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Compiled by Damaghosa Dasa (Seattle, USA)

Lecture - Mayapur, April 3, 1975

As Brahma, the first created being, had to undergo tapasya to get information from the Supreme... The Supreme Lord is within you. He's there. But He will advise. When you are fixed up by tapasya, determined with vow, then He will talk to you. He's ready to talk, but you require to acquire the qualification to hear Him. And what is that qualification? This Krishna consciousness, devotional service.

As it is said in the Bhagavad-gita, tesam satata-yuktanam bhajatam priti-purvakam [Bg. 10.10]. Tesam satata-yuktanam. Satata means always, twenty-four hours, not that five minutes I meditate and rest of the time I live like cats and dogs. No. This kind of meditation will not help you. Krishna says, satata. Satata means twenty-four hours. You have to mold your life in such a way that twenty-four hours you'll think of Krishna. This is Krishna consciousness. If you think, "Now I have chanted my sixteen rounds. Now I've finished my business. Now I can do whatever nonsense I like," no. Krishna says no. Satata. Therefore we have to plan our life in such a way that we haven't got any other engagement than service of Krishna. This is required.

Tesam satata-yuktanam. Satata means twenty-four hours. Yukta means engaged. What for? What is that engagement? Bhajatam. Bhajatam, bhaja sevayam: to serve Krishna. Bhajatam. How? Priti-purvakam. Not that "Oh, Krishna has said. All right, let me do." No. With love and affection. Then you'll get attachment. Unless you develop love for Krishna, you cannot be engaged twenty-four hours. That is not possible. Therefore it is said, priti-purvakam: not officially, but with love.

If you acquire this qualification, then you will talk with Krishna who is within your heart. Then you'll talk. He is ready to talk, but He does not talk with rascals and fools. One must acquire the qualification to talk with Krishna. Then you'll be able to talk with Deity. Within your heart Krishna is situated there. Anywhere you go, Krishna is within you, and He'll give you intelligence. Talking with Krishna means buddhi-yogam dadami tam. Tesam satata-yuktanam bhajatam priti-purvakam: [Bg. 10.10] "Those who are engaged, those who are qualified like this, then I give him intelligence."

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