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 lead a simple life and always take good association of Srila Prabhupada's books. Now we shall hear further.
Devotee: Maharaj, when we have association, it is quite easy and when we don't have association, then it is the time, testing time Maharaj.
Maharaj: "Testing time. But if we don't have association, that is our ignorance. Our Supersoul is there, Prabhupada is there. So Guru is there, Krishna is there. What we lack? But we lack our own desire, intense desire, seriously taking the matter - that we lack. Whatever I studied alone, there was nobody. They were discouraging me that, "what are you reading Bhagavatam?" 7 years I read and I was sitting near the pillar, in front of the deity (Sri Sri Radha Londonishvara), and I was doing hard work. They were cursing me, "Man, the whole day, what are you doing?" (laughter). Instead, these classes must be organized, and for the whole day, man 88000 rishis discussed this for 1000 years. And we are tired in 15 minutes (laughter). "Enough Bhagavatam, enough Bhagavatam. Now we will have sankirtan." (laughter)
Devotee: Suta Goswami and rishis - Maharaj? It was 1000 years?
Maharaj: 1000 years and it was the beginning of Kali yuga. And we are already in the Kali yuga, now it should be 2000 years. Except Krishna kirtan, except Bhagavatam, Bhagavad Gita, we waste our time anywhere. You give mirror to somebody. In front of mirror, you spend 3 hours. You give wife to somebody, whole life - he will waste looking at the same lady. (laughter). "Where is my wife? Where is my wife? Where is my wife?"
One day, one old man, he came here. He should be near 70 years or so. So I was sitting in the āsan. So he thought that I am enjoying you know. (laughter), Nice āsan is there. I hardly have garland, but somebody had put garland and garland was in my neck. He said, "hey nice flowers are there", looking into the garland. (laughter) So he said, "I also want to take sannyas." And he was with his wife. He couldn't see. There was difficulty in seeing. So he was telling me, "In one breath, I want to take sannyas like you." I told him, "OK. Keep on coming to the temple, slowly it will work out. Please keep coming." He said, "No, no. I don't want to come that much." How come, without coming to the temple? What do you do with sannyas? You can be sannyasi in your house (laughter). So anyways he said, "Oh, I will have to think about this. But I want to take sannyas." He thought that he will get a garland, nice aasan (laughter). So we were just talking. And his wife just went somewhere. "Oh, did you see where is she gone." (laughter) I told, "Man, you were just telling, you want to take sannyas and she has gone somewhere 5 feet away and you are worried about. This how, living entities they want to have sense gratification in sannyas also."
Āsan sannyas. (laughter) Please avoid these things. You are alright whatever you are and just go on. And with very few disciples, if you really cultivate them nicely, they are more important than 2000 disciples. Few disciples are alright, cultivate nicely. Krishna will give them intelligence. And this is how you should go on."
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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