THE PRABHUPADA CONNECTION
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Danger at Every Step
"For those who have accepted the boat of the lotus feet of the Lord, who is the shelter of the cosmic manifestation and is famous as Murāri, the enemy of the Mura demon, the ocean of the material world is like the water contained in a calf's hoof-print. Their goal is paraṁ padam, Vaikuṇṭha, the place where there are no material miseries, not the place where there is danger at every step."

(Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 10.14.58)

"In India I have got experience because these calves and cows, they go on the pasturing ground, and in rainy season their hoofs makes holes, and in that hole there are some water. So that water... This great ocean is compared like that water. So nobody has any difficulty to cross over it. So bhavāmbudhir vatsa-padaṁ paraṁ padam: 'And for them, those who have taken shelter of Kṛṣṇa consciousness, for them is waiting paraṁ padam, the supreme abode.' Padaṁ padaṁ yad vipadāṁ na teṣām: (SB 10.14.58) 'This place, wherein every step there is danger, this place is unfit for them.' Padaṁ padaṁ yad vipadāṁ na teṣām. It is very nice. So yasmin sthito na duḥkhena guruṇāpi vicālyate (BG 6.20-23). If we are actually situated in Kṛṣṇa consciousness, under the shelter of Kṛṣṇa's lotus feet, then guruṇāpi duḥkhena, very heaviest type of danger may be before me—I shall not be disturbed. Or anyone who has taken the shelter like that, he will never be disturbed. He will never be disturbed."

(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, New York, September 9, 1966)

"This material world is supposed that every step there is danger. Just see. What we are doing? Innocent, culturing some spiritual process, and there are so many complaints. Just see. We are not stealing. We are not, I mean to say, making propaganda for some political purpose, nothing. Innocent thing we are doing. But still, somebody comes forward and puts some dangerous position. You see? So this is such a place. Lord Jesus Christ, his only fault was that he was preaching God's message. He was crucified. You see? So these things are... This place is like that. Even if you are innocent, still, you'll be put into danger. Therefore this place should be avoided. Padaṁ padaṁ yad vipadām: 'Every step there is danger.'

So one who takes to spiritual culture, for them, this place is unfit. Unfit. My Guru Mahārāja used to say that 'This place is not fit for any gentleman's living.' He was to say like that, 'This place is unfit for any gentleman's living.'"

(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, New York, September 18, 1966)

"Take, for example, just like I am coming from Boston here by aeroplane. It is very nice discovery. But as soon as you get on the aeroplane, every second there is danger—because there is no guarantee. There is no guarantee. So similarly, we may crossing over the street... Oh, there is danger. Recently in Delhi one of our Godnephew, oh, he was crushed by motor accident, completely crushed. He fell down, and the motor car passed over him, and all the bones were crushed. I have received that letter. So we should know that this place is not at all safe. At any moment there is danger. Padaṁ padaṁ yad vipadām. Therefore in the Cāṇakya Paṇḍita's version it is said that if you want to have spiritual realization, then you should always think that 'Death is coming, and danger is coming immediately.' That should be our attitude."

(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, Montreal, June 3, 1968)

"So difficulty may be there. We are in difficulties, this material life. But we have to come over. That is required. It is not that you cannot come over the difficulties. In every step of our life there are difficulties. The material life is like that. Padaṁ padaṁ yad vipadām (SB 10.14.58). In every step there is danger. It is a place like that. Even if you are comfortable in a nice car, you are going, oh, there may be any moment accident. Even you are sitting here, there may be accident. So difficulties, this world is full of difficulties. One who does not understand this difficult position, he's a fool. If one thinks that 'I am very comfortable,' then he's a fool. This is animal life, just as animal thinks, 'Oh, I am very comfortable. I am very nice.' And dissatisfaction is human life. He's not happy unless he gets the greatest happiness. That is human life. And if he thinks, 'Yes, I am well off. I am very happy,' then he is animal. Because there is no happiness here. Full of distress. Full of miseries. How he says that 'I am happy'? That means he is ignorant. So difficulties are there. You have to work out. That is the problem."

(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, New York, October 26, 1966)

"This material world is full of dangers at every step, but a devotee has no fear because devotional service is so auspicious that it automatically counteracts all kinds of bad luck."

(Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 4.23.34, Purport)

"Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya Mahāprabhu teaches us: tṛṇād api sunīcena taror api sahiṣṇunā (CC Adi 17.31). One should be tolerant than the trees and humbler than the grass to make progress in spiritual life. Because there will be so many disturbances. Because māyā... We are living... Just like if we are in the ocean. So you cannot expect very peaceful situation in the ocean. It must be always tilt..., what is called, tiltering, tilting. Even, even a big ship, it is also not very fixed-up position. At any moment there may be tumultuous waves. So in this material world you should always expect danger. You cannot expect very peaceful life within this material world. Padaṁ padaṁ yad vipadām (SB 10.14.58). Śāstra says in every step there is danger. But if you become a devotee, then you escape."

(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, New York, April 12, 1973)

"Every step there is danger. Just like we are walking on the street—immediately there is some pinprick, thorn. And by pinprick of that thorn, it may become a boil; it may become dangerous. So even by walking on the street, by talking on the street, by eating our food, there... And in English it is said, 'There is many dangers between the cup and the lip.'

So you should always remember that this material world is simply full of dangers. If you think that 'We are very safe; we are very expert; we have made this world very happy,' then you are fool number one. Padaṁ padaṁ yad vipadām (SB 10.14.58). But if you take shelter of Kṛṣṇa, these dangers are nothing.

So this is the study of Kṛṣṇa, that if you become Kṛṣṇa conscious, a sincere servant of Kṛṣṇa, don't be agitated by the dangerous condition of this material world. You simply depend on Kṛṣṇa, and He'll save you."

(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, Mayapur, October 3, 1974)

"Every step there is danger. This control means punishment. You cannot expect very good treatment in the prison life. So this is prison life, conditioned life. So you cannot expect any good treatment by the material nature because her business is to punish us. That is the business, so that we can enquire that 'Why I am being punished?' That is required. That 'why' philosophy is very important. That is the beginning of human life. But we are so dull, in spite of being kicked every moment by material nature, that 'why' question is not coming. So dull-headed. And we are advanced in education."

(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, Bombay, December 21, 1974)

"Here in the material world, padaṁ padaṁ vipadām. Every step there is vipada; there is danger. So don't think that 'She is dying' or 'He is dying, and I shall not die.' Everyone will have to die. Every step, there is danger of dying. It is not that... The bhute pare gobar hasi... Everyone has to die. So before that death we must become fully Kṛṣṇa conscious so that ante nārāyaṇa-smṛtiḥ (SB 2.1.6). The end will come today or tomorrow or day after tomorrow. Nobody will live here. But the success is if we can remember Nārāyaṇa at the end of life. That is success. Ante nārāyaṇa-smṛtiḥ. We should practice that. Don't bother about that 'I shall die tomorrow. You are dying today, so I am better than you.' Nobody will live here. Everyone will die, and we must be prepared for death. And the devotee has no fear for dying because if he is completely surrendered to Kṛṣṇa, then he is going back to Him. Tyaktvā dehaṁ punar janma naiti mām eti (BG 4.9), simply by surrendering to Kṛṣṇa."

(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, Vrndavan, November 12, 1976)

"Every Krishna Conscious man should know it for certain that this material world simply has no use for us. Now there is war here between India and Pakistan; tomorrow there may be war somewhere else. With every step there is danger and so many anxieties. No gentleman should want to live here in this material world."

(Srila Prabhupada Letter, December 5, 1971)

"I was much aggrieved to hear the news of your accident and I was very anxious to learn that you are lying now in the hospital. I hope that you are progressing nicely but in any condition I request that you continue to chant the Maha Mantra, Hare Krishna. Here is a chance for you to chant Hare Krishna exclusively in the hospital bed.

This world is full of dangers in every step. Just like in the ocean there is danger in every step but if we take shelter of boat which is known as the Lotus Feet of Lord Krishna, then this great ocean of danger becomes as harmless as a small pit. We shall be able to cross hundreds of such pits simply by chanting the Holy Names of the Lord, the Hare Krishna Mantra."

(Srila Prabhupada Letter, December 21, 1968)

"You are all very nice, sincere boys and girls, and Krishna has been very kind to send you all to help me in this great task of trying to save all the fallen souls from such a dangerous position. At every step there is danger, but under the strong grip of maya, we forget this. So the task is very great to give real knowledge, Krishna consciousness, to everyone, and I am so much encouraged by your determined efforts. Please increase more and more, and Krishna will help you."

(Srila Prabhupada Letter, April 22, 1972)

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