Lecture on BG 2.49-51 — New York, April 5, 1966
Yogaḥ karmasu kauśalam. Kauśalam means expert trick, expert trick. Just like there are two men working. One man is very expert; another man is not so expert. Even in machinery. There is something wrong in the machine. The, the man who is not very expert, he’s trying whole day-night, how to adjust it, but the expert comes and at once sees what is the defect, and he joins one wire, this way and that way, and machine becomes start. Hrzum, hrzum, hrzum, hrzum, hrzum, hrzum. You see? Just like sometimes we, we find difficulty in our, this tape recorder, and Mr. Carl or somebody comes and rectifies this. So everything requires some expert knowledge. So karma, karma means work. We have to work. Without working even our, this body and soul cannot go. It is a very misconception that for one who is a…, for spiritual realization he hasn’t got to work. No, he has got to work more. Persons who are not for spiritual realization, they may be engaged in work for eight hours only, but those who are engaged for spiritual realization, oh, they are engaged twenty-four hours, twenty-four hours. That is the difference. And that difference is… You’ll find that on the material platform, on the bodily conception of life, if you work for eight hours only, you’ll feel fatigued. But spiritual purpose, if you work more than twenty-four hours… Unfortunately, you haven’t got more than twenty-four hours at your disposal. Still, you won’t feel fatigued. I tell you. This is my practical experience. This is my practical experience. And I am here, always working, something reading or writing, something reading or writing, twenty-four hours. Simply when I feel hungry, I take some food. And simply when I feel asleep, I go to bed. Otherwise, always, I don’t feel fatigued. You can ask Mr. Paul whether I am not doing this. So I take, I take pleasure in doing that. I don’t feel fatigued. Similarly, when one will have that spiritual sense, he won’t feel… Rather, he will, he will feel disgusted to go to sleep, to go to sleep, “Oh, sleep has come just to disturb.” See? He wants to lessen the time of sleeping. Then… Now, as we pray, vande rūpa-sanātanau raghu-yugau śrī-jīva-gopālakau. These six Gosvāmīs, they were deputed by Lord Caitanya to discuss this science. They have written immense literature about it. You see? So you’ll be surprised that they were sleeping only for one and half hours daily, not more than that. That also, sometimes they forego.
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