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You are 50 yrs old you must get out

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Just like a man is very happy in his family life… He has good house, good wife, good children, and good bank balance, enjoying life, but shastra says, “No. You are fifty years old; you must get out.” So he has to get out. He cannot say that “I am so happy in my family life. My wife is so nice. My children are so obedient. I have got nice money, income. Why shall I go out?”

But shastra says, “No. Vanam vrajet.” Vrajet means must. You must go to the forest. But if you disobey, then you will be in trouble. Just like you disobey the laws, you will be in trouble. So this is called tapasya. I do not like to go out of my home, very comfortable home, happy home, but shastra says, “You must.” So I have to accept inconveniences. If I leave my home, comfortable home, I do not know where to live, how to eat, where to stay. These are experienced.

When we took sannyasa, in the beginning, we thought like that, but by the grace of God, Krishna, we are not uncomfortable. We have got… We left only three or four children; now we have got hundreds of children, without any botheration of wife. (laughter) And they are so obedient and so beautiful, so nice, that I could not expect even the children which I begot at home. So by Krishna’s grace, by God’s grace, everything is there, provided you depend on Him. There is no fear. Narayana-parah sarve na kutashcana bibhyati [SB 6.17.28]. If you want to become dependent on God, you’ll never be afraid—svargapavarga-narakeshv api tulyartha-darshinaha — either you are put into the heaven or hell or anywhere.

So this is tapasya. If you perform tapasya for transcendental understanding, then the result will be that your next life you will be promoted to the spiritual sky. Tyaktva deham punar janma naiti mam eti kaunteya [Bg. 4.9]. After leaving this body, one does not come again to this material existence, miserable existence. But unfortunately, we do not accept that we are living in miserable condition. That is called maya; that is called ignorance. We are actually in a miserable condition. We are trying to adjust things. But that cannot be adjusted. We have to suffer.

Compiled by Damaghosa dasa

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