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ANNOUNCER: The following is a
class on the Bhagavad-gītā As It
Is, 9th chapter, text number 22
and 23, given by His Divine Grace
A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami
Prabhupāda, recorded in
December of 1966, in New York.


ananyāś cintayanto māṁ ye
janāḥ paryupāsate teṣāṁ
nityābhiyuktānāṁ yoga-kṣemaṁ
vahāmy aham [Bg. 9.22]

Now Lord Kṛṣṇa is speaking
about His own devotees. So far
He has spoken about the
elevationists, material
elevationists. Evaṁ trayī-
dharmam anuprapannā
gatāgataṁ kāma-kāmā labhante.
Repeating, repeating the same
process, sometimes going up,
sometimes coming down—this is
the material process. Today I am
the richest man, and tomorrow I
may be a poverty-stricken man in
the street. This is going on. As we
find in this earth, so also by our
pious activities we can be
promoted in better planets. Then
kṣīṇe puṇye martya-lokaṁ viśanti
[Bg. 9.21] And when the resultant
actions of pious activities is
finished, then again we are driven
to this earth or down than this
earth. So this is going on. Lord
Caitanya said that ei rūpe
brahmāṇḍa bhramite kona
bhāgyavān jīva [Cc. Madhya
19.151], that “This way, this cycle
of different species of life, they
are going on. So traveling in this
way, somebody who is very
fortunate, by association of
devotees, he gets the seed of
devotional service.” Ei rūpe
brahmāṇḍa bhramite kona
bhāgyavān jīva [Cc. Madhya
19.151]. To achieve the seed of
devotional service is a fortunate
achievement. It is not very easy
because it ceases the cycle of
different transmigration of the
soul. By ignorance we take this
spot life as permanent settlement
and we think that “We shall live
here permanently and make
arrangement to live here
permanently and make assets for
my children, for my nation.” But
we do not know that the cycle of
transmigration is not fixed up.

I do not know what next life is
mine. I do not know where is
the…, who is coming as my son,
who is coming, who is going out
of the scene as my son. These
laws we do not know. But we are
chewing the chewed. Evaṁ
gatāgataṁ kāma-kāmā labhante.
Under the spell of this illusory
energy, we are captivated by this
temporary sense gratification and
we have forgotten our real life.
So those who are in the sense of
his real constitutional, of their
real constitutional position, as
Bhagavad-gītā started from the
very beginning… This very
conception, that “I am this body,”
beginning from, from beginning
of the Bhagavad-gītā this is
discredited, that “You are not this
body.” So you have to mold your
life in your identification of
spiritual existence. So so far the
materialist is concerned, they are
chewing the chewed. Punaḥ
punaś carvita-carvaṇānām [SB
7.5.30]. The example, which I
gave you the last day, that as
sugar cane, one has extracted all
the juice by chewing, and it is
again thrown into the, on the
earth and somebody is chewing,
so there is no juice. So we are
simply repeating the same thing.
We do not question whether this
process of life can at all give us
happiness. But we are trying and
trying, trying the same thing.

The ultimate purpose of sense
gratification and the highest,
topmost sense gratification is sex
life. So we are trying, chewing,
eschewing, you see, extracting.
But that is not the process of
happiness. The happiness is
different. Sukham ātyantikaṁ yat
tad atīndriya-grāhyam. Real
happiness is transcendental. And
that transcendental means that I
must understand what is my
position and what is my process
of life. In this way this Kṛṣṇa
consciousness will teach you. So
those who are Kṛṣṇa conscious,
about them the Lord is saying,
ananyāś cintayanto mām.
Ananyāś cintayantaḥ means
always, twenty-four hours,
without any deviation, always
thinking of Kṛṣṇa. Naturally, if
you are engaged in the business
of Kṛṣṇa, then you will always
think of Kṛṣṇa. Anyone who is
absorbed in certain particular
business, he’s always thinking of
that thing. So anyone who is
engaged in Kṛṣṇa consciousness,
his business is to think of Kṛṣṇa
always. Just like you are reading,
hearing on this Bhagavad-gītā. It
is spoken by Kṛṣṇa. And if you
think at home that “This sort of
speeches was given by Lord
Kṛṣṇa. This is the essence,” so
that is Kṛṣṇa cintayantaḥ. To think
of Bhagavad-gītā is also Kṛṣṇa
thinking because Bhagavad-gītā
is not different from Kṛṣṇa,
absolute. It is from the absolute
one. There is no duality.

