Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept our humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.
This is in continuation of the transcription of the class given by our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj on Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 2 Chapter 8 verse 4 in Rajkot on 05 December 2008. In the previous offering we heard from Maharaj that
1. Krishna manifests, when we are pure.
2. Discussing Krishna katha helps us to feel Krishna.
Now we shall hear further:
śṛṇvataḥ śraddhayā nityaṁ gṛṇataś ca sva-ceṣṭitam
kālena nātidīrgheṇa bhagavān viśate hṛdi
Persons who hear Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam regularly and are always taking the matter very seriously will have the Personality of Godhead Śrī Kṛṣṇa manifested in their hearts within a short time.
"Taking the matter - matter means regarding Krishna, seriously, sva-ceṣṭitam means with our own endeavor. Then we go to the verse. We go to Bhagavad gita, we go to, but we hear first. Somebody is quoting from Bhagavad Gita. Somebody quoting may be from Bhagavatam. That is our preaching. We don't preach out of the loop you know. Always we are with the shastras. So this, particularly this process, Prabhupada very genuinely propagated you know. How he knew that we should have to feel about Him. So he gave us daily Bhagavatam class, daily mangala arati. So unknowingly we are feeling. Somebody may turn up for mangala arati one day. But he will never forget. He says, "I came for mangala arati that day, that was beautiful you know." So they are awestruck. Because in mangala arati, He is with all his opulences ready. (laughter). During the day time, He is idle. But in mangala arati, He is ready. Because that is the time you know. And that is our sva-ceṣṭitam. With our own endeavours, we try to have the temple life in our house also. It doesn’t matter. There may not be any temple as we have. There is no temple. So your house becomes temple. Because we are feeling Him. Wherever you feel Him, is His temple."
Here people, why they come here? Because they feel Him. They look at the deities and they feel Him. And at least that time, they are peaceful. Till they have darshan, that time they are peaceful. So they say, “oh, This is nice…. (laughter). It is not that they are feeling. As soon as you see,
Devotee: yat-kīrtanaṁ yad-smaraṇaṁ yad-īkṣaṇaṁ (SB 2.4.15)
Maharaj: yat-kīrtanaṁ yad-smaraṇaṁ yad-īkṣaṇaṁ, īkṣaṇaṁ – they are seeing Him. So even seeing also, is feeling Him. And that's why, some image of Krishna must be in front of us. Otherwise we become impersonal. And impersonalism is a suicide in the spiritual matters. Because then they say that you concentrate on a dot, that is meditation centres, big dot, they have. So their murti is dot. (laughter). They have to have some murti. So that is dot. Why dot? You have nice face, you have Krishna’s face. So why to put dot there?"
Krishna willing we shall continue to hear more nectar from Maharaj in the subsequent offering.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Divya Rupa devi dasi
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