You just keep one picture of Caitanya Mahaprabhu, Nityananda, and the family members sit down, around. Just like we are sitting now and chanting: Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare. This kind of performing yajna, is there any expenditure?

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"You just keep one picture of Caitanya Mahaprabhu, Nityananda, and the family members sit down, around. Just like we are sitting now and chanting: Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare. This kind of performing yajna, is there any expenditure"

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Bhagavad-gita As It Is Lectures

You just keep one picture of Caitanya Mahāprabhu, Nityānanda, and the family members sit down, around. Just like we are sitting now and chanting: Hare Kṛṣṇa, Hare Kṛṣṇa, Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa, Hare Hare. This kind of performing yajña, is there any expenditure? Or is there any loss? But you can perform yajña daily, twice, thrice. This is our preaching. Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement means that every householder, every man—not only householder; factory holder, every holder—they can perform this saṅkīrtana-yajña anywhere.

So anyway, yajña must be performed. Yajña, saha-yajñāḥ prajāḥ sṛṣṭvā (BG 3.10) it is said, that you are born to perform yajña, especially the human beings. Not the lower animals; they cannot perform. So if you do not perform yajña, then whatever you are eating, you are eating the resultant action of your sinful activities. And therefore if you eat in the ordinary way... If you steal and eat nicely, that means you are creating your path clear for being arrested by the police someday and be punished. Everyone knows that. Similarly, if you simply eat the sinful activities, then what will be the result? You'll be punished. That is being done. People are not performing yajña. Nobody is performing yajña. That you can say that at the present moment to perform yajña, to secure pure ghee and grains, it is difficult job. Yes, that's right. Because in the Kali-yuga the big yajñas, which require lots of ghee and food grains to offer, that is not possible.

Therefore it is recommended in the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam,

yajñaiḥ saṅkīrtana-prāyair
yajanti hi su-medhasaḥ
(SB 11.5.32)

Su-medhasaḥ. You have to perform yajña. Without performing yajña you'll be entangled in sinful activites. So in the Kali-yuga this is the yajña recommended in the Vedic literature:

kṛṣṇa-varṇaṁ tviṣākṛṣṇaṁ
sāṅgopāṅgāstra-pārṣadam
yajñaiḥ saṅkīrtana-prāyair
yajanti hi su-medhasaḥ
(SB 11.5.32)

Su-medhasaḥ means those who have got good brain—not persons whose brain is filled up with cow dung. No. Really brain substance, such person, they perform this saṅkīrtana-yajña. It is not very difficult. Just like we are preaching, here is kṛṣṇa-varṇaṁ tviṣākṛṣṇaṁ. Caitanya Mahāprabhu, He's chanting: Hare Kṛṣṇa, Hare Kṛṣṇa, Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa, Hare Hare/ Hare Rāma, Hare Rāma, Rāma Rāma, Hare Hare. And tviṣākṛṣṇaṁ: He's Kṛṣṇa. He is incarnation of Kṛṣṇa.

vrajendra-nandana yei śacī-suta haila sei
balarāma ha-ila nitāi
(Hari hari biphale)

This Caitanya Mahāprabhu and Nityānanda Prabhu, They are Kṛṣṇa-Balarāma, incarnation of Kṛṣṇa and Balarāma. So in this yajña means Viṣṇu or Kṛṣṇa-Balarāma, so to satisfy Them.

So in this age if you perform this congregational chanting, there is no expenditure. It is not the question of that you have to go, but somewhere out of your house—even in your house. You just keep one picture of Caitanya Mahāprabhu, Nityānanda, and the family members sit down, around. Just like we are sitting now and chanting: Hare Kṛṣṇa, Hare Kṛṣṇa, Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa, Hare Hare. This kind of performing yajña, is there any expenditure? Or is there any loss? But you can perform yajña daily, twice, thrice. This is our preaching. Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement means that every householder, every man—not only householder; factory holder, every holder—they can perform this saṅkīrtana-yajña anywhere. If you can distribute some prasādam side by side, it is very good. Even if you do not distribute prasādam, simply chant this Hare Kṛṣṇa mantra, then your life is successful. Otherwise,</p>

bhuñjate te tv aghaṁ papa
ye pacanty ātma-kāraṇāt

Otherwise if you simply purchase from the black market and cook nicely and eat yourself, the result is that you are becoming more sinful, sinful, sinful and suffer the results, you see?

This is the, said by Kṛṣṇa, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. You must perform this yajña. And it is not that yajña is to be performed by the rich, richer section of the population. No. Anyone can perform yajña.

sa vai puṁsāṁ paro dharmo
yato bhaktir adhokṣaje
ahaituky apratihatā
yayātmā samprasīdati
(SB 1.2.6)

This is the first-class system of religious performance, and by which you… The more you perform this saṅkīrtana-yajña, the more you become advanced in love of Godhead. That is required. Sa vai puṁsāṁ paro dharmo. That is first-class religious system, yato bhaktir adhokṣaje, by which one can develop the dormant love for God. This is the principle.

So by this performance of yajña, gradually, ceto-darpaṇa-mārjanam, your heart will be cleansed, bhava-mahā-dāvāgni-nirvāpaṇaṁ, and naturally the blazing fire of material existence will be extinguished.

Bhava-mahā-dāvāgni-nirvāpaṇaṁ
śreyaḥ-kairava-candrikā-vitaraṇaṁ
(CC Antya 20.12, Śikṣāṣṭaka 1)

Then, gradually, just like this moon rises daily and becomes bigger, bigger, bigger, bigger, one day the full moon, pūrṇimā. Similarly, if you perform this yajña in this age as recommended in the śāstra, saṅkīrtana-yajña, then gradually you'll develop your dormant love for Kṛṣṇa. Adhokṣaja. Yato bhaktir adhokṣaje, that is required. Ahaituky apratihatā: and this development of love of God cannot be checked by any material condition. Nobody can say, "Because I am this and that, therefore I cannot perform." That is not fact. Fact that you can sit down, just like gosvāmīs, sad-gosvāmīs, they used to live in this Vṛndāvana underneath tree. One night under one tree. And they were chanting:

kṛṣṇotkīrtana-gāna-nartana-parau premā.
kṛṣṇotkīrtana-gāna-nartana-parau premāmṛtāmbho-nidhī
dhīrādhīra-jana-priyau priya-karau
vande rūpa-sanātanau raghu-yugau
(Śrī Śrī Ṣaḍ Gosvāmy Aṣṭaka 1)

So this saṅkīrtana, Hare Kṛṣṇa mantra, just like our these European and American students. They never knew that there was such a system, that… (end)