In the absolute sense there is no
duality. If I speak something,
because I am not speaking in the
absolute, therefore my speaking
and my self, different. But here I
am speaking the words of Lord
Kṛṣṇa. Therefore the words of
Lord Kṛṣṇa is not different from
Kṛṣṇa. So if we think of
Bhagavad-gītā, the instructions
which we receive from Bhagavad-
gītā, that is also thinking of Kṛṣṇa.
So ananyāś cintayanto mām:
“Always who are thinking about
Me…” Ye janāḥ paryupāsate. And
why one should think of Kṛṣṇa
unless he has fully surrendered to
Kṛṣṇa? Unless one has taken the
business of Kṛṣṇa, he cannot
think of Kṛṣṇa. He cannot think of
Kṛṣṇa. Therefore it is said that
ananyāś cintayanto māṁ ye
janāḥ paryupāsate. Paryupāsate
means constantly worshiping in
that way. Teṣāṁ
nityābhiyuktānām. Abhiyukta: he
is always engaged in Kṛṣṇa
consciousness. Therefore, yoga-
kṣemaṁ vahāmy aham [Bg. 9.22].
Not that only the materialistic
people will remain happy. Kṛṣṇa
assures that one who is always
engaged in Kṛṣṇa consciousness,
his happiness will be not
divorced. “He will be also happy
because I will make him, I will
supply him whatever he

It is very easy to understand. Just
like somebody maintains his
family, children. He all day works,
and he has the aim, how his
family member will be happy,
because he knows that those
people, those children, they are
fully dependent upon him. This is
same consciousness. Because
wherefrom this consciousness
comes unless it is not in Kṛṣṇa?
Janmādy asya yataḥ [Bhāg. 1.1.1].
In the Vedānta-sūtra it is stated,
whatever you think, whatever you
see, it has its origin. And where is
that origin? In Kṛṣṇa. Unless in
Kṛṣṇa this thinking is not there,
that “My devotees…” Kṛṣṇa…
Every one of us is son of Kṛṣṇa.
That’s all right. But especially…
Just like a very big businessman,
all his employees, they are also
taken attention by the person, by
the boss. But special attention is
taken for his own children.
Similarly, Kṛṣṇa, the Supreme
Lord, He is anxious for all living
entities but especially anxious for
His devotees. Samo ’haṁ sarva-
bhūteṣu na me dveṣyo ’sti na
priyaḥ. You will find in the
Bhagavad-gītā that the Lord says
that “I am equal to everyone.
Nobody is My enemy and
nobody is My friend. I don’t show
anyone any partiality because
nobody is My enemy.” How God
can be anyone’s enemy or friend?
He is friend of everyone. But ye
tu bhajanti māṁ bhaktyā teṣu te
mayi. One who is devoted
specially to the Lord, He takes
special attention.

That do you think that God is in
that way partial? No. It is the…
Just like the sunshine. Sunshine is
open for everyone, but one who
does not take advantage of the
sunshine, he keeps himself within
the dark room, oh, the sun, what
can sun do? Similarly, this
partiality of God, that He takes
special interest of the devotees
because the devotees are able to
take the Supreme, the complete
sunshine of Kṛṣṇa, it is not the
partiality of the sun or Kṛṣṇa, but
it is the capacity of the person
who can take full advantage of
the sunshine. One should come
out of the darkness and take full
advantage of the sunshine. So
sun is open for everyone.
Similarly, God is open for
everyone. One who comes out of
this darkness of ignorance, he
takes more advantage of Kṛṣṇa’s
favor. So therefore it is His
capacity. Ye yathā māṁ
prapadyante tāṁs tathaiva
bhajāmy aham [Bg. 4.11] So He
gives instruction to everyone.
This Bhagavad-gītā is meant for
everyone. It is not for, not only
for Arjuna. Arjuna was His eternal
devotee. He had all knowledge.
But Arjuna placed himself as one
of us just to receive this
instruction from the Supreme
Lord. So this instruction is open
to everyone. It is not… Kṛṣṇa’s
instruction, Bhagavad-gītā, is not
limited within a circle, within a
particular circle. No. It is for every
living entity. Now, if anyone takes
advantage of it…

Just like the sunshine is for
everyone. The same sun in India
and same sun in your America.
You cannot say that “This is
American sun.” Can you? Or we
cannot say, “Oh…” I see
sometimes… Because I am now
foreigner, I see sometimes, “Oh,
the same moon is here, and same
sun is here? The same cloud is
here? Oh, why I am foreigner?”
Nobody is foreigner. Everyone is
under the sunshine. It is our
misunderstanding. It is our
misunderstanding. In God’s
kingdom nobody is foreigner.
Everyone is brother. The ultimate
father is the Supreme Lord. That
is Kṛṣṇa consciousness. Even the
animals. Why should we think
animals different from us and we
shall kill them? No. You have no
right. He is also your brother. So
this is universal brotherhood.
When you come to the open
sunshine, we can see, oh,
everyone is eligible to take
advantage of the sunshine. And
so long we are in the darkness,
we say, “Oh, this is my room; this
is your room.” So for such
persons who are completely in
Kṛṣṇa consciousness, for them
there is no scarcity. This is very
encouraging. No Kṛṣṇa conscious
person will think that “I will be in
scarcity. I will be in want.” No. Be
rest assured. You will never be in
want. You will never be in want. If
you keep your full faith in Kṛṣṇa,
you will always happily live and
will be given a chance of
chanting Hare Kṛṣṇa Hare Kṛṣṇa
Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Hare Hare, Hare
Rāma Hare Rāma Rāma Rāma…
Here it is guaranteed.

