is not abominable. If you become self-interested, that is not abominable. That is nice. But you do not know what is your self-interest. Prahlāda Mahārāja submits that nirūpyatām: “Just try to analyze what is your self-interest.”

nirūpyatām iha svārthaḥ
kiyān deha-bhṛto ‘surāḥ
karmāṇy ārabhate dehī… niṣekādiṣv avasthāsu
kliśyamānasya karmabhiḥ

Now you are trying to be happy by your work. Everyone is trying to be happy by his work. A man, ordinary worker, he is also trying to be happy by working, and a great capitalist, he is also trying to be happy by work. But Bhagavad-gītā says that they are trying to be happy in what sense? They’re trying to be happy with the body for sense gratification. But how long you shall be able to satisfy your senses? Your interest is different = not sense gratification. Your interest is that you have to find out what you are. So that is described in Bhagavad-gītā very nicely, that you are this consciousness. Avināśi tu tad viddhi yena sarvam idaṁ tatam. That you are, that permanent, the consciousness. And what is that consciousness? That consciousness is, pure form, is Kṛṣṇa consciousness, that “I am servant of God.” This is pure consciousness. So long my consciousness is designated, “I am American,” “I am Indian,” “I am Chinese,” “I am Russian,” “I am Hindu,” “I am Muslim,” “I am Christian…” These are all designations due to this body. But actually I am neither American, neither Indian, nor Christian, nor Hindu, nor Muslim, but I am eternally the servant of God. So Prahlāda Mahārāja is submitting that “If you are servant of God, eternally, then you find out your engagement, eternal engagement. That is the duty of your human form of life. Don’t be misled by designation.” Kṛṣṇa consciousness means to become free from all designations. Sarvopādhi-vinirmuktam [Cc. Madhya 19.170]. You have to become free from all designations. Tat-paratvena nirmalam. And in connection with the Supreme Lord you have to become nirmalam. Nirmalam means without any contamination.

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