Simplicity - Part 3

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 Mathaji. In the previous mails we saw the following 5 qualities of a simple person.

1. A simple person does not agitate others.
2. A simple person does not think too much.
3. A simple person is focussed on one thing.
4. A simple person's hearing is simple.
5. A simple person does not depend on others too much.

Let us continue with other qualities of a simple person.

6. A simple person stops sense gratification and keep it within limits: Maharaj says, "If we go for shopping with 500 Rupees, we have to get things only within that money. We should not shop beyond that money. We should avoid borrowing money because it is actually grabbing Krishna's money." But now credit card has come. Having credit card with us, we don't know what we are purchasing. If we pay the immediate cash, we know what is our limit but when we use credit card we don't know our limit. This credit card is a great illusion and because of our misfortune, we are getting into the trap of credit card. Getting into the whirlpool of loan causes disturbance. Then we cannot be simple.

7. A simple person is honest and straight forward: Maharaj says, "Honesty means when a phone call comes without seeing the number we have to pick the call." If we see the number then we think, 'Oh this person is like this, what to answer and how to answer'. So our mind becomes completely complicated. If we start telling lie, to keep up that lie, we have to say so many other lies. We should be ready to tell the truth in a pleasing and humble manner. Our truth should not hurt others. If somebody makes any mistake, we have to tell in a separate place and not in front of others. In one of Sri Krishna's pastimes, Brahmaji and Indra made a mistake. They realised their mistake and came to seek His forgiveness. Krishna made them to seek forgiveness in a separate place where nobody was around. Straight forward doesn't mean our tongue can become a slaughter house where we can start cutting other living entities.

8. A simple person does not increase the paraphernalia: We should not have too many things in our home. Sitting on the sofa creates arthritis. But if we sit on the floor with folded legs, it is a good exercise. Maharaj says, "If you already have 4 kurtas then don't go the market to buy 5th kurta." If we have too many clothes maintenance becomes the problem. We should not increase our paraphernalia. Maharaj condemns jeans pants. We don't wash this cloth. Even if we wash also, it will not dry. It is so tight that we cannot sit down. The air flow gets obstructed. That is why we have to wear dhoti/sari. Jewellery is a good asset. But if we buy too much then the next problem of securing them comes. Nowadays bank locker is also not secure. Maharaj says that we wear the earrings and necklace just to make others envy upon us. When we become simple, we unknowingly help to reduce the envy of other living entities.

9. A simple person is well-organised: Maharaj says, "Before we take up chanting or reading Bhagavatam, our material life should be well-organised. Otherwise it is very difficult to absorb ourselves in spiritual activities." We have to throw off the unnecessary things. We have keep only the things which are presently required. Before going for shopping, we have to prepare a list and go. If we spend some minimum time to organise the things, then we will not waste time in searching the things. We won't end up purchasing unnecessary things as our consciousness would not allow if we have a list. Once we are organised in all these matters, then we can sit peacefully and do our devotional activities.

10. A simple person's habits are regulated: Our day to day activities should be nicely regulated. Our health is spoilt, if we are not regulated. Bhagavad Gita advices in 6.17,

yuktāhāra-vihārasya yukta-ceṣṭasya karmasu
yukta-svapnāvabodhasya yogo bhavati duḥkha-hā

He who is regulated in his habits of eating, sleeping, recreation and work can mitigate all material pains by practicing the yoga system.

Krishna calls that person as a yogi who is regulated in his habits. We have to go for simple healthy prasadam. We have to make fresh prasadam ourselves and eat.

11. A simple person is not egoistic and does not demand respect: Krishna did all jobs like chariot driver, messenger, watchman and He even carried the slippers of Draupadi. We should not discriminate the services. Krishna gets attracted by the menial service more. Prataparudra is the king of Orissa. He wanted to have the darshan of Caintanya Mahaprabhu. He could not get the darshan from Him because Caitanya Mahaprabhu said,"I have got nothing to do with the king." But the moment the king took the broom and started sweeping in front of the Jagannath ratha, Caitanya Mahaprabhu became so much pleased. We should not show ego in doing any type of service. False ego is the thing which has separated us from Krishna. When there is any function, we expect to get personal invitation. We don't like to go to the function if we received the invitation through email or phone. In Ramayana, Vibhishana came and surrendered to the Lord on the sea-shore. Immediately Rama accepted him. He did not say, "I cannot give shelter here, you come to Ayodhya then I will give the shelter." He is the Supreme Personality of Godhead but still He accepted Vibhishana. In our case, if somebody gives the marriage invitation on the road we are not able to accept it. In Rajasuya yajna, Lord Krishna was washing all the people's feet. And after everybody had taken their prasadam, Krishna personally bowed down and took their plates. We have to learn from Him.

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