So if you take this advantage of
Kṛṣṇa, Kṛṣṇa, Hare Kṛṣṇa Hare
Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Hare Hare,
Hare Rāma Hare Rāma Rāma
Rāma Hare Hare, in whatever
position you may be, you will
never be unhappy. You will
always be prosperous. So why
don’t you take this advantage?
Be situated. Oh, you are medical
practitioner? That’s all right. You
are engineer? That’s all right. You
are a clerk? That’s all right. You
are a real estate man? That’s all
right. Never mind whatever
doing. Everyone has to do
something to keep his body and
soul together. That is the law of
nature. Niyataṁ kuru karma tvaṁ
karma jyāyo hy akarmaṇaḥ.
Arjuna was Kṛṣṇa’s friend, but He
never said that “You stop your
working.” Rather, He engaged
him in his real work. He was a
fighter. He was a soldier. He was
declining to do the duty of a
soldier. But Kṛṣṇa induced him,
“No. You must become a soldier.”
So we may do whatever by God’s
grace or by nature’s freaks we are
situated. That doesn’t matter. But
if you take this formula, ananyāś
cintayanto mām, always think of
Kṛṣṇa, then the result will be that
you will never be unhappy. Just
try. Make an experiment.

We don’t say that you give up
your engagement and become a
mendicant or sannyāsī like me
and give up your wife and
children. No. Kṛṣṇa does not say
that. You may ask then, “Why you
have given up your wife and
children?” I have given up my
wife and children for this
purpose. If I am engaged in
family life, then I cannot do this
missionary work. I have taken
absolute shelter to this work
without any disturbance. So for a
preacher, for a missionary, that is
a different thing. But for ordinary
man, he does not require to give
up his family, his home. He will
remain. You remain in your
occupation, you remain at home,
but chant this Hare Kṛṣṇa Hare
Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Hare Hare,
Hare Rāma Hare Rāma Rāma
Rāma Hare Hare. Is there any

Why don’t you try it? This is our
mission. We don’t say that you
change your life. We simply say
that in whatever position you are,
you please chant. That’s all. You
please chant. You will be happy.
You will be prosperous. Kṛṣṇa will
be pleased upon you, and you
will be never in scarcity. Is it not a
very nice thing? You will never be
unhappy, you will never be in
scarcity. That… It is guaranteed
here. Teṣāṁ nityābhiyuktānāṁ
yoga-kṣemaṁ vahāmy aham: [Bg.
9.22] “Those who are thus
engaged always in thinking of
Me…” Well, you can do your
business and think of Kṛṣṇa, and
what is your harm? And that
thinking may be, I mean to, divert
your attention, but if you chant
Hare Kṛṣṇa Hare Kṛṣṇa, you will
practice. And Hare Kṛṣṇa Hare
Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Hare Hare,
Hare Rāma Hare Rāma Rāma
Rāma Hare Hare. But you will not
be deviated what you are doing,
but at the same time, you will be
able to hear this sound,
transcendental sound vibration.
So this is the formula given by
the Lord Himself. Please try to
follow it. Ananyāś cintayanto
mām. Always, always chant Hare
Kṛṣṇa. There is no rule, no
regulation. Never mind what you
are, what you are doing. Simply
chant and hear. We are anxious
that everyone may take up this
simple thing. And Lord Caitanya
says from Padma Purāṇa,

harer nāma harer nāma harer
nāmaiva kevalam kalau nāsty eva
nāsty eva nāsty eva gatir anyathā
[Adi 17.21]

If you want to live just like
animal, simply within the sphere
of eating, sleeping and mating
and defending, that will not solve
your problem of life. Dharmo hi
teṣām adhiko viśeṣaḥ.(?) You are
elevated from animal life only for
this reason, that you can take up
this line of action, Hare Kṛṣṇa.
The animal cannot take up. So
don’t miss this chance. If I
instruct a dog, “My dear dog,
please chant Hare Kṛṣṇa,” it is not
possible for him. But for a human
being—never mind in whichever
country he is born and whatever
religion he’s professed… That
doesn’t matter. This Hare Kṛṣṇa
Hare Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Hare
Hare, Hare Rāma Hare Rāma
Rāma Rāma Hare Hare is for
everyone. It is not very difficult.
So take up this.

