So actually we are in the darkness. This whole world is dark. It is… It requires, therefore, the sunlight, the moonlight, the electric light, the fire, the lamp, because it is dark. Because it is dark. But there is a spiritual world where here is no need of. Na yatra bhasyate suryo na sasanko na pavakah. In the Bhagavad-gita you’ll find, na yatra bhasyate suryah. There is no need of this surya. There is no need of surya. Surya is required, the sun is required, because this world, material world, is dark, very, very dark, dense darkness. And we are born in this darkness. Our heart is full of darkness. Simply by the Krsna’s grace there is sun, there is moon, there is fire, there is electric… Therefore we can see. Otherwise you remain in the darkness. But if you go to the spiritual world… Tamasi ma: “You don’t keep yourself in this darkness; come to the light.” “What is that? There is also the sun, moon?” No. There is no need. Na yatra bhasayate suryo na sasanko na pavakah. Yad gatva na nivartante tad dhama paramam mama [Bg. 15.6]. These are there. Where is Bhagavad-gita? Find out. Na yatra bhasayate suryah. Who will find out? This is spiritual world. There is no need of sun, moon, electricity, fire. We are inviting, or, rather, trying to go to that world where there is no need of sun, there is no need of moon, there is no need of electricity. And somehow or other, if we can go there, yad gatva na nivartante [Bg. 15.6], then you’ll haven’t got to come back again in this darkness. This is Krsna consciousness movement.
So at least one life try to going back to that place. Then your whole problem will be solved. Here we are paying so much electricity bill, and if there is no sun, we are rotten place. So why do you suffer in this way? Come here. There is no need of sun; there is no need of electricity. And the prime gain is that if you can go there, there is no need of coming back again. So those who have no information of the spiritual world, they stick to this material world as everything is here. But those who have got knowledge, mahatma, whose atma is very great, who can understand the greatness of God and His great knowledge and take knowledge from Him, he is perfect. So here is the knowledge. Everything is there. He is giving… We… Not that back to home, back to Godhead, is our imagination. No, not imagination. Just like if somebody gives you information of America, that “America is very rich city. There are so many big, big bridges and road and motor cars.” So naturally you become inclined: “Why not see once America, how it is?” So similarly, here is the information about the spiritual world, and why don’t you try to go back to home, back to Godhead?
What is this foolishness? Why should you pay the electric bill? Go there and live there. There is no need of… Na yatra… Na tad bhasayate. It is… The spiritual world is not lighted by the sun, moon. Na tad bhasayate suryah. Because everyone is effulgent, every planet is effulgent, so therefore there is no need of these things. There is no ignorance. There is no scarcity. There is no miserable condition. That is called Vaikuntha. Vaikuntha means vigata kuntha yasmad iti vaikuntha. Kuntha, anxiety. Here every man, even the richest man is full of anxiety. Your president, he is the richest person in this country, and he is the third richest man in the world, somebody. But do you think he is without anxiety? No. That is not possible. That is not possible. He is full of anxiety: “The other party may not take.” (aside:) You sit down properly. Other party may not take his position. This is all politicians’ anxiety. Even the king of heaven, Indra, he is also full of anxiety. There are Hiranyakasipus. So sometimes they drive away that Indra, King Indra, and he enjoys there. This is going on, not only in this planet. In all planet, wherever you go, the same condition prevails. Abrahma-bhuvanal lokan punar avartino ’rjuna. Don’t think that by going to the heavenly planet you’ll be happy there. No. There is no possibility. Either you go to the heavenly planet or you go to the hell, you will have to undergo the threefold miserable conditions.
Therefore inviting. Krsna is coming, inviting. We are also, on behalf of Krsna, inviting. Na yatra bhasayate suryah. So you come to that spiritual life. Yad gatva na nivartante tad dhama paramam mama [Bg. 15.6] And what is? How you can go there? Very simple. Very simple. Krsna has given you the simple program. What is that? Manmana bhava mad-bhakto mad-yaji mam namaskuru mam evaisyasi asamsayah [Bg. 18.65]. If you simply follow these four principles without arguing foolishly and rascally, manmana bhava mad-bhakto [Bg. 18.65], these four principles. “Always think of Me,” Krsna says. Not I am saying, but Krsna personally saying, man-mana bhava mad-bhakto: “Just become My devotee,” and mam namaskuru, “worship Me.” So it doesn’t require any M.A., Ph.D. degrees. It doesn’t require that Apratihata. Bhakti is apratihata, without any hindrance. Nobody can say that “Because I am poor,” “Because I am uneducated,” “Because I am black,” “Because I am white”—no “because.” Any condition of life, you can become a devotee and go back to home, back to This is Krsna consciousness movement. No material condition can check you. This is our movement.
Thank you very much.
by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Nairobi, November 1, 1975