[Excerpt from Srila Gurudeva: Around the World, Holland 1996, the first book in a series of volumes on Srila Gurudeva’s world preaching tours.]

Srila Gurudeva: It is like nectar. It is not like nectar, but it is the same as nectar. The instructions are like a flow of nectar. Or it may also be called as the platform to obtain nectar. You can realize what nectar is, by following these books.

The first sloka of Upadesamrita states:

vaco vegam manasah krodha-vegam
ihva-vegam udaropastha-vegam
etan vegan yo visaheta dhirah
sarvam apimam prthivim sa sisyat

[A sober person who can tolerate the urge to speak, the minds demands, the actions of anger, and the urges of the tongue, belly, and genitals is qualified to make disciples all over the world.]

You should learn all these slokas. You cannot enter the realm of bhakti by bypassing these slokas. You must always remember these slokas. I think kanistha-Vaisnavas want to gallop past these slokas. But you should not try to avoid these slokas, you must follow them. Of the six kinds of urges—vaco vega (the impetus to speak), mano vega (the agitation of the mind), krodha vega (onset of anger), jiva vega (the vehemence of the tongue), udara vega (the urge of the belly), and upastha vega (the agitation of the genitals); mano vega (the agitation of the mind) is the root of all evils for grihastha bhaktas (householder devotees) and for the bhaktas who have left their homes. Sometimes, you cannot control this urge. This drawback is the reason for fall down. By quarrelling with family members like husband, wife, and children, the mind becomes disturbed and you cannot concentrate on being Krsna conscious. Anything besides divine love for the Divine Couple—Sri Radha and Krsna, should not come within your mind. Whatever you do, do for the benefit of your Gurudeva and to please the Divine Couple—Sri Radha-Krsna, Sri Gaura-Nityananda Prabhu, and Sri Gaura-Gadadhara Prabhu. Don’t concern yourself with many requirements and desires to obtain worldly things. If you have any worldly desires, then surely something against will enter and disturb your mind. With your mind disturbed, anger will accost you and everything will be spoiled. If you have no worldly requirements and desires for sense gratification, you will have no reason to become angry. So, try to follow Rupa Gosvami. At the onset of anger, you will duly contemplate on how to react. No one can be controlled by exercising anger on them. To conquer your enemies, behave with them in a manner infused with love and affection. The servants will dance and all evils will abandon their nature and become favorable. You should try to conquer this formidable enemy. Also, if you have anger and no control over your tongue, then this unrestricted tongue will speak much nonsense. This is shown in Mahabharatha:

Draupadi told Duryodhana, “The sons of a blind father are also blind.”

Listening to these words of Draupadi, Duryodhana became furious. And he took a vow to avenge this insult. With this intention in mind, he tried to have Draupadi disrobed in front of the royal assembly.

He also made lewd gestures to her. This was the terrible fruit of anger. Draupadi did not think twice before she spoke the way she did to Duryodhana. So, you should control the waggle of your tongue. The tongue has no backbone and is extremely restless. It will speak in an unrestricted manner, so it should always be controlled. Don’t tell anything, which is not favorable for Krsna’s service and Guru’s service.

[Srila Gurudeva speaks in Hindi]

If you seek your auspiciousness, the tongue must be controlled under all circumstances. By controlling the tongue, anger will subside and the mind will be conquered. I think the tongue is the root of all kinds of evil. Don’t give chance for idle gossip to enter your fold. At all times, control your tongue. Use your tongue for propagating the glories of Krsna and your spiritual master. Use due discretion while using your tongue, otherwise it will cause mayhem.

This is a brief delineation of jiva vega (urge of the tongue).

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