Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.
This is in continuation of the transcription of instructive class given by our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj on Bhagavad Gita verse 7.28. In the previous offering we heard from Maharaj
1. Bhakti is unconditional.
2. Bhakti transcends.
Now let us continue to hear more nectar from Maharaj.
3. Bhakti does not need material qualification: Lord Hanuman prays to Lord Rama. He says, "Lord Rama, You are so very kind that I don't have any qualifications and then even then You have accepted me as Your servant." Not only that but because of the unflinching service attitude to Lord Rama, Hanuman is benedicted and Rama said to him that, "Wherever I will be, you will be." And you can see anytime that as soon as there is an altar with Rama, Lakshman and Sita, Hanuman is also there. Without Hanuman, the deities are not complete. This is the benediction he has received. And he himself says that he didn't have any qualifications. And in this verse he sings very nicely and it gives you the idea, you know? Please hear the verse.
na janma nūnaṁ mahato na saubhagaṁ
na vāṅ na buddhir nākṛtis toṣa-hetuḥ
tair yad visṛṣṭān api no vanaukasaś
cakāra sakhye bata lakṣmaṇāgrajaḥ
Beautiful! Bhagavatam could be very nicely sung. You please get into Bhagavad-Gita and Srimad-Bhagavatam. These scriptures are to be studied daily. Every second of your existence is meant for the study of these scriptures. As I told you that our scriptures are not flying in the sky, they are very much intimately connected with your day to day life so that your bhakti becomes unflinching on a strong foundation. Unless you have a strong foundation, foundation of devotional service, you will not be successful materially also. That is our experience and it is the instructions of the scriptures. You understand this verse now.
na janma nūnaṁ mahato na saubhagaṁ na vāṅ na buddhir nākṛtis toṣa-hetuḥ Beautiful two lines; na janma nūnaṁ , "I don't have any high birth. It's a monkey's birth." Hanuman says that his birth is not even a human birth. He says, "I don't have a high birth." na janma nūnaṁ mahato na saubhagaṁ. "I don't have any riches with me. I am not a very rich person staying in a palace or staying in America." So Hanuman says that, "I don't have high parentage. I don't have any good fortune;" na janma nūnaṁ mahato. mahato means mahān, "I am not great. I don't have good fortune. I don't have anything." na vāṅ - "I don't have any speech, I can't utter Rama very clearly." na vāṅ na buddhir, "I don't have any intelligence." You know these things are completely absent. na ākṛtis, "I don't have a beautiful body. I have a completely ugly body full of hair. These things are completely absent from my existence."
na janma nūnaṁ mahato na saubhagaṁ na vāṅ na buddhir nākṛtis toṣa-hetuḥ - "I cannot satisfy Lord with all these things because I don't have anything with me", and then he says; tair yad visṛṣṭān api no vanaukasaś - and on top of this, "I don't have any residence in the city Chicago. I don't have any cities. I don't have a Los Angeles, I don't have any New York or something or Bombay or Ahmedabad or Delhi. We don't stay anywhere, we stay in the jungle. With all these things absent; I don't have buddhi, I don't have speech, I don't have intelligence, my janma, my birth is not high parentage, I don't have any good fortune, I have nothing of these and on top of it my residence is in jungle and even then cakāra, You accepted me as Your servant - lakṣmaṇāgrajaḥ."
lakṣmaṇāgrajaḥ means Lord Rama, the elder brother of Lakshmana. "Please, You are so very kind to me Lord Rama that even though I don't have any of these things You have accepted me as Your servant." And this is the main instruction to our own life; that in any condition of life you can just go on chanting;
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
You please raise your hands lovingly. Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare. It doesn't require anything at all. This is Srimad Bhagavatam.
Krishna willing we shall continue to hear more nectar from Maharaj in the subsequent offerings.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Sudarshana devi dasi.
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