MAKING THE WORLD ALIVE
SRILA BHAKTISIDDHANTA SARASWATI THAKUR PRABHUPADA
The following is an excerpt from a conversation between Srila Bhaktisiddhanta and Pandit Shyamasundar Chakravarty, a famous leader of the independence movement in India and the then chief editor of the English magazine, Servant and Vasumati.
Pandit Shyamasundar Chakravarty: By what means can devotion to Krishna grow?
Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur: Devotion to the Supreme Lord Krishna is generated when, attentively and with a serving mood, one listens to the accounts of His glories, etc., from guileless devotees who have nothing to do except to incessantly chant these accounts. Vishnu is sustaining the entire universe with the function in which sattva, goodness, is the chief element. As He has been making the world cetana, alive, to the concerns of Krishna, He is known as Krishna Chaitanya. It was for generating caitanya, aliveness, in jīvas that were without it, that he adopted sannyāsa. As yet we have not got caitanya (i.e., we have not been brought to our senses). In the function of śuddha cetana, pure consciousness, there is no service done to anartha, the unnecessary. There is only service to artha, the true necessity, which is God.·
LUST DEFEATED kāṣāyān na ca bhojanādi-niyamān no vā vane vāsato vyākhyānād athavā muni-vrata-bharāc cittodbhavaḥ kṣīyate kintu sphīta-kalinda-śaila-tanayā-tīreṣu vikrīḍato govindasya padāravinda-bhajanārambhasya leśād api Not by wearing saffron cloth, not by restricting food and other sense-activities, not by living in the forest, not by discussing philosophy, and not by observing a vow of silence, but only by even the slightest beginning of devotional service to the lotus feet of Lord Govinda, who enjoys pastimes on the Yamuna’s wide banks, is Kamadev, lust, stopped.·
—Author unknown. Quoted in Srila Rupa Goswami’s Padyāvalī, Text 11. Translated by Sripad Kusakratha Das.