We don’t ask you to have some troublesome or laborsome gymnastic. No. You simply come and hear, and this hearing, it is followed by nice music and singing. And beginning with music, ending with music, everyone will like it.
This is the science of Krsna. So simply by knowing this science of Krsna, if we can get liberation from these material miseries of life, why should we not try for this? Let us try for Krsna consciousness. It is a very nice subject matter and very easy. We are just trying to propagate this Krsna consciousness. We don’t ask you to have some troublesome or laborsome gymnastic. No. You simply come and hear, and this hearing, it is followed by nice music and singing. And beginning with music, ending with music, everyone will like it. And we have no means… Of course, whatever means I have got, I am distributing little fruit. But the process is — Lord Caitanya, who introduced this process — after this termination of this performance of chanting and reciting, distribution of prasadam, nice palatable dishes for eating. So Bhagavad-gita says, su-sukham: “This is a process is very palatable and very pleasurable and very easy.” And still, you get Krsna. Although it is the easiest and most pleasurable and happy mood, still you get the Supreme.
And you don’t require any qualification. It doesn’t require that you have to become a great learned scholar. No. Simply by the gift of Krsna you have got these two ears. If you simply give aural reception to this transcendental word, that is sufficient. It does not require any extraneous education that you have to pass M.A. examination or D.A.C. or Ph.D. or something like that. No. So why should you not take advantage?
Satam prasangan mama virya-samvidah. Krsna says in Bhagavata, satam prasangan mama virya-samvido bhavanti hrt-karna-rasayanah kathah [SB 3.25.25]. If we actually take advantage of association of realized persons and if we hear from them, then the result is that it becomes very pleasing to the heart and the ear. Satam prasangan. Not to asatam. One must be realized soul in describing the science of Krsna. Then the result will be that the audience will feel that it is very nice to hear, and it is appealing to the heart. Satam prasangan mama virya-samvido bhavanti hrt-karna [SB 3.25.25]. Hrt means heart. Karna means ear. Hrt-karna-rasayanah, very pleasing.
Now, we have received this news, very pleasing. Now next duty? Taj-josanat. Now, if you little try to assimilate it. And what is that assimilation? Smaranam. Simply by thinking, “Oh, this has been spoken.” Try to argue whether it is true or not. So you have to think over. Satam prasangan, taj-josanad asv apavarga-vartmani. And if you do that… Suppose you hear something of the Bhagavad-gita, and it appeals to you, or even does not appeal to you. Just try to think over: “What Bhagavad-gita says? How Swamiji has discussed this matter?” Apply your arguments. Apply your logic. Don’t take it as a sentiment or as a blind faith. You have got reason; you have got arguments; you have got sense. Apply it and try to understand it. Neither it is bogus. It is scientific. Then you will feel… Taj-josanad asv apavarga-vartmani sraddha ratir bhaktir anukramisyati. You will gradually develop your attachment for hearing it, and devotional service will be invoked in your heart, and then, gradually, you will make progress.
(lecture on the Bhagavad-gita 4.11-12 — July 28, 1966, New York)