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 we should regularly hear about Krishna and take the matter very seriously. Now we shall hear further.
Maharaj: "Many times what happens, we are so very engrossed with the material duties, that we don't pay any attention to this. Material things are going to go on. Now suppose we have some shops. (Referring to a devotee who was selling marbles) Marbles - marble is already manufactured somewhere, you are buying all ready-made, somebody transports it, somebody brings it, somebody arranges, we are not doing really anything. Except collecting on money, that's it. That is your duty. But whoever does something for you, you have to give him something. So that is the only thing we do. So actually we are not doing anything. Actually we are not doing anything. So those who are lucky not to do anything, they should do this very seriously. I mean to say those lucky persons, who are always served by the labourers or whatever, they don't have to exert themselves too much. Why Krishna is doing that? Because Krishna wants you to exert yourself in these things. That's why you are given this position. Otherwise who knows you may be labourer in the shop. Why you are boss? So Krishna has some purpose. That purpose please recognize. Otherwise the situation will change. It will not continue. If you don't utilize, it will change.
Prabhupada was giving example of the collector. Collector is given car, bungalow, so many workers, so much staff, everything, everything there, so much money, high salary, why? Because he has to look for the district, responsible. Till he does his duty, everything is available. The day, he slackens his duty, some reports are gone, and he is sacked. The same thing applies to us also. That we are meant to go to Krishna. Otherwise why are you in comfortable situation? You maybe pauper in Trivandrum or Nepal or wherever. Why you are given this position? Why everything is ready for you? Who has the place to stay like this? Man, you go all over Rajkot, you will not find any place like this. Not a single room. One devotee was telling, "When I was working, I could not get a room to rent, because his salary was 1500 rupees per month. Room cost is 2000 rupees per month. More than salary. I could not rent it. Now i am not working, and i have 27 rooms." (laughter) One bathroom daily he is using, and even then after a month, he comes back to that. (laughter) How much and he is not working. He is serving. So till he serves, 27 bathrooms are with him. The day he slackens the service, he will be sent out to have one bathroom. And that too, very difficult. May be he has to stand in a line. Please this is our responsibility. We should be very clear about these things. And with this idea, we should be very serious taking the matter very seriously."
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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