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 use the facility, time and energy given by Krishna in His service, else we will lose it. Now we shall hear further.
Maharaj: (This verse is from Hari Bhakti Sudhodaya 7.28 and it is quoted in Sri Caitanya Caritamrta Madhya lila 22.42)
sthānābhilāṣī tapasi sthito ’haṁ tvāṁ prāptavān deva-munīndra-guhyam
kācaṁ vicinvann api divya-ratnaṁ svāmin kṛtārtho ’smi varaṁ na yāce
tapasi – "for my penance", tvāṁ prāptavān, "i have got you now", deva-munīndra-guhyam, "you are very difficult for the demigods to obtain." muni- "saints and sages, indra even cannot obtain you. But I have obtained you." Sing.
In the third line, he says, "I was going after the glass pieces, but I have got ratna, I got the jewel. He was really, he wanted the kingdom. So kingdom he compares with the glass pieces. Anything material is glass pieces, it is useless. So he says, "I was going for the glass pieces, but instead I got a jewel, I have got ratna." svāmin, he says, "oh lord, kṛtārtosmi - i am satisfied." varam na yāce - "i don't want any benediction for me now." This is devotee. Always for money or sthān or whatever, we perform bhakti. But when we experience it, we have to become desireless, because then He is all in all.
Devotee: Maharaj, It is recommended here that people should worship Krishna even they have material desires, but still in our country, in India, people still worship demigods, Maharaj. Why do they do? They can go to Krishna.
Maharaj: "But everywhere, the ignorance is rampant and misdirection is there. In kali yuga more so, misdirection is there. We trust some brahmin. He may misdirect us. Because naturally, the people have full faith in somebody. Either they hear their father, or they hear their uncle or maternal uncle or somebody they hear. Everybody wants a shelter, everybody wants a shelter. So the shelter is not selfless, then they are bound to misdirect. And selfless shelter, to find out it is very difficult. So we have to depend upon somebody, to tell our things, to get his advice."
Devotee: Brahmins or?
Maharaj: "Everybody. No, naturally brahmins are trusted. Because they are bit renounced. But then they had their own interest. So some yajnas was there and something was there. So this is how we are consumed. And there is no supreme authority with us to direct us. Nobody told us to study Bhagavad Gita. Nobody never told that you touch Bhagavatam. They were discussing Bhagavatam. But Bhagavatam as if it is meant for them only. Nobody, nobody, nobody except Prabhupada told that you have to read Bhagavatam. What a misdirection was there!Since last so many years, billions of years, Bhagavatam was there, and nobody. And I was Vaishnava. This is the case of Vaishnava. So what to talk of those who are not Vaishnava? We had Krishna worship, we had everything, and Bhagavad Gita we were reading here and there, but it is just like that. No. I mean, seriously we didn't take the matter at all, and regularly hearing was completely absent, regularly rasa dance was going on, that was going on regularly, every 15 days rasa, every 15 days rasa. And that mukhiyā (leader) will stand in the middle with a flute. And people will (laughter). Man, please it was such a misdirection. Then those gurus also, the gurus also, they were rich, because the seminal guru system was there. So they were very rich. So they were enjoying. So they were again putting on dhoti and became guru."
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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