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We are impure because we are compact in designations: Oh, I am Christian-I am Hindu-I am American-I am Indian-I am white-I am black. These are all designations. If you simply know that "I am servant of Krsna. I am servant of God," then you are purified

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"We are impure because we are compact in designations" |"I am Christian" |"I am Hindu" |"I am American" |"I am Indian" |"I am white" |"I am black" |"So these are all designation. If you simply know that" |"I am servant of Kṛṣṇa. I am servant of God" |"then you are purified"

Lectures

Srimad-Bhagavatam Lectures

As soon as you take it very seriously that, "I am Kṛṣṇa's"—and neither to the society, neither to the community, neither to the country, neither to the international society, or neither anything, but "I am Kṛṣṇa's"—if this firm conviction is there, then you are completely pure: tat-paratvena nirmalam (CC Madhya 19.170). And in the pure condition, when you engage your senses in the service of the Lord, that is called Kṛṣṇa conscious service or devotional service.

Sinful activities function in three ways. Here it is stated. What is that? Mana-ukti-pāṇibhiḥ. Mana-ukti-pāṇibhiḥ: by mind, by activities of the mind; and by activities of our words; and by activities of our senses. By three ways we can commit sinful activities. If I think that I shall kill you or I shall do some harm withn my mind, that is also a sin.

And if I hurt you by harsh word, then that is also a sin. And when actually commit violence or do something with my hands or legs or something, that is certainly sinful. So we can commit sins in three ways: mind and words and karma, by action. Thinking, feeling and willing and acting.

Therefore a svāmī or gosvāmī means who has control over the function of the mind, of the words and of the activities of the senses. He is called svāmī. Svāmī means master. There is definition: "One who can control the tongue, one who can control the mind, one who can control the words, one who can control the belly, one who can control the generative organ, he is svāmī." And pṛthiviṁ sa śiṣyāt: "He is allowed to create disciples all over the world."

So unless one has control over these things—over the tongue . . . over the tongue means tongue is not allowed to eat anything except kṛṣṇa-prasādam. Tongue is not allowed to vibrate anything except Hare Kṛṣṇa or topics in the Bhagavad-gītā and the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam. That is controlling.

Controlling the tongue does not mean that you lock up your tongue. Sometimes in India if you go—there are so many bogus thing—one has cut the tongue and has locked it. It . . . (indistinct) . . . But tongue cannot be locked. Tongue, any, any sense, you cannot stop its activities. Simply you have to diverse it.

Just like my eyes. My eyes want to see very beautiful thing, very beautiful girl, very beautiful dress. So you practice, you decorate the Deity in the temple very beautifully with dress, with ornaments, with flowers, and see. That means your propensity for seeing beautiful things will be satisfied, at the same time, you'll become Kṛṣṇa conscious. Your tongue wants to eat very nice things. All right, you get it kṛṣṇa-prasādam. Kṛṣṇa is offered the nicest cooked foodstuff. So you satisfy your tongue; at the same time you become Kṛṣṇa conscious.

So Kṛṣṇa conscious movement is so nice that there is no forceful prohibition of the senses. Even the sense organ, generating organ, that can be used also for Kṛṣṇa. How? If you can beget children who will be Kṛṣṇa conscious, then produce hundred, one hundred children. Otherwise, stop producing cats and dogs.

So no sense is stopped, but you have to utilize it for Kṛṣṇa. You can walk to Kṛṣṇa's temple, you can dance to the tune of Kṛṣṇa's song, you can eat nice foodstuff, you can see very beautiful Deity, you can hear very beautiful sound, you can talk on Kṛṣṇa philosophically from Bhāgavata and Bhagavad-gītā. So everything in Kṛṣṇa consciousness. There is no stoppage. And devotional service means that purifying the senses and engage them in the service of Kṛṣṇa. Tat-paratvena nirmalam.

Sarvopādhi-vinirmuktaṁ tat-paratvena nirmalam (CC Madhya 19.170). One has to get himself freed from all material designations. We are impure because we are compact in designations, "Oh, I am Christian," "I am Hindu," "I am American," "I am Indian," "I am white," "I am black." So these are all designation. If you simply know that "I am servant of Kṛṣṇa. I am servant of God," then you are purified. You are neither white nor black nor this nor that, but you are simple servant of Kṛṣṇa. If you continue this consciousness, then you are purified immediately. No more contamination. Sarvopādhi-vinirmuktaṁ tat-paratvena nirmalam (CC Madhya 19.170).

And as soon as you take it very seriously that, "I am Kṛṣṇa's"—and neither to the society, neither to the community, neither to the country, neither to the international society, or neither anything, but "I am Kṛṣṇa's"—if this firm conviction is there, then you are completely pure: tat-paratvena nirmalam (CC Madhya 19.170). And in the pure condition, when you engage your senses in the service of the Lord, that is called Kṛṣṇa conscious service or devotional service. (break) (end)