Friday, August 7, 2009


We have a choice of every single word we speak. We can speak prajalpa. Sri Caitanya Mahaparabhu explained what is prajalpa and the worse prajalpa is criticizing others and the worse criticism is criticizing devotees. It tastes good, we like it, our egos like it, our egos like to hear others criticized; our egos like to be just entertained by mundane subject matters. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu said when you speak criticisms of others with your mouth you are eating poison. It is poisonous. How is it poisonous, because it kills ones spiritual propensity, which is our life. So yes, at every moment we have a choice of thinking and according to our thoughts we are either nourishing ourselves with nectar or poison. We have a choice of every single word we speak are we going to taste nectar or poison and we have a choice every moment in our actions. We can act pious, we can act impious and there are so many degrees of piety and impiety or we can act in the service of the Lord. That is free will. We always have that free will. In the human species that is the special quality, that is the blessing, that we have free will. And we are responsible to the most minute degree. We are responsible for what we choose at every moment. We are responsible for our thoughts; we are responsible for our words and our actions. Krishna tells in Gita, “When one contemplates the objects of the senses lust develops.” Desire to enjoy! From lust when it is unfulfilled anger, from anger, bewilderment of memory, when the memory is bewildered, intelligence is lost; when intelligence is lost we act in certain ways that the reaction is that we fall down again into the material pool of ignorance. So Krishna tells us!

H.H.Radhanath Swami