Simplicity - Part 2

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev.

This is in continuation of the transcription based on the wonderful class given by HG Vaijayantimala mataji. In the previous mail we saw that a simple person do not agitate others. Let us continue with other qualities of a simple person.

2. A simple person does not think too much: A person who is over-intelligent cannot be simple. There is a nice story in this regard. Once there was a farmer and he had a bull to extract oil. The bull used to go round and round to crush the seeds, which is kept in the middle. The bull was tied with a bell in its neck. It was making sound and moving around. A logician, who always looks for logic behind everything, came there. He asked the farmer, why is the bull having a bell in its neck? The farmer told that he cannot sit there always and look whether the bull is moving or not. He said that he is having lot of other farming work. While doing that work, if the bull is moving, then he could hear the bell sound. If it is standing in one place, he cannot hear the bell sound. In that time, he will come and give a push to the bull. Now the logician asked supposing the bull stands in one place and moves its head, what he could do? Then the farmer replied, "You are a logician, but my bull is not like you and it is very simple." We have to simply accept. It is not that we blindly accept everything. If the things are coming from authority, then we have to simply accept it. Vyasadeva said Krishna is having flute in His hand. We have to simply accept it. Instead we should not ask why Krishna is not having violin in His hand. We should not misinterpret the verses, but should just try to understand how the verses are practically useful for us.

3. A simple person is focussed on one thing: We have to simply focus on Krishna. It doesn't mean we insult the other demigods. We have to respect other demigods. Just like a simple and chaste wife is attached to her husband. She doesnt want to hear about other personalities. She is not attached or attracted by any other personality. In 14.26 of Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna demands 'māṁ ca yo ’vyabhicāreṇa'. Avyabhicāreṇa means without being diverted. In 8.14 of Bhagavad Gita also Krishna says 'ananya-cetāḥ' meaning without getting diverted to anything else. Then He says 'ananyāś cintayanto māṁ' and 'sarva-dharmān parityajya mām ekaṁ śaraṇaṁ vraja'. In so many verses, Krishna is insisting us to focus on Him alone. We should have this conviction within us, that we are "Eternal" servant of Krishna and we must become focussed on one thing. If we are not focussed, our life becomes completely confused and lost. There is a nice story in this regard. One layman wanted to dig a hole to get water. So he started digging the hole. He dug up to 10 feet, but no water. So he went to the next place and dug up to 20 feet, again no water. He went to the next place and dug 30 feet but no water. Then again he went to the next place and dug 40 feet and no water. In this way he was digging 6 places. Then, one wise man came there and asked what he was doing. He said he is digging the well to find water. The wise man asked, "How many feet have you dug totally?". The layman replied, "Around 200 feet". Then the wise man said if he dug the well in same place for 200 feet, the water could have come. He did not focus on one thing. That is why the layman is confused and diverted.

4. A simple person's hearing is simple: When our mind is not complicated, our hearing is simple. We should be a clean slate when we go to Krishna, spiritual master or any teacher. In a clean slate, nice things can be written. The same way if the glass of water is already full, how much ever we try to pour water, the water will overflow. Whereas, if the glass is empty, we can nicely fill it with tasty kheer. So our mind should be clean slate, especially when we hear the spiritual matters. We should not concoct something which the speaker is not saying. In our younger days we used to play passing the secret game. We sit in a round and the first person will say one thing to the next person. In that way we pass the secret. When the last person says that secret, it will be completely different. This game is teaching us that our hearing is not simple. We should not complicate and concoct things. That is why Srila Prabhupada calls Bhagavad Gita as 'Bhagavad Gita as it is'. There is no concoction.

5. A simple person does not depend on others too much: A simple person tries to do his job on his own. Srila Prabhupada writes in Bhagavatam dependency on anybody other than Krishna is a sign of misfortune. In the battle of Kurukshetra, in the night time, Krishna personally cleaned the chariot and gave bath to all the horses. He did on His own. Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead but still He did not depend on others. But we are so much depending on maid servant, waiting for her the whole day and we waste our time. If we cook ourselves, we will cook minimum only. If we clean the vessels on our own, then we will not use many vessels to cook. Now the time will be saved. That is why Maharaj used to say that we should cook on our own. Then we will not look for varieties and we cook simple food and eat. Maharaj led us by example by cooking on his own, washing on his own. If we start washing our clothes on our own, then we will not change the dress 4 times a day. We will use minimum. Maharaj says washing machine is a cylinder and if we put the powder in it, the dirt from one cloth will stick into another cloth. Moreover the machine does not know where the dirt is. If we wash in machine then we have to iron it also. Maharaj says what is the use of making the cloth flat and wearing in a round body? We should avoid the clothes which require dry cleaning. According to the principle of non-violence, we should not buy silk saris. The pure silk saris are made of silk worms. They are killing thousands of living entities to make one sari. Maintaining those clothes are also difficult. The time is completely wasted. Our goal is to save the time and spend in chanting and reading the scriptures.

Krishna willing, we will see the remaining qualities of a simple person in the subsequent offerings.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Anuradha devi dasi