ye ’py anya-devatā-bhaktā
yajante śraddhayānvitāḥ te ’pi
mām eva kaunteya yajanty

Avidhi-pūrvakam. Now Kṛṣṇa
says… Of course, in India there
are different types of worship.
That I have already explained.
Mostly they worship Lord Kṛṣṇa,
mostly. At least 80% of the
people, they are Viṣṇu worshiper.
And 20% of the people, Hindus,
they are worshiper of different
gods and impersonalists, like
that, still. So here Kṛṣṇa says… But
because that is recommended in
the Vedic literature. Why? The
Vedic literature… That I explained
the other day, that worship of
different gods, that is also along
with Viṣṇu worship.
Ārādhanānāṁ sarveṣāṁ viṣṇor
ārādhanaṁ param. Viṣṇu is the
central point. Without Viṣṇu
worship, with(out) Kṛṣṇa worship,
no other worship is successful. So
here, those who worship other
gods in this conception, that
because God is everything,
therefore the, any demigod,
because the demigod… People,
those who are less intelligent,
they worship demigod to take
immediate effect. Just like a man
who is diseased, he is
recommended to worship the
sun. Sun. Now, that is effective. I
may worship… Because when sun
is worshiped you have to go to
the sunshine and offer
something, water and some
pradīpa. There are some
paraphernalia. So if a diseased
man goes to the sunshine, he is
actually… He is cured. Sunshine
has got… Scientifically also, it has
got ultraviolet rays. So one
keeps… If he does not take any
medicine, if he simply sits down
in sunshine, he will be cured.
Nature’s way. So either you take
this way or that way… But one
thing is that those who are
worshiping sun for cure of
disease, for them Bhagavad-gītā
says, antavat tu phalaṁ teṣāṁ
tad bhavaty alpa-medhasām.
Antavat tu phalaṁ teṣām.

Now, suppose you are diseased
and you are cured by worshiping
sun, or becoming in the sunshine.
Do you think that is the solution
of your life? You may be cured.
So how long you will remain
cured? There will be again
disease. Again you worship
sunshine. So this is called
gatāgatam, chewing the chewed.
The problem is why you shall be
diseased at all? That should be
the problem of intelligent person,
not that I become diseased and I
worship sun or go to the doctor
and be cured and again become
diseased. No. Sukham
ātyantikam. You should cure from
all diseases. The… So long you
have this material body, you have
got life, you have got birth, you
have got death, you have got
diseases, and you have got old
age, besides other miseries. This
is a permanent thing. Now, your
human form of life is meant for
curing for good all these
inconveniences. You should not
be satisfied by curing disease and
again falling diseased. No. That is
not your business. Therefore Lord
Kṛṣṇa says, antavat tu phalaṁ
teṣām: “Those who are
worshiping other demigods for
some immediate result, their
result is antavat. It is to be ended
at a certain point. It has got end.
So such things are desired by
alpa-medhasām, alpa-
medhasām, those who have got
less amount of brain substance.”
Why one should be satisfied by
temporary cure? He must see
that “Why I shall die? Why I shall
be diseased? Why I shall go
again into the womb of the
mother? And why I shall become
old? This is my problem.” So if
you want to solve all these
problems, then you have to
become to Kṛṣṇa conscious.

janma karma me divyaṁ yo jānāti
tattvataḥ tyaktvā dehaṁ punar
janma naiti mām eti kaunteya
[Bg. 4.9]

Anyone who becomes Kṛṣṇa
consciousness, even partially,
simply to know Kṛṣṇa, that He is
the Supreme Personality of
Godhead, His activities are
transcendental, simply by
knowing this, you will solve your
all these problems, simply by
knowing this. Tyaktvā dehaṁ
punar janma [Bg. 4.9] These
things are stated in the
Bhagavad-gītā. Therefore, in
every way, if you make analytical
study of Bhagavad-gītā, then you
have to become Kṛṣṇa conscious.
Bhagavad-gītā is being preached
all over the world in so many
languages. But I am sorry they
are not in the right way.
Therefore we are very serious to
preach this mission of Bhagavad-
gītā all over the world so that
people may become happy and
people may take advantage of it.
That is our mission, and we invite
everyone, every gentleman, every
sane man, to come and
cooperate with us. This is a nice
mission. We shall be glad to
cooperate for the good of all
people of the world. Yad gatvā
na nivartante tad dhāma
paramaṁ mama [Bg. 15.6]. The
Lord says that if you transfer
yourself to the kingdom of God,
then you will have no more to
come in this world of miseries,
full of miseries. What is the time?
Thank you very much.