Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept our humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.
This is in conclusion 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 take good association of Srila Prabhupada, through his books. Maharaj also insisted on how genuine sannyasi takes care of his disciples nicely and is not after sense gratification. Now we shall hear further.
Few disciples are alright, cultivate nicely. Krishna will give them intelligence. And this is how you should go on. And I don't understand one thing. We are regarded as spiritual fathers. Guru is regarded as spiritual father. So to go to see father, you want have to have appointment? Man, father can be approached anywhere. Boy runs to father, "And father I want my cap. Cap is torn." He will go at anytime, even midnight also he approach, "Father get up, get up. I want tomorrow two annas." Father can be approached any time. So you call spiritual father, but you don't behave like father. No. Prabhupada was very angry, if the disciples stop somebody coming to him you know. He was not keeping well. So disciples were trying to guard him. When he knew that somebody is there, he said, "Don't stop, because they might be coming from far away to see me, why should you stop?" Why?
You came all the way from Yugoslavia and then these disciples will stop you there. "You will go to room, we will call you." And two days in Dwaraka, you are not called. So what is this? (laughter). Instead my way is, as soon as he comes, he should come. Nice so nice. No need of appointments and this and that. No, no. Phones I pick up, anytime it rings, I pick up. And I don't see the number. I can't recognise really. Because so many phone calls are coming. And anybody wants to talk to me, why should I see the number and talk or not? If you have to hide something, then you have to do all these things. You don't have anything to hide. One simple instruction is that, "you chant, that's it." This is the only instruction. So why should i differentiate? Anyone calls (I say), "Chant. That's it. I am chanting for you." (laughter) What else? I am not going to arrange your marriage, your business or this or that. Oh Bhagavan, this is really pitfall. From these pitfalls, we should save us." Now he is coming from Bombay. And then I think, "oh, I know him, you know. So let him stay for 2 days, afterwards I will see." No."
Maharaj was very easily accessible to all and by his example he is teaching us as to how we should also be simple like him and never intentionally keep people waiting to meet. Krishna willing we shall 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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