I Bear the Burden and Deliver

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Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada 

So materialists, they do not know where their advancement of material civilization will be perfect. They do not know that.

Na te viduh svartha-gatim hi visnum[1].

That perfection will never come, but they are after that perfection, dismantling and building. And after fifty years they will dismantle this building and prepare another kind of building. That will be… At that time further material advancement will be there. So this is going on, gatagatam. Gatagatam means, what is called, stereotyped. Everyone is going. The exact Hindi word is variyagasan. They call variyagasan. Variyagasan means that the goats, the goats, the goat merchant, they are taking to the slaughterhouse, and they are going hither and thither. But if one goat enters the door, all the variyas, they will enter. You see? So because one has entered… But nobody will consider that he has entered the slaughterhouse. No. “One has entered; therefore let us enter all.” This is advancement. “Oh, one has entered; therefore I must enter also. I do not care where I am entering. That I do not know.” So this is going on, gatagatam.

Gatagatam kama-kama labhante.

Kama-kamah means sense gratification. Sense gratification. But transcendentalists, they have understood that “This sense gratification process will not help me.”


This is called Krsna consciousness. One must understand perfectly well that this process of sense gratification, variyagasan, that will not help me. He is very intelligent. I will have to search out something else, not this sense gratification. So long I have got a pinch of desire for sense gratification, I will have to take this material body. And as soon as I have got this material body, then all of the material miseries are along with it.

So those who are serious about, that “I do not want any more…”

But we have become callous. We don’t think that “What is miseries of…?” But those who are actually in knowledge, those who want to live, those who want to have perfect knowledge, those who want to have blissful life, they understand that, This material existence, either this Svargaloka or the heavenly planet or this planet or that, will never give me happiness. I will have to…

As Krsna informs herein, that yad gatva na nivartante tad dhama paramam mama[2], I will have to enter the kingdom of God, spiritual planet, where I will not have to return back again to accept this material body.”

That seriousness, one who has taken that serious attitude, they can actually perform this Krsna consciousness very nicely. But those who are still under the impression that “Material advancement will make me happy,” they are still under the spell of illusion. Daivi hy esa gunamayi mama maya duratyaya[3].

This planet, that planet, that planet, that planet, that planet. But in no planet nowhere you can have perfect peace of life. That is impossible. Therefore those who are intelligent, those who are by God’s grace, Krsna’s grace, or by good association one who can understand that “This sort of life is not desirable. I must perform drdha-vrata, with great determination and vow, in this life so that yad gatva na nivartante[4], I may be transferred into the Krsnaloka planet where I shall not have to return back…”


Now, the materialist says, “All right, you do not know whether you are going or not. You are giving up this material enjoyment. You are simply living on capatis. Oh, we have got so many palatable dishes, and you are not enjoying this. You are fool.”

So to these poor devotees who are taking chapatis, the Lord says a very nice thing. What is that?

ananyas cintayanto mam

ye janah paryupasate

tesam nityabhiyuktanam

yoga-ksemam vahamy aham[5]

Well, materialist, Mr. materialist, you have to work very hard. But here the assurance is from the Lord that “Those who are unflinching and cent percent devoted in the transcendental service of Me, for them I take charge of the maintenance, all comforts.”


yoga-ksemam vahamy aham[6].

Now, this sloka is very important for the devotees.


There was a great devotee. His name was Anandacarya. So when he was writing commentaries on this particular sloka, verse, he saw that tesam nityabhiyuktanam yoga-ksemam vahamy aham[7], the Lord says that “I myself take the burden and take the load on my head, and I deliver them to my devotees, what they require, what they require. He doesn’t require to go outside. I myself go and deliver the goods, whatever he requires.”

This is written here. Tesam nityabhiyuktanam. Those who are cent percent engaged in the loving service of the Lord, tesam nityabhiyuktanam yoga-ksemam vahamy aham.

Yoga means what is required by him, and ksemam means what he has got, he requires to be protected. So these two things the Lord takes charge, that “I personally do it.” For whom? Ananyas cintayanto mam. Those who have no other thought than Krsna, Krsna conscious. Ananyas cintayanto mam. Ye janah paryupasate, and engaged in that way always. He has no other business, simply Krsna. For him these things the Lord does. It is specifically mentioned here.

Therefore this is an encouragement. This is an encouragement by the Lord that “Do not think that because you are not trying to go to the other planet you will be unhappy. You will have happiness.” What is happiness? Happiness is within your mind. If you are assured of your peaceful existence and the next life you are transferred to the supreme planet, or supreme place, then that is happiness, not for trying life after life to adjust happiness. Here is an assurance.


Now this Arjunacarya…that’s a very nice story. When he was writing commentaries, oh, he thought, “How is that Lord will come Himself and deliver the goods? Oh, it is not possible. He might be sending through some agents.”

So he wanted to cut vahamy aham, “I bear the burden and deliver.”

He wrote in a way that “I send some agent who delivers.”

So that Arjunacarya went to take bath, and in the meantime two boys, very beautiful boys, they brought some very nice foodstuff in large quantity. And in India there is a process to take two sides burden on the bamboo. Just like a scale it is balanced. So these two boys brought some very highly valuable foodstuff and grains and ghee, and his wife was there. And the boys said,

“My dear mother, Arjunacarya has sent these goods to you. Please take delivery.”

“Oh, you are so nice boy, you are so beautiful boys, and he has given. And Acarya is not so cruel. How is that? He has given so much burden to you, and he is not kind…?”

“Oh, I was not taking, just see, he has beaten me. Here is the cane mark. Oh, see.”

His wife became very much astonished, that “Acarya is not so cruel. How he has become so cruel?”

So she was thinking in that way.

Then “All right, my dear boys. You come on.” And gave him shelter. And,

“No. I shall go because Arjunacarya again comes. He will chastise us.”

“No, no. You sit down, take foodstuff.”

She prepared foodstuff, and then they went away.

And when Arjunacarya came back, then he saw that his wife is eating.

Because it is the system of Indian families that after the husband has taken the food, the wife will take. So they don’t take together. After the family members — the boys and the husband is sumptuously fed — then the housewife takes.

So Arjunacarya, “Oh, you are taking food? What is that?” No. He did not. I am mistaken. Sorry. He said that “You are…”

So the wife said,

“Acarya, you have become so much cruel nowadays?”

“Oh, what is that?”

“Two boys, very nice boys, they have brought so many foodstuff. You loaded on their head, and they denied to take it, and you have beaten them, chastised?”

He said,

“No. I have never done this. Why shall I do it?”

Then she described,

“Oh, such a nice beautiful boy.”

Then Arjunacarya understood that “Because I didn’t think that God would deliver things to the devoteees, I changed the text according to my own conviction. And Krishna felt like beaten and showed the scars.”


There is an incident in southern India of Yamunacarya. That story is there.

Of course, you may believe or not believe. That’s a different thing. But here the Lord says that “I personally deliver.”

So those who are in Krsna consciousness, those who are actually busy in the matter of discharging their duties as a Krsna conscious person, they may be assured that so far their living condition is concerned or their comforts of life is concerned, that is assured by the Lord. There will be no hampering.


Thank you very much.

Any question? [end]


[1] Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.5.31

[2] Bhagavad-gita 15.6

[3] Bhagavad-gita 7.14

[4] Bhagavad-gita 15.6

[5] Bhagavad-gita 9.22

[6] Bhagavad-gita 9.22

[7] Bhagavad-gita 9.22


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