Regulated Life Helps us Experience Krishna - Part 7

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 as to how regulated life is important for experiencing Krishna and how Srila Prabhupada has insisted that we should steal at least half an hour every day for scriptural study. Now we shall hear further.

What happens that in our houses, particularly in India, in Bombay the flats are very small, we don't have any any place where you can sit, So many people are there, children are there, then cooking is going on and so many things are going on. So what I tell is that, "please find out some corner somewhere and concentrate for half an hour, one hour, half an hour in studying Prabhupada's books. That will really fulfill all your desires." And this one boy tried this, daily he was chanting you know. Somehow are the other he was chanting, may not be 16 malas, but something. So because he was chanting, he got married, he got settled, everything, now marriage is there, he forgot everything (laughter). This is how we do, as soon as our desires are fulfilled, we forget. We go. My work is over. You look to somebody else (laughter). This is how. Please don't be ungrateful. We have to be grateful. And that is the meaning of this.

Read the equivalents:

śṛṇvataḥ — of those who hear; śraddhayā — in earnestness; nityam — regularly, always; gṛṇataḥ — taking the matter; ca — also; sva-ceṣṭitam — seriously by one’s own endeavor; kālena — duration; na — not; ati-dīrgheṇa — very prolonged time; bhagavān — the Personality of Godhead Śrī Kṛṣṇa; viśate — becomes manifest; hṛdi — within one’s heart.

Read the translation:

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.

(Maharaj lovingly encouraged all devotees to recite the shloka and translation by-heart) 

Maharaj: Persons who hear Srimad Bhagavatam regularly. - This regularly is very important, Who hears Srimad Bhagavatam regularly and are always taking the matter very seriously will have the Personality of Godhead Sri Krishna manifests in their hearts within a short time. See, very easy. It’s one sentence only. Few phrases here and there. The hearing is very important, and then taking the matter seriously. Then definitely we will have Personality of Godhead manifested in their hearts within a short time. This again what happens that we are very impatient. So you may read Bhagavatam you know. Yes, that is true.

"Really, Krishna is there?" (laughter). You bring your mind. As soon as the mind is there, He vanishes. So you should not worry about that. I am reading Bhagavatam. Is Krishna there in our heart?” Otherwise we become sahajiyā. “I am reading Bhagavatam, Krishna is here,(laughter)." And there are so many shows of this you know. They cry and they, oh, so many things, they dance and they (laughter) oh god. Please avoid these things. We should not be victimized by this outward show. Krishna is not meant for showing. Krishna is meant for realizing. He is only realized. In the sense, as soon as we are with Krishna, our dealings become very clear.

Krishna willing we shall hear more nectar from Maharaj in the subsequent offering.

Hare Krishna.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Divya Rupa devi dasi