His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
ছয় বেগ দমি' ছয় দোষ শোধি
chhaya vega dami' chhaya dosa sodhi'
"Subjugate the six urges, rectify the six defects, and bestow the six good qualities upon this servant."
If we have these six faults—if we think that we have these faults—then we must always try to reduce them, we must always try to avoid these faults. It is necessary to control the six urges and it is necessary to remove the six faults.
Srila Rupa Goswami Prabhu also tells about it his sloka,
অত্যাহারঃ প্রয়াসশ্চ প্রজল্পো নিয়মাগ্রহঃ ।
atyaharah prayascha prajalpo niyamagrahah
"Material over-accumulating, material over-working, talking too much, attachment to unauthorised rules, association with non-devotees, being fickle-minded are the six faults that destroy devotion."
(Sri Upadesamrta, 2)
(1) Atyahara. I have told about it before also. Here, the sloka is almost the same as what I was talking about before. Atyahara means not only eating too much, there is also a deeper meaning—Srila Rupa Goswami Prabhu explains that it also means collecting or keeping too much. For example, you keep too much balance in your bank account, you accumulate things, money, etc. That is called atyahara. You are thinking, "Oh, I will keep some money so that my son or grandson can get it after me," or, "Oh, if I become old, who will take care of me? I will keep some money for myself." People always think about themselves and accumulate everything. It is not good.
(2) Prayasa means giving too much labour for your own enjoyment ("prakrta visaye adhik parisram"). It means you work all day long for your own enjoyment, for your own interests—your whole life you try so hard to get material enjoyment, you are giving so much labour for your own self, your own enjoyment. That is also not good.
(3) Prajapla means talking too much, talking about unnecessary things. It is a waste of time. You must control your talking as much as possible, that is good for you. It is not necessary to talk so much. Be reserved (mitabhasi, মিতভাষী)—talk less, do not be very talkative.
(4) Niyamagraha means showing, on the one hand, that you follow many rules and regulations (you say you do want to touch something, you do not do this, that); and, on the other hand, it also means neglecting, or not following, rules and regulations, not practising properly. There are things like Tulasi seva, etc. that are necessary for your spiritual life, and there are also other things that you can hear in some places but that are not recommended by Gurudev or scriptures, or you get some idea from your mind and follow it. That is called niyamagraha—niyame adhik adar, giving much affection to that which is not necessary, following other things.
(5) Jana-sangancha means associating with those who are averse to Krishna, who are not related to devotional activites. You must always avoid such association. You must talk about your sacred things, talk about Krishna consciousness with devotees—do not talk with outside people who do not know anything, who do not want to hear anything. If you talk to someone and you see that they have no interest in what you are saying, you must avoid such association. If somebody is interested, you can preach to them otherwise do not mix with such people. That is what Srila Rupa Goswami Prabhu says. Do not associate with those who have no devotion to Krishna. What does association (sanga) mean? When you go to the market to buy something, you talk to the shopkeeper, but that is not association. Association means taking something from somebody, giving something to somebody, having a relation with somebody, giving affection to the person, talking affectionately, confiding in the person. That is association, or sanga. When you go to the market to buy something, you talk with the shopkeeper, but you do not take their association.
(6) Laulancha means being fickle-minded (chitter chanchalata). Mind is always fickle, it always goes everywhere. I have told you about it before.
These are the six kinds of fault. Those who have these faults, must avoid them because these faults slowly, slowly destroy your devotion. These faults destroy your devotion. This is very important to understand and to follow.
Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur also writes about it in his purport to Sri Upadesamrita,
অত্যাহার প্রয়াস প্রজল্প জনসঙ্গ ।
atyahara prayasa prajalpa jana-sanga
"Accumulating too many material things, working too much for material goals, talking too much, attachment to unauthorised rules, associating with non-devotees, being fickle-minded, etc.—these things break devotion. If those who have renounced their home, try to keep something, it is a fault of atyahara (over-amassing), and it is deplorable when householder Vaishnavs try to accumulate more than necessary."
Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur says that householder devotee (grhi vaishnavs) can keep a little for their family (as required), but accumulating more than necessary is not good.
অত্যন্ত সংগ্রহে যার সদা চিত্ত ধায় ।
atyanta samgrahe yara sada chitta dhaya
"• Those whose hearts always run to
accumulate more and more, are avaricious and undevotional.
To always collect things, to always keep things, keep things, keep, this is not good...
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