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 2.8.4 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.
3. Wherever we feel Krishna, it is His temple.
Now we shall hear further. Some of the devotees whether Muslims do meditation and Maharaj began to reply as follows:
Maharaj: No. Mosque is there. But there is nothing in the mosque. I was very curious when I was young. I thought that so many people go and pray there. And the mosque must be very beautiful. So once or twice, we went into the mosque. And there was only wall there.
Devotee: Painting, something, nothing?
Maharaj: Nothing, really nothing. They have nothing. And they just stand like that and pray. I don’t know really.
Devotee: What do they meditate? Allah? Allah has ears and eyes. Because in Quran it is written. But they don’t know the form. They think if you imagine the form of the Lord, it is sin.
Maharaj: I don’t know. Some misguidance is there.
Devotee: Krishna is not imaginative. We can’t imagine. We know that Bhagavatam describes Him.
Maharaj: The higher sources have seen Krishna. Narada has seen Krishna. Also since last immemorial time, we don’t have any calculation. Since before millions and billions of years these murtis are coming on. So how can it continue like that for a long time, if there is nothing.
What happens, murtis also they have their own inebrieties. Because Krishna’s murtis are quite nice. Everywhere Krishna temples are there. Here so many temples also there. But the thing is, that other murtis are also there. Then one Sai baba stands. His murti comes, or some goddess is there. Durga….. So we don’t know really. What murti we have to worship? This is again ignorance. So the Prabhupada like saint must be there always to guide us. He points us to one thing only. ekam jnaanam parigiyate. This is missing. So they hate murtis. Because they are saying that oh, whom to worship? Shiva? Whom to worship? This nandi?
Or whom to worship is the big problem. My case was also like that. I was born Vaishnava. We were following Krishna consciousness. We had in our house 22 laljis..22 gopals, laddu gopals. The whole line was there. (laughter). And we will tease our mother, I said, “really if your lalji, if He eats food, tomorrow you will not offer to Him anything.” (laughter). She was not able to explain. But she was forcing us to offer. One day my father got a new dhoti for me. So I was very happy. So I went to my mother to show that, thinking that she will be pleased. So I went to mother and said, “see I got a nice dhoti.” She said, “go and offer. I was really angry with her. I thought that only the prasad could be offered to Krishna, not anything else. So I told, what your laddu gopal has to do with my dhoti?”(laughter). She said, “if you don’t offer, don’t come for prasadam here.”(laughter). So I just went and closed my eyes. That’s it. This is how they had faith. But explanation was not… 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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