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Why are there so many hogs, monkeys and dogs in Vrindavan?





Prabhupada: That is why in Vṛndāvana there are so many hogs and monkeys and dogs. This is very mysterious thing. The siddhānta, the conclusion is, we get it, information from Bhāgavatam…..those who are executing devotional service, but at the same time cheating… Cheating means outwardly very devotional, inwardly doing all sinful activities. Such living entity is given the chance to become a hog and dog in Vṛndāvana so that the reaction of the sinful activities, they get this body; at the same time, due to their touch with the dust of Vṛndāvana, they become eliminated of all sinful activities and liberated. So these hogs and dogs, they’re also very important. They are not ordinary thing. But this is the

explanation. The tortoise, the… They have, they have got…

Therefore a devotee, when he’s punished in that way for the short

time, they’ll be liberated. Undoubtedly.


There is a statement in the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam:


tyaktvā sva-dharmaṁ caraṇāmbujaṁ harer

bhajann apakvo ’tha patet tato yadi…

[bhāg. 1.5.17]


Even one falls down, still, there is no loss. Because he’ll get the

chance. Kṛṣṇa will arrange in such a way. They’ll get the chance. So

actually, there is no loss. But one must be purified completely. So to

get this hog’s and dog’s life means they are being purified. They are

being purified. But without being completely purified, nobody can

enter into the kingdom of God. That is not possible. Yeṣām anta-

gataṁ pāpam. So there is another version in Caitanya-caritāmṛta:


anivijñā tare viṣaye khana diba

sa caraṇāmṛtam diye visa bhula iva


If one, by mistake, while executing devotional service, at the same

time, keeping his propensity for sense gratification, material

enjoyment, then he is rectified in that way.


So we should be very much careful. Careful… It is said, kṣurasya

dhārā niśitā duratyayā. The spiritual path, Kṛṣṇa consciousness

path, is just like sharpened razor. You take your sharpened razor

and shave your cheek. If you are expert, it will be very clean-shaved.

But if you are not expert, there is little inattention, immediately cut

and blood. Kṣurasya dhārā. This is an example. Durgaṁ pathas tat

kavayo vadanti. But the safest way… Here it is stated in the Śrīmad-

Bhāgavatam, śṛṇvatām sva-kathāḥ kṛṣṇaḥ [bhāg. 1.2.17] If we

attentively hear about Kṛṣṇa, puṇya-śravaṇa-kīrtanaḥ, if we hear

about Kṛṣṇa, it doesn’t matter what I am, but simply by hearing

Kṛṣṇa, about Kṛṣṇa, I shall acquire some resultant action of pious

activities. Just like there is the Bhāgavata-saptāha. You, within a

week, nobody can understand what is Bhāgavata. And the speaker

also does not know what he’s speaking. But because somehow or

other, they’re hearing about Kṛṣṇa, there is some pious resultant

action. That’s a fact.


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